Farallones Update, 8/27 -9/1
- Hello birders,
The fog, clouds, and wind were relatively cooperative on Southeast Farallon Island on Friday and Saturday, bringing a small amount of migrants on those days, with a few good birds(and one excellent record).
The NORTHERN GANNET continues to be seen daily, still at the two previously mentioned roosts.
A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was briefly seen on 8/28.
One SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was found on 8/31, and continued through at least 9/1.
A lone SABINE'S GULL was observed flying by the island during a sea watch on 8/31.
The juvenile YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER found on the island yesterday, 9/1 is the earliest record ever for California (by only 2 days).
A WILLOW FLYCATCHER first seen on the 28th was banded on 8/31.
The INDIGO BUNTING first seen on 8/25 remains on the island this morning.
A HUTTON'S VIREO found yesterday, 9/1 is an irregular fall migrant for the Farallones.
4 PURPLE MARTINS were found flying around the lighthouse yesterday, 8/1.
A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was banded yesterday. This is another bird that is common on the coast but infrequently makes its way to the island.
One ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK made a quick stop on the island on 8/31, before flying back to the mainland.
One BOBOLINK was seen for two days from 8/31 through 9/1.
Southerly winds are forecasted later in the week, so hopefully we will be getting a significant amount of birds in the near future.
To see the happenings on SEFI, and for photos of notable birds, you can visit our PRBO Conservation Science Island blog <losfarallones.blogspot.com> which we will update periodically.
I will also post photos to my picasa photo albums, the latest of which you can see at <https://picasaweb.google.com/101314872386852188220/FarallonesPhotosThrough9112>
Dan Maxwell, Jim Tietz, Elizabeth Ames, and Jay Wright
Southeast Farallon Island, San Francisco