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Checklist S31008462

 
Location
Rodeo Lagoon, Marin County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Aug 07, 2016 6:30 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
2 hour(s), 55 minute(s)
Distance:
2.5 mile(s)
Observers:
David Wiechers List , William Legge
Comments:
Wind WNW, light to moderate, overcast but with good visibility, 15C/59F. 30 minute sea watch from Rodeo Beach followed by a circuit of the main lagoon.
Species
55 species total
6
Mallard
11
Surf Scoter

On the ocean off Rodeo Beach

1
Eurasian Collared-Dove

Heard only

1
Anna's Hummingbird
1
Virginia Rail

Heard only from the inner lagoon

1
Black Oystercatcher

Flew N well offshore

138
Long-billed Curlew

All flew N well offshore in flocks of 1, 58, 26, 12, 25 and 16 - presumably bird commuting from Ocean Beach in San Francisco to Bolinas Lagoon/PRNS

6
Least Sandpiper

Main lagoon outlet channel

5
Western Sandpiper

Main lagoon outlet channel

2
Greater Yellowlegs

A single was present at the western shore of the main lagoon and a second came in later. Both then left N up Rodeo Valley

10
Common Murre

On the ocean or seen in flight offshore

3
Pigeon Guillemot

Adults on the ocean off Rodeo Beach

4
Heermann's Gull

Flew N offshore

30
Western Gull
1
California Gull

Juvenile

2
Caspian Tern
11
Elegant Tern

11+ flew N well offshore

13
Brandt's Cormorant

1 on the ocean off Rodeo Beach and 9 few N and 3 S offshore

1
Pelagic Cormorant

Flew N offshore

4
Double-crested Cormorant

1 at the main lagoon and a flock of 3 flew N offshore

75
Brown Pelican

74 flew N and 1 S offshore in 30 minutes of sea watching

2
Great Blue Heron
4
Snowy Egret
3
Black-crowned Night-Heron

An adult, 1st summer and a juvenile at the main lagoon

2
Turkey Vulture
2
Great Horned Owl

Heard only repeatedly calling to each other

1
Black Phoebe
1
Steller's Jay
5
California Scrub-Jay
1
American Crow
4
Common Raven
5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
10
Barn Swallow
2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
13
Bushtit
2
Marsh Wren
3
Bewick's Wren
10
Wrentit
5
Western Bluebird
2
Swainson's Thrush
1
American Robin
21
House Finch
2
Purple Finch
1
Pine Siskin

Great view of a single bird feeding on the north side of the main lagoon near the picnic tables.

5
American Goldfinch
2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)

Simmond's Road

10
White-crowned Sparrow
2
Savannah Sparrow

2+ at the beach dunes

11
Song Sparrow
6
California Towhee
2
Spotted Towhee
1
Red-winged Blackbird
6
Common Yellowthroat
8
Wilson's Warbler
1
Indigo Bunting

Advanced juvenile or a 1st summer male feeding around the open grassy area between Field Road and Simmond's Road just south of the Marin Headlands Visitor Center and across from the Visitor Center Park and loosely associating with House Finches, Am. Goldfinches and White-crowned Sparrow. Slightly smaller in size than a House Finch. An obvious bunting jizz. Plumage wise, mainly buff-brown head, neck, back and wings (consistent with a female/juvenile Indigo Bunting) with a slight dark brown line through the eye, but then a mainly dark indigo blue to the lower chest, belly, flanks and vent. Tail looked a dark brown.

 

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