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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:
>
> Currently at Ocean beach in a mixed flock at (37.7739390, -122.5120854). Relocated by Eli earlier this morning, bathing at Sutro Baths.
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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:
>
> Currently at Ocean beach in a mixed flock at (37.7739390, -122.5120854). Relocated by Eli earlier this morning, bathing at Sutro Baths.
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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
License #1043929


November Birding (BTYW, SUTA)

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Today I, as well as Jonah Benningfield and Oscar Moss checked a few spots around western SF in hopes of scoring winter rarities. We were mildly successful.

I did a solo trip to the zoo for about an hour, but given the small amount of time birding the area I didn't see a whole lot. Still lots of area to cover
2 Lincoln's Sparrows and a Red-breasted Sapsucker were the highlights. Didn't see much of the robin flock that was frequenting the cotoneaster where the Scarlet Tanager spent last winter, (perhaps they found a better food source in the Zoo-Lake Merced Area?) though that area was still the most productive. Sparrows, finches, warblers were all in the area.

Next, Jonah and I walked the Ocean Beach dunes in hopes of a Snow Bunting. There were none :(

Then we met up with Oscar in Golden Gate Park, checking Elk Glen and Mallard Lakes as well as the Arboretum. 
There was a House Wren at Elk Glen and a partially leucistic Song Sparrow at Mallard Lake. In the Arboretum, Oscar found a Black-throated Gray Warbler near the bathrooms, a nice winterer in the city. The best bird was a Summer Tanager that dropped in for about a minute (coming from the direction of Stow Lake) as Jonah and I were leaving. It spent some time in the Euks at Muir Pond/Children's Garden before going out of view.

Happy CBC Season,
Joachim Gonzalez


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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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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