11 january 2012 — fiesta island/mission bay

Mission Bay–Fiesta Island, San Diego, US-CA
Jan 11, 2012 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     First time to this area.  Drove the Fiesta Island Loop, stopping frequently to check the open waters and the shoreline.  I was on a time budget and did not search the interior sandy dune and grass lands.  So i’m sure there were more birds there to be seen.  u
41 species (+2 other taxa)

Brant  175     One large, but loose, flock of about 125 birds was on the north side of the island.  The rest were scattered in small groups and singlets.
Gadwall  2
Northern Pintail  6
Lesser Scaup  125     I did not scan these very hard so there may have been  a Greater in there some where.  But those that i did scrutinize where all Lessers.
Bufflehead  50
Red-breasted Merganser  1     Lone female.
Common Loon  2
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Horned Grebe  13
Eared Grebe  15
Western Grebe  250     There was a huge flock of mixed grebe hunting on the north side of the island by some land based channel marker of some sort.  I noted 2 Clark’s grebes clearly but there may have been a few more.  There was a large contingent of Horned Grebe as well and a number of Eared as well.
Clark’s Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Brown Pelican  50
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  1
American Kestrel  1
Black-bellied Plover  20
Semipalmated Plover  1
Killdeer  1
Willet  35
Marbled Godwit  50
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Red Knot  7
Western Sandpiper  15
Least Sandpiper  8
Dunlin  12
peep sp.  25
Heermann’s Gull  X     There was a large amount of gulls present throughout the island.  Easily over 500.  I took note of who was there but did not count them.  In terms of relative abundance the WEGU and the RBGU were about equal and in the majority.  The HEER and CAGU were also about equal and in the minority.
Ring-billed Gull  X
Western Gull  X
California Gull  X
gull sp.  X
Forster’s Tern  4
Rock Pigeon  25
American Crow  6
Common Raven  25
European Starling  6
American Pipit  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  12

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