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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



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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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Fort Mason Local Interest - Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Warbling Vireo, Warblers

David Assmann
 

For about 30 minutes this morning, the Battery was full of birds - 10 WILSON'S WARBLERS, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 2 HOODED ORIOLES, at least one YELLOW WARBLER, a WARBLING VIREO and a BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER. All of these birds moved through quickly, and were gone by 8 am. I also spent some time at El Polin Springs, where a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was the only migrant I was able to find.  Final stop was Crissy Lagoon, where there were at least 1,500 ELEGANT TERNS.

Fort Mason Local Interest - Western Tanager, Western Kingbird, Olive Sided Flycatcher, etc.

David Assmann
 

The Battery in Fort Mason was quite active this morning with a WESTERN WOOD PEWEE, an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, a WESTERN TANAGER, two WILSON'S WARBLERS, a BROWN CREEPER and two WILSON'S WARBLERS. A WESTERN KINGBIRD flew over the Great Meadow. This afternoon I counted 24 SNOWY PLOVERS on Ocean Beach, and spotted a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE flying south along Ocean Beach at Noreiga.

Farallon Islands Pelagic Trips

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Good Morning, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys recently completed our first pelagic trips of the fall season. 

On August 4 we departed from Sausalito, heading to the Farallon Islands. It was a beautiful ride out to the islands with a few sooty shearwaters and common murres along the way. The islands were fog-free and looked stunning in the light. The NORTHERN GANNET was sitting on Sugarloaf almost surrounded by TUFTED PUFFINS! What a sight! 

Loads of PIGEON GUILLEMOTS were calling back and forth, along with more common murres and a single RHINOCEROS AUKLET. All of the usual breeding seabirds were present. Heading off the edge of the Continental Shelf, we had good views of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, more Rhinoceros Auklets and a few Cassin’s Auklets. Several HUMPBACK WHALES were feeding along the shelf break. On the return to Sausalito, we had splendid views of the iconic San Francisco skyline and, of course, the Golden Gate Bridge (from underneath it)!

We’re returning to the Farallon Islands this Sunday, August 11, departing from Sausalito at 7 a.m. Two spaces have opened up on this previously sold out trip. If you are interested, please email me directly: debi@....

You can view our complete fall schedule here: http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html

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Fort Mason Local Interest - Western Wood Pewee, Bullock's Oriole, Western Tanager

David Assmann
 

More migrant movement this morning at Fort Mason, with at least one WESTERN WOOD PEWEE in the garden, a nice male WESTERN TANAGER in the Battery, two WILSON'S WARBLERS (also in the Battery) and a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE over by the restroom (where there were also at least five HOODED ORIOLES).

Farallon Islands today

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello Birders

    Another magic day out on the water. This time a trip to the Farallon Islands with many great folks from the Golden Gate Audubon Society. Starting in Pillar Point Harbor we once again found the young male Harlequin Duck, as well as many Pigeon Guillemot. The Marbled Murrelet population continues to be good in Half Moon Bay, we saw 7 on our way out through the bay!! Best of all, in the morning while I was loading my car with coffee and treats for the pelagic, as I was in my driveway, I heard a Marbled Murrelet! I thought this may happen one day, and it did, a new Yard Bird…yippee.

   As is typically the case recently the first few miles were dense with Common Murre, and Sooty Shearwater as well as a smattering of Humpback Whales, and a couple of Harbor Porpoise. The travel out was a tad bumpy but not enough that it slowed our progress. Many more Sooty Shearwaters and murres as we headed out, as well as a couple of Rhinoceros Auklet. Things were much more fun around Southeast Farallon Island where the Northern Gannet was on Sugarloaf, although no Brown Booby today. Lots of Tufted Puffin as well as oodles of Common Murre, and good numbers of Pigeon Guillemot. Stand out was a single flock of approximately 250 Pigeon Guillemots, the largest single flock I have ever seen. A few Cassin’s Auklets and one Rhinoceros Auklet were around. Of course many pinnipeds including Northern Fur Seal, Harbor Seal, California Sea Lion and Steller’s Sea Lion.

