Battery Godfrey, 11/23/13

Paul Saraceni
 

I spent the morning (6:45-11:45 AM) atop Battery Godfrey, joined for a couple of hours at various times by Hugh C., David A. , and Dominik M.  While there were steady E/NE winds, the hoped-for waterfowl flight never materialized, but there was some diversity and continued large numbers of gulls (several thousand in the GG Channel) and Common Murres.

Observations of local interest:

Greater White-fronted Goose 2 (flying E)
Cackling ("Aleutian") Goose 13 (1/2/10)
Canada Goose 1 (flying N very high overhead)
Greater Scaup 7 (1 flock)
Surf Scoter 40+
Common Loon 1
Pacific Loon 8
Red-thr. Loon 30+
Loon sp. 40+
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1 ad., 2 imm.
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 imm.
Red-tailed Hawk 26 (mostly imms. which crossed the GG Channel heading SE)
POMARINE JAEGER 1 ad. (flew E over the GG Bridge and Angel Island @ 8:40 AM)
Common Murre ~3-4000 (steady stream of small flocks flying N and S just outside of the GG Channel, and some flocks came in to the Channel)
Band-tailed Pigeon 1700+ (numerous flocks, most flying N; one large flock included a pale leucistic individual)
N. Flicker 4
Violet-green Swallow 6
W. Bluebird 4
Varied Thrush 29
Am. Robin 24
Hermit Thrush 3
House Wren 1
Cedar Waxwing 5
Am. Pipit 14
Yel.-rumped Warbler 18
Townsend's Warbler 1
Purple Finch 4
Am. Goldfinch 5
Lesser Goldfinch 3

The other guys observed a fly-by Red-br. Merganser.

Also:
Harbor Porpoise 10+
Monarch (butterfly) 1
Variegated Meadowhawk (dragonfly) 1

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

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