Date: 11/12/18 7:59 am
From: Jean Brocklebank <jeanbean...>
Subject: Re: [MBBIRDS] Baldwin Creek and Swanton
What a great list of species!

Question: is it usual to have so few shorebirds at this time of the year?


On Nov 11, 2018, at 8:55 PM, Phil Brown wrote:

> Todays Santa Cruz Bird Club trip took in Baldwin (no gull flock) and Swaton Pon. We had LESSER SCAUP, multiple WILSON'S SNIPE and a big array of raptors at Baldwin (WHITE-TAILED KITE, RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, MERLIN, COOPERS HAWK, NORTHERN HARRIER, AMERICAN KESTREL and TURKEY VULTURE), and good selection of ducks on the ponds (NORTHERN SHOVELLER, COMMON GOLDENEYE, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, LESSER SCAUP and a very surprising female type HOODED MERGANSER).
> There were a few SANDERLINGS on the beach but few shorebirds otherwise.
> On to Swanton pond where on stepping out of our cars we had LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and FERRUGiNOUS HAWK within 3 minutes. There were lots of RING-NECKED DUCKS on the pond, a couple of WOOD DUCKS, a couple of RUDDY DUCKS, a number of AMERICAN WIGEON, one GADWALL and MALLARDS. SORAS were plentiful and easy to see, and we did find one observable VIRGINIA RAIL. SAVANNAH, WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were seen. There was also a big flock of TRI-COLORED BLACKBIRDS.
> We had 69 species for the morning.
> Thanks to all who joined the group and helped find birds.
> Phil Brown

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