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Battery Godfrey; 10/28

Brian Fitch
 

It was a much quieter and smokier morning at BG, spent with Kevin most of the time and Dom for a while.  The highlight for Kevin and I was a Rough-legged Hawk flying north pretty early.  It was likely the second darker bird seen yesterday, the one that hung around BG and Ft Scott for some time.  Just a few moments after I stopped tracking today's first R-leg, a very similar looking Rough-legged also started crossing north, so I tracked this one well out toward Marin to make sure it didn't pull a U-turn.  We couldn't tell if there were two or if the first circled back behind us for a second attempt to cross.

Not long before we left at midday, Kevin spotted a Ferruginous Hawk over Marin, but that bird didn't cross while we were watching.  There was also a nice push of Red-taileds between 11 & 12, maybe 25 or so. 

Other highlights included 3 apparent Hooded Mergansers heading east before the sun gave enough light to see their markings, but the silhouette looked good, a few more Cackling Geese, and Red Crossbills of both local and non-local types.

Brian Fitch

Unusual visit to Pier 94

Eddie Bartley
 

Took a break from the home remodel project and went with Noreen to Pier 94 late afternoon. She and a grad student at SFSU are doing an interesting Olympian Oyster study that Smithsonian is sponsoring checking for an invasive snail "drill". 

Low tide but the waves were high pushing water up over the rip rap and making oyster studying a bit tricky. Thick smoke hanging in the east bay hills but relatively blue overhead. 

Not many birds but some unusual ones and a rarity that I could not get 100% to species.

First the rarity: I flushed a Caprimulgidae twice, first time at very close range where I had a 3 or 4 second look and second time about a 5 second look, never saw it on the ground. I'm fairly confident it was a Common Poor-will based on the overall grayish look and no wing bars. I tried for about 30 minutes to stalk it in the thick and very dry brush but it is well, very thick and very dry in the area: the SW corner of the preserve. Last seen landing in the area by the largest Toyon along the wall. Urge caution in this section if you go to look for it.

Other unusual birds were an AMERICAN PIPIT in the marsh, a PACIFIC LOON out on the bay. 

Another unusual sight was an adult Peregrine Falcon in the "Hansen pond". Just sitting there for at least 10 minutes, taking a drink every once in a while, A dozen Mallards and another dozen gulls didn't seem too bothered. Always wonder about rodenticide when I see a raptor drinking water but it looked alert and then was gone when I checked on it again. 

Happy Trails!

Eddie Bartley

Some wind tossed flocks

Aaron Maizlish
 

Folks,

I birded this morning at Battery Godfrey, and then after being home for a few hours, for an hour this evening at Lake Merced. Stuff is moving around in the wind storm for sure. I expect the next couple of days might turn up some very good stuff that was hunkered down waiting for the winds to die down. The question of course is just where.

In addition to the two Rough-legged Hawks seen earlier, the other notable birds at the Battery was one flock of 77 Snow Geese + 1 Ross’s Goose that flew directly overhead. Def a high count for me in SF. Lots of Cackling Geese were on the move. I was later able to find mixed Canada/Cackling Geese on lawns in the Presidio, on Crissy Field, and just now at the entrance to Harding Golf Course. We had a large variety of ducks on the move - the most unusual being two mixed flock of Common/Red-Breasted Mergansers coming into the Gate, and also a single White-Winged Scoter.

At the Concrete Bridge about 15 Bonapartes Gulls were circling high up above the scrum of larger gulls. I couldn’t pick out any rarities, and just like that they all moved on. Finally of note, a few dozen Tricolored Blackbirds are in with the large blackbird group at Harding Golf Course entrance. Also doubt they’ll stick around, but you never know.

Aaron Maizlish

2 Rough-legged Hawks

Aaron Maizlish
 

We have had two Rough-legged Hawks from Battery Godfrey you n the last 20 minutes. The first a pale morph, second a darker adult, both at close range. The second started to cross the gate but turned around and headed back to the Presidio. Look up everyone. Seen by myself, Brian Fitch and Kevin McKereghan.

Aaron Maizlish

Re: Crossbills at Sunset Reservoir

Dominik Mosur
 

Hi Siobhan, I just observed a tight flock of 25-30 mostly bright red males fly over the museum about 3 mi east of you. They DID NOT sound like the local types .

Dominik Mosur

On Oct 26, 2019, at 13:45, Siobhan Ruck <ms.siobhan.ruck@...> wrote:

Doing yard work paid off. I had two (possibly more) Red Crossbills in the trees above the entrance at 28th and Pacheco about 20 minutes ago.

Siobhan Ruck, SF

Crossbills at Sunset Reservoir

Siobhan Ruck
 

Doing yard work paid off. I had two (possibly more) Red Crossbills in the trees above the entrance at 28th and Pacheco about 20 minutes ago.

