Glaucous Gull et al., s. end of Ocean Beach, 04/15/07

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning the NW winds were still strong, but tolerable enough to do a sea watch from the southernmost parking along the Great Highway, unlike several days ago. I was there from 7:45 until 9:25, during which time there was plenty of activity.

There were many gulls moving north right along and over the beach, mostly Westerns and Californias, but also including a good push of Glaucous-wingeds, as well as several Herrings and 1 adult Thayer's. Highlight @ 8:10 was a 1st-winter GLAUCOUS GULL traveling north with several other gulls.

Plenty of loons, BRANT, and Surf Scoters heading north over the ocean. Best and strangest observation was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE heading south alone, ~100 yds. offshore @ 9:15.

Also noted were a handful of RED-NECKED PHALAROPES moving north.

Sea watch observations (7:45-9:25 AM):

Red-thr. Loon 90+
Pacific Loon 16
Common Loon 7
Brown Pelican 1 (flying N over beach)
Pelagic Cormorant 1
GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 1 (flying S over ocean)
BRANT 159 (in 6 groups flying N over ocean)
Surf Scoter 130+
Whimbrel 6 (flying N over ocean)
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE 4 (flying N over ocean: 1, 2, 1)
Herring Gull 4
Thayer's Gull 1 ad.
GLAUCOUS GULL 1 1w. (flying N over beach)
Glaucous-winged Gull 55+
Caspian Tern 12 (flying N over ocean)
Bank Swallow 40+ (swarming off of Ft. Funston bluffs)

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

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