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Re: Not a bird, but...

Paul Saraceni <Paul.Saraceni@...>
 

Also in the "not a bird" but interesting category, on Monday morning I ran
into Dan M., Harry, and Calvin near Middle Lake. While we were talking, a
scrawny-looking RED FOX crossed the street and headed west towards Bercut.

Paul

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
To: SFBirds <SFBirds@...>
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 10:42 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] Not a bird, but...


...forgot to mention that Eric and I had a COMMON GARTER SNAKE in Glen Park
Canyon on Sunday. Probably aren't too many of these guys/gals left in the
city :-(

Mark
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Re: Not a bird, but...

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

will the feral cat proponents urge the trapping of the fox? which
man-introduced species will get the upper hand? foxes are almost as cute as
little kitties, after all

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Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Not a bird, but...



Also in the "not a bird" but interesting category, on Monday morning I ran
into Dan M., Harry, and Calvin near Middle Lake. While we were talking, a
scrawny-looking RED FOX crossed the street and headed west towards Bercut.

Paul

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
To: SFBirds <SFBirds@...>
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 10:42 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] Not a bird, but...


...forgot to mention that Eric and I had a COMMON GARTER SNAKE in Glen Park
Canyon on Sunday. Probably aren't too many of these guys/gals left in the
city :-(

Mark
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Re: May is (almost) history...

Htcotter@...
 

However the list in June over the last 10 years or so includes ...

Tenessee, MAgnolia, Worm eating, CHestnut SIded, Hooded and Black and White
warblers, Northern Waterthrush, American REdstart, Northern PArula, Ovenbird,
RB Grosbeak, Eastern Kingbird, Horned Puffin, Black Swift, Summer Tanager and
lets not forget Mr Murphys infamous Gila Woodpecker......

Hugh


RB Grosbeak continues

rferrick@...
 

Just came back from Mt D (4:25-4:40PM) and the RB Grosbeak found by Kevin
continues. I saw the bird in the "ravine" north and downhill from the
summit, very close to the area that the Hammond's Flycatcher seemed to favor
a couple of weeks ago. After a couple of minutes it flew downslope a little
further and was in the bushes with the red berries. Not very active and no
singing this afternoon, so it may be difficult to spot.

Rich


grosbeak

Jay Withgott <withgott@...>
 

I too had Kevin's grosbeak at Mt. D. -- at 12:30 - 1 pm. After waiting
and watching for some time, on a whim I attempted a (poor!) whistled
imitation of a grosbeak song. It actually answered. And continued to
sing off and on for 20 minutes, finally giving me a good view. So if,
as Rich suggested, it's quiet up there, you might try swallowing your
pride, casting a glance behind your back, and whistling a tune for it.
- Jay


On the BirdBox...

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

Josiah reported 12 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS at Crissy Field this morning.

Mark

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May is (almost) history...

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

...get those B2k updates to me, preferably in the next two or three days
(you know who you are... :-)

The dog days are nearly upon us; in '98 only three birds and one sp. were
added to the list in '98:

AMERICAN REDSTART 6/3
OVENBIRD 6/3
BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER 6/20
[BOOBY SPECIES] 6/26

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Goose eggs?

fogeggs
 

At Heron's Head, there was a Canada Goose which appeared to be nest-sitting.
During my half hour bay watch, it remained in the same somewhat concealed
spot, warily watching every human who passed by. In '98, C Goose was a big
deal, so I'm wondering if there are any prior nest records? The bird was at
the east end of the tidal ponds, just inside the gravel bar, partially
obscured by grass. It had a slightly upturned beak.
Also, I could see Least Terns in Alameda, but none on our side.
Brian


Re: Pelicans, foxes and Pt counts

Jay Withgott <withgott@...>
 

regarding your
PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER seemingly lost deep in the eucalyptus
northwest of the parking lot at the north end of Lake Merced.
I was surprised to learn from Tom Gardali at PRBO that Pac Slopes arent
uncommon breeders in Eucs. Go Figure, but then again the Presidios only
record is from Eucs...
keep an eye on that guy if you have the chance.
I think that bird has been there for a month at least. I first heard it
back when everybody was seeing that Palm Warbler there, whenever that
was.


