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Western Kingbird in the Mission

Tom Scott
 

Hi all,

I just spent about an hour watching (I believe) a Western Kingbird fly catching from telephone wires on 19th Street near York. It put on quite a show before  finally flying. I’ll keep a lookout for the next few days since I live nearby. 

Tom Scott, San Francisco




Hooded Oriole

Brian Fitch
 

With my planned sea watch blocked by thick fog, I wandered Land's End and the Presidio this morning.  Highlights included a continuing Red-breasted Nuthatch at Ft Miley West, and my first-of-season Hooded Oriole returning to the Kobbe/Upton area.  The apparent lone male was chattering and "veeping" in the palms along Kobbe.
Brian Fitch


THREAD CLOSED Re: [SFBirds] Kingfisher on MISSION Creek

Dominik Mosur
 

Let's all chill and go find some spring migrants and report back with that.

Amy, thank you for the note about possible kingfisher breeding attempts at mission Creek in the late 90s.

In the future please everyone use common sense and respectful language in these posts. If you want to get nasty don't hit reply all.

Thank you,
THREAD CLOSED


Dominik Mosur
SFBirds
moderator

On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:49, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

I live here too. I have for 30 years, and I know exactly what she meant. This isnt elementary school.

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On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:46 AM, Bettina Cohen <bettina.cohen@...> wrote:

Excuse me, that was an insult to those of us who live here. Why isn't that person being reprimanded?

On 3/11/2020 10:42 AM, Aaron Maizlish wrote:

Please don’t use this list serve to insult other birders, even if they aren’t showing enough respect to your neighborhood. It just has a chilling effect on people reporting their sightings and doesn’t make anyone happy.




Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:35 AM, Bettina Cohen <bettina.cohen@...> wrote:
Hi SF Birders,

I rarely weigh in on anything in this group, but will now to say that was such an inappropriate and offensive subject line for a message from this group. Thank you Amy for flagging it.

I can confirm what Amy says about the Belted Kingfisher on MISSION Creek. I've seen this bird there many times over the years.

Perhaps if SFBirds members visited our neighborhood once in awhile, they'd come to appreciate its charms, as well as the variety of avian species we enjoy seeing and hearing on a daily basis.

hank you,
Bettina

On 3/10/2020 9:24 PM, Peter & Amy wrote:
There has been at least one resident female for years. Used to be more and they had burrows in the north bank at the upstream end of the creek until the creek “restoration” terraformed the bank with rip-rap and plastic lattice. I lived on a floating home for 20 years at that end and she would routinely sit on our wind shelter and watch me in the kitchen.

The people who still live down there and the ones who have worked assiduously for many years to clean up Mission Creek would appreciate it if people stopped calling it Shit Creek. Better sewage treatment facilities have all but eliminated raw sewage released into the creek.

Amy

On Mar 10, 2020, at 6:40 PM, Smokey Bear <bear.smokey@...> wrote:
I was biking home from my trainer in Mission Bay just now when I heard a kingfisher rattle. I was at Mission Bay Drive and Berry St, right at the Caltrain track crossing along 7th. I eventually found the bird high over the creek — perched on the bent cap of the 280 overhead! S/he was looking over the brackish backwater at the floodgates. Pleasant evening surprise.

Anna


Re: Kingfisher on MISSION Creek

Bettina Cohen <bettina.cohen@...>
 

Hi SF Birders,

I rarely weigh in on anything in this group, but will now to say that was such an inappropriate and offensive subject line for a message from this group. Thank you Amy for flagging it.

I can confirm what Amy says about the Belted Kingfisher on MISSION Creek. I've seen this bird there many times over the years.

Perhaps if SFBirds members visited our neighborhood once in awhile, they'd come to appreciate its charms, as well as the variety of avian species we enjoy seeing and hearing on a daily basis.

hank you,
Bettina

On 3/10/2020 9:24 PM, Peter & Amy wrote:
There has been at least one resident female for years. Used to be more and they had burrows in the north bank at the upstream end of the creek until the creek “restoration” terraformed the bank with rip-rap and plastic lattice. I lived on a floating home for 20 years at that end and she would routinely sit on our wind shelter and watch me in the kitchen.

