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Re: El Polin Strange Call

Ralph McKinnon
 

I’m guessing it’s the churr call of a Swainson’s Thrush but am looking forward to seeing other opinions. 

Ralph McKinnon
SF




On Saturday, May 16, 2020, 8:40 PM, kim <leo811sf@...> wrote:

Will be interested in knowing what this is.  Sounds very similar to what I heard in my yard today. 

Kim
SF

Be Kind. Lady Karma is Always Watching.



On May 16, 2020, at 8:05 PM, "Richard Bradus via groups.io" <grizzledjay@...> wrote:


Hi all

Earlier this evening I made it down to El Polin and, in the company of Connor Cochrane, whiffed on grosbeaks though there were multiple Swainson's Thrush, Scrub Jays, Song Sparrows and a bunch of smaller birds. While listening to both calls and songs of Swainson's Thrushes there was a period of silence, then we heard this short, rather harsh call repeated from dense cover in the shrubs behind the famous elderberry. (Hopefully the .wav file will go with this message, either below or as an attachment).

We were stumped. Could this be a Swainson's??? Connor suggested maybe a Catbird, which is intriguing, but it doesn't sound like the catbird a few years ago in the Botanical Garden. Maybe a mad, feral catbird?

Anyway, any thoughts or, hopefully, a definitive ID would be very much appreciated.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco 



Re: El Polin Strange Call

kim
 

Will be interested in knowing what this is.  Sounds very similar to what I heard in my yard today. 

Kim
SF

Be Kind. Lady Karma is Always Watching.



On May 16, 2020, at 8:05 PM, "Richard Bradus via groups.io" <grizzledjay@...> wrote:


Hi all

Earlier this evening I made it down to El Polin and, in the company of Connor Cochrane, whiffed on grosbeaks though there were multiple Swainson's Thrush, Scrub Jays, Song Sparrows and a bunch of smaller birds. While listening to both calls and songs of Swainson's Thrushes there was a period of silence, then we heard this short, rather harsh call repeated from dense cover in the shrubs behind the famous elderberry. (Hopefully the .wav file will go with this message, either below or as an attachment).

We were stumped. Could this be a Swainson's??? Connor suggested maybe a Catbird, which is intriguing, but it doesn't sound like the catbird a few years ago in the Botanical Garden. Maybe a mad, feral catbird?

Anyway, any thoughts or, hopefully, a definitive ID would be very much appreciated.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco 



El Polin Strange Call

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

Earlier this evening I made it down to El Polin and, in the company of Connor Cochrane, whiffed on grosbeaks though there were multiple Swainson's Thrush, Scrub Jays, Song Sparrows and a bunch of smaller birds. While listening to both calls and songs of Swainson's Thrushes there was a period of silence, then we heard this short, rather harsh call repeated from dense cover in the shrubs behind the famous elderberry. (Hopefully the .wav file will go with this message, either below or as an attachment).

We were stumped. Could this be a Swainson's??? Connor suggested maybe a Catbird, which is intriguing, but it doesn't sound like the catbird a few years ago in the Botanical Garden. Maybe a mad, feral catbird?

Anyway, any thoughts or, hopefully, a definitive ID would be very much appreciated.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco 



Lawrence’s Goldfinch - Jojoland Station

Joachim Gonzalez
 

A pair of Lawrence’s Goldfinches were seen 50 meters below the trees where the Yellow-throated Warbler was seen, in Phecalia plant. They soon left and circled north and where not refound. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


Re: [pen-bird] [SFBirds] Mississippi Kite

Aaron Maizlish
 

Wow, that has to be the best yard-bird sighting anywhere of the current Shelter-in-Place era yet! Way to go Max and Marc! I’ll be looking out my window (two miles north) now.

For the Peninsula birders, as Peter mentioned this is just a hundred feet or so from the county line. Could have been in San Mateo air space at the time for all we know. San Bruno Mtn could be a lucky place to look this afternoon.

Aaron Maizlish

On May 16, 2020, at 1:15 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@birdpop.org> wrote:

The Lara's saw it at San Jose Avenue and Goeth Street, right on the SF-San Mateo border. It was first spotted by Max's son, Marc.

Good skywatching!

Peter

At 12:31 PM 5/16/2020, Jennifer Rycenga wrote:
Get outside folks, if you can! Look up! WOW!

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
visit <http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/>;http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/
The San Mateo County Birding Guide







Begin forwarded message:

From: "Peter Pyle" <<mailto:ppyle@birdpop.org>ppyle@birdpop.org>
Subject: [SFBirds] Mississippi Kite
Date: May 16, 2020 at 12:17:36 PM PDT
To: SFBirds <<mailto:sfbirds@groups.io>sfbirds@groups.io>

Just got a photo of a MIKI by Max Lara, taken at about 11:30 while looking for the ibis. Not sure where yet but near Lake Merced, I believe. Peter





Re: Mississippi Kite

Peter Pyle
 

The Lara's saw it at San Jose Avenue and Goeth Street, right on the SF-San Mateo border. It was first spotted by Max's son, Marc.

Good skywatching!

