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Re: Mt Davidson diseased bird

Adam Winer
 

I saw the same individual the next day.  It's an Orange-crowned Warbler, and was singing heartily, but I have the same question about cause.


On Mon, May 13, 2019, 18:24 radiantcreote <acotter@...> wrote:
I came across this bird the weekend on Mt Davidson before last (May 4) with a nearly bald head. 
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/25029693

Not seen anything like it myself. Wondering what kind of disease might have caused this?

Ducklings and Goslings and Herons Oh My!

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

Interesting afternoon (May 13) at Stow Lake. So many Mallards and Canada Geese that I lost track, particularly watching a picnic of sorts at the east end with five Canada Goose families, some being fed by multiple different people. Lots of cute goslings, along with a female Mallard with six ducklings. And the Great Blue Heron rookery in the pine near the east end is rockin' - six nests, lots of juveniles and parents being mobbed and prodded every time they touch down. Multiple odd ducks mostly along the south shore, more mostly resting ducks (Muscovy and others) along the west side, including the continuing odd couple of female Mandarin and male Hooded Merganser. Not many gulls but lots of Tree Swallows - feeding, scooping up nest material, and a pair copulating right out there at the boathouse. No rarities, but that's OK, still lots of good photo opportunities, even though I failed yet again to get a decent shot of a swallow in flight!

List and photos here:

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

INDIGO Bunting on Corona Hill 5/14/19

 

A male Indigo Bunting was feeding in the grassy slope above/north side of the Randall Museum parking lot about 20 minutes ago. 


Dominik Mosur
San Francisco 

Re: INDIGO Bunting on Corona Hill 5/14/19

Sarah Burton
 

Still here - beautiful blue male - getting views in conifer and hearing pick/spit calls. Thank you Dominik!!

On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 15:08 Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...> wrote:
A male Indigo Bunting was feeding in the grassy slope above/north side of the Randall Museum parking lot about 20 minutes ago. 


Dominik Mosur
San Francisco 

Re: INDIGO Bunting on Corona Hill 5/14/19

Sarah Burton
 

County and life bird for me. Thank you for refinding it, Aaron M. 

Just heard it calling a moment ago. I hope it stays for this Friday's GGAS walk

On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 17:24 Sarah Burton via Groups.Io <burtosarah=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Still here - beautiful blue male - getting views in conifer and hearing pick/spit calls. Thank you Dominik!!

On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 15:08 Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...> wrote:
A male Indigo Bunting was feeding in the grassy slope above/north side of the Randall Museum parking lot about 20 minutes ago. 


Dominik Mosur
San Francisco 

Re: Ibis present May 13

Daniel Scali
 

Feeding away in its pool! 6:15pm tonight

GRAY Flycatcher Mt. Davidson 5/15/2019

 

One the southeast side behind the houses on Myra past the fence /little cypress grove below the trail .

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Re: GRAY Flycatcher Mt. Davidson 5/15/2019

C Lou
 

Gray flycatcher still here 240pm. Same area as described by Dominik.

Calvin Lou
SF



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-------- Original message --------
From: Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...>
Date: 5/15/19 1:20 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfbirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] GRAY Flycatcher Mt. Davidson 5/15/2019

One the southeast side behind the houses on Myra past the fence /little cypress grove below the trail .

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco



Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubons) and Calif Towhee at Lafayette Park, May 15, 2:00 pm

William Grant
 

The Calif. Towhee was spotted by Lori Lee this morning

Ebird list

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56322809

Bill

Baltimore Oriole at Corona Heights Park

Teale Fristoe
 

Today I visited Corona Heights Park in search of the Indigo Bunting seen there yesterday. I had no luck with the Bunting, but I did briefly see a Baltimore Oriole in the canopy below the overlook in the north of the park. For more details and a photo see my ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56320072
 
Happy spring,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

No Indigo, but some fun in the rain nonetheless

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

No luck with Dominik's Indigo Bunting on a visit to Corona Heights late this afternoon/evening, but there was some interest to make getting caught in a cloudburst worthwhile. While the only blue I saw was Scrub Jay, there was a female Lazuli Bunting (the first female I've seen this spring), and some orange from two Black-headed Grosbeaks and a bright male Hooded Oriole (not the Baltimore from yesterday, unfortunately). Also some signs of breeding, with juncos carrying food and a juvenile Black Phoebe being fed right out in the open by both parents. And, stoically suffering through the rain with me, the Great Horned Owl that Dominik saw around noon was still perched in a pine, keeping tabs with just one eye open.

Earlier, on a quick walk through Alta Plaza Park, I got some accipiter action. Alerted by the repeated alarm calls of two Black Phoebes [interesting in itself; I'm accustomed to only seeing one here, so maybe there is some pairing going on...?], I soon spotted a small immature Cooper's Hawk hiding in an ornamental plum tree. Apparently fed up with their constant chatter, the hawk soon flew out and furiously chased after one of the phoebes, then a finch, then back to the phoebe before giving up temporarily. Trying to get a photo with my old iPhone, I scared it off again, whereupon it perched atop a light post. That didn't last long as a robin made two passes at its head, prompting the hawk to chase after the robin, then flail around chasing whatever smaller bird was nearby - without any success. Not a seasoned hunter, that's for sure! 

And, just a heads up that baby birds are popping out all over. In addition to an active nest at Lafayette Park, there was a family of Bushtits in a street tree along Scott a couple of blocks down from Alta Plaza, with what looked like at least three recent fledglings, one I saw being fed by a parent. So, it pays to listen and look up as you are walking about town, as you never know when or where those babies may show up.

