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Crissy Lagoon, SF, 08/12/07

Paul Saraceni
 

Hugh Cotter and I, with our kids in tow, visited Crissy Field & Lagoon mid-day today.

Observations of local interest:

Surf Scoter 2 (on Bay)
Semipalmated Plover 4
Long-billed Curlew 1
W. Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 6
Red-necked Phalarope 5
Ring-billed Gull 3
Heermann's Gull 1 (on Lagoon)
Elegant Tern 400+ (on islands in Lagoon)
Pigeon Guillemot 3 (flying together W over Bay)
Rough-winged Swallow 1
W. Tanager 1 (fly-over headed into trees S of Crissy Field)
Savannah Sparrow 3 (in the tall grass of Crissy Field)

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

Presidio Batteries Closed - Anyone know the details ?

Hugh Cotter <htcotter@...>
 

Anyone have any information on the Presdio batteries
that are currently fenced off including Boutelle,
Godfried and the BG parking lot.
Anyone know what is happening and when they might open
again.

Had an Osprey there yesterday while I was staring at
the chain link fence.

Hugh

Re: Presidio Batteries Closed - Anyone know the details ?

mbzlat
 

The Presidio's coastal bluffs are currently being remediated and
upgraded as part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's Trails
Forever Initiative. The bluffs below the batteries were used by the
military as dump sites and are filled with many cubic yards of debris.
This debris is being removed and the native soil will be exposed and
replanted. Golden Gate Audubon has been consulted and has offered
input as this project has been planned and begun. The project was
scheduled to fit into a timeframe that would avoid the nesting season
as well as the rainy season. It may cause a bit of inconvenience for
hawkwatching in the fall, but in the long run should lead to improved
habitat.

On the brighter side, the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, which begins to
the south of Battery Godfried and extends southward to Battery Crosby,
is nearly complete and the northern half is now open to the public.
The trail leads along the face of the coastal bluffs and offers
spectacular views of the ocean and coastal habitats. Wrentit,
Swainson's Thrush, Wilson's Warbler, Spotted Sandpiper, Black
Oystercatcher and Black Turnstone have all been recently seen from this
trail.

Good Birding to All,

Matt Zlatunich

--- In SFBirds@..., Hugh Cotter <htcotter@...> wrote:

Anyone have any information on the Presdio batteries
that are currently fenced off including Boutelle,
Godfried and the BG parking lot.
Anyone know what is happening and when they might open
again.

Had an Osprey there yesterday while I was staring at
the chain link fence.

Hugh

Ft. Miley - Land's End: Monday Observations

Dominik Mosur
 

There were two first fall Black-headed Grosbeaks and a Western Tanager present near the base of the hillside below the VA hospital around noon today. The grosbeaks were seen feeding on Himalayan blackberry. A first-year Townsend's Warbler was the first for this observer since mid-May, gleaning in conifers south of the Coastal Trail.

About 2:30 p.m. one of the Black-headed Grosbeaks was still present, and calling from a cypress, at the end of Camino Del Mar. Also seen in the willows in that area was an Orange-crowned Warbler. Other birds present: Red-shouldered and Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Flicker, Hutton's Vireo, Brown Creeper, Pygmy Nuthatches, American Robins (including several in juvenal plumage), Purple/House/American Gold finches, Western Scrub and Stellar's Jays.

An immature Cooper's Hawk was seen circling over the East Wash at 3:15 p.m.. It was joined in the airspace by a pair of adult Red-tails and quickly vanished to the Southwest.

Along the Coastal Trail between the stairs to Mile Rock Beach and Eagle's Point, from 3 to 3:45 p.m., there were a couple more Townsend's Warblers, Song and White-crowned Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos, as well as several Anna's and Selasphorus hummingbirds. None of the latter were cooperative enough to allow this beginning observer a chance to attempt identifying them as to species.

