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FYI - SF and San Mateo pelagic this Saturday

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hi all,

  The blow we had the last couple of days is taming down and the weekend looks to be good pelagic weather. This is the last of the season, and perhaps the best option for Flesh-footed and Short-tailed shearwaters (we hope). We are likely to bird both SF and SM counties, and will hopefully find the food rich area we saw last week. With nice shearwater concentrations offshore.

   If you are interested, please visit: http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ for the last boat of the year!!

Thanks so much local birders for your interest in these trips, they would not be possible without your support. We have had a ton of fun out there this year, thanks for the good times.

Good birding

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

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www.alvarosadventures.com

 

MacGillivray's Warbler, Sue Bierman Park

Mark Rauzon
 

Thought I'd see if lightning strikes twice. It sorta did. Last year I went to Sue Bierman Park on this day and found a Mourning Warbler. Today I went there and found a MacGillivray's Warbler. This bird seemed to show up after Jim Chiropolos and I had been there about a hour without seeing it. Jim did find a White-throated Sparrow at the top of the hill,
http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h23838ba3#h1e81c917

and this is where, around noon time, I found the MacGillivray's Warbler, hopping on the sidewalk even! 
http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h23838ba3#h3fef63cc

Also seen were a Fox, several White-crowned and Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Townsend's Warblers and an Orange-Crowned Warbler, a Red-breasted Sapsucker and a Western Flycatcher.

Happy birding! 

Mark J. Rauzon
Oakland

Re: El polin clay-colored sparrow, lark sparrow infantry terrace

Rob Cullison
 

Bob Gunderson found another Lark Sparrow at Crissy between the restrooms and the eastern end of the lagoon.  Seen between 10:30 and 11:00 this morning.
It's an invasion.

Rob Cullison

Common Merganser at Sutro Baths

David Assmann
 

The female COMMON MERGANSER that had been previously reported at Sutro Baths was still there at 11 am this morning.

El polin clay-colored sparrow, lark sparrow infantry terrace

Josiah Clark
 

During a fun morning with Jonah and Pauline we encountered a Clay-colored Sparrow at El Polin just across from the dried up fresh water swale , perhaps the bird reported by Bob yesterday. Also of note was another Lark Sparrow (generally quite scarce in SF but my 3rd in 2 days) at the rarely birded infantry terrace community garden.
Few other migrants about but Jonah did spot a warbling vireo there as well. Bird herders just reported the wind on the switch to NE. As they said, "find a hill"!

Possible Brewer's sparrows in the Presidio

Bob Hall
 

I was walking the Tennessee Hollow trail near the restoration area that was completed last year, I believe--between a parking lot and the Y. The area is chock full of seeds and should be good for sparrows all winter. I saw two sparrows there and in my haste to eliminate clay-colored and chipping sparrows, I admit I forgot to focus on the biggest clue of all--the eye ring. I never made it to the Sierras this summer so that field mark wasn't in my head. Other field marks were good for Brewer's, like the fluffy punk rock tuft on the head, lack of complete eye stripe, no gray on the nape. They had a white buffy breast with faint streaking.

There was also a Say's Phoebe in the area.


In the flowering scarlet euke near El Polin, there was a Western tanager.


Two days earlier, I heard acorn woodpeckers calling in the oak woodland area in eastern GGP. The same area as two years ago.


Bob Hall

 

Fort Mason and Kobbe and Upton

David Assmann
 

A  WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (my FOS) and a SAVANNAH SPARROW were in the sparrow flock at the Fort Mason Community Garden this morning.  At least 11 (and probably a lot more) WESTERN MEADOWLARKS were migrating through the Great Meadow.  Two WESTERN TANAGERS were in the Battery. Two YELLOW WARBLERS - one in garden, one in Battery.  A GREAT HORNED OWL was in the palm tree behind the General's House. A late CASPIAN TERN was in with ELEGANT TERNS over Aquatic Park. A large, all dark swallow flew over the garden heading south (female Purple Martin?).  At Kobbe and Upton, found a Western PALM WARBLER behind the police station.


Lark and wt sparrows,hybrid sapsucker, Palm warbler etc presidio

Josiah Clark
 

Quite birdy out there this am. Starting out sparrow month I focused in on a massive flock at presidio hills (above landmark apartments) . I had 2 lark sparrows and Ivan Samuels found a palm warbler by the day care facility there. Over at mt lake dog run there was a hybrid red-napedx breasted sapsucker in the white bark euc above the coyote sign. A striking white throated sparrow in its usual spot there was Fos for me. Also Lincolns.
Other getting to be late migrants included w wood pee wee, 2 Bt grey warblers, and a beat up w tanager.
Red crossbills are back in force with jip jipping overhead in many spots all morning. As I got home a Tennessee- like chip eluded me in the street trees on lake street.
Imagine lots of birds will be on the move today so keep looking up.

Fort Mason this morning - Dickcissel, Palm Warbler

David Assmann
 

In addition to the male DICKCISSEL (still in close to alternate plumage) in the garden this morning, a PALM WARBLER was also found in the southwest corner of the garden.  2 WESTERN TANAGERS and a YELLOW WARBLER were in the Battery.


Re: Dickcissel at Fort Mason

Dave Weber
 

Dickcissel seen around the garden 11-11:30. However last seen flying south(?) over the white building.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

"david_assmann@... [SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Southwest corner of community garden

Dickcissel at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Southwest corner of community garden 

Owl - approximate location

Siobhan Ruck
 

In response to a few inquiries about the location of the Western Screech Owl I heard this morning: We are on 28th just south of Pacheco. I don't think it was directly across the street, but think it's on 28th between Pacheco on Quintara, probably mid-block but closer to Pacheco end.

Siobhan Ruck

Western Screech Owl

Siobhan Ruck
 

Experiencing a bit of insomnia, I just heard a Western Screech Owl trilling outside, presumably in the trees around Sunset Reservoir. It stopped before I could get my phone to try for a recording but I'll keep my ears open for another try.

They're common around our family cabin so I know the various trills well, but have never heard them in SF. Do they migrate?

Siobhan Ruck

Blackpoll at Fort Mason; Greater White Fronted Geese at Crissy

David Assmann
 

Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were in with the gaggle of 83 CANADA GEESE on Crissy Field this morning. At Fort Mason, a BLACKPOLL WARBLER was on the hillside north of the Battery, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was in the garden, and a WESTERN TANAGER flew out of the Battery.  Also got a quick glimpse of a Kingbird, but not long enough to specifically ID it.


Re: Tropical Kingbird @GGP Windmill 10/1/16

Lee Rudin
 

At windmill same as grfl. 8:00am

Lee rudin
Daly City. 



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SF sea-watch -- Jaegers, Acorn Woodpecker, et al., 10/2/16

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning (6:50-9:20 AM) I conducted a sea-watch at the south end of the Great Highway, joined by Ken Schneider for a portion of the time.  The seas were again glassy-flat with light W/SW winds and overcast under gradually lightening sky -- beautiful viewing conditions -- ahead of the slightly unstable weather (a few scattered showers) that occurred briefly in SF mid-morning.

Gulls were on the move N (especially California Gulls) and jaegers (PARASITIC and POMARINE) were quite close to shore.  Ken and I observed just one shearwater -- a BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER flying N.

The odd highlight for me, after Ken departed, was a migrant ACORN WOODPECKER that literally blew in off of the ocean around 9 AM and crash-landed on the ground just below the edge of the bluff above the beach, about 15-20' from where I was standing.  It was apparently stunned and remained tucked-in between rocks and on the dirt slope near a path to the beach for about 20 minutes, during which time I took some photos from where I was standing and directed a couple of surfers away from it as they headed down to the beach. Eventually it flushed as another surfer approached, but it flew OK for about 50' and landed on a scrubby dune in the middle of the closed parking lot.  I looked for it on the way back to my car but it had apparently moved in.  I will post some photos of this rather unusual occurrence in an eBird report.

Observations of local interest:

BLACK SCOTER 1 m. (on the ocean just beyond the surf)
Surf Scoter 4
Common Loon 8
Pacific Loon 2
Red-thr. Loon 2
W. Grebe 4
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER 1 (flying N)
Brown Pelican 80
Double-cr. Cormorant 4
Brandt's Cormorant 40
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Killdeer 1
Whimbrel 3
California Gull 80+
Heermann's Gull 120+
Elegant Tern 60+
Common Murre 1 (flying N)
PARASITIC JAEGER 10
POMARINE JAEGER 4 (including 2 dark-morphs)
ACORN WOODPECKER 1
Fox Sparrow 1 (heard calling from across the highway)

Also:
Humpback Whale 1-2
Harbor Porpoise 6-8

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

Skua-ville out there yesterday!

