Shorebirds in South Bay
Late this morning we drove down to Bird and Butterfly, and it was pretty birdfree. The only thing of interest was a juvenile Cooper's Hawk. We stopped at the ranger station on Dairy Mart Road and were rewarded with two California Thrashers, one up top on shrubs and singing vociferously.
More surprises at 13th St. in Imperial Beach. An offshore sandbar was jammed with birds, mainly Willets and Marbled Godwits, with a few Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets and one Long-billed Curlew. The open water around the bay was dotted with dozens of Red-necked Phalaropes. A few minutes later, a very dark juvenile Peregrine Falcon arrived and started hovering about 20 feet high and studying the water. Eventually it dropped down and picked up a phalarope, flew to a nearby mudflat and started plucking it. A real thrill.
Vic Warren and Laurel Scott
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