Re: May is (almost) history...

Dan Murphy <murphsf@...>
 

Seems you forgot Lawrence's Goldfinch, the reason for me birding Sutro Park in
the first place. The Gila Woodpecker must have chased them off. I still need
that goldfinch for my SF list so let's get out there and find one for me.

It's probable Joan saw 2 different magpies on Skyline Blvd in Daly City
yesterday. They were flying over and she couldn't stop because of traffic.
Special note to HF -- forget it. :-}

I guess nobody mentioned the presence of a fox running from Middle Lake to the
equestrian field during the weekend. How long will the poor feral cats survive
this guy?

Did you see the article in this morning's Chron about off leash dogs and da
Mayor'z little effort to control them? Take a peek.


Best, Dan

Htcotter@... wrote:

However the list in June over the last 10 years or so includes ...

Tenessee, MAgnolia, Worm eating, CHestnut SIded, Hooded and Black and White
warblers, Northern Waterthrush, American REdstart, Northern PArula, Ovenbird,
RB Grosbeak, Eastern Kingbird, Horned Puffin, Black Swift, Summer Tanager and
lets not forget Mr Murphys infamous Gila Woodpecker......

Hugh

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Pelicans, foxes and Pt counts

Josiah Clark <sunbittern@...>
 

The 12 White Pelicans were flying in formation in just to the S of Crissy Field. They were generally heading East, but their course waiverd a bit, and at one point it looked like they might have been heading toward Crissy!
2 Killdeer are on nests in fenced areas at Crissy, and might finally get a shot at success. A breeding plumaged Bonopartes GUll was on the lagoon last week, otherwise just a few summer regulars.
I have to hope these are on their way to breed and not just floaters without a place to settle... Anyway this was city bird for me. 4 of my co workers got to see them as well.


Thanks for getting this one out quick Mark-
regarding your
PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER seemingly lost deep in the eucalyptus
northwest of the parking lot at the north end of Lake Merced.
I was surprised to learn from Tom Gardali at PRBO that Pac Slopes arent uncommon breeders in Eucs. Go Figure, but then again the Presidios only record is from Eucs...
keep an eye on that guy if you have the chance.

I have been conituing the points from PRBOs bird census last year. Yesterday we GPS ed 24 points(2 had RS hawk nests over them!) and Im going to do Vegetation sampling in weeks to come. ( If anyone is interested in seeing the techniques, it would be an excellent way to turn morning birding stops into valuable conservation ammo in years to come.)
On the Red fox note, the Presidio pair has produced 6 cubs. I know coyote presence is correlated to increased bird diversity in urban areas, anyone know if Red foxes function as tertiary predators?
best
Josiah
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Re: Goose eggs?

Dan Murphy <murphsf@...>
 

Brian,
It seems to me there are records from the early 1920's, but none since. I
suspect we will have many more records as the Can goose population increases
locally.

Best, Dan

Fogeggs@... wrote:

At Heron's Head, there was a Canada Goose which appeared to be nest-sitting.
During my half hour bay watch, it remained in the same somewhat concealed
spot, warily watching every human who passed by. In '98, C Goose was a big
deal, so I'm wondering if there are any prior nest records? The bird was at
the east end of the tidal ponds, just inside the gravel bar, partially
obscured by grass. It had a slightly upturned beak.
Also, I could see Least Terns in Alameda, but none on our side.
Brian

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The Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Eric Preston <ewpreston@...>
 

was singing his heart out this morning in the ravine on Mt. Davidson. I
appreciate these eastern birds more now that I only see one a season.

Eric
ewpreston@...


JUne birds

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

There were no Wh Pelicans left at Crissy late yesterday...the RB Grosbeak was
siging away this AM on Davidson...city lifer :-)


Re: The Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

Eric Preston wrote:

was singing his heart out this morning in the ravine on Mt. Davidson. I
appreciate these eastern birds more now that I only see one a season.
Oh, you might get to see another this fall. :-)

After not getting to the UTC in spring for a couple of years, I find a real need
to get back to remember what these birds actually look like.

Mark

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Re: Goose eggs?

