Lovely Day for Birding on Long Beach

White-winged Scoters in flight by Deb Plume

What a day for birding on Long Beach! The temperature was close to 60 degrees and the sky overcast, providing excellent viewing conditions. We could clearly see the markings on these White-winged Scoters and other birds. (Photo above by Debbie Plume.)

Soheil Zendeh. Photo by Jan Spence.

Photo by Jan Spence.

Our leader, Soheil Zendeh, pointed out colorful sea ducks, stately Great Blue Herons, a soaring Northern Harrier, delicate Bonaparte’s Gulls, scurrying shorebirds and more (full list below). A juvenile Northern Gannet entertained us by plunge-diving and a Razorbill offered identification challenges to beginning birders. Hundreds of Dunlin fed energetically at the water’s edge.

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Three Dunlin. Photo credit: Debbie Plume

Three Dunlin on the beach. Photo credit: Debbie Plume

Eating lunch on beach by Jan Spence

Eating lunch on the beach in December. Photo credit: Jan Spence

Several Sanderlings were mixed in with hundreds of Dunlin. Photo credit: Debbie Plume

One of a handful of Sanderlings. Photo credit: Debbie Plume

This Common Loon called with its otherworldly voice. Photo credit: Debbie Plume

We heard the otherworldly call of this Common Loon. Photo credit: Debbie Plume

Full bird list for 12/14/15

American Black Duck
Common Eider
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Northern Gannet (juvenile)
Great Blue Heron
Northern Harrier
Bonaparte’s Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull