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How safe is it to visit Heron’s Head Park

Joel Perlstein
 

I am thinking of visiting Heron’s Head Park later this week, around 4 pm.  I will be driving to the parking lot and then traveling by foot. I will be by myself. I am a man in my early 70’s and will have an expensive binoculars and scope with me. Do you think that would be reasonably safe?

 Thanks for whatever insight you can provide. 
--
Joel Perlstein 
San Francisco


Baltimore and Bullock's Orioles at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

There have been at least two Orioles at Fort Mason since late fall. A  BALTIMORE ORIOLE was found and photographed by John Colbert and Erica Rutherford on New Year's Eve.  The BULLOCK'S ORIOLE has been photographed many times since the fall.  This morning both Orioles were in front of the General's House - at one point chasing each other. Other birds of note - the NORTHERN RED BISHOP has been seen daily since February 3rd at the feeder in the garden.  A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was near the Battery on Saturday, and yesterday a PACIFIC LOON swam outside of Aquatic Park.


Re: Continuing Oriole(s)? at Ft Mason*** please read

Brian Fitch
 

Just a quick note to say that both Bullock’s and Baltimore Orioles were seen in the eucs in front of the General’s house at Ft Mason earlier today.  Photos and details coming soon from others.  Thanks for the heads up Lucas.

And some of those photo folks found that the White-winged Scoter is a young male.
Brian Fitch

On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 7:59 AM Lucas Stephenson via groups.io <Navigator44=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:
It appears that a Baltimore Oriole has been photographed at the Ft. Mason Gardens for the past 3 months or so. The bird has showed features of an oranger belly, oranger face, lacking grayish tones anywhere on the body looks like a perfect match to me for a Baltimore. I have found a new appreciation for reviewers asking for photos every time a rarity has been posted. Would be awesome if some more people could gather some more photos as the bird has likely been here all winter. The bird has molted into a more obvious baltimore “type” plumage. The bird hasn’t been photographed as a bullocks since december 6th before the february 7th and 20 images.
The best,
Lucas Stephenson






Re: W-w Scoter again

Ken Moy
 

Just sighted in raft of surf scoters @ Baker Beach, white wing patch clearly visible and appears larger than adjacent female surf scoters.


On Mon, Feb 22, 2021, 8:01 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
She’s sitting on the water off of Baker Beach, visible from the Battery Godfrey bluffs.
Brian Fitch


W-w Scoter again

Brian Fitch
 

She’s sitting on the water off of Baker Beach, visible from the Battery Godfrey bluffs.
Brian Fitch


Continuing Oriole(s)? at Ft Mason*** please read

Lucas Stephenson
 

It appears that a Baltimore Oriole has been photographed at the Ft. Mason Gardens for the past 3 months or so. The bird has showed features of an oranger belly, oranger face, lacking grayish tones anywhere on the body looks like a perfect match to me for a Baltimore. I have found a new appreciation for reviewers asking for photos every time a rarity has been posted. Would be awesome if some more people could gather some more photos as the bird has likely been here all winter. The bird has molted into a more obvious baltimore “type” plumage. The bird hasn’t been photographed as a bullocks since december 6th before the february 7th and 20 images.
The best,
Lucas Stephenson


Mountain Bluebird @ Battery Godfrey, 2/21/21

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning I spent several hours up on Battery Godfrey. There were intermittent, light NE winds, but not enough to produce a movement of waterfowl.
 
Western Bluebirds were on the move early this morning and I observed at least 15 in groups of 5 / 3 / 3 / 2  + several singles. Some of these birds were high-flying and appeared to continue on their way, either S or N over the Bay.
 
One group of 3 bluebirds very briefly landed on the utility pole & wires just behind (E of) the Battery and N of the old building adjacent to the parking lot, around 7:40 AM. I managed a photograph of one of them just before they took off and flew E in the general direction of Ft. Scott, not to return again to BG while I was present. On uploading the photo when I returned home, I confirmed my quick impression -- a MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, showing overall blue plumage, especially on its upperparts, no rusty color, longish primary projection and tail, and a thin, pointy bill.  From my quick look at the perched group the other 2 appeared to be Western Bluebirds.   Other bluebirds that I managed to photograph in flight early this morning were Westerns.  Perhaps this is the individual observed by Hugh Cotter and I as a calling flyover @ BG on 1/23, but not since then, or another in the small coastal movement this winter.
 
I will post the photo later today in an ebird report.
 
Other observations at the Battery this morning included a Merlin, 35 Band-tailed Pigeons, and single Tree and Violet-green  Swallows.
 
Paul Saraceni
San Francisco 
 


Black and White Warbler

Roy Leggitt
 

HI All,

My wife, Courtney Clarkson, just found a beautiful B&W warbler in the New Zealand Christmas tree in front of our house on Sacrament at Baker.

