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Black Skimmer

Dan Harris
 

One is resting on the floating dock/pier south and a bit east of the Wave Organ. 
Dan Harris
San Francisco 
--
—Dan

Sutro seawatch 2/17/19

 

Did a seawatch from the observation deck above Sutro Baths this morning from 7-10:30 a.m, joined for parts of the effort by Joachim Gonzalez, Oscar Moss, Jonah & Max Benningfield, Josiah Clark, Eddie Monson and parents.

Some highlights:

Marbled Murrelets - (2) pairs flew by around 9 a.m, then around 9:30 Jonah spotted two on the water and eventually the whole party got scope looks

Red-necked Grebes - (2) floated into view on the dropping tide, north side of the observation deck around 10:20

Red-throated Loons - 1300, carefully counted with Joachim's help, streaming north starting at sunrise

On Thursday morning (2/14), there were (2) Tricolored Blackbirds feeding on Irving and 22nd Avenue with about a dozen Brewer's Blackbirds.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Crissy Field: Black Skimmer

Felix Rigau
 

Late this afternoon I returned to look for the Black Skimmer by the Wave Organ but it wasn't there. So I hot-footed back over to Crissy Field Lagoon where I found it sleeping on a mudflat along with "gulls and waders". The light was dimming fast. The crimson sunset over the city skyline with a nearly full moon rising above the cumulus clouds was spectacular. I waited and waited for this now solo bird to wake up and spread its wings. At dusk it suddenly jumped up and started skimming over the water with it's lower mandible sharply cutting the surface like a knife. I watched as it flew across the lagoon several times before I lost it in the dim light. A wonderful and timely show to end a beautiful day!!

Good Birding,

Felix Rigau

Orchard Oriole

David Assmann
 

The young male ORCHARD ORIOLE continues in the garden at Fort Mason, providing great views for the participants in the monthly GGAS walk. A PEREGRINE FALCON flew over. Two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS continue in the garden. A BAND-TAILED PIGEON was in the Battery. And, on the abandoned pier, a SURFBIRD sat where the Tattler usually perches. A visit over to the Golden Gate Yacht Club Harbor to find the BLACK SKIMMER (which was still there), also yielded a RED-NECKED GREBE.

Cattle Egret

David Assmann
 

Near Carlos statue boathouse Lake Merced 

Re: Cattle Egret

Ralph McKinnon
 

Now present where David described, across road and parking area from boathouse. Also moving around west end of Harding Park GC. Hunting on wet lawns. 

Comfortable with many people nearby. 




On Monday, February 18, 2019, 9:00 AM, David Assmann via Groups.Io <david_assmann@...> wrote:

Near Carlos statue boathouse Lake Merced 

Cattle egret at Harding Park

greylag64@...
 

Seen at 11:39 flying west from golf course. Not refound.
Laurie Graham

Cattle egret just landed

greylag64@...
 

On lawn across from boat house
Laurie Graham

Black Skimmer

greylag64@...
 

Well, it’s high tide, so there’s almost no beach. One Skimmer is asleep on the barge/breakwater btw Scott St and Wave Organ. 13:06
Laurie Graham
South SF

Cattle Egret @ Harding Park Gold Course

Lee-Hong Chang
 

Foraging on 18th fairway now. 

Lee Chang 
SF 

Palm Warbler in Cole Valley, SF, 2/18/19

Paul Saraceni
 

Today around 3:30 PM while walking in Cole Valley I came across an unexpected PALM WARBLER on the S side of 17th St., about 4 houses E of Cole St. It popped up from low bushes in front of a house and then flew across the sidewalk into a small street tree, where I watched it tail-pumping while it perched just a few feet away.  It was a rather drably-plumaged individual, presumable of the "western" subspecies, except for its bright yellow undertail coverts.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco

Skimmer Feb 19

Dave Weber
 

Black Skimmer is on the floating breakwater at the marina 6:50 am.



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

Cattle Egret continues at Harding Park Golf Course

Bob Toleno
 

At 6:55 this morning, i observed the continuing CATTLE EGRET on the small patch of lawn in front of the Harding Park Golf Shop next to the main golf course parking lot.

Bob Toleno
Hayward

Moorhen

Brian Fitch
 

I just had brief but good views of a moorhen at the northeast corner of the concrete bridge , south lake Merced

Brian fitch 8 16 a.m.

