We made our way to the bridge that goes over Butcher Slough and soon after a pair of immature HOODED MERGANSERS flew in just 20 feet away from us and stuck long enough for me to snap a shot or two:
At Klopp we picked up most of the expected shorebirds on the roosting islands: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, WILLETS, MARBLED GODWITS, 3 BLACK TURNSTONES, DUNLIN, LEAST SANDPIPERS, and at least FOUR RED KNOTS, which were a lifer for Ron and gave nice scope views, showing Ron and Jane how challenging they are to pick out amongst the superficially similar BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS. Ron and I also enjoyed photographing this ever-present BELTED KINGFISHER, which, for some reason or another, has been a challenge for me to get photos of previously:
Species total: 76 (+ 2 other taxa)
Eurasian Wigeon 3
American Wigeon 600
Eurasian x American Wigeon (hybrid) 1 one continuing bird seen in Hauser Marsh.
Blue-winged Teal 5 All female types seen in Hauser Marsh.
Blue-winged/Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 10
Northern Pintail 1 One female seen in Klopp Lake.
Green-winged Teal (American) 20
Greater Scaup 1 One female in Klopp Lk.
Surf Scoter 2 Two adult males in Klopp.
Hooded Merganser 2 Two seemingly immature birds flew right into Butcher Slough in front of us from the bridge over the slough.
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Eared Grebe 3
Double-crested Cormorant 30 flock of about 25 seen flying south over Humboldt Bay and 5 seen on the west island at Klopp Lake.
Brown Pelican 2
American Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 5
Green Heron 1 one juvenile seen in the willows in the northwestern corner on Klopp Lake.
Black-crowned Night-Heron 5
Turkey Vulture 6
White-tailed Kite 7 most seen to the west of Gearheart Marsh and Brackish Ponds and 1 seen perched just north of Klopp.
Northern Harrier 4
Red-shouldered Hawk (California) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1
Virginia Rail 4 Two seen well along the northeast edge of Klopp Lake.
American Coot 300
American Avocet 30 seen mostly around the mouth of Butcher Slough.
Black-bellied Plover 80
Semipalmated Plover X heard but not seen. Didn't really call it out since they were calling from a distance away.
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Marbled Godwit 400
Black Turnstone 3
Red Knot 4
Least Sandpiper 30
Long-billed Dowitcher 35
Ring-billed Gull 10
Western Gull 5
Glaucous-winged Gull 1 seen briefly as it flew to the northwest from Klopp.
Forster's Tern 1 One seen on some floating debris to the south of the Klopp parking lot.
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Downy Woodpecker 1 one heard from the western end of Mt. Trashmore.
Black Phoebe 3
Common Raven 1
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Pacific Wren 3 heard at least 3 calling along "sparrow alley."
Marsh Wren 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Hermit Thrush 2 one nicely seen bird at the southwest end of Klopp Lake.
European Starling 3
American Pipit 1 one flyover.
Northern Waterthrush 1 one bird continuing at the southwest corner of Allen Marsh calling and seen briefly.
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Townsend's Warbler 1 One calling from Mt. Trashmore.
Savannah Sparrow 3
Fox Sparrow (Sooty) 10
Song Sparrow 15
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1 seen nicely by Jane and I.
White-crowned Sparrow (Puget Sound) 10
Golden-crowned Sparrow 25
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
Western Tanager 1 heard one calling from Mount Trashmore while we were looking at shorebirds on the east side of Klopp Lake.
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Western Meadowlark 1 heard one calling and singing on the south side of Mt. Trashmore while we were looking at shorebirds on the east side of Klopp Lake.
Brewer's Blackbird 5
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1