Big Year Update – 246 Species

After completing a survey fairly early this morning, I went a little ways up the coast to Palos Verdes. At Pt. Vicente, there was a large flock of shearwaters and other seabirds quite a ways off the coast. The handful that came in close enough to ID were Black-vented and Sooty Shearwaters, both new species for the year. Stopped at a scenic overlook on Hawthorne that had a lot of cactus to get Cactus Wren and saw two of them the minute I got out of my Jeep. Then, I went back to Madrona Marsh to see if I could find the Red-necked Phalorope that I couldn’t find on Sunday. I found it almost immediately and got a bunch of pics (one below), departing just in time to join a conference call on the drive home. Now at 246 for the year.

Red-necked Phalarope. Photo by Marcus C. England.
Red-necked Phalarope. Photo by Marcus C. England.

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