Re: Moorhen

Brian Fitch
 

I spent over an hour this morning around the south end of Lake Merced.  On my second pass by the northeastern corner of the bridge, the calls of Sora and Virginia Rail made me stop, but the only railish bird that appeared was a silent Common Moorhen that spent a few seconds traversing an open area in the reeds.  It was an adult, showing brown upper body with white flank stripe, white undertail that was being constantly flicked, and a yellow and red bill.  It was my first city moorhen since 2010.

There was also a Peregrine Falcon that made multiple half-hearted sweeps over the flocks on the lake, but even the Eared Grebes didn't take evasive action, and only a couple of gulls complained about the harassment.  The falcon perched twice in between passes, both times in trees close to the bridge.  Other birds of interest included a continuing C Goldeneye, a Ring-billed Gull, both unusual for this site, and invisible calling Western Bluebirds and Red Crossbills.  Up near the boathouse, five White-throated Swifts were hawking over the treatment plant.

A short stop at the Fort Funston deck turned up six Black Scoters, two females, four males, and two Marbled Murrelets.  There were fewer than twenty Surf Scoters in sight, and the paucity of all three scoter species along our coast this winter is disturbing.

Brian Fitch


On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 8:22 AM Brian Fitch via Groups.Io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

I just had brief but good views of a moorhen at the northeast corner of the concrete bridge , south lake Merced

Brian fitch 8 16 a.m.

Common gallinule

Aaron Maizlish
 

The Common Gallinule (neé Moorhen) reported by Brian Fitch this morning is present at the NE corner of the concrete bridge though it is not at all cooperative.

Deep in the reeds about 20’ north of the bridge, I could t see more than 20% of it at any one time. Nonetheless saw enough of the brown back, white stripe and General sIze and shape to satisfy myself. It’s moving around a lot so bound to come out in the open occasionally.

I’ve been very sick with the flu all week, but thankfully a steady diet of rarities keeps me getting out. Along with the skimmers and the cattle egret this is my third SF county bird this week! Keep ‘em coming.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco

Re: Common gallinule

Brian Fitch
 

Sorry to go Old World nominal on you, forgot about the split. 

I miss the days when three city lifers could happen in a week for me, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Brian


On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 1:26 PM Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...> wrote:
The Common Gallinule (neé Moorhen) reported by Brian Fitch this morning is present at the NE corner of the concrete bridge though it is not at all cooperative.

Deep in the reeds about 20’ north of the bridge, I could t see more than 20% of it at any one time.  Nonetheless saw enough of the brown back, white stripe and General sIze and shape to satisfy myself. It’s moving around a lot so bound to come out in the open occasionally.

I’ve been very sick with the flu all week, but thankfully a steady diet of rarities keeps me getting out.  Along with the skimmers and the cattle egret this is my third SF county bird this week!  Keep ‘em coming.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco



Allen's Invasion; Unusual call

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

They have arrived in force. On a beautiful mid-morning amble through the East Wash there were at least six Allen's Hummingbirds (and only three Anna's!), with lots of activity. There were the usual skirmishes, a male was repeatedly doing its display flights in the lower glade, and I saw one female gathering and carrying away nesting material but, alas, was not able to follow her flight to the nest.

I also heard a call that I couldn't identify while surveying the mid level plateau. It was a coarse bzzzzzzzt that I first thought was a Bewick's Wren, but the call was louder and harsher than the usual buzz call from that species. As the call was repeated a couple of times from a couple of different proximate locations the only bird that I could see in the immediate apparent originating point of the call was a somewhat frantic looking Robin. Now, robins make a lot of different calls, but I've never heard one buzz or rattle before, so I'm stumped.

Any thoughts?

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Orchard Oriole and Blue Gray Gnatcatcher at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

A BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER was in the Avocado tree on the north side of the garden at Fort Mason this morning, not far from where the ORCHARD ORIOLE was sitting (in an adjacent tree) preening. This afernoon I walked part of Ocean Beach, where I counted 26 SNOWY PLOVERS - a number of these are starting to turn into alternate plumage.

Belated Report - Rufous Hummingbird at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

On Tuesday morning there was a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at Fort Mason.