Regards,
Roy Leggitt


So little and so mean: hummingbirds on waterfall

Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...>
 


Re: Possible Female Vermilion Flycatcher

David Nelson
 

Aaron,
Aaron,

I was driving northbound on Doyle Drive, now called Presido Parkway. Doyle Drive was renamed Presidio Parkway after construction. My boss Michael Painter designed it and worked on it for over 20 years. This is the new constructed road through the Presidio from Lombard St. to GG Bridge.

I was on my way home and driving toward the bridge, against the median going about 3mph. As I approached the sign base for the big sign southbound, I saw a small dark flycatcher sitting on the top of one of the support posts for an orange utility box located just west of the big sign post base. My earlier report was while I was driving and I cut the description short. It looked like a Black Phoebe from a distance, and was facing away from me. All I could see was the dark head, back and tail. As I approached, it was more dark gray than black and I could start to see the hint of pale breast. My reaction was Eastern Phoebe. Then, when I was right next to it I could see the rufous (orangish) color on the flank side facing me, below the dark wing and above and to the rear of the pale whitish breast. I immediately thought female Vermillion Flycatcher. As I entered the tunnel, I thought I wonder if I could get to the far right lane and drive back and see if I could get a photo. I did make it across and exited at the GG Bridge last exit. I made my way to the drive above the big south wall and found a parking spot. I got my camera out and bins. I walked across to the fence above the wall and scanned below. It was gone. I scanned west to the tunnel, across the cypress trees and to the large willows near the Sports Basement parking lot, then along the median and north right of way to the east tunnel. Nothing. I scanned across the roof of the Sports Basement and to the other building/parking/construction area to the west. Nothing. I scanned the shrubs and cypress trees around me on the south side, nothing. Maybe it went to roost? It was getting darker. I drove down to the small parking area near the Sports Basement west parking lot and walked to the south end of the parking lot and pished. I could only find White Crowned Sparrows. I think it would be worth the effort to try again in the morning.


David W. Nelson

-----Original Message-----
From: Aaron Maizlish [mailto:amm.birdlists@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, February 19, 2021 5:27 PM
To: David Nelson
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Possible Female Vermilion Flycatcher

Hi where did you view this from? I’ll go check it out, I’m sure others are too.
On Feb 19, 2021, at 5:24 PM, David Nelson <David@mpadesign.com> wrote:

There is a possible female Vermillon Flycather perched on a light pole in the median of Doyle Drive south of Sports bldg. pale breast with rufous flanks, dark back tail wings head. Constantly flicking tail. Smaller than Say's Phoebe or Black Phoebe.

I hope someone finds it.

David W. Nelson





Possible Female Vermilion Flycatcher

David Nelson
 

There is a possible female Vermillon Flycather perched on a light pole in the median of Doyle Drive south of Sports bldg. pale breast with rufous flanks, dark back tail wings head. Constantly flicking tail. Smaller than Say's Phoebe or Black Phoebe.

I hope someone finds it.

David W. Nelson


Leucistic White-crowned Sparrow at Heron's Head 18Feb2021

keith_in_eg
 

Hello,

I came across what I believe to be a leucistic White-crowned Sparrow at Heron's Head Park in San Francisco this afternoon, 18Feb2021.  It was associating with a small group of standard WCSPs in the marsh grasses just off the South side of the main path and maybe half way out to the point.  I was taking a photo of the standard variety when this very faded looking bird poked its head above the tops of the grasses nearby.  It was initially facing away from me, but I managed to get a few descent images.  They're attached to this eBird checklist:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S81903200

And yes, the Rock Sandpiper was present.  It's always fun to go out there and see if I can find it without any assistance or clues - like a Where's Waldo!

Best,

Keith Gress
El Granada


Red-necked Grebe at Pier 94 etc.

Joe Morlan
 

The Red-necked Grebe continued at Pier 94 this afternoon.

Photos:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=rengre&view=Grid&subId=S81767846

This morning we visited Fort Mason where the Red-breasted Sapsucker showing
characters suggesting nominate S. r. ruber (or maybe an intergrade) was
still present.

Photos:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=rebsap1&view=Grid&subId=S81767850

Video: https://youtu.be/_5-fA5N78eY

Special thanks to Bob Gunderson for leading us to the sapsucker.

Also the escaped molting Northern Red Bishop was still present visiting the
feeder at Fort Mason this morning.

Photos: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/69697421

This bird seems to have garnered considerable interest despite being an
escaped cage bird.

