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Loggerhead shrike Yosemite slough

Rachel Lawrence
 

Was at north end of pond currently dropped down out of sight


Presidio near Arguello: Least - yes Sapsucker - no

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

Joined a MOB shortly after 10am (12/23) already watching the continuing Least Flycatcher in the brush and small trees at the southern edge of the Presidio off W. Pacific Ave. just east of Cherry St. (east of the Arguello Gate). It was very confiding, perching a bit like a phoebe between numerous sallies (mostly low to the ground), clearly catching some insects. 

Unfortunately, none of the assembled were able to re-find the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, though I stayed on watch for about 40 minutes or so near the clump of eucalyptus a bit to the north of the Arguello/W. Pacific intersection. The White-throated Sparrow continues with the mixed sparrow flock around the brush near this intersection. Also of interest was a quick sortie by a Sharp-shinned Hawk out of and back into the forest. Walking back east finally, I was able to show the Empid to some visiting birders from the Central Valley as the Least was still doing its thing in the same area.

Happy Holidays!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Red-winged blackbirds (?) at Crissy Field

spw49@aol.com
 

Yesterday (12.22.20) I saw a bunch of these birds (photos attached) on the south eastern side of Crissy Field Lagoon. Several days earlier I saw a bunch of western meadowlarks in the same spot. These aren't them. Could they be female red-winged blackbirds?
Thanks for the ID help!
Sally Whitehead


Least Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and White-throated Sparrow still at Arguello and West Pacific Avenue in Presideo

Joe Morlan
 

LEAST FLYCATCHER very cooperative this morning.
Photos and audio: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/66939366
Very brief video to show tail action: https://youtu.be/URdwFCZ0ukI
Dropped pin: https://goo.gl/maps/tKuxbzYo5KzN388P7

Adult male YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was in a large Cypress directly at the
intersection of Arguello and West Pacific Ave.
Photos: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/66939368

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the same area.
Photos:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=whtspa&view=Grid&subId=S77855971
Special thanks to all the helpful birders!

On Sun, 20 Dec 2020 13:26:56 -0800, "Nico Stuurman"
<nico@...> wrote:

To rectify and clarify: It is at Arguello and Pacific Ave W, along the trail parallel to Pacific Ave W just to the east of Arguello. Also, Least Flycatcher is my best guess, but Empids are hard to distinguish (and all rare this tie of year), so hope that others will get good looks and hear the bird as well.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


murmurations

Kay Voyvodich
 

There were a number of murmurations being sighted in Marin County near the Civic Center Lagoon at dusk today. Is anyone seeing murmurations around San Francisco? I so want to see one in person!

Thank you
Kay Voyvodich


Re: Buena Vista Park, Dec. 21

Peter Pyle
 

Hi Adam and all -

Yes, the BV park YBSA is an HY male. The other YBSA at Inspiration Point is an adult male, I think ASY but would need to see wing feathers better to eliminate SY.

Cheers, Peter

At 12:57 PM 12/21/2020, Adam Winer wrote:
Birded Buena Vista Park this morning for the formally-informal SF CBC. Highlights included:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: continuing in its usual spot, almost the first bird of the morning for me. (Relatedly, I'm puzzled why people keep describing this as a clear "adult" or "after hatch-year" bird - the crown and breast are clearly not those of an adult, and this bird reaches adult plumage - maybe with a few retained secondaries and primary coverts - by October of its second year. I can't see how it's anything other than a hatch-year male.)

- White-throated Sparrow: two different tan-striped individuals, one near the playground, another above the tennis courts.

- Golden-crowned Kinglet: two together. confidingly in pines downslope from the summit

Cheers,
Adam Winer


Buena Vista Park, Dec. 21

Adam Winer
 

Birded Buena Vista Park this morning for the formally-informal SF CBC.  Highlights included:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: continuing in its usual spot, almost the first bird of the morning for me.  (Relatedly, I'm puzzled why people keep describing this as a clear "adult" or "after hatch-year" bird - the crown and breast are clearly not those of an adult, and this bird reaches adult plumage - maybe with a few retained secondaries and primary coverts - by October of its second year.  I can't see how it's anything other than a hatch-year male.)

- White-throated Sparrow: two different tan-striped individuals, one near the playground, another above the tennis courts.

- Golden-crowned Kinglet: two together. confidingly in pines downslope from the summit

Cheers,
Adam Winer


Battery Godfrey, SF, 12/20/20

Paul Saraceni
 

There was a relatively-diverse flight for late December at Battery Godfrey this morning, during brisk, steady NE winds, with very good visibility.
 
The highlight was a LAUGHING GULL flying E over the Channel early, perhaps the individual observed periodically at Crissy Lagoon during the past several months. 
 
A lot of gulls were on the move this morning, especially Mew Gulls.
 
