Posted by: Sandy Steinman | November 14, 2016

Birding Pt. Isabel 11/14/16

Today we went birding at Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline including Meeker Slough. We were looking for rails that are often visible during King Tides but were not found today.

The highlight was coming across a group of 35 Whimbrels. At first I thought they must be Marbled Godwits when seen from the distance. However, once I got the scope on them I saw the downward curving bills and striped heads on the birds.

We saw 38 species, which is a bit low but the high tide reduced the number of shorebirds and even waterbirds today. Also seen were Ground Squirrels and Monarch Butterflies.

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Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline Bird List Nov 14, 2016 10:05 AM – 1:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling  4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     High tide, foggy at start, sunny at finish, very little wind, 60’s F, includes Meeker Slough
38 species

Canada Goose  X
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Bufflehead  X
Pelagic Cormorant  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Brown Pelican  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Snowy Egret  X
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  X
American Avocet  X
Killdeer  X
Whimbrel  35     Unusually large group of Whimbrel on rocks during King Tide
Marbled Godwit  X
Western Sandpiper  X
Willet  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Western Gull  X
Glaucous-winged Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Mourning Dove  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  X
Black Phoebe  X
American Crow  X
Bushtit  X
Marsh Wren  X
American Robin  X
Cedar Waxwing  X
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
White-crowned Sparrow  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Savannah Sparrow  X
California Towhee  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
House Finch  X
House Sparrow  X

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