Seasons in the Sea - A month-by-month guide to Central California sea life
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Cormorants: Image credit-Mary Hollinger - NOAA

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The table below shows where these various sea and shore birds are heading during their spring migrations. The shorebirds and wetland birds will be discussed in greater detail later in subsequent sections of this chapter.

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Table: Summary of birds that spend their winters on the Central Coast, but leave in spring to nest elsewhere:

Type of bird Nesting region(s) Nesting habitat

SEABIRDS
Surf scoterNorthern Alaska, Canadatundra
White-winged scoterAlaska, Western Canadalakes
Black scoterWestern Alaskacoast, forests
Western grebeGreat Basinsagebrush
Clark's grebeGreat Basinsagebrush
Horned grebeSouthern Alaska, W. Canadalakes, marshes
Eared grebeWestern United States, Canadamarshy areas
Pacific loonNorthern Canada, Alaskalakes
California gullGreat Basinlakes
Eared grebeWestern United States, Canadamarshy areas

ROCKY-COAST SHOREBIRDS
Black turnstoneW to NW Alaskacoastal marshes
SurfbirdN Alaska, Canadarocky mountain slopes
Eared grebeWestern United States, Canadamarshy areas

SANDY-COAST SHOREBIRDS
Marbled godwitMontana to Albertaprairie
Western WilletColorado to mid-Canadamarshy areas
WhimbrelN. Alaska, Canadatundra
SanderlingW to NW Alaska??
Western sandpiperCanadian arctic??

COASTAL WETLAND BIRDS
Curlew??coastal wetlands
Aovcet??coastal wetlands
Plover??coastal wetlands

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