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Re: Buena Vista Park

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

thanx for tip on Swifts, got my BY Swift there this morning, great park,
never been there before...course, I;veonly lived inthe city for twenty
years


19 may

Jay Withgott <withgott@...>
 

Have just returned back from 11 days out East, where I did the New
Jersey World Series of Birding and our team got 206 species in 24 hrs!
Now that I'm back, I thought I'd try to catch up on the migration I
missed here, and scrounge some leftovers from what you all saw in my
absence. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of looking (unsuccessfully)
for the Chat at Middle Lake before heading to Mt Davidson, where I
encountered a very happy Paul Saraceni on his way out, but alas, none of
his swifts!

Nothing to add to Paul's report at Mt D. except a couple of siskins. At
Middle Lake, a MacGillivray's Warbler and WW Pewee, and at w. Stow Lake
a Steller's Jay.

Jay


Fri AM - East Wash

rferrick@...
 

Checked the East Wash this morning, 7:00-8:45. It was active with regular migrants including:

Yellow Warbler 4
Townsend's Warbler 3
OC Warbler 2
Swainson's Thrush 2
Western Wood Pewee 2
OS Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 10+
Lazuli Bunting 1

Rich


3 SWIFT SP. at Mt. Davidson, 05/19/00 (6:50-8:50 AM)

Paul Saraceni <Paul.Saraceni@...>
 

A terrific, warm morning at Mt. D with good diversity highlighted by 3
species of SWIFTS, a late female RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and some breeding
evidence.

At 7:40 I observed 12 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS flying north and swirling over
the eastern edge of Mt. D, perhaps some of the locally-observed birds seen
at Buena Vista, McLaren, etc. At 7:55 I observed 1 VAUX'S SWIFT come in low
over the eastern hillside. At 8:10 and 8:15 I observed single BLACK SWIFTS
flying north directly over the summit, not much higher than tree-top level.
Then at 8:30, I observed a flock of 15 BLACK SWIFTS (spread out over 25-50
yds.) flying north directly over the summit. A cool sight against clear
blue skies.

Between 7:10 and 7:30 I observed a single female RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
working the tops of cypress and eucalyptus at various points between the
summit and the bottom of the Ravine; calling frequently.

Other observations of local interest:

Band-tailed Pigeon 6
Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
Western Wood-Pewee 3
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 3
Warbling Vireo 30+
Violet-green Swallow 5 (low over eastern hillside)
Swainson's Thrush 8
Cedar Waxwing 45
Warblers:
Yellow 6
Townsend's 7
Hermit 2
Wilson's 12
Western Tanager 7
Spotted Towhee 1 m. (singing near chain-link fence)
Black-headed Grosbeak 2
Lazuli Bunting 3
Lesser Goldfinch 4

Local breeding evidence:

Band-tailed Pigeon: 2 scaly-looking juveniles that lacked any nape markings
were preening near the Ravine.

Lesser Goldfinch: Within a noisy group of 4 moving about the SE hillside
was 1 begging, slightly fluffier bird (otherwise resembling a female), that
was fed by a female-plumaged bird. I've only periodically observed this
species at Mt. D this spring, so perhaps they nested at another location in
S.F.

Paul Saraceni
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Empid at Glen Canyon

Andrew Rush <and_rush@...>
 

This morning about 11:00, I saw a probable Hammond's Flycatcher at Glen Canyon, across the creek form the daycare center. Along the right side of the right fork of the path (if you are walking across the footbridge away from the daycare center)there is a patch of willows that kind of extends up the open hill. The flycatcher was hanging around in that patch, right next to the path. It didn't call, but it was small, relatively big-headed, with a whitish gray throat, grayish underparts, and a slight gray vest. The head was gray. The bill was narrow with a yellow lower mandible that was dark at the outer 1/3 or so. It had a long primary projection. The eyering was more prominent behind the eye, but it wasn't really a teardrop. The bill was small.
Otherwise, there weren't alot of birds in the area. There were a few Lazuli Buntings, Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireos and Black-headed Grosbeaks.
Andrew
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Re: Empid at Glen Canyon

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

Andrew Rush wrote:
The bill was narrow with a yellow lower mandible that was dark at
the outer 1/3 or so. It had a long primary projection.
Wasn't there a thread sometime ago on Calbird regarding how reliable an all dark
mandible is for Hammond's Flycatcher? I seem to recall that, while the bulk of
HAFL show an all dark mandible, some individuals can have quite a bit of yellow
on the basal half.

Mark

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Sat PM - Ash Throated Flycatcher

rferrick@...
 

Just made a quick stop at the north end of Lake Merced (2-2:45). There was an
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in the willows on the hillside SW and below the level
of the parking lot. There is a row of willows in the SW corner on essentially
the same level as the parking lot, and there are 2 short trails on either
side that afford views of the willows below, along the hillside. Nothing else
of note.

