The fall season on the Farallones (from September through November) is mainly concerned with studies of migrant landbirds. Every year, migrating birds travel with the seasons; south in the fall to winter in temperate and tropical latitudes and north in the spring to breed in northern latitudes. These birds often follow natural landscape features such as mountain ridges and coastlines to navigate. Since 1965, PRBO biologists have captured and banded thousand of migrating birds as they stop over on the Farallon Islands as well as at Palomarin field station on the mainland near Bolinas.
Here is a typical list of birds that were identified on the Farallones during one day in October.