Date: 10/10/18 7:07 pm From: Ronald- Thorn via Groups.Io <Tronthorn=<aol.com...> Subject: [pen-bird] Pigeon Pt. seawatch and Lapland Longspur
This morning I headed out for a seawatch at Pigeon Point. A part cloudy sky and a southwest wind made for good visibility all the way out to the horizon. The seawatch was from 07:15-10:00.
There are still many Brown Pelicans, Brandt's Cormorants, California Gulls, Heerman's Gulls, Western Gulls and Common Murres coming into feeding frenzies. ( 3 ) Species of tubenoses were also attracted to the feeding frenzies.
Below are just some of the birds noted.
Northern Pintail ( 4 )
Northern Shoveler ( 15 )
Surf Scoter ( 6 )
Red-throated Loon ( 4 )
Pacific Loon ( 5 south, the first I have noted this fall )
Buller's Shearwater ( 60 north )
Pink-footed Shearwater ( a HIGH number of 1,200 north )
Sooty Shearwater ( 65 north )
Pomarine Jaeger ( 4 )
Bonaparte's Gull ( 1, the first I have noted this fall )
Elegant Tern ( 400 north )
While at Pigeon Point, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was calling in flight and landed along the road. Lapland Longspur was on my radar, as yesterday there were a HIGH number of ( 60 ) at Lake Tolowa in Del Norte County. ( 1 ) Lapland Longspur has already made it down to coastal southern California. I expect there will be more heading down through the coastal areas.
I did some riparian birding along Gazos Creek Road. I had some flocks, others got away. Nothing rare! ( 1 ) flock of Townsend's Warblers had ( 2 ) Nashville Warblers and a Black-throated Gray Warbler.
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