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Crissy Lagoon

Alan Hopkins
 

Last night I drove by Crissy Lagoon and the water level was low enough so that the islands were back, so the mouth must be open again. I didn't have time to look for birds.

Yesterday I checked McLaren Park in the morning and found very few migrants, the only being along the fire road. However, in the aftrernoon after the wind came up I was showing some students a very small patch of willows and found it to have quite a few Yellow Warbles, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler and a selasphorus hummer. I don't know it it was a change in the weather or if there was something about that willow patch, intresting.

Alan Hopkins


Tenn Warbler

fogeggs
 

Despite the worsening fog, I did a tour of the northern and western fringe
of the city, and came across a few unusual sights. Two Ring-necked Ducks
were at the Sutro Baths, and scores of Brown Pelicans were along the wall, on
the beach, and on the first rock that's connected to the beach at low tide.
Many more were on the outer rocks as usual, and a high number of
Heermann's Gulls were mixed in with them.

A Willow Flycatcher continues in the East Wash, a Say's Phoebe was above
the Sutro Baths, and a first fall Tennessee Warbler was along the Vista Grande
Ditch west of John Muir Drive across from South Lake Merced.
Brian Fitch


Presidio Traffic

Alan Hopkins <ash@...>
 

CLOSURE OF RAMPS TO SOUTHBOUND HWY 1/PARK PRESIDIO, September 26-27 from 5:30-11:30 a.m.

The off-ramps from Highway 101/Doyle Drive to southbound Highway 1/Park Presidio Boulevard will be closed this Saturday and Sunday from 5:30-11:30 a.m.

This is the fourth and final weekend morning ramp closure necessary to safely conduct tree removal adjacent to the ramps in preparation for construction of the Doyle Drive replacement.

Northbound Highway 1 to the Golden Gate Bridge and southbound Highway 1 in San Francisco will remain open. Those traveling from the North Bay to the San Francisco International Airport should use Highway 101.

Weekend morning closures of southbound Highway 1 ramps will:

a.. Ensure tree work can be conducted safely and when traffic volumes are low
b.. Avoid impacts to weekday commute traffic
View a printable version of this advisory, including closure and detour maps.

View photos from the initial weekend ramp closure tree removal on August 22 23.


Lake Merced - interesting vireo this morning

David Armstrong
 

SF Birders

I made a brief stop at the concrete bridge this morning where a small flock was working the willows and surrounding trees at the northwest end of the bridge. I had a very brief look at a vireo with an eyeline, a dark cap and pale breast - it looked good for RED-EYED VIREO but the view was too brief and distant to be certain.

Other than that, the flock contained the usual suspects, and there didn't seem to be much going on at the canal across the street.

Bring on the vagrants,
David Armstrong


Re: Buena Vista/Corona Heights lunch time birding 9/23/09

Dominik Mosur
 

CORRECTION

The Osprey over Noe Valley was reported by Libby SUBERS.

My apologies for the error.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Buena Vista/Corona Heights lunch time birding 9/23/09

Dominik Mosur
 

The south/southeast side of Buena Vista park is still largerly inaccesible, which may complicate birding it for the Rare Bird Roundup Saturday. I was reduced to birding the edge of the park from the sidewalk, finding most of the activity concentrated around a couple of flowering eukes (a scarlet type and then a similar tree with white blossoms.)

Among the resident flocks of Bushtits/CB Chickadees/PNuthatches there was a male TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, a HY YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER (Audubon's), a very drab WESTERN TANAGER plus one of the resident HUTTON'S VIREOS.

Corona Heights was equally quiet with (2) Townsend's Warblers, a YELLOW WARBLER and a WARBLING VIREO working the east side of the park where the wind tends to be blocked somewhat.

An OSPREY was seen flying south over the Castro district at 12:40 p.m., almost exactly 24 hours after Libby Summers reported one over Noe Valley yesterday.

Dominik Mosur


Corona Heights 9/23 a.m. Nuttall's Woodpecker

Dominik Mosur
 

A female NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER was with "the flock" in the trees at the west end of the Randall Museum parking lot this morning. Saw it get chased off a pine cone by a female DOWNY. This is likely the same Nuttall's that first showed up here in August and possibly even the same female that was seen in June. Other stuff of local interest with the flock: several CEDAR WAXWINGS and a YELLOW WARBLER.

Several pink-billed White-crowned Sparrows (anyone have a way of distinguishing the Puget ssp from the other migrant WCSPs?) are now frequenting the garden in front of the Randall Museum as well.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Golden-Crowned Sparrow

Logan Kahle <logan.kahle@...>
 

Hi all,
On monday I saw my FOF Golden-Crowned Sparrow :)

good birding,
logan


Last two days

fogeggs
 

On Monday morning, two flocks of Band-tailed Pigeons flew over Mt Davidson,
a group of five Savannah Sparrows were in the hill top grass, and a small
representation of western migrants continued to show around the berries.

