Nature Notes

November 15, 2012

California Shorebirds

Filed under: Animals,Birds,California — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

While in the Monterrey, California area for a seabirding trip one October, I took the opportunity to look for shorebirds at Bodega Bay and Moss Landing. Numbers were dropping off from the peak of fall migration, but their was a nice variety seen.

Marbled Godwit were common with a few Long-billed Curlews . Black-necked Stilts were common with an occasional American Avocet .

Rocky portions produced numerous wintering Black Turnstones , a Ruddy Turnstone , Surfbirds and a Wandering Tattler .

Gulls were represented by Heerman’s , California , American Herring , Western , and Thayer’s along with a confusion of hybrids. The bulk of the Terns were Elegant with a few Commons .

Pockets of wintering Sea Otters were commonly seen, as well as California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals.


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