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Semipalmated Sandpiper, and other shorebirds/waterbirds of interest

Early on Monday, June 1st, at high tide, there was a late and casual Semipalmated Sandpiper at the saltworks (off 13th Street), which after a couple minutes flew off to the south with several Snowy Plovers. It was the sole peep I saw today. I'll try again tomorrow morning, but presumably this bird is still hussling northbound, so it may well not linger. Also present were 2 late Surfbirds, which could easily end up summering locally (very rare), 1 basic-plumaged Long-billed Dowitcher (very rare or casual locally in summer, unlike Short-billed), 1 Black Turnstone, 8 Ruddy Turnstones, and 43 Red Knots (2 alternate, 41 basic). More pedestrian were the 76 basic-plumaged Black-bellied Plovers, only 1 Semipalmated Plover, 3 Long-billed Curlews, 2 Whimbrels, good numbers of basic Willets and Marbled Godwits, 47 basic Short-billed Dowitchers, and 4 Greater Yellowlegs. Almost all of these birds will likely summer locally.

Elsewhere, there's a continuing, ugly, first-cycle Glaucous-winged Gull at the J Street mudflats (where lots of the same shorebirds listed above do their feeding), and a late/summering male Northern Shoveler is at the main Dairy Mart Pond.

–Paul Lehman, San Diego
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