Date   
Mount Davidson, 9/20

Adam Winer
 

Nothing rare, but a fair variety of migrants in the heat including 1 each of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, House Wren, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee (first I've seen on the mt. in awhile), Say's Phoebe, Willow Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Chipping Sparrow, and Selasphorus sp..  Also 2 Band-tailed Pigeons - I haven't been seeing many of these up here lately. Lots of Pacific-slope Flycatchers today, along with the more regular warblers.

-- Adam Winer

Ferry Park Canada Warbler

bitanangan
 

Hi Birders,
    Canada Warbler—first reported earlier today by Brian Turner—in shrubbery at SW corner of hill @ 4:30 PM, sometimes chipping. Also: as if popping out from an old Japanese scroll, 13 (released) very tame and beautiful Coturnix coturnix quail, one chased by a rat. Insanity level sadly rising here.
    Red-eyed Vireo continued this morning near the falls on Strawberry Hill in GG Park.
Russ Bright
SF

possible Little Blue Heron?

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

  A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:

 

Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

Re: possible Little Blue Heron?

kim
 

Maybe Mountain Lake.

Re: possible Little Blue Heron?

Siobhan Ruck
 

Mountain Lake, at Park Presidio and Lake Street, perhaps?  Right as you come out of the tunnel; there’s often a backup at the light at Lake, and from a southbound vehicle not much of the lake shows so it could appear to be a small pond.

Siobhan Ruck, SF


On Sep 20, 2018, at 9:15 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao@...> wrote:

Hello all, 
  A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be: 
 
Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour
 
Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Re: possible Little Blue Heron?

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

He just sent me a message that it was near:

 

37.803656°

-122.467°

 

  Not sure there is a pond there…. But someone should look.

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Siobhan Ruck
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:22 PM
To: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao@...>
Cc: SFBirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?

 

Mountain Lake, at Park Presidio and Lake Street, perhaps?  Right as you come out of the tunnel; there’s often a backup at the light at Lake, and from a southbound vehicle not much of the lake shows so it could appear to be a small pond.

 

Siobhan Ruck, SF

 

 

On Sep 20, 2018, at 9:15 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao@...> wrote:

 

Hello all, 

  A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be: 

 

Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

 

 

Re: possible Little Blue Heron?

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would represent a first county record. Hope it's refound!

Logan


On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:

Hello all,

  A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:

 

Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Re: possible Little Blue Heron?

Alan Hopkins
 

There are new wetlands under the freeway where it comes down to meet Marina Blvd near Halleck St and Mason St.
Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



On Friday, September 21, 2018 2:26 AM, Logan Kahle <logan@...> wrote:


Hi All,
Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would represent a first county record. Hope it's refound!
Logan

On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
Hello all,
  A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:
 
Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour
 
Alvaro Jaramillo
 



Re: possible Little Blue Heron?

Dominik Mosur
 

Quickly checked the ponds off the freeway exit at Girard and Crissy lagoon from the footbridge this morning. Alan is taking over the shift as I head to work. Good luck searchers.

DM



On Sep 21, 2018, at 06:32, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:

There are new wetlands under the freeway where it comes down to meet Marina Blvd near Halleck St and Mason St.
Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



On Friday, September 21, 2018 2:26 AM, Logan Kahle <logan@...> wrote:


Hi All,
Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would represent a first county record. Hope it's refound!
Logan

On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
Hello all,
  A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:
 
Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour
 
Alvaro Jaramillo
 



Re: possible Little Blue Heron?

Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann@...>
 

There is a mitigation wetland just west of Sports Basement as well, in the concrete batch plant. I'm not sure if it is accessible to the public or not, but it may be visible from 101. 


On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 7:20 AM Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <polskatata=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Quickly checked the ponds off the freeway exit at Girard and Crissy lagoon from the footbridge this morning. Alan is taking over the shift as I head to work. Good luck searchers.

DM



On Sep 21, 2018, at 06:32, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:

There are new wetlands under the freeway where it comes down to meet Marina Blvd near Halleck St and Mason St.
Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



On Friday, September 21, 2018 2:26 AM, Logan Kahle <logan@...> wrote:


Hi All,
Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would represent a first county record. Hope it's refound!
Logan

On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
Hello all,
  A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:
 
Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour
 
Alvaro Jaramillo
 



Canada Warbler continues - Ferry / Sue Bierman Park 9-21-2018

Jack Hayden
 

The Canada Warbler was present in the trees adjacent to the maintenance yard around 9:45 AM. I had great views and got some photos. Very handsome bird. This would represent the 18th warbler species I've observed in this little downtown park. Also present were a Townsend Warbler, a couple each Wilson's and Yellow Warbler, and a Warbling Vireo. A first year Cooper's Hawk flew in and out of the park.

Great find Brian Turner, and thanks for sharing!

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Re: Ferry Park Canada Warbler

Patricia Mahoney
 

Canada Warbler continues this morning in Sue Bierman Park’s poplars. First spotted by Mark Rauzon around 10:30 am and then again around 11:30 am. Great looks in the sunshine along the path by maintenance yard! Townsend’s Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Anna’s Hummingbirds and Chickadees were also present. 

