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9/24/18 8:09 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest
9/24/18 2:58 pm Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Towhee a no-show
9/24/18 2:28 pm Kevin McKereghan <theman...> [SFBirds] Local interest-Crocker Amazon Park
9/24/18 1:26 pm hoggsville <jellsworthhayden...> Re: [SFBirds] Possible Blackburnian.
9/23/18 9:08 pm Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> Re: [SFBirds] Mystery
9/23/18 6:06 pm C Lou <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] Middle Lake-GGP Canada Warbler and Orchard Oriole.
9/23/18 6:05 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds] Possible Blackburnian.
9/23/18 2:44 pm Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] Mystery
9/23/18 1:54 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds] Bierman and GGP parks Sept 23
9/23/18 12:00 pm C Lou <cdlou37...> Re: [SFBirds] Green Tailed Towhee
9/22/18 8:54 pm Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] West Presidio Today
9/22/18 8:32 pm Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] Presidio Orchard oriole, clay-colored sparrows etc
9/22/18 5:59 pm Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] W. SF: Jaegers, Clay-colored Sparrow, Chestnut-sided Warblers et al., 9/22/18
9/22/18 5:18 pm Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> [SFBirds] Kestrel
9/22/18 4:04 pm Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] Middle Lake Rarities
9/22/18 2:40 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Green Tailed Towhee
9/22/18 11:55 am Oscar Moss <cowmoss...> [SFBirds] Red-eyed Vireo at Elk Glen Lake
9/22/18 10:59 am Collin Adams <collinadams04...> Re: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues Saturday
9/22/18 10:22 am Dan Singer <dsg2...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Many people flee hurricanes. Some birdwatchers flock to them.
9/22/18 10:06 am William Grant <wbgrant...> Re: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues Saturday
9/21/18 11:26 pm Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] Battery Godfrey + Evening Grosbeak et al., 9/20-21/18
9/21/18 9:20 pm Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Canada Warbler photos
9/21/18 6:35 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] Bird Reports Saturday - 9/22/18
9/21/18 3:27 pm angie geiger <acgeig...> [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues
9/21/18 2:48 pm Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...> Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
9/21/18 1:12 pm Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] Dogs @ Girard St Wetlands
9/21/18 11:48 am Patricia Mahoney via Groups.Io <listpat=<mac.com...> Re: [SFBirds] Ferry Park Canada Warbler
9/21/18 11:43 am hoggsville <jellsworthhayden...> [SFBirds] Canada Warbler continues - Ferry / Sue Bierman Park 9-21-2018
9/21/18 9:07 am Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...> Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
9/21/18 7:20 am Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <polskatata=<yahoo.com...> Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
9/21/18 6:33 am Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
9/21/18 2:26 am Logan Kahle <logan...> Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
9/20/18 10:50 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
9/20/18 9:22 pm Siobhan Ruck <ms.siobhan.ruck...> Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
9/20/18 9:17 pm kim <leo811sf...> Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
9/20/18 9:15 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
9/20/18 5:18 pm bitanangan <birdbright...> [SFBirds] Ferry Park Canada Warbler
9/20/18 11:13 am Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] Mount Davidson, 9/20
9/20/18 10:12 am Brian Turner <brianturner6...> [SFBirds] Canada warbler @ Sue bierman/Ferry park
9/19/18 10:47 pm Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] Battery Godfrey -- Blackburnian Warbler, R-b. Grosbeak et al., 9/19/18
9/19/18 9:17 pm Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <polskatata=<yahoo.com...> Re: [SFBirds] FERRUGINOUS Hawk over Corona Hill 9/19/2018 And other Recent sightings
9/19/18 8:42 pm Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> [SFBirds] FERRUGINOUS Hawk over Corona Hill 9/19/2018 And other Recent sightings
9/19/18 8:17 pm Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...> [SFBirds] Possible Palm Warbler at Beach Chalet Soccer Fields
9/19/18 8:17 pm Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...> [SFBirds] Tennessee Warbler at Beach Chalet Soccer Fields
9/19/18 3:21 pm Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Middle Lake Warblers
9/19/18 11:48 am William Grant <wbgrant...> Re: [SFBirds] Strawberry Hill this afternoon
9/18/18 8:14 pm Smokey Bear <bear.smokey...> [SFBirds] Strawberry Hill this afternoon
9/17/18 4:38 pm Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Rodeo Lagoon Marin Co.
9/17/18 9:54 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Green Winged Teal
9/17/18 7:17 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Red Eyed Vireo Continues
9/16/18 7:52 pm Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] W. SF: Sabine's Gulls + migrants, 9/16/18
9/16/18 6:59 pm Smokey Bear <bear.smokey...> [SFBirds] Jefferson Square and Lafayette this afternoon
9/16/18 5:06 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason Western Kingbirds, Chipping Sparrow, Olive-Sided Flycatcher, etc.
9/16/18 2:13 pm Lee-Hong Chang via Groups.Io <lhchang825=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] rarities on Strawberry Hill GGP today
9/16/18 7:45 am Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...> [SFBirds] Red-eyed Vireo, Strawberry Hill, G.G.P.
9/15/18 4:44 pm Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Red-eyed Vireo on Strawberry Hill - 2nd hand report
9/15/18 4:43 pm Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] Westside today.
9/15/18 1:25 pm Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] Saturday morning, Mt. Davidson etc.
9/14/18 11:55 am Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] Baltimore Oriole
9/14/18 10:44 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Cinnamon Teal at Stow Lake
9/14/18 10:31 am Loretta via Groups.Io <lchen89=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Strawberry Hill & BG
9/13/18 6:27 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest
9/13/18 10:38 am Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] Mount Davidson, Sep 13 - Calliope?
9/12/18 1:53 pm Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] Summer Tanager in GGP
9/12/18 12:46 pm Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Black-throated still there; possible Indigo Bunting
9/11/18 9:05 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] East Wash - Lincoln Park Sept 11, 2018 - Dusky Flycatcher
9/11/18 3:44 pm Bob Hall <bilgepump100...> [SFBirds] West side
9/11/18 2:01 pm Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] B&W Warbler Buena Vista Park
9/11/18 9:52 am Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [SFBirds] Alvaro Jaramillo on Birds of Japan: First General Meeting of the Year for Sequoia Audubon, September 13, 2018
9/11/18 7:19 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Black-Throated Sparrow
9/10/18 2:56 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest - Tennessee Warbler, etc
9/10/18 12:27 pm Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> [SFBirds] Black-throated Sparrow eBird location
9/10/18 11:47 am Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...> Re: [SFBirds] BWHA over Godfrey - Retracted.
9/10/18 10:39 am Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> Re: [SFBirds] Lawrences Goldfinch and least flycatcher and an Indigo...
9/10/18 10:11 am Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] Seawatch: Ancient Murrelet, Jaegers, 9/10/18
9/10/18 10:04 am C Lou <cdlou37...> Re: [SFBirds] Black throated sparrow
9/10/18 9:52 am C Lou <cdlou37...> Re: [SFBirds] Black throated sparrow
9/10/18 8:42 am Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] Black throated sparrow
9/10/18 8:23 am Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] Lawrences Goldfinch and least flycatcher
9/9/18 5:32 pm Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] Least Flycatcher, Lake Merced Sep. 9
9/9/18 4:49 pm Felix Rigau via Groups.Io <flix=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Presidio - Broad-winged Hawk
9/9/18 1:46 pm Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] American Redstart at Pine Lake Park etc.
9/9/18 1:20 pm Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] Tennessee and magnolia warblers
9/9/18 10:28 am Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] BWHA over Godfrey
9/8/18 5:52 pm Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] NW SF: Brewer's Sparrow, Chestnut-sided Warbler et al., 9/8/18
9/8/18 5:01 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason Kingbirds, Solitaire, Broad-Winged Hawk
9/8/18 11:43 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Broad Winged Hawk Fort Mason
9/8/18 11:36 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Townsend’s Solitaire
9/8/18 9:09 am Ken Schneider <kschnei1...> [SFBirds] Belated report - Common Tern at Ocean Beach (5 Sep)
9/7/18 9:22 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] Additional Sightings - Least Flycatcher; Magnolia Warbler Etc.
9/7/18 6:27 pm bitanangan <birdbright...> [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak near Elk Glen Lake
9/7/18 6:01 pm Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] Elk Glen Lake
9/7/18 2:18 pm Brian Turner <brianturner6...> [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak @ Elk Glen Lake
9/7/18 2:11 pm Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] Lake Merced
9/7/18 10:33 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Clay Colored Sparrow
9/7/18 9:54 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Northern Pintail
9/6/18 1:09 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Lark Sparrow at Sutro Heights Park
9/6/18 12:43 pm Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> [SFBirds] TENNESSEE Warbler @ Corona Heights Park 9/6/2018
9/6/18 12:39 pm Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Chestnut-sided etc. at Land’s End
9/6/18 9:24 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Chestnut-Sided Warbler
9/6/18 8:02 am Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> [SFBirds] Farallon Cam
9/5/18 11:54 pm Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> [SFBirds] Another Chestnut-Sided Warbler
9/5/18 12:58 pm Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] Lark Sparrows, McLaren Park
9/5/18 11:17 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds] Redstart at Middle Lake Sep 5
9/5/18 10:30 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds] Lark Sparrow
9/5/18 9:32 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [SFBirds] Eastern Kingbird Sep 5
9/4/18 10:11 pm Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] L-t Jaeger, etc.
9/4/18 5:47 pm Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...> [SFBirds] Chestnut-sided Warbler, Strawberry Hill
9/4/18 3:55 pm bitanangan <birdbright...> [SFBirds] Chestnut-sided Warbler amidst Strawberry Hill fallout.
9/4/18 3:48 pm Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Presidio Hills - Kingbirds yes, Brewer's no
9/4/18 9:20 am C Lou <cdlou37...> Re: [SFBirds] Presidio and West SF; Redstart etc.
9/3/18 10:18 pm Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] W. SF: Lark Sparrows, Jaegers et al., 9/3/18
9/3/18 9:46 pm Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Presidio and West SF; Redstart etc.
9/3/18 11:47 am Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] Presidio Hills Rarities
9/2/18 4:27 pm Smokey Bear <bear.smokey...> Re: [SFBirds] Migrant Wave at Fort Mason; Brewer's Sparrow in Presidio
9/2/18 2:59 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Migrant Wave at Fort Mason; Brewer's Sparrow in Presidio
9/2/18 7:16 am Loretta via Groups.Io <lchen89=<yahoo.com...> Re: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest
9/1/18 6:13 pm Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] SW SF: Jaegers et al., 9/1/18
9/1/18 3:32 pm Scott Bowers <sfbirds...> [SFBirds] Heron's Head
9/1/18 3:21 pm mbzlat via Groups.Io <mbzlat=<yahoo.com...> Re: [SFBirds] Eastern kingbird Presidio
9/1/18 11:01 am C Lou <cdlou37...> Re: [SFBirds] Eastern kingbird Presidio
9/1/18 10:48 am C Lou <cdlou37...> Re: [SFBirds] Eastern kingbird Presidio
9/1/18 9:55 am Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] Eastern kingbird Presidio
8/31/18 10:09 pm Oscar Moss <cowmoss...> [SFBirds] SF local interest
8/31/18 4:42 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest
8/31/18 10:02 am Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Northern Parula Wooden Bridge Lake Merced
8/31/18 9:15 am Brian Turner <brianturner6...> [SFBirds] Chestnut-sided @ - Elk Glen Lake
8/30/18 2:08 pm Brian Turner <brianturner6...> [SFBirds] American Redstart - Mallard Lake
8/29/18 7:41 pm Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...> [SFBirds] Lark Sparrow and Lazulis
8/29/18 2:51 pm Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] Mt. Davidson, Wed 8/29: Brewer's Sparrow
8/29/18 2:45 pm David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest - Western Kingbirds, Warblers, Flycatchers, Bald Eagle
8/29/18 11:14 am David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...> [SFBirds] Bald Eagle at Fort Mason
8/28/18 6:52 pm mrandrewrush <arush...> [SFBirds] SF City College Birds of the SF Bay Area class starting soon
8/28/18 8:17 am Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> Re: [SFBirds] Farallon Fallout
8/28/18 7:51 am Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> [SFBirds] Farallon Fallout
8/27/18 5:01 pm Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> [SFBirds] (2)Baird's Sandpipers @ Yosemite Slough/CandlestickSRA 8/27/18 et al.
8/27/18 11:45 am Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] Continuing R-Br Grosbeak
8/25/18 4:37 pm Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
8/25/18 1:28 pm Adam Winer <awiner...> [SFBirds] South Lake Merced and Fort Funston, Sat. 8/25
8/25/18 11:25 am Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> [SFBirds] Indigo Bunting in Arboretum 8/25/18 (fide Cullison/Murphy)
8/25/18 10:50 am Tom Scott <tom...> Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
8/25/18 10:33 am Tom Scott <tom...> Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
8/25/18 10:29 am Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
8/25/18 10:24 am Adam Winer <awiner...> Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
8/25/18 9:56 am Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
8/25/18 9:49 am Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
 
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Date: 9/24/18 8:09 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest
It was very birdy at Fort Mason this morning, although there was nothing unexpected for this time of year. A male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was the only species a little out of the ordinary (it flew over the lawn behind the General's House). YELLOW WARBLERS were the dominant warbler, with at least 15 spread out over Fort Mason.  There were also at least 7 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS, a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. A LAZULI BUNTING was in front of the General's House. A SAVANNAH SPARROW was in the garden, and another one was on the hillside above Aquatic Park. GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS showed up in several places. At one point 8 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS flew in and landed on the building north of the Chapel. A SWAINSON'S THRUSH was in the Battery, which also had at least two PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS (2 others were seen elsewhere). An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was also in the Battery, and a WESTERN WOOD PEWEE was along the path. 53 species total.

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Date: 9/24/18 2:58 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Towhee a no-show
Well,Despite the continued attention of a gathering of experienced birders, the previously reported Green-tailed Towhee declined to join the party atop Strawberry Hill this morning through the noon hour.
Consolations for me were seeing - finally! - my first Hermit Warbler of the year, a FOS for me Fox Sparrow and the second Peregrine flyover in as many days.
Have fun whatever shows up!
Richard BradusSan Francisco

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Date: 9/24/18 2:28 pm
From: Kevin McKereghan <theman...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Local interest-Crocker Amazon Park
For the first time in several months I was able to get out and bird a little. Nothing too exciting, but i had 2 small flocks of western bluebirds in the area of the baseball fields and at the football field, totaling 8 birds. There was also a Say’s Phoebe at the baseball field. In the parkland beyond the skate park there were 3 American Kestrels chasing each other around, 2 Pac. Slope flycatchers and 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows

Kevin McKereghan
415-235-6186
"There's many a true word spoken in jest."
-James Joyce

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Date: 9/24/18 1:26 pm
From: hoggsville <jellsworthhayden...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Possible Blackburnian.
I agree. The triangle-cheek-patch facial pattern looks good for Blackburnian and not for Blackpoll.

Here is a link to Kir's eBird post with pictures: https://ebird.org/view/checklist?subID=S48703459

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

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Date: 9/23/18 9:08 pm
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Mystery
After doing some on-line image study, I quickly ruled out Thick-billed
Kingbird as too stocky, and usually dark capped. I also can't picture any
kingbird flying like a goldfinch.

A big myiarchus is still in the running, as it's possible that I could have
misjudged size based on their elongated flight profile. I've seen a lot of
Ash-throats in flight though, with never anything like today's rolling
style, and also can't imagine that Brown-crested's extra quarter inch would
make it fly very differently. In addition, today's bird appeared to have
the underpart's creamy white running from throat to vent.

