Bolsa Chica Wetlands – Saturday, August 1, 2015

A mid-afternoon visit to Bolsa Chica Wetlands in search of the recently seen Yellow-crowned Night-Heron turned up fruitless.  Mike Sanders and I covered quite a bit of ground, a total of 4.4 miles without success.  However a visit to Bolsa Chica will never disappoint bird lovers.  We generated a head count of 42 species and 2 taxa during our adventure.  The Savannah Sparrows seemed ubiquitous with many juveniles foraging along the pathways in the late afternoon.  Black Skimmers were seen most everywhere and the calls of the Elegant Tern at times were almost deafening.  As we concluded our journey at the entrance of the walk bridge the Ridgway’s Rail was found hidden low and barely visible.  A second Ridgway’s Rail appeared shortly thereafter within close proximity.  Several photos of today’s journey can be found below.  A complete checklist for this adventure at Bolsa Chica can be found on this eBird checklist for August 1, 2015.

Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015
Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015

Ridgway’s Rail (formerly Clapper Rail)

Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015
Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015

Semipalmated Plover

Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015
Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015

Elegant Tern in flight

Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015
Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015

Long-billed Curlew

Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015
Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015

Marbled Godwit

Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015
Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015

Western Sandpiper

Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015
Photo taken at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Huntington Beach, CA on August 1, 2015

Black Skimmer in flight

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