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Crissy Field Local Interest

David Assmann
 

2 CACKLING GEESE in with the CANADA GEESE. One SNOWY PLOVER in the protected area - a RED-THROATED LOON just offshore. One female COMMON GOLDENEYE in the Lagoon. A very determined WHITE-TAILED KITE repeatedly attacking a RED-TAILED HAWK in the air. A banded COOPER'S HAWK on a picnic bench eight feet in front of me. And a GREAT BLUE HERON looking oddly out of place preening on the roof of the Sports Basement.

Mt.lake gull

Josiah Clark <josiahbird06@...>
 

I saw a large pale gull today that had a notably pink bill with a well defined black tip. Could just be a glaucus winged or hybrid but might be worth a look if you are in the area. I got some video that I will try to put online sometime.

Pier 94 report

Eddie Bartley
 

Pier 94, Nov. 30, 3 - 4 PM: In advance of a GGAS work day (Saturday 9 -
noon) Noreen and I dropped by and slogged around a bit. Nothing rare but
there were more birds than we've seen in a while. We avoided flushing the
resting flocks of Brown Pelicans and several hundred gulls resting on the
rip-rap figuring they probably had a rough night out there in the squalls.
Well over 100 ducks now including Am. Wigeon, Shovelers, Gr. Scaup,
Bufflehead and Ruddy Ducks chilling in the relative calm of the SE corner of
the mini-bay along with many sleeping Aech. Grebes. An adult and juvie
Red-tail flushed most of the gulls in the now fully flooded Hansen lot and
they joined the herds along the rip-rap.

Other birds of note:
Common Loon - 1 juvenile in Islais Creek
Horned Grebes - at least 5
White-tailed Kite - the hatch-year bird that alternates between HHP and here
American Avocets - 2
Thayer's Gull - an adult
Glaucous-winged Gull - 1 first winter

BTW: on Nov. 23 there was a HY Merlin at the entrance to HHP, on Nov. 24 a
second winter Thayer's Gull near India Basin.

Happy Trails!

Eddie Bartley

Fort Mason - Local Interest

David Assmann
 

Had an hour before work this morning at Fort Mason. About a half dozen BONAPARTE'S GULLS were the best of what I saw. Lots of gulls behaving like raptors kettling in a thermal - soaring high up in groups in circles. Lots of MEW GULLS as well. There was a COMMON LOON and a RED-THROATED LOON on the water just offshore.

Bernal Heights aberrant cassin's/purple finch verbage.....

bitanangan
 

Tuesday I returned to the summit of Bernal Heights. The small community of birds I observed two weeks ago remained largely intact: Bluebirds, Nuthatches, Phoebes and Juncos and a better sighting of an interesting finch which I first glimpsed in a tree near the bluebirds Nov. 13th, but failed to refind two days later. Tuesday I refound the active finch getting good looks. First, it's seemingly aberrant: hanging around with 5 bluebirds, even flying in neat formation with them! The flock was first seen on the north side of the hill flitting and foraging around some stems. The group eventually flew back towards the tower with the finch giving a 3 syllable "gid-dy-up" type flight chip. Once near this is what I saw: A seeming fresh-plumed male Carpodacus finch with an extensive bright and clean pinkish-red bib extending towards a pure white belly. The flanks were crisply streaked black!(?). Red crown ending squarely at the brown nape, brown back very faintly tinted pink (in good light) with an extensive and strongly constrasting bright pink rump. Broad pink supercilium extending down alongside nape Two wing bars. Very neat, thin eyestripe extending back in a curl from eye. Also seen feeding on the ground. Cassin's Finch?
After some home study of my problem, I returned today wanting another look. No birds. Hearsay from a nice lady had the bluebirds at more wind-sheltered Holly Park yesterday. Nothing this afternoon unless they were sitting in the trees. Fair warning> Do not chase this bird assuming a certain Cassin's Finch. Only a possibility has been suggested. However if you are in the neighborhood and find bluebirds, you might want look closely for the possiblity of interesting company.
Other birds:
2 Kestrels, Female and Male
Red-breasted Nuthatches
Pine Siskins

Ferry Park yesterday:
No stars but two White-throated Sparrows, each phase.

Russ Bright
Freakin Friskin Frisko

Between the Storms

Brian Fitch
 

I checked a few places today before work and the onset of more rough
weather. South Lake Merced didn't change with Tuesday's storm, and the
water south of the bridge continues to have the worst variety of duck
species I can recall in any fall season. A few Buffleheads, Ring-necked
Ducks, and Ruddies were north of the bridge. At the Sutro Baths, gulls
were nearly absent on the pool, but a Parasitic Jaeger, seven Heermann's
and two Thayer's Gulls flew by southbound. The Heron's Head complex
offered the best birding, with seven Northern Shovelers in the industrial
puddle south of Pier 94, and an American Kestrel on the fence, a Peregrine
hunting Dunlin at India Basin, and the continuing White-tailed Kite, four
Black-necked Stilts, and a Palm Warbler at Heron's Head. There were also
four silent dowitchers tucked into the flock of larger shorebirds
sheltering from the wind in one of the HH pools. Two were in the front of
the crowd, and one showed the longer bill, darker tail, and some juvenile
scapulars of a Long-billed Dowitcher, mayby the bird that Dom had a few
days back.
Brian Fitch

Weather

Alan Hopkins
 

With these ESE winds things might be interesting when the weather clears.


http://www.met.sjsu.edu/cgi-bin/wind/windbin.cgi

Alan Hopkins

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