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Strange SF day

Rachel Lawrence
 

Today was an odd day in the city for mammals and birds. There were 3 coyotes sleeping in a raised bed in Fort Mason when I arrived at 8 am and after I’d done an hour or so circuit of FM, 2 of them were sleeping in the same spot, seemingly exhausted. 
On Crissy field there seemed to be a mass drowning of gophers, I counted 10 drowned gophers on the surface,on a walk straight across the field so who knows how many were on the rest of the field or underground. Seems odd that they are so maladapted to storms?
Then at lake Merced I heard a commotion and an osprey calling. It had a live bird flapping in its talons. The bird’s was dark with a pale band on the underwing but comparatively large though not as large as a coot. Judging from the size and what was around it was most likely a ruddy duck! I have never seen an osprey with anything but a fish..
So no rarities but bizarre occurrences!
Good  birding
Rachel
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Re: identification help?

Evleen
 

Interesting feather texture the likes of which i have never seen. Be interesting to know if its texture is adapted to arid climates. Looks rather like a plush toy!

On Oct 25, 2021, at 17:50, Stephen Schulz via groups.io <steveschulz1=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

That is a Verdin.

Steve Schulz
Mobile: 415 608-0160






On Monday, October 25, 2021, 05:34:06 PM PDT, David Webster <davisigno@gmail.com> wrote:





I've been on a desert run for a few weeks, but I was hoping someone more expertise than I could help with this one..... Seen along the southern CA/AZ border at an interesting desert oasis with CA fan palms, called Corn Spring - a desolate arid part of the world , minus this tiny little world.(lots of indigenous rock art, as well!) Not a great photo, but?





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Steve Schulz
San Francisco





Re: identification help?

David Webster
 

Thank you all! 
After seeing quite a few Verdin on our trip (which included parts of Utah, New Mexico,Arizona, I might should have known! Somehow, coming back into CA made me think it might be something else. I Do know Verdin sounds now, minus the one in the photo. Much appreciate your responses.  I've gotten some far better looks and photos of Verdin on our trip, so maybe my crummy photo and the location threw me.  Thanks for the verifications!  best to all.

d


On Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 5:50 PM Stephen Schulz <steveschulz1@...> wrote:
That is a Verdin.

Steve Schulz
Mobile: 415 608-0160






On Monday, October 25, 2021, 05:34:06 PM PDT, David Webster <davisigno@...> wrote:





I've been on a desert run for a few weeks, but I was hoping someone more expertise than I could help with this one.....  Seen along the southern CA/AZ border at an interesting desert oasis with CA fan palms, called Corn Spring - a desolate arid part of the world , minus this tiny little world.(lots of indigenous rock art, as well!)   Not a great photo, but?


Re: identification help?

Stephen Schulz
 

That is a Verdin.

Steve Schulz
Mobile: 415 608-0160

On Monday, October 25, 2021, 05:34:06 PM PDT, David Webster <davisigno@gmail.com> wrote:





I've been on a desert run for a few weeks, but I was hoping someone more expertise than I could help with this one.....  Seen along the southern CA/AZ border at an interesting desert oasis with CA fan palms, called Corn Spring - a desolate arid part of the world , minus this tiny little world.(lots of indigenous rock art, as well!)   Not a great photo, but?





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Steve Schulz
San Francisco


identification help?

David Webster
 

I've been on a desert run for a few weeks, but I was hoping someone more expertise than I could help with this one.....  Seen along the southern CA/AZ border at an interesting desert oasis with CA fan palms, called Corn Spring - a desolate arid part of the world , minus this tiny little world.(lots of indigenous rock art, as well!)   Not a great photo, but?


Virginia’s Warbler

Rudyard Wallen
 

Despite the rain. Spotted by Nancy Palmer In the usual spot in the south end of the row of trees just off JFK, looks like an Alder but don’t quote me on that. Then flew south to the trail where it was last seen.
Alder(ish)
(37.7706790, -122.4742549)

Rudy W
SF


Blackburnian Warbler continuing at Central Maintenance Yard

Nancy Palmer
 

Hi all,
The Blackburnian Warbler continues this morning here: 37.7668235, -122.4830234. It also flew across MLK and spent some time in the pines and the cherry tree at the intersection here: 37.7666348, -122.4825503.

