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Cliff House, SF, 05/31/07

Paul Saraceni
 

Nothing as interesting as Brian F.'s alcid observation but plenty of action as viewed from the Cliff House terrrace this morning (7:30-8:30).

Observations of local interest:

Surf Scoter 2
Com. Loon 2 (basic)
Pacific Loon 1
Brown Pelican 450+
Black Oystercatcher 1
Long-billed Curlew 1
Heermann's Gull 35+
Glaucous-winged Gull 1 imm. (Sutro Baths)
Caspian Tern 8
Pigeon Guillemot 5
Com. Murre 280+ (many "strings" flying N)

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

Wrentit at Presidio Coastal Bluffs

kleinhea
 

This morning I heard the accelerating call of a male Wrentit
repeatedly in the dense willow thicket of the coastal bluffs north
of Battery Crosby. At one point this call was distant while at the
same time I heard a racheting "tttttt" call nearby. I could not be
positive that this was another Wrentit; when I went down into the
bushes to try to call it out, I did find a Winter Wren which may
have been making the noise, but this didn't sound like a common
Winter Wren call at least.

Trails Forever and the Parks Conservancy are cutting a new trail
between Battery Godfrey and Battery Crosby that will skirt around
the western edge of this large willow riparian patch. This will be
a mixed blessing; this area is already bisected by numerous
unofficial trails and hopefully a real trail will diminish the use
of these and the disturbance and garbage they cause. This will also
be a great birding trail, with habitat for migrants, and good
overlooks at the rocky shores and ocean. At the same time, the
trail construction and the new crowds that it brings to this unique
area could disturb the less common nesting birds there.

Also observed:
Swainson's Thrush
Wilson's Warblers
American Goldfinches (probably nesting)
Winter Wren (incl. fledgling)
American Robin
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Bushtit (probably nesting)
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow (incl. fledgling)
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Scrub Jay
Common Raven
Red-tailed Hawk (dark juvenile)

On the beach:
Wandering Tattler
Willet

On the rocks and over the ocean:
Brown Pelicans
Brandt's Cormorants
Pelagic Cormorants
Surf Scoter
Western Gulls (some seemed to be carrying seaweed or something)
Caspian Terns

Andy Kleinhesselink

Oceanside again

fogeggs
 

Sloat; 7:30-8:30 - Greater White-fronted Goose, Sooty Shearwater, Red-necked
Phalarope. Not as much variety today, with Western Grebes dominating.
(Moss Beach - 3 Ancient Murrelets, 7 Horned Puffins, 2 Humpbacks.)
Sutro Baths; 1:30 pm - bright female Red-necked Phalarope in the baths.

Sorry, I'll try to stop sandwiching out-of-area reports in here. If only we
had some HOPU habitat...

Brian Fitch


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Ft. Miley: Chestnut-sided Warbler

Dominik Mosur
 

At approximately 1:55 p.m. I was observing a couple of Wood Pewees fly-hawking off of snags at Battery Chester when a small, kinglet sized bird popped into view about twenty-five feet away in the lower branches of a Monterrey Pine. The bird showed two white wing-bars, a yellowish-green crown and back, whitish cheeks, gray sides and whitish underparts. The bill was notably stout for a warbler.
I got about a ten second look at it before it flew into some denser vegetation.

When I refound it a few minutes later, it was foraging low in a dead pine a couple of feet away from an American Robin. I was able to observe it for over a minute and noted that it held its tail cocked (Winter Wren style) occasional flicking it upwards as well as flicking its wings.

Other interesting observations today:
a Peregrine Falcon being chased off by a pair of Common Ravens over the defunct Albertsons on 32nd and Clement at about 3:15 p.m.
three Snowy Egrets flying over Mile Rock at 11a.m.,
a basic plumage Common Loon near Dead Man Break at 2:30 p.m. (fourth day in a row I've seen at least one CoLo at this location)
Caspian Tern flying north over Battery Chester with a still flopping fish in its bill at about 8 a.m. (wonder where it was off too with that treat?)

Dominik Mosur

Heron's Heak Park Brant

marybetlach <betlack@...>
 

I've seen a Brant at Heron's Head Park twice this week.
Wednesday, the bird was swimming just southwest of the point.
Today at noon, the bird was preening on the rocks at the edge of the
largest and southern-most pond south of the trail. Both times the bird
was all by itself.

