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Hybrid Pintail Lloyd Lake

Joachim Gonzalez
 

I’ve been seeing a lot of reports of the supposed eclipse male Northern Pintail at Lloyd Lake that is molting to adult plumage. In the photos I’ve been seeing, it doesn’t look to me like a pure pintail. Some things that seem wrong for pure pintail are the Rufous/brown feathers coming in on the breast. The breast of a pure pintail should be bright white, but this seems to indicate a Mallard X Pintail hybrid. Plus the head feathers molting in look blackish/iridescent which is completely wrong or Pintail. Again, points to Mallard X Pintail hybrid. Graeme Colmer’s photos show this very well, checklist linked here.

Good Birding
Joachim Gonzalez

Pelagic report - Thursday

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

   We went out on a pelagic trip offshore from Half Moon Bay yesterday and encountered warm water offshore, and bird/whale rich waters about 10 miles out. As has been the pattern, a bloom of food is parked about 10 miles offshore with nice groups of Humpback whales and mixed shearwater flocks. Up to a dozen whales were seen in one spot feeding with hundreds of California Sea Lions, pretty incredible! Dozen more whales were in the distance. Bird abundance was much richer inshore and to the north of a warm water plume offshore. We found Ashy Storm-Petrel, a couple of small flocks of Buller’s Shearwaters, and all three jaegers including some nice adult Long-tails, and full spoon Pomarines. The constant high numbers of Arctic Terns continue, with the chance to get some nice photos of a close group foraging with Sabine’s Gulls. At one time about 10 Arctic Terns were being chased by a full breeding plumaged Parasitic Jaeger, dramatic and neat to watch. Most Arctics are adults out there, but we did see some juveniles as well. Two Tufted Puffins were a treat to see, now that they are dispersing from breeding grounds. Only a few Cassin’s Auklets were offshore as has been the case recently. Mammals were great – with densities of Pacific White-sided Dolphins coming close to the boat, beautiful bow riding Northern Right Whale Dolphins, and a nice little pod of Dall’s Porpoises offshore. The regulars were out there too, Black-footed Albatross, Sooty an Pink-footed shearwaters (many out there now), Common Murre, and Rhinoceros Auklet. A good group of a few thousand Sooty Shearwaters near shore allowed me to actually get a recoding of their voices, you don’t hear Sooty Shearwaters all that often. Here is the recording: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59708767

    Weather looks good for our trips tomorrow and Sunday. Low to moderate winds predicted, a tad lower on Sunday. Both trips are out of Half Moon Bay and we are hoping that this weekend we find our first Flesh-footed Shearwater of the season. This weekend’s trips expect to visit SF and San Mateo county waters. The change to the fall with arrival of crowned and fox sparrows makes me think that this could be when the Flesh-foot comes in! E-mail me or register online here for this weekend, or the Sept 21 trip out of Half Moon Bay, and 22nd trip out of Monterey:

 

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

good birding,

Alvaro

 

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Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

About 50 AMERICAN CROWS mobbed a GREAT HORNED OWL this morning for at least an hour.  The owl didn't move, and the crows eventually stopped harassing it. Had my FOS FOX SPARROW (Battery) and SAY'S PHOEBE (Great Meadow).  1 BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, 18+ WESTERN TANAGERS, 1 WILSON'S WARBLER, 4 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, 14 YELLOW WARBLERS, 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 1 BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, 1 HOODED ORIOLE, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 1 HOUSE WREN, 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS, 1 WANDERING TATTLER, and at least 5 PACIFIC-SLOPE (WESTERN) FLYCATCHERS.


Prairie Falcon at BG

Brian Fitch
 

It had been 22 years since I last saw a Prairie Falcon in SF, but the drought ended at 12:30 today when one coursed over Battery Godfrey, adding that one species that made an otherwise slow hawkwatch worthwhile.  Long, pointed falcon wings, tan body, dark axillaries; I don't know why it's been such a long gap between sightings for me, since they see multiples on Hawk Hill every fall, but it's obviously a tough bird in the city.

Other raptors included 1 northbound Turkey Vulture and 2 southbound, 3 Sharpies north, 2 Cooper's north, 1 Red-shouldered south, 6 Red-tailed north with 5 south, as well as the local Peregrine.

Other birds included a very high flying Great Egret, 2 Curlews, Glaucous-winged Gull, 5 Parasitic Jaegers over the bridge, with others pirating the terns and shearwaters, a few Band-tailed Pigeons, 2-3 Vaux's Swifts, Say's Phoebe, Warbling Vireo, Barn and Rough-winged Swallows, 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 7 American Pipits coming in on the early side, Yellow, Townsend's, Black-throated Gray, MacGillivray's, and Wilson's Warblers, and at least 15 Western Tanagers, every one of them heading north.

The other highlight was already reported, although the number of Sooty Shearwaters went up to over 50,000 as I watched and scanned further out into the Gate.  The majority of them spent about 2 hours sitting on the water, with one group of roughly 10,000 drifting quite close to the battery and almost under the bridge, probably on the tide.  They then slowly dispersed until I didn't see any in the Gate when I left at 2:15.  There were still big dark swatches of them well out to sea though.

