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12/17/17 6:12 pm Mike Carozza <mike.carozza...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Orchard Oriole at Middle Lake
12/16/17 5:37 pm David Armstrong <darmstrong99...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Spreckels Lake continuing goodies
12/15/17 7:48 pm Patricia Greene <pjgreene...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Re: [SFBirds] Fort Mason: Orchard Oriole, Yellow Warbler and Avian Keratin Disorder
12/15/17 7:41 pm Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Re: [SFBirds] Bayside notes and dying owls
12/15/17 5:06 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason: Orchard Oriole, Yellow Warbler and Avian Keratin Disorder
12/15/17 11:14 am Josiah clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Bullock's Stowe
12/15/17 10:49 am Lee-Hong Chang <lhchang825...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Lake Merced Lucy's Warbler
12/15/17 10:27 am <noreen_weeden...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Banded Brown Pelican reporting
12/14/17 7:47 pm 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> RE: [SFBirds] Bayside notes and dying owls
12/14/17 6:36 pm Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Bayside notes and dying owls
12/14/17 5:27 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Local Interest last few days
12/14/17 9:58 am Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Sutro
12/13/17 5:02 pm Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Re: 420 birds in San Francisco
12/12/17 11:51 pm Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] 420 birds in San Francisco
12/12/17 6:42 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] San Francisco City Cumulative List for 2017 through November.
12/12/17 1:36 pm Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Re: Treasure Island notes - new seawatch spot
12/12/17 1:27 pm Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Treasure Island notes - new seawatch spot
12/12/17 10:28 am Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Sunset Circle Warblers, et al. 12/12/17 Sunset District Trike update
12/12/17 10:08 am Raul Agrait <raulagrait...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Re: [SFBirds] Red-necked grebe Ggp
12/11/17 5:01 pm <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Lake Merced-Lucy's Warbler and Eastern Phoebe
12/10/17 10:49 pm PAUL SARACENI <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] NW SF, 12/10/17
12/10/17 1:55 pm Robert Cullison <robbo50...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Snow Goose at SF Botanical Garden
12/10/17 10:16 am LESLIE S <sen007...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Alta Plaza construction
12/10/17 9:02 am cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Re: [SFBirds] Lucy's Warbler
12/10/17 8:59 am cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Re: [SFBirds] Red-necked grebe Ggp
12/9/17 3:57 pm PAUL SARACENI <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Another Lucy's Warbler in SF, 12/9/17
12/9/17 3:30 pm Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Red-necked grebe Ggp
12/9/17 3:01 pm Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] West Sf
12/9/17 2:26 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Chain of Lakes - Orchard Oriole and Wilson's Warbler
12/9/17 10:28 am Raul Agrait <raulagrait...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Re: [SFBirds] Re: Sutro & North Lake
12/9/17 8:38 am Ralph McKinnon <mmushkat...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Lucy's Warbler
12/8/17 2:41 pm Sam Safran <ssafranmidd...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Lucy's Warbler continues (and anyone up for a Red-footed Booby excursion?)
12/8/17 1:03 pm Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Re: Sutro & North Lake
12/8/17 12:51 pm Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Sutro & North Lake
12/8/17 7:49 am <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Snow Goose at Crissy Field
12/8/17 5:56 am Siobhan Ruck <siobhan.ruck...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] SF Christmas Count signup open until 12/13
12/7/17 12:28 pm Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] GGP
12/7/17 11:27 am <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Lucy’s just reappeared at Lake Merced
12/7/17 7:57 am Eddie Monson <eg40monson...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Re: LUCY'S WARBLER continues at Lake Merced 12/6
12/6/17 8:45 pm 'T.G. Miko' <tgmiko...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Re: [SFBirds] Avian Holiday Meals?
12/6/17 6:23 pm Richard Bradus <grizzledjay...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Avian Holiday Meals?
12/6/17 1:49 pm Logan Kahle <logan...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] NAB Fall Season Reports for Marin, San Francisco, and Contra Costa counties
12/6/17 11:42 am <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Yellow Warbler at Fort Mason
12/6/17 9:58 am Bob Toleno <bob...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] LUCY'S WARBLER continues at Lake Merced 12/6
12/4/17 11:56 pm PAUL SARACENI <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Battery Godfrey, 12/4/17
12/4/17 3:42 pm Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] LUCY'S Warbler at Lake Merced 12/4/17
12/4/17 3:40 pm Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] LUCY'S Warbler at Lake Merced 11/4/17
12/3/17 1:47 pm PAUL SARACENI <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] B-L Kittiwake and Murrelets, SF, 12/3/17
12/2/17 6:43 pm Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Bernal Hill this afternoon
12/2/17 5:07 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] 12.02.17- Battery Godfrey ; Black-legged Kittiwakes and Ross's Geese
12/2/17 4:13 pm Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Many Golden -crowned Kinglets, Botanical Garden, G.G.P.
12/2/17 1:33 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Six Warbler Morning at the Botanic Garden
11/30/17 6:15 pm Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] BL&Wh / Wilson's Warblers
11/28/17 5:30 pm Robert Hall <bilgepump100...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Re: Backyard Great-horned Owls again...
11/28/17 5:06 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason
11/28/17 4:19 pm Loretta <lchen89...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Re: [SFBirds] Backyard Great-horned Owls again...
11/28/17 4:02 pm Mark Eaton <marksffo...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Backyard Great-horned Owls again...
11/28/17 3:03 pm 'Eddie Bartley' <eddie...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Probable Anna's nesting
11/28/17 8:06 am <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Juvenile Bald Eagle
11/27/17 4:23 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] 5 Warbler Morning at Fort Mason
11/27/17 4:01 pm Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Black & White Warbler, Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park
11/27/17 2:31 pm <maliadances...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Palo Alto Christmas Bird count- counters needed! Region 7
11/25/17 10:09 pm <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Battery Godfrey Skywatches, 11/21-23 & 25: Common Merganser, Golden Eagle, et al.
11/25/17 4:42 pm Loretta <lchen89...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> Re: [SFBirds] Tropical Kingbird in Fort Mason
11/25/17 1:51 pm 'William B. Grant' <wbgrant...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Lark Sparrow near GG Bridge plaza; 11:20 am Nov. 25
11/25/17 1:24 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Fort Mason's Kingbird Highway? Kingbirds, Tanager, Yellow Warbler
11/25/17 9:18 am <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Tropical Kingbird in Fort Mason
11/25/17 8:42 am <birdbright...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Yosemite Slough: 162 Forster's Terns.
11/24/17 5:26 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Glaucous Gull, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker at Fort Mason this morning
11/24/17 1:40 pm <kschnei1...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Re: Interesting Catharus sp. thrush at Kobbe and Upton - possible late Swainson's Thrush (23 Nov)
11/23/17 10:46 pm 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> RE: [SFBirds] Interesting Catharus sp. thrush at Kobbe and Upton - possible late Swainson's Thrush (23 Nov)
11/23/17 10:08 pm <kschnei1...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Interesting Catharus sp. thrush at Kobbe and Upton - possible late Swainson's Thrush (23 Nov)
11/22/17 2:24 pm Richard Bradus <grizzledjay...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Another Oriole...
11/21/17 4:01 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Local Interest Last Few Days - Tricolored Blackbird, etc.
11/21/17 10:57 am <willanderson990...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Bullocks/Baltimore oriole Elk Glen Lake
11/19/17 6:33 pm H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Misc Battery Godfrey Sightings; Nov 18th and 19th; Bald Eagle, Horned Lark, Pomarine Jaegar, Common Merganser, Redhead, Canvasback
11/19/17 3:16 pm Feinstein Arthur <arthurfeinstein...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Ridgway's rail at Heron's Head Park
11/18/17 11:18 am <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Brown Booby
11/18/17 8:37 am Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Tricolored Blackbirds in the Sunset 11/18/17
11/17/17 9:07 pm <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Hermit Warbler- Sunset Circle Lake Merced
11/17/17 12:55 pm <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Palm Warbler and other sightings at Fort Mason
11/17/17 9:25 am Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> [SFBirds] Murrelets, Pom jaeger, etc
 
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Date: 12/17/17 6:12 pm
From: Mike Carozza <mike.carozza...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Orchard Oriole at Middle Lake
Orchard oriole photographed at Middle Lake. https://flic.kr/p/21wdiPo Hard
to be 100% sure but looks somewhat different than individual at north lake
(Raul's photos in this thread for comparison)


This orchard oriole was a young male as well, showing a more erratic,
extended version of chestnut feathers than the one at north lake seemed to
show thanks to Brian's report and Raul's photos. Low soft chut call heard.
Seen in the thicket below yellow rumped swarm. Feathers could just be
molting since that was a week ago?


Photos at:


https://flic.kr/p/21wdiPo


Also saw red breasted sapsucker, great horned owl at middle lake.


2 Orange crowned and Yellowthroat at north lake.


HUGE wintering flock of birds at west maintenance yard. Red breasted
nuthatch, says phoebe, pacific wren, 5 or more Townsends warbler.






On Dec 9, 2017 10:28 AM, "Raul Agrait <raulagrait...> [SFBirds]" <
<SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:






Spotted what I believe were both the Orchard Oriole and the Nashville Warbler
this morning around 8:40am at North Lake, at the same location mentioned by
Brian yesterday.


https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9100891
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9100894


Raul Agrait
SF


On Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 1:03 PM, Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] <
<SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:


>
>
> Just saw that my message was cut short...
>
> The Lucy's Warbler was refound by other birders around 11AM on the north
> side of the road across from where it's been hanging out at Lake Merced.
> Brian Fitch
>
> On Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> wrote:
>
>> It's been weeks since I've found any newsworthy species, but the backlog
>> was broken today, and interesting birds were in good supply.
>>
>> At the Sutro Baths from 7:30-9:15, a female Harlequin Duck, two
>> White-winged Scoters, a Red-necked Grebe, and a Pomerine Jaeger all flew
>> by. The scoters were quite distant, but I saw them land, and later spotted
>> them flying again. Common Murres were once again common after a poor
>> showing throughout 2017, and one pair of Marble Murrelets were southbound.
>> Surfbirds and Black Turnstones have returned to the Sutro rocks, now that
>> the unusual beach has been washed away by the high winter tides.
>>
>> Following up Alan's report from yesterday, as Nashville Warbler was
>> missing from my city year list, I found the SE side of North Lake to be
>> teeming with insect and nectar gleaners. I refound the Nashville and
>> several Orange-crowneds, but was surprised to also see a Wilson's warbler
>> and a young male Orchard Oriole, along with many regular locals. The
>> oriole had a short black bib with just a tinge of maroon at the bottom, and
>> the bird was barely bigger than the Yellow-rumpeds. The action was around
>> a cotoneaster bush that grows right on the margin of the paved trail,
>> across form some blooming acacia
>>
>
>



 

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Date: 12/16/17 5:37 pm
From: David Armstrong <darmstrong99...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Spreckels Lake continuing goodies
Hi all
While biking through the park today, Annie and I stopped off at Spreckels Lake where we had the continuing Red-necked Grebe as well as 3 Hooded Mergansers. The immature SNOW GOOSE that has been seen around town was also there, along with the 4 continuing Greater White-fronted Geese, all of which were feeding on the north side and quite approachable.
Good birding,David and Annie Armstrong
 

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Date: 12/15/17 7:48 pm
From: Patricia Greene <pjgreene...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Fort Mason: Orchard Oriole, Yellow Warbler and Avian Keratin Disorder
If you read the article on Avian Keatin Disorder, you will see that the authors have found a new virus (identified by DNA sequence analysis) in birds with AKD, and they say it is a prime candidate for the cause of AKD (having eliminated several other candidates), but at this point they are not saying it IS the cause. Instead, they are trying to collect more data, and asking birders to document cases they see, especially photographers who can submit photographic evidence.



