Interesting. Two subspecies of Common Poorwill occur in California. The
one that breeds in the Bay Area is nominate californicus. But yours looks
more like nuttalli which breeds in the Great Basin. Californicus is the
color of leaf litter while nuttalli is the color of granite.
On Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:43:03 -0700, "David Assmann via Groups.Io"
Yesterday's highlight (in addition to what I posted earlier) at Fort Mason was a COMMON POORWILL that was trying to get some sleep on the ground in the garden. It was flushed several times (due to foot traffic) and was not there this morning. What was at Fort Mason this morning was a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER in the Battery; aWHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 2 HOODED ORIOLES, an intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER, and 1 ORCHARD ORIOLE in the garden; and 15 MARBLED GODWITS flying east over the Bay. Birding at Fort Mason will be difficult until Monday, since there is no parking due to Fleet Week.
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA