North Campus Open Space and Devereaux

Robert Lindsay

Sunday, 7/28, 7:30-1030 am

Started at NCOS. Not much on the walk down to Devereaux. Two Say's Phoebe and a Cassin's Kingbird along the path. All were quite darkly marked. The pond near the entrance has a layer of plant growth over the surface thick enough for the Song Sparrow and Lesser Goldfinch to walk on while gleaning from the surface. Most interesting birds here were at the bridge near the top end of the drainage where I saw 5 Western Sandpiper, a very cooperative Green Heron, 6 Canada Geese, and a somewhat surprising juvenile Lark Sparrow perched in the reeds.

The first pullout at Devereaux had 7 Least Sandpiper, 15 Western Sandpiper, a couple dozen Semipalmated Plover, and a single Short-billed Dowitcher (judging by the three-note call it made while flying). The bay between the pullouts had 6 Black-necked Stilt. The second pullout had many Black-Crowned Night Heron (but no Yellow-Crowned seen here or at NCOS). Both sites had abundant Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egret. A few cormorants near the second pullout but no Neotropical this morning.

Walked the beach on both sides of Coal Oil Point next. The east side had 3 Whimbrel, 3 Western Sandpipers, and 15ish Semipalmated Plover. The west side (where the Plover Reserve is found) was much birdier. Here there were 5 Willets, a single Long-billed Curlew, 2 Black Turnstone, 7 Least Sandpiper (but no Western?), 25 or so Sanderling (with a fair amount of color still in their plumage), many Snowy Plover (but no obvious recently born birds) and very many Black-bellied Plover (half of which were somewhat to completely black-bellied). One large group of these were clustered near the mouth of the slew. I looked through these carefully but could find no other similar species lurking among them. There were 6 additional Canada Gees here. No Least Terns (or any other Terns for that matter) seen this morning. A single adult Heerman's Gull flew by. Otherwise all gulls were Western.

Walked next to the dune pond next and picked up an Ash-throated Flycatcher as I neared the pond. In the pond were 21 more Canada Geese. There were also 2 adult Pied-billed Grebe herding around 6 little red-faced greeblets. There was also a pair of Nutall's Woodpecker in the dead Eucalyptus here. All sites visited this morning had lots of Swallows with Cliff the most abundant but also saw Northern Rough-winged and Barn.

Nothing else of interest,
Rob Lindsay