Date: 8/26/19 2:01 pm From: liammsf <liammsf...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Santa Cruz - Live Oak Beach
First message to the group after reading yours for some time. Thanks to Phil for getting the message board back up and running.
Today around lunchtime I observed a dozen first arrival SURFBIRDS foraging on the rock shelf below 18th Ave in Live Oak. They were joined by a few BLACK TURNSTONES and ten WHIMBRELS which have both been regular in the area over the past few weeks. Recently I have also observed half a dozen KILLDEER, a few MARBLED GODWITS, two WESTERN SANDPIPERS, one LEAST SANDPIPER, and one SEMIPALMATED PLOVER around the Corcoran Lagoon outlet on Live Oak beach. The water level in the lagoon is much higher than at this time last year and the lack of accessible mudflat and reed bed habitats is pushing birds out onto the beach where unfortunately they are more exposed to dogs and people. Within the lagoon itself, there have been as many as twenty RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in the past few days, as well as our regular SPOTTED SANDPIPER.
The news of the day, however, is actually from last night, when I heard what I believe to be a COMMON NIGHTHAWK flying overhead around 10pm. I am fairly certain of the ID as I spent an hour afterwards comparing calls of more regular birds and was not able to find a closer match. I assume this is an off-course migrant, so I would be very curious to know if anyone in the southeastern parts of the county sees a nighthawk in the coming days. Read more about what I observed last night here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59269714
If anyone has any other ideas of what this may have been, let me know. I probably researched 40 or 50 other species and couldn't come up with anything.