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Re: Rock sandpiper returns to Heron�s Head

Joe Morlan
 

Thanks. My voice recognition software thinks this local celebrity is named
"Roxanne Piper."

Short Video showing foraging behavior: https://youtu.be/pynF_iYpxos

Images:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=rocsan&view=Grid&subId=S76652425

On Sun, 1 Nov 2020 10:23:22 -0800, "Ben Dudek" <benja.dudek@gmail.com>
wrote:

Despite a large party at the end of the point, a rock sandpiper is currently roosting on the north side of the trail near the end in a similar position to last season’s bird.

Good birding,
Teresa Ely and Ben Dudek
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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Tropical Kingbird Sutro Hghts Park

Peter Pyle
 

This morning in central area east of parapet, favoring large Norfolk/Cook Is pine. Similar to one that was at Cliff House a couple of weeks ago- hopefully will winter here


Continuing Glaucous Gull

Richard Bradus
 

Thankfully the Glaucous Gull continues it's daily routine (and much thanks to those who have posted its appearances over the past few days so that I was finally able to see it).

At Sutro Baths it flew in around 7:30ish to rest and bathe in the freshwater pond with the mixed gull flock, hanging around until about 7:45am when it flew off, going behind the first large offshore rock and disappearing to who knows where. Lots of confusing gulls (confusing for me anyway) with a number of hybrids. Also quite active with small birds, including sparrows, warblers, finches, kinglets, bushtits, territorial hummers and both male and female yellowthroats - nice! 

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Battery Godfrey 11.21.20: Townsend's Solitaire; Swainson's Hawk etc.

H Cotter
 

Spent the morning with Eli Gross at Battery Godfrey with some nice results.
Winds were E/ NE and it was clear.
Highlights included:

Townsend's Solitaire - (1) that flew directly overhead and east
Swainson's Hawk - (1) light morph juv that came from the west and then crossed to Marin - Late
Tree Swallow- (11) going east.

In addition we had some good movement of Varied Thrush (278) and Band-tailed Pigeon - (Approx 2700 with biggest flock approx 800 or so birds ) mostly going south and Red Crossbill (4) flying west.

Most intriguing were two pale bluebirds flying east in the GG channel at a distance that suggested Mountain Bluebird. They were too far away to confirm.

Hugh


Sutro Seawatch

Eddie Monson
 

Hi all,
Today I did a seawatch from Sutro Baths with Max "the ax" Benningfield. Overall it was a pretty slow day but not without a couple fun moments. First off we had 2 Marbled Murrelets which is always fun and I believe my first of the winter season. Also nice was the Glaucous Gull found by Peter Pyle. Pretty cool to be seawatching and have a beautiful Glaucous fly right by our heads. Seems like it came from Lands End so maybe it's roosting over there. The highlight of the day though was a juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake that we were able to have great views of and study for 4-5 minutes which was a real treat. Seems like with the fog recently some "backup" finally happened allowing for larger pushes of birds today and yesterday.
Good Birding
Eddie


Re: Glaucous Gull continues 11-21

Nico Stuurman
 

Arrived at 7.00 at Sutro Baths and flushed by wedding photographers at 7.10. flew towards the rocks nearby.

Good birding!

On November 20, 2020 4:48:31 PM PST, "Loretta via groups.io" <lchen89@...> wrote:
Hi folks,

I found the gull when walking the coastal trail at Land's End at 8:45 this morning.

It was on this rock with a couple western gulls: 
37.782551,-122.513935)

Sorry for the delayed report, I had my crap bins with me. Wanted to verify before sending. (Thanks Rudy!)

So if you strike out on the beach and at Sutro, take a quick walk to check the rocks off the coastal trail!

Good birding,

Loretta


On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 4:11 PM, Dario Taraborelli
<dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:
For what it's worth, it seems to be repeating a consistent pattern over the last 2 days: bathing at Sutro Baths, stationing at Seal Rocks (where he was briefly until it got flushed by a bunch of WEGUs) and then roosting on the stretch of Ocean Beach just north of Fulton / associating with a mixed crowd. Hope it sticks around a bit longer so others can see it. 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 9:08 AM Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:
Thanks for the heads-up. I arrived just in time to watch this beautiful gull take off from the beach near Fulton and fly lazily north along the beach and around the Cliff House presumably back to the Sutro Baths. 