Rich


1st Annual Swift Watch

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

Enough (Calvin, Kevin, Rich, Paul and I) of us showed up this morning on Mt.
Davidson for the event to be dubbed as above. Results were only so-so
compared to yesterday (of course) with a cumulative of 28 VAUX'S SWIFTs seen
in three different groups, according to my notes. No other swift sp. were
seen.

Other than the regular migrants and residents listed below, the only other
bird of note was the continuing HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, now continuing for
over a week. I'd guess this is some sort of record for SF. I'll try to get
photos up when I get this roll developed.

At Lake Merced, the best species was a GOPHER SNAKE that Kevin found
swimming north of the concrete bridge and we watched in amazement as it swam
all the way across the lake basically to our feet west of the concrete
bridge. I managed full frame photos of the entire snake in the water and
photos of the head and upper body from about 8' (with a 600mm lens) from
shore.

PIED-BILLED GREBES have succesfully fledged and a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
was carrying nesting material at Lake Merced.

Mark

5.20 Mt. Davidson
YEWA
WIWA
BUOR
SWTH
OSFL
BHGR
BTPI
WEWP
WETA
LAZB
CEDW
HAFL
TOWA
VASW
VGSW
LEGO
Lake Merced
Gopher Snake
PUFI
COYE
PBGR (juv.)
BCNH
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Re: 1st Annual Swift Watch

David Armstrong
 

--- "Mark W. Eaton" <mweaton@...> wrote:

PIED-BILLED GREBES have succesfully fledged and a
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
was carrying nesting material at Lake Merced.
At North Lake, as well, there were 3 juvenile
pied-billed grebes last night, at the south side of
the lake.



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Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

Saturday: few birds at Crissy Field, but one of interest at NW corner of the
lagoon...an adult Green Heron feeding in mudlfats! Far from the nearest willow
or brush.
O-S Fly singing at: Mountain Lake, Middle Lake, Lobos Creek across the street
(west) from the dunes, Kobbe & Upton
Win Wren singing at Sutro Hts. where they have nested this year
TR SW nesting in Sutro Hts. as well, using last year's DOWO hole in dead euc at
south end of park
SWTH singing in willows at east end of Mtn Lake, at least two birds present
juvenile birds seen: PYNU, DEJU, BLPH, BUSH, ALHU, HOOR (sat Kobbe/Upton)

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--- "Mark W. Eaton" <mweaton@...> wrote:

PIED-BILLED GREBES have succesfully fledged and a
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
was carrying nesting material at Lake Merced.
At North Lake, as well, there were 3 juvenile
pied-billed grebes last night, at the south side of
the lake.



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Sun PM - YB Chat

rferrick@...
 

Just spent another 45 minutes hovering over a singing Yellow-breasted Chat
without seeing it, at the north end of Lake Merced in the willows just North
and West of the wooden bridge. The bird sang off and on from 3:00-3:30, I
left at 3:45.

Other highlights: Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat,
Wilson's Warbler, didn't see any flycatchers.

Rich


Sunday morning

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

Trapped northof GGPark by the Bay-to-Breakers, I check out East Wash...there I
spotted Jane Anderson and we both spotted JOsiah Clark...there were plenty of
birds to go around.

An empid which Josiah and I finally agreed was a Hammond's not a Dusky, short
tail, very small beak. It was seen clearly, but silent.
Willow Flycatcher Probable nesting pair of OS
FLycatchers, saw one carry nesting material into east side of
Western Tanager (>10) cypress that is west of
leafless tree just below the lower dirt parapet; male called consistently
Male Bul Oriole, singing for over an hour
Yel Warbler OC Warbler
Wilson's Warbler, singing PS FLy., singing
BH Grosbeak (>3) Lazuli Bunting (>4), one male
singing continually
Am Gold Warbling Vireo
Town, Warbler plus all the usual local birds
In addition JOsiah got Hermit Warbler, BT Gray and probable W. Kingbird (which
would make 5 flycatchers inthat spot)

-----
At West Wash:
Warb Vireo Hermit Warbler
Town. Warbler
----
Mile Rock Overlook:
7 Pigeon Guillemot Large strig of Caspian Terns
flying past


Re: Sunday morning

Janice Andersen <Janandersen@...>
 

And to cap off the morning, after Hairy Filler* and Josiah left, a Red-shouldered
Hawk carrying nesting material (straw) flew across the golf course into the area
between the back of the Legion of Honor museum and the VA Hospital, joined by
another hawk. BTW, the 5th flycatcher was a continuously calling Western
Wood-Pewee.

*Harry--that's Jan Andersen, not Jane Anderson, BIG difference :-)

Harry Fuller wrote:

Trapped northof GGPark by the Bay-to-Breakers, I check out East Wash...there I
spotted Jane Anderson and we both spotted JOsiah Clark...there were plenty of
birds to go around.

