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Re: Smoke effects on birds

Roberta Guise
 

Could mean they’re preserving energy, easier to see carrion, and (my final nutcase guess) thermals too erratic to ride. 

-Roberta
415-420-6276

Roberta Guise
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typos and errant autofills 

On Nov 16, 2018, at 18:06, Daniel Harper <dharperino@...> wrote:

We were at Colusa NWR yesterday and were noticing that many turkey vultures were on the ground and few were soaring in the air.  Probably means nothing but it caught our interest. 

On Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 5:21 PM Roberta Guise <roberta@... wrote:
All,

Could the smoke be affecting birds? We’ve been blanketed with smoke for a week now. What kinds of cumulative effects could there be in birds’ lungs?

Curiously birding,
Roberta

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On Nov 16, 2018, at 4:41 PM, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...> wrote:

This afternoon (11/16/18) the BLACK&WHITE Warbler, first reported on 10/31 by Dave Weber, continued in myoporums, acacias, and Eucalyptus along the main trail from the parking lot at Middle Lake in Golden Gate Park. On 11/8 there was a Nashville Warbler here, and I think I heard it call a few times today as well but never got a look. Earlier , a Spotted Towhee at Elk Glen was a very rare sighting for Golden Gate Park and maybe the first one I've ever observed in the park. On 11/9 the Elk Glen Sparrow flock included (2) White-throated and (2-3) Lincoln's Sparrows. The Lincs were still here today but no sign of the White-throats.

On 11/12, there were good counts of (102) Killdeer and (27) Black-bellied Plovers on Sunset Reservoir as well as at least one continuing Western Meadowlark.

Be sure to wear a N95 respirator or similar protective equipment if you get outside for extended periods the next couple of days especially if you suffer from asthma or similar breathing issues. Better yet, stay inside.

Rain and onshore winds are supposed to come in later next week and hopefully will improve air quality.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco




Re: Smoke effects on birds

noreen_weeden
 

Still hearing and seeing the expected species in the east side of the City neighborhood (American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Crow)

Golden Gate Audubon has been conducting bird monitoring in San Francisco.  The monitoring will be conducted through November just like the Lights Out for Birds During Migration program.

There is an app which can be used by anyone to record data and take a photo of an injured or dead bird. You can use this if you observe something that appears to be a result of fire or smoke as there is a comment section.

Below is information to install the app.  There are paper forms for people that prefer not to add something to their mobile phone.

Download Survey123 on your mobile phone
Then open this version called GGAS. The link to the survey is: https://arcg.is/zDGvu.
Allow access to location and photos (this is for GPS location and bird photos)

Evening Grosbeaks over Noe Valley...yesterday.

bitanangan
 

Hi Birders,
      Sorry for belated report, but I needed time and caution for this to slowly sink in. Yesterday, about 2:35, while in our back yard at 23/Castro I heard a loud, once-familiar sound of chattering birds, then after a few seconds of searching the sky I briefly saw ~10 Evening Grosbeaks speeding north, but not long or clear enough to see any fine plumage details other than noting sounds and size. I actually heard the birds for 2-3 seconds before I saw them. After listening to a number of recorded calls, I found those sounds to closely match the sharp chortles of these chubby robin-sized birds flying over Noe Valley. They were almost certainly not anything else. Something to consider if watching a seed feeder (Some hosts call them evening “grocery-beaks” for their voracious appetites!) or birding places places with mature conifers like just up-the-road Buena Vista Park.
       It’s possible that we may see some mountain birds (finches?) pushed to wandering because of the tragic fires.
       Also: 2 Palm Warblers Friday, one found by Oscar Moss, continuing at the Yosemite Slough garden and a continuing Bewick’s Wren at Hillpoint Park above the HP shipyard.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Russ Bright
SF

Re: Smoke effects on birds

Eddie Bartley
 

Please do keep on the lookout for unusual or unexpected sightings.

