I saw my first MARBLED GODWIT under these conditions, keeping company with a juvenile CALIFORNIA GULL.
|Marbled Godwit && Juv California Gull|
Resident SONG and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS pose in the grasses along the trail, as they seem to do whenever we're there.
Dragonflies are plentiful now, large red and blue ones. They are so fascinating - I may have to learn how to identify them!
A GREATER YELLOWLEGS made his solitary way in the mud...
while hundreds of PEEPS (various SANDPIPERS and PLOVERS) winged and foraged their way together....
|California Gull (juv)|
and a CALIFORNIA GULL seemed to enjoy his reflection in the water.
The ducks this time of year are mostly brown, males, females and juveniles almost indistinguishable. NORTHERN PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL are now appearing in flocks with the usual hundreds of MALLARDS.
|Northern Pintail && Green-Winged Teal|
On the trail away from the bay, CHESTNUT BACKED CHICKADEES and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH continue to delight, and often we get glimpses of BEWICK'S and PACIFIC WRENS, and even a pair of WRENTITS (yesterday).
Visiting an hour or two before high tide (for the shorebirds), or at or near high tide (for the ducks), both make for consistently birdy August activity.