Aaron Maizlish



> On Nov 19, 2020, at 8:04 AM, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:
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Nico Stuurman


Continuing birds - Glaucous Gull at Sutro Baths and Bullock's Oriole at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

The GLAUCOUS GULL found by Peter Pyle 2 days ago flew into Sutro Baths a little after seven this morning and left about a half hour later.  A BULLOCK'S ORIOLE continues at Fort Mason.


Re: Glaucous Gull continues

Loretta
 

Hi folks,

I found the gull when walking the coastal trail at Land's End at 8:45 this morning.

It was on this rock with a couple western gulls: 
37.782551,-122.513935)

Sorry for the delayed report, I had my crap bins with me. Wanted to verify before sending. (Thanks Rudy!)

So if you strike out on the beach and at Sutro, take a quick walk to check the rocks off the coastal trail!

Good birding,

Loretta


On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 4:11 PM, Dario Taraborelli
<dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:
For what it's worth, it seems to be repeating a consistent pattern over the last 2 days: bathing at Sutro Baths, stationing at Seal Rocks (where he was briefly until it got flushed by a bunch of WEGUs) and then roosting on the stretch of Ocean Beach just north of Fulton / associating with a mixed crowd. Hope it sticks around a bit longer so others can see it. 

On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 9:08 AM Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:
Thanks for the heads-up. I arrived just in time to watch this beautiful gull take off from the beach near Fulton and fly lazily north along the beach and around the Cliff House presumably back to the Sutro Baths. 

Aaron Maizlish



> On Nov 19, 2020, at 8:04 AM, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:
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Crissy - 11.20.20 - Many Elegant Terns

H Cotter
 

Nothing rare at Crissy this morning but was surprised to see over 200 Elegant Terns in the lagoon and on the sandbar - this is a big number for this late in the season ?
Also seen were 15 Red-breasted Mergs; 3 Hooded Mergs and 5 Cackling Geese - looked like four Aleutian and one Minima - but need to confirm this.

Hugh


Re: Glaucous Gull continues

Dario Taraborelli
 

For what it's worth, it seems to be repeating a consistent pattern over the last 2 days: bathing at Sutro Baths, stationing at Seal Rocks (where he was briefly until it got flushed by a bunch of WEGUs) and then roosting on the stretch of Ocean Beach just north of Fulton / associating with a mixed crowd. Hope it sticks around a bit longer so others can see it. 


On Thu, Nov 19, 2020 at 9:08 AM Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:
Thanks for the heads-up. I arrived just in time to watch this beautiful gull take off from the beach near Fulton and fly lazily north along the beach and around the Cliff House presumably back to the Sutro Baths. 

Aaron Maizlish



> On Nov 19, 2020, at 8:04 AM, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:
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Re: Glaucous Gull continues

Aaron Maizlish
 

Thanks for the heads-up. I arrived just in time to watch this beautiful gull take off from the beach near Fulton and fly lazily north along the beach and around the Cliff House presumably back to the Sutro Baths.

Aaron Maizlish

On Nov 19, 2020, at 8:04 AM, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@gmail.com> wrote:

Currently at Ocean beach in a mixed flock at (37.7739390, -122.5120854). Relocated by Eli earlier this morning, bathing at Sutro Baths.




Glaucous Gull continues

Dario Taraborelli
 

Currently at Ocean beach in a mixed flock at (37.7739390, -122.5120854). Relocated by Eli earlier this morning, bathing at Sutro Baths.


Re: Glaucous Gull Sutro Baths

Peter Pyle
 

After examining photos by Rudy Wallen I (and Rudy) believe it to be 2nd cycle, not first cycle. I'll load my photos tonight or tomorrow (it seems eBird may be back up) to compare with the bird on Ocean Beach. Peter

At 08:04 AM 11/18/2020, Peter Pyle via groups.io wrote:
First cycle in bathing flock 08:00



Re: Glaucous Gull Sutro Baths

Oscar Moss
 

Sorry, to clarify, there’s only one, my bad.
Oscar

On Nov 18, 2020, at 9:58 AM, Rudyard Wallen <rudyardwallen@gmail.com> wrote:


Re: Glaucous Gull Sutro Baths

Oscar Moss
 

Ok, then there are TWO glaucous Gulls, because I just “relocated” it at the end of Fulton!