Pat Mahoney
Hayward


On Sep 20, 2018, at 5:18 PM, bitanangan <birdbright@...> wrote:

Hi Birders,
    Canada Warbler—first reported earlier today by Brian Turner—in shrubbery at SW corner of hill @ 4:30 PM, sometimes chipping. Also: as if popping out from an old Japanese scroll, 13 (released) very tame and beautiful Coturnix coturnix quail, one chased by a rat. Insanity level sadly rising here.
    Red-eyed Vireo continued this morning near the falls on Strawberry Hill in GG Park.
Russ Bright
SF

Dogs @ Girard St Wetlands

Brian Fitch
 

I want to warn anyone who tries for the possible heron to be careful in this area.  There is a vet center adjacent to the site, and at least two of the client/residents have unfriendly beagles, one of which took a chunk out of my jacket even while on leash.  With no warning it just lunged up at me and bit, and while I rue the damage to my warmest coat, I'm glad I didn't lose any skin.  The owner was not very perturbed by his dog's behavior, though he looked to be relatively well tranquilized, unlike the canine.

Despite starting the day with two bad beagles and no Little Blue, I covered a lot of ground, with not much news to report.  Crissey now has two Green-winged Teal females, my city FOY American Pipit flew over the field, and very odd was an American Crow attacking and then chasing one of the Long-billed Curlews as it fed on the mudflats.

I then checked various spots in the Presdio, Land's End, and GG Park, with notable numbers of Pac-slopes, Warbling Vireos, Yellow Warblers, and Western Tanagers everywhere, but no rarities, new or continuing.

Brian Fitch

Re: possible Little Blue Heron?

Richard Bradus
 

A "wild goose chase" if you ask me.

I walked a big loop from the historic archive museum off McDowell Ave. down to Crissy Field, all the way east past Halleck St. almost to the eastern boundary then back, going in and out of all the back ways between the buildings and the Presidio Parkway. The only area that could meet the description is, as Alan noted, some small ponds as part of wetlands-in-progress under the freeway landings, near the intersection of Girard St. and Gorgas Ave. The only birds I saw there (I went into and all around that area) were a dead pigeon (head missing, maybe an automobile strike or coyote/dog leftover?) and a group of five immature Mallards.

Not a very hospitable spot. If a wayward heron had been there, I suspect it is long gone to a more suitable area (and no, I didn't see any unusual heron in the part of Crissy Field and lagoon that I was able to survey).

At least I don't feel bad for driving across the bridge, where I would have also missed the Wagtail apparently.
Parenthetically, earlier I had my FOS Golden-crowned Sparrow and saw  - finally - my first gnatcatcher in the City at Lobos Creek/dunes. So, a success nonetheless.

Happy trails,
Richard Bradus
San Francisco






From: Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann@...>
To: polskatata@...
Cc: sfbirds@groups.io
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2018 9:07 AM
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] possible Little Blue Heron?

There is a mitigation wetland just west of Sports Basement as well, in the concrete batch plant. I'm not sure if it is accessible to the public or not, but it may be visible from 101. 


On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 7:20 AM Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <polskatata=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Quickly checked the ponds off the freeway exit at Girard and Crissy lagoon from the footbridge this morning. Alan is taking over the shift as I head to work. Good luck searchers.

DM



On Sep 21, 2018, at 06:32, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:

There are new wetlands under the freeway where it comes down to meet Marina Blvd near Halleck St and Mason St.
Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



On Friday, September 21, 2018 2:26 AM, Logan Kahle <logan@...> wrote:


Hi All,
Per the eBird report and the coordinates I assume he is referring to Crissy Field Lagoon. For what its worth, if this is confirmed it would represent a first county record. Hope it's refound!
Logan

On 9/21/18 12:15 AM, Alvaro Jaramillo wrote:
Hello all,
  A visiting Birder, Dvir Rudniki sent me this today – maybe someone can check or knows what pond this may be:
 
Hi Alvaro. Today i came to san francisco with my family, and few hundred meters after the end of the golden bridge(at the san francisco side) i saw a little blue heron, standing in a very small pond near the road(we were stuck in a traffic jam for something like 2 or 3 minutes so i could see the bird well). It was looking like a dark blue snowy egret. How rare it is here in this season? Thank you and sorry about the late hour
 
Alvaro Jaramillo
 





Canada Warbler Continues

angie geiger
 

Finally got away from the office and made it to Ferry Park at about 1:15 this afternoon. By that time the wind had picked up and there were no birds (nor birders). Nevertheless I persevered and at 1:45 a Warbling Vireo flew into one of the trees by the Maintenance Yard followed by a flash of bright yellow. The Canada Warbler was very cooperative, foraging in the lower branches affording prolonged and excellent views. 

Fingers crossed for the Roundup tomorrow!

