West coast birding - the Pacific not the Atlantic

After a couple of good days in Chicago, we've hit the Pacific coast and done a stack of sight-seeing which resulted in views of Anna's Hummingbird in a San Franciscan park, loads of Brandt's Cormorants and Western Gulls, a single White-throated Swift and one Heermans Gull. White-crowned Sparrows are very common here too.

Today we made our way down to Monterey stopping off at a couple of birdy sites. The strong westerlies were keeeing most things down unfortunately. At Pescadero there were lots of Western Gulls and CAspian Terns on the beach with once adult Glaucous-winged Gull. On the marsh we had a pair of Northern Harriers and the surprise of three Red-necked Phalaropes but not a great deal else.

At Moss Landing we enjoyed the raft of Sea Otters, a host of Harbour Seals and a pier full of Sealions as well as a couple of Long-billed Curlews and three fly-over Whimbrel. Squadrons of Brown Pelicans travelled up and down the Slough but again there was little else on show.

Once we'd found our hotel for the night, I made a quick trip up to Jack's Peak where I had lots of singing Wrentits as well as Steller's Jays, Western Scrub Jay, Bush Tit, Bewicks Wren, Oregon Junco and Band-tailed Pigeon.

Tomorrow will hopefully be a whale cruise if the wind drops!


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