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Bayside misc. - 11/27/12

Dominik Mosur
 

Spent most of the day checking out spots that I will be covering for the Christmas Bird Count next month.

On Bayview Hill there were (2) PACIFIC WRENS in the Willow/Scrub along the steep first stretch of fire road. This is the first time I've ever had this species at the location and anywhere in the City east of McLaren Park. Other "good" birds for this spot included: HUTTON'S VIREO, BROWN CREEPER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PINE SISKIN. Also found a pair of SPOTTED TOWHEES but Wrentit and Bewick's Wren were conspicuous misses.

Next a check of Candlestick State Recreation Area where notable birds were SAY'S PHOEBE, (6) LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and (~100) WESTERN MEADOWLARKS in three separate flocks scattered throughout the grassy areas. Bay ducks are still not in great numbers besides Ruddy and Bufflehead with only (2) COMMON GOLDENEYE, a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and (~50) GREATER SCAUP on South Basin and in Candlestick Cove.

Then a check of Heron's Head Park where notable shorebirds were (4) BLACK-NECKED STILTS, (10) AMERICAN AVOCETS and calling LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER with DUNLIN and LEAST SANDPIPERS. A couple more LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and a SAVANNAH SPARROW were in the weedy upland area. (2) COMMON GOLDENEYS were on India Basin with more expected ducks. A personal highlight was refinding my cell phone at the edge of the marsh after two hours of searching. But a lowlight was finding a neurologically afflicted female Bufflehead spinning continuously on the first pond at the entrance to the park. I will upload a video of that bird shortly.

Feeling lucky after finding my phone I decided to give Ferry Park a shot. Two hours of searching turned up the continuing PALM WARBLER, along with an ORANGE-CROWNED and (2) TOWNSEND'S w/Bushtits and Yellow-rumps, but the Yellow-throated continues to elude. A WHITE-WINGED PARAKEET continued with the (~180) RED-MASKED PARAKEETS that settled into their night roost about 4:45p.m.



Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominikmosur/

Re: North L and Lloyd's L

Dan Murphy
 

Whoops. Hugh Cotter and Paul Saraceni pointed out my error. Those mergansers at Lloyd's Lake were 7 Hooded Mergansers, not commons. Sorry about that.
Good birding,
Dan Murphy
On Nov 27, 2012, at 1:15 PM, Dan Murphy <murphsf@...> wrote:

This morning at North Lake in Golden Gate Park Joan and I were blown away by a totally rare bird, actually 2 of them -- Brown Pelicans. I seem to recall seeing them many years ago on Spreckles Lake, but never at North Lake. We were joined by Bob Gunderson who got some pictures. Both birds flew out. Also of local interest at NL was a Sora, 10 Buffleheads, 2 Gadwalls, a Greater Scaup, a Common Goldeneye, and an out of range Common Yellowthroat of an interior race. It shows only smudgy white at the top of the mask and is very brownish on the flanks and belly. It's a pretty interesting bird because it responds when you pish and stays out in the open for prolonged periods. We watched it for about 10 minutes. It's been around for several weeks and is usually in the marsh at the NE corner of the lake.

At Lloyd's Lake there were 7 Common Mergansers, the Pintail, a few American Wigeons (once among the most numerous ducks in the park)

Good birding,
Dan Murphy

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Re: North L and Lloyd's L

auntiestrophe
 

Hi,

After getting the vehicle serviced in the area, I went to Lloyd Lake about an hour ago hoping to see the Pintail. No such luck but did see the Lesser Scaup that was reported a few days ago and took some photos for comparison study.

Best,
Carlo


________________________________
From: Dan Murphy <murphsf@...>
To: SF Birds <sfbirds@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:15 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] North L and Lloyd's L


 
This morning at North Lake in Golden Gate Park Joan and I were blown away by a totally rare bird, actually 2 of them -- Brown Pelicans.  I seem to recall seeing them many years ago on Spreckles Lake, but never at North Lake.  We were joined by Bob Gunderson who got some pictures.  Both birds flew out.  Also of local interest at NL was a Sora, 10 Buffleheads, 2 Gadwalls, a Greater Scaup, a Common Goldeneye, and an out of range Common Yellowthroat of an interior race.  It shows only smudgy white at the top of the mask and is very brownish on the flanks and belly.  It's a pretty interesting bird because it responds when you pish and stays out in the open for prolonged periods.  We watched it for about 10 minutes.  It's been around for several weeks and is usually in the marsh at the NE corner of the lake.

At Lloyd's Lake there were 7 Common Mergansers, the Pintail, a few American Wigeons (once among the most numerous ducks in the park)

Good birding,
Dan Murphy

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Re: North L and Lloyd's L

h cotter
 

Hey Dan,
Were there Hooded or Common Mergansers at Lloyd Lake ?

Hope you are well

Hugh

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Murphy" <murphsf@...>
To: "SF Birds" <sfbirds@...>
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 1:15:35 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] North L and Lloyd's L






This morning at North Lake in Golden Gate Park Joan and I were blown away by a totally rare bird, actually 2 of them -- Brown Pelicans. I seem to recall seeing them many years ago on Spreckles Lake, but never at North Lake. We were joined by Bob Gunderson who got some pictures. Both birds flew out. Also of local interest at NL was a Sora, 10 Buffleheads, 2 Gadwalls, a Greater Scaup, a Common Goldeneye, and an out of range Common Yellowthroat of an interior race. It shows only smudgy white at the top of the mask and is very brownish on the flanks and belly. It's a pretty interesting bird because it responds when you pish and stays out in the open for prolonged periods. We watched it for about 10 minutes. It's been around for several weeks and is usually in the marsh at the NE corner of the lake.

At Lloyd's Lake there were 7 Common Mergansers, the Pintail, a few American Wigeons (once among the most numerous ducks in the park)

Good birding,
Dan Murphy

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Re: North L and Lloyd's L - with photo link

GunderTaker <sfgundertaker@...>
 

Here is the link to the photos I took this morning of the Brown Pelicans at North Lake and some photos of a Common Yellowthroat taken at Lake Merced and the Yellowthroat Dan is talking about taken at North Lake.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobgunderson/

Later today or tomorrow I will post some photos of the Hooded Mergansers at Lloyd Lake displaying. Today was the first day I was able to see that behavior.


Bob Gunderson
San Francisco

--- In SFBirds@..., Dan Murphy <murphsf@...> wrote:

This morning at North Lake in Golden Gate Park Joan and I were blown away by a totally rare bird, actually 2 of them -- Brown Pelicans.  I seem to recall seeing them many years ago on Spreckles Lake, but never at North Lake.  We were joined by Bob Gunderson who got some pictures.  Both birds flew out.  Also of local interest at NL was a Sora, 10 Buffleheads, 2 Gadwalls, a Greater Scaup, a Common Goldeneye, and an out of range Common Yellowthroat of an interior race.  It shows only smudgy white at the top of the mask and is very brownish on the flanks and belly.  It's a pretty interesting bird because it responds when you pish and stays out in the open for prolonged periods.  We watched it for about 10 minutes.  It's been around for several weeks and is usually in the marsh at the NE corner of the lake.

At Lloyd's Lake there were 7 Common Mergansers, the Pintail, a few American Wigeons (once among the most numerous ducks in the park)

Good birding,
Dan Murphy


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North L and Lloyd's L

Dan Murphy
 

This morning at North Lake in Golden Gate Park Joan and I were blown away by a totally rare bird, actually 2 of them -- Brown Pelicans.  I seem to recall seeing them many years ago on Spreckles Lake, but never at North Lake.  We were joined by Bob Gunderson who got some pictures.  Both birds flew out.  Also of local interest at NL was a Sora, 10 Buffleheads, 2 Gadwalls, a Greater Scaup, a Common Goldeneye, and an out of range Common Yellowthroat of an interior race.  It shows only smudgy white at the top of the mask and is very brownish on the flanks and belly.  It's a pretty interesting bird because it responds when you pish and stays out in the open for prolonged periods.  We watched it for about 10 minutes.  It's been around for several weeks and is usually in the marsh at the NE corner of the lake.

At Lloyd's Lake there were 7 Common Mergansers, the Pintail, a few American Wigeons (once among the most numerous ducks in the park)

Good birding,
Dan Murphy

Dc cormorant flight

Josiah Clark <josiahbird06@...>
 

Not sure what's going on but just saw several hundred dc corms flying east low over Geary St. Never seen anything like that before.

Yellow-throated Warbler at Sue Bierman Park

Mark Frankel
 

Sorry...left this off in case you need it.

Mark Frankel

Yellow-throated Warbler at Sue Bierman Park

Mark Frankel
 

Dropped in to Sue Bierman Park to see if I could spot the Palm Warbler, and found the Yellow-throated Warbler instead. In the first and second trees just south of the maintenance yard just off of Drumm Street. 2:30pm, Monday, 11/26/12.

