Los Farallones

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


The last day of Farallonathon was somewhat eventful….though, much less than we had hoped for. The winds were light out of the SSW, but visibility was good enough that we (and the birds) could see the mainland. We added 11 points, making this the lowest final total (129 points) for the history of the Farallonathon. We all cried shamelessly and endlessly, possibly raising the level of the Pacific Ocean with our tears. Ok, ok….it really wasn’t that bad. We all shook our hands at the sky at the end of the day and continued on our daily activities on the Island while trying to move on with our lives. So, what did we see on our last day of the FARALLONATHON?

FISH 1 China Rockfish (1point)
DAMSELFLIES: 1 Swift Forktail (1; possibly a first island record)

Swift Forktail (teneral female)
Photo © Matt Brady

SALAMANDER 1 Arboreal Sally (1; due to the evening search by one of the hopelessly dedicated interns)
BIRDS: 1 Tufted Puffin (1; our last breeder to be found since most finished breeding weeks ago and have left the island by now)
3 Common Loons (1)
1 Northern Pintail (1)
1 Glaucous-winged X Western Gull (1; yeah, a point for a hybrid….that’s right!)
1 Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbird (1)
1 Wilson’s Warbler (1)
1 Lapland Longspur (1)
1 Brewer’s Blackbird (1)

ebird list below:

Location: Southeast Farallon Island
Observation date: 10/5/08
Number of species: 42

Greater White-fronted Goose 1
Northern Pintail 1
Common Loon 3
Eared Grebe 23
Pink-footed Shearwater 13
Buller’s Shearwater 3
Sooty Shearwater 4
Brown Pelican 801
Brandt’s Cormorant X
Pelagic Cormorant X
Peregrine Falcon 3
Black Oystercatcher 41
Wandering Tattler 3
Whimbrel 6
Black Turnstone 78
Heermann’s Gull 19
Western Gull X
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 1
California Gull 77
Common Murre X
Pigeon Guillemot X
Cassin’s Auklet X
Rhinoceros Auklet X
Tufted Puffin 1
Barn Owl 1
Burrowing Owl 1
Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbird 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Black Phoebe 4
Say’s Phoebe 2
House Wren 1
American Pipit 3
Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) 1
Wilson’s Warbler (Pacific Coast) 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Clay-colored Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
Lapland Longspur 1
Brewer’s Blackbird 1