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Misc. Sightings - August 24, 2017; Baird's Sandpiper, Common Tern; Ocean Beach

H Cotter
 

Spent another hour this morning at the South End of Ocean Beach from 7.00 AM to 8.00 AM approx.
Conditions were a little tougher than yesterday with more wind.

First bird was a Baird's Sandpiper that flew by on its own.
Had one Pom and two Parasitic Jaegars in addition to three Un-Ided Jaegars which were too far out. Lots of Elegant Terns moving this AM.

I then went up to Pacheco to check out the shorebirds and got to see a Common Tern flying along the beach- It was an immature bird - first fall ? - with dark carpal bar and black bill.

Hugh


Black and White, Palm Warbler and others at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

It was a seven warbler morning at Fort Mason, with killer views of the BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER eating a caterpillar at the bottom of the steps to Aquatic Park; a PALM WARBLER bobbing its tail halfway up the steps; multiple WILSON'S WARBLERS on the steps, in the Battery and in the garden; YELLOW WARBLERS in several places; two BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS and a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER in the southwest corner of the garden; and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the center of the garden. Also just off the steps to Aquatic Park - a WARBLING VIREO, a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER and a WESTERN WOOD PEWEE. A small flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS flew over in the early morning, and a WANDERING TATTLER was perched on the shore of Aquatic Park.



Sea watches -- 8/21-23: Jaegers, Ruddy Turnstone, Baird's Sandpiper et al.

Paul Saraceni
 

This week (Aug. 21-23) I conducted a sea watch (90 min.- 2 hrs.) first thing each morning from the southmost parking area of the Great Highway, joined on the 23rd by Hugh Cotter.  Conditions have been relatively consistent so far this week with W-SW winds (increasing as the week has progressed), overcast skies, relatively flat seas, and excellent visibility to the horizon, though this morning it took some time for the visibility to get to that point.  While there have not been big numbers of birds, there has been some good variety as is often the case for this time of year.

Observations of local interest for the 21st-23rd:

Mallard: 3 on 23rd -- dabbling in a tidal wash pool on the beach!
GREEN-WINGED TEAL: on the 22nd there was a flock of 9 flying N low over the ocean
Surf Scoter: observed each day 6/9/2
Pacific Loon: 1 on 21st, 2 on 23rd
Common Loon: 4/5/2
W. Grebe: 1 on 22nd, 3 on 23rd
SOOTY SHEARWATER: 56 flying N on 21st
Pelagic Cormorant: 3/1/2
Great Egret: 3 on 23rd flying high over the beach and heading NW out over the ocean
Osprey: 1 flying S over the beach on the 22nd (likely the same individual that is often seen over Ocean Beach in recent weeks)
Killdeer: 1 flying over the Great Highway on 21st (may have nested nearby)
Snowy Plover: 1 juv. (unbanded) was on the beach with Semipalmated Plovers on the 22nd.  The species is uncommon at this specific location, even though there is the wintering flock of Snowies (recently 55-65 individuals) in the dunes N of Noriega.
Semipalmated Plover: 13 on 22nd, 16 on 23rd
Whimbrel: 2 on 21st, 3 on 22nd
Marbled Godwit: 6/8/14
RUDDY TURNSTONE: On the 23rd, a juv. briefly flew-in and joined the flock of Semipalmated Plovers on the beach, then flew N up the beach and out of view.
Sanderling: 1 on 22nd, 20 on 23rd
Red-necked Phalarope: 1 on 23rd flying S low over the ocean
BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: On the 22nd I scoped a long-winged, slender, mid-sized shorebird flying rapidly over the ocean on a direct path towards the shore. When it reached the shore it did not set down but turned and flew N up the beach and out of view. In flight, particularly when flying below the bluff it showed the distinctive brown scaly upperparts, buff head/face, and white underparts of a juv. Baird's.
POMARINE JAEGER: 1 dark juv. observed flying N on the 22nd. On the 23rd, we observed 4-6 of this species.  At one point, there were 4 Poms together on the water; 2 observed earlier may've been part of the same group.  There were at least 3 adults, one of which showed full "spoonage".
PARASITIC JAEGER: 1 light-morph ad. on 21st & 22nd; 3-5 on 23rd including several light-morph adults and a dark juv.
LONG-TAILED JAEGER: 2 -- On the 21st, a light-morph juv. was observed as it circled up relatively high, carrying a small fish(?) in its beak with 2 W. Gulls in pursuit; it then flew further out and set down on the ocean. Whitish head and underparts, petite (for a jaeger), long-tailed structure but no tail streamers. On the 23rd, we observed a dark-morph subadult flying above and below the horizon -- dark underparts, grayish-brown upperparts, dark head, white flash in underwing, long tail (without tail streamers), buoyant flight.
Common Murre: 11/6/14 (including quite a few juvs. on the ocean)
Pigeon Guillemot: 23/38/33 (numerous birds on the ocean and flying N in singles or small groups, including several juvs. in their unique plumage)
MARBLED MURRELET: 1 on 23rd flying N low over ocean (Hugh, only)
Heermann's Gull: numerous, including 4 1st-summer individuals on the beach on the 21st.
Caspian Tern: 2 on 21st, 6 on 23rd
Elegant Tern: 200/60/150

