Date: 1/21/18 6:42 pm
From: PAUL SARACENI <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Sea-watch, etc., 1/21/18
This morning I conducted a sea-watch from the south-end of the Great Highway (7:40-10:30 AM), joined by Hugh Cotter towards the end, and then we checked several spots at Lake Merced.

Visibility improved and the sea surface smoothed out a bit during the morning, despite the big swells, as the light winds shifted around from NW to SW.

At 8:40, a female LONG-TAILED DUCK flew N by itself.

At 8:55, 3 ANCIENT MURRELETS flew S together.

The continuing EASTERN PHOEBE made sporadic appearances during the morning on the barbed wire fence over the entrance to the water treatment plant on the E side of the Great Highway.

Observations of local interest:

Greater Scaup 9 (1 m./1f. with Surf Scoters on the ocean, 7 fly-bys N)

Surf Scoter 80+

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 4 (1 m. on the ocean, 2 & 1 flying N, all with Surf Scoters)

BLACK SCOTER 3 m./1 f. (on the ocean)

Red-thr. Loon 20+

Common Loon 4

Brown Pelican 2

Long-billed Curlew 7 (3 & 4 on the beach)

Whimbrel 2 (on the beach)

Marbled Godwit 1 (on the beach; has an injured leg)

Sanderling 1300+ (multiple flocks)

Ring-billed Gull 1 1w (on the beach)

Herring Gull 20+

Iceland ("Thayer's") Gull 30+

Black Phoebe 2

Say's Phoebe 1 (briefly on the same fence as used by the Eastern Phoebe, but not at the same time)

Bewick's Wren 1 (singing from across the Great Highway)

[Belatedly -- from the sea watch site on 1/7 with Hugh were a flock of 9 BARN SWALLOWS flying N low over the beach and a female MERLIN perched on a boulder on the backside of the beach devouring a Sanderling.]

Observations of local interest today from Lake Merced:

Eared Grebe 60+ (on lake N of concrete bridge, apparently feeding around hydrators in the lake)

Merlin 1 (Sunset Circle)

Herring Gull 10+

Iceland ("Thayer's") Gull 20+

Red-br. Nuthatch 1 (in pine tree @ SW corner of Concrete Bridge)

Com. Yellowthroat 1 m. (@ wooden bridge)

White-thr. Sparrow 1 (presume continuing; Sunset Circle with Zonotrichia flock near W edge of parking lot)

BULLOCK'S ORIOLE 1 f./imm. (previously reported by others; in downed branches near W edge of parking lot)

Paul Saraceni

San Francisco
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