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HMB pelagic report - Another Awesome Day!

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hey all,

   A quick report of our San Mateo county pelagic trip today, as I need to rest up before Bodega tomorrow. Fun! Was the word of the day, birds all day, and some good ones. A different Laysan Albatross from the one we saw last week was a nice surprise. We found storm petrel flocks! Not quite a thousand birds, but close. Ashy, Black and Fork-tailed. We found several Scripps’s Murrelets. Four species of shearwater, including Buller’s and a Short-tailed spotted by Steve Howell. Lots of Arctic Terns, and all three jaegers as well as numerous Sabine’s gulls. As has been the norm, Marbled Murrelet on the way out. Red Phalaropes have arrived, and two different Tufted Puffins were a bonus. Such a great day out, but then you add in the mammals and it was a stunner. Killer Whales! About ten miles offshore from Half Moon Bay, as well as lots and close views of Humpback Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, several views of Steller’s Sea Lions. Then there were two shark species, a couple of Blue Shark, and a larger and fat dark brown shark that we are currently identifying as Salmon Shark.

   There was so much out there that I am surely missing something.

SF BIRDERS – The San Francisco pelagic is next week. It is HOT out there, and I am sure that in the Pioneer Canyon we can find some storm petrels, and hopefully some murrelets. It is during the height of the tern, jaeger, Sabine’s migration and given the luck we have had with Laysan, maybe it is just a great year for them out there. Come and check it out! You can book online here:

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

good birding

Alvaro

 

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Seawatch + Ocean Beach shorebirds, 8/25/19

Paul Saraceni
 

Early this morning I checked the shorebird roost in the mid-dunes on Ocean Beach between Noriega and Moraga.  In addition to 650+ Sanderlings, there were a few small groups of Western Sandpipers (11 total, mostly juvs.) and Semipalmated Plovers (4), in addition to 43 Snowy Plovers in the vicinity, as well as a calling, fly-over Killdeer.  2 Long-billed Curlews briefly landed on the beach then picked-up and flew N calling loudly.  3 Elegant and 1 Caspian Terns were loafing near the gull flock (Western, Heermann's, California) at that time.


I then headed to the south-end of the Great Highway for a seawatch (8:45-10:30 AM), joined by Hugh Cotter and Rob Cullison for portions of the watch.  The fog bank moved in and out, with visibility ranging from half-way to nearly out to the horizon.  Winds were light from the S and seas were flat.


Sooty Shearwaters were missing from this morning's watch, but there was nice variety overall. 


Observations of local interest:


NORTHERN PINTAIL 13 (1 flock flying N over the ocean)

Surf Scoter 45+ (on the ocean)

BLACK SCOTER 1 m. & 1 f. (with the Surf Scoter flock; very early date; presumably summered locally, though I have not observed them with the summering scoter flock until this morning) 

W. Grebe 3

Com. Loon 4 (on the ocean; basic plumage)

Red-thr. Loon 1 (flying S)

Pelagic Cormorant 3

Brown Pelican 80+ 

Semipalmated Plover 3 (flying S over the beach)

Whimbrel 5

DOWITCHER sp. 11 (1 flock flying S over the ocean)

Red-necked Phalarope 3 (singles flying over the ocean)

W. Sandpiper 2 (flying S over the beach w/Semi. Plovers)

Elegant Tern 30+ (flying S)

Parasitic Jaeger 5 (2 & 3)

POMARINE JAEGER 2 sub-ads. (singles)

Pigeon Guillemot 2 juvs.

Com. Murre 1

Barn Swallow 2


Also:

Bottlenose Dolphin 2

Harbor Porpoise 1


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco

Marine Layer at Strawberry Hill/Stow Lake

Ken Moy
 

Sunday, 8/25, 7:15 -10:15am: Marine layer was lower and denser than earlier this week but I don't think it reduced number of birds. I was joined for part of the time by Judi and Pat from the East Bay.

Stow Lake: greeted with a chorus of yellow warblers in the eucalypti just west of the eastern steps but I could only see about a dozen birds that were shaped and flying like them with no color coming through the fog, a yellowish warbling vireo was in the bush overhanging the walkway on Stow Lake Drive East (30-40 yards east of the concrete bridge where it was seen the day before @ 7:30)

Strawberry Hill: 1 wilson's warbler in landscaped area near the pavilion, 3 orange crowned warblers, 2 townsend's warblers in the trees and bushes upslope from the landscaped area, 4 visually identifiable yellow warblers, 2 different townsend's warblers in the pine with the old man's beard (thanks Pat) and 1 different orange crowned warbler in a pine sited at lake level and viewable at eye level from the reservoir near the picnic table.

Log Cabin Trail: on a quick jaunt out of the park, had a flyover female western tanager east of Mother's Meadow.

