Date: 1/9/20 6:17 pm From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Emperor Geese
Up date on this post.
Several people looked for these birds this afternoon without luck. Apparently (and according to information extracted from the jpg file) the birds were seen this morning (1/9) at 0930. They were on the beach at the north end of the unpaved parking lot for the Point Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal rookery. This was just after this morning's 6.3 high tide. We were there in the afternoon before and during the -1.1 tide at 1535 when there was endless exposed rocky shoreline for the birds to get lost in.
Tomorrow the high is 6.5 at 0847. That would be a good time to search for the birds. Hopefully they are still in that area.
Emperor Geese also like to forage in short grassland habitat. Most of the coastal area around Point Piedras Blancas is grassland, though the shorter grasses are primarily near the creek mouths and there is a lot of it in the restoration areas for the Hwy 1 realignment.
The last county record for this species is from Morro Bay over the winter of 1966-67. If gone from the North Coast that would be another location to check.
From: <slocobirding...> <slocobirding...> On Behalf Of Tom Edell via Groups.Io Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2020 1:04 PM To: San Luis Obispo County Listserv <slocobirding...> Cc: <slocobirding...> Subject: [slocobirding] Emperor Geese
Just received this photo of two Emperor Geese taken by a docent at "Elephant Seals". I am assuming the photo was taken today at the Piedras Blancas rookery, but as of yet have been unable to get more information.
This shot is from docent at E Seals; can you ID ; sorry no front view
Tom Edell Cayucos, CA
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