The people who still live down there and the ones who have worked assiduously for many years to clean up Mission Creek would appreciate it if people stopped calling it Shit Creek. Better sewage treatment facilities have all but eliminated raw sewage released into the creek.

Amy

On Mar 10, 2020, at 6:40 PM, Smokey Bear <bear.smokey@...> wrote:

I was biking home from my trainer in Mission Bay just now when I heard a kingfisher rattle. I was at Mission Bay Drive and Berry St, right at the Caltrain track crossing along 7th. I eventually found the bird high over the creek — perched on the bent cap of the 280 overhead! S/he was looking over the brackish backwater at the floodgates. Pleasant evening surprise.

Anna



Re: Kingfisher on Shit Creek

Peter & Amy
 

There has been at least one resident female for years. Used to be more and they had burrows in the north bank at the upstream end of the creek until the creek “restoration” terraformed the bank with rip-rap and plastic lattice. I lived on a floating home for 20 years at that end and she would routinely sit on our wind shelter and watch me in the kitchen.

The people who still live down there and the ones who have worked assiduously for many years to clean up Mission Creek would appreciate it if people stopped calling it Shit Creek. Better sewage treatment facilities have all but eliminated raw sewage released into the creek.

Amy

On Mar 10, 2020, at 6:40 PM, Smokey Bear <bear.smokey@...> wrote:

I was biking home from my trainer in Mission Bay just now when I heard a kingfisher rattle. I was at Mission Bay Drive and Berry St, right at the Caltrain track crossing along 7th. I eventually found the bird high over the creek — perched on the bent cap of the 280 overhead! S/he was looking over the brackish backwater at the floodgates. Pleasant evening surprise.

Anna


McLaren Park , Gray fox creek, Sharpie

Eddie Bartley
 

Noreen and I have been periodically monitoring the willow habitat that follows Gray Fox creek above and below JG Amphitheater. RPD's Natural Resources have been working to restore this zone for many years and it's looking great with lots of Flowering currant, elderberry in blossom as well as the willows. 

This morning bird activity was high, much courting including CB Chickadees and singing: Townsend's and Yellow-rumped Warblers, RC Kinglets. In a flash a Sharp-shinned Hawk came in on a chicakdee: swing and a miss. Landed close to us to reconsider options and we could see it was a juvenile (second year) female. First Sharpie I've seen in the city this year says eBird. 

Happy Trails!

Eddie Bartley


Kingfisher on Shit Creek

Smokey Bear
 

I was biking home from my trainer in Mission Bay just now when I heard a kingfisher rattle. I was at Mission Bay Drive and Berry St, right at the Caltrain track crossing along 7th. I eventually found the bird high over the creek — perched on the bent cap of the 280 overhead! S/he was looking over the brackish backwater at the floodgates. Pleasant evening surprise.

Anna


on Varied Thrush

Sarah Burton
 

an individual continues at Sue Bierman Park downtown. It's a great patch right now because the poplar trees are bare, leafless, and less of a literal pain in the neck to scan. No rarities. Happy March!

Sarah
 


Black-legged Kittiwake on Alcatraz

Tori Seher
 

Monday, March 9th at 10:40am sitting on the northwestern corner of Alcatraz Island. 


--
Tori Seher
Alcatraz Biologist


Re: Varied thrush pair at the Botanical Garden

Dario Taraborelli
 

The thrushes are continuing and this morning we saw 3 in the exact same spot around 9am: One male, one female, one immature or female. All foraging on the ground near the bench dedicated to Ken and Ruth. 

