This morning I did a sea-watch from the south-end of the Great Highway (7:30-8:45 AM). Conditions were excellent with overcast skies, light SW winds, flat, glassy seas, and visibility out to the horizon
The highlight was an ASHY STORM-PETREL that I scoped a ways out as it meandered S over a glassy patch of ocean.
Other observations of local interest:
Surf Scoter 35+ (on the ocean)
BLACK SCOTER 1 m. (continuing with the Surf Scoter flock; I did not observe the female that was present on 8/25)
Com. Loon 5 (on the ocean; basic plumage)
SOOTY SHEARWATER 200+ (pretty far out; small pulses heading N)
Long-Billed Curlew 1 (flying S)
W. Sandpiper 2 (on the beach with Sanderlings)
Elegant Tern 6 [contrast that amount with the 1000?+ congregating @ Crissy Lagoon]
Parasitic Jaeger 7 (2/4/1)
POMARINE JAEGER 1 ad.
Pigeon Guillemot 8 (including 3 juvs.)
Com. Murre 4 (including 3 juvs.)
Also, a nice variety of marine mammals:
Harbor Seal 1 (swimming N thru the surf)
Humpback Whale 1 (breaching)
Bottlenose Dolphin 5 (1 pod patrolling the surf)
Harbor Porpoise 4 (1 pod)
Mid-morning, while photographing the continuing RUFF @ Crissy Lagoon, I observed 2 BANK SWALLOWS flying over the footbridge and continuing E. The latter is an uncommon migrant in SF away from Lake Merced & Ft. Funston bluffs.