This morning I did a seawatch (7:15-9:00 AM) from the south end of the Great Highway, joined by Hugh Cotter for part of the time. Very good viewing conditions, overcast, with a steady SW wind.
The highlight was a juv. TUFTED PUFFIN flying N just ahead of a Common Murre that I scoped around 8:05.
Also of note was a late PIGEON GUILLEMOT flying S.
Hundreds of gulls (primarily Californias and Westerns) were on the move N the entire time.
Other observations of local interest:
GREEN-WINGED TEAL 6 (flying together with a flock of 12 Surf Scoters, first heading S then turned N)
Surf Scoter 42
Common Loon 5
Pacific Loon 4
Red-thr. Loon 2
Black-bellied Plover 1 (on the beach)
Elegant Tern 40+ (flying S)
PARASITIC JAEGER 7
POMARINE JAEGER 1
Common Murre 20+
Also: Humpback Whale 3-4
After that Hugh and I headed over to the south Lake Merced concrete bridge. At the NE corner of the bridge, looking over the wall, Hugh spotted a NORTHERN PARULA which we got brief looks at. It was traveling with a flock of Bushtits and a couple of Orange-crowned Warblers. Unfortunately, the flock disappeared into the willows and reeds and we could not re-find the Parula.
Other observations included:
Eared Grebe 20+
Sora 1 (heard-only)
Virginia Rail 1 (heard-only)
Common Yellowthroat 5
Also: 1 Brush Rabbit & 1 California Vole at the birdseed pile E of the bridge.
We checked "Vista Grande Canal" (located across from the W parking lot and running along the border of the Olympic Club golf course). It was pretty quiet other than a feeding flock of mostly Yellow-rumped Warblers with just a few other western migrants. A male Nuttall's Woodpecker feeding on pine cones was nice to see.