Brian Fitch

Surf Scoter

Peter & Amy
 

Surf Scoter just off the St Francis Yacht Club.

Amy Kuhlmann

Shearwaters

Brian Fitch
 

20000 or more in the mouth of the golden gate at 10 45 am
Viewed from battery Godfrey
Brian fitch

Fort Mason Local Interest - FOS Golden Crowned Sparrow

David Assmann
 

A short visit to Fort Mason this morning was fairly productive.  The number of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS has increased over the past two days, possibly due to returning birds. A FOS GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was in the garden as well. Warblers today included at least 19 YELLOW WARBLERS, 3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, 1 WILSON'S WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER.  There were at least 7 WESTERN TANAGERS, 3+ RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 3 WARBLING VIREOS (Garden and Battery), 4 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, 2 WESTERN WOOD PEWEES, 1 HOUSE WREN (Garden) and 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (Garden).

Waterthrush still present

Joachim Gonzalez
 

As of 7:10, Dominik’s Northern Waterthrush is still present and chipping in the bushes under tree 3802 on the west side of Middle Lake. 

Good Birding
Joachim Gonzalez

Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

No rarities today - just expected migrants - a little more diversity but slightly lower numbers than yesterday. All sighting Battery except as noted.  1 WILSON'S WARBLER, 2 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS (Garden), and 10 YELLOW WARBLERS. 8 WESTERN TANAGERS, 1 BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK (Garden), 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 1 WARBLING VIREO, 1 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER (Garden),1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER and 1 WESTERN WOOD PEWEE.

-**9/10 not 9/9**- Re: Waterthrush @ Middle Lake/GGP

 

Sorry, time traveling. That was this morning not yesterday.

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Waterthrush @ Middle Lake/GGP 9/9/19

 

a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was feeding below tree "3802" on west side of middle lake this morning just off Chain-of-Lakes Drive.


Dominik Mosur
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Fort Mason this morning - Bobolink, etc.

David Assmann
 

The BOBOLINK at Fort Mason this morning was visible in one of the smaller trees behind the Battery, and then flew up into the Cypress trees behind the hostel and disappeared.  It was last seen around 9:25 am and Brian found his at 10:15 am at Fort Scott, so conceivably it could be the same bird. Otherwise Fort Mason had similar migrants as yesterday, with an increase in numbers of WESTERN TANAGERS (20+) and YELLOW WARBLERS (15+). There were at least four TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, a HERMIT WARBLER, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (in Garden), a WESTERN WOOD PEWEE, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, a LAZULI BUNTING and a WILSON'S WARBLER. A HOUSE WREN and a WARBLING VIREO were in the garden.


Re: Bobolink ft scott

Brian Fitch
 

I went to Ft Scott to check for unusual sparrows, and heard a "wink" call coming from the coneaster outside of the NW edge of the ballfield.  To me it sounded like an odd Hooded Oriole, but out popped a Bobolink, a classic fall bird, bright yellow base color with dark streaks on head, face, and back, pointy pink bill, and spiky rectrices.  It fed on the green grass of the ball field in between several perches on the fence, where it gave multiple "wink" calls.  It associated loosely with House Finches and Lesser Goldfinches, and suddenly vanished while I was surveying another flock.

I don't know if the Ft Mason bird was still being viewed at 10:15.  Some of you may recall that in Sept of 2015, I found a Bobolink at Crissey, and later refound what was likely the same bird at Ft Scott.

I visited a few other sites with the same results that have been reported previously by many, just a few common migrants.  Only two Parasitic Jaegers at Sutro, but there were no terns to harass.

Brian Fitch


On Mon, Sep 9, 2019 at 10:17 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

In the ballfield grass . fort Scott. Presidio.
Brian Fitch

Bobolink ft scott

Brian Fitch
 

In the ballfield grass . fort Scott. Presidio.
Brian Fitch

Bobolink at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

In lower Battery 

Re: “Siberian” Whimbrel @ Ocean Beach seawatch, 9/8:19

Paul Saraceni
 

Photos of the bird at the following link:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59622200

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

On September 8, 2019 at 12:07 PM Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni@...> wrote:


This morning I found a presumed “Siberian” (variegatus subspecies) Whimbrel at the south end of Ocean Beach, on the relatively narrow (rising tide) beach well south of Sloat and north of the fenced bluff across from the water treatment plant, ie, the seawatch location.

The bird is quite distinctive in flight compared to the common N. American (hudsonicus) subspecies showing a large white wedge on its rump and lower back, and grayish barred tail. There are some noticeable distinctions of this bird when it was on the beach adjacent to the other Whimbrel present, including less distinct facial markings, and darker barring on breast, but these were only readily observed after seeing this individual in flight and then land. Plenty of photos were taken and will be studied.
It was traveling with a nice flick of 7 Whimbrel (total), 6 Long-billed Curlews, and 1 Marbled Godwit. The flock was briefly joined by a Wandering Tattler, unusual on the beach at this spot.

