Re: [Mendobirds] Stilt Sandpiper
- Sun, 14 Aug 2005 -- When I arrived at Virgin Creek at 3:15 p.m., Karen and
Jim Havlena were already on the STILT SANDPIPER. It is a juvenile in fresh
plumage, and I got good scope-filling views at close range. Over the next
hour and a quarter it foraged along the creek on both the east and west
sides of the bridge and was always in view from the bridge. Most of the
time it was by itself, but sometimes it seemed to associate with a Greater
I also saw a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER high on the outer beach in the wrack
and several RUDDY TURNSTONES.
Potter Valley, MEN, CA
>Sun, 14 Aug 2005 -- 11:00 Roger Foote and Dorothy Tobkin just phoned me
>from Virgin Creek beach where they were looking at a STILT SANDPIPER. It
>was wading in Virgin Creek where it crosses the beach. Second county
- Luke Cole and I were at Virgin Creek about 11:30 AM today . We did not find the Stilt Sandpiper.
However a group of us (15 or more birders) just off the Shearwater boat trip did have great looks at the bird on Sunday at about 5:00 PM; thanks to Roger Foote who met us at the dock with the news.
Congratulations to Roger on his discovery and special thanks to him, to George Chaniot and Toby Tobkin for their phone calls
and all their efforts to notify the local birders of this excellent county bird.
Today Luke Cole and I birded the coast from Juan Creek to Ft. Bragg. By 1:00 PM we had about 85 species. We found nothing exceptional but of interest were; a Marbled Murrelet and Purple Martins at Juan Creek, a large flyover flock of Marbled Godwits (I believe Luke counted 27 birds) and a Lark Sparrow at the Westport Headlands. We ran across 3 or so good sized flocks of mixed passerines which included migrant Wilson's Warblers, Yellow Warblers, a few Orange-crowned Warblers, Western Wood-Pewees and a Cassin's Vireo or two. Not a lot of diversity yet.
Luke continued south on Hiway 1 trying to reach 100 in Mendocino County for the day. I went inland to the Ukiah Treatment Ponds where I found 3 Baird's Sandpipers and a Wilson's Snipe. JRW
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- Toby Tobkin just reported the Stilt Sandpiper continuing at Lake Cleone on
the beach side of the haul road.
It was also present when I stopped by last night around 6:30 pm. I was also
fortunate to see the Stilt Sandpiper in Eureka at the Palco Marsh yesterday
around noon, so I may be the first to see (and photograph) Stilt Sandpipers
in both Humboldt and Mendocino in the same day! Is that my fifteen minutes
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Subject: [Mendobirds] Stilt Sandpiper
Sun, 14 Aug 2005 -- 11:00 Roger Foote and Dorothy Tobkin just phoned me
from Virgin Creek beach where they were looking at a STILT SANDPIPER. It
was wading in Virgin Creek where it crosses the beach. Second county
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