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Chestnut Sided Warbler at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

In Battery 


Ammodramous sp @ Hunters Point

Alan Hopkins
 

This evening at about 5pm I saw a small sparrow as it flew up from the drainage ditch on the Hunter’s Point Shipyard that appeared to be a Ammodramous sparrow. The bird had a flat head and strongly notched tail. The face showed a cheek patch with some yellowish on the face. The bird flew to a bush across a cyclone fence unfortunately it was far away and facing away in ¾ light. I watched it for about a minute. Eventually it flew off to the south. Earler at noon there was a Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Western Tanager a Pointview Park. The ditch is off limits but you can view it through the fence at the end of Donahue St. (don’t expect the bird to be there)



Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA


Flycatching Pygmy Nuthatches

Jim Chiropolos
 

Derek Heins and I did a birding our and back through SF today and the common migrants were present in low numbers at the multiple hotspots we stopped at. We met multiple members of the SF birding community birding their patches as we biked through.

The highlight of the day was a group of about 8 Pygmy Nuthatches Flycatching!! with a western tanager above East wash. The Pygmy Nuthatches were quite acrobatic and nimble in the air. We watched this group for about 10 minutes. I was quite surprised to see this “branch creeper” sallying out for insects in flights of up to 20 feet, quick changes of direction and then returning to the tree.

Some birds are certainly very adaptable to their feeding  methods and food (as I think about it - the food item must be very different from the insects they pick off from branches in addition to the method of feeding). I wonder if Pygmy Nuthatches are the most common bird in the city because they were abundant calling and active everywhere on our route from Fort Mason to the Cliff House and back. Very cool!

My east bay home yard migrant bird predictor today was correct - no migrants in my east bay yard today I thought would mean low numbers of migrating birds moving through SF and that was the case.... 

Jim Chiropolos
Orinda


Lark Sparrow at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

On field between hostel and garden


Blue Grosbeak at Fort Mason; continuing shorebirds at Yosemite Slough

David Assmann
 

A BLUE GROSBEAK just landed in the evergreen next to the hostel (just south of the Battery) at Fort Mason.  Earlier this morning the BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and the LESSER YELLOWLEGS continued at Yosemite Slough.


Two pelagics - spots now open on formerly sold out trip.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

   We are heading out of Half Moon Bay (Pillar Point Harbor) this Saturday and Monday. Last Saturday we had masses of birds and whales out there including Laysan Albatross, three species of storm-petrel, Tufted Puffin and a lost Lucy’s Warblers among the thousands of Pink-footed Shearwaters, Common Murres and other more common species. The Monday trip was sold out, but now spots are open. So both are available if anyone is keen on getting out, to smoke free air enjoying nature with like minded folks.

   https://www.alvarosadventures.com/pelagic-dates-2020.html

take care, and I hope this weekend is a great one for birds.

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


[GGAS-Chat] World Shorebirds Day and week

Pat Greene
 

I’m forwarding this because, while I have been seeing interesting shorebird reports,  I haven’t seen anything about this count on SF Birds, and I suspect that many SFBirders don’t subscribe to GGAS-chat. Some of you who are reporting shorebirds to this list might want to help this shorebird count.
Pat

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Maureen Lahiff via groups.io" <MLahiff@...>
Subject: [GGAS-Chat] World Shorebirds Day and week
Date: September 3, 2020 at 1:20:38 PM PDT

I love shorebirds, and have been happy to participate in World Shorebirds Day, a community science effort of Gyorgy Szimuly.

It's a fairly new effort; I think it started in 2014.

The day is September 6, but the counting effort is for a week around that date.

https://www.worldshorebirdsday.org/

with the handsome molting Golden-plover.

Counts are for a week, Sept 3 to Sept 9 for 2020.

You can register to sign up as a counter.
Or I think you can just share your eBird checklist with  worldshorebirdsday

Information on how to contribute your count is on the website under Global Shorebird Count
on the top menu.

alas, no GGAS fiel trips for World Shorebirds Day 2020,
so please join in as individuals.

Maureen



False alarm - Willow not Dusky

David Assmann
 

Got better looks at bird and determined that it was a Willow not a Dusky


Dusky Flycatcher at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Seen in Battery making whit calls


Turkey Vulture at Sutro Baths

Amy G
 

A turkey vulture was dining on the beach in front of the Sutro Baths this morning. 



Bernal Heights red-tail hawks

Donna Hayes
 

Hi all,

During today’s walk around Bernal Hill, a neighbor told me that he saw bands on the two red-tailed hawk fledglings, and asked if I knew who was banding them.

Does anyone know?

Thank you.

Get out while the air is good!

Donna Hayes


Re: Red-Necked Phalarope at Stow Lake at 1;40 pm

Jennifer Morrow
 

Two actually

Jennifer

Sent from an iPhone . . . 

On Aug 25, 2020, at 1:42 PM, Jennifer Morrow <morrow1028@...> wrote:

Spotted by Rudy, between pagoda and falls

Jennifer

Sent from an iPhone . . . 

On Aug 25, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

"Hatch Year."  It means that the bird was born in this breeding season.

Aaron Maizlish

On Aug 25, 2020, at 1:14 PM, Joel Perlstein <joelperl@...> wrote:

What does HY mean?



