Date   
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.

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

BG, Ft Scott, Twin Peaks

Brian Fitch
 

An interesting day, with multiple uncommon to rare migrant/vagrants; too bad the round up didn't happen over one of the last two days.

Battery Godfrey was quiet compared to yesterday, with the highlight being the three ibis heading east over the bridge and the Bay before 9 AM, my first at this site.  Other species included a southbound harrier during the 7 o'clock hour, a couple of Red-taileds and a Coop, both south, 2 small flocks of Caspian Terns heading into the Gate, a couple of Parasitic Jaegers, a single Vaux's Swift, a single Western Meadowlark, and a zoom-by flock of roughly 30 Tricolored Blackbirds right over the Battery shrubbery.  Maybe a third were males, and all of them appeared to have white edges on the wing.  The low light was having a scolding flock of passerines in the lone big cypress, just as I was trying to leave.  They complained for 20 minutes about something that I could not locate from any angle, and I can't help but think that I missed what could of been the high point of an already productive day.

Ft Scott started quietly.  Felix arrived while I was craning my neck on the unseen scoldee, and after we gave up on it, we crossed over to the Fort.  After finding the sparrow flock, I eventually spotted a single Chipping Sparrow, likely one of those reported by Oscar yesterday.  While we were trying to refind the bird, I looked up to see a Lewis's Woodpecker flying away south over the buildings, a glossy black woodpecker with very deep wingbeats, clearly smaller than a crow.  There was also a male kestrel hunting over the grassy areas and 2 Say's Phoebes.  After Felix left, I doubled back to the ball field, and found a Willow Flycatcher hawking from the fence rather uncharacteristically, at least 8 Savannah Sparrows, and a Lark Sparrow.  While working the sparrow flock, I again looked up to see a number of raptors over the forest south of the Fort; in the group was a TV, a Red-shouldered, a Sharpie, and a White-tailed Kite, my first in SF this year.

After reporting that things were moving in the area, I left, and thus missed Jonah's Swainson's Hawk.  After a hydration rest at home, I then hit Twin Peaks from 12:30- 2:30, where a strong east wind made the weather tolerable for a while.  The highlight on TP was 5 Broad-winged Hawks, all apparently juveniles, and all heading south, a single and two pairs.  Two flew right over me, but they were so high that only the scope allowed good viewing.  I hoped the Swainson's would fly by, but if it did, I never spotted it.  Other species were few up there, with 1 northbound TV, 3 Sharpies kettling, many local Red-taileds, 1, 30 and 1 Vaux's Swifts, the last singleton was heading north, 6 Barn Swallows and a single American Pipit, both species were northbound.  I haven't done a Twin Peaks watch in several years, and it was nice to see the swifts at eye level.  When I got in my car, the temp read 102...
Brian Fitch


Pelagic reschedule to tomorrow.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Folks,

  Due to poor weather for Saturday, we have moved up our pelagic to tomorrow (Friday). The forecast looks good for tomorrow! Lots of skuas have been around (multiple sightings last weekend), Black-footed Albatross, Black and Ashy storm-petrels, Tufted Puffin, shearwaters etc. This is a good time to look for skua, Flesh-footed (we had one farther south last weekend), and arriving Short-tailed shearwaters. If you are keen on a last minute pelagic on a day with a good forecast – do signup here:

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

or contact me for more information.

 

Looking forward to heading offshore!

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Virus-free. www.avg.com

Re: Ferry / Sue Bierman Park - Chestnut-Sided Warbler

Patricia Mahoney
 

Chestnut-sided Warbler low in poplars at intersection of paths, west end of Sue Bierman Park, now.


On Sep 18, 2019, at 3:33 PM, Jack Hayden <jellsworthhayden@...> wrote:

My first eastern warbler for the park this fall was a lovely-looking Chestnut-Sided Warbler feeding in the western section of the park. A Wilson's and Townsend's and a couple high-foraging unidentified warblers were also present, as was a Western Gull with a droopy wing. Wasn't there a droopy winged Western here in previous years?

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Juvenile Goshawk from Aquatic Park this morning.

bitanangan
 

Hi Birders,
     Jim Weigand and myself were surprised to find a young Goshawk flying from Fort Mason along (roughly) Beach St towards Russian Hill at 10:10 today.
Russ Bright
SF

Re: Juvenile Goshawk from Aquatic Park this morning.

bitanangan
 

Hi David,
     Next step! What’s happening?
Russ


On Sep 26, 2019, at 3:56 PM, bitanangan <birdbright@...> wrote:

Hi Birders,
     Jim Weigand and myself were surprised to find a young Goshawk flying from Fort Mason along (roughly) Beach St towards Russian Hill at 10:10 today.
Russ Bright
SF

Fort Mason Last Two Days - Orchard Oriole, Meadowlarks, etc.

David Assmann
 

The male ORCHARD ORIOLE first seen on Tuesday morning was seen on Wednesday and again this morning. It's been moving around the garden. WESTERN MEADOWLARKS are moving through - saw 18 yesterday, including 16 in a single flock that landed in the Battery.  There were at least four this morning.  Two BONAPARTE'S GULLS flew by the Battery yesterday morning. The WANDERING TATTLER was joined by BLACK TURNSTONE on the abandoned pier yesterday morning. The number of WESTERN TANAGERS has declined fairly dramatically (6 yesterday, 5 today - down from more than 40 last Saturday.  YELLOW WARBLERS continue to move through (9 today, 19 yesterday). Small numbers of TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER were also present both days. Yesterday a CHIPPING SPARROW was in front of the General's House, and 5 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were west of the garden.