    We went offshore from the island and eventually had some fantastic views of Black-footed Albatross, a few Pink-footed Shearwaters and a small pod of Risso’s Dolphin. Sunny skies and very pleasant ride back towards port. Perhaps the highlight for many was encountering a high concentration of Humpback whales on the way back with approximately 10 actively lunge feeding all around our boat, the whales accompanied by several hundred sea lions. The situation was stunning, there is lunge feeding, and then amazing five star, one of a kind, lunge feeding – the latter is what we experienced. Amazing! The anchovy they were feeding on were so thick, that you could see a large purple-blue stain in the water from the massive column of fish. It was awesome, to top it off a Tufted Puffin flew over (relatively close to shore here), and a nearly white and huge Mola mola showed itself to us. The white color was weird, it may actually have been leucistic but I have to research this.

  Great birds, great company and awesome show of marine mammals. We are heading out tomorrow again, surely it will be another fantastic day out. Weather is supposed to be calmer for the ride out. We shall see.

The next offshore trip is August 17 and there are still spots left.

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

 

Alvaro

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Local Interest - Migration Stirrings - Sharp Shinned Hawk, Wandering Tattler, Yellow Warbler, etc.

David Assmann
 

Spent most of the morning at Fort Mason, with a few interesting sightings including a SHARP SHINNED HAWK in the Battery, a WANDERING TATTLER in Aquatic Park (first sighting since spring at Fort Mason), and a WESTERN TANAGER near the cul-de-sac in front of the Battery. There was a small movement of WILSON'S WARBLERS, with at least five moving through - my first sighting of a Wilson's since May. Spent the last hour of the morning at Lafayette Park, where I met up with William Grant and we found a YELLOW WARBLER in the southwest corner of the park.

Osprey

Daniel Scali
 

Just now flying Northwest over Lincoln Park Golf Course

Pelagic report - Half Moon Bay.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

    A very diverse and interesting trip today. Highlight was a rare Leatherback Sea Turtle which was photographed well, perhaps my best views ever! A highlight that turned to a negative was a Minke Whale that was easily seen, often seeming to spy at us with full head out of the water. We eventually realized the poor whale was entangled, we reported it to the NOAA Whale entanglement group.

   Birds included the first Scripps’s Murrelet in northern California this year. We saw Wilson’s Storm-Petrel as well, both of these were in San Francisco county. Many Ashy Storm-Petrels, including some very close to the boat. Good numbers of Black-footed Albatross, a juvenile Sabine’s Gull, Northern Fulmar as well as many Sooty and a few Pink-footed Shearwaters. Common Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets were out there as expected. Harlequin Duck was a surprise in the harbor, and Blue Whale was also a good find as few have been out there. Humpback Whales were common. Lots of surprises, and some good photo opportunities as well as good weather made for a fun day out.

   Our next trip with openings is on August 17.

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

  Good birding!

Alvaro

 

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Local Interest - White Tailed Kite and Rocky Shorebirds

David Assmann
 

I checked the Golden Gate Yacht Harbor for returning shorebirds this morning and was rewarded with 7 BLACK TURNSTONES, 3 SURFBIRDS, 1 SANDERLING, 5 LEAST SANDPIPERS and 4 WILLETS. Spent an hour at Fort Scott where the highlight was a young WHITE-TAILED KITE, sitting on top of a tree in front of the ball fields.  A COOPER'S HAWK and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK did not appreciate the kite, and took turns dive-bombing it until it left. At the other end of the field a GREAT BLUE HERON was starting to eat a gopher when a RED-TAILED HAWK decided it wanted to steal the rodent and flew right at the heron, which flew off squawking, but holding onto its lunch.

Migrant Uptick This Morning in Lafayette Park

Lori Lee
 

After a few months of consistency, there were several new visitors to the park. 
* male western tanager
* pacific-slope flycatcher (calling and also seen)
* immature nuttall's woodpecker raising a ruckus
* immature/female wilson's warbler with possibly a second very yellow warbler in the bushes

So something is brewing. 

Lori Lee
SF

Re: Hermit Warblers @ Strawberry Hill

Chris Vance
 

Hermit Warbler seen at 1:30 on 8/1 north of the reservoir in pine trees. 
Thanks for the tip Ken.
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PAAU still present

Anne Kelley
 

The Parakeet Auklet gave good views today, late morning (11:15-11:45) at Hermit Rock.  
Anne Kelley

Dickcissel (not) update

Ken Moy
 

Returned to find CLou & CYap taking pictures of Hermit Warblers
 Decided Dickcissel was a female grosbeak that showed up.