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Sage Thrasher at Heron's Head 10/13/17

Dominik Mosur
 

Fide Kevin Liberg, via eBird.

DM


Re: McCown's Longspur Crissy Field 10/11/17

mbzlat
 

Still present, same location, Thursday, 4:30pm. 

Matt & JoAnn Zlatunich



On Oct 11, 2017, at 9:29 PM, Christopher Hayward p_t_nymph@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Hi Folks,


Just wanted to clarify the location of the McCown's Longspur from this afternoon, the bird was seen by several observers about 50 to 75 yards east of the steps that lead down to the trail on the north side of the field. As mentioned by others the bird was very confiding allowing for close observation and good photo ops. It was feeding constantly for the 30 minutes or so I observed it and was still there when I left around 5.15.

Congrats to Hugh for this super find.


Chris Hayward

Half Moon Bay


Re: Golden Gate Park/Elk Glen Lake SWAMP Sparrow 10/11/17

C Lou
 

The Swamp Sparrow continues at the area described by Dominik at Elk Glen Lake in Golden Gate Park. Seen by several birders.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Date: 10/11/17 5:30 PM (GMT-08:00)
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Subject: [SFBirds] Golden Gate Park/Elk Glen Lake SWAMP Sparrow 10/11/17

 

A SWAMP Sparrow is associating with Crowned/Song Sparrows at the NE part of Elk Glen. It was observed near the "Coach Lou Vasquez" memorial bench, a coffee berry bush and old stump of a Monterey Pine that was taken down a few years ago.

A singing Marsh Wren in the Tules was also a good bird for Golden Gate Park.

Enjoy the birds,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco



Mount Davidson 10/12/17 ROCK Wren/ air alert

Dominik Mosur
 

Went up to Mt. D this morning on the way in to work to check the conditions. The smoke is very thick and I would recommend people use N-95 respirators (or similar protective equipment) if they absolutely have to be outside today..

A ROCK WREN was on and around the downed eucalyptus skeleton on the plateau area/east side ridge.

Large numbers of Flickers (8-10+) and Juncos (25+) may have been avian refugees from the fires to the north.

Stay safe and help if you can,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


McCowns Longspur continyes

C Lou
 

The McCowns Longspur just flew in to same location. East of stairways. It flew in from the beach. With Mike .

Calvin Lou
SF



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From: "Dominik Mosur polskatata@... [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@...>
Date: 10/11/17 5:30 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds <sfbirds@...>
Subject: [SFBirds] Golden Gate Park/Elk Glen Lake SWAMP Sparrow 10/11/17

 

A SWAMP Sparrow is associating with Crowned/Song Sparrows at the NE part of Elk Glen. It was observed near the "Coach Lou Vasquez" memorial bench, a coffee berry bush and old stump of a Monterey Pine that was taken down a few years ago.

A singing Marsh Wren in the Tules was also a good bird for Golden Gate Park.

Enjoy the birds,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco



McCown's Longspur Crissy Field 10/11/17

Christopher Hayward
 

Hi Folks,


Just wanted to clarify the location of the McCown's Longspur from this afternoon, the bird was seen by several observers about 50 to 75 yards east of the steps that lead down to the trail on the north side of the field. As mentioned by others the bird was very confiding allowing for close observation and good photo ops. It was feeding constantly for the 30 minutes or so I observed it and was still there when I left around 5.15.

Congrats to Hugh for this super find.


Chris Hayward

Half Moon Bay


McCownd's Longspur

bunting1440@...
 

Hi all,

Today and yesterday I went to Crissy field for the Longspur. It is continuing along the trail between the field and the bay.

 Good birding,

Max Benningfield


McCowns Longspur

Christopher Hayward
 

Just to be more accurate the bird was being seen about 50 yards east of the steps on the north side of the field and was still there when I left at 5.20
Chris Hayward


Golden Gate Park/Elk Glen Lake SWAMP Sparrow 10/11/17

Dominik Mosur
 

A SWAMP Sparrow is associating with Crowned/Song Sparrows at the NE part of Elk Glen. It was observed near the "Coach Lou Vasquez" memorial bench, a coffee berry bush and old stump of a Monterey Pine that was taken down a few years ago.

