Date: 10/7/17 10:19 am From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Subject: [SFBirds] West Sunset Ballfields blackbirds et al 10/6/17
On the way in to work this morning I checked on the recently mowed West Sunset Ballfields. Best access seems to be at the end of 39th Avenue and Quintara.
Mixed in with Brewer's/Red-winged Blackbirds and Starlings was a minimum of (47) TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS. The blackbirds flew in from a location to the south around 7:15-7:20 a.m., with singles and small groups still trickling in by the time I departed around 7:50. The Blackbird flock was foraging on Grant baseball field which is separated the Jim Lucey soccer pitch by a fence. (7) American Pipits departed the Soccer pitch and headed south. Yesterday evening at dusk there had been (8) pipits foraging there.
There were (2) Western Bluebirds on a light post at 39th and Quintara as I was leaving. Yesterday evening I observed (3) Western Bluebirds at 37th Avenue between Moraga and Noriega. Bluebirds were once a rare visitor in San Francisco c. 2002-3, but since have reestablished themselves as a nesting species throughout the City in suitable habitat.
Despite the signs informing "No dogs allowed on the playing fields", the newly renovated West Sunset Ballfields already appear to be a favorite dog park.. For best results it is probably a good idea to arrive early. Interesting grassland species (longspurs etc) may drop in here in upcoming weeks as migrants from further north pass through the region.