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Re: The spawn week is on

Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...>
 

On Jan 22, 2021, at 8:45 PM, John Cant 793-5216 <jgcant@...> wrote:


Yes, just what does all this mean?  Is there a major herring spawning event?  If so, just where?  Has any gull enthusiast been there and checked out the (hopefully) huge hordes of gulls?  Any rarities?  How about Slaty-Backed, which are due in the Bay at this time of year?

If someone has been there and seen no rarities, please report that also.  Negative data are still data.

Thank you,

John Cant
Fremont

On Friday, January 22, 2021, 7:44:36 PM PST, Luanna Helfman <luanna.helfman@...> wrote:


what?

On Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 4:53 PM Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621@...> wrote:


Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


The spawn is on

Josiah Clark
 

Let’s try that again...oops. Obviously never meant to send that first one my microphone picked up.
    The herring spawn has gone on and on, quite heavy and extensive from the ball park to china basin. The laying and fishing likely over, but the spoils of roe remain submerged on the rocky rip rap and pilings.
Tomorrow on the afternoon low tide there should be quite a serious gull bonanza going on as roe is exposed for the first time 
 during daylight hours. Of course this is probably the best opportunity to find a slaty-backed gull in San Francisco.
    Amazing how few sf birders get to see a herring run, one of the city’s most remarkable natural phenomenon that happens almost every year. 

Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Re: The spawn week is on

Alex Loucks
 

Hi folks,

I live by AT&T park/Aqua Vista Cove. There was tons of gull activity today (and fisherman) but I didn't realize this was what this email chain was referring to. Here's a confirmed report:


Sadly, I am way too novice of a birder to tell you what gulls there are, but there are tons!

Best,
Alex

On Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 8:45 PM John Cant 793-5216 <jgcant@...> wrote:
Yes, just what does all this mean?  Is there a major herring spawning event?  If so, just where?  Has any gull enthusiast been there and checked out the (hopefully) huge hordes of gulls?  Any rarities?  How about Slaty-Backed, which are due in the Bay at this time of year?

If someone has been there and seen no rarities, please report that also.  Negative data are still data.

Thank you,

John Cant
Fremont

On Friday, January 22, 2021, 7:44:36 PM PST, Luanna Helfman <luanna.helfman@...> wrote:


what?

On Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 4:53 PM Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621@...> wrote:


Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Re: The spawn week is on

John Cant 793-5216
 

Yes, just what does all this mean?  Is there a major herring spawning event?  If so, just where?  Has any gull enthusiast been there and checked out the (hopefully) huge hordes of gulls?  Any rarities?  How about Slaty-Backed, which are due in the Bay at this time of year?

If someone has been there and seen no rarities, please report that also.  Negative data are still data.

Thank you,

John Cant
Fremont

On Friday, January 22, 2021, 7:44:36 PM PST, Luanna Helfman <luanna.helfman@...> wrote:


what?

On Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 4:53 PM Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621@...> wrote:


Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Re: The spiawn week QQ a AQ e is on

Luanna Helfman
 

what?


On Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 4:53 PM Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621@...> wrote:


Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


The spiawn week QQ a AQ e is on

Josiah Clark
 



Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Re: Herring run at AT&T Park right now

Arthur Feinstein
 

And a flock of 30 to 50 Pine siskins at Pennsylvania and 22nd streets in some liquid amber trees next to the Muni building. haven't seen them on the Hill for years.
Arthur Feinstein


Continuing Swam Sparrow

rosita94598
 

By 8 AM I was leaving the west side of Lake Merced after finding the continuing Swamp Sparrow along the Vista Grande Canal.  It was pure serendipity that I actually saw this little bird. 

I crossed from the concrete bridge and started walking south along the top of the canal.  Eventually I came to a ramp for driving into the canal, kept going and came to a second ramp.  Turning around, I saw a Song Sparrow and started paying attention.  A second bird was in a bush very close to the Song Sparrow.  This turned out to be the Swamp Sparrow, which I was able to see between the dry twiggy branches of the bush.  It had a striped head, a whitish throat, a plain breast with a grayish color.  I could never see the wings, though.  Then, it disappeared.

These birds were on the golf course side of the canal nat the green cyclone fence.  I was between the two ramps for driving maintenance vehicles into the canal.  What luck.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Escapee? Ring-necked Pheasant male GGHeights Park!

Trace K
 

Odd sighting!  Spotted just before 9am on Quintara. Last seen at Q x 12th Ave, heading up & into Golden Gates Hts Park thru the overgrown, steep slope on the Southern edge of the park.

Trace K

 


Herring run at AT&T Park right now

Josiah Clark
 

Probably one of the best opportunities to look at gulls in the city all year.

Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Summer Tanager at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Young male in Community Garden ECS


Hammond's flycatcher continues at Moscone Playground

Michele Liapes
 

I hadn't seen it, or other reports on it for a while, but stopped by Moscone today on an off-chance, and and so was surprised to see it still  here, actively foraging between the usual pine and fence. At one point, it appeared to be flexing (perhaps exercising?) the drooping left wing, and emitted a sharp high call each time it did. But it still seems to be maneuvering as well as ever.  I watched it for close to an hour from about 1 - 2 pm.  
 
