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6/19/19 11:38 am Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> [SFBirds] Mt. Sutro OSP - American Redstart
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6/12/19 6:45 pm David Nelson <David...> [SFBirds] American Redstart McLaren Park
6/12/19 10:22 am Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> [SFBirds] American Redstart — McLaren Park upper pond
6/11/19 1:47 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] Misc Battery Godfrey Sightings - June 10, 2019: Townsend's Solitaire and Ash-throated Flycatcher
6/11/19 12:03 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds] Knot continues at Crissy
6/11/19 10:59 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> Re: [SFBirds] Northern Parula at Lincoln Park
6/11/19 7:45 am Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> Re: [SFBirds] Northern Parula at Lincoln Park
6/11/19 7:11 am Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> [SFBirds] Northern Parula at Lincoln Park
6/10/19 7:31 pm Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Red Knot still at Crissy Lagoon Monday evening
6/10/19 4:44 pm Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> [SFBirds] Alan’s Summer Tanager, Nestling Creepers, and ghost squirrels
6/10/19 1:29 pm Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> [SFBirds] Misc sightings
6/10/19 12:01 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason and El Polin Spring Local Interest - Western Kingbird, etc.
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6/9/19 7:26 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] Misc sightings; Battery Godfrey, June 8, 9: Black Swift’s , Western Kingbirds, Red-breasted nuthatch
6/9/19 10:23 am Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...> [SFBirds] Red Knot continues
6/9/19 9:46 am Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> Re: [SFBirds] male American Redstart a min ago
6/9/19 8:45 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Rose Breasted Grosbeak at El Polin
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6/7/19 6:49 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] Red knot at crissy
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6/5/19 11:49 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Ash-Throated Flycatcher at Fort Mason
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6/3/19 3:18 pm Beverly Cronin <beverly.cronin...> [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak continues at Corona Heights Park
6/3/19 1:46 pm Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> [SFBirds] Farallon Cam birds
6/3/19 11:05 am Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...> [SFBirds] BAOR
6/3/19 10:58 am Rudyard Wallen <arelist12...> [SFBirds] Baltimore Oriole - Dragonfly Creek
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6/2/19 6:22 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds] The Blue Grosbeak
6/2/19 5:56 pm Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak
6/2/19 3:44 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] Misc Sightings - June 2, 2019
6/2/19 10:42 am Bradley Voelker <bradley.voelker...> [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak 10:40am
6/2/19 10:19 am maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fw: [pen-bird] Ancient Murrelets with chick, Brown Booby SE Farallon Island - Fide Gerry McChesney
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6/2/19 8:42 am Ken Moy <ken.moy62...> Re: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak June 2
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6/1/19 11:35 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Blue Winged Teal at Crissy
6/1/19 10:51 am Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...> [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak continues
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5/30/19 2:00 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Grosbeak visible
5/30/19 12:21 pm Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> [SFBirds] BLUE GROSBEAK Corona Hill 5/30/2019
5/27/19 3:08 pm Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] Cliff House Sea-watch, 5/27: Parasitic Jaeger et al.
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5/25/19 3:33 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] El Polin Spring Migrants
5/25/19 10:04 am Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] Mt Davidson, Saturday
5/24/19 8:56 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason Migrants
5/22/19 9:18 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Two ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS at Fort Mason
5/22/19 7:15 pm Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> [SFBirds] White-faced Ibis continues
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5/21/19 10:10 am Lori Lee <lorilee415...> [SFBirds] Seeking Help IDing Bird Song
5/21/19 8:01 am Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> [SFBirds] Black swift north over Mount Davidson 5/21/19
5/20/19 6:24 pm Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] A Black Swift, a soaring cormorant and some more fledglings
5/20/19 11:37 am Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> Re: [SFBirds] Gray Flycatcher et al
5/20/19 10:24 am Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> [SFBirds] Gray Flycatcher et al
 
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Date: 6/19/19 11:38 am
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Mt. Sutro OSP - American Redstart
Black and orange male, singing near the summit

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Date: 6/18/19 3:46 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Correction Re: Robin Subdues a Lizard
Apologies for being somewhat off-topic, but I must correct an error in my original message.
Perhaps overly exited about the robin vs. lizard encounter, I inexplicably mis-identified the species of lizard. As Gerry Mugele kindly pointed out, it was of course a California Alligator Lizard. For those seeking more information about our local reptiles, you might want to check out this link Gerry provided: http://www.californiaherps.com/identification/lizardsid/lizards.id.html
Now, about those plants I can't seem to keep straight...
Good luck exploring!
Richard BradusSan Francisco

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Date: 6/18/19 12:48 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Stow Lake Wood Duck, Mandarin Duck, Hooded Merganser
Stow Lake has always had its shared of exotic waterfowl - various forms of mallards, Muscovy Ducks, etc. that were introduced by humans.  One of those - a female MANDARIN DUCK - has now been there for almost five years - first reported on eBird in 2014, and still present this morning on the west side of the island. On the northwest corner of the lake was an oversummering HOODED MERGANSER - for the past four summers a male Hooded Merganser has stayed at Stow Lake.  Presumably this is the same bird that has lost its ability (or desire) to migrate.  It often hangs out with the female Mandarin Duck. A recent arrival was a male WOOD DUCK, hanging out near the Boathouse. For the past ten years, like clockwork, a male WOOD DUCK has shown up in late spring at Stow Lake (it could be longer, but it's been at least 10 years based on eBird reports). This is probably not the same bird each year, particularly given that sometimes more than one Wood Duck has shown up.

