Date: 7/24/19 10:33 am From: Dika Golovatchoff <digolov...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Shore birds Mission Creek Outflow 7/23 and YCNH Devereux 7/22
Yesterday evening I made my first summertime visit to the now quite attractive channel stretching from about Stearns wharf to the end of Garden st. Just below parking lot I first saw a fairly large group of gulls evenly divided between Western and Heermann's. Walking west I found at least a dozen Whimbrels and one Willet flew by - distinguished by its striking wing pattern. Also a Marble Godwit with its long downcurved two-tone bill. Lastly I came upon a group of Black Skimmers, of which I was able to capture one successful catch with my camera. It's always a joy for me to watch these very acrobatic foragers.
The day before (7/22) I made a brief stop at Deveruex just before 2PM. Parking at the "bridge to nowhere" I did not observe a Neotropic - but as I was watching its usual spot an Osprey flew in, perched briefly and flew off again toward the ocean. Besides the adult BCNHs and Snowy Egrets I saw the Juvenile YCNH that appears in Thomas Turner's ebird post for 7/23. It was in the exact same location as his photo. I did not take a photo of this bird, mistaking it at first for a BCNH juvenile. I have not been out to NCOS so I have no idea if it is the same bird that others saw there. I've had trouble with Flickr lately but I did post a Skimmer and Osprey photo there today. https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/