San Clemente Island
- Over the last week the shorebirds have really begun coming in. A few highlights have been a group of 5 Adult Wilson's Phalaropes showing up in breeding plumage, at least 2 Baird's sandpipers, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, a few Greater Yellowlegs and numbers are increasing for Least and Western Sandpipers every day. Sanderings have also returned with some still in breeding plumage.
On Thursday, myself and Jimmy McMorran found a Semipalmated Sandpiper. This bird was very skittish and did not allow close approach so we were not able to get photos or video. When it finally spooked we could clearly hear it calling as it flew south with two Least Sandpipers. This sighting represents an island first record for Clemente.
Eric L. Kershner, Ph.D.
Institute for Wildlife Studies
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San Diego, CA 92108
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Migrants continue to trickle out to SCI regardless of wind direction.
With the recent trend of WNW winds the past couple of weeks, the wind
shifted to ENE during the early morning hours of 17 Sep, numbers
increased dramatically that day and with it a couple birds of note.
An amazing count of 14 BOBOLINKS were present island-wide with 13
being flushed from one area of Chad's Bluff alone, the other was at
Lemon Tank. An EASTERN KINGBIRD was photographed and videotaped as it
was flycatching and resting in a baccharis patch near VC3, a RED-
BREASTED NUTHATCH made an appearance along with a single BANK SWALLOW.
Other birds of note within this past month:
8/18 - ORCHARD ORIOLE female/juv was at Vista Canyon on the east side
of the island.
8/19 - PRAIRIE WARBLER was videotaped at Lemon Tank.
9/4 - ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen foraging in a baccharis.
9/13 - TENNESSEE WARBLER was at Lemon Tank.
9/15 - NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was photographed and videotaped at Lemon
Tank and is present as of this writing.
Numbers of WHITE-WINGED DOVES have been stopping over on SCI, and
during the dawn hours numbers into the hundreds of SWAINSON'S THRUSH
can be heard calling as they fly over.
Pectoral Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipiers and Baird's Sandpipers are
all still present as of this writing.
San Clemente Island, CA