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Grand view Park

Bob Hall
 

Weeding on the hill with CNPS sans Bins, I saw two broadwing hawks and two golden eagles around 1:20pm. 
--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson


Presidio Swainson’s

Jonah Benningfield
 

Swainson’s Hawk just flew low over the Main Post of the Presidio, heading east. Too fast for a digi but I got it in the bins. Stunning light morph. Insane.

all the best,
Jonah B.


Fort Scott wave

Brian Fitch
 

Over the past 45 minutes I've seen kite kestrel Lewis wp willow flyc lark and chipping sparrow at ft scott.  Plus several early raptors at batt Godfrey like harrier coopers and  red tailed.
Brian fitch


Breeding Ruddy Ducks and migration

Josiah Clark
 

Greetings Birders,
I was very pleased to discover six week old or so young Ruddy Ducks at Mountain Lake Park the other evening. This is only the second breeding effort there in perhaps 10 years, before that they were expected breeders.
Last year they attempted here but all of the young were quickly predated by Ravens, as is the new pattern with all precocial ducks, shorebirds and quail. The only other location in sf where this tule-reed obligate species nests is at Lake Merced.Not sure how their success is there. In general duck reproduction has plummeted with all species throughout the city over the last decade.
I’ve been checking the area for migrants now and then over the fall and last evening with Cedric we had the best flock I have seen of fall. We had seven species of warbler including hermit and Black-throated gray. Also 6 or so warbling vireos, a Western tanager, Western flycatcher and 2 osprey fly over. Presidio Hills had some decent numbers of returning sparrows including a lone savannah sparrow.
Definitely some sobering news stories about birds recently and a notably depleted migration for my memory. It motivates me to double down on my Habitat Potential efforts. Looking to make new headway this winter. The Young Birders in San Francisco and beyond are certainly bright spots in my Birding of late. I’m definitely grateful for their positive energy and help in the field, planting the seeds of change and tending the habitat of tomorrow.


Mount Davidson, Wed. 9/25

Adam Winer
 

Nothing rare in a very quick visit (7-7:50am) this morning:  in particular, no sign of Dominik's Black-throated Sparrow, though with my limited time it could still be around.

Very low numbers of migrants in general;  the most interesting migrants were 3 Vaux's Swifts headed south, a female Lazuli Bunting, a Western Wood-Pewee (the first I've run into this fall, though I think that says a bit more about how often I've been out than anything else), and a Savannah Sparrow.

Cheers,
Adam Winer


Ibis

Brian Fitch
 

3 white faced ibis heading east from battery Godfrey
8 45
Brian fitch


Lewis's Woodpeckers, Orchard Oriole and other sightings at Fort Mason this morning

David Assmann
 

A cooperative male ORCHARD ORIOLE on the west side of the garden was the first highlight of the day at Fort Mason. Later in the morning a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was circling the Eucalyptus trees west of the garden.  I lost sight of it, but a few minutes later found two Lewis's near the top of a Cyprus tree in the Battery.

Other more expected migrants included at least 15 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 3-5 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS (including one that sat at the top of the avocado tree in the garden for 90 minutes), 2 WESTERN FLYCATCHERS, 1 WARBLING VIREO, 1 CHIPPING SPARROW, 1 LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 3-4 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 18 YELLOW WARBLERS, 8 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, 2 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, and 15 WESTERN TANAGERS.


Re: Possible goshawk

Brian Fitch
 

While I did not observe diagnostic plumage details, I'm going to ID this bird as a juvenile female Northern Goshawk, based on the very large size and on flight style.  The size of a Red-tailed, mostly soaring, with only a few strong stiff wing beats, all buffy base color, strong streaking on breast and belly, broad based wings, strong white supercilium.  I did not note the vent for perimeter streaks, and the tail was folded.  I only picked her up when she was past me, allowing maybe a 7 second view before vanishing behind the cypress, heading a little east of southeast.  I saw several Coop's before and after for some sense of size comparison.

A number of birders were out in the morning, but I was alone when the Gos flew by.  Jonah joined me again later in the PM, and we had an interesting gull fly by that he got some shots of, so maybe we''ll learn more when its on a bigger screen.

