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Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird continues

Joe Morlan
 

Dan,

Thanks for the tip. Some photos from this morning:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77797403


On Fri, 7 May 2021 07:54:48 -0700, "Dan Harris" <dh1236@...> wrote:

On Crissy Field western lawn near large pine and nearby buildings --
—Dan

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Global Big Day/Christmas in May Tomorrow and Blue Grosbeak continues

David Assmann
 

Even if you are not participating in Golden Gate Audubon's Christmas in May, you can help contribute towards Global Big Day tomorrow by going to your favorite birding spot.  Last May 141 species were found in San Francisco on Global Big Day. Although I did not see the Blue Grosbeak at Fort Mason today, at least one other birder did see it.


Around town this morning

David Armstrong
 

I took advantage of the great weather and hit a number of spots this morning. I first worked the early shift at Mt. Davidson which had a grand total of 3 migrants - 1 male Hermit Warbler, 1 Lazuli Bunting and 1 Western Tanager. From there I went across town to Portero Hill Rec Center where there were at least 4 flycatcher species including what would be a very early Willow (obvious empid, well seen from below and at close to eye level - overall brownish above, pale with some yellowish wash on the underparts, orange lower mandible, no eye ring, 2 brownish wingbars etc.). Also a late Pine Siskin calling and another Western Tanager.

The Lawrence's Goldfinches that I reported already were briefly seen together on the hillside above Folsom Street near its intersection with Bernal Heights Blvd. They perched up obligingly for a minute or so then flew off up the hill. The other interesting bird was a Western Kingbird seen on the south side of the hill opposite the top of the Prentiss stairs on Bernal Heights Blvd. I also heard Western Tanager while I was there.

Finally I walked Glen Canyon Park which has been quiet so far this spring but I did have 2 more Pine Siskins, a singing Purple Finch, 2 singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, another Western Tanager and a singing Warbling Vireo in the upper part of the canyon.

David


Re: golden eagle

Eddie Monson
 

Just to clarify, my house is in bernal. Headed NW towards buena vista.

On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 11:35 AM Eddie Monson via groups.io <eg40monson=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
juv headed north from my house


golden eagle

Eddie Monson
 

juv headed north from my house


Re: LAGO Bernal Hill

David Armstrong
 

Hi all - in my haste to report this I mistakenly said east rather than north hillside (Folsom St. bends around). the spot is very close to where Folsom ends and Bernal Heights Blvd. begins

37°44'35.5"N 122°24'38.7"W


Good luck if you chase them



On Friday, May 7, 2021, 10:38:46 AM PDT, Sarah Burton <burtosarah@...> wrote:


Great finds, David! Eddie, your lists from Bernal are fantastic...

Willow Flycatcher continues at the Potrero Hill Rec Center, currently in the eucs just meters south of the cement stairs/beginning of wood path. Silent. 

Larry Goldfinch pair heard and barely seen at Bernal. They flew south up the hill from Folsom entrance and maybe a bit west. The call notes sounded like "shwing:" fast double notes and a bzzzz. I did not see or hear the gnatcatcher. 

Spring!!!
Sarah 

On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 09:16 David Armstrong via groups.io <darmstrong99=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I'd wager they're the ones you've been observing. Given they bred in SF last year, why not again in 21?




On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 9:14 AM, Eddie Monson
Hi all,
Great find David! I wonder if these goldfinches are new or the same bird/birds seen over the past 2 weeks. Seems pretty unlikely that there have been 4 different birds in the same area in 2 weeks but possible? Could this be a pair poking around trying to nest?
Happy spring
Eddie

On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 9:01 AM David Armstrong via groups.io <darmstrong99=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Male and female Lawrence's Goldfinch on east hillside off Folsom St. right now. Also Western Kingbird

Earlier a Willow Flycatcher at Potrero Rec Center in eucs above playground. Good mix of migrants around with tanagers calling in multiple locations. 



Re: LAGO Bernal Hill

Sarah Burton
 

Great finds, David! Eddie, your lists from Bernal are fantastic...

Willow Flycatcher continues at the Potrero Hill Rec Center, currently in the eucs just meters south of the cement stairs/beginning of wood path. Silent. 

Larry Goldfinch pair heard and barely seen at Bernal. They flew south up the hill from Folsom entrance and maybe a bit west. The call notes sounded like "shwing:" fast double notes and a bzzzz. I did not see or hear the gnatcatcher. 

Spring!!!
Sarah 

On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 09:16 David Armstrong via groups.io <darmstrong99=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I'd wager they're the ones you've been observing. Given they bred in SF last year, why not again in 21?




On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 9:14 AM, Eddie Monson
Hi all,
Great find David! I wonder if these goldfinches are new or the same bird/birds seen over the past 2 weeks. Seems pretty unlikely that there have been 4 different birds in the same area in 2 weeks but possible? Could this be a pair poking around trying to nest?
Happy spring
Eddie

On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 9:01 AM David Armstrong via groups.io <darmstrong99=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Male and female Lawrence's Goldfinch on east hillside off Folsom St. right now. Also Western Kingbird

Earlier a Willow Flycatcher at Potrero Rec Center in eucs above playground. Good mix of migrants around with tanagers calling in multiple locations. 



Re: Yellow-headed Blackbird continues

Kenneth Stampfer
 

Thanks for the tip. Here are a couple of shots from this morning:
Ken Stampfer


On May 7, 2021, at 7:54 AM, Dan Harris <dh1236@...> wrote:

On Crissy Field western lawn near large pine and nearby buildings --
—Dan


Re: LAGO Bernal Hill

David Armstrong
 

I'd wager they're the ones you've been observing. Given they bred in SF last year, why not again in 21?




On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 9:14 AM, Eddie Monson
<eg40monson@...> wrote:
Hi all,
Great find David! I wonder if these goldfinches are new or the same bird/birds seen over the past 2 weeks. Seems pretty unlikely that there have been 4 different birds in the same area in 2 weeks but possible? Could this be a pair poking around trying to nest?
Happy spring
Eddie

On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 9:01 AM David Armstrong via groups.io <darmstrong99=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Male and female Lawrence's Goldfinch on east hillside off Folsom St. right now. Also Western Kingbird

Earlier a Willow Flycatcher at Potrero Rec Center in eucs above playground. Good mix of migrants around with tanagers calling in multiple locations. 



Re: LAGO Bernal Hill

Eddie Monson
 

Hi all,
Great find David! I wonder if these goldfinches are new or the same bird/birds seen over the past 2 weeks. Seems pretty unlikely that there have been 4 different birds in the same area in 2 weeks but possible? Could this be a pair poking around trying to nest?
Happy spring
Eddie

On Fri, May 7, 2021 at 9:01 AM David Armstrong via groups.io <darmstrong99=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Male and female Lawrence's Goldfinch on east hillside off Folsom St. right now. Also Western Kingbird

Earlier a Willow Flycatcher at Potrero Rec Center in eucs above playground. Good mix of migrants around with tanagers calling in multiple locations. 


LAGO Bernal Hill

David Armstrong
 

Male and female Lawrence's Goldfinch on east hillside off Folsom St. right now. Also Western Kingbird

Earlier a Willow Flycatcher at Potrero Rec Center in eucs above playground. Good mix of migrants around with tanagers calling in multiple locations. 


May 15 pelagic? Flycatchers, ID techniques and Seabirds workshops coming up.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

    Our May 22 pelagic is sold out, but there is a possibility to add another date on the 15th. Two different Short-tailed Albatross were reported on research boats last week, one off Santa Cruz, one off San Mateo, that would be a find for sure. If you are interested on a 15th trip, let me know (reply to me directly) and we can see if we get enough people. Boats are restricted to about 2/3 capacity at this point. Pricing will be $170.

    Next week I start a flycatcher ID workshop (4 classes), while later on in the month SFBBO is hosting an Bird Identification techniques workshop I will teach, and finally in June I have a seabirds workshop lined up. Details and how to register can be found here:

 

https://www.alvarosadventures.com/events.html

 

good birding!

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Yellow-headed Blackbird continues

Dan Harris
 

On Crissy Field western lawn near large pine and nearby buildings --
—Dan


Fort Mason Last Two Days - Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-Headed Blackbirds and expected migrants

David Assmann
 

It's been a busy two mornings at Fort Mason.  Yesterday, in addition to the three YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS that flew into the garden a little after eight, a number of other migrants moved through, including at least three WARBLING VIREOS, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and 4 WESTERN TANAGERS. Today, in addition to the BLUE GROSBEAK that showed up in the garden, at least 3 WESTERN KINGBIRDS (possibly 5 - saw 2 at two different times) flew through, and a WESTERN TANAGER was near the garden. There were at least 4 HOODED ORIOLES in the garden. Wintering birds are mostly gone - saw only 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and 1 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW.


Possible golden plover

Lee-Hong Chang
 

Just saw a golden plover, I think, on beach below fenced off bank swallow nesting area across from oceanside water treatment plant. But, was chased off by dogs and flying further south. Hopeful, it would be still around this area.

LeeHong Chang 
San Francisco 



Female blue grosbeak

Rachel Lawrence
 

Found earlier by David A. Continuing currently in purple plum next to avocado tree Fort Mason community garden. Last seen at  9.50, it’s good at hiding!


Blue Grosbeak at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Female in Community Garden


Re: Red Knot below Ft Funston

basquebirder
 

To clarify, I was where the Bank Swallow colony has been in years past. I wasn’t aware of what the status was this year. I didn’t see a single swallow, so I don’t know if/where they’re nesting.

Cheers,
Cédric


Red Knot below Ft Funston

basquebirder
 

There is a mostly alternate plumaged Red Knot on the beach below Ft. Funston. With the big whimbrel flock there. There is also some schmuck flying his model airplane right over the Bank Swallow colony. Not sure how cool that is... 

Cheers, 
Cédric Duhalde


Yellow-headed Blackbird

Mick Griffin
 

Still at west end of Chrissie field in Daisies in front of this tree

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