(above), dense with willow, wax myrtle, stinging nettle, and poison oak, leads from the parking area to the bridge (below) that crosses the lake, and then continues on as a boardwalk over stabilized dunes to the ocean.
I was hoping to see the smallest member (1.5oz) of the gull/tern family, the Least Tern. They nest in the dunes and feed on small fish in the lake. There were about 20 Least Tern dashing about, and every once in a while perching on the bridge railing (below). The young Terns wait on the railing to be fed. Can get quite noisy as youth and adult are constantly chattering; sounds I find most delightful.
After 3 strenuous hours of birding, it was time for coffee and an enchilada from my favorite, down home, Mexican Cafe in Guadalupe.