Date: 4/20/17 10:13 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Final scouting and retrospective on SF big days
After dropping off a load of plants to bay natives nursery I made an uneventful check of herons head. On the way to Mclaren park park a white-throated swift was flying under the overpass on the 280 by Cesar Chavez. (Under freeways are a nesting site so worth checking on this little know and possible SF breeder.)
At Mclaren park's Mcnab pond a warbling vireo was with wilsons, orange crowned yellow rumped warblers were in the willows. Also hutton's vireo with food there. This rarely birded spot has the best and largely untapped riparian restoration opportunities in the city.
Crissy field had 15 western, 5 semipalmated plovers among the more usuals.
With winds dropping to 1mph tonight, in the morning four of us will be doing a big day by bike throughout the city.
During the 90's there were many teams attempting and the record hovered in the 130's, but never reached 140.
Finally in the early 2000's, a team led by Hugh Cotter, Alan Hopkins and Paul Saraceni shattered the record with 149 on an epic, late April spring day, which included a soaring short-eared owl above Mt. D and good luck with everything else. Such is the magic of a big day quest. In all likelihood that species total for a single team in this city will never be beaten, for many reasons.
During my scouting it was a reality check as to how much the city has changed since then. But with or without a record, the magic of a spring big day is always worth the ride.

Sent from my iPhone

Posted by: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...>

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