Eventually I got it together and made it out there, and easily located the bird. It was my first for California, and only second ever, so this was a great shorebird to see. Thanks to the Perpetual Weekend for making this all possible.
The bird was incredibly cooperative...not usually close enough to lay down a commanding crush, but the bird was in view for the entire time I was there. It foraged relentlessly, but was kind enough to fly around a couple times to give up some flight shots. Here you can get a glimpse of the black wing linings, which help distinguish Hudsonian from Black-tailed...a species I expect to see in California some day.
Pretty sweet upperwing and tail pattern, something I didn't get to see on the single bird I found in North Dakota a couple years ago. I've been wanting to see one of these in the state for as long as I can remember, and now the bird gods have rewarded me.
The bird is a juvenile. It's a pretty simple thing to find. Just walk up to the gross pond and look at the godwit that is not a Marbled Godwit. Rumors are swirling about a pro birder who misidentified it as a dowitcher earlier this morning (HOW EMBARRASSING), but I was unable to get a name.
As you can see, there was good shorebird diversity here, I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't the last rarity to plop in to this pond this fall. Also, check out the disturbingly long bill of the dowitcher to the left of the Hudsonian. That thing is serious.
In the same pond there were a number of Lesser Yellowlegs, a couple Wilson's Phalaropes, and a few Pectoral Sandpipers, one of which was experimenting with a distinctly phalaropian lifestyle. Good shit.