Also near Dead Man's Point a Winter Wren was seen feeding at least two youngsters, identified by their yellow gapes and constant high-pitched begging calls.

Good Birding

Dominik Mosur

Terns terns terns at Agua Vista

marybetlach <betlack@...>
 

I looked out of my office on the 5th floor at UCSF Mission Bay this
afternoon to see thousands(?) of terns swirling in the air above the
sagging Agua Vista pier. I immediately set up my scope and checked it
out. Terns were jockeying for a position on that jam packed pier and
there were terns on every post, pier and surface around. And they
would periodically take to the air in a big swirling cloud. There were
a few Caspian terns but the rest looked to be Elegant terns (as far as
I could tell from the distance I was at which is ~ 2 blocks away).
Nevertheless, quite a spectacle to see.



Mary

Marbled Murrelets off of Ocean Beach, SF, 08/13/07

Paul Saraceni
 

During a brief stop-and-scope this morning from the southernmost parking lot along the Great Highway, I observed a pair of MARBLED MURRELETS together on the water.

Small numbers of Common Murres (including 2 juvs.) and Pigeon Guillemots were also around. Fair amount of offshore Elegant Tern, Brown Pelican, Heermann's Gull, and corrmorant activity, but no jaegers.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

Lafayette Park, Sunday and Monday

redhead94109 <redhead94109@...>
 

Given the right conditions, insectivores really go for that
Bottle Brush. Sunday you could add Western Tanager and Western Wood
Pewee to the list. But no Nashville. However, Sunday there were 2 Red-
tails in the Park, much to the dismay of the Parakeets. The Hawks might
well nest since the Cooper's Hawks are gone but we'll see. Today, I
saw the Nashville. I think it probably is a first-year bird. While
this was going on, a handsome Wilson's Warbler popped out near me.
Haven't seen a Wilson's at Lafayette in awhile. Of the rare Warblers
that make it to Lafayette Park, the Nashville is the most common. And
the rarest? I'd say the Northern Parula I had once for 3 days (in
August!) Today, I saw 2 Anise Swallowtails having it out. You wouldn't
think a butterfly would defend its territory, but of course they do.
Lots of Odes, lots of bugs period. The green area below the lower
tennis court is good for Dragonflies.
Pat McCulloch

Presidio Townsend's Warbler, Blue-grey Gnatcatchers

kleinhea
 

About two hours ago I had a Townsend's Warbler in a pine above
Pershing Drive in the western Presidio. In fact, this was the same
exact tree I saw the Hermit Warbler I reported a few weeks ago. This
warbler had a bright yellow face and breast with a small black throat
patch and a very dark patch around the eye, matching maybe an adult
female. I was sure to get a good look at the lower flanks which were
white so I think it's safe to rule out Black-throated Green.

To get to this spot go up Pershing Drive off of Lincoln Drive in the
Baker Beach Apartment Area. Find the sign on the east side of the
road that says 1550. Walk up this steep driveway and look in the
Pines around this area--I think the bird has probably moved out of
that specific tree, but it may be around the area.

Also worth reporting, I saw four Blue-grey Gnatcatchers in the
Presidio yesterday morning. One was in a cypress at the Girard St.
Parking lot. And there was a flock of three in the weeds and shrubs
along Battery East. And small flocks of Blue-grey Gnatcatchers were
all over the Marin Headlands yesterday too, so they must be on the
move.

Good birding,

Andy Kleinhesselink

Re: Presidio Townsend's Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers

kleinhea
 

I used the wrong form of "gray" in the last post: it should be "Blue-
gray Gnatcatchers" let me know if I spelled anything else wrong.

Andy Kleinhesselink





-- In SFBirds@..., "kleinhea" <andy_kleinhesselink@...>
wrote:

About two hours ago I had a Townsend's Warbler in a pine above
Pershing Drive in the western Presidio. In fact, this was the
same
exact tree I saw the Hermit Warbler I reported a few weeks ago.
This
warbler had a bright yellow face and breast with a small black
throat
patch and a very dark patch around the eye, matching maybe an
adult
female. I was sure to get a good look at the lower flanks which
were
white so I think it's safe to rule out Black-throated Green.

