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Parula continues

Stephen J. Davies <sdavies@...>
 

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.
Stephen


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Re: FW: Parula continues

Alan Hopkins <ash@...>
 

I believe that N. Parulas have nested in Marin and possibly along Gazos
Creek Rd. in San Mateo Co. I believe Parulas are dependent on �Spanish
Moss� hanging from the trees � a habitat we lack in SF.

Alan

Mark W. Eaton wrote:


"Stephen J. Davies" wrote:

I suspected this too. Didn't Parulas nest out on Pt Reyes some years ago?

-----Original Message-----
From: Harry Fuller [mailto:Harry_Fuller@...]
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 2:24 PM
To: sdavies@...
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Parula continues

Kevin says trhere's a female too, possibly mating pair? A few years ago a
pair
of Am Redstarts actually mated and nested at Phipps Ranch near Pescadero,
way
out of their range
Way out of their current range, I'd guess. I don't have Grinnell and Miller
here, but I think NOPA historic range was well up the coast, much farther than
they did recently. Also, NOPA are more or less regular, though rare, breeders
in Monterey County, if recollection serves...

Unfortunately, I'd guess that their chances of success are probably about as
good as the Olive-sided Flycatcher in the wash... :-(

Mark
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Wood Duck at N. Lake

Alan Hopkins <ash@...>
 

The Wood Duck was still at North Lake. A year bird for me.

Alan


FW: Parula continues

Stephen J. Davies <sdavies@...>
 

I suspected this too. Didn't Parulas nest out on Pt Reyes some years ago?

-----Original Message-----
From: Harry Fuller [mailto:Harry_Fuller@...]
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 2:24 PM
To: sdavies@...
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Parula continues


Kevin says trhere's a female too, possibly mating pair? A few years ago a
pair
of Am Redstarts actually mated and nested at Phipps Ranch near Pescadero,
way
out of their range


Re: FW: Parula continues

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

"Stephen J. Davies" wrote:

I suspected this too. Didn't Parulas nest out on Pt Reyes some years ago?

-----Original Message-----
From: Harry Fuller [mailto:Harry_Fuller@...]
Sent: Thursday, June 15, 2000 2:24 PM
To: sdavies@...
Subject: RE: [SFBirds] Parula continues

Kevin says trhere's a female too, possibly mating pair? A few years ago a
pair
of Am Redstarts actually mated and nested at Phipps Ranch near Pescadero,
way
out of their range
Way out of their current range, I'd guess. I don't have Grinnell and Miller
here, but I think NOPA historic range was well up the coast, much farther than
they did recently. Also, NOPA are more or less regular, though rare, breeders
in Monterey County, if recollection serves...

Unfortunately, I'd guess that their chances of success are probably about as
good as the Olive-sided Flycatcher in the wash... :-(

Mark
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"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)


Too hot to work

Allan Ridley <aridley@...>
 

Hiked the riparian corridor of Glen Canyon in the heat of late morning
wednesday, pines popping, birds panting and hanging out in family groups right
down at the water. Observed parents with ambulatory young of the following
species: dark-eyed junco, song sparrow (both parents and 4 juv. in one
instance), bushtit, downy woodpecker, scrub jay, lesser goldfinch, house
finch(mucho), white crowned sparrow, modo, eust, hosp and red-tailed hawk (up
in cypresses, 2 adult and one noisy juv. flying & calling). Adult & juv.
Anna's hb hawking insects in close proximity. Also in the willows: 2 wilson's
warb and above in the cypress black-headed grosbeak - singing. A pair of pigmy
nu were repeatedly visiting a hole in a cypress and a pair of white-crowns
were mating nearby - everyone panting - lots'o young birds in evidence right
now. The creek was alive with birds drinking and bathing, feeding and just
hanging out.



I feel a need to say a word about Luis Baptista who always found time to
enchant my ornithology students with his insights on bird communication and
many other fascinating examples of the unique capabilities of birds. He
possessed and encyclopedic mind and delighted in making connections with
history and contemporary events and using his knowledge of several languages
to reveal shades of meaning in scientific terminology. His ideas often seemed
to flash along ahead of us drawing us to new insights and understanding. He
loved to share his knowledge and did so with twinkling humor, artfully
whistling and making faces. Have you read his book on the Biology of the
Columbiformes? It's full of unexpected information (and humor)... such as the
importance of sunbathing and the variety of sunbathing pigeon postures. His
enthusiasm and energy seemed boundless. I once lamented the fact that both of
the ornithology texts suitable for high school students (Pasquier and Corral)
were out of print. His immediate and enthusiastic response was, "Let's write
one! We'll co-author ...." It seemed a great idea but I was a bit slow on
the uptake I'm afraid. A busy man with commitments galore, he scheduled a
morning each fall for the past 10 or 12 years for talking with the students
and showing them through the highlights of the study skin collection. He also
worked more extensively with some of the students who chose to return to the
academy to volunteer in birds & mammals. Such a bright light so suddenly
extinguished leaves us for awhile in the dark.

