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Help! What to do with a baby bird

lilhormiguita <lilhormiguita@...>
 

I just got a call from my boss whose daughter found a baby bird on the sidewak. She was afraid it might get stepped on and ultimately decided to take it home. Now she's wondering what to do with it.

Suggestions??? They live near Kaiser on Geary.

Thanks in advance,

Jennifer


Looking for field guide donation for budding Colombian Ornithologists

lilhormiguita <lilhormiguita@...>
 

In the spirt of birding and social justice, I'm wondering if anyone would be willing to donate gently used field guides for a couple of budding Colombian Ornithologists in Bogota. Colombia is an extremely stratified society and while these youngsters graduated earlier this year from a public university with a degrees in Biology and a specialization in Ornithology ,as lower middle class Colmbians who are not well connected, their future is bleak.

I happened to meet them at an Ornithological Conference in Colombia 2 years ago and have since helped be the conduit to get them scopes and binos for the field work they completed earlier this year. It's frustrating to see such passionate, talented young people with such limited opportunities to apply thier formal education and practice thier passion in their own country.

They are in part the inspiration for me to found Anidar ("To Nest" in Spanish)a small business/social venture to donate to underfunded bird conservation efforts in Latin America as well as provide monitary & logistical assistance to individuals such as the youngsters mentioned above to get further training/field work in bird conservation.

A friend is traveling to Colombia next week and I would love to send a couple of field guides for them. Their specific requests included Pyle, Sibley and Restall.

Please feel free to contact me off list if you can offer any guidance in setting up a small scale social venture. I'm a single mom with limited time, and knowlege in setting up a such an entity, but this undertaking will enable me to marry my love of birds, social/environmental justice and Latin America.

Cheers!

Jennifer


Re: Heron's Head Black Oystercatcher chick

Alan Hopkins
 

They do seem to be reproducing along the Bay. I have never seen a nest but young have been appearing for quite a few years now. They may nest on the old pier at Heron's Head, if they nest at Double Rock they nest where I can't see the nest but I've suspected that that's a spot. There were no Oystercatchers when I atlased the area in 1990. I was a pair along the shore at Arrowhead Marsh a few weeks back. I think the invasion of zebra clams has benefited them. The pair at the Cliff house appeared to have a chick. It was too small to see but the adult appeared to be tending it.
 
Alan Hopkins

--- On Mon, 6/21/10, Mark Eaton <marksffo@...> wrote:


From: Mark Eaton <marksffo@...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Heron's Head Black Oystercatcher chick
To: "marybetlach" <betlack@...>
Cc: SFBirds@...
Date: Monday, June 21, 2010, 9:43 PM


 



I should know this, but are there are other bay-side records for BLOY
nesting? I know about the birds that nested off the Cliff House and
there's a record for Alcatraz as well. Double Rock, perhaps?

Sigh,
Mark

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM, marybetlach <betlack@...> wrote:
I walked Heron's Head at lunchtime today. It was pretty quiet there.
I didn't see the Harlequin duck today. There was a Willet transitioning to breeding plumage. There were 2-3 newly minted Avocet chicks being tended to by nervous parents in the southern ponds.  Best of all was a Black Oystercatcher feeding a youngster on the concrete pier north of Heron's Head. This action was occurring in full view at the end of the pier on the part where the concrete slopes into the water. The youngster was about ½ to 2/3 the size of the parent and had a brownish bill, unlike the bright orange of its parents. Perhaps it's the chick that Eddie Bartley spotted several weeks ago. It is encouraging that it has managed to evade the nearby gulls that inhabit the pier thus far.


Mary Betlach





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Re: Heron's Head Black Oystercatcher chick

Mark Eaton
 

I should know this, but are there are other bay-side records for BLOY
nesting? I know about the birds that nested off the Cliff House and
there's a record for Alcatraz as well. Double Rock, perhaps?

Sigh,
Mark

On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 2:13 PM, marybetlach <betlack@...> wrote:
I walked Heron's Head at lunchtime today. It was pretty quiet there.
I didn't see the Harlequin duck today. There was a Willet transitioning to breeding plumage. There were 2-3 newly minted Avocet chicks being tended to by nervous parents in the southern ponds.  Best of all was a Black Oystercatcher feeding a youngster on the concrete pier north of Heron's Head. This action was occurring in full view at the end of the pier on the part where the concrete slopes into the water. The youngster was about ½ to 2/3 the size of the parent and had a brownish bill, unlike the bright orange of its parents. Perhaps it's the chick that Eddie Bartley spotted several weeks ago. It is encouraging that it has managed to evade the nearby gulls that inhabit the pier thus far.


