One surprise was seeing at dozens of lesser black-backed gulls. I counted close to forty. There were also at least two great black-backed gulls as well as many immature and mature herring gulls.
|Lesser Black-backed & Herring Gulls with a young Great Black-backed in front.|
|Common Tern Adult and Young|
|Common Tern adult left) and Forster's Tern (right)|
|Common Tern (front) and Forster's Tern (behind)|
As I was leaving, I spotted a flock of some 15 black-bellied plovers, some still wearing part of their fancy breeding costumes. With them were four short-billed dowitchers and a ruddy turnstone.
Then I found a single western sandpiper hanging with a group of sanderlings. Altogether it was beach time well spent.
|4 Sanderlings and a Western Sandpiper|