summering shorebirds

Early this morning, 21 June, there was 1 Pink-footed, 20 Sooty, and 300+ Black-vented Shearwaters off La Jolla, but 0 alcids. Also 2 (continuing) adult Reddish Egrets together at Emory Cove on South San Diego Bay.

Given that the very first of the returning, southbound shorebirds are now appearing, here are my numbers of what were all presumed over-summering, non-breeding shorebirds on San Diego Bay during this month. Seems as though numbers and variety were below average this year.

43 Semipalmated Plover
40 Black-bellied Plover (1 full alternate)
5 Whimbrel
6 Long-billed Curlew
180 Marbled Godwit
3 Ruddy Turnstone
25 Red Knot
11 Western Sandpiper
58 Short-billed Dowitcher
8 Greater Yellowlegs
XX Willet

--Paul Lehman, San Diego