> On Dec 15, 2017, at 5:06 PM, <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Woodpeckers included a NUTTALL'S, a HAIRY, three NORTHERN FLICKERS, a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER and a DOWNY with a severely deformed bill. I also! found an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD with a deformed bill. Apparently this deformity is due to a virus which results in a condition called Avian Keratin Disorder (article at https://phys.org/news/2016-07-newly-virus-prime-often-fatal-beak.html). If you find a bird with a deformed bill, you can report it to https://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/contact.html
>



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Date: 12/15/17 7:41 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Bayside notes and dying owls
Hi Alvaro,

It's been a good vole year in San Francisco as well where they still occur. I began to notice big numbers this spring in Glen Canyon and on Mount Davidson, and soon thereafter began to find dead/dying ones at the latter site indicating to me that like owls, people react to upswings in vole population cycles ( though unfortunately with the use of poison)

As far as Barn Owl distribution in San Francisco, a pair documented nesting in a cavity at the Palace of Fine Arts a few years ago was the first in about a century based on available data. The pattern in the city seems to be that we get an incursion every fall of dispersing juveniles, showing up about the same time (August/September) as they do in migrant traps like Point Reyes. These birds never seem to last long though and by CBC time Barn Owls get hard to find. This year has been an exception though, perhaps due to the rodent population cycle seemingly on a upswing and (my hypothesis)in places like Glen Canyon due to disappearance of the long time resident Great Horneds. Unlike coastal San Mateo County south of Pacifica where foraging habitat is extensive here in San Francisco we have few open fields and marshes and these are heavily monopolized in recent years by Great Horned Owls.

Regarding movement of Barn Owls, I dipped into my BNA accounts (hard copy courtesy of Mr. Dan Singer) and while they are not thought to be migratory in the commonly understood sense of a population vacating breeding areas for winter sites, juveniles are known to disperse widely and long range. Up to 1900km according to Soucy (1980, North American Bird Bander 5:97)

Dominik


Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 14, 2017, at 19:47, 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Dominik
>
> I don't know if the situation here (owl wise) is correlated with
> anything in SF, but this is a particularly good winter for Barn Owls on the
> San Mateo coast. They are here because there of the large number of voles
> which are around. They correlate with the White-tailed Kite numbers, also
> high this year. Barn Owls are not usually considered birds that move around
> that much, but we definitely get peak winters and low winters, and this is a
> peak one. They are not the local breeding population, but augmented by birds
> coming in from somewhere else. We do not get a similar up or down tick on
> Great Horned Owls, suggesting they do not respond in the same way to prey
> abundance fluctuations. So if you are seeing a lot of rodents, the Barn Owls
> may have come in due to that, not any possible change in Great Horned Owls
> in the local hood.
>
> Alvaro
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
>
> <mailto:<alvaro...> <alvaro...>
>
> www.alvarosadventures.com
>
> From: <SFBirds...> [mailto:<SFBirds...>] On Behalf Of
> Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds]
> Sent: Thursday, December 14, 2017 6:36 PM
> To: SFBirds <sfbirds...>
> Subject: [SFBirds] Bayside notes and dying owls
>
> Today (12/14/17), on an outgoing/low tide midday, there was a male-female
> pair of EURASIAN WIGEON among (80+) Americans off Pier 94.
>
> A couple of days ago I counted (473) Scaup from the county line at
> Candlestick looking into San Mateo County waters but still part of SF CBC
> circle. I looked carefully through the Scaup but all appeared to be GREATER
> which is often the case with Scaup rafts on SF Bay in my experience.
>
> A lone Common Goldeneye off Pier 94 today is the only one I've seen in SF
> waters so far this season.
>
> Wintering White-tailed Kites appear settled in at Heron's Head and
> Candlestick State Recreation Area respectively (the latter preferring the
> cypresses near the now dry pond in the northeast section)
>
> Today I received a report from personnel near the plant nursery in Golden
> Gate Park of a dead Barn Owl, suggestive of rodenticide poisoning. Perhaps
> this was one of the birds I'd been hearing/seeing regularly near my
> apartment not far from there since September. Rodenticides are also in play
> behind the Diamond Heights Safeway/shopping center where Barn Owls are often
> sighted this fall, including a 2nd hand report of (3) seem simultaneously
> from a veterinarian who has a clinic nearby.
>
> I've been made aware of (3) Great Horned Owls that succumbed to likely
> rodenticide poisoning in the Glen Park area since the start of this year.
> Their disappearance may be the reason why Barn Owls moved in around the time
> of fall dispersal this year. We'll see how long they last.
>
> On a related note there seem to be bigger than usual numbers of both rats
> and mice around when I've gone out "owling" in the past couple of months.
>
> Dominik Mosur
> San Francisco
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>

 

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Date: 12/15/17 5:06 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason: Orchard Oriole, Yellow Warbler and Avian Keratin Disorder
Fort Mason continues to be full of birds. This morning I found 60 species, including an ORCHARD ORIOLE in the garden and a YELLOW WARBLER (https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/25211770028/in/dateposted-public/) near the tennis courts. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was also at the tennis courts, an ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER was in the Battery and there were several TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS and many YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS everywhere. A SAY'S PHOEBE was in the Great Meadow, three WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were near the chapel, and the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and the LINCOLN'S SPARROW continued in the garden. Aquatic Park had a WANDERING TATTLER, two BLACK TURNSTONES, a BUFFLEHEAD, a CLARK'S GREBE and a COMMON LOON (as well as TV news crews covering the second California Sea Lion attack on humans in two days).

Woodpeckers included a NUTTALL'S, a HAIRY, three NORTHERN FLICKERS, a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER and a DOWNY with a severely deformed bill. I also found an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD with a deformed bill. Apparently this deformity is due to a virus which results in a condition called Avian Keratin Disorder (article at https://phys.org/news/2016-07-newly-virus-prime-often-fatal-beak.html https://phys.org/news/2016-07-newly-virus-prime-often-fatal-beak.html). If you find a bird with a deformed bill, you can report it to https://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/contact.html https://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/landbirds/beak_deformity/contact.html

 

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Date: 12/15/17 11:14 am
From: Josiah clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Bullock's Stowe
While doing a survey at Stowe lake I came upon a bright male bullocks oriole in flowering eucs. This is across from the closed gate above the succulent garden in the botanical garden. Common yellowthroat, 2-3 hooded merganser males and 15 northern shovelers also of note.
Lots more flowering eucs and overwintering insectivores here in SF than we've had in years. Check your street for rarities, they are everywhere.

Josiah Clark I Consulting Ecologist I www.habitatpotential.com I 415.317.3978

Nature's Acres Nursery I Bay Area Native Plants I www.naturesacresnursery.com



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Date: 12/15/17 10:49 am
From: Lee-Hong Chang <lhchang825...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lake Merced Lucy's Warbler
Had several good views of Lucy's Warbler this morning (Dec.15) between 10:00 and 10:30 am. Same spot as previously reported - near wooden structure just south of entrance to Lake Merced Harding Park. 
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Date: 12/15/17 10:27 am
From: <noreen_weeden...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Banded Brown Pelican reporting
Audubon California and IBRRC has asked that if you see a banded pelican, please report it to International Bird Rescue. International Bird Rescue places large, plastic blue, green, white and red bands with letter/number identification (“V13,” for instance) on pelicans post-release to track them. Birders all along the West Coast have reported hundreds of sightings. If you see a banded pelican, please report your sighting online — and take a photo of the bird if you can! To report any banded pelicans, please visit: https://www.bird- rescue.org/contact/found-a- bird/reporting-a-banded-bird. aspx https://www.bird-rescue.org/contact/found-a-bird/reporting-a-banded-bird.aspx


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Date: 12/14/17 7:47 pm
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Bayside notes and dying owls
Dominik

I don't know if the situation here (owl wise) is correlated with
anything in SF, but this is a particularly good winter for Barn Owls on the
San Mateo coast. They are here because there of the large number of voles
which are around. They correlate with the White-tailed Kite numbers, also
high this year. Barn Owls are not usually considered birds that move around
that much, but we definitely get peak winters and low winters, and this is a
peak one. They are not the local breeding population, but augmented by birds
coming in from somewhere else. We do not get a similar up or down tick on
Great Horned Owls, suggesting they do not respond in the same way to prey
abundance fluctuations. So if you are seeing a lot of rodents, the Barn Owls
may have come in due to that, not any possible change in Great Horned Owls
in the local hood.

Alvaro



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Subject: [SFBirds] Bayside notes and dying owls





Today (12/14/17), on an outgoing/low tide midday, there was a male-female
pair of EURASIAN WIGEON among (80+) Americans off Pier 94.

A couple of days ago I counted (473) Scaup from the county line at
Candlestick looking into San Mateo County waters but still part of SF CBC
circle. I looked carefully through the Scaup but all appeared to be GREATER
which is often the case with Scaup rafts on SF Bay in my experience.

A lone Common Goldeneye off Pier 94 today is the only one I've seen in SF
waters so far this season.

Wintering White-tailed Kites appear settled in at Heron's Head and
Candlestick State Recreation Area respectively (the latter preferring the
cypresses near the now dry pond in the northeast section)

Today I received a report from personnel near the plant nursery in Golden
Gate Park of a dead Barn Owl, suggestive of rodenticide poisoning. Perhaps
this was one of the birds I'd been hearing/seeing regularly near my
apartment not far from there since September. Rodenticides are also in play
behind the Diamond Heights Safeway/shopping center where Barn Owls are often
sighted this fall, including a 2nd hand report of (3) seem simultaneously
from a veterinarian who has a clinic nearby.

I've been made aware of (3) Great Horned Owls that succumbed to likely
rodenticide poisoning in the Glen Park area since the start of this year.
Their disappearance may be the reason why Barn Owls moved in around the time
of fall dispersal this year. We'll see how long they last.

On a related note there seem to be bigger than usual numbers of both rats
and mice around when I've gone out "owling" in the past couple of months.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 12/14/17 6:36 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Bayside notes and dying owls
Today (12/14/17), on an outgoing/low tide midday, there was a male-female pair of EURASIAN WIGEON among (80+) Americans off Pier 94.

A couple of days ago I counted (473) Scaup from the county line at Candlestick looking into San Mateo County waters but still part of SF CBC circle. I looked carefully through the Scaup but all appeared to be GREATER which is often the case with Scaup rafts on SF Bay in my experience.

A lone Common Goldeneye off Pier 94 today is the only one I've seen in SF waters so far this season.

