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Checklist S44091691

 
Location
Rodeo Lagoon, Marin County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:35 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
2 hour(s), 25 minute(s)
Distance:
2.5 mile(s)
Observers:
William Legge
Comments:
Wind E, light shifting W, hazy sunshine with temperatures rising to 17C/62F. 30 minute sea watch from Rodeo Beach followed by circuit of the main lagoon. Mammals of note: 3 River Otters in the main lagoon and 1 Harbor Seal offshore. Another good morning for migrants, including a record flock of Eurasian Collared Doves going over.
Species
56 species (+1 other taxa) total
15
Canada Goose

Main lagoon, 13 of which flew in as the morning progressed

5
Mallard
5
Ring-necked Duck

Two pairs and a single female on the main lagoon

900
Surf Scoter

Good estimate of the large flock off Rodeo Beach

1
Black Scoter

Female on the ocean with Surf Scoter just off Bird Island

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown
2
Hooded Merganser

Two females in the main lagoon outlet channel

1
Wild Turkey
1
Pied-billed Grebe

Main lagoon

54
Eurasian Collared-Dove

The spring passage of this species continued in full force today with a record flock of 51 which flew over high NW. Earlier, a separate flock of 3 dropped in to trees from the SE. Follows the 12+ seen yesterday.

Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
6
Anna's Hummingbird
1
American Coot

Main lagoon

1
Black Oystercatcher

Bird Island

55
Common Murre

A flock of 45+ on the ocean off Bird Island and a flock of c. 10 flew N offshore

2
Pigeon Guillemot

On the ocean off Rodeo Beach

1
Ring-billed Gull

2nd winter flew over SE

Breeding Code
F Flyover (Observed)
5
California Gull

One flew S along the coastline and 4 on the ocean just off Rodeo Beach

5
Caspian Tern

3 chasing each other offshore and 2 flew over SE

1
Red-throated Loon

On the ocean off Rodeo Beach

8
Brandt's Cormorant

2 on the ocean and 6 flew S offshore

10
Pelagic Cormorant

3+ on the ocean off Rode Beach and 7 flew N offshore in one and twos

9
Double-crested Cormorant

6 on the main lagoon and 3 flew over/offshore N

2
Great Egret
1
Snowy Egret
1
Cooper's Hawk
1
Hairy Woodpecker

Flew out of the Monterey Pines behind Shed T111

1
Northern Flicker
1
Merlin (Taiga)

The continuing male at the inner lagoon

© William Legge

Merlin (Taiga) - Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands, CA - March 30, 2018

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male

© William Legge

Merlin (Taiga) - Rodeo Lagoon, Marin Headlands, CA - March 30, 2018

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
1
Black Phoebe
2
California Scrub-Jay
18
American Crow

A flock of 3 flew over high NW early and a roving flock of 15 present

3
Common Raven
3
Violet-green Swallow
2
Barn Swallow
1
Cliff Swallow

First of the spring!

2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
1
Bushtit
7
Bewick's Wren
2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
9
Wrentit
3
American Robin
6
European Starling
4
House Finch
11
Purple Finch
2
American Goldfinch
1
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon)
8
White-crowned Sparrow
11
Song Sparrow
3
California Towhee
3
Spotted Towhee
2
Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored)
4
Brown-headed Cowbird

Males together on wires near the Fire Station - first record of the spring!

1
Orange-crowned Warbler
Breeding Code
S7 Singing Male Present 7+ days (Probable)
4
Common Yellowthroat
1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
28
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
3
Wilson's Warbler

Males in song - two seen and one heard only. They've just come in over the last 24-48 hours

 

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