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Date: 6/17/19 6:47 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Robin subdues a lizard (not for the faint of heart)
Hi all.
Spent a bit of this fine morning exploring Alemany Farm, my first visit to this community resource with some good bird activity, though marred by a lot of noise from the adjacent freeway. Some active breeders, including Bushtits, Hooded Orioles, Starlings and Phoebes (not to mention butterflies and friendly people!). And something I never expected - a Robin taking down a lizard!
My attention was first drawn to a nice garter snake, then I spotted a nearby Fence Lizard opening its mouth in a defiant display. This had the unfortunate effect of drawing in a foraging Robin, which soon grabbed the lizard by the tail and began thrashing it about. The lizard lost the end of its tail but, undeterred, continued its defiant face off. The Robin chased after it and caught it again, thrashing it about multiple times, biting off more of the tail and finally bashing the lizard's head against the ground multiple times and subduing it. It then grabbed the limp body and carried it off. I managed to capture a bit of the action in photos:






  





Sometimes it just isn't wise to mouth off! It's rough out there. And you thought your day was stressful!
Richard BradusSan Francisco

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Date: 6/12/19 6:45 pm
From: David Nelson <David...>
Subject: [SFBirds] American Redstart McLaren Park

The American Redstart, found this morning, continues in the willows at waters edge, east end of the upper pond at McLaren Park, San Francisco. Being seen now.

Good birding!

David W. Nelson

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Date: 6/12/19 10:22 am
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: [SFBirds] American Redstart — McLaren Park upper pond
All,

This one (I’m guessing a young male from the female colors but powerful
singing) sang consistently from 8-10am, jumping from tree to tree and in
the willows; all along the east side of the pond, as in opposite side of
the parking lot. Why did I spend 2 entire hours with the bird, you ask? It
was so stunning in the early light that I desperately wanted a nice photo.
Alas, photographing warblers is as fun as getting one’s teeth cleaned with
a water drill. Maybe next time...

Also it was still there when I left.

Dan

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Date: 6/11/19 1:47 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Misc Battery Godfrey Sightings - June 10, 2019: Townsend's Solitaire and Ash-throated Flycatcher
Sorry for the belated report.
Yesterday Monday- during a couple of early morning hours at Battery Godfrey
with Brian Fitch and also Alan Hopkins for a while we had a couple of
interesting sightings including:
Townsend's Solitaire; What I believed to be this species flew through and
did not stop
Ash-throated Flycatcher; First spotted by Brian. Many more than in previous
years.
Lazuli Bunting; at least 2 males

Hugh

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Date: 6/11/19 12:03 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Knot continues at Crissy
Red knot was near the bridge/boardwalk at Crissy Lagoon around 11:30 this morning. Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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Date: 6/11/19 10:59 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Northern Parula at Lincoln Park
Northern Parula refound a 10:45 am along east side of Lincoln Park GC. I  heard it singing in smaller trees near school flagpole, then it flew to the canopy of the tall skinny pines closer to 18th tee, seen briefly but well. With Calvin Lou.Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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Date: 6/11/19 7:45 am
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Northern Parula at Lincoln Park
The Northern Parula may be staying around today. I realize now that I probably heard him yesterday as well near the 18th tee box, but my mind went to Pine Siskin as their sounds are similar to the untrained Parula expert. Also, a Red-breasted Nuthatch just called a min ago.
Parula is flying between low oaks and towering eucs.

Dan

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Date: 6/11/19 7:11 am
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Northern Parula at Lincoln Park
18th hole moving around

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Date: 6/10/19 7:31 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Red Knot still at Crissy Lagoon Monday evening
Hi all
Still ridiculously hot at Crissy at around six this evening, but the few birds that were around were hanging in there - and a bit of westerly breeze helped. The Red Knot was busy foraging at the margins of the small island toward the west end, hard to pick up at first as it was at some distance. It shared the island with, among others, a curious, rather rufous breasted immature DC Cormorant, a pair of Killdeer (one pretty stationary on small rocks - a nest??) and a Caspian Tern that sat and preened in complete disregard as the Knot foraged practically at its feet (!). 
I also caught a tantalizing glimpse of a somewhat stubby looking streaked brownish bird that vanished into the reeds along the southern shore, possibly a Rail, but it made no further appearance. As I was walking back there was a flurry of Swallows at the east end, with a few Tree, Barn and a couple of the Cliff Swallows that David noted nesting further west. The breeze then seemed to die down again, so...; still, kinda nice to visit with the heat rather than the usual fog and cold wind.
Richard BradusSan Francisco

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Date: 6/10/19 4:44 pm
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Alan’s Summer Tanager, Nestling Creepers, and ghost squirrels
Hi all,

Like Alan, I was making the Lincoln Park/east wash rounds again this
morning. Yesterday’s vagrants must have thumbed it outta there but I
enjoyed some interesting findings nonetheless. I think I saw the bird Alan
suspected to be a Summer Tanager. It was fairly still for a couple minutes
in the prominent eucalyptus at the west side of the bottom of the east
wash. Drab green coloring, no wing bars, and a very long-looking round but
not conical bill.

