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Lake Merced birds

Dan Murphy
 

Joan and I birded around the wooden footbridge and at the Boathouse yesterday.  There were a few birds of note.  In the vicinity of the wooden bridge we had a White-throated Sparrow and a Wilson's Snipe.  The snipe flew out of the marsh when a Great Blue Heron just about landed on it.   Also from this area, but across the lake were no fewer than 20 Cackling Geese.  They were in 3 sub flocks.  These birds were too far off to identify to subspecies.  There was an apparent 4th group over by the Boathouse picnic area.  We drove over, but in the 10 minutes it took to get there all the Cackling Geese and the 19 Canada Geese that had been on the lake were gone.  They weren't on the 18th fairway at Harding where they went on 11/27.  There may have been as many as another 8 Cackling Geese.  This is a pretty extraordinary number of Cackling Geese for Lake Merced.  Also at the Boathouse picnic area there was a single Tropical Kingbird.  The second kingbird didn't show itself when we were there.  We played a Yellow Warbler tape near the spot where one had wintered for many years, but thanks to the very sensitive "habitat work" done by Rec and Park a couple of years ago, the habitat no longer exists, so I presume that's why we didn't get a Yellow Warbler.

Good birding,
Dan Murphy

No Owl Today

Richard Bradus
 

Sorry to report that, as of somewhat past noon, the Saw-whet Owl has not been seen today in Lafayette Park. It probably had enough of birder bombardment yesterday. Still have hope that maybe it will reappear after the coming storm.
Of very local interest: In addition to the usuals, there was at least one Orange-crowned Warbler (seen in multiple locations) and a white striped White-throated Sparrow foraging between the tennis court and the condo. bldg.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Palm Warbler continues

auntiestrophe
 

Hi,

Seen 15 minutes ago at SF Maritime NHP on the ground next to the restrooms on Hyde Street Pier, then flew to the South End Rowing Club tree.

Best,
Carlo Arreglo
San Francisco

Orchard Oriole at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

As I was heading towards the back of the General's House at Fort Mason to see the continuing GREAT HORNED OWL this morning, a female ORCHARD ORIOLE popped up out of a Bottlebrush.


Wandering Tattler Aquatic Park Beach Steps

auntiestrophe
 

Hello,

During mid-afternoon about an hour or so before peak high tide, I noticed and was pleasantly surprised by a bird foraging on the "steps" between the vey west end of Aquatic Park beach and the Sea Scout base. It turned out to be a Wandering Tattler wandering over from the usual reported sites at the abandoned pier and Black Point's rocky shoreline. 

Best,
Carlo Arreglo
San Francisco


Northern Saw-Whet Owl , Lafayette Park

C Lou
 

The NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL was in the same tree as Richard described at 410pm to 500pm.
Luckily, Richard had returned to take some pictures, otherwise I would have missed it.

Calvin Lou
SF

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Subject: [SFBirds] Owl and Oriole, Lafayette Park

Hi all,
Around noon today the quiet of Lafayette Park was shattered by persistent alarm calls by the resident Scrub Jays who were hopping about a small broadleaf evergreen tree with a cedar-like peeling bark trunk at the far northwest corner of the upper circle. Closer inspection eventually revealed a small owl huddled deep in the foliage, of course with its head turned away. Eventually I was able to get a better view of more than the streaked back as it revealed a reddish streaked breast, white below, and a finely stippled forehead and crown. Having never seen one before in light, I had to return home to determine that it is a Northern SAW-WHET OWL and, yes, it was entirely unperturbed as I had approached it quite closely.
Eventually the jays tired of their screaming, but then a repeated harsh chattering heralded the arrival of a presumed female (or juvenile) BULLOCK'S ORIOLE. It took over alarm duty from the jays for awhile before flying off to the southeast, but over the next hour or so both the jays and the oriole returned to try to roust the owl, to no effect.
An unexpected treat!
Richard BradusSan Francisco

HHP Palm & EUWI

Alan Hopkins
 

The Palm Warbler and Eurasian Wigeon are back at Herons Head Park. Some of the other birds in the area were:

Common Goldeneye1
Red-throated Loon 1
American Kestrel 1
Savannah  Sparrow 2
Western Meadowlark 2

Alan Hopkins

Owl and Oriole, Lafayette Park

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all,

Around noon today the quiet of Lafayette Park was shattered by persistent alarm calls by the resident Scrub Jays who were hopping about a small broadleaf evergreen tree with a cedar-like peeling bark trunk at the far northwest corner of the upper circle. Closer inspection eventually revealed a small owl huddled deep in the foliage, of course with its head turned away. Eventually I was able to get a better view of more than the streaked back as it revealed a reddish streaked breast, white below, and a finely stippled forehead and crown. Having never seen one before in light, I had to return home to determine that it is a Northern SAW-WHET OWL and, yes, it was entirely unperturbed as I had approached it quite closely.

