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Surf Scoter

Peter & Amy
 

Surf Scoter just off the St Francis Yacht Club.

Amy Kuhlmann

Shearwaters

Brian Fitch
 

20000 or more in the mouth of the golden gate at 10 45 am
Viewed from battery Godfrey
Brian fitch

Fort Mason Local Interest - FOS Golden Crowned Sparrow

David Assmann
 

A short visit to Fort Mason this morning was fairly productive.  The number of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS has increased over the past two days, possibly due to returning birds. A FOS GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was in the garden as well. Warblers today included at least 19 YELLOW WARBLERS, 3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, 1 WILSON'S WARBLER and a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER.  There were at least 7 WESTERN TANAGERS, 3+ RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 3 WARBLING VIREOS (Garden and Battery), 4 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, 2 WESTERN WOOD PEWEES, 1 HOUSE WREN (Garden) and 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (Garden).

Waterthrush still present

Joachim Gonzalez
 

As of 7:10, Dominik’s Northern Waterthrush is still present and chipping in the bushes under tree 3802 on the west side of Middle Lake. 

Good Birding
Joachim Gonzalez

Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

No rarities today - just expected migrants - a little more diversity but slightly lower numbers than yesterday. All sighting Battery except as noted.  1 WILSON'S WARBLER, 2 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS (Garden), and 10 YELLOW WARBLERS. 8 WESTERN TANAGERS, 1 BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK (Garden), 1 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, 1 WARBLING VIREO, 1 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER (Garden),1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER and 1 WESTERN WOOD PEWEE.

-**9/10 not 9/9**- Re: Waterthrush @ Middle Lake/GGP

 

Sorry, time traveling. That was this morning not yesterday.

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Waterthrush @ Middle Lake/GGP 9/9/19

 

a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was feeding below tree "3802" on west side of middle lake this morning just off Chain-of-Lakes Drive.


Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Fort Mason this morning - Bobolink, etc.

David Assmann
 

The BOBOLINK at Fort Mason this morning was visible in one of the smaller trees behind the Battery, and then flew up into the Cypress trees behind the hostel and disappeared.  It was last seen around 9:25 am and Brian found his at 10:15 am at Fort Scott, so conceivably it could be the same bird. Otherwise Fort Mason had similar migrants as yesterday, with an increase in numbers of WESTERN TANAGERS (20+) and YELLOW WARBLERS (15+). There were at least four TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, a HERMIT WARBLER, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (in Garden), a WESTERN WOOD PEWEE, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, a LAZULI BUNTING and a WILSON'S WARBLER. A HOUSE WREN and a WARBLING VIREO were in the garden.


Re: Bobolink ft scott

Brian Fitch
 

I went to Ft Scott to check for unusual sparrows, and heard a "wink" call coming from the coneaster outside of the NW edge of the ballfield.  To me it sounded like an odd Hooded Oriole, but out popped a Bobolink, a classic fall bird, bright yellow base color with dark streaks on head, face, and back, pointy pink bill, and spiky rectrices.  It fed on the green grass of the ball field in between several perches on the fence, where it gave multiple "wink" calls.  It associated loosely with House Finches and Lesser Goldfinches, and suddenly vanished while I was surveying another flock.

I don't know if the Ft Mason bird was still being viewed at 10:15.  Some of you may recall that in Sept of 2015, I found a Bobolink at Crissey, and later refound what was likely the same bird at Ft Scott.

I visited a few other sites with the same results that have been reported previously by many, just a few common migrants.  Only two Parasitic Jaegers at Sutro, but there were no terns to harass.

Brian Fitch


On Mon, Sep 9, 2019 at 10:17 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

In the ballfield grass . fort Scott. Presidio.
Brian Fitch

Bobolink ft scott

Brian Fitch
 

In the ballfield grass . fort Scott. Presidio.
Brian Fitch

Bobolink at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

In lower Battery 

Re: “Siberian” Whimbrel @ Ocean Beach seawatch, 9/8:19

Paul Saraceni
 

Photos of the bird at the following link:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59622200

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

On September 8, 2019 at 12:07 PM Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni@...> wrote:


This morning I found a presumed “Siberian” (variegatus subspecies) Whimbrel at the south end of Ocean Beach, on the relatively narrow (rising tide) beach well south of Sloat and north of the fenced bluff across from the water treatment plant, ie, the seawatch location.

