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Re: Blue-winged Teal continues @ Mountain Lake

David Webster
 

While I'm no expert by any means - far from it. (first year birder). I'm posting additional photos and some links that I based my opinion on. It's a much more interesting and at times confusing topic than I would have anticipated!

Focus On: Identifying Blue-winged and Cinnamon Teals:

Identifying Blue-winged, Green-winged, and Cinnamon Teal

Rust Stained Blue-winged Teal sometimes reported as Cinnamon Teal.   (In which cites Peter Pyle)

My observation was based on reading about these differences: prominent broad white eye-rings, white on lores, wider and dark eye stripe, whiter on throat area, supraloral spot separated from forehead by pale line.

To be fair, (or more confusing to me) after reading more, this bird seems also to have characteristics I noticed that are more common with CITE, such as some  pink-orange on rim of upper mandible. They are also known to hybridize.

Anyway, for those interested, I posted additional photos on ebird:













On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 10:12 AM Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:
Agree with CITE. HY male by the looks of it

On Nov 14, 2020, at 09:26, David Webster <davisigno@...> wrote:


I posted photos on both the 8th and the 9th. I originally thought it was a Green-winged Teal until I captured these.



David Webster

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 9:20 AM Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:
Nico,

Thanks, but I'm afraid that looks like a typical Cinnamon Teal to me.

On Sat, 14 Nov 2020 09:13:18 -0800, Nico Stuurman <nico@...>
wrote:

>https://ebird.org/checklist/S76138158
>
>On November 14, 2020 9:06:25 AM PST, Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:
>>All,
>>
>>Are there any photos of the Blue-winged Teal available? The photos
>>posted
>>on eBird all look like female Cinnamon Teal to me.  Face looks blended
>>and
>>rather dark, belly is also dark and heavily patterned and bill looks
>>relatively large.
>>
>>Thanks.
>>
>>
>>On Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:21:14 -0800, "Ken  Moy" <ken.moy62@...>
>>wrote:
>>
>>>Good morning all,
>>>
>>>Female blue-winged teal seen from the 'beach' by the playground @ 8:30
>>-
>>>8:50am on Friday the 13th perched in the reeds at the waterline on the
>>west
>>>shore just 10-20 feet north of 2 grayish white logs in the reeds. I
>>was
>>>able to see the eye crescent, and light patch at the base of a large
>>dark
>>>bill through a scope @ 45X when the bird occasionally moved its head.
>>With
>>>bins, I was able to make out streaky light colored breast, dark head
>>and
>>>yellowish legs. The bird did not emerge during the time I was there.
>>>
>>>Also of note, 2 eared grebes near the beach.
>>>
>>>Good birding to all,
>>>
>>>Ken
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>--
>>Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
>>
>>
>>
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA






Re: Blue-winged Teal continues @ Mountain Lake

Peter Pyle
 

Agree with CITE. HY male by the looks of it

On Nov 14, 2020, at 09:26, David Webster <davisigno@...> wrote:


I posted photos on both the 8th and the 9th. I originally thought it was a Green-winged Teal until I captured these.



David Webster

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 9:20 AM Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:
Nico,

Thanks, but I'm afraid that looks like a typical Cinnamon Teal to me.

On Sat, 14 Nov 2020 09:13:18 -0800, Nico Stuurman <nico@...>
wrote:

>https://ebird.org/checklist/S76138158
>
>On November 14, 2020 9:06:25 AM PST, Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:
>>All,
>>
>>Are there any photos of the Blue-winged Teal available? The photos
>>posted
>>on eBird all look like female Cinnamon Teal to me.  Face looks blended
>>and
>>rather dark, belly is also dark and heavily patterned and bill looks
>>relatively large.
>>
>>Thanks.
>>
>>
>>On Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:21:14 -0800, "Ken  Moy" <ken.moy62@...>
>>wrote:
>>
>>>Good morning all,
>>>
>>>Female blue-winged teal seen from the 'beach' by the playground @ 8:30
>>-
>>>8:50am on Friday the 13th perched in the reeds at the waterline on the
>>west
>>>shore just 10-20 feet north of 2 grayish white logs in the reeds. I
>>was
>>>able to see the eye crescent, and light patch at the base of a large
>>dark
>>>bill through a scope @ 45X when the bird occasionally moved its head.
>>With
>>>bins, I was able to make out streaky light colored breast, dark head
>>and
>>>yellowish legs. The bird did not emerge during the time I was there.
>>>
>>>Also of note, 2 eared grebes near the beach.
>>>
>>>Good birding to all,
>>>
>>>Ken
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>--
>>Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
>>
>>
>>
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA






Re: Blue-winged Teal continues @ Mountain Lake

David Webster
 

I posted photos on both the 8th and the 9th. I originally thought it was a Green-winged Teal until I captured these.