To get to this spot go up Pershing Drive off of Lincoln Drive in
the
Baker Beach Apartment Area. Find the sign on the east side of the
road that says 1550. Walk up this steep driveway and look in the
Pines around this area--I think the bird has probably moved out of
that specific tree, but it may be around the area.

Also worth reporting, I saw four Blue-grey Gnatcatchers in the
Presidio yesterday morning. One was in a cypress at the Girard
St.
Parking lot. And there was a flock of three in the weeds and
shrubs
along Battery East. And small flocks of Blue-grey Gnatcatchers
were
all over the Marin Headlands yesterday too, so they must be on the
move.

Good birding,

Andy Kleinhesselink

Ft. Miley and Chain of Lakes

Dominik Mosur
 

First-year type Western Tanager was still around in the area below the VA at the end of El Camino del Mar early this afternoon.

This morning another, or perhaps the same, first year Townsend's Warbler was observed, in with a flock of gleaners at Battery Chester. Also present were Hutton's Vireo, Brown Creeper, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Pygmy Nuthatches and Wilson's Warblers.

A juvenile Cooper's Hawk was soaring over the Bercut equitation field around 4 p.m.. An Olive-sided Flycatcher was observed flyhawking from a snag behind the fenced maintenance shed west of the field. There was also a flock of gleaners composed similarly to the one described above, minus the creeper and Townsend's Warbler but including a Downy Woodpecker.

The "meadow" behind the restrooms west of North Lake had a Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hairy Woodpecker, about a dozen Dark-eyed Juncos and a couple of California Towhees at 4:30 p.m..

Good Birding

Dominik Mosur

Monday Night Barn Owl

Hugh Cotter <htcotter@...>
 

On Monday night at approx 9.15 PM I watched a Barn Owl fly over the house, pretty high up, calling.
Also heard that night were Caspian Tern and Elegant Tern

Hugh

Am. White Pelicans

Eric Preston <eric@...>
 

At 12:30 today from the corner of Montgomery and Washington I observed a
flock of 15 American White Pelicans circling overhead. City bird for me.
Woohoo!

Eric Preston
eric@...

Need confirmation of id

Glenn Nevill
 

Photographed yesterday from Pier 14 at lunch. Looks like an Elegant
Tern to me, but would appreciate confirmation.

http://www.raptor-gallery.com/08-14-07/index.htm

White Pelicans

Glenn Nevill
 

The flock that Eric Preston saw at 12:30 I saw soaring overhead at
12:40 while out on the end of Pier 14. It drifted south past the Bay
Bridge. At one point, an accipiter (most likely a Cooper's) joined
the flock soaring in the same thermal.

Nice day for birding...

Townsend's Warblers & Osprey at Pt. Lobos

George Chrisman
 

Today while walking the coastal trail North from Point Lobos I saw my
first Townsend's Warblers of the fall just below the USS San Francisco
Memorial. Their were two together in the cypress trees, accompanied by
a large group of Pygmy Nuthatches and one or two Brown Creepers. I
counted at least 19 Pigeon Guillemot's and a Common Murre directly
below the memorial.
An Osprey flew directly over the Sutro Baths and moved steadily
south disappearing over Sutro Heights Park. Hundreds of Elegant Terns
were on Ocean Beach this morning as well.

George Chrisman
Burlingame, CA

Presidio 8/17

mbzlat
 

The highlight of a walk through the Presidio this morning was a
WRENTIT singing and briefly sees in the oak and willow along Park
Blvd. just inside the southern gate to the golf course.