Wintering White-tailed Kites appear settled in at Heron's Head and Candlestick State Recreation Area respectively (the latter preferring the cypresses near the now dry pond in the northeast section)

Today I received a report from personnel near the plant nursery in Golden Gate Park of a dead Barn Owl, suggestive of rodenticide poisoning. Perhaps this was one of the birds I'd been hearing/seeing regularly near my apartment not far from there since September. Rodenticides are also in play behind the Diamond Heights Safeway/shopping center where Barn Owls are often sighted this fall, including a 2nd hand report of (3) seem simultaneously from a veterinarian who has a clinic nearby.

I've been made aware of (3) Great Horned Owls that succumbed to likely rodenticide poisoning in the Glen Park area since the start of this year. Their disappearance may be the reason why Barn Owls moved in around the time of fall dispersal this year. We'll see how long they last.

On a related note there seem to be bigger than usual numbers of both rats and mice around when I've gone out "owling" in the past couple of months.


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Date: 12/14/17 5:27 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Local Interest last few days
On Tuesday, nine TREE SWALLOWS and a WHITE-THROATED SWIFT flew over the concrete bridge. That same morning, I was able to join other birds at Spreckels Lake to see the continuing RED-NECKED GREBE and four GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. At Fort Mason yesterday, an ORCHARD ORIOLE was in the garden (probably the same bird Aaron found on Monday), along with a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW. A MERLIN was on the roof of the visitor's center. A sedentary RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET confused me - it spent two plus minutes sitting still and preening in the garden. Today was a good day for woodpeckers - a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, a NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER and a DOWNY WOODPECKER in the garden, and a RED-SHAFTED FLICKER in the Battery. The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continued in the garden, and a WANDERING TATTLER was on the abandoned pier, along with a BELTED KINGFISHER and a BLACK TURNSTONE. Got a very brief look at the NASHVILLE WARBLER.


 

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Date: 12/14/17 9:58 am
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Sutro
Despite the stagnant weather, I did a 90 minute seawatch this morning.
Highlights were an adult and juvenile Pomerine Jaeger flying together, both
light morphs, a pair of Marbled Murrelets sitting near enough to easily see
their field marks, and quite unexpected were two Red Knots which flew out
of the Gate and off to the south.

I hope some normal winter patterns return before year's end.
Brian Fitch

 

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Date: 12/13/17 5:02 pm
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Re: 420 birds in San Francisco
Interesting stuff, Sam.

Hugh - I'd be interested to learn more about where the various historical
records for San Francisco reside, and which resources if any are now online
or in publications. Was an official historical record of rare birds ever
maintained for the county, either by GGAS or anyone else? I've seen the
lists that you and Mark worked on from about 1990-2005.

It seems to me that it would be a good idea to update a record of rare
birds in the county - say, your Codes 5-6 - to bring it up to present. I
would be willing to put some effort into this, if it would make the
information more available. But I should start by asking what, and where
the historical resources are.

Aaron

On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 11:51 PM, Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
wrote:

> Thank you for updating and maintaining the cumulative City list, Hugh. I
> just spent an hour studying it, and looking at your website, and am happy
> to know that both the city and county lists are being well-maintained.
> Definitely more complete than eBird - I noted that the County total is
> currently 487 species, and eBird only has 472 species, which includes about
> a dozen non-countable birds - so eBird is missing 25-30 species still.
> Also interesting to note that the County list has 67 species that aren’t
> on the “peninsular” City list.
>
> The City list from 6/30 has 416 species - and there are four more City
> firsts this summer/fall - Black-tailed Gull, Nazca Booby, Mccowen’s
> Longspur and Ruff. So that gives us 420 birds for the City of San
> Francisco. Let’s all just appreciate that number for a moment.
>
> Here’s my personal Top-ten list of most desired (and overdue) city firsts
> in no particular order. I’m probably missing a few obvious ones: Rock
> Sandpiper, White Wagtail, Emperor Goose, Mountain Plover, White-eyed Vireo,
> Cerulean Warbler, LeConte’s Sparrow, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Phylloscopus
> sp., Slaty-backed Gull. Wonder which one is next?
>
> Aaron Maizlish
>
>
>
> On Dec 12, 2017, at 6:42 PM, H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] <
> <SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> All,
> I have been keeping an updated cumulative San Francisco City list and also
> developed a location for the list online at:
>
> http://www.sfbirds.net/cumulative-list-2017
>
> I do hope that this site will become a resource for SF birding over time;
> currently I have added some checklists, county list and various links for
> San Francisco birding etc.
>
> The 2017 cumulative list currently stands at 284 at the end of November -
> slightly ahead of last years total.
>
> A summary of the year to date is as follows:
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/12/17 11:51 pm
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] 420 birds in San Francisco
Thank you for updating and maintaining the cumulative City list, Hugh. I just spent an hour studying it, and looking at your website, and am happy to know that both the city and county lists are being well-maintained. Definitely more complete than eBird - I noted that the County total is currently 487 species, and eBird only has 472 species, which includes about a dozen non-countable birds - so eBird is missing 25-30 species still. Also interesting to note that the County list has 67 species that aren’t on the “peninsular” City list.

The City list from 6/30 has 416 species - and there are four more City firsts this summer/fall - Black-tailed Gull, Nazca Booby, Mccowen’s Longspur and Ruff. So that gives us 420 birds for the City of San Francisco. Let’s all just appreciate that number for a moment.

Here’s my personal Top-ten list of most desired (and overdue) city firsts in no particular order. I’m probably missing a few obvious ones: Rock Sandpiper, White Wagtail, Emperor Goose, Mountain Plover, White-eyed Vireo, Cerulean Warbler, LeConte’s Sparrow, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Phylloscopus sp., Slaty-backed Gull. Wonder which one is next?

Aaron Maizlish



> On Dec 12, 2017, at 6:42 PM, H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> All,
> I have been keeping an updated cumulative San Francisco City list and also developed a location for the list online at:
>
> http://www.sfbirds.net/cumulative-list-2017 <http://www.sfbirds.net/cumulative-list-2017>
>
> I do hope that this site will become a resource for SF birding over time; currently I have added some checklists, county list and various links for San Francisco birding etc.
>
> The 2017 cumulative list currently stands at 284 at the end of November - slightly ahead of last years total.
>
> A summary of the year to date is as follows:


 

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Date: 12/12/17 6:42 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] San Francisco City Cumulative List for 2017 through November.
All,
I have been keeping an updated cumulative San Francisco City list and also
developed a location for the list online at:

http://www.sfbirds.net/cumulative-list-2017

I do hope that this site will become a resource for SF birding over time;
currently I have added some checklists, county list and various links for
San Francisco birding etc.

The 2017 cumulative list currently stands at 284 at the end of November -
slightly ahead of last years total.

A summary of the year to date is as follows:

*November 2017*
Six species were added in November including a (the?) Ridgeway's Rail at
Herons Head, not seen since in the City since 2014, a Rough-legged Hawk and
Canvasback. After being well behind last year, November ended six species
ahead of last year. End of month total - 284.

*October 2017*
Highlights for October included a McCowns Longspur, a City and County
first; a Ruff, a City first record and a Red-throated Pipit, a second City
record and first since 2008. End of month total - 278

*September 2017*
Besides January, September is typically the month with the most additions
to the cumulative list and September 2017 added 20 species. The highlight
was a Bay-breasted Warbler, at Fort Mason, the first in the City since
2001. End of month total - 265.

*August 2017*
Returning shorebirds and early fall migrants made up the bulk of the months
sightings. The highlight though was a Nazca Booby found by researchers in
SF bay as they headed out to the Farallones; a first City and County
record. End of month total - 245.

*July 2017*
Highlight of the month was the return of the Parakeet Auklet for the second
year in a row. Additional species added in July included a Lesser
Nighthawk, first in over 15 years and an Amerian Redstart. End of month
total - 238

*June 2017*
Nothing doing in June with no additions to the City list. End of month
total remains - 235

*May 2017*
Highlight of the month and likely for the year was a Black-tailed Gull
found by Dominik Mosur on Ocean Beach, a first City and County Record and
5th or so record for California. Other scarcities included White-winged
Dove, an influx of Fork-tailed Storm Petrel's, Red-eyed Vireo and the first
Hooded Warbler in four years. End of month total - 235.

*April 2017*
Migrants again were the main additions to the cumulative list in April;
scarcer sightings included the first Hammond's Flycatcher of the year and
Lawrence's Goldfinch. End of month total - 216, well behind the average for
the last ten years.

*March 2017*
Returning migrants were the main additions to the list in March. Highlights
for the month included Lesser Yellowlegs, American Bittern, Golden Eagle
and a McGilivray's Warbler. End of month total - 200

*February 2017*
A relatively quiet month with some geese and duck sightings adding to the
overall cumulative list. End of month total - 183

*January 2017*
Highlights for the month included a continuing California Thrasher from
2016 at Clipper Terrace; the first county record at the time. Other
highlights included the returning Eastern Phoebe, now in its second winter
at the San Francisco Zoo and returning Burrowing Owl at Ocean Beach, back
for its fifth winter. End of Month Total - 177

Hugh

 

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Date: 12/12/17 1:36 pm
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Re: Treasure Island notes - new seawatch spot
Erratum - Just for the sake of accuracy, I didn't see a "Red-throated
Grebe"... seen from the path were both a Red-necked Grebe and a
Red-throated Loon.

On Tue, Dec 12, 2017 at 1:27 PM, Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...>
wrote:

> SF Birders,
>
> This morning I intended to do a quick survey of Treasure Island on my way
> in to work, but it turned into a 3-hour birding stop as I discovered much
> to my delight that the Perimeter Path around the north side of the island
> is completely open from end to end, maybe for the first time ever.
>
> The Perimeter Rd goes around the NW and N sides of Treasure Island,
> starting at the end of Avenue of Palms x 9th St., and ending at a
> breakwater on the northern tip of the island where it connected to Avenue
> I. For years it was gated off at both ends, but today it was completely
> open - and a few fishermen and dogwalkers were using it. Access to this
> path and the breakwater actually opens up a huge swath of the Bay inside
> San Francisco County water to seawatching for the first time, and moreover
> this is the productive side of the island.
>
> Birds seen from the path included 4 species of grebe including a
> RED-THROATED GREBE, the 3 expected loons, Surfbird, 2 Common Murre,
> Sanderlings, 2 Oystercatchers and lots of Brandt's Cormorants. If anyone
> wants to scope the bay from here, I suggest parking at Avenue of Palms and
> setting up either at the breakwater, or on the perimeter path at about "11
> o-clock" on the island." Because of the shape of T.I., birds flying from
> the east bay in a SW direction are close offshore there as they round the
> island.
>
> Other birds of note were 4 CACKLING GOOSE in with about 70 Canadas on the
> ball fields at 13th x Ave. E. At 9 AM there were still 400 Mew Gull on
> the field, but they were gone by 10. This is a large winter roost for Mew
> Gulls (over 1000) that I believe spend the day in Emeryville/Oakland.
>
> Treasure Island isn't for everyone. There is a lot of construction
> everywhere and still several areas that are closed off for hazmat
> remediation or radioactivity. A lot of the island is "quasi-open" to the
> public - so use your common sensee. I should emphasize however that the
> Perimeter path seems to be fully open, and the shoreline as well as the
> ballfields are excellent places to look for rarities.
>
> On a different topic - yesterday afternoon I made a quick stop at the Fort
> Mason Community Garden. Only bird of note was a female Oriole, high in the
> large blooming Eucalyptus, with about 100 starlings, sparrows and
> yellow-rumps. Solid yellow-green color and white wingbars indicated an
> ORCHARD ORIOLE to me. Probably the same one last reported there in October.
>
>
> Aaron Maizlish
> San Francisco
>

 

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Date: 12/12/17 1:27 pm
From: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Treasure Island notes - new seawatch spot
SF Birders,

This morning I intended to do a quick survey of Treasure Island on my way
in to work, but it turned into a 3-hour birding stop as I discovered much
to my delight that the Perimeter Path around the north side of the island
is completely open from end to end, maybe for the first time ever.

