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Yellow Warbler @ Alvord Lake

Ken Moy
 

On South side of lake: all yellow warbler with gray/green back, all yellow tail and tail coverts. Seen from 12:50 to now. Seen yesterday at same time and place.

Red Footed Booby Continues

David Assmann
 

The RED FOOTED BOOBY was on the Coast Guard Pier late this morning.

Booby update

Brian Fitch
 

R f booby just flew in at 10:19
Al are you still nearby
Brian Fitch

Snow Geese, Harbor Porpoise

John Luther
 

Hi All,

Yesterday Nov 12 Leora Feeney and I observed from the west corner of Alameda 10 Snow Geese flying northwest towards Yerba Buena Island.  The geese were over SF county waters.  Also for the first time for Leora and I we saw from Alameda (although they were in SF county waters) 6 adult and 2 young (about half size of adults) Harbor Porpoise in the same area.   

John Luther
Oakland  

Re: Blackpoll warbler, GGP Alvord Lake

Bob Hall
 

I should add more context before I look in the book and become biased about my observation. 

—Looking from the top down, greenish-yellow appearance
—Lighter yellowish wash on the breast, light streaking where wings meet breast
—two wing bars
—Light yellow halo around the eyes
—White in tail feathers stood out during fly catching
—Cross hatching on the back

Damn impeachment testimony and biodiversity event planning had me pinned in this morning.

Good luck!


On Nov 13, 2019, at 7:10 AM, dominikmosur@... wrote:

Bob,

A "Blackpoll"  would be extremely lay at this time. One going to the ground in November sounds like a possible Pine Warbler as suggested by Curtis Marantz.

Anyone in the area might want to follow up on this report.

Dominik 


On Nov 12, 2019, at 13:45, Bob Hall <bilgepump100@...> wrote:

I was passing by Alvord Lake with no bins, but the place was jumping and stopped me. Four townsends nearly collided with my chest during bug sorties. I saw a suspicious bird but couldn't nail it down. Went home and wolfed down lunch then returned with bins. Most of the warblers were gone except the slow moving blackpoll that would occasionally go to the ground. Most of the birds were hanging out in what looks like a hawthorn tree with berries near the lake.
--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson


--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson

Re: Blackpoll warbler, GGP Alvord Lake

Bob Hall
 

I’ve only seen two pine warblers in my life and I’ve had trouble with them, so that’s a possibility. When I saw the cross-hatching on the back I went to blackpoll. 

I look forward to further insights.

Bob

On Nov 13, 2019, at 7:10 AM, dominikmosur@... wrote:

Bob,

A "Blackpoll"  would be extremely lay at this time. One going to the ground in November sounds like a possible Pine Warbler as suggested by Curtis Marantz.

Anyone in the area might want to follow up on this report.

Dominik 


On Nov 12, 2019, at 13:45, Bob Hall <bilgepump100@...> wrote:

I was passing by Alvord Lake with no bins, but the place was jumping and stopped me. Four townsends nearly collided with my chest during bug sorties. I saw a suspicious bird but couldn't nail it down. Went home and wolfed down lunch then returned with bins. Most of the warblers were gone except the slow moving blackpoll that would occasionally go to the ground. Most of the birds were hanging out in what looks like a hawthorn tree with berries near the lake.
--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson


--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson

Re: Blackpoll warbler, GGP Alvord Lake

 

Bob,

A "Blackpoll"  would be extremely lay at this time. One going to the ground in November sounds like a possible Pine Warbler as suggested by Curtis Marantz.

Anyone in the area might want to follow up on this report.

Dominik 


On Nov 12, 2019, at 13:45, Bob Hall <bilgepump100@...> wrote:

I was passing by Alvord Lake with no bins, but the place was jumping and stopped me. Four townsends nearly collided with my chest during bug sorties. I saw a suspicious bird but couldn't nail it down. Went home and wolfed down lunch then returned with bins. Most of the warblers were gone except the slow moving blackpoll that would occasionally go to the ground. Most of the birds were hanging out in what looks like a hawthorn tree with berries near the lake.
--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson

Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

No new rarities, but there are a couple of interesting continuing birds at Fort Mason.  The male ORCHARD ORIOLE has now almost completely changed color and was active in the garden this morning. A YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER is often in the garden and the Battery (there may be two birds), along with an intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER.  The WANDERING TATTLER was on the pier at high tide this morning. I had eight WESTERN MEADOWLARKS on the Great Meadow this morning - this has been a banner year for them at Fort Mason - I've had 111 since the third week of September - last year during the same time period I only spotted 17. 54 species total this morning.

Re: [northbaybirds] Information re: Tricolored Heron siting at Chrissy Field yesterday afternoon

Mark Stephenson
 

Hi Joe!
I corrected the time of the sighting to 4:58. The Booby returned at 4:38. Sorry for the error. I relayed this information to Courtney. I would guess the Heron could fly the mile or two fromthe  lagoon to Chrissy Firld in 5 minutes or so. It’s hard to believe there are 2 different Herons in the same vicinity. 
Cheers,
Mark & Lucas




On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:07 PM, Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:

There is a report on Facebook by Courtney Buechert who said the bird was
still at Rodeo Lagoon between 4:30 pm and 4:45 pm yesterday (Monday). So at
4:38 pm the bird was still in view at Rodeo Lagoon.

However, the time stamps on the SF photos by Lucas and Cedric posted on
eBird are 16:57 and 17:00 or 5pm which is a better fit for the same bird
theory.

FWIW, it was still at Rodeo Lagoon around noon today.

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/TricoloredHeronP1260369.htm


On Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:13:44 +0000 (UTC), "Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io"
<markstephenson4106=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

>Greetings Birders, Lucas and I along with Lucas Corneliussen and Pat Mahoney left the tricolored Heron at Rodeo Lagoon at 3:00 pm Monday. We arrived at the Coast Guard Pier about 3:50 having taken a wrong turn in an effort to view the Red-footed Booby. Mark Schulist who was with us at Rodeo arrived 10-15 minutes earlier and viewed
the Booby which had flown out into the Bay just before we arrived. We waited at the Pier and were rewarded at 4:38 pm when the Booby returned. While I was photographing the Booby, Lucas Stephenson, my son, spotted the Tricolored Heron flying east not far off shore in the company of 3 Snowy Egrets. We were able to get distant, but
ID able photos of the flight. They flew out of view but appeared to be heading toward the Crissy marsh. So Lucas, LC and Cedric set off to try to locate the roost. Unfortunately, They were unable to relocate the heron.
>Hopefully the Tricolored Heron will be visible every evening near dusk at Crissy Field as it flys across the Bay and returns to its roosting location. Hope this helps.Happy Birding,Mark & Lucas Stephenson

>
>
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA



Re: [northbaybirds] Information re: Tricolored Heron siting at Chrissy Field yesterday afternoon

Joe Morlan
 

There is a report on Facebook by Courtney Buechert who said the bird was
still at Rodeo Lagoon between 4:30 pm and 4:45 pm yesterday (Monday). So at
4:38 pm the bird was still in view at Rodeo Lagoon.

However, the time stamps on the SF photos by Lucas and Cedric posted on
eBird are 16:57 and 17:00 or 5pm which is a better fit for the same bird
theory.

FWIW, it was still at Rodeo Lagoon around noon today.

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/TricoloredHeronP1260369.htm


On Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:13:44 +0000 (UTC), "Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io"
<markstephenson4106=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Greetings Birders, Lucas and I along with Lucas Corneliussen and Pat Mahoney left the tricolored Heron at Rodeo Lagoon at 3:00 pm Monday. We arrived at the Coast Guard Pier about 3:50 having taken a wrong turn in an effort to view the Red-footed Booby. Mark Schulist who was with us at Rodeo arrived 10-15 minutes earlier and viewed
the Booby which had flown out into the Bay just before we arrived. We waited at the Pier and were rewarded at 4:38 pm when the Booby returned. While I was photographing the Booby, Lucas Stephenson, my son, spotted the Tricolored Heron flying east not far off shore in the company of 3 Snowy Egrets. We were able to get distant, but
ID able photos of the flight. They flew out of view but appeared to be heading toward the Crissy marsh. So Lucas, LC and Cedric set off to try to locate the roost. Unfortunately, They were unable to relocate the heron.
Hopefully the Tricolored Heron will be visible every evening near dusk at Crissy Field as it flys across the Bay and returns to its roosting location. Hope this helps.Happy Birding,Mark & Lucas Stephenson

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

Re: Information about the Tricolored Heron Sighting at Chrissy Field Monday T 4:38 pm

Ralph McKinnon
 

Very helpful, thanks. A few of us are at Crissy waiting for its flight. It would be a fine evening ritual!