Other species, highlights only:
Greater White-fronted Goose - 20+ over Marin, spotted by Hugh, 22 over the GG Gate midday
Turkey Vulture - 9 south, 2 north
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3 south
Cooper's Hawk - 4 south
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 north
Broad-winged Hawk - 1 light morph juv south
Red-tailed Hawk - 7 north, 8 south
American Kestrel - 1 female south, spotted by Jonah
dowitcher sp. - flock of 8-10
Vaux's Swift - roughly 10 viewed at great height, likely many more unseen
Western Scrub-Jay - flock of 25 winding north among cypresses

Brian Fitch


On Tue, Sep 24, 2019 at 12:55 PM Brian Fitch via Groups.Io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Not definite but what looked like a juvenile goshawk flew near battery Godfrey at 12 40 heading se
Will research later but keep your eyes open
Brian fitch


Dusky Flycatcher McLaren Park

Kevin Liberg
 

I saw what I believe was a Dusky Flycatcher at McLaren Park this morning. There were many ‘Western’ Flycatchers around but this empid was noticeably different in it’s dull coloration and rounded head. It made a call that sounded to me like a Dusky.
It was above the southwest corner of the lower pond. I was on the dirt trail just before the wooden boardwalk.

Kevin Liberg
San Francisco


Lark Sparrow - GGPark

Brian Turner <brianturner6@...>
 

There's a HY Lark Sparrow currently inhabiting the entrance area of the Horseshoe Pits, just north of McLaren Lodge. Bird was very cooperative. 

Good birding, 
Brian Turner


Possible goshawk

Brian Fitch
 

Not definite but what looked like a juvenile goshawk flew near battery Godfrey at 12 40 heading se
Will research later but keep your eyes open
Brian fitch


Lewis

David Assmann
 

In Battery now


Lewis’s Woodpecker and Orchard Oriole at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

More details later


Evening Grosbeaks this morning, Grand View

Peter Pyle
 

Hi all -

Three to six birds stopped briefly in Monterey Cypress on NW slope this morning at about 07:35 this morning, then flew SE toward Laguna Honda. They were giving both call types - loud sweet cheew and trill calls. Keep an ear out!

Also about 45 Vaux's Swifts, most streaming south between 0720-0724.

<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60082583>https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60082583


Cheers, Peter


Black-throated Sparrow 9/24 Mt Davidson fide Dominik Mosur

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,

Just got a text from Dominik who found a Black-throated Sparrow on Mount Davidson with the Sparrow flock by the fence.

Serving as the messenger,

Logan


Northern Waterthrush at Lake Merced

Aaron Maizlish
 

I found a Northern Waterthrush at the “swamp trail” (I don’t know if that’s what it’s formally called.) This is the unmarked path along the lake at the east side of the concrete bridge, north of and below the penguin statue. Waterthrush was at the first swampy spot about 50 yards in. Bird was very gray and white with super pronounced supercilium and heavily streaked breast. Waterthrushes have wintered at this spot in past years.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco


Ferry / Sue Bierman Park - Chestnut-Sided Warbler continues

Jack Hayden
 

The park is more birdy than last week, with a continuing Chestnut-sided Warbler and a new arrival Willow Flycatcher.

Jack Hayden
Albany


Re: Cal. Thrasher & Green-tailed Towhee @ Fort Funston (north), 9/21/19

C Lou
 

This morning, the California Thrasher continues in the same spot as Paul described. No gt towhee.

Calvin Lou
SF



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-------- Original message --------
From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni@...>
Date: 9/21/19 9:53 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfbirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] Cal. Thrasher & Green-tailed Towhee @ Fort Funston (north), 9/21/19

This morning I birded the norther portion of Ft. Funston (7:00-10:50), beginning at the parking area @ the intersection of Skyline/JFK, and then walking 2 counterclockwise loops, including various cypress groves, the Skyline Grove, dunes atop the bluff, and a brief seawatch from the bluff. Conditions were sunny, low 70s, light NE wind.


Along with small numbers of expected western migrants, I had 2 unexpected observations.


