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Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

For the first time in about a week, there were few migrants in the Battery this morning - 7 YELLOW WARBLERS and 3 WILSON'S WARBLERS. The garden, on the other hand, was more active than it has been - a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, a HOODED ORIOLE, a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, a BEWICK'S WREN, a WESTERN TANAGER and a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK. An OSPREY flew by at eye level over the Bay north of the Battery.

Re: McLaren Common Rosefinch?

 

Looks better for a House Finch to me.


On Aug 14, 2019, at 12:38, Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa@...> wrote:

Hi Alan,

The culmen on this bird looks relatively straight and the brownish malar and nape don't fit Common Rosefinch. Looks good for an adult male Purple Finch.

Frank Fogarty
Oakland

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 12:25 PM Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:
This morning I saw a bird that I believe was a Common Rosefinch in McLaren Park. The first thing I noticed about the bird was the BAND on the right leg, so the origin of the bird is questionable. It looked similar to a House Finch but lacked streaking on the flanks. The face was a uniform red lacking any obvious facial markings. The red ran across the breast and down the flanks without streaking as seen in a Purple Finch (the color in the photo the red is not as apparent as it was in the field, maybe because it had become wet.) The bill appeared large with a strongly curved culmen. The bird was quite flighty and I only got brief looks at the bird as it came down to bathe. It was bathing in the small creek on the south(?) side of the Gerry Garcia Amphitheater where the paved path crosses the creek at between 8:30 am and 9:00am. 

There were only a few common migrants around: western flycatcher, 2 Western Tanagers, Wilson's Warbler and Yellow Warbler.    

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Re: McLaren Common Rosefinch?

Frank Fogarty
 

Hi Alan,

The culmen on this bird looks relatively straight and the brownish malar and nape don't fit Common Rosefinch. Looks good for an adult male Purple Finch.

Frank Fogarty
Oakland

On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 12:25 PM Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:
This morning I saw a bird that I believe was a Common Rosefinch in McLaren Park. The first thing I noticed about the bird was the BAND on the right leg, so the origin of the bird is questionable. It looked similar to a House Finch but lacked streaking on the flanks. The face was a uniform red lacking any obvious facial markings. The red ran across the breast and down the flanks without streaking as seen in a Purple Finch (the color in the photo the red is not as apparent as it was in the field, maybe because it had become wet.) The bill appeared large with a strongly curved culmen. The bird was quite flighty and I only got brief looks at the bird as it came down to bathe. It was bathing in the small creek on the south(?) side of the Gerry Garcia Amphitheater where the paved path crosses the creek at between 8:30 am and 9:00am. 

There were only a few common migrants around: western flycatcher, 2 Western Tanagers, Wilson's Warbler and Yellow Warbler.    

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

McLaren Common Rosefinch?

Alan Hopkins
 

This morning I saw a bird that I believe was a Common Rosefinch in McLaren Park. The first thing I noticed about the bird was the BAND on the right leg, so the origin of the bird is questionable. It looked similar to a House Finch but lacked streaking on the flanks. The face was a uniform red lacking any obvious facial markings. The red ran across the breast and down the flanks without streaking as seen in a Purple Finch (the color in the photo the red is not as apparent as it was in the field, maybe because it had become wet.) The bill appeared large with a strongly curved culmen. The bird was quite flighty and I only got brief looks at the bird as it came down to bathe. It was bathing in the small creek on the south(?) side of the Gerry Garcia Amphitheater where the paved path crosses the creek at between 8:30 am and 9:00am. 

There were only a few common migrants around: western flycatcher, 2 Western Tanagers, Wilson's Warbler and Yellow Warbler.    

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

Another good morning spent almost entirely in the Battery (all sightings Battery except as noted).  Six WILSON'S WARBLERS (1 in Garden), 3 YELLOW WARBLERS, 1 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, at least 5 WESTERN TANAGERS, 1 SWAINSON'S THRUSH, 1 BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, 1 WESTERN WOOD PEWEE, 4 PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHERS (1 in Garden), 1 WHITE-THROATED SWIFT and a possible WILLOW FLYCATCHER (I'm still evaluating photos).

