[Tweeters] Coast Birding on Saturday

Gary Sogard gsbssstg at msn.com
Mon May 18 15:00:22 PDT 2015

On Saturday, I drove out to the coast, so thought I would add a couple sightings to those already posted. At Bottle Beach at high tide, I found a few remaining Red Knots among the many Dunlin. I heard there was a Pacific Golden-Plover there, also, but was unable to pick it out from the many Black-bellied Plovers. More interesting was the marsh at the end of the Midway Beach road. Each year the character of that area seems to change, as the coast is eroded away further south. Now there is a more typical marsh, with Marsh Wrens. Red-winged Blackbirds, Mallards, etc. Near the end of the walkable part of the partially flooded trail to the ocean, I found a pair of Blue-winged Teal. A Sora called nearby. There were only two shorebirds, a Killdeer, and a Semipalmated Sandpiper that I was able to study at close range through my binoculars, as it foraged at the edge of a flooded area on the trail.

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