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Sutro Jaegers & Beach Shorebirds

Brian Fitch
 

During this morning's seawatch, three adult Parasitic Jaegers were pirating together, but only stayed in sight for a few minutes.  A flock of around 25 Western Sandpipers flew by heading into the Golden Gate, and a handful of Least Sandpipers and several un-ID'd shorebirds also passed by.

A short walk on Ocean Beach around Pacheco turned up two Semipalmated Plovers, a Sanderling, and five Least Sandpipers, all flushed into flight by you-know-whats, while four Willets, five Marbled Godwits, and a larger number of Whimbrels were at the edge of the low tide surf, protected from flushing by small lagoons.  I don't know why the smaller birds didn't join them.

Brian Fitch

Rescue Needs Help Caring For Chicks

kim
 

Hello Group

Tragic situation with Fallen tree at an Oakland rookery. Eighty-Nine Egret and Heron Chicks have lost their home. International Bird Rescue a wonderful organization who helped me with a rescue, is calling out for Volunteers, to help care for these babies.

If you have the time, it would be a great opportunity to help and give back for all the joy Birding gives you.

Please share with other Bird Groups or people you might know.

https://www.kqed.org/science/1945203/bird-rescue-group-needs-volunteers-after-fallen-tree-strands-89-baby-egrets-herons

Thank you
Kim F.
San Francisco

Be Kind. Lady Karma is Always Watching.

good Peregrine sighting this morning

Smokey Bear
 

I was walking across Van Ness near City Hall at 6:40 this morning. A
Peregrine gripping a dead bird flew about 30 ft above my head,
flapping hard with the load, and closely followed by a squawking
Western Gull. I stopped mid-crosswalk to gape. I'm pretty sure the
dead bird was a pigeon and not another Gull, couldn't quite be sure
with the light behind them. Glad the Peregrines are thriving.

Anna

Farallon Islands

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello Birders.

   Last Saturday and Monday we enjoyed our first two trips to the Farallon Islands. We had weather that was unusual, in that it was a small wave without much wind, but very closely spaced so we had to go slow to get to the islands. But it was worth it, at this time of year one is not all that far off from the peak nesting out there. There were certainly hundreds of thousands of Common Murres, one entire side of Southeast Farallon Island was crammed with them – perhaps 100,000 or so? The numbers are so high, it is difficult to estimate. Many molting Cassin’s Auklets were also at the island, along with a few Rhinoceros Auklets and many Pigeon Guillemots. Southeast Farallon Island is the largest colony of Pigeon Guillemots in the state, as far as I know. The Tufted Puffins were up on Sugarloaf, and we also encountered some on the water and on the trip over to the island. They become more visible on the August trips when they are foraging more actively for the young. A female Brown Booby was on Sugarloaf on both days, and careful study of the bill color suggests it is of the Mexican population (Brewster’s Booby). On Saturday we did see a Fork-tailed Storm Petrel on the way out, and an Ashy Storm Petrel on the way back. Lots of Humpback Whales on the first 10 miles from shore, including an exciting group actively lunge feeding, they gave a good show.

    We have one more date to the Farallons with a few spots left – Aug 5. But also keep in mind that on Aug 3 we are doing our “summer pelagic” looking for albatross and offshore birds. We have had some very good birds early in the season – Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Salvin’s Albatross come to mind. So we are hopeful for a goodie, although great luck is needed to see one. Otherwise we are hoping to find storm petrel flocks and hopefully albatross densities, this is a good time of year for Laysan Albatross. You can book directly here:

 

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

 

   Note that water is warming to our south, but in our area we still have a well defined cold water area inside of the continental shelf. An interesting gradient towards warmer (“blue”) water is forming offshore from Half Moon Bay. Perhaps this will be more developed by August, that situation is always interesting for us. I hope it means that the offshore murrelets will be around, along with other southerners.

 

Good birding,

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

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Parakeet Auklet continues

Colin Meusel
 

On top of Hermit Rock then down to rock on shore. Seen from 07:40 to 07:45. Will post photos to eBird. 


Colin Meusel

Petaluma, CA




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