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Half Moon Bay winter pelagic - Sat Feb 12.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

     The long-term forecast looks good, and the boat is available, so we are announcing a winter pelagic (there are few!) from Half Moon Bay next Saturday the 12th. We will be looking for winter species including rarer albatross (Laysan and you always have a chance for Short-tailed in winter), as well as Black-legged Kittiwake, Ancient Murrelets and wintering alcids. The sea has been full of fulmars, so we expect many and hopefully some shearwaters, particularly the Short-tailed Shearwater. Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel is a possibility. The idea will be to go the shelf edge and look in productive waters along the shelf break, perhaps we will be lucky and find some fishing boats out there! You never know what will show up on a pelagic, and winter trips are few. We plan for a fun day out, seeing birds, hopefully some cetaceans, and other sea creatures. Given how sunny it has been recently, it may be a good day for photo opportunities.

To book a spot, this is the link:

https://www.alvarosadventures.com/pelagic-dates-2022.html

 

     We have had some changes in the boats out of Half Moon Bay, the Huli Cat and the New Captain Pete were sold this last year. The Huli Cat has gone up north to Noyo Harbor, while the New Captain Pete has remained here and will be skippered by Michael Cabanas who previously was on the Huli Cat. We will be out on the New Captain Pete next Saturday. The weather has been very stable this winter, and this high-pressure zone will continue into next weekend. We do not see any problem weather right now, although it is early.

 

Good birding,

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Brown Booby

Brian Fitch
 

Heading north from Sutro, 8:02
Brian Fitch


Big Walk - for phalaropes and Salt Lake research

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

   Tomorrow I am doing a walking big day in Half Moon Bay, to raise money for phalarope research, in particular their use of salt lakes such as Mono, and similar lakes in North and South America. The work is being led by Ryan Carle of Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge. They have established protocols for surveying salt lakes for Wilson’s and Red-necked phalaropes, and will be using Motus tags to track use at lakes (how long they stay to fatten up), and how much movement there is between lakes, information vital to understanding the stopover ecology. Similar work will happen in Argentina. There are many collaborators, nationally and internationally. But key is that these lakes are drying out due to increased evaporation and lower water inputs due to climate change. So understanding the habitat needs, will be vital to managing for phalaropes and other species that use these lakes in the future.

  MY GOALS! – See if we can get a total of 100 people funding this, to break our 77 from last year where we raised money for Alcid research. Also, to see if I can break or shoot past 100 species seen on foot here in one day. It is actually harder than it sounds, as you cannot backtrack and after a long day it gets hard to walk a tad longer for another species. I estimate I may walk 20 miles tomorrow. Some widespread species like Killdeer and Ring-billed Gull can be tricky on my route, so luck and perseverance will be key.

   Oikonos is a registered non-profit. Help Phalaropes and Salt Lakes here:

  

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/oikonos-ecosystem-knowledge/alvaro-s-big-walk-for-phalaropes/alvaro-jaramillo-1?fbclid=IwAR2zRCEz5RTTNdvBG-pncWFC5D2NqjgRJ6YVYB1te27jaDp-htzFp8zLZWs

 

updates tomorrow on Instagram - alvaros_adventures

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/alvarosadventures

 

Thanks and good birding.

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Friday in the park

rosita94598
 

A number of others were looking for the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, as was I.  Looking on eBird earlier, nobody had reported it.  Likewise, nobody reported the Red-naped Sapsucker, which I also could not find.  My consolation was hearing then briefly seeing a Pacific Wren across the walkway from the Sapsucker tree. 

As I neared the east gate, a Hutton's Vireo was calling/singing to my right.  It flew to my left, but two female walkers approaching made me think it was not a good idea to stand in the middle trying to see this bird.

A Red-breasted Sapsucker was in the trees above the Fragrance Garden.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Continuing Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Nancy Palmer
 

Hi all,
The Rose-breasted grosbeak is continuing in the willows next to Muir Pond in the children’s garden as of 10:50am. He is midway into the willows closer to the north side of the wooden foot path.

Best,
Nancy Palmer
SF


February 13th Pelagic - Bodega Bay (Sonoma/Marin County Trip)

Lucas Corneliussen
 

Hi All

To start off the Winter/Spring pelagic season off, I will be leading a February 13th pelagic out of Bodega Bay, Sonoma County to Bodega Canyon (SON. 
County) Cordell Bank (MRN County) possibly the Continental Shelf (assuming weather permits). The trip will be on the New Sea Angler (65 ft. Coast Guard approved vessel) with Captain Rick Powers, a 40+ year veteran of the open ocean and someone who has been running pelagic trips for over three decades. The goal will be to get offshore as quickly as possible in order to maximize time for winter specialities such as Short-tailed Shearwater, Flesh-footed Shearwater and HOPEFULLY a Short-tailed Albatross. Other possibilities are Leach's Storm-Petrel, Parakeet Auklet (a species seen last winter on several Rockfish survey boats), Mottled Petrel, Horned Puffin, Thick-billed Murre (recently seen in Mendocino County) and any species of booby. Late-winter is a time of year not often covered by pelagic boats so who knows what we may discover out there. 
 
Compared to last winter, wind has been quite mild this winter so Rick and I are much more hopeful of running these boats than we were last year and we think that this trip could be quite calm. That said, if you are interested, please let me know ASAP. The cost of the trip will be $145 per person. 
 
