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Male Summer Tanager at Glen Canyon Park

Lee-Hong Chang
 

Seen at 2:50 pm, Jan. 8, high in eucalyptus tree west of Bosworth st. entrance kiosk. 

Lee Chang 
SF 


Rose-breasted Grosbeak Jan 8

Dave Weber
 

RB Grosbeak is here now in Botanical Garden. Took an hour but it suddenly appeared inside the tree in a shaft of sunlight 905 am. Ken Moy's directions from yesterday are good. Thanks! Nashville was seen around 8 am at the trail fork.



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone


Rose-breasted Grosbeak Continues @ BG

Ken Moy
 

Met Brian, David and Dan around 8 looking for the bird. Joined around 10 by Mark just before 11 by Derek and Teale. Returned to the site of original sighting and finally refound it around 11.

Location can be reached as follows: from Friend Gate turn right to go past bathrooms and make sharp right just past bathrooms on path signed for SE Asian Cloud Forest and Succulent Garden. A large tree with orange berries will be on the left where the path forks and continues to Succulent Garden on left and Children's Garden on the right. Young male Rose-breasted Grosbeak seen in the tree from paved path that zig-zags on to the Succulent Garden.

I wiffed on the Nashville Warbler.

Good birding!


Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak @ Botanical Garden - Update

Ken Moy
 

Nancy Palmer & I refound the immature male Grosbeak in the tree with orange berries near the zig zag trail from SE Asian Cloud Forest to Succulent Garden. Feeding with many Robins.The Grosbeak tends to feed while perched. Does not fly or flitter as much as Robins. Will also sit perched on branches close to the trunk of the tree. Seen from 2:10 - 2:20 from the zig zag path.


On Mon, Jan 6, 2020, 10:37 AM Kenneth Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:
Spotted @ 9:30 on the paved zig-zag path from SE Asian Cloud Forrest to Succulent Garden while looking for the Nashville Warbler that frequents the area. Clear 20-30 seconds view of brown and gray head with dirty white bars above and below eyes, bright white breast with three bright red streaks meeting in the center, with heavy yellowish beak protruding from the bushes beneath what appears to me to be a Willow tree. It flew out before I could make out the rest of the body. Could not refund during the following hour. Did see the Nashville in the same area, along with an orange crowned warbler with the grayish hood/back.

Happy 2020!


Rose-breasted Grosbeak @ Botanical Garden

Ken Moy
 

Spotted @ 9:30 on the paved zig-zag path from SE Asian Cloud Forrest to Succulent Garden while looking for the Nashville Warbler that frequents the area. Clear 20-30 seconds view of brown and gray head with dirty white bars above and below eyes, bright white breast with three bright red streaks meeting in the center, with heavy yellowish beak protruding from the bushes beneath what appears to me to be a Willow tree. It flew out before I could make out the rest of the body. Could not refund during the following hour. Did see the Nashville in the same area, along with an orange crowned warbler with the grayish hood/back.

Happy 2020!


WILSON'S Warbler @ LakeMerced/GunClub 1/5/2020

 

A Wilson's Warbler was chipping away and giving occasional brief looks in the willows along the east edge of the defunct Pacific Rod & Gun Club (520 John Muir Dr.) this afternoon.

Perhaps this is a returning bird. A Wilson's Warbler was noted at this same location 1/14-20/2019.

A Barn Swallow flew by here as well, @16:12 heading east toward the Concrete Bridge continues as well.

Did we get either of these on the Count? I don't recall.



Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Weekend Access to Outer Point, Point Reyes

auntiestrophe
 


Hi birders,

I heard from park staff that some birders were trying to drive out past Drakes Beach earlier today after the shuttles started running. Apologies for that, esp. for those trying to get out to Mendoza, or B Ranch, to see the Painted Bunting. 

The park runs shuttle buses on the weekends to alleviate the traffic nightmares of the past from visitors wanting to see whales and elephant seals.  The shuttles operate on weekends and federal holiday Mondays from late Dec thru late March to mid-April. Please check the park website at nps.gov/pore for details, logistics, hours, etc.