Good luck staying dry and have fun!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Ibis, Yellow-Rumps, Dunlin, Eared Grebes

David Assmann
 

After three weeks in Chicago, it was nice to do some local birding.  Started the day with Juan Gonzalez at Candlestick Point, where we got great looks at the continuing WHITE-FACED IBIS. Two HOODED ORIOLES were near the parking lot. 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were on the rocks, and a WHITE-THROATED SWIFT flew over. At Heron's Head, there were at least five AMERICAN AVOCETS, with one pair seemingly preparing to nest. Other shorebirds included a MARBLED GODWIT and a WILLET. SAVANNAH SPARROWS were singing, two BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS were mating, and a small group of CALIFORNIA GULLS were picking up dirt and vegetation and flying off with it, but we couldn't determine their destination. Two late YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were also present.  In the afternoon I walked Ocean Beach from Sloat to the bottom of Fort Funston, and found two DUNLIN in alternate plumage in with 126 SANDERLINGS.  There were three MARBLED GODWITS and 26 WHIMBRELS on the beach as well. Saw a single BANK SWALLOW.  Last stop was the Concrete Bridge at Lake Merced, where two EARED GREBES continued.

Ruddy Turnstones on Ocean Beach 5/17/19

 

Yesterday morning (3) RUDDY Turnstones were among the birds flushed by an aggressive dog off the high tide shorebird at the south end of Ocean Beach.

In the evening I checked the rocks off Cliff House for rocky shorebirds and noted (4) Wandering Tattlers.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Re: Ruddy Turnstones on Ocean Beach 5/17/19

 

That should read *high tide shorebird roost*

DM

On May 18, 2019, at 06:07, Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <dominikmosur=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Yesterday morning (3) RUDDY Turnstones were among the birds flushed by an aggressive dog off the high tide shorebird at the south end of Ocean Beach.

In the evening I checked the rocks off Cliff House for rocky shorebirds and noted (4) Wandering Tattlers.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Strybing insult

Alan Hopkins
 

I checked Strybing this morning and discovered that the Flannel X Hand Tree that was by the entrance gate has been cut down! Other than hosting the Prothonotary Warbler a few days it was a consistent resource for nuthatches, Robins, orioles and winter warbles. Who's idea was this? Progress toward the abyss.    

Other than that I heard an  Olive-sided Flycatcher, it was far off, probably on Strawberry Hill. 

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Red Phalarope on Ocean Beach

H Cotter
 

Nice surprise on ocean beach this morning - Red Phalarope in alternate plumage - have not seen that very often in SF
Near Pacheco.
Hugh



Re: Strybing insult

Candy Mabry
 

Oh, no! That is dreadful news! Always one of my favorite trees there. I wonder why.

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:21:08 PM PDT, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:


I checked Strybing this morning and discovered that the Flannel X Hand Tree that was by the entrance gate has been cut down! Other than hosting the Prothonotary Warbler a few days it was a consistent resource for nuthatches, Robins, orioles and winter warbles. Who's idea was this? Progress toward the abyss.    

Other than that I heard an  Olive-sided Flycatcher, it was far off, probably on Strawberry Hill. 

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Re: Strybing insult

Chris Okon
 

This is the worst time of year to cut down any tree that may hold nesting birds! Who made that decision???

Christine Okon

630 Mangels Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94127
415-860-5102



On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 2:08 PM Candy Mabry via Groups.Io <candymabry=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Oh, no! That is dreadful news! Always one of my favorite trees there. I wonder why.

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:21:08 PM PDT, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:


I checked Strybing this morning and discovered that the Flannel X Hand Tree that was by the entrance gate has been cut down! Other than hosting the Prothonotary Warbler a few days it was a consistent resource for nuthatches, Robins, orioles and winter warbles. Who's idea was this? Progress toward the abyss.    

Other than that I heard an  Olive-sided Flycatcher, it was far off, probably on Strawberry Hill. 

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Re: Strybing insult

Rick Lawton
 

Unfortunately several trees including the one in question were damaged over a month ago by wind/rain. One of our older pines fell and damaged two of our Dawn Redwoods as well. I too mourn the loss of the flannel x Hand tree.

Rick Lawton 
Docent, Botanical Garden 


On May 19, 2019, at 2:08 PM, Candy Mabry via Groups.Io <candymabry@...> wrote:

Oh, no! That is dreadful news! Always one of my favorite trees there. I wonder why.

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:21:08 PM PDT, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:


I checked Strybing this morning and discovered that the Flannel X Hand Tree that was by the entrance gate has been cut down! Other than hosting the Prothonotary Warbler a few days it was a consistent resource for nuthatches, Robins, orioles and winter warbles. Who's idea was this? Progress toward the abyss.    

Other than that I heard an  Olive-sided Flycatcher, it was far off, probably on Strawberry Hill. 

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Re: Strybing insult

Loretta
 

Hello all,

The tree toppled over during some storms a few months ago. According to a volunteer I spoke to, who was also devastated by the loss, the roots were shallow and came right up. 

I saw a handful of trees doing the same all over the park at that time. 

A huge loss, but not an evil plot against birds or birders, AFAIK....

Lorētta



On Sunday, May 19, 2019, 2:08:48 PM PDT, Candy Mabry via Groups.Io <candymabry@...> wrote:


Oh, no! That is dreadful news! Always one of my favorite trees there. I wonder why.

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, 12:21:08 PM PDT, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:


I checked Strybing this morning and discovered that the Flannel X Hand Tree that was by the entrance gate has been cut down! Other than hosting the Prothonotary Warbler a few days it was a consistent resource for nuthatches, Robins, orioles and winter warbles. Who's idea was this? Progress toward the abyss.    

Other than that I heard an  Olive-sided Flycatcher, it was far off, probably on Strawberry Hill. 

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA