Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Shorebirds seen today--Famosa Slough
Today's trip was to Famosa Slough off of W. Point Loma Blvd. I wanted to go to the San Diego River mudflats, but it was a little foggy close to the shore.
Today, lots of shorebirds in the morning plus a good amount of snowy egrets. They were fighting. Well, actually one or two were fighting with everyone else.
Several black-necked stilts all around:
The killees! (Killdeer):
Many greater yellowlegs:
A couple of marbled godwits (only one pictured):
And, the little blue heron being harassed by one of the snowy egrets:
Also seen were American avocets, dowitchers, cranky willets, a long-billed curlew, mallards, coots, wigeons, pied-bill grebes, a cormorant, blackbirds, crows, pelicans, great blue heron, and terns one of which I swear is a least tern, but I didn't get a photo. It's very unusual to have least terns there this time of year.
It was fun seeing and hearing all the different shorebird sounds and watching how each species fed differently.