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Alan’s Summer Tanager, Nestling Creepers, and ghost squirrels

Daniel Scali
 

Hi all,

Like Alan, I was making the Lincoln Park/east wash rounds again this morning. Yesterday’s vagrants must have thumbed it outta there but I enjoyed some interesting findings nonetheless. I think I saw the bird Alan suspected to be a Summer Tanager. It was fairly still for a couple minutes in the prominent eucalyptus at the west side of the bottom of the east wash. Drab green coloring, no wing bars, and a very long-looking round but not conical bill.

The presumed same Swainson’s Thrush has been singing at the wash for 3ish weeks now — another sang in the riparian where the fire road (?) heads down from the 4th hole fairway to the Land’s End hiking trail. Tied for the coolest thing today were the extremely good views of the inside of a Brown Creeper nest cavity, as the little freckley fellas chose a pretty wide one. The 3 nestlings kept shoving themselves into the cavity roof, basically creeping in place. It was fascinating and funny to witness.

Equally fabulous were the ghosts of 🐿s (squirrels in case the emoji doesn’t show up) chomping on pine and cypress cones all over the place. Try as I might, I could not find a rodent or even a jay causing all of the racket one usually associates with foraging for seeds. Finally it dawned on me. The heat wave is causing the serotinous (resin-sealed) cones to burst, as if the seedlings were being dispersed by wildfire. At one of the pines that was especially loud and generous along the Eagle’s Pt trail, I even got to see the seedlings fluttering to the ground on their “wings.”

Gotta love spring!
Dan Scali




Red Knot still at Crissy Lagoon Monday evening

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

Still ridiculously hot at Crissy at around six this evening, but the few birds that were around were hanging in there - and a bit of westerly breeze helped. The Red Knot was busy foraging at the margins of the small island toward the west end, hard to pick up at first as it was at some distance. It shared the island with, among others, a curious, rather rufous breasted immature DC Cormorant, a pair of Killdeer (one pretty stationary on small rocks - a nest??) and a Caspian Tern that sat and preened in complete disregard as the Knot foraged practically at its feet (!). 

I also caught a tantalizing glimpse of a somewhat stubby looking streaked brownish bird that vanished into the reeds along the southern shore, possibly a Rail, but it made no further appearance. As I was walking back there was a flurry of Swallows at the east end, with a few Tree, Barn and a couple of the Cliff Swallows that David noted nesting further west. The breeze then seemed to die down again, so...; still, kinda nice to visit with the heat rather than the usual fog and cold wind.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Northern Parula at Lincoln Park

Daniel Scali
 

18th hole moving around

Re: Northern Parula at Lincoln Park

Daniel Scali
 

The Northern Parula may be staying around today. I realize now that I probably heard him yesterday as well near the 18th tee box, but my mind went to Pine Siskin as their sounds are similar to the untrained Parula expert. Also, a Red-breasted Nuthatch just called a min ago.
Parula is flying between low oaks and towering eucs.

Dan

Re: Northern Parula at Lincoln Park

Dave Weber
 

Northern Parula refound a 10:45 am along east side of Lincoln Park GC. I  heard it singing in smaller trees near school flagpole, then it flew to the canopy of the tall skinny pines closer to 18th tee, seen briefly but well. With Calvin Lou.



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

Knot continues at Crissy

Dave Weber
 

Red knot was near the bridge/boardwalk at Crissy Lagoon around 11:30 this morning. 



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

Misc Battery Godfrey Sightings - June 10, 2019: Townsend's Solitaire and Ash-throated Flycatcher

H Cotter
 

Sorry for the belated report.
Yesterday Monday- during a couple of early morning hours at Battery Godfrey with Brian Fitch and also Alan Hopkins for a while we had a couple of interesting sightings including:
Townsend's Solitaire; What I believed to be this species flew through and did not stop
Ash-throated Flycatcher; First spotted by Brian. Many more than in previous years.
Lazuli Bunting; at least 2 males

Hugh

American Redstart — McLaren Park upper pond

Daniel Scali
 

All,

This one (I’m guessing a young male from the female colors but powerful singing) sang consistently from 8-10am, jumping from tree to tree and in the willows; all along the east side of the pond, as in opposite side of the parking lot. Why did I spend 2 entire hours with the bird, you ask? It was so stunning in the early light that I desperately wanted a nice photo. Alas, photographing warblers is as fun as getting one’s teeth cleaned with a water drill. Maybe next time...

Also it was still there when I left.

Dan

American Redstart McLaren Park

David Nelson
 

The American Redstart, found this morning, continues in the willows at waters edge, east end of the upper pond at McLaren Park, San Francisco. Being seen now.

Good birding!

David W. Nelson

Robin subdues a lizard (not for the faint of heart)

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all.