Marine mammals:
Humpback Whale: 2 on 21st, 1 on 22nd
Bottlenose Dolphin: 5 on 23rd

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco






Fort Mason Migrants

David Assmann
 

For the first two hours this morning, I saw no migrants, but then a wave came into the garden.  The most unusual was a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER that had no tail https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/36369458780/in/dateposted-public/ While I was photographing it, one of the three juvenile COOPER'S HAWKS in the area tried, without success, to catch it.  A previous attempt may explain the missing tail. A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER - my first of fall - showed up on the north side of the garden. The BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER is still present - found on the east side of the garden. There were at least 8 WILSON'S WARBLER, 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 10 YELLOW WARBLERS, for a total of five warbler species this morning. Spotted at least four PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS (three in the garden, and one in the Battery). A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and a WARBLING VIREO rounded out the list of migrants.



TV's in the hood

Chris Okon
 

Today there were four Turkey Vultures circling at low altitude over my back yard on the south slope of Mt Davidson. I've never seen TVs in the area before. It was somewhat unnerving to watch them hang around so low that I could see their faces. I almost checked my pulse to make sure I wasn't the target :)


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Mount Davidson migrants, Yosemite Slough MEW Gull 8/22/17

Dominik Mosur
 

There was an interesting mix of migrants/dispersants on Mt. Davidson this morning:

Barn Owl (hatch year bird, flushed repeatedly from trees on east side of hill above the backyards, last seen flying out of sight toward trees on nw side, hopefully it found a safe roost before local red-tail/ravens/crows found it)

Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 3

Western Wood-pewee 2

Swainson's Thrush

Orange-crowned Warbler 3

Wilson's Warbler 2

Western Tanager 5+ (5 detected simultaneously but there may have been more, appeared to be feeding on native huckleberry which is found within SF county only on Mt. D)

Lazuli Bunting


After work I visited Yosemite Slough Restoration Area (a unit of the Candlestick Park State Recreation Area) with low tide in full effect. (9) Black-necked Stilts were new arrivals, not noted here previously this summer. An adult MEW GULL feeding on the mudflats next to California Gulls was an early arrival. In 2014 an adult was noted at this location on 8/18, which is the earliest record of arriving adult Mew Gull in SF on eBird. When searching the database note that a 2nd cycle Mew Gull noted by m.ob in summer of 2015 (July-August) mostly at Lake Merced but also Ocean Beach was an oversummering bird.

And if I didn't have to work this Saturday I'd be loading up on seasickness meds and ginger snacks and filling one of those four slots on Mr. Alvaro Jaramillo's pelagic adventure. I can't recommend his boat trips enough, best pelagic experience I've ever had in the Bay Area.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
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SF Pelagic this Saturday - 4 spots left.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

    Lots going on offshore, with our two trips this weekend (Half Moon bay and Bodega) chock full of birds, and ranging to include essentially all of the diversity you can see out there this time of year. That is to say, everything is IN! From South Polar Skuas, to Flesh-footed Shearwater, Laysan Albatross, and four species of storm petrel, we had a great set of trips. Our Saturday trip maintained in San Mateo county, so we did not hit the Pioneer Canyon and areas to the north of there in SF County. Earlier this month, those areas were very rich in bird and whale life, so we expect that returning there within SF waters may be good this Sat. I am hoping we can find some storm petrel numbers, including Wilson’s which were common this last Saturday slightly to the south. Weather forecasts look good for Saturday, although it is early to know for sure.

