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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Monterey / SF bay area

Cliff House, San Francisco County, California, US Map ) Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed May 10, 2017 1:00 PM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
1
Duration:
40 minute(s)
Observers:
David Assmann
Comments:
N/A
Species
15 species total
25
Western Grebe
1
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Pale gray storm petrel, bouncy flight with glides, rounded head, narrow tube nose bill (as opposed to straight phalarope bill) In with a feeding frenzy just beyond the rocks, flew from north to south.
100
Brandt's Cormorant
5
Pelagic Cormorant
17
Brown Pelican
2
Black Oystercatcher
14
Whimbrel
1
Marbled Godwit
1
Sanderling
1
Willet
53
Western Gull
1
Glaucous-winged Gull
1
Caspian Tern
4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2
Common Raven
These kinds of ebird entries are really seductive to a birder like me. Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel??!! You don't get that in So. Cal.
You know, many ABA rarities actually occur in No. Cal., not So. Cal. Like that Storm-Petrel. Not long ago a Ross's Gull was spotted around the area that drew plenty of birders from So. Cal(which met a tragic demise, by a Peregrine Falcon).

No. Cal isn't too attractive regarding passerines. Chestnut-backed Chickadee is the only rarity I haven't seen, aside from a Magpie. But seabirds and vagrants, that's a totally different story. And SF Bay area is famous for those kind of birds. Another birder spotted Common Murre and Pigeon Guillemot at the same location there, Cliff House. Just mouth-watering for a novice birder like me.

As a bonus I might be able to watch some NCAA matches like possible LSU vs Cal or possible TCU vs Stanford(those 2nd rd matches start at noon on Sunday, so plenty of time to do morning birding), so what's not to like.

Couldn't go to Michigan/Ohio due to lack of funds, but maybe I can drive to the Bay area. Need to use this Ultima 80 scope more, no(which I dropped recently at Peck Pit and to my dismay, it got dented, ugh. Evidently not that sturdy..my cheaper one was more sturdy..).

Probably not going, but still it's an attraction.

Pacifica Municipal Pier, San Mateo County, California, US Map ) (Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed May 10, 2017 7:03 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
3
Duration:
48 minute(s)
Distance:
0.02 mile(s)
Observers:
Derek Lecy , John Perry List
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.114
Species
6 species total
48
Surf Scoter
1
Western Grebe
15
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
Continuing.
30
Western Gull
2
Caspian Tern
7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

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