Ducking Around Los Osos

Green hills, the ocean, beaches, volkswagons, and birds.

 

Northern Pintail
Northern Pintail

 

We made it out to Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos, the sweetheart of locals, where dog lovers walk their dogs, birdwatchers scope out the avian visitors, and baby boomers sip wine while watching the sunset.

 

Green-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal

 

Happily, we find birds! (The duck kind, and some shore birds too!)

 

Blue-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal

 

We’ve been looking for both this Green-winged Teal, AND the Blue-winged Teal all summer, and here there are hanging out together in Los Osos.

 

Willet
Willet

 

Lesser Yellowlegs (might be a Greater Yellowlegs)
Lesser Yellowlegs (might be a Greater Yellowlegs)

 

These long-legged birds have long bills to match. Seems like a definite advantage to finding grub for dinner.

 

Sandpiper (of some type)
Sandpiper (of some type)

 

Another stop to see our pals at Go Westy, we pick up a new knob for our stove top in the van, and a new cup holder for the passenger seat up front. Always a joy to visit the folks there and  gawk at the beautiful camper vans they restore.

And finally, finally…we have a heater, defroster, AND air conditioner that work again, after six months of complete dysfunction of all the above. Thank you German Auto in San Luis Obispo. You guys are awesome!

 

Long-billed Curlew
Long-billed Curlew

 

This Curlew bill may be a bit too long, but I guess it works for him.

 

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret

 

The Snowy Egret is a great fisher-bird, and so graceful and beautiful to look at.

 

Many Ducks Gathering
Many Ducks Gathering

 

Bird of a feather, flock together. Hmmm.

A beautiful day, a wonderful time in Los Osos, and farewell to the ocean for awhile.

 

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