San Mateo County, California
Field Trip Report
May 30, 2009
Pillar Point Harbor by Kayak
Leader, Barbara Kossy wrote:
Our group of kayakers enjoyed good conditions for this trip - overcast, light breeze and a low tide.
- Western gull on a nest on the semi-abandoned sailboat w/broken mast near Romeo Pier.
- Flyover by Pigeon Guillemot.
- Approx. 10 or more Common Loons in basic to primary plumage fishing in the harbor.
- 3 Red-throated Loons in basic plumage. Enjoyed seeing one come up with a good-sized fish.
- 4 Brant near the W. outer breakwater.
- Eared Grebe, and ample opportunities to compare Clark's Grebes and Western Grebes.
- One Common Murre on the water.
- Brandt's Cormorants and Double Crested Cormorants in the water and on the breakwaters.
- 2 Caspian Terns on sand, a few overhead
- One Greater Scaup
- One Surf Scoter
- One first winter Glaucous-winged Gull
- 2 Black Oystercatchers in the air.
- One Black Turnstone in the mouth of Denniston Creek
- 100 Brown Pelicans preening and interacting with nesting Western Gulls.
- Two very young sea lions on the breakwaters, inner and outer.
- Adult sea lion in the water.
- 6 harbor seals in the harbor
- Starfish hanging on the rocks, moon and brown jellyfish here and there in the harbor.
Great trip with thanks to Sequoia Audubon and California Canoe & Kayak.