The bird is quite distinctive in flight compared to the common N. American (hudsonicus) subspecies showing a large white wedge on its rump and lower back, and grayish barred tail. There are some noticeable distinctions of this bird when it was on the beach adjacent to the other Whimbrel present, including less distinct facial markings, and darker barring on breast, but these were only readily observed after seeing this individual in flight and then land. Plenty of photos were taken and will be studied.
It was traveling with a nice flick of 7 Whimbrel (total), 6 Long-billed Curlews, and 1 Marbled Godwit. The flock was briefly joined by a Wandering Tattler, unusual on the beach at this spot.

A couple of other birders stopped by, including Hugh, Mark, Peter, and Siobhan. Still present when I left at 11:15. The flock gets flushed frequently by dogs and walkers but seems to return.

Also from the seawatch:
Surf Scoter 12
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 2
Red-thr. Loon 1
Sooty Shearwater 2
Pelagic Cormorant 3
Clark’s Grebe 1
Long-billed Curlew 6 (different flock heading N over ocean)
Red-necked Phalarope 28 (scattered flying over surf and ocean)
Herring Gull 1 ad.
Parasitic Jaeger 10 (all flying N)
Pigeon Guillemot 1 juv.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

Good movement of migrants through Fort Mason, with the largest numbers in the Battery. 15 YELLOW WARBLERS (most in Battery), 14 WESTERN TANAGERS (almost all in Battery - large group at 7:20 am), 1 WILSON'S WARBLER (Battery), 1 HERMIT WARBLER (Battery), 2 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS (Battery), 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (Garden), 1 BULLOCK'S ORIOLE (Battery), 1 HOODED ORIOLE (Battery), 1 HOUSE WREN (continuing in Garden), 1 WESTERN WOOD PEWEE (Battery), 1 WANDERING TATTLER (Aquatic Park), and three WARBLING VIREOS (2 in Garden, 1 in Battery).


Re: “Siberian” Whimbrel @ Ocean Beach seawatch, 9/8:19

Jonah Benningfield
 

The bird continued until about 5 or 10 minutes ago, at which point it got flushed by some joggers and headed south (along with two Hudsonian homies). Joachim and I are headed to Funston now to see if we can refind it.

all the best,
Jonah B.

On Sep 8, 2019, at 12:07 PM, Paul Saraceni <paulsaraceni@...> wrote:

This morning I found a presumed “Siberian” (variegatus subspecies) Whimbrel at the south end of Ocean Beach, on the relatively narrow (rising tide) beach well south of Sloat and north of the fenced bluff across from the water treatment plant, ie, the seawatch location.

The bird is quite distinctive in flight compared to the common N. American (hudsonicus) subspecies showing a large white wedge on its rump and lower back, and grayish barred tail. There are some noticeable distinctions of this bird when it was on the beach adjacent to the other Whimbrel present, including less distinct facial markings, and darker barring on breast, but these were only readily observed after seeing thus individual in flight and then land. Plenty of photos were taken and will be studied.
It was traveling with a nice flick of 7 Whimbrel (total), 6 Long-billed Curlews, and 1 Marbled Godwit. The flock was briefly joined by a Wandering Tattler, unusual on the beach at this spot.

A couple of other birders stopped by, including Hugh, Mark, Peter, and Siobhan. Still present when I left at 11:15. The flock gets flushed frequently by dogs and walkers but seems to return.

