Huntington Beach - September 10, 2011
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....
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