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Re: No Summer Tanager for us Saturday

Adam Winer
 

FYI, the Summer Tanager is once again showing well by the beehive in Glen Canyon.


On Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 07:19 rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Rosita and I were among a number of folks waiting to see the continuing Summer Tanager in Glen Canyon Park yesterday.  Though I heard someone tell us that it was seen earlier in the day, it did not work for any of us in the noon hour.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Odds & Ends from GGP

Ken Moy
 

Male Purple Finch and singing house wren @ Muir Pond at Children's Garden in BG on Saturday. Same location had a spotted towhee on Thursday.

Continuing Nashville Warbler in bushes beneath the berry tree upslope from the concrete stairs with metal railings coming up from Moon Viewing Terrace, female varied thrush seen nearby on Thursday.

Golden crowned kinglets and red breasted nuthatch in trees at NE corner of MLK & Pelosi drives.

Good birding to all,

Ken Moy


No Summer Tanager for us Saturday

rosita94598
 

Rosita and I were among a number of folks waiting to see the continuing Summer Tanager in Glen Canyon Park yesterday.  Though I heard someone tell us that it was seen earlier in the day, it did not work for any of us in the noon hour.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Palm Warbler on Russian Hill

David Assmann
 

I just observed a PALM WARBLER in the Bottlebrush trees in front of 2130 Leavenworth (between Filbert and Greenwich) on Russian Hill. It was flicking its tail constantly, and was deep inside the trees. An agitated RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET was next to it.


Re: Common merganser?

Paul Saraceni
 

When I stopped by the Lagoon this morning there were at least 5 Red-breasted Mergansers present, including 1 drake, but no Commons that I noticed.

And 4 of the Black Skimmers were present.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco



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From: Ralph McKinnon via Groups.Io
To: SF Birds
Cc: SFBirds@groups.io
Sent: January 25, 2020 at 12:05 PM
Subject: [SFBirds] Common merganser?

Any confirmation of the eBird report yesterday for this unusual species at Crissy Lagoon?

Thanks

RM






Re: Common merganser?

Dominik Mosur
 

There's red-breasted Merganser there in winter and has been since the Lagoon was made.

If you see an eBird checklist with common and no red-breasted this time of year that's an  indicator to me that it could be  an observer error.




On Jan 25, 2020, at 12:04, Ralph McKinnon via Groups.Io <mckinnon_ralph@...> wrote:

Any confirmation of the eBird report yesterday for this unusual species at Crissy Lagoon?

Thanks

RM




Common merganser?

Ralph McKinnon
 

Any confirmation of the eBird report yesterday for this unusual species at Crissy Lagoon?

Thanks

RM




Barn Swallows

David Assmann
 

Six BARN SWALLOWS flew north along the beach past Fort Funston this morning - undoubtedly part of the early migration that Dominik mentioned earlier.


Woodpecker variety in northeast GGP

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

Spent a bit of the noon hour along the Phil Arnold Oak Woodland Trail in GGP (north of McLaren Lodge and around the Horseshoe Courts). While I did not see the Red-naped Sapsucker that Brian T. reported on the 10th, there were five species of woodpecker and a couple of different subspecies, most of which spent some time in a couple of adjoining eucalyptus trees (but frustratingly high up - I have the resulting stiff neck!). 

The expected contingent included Red-shafted Flicker, Nuttal's, Downy and Hairy plus a typical Red-breasted Sapsucker (presumably daggetti). Providing some interesting contrast (as reported on eBird yesterday by Peter and Rudy et. al.) was a darker red-headed and breasted (ruber) Sapsucker showing a yellowish upper belly. And there was an intergrade Flicker with a red nape crescent and partly black, partly red whisker stripe that, interestingly, showed what looked to me like mostly reddish wing linings. And, befitting the mostly sunny and warm mid-day, there was some early breeding activity with a few songs or fragments from some of the small birds, plus a mating pair of Red-tails. 

