Day 230 – …give me just one more good one to stay…

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My first visit to California many years ago was to Half Moon Bay with my husband. The two things that stayed forever etched in my memory were the smell of the Eucalyptus trees as you drive down Hwy. 1 and the dramatic view at Devil’s Slide. Today I revisited this coastline with fellow birder Aaron Maizlish.

I met FB friend Aaron for the first time today. Ironically, we were also picking up another birder, Phil Kenny, who birds my local patch in Northern VA.

There were no real targets for me so we spent the day looking at shorebirds and getting Phil some lifers.

Phil’s 17 year old daughter hung out with us even though birding isn’t her thing. She never complained.

We spent several hours looking for a Red-necked Stint at Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary. I saw this bird on Attu but it would’ve been nice to see it again. We scanned thousands of Western Sandpipers til we were cross-eyed but it wasn’t out there today.

Aaron took us to many of his shorebird spots in Alameda County and we just enjoyed looking for early migrants.

All 3 of us are going out on the pelagic trip out of Half Moon Bay with Alvaro Jaramillo tomorrow. I hope to add some lifers! A full report tomorrow.

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