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Fw: CURLEW SANDPIPER: J Street mudlfats, Chula Vista

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  • Barbara Carlson
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 24, 2011
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      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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