Pillar Pt. Harbor, San Mateo, US-CA
Sep 1, 2013 7:10 AM – 7:30 AM
Comments: Alvaro’s Adventures San Mateo County pelagic.
Brandt’s Cormorant 20
Double-crested Cormorant 110
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Black Oystercatcher 1
Black Turnstone 10
Heermann’s Gull 40
Western Gull 200
Elegant Tern 12
Common Murre 1
Pigeon Guillemot 1 Not seen by all.
Peregrine Falcon (North American) 1 Juvenile perched on one of the boat masts!
Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) 1 One flew from W side of harbor mouth to Jetty on E. Initially spotted by Peter Metropulos. Pished in for better views, and photos were taken. Overall a Savannah Sparrow with greyish tone to back, and very indistinct back streaking. No white “suspenders” on upperparts. Similarly underpart streaking dull and not as distinct as on typical Savannah. Overall a long-billed Savannah, but this was less noticeable than the lack of contrast in markings. Extremely rare in Northern California, but Pillar Point Harbor has become a place where sightings have occurred in the last few years. A first, a lifer, for Alvaro! Very exciting to see this from the boat!
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