South Bay Salt Works — Field Trip Report

Hi Everybody,

We had a wonderful field trip today, Saturday November 19.

Beautiful day, lots of birds, 36 friendly birders.

We found 73 bird species. Lots of Eared Grebes, Brant, American Wigeon, and Black-bellied Plover.
Two surprise birds for this location were a Snow Goose and a Rock Wren.

A real treat today was having all six of our current PAS teenage birders with us on this one field trip!
Max Leibowitz, Ryan Andrews, Trysten Loefke, Aidyn Loefke, Alex Bairstow, & Drew Beamer.

Many thanks to FWS Ranger Debbie Good for opening the gate and showing us the way!

Here’s our species list:

Snow Goose
American Wigeon
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Ridgway’s Rail
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Black Turnstone
Red Knot
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Hybrid Gull sp.
Forester’s Tern
Royal Tern
Elegant Tern
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Say’s Phoebe
Cassin’s Kingbird
Horned Lark
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Rock Wren
Marsh Wren
American Pipit
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
House Finch

JIM BECKMAN, co-leader and list compiler.

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