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Sun PM - YB Chat

rferrick@...
 

Just spent another 45 minutes hovering over a singing Yellow-breasted Chat
without seeing it, at the north end of Lake Merced in the willows just North
and West of the wooden bridge. The bird sang off and on from 3:00-3:30, I
left at 3:45.

Other highlights: Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat,
Wilson's Warbler, didn't see any flycatchers.

Rich


(No subject)

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

Saturday: few birds at Crissy Field, but one of interest at NW corner of the
lagoon...an adult Green Heron feeding in mudlfats! Far from the nearest willow
or brush.
O-S Fly singing at: Mountain Lake, Middle Lake, Lobos Creek across the street
(west) from the dunes, Kobbe & Upton
Win Wren singing at Sutro Hts. where they have nested this year
TR SW nesting in Sutro Hts. as well, using last year's DOWO hole in dead euc at
south end of park
SWTH singing in willows at east end of Mtn Lake, at least two birds present
juvenile birds seen: PYNU, DEJU, BLPH, BUSH, ALHU, HOOR (sat Kobbe/Upton)

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Subject: Re: [SFBirds] 1st Annual Swift Watch




--- "Mark W. Eaton" <mweaton@pacbell.net> wrote:

PIED-BILLED GREBES have succesfully fledged and a
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
was carrying nesting material at Lake Merced.
At North Lake, as well, there were 3 juvenile
pied-billed grebes last night, at the south side of
the lake.



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Re: 1st Annual Swift Watch

David Armstrong
 

--- "Mark W. Eaton" <mweaton@pacbell.net> wrote:

PIED-BILLED GREBES have succesfully fledged and a
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
was carrying nesting material at Lake Merced.
At North Lake, as well, there were 3 juvenile
pied-billed grebes last night, at the south side of
the lake.



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1st Annual Swift Watch

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

Enough (Calvin, Kevin, Rich, Paul and I) of us showed up this morning on Mt.
Davidson for the event to be dubbed as above. Results were only so-so
compared to yesterday (of course) with a cumulative of 28 VAUX'S SWIFTs seen
in three different groups, according to my notes. No other swift sp. were
seen.

Other than the regular migrants and residents listed below, the only other
bird of note was the continuing HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, now continuing for
over a week. I'd guess this is some sort of record for SF. I'll try to get
photos up when I get this roll developed.

At Lake Merced, the best species was a GOPHER SNAKE that Kevin found
swimming north of the concrete bridge and we watched in amazement as it swam
all the way across the lake basically to our feet west of the concrete
bridge. I managed full frame photos of the entire snake in the water and
photos of the head and upper body from about 8' (with a 600mm lens) from
shore.

PIED-BILLED GREBES have succesfully fledged and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
was carrying nesting material at Lake Merced.

Mark

5.20 Mt. Davidson
YEWA
WIWA
BUOR
SWTH
OSFL
BHGR
BTPI
WEWP
WETA
LAZB
CEDW
HAFL
TOWA
VASW
VGSW
LEGO
Lake Merced
Gopher Snake
PUFI
COYE
PBGR (juv.)
BCNH
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Sat PM - Ash Throated Flycatcher

rferrick@...
 

Just made a quick stop at the north end of Lake Merced (2-2:45). There was an
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in the willows on the hillside SW and below the level
of the parking lot. There is a row of willows in the SW corner on essentially
the same level as the parking lot, and there are 2 short trails on either
side that afford views of the willows below, along the hillside. Nothing else
of note.

Rich


Re: Empid at Glen Canyon

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

Andrew Rush wrote:
The bill was narrow with a yellow lower mandible that was dark at
the outer 1/3 or so. It had a long primary projection.
Wasn't there a thread sometime ago on Calbird regarding how reliable an all dark
mandible is for Hammond's Flycatcher? I seem to recall that, while the bulk of
HAFL show an all dark mandible, some individuals can have quite a bit of yellow
on the basal half.

Mark

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Empid at Glen Canyon

Andrew Rush <and_rush@...>
 

This morning about 11:00, I saw a probable Hammond's Flycatcher at Glen Canyon, across the creek form the daycare center. Along the right side of the right fork of the path (if you are walking across the footbridge away from the daycare center)there is a patch of willows that kind of extends up the open hill. The flycatcher was hanging around in that patch, right next to the path. It didn't call, but it was small, relatively big-headed, with a whitish gray throat, grayish underparts, and a slight gray vest. The head was gray. The bill was narrow with a yellow lower mandible that was dark at the outer 1/3 or so. It had a long primary projection. The eyering was more prominent behind the eye, but it wasn't really a teardrop. The bill was small.
Otherwise, there weren't alot of birds in the area. There were a few Lazuli Buntings, Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireos and Black-headed Grosbeaks.
Andrew
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3 SWIFT SP. at Mt. Davidson, 05/19/00 (6:50-8:50 AM)

Paul Saraceni <Paul.Saraceni@...>
 

A terrific, warm morning at Mt. D with good diversity highlighted by 3
species of SWIFTS, a late female RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and some breeding
evidence.