Michele Liapes
San Francisco  


Presidio ramble

David Armstrong
 

68 species observed on a leisurely hike from Inspiration Point down to Crissy and back through Fort Scott. Highlights were the continuing Least Flycatcher (usual spot) and Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker (seen in the eucs near the corner of W. Pacific and Arguello), 3 different Spotted Towhees, 2 Wilson's Snipe at Crissy, a Lincoln's Sparrow at the cemetery, Pine Siskins in several locations, and a surprise Bullock's Oriole that I first heard chattering then briefly saw at the Lover's Lane bridge.

David Armstrong


Western Bluebirds at Fort Mason Community Garden

Taylor Lapeyre
 

A quiet evening at the garden this afternoon (except for the parrots), but some kind folks told me that they noticed a pair of Western Bluebirds that were searching for a nesting area across Pope Rd. Sure enough, there was one in a tree that let me have a nice look. Thought I'd pass along the info.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S79299702

I also noticed that many of the birds I saw, especially one Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, had concerning amounts of feather damage from eucalyptus sap around their beaks. It looked like it couldn't be comfortable. Those eucalyptus trees are always busy.

Good birding,

Taylor


Pier 94 and Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

At least one of the GADWALLS was on the Hanson Pond at Pier 94 this morning.  One of the wigeons looked like an AMERICAN x EURASIAN WIGEON.  The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER that I've been seeing at Fort Mason looks like the Northern Subspecies, not the commonly seen Southern Subspecies.




Re: Ocean Beach Shorebird

Peter Pyle
 

I first observed it in March 2020
https://ebird.org/checklist/S66295358
as well as this past fall. P

At 11:54 AM 1/14/2021, PAUL SARACENI wrote:
Brian's photos caused me to jog my memory as well -- I looked back at my photo archive and have photos of what is likely the same, distinctive LB Curlew from 12/22/19 on the beach near the south end of the Great Highway. Will put into eBirds and share link later.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco
On 01/14/2021 11:43 AM Peter Pyle <ppyle@birdpop.org> wrote:


Hi Brian and all-

I've referred to this individual as a "Short-billed Long-billed Curlew" It has been on Funston Beach since August or so. I posted some photos to eBird which I can link up later. It certainly gives an interesting first impression, but just a bird with some sort of bill deformity.

Good birding, Peter

On Jan 14, 2021, at 11:12, Brian Fitch <fogeggs@gmail.com> wrote:

Seen this morning around Lawton. I don't think I'm looking for an ID, but am interested in whether others have seen such a bill shape before. This is my first photo post on the list, so I hope it works.
Brian Fitch
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Lake Merced loop: Tree Swallows, Bluebirds, probable LT weasel

Eddie Bartley
 

Jan. 14: Noreen and I met a non-birder friends at the Boathouse, for the 3 mile walk around the lakes, which is 5.48 miles per eBird if you use the concrete bridge cut-off.

Began by walking down the sloped drive to the north shore of the south lake, lot's of passerine activity. Right away Noreen saw what she is fairly sure was a Long-tailed Weasel run across the lane and into the marsh. Dang, I missed it. But a park staff dude saw it too, asked if anyone knew what that animal was and when Noreen suggested weasel he thought that seemed right. Anyone else see LT weasel here before?

Lot's of the usual critters (we were mostly socializing) but when we got to the wooden bridge just north of the Harding Golf course we tried to count Tree Swallows above the course, 8 to 12 best guess, also Western Bluebirds calling. 

Happy Trails!

Eddie Bartley


Re: Ocean Beach Shorebird

Paul Saraceni
 

Brian's photos caused me to jog my memory as well -- I looked back at my photo archive and have photos of what is likely the same, distinctive LB Curlew from 12/22/19 on the beach near the south end of the Great Highway.  Will put into eBirds and share link later.
 
Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

On 01/14/2021 11:43 AM Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:
 
 
Hi Brian and all-
 
I’ve referred to this individual as a ‘Short-billed Long-billed Curlew’ It has been on Funston Beach since August or so. I posted some photos to eBird which I can link up later. It certainly gives an interesting first impression, but just a bird with some sort of bill deformity.
 
Good birding, Peter 

On Jan 14, 2021, at 11:12, Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

Seen this morning around Lawton.  I don't think I'm looking for an ID, but am interested in whether others have seen such a bill shape before.  This is my first photo post on the list, so I hope it works.
Brian Fitch
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Re: Ocean Beach Shorebird

Brian Fitch
 

Since August?  Our Balkanized reporting systems strike again.  I'm glad it's moved up to the main beach where it's more accessible.
Brian


On Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 11:44 AM Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:
Hi Brian and all-

I’ve referred to this individual as a ‘Short-billed Long-billed Curlew’ It has been on Funston Beach since August or so. I posted some photos to eBird which I can link up later. It certainly gives an interesting first impression, but just a bird with some sort of bill deformity.

Good birding, Peter 

On Jan 14, 2021, at 11:12, Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:


Seen this morning around Lawton.  I don't think I'm looking for an ID, but am interested in whether others have seen such a bill shape before.  This is my first photo post on the list, so I hope it works.
Brian Fitch
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Re: Ocean Beach Shorebird

Peter Pyle
 

Hi Brian and all-

I’ve referred to this individual as a ‘Short-billed Long-billed Curlew’ It has been on Funston Beach since August or so. I posted some photos to eBird which I can link up later. It certainly gives an interesting first impression, but just a bird with some sort of bill deformity.

Good birding, Peter 

On Jan 14, 2021, at 11:12, Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:


Seen this morning around Lawton.  I don't think I'm looking for an ID, but am interested in whether others have seen such a bill shape before.  This is my first photo post on the list, so I hope it works.
Brian Fitch
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