Birding the Bulb

Went birding at the Albany Bulb with Sarah this morning. It was raining, but not hard, and there were actually plenty of birds about. Tide looked way out, and the waders were wading, ducks were diving and dabbling, humans were out with their dogs. Highlights were the big flock of beautiful Green-winged Teal, hilariously waddling about the mud flats (definitely not birds built for land), the Pelagic Cormorant and Oystercatchers out at the point, and oh yeah, A NEW SLUG FOR ME! I was sort of just perusing the pools at the point, not really hoping for much, when I cam across what I knew to be an opisthobranch I hadn't seen. Of course, I didn't have a camera with me, it being rainy and me wanting to focus on simply seeing stuff, instead of taking pictures. Looking it up now, I'm pretty certain it was in the genus Haminoea, but it's hard to say which one without a pic. Sigh.

Now I kind of want to go back and look for intertidal critters. Maybe next tide.

Posted by kueda kueda, March 15, 2009 11:26 PM

Observations

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Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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American Wigeon (Mareca americana)

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kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Porrón Bastardo (Aythya marila)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

Description

Lots of scaup, as usual. I'm only assuming some of them had to be Greater. Still can't really tell them apart.

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Dowitchers (Genus Limnodromus)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Zampullín Cuellirrojo (Podiceps auritus)

Observer

kueda

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March 15, 2009

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

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kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Pato Cuchara (Spatula clypeata)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Cerceta Común (Anas crecca)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

Description

There were LOTS of green-winged teal out there, like 20 or so. Kind of amazing. As usual, I started out thinking they were wigeons, but Sarah set me straight.

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American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)

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kueda

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March 15, 2009

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Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)

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kueda

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March 15, 2009

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Willet (Tringa semipalmata)

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kueda

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March 15, 2009

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Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)

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kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Ánade Real (Anas platyrhynchos)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Porrón Osculado (Bucephala clangula)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

Description

1 female.

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Chorlito Gris (Pluvialis squatarola)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

Description

There were one or two out here at the tip, and more on the mud flats along the northern shore. Not really sure I've positively ID'd this before, so yay.

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American Coot (Fulica americana)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

Description

One or two pecking and pumping among the rocks.

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Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Clark's Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Purple Shore Crab (Hemigrapsus nudus)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Pelagic Cormorant (Urile pelagicus)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

Description

DEVOURING crabs right of the point. Weirdly, it always seemed to come up with a crab that was nearly legless. I wonder if they peck off the legs underwater before bringing it up to swallow.

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American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

Description

Just beginning to get into summer plumage, along with several other species.

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White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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California Towhee (Melozone crissalis)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009

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Japanese Bubble Snail (Haloa japonica)

Observer

kueda

Date

March 15, 2009 10:28 AM PDT

Description

Oh jeez. I was just looking around in tidepools and under rocks while we birded when I came across this slug... and I didn't have a camera. It was raining, and for once I wanted to just focus on birding instead of photography, so I left my camera at home. Big mistake, because this was a whole new order of slugs for me (Cephalaspidea)! It was just grazing along some algae in a hollowed chunk of concrete. Brown overall with light speckles, internal shell was visible. Looked a lot like the pic of Haminoea vesicula in Behrens & Hermosillo, but Haminoea japonica is also a possibility. The lesson: always bring a camera. Always bring a camera. Always bring a camera.

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