Crissy Birds

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Today at Crissy Field, there were about 100 BRPE flying by, and the 3 White Pelicans continue. Shorebirds weren’t great but there was a Marbled Godwit, 2 Willet, 5 Least Sandpipers, a Western Sandpiper, and 3 Dowitchers. 

Good Birding
Joachim Gonzalez and Max Benningfield

Mt. Davidson, 8/13

Adam Winer
 

Nice morning up on Mount Davidson with lots of early migrants, including many Western Tanagers and Yellow Warblers.  Most of the activity was up top near the summit.  Smaller numbers included:

- Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 3 together
- Orange-crowned Warbler: several
- Wilson's Warbler: 2
- Townsend's and Black-throated Gray Warbler: 2
- Lazuli Bunting: 1 female
- Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
- "Western" Flycatcher: 1
- Northern Flicker 1
- Violet-green Swallow: 2

-- Adam Winer
  SF CA

Birds building offshore - good forecast for Sept 17 pelagic

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

       The season for pelagics is gearing up. We have already seen evidence of storm-petrel concentrations building, and have found three species of storm-petrel (Ashy, Wilson’s, and Fork-tailed). We expect that the jaeger and Sabine’s Gull migration will be ratcheting up by next weekend. We are so pleased to have already found Scripps’s Murrelet at our latitude (they come in from the south), as well as the regular alcids, shearwaters and Black-footed Albatross of course. The seabird season really spices up during mid-August, so we are excited that already we have seen a bunch of good stuff out there and fantastic whale shows. Perhaps one of the best Humpback Whale foraging spectacles I have ever seen in fact happened last weekend. Leatherback Sea Turtle was also a surprise, a superb surprise, and we hope that the high density of Marbled Murrelets close to shore continues. We are starting out strong, and wanted to let you know that we have a trip coming up this Saturday (17th) and also that the current forecast looks quite good. We leave from Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay), and expect to visit San Francisco and San Mateo waters. Water temperatures offshore are warming quickly, with lots of warm out there and hints that it is coming closer to shore at this point. That always makes for an interesting trip!

   Please let me know if you want more information. Or you can book directly using credit card or PayPal on our website:

   http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

Great birding to you all!

Alvaro

 

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Recent misc.

 

From Yosemite Slough -

The first arrival juvenile Least Sandpiper was on 7/30. Since then the number of juveniles has increased slowly to around 20 in a flock of (200) 8/8.

On 8/6, w/Sarah Burton at high tide we had good high count for SF of (48) Semipalmated Plovers and (24)Black-bellied Plovers.

This morning (8/12) seeing reports of Red-necked Phalaropes I checked South Lake Merced scanning from the fishing pier and concrete bridge and counting (87) juvenile Red-necked Phalaropes mostly around the aerators .

Around 14:30 while shooting hoops at W. Sunset Playground with Lucas, we saw a LARK Sparrow flying over from the trees next to AP Giannini Middle School south toward the ballfields.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
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Strawberry Hill & Eastern GGP

Ken Moy
 

What a glorious morning that began @ the reservoir level of Strawberry Hill @ 6:15 this morning. I was greeted immediately with a (what turned out to be a juvenile) Great Horned Owl settling into its day roost in a clump of buses upslope from the western end of the reservoir. Within 20 minutes one of the tall pines west of the picnic table was filled with at least 8 yellow warblers actively foraging and calling intermittently. At least 2 hermit warbles and one wilson's warbler joined. Pygmy nuthatches, chickadees, song sparrows bush tits and house finches arrived in numbers and pushed the warblers upslope to the top of the hill (they also appeared at various times throughout this trip). At some point during this push, a lone young male coyote made its way up the slope from the west end of the reservoir to the shrubbery where it disappeared.

Went to the wooden bridge at top of the falls and on the trail east/south of the bridge to find a warbling vireo and a hutton's vireo. Bumped into BrianT who enjoyed the owl. Returned to the trail off the bridge to find the hermit warblers, yellow warblers and wilson's warblers had moved over there and also several brown creepers, a downey woodpecker and a nuttall's woodpecker.

At about 10, made my way to the log cabin trail which yielded 2 (one calling) pacific wren in the area just off the dirt entry path with the log steps near the log cabin, warbling vireo and wilson's warbler near Mother's meadow, pac slope flycatcher and two hutton's vireos in the next meadow over.