Good birding!
Nancy Palmer
SF


Great late season pelagic - Half Moon Bay.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

    

      We had a narrow weather window yesterday to get offshore and see a few birds and cetaceans. Wind after the front on Thursday was to decline on Friday and into Saturday, and so were the swells. Swells were big and mean on Friday, but by Saturday they had switched to big but rounded, well-spaced. We went out with an eye to the winds to our north, as we knew the wind shifts would happen north to south. As such, we were able to enjoy a rain free, and very diverse day offshore.

    The fun began close to shore where we found some foraging shearwaters, pelicans and gulls. In there we were elated to see a Manx Shearwater, and folks on the bow a little later said there were two. One on the right and one on the left of the boat. However, we were able to photograph only one. A bird in molt. Crazy, but it was just beyond the 5 mile distance from my house…. Almost in reach for my “home patch” list. Here are the photos:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S96591196

  A tad farther out we found some Humpback Whales, more Pink-footed and Sooty shearwaters, then a very nice Buller’s Shearwater; Bob Toleno and Chris Hayward saw a Short-tailed Shearwater at this time. After missing them for most of the migration, today all phalaropes out there were Reds. I expect that some will be found on shore tomorrow after the storm passes, I did see one today (Sunday) at Pillar Point marsh. Continuing on our voyage we worked our way out along the Pioneer Canyon, with a short glimpse of Ashy Storm-Petrel, and several Northern Fulmars. These looked fresh, unlike the few remaining over-summering youngsters which are patchy looking. Likely these were migrants. Heading south from the Pioneer, we found an amazing concentration of marine mammals with a big pod of Risso’s Dolphins, mixed in with Pacific White-sided Dolphins, and some amazing views (right below the boat) of Northern Right Whale Dolphins. While we were looking here and waiting, a storm petrel flew by in bad light, first thought that it was a Black but the white rump shape clarified it was Leach’s! This is a very tough species to see around here, a great find; minutes later a Black Storm-Petrel was seen. Then someone alerted me to a fur seal right by our boat, and amazingly it was the rare Guadalupe Fur Seal! Several folks obtained great photos of the distinctive head shape that separates it from the Northern Fur Seal. It is difficult to confirm this species at sea, they are perhaps more common now than ever as the population has increased.  Then all heck broke loose minutes later when a Laysan Albatross flew right by the boat for amazing photos, and cheers from a boat full of happy birders. Several Black-footed Albatross were seen earlier. So much happened during this stretch. We also had one or maybe even two, Short-tailed Shearwaters come through at this time. These birds were all in San Francisco county. In total, we found five species of Shearwater, 3 storm petrels, and 2 albatross – Not bad at all.

   Photos here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S96642277

   We began to return to port, often at this time the surprises are done. But this time we stumbled on a South Polar Skua, after thinking we had missed that for the day (Pomarine and Parasitic jaegers were seen as well). Yet it was in the harbor that we found the final amazing bird of the day was the Northern Gannet sitting right on the break wall for the best looks I have ever had of that bird. Just fantastic!  

   The photos of the gannet are outstanding - https://ebird.org/checklist/S96623361

 

The late season pelagic species showed up. It was a superb pelagic, unfortunately we did not find a Flesh-foot but I think we are saving that one for the next trip. We are doing our final pelagic of the season on November 13. Our hopes for a Laysan Albatross happened for this weekend, and in general late season is good for them. I always hope for Short-tailed Albatross of course, and November has produced them in the past. We shall see what turns up. If you are interested, we have approximately 6 spots left:

 

https://www.alvarosadventures.com/pelagic-dates-2021.html

see  you out there. This has been an amazing pelagic season so far, and we hope that our last trip of 21 will provide some nice sightings.

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Re: Reminder/Warning

Pamela Llewellyn
 

Lame question but I have to ask - any chance someone caught some video of this?  As if that would do any good.  So heartbreaking to have to think of this every time we go out with a camera.  

