Los Osos misc.; help with ID?

Rubba Johanna

Hit Los Osos high spots today--Pecho Rd., Sweet Springs, Audubon overlook, Turri Rd. Brief visit each.

Pecho Rd.: Waders along the bay edge. Willets, Marbled Godwits, 1Killdeer, 1 Long-billed Curlew, and a mystery bird. Could not get close enough for a real good look, but--it was a shorebird smaller than a Godwit but bigger than a peep; chubby. Very short, black bill--way shorter than Short-billed Dowitcher. Bill was somewhat thick and blunt. Legs looked black, but it was late afternoon. White underneath. The wings were beige and seemed to be barred with vertical bars. The head was somewhat dark, with the eye and area around the eye very dark. It was by itself, feeding among the other waders.

Sweet Springs: walked the boardwalk to the lookout bench. Counted upwards of 150 waders in the shallows, mostly in silhouette. A look through the scope on the platform showed Willets and Marbled Godwits, at the least.

Audubon overlook: practically nothing to see. Quail heard in nearby bushes.

Turri Rd ponds: 11 Red-necked Phalaropes, judging by dark markings on the head. In the westerly ponds.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


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