Mary Betlach





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Heron's Head Black Oystercatcher chick

marybetlach <betlack@...>
 

I walked Heron's Head at lunchtime today. It was pretty quiet there.
I didn't see the Harlequin duck today. There was a Willet transitioning to breeding plumage. There were 2-3 newly minted Avocet chicks being tended to by nervous parents in the southern ponds. Best of all was a Black Oystercatcher feeding a youngster on the concrete pier north of Heron's Head. This action was occurring in full view at the end of the pier on the part where the concrete slopes into the water. The youngster was about ½ to 2/3 the size of the parent and had a brownish bill, unlike the bright orange of its parents. Perhaps it's the chick that Eddie Bartley spotted several weeks ago. It is encouraging that it has managed to evade the nearby gulls that inhabit the pier thus far.


Mary Betlach


Rose-breasted Grosbeak @ Lafayette Park (P. McCulloch)

Dominik Mosur
 

Just got a phone call from Pat McCulloch who told me about an adult male ROSE-BREASTED Grosbeak he found at Lafayette Park today 6/21/10.
The bird was seen around 12:15 p.m. In the "grove" next to the tennis courts closest to Gough Street.
Dominik Mosur


Allen's Hummingbird

Anna Davenport <anna.e.davenport@...>
 

Hi All,

I am not sure if there will be too many males around in early July but from
my project on mapping Allen's hummingbird breeding habitat in Golden Gate
Park between March and May, I can tell you one of the best places to see the
birds would be around North Lake in GGP. Good luck!

Anna


HH Harliquin still around

skrefting <skrefting@...>
 

Saturday around 1:30 the male Harlequin duck was stationary near Herons Head park on the sloped portion of the sunken pier to the north, still accompanied by his current companion the female surf scoter. Also observed the female bufflehead previously sighted (one assumes) near to shore on the north side.

Also at Heron's Head that day - one long-billed curlew, two avocets apparently nesting again (go avocets!), one GB heron (chased off by some avocets, along with some crows). And the usual for this time of year. No sign of the pelagic cormorant, which I've seen there before.

Steven


Miscellaneous morning observations, SF, 06/20/10

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning I first visited Mt. Davidson, which was up above the fog line. Highlight was an unseen, briefly-singing Grosbeak in the euc forest -- in the same location where I observed 2 male Black-headed Grosbeaks last weekend, which is what I presume this one was. There is precedent for non-nesting Grosbeaks spending June and even early July at Mt. D.


Other observations of local interest:
Red-tailed Hawk 2 ad. & 2 noisy imms. -- local nesters?
Band-tailed Pigeon 4
Hairy Woodecker 1
Steller's Jay 2
Tree Swallow 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1 juv. @ 4-trail X -- with some retained patches of downy gray feathers; clearly fledged from nearby
Wilson's Warbler 3 ad. & 4 juvs. -- indicates recent local nesting success
Lesser Goldfinch 2
Pine Siskin 2
W. Fence Lizard 1


I then headed down to the closed south end of the Great Highway for a 1.5 hr seawatch (8:30-10 AM).
Intriguing was a briefly-scoped Murre @ 9:25 AM that appeared to be in non-breeding plumage with an all dark head and face, contrasting white throat above dark upper breast, dark back and wings. The bird was ~100 yards out and bobbing behind waves for a couple of minutes, before it dove and disappeared. At the distance and under the choppy conditions I was unable to detect particular detail on the bill shape or the presence of any white on the mandible.


Observations of local interest:
Surf Soter 4 m. & 2 f.
Common Loon 1 (alt. plumage)
Pacific Loon 1 (basic)
Red-thr. Loon 1 (basic)
Brown Pelican 10+
Pelagic Cormorant 4
Willet 2
Heermann's Gull 5 ad.
Glaucous-winged Gull 1 1st-cycle
Caspian Tern 6
Common Murre 8 (1 group flying N)


Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


Re: "Remembering Luke Cole"

Alan Hopkins
 

Thanks so much Siobhan.
 
