Gallinago Go Go's California Fall Challenge

Saturday, October 06, 2007, Led by Lisa Myers

Photos by Bill Walker

108 Species at 7 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Brant MLSB
only one individual seen swimming near the marina
Mallard ZSB
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Wild Turkey HO
seen at a campground just south of Andrew Molera, and again in a field just north of Andrew Molera
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelagic Cormorant HO
see on rocky outcropping between Carmel and Andrew Molera
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
American White Pelican ZSB
Giberson Road
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Great Blue Heron ZSB
Giberson Road
Great Egret ZSB
Giberson Road
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
White-faced Ibis MD
seen on Castroville Road between Dolan Road and highway one, four birds flew over the road.
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
California Condor HO
seen just south of Big Sur Station
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
White-tailed Kite ZSB
Giberson Road
Red-shouldered Hawk ZSB
first bird of the day, seen from highway one after crossing into Monterey county.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Snowy Plover MLSB
six birds seen, one banded bird had orange/green on the left leg, and ?/blue on the right leg.
Killdeer ZSB
Giberson Road
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Black Oystercatcher HO
see on rocky outcropping between Carmel and Andrew Molera
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet MLSB
Sanderling MLSB
Wilson's Snipe ZSB
The latin genus for this bird, Gallinago, inspired the name of our Big Day team.
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Ring-billed Gull ZSB
Struve Road
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Band-tailed Pigeon JPCP
terrible view for all but a few; this species was refound on highway one at our condor stop
Mourning Dove ZSB
Giberson Road
Strigidae (Owls)
Great Horned Owl MD
last bird of the day, seen at 7pm from Dolan Road, across from the Dairy
Apodidae (Swifts)
Vaux's Swift HO
seen just south of Big Sur Station
White-throated Swift HO
seen just south of Big Sur Station
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Marsh Wren ZSB
heard at the pond near the beach
Cinclidae (Dippers)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit (h) JPCP
heard only, but later seen at Andrew Molera by three observers
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Northern Mockingbird ZSB
Struve Road
Sturnidae (Starlings)
European Starling ZSB
Struve Road
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Yellow-rumped Warbler MD
Audubon\'s subspecies, very faded
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Savannah Sparrow ZSB
Giberson Road
Lincoln's Sparrow ZSB
Giberson Road
White-crowned Sparrow ZSB
Struve Road
Golden-crowned Sparrow ZSB
heard at the pond near the beach
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Brewer's Blackbird ZSB
Struve Road
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
House Finch ZSB
Giberson Road
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
House Sparrow ZSB
Giberson Road
Legend
Andrew Molera, CA = AM
Highway One, CA = HO
Jacks Peak County Park, CA = JPCP
Moonglow Dairy, CA = MD
Moss Landing State Beach, CA = MLSB
Seaside Lagoon, CA = SL
Zmudowski State Beach, CA = ZSB

108 Species at 7 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Brant MLSB
only one individual seen swimming near the marina
Mallard ZSB
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Wild Turkey HO
seen at a campground just south of Andrew Molera, and again in a field just north of Andrew Molera
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelagic Cormorant HO
see on rocky outcropping between Carmel and Andrew Molera
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
American White Pelican ZSB
Giberson Road
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Great Blue Heron ZSB
Giberson Road
Great Egret ZSB
Giberson Road
Threskiornithidae (Ibises and Spoonbills)
White-faced Ibis MD
seen on Castroville Road between Dolan Road and highway one, four birds flew over the road.
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
California Condor HO
seen just south of Big Sur Station
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
White-tailed Kite ZSB
Giberson Road
Red-shouldered Hawk ZSB
first bird of the day, seen from highway one after crossing into Monterey county.
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Snowy Plover MLSB
six birds seen, one banded bird had orange/green on the left leg, and ?/blue on the right leg.
Killdeer ZSB
Giberson Road
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Black Oystercatcher HO
see on rocky outcropping between Carmel and Andrew Molera
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet MLSB
Sanderling MLSB
Wilson's Snipe ZSB
The latin genus for this bird, Gallinago, inspired the name of our Big Day team.
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Ring-billed Gull ZSB
Struve Road
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Band-tailed Pigeon JPCP
terrible view for all but a few; this species was refound on highway one at our condor stop
Mourning Dove ZSB
Giberson Road
Strigidae (Owls)
Great Horned Owl MD
last bird of the day, seen at 7pm from Dolan Road, across from the Dairy
Apodidae (Swifts)
Vaux's Swift HO
seen just south of Big Sur Station
White-throated Swift HO
seen just south of Big Sur Station
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Alcedinidae (Kingfishers)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Laniidae (Shrikes)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Marsh Wren ZSB
heard at the pond near the beach
Cinclidae (Dippers)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit (h) JPCP
heard only, but later seen at Andrew Molera by three observers
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Northern Mockingbird ZSB
Struve Road
Sturnidae (Starlings)
European Starling ZSB
Struve Road
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Yellow-rumped Warbler MD
Audubon\'s subspecies, very faded
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Savannah Sparrow ZSB
Giberson Road
Lincoln's Sparrow ZSB
Giberson Road
White-crowned Sparrow ZSB
Struve Road
Golden-crowned Sparrow ZSB
heard at the pond near the beach
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Brewer's Blackbird ZSB
Struve Road
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
House Finch ZSB
Giberson Road
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
House Sparrow ZSB
Giberson Road
Legend
Andrew Molera, CA = AM
Highway One, CA = HO
Jacks Peak County Park, CA = JPCP
Moonglow Dairy, CA = MD
Moss Landing State Beach, CA = MLSB
Seaside Lagoon, CA = SL
Zmudowski State Beach, CA = ZSB

