Super sMeW California Fall Challenge 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008, Led by Mary and Stephanie Ellis

Photos by Bill Walker

73 Species at 3 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall HRS
Mallard WA
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey FD
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet FD
Whimbrel HRS
Dunlin FD
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Alaudidae (Larks)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit WA
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Frank's Dump, CA = FD
Hayward Regional Shoreline, CA = HRS
Winton Avenue, CA = WA

73 Species at 3 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Gadwall HRS
Mallard WA
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Pelecanidae (Pelicans)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Cathartidae (New World Vultures)
Pandionidae (Osprey)
Osprey FD
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet FD
Whimbrel HRS
Dunlin FD
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Apodidae (Swifts)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Alaudidae (Larks)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit WA
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Frank's Dump, CA = FD
Hayward Regional Shoreline, CA = HRS
Winton Avenue, CA = WA

Trip Map

Trip Notes

This trip supports the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's annual California Fall Challenge. Mary and Stephanie planned the trip to maximize access to passerine migrants and shorebirds at high tide. Two leaders and eight participants started the day at the West Winton Avenue parking lot for Hayward Regional Shoreline at 8:30am, where five species of warblers and a clay-colored sparrow were seen. The long walk out to Frank's dump gave us a chance to observe Osprey and Horned Larks. Highlights among the shorebirds included Red Knots, Dunlin, and two Snowy Plovers. We then moved south to the Interpretive Center to watch the mudflats as the tide receded, where we saw Semiplamated Plovers, Whimbrels, and nice comparative views of Least and Western Sandpipers. We wrapped up our trip at 2:30pm after two Peregrine Falcons strafed the gull and shorebird flock for several minutes. Also saw Dowitcher sp.