Date: 9/28/17 6:27 pm From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Subject: [SFBirds] Sora and Virginia Rail
They aren't rare perhaps, but they were out in the open, so that's newsworthy I guess.
I stopped by the east side of the Lake Merced Concrete bridge this evening (9/28) from 4:45 to 5:30 - as I often do during peak migration. A large number of Yellow Warblers continue around the trees below the Bufano Penguin Statue and around the east side of the bridge. They've been there for several weeks now, perhaps 20-30. I don't know if its my imagination but they seem to be getting duller over the past few weeks - though there are a few bright ones. No rarities this evening, though there was a very handsome Black-Throated Gray Warbler flitting about.
This fall the north side of the concrete bridge has a larger exposed area of mud and standing water inside the reeds than I have ever seen in the past. It's actually a great spot for Rail spotting. In about ten minutes I was able to catch a VIRGINIA RAIL out in the open and a SORA out in the open. Good opportunity for some photography of these notorious skulkers, especially I imagine early or late in the day.