Sat, 5 October 2013 -- This morning I did an SOS survey at Virgin Creek beach and the "enchanted forest" entrance from Hwy 1 out to the Haul Rd. An imm. "tan-striped" WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was not far from the highway along the path. Just offshore from the rocky outcropping a pair adult (m & f) BLACK SCOTERS were with a small flock of Surf Scoters.
Both in the creek, and later by a drying kelp pile, were two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. One looked like a worn adult and the other one was a very bright immature. I was able to approach them to get a good look at the immature. It was definitely a Pectoral - cap not particularly rufous, virtually no whitish supercilium and narrow streaks completely across the chest and a straight cutoff at mid-breast
(darn!). Also, the LONG-BILLED CURLEW continued.
Virgin Creek's official access is just north of the Montessori School on Hwy 1 near the north limit of Fort Bragg.
North of Fort Bragg, MEN, Ca