Date: 1/9/18 4:36 pm From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Subject: [pen-bird] Storm really shook things up!! Geese in Half Moon Bay etc.
I knew that the storm would bring in some gulls, but was not prepared for what I saw this morning. Thousands of gulls on the coast, and big numbers of Common Murres all over the place. The murres are thick in the bay, close to shore all the way south to Redondo Beach Road, and north to the Harbor at least. The murres and many of the gulls were feeding on some bait fish, as there were feeding frenzies happening, some with hundreds of gulls. The weather seems to have concentrated the food. Most of the gulls were streaming north, but there were thousands in the harbor. No verified rarities, but many birds were a bit too far for the scope. More eyes will find something, if the birds remain. True to the post storm pattern, numbers of Herring Gull are way up, we have had an influx of Heermann's, and California Gull which is not usually abundant in the harbor was abundant there today.
In the wet field by the Half Moon Bay Fire Station there was an awesome mix of geese. 1 Snow, 4 Ross's (2 juv, 2 ads), 40+ Cackling, and many Canada Goose. They were not up close, but through the scope the Cackling appeared to be Aleutian (a subspecies), and for some reason 4 of them which stood apart from the group looked larger. I was a tad confused by those, and would love to see them closer and in direct comparison with the Aleutian Cackling Geese.