- I have been conducting surveys for sandpipers, especially peeps, along
all coastal wetlands in California, north to Morro Bay, as well as in
the Salton Sea and central valley, and, except for Morro Bay, have
found almost none. Orange and San Diego county wetlands are virtually
devoid of shorebirds. There have been a handful of avocets etc., but
no shorebirds of any kind in the numbers expected.
Does anyone have any insight into whether numbers are low this year?
Or-- have the peeps come through already and we missed them? However,
I don't think the latter is true, for there were birds just arriving
in northern Mexico the last week of March.
On the other hand, the birds may be elsewhere in the state
(e.g.inland), or they even may have gone into Nevada and Utah. I have
emailed various Audubon chapters and Nature Conservancy groups in
those states about this, and have yet to hear back.
We have been surveying since the first week in April, which is when
one would expect peeps to arrive, and we will continue surveying
through the end of this week. (Birds normally arrive in Vancouver on
the 21st of April, so the majority of them should have passed through
by next Monday. However, where are the birds that normally migrate
Any help on this would be appreciated.
- There were approximately 1,000 Western Sandpipers at Bolsa Chica on Friday,
4/8/05. They were at the south end, viewed from the linear park off Seapoint
Street. There were also several hundred dowitcher sp., but very few of
other shorebird species.
G. Victor Leipzig, Ph.D.
17461 Skyline Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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