David Webster

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 9:20 AM Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:
Nico,

Thanks, but I'm afraid that looks like a typical Cinnamon Teal to me.

On Sat, 14 Nov 2020 09:13:18 -0800, Nico Stuurman <nico@...>
wrote:

>https://ebird.org/checklist/S76138158
>
>On November 14, 2020 9:06:25 AM PST, Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:
>>All,
>>
>>Are there any photos of the Blue-winged Teal available? The photos
>>posted
>>on eBird all look like female Cinnamon Teal to me.  Face looks blended
>>and
>>rather dark, belly is also dark and heavily patterned and bill looks
>>relatively large.
>>
>>Thanks.
>>
>>
>>On Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:21:14 -0800, "Ken  Moy" <ken.moy62@...>
>>wrote:
>>
>>>Good morning all,
>>>
>>>Female blue-winged teal seen from the 'beach' by the playground @ 8:30
>>-
>>>8:50am on Friday the 13th perched in the reeds at the waterline on the
>>west
>>>shore just 10-20 feet north of 2 grayish white logs in the reeds. I
>>was
>>>able to see the eye crescent, and light patch at the base of a large
>>dark
>>>bill through a scope @ 45X when the bird occasionally moved its head.
>>With
>>>bins, I was able to make out streaky light colored breast, dark head
>>and
>>>yellowish legs. The bird did not emerge during the time I was there.
>>>
>>>Also of note, 2 eared grebes near the beach.
>>>
>>>Good birding to all,
>>>
>>>Ken
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>--
>>Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
>>
>>
>>
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA






Re: Blue-winged Teal continues @ Mountain Lake

Joe Morlan
 

Nico,

Thanks, but I'm afraid that looks like a typical Cinnamon Teal to me.

On Sat, 14 Nov 2020 09:13:18 -0800, Nico Stuurman <nico@stuurmanpetrie.com>
wrote:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76138158

On November 14, 2020 9:06:25 AM PST, Joe Morlan <jmorlan@gmail.com> wrote:
All,

Are there any photos of the Blue-winged Teal available? The photos
posted
on eBird all look like female Cinnamon Teal to me. Face looks blended
and
rather dark, belly is also dark and heavily patterned and bill looks
relatively large.

Thanks.


On Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:21:14 -0800, "Ken Moy" <ken.moy62@gmail.com>
wrote:

Good morning all,

Female blue-winged teal seen from the 'beach' by the playground @ 8:30
-
8:50am on Friday the 13th perched in the reeds at the waterline on the
west
shore just 10-20 feet north of 2 grayish white logs in the reeds. I
was
able to see the eye crescent, and light patch at the base of a large
dark
bill through a scope @ 45X when the bird occasionally moved its head.
With
bins, I was able to make out streaky light colored breast, dark head
and
yellowish legs. The bird did not emerge during the time I was there.

Also of note, 2 eared grebes near the beach.

Good birding to all,

Ken



--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Re: Blue-winged Teal continues @ Mountain Lake

Nico Stuurman
 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76138158

On November 14, 2020 9:06:25 AM PST, Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:
All,

Are there any photos of the Blue-winged Teal available? The photos posted
on eBird all look like female Cinnamon Teal to me. Face looks blended and
rather dark, belly is also dark and heavily patterned and bill looks
relatively large.

Thanks.


On Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:21:14 -0800, "Ken Moy" <ken.moy62@...> wrote:

Good morning all,

Female blue-winged teal seen from the 'beach' by the playground @ 8:30 -
8:50am on Friday the 13th perched in the reeds at the waterline on the west
shore just 10-20 feet north of 2 grayish white logs in the reeds. I was
able to see the eye crescent, and light patch at the base of a large dark
bill through a scope @ 45X when the bird occasionally moved its head. With
bins, I was able to make out streaky light colored breast, dark head and
yellowish legs. The bird did not emerge during the time I was there.

Also of note, 2 eared grebes near the beach.

