Snow Bunting at Abbott's Lagoon, Point Reyes
- Passing this on from eBird. Pete emailed me late last night. See his eBird post below. He is a careful birder with a history of finding good stuff back east. I have no doubt that this bird was correctly identified.
> Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (1)
> - Reported Nov 06, 2011 12:00 by Pete Myers
> - Pt. Reyes--Abbotts Lagoon, Marin, California
> - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.1190611,-122.9522467&ll=38.1190611,-122.9522467
> - Comments : "Seen from 50 ft with Leitz 10x40. First fall bird. Feeding at waters edge. Clearly saw light finch-like bill, yellow in color, white wing patches in flight with black wing tips. not as cinammon as typical first fall bird. sanderling in size. feeding near water's edge. When I started walking down from the parking lot I spoke with another birder who told me he had seen it, so I was specifically looking for one. I have 6 yrs experience in Arctic (Barrow) with this species. And 15 yrs ornithological research on CA coast (1975- 1990). Never seen anything like it on Point Reyes. Commonly seen at Barrow. As I was watching it a beach surveyor from the Gulf of the Farallones program walked past. I stopped him to show it to him."