At 7:40 I observed 12 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS flying north and swirling over
the eastern edge of Mt. D, perhaps some of the locally-observed birds seen
at Buena Vista, McLaren, etc. At 7:55 I observed 1 VAUX'S SWIFT come in low
over the eastern hillside. At 8:10 and 8:15 I observed single BLACK SWIFTS
flying north directly over the summit, not much higher than tree-top level.
Then at 8:30, I observed a flock of 15 BLACK SWIFTS (spread out over 25-50
yds.) flying north directly over the summit. A cool sight against clear
blue skies.

Between 7:10 and 7:30 I observed a single female RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
working the tops of cypress and eucalyptus at various points between the
summit and the bottom of the Ravine; calling frequently.

Other observations of local interest:

Band-tailed Pigeon 6
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Western Wood-Pewee 3
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 3
Warbling Vireo 30+
Violet-green Swallow 5 (low over eastern hillside)
Swainson's Thrush 8
Cedar Waxwing 45
Warblers:
Yellow 6
Townsend's 7
Hermit 2
Wilson's 12
Western Tanager 7
Spotted Towhee 1 m. (singing near chain-link fence)
Black-headed Grosbeak 2
Lazuli Bunting 3
Lesser Goldfinch 4

Local breeding evidence:

Band-tailed Pigeon: 2 scaly-looking juveniles that lacked any nape markings
were preening near the Ravine.

Lesser Goldfinch: Within a noisy group of 4 moving about the SE hillside
was 1 begging, slightly fluffier bird (otherwise resembling a female), that
was fed by a female-plumaged bird. I've only periodically observed this
species at Mt. D this spring, so perhaps they nested at another location in
S.F.

Paul Saraceni
paul.saraceni@derwin.com


Fri AM - East Wash

rferrick@...
 

Checked the East Wash this morning, 7:00-8:45. It was active with regular migrants including:

Yellow Warbler 4
Townsend's Warbler 3
OC Warbler 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
Western Wood Pewee 2
OS Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 10+
Lazuli Bunting 1

Rich


19 may

Jay Withgott <withgott@...>
 

Have just returned back from 11 days out East, where I did the New
Jersey World Series of Birding and our team got 206 species in 24 hrs!
Now that I'm back, I thought I'd try to catch up on the migration I
missed here, and scrounge some leftovers from what you all saw in my
absence. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of looking (unsuccessfully)
for the Chat at Middle Lake before heading to Mt Davidson, where I
encountered a very happy Paul Saraceni on his way out, but alas, none of
his swifts!

Nothing to add to Paul's report at Mt D. except a couple of siskins. At
Middle Lake, a MacGillivray's Warbler and WW Pewee, and at w. Stow Lake
a Steller's Jay.

Jay


Re: Buena Vista Park

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

thanx for tip on Swifts, got my BY Swift there this morning, great park,
never been there before...course, I;veonly lived inthe city for twenty
years


Re: Mt. Davidson, 05/17/00 (6:50-8:05 AM)

David Armstrong
 

We checked out Mt. Davidson in the late am (around
11).
We had a probable sighting of the Hammond's Flycatcher
-- I say probable because a) it's the first one I've
seen and b) it was a series of very quick looks,
nothing prolonged. It was in some bushes between the
top of the trail leading to ravine and the summit --
it kept coming out to perch and then hiding out of
view. At one point it ate a berry from the bush. The
details we did get seem to confirm the ID: teardrop
eye ring, pale yellow on belly, olive-gray above. It
also flicked its tail vigorously when we first sighted
it.

Also had most of the other species reported today, and
did spot a lazuli bunting in the broom near the big
fence.
In a separate stop had W wood peewee at Lick Mountain,
and W tanager and grosbeaks in the eucs near the
Coinservatory of Flowers in GGP
David
--- Paul Saraceni <Paul.Saraceni@derwin.com> wrote:
Observations of local interest:


Caspian Tern 1 (fly-by)
Band-tailed Pigeon 4
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Western Wood-Pewee 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Swainson's Thrush 8
Cedar Waxwing 5
Warblers:
Orange-crowned 3
Yellow 1
Townsend's 5
Hermit 1 m.
Wilson's 4
Western Tanager 2
Spotted Towhee 1 m. (back after a 3-week absence)
Black-headed Grosbeak 7


Rich F. and Eric P. were around and Eric mentioned
seeing a Lazuli Bunting.