Lloyd and Stow

Rudyard <parhelion@...>
 

Hey Folks

a buddy asked me to post a shot he took Sunday of a Lesser Scaup that's been at Lloyd since at least Friday. Quite happy to mix in with the Ring-necked Ducks.
http://www.mojoscoast.com/scaup_ll_ggp.jpg

Mergansers number the same as posted by others. I gather by the white feathers scattered across the road the Peking Duck may have seen its final days. The runty male Pintail Duck is still there as well, a couple of grey, vermiculated sticking out on his sides.

Nice mix of gulls in various states of dress up at Stow Lake, and the first year Thayer's Gull is sticking around. Worth a study.

cheers

Rudy
SF

Re: great-tailed grackle=devil bird

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

All,



Nice article! I am of the opinion that Western forms of Great-tailed
Grackle are very different from the more eastern forms, certainly in
vocalizations, size and I think also in behavior. Has anyone seen
Great-tails in "swarms" or masses in California or Arizona? Certainly they
flock, and roost together but do they get together in the densities of the
eastern (Texas) bird? I don't get to southern Cal as often as I would like,
so I am wondering. By the way, vocally western Great-tails resemble
Boat-tails more than they do eastern Great-tails to me. The breaking branch
song is not heard out here, but more of a series of trills.



Good birding,



Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com



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From: SFBirds@... [mailto:SFBirds@...] On Behalf Of
Carlo Arreglo
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2012 9:24 AM
To: SFBirds@...
Subject: [SFBirds] great-tailed grackle=devil bird





Hi,

FYI:
http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/Devil-birds-moving-in-at-Lake-Merced-4
065870.php

Best,
Carlo

Treasure Island geese - 11/26/12

Dominik Mosur
 

Took a detour through Treasure Island on the way back into the City this afternoon with an eye on the goose flocks that hang out in the playing fields and lawns there.

On the ball fields between 11th and 13th Streets there were (5) GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and a RIDGWAY'S CACKLING GOOSE (ssp. minima). On the lawn next to building "450", east of the intersection of H Ave. and 4th Street there were (4) ALEUTIAN CACKLING GEESE. The "good" geese were all flocking with the larger "naturalized" MOFFIT'S CANADA GEESE.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominikmosur/

great-tailed grackle=devil bird

auntiestrophe
 

lake merced goose + misc

auntiestrophe
 

Hi,

The Greater White-fronted Goose was seen this morning by Kate, Sean, and me in the grassy area by the Carlos III statue / boat launch area. It was with a group of coots. Orange legs were distinctive, along with size and white vertical blaze mark on the face.

This past Friday, a Pine Siskin landed on a bush in front of a group of us on a bird walk on the Telegraph Hill Greenwich Steps. That was a pleasant surprise.

Best,
Carlo

Bunting ID

David Assmann
 

Based on the feedback I've received the bunting I saw yesterday was not a VARIED BUNTING, but an INDIGO BUNTING.

RFI Thayer's Gull

robert wardle <rwardleuk@...>
 

Hi everybody, I am visiting San Francisco for week mid December and hoping to connect with a Thayer's Gull - a bit of a bogey bird for me.  I also have a day in the Bodega Bay/Point Reyes area.
With minimal time I would like to focus on the best spots.  Any help would be very much appreciated.
 
Rob Wardle
UK

Battery Godfrey, SF, 11/24/12

Paul Saraceni
 

Back to Battery Godfrey on Saturday morning (6:30-11:55 AM) for a reprise of Friday morning, to see how the flight would develop after NE winds all night, including further inland, and with a rare opportunity to compare 2 morning flights in a row. NE winds were stronger this morning, but the flight was different in overall composition and numbers of certain species, though most passerines were again heading N.


Joined by Hugh Cotter for most of the morning and David Assmann, Dominik Mosur, and Calvin Lou for portions.


Will start out with an intriguing observation that Hugh and I had at around 9:20 AM. We heard a low rattle-like call and got on 2 passerines heading north and flying low just over the bluff, which immediately disappeared behind the lone cypress tree at the western edge of the Battery 20 yards or so in front of us, just below eye level. When they came into view on the other side, we were expecting to ID something finch- or sparrow-like but were surprised to see 2 short-tailed, stocky, Starling-like birds flying away from us in direct flight with bright yellow-tipped tails -- waxwings. But in our brief views they were dark grey above and below -- better for Bohemian Waxwing -- not warm brown above or light yellow/white below, as expected with Cedar Waxwings, and not as slim-looking. The call we heard was not at all like the high-pitched trill of Cedars; while not a perfect match of online recordings of Bohemian Waxwing trill calls, the call was similarly lower pitched. What we observed during our brief flight views favored Bohemian Waxwing over the expected Cedar Waxwing, though we weren't able to observe all the plumage details of Bohemian.