   We just have a few spots left for this trip, also a Sunday Monterey trip is scheduled. Most of the trips in September are already sold out.

Good birding,

Alvaro

 

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9/9 - 12 Optics Companies VIsiting North Bay

tom rusert
 

Major optics companies from across the US will be on display in North Bay at the 6th Annual WIne Country Nature  & Optics Festival.  Forty nature non-profits from the Bay Area will be hosting booths.  Free event.  10-4PM, Sat. Sept 9th. - 20 East Spain St., Sonoma, CA 95476

https://vimeo.com/229201911

tom rusert
www.sonomabirding.com



Re: Nazca Booby NOT Seen Yesterday (+ Commentary)

Brian Fitch
 

Three experienced birders were out there from 7-8:40 yesterday with no luck on the rarity, while the two Humpbacks and many flocks of Elegants kept us company. 

Here we have another example of how bizarre birding or any natural phenomena can be; a subadult Masked Booby appears on 8/12, maybe a first city or county record, and an adult Nazca Booby appears on 8/19, a definite first, with both in the Golden Gate Channel, and both first spotted from boats.  No one working from statistical probability could have accepted this, so it's great to have multiple observers and photos of at least one of the birds to prove that strikingly improbable events do actually occur at times.  (I'll lay my 2013 Alder Flycatcher on the evidence table again, just for fun.) 

And while I'm at it, please recall my report from June 19th concerning a possible Parakeet Auklet coming and going from the Golden Gate Channel.  Taking nothing away from Rudy's great find, and based on the 2016 sightings and photos, I'm submitting that we should be watching early next summer for this little beauty to return.  I'll even add a reminder about my report from 2014 of a 1st year Parakeet Auklet at Sloat.  I hope I'm not the only person wondering if the sightings from all three years could pertain to the same individual, one that's possibly formed a site bond with our coast.  Obviously, I'm only theorizing...

Brian Fitch

On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 12:31 PM, mike.carozza@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Late post to report that I did not see the Nazca Booby from the Warming Hut pier from 9-9:30 am yesterday morning.  Consolation prize was at least 2 Humpback Whales inside the gate near Fort Baker.  Saw Logan's large flock of Elegant Terns circling above the bridge.


Any other updates on the Booby?


-MC



Nazca Booby NOT Seen Yesterday

Mike Carozza
 

Late post to report that I did not see the Nazca Booby from the Warming Hut pier from 9-9:30 am yesterday morning.  Consolation prize was at least 2 Humpback Whales inside the gate near Fort Baker.  Saw Logan's large flock of Elegant Terns circling above the bridge.


Any other updates on the Booby?


-MC


Re: NAZCA Booby seen this AM

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

A brief blurb about the Booby. 

A crew of us including Jim Tietz, Zach Mikalonis and myself left for the Farallons early this morning. As we were leaving Sausalito Zach called out a Gannet/Booby flying off the back. I ran over to find a Masked-type Booby flying by and we quickly realized we were dealing with a full adult NAZCA BOOBY and I started contacting local SF birders in hopes some would be able to see the bird. So happy to see others got on it from shore! The first encounter was at 7:09 off Sausalito. The bird then headed towards Crissy (at which point we lost it) but then headed towards Fort Point where we intercepted it again. This was shortly after 7:30. Interestingly, there were two other odd sightings right at the Bridge: a Hoary Bat flying north over the channel and a high-flying, circling flock of 200 Elegant Terns over the toll plaza in the fog. Both firsts for me. 

Anyway, pending acceptance by the CBRC, this represents the first Marin county record, San Francisco county record, and Bay Area record as well as the northernmost record anywhere. Hope it comes back for an encore!

Good birding,
Logan




On Aug 19, 2017, at 6:45 PM, H Cotter chatwren@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Logan I hope will chime in at some point on this excellent find by him.

Logan texted approx 7.15AM this morning that he had an adult Nazca Booby from a boat going to the Farallones. The bird was in the SF bay working between Sausalito and Fort Point in SF, so was in both counties, Marin and SF.

Paul Saraceni and I arrived at the Coast Guard pier at Crissy Field approx 25-30 minutes later and after 10 minutes of scoping found it circling in the bay between Angel Island and Crissy and then towards Sausalito.

