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Friday, November 8, 2013

Beach break

I'm at a meeting in Oxnard, CA, and was indoors for most of the day.  But the meeting is at a hotel that's right on the water, so during a break I took a quick look at the beach and found a few birds nearby:

Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)


There were a few curlews actively feeding in the swash zone.  They appeared to be catching small Mole Crabs (Emerita analoga).

 
Occasionally they would be joined by a flock of Marbled Godwits (Limosa fedoa), offering a nice comparison.



I also encountered several Snowy Plovers (Charadrius nivosus) resting higher on the beach:



Not such a bad meeting break!

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