Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 30, 2018

Birding Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline 1/30/18

Today I went birding at Pt. Isabel for the King Tide, which was 7.2 Feet. I walked the Richmond Bay Trail from Rydin Rd. to a little past  the Meeker Slough cutoff on and the Meeker Slough Trail.  With the high tide I hope to see Ridgway’s Rail or Sora but didn’t see either. I may have heard a Ridgway’s Rail. Met several other birds along the way who pointed out a few birds I might have missed. I came up with 49 species. There was also a group of distant black birds that were probably either Red-wings or Starlings.  Highlights were seeing 3 Wilson’s Snipe on Island opposite the trail junction to Meeker’s Slough and watching a gull chase an Osprey. It was a very good day for waterbirds, less so for shorebirds as the tide was still fairly high even when I left. There were very large numbers of Scaup, Ruddy Ducks and Western Sandpipers further out on the bay. There were also a good number of Western and Clark’s Grebes, Canada Goose, Green-winged Teal, American Avocet, Gulls and White-crowned Sparrows.

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Pt. Isabel Regional Shoreline, Contra Costa, California, US
Jan 30, 2018 9:20 AM – 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Sunny, calm to light breeze, temp 50- 60’s F, King Tide of 7.2 feet. Walked from Rydin Rd. to a little past Meeker Slough cutoff on main trail and also Meeker Slough. Met several other birds along the way who pointed out a few birds. A group of distant black birds that were probably either Red-wings or Starlings. May have heard a Ridgway’s Rail.
48 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Gadwall  1
American Wigeon  X
Mallard  X
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  X
Lesser Scaup  1
Greater/Lesser Scaup  X
Bufflehead  X
Common Goldeneye  3
Ruddy Duck  X
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Western Grebe  X
Clark’s Grebe  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  X
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
White-tailed Kite  2
American Coot  X
American Avocet  X
Black-bellied Plover  X
Least Sandpiper  X
Western Sandpiper  X
Wilson’s Snipe  3
Willet  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Western Gull  X
California Gull  1
Anna’s Hummingbird  3
Say’s Phoebe  1
American Crow  X
Common Raven  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  1
Bushtit  X
Northern Mockingbird  1
American Pipit  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
White-crowned Sparrow  X
Golden-crowned Sparrow  X
Savannah Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  3
California Towhee  4
Western Meadowlark  1
House Finch  X
Lesser Goldfinch  X

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42375306

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


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