The presumed same Swainson’s Thrush has been singing at the wash for 3ish
weeks now — another sang in the riparian where the fire road (?) heads down
from the 4th hole fairway to the Land’s End hiking trail. Tied for the
coolest thing today were the extremely good views of the inside of a Brown
Creeper nest cavity, as the little freckley fellas chose a pretty wide one.
The 3 nestlings kept shoving themselves into the cavity roof, basically
creeping in place. It was fascinating and funny to witness.

Equally fabulous were the ghosts of 🐿s (squirrels in case the emoji
doesn’t show up) chomping on pine and cypress cones all over the place. Try
as I might, I could not find a rodent or even a jay causing all of the
racket one usually associates with foraging for seeds. Finally it dawned on
me. The heat wave is causing the serotinous (resin-sealed) cones to burst,
as if the seedlings were being dispersed by wildfire. At one of the pines
that was especially loud and generous along the Eagle’s Pt trail, I even
got to see the seedlings fluttering to the ground on their “wings.”

Gotta love spring!
Dan Scali

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Date: 6/10/19 1:29 pm
From: Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Misc sightings
This morning a tanager called briefly from the trees between the East Wash and the 3rd T. It sounded to my ears more like a Summer than a Western but I never saw it. There was a Red Crossbill calling along the path to the 3rd T and later another Crossbill singing in the trees along the maintenance road by the De Young. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was calling along the coast trail between the east wash and Eagle Point. 
Sunday there was a Lazuli Bunting in the newly restored open area at the foot of the steps leading down from Inspiration Point in the Presidio. At El Polin there was a Bewick's Wren and a Mockingbird. I didn't see David or his Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The Olive-sided Flycatcher was calling from a nearby tree top. It would be great if we could confirm its nesting. The Presidio seems to be cutting a lot of the old pines and it would tragic if they cut down the trees that one of the City's last Olive-sided Flycatcher nests in.
Alan S. HopkinsSan Francisco, CALink to art website

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Date: 6/10/19 12:01 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason and El Polin Spring Local Interest - Western Kingbird, etc.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD and a PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER were the only migrants at Fort Mason today (and I didn't see any migrants yesterday). A family of 4 HOODED ORIOLES has been roaming - saw them in the garden and in the Battery this morning. A late RED-THROATED LOON was in Aquatic Park. Yesterday at El Polin Spring, after seeing the ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, I also observed a singing male LAZULI BUNTING below Inspiration Point - there was also a female in the vicinity. A family of WILSON'S WARBLERS has been flying back and forth across the path at the foot of the stairs going up the hill.

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Date: 6/10/19 11:06 am
From: Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Crissy Shorebirds
Knot is chillin at Northern Shore of the Lagoon. The Dowitcher is near the
bridge.

Joachim Gonzalez and Lucas Corneliussen

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Date: 6/9/19 9:10 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Cackling Goose and BREEDING House Wrens
An "Aleutian" Cackling Goose was with California Gulls on South Lake Merced this morning (6/9/2019.)

A couple of days ago a House Wren was observed carrying food to a cavity in a eucalyptus tree at the west end of Pine Lake Park. Presumably the same pair used the same cavity last year. These are the only documented records of House Wren breeding in San Francisco so far.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 6/9/19 7:26 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Misc sightings; Battery Godfrey, June 8, 9: Black Swift’s , Western Kingbirds, Red-breasted nuthatch
With the warm temps and NE- E winds spent some time at Battery Godfrey on
both June 8 and 9 . Paul Saraceni was with me on the 9th.
Both days had some nice late migrant movement.

June 8 was a short visit of only an hour.
Highlights included;
Black Swift - group of 8-10 birds moving north
Western Kingbird- 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

June 9 - Paul and I spent a number of hours with highlights including:

Elegant Terns -6 in the channel
Western Kingbird - 1 and 1 unidentified kingbird sp
Western Tanager - 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch -2 my first of year
Bullocks Oriole - 1
Lazuli Bunting - at least 4
And lingering Waxwing and one House Sparrow, a Battery rarity😊

Hugh

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Date: 6/9/19 10:23 am
From: Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Red Knot continues
Red Knot continued this morning about 7:30am at Crissy Field lagoon; it was
on the north side close to dirt trail, it flew to the island in the lagoon.
Roads were closed and will be closed until noon, special event Swim to
Alcatraz triathlon.


Lee Guichan
San Francisco

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Date: 6/9/19 9:46 am
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] male American Redstart a min ago
Hey Oh,

I was able to relocate the Am Redstart a few hundred yards up el Camino Del Mar, maybe 150 yards up from hole 17. N side of the road, foraging high in the various eucs. So hard to find visually, but it sang steadily away for over an hour. A tantalizing vireo made a Houdini appearance as well. It was warbling-like but had more yellow and a black eye-line. I didn’t get any other details. Probably Red-eyed vireo(?).

