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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.

Surf Scoter at Marina beach.

Surf Scoter at Moss Landing beach.

Surf Scoter at Marina beach.

Surf Scoter flapping its wings at Moss Landing beach.

Not to be outdone, a Loon was doing the same thing.

Loon flapping wings at Marina beach.

Loon flapping wings at Moss Landing beach.

A young bird counter helpfully pointed out to me a juvenile Bonaparte Gull strolling near the Sea Otters.

Young Bonaparte Gull.

Young Bonaparte Gull on a bank of Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing.

Nearby a Song Sparrow was in full singing mode.

Song Sparrow at Marina.

Song Sparrow at Moss Landing.

A Brown Pelican occasionally flew by the surfers, checking them out and making sure they knew what they were doing.

Brown Pelican at Marina beach.

Brown Pelican at Moss Landing beach.

Only a couple miles from Moss Landing beach, Cliff Swallows had built their nests under the overhang of a building.

Cliff Swallow in nest.

Cliff Swallow in nest.

On the beach, many Long-billed Curlews and Marbled Godwits were strolling on the sand, looking for food morsels.

Long-billed Curlew on Marina beach.

Long-billed Curlew on Moss Landing beach.

Marbled Godwit at Marina Beach.

Marbled Godwit at Moss Landing Beach.