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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.

Long-tailed duck baker beach

Josiah Clark
 

Way more scoters and diving birds continue off baker beach with the high water and recent storms.
Late in the day I brought the scope out and quickly spotted an adult male long-tailed duck a couple hundred yards out from the middle of the beach. After I showed it to Parke Custis and a couple others, it flew off and joined a scorer raft off of lands end. I didn’t see it today but the Red-necked grebe continued into last week after I found it. Good luck!

EASTERN PHOEBE Twin Peaks 2/23/2019

 

An Eastern Phoebe perched up in a coyote bush along the trail at north end of Crestline Street/below -southeast of the Twin Peaks Tourist Loop for about 2 minutes just now. It flushed when I tried to approach for a closer look/documentation phonebin image and looked to fly up slope.

I'll be up here for another 15-20 minutes looking and wanted to get the word out. Maybe the bird Josiah had at Lobos Creek making little leaps in habitat locally? Or just a good February for Eastern Phoebes in the City.

Good luck,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Re: EASTERN PHOEBE Twin Peaks 2/23/2019

 

Phoebe is hanging out. Disappears for stretches, two Black Phoebes are also at the spot.

It's probably possible to get distant looks from the Twin Peaks walking loop above, but to get better looks try the trail at end of Crestline.

Good Luck,

Dominik

On Feb 23, 2019, at 12:19, Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <dominikmosur=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

An Eastern Phoebe perched up in a coyote bush along the trail at north end of Crestline Street/below -southeast of the Twin Peaks Tourist Loop for about 2 minutes just now. It flushed when I tried to approach for a closer look/documentation phonebin image and looked to fly up slope.

I'll be up here for another 15-20 minutes looking and wanted to get the word out. Maybe the bird Josiah had at Lobos Creek making little leaps in habitat locally? Or just a good February for Eastern Phoebes in the City.

Good luck,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Re: EASTERN PHOEBE Twin Peaks 2/23/2019

Lee-Hong Chang
 

At 2:05 pm, I saw the EASTERN PHOEBE along Crestline Dr. trail (37.75412, -122.44591) behind 140 Gardenside Dr. for about 2 minutes. Then, it disappeared and I could not refind it.

Lee Chang
SF


On Saturday, February 23, 2019, 12:39:52 PM PST, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...> wrote:


Phoebe is hanging out. Disappears for stretches, two Black Phoebes are also at the spot.

It's probably possible to get distant looks from the Twin Peaks walking loop above, but to get better looks try the trail at end of Crestline.

Good Luck,

Dominik
> On Feb 23, 2019, at 12:19, Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <dominikmosur=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> An Eastern Phoebe perched up in a coyote bush along the trail at north end of Crestline Street/below -southeast of the Twin Peaks Tourist Loop for about 2 minutes just now. It flushed when I tried to approach for a closer look/documentation phonebin image and looked to fly up slope.
>
> I'll be up here for another 15-20 minutes looking and wanted to get the word out. Maybe the bird Josiah had at Lobos Creek making little leaps in habitat locally? Or just a good February for Eastern Phoebes in the City.
>
> Good luck,
> Dominik Mosur
> San Francisco
>
>
>


Long-tailed Duck continues at Baker Beach (24 Feb)

Ken Schneider
 

Currently with scoter raft off north end of beach at 1030.

Good birding!
Ken Schneider 
Noe Valley 

Re: Long-tailed Duck continues at Baker Beach (24 Feb)

Brian Turner
 

LT Duck being seen now, refound by Lee Hong Chang at about 3pm and affording great looks.  In with a large group of scoter flock at north end of Baker Beach by the washed up sailboat. 

Good birding, Brian

On Sun, Feb 24, 2019, 10:28 AM Ken Schneider <kschnei1@...> wrote:
Currently with scoter raft off north end of beach at 1030.

Good birding!
Ken Schneider 
Noe Valley 

Common Gallinule, Lake Merced

Peter Pyle
 

The gallinule, first found by Brian Fitch on 22 Feb, was observed today at about 3:45. It was skirting the back edge of the semi-open area of water about 40 feet west of the NE corner of the concrete bridge, to the left of the bleached white willow snag in the water but to the right of the live willow that comes up to the bridge railing, about 25 feet out from the bridge. When Rudy and I arrived it was being observed by Max Laura and his son Mark, who apparently first spotted the bird, and Jeff Gray. Jeff's and my photos are here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53111316
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53116419

As I wrote in my eBird checklist,

"My guess is a second-cycle bird - examination of photos indicates broad and basic (rather than juvenile) primaries and rectrices but bill shield is dull and not fully developed. By this date in Feb an older bird should have brighter red-and-yellow bill and broader more developed red shield (see photos)."

Flyover Townsend's Solitaire near Tank Hill, 2/24/19

Paul Saraceni
 

This afternoon around 2:45 I was near Tank Hill above Cole Valley and I observed a TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE flying by itself just over the houses near the intersection of Clayton Street & Twin Peaks Boulevard. It showed its boldly-marked underwing and longish tail. It was flying SW and headed out of view in the general direction of Twin Peaks.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco

Long Tailed Duck continues

David Assmann
 

Swimming close to shore at Baker Beach

Re: Common Gallinule, Lake Merced

Bob Toleno
 

I saw the Common Gallinule this morning at a little after 7am in exactly the spot that Peter described. It was fairly well hidden in the reeds, so i had to wait until it moved a little before i could find it.

Bob Toleno
Hayward


On Sun, Feb 24, 2019 at 6:48 PM Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:
The gallinule, first found by Brian Fitch on 22 Feb, was observed
today at about 3:45. It was skirting the back edge of the semi-open
area of water about 40 feet west of the NE corner of the concrete
bridge, to the left of the bleached white willow snag in the water
but to the right of the live willow that comes up to the bridge
railing, about 25 feet out from the bridge. When Rudy and I arrived
it was being observed by Max Laura and his son Mark, who apparently
first spotted the bird, and Jeff Gray. Jeff's and my photos are here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53111316
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53116419

As I wrote in my eBird checklist,

"My guess is a second-cycle bird - examination of photos indicates
broad and basic (rather than juvenile) primaries and rectrices but
bill shield is dull and not fully developed. By this date in Feb an
older bird should have brighter red-and-yellow bill and broader more
developed red shield (see photos)."






Civic Center Mew Gulls

Smokey Bear
 

Mew Gulls have been a steady presence in Civic Center this winter.
They really like the northeast square of lawn during the rain, and I
count as many as 35 massed up on this one patch, looking for worms or
grubs, I presume. Today there were 20. I'm not sure why but the other
three patches of lawn don't attract them at all. I believe numbers of
Mew Gulls are up sharply this year over the last few years, when I
counted just 5 or so at any one time and only saw them for a few
weeks.

Anna