Flyby White-winged Dove at East Wash - Lincoln Park- Sept 25

H Cotter

In addition to the other excellent finds today from the round up - I had a flyby White-winged Dove along the cliffs below the east wash, Lincoln Park this morning.


Re: Red-shoulder enjoys Richmond District spa treatment

R K Bose

That's lovely! Thanks for sharing.

Rupa Bose

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, 12:35:55 PM PDT, Harry Fuller via <anzatowhee@...> wrote:

Harry Fuller
author of: San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:
author of Freeway
birding website:
my birding blog:

Cackling Geese.

Aaron Maizlish

This morning during the rare bird round up, I found seven cackling geese on the ballfields at treasure Island along with the Canada geese. This is at 11th and H. Small brown geese with wide white collars.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco

Black-throated Sparrow - General's House, Presidio

David Armstrong

Found earlier by Jo Ann Z on the rare bird roundup - being seen now by many of us across the street from General's House, 1337 Pope St.

Gray Catbird - Beach Chalet

Joachim Gonzalez

This morning, there was a Gray Catbird in the thicket at the northwest corner of the soccer fields at Beach Chalet, Golden Gate Park. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez

Red-shoulder enjoys Richmond District spa treatment

Harry Fuller

Harry Fuller
author of: San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:
author of Freeway
birding website:
my birding blog:

McLaren roundup

Daniel Scali

Hi birders,

Predawn I recorded some calling I did not recognize coming from a residential area about a block from the park edge. I’ll share back if I ever ID it as rare. Otherwise the heavy fog rolling in at 8ish put a bit of a damper on things. Best bird was a heard FOY Red-breasted Nuthatch until it was close to time to leave when some fireworks from the Sunnydale houses sent huge flocks of Starlings, Pigeons, and Blackbirds toward Crocker Amazon. Some of the wing bars appeared white as they flew over so I tracked several down at the Humming Bird Farm area and soccer fields parking lot. I’m not an expert and didn’t hear anything odd and trike-like but I believe there was at least one if not more TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS in the mix. I’ll upload photos to ebird later this evening when I get a chance.

Good birding,
Dan Scali

Slightly off topic...another study about birds thriving during lockdown

Roberta Guise

The Wall Street Journal had news this week about a new study in the journal Science Advances. Supposedly this is a "free link" that removes the WSJ paywall:

If you can't access let me know and I'll make the story available in a doc.

So now that traffic and human activity are back, have the birds gone back to their pre-pandemic behaviors, song, etc?

Bird on!
Roberta Guise

Mallards or something else? (Wildfowl Pond)

esther cooperman

Hi all,

I was at the Wildfowl Pond in the Arboretum today and saw two identical looking mallard-type ducks.  Both were mottled brown with a prominent black area at the base of the bill and also prominent white tail feathers.  The photos, after the fact, also revealed a dark stripe going down the back of their heads, although I didn't observe this in person.  Are these just mallards, hybrid mallards, or something else?  Two photos attached.  Sorry for poor photo quality, they were taken with my cellphone. 

Esther Cooperman
San Francisco

Another Palm Warbler – Lincoln Park golf course

Daniel Scali


Amongst the usual year-round residents of the Lincoln Park golf course — 4 beautiful Western Bluebirds, a bunch of Pine Siskins, many others — I was surprised to find a PALM WARBLER getting its bug grind on in the fairway near the 16th hole green. A FOS Yellow Butt also made a ground appearance.

Here's hoping y'all can get out for the Rare Bird Roundup mañana. I'll be looking for a Green Tailed Towhee at McLaren Park. Sadly I won't be able to convene at Battery Godfrey but I'll be there in spirit.

Good rarity hunting!

Indigo Bunting at Fort Mason

David Assmann

In Community Garden west side

Fort Mason Today - Palm Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, Golden Eagle, etc.

David Assmann

It was very active this morning at Fort Mason, with expected migrants and returning wintering birds mixing in with resident birds. Migrants included a LAZULI BUNTING in the residential area south of the headquarters (it's getting late for this species), a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK in the garden, 7 WESTERN TANAGERS, 9 YELLOW WARBLERS, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 5 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS (at one point 3 were in the same small shrub in the garden), a WARBLING VIREO, a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK. The PALM WARBLER was on the west side of the garden, away from the bottle brush it had been occupying near the General's House.  Returning birds (presumably for the winter) included a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, a FOX SPARROW, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, a HERMIT THRUSH and a SAY'S PHOEBE. A hatch-year RED-MASKED PARAKEET (entirely green), foraging in a Eucalyptus tree in front of the General's House. And then, around 11:15 a GOLDEN EAGLE soared over.

Another Golden Eagle

Brian Fitch

Always comes in threes!
Eagle just flew north over Buena Vista
Brian Fitch

Noteworthy Half Moon bay pelagic yesterday - Guadalupe Murrelet; tuna, skuas.

Alvaro Jaramillo

Hello all,

   It started very slow, thick fog, no birds. It took forever to see our first Sooty Shearwater. But once we were at the Pioneer Canyon, Sabine’s, Buller’s Shearwater, jaegers, Black Storm-Petrel, they all started to show up. It was calm and windless, and the fog lifted giving great visibility. It was an unusual day in many respects, the calm weather was one, but also the fact that there was warm (61F water) that was blue-green. A distant murrelet (likely Scripps’s) started our murrelet searches. In the end we saw 16 murrelets including all that we identified as Scripps’s or were too distant to identify. Additionally two Guadalupe Murrelets were in the Pioneer Canyon (SF county) 

    Guadalupe Murrelet is among the rarest of the world’s alcids. Only 5000 breeding individuals are thought to exist, some put the population at 7500 total. They breed on offshore islands, and keep to warmer and deeper water than Scripps’s Murrelets so are much less likely to be found on a pelagic than its close relative. As such, they are perhaps the hardest alcid to find in North America, and certainly worldwide it is not much easier. So we were elated to see two of them offshore. This species is Endangered.

All three jaegers were found with an estimate of 8 South Polar Skuas, at one time two were together on the water. That is a lot of bird muscle out there! Hundreds of Sabine’s Gulls were offshore, basically all over the place. We topped it off with a big Black Storm-Petrel flock of two thousand approximately. Four species of storm-petrel were seen, the others were Ashy, Wilson’s and Fork-tailed. Great views of Buller’s Shearwaters wowed folks on the boat. We also may have seen at least one Guadalupe Fur Seal. If the warm water feel is what you are getting from this day, you would be right. It was unusual in that the ocean was dominated by a warmer/offshore water component that included many jumping tuna! We photographed a couple poorly, and saw some close by – we think these were big Bluefin, not Albacore. Record numbers of offshore murrelets, along with the tuna, this was not a normal situation but a lucky one in water types we usually do not encounter here.

   To top it off, a Minke Whale was seen on our way back to port. And we started with wonderful views of Marbled Murrelets, and saw three Tufted Puffins on the trip. What a day to be out!!!

We are sold out currently on available dates. But when I get a minute we will be adding two dates as the boat is available to do so. Both late season trips which should be good for albatross, Short-tailed and Flesh-footed shearwaters, and perhaps something unusual! The dates will be Oct 23 and Nov 13. We seldom get out there in November, this is a good date for Laysan Albatross and if we are to find an offshore and non-injured Short-tailed Albatross November might be the time. I will send out a message when we have the dates available on the website.

   You can email me (alvaro@...) if you want to be penciled in for either of those dates.



Alvaro Jaramillo



Another Clay-colored

Brian Fitch

Got a theme going here.  This Clay-colored Sparrow was ranging with White- crowneds between the GG Park soccer field parking lot, and park& wreck’s tree shredding factory near the south windmill.
Brian Fitch

Re: 2021 San Francisco Rare Bird Round Up - Sept 25th 2021 - take Muni #28

Bob Hall

Birding by bus line would be an interesting competition.

Bob Hall

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

Another Parula

Brian Fitch

This one is at Ft Scott in the flowering gum at the south end of the parade ground
Brian Fitch

Clay-colored Sparrow GGP continues

Keith Maley

Clay-colored Sparrow found yesterday by Karen Offereins continues this morning just south of the Log Cabin on the Long Cabin Trail. Photos.

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Re: Sue Bierman Park

Bill Vlach

Sorry that happened to you!

We had no problem there today.

Here’s what was waiting for us at noon. 


William Vlach, Ph.D.
Phone: (415) 681-6565
525 Irving Street
San Francisco, Ca

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On Sep 22, 2021, at 5:51 PM, Jim Chiropolos <jnc@...> wrote:

As my work has me repairing big building facades in downtown SF, over the years I make many trips downtown. Over the last 15 years, I try to time my visits to I can bird Sue Bierman at lunch in the fall. The last 5 years Sue Bierman has been a shaky place with open drug use and a large street population that often camps in the park. 

Today birding the park, despite keeping a buffer distance of 50 feet or more with people using the park, I had the most aggressive encounter there ever with a man approaching and accosting me with a wild expression and saying “Get Out Now!”

Perhaps the park has become a place to bird in groups and certainly is a place where cameras will invite a mugging. Of the places I have birded in the bay area - a lot - this place is head and shoulders the diciest for aggressive encounters and you always need to know who may be approaching you.

Not a lot of bird migrants there today.

Be safe out there.

Jim Chiropolos

Re: 2021 San Francisco Rare Bird Round Up - Sept 25th 2021 - take Muni #28

William Grant

Muni bus #28 now runs from the foot of Van Ness to the Golden Gate Bridge Visitors Center

and from the Daly City BART station up 19th Avenue to the GGBVC

So consider arriving by bus.

Perhaps visit Fort Mason first.


-----Original Message-----
From: H Cotter <chatwren@...>
Sent: Sep 22, 2021 5:01 PM
To: SF Birds <>
Subject: [SFBirds] 2021 San Francisco Rare Bird Round Up - Sept 25th 2021

For those who might be interested, we are doing an informal San Francisco Rare Bird Round Up this year on Saturday, Sept 25th, 2021.
The goal of the round up is to spread out around the City and try and find rarities. Alan started this almost 30 years ago.
We are asking people to bird the City; wherever you wish to do so and with whomever you wish to do so. 
For those who are comfortable, and weather permitting ( no fog at BG) , we are going to meet up at Battery Godfrey in the Presidio at 12.30 PM to do a countdown.
A final species list will be developed from all the sightings from the day including Ebird and SFbirds. If we can ask you to post your good sightings that would be great.
For those interested, this might be a good opportunity to meet up with the birding community in SF and maybe find some rarities to chase.
Please note that Battey Godfrey can be very busy and challenging for parking.
Sometimes it is easier to park across the road at Fort Scott. BG is also also a place where there can be car break-ins, so please do not leave anything in your car.
Maybe we will see you on Sept. 25th.
Hugh and Alan.



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