Good vagrant chasing!
Dan

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Date: 6/9/19 8:45 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Rose Breasted Grosbeak at El Polin
Female - at base of stairs

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Date: 6/9/19 7:10 am
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: [SFBirds] male American Redstart a min ago
18th tee box, Lincoln Park golf course

Dan

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Date: 6/8/19 5:31 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Western Kingbird and other local interest
After leaving the RED KNOT at Crissy Lagoon this morning, I did a loop around the Presidio, starting with Battery Godfrey (nothing unexpected), and then moving to Mountain Lake Park, where a WARBLING VIREO was singing, and a WESTERN TANAGER was on the hillside south of the park. I also heard what I thought was a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, makings its "turlee" call, but I couldn't find it to confirm.  Spent the last part of the morning at El Polin Spring, where the two surprises were a late WESTERN KINGBIRD, and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. I also had a WESTERN TANAGER, a continuing OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, at least one PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, and at least seven WILSON'S WARBLERS. There are lots of newly fledged birds everywhere - yesterday I had a newly fledged WESTERN BLUEBIRD at El Polin, and a newly fledged NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER at Fort Mason.  CLIFF SWALLOWS are in nests near the Warming Hut at Crissy Field - hope they are successful.

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Date: 6/8/19 6:25 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Red Knot Continues
Near the bridge

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Date: 6/7/19 6:49 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Red knot at crissy
There is currently an unseasonable red knot at crissy on the small island
to the west - looks mostly in alternate plumage

Hugh

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Date: 6/5/19 1:30 pm
From: Roberta Guise <roberta...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Jean Richmond Memorial
Jean’s book was my birding bible when I got interested in birds in 1986 (Surf Scoter in Aquatic Park in August had me smitten). Together with the Nat Geo guide it was the perfect informational couplet.

What a wonderful legacy she gave the birding community.

Warmly,
Roberta

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> On Jun 5, 2019, at 11:53 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> A memorial for Jean Richmond is to be held at 10 AM Saturday July 6 at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville. See this link for directions: http://www.cpcdanville.org/servicetimes/ <http://www.cpcdanville.org/servicetimes/>
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> Jean passed away June 27 at her home in Alamo. She was a member of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society for more than 45 years. She is the world famous author of Birding Northern California, the seminal guide to birding our area which was first published in 1985. The book was written on her home typewriter during her 11-year stint as editor of the MDAS newsletter The Quail.
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Date: 6/5/19 11:49 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Ash-Throated Flycatcher at Fort Mason
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER vocalized in the Battery this morning, making its distinctive calls. A WESTERN WOOD PEWEE was also in the Battery, although it did not stay as long as the Ash-Throated.

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Date: 6/4/19 10:13 am
From: C Lou <cdlou37...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Eaki
Eastern Kingbird high in euc.Above stone bridge over Dragonfly Creek at Kobbe and Upton in Presidio.Calvin LouSFSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> Date: 6/4/19 7:33 AM (GMT-08:00) To: SF Birds <SFBirds...> Subject: [SFBirds] Eaki Eastern kingbird still at dragonfly creek presidio
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Date: 6/4/19 8:10 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Baltimore Oriole
continues at Dragonfly Creek

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Date: 6/4/19 7:33 am
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Eaki
Eastern kingbird still at dragonfly creek presidio
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Date: 6/3/19 6:44 pm
From: David Nelson <David...>
Subject: [SFBirds] BAOR Presidio
Thanks to a tip from David Tomb and Oscar Moss, I saw the Baltimore Oriole at 6:35pm, in the large Eucalyptus tree at the 1218 Bldg., Upton Ave., and also in the second Euc., across the driveway leading to the north side of the 1201 Bldg.

Good birding!

David W. Nelson

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Date: 6/3/19 4:33 pm
From: Oscar Moss <oscartmoss...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Eastern Kingbird
With Lee Hong-Chang, David Tomb, Cliff Yap. Eastern Kingbird on the euc at Dragonfly Creek.

Oscar
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Date: 6/3/19 3:18 pm
From: Beverly Cronin <beverly.cronin...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak continues at Corona Heights Park
The Blue Grosbeak continues at 3pm in the same location seen earlier today.
I was here for 5 minutes before it came out into the open. Lovely sunny
day, making for great views. Stayed out for 10 minutes to feed and explore.
Very active, even in the wind. Called with a few chipping notes before
going back into the shrubs.

Beverly Cronin
San Carlos

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Date: 6/3/19 1:46 pm
From: Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Farallon Cam birds

Thelast two mornings I’ve been checking the Farallon Cam. This morning there waswhat I believe was a Magnolia Warbler and what I think was a Pewee. Yesterdaythere was a bird that I thought was a Myiarchus flycatcher (it is hard to judgesize) and two passerines, one was a warbler with a pale throat, the otherseemed to have a pale crown stripe (?). Passerines are found on the EastLanding view.

