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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.

Fort Mason Local Interest - Five Warbler Species

David Assmann
 

Five warbler species were in the Fort Mason Community Garden this morning, including WILSON'S, ORANGE-CROWNED, NASHVILLE, TOWNSEND'S and YELLOW-RUMPED.  The ORCHARD ORIOLE continues. The intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER was on the west fence. Near the Battery, 50 AMERICAN CROWS were mobbing a Coyote.

Re: B&W Warbler (and more) - Alta Plaza Park

C Lou
 

Correction: black and white warbler. Make that West of the playground.

Calvin Lou



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: C Lou <cdlou37@...>
Date: 11/1/19 12:32 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: grizzledjay@..., SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Cc: SFBirds@groups.io
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] B&W Warbler (and more) - Alta Plaza Park

The bird continues in the small trees lining the paved path that parallels Scott St. East of playground at 1215pm.

CHIPPING sparrow at lawn north of McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park.

Calvin Lou
SF





Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "Richard Bradus via Groups.Io" <grizzledjay@...>
Date: 10/31/19 2:48 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Cc: SFBirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] B&W Warbler (and more) - Alta Plaza Park

It's getting weird out there!

I had hoped to make it out to GGP to see the Tennessee (or Vireo) but got bogged down in tasks, so I was late getting out for my usual pre-lunch walk. So I headed out to Fillmore and, working up the west side of Alta Plaza Park, I saw and heard a Yellow-rump, then a flash of black and white. Whoa! Following the bird, it soon showed off its boldly striped head and sides. Tough little one to follow, flying back and forth between the small trees and scampering along the inner branches, but eventually I saw the underside and the characteristic black spots around the vent. Apparently an immature female, with a clear white throat as far as I could tell. I tried to get a diagnostic photo with my ancient iPhone but at first review they are essentially worthless - a few pixels of black and white on a tree trunk or branch. Rats!

After a few minutes of back and forth it eventually flew up into the tall trees just to the west of the children's play area but, wouldn't you know, just as I turned to leave an adult Red-tailed Hawk flew by and perched on top of a power pole along Scott St. Wha? Then, standing there wondering what else might come along, I looked to the west as a smallish falcon approached in the distance over the houses, and was able to follow the Merlin (!) as it flew over, headed due east.

What an amazing ten minutes - and a Halloween to remember!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Re: B&W Warbler (and more) - Alta Plaza Park

C Lou
 

The bird continues in the small trees lining the paved path that parallels Scott St. East of playground at 1215pm.

CHIPPING sparrow at lawn north of McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park.

Calvin Lou
SF





Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "Richard Bradus via Groups.Io" <grizzledjay@...>
Date: 10/31/19 2:48 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Cc: SFBirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] B&W Warbler (and more) - Alta Plaza Park

It's getting weird out there!

I had hoped to make it out to GGP to see the Tennessee (or Vireo) but got bogged down in tasks, so I was late getting out for my usual pre-lunch walk. So I headed out to Fillmore and, working up the west side of Alta Plaza Park, I saw and heard a Yellow-rump, then a flash of black and white. Whoa! Following the bird, it soon showed off its boldly striped head and sides. Tough little one to follow, flying back and forth between the small trees and scampering along the inner branches, but eventually I saw the underside and the characteristic black spots around the vent. Apparently an immature female, with a clear white throat as far as I could tell. I tried to get a diagnostic photo with my ancient iPhone but at first review they are essentially worthless - a few pixels of black and white on a tree trunk or branch. Rats!

After a few minutes of back and forth it eventually flew up into the tall trees just to the west of the children's play area but, wouldn't you know, just as I turned to leave an adult Red-tailed Hawk flew by and perched on top of a power pole along Scott St. Wha? Then, standing there wondering what else might come along, I looked to the west as a smallish falcon approached in the distance over the houses, and was able to follow the Merlin (!) as it flew over, headed due east.

What an amazing ten minutes - and a Halloween to remember!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Re: B&W Warbler (and more) - Alta Plaza Park

C Lou
 

The bird continues in the small trees lining the paved path that parallels Scott St. East of playground at 1215pm.

CHIPPING sparrow at lawn north of McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park.

Calvin Lou
SF





Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "Richard Bradus via Groups.Io" <grizzledjay@...>
Date: 10/31/19 2:48 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Cc: SFBirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] B&W Warbler (and more) - Alta Plaza Park

It's getting weird out there!

I had hoped to make it out to GGP to see the Tennessee (or Vireo) but got bogged down in tasks, so I was late getting out for my usual pre-lunch walk. So I headed out to Fillmore and, working up the west side of Alta Plaza Park, I saw and heard a Yellow-rump, then a flash of black and white. Whoa! Following the bird, it soon showed off its boldly striped head and sides. Tough little one to follow, flying back and forth between the small trees and scampering along the inner branches, but eventually I saw the underside and the characteristic black spots around the vent. Apparently an immature female, with a clear white throat as far as I could tell. I tried to get a diagnostic photo with my ancient iPhone but at first review they are essentially worthless - a few pixels of black and white on a tree trunk or branch. Rats!

After a few minutes of back and forth it eventually flew up into the tall trees just to the west of the children's play area but, wouldn't you know, just as I turned to leave an adult Red-tailed Hawk flew by and perched on top of a power pole along Scott St. Wha? Then, standing there wondering what else might come along, I looked to the west as a smallish falcon approached in the distance over the houses, and was able to follow the Merlin (!) as it flew over, headed due east.

What an amazing ten minutes - and a Halloween to remember!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Battery Godfrey -- Waterfowl et al., 10/31/19

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning (10/31) I caught the early morning flight @ Battery Godfrey (7:30-10 AM), during brisk NE winds and with beautiful visibility.

Had a nice diverse flight of waterfowl species, though not big numbers, and a small flight of typical passerines.

Observations of local interest:

Cackling Goose 4 (2/2)
Am. Wigeon 17 (8/9)
N. Pintail 9
REDHEAD 1 (flying w/Surf Scoters)
Greater Scaup 5
Surf Scoter 29
Com. Goldeneye 4 (1 flock flying E early)
Bufflehead 6 (tight flock on the water)
COM. MERGANSER 4 f. (flying E in one flock)
Clark's Grebe 3
W. Grebe 6
Band-tailed Pigeon 130
Parasitic Jaeger 2
Heermann's Gull 10
Mew Gull 80
Herring Gull 2 ad.
Glaucous-winged Gull 1 ad.
Elegant Tern 60
Com. Murre 4
Red-thr. Loon 13
Pacific Loon 1
Com. Loon 4
Turkey Vulture 3
N. Flicker 4
Am. Kestrel 2
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 3 (flying together and sparring over the Presidio; 1 of this group or another later perched on S tower of GG Bridge)
Am. Robin 19
Varied Thrush 5
House Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-cr. Kinglet 2
Cedar Waxwing 28
Am. Pipit 11
Purple Finch 4
Pine Siskin 2
Lesser Goldfinch 1
Am. Goldfinch 1
Yel.-rumped Warbler 70
Orange-cr. Warbler 1

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco