Monday, January 11, 2010
San Luis Obispo Creek
I took a late lunch ride to the San Luis Obispo Waste Water Treatment Plant on Prado Road, which during dry weather may be the main source of water for San Luis Obispo Creek. I saw almost 150 Bonaparte's Gulls at a spreader with a variety of more common birds. I then pedaled over to the Bob Jones Bike Trail which parallels the creek, starting from Ontario Road between San Luis Bay Drive and Avila Beach Drive. It finishes at Avila Beach. I heard a Hutton's Vireo in the first part of the path. In the lower half many Common Goldeneye and Hooded Meregansers were actively feeding - diving with Bufflehead and grebes. The best vantage point was the pedestrian/golf cart bridge over the creek at Avila. These four new BIGBY species moved me over half way toward my yearly goal of 300 species.