North Coast shorebirds

Kevin Zimmer

I checked several spots along the North Coast for shorebirds today (8/30). Several of the creek mouths were either completely dry or unproductive. San Simeon Creek mouth had 15-20 Western Sandpipers, 35 Red-necked Phalarope and 6 Least Sandpipers. Estero Bluffs had scattered groups of shorebirds feeding in beached kelp, including 6 Short-billed Dowitchers (all juveniles), 3 Baird's Sandpipers (all juvs), 5 Least Sanpipers (all juvs) and 80+ Black Turnstones. One Red-necked Phalarope was feeding in the water just off the beach. One Wandering Tattler (an alternate-plumaged adult) and 6 Black Oystercatchers were scattered over the nearshore rocks.

At most stops, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew and Marbled Godwit were present in good numbers.

The Harlequin Duck was still present at Estero Bluffs.

Kevin Zimmer (Atascadero)

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