This morning (Mon, 9/25, 6:45-11 AM), a number of us gathered up on Battery Godfrey during light to mid-E/NE winds to monitor the migration. The group included various combinations of the following birders during that time period: Ken Schneider, Hugh Cotter, Brian Fitch, Peter Pyle, Felix Rigau, and me.
The flight started out active at sunrise but was relatively quiet throughout the morning, nevertheless producing the following collective observations of local interest:
Greater Scaup 3 (flying E) Common Loon 1 (flying E high over the Bay) Great Egret 12 (flying E; including 9 in one flock) N. Harrier 1 Cooper's Hawk 3 Peregrine Falcon 2-3 Merlin 1 Black Oystercatcher 2 Long-billed Curlew 8 Marbled Godwit 1 Elegant Tern 600+ (most in GG Channel shortly after sunrise, then numbers diminished throughout the morning) Parasitic Jaeger 9 (5 together in the Channel at one time; several were flying very high -- as high up as Hawk Hill) Pomarine Jaeger 2 sub-ad. (1 dark morph) Band-tailed Pigeon 180+ (multiple flocks) Vaux's Swift 30+ N. Flicker 4 Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 (flying N over bluff) Say's Phoebe 1 Steller's Jay 2 Violet-green Swallow 2 Barn Swallow 3 Wrentit 1 (HC, only) House Wren 2 W. Bluebird 7 Varied Thrush 1 (flying NE) Red-br. Nuthatch 4 Am. Pipit 1 (PP, only) Warblers: Orange-crowned 2 Yellow 20+ Yellow-rumped 10+ Black-thr. Gray 4 Townsend's 2 Com. Yellowthroat 1 W. Tanager 6 Lincoln's Sparrow 1 W. Meadowlark 1 Red-winged Blackbird 5 Tricolored Blackbird 3 (flying N) Purple Finch 4 Red Crossbill 2 (heard-only flyovers) Pine Siskin 6 Lesser Goldfinch 8
Also: Harbor Porpoise 4 Dragonflies: Com. Green Darner, Blue-eyed Darner, Variegated Meadowhawk, Black Saddlebags