Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 29, 2012

SF Christmas Bird Count Breaks Record

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.

Read more at: SF Christmas Bird Count sets record | Golden Gate Audubon Society.


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