Black Oystercatcher


Orange & Riverside Counties
Feb 1-2, 2002 
by Vic Leipzig

A two-day extravaganza with Jorge Khuly netting some nice rarities.
species (see list at side)

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Made-to-order field trip in southern CA, Feb. 1-2, 2002

When Jorge Khuly sent me his life list and a request to find some new birds to add to it, I knew it would be a challenge. His list was extensive and he already had most of our local birds. 

I wanted to give him the best shot at getting as many new species as possible. I studied his list and identified gaps I thought I could fill for him. After mapping out locations and calculating travel times, I planned a birding trip that would take us to many sites in Orange and Riverside Counties. Some spots, like Bolsa Chica and Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, were well known to birders. Some were not. 

Prior to the trip, I printed out an itinerary for him. I included destinations, the amount of time to spend at each one, and a list of hoped-for key birds at each site. I even included travel times between places. That gave him an opportunity to modify the trip if he so desired. It also enabled him to go back on his own later if we failed to find a target bird.

Between my schedule and his, we had only the afternoons of February 1 and 2. We really made that time count. In two half-days of birding, we found several new life species for him, including Surfbird and Plumbeous Vireo. One of the highlights was a Golden-winged Warbler, a rarity for California and another much-wanted addition to his life list. Some of the other rarities we spotted were Red-necked Grebe and Black Oystercatcher. 

The advance planning and attention to Jorge's specific needs really paid off in customer satisfaction. I had a great time too, knowing that this made-to-order field trip helped him achieve his birding goals. 

Bird List for Feb 1-2, 2002
Pied-billed Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Sooty Shearwater
Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Ruddy Duck
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Snowy Egret
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
Marbled Godwit
Greater Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone
Black Turnstone
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Black Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Snowy Plover
Heermann's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Western Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Dove
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Say's Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Cassin's Kingbird
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Plumbeous Vireo
Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
California Gnatcatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swal
American Pipit
American Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Finch
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Green-tailed Towhee
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee