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Pelagic red crabs

Twice in my three decades living on the Monterey Peninsula I’ve witnessed two invasions by pelagic red crabs, also called tuna crabs, or langostino by some. These are spectacular and rare occurrences along our coast, although we’ve had a… Read More

Coastside Trail: Best birds 3

Here’s my final set of best shots from the last leg of the south-to-north trek along the Half Moon Bay coast from Princeton-by-the-Sea to Moss Beach. Enjoy and get outside. There’s so much to see. Here’s the key by column: Column 1: House Sparrow,… Read More

Coastside Trail: Best birds 2

These are my best shots from the next part of the south-to-north trek along the coast of Half Moon Bay to Princeton-by-the-Sea. We spent our time close to shore buffeted by coastal winds. Here’s the key by column: Column 1: Snowy Plover + Sanderlings, Snowy Plover,… Read More

Coastside Trail: Best birds 1

Here are my best shots from the first part of the south-to-north trek along the coast of Half Moon Bay. (Best doesn’t mean great, just those good enough to post.) Enjoy. Here’s the key by column: Column 1: Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow (feeding… Read More

Sanderlings

This week sanderlings showed up on my local beach en masse — nearly a thousand little pinball birds, along with marbled godwits, whimbrels, and a variety of gulls. All were feeding on sand crabs in the wash of very… Read More