Siobhan Ruck, SF

Odds & ends from Stowberry

Ken Moy
 

Good morning, arrived at the bottom of the falls on 10/26 @ 9 to find a large flock of yellow rumped warblers drinking and bathing with a few Townsend's. At the upper wooden bridge, got a good close up of the previously reported Wilson's warbler (pileolata) as it bathed alongside a Townsend's @ 9:30.

Over the past few weeks, I have been sighting two golden crowned kinglets (1 male often flashing its gold crown and 1 apparent female whose crown presents as white) on the North side and the summit of Strawberry Hill. This morning, I spotted a golden crowned kinglet whose crown appeared white at first then appeared to flash yellow in the dessicated pine at the top of the falls. I refound it at 11 from the lake level path just West of the concrete bridge. Last spotted the male yesterday at the summit. They and a continuing red breasted nuthatch may stay for a while.

Good birding!

Ken Moy

Battery Godfrey; 10/24

Brian Fitch
 

Another weak raptor showing, but ducks made up for it, and another hit of Evening Grosbeaks, males this time.  Birders included Dominik Mosur, Joachim Gonzalez, Jonah Benningfield, Peter Pyle, Josiah Clark, and Herb Brandt.  I stuck it out for 7.5 hours, and Joachim did even more.  Highlights only:

Cackling Goose - several small flocks
American Wigeon - a few scattered among mixed flocks
Mallard - likely non-feral
Cinnamon Teal - 1 female type
Northern Shoveler - few among flocks
Northern Pintail - 1 mono flock and a few others
Redhead - 1 definite and probably 4 others scattered in three mixed flocks
Greater Scaup - multiple flocks
Lesser Scaup - 2 with Greaters
Surf Scoter - many flocks throughout the day
White-winged Scoter - 2 females with Surfs
Red-breasted Merganser - 2 females
Northern Harrier - 2 juvs
Merlin - 1
Semipalmated Plover - 1
Dunlin - 1
Evening Grosbeak - 2 males at the Battery + likely 3rd male way out over the channel

Brian Fitch

Re: Eve grosbeaks

Brian Fitch
 

Most of my sightings today were of local interest.  Before and after 8AM, the East Wash below the Legion of Honor was very lively, with Band-tailed Pigeons, a Red-breasted Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Golden-crowned Kinglets, flyover Western Bluebirds, singing Varied Thrush, Red Crossbills, and many Pine Siskins all present.  At one point, I looked up to a high flock of roughly 70 Varied Thrush flying over.  They headed north until they got over the water and then turned toward the bridge.  There were also many flocks of Band-taileds crossing the Gate in the distance, with a flock of around 120 out toward Battery Godfrey, another flock of 40 right behind, and five other large pigeon clouds queued up along the Marin ridges.

I was traversing the parking lot below the museum when the two female Evening Grosbeaks flew over, giving their emphatic "peeuw" call.  Like the thrushes, they flew north until they reached the coast and then turned eastward, disappearing behind the golf course cypresses.

The knoll just north of the Sutro Baths had a Bewick's Wren and a Spotted Towhee in the wood piles, and the baths themselves had a returning Marsh Wren, as well as 27 Ring-necked Ducks.  Ft Miley West was full of Red-breasted Nuthatches, with two separate flocks of them beeping away in the conifers.
Brian Fitch



On Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM Brian Fitch via Groups.Io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Two female evenings just flew over heading north them turning east at Land's end between east wash and west

Visible and calling loudly.
Brian Fitch. 8 55 am

Re: Ferry / Sue Bierman Park - Black-throated Green Warbler

Jack Hayden
 

You're welcome Pat! I just returned from the park and also had some fleeting views of the Black-Throated Green Warbler. One of the sapsuckers looks good for a Red Naped x Red Breasted Hybrid: distinct black and white face stripe overlaid with some touches of red, red limited to throat, upper breast, and crown and nape of head, white stripe extending behind eye discernible. I'll have to look at my images later. A continuing House Wren was heard in the western section of the park and a Varied Thrush was present.

Jack Hayden
Albany

Re: Ferry / Sue Bierman Park - Black-throated Green Warbler

Patricia Mahoney
 

I spent a pleasant 1.5 hours looking for the Black-throated Green Warbler today. It appeared at 12:10 PM, low in the poplars next to the maintenance yard, close to Drumm St. 

Earlier, two Red-breasted Sapsuckers flew into the spindly sycamore tree on the sidewalk next to the public restroom. Townsend’s Warblers, Yellow-rumps, Ruby-crowned Kinglets (chasing each other and displaying ruby crowns!), Anna’s Hummingbirds (chasing everyone), a Black Phoebe, one robin, a calling flicker and the famous parrots, made the rounds, too.

Birder, Nico, shared the Black-throated Green Warbler’s visit: yay! Thanks, Birder-photographers, for the excellent photos. Thanks, again, Jack, for leading me to another pretty Warbler!

Besides the usual urban hum, a man with a decent voice was singing opera arias under the south-side poplars.

