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Re: Birds at waterfall

Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...>
 

Thank you!


On Feb 1, 2021, at 6:50 PM, spw49@... wrote:



That is the most fantastic video I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing!
Sally Whitehead




On Monday, February 1, 2021 Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...> wrote:

Today at the waterfall at Stow Lake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Qr9TFqoGM


Re: Birds at waterfall

spw49@...
 

That is the most fantastic video I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing!
Sally Whitehead




On Monday, February 1, 2021 Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...> wrote:

Today at the waterfall at Stow Lake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Qr9TFqoGM


Birds at waterfall

Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...>
 

Today at the waterfall at Stow Lake
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Qr9TFqoGM


R-n Grebe & T Kingbird

Brian Fitch
 

I spent quality time with a Red-necked Grebe at the Sutro Baths this morning.  It was fishing not far from the terrace north of the baths for more than an hour of the time I spent seawatching. 

At South Lake in GG Park, I ran into Bob Gunderson and we tried to find the Tropical Kingbird discovered recently by Danial Scali, but we weren't able to locate it.  After moving on to North Lake, we met Randy Wardle (sp?), who had seen the bird earlier and cued us in on to where it had been lethargically hanging out while he watched it.  We all went back to South Lake and immediately found the kingbird out flycatching along the south shore in good view.

Last week, on a neighborhood walk with my wife, we heard and then spotted a Bewick's Wren along Buena Vista Ave East, at the condo complex and then across the street in BV Park.  I can't recall seeing the species in this park before.  Last year's Yellow-bellied Sapsucker remains missing from any of his previous haunts.
Brian Fitch



Collapse of insect populations

Ralph McKinnon
 

All,

I’m looking for recent surveys of entomological research related to the global decline of species favored by insectivorous birds. Any references you could suggest?

Thanks

Ralph McKinnon



Re: January miscellanea 2021

David Armstrong
 

Hi Dom, SF Birders

Definitely great to see Western Bluebirds expand their range citywide. I remember how excited I was to get my city lifer during our 2005 Big Year, in the Presidio - and now they are all over the place. In fact I had my first ever in Glen Canyon Park this morning (2M, 2F on the ball field just adjacent to the trail at the top of the canyon).

Earlier this morning I stopped at the wooden bridge, N. Lake Merced, where I had great looks at a Sora, and calling Virginia Rail. The waterthrush was vocalizing at the fishing pier but didn't show itself.

I also briefly scoped the ocean from just south of the end of Sloat. There was a distant, odd-looking duck in the company of a raft of Black Scoters. It was overall blotchy brown with some white, riding lower in the water than the scoters, and slightly smaller in size with a more petite bill, and a short, pointed tail. First winter male Long-Tailed Duck? The face pattern wasn't really a match but I can't figure out what else it might have been. The light and the distance didn't allow a very clear look.

David



Swamp Sparrow at North Lake Golden Gare Park.

Alan Hopkins
 

The Swamp Sparrow was still along the eastern shore of North Lake this morning.

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA


Re: January miscellanea 2021

Alan Hopkins
 

Meadowlarks have been regular in those places on CBCs for years.

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



On Saturday, January 30, 2021, 12:02:55 PM PST, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...> wrote:


A displaying ALLEN’S Hummingbird at Lake Merced on 1/19, was the first I’ve detected in the county this year.

This morning (1/29) two Great Blue Herons were busy building at the Lake Merced Mesa rookery. A peaceful spot to observe their activities can be accessed via paved (but steep) paths on the Northeast side of Lake Merced, at the junction of Lake Merced Blvd. and Winston Dr. (aka THE INTERSECTION)

Of great interest to me has been the presence of Western Meadowlarks wintering in West. golden Gate Park/bison paddock and along the dunes at Great Highway. This had not been the case in years past and I strongly suspect closure of great highway and “quieting” of certain streets in this part of the city may be playing a part in this.

Other good news is the continued expansion of Western Bluebird in San Francisco. Bluebirds were extirpated as a nesting species sometime in the mid 20th century development of the West side of the city. They returned to nest in the Presidio in the early 2000s as a response to restoration and subsequently have recolonized the city. In recent years bluebirds have fledged young  in every corner of San Francisco: from Land’s end and the Presidio to Lake Merced, mCLaren Park, in golden Gate park and even small urban parks like Alta Plaza and similar. Of all these , the most interesting to me have been the Western Bluebirds nesting along busy Sunset Blvd for the past 3-4 years.

Get out there and find a pair in your neighborhood.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco






Tropical Kingbird

Daniel Scali
 

At South Lake now, flycatching from reeds on the south side and from the island.

Dan Scali


January miscellanea 2021

 

A displaying ALLEN’S Hummingbird at Lake Merced on 1/19, was the first I’ve detected in the county this year.

This morning (1/29) two Great Blue Herons were busy building at the Lake Merced Mesa rookery. A peaceful spot to observe their activities can be accessed via paved (but steep) paths on the Northeast side of Lake Merced, at the junction of Lake Merced Blvd. and Winston Dr. (aka THE INTERSECTION)

Of great interest to me has been the presence of Western Meadowlarks wintering in West. golden Gate Park/bison paddock and along the dunes at Great Highway. This had not been the case in years past and I strongly suspect closure of great highway and “quieting” of certain streets in this part of the city may be playing a part in this.