Luke Cole <luke@...>
 

At 11:22 PM 5/31/2000 EDT, you wrote:
Also, I could see Least Terns in Alameda, but none on our side.
Brian
Brian (and SF Birders) -- a corner of Alameda is actually in SF County, so
that if you could see terns out there, they could conceivably be in SF County.

Luke


Luke Cole
San Francisco, CA
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Re: Goose eggs?

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

Luke Cole wrote:

At 11:22 PM 5/31/2000 EDT, you wrote:
Also, I could see Least Terns in Alameda, but none on our side.
Brian
Brian (and SF Birders) -- a corner of Alameda is actually in SF County, so
that if you could see terns out there, they could conceivably be in SF County.
I'm still trying to figure out how Brian could see Least Terns in Alameda from
Heron's Head park. :-)

Mark

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Re: The Rose-breasted Grosbeak

pac_loon@...
 

Hi Mark:

Please excuse my ignornace, but what is UTC? Upper ? Coast

Mike Feighner

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"Mark W. Eaton" <mweaton@...> Wrote on
Thu, 01 Jun 2000 09:43:26 -0700
------------------
Eric Preston wrote:

was singing his heart out this morning in the ravine on Mt.
Davidson. I
appreciate these eastern birds more now that I only see one
a season.
Oh, you might get to see another this fall. :-)

After not getting to the UTC in spring for a couple of years,
I find a real need
to get back to remember what these birds actually look like.

Mark

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me to live
better is ideals. Besides, money is like snow in winter. It
accumulates slowly, but melts away rapidly."

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(Foreign Language Press, Beijing, China, first edition 1988.
ISBN
0-8351-1055-9)

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Re: Pelicans, foxes and Pt counts

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

Jay Withgott wrote:

regarding your
PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER seemingly lost deep in the eucalyptus
northwest of the parking lot at the north end of Lake Merced.
I was surprised to learn from Tom Gardali at PRBO that Pac Slopes arent
uncommon breeders in Eucs. Go Figure, but then again the Presidios only
record is from Eucs...
keep an eye on that guy if you have the chance.
I think that bird has been there for a month at least. I first heard it
back when everybody was seeing that Palm Warbler there, whenever that
was.
I have a very naive question. It's been widely assumed that PSFL breeds in SF,
presumably in McClaren if not other spots in the city. Why then have I never
hear the full PSFL song in SF?

Mark
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better is ideals. Besides, money is like snow in winter. It
accumulates slowly, but melts away rapidly."

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(Foreign Language Press, Beijing, China, first edition 1988. ISBN
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Re: Pelicans, foxes and Pt counts

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

There was a very vocal and nesting PSFLY near Kobbe & Upton last year, my July
bird walk group all got good looks and listens...have not checked yet this
year...I suspect most of the ones seen in spring are NOT nesting but just
passing through
last month on the flycatcher day at East Wash the PSFly there did call a few
times though with nothing like the mindless insistence of the O/s FLy
The PSFly at Davidson this morning was silent

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Jay Withgott wrote:

regarding your
PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER seemingly lost deep in the eucalyptus
northwest of the parking lot at the north end of Lake Merced.
I was surprised to learn from Tom Gardali at PRBO that Pac Slopes arent
uncommon breeders in Eucs. Go Figure, but then again the Presidios only
record is from Eucs...
keep an eye on that guy if you have the chance.
I think that bird has been there for a month at least. I first heard it
back when everybody was seeing that Palm Warbler there, whenever that
was.
I have a very naive question. It's been widely assumed that PSFL breeds in SF,
presumably in McClaren if not other spots in the city. Why then have I never
hear the full PSFL song in SF?

Mark
--
Mark Eaton mailto:mweaton@...
SFBirds Web Page http://home.pacbell.net/mweaton
Golden Gate Audubon Web Page http://goldengate.ca.audubon.org

"Money can add nothing to what I already have. What enables me to live
better is ideals. Besides, money is like snow in winter. It
accumulates slowly, but melts away rapidly."

- Ba Jin, July 1944, from the Epilogue of "Garden of Repose"
(Foreign Language Press, Beijing, China, first edition 1988. ISBN
0-8351-1055-9)

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