Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Greater yellowlegs walks in front of a Lesser Yellowlegs.

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Greater yellowlegs.

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Buff-breasted Sandpiper, San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Anna’s Hummingbird, Irvine.

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Male Allen’s Hummingbird at the fountain in the butterfly garden; Mason Regional Park, Irvine.

Calliope Hummingbird, Glendale

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Male Calliope at Brand Park in Glendale.

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Black Skimmer, Long Beach

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Lone Royal Tern in Long Beach

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This Royal Tern was hanging out with 30 Black Skimmers.

Black Skimmers return to Long Beach

 

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I first noticed the skimmers on Feb. 26, 2018.  Following two days off, they reappeared today, Mar. 1.  Their numbers, frequency and length of stay have diminished over the past few years so I was happy to see them reappear.  A group of 30 surrounded a lone Royal Tern on the sand between Redondo and Loma Avenues, just west of the pier.