I found a CALIFORNIA THRASHER as it actively fed on the ground in a copse on the west side of the first battery (graffiti-covered) along the paved road up the hill.  To find this location, immediately after passing that battery (on the left as one walks up the hill), turn left on the wide sandy path into an open area and then turn left again. The Thrasher was first observed as it fed in a dirt clearing under some low hanging bushes near there. I re-located it 2 hours later approx. 25 yards further west on the other side of the next group of cypresses, and observed it calling as it perched and preened within a low shrub.


Further west from the Thrasher location described above, I located a GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE in a sunny, brushy patch that includes many "monkey pod" plants with brown, hanging seedpods.  The Towhee popped-up into a sapling, providing a prolonged, perched view before it flew down to the ground and then out of view. I re-located about an hour later in the same area, when it was heard making a light "mewing" call from within the brush before emerging. It was a brightly-marked individual, including bright greenish-yellow edging on its wings, a bushy rufous crown, and well-marked white throat with black malars -- presumably an adult.


Photos of the Thrasher and Towhee can be found at the following report link:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59994444


The migrants around included 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches and singles of W. Wood-Pewee, Say's Phoebe, House Wren, Marsh Wren (in dune scrub atop the bluff away from water), Yel.-rumped Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, and Lincoln's Sparrow.  A brief seawatch from the bluff produced at least 5 Parasitic Jaegers (including a dark-morph) and a flyover ad. Herring Gull.


Later in the morning some skywatching from Battery Godfrey produced 2 Cliff Swallows flying N together and 3 Caspian Terns.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco


Cal. Thrasher & Green-tailed Towhee @ Fort Funston (north), 9/21/19

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning I birded the norther portion of Ft. Funston (7:00-10:50), beginning at the parking area @ the intersection of Skyline/JFK, and then walking 2 counterclockwise loops, including various cypress groves, the Skyline Grove, dunes atop the bluff, and a brief seawatch from the bluff. Conditions were sunny, low 70s, light NE wind.


Along with small numbers of expected western migrants, I had 2 unexpected observations.


I found a CALIFORNIA THRASHER as it actively fed on the ground in a copse on the west side of the first battery (graffiti-covered) along the paved road up the hill.  To find this location, immediately after passing that battery (on the left as one walks up the hill), turn left on the wide sandy path into an open area and then turn left again. The Thrasher was first observed as it fed in a dirt clearing under some low hanging bushes near there. I re-located it 2 hours later approx. 25 yards further west on the other side of the next group of cypresses, and observed it calling as it perched and preened within a low shrub.


Further west from the Thrasher location described above, I located a GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE in a sunny, brushy patch that includes many "monkey pod" plants with brown, hanging seedpods.  The Towhee popped-up into a sapling, providing a prolonged, perched view before it flew down to the ground and then out of view. I re-located about an hour later in the same area, when it was heard making a light "mewing" call from within the brush before emerging. It was a brightly-marked individual, including bright greenish-yellow edging on its wings, a bushy rufous crown, and well-marked white throat with black malars -- presumably an adult.


Photos of the Thrasher and Towhee can be found at the following report link:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59994444


The migrants around included 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches and singles of W. Wood-Pewee, Say's Phoebe, House Wren, Marsh Wren (in dune scrub atop the bluff away from water), Yel.-rumped Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, and Lincoln's Sparrow.  A brief seawatch from the bluff produced at least 5 Parasitic Jaegers (including a dark-morph) and a flyover ad. Herring Gull.


Later in the morning some skywatching from Battery Godfrey produced 2 Cliff Swallows flying N together and 3 Caspian Terns.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco


Indigo Bunting, Mt. Davidson 9/21

Adam Winer
 

This morning, Mount Davidson was a much quieter place than it had been in previous days.

There were still lots of House Wrens and Red-breasted Nuthatches around, and a few Warbling Vireos, but just one or two Western Tanagers and the usual warblers.  But an INDIGO BUNTING (female/immature plumage) feeding low in vegetation between the summit and the plateau to the north was a very pleasant surprise.  It was only seen for about 20 seconds before it flew lower and further back in the forested side of the mountain, and I could not refind it.

Also seen were one Say's Phoebe (FOS) and a briefly seen Spizella which seemed a Chipping Sparrow. 

-- Adam Winer

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