Posted by: Sandy Steinman | October 8, 2017

Birding Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary 10/8/17

Today I went birding at Elsie Roemer.  Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary is at the east end of Marsh Beach in the town of Alameda. It harbors aquatic birds and other salt marsh creatures. It was between tides, sunny, in the 60’s F with a slight breeze. There were very large numbers of shorebirds, which is what makes this one of the Bay Area’s top shorebird areas. We saw 29 different species.

There were  very  large numbers (100’s) of Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, Western Shorebirds, Willets,  and Marbled Godwits today. Terns were also seen in large numbers, both Elegant and Forster’s.

Also seen were Anise Swallowtail and Gulf Fritillary butterflies.

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Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary Bird List  Oct 8, 2017 
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     mid tides, 60’s F, light breeze, sunny
28 species (+1 other taxa)

(birds with X were either in large number or not counted)

Double-crested Cormorant  X
Brown Pelican  2
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  8
American Coot  4
American Avocet  3
Black Oystercatcher  4
Black-bellied Plover  X  – large number
Killdeer  2
Long-billed Curlew  6
Marbled Godwit  X  – large number
Black Turnstone  2
Sanderling  X – large number
Least Sandpiper  X
Western Sandpiper  X  – large number
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  X
Willet  X  – large number
Ring-billed Gull  X
Western Gull  X
Forster’s Tern  X
Elegant Tern  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Black Phoebe  2
American Crow  4
Common Raven  1
European Starling  4
House Finch  10
Lesser Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  2

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