Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 24, 2016

Birding Las Gallinas 1/24/16

Today I went birding at Las Gallinas in Marin County with several members from the Master Birders Class that I finished the end of last year. There were many birds and as a group we saw 66 species. Highlights included a group of 13 Common Mergansers swimming in a group and doing synchronized diving, a large number of Black-crowned Night-Heron, frequently hearing and sometimes seeing Marsh Wrens, watching Forster’s Tern skimming along the top of the water (but never diving today) and a Sora.

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Las Gallinas Valley WTP, Marin, California, US Bird List
Jan 24, 2016 8:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Partly overcast.  Saw two river otters fishing in pond 1.
66 species (+1 other taxa)

Greater White-fronted Goose  1
Cackling Goose  1
Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  9
Gadwall  20
American Wigeon  50
Mallard  10
Cinnamon Teal  4
Northern Shoveler  6
Northern Pintail  70
Green-winged Teal  6
Canvasback  20
Bufflehead  15
Common Goldeneye  1
Common Merganser  13     13 seen swimming in a tight group, diving and resurfacing as one.
Ruddy Duck  40
Pied-billed Grebe  6
Eared Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  5
Black-crowned Night-Heron  30
Turkey Vulture  7
White-tailed Kite  2
Northern Harrier  3
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Sora  2
Common Gallinule  4
American Coot  20
Mew Gull  20
Ring-billed Gull  20
Western Gull  20
California Gull  50
Herring Gull  1
gull sp.  X
Forster’s Tern  20
Vaux’s Swift  2
White-throated Swift  2
Anna’s Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
American Kestrel  5
Black Phoebe  10
Say’s Phoebe  2
Western Scrub-Jay  1
American Crow  2
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  20
Violet-green Swallow  3
Marsh Wren  10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Western Bluebird  5
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  100
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  50
White-crowned Sparrow  10
Golden-crowned Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  10
California Towhee  3
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Western Meadowlark  10
Brewer’s Blackbird  10
House Finch  15
Lesser Goldfinch  1

 


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