Category Archives: Marbled Godwits


SHOREBIRDS – My photography with information about my favorite shorebirds.  A simple handmade book with small page inserts.  Sea gulls, Willets, Snowy egrets, Osprey, Brandt and Double-Crested Cormorants, Black Skimmers, Terns & more!  


SAN DIEGO AUTUMN brings sunny days at the beach in October & a very pleasant 76 degrees.  With El Nino predicted to arrive this winter, the water temp is still 72 degrees.  Coming down the road to the beach in Pacific Beach, the ocean view makes my heart sing.  There is a pile of flip flops left at the ramp by people walking or surfing.  The wave sets are rolling in this morning & there are lots of surfers.  I walk to look at the shorebirds & the Marbled Godwits chatter at each other.  I find some sand art created by the tide that looks like a Phoenix Rising.  The sand art bird even has 3 toes on each bird foot!  I can’t stay away from the beach today so I return before sunset, but this time I’m in La Jolla.  One pelican sits in the amber light on the bluffs & a squadron of pelicans flies home over the green gazebo.  The high tide waves break up against the golden bluffs & the sky in the distance casts an interesting light.  I take a photo of the coast there near Shell Beach & it looks like an oil painting.  The sun sets.  We all sigh.  Life is lovely at the beach.


Marbled Godwits – At one end of the beach, the Marbled Godwits were all sleeping (with two Willets among them), but on the other end of the beach they were all foraging for breakfast.  Sometimes when I’m walking on the beach, I hear them chattering before I see them because they blend in so well with the seaweed on the beach.  There is a video on my YouTube channel – California By-The-Sea, if you want to hear them chatter!