Los Farallones

Dispatches from Point Blue’s field station on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge

Archive: Oct 2008

29-October-2008

October 31, 2008
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Today’s weather was cloudy, with low visibility and light northwest winds. Despite the weather conditions, we had the arrival of a couple exciting birds. During the morning area search a group of five American Pipits were seen foraging on the marine terrace. Upon closer inspection, one of the pipits turned out to be of the […]

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28-October-2008


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Moderate northwest winds and solid cloud cover today. There weren’t a whole lot of birds around today, but we managed to find a few interesting things. In the morning we had a nice flight of shearwaters, dominated by Buller’s, followed by Pink-footeds and Sooties. Other finds were Surf Scoter, Ring-billed Gull and Thayer’s Gull. Thayer’s […]

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27-October-2008


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The winds switched around to the northwest and remained relatively light. We had decent visibility and cloud cover. The geese (Greater White-fronted and Cackling) that arrived yesterday were still around today. Wilson’s Snipe and Band-tailed Pigeon were new today, although the snipe didn’t make it the whole day since it was “taken out” by one […]

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26-October-2008


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Today we had light east to southeast winds, but fog through the morning prevented many new birds from finding the island. New arrivals included Greater White-fronted Goose, Aleutian Cackling Goose, Surf Scoter, Ruddy Turnstone, Least Sandpiper, Ancient Murrelet, Cliff Swallow and Varied Thrush. The complete bird list follows. Location: Southeast Farallon IslandObservation date: 10/26/08Number of […]

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18th-25th October 2008

October 28, 2008
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As always the internet connection has been very uncooperative, so we’ll just try to post a large block of lists now that it’s working. Over the past week the winds have generally been out of the northwest with varying degrees of cloud cover. There have been a smattering of new arrivals including Swamp Sparrow, Grasshopper […]

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A Seabird guy in a Songbird season

October 25, 2008
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There are three main “seasons” on the Farallones. These are not defined by weather or hours of daylight, but rather by the species of animals that inhabit the island. December to early March is “the elephant seal season” when research activities center on the breeding biology of the Northern Elephant Seal. Mid-March through August is […]

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14-October-2008

October 20, 2008
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Light and variable winds with cloud cover overnight gave us hope for a wave day, but by morning we were in some pretty heavy fog. Since any migrating birds would have a hard time finding the island, we ended up only seeing a few new arrivals (flock of Cackling Geese flying over, Cassin’s Vireo, and […]

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13-October-2008


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Light winds with high visibility meant only a handful on new arrivals, but with most of the birds from yesterday sticking around. New birds included: Band-tailed Pigeon, Western Flycatcher, American Robin, Varied Thrush, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Spotted Towhee, Fox Sparrow, and Lincoln’s Sparrow. We also saw a shark attack off of Saddle Rock, a couple […]

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12-October-2008


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Today was a boat day, meaning that we were transferring people and supplies from a boat to the island. The transfer was made easier because yesterday a helicopter ferrying the crew working on the roof back to the mainland, brought out all of our food. That left just people and gear to move back and […]

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11-October-2008


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The winds of the past few days finally started to calm down, though they were still blowing 15 knots. Compared to the 30 knot winds, it felt like a light breeze. With this slight change in weather we saw a handful of new arrivals. They included: Least Sandpiper, Anna’s Hummingbird, another pure Yellow-shafted Flicker, Red-breasted […]

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