Date: 12/3/18 5:46 pm From: Eddie Bartley <eddie...> Subject: [SFBirds] Palm Warbler at HHP, Pier 94
Before and after some Pier 94 GGAS work party stuff did a quick census at Pier 94 then another low tide walk out to Heron's Head.
Pier 94: 30 bird species, very few ducks or shorebirds during the visit, but a Dunlin flushed out of the pickleweed. A female AMERICAN KESTREL was working the area, presumably the same bird that has been around since late summer. Winter Sparrow numbers are up, two LINCOLN'S SPARROW and several Savannah's were in the mix. The asphalt pond on the Hansen lot was full but completely absent of birds - maybe the increased truck activity or they just have better places to loaf after the rains. Very sad about the complete loss of the backlands.
Heron's Head Park: 36 bird species, only birded from the main path. There was a lot of bird activity at India Basin that I didn't have time to check out. The highlights included a White-tailed Kite hunting throughout the visit right over head at times. On the return from the tip a PALM WARBLER chipped and then landed very close on the Wildlife Protection fence. Same area where one has been a couple in prior seasons. Be a nice bird for the CBC if it sticks around.
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