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Singing and ... but not quite

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all,

Spent part of this beautiful late morning in the West Wash area, mostly along the El Camino del Mar trail. Lots of song, including Pacific Wrens and the usual Robins, House Finches and White-crowned and Song Sparrows, as well as a couple of Hutton's Vireos, Purple Finches and even a Kinglet trying out a few fragments.

We're not the only ones confused (delighted?) by this warm sunny weather. As I bushwhacked my way up the slope I stopped to listen to some more Pacific Wren song and was astounded and transfixed as the singing male attracted a mate. Under the partial cover of some rabbitbrush and not more than a meter away (!), the two engaged in an interesting ritual of song and response with much circling and wing flicking for a couple of minutes. I'm not sure there was an actual copulation (I don't think so, unless it was really quick) before the presumed female took off, though the male seemed pleased as he proceeded to sing almost continuously for another five minutes or so!

Then, just a little way up the slope I spotted a pair of Song Sparrows that also engaged in a short bout of mating behavior, with the male on top of the female for a moment but, again, I don't think copulation actually took place. And a bit later, from the VA Hospital parking lot I watched as a family, or two congenial pairs, of Ravens engaged in a nice run of tandem display flights after chasing away a Red-tail from the area. So, the hummingbirds are definitely breeding, and many others have at least started the preliminaries.

It sure feels like spring ... but we're not quite there. Let's hope we get some rain in the next few weeks to usher in Spring properly. In the meantime, listen, watch, and enjoy!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Two red crossbills at Sunset reservoir

Siobhan Ruck
 

In trees by 28th/Pacheco gate

Siobhan Ruck, SF


Re: south end seawatch 2/23/20

Dominik Mosur
 

That's the Water Pollution Control Plant.

DM

On Feb 23, 2020, at 08:25, Dominik Mosur <@DMosur> wrote:

Multiple Northern Fulmars and a fly by White-winged Scoter were highlights of a cold seawatch from the wpcp this morning.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco



south end seawatch 2/23/20

 

Multiple Northern Fulmars and a fly by White-winged Scoter were highlights of a cold seawatch from the wpcp this morning.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Birds around town lately

Daniel Scali
 

Y'all,

Noticings of interest:

- A Peregrine did a flyover at the Horseshoe Pits a week ago Friday
- Purple Finch are singing like mad from McLaren to the Presidio (Ruby-Cs too)
- Heard 1st Hermit Thrush song last weekend (McLaren Park)
- Townsends Warblers have begun to sing as well (Log Cabin Trail)
- A flock of 14 Red Crossbills were jip jipping around Strawberry Hill Thurs afternoon
- Several Tree Swallows were "gurgling" and visiting Euc nest cavities across JFK Dr from the Log Cabin Trail Friday morning
- A very spiffy Leucistic Golden-crowned Sparrow continues near the same metrosideros trees (Lincoln Park golf course, I think 2nd hole tee box) where it appeared a month ago -- photos in Jan eBird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63762733
- A VARIED THRUSH continues in the Botanical Garden, seen in the Rose-breasted Grosbeak's Photinia tree (no Grosbeak)
- An immature BALD EAGLE flew SW bound over a MOB at El Polin Spring around 12:20pm TODAY
  • This was during a field trip with Marin Audubon led by sf birder Juan Garcia. About 10 of us got on the bird for good looks and Carla P got a nice photo. Earlier at El Polin the whole group was treated to a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER working the willows
Best birding,
Dan Scali


Red-naped Sapsucker GGPK

David Nelson
 

The Red-naped Sapsucker flew into the top of split Eucalytpus south of the trail leading from the Fuchsia Dell trail sign, and east of the road, and southwest of the drinking fountain. It is very near the top of the tree.

Fifth try for this bird.

Good birding!

David W. Nelson


Hooded Oriole at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Adult male just flew east out of Community garden.


Immature Bald Eagle McLaren Park

Daniel Scali
 

Flew SSE at 2:10pm over meadow just uphill from Yosemite Marsh. 3x bigger than mobbing corvid! Bald Eagle over sf afternoons is becoming a thing. Sick.

Peaceful birding,
Dan Scali, SF


Summer tanager

Pat Greene
 

continues in glen canyon. Seen a short time ago along trail just beyond preschool
Pat Greene


GGAS Field Trip at Fort Mason - Orchard Oriole and Nesting Hummingbirds, etc.

David Assmann
 

Today's Golden Gate Audubon field trip participants were able to see most of the overwintering special birds, including the male ORCHARD ORIOLE, a YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER, an Intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER and a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the garden.  We were able to observe three different hummingbird nests, including an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD feeding young at a nest in the garden, an ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD nest above the steps leading down to Aquatic Park, and an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD on a nest in a Cypress tree above Black Point (unfortunately about 20 feet from a sign saying that tree removal would start there on Tuesday - don't know if the tree with the nest is slated for removal). Three WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS flew over. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was foraging in the Battery. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was in the garden early in the morning, and we observed two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - one in the garden and one in the Battery. The WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were checking out the nest holes in the Cabbage Palm next to the Chapel.


White-throated Swifts 2/15/20

 

White-throated Swifts are back in the area, with two spotted over Buena Vista Park, at an elevation approximately 750'.

They were seen incidentally in the course of counting a released cluster of 8-10 red Mylar balloons.

For anyone interested in rarely documented nesters in the county, White-throated Swifts are noted annually over hilltops/wooded parks along HWY 101 and may be using drainage ports along the overpasses near Bernal /Potrero Hill.

Give it a look if you're in the area in upcoming weeks as spring rapidly approaches.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


N. Saw-whet Owl Chain of Lakes Drive/GGP 2/14/2020

 

Just peeled a really fresh N. Saw-whet Owl carcass off the road, south side of intersection of Chain of Lakes and JFK.

Happy Valentine's Day,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Red-Naped Sapsucker McLaren Park

Kevin Liberg
 

Refound the interesting Red-Naped Sapsucker found by Dan Scali on January 12.  It was the same location Dan reported.  Just off University Street 

eBird List with photos attached.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S64368262

Kevin Liberg
San Francisco


Bald Eagle over Corona Hill 2/7/20

 

A 2nd cycle Bald Eagle passed over Corona Hill (el 540') at about 14:30 today. It was heading northeast at the time.

Clear skies, west breeze ~10mph.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Red Naped Sapsucker continues

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Being seen right now in large Euk


Re: Sora @ Stow

Ken Moy
 

Best viewed from South side of Stow.


On Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 8:45 AM Kenneth Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:
First seen by Dan Scali

On Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 8:44 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Being seen in ornamental grass at eater's edge near the second green bench from East stairs and on North side of lake.


Re: Sora @ Stow

Ken Moy
 

First seen by Dan Scali


On Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 8:44 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Being seen in ornamental grass at eater's edge near the second green bench from East stairs and on North side of lake.


Sora @ Stow

Ken Moy
 

Being seen in ornamental grass at eater's edge near the second green bench from East stairs and on North side of lake.


Continuing Red-naped Sapsucker and Black Skimmers

Joe Morlan
 

We managed to see the continuing Red-naped Sapsucker in Eucalyptus
southwest of the Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits today, 4 February. Thanks
to Lee-Hong Chang for pointing it out. Mediocre photos at:

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/Red-napedSapsuckerIMG_7596.htm

Also three Black Skimmers still at Crissy Lagoon. Decent flight shots at:

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/BlackSkimmerIMG_7348.htm
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


B-l Kittiwake off the Cliff House, 2/2/20

Paul Saraceni
 

Yesterday (Sunday, 2/2) morning I did some sea-watching from the Cliff House terrace and then the Mile Rock overlook during the strong NW wind event. Besides the usual nearshore species, there was not much to see (e.g., no alcids could be detected in the high waves). The highlight was an adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE that I picked-up on as it flew NE out past the Sutro Baths overlook and turned towards the GG Channel.

There was a nice steady stream of gulls heading past the terrace (including a number of Herring and Thayer's Gulls, as well as apparent GW hybrids) and for about a 1/2 hr. (until flushed by a fisherman) good numbers were settling down on the Sutro Baths pond and adjacent seawalls, allowing scope study and some distant photos that require further study.

Of very local interest were 2 Eared Grebes on the pond.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco