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Battery Godfrey Skywatches, 10/23-24/17: RUFF, Ross's Goose, et al.

Paul Saraceni
 

On Monday, 10/23 and Tuesday, 10/24 mornings, Hugh C., Brian F., Josiah C. and I (plus Sam for a bit this morning) conducted skywatches from Battery Godfrey for several hours. There were overnight E/NE winds continuing into the morning both days, with very clear conditions, and nice flights, with more of the typical passerines on the 23rd and more diverse migrating waterfowl and shorebirds on the 24th.  In these conditions, most of the passerines (e.g., Varied Thrushes, Pine Siskins, Cedar Waxwings, Yellow-rumped Warblers, etc.) fly N towards the GG Bridge, except for Am. Pipits which come in off the ocean, often in flocks of 20-30+ birds and tend to fly due E.

The individual species highlights were by far best on the 24th.  At 9:15 AM we picked-up on a mid-sized shorebird flying E high over the GG Channel below Hawk Hill by itself, and which continued to fly steadily E over the GG Bridge as we each scoped it for a few minutes until we lost sight of it over the Bay. Long-winged, brownish upperparts, whitish underwings and belly, short/medium-length bill, pale/blank face, dumpy structure, and -- noticeable in flight -- a white "U" on its uppertail. While watching it we collectively noted the details to eliminate other more likely species such as Greater Yellowlegs and we reached the conclusion that the bird was a RUFF in basic or imm. plumage. Hugh amazingly managed to capture some distant photos of the high-flying bird that support our ID conclusion (and will be posted to eBirds). This completely unexpected species for Battery Godfrey would be the 2nd record for SF Co. (there is a record from some years ago on the narrow strip of non-public access land across the Bay in Alameda that is considered part of SF Co.), and 1st for the City proper.

About 10 minutes after the Ruff sighting we picked-up on a pair of ad. ROSS'S GEESE flying W over the Bay and GG Bridge before they turned around high over the GG Channel and continued NE along the Marin Headlands and out of view.

On the 23rd the highlight was an ad. LARK SPARROW first spotted by Josiah that dropped-in and perched for a minute or two before departing.

Other observations of local interest:

Greater White-fronted Goose 2 (over Hawk Hill in Marin Co., only), 10/23

Cackling Goose 90+ (in 3 flocks that flew in off the ocean and continued NE) on 10/23, 40+ (in 3 flocks following similar flight path) on 10/24

Green-winged Teal 1 on 10/23, 11 (including a flock of 10 low over the Battery before sunrise) on 10/24

N. Shoveler 3, 10/23

N. Pintail 20+ (2 flocks), 10/24

Am. Wigeon 9 (2 groups), 10/24
Gr. Scaup 40+ on 10/23, 70+ on 10/24 (multiple flocks)
Merlin 1 each day

Peregrine Falcon 2-3 each day (including a pair that tag-teamed to capture an unlucky Band-tailed Pigeon low over the ocean on 10/24)

Killdeer, 20+ on 10/23, 50+ on 10/24 (multiple fly-by groups)

Long-billed Curlew 5 fly-bys each day

Marbled Godwit 2 fly-bys, 10/23

Sanderling 1 fly-by, 10/24

Dunlin 3 fly-bys, 10/24

W. Sandpiper 1 fly-by, 10/24

Peep sp. 20+ fly-bys, 10/24

Dowitcher sp. 1 fly-by (with Killdeer flock), 10/24

Bonaparte's Gull 3 (high-flying), 10/24

Mew, Herring, Glaucous-winged, Heermann's Gulls -- small numbers each day

Elegant Tern 250+ on 10/23, 30+ on 10/24

Pomarine Jaeger 1 (in the Channel), 10/23

Parasitic Jaeger 2 (high-flying), 10/24

Com. Murre 1-2 each day
Band-tailed Pigeon 3-400+ (minus 1 unlucky one) each day
N. Flicker 10+ each day
Say's Phoebe 1 (continuing) each day

