Date: 7/17/17 5:56 am From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason GGAS Field Trip - Western Tanager, and local interest
The 30 participants in the Fort Mason field trip yesterday were treated to a WESTERN TANAGER (female or young male) flying right in front of the group and landing about 15 feet away. Later an adult male WESTERN TANAGER in full alternate plumage landed on the hillside above Aquatic Park. That hillside was the hotspot for the morning - a PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER was flycatching there, a WILSON'S WARBLER was skulking in the foliage of one of the trees, and early in the morning a juvenile COOPER'S HAWK was chasing AMERICAN CROWS (and being chased by them as well), agitating the perched BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS. It was good to see the juvenile Cooper's Hawk since it verified nesting success (the two adults were in the eucalyptus trees west of the garden first thing in the morning). We saw at least two ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRDS, six PIGEON GUILLEMOTS, and for the first time in a few months, two NUTTALL'S WOODPECKERS. A total of 40 species seen collectively by the group.