Early in the day, Massachusetts-based birder Dan Maier rolled up to the Point. We have actually met in person once before birding in Boston. As a loyal blog reader, he knew that I was going to be in Monterey/Pacific Grove today. He swung by the point to say hello this morning!
Me and Dan
Later in the day Carmel birder Cooper Scollan rolled up. Cooper and I attended 3 of the Victor Emanuel Youth Camps together, so we go way back! We haven't seen each other in years, so we had lots to talk about this afternoon/evening. Hopefully, he'll join me at the point for another bout of birding in the next 2 days.
Me and Cooper
The forecast for tomorrow is unfortunately very similar to today. I am not sure how I am going to fill up what could potentially be a slow day of birding. Land birding was slow today, and I expect the same for tomorrow. I will certainly sit my afternoon sea watching vigil no matter how slow the birding gets. I never know when something good will fly by! I can smell a bit of photography tomorrow.....
As many of you are aware, California Condor is now essentially a countable species. I must make sure that I get this bird as I head down the Big Sur coast. On Sunday, I will ride south alone Highway 1 to reach the Condor area. I will spend much time that afternoon looking for them. Afternoons are better than mornings since the huge birds require decent thermals for soaring. I have never seen a condor in the wild, so this will be a particularly exciting search!
Me with large, stuffed octopus that
(barely) avoided being purchased!
I did take a few bird pics today....
Black oystercatcher w/ snack