A singing Marsh Wren in the Tules was also a good bird for Golden Gate Park.

Enjoy the birds,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


McKeown's Longspur still present

Bradley Voelker
 

Still present on far north edge of field at 5pm. Trent, Chris, and Max also present.

Bradley Voelker


Re: McCown’s still present at Crissy Field

Christopher Hayward
 

McCowns being seen right now 50 yards south steps that lead down to beach

Chris Hayward


McCown's Longspur images

Michael Park
 

Congratulations to Hugh Cotter for finding this little gem.


-- The entire, short series of images is in this album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/albums/72157689342705236


-- Spread tail showing pattern of white and black:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/37593431486/

-- Side profile:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/37593431796/

-- Spacing between primary tips:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/37384031220/

-- Ghost pattern on upper chest:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/37593432496/

-- Basking in the morning light
https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/37593432726/




Michael Park, Berkeley


Palm Warbler presidio

Josiah Clark
 

The Palm was with the sparrow flock below and to the east of battery Godfrey, in ceonothus its tail pumping away when I left it. Also a bg gnatcatcher w the bushtits at presidio hills along battery caulfield Road, hopefully the one that's come back for the last 3 winters. 
   Ft Scott was very birdy, nothing rare but a western tanager there is getting on the late side.  
  Hope some out of town longspur chasers kick up something else interesting. 


On Oct 11, 2017, at 10:03 AM, Rudy Wallen arelist12@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Still on edge berm across from trail that leads to beach. Adult basic Bobolink in restoration area here (just a few yards from MCLO)  
Photos later

9am
Rudy
SF


Re: McCown’s still present at Crissy Field

Rudyard Wallen
 

Still on edge berm across from trail that leads to beach. Adult basic Bobolink in restoration area here (just a few yards from MCLO)  
Photos later

9am
Rudy
SF


McCown’s still present at Crissy Field

David Assmann
 

North side of field next to main path


Pelagic trip report - Sat Oct 7.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello penbirds and SFbirds.

   We went out last Saturday offshore to waters in both counties, with much of the time off the continental shelf in SF county. We were seeking Flesh-footed Shearwater, Short-tailed Shearwater and South Polar Skuas and succeeded in 2/3 which is pretty nice. There were six different encounters with South Polar Skua, perhaps 4-5 individuals and they were seen in both counties. Whoo hoo! The star of the show was a Flesh-footed Shearwater in San Mateo county, it stuck around enough for some folks to get photos of the bird. I am hoping that the short-tailed shows up this coming weekend. Other goodies included two Tufted Puffins in San Mateo, and hundreds of Buller’s Shearwaters. We also found Black-footed Albatross, a few Ashy Storm-Petrels, many Rhinoceros Auklets, a few Cassin’s Auklets, Pomarine Jaegers and various other common offshore species. Two lost offshore birds, a Merlin and an Eared Grebe!

     The weather was awesome going out, and the wind picked up when we were offshore. At that point it became a bit more difficult to “chase” any birds, as we had to keep on our course with wind and waves behind us. An intriguing bird went by at a distance, in the wind, wish we had that one to do over and closer. And even though the swell had picked up by then, we had an incredible view of Blue Whale, lunge feeding Humpback Whales, and two herds of Pacific White-sided Dolphins with Northern Right Whale Dolphins, and a few Dall’s Porpoise.

     We are heading out again on Saturday 14th. The weather forecast looks really good right now, tamer than last weekend’s wind, and I am really looking forward to seeing what we found last weekend and adding the Short-tailed Shearwater. Hopefully in both counties. This late in the season, the probability of finding a Short-tailed or two greatly increases. I still have the dream of a Streaked Shearwater, I may have that one for years, but you never know… it could come true this weekend 😊

 

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

 

BTW – SFBBO raptor workshop next week which I will be giving. Field time and class time.

http://sfbbo.org/activities/workshops.php

 

good birding, Dusky Warblering or McCowns Longspuring to you all.

