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Large dark raptor going north over Glen Park

Nico Stuurman
 

Had no bins (while on a very hot run), but saw a large dark raptor, with possible light sheen on head and tail heading north roughly over Glen Park (seen from Teresita and Marietta DR. at Molimo) at ~11:42


Cancellation of NOVEMBER 2020 CV Birding Symposium

Frances Oliver <hummer52@...>
 

Hi All!

Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic in the fall months, the Central Valley Birding Symposium is being cancelled for 2020.  The Symposium Committee felt that the health of our members, presenters, and staff was our primary consideration in making this decision.  If conditions warrant, the Symposium will resume again 
on Nov 18-21, 2021, at the Stockton Hilton Hotel.  We will miss seeing everyone this November, but we hope to see all of you again in 2021.  Stay healthy and safe until then. 

Patricia Bachetti
CVBC President

Frances
CVBC BOARD MEMBER 


Hooded Warbler

Brian Fitch
 

Still present and singing west of Myra bus stop on the south side of Mt Davidson
Brian Fitch


Re: Swainson's Hawk, Noe Valley

Adam Winer
 

For what it's worth, one record shot.  Is it just me or have there been more Swainson's Hawks over SF than usual?

P5070193.jpg
 


On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 12:07 PM Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:
Juv. light morph Swainson's Hawk just flew over Noe Valley, headed roughly NNE.

-- Adam Winer


bald eagle

Oscar Moss
 

no swainys for me yet, but a beautiful adult bald eagle just flew by the yard heading north

Oscar


Swainson's Hawk, Noe Valley

Adam Winer
 

Juv. light morph Swainson's Hawk just flew over Noe Valley, headed roughly NNE.

-- Adam Winer


Re: My D mystery song

Brian Fitch
 

Hooded Warbler, still singing at 11:05, just above the bus stop on the south side

On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 10:18 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Some type of unusual warbler song on mt davidson , south side forest

Trying to ascertain
Brian Fitch


My D mystery song

Brian Fitch
 

Some type of unusual warbler song on mt davidson , south side forest

Trying to ascertain
Brian Fitch


FW: Yellow breasted chat San Bruno Mt. park

Lee Rudin
 

FYI


-------- Original message --------
From: leewaysf <leewaysf@...>
Date: 5/7/20 8:33 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: Pen Birds <peninsula-birding@groups.io>
Subject: Yellow breasted chat SBM park

Since 7:30, have crummy audio. Heard rattle and whistle and saw white spectacles and yellow breast. Right off saddle trail about 1/8 mile off Crocker gate, across from willow grove. Veer skulky, waiting for it to vocalize again. Audio has walkers and ranger driving by, so hard to hear. 8:30 now. 

Lee Rudin 


Re: Geese are adaptable!

Susan Mullaney
 

More of the industrial geese of Pier 94.

pier94_goslings.jpg
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Swainson's & Vultures

Brian Fitch
 

This morning, after continuing to experience the pitiful migration that has been dribbling through the city, I finally hit some activity at Ft Scott from mid-morning to noon.  The air movement was barely easterly for most of the time, and around 12, the wind went west and its speed and chill picked up a lot.

Prior to that change, I saw 53 Turkey Vultures, most in groups, of which the largest was 19, an Osprey, 2 Sharpies, 5 Cooper's, 4 migrant Red-taileds, an adult darker morph Swainson's Hawk, and an apparently migrating young Peregrine.  Band-tailed Pigeons were moving in small numbers and a few White-throated Swifts came and went among the swallow flock.  My early morning watch at Battery Godfrey totaled 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers and 2 Lazuli Buntings, a previously unimaginable poor result for the first week of May under clear and calm skies.