Peter

At 12:31 PM 5/16/2020, Jennifer Rycenga wrote:
Get outside folks, if you can! Look up! WOW!

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
visit <http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/>;http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/
The San Mateo County Birding Guide







Begin forwarded message:

From: "Peter Pyle" <<mailto:ppyle@birdpop.org>ppyle@birdpop.org>
Subject: [SFBirds] Mississippi Kite
Date: May 16, 2020 at 12:17:36 PM PDT
To: SFBirds <<mailto:sfbirds@groups.io>sfbirds@groups.io>

Just got a photo of a MIKI by Max Lara, taken at about 11:30 while looking for the ibis. Not sure where yet but near Lake Merced, I believe. Peter



Yellow-throated Warbler Jojoland Station

Jonah Benningfield
 

Heads up, this morning I had a Yellow-throated Warbler singing a few houses away from my own. A nice song to hear from bed for sure! I was able to see it after a bit, but sadly I only have recordings (no photos) so if anyone could document it that’d be great. Coords (37.7921, -122.4761). Was in the pine trees right around that pin.

all the best,
Jonah B.


Mississippi Kite

Peter Pyle
 

Just got a photo of a MIKI by Max Lara, taken at about 11:30 while looking for the ibis. Not sure where yet but near Lake Merced, I believe. Peter


Re: Ibis circling over Concrete Bridge

Brian Fitch
 

A northeast vector will take them diagonally across the entire city.
So if you can, look up and track these beauties and let the rest of us know about it pronto.
This is the best possible use of cell phones in my opinion.
Brian Fitch

On Sat, May 16, 2020 at 10:28 AM Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:
Lake Merced. about 31, but just flew NE


Ibis circling over Concrete Bridge

Peter Pyle
 

Lake Merced. about 31, but just flew NE


Ibis flock, 5/16/20 — typo — White-faced Ibis

Paul Saraceni
 

Typo — White-faced Ibis of course.

Apologies.




From: Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni@...>
Date: May 16, 2020 at 8:06:37 AM PDT
To: Lazuli Bunting Dr <bunting1440@...>
Subject: Re:  [SFBirds] Glossy Ibis flock, 5/
On Sat, May 16, 2020 at 8:03 AM Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni@...> wrote:
At 7:50 am a flock of ~30 Glossy Ibis flew south past seawatch over the ocean then turned inland and flew east just north of Ft Funston towards Lake Merced. Keep your eyes open for these. Will get accurate count later from my photos.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco




Glossy Ibis flock, 5/16/20

Paul Saraceni
 

At 7:50 am a flock of ~30 Glossy Ibis flew south past seawatch over the ocean then turned inland and flew east just north of Ft Funston towards Lake Merced. Keep your eyes open for these. Will get accurate count later from my photos.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


Check the beaches Sunday and Monday

David Assmann
 

From Birdcast:

17-19 May 2020 may provide opportunities to experience an interesting, and rare, shorebird event to the Pacific Coast of North America. An approaching strong storm system well timed to coincide with movements of oceanic spring shorebird migrants in the eastern Pacific could entrain and displace an array of unusual (i.e. Asian and Alaskan) shorebirds to unintended stopover locations. Although the predicted condition is perhaps not the epic and anomalous scenario of 1998 (see Mlodinow et al. 1999), in which the Southern Oscillation Index and the Western Pacific Oscillation Index were in anomalously high positions and spawned arrivals of some rare vagrant species, Team BirdCast wants to highlight the possibility for those that can observe shorebirds and their habitats safely in the coming days. Entrained and displaced birds may begin to appear in appropriate habitat, especially along immediate coast on beaches, on Sunday and Monday, 17-18 May 2020.

More information at https://birdcast.info/scientific-discussion/migration-alert-pacific-weather-17-18-may-and-shorebirds-comes-a-time-when-youre-drifting/


Re: Northern Parula - Lily Pond

Whitney Grover
 

Still here! Just sang again for a few minutes at around 15:45. Now quiet.


Re: Northern Parula - Lily Pond

Sarah Burton
 

TELL IT TO STAY PUT


On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 1:17 PM Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:
Still singing at lily pond at 1:15

On May 15, 2020, at 11:41, Richard Bradus via groups.io <grizzledjay=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Thanks Brian!

The Parula was singing quite a bit when I arrived at 9:30 from trees on the hill above the south of the lake, then while foraging in the acacias above the west side, occasionally into the oaks and coming closer to the mob at the south side again (in the company of Juan Garcia, Brian Fitch, and others), but only afforded us brief glimpses. It was seen in association with a Wilson's (along with an additional pair of Wilson's) and there were a number of other singers including Warbling Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Pac-slope Flycatcher and Black-headed Grosbeak. It flew off to the north for a short time but returned singing and eventually, along with Max Benningfield, was able to follow it to the acacias where we got short but nice views as it foraged and sang from the lower reaches of the tree. Nice!

As Brian has noted, the Lily Pond is closed and there is construction going on, so the best way to approach is from the hill above the east side of the Rhody Dell or from some trails of use off Pelosi Dr. coming from the AIDS Memorial Grove.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

On Friday, May 15, 2020, 9:50:44 AM PDT, Brian Turner <brianturner6@...> wrote:


Parula still singing loudly as of 9:30.