Other good news is the continued expansion of Western Bluebird in San Francisco. Bluebirds were extirpated as a nesting species sometime in the mid 20th century development of the West side of the city. They returned to nest in the Presidio in the early 2000s as a response to restoration and subsequently have recolonized the city. In recent years bluebirds have fledged young in every corner of San Francisco: from Land’s end and the Presidio to Lake Merced, mCLaren Park, in golden Gate park and even small urban parks like Alta Plaza and similar. Of all these , the most interesting to me have been the Western Bluebirds nesting along busy Sunset Blvd for the past 3-4 years.

Get out there and find a pair in your neighborhood.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Male Surf Scoter Herons Head Park

Keith Dabney
 

Saw male out at tip of HH Park peninsula a few weeks ago, and twice since over near India Basin. Bright colors, easy to spot, but I can't ID the female yet. Yellowlegs at HH

--
Keith


Re: Union Square White-throated Sparrows

Randy Collignon
 

I had a chance to see one of the White Throated Sparrows in the trees on the Post St. side of the NE area of Union Square around 9:30 this morning. Thanks Russ for that report, that was cool bird to catch.

Randy Collignon


Society for the protection of shorebirds

World Shorebirds Day
 

Hello All,

 

I hope it is fine to post this here. 

 

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Re: Sora in Stow Lake

Ken Moy
 

I have not seen 2 soras but last week saw a single sora in the same location gathering nesting materials and hauling it towards the shoreline.


On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 9:04 PM Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:
Despite the fact that all eBird checklists mention a single Sora at Stow Lake, there are definitely two distinct birds in the NE corner of the lake at the exact location mentioned by Kay, see another report here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68576994

I was lucky to see one of these birds in perfect light a couple of times:

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 7:04 PM Rick Prelinger <footage@...> wrote:

We saw a Sora nearby there last week. I think there have been other sightings as well.

Rick


Rick Prelinger
Prelinger Library & Archives, San Francisco
footage@...

Professor, Film & Digital Media
UC Santa Cruz
rick@...

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 17:39 Kay Voyvodich <voyvodichkay@...> wrote:
Walking around Stow Lake at approximately 4pm today and noticed an unusual bird (for me). I believe it was a Sora. Location: The bird was in the northeastern corner of the lake (above the Japanese Tea Garden) in and around a large bush/tree whose branches hang into the water. This is a screenshot from Google Maps to show you the exact location. Can someone more expert than me confirm this sighting? Thank you. 

  in and around a large bush/tree whose branches hang into the water. 


Re: Sora in Stow Lake

Dario Taraborelli
 

Despite the fact that all eBird checklists mention a single Sora at Stow Lake, there are definitely two distinct birds in the NE corner of the lake at the exact location mentioned by Kay, see another report here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68576994

I was lucky to see one of these birds in perfect light a couple of times:


On Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 7:04 PM Rick Prelinger <footage@...> wrote:

We saw a Sora nearby there last week. I think there have been other sightings as well.

Rick


Rick Prelinger
Prelinger Library & Archives, San Francisco
footage@...

Professor, Film & Digital Media
UC Santa Cruz
rick@...

On Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 17:39 Kay Voyvodich <voyvodichkay@...> wrote:
Walking around Stow Lake at approximately 4pm today and noticed an unusual bird (for me). I believe it was a Sora. Location: The bird was in the northeastern corner of the lake (above the Japanese Tea Garden) in and around a large bush/tree whose branches hang into the water. This is a screenshot from Google Maps to show you the exact location. Can someone more expert than me confirm this sighting? Thank you. 

  in and around a large bush/tree whose branches hang into the water. 


Re: Sora in Stow Lake

Rick Prelinger
 


We saw a Sora nearby there last week. I think there have been other sightings as well.

Rick


Rick Prelinger
Prelinger Library & Archives, San Francisco
footage@...

Professor, Film & Digital Media
UC Santa Cruz
rick@...


On Thu, Jan 28, 2021, 17:39 Kay Voyvodich <voyvodichkay@...> wrote:
Walking around Stow Lake at approximately 4pm today and noticed an unusual bird (for me). I believe it was a Sora. Location: The bird was in the northeastern corner of the lake (above the Japanese Tea Garden) in and around a large bush/tree whose branches hang into the water. This is a screenshot from Google Maps to show you the exact location. Can someone more expert than me confirm this sighting? Thank you. 

  in and around a large bush/tree whose branches hang into the water. 


Re: Sora in Stow Lake

Joel Perlstein
 

A few days ago I ran into the woman who is the head docent for the great blue herons that nest at Stow Lake.
She told me that she regularly sees 2 sora at the location you mentioned.


--
Joel Perlstein
San Francisco


Sora in Stow Lake

Kay Voyvodich
 

Walking around Stow Lake at approximately 4pm today and noticed an unusual bird (for me). I believe it was a Sora. Location: The bird was in the northeastern corner of the lake (above the Japanese Tea Garden) in and around a large bush/tree whose branches hang into the water. This is a screenshot from Google Maps to show you the exact location. Can someone more expert than me confirm this sighting? Thank you. 

  in and around a large bush/tree whose branches hang into the water. 


Union Square White-throated Sparrows

bitanangan
 

Hi Birders,
     Pair near the cafe on NE side.
Russ Bright


Portsmouth Square Yellow Warbler

bitanangan
 

Hi Birders,
     Good bird for Chinatown...hanging around in Mulberry-like tree at Clay and Kearny now.
Russ Bright
SF

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