I took Amtrak down here to Monterey County to talk about Great Gray Owls for the local Audubon folks. And then had some time for birding around one of my favorite spots: Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing. Plentiful pictures after I get home.
Still a number of shorebirds on migration including Willets, Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Black Turnstone, Western Sandpipers. Resident shorebirds even more plentiful: Oystercatcher, Avocet, Stilt.
Surprise was a pair of Brant on shore near Sea Harvest Restaurant in Moss Landing. I have never seen Brant in this location before. They were near the spot where the well-fed local sea otters raft. There was a single Pigeon Guillemot there as well.
Other birds I enjoyed: a female Surf Scoter on a rock in a gold course, just ten feet from the path. Wait until you see her plumage. Whatta bird!
Ash-throated Flycatchers fighting over territory at Elkhorn Slough.
Numerous singing California Thrashers in the brush there as well.
Nice variety of mammals: jackrabbit and brush rabbit, harbor dolphins, Cal. sealion, harbor seal and the inimitable sea otters.