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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.

Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
Species
89 species (+3 other taxa) total
38
Brant

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

10
Greater Scaup
3
Greater/Lesser Scaup
20
Surf Scoter
3
Bufflehead
2
Pied-billed Grebe
1
Horned Grebe
65
Eared Grebe
25
Western Grebe
5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
21
Eurasian Collared-Dove
8
Anna's Hummingbird
160
American Coot (Red-shielded)
4
Black Oystercatcher
60
Black-bellied Plover
2
Snowy Plover
10
Semipalmated Plover
2
Whimbrel
800
Marbled Godwit
1
Ruddy Turnstone
95
Black Turnstone

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

5
Surfbird
400
Sanderling
150
Dunlin
175
Least Sandpiper
4
Western Sandpiper
6
Short-billed Dowitcher

heard

4
Long-billed Dowitcher

heard

35
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
1
Spotted Sandpiper
350
Willet
10
Common Murre
25
Heermann's Gull
75
Mew Gull
24
Ring-billed Gull
240
Western Gull
105
California Gull
2
Herring Gull
45
Elegant Tern
5
Red-throated Loon
1
Pacific Loon
10
Common Loon
200
Black-vented Shearwater

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
Brandt's Cormorant
5
Pelagic Cormorant
70
Double-crested Cormorant
15
cormorant sp.
10
American White Pelican
60
Brown Pelican
4
Great Blue Heron
1
Great Egret
6
Snowy Egret
1
Black-crowned Night-Heron
18
Turkey Vulture
1
Osprey
2
Cooper's Hawk
1
Red-shouldered Hawk (elegans)
2
Red-tailed Hawk
2
Belted Kingfisher
1
Downy Woodpecker
1
Hairy Woodpecker
3
Northern Flicker
3
American Kestrel
1
Peregrine Falcon

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

7
Black Phoebe
1
Tropical Kingbird

Photo, continuing bird seen by many.

4
California Scrub-Jay
2
American Crow
3
Common Raven
2
Red-breasted Nuthatch
1
House Wren
2
Bewick's Wren
5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1
Wrentit
1
Hermit Thrush
3
American Robin
30
European Starling
1
Purple Finch
1
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
14
White-crowned Sparrow (nuttalli)
3
Golden-crowned Sparrow
1
White-throated Sparrow
1
Savannah Sparrow
5
Song Sparrow
1
Spotted Towhee
8
Brewer's Blackbird
1
Orange-crowned Warbler
1
Nashville Warbler
2
Common Yellowthroat
1
Magnolia Warbler

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
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
9
House Sparrow
Additional species seen by Rosalind Becker:
X
Pigeon Guillemot
 

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