Re: [northbaybirds] Snowy Plover

Ben Pearl

Hi Candace,

Actually, it's the other way around.  There is a breeding population of approximately 50 Snowy Plovers across a number of sites in Point Reyes, while there is little to no breeding activity annually on the Sonoma Coast.  During the non-breeding season, Snowy Plover flocks can be found at several locations on the Sonoma Coast, as you noted.  In addition to the coast, a small population of Snowy Plovers also breed bayside in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties.

Good luck to those looking for the Bristle-thighed Curlew!

Good birding,
Ben Pearl
Plover and Tern Program Director
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory

On Wed, May 20, 2020 at 11:52 AM Candace Krout <candacek@...> wrote:
Are Snowy Plovers just unusual in Marin? Because they are seen on the Sonoma Coast.
I saw some once on a busy day on the beach, and no one else noticed them. They really blend into the sand!

Candace Krout

On May 20, 2020, at 11:13 AM, jim lomax <sdrib@...> wrote:


So that everyone has a notice and chance to look for one of these birds:

Be advised that yesterday a Snowy Plover researcher found this bird on a beach in Marin County. Due to the fact that the area is closed to the public it was not posted. I saw two in 1998, one in Marin and one in Del Norte both within a day of each other, thus, they can be here in multiples. So if you are out on the coast of California you may want to take a closer look at those Whimbrels. 1998 was the last time they were here.


Ben Pearl
Plover and Tern Program Director
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
524 Valley Way
Milpitas CA 95035
Office: 408.946.6548 ext 206

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