Also, there were 5-6 avocet nests that have hatched chicks in the past
couple of weeks at Heron's Head but none of the chicks seemed to have
survived more than a few days. I think that they (cute tasty little
morsels) must have been snatched up by gulls, ravens, hawks. There are
Western Gulls nesting on the roof of the recycling plant that fronts
on Lashlighter cove.


Maryb

Ft. Miley Chestnut-sided Warbler continues

Dominik Mosur
 

The ChWa was seen again today in roughly the same spot between 2:30-2:35 p.m..

For those not familiar with the area, easiest access is by parking at the USS San Francisco Memorial than walking up the trail on the sound side of the parking lot. Once you get to the top of the trail make a left up the steep asphalt path and walk to the end of the battery. The bird has been seen mainly in several of the Monterey pines which border the blackberry patch there.

If anyone wants to try for it tomorrow, I will be looking for it again sometime in the morning. Anyone who wants to join me please e-mail off list to arrange for a time.

Dominik Mosur

Heron's Head: No Brant, angry Avocet

Dominik Mosur
 

This morning around 10 a.m. Cindy Chau, Pat McCulloch and I went out to Heron's Head Park to try and refind the Brant.

We froze our fingers off without luck. On the way back to the car we observed an American Avocet fly aggresively at a Common Raven, driving it away from the area.

Having a Black Oystercatcher fly thirty feet in front of us at eye level was the other highlight of the foray.

Dominik Mosur

North American Birds Spring Reminder

Steve Glover <countylines@...>
 

Hello everyone,
Below is a somewhat belated reminder for the end of
the spring season.
Usual apologies to those of you who subscribe to
numerous listserves!
Steve Glover
Dublin, CA

June 1, 2007

Dear North American Birds Contributors,

The spring season has already come to a close so
please send your noteworthy records from the Middle
Pacific Coast Region for the period 1 March � 31 May
to the appropriate Subregional Editors (see below) or
to the Regional Editors by 10 June.

Please note that we have two new Subregional Editors
this season. Brad Stovall has taken over in Lassen
County for Tim Manolis and Roger Adamson has come
aboard as the Subregional Editor for Yolo County.
Chris Conard will continue on as the Subregional for
Sacramento County.

Please pay special attention to the format example
given at the end of this message. Reports that are
formatted properly make our job far easier. In
particular, it is important to note that there is a
single tab between species, date, etc.

PLEASE use Subregional Editors for the counties that
have them. These SREs painstakingly keep track of
records within their counties and are in most cases
THE source of information on the birds of their
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well as to North American Birds. If you wish to send
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please send records through the SREs as well. If you
have a noteworthy winter sighting from a county
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Records of loons-frigatebirds and larids-alcids go to
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with a large flock of Townsend's & Hermit warblers at
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Ft. Miley Sunday Afternoon

Dominik Mosur
 

The best laid plans of mice and men...

So I didn't get to Ft. Miley until after 4 p.m. today.

Despite staking out the spot for almost an hour I didn't see any sign of the off-course migrant.

Shortly before five I did get a quick glimpse of a dark-striped, grey tabby slinking through the vegetation within a few feet of where I had previously seen the Chestnut-sided. It was carrying a small grey object in its mouth that could have been a warbler, bushtit, or perhaps chickadee. Due to the fog rolling in the visibility was poor and the cat was out of sight before I could get my lenses on him for a closer a look at the victim.

I also discovered two dead chicks was all that remained of a clutch of five eggs in the Black Phoebe nest in one of the stairwells of Battery Chester.

Most noteworthy birds seen, female Downy Woodpecker and a single Western Wood Pewee.

The cacophony emanating from Seal Rocks did little too cheer me up as I walked off.

Dominik Mosur

El Polin- Rose-breasted Grosbeak- 6-3-07

Hugh Cotter <htcotter@...>
 

I stopped at El Polin in the Presidio at about noon
and had a singing imm male RB Grosbeak.
There was also a second grosbeak that I did not see
well enough to ID. Also present were Pine Siskin, Red
Crossbill, Lesser Goldfinch and the usual stuff.

Subsequently listening to the Birdbox later today it
seems like the RB Grosbeak was present last night as
reported by Steve Katz (sp?). I dont know if anybody
has contact info for Steve Katz but I would appreciate
it if anyone does.

Hugh

First Sunday Arboretum walk and after

Laurie Graham <fair80@...>
 

The usual first Sunday GGP Arboretum walk with Allan Ridley went off
without Allen Ridley. Ginny Marshall led 23 birders on a cool foggy
day for a small count. The best birds were a pair of Red-shouldered
Hawks in the John Muir Trail area, and the 3 week-old California Quail
running with mom in the succulent garden.

