SFBBO Big Day Seminar

Sunday, October 05, 2003, Led by Francis Toldi

Photos by Bill Walker

132 Species at Rural Areas of San Mateo County, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Blue-winged Teal
A great find late in the day when we were slowing down.
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Whimbrel
I was reminded several times this weekend that Whimbrel has been renamed Hudsonian Godwit. I will have to adjust my database.
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Barn Owl
Seen sitting on a wire on the road to Gazos at 5am, our earliest sighting to date.
Strigidae (Owls)
Western Screech-Owl (h)
heard only, but still probably counts as a life bird
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Heard by Francis only, and so not a unanimous bird for the Big Day, nor a life bird for us.
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Pygmy Nuthatch
Mary and I wanted more than just to hear this bird, and gratifyingly he hopped right into view for a second just as we were leaving.
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit (h)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
American Pipit
as usual, flying invisibly straight overhead calling while somebody in the group hollers "Pipits!"
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Western Tanager
A female in the top of a Eucalyptus tree. She seemed to be moving so slowly that we all looked away for a moment while waiting for a team member to return from the car. When we looked back the bird was gone, so it was not a unanimous sighting for the Big Day.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

132 Species at Rural Areas of San Mateo County, CA

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Blue-winged Teal
A great find late in the day when we were slowing down.
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Whimbrel
I was reminded several times this weekend that Whimbrel has been renamed Hudsonian Godwit. I will have to adjust my database.
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Barn Owl
Seen sitting on a wire on the road to Gazos at 5am, our earliest sighting to date.
Strigidae (Owls)
Western Screech-Owl (h)
heard only, but still probably counts as a life bird
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Heard by Francis only, and so not a unanimous bird for the Big Day, nor a life bird for us.
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Pygmy Nuthatch
Mary and I wanted more than just to hear this bird, and gratifyingly he hopped right into view for a second just as we were leaving.
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit (h)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
American Pipit
as usual, flying invisibly straight overhead calling while somebody in the group hollers "Pipits!"
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Cardinalidae (Cardinals and Allies)
Western Tanager
A female in the top of a Eucalyptus tree. She seemed to be moving so slowly that we all looked away for a moment while waiting for a team member to return from the car. When we looked back the bird was gone, so it was not a unanimous sighting for the Big Day.
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)

132 Species at Rural Areas of San Mateo County, CA

Rural Areas of San Mateo County
American Pipit
as usual, flying invisibly straight overhead calling while somebody in the group hollers "Pipits!"
Barn Owl
Seen sitting on a wire on the road to Gazos at 5am, our earliest sighting to date.
Blue-winged Teal
A great find late in the day when we were slowing down.
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Heard by Francis only, and so not a unanimous bird for the Big Day, nor a life bird for us.
Pygmy Nuthatch
Mary and I wanted more than just to hear this bird, and gratifyingly he hopped right into view for a second just as we were leaving.
Western Screech-Owl (h)
heard only, but still probably counts as a life bird
Western Tanager
A female in the top of a Eucalyptus tree. She seemed to be moving so slowly that we all looked away for a moment while waiting for a team member to return from the car. When we looked back the bird was gone, so it was not a unanimous sighting for the Big Day.
Whimbrel
I was reminded several times this weekend that Whimbrel has been renamed Hudsonian Godwit. I will have to adjust my database.
Wrentit (h)

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Although this trip was billed by SFBBO and Mr. Toldi as an instructional outing as much as a birding outing, it was our biggest day ever. We had a great time!