An empid which Josiah and I finally agreed was a Hammond's not a Dusky, short
tail, very small beak. It was seen clearly, but silent.
Willow Flycatcher Probable nesting pair of OS
FLycatchers, saw one carry nesting material into east side of
Western Tanager (>10) cypress that is west of
leafless tree just below the lower dirt parapet; male called consistently
Male Bul Oriole, singing for over an hour
Yel Warbler OC Warbler
Wilson's Warbler, singing PS FLy., singing
BH Grosbeak (>3) Lazuli Bunting (>4), one male
singing continually
Am Gold Warbling Vireo
Town, Warbler plus all the usual local birds
In addition JOsiah got Hermit Warbler, BT Gray and probable W. Kingbird (which
would make 5 flycatchers inthat spot)

-----
At West Wash:
Warb Vireo Hermit Warbler
Town. Warbler
----
Mile Rock Overlook:
7 Pigeon Guillemot Large strig of Caspian Terns
flying past

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More Sun PM

rferrick@...
 

Stopped back at the north end of Lake Merced at 5:15PM and re-heard the YB
Chat and got a very brief look (2-3 seconds) at it as well !!! In the
willows, north and west of the wooden bridge.

Then headed over to the East Wash (5:30-6:30), still very active. Added
another flycatcher to the East Wash Day List, an Ash-throated Flycathcher.
Didn't find the Hammond's or the Willow. Nothing else to add to the list from
Harry/Jan/Josiah.

Rich


Two new yard birds...

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

...WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE and OLIVE-SIDE FLYCATCHER (the mockingbird hasn't been
seen in a couple of weeks or more :-). Tomorrow might be dandy for
flycatchers (and oh yes, there's the chat or maybe swifts on Mt. Davidson...
:-)

Mark
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Re: Portland, O.

Josiah Clark <sunbittern@...>
 

I found that in Seattle Bewicks Wrens were all in the neighborhoods and everywhere...here Bewicks Wrens need relatively intact scrub/chapparral, and quickly disapear in developing areas
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Chipping Sparrow

Htcotter@...
 

Hi All,
Sorry for the belated report, yesterday moring there was a Chipping sparrow
near the "Log Cabin" in the Presidio north of Kobbe and Upton.

Hugh


E Wash--R E Vireo

fogeggs
 

East Wash is still a happening place! I refound the Ash-th Flycatcher in the
lace and fennel stalks above the dirt terrace; later saw it up in the euc
tops preening. The Willow Flyc may also still be there, twice I saw a small
empidish bird giving the 'whit' call in flight, but it never landed in view
to confirm ID.
I'd been there awhile when I saw movement up in the eucs along the golf
course. It turned out to be a chickadee and a vireo having a little faceoff.
I was about to call it a Cassin's when it turned its head more toward me and
showed a long dark eyeline, and I realized that there were no wingbars.
Simultaneously, the bird gave a single 'cheeri' call. It was noticeably
larger than the chickadee; though hard to judge how much larger, I would say
at least an inch so. This view was at some distance and from below, I did
not see the vireo's back or cap, and it vanished after a few seconds.
5 minutes later, I heard a vireo scold in the euc grove, and as I approched,
the chickadees began calling too. The scold was intermittant, and I couldn't
locate it. Then David Armstrong approached, and the bird began to sing, more
quickly and fluidly than the Cassin's I've heard in the past month. I
finally found the singer, and had several brief looks from almost directly
below, I could see the rather large beak, the white throat and belly, but
nothing else. It was very actively foraging in the crown of the eucs where
the east wash trail meets the main coast trail. Then it went silent and
vanished without my seeing it leave.
We searched for some time, and as I came back to report to David, he had
turned into Rich Ferrick (a lifer after all these months!). So I reported to
him and then tried to leave, but by the willows at the edge of the course, I
again saw what was probably the vireo; 6 inches or so, strong beak and
eyeline, but it was a split-second view through willow and pine branches. As
I was looking to see if Rich was still down in the wash, I heard an odd call,
and was beginning to think that we had another chat, when the Leafbird came
flying over the golf course and into the trees. I called down to Rich, and
we found the Leafbird but not the vireo. That's it for now,
Brian


Re: More Sun PM

Janice Andersen <Janandersen@...>
 

Rich,

That's interesting because Josiah was pretty sure he had an Ash-throated hawking
insects around the top of a pine tree, but it was so brief, by the time Harry
and I turned our binocs on it, the bird had disappeared. A spectacular
flycatcher morning that was made even more exciting by Josiah's "eagle eyes."

Jan

rferrick@... wrote:



Then headed over to the East Wash (5:30-6:30), still very active. Added
another flycatcher to the East Wash Day List, an Ash-throated Flycathcher.
Didn't find the Hammond's or the Willow. Nothing else to add to the list from
Harry/Jan/Josiah.


Where is the east wash?

James Armstrong <jarmstro@...>
 

Hi, SFbirders--
 
Living in Daly City as I do, I haven't been up to the Presidio...but it sounds like I should change that.  Could someone tell me where the two washes are (east & west)?  I think I can pick up the locations of the other references from the descriptions/names.
 
Thanks!
 
Jim Armstrong