Beautiful hedges along side the water in bloom
Back left of the ibis
Only saw the one feeding near Black-necked Stilts.
Over 40 Double-crested Cormorants were roosting on this sandbar.
Tagged - see closeup
Eating a clam
This is an hepatic phase (meaning tannish-orange rather than gray) juvenile female Common Cuckoo and was probably the rarest bird known to be in North America at this time.
Found across Eurasia, this Common Cuckoo likely flew down the wrong coast and instead of ending up in Japan or SE Asia, it showed up in central California. In just a few days, hundreds of people came to see it. While there have been a few records from the Aleutian Islands and one from mainland Alaska, this was only the second ever of this species in the lower 48. The last one was in New England in 1981.
It appeared to be eating good numbers of wooly-bear caterpillars.
Seabirds of the inshore waters.
A Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), an adult and an immature Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) and two Heermann's Gulls (Larus heermanni) on the rocks along the Moss Landing jetty.
This gull is about one year old and showing a lot of feather wear. It is molting into what has traditionally been called its "2nd winter" plumage.
The gull in the foreground is an adult in non-breeding plumage. The bright red bill and heavy feather wear helps separate this bird from a very similar third year bird which molt earlier and would show a much crisper plumage.
The subspecies californicus differs from those living along the Gulf Coast and Eastern US by the pale yellow head, red throat and red bill tip found on breeding adults. With their white necks, these individuals are in non-breeding plumage,
Raucous flocks regular in Moss Landing lately. Feeding heavily on anchovies and other bait fish in open water and within the harbor and slough.