The Perimeter Rd goes around the NW and N sides of Treasure Island,
starting at the end of Avenue of Palms x 9th St., and ending at a
breakwater on the northern tip of the island where it connected to Avenue
I. For years it was gated off at both ends, but today it was completely
open - and a few fishermen and dogwalkers were using it. Access to this
path and the breakwater actually opens up a huge swath of the Bay inside
San Francisco County water to seawatching for the first time, and moreover
this is the productive side of the island.

Birds seen from the path included 4 species of grebe including a
RED-THROATED GREBE, the 3 expected loons, Surfbird, 2 Common Murre,
Sanderlings, 2 Oystercatchers and lots of Brandt's Cormorants. If anyone
wants to scope the bay from here, I suggest parking at Avenue of Palms and
setting up either at the breakwater, or on the perimeter path at about "11
o-clock" on the island." Because of the shape of T.I., birds flying from
the east bay in a SW direction are close offshore there as they round the
island.

Other birds of note were 4 CACKLING GOOSE in with about 70 Canadas on the
ball fields at 13th x Ave. E. At 9 AM there were still 400 Mew Gull on
the field, but they were gone by 10. This is a large winter roost for Mew
Gulls (over 1000) that I believe spend the day in Emeryville/Oakland.

Treasure Island isn't for everyone. There is a lot of construction
everywhere and still several areas that are closed off for hazmat
remediation or radioactivity. A lot of the island is "quasi-open" to the
public - so use your common sensee. I should emphasize however that the
Perimeter path seems to be fully open, and the shoreline as well as the
ballfields are excellent places to look for rarities.

On a different topic - yesterday afternoon I made a quick stop at the Fort
Mason Community Garden. Only bird of note was a female Oriole, high in the
large blooming Eucalyptus, with about 100 starlings, sparrows and
yellow-rumps. Solid yellow-green color and white wingbars indicated an
ORCHARD ORIOLE to me. Probably the same one last reported there in October.


Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco.

 

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Date: 12/12/17 10:28 am
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Sunset Circle Warblers, et al. 12/12/17 Sunset District Trike update
This morning I checked the big wintering Warbler flock that frequents the willows, eucalyptus and conifer stands along the Sunset Circle parking lot above the wooden bridge to Harding Park.

Continuing winter rarities included the Palm Warbler and Gray-headed Orange-crowned Warbler (first noted 11/14)and the Hermit Warbler (C. Lou 11/17)

There were at a minimum (40) Myrtle, (20-25) Audubon's, (6) Townsend's and (2) Pacific Orange-crowned Warblers in this flock as well.

Most of the Townsend's, the Hermit and a few rumps were in the conifers above the restroom; the Palm and Orange-crowns were associated with the Myrtle flock in the willows along the staircase down to the fishing pier.

Of note for CBC efforts at this site were a flyover Osprey and (4-5) Tree Swallows foraging over the lake.

A pair of Red-shouldered Hawks in the eucalyptus grove were vocal for a spell and may be staking out a nesting territory for the upcoming spring.

As of Sunday (12/10) there were still at least 7-8 male Tricolored Blackbirds in the West Sunset Playground/AP Giannini/Sunset Elenentary school and play field complex associating with a flock of Brewer's Blackbirds. Take note if this is within your CBC territory as these may be the only Tricolored Blackbirds in the count circle this winter.

(4) Northern Pintails flying over the playfields were unusual for an inland location.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 12/12/17 10:08 am
From: Raul Agrait <raulagrait...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Red-necked grebe Ggp
Red-necked grebe at Spreckel’s Lake, Tuesday 7:40am


> On Dec 10, 2017, at 8:59 AM, cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Sunday. 12-10. 855am.
> Red necked grebe still here.
>
> Calvin Lou
> Sf
>
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
> -------- Original message --------
> From: "Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply...>
> Date: 12/9/17 3:30 PM (GMT-08:00)
> To: <sfbirds...>
> Subject: [SFBirds] Red-necked grebe Ggp
>
>
> It's at spreckles lake hanging w pied billed grebe. Also seen by brian turner.
> Good luck!
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>

 

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Date: 12/11/17 5:01 pm
From: <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lake Merced-Lucy's Warbler and Eastern Phoebe
Hi ALL,

Monday, Dec 11, 2017
The LUCY'S WARBLER was seen around 3:25pm from the side parking lot below the main entrance road. It was there for about 5 minutes. The EASTERN PHOEBE again north of the entrance along the shoreline.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Date: 12/10/17 10:49 pm
From: PAUL SARACENI <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] NW SF, 12/10/17
This morning during steady NE winds Hugh Cotter and I did some sky/sea-watching from Battery Godfrey and the Mile Rock overlook.


Observations of local interest:



Battery Godfrey (7-8:45 AM):

Cackling Goose 12 (1 flock flying NE; PS, only)

Am. Wigeon 3 (with N. Pintail flocks)

N. Pintail 46 (3 flocks)

Com. Loon 3

Red-thr. Loon 40+ (most flying E very high over the GG Channel and/or Marin Headlands)

Pacific Loon 2

Peregrine Falcon 2 (noisily sparring mid-air, then perched atop the S tower of GG Bridge)

Herring Gull 4

Iceland (Thayer's) Gull 2

Com. Murre 20+

Band-tailed Pigeon 120+ (1 flock)

BARN SWALLOW 1 (late; flying E low over the GG Channel; PS, only)

House Wren 1 (continuing)

Am. Pipit 1 (calling flyover)

Pine Siskin 20+ (flying N)


Mile Rock Overlook (9-9:45 AM):

Am. Wigeon 3 (with N. Pintail flock)

N. Pintail 28 (1 flock flying E)

Surf Scoter 80+

RED PHALAROPE 3 (flying E, together, low over GG Channel)

Com. Murre 40+


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Date: 12/10/17 1:55 pm
From: Robert Cullison <robbo50...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Snow Goose at SF Botanical Garden
While looking at the Red-necked Grebe at Spreckle's Lake with Ken, Lucas and Mark four Greater White-fronted Geese flew in and stood on the edge.  They have been pretty regular at the Polo Fields.

On the way through GG Park I cut through the SFBG and there was a Snow Goose at the waterfowl pond near the north entrance.  It was an immature and most likely the same bird that was at Crissy on Thursday.
Good birding.
Rob Cullison





 

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Date: 12/10/17 10:16 am
From: LESLIE S <sen007...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Alta Plaza construction
Hi All.
Just wanted to give updates on birding Area Plaza Park. Unfortunately there is a construction project just started and as a result there is a fence around the majority of the park blocking
off access. This will directly affect the CBC in that area. Too bad as there have been some great birds there of recent (Great horned Owl) as I frequently go there living nearby. Also at
Lafayette Park they did an overall pruning Clearing and Cleanup. Happy Birding! Leslie


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Date: 12/10/17 9:02 am
From: cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Lucy's Warbler
Lucy's warbler and eastern phobe seen on Sunday morning.
Calvin LouSf


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Just seen near outhouse on s side of Harding Park road near park entrance. Below eye level in albinos and euc to the West. 


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Date: 12/10/17 8:59 am
From: cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Red-necked grebe Ggp
Sunday. 12-10.  855am.Red necked grebe still here.
Calvin LouSf


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It's at spreckles lake hanging w pied billed grebe. Also seen by brian turner.

Good luck!



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Date: 12/9/17 3:57 pm
From: PAUL SARACENI <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Another Lucy's Warbler in SF, 12/9/17
This morning around 10 AM I observed a LUCY'S WARBLER in a street tree near my home on Parnassus Ave. in Cole Valley, mid-block between Shrader/Stanyan on the S side of the street.


I was first drawn to it by its different-sounding sharp call note, and then spotted it as it gleaned within a leafy tree, coming down towards the bottom of the tree. It was by itself. After about a minute it flew E down Parnassus, perhaps into another tree. I could not relocate it on a quick walk down the block. Petite, short-tailed, pale upperparts, with whitish underparts.


This is a densely-populated, busy block with scattered street trees. Will keep an eye/ear out and report to the list if I observe it again.


Other recent happenings in my neighborhood include a large, rufous Song Sparrow that has been coming to my suet feeder since 11/4 (when it showed up with a White-throated Sparrow). Based on photos, input I have received is that it may be rufina subspecies from the Pacific NW, or perhaps an intergrade of various NW races. This morning a leucistic Dark-eyed Junco with a lot of white in its head feathering also made a brief visit to the feeder.


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Date: 12/9/17 3:30 pm
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Red-necked grebe Ggp
It's at spreckles lake hanging w pied billed grebe. Also seen by brian turner.
Good luck!

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Date: 12/9/17 3:01 pm
From: Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] West Sf
I led a trip for SF Nature Education today at the Chain of Lakes and Spreckels Lake. Thanks to help from David Assmann we did see the Orchard Oriole some of us saw the Wilson's Warbler fly across to the west shore and many saw the Orange-crowned Warble and Common Yellowthroat.  We couldn't find the Nashville but we did see a Yellow Warbler at South Lake the highlight was a Red-necked Grebe on Spreckels Lake. There were a number of Red-breasted Nuthatches on the northeast side of the Bison Paddock.
As reported the Lucy's Warbler was in the Albizia and Myoporum near the little outhouse-looking pump house near the entrance to Harding Park at 8:30 to 8:45 at Lake Merced.
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Date: 12/9/17 2:26 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Chain of Lakes - Orchard Oriole and Wilson's Warbler
Spent the better part of the morning at Chain of Lakes, looking for and finding the birds Brian Fitch reported yesterday, part of the time with Bob Dunn. The ORCHARD ORIOLE was vocal until a COOPER'S HAWK landed in a tree nearby at North Lake. The WILSON'S WARBLER was quite bold, and was accompanied by one of the ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS much of the time while it was visible on the east side of North Lake. The NASHVILLE WARBLER stayed low to the ground. At the maintenance yard near Bercut, a group of PINE SISKINS were enjoying a bath along with birds of a number of other species, including a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.