108 Species at 7 Locations

Zmudowski State Beach
Brewer's Blackbird
Struve Road
European Starling
Struve Road
Northern Mockingbird
Struve Road
White-crowned Sparrow
Struve Road
Ring-billed Gull
Struve Road
Lincoln's Sparrow
Giberson Road
Great Egret
Giberson Road
House Finch
Giberson Road
Killdeer
Giberson Road
Great Blue Heron
Giberson Road
Mourning Dove
Giberson Road
White-tailed Kite
Giberson Road
Savannah Sparrow
Giberson Road
Golden-crowned Sparrow
heard at the pond near the beach
Marsh Wren
heard at the pond near the beach
Wilson's Snipe
The latin genus for this bird, Gallinago, inspired the name of our Big Day team.
Moss Landing State Beach
Snowy Plover
six birds seen, one banded bird had orange/green on the left leg, and ?/blue on the right leg.
Brant
only one individual seen swimming near the marina
Moonglow Dairy
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Audubon\'s subspecies, very faded
White-faced Ibis
seen on Castroville Road between Dolan Road and highway one, four birds flew over the road.
Seaside Lagoon
Zmudowski State Beach
American White Pelican
Giberson Road
Jacks Peak County Park
Wrentit (h)
heard only, but later seen at Andrew Molera by three observers
Band-tailed Pigeon
terrible view for all but a few; this species was refound on highway one at our condor stop
Highway One
Pelagic Cormorant
see on rocky outcropping between Carmel and Andrew Molera
Black Oystercatcher
see on rocky outcropping between Carmel and Andrew Molera
Vaux's Swift
seen just south of Big Sur Station
White-throated Swift
seen just south of Big Sur Station
California Condor
seen just south of Big Sur Station
Wild Turkey
seen at a campground just south of Andrew Molera, and again in a field just north of Andrew Molera
Andrew Molera
Moonglow Dairy
Great Horned Owl
last bird of the day, seen at 7pm from Dolan Road, across from the Dairy
Zmudowski State Beach
House Sparrow
Giberson Road
Seaside Lagoon
Zmudowski State Beach

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Today we went with Lisa Myers on a fundraising Big Day trip as part of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory California Fall Challenge.

First stop of the day was Zmudowski State Beach. This out-of-the way approach road, many birds were seen on the drive to the beach. A Virginia Rail responded to a single taped call by flying across the entire pond directly toward us, landing at our feet.

Our sightings for Moss Landing State Beach include birds seen from the Moss Landing Marina as well as Jetty Road. The group was very excited to see six Snowy Plovers roosting quietly on the beach.

At Moonglow Dairy, we drove in through blackbird flocks, scoped nearby ponds for shorebirds, briefly checked edges of Eucalyptus grove. Circling Golden Eagle harassed by Red-tailed Hawks and Pectoral Sandpiper were the highlights of this stop.

Our lunch stop was the Embassay Suites hotel parking lot, where we immediately found the roosting Peregrine Falcon in the 'S' of the hotel logo. We showed it to a variety of hotel guests before moving to the lagoon.

After lunch we drove to Jacks Peak, which was very quiet. We worked hard to get seven woodland species in return for our $20 admission fee, a pricey $3 per bird.

The only target bird for this trip was the California Condor, so we made a beeline for the area south of Andrew Molera, stopping only to pick up Pelagic Cormorant and Black Oystercatcher on the rocky coast below highway one. South of Big Sur Station, Harold said to Lisa, "What's that?" We pulled off to investigate a large perched bird with no feathers on its head. It was clearly a Condor perched on a snag. While watching this bird, other team members found four more Condors circling the ridge line to the south. Great views were had by all.

Last bird of the day was the Great Horned Owl on Dolan Road in near total darkness. Preliminary tally is 108 species in Monterey County. Thanks, Lisa, for an excellent day!

Also saw Selasphorus Hummingbird Also saw Western Flycatcher