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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

Gray Flycatcher et al

Daniel Scali
 

Birdsters!

Just 100 yds up the stairs at the Campbell Ave entrance to McLaren Park. The thicket on the n side is awesomely productive this morning. Gray Flycatcher (all the id ticks from Dom’s last week including great vocalizations and downward tail flicking), Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and a Yellow-rumped Warbler which popped out of some coyote brush. Also what I thought was a “spitting” female Lazuli Bunting but it was also giving off Cowbird vibes. There seemed to be two spitters until I realized it was the Gray Flycatcher whitting back at the mystery bird.

This is right next Vis Valley Middleschool so if you come through, be careful where you’re pointing those cameras and binskis.

Good birding,
Dan Scali, SF

Re: Gray Flycatcher et al

Aaron Maizlish
 

I came down to the Campbell Street steps in hopes of seeing the Ash-throated Flycatcher reported this morning (county-year birding is a degenerative condition.).  I haven’t seen one yet, but the Gray Flycatcher is putting on a fantastic show for me right now.  Half way up the steps. 

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco. 


On May 20, 2019, at 10:24 AM, Daniel Scali <daniel.s.scali@...> wrote:

Birdsters!

Just 100 yds up the stairs at the Campbell Ave entrance to McLaren Park. The thicket on the n side is awesomely productive this morning. Gray Flycatcher (all the id ticks from Dom’s last week including great vocalizations and downward tail flicking), Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and a Yellow-rumped Warbler which popped out of some coyote brush. Also what I thought was a “spitting” female Lazuli Bunting but it was also giving off Cowbird vibes. There seemed to be two spitters until I realized it was the Gray Flycatcher whitting back at the mystery bird.

This is right next Vis Valley Middleschool so if you come through, be careful where you’re pointing those cameras and binskis.

Good birding,
Dan Scali, SF

A Black Swift, a soaring cormorant and some more fledglings

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

An odd late morning wandering about the Rhododendron Dell in Golden Gate Park. There wasn't much diversity - no finches (!) or flycatchers, but there were singing Song Sparrows everywhere. The highlight was a Black Swift that flew rapidly overhead, headed south. I've previously only seen this species while hiking in the mountains above the Yuba River area years ago, so that was a real treat. A bit later I was just as surprised to see a Double-crested Cormorant soaring - soaring! - like a hawk, far above, for a minute or so before heading off toward the bay. A pair of Scrub Jays engaged in some courtship, sharing food, then sunbathing. And there were the telltale twitters of baby birds: I saw newly fledged Juncos and Song Sparrows being fed. Nice!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Black swift north over Mount Davidson 5/21/19

 

A BLACK SWIFT just flew north over Mount Davidson 7:59 a.m. , cruising altitude ~1000'

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Seeking Help IDing Bird Song

Lori Lee
 

Singing incessantly in LP top circle this morning. I don't recall hearing this rollicking call before. He was competing with tanagers, woodpeckers, sparrows, and orioles for a lot of sound this morning post-rain. If it's a black-headed grosbeak he's been hitting the hard stuff! 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56581342

Song can be heard at seconds 3, 12, 19, 28, and 37. 

Thank You,
Lori Lee
SF, CA

Re: Seeking Help IDing Bird Song

Lori Lee
 

Much thanks to all for your responses. The people have spoken: It's a Bullock's Oriole! And now I know what a singing Bullock's Oriole sounds like. It was up in the trees and escaped all my attempts at visual identification. 

Check your WHIMs

Peter Pyle
 

Hi all -

I was startled this morning hearing a "chew-wee" call from a flock of 16 curlews on Ocean Beach, SF, at the foot of Quintara this morning but it turned out to be a Long-billed Curlew in with 15 Whimbrels.

The last time the central-east Pacific jet stream was this far south through May, in 1998, 13-17 Bristle-thighed Curlews showed up from California to Washington between 6 and 25 May. So keep checking your WHIMs for birds with orange rumps that give a "che-ew-eee" call.

The Sanderlings all appear to be gone, my last observation being 42 on the 18th in the rain. I think they headed north once it cleared a bit.

Good birding,

Peter

Help the Parks Department with Bird Info

texbuss@...
 

Hello, my sister is a Sargeant in the Parks Dept and is trying to develop a program to help educate SF Park Rangers to have more knowledge about the flora and fauna in our city parks. I think this is a great idea! She is looking for someone who has good knowledge of Golden Gate Park birds to help educate rangers, or at least point her in the right direction.  Any suggestions?  Thanks, 
Laura Buss

White-faced Ibis continues

Alan Hopkins
 

The White-faced Ibis continues at Candlestick Point Park as of 4:30 pm. The ibis flew up for a short time but returned after about five minutes. The bird was also calling more than the last time I saw it. Also, there were three White-throated Swifts and Swallows over the pond and a medium size shorebird along the shore (Spotted?).

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Two ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Spent most of the morning at Fort Mason, much of the time with Juan Garcia, and we were treated to extended views of two ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS from before 8 am to after 11 am (when I left).  They were catching insects in the garden the entire time.  Other migrants today included a WARBLING VIREO, a WESTERN TANAGER and a WILSON'S WARBLER behind the General's House, as well as a YELLOW WARBLER in the garden.

Fort Mason Migrants

David Assmann
 

Had a calling WESTERN WOOD PEWEE this morning in a Eucalpytus tree northwest of the garden. There were two WARBLING VIREOS in the garden - one singing. Two female LAZULI BUNTINGS were in the garden as well.  The Battery had two WESTERN TANAGERS and a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK. A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was in the garden as well.

Mt Davidson, Saturday

Adam Winer
 

Highlight of a visit to Mount Davidson this morning was an adult male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK moving mid-level near the 4-x trail intersection above the Myra Way entrance.

Perhaps rarer, given the season, was a very late RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET near the summit.

Other migrants on the mountain included two or three Lazuli Buntings, two Yellow Warblers, two Townsend's Warblers (also getting a bit late) and one each Warbling Vireo and Western Tanager. 

-- Adam Winer
    SF, CA

El Polin Spring Migrants

David Assmann
 

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER singing non-stop at El Polin Spring this morning was a reminder that Olive-Sided Flycatchers used to nest in the Presidio, but are now heard only during migration.  There were a number of other migrants that were actively feeding and singing. Heard two BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, and watched a male feed on berries.  At least three WARBLING VIREOS were in the area of the spring. A WESTERN WOOD PEWEE and an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER put in brief appearances on the hillside. A YELLOW WARBLER was singing near the parking lot, and there were at least two WESTERN TANAGERS moving through. A newly fledged CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAY was following one of its parents, begging for food.