Today on Twin Peaks, two Sharp-shinned Hawks were hunting, while another
flock of Band-taileds, a single Vaux's Swift, and a juvenile Cliff Swallow
flew by. Two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were in the east side scrub, at least one
male Wrentit was singing on the west side, a very gray-headed and
green-chested Orange-crowned Warbler was by the reservoir, a Black-throated Gray
Warbler flew over the northern peak, and several more Savannah Sparrows were
present. The area was full of hundreds of House Finches, and at least fifty
each of Lesser and American Goldfinches.

Around 10 am, it was hot and still on the southern peak, while a minute
later and less than forty feet below, the fog wind was biting. It's bizarre
and thus far pretty disappointing birding the battle line between these
extremes of fog and heat, and I hope something shifts soon, so October doesn't
get weathered out too.
Brian Fitch


Leader WANTED 10/4/09 for Arboretum Walk

Dominik Mosur
 

Looking for a temporary replacement for one of our monthly Arboretum walk CO-leaders. Walk starts at 8 a.m. and usually goes 2-3 hours, takes place on Sunday October 4th. Please reply off-list.

Thanks,
Dominik


Re: Osprey over Noe Valley

Dominik Mosur
 

While I missed the Osprey there was a noticeable push of raptors flying over Cole valley/Corona Heights between 12:45-1:30 p.m. today including at least (4) Cooper's Hawks and a juv. RTail. Also had (5) Band-tailed Pigeons flyover and earlier (10:30ish) a Sharpie flew over as well.

OFF TOPIC REQUEST**

Is there anyone planning to attend this Sunday's walk at Candlestick Park (9 a.m. start) who is willing and able to give a ride to a birder in the Outer Richmond? Please reply off list. Thank you.

Good birding,
Dominik

--- On Tue, 9/22/09, Lsubers <lsubers@att.net> wrote:

From: Lsubers <lsubers@att.net>
Subject: [SFBirds] Osprey over Noe Valley
To: "sfbirds@yahoogroups.com" <sfbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 1:00 PM












 





Approxatrly 22nd and Castro 1pm.



Libby Subers






























Osprey over Noe Valley

Lsubers <lsubers@...>
 

Approxatrly 22nd and Castro 1pm.

Libby Subers


Re: Birding Classes

Jessie Raeder
 

I got a call as well, they said they would see about restarting the class
sometime in October. Can a card be sent to the school for forwarding? I
will look into this tomorrow.
Jessie Raeder
San Francisco

On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM, Colleen Burke-Hill <sf_colleen@yahoo.com>wrote:



Continuing off topic - Just wanted to add that I also got a call saying the
1st half of Joe's Fall classes are canceled. I believe
that the 2nd half of classes which start in early November are still
planned to go ahead.
I know we all wish Joe a speedy and complete recovery!
Colleen Burke-Hill

________________________________
From: Richard Cimino <rscimino@earthlink.net <rscimino%40earthlink.net>>
To: mwessitsh <martha@wessitsh.com <martha%40wessitsh.com>>;
SFBirds@yahoogroups.com <SFBirds%40yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 6:04:42 PM
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Birding Classes


Thanks for the posting.
Last week the school called to notified me of a cancelation.
I have not heard from the school today. I'll expect a call.
Sending a card is a good idea.
Thanks

Richard Cimino
rscimino@earthlink. net

Birding is fun and educational + it gets us out and away from the TV
remote!

[Original Message]
From: mwessitsh <martha@wessitsh. com>
To: <SFBirds@yahoogroups .com>
Date: 9/21/2009 5:40:04 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] Birding Classes

Please excuse the off subject posting.
I just learned that Joe Morlan's birding classes are going to have to be
canceled this semester because he had surgery for a detached retina which
didn't "take" and he is going to have the surgery over again.
I would like to send him or Robbie a card to let them know that we are
thinking of them but of course I don't have any addresses. But I thought
we all would like to know what is going on with one of our premiere
birders.
If anyone has any addresses let me know.
Martha Wessitsh



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Re: Birding Classes

sf_colleen
 

Continuing off topic - Just wanted to add that I also got a call saying the 1st half of Joe's Fall classes are canceled. I believe
that the 2nd half of classes which start in early November are still
planned to go ahead.
I know we all wish Joe a speedy and complete recovery!
Colleen Burke-Hill




________________________________
From: Richard Cimino <rscimino@earthlink.net>
To: mwessitsh <martha@wessitsh.com>; SFBirds@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 6:04:42 PM
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Birding Classes


Thanks for the posting.
Last week the school called to notified me of a cancelation.
I have not heard from the school today. I'll expect a call.
Sending a card is a good idea.
Thanks

Richard Cimino
rscimino@earthlink. net

Birding is fun and educational + it gets us out and away from the TV remote!

