Los Farallones

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


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 Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, American Pipit, Orange-crowned Warbler, Audubon’s Warbler, Myrtle Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Lapland Longspur, Red-winged Blackbird, and Lesser Goldfinch. The complete species list is below.

Location: Southeast Farallon Island
Observation date: 10/11/08
Number of species: 48

Surf Scoter 3
Pacific Loon 1
Eared Grebe 19
Pink-footed Shearwater 23
Buller’s Shearwater 11
Sooty Shearwater 4
Ashy Storm-Petrel X
Brown Pelican 253
Brandt’s Cormorant X
Pelagic Cormorant X
Peregrine Falcon 3
Black Oystercatcher 28
Wandering Tattler 2
Whimbrel 5
Black Turnstone 22
Least Sandpiper 1
Red Phalarope 1
Black-legged Kittiwake 1
Heermann’s Gull 15
Western Gull X
California Gull 774
Herring Gull 4
Thayer’s Gull 1
Pomarine Jaeger 1
Barn Owl 1
Burrowing Owl 1
Anna’s Hummingbird 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Black Phoebe 4
Say’s Phoebe 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Varied Thrush 1
European Starling 7
American Pipit 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) 2
Palm Warbler (Western) 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
Lapland Longspur 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Western Meadowlark 2
Lesser Goldfinch 1