Also from the seawatch:
Surf Scoter 12
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 2
Red-thr. Loon 1
Sooty Sheatwarer 2
Pelagic Cormorant 3
Clark’s Grebe 1
Long-billed Curlew 6 (different flock heading N over ocean)
Red-necked Phalarope 28 (scattered flying over surf and ocean)
Herring Gull 1 ad.
Parasitic Jaeger 10 (all flying N)
Pigeon Guillemot 1 juv.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco


“Siberian” Whimbrel @ Ocean Beach seawatch, 9/8:19

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning I found a presumed “Siberian” (variegatus subspecies) Whimbrel at the south end of Ocean Beach, on the relatively narrow (rising tide) beach well south of Sloat and north of the fenced bluff across from the water treatment plant, ie, the seawatch location.

The bird is quite distinctive in flight compared to the common N. American (hudsonicus) subspecies showing a large white wedge on its rump and lower back, and grayish barred tail. There are some noticeable distinctions of this bird when it was on the beach adjacent to the other Whimbrel present, including less distinct facial markings, and darker barring on breast, but these were only readily observed after seeing thus individual in flight and then land. Plenty of photos were taken and will be studied.
It was traveling with a nice flick of 7 Whimbrel (total), 6 Long-billed Curlews, and 1 Marbled Godwit. The flock was briefly joined by a Wandering Tattler, unusual on the beach at this spot.

A couple of other birders stopped by, including Hugh, Mark, Peter, and Siobhan. Still present when I left at 11:15. The flock gets flushed frequently by dogs and walkers but seems to return.

Also from the seawatch:
Surf Scoter 12
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 2
Red-thr. Loon 1
Sooty Sheatwarer 2
Pelagic Cormorant 3
Clark’s Grebe 1
Long-billed Curlew 6 (different flock heading N over ocean)
Red-necked Phalarope 28 (scattered flying over surf and ocean)
Herring Gull 1 ad.
Parasitic Jaeger 10 (all flying N)
Pigeon Guillemot 1 juv.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

09/07/19: SF Zoo American Redstart

H Cotter
 

Birdied the SF Zoo this morning - relatively quiet with the highlight an American redstart near the cafe. A number of yellow and townsends warblers also present.
Ocean beach had 3 Western Sandpipers among the many sanderling and Snowy Plover. Offshore were 4 Parasitic Jaegar and many sooty shearwaters.

Hugh

Correction - Not a Mew Gull at Golden Gate Yacht Club Harbor

David Assmann
 

The gull was a California Gull, not a Mew Gull.

Fort Mason Migrants and Golden Gate Yacht Club Harbor Mew Gull

David Assmann
 

Migrants continue to come through at Fort Mason, with a WILLOW FLYCATCHER and a YELLOW WARBLER in the shrubs next to the restrooms; a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, a HOUSE WREN and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the garden; a HOODED ORIOLE and a WILSON'S WARBLER on the slope above Aquatic Park; and 8 YELLOW WARBLERS, a HOUSE WREN, a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and 4 WESTERN TANAGERS in the Battery. Also had a brief look at what I was fairly sure was a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, but the bird was too skulky to get a second look. The Golden Gate Yacht Club had 17 SURFBIRDS, a BLACK TURNSTONE and a 2nd winter MEW GULL (early).

Chestnut-sided Warbler at Middle Lake

Aaron Maizlish
 

A juv Chestnut-sided Warbler on the small lawn on the west side of Middle Lake in Golden Gate Park at 12:45pm. Flew in and flew out to the trees about 50 yds north.

Today is the Lowell Invitational Cross Country meet, so the park is crowded.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco

Strawberry hill migrants

Max Benningfield
 

Hi All,
Today Joachim and I birded Strawberry Hill and had tons of activity: at least 20 Yellow Warblers, 2 Black Throated Gray Warblers, 2 Orange Crowned Warblers, 2 Wilson’s Warblers, around 10 Townsend’s Warblers, a Hermit Warbler and a MacGillivray’s Warbler. Many Pac slopes and a House Wren but the best birds were 2 Cassin’s Vireos and a SUMMER TANAGER. All seen by the reservoir. The summer tanager was on the steps leading up to the reservoir on the North side. Pale yellow orange with a thinker bill then the yellow warblers, no wing bars and lager the the other warblers. 
Good birding all,
Max and Joachim