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Re: Quail Reports

Alan Hopkins <ash@...>
 

Sunday June 11 Quail Report from Strybing.


Most of the quail were in the California Area there was a pair near the
west-most oak. There was one male near the Succulent Garden and the
remains of a pigeon in the new quail habitat area.

When I was walking back through the California Area all the quail were
giving alarm notes. As I approached many flew up high into a pine. I
could not find what they were so excited about, however I did find a
dead red fox.

There was a Green Heron in the small pond in the California Area too.


Alan


Re: Lake Merced nesting birds and eco problems

Alan Hopkins <ash@...>
 

David Graves is trying to get a tree trimming policy adopted by the
Commission on the Environment.

The Commission and Rec and Park need to know that they are in violation
of the law when they knowingly destroy nests, and are in jeopardy of
being fined $10,000 for doing so.

Alan


Lake Merced nesting birds and eco problems

Dan Murphy <murphsf@...>
 

Hi,

I spent some time at Lake Merced yesterday, 6/11.

Of the 6 Great Blue Heron nests it seems the young have fledged from 3
and are about ready to fly from the other 3. If they weren't lost, this
was a pretty good year with as many as 15 young being fledged.

There were at least 70 Double-crested Cormorant nests in the colony by
the police gun range. Most had young. I didn't count nests at the
other colony, but there are about 15.

Swallows seems way down in numbers. I checked the Cliff Swallow colony
on the concrete bridge at the south end of the lake. There were only 12
nests. That is down from 38 nests in 1999 and 1998, and down from 49 in
1997. There were at least 5 freshly broken nests and others which may
have been destroyed early in the season. In any case, it looks like
Cliff Swallows are having a disasterous nesting year. We could loose
this species at LM since SFSU seems finally to have removed the colony
which used to be on the west wall of the library. Other swallow numbers
are down as well. We should be seeing large numbers of swallows feeding
over the marshes and open waters of the lake, but they just aren't
there. Who knows?

I heard a Downy Woodpecker drumming at the north end of the lake. It
sounded like spring. I can't remember hearing them drumming so actively
this late in the season. About an hour later Joan an I took a walk from
the circle through the golf course and back around. As we walked along
Lake Merced Blvd. by that huge eucalyptus grove I found Rec and Park is
cutting large numbers of eucalyptus branches. This is right in the area
of the Tree Swallow nesting site and near where the woodpecker was
drumming. Though I don't mind general tree trimming, I take issue with
it during the nesting season. I'd be really interested in knowing how
many nests have been destroyed by this project. Think about it. We
have Tree and Violet-green Swallow, Downy Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch,
Brown Creeper, Red-shouldered Hawk, Robin and God knows what else at the
end of their nesting cycle and the tree hackers can't wait to chop them
out of their nests.

Actually this is a serious management problem since the Rec and Park
Department and Commission don't seem to acknowledge birds have any level
of protection at all. Remember the commission approved the removal of
trees near the Boathouse several years ago although they knew there were
active Tree Swallow and Pygmy Nuthatch nests in the trees scheduled for
removal. Of course they wanted to provide parking for customers of the
Boathouse. And remember too Rec and Park has been trimming trees at Mt.
Davidson during the nesting season. I'm sure it's going on elsewhere as
well. Just a little thought for you the next time you think about
what's going on in your favorite park.

Well, enough of this ranting and raving.

Best, Dan


RB Grosbeak and other Presidio birds

Josiah Clark <sunbittern@...>
 

Hey all
for anyone not checking the tape, there was a singing male RB Grosbeak on the Mission Dolores Section of the ecology trail at the base of the Tenessee Hollow Watershed in the Presidio this Am.

Also Of note: the pair of HAirys by the Lobos Forest was feeding a fledgling in the pines along Battery Crosby like they were last year. A Pac Slope was calling above the Tennis Courts at Kobbee and Upton. Yesterday it, (one) was at the Community Garden there. Had at least 3 differnt OS flys, 6 diff RS Hawks and 4 different pairs of Quail around the Presidio today. 5 Tree Swallows over lawns adjacent to PH Hospital. A pair of Spotted Towhees is loyal by Lincoln at Battery Crosby. Ive also had clutches of scrub Jay, Winter Wren,Downy woodpecker, Pyg Nut, Ann Humm Chickadee, Robin, Mo dove, Br creeper, wc and song sparrow, Junco, Ca towhee, American and Lesser Goldfinch. While Cowbirds have seemed low to me this year so far, there are bumper crops of all the "weedy" bird species in my area.
2 more Nests have been abandoned by Killdeer at Crissy.
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Indigo B

fogeggs
 

A first spring male Indigo Bunting was singing and calling at Glen Park this
morning. I heard the bird from the main trail boardwalk, and followed the
sound up the right side creek and willows, thinking it might be a breeding
Lazuli. I circled back above the trees where I could look down into them and
eventually located the bird. It flew in quite close and gave excellent front
and back views before flying down into the main riparian zone. It showed
patches of deep blue on the head, breast and back, lighter blue on the rump,
mottled gray belly, brown-gray tail and mixed blue and brown in the wings. I
did not see or hear it again after it flew off at about 8:50 AM.
Also of interest was a Bullock's Oriole family, with at least one pale,
awkward, begging fledgling, and a singing Black-headed Grosbeak. Up on Mt D,
I saw my first Or-cr Warbler in the last 3-4 weeks, and a W Wood-Pewee.
Brian


Lazuli Bunting, Ash-throated Flycatcher

Stephen J. Davies <sdavies@...>
 

There was a male Lazuli Bunting singing at the East Wash this morning, and
an Ash-throated Flycatcher was at the West Wash.
Stephen

Stephen J. Davies
San Francisco, CA

Tel: 415 776-6321
Email: sdavies@...


