Early this morning I checked the shorebird roost in the mid-dunes on Ocean Beach between Noriega and Moraga. In addition to 650+ Sanderlings, there were a few small groups of Western Sandpipers (11 total, mostly juvs.) and Semipalmated Plovers (4), in addition to 43 Snowy Plovers in the vicinity, as well as a calling, fly-over Killdeer. 2 Long-billed Curlews briefly landed on the beach then picked-up and flew N calling loudly. 3 Elegant and 1 Caspian Terns were loafing near the gull flock (Western, Heermann's, California) at that time.
I then headed to the south-end of the Great Highway for a seawatch (8:45-10:30 AM), joined by Hugh Cotter and Rob Cullison for portions of the watch. The fog bank moved in and out, with visibility ranging from half-way to nearly out to the horizon. Winds were light from the S and seas were flat.
Sooty Shearwaters were missing from this morning's watch, but there was nice variety overall.
Observations of local interest:
NORTHERN PINTAIL 13 (1 flock flying N over the ocean)
Surf Scoter 45+ (on the ocean)
BLACK SCOTER 1 m. & 1 f. (with the Surf Scoter flock; very early date; presumably summered locally, though I have not observed them with the summering scoter flock until this morning)
W. Grebe 3
Com. Loon 4 (on the ocean; basic plumage)
Red-thr. Loon 1 (flying S)
Pelagic Cormorant 3
Brown Pelican 80+
Semipalmated Plover 3 (flying S over the beach)
DOWITCHER sp. 11 (1 flock flying S over the ocean)
Red-necked Phalarope 3 (singles flying over the ocean)
W. Sandpiper 2 (flying S over the beach w/Semi. Plovers)
Elegant Tern 30+ (flying S)
Parasitic Jaeger 5 (2 & 3)
POMARINE JAEGER 2 sub-ads. (singles)
Pigeon Guillemot 2 juvs.
Com. Murre 1
Barn Swallow 2
Bottlenose Dolphin 2
Harbor Porpoise 1