Thanks for letting us know.  So sorry you had to experience this personal violation.

Pamela Llewellyn
CPESC, QSD, QSP
Stormwater Professional
510-316-8932


On Saturday, October 23, 2021, 08:11:48 PM PDT, Lisa Morehouse <morehouse.lisa@...> wrote:


Oh my goodness. This is so awful. I'm really sorry it happened to you. 

If birding alone starts to feel uncomfortable, please reach out. 

Lisa

On Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 6:24 PM Jennifer Morrow <Morrow1028@...> wrote:
After a lovely day of birding most of the day, I decided to walk over to Fort Mason, where I bird frequently.  I am really sad to say I was robbed at gunpoint shortly after I arrived.  It was only 4pm, and I was on the sidewalk in front of the row of homes leading to the Battery, but not even close to the Battery. I did not have my camera out, but I think they saw me take photos a few minutes earlier in front of the Community Garden and followed me. They pushed me to the ground and kicked me to get my camera bag/sling off me, I really held on to my binocular -- which is crazy cause they had gun and were really trying to get that too. But people came out of the houses and the guy ran to the getaway car waiting for him.

I know everyone knows this is something we have to look out for while birding - and hope this reminder helps people stay vigilant - I always keep this possibility in mind and look around but he ran at me from behind really quickly and shoved the gun in my face.

Take care,

Jennifer
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Re: Reminder/Warning

Lisa Morehouse
 

Oh my goodness. This is so awful. I'm really sorry it happened to you. 

If birding alone starts to feel uncomfortable, please reach out. 

Lisa

On Sat, Oct 23, 2021 at 6:24 PM Jennifer Morrow <Morrow1028@...> wrote:
After a lovely day of birding most of the day, I decided to walk over to Fort Mason, where I bird frequently.  I am really sad to say I was robbed at gunpoint shortly after I arrived.  It was only 4pm, and I was on the sidewalk in front of the row of homes leading to the Battery, but not even close to the Battery. I did not have my camera out, but I think they saw me take photos a few minutes earlier in front of the Community Garden and followed me. They pushed me to the ground and kicked me to get my camera bag/sling off me, I really held on to my binocular -- which is crazy cause they had gun and were really trying to get that too. But people came out of the houses and the guy ran to the getaway car waiting for him.

I know everyone knows this is something we have to look out for while birding - and hope this reminder helps people stay vigilant - I always keep this possibility in mind and look around but he ran at me from behind really quickly and shoved the gun in my face.

Take care,

Jennifer
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independent public radio reporter/producer
californiafoodways.com
@cafoodways
415.517.4132


Reminder/Warning

Jennifer Morrow
 

After a lovely day of birding most of the day, I decided to walk over to Fort Mason, where I bird frequently. I am really sad to say I was robbed at gunpoint shortly after I arrived. It was only 4pm, and I was on the sidewalk in front of the row of homes leading to the Battery, but not even close to the Battery. I did not have my camera out, but I think they saw me take photos a few minutes earlier in front of the Community Garden and followed me. They pushed me to the ground and kicked me to get my camera bag/sling off me, I really held on to my binocular -- which is crazy cause they had gun and were really trying to get that too. But people came out of the houses and the guy ran to the getaway car waiting for him.

I know everyone knows this is something we have to look out for while birding - and hope this reminder helps people stay vigilant - I always keep this possibility in mind and look around but he ran at me from behind really quickly and shoved the gun in my face.

Take care,

Jennifer



Bald Eagle- Bayview Park

Keith Maley
 

Adult circling now over hill


Termite hatch in east-side GG Park

Rudyard Wallen
 

Hey folks, so far it’s been all the usual suspects but there are small termites flying out of pretty much anywhere there is a mulch pile. Northern Flickers coming down to the ground, Western Tanagers flycatching, Mixed flock of sparrows, and a few singlets and Hutchins furious… mixed flock of sparrows, and a few singlets and Hutton’s Vireos. A female Acorn Woodpecker flew in for a minute.  Haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary yet but this will probably go on throughout the day, until it starts raining again.  Likely it is going on park wide.

Cheers

Rudy
SF


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

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