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Re: Gannet still on Alcatraz

Joe Morlan
 

Some digiscoped Northern Gannet images from this morning....

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/NorthernGannetP1160523.htm



On Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:22:41 -0700, cdlou37 <cdlou37@comcast.net> wrote:

The Northern Gannet continues at the same spot.
Calvin Lou


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-------- Original message --------
From: Michael Feighner <feinerVogel94551@comcast.net>
Date:04/20/2014 9:45 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Gannet still on Alcatraz

When I arrived at 8:15 am, the Northern Gannet was still on its favorite roost, mid-way between the right-most and left-most ends of the island, sort of below the lighthouse on the right on the wall with the 'chimney' just above the shoreline.  When I left st 9:15 am, the Gannet circled around several times and dove and finally
returned to its favored roost.

Michael Feighhner Livermore, CA,Alameda County
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-----Original message-----
From: david_assmann@yahoo.com
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Sent: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 14:56:28 GMT+00:00
Subject: [SFBirds] Gannet still on Alcatraz

Relocated in same spot at 7:45 am
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Re: Gannet still on Alcatraz

C Lou
 

The Northern Gannet continues at the same spot.
Calvin Lou


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-------- Original message --------
From: Michael Feighner
Date:04/20/2014 9:45 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@...
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Gannet still on Alcatraz

 

When I arrived at 8:15 am, the Northern Gannet was still on its favorite roost, mid-way between the right-most and left-most ends of the island, sort of below the lighthouse on the right on the wall with the 'chimney' just above the shoreline.  When I left st 9:15 am, the Gannet circled around several times and dove and finally returned to its favored roost.

Michael Feighhner Livermore, CA,Alameda County
http://www.LinkedIn.com/in/michaelfeighner

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-----Original message-----
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Relocated in same spot at 7:45 am


SF Park warning

Alan Hopkins
 

I thought I'd let you all know to avoid Golden Gate Park (at least the eastern half), the big 4/20 marijuana event is happening and the park will be gridlock with stoners. Last year it took me more than a hour to get from Funston to Lincoln.

Alan Hopkins
  


Battery Godfrey, SF, 4/20/14

Paul Saraceni
 

With light east winds I did a sky-watch this morning atop Battery Godfrey (6:30-10:30 AM), until the winds shifted and the fog began to encroach.

Observations of local interest:

Brant 2 (on water)
Canada Goose 1 (fly-by)
Mallard 1 m. (fly-by)
Surf Scoter 505 (multiple flocks flying W high over the Gate)
Osprey 1 (flyover N)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 ad.
Peregrine Falcon 1
Great Egret 1 (flyover NE)
Com. Loon 4 (alt. plumage; flyovers NW)
Red-thr. Loon 1 (basic; on water)
Brown Pelican 12
Whimbrel 53 (1 flock flying W through the Gate)
Heermann's Gull 2 ad./1 imm.
Herring Gull 2 ad.
Glaucous-winged Gull 1 imm.
Caspian Tern 4
Pigeon Guillemot 1
Com. Murre 4
Eur. Collared-Dove 46 (multiple flocks N)
Band-tailed Pigeon 3 (1 flock N)
Belted Kingfisher 1 m. (perched atop cypress then flew E)
N. Flicker 1 f.
Steller's Jay 1
Cedar Waxwing 34 (calling flyovers)
Or.-cr. Warbler 2
Townsend's Warbler 5 (calling flyovers)
Yel.-rumped Warbler 4 (calling flyovers)
Fox Sparrow 1
Cal. Towhee 1
Hooded Oriole 1 f. (flyover S)
Am. Goldfinch 11 (calling flyovers)
Lesser Goldfinch 5
Purple Finch 6 (incl. female carrying nesting materials)

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


Northern Gannet still on Alcatraz

fair80@...
 

The Northern Gannet was seen early this morning on Alcatraz, from Fort Mason. Its behavior was quite interesting, displaying, headshaking, and taking short flights, always returning to the same place that Michael Feigner describes so well. I think someone with professional video equipement should get out there somehow, because I think the bird is showing possible courtship behavior, although its bemused audience consists of Brandt's Cormorants.

Laurie Graham
Jeff Fairclough
South San Francisco


Re: SF Big Day April 19 - 117 species including NORTHERN GANNET

Bob Toleno
 

Oops, i meant to attach our full bird list. Here it is:

117 species:
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
Northern Gannet
Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Brown Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Clapper Rail
American Coot
American Avocet
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Willet
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone
Surfbird
Dunlin
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Heermann's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Caspian Tern
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Red-masked Parakeet
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Pygmy Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
Marsh Wren
Wrentit
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Purple Finch
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow



On Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 10:35 AM, Bob Toleno <bob@...> wrote:
As part of Golden Gate Audubon's annual birdathon fundraiser, Juli Chamberlin and i led a small team of top-notch birders (Rob Cullison, Kimberly Jannarone, and Matt Perry) on a 15-hour big day yesterday through most of the great birding spots in SF. We ended the day with 117 species detected, beating our previous year's SF big day by four birds (though last year's was only a 12-hour trip). We had hoped to break 130 this year, but conditions just weren't favorable for that.

As many birders have noted, migration this year seems to be getting a late start along the coast, and that was exactly our experience. The only migrant we found was a single Bullock's Oriole in the garden at Fort Mason; every other bird was either resident, breeding, or still wintering. Another contributing difficulty was the fact that winds picked up strongly in the late morning, making the birds hunker down and ear birding much more difficult. Besides migrants, our biggest misses were Snowy Egret (!!), Nuttall's Woodpecker, Cliff Swallow, and Bewick's Wren.

Difficulties aside, we had a spectacularly fun day. By far the best moment of the day was when we walked onto the grass at Fort Mason and saw the group of birders who had the NORTHERN GANNET in their scopes! Our whole team practically sprinted across the lawn to get a (distant) look at this visitor from the Atlantic: a life bird for three of us, including me! Other highlights from the day included excellent, long looks at the Heron's Head Clapper Rail, Great Horned Owls calling in Glen Canyon, a single male Black Scoter at Great Highway, and decent numbers of all three loon species looking very sharp in breeding plumage, all pushed in extra close by the westerly winds.

Good birding,
Bob Toleno
Hayward




San Francisco birds (belated)

Kimberly Jannarone <kmj@...>
 

Hello Birders,

I was so busy getting ready for Bob and Juli's Big Day in SF, that I neglected to post some recent sightings of interest.

On Friday at Corona Heights, Rob and I watched a Cooper's Hawk flying low over the museum parking lot, rustling up a few birds, including a squeaking BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

At Fort Mason on Friday, I was taking a break on the bench by the stairs when a grey bird flitted into a tree near the water: a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. It foraged for a minute or two, then headed west.

On April 13, walking around Stowe Lake near dusk, I saw a female WOOD DUCK in the water under a shady tree. She was among a group of Mallards and Ring-Neckeds. I heard a two syllable-call, repeated a couple minutes apart, and soon watched her making it, which was new to me: She dipped her bill down, said "ooo-EE," then lifted her bill up, which would drip a little with water after each call.

Other highlights for me in Bob & Juli's expertly-planned Big Day included a GREEN HERON among the Black-Crowneds at Stowe Lake, a male CALIFORNIA QUAIL at the Arboretum, two breeding-plumaged SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS at Heron's Head, the drive-through WRENTIT and SPOTTED TOWHEE at Bayview Hill, and a cuteness assault of 5 goslings with two Canada Geese parents at Stowe Lake.

Good birding,
Kimberly Jannarone
San Francisco


SF Big Day April 19 - 117 species including NORTHERN GANNET

Bob Toleno
 

As part of Golden Gate Audubon's annual birdathon fundraiser, Juli Chamberlin and i led a small team of top-notch birders (Rob Cullison, Kimberly Jannarone, and Matt Perry) on a 15-hour big day yesterday through most of the great birding spots in SF. We ended the day with 117 species detected, beating our previous year's SF big day by four birds (though last year's was only a 12-hour trip). We had hoped to break 130 this year, but conditions just weren't favorable for that.

As many birders have noted, migration this year seems to be getting a late start along the coast, and that was exactly our experience. The only migrant we found was a single Bullock's Oriole in the garden at Fort Mason; every other bird was either resident, breeding, or still wintering. Another contributing difficulty was the fact that winds picked up strongly in the late morning, making the birds hunker down and ear birding much more difficult. Besides migrants, our biggest misses were Snowy Egret (!!), Nuttall's Woodpecker, Cliff Swallow, and Bewick's Wren.

Difficulties aside, we had a spectacularly fun day. By far the best moment of the day was when we walked onto the grass at Fort Mason and saw the group of birders who had the NORTHERN GANNET in their scopes! Our whole team practically sprinted across the lawn to get a (distant) look at this visitor from the Atlantic: a life bird for three of us, including me! Other highlights from the day included excellent, long looks at the Heron's Head Clapper Rail, Great Horned Owls calling in Glen Canyon, a single male Black Scoter at Great Highway, and decent numbers of all three loon species looking very sharp in breeding plumage, all pushed in extra close by the westerly winds.

Good birding,
Bob Toleno
Hayward



Re: Gannet still on Alcatraz

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

When I arrived at 8:15 am, the Northern Gannet was still on its favorite roost, mid-way between the right-most and left-most ends of the island, sort of below the lighthouse on the right on the wall with the 'chimney' just above the shoreline.  When I left st 9:15 am, the Gannet circled around several times and dove and finally returned to its favored roost.

Michael Feighhner Livermore, CA,Alameda County
http://www.LinkedIn.com/in/michaelfeighner

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-----Original message-----
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Relocated in same spot at 7:45 am


Re: Gannet still on Alcatraz

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Northern Ganney remains on wall with 'chimney' halfway between lighthouse on the right and the tower on the left just sbove

Michael Feighhner Livermore, CA,Alameda County
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-----Original message-----
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Sent:
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[SFBirds] Gannet still on Alcatraz

Relocated in same spot at 7:45 am


Gannet still on Alcatraz

David Assmann
 

Relocated in same spot at 7:45 am


Older image of Alcatraz Island showing the Northern Gannet's current location in perspective to the rest of the island...

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Older image of Alcatraz Island showing the Northern Gannet's recent and
current location in perspective to the rest of the island...



http://www.travelthruhistory.tv/ThruHistory/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/alcat
raz_island_prison6196.jpg



The precise spot in this image is halfway between the Watch Tower on the
right and the Water Tank Tower on the left just above the water's edge:
Here you see the previously described wall with the attached "chimney". In
this picture the "chimney" is yellow-green in color.



I have signed up for Peter Grace's Northern Gannet Boat trip tomorrow
morning. Call Peter Grace at 415-613-3249 and / or email him at birds AT
petergrace.com .







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Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County

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who can best manage change."
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seawatch 4/19/14, yesterday's GGAS walk etc.

Dominik Mosur
 

Seawatched briefly this morning (6:40 - 7:30 a.m.) from the south end of Great Highway/Ocean Beach across from the wastewater plant. Partly cloud, west wind 10-15mph, dying down to a light breeze by 7:15, partly overcast with decent visibility with the following of note:

Brant - 2 north
White-winged Scoter - m,f on the water
RT Loon - 7 basic 2 alt
Pacific Loon - 10 alt, 2 basic
Common Loon - 8, 3 on the water 5 north, all in alternate
Brown Pelican - 18, several small groups
Black-bellied Plover - 5 on the beach
Marbled Godwit - 49
Whimbrel - 3
Sanderling - 1
ELEGANT TERN - single bird north, have arrived/passed by much earlier again this year at several spots on the Central Coast, 3rd year in a row we've had April Elegants in SF/Marin
Common Murre - 23, singles and small groups, north
Pigeon Guillemot - 3 north
AMERICAN PIPIT - flying north directly over the seawatch perch, calling

Yesterday's GGAS walk on Corona Hill was highlighted by respectfully brief views of a staked out Allen's Hummingbird nest containing two chicks (eggs laid 3/24), only obvious migrant passerine was a WARBLING VIREO near the basketball courts.

Have fun out there and Happy Spring to all,

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


Re: Gannet Back

C Lou
 

Northern Gannet still there at location described by MArk Eaton.
Calvin Lou
SF

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-------- Original message --------
From: Mark Eaton
Date:04/19/2014 9:55 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: cdlou37
Cc: David Assmann ,SFBirds@...
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Gannet Back

Best directions are to find the lighthouse and go down to where two walls intersect.  The "chimney" mentioned in previous posts is some sort of tower on one of the walls and not to be confused with the prominent chimney on the western edge of Alcatraz.

Mark

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Mark Eaton

On Apr 19, 2014, at 9:48 AM, cdlou37 <cdlou37@...> wrote:

Still being seen from west battery below Fort Mason by picnic tables. 
Calvin


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-------- Original message --------
From: cdlou37
Date:04/19/2014 9:07 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: David Assmann ,SFBirds@...
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Gannet Back

 

Northern Gannet still sitting 906am.
Calvin Lou


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-------- Original message --------
From: david_assmann@...
Date:04/19/2014 8:17 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@...
Subject: [SFBirds] Gannet Back

 

Back on Alcatraz - visible through scope right of chimney


Fort Mason: Bullock's Oriole

David Assmann
 

A male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was in the Fort Mason Community Garden this morning.  Got so excited about the Northern Gannet that I nearly forgot to post this.


Re: Gannet Back

Mark Eaton
 

Best directions are to find the lighthouse and go down to where two walls intersect.  The "chimney" mentioned in previous posts is some sort of tower on one of the walls and not to be confused with the prominent chimney on the western edge of Alcatraz.

Mark

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Mark Eaton

On Apr 19, 2014, at 9:48 AM, cdlou37 <cdlou37@...> wrote:

Still being seen from west battery below Fort Mason by picnic tables. 
Calvin


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-------- Original message --------
From: cdlou37
Date:04/19/2014 9:07 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: David Assmann ,SFBirds@...
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Gannet Back

 

Northern Gannet still sitting 906am.
Calvin Lou


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: david_assmann@...
Date:04/19/2014 8:17 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@...
Subject: [SFBirds] Gannet Back

 

Back on Alcatraz - visible through scope right of chimney


Re: Gannet Back

C Lou
 

Still being seen from west battery below Fort Mason by picnic tables. 
Calvin


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-------- Original message --------
From: cdlou37
Date:04/19/2014 9:07 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: David Assmann ,SFBirds@...
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Gannet Back

 

Northern Gannet still sitting 906am.
Calvin Lou


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: david_assmann@...
Date:04/19/2014 8:17 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@...
Subject: [SFBirds] Gannet Back

 

Back on Alcatraz - visible through scope right of chimney


Boat to see? Re: Gannet Back

Peter Grace
 

Off topic

Is anyone interested in taking a boat out to view from a respectful distance?

Please reply directly.

Peter Grace

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On Apr 19, 2014, at 9:07 AM, cdlou37 <cdlou37@...> wrote:

 

Northern Gannet still sitting 906am.
Calvin Lou


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: david_assmann@...
Date:04/19/2014 8:17 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@...
Subject: [SFBirds] Gannet Back

 

Back on Alcatraz - visible through scope right of chimney


Re: Gannet Back

C Lou
 

Northern Gannet still sitting 906am.
Calvin Lou


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: david_assmann@...
Date:04/19/2014 8:17 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@...
Subject: [SFBirds] Gannet Back

 

Back on Alcatraz - visible through scope right of chimney


Gannet Back

David Assmann
 

Back on Alcatraz - visible through scope right of chimney

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