Marbled Murrelets in near-shore waters

Juan García <jfgarcia@...>

A South Marin finding of relevance to SF birders.
The Pacific-side boat transect that we ran for yesterday's South Marin count yielded, among other things, an astounding number of Marbled Murrelets, 81 in all; of these, 22 (all in pairs) flew into the South Marin count circle from SF county waters. And a good lot of these 22 seemed to fly in from relatively near-shore; so a murrelet or two could possibly be spotted from shore in calmer conditions. At least three of the pairs came over from within the mouth of the Gate (SF side), quite near the bridge.
Juan García

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