Rock Sandpiper, Santa Cruz, CA

This breeding-plumaged bird was seen off West Cliff & Columbia with other rock pipers. A stunner!


Here one of the many surfbirds that the ROSP was hanging out with.


Other highlight that day with Dave, Dan and Jon were:

Black-legged Kittiwake (1 off Pigeon Pt, 1 off Natural Bridges)

Marbled Murrelet (1 off Pigeon Pt, 4 off West Cliff in Santa Cruz)

Rhinoceros Auklet (2 off Pigeon Pt)

Glaucous Gull (1 at Venice Beach, Half Moon Bay)

Great flight including all 3 loons (mostly Red-throated) and Brant

Unfortunately, we missed the Brown Boobies in Santa Cruz.