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Bolsa Chica Birding in December!

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New Birding IDs Today:
Green-Winged Teal, American Widgeon, Greater Yellowlegs,
Surf Scoter, Northern Pintail, Eared Grebe,
Western Sandpiper

I saw the Surf Scoter right as I entered Bolsa Chica, to the left of the footbridge, and his beak was so bright and parti-colored! I saw four immature Black-Crowned Night Herons through the chain-link fence, all sleepy. The snowy egrets were out in abundance, standing calmly by the path and down by the water’s edge. There was a huge flock of double-crested cormorants on the water; one California White Pelican landed in the lead position among them! There was an unexpected flock of American Avocets, many Marbled Godwits intermixed with Western Sandpipers, and lots of Bufflehead Ducks, Scaups, and Willets, too. I saw a few Ring-Necked Ducks. I also saw my favorite duck: the Gadwall! For once, Canadian Geese, mallards, and grebes were scarce, but as usual, American Coots were quite plentiful.

Around a leafless tree in the middle of the wetlands were three or four Great Blue Herons, but the Osprey stood out where she stood looking down from the highest vantage point in the branches. There were plenty of Great White Egrets, gulls, sanderlings, and terns around too. I may have seen a Dowitcher (non-breeding); I definitely saw a Long-Billed Curlew. Three white-crowned sparrows sang sweetly to me from the brush, and two rock doves said goodbye to me as I crossed the bridge back to the parking lot. I saw a Black Phoebe and a California Brown Pelican as I drove away.

Beautiful day!