Tuesday, October 18, 2011

California Part 4 -Big Sur

Black Oystercatcher, Pfeiffer Beach, CA, Sept 23, 2011

Red-shouldered Hawk, Andrew Molera SP, Sept 23, 2011

cropped photo of Chestnut-sided Warbler, Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP, CA, Sep 23, 2011

Andrew Molera SP, Sep 23, 2011

Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP, CA, Sep 23, 2011
Following my very productive day in Monterey we continued our California trip by heading down the coast a bit more to the Big Sur area.  We rented a house near Pfeiffer Beach and spent a few days here from September 23-25.  We visited a few parks around the area including Andrew Molera SP, Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP and Pfeiffer Big Sur SP as well as Point Lobos State Reserve on the final day of our visit.  The weather was a bit overcast at times but overall was quite satisfactory.  The area is known for its released California Condors but I missed out on seeing any.  Despite that miss I had some great birds from Black Oystercatchers to Red-throated Loons to various raptors and migrant warblers including a rare warbler for California...a Chestnut-sided Warbler.  The scenery alone is worth the trip there and the great birds just make it that much better.

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