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juv. Ferruginous Hawk

bauersteven1 <bauersteven@hotmail.com>
 

Today at about 1:40 PM a juvenile Ferruginous Hawk came through the Marin Headlands, crossed the Gate and appeared to make landfall over the Marina Green.

Steve

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Returning Merlin in Noe Valley

Adam Winer
 

A Merlin is once again wintering in Noe Valley, its third year if it's
all been the same individual. It's fond of perching on a pole jutting
out of the large apartment building in the 4100 block of Cesar Chavez
Street, happily quite visible from my dining room window. Looks like
an adult male columbarius.

Cheers,
Adam Winer


Peregrine

Allyn Bissell <abinsf07@...>
 

A Peregrine was again in the vicinity of Green & Steiner at 7:35 this morning, flying to and landing atop a tall tree near Scott and Vallejo.

Allyn Bissell
San Francisco


[BIRDWEST] N. Calif. BirdBox 03 December 09

Mark Eaton
 

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Begin forwarded message:

San Francisco Co.
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On Dec 2, a male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen at Heron's Head Park in eastern SF.
(Cindy Schwartz)


local interest (long, no vagrants) 12/2/09

Dominik Mosur
 

Checked the birdy (east) side of Lafayette Park this morning with Pat McCulloch from 8-8:30 a.m.

Of interest (to me) were:
lutescens spp. ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER (probably a wintering bird)
Townsend's Warbler (m,f giving great looks from 5-10 feet away in a Coast Live Oak)
Yellow-rumped Warblers (at least 10, all the ones we got looks at were Audubon's)
Fox Sparrow (2)
GC Sparrow (2 unseen, singing birds)
Downy Woodpecker (f)
Hermit Thrush (2)
American Robin

At least a dozen American Crows mobbing a Common Raven are not a common sight at this park according to Pat who birds here regularly. Also seen were year round residents like Pygmy Nuthatches (8), CB Chickadees, Black Phoebe, DE Juncos and a Red-masked Parakeet.

Earlier (around 7:45 a.m.) I saw a Cooper's Hawk fly out of a New Zealand Christmas Tree near the intersection of Franklin and Golden Gate (across the street from the Unemployment office.) It looked like a juv., perhaps the same bird Pat has seen outside his window a few blocks away.

A stop at newly restored Buena Vista Park (8:45-9 a.m.) yielded several calling GOLDEN CROWNED KINGLETS in the treetops. I did manage a quick look at a male but others (perhaps 2-3) went unseen.

At lunch time I took a quick tour of Mt. Davidson (11:15-12:15 p.m.) Notable here were:

American Kestrel (male, on the eucalyptus snag)
Red-tailed Hawks (pair, soaring, displaying)
Hairy Woodpecker (m, this is one of the few spots in the city that I know of where this species breeds)
Steller's Jay (2)
HOUSE WREN (probably continuing/wintering)
a Dendroica flock of over 60 birds (mostly A.'s YRWAs but also at least 8 Townsend's)
Purple Finch (female, w/House Finches)

Driving back to the Randall over Twin Peaks:
American Kestrel (female, hovering over south side grasslands)
WESTERN MEADOWLARK (south peak)

Finally as I pulled back into the Randall Museum parking lot I saw "our" wintering male Kes perched in the top of a pine. Three Kestrels in one hour in SF is uncommon in my experience excluding fly-overs during prime time raptor migration.

Good birding,
Dominik Mosur


Cow Hollow Peregrine

AllynB <abinsf07@...>
 

A Peregrine was perched atop the cross at St. Vincent de Paul Church at Green and Steiner at 7:45 this morning, then flew north over the Marina.

