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Neat places to bird – Monterey Bay Birding Festival

In September 2013, I attended the Monterey Bay Birding Festival.  This was a lot of fun.  Here is a list of the birds I saw on that trip.  The ones shown in red were LIFERS!!!!!

1 Common Loon – several seen at Moss Landing
2 Pied-billed Grebe – seen on a couple of occasions in the Elkhorn Slough
3 Clark’s Grebe – one seen in the Elkhorn Slough
4 Black-footed Albatross – seen about 6-7 times in Monterey Bay
5 Pink-footed Shearwater – second most common shearwater in Monterey Bay
6 Flesh-footed Shearwater – just one seen in Monterey Bay
7 Buller’s Shearwater – third most common shearwater in Monterey Bay
8 Sooty Shearwater – most common shearwater in Monterey Bay
9 American White Pelican – seen in a couple areas near Moss Landing
note as common as Brown Pelican
10 Brown Pelican – very common; could be seen anywhere around water in larger numbers
11 Brandt’s Cormorant – very common in the bay, Moss Landing and in the various sloughs
12 Double-crested Cormorant – same as Brandt’s
13 Pelagic Cormorant – not nearly as many as Brandt’s and Double-crested, but certainly many around
14 Great Blue Heron – seen daily around the sloughs
15 Great Egret – seen daily around wet areas
16 Snowy Egret – seen daily around wet areas
17 Black-crowned Night-Heron – I saw just one, at Moss Landing
18 Turkey Vulture – easy to see each day
19 California Condor – we saw 7 different birds at Big Sur
20 Canada Goose – we saw one good sized flock on an inland slough
21 Brant – two birds seen at the mouth of the Big Sur River in the Andrew Molera State Park
22 Gadwall – a few seen in an effluent pond near a cattle farm, adjacent to the Elkhorn Slough
23 Mallard – seen in several wet areas
24 Blue-winged Teal – a few seen in an effluent pond near a cattle farm, adjacent to the Elkhorn Slough
25 Cinnamon Teal – a few seen in an effluent pond near a cattle farm, adjacent to the Elkhorn Slough
26 Northern Shoveler – a few seen in an effluent pond near a cattle farm, adjacent to the Elkhorn Slough
27 Northern Pintail – a few seen in an effluent pond near a cattle farm, adjacent to the Elkhorn Slough
28 Surf Scoter – a line of about 10 birds in Monterey Bay
29 Common Merganser – one seen at Moss Landing
30 White-tailed Kite – one seen at a cattle farm (resting on a manure pile) near the Elkhorn Slough
31 Bald Eagle – one seen perched high in a tree along a side road near Paicine
32 Northern Harrier – two or three seen each day in various locations
33 Sharp-shinned Hawk – one seen inland along a back-road
34 Red-shouldered Hawk – quite common, seen daily
35 Red-tailed Hawk – we saw fewer than Red-shouldered, but one was a rufous morph adult
36 Golden Eagle – we probably saw 7or 8 birds at least from in-land back-roads
37 American Kestrel – several seen in various locations
38 Peregrine Falcon – one seen in an argument with a Northern Harrier close to the ocean in Andrew Molera S. P.
39 Prairie Falcon – one seen soaring quite high from an inland back-road
40 California Quail – two coveys seen at different locations
41 Virginia Rail – one bird seen at the Elkhorn Slough
42 American Coot – a few seen at various wet locations
43 Black-bellied Plover – a couple seen at Moss Landing
44 Snowy Plover – a species of concern; several seen on the beach at Moss Landing
45 Semipalmated Plover – a few seen at Moss Landing
46 Killdeer – one seen in flight near Elkhorn Slough
47 Black Oystercatcher – one seen at Natural Brydges State Park
48 Black-necked Stilt – quite a number seen in wet areas and sloughs
49 Greater Yellowlegs – one seen at the Elkhorn Slough
50 Lesser Yellowlegs – one seen at Moss Landing
51 Willet – many at Moss Landing and elsewhere
52 Spotted Sandpiper – one seen at the Elkhorn Slough
53 Whimbrel – several seen at Moss Landing, ocean shoreline and at the Elkhorn Slough
54 Long-billed Curlew – seen at various wet locations
55 Marbled Godwit – Many seen at Moss Landing
56 Black Turnstone – several seen along areas of rocky shore-line
57 Surfbird – several seen along areas of rocky shore-line
58 Sanderling – several seen along ocean shore in various locations
59 Western Sandpiper – several seen around sloughs at various locations
60 Least Sandpiper – several seen around sloughs at various locations
61 Pectoral Sandpiper – a couple seen at the Elkhorn Slough
