Date: 7/21/20 9:17 am
From: Robert Lindsay <thisisroblindsay...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Returning COP shorebirds
7/21, 7:30-9:00 am

Walked the beach around COP from the west end of Isla Vista to well into the plover reserve and was pleasantly surprised by the number and diversity of shorebirds on the beach. Only have rough numbers for most species.
25 Long-billed Curlew
20 Whimbrel
3 Willet
1 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Black Turnstone
15 Black-bellied Plover
20 Semipalmated Plover
2 Sanderling
15 Western Sandpiper
10 Least Sandpiper
Many Snowy Plovers scattered all over the preserve area
Many Western Gull
15 Heerman's Gull (2 Juvenile)
1 Caspian Tern flying over
*1 Least Tern* (on the beach near where Devereaux Slough drains in winter)

The sand critters have had a couple of months to replenish their numbers so I suspect this area will be thick with shorebirds in a few weeks.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

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