We later went out to Fort Miley to try for Dominick Mosur's
Chestnut-sided Warbler, but we didn't get it. We then walked over to
Sutro Heights Park just for something to do. On the way, we noticed a
downside to the recent invasion of Seal Rock by the Sea Lions: the
stench is remarkable.

In Sutro Hts, we noticed a Brewer's Blackbird pecking at something in
the grass. I went closer to see what it was, expecting a mouse or vole
or some other small mammal, but was totally surprised to find an
Allen's Hummingbird! I chased off the Brewer's, and picked up the
hummer. While we were trying to decide on a course of action, the poor
little thing died in my hand. Examination at home showed it to be a
female immature. It is currently in the fridge, as I want to take some
pictures of the feathers. Anyone know what I should do with it?

Laurie Graham
Jeff Fairclough
South San Francisco

Location: Golden Gate Park
Observation date: 6/3/07
Number of species: 26

Mallard 7
California Quail 9
Great Blue Heron 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Western Gull 1
Rock Pigeon 3
Band-tailed Pigeon 5
Mourning Dove 3
Anna's Hummingbird 9
Allen's Hummingbird 4
Downy Woodpecker 1
Black Phoebe 8
Western Scrub-Jay 5
Common Raven 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 11
Bushtit 2
Pygmy Nuthatch 7
Brown Creeper 1
American Robin 26
California Towhee 7
Song Sparrow 13
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 5
Brewer's Blackbird 11
House Finch 8
American Goldfinch 1

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

BirdBox Maintenance

les_lieurance
 

The Northern California birdbox will be undergoing maintenance and may
be intermittently unavailabe for listening to messages during the week
of June 4, 2007. You may still call and try leaving a message of a
rare bird during this time. If possible, the BirdBox will be updated
with your message when it is online and available again.

Thanks for your patience,

Leslie Lieurance
San Francisco

Myiarchus Flycatcher - presumably an Ash Throated - at Lake Merced Sunday

lwpayne919
 

On the southern side of the lake's concrete bridge, a Myiarchus
flycatcher appeared about midspan in the dry branches of a treetop. It
stood, it fluffed its almost-crest a few times, it flew and I lost it.
Didn't see it long enough to distinguish it as an ash throated; I'm
just presuming...

Did see it long enough to determine it was hecka cute.

Lewis

coming our way

Harry Fuller
 

got a preview of some birds we can expect to
become common in San Francisco.

At Laguna Grande in seaside just north of
Monterey: two male Great-tailed Grackles, calling
and strutting and sitting on light poles in the
median strip of Del Monte Blvd. That area also
has a serious Canada Goose population, in the
several hundreds.

Inland at San Juan Bautista, the second most
common bird was Eurasian Collared-dove. Behind
only the domestic chicken which roams the parks
and plaza there.




Harry Fuller
www.towhee.net
for birding the Bay Area



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Urban Birds Adapt

Richard Bradus
 

I've only made a few forays this past weekend but did observe some
interesting examples of birds adapting to our San Francisco city
environment.

Last Friday afternoon I ventured to Lincoln Park, with little return in
the fog and wind. I did not see the Woodpeckers that Dominik noted at
the end of California Street but there were quite a few active Barn
Swallows, including one pair that have made a nest in a broken ceiling
light fixture in the carport of 7105 California St. (hey - housing is
at a premium here in The City, so you make do!).

Yesterday late morning on my "warm-up" walk around Alta Plaza Park I
was amazed to see a statuesque Great Blue Heron on the lawn toward the
northwest corner, seeming unconcerned by the occasional passing walker
and dogs (human disturbance was less than usual due to that fog and
cold wind - a fixture of the past week). As I watched, the GBH
carefully and gracefully stalked and caught a pretty good sized gopher
when it fatefully peeked out of its hole. After waiting for the
writhing to subside it then swallowed it whole and shortly took off
toward the south. Conversations with other alert walkers revealed that
this was probably at least the second gopher snagged by the GBH that
morning. I presume that it is hunting whatever is available to feed a
hungry brood. More herons, fewer gophers - sounds like a good trend to
me.

