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Sutro Jaegers & Beach Shorebirds

Brian Fitch
 

During this morning's seawatch, three adult Parasitic Jaegers were pirating together, but only stayed in sight for a few minutes.  A flock of around 25 Western Sandpipers flew by heading into the Golden Gate, and a handful of Least Sandpipers and several un-ID'd shorebirds also passed by.

A short walk on Ocean Beach around Pacheco turned up two Semipalmated Plovers, a Sanderling, and five Least Sandpipers, all flushed into flight by you-know-whats, while four Willets, five Marbled Godwits, and a larger number of Whimbrels were at the edge of the low tide surf, protected from flushing by small lagoons.  I don't know why the smaller birds didn't join them.

Brian Fitch