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Ggp and Sutro Highlights from today

Josiah Clark
 

I spent most of the day out by bicycle doing at least 5 checklists tallying around 70 species. 
Highlights included:
Swainson’s thrush- over 30between Ggp and mt Sutro. A genuine fallout it seemed.
Warbling video-15 most singing in  oak woodlands and rhododendron dell in early morning 
Western Tanager-8
Black-headed grosbeak-4
Yellow warbler-1 Stowe lake 
Olive-sided flycatcher-2
Townsend’s warbler-1 strawberry hill
House wren-2 continuing elk glen lake 
Red crossbills-3 Metson lake 


Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Re: Migrants

Brian Fitch
 

My wife and I just did a neighborhood walk around Corona Heights and Buena Vista, and like Josiah, had some decent evidence of ongoing migration.
Highlights included a minimum of 2 Cassin's and 4 Warbling Vireos in the north side oaks at BV, and a wave of 8-10 Western Tanagers, 3 Black-headed Grosbeaks and 2 Bullock's Orioles around the Randall Museum plaza at CH.

Brian Fitch


On Sat, May 9, 2020 at 7:22 AM Josiah Clark <josiah.clark621@...> wrote:
Surprising numbers of migrants this morning despite the cool conditions. The Oakwood lunch in Golden gate Park is full of Swainsons thrush song and at least one warbling vireo. Other migrant species so far include waxwings and Western Tanagers.

Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Hooded warbler in McLaren Park

Ben Dudek
 

Singing and see well in eucalyptus and willows directly south of the Louis Sutter playground. Crummy photos obtained

Good birding,
Ben Dudek and Teresa Ely


oriole in glen park

Loretta
 

Hi Folks,

Around 10 am, I stopped by Glen Park on my way home from the farmer's market (in case the cops ask), and got a lucky good look at a male oriole.

I'm weak on orioles, but after reviewing the alternatives, it looked like a Bullocks. (Thanks to Ken for the suggestion!) It was bright yellowy-orange body to orange head, long narrow black bib. Messy white wing pattern.

He was visible from the clearing behind the big building at the front of the park. Later, I refound him in the same area, but high in the far eucs getting chased off by an immature robin.

Happy world migratory bird day!

Loretta


Laughing Gull back at Crissy Lagoon

David Assmann
 

Resting on island


Migrants

Josiah Clark
 

Surprising numbers of migrants this morning despite the cool conditions. The Oakwood lunch in Golden gate Park is full of Swainsons thrush song and at least one warbling vireo. Other migrant species so far include waxwings and Western Tanagers.

Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


Global Big Day Saturday

Josiah Clark
 

Thought it worth mentioning the eBird Global Big Day event is tomorrow. Lists with breeding confirmations during this peak part of the breeding season are especially valuable.
   Of note for me locally lately include observations of Swainson’s Thrush, Western Tanager, black headed grosbeak, pacific-slope flycatcher and white-throated Swift in the Presidio. Also lots of red crossbills about, with observations of birds flying over Mountain Lake Park and Lake Street almost day. 

Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
License #1043929


El Polin today

Smokey Bear
 

I was supposed to be birding in a remote canyon in SE Arizona today. Missing that would be worth a good sulk. I declined to mope and instead rode my bike to El Polin Spring at lunch to find a quiet park and my first good mix of migrants this spring.

A WILSON’S WARBLER sang at the spring. His putative mate took a bath. ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRDS bathed and fought. Following a few interesting “whit” sounds uphill, I was lucky to hear them develop into the SWAINSON’S THRUSH song - four birds signing at once. They didn’t sing again in my hour there so I caught a good moment. A WARBLING VIREO worked the trees and plucked small red berries. My FOS PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER had a big bug in his orange mandible and was slow to gobble it down because he was already watching the next fly like the audience at a tennis match. A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK made an appearance, ate some berries, and then sang like a Robin on crack. Six TURKEY VULTURES flew overhead, not kettling but headed southwest. And then there were the expected SONG SPARROWS, RED-TAILED HAWKS (3), NUTTALL’S WOODPECKERS (2) and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS(3). The HOUSE FINCHES were bright and noisy. Regular old ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRDS delighted. Would have loved a Kingbird like I’ve seen there on past mother’s day weekends, but I had plenty of good luck today.

Anna


Gray Flycatcher

Aaron Maizlish
 

Folks,

I just wanted to get the word out that I had a Gray Flycatcher this afternoon on the north side of Bernal Hill.  I’ll do a longer write-up tonight, with photos, but I thought people in the neighborhood might want to look while it’s still light.

North side of hill about 1000’ west of “parking” area.  There’s only four car spaces which may be full.  The park is busy in the evening.    Look for a completely bare tree at 37.743759, -122.414229 on the south (uphill) side of the trail.  The tree has a lot of House Sparrows and House Finches coming and going, and also had a PacSlope and a Black-headed Grosbeak while I was there.  The Gray Flycatcher returns to a perch on the backside of the tree - hard to get a good look.  I was there for about an hour and it returned four times for a few minutes each. I eventually hiked up on a very narrow trail above the tree so that I could get a satisfying ID photo.   Good luck.

