Date: 2/5/21 5:44 pm From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...> Subject: [sbcobirding] N. Coast estuaries
For various reasons I have been up in N. county a lot the last week (today's reason was that I was chasing some of the rarities in SLO - saw three birds that would have been county birds in SBA .... grrrr). As a result, I have checked the SMRE 3 times and checked the SYRE today.
The SM (Santa Maria) RE blew out but is already blocked. It may blow out again as the water level is rising. I have had a pretty disappointing time with gulls there, with just a few Herring, a couple of GWGUs on one visit, and a Bonaparte's today. It seems the more interesting gulls prefer the beach by the carpark. There are lots of shorebirds still using the mudflats (although these are largely gone today) and ducks include a dozen Canvasbacks.
The SY (Santa Ynez) RE is tidal with some water left in the side ponds. There was a decent gull flock on the beach at the river mouth that included a couple of Herring and a Thayer's. There were 2 Greater Scaup off the parking lot and lots of Sanderling and BB Plovers on the flats. There are 4 Canvasbacks here as well.