Whenever visit Sonoma County, California, I stop by Bodega Head and Doran Beach.
Most visits I’ll go there several times. The beaches there are simply spectacular!
And rarely crowded.
During my last visit, as I was driving along Westshore Road toward the town of Bodega Bay,
I spotted several marbled godwits probing the mudflats during low tide.
These shore birds are fairly common along the Pacific coast.
They are about 18 inches tall and have a long, slightly up-curved bill with a pink base.
Their feathers are brownish with black mottling.
Their breasts and bellies are of a paler brown and beige color.
They eat crustaceans, seagrass and insects.
During high tide they roost in nearby dunes.
This one looks like he’s out for a Sunday stroll!
Several dozen marbled godwits were hanging out at Doran Beach when I went for a walk there.
Whenever a someone with a dog came near them, the entire flock took to the sky.
Once the danger passed, they’d return one by one …
… until another dog came by.
These photos were taken in 2019 along Westshore Road and Doran Beach in Sonoma County.