I’m not sure if groups.io allows photos now, but here are some unprocessed shots:

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco




Strawberry Hill Migrants - 5/8

Ken Moy
 

Hi birders,

This morning, migrants finally showed up in numbers and variety @ SH. 

Arrived at the reservoir level around 7:30 and spotted one each of Warbling Vireo, Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Swainson's Thrush in bushes North of the reservoir at about half way along the length of the reservoir. Vireo and thrush flee towards reservoir quickly followed by 2-3 thrush sized birds but lost to sight. Loretta Chen joined.

Sighted at least 4 Swainson's Thrushes in the bush with bright red berries West of the picnic table and in the lone live oak. They were joined by 4-6 Warbling Videos that also frequented the large pine West of the picnic table.

Sighted two very sharp male Hermit Warblers in the South side of the large pine. Sighted a male Lazuli Bunting in breeding plumage in the same area but higher up. It was associating with a similar sized and similar moving bird. All I could make out was brown breast with reddish streaks - no view of head, tail or wing. I am inclined to call a female Lazuli Bunting but it was quickly lost to view. Also, I was distracted by the male flying to the top of the small, thin snag nearest the picnic table and giving Loretta and me a clear view for several seconds before it flew down and out of sight.

Juan Carlos joined for an hour that included all of the foregoing except the Bunting but added a Townsend's and 2 Wilson's Warblers, 2 Western Tanagers and an Olive-sided Flycatcher.

Spotted the Olive-sided, 1 of the tanagers and multiple Warbling Videos near the Pavilion later in the morning.

Of note: on the Oak Woodlands trail near the skating area were a pair of Western Tanagers (m & f) and behind the building at the NW corner of the horseshoe pits, a pair (m & f) of Hairy Woodpeckers. This was around 11:00-11:30.

This  morning almost makes up for my whiffing on the Hooded Warbler yesterday (didn't try today).

Be well,

Ken Moy


Large dark raptor going north over Glen Park

Nico Stuurman
 

Had no bins (while on a very hot run), but saw a large dark raptor, with possible light sheen on head and tail heading north roughly over Glen Park (seen from Teresita and Marietta DR. at Molimo) at ~11:42


Cancellation of NOVEMBER 2020 CV Birding Symposium

Frances Oliver
 

Hi All!

Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic in the fall months, the Central Valley Birding Symposium is being cancelled for 2020.  The Symposium Committee felt that the health of our members, presenters, and staff was our primary consideration in making this decision.  If conditions warrant, the Symposium will resume again 
on Nov 18-21, 2021, at the Stockton Hilton Hotel.  We will miss seeing everyone this November, but we hope to see all of you again in 2021.  Stay healthy and safe until then. 

Patricia Bachetti
CVBC President

Frances
CVBC BOARD MEMBER 


Hooded Warbler

Brian Fitch
 

Still present and singing west of Myra bus stop on the south side of Mt Davidson
Brian Fitch


Re: Swainson's Hawk, Noe Valley

Adam Winer
 

For what it's worth, one record shot.  Is it just me or have there been more Swainson's Hawks over SF than usual?

P5070193.jpg
 


On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 12:07 PM Adam Winer <awiner@...> wrote:
Juv. light morph Swainson's Hawk just flew over Noe Valley, headed roughly NNE.

-- Adam Winer


bald eagle

Oscar Moss
 

no swainys for me yet, but a beautiful adult bald eagle just flew by the yard heading north

Oscar


Swainson's Hawk, Noe Valley

Adam Winer
 

Juv. light morph Swainson's Hawk just flew over Noe Valley, headed roughly NNE.

-- Adam Winer


Re: My D mystery song

Brian Fitch
 

Hooded Warbler, still singing at 11:05, just above the bus stop on the south side

On Thu, May 7, 2020 at 10:18 AM Brian Fitch via groups.io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Some type of unusual warbler song on mt davidson , south side forest

Trying to ascertain
Brian Fitch


My D mystery song

Brian Fitch
 

Some type of unusual warbler song on mt davidson , south side forest

Trying to ascertain
Brian Fitch


FW: Yellow breasted chat San Bruno Mt. park

Lee Rudin
 

FYI


-------- Original message --------
From: leewaysf <leewaysf@...>
Date: 5/7/20 8:33 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: Pen Birds <peninsula-birding@groups.io>
Subject: Yellow breasted chat SBM park

Since 7:30, have crummy audio. Heard rattle and whistle and saw white spectacles and yellow breast. Right off saddle trail about 1/8 mile off Crocker gate, across from willow grove. Veer skulky, waiting for it to vocalize again. Audio has walkers and ranger driving by, so hard to hear. 8:30 now. 

Lee Rudin 


Re: Geese are adaptable!

Susan Mullaney
 

More of the industrial geese of Pier 94.

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