On Thanksgiving morning I spent spent an hour doing a seawatch at Laguna
Point. The weather was warm, the wind was slight, and the sea was calm.
Best bird was a BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER that flew by at relatively
close range (app. 250 m) offering excellent extended looks. Other birds
of interest were one ROCK SANDPIPER on the rock near the observation
platform before the Point itself and seven ANCIENT MURRELETS (three
fly-bys and four on the surface). Loons are still making an impressive
showing. I performed one 15 minute count and had 715 loons of three
species (703 pacific, 11 red-throated, and 1 common).
There were still 12 HARLEQUIN DUCKS at Glass beach.
- Matthew Matthiessen
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