Thur, 2 Sept 2010 -- On my Ten Mile beach survey this am, a MERLIN
flew past me at about 12-ft above the beach. I believe this is a FOS, at
least it is for me.
Earlier in the morning, Jim Havlena saw a SNOWY PLOVER on Seaside
beach. I'm sure it was forced to move to another spot a short while later,
because of the dogs people bring to this beach.
I would like to add my comments to Becky Bowen's account of the
Long-billed Curlews & Marbled Godwits that flew north from Ward Ave
to Ten Mile River for a short rest.
I stood for 30+ minutes on the bluff above the mouth of Ten Mile River.
As I was about to give up, while walking up to Ocean Meadows Circle,
I heard, "Cur - lew? Cur - lew?" At first, I could not see the birds,
but I looked up and there were the curlews and godwits, flying in
small circles like swallows. They were at least 50+ feet up. I called
Becky that it had been about 1/2 hour since she called me.
Hurrying home, I took the scope and drove south to the Ten Mile R.
bridge. There were 7 L-B CURLEWS and 4 MARBLED GODWITS.
They only rested on the shore for approx. 35-40 minutes. Then,
one or two of the curlews started calling loudly and repeatedly. The
group took off and flew NORTH, once again. George thought they
were searching, unsuccessfully, for a suitable feeding area.
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, California
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