Allan


Re: FW: Parula continues

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 


ruddies

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

Hugh, Dan, Alan, anybody: are the baby Ruddy Ducks at south Merced worthy of
some kind of write-up? would it be worth "North American Birds" for example?


Re: ruddies

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 

I thought small numbers of RUDU breed in various locations in the Bay Area.

Mark

Harry Fuller wrote:

Hugh, Dan, Alan, anybody: are the baby Ruddy Ducks at south Merced worthy of
some kind of write-up? would it be worth "North American Birds" for example?

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Re: ruddies

Alan Hopkins <ash@...>
 

Harry,

I think the Ruddies are worth writing up � even if they don't make it in
N. American Birds.

Alan


Re: ruddies

Dan Murphy <murphsf@...>
 

Hi Harry,

I think we have old records for Ruddy Ducks reproducing at LM. I don't think it
should be a NABirds report, but I do think this is just what should be in the
Gull. It's incredible how important those old Gulls are for learning about
birding in the past. They published all field trip reports until we had too
many trips to report on. That forum should continue to be a significant local
source of information about such things as relatively common birds nesting in
our area. Actually the Ruddy Duck record is a pretty good one since they don't
nest in the City every year.

Best, Dan

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Hooded Warbler at Mt Davidson June 17, 2000

Calvin D Lou <calvlou@...>
 

This morning at 805Am, There was a singing male Hooded warbler at Mt
Davidson. From the intersections of Dalewood and Lansdale, Take the trail up
the hillside, listen for the bird on the left near the concrete post in the
middle of the trail.

Other birds band-tailed pigeons, cb chickadees, pygmy nuthatches,
mockingbirds, lesser goldfinches, robins, scrub jays, winter wrens, wc
sparrow, song sparrow.

Calvin
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South Bay

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 

Nice day in South Bay today:
Many Curlew and Willet at Palo Alto Baylands, nesting Stilt and Avocet
Kites, Harrier, Marsh Wrens
At Charleston Slough: Pintails (>5), Ruddy Ducks, many Les Scaup, one Bl Simmer,
nesting Forster's Tern, female Ho Merganser, Cin Teal
more nesting Stilt and Avocet, Common Yellowthroat, more Willets

Pair of Burrowing Owls on First Avenue west of Mathilda where the new Yahoo HQ
is being built, a modest 800K square feet says the sign...they have burrow right
along road next to parking lot at Bldg #174


[Fwd: [pen-bird] Pac Bell Park birds]

Mark W. Eaton <mweaton@...>
 


Fort Funston Quail, Sea Otter and other sightings

Alan Hopkins <ash@...>
 

On Saturday June 15, I visited Fort Funston to check the quail. I was I
got to the restoration/quail area at about 9 and it took over a hour to
see or hear any quail. I was about to give up when a male quail ran from
the valley on the west side of the path to the low-growing acacia on the
southeast side of the path. Hidden inside the acacias he started giving
the single �Caw� calls. At that point I re-traced my path along the
equestrian path to a good vantage point near the Sunset Grove. After
some more time the male appeared, and then shortly there after the lame
female appeared. The birds fed in the area by the black plastic for some
time and then went back to the brush and out of sight. As I was walking
back I heard the, or a, male calling from a different area somewhere
along the ridge near the lone pruned cypress, but I never saw the bird.

Last year I spotted the male Fort Funston quail with chicks on June 20.
At that time the chicks could just make short flights, which would mean
they were about ten days old. It is interesting that the chicks were
being led by the male, this is usually the female's task. Last year I
never saw a female quail at FF. I wonder if the lame female could have
produced last years chicks? This would explain why the chicks were
being led by the male. If this were true, it would be an incredible
story of survival. I was amazed that she lasted a week!

Other Fort Funston sightings:

There was a lone Sea Otter due west of the Bank Swallow Parking lot.
Large numbers of Common Murres were flying south. There were Pigeon
Guillemot both flying south an feeding off shore, and there were
lingering Pacific Loons, Western and Clark's Grebes and Surf Scoters.