Alvaro Jaramillo

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www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Re: McCown's Longspur Photos

Joe Morlan
 

FWIW, here are mine.

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/McCown'sLongspurP1120785.htm



On Tue, 10 Oct 2017 19:22:55 -0700, "Mark Eaton marksffo@gmail.com
[SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

And my pictures are up as well…

http://markeaton.org/photo2.php?imageID=20171010291639775&galleryID=locallyrare <http://markeaton.org/photo2.php?imageID=20171010291639775&galleryID=locallyrare>

I think we’ll have plenty more shortly… :)
Mark
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Mark Eaton
Photography: http://www.markeaton.org






On Oct 10, 2017, at 19:15, 'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@coastside.net [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Nice shots Aaron!

I would add that there are some subtle differences between McCown’s and Chestnut-collared. McCown’s has a more rectangular shaped head, there is a steep although short forehead, and then a flat crown. On Chestnut-collared the curve of the forehead-crown is more even. The bill is deep in McCown’s, but also very triangular
(equilateral) in shape, almost like a Fox Sparrow. In some respects aspects of the bill and head shape and bill color, are more like a Snow Bunting which some studies suggest is a closer relative to McCown’s than the other longspurs. The facial pattern of Chestnut-collared also shows a shadow of the adult male pattern, in that
there is a dark crescent at the lower rear of the ear coverts, and a dark triangle on the upper rear of the ear coverts; often the darkest part of the face on a Chestnut-collared are these areas and not near the bill or lateral throat stripes. This SF individual McCown’s has a buff chest area that is like a ghost pattern of the
dark breast
area of the adult male McCown’s.

Awesome photos, great learning by looking at them.

Maybe we can score one in San Mateo!!

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

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www.alvarosadventures.com



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SF Birders,



Photos are likely starting to percolate onto eBird and Flickr, but I thought I would share with everyone some portraits from Crissy Field from this morning. I arrived at about 9:10AM, and like everyone else it seems I was able to spend some quality time with this great bird.



In case you want to enjoy the ID challenge yourself, I've posted eight pictures on my flickr feed - https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/ I found the National Geographic Guide to be more helpful than Sibley in this case. (Beadle and Rising helps too if you have it.) Note the pink bill with black tip - the plain
auriculars, plain bare--streaked buffy breast (which is very bright on this bird) and the rufous-toned median coverts (not bright like a male.)



I'm glad it turned out to be a McCown's, since therefore this was also my ABA-Continental #600. Thanks Hugh!



Photostream starts here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/36916337094/



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Re: McCown's Longspur Photos

Mark Eaton
 

And my pictures are up as well…


I think we’ll have plenty more shortly… :)
Mark
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Photography: http://www.markeaton.org






On Oct 10, 2017, at 19:15, 'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Nice shots Aaron!

  I would add that there are some subtle differences between McCown’s and Chestnut-collared. McCown’s has a more rectangular shaped head, there is a steep although short forehead, and then a flat crown. On Chestnut-collared the curve of the forehead-crown is more even. The bill is deep in McCown’s, but also very triangular (equilateral) in shape, almost like a Fox Sparrow. In some respects aspects of the bill and head shape and bill color, are more like a Snow Bunting which some studies suggest is a closer relative to McCown’s than the other longspurs. The facial pattern of Chestnut-collared also shows a shadow of the adult male pattern, in that there is a dark crescent at the lower rear of the ear coverts, and a dark triangle on the upper rear of the ear coverts; often the darkest part of the face on a Chestnut-collared are these areas and not near the bill or lateral throat stripes. This SF individual McCown’s has a buff chest area that is like a ghost pattern of the dark breast area of the adult male McCown’s.

  Awesome photos, great learning by looking at them.