Good birding to all,

Ken Moy

Oak Woodlands and Lily Pond

Loretta
 

Hi all,

After a peaceful but unproductive hour or two in the oak woodlands this morning (junkos and chickadees galore, but no migrants), I headed back to the car via the Lily pond.

Before I got to there, two birds winged over from the Aids Memorial Grove. And I was treated to excellent looks at a Cassin's Vireo, then a Warbling Vireo. The Cassin's disappeared, but the Warbling lingered longer than I did. #wherewasmycamera #imanidiot

This was in the low trees right on the road, just north of the Lily pond path.

Good migration!

Lorētta

Crissy Field Lagoon

Felix Rigau
 

Around mid-day I walked over to Crissy Lagoon to check out the flock of ELEGANT TERNS . Concurring with my last count there were upwards of 500 birds presenting a dramatic visual and audio spectacle. The ongoing parade of walkers, joggers and tourists on bicycles also seemed to be enjoying this avian spectacle as they paused to look and gander (bird pun intended) at the dense flock on the sand bar near the foot bridge. A pair of juvenile FORSTER’S TERNS as well as an adult and juvenile CASPIAN TERN were also observed mixed in with the flock. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER were also seen foraging along the margins of the lagoon. A beautiful day for birds and people alike!

Felix Rigau

Ruff

Aaron Maizlish
 

There is a juvenile Ruff at Crissy Lagoon. On the sandbar with about 600 Elegant Terns. Logan says this is the second city record.

Aaron Maizlish

Black-and-white Warbler McLaren Park

Kevin Liberg
 

A Black-and-white Warbler was at McLaren Park this morning.  Seen from the wooden boardwalk above the lower pond.  Maybe the same bird seen last week by Dan Scali.
Complete list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59280433

Kevin Liberg
San Francisco

Re: Ruff

Adam Winer
 

Any subsequent reports - positive or negative - would be highly appreciated, before I decide to have a go at it later this afternoon.


On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...> wrote:
There is a juvenile Ruff at Crissy Lagoon. On the sandbar with about 600 Elegant Terns. Logan says this is the second city record.

Aaron Maizlish



Re: Ruff

C Lou
 

Ruff is still being seen by the terns. 200pm

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Adam Winer <awiner@...>
Date: 8/26/19 12:25 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...>
Cc: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Ruff

Any subsequent reports - positive or negative - would be highly appreciated, before I decide to have a go at it later this afternoon.

On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...> wrote:
There is a juvenile Ruff at Crissy Lagoon. On the sandbar with about 600 Elegant Terns. Logan says this is the second city record.

Aaron Maizlish



Re: Ruff

Adam Winer
 

Still here, with two Western Sandpipers at the eastern end of the lagoon.


On Mon, Aug 26, 2019, 13:59 C Lou <cdlou37@...> wrote:
Ruff is still being seen by the terns. 200pm

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Adam Winer <awiner@...>
Date: 8/26/19 12:25 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...>
Cc: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Ruff

Any subsequent reports - positive or negative - would be highly appreciated, before I decide to have a go at it later this afternoon.

On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...> wrote:
There is a juvenile Ruff at Crissy Lagoon. On the sandbar with about 600 Elegant Terns. Logan says this is the second city record.

Aaron Maizlish



Ruff

Max Benningfield
 

The Ruff took off and circled NNE and we lost it in the fog, it most likely left
max benningfield 

Re: Ruff

Siobhan Ruck
 

Still present at 5:30pm. Flew out for a few minutes but back now. 

Siobhan Rick


On Aug 26, 2019, at 3:22 PM, Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:

Still here, with two Western Sandpipers at the eastern end of the lagoon.

On Mon, Aug 26, 2019, 13:59 C Lou <cdlou37@...> wrote:
Ruff is still being seen by the terns. 200pm

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Adam Winer <awiner@...>
Date: 8/26/19 12:25 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...>
Cc: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Ruff

Any subsequent reports - positive or negative - would be highly appreciated, before I decide to have a go at it later this afternoon.

On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...> wrote:
There is a juvenile Ruff at Crissy Lagoon. On the sandbar with about 600 Elegant Terns. Logan says this is the second city record.

Aaron Maizlish



Tennessee Warbler and other sightings at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

A TENNESSEE WARBLER was the highlight during a very birdy morning at Fort Mason. Other warblers seen include a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, a WILSON'S WARBLER, a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER and 15 YELLOW WARBLERS.  Other sightings included 6 WESTERN TANAGERS, 2 HOODED ORIOLES, a WARBLING VIREO, 2 WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES and 4 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS. A WANDERING TATTLER and a BLACK TURNSTONE were on the abandoned pier.  The garden had both a BEWICK'S WREN and a HOUSE WREN. A PEREGRINE FALCON was the only raptor seen.