 

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Date: 12/9/17 10:28 am
From: Raul Agrait <raulagrait...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Re: Sutro & North Lake
Spotted what I believe were both the Orchard Oriole and the Nashville Warbler
this morning around 8:40am at North Lake, at the same location mentioned by
Brian yesterday.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9100891
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9100894

Raul Agrait
SF

On Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 1:03 PM, Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] <
<SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Just saw that my message was cut short...
>
> The Lucy's Warbler was refound by other birders around 11AM on the north
> side of the road across from where it's been hanging out at Lake Merced..
> Brian Fitch
>
> On Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> wrote:
>
>> It's been weeks since I've found any newsworthy species, but the backlog
>> was broken today, and interesting birds were in good supply.
>>
>> At the Sutro Baths from 7:30-9:15, a female Harlequin Duck, two
>> White-winged Scoters, a Red-necked Grebe, and a Pomerine Jaeger all flew
>> by. The scoters were quite distant, but I saw them land, and later spotted
>> them flying again. Common Murres were once again common after a poor
>> showing throughout 2017, and one pair of Marble Murrelets were southbound.
>> Surfbirds and Black Turnstones have returned to the Sutro rocks, now that
>> the unusual beach has been washed away by the high winter tides.
>>
>> Following up Alan's report from yesterday, as Nashville Warbler was
>> missing from my city year list, I found the SE side of North Lake to be
>> teeming with insect and nectar gleaners. I refound the Nashville and
>> several Orange-crowneds, but was surprised to also see a Wilson's warbler
>> and a young male Orchard Oriole, along with many regular locals. The
>> oriole had a short black bib with just a tinge of maroon at the bottom, and
>> the bird was barely bigger than the Yellow-rumpeds. The action was around
>> a cotoneaster bush that grows right on the margin of the paved trail,
>> across form some blooming acacia
>>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/9/17 8:38 am
From: Ralph McKinnon <mmushkat...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lucy's Warbler
Just seen near outhouse on s side of Harding Park road near park entrance. Below eye level in albinos and euc to the West. 


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Date: 12/8/17 2:41 pm
From: Sam Safran <ssafranmidd...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lucy's Warbler continues (and anyone up for a Red-footed Booby excursion?)
Hi all,

To keep this post on topic... the Lake Merced Lucy's Warbler found by Dom
put in a nice appearance this morning around 9AM at the Harding Park
entrance. As others have noted in their eBird checklists (but hasn't been
mentioned on SFBirds), the bird has a prominent dark patch at the base of
its bill--likely from eucalyptus gum--that you won't find in your field
guide.

Otherwise, I wanted to see if there are any SF birders who have not yet
seen the HMB Red-footed Booby and would like to try for it this weekend.
I'm planning to rent a car to get down there either Saturday or Sunday
morning and would be happy to give someone a lift. Alternatively, if you
were already planning on heading down in your own vehicle I'd love to catch
a ride. In either case just e-mail me off list!

Sam Safran
SF

 

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Date: 12/8/17 1:03 pm
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Re: Sutro & North Lake
Just saw that my message was cut short...

The Lucy's Warbler was refound by other birders around 11AM on the north
side of the road across from where it's been hanging out at Lake Merced.
Brian Fitch

On Fri, Dec 8, 2017 at 12:51 PM, Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> wrote:

> It's been weeks since I've found any newsworthy species, but the backlog
> was broken today, and interesting birds were in good supply.
>
> At the Sutro Baths from 7:30-9:15, a female Harlequin Duck, two
> White-winged Scoters, a Red-necked Grebe, and a Pomerine Jaeger all flew
> by. The scoters were quite distant, but I saw them land, and later spotted
> them flying again. Common Murres were once again common after a poor
> showing throughout 2017, and one pair of Marble Murrelets were southbound.
> Surfbirds and Black Turnstones have returned to the Sutro rocks, now that
> the unusual beach has been washed away by the high winter tides.
>
> Following up Alan's report from yesterday, as Nashville Warbler was
> missing from my city year list, I found the SE side of North Lake to be
> teeming with insect and nectar gleaners. I refound the Nashville and
> several Orange-crowneds, but was surprised to also see a Wilson's warbler
> and a young male Orchard Oriole, along with many regular locals. The
> oriole had a short black bib with just a tinge of maroon at the bottom, and
> the bird was barely bigger than the Yellow-rumpeds. The action was around
> a cotoneaster bush that grows right on the margin of the paved trail,
> across form some blooming acacia
>

 

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Date: 12/8/17 12:51 pm
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Sutro & North Lake
It's been weeks since I've found any newsworthy species, but the backlog
was broken today, and interesting birds were in good supply.

At the Sutro Baths from 7:30-9:15, a female Harlequin Duck, two
White-winged Scoters, a Red-necked Grebe, and a Pomerine Jaeger all flew
by. The scoters were quite distant, but I saw them land, and later spotted
them flying again. Common Murres were once again common after a poor
showing throughout 2017, and one pair of Marble Murrelets were southbound.
Surfbirds and Black Turnstones have returned to the Sutro rocks, now that
the unusual beach has been washed away by the high winter tides.

Following up Alan's report from yesterday, as Nashville Warbler was missing
from my city year list, I found the SE side of North Lake to be teeming
with insect and nectar gleaners. I refound the Nashville and several
Orange-crowneds, but was surprised to also see a Wilson's warbler and a
young male Orchard Oriole, along with many regular locals. The oriole had
a short black bib with just a tinge of maroon at the bottom, and the bird
was barely bigger than the Yellow-rumpeds. The action was around a
cotoneaster bush that grows right on the margin of the paved trail, across
form some blooming acacia

 

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Date: 12/8/17 7:49 am
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Snow Goose at Crissy Field
In with 46 Canada Geese

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Date: 12/8/17 5:56 am
From: Siobhan Ruck <siobhan.ruck...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] SF Christmas Count signup open until 12/13
Registration for the San Francisco Christmas Count has been extended until next Wednesday, 12/13. The count will take place on Wednesday 12/27,

For more information or to register:

https://goldengateaudubon.org/expired-announcement/news/christmas-bird-count-december-17-27/ <https://goldengateaudubon.org/expired-announcement/news/christmas-bird-count-december-17-27/>

or

https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/goldengateaudubon/eventRegistration.jsp?event=3770& <https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/goldengateaudubon/eventRegistration.jsp?event=3770&>


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Date: 12/7/17 12:28 pm
From: Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] GGP
I did a little ride through the Park. Mostly things were pretty quiet (didn't check the Botanical Garden) I did see:
4 White-fronted Geese on Spreckels Lake.1 Nashville Warbler and 2 Orange-crowned Warblers along the east side of North Lake.1 Orange-crowned Warbler at the Bercut brush pile.1 White-throated Sparrow juv. and 1 Lincoln's Sparrow along the south edge of Strawberry Hill.
Alan Hopkins
 

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Date: 12/7/17 11:27 am
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lucy’s just reappeared at Lake Merced
Closer to Boathouse

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Date: 12/7/17 7:57 am
From: Eddie Monson <eg40monson...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Re: LUCY'S WARBLER continues at Lake Merced 12/6
Lucy’s warbler continues this morning. Hanging out with kinglet and orange crowned warbler. Spotted at 7:20 in bushes just past the entry gate on the right. There is a small wood structure down off to the right and it was in bushes near there


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Date: 12/6/17 8:45 pm
From: 'T.G. Miko' <tgmiko...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Avian Holiday Meals?
I recently submitted an observation here in Los Angeles County that I
watched Audubon's Warblers eating seeds in a tree, along with the House
Finches. This turned on a light bulb over my head about why they spend so
much time feeding on the ground. Up until now, I always thought that they
were finding small insects in the grass.

Tom Miko
Claremont LA County
909.241.3300

On Dec 6, 2017 6:23 PM, "Richard Bradus <grizzledjay...> [SFBirds]" <
<SFBirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all
>
> As birdwatchers, many tend to gloss over the subtleties of avian behavior
> or habit. When it comes to diet, of course we expect sparrows to be eating
> seeds, warblers to be after insects and accipiters and buteos to eat
> songbirds and rodents respectively. But, it's not really that simple...
>
> Over the past ten days or so I've noted some interesting avian dietary
> behavior, and it seems that we humans may not be the only ones indulging in
> unusual foods during the holidays. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving I was
> amazed to see an immature White-crowned Sparrow in Alta Plaza Park snag a
> caterpillar that was nearly half of its own length (!), then chew and
> ingest a small bit off the end before getting spooked and retreating into
> cover. It then proceeded to tear off small pieces, dropping the larger
> fragment onto the ground, then recovered it and flew into the brush to
> devour the rest mostly out of sight. Lest one think that the Thanksgiving
> period was just an excuse for unusual carnivorous activity, a bit later
> that morning there was a fracas of about 45 or so crows in Lafayette Park
> clustered about the granaries of the now resident Acorn Woodpeckers, a mob
> event that Lori Lee has documented a few other times previously. They were
> clearly going after the stores of acorns, and though their incessant
> squabbling and chasing of each other considerably limited their success in
> those efforts, it was as if the acorns were for them a holiday nut treat.
>
> Yesterday I made my way to Yerba Buena Gardens for lunch and to visit the
> museum and was pleasantly surprised when an immature Sharp-shinned Hawk
> flew right by and perched in one of the bare trees along the east side
> path. Hardly bothered by the numerous (mostly oblivious) passers-by walking
> just below, its attention was concentrated on the ground and surrounding
> bushes - the pigeons being quite distant on the other side of Mission St.
> (and probably too large for this little hawk anyway), and no sparrows or
> smaller birds to be seen. The Sharpie made a couple of passes onto the
> grounds and lawn, apparently going after insects; I'm reminded that "Patch"
> the immature Red-tailed Hawk that hung out at Alta Plaza Park a few years
> ago made its first hunts by catching grasshoppers and the like. Incredibly,
> the hawk was still there over an hour later after my museum excursion, but
> wasted little time as it soon swooped down across the edge of the brush to
> snag what appeared to be a field mouse, returning to perch briefly before
> thinking better of it and carrying its prey into the dense cover of the
> evergreen trees to the west. Clearly, accipiters eat rodents too; a matter
> of opportunity no doubt. iPhone photo (perched, sans prey) at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40935456
>
> As we go about our search for different species and interesting visitors,
> take some time to watch our resident and familiar birds as well, as they
> are endlessly entertaining and also may reveal some surprises.
>
> Happy holiday birding!
>
> Richard Bradus
> San Francisco
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/6/17 6:23 pm
From: Richard Bradus <grizzledjay...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Avian Holiday Meals?
Hi all
As birdwatchers, many tend to gloss over the subtleties of avian behavior or habit. When it comes to diet, of course we expect sparrows to be eating seeds, warblers to be after insects and accipiters and buteos to eat songbirds and rodents respectively. But, it's not really that simple...
Over the past ten days or so I've noted some interesting avian dietary behavior, and it seems that we humans may not be the only ones indulging in unusual foods during the holidays. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving I was amazed to see an immature White-crowned Sparrow in Alta Plaza Park snag a caterpillar that was nearly half of its own length (!), then chew and ingest a small bit off the end before getting spooked and retreating into cover. It then proceeded to tear off small pieces, dropping the larger fragment onto the ground, then recovered it and flew into the brush to devour the rest mostly out of sight. Lest one think that the Thanksgiving period was just an excuse for unusual carnivorous activity, a bit later that morning there was a fracas of about 45 or so crows in Lafayette Park clustered about the granaries of the now resident Acorn Woodpeckers, a mob event that Lori Lee has documented a few other times previously. They were clearly going after the stores of acorns, and though their incessant squabbling and chasing of each other considerably limited their success in those efforts, it was as if the acorns were for them a holiday nut treat.
Yesterday I made my way to Yerba Buena Gardens for lunch and to visit the museum and was pleasantly surprised when an immature Sharp-shinned Hawk flew right by and perched in one of the bare trees along the east side path. Hardly bothered by the numerous (mostly oblivious) passers-by walking just below, its attention was concentrated on the ground and surrounding bushes - the pigeons being quite distant on the other side of Mission St. (and probably too large for this little hawk anyway), and no sparrows or smaller birds to be seen. The Sharpie made a couple of passes onto the grounds and lawn, apparently going after insects; I'm reminded that "Patch" the immature Red-tailed Hawk that hung out at Alta Plaza Park a few years ago made its first hunts by catching grasshoppers and the like. Incredibly, the hawk was still there over an hour later after my museum excursion, but wasted little time as it soon swooped down across the edge of the brush to snag what appeared to be a field mouse, returning to perch briefly before thinking better of it and carrying its prey into the dense cover of the evergreen trees to the west. Clearly, accipiters eat rodents too; a matter of opportunity no doubt. iPhone photo (perched, sans prey) at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40935456
As we go about our search for different species and interesting visitors, take some time to watch our resident and familiar birds as well, as they are endlessly entertaining and also may reveal some surprises.
Happy holiday birding!
Richard BradusSan Francisco 


