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Blackpoll at Sutro heights park

H Cotter
 

In the “native” area to the south .
Hugh


Palm Warbler and Black-and-white Warbler at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Palm found by Derek in front of headquarters


Round up begins

 

Good luck to all the participants. If you’re not already outside, HUSTLE UP!!


Looking forward to the reports this afternoon.

Dominik Mosur


Battery Godfrey 9/25

Andrew Gross
 

I did a hawk watch today from Battery Godfrey. The highlights of an otherwise slow day were a juvenile golden eagle, a juvenile bald eagle, and two juvenile broad-wings. The only other noteworthy sights were 3 ospreys and a flyover lazuli bunting. 


Good birding,

Eli Gross


2020 "Pandemic Version" San Francisco Rare Bird Round Up - Sept 26 2020

H Cotter
 

All,

Just a reminder- would appreciate any reports of good birds in the City tomorrow for the SF Rare Bird Round Up List,

Thanks

Hugh and Alan,

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: H Cotter via groups.io <chatwren=gmail.com@groups.io>
Date: Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 8:07 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] 2020 "Pandemic Version" San Francisco Rare Bird Round Up - Sept 26 2020
To: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>


Normally at this time of the year many of the San Francisco birding community would be planning the annual San Francisco Rare bird Round Up.

Due to the ongoing covid circumstances, Alan and I did not feel it appropriate to organize a formal round up this year.

We are however designating September 26th as the SF Rare bird round up day and encouraging people to bird the City that day as they wish to do so.

We are hoping that people will spread out over the City and bird and cover as many areas as we might do on a Round-Up day.

We are asking that any good birds be reported to SFbirds and Ebird throughout the day and especially to sfbirds as a number of people do not get the hourly ebird reports and sfbirds would make more sense to get the information out quickly and allow people to chase any rarities if they wish to do so.

The species list generated on that day will be used for the countdown checklist for 2020.

We hope you have a good fall birding season and hope that you get to go out and bird on Sept. 26,

Hugh and Alan.


09.25. 20 Crissy Field Vesper Sparrow

H Cotter
 

There was Vesper Sparrow on the east end of the main lawn at Crissy this morning with the Savannah flock. There was a Chipping Sparrow in the east side parking lot along with a Willow Flycatcher.
On the Lagoon was a single White Pelican.


Hugh



Prairie falcon mc laren

Alan Hopkins
 

A prairie falcon just zoomed over McLaren park.



Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device


Tennessee at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Lots of expected migrants moving through - also a TENNESSEE WARBLER (in garden).


Lawrence’s goldfinch

Rachel Lawrence
 

With flock of waxwing just to the north Of the big house with lawn Upton Avenue


From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> on behalf of William Pelletier via groups.io <wrpelletier@...>
Sent: Thursday, September 24, 2020 4:38:14 PM
To: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SFBirds] SFBBO Bird Photo Big Day Fall Challenge this Saturday 9/26
 
SF Birders,

Kitty & I are hosting our second Bird Photo Big Day this Saturday in support of SFBBO ... but this one has a twist. Capture the behavior of a bird. It's not just the quality of the photo that will be judged, but more the content and interesting poses that we are looking for.

For the San
 
Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
  Fall Challenge we are looking for the best photos that depict bird behavior and activity; all species are in the game. Eating, flycatching, preening, bathing, vocalizing, flying, soaring, and hunting. Even the bird's attitude. What behaviors can you capture?

Can you capture a Skimmer skimming? Or a Dipper dipping? Maybe a Rail skulking?

All photos must be taken between 12:01 am and 11:59 pm on Saturday 9/26/2020 and submitted by noon on Sunday 9/27/2020. Each participant can submit a total of 10 photographs for consideration in the "Strike a Pose" contest. All submissions are to be posted on the Facebook group or emailed to Barbara Coll (barbaracoll@...) who will post them on the Facebook Group with credit to the photographer. A $25 donation to SFBBO is requested to participate. 

Head over to the Facebook group to get involved: Nhóm Facebook 

Throughout the day we will be updating on our species total (only photographed species count) with a goal to get 150 species on the day.






Thanks,
Bill P


SFBBO Bird Photo Big Day Fall Challenge this Saturday 9/26

William Pelletier
 

SF Birders,

Kitty & I are hosting our second Bird Photo Big Day this Saturday in support of SFBBO ... but this one has a twist. Capture the behavior of a bird. It's not just the quality of the photo that will be judged, but more the content and interesting poses that we are looking for.

For the San
 
Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
  Fall Challenge we are looking for the best photos that depict bird behavior and activity; all species are in the game. Eating, flycatching, preening, bathing, vocalizing, flying, soaring, and hunting. Even the bird's attitude. What behaviors can you capture?

