At least it was a beautiful, calm, sunny day. Nice walk at the south
end to the river mouth. But birds? Well, not much.
I started at The Willows -- no landbirds except a Raven, almost nothing
offshore except Coots. Along the west shore heading south, several
stops were equally unrewarding. One adult Herring Gull at Warrior Point
with two Common Goldeneyes, one Bufflehead, and two Canvasbacks. At
Sutcliff, there were a few Western-type Grebes way out plus several
California Gulls. At the south end, there were 11 Tundra Swans, a few
Ravens, seven Canvasbacks, a few Buffleheads, lots of Coots, and a few
Gadwalls. New (for me this season) were six American White Pelicans. (A
single apparently not too healthy White Pelican was there through
mid-December, but I don't think that was one the six healthy-looking
birds present today.)
Gulls were plentiful along the east side on the walk up to the river
mouth -- my estimate was 900. Of those, six were adult Ring-bills, four
were adult Herring Gulls, one was a second-cycle Herring Gull, and the
rest (let's see, that would mean 889) were California Gulls. And it
looked to me like all of those were adults.
The shorebird flock on the south end was composed of exactly one Dunlin.
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