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Estero Morua on Sunday, December 4, 2016
Estero Morua 12/4/2016 Tom Alone. I HAVEN'T BEEN HERE SINCE October
2011! THIS SEEMS TO BE TRIP 200. TWO-HUNDRED. I got my truck
repaired for 1367 dollars and it worked fine. (hoses, belts, timing
belt, oil, water pump, etc.) I HATE Maricopa. What a train wreck of
a strip filled with cars and traffic. I forgot that the Maricopa
Road exit was north of Sun Lakes and so I took the Casa Blanca Road
exit and drove through the rez. An Indian girl assured me that I'd
get to Maricopa that way and she was right. No one knew how to get
to Gila Bend from there but all you have to do is drive down
Maricopa Road through town clean to Pete's Corner and right to Gila
Bend. Worked good. Got TOTALLY lost. Signs on the Caborca Road kept
saying straight to Playa Encanto but they were in error. A guard at
Playa Dorada gave me the right directions. I WAS THE ONLY ONE THERE
AT THE BEACH FOR FOUR DAYS! Nobody to speak of at Playa Encanto
either. DESERT on the way down is spectack! Ceiling panels hiss with
the wind sucking air from the house. A BLANKET OF STARS. I saw a
Herring Gull pecking at a fish that was flipping. It was a miniature
grouper thing quite big enough to eat. It reminded me of Dad's
entry: Gerald A Cole wrote: "November 15, 1980 Saturday some
Mexicanos, netters, were pulling in nets down by the campground. I
went down to the beach with a crisp 20-peso note, eager to purchase
sierra mackerel or other choice piscine bits. To my horror, they
were throwing back all the fish, the species looking like
leatherjackets. (They were farther offshore than I had guessed.)
They were a little rough on the fish and as I was returning, I
looked back to see some gulls had carried a fish up to the shore. I
went back and spooked the gulls away finding the fish was still
flopping. We had it for lunch. It was something new, a rooster fish
Nematistius pectoralis, the papagallo, a member of the separate
family, Nematistiidae. Very small scales. Delicious, sweet white
meat." I took a movie of MY fish but it somehow isn't in the camera.
Antonio came over and fixed the water pump whose lines were full of
air. Oscar Moreno the other guard helped me with the electric lines
and brought me tamales. One Lupe came by. He speaks English but we
only spoke Spanish. Oscar and Lupe let me use their phones to call
Steve and Lupe helped me with the wifi. Antonio had given me the
wrong user name. It's Estero1 and password pelicanbeach. He told me
EsteroMorua. READ MORE BELOW.
There are 20 birds in the list below.
1. Say's Phoebe,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,Saw him several times. Also
next to the house in front. What does it portend?
2. Willet,12/4/2016,Estero Morua
3. American Oystercatcher,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,Saw several pairs.
4. Marbled Godwit,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,saw several on the point
5. Western Grebe,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,out in the estuary off the
6. Red-breasted Merganser,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,In the estuary off
of the point
7. Forster's Tern,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,I think they're Forster's.
About the last day they were diving into the water near the beach
where the old outhouse used to be.
8. Double-Crested Cormorant,12/4/2016,Estero Morua
9. Snowy Egret,12/4/2016,Estero Morua
10. Turkey Vulture,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,Over the point and also
soaring above over the water in front of the Davises' house.
11. Brown Pelican,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,lots
12. Black-bellied Plover,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,winter plumage
13. Least Sandpiper,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,On the point
14. Snowy Plover,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,on the point
15. Great Blue Heron,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,on the point
16. Reddish Egret,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,on the point
17. Long-billed Dowitcher,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,on the point
18. Osprey,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,two flying over the point
19. Herring Gull,12/4/2016,Estero Morua
20. Burrowing Owl,12/4/2016,Estero Morua,On December 7 2016 at the
Enchanted Village. I took pictures.