Eventually the jays tired of their screaming, but then a repeated harsh chattering heralded the arrival of a presumed female (or juvenile) BULLOCK'S ORIOLE. It took over alarm duty from the jays for awhile before flying off to the southeast, but over the next hour or so both the jays and the oriole returned to try to roust the owl, to no effect.

An unexpected treat!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Palm Warbler Hyde Street Pier

auntiestrophe
 

Hi,

This morning I finally saw the previously reported Palm Warbler. It flew in from the tree at the back of the South End Rowing Club, alighted briefly on the dory on the beach, then hopped around bobbing its tail, flashing its yellow undertail coverts on Hyde Street Pier before I lost it. Photo in the Flickr link below. 


Best,
Carlo Arreglo
San Francisco


Misc Sightlings - Sunday Nov 29- Golden Eagle Etc./ other Misc

h cotter
 

Various sighting highlights from yesterday November 29

Sunday Nov 29

Ocean Beach Seawatch

Marbled Murrelet  - 11
Ancient Murrelet - 2
Black Scoter - 27
Pomarine Jaegar - 1
Pintail - 8
GW Teal - 1
Scaup - 11

Battery Godfrey

Golden Eagle - sub-adult heading north
Brant - 1 in the GG channel

Also from last week - Nov 27th watching from Battery Godfrey looking north I believe that I observed a Rough-legged Hawk to the west of Hawk Hill- this was in Marin- Buteo with white tail and broad black sub terminal band. Dark above with small primary patches of white on upper wing. There was no report from Hawk Hill that day but believe that is what it was.

Also was able to see the 4 Cattle Egret at Fort Scott from Battery Godfrey.


Hugh

Belated Sunset Circle

Brian Fitch
 

While unsuccessfully trying to relocate the Black-throated Green yesterday, I did see or hear a number of uncommon species at the north end of Lake Merced, including four Cackling Geese, an American Kestrel, a calling Virginia Rail, a Thayer's Gull, two Golden-crowned Kinglets, a singing male Wrentit at the wooden bridge, a Black-throated Gray Warbler, and one of the already reported White-throated Sparrows.

Brian Fitch

Hooded oriole ft scott

Josiah Clark
 

A first year male hooded oriole continues at ft Scott oriole ally behind the police station. All yellow with a black throat. Giving the chuck call. The adult male orchard was seen last week by Brian turner but not reported. This is about 100 yards from the cattle egret spot, which seem to be gone. Michael Gertz spotted a white-throated sparrow nearby at the greenwaste transfer station.

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Lake Merced late Saturday

rosita94598
 

At least three birders were searching north of the wooden bridge for the reported Black-throated Green Warbler yesterday afternoon.  Though Bonnie thought she might have seen it earlier, she was not convinced.  Rudy and I saw several Townsend's Warblers and a nice selection of other birds, including a pair of White-throated Sparrows.  One of them was an adult white-striped, the other was not as brightly marked.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Franklins gulls

Kevin McKereghan
 

Just now 2 Franklin's Gulls below Battery Godfrey heading toward the gate

From the iPhone
Kevin McKereghan
415-235-6186

BT Green pictures

Kevin McKereghan
 

Here is a link to some of the images

Black-throated Green Warbler 11/27/15


Re: Cattle Egret still at Fort Scott

C Lou
 

All four still on baseball field at Fort Scott in the Presidio.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Northeast corner of baseball field

Re: BTGreen Warbler

Kevin McKereghan
 

A little more detail. The bird is an apparent first fall female. It was seen on the hillside below the parking lot where the path to the wooden bridge splits off. I had the bird for a bout 2-3 minutes and was able to get some decent photographs. should Yahoo decide to let me post, I will upload some images to the photo area (currently having technical difficulties). I have uploaded shots to eBird, fwtw

Kevin McKereghan
theman@...


"I love to doubt as well as know"
-Dante Aligheri

Heron's Head earlier this week

Michael Gertz
 

Hola birders, 

A bit late with this. I visited Heron's Head Tuesday and Wednesday morning of this week. The Lark Sparrow that was found over the weekend was still present near the bridge. An off leash dog flushed it into a large bush right next to me. I also had nice looks at a Wilson's Snipe that was sunbathing in the open near the main channel. A few Common Goldeneye were among the groups of ducks. Activity there is definitely back up... ducks, shorebirds, raptors and the whole winter crew. Happy holidays folks!

Keep Smiling, 

Michael Gertz
Potrero Hill

Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

Arriving at Aquatic Park shortly after dawn, I had great looks at a WANDERING TATTLER and a BLACK TURNSTONE that were on a rock at the shoreline.  One GREAT HORNED OWL was in its usual Palm tree behind the General's House, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW foraged with dozens of WHITE-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS on the lawn in front of the house.  A continuing NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen at fairly close range in the garden, and a SPOTTED TOWHEE was skulking along the west fence.


Cattle Egret still at Fort Scott

Jon Sieker
 

Continuing at 2:24.