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Re: What is this hawk?

Sarah Burton
 

I went straight to patagials. This is fun!


On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 12:57 PM Pamela Llewellyn via Groups.Io <pamelallewellyn=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Also, light primary wing panels

Pamlela Llewellyn
CPESC, QSD, QSP
Stormwater Professional
510-316-8932


On Friday, March 13, 2020, 09:54:54 AM PDT, Pamela Llewellyn <pamelallewellyn@...> wrote:


My first impression was juv dark morph RTHA.  Dark head, white breast, heavily streaked belly and under wing coverts, finely banded tail.

Pamlela Llewellyn
CPESC, QSD, QSP
Stormwater Professional
510-316-8932


On Friday, March 13, 2020, 08:12:42 AM PDT, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:


I’ll look at it again. I thought it hovered more like RLHA and the bill seemed small for RT. But it was a 5-second look, maybe too quick. P

> On Mar 12, 2020, at 21:12, Mila Zinkova <milazinkova@...> wrote:
>
> Thank you, everybody.
> Most responders believe it is a red-tailed hawk.
> One responder believes it is dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk.
> Than you one more time for all responses!
> Mila.
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Mar 12, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:
>>
>> dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk


Re: What is this hawk?

Pamela Llewellyn
 

Also, light primary wing panels

Pamlela Llewellyn
CPESC, QSD, QSP
Stormwater Professional
510-316-8932


On Friday, March 13, 2020, 09:54:54 AM PDT, Pamela Llewellyn <pamelallewellyn@...> wrote:


My first impression was juv dark morph RTHA.  Dark head, white breast, heavily streaked belly and under wing coverts, finely banded tail.

Pamlela Llewellyn
CPESC, QSD, QSP
Stormwater Professional
510-316-8932


On Friday, March 13, 2020, 08:12:42 AM PDT, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:


I’ll look at it again. I thought it hovered more like RLHA and the bill seemed small for RT. But it was a 5-second look, maybe too quick. P

> On Mar 12, 2020, at 21:12, Mila Zinkova <milazinkova@...> wrote:
>
> Thank you, everybody.
> Most responders believe it is a red-tailed hawk.
> One responder believes it is dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk.
> Than you one more time for all responses!
> Mila.
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Mar 12, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:
>>
>> dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk


Re: What is this hawk?

Pamela Llewellyn
 

My first impression was juv dark morph RTHA.  Dark head, white breast, heavily streaked belly and under wing coverts, finely banded tail.

Pamlela Llewellyn
CPESC, QSD, QSP
Stormwater Professional
510-316-8932


On Friday, March 13, 2020, 08:12:42 AM PDT, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:


I’ll look at it again. I thought it hovered more like RLHA and the bill seemed small for RT. But it was a 5-second look, maybe too quick. P

> On Mar 12, 2020, at 21:12, Mila Zinkova <milazinkova@...> wrote:
>
> Thank you, everybody.
> Most responders believe it is a red-tailed hawk.
> One responder believes it is dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk.
> Than you one more time for all responses!
> Mila.
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Mar 12, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:
>>
>> dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk


Re: What is this hawk?

Peter Pyle
 

Having had a chance to look at it more the plumage falls within range of variation for dark-morph juvenile Red-tailed and not Rough-legged, particularly in lacking a dark tail tip, having uniform underparts, and the dark face/hood as others have pointed out. I had not gone beyond the first two clips when looking quickly last night, which give it more of a RLHA look; e.g., the small-looking head and bill when looking away from the camera. But it looks much more like a RTHA in shape during later clips with the raven, etc.

Peter

At 08:12 PM 3/12/2020, Mila Zinkova wrote:
Hello,
I filmed it at tween peaks
<https://youtu.be/9jtLnm074yU>https://youtu.be/9jtLnm074yU
Thanks,

Mila.

Re: What is this hawk?

Peter Pyle
 

I’ll look at it again. I thought it hovered more like RLHA and the bill seemed small for RT. But it was a 5-second look, maybe too quick. P

On Mar 12, 2020, at 21:12, Mila Zinkova <milazinkova@...> wrote:

Thank you, everybody.
Most responders believe it is a red-tailed hawk.
One responder believes it is dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk.
Than you one more time for all responses!
Mila.

Sent from my iPad

On Mar 12, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:

dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk

Re: What is this hawk?

Mila Zinkova
 

Thank you, everybody.
Most responders believe it is a red-tailed hawk.
One responder believes it is dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk.
Than you one more time for all responses!
Mila.

On Mar 12, 2020, at 8:43 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:

dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk

Re: What is this hawk?

Peter Pyle
 

Hi Mila -

Looks like a dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk. Good bird for SF.

Cheers, Peter

At 08:12 PM 3/12/2020, Mila Zinkova wrote:
Hello,
I filmed it at tween peaks
<https://youtu.be/9jtLnm074yU>https://youtu.be/9jtLnm074yU
Thanks,

Mila.

