A group of 9 bicycling birders birded today along the San Mateo bayshore today on a Sequoia Audubon field trip, starting at Seal Point, and working up to Coyote Point. Off of Seal Point we noted many distant scaup, and enjoyed a large variety of gulls at the San Mateo Creek, including many MEW GULLS, and some lovely adult ICELAND (THAYER'S) GULLS. An OSPREY gave us a nice
Heading north to Coyote Point, the biggest surprise was 22 SURFBIRDS and about as many BLACK TURNSTONES on a breakwater. Is this Surfbird abundance a reflection of high surf on the ocean? I have only noted such a large concentration once before, also at Coyote Point in January. Checking the small freshwater marsh, we enjoyed 4 WILSON'S SNIPES.
Happy birding, Rob Furrow
-- Robert Furrow San Mateo, CA 94402 <robertfurrow...> <rfurrow...>