Northern Red Bishop is native to northern tropical Africa, but has
introduced populations in southern California, Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico,
and a few smaller Caribbean islands. In California they are resident in
coastal Los Angeles and Orange Counties mostly along the Los Angeles, San
Gabriel and Santa Ana Rivers and along San Diego Creek. Elsewhere in
California occasional escapes have been noted. Closer to home, small
numbers have occurred irregularly in Santa Clara County where they have
nested occasionally but no self-sustaining population has become
established there. In San Francisco there have been occasional sightings in
the past. Over the years I've seen single birds at Land's End and Lake
Merced

Despite these sightings, this species is not currently accepted on the
California bird checklist because it does not meet the criteria for a
successful established introduction. Nonetheless it is on the "Watch List"
of species which might be added in the future if their numbers increase and
more self-sustaining populations are documented.

Stay well!
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Swamper

Daniel Scali
 

Mr. Hopkins’ Swamp Sparrow continues x 2 (seen on February 5 and today) at North Lake.

Dan, sf


Re: Asking SF bird experts: Salmonellosis outbreak?

Dan Murphy
 

This is an ongoing problem for finches and sparrows.  I've had ill birds at my feeder or feeders over the years.  Birds in the wild carry the infection so getting alarmed at the first sight of a sick or dead bird might be an over reaction.  Of course removing feeders and water sources will help if there is an actual outbreak.  In the past I usually removed feeders from 3 weeks to a month, then went back to feeding.  I don't recall seeing infected birds subsequently, so those outbreaks were probably local and cleaning up my feeding area reduced the problem to the point I didn't see sick birds for the rest of the season.  The article you attached omitted one major thing.  Feeders and bird baths should be cleaned thoroughly -- like you might for Covid.  Rub them down with soapy water and bleach.  Don't be shy with the bleach.  You want to kill all the bacteria and residue that might harbor it.  Be sure to wear disposable gloves and wash your hands after the job. 

You know, there are a lot of things that kill birds.  If you didn't see swollen tissue around one or both eyes, by the gape of the mouth and perhaps on the legs and feet it's hard to guess  what killed your bird.

Good luck and I hope you'll put out feeders in August and September to attract birds for next winter.  Keep an eye out for Salmonelloisis and stop feeding for 3 or 4 weeks if you spot infected birds.  Of course you want to be totally safe don't feed birds at all, an option I don't like.

Happy birding,
Dan Murphy

On Sunday, February 14, 2021, 8:12:53 PM PST, Taylor Lapeyre via groups.io <taylorlapeyre@...> wrote:


Hi there! I recently came across the following article: https://patch.com/california/petaluma/salmonellosis-outbreak-killing-songbirds-california

It seems like the CA department of fish and wildlife has asked residents to take down bird feeders / baths until spring to prevent this outbreak from spreading. This is pretty interesting to me, since I actually did find a very small Pine Siskin in my backyard recently that had passed away. I was a little confused about its death, since we always have stocked bird feeders and there didn't seem to be any injuries. It was nowhere near windows, either. I suspect that this may be the cause.

I am preemptively taking down my feeders, but I wanted to ask any bird experts here on the SF birds list: is this a reasonable precaution, and is this outbreak something serious?

Thank you!


Cassie's Vireo at Chrissy Field

Nico Stuurman
 

Moving from west to east in bushes between lagoon and trail (north side of lagoon).

Best,

Nico
--
Nico Stuurman


Asking SF bird experts: Salmonellosis outbreak?

Taylor Lapeyre
 

Hi there! I recently came across the following article: https://patch.com/california/petaluma/salmonellosis-outbreak-killing-songbirds-california

It seems like the CA department of fish and wildlife has asked residents to take down bird feeders / baths until spring to prevent this outbreak from spreading. This is pretty interesting to me, since I actually did find a very small Pine Siskin in my backyard recently that had passed away. I was a little confused about its death, since we always have stocked bird feeders and there didn't seem to be any injuries. It was nowhere near windows, either. I suspect that this may be the cause.

I am preemptively taking down my feeders, but I wanted to ask any bird experts here on the SF birds list: is this a reasonable precaution, and is this outbreak something serious?

Thank you!


Feb. 14, 2021: Lake Merced; American Bittern; Surf Scoter

H Cotter
 

This morning around 10.30AM I flushed an American Bittern from the reeds in the southwest end of the concrete bridge; there is a cut area through the reeds into the southern impoundment; the bird flushed from there and flew east. I do not know where it went and was unable to locate it.
I assume that this might be the same bird from November last year ?
Birding with Paul Saraceni near the Boat House a little later, we had a young male Surf Scoter up on one of the boat piers ( same one as the Kittiwake last week). Not sure if it was sick or not but did not move much. Also had one of the continuing Yellow Warblers in the Albizia in the same area.

Hugh


Hybrid model flicker

Bob Hall
 

I saw this flicker in my backyard (1946 Grove St.) a month ago and it's here again today. It has yellow under the wings and tail but has a tan face with a Buffy-gray neck. No mustache or red on the nape.

--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson


Fort Mason Nashville Warbler

cgcarp65
 

Around noon today in the community garden my wife and I had good looks at a Nashville Warbler in a fruit tree.

Chris Carpenter
Oakland

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