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Re: Clay-colored Sparrow

Stephen Schulz
 

Sorry about my brevity.  It was just east of the Murphy windmill in GGP, presumably the same bird as reported yesterday.

Steve Schulz
Mobile: 415 608-0160

On Monday, September 27, 2021, 01:33:53 PM PDT, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@gmail.com> wrote:





Thanks Steve, what's the brick house?

On Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 1:18 PM Stephen Schulz via groups.io <steveschulz1=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Seen with flock of mostly white crowns on bark path about 15 m east of the brick house at about 1:00 p.m.




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Steve Schulz
San Francisco





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Steve Schulz
San Francisco


Re: Clay-colored Sparrow

Dario Taraborelli
 

Thanks Steve, what's the brick house?


On Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 1:18 PM Stephen Schulz via groups.io <steveschulz1=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Seen with flock of mostly white crowns on bark path about 15 m east of the brick house at about 1:00 p.m.


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Steve Schulz
San Francisco


Clay-colored Sparrow

Stephen Schulz
 

Seen with flock of mostly white crowns on bark path about 15 m east of the brick house at about 1:00 p.m.


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Steve Schulz
San Francisco


HY Blackburnian - Mt Sutro OSP

Daniel Scali
 

Found by Catie Michel!, w Whitney Grover and myself. In trees here: (37.7611891, -122.4558331) between surge lot and woods lot foraging from the acacia to the cypress. We weren’t on it when we left the spot.

Dan


Lark Sparrow at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

West of the garden


Probable Least Flycatcher (but no Catbird) Beach Chalet

Richard Bradus
 

Spent an hour early this evening on stakeout for the catbird seen yesterday but no go.

However, there was an interesting empid working the thicket just northeast from the Play Field commemorative rock on the path off the northwest corner of the Beach Chalet soccer fields.

What caught my eye (in addition to the compact appearance) was behavior similar to the one seen Dec.-Jan. in the Presidio: swooping fly-catching low to the ground and returning in a cycle to favorite perches, most down low. It also flicked its tail downwards repeatedly, but did not vocalize, unfortunately. Full description on eBird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95236780

May be worth a try tomorrow.

Inline image

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Palm Warbler continues

Daniel Scali
 

On the Lincoln Park golf course. Moving with Bluebirds, pine siskins, House finches, Black and Says Phoebes, Juncos, White-crowned Sparrows, and some yellow rumped warblers. From 16th hole to 18th. An Osprey was seen just over the cliffs there. Careful of flying golf balls.

Dan


Blackpoll Warbler - Botanical Gardens

Joachim Gonzalez
 

There was a Blackpoll Warbler in a Black Beech tree in the South Africa section of the Botanical Gardens here: (37.7672441, -122.4701804). Overall area was quite active with many tanagers, warblers, and a grosbeak. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


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.

Hugh


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 groups.io <anzatowhee@...> wrote:



Harry Fuller
author of: San Francisco's Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars:
author of Freeway Birdingfreewaybirding.com
birding website: http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com


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 Birdingfreewaybirding.com
birding website: http://www.towhee.net
my birding blog: atowhee.wordpress.com


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: https://www.wsj.com/articles/birds-thrived-during-covid-19-lockdowns-new-study-shows-11632333600?st=8zur7d2e843w4r3&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

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. 

Thx,
Esther Cooperman
San Francisco



Another Palm Warbler – Lincoln Park golf course

Daniel Scali
 

Folks,

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!
Dan


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.

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