Angie Geiger

Bird Reports Saturday - 9/22/18

H Cotter
 

A number of birders are doing a rare bird search tomorrow, Saturday, September 22.
I would appreciate any reports of rarities in San Francisco tomorrow including any rare hawks seen from Hawk Hill heading into the City, continuing birds etc.

Thanks

Hugh

Battery Godfrey + Evening Grosbeak et al., 9/20-21/18

Paul Saraceni
 

Highlights from yesterday (9/20) and this morning (9/21) in SF.


On Thursday morning (9/20) a number of us gathered up on Battery Godfrey during light, variable winds including some easterly winds. While I was present (6:45-9:00) the group included various combinations of the following birders: Hugh Cotter, Brian Fitch, Jonah Benningfield, Felix Rigau, and me. Just noting below what was observed through 9:00 when I departed -- the other observers may have had different numbers and later observations.


Observations of local interest:

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE 25 (1 flock flew E over the Bay)
N. PINTAIL 12 (1 very high-flying flock flew NE)
Common Loon 1 (flew NE high over the Battery)
Great Egret 1 (flew NE)
Snowy Egret 1 (flew S)
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Peregrine Falcon 1 (on S tower of GG Bridge)
Elegant Tern 80+
Parasitic Jaeger 9 (7 together in the Channel at one time; 1 flew E high over the Bay)
POMARINE JAEGER 1 subad. (PS, only)
Band-tailed Pigeon 80+ (1 high-flying flock flew S over the Channel)
Eur. Collared-Dove 19 (including 1 flock of 15 flying NW over GG Bridge)
Vaux's Swift 4
Warbling Vireo 3
W. Wood-Pewee 1
Say's Phoebe 2-3
Steller's Jay 2
CLIFF SWALLOW 1 (first spotted by BF and photographed well by JB; late-ish; flying N)
House Wren 2
W. Bluebird 9
Cedar Waxwing 8 
Warblers:
Orange-crowned 2
Wilson's 1
Yellow 10+
Yellow-rumped 4
Townsend's 6
W. Tanager 5
Black-headed Grosbeak 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
W. Meadowlark 4
Purple Finch 5
Red Crossbill 1 (heard-only flyover)
Pine Siskin 6
Lesser Goldfinch 4
Also:
Harbor Porpoise 2
Humpback Whale 1

Hugh and I returned to BG this morning for about an hour but winds went SW and a flight did not materialize. The only observations of note were:
Long-billed Curlew 2
"small tern" sp. 2 (Forster's or Common a ways out in the Channel)
Elegant Tern 200+
Parasitic Jaeger 15+ (10 in view in the Channel at one time)
POMARINE JAEGER 1 ad.
House Wren 2
Also: Bottlenose Dolphin 2

We then headed over to the East Wash and Ft. Miley, where there were small numbers of typical western migrants.  The highlight was a female EVENING GROSBEAK flying overhead behind the Legion of Honor building. We also observed single fly-over Merlin, Am. Kestrel, and Osprey.

Finally, yesterday (9/20) afternoon I observed a small pulse of raptors from my deck looking out over Cole Valley which included 1 BROAD-WINGED HAWK and 1 Osprey.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

Re: Canada Warbler Continues Saturday

William Grant
 

Seen at 9:58 a.m. In tall trees, middle of park but on south side.

Also three Yellow Warblers.

Bill

-----Original Message-----
From: angie geiger
Sent: Sep 21, 2018 3:27 PM
To: "SFBirds@groups.io"
Subject: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues

Finally got away from the office and made it to Ferry Park at about 1:15 this afternoon. By that time the wind had picked up and there were no birds (nor birders). Nevertheless I persevered and at 1:45 a Warbling Vireo flew into one of the trees by the Maintenance Yard followed by a flash of bright yellow. The Canada Warbler was very cooperative, foraging in the lower branches affording prolonged and excellent views. 

Fingers crossed for the Roundup tomorrow!

Angie Geiger

Re: Canada Warbler Continues Saturday

Collin Adams
 

Canada Warbler still present at 10:45-11a, great looks and photos in central poplars where 3 sidewalks converge. 

On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 10:06 AM William Grant <wbgrant@...> wrote:
Seen at 9:58 a.m. In tall trees, middle of park but on south side.

Also three Yellow Warblers.

Bill

-----Original Message-----
From: angie geiger
Sent: Sep 21, 2018 3:27 PM
To: "SFBirds@groups.io"
Subject: [SFBirds] Canada Warbler Continues

Finally got away from the office and made it to Ferry Park at about 1:15 this afternoon. By that time the wind had picked up and there were no birds (nor birders). Nevertheless I persevered and at 1:45 a Warbling Vireo flew into one of the trees by the Maintenance Yard followed by a flash of bright yellow. The Canada Warbler was very cooperative, foraging in the lower branches affording prolonged and excellent views. 

Fingers crossed for the Roundup tomorrow!

Angie Geiger


--
Collin Adams

Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA

Red-eyed Vireo at Elk Glen Lake

Oscar Moss
 

Moving around in the trees and shrubs to the west of the willows on the north side of the lake. Occasionally flies up to Eucs.

Oscar