Date: 11/10/17 10:12 am
From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] October 2017 cumulative yearlist for San Mateo County
Greetings San Mateo County Birders!
The month of October added 8 new birds bringing our end of month totals to 335. For those following numbers, 335 has been the highest ever "end-of-year" total since this list began in 2009, having been achieved in 2009 and 2014. Here we are at the end of October at 335 and there are 2 months to go! Wow!
As you read through the list of birds below, please note, the number in parenthesis next to the bird name is the rarity code assigned for San Mateo County. The definitions for the rarity codes are below the list.
October birds and their finders are as follows:
SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER (4) was noted by Ron Thorn during a Pigeon Pt. seawatch. During a Moss Beach seawatch, Ron also observed a ROYAL TERN (6). Logan Kahle and Bob Toleno found a DUSKY WARBLER (6) at Coyote Point near the freshwater marsh. This find is a 2nd county record for San Mateo County. Chris O’Connell found and photographed a LAPLAND LONGSPUR (5) at Bedwell Bayfront Park. Zack Mikalonis located a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (4) while birding along Gazos Creek Rd. While checking out Sem Ln., Ron Thorn found a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER (5). While searching for other previously reported rarities, Calvin Lou discovered a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER (4) at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve.
On a routine dog-walking outing along his local bluff top patch, Alvaro Jaramillo found a LECONTE’S SPARROW (6). He did not have a camera, but while dashing home, he quickly got the word out on Pen-Bird. Several of us who either live close-by or were in the area, jammed over there and were able to meet up with Alvaro to see and document this gorgeous bird. Only a handful of folks were able to see the bird on that initial Friday. The next couple of days presented a nightmare for chasing a rarity on the coast as it was the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival. With no reports of the bird coming in for an entire week, it was believed the bird had flown. But Alvaro, exactly a week later, once again, out on a dog-walk, RE-FOUND the bird! It stayed the rest of the month providing great looks for a multitude of happy birders. Alvaro must hold the record for finding rare birds either in his yard, walking the dog or jogging, and sometimes without binos!
This LECONTE’S SPARROW is a first county record. With the addition of this bird to our county list, this brings the number of birds reported in San Mateo county all-time to 464. This species recently had a name change. The space between the “Le” and the “Conte’s” has been removed to form one word. Older guide books will show the previous 2-word name format. Future field guide publications will reflect this change. The species breeds in central Canada and winters in a few central and southern states in the US. Both the LeConte’s Sparrow and the Dusky Warbler are California Bird Records Committee review birds. It is highly likely that both these birds will be accepted by the CBRC given the overwhelming documentation of both these birds by so many observers.
November is here and December is just around the corner. December is the month for Christmas Bird counts. Why not consider signing up for a CBC? 4 different count circles fall into San Mateo County. The 2 main circles are Crystal Springs and Ano Nuevo. Sign up for either of those counts here: The Palo Alto count extends into San Mateo county and one can sign up here:
The San Francisco count also extends into San Mateo county and one can sign up here:
I put this report together monthly as a volunteer for Sequoia Audubon Society (SAS). San Mateo is a diverse and bird rich county and SAS hopes to inspire you to get out there and explore. Want to know where to bird in San Mateo County? Check out SAS’s online San Mateo County Birding Guide . Want to join a field trip? All field trips are free and welcome birders of all skill levels. For a schedule of upcoming field trips offered by SAS look here . Want to become a member of Sequoia Audubon Society? Join here
This report is compiled for the most part, using eBird checklists and from posts on Pen-bird so please post all your sightings to and/or When posting to Pen-bird, please include the date of your sighting in either the subject line or in the body of your email. If you don’t use eBird or Pen-bird, you can always email me directly. Thank you!
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Good birding all and here’s to an exciting Fall!
Malia DeFelice
Chris Hayward

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