 

A friend sent a photo of an uninjured looking Common Poorwill that ended up in a private garden in El Sobrante two days ago. No way to know if that occurrence is wildfire related but an unusual sighting for sure. Birds that did flee the wildfire areas will be needing to find new winter territories late in the season for some of them at least.

 

Eddie Bartley

Seawatch -- Horned Lark et al., 11/18/18

Paul Saraceni
 

With just a bit of clearer air and swing-around of winds (light SW) for a few hours, I did a midday seawatch (12-1:30 PM) from the south end of the Great Highway.


The highlight was not a seabird -- around 1 PM a calling HORNED LARK flew past me heading N over the beach. For a moment it looked like it would land on the sand but it kept flying N until out of view.


Hundreds of gulls were on the move N and on the ocean, mostly California Gulls, as well as good numbers of Mew Gulls, and small numbers of Western, Glaucous-winged (3), Herring (2), and Heermann's (4) Gulls.  There were also several big pulses of loons flying N.


Other observations of local interest:

N. SHOVELER 8 (single flock landed on the ocean for a bit, then flew N)

Greater Scaup 12 (single flock flying S)

Surf Scoter 38

Common Loon 8

Pacific Loon 120+ (most flying N)

Red-thr. Loon 350+ (most flying N)

Sanderling 250+

Common Murre 1


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco 

Fort Mason Local Interest - Hooded Oriole

David Assmann
 

A HOODED ORIOLE has now been in the Fort Mason Community Garden for five days, mostly in the southwest corner. A WHITE-THROATED and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW have been fairly easy to find in the garden as well the last two days. A HOUSE WREN continues in the garden as well. I was struck by the number of FOX SPARROWS in the garden this morning - at one point there were eight foraging within 10 feet of me, with a total of at least 15 in and around the garden. There were more Fox Sparrows than GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS! A Coyote was walking around the garden as well.

Ocean Beach LESSER BLACK-BACKED Gull 11/19/2018

 

This morning birding with Jonah Benningfield we covered the west end of Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach.

While walking the dunes above Lawton, Jonah picked out a distant 2nd cycle Gull that appeared to be a Lesser Black-backed.

A checklist with images will be posted shortly.

Unfortunately the bird flushed and wasn't relocated but it may be worthwhile for SF birders to check the Ocean Beach /Lake Merced and other west side Gull roosts today and in upcoming days.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

photos of Lesser Black-backed Gull and other notes 11/19/2018

 

Here's a link to the checklist with the photos:



Additional sightings of note today included :

Snowy Plovers - 27 roosting on Ocean Beach

Say's Phoebes - 2 at Polo Fields, singles at Beach Chalet and Ocean Beach north dunes

American Pipits - 15+ on Ocean Beach plus 1 over Beach Chalet, 4 at Polo fields

Golden-crowned Kinglets - continue with flock in cypresses south side of polo fields 

PALM WARBLER - in dunes above Ocean Beach at Kirkham

Western Meadowlarks - 3 in dunes on Ocean Beach

For what it's worth, I went back out this afternoon checking Ocean Beach and Lake Merced at the Boathouse. No gulls roosting at the beach but hundreds were circling overhead and settling to roost at Lake Merced.

Good luck,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco 

Re: photos of Lesser Black-backed Gull and other notes 11/19/2018

Peter Pyle
 

Interestingly the first record of LBBG for SF County (I believe) was recorded just a week ago on the Farallones:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49905257
The Ocean Beach bird is a year younger then the Farallon bird, so not the same. Great find Jonah and Dominik,

Peter

At 05:05 PM 11/19/2018, Dominik Mosur wrote:
Here's a link to the checklist with the photos:

<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50057251>https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50057251


Additional sightings of note today included :

Snowy Plovers - 27 roosting on Ocean Beach

Say's Phoebes - 2 at Polo Fields, singles at Beach Chalet and Ocean Beach north dunes

American Pipits - 15+ on Ocean Beach plus 1 over Beach Chalet, 4 at Polo fields

Golden-crowned Kinglets - continue with flock in cypresses south side of polo fields

PALM WARBLER - in dunes above Ocean Beach at Kirkham

Western Meadowlarks - 3 in dunes on Ocean Beach

For what it's worth, I went back out this afternoon checking Ocean Beach and Lake Merced at the Boathouse. No gulls roosting at the beach but hundreds were circling overhead and settling to roost at Lake Merced.

Good luck,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Re: photos of Lesser Black-backed Gull and other notes 11/19/2018

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

I gather that the Farallons bird has been hypothesized to be the same bird
that was in San Mateo last spring. They both have a missing foot and from
what I have been told the age matches. I have not checked it out directly.
Alvaro

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From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Peter Pyle
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2018 9:53 PM
To: Dominik Mosur <@DMosur>
Cc: sfbirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] photos of Lesser Black-backed Gull and other notes
11/19/2018

Interestingly the first record of LBBG for SF County (I believe) was
recorded just a week ago on the Farallones:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49905257
The Ocean Beach bird is a year younger then the Farallon bird, so not the
same. Great find Jonah and Dominik,

Peter

At 05:05 PM 11/19/2018, Dominik Mosur wrote:
Here's a link to the checklist with the photos:

<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50057251>https://ebird.org/view/chec
klist/S50057251


Additional sightings of note today included :

Snowy Plovers - 27 roosting on Ocean Beach

Say's Phoebes - 2 at Polo Fields, singles at Beach Chalet and Ocean
Beach north dunes

American Pipits - 15+ on Ocean Beach plus 1 over Beach Chalet, 4 at
Polo fields

Golden-crowned Kinglets - continue with flock in cypresses south side
of polo fields

PALM WARBLER - in dunes above Ocean Beach at Kirkham

Western Meadowlarks - 3 in dunes on Ocean Beach

For what it's worth, I went back out this afternoon checking Ocean
Beach and Lake Merced at the Boathouse. No gulls roosting at the beach
but hundreds were circling overhead and settling to roost at Lake Merced.

Good luck,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Fort Mason Hooded Oriole and Palm Warbler

David Assmann
 

A PALM WARBLER was on the hillside west of the Fort Mason Community Garden this morning. The HOODED ORIOLE was present in the garden for the entire morning, mostly on the west side. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW popped up a few times, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was foraging in the middle of the garden. There were WESTERN BLUEBIRDS near the Chapel and at the end of the cul-de-sac. On the hillside north of the Battery, a SPOTTED TOWHEE and a VARIED THRUSH added some variety. One of the NORTHERN FLICKERS in the garden was an intergrade.

Continuing Lesser Black-backed Gull at Ocean Beach (22 Nov)

Ken Schneider
 

Seen by multiple observers about 5 minutes ago (0955) at Noriega and Ocean Beach.  Not in view right now,  may have flushed. 

Good birding  
Ken Schneider 
Noe Valley 

Kestrels

Donna Hayes
 

This morning, I watched a kestrel hunting on the south side of Bernal Hill, against the blessed blue skies.

Two things to be grateful for!

Donna Hayes

Palace of Fine Arts, Four geese species, but departed shortly after 2:00 pm Thursday, Nov. 22

William Grant
 

Cackling Goose - 8; Snow Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Canada Goose

Jesse Ellis, arrived at 10:08 am
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50137263

I arrived at 1:42
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50130987

Around 2:05 they flew away.

May be at the Crissy Field Lagoon or elsewhere nearby.

Happy birding,

Bill

Re: Palace of Fine Arts, Four geese species, but departed shortly after 2:00 pm Thursday, Nov. 22

Paul Saraceni
 

Another location for the goose flock is Spreckels Lake in Golden Gate Park -- on Monday (11/19) @ 8:45 AM I observed the 1 Snow Goose, 1 Greater White-fronted Goose, and 9 Cackling Geese there together among many Canada Geese (and American Coots).