On Mar 6, 2020, at 11:28, Dario Taraborelli <dario.taraborelli@...> wrote:


Prompted by Ken, who I bumped into yesterday and gave me the perfect recommendation (thank you, Ken!), I went back to the botanical garden this morning when they opened the truck gate on the Stow Lake side and spotted a cooperative pair of varied thrushes foraging on the ground. The birds appeared near a bench dedicated to Ken and Ruth (37.7676497, -122.4722516) and remained visible for a fairly long time, lazily picking berries on the ground.

I thought I'd share this with the group because even if the bird has been continuing in the garden, it's been pretty elusive for me (it's a lifer) and sightings of pairs in the GGP seem even less frequent, judging on eBird numbers.

Dario

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Local Interest - First Week of March

David Assmann
 

Started the month by checking up on the SNOWY PLOVERS in the protected area at Crissy Field.  There were 10 Plovers, and none of them were banded. On Monday, had a SPOTTED TOWHEE at El Polin Spring - they have been there consistently this winter.  At Heron's Head on Tuesday, had great looks at the ROCK SANDPIPER transitioning into alternate plumage.  A MARSH WREN was singing loudly in a shrub just south of the main trail to the point.  That same day, at Glen Canyon Park, the resplendent male SUMMER TANAGER bathed in the creek, and the GREAT HORNED OWL on the nest showed two chicks that are growing fast. On Thursday, at Aquatic Park, a RED-NECKED GREBE was just outside the harbor, and the WANDERING TATTLER was on the pier. A MERLIN was in the Battery. Yesterday the WANDERING TATTLER was on the pier again, and an OSPREY flew over.  Today I discovered that the two ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD chicks in the nest in the Fort Mason Community Garden had fledged (they were there late morning yesterday - attached picture is from yesterday). The ORCHARD ORIOLE and the Yellow-Shafted NORTHERN FLICKER in the Fort Mason Community Garden were seen multiple times this week. There's a lot of active nest building.


Cinnamon Teal continues at Stow Lake (video)

Mila Zinkova
 


Re: Peregrine Falcon spotted eating a Pigeon at Heron's Head Park

Linda Swanson
 

This Peregrine Falcon appears to be banded.

Linda Swanson

On Mar 6, 2020, at 9:47 PM, axel.moser@... wrote:

I work as an Environmental Educator at the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park and I was taking a stroll in the early afternoon when I spotted a Peregrine Falcon swoop down and grab a pigeon from a flock. It flew onto a wooden telephone pole and it commenced to tear and eat the pigeon until there was nothing left. I was able to take a picture of it mid meal. 

Happy birding!
Axel Moser
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Peregrine Falcon spotted eating a Pigeon at Heron's Head Park

axel.moser@...
 

I work as an Environmental Educator at the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park and I was taking a stroll in the early afternoon when I spotted a Peregrine Falcon swoop down and grab a pigeon from a flock. It flew onto a wooden telephone pole and it commenced to tear and eat the pigeon until there was nothing left. I was able to take a picture of it mid meal. 

Happy birding!
Axel Moser


Varied thrush pair at the Botanical Garden

Dario Taraborelli
 

Prompted by Ken, who I bumped into yesterday and gave me the perfect recommendation (thank you, Ken!), I went back to the botanical garden this morning when they opened the truck gate on the Stow Lake side and spotted a cooperative pair of varied thrushes foraging on the ground. The birds appeared near a bench dedicated to Ken and Ruth (37.7676497, -122.4722516) and remained visible for a fairly long time, lazily picking berries on the ground.

I thought I'd share this with the group because even if the bird has been continuing in the garden, it's been pretty elusive for me (it's a lifer) and sightings of pairs in the GGP seem even less frequent, judging on eBird numbers.

