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Re: Ridgway’s Rail at Fort Mason

William Grant
 

Still there at 12:30
East of Van Ness near pier

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Subject: [SFBirds] Ridgway’s Rail at Fort Mason

Foraging at the base of the abandoned pier in Aquatic Park

Ridgway’s Rail at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Foraging at the base of the abandoned pier in Aquatic Park

Yellow headed blackbirds Friday Field

C Lou
 

1013am. YELLOW HEADED BLACKBIRD continues at the east end of Crissy Field in tne Presidio.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Kestrel on Bernal Heights Hill

Donna Hayes
 

Hi all,

During my walk Thursday afternoon, I saw a male American Kestrel on the south side of Bernal Heights Hill. A pair of kestrels were seen at the same pine tree during the summer.

In the past week, the north side of the hill was busy with Red-breasted Nuthatches, Western Meadowlarks, a Townsend’s Warbler, Say’s Phoebes, and Golden-Crowned Sparrows. Last Saturday, I saw a Peregrine Falcon and a Red-Tailed Hawk interact. Never saw a Peregrine on the Hill before. Fall, indeed!


Good birding,
Donna Hayes

Fort Mason: Tropical Kingbird, Clay-Colored Sparrow and Orchard Oriole

David Assmann
 

One ORCHARD ORIOLE and TROPICAL KINGBIRD in the Battery; a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on the east side of the Headquarters this morning.

B&W Warbler & Clay-colored Sparrow at Beach Chalet

Brian Turner
 

Both birds south of the chalet along the path around 9am this morning. 

Also of local interest White-throated sparrows are back. I had one to the east of beach chalet and one has been present at Elk Glen Lake for about a week. Yesterday a Lincoln's Sparrow was in the mixed flock on the south side of Elk Glen by the maintenance yard. 
 
Good birding, 
Brian Turner

Re: Strawberry Hill hazard: Update

noreen_weeden
 

Thank you for photographing the hazard tree limb over the trail at Strawberry Hill.
I reported this to SF Rec and Parks Dept as they manage Golden Gate Park.
This can also be reported to 311

Happy and safe birding

Fort Mason Orchard Orioles

David Assmann
 

Following up on Peter's posts from yesterday, this is turning out to be quite a fall for ORCHARD ORIOLES at Fort Mason.  This morning there were two in the Battery (female/young male), and the continuing young male in the Garden (not one of the ones that Peter saw yesterday). At a minimum over the last two days, there have been four ORCHARD ORIOLES at Fort Mason!

Strawberry Hill hazard: Update

Ken Moy
 

See photo of deadfall hazard on middle path upslope from the pavilion. It's at the intersection with the very steep log steps cutting through the landscaped area. There are no warnings and path is open. I will not be standing under this tree while birding.

Re: Multiple Orchard Orioles Fort Mason

Peter Pyle
 

Apologies for all the OROR posts... but my OROR2 below, upon further scrutiny of all the photos, does have a couple of black feathers in the throat (I had thought shadow), so maybe this is the one reported earlier in the garden. Back to "2-4". P

At 03:35 PM 10/15/2019, Peter Pyle via Groups.Io wrote:
After posting below I see the other reports of one with a black bib in the garden, which none of the ones I saw had. So, maybe "3-5". Peter

At 03:32 PM 10/15/2019, Peter Pyle via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi all -

Spent a late lunch hour hoping that the (or one of the) Lewis's Woodpeckers was still around at Fort Mason. No luck there but every time I turned around there seemed to be an Orchard Oriole. Minimum 2, maximum 4; 2 in Battery area, 2 in Community Garden (together, chasing each other around). Details and photos of each:
<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240>https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240

Cheers, Peter

Re: Multiple Orchard Orioles Fort Mason

Peter Pyle
 

After posting below I see the other reports of one with a black bib in the garden, which none of the ones I saw had. So, maybe "3-5". Peter

At 03:32 PM 10/15/2019, Peter Pyle via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi all -

Spent a late lunch hour hoping that the (or one of the) Lewis's Woodpeckers was still around at Fort Mason. No luck there but every time I turned around there seemed to be an Orchard Oriole. Minimum 2, maximum 4; 2 in Battery area, 2 in Community Garden (together, chasing each other around). Details and photos of each:
<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240>https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240

Cheers, Peter

Multiple Orchard Orioles Fort Mason

Peter Pyle
 

Hi all -

Spent a late lunch hour hoping that the (or one of the) Lewis's Woodpeckers was still around at Fort Mason. No luck there but every time I turned around there seemed to be an Orchard Oriole. Minimum 2, maximum 4; 2 in Battery area, 2 in Community Garden (together, chasing each other around). Details and photos of each:
<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240>https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240


Cheers, Peter

Long Weekend Fort Mason Local Interest & Yellow Headed Blackbird

David Assmann
 

Small numbers of migrants continue to move through Fort Mason, and overwintering birds are building in numbers. The young male ORCHARD ORIOLE continues. On Saturday, there were six WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, three SAVANNAH SPARROWS, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, and a WESTERN TANAGER. Sunday the highlight was a PARASITIC JAEGER chasing an ELEGANT TERN just north of Aquatic Park. There were also three BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, five RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. Today two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flew east over the water, the intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER posed in the garden, two WESTERN MEADOWLARKS moved through and presumed overwintering birds included three HERMIT THRUSHES and two RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS. Later in the morning today, Juan Garcia, Karen Pair and I were on the bridge at Crissy Lagoon when a calling YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD flew right over our heads, heading southwest.