Alan Hopkins

--- On Mon, 6/21/10, Siobhan Ruck <siobhanruck@...> wrote:


From: Siobhan Ruck <siobhanruck@...>
Subject: [SFBirds] "Remembering Luke Cole"
To: SFBirds@...
Date: Monday, June 21, 2010, 12:30 AM


 



A nice (thoughtful) piece on a sad anniversary...
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/6/20/876375/-Remembering-Luke-Cole,-pioneer-of-environmental-justice-law

Siobhan Ruck


"Remembering Luke Cole"

Siobhan Ruck <siobhanruck@...>
 

A nice (thoughtful) piece on a sad anniversary...
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/6/20/876375/-Remembering-Luke-Cole,-pioneer-of-environmental-justice-law


Siobhan Ruck


Early dispersers/late migrants

fogeggs
 

On our morning walk today, my wife and I spotted a few interesting species.
A lone Barn Swallow flew westward over Buena Vista Hill, and at Corona
Heights, a White-throated Swift and two Violet-green Swallows were hawking
over the peak at different intervals; one of the swallows was a juvenile.
Lastly, the latest Cedar Waxwing I can recall seeing in the Bay Area flew over
on a beeline toward the northeast.

Brian Fitch


Singing Swainson's Thrush on Mt Sutro

Patricia Greene <greene@...>
 

Heard one, possibly 2, Swainson's Thrush on the Edgewood trail and the lower section of the North Ridge trail. Also had excellent views of a male Hairy Woodpecker.

Pat Greene


Re: Allen's Hummingbird

Matthew Zlatunich
 

One of the best places in the world (if not the very best) to see Allen's Hummingbird is at El Polin Spring in the Presidio.  In July, adult males may be sparse, but females and juveniles are still be present.
 
Matt Zlatunich

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From: Chris Okon <chrisokon@...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Allen's Hummingbird
To: sfbirds@...
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2010, 11:12 PM


 



hi
A British birder who will be visiting the Bay Area wants to see an Allen's
-- can anyone suggest if and where the best bet might be to see one around
in early July?

thanks

chris

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Allen's Hummingbird

Chris Okon
 

hi
A British birder who will be visiting the Bay Area wants to see an Allen's
-- can anyone suggest if and where the best bet might be to see one around
in early July?

thanks

chris

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Lafayette Park

redhead94109 <redhead94109@...>
 

Arrived at Lafayette during the 2 o'clock hour. The highlight was
seeing the female Hooded Oriole feed a fledgling. This was in a
medium-sized tree, to your right as you ascend the path. The tree is
just inside the Middle meadow, opposite the tennis courts.
Pat McCulloch


N.Parula on Mt. D 6/16/10

Dominik Mosur
 

Got a call from Josiah Clark around noon that he had a Northern Parula singing above the La Bica street trailhead in the north side of Mt. Davidson. I'm up here now and was able to get decent looks at the still singing NORTHERN PARULA near the top of an ivy covered cypress.
Good birding,
Dominik Mosur


Red tailed hawk fledglings at Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park.

Brian <acropilot@...>
 

These <http://www.pbase.com/moffetb/redtails> were taken on Sunday,
June 13 2010, around 6:00 pm.


East GG Park (6/15)

Ken Schneider
 

I birded for about an hour near the California Academy of Sciences this morning. I thought I should mention that I saw two CALIFORNIA QUAIL (a male and female) perched in a low shrub on the side of one of the paved trails east of the CAS building. Unfortunately, I didn't detect any young birds, despite watching them from a distance for about 15 minutes. Three very persistently begging, charcoal-headed juvenile WESTERN SCRUB-JAYS were following a single adult jay around the area as well.

Ken Schneider
Redwood City


6/14/10 - Lake Merced/SE Bayside

Dominik Mosur
 

Today I birded Lake Merced (7:40- 9:45 a.m.), Bayview Hill (10-10:50 a.m.), Candlestick SRA (11-12:15) finishing up at India Basin Open Space/Heron's Head Park (12:20- 1:20 p.m.)

A silent ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER working the edge of "quail" restoration area at Harding Park Golf Course was a late migrant. Also observed here were a TREE SWALLOW removing a fecal sack from a nesting cavity in a Monterey cypress and a MOURNING DOVE carrying nesting material. A WESTERN GREBE with two chicks on East Lake was the second brood of this species I've observed this year, first was a pair of Western Grebes w/2 chicks on South Lake in the first week of May. A male and female RUDDY DUCK were swimming together on east lake near the "Mesa" Cormorant/Heron rookery.

