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Strawberry Hill hazard

Ken Moy
 

The middle path upslope from the pavilion has a significant deadfall hazard that is not yet cordoned off. Be watchful.

Black and White Warbler @ Strawberry Hill

Ken Moy
 

Starting around 9 working its way from bottom to top of Falls. Female. Also, several black throated grays

North Lake Friday

rosita94598
 

I had just over 1/2 hour to check the west side of North Lake yesterday Oct. 11, hoping to see the Chestnut-sided Warbler.  That did not work, but had a couple of other good sightings.  North of the wooden bridge, I saw first a female Ring-necked Duck come around a small island, then finally a total of 7 of them.  They seemed very nervous and left almost right away.  I also heard a Belted Kingfisher, then saw it flying the length of the pond north to south.  It was, in fact, a Queenfisher; and it was hotly pursued by a Cooper's Hawk.  As I returned toward the car, I did hear a Kingfisher rattle, so I felt relieved.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Re: Fort Mason Common Poorwill, Lewis's Woodpecker

Joe Morlan
 

Interesting. Two subspecies of Common Poorwill occur in California. The
one that breeds in the Bay Area is nominate californicus. But yours looks
more like nuttalli which breeds in the Great Basin. Californicus is the
color of leaf litter while nuttalli is the color of granite.

On Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:43:03 -0700, "David Assmann via Groups.Io"
<david_assmann=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Yesterday's highlight (in addition to what I posted earlier) at Fort Mason was a COMMON POORWILL that was trying to get some sleep on the ground in the garden.  It was flushed several times (due to foot traffic) and was not there this morning. What was at Fort Mason this morning was a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER in the Battery; a
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 2 HOODED ORIOLES, an intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER, and 1 ORCHARD ORIOLE in the garden; and 15 MARBLED GODWITS flying east over the Bay.  Birding at Fort Mason will be difficult until Monday, since there is no parking due to Fleet Week.

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

Fort Mason Common Poorwill, Lewis's Woodpecker

David Assmann
 

Yesterday's highlight (in addition to what I posted earlier) at Fort Mason was a COMMON POORWILL that was trying to get some sleep on the ground in the garden.  It was flushed several times (due to foot traffic) and was not there this morning. What was at Fort Mason this morning was a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER in the Battery; a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 3 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 2 HOODED ORIOLES, an intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER, and 1 ORCHARD ORIOLE in the garden; and 15 MARBLED GODWITS flying east over the Bay.  Birding at Fort Mason will be difficult until Monday, since there is no parking due to Fleet Week.

Fort Mason - Lark Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Gray Flycatcher, Lewis's Woodpecker, Palm Warbler

David Assmann
 

A great day for migrants at Fort Mason yesterday. A LARK SPARROW was on the west side of the garden, the young male ORCHARD ORIOLE was hanging out with a newly arrived HOODED ORIOLE, and a PALM WARBLER was on the grass in front of the chapel.  Several SAVANNAH SPARROWS were in with the many WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was in the middle of the garden. A PEREGRINE FALCON was chasing another PEREGRINE FALCON. Wave after wave of WESTERN MEADOWLARKS were moving through - at least 125 in total, including one flock of more than 70. I returned to Fort Mason after lunch after hearing that Oscar Moss had a GRAY FLYCATCHER and a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER. Both were on the west side of the garden.

Birding in Tahoe Area

Brandy Deminna Ford
 

Good Morning SF Birders,

I am heading to Tahoe for a few days and wanted to reach out to the group before leaving to see if anyone has been birding there recently. If anyone can recommend birding spots I would greatly appreciate it!

I am so glad to be a member of this group! I have seen such beautiful birds over the last weeks and met some great birders.

Thanks all,

Brandy Deminna Ford
San Francisco 

Mallard Lake — local interest

Daniel Scali
 

Hi there,

Had a few decent fall/winter birds — Varied Thrush, Flicker, Lincoln’s Sparrow, and at least 2 adult plumage male Common Yellowthroats — at Mallard Lake this afternoon. Mostly along the south side.