Allyn Bissell
San Francisco


VESP photos

Logan Kahle <logan.kahle@...>
 

Sorry for the Email difficulties, here are the photos:


possible VESP and BARS sunday HHP

Logan Kahle <logan.kahle@...>
 

Hi all,

On Sunday I birded Heron's Head Park (and Radio Rd.) with a group. The highlights (at HHP) were 2 (possibly 1) Says Phoebe, a Barn Swallow (seen by me and another birder) and a (possible) Vesper Sparrow (see photos). The yellow appearance on the head was mostly the sun.
Hirundo forever,
logan


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Lake Merced Bridge - Sora

Marc <crannif@...>
 

At Lake Merced this afternoon I saw a SORA on the south side of the cement bridge, roughly at the centerpoint of the bridge (which I guess would be neither the east or west end!) It was hopping from branch to branch just above the water as it headed west along the shoreline, and it was pretty difficult to follow...I eventually lost it as it entered some of the thick brush in that area. Not sure how exciting a SORA sighting is to most, but it was my first ever so I was pretty happy to see it! (Thanks to my wife also for helping me ID it via text message!)

Marc Weibel


Western Tanager and other wintering birds @ Corona Heights 12/1/09

Dominik Mosur
 

The female WESTERN TANAGER first found on 11/20 has since been seen on 11/24 (I. Clearwater) and this morning (C. Hibbard)

A(the?) HUTTON'S VIREO continues, and can usually be heard with the warbler/chickadee flock somewhere around the museum every morning for the past couple of weeks.

A (the?) male AMERICAN KESTREL has now been a permanent fixture on the hill for the past 8 days.

Any birders who will be in town Dec. 26th are invited to join the Southern Marin CBC. Please sign up online at marinaudubon.org.

dominik Mosur
Compiler


Potrero Nashville Warbler & House Wren

Kevin Liberg
 

I stopped at the Potrero Rec. Center this morning, and found an adult male Nashville Warbler in the bushes along the fence on the East side of the ballfield. In the Eucs directly above, the Red-tailed Hawks were working on a nest. I tried for another 4 woodpecker day here, but could not find the sapsucker today. I stopped by again on my way home from Golden Gate Park and found a House Wren at the entrance to the community garden on Connecticut St. This was my 63rd species for this park since I started keeping track in January. It will be a shame if they decide to go ahead with plans to replace the field with astroturf.

Complete List for today:

Red-tailed Hawk X
Western Gull X
Rock Pigeon X
Eurasian Collared-Dove X
Anna's Hummingbird X
Nuttall's Woodpecker X
Downy Woodpecker X
Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) X
Black Phoebe X
Western Scrub-Jay X
American Crow X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee X
Bushtit X
House Wren X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
American Robin X
Northern Mockingbird X
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing X
Nashville Warbler X
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Townsend's Warbler X
California Towhee X
White-crowned Sparrow X
Golden-crowned Sparrow X
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) X
Brewer's Blackbird X
Lesser Goldfinch X
House Sparrow X

Kevin Liberg
Potrero Hill
San Francisco


Heron's Head Park, Sunday Low tide

hdemann <scott_yh@...>
 

A few surprises. The "pond" near the entrance
seems to be lower than the bay... maybe they are
draining it? There were more birds than ever in
there.

American Kestrel - Falco sparverius
Black Oystercatcher - Haematopus bachmani
Black-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarola
Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus
Bufflehead - Bucephala albeola
Common Starling - Sturnus vulgaris
Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Great Egret - Casmerodius albus
Greater Scaup - Aythya marila
Greater Yellowlegs - Tringa melanoleuca
Least Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla
Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos
Mew Gull - Larus canus
Red-breasted Merganser - Mergus serrator (female)
Rock Dove - Columba livia
Ruddy Duck - Oxyura jamaicensis
Snowy Egret - Egretta thula
Spotted Sandpiper - Tringa macularia
Western Gull - Larus occidentalis
Western Meadowlark - Sturnella neglecta
White-crowned Sparrow - Zonotrichia leucophrys
Willet - Catoptrophorus semipalmatus


GGP by bike 11/30/09

Dominik Mosur
 

Inspired by all the posts from Golden Gate Park I did a 2 hour loop through the park 10:30-12:30. Some local interest highlights:

(f) COM. GOLDENEYE @ Spreckles Lake (unfortunately I had gotten too close to the bird and when it came up from a dive it flushed and took off to the west. Perhaps it landed on North Lake)

