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
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