Maybe we can score one in San Mateo!!

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

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www.alvarosadventures.com



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Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:45 PM
To: SFBirds
Subject: [SFBirds] McCown's Longspur Photos





SF Birders,



Photos are likely starting to percolate onto eBird and Flickr, but I thought I would share with everyone some portraits from Crissy Field from this morning.  I arrived at about 9:10AM, and like everyone else it seems I was able to spend some quality time with this great bird.



In case you want to enjoy the ID challenge yourself, I've posted eight pictures on my flickr feed - https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/   I found the National Geographic Guide to be more helpful than Sibley in this case.  (Beadle and Rising helps too if you have it.)  Note the pink bill with black tip - the plain auriculars, plain bare--streaked buffy breast (which is very bright on this bird) and the rufous-toned median coverts (not bright like a male.)  



I'm glad it turned out to be a McCown's, since therefore this was also my ABA-Continental #600.  Thanks Hugh!



Photostream starts here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/36916337094/



Aaron Maizlish

San Francisco, CA





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Re: McCown's Longspur Photos

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Nice shots Aaron!

I would add that there are some subtle differences between McCown’s and Chestnut-collared. McCown’s has a more rectangular shaped head, there is a steep although short forehead, and then a flat crown. On Chestnut-collared the curve of the forehead-crown is more even. The bill is deep in McCown’s, but also very triangular (equilateral) in shape, almost like a Fox Sparrow. In some respects aspects of the bill and head shape and bill color, are more like a Snow Bunting which some studies suggest is a closer relative to McCown’s than the other longspurs. The facial pattern of Chestnut-collared also shows a shadow of the adult male pattern, in that there is a dark crescent at the lower rear of the ear coverts, and a dark triangle on the upper rear of the ear coverts; often the darkest part of the face on a Chestnut-collared are these areas and not near the bill or lateral throat stripes. This SF individual McCown’s has a buff chest area that is like a ghost pattern of the dark breast area of the adult male McCown’s.

Awesome photos, great learning by looking at them.

Maybe we can score one in San Mateo!!

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

<mailto:alvaro@alvarosadventures.com> alvaro@alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com



From: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Aaron Maizlish aaron.maizlish@gmail.com [SFBirds]
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 6:45 PM
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Subject: [SFBirds] McCown's Longspur Photos





SF Birders,



Photos are likely starting to percolate onto eBird and Flickr, but I thought I would share with everyone some portraits from Crissy Field from this morning. I arrived at about 9:10AM, and like everyone else it seems I was able to spend some quality time with this great bird.



In case you want to enjoy the ID challenge yourself, I've posted eight pictures on my flickr feed - https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/ I found the National Geographic Guide to be more helpful than Sibley in this case. (Beadle and Rising helps too if you have it.) Note the pink bill with black tip - the plain auriculars, plain bare--streaked buffy breast (which is very bright on this bird) and the rufous-toned median coverts (not bright like a male.)



I'm glad it turned out to be a McCown's, since therefore this was also my ABA-Continental #600. Thanks Hugh!



Photostream starts here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/36916337094/



Aaron Maizlish

San Francisco, CA





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McCown's Longspur Photos

Aaron Maizlish
 

SF Birders,

Photos are likely starting to percolate onto eBird and Flickr, but I thought I would share with everyone some portraits from Crissy Field from this morning.  I arrived at about 9:10AM, and like everyone else it seems I was able to spend some quality time with this great bird.

In case you want to enjoy the ID challenge yourself, I've posted eight pictures on my flickr feed - https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/   I found the National Geographic Guide to be more helpful than Sibley in this case.  (Beadle and Rising helps too if you have it.)  Note the pink bill with black tip - the plain auriculars, plain bare--streaked buffy breast (which is very bright on this bird) and the rufous-toned median coverts (not bright like a male.)  

I'm glad it turned out to be a McCown's, since therefore this was also my ABA-Continental #600.  Thanks Hugh!


Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA

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