 

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Date: 12/6/17 1:49 pm
From: Logan Kahle <logan...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] NAB Fall Season Reports for Marin, San Francisco, and Contra Costa counties
Hi all,

The Fall season for North American birds (August 1-November 30), has
ended. If you have any notable sightings for Marin, San Francisco, or
Contra Costa counties not submitted to eBird or the local listservs
(NBB, EBB, SFBirds) please send me an email with the date and location
and any documentation (written or physical) you may have before December
10th. Notable sightings can include rare or unusual species, late or
early records, or extralimital high counts.

Good birding,

Logan Kahle


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Date: 12/6/17 11:42 am
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Yellow Warbler at Fort Mason
A bright YELLOW WARBLER at the entrance to the Battery (end of the cul-de-sac) was one of five Warbler species this morning. The other four were seen in the Garden - a NASHVILLE WARBLER (there may have been two), an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, several TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS and many YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. An AMERICAN KESTREL was on the roof of the Visitor’s Center when I arrived at 7:10. A LINCOLN’S SPARROW had found a place to bathe in the garden, and was preening and drying its feathers. The continuing WHITE-THROATED SPARROW popped up multiple times.

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Date: 12/6/17 9:58 am
From: Bob Toleno <bob...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] LUCY'S WARBLER continues at Lake Merced 12/6
I got a brief-but-diagnostic view of the Lucy's Warbler that Dom found a
couple days ago in the area west of the boathouse at Lake Merced. I spotted
it while i was standing on Harding Rd right next to the entrance from
Skyline Blvd and looking down at the willows next to the lake,
approximately 100 meters west of where Dom originally found the bird.

Good birding,
Bob Toleno
Hayward

 

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Date: 12/4/17 11:56 pm
From: PAUL SARACENI <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Battery Godfrey, 12/4/17
During increasing N/NE winds Monday (12/4) morning there were a few observations of interest for the birders gathered up on the Battery (me, Hugh C., Brian F., Sam S., Dominik M.). These observations were thru ~9:30 AM. Those who stayed up there later likely have more to add:


Green-winged Teal 1 (flying with 2 Surf Scoters low over the Channel)

Mallard 8

Greater Scaup 5

Red-br. Merganser 1 (flying with flock of Surf Scoters)

COMMON MERGANSER 4 (a "pure" flock of f/./imm. flying through the Channel)

BLACK SCOTER 1 f. (flying with Surf Scoters)

Surf Scoter 80+

Com. Loon 4

Red-thr. Loon 30+

Pacific Loon 2

Osprey 1 (flew S high over the GG Bridge @ sunrise)

Peregrine Falcon 2 (perched on the S tower of GG Bridge)

Dowitcher sp. 10 (1 silent flock of 10 flew NE past BG and towards the Bay)

Bonaparte's Gull 7

Ring-billed Gull 1 ad. (uncommon @ BG)

Herring Gull 10+

Com. Murre 8

POMARINE JAEGER 1 ad. (flew E towards the Bay high over GG Bridge)

Band-tailed Pigeon 300+

Say's Phoebe 1

Bewick's Wren 1

House Wren 1

Wrentit 1

Varied Thrush 3

Am. Pipit 2 (calling flyovers)

Pine Siskin 12

Purple Finch 2


Also: Harbor Porpoise 10+


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco


 

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Date: 12/4/17 3:42 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] LUCY'S Warbler at Lake Merced 12/4/17
Corrected date in Subject line.


> There's a Lucy's Warbler in the myoporums next to the defunct loading crane west of boathouse, below the main road/entrance to Harding Park.
>
> Dominik Mosur
> San Francisco
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> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 12/4/17 3:40 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] LUCY'S Warbler at Lake Merced 11/4/17
There's a Lucy's Warbler in the myoporums next to the defunct loading crane west of boathouse, below the main road/entrance to Harding Park.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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Date: 12/3/17 1:47 pm
From: PAUL SARACENI <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] B-L Kittiwake and Murrelets, SF, 12/3/17
This morning with the return of brisk NW winds I hit the shore for some seawatching, joined by Hugh Cotter for most of the time.


At the south end of the Great Highway (7:30-8:45 AM) there was a nice movement of loons N when I arrived @ 7:30 AM. As is often the case along the SF coast, most were Red-throated (~600 in an hour), along with some Pacific Loons (50+) and a handful of Common Loons. One large loon that got away was flying N very high up and appeared to be in mostly alternate plumage at this late date, with a pale-ish bill. It turned inland heading NE but disappeared before we could positively ID or snap any photos.


During my first 15 minutes there I observed 3 ANCIENT MURRELETS (1, 2) and 2 MARBLED MURRELETS flying N. After Hugh arrived we observed another 6 Marbleds. There was briefly a group of 12 BLACK SCOTERS (9 m/3 f.) on the water just beyond the surf, and 80+ Surf Scoters.


We then headed to the Mile Rock overlook (end of El Camino Del Mar -- scoping from near the top of the staircase). From ~9-10:30 AM we observed at least 9 ANCIENT and 6 MARBLED MURRELETS, plus a few distant murrelet sp., both on the water and in flight, mostly in pairs. Shortly after we arrived, Hugh spotted a RED PHALAROPE in-flight near Mile Rock, which we observed flying W until out of view. Around 10:30 AM, with Sam S. also present, I picked-up on a juv. BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE which we observed for a few minutes as it flew NE towards the middle of GG Channel and out of view.


From that location we also observed 2 Horned Grebes that flew-in and landed, a few Am. Wigeon flying low over the water (HC, only), 100+ Surf Scoters, 20+ Red-thr. Loons, 6 Black Oystercatchers, 2 Black Turnstones, 40+ Com. Murres, and several Harbor Porpoises. We also heard calling nearby 1 House Wren and 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco


 

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Date: 12/2/17 6:43 pm
From: Donna Hayes <dhayes362...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Bernal Hill this afternoon
It was a very active walk this afternoon at around 4:00.


Along with the expected yellow-dumped warblers and golden-crowned sparrows, there were a pair of Nuttall’s woodpeckers flitting in a dead pine tree on the north slope and a great horned owl near the Esmeralda Street steps.




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Date: 12/2/17 5:07 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] 12.02.17- Battery Godfrey ; Black-legged Kittiwakes and Ross's Geese
Highlights of a stop at Battery Godfrey included three Ross's Geese that
flew east into the bay.
In the GG Channel were two Black-legged Kittiwakes, an adult and immature.

Photo of the geese here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40870396

Hugh

 

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Date: 12/2/17 4:13 pm
From: Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Many Golden -crowned Kinglets, Botanical Garden, G.G.P.
This morning the Black & White Warbler, female continued, since finding her
on Monday, she was in the deciduous oak tree.

Aaron Maizlish & another observer were there, just after 10:00am, after
they left there were about 20 Golden-crowned Kinglets, 8 Ruby-crowned
Kinglets, one Black-throated Gray, two Townsend's Warblers, three
Yellow-rumped Warblers were in the deciduous oak tree on the lawn near the
Zellerbach Garden of Perennials.

Got Aaron M. on the Rufous Hummingbird in the Succullent Garden.
There were three Anna's Hummingbirds, two Song Sparrows, one Fox Sparrow,
one Northern Red-shafted Flicker.

The Moon Viewing Garden five American Robins and one Hermit Thrush foraged
on the ground many Am. Robins were flying about.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

 

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Date: 12/2/17 1:33 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Six Warbler Morning at the Botanic Garden
The continuing BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/37906552455/in/dateposted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/37906552455/in/dateposted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/37906552455/in/dateposted-public/and the WILSON'S WARBLER in the Zellerbach Garden at the Botanic Garden were the highlights of the morning, although it was also nice to see a NASHVILLE WARBLER near the succulent garden, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on my way out, and lots of TOWNSEND'S and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continued in the Succulent Garden. At least two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were in the same tree as the Black and White, and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was on the lawn first thing in the morning. A lone AMERICAN WIGEON was on Stow Lake, along with at least thirteen NORTHERN SHOVELERS.


 

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Date: 11/30/17 6:15 pm
From: Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] BL&Wh / Wilson's Warblers
The Black and White Warbler and Wilson's Warbler continued today in the Golden Gate Park Arboretum in the Zellerbach Garden portion. A large Copper Beech tree and the oak tree across the lawn from it are where these beauties were seen today, especially around 10:30, after several hours wait, the trees were alive with birds. Also a Varied Thrush was in the Moon Garden, and in spite of Rob Cullison trying to show me the Rufous Hummingbird, it was not found.


Photos of the warblers may be seen here: http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#h9e1d34c1


Mark Rauzon
Oakland



 

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Date: 11/28/17 5:30 pm
From: Robert Hall <bilgepump100...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Re: Backyard Great-horned Owls again...
Following up on Mark’s owl report. I’ve been hearing great-horned’s calling for the last two weeks. I live by USF. There are a few cypress and redwoods around.

Also, a relative staying in the Presidio reported hearing great-horned owls calling near the Presidio Inn a week ago.

There should be plenty for the CBC.

While in the Presidio playing tennis at Julius Kahn playground last Tuesday, I observed a golden eagle fly by.

Today, in the vicinity of USF I noticed a turkey vulture flying over head.

Bob Hall
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Date: 11/28/17 5:06 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason
Fort Mason was not as active as yesterday, although the flyby BALD EAGLE made up for everything else. That was the first of three raptors, with the second being a very fast flying PEREGRINE FALCON that zipped by the garden mid-morning, and the third being a MERLIN in the Battery. No sign of the Yellow Warbler today, but the NASHVILLE WARBLER in the garden was spotted several times. The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW continues in the garden, one of the WANDERING TATTLERS was on the abandoned pier, and a SPOTTED TOWHEE was in the Battery. The most intriguing sighting was a brief glance at a hummingbird in the garden that had a very orange back and a very pale front, presumably a Rufous Hummingbird.

