Date: 12/30/20 8:10 pm From: Bob Toleno <bob...> Subject: [pen-bird] San Francisco CBC - Area 12 highlights
(Copying both SFBirds and Peninsula Birding because our area is entirely within San Mateo County)
Juli Chamberlin and i led the area 12 team for the SF CBC again this year, which covers parts of South San Francisco and San Bruno adjacent to the bay. We had a great team consisting of Juli and i, plus two other pairs of birders, Malia DeFelice & Chris Hayward and Susan Mullaney & Pete Winch. Some of the highlights from our area included:
- A male Northern Pintail in Colma Creek where it crosses Airport Blvd - A Pelagic Cormorant at Oyster Cove Marina - A male Yellow Warbler near Oyster Cove Marina, 24 Long-billed Dowitchers at Colma Creek mouth (found by Malia and Chris) - At least 24 Long-billed Dowitchers at Colma Creek mouth (our largest total ever) - A singing Oak Titmouse (!!!) in a San Bruno neighborhood near Lion's Park (this was a first for our area and i believe only the first or second *ever* on the SF CBC--someone correct me if i'm wrong) - A very interesting Sterna tern at Oyster Point Marina with a full black cap that's either a Forster's with an extremely late prebasic molt or possibly a Common Tern with a slightly late molt (found by Malia and Chris, photos are still being circulated for ID opinions) - A hybrid Blue-winged Teal X Northern Shoveler in SamTrans Marsh that i completely forgot to mention at the CBC Zoom meeting last night. You can see distant, mediocre photos of this really cool-looking bird in Juli's and my eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78236419
Our species total was 109 (or 110 if the interesting Sterna ends up being a Common Tern), which is pretty typical for our area.
Good birding, Bob Toleno & Juli Chamberlin Hayward