At first glance, I assumed this was a female Hooded Oriole, but upon closer inspection of the photo and consultation with local experts, we now agree that this is a female-type Orchard Oriole. the bill is much shorter than that of a Hooded, the underparts are a bright yellow, instead of paler belly and grayish flanks on the Hooded. The tail length of the Orchard is shorter and more squared off than the Hooded. This is an exciting backyard bird for me!
Unusual leucistic individual, seen at the Christmas Bird Count
Christmas Bird Count
One Humpback Whale off Half Moon Bay today, beyond the pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. The second photo shows a dolphin in the foreground for size reference. The whale was pretty far out and I was not able to get any decent photos of it.
Pod of about a dozen very playful dolphins right off shore today.
Lots of Common Murres offshore
One lone godwit among all the Sanderlings.
Strange location for avocets. We normally only see then along the bay or inland. I do not recall ever seeing them here on the coast before.
A rarity here!
8-10 small fish under the dock. Fish were about 5-6" long with white-spotted backs and yellow tails. They fit the description of Yellowtail Rockfish, but I don't know enough to make the id.
One of the biggest ones I've ever seen came up with the rope I was pulling on.