The Golden Gate Birder reported that the San Francisco Christmas Bird Count set a record yesterday when they counted a total of 179 species which broke the previous SF Christmas Bird Count record of 177 species. Some of the highlights reported were:
- The only remaining California Quail found in the 15-mile-wide San Francisco count circle were at the Pacifica archery range.
- Two Clapper Rails were found at Heron’s Head Park.
- The team covering eastern Golden Gate Park set a new record of 70 species in its territory and had a “seven warbler day.”
- The Sunset team counted 1,900 Red-throated Loons along the beach!
- The Lake Merced team counted 40 rarities from six species that are not usually found in San Francisco, including Tree Swallows, White-throated Swifts, Great-tailed Grackles and a Tropical Kingbird.
- The McLaren Park team – one of the teams with a particular challenge since their territory was landlocked, without water birds – found 55 species including four woodpecker species.
- The Presidio team encountered some 3,000 gulls at a massive herring run at the end of the day.
- The team with the highest count for the day was the Candlestick area team with a whopping 113 species, edging out the Presidio which had 104.