62 Short-billed Dowitcher – a few seen at Moss Landing
63 Long-billed Dowitcher – a couple seen at the Elkhorn Slough
64 Red-necked Phalarope – numerous at many locations
65 Pomarine Jaeger – seen out in Monterey Bay
66 Parasitic Jaeger – seen out in Monterey Bay and from shore at Moss Landing
67 Heermann’s Gull – seen at many locations near water
68 California Gull – seen in several areas in low numbers
69 Western Gull – seen everywhere near water in high numbers
70 Sabine’s Gull – one seen near wharf in Monterey
71 Elegant Tern – seen just about everywhere near water; several thousand at Moss Landing
72 Common Tern – one seen at Moss Landing
73 Common Murre – a few seen in Monterey Bay
74 Pigeon Guillemot – a few seen in Monterey Bay
75 Cassin’s Auklet – quite a few seen in Monterey Bay
76 Rhinoceros Auklet – quite a few seen in Monterey Bay
77 Rock Pigeon – as expected
78 Mourning Dove – common
79 Greater Roadrunner – one seen along a walking trail near San Juan Bautista
80 Vaux’s Swift – one seen flying at Andrew Molera State Park
81 Anna’s Hummingbird – the most common hummingbird in the area
82 Belted Kingfisher – one at Andrew Molera
83 Acorn Woodpecker – several seen at various locations, they tend to group together
84 Nuttall’s Woodpecker – one seen near walking trail near San Juan Bautista
85 Downy Woodpecker – one seen near walking trail near San Juan Bautista
86 Hairy Woodpecker – one seen near walking trail near San Juan Bautista
87 Northern Flicker (red-shafted) – one seen in Andrew Molera State Park
88 Pacific-Slope Flycatcher – several seen at various locations
89 Black Phoebe – several seen at various locations
90 Say’s Phoebe – one seen near Paicine
91 Loggerhead Shrike – several seen at various locations
92 Hutton’s Vireo – one seen at Andrew Molera State Park
93 Warbling Vireo – several seen at various locations
94 Steller’s Jay – several seen at various locations
95 Western Scrub-Jay – fairly numerous; seen at various locations
96 American Crow – as expected
97 Common Raven – as expected
98 Barn Swallow – as expected
99 Chestnut-backed Chickadee – numerous through-out
100 Oak Titmouse – birds seen at several different locations
101 Bushtit – fairly common; seen at several different locations
102 White-breasted Nuthatch – several seen near walking trail near San Juan Bautista
103 Brown Creeper – several seen at various locations
104 Canyon Wren – one seen near “Airline Highway” towards Paicines/Tres Pinos
105 Bewick’s Wren – several seen at various locations
106 House Wren – one seen at Andrew Molera State Park
107 Marsh Wren – one seen at Elkhorn Slough
108 Western Bluebird – many seen inland near Paicine
109 Wrentit – several seen in Andrew Molera State Park
110 Northern Mockingbird – several seen at various locations
111 California Thrasher – one seen at San Benito Historical Park, near San Juan Bautista
112 European Starling – as expected
113 Yellow Warbler – one seen at San Benito Historical Park, near San Juan Bautista
114 Black-throated Gray Warbler – one seen at Andrew Molera State Park
115 Townsend’s Warbler – several seen at various locations
116 American Redstart – one seen at Andrew Molera State Park
117 Wilson’s Warbler – one seen at San Benito Historical Park, near San Juan Bautista
118 Western Tanager – a couple seen, country roads
119 California Towhee – several seen at various locations
120 Rufous-crowned Sparrow – a couple seen, country roads
121 Lark Sparrow – several seen at various locations
122 Savannah Sparrow – one seen at former salt reclamation area, Moss Landing
123 Song Sparrow – several seen at various locations
124 White-crowned Sparrow (nuttall’s sub species) – several seen at various locations
125 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) – fairly common out in the country
126 Black-headed Grosbeak – one bird seen on a side road out past Paicine
127 Red-winged Blackbird – as expected throughout
128 Tricoloured Blackbird – flock seen near cattle farm along Dolan’s Road, Moss Landing
129 Western Meadowlark – one seen near walking trail, near San Juan Bautista
130 Brewer’s Blackbird – many birds seen throughout area
131 Brown-head Cowbird – many birds seen throughout area
132 House Finch – birds seen at various country locations
133 American Goldfinch – seen at various locations
134 House Sparrow – as expected
 

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