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Location
Bodega Bay--harbor and immediate vicinity, Sonoma County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Oct 25, 2015 9:16 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
20
Duration:
6 hour(s), 48 minute(s)
Distance:
6.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Ed Harper , Mark Martucci List , Rosalind Becker List , Scott Hoppe List , Tim Fitzer List
Comments:
This was a Sacramento Audubon field trip led by Mark Martucci and Scott Hoppe. Following a brief stop at The Tides where the we found the tide to be very high, we proceeded to Diekmann's Store to search for the reported Magnolia Warbler. After 40 minutes of largely unsuccessful searching by the group, we continued on to Owl Canyon to search for the reported Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Without any success after 30 minutes of searching, we stopped briefly at the parking area for Hole in the Head where a Tropical Kingbird delighted the group. From there it was on to Bodega Head where we launched a scan of the ocean and nearby sea stacks. Lunch was taken here at the picnic tables before heading back to the bay where we checked various locations for shorebirds. We next visited the boat harbor area where we birded shorebirds and made another try for the Magnolia Warbler from the bay side. Finally we made it to Doran Beach Regional Park where a low tide greeted us. It was a far reach for the shorebirds, but we walked out far enough to see a number a species. The trip ended back at The Tides. Weather was excellent, calm in the morning, but a B(2) by the end of the day. Hazy overcast with some sun at times. Upper 60's and low 70's F. Birds noted after the formal conclusion of the trip and the completion of this list include Killdeer, Northern Harrier, Western Meadowlark, and American Goldfinch.

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Species
89 species (+3 other taxa) total
38

A single flock flying out over the ocean off Bodega Head.

10
3
Greater/Lesser Scaup
20
3
2
1
65
25
5
21
8
160
4
60
2
10
2
800
1
95

Conservative count; many were foraging near the harbor by the dilapidated wharf.

5
400
150
175
4
6

heard

4

heard

35
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
1
350
10
25
75
24
240
105
2
45
5
1
10
200

First birds were far off shore but then a feeding flock formed closer to shore where good views were obtains. Counted by 5's. This has been a good fall for this species along the coast of California.

55
5
70
15
cormorant sp.
10
60
4
1
6
1
18
1
2
1
2
2
1
1
3
3
1

We saw an immature Peregrine take a shorebird, possibly a Sanderling.

7
1

Photo, continuing bird seen by many.

4
2
3
2
1
2
5
1
1
3
30
1
1
14
3
1
1
5
1
8
1
1
2
1

Continuing bird but very difficult to see as it stayed in dense vegetation almost all of the time. I obtained one brief view of the bird and heard distinctive chip notes. Only because I am very familiar with this species from many visits to the eastern USA was I able to ID the bird. Intense yellow on the underparts with some barring on the flanks was a useful feature. I did not see the tail to note the diagnostic white patches in the midsection of the tail. Still, I am confident the bird was a Maggie.

3
9
Additional species seen by Rosalind Becker:
X
Pigeon Guillemot
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes