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Wilson's Snipe

David Assmann
 

After birding at Kobbe and Upton, I stopped at Crissy Field Lagoon, where I was able to find a very-well camouflaged WILSON'S SNIPE, across from the Sports Basement parking lot.


El Polin springs sightings

starbuck.amanda@...
 

El Polin springs is birdy today. Tim and I saw a NORTHERN HARRIER and a MERLIN flying over. Allen's Hummingbirds were out in force and we heard a bird that reminded us of a Pacific Slope Flycatcher (seems early for that) calling loudly in the pines to the west of the spring, but we didn't get sight of it.

Good birding,

Amanda Starbuck

Sent from my phone, apologies for poor grammar

Bullock's Oriole at Kobbe & Upton in the Presidio

David Assmann
 

I found an adult female BULLOCK'S ORIOLE near the intersection of Greenough and Ralston this morning (in the same row of trees where other Orioles were seen last fall). I also noted multiple flocks of BAND-TAILED PIGEONS flying over (I tallied 220, but this was probably low). There were 27 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS on the lawn.


Wandering Tattlerss at Abandoned Pier Friday

rosita94598
 

My niece and I parked at the foot of Van Ness to search for Wandering Tattlers.  The tide was very high, and I looked all over the Abandoned Pier for them, climbing the hill for better views.  No luck.

But, when we walked out the Municipal Pier to have a better look at the GG Bridge, I saw 3 Wandering Tattlers on the outside of the railing on the side of the Abandoned Pier closest to us.  They were almost to the corner where the pier bends.

We were very happy.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Brant in Bay

David Assmann
 

I forgot to mention in yesterday's Fort Mason's report that I had a small group of Brant fly past in the Bay, heading east.


Re: local interest: mid-market starling murmuration

Roberta Guise
 

Thanks for the learning moment Amanda -- am seeing the word "murmuration" for the first time.

Must have an onomatopoeic underpinning, origin courtesy the French.
 
-Roberta

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On Feb 17, 2016, at 5:52 PM, Amanda Starbuck starbuck.amanda@... [SFBirds] wrote:

 

I just watched hundreds of starlings in a beautiful murmuration over mid-market. I've not noticed that here in SF before and am wondering if it's a regular occurrence, or if it might be connected to this storm that's rolling in?

Amanda Starbuck


local interest: mid-market starling murmuration

Amanda Starbuck <starbuck.amanda@...>
 

I just watched hundreds of starlings in a beautiful murmuration over mid-market. I've not noticed that here in SF before and am wondering if it's a regular occurrence, or if it might be connected to this storm that's rolling in?

Amanda Starbuck

Tropical Kingbird and Red-Necked Grebe at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

A RED-NECKED GREBE continues in Aquatic Park, often swimming close to shore. A WANDERING TATTLER was on the abandoned pier at high tide this morning. Two COMMON LOONS, a HORNED GREBE,  and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were also seen in Aquatic Park. A PEREGRINE FALCON spent almost the entire morning on the mast of the Balclutha and a BELTED KINGFISHER flew over early in the morning. Fort Mason was full of AMERICAN ROBINS (at least 150). A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was in the Avocado tree in the garden, and the TROPICAL KINGBIRD was flycatching from wires near the restroom in the Great Meadow. A SAY'S PHOEBE was also in the Great Meadow. I couldn't find a single Townsend's Warbler, and I haven't seen a Nashville Warbler in a couple of weeks, although YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were everywhere.


Flight Calls #142: 2016 ABA Awards Recipients! Events at ABA HQ!

Glen Tepke
 

FYI, our own Bob Lewis has won a national award from the American Birding Association.  Congratulations, Bob!

Glen Tepke
Oakland


From: "American Birding Association"
To: "Friend"
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 9:02:41 AM
Subject: Flight Calls #142: 2016 ABA Awards Recipients! Events at ABA HQ!

Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients
The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to make three presentations of ABA Awards in 2016. The awardees are Keith Russell, Ann Nightingale, and Robert A. Lewis. We want to inform all ABA members and the community of the identity of the awardees and to congratulate each of them on their substantial achievements.
The 2016 ABA Awards recipients, from l to r, Keith Russell (Philadelphia, PA), Ann Nightingale (Victoria, BC), and Robert A. Lewis (Berkeley, CA)

The 2016 Ludlow Griscom Award for Contributions to Regional Ornithology goes to Keith Russell of Philadelphia, PA.

Keith Russell has lived, worked, and birded virtually his whole life in the Philadelphia area and is a longtime member of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Club (DVOC), where he is past recipient of the club’s Witmer Stone and Julian Potter Awards. He has is the creator and long-time organizer of the Philadelphia Midwinter Bird Census.

The 2016 Betty Petersen Award for Conservation and Community goes to Ann Nightingale of Victoria, British Columbia.