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Date: 6/3/19 11:05 am
From: Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...>
Subject: [SFBirds] BAOR
Me and Max have refound Mark Dettling’s BAOR at (37.7998, -122.4728)

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Date: 6/3/19 10:58 am
From: Rudyard Wallen <arelist12...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Baltimore Oriole - Dragonfly Creek
Hey folks, message relay for Mark Dettling:

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Jun 03, 2019 09:50 by Mark Dettling
- Dragonfly Creek - BAOR, San Francisco, California
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.799786,-122.472869&ll=37.799786,-122.472869
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57050996
- Comments: "Point is at location bird was seen and heard singing. It was
in the eucalyptus trees. I’m not of the SF birds list so maybe someone
could post this. Adult male oriole with completely black head and bright
orange below. Tail feathers with lots of orange. Poor digibin photo that
I’ll upload later today."

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Date: 6/3/19 10:56 am
From: Linda Swanson <lswanson...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak continues Corona Heights Park
The Blue Grosbeak flew into the reported location, as described by Dan Scali, from the south at 10:34 a.m. Was not present earlier. Calling chip notes and feeding on the grass seed.
Linda Swanson
Bonnie Bompart
Jeff Anderson

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Date: 6/2/19 9:51 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak
Lucky Daniel - he arrived just after the Blue Grosbeak popped out into the open. Cliff Y had been following the bird for perhaps two hours when I arrived at about 5:15, and a few other observers came by as well. The Grosbeak had been scared off by Scrub Jays but returned to favored hiding places in the shrubs and adjacent perches, eventually venturing out onto the north slope grasses to graze. Moderately cooperative - it kept its distance and would not allow Cliff to get close-ups, but it remained in view intermittently for at least a half hour, silent, later settling down and feeding on seeds.
Also of note: a House Finch was hover-feeding - repeatedly hovering over the tall grasses as they blew about in the wind to grab seeds. First time I've seen such behavior from this species.
Photos with eBird list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57021709
Richard BradusSan Francisco

On Sunday, June 2, 2019, 5:56:52 PM PDT, Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> wrote:

Hi birders,
Blue Grosbeak still very cooperative on and off for a couple hours (say some other birders checking him out for a while) on the north side of Corona Heights park at 5:45pm 6/2. Walk uphill past the dog run and turn the corner. He’s favoring the scotch? broom thickets vs the poison oak/blackberry.
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Date: 6/2/19 6:22 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [SFBirds] The Blue Grosbeak
Glad the Blue Grosbeak continued at Corona Heights Park where I found it
early this morning. Corona Heights is one of several locations in the city
new to me in the last few weeks, the others being Candlestick, McLaren, Mt D
and Twin Peaks. I would not have visited them if I had not been nearing 250
county birds. The Blue Grosbeak was #250. Nearly every new county bird these
days has been found by others who check these location regularly. Thanks to
all of them.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas


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Date: 6/2/19 5:56 pm
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak
Hi birders,

Blue Grosbeak still very cooperative on and off for a couple hours (say
some other birders checking him out for a while) on the north side of
Corona Heights park at 5:45pm 6/2. Walk uphill past the dog run and turn
the corner. He’s favoring the scotch? broom thickets vs the poison
oak/blackberry.

Cheers,
Dan Scali
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Date: 6/2/19 3:44 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Misc Sightings - June 2, 2019
Hit some very foggy spots along the west side today with Paul Saraceni for
much of it.
Not much doing but interesting sightings included:

Eared Grebe - Continuing at the South End of Lake Merced

Four Sanderling on Ocean Beach - late migrants or returning birds ?
Two GW Gulls continuing.

East Wash/ Fort Miley had three singing Swainsons Thrush.

Two BH Grosbeak at El Polin

Some belated sightings from earlier this week included two and possibly
three BG Gnatcatcher's, a lingering Townsend's Warbler and a flyover GT
Grackle at Battery Godfrey on Tuesday May 28th.

Hugh

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Date: 6/2/19 10:42 am
From: Bradley Voelker <bradley.voelker...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak 10:40am
Just seen on same northeast slope right below summit perched and calling.

-Bradley

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Date: 6/2/19 10:19 am
From: maliadances via Groups.Io <maliadances=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fw: [pen-bird] Ancient Murrelets with chick, Brown Booby SE Farallon Island - Fide Gerry McChesney
Original post from Gerry McChesney to Pen-bird

Malia
----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Gerry McChesney <gerry.mcchesney...>To: Peninsula Birding <peninsula-birding...>Sent: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:48:28 PM PDTSubject: [pen-bird] Ancient Murrelets with chick, Brown Booby SE Farallon Island
I know this is really a San Francisco County sighting but I’m not on that listserve. Feel free to forward.

To our astonishment, a pair of adult Ancient Murrelets with a roughly half-grown chick spent much of today just off the East Landing at Southeast Farallon Island.  Ancient Murrelets are not known to breed south of southern British Columbia or perhaps the Washington coast.  This species takes their 1-2 chicks to sea when they are only 2-3 day old downy fluffballs.