A couple of other birders stopped by, including Hugh, Mark, Peter, and Siobhan. Still present when I left at 11:15. The flock gets flushed frequently by dogs and walkers but seems to return.

Also from the seawatch:
Surf Scoter 12
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 2
Red-thr. Loon 1
Sooty Shearwater 2
Pelagic Cormorant 3
Clark’s Grebe 1
Long-billed Curlew 6 (different flock heading N over ocean)
Red-necked Phalarope 28 (scattered flying over surf and ocean)
Herring Gull 1 ad.
Parasitic Jaeger 10 (all flying N)
Pigeon Guillemot 1 juv.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

Good movement of migrants through Fort Mason, with the largest numbers in the Battery. 15 YELLOW WARBLERS (most in Battery), 14 WESTERN TANAGERS (almost all in Battery - large group at 7:20 am), 1 WILSON'S WARBLER (Battery), 1 HERMIT WARBLER (Battery), 2 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS (Battery), 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (Garden), 1 BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (Battery), 1 HOODED ORIOLE (Battery), 1 HOUSE WREN (continuing in Garden), 1 WESTERN WOOD PEWEE (Battery), 1 WANDERING TATTLER (Aquatic Park), and three WARBLING VIREOS (2 in Garden, 1 in Battery).


Re: “Siberian” Whimbrel @ Ocean Beach seawatch, 9/8:19

Jonah Benningfield
 

The bird continued until about 5 or 10 minutes ago, at which point it got flushed by some joggers and headed south (along with two Hudsonian homies). Joachim and I are headed to Funston now to see if we can refind it.

all the best,
Jonah B.

On Sep 8, 2019, at 12:07 PM, Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni@...> wrote:

This morning I found a presumed “Siberian” (variegatus subspecies) Whimbrel at the south end of Ocean Beach, on the relatively narrow (rising tide) beach well south of Sloat and north of the fenced bluff across from the water treatment plant, ie, the seawatch location.

The bird is quite distinctive in flight compared to the common N. American (hudsonicus) subspecies showing a large white wedge on its rump and lower back, and grayish barred tail. There are some noticeable distinctions of this bird when it was on the beach adjacent to the other Whimbrel present, including less distinct facial markings, and darker barring on breast, but these were only readily observed after seeing thus individual in flight and then land. Plenty of photos were taken and will be studied.
It was traveling with a nice flick of 7 Whimbrel (total), 6 Long-billed Curlews, and 1 Marbled Godwit. The flock was briefly joined by a Wandering Tattler, unusual on the beach at this spot.

A couple of other birders stopped by, including Hugh, Mark, Peter, and Siobhan. Still present when I left at 11:15. The flock gets flushed frequently by dogs and walkers but seems to return.

Also from the seawatch:
Surf Scoter 12
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 2
Red-thr. Loon 1
Sooty Sheatwarer 2
Pelagic Cormorant 3
Clark’s Grebe 1
Long-billed Curlew 6 (different flock heading N over ocean)
Red-necked Phalarope 28 (scattered flying over surf and ocean)
Herring Gull 1 ad.
Parasitic Jaeger 10 (all flying N)
Pigeon Guillemot 1 juv.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


“Siberian” Whimbrel @ Ocean Beach seawatch, 9/8:19

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning I found a presumed “Siberian” (variegatus subspecies) Whimbrel at the south end of Ocean Beach, on the relatively narrow (rising tide) beach well south of Sloat and north of the fenced bluff across from the water treatment plant, ie, the seawatch location.

The bird is quite distinctive in flight compared to the common N. American (hudsonicus) subspecies showing a large white wedge on its rump and lower back, and grayish barred tail. There are some noticeable distinctions of this bird when it was on the beach adjacent to the other Whimbrel present, including less distinct facial markings, and darker barring on breast, but these were only readily observed after seeing thus individual in flight and then land. Plenty of photos were taken and will be studied.
It was traveling with a nice flick of 7 Whimbrel (total), 6 Long-billed Curlews, and 1 Marbled Godwit. The flock was briefly joined by a Wandering Tattler, unusual on the beach at this spot.

A couple of other birders stopped by, including Hugh, Mark, Peter, and Siobhan. Still present when I left at 11:15. The flock gets flushed frequently by dogs and walkers but seems to return.

Also from the seawatch:
Surf Scoter 12
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 2
Red-thr. Loon 1
Sooty Sheatwarer 2
Pelagic Cormorant 3
Clark’s Grebe 1
Long-billed Curlew 6 (different flock heading N over ocean)
Red-necked Phalarope 28 (scattered flying over surf and ocean)
Herring Gull 1 ad.
Parasitic Jaeger 10 (all flying N)
Pigeon Guillemot 1 juv.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

09/07/19: SF Zoo American Redstart

H Cotter
 

Birdied the SF Zoo this morning - relatively quiet with the highlight an American redstart near the cafe. A number of yellow and townsends warblers also present.
Ocean beach had 3 Western Sandpipers among the many sanderling and Snowy Plover. Offshore were 4 Parasitic Jaegar and many sooty shearwaters.

Hugh