This morning Hugh Cotter and I (with a brief visit from Josiah Clark) birded Battery Godfrey for the first few hours during cold, steady NE winds.
Not a big flight but we did observe some species of local interest:
BRANT 5 (in the GG Channel then flew W)
N. Pintail 34 (2 high-flying flocks of 11 & 23)
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER 2 (singles flying over the Channel w/Surf Scoters)
Surf Scoter 40+ (on the water and flying flocks; note that the flock below the bluff which has been present for over a week contains a couple of whitish-faced f./imms. that might be mistaken on quick view for another species)
Cooper's Hawk 1 ad.
Peregrine Falcon 1
Com. Loon 3
Red-thr. Loon 6
Black Oystercatcher 2
Black Turnstone 2
Heermann's Gull 60+ (flying in the Channel)
Herring Gull 6 (fly-bys)
Iceland ("Thayer's") Gull 2 (fly-bys)
Com. Murre 2
Varied Thrush 4 (fly-overs heading N)
Later in the morning we birded a loop through the SF Zoo (note that there is an admission fee to enter the Zoo). The highlight was a confiding BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, perhaps a 1st-winter male, working small trees near the "Insect Zoo" (NW quadrant of the Zoo). Other observations included a tan-striped White-throated Sparrow (near the Pelican/Bald Eagle pond), a mobile flock of 5 Western Bluebirds, and a high-flyover Great Egret.
Photos of the B-and-W Warbler can be seen in the following list: