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Black-and-White Warbler Mtn. Lake

Eddie Bartley
 

Just returned from a field trip at Mountain Lake in the Presidio where we had long, great looks at a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER foraging and preening. The bird was first spotted by an alert birder in the willows of the swale between the lake and the new 1.25 acre wetland restoration to the east. All in our group of 23 were able to get very good looks at it. About an hour later we got most excellent looks at presumably the same bird foraging in the restored willows and wax myrtle at the east end of the lake. Other good sightings included Orange-crowned Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Peregrine Falcon, a glimpse of a smaller falcon (probable Merlin) and two Sharp-shinned Hawks hunting, sparring briefly as well as juvenile and adult Red-tail fending off advances of a raven.

 

Dropped by Fort Mason later where my friend Pauline pointed out the continuing TROPICAL KINGBIRD behind the General’s House. Sporty looking male (2) and female (1) Red-breasted Mergansers were mingling with swimmers in Aquatic Park along with the typical Grebes but did not see the Red-necked Grebe (or any other red-necks for that matter ;)

 

Eddie Bartley

San Francisco

GGAS Field Trip - Kingbird, Tattler, Nashville, etc.

David Assmann
 

Arriving at Fort Mason at dawn, one of the first birds I spotted was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW hopping on the sidewalk leading back to the General's House. Heading to the Battery, I was able to see the RED-NECKED GREBE swimming far offshore. The 25 participants arriving shortly thereafter had a number of sightings, starting almost immediately with a COOPER'S HAWK west of the garden. The GREAT HORNED OWL in the palm behind the General's House was quite cooperative, and the Cooper's flew over as well.  From that vantage point, we could see the PEREGRINE FALCON on a boat mast in Aquatic Park. Three male RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, a BUFFLEHEAD, a COMMON LOON, and seven WESTERN GREBES were also in Aquatic Park.  The WANDERING TATTLER was working the shore and then flew and landed under the pier. Back in the garden, the group was able to find one of the NASHVILLE WARBLERS, and upon exiting the garden, a SAY'S PHOEBE (sitting fairly close to a BLACK PHOEBE). A RED-TAILED HAWK perched on the fire escape overlooking the garden for at least a half an hour. Participants staying until the very end were able to get good looks at the TROPICAL KINGBIRD behind the General's House. Collectively the group saw 50 species:

Canada Goose Bufflehead Red-breasted Merganser Common Loon Red-necked Grebe Western Grebe Double-crested Cormorant Pelagic Cormorant Brown Pelican Snowy Egret Cooper's Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Wandering Tattler Heermann's Gull Mew Gull Ring-billed Gull Western Gull Herring Gull Glaucous-winged Gull gull sp. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Great Horned Owl Anna's Hummingbird Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker Peregrine Falcon Red-masked Parakeet Black Phoebe Say's Phoebe Tropical Kingbird Western Scrub-Jay American Crow Bushtit Pygmy Nuthatch Ruby-crowned Kinglet Hermit Thrush American Robin Northern Mockingbird European Starling Nashville Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) Townsend's Warbler Fox Sparrow White-crowned Sparrow Golden-crowned Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Song Sparrow California Towhee Brewer's Blackbird House Finch House Sparrow



Local Interest: Red-Necked Grebe, Tropical Kingbird

David Assmann
 

Just spent a little over an hour in cloudy/drizzly weather at Fort Mason.  Highlights included the RED-NECKED GREBE swimming close to the main pier in Aquatic Park, the TROPICAL KINGBIRD landing about 10 feet away from me near the General's House, a WANDERING TATTLER on the abandoned pier and a GREAT HORNED OWL in its usual spot in the palm tree behind the General's House. Other observations included three male RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, two HORNED GREBES, and 2 COMMON LOONS in Aquatic Park; 2 PINE SISKINS in the garden and a COOPER'S HAWK over the road. Hopefully the rain will let up enough tomorrow morning for the GGAS walk to see these birds.

This morning I spent an hour walking around Crissy Lagoon with nothing unexpected - 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 6 WILLETS, 2 KILLDEERS, 7 MARBLED GODWITS, 1 LONG-BILLED CURLEW, 2 SANDERLINGS, 15 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 1 GREAT SCAUP, 11 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (1 male), a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and many other expected species.

Yesterday I spent the morning in the Botanic Garden in Golden Gate Park, where the highlights were two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, at least one NASHVILLE WARBLER and many VARIED THRUSHES (at least a dozen).


Ocean Beach

Dan Murphy
 

I did a Snowy Plover survey on Ocean Beach between Santiago and Stairwell 24 this morning.  There is lots of storm driven debris on the beach, particularly along the wrack line.  Here's what I saw:
Sanderling  343
Mew Gull  6
Western Gull  95
Glauscous-winged Gull  1
Raven  13
Marbled Godwit  4
Whimbrel  5
Long-billed Curlew  2
Snow Plover  53

Good birding,
Dan Murphy

Fort Mason Local Interest - Tropical Kingbird

David Assmann
 

Spent most of the morning at Fort Mason, scouting for Sunday's GGAS field trip.  There were two male RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS in Aquatic Park, along with two COMMON LOONS, one WANDERING TATTLER on the abandoned pier, and a PEREGRINE FALCON perched on the mast of a ship. The TROPICAL KINGBIRD continues behind the General's House.  A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was in with WHITE and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS behind the General's House as well.  The family of four WESTERN BLUEBIRDS was at the west end of the lawn in front of the house.  11 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS flew over the garden.  49 species total.


Herring Sausalito

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hi folks
A quick note that there are spawning herring in Sausalito, unfortunately much of it inaccessible. However, the fish stretch down to Fort Baker. The gulls were down as far as pt cavallo and seemed to be creeping south. Lots of Thayers in the mix, all big gulls.
Alvaro

Tattlers and Palm Warbler- Aquatic Park

C Lou
 

Aquatic Park- This afternoon, the two WANDERING TATTLERS were still sleeping on the outside railing of the abandoned pier. And the PALM WARBLER was trying to stay out
of the wind in the trees behind the South End Rowing Club.

Calvin Lou
SF

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Hi,
Took a few minutes to bird around noon and saw 2 Wandering Tattler on the abandoned pier and 2 Turkey Vultures soaring above historic tall ship Balclutha. 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 male Bufflehead with Western Grebes. In the morning while opening ships, I glimpsed a bird that may have been the Red-Necked Grebe but it dove before I could retrieve my bins to confirm.
Best,Carlo ArregloSan Francisco

Aquatic Park Local Interest

auntiestrophe
 

Hi,

Took a few minutes to bird around noon and saw 2 Wandering Tattler on the abandoned pier and 2 Turkey Vultures soaring above historic tall ship Balclutha. 1 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 male Bufflehead with Western Grebes. In the morning while opening ships, I glimpsed a bird that may have been the Red-Necked Grebe but it dove before I could retrieve my bins to confirm.

Best,
Carlo Arreglo
San Francisco

Orchard Oriole Continues At Elk Glen Lake - Photo Link

Bob Gunderson
 

The Orchard Oriole was present at Elk Glen Lake in Golden Gate Park today (1/11) about 12:40PM. I had been there about an hour and a half before it appeared. Ken Schneider and I both were able to get good looks and to photograph it.

 

A link to my photos is below:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bobgunderson/

 

 

Bob Gunderson

San Francisco


Local Interest West Side

David Assmann
 

Started the day at the south end of the Great Highway, where Paul Saraceni was doing a seawatch - nothing unusual - a number of BLACK SCOTERS in with the SURF SCOTERS, all three species of loons, and lots of HEERMAN'S GULLS. Then headed over to Lake Merced, where I met up with Bob Gunderson and Dan Murphy.  Best bird was a WILSON'S SNIPE clearly visible in the Vista Grande Canal. I had a WHITE-THROATED SWIFT fly over and a number of TREE SWALLOWS were visible from the concrete bridge.  I stopped at Ortega and 39th to observe at least five TRI-COLORED BLACKBIRDS in with BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS.  Final stop was Sutro Baths, where the juvenile GREEN HERON was working the shore of the ruins, and a COMMON GOLDENEYE was making a circuit in the water.


Terns, Barn Swallows, et al., Ocean Beach sea watch, 1/10/16

Paul Saraceni
 

Sunday morning (7:45-11:15) I did a sea watch from the south end of the Great Highway. Winds were out of the E-SE, seas were smooth but there were big swells and waves close to shore, skies were mostly overcast, and visibility was very good. Ken Schneider was present when I arrived and we combined forces until Ken left after an hour or so.

We observed 5 FORSTER'S TERNS (3/1/1) about 1/2 way to the horizon and beyond, all moving N.  As I noted in a previous post when I observed this species during the CBC, we typically do not see these terns off of Ocean Beach in the winter, as they seem to prefer to stay in the Bay.

We observed a nice movement of BONAPARTE'S GULLS (72 total), including a pulse line of 70 flying N out near the horizon.

I observed a single ANCIENT MURRELET flying S.

After Ken departed, around 9:45 AM, I scoped a mid-size tern flying N about 1/2 way to the horizon. It was larger and a heavier flier than the previously-observed Forster's Terns, with pale gray upperparts, mostly white underwings, and a shallow-forked tail. It did not give the large impression of a Caspian Tern and did not show the significant amount of black under the primaries that a Caspian should show. Size, structure, and plumage looked good for ROYAL or ELEGANT but I will leave it as Royal/Elegant Tern sp. as I was not able to get a good study of the bill; as between the 2 species, probability at this time of year favors Royal, even though that species is very rare for Northern California, though several have been recently observed from this sea watch on 1/2 and recently at Ano Nuevo in San Mateo Co.

At 10:50 AM I observed 2 BARN SWALLOWS flying N together just below the bluff.

Other observations of local interest during the sea watch:

Surf Scoter 90+
Black Scoter 5 m.,3 f.
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 3
Red-thr. Loon 40+
Brown Pelican 30+
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Marbled Godwit 3
Whimbrel 3
Sanderling 350+
Heermann's Gull 130+
Thayer's Gull 3
Also: Harbor Porpoise 1

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

Orchard Oriole continues at Elk Glen Lake

C Lou
 

This afternoon, 320pm. the ORCHARD ORIOLE was briefly seen hiding in the tules near the green bench by the tules at Elk Glen Lake in Golden Gate Park.
This is near the 25th Ave entrance into the park.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Elk Glen lake 1-10-16 missing eye piece

ron3872@...
 

I found a eye piece for either a scope or binoculars if someone is missing one.


I did not see the Virginia Rail today but did get some shots of it yesterday and the Orchard Oriole is still hanging around. Have not seen the other two reported birds yet.


I did see a male and female Hooded Merganser at Metson Lake on the way home.


Ronnie

San Francisco

N. Cal Birdbox back in service

Joe Morlan
 

Birders,

The Northern California Birdbox is back in service. I just posted seeing
the NORTHERN GANNET at Pedro Point in Pacifica, San Mateo County this
afternoon.

The Birdbox is a free public telephone voicemail system sponsored by Golden
Gate Audubon Society. Birders can leave voice reports of rarities and
listen to recent rarity reports from other birders. It can be reached at
1-415-681-7422.

Good luck.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

White-throated Sparrows

Brian Fitch
 

During a circumambulation of Buena Vista Hill a while ago, I came across four White-throated Sparrows in separate sections of the park; in the north side oaks, along the south side boardwalk, and two together in the strewn straw just SW of the eastern entrance steps.  All were among Golden-crowned Sparrow flocks.  Two Varied Thrush and a Pacific Wren were also on the north side.

Brian Fitch

Re: Oriole in Jefferson Square park

Smokey Bear
 

I didn't see anything Oriole-like there this morning, but I did hear and then track down a female Nuttall's woodpecker, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a variety of Warblers, Black Phoebe, many hummers, parrots, and the Lang Field resident Cooper's Hawk. I missed the Red-breasted Sapsucker today but he was there last week and the yellow-rumps were working his holes, which makes me think they were freshly drilled. 

Last May I saw a Western Tanager at Jefferson Square and I think this park deserves a little attention. The street trees around here are enormous and plentiful so despite the heavy traffic and noise we see some good birds. 

Anna

On Jan 8, 2016, at 17:57, Amanda Starbuck starbuck.amanda@... [SFBirds] <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

I birded in Jefferson Square park today, hoping to find the Nashville Warbler that showed up on the Christmas bird count. I didn't find that bird, but did get on an oriole in the large eucalyptus trees on the Laguna St edge of the park, in the tree furthest up the hill, which also held warblers, robins and hummingbirds. I did not get excellent looks but could see that it was larger than the warblers, a little smaller than the robins. The underparts of the bird varied from cream to yellow-orange. 

I'm thinking it may be a Bullocks or Baltimore oriole.

Amanda Starbuck

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) at Bunny Meadow GGP

zackstender
 

Over the past couple of mornings I've spotted a Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) in the oaks at the top of Bunny Meadow. Right at the path that drops down to 6th ave. Extremely pale, grey Fox Sparrow with a heavy bill. Two days ago it was foraging with one other Fox Sparrow (Sooty) which was great for comparison, and a 12 Golden-crowned Sparrows. This morning it foraged alone in the same area. 


Cheers

Ruddy T-stone, Harrier

Brian Fitch
 

I birded around town today with Juan Garcia and Bob Hall, and in addition to being on hand when Calvin found the Rock Wrens, we discovered a Ruddy Turnstone at the outlet of Yosemite Slough, on the north side.  An immature Northern Harrier was also coursing over the grasslands in the same area.

Brian Fitch

Oriole in Jefferson Square park

Amanda Starbuck <starbuck.amanda@...>
 

I birded in Jefferson Square park today, hoping to find the Nashville Warbler that showed up on the Christmas bird count. I didn't find that bird, but did get on an oriole in the large eucalyptus trees on the Laguna St edge of the park, in the tree furthest up the hill, which also held warblers, robins and hummingbirds. I did not get excellent looks but could see that it was larger than the warblers, a little smaller than the robins. The underparts of the bird varied from cream to yellow-orange. 

I'm thinking it may be a Bullocks or Baltimore oriole.

Amanda Starbuck

Elk Glen Lake - Orchard Oriole and Virgina Rail

David Assmann
 

In 3+ hours this morning at Elk Glen Lake, had great looks at a VIRGINIA RAIL eating a crustacean (reeds made it impossible to focus to take a picture), and the continuing male ORCHARD ORIOLE, which was much more obliging in terms of views, although it was only present for about 10 - 15 minutes. No sign of the Summer Tanager, but maybe one of the many other birders at the lake today will spot it. Made a brief stop at Stow Lake, where the female (presumed escapee) MANDARIN DUCK continues in with BUFFLEHEAD, AMERICAN WIGEON, RING-NECKED and other ducks. Final brief stop was at Lloyd Lake, which was almost devoid of ducks - a few MALLARDS, a BUFFLEHEAD, a HOODED MERGANSER and a single LESSER SCAUP.