Because the Lily Pond trail remains closed to pedestrian traffic I'd advise observing this bird atop the hill at east end of the Rhodedendon Dell. 

Good birding,
Brian Turner

On Fri, May 15, 2020, 7:05 AM Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21@...> wrote:
Currently singing on the south end of the Pond where the cut up dead branches are. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


Re: Northern Parula - Lily Pond

Dario Taraborelli
 

Still singing at lily pond at 1:15

On May 15, 2020, at 11:41, Richard Bradus via groups.io <grizzledjay@...> wrote:


Thanks Brian!

The Parula was singing quite a bit when I arrived at 9:30 from trees on the hill above the south of the lake, then while foraging in the acacias above the west side, occasionally into the oaks and coming closer to the mob at the south side again (in the company of Juan Garcia, Brian Fitch, and others), but only afforded us brief glimpses. It was seen in association with a Wilson's (along with an additional pair of Wilson's) and there were a number of other singers including Warbling Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Pac-slope Flycatcher and Black-headed Grosbeak. It flew off to the north for a short time but returned singing and eventually, along with Max Benningfield, was able to follow it to the acacias where we got short but nice views as it foraged and sang from the lower reaches of the tree. Nice!

As Brian has noted, the Lily Pond is closed and there is construction going on, so the best way to approach is from the hill above the east side of the Rhody Dell or from some trails of use off Pelosi Dr. coming from the AIDS Memorial Grove.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

On Friday, May 15, 2020, 9:50:44 AM PDT, Brian Turner <brianturner6@...> wrote:


Parula still singing loudly as of 9:30.

Because the Lily Pond trail remains closed to pedestrian traffic I'd advise observing this bird atop the hill at east end of the Rhodedendon Dell. 

Good birding,
Brian Turner

On Fri, May 15, 2020, 7:05 AM Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21@...> wrote:
Currently singing on the south end of the Pond where the cut up dead branches are. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


Re: Northern Parula - Lily Pond

Richard Bradus
 

Thanks Brian!

The Parula was singing quite a bit when I arrived at 9:30 from trees on the hill above the south of the lake, then while foraging in the acacias above the west side, occasionally into the oaks and coming closer to the mob at the south side again (in the company of Juan Garcia, Brian Fitch, and others), but only afforded us brief glimpses. It was seen in association with a Wilson's (along with an additional pair of Wilson's) and there were a number of other singers including Warbling Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Pac-slope Flycatcher and Black-headed Grosbeak. It flew off to the north for a short time but returned singing and eventually, along with Max Benningfield, was able to follow it to the acacias where we got short but nice views as it foraged and sang from the lower reaches of the tree. Nice!

As Brian has noted, the Lily Pond is closed and there is construction going on, so the best way to approach is from the hill above the east side of the Rhody Dell or from some trails of use off Pelosi Dr. coming from the AIDS Memorial Grove.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

On Friday, May 15, 2020, 9:50:44 AM PDT, Brian Turner <brianturner6@...> wrote:


Parula still singing loudly as of 9:30.

Because the Lily Pond trail remains closed to pedestrian traffic I'd advise observing this bird atop the hill at east end of the Rhodedendon Dell. 

Good birding,
Brian Turner

On Fri, May 15, 2020, 7:05 AM Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21@...> wrote:
Currently singing on the south end of the Pond where the cut up dead branches are. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


SF’s only Cliff swallow nest and migrants Presidio today

Josiah Clark
 

Not sure about anyone else but I’ve been quite disoriented by the weather recently. Maybe the birds have too, certainly it’s the most spring vagrants SF has seen in a decade or more.
   I was very surprised to see a lone Cliff Swallow enter a nest under the eaves along the buildings on the west side of Ft Scott. This is what Aaron Maizlish suspected a month ago. I have visited this spot several times since then and not seen a single cliff swallow there or anywhere in sf since then. As far as we know this is the only breeding Cliff swallow in all of San Francisco, after the lake Merced colony failed to return. Also a Pacific-slope flycatcher remains on territory nearby. 
    Elsewhere in the presidio while “trolling the dawn” by bicycle there was a a smattering of migrants about. 
Several singing Western Tanagers, warbling vireos, swainsons thrush and at least 5 Yellow warblers including one in street trees on lake st. 
   Just hours after my last post last week, I had my first ever Bonaparte’s Gull (non-breeding) at Mountain Lake Park. Very cool to watch it successfully hunt and subsequently chow down on stickleback and crayfish before it disappeared...presumably it flew into the wild blue yonder.
     

Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Re: Northern Parula - Lily Pond

Brian Turner <brianturner6@...>
 

Parula still singing loudly as of 9:30.

Because the Lily Pond trail remains closed to pedestrian traffic I'd advise observing this bird atop the hill at east end of the Rhodedendon Dell. 

Good birding,
Brian Turner

On Fri, May 15, 2020, 7:05 AM Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21@...> wrote:
Currently singing on the south end of the Pond where the cut up dead branches are. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


Northern Parula - Lily Pond

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Currently singing on the south end of the Pond where the cut up dead branches are. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez

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