Some Bird Species currently Missing from the San Mateo County Bio-Blitz

Today, while hosting the ongoing Orchard Oriole at my house, I had three active iNat-ters for the county present - myself, DPom, and KSchneid. We discussed two matters of interest to the San Mateo County Bio-Blitz. One is the fact that the sea-boundaries don't go very far, which would exclude a lot of pelagic species. I will look into how to stretch those boundaries a bit.
Secondly, we did a quick-and-informal look at the bird list, to see what was missing. Not a lot of easy species were left! But here's a short wish list:
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Northern Saw-whet Owl (remember, audio files can now be used)
Long-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Vaux's Swift
Common Tern
Gull-billed Tern (from the famous appearance a few years ago)
Willow Flycatcher (and all empids except for Pacific-slope Flycatcher)
Pacific Golden-Plover
Rhinoceros Auklet
Long-tailed Jaeger
Yellow-billed Loon
Laysan Albatross
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Black Storm-Petrel
Least Storm-Petrel
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Yellow-crowned Night-heron (another famous appearance from the past)
Prairie Falcon
Purple Martin
Lewis's Woodpecker

Most of these are quite rare, but some have had recent appearances that were likely well-photographed. Comb through your archives, friends!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon, August 31, 2013 22:49

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I definitely have Laysan Albatross, Rhinoceros Auklet, and a bad picture of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker from my yard.

Posted by geodani over 8 years ago (Flag)

Add 'em! Thanks, geodani!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 8 years ago (Flag)

Ill post my Pacific golden plover from the CBC a few years ago. FC Shell Bar

Posted by leslie_flint over 8 years ago (Flag)

There is a picture of the gull-billed tern in pen birds taken by someone whose name I don't recognize.

Posted by leslie_flint over 8 years ago (Flag)

Thanks, Leslie. I will have to find who took the pictures of the GBTern, and sweet-talk them into iNaturalist, too!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 8 years ago (Flag)

Good work, team! We've taken care of Pacific Golden-Plover, Laysan Albatross, and Semipalmated Sandpiper. Now I just have to get the info re. extending the sea boundaries.

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 8 years ago (Flag)

I added Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, but did not see RHAU in my folder. I'll have to look again.

Posted by geodani over 8 years ago (Flag)

It can wait until I've stretched the boundaries at sea, geodani.

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 8 years ago (Flag)

And, in that tricky way that rare bird records work, we now have multiple sightings of Blue-footed Booby in the database! It had not even been on the radar of possibility for San Mateo county when I posted this not even three weeks ago!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 8 years ago (Flag)

Long-eared Owl NO LONGER MISSING - thanks to the amazing encounter between Leslie Flint and her own personal, at-home LEOwl sighting! Fabulous way to get coverage for the project, Leslie: convincing rare birds to land at your front door!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 8 years ago (Flag)

Added the Lucy's Warbler today from Pacifica. Rarities are always appreciated for the database, of course.

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 8 years ago (Flag)

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