Hutton's Vireo 1 (continuing) each day

Violet-green Swallow 2, 10/24
House Wren 2 (continuing) each day
Wrentit 1 (continuing) each day
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1, 10/23

W. Bluebird 6 on 10/23, 1 on 10/24
Varied Thrush 60+ on 10/23, 30+ on 10/24
Am. Pipit 120+ on 10/23, 80+ on 10/24
Savannah Sparrow 4, 10/24
Lincoln's Sparrow 1 (continuing) each day
W. Meadowlark 3 on 10/23, 11 on 10/24

Red-winged Blackbird 12 fly-bys, 10/24

Pine Siskin 20-30+ each day
Red Crossbill 3 (locals by call), 10/23


There were good numbers (40-60+) of Yellow-rumped Warblers flying N each day, and lesser numbers of other typical migrants such as Cedar Waxwings, Townsend's Warblers, Purple Finches, and Lesser and American Goldfinches.


One note from a quick stop at Battery Godfrey late morning on Sunday, 10/22 -- Hugh and I observed an ad. WHITE-TAILED KITE fly from Land's End N over Mile Rock and the ocean over Pt. Bonita and continuing into the Marin Headlands.


Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


[EBB_Sightings] Barn Owl at Sydney G Walton Square (SF)

Mark Eaton
 

Acting as messenger…

Anyone had Barn Owl downtown before?

Mark
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Begin forwarded message:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Barn Owl at Sydney G Walton Square (SF)
Date: October 22, 2017 at 6:38:09 PM PDT



Hello folks


There was a Barn Owl flying about Sydney G Walton Square in SF around 7:15 on Friday night.

I've worked off the park for 10+ years - first time I've seen an owl there.


Sheila Smith

Oakland





Re: Bald Eagle over Noe Valley (13 Oct)

Ken Schneider
 

Hi all,

It turns out that Hugh Cotter photographed the same individual eagle, based on photographic comparison of the white markings on the ventral side of the bird, over central San Francisco about 24 hours later on 14 October.  I've posted a collage/comparison photo in the album entitled "Bald Eagle SF 13-14 Oct 2017" on this listserv.  

I'm not sure why this eagle moved back and forth over the city, but it seems unlikely to be typical migratory behavior?  Maybe more likely a local youngster dispersing or escaping the smoke and fires to the north, then heading back perhaps?  No idea really...

Good birding,
Ken Schneider
Noe Valley
 


Re: Evening Grosbeak - get recordings?

Brian Fitch
 

After giving the Pieplow link a quick listen today, I would rate all the
calls I heard as type 2. Not surprising, as that's the resident Sierran
type and the closest population from which the SF bird might be a vagrant.
Yet still anecdotal without the omniscient power of Tech (recordings).

Brian

On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 6:49 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao@coastside.net>
wrote:

Brian,

But what type of Evening Grosbeak were you listening to in the Sierras?

Here is an article on the call types

http://ebird.org/content/me/news/evening-grosbeak-flight-
call-types-how-much-overlap-occurs/

Up in Klamath I have recorded type 1, and type 2 in the very same spot.



Examples of the call types here

http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/1601



Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com



*From:* SFBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com] *On
Behalf Of *Brian Fitch fogeggs@gmail.com [SFBirds]
*Sent:* Saturday, October 21, 2017 6:33 PM
*Cc:* SF Birds <SFBirds@yahoogroups.com>
*Subject:* Re: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak - get recordings?





For what it's worth, I was in the eastern Sierras last weekend, west of
Bridgeport, and heard multiple Evening Grosbeaks calling. The strident,
downslurred pheeuw! call I heard today seemed an exact match.

