back to the bay

In January 2005, we returned to Morro Bay for the third year in a row to attend the Winter Birdfest. We also enjoyed the unseasonally warm weather and our usual array of outdoor activities -- hiking, biking, birding, and walking on the beach. This year, Jim and JoAnn Regan and Dick Fraschetti joined us on many of our activities.
 
Rusting hulk in the bay and view of the landmark El Morro Flock of cormorants feeding on a school of fish
 
A break from a hard day of birding to enjoy the warm sun Neat patterns on the beach as the water recedes
 
Close-up views of rock-and-sand patterns
 
Fisherman on Morro beach at sunset
 
High-flowing Little Morro Creek after the winter rains
 
Waiting for dinner
 
Birding on the bay at the Winter Birdfest
 
Sylvia Gallagher starts the "birding by ear" field trip at Spooner Cove, Montana de Oro
 
"Quiet please!...I hear a wrentit!" Sunshine, an eastern red-tailed hawk shown at the raptor reproduction workshop
 
Biking with Jim and JoAnn around the bay......and lunch at Noi's, our favorite Thai eatery in Baywood Park
 
Scenes at the Baywood Park estuary
 
Snowy egret in a tree near the marina Bird-spotting at the Audubon Overlook in Baywood Park
 
A small sampling of brant geese of more than 3,000 who winter in the estuary
 

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