Odds & Ends, SF, 05/27/07

Paul Saraceni

This morning i did a brief ocean watch from the southernmost parking lot along the Great Highway, followed by visits to several locations in the SE corner of SF.

Observations of local interest:

s. end of Great Highway:
Surf Scoter 30+
Com. Loon 2 (basic)
Pacific Loon 10+
Brown Pelican 44
Whimbrel 1
phalarope sp. 20+
Glaucous-winged Gull 1 imm.
Pigeon Guillemot 2
Com. Murre 20+

India Basin & Heron's Head:
Snowy Egret 3
Brown Pelican 13 (fly-overs)
Am. Avocet 3
Yel.-billed Magpie 1

Pier 94 restoration area:
Snowy Egret 2
Whimbrel 2
Am. Avocet 5

Candlestick Pt. SRA (Basin):
Gr. Scaup 1 m.
Surf Scoter 21
Ruddy Duck 3
Com. Loon 2 (basic)
Glaucous-winged Gull 1 imm.

Bayview Hill:
Wh.-thr. Swift 1
W. Wood-Pewee 1
Wrentit 1
W. Tanager 1
Spotted Towhee 3

Re the Spotted Towhees, 1 m. was singing, as if on territory, near the 1st trail intersection. Further west along the path heading towards the fenced antenna area, a pair repeatedly foraged along the edge of the path then flew uphill into the brushy undergrowth carrying food.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

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