Chestnut-sides Warbler @ N Lake

Oscar Moss
 

An otherwise quiet visit to GGP yielded a single CSWA with a mixed warbler flock at north lake this evening at about 5 pm. It was pretty chill, and I got to hang out with it for awhile. It was on the SW side of the lake, moving between the mainland and the southern island.

Oscar

Rose breasted grosbeak at log cabin trail by the cabin

Ken Moy
 

Re: Rose breasted grosbeak at log cabin trail by the cabin

Ken Moy
 

Spotted at 9:15, immature male with clear rose patch on breast. Another immature/female grosbeak, likely, black headed. Spotted towhee also seen.


On Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 9:22 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Re: Rose breasted grosbeak at log cabin trail by the cabin - update

Ken Moy
 

Second grosbeak is female rose breasted


On Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 9:30 AM Kenneth Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:
Spotted at 9:15, immature male with clear rose patch on breast. Another immature/female grosbeak, likely, black headed. Spotted towhee also seen.

On Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 9:22 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Update re RB grosbeak

Ken Moy
 

Second grosbeak is female rose breasted. All seen foraging in the trees with red berries by barbeques and the area directly across the trail. Large number of Robins and western tanagers also foraging.

Re: Update re RB grosbeak

Loretta
 

Attaching a photo of the male grosbeak - couldn't get a pic of the female.

And the brightest of the tanagers.

Earlier, we had a female and male Black-Throated Gray with a few Townsends and a Pac Slope on Strawberry Hill on the sloping dirt path to the waterfall. A Ruby Crowned Kinglet was in the same spot earlier, flashing his crown at a Townsend.

Good migration!

Lorētta



On Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9:51:42 AM PDT, Ken Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:


Second grosbeak is female rose breasted. All seen foraging in the trees with red berries by barbeques and the area directly across the trail. Large number of Robins and western tanagers also foraging.

Yellow Green Vireo

Oscar Moss
 

Showing now at same spot. RBGR also around.

Oscar

YGVI

Oscar Moss
 

Sorry, to clarify, Mark and Lucas Stephenson, Jim Chiropolos and Derek Heins found a Yellow-green Vireo this morning at the log cabin trail. Just showed well on the meadow edge below Stow lake.

Oscar

Oscar

Log Cabin Vireo, Grosbeaks

Richard Bradus
 

Wow!

Lots of folks visited the Log Cabin Trail and environs in GGP after Ken's timely posting of finding the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. I arrived shortly after Derek Heins and Jim Chiropolos (around 11:30am?) and was initially disappointed as the Grosbeaks were absent. But then I got lucky: standing off the trail in some cover, a small bird with bright yellow underparts flew right over me, landing in small nearby trees. My first impression was of a warbler, but when it popped into the open briefly near the top of a berry-filled Hawthorn it was clear that it was a Vireo, a gray headed vireo - but not like any I had seen before. Luckily, Derek managed to get a quick photo, and Jim initially suggested Red-eyed (or Yellow-green), but based on the extensive yellow underparts, the relatively plain gray head (no obvious black edging to the light superciliary stripe) and especially the rather light greenish back, it seemed likely that we had spotted a Yellow-green Vireo!

We had a few more glimpses when it flew into a sycamore (?) just to the east (along with a more typical Warbling Vireo), but then we lost it. Thankfully, near 1pm, with many more in attendance, I spotted it again when it returned to the hawthorn, hid for a bit, but then flew up to an open perch high in a big eucalyptus, where the young bucks in the group were able to get some photos in the minute or so that it posed. The mob followed it to the oaks and such to the east but it soon disappeared once more.

Not giving up, I stayed for another half hour or so and got lucky again when one of the Grosbeaks flew into the blackberry bramble on the hillside just to the south. It stayed partially obscured behind the vegetation but eventually settled in to feed on the blackberries, affording some incomplete views. As per Ken's initial report, it appeared to be a first fall male, with a fair amount of rosy color on the breast but also some streaking and broken, thinnish white wing bars. A bit later, following it as it wandered to the west, I spotted the other Grosbeak, presumably female, showing a seemingly darker back and wings and considerable streaking of the breast and flanks, with a buffy/yellow-orange wash to the upper breast and wing linings. A number of the mob got some photos as it foraged for a bit down low around some small trees and brush.

Thanks to Derek and Jim for their ID of the vireo, and for the support and camaraderie of all of you joining the mob. A pretty good outing when one sets out to see a "rarity" and is able to spot an even rarer visitor!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

YGVI @ Log Cabin

Ken Moy
 

Started in tree with red berries, to tree with long dark green leaves near the trail and into the euc by the cabin. Send 7:40-7:50.

Update: YGVI

Ken Moy
 

In Bay tree off trail. Seen now

Yellow Green Vireo

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Continues in Large trees at (37.7702337, -122.4741872)