Garcia River mouth, Etc.
- My Dad and I birded along the coast today. Our first stop was the Garcia
River mouth, where a number of returning Shorebirds were present. Although
most of the peeps were along the far shore and unIDable, I did see a number
of SANDERLINGS, most still in breeding plumage, a half-dozen or so
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, a large flock of SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, a single
WHIMBREL, a DOWITCHER SP., a small flock of WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and small
numbers of both BLACK and RUDDY TURNSTONES. Also present were a dozen or so
CASPIAN TERNS and 25 or so HEERMANN'S GULLS. Along Miners Hole Road were a
couple of Passerines, but none that I would consider migrants. A pair of
Caspian Terns were harassing a Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, which I thought was
interesting. Past the last parking area, at the end of the Road was a large
stand of apparently naturalized Fuscia that had a cloud of Hummers swarming
around it. There were at least a dozen Selasphorus Hummingbirds, and 6 or
so Anna's Hummingbirds. We then headed up to the Mendocino Headlands. We
didn't see any Puffins, but the Western Gull, Cormorant and Murre colonies
were in full swing. We then looked for Toby's Least Tern at Virgin Creek
Beach, but we didn't have any luck there, either. However, there were more
Shorebirds, including SANDERLINGS, WHIMBRELS, SURFBIRDS, and both
TURNSTONES. Back in Ukiah I saw a flock of 5 CANADA GEESE in the big weedy
field between the Freeway and the end of Brush Street. Early migrants?
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