Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 3, 2017

Birding Point Isabel 12/3/17

Today we went birding at Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, CA. It was a 7 foot king tide. We hoped the high tide would some of the Ridgway’s Rails out of hiding. We did hear a number of rails but none were visible.

The highlight of the day was seeing Wilson’s Snipe. We counted 13 but there may have been more. They were on the north side of the Island that is near where the trail splits off towards Meeker Slough. We also saw one on the east side of the trail on the way out. Also of note is there were four Black-crowned Night-Herons in the trees around the parking lot.  There were many water birds far out and shorebirds on distant rocks in poor light that were difficult to identify. We saw or heard about 40 species. Click Read More to see the list.

Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline, Contra Costa, California, US
Dec 3, 2017 10:05 AM – 1:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Sunny, 50’s light breeze. Very high tide 7of feet. Walked two miles out and 2miles back on same route.  Met two other birders who helped with some of the sightings.
36 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Northern Shoveler  X
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Green-winged Teal  X
Greater/Lesser Scaup  X     All were far out and could not be identified
Bufflehead  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Eared Grebe  1
Western Grebe  X
Western/Clark’s Grebe  X     Many were far out and couldn’t be identified to species
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Brown Pelican  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Snowy Egret  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  4
Turkey Vulture  5
White-tailed Kite  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ridgway’s Rail  X     several heard. none seen
American Coot  X
American Avocet  X
Killdeer  2
Dunlin  X
Least Sandpiper  X
Western Sandpiper  X
peep sp.  X     far out on rocks and in poor light. Some were possibly Black-bellied Plover based on shape and frequently seen at this specific location.
Wilson’s Snipe  13     seen on north side of island where trail curves to left near Meeker Slough Junction
Spotted Sandpiper  X
Greater Yellowlegs  X
Willet  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Western Gull  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  X
Black Phoebe  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X     heard only
White-crowned Sparrow  X
House Finch  X

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