Sunday - October 2, 2005 - This morning I observed a Pacific Golden Plover mixed with a large group of Black-bellied Plovers between MacKerricher campgrounds and Ward Avenue. They were on the upper beach near an area that has quite a bit of large log driftwood. Toby refound the bird this evening in the same area.. she describes the area as that where the Harbor Seals hang out in the water. I also saw a Pacific Golden Plover on Saturday about noon near the mouth of the creek near the Laguna Point Praking lot ...however it only stuck around for about two minutes before people scared it off to the south. It may or may not be the same bird that I saw today.
A Merlin was hanging around Lake Cleone. Also saw 14 Wood Ducks on the SE corner of Lake Cleone.
A Pectoral Sandpiper was on Virgin Creek Beach along with Dunlins, Marbled Godwits, a Whimbrel, a couple Semipalmated Plovers, and many Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, and Black Turnstones. Surfbirds were at Glass Beach along with Short-billed Dowitchers.
Apparently MAM found a Black & White Warbler on the south side of Lake Cleone on Saturday morning but numerous other birders have been unable to refind the bird.
Good birding. Bob Keiffer
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