(2m) LESSER SCAUP w(23) Ring-necked Ducks on North Lake

The "White" Western (like) Gull at Lloyd Lake

Common Yellowthroat (male at South Lake, unseen bird calling N. Lake)

(5) Adult Red-tailed Hawks soaring over Spreckles Lake

Golden-crowned Kinglet (calling near east side of Stow Lake, above the stairs leading to Hagiwara Tea Garden)

Good birding,
Dominik Mosur


daily count

Logan Kahle <logan.kahle@...>
 

Hi all,

Yesterday I went out on an annual birding day, with my aunt and her family (non-birders), around the city. We went to Mt. Davidson (MD), Lake Merced (LM), Glen Canyon(GC), Lloyd (LL) and Stow (SL) Lakes, Ocean Beach (OB) and The Cliff House/the pond next to Leui's Restaurant (CH). At Stow Lake I met Laura Cleveland, whose an SF birder. The major highlights for the day were: Yellow Warbler, Wood Duck, Northern Pintail and (3) Heermann's Gull.
The following is a complete list:
Pied-billed Grebe - at 1 at LL and ~5 at SL
Western Grebe - 2 at LM and 1 Aechmorphorusgrebe at OB was either this or Clark's
Clark's Grebe - 4 at LM and 1 Aechmorphorus grebe at OB was either this or Western
Brown Pelican - 6 at OB
Double-crested Cormorant - 1 at LM
Brandt's Cormorant - 3 off OB/CH
Pelagic Cormorant - 4 off OB/CH
Canada Goose - 7 at LL and 2 at SL
Wood Duck - 1 cooperative male at SL with Mallards
Mallard - 15+ at LM, 10+ at LL and 30+ at SL
Northern Pintail - 1 male at SL with 3 Mallards, 1 American Coot and 1 Pied-billed Grebe
American Wigeon - 7 at LL
Ring-necked Duck - ~20 at LL
Greater Scaup - 2 at CH
Lesser Scaup - 5 at CH
Surf Scoter - 1 off OB/CH
Bufflehead - 5+ at LM
Hooded Merganser - 7 at LL
Ruddy Duck - ~10 at LM
Turkey Vulture - 1 flyover at GC
Red-shouldered Hawk - heard 2 individuals at MD
Red-tailed Hawk - 5 at MD, 6 at GC, 2 at LM, 3 at LL, 4 at SL and 1 at CH
American Coot - ~15 at LM, 2 at LL, 7 at SL and 5 at CH
Black Turnstone - 8 at CH/OB
Heermann's Gull - 3 at OB
Mew Gull - 1 at LM, 1 at LL, 7 at SL and ~10 at OB/CH
Ring-billed Gull - 6 at OB
California Gull - 3 flyovers at MD, 1 flyover at GC, 10+ at LM, ~5 at LL, 3 at SL and 4 at OB
Herring Gull - 2 at LM and 2 at SL
Western Gull- 2 flyovers at MD, 4 flyovers at GC, ~150 at LM, ~20 at SL, 5 at LL, ~40 at CH and ~30 at OB
Glaucous-winged Gull - 3 at LM and 1 at SL
Rock Pigeon - 30 at MD, 10 at GC, 30 at SL, 20 at LL, 40 at OB/CH and 20 at LM
Anna's Hummingbird - 4 at MD, 3 at GC, 2 at LM, 1 at SL and 2 at CH
Belted Kingfisher - 1 seen from car as we drove past Spreckels Lake
Downy Woodpecker - 1 heard at GC
Black Phoebe - 3 at GC, 3 at LM, 1 at LL, 2 at SL and 1 at CH
Steller's Jay - 3 at SL
Western Scrub-Jay - 3 at GC, 4 at SL and 1 at CH
American Crow - 1 at MD, 12 at GC and 2 at OB
Common Raven - 6 at MD, 3 at GC, 1 at LL, 7 at SL, 4 at LM, 3 at CH and 5 at OB
Chestnut-backed Chickadee - 4 at MD, 6 at GC, 3 at LM, 2 at LL, 5 at SL and 3 at CH
Pygmy Nuthatch - ~3 heard at GC and ~5 heard at LL
Brown Creeper - 5 heard at GC
Winter Wren - 5 heard and 1 seen at MD and ~3heard at GC
Golden-crowned Kinglet - ~5 heard at GC
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 4 at MD, 3 at GC, 4 at LM, 2 at SL and 3 at CH
American Robin - 1 at SL
Northern Mockingbird - 1 at MD
European Starling - ~10 at MD, ~30 at LM, ~20 at SL and ~40 at CH/OB
Yellow Warbler - 1 at LM
Yellow-rumped Warbler - ~5 at MD, ~15 at GC, 6 at SL, ~3 at LL, ~15 at SL, 7 at CH and 1 at OB
Townsend's Warbler - 1 at SL
California Towhee - 4 at GC, 3 at LM and 2 at SL
Song Sparrow - 3 at MD, 2 at GC, 3 at LM, 2 at LL, 4 at SL and 2 at CH
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 3 at MD, 6 at GC, 2 at LM, 4 at SL and 2 at CH
White-crowned Sparrow - ~10 at MD, ~10 at GC, ~15 at LM, ~20 at SL and 9 at CH
Dark-eyed Junco - 10 at GC, 3 at LM, ~10 at SL
Red-winged Blackbird - 5 at LM
Brewer's Blackbird - ~20 at LM, ~15 at CH
House Finch - 1 flyover at GC
American Goldfinch - 1 flyover at GC
61 species is pretty good for November.
Good birding,
Logan