At the Impound Lake I watched (3) GREEN HERONS, 2 adults and one juvenile, flying over near-simultaneously, confirming successful breeding. I had previously observed a Green Heron flying over the concrete bridge carrying food on 3/26. (~10) CLIFF SWALLOWS were flying around the bridge and disappearing into nests. Their numbers seem down and nesting delayed compared to previous years. A single EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE was on the wires above the parking lot off John Muir Drive. Other swallows consisted of mostly VIOLET-GREEN and TREE with smaller numbers of BARNS and a single NORTHERN-ROUGH WINGED. No Bank Swallows were observed. An adult BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON flew over the concrete bridge. A CASPIAN TERN flew over heading toward the ocean but was not seen foraging in the lake itself. An AMERICAN COOT was seen on a nest near the metal fishing pier.

I tallied a total of (5) singing WILSON'S WARBLERS in several spots around Lake Merced but didn't locate a single COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, including near wooden bridge where I had seen a promising, closely associating pair in April.

On the Lake Merced "Mesa" I flushed up a male RING-NECKED PHEASANT. Perhaps now that we've finally rid ourselves of the pesky California Quail these alien birds can replace them as the city mascot!

Onto Bayview Hill where the highlight was sunshine in contrast to the West side gloom and (6) WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS foraging over the south side of the hill. (5) SPOTTED TOWHEES singing matched my earlier total from a couple of weeks ago. I continue to be stymied in locating a Wrentit on Bayview hill this year although I did hear a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD incorporating that species song into its repertoire.

Walking around Candlestick SRA I had (6) BARN SWALLOWS foraging over the open fields around the "new pond." These were probably dispersing breeders from nearby, and included at least one juv being fed in mid-air by an adult. (2) KILLDEER chicks continue and today were seen foraging on the algal mats on the pond itself. One of the chicks cocked its head and scrutinized a pair of COMMON RAVENS as they flew over. (4) MALLARDS resting at the edge of the pond were the first waterfowl I've seen at this spot.

A COMMON LOON on the water of Candlestick was in basic plumage and will probably summer over in the area. (m,f) SURF SCOTERS continue on Yosemite Basin along with (~45) Aechmophorus grebes that will also probably summer over, several of these are the same oiled birds I have noted in previous reports. A bit of a surprise today were (2) vocalizing late migrant SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS on the north shore of Candlestick. (2) BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS and (2) AMERICAN AVOCETS were near Double Rock and (6) CASPIAN TERNS were foraging over the basin. The male AMERICAN KESTREL continues at the Candlestick "parking lot", seen again today foraging on Darner sp. dragonflies. It is still the only Kestrel I've seen or heard of being reported in the city this breeding season and this species appears now on the brink of extirpation from San Francisco. All the birds and animals of Candlestick STATE RECREATION AREA are imperiled by proposed plans to develop this open space.

(4) TURKEY VULTURES flew over Candlestick appearing from over the bay and heading West. They may have been drawn to the area by the rotting corpse smell of a dog that had been buried by its owner (including a quaint bouquet of flowers on top of the grave) near the entrance to the park. The carcass was partly unearthed but the state of decomposition was too advanced for me to determine the breed. A RED-TAILED HAWK was seen swooping down and catching a young Beechey's Ground Squirrel that had strayed too far from its den. One our keystone native mammals, ground squirrels were poisoned by park personnel at Land's End/Sutro Baths several years ago and survive only at Candlestick (though thankfully in their population here appears to be thriving.)

I finished up my day at India Basin Open Space and Heron's Head. At IBOS there were about (~10) RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS near the freshwater ponds and a female was seen carrying nesting material into a willow. A pair of AMERICAN AVOCETS were at the ponds as well but were flushed by a thrown tennis ball and charging dog whose owner ignored the "Do not enter: Sensitive Wildlife Area" signs. After being informed by this observer that she was being photographed the dog-owner promptly left the area. (41) CANADA GEESE, most appearing fully or nearly fully grown were swimming in India Basin.

At Heron's Head I found the continuing female BUFFLEHEAD first reported by Eddie Bartley on 6/7, but failed to relocate the male Harlequin duck that had been seen yesterday. The BLACK OYSTERCATCHER chick was seen with a parent feeding on barnacles at the end of the pier. Black oystercatchers successfully reared a chick here to adult size in 2008 but didn't pull off the feat last year. (6) adult AMERICAN AVOCETS continued on the Heron's Head marsh but no chicks were noted so it looks like their breeding season here may be a bust this year. Late migrant or possibly over-summering shorebirds of note at Heron's Head today included a LONG-BILLED CURLEW and a basic plumage BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.

Good birding,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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