Birding Near Guadalupe

Guadalupe is fortunate to be within a few minutes of world-class birdwatching destinations, including Oso Flaco Lake and the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge.  Here are some feathered residents of the area.

GUADALUPE SHORELINE BIRDS

SNOWY PLOVER

Snowy Plover

DISTINGUISHING MARKS

The snowy plover is a small, sparrow-sized shorebird, with pale gray-brown coloring above and white below, with a white hind neck collar and dark lateral breast patches, forehead bar, and eye patches. The bill and legs are blackish.

HABITAT

Threatened species. Individuals nest on the mainland coast, peninsulas, offshore islands, bays, estuaries, or rivers of the United States Pacific coast and Baja California, Mexico.

LEAST TERN

Least Tern

DISTINGUISHING MARKS

 9” (23 cm). A very small, pale tern, with a yellow bill, yellow feet, and a white forehead. Flight more fluttery than that of other terns. Immature: Dark bill, dark nape, much dark on forewing. In the fall, all birds may have dark bills, but feet still show yellow.

HABITAT

Sea beaches, bays; large rivers, bars.

See Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, contact The Dunes Center: 805-343-2455

 

 

 

 

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