Birding Tubbs Island, San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Tried birding a new spot this morning, hoping for lots of ducks and waders. Definitely a lot of wader, pretty much nil on the ducks. I guess the winter migrants haven't reached that spot just yet, b/c all we saw was one Ruddy, Western and Clark's Grebes, 2 female Canvasbacks, a float of scoters, a float of scaup, and 2 females that were probably Green-winged Teal. That's actually a pretty poor list for the Bay.

Nevertheless, we saw lots of other birds, and took the time to ID some peeps. Feel much better about distinguishing Dunlins for Western and Least Sandpipers now (larger, downcurved bill / black legs / light legs). Also saw a bunch of American Pipits, which was pretty neat, not to mention some very handsome little lycaenids.

Posted by kueda kueda, November 09, 2009 06:33 AM

Observations

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Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009 09:56 AM PST

Description

One of the things I like about birding is that I usually put my camera away and just ... look at stuff. It makes me realize how much of my time I often spend thinking about images and not the subjects of those images: what they look like now, in front of my eyes, how they're reacting, moving, changing. In many ways the camera helps me slow down and look closer at the world, but I find it important to remember how it can also distract me from the world.

Of course, it's not like I go birding cameraless! Perish the thought. While Sarah and I were sorting out our peeps and lamenting the paucity of ducks around Tubbs Island (San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge), we found a ton of these tiny lycaenids. Pretty!

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Cerceta Común (Anas crecca)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Short-billed Gull (Larus brachyrhynchus)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Chorlito Gris (Pluvialis squatarola)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Say's Phoebe (Sayornis saya)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Willet (Tringa semipalmata)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Clark's Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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American Pipit (Anthus rubescens)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Correlimos Común (Calidris alpina)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

Description

Down-turned bill. This is the key. Also bigger than the Western and Least sandpipers, though that's pretty hard to see unless you have them side by side.

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Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Garceta Grande (Ardea alba)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Dowitchers (Genus Limnodromus)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

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Scaups, Pochards, and Allies (Genus Aythya)

Observer

kueda

Date

November 8, 2009

Description

They were scaup. God knows which one.

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