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HBSP, 11/23/01

     I drove down to Huntington Beach State Park this morning, 
arriving about 8:30 a.m. I started at the causeway and then, after 
Terry Hamilton arrived and had time to look at the shorebirds and 
waders in the salt marsh, we hiked out to the jetty and were on the 
way back when rain began to sprinkle.  I left about 1:30 p.m. with 36 
species of birds, including four that were year birds for me:
      purple sandpiper: a dozen or so on the jetty
      piping plover:  six to eight at the jetty pond
      surf scoter
      white-winged scoter

     Three flocks of scoters flew north off the beach as we were 
walking back from the jetty.  There were at least two whitewinged in 
one flock.  I looked specifically for black scoters in all three 
flocks but was unable to pick any out.

Robert C. Perkins, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Methodist College, Fayetteville, NC 28311
910-630-7037     rperkins@methodist.edu