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What is this bird?

Barbara London <sfcraig2005@...>
 

As we walked along 45th Avenue between Ulloa and Vicente at about 6:45am, we heard this repeated chirp, chirp, chirp.   We looked up and saw this little bird atop a chimney.     My husband thinks it is a junco.


Heron at Great Highway and Santiago

Barbara London <sfcraig2005@...>
 

This morning at around 7am, we were walking along the closed upper great highway.  We saw this heron on the east side of the upper great highway in the grassy area, across the street from the houses.   


Fulmars

Brian Fitch
 

I was at the Sutro Baths this morning with Max Benningfield, and Northern Fulmars were present for most of the time we were watching.  I saw four distinct pattern types, but there were very likely more than four individuals.  Some were quite close to shore, some swept by on a vector, and others were coursing in zig-zags over the surface. 

The only other unusual species were three Brant spotted by Max heading north just beyond the rocks, and a lone Least Sandpiper.

Brian Fitch


Cinnamon Teal Stow Lake

Daniel Scali
 

1 male Right now. East end of pond near the Japanese Tea Garden stairs

Good birdwing,
Dan Scali sf 


Lost Bird

kim
 

Hello,

I hope you will allow this, as someone has lost their Feathered family member.

This was posted to the San Francisco, CA - Lost Dogs, Cats & Pets ... Facebook Group.

If anyone hears a Parrot please take a look and see if it is this lost Bird. I'm thinking it may even join one of the Wild flocks, so if you see them scan the flock. And call to Elmo.

Hope this poor guy gets back home soon.

Thank you
Kim
San Francisco

Be Kind. Lady Karma is Always Watching.


Barn Owl, Orchard Oriole, Rufous Hummingbird and other local interest at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Shortly after dawn this morning, a BARN OWL was being mobbed by AMERICAN CROWS near the Battery. A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was on the hillside below the Battery.  I've been monitoring nesting activity - checking on three hummingbird nests - an ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD nest on the way to Aquatic Park, an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD nest in a Cypress Tree on the road leading up from Aquatic Park (right next to a Cypress tree that is being removed this week - the NPS staff are aware of the nest and say they will take care to not damage the nest), and an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD nest in the garden.  The nest in the garden has two chicks that fill the nest.  There are also two BUSHTIT nests that are nearing completion - one in the lower Battery and one just off the path leading down to Aquatic Park.  The male ORCHARD ORIOLE continues in the Community Garden, as does a NASHVILLE WARBLER and two NORTHERN FLICKERS - a YELLOW SHAFTED and an Intergrade that always seem to be together. WESTERN BLUEBIRDS have been regularly checking a nest hole in a Cabbage Palm. On Monday, the overwintering WESTERN MEADOWLARKS were on the steps to the Chapel. Tuesday I did a seawatch at Sutro Baths and was rewarded with a MARBLED MURRELET and a NORTHERN FULMAR.


Gallinule & Teal at L Merced

Brian Fitch
 

South Lake Merced was extra interesting this morning, despite the ongoing calm, dry, smoggy weather. 

Around 8:30, two drake Cinnamon Teal were working slowly southward through the reeds along the willow-lined trail NE of the concrete bridge.  When I returned along the trail half an hour later, they were just passing the same spot heading back north. 

Around 9:30, I spotted a Common Gallinule from the NE corner of the bridge, below the first willow you come to as you walk east.  They're rare enough in SF that I can't help but think that this is the same individual I discovered in this exact spot on 2/22 of last year.

Also of note were 2 Virginia Rails and 3 Sora, heard but not seen, a flyby Greater Yellowlegs that also stayed invisible, and the return of the Great-tailed Grackles to the bridge parapet, with several in full song.

Belated reports include a Western Tanager at Middle Lake in GG Park on the 24th, 2 flyby White-winged Scoters from the Sutro Baths on the 20th, and a flyby Red-necked Grebe way back on the11th.
Brian Fitch


Re: What's wrong with this bird's beak?

Mila Zinkova
 

Thank you, all!
Mila.


On Feb 26, 2020, at 8:03 PM, Siobhan Ruck <ms.siobhan.ruck@...> wrote:

Looks like it picked up some goo, probably some kind of tree sap.  If it’s trying to catch insects that have been attracted by sap, this can happen.

The bird is a male Townsend’s Warbler.

Siobhan Ruck, SF


On Feb 26, 2020, at 4:30 PM, Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...> wrote:

Hello,

I filmed it in GGP.
I thought it was an insect in its beak , but I am not sure now.
The image is attached, and here's the link to the video.
BTW what is this bird?
Thanks!
Mila.
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Re: What's wrong with this bird's beak?

Siobhan Ruck
 

Looks like it picked up some goo, probably some kind of tree sap.  If it’s trying to catch insects that have been attracted by sap, this can happen.

The bird is a male Townsend’s Warbler.

Siobhan Ruck, SF


On Feb 26, 2020, at 4:30 PM, Mila Zinkova <Milazinkova@...> wrote:

Hello,

I filmed it in GGP.
I thought it was an insect in its beak , but I am not sure now.
The image is attached, and here's the link to the video.
BTW what is this bird?
Thanks!
Mila.
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What's wrong with this bird's beak?

Mila Zinkova
 

Hello,

I filmed it in GGP.
I thought it was an insect in its beak , but I am not sure now.
The image is attached, and here's the link to the video.
BTW what is this bird?
Thanks!
Mila.


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.