A few other species of less-common waterfowl I've observed in SF this week:
Green-winged Teal 3 -- group flying S over the ocean from sea watch on 11/20
Northern Pintail 11 -- group flying SE over north Lake Merced on 11/20
Common Goldeneye 9 -- group flying E past Battery Godfrey on 11/19

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

On November 22, 2018 at 3:04 PM William Grant <wbgrant@...> wrote:


Cackling Goose - 8; Snow Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose, Canada Goose

Jesse Ellis, arrived at 10:08 am
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50137263

I arrived at 1:42
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50130987

Around 2:05 they flew away.

May be at the Crissy Field Lagoon or elsewhere nearby.

Happy birding,

Bill

Lbbg

Brian Fitch
 

Adult lesser black backed gull at Lawton on beach

Brian fitch

Orioles at Fort Mason yesterday - Orchard and Bullock's

David Assmann
 

The number of Oriole species at Fort Mason this week has climbed to three - yesterday morning I had a very co-operative BULLOCK'S ORIOLE behind building 36W (south of MacArthur) - https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/45291814734/in/dateposted-public/ and what turned out to be an ORCHARD ORIOLE in the garden when I was looking for the Hooded Oriole - https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/31077095877/in/dateposted-public/ Other highlights at Fort Mason included a WESTERN MEADOWLARK flying south over the garden, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW in the garden, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH at the entrance to the garden, and a WANDERING TATTLER on the abandoned pier.

Re: Lbbg

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hi all,

  Is this is a new individual? The other one was a second cycle was it not?

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Brian Fitch
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2018 8:54 AM
To: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SFBirds] Lbbg

 

Adult lesser black backed gull at Lawton on beach

Brian fitch

Re: Lbbg

Brian Fitch
 

I went out to search for Jonah's LBBG today, and instead of re-finding his bird, I found an adult in the flock on Ocean Beach at the foot of Lawton.  White head with fine streaks on crown and nape, a dark smudge in front of the white eye, an unusual red, yellow and pale bill pattern, the mantle a shade darker than the darkest nearby western, 3-4 small white spots at the folded primary tips which I could not see when the bird opened its wings, longer attenuated wings than any nearby California, short yellowish legs, and two healthy looking feet, so not the Farallons bird, which I don't think was an adult anyway.  The bird stayed on the safety of the beach berm, which was being cut off by the rising tide's forming small lagoons between us and the flock. 

I tried a few cell photos, but was saved from that sad attempt by Calvin Lou's arrival, so he obtained photos, and Jim Lomax also joined us after a while.  The rain and wind then increased, and I came home to dry off.

Brian Fitch


On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 8:54 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

Adult lesser black backed gull at Lawton on beach

Brian fitch

Re: Lbbg

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Very nice Brian!

   This species is now becoming way more regular coastally, not sure why, but it is.

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Brian Fitch
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2018 9:58 AM
To: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Lbbg

 

I went out to search for Jonah's LBBG today, and instead of re-finding his bird, I found an adult in the flock on Ocean Beach at the foot of Lawton.  White head with fine streaks on crown and nape, a dark smudge in front of the white eye, an unusual red, yellow and pale bill pattern, the mantle a shade darker than the darkest nearby western, 3-4 small white spots at the folded primary tips which I could not see when the bird opened its wings, longer attenuated wings than any nearby California, short yellowish legs, and two healthy looking feet, so not the Farallons bird, which I don't think was an adult anyway.  The bird stayed on the safety of the beach berm, which was being cut off by the rising tide's forming small lagoons between us and the flock. 

 

I tried a few cell photos, but was saved from that sad attempt by Calvin Lou's arrival, so he obtained photos, and Jim Lomax also joined us after a while.  The rain and wind then increased, and I came home to dry off.

 

Brian Fitch

 

On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 8:54 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

Adult lesser black backed gull at Lawton on beach

Brian fitch