This morning (7-9:30 AM) I did some sea-watching from 3 locations: south end of the Great Highway, then the Cliff House and Mile Rock overlook, with Mark Eaton joining me at the latter 2 locations.
Observed several winter specialties, including a female HARLEQUIN DUCK that flew N past the south-end, just beyond the breakers, @ 7:15 AM.
Other observations of local interest:
White-winged Scoter 6 (on the water)
Black Scoter 8 m., 4 f.
N. FULMAR 4-6 (1-2 whitish/1 grey/2-3 brownish)
Black Oystercatcher 2
Black Turnstone 15
RED PHALAROPE 1 (flying N in front of the offshore rocks, then turned W out to sea)
Heermann's Gull 1 ad.
Common Murre 30+
ANCIENT MURRELET 5 (fly-bys: 1 N/2 N/2 S)
RHINOCEROS AUKLET 1 (fly-by SW )
Bottlenose Dolphin 8-10
Harbor Porpoise 2
Pelagic Cormorant 6-8
Heermann's Gull 1 ad., 4 imm.
A number of the Brandt's Cormorants are coming in to breeding plumage with bright blue at the base of the bill. Quite a few of the Common Murres were already in alternate plumage, as was 1 Red-throated Loon. The alternate-plumaged Willet continues with the Willet flock near the Cliff House.