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PAAU @ Land;s End - Details

Ken Moy
 

Approached observation deck @ approximately 8:30 on 7/14. Stopped at the last tree located just west of the deck and spotted the parakeet auklet in the surbnear Hermit Rock. Got to observation deck where David Nelson and Elenora (sp?sorry if I got your name wrong) had it in sight. We were joined by James from CT. The matter of note is that it spent about 20 minutes in the surf near the shore and for most of the time was not visible from the deck. Could be seen about 5-10 yards east of the deck looking just over the planted edge of the bluff into the surf area. At one point it flew to Hermit Rock and displayed for about 5 minutes before heading to the north face.

Best of birds,

Ken Moy

PAAU at Hermit Rock

Brandy Deminna Ford
 

Just saw the Parakeet Auklet near hermit rock. Luckily there was a nice person birding with a telescope who let us take a look (nautical binoculars weren’t too clear). Just beautiful.

Brandy Ford
SF

PAAU continues

David Nelson
 

The Paraket Auklet flew in and landed in the water 100 yds. west of Hermit Rock, usual location. It quickly moved to 30' off the shore below the overlook and is diving at 10:15am

Good birding!

David W. Nelson

Re: paau @ Land's End

Ken Moy
 

Just flew to North face of Hermit Rock.


On Sun, Jul 14, 2019, 8:46 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
In surf just south of hermit rock

On Fri, Jun 28, 2019, 10:45 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

Sighted at 10 30 by Erik atwell
Currently out of sight on north face of hermit rock
Brian fitch

Re: paau @ Land's End

Ken Moy
 

In surf just south of hermit rock


On Fri, Jun 28, 2019, 10:45 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

Sighted at 10 30 by Erik atwell
Currently out of sight on north face of hermit rock
Brian fitch

Returning Shorebirds

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Today at Crissy Field there was a Short Billie Dowitcher, one of a few that have returned to SF county. 4 Leasts and a Western Sandpiper also made an appearance. Other than that, nothing too uncommon. 

Joachim Gonzalez

Least Terns at Heron’s Head

David Assmann
 

Continuing - two LEAST TERNS at Heron’s Head - close to India Basin

Parakeet Auklet 1015am

C Lou
 



Bird is being seen now at Lands end.
Calvin Lou
SF

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Parakeet Auklet 1015am

C Lou
 



Bird is being seen now at Lands end.
Calvin Lou
SF

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Lesser Black Backed Gull at Crissy

David Assmann
 

Sorry for the late notice but I just reviewed my pictures from Monday of a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL at Crissy Lagoon. Peter Pyle is sure that this is the same bird that he saw on Ocean Beach on June 28th so this bird is worth looking for.

Re: Lands End seawatch

Lee-Hong Chang
 

On Monday, July 8, 2019, 12:17:17 PM PDT, Rob Cullison <robcullison@...> wrote:


Reporting for the two Lee's, the Parakeet Auklet was being seen at 12:01.

Rob Cullison

Re: Lands End seawatch

Rob Cullison
 

Reporting for the two Lee's, the Parakeet Auklet was being seen at 12:01.

Rob Cullison

Re: Red-Breasted Merganser at Crissy Lagoon

Paul Saraceni
 

Interesting.

I observed a female Red-breasted Merganser flying N over the surf at Ocean Beach (near Judah) several days ago on the evening of July 5th.

Paul Saraceni 
San Francisco 


On Jul 8, 2019, at 11:55 AM, David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann@...> wrote:

There is a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER in Crissy Lagoon. First San Francisco July record for this species.

Red-Breasted Merganser at Crissy Lagoon

David Assmann
 

There is a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER in Crissy Lagoon. First San Francisco July record for this species.

Lands End seawatch

Max Benningfield
 

Hi All,
This morning I went out to do a PAAU watch and waited about 45 mins and saw the Parakeet Auklet for about 3 mins. It flew in and was being pushed towards the shoreline, then it flew out of sight not sure if it flew back out or to the other side of the rock. Small dark alcid with red bill and white stripe behind eye. It looked quite sick. Also saw a rhinoceros auklet. This was about 11:25-11:35.
Max Benningfield

Before the fireworks, Southern Waterfront

Eddie Bartley
 

July 3: Did a mini-Bio-blitz at Pier 94 and Yosemite slough with Bob Hall and Brent Plater this morning

Pier 94 highlights included a LEAST SANDPIPER that circled us calling, briefly landed in the marsh, a raft of 86 Western and Clark's Grebes , a PELAGIC CORMORANT in Islais Creek, 5 Caspian Terns plunge diving and two NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS foraging in the upland. There were at least two fledged Red-winged Blackbirds. The very vocal Mockingbird included a pretty good California Towhee song and an even better Willet in it's repertoire. 