Ann Nightingale is an active British Columbia birder and a tireless promoter of birding. She has been deeply involved with numerous conservation efforts, public outreach programs and liaison activities on Vancouver Island

The 2016 Chandler Robbins Award for Education/Conservation goes to Robert A. Lewis of Berkeley, CA.

Robert Lewis is President and Board Member of the Farallon Islands Foundation (FIF), which is devoted to island conservation. He is also a Board member and Chair of the Adult Education Committee of the Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS).

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Glen Park neighborhood jerk

Roberta Guise
 

We live on the corner of Diamond and Poppy Lane, up from the BART station. For more than 50 years, a huge beautiful Acacia grew in a back yard across the alley, forming a massive canopy over the lane. A few weeks ago it blossomed for the first time in years.

Friday, we came home from a swim in the bay to discover it being chopped down.

Red-naped sapsucker came every winter to bore holes in the trunk and big branches. Warblers and hummers  bugged the sapsucker. Squirrels built their nests. Orioles played there. All the usual suspects and LBJs loved it.

I saw the sapsucker come through a few times on Saturday, looking for the tree. Will we ever see this bird in our nook of the nayb again?

We were devastated. We immediately called the Bureau of Urban Forestry, and discovered to our horror that trees more than 10' from a public right of way aren't subject to any ordinances. Owners can do what they want, and they have no obligation to let the neighbors know. We the people can go to commission meetings and propose a change to the tree removal ordinance.

My husband has been in our house looking out at the Acacia since 1970. We remodeled our bedroom to give us full views of the tree and bird from bed. Now it's all sky.

This is a new homeowner -- 6 months I heard from another neighbor. Probably worried we'd try to stop them so didn't notify anyone.

At least one person was happy: a guy cutting down the tree who whistled while working. I didn't hold it against him.


Re: The Glen Lake Bittern and Birding Ethics

Loretta
 

If I could add one more thing - I had a lovely moment with the bittern when it was out in the open. I was a good 5-6 yards away, and he was frozen, in the classic neck-up pose.

But he just stood there watching me, so I knew I was too close. So I climbed further back another couple yards. After doing so, he started hunting. I got to see him on the hunt, and he got to relax and feed. Win-win.

End of story,

Loretta





From: "Dominik Mosur polskatata@... [SFBirds]"
To: "jnc@..."
Cc: "SFBirds@..."
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2016 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] The Glen Lake Bittern and Birding Ethics

 
Hi Jim,

Thanks for this post.

The San Francisco birding community like the human community at large is made up of all types of people. As such we occasionally encounter the rare narcissist or sociopath for whom satisfying their ego to get that full frame shot or killer look at 15' takes precedence over the safety and comfort of the living being whose very presence has their butt slogging through the reeds in the first place.

SFBirders, if you see someone being a jerk in the field, please call them out. Be polite but be firm. It's up to us to regulate ourselves. 

Thank you,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


On Feb 15, 2016, at 10:10, jnc@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 
On Saturday I  was at Glen Lake around noon and three birders were in the reeds tracking the bittern. Not cool!

If the bittern wants to be seen, it will be out in the open and will allow great looks.
If it is in the reeds - it does not want to be seen and this should be respected. Wait and maybe it will come out. If it doesn't, that's birding....

Its home is maybe 70 feet by 6 feet - please respect this space and do not venture into the reeds. It will stay longer and be enjoyed by more, It is not worth it for a "tic" - "". If in the open it is vey confiding.

This is the first time during several visits at Glen lake I have seen birders in the reeds. Another birder asked if they were to close and was told to mind his own business. Please, birds first - no need to walk into the reeds! Later in the day I spoke with other birders and they also said they thought people were trying to get too close into the reeds.

Thanks,
Jim Chiropolos, Orinda


THREAD CLOSED -- birders behaving badly

Dominik Mosur
 




On Feb 15, 2016, at 10:44, j ellis <jellis502003@...> wrote:

These idiots would not only be considered harassing the wildlife, but could take the chance of spoiling their own shots as well as others. One time I spotted a Blue Grosbeak near Patterson, I was in my car and the bird was on the wire. I never even had to get out of my car to photograph it. A couple in a car driving by also saw the bird and pulled quickly in front of my car and scared the bird off.

Jellis
San Leandro



From: "Dominik Mosur polskatata@... [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@...>
To: "jnc@..." <jnc@...>
Cc: "SFBirds@..." <SFBirds@...>
Sent: Monday, February 15, 2016 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] The Glen Lake Bittern and Birding Ethics

 
Hi Jim,

Thanks for this post.

The San Francisco birding community like the human community at large is made up of all types of people. As such we occasionally encounter the rare narcissist or sociopath for whom satisfying their ego to get that full frame shot or killer look at 15' takes precedence over the safety and comfort of the living being whose very presence has their butt slogging through the reeds in the first place.

SFBirders, if you see someone being a jerk in the field, please call them out. Be polite but be firm. It's up to us to regulate ourselves. 

Thank you,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


On Feb 15, 2016, at 10:10, jnc@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 
On Saturday I  was at Glen Lake around noon and three birders were in the reeds tracking the bittern. Not cool!

If the bittern wants to be seen, it will be out in the open and will allow great looks.
If it is in the reeds - it does not want to be seen and this should be respected. Wait and maybe it will come out. If it doesn't, that's birding....

Its home is maybe 70 feet by 6 feet - please respect this space and do not venture into the reeds. It will stay longer and be enjoyed by more, It is not worth it for a "tic" - "". If in the open it is vey confiding.

This is the first time during several visits at Glen lake I have seen birders in the reeds. Another birder asked if they were to close and was told to mind his own business. Please, birds first - no need to walk into the reeds! Later in the day I spoke with other birders and they also said they thought people were trying to get too close into the reeds.

Thanks,
Jim Chiropolos, Orinda


Re: The Glen Lake Bittern and Birding Ethics

Dominik Mosur
 

Hi Jim,

Thanks for this post.

The San Francisco birding community like the human community at large is made up of all types of people. As such we occasionally encounter the rare narcissist or sociopath for whom satisfying their ego to get that full frame shot or killer look at 15' takes precedence over the safety and comfort of the living being whose very presence has their butt slogging through the reeds in the first place.

SFBirders, if you see someone being a jerk in the field, please call them out. Be polite but be firm. It's up to us to regulate ourselves. 

Thank you,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


On Feb 15, 2016, at 10:10, jnc@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

On Saturday I  was at Glen Lake around noon and three birders were in the reeds tracking the bittern. Not cool!


If the bittern wants to be seen, it will be out in the open and will allow great looks.

If it is in the reeds - it does not want to be seen and this should be respected. Wait and maybe it will come out. If it doesn't, that's birding....


Its home is maybe 70 feet by 6 feet - please respect this space and do not venture into the reeds. It will stay longer and be enjoyed by more, It is not worth it for a "tic" - "". If in the open it is vey confiding.


This is the first time during several visits at Glen lake I have seen birders in the reeds. Another birder asked if they were to close and was told to mind his own business. Please, birds first - no need to walk into the reeds! Later in the day I spoke with other birders and they also said they thought people were trying to get too close into the reeds.


Thanks,

Jim Chiropolos, Orinda

The Glen Lake Bittern and Birding Ethics

Jim Chiropolos
 

On Saturday I  was at Glen Lake around noon and three birders were in the reeds tracking the bittern. Not cool!


If the bittern wants to be seen, it will be out in the open and will allow great looks.

If it is in the reeds - it does not want to be seen and this should be respected. Wait and maybe it will come out. If it doesn't, that's birding....


Its home is maybe 70 feet by 6 feet - please respect this space and do not venture into the reeds. It will stay longer and be enjoyed by more, It is not worth it for a "tic" - "". If in the open it is vey confiding.


This is the first time during several visits at Glen lake I have seen birders in the reeds. Another birder asked if they were to close and was told to mind his own business. Please, birds first - no need to walk into the reeds! Later in the day I spoke with other birders and they also said they thought people were trying to get too close into the reeds.


Thanks,

Jim Chiropolos, Orinda

Heron's Head Eurasian Wigeon

spam_yh@...
 

Sunday at 3 PM.

- Scott

Lots of Pine Siskins at Sunset Reservoir

Siobhan Ruck
 

Just stepped out front to grab the paper and heard a huge flock of Pine Siskins chattering in the treetops across the street (28th and Pacheco). Nice start to the day.

Siobhan Ruck, Sf

Baker beach northern shoveler

Josiah Clark
 

Surprised to see a male n shoveler near scoters in the chop and wind off baker beach. Sanderlings continue on and off. Red Crossbills continue as flyovers in the inner Richmond.

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Harlequin Duck

David Assmann
 

While taking a walk along Crissy Field this afternoon, I was surprised to see a female HARLEQUIN DUCK swimming close to shore near the pier by the Warming Hut.


American Bittern at Elk Glen Lake

Stephen
 

The American Bittern was at Elk Glen Lake in Golden Gate Park, on the north side of the lake in the tules.  Two women were taking photos of the bird as it stood in full view, in its typical bittern bill-up pose -- assuming that the humans standing 10' away couldn't distinguish it from the reeds.  This was at 1:30 PM.


Good birding, 

Stephen Long

Oakland, CA

Elk Glen addendum

judisierra
 

Forgot to mention there were two Selaphorus (FOS for me) hummingbirds in the Salia, Ribes area along with expected Anna's.
Judi Sierra