Los Farallones

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

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3-November-2008

Strong SE winds were kicking up in the morning and it was cloudy, but not many birds were migrating in front of the today’s storm. By noon, it started raining and by the end of the day, we’d received nearly an inch. This provided lots of necessary drinking water for next year. Hopefully we’ll get […]

By | November 10, 2008


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2-November-2008

The day after a big storm usually brings strong NW winds and no birds, but we were actually between storms and so we were blessed by light winds and decent visibility.  The best two arrivals were a male Blue-winged Teal and a female Black-throated Blue Warbler.  These are both vagrants from the east. Although, the […]

By | November 9, 2008


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1-November-2008

Today was the first big storm of our upcoming rainy season.  We collect all of our own water for drinking, bathing, and other household stuff on a big, cement catchment pad located on the east side of the island.  During the summer when the rains stop, the Western Gulls like to roost in large numbers on this […]

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31-October-2008

Happy Halloween!  Moderate northwest winds, low visibility, some rain, and fog conspired to make our Halloween a relatively quite one.  The sole new arrivals were a pair of Clay-colored Sparrows. Holidays on the island are always a little different.  For example, this Halloween, no one dressed up, and we had zero kids trick or treating.  […]

By | November 8, 2008


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30-October-2008

The weather looked promising today with overcast skies and light east winds, but there were very few arrivals.  Two birds of interest were the two Red-breasted Mergansers that were found in Mirounga Bay.  The mean arrival date for this species is 24-Nov so these two were on the early side.  Another arrival was of a juvenile tundrius Peregrine […]

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Bats on Southeast Farallon Island

The morning of October 14, 1987 on Southeast Farallon Island was like something out of a bat biologists’ dream. To the biologists that lived on the island, it was just one heck of a “bat day”. Although hoary bats (Lasiurus cinereus) had consistently appeared on the island each fall since at least the mid 1960’s, […]

By | November 2, 2008


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29-October-2008

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 […]

By | October 31, 2008


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28-October-2008

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

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

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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