Los Farallones

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


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 of the Peregrine Falcons.

Band-tailed Pigeon (c) Dettling

Location: Southeast Farallon Island
Observation date: 10/27/08
Notes: Also a Glaucous-winged x Herring Hybrid
Number of species: 44

Greater White-fronted Goose 7
Cackling Goose (Aleutian) 3
Surf Scoter 1
Pacific Loon 2
Common Loon 7
Eared Grebe 77
Sooty Shearwater 1
Brown Pelican 465
Brandt’s Cormorant X
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Pelagic Cormorant X
Peregrine Falcon 4
Wandering Tattler 3
Willet 1
Whimbrel 9
Black Turnstone 42
Wilson’s Snipe 1
Heermann’s Gull 2
California Gull 338
Herring Gull 6
Glaucous-winged Gull 1
Common Murre X
Pigeon Guillemot X
Cassin’s Auklet X
Rhinoceros Auklet X
Band-tailed Pigeon 1
Barn Owl 1
Burrowing Owl 3
Black Phoebe 6
Say’s Phoebe 3
Cliff Swallow 3
Rock Wren 2
House Wren 1
European Starling 2
American Pipit 4
Cedar Waxwing 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) 2
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 2
Western Meadowlark 4
Pine Siskin 1