Seawatch -- Black Scoters, 10/20/19

Paul Saraceni

Yesterday (10/20) morning during a seawatch from the south end of the Great Highway there was a nice flock of 14 BLACK SCOTERS (11 m. & 3 f.) on the water, a good number for October. There were only 2 m. present during my scan from this location on 10/18. Hopefully this portends well for a good wintering flock at this traditional location, after lower than typical numbers last winter. 

Other observations of local interest:

N. Pintail 1 f. (oddly, this bird was sitting on the ocean in the middle of a flock of California Gulls)
Surf Scoter 11
Merlin 1 (fly-over NW)
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 1
Red-thr. Loon 2
Clark's Grebe 1
W. Grebe 3
Killdeer 1
Long-billed Curlew 5 (on the beach for a while with Marbled Godwit flock)
Marbled Godwit 30 (precise count; including 1 smaller, paler individual of this species)
Black Turnstone 1 (flying N)
California Gull 1000+ (most flying N)
Glaucous-winged Gull 3 1Ws
Elegant Tern 17
Say's Phoebe 1
Black Phoebe 2

Bottlenose Dolphin 1

Paul Saraceni 
San Francisco