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Local Interest - Returning Shorebirds, etc.

David Assmann
 

Fall shorebird migration is starting. Yesterday at Hermit Rock, while looking in vain for the Parakeet Auklet, 15 MARBLED GODWITS flew by, heading into the Bay.  While the Parakeet Auklet didn't show up, a RHINOCEROS AUKLET did.  Today, at Heron's Head there were a number of shorebirds, including a flock of 26 WILLETS in alternate plumage, a WHIMBREL, two LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, four LEAST SANDPIPERS, and five BLACK-NECKED STILTS. At Crissy Lagoon, a WILLET, two LEAST SANDPIPERS and a LONG-BILLED CURLEW joined the resident KILLDEERS. Lake Merced had a strange looking MEW GULL, and the trio of unusual ducks were all still at Stow Lake - the male HOODED MERGANSER and the female MANDARIN DUCK were following each other on the west side, and the now motley-looking male WOOD DUCK was east of the Boathouse.