Mendocino Headlands on Sunday
- On Sunday, September 24, I saw (what I think was) a juvenile red-necked
phalarope near the cliffs off the Mendocino Headlands (by the north
parking lot). It was a single, small, elegant white seabird with gray
on the back, a black cap, black line through the eye, and a black,
needle-like bill. I also saw 8 black turnstones on the rocks near by.
We had originally stopped to get a good look at the brown pelicans, who
were on the farther rocks in a considerable group (adults and
juveniles). I had also seen the pelicans in Agate Cove Thursday
evening, some in the water filling their pouches. The bird book said
the pelicans only migrate through this area, but where we stayed in
Mendocino said the pelicans had been around for a couple of weeks. Is
that a normal migration pattern?