The murrelets were seen from both boat and shore.  In the late afternoon, we watched from the island as the two adults made repeated dives, coming up with food that was fed to the chick.  Very fascinating!

Murrelets take their chicks far distances. Given the size of the chick, I doubt it originated from Southeast Farallon.  But the origin will be fun to speculate and discuss.

U.S Fish and Wildlife Service volunteer Michael Pierson got lots of great photos. A couple are included in his ebird checklist from the day, which have birds from the Golden Gate to the island. Attached is a link to Michael’s checklist, shared with me.

Brown Boobies continue out here. One was on Sugarloaf today.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56985937

Gerry




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Date: 6/2/19 9:52 am
From: Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Ash Throat Botanical Gardens
On a relatively slow day in the Botanical Gardens, Nicolas F, Max B,
Sabrina C, and I found an Ash Throated Flycatcher near the succulent
garden. It was quickly mobbed by a Black Phoebe and flew towards Cali
Native section. Nothing much else of interest. Cooperative Allen’s was also
good.

Joachim Gonzalez

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Date: 6/2/19 8:42 am
From: Ken Moy <ken.moy62...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak June 2
Still on NE hillside slope @ 8:40. In the open. Also, Ash throated
flycatcher & warbling vireo.

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Date: 6/2/19 6:37 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak June 2
Now 635 am on east/northeast hillside below summit at Corona Heights parkDave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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Date: 6/1/19 2:10 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Local Interest
Started the day at Fort Mason, meeting up with Juan Garcia.  No new migrants today.  Unfortunately someone vandalized the tree in front of the tennis courts, tearing off the limb that contained the active Nuttall's Woodpecker nest, presumably dooming the young. Moving on to El Polin Spring, the news was better.  The continuing OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER has found a mate! The male was no longer singing, and was making courtship calls as the two flew around the trees above the parking lot. A few migrants were found as well, including a WARBLING VIREO, a WESTERN TANAGER, and a LAZULI BUNTING.  Final stop was Crissy Lagoon to look for a Red-Necked Phalarope, which wasn't there, but the surprise bird was a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL south-east of the bridge.

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Date: 6/1/19 11:35 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue Winged Teal at Crissy
South east of bridge

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Date: 6/1/19 10:51 am
From: Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak continues
At the shrubbery at (37.7652, -122.4389)

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Date: 5/31/19 2:31 pm
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Close up phalaropes
If you want close viewing of Red-necked Phalaropes, at least five are swimming around the boat docks at the Pacific Rowing Club, S. Side of entrance road to Harding Golf Club at Lake Merced. One is about three feet from me. Nice, but no unusual gulls here at the moment.

Aaron Maizlish

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Date: 5/31/19 11:50 am
From: Robert Martin via Groups.Io <rpjmartin555=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Blue grosbeak continues 1145am 5/31/2019
  Behind museum near staff parking 
On Friday, May 31, 2019, 06:13, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> wrote:

Thanks to Jim Lomax for the early bird report from the field.

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Date: 5/31/19 6:13 am
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue grosbeak continues 5/31/2019
Thanks to Jim Lomax for the early bird report from the field.

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Date: 5/30/19 8:12 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Local Interest
Before Dominik's timely post of the Blue Grosbeak sighting, I started the day at Fort Mason, where the only migrant was a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE in the Battery,  At the Palace of Fine Arts, the two resident MUTE SWANS were zealously guarding six chicks as the roamed the lawns. And at El Polin Springs, the OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was still calling.  Also saw a newly fledged HUTTON'S VIREO.  However, the BLUE GROSBEAK at Corona Heights stole the day (pictures attached).

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Date: 5/30/19 2:00 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Grosbeak visible
It just perched on a rock and then on top of a spruce? tree - out in open for almost a minute.

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Date: 5/30/19 12:21 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [SFBirds] BLUE GROSBEAK Corona Hill 5/30/2019
There's a male BLUE GROSBEAK coming to feed periodically in a cotoneaster on the south east face of Corona Hill.

Caveat. The bird is in an area not readily visible from public trails and it will take lots of patience to get a look. It's loud call note CAN BE HEARD from the garden in front of the museum, the area behind the museum where the Indigo Bunting was two weeks ago, or from the trail next to the fence on top of the hill looking to the southeast.

Good luck,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 5/27/19 3:08 pm
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Cliff House Sea-watch, 5/27: Parasitic Jaeger et al.
This morning (5/27, 7:00-8:15), Hugh Cotter and I did another sea-watch from the Cliff House terrace.


Winds were again out of the W-NW, though significantly lighter than yesterday. Birds were in smaller numbers than yesterday, and there were no near-shore feeding frenzies. But there were still some interesting sightings.


At 7:10 I observed 2 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS flying N, then turning NW further out to sea with a group of 8 Common Murres.


At 7:35 we observed well an adult PARASITIC JAEGER flying N out from the rocks, then turning NE and heading into the Golden Gate Channel. While this nearshore jaeger is rather early (we typically do not observe them from shore in SF until mid-late July), perhaps its occurrence is less surprising in light of the recent incursion of Elegant Terns.


