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Lake Merced Gallinule , also Phalarope?

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all,

Took a nice walk at Lake Merced this morning, trying my best to stay distant from joggers, etc. At the concrete bridge the Common Gallinule made its presence known by calling a couple of times, but remained frustratingly hidden in the reeds (south side, about a third of the way from the east end).

Also notable was what I think is an alternate plumage Red-necked Phalarope. Lousy photos (it was at quite a distance toward the middle of the lake) - I have low confidence in shorebird/waterbird ID so please correct me if I'm wrong. It certainly behaved like a phalarope, swimming around in small circle pecking at the water when it wasn't preening. Unfortunately, it stayed only for a couple of minutes before flying off.

I hope the photos come through - new Yahoo Mail is messed up for me.

Feedback welcomed.

Enjoy the sunshine! (at the proper distance from each other of course)

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Re: Any sign of Laughing Gull today?

Joe Morlan
 

There are four eBird reports today 24 April from 8:23, 10:26, and 10:34 am.

On Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:51:10 -0700, "Siobhan Ruck"
<ms.siobhan.ruck@...> wrote:

Got some time to search at last

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Western Sandpiper with red flag band photographed on April 10

Ben Pearl
 

Hello all,

We were recently contacted by Mexican researchers regarding a Western Sandpiper that they had banded with a red field-readable flag band.  They were alerted to a single photograph on Facebook (click to view the photo), which was reportedly taken somewhere in the San Francisco Bay estuary. 

They would like to know more about the location and obtain more photos, but unfortunately they don't know who took the picture.  If anyone knows more about this, please let us know so that we can connect you with the researchers.  Thanks!

Good birding,
Ben  

--
Ben Pearl
Plover and Tern Program Director
San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
524 Valley Way
Milpitas CA 95035
Office: 408.946.6548 ext 206
Cell: 805.550.0881


Any sign of Laughing Gull today?

Siobhan Ruck
 

Got some time to search at last


Re: FRANKLINS GULL CLIFF HOUSE

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Joachim

  Very cool! Almost certainly the same two that went by Half Moon Bay at 09:30. No photos, I did not have my camera.

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Joachim Gonzalez
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2020 10:53 AM
To: SFBirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] FRANKLINS GULL CLIFF HOUSE

 

2 alternate plumage Franklin’s Gulls just flew north off Cliff House. 

 

Good Birding,

Joachim Gonzalez


Virus-free. www.avg.com


FRANKLINS GULL CLIFF HOUSE

Joachim Gonzalez
 

2 alternate plumage Franklin’s Gulls just flew north off Cliff House. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


Re: Laughing Gull continues!

mbzlat
 

Continues this morning. 

Matt Zlatunich 



On Apr 22, 2020, at 12:31 PM, Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21@...> wrote:


Laughing Gull has returned to Crissy Field. On the central sandbar


Laughing Gull

Dave Weber
 

Laughing Gull still present this morning Apr 23 at 10:20 on island across from Sports Basement parking at Crissy.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone


Re: Cliff Swallows nesting, Lark Sparrow

Dario Taraborelli
 

My understanding is that Harding is closed to the public under the shelter-in-place order, the gate at the end of the wooden bridge is locked.


On Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 4:10 PM Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:
SF Birders,

I’ve mostly been birding Bernal Heights, my own neighborhood, lately.  This morning I was able to zip over to Crissy Field to see the Laughing Gull.  Thank you Jonah for getting the word out quickly this morning, and Brian Fitch of course for finding it.  Kind of a tired looking bird.  Afterwards I made a brief stop at Fort Scott, which was mostly quiet.  I did note that the Cliff Swallows are occupying nests again this year in the eaves of the buildings on the west side of the parade ground. I know that they are infrequent breeders in the city, and I think they started nesting here last year (Josiah?).  But there seems to be a bit more activity this year, with nests on multiple buildings - someone should get an accurate count.  Violet-green Swallows are out and about too.  Last week there were 3 Western Kingbirds on the fence at the ballfields, but none today.

This morning on top of Bernal Hill, I birded again with Eddie Monson. There was decent migrant activity, with the best bird being a fresh looking Lark Sparrow that Eddie spotted on top of the pines at the top of the Esmeralda Steps.  It didn’t stick around very long.

I guess this is the spring for getting to know my own neighborhood better, which is usually pretty slow with the exception of the park at the top of Bernal Hill that has potential for good early morning spring migrant activity.  Stay tuned.

One other thing of note.  San Francisco Recreation and Parks has closed its six public golf courses to golfers. At least Lincoln Golf Course (near the Legion of Honor) and the 9-hole Golden Gate Golf Course are now open to neighborhood walkers. This is probably a great opportunity to freely bird these two courses during spring migration, which might never happen again.  I don’t know about the status of access to the other four courses including Harding and Sharp Park. 


Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco



Cliff Swallows nesting, Lark Sparrow

Aaron Maizlish
 

SF Birders,

I’ve mostly been birding Bernal Heights, my own neighborhood, lately. This morning I was able to zip over to Crissy Field to see the Laughing Gull. Thank you Jonah for getting the word out quickly this morning, and Brian Fitch of course for finding it. Kind of a tired looking bird. Afterwards I made a brief stop at Fort Scott, which was mostly quiet. I did note that the Cliff Swallows are occupying nests again this year in the eaves of the buildings on the west side of the parade ground. I know that they are infrequent breeders in the city, and I think they started nesting here last year (Josiah?). But there seems to be a bit more activity this year, with nests on multiple buildings - someone should get an accurate count. Violet-green Swallows are out and about too. Last week there were 3 Western Kingbirds on the fence at the ballfields, but none today.

This morning on top of Bernal Hill, I birded again with Eddie Monson. There was decent migrant activity, with the best bird being a fresh looking Lark Sparrow that Eddie spotted on top of the pines at the top of the Esmeralda Steps. It didn’t stick around very long.

I guess this is the spring for getting to know my own neighborhood better, which is usually pretty slow with the exception of the park at the top of Bernal Hill that has potential for good early morning spring migrant activity. Stay tuned.

One other thing of note. San Francisco Recreation and Parks has closed its six public golf courses to golfers. At least Lincoln Golf Course (near the Legion of Honor) and the 9-hole Golden Gate Golf Course are now open to neighborhood walkers. This is probably a great opportunity to freely bird these two courses during spring migration, which might never happen again. I don’t know about the status of access to the other four courses including Harding and Sharp Park.


Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco


Laughing Gull continues!

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Laughing Gull has returned to Crissy Field. On the central sandbar


Return of the King

Jonah Benningfield
 

Friends,

While biking past Crissy today, I couldn't help but notice an especially smug little dude loafing with the slacker Mew Gulls who haven't left yet. We all thought he moved on to greener pastures, but it appears we thought wrong.

Laughing Gull continues on the islands across from Sport's Basement.


-Jonah


Re: Laughing gull crissey

H Cotter
 

Alvaro,
Here is a flight shot to back up your comments. There are likely better ones out there,
Nice find by Brian,

image.jpeg



Hugh



On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 2:50 PM Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao@...> wrote:

All

  Just in case you are interested, it looks like a first cycle Laughing Gull. So hatched last summer. It retains a brownish wing, but has molted in the body, as well as many coverts, making it look largely grey when sitting like this. In flight the wing will look a lot more brownish.

   Separate to this, is how interesting it is that we are seemingly getting this sprinkling of Laughing Gulls on the coast now, at least in the last 3-4 years compared to the long running average. One could blame it on climate change, but the truth is that we have little idea of the population dynamics of where these Laughing Gulls actually come from, presumably the W coast Mexican breeding birds.

Alvaro    

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Adam Winer
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020 1:20 PM
To: mckinnon_ralph@...
Cc: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Laughing gull crissey

 

Sorry, this photo was from before it took off:  I left before it did, so no idea of its current status.

 

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 1:17 PM Ralph McKinnon via groups.io <mckinnon_ralph=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Bird still present?



On Monday, April 20, 2020, 1:15 PM, Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:

A photo:

 

 

 

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

It just stopped preening and is hanging out. Long slightly decurved black beak hood starting to show eye crescents dark wingtips 

I’ll hang out awhile and hope for other birders 

Photos obtained!

 

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

I have no guide with me but there is an apparent laughing gull on the West Island at11:07 crissey lagoon

B Fitch


Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: Laughing gull crissey

Joe Morlan
 

Al,

Interesting is the exceptional number of Laughing Gulls in Hawaii lately. I
know at least one Hawaii record was of a bird banded in New Jersey!

On Mon, 20 Apr 2020 14:49:53 -0700, "Alvaro Jaramillo"
<chucao@...> wrote:

All

Just in case you are interested, it looks like a first cycle Laughing Gull. So hatched last summer. It retains a brownish wing, but has molted in the body, as well as many coverts, making it look largely grey when sitting like this. In flight the wing will look a lot more brownish.

Separate to this, is how interesting it is that we are seemingly getting this sprinkling of Laughing Gulls on the coast now, at least in the last 3-4 years compared to the long running average. One could blame it on climate change, but the truth is that we have little idea of the population dynamics of where these Laughing
Gulls actually come from, presumably the W coast Mexican breeding birds.

Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

<mailto:alvaro@...> alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com



From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Adam Winer
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020 1:20 PM
To: mckinnon_ralph@...
Cc: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Laughing gull crissey



Sorry, this photo was from before it took off: I left before it did, so no idea of its current status.



