Date   
Horned Larks, Big Accip, etc.

Brian Fitch
 

With three potential city year birds out in the southeastern quadrant of town, and me needing only one to set a new personal year record, I decided to head out and try my luck.  Before I could leave though, a Red-breasted Sapsucker popped up in my neighbor's magnolia tree, providing me with my 120th house species.

I stopped by Candlestick first, and walked the fields to see what might be hiding there.  I heard Horned Lark somewhere in the distance, but didn't see it.  Meadowlarks and Savannah Sparrows were the only grass species, but at one point, I heard some upset ravens and looked up to see two of them attacking a juvenile accipiter.  I was quite surprised to see that the hawk was the same length as the ravens, and after several nice maneuvers, it evaded the corvids and flew off toward Hunter's Point.  I'll leave it unnamed because of the distance, but according to  a quick reference check, only one accipiter reaches that size.  All I could see was the highly streaked buffy plumage, and that the partially spread tail showed gradation (shorter outer rectrices) rather than roundedness like a Coop.

At Yosemite Slough, I heard another Horned Lark flying somewhere, and was again unable to sight it.  I spent some time scanning through the fence (not enjoying radioactive shoes like some of you!), and eventually heard and spotted a Horned Lark flying from the restricted area over me and off to the west.

Despite the record being achieved, I still tried for the White-winged Dove at Hillpoint Park, but was unsuccessful.  Every city year bird from now until 12/31 is frosting on the cake, and I like frosting.
Brian Fitch

Botanical Garden: Odds and Ends

Ken Moy
 

Good afternoon, a stroll with Nancy Palmer from Noon to 2 was highlighted by an orange crowned warbler and very late warbling vireo and Western tanager near Zellerbach Garden and a male red crossbill in the Children's Garden.

Best birding!

Ken Moy

Rock-in' and B&W

Richard Bradus
 

Great weather and great birds continue.

Nice to see a good cross-section of SF bird folk out at Heron's Head this morning where the Rock Sandpiper remains out near the very end, sometimes sleeping and mostly foraging while keeping an eye on the nearby fisherman and MOB, thankfully not flying off with the few Leasts with which it sometimes loosely associates.

And the B&W Warbler continues at Alta Plaza Park, still foraging in the small trees on the west side near the Washington-Scott St. intersection - I saw it catch or pull out a nice grub as I walked through around 1pm.

Some cooling westerlies starting up, so who knows what might be brought in next.

Have fun out there!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

White-winted Dove @ Hillpoint Park (Bayview)

Brian Turner
 

Present at east end of park just west of Bldg 101. First seen by Russ Bright on a lamppost featuring art by Marion Coleman ("Visions of the Past/Visions for the Future"). 

Brian Turner

Rock Sandpiper Heron's Head

Derek
 

Still here resting about 20 yards from the end of the jetty

Derek Heins

Birding Hunters Poin Shipyard

Alan Hopkins
 

I agree with Arron. The southern part of the Hunters Point Shipyard (Parcel E) is a Superfund Site and is still in the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. When I was the Naturalist in Residence for the Shipyard Artists I was never permitted in the area even though I occasionally got permission to lead fieldtrips in other parts of the shipyard. I was not allowed to take pictures anywhere, if I got my camera out a guard would appear and give me a hard time. Some of the shipyard has been transferred to San Francisco, but you still need a pass to be on the shipyard except for the new housing area. Due to the recent testing hubbub I am sure they really don’t want people with optical equipment wandering around. I don’t know what they would do to you, they could take your equipment.

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should do something. And you certainly shouldn’t encourage others to think it is okay.



Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Re: Rocky present

Joe Morlan
 

Some photos and analysis:

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/RockSandpiperIMG_4794.htm


On Sun, 3 Nov 2019 13:05:31 -0800, "Siobhan Ruck"
<ms.siobhan.ruck@...> wrote:

Rocky still here at 1:00 pm
On Nov 3, 2019, at 11:25 AM, Sarah Burton <@burtosa> wrote:

Updates? I am heading over now.


On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 7:46 AM Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:
Still showing well, with a modest mob, all the way at the end of the trail.



On Sun, Nov 3, 2019, 06:36 Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
Rock sandpiper Near the end of herons head
Marsh side
Where’s the mob?
Brian Fitch
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

Re: Rocky present

Siobhan Ruck
 

Rocky still here at 1:00 pm


On Nov 3, 2019, at 11:25 AM, Sarah Burton <burtosarah@...> wrote:

Updates? I am heading over now. 


On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 7:46 AM Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:
Still showing well, with a modest mob, all the way at the end of the trail.