Can you capture a Skimmer skimming? Or a Dipper dipping? Maybe a Rail skulking?

All photos must be taken between 12:01 am and 11:59 pm on Saturday 9/26/2020 and submitted by noon on Sunday 9/27/2020. Each participant can submit a total of 10 photographs for consideration in the "Strike a Pose" contest. All submissions are to be posted on the Facebook group or emailed to Barbara Coll (barbaracoll@...) who will post them on the Facebook Group with credit to the photographer. A $25 donation to SFBBO is requested to participate. 

Head over to the Facebook group to get involved: Nhóm Facebook 

Throughout the day we will be updating on our species total (only photographed species count) with a goal to get 150 species on the day.






Thanks,
Bill P


Re: npr story on at 4:50 and 6:50pm also link below

Roberta Guise
 

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I had wondered whether songs would change — tempo, pitch or tone — now that they’re competing less with traffic.


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On Sep 24, 2020, at 4:37 PM, John Luther via groups.io <aplomado-falcon@...> wrote:

Hope you all find this of interest,  It is only 2 minutes long.  For full disclosure David Luther is my son.

John Luther 
Oakland

Subject: npr story on at 4:50 and 6:50pm also link below



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David Luther PhD
Assistant Professor

Biology Department
Exploratory Hall 1216
George Mason University
4400 University Dr., MS 3E1
Fairfax VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-5267
email: dluther@...
https://dluthe7.wixsite.com/lutherlab



Fw: npr story on at 4:50 and 6:50pm also link below

John Luther
 

Hope you all find this of interest,  It is only 2 minutes long.  For full disclosure David Luther is my son.

John Luther 
Oakland

Subject: npr story on at 4:50 and 6:50pm also link below



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David Luther PhD
Assistant Professor

Biology Department
Exploratory Hall 1216
George Mason University
4400 University Dr., MS 3E1
Fairfax VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-5267
email: dluther@...
https://dluthe7.wixsite.com/lutherlab


Re: Clay-colored Sparrow at Elk Glen continues - and Rhododendron Dell

Michaela F.
 

The bird at Elk Glen is continuing right now still right south of the maintenance yard! 

Michaela Figari
SF


On Sep 23, 2020, at 1:13 PM, Richard Bradus via groups.io <grizzledjay@...> wrote:


And the sparrow-palooza continued late this morning at the Rhododendron Dell, though very frustrating as there were numerous walkers, dogs and kids and the gardeners were working and checking the sprinklers intermittently, causing the birds to flush constantly. I got only a brief look at the Lark Sparrow but there were continuing Clay-colored (at least one) and multiple Chipping Sparrows (one with a rufous crown) as well as the usual Song and White-crowned. Also a drab bird with a buffy breast that had me stumped for some time but I think is a juvenile Lazuli Bunting.

A quick walk through the AIDS Memorial Grove around noon was good for squirrels but not birds - just a couple of song sparrows, though there was a nice flyover by a migrating Sharp-shinned.

Late this afternoon may be rewarding for those who have not yet enjoyed the sparrow fest, after the crowds and gardeners are gone.

Great day to be outdoors!
Richard Bradus
San Francisco


On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 9:29:27 AM PDT, Nancy Palmer <nancy_palmer@...> wrote:


South of the maintenance yard. South west side of elk glen lake. :)

Best,
Nancy Palmer
SF






Re: Close encounters with raptors

Siobhan Ruck
 

For a wonderful look at an urban redtail’s life in Alta Plaza Park, treat yourself to scrolling through Walter Kitundu’s photographs of a juvenile redtail he came to call Patch.  Many of the photos were first shared on SF Birds back in 2005-6 when he was following her.


Siobhan Ruck

On Sep 23, 2020, at 4:44 PM, Richard Bradus via groups.io <grizzledjay@...> wrote:

Hi again

It seems I've been missing all the rare migrant hawks that have been passing over SF the past few days (especially today!) but I've been lucky to have some close up views of some of our more usual raptors. 

Yesterday while walking about the trails above Dominican College in San Rafael I was treated to a low flying Peregrine that appeared to be in hot pursuit of something, rapidly circling just above the treetops before flying off. Just a few minutes later as I got close to the parking area a Red-shouldered Hawk flew right by me and perched on a low limb overlooking the creek floor, perhaps 5 meters away, seemingly unconcerned with my gawking.

Then today, while walking through Alta Plaza park here in SF on my way to Fillmore St., despite the ridiculous amount of noise coming from road work on Steiner St. (or perhaps because of it?) I was astounded to see an immature Red-tail grab some kind of rodent and fly past me, perching in a small tree to consume its catch. Amazingly it just perched there and devoured its prey as another passer-by and I approached to within just a few meters to take photos with our phones (my ancient iPhone). Here's one: (note the other gentleman at the lower right taking a photo as well)
<Red-tail with spectator 1.jpg>

Truly a sight to behold.

I'm now wondering - could it be because of my flamboyant colored red hair? 😜

Anyway, hope you all have some interesting encounters as well.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco
<Red-tail with spectator 1.jpg>


Close encounters with raptors

Richard Bradus
 

Hi again

It seems I've been missing all the rare migrant hawks that have been passing over SF the past few days (especially today!) but I've been lucky to have some close up views of some of our more usual raptors. 

Yesterday while walking about the trails above Dominican College in San Rafael I was treated to a low flying Peregrine that appeared to be in hot pursuit of something, rapidly circling just above the treetops before flying off. Just a few minutes later as I got close to the parking area a Red-shouldered Hawk flew right by me and perched on a low limb overlooking the creek floor, perhaps 5 meters away, seemingly unconcerned with my gawking.

Then today, while walking through Alta Plaza park here in SF on my way to Fillmore St., despite the ridiculous amount of noise coming from road work on Steiner St. (or perhaps because of it?) I was astounded to see an immature Red-tail grab some kind of rodent and fly past me, perching in a small tree to consume its catch. Amazingly it just perched there and devoured its prey as another passer-by and I approached to within just a few meters to take photos with our phones (my ancient iPhone). Here's one: (note the other gentleman at the lower right taking a photo as well)
Inline image

Truly a sight to behold.

I'm now wondering - could it be because of my flamboyant colored red hair? 😜

Anyway, hope you all have some interesting encounters as well.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Fort scott today

Eddie Monson
 

Hello all,
Today I birded Fort Scott from 10:30-1 before heading over to the battery. It was a beautiful day with some nice birds as well. The first rarity of the day was a Clay-colored Sparrow on the lawn behind the Log Cabin with some White crowns. After watching that for a few minutes I meandered over to Kobbe and Upton where I met David Armstrong. After he left to go look for the Clay colored I ran into a Hammond's Flycatcher on the big lawn west up Upton just past Kobbe. After this I headed over to the northwest side of the soccer field where I started a hawkwatch with David and Aaron M. (who had joined us by this time) and David and I had the same juvenile Swainson's hawk fly by that the Battery crew did. Other than that not a ton of passerine migrants but the hawk movement was decent and overall just a great day to be outside.
Good birding
Eddie


Battery Godfrey

Brian Fitch
 

A number of birders came out for the first decent day of hawkwatching after fog, smoke, and their admixture have blocked our sky views for some time.  Rachel, Jennifer, and Cindy were out for the rather quiet morning watch, Rachel and Cindy for the peak period between 11 and 12:30, and David Armstrong, Eddie, Aaron, Max and Herb for the later afternoon.

Individual numbers were low, but raptor variety was very good, with the highlights being a White-tailed Kite spotted by Rachel, a Ferruginous Hawk, and an intermediate Swainson's Hawk, all three were juveniles, and all were southbound.  Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Cooper's, and Sharp-shinned Hawks were seen, along with Peregrine, Merlin and Kestrel, and 2 Ospreys.  Four Parasitic Jaegers flew east over the GG Bridge, and the few duck flocks consisted of scoters and scaup.

Everyone was hoping that we can keep our clear skies as the winds turn east this weekend.
Brian Fitch


Ferruginous Hawk

David Assmann
 

Light morph just flew over Strawberry Hill heading southwest


Bernal Hill

Donna Hayes
 

FOS Golden-crowned sparrow (for me, anyway) near the blackberries at the northeast end. On the southeast side a Say’s and black phoebe were hunting side by side along the fence.

Good birding.
Donna


Re: Clay-colored Sparrow at Elk Glen continues - and Rhododendron Dell

Richard Bradus
 

And the sparrow-palooza continued late this morning at the Rhododendron Dell, though very frustrating as there were numerous walkers, dogs and kids and the gardeners were working and checking the sprinklers intermittently, causing the birds to flush constantly. I got only a brief look at the Lark Sparrow but there were continuing Clay-colored (at least one) and multiple Chipping Sparrows (one with a rufous crown) as well as the usual Song and White-crowned. Also a drab bird with a buffy breast that had me stumped for some time but I think is a juvenile Lazuli Bunting.

A quick walk through the AIDS Memorial Grove around noon was good for squirrels but not birds - just a couple of song sparrows, though there was a nice flyover by a migrating Sharp-shinned.

Late this afternoon may be rewarding for those who have not yet enjoyed the sparrow fest, after the crowds and gardeners are gone.

Great day to be outdoors!
Richard Bradus
San Francisco


On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 9:29:27 AM PDT, Nancy Palmer <nancy_palmer@...> wrote:


South of the maintenance yard. South west side of elk glen lake. :)

Best,
Nancy Palmer
SF





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