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Palm warbler

Rachel Lawrence
 

Palm warbler Fort Mason community garden SW corner



Saleforce’s celebrity Ovenbird

Aaron Maizlish
 

SF Gate picked up the story of our local vagrant Ovenbird today.   

https://www.sfgate.com/local/amp/salesforce-park-bird-ovenbird-rare-sight-16548670.php

I’ll have to find the bird’s PR firm. It’s gets better press than I do. 

Aaron Maizlish 
San Francisco CA


An urban hawk

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

On this dreary day and after the excitement of Rachel's Virginia's Warbler I offer a little slice of urban birding.

Yesterday afternoon as I was making my way up the hill on my usual walkabout I noted some persistent screaming by a bunch of crows on power lines along Scott St. The source of the commotion was right at the Clay St. entrance to the west side of Alta Plaza Park - a Red-tail had caught what appeared to be a pigeon and was enduring the harassment and fending off a few close strafing fly-bys by the crows as it tried to pluck its prey. Eventually it flew off a bit to the east seeking the shelter of the pines to consume its meal in relative peace.

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A few better photos on my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S96450599

A reminder that listening (and looking up) as we walk around town can sometimes bring rewards.

Let's hear it for the rain!!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


GOEA

Eddie Monson
 

Golden eagle currently circling over my house in Bernal. Originally seen from Alemany farm by Rajan Rao.


Re: Virginia’s warbler log cabin trail GG park

Keith Maley
 

Rachel’s Virginia Warbler continues this morning same location. Wooooo! 


On Oct 18, 2021, at 7:17 PM, Rachel Lawrence <Rachelalawrence@...> wrote:


Just before complete darkness I spotted a Virginia’s warbler (probable first year) in the trees that divide east meadow and the log cabin meadow. The trees run north from log cabin trail to the join of JFK and stow lake drive. The bird favored a small sycamore/maple type tree that is turning yellow/red on the West side of the path.
Good birding
Rachel


Virginia’s warbler log cabin trail GG park

Rachel Lawrence
 

Just before complete darkness I spotted a Virginia’s warbler (probable first year) in the trees that divide east meadow and the log cabin meadow. The trees run north from log cabin trail to the join of JFK and stow lake drive. The bird favored a small sycamore/maple type tree that is turning yellow/red on the West side of the path.
Good birding
Rachel


Area Leaders Needed for the 2021 Christmas Bird Count on December 28th

David Assmann
 

The 2021 San Francisco Christmas Bird Count needs a few experienced birders to act as Area Leaders and coordinate teams for the Count, and make sure the data is entered into eBird. Organizational skills, eBird skills and persistence are the main qualities needed (you don’t need to be one of the top birders in the County to do this). Please send an email to sfcbcount@... and we will send more information.

David Assmann and Siobhan Ruck


Re: Black-and-white Warbler, Inner Sunset

Adam Winer
 

The Black-and-white Warbler continues this morning.

-- Adam

On Sun, Oct 17, 2021, 18:13 Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:
Another solid yard bird - an immature Black-and-white Warbler in my yard late this evening, shortly before the much-needed rain kicked in.

(Surprisingly, after ~4 months in the Sunset, I'm only 2 shy of my warbler list from >15 years in Noe Valley!  "Just" need Nashville and Tennessee and I'll be caught up.)

Cheers,
Adam Winer

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Black-and-white Warbler, Inner Sunset

Adam Winer
 

Another solid yard bird - an immature Black-and-white Warbler in my yard late this evening, shortly before the much-needed rain kicked in.

(Surprisingly, after ~4 months in the Sunset, I'm only 2 shy of my warbler list from >15 years in Noe Valley!  "Just" need Nashville and Tennessee and I'll be caught up.)

Cheers,
Adam Winer

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Re: Kingfisher in Marina Yacht Harbor

Anna Klafter
 

Thanks Jesse. Still here, on the first row of boats perpendicular to St. Francis yacht club between Baker and Broderick. Listen for the call between breaks of very loud construction on Marina Blvd. 


On Oct 16, 2021, at 8:09 AM, Jesse Casman via groups.io <jcasman@...> wrote:

You can hear the distinct staccato call. Kingfisher sitting in the masting of sailboats in the Marina Yacht Harbor. Basically where Broderick ends into Marina Blvd.


Kingfisher in Marina Yacht Harbor

Jesse Casman
 

You can hear the distinct staccato call. Kingfisher sitting in the masting of sailboats in the Marina Yacht Harbor. Basically where Broderick ends into Marina Blvd.


