More photos so far unpublished on this blog.
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.
Two weekends ago, the song sparrow below was singing lustily at the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, perched on a sign that said Endangered Species Area. Itself not endangered, it was just singing happily, celebrating spring perhaps and its free life amid the wide open marshes.