Good birding to all,

Ken




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Re: Blue-winged Teal continues @ Mountain Lake

Joe Morlan
 

All,

Are there any photos of the Blue-winged Teal available? The photos posted
on eBird all look like female Cinnamon Teal to me. Face looks blended and
rather dark, belly is also dark and heavily patterned and bill looks
relatively large.

Thanks.


On Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:21:14 -0800, "Ken Moy" <ken.moy62@gmail.com> wrote:

Good morning all,

Female blue-winged teal seen from the 'beach' by the playground @ 8:30 -
8:50am on Friday the 13th perched in the reeds at the waterline on the west
shore just 10-20 feet north of 2 grayish white logs in the reeds. I was
able to see the eye crescent, and light patch at the base of a large dark
bill through a scope @ 45X when the bird occasionally moved its head. With
bins, I was able to make out streaky light colored breast, dark head and
yellowish legs. The bird did not emerge during the time I was there.

Also of note, 2 eared grebes near the beach.

Good birding to all,

Ken



--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


SW SF 11/13

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

This morning I explored some Southwest SF spots with Cédric Duhalde. This cold snap seemed to brings in some push of waterfowl and gulls and we were hoping this pattern would continue today.

We started at Fort Funston focusing both on passerines and seawatching. The oceans were quite active but it seemed like we caught the tail end of the early morning activity. Large numbers of Loons and Gulls were moving offshore. Decent numbers of migrant landbirds may have represented either late migrants or wintering birds. Highlights during the visit included:

Northern Shoveler-10 in a homogenous flock northbound offshore
LONG-TAILED DUCK-1 with scoters offshore
Black Scoter-1 male flyby heading south
Red-throated Loon-150 was a nice movement
Pacific Loon-7
WHITE-TAILED KITE-1 nice juv hanging around the southern parking lot was perched and calling, possibly indicating interest in setting up winter residence?
American Crow-8 together seemed odd here
House Wren-3 seemed like a nice winter tally
MARSH WREN-1 in coastal scrub was an obvious migrant
Common Yellowthroat-5 seemed like a high count, and may reflect a migrant pulse

Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76208696

From there we headed to Lake Merced where we checked a good number of spots near the south end/concrete bridge region. Large numbers of gulls (higher than the normal #) were using the lake to bathe and loaf, but counts of many waterbirds were down. Highlights here included:

Northern Shoveler-13 on the impound lake was a good count for the area, possibly continuing here for a while
Ruddy Duck-40 was a severe downtick from my last visit
Virginia Rail-1
Boneparte's Gull-4 continuing (?) birds north of the bridge
HEERMANN'S GULL-1 second-cycle bird was a rare bird for Lake Merced
American Kestrel-1 male set up presumed winter territory on the Olympic Golf Club
Barn Swallow-1 late bird
Golden-crowned Kinglet-3 along the VG Canal were presumed migrants here
WILSON'S WARBLER-1 presumably wintering bird along the VG Canal in flowering Cape Ivy was the first I have heard of around Lake Merced this winter

One of the eBird checklists here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76207467

Great day to explore some local SF patches.

Good birding,

Logan


Blue-winged Teal continues @ Mountain Lake

Ken Moy
 

Good morning all,

Female blue-winged teal seen from the 'beach' by the playground @ 8:30 - 8:50am on Friday the 13th perched in the reeds at the waterline on the west shore just 10-20 feet north of 2 grayish white logs in the reeds. I was able to see the eye crescent, and light patch at the base of a large dark bill through a scope @ 45X when the bird occasionally moved its head. With bins, I was able to make out streaky light colored breast, dark head and yellowish legs. The bird did not emerge during the time I was there. 

Also of note, 2 eared grebes near the beach.

Good birding to all,

Ken


Sutro Highlights

Brian Fitch
 

Besides the previously mentioned species, other interesting sightings included a pair of Common Goldeneye heading into the bay, an adult Pomerine Jaeger which made a quick attack on a Cal Gull just offshore, multiple Parasitic Jaegers including a pale juvie, several FOS first year Thayer's Gulls,  my FOS pair of Marbled Murrelets, and two flyover American Pipits.

The jaegers were surprising, mainly because I hadn't seen any at all at Sutro since Oct 13th.  The Brown Booby caught my eye as it flew low over the water just north of and beyond North Rock; the gulls dive-bombing it first drew my attention.  I was still scanning the horizon for its possible return when the rock's birds went crazy, and I looked up to see the Bald Eagle directly over North Rock.  I received word from William Legge that the bird showed up at Rodeo Lagoon around a half an hour later.

