Seawatch -- Horned Lark et al., 11/18/18

Paul Saraceni

With just a bit of clearer air and swing-around of winds (light SW) for a few hours, I did a midday seawatch (12-1:30 PM) from the south end of the Great Highway.

The highlight was not a seabird -- around 1 PM a calling HORNED LARK flew past me heading N over the beach. For a moment it looked like it would land on the sand but it kept flying N until out of view.

Hundreds of gulls were on the move N and on the ocean, mostly California Gulls, as well as good numbers of Mew Gulls, and small numbers of Western, Glaucous-winged (3), Herring (2), and Heermann's (4) Gulls.  There were also several big pulses of loons flying N.

Other observations of local interest:

N. SHOVELER 8 (single flock landed on the ocean for a bit, then flew N)

Greater Scaup 12 (single flock flying S)

Surf Scoter 38

Common Loon 8

Pacific Loon 120+ (most flying N)

Red-thr. Loon 350+ (most flying N)

Sanderling 250+

Common Murre 1

Paul Saraceni

San Francisco 

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