I didn't see any rufous in the wing for Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and yet the
distance could have muted a rufous wing panel into the dominant medium
brown. I've never seen any coccyzus cuckoos in extended flight, so don't
know if they tend to fly like cuculus in a falcon-like manner. I also
can't say what the wing tip shape was, as it flew against the backdrop of
city structures. There are records of Black-billed Cuckoo in the state,
and Y-b's breed very sparsely in the Central Valley, with, I believe, one
record from SF of a disabled individual found on the streets of Noe
Valley. The only video that came up was of a brief and very direct flight
by a Y-b from one tree to another.

Summing up, and ignoring for now the potential of an exotic escapee, the
bird's apparent size, color, shape, and proportions appear to match
moderately well with still flight photos of Black-billed/Yellow-billed
Cuckoo, but not enough for me to assert such an ID, as anything of such
magnitude over such ridiculous habitat flying north in autumn would require
a much better study. The sighting will haunt me for a while, even making
me wish just a little for a monster camera. Though how many photographers
walk around their house wearing their mega lens, and could capture a 4
second flyby?

Brian Fitch

On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 2:44 PM, Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> wrote:

> I've been checking the skies today from home between commitments, with
> thus far no obvious migrants heading over within my view.
>
> Until five minutes ago, when I watched a large passerine type bird fly
> north, probably over Church St. I had a four second view, at notable
> distance, and do not know what it was, but am reporting it in case anyone
> out there is able to keep watch for it.
>
> It was possibly 10-14 inches, appearing bigger than a robin, was brownish
> above and pale creamy white or pale yellow below, with a relatively long
> tail, and flew like a big languid goldfinch, flapping and gliding in a
> shallow roller coaster pattern (it was not an accip).
>
> The only species in Sibley's flight portrayals that align to some degree
> with what I saw are one of the cuckoos, Thick-billed Kingbird, or maybe one
> of the bigger myiarchus flycatchers. I haven't seen any of these species
> in flight in recent years, and will probably work next on turning up some
> videos, if such exist of any of these.
>
> Sorry to throw out a teaser like this, but this was/is an unusual bird,
> and may be findable here or further north.
>
> Brian Fitch
>

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Date: 9/23/18 6:06 pm
From: C Lou <cdlou37...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Middle Lake-GGP Canada Warbler and Orchard Oriole.
Hi ALL,

I arrived at Middle Lake in Golden Gate Park around 245 pm or so. I meet Angie Geiger and Michelle Liapes. It was quiet. A few birds here and there, Wilson's, Western Flycatcher and Yellows. We sort of split up.
At 400 pm, I had the ORCHARD ORIOLE in the willows behind the tules. At 420 pm, Angie came back. We were standing on the south side of Middle Lake, under the large tree, when Angie said 'What's that?". We expected just a Wilson's Warbler. It turned out to be the CANADA WARBLER. We were able to get Jeff on the bird as well. It stayed in that tree till at least 510 pm, when we left the bird in the company of Eddie Monson. Eddie arrived had just arrived. What luck !!!. The MacGillivray's warbler was seen briefly.

Calvin Lou
SF

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Date: 9/23/18 6:05 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Possible Blackburnian.
I reported Blackpoll from Sue Bierman this morning. Kir Pridatko got pics of the second sighting. He thinks it may be Blackburnian. He may be right. Head pattern seems good.  See his ebird report.  Pics of Blackpoll in YOLO and a dull Blackurnian in HUM have also been posted on ebird today. 


Dave Weber,
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Date: 9/23/18 2:44 pm
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Mystery
I've been checking the skies today from home between commitments, with thus
far no obvious migrants heading over within my view.

Until five minutes ago, when I watched a large passerine type bird fly
north, probably over Church St. I had a four second view, at notable
distance, and do not know what it was, but am reporting it in case anyone
out there is able to keep watch for it.

It was possibly 10-14 inches, appearing bigger than a robin, was brownish
above and pale creamy white or pale yellow below, with a relatively long
tail, and flew like a big languid goldfinch, flapping and gliding in a
shallow roller coaster pattern (it was not an accip).

The only species in Sibley's flight portrayals that align to some degree
with what I saw are one of the cuckoos, Thick-billed Kingbird, or maybe one
of the bigger myiarchus flycatchers. I haven't seen any of these species
in flight in recent years, and will probably work next on turning up some
videos, if such exist of any of these.

Sorry to throw out a teaser like this, but this was/is an unusual bird, and
may be findable here or further north.

Brian Fitch

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Date: 9/23/18 1:54 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Bierman and GGP parks Sept 23
Almost three hours at Sue Bierman park early this morning did not produce the Canada Warbler. The Blackpoll was seen twice, in central poplars and those next to the maintenance yard. Mid to late morning the south end of Middle Lake in GGP was better. No Canada there either. A Macgillivray's Warbler was seen several times in the brambles between lake and trail. A Willow Flycatcher was in the reeds. In the larger willow beyond the reeds was a difficult bird that turned out be an Orchard Oriole. Larger than Yellow Warbler, closer to Western Tanager, both present. Two white wing bars. Bill seemed too small at first but later I saw it well - slightly curved and thinner and darker than a tanager. Finally, in same willow, Lee Hong Chang and I both spotted at the same a probable Tennessee Warbler. Greenish above, white below, and white supercilium. But it flew immediately. A good day!
Dave Weber,Milpitas
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Date: 9/23/18 12:00 pm
From: C Lou <cdlou37...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Green Tailed Towhee
Sunday1145am. The green-tailed towhee continues in the oaks on Strawberry Hill at Stow Lake. NW Corner.
Calvin LouSF


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Found by Angie and Rob on Strawberry Hill this morning is still there.




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Date: 9/22/18 8:54 pm
From: Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] West Presidio Today
Hi all,
Just wanted to throw in my birds from the roundup amidst everyone’s posts. I birded the west side of the Presidio with Derek H.
Best bird was a Tennessee Warbler in the willows at Lobos Creek, and we were also able to see Paul’s Clay-colored Sparrow. In the afternoon, Angie’s Green-tailed Towhee and Oscar’s Red-eyed Vireo both gave nice views.

happy fall,
Jonah B.

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Date: 9/22/18 8:32 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Presidio Orchard oriole, clay-colored sparrows etc
Highlights from some roving by bike this morning on the Rare Bird Round Up for me in the Presidio included A first year orchard oriole at the Presidio cemetery. All yellow, with a short slender bill it look much like an overgrown yellow warbler. It was very secretive in the flowering trees in front of and behind the buildings at the bottom of the hill.

At the base of infantry Terrace there were lots of wc sparrows. Two clay colored sparrows were with two separate flocks. Other birds of note for this area included a willow flycatcher, Merlin and getting to be late black headed grosbeak.

I spent at least a couple hours around Mountain Lake Park this morning. A young chipping sparrow was by the dog run. Ivan Samuels later found a clay colored sparrow by the card shack there.(with Pauls, 4 in the presidio today). While at Fort Scott I heard theGreater white fronted geese fly over that Paul spotted from battery Godfrey.

The most noteworthy phenomenon I worked to track down this morning were the impressive numbers of yellow warblers and Anna’s hummingbirds in the Scarlet flowering eucalyptus. Usually lots of tanagers, but just today as it’s getting late .I worked trees along Lake Street, mountain lake park, Park Presidio and the parade grounds. I had one very happening tree with at least 20 yellow warblers as many hummers in it. Probably around 150 in the whole morning. There were small numbers of other warblers mixed in. I worked hard to squeeze out a vagrant here but just kept finding more of the same.
Great seeing so many sf Birder’s today, and thanks to those who organize it. It’s been an amazing fall! Lots of great things yet to be found...

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Date: 9/22/18 5:59 pm
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] W. SF: Jaegers, Clay-colored Sparrow, Chestnut-sided Warblers et al., 9/22/18
This morning through early afternoon I birded several locations on the west side of SF, with decent results despite the SW winds and patchy fog in some locations.


Observations of local interest:


Seawatch from south end of the Great Highway (7-10 AM) (light SW winds, overcast, glassy seas, good visibility):

Common Loon 13

Pacific Loon 28

Red-thr. Loon 8

Osprey 2 (different individuals flying over the surf)

Snowy Egret 1 (feeding along the surf edge)

Elegant Tern 100+

PARASITIC JAEGER 34+ (the most I have ever observed from shore in SF in one session; over 50 individual sightings but reduced count for repeat birds; variety of plumages, including some dark morphs; included a group of 6 resting together on the calm ocean surface; multiple groups of 3-4 flying together)

POMARINE JAEGER 2 (1 ad. & 1 subad.)

Bewick's Wren 1 (calling from E side of Great Highway)


Lobos Dunes:

Bewick's Wren 3

House Wren 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW 1 (I found the bird in the restoration area/hillside on the N (back) side of the Presidio Trust building, below the fence of the apartment complex; loosely associating with White-crowned Sparrow flock; photos obtained; subsequently relocated by Jonah B.)


Lobos Creek footpath to Baker Beach:

CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER 2 (1 imm. f. & 1 imm. m. showing some chestnut on sides; first located in low trees where the path meets Baker Beach; loosely associating with flock including several Yellow Warblers and Chestnut-backed Chickadees)


Battery Godfrey:

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 40 (noisy flock flying E ~12:15 PM; briefly visible in a break in the fog then disappeared into the fog overhead but could still be heard as they continued E over the Presidio; several other observers @ BG and in the Presidio)

Merlin 1

PARASITIC JAEGER 12 (visible in one pan of the scope across the GG Channel)

Violet-green Swallow 3 (flying S overhead)

Also: Harbor Porpoise 10+


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco

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Date: 9/22/18 5:18 pm
From: Donna Hayes <dhayes362...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Kestrel
A female American kestrel was hovering on the north side of Bernal hill at around 4:00 Saturday afternoon. haven’t seen any kestrels in the area for several years.

I didn’t expect to see much of interest, as it was late in the day and very windy. You never know!

Donna Hayes

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Date: 9/22/18 4:04 pm
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Middle Lake Rarities
Sarah Burton and I covered the western Golden Gate Park section of town for
the rare bird roundup today. The only good bird activity we found was late
in the morning at Middle Lake, where a Tennessee Warbler, a Canada Warbler,
a MacGillivray's Warbler and a female type Orchard Oriole were among a
number of western migrants. The flock was concentrated along the path on
the south shore, mostly around and in a large, multi-trunked and heavily
leafed tree that grows right on the trail.

Brian Fitch

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Date: 9/22/18 2:40 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Green Tailed Towhee
Found by Angie and Rob on Strawberry Hill this morning is still there.

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Date: 9/22/18 11:55 am
From: Oscar Moss <cowmoss...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Red-eyed Vireo at Elk Glen Lake
Moving around in the trees and shrubs to the west of the willows on the north side of the lake. Occasionally flies up to Eucs.

Oscar

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Date: 9/22/18 10:59 am
From: Collin Adams <collinadams04...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues Saturday
Canada Warbler still present at 10:45-11a, great looks and photos in
central poplars where 3 sidewalks converge.

On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 10:06 AM William Grant <wbgrant...>
wrote:

> Seen at 9:58 a.m. In tall trees, middle of park but on south side.
>
> Also three Yellow Warblers.
>
> Bill
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: angie geiger
> Sent: Sep 21, 2018 3:27 PM
> To: "<SFBirds...>"
> Subject: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues
>
> Finally got away from the office and made it to Ferry Park at about 1:15
> this afternoon. By that time the wind had picked up and there were no birds
> (nor birders). Nevertheless I persevered and at 1:45 a Warbling Vireo flew
> into one of the trees by the Maintenance Yard followed by a flash of bright
> yellow. The Canada Warbler was very cooperative, foraging in the lower
> branches affording prolonged and excellent views.
>
> Fingers crossed for the Roundup tomorrow!
>
> Angie Geiger
>
>
>
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Date: 9/22/18 10:22 am
From: Dan Singer <dsg2...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Many people flee hurricanes. Some birdwatchers flock to them.
One of our own makes the Washington Post.

Apologies for the off topic post.

Dan Singer



Many people flee hurricanes. Some birdwatchers flock to them.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2018/09/19/many-people-flee-hurricanes-some-birders-flock-them/

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Date: 9/22/18 10:06 am
From: William Grant <wbgrant...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues Saturday
Seen at 9:58 a.m. In tall trees, middle of park but on south side.
Also three Yellow Warblers.
Bill

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Sent: Sep 21, 2018 3:27 PM
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Subject: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues

Finally got away from the office and made it to Ferry Park at
about 1:15 this afternoon. By that time the wind had picked up and
there were no birds (nor birders). Nevertheless I persevered and
at 1:45 a Warbling Vireo flew into one of the trees by the
Maintenance Yard followed by a flash of bright yellow. The Canada
Warbler was very cooperative, foraging in the lower branches
affording prolonged and excellent views.
Fingers crossed for the Roundup tomorrow!
Angie Geiger

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Date: 9/21/18 11:26 pm
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Battery Godfrey + Evening Grosbeak et al., 9/20-21/18
Highlights from yesterday (9/20) and this morning (9/21) in SF.


On Thursday morning (9/20) a number of us gathered up on Battery Godfrey during light, variable winds including some easterly winds. While I was present (6:45-9:00) the group included various combinations of the following birders: Hugh Cotter, Brian Fitch, Jonah Benningfield, Felix Rigau, and me. Just noting below what was observed through 9:00 when I departed -- the other observers may have had different numbers and later observations.


Observations of local interest:

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 25 (1 flock flew E over the Bay)
N. PINTAIL 12 (1 very high-flying flock flew NE)
Common Loon 1 (flew NE high over the Battery)
Great Egret 1 (flew NE)
Snowy Egret 1 (flew S)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 (on S tower of GG Bridge)
Elegant Tern 80+
Parasitic Jaeger 9 (7 together in the Channel at one time; 1 flew E high over the Bay)
POMARINE JAEGER 1 subad. (PS, only)
Band-tailed Pigeon 80+ (1 high-flying flock flew S over the Channel)
Eur. Collared-Dove 19 (including 1 flock of 15 flying NW over GG Bridge)
Vaux's Swift 4
Warbling Vireo 3
W. Wood-Pewee 1
Say's Phoebe 2-3
Steller's Jay 2
CLIFF SWALLOW 1 (first spotted by BF and photographed well by JB; late-ish; flying N)
House Wren 2
W. Bluebird 9
Cedar Waxwing 8
Warblers:
Orange-crowned 2
Wilson's 1
Yellow 10+
Yellow-rumped 4
Townsend's 6
W. Tanager 5
Black-headed Grosbeak 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
W. Meadowlark 4
Purple Finch 5
Red Crossbill 1 (heard-only flyover)
Pine Siskin 6
Lesser Goldfinch 4
Also:
Harbor Porpoise 2
Humpback Whale 1

Hugh and I returned to BG this morning for about an hour but winds went SW and a flight did not materialize. The only observations of note were:
Long-billed Curlew 2
"small tern" sp. 2 (Forster's or Common a ways out in the Channel)
Elegant Tern 200+
Parasitic Jaeger 15+ (10 in view in the Channel at one time)
POMARINE JAEGER 1 ad.
House Wren 2
Also: Bottlenose Dolphin 2

We then headed over to the East Wash and Ft. Miley, where there were small numbers of typical western migrants. The highlight was a female EVENING GROSBEAK flying overhead behind the Legion of Honor building. We also observed single fly-over Merlin, Am. Kestrel, and Osprey.