 

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Date: 11/28/17 4:19 pm
From: Loretta <lchen89...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Backyard Great-horned Owls again...
We have heard them periodically in the Inner Sunset in the last few months.

And I've been hearing a Northern Flicker for the first time in the neighborhood as well!


From: "Mark Eaton <marksffo...> [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply...>
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Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:02 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] Backyard Great-horned Owls again...

  About 2;00 this morning, I was gently awakened by a Great-horned Owl calling, presumably from the large pine behind the house.  More interestingly, I realized that there were two there, male and female, counter-calling at slightly different pitches.  They didn’t stay long, so I wonder if they’re transients, dispersants, or even the Bison Paddock/Middle Lake pair on their feeding route?
Also, there were a pair of Black Phoebes in the back yard about 30 minutes ago, looking very much like a mated pair (and wouldn’t that be way early too)?


Mark
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Date: 11/28/17 4:02 pm
From: Mark Eaton <marksffo...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Backyard Great-horned Owls again...
About 2;00 this morning, I was gently awakened by a Great-horned Owl calling, presumably from the large pine behind the house. More interestingly, I realized that there were two there, male and female, counter-calling at slightly different pitches. They didn’t stay long, so I wonder if they’re transients, dispersants, or even the Bison Paddock/Middle Lake pair on their feeding route?

Also, there were a pair of Black Phoebes in the back yard about 30 minutes ago, looking very much like a mated pair (and wouldn’t that be way early too)?

Mark
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Date: 11/28/17 3:03 pm
From: 'Eddie Bartley' <eddie...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Probable Anna's nesting
November 28, 2017, about 10:00 AM - interestingly a female Anna's
Hummingbird was (presumably) gathering nesting materials from our Potrero
Hill garden this morning. Dead heads of Erigonum latifolium (Coastal
Buckwheat) were specifically targeted. Have found Anna's nests in early
December before but this is the earliest evidence I've noticed.



Eddie Bartley




 

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Date: 11/28/17 8:06 am
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Juvenile Bald Eagle
Just flew west over the Bay offshore from Fort Mason

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Date: 11/27/17 4:23 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] 5 Warbler Morning at Fort Mason
Lots of activity after the rain at Fort Mason, but mostly expected birds when I arrived at 7:15 this morning. NASHVILLE, ORANGE-CROWNED, TOWNSEND’S and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER in the garden and a continuing bright YELLOW WARBLER in the Battery. No sign of the Tropical Kingbird. WANDERING TATTLER on the Pier. RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was in the Cabbage Palm in the garden and a SAY’S PHOEBE was on the roof of the Visitor’s Center.

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Date: 11/27/17 4:01 pm
From: Lee Guichan <guichan.lee...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Black & White Warbler, Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park
Hello,
This afternoon the Rufous Hummingbird continues in the succulent garden in
the salvias, also an Orange-crowned Warbler, one Hermit Thrush, three
Anna's Hummingbirds two Song Sparrows, one Fox Sparrow .

About 2:00 pm, heard a Ruby-crowned Kinglet calling near the Andean Cloud
Forest, it flew to the Copper Beach tree where there was a small mixed
flock.
One Black & White Warbler was flittering around the Oak tree next to the
Copper Beech tree it flew to the Copper Beech tree.

Mixed flock included one Black-throated Gray Warbler, one Townsend's
Warbler, five Ruby-crowned Kinglets, two Chestnutbacked Chickadees, six
Bushtits.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

 

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Date: 11/27/17 2:31 pm
From: <maliadances...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Palo Alto Christmas Bird count- counters needed! Region 7
Hi Folks,

I'm looking for birders interested in covering a few areas for the Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count. The count will be Monday December 18. I coordinate Region 7. Region 7 falls entirely in San Mateo county and includes areas which are either on the ridge or on the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz Mts. Along Skyline (Hwy 35). I have a few areas covered, but could really use a hand in getting coverage for the entire region:

1. Upper Windy Hill Lost Trail Gates 2-3 - covered
2. Lower Windy Hill - including Sausal Pond - covered
3. Russian Ridge & Rapley Ranch Road
4. Coal Mine Ridge - covered
5. Lower Wunderlich
6. Upper Wunderlich and Thornewood OSP
7. Coal Creek OSP
8. Williams Sisters Ranch – private – i

If you know you can count that day, let me know as soon as possible and indicate the area you wish to count in.

Thanks everyone!
Malia DeFelice – Region 7 coordinator – Palo Alto Bird count




 

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Date: 11/25/17 10:09 pm
From: <paulsaraceni...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Battery Godfrey Skywatches, 11/21-23 & 25: Common Merganser, Golden Eagle, et al.
This past week, including today, Saturday 11/25, there were good East wind conditions on several days of the type that usually make for good flights of passerines and waterfowl at Battery Godfrey -- but they don't always pan out. As it turns out, only this morning produced a particularly interesting flight, as witnessed by Hugh Cotter and me for the entire time (6:45-11:30 AM), and Brian Fitch, Ken Schneider, and Dan Maxwell for part of the time. We observed 68 species this morning, with the following observations of local interest:

Cackling Goose (Aleutian) 40 (1 flock flying typical NE vector from out over the ocean and eventually over the GG Bridge)
Am. Wigeon 4 (flying with a small flock of N. Pintail)
Mallard 2 (flying high over GG Channel)
N. Pintail 150+ (multiple high-flying flocks, most heading W over the GG Channel)
Greater Scaup 45+ (multiple flocks)
Surf Scoter 75+
Bufflehead 2 f. (flying E over the GG Bridge)
COMMON MERGANSER 1 f. (interestingly flying with a flock of 6 Greater Scaup that headed E towards the GG Bridge, then swung around and headed W; large, clean demarcation of head to breast, overall very white plumage)
Red-thr. Loon 12
Pacific Loon 2
Com. Loon 1
Great Egret 2 (single fly-bys)
Turkey Vulture 6
Osprey 1 (flying S over the Gate)
GOLDEN EAGLE 1 (First spotted by HC; scoped as it flew out over Point Bonita, circled back over SF waters, then drifted N over Marin; perhaps near adult -- no white on underwing but some white at the base of its tail.)
N. Harrier 1 (over Lands End; HC, only)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
Cooper's Hawk 2
Killdeer 1 (flying NE very high overhead)
Sanderling 8 (fly-overs)
POMARINE JAEGER 2 (singles flying E high over GG Bridge; photos by HC)
Com. Murre 13
Bonaparte's Gull 9
[High numbers of gulls in the Channel all week, including Heermann's, Mew, Western, California, Herring, Glaucous-winged]
Band-tailed Pigeon 4000+ (numerous flocks, one with ~2500 birds; the flocks tended to mass over the Marin Headlands then fly high over the Channel/Bay and S into SF)
Peregrine Falcon 2
Hutton's Vireo 1 (wintering in the vegetation around the Battery)
Tree Swallow 8 (also 20+ swallow sp. that were likely this species)
House Wren 2 (wintering around the Battery -- 1 on N side, 1 on S side, sometimes calling simultaneously)
Bewick's Wren 1 (wintering around the Battery, primarily in NE corner)
Varied Thrush 9 (flying N)
Am. Pipit 5 (fly-overs)
Cedar Waxwing 4
Yel.-rumped Warbler 23
Townsend's Warbler 1
W. Meadowlark 19 (the Ft. Scott flock paid a visit)
Pine Siskin 34 (multiple small flocks, mostly flying N)

We also observed a small passerine flying S and giving an interesting call, then perhaps the same bird flying N over the bluff around 11 AM. Based on call note and overall appearance during quick views we think this may have been a Lark Sparrow, perhaps the bird reported by William Grant a little later near the GG Bridge toll plaza.

As noted above, the flights on Tues (11/21 -- with HC, BF) and Weds (11/22 -- with HC) were minimal -- with very few waterfowl -- and I made a late morning brief stop on Thurs (11/23 -- KS and David A. present for part of the time).

The more interesting observations those days were:



Am. Wigeon 2, 11/23
Greater Scaup 5-10 each day

Ring-necked Duck 1 f., 11/21 (flying with 4 Greater Scaup -- a rare sighting @ the Battery, where the species has only been observed a few times over the years; photos by HC)

Osprey 1, 11/23 (flying N over GG Channel carrying what appeared to be a large fish)

POMARINE JAEGER 4, 11/21 (all high fly-overs heading E; 2 together)

Com. Murre 120+, 11/21

Bonaparte's Gull 90+, 11/22 (and small numbers observed the other days)

Heermann's Gull 700+, 11/21

Am. Kestrel 1 m., 11/24 (the male wintering @ Ft. Scott paid a visit)

Merlin 2, 11/21

Wrentit 1-2 each day (wintering in the vegetation surrounding the Battery)

HORNED LARK 1, 11/22 (PS, only; calling fly-over S @ sunrise)

Savannah Sparrow 1, 11/21

Red Crossbill 13, 11/21 (2 flocks of calling fly-overs; higher-pitched calls, non-local types)




Also: a few Humpback Whales in the distance and numerous Harbor Porpoise in the GG Channel.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


 

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Date: 11/25/17 4:42 pm
From: Loretta <lchen89...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Tropical Kingbird in Fort Mason
It put on a show at 3 pm in the low trees across from the hostel, at the end of the traffic circle. 
Then winged back to the battery upon the arrival of a raptor.
Thanks for the report, David!
Loretta


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Date: 11/25/17 1:51 pm
From: 'William B. Grant' <wbgrant...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lark Sparrow near GG Bridge plaza; 11:20 am Nov. 25
Lark Sparrow, male, seen briefly:

Distinctive head pattern, rufous crown, side patch, with black and
white; camera was, unfortunately, in packpack; Location: along coastal
trail, on fence, near large concrete slope to east of trail, between
California and coastal on the expended ebird map, maybe 150 yd S of
the GG Bridge road

Bill

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Date: 11/25/17 1:24 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason's Kingbird Highway? Kingbirds, Tanager, Yellow Warbler
Spent the entire morning at Fort Mason, joined for much of the morning by Bob Dunn. First good bird of the morning (for Fort Mason), was a SPOTTED TOWHEE in the garden. After Bob joined me, we had good looks at a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, which was the only bird of note until a TROPICAL KINGBIRD flew over, heading south. It hopscotched from tree to tree, not stopping to feed, until it vanished, heading south over the City. About 30 minutes later, when we were in the Battery, another TROPICAL KINGBIRD was flycatching from the tops of trees. https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/26866291219/in/dateposted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/26866291219/in/dateposted-public/ Unless the first bird made a big U-turn, this was a second Kingbird. It was in the Battery the entire morning (I last saw it at 11:45, when I left the Battery). The YELLOW WARBLER I saw yesterday (presumably the same bird), was feeding near the west side of the Battery, and there were 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES in with the PYGMY NUTHATCHES. A WESTERN TANAGER foraged high up in the Eucs. In total, 52 species seen at Fort Mason this morning.


