Date: 2/6/18 5:15 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Re: Coyote Point Red Knot, Surfbirds, a Clark's Grebe
The "Western Flycatchers" at Coyote Point were of course Western
Sandpipers! (No, not Pacific-slope Sandpipers either...) Thanks Jane
Tatchell for catching the type.

On Tue, Feb 6, 2018 at 3:23 PM, Tom Grey <tgrey...> wrote:

> Sunday (2/4/18) I went to Coyote Point in late morning (rising tide) in
> search of shorebird photo-ops, inspired by Rob Furrow's report.
> Lots of birds in photo range, exemplified by my Red Knot & Shorebird
> Potpourri pic.
> This photo is a study in the myopia of the photographer. I noticed a
> Willet and a Whimbrel facing each other, in profile to me and in the same
> plane, so they would both be sharp in the image. Might be an OK picture.
> Focus, click.
> Only later when I was processing the file at home did I notice that
> by concentrating on these two familiar birds I had missed a rarer
> one spilling off the left edge of the frame with its tail outside the
> frame: a RED KNOT. Not only that, but a BLACK TURNSTONE, another rarity
> here, was right above the Whimbrel, a blur in the photo. Further, above the
> Willet was a blurred bird with bright yellow legs which I now believe was a
> SURFBIRD. In the end, I did get good pictures of the Surfbirds I saw (at
> least six), but only this partial one of a Knot and none of a Turnstone. Oh
> the picture also shows *Western Flycatchers *and a Curlew and maybe a
> Black-bellied Plover or two, all in all enough to justify calling it a
> potpourri of shorebirds, particularly shorebirds of the rocky ocean
> shore, two of which (Turnstone and Surfbird) I'd never seen away from the
> coast before.
> Also seen and photographed on this productive outing, as mentioned,
> Surfbirds, and also a CLARK'S GREBE and a BELTED KINGFISHER:
> And continue on in
> to see pictures from this outing of Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwits, a
> pair of Surf Scoters, and a Mew Gull.
> Great spot, thanks Rob!
> --
> Tom Grey

Tom Grey

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