Finally, yesterday (9/20) afternoon I observed a small pulse of raptors from my deck looking out over Cole Valley which included 1 BROAD-WINGED HAWK and 1 Osprey.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

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Date: 9/21/18 9:20 pm
From: Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler photos



After an hour-long search, mainly spent listening for wisps of faint chip notes over the lawn mower, helicopters, sirens and clock chimes. the Canada Warble appeared along the path by maintenance yard, as Pat Mahoney reported. I was able to get a nice open shot of the warbler that i wanted to share. No sign of the Cotorrnix quail, only a dead rat on the ground.



https://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#hb79b211e


Good luck finding it tomorrow and thank you Mr. Turner for finding it in the first place.


Mark Rauzon
Oakland





 

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Date: 9/21/18 6:35 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Bird Reports Saturday - 9/22/18
A number of birders are doing a rare bird search tomorrow, Saturday,
September 22.
I would appreciate any reports of rarities in San Francisco tomorrow
including any rare hawks seen from Hawk Hill heading into the City,
continuing birds etc.

Thanks

Hugh

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Date: 9/21/18 3:27 pm
From: angie geiger <acgeig...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues
Finally got away from the office and made it to Ferry Park at about 1:15 this afternoon. By that time the wind had picked up and there were no birds (nor birders). Nevertheless I persevered and at 1:45 a Warbling Vireo flew into one of the trees by the Maintenance Yard followed by a flash of bright yellow. The Canada Warbler was very cooperative, foraging in the lower branches affording prolonged and excellent views. 
Fingers crossed for the Roundup tomorrow!
Angie Geiger

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Date: 9/21/18 2:48 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
A "wild goose chase" if you ask me.
I walked a big loop from the historic archive museum off McDowell Ave. down to Crissy Field, all the way east past Halleck St. almost to the eastern boundary then back, going in and out of all the back ways between the buildings and the Presidio Parkway. The only area that could meet the description is, as Alan noted, some small ponds as part of wetlands-in-progress under the freeway landings, near the intersection of Girard St. and Gorgas Ave. The only birds I saw there (I went into and all around that area) were a dead pigeon (head missing, maybe an automobile strike or coyote/dog leftover?) and a group of five immature Mallards.
Not a very hospitable spot. If a wayward heron had been there, I suspect it is long gone to a more suitable area (and no, I didn't see any unusual heron in the part of Crissy Field and lagoon that I was able to survey).
At least I don't feel bad for driving across the bridge, where I would have also missed the Wagtail apparently.Parenthetically, earlier I had my FOS Golden-crowned Sparrow and saw  - finally - my first gnatcatcher in the City at Lobos Creek/dunes. So, a success nonetheless.
Happy trails,Richard BradusSan Francisco




From: Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...>
To: <polskatata...>
Cc: <sfbirds...>
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2018 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?

There is a mitigation wetland just west of Sports Basement as well, in the concrete batch plant. I'm not sure if it is accessible to the public or not, but it may be visible from 101. 

On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 7:20 AM Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <polskatata=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

Quickly checked the ponds off the freeway exit at Girard and Crissy lagoon from the footbridge this morning. Alan is taking over the shift as I head to work. Good luck searchers.

DM


On Sep 21, 2018, at 06:32, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> wrote:


There are new wetlands under the freeway where it comes down to meet Marina Blvd near Halleck St and Mason St.Alan S. HopkinsSan Francisco, CALink to art website


On Friday, September 21, 2018 2:26 AM, Logan Kahle <logan...> wrote:


Hi All, Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would represent a first county record. Hope it's refound! Logan

On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:


Hello all,   A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:   Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour   Alvaro Jaramillo <alvaro...> www.alvarosadventures.com  








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Date: 9/21/18 1:12 pm
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Dogs @ Girard St Wetlands
I want to warn anyone who tries for the possible heron to be careful in
this area. There is a vet center adjacent to the site, and at least two of
the client/residents have unfriendly beagles, one of which took a chunk out
of my jacket even while on leash. With no warning it just lunged up at me
and bit, and while I rue the damage to my warmest coat, I'm glad I didn't
lose any skin. The owner was not very perturbed by his dog's behavior,
though he looked to be relatively well tranquilized, unlike the canine.

Despite starting the day with two bad beagles and no Little Blue, I covered
a lot of ground, with not much news to report. Crissey now has two
Green-winged Teal females, my city FOY American Pipit flew over the field,
and very odd was an American Crow attacking and then chasing one of the
Long-billed Curlews as it fed on the mudflats.

I then checked various spots in the Presdio, Land's End, and GG Park, with
notable numbers of Pac-slopes, Warbling Vireos, Yellow Warblers, and
Western Tanagers everywhere, but no rarities, new or continuing.

Brian Fitch

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Date: 9/21/18 11:48 am
From: Patricia Mahoney via Groups.Io <listpat=<mac.com...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Ferry Park Canada Warbler
Canada Warbler continues this morning in Sue Bierman Park’s poplars. First spotted by Mark Rauzon around 10:30 am and then again around 11:30 am. Great looks in the sunshine along the path by maintenance yard! Townsend’s Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Anna’s Hummingbirds and Chickadees were also present.

Pat Mahoney
Hayward
> On Sep 20, 2018, at 5:18 PM, bitanangan <birdbright...> wrote:
>
> Hi Birders,
> Canada Warbler—first reported earlier today by Brian Turner—in shrubbery at SW corner of hill @ 4:30 PM, sometimes chipping. Also: as if popping out from an old Japanese scroll, 13 (released) very tame and beautiful Coturnix coturnix quail, one chased by a rat. Insanity level sadly rising here.
> Red-eyed Vireo continued this morning near the falls on Strawberry Hill in GG Park.
> Russ Bright
> SF
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Date: 9/21/18 11:43 am
From: hoggsville <jellsworthhayden...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler continues - Ferry / Sue Bierman Park 9-21-2018
The Canada Warbler was present in the trees adjacent to the maintenance yard around 9:45 AM. I had great views and got some photos. Very handsome bird. This would represent the 18th warbler species I've observed in this little downtown park. Also present were a Townsend Warbler, a couple each Wilson's and Yellow Warbler, and a Warbling Vireo. A first year Cooper's Hawk flew in and out of the park.

Great find Brian Turner, and thanks for sharing!

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

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Date: 9/21/18 9:07 am
From: Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
There is a mitigation wetland just west of Sports Basement as well, in the
concrete batch plant. I'm not sure if it is accessible to the public or
not, but it may be visible from 101.


On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 7:20 AM Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <polskatata=
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> Quickly checked the ponds off the freeway exit at Girard and Crissy lagoon
> from the footbridge this morning. Alan is taking over the shift as I head
> to work. Good luck searchers.
>
> DM
>
>
>
> On Sep 21, 2018, at 06:32, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> wrote:
>
> There are new wetlands under the freeway where it comes down to meet
> Marina Blvd near Halleck St and Mason St.
> Alan S. Hopkins
> San Francisco, CA
> Link to art website <https://alanshopkins.weebly.com/>
>
> <https://alanshopkins.weebly.com/>
>
>
> On Friday, September 21, 2018 2:26 AM, Logan Kahle <logan...>
> wrote:
>
>
> Hi All,
> Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to
> Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would
> represent a first county record. Hope it's refound!
> Logan
>
> On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
>
> Hello all,
> A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can
> check or knows what pond this may be:
>
> Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred
> meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw
> a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were
> stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the
> bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is
> here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
> <alvaro...>
> www.alvarosadventures.com
>
>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 9/21/18 7:20 am
From: Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <polskatata=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
Quickly checked the ponds off the freeway exit at Girard and Crissy lagoon from the footbridge this morning. Alan is taking over the shift as I head to work. Good luck searchers.

DM
> On Sep 21, 2018, at 06:32, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> wrote:
>
> There are new wetlands under the freeway where it comes down to meet Marina Blvd near Halleck St and Mason St.
> Alan S. Hopkins
> San Francisco, CA
> Link to art website
>
>
>
> On Friday, September 21, 2018 2:26 AM, Logan Kahle <logan...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi All,
> Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would represent a first county record. Hope it's refound!
> Logan
>
>> On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
>
> Hello all,
> A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:
>
> Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
> <alvaro...>
> www.alvarosadventures.com
>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 9/21/18 6:33 am
From: Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
There are new wetlands under the freeway where it comes down to meet Marina Blvd near Halleck St and Mason St.Alan S. HopkinsSan Francisco, CALink to art website


On Friday, September 21, 2018 2:26 AM, Logan Kahle <logan...> wrote:


Hi All, Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would represent a first county record. Hope it's refound! Logan

On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:


#yiv6581886972 #yiv6581886972 -- _filtered #yiv6581886972 {panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4;} _filtered #yiv6581886972 {font-family:Calibri;panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4;}#yiv6581886972 #yiv6581886972 p.yiv6581886972MsoNormal, #yiv6581886972 li.yiv6581886972MsoNormal, #yiv6581886972 div.yiv6581886972MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:sans-serif;}#yiv6581886972 a:link, #yiv6581886972 span.yiv6581886972MsoHyperlink {color:#0563C1;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv6581886972 a:visited, #yiv6581886972 span.yiv6581886972MsoHyperlinkFollowed {color:#954F72;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv6581886972 span.yiv6581886972EmailStyle17 {font-family:sans-serif;color:windowtext;}#yiv6581886972 .yiv6581886972MsoChpDefault {} _filtered #yiv6581886972 {margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in;}#yiv6581886972 div.yiv6581886972WordSection1 {}#yiv6581886972 Hello all,   A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:   Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour   Alvaro Jaramillo <alvaro...> www.alvarosadventures.com  




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Date: 9/21/18 2:26 am
From: Logan Kahle <logan...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
Hi All,

Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to
Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would
represent a first county record. Hope it's refound!

Logan


On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
>
> Hello all,
>
> A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today maybe someone
> can check or knows what pond this may be:
>
> Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few
> hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco
> side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near
> the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3
> minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue
> snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry
> about the late hour
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
>
> <alvaro...> <mailto:<alvaro...>
>
> www.alvarosadventures.com
>
>


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Date: 9/20/18 10:50 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
He just sent me a message that it was near:



37.803656°

-122.467°



Not sure there is a pond there…. But someone should look.

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

<mailto:<alvaro...> <alvaro...>

www.alvarosadventures.com



From: <SFBirds...> <SFBirds...> On Behalf Of Siobhan Ruck
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:22 PM
To: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
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Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?



Mountain Lake, at Park Presidio and Lake Street, perhaps? Right as you come out of the tunnel; there’s often a backup at the light at Lake, and from a southbound vehicle not much of the lake shows so it could appear to be a small pond.



Siobhan Ruck, SF





On Sep 20, 2018, at 9:15 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> <mailto:<chucao...> > wrote:



Hello all,

A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:



Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour



Alvaro Jaramillo

<mailto:<alvaro...> <alvaro...>

<http://www.alvarosadventures.com/> www.alvarosadventures.com








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Date: 9/20/18 9:22 pm
From: Siobhan Ruck <ms.siobhan.ruck...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
Mountain Lake, at Park Presidio and Lake Street, perhaps? Right as you come out of the tunnel; there’s often a backup at the light at Lake, and from a southbound vehicle not much of the lake shows so it could appear to be a small pond.

Siobhan Ruck, SF


> On Sep 20, 2018, at 9:15 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> wrote:
>
> Hello all,
> A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:
>
> Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
> <alvaro...> <mailto:<alvaro...>
> www.alvarosadventures.com <http://www.alvarosadventures.com/>
>
>


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Date: 9/20/18 9:17 pm
From: kim <leo811sf...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
Maybe Mountain Lake.
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Date: 9/20/18 9:15 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?
Hello all,

A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today - maybe someone can
check or knows what pond this may be:



Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred
meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a
little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck
in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird
well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in
this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour



Alvaro Jaramillo

<mailto:<alvaro...> <alvaro...>

www.alvarosadventures.com




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Date: 9/20/18 5:18 pm
From: bitanangan <birdbright...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Ferry Park Canada Warbler
Hi Birders,
    Canada Warbler—first reported earlier today by Brian Turner—in shrubbery at SW corner of hill @ 4:30 PM, sometimes chipping. Also: as if popping out from an old Japanese scroll, 13 (released) very tame and beautiful Coturnix coturnix quail, one chased by a rat. Insanity level sadly rising here.
    Red-eyed Vireo continued this morning near the falls on Strawberry Hill in GG Park.
Russ Bright
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Date: 9/20/18 11:13 am
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Mount Davidson, 9/20
Nothing rare, but a fair variety of migrants in the heat including 1 each
of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee (first
I've seen on the mt. in awhile), Say's Phoebe, Willow Flycatcher,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chipping Sparrow, and Selasphorus sp.. Also 2
Band-tailed Pigeons - I haven't been seeing many of these up here lately.
Lots of Pacific-slope Flycatchers today, along with the more regular
warblers.

-- Adam Winer

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Date: 9/20/18 10:12 am
From: Brian Turner <brianturner6...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Canada warbler @ Sue bierman/Ferry park
In poplar on southwest edge on hill. All gray back, faint necklace. Mistook
this bird yesterday for Nashville, but was thrown off by harsh chip. Looks
this a.m. at back and breast were much cleaner. Bird seems to be foraging
on low branches.

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Date: 9/19/18 10:47 pm
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Battery Godfrey -- Blackburnian Warbler, R-b. Grosbeak et al., 9/19/18
This morning (Weds, 9/19, 6:45-9:15 AM) Hugh Cotter and I were up on Battery Godfrey with some nice results. Winds were variable during the first hours of daylight, shifting from SW to light E and back around to NW when we wrapped up.


An imm. m. BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER was visible intermittently in the big cypress above the bluff before it apparently departed with the other warblers moving about the tree. This was a first record of the species for the Battery.


An imm. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK put in a brief appearance (seen and heard) in the same tree.


Other observations of local interest:

Canada Goose 66 (in multiple flocks flying NE, perhaps heading to Crissy Field)
Snowy Egret 1 (flying S below the bluffs)
Pelagic Cormorant 4 (amidst Brandt's Cormorants on rock below the bluff)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 (on S tower of GG Bridge)
Black Oystercatcher 1
Killdeer 1 (calling fly-by)
Black Turnstone 2 (on rock below the bluff)
Herring Gull 1 3W
Elegant Tern 80+
Com. Murre 1
Band-tailed Pigeon 48 (1 flock flying S)
Say's Phoebe 1
Pac.-slope Flycatcher 2
Hutton's Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Steller's Jay 2
House Wren 2
Cedar Waxwing 4
Am. Pipit 1 (calling flyover; PS, only)
Warblers:
- NASHVILLE 1 imm. (in brush in front of the Battery then flew up into the big cypress; PS, only)
- Yellow 10+
- Yellow-rumped 2 (calling flyovers)
- Black-thr. Gray 2
- Townsend's 8+
W. Tanager 8+
Savannah Sparrow 1 (briefly landed on the Battery)
Fox Sparrow 3
Golden-cr. Sparrow 1
Purple Finch 4
Pine Siskin 3
Lesser Goldfinch 4

Also, tonight I heard a calling BARN OWL from my deck in Cole Valley, just about a year to the day of the last one I heard from this location.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


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Date: 9/19/18 9:17 pm
From: Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <polskatata=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] FERRUGINOUS Hawk over Corona Hill 9/19/2018 And other Recent sightings
Correction, that's 9/10/18 for the Merlin arrival date for those keeping score at home.