My only other recent bird species of interest was a northbound chaetura swift on Sunday, the 3rd.  It swept past my roof at eye level, flying strong and direct, looking large and long winged compared to the few Vaux's I've seen fluttering by this year.  There were no other birds traveling with it, but it flew by my resident Lesser Goldfinch, and the swift's body was larger than the goldie.  The plumage was standard chaetura brown-gray, with a slightly paler rump.  The only Chimneys I've confidently identified in California were darker individuals, and only after they spent time soaring and allowing decent study, so I am not identifying this bird as a Chimney, just a big fast chaetura.

The highlight of the week though was the return of Humpback Whales.  For the past three days, there have been at least 3 in the GG Channel or off of Sutro Baths, including a youngster that was lob-tailing and flippering yesterday.
Brian Fitch


Olive-sided flycatcher

Pat Greene
 

My Sutro summit— Singing its heart out.

Pat greene


Re: Geese are adaptable!

Janet Carpinelli
 

Hi
Yes, Yesterday I saw them all walking down Cargo Way just in front of Pier 94.
Janet Carpinelli


On Mon, May 4, 2020 at 4:19 PM Richard Bradus via groups.io <grizzledjay=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi all

Made a brief stop during necessary activities to check out Pier 94 - which was pretty dead - but I had to check it out after seeing this goose family making the most of this small puddle at the sand storage/construction site. 

Lousy iPhone photo obtained after the goslings had taken a bath:
Inline image

Not exactly what we would consider to be appropriate habitat but, hey, whatever works!

Hope all of you are adapting as well.

Cheers!
Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Geese are adaptable!

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

Made a brief stop during necessary activities to check out Pier 94 - which was pretty dead - but I had to check it out after seeing this goose family making the most of this small puddle at the sand storage/construction site. 

Lousy iPhone photo obtained after the goslings had taken a bath:
Inline image

Not exactly what we would consider to be appropriate habitat but, hey, whatever works!

Hope all of you are adapting as well.

Cheers!
Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Great-horned Owl serenaded Glen Park last night

Roberta Guise
 

Around 11:45pm Sat 5/3 on the east side of Glen Park, behind Diamond Street up Poppy Lane a few trees beyond the back of our house, I heard the owl call. Have heard them occasionally on cold clear December nights. Never in May.

'twas a beautiful soulful sound for the COVID weary...

P.S. KTVU Ch. 2 aired a brief news segment last night without interviews on the increased interest in birding since the lockdown. One close up showed someone with a Swarovski bin. My recall is the birds featured were Western gulls and corvids by a rusted-out barrel.

Onward!
~ Roberta Guise


Orchard Oriole Stow

Alan Hopkins
 

This morning at 7am I had a brief look at an adult Orchard Oriole that flew into the tree tops on Strawberry Island. It gave a few calls when it landed out of sight in a tree on the southeast side of the island. There wasn't much migrant activity Warbling Vireos, and Cedar Waxwings. Near Elk Glen Lake there was a Black-headed Grosbeak and the House Wren appears to be on territory.

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA


Re: Bald eagle flyover

Dario Taraborelli
 

Spotted by Ella

On May 3, 2020, at 11:49, Dario Taraborelli via groups.io <dario.taraborelli=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Going SE from the Presidio golf course towards Sutro at 11:46



Bald eagle flyover

Dario Taraborelli
 

Going SE from the Presidio golf course towards Sutro at 11:46


Re: Pier 94 Salt March Access

Adam Winer
 

Yes, it's open to the public:

Pier 94 Wetlands
San Francisco, CA 94124

On Sat, May 2, 2020, 19:06 j3m4f5 <john.facchini@...> wrote:
Hello, 

I often see this location mentioned and have birder Heron's Head a number of time but am still uncertain how to (or if it's even public) to bird the Pier 94.  If it's public where should I park to access the location?


Pier 94 Salt March Access

j3m4f5
 

Hello, 

I often see this location mentioned and have birder Heron's Head a number of time but am still uncertain how to (or if it's even public) to bird the Pier 94.  If it's public where should I park to access the location?

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