Brian Fitch



On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 2:45 PM, Ken Copen kencopen@yahoo.com [SFBirds] <
SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



Having spent the morning with him, i will say he was remarkably silent. I
was surprised by how quiet he was compared to black-headed and
rose-breasted's i've seen, that have always been very vocal. I was a little
disappointed not to have heard his call, but at least got a few pics. From:
"'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@coastside.net [SFBirds]" <
SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> To: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com Sent:
Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:52 PM Subject: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak -
get recordings? SF Birders If that Evening Grosbeak is being vocal, it
would be cool if someone could record calls and upload to eBird and or
Xenocanto. Just like Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks have vocal “types.”
I recall there are about 4 of them, with 3 possible in the West. The
Evening Grosbeak is a little less confusing than the crossbills, as
different call types have separate breeding ranges. But in the non-breeding
period they can be found in the same places. I am sure there is some spot
where you can download the various call types to have a reference, but
don’t know that for sure offhand. Good birding, Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo
<mailto:alvaro@alvarosadventures.com> alvaro@alvarosadventures.com
www.alvarosadventures.com From: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:
SFBirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mike Carozza mike.carozza@gmail.com
[SFBirds] Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:27 AM To:
SFBirds@yahoogroups.com Subject: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak and Turkey
continue Grosbeak in a long needle white pine across the path and lower
than the original green berry tree it was in. Pretty shy. Also a big fat
turkey. Not banded. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]





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Ggp Palm Warbler and Red Crossbills

Josiah Clark
 

The maintainence yard at the west end of Ggp had a palm Warbler in with the sparrows at the edge of the soccer fields. Non-local Red Crossbills were in the pines on JFK west of chain of lakes blvd, and another flew over the yard on lake st yesterday morning. Local types were jipping at lands end below the east wash. Lots of Band-tailed pigeons passing over all morning. Still plenty of elegant terns and parasitic jaegers off the cliff house.


Re: Evening Grosbeak - get recordings?

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Brian,

But what type of Evening Grosbeak were you listening to in the Sierras?

Here is an article on the call types

http://ebird.org/content/me/news/evening-grosbeak-flight-call-types-how-much-overlap-occurs/

Up in Klamath I have recorded type 1, and type 2 in the very same spot.



Examples of the call types here

http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/1601



Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo

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

www.alvarosadventures.com



From: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Brian Fitch fogeggs@gmail.com [SFBirds]
Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2017 6:33 PM
Cc: SF Birds <SFBirds@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak - get recordings?





For what it's worth, I was in the eastern Sierras last weekend, west of Bridgeport, and heard multiple Evening Grosbeaks calling. The strident, downslurred pheeuw! call I heard today seemed an exact match.

Brian Fitch



On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 2:45 PM, Ken Copen kencopen@yahoo.com <mailto:kencopen@yahoo.com> [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com <mailto:SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> > wrote:



Having spent the morning with him, i will say he was remarkably silent. I was surprised by how quiet he was compared to black-headed and rose-breasted's i've seen, that have always been very vocal. I was a little disappointed not to have heard his call, but at least got a few pics. From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@coastside.net <mailto:chucao@coastside.net> [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com <mailto:SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> > To: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com> Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:52 PM Subject: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak - get recordings? SF Birders If that Evening Grosbeak is being vocal, it would be cool if someone could record calls and upload to eBird and or Xenocanto. Just like Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks have vocal “types.” I recall there are about 4 of them, with 3 possible in the West. The Evening Grosbeak is a little less confusing than the crossbills, as different call types have separate breeding ranges. But in the non-breeding period they can be found in the same places. I am sure there is some spot where you can download the various call types to have a reference, but don’t know that for sure offhand. Good birding, Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo <mailto:alvaro@alvarosadventures.com <mailto:alvaro@alvarosadventures.com> > alvaro@alvarosadventures.com <mailto:alvaro@alvarosadventures.com> www.alvarosadventures.com <http://www.alvarosadventures.com> From: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com> [mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com> ] On Behalf Of Mike Carozza mike.carozza@gmail.com <mailto:mike.carozza@gmail.com> [SFBirds] Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:27 AM To: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com> Subject: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak and Turkey continue Grosbeak in a long needle white pine across the path and lower than the original green berry tree it was in. Pretty shy. Also a big fat turkey. Not banded. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Re: Evening Grosbeak - get recordings?

