Broughton Beach.

Yesterday morning at Broughton Beach was great- the weather was just unwelcoming enough that I was the only person there for the first hour and a half. 

Geese, crow, heron

 I found two Western Meadowlarks right at the beginning of the trail...


 Another ten feet or so down the path were three Horned Larks.  One was fully decked in leg bands:


 Orange and purple on the right leg, red and white on the left.  This bird has more accessories than me!


On our way back from the Sea Scout Base I saw some shorebirds had joined the gull flock on the beach.  I walked the dogs out there to see what was going on:  a mess of Ring-billeds, Californias, Mews (the first I've seen this fall), a handful of Bonaparte's (!) and a few Dunlin (I think).

 Dunlin, yes?  More interesting is the rare Great Unhorned Owl Gull next to them

Anyway, it was a fun and beautiful walk...


Good times!!

Comments

  1. Hi Jen, the Horned Larks and Meadowlarks would have made my day. Great outing and birds.

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  2. Sweet walk around and good birds to show for it too! Love the Meadow and Horned Larks..fun shot with the 3 species in it too!!

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  3. The Meadowlark photos are great! And I love those Horned Larks. You gull people (Rakestraw!) are too nerdy for me though. I just can't get into them :)

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  4. I didn't notice Great Unhorned Owl Gull on your updated life list. Is this a new bird for you? While they're not necessarily common in fall, Broughton Beach is a good place for them to show up. They sure are mean-looking, arent' they?

    Without thinking too hard about it, I sure like Dunlin for your shorebirds. Somehow, I want them to look bigger though next to those gulls. Oh well...

    Good birding!

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  5. It that Great Unhorned Owl a Great Horned Owl x California Gull Hybrid?

    Pretty sweet documentation then Jen

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  7. You will find out where to report the banded horned larks.

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