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Aleutian Cackling Goose- Stow Lake 3/25

C Lou
 

Hi All,

On Mar 25, an ALEUTIAN CACKLING GOOSE was at the east end of Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. It was last seen near the "duck feeding"area, north of the Great Blue Heron nesting island.
37.769421, -122.473387

Calvin Lou
SF


Gannet on the Farallon cam

Alan Hopkins
 

The Northern Gannet is currently/was on view on the Farallon Web Cam as of 10:30 am. Identified by the shape all white back and when it spread its wings it had black wing tips which separates it from the Masked Booby. 

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA


Seawatch -- B-l. Kittiwake, Rhinoceros Auklet et al., 3/22/20

Paul Saraceni
 

Yesterday (Sunday, 3/22) morning I got out for my first seawatch in a while from the solitude of the south end of the Great Highway.  Though winds were easterly, there was a decent migration movement on the ocean, with excellent visibility.

A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE flew N over the western edge of the surf, continuing a ways up Ocean Beach.

A RHINOCEROS AUKLET flew N low over the ocean several hundred yards out. 

Other observations of local interest:

Canada Goose 2 (flying N over the beach)
Surf Scoter 106
BLACK SCOTER 4 m. & 2 f.
Com. Loon 4 (including 1 in nearly-full alt. plumage)
Pacific Loon 4
Red-thr. Loon 18
Clark's Grebe 3
W. Grebe 70
Brown Pelican 15
Pelagic Cormorant 4
Whimbrel 16
Sanderling 620
Western Sandpiper 36 (a few groups associating with Sanderling flocks)
Herring Gull 2 1st-yrs.
Glaucous-winged Gull 6 1st-yrs.
Pigeon Guillemot 1
Com. Murre 37 (all flying N)
Bewick's Wren 1 (singing from across the Great Highway)

Also:
Gray Whale 1

Paul Saraceni 
San Francisco

 


Re: Northern Mockingbird (video)

Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...>
 

Thank you!

On Mar 23, 2020, at 1:24 PM, melani@king2d3d.com wrote:

Other birds I hear are Black Phoebe, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and Red-shouldered Hawk.

-Melani King
Pt. Richmond


Re: Northern Mockingbird (video)

melani@...
 

Other birds I hear are Black Phoebe, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, and Red-shouldered Hawk.

-Melani King
Pt. Richmond


Sutro Baths

Brian Fitch
 

I haven't reported in a while, partly for the obvious reason of limited birding, and partly because I've found nothing newsworthy when I did get out.

Today was heading in the same direction until I was joined by Max B at Sutro, and we simultaneously spotted a Northern Fulmar not too far off shore.  Jonah joined us a little later, and immediately called out a kittiwake flying right below us, heading south.  Before I left, he picked up another two, one of which flew nearly over our position, the closest encounter I've ever had with Black-leggeds.  Several other fulmars continued to course around as well.

Last Friday, the lucky 13th, I was with another friend at Sutro when a young Gray Whale surfaced extremely close to the terrace.  It spent several minutes adjacent to the closest rocks before heading out into the Gate.

Brian Fitch


Humming (video)

Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...>
 

Hi,
here's a video to share:
Today I did see a Flicker  
Best wishes,
Mila.


Re: Northern Mockingbird (video)

Eugenia Caldwell
 

Also Northern Flicker, Stellar's and Scrub Jays, and Red-breasted Nuthatch.


Presidio birds

Chris Vance
 

Hooded Oriole in palms at Upton near Ft. Scott field and Wilson’s Warbler in community garden at end of Wisser ct.
Good birding
Chris & Carolyn


Fort Mason Western Kingbird, Warbling Vireo

David Assmann
 

A WESTERN KINGBIRD perched on the top of an evergreen at the end of the cul-de-sac just south of the Battery this morning. A WILSON'S WARBLER was in the same area, and a WARBLING VIREO was in the Battery. Yesterday a PIGEON GUILLEMOT was in the Bay north of the Battery.


Re: Northern Mockingbird (video)

Donna Hayes
 

Seems to have lots of American robin in there.

Donna Hayes 


On Mar 21, 2020, at 6:34 PM, Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...> wrote:


Hello.
I wonder what birds he incorporates in this video?
Thank you!
Mila.


Northern Mockingbird (video)

Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...>
 

Hello.
I wonder what birds he incorporates in this video?
Thank you!
Mila.


2 Orioles at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

A nice male HOODED ORIOLE and a WILSON'S WARBLER were the only new migrants at Fort Mason today.  The ORCHARD ORIOLE in the garden was a little bolder than yesterday. The WANDERING TATTLER was on the abandoned pier in Aquatic Park.  Many of the remaining YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are singing.  The NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD in the garden is now singing non stop for hours, having incorporated many different species' repertoires, including Red-Masked Parakeet, California Scrub Jay, American Robin, California Towhee, and others. The Yellow-Shafted NORTHERN FLICKER spent a little time at the bird bath. 