DM
> On Sep 19, 2018, at 20:42, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> wrote:
>
> With the building high pressure system, resulting in clear skies/warm weather and offshore (i.e. "East") winds, today felt like a good day to look for midday Hawks and other diurnal migrants. Setting up on the north outcrop of Corona Hill I conducted a 45 minute stationary hawkwatch (12:15-13:00)
>
> Most thrilling was a hatch year light-morph FERRUGINOUS Hawk that passed by at eye level west of the hill at 12:57. Additional raptors were an Osprey, (2) Coops, and a couple of high flying southbound Red-tails.
> While scoping one of the tails I got on a Say's Phoebe heading northeast away from the hill.
>
> Last week (9/8/18) the first arrival MERLIN flew over Elk Glen Lake in the afternoon.
>
> Dominik Mosur
> San Francisco
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Date: 9/19/18 8:42 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [SFBirds] FERRUGINOUS Hawk over Corona Hill 9/19/2018 And other Recent sightings
With the building high pressure system, resulting in clear skies/warm weather and offshore (i.e. "East") winds, today felt like a good day to look for midday Hawks and other diurnal migrants. Setting up on the north outcrop of Corona Hill I conducted a 45 minute stationary hawkwatch (12:15-13:00)

Most thrilling was a hatch year light-morph FERRUGINOUS Hawk that passed by at eye level west of the hill at 12:57. Additional raptors were an Osprey, (2) Coops, and a couple of high flying southbound Red-tails.
While scoping one of the tails I got on a Say's Phoebe heading northeast away from the hill.

Last week (9/8/18) the first arrival MERLIN flew over Elk Glen Lake in the afternoon.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
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Date: 9/19/18 8:17 pm
From: Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Possible Palm Warbler at Beach Chalet Soccer Fields
I forgot to mention that I might’ve had a possible Palm Warbler at the same
spot, just a little further up the path. It had a pale face with none or
very subtle facial markings. It had a very pale brown breast and belly with
bright yellow undertail coverts that were very obvious in flight. I
couldn’t see the upper parts or whether it had a yellow rump. It didn’t
have any yellow flanks. I wasn’t able to get any pictures and I couldn’t
refind it. It was associating with a large flock of Bushtit and Pygmy
Nuthatch.

Joachim Gonzalez

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Date: 9/19/18 8:17 pm
From: Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Tennessee Warbler at Beach Chalet Soccer Fields
I found a Tennessee Warbler at the Beach Chalet soccer fields. Right as the
path from beach chalet intersects with path going around the soccer fields
from beach chalet. I saw it in the Oaks on either side. I wasn’t able to
get pictures of the undertail however after consulting other birders, Logan
Khalid said it was a Tennessee based on how far the white goes up the
belly. Pretty cool find.

Joachim Gonzalez

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Date: 9/19/18 3:21 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Middle Lake Warblers
Hi all
Enjoyed a slow amble from the Bercut area, dawdling around the south side of Middle Lake around 11am to noon today (Sept. 19) and managed to see 7 species of Warbler (8 if you include subspecies). Best was a Tennessee Warbler that was foraging behind a typical Orange-Crowned off the south shore of Middle Lake, allowing for nice comparisons. There was an additional "Gray-headed" (celata) Orange-Crowned, a bunch of Yellows (most quite yellow), a presumed female Wilson's, a few Townsend's and, near the Bercut maintenance area, a Black-throated Gray and a Yellowthroat.
But I have yet to see a Hermit Warbler! 
Consolations: a Steller's Jay doing a pretty good Red-shouldered Hawk imitation, and a Song Sparrow experimenting with vocal variations, including what sounded like a squeaky rendition of a portion of Warbling Vireo song (!)
Have fun out there
Richard BradusSan Francisco

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Date: 9/19/18 11:48 am
From: William Grant <wbgrant...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Strawberry Hill this afternoon
Hermit Warbler there in morning.

Phalarope in speckles lake 11:47 east. End.
Pix
Bill


-----Original Message-----
>From: Smokey Bear <bear.smokey...>
>Sent: Sep 18, 2018 8:14 PM
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>Subject: [SFBirds] Strawberry Hill this afternoon
>
>I had the luckiest after-work birding today.
>
>First bird I saw when I got off the N Judah was a pointy-winged PEREGRINE FALCON flapping southwest.
>
>On Strawberry Hill I didn’t re-find the Red-eyed Vireo, but I managed to intersect a mixed flock at the top of the hill, which yielded a WILSON’S WARBLER, several TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS, two ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS, a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, and a HERMIT WARBLER.
>
>A BROWN CREEPER, myriad PYGMY NUTHATCH, a few WESTERN TANAGERS, CHICKADEES, a couple PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS and some HUTTONS VIREOS were all welcome sights.
>
>A WESTERN WOOD PEWEE threw himself off a branch and spiraled down through a cloud of termites, clacking his bill as he caught some.
>
>SONG SPARROWS and a PACIFIC WREN hopped around below.
>
>A pretty HOODED MERGANSER and a COOPERS HAWK were seen on my way out, and when I was nearly back to the bus I passed the (lone GGP?) WILD TURKEY foraging along 9th Ave in front of the closed Arboretum.
>
>Lucky day.
>
>Anna
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Date: 9/18/18 8:14 pm
From: Smokey Bear <bear.smokey...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Strawberry Hill this afternoon
I had the luckiest after-work birding today.

First bird I saw when I got off the N Judah was a pointy-winged PEREGRINE FALCON flapping southwest.

On Strawberry Hill I didn’t re-find the Red-eyed Vireo, but I managed to intersect a mixed flock at the top of the hill, which yielded a WILSON’S WARBLER, several TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS, two ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS, a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, and a HERMIT WARBLER.

A BROWN CREEPER, myriad PYGMY NUTHATCH, a few WESTERN TANAGERS, CHICKADEES, a couple PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS and some HUTTONS VIREOS were all welcome sights.

A WESTERN WOOD PEWEE threw himself off a branch and spiraled down through a cloud of termites, clacking his bill as he caught some.

SONG SPARROWS and a PACIFIC WREN hopped around below.

A pretty HOODED MERGANSER and a COOPERS HAWK were seen on my way out, and when I was nearly back to the bus I passed the (lone GGP?) WILD TURKEY foraging along 9th Ave in front of the closed Arboretum.

Lucky day.

Anna
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Date: 9/17/18 4:38 pm
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Rodeo Lagoon Marin Co.
Being seen now at the northeastern end of the lagoon. William Legge was the
original finder.

-- Adam Winer

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Date: 9/17/18 9:54 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Green Winged Teal
Crissy Lagoon south side

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Date: 9/17/18 7:17 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Red Eyed Vireo Continues
Strawberry Hill top of waterfall

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Date: 9/16/18 7:52 pm
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] W. SF: Sabine's Gulls + migrants, 9/16/18
This morning I did a seawatch (7:00-8:00 AM) from the south end of the Great Highway. Excellent viewing conditions, overcast, with a brisk NW wind.


The highlight was 2 SABINE'S GULLS flying N that I scoped around 7:50. They were quite a ways out, flying above the horizon, and showing their striking, distinctive upperwing pattern. They were in view for several minutes as they flew on a direct path N until out of view.


Also observed were 6 PARASITIC JAEGERS, and 3 Common and 5 Pacific Loons, among low numbers of other typical species.


After that I met up with Hugh Cotter and we checked several locations in western SF. In addition to decent numbers of typical western migrants that observers are noting throughout the city we observed: 1 imm. Com. Yellowthroat and 2 Savannah Sparrows @ the W. GGP maintenance yard; 2 Fox Sparrows, and single Willow Flycatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swainson's Thrush, and Black-headed Grosbeak @ the East Wash; the continuing imm. BLACK-THROATED SPARROW on the lawn across from the VA Hospital heli-pad; and House Wrens at all locations -- relatively numerous this fall.


We ended with a late morning skywatch @ Battery Godfrey. Besides a number of the usual raptors, we observed 2 Ospreys (separate observations) and 1 N. HARRIER flying S overhead, as well 1 W. Kingbird, 1-2 Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Cedar Waxwing, and 10+ Surfbirds on the offshore rocks below.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco

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Date: 9/16/18 6:59 pm
From: Smokey Bear <bear.smokey...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Jefferson Square and Lafayette this afternoon
Jefferson Square Park continues to delight, punching above its weight for an urban, grass-covered parklet, with a WESTERN TANAGER and a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER in addition to 2 BLACK PHOEBES and HUMMERS galore this afternoon.

At Lafayette Square I carefully id’d 3 WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES at one spot, and a fourth a short distance away, 5 ACORN WOODPECKERS, 2 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, a WESTERN TANAGER, and a collection of the usual suspects. A COOPER’S HAWK unsuccessfully went for a dove, which flew away, leaving a rain of feathers.

Anna


Anna
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Date: 9/16/18 5:06 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Western Kingbirds, Chipping Sparrow, Olive-Sided Flycatcher, etc.
Participants in the GGAS walk at Fort Mason had quite a show today - a total of 59 species, including lots of migrants.  The best sighting was probably the two WESTERN KINGBIRDS - one flew over the garden, and another landed a few minutes later and perched in close proximity for several minutes. A BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER also provided stunning views. WESTERN TANAGERS were absolutely everywhere, and even landed a few feet away from our group of 40 birders. We spotted at least 24 different Western Tanagers. Warblers were well represented with 8 YELLOW WARBLERS, 6 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 4 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS and 3 WILSON'S WARBLERS. A HOUSE WREN was in the garden and another was on the hillside above Aquatic Park. Early in the morning a WANDERING TATTLER was on a rock on the edge of Aquatic Park. At one point in the Battery there were three species of woodpecker in the same tree - DOWNY, HAIRY and NUTTALL'S. A BELTED KINGFISHER was well camouflaged on the abandoned pier. WESTERN WOOD PEWEES were in the garden, above Aquatic Park and at several places in the Battery - one Pewee was feeding another.  It was hard to count how many different Pewees there were since they were very active, but there were a minimum of 4, and perhaps as many as twice that number.  There were also at least 5 PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHERS and 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS. AN OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was quite visible in the Battery. A BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was also in the Battery. There were many ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS, as well as a RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD. Returning wintering birds included a FOX SPARROW in the lower Battery, and a SAY'S PHOEBE around the chapel (we did not see the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW I had in the garden yesterday). Finally a LAZULI BUNTING was on the lawn in front of the General's House, later accompanied by a CHIPPING SPARROW.

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Date: 9/16/18 2:13 pm
From: Lee-Hong Chang via Groups.Io <lhchang825=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] rarities on Strawberry Hill GGP today
Hi birders,
It was very birdy this morning on Strawberry Hill, Golden Gate Park. A group of eight birders was able to collaboratively re-find the Red-eyed Vireo and discover a stunning male Blackburnian Warbler. Most sightings were in trees near the top of waterfall and NE corner of reservoir. See my ebird report - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48550942

Good birding,
Lee Chang
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Date: 9/16/18 7:45 am
From: Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Red-eyed Vireo, Strawberry Hill, G.G.P.
Hello,
Yesterday the Red-eyed Vireo continued on Strawberry Hill.Thanks you to
Cliff Yap for finding it on Friday. It was with a mixed flock.
Cassin's Vireo, Hermit Warbler, Great Horned Owl were also seen.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

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Date: 9/15/18 4:44 pm
From: Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Red-eyed Vireo on Strawberry Hill - 2nd hand report
Sf photographer Cliff Yap just sent me a photo of a Red-eyed Vireo he saw at the top of Strawberry Hill. He says he first found it yesterday, and saw it again today, at which point he was able to get photos good enough to confirm the ID.

Best,
Jonah B.

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Date: 9/15/18 4:43 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Westside today.
I did a bit of roving by bike this morning through Golden Gate Park. There were still migrants around though and less numbers. Some birds of a note for me included a lark sparrow behind the windmill/maintence yard and two Lazuli buntings just south of the beach chalet along the trail. Also Lincoln sparrow at the maintenance yard.
Ruby crowned kinglet lit at Elk Glenlake was my first for the season. Several house Wrens and willow flycatchers but there seemed to be few yellow warblers.
I just had a black-headed grosbeak show up in my yard a few minutes ago. It was both using the fountain and eating fruit from the native flowering current.
To me these conditions seem a little early. It feels more like October to me. As the wind kicks up look to the skies for raptors and the ocean and shores for sea birds and shorebirds. I have still not seen a golden crowned sparrow, but at this rate expect I will in the coming week or so.
Finally I had a second hand report from biking birders Derek Heinz and Jim Chiropalis that the Black-throated sparrow was still where it’s been. I suspect we might hear more from them.…
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Date: 9/15/18 1:25 pm
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Saturday morning, Mt. Davidson etc.
Not a whole lot doing in a few (cold and windy) spots this morning.

At Mount Davidson, an immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was in
eucalyptus just down from the summit, presumably the same bird I saw there
on Thursday. Other migrants included a few Western Tanagers, one each
House Wren and Bewick's Wren, and one man who was absolutely livid (with
some, erm, "colorful" language) after I asked him to collect his dog's
feces.

Sunset Circle had a few migrants, among which was a single Willow
Flycatcher.

Pine Lake Park had the expected set of regular migrants, plus a Cassin's
Vireo, 2 Belted Kingfishers, and an adult Black-crowned Night-Heron.

Cheers,
Adam Winer

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Date: 9/14/18 11:55 am
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Baltimore Oriole
After at least an hour of birding at the East Wash today, I heard oriole
chatter around 8:30 and looked up to see one in a nearby treetop, but in
only silhouette view, as the fog was at eye level. Luckily, the oriole
dropped down into the berries between the fennel and willows and joined a
couple of Blk-h Grosbeaks in feeding. It was a first year female
Baltimore, with dull tan face, light stripes on the mantle and a bright
orange-yellow breast. The bird only spent a few minutes taking berries,
and then launched up and away over the cypresses toward the golf course. I
was not able to refind it along the main road.

There was an early wave at the wash of many western migrants, with the
highlight being a Marsh Wren in the fennel, and another good flock was at
Battery Chester. Otherwise, a pretty quiet morning.

Brian Fitch

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Date: 9/14/18 10:44 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Cinnamon Teal at Stow Lake
Swimming near the bridge on the east side of Stow Lake.

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Date: 9/14/18 10:31 am
From: Loretta via Groups.Io <lchen89=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Strawberry Hill & BG
Hi Birders!
There was a mixed flock of warblers on Strawberry Hill this morning. It was foggy and grey, so the light was terrible most of the time. But in amongst the Yellow, Wilsons, and Orange-Crowned warblers was a very elusive bird who was * not * yellow.
I got just a partial peek at his head: Full eye-ring, greyish head. 
I might have seen the same guy there a few days ago - with a similarly incomplete look. So if anyone manages to figure out who he is, please let me know!
First found the group up by the wooden bridge (path to the right when looking down). Refound them at the base of the falls later.
Good migration!
Loretta (lor-eee-ta)
P.S. The tree at the front of the Botanical Garden had Yellows, an Orange-Crowned, and two Western Tanagers. (And pygmies, Robins, and a squirrel.)