Richard


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Cliff House, SF, 06/04/07

Paul Saraceni
 

I spent an hour scoping from the Cliff House terrrace this morning (7:30-8:30). Couldn't turn up any of the fine alcids that are presently visiting coastal counties to the north and south of SF, but there was a very impressive showing by Common Murres. I kept a running count during the hour and ended up with 3700+ when I had to depart. Nearly all of the Murres were flying south, flying in from due north or the northeast (perhaps the GG Channel), including many flocks ranging in size from 10 - 120+ Murres/flock.

Other observations of local interest:

Canada Goose 13 (1 flock flying N over the Ocean, ~1/4 mi. out)
Surf Scoter 5
Red-thr. Loon 1 (on the Ocean; alt. plumage)
Pacific Loon 5
Brown Pelican 150+
Black Oystercatcher 2
Heermann's Gull 10+
Caspian Tern 4
Pigeon Guillemot 6

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

White-crowned Sparrow nesting in the fourth floor garden

Denise Wight
 

Hi S. F. Birders,

This afternoon I confirmed nesting of White-crowned Sparrow on the fourth floor of the Federal Reserve Bank at 101 Market Street. Last year a male sang above the lunch tables for most of June, and as far as I could tell, never attracted a mate. Today a ragged WCSP was carrying a relatively large bundle of grass in its bill then dashed into a think hedge. A few minutes later, the pair were foraging for scraps together under the tables.

This garden habitat has open space, dense bushes, shade from other tall buildings, protection from cats, and an almost constant daily food source (except weekends). And of course, coastal fog.

So, is this the highest floor nesting observation for White-crowned Sparrow in San Francisco, or are there other records of even higher nests in rooftop gardens?

There are also American Robins, Mourning Doves, Bushtits, and an Anna's Hummingbird currently breeding in this garden.

Although the Federal Reserve Bank in not open to the public, I found this article from 2002, which might be of interest to birders who wants to check out other rooftop gardens.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2002/05/25/rooftops.DTL

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, CA

[Fwd: [MBB] California Horned Puffin Count]

Siobhan Ruck <siobhanruck@...>
 

Forwarding from Monterey Birds, in hopes of greater participation. Please contact Brian if you have questions.

Siobhan Ruck, SF

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [MBB] California Horned Puffin Count
Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 11:13:54 -0700
From: Brian Sullivan <bls42@...>
To: mbb@...


Birders

The Horned Puffin phenomenon this summer in California is nothing short of
amazing. I think we should strive to document this event as fully as
possible, particularly here in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. With that in mind I'm interested in trying to mobilize the
California Birding Army to try and count as many Horned Puffins as possible
along our coast this Saturday, June 9th. The protocol will be simple: go to
your local beaches and do 15-minute seawatches, covering as many beaches as
possible over the course of the day. You can then use eBird (www.ebird.org/california)
to enter your data online. If individual beaches are covered multiple times
during the day, we will take the single high count of puffins at each
location. We can then query the data electronically in eBird for the high
count of Horned Puffins at each unique location in California on 9 June.
This should give us a clear snapshot of just how many Horned Puffins are
over-summering this year. In Monterey Bay we must have dozens! I'm
interested to see how far south (and north) they extend, and how many
individuals are involved. I'll post the results here, and they'll certainly
be published in North American Birds.

Please drop me an email and let me know if you'd like to participate.

DIRECTIONS


California Puffin Count

Thanks for agreeing to count Horned Puffins at your local beaches this Saturday 9 June. Hopefully we’ll have a large turnout and find lots of puffins, and we’ll manage to cover a good stretch of California coast. Please feel free to count all birds at your stops if you feel inclined (I always do!).

Protocol

You can count birds at as many (or as few) beaches as you’d like. We’d like you to do 15-minute long stationary counts at each location. The idea is to count long enough at each site to scan thoroughly for alcids just past the kelp line offshore. You can count as many birds (species and numbers of each) as you can see in any direction from this location. It would be great if you could record all the species you see on your seawatches, but it’s also okay to just report Horned Puffins. If you do a count, but don’t find any Horned Puffins, it would still be great for you to record the effort you made by submitting a checklist to eBird.

You can contribute your Horned Puffin observations (and the observations of all North American birds) to eBird through the "Submit Observations" button found on the upper middle section of the home page at (<http://www.ebird.org/california>www.ebird.org/california).

The first thing you’ll need to do when reaching eBird is to tell us who you are. If you’ve been a part of another Cornell Lab of Ornithology online project in the past, such as Project FeederWatch, you can use your same user name and password from that project to log into eBird. If you’ve never participated in a Lab project online, it’s time to register as a new user. To do this, simply click the “Register as a new user” button on the upper middle portion of the web page. It’s important to keep your user name and password stored in a safe place for later use, as you’ll need this information to access your account and all your records at eBird.

