I went to the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge in the South Bay to check out reports of a lesser sand plover (also known as a Mongolian plover). I found him, but didn't get great pictures of him because of the distance:
|Lesser sand plover, bathing|
|Walking away with western sandpipers|
|Still walking away with sandpipers|
There were an awful lot of western sandpipers there along with dowitchers, stilts, godwits, willets, avocets, phalaropes, and semipalmated plovers. I didn't expect to see this many shorebirds:
Look at these western sandpipers huddled up on the sand:
Some of these little guys let me get a close-up photo:
I didn't see the two rare sandpipers, but I heard they would be hard to spot even if I could access the area where they usually are. I was more interested in the plover.
There were two adorable baby black-necked stilts, one was close to me, another was near where the plover liked to hang out:
Lots of semipalmated plovers. This one seemed to be keeping an eye on everyone:
And, lots of savannah sparrows, but I think I only saw one Belding's savannah sparrow (not this one):
They like to glean from the vegetation:
There were killdeer, too.