RE: [Mendobirds] Continuing Hudsonian Godwits
- Due to the helpfulness of other MendoBirders ever since Karen Havlenas
original post about Dorothy (Toby) Tobkins discovery of 4 Hudsonian Godwits
at Glass Beach August 26th, yesterdays College of the Redwoods _Birds of
the North Coast_ course presented me with a unique opportunity: I helped
find a Life Bird for everyone in the class, including Prof. Greg Grantham
and myself. Greg had been informed by someone yesterday that a HUGO had
been seen on 10 Mile Beach, north of the Ward Ave parking, earlier in the
day; so this is where he took us for our field outing in the afternoon. We
had walked to the end of the haul road and down onto the beach where we were
looking at many of the usual suspects: Black-bellied Plovers, Black
Turnstones and Black Oystercatchers when a medium sized shorebird with a
long bill, flashing black underwing coverts edged with white, flew past and
landed on some nearby mussel beds.
Having studied the field marks, I immediately scoped the bird and confirmed
its ID before sharing my scope with others. Luckily the bird probed and fed
for a long time, allowing everyone to get crippling views! The bird we
observed was a juvenile with a very distinct white supercillium, beautifully
patterned wings, plain belly and black tail.
To all the MendoBirders whove kept readers of this ListServ informed about
this particular species, Id like to shout out a THANK YOU on behalf of the
students in the Biology 16 class. Im hoping many of them will soon join
Be well and GREAT Birding,
WindandSea at The Sea Ranch
N 38°45'02" W 123° 31'27"
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