Monday, October 27, 2014

Oso Bay Park

I wasn't sure I'd found a separate park so I had to do a bit of online research to confirm.  The path below leads all the way to Hans A Suter Wildlife Area, and it's difficult to say where one ends and other begins.  After failing to locate the Godwits earlier in the day at Suter, I explored Oso Bay Park until sunset.  

There were flyovers of Spoonbills, Cormorants, and Ibis.  A Willet hunted in the surf.  

I also found a Semipalmated Plover...

...and a Western Sandpiper, but no Godwits.

These little peeps are challenging to identify.  I took a second glance at this one's legs and thought they might be yellowish, then remembered they were muddy.  I have other photos in which I can see the bill is slightly downcurved.  Black legs plus downcurved bill equals Western Sandpiper.    

The Neotropic Cormorants used large pieces of debris scattered about the bay as perches.

I'm linking up this week with Camera Critters.

90 deg F
Species identified (13):  Brown Pelican, Great Blue Heron, Willet, Western Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Black-necked Stilt, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Neotropic Cormorant, Mourning Dove, Snowy Egret, Northern Cardinal, Semipalmated Plover


  1. That's quite a count and I feel like I have received an education. Wonderful photos and thanks for the information.

  2. Really beautiful images of these shore birds. A very impressive count!!

  3. You did great on these photos. I would call it Hans Suter Reserve still, even tho it goes around the me it's the same. LOL

    Again, fantastic, images.

  4. That is quite some walk and a great headcount as a result, love the muddy Sandpiper!
    Wren x

  5. very cute shorebirds. only get to see a random straggler here. :)

  6. I have to drive closer to the gulf to see the shorebirds. Nice collection. Looks like a fun day!

  7. Nice place for a walk.
    You have been photographed beautiful species.

  8. Beautiful pictures! Such a nice place to explore. Your lucky to live so close.

  9. Great photos! I had to look up 'Godwit' - I thought it was probably a bird, but it sounded like an obscure religious sect. I see we get those in the UK too - birds and obscure sects. Thanks for visiting mine - please drop by again!

  10. You found some great birds, even if it's not what you were looking for.

  11. Hi Jen. Another nice selection of shorebirds.