What is this hawk?

Mila Zinkova
 

Hello,
I filmed it at tween peaks
Thanks,

Mila.

Western Kingbird in the Mission

Tom Scott
 

Hi all,

I just spent about an hour watching (I believe) a Western Kingbird fly catching from telephone wires on 19th Street near York. It put on quite a show before  finally flying. I’ll keep a lookout for the next few days since I live nearby. 

Tom Scott, San Francisco



Hooded Oriole

Brian Fitch
 

With my planned sea watch blocked by thick fog, I wandered Land's End and the Presidio this morning.  Highlights included a continuing Red-breasted Nuthatch at Ft Miley West, and my first-of-season Hooded Oriole returning to the Kobbe/Upton area.  The apparent lone male was chattering and "veeping" in the palms along Kobbe.
Brian Fitch

THREAD CLOSED Re: [SFBirds] Kingfisher on MISSION Creek

Dominik Mosur
 

Let's all chill and go find some spring migrants and report back with that.

Amy, thank you for the note about possible kingfisher breeding attempts at mission Creek in the late 90s.

In the future please everyone use common sense and respectful language in these posts. If you want to get nasty don't hit reply all.

Thank you,
THREAD CLOSED


Dominik Mosur
SFBirds
moderator

On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:49, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

I live here too. I have for 30 years, and I know exactly what she meant. This isnt elementary school.

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:46 AM, Bettina Cohen <bettina.cohen@...> wrote:

Excuse me, that was an insult to those of us who live here. Why isn't that person being reprimanded?

On 3/11/2020 10:42 AM, Aaron Maizlish wrote:

Please don’t use this list serve to insult other birders, even if they aren’t showing enough respect to your neighborhood. It just has a chilling effect on people reporting their sightings and doesn’t make anyone happy.




Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:35 AM, Bettina Cohen <bettina.cohen@...> wrote:
Hi SF Birders,

I rarely weigh in on anything in this group, but will now to say that was such an inappropriate and offensive subject line for a message from this group. Thank you Amy for flagging it.

I can confirm what Amy says about the Belted Kingfisher on MISSION Creek. I've seen this bird there many times over the years.

Perhaps if SFBirds members visited our neighborhood once in awhile, they'd come to appreciate its charms, as well as the variety of avian species we enjoy seeing and hearing on a daily basis.

hank you,
Bettina

On 3/10/2020 9:24 PM, Peter & Amy wrote:
There has been at least one resident female for years. Used to be more and they had burrows in the north bank at the upstream end of the creek until the creek “restoration” terraformed the bank with rip-rap and plastic lattice. I lived on a floating home for 20 years at that end and she would routinely sit on our wind shelter and watch me in the kitchen.

The people who still live down there and the ones who have worked assiduously for many years to clean up Mission Creek would appreciate it if people stopped calling it Shit Creek. Better sewage treatment facilities have all but eliminated raw sewage released into the creek.

Amy

On Mar 10, 2020, at 6:40 PM, Smokey Bear <bear.smokey@...> wrote:
I was biking home from my trainer in Mission Bay just now when I heard a kingfisher rattle. I was at Mission Bay Drive and Berry St, right at the Caltrain track crossing along 7th. I eventually found the bird high over the creek — perched on the bent cap of the 280 overhead! S/he was looking over the brackish backwater at the floodgates. Pleasant evening surprise.

Anna

Re: Kingfisher on MISSION Creek

Bettina Cohen <bettina.cohen@...>
 

Hi SF Birders,

I rarely weigh in on anything in this group, but will now to say that was such an inappropriate and offensive subject line for a message from this group. Thank you Amy for flagging it.

I can confirm what Amy says about the Belted Kingfisher on MISSION Creek. I've seen this bird there many times over the years.

Perhaps if SFBirds members visited our neighborhood once in awhile, they'd come to appreciate its charms, as well as the variety of avian species we enjoy seeing and hearing on a daily basis.

hank you,
Bettina

On 3/10/2020 9:24 PM, Peter & Amy wrote:
There has been at least one resident female for years. Used to be more and they had burrows in the north bank at the upstream end of the creek until the creek “restoration” terraformed the bank with rip-rap and plastic lattice. I lived on a floating home for 20 years at that end and she would routinely sit on our wind shelter and watch me in the kitchen.

The people who still live down there and the ones who have worked assiduously for many years to clean up Mission Creek would appreciate it if people stopped calling it Shit Creek. Better sewage treatment facilities have all but eliminated raw sewage released into the creek.

Amy

On Mar 10, 2020, at 6:40 PM, Smokey Bear <bear.smokey@...> wrote:

I was biking home from my trainer in Mission Bay just now when I heard a kingfisher rattle. I was at Mission Bay Drive and Berry St, right at the Caltrain track crossing along 7th. I eventually found the bird high over the creek — perched on the bent cap of the 280 overhead! S/he was looking over the brackish backwater at the floodgates. Pleasant evening surprise.