On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 4:19 PM, Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106@...> wrote:

The Tricolored Heron actually was spotted flying across the Bay at 4:53 as time stamped on our Camera.




On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 4:15 PM, Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106@...> wrote:

Greetings Birders, 
Lucas and I along with Lucas Corneliussen and Pat Mahoney left the tricolored Heron at Rodeo Lagoon at 3:00 pm Monday. We arrived at the Coast Guard Pier about 3:50 having taken a wrong turn in an effort to view the Red-footed Booby. Mark Schulist who was with us at Rodeo arrived 10-15 minutes earlier and viewed the Booby which had flown out into the Bay just before we arrived. We waited at the Pier and were rewarded at 4:38 pm when the Booby returned. While I was photographing the Booby, Lucas Stephenson, my son, spotted the Tricolored Heron flying east not far off shore in the company of 3 Snowy Egrets. We were able to get distant, but ID able photos of the flight. They flew out of view but appeared to be heading toward the Crissy marsh. So Lucas, LC and Cedric set off to try to locate the roost. Unfortunately, They were unable to relocate the heron.
Hopefully the Tricolored Heron will be visible every evening near dusk at Crissy Field as it flys across the Bay and returns to its roosting location. 
Hope this helps.
Happy Birding,
Mark & Lucas Stephenson



Re: Information about the Tricolored Heron Sighting at Chrissy Field Monday T 4:38 pm

Mark Stephenson
 

The Tricolored Heron actually was spotted flying across the Bay at 4:53 as time stamped on our Camera.




On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 4:15 PM, Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106@...> wrote:

Greetings Birders, 
Lucas and I along with Lucas Corneliussen and Pat Mahoney left the tricolored Heron at Rodeo Lagoon at 3:00 pm Monday. We arrived at the Coast Guard Pier about 3:50 having taken a wrong turn in an effort to view the Red-footed Booby. Mark Schulist who was with us at Rodeo arrived 10-15 minutes earlier and viewed the Booby which had flown out into the Bay just before we arrived. We waited at the Pier and were rewarded at 4:38 pm when the Booby returned. While I was photographing the Booby, Lucas Stephenson, my son, spotted the Tricolored Heron flying east not far off shore in the company of 3 Snowy Egrets. We were able to get distant, but ID able photos of the flight. They flew out of view but appeared to be heading toward the Crissy marsh. So Lucas, LC and Cedric set off to try to locate the roost. Unfortunately, They were unable to relocate the heron.
Hopefully the Tricolored Heron will be visible every evening near dusk at Crissy Field as it flys across the Bay and returns to its roosting location. 
Hope this helps.
Happy Birding,
Mark & Lucas Stephenson



Information about the Tricolored Heron Sighting at Chrissy Field Monday T 4:38 pm

Mark Stephenson
 

Greetings Birders, 
Lucas and I along with Lucas Corneliussen and Pat Mahoney left the tricolored Heron at Rodeo Lagoon at 3:00 pm Monday. We arrived at the Coast Guard Pier about 3:50 having taken a wrong turn in an effort to view the Red-footed Booby. Mark Schulist who was with us at Rodeo arrived 10-15 minutes earlier and viewed the Booby which had flown out into the Bay just before we arrived. We waited at the Pier and were rewarded at 4:38 pm when the Booby returned. While I was photographing the Booby, Lucas Stephenson, my son, spotted the Tricolored Heron flying east not far off shore in the company of 3 Snowy Egrets. We were able to get distant, but ID able photos of the flight. They flew out of view but appeared to be heading toward the Crissy marsh. So Lucas, LC and Cedric set off to try to locate the roost. Unfortunately, They were unable to relocate the heron.
Hopefully the Tricolored Heron will be visible every evening near dusk at Crissy Field as it flys across the Bay and returns to its roosting location. 
Hope this helps.
Happy Birding,
Mark & Lucas Stephenson



Blackpoll warbler, GGP Alvord Lake

Bob Hall
 

I was passing by Alvord Lake with no bins, but the place was jumping and stopped me. Four townsends nearly collided with my chest during bug sorties. I saw a suspicious bird but couldn't nail it down. Went home and wolfed down lunch then returned with bins. Most of the warblers were gone except the slow moving blackpoll that would occasionally go to the ground. Most of the birds were hanging out in what looks like a hawthorn tree with berries near the lake.
--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson

R f booby

Brian Fitch
 

Flew in at 8:04, but I did not get to see it dive.
No tric heron, but see north bay birds for an interesting phenomenon.
There are two r f boobies in SF, but how many tric herons?
Brian Fitch

More Crossbills west SF

Josiah Clark
 

I had red crossbills again in two separate spots today in the city including about 15 at 23rd in Geary behind the grocery outlet over street. They seem to have come from a big Monterey Pine tree there. The more deep, throaty calls sounded like the local ones that used to breed in the city. Along with the red-breasted nuthatches, I have to wonder if this winter eruption of crossbills is due to a pine nut failure elsewhere in their range.
A few more Red Crossbills were in the cypress trees right by Kezar Stadium. Enjoyed a close visit from a Townsend’s warbler today in the yard but generally many fewer birds in the yard this winter for me.
Good birding
-Josiah Clark

Bernal Heights Northern Goshawk.

bitanangan
 

Hi Birders,
      Took a while to process this, but I saw an adult Northern Goshawk from Alemany Farm at St Mary’s Park today c 12:50 PM. It glided N, fairly low, across highway 280 just E of the farm towards Bernal. Field marks were a large accipiter with a stunning broad white eyestripe, steel-blue (or was it steel-grey?) back and a long folded tail. Looking later at recent ebird sightings, I luckily found that Rajan Rao had already reported a large accipiter at St. Mary’s earlier this morning which then emboldened me to make this otherwise preposterous report. However, I don’t know how anyone could possibly chase this. St. Mary’s Park attracts a lot of birds, including scorned alien oddities like Scaly-breasted Munia. Thanks Rajan for your ebird report!
Russ Bright
SF

TRICOLORED HERON CRISSY FIELD

Lucascorneliussen04@...
 

Hi All

About 20 minutes ago Lucas Stephenson found the Tricolored heron as it flew over headed towards the palace of fine arts, however, we did not see it land. Myself, Cedric Duhalde, Lucas and Mark Stephenson, Pat Mahoney etc saw the bird. It could be at another shoreline hotspot such as Herons head of Yosemite Slough or could have continued into Alameda/San Mateo...

Good Birding
Lucas Corneliussen

Re: Red footed booby flew in @ 8 on 11/11

Ralph McKinnon
 

Bird just returned to pier 




On Monday, November 11, 2019, 8:13 AM, Ken Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:

At usual location

Join the Oakland Christmas Bird Count on December 15

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Hello, Bay Area Birders:

Golden Gate Audubon Society invites you to take part in the 79th annual Oakland Christmas Bird Count, on Sunday, December 15. Please join us.

As a field observer, you'll get to sample the bird life in an area that fits your interests and abilities, add to our understanding of the status and distribution of our wintering birds, and have fun doing it. Afterward, join the compilation dinner. A rarity or two always turns up; learning about them right away will help you see them, too. The food will be good, and the company will be even better.

Maybe you'd rather just count birds in your yard on December 15. Feeder watchers can spend as much or as little time watching birds as they wish, and their observations also advance our knowledge of winter bird populations. If this interests you, sign up as a feeder watcher -- in the evening you can join others at the compilation dinner if you wish.

To get started, just click this link <https://goldengateaudubon.org/birding-resources/christmas-bird-counts/>

The sign-up deadline is November 29; space at the compilation dinner is limited, so don't dawdle.

Contact me if you have questions about the count; contact the Golden Gate Audubon Society office (510-843-2222) if you have questions about the compilation dinner.

My co-compiler, Bob Lewis, and I hope you'll take part!

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@...