Half Moon Bay Coastside 3

Yesterday was another long day (7+ miles) and so I’m a bit behind on sorting through my photos. We had sunny skies and very little wind in Pillar Harbor (Princeton-by-the-Sea), and so the shorebird sightings were varied. These first three were on the same rock paying no mind to one another.

black-oystercatchers

Black Oystercatchers

dunlin

Willet

spotted-sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Across from the bayside rock was a breakwater (with a view of Maverick’s when it’s breaking – but not today). The breakwater was dotted with Black Turnstones (named for their habit of overturning stones for food). I counted about a dozen (but I could have double counted). This one was dodging a small wave.

black-turnstone

Black Turnstone

Another good day… and more on the way.

About Chris Parsons

Science writer/educator exploring ocean coastlines and sharing via words, photos and stories to connect, inspire and conserve.
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2 Responses to Half Moon Bay Coastside 3

  1. Gunta says:

    I’m lovin’ this series. Seems like shorebirds are a challenge for me to identify.

    • I’m having fun with these posts, too, while working on learning the birds — as you may have noticed I mislabeled the willet as a dunlin (now corrected). I’m most challenged by the songbirds — warblers and sparrows, ack!

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