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SW SF 4/2/2020 + misc. notes

 

On Thursday April 2nd I walked from my residence in the outer Sunset District to Sunset Blvd and along that greenbelt to Lake Merced/Sunset Circle. From there I worked the edge of Lake Merced clockwise starting with riparian habitat around Sunset Circle/wooden bridge, The Mesa and Mesa Overlook, concrete bridge, gun club and marsh to the John Muir Dr. @ Skyline Jct. I then crossed over to Fort Funston walking up to Battery Davis via the Horsetrail then south through the abandoned Dunes /main parking lot to the Native plant nursery and from there down to the beach. I then walked Ocean Beach north to Lawton and back home. This walk covered 18 kilometers but I was never more than 45 minutes from my residence and following the shelter in place recommendations of only leaving for essentially exercise a shorts ways from home while maintaining proper social distance with all other citizens passed.

Bird observations of note:

Cinnamon Teal - male and female at Wooden Bridge

Horned Grebe - concrete bridge, continuing molting/mostly basic bird. Uncommon here.

Band-tailed Pigeon - single high flier with group of (11) Eurasian Collared Doves north over the lake was interesting

Sora - calling (unprompted) at Mesa and Concrete Bridge

Snowy Plovers - 13 at south seawall roost on Ocean Beach. after escaping my attention a few days previously good to see a few holding on but these will soon depart for breeding areas. Of course a designated exclusion zone would over time almost certainly result in breeding in SF county , the logistical headache this could cause for the agency managing Ocean Beach makes it understandable why this has yet to be tried.

Bonaparte's Gull - alternate plumage migrant north over gun club around noon , first I've noted this spring

Merlin - failing to capture Tree Swallows on multiple attempts near the cormorant rookery

American Kestrel - wintering bird continues at Fort Funston

Wrentit - an apparent lone male continues to sing at the Mesa going on 3-4 years (more?)

Bewick's Wren - two birds singing, one on each side of the Mesa cormorant rookery was notable for lake Merced. None detected at Fort Funston.

Spotted Towhee - singing on Mesa , good bird for lake Merced

Common Yellowthroat - minimum of 7 singing along route was a good count

Wilson's Warbler - minimum of 11 singing along route was a good count. While certainly some are migrants, at least a few of these will linger at traditional breeding sites around the lake

No Bank Swallows noted yet at either Lake Merced or at the fort Funston colony site as of the afternoon of 4/2.

Additional notes:

On 3/27/20 seawatching early a.m. (Pre work meditation) into a brisk NW wind w/Joachim Gonzalez and Logan Kahle (maintaining 3meters distance) we noted (12) first of spring migrant Red-necked Phalaropes north just beyond Seal Rocks.

On 4/1 a Barn Owl flew over my intersection in the outer Sunset about four blocks from Golden Gate Park @ 10:30pm (evening exercise)

Yesterday, 4/2, on an early morning seawatch from the Cliff House (4) Brant north at the horizon made me glad I dragged out the scope.

This morning (4/4) on my way into work I stopped to walk up a drizzly Mount Davidson for exercise. Songbirds were scarce but it was interesting to watch a pair of Common Ravens attempting to drive off an active and vocal Great Horned Owl (lots of action 8-8:15a.m.)

Good health to all,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Re: SF Breeding Bird Atlas is still online

Bob Hall
 

This is a remarkable document. I hope someone has the energy to keep it up to date. I also hope that Audubon, some day, will have a breeding bird roundup. With the rapid decline in biodiversity, it would be great to know what breeds where so we can help policymakers make informed decisions about the decline of local species. I suppose that this would be hard because different birds breed in different months.

Sorry, I’m violating the list rules, but you started it Dom!

Bob Hall
SF

--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson

SF Breeding Bird Atlas is still online

 

Stuck at home with nothing to do?


Happy studying.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco 

Re: ENDRe: [SFBirds] The most amazing birds I have ever seen

Mila Zinkova
 

Sorry, no more videos from me.
Best.


