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Hotel del Coronado Shorebirds

Following up on Paul Lehman’s email of yesterday I was at the beach in front of the Del this morning at first light. A huge number of shorebirds feeding at the waters edge, including over 800 Sanderlings, about 300 Surfbirds, Marbled Godwits and Willets working the surf and a few at the high tide line probing grunion nests. The Surfbirds are in breeding plumage now, as are the Black Turnstones on the rocks in front of the Del. Well worth getting up early, even if the light didn’t want to cooperate for pictures today. About 80 or so Surf Scoters were diving just outside the breakers. A very flighty dark backed gull appeared to have yellow legs, but I couldn’t positively call it a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Dan Jehl
San Diego
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