We moved to the fishing pier near the Warming Hut at Crissy and were able to get closer looks at the bird as it circled in the bay. Each time did its long bay loops it edged closer to the Golden Gate bridge until the third time, just after Alan had arrived, it headed west under the bridge and gone. This was approx 8.35AM.
We checked the golden gate channel and cliff house subsequently with no sign.

It was an obvious Masked/ Nazca booby with an orange bill supporting Nazca over Masked.

Paul got some photos, I believe that Logan also got some; I left my memory card out of camera so had no luck with getting any.
Paul may provide some additional notes and as I say hopefully Logan will also follow up.

Hugh







On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Paul Saraceni paulsaraceni@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Mark misheard- NAZCA booby found by Logan 
Visible until 8.35 am from fishing pier at Crissy and then head out the gate 
Trying to catch up with it again in the GG channel 

Tried to post earlier but did not go through 

Hugh and Paul 


On Aug 19, 2017, at 8:14 AM, Mark Eaton marksffo@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Appeared to be flying between the Sausalito and Fort Point or thereabouts. Seen at 7:20 by Logan on the Farallones boat and around 8:00 by Paul and Hugh from the Coast Guard Pier at Crissy.

The messenger,
Mark

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Mark Eaton



Re: NAZCA Booby seen this AM

Roberta Guise
 

The bird may have flown over my swim buddies who were on a test swim from Fort Point to Aquatic Park at that time. Had they only known what was in the air above them…

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On Aug 19, 2017, at 6:45 PM, H Cotter chatwren@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:


Logan I hope will chime in at some point on this excellent find by him.

Logan texted approx 7.15AM this morning that he had an adult Nazca Booby from a boat going to the Farallones. The bird was in the SF bay working between Sausalito and Fort Point in SF, so was in both counties, Marin and SF.

Paul Saraceni and I arrived at the Coast Guard pier at Crissy Field approx 25-30 minutes later and after 10 minutes of scoping found it circling in the bay between Angel Island and Crissy and then towards Sausalito. 

We moved to the fishing pier near the Warming Hut at Crissy and were able to get closer looks at the bird as it circled in the bay. Each time did its long bay loops it edged closer to the Golden Gate bridge until the third time, just after Alan had arrived, it headed west under the bridge and gone. This was approx 8.35AM.
We checked the golden gate channel and cliff house subsequently with no sign.

It was an obvious Masked/ Nazca booby with an orange bill supporting Nazca over Masked.

Paul got some photos, I believe that Logan also got some; I left my memory card out of camera so had no luck with getting any.
Paul may provide some additional notes and as I say hopefully Logan will also follow up.

Hugh







On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Paul Saraceni paulsaraceni@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Mark misheard- NAZCA booby found by Logan 
Visible until 8.35 am from fishing pier at Crissy and then head out the gate 
Trying to catch up with it again in the GG channel 

Tried to post earlier but did not go through 

Hugh and Paul 


On Aug 19, 2017, at 8:14 AM, Mark Eaton marksffo@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Appeared to be flying between the Sausalito and Fort Point or thereabouts. Seen at 7:20 by Logan on the Farallones boat and around 8:00 by Paul and Hugh from the Coast Guard Pier at Crissy.

The messenger,
Mark

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Mark Eaton






Re: NAZCA Booby seen this AM

H Cotter
 

Logan I hope will chime in at some point on this excellent find by him.

Logan texted approx 7.15AM this morning that he had an adult Nazca Booby from a boat going to the Farallones. The bird was in the SF bay working between Sausalito and Fort Point in SF, so was in both counties, Marin and SF.

Paul Saraceni and I arrived at the Coast Guard pier at Crissy Field approx 25-30 minutes later and after 10 minutes of scoping found it circling in the bay between Angel Island and Crissy and then towards Sausalito.

We moved to the fishing pier near the Warming Hut at Crissy and were able to get closer looks at the bird as it circled in the bay. Each time did its long bay loops it edged closer to the Golden Gate bridge until the third time, just after Alan had arrived, it headed west under the bridge and gone. This was approx 8.35AM.
We checked the golden gate channel and cliff house subsequently with no sign.

It was an obvious Masked/ Nazca booby with an orange bill supporting Nazca over Masked.

Paul got some photos, I believe that Logan also got some; I left my memory card out of camera so had no luck with getting any.
Paul may provide some additional notes and as I say hopefully Logan will also follow up.

