Field Trip to Bolsa Chica, April 28 2013

Field Trips

Sue Liberto

Six brave birders met at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve saltmarsh & breeding area to view shorebirds of many types.  Sue Craft, Sue Liberto, Ron & Linda Yagi and Bruce & Diane Cable were in attendance for the group picture at 11:15 A.M.   If anyone else was there, we’re sorry we missed you.

Excited terns screeched all-day long & flashed by like racing white blurs. We went to the footbridge area, which was saved from development (beginning) in 1976, and the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is now a blessing to birders with cameras, binoculars and the naked eye.

Effort and persistence were the rules of the day, mixed in with a little "luck." The birds were reticent and you had to be quick to get some prize shots.  Fast shutter speeds of 1/1000 second  were used, and 400 ISO when the day finally turned bright and sunny.

Sue Craft

Sue L & Sue C reported grey conditions when they arrived to "scope" the area for parking and walking restrictions.  Ron and Linda spent the night before and walked the additional half mile from the Interpetive Center  to the “photographers” bridge. The weather was beautiful… warm with intermittent wind.  At times it was quite warm and sunscreen shone on red arms.

Sue Liberto reports  that she was photographing the Ruddy Turnstone, and observing his odd behavior… turning over rocks and shells looking for things to eat.  Hence, the Turn-Stone part of his name.

Sue Craft observed the Tern… after diving for a fish, (darn, she missed that photo) caught him mid-air, making a couple round trips to deliver a fish to “mom” on the nest. Hmmmm… unless it was mom catching breakfast for dad sitting on the nest!

Bruce and Diane Cable saw:

  • Canada Geese, brown pelicans, terns, herons, Ibis, egrets, coots, sandpipers as well as red-winged blackbirds.
  • Several birds of prey, duck, gulls, pigeons, sparrows and doves were in abundance.
  • Plovers, Willet, Stitls, Skimmers & Dowitcher were among those seen as well as were Godwit with their dark-tipped beaks.
  • See photos for exact names and species.

Bruce Cable

The surprise of the day: Sharks, rays and sea slugs were found near shore for observant shallow-water watchers.

"Bolsa Chica is one of the premier birding locations in Southern CA." The drive is only about 90 minutes,  so go 'see what you can see' soon.

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