 

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Date: 11/25/17 9:18 am
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Tropical Kingbird in Fort Mason
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Date: 11/25/17 8:42 am
From: <birdbright...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Yosemite Slough: 162 Forster's Terns.
Hi Birders,
The Forster's Tern congregation at Yosemite Slough, as found in the late morning, has been increasing steadily over the past few weeks. Yesterday, there were 162, with most loafing on the long floating boom...an astounding number for contemporary SF! A White-tailed Kite also continues in the area.
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Date: 11/24/17 5:26 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Glaucous Gull, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-Shafted Northern Flicker at Fort Mason this morning
It was one of those magical mornings at Fort Mason, with fog banks swirling through parts of the park at different intervals. The garden was in bright sunshine, while the meadow was covered with fog as a bright white GLAUCOUS GULL flew right over my head in the garden, heading east. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was foraging in the Bottlebrush at the eastern side of the garden. In the Battery, two SPOTTED TOWHEES were calling at opposite ends. A NORTHERN FLICKER flew down to eye level, and I was surprised to find that it was a Yellow-Shafted. A bright YELLOW WARBLER flew in and made its way westward across the Battery. An ACORN WOODPECKER (perhaps one of the resident birds from Lafayette Park), was making its distinctive vocalization in a Eucalyptus tree. And, as I was leaving the park, I found that the park rangers had spared one of the Bottlebrush shrubs north of the General's House, living a little bit of feeding and hiding space for birds.

 

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Date: 11/24/17 1:40 pm
From: <kschnei1...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Re: Interesting Catharus sp. thrush at Kobbe and Upton - possible late Swainson's Thrush (23 Nov)
Hi all,

Alvaro was kind enough to share this observation with Dan Lane, his co-author on a series of ID papers dealing with this genus a few years ago. Dan is not sure and would like to hear recordings of the call notes of this thrush, but he favors a russet-backed Swainson's Thrush at this point.

So I think we've narrowed it down to an unusual Hermit Thrush or a very late Swainson's. .. :)

I will look for the bird tomorrow, but if anyone else is near Kobbe and Upton, it would be nice to have more photos and a sound recording. Please keep in mind that, unsurprisingly, there are several of the usual Pacific Coast-type Hermit Thrushes in the area...

Good birding!

Ken Schneider
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Date: 11/23/17 10:46 pm
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Interesting Catharus sp. thrush at Kobbe and Upton - possible late Swainson's Thrush (23 Nov)
Ken

Your odd thrush is a Hermit Thrush. However, it seems to have buffy flanks, strong rusty wash above. It may be something even rarer than a Swainson’s, it is possible that it is an Eastern Hermit Thrush. In particular the buffy flanks are a great feature. They are also a bit larger, bulkier, than our western Hermits.

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Subject: [SFBirds] Interesting Catharus sp. thrush at Kobbe and Upton - possible late Swainson's Thrush (23 Nov)





Hi all,



I found and photographed what I think is an interesting Catharus sp. thrush near the tennis courts at Kobbe and Upton in the Presidio this morning. After looking at my photos and reading a bit, I think it might be a very late or lingering Swainson's Thrush, although I would love to hear other opinions on this bird - for now I've left it as a "Catharus sp." - more details and some photos in my eBird checklist here:



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40685718



Thanks and happy Thanksgiving!



Ken Schneider

Noe Valley







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Date: 11/23/17 10:08 pm
From: <kschnei1...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Interesting Catharus sp. thrush at Kobbe and Upton - possible late Swainson's Thrush (23 Nov)
Hi all,


I found and photographed what I think is an interesting Catharus sp. thrush near the tennis courts at Kobbe and Upton in the Presidio this morning. After looking at my photos and reading a bit, I think it might be a very late or lingering Swainson's Thrush, although I would love to hear other opinions on this bird - for now I've left it as a "Catharus sp." - more details and some photos in my eBird checklist here:


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40685718 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40685718



Thanks and happy Thanksgiving!


Ken Schneider
Noe Valley


 

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Date: 11/22/17 2:24 pm
From: Richard Bradus <grizzledjay...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Another Oriole...
... or maybe the same one reported yesterday from Elk Glen Lake.
Around 11:30am an Oriole briefly visited the treetops around the amphitheater area in Lafayette Park. Probably a first year male Bullock's, with an orange-yellow head and upper breast and a thin black line through the eye. Disappeared quickly, ? flying off to the east, and did not reappear.
Otherwise pretty quiet late morning in Lafayette Park, aside from the Acorn Woodpeckers, Scrub Jays and the inevitable Yellow-rumps. The sun brought a congregation of 40 or so Mourning Doves to snuggle into the ground to rest and soak up the UV or forage quietly near the condo. bldg. while the resident Red-tail pair soared far overhead before heading off to the east.
Hope everyone has a joyful, satisfying Thanksgiving!
Richard BradusSan Francisco
 

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Date: 11/21/17 4:01 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Local Interest Last Few Days - Tricolored Blackbird, etc.
Saturday morning at Crissy Field, I had three TRI-COLORED BLACKBIRDS in with the Blackbird flock. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was also with the flock. Two banded SNOWY PLOVERS were in the protected area. At Kobe and Upton, I had a NASHVILLE WARBLER, a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. At Fort Scott (in addition to the Brown Booby that flew over the water), an AMERICAN KESTREL was sitting on top of the flag pole and 32 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS were on the field. On Sunday's GGAS field trip at Fort Mason there were few notable birds. Best were a flyover PEREGRINE FALCON, which passed low over the garden, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 2 WANDERING TATTLERS and six WESTERN BLUEBIRDS. Today, there were two VARIED THRUSHES in Lafayette Park, which also had a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (there are a lot of these this fall) and a MERLIN. At Fort Mason there were two WANDERING TATTLERS and two BLACK TURNSTONES on the abandoned pier, as well as a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the garden. No sign of the Orchard Oriole for multiple days now, probably not helped by the Park Service's decision to cut down all the shrubs (including the Bottlebrushes) that lined the end of the road leading to the General's House.

 

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Date: 11/21/17 10:57 am
From: <willanderson990...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Bullocks/Baltimore oriole Elk Glen Lake
Hi all

Today at 10:30 I saw a juvenile/female oriole in the reeds and small trees on the back side of elk Glen lake. I didn't get on urban long enough to distinguish species, and I haven't been able to refine it, but the bird was very orange and had a distinct black eyeline. I'm still searching now.

Will anderson

Santa Rosa

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Date: 11/19/17 6:33 pm
From: H Cotter <chatwren...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Misc Battery Godfrey Sightings; Nov 18th and 19th; Bald Eagle, Horned Lark, Pomarine Jaegar, Common Merganser, Redhead, Canvasback
With the easterly winds this weekend I spent two mornings on Battery
Godfrey; joined by Sam S on Saturday.
Lots of birds moving, not huge numbers but good diversity.

Saturdays highlights included a heard only Horned Lark ( HTC only); a young
Bald eagle that did two passes in the area. Also had a Pomarine Jaegar
heading into the bay high up. Many flocks of Aleutian Cackling Geese, two
WF Geese ( likely over Marin); many ducks including Greater Scaup and Surf
Scoter; many Boneaparts Gulls, Pipits etc.
For whatever reason we missed the Brown Booby that sounds like it flew over
our heads.

Sunday, Nov 19th was a different day; not as many birds but nice diversity.
Highlights included; 2 Red Phalarope in the Channel; two female type Common
Mergansers; a female Canvasback, a female Redhead, American Wigeon etc.
Also a flock of over 100 American Crows that tried to go across the channel
but chickened out.
Had a likely Vaux's Swift ; just too far to get anything on it other than
it was a Chaetura swift. And the usual birds like Merlin, SS Hawks, Varied
Thrush, BT Pigeon etc etc.

Hugh

 

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Date: 11/19/17 3:16 pm
From: Feinstein Arthur <arthurfeinstein...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Ridgway's rail at Heron's Head Park
Had a good long look at a Ridgway's rail in Heron's Head Park's big pond - on the edge of the pond's channel to the Bay. It was feeding and then bathing in the channel. Also seen: Long-billed curlew, Whimbrel, Kestrel; Black oyster catcher, Marbled godwit, Least and spotted sandpipers, Yellow-legs and lots of others.
Arthur Feinstein

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Date: 11/18/17 11:18 am
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Brown Booby
Just watched a large Sulidae fly in towards the Bay from Fort Scott. Brown back, bright white belly and underwing covers, dark head and neck, dark wingtips.

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Date: 11/18/17 8:37 am
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Tricolored Blackbirds in the Sunset 11/18/17

This morning there were at least (20) TRICOLORED Blackbirds on the blacktop of AP Giannini Middle School, (14 males, 6 females.) I observed them from behind the fence that separates the school from the little community garden along the north side of St. Ignatius prep.

The Tricolored Blackbird Winter Survey continues until Monday 11/20. If you'd like to participate please read the protocol at the link below:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mercury.postlight.com/amp%3furl=http://ca.audubon.org/conservation/protocol-tricolored-blackbird-winter-survey

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


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Date: 11/17/17 9:07 pm
From: <cdlou37...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Hermit Warbler- Sunset Circle Lake Merced
Nov 17, 2017 , There was a HERMIT WARBLER in the conifer by the stairs going down
to the 'Wooden Bridge' at Sunset Circle at Lake Merced. There is a bench at the
bottom of the stairway. It seemed to like the lower branches. Didn't see the Eastern Phoebe at the entrance road of Harding Park but didn't look that long.

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Date: 11/17/17 12:55 pm
From: <david_assmann...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Palm Warbler and other sightings at Fort Mason
The garden was full of activity after the rain. A PALM WARBLER, a NASHVILLE WARBLER and a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER were all active in the western fence area. A VARIED THRUSH was in the tall evergreen on the eastern side of the garden. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was in the middle of the garden. A HOUSE WREN was just west of the garden. Two WANDERING TATTLERS and a BLACK TURNSTONE were on the abandoned pier.

 

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Date: 11/17/17 9:25 am
From: Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621...> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Murrelets, Pom jaeger, etc

Lots of activity over the ocean this am as the sea calms after the storm. Foraging birds at the mouth of the channel and other birds heading south.
Though Elegant Terns appear gone for the winter a Pomarine Jaeger was chasing Gulls behind mile rock.
Among good numbers of the more expected loons and murres were at least 4 pairs of very fast flying south bound murrelets. While distant they appeared very pale above and below, leading me to believe they were Ancient Murrelets. One pair passed in front of mile rock. A pair of Red-breasted Mergansers was also worth mentioning.
Large numbers of California Gulls have been working baitfish schools offshore. My ocean contacts are betting the herring are on the move and predicting massive spawns this year.
At the recent baker beach crab Derby we spied a boat catching a 60lb white Seabass, aka "the grey ghost". They are a new presence in the bay and may be focusing in on the herring as well. Fisheries are said to be moving north 20 miles every decade and this may have brought them.
With the Dungeness opener under way lots of boats frantically at work out there. A massive section of broken barge/pier was getting sucked into the bay and I reported it to the coast guard. It was covered with covered with roosting Gulls.
Lands end or the cliff house will be better scoping but Radar dog has been too brave on the steep cliffs, so opted for a flat beach in my Xmas count territory.
Happy sea watching!
J-

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