|Jon Carter scanning at Clover Point|
Had a really good few hours birding with my pal Jon Carter today! Jon showed me some of the local hot spots around Victoria. We started at Panama Flats where there was a good selection of shorebirds including Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, (Long-billed) Dowitcher, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper and Pectoral Sandpiper. Not a bad haul! After a bite to eat we headed to Ogden Point to see if we could relocate the Wandering Tattler Jon had found earlier in the week. We were in luck. Not only did we relocate this extremely cool and infrequent shorebird, we actually doubled our catch. There were two Wandering Tattler! This is the first time I have seen this bird in breeding plumage and the best looks I have ever had! We also added Black Oystercatcher and Black Turnstone.
Though Clover Point was absolutely packed with tourists and 'kite flyers', it was well worth the stop. As well as killer looks at Rhinoceros Auklet, Heermann's Gull and Pigeon Guillemot; we also got a great bonus bird: Red-necked Phalarope! 26 to be precise. All in all a great few hours birding.