Date: 6/11/19 10:15 am
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<>
Subject: [pen-bird] San Mateo County cumulative year report for May 2019
Greetings San Mateo County Birders!

In the Merry Month of May birders added 15 new birds for the year bringing end of May totals to 276. 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 2019 plus all monthly reports going back to 2009 can be found here: ( )

The list below shows the birds, their finders, and locations where they were found for the month of May:

Chris Hayward and Malia DeFelice photographed a *Semipalmated Sandpiper (4)* during an evening stroll at Pilarcitos Creek. Spring records of this species are unusual in our county. A pelagic trip with Alvaro’s Adventures added 3 new birds for May; *Parasitic Jaeger (2), Tufted Puffin (4) and Common Tern (2).* In deeper waters, Commercial Cruise Ships during a repositioning cruise, added *Sabine’s Gull (2), Laysan Albatross (4), Ashy Storm-Petrel (2) and Northern Fulmar (1).* A *Black-tailed Gull (6)* was found and photographed by Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward at Gazos Creek Beach access. Black-tailed Gull is a California Bird Records Committee review bird. If accepted by the committee this will be the third county record! You can find out more information about the CBRC here Ron Thorn had the first *Least Tern (4)* sighting for the year at Coyote Point. Dominik Mosur observed a *Swainson’s Hawk (5)* near McNee Ranch *.* An *Eastern Kingbird (5)* was spotted by Ron Thorn along Hwy 1 near the Cowell-Purisima Trail parking lot across from Bob’s Produce. Peter Metropulos found a singing *Yellow-breasted Chat (4)* at Bedwell Bayfront in Menlo Park, then Peter observed a second chat, along with the first, in the same area the following day. A male *Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4)* came to a feeder at Alane Gray’s coastside home. Frequent migrant checks at Bedwell Bayfront produced both a female and male *Blue Grosbeak (4)* for Peter Metropulos one morning.

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 Want to become a member of Sequoia Audubon Society? Join here

Please post all your bird sightings to <peninsula-birding...> and/or ( ).

When posting to *Pen-bird* , please include the date of your sighting in either the subject line or in the body of your email. When submitting records to *eBird* , if prompted for details for a rare or unusual bird, please add details which describe the bird using a physical description and field marks that helped you confirm the ID. And thank you eBird users for uploading your photos and audio to your checklists. Keep up the Good Work! If you find a bird of note and don’t use eBird or Pen-bird, you can always email me directly. Thank you!

If you have questions or comments regarding this report,

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Malia DeFelice

Chris Hayward

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