Brian Fitch
 

For what it's worth, I was in the eastern Sierras last weekend, west of Bridgeport, and heard multiple Evening Grosbeaks calling.  The strident, downslurred pheeuw! call I heard today seemed an exact match.

Brian Fitch

On Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 2:45 PM, Ken Copen kencopen@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Having spent the morning with him, i will say he was remarkably silent. I was surprised by how quiet he was compared to black-headed and rose-breasted's i've seen, that have always been very vocal. I was a little disappointed not to have heard his call, but at least got a few pics. From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@... [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> To: SFBirds@... Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:52 PM Subject: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak - get recordings? SF Birders If that Evening Grosbeak is being vocal, it would be cool if someone could record calls and upload to eBird and or Xenocanto. Just like Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks have vocal “types.” I recall there are about 4 of them, with 3 possible in the West. The Evening Grosbeak is a little less confusing than the crossbills, as different call types have separate breeding ranges. But in the non-breeding period they can be found in the same places. I am sure there is some spot where you can download the various call types to have a reference, but don’t know that for sure offhand. Good birding, Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@alvarosadventures.com> alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com From: SFBirds@... [mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mike Carozza mike.carozza@... [SFBirds] Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:27 AM To: SFBirds@... Subject: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak and Turkey continue Grosbeak in a long needle white pine across the path and lower than the original green berry tree it was in. Pretty shy. Also a big fat turkey. Not banded. [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



Re: Evening Grosbeak - get recordings?

Ken Schneider
 

Hi all,

The bird was silent when I saw it today, but apparently it has been vocalizing at times.

If anyone gets a recording (even a low quality smartphone recording may be sufficient), Aaron Haiman, a graduate student who works on Evening Grosbeak vocalizations, has been kind enough to ID the call type from recordings for me in the past.  Feel free to contact me offline if anyone gets a recording.

Good birding,
Ken Schneider
Noe Valley


Re: Evening Grosbeak - get recordings?

Ken Copen
 

Having spent the morning with him, i will say he was remarkably silent. I was surprised by how quiet he was compared to black-headed and rose-breasted's i've seen, that have always been very vocal. I was a little disappointed not to have heard his call, but at least got a few pics. From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@coastside.net [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com> To: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:52 PM Subject: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak - get recordings? SF Birders If that Evening Grosbeak is being vocal, it would be cool if someone could record calls and upload to eBird and or Xenocanto. Just like Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks have vocal “types.” I recall there are about 4 of them, with 3 possible in the West. The Evening Grosbeak is a little less confusing than the crossbills, as different call types have separate breeding ranges. But in the non-breeding period they can be found in the same places. I am sure there is some spot where you can download the various call types to have a reference, but don’t know that for sure offhand. Good birding, Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo <mailto:alvaro@alvarosadventures.com> alvaro@alvarosadventures.com www.alvarosadventures.com From: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mike Carozza mike.carozza@gmail.com [SFBirds] Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:27 AM To: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com Subject: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak and Turkey continue Grosbeak in a long needle white pine across the path and lower than the original green berry tree it was in. Pretty shy. Also a big fat turkey. Not banded.


Evening Grosbeak - get recordings?

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

SF Birders

If that Evening Grosbeak is being vocal, it would be cool if someone could record calls and upload to eBird and or Xenocanto. Just like Red Crossbills, Evening Grosbeaks have vocal “types.” I recall there are about 4 of them, with 3 possible in the West. The Evening Grosbeak is a little less confusing than the crossbills, as different call types have separate breeding ranges. But in the non-breeding period they can be found in the same places. I am sure there is some spot where you can download the various call types to have a reference, but don’t know that for sure offhand.

