Date: 6/29/20 9:25 am
From: Nick Lethaby <nlethaby...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Ocean Beach Park shorebird migration

The SYRE mouth is still tidal although the tidal range is pretty limited.
Yesterday evening, there were lots of migrant shorebirds, including 440
Western Sandpipers, 2 Least Sandpipers, a Semipalmated Sandpiper, and 3
Short-billed Dowitchers. The other shorebirds present like Greater
Yellowlegs were probably oversummering birds.

The shorebird flocks are all over the river but move around a lot. If you
are patient, you can usually see them land on the mud spit opposite the car
park. If there is no heat haze and you have a good scope, you can get
decent looks. I had 9 Least Terns and there are lots of pelicans, gulls,
and Caspian Terns at the river mouth itself.



Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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