Date: 10/9/19 1:38 pm
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] C Merganser & C-c Sparrow
I spent some time at the Sutro Baths today, despite the failure of the
predicted winds to materialize yet again. A few duck species were moving,
the highlight being Common Merganser, with one male and two apparent
females together and two males flying with pintail. Northern Pintail
flocks were 10 and 25, Greater Scaup only one flock of 15, and there were
several small groups of Surf Scoters. No geese at all. The three regular
loons, a handful of distant phalarope sp. and a few Parasitics were also
out there.

I later found a small mixed flock just south of the Beach Chalet that
included a Clay-colored Sparrow, a hybrid flicker, and a Western Tanager
(by "hewee?" call) that was very bright yellow-green on the undersides and
head, but light gray on the wing, with no apparent wingbars.

Brian Fitch

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