Grebes a'Bobbing

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

Went out to India Basin near noon today but my timing remains lousy: came at low tide the first time there (last December) and this time just after high tide, which meant disappointingly few shorebirds. Plus lots of sleeping ducks and grebes.

No matter. Now that spring has officially arrived, those hormones are surging. A mockingbird sang intermittently much of the time I was there, moving all around but failing to attract anything (a good repertoire, but nothing like the Mockingbird that held forth yesterday in the Fort Mason Community Garden, with a whole slew of robin variations and other treats as it sang almost continuously). But the grebes are getting on. I was able to watch as first a pair of Western Grebes and, closer in, a pair of Clark's engaged in nice bonding displays, with synchronized head bobbing and neck swaying. Neither did an actual "dance" but I suspect that is not far off. Reason enough to get out there and enjoy nature's blessings (socially distanced, of course).

Stay safe (and sane).

Richard Bradus
San Francisco



Spring Migrants at Fort Mason - Bullock's Oriole, Western Kingbird

David Assmann
 

A small migrant push was evident at Fort Mason this morning.  A male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE flew into the Eucalyptus trees west of the garden early this morning, and a WESTERN KINGBIRD flew into the Battery and landed at the top of a tree. A SAVANNAH SPARROW in the garden was presumably also a migrant. The male ORCHARD ORIOLE continues (yesterday it was very vocal - today it was much quieter and skittish). The three WESTERN BLUEBIRDS have now been around for weeks, and hopefully it will mean nesting - this could possibly be a pair and a younger "helper." The number of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS has dropped dramatically over the past week. Two VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS flew over the Great Meadow. Both the YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER and the Integrade were in the garden. BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS have returned - I counted at least five. A CHESTNUT-BACK CHICKADEE was carrying nesting material.


Re: Goldeneye @ Stow on 3/17

Dario Taraborelli
 

The goldeneye was there at the end of the day (6pm) on the south-east side of the lake. I don’t have photos but I think I saw yellow eyes which would potentially rule out a juvenile. I’ll try and go back later and check out the lake again. 


On Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 11:08 AM Ken Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:
Hi, sorry for the late post. Yesterday, during my solo and socially distanced foray in GGP, I spotted a female or immature goldeneye @ 9:30 am between the stone bridge and the boat house. Refound it near the boat house around 10:30. Both times it tended to dive and forage close to the surface of the water and I as able to track its progress through eddies and bubbles. The bird had a medium brown head with dark brown/black bill, white collar at the base of the neck, light gray breast and sides and blackish wings with minor white streaks. Could not determine whether it was a Barrow's or Common but the high forehead inclined me towards Barrow's. Hooded merganser continues at Stow but the cinnamon teal did not appear. Also had the red-breasted sapsucker (ruber) in the first  eucalyptus on the south side of the Oak Woodland that heads west from the water fountain behind McLaren Lodge around 11:30.

Happy birding and be well.

Ken Moy


Goldeneye @ Stow on 3/17

Ken Moy
 

Hi, sorry for the late post. Yesterday, during my solo and socially distanced foray in GGP, I spotted a female or immature goldeneye @ 9:30 am between the stone bridge and the boat house. Refound it near the boat house around 10:30. Both times it tended to dive and forage close to the surface of the water and I as able to track its progress through eddies and bubbles. The bird had a medium brown head with dark brown/black bill, white collar at the base of the neck, light gray breast and sides and blackish wings with minor white streaks. Could not determine whether it was a Barrow's or Common but the high forehead inclined me towards Barrow's. Hooded merganser continues at Stow but the cinnamon teal did not appear. Also had the red-breasted sapsucker (ruber) in the first  eucalyptus on the south side of the Oak Woodland that heads west from the water fountain behind McLaren Lodge around 11:30.

Happy birding and be well.

Ken Moy


hooded oriole

Rachel Lawrence
 

on east side of Holly Park, Bernal Heights 20 minutes ago
happy birding
Rachel


Re: Birding during the Current Shelter-in-Place Order

Siobhan Ruck
 

Because if the Arboretum (or other city facilities) are open, workers need to come in and staff the place, and areas need to be cleaned repeatedly and thoroughly - with cleaning supplies that are getting harder to find.  The idea is to keep the bare minimum of people on the streets for now.  We have plenty of other options for getting outside, so we should not be forcing people to go to work just so we don’t have to give up a preferred outdoor space.  The more seriously we take this now, the sooner things can begin returning to normal.

Siobhan Ruck



On Mar 16, 2020, at 8:28 PM, Chrisand Lorelei <chrisandlorelei@...> wrote:

But why? Even before the Arb started charging non-SF admission, it was an uncrowded space. Since then, being within 6 feet of anyone else has been rare and totally avoidable. Mostly, it's more like 60 feet. 
Thanks for the head's up. *sigh*


From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...>
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 7:07 PM
To: Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...>
Cc: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Birding during the Current Shelter-in-Place Order
 
Thanks, Aaron. 

