MBB Overdrive: San Mateo Big Day

Monday, September 22, 2008, Led by Mary, Bill, and Bob (See also...)

Photos by Bill Walker

128 Species at 14 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall PM
Mallard GC
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Procellariidae (Shearwaters and Petrels)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet PH
Whimbrel CPM
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Stercorariidae (Skuas and Jaegers)
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Barn Owl RASMC
Strigidae (Owls)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit SMP
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit GC
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
O'Connor Street, CA = OCS
Butano State Park, CA = BSP
Coyote Point Marina, CA = CPM
Crystal Springs Reservoir, CA = CSR
Foster City Radio Tower, CA = FCRT
Gazos Creek, CA = GC
Lake Lucerne, CA = LL
Pescadero Marsh, CA = PM
Pigeon Point, CA = PP
Princeton Harbor, CA = PH
Rural Areas of San Mateo County, CA = RASMC
Skylawn Memorial Park, CA = SMP
Starbucks Pond, CA = SP
Wavecrest Beach, CA = WB

128 Species at 14 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall PM
Mallard GC
Odontophoridae (New World Quail)
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Procellariidae (Shearwaters and Petrels)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet PH
Whimbrel CPM
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Stercorariidae (Skuas and Jaegers)
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Tytonidae (Barn-Owls)
Barn Owl RASMC
Strigidae (Owls)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Vireonidae (Vireos)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Hirundinidae (Swallows)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit SMP
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Sylviidae (Sylviids, Parrotbills and Allies)
Wrentit GC
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Bombycillidae (Waxwings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Passeridae (Old World Sparrows)
Legend
O'Connor Street, CA = OCS
Butano State Park, CA = BSP
Coyote Point Marina, CA = CPM
Crystal Springs Reservoir, CA = CSR
Foster City Radio Tower, CA = FCRT
Gazos Creek, CA = GC
Lake Lucerne, CA = LL
Pescadero Marsh, CA = PM
Pigeon Point, CA = PP
Princeton Harbor, CA = PH
Rural Areas of San Mateo County, CA = RASMC
Skylawn Memorial Park, CA = SMP
Starbucks Pond, CA = SP
Wavecrest Beach, CA = WB

128 Species at 14 Locations

Butano State Park
Gazos Creek
Rural Areas of San Mateo County
Pigeon Point
Rural Areas of San Mateo County
Lake Lucerne
Rural Areas of San Mateo County
Pescadero Marsh
Wavecrest Beach
Princeton Harbor
Crystal Springs Reservoir
Skylawn Memorial Park
Crystal Springs Reservoir
Coyote Point Marina
Foster City Radio Tower
Starbucks Pond
Rural Areas of San Mateo County
O'Connor Street
Coyote Point Marina
Princeton Harbor

Trip Map

Trip Notes

This was our big day for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's California Fall Challenge (their annual fundraiser). We ran according to standard big day rules. We are entering as "MBB Overdrive" (Mary Wisnewski, Bill Walker, and Bob Power). Our theme this year is "More than a feeling."

Weather began with clear skies and a temperature of 47 F as we drove over Hwy 92 in the dark. Skies continued clear with only light wind from the north at the coast. When we crossed to the bay side, temperature rose nearly 15 degrees to around 85.

Highlights of the trip as posted to Pen Birds by Bob:

4 species of Owl in and around Butano State Park and Gazos Cr. Rd.
Sooty Sheerwaters on the water and Buller's gliding by at Pigeon Pt.
Pacific Loon (1) and Rhino Auklets (3) at Pigeon Pt.
Wandering Tattlers (2) under the Pescadero Cr. mouth bridge.
Parasitic Jaegers (2) @ Coyote Pt.
Black Skimmers (8) at Radio Rd.
Blue-winged Teal (2) at Nob Hill pond (Redwood Shores).

Mary's notes on the route, in case we run it again next year: The route was laid out with two goals: to catch a migrant flock (which we never really found) and to cover as much habitat diversity as possible. We wrote up a detailed plan with times and our hoped-for target birds at each location.

Wavecrest - Barn Owl (missed)
Pescadero Marsh - rails (missed)
Butano State Park - owls
Gazos Creek - owls and dawn chorus
Gazos Creek Mouth - gulls, shorebirds
Pigeon Point - pelagic species and tricolored blackbird
Lake Lucerne - stray shorebirds (missed)
Pescadero Beach - rocky shorebirds
Pillar Point Harbor - divers
Princeton Willows - warblers, etc
Etheldore (south end) - warblers
Skylawn - crossbills (missed)
Filoli entrance - oak woodland species
Coyote Point - passerine migrants and shorebirds, jaegers
Radio Road - ducks, shorebirds, swallows Nob Hill Pond - ducks
Menlo Park - second chance at a Barn Owl (score!)
East PA marsh - for rails and pheasant (missed)
Also saw Western Flycatcher