Los Farallones

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


Farallonathon Day 4 was very quiet and yielded only a couple of new additions to our list. The winds were light out of the SSW, which is not bad, but a thick fog settled in making it difficult for birds to find the island. A shark attack on a California Seal Lion just off the East Landing Buoy gave us five points, while a flock of 45 Greater White-fronted Geese and 2 Barn Owls granted us one point each. With these additions our Farallonathon total stood at 93 points by the end of the day.

ebird list below:

Location: Southeast Farallon Island
Observation date: 10/2/08
Number of species: 37
Greater White-fronted Goose 45
Pacific Loon 1
Eared Grebe 11
Pink-footed Shearwater 6
Ashy Storm-Petrel X
Brown Pelican X
Brandt’s Cormorant X
Pelagic Cormorant X
Peregrine Falcon (Continental) 2
Black Oystercatcher X
Wandering Tattler 3
Willet 1
Whimbrel 9
Black Turnstone 64
Western Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 1
Heermann’s Gull 15
Western Gull X
California Gull 118
Common Murre X
Pigeon Guillemot X
Cassin’s Auklet X
Rhinoceros Auklet X
Barn Owl 2
Burrowing Owl 1
Black Phoebe 5
Say’s Phoebe 2
House Wren 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) 1
Palm Warbler (Western) 1
Ovenbird 1
Chipping Sparrow 4
Clay-colored Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1