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Checklist S42394732

Pt. Reyes--Outer Point, Marin County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Jun 06, 1998
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Daniel Froehlich
Continuing this incredible spring out at the point... I missed Western Kingbird and Blue Grosbeak seen by others today
6 species (+1 other taxa) total

1 ad scoped at the lighthouse down in the water


This bird was, I believe, among the little cluster of gymnosperms off the road near the outer point: gray cast overall with fine white eyering and tiny bill on a compact body, giving che-bek calls


in the line of eucalypts along the road on the outer point.

Spinus sp. (goldfinch sp.)

this bird I heard briefly at the line of lighthouse trees and it immediately struck me as sounding like European Goldfinch. As I got to about where the call had come from, the goldfinch took off and flew away in its finchy bounding flight out over the water never to be seen again. I barely viewed the bird in flight through binoculars, didn't get any red on the head, but had a flash of pale in the wing. I completely discounted European Goldfinch at the time, so figured perhaps an odd Lesser Goldfinch, or Pine Siskin. But when I became aware of a previous European Goldfinch record, I reconsidered: the call of European Goldfinch is quite distinctive and I'm familiar with it from living in central Europe for many years--so my instinctive reaction may have been correct... Since it still leaves open the question of provenance--fairly popular captive--on a bird I never could examine, I'm leaving this one open...


way high in trees at the fish docks, hardly any chestnut on flanks.


also at fish docks


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