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Misc sightings

Alan Hopkins
 

This morning a tanager called briefly from the trees between the East Wash and the 3rd T. It sounded to my ears more like a Summer than a Western but I never saw it. There was a Red Crossbill calling along the path to the 3rd T and later another Crossbill singing in the trees along the maintenance road by the De Young. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was calling along the coast trail between the east wash and Eagle Point. 

Sunday there was a Lazuli Bunting in the newly restored open area at the foot of the steps leading down from Inspiration Point in the Presidio. At El Polin there was a Bewick's Wren and a Mockingbird. I didn't see David or his Rose-breasted Grosbeak. The Olive-sided Flycatcher was calling from a nearby tree top. It would be great if we could confirm its nesting. The Presidio seems to be cutting a lot of the old pines and it would tragic if they cut down the trees that one of the City's last Olive-sided Flycatcher nests in.

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Fort Mason and El Polin Spring Local Interest - Western Kingbird, etc.

David Assmann
 

A WESTERN KINGBIRD and a PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER were the only migrants at Fort Mason today (and I didn't see any migrants yesterday). A family of 4 HOODED ORIOLES has been roaming - saw them in the garden and in the Battery this morning. A late RED-THROATED LOON was in Aquatic Park. Yesterday at El Polin Spring, after seeing the ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, I also observed a singing male LAZULI BUNTING below Inspiration Point - there was also a female in the vicinity. A family of WILSON'S WARBLERS has been flying back and forth across the path at the foot of the stairs going up the hill.

Crissy Shorebirds

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Knot is chillin at Northern Shore of the Lagoon. The Dowitcher is near the bridge. 

Joachim Gonzalez and Lucas Corneliussen

Cackling Goose and BREEDING House Wrens

 

An "Aleutian" Cackling Goose was with California Gulls on South Lake Merced this morning (6/9/2019.)

A couple of days ago a House Wren was observed carrying food to a cavity in a eucalyptus tree at the west end of Pine Lake Park. Presumably the same pair used the same cavity last year. These are the only documented records of House Wren breeding in San Francisco so far.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Misc sightings; Battery Godfrey, June 8, 9: Black Swift’s , Western Kingbirds, Red-breasted nuthatch

H Cotter
 

With the warm temps and NE- E winds spent some time at Battery Godfrey on both June 8 and 9 . Paul Saraceni was with me on the 9th.
Both days had some nice late migrant movement.

June 8 was a short visit of only an hour.
Highlights included;
Black Swift - group of 8-10 birds moving north
Western Kingbird- 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

June 9 - Paul and I spent a number of hours with highlights including:

Elegant Terns -6 in the channel
Western Kingbird - 1 and 1 unidentified kingbird sp
Western Tanager - 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch -2 my first of year 
Bullocks Oriole - 1
Lazuli Bunting - at least 4
And lingering Waxwing and one House Sparrow, a Battery rarity😊

Hugh


Red Knot continues

Lee Guichan
 


Red Knot continued this morning about 7:30am at Crissy Field lagoon; it was on the north side close to dirt trail, it flew to the island in the lagoon.
Roads were closed and will be closed until noon, special event Swim to Alcatraz triathlon.


Lee Guichan
San Francisco
                                                                                                          

Re: male American Redstart a min ago

Daniel Scali
 

Hey Oh,

I was able to relocate the Am Redstart a few hundred yards up el Camino Del Mar, maybe 150 yards up from hole 17. N side of the road, foraging high in the various eucs. So hard to find visually, but it sang steadily away for over an hour. A tantalizing vireo made a Houdini appearance as well. It was warbling-like but had more yellow and a black eye-line. I didn’t get any other details. Probably Red-eyed vireo(?).

Good vagrant chasing!
Dan

Rose Breasted Grosbeak at El Polin

David Assmann
 

Female - at base of stairs

male American Redstart a min ago

Daniel Scali
 

18th tee box, Lincoln Park golf course

Dan

Western Kingbird and other local interest

David Assmann
 

After leaving the RED KNOT at Crissy Lagoon this morning, I did a loop around the Presidio, starting with Battery Godfrey (nothing unexpected), and then moving to Mountain Lake Park, where a WARBLING VIREO was singing, and a WESTERN TANAGER was on the hillside south of the park. I also heard what I thought was a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, makings its "turlee" call, but I couldn't find it to confirm.  Spent the last part of the morning at El Polin Spring, where the two surprises were a late WESTERN KINGBIRD, and a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH. I also had a WESTERN TANAGER, a continuing OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, at least one PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, and at least seven WILSON'S WARBLERS. There are lots of newly fledged birds everywhere - yesterday I had a newly fledged WESTERN BLUEBIRD at El Polin, and a newly fledged NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER at Fort Mason.  CLIFF SWALLOWS are in nests near the Warming Hut at Crissy Field - hope they are successful.

Red Knot Continues

David Assmann
 

Near the bridge

Red knot at crissy

H Cotter
 

There is currently an unseasonable red knot at crissy on the small island to the west - looks mostly in alternate plumage 

Hugh


Jean Richmond correction

rosita94598
 

The date of Jean Richmond's passing was May 27--my mistake.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Re: Jean Richmond Memorial

Roberta Guise
 

Jean’s book was my birding bible when I got interested in birds in 1986 (Surf Scoter in Aquatic Park in August had me smitten). Together with the Nat Geo guide it was the perfect informational couplet.

What a wonderful legacy she gave the birding community.

Warmly,
Roberta

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On Jun 5, 2019, at 11:53 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:

A memorial for Jean Richmond is to be held at 10 AM Saturday July 6 at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville.  See this link for directions:  http://www.cpcdanville.org/servicetimes/

Jean passed away June 27 at her home in Alamo.  She was a member of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society for more than 45 years.  She is the world famous author of Birding Northern California, the seminal guide to birding our area which was first published in 1985.  The book was written on her home typewriter during her 11-year stint as editor of the MDAS newsletter The Quail.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Jean Richmond Memorial

rosita94598
 

A memorial for Jean Richmond is to be held at 10 AM Saturday July 6 at Community Presbyterian Church in Danville.  See this link for directions:  http://www.cpcdanville.org/servicetimes/

Jean passed away June 27 at her home in Alamo.  She was a member of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society for more than 45 years.  She is the world famous author of Birding Northern California, the seminal guide to birding our area which was first published in 1985.  The book was written on her home typewriter during her 11-year stint as editor of the MDAS newsletter The Quail.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Ash-Throated Flycatcher at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER vocalized in the Battery this morning, making its distinctive calls. A WESTERN WOOD PEWEE was also in the Battery, although it did not stay as long as the Ash-Throated.

Re: Eaki

C Lou
 

Eastern Kingbird high in euc.
Above stone bridge over Dragonfly Creek at Kobbe and Upton in Presidio.

Calvin Lou
SF



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-------- Original message --------
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...>
Date: 6/4/19 7:33 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SF Birds <SFBirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SFBirds] Eaki

Eastern kingbird still at dragonfly creek presidio
Brian fitch

Baltimore Oriole

David Assmann
 

continues at Dragonfly Creek

Eaki

Brian Fitch
 

Eastern kingbird still at dragonfly creek presidio
Brian fitch

BAOR Presidio

David Nelson
 

Thanks to a tip from David Tomb and Oscar Moss, I saw the Baltimore Oriole at 6:35pm, in the large Eucalyptus tree at the 1218 Bldg., Upton Ave., and also in the second Euc., across the driveway leading to the north side of the 1201 Bldg.

Good birding!

David W. Nelson