[Original Message]
From: mwessitsh <martha@wessitsh. com>
To: <SFBirds@yahoogroups .com>
Date: 9/21/2009 5:40:04 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] Birding Classes

Please excuse the off subject posting.
I just learned that Joe Morlan's birding classes are going to have to be
canceled this semester because he had surgery for a detached retina which
didn't "take" and he is going to have the surgery over again.
I would like to send him or Robbie a card to let them know that we are
thinking of them but of course I don't have any addresses. But I thought
we all would like to know what is going on with one of our premiere
birders.
If anyone has any addresses let me know.
Martha Wessitsh



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CLAY-COLORED SPARROW lake merced concrete bridge

Rob Garriock <rgarriock@...>
 

today around 4pm i found a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the south end of the concrete bridge on the east side of the bridge. There is a wide dirt area leading to the lake and the sparrow was off to the right in coyote bush and grass. It was not really with any other sparrows although SONG and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were in the area. The wires had nearly 10 EURASIAN COLLARD DOVES (but i guess this isn't a rare bird anymore).

At the north end of the bridge were YELLOW WARBLERS, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, WILSON'S WARBLER, single TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and two WESTERN TANAGERS. Off the bridge good views of a KINGFISHER and GREEN HERON.

cheers rob
Rob Garriock, SF


Re: Birding Classes

Richard Cimino <rscimino@...>
 

Thanks for the posting.
Last week the school called to notified me of a cancelation.
I have not heard from the school today. I'll expect a call.
Sending a card is a good idea.
Thanks

Richard Cimino
rscimino@earthlink.net

Birding is fun and educational + it gets us out and away from the TV remote!


[Original Message]
From: mwessitsh <martha@wessitsh.com>
To: <SFBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 9/21/2009 5:40:04 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] Birding Classes

Please excuse the off subject posting.
I just learned that Joe Morlan's birding classes are going to have to be
canceled this semester because he had surgery for a detached retina which
didn't "take" and he is going to have the surgery over again.
I would like to send him or Robbie a card to let them know that we are
thinking of them but of course I don't have any addresses. But I thought
we all would like to know what is going on with one of our premiere
birders.
If anyone has any addresses let me know.
Martha Wessitsh



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Birding Classes

Martha Wessitsh
 

Please excuse the off subject posting.
I just learned that Joe Morlan's birding classes are going to have to be canceled this semester because he had surgery for a detached retina which didn't "take" and he is going to have the surgery over again.
I would like to send him or Robbie a card to let them know that we are thinking of them but of course I don't have any addresses. But I thought we all would like to know what is going on with one of our premiere birders.
If anyone has any addresses let me know.
Martha Wessitsh


Lincoln Park Sunday Afternoon 9/20/09

Dominik Mosur
 

After chickening out on a pelagic and dipping on a vagrant warbler in the South bay I returned to the friendly confines of Lincoln Park for a Sunday afternoon walk. From 2- 5 p.m. I checked some of my favorite patches finding the following stuff of local interest:

WRENTITS (male and female, countersinging @ West Wash, 1st time I've ever noted them at this spot, this mirrors the Fall '07 appearance of Wrentits at the East Wash)

CHIPPING SPARROW (working the NE edge of the golfcourse, near where the service road connects to Land's End trail)

GREAT HORNED OWL (roosting, then preening in cypress stand along the service road connecting Land's End trail with the golf course)

WESTERN KINGBIRD (@ East Wash, continuing bird found by Brian F.?)

HERMIT WARBLER (HY female, w/flock at Battery Chester)

HUTTON'S VIREO (2 calling near the footbridge below West Wash)

Common western migrants such as Townsend's, Yellow Warblers, Western Tanager, "Western" Flycatcher all around as well.

Good birding,
Dominik Mosur


Re: Herrmann's gull with white wing patches

Mark Eaton
 

This plumage is actually depicted in Sibley:

"aberrant bird with white primary coverts (up to 1 in 200)"

Don't think one of 200 around here has white coverts since I think I've only seen this once before...

Mark
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Mark Eaton
mark@markeaton.org

On Sep 21, 2009, at 1:38 PM, Rob Garriock wrote:

On sunday i saw a Herrmann's gull with white symmetrical wing patches at ocean beach. I saw a similar bird off Bodega Bay and photographed it.

http://picasaweb.google.com/hollygarriock/SheawaterTripSept1609BodegaCanyonShortTailedAlbatrossBlackFootedAlbatross#

Does anyone know any info about this variation?

I am sorry but my photographs are on the dark side. cheers rob

Rob Garriock, SF



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Herrmann's gull with white wing patches

Rob Garriock <rgarriock@...>
 

On sunday i saw a Herrmann's gull with white symmetrical wing patches at ocean beach. I saw a similar bird off Bodega Bay and photographed it.

http://picasaweb.google.com/hollygarriock/SheawaterTripSept1609BodegaCanyonShortTailedAlbatrossBlackFootedAlbatross#

Does anyone know any info about this variation?

I am sorry but my photographs are on the dark side. cheers rob

Rob Garriock, SF

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