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)