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Indigo Bunting and other sightings at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

An INDIGO BUNTING was in the Community Garden at Fort Mason this morning. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and a WESTERN TANAGER were in the garden as well. A BARN OWL was mobbed by a murder of 50+ AMERICAN CROWS at the end of the cul-de-sac leading to the Battery. A CHIPPING SPARROW continued on the lawn in front of the General's House. A MERLIN was seen several times.

Philly

greylag64@...
 

Currently being seen in multi-trunk tree (3704) south side of middle lake
Laurie Graham

Philly vireo

greylag64@...
 

Seen in a tree in the lake, west shore. Photo of location and tree (the smaller one on the left).
This is in the small meadow west of the lake, not the big meadow south of middle lake.
Laurie Graham

Re: Philly vireo

Brian Fitch
 

Middle Lake continued to be productive this morning.  The waterthrush went quiet a few minutes after I first reported it.  It had been acting agitated and chased a Hermit Thrush around the reeds and willows near the little delta for a bit.  A lot of birds were bathing at the creek outlet.  The redstart was in the same area as previously mentioned by others, just east of the big multi-trunked tree on the path.  The Philadelphia Vireo was in the small tree with red berries on the meadow on the southwest side, showing dark lores and bright yellow throat and chest.  It later flew up over the trail and gave a brief full profile.

Earlier at South Lake Merced, one each of Virginia Rail and Sora were visible in the reeds at the NE corner of the concrete bridge.  I also gave 20 minutes to the Blue-headed Vireo site on the way home, but had no luck there.

Brian Fitch

Brian Fitch


On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 9:14 AM Brian Fitch <fogeggs@...> wrote:

In the meadow on the sw side of middle lake.  The redstart continues as well.
Brian fitch

Philly vireo

Brian Fitch
 

In the meadow on the sw side of middle lake.  The redstart continues as well.
Brian fitch

N waterthrush

Brian Fitch
 

Currently calling and showing at the recent hotspot on the south side of middle lake
Brian fitch

Blue-headed Vireo continues, G.G.P., S.F.

Lee Guichan
 

(Tues.Oct. 10) in case you missed late post, copy below.

Hello,
This afternoon about 2:15pm, I re-found one Blue-headed Vireo; it was with one Townsend's Warbler very high in a tree that had a squirrel nest, saw it for about 6 seconds then lost sight of it. It was at the west corner of John F. Kennedy (across the Conservatory of Flowers) & Nancy Pelosi Drive, up the slope of lawn. The tree was near cut tree trunks laying on the ground.
Dominik M. was there about 15min. later.

Thank you, Rudyard Wallen for finding it yesterday.

Other birds seen were one Warbling Vireo, two Stellar's Jay, one CA Jay, three song birds, five American Robins, two Anna's Hummingbirds, two Coopers Hawk, two Ca Towhees, 11 Bushtit, one Hutton's Vireo, three Chestnut-backed Chickadees.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

Blue-headed Vireo continues, G.G.P.

Lee Guichan
 

Hello,
This afternoon about 2:15pm, I re-found one Blue-headed Vireo; it was with one Townsend's Warbler very high in a tree that had a squirrel nest, saw it for about 6 seconds then lost sight of it. It was at the west corner of John F. Kennedy (across the Conservatory of Flowers) & Nancy Pelosi Drive, up the slope of lawn. The tree was near cut tree trunks laying on the ground.
Dominik M. was there about 15min. later.

Thank you, Rudyard Wallen for finding it yesterday.

Other birds seen were one Warbling Vireo, two Stellar's Jay, one CA Jay, three song birds, five American Robins, two Anna's Hummingbirds, two Coopers Hawk, two Ca Towhees, 11 Bushtit, one Hutton's Vireo, three Chestnut-backed Chickadees.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

 

Fort Mason Today - Townsend's Solitaire, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Clay-Colored Sparrow

David Assmann
 

Another really active day at Fort Mason.  In addition to the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidasf/30298644287/in/dateposted-public/ which spent several minutes in the garden, there was also a LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH on the west side of the garden, and one of the CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS was still along the road leading to the General's House. There were a number of sparrow species, including a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and a  SAVANNAH SPARROW in the garden and two CHIPPING SPARROWS on the way to the Battery. Had a SWAINSON'S THRUSH in the garden, and a HERMIT THRUSH in the Battery. There were 2 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS - one at the top of a tree. Five warbler species were seen.

