This morning I conducted a 2-hour sea watch at the south end of the Great Highway, with S-SW winds, flat seas, and excellent visibility. Despite such good conditions, the sea watch results were moderate at best . Observations of local interest: Surf Scoter 16 W. Grebe 60+ Eared Grebe 1 (on the ocean) Common Loon 9 Pacific Loon 7 Red-thr. Loon 31 Snowy Egret 1 (flying S over ocean) Sanderling 600+ Elegant Tern 30+ PARASITIC JAEGER 3 ad. (including 1 dark-morph) Common Murre 13 Also: Harbor Porpoise 2
Early this afternoon I again did some sky-watching from my deck looking out to the E and S over Cole Valley. At 1:10 PM I was surprised to observe a PRAIRIE FALCON circling very high up over Cole Valley, before getting moved along by a Raven -- pale white underparts with contrasting dark axillaries. During a productive hour, other species observed included 1 each of Cooper's Hawk, Osprey, American Kestrel, and Peregrine Falcon, and a mini-flock of 5 Turkey Vultures, as well as a flock of 40+ Band-tailed Pigeons and a single Vaux's Swift.