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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

Alvaro Jaramillo
alvaro@...
www.alvarosadventures.com

-----Original Message-----
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

Cassins auklet, about to release it at Sutro baths.

Josiah Clark
 

Just picked up an exhausted Cassins auklet at Pacheco Street. It’s with me in the car now, I’m about to release it at Sutro baths so long as there aren’t too many gulls. Otherwise thinking over by Crissy Field. If any burgers are around and want to see it come by or p.m. me. I am about to meet Cedric at Lawton Street right now.

Lafayette Park Nov. 24 observations

William Grant
 

Greetings,

Lori Lee
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50185915
and I
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50185382

saw a number of interesting birds at Lafayette Park this morning:

Chipping Sparrow (continuing)
Summer Tanager, female (continuing)
Western Tanager
Merlin
Spotted Towhee (continuing)

Happy birding,

Bill

SF City Cumulative List for 2018

H Cotter
 

With the addition of Cassin's Auklet today from Ocean Beach, the addition of Lesser black-backed Gull to the City list this week, the cumulative year list for the City hit 296; one ahead of the previous highest total for a year.
There are still a couple of species under consideration for addition but with five or so weeks left in the year it might be possible to hit 300 for the first time.

List through Oct 31, 2018 is at:


City list is at 424; County list is at 492

Hugh

Re: Cassins auklet - Local wildlife centers

Loretta
 

Hi Josiah,

Sorry I'm just seeing this now, but FYI, the Wildlife Center w/the Peninsula Humane Society would happily take in any orphaned, sick, or injured wildlife that you find. I volunteer there and can tell you that if they can do anything to help an animal, they will.

If they aren't set up to care for that particular animal, they'll transfer it elsewhere, e.g. International Bird Rescue or the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley. 

If you are in the city and you can't bring the animal to the facility, you can call Animal Control, who will do their best to capture/transport the animal to a center. 

Some numbers and addresses (from their webpage above):

PHS/SPCA Wildlife Care Center: 1450 Rollins Rd, Burlingame (650-340-7022)
Palo Alto Animal Services: 3281 E. Bayshore Rd, Palo Alto (650-329-2413)
Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley: 3027 Penitencia Creek Rd, San Jose (408-929-9453)
San Francisco Animal Care & Control: 1200 15th St, San Francisco (415-554-6364)

Thanks and happy birding!

Lorētta Chen


On Saturday, November 24, 2018, 12:44:32 PM PST, Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621@...> wrote:


Just picked up an exhausted Cassins auklet at Pacheco Street. It’s with me in the car now, I’m about to release it at Sutro baths so long as there aren’t too many gulls. Otherwise thinking over by Crissy Field. If any burgers are around and want to see it come by or p.m. me. I am about to meet Cedric at Lawton Street right now.