Re: Eastern Kingbird Sue Bierman - from Max

Jack Hayden
 

Has anyone followed up on this sighting? I did go yesterday evening with fading light. Hundreds of crows were flying by, heading south, and the most parakeets I've ever seen here were making a racket as they settled in for the night. The only other bird I saw or heard was a Black Phoebe.

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA


On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 4:48 PM Jonah Benningfield via Groups.Io <falco1440=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hello all,
Max (my brother) just called to let me know that he has an EASTERN KINGBIRD at Sue Bierman Park, at the corner of Washington and Drumm. He mentioned that it was calling, but he only has a flip phone so he can’t email about it or take a photo.

Also, just because I’m emailing anyways I should mention that Crissy Field today had two Mew Gulls (first I’ve seen here so far this season) and a Canada goose that’s not one of our usuals. Either Lesser or Dusky; still working it out.

all the best,
Jonah B.



Cackling Goose Palace of Fine Arts

C Lou
 


There is a CACKLING GOOSE with Canada Goose at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Josiah's three CHIPPING Sparrows were still by the chapel in the Presidio.

Calvin Lou
SF


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Re: Possible Blue-headed Vireo

Brian Fitch
 

I found one on Sept 19th, 2010, in cypresses along the Vista Grande Canal, and was with three other good birders, but the bird disappeared into the Olympic Club before they could pick it up.

I've read a lot of on-line argument about Solitary Vireo differentiation, so I'm glad to learn that there are actual marks that separate the three.  Congrats Rudy.

Brian Fitch


On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 10:09 PM Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:
Great find Rudy! I might have expected there to be more striking yellow on the flanks, but other wise very nice. I found one on Bay View Hill a number of years ago but no one else saw it, so it is on my list but unconfirmed by others. I hope it sticks around. This shows the advantage of checking spots where others aren't birding.
 
Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:24 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:


This is an HY by the brown primary coverts
contrasting with the replaced greater coverts and
the tapered rectrices. So confirm HY male
Blue-headed Vireo. May be a first confirmed SF
City record? Congrats Rudy. Peter

At 09:09 PM 10/9/2018, Rudyard Wallen wrote:
>Here's an album of photos. I threw them all in
>just to show that the traits were consistent
>from every angle.  The first thing I noticed
>about this bird by eye was its overall
>brightness and contrast- the very blue grey head
>contrasting with a green back, the strong
>spectacles, and the excessive yellow, and the
>strong neat line between the white throat and
>malar. Through bins the olive mixed with yellow on the sides became apparent.
>
>Spectacles enhanced by a black line below and a dark forehead above.
>The two-toned spur onto the breast
>
>Photos show the outer 2 primaries have reduced
>or missing white edges- not sure if this is pattern or wear, or both.
>No green shows in the all grey hood.
>In one photo there's a faint breast band, wasn't visible by eye.
>Though possibly a softer trait- "...outer rects
>(r6) with distinct white edges when fresh." ID Guide to NA Birds, Pyle.
>Rects seem to indicate HY or SY.
>
>Seems a fair match with this Monterey bird
>But I have no experience with  BHVI so here you go.
>
>
>-Rudy
>SF
>
>





Townsend’s Solitaire at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

In plum tree in garden 

Re: Possible Blue-headed Vireo

Alan Hopkins
 

Great find Rudy! I might have expected there to be more striking yellow on the flanks, but other wise very nice. I found one on Bay View Hill a number of years ago but no one else saw it, so it is on my list but unconfirmed by others. I hope it sticks around. This shows the advantage of checking spots where others aren't birding.
 
Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA



On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 9:24 PM, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:


This is an HY by the brown primary coverts
contrasting with the replaced greater coverts and
the tapered rectrices. So confirm HY male
Blue-headed Vireo. May be a first confirmed SF
City record? Congrats Rudy. Peter

At 09:09 PM 10/9/2018, Rudyard Wallen wrote:
>Here's an album of photos. I threw them all in
>just to show that the traits were consistent
>from every angle.  The first thing I noticed
>about this bird by eye was its overall
>brightness and contrast- the very blue grey head
>contrasting with a green back, the strong
>spectacles, and the excessive yellow, and the
>strong neat line between the white throat and
>malar. Through bins the olive mixed with yellow on the sides became apparent.
>
>Spectacles enhanced by a black line below and a dark forehead above.
>The two-toned spur onto the breast
>
>Photos show the outer 2 primaries have reduced
>or missing white edges- not sure if this is pattern or wear, or both.
>No green shows in the all grey hood.
>In one photo there's a faint breast band, wasn't visible by eye.
>Though possibly a softer trait- "...outer rects
>(r6) with distinct white edges when fresh." ID Guide to NA Birds, Pyle.
>Rects seem to indicate HY or SY.
>
>Seems a fair match with this Monterey bird
>But I have no experience with  BHVI so here you go.
>
>
>-Rudy
>SF
>
>





Re: Possible Blue-headed Vireo

Peter Pyle
 

This is an HY by the brown primary coverts contrasting with the replaced greater coverts and the tapered rectrices. So confirm HY male Blue-headed Vireo. May be a first confirmed SF City record? Congrats Rudy. Peter

At 09:09 PM 10/9/2018, Rudyard Wallen wrote:
Here's an album of photos. I threw them all in just to show that the traits were consistent from every angle. The first thing I noticed about this bird by eye was its overall brightness and contrast- the very blue grey head contrasting with a green back, the strong spectacles, and the excessive yellow, and the strong neat line between the white throat and malar. Through bins the olive mixed with yellow on the sides became apparent.

Spectacles enhanced by a black line below and a dark forehead above.
The two-toned spur onto the breast

Photos show the outer 2 primaries have reduced or missing white edges- not sure if this is pattern or wear, or both.
No green shows in the all grey hood.
In one photo there's a faint breast band, wasn't visible by eye.
Though possibly a softer trait- "...outer rects (r6) with distinct white edges when fresh." ID Guide to NA Birds, Pyle.
Rects seem to indicate HY or SY.

Seems a fair match with this Monterey bird <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49068612>https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49068612
But I have no experience with BHVI so here you go.

<https://flic.kr/s/aHsmrtA61c>https://flic.kr/s/aHsmrtA61c
best shot here <https://flic.kr/p/2bThktZ>https://flic.kr/p/2bThktZ

-Rudy
SF

Re: Possible Blue-headed Vireo

Rudyard Wallen
 

Here's an album of photos. I threw them all in just to show that the traits were consistent from every angle.  The first thing I noticed about this bird by eye was its overall brightness and contrast- the very blue grey head contrasting with a green back, the strong spectacles, and the excessive yellow, and the strong neat line between the white throat and malar. Through bins the olive mixed with yellow on the sides became apparent.

Spectacles enhanced by a black line below and a dark forehead above.
The two-toned spur onto the breast

Photos show the outer 2 primaries have reduced or missing white edges- not sure if this is pattern or wear, or both.
No green shows in the all grey hood.
In one photo there's a faint breast band, wasn't visible by eye.
Though possibly a softer trait- "...outer rects (r6) with distinct white edges when fresh." ID Guide to NA Birds, Pyle.
Rects seem to indicate HY or SY.

Seems a fair match with this Monterey bird https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49068612
But I have no experience with  BHVI so here you go.


-Rudy
SF

Re: Interesting conditions 10/9/2018

 

And of course always check the date. That's 10/9/2018, today.

DM
SF

On Oct 9, 2018, at 19:37, Dominik Mosur <@DMosur> wrote:

Brisk west/SW winds late morning early afternoon brought some unexpected birds within sight of Corona Hill.

