Forwarded for Chris Brady:
The YCNH at San Elijo Lagoon apparently was a no-show
until 1830 (6:30PM)hours on Sat. Aug. 3rd. The ranger
told Matthias Bark and me that no-one had seen it
today. We looked for it from about 1700 until 1745,
splitting up the task with no luck. After reparking
outside the gate, we went back to the main trail from
the visitor's center to the section of the lagoon that
is just past the windsock with the bird compass that
points to "SW." This is near a bench and the
information board entitled "Mudflats." The bird was
first seen perched and preening atop a large, green
plastic container in front of the pickleweed across
from the part of the path that becomes a "tunnel"
through the trees. The bird then began foraging along
the edge of the pickleweed. Between 1830 and 1845 it
captured and ate one small fish and two small blackish
crabs. There were no other birds nearby.
The bird is acquiring adult plumage and appears to be
growing a single white plume in the center of his head
(best seen with his/her back to you).