Good Birding,
 
Lucas Corneliussen


Re: Long Tailed Duck at Baker Beach

Kevin Liberg
 

Continuing at 1:45 pm

Kevin Liberg
San Francisco


Re: Long Tailed Duck at Baker Beach

David Armstrong
 

Still present but now further east, with a raft that includes all 3 scoter species.

RN Grebe present just north of the west parking lot.


On Mon, Jan 24, 2022 at 8:47 AM, David Assmann via groups.io
<david_assmann@...> wrote:
Swimming close to shore with Scoters - about half way up.


Rose-breasted Grosbeak at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Nancy Palmer
 

Hi all,
There is a young male Rose-breasted grosbeak in the arroyo willows near Muir Pond in the children’s garden here: (37.7664154, -122.4746851). It seems to staying closest to the far west edge of the willows.

Best,
Nancy Palmer
SF


Glaucous Gull Lake Merced

Keith Maley
 

1st cycle GLAUCOUS GULL just now.
Lake Merced, northeast of boathouse, on dock:

(37.7258729, -122.4979539)


Long Tailed Duck at Baker Beach

David Assmann
 

Swimming close to shore with Scoters - about half way up.


Re: Allen's H - Grand View this morning

Dominik Mosur
 

For the record, an even earlier( 1/16/22) Allen’s Hummer was observed by L. Kahle, A. Kramer and C. Duhalde . This was near Metson Lake in GGP.

Dominik

On Jan 20, 2022, at 12:48, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:

Had a male Allen's Hummingbird zing by going N mid-morning. I think this is the earliest I've had one in the Bay Area by at least a few days. They seem to be getting earlier every year- it used to be we were happy if we observed one by the end of January.

Cheers, Peter






Allen's H - Grand View this morning

Peter Pyle
 

Had a male Allen's Hummingbird zing by going N mid-morning. I think this is the earliest I've had one in the Bay Area by at least a few days. They seem to be getting earlier every year- it used to be we were happy if we observed one by the end of January.

Cheers, Peter


Ferrouginous Hawk at Crissy

Stephen Schulz
 

Light 1st year bird was on ground at lagoon.  Took off, heading south. At about 11:40


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Steve Schulz
San Francisco


Re: Urban Barn Owl

 

Hi Aaron et al.,

Yes the population of barn owls in San Francisco seems to definitely be on the increase ever since we first documented them nesting at the palace of fine arts around 2006-2007. There seems to have been a concerted effort to put up barn owl boxes around the city by the various open space management agencies and this is no doubt at least partly responsible for why they have gotten so much more common. I think there’s also a little bit more understanding about use of rodenticides.

Thanks for the report,

Dom

On Jan 15, 2022, at 19:51, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

7:44 pm: Barn Owl flying up the sidewalk and under the eaves of an apartment building at the SW corner of Gough and O’Farrell. Seen as I was driving down Gough.
Is it my imagination or is the population expanding in the city? It doesn’t seem like very many years ago that Barnies were quite rare, and now I see that there’s a bunch of eBird reports this winter in the parks. Anyway it’s cool to see it out so early in the evening, and totally unexpectedly.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco





Urban Barn Owl

Aaron Maizlish
 

7:44 pm: Barn Owl flying up the sidewalk and under the eaves of an apartment building at the SW corner of Gough and O’Farrell. Seen as I was driving down Gough.
Is it my imagination or is the population expanding in the city? It doesn’t seem like very many years ago that Barnies were quite rare, and now I see that there’s a bunch of eBird reports this winter in the parks. Anyway it’s cool to see it out so early in the evening, and totally unexpectedly.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco


Oriole at Arguello Entrance to the Presidio - Friday 1/14/22

Nancy Palmer
 

Hi all,
I had an oriole yesterday (Friday, 1/14) near the Arguello entrance to the Presidio here: 37.7902077, -122.4583350. I was able to get some poor photos that lean towards Hooded Oriole but it is still inconclusive. Apologies for the late post - photos were being reviewed and life got in the way. 

See details and photos here:

Best,
Nancy Palmer
SF


Summary report for the 2021 San Francisco Christmas Bird Count and Species List

David Assmann
 

The summary report for the 2021 SF CBC can now be viewed at https://goldengateaudubon.org/blog-posts/2021sfcbc/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2021sfcbc A file has been uploaded to SF Birds (click Files on the menu on the left) that lists the number of birds counted, by species, for the Count. This count list is also attached.  Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make it a successful count.

David Assmann and Siobhan Ruck


Battery Godfrey- LT Duck , Fulmar, Scoters etc- 01.15.22

H Cotter
 

This morning there was a nice Long-tailed Duck in the scoter flock below the Battery in addition to all three scoter species including one female Black and female White-winged Scoter. They were all still there at 9.45 am
In addition Max and I had a Northern Fulmar in the channel.

Hugh 


Re: Blackburnian Warbler at Holly Park

Joe Morlan
 

This afternoon, the continuing very cooperative Blackburnian Warbler at
Holly Park was a walk-up bird for Robbie Fischer and me. First reported 9
January by Rajan Rao and present daily.

Photos:

https://ebird.org/media/catalog?taxonCode=bkbwar&view=Grid&subId=S100739649

Dropped pin:

https://goo.gl/maps/osNk4YFcSv5zJwiH8

Thank you, Rajan!


On Sun, 9 Jan 2022 15:49:17 -0800, "Rajan Rao" <rajankrao12@...>
wrote:

Foraging in the flowers around backstop.

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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

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