Paul Saraceni
paul.saraceni@derwin.com



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Lake Merced this morning

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

I about a half hour this morning at Lake Merced and there were still a number of
migrants including YELLOW WARBLERS and WARBLING VIREOS. There was a kingbird
which I assumed was the TROPICAL KINGBIRD, but I didn't get a good look and was
spooked by outer rectrices that appeared to be prominently edged in white.
However, it seems improbable that the TRKI was magically replaced by a migrant
WESTERN KINGBIRD in exactly same area using the same roosts and having the same
foraging behavior.

I'll check again later this week.

Mark
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accumulates slowly, but melts away rapidly."

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(Foreign Language Press, Beijing, China, first edition 1988. ISBN
0-8351-1055-9)


Glen Canyon on Tuesday AM

James Armstrong <jarmstro@...>
 

From 9 to 10:30 AM yesterday (Tuesday) at Glen Canyon...conditions iffy but at least it didn't rain...
 
Yellow Warbler (one nice male)
Western Tanager (one male & one female; others heard singing)
Lazuli Bunting (two or three males, two females)
Cedar Waxwings (numerous--almost outnumbered the House Finches)
Wilson's Warbler (several singing, a couple seen)
Warbling Vireo (not singing but very cooperative, let me see it well from close range, usually its kin hide from me)
Olive-Sided Flycatcher (singing from some distant treetop)
 
plus other common SF birds.
 
Jim Armstrong


Mt. Davidson, 05/17/00 (6:50-8:05 AM)

Paul Saraceni <Paul.Saraceni@...>
 

Observations of local interest:


Caspian Tern 1 (fly-by)
Band-tailed Pigeon 4
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Western Wood-Pewee 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Swainson's Thrush 8
Cedar Waxwing 5
Warblers:
Orange-crowned 3
Yellow 1
Townsend's 5
Hermit 1 m.
Wilson's 4
Western Tanager 2
Spotted Towhee 1 m. (back after a 3-week absence)
Black-headed Grosbeak 7


Rich F. and Eric P. were around and Eric mentioned seeing a Lazuli Bunting.

Paul Saraceni
paul.saraceni@derwin.com


Re: BV Park

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

As Alan Ridley noted yesterday: WT Swifts over Buena Vista Park...and a
lot nicer than having to haul out to "gorgous" Candlestick. for a BY bird.
Thanks, AR.
About 730am, one circling over the top of the park.

Also present, three BH Grosbeaks playing tag, PYNU, singing OC Warb, SCJA,
singing DEJU, ALHU, CATO
The walk into BV Park from Buena Vista West and Upper Terrace is an easy
one...great views even if you don't get any new birds

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Checked the s.e. city this morning. I was in the McLaren park amphitheater
scanning a treetop when 6 Black Swifts flew over heading north; large, all
dark, with slightly forked tails. Later at Bayview, there was a W Kingbird
in the willowy ravine. Both parks had continuing numbers from the recent
migrant movements, especially singing Lazuli Buntings all over.
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Wed AM

rferrick@...
 

Nothing to add to Paul's list from Mt. Davidson.

Later in the morning (10AM) I checked the Cliff House. Several Common Murres flying in-close just beyond the rocks with the Cormorant nests, and an immature Heerman's Gull amongst the Western Gulls.

Middle Lake (10:30AM)yielded a Western Tanager, Yellow Warbler, and Wilson's Warbler.

Rich


Common Merganser

Josiah Clark <sunbittern@...>
 

hey marc, heres a message thats been bounced back to me. How do I get connected again?

josiah




:� Following is a list of highlights from a few hours around the Presidio
:today. There were thousands of Corms and things off the gate bordering the
:storms at sea... Most interesting though was a bird I saw from my house at
:about 1230 yesterday afternoon. I had been seeing more DC corms from my
:house than usual and was watching the sky. I walked outside with my
:binoculars, and saw a loon flying over.(It would have been a yard bird) With
:binocs I saw the red bill and cinimon head. In that moment I recalled on
:things Rich Stallcup had told me on the last Christmas count, bulkier bird,
:slower flight, thicker nech, flatter head. The belly was imaculate white.
:The female Common Merganser flew due S from 17th and Lake toward the park.
:
:
:
:
:White throated Swift- Lobos
:� Hairy Woodpecker- Kobbe and Upton
:> > Western Kingbird-4- 1Lobos Dunes, 2 Presidio hills 1Kobbe Upton
:>�������������������� Ravine- treetops
:> > Pacfic slope Flycatcher 5
:> >
:
:> > Townsend's warbler 1 Coastal bluffs
:> > Orange crowned- ssp. celata
:...

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Black Swifts

fogeggs
 

Checked the s.e. city this morning. I was in the McLaren park amphitheater
scanning a treetop when 6 Black Swifts flew over heading north; large, all
dark, with slightly forked tails. Later at Bayview, there was a W Kingbird
in the willowy ravine. Both parks had continuing numbers from the recent
migrant movements, especially singing Lazuli Buntings all over.
Brian


Re: SFBirds is live again!

David Nelson
 

Just an e-mail to put you in my address file, David

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