Just an additional heads up to this list that the Botanical Garden closes tonight through April 7 following the public health order. 

On Mar 16, 2020, at 17:21, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

Birding friends,

As most of you hopefully know by now, a joint order was sent out today by the Public Health Departments for San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Marin Counties and the City of Berkeley (which has its own public health department.).  The public health order instructs residents to Shelter-in-Place at their place of residence except for to conduct Essential Activities.  The order extends through April 7th, and makes it a misdemeanor to ignore the order.  The Public Health Order defines Essential Activities and defines appropriate Social Distancing Requirements that you must use when you are in a public space.

This is not the right forum to discuss and debate what will remain open and what will constitute an essential activity, and I’m not a medical professional or public health official anyway so you shouldn’t take advice from me. I will say however that it would be wise for you to read the notice that went out for your county rather than rely on social media and public opinion to tell you what you can and can’t do.  The notices (which are mostly the same by county) are clearly written. Take special note of the additional instructions for older people and people with health conditions.

For birding, it is important to note that outdoor exercise is covered as an allowable Essential Activity.  

a. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following “Essential Activities.” But people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care...

iii. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, or running.

Put simply, if you are healthy and not at high risk for illness you are legally permitted to engage in outdoor activities provide that you maintain six foot distance from others and practice other sanitary practices as outlined in the Order.  Whether you choose to do so or not is up to you.  I expect we will all learn in the next few days what is considered socially acceptable.  Speaking for myself, I plan to do some birding in order to get out of the house and get some exercise (since the gym is closed anyway), but I will probably choose regional parks and rural beaches rather than city parks in order to maintain isolation.  Also, I don’t plan to bird with a group or engage in any other group activities outside of the home. I did get a notice last night from East Bay Regional Parks that all facilities will be closed, but all parks and trails will remain open.  This too could change day to day.

I hope that the opportunity to get some sunshine and to look at birds in spring migration will be a welcome break from the stress of living under quarantine. 

Here are a few of the Public Health Orders.


I hope you all find this helpful.

Stay healthy!


Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA




Re: Birding during the Current Shelter-in-Place Order

Chrisand Lorelei
 

But why? Even before the Arb started charging non-SF admission, it was an uncrowded space. Since then, being within 6 feet of anyone else has been rare and totally avoidable. Mostly, it's more like 60 feet.
Thanks for the head's up. *sigh*


From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...>
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 7:07 PM
To: Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...>
Cc: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Birding during the Current Shelter-in-Place Order
 
Thanks, Aaron. 

Just an additional heads up to this list that the Botanical Garden closes tonight through April 7 following the public health order. 

On Mar 16, 2020, at 17:21, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

Birding friends,

As most of you hopefully know by now, a joint order was sent out today by the Public Health Departments for San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Marin Counties and the City of Berkeley (which has its own public health department.).  The public health order instructs residents to Shelter-in-Place at their place of residence except for to conduct Essential Activities.  The order extends through April 7th, and makes it a misdemeanor to ignore the order.  The Public Health Order defines Essential Activities and defines appropriate Social Distancing Requirements that you must use when you are in a public space.

This is not the right forum to discuss and debate what will remain open and what will constitute an essential activity, and I’m not a medical professional or public health official anyway so you shouldn’t take advice from me. I will say however that it would be wise for you to read the notice that went out for your county rather than rely on social media and public opinion to tell you what you can and can’t do.  The notices (which are mostly the same by county) are clearly written. Take special note of the additional instructions for older people and people with health conditions.

For birding, it is important to note that outdoor exercise is covered as an allowable Essential Activity.  

a. For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following “Essential Activities.” But people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care...

iii. To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Section, such as, by way of example and without limitation, walking, hiking, or running.

Put simply, if you are healthy and not at high risk for illness you are legally permitted to engage in outdoor activities provide that you maintain six foot distance from others and practice other sanitary practices as outlined in the Order.  Whether you choose to do so or not is up to you.  I expect we will all learn in the next few days what is considered socially acceptable.  Speaking for myself, I plan to do some birding in order to get out of the house and get some exercise (since the gym is closed anyway), but I will probably choose regional parks and rural beaches rather than city parks in order to maintain isolation.  Also, I don’t plan to bird with a group or engage in any other group activities outside of the home. I did get a notice last night from East Bay Regional Parks that all facilities will be closed, but all parks and trails will remain open.  This too could change day to day.

I hope that the opportunity to get some sunshine and to look at birds in spring migration will be a welcome break from the stress of living under quarantine. 

Here are a few of the Public Health Orders.


I hope you all find this helpful.

Stay healthy!


Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA


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