Once in the registration process you can fill out your name, address and email address. Don’t worry, we won’t overwhelm you with useless spam in your email account, we only use your email as a means to contact you in case you report a rare or unusual species that requires further details to be accepted into the database. In that case, you’ll be contacted by a state coordinator and asked for further documentation, which you can then provide via email.

Submitting Observations

Now that you’re registered, it’s time to get down to the fun stuff--data entry. eBird data entry is a simple four part process. To get started, grab your bird notes and click "Submit Observations."

First you'll need to tell us where you were birding, which can be done through a variety of location mapping tools. Many of these California beach locations are already eBird “Hotspots,” so the first place to check for your location is the “Choose from California IBAs or Birding Hotspots” option. This will give you (after a bit of a wait­there are a lot of hotspots!) a list of the thousand or so birding hotspots that we have in the database. If you can’t find your location in that list, you can then map it by clicking the “Interactive mapping tool” option or the “Find it using Google Maps” option. Here you can zoom in on the map and plot your location very accurately. Once you’ve plotted your location you can tell us how you were birding--in other words, what type of birding you did (in this case we’ll be doing Stationary Counts). This provides us with a measure of your effort, and helps us know how much time and energy you spent gathering your data. You'll then fill out an automated bird checklist with the numbers of each species you saw or heard. The first version of the checklist will be the “Most probable” version, and you’ll likely have to click “Rare Species” at the upper left portion of the checklist to find Horned Puffin as an option (they are rare after all!). If you are counting all birds, make sure to answer “Yes” to the question “Are you submitting a complete checklist of all the species you saw/heard?” You can also answer “Yes” to the “Do you want to add age/sex or species comments?” option so that you can record the age of the Puffins you see, and add more comments. You can then review your entry for accuracy. You will see that there is a place to add a checklist comment. Please put "California Puffin Count" somewhere in the comments section. Then click "Submit" and your first checklist will be in the database!

My eBird

When you’re done you can either click “Submit Observations” again to enter more data or click “My eBird” to see your results. My eBird keeps all your lists automatically. Also feel free to click “View and Explore Data” to learn more about the eBird dataset.

Support

Please contact me directly at <mailto:bls42@...>bls42@... or <mailto:heraldpetrel@...>heraldpetrel@... if you need help entering your data.


Thanks

Brian


Brian L. Sullivan
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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Re: White-crowned Sparrow nesting in the fourth floor garden

Harry Fuller
 

WC Sparrows are abundant in this SOMA area...I
work near Second & Howard and they clearly are
breeding not just in building garden planters but
in the fennel thickets beneath the ramps to the
Transbay Bus Terminal and in waste spaces in back
alleys
--- Denise Wight <blkittiwake@...> wrote:

Hi S. F. Birders,

This afternoon I confirmed nesting of
White-crowned Sparrow on the fourth floor of
the Federal Reserve Bank at 101 Market Street.
Last year a male sang above the lunch tables
for most of June, and as far as I could tell,
never attracted a mate. Today a ragged WCSP
was carrying a relatively large bundle of grass
in its bill then dashed into a think hedge. A
few minutes later, the pair were foraging for
scraps together under the tables.

This garden habitat has open space, dense
bushes, shade from other tall buildings,
protection from cats, and an almost constant
daily food source (except weekends). And of
course, coastal fog.

So, is this the highest floor nesting
observation for White-crowned Sparrow in San
Francisco, or are there other records of even
higher nests in rooftop gardens?

There are also American Robins, Mourning Doves,
Bushtits, and an Anna's Hummingbird currently
breeding in this garden.

Although the Federal Reserve Bank in not open
to the public, I found this article from 2002,
which might be of interest to birders who wants
to check out other rooftop gardens.


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2002/05/25/rooftops.DTL

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, CA




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Harry Fuller
www.towhee.net
for birding the Bay Area


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Mag Warbler

fogeggs
 

A Magnolia Warbler was singing atop Mt Davidson this morning. I arrived
around 6:45 and heard a single song phrase, but before I could get up the hill,
it went quiet. I heard another brief song from the forest west of the ravine,
and then toward 7:15, it began to sing repeatedly from the east end of the
crest, high in the euc canopy. While I was still trying to locate it, I
spotted a female Yellow Warbler in the same tree. Otherwise, migration has wound
down for the most part.

Brian Fitch


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