Los Farallones

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

September 29th


Today brought more new arrivals as the southerly winds continued. Visibility was a bit better than we would have liked, as many birds likely saw the mainland and headed there instead of the island. Later in the day as we started seeing reports from Point Reyes, it was obvious that’s what had happened. While we had a good diversity of species we didn’t get the rarer species like the Point (i.e. Prothonotary, Blackburnian, Virginia’s and Black-throated Blue Warblers). We did see 12 species of warbler, with Cape May and Tennessee being the most uncommon. Some photos and a complete species list follow.

Chestnut-sided Warbler (M. Dettling)

Magnolia Warbler (M. Dettling)
Cape May Warbler (M. Brady)

Location: Southeast Farallon Island
Observation date: 9/29/08
Number of species: 49

Pacific Loon 1
Eared Grebe 6
Western Grebe 3
Pink-footed Shearwater 58
Buller’s Shearwater 53
Sooty Shearwater 123
Brown Pelican 781
Peregrine Falcon 2
Wandering Tattler 3
Willet 1
Whimbrel 8
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Black Turnstone 56
Least Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 1
Heermann’s Gull 12
California Gull 350
Elegant Tern 3
Parasitic Jaeger 3
Vaux’s Swift 1
Black Phoebe 5
Say’s Phoebe 2
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Swainson’s Thrush (Russet-backed) 5
Hermit Thrush 2
American Pipit 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 3
Magnolia Warbler 3
Cape May Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) 3
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1
Townsend’s Warbler 2
Palm Warbler (Western) 2
American Redstart 2
Ovenbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Western Tanager 1
Chipping Sparrow 6
Clay-colored Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 7
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Black-headed Grosbeak 1
Bobolink 1