Spent a bit of this fine morning exploring Alemany Farm, my first visit to this community resource with some good bird activity, though marred by a lot of noise from the adjacent freeway. Some active breeders, including Bushtits, Hooded Orioles, Starlings and Phoebes (not to mention butterflies and friendly people!). And something I never expected - a Robin taking down a lizard!

My attention was first drawn to a nice garter snake, then I spotted a nearby Fence Lizard opening its mouth in a defiant display. This had the unfortunate effect of drawing in a foraging Robin, which soon grabbed the lizard by the tail and began thrashing it about. The lizard lost the end of its tail but, undeterred, continued its defiant face off. The Robin chased after it and caught it again, thrashing it about multiple times, biting off more of the tail and finally bashing the lizard's head against the ground multiple times and subduing it. It then grabbed the limp body and carried it off. I managed to capture a bit of the action in photos:

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Sometimes it just isn't wise to mouth off! It's rough out there. And you thought your day was stressful!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Stow Lake Wood Duck, Mandarin Duck, Hooded Merganser

David Assmann
 

Stow Lake has always had its shared of exotic waterfowl - various forms of mallards, Muscovy Ducks, etc. that were introduced by humans.  One of those - a female MANDARIN DUCK - has now been there for almost five years - first reported on eBird in 2014, and still present this morning on the west side of the island. On the northwest corner of the lake was an oversummering HOODED MERGANSER - for the past four summers a male Hooded Merganser has stayed at Stow Lake.  Presumably this is the same bird that has lost its ability (or desire) to migrate.  It often hangs out with the female Mandarin Duck. A recent arrival was a male WOOD DUCK, hanging out near the Boathouse. For the past ten years, like clockwork, a male WOOD DUCK has shown up in late spring at Stow Lake (it could be longer, but it's been at least 10 years based on eBird reports). This is probably not the same bird each year, particularly given that sometimes more than one Wood Duck has shown up.

Correction Re: Robin Subdues a Lizard

Richard Bradus
 

Apologies for being somewhat off-topic, but I must correct an error in my original message.

Perhaps overly exited about the robin vs. lizard encounter, I inexplicably mis-identified the species of lizard. As Gerry Mugele kindly pointed out, it was of course a California Alligator Lizard. For those seeking more information about our local reptiles, you might want to check out this link Gerry provided: http://www.californiaherps.com/identification/lizardsid/lizards.id.html

Now, about those plants I can't seem to keep straight...

Good luck exploring!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Mt. Sutro OSP - American Redstart

Daniel Scali
 

Black and orange male, singing near the summit

East Wash Parula(s)

Brian Fitch
 

I hiked from Sutro to Eagle Pt this morning, with the only unusual species being at the East Wash.

As I approached on the Coastal Trail, I heard a Northern Parula giving its high upslurred zip on the golf green just west of the wash trail, and followed the bird without seeing it as it moved further west along the upper green, occasionally singing, and then down the slope and out of reach.  I gave up on getting a visual and continued eastward, but a few minutes later I heard a different unusual song, and found another(?) parula at eye level in the willows on the Coastal Trail just east of the bottom of the East Wash.  This one hung out feeding and giving the other parula song ending in two short flat buzzes.

I also checked on Hermit Rock as I walked by, with no sign yet of any alcids other than guillemots.

Brian Fitch

Northern Parula

Brandy Deminna Ford
 

At 5:30 pm walking to Baker Beach saw a Northern Parula in a tree on the lower lobos creek path. 

Re: Northern Parula

Brandy Deminna Ford
 

Corrections: 

5:30 pm on June 20th 2019. This is Brandy Ford of San Francisco.

Parakeet Auklet is back at Land's End/Fort Miley 6/21/19

 

The PARAKEET AUKLET has returned for a fourth consecutive summer. Today it was seen flying into the north face of its favorite rock at 11 a.m. Viewed from the Coastal Trail near the "Historic Shipwrecks" sign. This is a couple minutes walk east from the USS San Francisco memorial parking lot /West Fort Miley.

A male ROSE-BREASTED Grosbeak was at the trail X on Mt. Davidson before 7 a.m., calling frequently from a hidden perch. It dove for cover once I got eyes on it.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Northern Parula at Lobos Creek

Joachim Gonzalez
 

There is a silent Northern Parula at upper Lobos Creek. Last seen at around 12:30

Joachim Gonzalez

Parula location

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Forgot to mention. In the willows with a flock of CBCH, PYNU, WIWA, and others right by the concrete bridge by the creek.

Land's End/Fort Miley 6/24/2019

C Lou
 

Hi ALL,

No Parakeet Auklet. But Alan Hopkins and myself had an ANCIENT MURRELET behind Hermit Rock. It kept
swimming east and out of sight.

Calvin Lou
SF