Good birding,
Carlo Arreglo
Park Ranger
Point Reyes National Seashore 


Canvasback

Brian Fitch
 

A drake is with the scaup flock between Yosemite slough and Candlestick.
The first I’ve seen here in years.
Brian Fitch


Re: Marbled Murrelets in near-shore waters

Rudyard Wallen
 

Hey Folks,

here's the eBird follow up on those Marbled Murrelets

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62917020

cheers

-Rudy
SF


Waterthrush

Brian Fitch
 

While I was birding the concrete bridge at South Lake Merced, a silent waterthrush flitted through the reeds and willows on the south side, mid-span, never stopping long enough for me to get my binoculars on it.  It bobbed its tail quickly and constantly, and showed no difference in color between the flanks and the rest of the body.  I couldn't discern the supercillium or throat details, but my quick impression was of a Northern, which has overwintered in the area before.

Brian Fitch


Re: 12/31- Tundra Swan over SF Zoo

birdwoman7007
 

SWEET HUGH, 
Double whammy, 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2020 will be the best yet.
Thanks for sharing.
Leslie :;)

On Dec 31, 2019, at 7:32 PM, H Cotter <chatwren@...> wrote:

Having dipped on the Scarlet Tanager and having to leave, at approx 11.30 AM I was walking on the north side of the large overgrown pond at the Zoo when a Tundra Swan flew over very low and looked like it was heading towards Lake Merced. I gather it was not relocated there later. 
A little late for the SF CBC but a nice end to the year. Hugh
_TUSW.jpeg


12/31- Tundra Swan over SF Zoo

H Cotter
 

Having dipped on the Scarlet Tanager and having to leave, at approx 11.30 AM I was walking on the north side of the large overgrown pond at the Zoo when a Tundra Swan flew over very low and looked like it was heading towards Lake Merced. I gather it was not relocated there later. 
A little late for the SF CBC but a nice end to the year. Hugh
_TUSW.jpeg


Lesser Black Backed Gull at Lake Merced

Joachim Gonzalez
 

At around 12:15 Lucas Stephenson and I found a Lesser Black Backed Gull at the Gull flock on the Wooden Bridge. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


Yellow Warbler

Peter & Amy
 

Didn’t get a picture but is it possible that I saw an immature female Yellow Warbler in my back yard today? Very mono-olive with a small amount of black banding on wings. Not as plump as a vireo and bill was also longer than a vireo. I’m in the St. Mary’s Park neighborhood.

Amy Kuhlmann


Blue-gray Gnatcatcher @ Presidio - Picture

Ken Moy
 

This morning Nancy Palmer and I refound the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher along the driveway into the pre-school on Battery Caufield Road. Courtesy of Nancy, a picture is attached.

Best of birds for 2020!

Ken Moy


Re: Last day of SF Count Week. Eurasian wigeon pier 94

Pat Greene
 

Roosting—rufous head with yellower ‘bald pate’ than adjacent Americans. Sides shadowed so hard to get grey

Pat Greene

All thumbs from my iPhone.

On Dec 30, 2019, at 6:52 AM, Siobhan Ruck <ms.siobhan.ruck@...> wrote:

A reminder that today, Monday 12/30, is the last day of Count Week for San Francisco. Please report any unusual species seen. We can add them to our total, even if they weren’t seen on count day itself.

Thank you,
Siobhan Ruck SF



Free admission to SF Zoo today for first to reply

Beverly Cronin <beverly.cronin@...>
 

I'm going to the San Francisco Zoo today to look for the Scarlet Tanager and Orchard Oriole. My membership is for myself + one guest. I should be there by noon. Send a private message if interested and can make it by noon (it's not a paper ticket, so it can't be left at will call)


Orchard Oriole Too!

Joachim Gonzalez
 

A Orchard Oriole just appeared in the Euks behind the white animal posters near the Eagle Island. 

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


Scarlet Tanager continues

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Last seen at 9:13am in the berry bushes between Pecaries and Eagle Island. With a robin flock

Good Birding,
Joachim Gonzalez


Last day of SF Count Week

Siobhan Ruck
 

A reminder that today, Monday 12/30, is the last day of Count Week for San Francisco. Please report any unusual species seen. We can add them to our total, even if they weren’t seen on count day itself.

Thank you,
Siobhan Ruck SF