Birding with Rick and Sherry

Saturday, September 25, 2004, Led by Mary and Bill

Photos by Bill Walker

12 Species at 2 Locations

Red-necked Phalarope SC
I noticed someone digiscoping with their Swarovski spotting scope, and headed over to see if he had found something interesting. He had evidently been looking at some Phalaropes. Although they flew off as I first approached, they later returned to a much sunnier spot.
Legend
Big Basin State Park, CA = BBSP
Santa Cruz, CA = SC

12 Species at 2 Locations

Red-necked Phalarope SC
I noticed someone digiscoping with their Swarovski spotting scope, and headed over to see if he had found something interesting. He had evidently been looking at some Phalaropes. Although they flew off as I first approached, they later returned to a much sunnier spot.
Legend
Big Basin State Park, CA = BBSP
Santa Cruz, CA = SC

12 Species at 2 Locations

Santa Cruz
Red-necked Phalarope
I noticed someone digiscoping with their Swarovski spotting scope, and headed over to see if he had found something interesting. He had evidently been looking at some Phalaropes. Although they flew off as I first approached, they later returned to a much sunnier spot.
Big Basin State Park
Santa Cruz

Trip Map

Trip Notes

We got to Natural Bridges toward sunset, and the Turnstones and Sanderlings were feeding in the surf, seemingly oblivious to nearby people and pets. I've never gotten so close to a Turnstone before, it was really magical. I shot nearly 80 pictures in about 20 minutes.

As the light was fading, we saw five Sea Otters in the bay, one of which was quite close. It had a pale golden head, and was using a rock to crack shellfish.