Re: Tundra Swans + interesting shorebirds et al., Battery Godfrey, SF, 11/29/09

h cotter
 

Thanks to Paul and all the group at Battery Godfrey, I was able to see the Tundra Swans move through the bay this morning.
I did get up to BG at around Noon.


Not much doing but I did have a young Bald Eagle come through at about 12.45 PM and head north across the gate.
I did get some photos and added a couple of them to a folder called Bald Eagle in the Sfbirds photo section.


Also had a few RT Hawks, Turkey Vultures and one Kestrel.


Not much else.




Hugh

----- Original Message -----
From: paulsaraceni@...
To: "SFBirds" <sfbirds@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 29, 2009 6:17:52 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: [SFBirds] Tundra Swans + interesting shorebirds et al., Battery Godfrey, SF, 11/29/09






With the strong N winds for the past couple of days which shifted to the NE and became calmer overnight, Battery Godfrey seemed like a good bet to produce some birds of interest re-directing off the ocean back inland, and that proved to be the case this morning.

Dominik Mosur and I began the watch at daybreak. At 7:15 I picked up on a string of birds flying N/NE over the inner Marin Headlands. When we got our scopes focused on them, we were thrilled to see a group of 12 TUNDRA SWANS, including 1 imm. They continued heading E/NE over Sausalito and beyond, but never crossed into SF airspace.

Mark Eaton and Brian Fitch joined the watch and we observed the occasional bird of interest. Shortly after a couple of interesting shorebirds flew over -- described below -- we hit paydirt at 9:05 with a flock of 19 TUNDRA SWANS, also including 1 imm., in SF airspace. The swans came in from the W over the ocean and flew directly over the Battery and continued E/NE over the Bay. (Hugh Cotter observed the flock over the Bay shortly thereafter from downtown SF after we got the word out to him.) The flock of swans against the clear blue sky was quite a sight.

Just ahead of the 2nd group of swans, we observed 2 medium-sized shorebirds flying overhead NE between the Battery and the GG Bridge. They showed brown upperparts, contrasting white wing stripe, and short black bill. The birds' underwings and underparts were bright white -- not gray, with darker feathering on the breast but no apparent collars or any black markings. The only species that seems to fit what we observed, which would be out of range and hasn't been recorded in the City, is MOUNTAIN PLOVER. We did not hear the birds call when they passed overhead.