On Sun, Nov 3, 2019, 06:36 Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
Rock sandpiper Near the end of herons head
Marsh side
Where’s the mob?
Brian Fitch

Red-breasted Nuthatch at Sunset Reservoir

Siobhan Ruck
 

Stepping out to head to Herons Head and there’s a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the trees above the entrance at 28th an Pacheco.

Re: Rocky present

Sarah Burton
 

Updates? I am heading over now. 


On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 7:46 AM Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:
Still showing well, with a modest mob, all the way at the end of the trail.



On Sun, Nov 3, 2019, 06:36 Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
Rock sandpiper Near the end of herons head
Marsh side
Where’s the mob?
Brian Fitch

Re: Lapland Longspur hunters point shipyard

Aaron Maizlish
 

I don’t think this is just “technically” off limits - I think it is quite literally off-limits. I know it’s not patrolled very much any more, but unless something has recently changed I would say that it’s quite illegal to be past the gate. The security guards are not nice people.

Feel free to correct me if something has legally changed in the last year or two.

Aaron Maizlish
(currently in Philadelphia and wishing I was looking at a Rock Sandpiper).
Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 3, 2019, at 12:09 PM, Oscar Moss <cowmoss@...> wrote:

Hi all,

Cédric Duhalde and I just found a Lapland Longspur here: (37.7231839,-122.3750953).

This area is technically restricted access so be mindful and respectful.

Oscar

Lapland Longspur hunters point shipyard

Oscar Moss
 

Hi all,

Cédric Duhalde and I just found a Lapland Longspur here: (37.7231839,-122.3750953).

This area is technically restricted access so be mindful and respectful.

Oscar

Re: Rocky present

Adam Winer
 

Still showing well, with a modest mob, all the way at the end of the trail.



On Sun, Nov 3, 2019, 06:36 Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
Rock sandpiper Near the end of herons head
Marsh side
Where’s the mob?
Brian Fitch

Rocky present

Brian Fitch
 

Rock sandpiper Near the end of herons head
Marsh side
Where’s the mob?
Brian Fitch

Re: Battery Godfrey -- Cattle Egret, Golden Eagle et al., 11/2/19

Jonah Benningfield
 

To add to the November 2nd SF skywatch report, a few birds of interest passed over the yard this afternoon (1:45 - 4), just down the road from Godfrey, with Max B. and Eddie M.:

Northern Harrier (2)
Turkey Vulture (8) eBird high count!!!!
RT Hawk (17) including a dark-morph lookin' immature bird
Sharp-shinned Hawk (2)
SHORT-EARED OWL (1) headed northeast around 2:30 or so
Golden-crowned Kinglet (1) heard only
Red Crossbill (9) single, then 8. There have been flocks around for a while now. Sound like Type 2s to me
Lincoln's Sparrow (1)




On Saturday, November 2, 2019, 09:54:23 PM PDT, Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni@...> wrote:


I spent this morning @ Battery Godfrey (7:15-12:15) during steady NE winds, joined by David A. for much of the time and Oscar M. for the last hour+.

Unlike Thursday's flight, there was almost no diversity of ducks, but a pretty good movement of geese and raptors.

Around 7:45 I observed a CATTLE EGRET fly past at eye level over the bluff and then continue west over the GG Channel.

Late morning around 11, Oscar spotted a GOLDEN EAGLE to the south of the Battery, which we briefly observed circling until it headed east over the Presidio and out of view.

Observations of local interest:

SNOW GOOSE 2 (flying NE over the Presidio; appeared smallish -- I thought they were Ross's in the field until reviewing my photos later)
Cackling Goose 91 (2 flocks of 28 & 63 flying NE)
Surf Scoter 270+ (numerous flocks)
BLACK SCOTER 1 f. (observed on the water and in-flight with Surf Scoters)
N. Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 9
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 70+ ( 2 flocks)
Heermann's Gull 20+
Mew Gull 60+
California Gull 1000+ (in the Channel)
Herring Gull 4
Glaucous-winged Gull 7
Elegant Tern 40
Com. Murre 3
Red-thr. Loon 30+
Com. Loon 3
Turkey Vulture 7
N. Flicker 6
Am. Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Varied Thrush 1
House Wren 2 (calling simultaneously from opposite ends of the Battery)
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-cr. Kinglet 6
Golden-cr. Kinglet 1
Cedar Waxwing 22
Am. Pipit 24 (including 1 flyover flock of 15)
Purple Finch 11
Pine Siskin 4
Lesser Goldfinch 2
Am. Goldfinch 1
Red Crossbill 17 (2/11/3; flight calls of non-locals)
Yel.-rumped Warbler 60+ (including several "Myrtles")
Townsend's Warbler 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

Battery Godfrey -- Cattle Egret, Golden Eagle et al., 11/2/19

Paul Saraceni
 

I spent this morning @ Battery Godfrey (7:15-12:15) during steady NE winds, joined by David A. for much of the time and Oscar M. for the last hour+.

