The area between the Pacific Ocean and Jetty Road at Moss Landing is small, just a sliver of land in comparison to other wildlife refuges, but it contained a good variety of birds, some I had never seen. I kept going back there, three times in all on different days, and there was always some new animal or bird to photograph.
A colorful duck was a Surf Scoter swimming near the human surfers.
Not to be outdone, a Loon was doing the same thing.
A young bird counter helpfully pointed out to me a juvenile Bonaparte Gull strolling near the Sea Otters.
Nearby a Song Sparrow was in full singing mode.
A Brown Pelican occasionally flew by the surfers, checking them out and making sure they knew what they were doing.
Only a couple miles from Moss Landing beach, Cliff Swallows had built their nests under the overhang of a building.
On the beach, many Long-billed Curlews and Marbled Godwits were strolling on the sand, looking for food morsels.