Other notables:

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 1
Empid. sp. 2 (brief, distant looks)
Warbling Vireo 1
Western Tanager 7

Odonates included:

Common Green Darner
Blue-eyed Darner
Wandering Glider
Black Saddlebags


Matt Zlatunich

East side of Lafayette Park - Ash-Throated Flycatcher

Richard Bradus
 

Thanks to Pat for alerting us to the habitat at the east side of
Lafayette Park. Flowering trees and fruiting bushes are attracting lots
of birds. Looking past the abundant House Finches and Robins, there are
signs that migration season is coming.

On Tuesday I thought I was watching a Wilson's Warbler "family" (male,
female, and an indeterminate, presumed immature, gleaning in close
proximity) but, as I subsequently saw at least half a dozen Wilson's
foraging in the area, who knows if any of them were truly related.
Chickadees and a Pacific Slope Flycatcher made cameos. There was also a
really bright yellow Orange-crowned Warbler, but no rarities.

By contrast, this morning (sunny and much warmer) there were few
warblers (I saw only a single Orange-crowned), but there were Western
Tanagers, including a presumed female with yellow breast and flanks but
a white belly. Lots of juvenile and immature finches and robins, as
well as the ubiquitous Pygmy Nuthatches and the resident Black Phoebe.
As on Tuesday, the parakeetes at the upper circle were noisy, and much
agitation ensued when an adult Coopers Hawk made a brief visit (no sign
of the young anymore). Most surprising was the arrival of an
Ash-Throated Flycatcher, which allowed some pretty good views as it
made its way from the flowering tree (sorry, I don't know the type but
it's not a bottlebrush) through some pittisporum and then the eucs. It
never called, probably as it was too busy feeding (I saw it catch at
least three flying insects in just a few minutes).

A treat!

Richard



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Re: Presidio Batteries Closed - Anyone know the details ?

mbzlat
 

more info here-

http://www.presidio.gov/nature/cleanup/BakerBeach.htm




--- In SFBirds@..., "Matt Zlatunich" <mbzlat@...> wrote:

The Presidio's coastal bluffs are currently being remediated and
upgraded as part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's
Trails
Forever Initiative. The bluffs below the batteries were used by
the
military as dump sites and are filled with many cubic yards of
debris.
This debris is being removed and the native soil will be exposed
and
replanted. Golden Gate Audubon has been consulted and has offered
input as this project has been planned and begun. The project was
scheduled to fit into a timeframe that would avoid the nesting
season
as well as the rainy season. It may cause a bit of inconvenience
for
hawkwatching in the fall, but in the long run should lead to
improved
habitat.

On the brighter side, the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, which begins
to
the south of Battery Godfried and extends southward to Battery
Crosby,
is nearly complete and the northern half is now open to the
public.
The trail leads along the face of the coastal bluffs and offers
spectacular views of the ocean and coastal habitats. Wrentit,
Swainson's Thrush, Wilson's Warbler, Spotted Sandpiper, Black
Oystercatcher and Black Turnstone have all been recently seen from
this
trail.

Good Birding to All,

Matt Zlatunich



--- In SFBirds@..., Hugh Cotter <htcotter@> wrote:

Anyone have any information on the Presdio batteries
that are currently fenced off including Boutelle,
Godfried and the BG parking lot.
Anyone know what is happening and when they might open
again.

Had an Osprey there yesterday while I was staring at
the chain link fence.

Hugh

Lands End walk with some GGNRA restoration volunteers

Harry Fuller
 

Tattler on Seal Rocks
several Black Tunrstone as well
one Common Murre on largest Seal Rock
Pigeon Guillemot still present
Hutton's Vireo juvenile and female Townsend's
Warbler in willows west of West Wash
possible migrating Cooper's Hawk flying south
above Cliff House
else all the expected species

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


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White Pelicans

Glenn Nevill
 

I just posted a page of shots of the White Pelicans spotted over the
bya on Wednesday at 12:40.

http://raptor-gallery.com/08-15-08/index.htm