Another species that would have passed me by unseen was Bottlenosed Dolphin.  While scoping, I heard a puffing sound and looked down, expecting a seal, but there was a very close pod of dolphins that spent several minutes fishing among the near rocks.  I can't recall the surf ever being quiet enough to allow me to hear them before, even though they pass this spot by regularly.

Brian Fitch


Bald Eagle

Brian Fitch
 

Adult heading north toward Rodeo


Re: Brown Booby

Brian Fitch
 

I spotted the booby again after messaging.  It was being harassed by gulls and turned SW into the open sea, disappearing even from scope view.
An adult female.
Brian Fitch

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 9:28 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Heading south from Sutro Baths


Tropical Kingbird, geese

Peter Pyle
 

There was what looks like a pale yellow (but strongly masked) TRKI at the Cliff House this morning. Will put post photos to eBird. It flew high and SE before I lost it in the sun over Richmond, in the direction of ~North Lake/Bison Paddock, GGP.

Also at Spreckles this morning a Greater White-fronted Goose and minima (Ridgway's) Cackling Goose were with the CANGs on the lawn between the lake and JFK. You can walk right up to them.


Brown Booby

Brian Fitch
 

Heading south from Sutro Baths


eBIRD WILL BE UNAVAILABLE

Dan Singer
 

Quick note that eBird will be down for maintenance and systems upgrades Nov 17 - Nov 19 (Tuesday through Thursday). During that time all eBird services (including eBird, Merlin Bird ID, and the Macaulay Library) will be unavailable. If you use the eBird mobile app, you can still use it in offline mode, and upload checklists after eBird is back online. Details at https://ebird.org/news/database-update-november-17-19-maintenance


Blue Winged Teal at Mountain Lake

David Assmann
 

In middle of lake.


Fort Mason Local Interest - Bullock's Oriole, Chipping Sparrow

David Assmann
 

The BULLOCK'S ORIOLE has been in the Fort Mason Community Garden for almost two weeks, and was seen both today and yesterday. A CHIPPING SPARROW was also seen both days (marking nine days at Fort Mason).  There are at least two RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS (there were definitely three a few days ago over by the General's House), and two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were seen yesterday (one today - in the garden). There were three different ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at Fort Mason today.


Long-tailed Ducks

Brian Fitch
 

While migrant watching from Battery Godfrey today with Rachel Lawrence, we saw two separate female type Long-tailed Ducks heading east through the Gate, each within a Surf Scoter flock.  The first flock went well into the bay with no sign of making a U-turn, and was separated in time enough from the second flock to make us suspect there were two different Long-taileds.

Yesterday at the Battery, Hugh Cotter and I saw an immature Bald Eagle flying north from the city into Marin.  Both watches were pretty uneventful otherwise.

Brian Fitch


Re: Hooded mergansers at lily pond GGP

spw49@...
 

Thank you so much for the tip! I went over there today, Monday around late morning and saw them, the hooded mergansers. My first time seeing these lovely birds.
Sally Whitehead


Sequoia Audubon November Monthly Meeting - This Thursday Nov. 12!

Davena Gentry
 

Join us Nov. 12th for our Monthly Meeting featuring "Curiosity & Connection Through a Decade of Birding" with Ioana Seritan, an aquatic bird rehabilitator and Associate Editor of Birding magazine. Ioana's life experiences as a wildlife rehabilitator, bird bander, magazine editor, environmental educator, and museum volunteer influence her discussion. Register on our website at http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/ "Socializing" at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00. We look forward to seeing you there! 


Fort Mason Local Interest - Wilson's Warbler, Bullock's Oriole, Chipping Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Varied Thrush

David Assmann
 

The strong winds this morning led to a concentration of birds in the Community Garden, which was relatively sheltered. A WILSON'S WARBLER (first spotted yesterday), was foraging on the north side of the garden. A BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (continuing) was in the same area, rattling away. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW popped up regularly (there may have been two). And a VARIED THRUSH was very vocal on the east side of the garden from inside the shrubs.  Outside the garden a CHIPPING SPARROW was seen, first in front of Bldg 36W and then on the lawn in front of the General's House.  I did not see the Palm Warbler today.

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