Date: 6/11/18 2:14 pm
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<>
Subject: [pen-bird] Cumulative yearlist for May 2018 - San Mateo County
Greetings San Mateo County Birders!

A few missed birds from previous months are as follows: Dorian Anderson rode over to the coast on his bike and reported the first PIGEON GUILLEMOT (2) on March 4 th during a Moss Beach Distillery seawatch. Ron Thorn noted the first CASSIN’S AUKLET (4) on March 7 th during a seawatch at Pigeon Pt. BANK SWALLOW (2) were first seen by Zack Mikalonis April 8th  at their nesting site at Ano Nuevo. Birders in May added 14 new species. Missed birds plus new birds bring our end of May total to 284.

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 can be found below the current month's list at the link below. From the link, you can also download a checklist which shows seasonality, frequency, and county breeding information. A full list of the birds observed so far in 2018, their finders plus the rarity code definitions can be found at this link as well:

May birds, where they were observed, and their finders are as follows:

During a repositioning cruise heading through off-shore waters in San Mateo County, Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin noted MURPHY’S PETREL (6) and LONG-TAILED JAEGER (3). Alvaro Jaramillo found a MANX SHEARWATER (5) during a seawatch at Pigeon Point. During a seawatch at Ano Nuevo State Park, Steve Miller spotted a HORNED PUFFIN (5). Leonie Batkin and Ron Thorn located LEAST TERN (4) at Coyote Point. The first BLACK SWIFT (4) for the year were seen on the same day in two locations by Malia DeFelice, at Ano Nuevo, and Garth Harwood along the ridge. Clive Beavis found and photographed an EASTERN KINGBIRD (5) at Pillar Pt. Harbor. Will Brooks documented both a WILLOW FLYCATCHER (5) and a TENNESSEE WARBLER (4) along Tunitas Creek Rd. NORTHERN PARULA (4) was found by Ron Thorn at Water Lane. At Coyote Point, Adam Dudley found YELLOW WARBLER (2). A male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK came to Alane Gray’s backyard feeder. Along Higgins Canyon Rd., Ron Thorn found a female BLUE GROSBEAK (4). Chris Hayward and Chris O’Connell birded Tunitas Creek Rd. and just downstream from the junction with Lobitos Creek Cut-off, they found several LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH (4).

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 to become a member of Sequoia Audubon Society? Join here

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Good birding all!

Malia DeFelice

Chris Hayward

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