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hi everyone.

   We had a fun pelagic trip yesterday in good weather, but not flat calm, choppy enough that it was difficult to get on some alcids and phalaropes. This was in San Mateo and San Francisco counties. We had the great fortune to see at least 6, perhaps more, South Polar Skuas. These were all in San Francisco county. As a boat we recorded 5 species of shearwater, Sooty, Pink-footed, Buller’s, Black-vented and 3-4 people saw a bird called out by Gene Hunn in the front of the boat identified as a Short-tailed. Unfortunately most on the boat, including myself and the spotters did not see this bird. The description was solid, nothing head, bill, underwing and paler throat details. But what everyone did see was a very good number of Black-vented Shearwaters starting close to shore and before any Sooty had been seen, they continued well offshore including some near the continental shelf edge. Having Black-vented way offshore is not the norm, and at least one of these offshore birds was in SF county. Similarly odd, many Brown Pelicans, and a few Brandt’s Cormorants were also well offshore. It was frustratingly sunny on the ocean, making early morning views with strong low light almost impossible for picking out Manx Shearwater – I bet they are out there!

    What was great fun was finding an interesting situation off the continental shelf of bait fish concentrations, some in dense “bait balls” and others being munched on from below by splashing mid-sized fish that we identified as Bonito. We were hoping these were going to be Albacore, but the size was not large enough. Here there were good densities of shearwaters, mostly Pink-footed, some Buller’s (which continues in small numbers) and a few Sooty. We looked hard for Flesh-foot and did not find one unfortunately. The action would move from spot to spot, which we chased as it happened, it was a pretty exciting hour or so of birding offshore. A few Humpbacks showed up, a Fin Whale and some Pacific White-sided Dolphins including some crashing through the bait balls for a quick meal. Some of the skuas were in these fish concentrations along with a handful of Pomarine Jaegers. The setup was good for some rare shearwater to be there, there were  heart stopping moments but we could not pull out something else like a Flesh-foot or better out of the group. We do not know how extensive the area of fish concentration was, maybe it extended to the north of where we were?

     We did find the Northern Gannet on the way back, the classic alcids were out there with nice looks at Rhino Auklets although few fly by Cassin’s Auklets today were difficult to get on. A handful of Black-footed Albatross were about but curiously none in the fish concentrations. This really seemed to be something being exploited by the gulls and shearwaters. We did get into some warm water nearing 60 degrees, but did not find the clear blue water, albacore water, which can be interesting to be in. That could be out there but to the south of where we were able to get to given the weather. A little calmer and we would have gone down there to check it out. Maybe next weekend, on Saturday when we do our last pelagic of the season. This will be the best option for Short-tailed and Flesh-footed shearwaters we shall see!

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

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

Tropical Kingbird @GGP Windmill 10/1/16

Dominik Mosur
 

At gray flycatcher spot right now ~12:15pm

DM

Re: Fort Mason - Clay colored Sparrow

C Lou
 

Make that north-east of the gardens.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Date: 10/1/16 11:40 AM (GMT-08:00)
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Subject: [SFBirds] Fort Mason - Clay colored Sparrow

 

This morning, Brian Fitch spotted the Clay colored Sparrow north-west of the Fort Mason Community Gardens.

Later, the sparrow was on brick pathway into the gardens. The sparrow was seen along this pathway every 15 to 20 minutes, then would disappear.  I left the bird at 1000am by the entrance after it not seen for 1 hour.

Calvin Lou
SF 





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Fort Mason - Clay colored Sparrow

C Lou
 

This morning, Brian Fitch spotted the Clay colored Sparrow north-west of the Fort Mason Community Gardens.

Later, the sparrow was on brick pathway into the gardens. The sparrow was seen along this pathway every 15 to 20 minutes, then would disappear.  I left the bird at 1000am by the entrance after it not seen for 1 hour.

Calvin Lou
SF 





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