Around 11:15 McLaren Rhododendron Dell had a male western tanager and a downey woodpecker near the gardener's shed. The Oak Woodlands were mostly quiet except for a multitude of brown creepers and one each of downey and hairy woodpeckers.

Lunch at Parada 22 was an excellent finish to a great morning!

Best birding to all,

Ken

Fort Mason Local Interest - Grosbeak, Cassin's Vireo.

David Assmann
 

Continuing activity in the Battery this morning included a WARBLING VIREO, a CASSIN'S VIREO, a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, aYELLOW WARBLER, two PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, 8 WESTERN TANAGERS, a HOODED ORIOLE and a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE. Also had a brief look at an empid, but not long enough for an id. Found one YELLOW WARBLER behind the General's House and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the garden (all sightings were before 8:45 am).

AWP remain at Crissy

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

Beautiful morning, and it seems that the American White Pelicans have decided to stay to enjoy our warm spell. All three remain at Crissy Field Lagoon, mostly sleeping or preening on the main sandbar at high tide between about 10:15 - 11 am. Nice contrast with the Brown Pelicans (and cormorants). The lack of resting places at high tide meant an absence of the large tern flocks others have noted, with just a few Caspians. There were a select group of other shorebirds and a bit of interest was supplied by two Coopers/Sharp-shinned Hawks, one of which I inadvertently spooked out of its hiding place in the small trees along the west side.

Nice to be out on a day without the fog!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Fort Mason Local Interest - Black-Throated Gray Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, etc.

David Assmann
 

Once again, early morning in the Battery (7 - 9 am) was the most productive. 6 YELLOW WARBLERS, 4 WILSON'S WARBLERS, 3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER were all seen. The Battery also had an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, a PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER, a LAZULI BUNTING and at least nine WESTERN TANAGERS. Another PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was seen behind the General's House, and a HOODED ORIOLE and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were seen in the Garden. 44 species total.

Re: Black throated green warbler # Strawberry Hill

Ken Moy
 

Medium sized warbler, olive/gray cap & back, gray/black wings w/double wing bars, soft yellow face w/gray patch over eyes & small brighter yellow just below eyes, yellow throat and breast w/gray streaks on breast and white underparts.


On Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 9:55 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Lost the bird. Spotted from part of the trail East of the wooden bridge under pine with hanging miss. In large broad leafed bush in area abutting the falls. Got very clear views for 2-3 minutes. Then it dove into the bush. Was near several yellow Warblers. Will need to leave in a few.

On Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 9:39 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Just spotted on path just east of wooden bridge

Re: Black throated green warbler # Strawberry Hill

Ken Moy
 

Lost the bird. Spotted from part of the trail East of the wooden bridge under pine with hanging miss. In large broad leafed bush in area abutting the falls. Got very clear views for 2-3 minutes. Then it dove into the bush. Was near several yellow Warblers. Will need to leave in a few.


On Sun, Aug 11, 2019, 9:39 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Just spotted on path just east of wooden bridge

Black throated green warbler # Strawberry Hill

Ken Moy
 

Just spotted on path just east of wooden bridge

PAAK

David Nelson
 

Parakeet Auklet spotted by Mike Zito, SW of Hermit Rock at 7:30 then again 9:10 today.

Good birding!

David W. Nelson

Am Wht Pelicans Aug 11

Dave Weber
 

Three here at Crissy Lagoon 845 am



Dave Weber 
By phone

Fort Mason Local Interest - Flycatchers and other migrants

David Assmann
 

It was a four flycatcher day at Fort Mason - the Battery had two PACIFIC-SLOPED FLYCATCHERS, a ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, and BLACK PHOEBES, while the garden had a WESTERN WOOD PEWEE and a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER. Other birds in the Battery included 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, 3 WILSON'S WARBLERS, a WESTERN TANAGER, a WARBLING VIREO and two HOODED ORIOLES. A VAUX'S SWIFT flew over the Battery as well.

American White Pelican Crissy

C Lou
 

122pm There are three AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN at Crissy Lagoon.

Calvin Lou
SF



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