Good cold-weather birding (soon)
Dan Scali

Battery Godfrey; 10/10

Brian Fitch
 

All night easterlies gave some of us hope of good bird movement today, but results were less exciting than we wished for.  Sightings of interest included:

Greater White-fronted Goose - 1, and 5 over Marin
Cackling Goose - 7 with 5 White-fronts over Marin
Canada Goose - apparent Lessers, with small beaks and small dark bodies, a little too large for Cacklers
Gadwall - 3
American Wigeon - a few
Northern Shoveler -  "  "
Northern Pintail - few flocks
Greater Scaup - "  "
Surf Scoter - "  "
Common Merganser - 2 F
American White Pelican - flock of 21 spotted by Joachim Gonzalez; only the 2nd time I've seen the species from BG
Osprey - 3
Northern Harrier - 1
Sharp-shinned, Cooper's, Red-sh, & Red-tailed Hawks - a few each
American Kestrel - 1
Merlin - 1
Black-bellied Plover - 2 through the Gate
Killdeer - flock of 19
Red-breasted Sapsucker - 2
Northern Flicker - orange, yellow, and mixed
Cassin's Vireo - 1
Varied Thrush - 10+
American Pipit - 150+
prob Clay-colored Sparrow - flyby small sparrow with unstreaked pale undersides
Western Meadowlark - flock of 18, mult. others

Brian Fitch

Blackburnian on Log Cabin Trail 10/10

Nancy Palmer
 

Most likely continuing bird. Spotted in trees behind barbecue area at 9:50 this morning. See fuzzy ID photos below. ;)
Happy Birding!

Nancy Palmer
San Francisco

Re: 8 Warbler Sp.’s at North Lake GGP

Teale Fristoe
 

Mike's Chestnut-sided warbler continues at North lake. It was just seen on the west side of the lake both north and south of the wooden bridge.

Happy migration,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

On Wed, Oct 9, 2019, 11:37 AM Mike Carozza <mike.carozza@...> wrote:
Quick note on an 8 warbler day at N. Lake GGP

-MACGILLIVRAYS (NW Area 1st year)
-CHESTNUT-SIDED (Both sides of lake same 1st yr look)
-BLACK-THROATED GRAY
-YELLOW

Along with Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, Townsend’s

Red-breasted Nuthatches calling frequently. 

-MC
--
Mike Carozza
914-475-9355

Local Interest - Orchard Oriole at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

The ORCHARD ORIOLE continues in the Fort Mason Community Garden, now entering its 3rd week.  Otherwise, just a handful of migrants - 3 WESTERN TANAGERS, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, a WESTERN/PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, a YELLOW WARBLER, 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, and 38 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. The WANDERING TATTLER was on the pier in Aquatic Park. A HUTTON'S VIREO was in one of the bird baths in the garden.

C Merganser & C-c Sparrow

Brian Fitch
 

I spent some time at the Sutro Baths today, despite the failure of the predicted winds to materialize yet again.  A few duck species were moving, the highlight being Common Merganser, with one male and two apparent females together and two males flying with pintail.  Northern Pintail flocks were 10 and 25, Greater Scaup only one flock of 15, and there were several small groups of Surf Scoters.  No geese at all.  The three regular loons, a handful of distant phalarope sp. and a few Parasitics were also out there.

I later found a small mixed flock just south of the Beach Chalet that included a Clay-colored Sparrow, a hybrid flicker, and a Western Tanager (by "hewee?" call) that was very bright yellow-green on the undersides and head, but light gray on the wing, with no apparent wingbars.

Brian Fitch


8 Warbler Sp.’s at North Lake GGP

Mike Carozza
 

Quick note on an 8 warbler day at N. Lake GGP

-MACGILLIVRAYS (NW Area 1st year)
-CHESTNUT-SIDED (Both sides of lake same 1st yr look)
-BLACK-THROATED GRAY
-YELLOW

Along with Yellowthroat, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped, Townsend’s

Red-breasted Nuthatches calling frequently. 

-MC
--
Mike Carozza
914-475-9355

Sequoia Audubon and Santa Clara Audubon present: Jeffrey Gordon, President of ABA, Friday, October 11.

Leslie Flint
 

Jeffrey Gordon, President of the American Birding Association
“It’s Too Late to Stop Now:  Sharing the Gospel of Birding in the 21st Century”

Friday, October 11, 2019, 7 pm
Belmont Sports Conference Center
550 Island Parkway, Belmont, CA 94001

Join us for a humorous, heartfelt, and opinionated look at the joys, virtues and occasional frustrations of a life spent birding, the road we’ve explored together, and what lies ahead.  American Birding Association President, Jeffrey Gordon, will celebrate the power of birding to heal and transform, not only our own lives but even our world.  Jeff will share some of the highlights of the ABA’s first half century and experiences from his own 40+ years as a birder.  Most of all he will talk about the path to 2069:  how we advance boldly toward making the world better for the birds and birders who will follow us.

