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Huntington Beach - September 10, 2011

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  • georgebedafort
    Birders, Three Pectoral Sandpipers were still present at Harriett Wieder Regional Park today. They tend to forage in the water with vegetation so are often
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      Birders,

      Three Pectoral Sandpipers were still present at Harriett Wieder Regional Park today. They tend to forage in the water with vegetation so are often difficult (or impossible) to see - be patient. At about 1000, and after the unexpected rains, FIVE Purple Martins appeared with other swallows (Tree, Northern Rough-winged, 1 Bank, Cliff, and Barn) over the pond. They briefly landed in the tall dead eucalyptus next to the playground parking area before continuing on to the east. Other species of interest included a heard only Least Bittern (reed beds northwest of playground area), 13 White-faced Ibis, Northern Mockingbird (scarce in park), and Spotted Towhee (also scarce in this park).

      Later at Bolsa Chica, we had 6 or 7 Dunlin on the Outer Bolsa Bay mudflat. Not only my FOS, but quite early for this species in fall - typical arrival dates would be in the last third of September (the early date reported in Hamilton and Willick - August 24 to 29 - may actually pertain to a summering individual and not an early arrival).

      Lastly, a tour group reports a FRIGATEBIRD at the Newport Pier late this afternoon (the tour leader was driving and watching the road - imagine that - and missed the bird!). This sighting was late enough in the day that the bird may be around tomorrow morning....

      Brian Daniels
      Long Beach, Orange County
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