Ocean Birds

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Species Description
Brown Pelican

Photo by Craig Tooley
The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) scatters into our area after nesting.
Brandt's Cormorant

Photo by Craig Tooley
Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) nests in colonies on larger islands.  The photo at the right shows the Brandt's Cormorant in breeding plumage, with a bright blue throat patch.
Surf Scoter

Photo by Craig Tooley
The Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillatalack) is that black duck diving in the surf with a white patch behind the neck and orange on the bill. 
Pigeon Guillemot  


Photo by Bonnie Plakos

The Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) is a black, football-sized bird with bright red feet.
Brant (goose)

Photo by Craig Tooley
The Brant (Branta bernicla) is a black goose with white butt that migrates north in long lines. 
California Gull

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The California Gull (Larus californicus) is seen in large numbers migrating over the land. 
Loons (Common, Pacific and Red-throated)

Photo by Craig Tooley
Line after line passes in migration. 

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