Worth skipping lunch for! Though, if you decide to check out the area, I would advise going either in the morning or mid-afternoon, as the sun (and bright sky) was a major hindrance to fully visualizing these birds up high.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco



Black Skimmer preening (video)

Mila Zinkova
 


Probable 6th Black Skimmer

Rachel Lawrence
 

One in Crissy wildlife protection area east of pier seen from viewing platform around 2pm and  the 5 were still on the mudflat in the lagoon a few minutes later


5 Black Skimmers Crissy Lagoon

Rachel Lawrence
 

Currently 5 at Crissy


Black (Skimmer) Power at Crissy

Richard Bradus
 

On this M.L. King, Jr. Day there was a treat - the Black Skimmers put on quite a show late this afternoon at Crissy Field and beach. As David Assmann already reported, there were three resting on the exposed mudflats at low tide around 4pm on the lagoon. As the tide started rising and the evening approached they took flight, variously skimming individually or as a group, first along the bay shoreline and lagoon, later all along the shoreline from further east than we could see all the way out to Fort Point and maybe beyond. I had the fortune to meet up with Felix Rigau (as well as Rachel Lawrence and others) to share the spectacle. Some photos can be seen on our eBird checklists: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63617552 and https://ebird.org/checklist/S63617558

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Black Skimmers and other local interest

David Assmann
 

There were 3 BLACK SKIMMERS in Crissy Lagoon this afternoon (first spotted yesterday) so we currently have Skimmers at two locations in San Francisco. Yesterday at the GGAS walk at Fort Mason, participants had good looks at the continuing adult male ORCHARD ORIOLE and the YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER. A BONAPARTE’S GULL was in Aquatic Park early yesterday morning and a NASHVILLE WARBLER continues in the Community Garden. On Saturday I had my FOS ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD at Fort Mason. Also on Saturday a RED-NECKED GREBE was in the water north of the Wave Organ.


continuing Rock Sandpiper

rosita94598
 

Rosita and I drove to Heron's Head this afternoon, walked out to the end and fairly easily found the Rock Sandpiper.  She tried to photograph the bird with her phone and spotting scope, but the bird kept going behind the large pieces of concrete rip-rap.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Merlin at Lafayette Park

Allan Ridley
 

A Merlin was hunting from the TV antenna on the apartment building on the NW corner of Sacramento and Octavia Sts. (1:00pm) The bird made a couple of high speed passes before coming up with a sparrow size meal, eaten back on the aerial. Carried prey away after a RTHA showed up.


Zonotrichia Hybrid Fort Scott 1/17

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

Bounced around a couple spots in the Presidio on Friday morning. The highlight was a hybrid Zonotrichia at Fort Scott at the north end of the Ball Fields opposite the Log Cabin. It was foraging on and around Storey ave, working from the north side of the road to the Ball Fields.

One of the parents is clearly a Golden-crowned Sparrow, but I'm still not sure if the other one is a White-throated or a White-crowned. I'm leaning towards the former, but could well be wrong. Any insights (especially for people with field experience with these hybrids) would be greatly appreciated.

In size and structure, the bird appeared like a typical Golden-crowned. The malar markings seemed stronger than Golden-crowned, the body was grayer overall. The bird's crown was gold in front with bright white towards the rear, and with distinctly yellow lores. The supercillium was quite broad. The bill was dark.

A few marginal doc shots are here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63485450
A few better shots by Jonah from later in the day are here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63496528

Good birding,

Logan


Summer Tanager

Ralph McKinnon
 

Eye level near beehive just north of Glen Canyon recreation center. Great for close up photos. 






Re: Yellow-bellied/Red-naped Sapsucker (McLaren Park: McNab Pond)

Daniel Scali
 

Birders,

I’ve updated my ebird list based on studying with Peter Pyle. We’re calling it more than likely Red-naped but can’t rule out hybrid with Yellow-bellied.

It needs refinding for better photos.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S63324624

And thanks again to Wesley Fritz and Rudy for their help.

Good searching!
Dan


Aquatic Park Skimmer

Jonah Benningfield
 

Today at 7:15 pm (!), I observed a Black Skimmer skimming along the Aquatic Park beach. The bird made many passes over 5 minutes spent watching it, and at times came close enough to shore that it skimmed the surf. Great binocular views, but sadly my digibin skills couldn’t keep up with the lack of light. If not for all the artificial light there I doubt I even would have noticed it, as I cannot see in the dark.

all the best,
Jonah B.