Sutro Baths Seawatches - Sun and Mon

Joachim Gonzalez
 

On both Sunday and Monday I did a seawatch from Sutro Baths. Although starting I little later than I had hoped, they were still good. Lots of action especially with Terns and Jaegers

Sunday
Northbound Pintail flock
Lots of Surf scoters moving and with them were 2 Black Scoters (in different flocks)
A late Caspian Tern
6 Parasitic Jaegers

Monday
1 Black Scoter
9 Parasitic Jaegers
A few Red Throated and Common Loons
Canada Geese 8 and 3 heading North

Good birding
Joachim Gonzalez

Yellow Headed Blackbird

David Assmann
 

Just flew over Crissy Lagoon 

Raptors and F-18s

Richard Bradus
 

Thank you Brian Fitch!

I thought I was crazy but, shortly after arriving at Alta Plaza Park around 1 pm to watch the Blue Angels, I looked up and saw a hawk flying due south in a slight dihedral. Thinking "Red-tail" as they are the typical sighting, I was flabbergasted when I saw what looked like an almost completely pale underbody and wing with just a bit of dark "elbow" marks and dark wing tips, apparently un-banded tail - and no patagial stripe! It seems almost certain that this was the same Ferruginous that Brian reported flying over Buena Vista just a short time later.

Interestingly, after the Blue Angels started roaring overhead, a pair of Red-tails actually flew about just to the northwest of the park, putting on a display of their own with tandem flight and then circling each other with talons out. And a bit later an immature Red-tail flew over, due south in the same course as the Ferrug., plus an adult Red-shouldered  - all seemingly ignoring the screaming jets in our midst (and totally unlike my experiences in past years atop Hawk Hill when the raptors seems disappear when the jets scream into the area).

And, despite the noise and geopolitical ramifications, the air show was pretty good too.

Wow!

Richard Bradus
San francisco

Re: Rare Raptors

Brian Fitch
 

From late morning onward I'd been checking the sky east and west of my home (no N or S view here), and finally, a little before 1 PM, a TV soared past.  So I stopped my tasks and sat down to watch westward over BV and Corona just as the light morph juvenile Broad-winged popped up from the back of trees in the Davies Med Center and swept south, low, and well east of Corona.  A short while later, a very pale Ferruginous Hawk (therefore likely a juv) blasted by above me, right over the intersection of 14th & Noe.  Before 1:30, a big-appearing falcon came into view, soaring in broad circles over the east side of BV, lazily working south at a greater distance than the others.  It took a while to confirm the brown dorsal color and messy ventral markings, but eventually, I got decent views of the pale underwings and dark axillaries.  It also harassed a local Red-tailed for good size comps, as I was still uncertain of exactly how big it was until then.  The brown (vs. tan) upperparts and streaky belly again point to a juvenile.

I watched from around 12:55 to 2:30, when most birds stopped flying except ravens and local R-t's.  The count by that time included the above mentioned, 13 migrant Red-taileds, 6 Cooper's, a distant likely Sharpie, 2 TV's, an Osprey, and a juv Northern Harrier, adding up to one of the best short hawkwatches I've had from the house.  The Ferrug was new for the city year list and a house lifer, while the Prairie was (ridiculously) only new for the house.

While I'm at it, I'll report late on yesterday's strange watch at Battery Godfrey.  Not a single goose appeared, which shouldn't be possible on a clear October day with easterlies, and several other normal migrants were sparse as well.  But ducks made up for the lack, with Lucas Stephenson spotting an adult male White-winged Scoter and a female Black Scoter, each in separate Surf flocks, put an ID on the Long-tailed Duck I found but couldn't see clearly, and tossed in a fly-away Lewis's Woodpecker for good measure.  I'd never met Lucas and Mark before, so it was a fun intro.  It's been fascinating to finally meet and work with a number of the local teen birders these past three active weeks (Oscar, Joachim, Max's B & L, Lucas S, and of course Jonah, who I'd already met several years ago).  If they keep at it, the future of local birding is in good hands, and good eyes, with the type of acuity I miss from my youth.

Brian Fitch


On Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 1:34 PM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:
In the last 30 minutes, I've had Broad-winged and Ferruginous Hawks moving south on vectors east of Buena Vista and Corona, and just now another Prairie Falcon soaring SW over Corona.  All were apparent juvs.  Back to the watch...

Brian Fitch

Rare Raptors

Brian Fitch
 

In the last 30 minutes, I've had Broad-winged and Ferruginous Hawks moving south on vectors east of Buena Vista and Corona, and just now another Prairie Falcon soaring SW over Corona.  All were apparent juvs.  Back to the watch...

Brian Fitch

Strawberry Hill hazard

Ken Moy
 

The middle path upslope from the pavilion has a significant deadfall hazard that is not yet cordoned off. Be watchful.

Black and White Warbler @ Strawberry Hill

Ken Moy
 

Starting around 9 working its way from bottom to top of Falls. Female. Also, several black throated grays