Date: 5/22/20 2:03 pm From: Jeff Miller via groups.io <jmiller=<biologicaldiversity.org...> Subject: [slocobirding] Oso Flaco this morning - and a note to help protect it
I birded Oso Flaco this morning, hoping to find some migrating black swifts after Jay Carroll's report yesterday. Several experienced birders spent 2-3 hours on the boardwalk observing carefully and continuously, but conditions were overcast, a little too overcast to be good for swifts. Fog conditions made it impossible to see any high flying birds. Any passing swifts would have had to come very low over the lake. Alas, no sign of black swifts (or any swift species).
I did see an eBird report from someone who apparently was at the lake at the same time as us claiming to have seen a black swift, but the observer appears to misidentify the species. They described a bird with a forked tail, likely a barn swallow.
We did see four least terns flying over the lake. Good to see the return of this endangered species.
If you love seeing least terns and snowy plovers at Oso Flaco and Oceano Dunes, take a moment to help protect this important birding area. State Parks is pursuing a plan to allow more off-road vehicles in more areas at Oceano Dunes and to reduce protected breeding areas for plovers and terns. Send a letter to State Parks by June 1.