Fw: CURLEW SANDPIPER: J Street mudlfats, Chula Vista
- This afternoon (approx. 2:15PM)--Sunday--Sacramento-birder Jeri Langham was
leading a tour in the San Diego area and found a CURLEW SANDPIPER on the
San Diego Bay mudflats at the end of J Street/Marina Parkway (just north of
the power plant), just off I-5 in Chula Vista. The bird is either in
partial breeding plumage or is a dullish female in almost full breeding
plumage. That is, it is partly barred below with rufous and has a slight
rufous wash to the breast. Photos were obtained. BUT, within 15-20 minutes
of it being found, the rising tide flushed many of the shorebirds off the
flats and the bird headed south in to the off-limits saltworks to roost. It
was mostly with dowitchers and Dunlin, sometimes by itself. A place to look
for it from outside the saltworks is from the north end of 13th St. in
Imperial Beach, where the pond immediately to the northeast of there has
mudflats and lots of high-tide roosting Red Knots, Dunlin, peep, etc. But
the birds are a long ways off from public property....
So.....tomorrow (Monday) low tide is around 11:15AM, so the flats at J St.
should start to be exposed around 8-8:30AM. Perhaps having the flats only
partly exposed--as Jeri had today on the rising tide--will make it easier
to find the bird rather than being there at dead-low tide with very
extensive flats(?). BUT the other real problem is that shorebirds move
around the south end of the Bay from day to day, and what fed at J Street
on Sunday may feed on Monday on the extensive flats along the Silver
Strand! But, here's hoping that the Curlew Sandpiper reappears tomorrow on
the J Street flats. Please post live updates from the scene!
In other, more minor news from today, AM seawatching at La Jolla produced a
close-in Pink-footed Shearwater (with a fair number of Sooties) and the
first couple Black Storm-Petrels of the season. A trip in to the Safari
Park (aka Wild Animal Park) produced about 35 White-faced Ibis, including
at least 7 nests, and about 100 Cattle Egret nests.
--Paul Lehman, San Diego
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