Ruff and friends

Richard Bradus
 

Wow - so nice to see many of SF's finest out at Crissy Lagoon this afternoon. The Ruff put on a good show, staying where Bob and Aaron first noted it this morning on the eastern sandbar (thanks guys! - a lifer for me).
It foraged much of the time in close association with two Western Sandpipers. There was a good assortment of other birds as well. Although my camera is not up to the capability of many others in attendance, I did manage to get some flight and behavior photos of a number of species which, if anyone is interested, can be seen with my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59297004

Good fun! (even if the fog and wind did return).

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Re: Ruff

Sam _
 

Still here this morning (Tuesday, 8am) for anyone thinking of making a trip.

Sam
SF, CA

On Aug 26, 2019, at 5:35 PM, Siobhan Ruck <ms.siobhan.ruck@...> wrote:

Still present at 5:30pm. Flew out for a few minutes but back now. 

Siobhan Rick


On Aug 26, 2019, at 3:22 PM, Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:

Still here, with two Western Sandpipers at the eastern end of the lagoon.

On Mon, Aug 26, 2019, 13:59 C Lou <cdlou37@...> wrote:
Ruff is still being seen by the terns. 200pm

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Adam Winer <awiner@...>
Date: 8/26/19 12:25 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...>
Cc: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Ruff

Any subsequent reports - positive or negative - would be highly appreciated, before I decide to have a go at it later this afternoon.

On Mon, Aug 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...> wrote:
There is a juvenile Ruff at Crissy Lagoon. On the sandbar with about 600 Elegant Terns. Logan says this is the second city record.

Aaron Maizlish



Fort Mason Townsend's Solitaire, MacGillivray's Warbler

David Assmann
 

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE flew over the Battery this morning and landed in the Cypress tree at the end of the cul-de-sac.  It was only there for 10-15 seconds and then flew off. Other birds this morning included a MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, 3 WESTERN TANAGERS, 1 HOODED ORIOLE, 6 YELLOW WARBLERS, 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 1 WILSON'S WARBLER. A bold BEWICK'S WREN was in the western half of the garden, and a HOUSE WREN was vocalizing on the other side of the garden.

Seawatch -- Ashy Storm-Petrel et al., 8/27/19

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning I did a sea-watch from the south-end of the Great Highway (7:30-8:45 AM). Conditions were excellent with overcast skies, light SW winds, flat, glassy seas, and visibility out to the horizon


The highlight was an ASHY STORM-PETREL that I scoped a ways out as it meandered S over a glassy patch of ocean.


Other observations of local interest:


Surf Scoter 35+ (on the ocean)

BLACK SCOTER 1 m. (continuing with the Surf Scoter flock; I did not observe the female that was present on 8/25)

Com. Loon 5 (on the ocean; basic plumage)

SOOTY SHEARWATER 200+ (pretty far out; small pulses heading N)

Long-Billed Curlew 1 (flying S)

Whimbrel 3

Sanderling 12

W. Sandpiper 2 (on the beach with Sanderlings)

Elegant Tern 6 [contrast that amount with the 1000?+ congregating @ Crissy Lagoon]

Parasitic Jaeger 7 (2/4/1)

POMARINE JAEGER 1 ad.

Pigeon Guillemot 8 (including 3 juvs.)

Com. Murre 4 (including 3 juvs.)


Also, a nice variety of marine mammals:

Harbor Seal 1 (swimming N thru the surf)

Humpback Whale 1 (breaching)

Bottlenose Dolphin 5 (1 pod patrolling the surf)

Harbor Porpoise 4 (1 pod)


Mid-morning, while photographing the continuing RUFF @ Crissy Lagoon, I observed 2 BANK SWALLOWS flying over the footbridge and continuing E.  The latter is an uncommon migrant in SF away from Lake Merced & Ft. Funston bluffs.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco


Ruff at Crissy

David Assmann
 

RUFF continues this morning in the north east corner of the lagoon.

Crissy Lagoon - Ruff and Sabine's Gull Aug 28

C Lou
 

Hi ALL,


The RUFF continues to be seen at the east end of Crissy Lagoon, on the mud flats by the bridge.

The bird can disappear for up to an hour, but has returned to the mud flats at the east end. It was seen once at the west end on the "island" where the cormorants roost.


At 426 pm, an adult SABINE'S GULL in breeding plumage was spotted by the tern flock, close to the bridge. At 430 pm, it flew over the bridge and headed east towards the St Francis Yacht Club.

Jonah Benningfield, who I had contacted when the bird was at Crissy Lagoon, was unable to re-find the gull further east at the Wave Organ.


Calvin Lou

SF

Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

Fort Mason was a lot quieter today, with four WESTERN TANAGERS and a YELLOW WARBLER in the Battery, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and a HOUSE WREN in the Garden, and a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER and a HOUSE WREN behind the General's House.