It's getting pretty late for a Magnolia Warbler.
I have a difficult time getting photos of American Redstart. They are so hyper!
A few Northern Waterthushes winter in area wetlands, particularly in the mangroves. This one was at Sheepshead.
This seems to be a good year for Hermit Thrushes.
A Wood Thrush has also been hanging around the Convention Center for the past week.
This Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a lttle bit late. A few usually winter in the Valley.
I drove out on the mudflats to get a better look at the shorebirds, gulls and terns. This gull had me going for a while. It was just a little bigger than the Laughing Gulls and very boldly marked. The bill seemed too large for a Mew Gull and the bird seemed too small for a California so I knew it had to be a Ring-billed Gull. Turns out to be a juvenile plumage that I've never noticed before down here. It was a good learning experience.
Franklin's Gulls are still passing through. I used to think it ws difficult to separate them from Laughing Gulls in winter plumage. Seems pretty easy now.
There were lots of shorebirds on the flats but with the cloudy conditions my photos are not too great so we're going to skip them. Back at Sheepshead I got a glimpse of a distant Tennessee Warbler. They often have faint wing bars that can confuse even experienced birders.
Mottled Duck 10 Blue-winged Teal 4 Northern Pintail 10 Redhead 10 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Double-crested Cormorant 3 American White Pelican 50 Brown Pelican 60 Little Blue Heron 1 Tricolored Heron 1 Reddish Egret 1 Roseate Spoonbill 8 Osprey 1 Common Gallinule 1 Black-necked Stilt 6 Black-bellied Plover 10 Snowy Plover 3 Semipalmated Plover 7 Piping Plover 27 Willet (Western) 15 Marbled Godwit 9 Ruddy Turnstone 15 Sanderling 20 Dunlin 100 Least Sandpiper 3 Western Sandpiper 30 Short-billed Dowitcher 12 Laughing Gull 400 Franklin's Gull 100 Ring-billed Gull 3 Herring Gull (American) 1 Caspian Tern 20 Forster's Tern 20 Royal Tern 150 Sandwich Tern 15 Black Skimmer 6 Eurasian Collared-Dove 10 White-winged Dove 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 White-eyed Vireo 1 Blue-headed Vireo 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2 Hermit Thrush 1 Wood Thrush 1 Gray Catbird 10 Long-billed Thrasher 1 Northern Mockingbird 1 Orange-crowned Warbler 1 Common Yellowthroat 1 American Redstart 1 Magnolia Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 2 Black-throated Green Warbler 3 Wilson's Warbler 1 Northern Cardinal 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Indigo Bunting 8 Red-winged Blackbird 20 Great-tailed Grackle 2
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