The Common Ringed Plover was easily viewed today from my arrival at 10:00 until 11:00. Eric Lichtwardt and I were the only two birders during that time, although others were arriving as I left.
The bird was along the crest of the sandy berm that separates the lagoon from the beach. Its about where you would imagine that the lagoon will breach later this winter. The bird was with the Snowy Plovers - and acted as though he had little to no fear of humans. Id say this bird doesnt have any experience with humans. I was able to sit and watch quietly from about 30 to my hearts content. That said, this particular spot gets a lot of weekend foot traffic, and even if the bird sticks around for a while I expect that it will eventually find a quieter place - so get there soon while its still resting out in the open.
Also seen - 6 Pectoral Sandpipers in with a large mixed flock of shorebirds. 1 Red Knot. 1 flyover Red-throated Pipit with some American Pipits. Colin Meusel (on his way out) informed me of an American Bittern on the north pond as you walk in.
I will have several extremely detailed photos of the Common Ringed Plover on my eBird report and my flickr feed (/amaizlish) in about ten minutes or so.
Aaron Maizlish San Francisco, CA
On Oct 15, 2018, at 4:36 PM, Matthew Dodder mdodder@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@... > wrote:
Was the Abbotts Lagoon bird seen today, and at what time