Tim Boyer Photography

Small Groups, Cool Birds, Fun Locations

Bird Quest 2014

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Brown Pelican, La Jolla, CA
Brown Pelican, La Jolla, CA

A warm day and cool birds! Day 2 of my California trip I went to La Jolla, and Scripps Beach, for the pelican and the shorebirds, that can be found there.

There are also Brandt's and Double Crested Cormorants.

Brandt's Cormorant, La Jolla, Ca
Brandt's Cormorant, La Jolla, Ca
Double-crested Cormorant, La Jolla, CA
Double-crested Cormorant, La Jolla, CA

Just south of the La Jolla Caves, there's some beach access that often holds shorebirds.  I've found Black Turnstone, Spotted Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Black-bellied Plover and Willet here.  Today there was mostly gulls and a few Black Turnstones.

Black Turnstone, La Jolla, CA
Black Turnstone, La Jolla, CA

I finished the day at Scripps beach, and found the following birds there.

Whimbrel at Scripps Beach, CA
Whimbrel at Scripps Beach, CA
Spotter Sandpiper, La Jolla, CA
Spotter Sandpiper, La Jolla, CA
Say's Phoebe, Scripps Beach, CA
Say's Phoebe, Scripps Beach, CA
Marbled Godwit, Scripps Beach, CA
Marbled Godwit, Scripps Beach, CA

Shorebirds are my favorite group of birds, so whenever I can end the day with a few in golden light I consider it to be a magical ending to a great day.  Tally: at the end of Janauray 6th, I had 10 species photographed for the new year, and to quote Robert Frost, "miles to go before I sleep", but many adventures waiting ahead of me.