On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 1:17 PM Ralph McKinnon via groups.io <http://groups.io> <mckinnon_ralph=yahoo.com@groups.io <mailto:yahoo.com@groups.io> > wrote:

Bird still present?





On Monday, April 20, 2020, 1:15 PM, Adam Winer <awiner@... <mailto:awiner@...> > wrote:

A photo:









On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@... <mailto:fogeggs@...> > wrote:

It just stopped preening and is hanging out. Long slightly decurved black beak hood starting to show eye crescents dark wingtips

I’ll hang out awhile and hope for other birders

Photos obtained!



On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <http://groups.io> <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io <mailto:gmail.com@groups.io> > wrote:

I have no guide with me but there is an apparent laughing gull on the West Island at11:07 crissey lagoon

B Fitch
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Re: Laughing gull crissey

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

All

  Just in case you are interested, it looks like a first cycle Laughing Gull. So hatched last summer. It retains a brownish wing, but has molted in the body, as well as many coverts, making it look largely grey when sitting like this. In flight the wing will look a lot more brownish.

   Separate to this, is how interesting it is that we are seemingly getting this sprinkling of Laughing Gulls on the coast now, at least in the last 3-4 years compared to the long running average. One could blame it on climate change, but the truth is that we have little idea of the population dynamics of where these Laughing Gulls actually come from, presumably the W coast Mexican breeding birds.

Alvaro    

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> On Behalf Of Adam Winer
Sent: Monday, April 20, 2020 1:20 PM
To: mckinnon_ralph@...
Cc: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Laughing gull crissey

 

Sorry, this photo was from before it took off:  I left before it did, so no idea of its current status.

 

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 1:17 PM Ralph McKinnon via groups.io <mckinnon_ralph=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Bird still present?



On Monday, April 20, 2020, 1:15 PM, Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:

A photo:

 

 

 

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

It just stopped preening and is hanging out. Long slightly decurved black beak hood starting to show eye crescents dark wingtips 

I’ll hang out awhile and hope for other birders 

Photos obtained!

 

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

I have no guide with me but there is an apparent laughing gull on the West Island at11:07 crissey lagoon

B Fitch


Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: Laughing gull crissey

C Lou
 

The bird flew off at 1210pm.

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Ralph McKinnon via groups.io" <mckinnon_ralph@...>
Date: 4/20/20 1:53 PM (GMT-08:00)
To:
Cc: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Laughing gull crissey

Bird still present?




On Monday, April 20, 2020, 1:15 PM, Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:

A photo:




On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
It just stopped preening and is hanging out. Long slightly decurved black beak hood starting to show eye crescents dark wingtips 
I’ll hang out awhile and hope for other birders 
Photos obtained!

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have no guide with me but there is an apparent laughing gull on the West Island at11:07 crissey lagoon
B Fitch


Re: Laughing gull crissey

Adam Winer
 

Sorry, this photo was from before it took off:  I left before it did, so no idea of its current status.


On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 1:17 PM Ralph McKinnon via groups.io <mckinnon_ralph=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Bird still present?




On Monday, April 20, 2020, 1:15 PM, Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:

A photo:

P4200075.jpg


On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
It just stopped preening and is hanging out. Long slightly decurved black beak hood starting to show eye crescents dark wingtips 
I’ll hang out awhile and hope for other birders 
Photos obtained!

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have no guide with me but there is an apparent laughing gull on the West Island at11:07 crissey lagoon
B Fitch


Re: Laughing gull crissey

Ralph McKinnon
 

Bird still present?




On Monday, April 20, 2020, 1:15 PM, Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:

A photo:

P4200075.jpg


On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
It just stopped preening and is hanging out. Long slightly decurved black beak hood starting to show eye crescents dark wingtips 
I’ll hang out awhile and hope for other birders 
Photos obtained!

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have no guide with me but there is an apparent laughing gull on the West Island at11:07 crissey lagoon
B Fitch


Re: Laughing gull crissey

Adam Winer
 

A photo:

P4200075.jpg


On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:14 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
It just stopped preening and is hanging out. Long slightly decurved black beak hood starting to show eye crescents dark wingtips 
I’ll hang out awhile and hope for other birders 
Photos obtained!

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have no guide with me but there is an apparent laughing gull on the West Island at11:07 crissey lagoon
B Fitch


Re: Laughing gull crissey

C Lou
 

The bird just took off to baY.

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...>
Date: 4/20/20 11:49 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: fogeggs@...
Cc: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Laughing gull crissey

It just stopped preening and is hanging out. Long slightly decurved black beak hood starting to show eye crescents dark wingtips 
I’ll hang out awhile and hope for other birders 
Photos obtained!

On Mon, Apr 20, 2020 at 11:08 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have no guide with me but there is an apparent laughing gull on the West Island at11:07 crissey lagoon
B Fitch