Here's the rest of this morning's flight -- 69 total species, with the following observations of local interest:







CACKLING GOOSE 64 (8:15-27 AM: 1 group flying N offshore, then turned E, flying low over the GG Channel, eventually gaining altitude and flying over the GG Bridge)
Mallard 4 ( 2 sets of 2 flying E high-up)
N. Pintail 202 (7:08-11:11 AM: 4 high-flying groups, 3 of which (14/122/60) headed E from Bay to Ocean )
Greater Scaup 13 (1 group flying E over GG Bridge)
Surf Scoter 227 (multiple groups, flying in and out of GG Channel)
W. Grebe 232
Clark's Grebe 18
Horned Grebe 1 (in GG Channel)
Common Loon 5
Red-thr. Loon 68
Pacific Loon 4
Brown Pelican 38
Pelagic Cormorant 1 (on offshore rock)
Turkey Vulture 4
Osprey 1 (flew S over the bluff @ 7:08 AM; late in the season for this species)
White-tailed Kite 1 ad. (flew in from over Ocean)
Sharp-shin. Hawk 2
Red-sh. Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 12
Peregrine Falcon 2
Black Oystercatcher 1 (on offshore rock)
Willet 42 (on offshore rocks)
Black Turnstone 2 (on offshore rock)
Surfbird 5 (on offshore rock)
Sanderling 18 (on offshore rock)
Least Sandpiper 7 (first spotted by Dom flying E high over GG Channel)
Mew Gull 340+ (many flying NE into Bay)
Herring Gull 10
Thayer's Gull 1 ad.
Glaucous-winged Gull 4
Common Murre 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 790+ (multiple large groups over the Headlands; ~50% crossed into SF)
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
N. Flicker 3
N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW 1 (first spotted by Hugh flying NE over GG Channel; late)
Varied Thrush 54 (multiple groups and individuals flying N)
Am. Robin 39
Hermit Thrush 3
Pacific Wren 2
Golden-cr. Kinglet 1 (in trees E of BG)
Ruby-cr. Kinglet 4
Cedar Waxwing 34 (calling flyovers N)
Am. Pipit 6 (including group of 5 flying NE over GG Channel)
Orange-cr. Warbler 1
Yel.-rumped Warbler 108 (calling flyovers)
Townsend's Warbler 8
California Towhee 1 (infrequent @ BG)
W. Meadowlark 1
Purple Finch 13 (calling flyovers N)
Red Crossbill 10 (calling flyovers N)
Pine Siskin 307 (calling flyovers; many groups, including 60+ in one group)
Lesser Goldfinch 8
Am. Goldfinch 3 (calling flyovers N)


Mammals (in GG Channel):
California Sea Lion 1
Harbor Seal 1
Harbor Porpoise 4


Butterflies:
Monarch 1
Red Admiral 2
Painted Lady sp. 1


Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

White-throated in Glen Park garden

Roberta Guise
 

A White-throated sparrow has been delighting us in our Glen Park garden
(first for the garden), sometimes solitary, often with the Golden Crowns.
It¹s been popping in and out for a few days.

Off topic but too unusual to bypass: A neighbor on Moffett reported that
during the day this past week, one of the Glen Canyon coyotes has been
hanging out on Poppy Lane, which runs by our house and behind it. Her big
dog encountered it. So keep your coyotedar scanning if your little Fido is
off leash when you walk the pooch from Diamond Street east up the lane.

Glorious days for birding,
Roberta Guise

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Re: Bunting could be Indigo - Directions

C Lou
 

Hi All,
A search from 330 to 430 failed to turn up any bunting . In fact, only black
phoebe and ruby crowned kinglet

Calvin Lou
SF

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-----Original message-----
From: David_Assmann <david_assmann@...>
To: SFBirds@...
Sent: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 22:40:34 GMT+00:00
Subject: [SFBirds] Bunting could be Indigo - Directions

The California Garden is next to the handball courts south of the California
Academy of Sciences (walk over the hill and down to the right - west of the
AIDS garden). The bird has very faint streaks, so it could be an Indigo, not
Varied, Bunting.

SF Zoo, Nashville and White-throated

Adam Winer
 

This afternoon, I found a White-throated Sparrow and a Nashville Warbler
both near the Snow Leopard enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo.

On a related note, another White-throated Sparrow in Noe Valley on
Thanksgiving was yard bird #65.

-- Adam Winer
SF, CA