Also of note, there was a gathering of 2000+ Surf Scoters in the coves below the Marin Headlands. The scoters were flushed several times by small boats. While it requires long-distance scoping from the Battery, this flock bears watching over the coming weeks if they stick around.

Other observations of local interest thru 11:45 AM (by the 4 of us + Josiah Clark who joined us later in the morning):

Canada Goose 7 (1 flock flying N/NE off the ocean and then over the Headlands)
N. Pintail 44 (flocks of 16 and 28 heading E over the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands)
Greater Scaup 7 (flocks of 4 and 3)
Common Goldeneye 2 (flying E over the GG Bridge)
White-winged Scoter 1 (GG Channel; first spotted by Dom when the Surf Scoter flock was flushed)
Red-br. Merganser 1 (flying S over the ocean)
Great Egret 1 (flying W over the Battery)
Common Loon 10+
Pacific Loon 1
Red-thr. Loon 2
Turkey Vulture 4
N. Harrier 1 imm. (flying SE high over the GG Bridge)
Red-tailed Hawk 6-8
Merlin 2-3
Peregrine Falcon 2
Dowitcher sp. 7 (flying E over the GG Bridge)
Heermann's Gull 1
Common Murre 2 (GG Channel)
Band-tailed Pigeon 300+ (a couple of large flocks flew SE into SF)
"Yellow-shafted" Flicker 1
Red-br. Sapsucker 1 ad. (flew W over our heads into the trees E of the Battery)
Am. Robin 200+ (most heading N over the Bay)
Varied Thrush 20+ (most heading N over the Bay)
Hermit Thrush 1
House Wren 1 (calling from the brush near the Battery; likely wintering)
Am. Pipit 8+ (calling flyovers)
Cedar Waxwing 6 (flying N)
Yel.-rumped Warbler 40+ (most flying N)
Townsend's Warbler 2
Purple FInch 30+ (calling flyovers; most flying N)
Red Crossbill 3 (1 calling group flying N)
Am. Goldfinch 5+ (calling flyovers)
Lesser Goldfinch 10+ (calling flyovers)
Pine Siskin 4 (calling flyovers)

Also observed:
Harbor Porpoise -- several in the GG Channel

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

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Tundra Swans + interesting shorebirds et al., Battery Godfrey, SF, 11/29/09

Paul Saraceni
 

With the strong N winds for the past couple of days which shifted to the NE and became calmer overnight, Battery Godfrey seemed like a good bet to produce some birds of interest re-directing off the ocean back inland, and that proved to be the case this morning.


Dominik Mosur and I began the watch at daybreak. At 7:15 I picked up on a string of birds flying N/NE over the inner Marin Headlands. When we got our scopes focused on them, we were thrilled to see a group of 12 TUNDRA SWANS, including 1 imm. They continued heading E/NE over Sausalito and beyond, but never crossed into SF airspace.


Mark Eaton and Brian Fitch joined the watch and we observed the occasional bird of interest. Shortly after a couple of interesting shorebirds flew over -- described below -- we hit paydirt at 9:05 with a flock of 19 TUNDRA SWANS, also including 1 imm., in SF airspace. The swans came in from the W over the ocean and flew directly over the Battery and continued E/NE over the Bay. (Hugh Cotter observed the flock over the Bay shortly thereafter from downtown SF after we got the word out to him.) The flock of swans against the clear blue sky was quite a sight.


Just ahead of the 2nd group of swans, we observed 2 medium-sized shorebirds flying overhead NE between the Battery and the GG Bridge. They showed brown upperparts, contrasting white wing stripe, and short black bill. The birds' underwings and underparts were bright white -- not gray, with darker feathering on the breast but no apparent collars or any black markings. The only species that seems to fit what we observed, which would be out of range and hasn't been recorded in the City, is MOUNTAIN PLOVER. We did not hear the birds call when they passed overhead.


Also of note, there was a gathering of 2000+ Surf Scoters in the coves below the Marin Headlands. The scoters were flushed several times by small boats. While it requires long-distance scoping from the Battery, this flock bears watching over the coming weeks if they stick around.