Oscar

On Nov 18, 2020, at 9:54 AM, Logan Kahle <logan@archive.org> wrote:

Augie Kramer and I just located presumably the same 1c Glaucous Gull in w gull flock on ocean beach at cabrillo now.

Logan
On Nov 18, 2020, at 8:04 AM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@birdpop.org> wrote:


Re: Glaucous Gull Sutro Baths

Logan Kahle
 

Augie Kramer and I just located presumably the same 1c Glaucous Gull in w gull flock on ocean beach at cabrillo now.

Logan

On Nov 18, 2020, at 8:04 AM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@birdpop.org> wrote:


Glaucous Gull Sutro Baths

Peter Pyle
 

First cycle in bathing flock 08:00


Battery Godfrey 11/16 Bald Eagle spectacle

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

Today I spent from 7 until almost 1pm skywatching at the Battery Godfrey joined for whole time by Max Benningfield, Joachim Gonzalez, and Eddie “the Monsoon” Monson and for large periods by Brian Fitch, Augie Kramer and Josiah Clark. Despite steady NE winds for the duration of our stay flight remained relatively subdued, highlighted only by finch, raptor and Band-tail movement with decidedly few thrushes, raptors and shorebirds and incredibly not a single non-scoter waterfowl group.

Nonetheless, there were some highlights particularly a flabbergasting 4 (!) Bald Eagles over the course of the stay, much higher than the previous city single-day high count (which I believe was 2?). The first eagle was picked up very early in the morning near Hawk Hill then made a pass at the channel seeming to dive (for fish?) before being chased off by gulls and headed southeast over the richmond. The second came several hours later, a juv heading southeast from the Golden Gate Bridge. Then at midday two adults were circling together over Hawk Hill. I believe these birds were different than the first bird. One of the birds headed east towards Angel Island and definitely crossed into SF, we lost the second one over Slacker Ridge but it may have followed in the same direction.

Other highlights of the watch included:

Band-tailed Pigeon-1360 was a nice count including many flocks of 50-100 and one flock of over 600
Marbled Godwit-2
Common Murre-1 was a low count indicating the low activity in the channel
Snowy Egret-1
Turkey Vulture-20
Northern Harrier-1 over Hawk Hill
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1 seemed like a low count considering date and weather
BALD EAGLE-4
Say's Phoebe-1
Tree Swallow-21 all northbound, primarily in two groups
Golden-crowned Kinglet-1
Varied Thrush-10 all but one in one group
Pine Siskin-113 most northbound
Orange-crowned Warbler-1
'Myrtle' Yellow-rumped Warbler-5
'Audubon's' Yellow-rumped Warbler-38 scattered in northbound groups
Townsend's Warbler-4

Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76356634

Doesnt look like any great skywatch weather in the immediate future, so nice to get a little bit of battery birding in before the end of the Fall.

Good birding,

Logan


Late Cassin's V

Brian Fitch
 

After leaving the battery crew this morning, I wandered around the Presidio, and along the bluffs west of Crissey, I was surprised to find a Cassin's Vireo.  Seeing any vireo besides Hutton's at this season got my blood going, so I gave it a good study, but it was a textbook Cassin's, the latest by far that I can recall seeing in the region.

Brian Fitch


Barn swallow, yellow warblers and termite hatch lake Merced

Josiah Clark
 

Today Jaime Chaves and I met up at lake Merced with Cedric and Jonah. We checked the number of spots in the morning with the highlights being a barn swallow at Fort Funston, at least for white bellied swallows (probably tree)  in the distance and 2 yellow warblers pointers out by Eddie Monson by the boat House. Also 4 continuing Bonapartes gulls and a Heermans gull flying around over the lake. Of local interest a house wren and a couple pipits also at Fort Funston. With the King tides there was very little exposed beach and not one shorebird present.
  The warbler action was really focused around a solid hatch of subterranean termites that were flying around at various locations by Lake Merced. Among other insectivores we viewed no less than 30 Townsend’s warblers, including many one that landed and then plucked a termite off my bike helmet! 
Many  of them were on the ground, which usually raises real alarm bells for me in the winter, as it indicates food stress and starving birds. In this case however I have to think it’s just a case of a hyper abundant food source making birds get very tame and concentrated. Heartening to see good numbers of some wintering birds doing well.

Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
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