Chestnut-sided Warbler at North Lake

Dario Taraborelli
 

At (37.7685685, -122.5016855)


Another Ovenbird

Rachel Lawrence
 

We currently have an Ovenbird in our backyard Bernal Heights!!


Another Ovenbird!

Rachel Lawrence
 




Redpoll-like Flyby

Brian Fitch
 

I haven't been engaged in any birding controversies this year, so I'm overdue.

Today at Battery Godfrey, in the late morning, a number of us heard an odd double jip call approaching.  At least two of us spotted the bird flying north along the bluff, just below eye level, but I was the only one to get binos on it.  My only bino view was of it heading away for a few seconds.

Judging size by having seen many warblers using the same flight path, it was a little shorter than a Yellow-rumped, roughly 5 inches, and its bodily dorsal side had a creamy white base color, with streaks, but no other notable marks.  The wings and tail were nondescript, but definitely not as pale as the body.  As we gathered to talk things over, I stated that if I had to shoot from the hip, it looked like a redpoll.  We also agreed that the calls were similar but not identical to Red Crossbill, one of which had been calling earlier from the cypresses behind us, with the flyby's sound tending toward the first notes of American Goldfinch.

Once back home, I listened to multiple recordings on Xeno-Canto, only flight calls from North American Common Redpolls, and heard several exact replicas of the battery bird, a double jip that was easily separable audibly from Red Crossbill.  I later worked my way through Sibley and other guides so as to consider any other contenders, and could find nothing else that fit the size, color, and sound characters.  I gave extra thought to Pine Siskin, but they're darker, show notable yellow in the wings, and their uncommon double call is duller sounding than what we heard.  I also searched images, and found a number of shots of C Redpolls with weak wing bars and relatively pale back streaking. 

I saw nothing of the bird's face and forehead, where the best field marks reside.  Neither the flanks.  The timing would be early by five weeks over any published sightings I found, and there has been only one known coastal occurrence.  There are bar charts for Washington and Oregon showing the species' presence in late October, and we just had a very unusual weather pattern of two full days of strong NW wind under clear skies. 

I'm mainly writing this up as an FYI, and am currently oscillating about how to treat it personally.  I hate ignoring phenomena based on skeptical conservatism, and yet the encounter was pathetically brief, and did not include the most reliable plumage marks.  Then again, see the above...
Any respectful comments are welcome.
Brian Fitch



Lark Sparrow and other sightings at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

It was quite active at Fort Mason this morning with 8 species of sparrows, including a LARK SPARROW, two CHIPPING SPARROWS and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS have arrived in large numbers, with at least 100, mostly around the Battery.  Other warblers were fairly sparse with a NASHVILLE, an ORANGE-CROWNED, a YELLOW and 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS.  There were 2 WESTERN TANAGERS in the garden, which also had a SPOTTED TOWHEE and a VARIED THRUSH. When I first arrived there were 8 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS and an AMERICAN PIPIT on the Great Meadow (before the dogs arrived). An intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER was in the garden. A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was in the Eucalyptus trees.


Re: Ovenbird Oct 13

C Lou
 

The ovenbird has returned to the bamboo area near the elevator. Original spot.

Calvin Lou
SF



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-------- Original message --------
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster@...>
Date: 10/13/21 10:58 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SFBirds] Ovenbird Oct 13

Ovenbird seen at Salesforce Park this morning at 950 am. Near the NE end just after last glass dome. In the narrow strip of plantings along the northish edge across from Millennium Tower.



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone


Ovenbird Oct 13

Dave Weber
 

Ovenbird seen at Salesforce Park this morning at 950 am. Near the NE end just after last glass dome. In the narrow strip of plantings along the northish edge across from Millennium Tower.



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone


Golden Eagle

Joe Morlan
 

Yesterday around noon, October 12, Robbie Fischer, Tim Behr and I saw an
adult Golden Eagle from the Marin Headlands heading across the outer Golden
Gate towards San Francisco. This is likely the same bird photographed by
Rachael Lawrence from Battery Godfrey and also seen there by Nina Bai.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt


Possible Yellow Bellied Sapsucker

David Assmann
 

Had a sapsucker up the stairs from El Polin Springs yesterday morning that seemed to show red only at the top of its head - either a Yellow Bellied or a hybrid. Unfortunately I had to leave before I was able to get definitive pictures.

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