Swainson's Hawk, Lawrence's Goldfinch et al., Battery Godfrey, SF, 3/15/14

Paul Saraceni

I spent 6:50-11:20 this morning atop Battery Godfrey -- light E winds, warm.

Nice variety of species (52) highlighted by:

SWAINSON'S HAWK -- @ 10:25 AM, 1 intermediate-morph flew NW overhead (photographed) and continued high over GG Channel towards the Headlands.

LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH -- @ 7:45 AM, 1 calling fly-by was seen and heard flying N at close range

Other observations of local interest:

BRANT 8 (previously-reported group was on the water below the bluffs then flew out towards Pt. Bonita)
Surf Scoter 30+
Red-thr. Loon 30+
Pacific Loon 2 (basic plumage; flying E high over GG Channel)
RED-NECKED GREBE 1 (basic plumage; observed in flight then set down on the water out from the Battery)  
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 ad./1 imm.
Red-tailed Hawk 1 ad. (migrant N)
Black Oystercatcher 1 (on offshore rocks)
Long-billed Curlew 1 (flying W over GG Channel)
Black Turnstone 3 (on offshore rocks)
Surfbird 6 (on offshore rocks)
Common Murre 25+
Band-tailed Pigeon 39 (multiple groups flying N)
Eur. Collared-Dove 53 (multiple groups flying N)
Mourning Dove 2
N. Flicker 1
Barn Swallow 1 (flying N)
Pacific Wren 2
W. BLUEBIRD 5 (flew in from N, briefly perched, then E)
Am. Robin 40+
Varied Thrush 3 (fly-overs)
Cedar Waxwing 17
Cal. Towhee 1 (formerly rare at BG, now seems to be resident)
Purple Finch 6
Lesser Goldfinch 12
Am. Goldfinch 3

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

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