more summering waterbirds

On Sunday the 18th, an early-morning seawatch at La Jolla was slow, with just 300 Black-vented Shearwaters and 2 small alcid sp. (probably murrelets). Afterwards, we checked Mission Bay and the San Diego River mouth and had the following summering waterbirds:

"BLACK" BRANT: 2 (Crown Point; one has a broken wing)

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON: 2 (SD River @ Sports Arena bridge; one 2-yr-old and one 1-yr-old)

Semipalmated Plover: 1

Black-bellied Plover: 20

Long-billed Curlew: 5

Whimbrel: 2

Willet: 4

As you can see, the shorebirds today were pretty boring. Returning migrant (presumably failed breeders) Long-biled Curlews, Willets, and Marbled Godwits, plus Wilson's Phalaropes, should start returning any day now...

--Paul Lehman & Barbara Carlson, San Diego

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