Anna


Re: Kingfisher on Shit Creek

Peter & Amy
 

There has been at least one resident female for years. Used to be more and they had burrows in the north bank at the upstream end of the creek until the creek “restoration” terraformed the bank with rip-rap and plastic lattice. I lived on a floating home for 20 years at that end and she would routinely sit on our wind shelter and watch me in the kitchen.

The people who still live down there and the ones who have worked assiduously for many years to clean up Mission Creek would appreciate it if people stopped calling it Shit Creek. Better sewage treatment facilities have all but eliminated raw sewage released into the creek.

Amy

On Mar 10, 2020, at 6:40 PM, Smokey Bear <bear.smokey@...> wrote:

I was biking home from my trainer in Mission Bay just now when I heard a kingfisher rattle. I was at Mission Bay Drive and Berry St, right at the Caltrain track crossing along 7th. I eventually found the bird high over the creek — perched on the bent cap of the 280 overhead! S/he was looking over the brackish backwater at the floodgates. Pleasant evening surprise.

Anna

McLaren Park , Gray fox creek, Sharpie

Eddie Bartley
 

Noreen and I have been periodically monitoring the willow habitat that follows Gray Fox creek above and below JG Amphitheater. RPD's Natural Resources have been working to restore this zone for many years and it's looking great with lots of Flowering currant, elderberry in blossom as well as the willows. 

This morning bird activity was high, much courting including CB Chickadees and singing: Townsend's and Yellow-rumped Warblers, RC Kinglets. In a flash a Sharp-shinned Hawk came in on a chicakdee: swing and a miss. Landed close to us to reconsider options and we could see it was a juvenile (second year) female. First Sharpie I've seen in the city this year says eBird. 

Happy Trails!

Eddie Bartley

Kingfisher on Shit Creek

Smokey Bear
 

I was biking home from my trainer in Mission Bay just now when I heard a kingfisher rattle. I was at Mission Bay Drive and Berry St, right at the Caltrain track crossing along 7th. I eventually found the bird high over the creek — perched on the bent cap of the 280 overhead! S/he was looking over the brackish backwater at the floodgates. Pleasant evening surprise.

Anna

on Varied Thrush

Sarah Burton
 

an individual continues at Sue Bierman Park downtown. It's a great patch right now because the poplar trees are bare, leafless, and less of a literal pain in the neck to scan. No rarities. Happy March!

Sarah
 

Black-legged Kittiwake on Alcatraz

Tori Seher
 

Monday, March 9th at 10:40am sitting on the northwestern corner of Alcatraz Island. 


--
Tori Seher
Alcatraz Biologist

Re: Varied thrush pair at the Botanical Garden

Dario Taraborelli
 

The thrushes are continuing and this morning we saw 3 in the exact same spot around 9am: One male, one female, one immature or female. All foraging on the ground near the bench dedicated to Ken and Ruth. 

On Mar 6, 2020, at 11:28, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:


Prompted by Ken, who I bumped into yesterday and gave me the perfect recommendation (thank you, Ken!), I went back to the botanical garden this morning when they opened the truck gate on the Stow Lake side and spotted a cooperative pair of varied thrushes foraging on the ground. The birds appeared near a bench dedicated to Ken and Ruth (37.7676497, -122.4722516) and remained visible for a fairly long time, lazily picking berries on the ground.

I thought I'd share this with the group because even if the bird has been continuing in the garden, it's been pretty elusive for me (it's a lifer) and sightings of pairs in the GGP seem even less frequent, judging on eBird numbers.

Dario

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Local Interest - First Week of March

David Assmann
 

Started the month by checking up on the SNOWY PLOVERS in the protected area at Crissy Field.  There were 10 Plovers, and none of them were banded. On Monday, had a SPOTTED TOWHEE at El Polin Spring - they have been there consistently this winter.  At Heron's Head on Tuesday, had great looks at the ROCK SANDPIPER transitioning into alternate plumage.  A MARSH WREN was singing loudly in a shrub just south of the main trail to the point.  That same day, at Glen Canyon Park, the resplendent male SUMMER TANAGER bathed in the creek, and the GREAT HORNED OWL on the nest showed two chicks that are growing fast. On Thursday, at Aquatic Park, a RED-NECKED GREBE was just outside the harbor, and the WANDERING TATTLER was on the pier. A MERLIN was in the Battery. Yesterday the WANDERING TATTLER was on the pier again, and an OSPREY flew over.  Today I discovered that the two ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD chicks in the nest in the Fort Mason Community Garden had fledged (they were there late morning yesterday - attached picture is from yesterday). The ORCHARD ORIOLE and the Yellow-Shafted NORTHERN FLICKER in the Fort Mason Community Garden were seen multiple times this week. There's a lot of active nest building.

Cinnamon Teal continues at Stow Lake (video)

Mila Zinkova