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Date: 9/13/18 6:27 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest
Several waves of migrants came through Fort Mason again this morning, with expected species (although I'm still evaluating one photo of what looks like a small gray warbler). Five species of warbler, including at least 6 YELLOW WARBLERS, 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS, 2 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a NASHVILLE WARBLER (mostly in the Battery). At least 8 WESTERN TANAGERS came through.  A male LAZULI BUNTING flew over just east of the garden. A WARBLING VIREO was in the Battery. Flycatchers included 2 WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES and a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER. At least three BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS came through the Battery. An AMERICAN KESTREL flew over the garden, and a OSPREY flew over the Bay from the northeast. The biggest surprise was nearly stepping on a sleeping coyote sunning itself in front of the apple tree in the garden.

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Date: 9/13/18 10:38 am
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Mount Davidson, Sep 13 - Calliope?
This morning, I had what I'm tentatively IDing as a probable Calliope
Hummingbird south of the summit on Mount Davidson. It was a small
hummingbird, dwarfed by nearby harassing Anna's, but I had no nearby
Selasphorus to compare it to (there was 1 on the mountain this morning,
just not nearby). It showed pale buffy flanks, and *no* visible rufous on
a spread tail. I thought that when perched the wings extended past the
tail, but it never gave great looks to let me be confident of that. Bill
seemed on the short side. Throat was very lightly stippled.

All-in-all, seemed pretty good for Calliope, but I never got a great look
at the facial pattern, and didn't have a ton of time with the bird, which I
lost track of. One point I'm curious about is whether Rufous/Allen's every
show no rufous at all at the base of the tail (I know Calliope can
sometimes have some rufous). It's certainly not a common mark.

Beyond that, there was also an immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak -
streaking continuing across the breast with just a tinge of red, an all
pink bill, and a particularly contrasting head pattern.

Among more regular migrants were 2 House Wrens, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, a
few Pacific-slope Flycatchers, 2 Townsend's, 1 Black-throated Gray, 1
Wilson's, 1 Yellow, and 3 Orange-crowned Warblers; and several Western
Tanagers. A Sooty Fox Sparrow was my first this fall. No vireos or other
flycatchers on the mountain.

Cheers,
Adam Winer

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Date: 9/12/18 1:53 pm
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Summer Tanager in GGP
SF Birders,

A visiting birder from India, Yasmina Narechania, photographed a male Summer Tanager yesterday (Sept. 11) and posted her photo on Facebook. According to Yasmina the male was in the Mediterranean Garden / Rhododendron Garden area of the Strybing Botanical Garden. I’m just passing this message on in case anyone wants to look for it, it was an attractive young mostly-red male.


Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco
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Date: 9/12/18 12:46 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Black-throated still there; possible Indigo Bunting
Hi all
The immature Black-throated Sparrow is still showing off, as of between 10:45 and 11:15 am this morning (Sept. 12) on the VA Hospital grounds. Easiest "rare" bird ever! - as soon as I got to the east side of the helipad it popped out from under a car and foraged nearly right in front of me along the dried grassy strip bordering the parking area. Thanks Brian and all!
While scanning the trees below I got a tantalizing but very brief and distant look at what may have been a male Indigo Bunting as it flew out of a pine and down below the trees and out of sight. All I saw was the back and head. It was all deep blue above (no wing bars) with a darkish blue head and triangular, smallish beak. I kind of doubt that a male would remain in its breeding plumage this late, but I don't know what else it could have been - and, of course, it never showed itself again.
Otherwise, a fair amount of activity in the west wash (seen from above), with a couple of late immature Robins and other usuals. The only other migrant of note was a Black-headed Grosbeak.
With a cold front and clouds coming in, maybe also a new batch of migrants?
Have fun!
Richard BradusSan Francisco

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Date: 9/11/18 9:05 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...>
Subject: [SFBirds] East Wash - Lincoln Park Sept 11, 2018 - Dusky Flycatcher
The highlight at Lincoln Park this morning was an apparent Dusky Flycatcher
seen by a number of birders and photographed. It was along the dirt path
from the golf cart path to the third tee.
Other birds included up to three Fox Sparrows, two Selasphorus; Swainson's
Thrush, BH Grosbeak, Say's Phoebe and misc warbler species including BT
Gray.

Hugh

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Date: 9/11/18 3:44 pm
From: Bob Hall <bilgepump100...>
Subject: [SFBirds] West side
First stop: Soccer fields/maintenance yard.
House and Bewick's wrens
Common yellow throat
Yellow warbler
FOS fox sparrow
UnID'd empid, green, no eye ring
American Fitch

Sutro Heights Park
Juv. chipping sparrow on the lawn with the bluebirds and juncos

VA helipad:
Brian's black-throated sparrow (How the heck did you come across this little patch? I didn't even know it's open to the public)

Kobbe/Upton
W. Tanagers

Community garden
Nothing unusual but pay attention to the tree by the maintence shed (holly leaf cherry?). It was teeming with birds.
Black-headed grosbeak near bramble

El Polin:
Vanishing empid

Overall, not a lot of action.
--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson

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Date: 9/11/18 2:01 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] B&W Warbler Buena Vista Park
Disappointingly quiet in general this morning (Sept. 11) at Buena Vista Park but a smattering of migrants. A bit after 11am things picked up when I spotted a Black & White Warbler loosely associating with a small mixed flock of Dendroica (Townsend's and a Black-throated Gray). It was gleaning frenetically up and down the branches and tough to follow but I managed to get a couple of mediocre photos which I'll eventually upload to an eBird report. It showed a surprising amount of buffy or reddish coloration on the flanks in the photos (more than I noticed in live observation) so I assume it's an immature bird.
Also of note (hyperlocal interest) was a low flying Turkey Vulture and a couple of very vocal and active Red-shouldered Hawks. Notable also were the absence of any Steller's Jay or Robins (!) here.
Have fun out there!
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Date: 9/11/18 9:52 am
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Alvaro Jaramillo on Birds of Japan: First General Meeting of the Year for Sequoia Audubon, September 13, 2018
Hey local birders!

Come to Sequoia Audubon Society’s general meeting this Thursday, September 13, to hear Sequoia's own consulting biologist and beloved birding tour professional, Alvaro Jaramillo, speak on Winter Birds of Japan. The author of the ABA’s Guide to Birds of California, Princeton University Press’s thorough study of New World Blackbirds, and the comprehensive field guide to The Birds of Chile, Alvaro is also the champion of pelagic birding in San Mateo County, playing a central role in returning off-shore birding to Half Moon Bay a decade ago. His company, Alvaro’s Adventures, now features extended international trips to South America, Africa, and Asia, as well as our local pelagic trip. A Sequoia Audubon favorite, Alvaro's talks are always informative, friendly, and entertaining.

This is our first general meeting of the 2018-2019 program season, in which Sequoia Audubon will be celebrating its SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY! Come out to the San Mateo Garden Center - snacks and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30, with the general meeting starting at 7:00. Free and open to all; the Garden Center is handicap accessible.

Jennifer Rycenga
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Date: 9/11/18 7:19 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Black-Throated Sparrow
Still present behind VA

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Date: 9/10/18 2:56 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest - Tennessee Warbler, etc
A TENNESSEE WARBLER in the Battery was one of six warbler species seen at Fort Mason this morning. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER were on the hillside above Aquatic Park, which also had 2 of the six YELLOW WARBLERS seen this morning (3 others were in the Battery and 1 was in the garden). WESTERN TANAGERS were everywhere - had at least 10 total (mostly in the Battery and Garden). A LAZULI BUNTING was in the garden, and a SAVANNAH SPARROW was in the Great Meadow. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and at least one WESTERN KINGBIRD were in the Battery, along with 2 WESTERN FLYCATCHERS, 2 WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER.  The abandoned pier had a WANDERING TATTLER and seven BLACK TURNSTONES.

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Date: 9/10/18 12:27 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Black-throated Sparrow eBird location
Great find, Brian.

According to Logan's research this is the 6th City Record for this species, with all coming in the past 10 years.

For anyone "eBirding" this find, please use the Hotspot "Fort Miley - West Wash."


While the West Wash proper is considered to be the trails below(north of the VA) I have been using this location for years to record birds detected from the VA property.

Good luck out there,

Dominik

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Date: 9/10/18 11:47 am
From: Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] BWHA over Godfrey - Retracted.
After reviewing photos, it looks like the “Broad-winged Hawk” over Godfrey yesterday was not, in fact, a BWHA. There were suggestions for Sharpie, Coopers, and even Red-shouldered, but in any case the BWHA report is hereby retracted.

A single Herring Gull was the only other highlight from the Battery, and Josiah and Sam’s Tennessee Warbler continued yesterday in the same tree they described. On the note of Tennessee Warblers, I should also note that Cliff Yap also had one at Middle Lake a few days ago, along with the continuing American Redstart.

best,
Jonah B.
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> On Sep 9, 2018, at 10:28 AM, Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> Hugh and I just had what looks like a Broad-winged Hawk flying north over Battery Godfrey.
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> best
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Date: 9/10/18 10:39 am
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Lawrences Goldfinch and least flycatcher and an Indigo...
The young Lawrence's was in fennel at the top of the East Wash, near the
bench, and was hanging loosely with House Finches. It was completely gray
except for yellow edging in the flight feathers, but it was giving a lot of
"tink" calls, distinguishing it easily from several nearby juv. Lesser
GF's.

The Least Flycatcher may be the same one Hugh reported a few days ago; it
was also at the top of the wash in the willows. Many Pac-slopes and
several Willows were also in the area.

Calvin's already noted the place to look for the Blk-th Sparrow, but the
locale is on the north side of the Veteran's Hospital at Land's End, right
on the cliff between the two halves of Ft Miley.

And finally, I stopped by to see if any of the weekend action was still
occurring at Elk Glen. I didn't see any continuing birds, but did find a
female type Indigo Bunting in grass along the NE side of the lake. Also
interesting was a juv. Hairy Woodpecker being fed by an adult male, which
seems quite late in the season.

Brian Fitch



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> In the east wash 8 20 and 8 am.
> Goldfinch is an immature
> Brian Fitch
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Date: 9/10/18 10:11 am
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Seawatch: Ancient Murrelet, Jaegers, 9/10/18
This morning I did a seawatch (7:15-8:15 AM) from the south end of the Great Highway. Good viewing conditions with visibility out to the horizon, calm seas, and a light NW wind.


The highlight was another early (summering?) ANCIENT MURRELET and a nice, nearshore flight of jaegers.


Observations of local interest:


Surf Scoter 4

Common Loon 4

Pacific Loon 5

Peregrine Falcon 1 (flew in from offshore, took a dive at some Elegant Terns, then continued N high over the surf)

Red-necked Phalarope 4 (flying S and landed on the ocean)

Elegant Tern 1500+ (most flying S in almost constant pulses)

PARASITIC JAEGER 26 (including 3 dark morphs)

POMARINE JAEGER 3

Common Murre 60+

ANCIENT MURRELET 1 (flying N and landed on the ocean)


Also, belated report -- on 9/8 there was a Say's Phoebe at Ft. Scott.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco


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Date: 9/10/18 10:04 am
From: C Lou <cdlou37...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Black throated sparrow
Left on the weed area by the orange wind meter pole.
Calvin LouSF


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The bird is still here. Check the narrow strip of grass between cars and fence of helicopter pad. Underneath cars as well. 950am.
Calvin LouSF


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At the vet hospital helipad

Another immature

Brian fitch




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Date: 9/10/18 9:52 am
From: C Lou <cdlou37...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Black throated sparrow
The bird is still here. Check the narrow strip of grass between cars and fence of helicopter pad. Underneath cars as well. 950am.
Calvin LouSF


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At the vet hospital helipad

Another immature

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Date: 9/10/18 8:42 am
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Black throated sparrow
At the vet hospital helipad
Another immature
Brian fitch

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Date: 9/10/18 8:23 am
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lawrences Goldfinch and least flycatcher
In the east wash 8 20 and 8 am.
Goldfinch is an immature
Brian Fitch

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Date: 9/9/18 5:32 pm
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Least Flycatcher, Lake Merced Sep. 9
One addition: after getting home and checking my photos (and getting a
second opinion), I'm feeling more confident that I found a Least Flycatcher
along "Vista Grande Canal", west of the south end of Lake Merced. It was
perched at moderate height on the opposite side of the canal from the
"path", near the south end of the row of flowering eucalyptus.

Lots of Pac-slope Flycatchers in the area as well, with small numbers of
the more common migrant warblers and a single Western Tanager.

-- Adam Winer

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Date: 9/9/18 4:49 pm
From: Felix Rigau via Groups.Io <flix=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Presidio - Broad-winged Hawk
While leading a group of friends on a Presidio Bird walk this morning, we had a Broad-winged Hawk fly over at the Presidio Cemetery. 
Good Birding,
Felix Rigau

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Date: 9/9/18 1:46 pm
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] American Redstart at Pine Lake Park etc.
This morning (Sep. 9), there was an adult male American Redstart in the
willows at the east end of Pine Lake Park. It was coming down to the edge
of the water inside the willows (perhaps to bathe?) ; I got off a few
rather grainy pictures in the low light.

Earlier on Mount Davidson, a smattering of migrants included one each House
Wren and Bewick's Wren, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers, 4 Western Tanagers,
and a Black-headed Grosbeak.

Earlier this week:
- Saturday, Strawberry Hill had 2 Hermit Warblers, a House Wren, and a
Western Wood-Pewee among more regular migrants.
- Friday, a single Hermit Warbler was with Towsend's Warblers at the
playground at the Potrero Hill Rec Center.

-- Adam Winer

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Date: 9/9/18 1:20 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Tennessee and magnolia warblers
Put in a couple hours birding with gentleman and scholar, Sam Saffron. We were on our way to Fort Miley East when a willow flycatcher showed us where to park along the flowery, southern exposure of the golf course. There seemed to be migrants all over the place. When we got to the back corner just sw of the barbecue pits/picnic tables behind the VA hospital, Sam spotted the magnolia warbler foraging stealthily in a cypress and we soon confirmed its identity. About 20 minutes later we investigated a blooming scarlet flowering eucalyptus at the edge of the golf course that was loaded with yellow warblers.
The white vent of the Tennessee was obvious looking up at it. There was also a bright Nashville in the same flock. Right as we got back to the truck the same willow flycatcher flew back to the same perch to await the next birder.

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Date: 9/9/18 10:28 am
From: Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] BWHA over Godfrey
Hugh and I just had what looks like a Broad-winged Hawk flying north over Battery Godfrey.

best
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Date: 9/8/18 5:52 pm
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] NW SF: Brewer's Sparrow, Chestnut-sided Warbler et al., 9/8/18
Hugh Cotter and I birded several locations in NW SF this morning. Typical western migrants were around (e.g., W. Wood-Pewees, Pac.-slope Flycatchers, Wilson's, Orange-cr., Yellow & Townsend's Warblers, W. Tanagers), though with last night's clear skies a lot of migrants had likely moved out.


We began with a brief seawatch from the Cliff House. There were hundreds of Elegant Terns out in GG Channel which were attracting 10+ PARASITIC JAEGERS.


Passerine migrant highlights (in order of locations visited):


Sutro Heights Park: 1 Caspian Tern (over Ocean Beach), 1 Nuttall's Woodpecker, 1 W. Kingbird, 6 W. Bluebirds, 1 Black-thr. Gray Warbler. We had a very brief look at a silent Catharus sp. thrush with darkish brown upperparts, but it quickly disappeared into the copse of twisted cypresses in which it popped up.


East Wash/Ft. Miley (part of the time with David A.): 1 flyover Am. Kestrel, 2 Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird sp., 1 N. Flicker, 4 Willow Flycatchers, 2 House Wrens, 1 Red-br. Nuthatch, 6 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Hermit Warbler, 1 Black-head. Grosbeak, 1 Lazuli Bunting


Ft. Scott: BREWER'S SPARROW -- flew in alone and briefly joined White-cr. Sparrows and House Finches on the ground and in small trees in front of the buildings on the west side of the parade grounds. Also: 1 Willow Flycatcher, 2 W. Bluebirds. (Dragonflies: 1 Com. Green Darner, 1 Twelve-Spotted Skimmer (rare in SF), 1 Wandering Glider)


Battery Godfrey: CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER -- 1 imm. f. was foraging by itself in small trees along the south edge of the parking area. 1st record for Battery Godfrey. Also: 1 Caspian Tern, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 imm. f. Com. Yellowthroat.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco


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Date: 9/8/18 5:01 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Kingbirds, Solitaire, Broad-Winged Hawk
I only spent 45 minutes at Fort Mason this morning, but they were a very productive 45 minutes.  In the garden, I found a YELLOW WARBLER, two WESTERN TANAGERS and a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER.  The Battery had several WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES, a WILLOW FLYCATCHER and two or more WESTERN FLYCATCHERS.There were three or more WESTERN TANAGERS, and a YELLOW WARBLER. Two WESTERN KINGBIRDS flew in, and then a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE landed https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/42751655620/in/dateposted-public/ Shortly after that, a BROAD-WINGED HAWK flew over.

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Date: 9/8/18 11:43 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Broad Winged Hawk Fort Mason
flew over Battery

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Date: 9/8/18 11:36 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Townsend’s Solitaire
Fort Mason Battery

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Date: 9/8/18 9:09 am
From: Ken Schneider <kschnei1...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Belated report - Common Tern at Ocean Beach (5 Sep)
Hi all,


I've had my troubles with Sterna tern identification in the past, and I'm afraid they continue... On 5 September, I found a lone, smaller Sterna sp. tern mixed in with a large flock of Elegant Terns on Ocean Beach just south of Noriega. I didn't look at it closely enough and thought it was a Forster's Tern, but several local experts kindly pointed out that it was an adult-type Common Tern instead. Note the dark primaries and reddish bill and legs.


A single photo is at my eBird checklist here:


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48314493


Good birding,

Ken Schneider

Noe Valley

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Date: 9/7/18 9:22 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Additional Sightings - Least Flycatcher; Magnolia Warbler Etc.
I spent a couple of hours roaming the west side this morning with some good
results.

Sutro Heights Park
Nashville Warbler
Lark Sparrow (Continuing)
Belted Kingfisher
BT Gray
many other western migrants

East Wash
Least Flycatcher ( in the trees behind the third hole fairway- no photos
but got good views and believe that it was that species. )
Magnolia Warbler - First Fall bird- Photos
At least three calling Grosbeak ( one calling like a RB but not seen)
Hermit Warbler - 1
Willow Flycatcher - 1
Waxwing - 4

Lots of "western" flycatchers, Wilson's Warblers, Yellow Warblers etc.

Hugh

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Date: 9/7/18 6:27 pm
From: bitanangan <birdbright...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak near Elk Glen Lake
Hi Birders, 
    The Blue Grosbeak was refound and seen by several birders and myself about 4:15 today. It was loosely associating with House Finches in the seeded weeds and fruiting poke berries near the fence across West Drive from the North Shore of Elk Glen Lake. The flag for this lake on Google Maps may erroneously be pinned to Mallard Lake.
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Date: 9/7/18 6:01 pm
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Elk Glen Lake
SF birders,

I did not refind the Blue Grosbeak that Brian Turner found earlier today. I only had about 30 minutes and the place is very birdy, so it’s probably still in there somewhere.

There was a nice CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on the dirt path.

An intriguing Warbling-type Vireo popped in for a split second. The dark cap, short bill, and decidedly yellowish throat left me wanting a second view, which I did not get. (That said, I have noticed that bill length varies in Warbling Vireos.).

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Date: 9/7/18 2:18 pm
From: Brian Turner <brianturner6...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Blue Grosbeak @ Elk Glen Lake
Female in the willows on south edge of lake at Coach Lou Vasquez bench.
Seeing it now (2:15pm) chipping. Photo to come in ebird list.

Brian Turner

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Date: 9/7/18 2:11 pm
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lake Merced
I gave the lake a good chunk of time this morning, with only the south end
being very productive. Highlights included a Brown Pelican briefly on the
water, two very confiding Virginia Rails along the NE quadrant of the
concrete bridge, a flyby Black-bellied Plover, the continuing Bonaparte's
Gulls, and two Willow Flycatchers. There were also roughly 35 Red-necked
Phalaropes in varying constellations, of which one group of 14 lifted off
of the lake and flew right at me as I watched in the binos, veering away
only a little from my head as they crossed over the bridge heading south.
The 2018 crop of yellowthroats seems really good, with multiple birds at
every point I checked along the lakeshore today.

Another species that seems to be doing very well is Pac-slope Flycatcher.
I've been seeing 2-3 individuals at every habitat appropriate site I've
visited over recent weeks. Conversely, there have been almost no reports
of Short-billed Dowitcher during all of 2018. In past years, I've always
seen one or more in the first quarter of the calendar year, but with only a
few exceptions, they're MIA thus far.

I also looked around western Golden Gate Park, with the only unusual
species being yet another Lark Sparrow, this one in the Buffalo Paddock by
the watering trough.

Brian Fitch

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Date: 9/7/18 10:33 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Clay Colored Sparrow
west end of the Fort Mason Community Garden

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Date: 9/7/18 9:54 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Northern Pintail
At west end of Crissy Lagoon.

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Date: 9/6/18 1:09 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lark Sparrow at Sutro Heights Park
The young LARK SPARROW continues at Sutro Heights Park.

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Date: 9/6/18 12:43 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [SFBirds] TENNESSEE Warbler @ Corona Heights Park 9/6/2018
A Tennessee Warbler was observed a little after noon today at the entrance to Corona Heights Park.

It was initially in the myoporums behind the sign for the Randall Museum, then flew across to the Metrosideros (New Zealand Christmas) tree in front of 295 Roosevelt. There were (3) Yellow Warblers and at least that many additional unidentified (call notes only) Warblers around the park and in the street trees along Roosevelt between Museum Way and 15th Street.

Yesterday evening in the Presidio, the confiding Brewer's Sparrow (Zlatunich 9/1/18) continued along the trail and circular drive way next to "Playgroup" on Battery Caulfield. I recall many years ago being told that this was once the site of a crematorium for the merchant marine hospital next door (now the "Landmark" apartments.)

The Eastern Kingbird (Clark 9/1/18) continued with a Western Kingbird in the Presidio Hills maintenance yard further up Battery Caulfield.

Enjoy the fall birds.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 9/6/18 12:39 pm
From: Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Chestnut-sided etc. at Land’s End
Hello all,
This morning, I had a young Chestnut-sided Warbler in the patch of willows at the east end of the trail that goes behind the Burke school. Seems like a lot of these things around the city lately. Also a large sparrow flock, but nothing rare that I could pick out.

About an hour later, I again had a Chestnut-sided Warbler in the pine trees bordering the golf course, just below the legion of honor. I have no idea if these were different birds, or if the same one just moved a ways uphill.

Myself and Alan Hopkins also birded East Wash, and while we had no rarities, we did have a nice selection of migrants. Western Tanagers, a Black-headed Grosbeak, and 5 Warbler species (Yellow, Townsend’s, Hermit, Orange-crowned, and Wilson’s) were nice among others.

Jonah B.
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Date: 9/6/18 9:24 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Chestnut-Sided Warbler
Continues on Strawberry Hill

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Date: 9/6/18 8:02 am
From: Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Farallon Cam
 There are quite a few birds on the East Landing view of the Farallon Cam this morning. There was a bird that appeared to be a Blackburnian or Prairie Warbler. Others were: Townsends warbler, a flycatcher and a finch/sparrow I can't ID  most likely more!
Alan S. HopkinsSan Francisco, CALink to art website

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Date: 9/5/18 11:54 pm
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Another Chestnut-Sided Warbler
At McLaren Park in a mix of trees with a mix of migrants and locals about
100 yards SE of the Jerry Garcia amphitheater this afternoon. Life bird for
me — the lime green crown contrasting with light gray face was a retina
grabber. I didn’t see photos of the bird at Strawberry Hill Tues but it was
said to be a male. The bird today appeared to have no chestnut anywhere, so
I believe it was a female.

Good warbling,
Dan Scali, SF

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Date: 9/5/18 12:58 pm
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lark Sparrows, McLaren Park
Paid a fairly brief visit to the McNab Lake portion of McLaren Park this
morning.

Two Lark Sparrows briefly popped up on the grass at the southeast side of
McNab Lake at McLaren Park, not far from the small playground. Seems like
there's lots of these coming through SF this fall.

Other than that, there were a smattering of migrants - 1 Warbling Vireo, 2
Black-throated Gray Warblers, 1 WIlson's Warbler, and a few Townsend's
Warblers - mostly at the northwest end of the lake.

-- Adam Winer

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Date: 9/5/18 11:17 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Redstart at Middle Lake Sep 5
I found the previously reported American Redstart at the south end of Middle Lake in GGP. In or around the big tree with a metal tag #3708 at 11 am.



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Date: 9/5/18 10:30 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lark Sparrow
Lark sparrow continues at Sutro Heights Park Sep 5, 10 am. Middle of park near the roses.


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Date: 9/5/18 9:32 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Eastern Kingbird Sep 5
Eastern kingbird continues this morning in the presidio maintenance yard, former Nike missile site, on Battery Caufield rd. Vicinity of the pile of logs, weedy overgrown mound, small tarp-covered mound,  and brushy hillside. 



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Date: 9/4/18 10:11 pm
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] L-t Jaeger, etc.
I spent over an hour seawatching at the Sutro Baths this morning. Things
started quietly, with only a close flyby from a Peregrine Falcon, and a
Wandering Tattler feeding in the tide pool. Once the Elegants began flying
out of the Gate, several Parasitic Jaegers came out to play. Then the lone
Humpback that has been around for some weeks came into view, and proceeded
to put on an extended lunge-feeding clinic just beyond the rocks. This
seemed to draw in a flock of roughly 400 Sooty Shearwaters which joined the
pelicans, cormorants, gulls and terns in a huge frenzy.

On the fringe of the feeding group, I eventually spotted a jaeger with a
medium gray back and upperwings, unlike the darker individuals I'd been
seeing earlier, and as I watched it harass a tern, I observed no white
flashes on the underwing. It had no tail streamers, but it did have a
small, crisp black cap, in addition to a white chest with no breastband.
The bird headed east into the Gate where I lost sight of it. This is only
my second definite sighting of a Long-tailed Jaeger from shore in 22 years
of SF birding.

There was also a calling flyover American Pipit, and on the way out, I
stopped at Sutro Heights, where one of the Lark Sparrows reported by Paul
was still on the central lawn.

Brian Fitch

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Date: 9/4/18 5:47 pm
From: Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Chestnut-sided Warbler, Strawberry Hill
Hello Birders,
This morning about 10am, set out to look for a Hermit Warbler at Strawberry
Hill in Golden Gate Park. Highlight of the morning was a first year male
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

There was a lot of bird activity saw about 12 Warbling Vireos, three
Pacific Slope Flycatcher, one Wood-pewee, one Olive-sided Flycatcher,
female & male Hermit Warblers, four Yellow Warblers, (one Black-throated
Gray & two Black Grosbeak that Cliff Yap spotted), five Townsend's
Warblers, five Wilson's Warblers, one female Nuttall's Woodpecker, five
Ann's Hummingbirds, one Red-shouldered Hawk, two Red-tailed Hawks, four
Song Sparrows, two Dark-eyed Juncos, two Stellar's Jay, eight House
Finches, one Brown Creeper, one Bewick's Wren & one Pygmy Nuthatch.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

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Date: 9/4/18 3:55 pm
From: bitanangan <birdbright...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Chestnut-sided Warbler amidst Strawberry Hill fallout.
Hi Birders,
     A Chestnut-sided Warbler was found and photographed earlier today by Lee Guichon on Strawberry Hill in GG Park. I saw it about 2:45 just S of waterfall above the Chinese Pavillion. Heavy fallout of typical migrants, take your pick...it was possibly here! This Western flight corresponds well with migrants passing now through the Upper Midwest. Also: early HY Yellow-rumped Warbler. As I  punch letters now into my phone I’m hearing a Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Yellow warblers.
     Earlier today there was at least one HY Golden-crowned Sparrow at Flint and De Forest in Corona Heights and 220 Canada Geese on the Polo Fields in GG Park.
Russ Bright
SF

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Date: 9/4/18 3:48 pm
From: Richard Bradus via Groups.Io <grizzledjay=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Presidio Hills - Kingbirds yes, Brewer's no
Hi all
I made a late morning visit to the Presidio Hills area and almost abandoned the effort right away as it was oddly dead at first, with barely any activity and almost no vocalization - until a Mockingbird sang a few phrases. I did not do my usual circuit but rather traveled along Battery Caulfield Road, exploring both sides. This was probably a mistake as other reports suggested that the Brewer's Sparrow may have been hanging out in the protected area east of the school, rather than as previously seen along the trail toward Lobos Creek. Certainly there was no sign of the Brewer's anywhere around the west side dunes during the half hour or so that I surveyed that area, though there were some White-crowns, a number of Juncos, nuthatches, a couple of Downy Woodpeckers and the local Red-tails patrolling the vicinity.
While the place remained unusually quiet, my patience was eventually rewarded. There was more activity up near the maintenance area, with numerous Finches, a small group of Red Crossbills and multiple flycatchers. The Eastern Kingbird flashed across the fennel patch others have described, then vanished, replaced by a Western Wood Pewee. Not long after that a Western Kingbird popped up, joined a bit later by another. After one of the Western's flew off the Eastern popped up again, seemingly showing some affinity to the Western as they would take turns hawking and even perched adjacent to each other a couple of times. Quite the contrast between the white underparts of the Eastern and the nice yellow bellies of the Westerns. Interestingly, the Eastern spent more time high in the surrounding treetops than the Westerns, who were quite happy staying lower down in the smaller trees and fennel. 
Thanks to Josiah and Matt for getting out the word of their finds, and for all the photographers sharing their pics. Looking forward to more treats as fall approaches.
Richard BradusSan Francisco

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Date: 9/4/18 9:20 am
From: C Lou <cdlou37...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Presidio and West SF; Redstart etc.
Tuesday morning.Am Redstart was on the SE side on Middle Lake in GGP, near the largest tree clump on the lakeside. This the straight away path toward which leads to a green bench.
Calvin LouSF


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Hello birders,
Today, I birded around parts of the Presidio as well as west Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, along with Oscar Moss and Rudy Wallen.
In the Presidio, the best bird was a Northern Pintail that was with 8 Mallards in the southwest corner of the lagoon. Migrants around Fort Scott included a Black-throated Gray Warbler and a Townsend's Warbler, but nothing out of the ordinary.I then met up with Oscar Moss, and we spent the next few hours hitting spots around western GGPark including North, Middle, and Elk Glen Lakes. Undoubtedly the highlight of this effort was a female/immature American Redstart that we found along the south end of Middle Lake. The bird moved with a mixed flock that included good numbers of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Western Tanagers, Pac-slope Flycatchers, a Townsend's Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, and a Swainson's Thrush.Finally, we met up with Rudy Wallen to hit a few more spots in GGPark and Ocean Beach. The maintenance yard and corral both had migrants, but nothing rare. Ocean Beach, on the other hand, was rather productive. Rudy spotted a very fresh first cycle Mew Gull near the north breakwall that had yet to molt a single mantle feather (!), and at least 1,500 Elegant Terns were around the south breakwall. There was a constant stream of Sooty Shearwaters offshore, and one Olympic Gull. Snowy Plovers numbered only 12, but I think they're pretty spread out along the beach right now with the insane numbers of dogs out there.happy fall,Jonah B.SF
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Date: 9/3/18 10:18 pm
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] W. SF: Lark Sparrows, Jaegers et al., 9/3/18
Hugh Cotter and I visited a number of locations on the westside of SF this morning thru early afternoon. As noted by other observers, good numbers of typical western migrants were around (e.g., Warbling Vireos, Pac.-slope Flycatchers, Wilson's & Yellow Warblers, W. Tanagers).


We began with a seawatch (7:30-8:15 AM) from the south end of the Great Highway which featured: 2000+ Sooty Shearwaters (large raft on the water ultimately dispersed with birds flying in both directions offshore), 2300+ Sanderlings (2 large flocks), 2 imm. Bonaparte's Gulls (continuing), 10 PARASITIC & 2 POMARINE JAEGERS, and 1 Pigeon Guillemot.


Passerine migrant highlights:


W GGP Maintenance Yard: 1 Willow Flycatcher, 3 House Wrens, 1 Com. Yellowthroat, 2 Lazuli Buntings


Sutro Heights Park: 2 imm. LARK SPARROWS (together in NE section of park near rose garden, associating with junco flock), 1 Nuttall's Woodpecker, 1 W. Wood-Pewee, 1 House Wren


East Wash/Ft. Miley: 2-3 Willow Flycatchers, 4 House Wrens, 1 Black-thr. Gray Warbler, 4 Black-head. Grosbeaks (3 traveling together)


Ft. Scott: 1 Willow Flycatcher, 4 W. Bluebirds (+ 1 radio-collared Coyote hunting gophers)


Battery Caulfield Rd. Kingbird Stakeout (continuing 1 EASTERN & 2 Western): 2 Willow Flycatchers, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco


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Date: 9/3/18 9:46 pm
From: Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Presidio and West SF; Redstart etc.
Hello birders,
Today, I birded around parts of the Presidio as well as west Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach, along with Oscar Moss and Rudy Wallen.
In the Presidio, the best bird was a Northern Pintail that was with 8 Mallards in the southwest corner of the lagoon. Migrants around Fort Scott included a Black-throated Gray Warbler and a Townsend's Warbler, but nothing out of the ordinary.I then met up with Oscar Moss, and we spent the next few hours hitting spots around western GGPark including North, Middle, and Elk Glen Lakes. Undoubtedly the highlight of this effort was a female/immature American Redstart that we found along the south end of Middle Lake. The bird moved with a mixed flock that included good numbers of Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Western Tanagers, Pac-slope Flycatchers, a Townsend's Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, and a Swainson's Thrush.Finally, we met up with Rudy Wallen to hit a few more spots in GGPark and Ocean Beach. The maintenance yard and corral both had migrants, but nothing rare. Ocean Beach, on the other hand, was rather productive. Rudy spotted a very fresh first cycle Mew Gull near the north breakwall that had yet to molt a single mantle feather (!), and at least 1,500 Elegant Terns were around the south breakwall. There was a constant stream of Sooty Shearwaters offshore, and one Olympic Gull. Snowy Plovers numbered only 12, but I think they're pretty spread out along the beach right now with the insane numbers of dogs out there.happy fall,Jonah B.SF

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Date: 9/3/18 11:47 am
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Presidio Hills Rarities
My wife and I spent part of the holiday morning looking for the Eastern
Kingbird and Brewer's Sparrow in the Presidio. The kingbird was in the
same area that Jonah reported yesterday, along with two Western Kingbirds.
Follow the dirt road downhill across from the apartments, past the gate,
and in among the sand and dirt mounds. Looking uphill toward the chain
link fence, there is a patch of fennel and weeds, where the three K-birds
were hawking, though the Eastern spent some time just sitting, and once
flew off over the main restoration area.

While looking for the sparrow, we ran into Emily and Mike, and Emily
eventually spotted the Brewer's just east of the viewpoint east of the
preschool. While we watched, the sparrow moved all over the dune area,
west, north, and east of the benches. We then went back to spend more time
with the kingbirds. Also present were Willow and Pac-slope Flycatchers and
a Western Tanager.

Brian Fitch

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Date: 9/2/18 4:27 pm
From: Smokey Bear <bear.smokey...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Migrant Wave at Fort Mason; Brewer's Sparrow in Presidio
Did anyone else see a large (?) raptor, brown all over, broad wings, and small, narrow tail (or tail held in tight?), flying west over Aquatic Park and Ft Mason about 10:50 this morning? I didn’t notice a large head. Got good long looks but s/he was flying high up and that’s all the field marks I could get.

Good morning at Ft Mason.

Anna

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> A wave of migrants came through the Fort Mason Community Garden this morning - at one point a flock of eight WESTERN TANAGERS flew into a tree on the western fence line. I saw a minimum of 15 WESTERN TANAGERS, mostly in the garden. The garden also had five ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, four BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, two YELLOW WARBLERS, a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, three WARBLING VIREOS, two WESTERN KINGBIRDS, a PACIFIC-SLOPED FLYCATCHER, a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and a LAZULI BUNTING. Bob Gunderson also spotted a Black-Headed Grosbeak. In the Battery, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE were seen. A WANDERING TATTLER was on the rocks in Aquatic Park. At about 10 I headed over to the Presidio, where the BREWER'S SPARROW continued west of Wedemeyer Road (across the street from the preschool) - viewed along with Calvin, Lee, Jonah and Felix.
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Date: 9/2/18 2:59 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Migrant Wave at Fort Mason; Brewer's Sparrow in Presidio
A wave of migrants came through the Fort Mason Community Garden this morning - at one point a flock of eight WESTERN TANAGERS flew into a tree on the western fence line.  I saw a minimum of 15 WESTERN TANAGERS, mostly in the garden.  The garden also had five ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, four BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, two YELLOW WARBLERS, a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, three WARBLING VIREOS, two WESTERN KINGBIRDS, a PACIFIC-SLOPED FLYCATCHER, a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and a LAZULI BUNTING.  Bob Gunderson also spotted a Black-Headed Grosbeak.  In the Battery, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE were seen. A WANDERING TATTLER was on the rocks in Aquatic Park.  At about 10 I headed over to the Presidio, where the BREWER'S SPARROW continued west of Wedemeyer Road (across the street from the preschool) - viewed along with Calvin, Lee, Jonah and Felix.

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Date: 9/2/18 7:16 am
From: Loretta via Groups.Io <lchen89=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest
I had a great morning yesterday, seeing a lovely subset of David's birds and a couple others:
The garden was pretty quiet for migrants, but a Western Tanager showed up, along with several Warbling Vireos. (including surprisingly pudgy one, possibly a first year?) 
The battery was where all the action was, with a prominent Western Wood-Pewee, two very cooperative orioles, another tanager or two, and collection of warblers: Yellow, Orange-Crowned. 
Scott, who joined me for a bit, saw some Wilsons. I got a glimpse of what was probably a female Black-Throated Grey, and I may have seen a first year Nashville - I didn't got second looks at either of them. Oh, and the Warbling Vireos showed up there as well. 
Everyone except the pewee and Black-throated Gray were all flitting around the two levels of leafy green trees in the battery for at least an hour. The orioles dropping into the blackberry bushes immediately below then back into the trees. Lesson learned - always check the battery! 
Thanks to David for always sending along the report!
Happy migration!
Lorētta

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As the clouds cleared at Fort Mason this morning, more and more birds showed up.  Nothing rare, although I did hear a WESTERN FLYCATCHER vocalize like a Cordilleran, but I couldn't get a recording.  Virtually all the activity was in the garden. Multiple PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS and YELLOW WARBLERS, along with an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, a LAZULI BUNTING, two WESTERN TANAGERS, two WILSON'S WARBLERS AND two HOODED ORIOLE. A WESTERN KINGBIRD spent at least 30 minutes flycatching.  A WESTERN WOOD PEWEE and a RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD were in the Battery.  The WANDERING TATTLER was in Aquatic Park.

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Date: 9/1/18 6:13 pm
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni...>
Subject: [SFBirds] SW SF: Jaegers et al., 9/1/18
This morning Mark Eaton and did a seawatch (7:45-9:30 AM) from the south end of the Great Highway. Good viewing conditions with visibility out to the horizon and overcast skies, though the ocean surface was choppy with a brisk W wind.


The highlight was an excellent flight of Parasitic Jaegers, perhaps the most I have ever seen from shore in one session.


Observations of local interest:


Surf Scoter 4

W. Grebe 2

Common Loon 2

Pacific Loon 8

SOOTY SHEARWATER 60 (flying N in just a few discrete pulses, some not very far out)

Black Turnstone 3 (flying N over the surf)

Red-necked Phalarope 4 (flying S over the ocean)

Bonaparte's Gull 2 imm. (continuing at this location on the beach)

Caspian Tern 3

Elegant Tern 600+ (most flying S in sporadic pulses)

PARASITIC JAEGER 29 (at least this number, perhaps more; mostly adults with some sub-ads.; up to 4 in view at one time; hammering the Elegant Terns)

POMARINE JAEGER 1 ad. (leisurely flying N)

Common Murre 20+


After the seawatch I looked for passerine migrants at Ft. Funston and near the concrete bridge and Vista Grande Canal @ south L. Merced. I did not see many migrants, primarily Yellow and Wilson's Warblers, several Pac.-slope Flycatchers (calling), and 1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER @ Ft. F. Nice resident species were 2 Bewick's Wrens @ Ft. F and a "flock" of 6 Brown Creepers at the canal. Of local interest at the concrete bridge were 9 Eared Grebes, 1 calling-flyover Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Red-necked Phalaropes, and at least 24 Great-tailed Grackles -- that is the highest number of grackles that I have personally observed at that location. The group consisted of a bunch of immatures, including a few that were begging and being fed by a female, and adults in ratty, molting plumage.


Finally, early afternoon over my porch in Cole Valley there was a small pulse of raptors moving S, including 2 Turkey Vultures, 1 f. Am. Kestrel, and 1 m. N. HARRIER.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco

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Date: 9/1/18 3:32 pm
From: Scott Bowers <sfbirds...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Heron's Head
Northern Pintail female on pond.  Also turkey vulture and kestrel

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Date: 9/1/18 3:21 pm
From: mbzlat via Groups.Io <mbzlat=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Eastern kingbird Presidio
Did not see the Eastern Kingbird, but there was a Brewer's Sparrow in with the mixed sparrow flock in the scrub adjacent to the preschool on Wedemeyer St.

Matt Zlatunich

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Date: 9/1/18 11:01 am
From: C Lou <cdlou37...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Eastern kingbird Presidio
A hawk flew by and the king bird headed down the hill.
Calvin LouSF


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Still here at 1045amCalvin LouSF


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There’s an eastern kingbird sitting on the wires below 1443 A battery Caufield road. It was with some mourning doves. This used to be an especially rare vagrant in Sf. I think the first Presidio one was on the rare bird round up just last fall.




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Date: 9/1/18 10:48 am
From: C Lou <cdlou37...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Eastern kingbird Presidio
Still here at 1045amCalvin LouSF


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There’s an eastern kingbird sitting on the wires below 1443 A battery Caufield road. It was with some mourning doves. This used to be an especially rare vagrant in Sf. I think the first Presidio one was on the rare bird round up just last fall.




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Date: 9/1/18 9:55 am
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Eastern kingbird Presidio
There’s an eastern kingbird sitting on the wires below 1443 A battery Caufield road. It was with some mourning doves. This used to be an especially rare vagrant in Sf. I think the first Presidio one was on the rare bird round up just last fall.

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Date: 8/31/18 10:09 pm
From: Oscar Moss <cowmoss...>
Subject: [SFBirds] SF local interest
At Strawberry Hill there was some activity in the morning, with several Hermit, Townsend’s, and Yellow Warblers. There was also at least 1 Cassin’s Vireo. At Elk Glen Lake, the Chestnut-sided Warbler found by Brian Turner continued. At Fort Miley there was a BT Gray Warbler.

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Date: 8/31/18 4:42 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest
As the clouds cleared at Fort Mason this morning, more and more birds showed up.  Nothing rare, although I did hear a WESTERN FLYCATCHER vocalize like a Cordilleran, but I couldn't get a recording.  Virtually all the activity was in the garden. Multiple PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS and YELLOW WARBLERS, along with an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, a LAZULI BUNTING, two WESTERN TANAGERS, two WILSON'S WARBLERS AND two HOODED ORIOLE. A WESTERN KINGBIRD spent at least 30 minutes flycatching.  A WESTERN WOOD PEWEE and a RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD were in the Battery.  The WANDERING TATTLER was in Aquatic Park.

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Date: 8/31/18 10:02 am
From: Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Northern Parula Wooden Bridge Lake Merced
Hello birders,
SF photographer Cliff Yap just sent me a photo of a first year Northern Parula he found yesterday in a cypress next to the Sunset Circle Parking Lot, near the Wooden Bridge at Lake Merced. He says there were also Yellow, Orange-crowned, and Wilson’s Warblers around at the time.

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Date: 8/31/18 9:15 am
From: Brian Turner <brianturner6...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Chestnut-sided @ - Elk Glen Lake
Hatch year bird in the large oak on NE side of lake near the large bench in
clearing.

I also caught a brief glmpse of another warbler in the same tree with a
light yellow cream wash on its underside that struck me as unusual and
ultimately eluded me. These birds were in with a pair of Wilson's Warblers
and a flock of Bushtits.

Lots of activity in this area lately including multiple pewees, lesser
goldfinch, and a luzuli bunting in with house flinch flock.

Good birding,
Brian Turner

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Date: 8/30/18 2:08 pm
From: Brian Turner <brianturner6...>
Subject: [SFBirds] American Redstart - Mallard Lake
A lovely male in trees near waterfall on east side of lake...

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Date: 8/29/18 7:41 pm
From: Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lark Sparrow and Lazulis
Hi all,

Sorry for the very late post. I’ve been meaning to check out Alemany Farm
(in Bernal) for quite awhile now and when I did, yesterday, I was greatly
rewarded. There was an immature Lark Sparrow eating seeds with two
acrobatic Lazuli Buntings and a couple House Sparrows. Today the buntings
were at it again. Alas, the Lark Sparrow could not refind me.

Exquisite birding,
Dan Scali, SF

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Date: 8/29/18 2:51 pm
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Mt. Davidson, Wed 8/29: Brewer's Sparrow
This morning around 8am, an adult Brewer's Sparrow was extremely confiding
on the steps north of the summit, beautifully showing each of its muted
facial pattern, complete white eye-ring, and streaked nape. After a bit,
it moved up to the open area at the summit, then went off down the south
slope and I lost track of it.

