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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.


Greater white fronted geese flying east now

Josiah Clark
 

Look up if you get this soon! About 30 or 40 calling as they went over the inner Richmond District

Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Ovenbird at Salesforce Garden

rosita94598
 

Thanks, Judi, for the note about the tours. 

I BARTed in today from Walnut Creek and joined many others over a two-hour period from about 1 to 3 PM.  It was a pretty good show put on by this little bird.  Lots of conversation between birders about the drooping wing, the blunt, almost plover-like bill, wondering is a a male or female.

A number of non-birders stopped to ask what we were seeing.  Some were interested, so more ho-hum.  It was interesting to me because my marine engineers union hall was up Fremont Street until 2007 and for many years I took BART into the city to make my job call.

Thanks to all those who found and then reported this little bird.  Maybe Salesforce Park will be the new Ferry/Sue Bierman Park, who know?  And thanks, Pat, for twisting my arm into this one.  It doesn't hurt so bad now that we all saw the bird.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Ovenbird continues at Salesforce

judisierra
 

If anyone would like to become more familiar with Salesforce Park note that GGAS in conjunction with Salesforce has monthly walks. First Wed of the month and pre-registrtion is not required.

Judi Sierra


On Monday, October 11, 2021, 09:27:48 PM PDT, John Cant 793-5216 <jgcant@...> wrote:


Which Salesforce, where, for those who live outside the Mission District?

John Cant
Fremont

On Monday, October 11, 2021, 05:59:35 PM PDT, Nina Bai <aninanina@...> wrote:


Found this afternoon by Kaia Colestock and Elias Aristides Elias.

Being seen now foraging under the bamboo in front of the elevators and side gardens.

--
Nina Bai
San Francisco


Re: Ovenbird continues at Salesforce

Yvette MacDonald
 

Ovenbird continuing this morning. Same location Mediterranean basin and across to the bamboo.


Re: Ovenbird continues at Salesforce

David Armstrong
 

It is at Salesforce Park, at the Salesforce Transit Center, Level 4.
Take any of the elevators up to the park and look for the elevator bank which is the farthest to the northeast. Immediately opposite this bank of elevators is the bamboo section where the bird was spending time on the ground. We also saw it in the nearby Mediterranean Basin plant section.

David



On Monday, October 11, 2021, 09:27:48 PM PDT, John Cant 793-5216 <jgcant@...> wrote:


Which Salesforce, where, for those who live outside the Mission District?

John Cant
Fremont

On Monday, October 11, 2021, 05:59:35 PM PDT, Nina Bai <aninanina@...> wrote:


Found this afternoon by Kaia Colestock and Elias Aristides Elias.

Being seen now foraging under the bamboo in front of the elevators and side gardens.

--
Nina Bai
San Francisco


Re: Ovenbird continues at Salesforce

John Cant 793-5216
 

Which Salesforce, where, for those who live outside the Mission District?

John Cant
Fremont

On Monday, October 11, 2021, 05:59:35 PM PDT, Nina Bai <aninanina@...> wrote:


Found this afternoon by Kaia Colestock and Elias Aristides Elias.

Being seen now foraging under the bamboo in front of the elevators and side gardens.

--
Nina Bai
San Francisco


Ovenbird continues at Salesforce

Nina Bai
 

Found this afternoon by Kaia Colestock and Elias Aristides Elias.

Being seen now foraging under the bamboo in front of the elevators and side gardens.

--
Nina Bai
San Francisco


Sequoia's First Hybrid Meeting - this Thursday Oct. 14! Join us!

Sequoia Audubon Society
 

Hello friends,

SAS is hosting its first hybrid meeting and after 20 months we're looking forward to seeing some of you in person! This month's speaker is Heath Packard with Island Conservation. Would you like to prevent extinctions? How about protecting at-risk island communities and coral reefs? Come learn how you can! Heath Packard will present his experiences, observations, and hopes for the future with Island Conservation (IC) - our world's ONLY  global, not-for-profit conservation organization whose sole mission is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. 

Island Conservation works where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest - islands. Removing a primary threat - introduced, damaging invasive species - is one of the most effective interventions for saving at-risk island communities, plants, and animals, and for restoring island and coral ecosystems. Once invasive species are removed, native island species and ecosystems recover, often with little additional intervention.

Since 1994, IC and partners have successfully restored 64 islands, benefitting 468 species. More than 40% of the world's most endangered land animals rely on islands. Coral reefs, which support a quarter of all marine life, approximately 1 million species, and half a billion people have shown the greatest extinction risk. Invasive rodents have been alone have been introduced to 80% of the world's island groups. 

Heath has served as a field director for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, a groundfish observer in the Bering Sea, Alaska; Washington state policy director for National Audubon Society, and director of legislative and external affairs for the Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources and independently elected Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. IC is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA with field offices in Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, New Zealand, Palau, and Puerto Rico. 

We're back at the San Mateo Garden Center, 605 Parkside Way, San Mateo. Doors open at 6:30 (just like the Zoom room) and the meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Here is the Zoom registration link if you're unable to join us in person  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpcemspzsjH9AD-9E6KH9VaQKu2TvLWi1e


Palm Warbler - Strawberry Hill

David Armstrong
 

Seen earlier this morning in cypress and pines atop the hill, constantly pumping its tail.

Also heard 1-2 Varied Thrush calling from somewhere in the vicinity, and had a red-breasted sapsucker at the top of the stairs between Stow Lake and the Japanese Tea Garden exit.

David


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