Speaking of the latter, we observed 40+ ELEGANT TERNS this morning, all concentrated within the GG Channel and visible from various coastal points (including Battery Godfrey).


There were 5 HEERMANN'S GULLS observed this morning, including an alternate-plumaged individual, and 1 imm. Glaucous-winged Gull.


There was a small movement of loons flying N, including 1 Common and 8 Pacifics. There were also 4 Surf Scoters flying off the Cliff House and 6 observed on the water below Battery Godfrey.


A quick visit to the East Wash and Ft. Miley produced a Swainson's Thrush singing from an open perch near the top of the Wash and a pair of Cooper's Hawks engaged in a courtship display-flight.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco


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Date: 5/27/19 11:58 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Black Swift, Ash-Throated, Olive-Sided
Spent the very first part of the morning at Fort Mason, which had a LAZULI BUNTING, a YELLOW WARBLER and two WESTERN TANAGERS, all in and around the garden. Spent the bulk of the morning at El Polin Spring, where the highlight was a BLACK SWIFT flying north at 9:35 am. The OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and the ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continue at El Polin as well.

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Date: 5/26/19 5:26 pm
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Cliff House Sea-watching, 5/25 & 26: Elegant Terns et al.
Yesterday (5/25, 7:30-9:00 AM) and today (5/26, 7:15-9:45 AM) I did some sea-watching from the Cliff House terrace, with Hugh Cotter yesterday, and joined for part of the time today by birders Max and Joachim.


There were brisk NW winds yesterday followed by very strong NW winds today, with good visibility both days, until rain squalls came in and ended my watch this morning. Most of the activity was focused on moving "feeding frenzies" off of Ocean Beach S of the rocks, and comprised primarily of hundreds of Brandt's Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, California and Western Gulls, and Common Murres.


Most interesting for this time of year were the high numbers of ELEGANT TERNS -- 70+ yesterday (most scoped in a single offshore flock) and 180+ this morning, with 150+ counted at one time in the offshore flock, and others coming in closer to shore in the feeding frenzy. A single FORSTER'S TERN briefly visited the feeding frenzy this morning and there were 10+ Caspian Terns each morning.


Early HEERMANN'S GULLS are present with 8-10 yesterday and 3 this morning, all second-summer birds. Lingering gulls included an imm. HERRING GULL on the beach this morning and 2-3 imm. Glaucous-winged Gulls each morning.


Alcids were represented both mornings by 1000+ Common Murres in many flocks on the water and in-flight and 2-3 Pigeon Guillemots.


Getting late was a fly-by basic-plumaged Red-throated Loon this morning (spotted by Joachim).


A small California Sea Lion was on the rocks each morning amidst the cormorants and pelicans.


Paul Saraceni

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Date: 5/26/19 12:26 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Indigo Bunting, Ash-Throated Flycatcher
The wind made birding challenging at Fort Mason this morning, but the one migrant seen was a good one - an INDIGO BUNTING east of the garden.  Lots of nesting activity still going on - an ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD sitting on a nest below the Battery, NUTTALL'S WOODPECKERS feeding young in a nest hole, PYGMY NUTHATCH nests near the tennis courts, recently fledged SONG SPARROWS begging, and newly fledged HOUSE FINCHES with the feathered "horns."  Spent a short time at El Polin Springs, where the OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was still singing constantly, and a male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was singing south of the spring. Also saw an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, a WESTERN TANAGER and a LAZULI BUNTING. Also heard some interesting chatter near the spring that reminded me of a Chat, but I never saw the bird, and it started to rain hard at that moment, and the bird stopped vocalizing.

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Date: 5/25/19 3:33 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] El Polin Spring Migrants
An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER singing non-stop at El Polin Spring this morning was a reminder that Olive-Sided Flycatchers used to nest in the Presidio, but are now heard only during migration.  There were a number of other migrants that were actively feeding and singing. Heard two BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, and watched a male feed on berries.  At least three WARBLING VIREOS were in the area of the spring. A WESTERN WOOD PEWEE and an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER put in brief appearances on the hillside. A YELLOW WARBLER was singing near the parking lot, and there were at least two WESTERN TANAGERS moving through. A newly fledged CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAY was following one of its parents, begging for food.

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Date: 5/25/19 10:04 am
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Mt Davidson, Saturday
Highlight of a visit to Mount Davidson this morning was an adult male
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK moving mid-level near the 4-x trail intersection
above the Myra Way entrance.

Perhaps rarer, given the season, was a very late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET near
the summit.

Other migrants on the mountain included two or three Lazuli Buntings, two
Yellow Warblers, two Townsend's Warblers (also getting a bit late) and one
each Warbling Vireo and Western Tanager.

-- Adam Winer
SF, CA

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Date: 5/24/19 8:56 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Migrants
Had a calling WESTERN WOOD PEWEE this morning in a Eucalpytus tree northwest of the garden. There were two WARBLING VIREOS in the garden - one singing. Two female LAZULI BUNTINGS were in the garden as well.  The Battery had two WESTERN TANAGERS and a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK. A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was in the garden as well.

