We went to Bodega Bay yesterday and again today, and I got some lifers and some new photos!
First off, I believe this is a Marbled Godwit!
Next, I am pretty certain this is a Whimbrel!
Do I have a Whimbrel? Is this lifer 342?
Speaking of Willets, check out these photos of them in flight!
Next, I have photos of a loon that I'm not sure about at all:
Finally got a photo of Brewer's Blackbird:
I also saw some Elegant Terns on the left:
We also stopped at the Bodega Country Store and I bought a cool hoodie with the Hitchcock profile cartoon and "The Birds" on it! Here it is, along with me and Hitchcock himself!
We leave tomorrow for the first leg of our trip back home. We'll drive over the Sierra Nevadas over to Elko, NV, and then up to Twin Falls, ID. We'll stay the night there and then go to the Craters of the Moon National Monument. Note the great birding checklist! I'm hoping to get Red-shafted Flicker, Western Kingbird, Clark's Nutcracker, Rock Wren, Mountain Bluebird, Brewer's and Lark Sparrows, Western Tanager, Bullock's Oriole, and Violet-Green Swallow. I also found my Stokes birdsong CDs for western birds, so you can be sure I'll be listening to these calls in the car on the way there (much to AB's chagrin, but she's a good sport).