The Bank Swallows were zipping about. There are at least three male
Bewick's Wrens singing on territory. There are high numbers of
White-crowned Sparrows and Cowbirds.


When visiting Fort Funston I have discovered that it is much more
pleasant to park along the Great Highway just to the south of the closed
Bank Swallow Parking lot and walk in from the north. If you walk south
along the Great Highway there is an entrance to FF that allows you to
access the trail without going down to the beach. From the trail there
is good seabird scoping, the wildflowers are wonderful, and there are
far fewer dogs to contend with.


Indigo Bunting + Hooded Oriole

Mike Feighner <pac_loon@...>
 

San Francisco Birders:

Thanks to those who replied to my RFI. Unfortunately I had little time
to follow up on all the locations.

I tried to track down Calvin Lou's Hooded Warbler but struck out.
Directions were clear and concise. I found the concrete post without
trouble but still found no Hooded Warbler. The other usuals were all
present: Band-tailed Pigeon, Common Raven, Pygmy Nuthatch, Winter Wren,
etc.

I also visited Glen Canyon Park. I had actually been there on June 3,
2000. On that date there was a calling Olive-sided Flycatcher from
behind the so-called Day-Care Center, and several Hooded Orioles were
calling from the eucalyptus trees in the park. There wasn't a palm tree
in sight anywhere!

Today, I hiked northward from the ball park. Right at the ball park
there is a stucco building that is the Recreation Center. I continued
further northward on the trail until I could see ahead the riparian area
and a small bridge to the left to an unsigned two-story building with a
balcony. According to one of the regular park visitors of the park this
is the so-called Day-Care Center, although it certainly doesn't look
like one and has no sign that says such.

The Indigo Bunting was in the first eucalyptus tree to the left of the
trail north of the Day-Care Center. It didn't stay for long. The Page
Mill Road Indigo Bunting in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is much
more reliable and much easier to find. A Hooded Oriole was calling from
this same tree.

Remember there are two trails here. You'll be on the right one if you
first cross the small bridge on the left to the Day-Care Center and turn
right and walk a short distance just north of the Day-Care Center to the
first large eucalyptus tree on the left.

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


Ruddy Ducks in SF

Harry Fuller <harry_fuller@...>
 


Monday Strybing Quail Check.

Alan Hopkins <ash@...>
 

I visited Strybing Arboretum this morning and did not see or hear any
quail. I did see an imm. Red-tail dive-bombing a Great Blue Heron, and
an imm. Cooper's Hawk going after the Starlings in the Eucalyptus above
the Succulent Garden. Cooper's Hawks are bad news for quail, let's hope
it moves on.


Alan


Re: Monday Strybing Quail Check.

Daniel Murphy <danmur@...>
 

Alan,

Seems you might be out of luck in your hopes for Cooper's Hawk. I heard
about yet another possible nesting pair on Sunday. Seems they're being seen
with some regularity at Buena Vista Park. So if the birds remain where
they've been seen in recent years we should have that pair west of North
Lake and the possibility of another pair around Mallard Lake (only at the
rumor level of verification). There was a nest in the zoo last year and
birds were seen at the north east end of Harding Golf Course through the
nesting season. There is a report from the Olympic Club from a few years
ago. So based on recent year's reports, we have 2 nests confirmed
(exculuding the nest from a few years ago at Fort Funston), and the
possibilty of 4 others. That means we have between 2 and 6 nesting pairs of
Coops in SF. Pretty remarkable.

Remember too we are seeing more and more Red Foxes. Sounds like a tough
future for birds and small mammals.

Dan

Alan Hopkins wrote:

I visited Strybing Arboretum this morning and did not see or hear any
quail. I did see an imm. Red-tail dive-bombing a Great Blue Heron, and
an imm. Cooper's Hawk going after the Starlings in the Eucalyptus above
the Succulent Garden. Cooper's Hawks are bad news for quail, let's hope
it moves on.

Alan

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Golden Eagle, Probable Least Tern

Htcotter@...
 

Hi All,
I just got a call from Dan Murphy who asked that I relay the following:
( or at least I volunteered to do so)

Today he got a call from Ed Ely who told him of a Least Tern on the beach at
the north end of Fort Funston today. Dan believes that this is probably a
good report.
Ed also collected a Long Tailed Weasal for all you mammal lovers out there.

Dan also told me of a Golden Eagle from Saturday last at the South Tower of
the GG Bridge being harrassed by a Western Gull.
Dan believes that he sent out an email but maybe I was the only one who
missed it - which wouldnt be a first.

Just thought you would like to know,
I am sure Dan will fill in the details,
Hugh