Wings over Monterey

Saturday, January 18, 2003, Led by Steve Shunk

Photos by Bill Walker

90 Species at 2 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall CGP
Mallard CGP
Harlequin Duck CGP
And suddenly, there were three Harlequin Ducks swimming along like twenty feet from the sidewalk. I was so excited all I could yell was "Ducks! Ducks! Ducks!" I tried to make a digiscoping picture, which was a mistake. I ended up with a lousy picture and no real experience of observing the birds. Happily I had a more leisurely observation in nearly the same spot a few years later.
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer CGP
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet CGP
Dunlin CGP
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Mew Gull CGP
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin CGP
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Black-throated Blue Warbler SC
Following an email report, we tramped around to the back porch of some lucky person's apartment and found this glorious bird flitting around the backyard trees.
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Coast Guard Pier, CA = CGP
Santa Cruz, CA = SC

90 Species at 2 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall CGP
Mallard CGP
Harlequin Duck CGP
And suddenly, there were three Harlequin Ducks swimming along like twenty feet from the sidewalk. I was so excited all I could yell was "Ducks! Ducks! Ducks!" I tried to make a digiscoping picture, which was a mistake. I ended up with a lousy picture and no real experience of observing the birds. Happily I had a more leisurely observation in nearly the same spot a few years later.
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Killdeer CGP
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet CGP
Dunlin CGP
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Mew Gull CGP
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Merlin CGP
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Black-throated Blue Warbler SC
Following an email report, we tramped around to the back porch of some lucky person's apartment and found this glorious bird flitting around the backyard trees.
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
Coast Guard Pier, CA = CGP
Santa Cruz, CA = SC

90 Species at 2 Locations

Coast Guard Pier
Santa Cruz
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Following an email report, we tramped around to the back porch of some lucky person's apartment and found this glorious bird flitting around the backyard trees.
Coast Guard Pier
Harlequin Duck
And suddenly, there were three Harlequin Ducks swimming along like twenty feet from the sidewalk. I was so excited all I could yell was "Ducks! Ducks! Ducks!" I tried to make a digiscoping picture, which was a mistake. I ended up with a lousy picture and no real experience of observing the birds. Happily I had a more leisurely observation in nearly the same spot a few years later.

Trip Map

Trip Notes

The weather was fabulous, and we had four life birds today, which more than made up for the rare flycatcher we didn't see in Santa Cruz.