Good birding,

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

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

www.alvarosadventures.com



From: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SFBirds@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Mike Carozza mike.carozza@gmail.com [SFBirds]
Sent: Saturday, October 21, 2017 11:27 AM
To: SFBirds@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [SFBirds] Evening Grosbeak and Turkey continue





Grosbeak in a long needle white pine across the path and lower than the original green berry tree it was in. Pretty shy. Also a big fat turkey. Not banded.





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Grosbeak, Etc.

Brian Fitch
 

The Evening Grosbeak was calling when I arrived just after opening time at 7:30 this morning.  I honed in the tree but couldn't see it, and then Calvin Lou and others came from the moon-viewing pool, and Calvin quickly spotted the bird.  It posed nicely for a few minutes on several treetops before entering one of its favorite trees to apparently feed.  This was south of the pool and west of the large roundish lawn area in Strybing Arb.

On Thursday, I found another Palm Warbler and a spizella species in the S windmill maintenance yard, GG Park, and my first Golden-crowned Kinglet of the year was in Sutro Heights. 

On Friday at the Corona Heights GG Audubon walk, we had 40 species, including Common Loon, juv Cooper's Hawk, adult Sharp-shinned Hawk, flocks of 80 and 50 Band-tailed Pigeons, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, American Pipit, 2-3 Western Tanagers, and several flocks of Pine Siskin.  One of the highlights was watching Yellow-shafted (1), Red-shafted and hybrid (2) Flickers together feeding in brush and perched on snags on the northern side.

Brian Fitch


Evening Grosbeak and Turkey continue

Mike Carozza
 

Grosbeak in a long needle white pine across the path and lower than the original green berry tree it was in. Pretty shy. Also a big fat turkey. Not banded. 


Re: Chestnut-sided Warbler at Stow Lake

C Lou
 

Dat. Oct 21 1000am. Chestnut sided warbler continues in willows along shoreline at 
Stow lake.

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "lswanson@... [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@...>
Date: 10/20/17 11:09 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@...
Subject: [SFBirds] Chestnut-sided Warbler at Stow Lake

 

There was a Chestnut-sided Warbler foraging on the southeast edge of Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park at 10:15 am this morning, on both sides of the path around the lake. The location is near the area where mallards gather below trees and branches extending into the lake.

Linda Swanson



Re: Male Evening Grosbeak in arbo

C Lou
 

Saturday. Oct 21. 800am.
The evening grosbeak is still here.

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "Rudy Wallen arelist12@... [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@...>
Date: 10/20/17 2:08 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@...
Subject: [SFBirds] Male Evening Grosbeak in arbo

 

Above moon viewing. Coordinates in a minute. Photos. Munching on cones. 


Re: Male Evening Grosbeak in arbo

mbzlat
 

Also, a Turkey seen un the immediate area. 

Matt Zlatunich 




On Oct 20, 2017, at 3:22 PM, Adam Winer awiner@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Currently feeding on fruits in a Photina bodinieri. (There's a sign, what the heck do I know.)


On Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 15:07 Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:
Still present!

Thanks, Rudy!

On Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 14:10 Rudy Wallen arelist12@gmail..com [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Above moon viewing. Coordinates in a minute. Photos. Munching on cones. 


Re: Male Evening Grosbeak in arbo

Rudyard Wallen
 

But hanging out in the open on snag of said tree, plucking berries 

via Cher Ami

On Oct 20, 2017, at 3:22 PM, Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:

Currently feeding on fruits in a Photina bodinieri. (There's a sign, what the heck do I know.)


On Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 15:07 Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:
Still present!


Re: Male Evening Grosbeak in arbo

Adam Winer
 

Currently feeding on fruits in a Photina bodinieri. (There's a sign, what the heck do I know.)


On Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 15:07 Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:
Still present!

Thanks, Rudy!

On Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 14:10 Rudy Wallen arelist12@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Above moon viewing. Coordinates in a minute. Photos. Munching on cones. 


Male Evening Grosbeak in arbo

Rudyard Wallen
 

Sorry.  Last one went to me. Annoying default. 

via Cher Ami

Begin forwarded message:

From: "arelist12@... [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@...>
Date: October 20, 2017 at 2:17:48 PM PDT

To: <arelist12@...>
Subject: Re: Male Evening Grosbeak in arbo
Reply-To: arelist12@...

Stand here on a wood chip path Dropped Pin
near SE Asia Path, San Francisco, CA 94122
Look east across path at top of Caucasain Pine. Or N (left at the top of a Pinus Wallachiana (many pendant cones, label near small pump house). Bird was foraging on cones. 
Cheers

Rudy
SF


Re: Male Evening Grosbeak in arbo

Adam Winer
 

Still present!

Thanks, Rudy!


On Fri, Oct 20, 2017, 14:10 Rudy Wallen arelist12@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Above moon viewing. Coordinates in a minute. Photos. Munching on cones. 


Re: Game birds (was Sue Bierman Park 10/20/17)

Glen Tepke
 

Based on Jack's report of a recent release and mortality, it seems unlikely that the quail in Sue Bierman Park today were the same birds reported in June.

I wonder what motivates people to release quail and other exotic birds.  Trying to get a population established for hunting seems unlikely in an SF city park.  Unwanted pets?  Animal rights activists liberating birds from markets where they are sold for human consumption?  Some sort of religious ceremony?

Sorry if this is getting too far off-topic for the list.

Glen Tepke


From: "Dominik Mosur"
To: "Jack Hayden"
Cc: "Glen Tepke" , "SFBirds"
Sent: Friday, October 20, 2017 2:20:58 PM
Subject: Game birds (was Sue Bierman Park 10/20/17)

Sounds like you've discovered a game bird release point.

Other popular ones over the years have been North and Stow Lakes in GGP, as well as Lake Merced at Sunset Circle, Harding/Boathouse and Concrete Bridge/Penguin statue.

Some years ago, a flock of ~20 Chukars appeared at the Penguin. The flock was steadily whittled down by predators until only scattered feathers remained after a few weeks.

On a possibly related note.

I've noted dead/gutted/mutilated fowl (mostly large chickens) at several sites around Lake Merced in the past 6-8 weeks. One appeared to be an "arrangement" of organs/head onside a hollowed out carcass. It was near the steep trail from the pull-up bars to the wooden bridge at Sunset Circle. I might still have the photo on my phone if anyone is really interested.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco 


On Oct 20, 2017, at 13:39, Jack Hayden jellsworthhayden@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Glen,

I was in the park last month birding and I saw two people around a shoulder bag on the ground. As I approached them they grabbed the bag and lingered around a bit when a movement caught my attention in the nearby greenery. It was a very docile common quail, so docile that I picked it up with no trouble. The two men had walked away by that point and I set the creature down and birded some more. As I left the park I noted another common quail, this time roadkill in the intersection.

The best bird on that particular day was a female Nuttall's Woodpecker.

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 12:46 PM, Glen Tepke g.tepke@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Highlights of a mid-morning visit to Sue Bierman Park were a tan-striped White-throated Sparrow, one or two Black-throated Gray Warblers, and two Coturnix quails, probably Common Quail (C. coturnix).  An Old World species commonly kept in captivity, so almost certainly escaped or released birds.  There was an exchange on this list on June 20 about a report of two juvenile California Quail in the park that apparently were misidentified Common Quail.  I wonder if today's birds were the same individuals reported on June 20.  That would be interesting, given that the life-expectancy for most escapees is rather short.  I have cell phone photos of the quail if anyone is interested.

Good birding.

Glen Tepke
Oakland



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