Monterey, California, just north of the delightful town of Carmel, is famous as the site of Cannery Row in John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. Others of his most famous novels were Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath, and East of Eden. His hometown, Salinas, was just to the south.

Thirty miles north of Monterey is Moss Landing a great surfing beach and it was here I got the photos of the Heermann’s and Herring Gulls, and Marbled Godwits.
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Monterey Aquarium is one of the most spectacular of the Aquariums I have seen. On the part that faced the open sea there ware many Pigeon Guillemots and Pelagic Cormorants. Inside the aquarium was a small but great aviary allowing spectacular close-up photography of a range of shore birds. The Red Phalarope was a first for me. She was twirling around and around, a typical behavior for this species – see Movies.

Heermann's Gull-155 192Killdeer-314 192Least Sandpiper-440 192Pigeon Guillemot-262 192Red-phalarope-408 192Red-necked Phalarope-346 192