Date: 7/22/20 5:45 pm From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Santa Maria Riv Estuary
I birded the SMRE this morning. The most noteworthy event was what I did not see--none of the tens of 1000s of Sooty Shearwaters that we formerly saw off the western coast of SB Co. A child gleefully chased and cleared the estuary mouth of birds as I arrived to scope the berm and estuary so I barely found a single sandpiper.
But, I may have seen a fresh juvenile *Yellow-crowned Night-Heron*. It was tough to get decent photos. The bird was in two places along the section of the channel that is closest to the entrance road. One cannot park a car and observe along the entrance road, but you can park in the county park and walk back up the road. Photos attached here; notes and photos on my eBird checklist. https://ebird.org/checklist/S71733014 If this is correctly identified, this may be our first North County record. A couple of YcNH have been at Morro Bay for at least a year now.
Mark Holmgren Santa Barbara
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