An f./imm. LONG-TAILED DUCK flew NE low over the Channel. Perhaps this individual is wintering locally.
 
Other waterfowl on the move this morning included:
 
Greater White-fronted Goose 10 (1 flock flying N)
Cackling Goose 21 (3 groups flying E: 9/2/10; all appeared to be "Aleutians")
Northern Shoveler 14 (12 + 2 with a Pintail flock)
Am. Wigeon 4 (flying with a Pintail flock)
Northern Pintail 88 (6 groups flying E: 8/4/2/18/21/35)
Gr. Scaup 1 m. (flying with a Pintail flock)
 
Other observations of local interest:
Horned Grebe 1 (below the bluff)
Whimbrel 4 (on rock below the bluff)
Long-billed Curlew 1 (on rock below the bluff)
House Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 1
Pine Siskin 106 (multiple small groups, most flying N)
 
Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


Re: Least Flycatcher in Presidio

Nico Stuurman
 

To rectify and clarify: It is at Arguello and Pacific Ave W, along the trail parallel to Pacific Ave W just to the east of Arguello.  Also, Least Flycatcher is my best guess, but Empids are hard to distinguish (and all rare this tie of year), so hope that others will get good looks and hear the bird as well.

Best,

Nico

On 12/20/2020 12:09 PM, Nico Stuurman wrote:

At Arguello and Pacific Ave E. Moving around low in bushes.

Good birding!

Nico
--
Nico Stuurman


Least Flycatcher in Presidio

Nico Stuurman
 

At Arguello and Pacific Ave E. Moving around low in bushes.

Good birding!

Nico
--
Nico Stuurman


W meadowlark Crissy field

Brandy Deminna Ford
 

24 Western Meadowlark on east side of Crissy Field.


Re: No Snowy Plovers

Dominik Mosur
 

Hi Alan,

I’ve counted  30-40 between Judah an Taraval the last few days going back to Wednesday. 

Also , with logan we observed a usgs biologists flushing them during routine mapping.

I’ll check again tomorrow.

Dominik 


On Dec 19, 2020, at 13:57, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

There were about 60 Snowy Plovers there two weeks ago. I walked along the beach on Sunday after the king tide. The water had gone all the way up to the foot of the cliffs(!) and the beach was entirely wet. No pavers, I assume they temporarily relocated elsewhere last weekend. Hope they return. 

Aaron


On Dec 19, 2020, at 1:37 PM, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:


I walked Ocean Beach from Noriega to Irving and saw no Snowy Plovers jus tons of people and their dogs. Apparently the powers that be, by closing streets, want to cram as many people in as small a space as possible. 

If you see any Snowy Plovers in this area let us know! 

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



Re: No Snowy Plovers

Aaron Maizlish
 

There were about 60 Snowy Plovers there two weeks ago. I walked along the beach on Sunday after the king tide. The water had gone all the way up to the foot of the cliffs(!) and the beach was entirely wet. No pavers, I assume they temporarily relocated elsewhere last weekend. Hope they return. 

Aaron


On Dec 19, 2020, at 1:37 PM, Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:


I walked Ocean Beach from Noriega to Irving and saw no Snowy Plovers jus tons of people and their dogs. Apparently the powers that be, by closing streets, want to cram as many people in as small a space as possible. 

If you see any Snowy Plovers in this area let us know! 

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



No Snowy Plovers

Alan Hopkins
 

I walked Ocean Beach from Noriega to Irving and saw no Snowy Plovers jus tons of people and their dogs. Apparently the powers that be, by closing streets, want to cram as many people in as small a space as possible. 

If you see any Snowy Plovers in this area let us know! 

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



Re: Oops correction Crissy lagoon sorry

Victor Brouk
 

Well you're not alone. I managed to follow your mistake after this - oops! My fault for the ebird alert, sorry everyone. Here's a photos from to make up for my mistake hopefully.


Oops correction Crissy lagoon sorry

Rachel Lawrence
 

Against the light red breasted merganset


From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Rachel Lawrence <Rachelalawrence@...>
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 8:14:58 AM
To: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SFBirds] Common merganser Crissy Lagoon
 
Currently swimming west end


Common merganser Crissy Lagoon

Rachel Lawrence
 

Currently swimming west end


Yellow bellied Sapsucker at BV Dec 15

Dave Weber
 

Just had the very cooperative YBSA behind the right lattice on fence at BV Manor. 9:10 to 9:35 am
.


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone


White fronts 12/14/20

 

A noisy pack of (~15) Greater White-fronted Geese just passed over the outer sunset at 41st and Lawton heading south.

Dominik Mosur
41st and Lawton


Re: Lapland Longspur Ocean Beach

Peter Pyle
 

Dog walker... flew N toward ~Judah

On Dec 13, 2020, at 08:44, Peter Pyle via groups.io <ppyle@...> wrote:

With SNPLs ~Moraga




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