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

Daniel Scali
 

Hello all,

Again today a number of folks went in search of the sapsucker with no finds. Wesley Fritz down in Santa Barbara has a lot of experience with sapsuckers and gave some tips to figure out if the bird is likely to stay. Most importantly he said they don't like people too much -- I hope I didn't scare it away.

Wesley and others with experience have weighed in. Nobody thinks it is a pure Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Most are hesitant to call it a pure Red-naped based on age and a few odd plumage details (not sure what they are).

I realized there are actually a few decent photos in the bad ones I didn't share yesterday. Sent those to Wesley and I'll see if I can show them to Mr. Pyle as well.

Good birding,
Dan 

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

Daniel Scali
 

Hi bird people,

I was able to view and photograph the drumming and foraging sapsucker for about 45 min this morning from 11:00 am. I had no experience with comparing these two sometimes identical (nearly) species so I didn't know exactly what I was looking for. The bird would climb a branch inspecting its holes or making new ones, then fly down to another branch. I know it spent time on at least 2 of the Oaks. The light was only a little challenging from the substantial canopy.

A bunch of better birders than me came out for the bird (a victory for McLaren!!!). Alas. Just before Adam Winer arrived (about noon), as I was looking at my phone, a shadow swooped off low behind me -- towards University Ave -- and the sapsucker had not been refound by me or others when I took off at 3:30 pm. I really hope it comes back.

Directions from earlier: Go South on University past the driveway for McNab Pond
(Louis Sutter Playground) and halfway up the steep road. It was foraging
sap holes in the oaks there. Just a little down from the light blue house.

Here's my ebird list with what I feel are the most diagnostic photo angles. Personally I'm stumped :)


- Dan

Blackburnian Warbler Update

Leslie Bienenfeld
 

I've noticed folks continue to visit Duboce Park in search of the blackburnian warbler. I wanted to add that I see it (her?) often outside of 461 Waller St. She hops around on the sidewalk and sits in the branches of the tree-lined street. I saw her there around 4:15 pm today, and I often see her there in the morning. Good luck!
 

Red-Naped or Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Daniel Scali
 

At McLaren Park. Go South on University past the driveway for McNab Pond (Louis Sutter Playground) and halfway up the steep road. It was foraging sap holes in the oaks there. Just a little down from the light blue house.

I’m heading off but will be nearby. Email me if you need any location help.

Sweet!
Dan Scali

Rock Sandpiper, site loyal at HHP

Eddie Bartley
 

Got out to Heron's Head in the afternoon on January 10, 2020 in gorgeous weather, low tide after the King Tide in the morning. Birds were very active.

Nice diversity too, 53 species in a 90 minute visit. Nothing exceptional save the continuing ROCK SANDPIPER. Out at the tip, virtually the same area as where Ben and Teresa found it on November 2. 

Very large raft of Aechmophorus Grebes spread about, well over 100. Fair amount of diving ducks but Scaup continue to be nearly absent at HHP compared to the early 2000's but there were about a dozen this afternoon along the India Basin shore. A single Marsh Wren and Lesser Goldfinch rounded out the less common birds at this site.

Happy Trails!

Eddie Bartley

Fort Mason Local Interest Orchard Oriole, etc.

David Assmann
 

No 2020 new arrivals, but continuing overwintering birds include the male ORCHARD ORIOLE in the Community Garden, the WANDERING TATTLER on the abandoned pier (the only place in San Francisco with overwintering Tattlers), and a NASHVILLE WARBLER in the garden. Six WESTERN MEADOWLARKS appear to commute between the Great Meadow and Fort Mason and the Moscone Softball Fields. This morning the raptor activity included a MERLIN, a COOPER'S HAWK and a RED-TAILED HAWK. WESTERN BLUEBIRDS have been showing up periodically (1 today, 3 yesterday). ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS are displaying and gathering nesting material. Although not seen today, a YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER and an Integrade NORTHERN FLICKER are spending a lot of time together (photographed together multiple times over the past few weeks).

RB Grosbeak Continues @ BG

Ken Moy
 

Same tree, seen for 5 minutes around 9:20. Nashville Warbler and gray hooded Orange-crowned Warbler also in the area.

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
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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
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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