Hugh







On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 8:41 AM, Paul Saraceni paulsaraceni@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Mark misheard- NAZCA booby found by Logan 
Visible until 8.35 am from fishing pier at Crissy and then head out the gate 
Trying to catch up with it again in the GG channel 

Tried to post earlier but did not go through 

Hugh and Paul 


On Aug 19, 2017, at 8:14 AM, Mark Eaton marksffo@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Appeared to be flying between the Sausalito and Fort Point or thereabouts. Seen at 7:20 by Logan on the Farallones boat and around 8:00 by Paul and Hugh from the Coast Guard Pier at Crissy.

The messenger,
Mark

___
Mark Eaton



Re: NAZCA Booby seen this AM

Paul Saraceni
 

Mark misheard- NAZCA booby found by Logan 
Visible until 8.35 am from fishing pier at Crissy and then head out the gate 
Trying to catch up with it again in the GG channel 

Tried to post earlier but did not go through 

Hugh and Paul 


On Aug 19, 2017, at 8:14 AM, Mark Eaton marksffo@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Appeared to be flying between the Sausalito and Fort Point or thereabouts. Seen at 7:20 by Logan on the Farallones boat and around 8:00 by Paul and Hugh from the Coast Guard Pier at Crissy.

The messenger,
Mark

___
Mark Eaton


Re: Masked Booby seen this AM

Mark Eaton
 

UPDATE:  As of 8:35, it flew west out the channel.  You might try Mile Rock or scanning from the Cliff House.


On Sat, Aug 19, 2017 at 08:14 Mark Eaton <marksffo@...> wrote:
Appeared to be flying between the Sausalito and Fort Point or thereabouts.  Seen at 7:20 by Logan on the Farallones boat and around 8:00 by Paul and Hugh from the Coast Guard Pier at Crissy.

The messenger,
Mark

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Masked Booby seen this AM

Mark Eaton
 

Appeared to be flying between the Sausalito and Fort Point or thereabouts. Seen at 7:20 by Logan on the Farallones boat and around 8:00 by Paul and Hugh from the Coast Guard Pier at Crissy.

The messenger,
Mark

___
Mark Eaton


Nazca booby in SF bay per Logan Kahle

H Cotter
 

Received a message from Logan Kahle saying that there is a Nazca booby in SF bay seen from Sausalito to fort point and back into bay about 10 minutes ago- 7.30 am
Only the messenger 
Hugh


Re: Warm water offshore - good weather. Last minute pelagic?

Alan Hopkins
 

Good Luck!


On Friday, August 18, 2017 11:31 AM, "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@... [SFBirds]" wrote:


 
Hi all,
    The last two trips we did were to the Farallon Islands, so not 100% concentrated on the canyons and deeper water. Tomorrow we head out to deeper water in San Mateo county, and the weather looks good! The setup is good with some warm water offshore reaching to 63 F, and colder inshore water. This is classically a great time to find rarities such as the Hawaiian Petrel – who knows. Last week we saw storm petrels including Ashy and Wilson’s, and Laysan Albatross and again we were in poor water getting to the islands that time. Alan Hopkins also was able to get on a Cook’s Petrel last Friday, but unfortunately it could not be relocated and photographed. Tomorrow we should be in richer water and can dedicate time to finding more stormies and albatross. Two spots also open for Bodega Bay on Sunday as well.
   We are so lucky to live near some of the best pelagic birding and whale watching on earth! Come enjoy.
http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/
 
Alvaro
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Warm water offshore - good weather. Last minute pelagic?

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hi all,

    The last two trips we did were to the Farallon Islands, so not 100% concentrated on the canyons and deeper water. Tomorrow we head out to deeper water in San Mateo county, and the weather looks good! The setup is good with some warm water offshore reaching to 63 F, and colder inshore water. This is classically a great time to find rarities such as the Hawaiian Petrel – who knows. Last week we saw storm petrels including Ashy and Wilson’s, and Laysan Albatross and again we were in poor water getting to the islands that time. Alan Hopkins also was able to get on a Cook’s Petrel last Friday, but unfortunately it could not be relocated and photographed. Tomorrow we should be in richer water and can dedicate time to finding more stormies and albatross. Two spots also open for Bodega Bay on Sunday as well.

   We are so lucky to live near some of the best pelagic birding and whale watching on earth! Come enjoy.

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

 

Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo

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B&W Warbler at Ft Mason

Ralph McKinnon
 

Continuing in area next to Aquatic Park between 8-11 this morning



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