Audubon Overlook, Los Osos

Kaaren Perry

As you may have recently noticed, many of the returning shorebirds are showing bright, crisp and often colorful juvenile plumages. Yesterday at the 4th St Audubon Overlook was no exception.  At the afternoon receding tide there were examples of bright juvenile Western and Least Sandpipers, one juv. Black-bellied Plover that appeared to be in juv. plumage and several juv. Willets.  I do find it fun to spot these youngsters as they are returning from their far north breeding grounds. 

A single Belted Kingfisher resting on the nearby pier was showing the brownish breast band of a juvenile. They are reported to breed within SLO county.  Photo now on flickr.