Category Archives: migration
Photo by Cleve Nash The photo accompanying this text is of our transient female falcon, “Doris,” in her fifth year of wintering in nearby Baywood Park. She is seen here with a Teal. The photo was shot by Cleve Nash … Continue reading
Photo by Steve Medway We would like to share with you a photograph from a visitor to “the Rock” who was birding around the beautiful Central Coast and happened upon “Doris,” the migrating female peregrine falcon, home unknown. She winters … Continue reading
Photo by Heather O’Connor The Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch is still alive and kicking, although we’ve had some slow days. So we took off on a one day road trip to check on some of the old peregrine nest sites … Continue reading
We have had quite a hot spell in Morro Bay, 85°F on October 17th with offshore winds in the morning up to 20 mph. Then it changes to on shore around noon with a cooling breeze off the 52°F Pacific … Continue reading
Photo by Cleve Nash
About this time of year, we start seeing winter arrivals in and around the bay.Today is a special day with a special arrival. “Doris,” an adult female peregrine falcon, has wintered here for the last four years always in the same two spots, a cypress tree behind a little coffee shop in Baywood and in a eucalyptus tree at Mitchell and Doris Streets. She is not a banded bird so no one knows where she is from. People have speculated that she could be from the cold country, the Pacific Northwest, Yosemite National Park, etc. She leaves in early spring and returns in October.
She plumes and consumes her prey in the cypress tree. Underneath the tree is a great place to collect feathers from the kills she makes.
Happy trails, Bob
P.S. Baywood Park, California is a small community near the back of the Morro Bay Estuary.