Yosemite Slough: a visit to this neglected area is always a sobering visit but the slough itself is looking a bit cleaner and the uplands had at least two fledged SAVANNAH SPARROWS, on fed repeatedly by a parent during our visit. The Mockingbird at this location did a fair Belted Kingfisher mimic. 

Pier 94 had a surprisingly high number of aquatic invertebrates, butterflies in fair numbers at both sites.

Happy Trails!

Eddie Bartley

Local Interest - Returning Shorebirds, etc.

David Assmann
 

Fall shorebird migration is starting. Yesterday at Hermit Rock, while looking in vain for the Parakeet Auklet, 15 MARBLED GODWITS flew by, heading into the Bay.  While the Parakeet Auklet didn't show up, a RHINOCEROS AUKLET did.  Today, at Heron's Head there were a number of shorebirds, including a flock of 26 WILLETS in alternate plumage, a WHIMBREL, two LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, four LEAST SANDPIPERS, and five BLACK-NECKED STILTS. At Crissy Lagoon, a WILLET, two LEAST SANDPIPERS and a LONG-BILLED CURLEW joined the resident KILLDEERS. Lake Merced had a strange looking MEW GULL, and the trio of unusual ducks were all still at Stow Lake - the male HOODED MERGANSER and the female MANDARIN DUCK were following each other on the west side, and the now motley-looking male WOOD DUCK was east of the Boathouse.

SF pelagic and Farallon Island trips

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello SF Birders,

      I wanted to send out a reminder that the San Francisco county pelagic will be on Aug 31. There are still spots left for that trip.

The first two Farallon Island trips are coming up soon – July 13 and July 15.

Our summer pelagic, which has had some notable rarities in the past is coming up on Aug 3.

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ to book, or email me for more information.

Great birding to you all!

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

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American White Pelican at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Just flew east over Aquatic Park.

Re: Parakeet & Hermit Rock Dramas

Brian Fitch
 

As I wrote via cell earlier, Erik Atwell spotted the Parakeet Auklet making a very brief sortie around Hermit Rock at 10:30 this morning (6/28).  The rest of us honed in on the spot, and we too saw the auklet make several more quick flights around the top of rock.  On one landing, it was briefly visible, but otherwise it kept alighting out of sight.  We had all been out there from around 8:30 onward.

Around 11:30, after Hugh and Ken had to leave, Erik and I saw a Peregrine swoop into the long vertical crack in Hermit Rock where the Pigeon Guillemots nest, and I got my scope on the bird as it waddled into a small cave near the top.  As I was waiting for it to come out with prey of some type, Erik called out "Peregrine," and I turned to see a falcon on the low rock just left of Hermit, with an adult PIGU wriggling in its talons.  It turns out that the cave penetrates through the rock, and the falcon had emerged from the far side with the guillemot. 

We both commented that the auklet ought to have been startled out of its hiding place, but we were caught up with watching the struggle.  After a few seconds the PIGU broke free, slid down the rock and vanished underwater, and we didn't see where or if it surfaced.  But as I watched the falcon, which seemed to limp a bit as it walked on the rock, I spotted the Parakeet Auklet in the water just beyond the falcon.  Erik got some photos of the alliterative pair of birds in the same frame, and I commented on Nature's weird themes.  (Para-keet and Pere-grine for those of you who aren't much into literary terms.)  We also heard the auklet joining in the chorus of complaints about the falcon, giving its upslurred trill along with the calls of the upset guillemots and oystercatchers.

We watched the PAAU for another half an hour as it allowed itself to be washed closer to shore, making many dives into and through oncoming breakers.  Erik left around noon, and shortly after that the second drama unfolded, as the auklet seemed to weaken and let the waves move it very close to the rocks and small cliff faces on the shoreline.  I couldn't see any sign of it feeding, but I don't know the species well, so perhaps this kind of extreme Surf Scoter behavior is typical.  After 25 minutes of fearing that I was about to see it smashed to death, it jumped onto a low rock, only to be washed right off again.  It then swam over to a bigger rock directly on the shore and jumped onto it.  I soon left, wanting to think positively about its future survival despite the perilous behavior I'd been seeing.

On a non-aquatic note, I suspect that Pine Siskins are breeding on the level above the Hermit Rock viewpoint.  Last week I heard and then saw a siskin singing for quite a while along the upper road by the steep sandy trail up to Ft Miley West, and today I saw one or more siskins go in and out of a cypress adjacent to last week's spot.

Brian Fitch

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