Curlew Sandpiper

Florence Sanchez

Our Curlew Sandpiper was present this afternoon around 4:15 p.m. on the UCSB east beach.  It was about 200 yards up the beach from the stairs, near the driftwood tepee on the beach.  AS usual, it was hanging with the Sandpipers as they fed actively at the edge of the kelp piles while the tide began to roll in.  

This bird has lost some of the scaliness of its juvenile plumage, but the white supercillium is still very pronounced.  The white rump is still easy to see most of the time.  Even when the bird does not fly, you can usually glimpse it peeking  between the folded wings.

There was a nice assortment of other shorebirds present this afternoon, including Least and Western Sandpipers; Kildeer, Semi-palmated Plovers, and Black-bellied Plovers; Black Turnstones; a lone Willet, Long-billed Curlew, and Whimbrel; and several Marbled Godwits.  A Forster's Tern was foraging just offshore.

Florence Sanchez