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Date: 5/22/19 9:18 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Two ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS at Fort Mason
Spent most of the morning at Fort Mason, much of the time with Juan Garcia, and we were treated to extended views of two ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS from before 8 am to after 11 am (when I left).  They were catching insects in the garden the entire time.  Other migrants today included a WARBLING VIREO, a WESTERN TANAGER and a WILSON'S WARBLER behind the General's House, as well as a YELLOW WARBLER in the garden.

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Date: 5/22/19 7:15 pm
From: Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...>
Subject: [SFBirds] White-faced Ibis continues
The White-faced Ibis continues at Candlestick Point Park as of 4:30 pm. The ibis flew up for a short time but returned after about five minutes. The bird was also calling more than the last time I saw it. Also, there were three White-throated Swifts and Swallows over the pond and a medium size shorebird along the shore (Spotted?).
Alan S. HopkinsSan Francisco, CALink to art website

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Date: 5/22/19 8:19 am
From: <texbuss...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Help the Parks Department with Bird Info
Hello, my sister is a Sargeant in the Parks Dept and is trying to develop a program to help educate SF Park Rangers to have more knowledge about the flora and fauna in our city parks. I think this is a great idea! She is looking for someone who has good knowledge of Golden Gate Park birds to help educate rangers, or at least point her in the right direction.  Any suggestions?  Thanks,
Laura Buss

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Date: 5/21/19 12:57 pm
From: Lori Lee <lorilee415...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Seeking Help IDing Bird Song
Much thanks to all for your responses. The people have spoken: It's a Bullock's Oriole! And now I know what a singing Bullock's Oriole sounds like. It was up in the trees and escaped all my attempts at visual identification.

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Date: 5/21/19 10:10 am
From: Lori Lee <lorilee415...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Seeking Help IDing Bird Song
Singing incessantly in LP top circle this morning. I don't recall hearing this rollicking call before. He was competing with tanagers, woodpeckers, sparrows, and orioles for a lot of sound this morning post-rain. If it's a black-headed grosbeak he's been hitting the hard stuff!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56581342

Song can be heard at seconds 3, 12, 19, 28, and 37.

Thank You,
Lori Lee
SF, CA

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Date: 5/21/19 8:01 am
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Black swift north over Mount Davidson 5/21/19
A BLACK SWIFT just flew north over Mount Davidson 7:59 a.m. , cruising altitude ~1000'

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 5/20/19 6:24 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] A Black Swift, a soaring cormorant and some more fledglings
Hi all
An odd late morning wandering about the Rhododendron Dell in Golden Gate Park. There wasn't much diversity - no finches (!) or flycatchers, but there were singing Song Sparrows everywhere. The highlight was a Black Swift that flew rapidly overhead, headed south. I've previously only seen this species while hiking in the mountains above the Yuba River area years ago, so that was a real treat. A bit later I was just as surprised to see a Double-crested Cormorant soaring - soaring! - like a hawk, far above, for a minute or so before heading off toward the bay. A pair of Scrub Jays engaged in some courtship, sharing food, then sunbathing. And there were the telltale twitters of baby birds: I saw newly fledged Juncos and Song Sparrows being fed. Nice!
Richard BradusSan Francisco

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Date: 5/20/19 11:37 am
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Gray Flycatcher et al
I came down to the Campbell Street steps in hopes of seeing the Ash-throated Flycatcher reported this morning (county-year birding is a degenerative condition.). I haven’t seen one yet, but the Gray Flycatcher is putting on a fantastic show for me right now. Half way up the steps.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco.
> On May 20, 2019, at 10:24 AM, Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> wrote:
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> Birdsters!
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> Just 100 yds up the stairs at the Campbell Ave entrance to McLaren Park. The thicket on the n side is awesomely productive this morning. Gray Flycatcher (all the id ticks from Dom’s last week including great vocalizations and downward tail flicking), Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and a Yellow-rumped Warbler which popped out of some coyote brush. Also what I thought was a “spitting” female Lazuli Bunting but it was also giving off Cowbird vibes. There seemed to be two spitters until I realized it was the Gray Flycatcher whitting back at the mystery bird.
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> This is right next Vis Valley Middleschool so if you come through, be careful where you’re pointing those cameras and binskis.
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> Good birding,
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Date: 5/20/19 10:24 am
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Gray Flycatcher et al
Birdsters!

Just 100 yds up the stairs at the Campbell Ave entrance to McLaren Park.
The thicket on the n side is awesomely productive this morning. Gray
Flycatcher (all the id ticks from Dom’s last week including great
vocalizations and downward tail flicking), Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s
Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and a Yellow-rumped Warbler which popped
out of some coyote brush. Also what I thought was a “spitting” female
Lazuli Bunting but it was also giving off Cowbird vibes. There seemed to be
two spitters until I realized it was the Gray Flycatcher whitting back at
the mystery bird.

This is right next Vis Valley Middleschool so if you come through, be
careful where you’re pointing those cameras and binskis.

Good birding,
Dan Scali, SF

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