ADA Accessible.  Less than a mile from Belmont Caltrain.  
Free to the public.  Donations accepted.

See you there!

Leslie Flint
San Mateo

Re: Diving birds?

Peter Pyle
 

Hi Mila - There are some more splashes at 2:48 and 3:15-20. My best guess would be sea lions given the pattern to the splashes and apparent rate of movement through the water. Nice short - good ending!

Peter

At 08:03 PM 10/7/2019, Mila Zinkova wrote:
Hi everybody,

Tonight I was filming sunset mirage, and mirage of Farallon Islands to the left of the sun. At 2:06 into the video there are some splashes in the water. Do you believe these could have been made by diving pelicans or terns? See them?
What do you think?
<https://youtu.be/TZfxjT9EkCY>https://youtu.be/TZfxjT9EkCY
Thank you!

Diving birds?

Mila Zinkova
 

Hi everybody,

Tonight I was filming sunset mirage, and mirage of Farallon Islands to the left of the sun. At 2:06 into the video there are some splashes in the water. Do you believe these could have been made by diving pelicans or terns? See them?
What do you think?
https://youtu.be/TZfxjT9EkCY 
Thank you!

Local Interest - Fort Mason, etc.

David Assmann
 

Had my first AMERICAN WIGEONS of the season at Heron's Head Park yesterday. At Lake Merced, there were still nine RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. I saw 12 SNOWY PLOVERS on Ocean Beach. This morning the ORCHARD ORIOLE was visible shortly after dawn in the Fort Mason Community Garden, but disappeared after 7:20, and I wasn't able to find it later. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER numbers continue to climb at Fort Mason, with at least 50 today. WESTERN MEADOWLARKS kept landing in trees - there were at least 15 moving through. Other sightings included a CHIPPING SPARROW, a SAVANNAH SPARROW, 6+ WESTERN TANAGERS, 4 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, a WARBLING VIREO, a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, and my fos RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER at Fort Mason (a few days late).

Miscellaneous Battery Godfrey sightings, 10/5-6/19

Paul Saraceni
 

I birded Battery Godfrey for a few hours with other birders yesterday morning and this morning, with intermittent east winds each morning and a smattering of migrants.


This morning I was present for the early shift (6:45-10 AM), joined thereafter by Brian F., Hugh C., Joachim, and Jonah B.  I'm sure they will post their species/numbers from then and the rest of the day on eBirds or here. 


Just after 7 AM I observed a flyover HORNED LARK, seen and heard calling as it flew E over the Battery and towards Ft. Scott.  Later after some the other birders arrived I briefly observed a first-fall female BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER near the top of the large cypress in front of the Battery.  Unfortunately I could not get the others on it before it dropped down into the center tangle of the cypress and could not be relocated.  


Other nice sighting this morning while I was present, first spotted by Joachim, was a high-flying flock of 5 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE heading E.


This morning there were good numbers of Greater Scaup (150+ while I was there), Am. Pipits, Vaux's Swifts, Violet-green Swallows, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, plus small numbers of Varied Thrush, Band-tailed Pigeons, Western Meadowlarks, Northern Flickers, and Red-breasted Nuthatches on the move.  Local interest species included single House and Bewick's Wrens, and a Northern Mockingbird.


Yesterday, with Hugh, we observed 5 CACKLING GEESE (3 & 2 "Aleutians") plus a GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, and an ACORN WOODPECKER heading N.


Good numbers of PARASITIC JAEGERS, including some high-flying individuals, were present both mornings.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco 

Re: Juv Bald Eagle at HSB?

J.R. Blair
 

That sure looks like the same bird. Thanks, Teale


On Oct 5, 2019, at 2:19 PM, Teale Fristoe <fristoe@...> wrote:

This morning I was up at Hawk Hill and we saw a juvenile Bald Eagle fly south around 10:45. Maybe this is the same bird you saw? I got a picture which is in my ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60371648

Happy migration,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

On Sat, Oct 5, 2019 at 11:20 AM J.R. Blair <jrblair20@...> wrote:
The photos are poor. Here’s a description. Large raptor with broad wings and shortish, broad tail. Mostly dark with white leading edges on the underwings. Large head. Soaring with wings flat aspect.
> On Oct 5, 2019, at 11:08 AM, J.R. Blair via Groups.Io <jrblair20=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
>
> No bins on hand but I’m pretty sure a juvenile Bald Eagle was just soaring over the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival (Banjo Stage). Got photos with my phone that I will send when I figure out how
>
> J.R. Blair
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