Date: 9/5/19 3:26 pm From: liammsf <liammsf...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Fall in Full Swing in Pajaro Area - NASHVILLE WARBLER
I had a pretty productive morning in the Pajaro area today. The shorebirds pond was full of RED-NECKED PHALAROPES upon my arrival around 9am, upward of five dozen of them. There were also three LESSER YELLOWLEGS present. A lot of the usual suspects were present. I got a nice look at an immature COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
Moving through Pajaro Dunes, there was a lot of shorebird action on the slough. SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were present in large numbers, along with a few WILLETS, LEAST SANDPIPERS, MARBLED GODWITS, KILLDEER, WHIMBRELS, and a single BLACK-NECKED STILT. I saw a few more phalaropes, as well as both our egrets and three great-blue herons. At the end of the road, an early arrival TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was working the cypress in the Pelican Point parking lot. I also saw a few dozen SANDERLINGS and a SNOWY PLOVER out on the beach.
On the way out, I stopped at C.A.R.E. Park where the WILLOW FLYCATCHER was continuing after being present most of this week. The highlight of the day was a juvenile NASHVILLE WARBLER foraging high in a tree down the east fork of the trail, at the bend past the picnic table where the flycatchers have been seen. I got some good looks at all the diagnostic features but was not able to get a clear photo. Best I got is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59537759
Seems like fall is really kicking into gear, good luck out there!