This has been a long-term "jinx" bird for me in SF, and it was hugely
satisfying to finally pick up one of my own.

Not a whole lot of other migrants on the mountain this morning. One
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (continuing a fall rife with them), several Western
Tanagers, two Black-headed Grosbeaks, and a single Townsend's Warbler was
about it for the site, though I got there a bit on the late side and may
have missed some morning activity.

-- Adam Winer
SF, CA

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Date: 8/29/18 2:45 pm
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason Local Interest - Western Kingbirds, Warblers, Flycatchers, Bald Eagle
A very birdy morning at Fort Mason.  The Community Garden was full of birds, including at least one PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, two WESTERN TANAGERS, two YELLOW WARBLERS, a WILSON'S WARBLER, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was in the Eucalyptus trees west of the garden.  Lots of resident birds as well - two RED-MASKED PARAKEETS were eating apples until a RED-TAILED HAWK showed up, when they flew to the top of a tall tree, complaining loudly about the hawk. A SONG SPARROW did a remarkable good imitation of a HOUSE WREN. A BALD EAGLE flying over was the highlight of the morning. Lots of ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS - there were eight together in one section of a Eucalyptus tree - I counted a minimum of 26 altogether this morning at Fort Mason. The Battery had two WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES, a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, two WESTERN TANAGERS and a WESTERN KINGBIRD.  The hillside above Aquatic Park had a HOODED ORIOLE, a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER and a WESTERN KINGBIRD.

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Date: 8/29/18 11:14 am
From: David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Bald Eagle at Fort Mason
Juvenile - flew over heading south

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Date: 8/28/18 6:52 pm
From: mrandrewrush <arush...>
Subject: [SFBirds] SF City College Birds of the SF Bay Area class starting soon
Hello everyone,

 

I just wanted to announce that I will be teaching an introductory class on the birds of the Bay Area for the second time this year for City College extension in San Francisco (EA101 Field Ornithology: Introduction to the Birds of the San Francisco Bay Area). All of the info is listed below along with the class description from the catalog. This is designed for beginners, but of course, everyone is welcome. I have a lot of experience teaching ornithology, evolution, ecology, and natural history at UC Berkeley, and I have distilled a lot of that material and combined it with lectures on bird ID. See below for more detail, and please sign up if you are interested…or, let people you think might be interested know.

 

Thanks,

Andrew 

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*http://www.ccsf.edu/en/educational-programs/continuing-education/Fall2018/Ornithology/IntroductiontoOrnith.html*

 

Tuesday evenings from 7:00–9:30 (from 11 Sept. to 4 Dec.).

 

John Adams Campus on Hayes at Masonic in SF.

 

The San Francisco Bay Area supports an incredible diversity of birds that is matched by very few other areas in North America. The goal of this class is to provide participants with the necessary skills to begin to understand that diversity. The class emphasizes the identification of local birds, as well as when and where to find birds in the Bay Area. Supporting lectures explore the evolutionary and ecological underpinnings of bird diversity. Classes focus on general identification skills and identification criteria for particular groups of birds, along with lectures covering topics in bird evolution, ecology, and behavior. Sample lecture topics include: bird communication, territorial behavior, migration, and species formation and hybridization. Although the emphasis is on Bay Area birds, this class provides a framework for understanding the natural history of birds in general. Upon completion, participants should have the skills to identify diverse groups of birds, and a deeper understanding of why the species they observe do what they do.

 

Optional weekend field trips allow participants to apply what they have learned in the classroom and to sharpen their bird observation and identification skills.

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Date: 8/28/18 8:17 am
From: Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Farallon Fallout
Sorry the view is from East Landing not Main top! Alan S. HopkinsSan Francisco, CALink to art website


On Tuesday, August 28, 2018 7:51 AM, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> wrote:


 Checking the maintop view of the Farallon Cam there is quite a fallout happing. 2 Cassin's Kingbirds (I think) Wilson's Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Willow Flycatcher. Use the Maintop View Farallon Islands Live Webcam 

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Date: 8/28/18 7:51 am
From: Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Farallon Fallout
 Checking the maintop view of the Farallon Cam there is quite a fallout happing. 2 Cassin's Kingbirds (I think) Wilson's Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, Willow Flycatcher. Use the Maintop View Farallon Islands Live Webcam 

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Date: 8/27/18 5:01 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [SFBirds] (2)Baird's Sandpipers @ Yosemite Slough/CandlestickSRA 8/27/18 et al.
Midday on a rising tide I had high counts of (~450) Western Sandpipers in the main marsh of Yosemite Slough along with (65-70) Semipalmated Plovers. Virtually all the Westerns were hatch year birds.

At the freshwater pond at the end of Shafter Street there are now (2) Baird's Sandpipers. These, like all the Baird's I've ever seen here on the coast of California in August, were fresh plumage hatch year birds as well.

A Yellow Warbler and briefly seen Empidonax Flycatcher were in the fennel/acacia next to the Yosemite Slough Community garden which is proving a good spot for land migrants. Last week (8/24) there were two Western Kingbirds here.

While biking to school with Lucas this morning along 30th Avenue in the outer Sunset, we managed to keep up for a couple of blocks with a southbound Bunting that would give buzzy flight calls as it hopscotched backyards and street trees between Rivera and Ulloa.

Afterwards few morning stops in Golden Gate Park at Chain of Lakes and the Arboretum yielded several (probably)Rufous/(much less likely by now)Allen's Hummingbird, Warbling Vireo (Muir Pond), "Western" and Willow Flycatcher (Muir Pond), and western Tanager migrants.

A young Wilson's Warbler at Middle Lake persistently following an adult while giving high frequency begging calls is a local product who will hopefully grow up to do great things.

(3) Common yellowthroats in the WILLOW SCRUB behind the Heron's Head Park Eco-center were interesting to see miles from nearest known breeding areas (San Bruno Mountain/Lake Merced/Sharp Park et al.) and possibly migrants from distance or were they dispersing birds of the SF Bay nesting ssp. _sinuosa_?

Saturday (8/25) two Cedar Waxwings flew over Corona hill. They should be arriving in numbers soon after getting in early at the start of this month.

Thursday (8/23, happy birth anniversary Sebo if you're reading this), there was a Willow Flycatcher and Black-throated Gray Warbler on Mount Davidson.

Have fun out there and never stop learning.


Dominik Mosur
San Francisco





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Date: 8/27/18 11:45 am
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Continuing R-Br Grosbeak
The young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak reported by Adam some days ago was
still on Mt Davidson this morning, again along the ravine trail on the
north side of the peak. It eventually flew westward into the forest.

There were just a few expectable western migrants on MD, as well as at both
ends of Lake Merced and Buena Vista Park.

Brian Fitch

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Date: 8/25/18 4:37 pm
From: Donna Hayes <dhayes362...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
That’s the bird I saw. Great photo. Thanks, everyone for your help. I thought I was being ignorant.
> On Aug 25, 2018, at 10:41 AM, Tom Scott <tom...> wrote:
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> Here it is from this morning…
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>> On Aug 25, 2018, at 10:29 AM, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> wrote:
>>
>> I'll go with Olive-sided on this one. Young birds moving through can be pretty white below in the center of the chest and this is probably exacerbated by the photo being overexposed, but the upper photo shows the sides/flanks to be dark.
>>
>> Dominik
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>>> On Aug 25, 2018, at 10:24, Adam Winer <awiner...> wrote:
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>>> My quick take from the second photo is Olive-sided Flycatcher. Looks vested, perched high.
>>>
>>>> On Sat, Aug 25, 2018, 09:56 Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> wrote:
>>>> It’s hard to tell from these photos, but the way it is perched makes me think of an Eastern Kingbird more than an Eastern Phoebe. Did you notice whether there was a white tip on the tail?
>>>>
>>>> Aaron Maizlish
>>>> > On Aug 24, 2018, at 11:55 PM, Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> > This afternoon at around 3:00, I saw what looked like an Eastern phoebe on the northern side of Bernal Hill. Phoebe profile, black beak, dark eyes. Crappy photos from my phone. I know this would be extremely unlikely, but maybe someone would have a better idea. Thank you all.
>>>> >
>>>> > Interesting days out there!
>>>> >
>>>> > Donna Hayes
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>>>> >
>>>> > <image1.jpeg>
>>>> > <image2.jpeg>
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Date: 8/25/18 1:28 pm
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: [SFBirds] South Lake Merced and Fort Funston, Sat. 8/25
Spent the morning poking around South Lake Merced and Fort Funston.
Nothing rare, but some less regular sightings below.

South Lake Merced (mostly along Vista Grande canal): 2 Hermit Warblers, 1
Pac-slope Flycatcher, 1 Belted Kingfisher. Also a Green Heron at the
concrete bridge.

Fort Funston: 1 Willow Flycatcher, 1 Western Wood-Pewee, 2 Pac-slope
Flycatchers, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler.

-- Adam Winer

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Date: 8/25/18 11:25 am
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Indigo Bunting in Arboretum 8/25/18 (fide Cullison/Murphy)
Just received a call from Rob Cullison that he's with Dan & Joan Murphy in the Children's Garden at the west end of the Arboretum looking at a hatch year male Indigo Bunting.

Saturday 8/25/18 11:20 a.m.


Happy birding,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 8/25/18 10:50 am
From: Tom Scott <tom...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
Here it is from this morning…





> On Aug 25, 2018, at 10:29 AM, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...> wrote:
>
> I'll go with Olive-sided on this one. Young birds moving through can be pretty white below in the center of the chest and this is probably exacerbated by the photo being overexposed, but the upper photo shows the sides/flanks to be dark.
>
> Dominik
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>
>
>
> On Aug 25, 2018, at 10:24, Adam Winer <awiner...> <mailto:<awiner...>> wrote:
>
>> My quick take from the second photo is Olive-sided Flycatcher. Looks vested, perched high.
>>
>> On Sat, Aug 25, 2018, 09:56 Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> <mailto:<aaron.maizlish...>> wrote:
>> It’s hard to tell from these photos, but the way it is perched makes me think of an Eastern Kingbird more than an Eastern Phoebe. Did you notice whether there was a white tip on the tail?
>>
>> Aaron Maizlish
>> > On Aug 24, 2018, at 11:55 PM, Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> <mailto:<dhayes362...>> wrote:
>> >
>> > This afternoon at around 3:00, I saw what looked like an Eastern phoebe on the northern side of Bernal Hill. Phoebe profile, black beak, dark eyes. Crappy photos from my phone. I know this would be extremely unlikely, but maybe someone would have a better idea. Thank you all.
>> >
>> > Interesting days out there!
>> >
>> > Donna Hayes
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > <image1.jpeg>
>> > <image2.jpeg>
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Date: 8/25/18 10:33 am
From: Tom Scott <tom...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
It’s still up there, fly catching from the same branch. I also saw the same bird yesterday and again this morning with the hour. I thought Olive-sided Flycatcher from my horrible photos I took yesterday. There were also Dark-eyed Juncos hanging around it and the bird was larger than the Juncos. I took better photos today and will post when I get home. But if the bird is of any interest to anyone you can probably find it now. Also the Hermit Warbler is still there in the same vicinity.

> On Aug 25, 2018, at 10:24 AM, Adam Winer <awiner...> wrote:
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> My quick take from the second photo is Olive-sided Flycatcher. Looks vested, perched high.
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> On Sat, Aug 25, 2018, 09:56 Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> <mailto:<aaron.maizlish...>> wrote:
> It’s hard to tell from these photos, but the way it is perched makes me think of an Eastern Kingbird more than an Eastern Phoebe. Did you notice whether there was a white tip on the tail?
>
> Aaron Maizlish
> > On Aug 24, 2018, at 11:55 PM, Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> <mailto:<dhayes362...>> wrote:
> >
> > This afternoon at around 3:00, I saw what looked like an Eastern phoebe on the northern side of Bernal Hill. Phoebe profile, black beak, dark eyes. Crappy photos from my phone. I know this would be extremely unlikely, but maybe someone would have a better idea. Thank you all.
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> > Interesting days out there!
> >
> > Donna Hayes
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> > <image1.jpeg>
> > <image2.jpeg>
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Date: 8/25/18 10:29 am
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
I'll go with Olive-sided on this one. Young birds moving through can be pretty white below in the center of the chest and this is probably exacerbated by the photo being overexposed, but the upper photo shows the sides/flanks to be dark.

Dominik
> On Aug 25, 2018, at 10:24, Adam Winer <awiner...> wrote:
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> My quick take from the second photo is Olive-sided Flycatcher. Looks vested, perched high.
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>> On Sat, Aug 25, 2018, 09:56 Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> wrote:
>> It’s hard to tell from these photos, but the way it is perched makes me think of an Eastern Kingbird more than an Eastern Phoebe. Did you notice whether there was a white tip on the tail?
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>> Aaron Maizlish
>> > On Aug 24, 2018, at 11:55 PM, Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> wrote:
>> >
>> > This afternoon at around 3:00, I saw what looked like an Eastern phoebe on the northern side of Bernal Hill. Phoebe profile, black beak, dark eyes. Crappy photos from my phone. I know this would be extremely unlikely, but maybe someone would have a better idea. Thank you all.
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>> > Interesting days out there!
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>> > Donna Hayes
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Date: 8/25/18 10:24 am
From: Adam Winer <awiner...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
My quick take from the second photo is Olive-sided Flycatcher. Looks
vested, perched high.

On Sat, Aug 25, 2018, 09:56 Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> wrote:

> It’s hard to tell from these photos, but the way it is perched makes me
> think of an Eastern Kingbird more than an Eastern Phoebe. Did you notice
> whether there was a white tip on the tail?
>
> Aaron Maizlish
> > On Aug 24, 2018, at 11:55 PM, Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> wrote:
> >
> > This afternoon at around 3:00, I saw what looked like an Eastern phoebe
> on the northern side of Bernal Hill. Phoebe profile, black beak, dark
> eyes. Crappy photos from my phone. I know this would be extremely
> unlikely, but maybe someone would have a better idea. Thank you all.
> >
> > Interesting days out there!
> >
> > Donna Hayes
> >
> >
> >
> > <image1.jpeg>
> > <image2.jpeg>
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Date: 8/25/18 9:56 am
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
It’s hard to tell from these photos, but the way it is perched makes me think of an Eastern Kingbird more than an Eastern Phoebe. Did you notice whether there was a white tip on the tail?

Aaron Maizlish
> On Aug 24, 2018, at 11:55 PM, Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> wrote:
>
> This afternoon at around 3:00, I saw what looked like an Eastern phoebe on the northern side of Bernal Hill. Phoebe profile, black beak, dark eyes. Crappy photos from my phone. I know this would be extremely unlikely, but maybe someone would have a better idea. Thank you all.
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> Interesting days out there!
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> Donna Hayes
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> <image1.jpeg>
> <image2.jpeg>

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Date: 8/25/18 9:49 am
From: Donna Hayes <dhayes362...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Mystery bird on Bernal Hill
This afternoon at around 3:00, I saw what looked like an Eastern phoebe on the northern side of Bernal Hill. Phoebe profile, black beak, dark eyes. Crappy photos from my phone. I know this would be extremely unlikely, but maybe someone would have a better idea. Thank you all.

Interesting days out there!

Donna Hayes

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