Unlike Thursday's flight, there was almost no diversity of ducks, but a pretty good movement of geese and raptors.

Around 7:45 I observed a CATTLE EGRET fly past at eye level over the bluff and then continue west over the GG Channel.

Late morning around 11, Oscar spotted a GOLDEN EAGLE to the south of the Battery, which we briefly observed circling until it headed east over the Presidio and out of view.

Observations of local interest:

SNOW GOOSE 2 (flying NE over the Presidio; appeared smallish -- I thought they were Ross's in the field until reviewing my photos later)
Cackling Goose 91 (2 flocks of 28 & 63 flying NE)
Surf Scoter 270+ (numerous flocks)
BLACK SCOTER 1 f. (observed on the water and in-flight with Surf Scoters)
N. Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 9
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 70+ ( 2 flocks)
Heermann's Gull 20+
Mew Gull 60+
California Gull 1000+ (in the Channel)
Herring Gull 4
Glaucous-winged Gull 7
Elegant Tern 40
Com. Murre 3
Red-thr. Loon 30+
Com. Loon 3
Turkey Vulture 7
N. Flicker 6
Am. Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Varied Thrush 1
House Wren 2 (calling simultaneously from opposite ends of the Battery)
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-cr. Kinglet 6
Golden-cr. Kinglet 1
Cedar Waxwing 22
Am. Pipit 24 (including 1 flyover flock of 15)
Purple Finch 11
Pine Siskin 4
Lesser Goldfinch 2
Am. Goldfinch 1
Red Crossbill 17 (2/11/3; flight calls of non-locals)
Yel.-rumped Warbler 60+ (including several "Myrtles")
Townsend's Warbler 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

Re: Rock Sandpiper Heron's Head

Peter Pyle
 

Late in day - it was present 6:45-7:00 pm.

At 07:37 PM 11/2/2019, Peter Pyle via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi all -

Just received a photo of a Rock Sandpiper taken at Heron's Head today by Terea Ely and Ben Dudek, via Siobhan Ruck. It was near the end of the point on the marsh side, sitting on a rock.

Guessing this is a good city bird. One showed up on the Farllalones this week so perhaps a good year for them moving south.

Good luck to those who head out there tomorrow.

Peter


Rock Sandpiper Heron's Head

Peter Pyle
 

Hi all -

Just received a photo of a Rock Sandpiper taken at Heron's Head today by Terea Ely and Ben Dudek, via Siobhan Ruck. It was near the end of the point on the marsh side, sitting on a rock.

Guessing this is a good city bird. One showed up on the Farllalones this week so perhaps a good year for them moving south.

Good luck to those who head out there tomorrow.

Peter

Harlan’s looking to me/Glen Cyn Prk yesterday among other things

 

From Al DeMartini:



Begin forwarded message:

Subject: Harlan’s looking to me/Glen Cyn Prk yesterday among other things



Hi Dom,

Sorry to be late here ... usual computer & time woe-is-me bullshit. I slow walked the park until 11am-ish ... started in the dark.
I have some perched shots & distant soaring ones that show the flight feather distinctions on this individual that l’ll try to include here or in following email if it’s beyond me. Eventually seen flying with at least 4 maybe 5 other RT types ( 2 ad, an imm, a rufous/intermediate type ad & maybe a normal dark one too).
Better still but not chase-able & too quick for photos were a male MOuntain Bluebird
with a female likely MT as well flying south just after 9am. An Oak Titmouse in with a mostly Bushtits with some OCWarb/RCKi/CBCh ‘flock’ along Islais Ck (seen only the 2nd time l was with the same flock) near where the Christopher Playground trails (or above) hit the creek trail. Too quick for a shot but seen well as a plain gray crested entity of chickadee size/shape. Also at least one Varied Thrush sharing the ballfield in pre-sunrise light (~715?) with 57 counted AmRo ... also later seen briefly in trees/riparian. An interesting morning in SF!
Maybe the blues are hanging out on Montara!
Hope you’re doing good my brother!
Cheers & Hawk feedback welcome post SF birds if appropriate,
Al D

Black and White Warbler continues at Alta Plaza

David Assmann
 

The BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER continues in the small trees west of the playground in Alta Plaza Park, right where Richard found it on Thursday.