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  •  Next to Alcids, skimmers are the apex (12+ / 0-)

    of the Charadriiformes.  They seem to move around a lot here - it isn't that unusual to see them but there isn't any place (that I know of) that you can count on seeing them.

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    by matching mole on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 07:14:38 AM PST

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    •  except right here in Santa Barbara (2+ / 0-)
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      they have been on the harbor sand spit all year...except for a few months..well almost all year..haha.

      After they arrived here last fall it was several weeks until I finally saw them actually skimming..there were a lot of fish for that time so maybe they didn't feed in the late afternoon/sunset time I was looking at them. I have seen them skimming way after dark ijn the harbor and after dark as well. Amazing.

      About Dec 15th was when I finally saw them skim, and not only across the harbor mouth but in the surf washout on the beach, in about 1 inch of foamy backwash. That would be sand crabs...altho once I saw some 2' Sand Sharks there as well.
        Everybody like Sand Crabs.

      There are 3 or 4 times this many here now, on the beach right next to the street as seen here but mainly right out there on the sandspit across the entrance. Dog leash laws being seriously enforced.


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      by KenBee on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 02:45:19 PM PST

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    •  I see by the date on the picture that was (1+ / 0-)
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      last July, so that was near the beginning of their being here...I say again, because I didn't see them for a few months.. maybe the main population was nesting elsewhere and these were the 'unlucky'?
        I really didn't see them skim until sometime in December, so I don't know where or when they were feeding all that time....and with all that bait in the harbor in front of them there it is a puzzle, but never saw them skim there all that time.
           Now that the bait has moved on, in one form or another, haha,  maybe they just have to work longer and harder to get fed and so I now see them..but still I spend a lot of time there walking and watching, you'd think I would have seen some of them skim, but nada, none.
           Flying, barking, hanging out, bursting into the air for practice, all skimming.
        Anyway, they seemed gone for a few months but are here at least since a few weeks before then about July 1st.
         Skimmers, yay!

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      by KenBee on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 02:59:07 PM PST

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