On Mar 31, 2020, at 5:15 PM, dominikmosur@... wrote:


Hi Mila,  

For the future, there are other sites where you can share videos of birds from outside SF.

SFBIRDS is for observations within the City and County of San Francisco ONLY.

Dominik Mosur
Listserv moderator 


On Mar 31, 2020, at 17:03, Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...> wrote:

Hello,
While we are spending so much time at home I thought I might share with you my old video. It was not filmed in California. I filmed it in Hawaii.
At the beginning you will see white-tailed tropicbirds flying over lava lake.
The birds are nesting in the crater, and yet I have no idea why they were circling the lava lake over and over again. 
A local volcanologist told me he believed they were doing it for fun.
For fun?
No human would have survived where these birds were.


Anyway here is the video (The birds are only at the beginning)


Mila

ENDRe: [SFBirds] The most amazing birds I have ever seen

 

Hi Mila,  

For the future, there are other sites where you can share videos of birds from outside SF.

SFBIRDS is for observations within the City and County of San Francisco ONLY.

Dominik Mosur
Listserv moderator 


On Mar 31, 2020, at 17:03, Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...> wrote:

Hello,
While we are spending so much time at home I thought I might share with you my old video. It was not filmed in California. I filmed it in Hawaii.
At the beginning you will see white-tailed tropicbirds flying over lava lake.
The birds are nesting in the crater, and yet I have no idea why they were circling the lava lake over and over again. 
A local volcanologist told me he believed they were doing it for fun.
For fun?
No human would have survived where these birds were.


Anyway here is the video (The birds are only at the beginning)


Mila

The most amazing birds I have ever seen

Mila Zinkova
 

Hello,
While we are spending so much time at home I thought I might share with you my old video. It was not filmed in California. I filmed it in Hawaii.
At the beginning you will see white-tailed tropicbirds flying over lava lake.
The birds are nesting in the crater, and yet I have no idea why they were circling the lava lake over and over again. 
A local volcanologist told me he believed they were doing it for fun.
For fun?
No human would have survived where these birds were.


Anyway here is the video (The birds are only at the beginning)


Mila

Northwest SF 3/30/20

 

Started a walking loop from my place in the outer Sunset at 7 a.m. Heading to Ocean Beach, up to and around Land's End/Fort Miley/Lincoln Park and down through west Golden Gate Park and back to my place at 15:30 covering 15.4 km while following the the shelter-in-place order (outside only for essential exercise within short distance of home.)

Birds of note:

Cackling Geese - 2 flying over beach chalet north with 3 Canadas ~8:15 am

Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull - 1st cycle with Ocean Beach  main parking lot roost for about 10 minutes.( Don't worry they lumped it you don't have to chase.)

Northern Flicker - A pair was copulating near a cavity (Battery Chester) Another vocal pair was checking out snags at the East Wash. flickers "recolonized" SF starting about 5 years ago in the Presidio and now appear to be expanding their breeding range in the city

Black Phoebe - an adult feeding (3) FLEDGLINGS at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park might be an early fledge date for the coast. I found a 3/28 fledge date in the San Mateo County Breeding Bird  Atlas from 1988 out of the Portola Valley.

Red Crossbills - flock of (15~) around East Wash/Legion,  single bird near Bercut.

Orange-crowned Warbler - singing bird on territory at West Wash seems to me the only reliable site for a breeding territory in SF most springs.

Missed on the day were Snowy Plovers. The beach has been heavily impacted recently but hopefully they found a safe place. Also , only a single house Sparrow despite walking through a number of outer sunset avenues that have had small populations in past years, and only 8 collared doves on the day.

Checklist with Kumlien's photos here:

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Flyover Bald Eagle

Ken Moy
 

Heading south over Middle Lake @ 10:40
 Low in sky, head and tail white

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
 

Thank you!

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

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
 

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