Dario

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Presidio this am

Josiah Clark
 

Some birds and breeding behaviors of local note this morning during an hour and a half of riding around by Bike tallying 68 species.
Red crossbills- 2 encounters, singing bird at el polin and flyovers by ft scott
Snowy plover-6 continuing at Crissy field waterbird protection area 
Greater scaup-a crisp male arrived at Crissy field. None were present here for the Xmas count. 
Orange crowned warbler-1 lutescens seen in willows at mountain lake (A bit surprised not to hear them singing by this time)
Cooper’s hawk- calling in the yard at dawn
Bewick’s Wren-One at El Polin. This species is increasingly reliable here, which is a new thing. They used to be confined to only the western parts of the presidio.

Great blue heron-Two occupied nests in the eucs above the Crissy field center. I think last year there were five by this time so hopefully someone finds them nearby. 

Black-crowned night heron-12 roosting at mountain lake. Interestingly there is often a pulse of them around now. This is more than I’ve seen there all year.




Josiah Clark | Habitat Potential | Consulting Ecologist | 415.317.3978
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A few rarities and oddities today

Richard Bradus
 

Our "winter" continued today, rainless but sunny (a bit windy), with a few nice birds showing up. First up for me, the Alta Plaza Black & White Warbler popped out as I was casually walking through the park late this morning on my way back from an errand, now back on the west side gleaning in its usual willow and the small nearby trees. This has to be the longest tenure of a representative of this species in SF I would think - but, given the generally gorgeous weather, why not?

After 3pm this afternoon I made my way out to GGP (now with binos and camera) and walked mostly along the north shore of Stow Lake, where some of the Great Blue Herons are already on nests - and a pair of Pied-billed Grebes are nesting as well. As Dan Scali has already posted, the continuing Cinnamon Teal is holding out at the east side. It was more cooperative for me today than what others have described, as it swam about for a time and also hauled out onto a small log to preen a bit. After I ushered it across the lake to where Dan was standing we were additionally treated to a bright male Yellowthroat and a mostly hidden Sora, the latter eventually moving about under the thicket for the best views I have had of this species.

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Thinking I was headed home, I found Augie Kramer closer to the boathouse, intently using his iPhone on his binoculars, as he had spotted an odd looking warbler. It sounded like a Yellow and responded to Yellow calls, but was weird, showing an abnormally long, thick beak (almost certainly an affliction of some sort) as well as an unusually patterned wings/upperparts and non-uniform yellow underparts (Augie thought it looked like a hatchling). I grudgingly agreed that it was a Yellow Warbler, but definitely an odd one (see lousy photos - it was nearly impossible to photograph, almost never staying still for more than a couple of seconds and generally staying behind and amid numerous branches and leaves).



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Finally leaving, I looked up and saw another oddity, a hawk flying out from behind Strawberry Hill, looking for all the world like a dark Golden Eagle, soaring with primary feathers spread and wings flat (not in a dihedral) - but it was clearly too small to be an eagle and wobbled a bit in the wind. We debated its features as it quickly flew off to the northwest: dark overall (really dark bronze-black), with size and overall attitude of a Red-tail with a large beak (despite its flat soar) but with a mostly dark but somewhat variegated tail. My conclusion was that it had to be a dark morph Red-tail, probably the so called "Harlan's" Hawk (sorry, I had already packed away my camera and it flew by too quickly for me to get photos - drat!). 

That was the topper to an intriguing afternoon. Now, if I could get to see one of those real eagles the rest of you have been spotting recently....

Have fun out there!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Stow Lake treats

Daniel Scali
 

Hi birders,

East most “corner” of Stow Lake. Cinnamon Teal still here. Richard Bradus walked up and then we saw the wintering Common Yellowthroat and a roosting SORA, both in the large thicket 30 yds southwest of the absolute corner.

Have fun!
Dan Scali, sf


Rock sandpiper

Ralph McKinnon
 

Continues at tip of Herons Head Park. Coming into breeding plumage. 

Ralph McKinnon




Allen's or Rufous Hummingbird in Toyon tree in San Francisco

Barbara London <sfcraig2005@...>
 

Allen's or Rufous Hummingbird in Toyon tree in the outer Parkside neighborhood of San Francisco.