Mt. Davidson, 06/13/00 (7:00-8:10 AM)

Paul Saraceni <Paul.Saraceni@...>
 

A couple of late migrants this morning plus other usual suspects.
Observations of local interest:

Band-tailed Pigeon 3
Western Wood-Pewee 1
Warblers:
Orange-crowned 1
Wilson's 2
Black-headed Grosbeak 1
Lesser Goldfinch 16

I also observed a Dark-eyed Junco singing a song that I have not previously
heard -- not the typical trill that I usually hear. When I first heard it,
I though it was an aberrant Lazuli Bunting song. The song consisted of 4-5
"swee-swee-swee-swee" notes followed by a portion of a typical Junco trill
and ending in a single note that sounded just like the call note of a Lazuli
Bunting. It was singing away along the wide path (with the gate) that runs
from the street to behind the big cross.


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We will be heading to Lake Tahoe in the near future for a few days of R&R.
Can anyone recommend any locales on the West Shore near Tahoe City for some
short birding visits? Please reply privately to my e-mail address. Thanks.

Paul Saraceni
paul.saraceni@...


Northern Parula

Stephen J. Davies <sdavies@...>
 

At midday today, a Northern Parula was singing vigorously from trees at the
extreme west end of the parking lot at the VA Hospital on Clement St. The
bird was downslope a little way, close to the trail leading east from the
Fort Miley overlook.
Stephen

Stephen J. Davies
San Francisco, CA

Tel: 415 776-6321
Email: sdavies@...


[Fwd: Luis Baptista]]

Joseph Morlan <jmorlan@...>
 

To: All-Staff@...
Subject: Luis Baptista
From: Lynne LaCarrubba <llacarrubba@...>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2000 16:12:23 -0700


Date: June 12
To: All Staff
From: Pat Kociolek

I am deeply shocked and saddened to announce to you that Dr. Luis
Baptista died earlier today at his home in Sonoma County of an
apparent
heart attack. This was totally unexpected. Luis was a world renowned
ornithologist and evolutionary biologist, who made fundamental
contributions to our understanding of bird communication and
vocalization. He served the Academy as its curator and chair of Birds
and Mammals since 1981, and his loss will be profoundly felt
throughout
the institution and by the world's scientific community.

I will inform you of memorial arrangements as they develop.


--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA 94044: mailto:jmorlan@...
Fall Birding Classes begin Sept 5: http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/
California Bird Records Committee: http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/


--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA 94044: mailto:jmorlan@...
Fall Birding Classes begin Sept 5: http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/
California Bird Records Committee: http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/


RFI

Mike Feighner <pac_loon@...>
 

Can anyone elaborate on these birdbox directions?

San Francisco County:
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Today, June 13th, in Glen Park, a first-spring male INDIGO BUNTING was
in the main riparian area past the daycare center. (BF)

June 12th, in the Presidio, a singing male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was
on the Ecology Trail in the Mission Delores section, at the base of
the Tennessee Hollow watershed just off Lovers Lane. (JC)



--
Mike Feighner, Livermore, CA, pac_loon@...


Re: moment of silence

GASSTATION@...
 

In a message dated 6/14/00 9:50:49, harry_fuller@... writes:

One of the great ones has died.
I had the pleasure of taking a course on birdsong from Luis. Not only could
he whistle, but also recite poetry, reference classical and modern musical
composition, discuss geography and wax philosophic, all while lazing about in
a mountain meadow listening to and explaining the symphony of birdsong around
us.


Kevin McKereghan
Gasstation@...


Re: Mt. Davidson today

GASSTATION@...
 

After hearing Paul's message I rushed up to the Mt. Arriving about 9:15 I
found the Willow Flycatcher in the Ravine and the Ash-throated further down
the tail on the north face of the Mt., near the clump of dead Eucs. Brian
Fitch showed up then Rich Ferrick. We watched the Willow for a while but
heard no Am. Redstart. Brian headed up to the top and searched in the
forest there, while Rich and I scanned the Ravine. Brian came back having
found the bird on the western slope, below the cross along the main road to
the top. It was still singing and foraging rather mid way in to the canopy
when I finally got on it. The bird ran afoul of a Wilson's Warbler and I lost
sight of it at that point. This was about 10:30.

Kevin McKereghan
Gasstation@...


moment of silence

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

One of the great ones has died. Any body else notice the obit for Dr. Luis
Baptista, man who whistled in all WC Sparrow dialects? Anybody know any details
of why he died at only 59?
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Local bird notes: WW Peewee (2) at East Wash, one calling
AM Goldfinch feeding young near Battery Crosby in Presidio, along Lincoln Blvd


Am. Redstart @ Mt. Davidson, 06-14-00

Paul Saraceni <Paul.Saraceni@...>
 

This morning at Mt. Davidson I observed a singing 1st-spring male American
Redstart between 7:30 and 8:00. I first heard it from the Ravine and
subsequently located it in the eucalyptus canopy as it worked its way west
into the eucalyptus forest. Last observed it around 8:00 in the area of the
Bowl (i.e., the open area within the forest)..

Also in the Ravine was a Willow Flycatcher which gave its "whit" call a
couple of times and briefly skirmished with the Western Wood-Pewee that is
still hanging around. A calling pair of Ash-throated Flycatchers put in a
brief appearance in the eucalyptus canopy on the north side of the Ravine,
and a singing Black-headed Grosbeak continued in the same area.

Paul Saraceni
Paul.Saraceni@...


Redstart, Parula etc - Lincoln Park

Stephen J. Davies <sdavies@...>
 

Birded Lincoln Park for an hour this morning. At 8am, I heard a Willow
Flycatcher singing at the West Wash, and soon found the bird in a bush close
to the top of the wash, right behind the VA cafeteria. Heading west toward
the Fort Miley lookout on the upper trail, a Dusky Flycatcher was feeding in
the area just to the east of where the paved road begins. Working back east
on the lower trail, I heard the Northern Parula singing in roughly the same
area as yesterday, but much further downslope. It then slowly worked its
way upslope, singing as it went, passing over the trail and on up toward the
VA and the spot where I had it yesterday. Reaching the East Wash, I was
climbing the trail back up toward the road when I heard an American Redstart
singing behind me. With a little searching, I located the bird - 1st year
male - singing high in the eucalyptus at the bottom of the wash.
Bird hard
Stephen

Stephen J. Davies
San Francisco, CA

Tel: 415 776-6321
Email: sdavies@...


Luis and hot days

Josiah Clark <sunbittern@...>
 

Its one of Alans Hot DAys, popping pine cones and all. Put in a high pressure like this and watch those poor birds drop from the sky.


Speaking of sky, Luis Baptista died of a Heart attack. It is a huge loss as everyone has said. He had such a great sense of humor, I cant get too sad thinking about him. ((He was an amazing teacher to Ivan and I back in high school)

As far as his age is concerned, I sometimes wonder if those who live and breathe conservation feel the weight of the world just a bit heavier.

Best
Josiah
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Wed PM

rferrick@...
 

The Northern Parula continues below the VA Hospital/Fort Miley. This
afternoon at 6PM, the bird was east of the eastern end of the paved portion
of the trail that starts at the Land's End parking and leads to the West
Wash. It was in the small willow grove south of the trail, at the base of the
cliff wall.

Rich


Re: Mt. Davidson today

Dan Murphy <murphsf@...>
 

Am I the only one who's actually employed? :-(

Good birding, Dan

GASSTATION@... wrote:

After hearing Paul's message I rushed up to the Mt. Arriving about 9:15 I
found the Willow Flycatcher in the Ravine and the Ash-throated further down
the tail on the north face of the Mt., near the clump of dead Eucs. Brian
Fitch showed up then Rich Ferrick. We watched the Willow for a while but
heard no Am. Redstart. Brian headed up to the top and searched in the
forest there, while Rich and I scanned the Ravine. Brian came back having
found the bird on the western slope, below the cross along the main road to
the top. It was still singing and foraging rather mid way in to the canopy
when I finally got on it. The bird ran afoul of a Wilson's Warbler and I lost
sight of it at that point. This was about 10:30.

Kevin McKereghan
Gasstation@...

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Re: Mt. Davidson today

Alan Hopkins <ash@...>
 

Dan Murphy wrote:

Am I the only one who's actually employed? :-(

Good birding, Dan
Hay Dan,

Just be glad you wern't with me painting the outside of a house in the
sun!

I am glad to know people are finding birds, which bears out my theroy on
hot weather fallout. Too bad we didn't get this hot spell during the
peak of migration.

Alan


Re: Parula continues

GASSTATION@...
 

In a message dated 6/15/00 9:30:58, sdavies@... writes:

With the return of cooler temperatures and an onshore breeze, it looks
like
most of yesterdays migrants moved out of here. The Northern Parula is
still
here however - it was singing conspicuously from treetops around the West
Wash at 7:45am.
I had the male plus a female Parula that was foraging with it this morning
around 7.

Checked Mt. Davidson with Paul after 8: 6 Pac-slope flycatchers, 2 WW Peewees
(1 singing the dawn song), 1 Willow Flycatcher (likely a different one from
yesterday) and 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher on the top of the MT.

Kevin McKereghan
Gasstation@...