Pat Mahoney
Hayward


On Oct 22, 2019, at 10:13 AM, Jack Hayden <jellsworthhayden@...> wrote:

I had the same experience where the bird was feeding low in the tree and then I couldn't relocate for the next fifteen minutes, despite other birds remaining active. You can view my OK pictures here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60827245

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Eve grosbeaks

Brian Fitch
 

Two female evenings just flew over heading north them turning east at Land's end between east wash and west

Visible and calling loudly.
Brian Fitch. 8 55 am

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur (!!!)

Oscar Moss
 

Sorry all, to clarify. This was at battery Godfrey. Heading south following a large group of pipits.

Oscar

On Oct 22, 2019, at 11:19 AM, Oscar Moss <oscartmoss@...> wrote:

Just flew over my head going south, gave classic ‘kiddle’ call 4 times. Absolutely insane

Oscar

Chestnut-collared Longspur (!!!)

Oscar Moss
 

Just flew over my head going south, gave classic ‘kiddle’ call 4 times. Absolutely insane

Oscar

Re: Ferry / Sue Bierman Park - Black-throated Green Warbler

Jack Hayden
 

I had the same experience where the bird was feeding low in the tree and then I couldn't relocate for the next fifteen minutes, despite other birds remaining active. You can view my OK pictures here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60827245

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Re: Ferry / Sue Bierman Park - Black-throated Green Warbler

Teale Fristoe
 

Jack's black-throated green warbler continued in the same stand of poplars this morning. These trees are near the public toilet. The bird was seen fairly low in good light for a good minute before it disappeared and we could not relocate it.

Happy birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

On Mon, Oct 21, 2019, 2:34 PM Jack Hayden <jellsworthhayden@...> wrote:
Today around 1:30 I found a Black-throated Green Warbler in the stand of six poplars just east of Drumm Street in the Eastern section of the park. There were several Yellow-rumped Warblers it was loosely associating with, and when I first saw it it was in pretty high in the tree. The warblers tend to follow the sun in this building-shaded park. I have decent photos of this female/immature warbler which I'll put on eBird later. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was also in this stand.

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Battery Godfrey Flight; 10/21

Brian Fitch
 

An interesting mix of species flew through or over the Golden Gate today, including:

Greater white-fronted Goose - 110, 2, east
Cackling Goose - 17, 19, east
White-tailed Kite - 2 just after 1 PM, south
Merlin - north, spotted by Oscar
Parasitic Jaeger - 4 pirating, 4 flying over the bridge
Band-tailed Pigeon - 40, 75, 60, 25 south, and many more eastbound over Marin
Northern Flicker 20+, mostly north
Varied Thrush - 250+, many flying high enough that I'm sure this is an undercount, all north
American Pipit - 40+, east
Yellow-rumped Warbler 75+, mostly north
Red Crossbill - flock of 25 non-locals, north; Oscar had the same flock from Ft Scott just before they came over me.

Brian Fitch

Ferry / Sue Bierman Park - Black-throated Green Warbler

Jack Hayden
 

Today around 1:30 I found a Black-throated Green Warbler in the stand of six poplars just east of Drumm Street in the Eastern section of the park. There were several Yellow-rumped Warblers it was loosely associating with, and when I first saw it it was in pretty high in the tree. The warblers tend to follow the sun in this building-shaded park. I have decent photos of this female/immature warbler which I'll put on eBird later. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was also in this stand.

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Re: Yellow headed Blackbird

Dave Weber
 

YHBB with cowbirds on mound near warming hut 1:30. Oblivious.



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

-------- Original message --------
From: C Lou <cdlou37@...>
Date: 10/21/19 10:19 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfbirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] Yellow headed Blackbird

Continues near Pine Tree
In flock at Western end Of Crissy Field.

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

Seawatch -- Black Scoters, 10/20/19

Paul Saraceni
 

Yesterday (10/20) morning during a seawatch from the south end of the Great Highway there was a nice flock of 14 BLACK SCOTERS (11 m. & 3 f.) on the water, a good number for October. There were only 2 m. present during my scan from this location on 10/18. Hopefully this portends well for a good wintering flock at this traditional location, after lower than typical numbers last winter. 

Other observations of local interest:

N. Pintail 1 f. (oddly, this bird was sitting on the ocean in the middle of a flock of California Gulls)
Surf Scoter 11
Merlin 1 (fly-over NW)
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 1
Red-thr. Loon 2
Clark's Grebe 1
W. Grebe 3
Killdeer 1
Long-billed Curlew 5 (on the beach for a while with Marbled Godwit flock)
Marbled Godwit 30 (precise count; including 1 smaller, paler individual of this species)
Black Turnstone 1 (flying N)
California Gull 1000+ (most flying N)
Glaucous-winged Gull 3 1Ws
Elegant Tern 17
PARASITIC JAEGER 2 ad.
Say's Phoebe 1
Black Phoebe 2

Also:
Bottlenose Dolphin 1

Paul Saraceni 
San Francisco