North County – October 9th

October 18, 2010

Last Saturday, we headed North and hit some hotspots along the coast.  I believe this was the first time that I’ve ever seen sun at Oso Flaco.   It was still early for the wintering ducks, but there was a small group of Cinnamon Teal and several Eared Grebes at the lake.  We even managed to find one American White Pelican and a lone Osprey at the far side of the lake.  However, the highlight was the nearly tame Raccoons we ran into.  I know that they mean trouble for the nesting Least Terns, but they are so darn cute!  After Oso Flaco, we headed up to Morro Bay to look for the Sea Otters.  Initially, it appeared that they weren’t around, but eventually they swam over to check us out.

“Double-Trouble”

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Oso Flaco and Guadalupe Dunes

October 18, 2009

I’ve gotten used to traveling and felt the need to get out of town once again. We hit the road bright and early Saturday and headed north towards Santa Maria.  The drive highlighted the beauty that is California.  Some areas felt like fall, with the grape vines and trees turning gold and red, and in other areas the first blades of grass filled rancher’s valleys.  On the drive back it was in the 90’s, which certainly felt like summer.  If there would have been snow on the mountain peaks we could have experienced all four seasons in one day!

The goal was to finally see some sun at Oso Flaco and Guadalupe Dunes.  Every other visit has been during foggy or overcast conditions.  We were rewarded with deep blue skies and great light.  The highlight of the trip was playing chicken with a raccoon on the boardwalk at Oso Flaco.  I might post some video to my flickr page a bit later.

“American White Pelican”  –  Oso Flaco, near Guadalupe, CA

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