--
Joel Perlstein
San Francisco








Red-Necked Phalarope at Stow Lake at 1;40 pm

Jennifer Morrow
 

Spotted by Rudy, between pagoda and falls

Jennifer

Sent from an iPhone . . . 

On Aug 25, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

"Hatch Year."  It means that the bird was born in this breeding season.

Aaron Maizlish

On Aug 25, 2020, at 1:14 PM, Joel Perlstein <joelperl@...> wrote:

What does HY mean?



--
Joel Perlstein
San Francisco








Re: Good shorebirds continue at Yosemite Slough Restoration area Sept 2

Brian Fitch
 

I had the good luck to run into Dave this morning after he already had the Baird's and dowitchers in view.  While I was studying one of the dowitchers, he spotted the Lesser Yellowlegs as it came over the berm.  The studied dowitcher had a gray breast, some retained all dark scapulars with paler edging, and a very long bill, but as Dave wrote, it gave a "keek" call as both birds flushed to the south side of the pond, confirming Long-billed.  Likely the birds seen last week at the Hansen Ponds, begging the question of why these unusual city species are hanging out in such questionable habitat, rather than using the adjacent restored areas?

Unfortunately, as I returned from a quick check of the main mudflats, two trucks had driven into the pond area, and all of the rarities had vanished.

I want to thank Rachel Lawrence for cueing me into the Revere St passage to the pond, which is much more civilized than the regular entrance on Griffith.  It's still a funky industrial site, but sans the homeless camp anarchy.

Brian Fitch


On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 11:05 AM Dave Weber <dwbirdster@...> wrote:

Two Baird's, one Lesser Yellowlegs, and two Dowitchers likely Long-billed (gave sharp 'keek' upon taking flight) in the pond at end of Revere St this morning Sept 2.


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone


Good shorebirds continue at Yosemite Slough Restoration area Sept 2

Dave Weber
 


Two Baird's, one Lesser Yellowlegs, and two Dowitchers likely Long-billed (gave sharp 'keek' upon taking flight) in the pond at end of Revere St this morning Sept 2.


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone


Re: Mandarin Duck at Lake Merced is banded

Siobhan Ruck
 

It’s not a Fish and Wildlife band, it’s a private band that would be used by an aviculturalist.  Perhaps a waterfowl breeders organization could help.

Siobhan Ruck, SF




On Sep 2, 2020, at 10:51 AM, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:

More detail of the band, if anyone can decode it.

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On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 10:38 AM Dario Taraborelli via groups.io <dario.taraborelli=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Linda,

I have pictures showing the band and the partial banding code I can read is 2588. https://ebird.org/checklist/S73051842?view=photos

Dario

On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 9:48 AM Linda Swanson <lswanson@...> wrote:
A band can be seen on the Mandarin Duck's right tarsus from a photo on Michael Hingerty's eBird checklist of 9/1 at the concrete bridge of Lake Merced. In other photos, mine included, the duck has its right leg drawn up and not visible. Perhaps someone will be able to photograph a readable version of the banding code, and possibly discover the origin of this Mandarin Duck.

Michael Hingerty's eBird checklist https://ebird.org/ak/checklist/S73071334

Linda Swanson






Re: Mandarin Duck at Lake Merced is banded

Dario Taraborelli
 

More detail of the band, if anyone can decode it.

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On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 10:38 AM Dario Taraborelli via groups.io <dario.taraborelli=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Linda,

I have pictures showing the band and the partial banding code I can read is 2588. https://ebird.org/checklist/S73051842?view=photos

Dario

On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 9:48 AM Linda Swanson <lswanson@...> wrote:
A band can be seen on the Mandarin Duck's right tarsus from a photo on Michael Hingerty's eBird checklist of 9/1 at the concrete bridge of Lake Merced. In other photos, mine included, the duck has its right leg drawn up and not visible. Perhaps someone will be able to photograph a readable version of the banding code, and possibly discover the origin of this Mandarin Duck.

Michael Hingerty's eBird checklist https://ebird.org/ak/checklist/S73071334

Linda Swanson


Re: Mandarin Duck at Lake Merced is banded

Dario Taraborelli
 

Linda,

I have pictures showing the band and the partial banding code I can read is 2588. https://ebird.org/checklist/S73051842?view=photos

Dario

On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 9:48 AM Linda Swanson <lswanson@...> wrote:
A band can be seen on the Mandarin Duck's right tarsus from a photo on Michael Hingerty's eBird checklist of 9/1 at the concrete bridge of Lake Merced. In other photos, mine included, the duck has its right leg drawn up and not visible. Perhaps someone will be able to photograph a readable version of the banding code, and possibly discover the origin of this Mandarin Duck.

Michael Hingerty's eBird checklist https://ebird.org/ak/checklist/S73071334

Linda Swanson


Mandarin Duck at Lake Merced is banded

Linda Swanson
 

A band can be seen on the Mandarin Duck's right tarsus from a photo on Michael Hingerty's eBird checklist of 9/1 at the concrete bridge of Lake Merced. In other photos, mine included, the duck has its right leg drawn up and not visible. Perhaps someone will be able to photograph a readable version of the banding code, and possibly discover the origin of this Mandarin Duck.

Michael Hingerty's eBird checklist https://ebird.org/ak/checklist/S73071334

Linda Swanson


Red Eyed Vireo continues at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

In Battery 

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