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Least bittern Lake Merced

Rachel Lawrence
 

I was at concrete bridge just now watching ducks and Ardeids at sunset. At 6pm in the half light a tiny Ardeid flew from the south of the concrete bridge to the south west shore of the south pond and was lost in the gloom. The striking thing was the very rapid wing beats, very small size, dark back with a light lateral stripe each side and bright buffy wing coverts contrasting with darker flight feathers. It had yellow legs and feet extending behind the tail. The overall impression was a very patterned upper body and wings in flight compared to the overall dark green heron. It also appeared smaller than a green heron and faster wing beat. Hoping someone else will catch it ! Rachel


White-tailed Kite

Alan Hopkins
 

This morning at about 9:30 there was a White-tailed Kite perched in a Cypress behind the buildings at Fort Funston.

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA


What kind of hawk?

Emily Furnival
 

Hi! I was leading my elementary school class in GGP today (by Lloyd Lake) when a large hawk landed on the hill a few feet away from a gardner. He had a dark grey face and exceptionally puffy leg feathers (on of my kids said "I like your pants Mr. Hawk"). He's probably a common hawk, but I'd love to know what type! 

Thanks all! Sorry to ask such a simple question. 


4 snowy plovers

Mikiye Nakanishi
 

Crissy field: had to ask 3 people to leash their dogs in the protected area. Bishop still at ft. Mason

Mikiye


Chipping Sparrow Grand View this morning

Peter Pyle
 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S80372380

Seems too early for a migrant so perhaps wintered somewhere in the heights

cheers, Peter


Re: Fort Mason this morning - Northern Red Bishop, Bullock's Oriole, etc.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

David

   I was first going to say that likely in that plumage one cannot separate from other similar bishops. But those really long uppertail coverts extending past the tail should seal the deal as a Northern Red Bishop. That is in addition to incoming black bits, and “orange” bits. The bird looks a bit more orange than is typical, that may be due to poor food sources not allowing it to gather enough carotenoid pigments? In any case, a good learning experience for me regarding the usefulness of uppertail covert length in the ID.

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of David Assmann via groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 1:32 PM
To: SFBirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason this morning - Northern Red Bishop, Bullock's Oriole, etc.

 

The Community Garden at Fort Mason was quite active this morning.  I got good looks at the continuing BULLOCK'S ORIOLE. A NASHVILLE WARBLER showed itself on the west side several times. Six BAND-TAILED PIGEONS flew low over the garden. The big surprise, however, was a male NORTHERN RED BISHOP at the feeder in the middle of the garden. 


Snowy Plovers @ Crissy Field

spw49@...
 

Spotted 5 snowy plovers at Crissy Field protected area. Also 2 red-throated loons and a female surf scoter in the bay, between 1-2pm.


Fort Mason this morning - Northern Red Bishop, Bullock's Oriole, etc.

David Assmann
 

The Community Garden at Fort Mason was quite active this morning.  I got good looks at the continuing BULLOCK'S ORIOLE. A NASHVILLE WARBLER showed itself on the west side several times. Six BAND-TAILED PIGEONS flew low over the garden. The big surprise, however, was a male NORTHERN RED BISHOP at the feeder in the middle of the garden. 


Northern Red Bishop at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

At feeder in middle of garden.


Re: Birds at waterfall

bobbytartan@...
 

Very awesome!


On Mon, Feb 01, 2021 at 6:50 PM, spw49 <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@gmail.com> wrote:

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



Yellow Rumped Warbler with finch-like upper mandible?

Nico Stuurman
 

While enjoying the Tropical Kingbird at South Lake this morning, Stephen (sp?) and I spotted a Yellow Rumped Warbler with a highly enlarged upper mandible that made it look like a finch bill.  I am not sure whether this was external material stuck on the bill (the bird was sooty as well), or that it is a genetic variation (in which case it would be quite interesting that this bird made it almost into the next season already).  Curious to learn mode.  One photo attached, more in my ebird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80320577

Best,

Nico


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

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