Other observations of local interest thru 11:45 AM (by the 4 of us + Josiah Clark who joined us later in the morning):


Canada Goose 7 (1 flock flying N/NE off the ocean and then over the Headlands)
N. Pintail 44 (flocks of 16 and 28 heading E over the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands)
Greater Scaup 7 (flocks of 4 and 3)
Common Goldeneye 2 (flying E over the GG Bridge)
White-winged Scoter 1 (GG Channel; first spotted by Dom when the Surf Scoter flock was flushed)
Red-br. Merganser 1 (flying S over the ocean)
Great Egret 1 (flying W over the Battery)
Common Loon 10+
Pacific Loon 1
Red-thr. Loon 2
Turkey Vulture 4
N. Harrier 1 imm. (flying SE high over the GG Bridge)
Red-tailed Hawk 6-8
Merlin 2-3
Peregrine Falcon 2
Dowitcher sp. 7 (flying E over the GG Bridge)
Heermann's Gull 1
Common Murre 2 (GG Channel)
Band-tailed Pigeon 300+ (a couple of large flocks flew SE into SF)
"Yellow-shafted" Flicker 1
Red-br. Sapsucker 1 ad. (flew W over our heads into the trees E of the Battery)
Am. Robin 200+ (most heading N over the Bay)
Varied Thrush 20+ (most heading N over the Bay)
Hermit Thrush 1
House Wren 1 (calling from the brush near the Battery; likely wintering)
Am. Pipit 8+ (calling flyovers)
Cedar Waxwing 6 (flying N)
Yel.-rumped Warbler 40+ (most flying N)
Townsend's Warbler 2
Purple FInch 30+ (calling flyovers; most flying N)
Red Crossbill 3 (1 calling group flying N)
Am. Goldfinch 5+ (calling flyovers)
Lesser Goldfinch 10+ (calling flyovers)
Pine Siskin 4 (calling flyovers)


Also observed:
Harbor Porpoise -- several in the GG Channel


Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


Buena vista park this holiday

Rob Garriock <rgarriock@...>
 

The renovations are complete at the upper end of the park (Upper Terrace entrance). Where the "rumpus areas" of the park was for "sex cruisers" is now a very nice boardwalk. After substantial clearing of the dense brush it is rather easy to spot birds and this spot and it seems like a great location to bird. It remains to be seen if anything rare turns up this year like last years' long-eared owl.

today there were very typical birds. The only warblers were TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS the only kinglets were RUBY-CROWNED and the trushes were all HERMIT but there was a nice flyover of a 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS and a likely COOPER'S HAWK. There was also a large group of CEDAR wAXWINGs with ROBINs on the Pyracantha trees and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD.

Of note, my thistle feeder at my house has had a regular collection of LESSER GOLDFINCHES and PINE SISKINS. PINE SISKINS are essentially an ubiquitous bird on Mount Olympus due to several persons who have thistle feeders. The sad thing is that a resident stray cat is a terrible bird killer and this is the first year i have not seen our pair of White-throated sparrows.

rob


L Merced

fogeggs
 

A brief stop at South Lake Merced this morning turned up a single Wilson's
Snipe at the SE corner of the bridge, and eleven Green-winged Teal to the
south. The flock size and composition were unusual to my city experience, as
there were several drakes in the group. I can't recall when I last saw
adult male Green-wingeds in town, or ever seeing a larger flock of them here.
Brian Fitch


Hooded Merganser family at Middle Lake

Chris Okon
 

Around 4pm yesterday (Friday) I did a quick tour of Chain of Lakes.

At the north end of Middle Lake, a family of Hooded Mergansers had the water
to themselves, except for the familiar Belted Kingfisher.

Also flitting around were Ruby Crowned Kinglets, Song Sparrows, a Marsh Wren
(the latter at S Lake).

I missed the conversation about what's going on at the Lakes..is there some
project at Middle Lake? It is very overgrown.

thanks,
chris

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