On a lunch time hawkwatch from noon to 13:00 I had to duck behind rocks to keep from freezing. It was worth it however with a NORTHERN HARRIER (female type)flying north halfway into the session. This bird was probably at about 850' up as it cleared 550' Corona Hill by a good football field length.

Coming down the hill as winds continued to increase, (2) Turkey Vultures flew by north east of the hill, below eye level (~450').

Then around 14:00 as I was dumping compost in the Randall Museum parking lot I spotted a skein of (~120) small geese flying overhead from the direction of Sutro Forest toward the bay. I raced inside for optics but by the time I got back outside they were just blips on the horizon flying toward Berkeley.

Luckily I had other chores to do outside today so when another skein of (40~) flew by southbound over the museum at 14:50 I was ready with binoculars at my side to get good looks at the speckled bellies of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.

Speaking of hawkwatches, I owe the list a correction.

From 10/6/2018 when I reported "18 Cooper's hawks" flying over Corona to only 2 Sharpies, that didn't quite sit right with me. I suspect that the excitement of my first big City raptor push in over three years mixed with the thrill of seeing first one and then a second Broad-winged got me touched with a case of the "sloppies". Had I kept it together I would've responsibly reported "15 Coop/Sharpies - distant birds, AND 3 Cooper's hawks", instead of trying to fake like I've been on hawk hill for 20 years with Herb and Tim.

Back to my studies,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Interesting conditions 10/8/2018

 

Brisk west/SW winds late morning early afternoon brought some unexpected birds within sight of Corona Hill.

On a lunch time hawkwatch from noon to 13:00 I had to duck behind rocks to keep from freezing. It was worth it however with a NORTHERN HARRIER (female type)flying north halfway into the session. This bird was probably at about 850' up as it cleared 550' Corona Hill by a good football field length.

Coming down the hill as winds continued to increase, (2) Turkey Vultures flew by north east of the hill, below eye level (~450').

Then around 14:00 as I was dumping compost in the Randall Museum parking lot I spotted a skein of (~120) small geese flying overhead from the direction of Sutro Forest toward the bay. I raced inside for optics but by the time I got back outside they were just blips on the horizon flying toward Berkeley.

Luckily I had other chores to do outside today so when another skein of (40~) flew by southbound over the museum at 14:50 I was ready with binoculars at my side to get good looks at the speckled bellies of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.

Speaking of hawkwatches, I owe the list a correction.

From 10/6/2018 when I reported "18 Cooper's hawks" flying over Corona to only 2 Sharpies, that didn't quite sit right with me. I suspect that the excitement of my first big City raptor push in over three years mixed with the thrill of seeing first one and then a second Broad-winged got me touched with a case of the "sloppies". Had I kept it together I would've responsibly reported "15 Coop/Sharpies - distant birds, AND 3 Cooper's hawks", instead of trying to fake like I've been on hawk hill for 20 years with Herb and Tim.

Back to my studies,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Eastern Kingbird Sue Bierman - from Max

Jonah Benningfield
 

Hello all,
Max (my brother) just called to let me know that he has an EASTERN KINGBIRD at Sue Bierman Park, at the corner of Washington and Drumm. He mentioned that it was calling, but he only has a flip phone so he can’t email about it or take a photo.

Also, just because I’m emailing anyways I should mention that Crissy Field today had two Mew Gulls (first I’ve seen here so far this season) and a Canada goose that’s not one of our usuals. Either Lesser or Dusky; still working it out.

all the best,
Jonah B.

Possible Blue-headed Vireo

Rudyard Wallen
 

Hey folks, 

But probable CAVI :) Seemed brighter than CAVI, stronger wing bars, clear divide between hood and back.  Dark tertials sharply edged with white. 

On asphalt trail the runs parallel to, and just south of, JFK. Just west of the tunnel the goes the the lawn of the Conservatory.  
https://goo.gl/maps/hk7MqG9SP742

Rotating between three coast oaks.  Lost it about 30 min ago.  (2:15 now)

I walked south off path and this is the view of the cupola where I was standing, note the conifer. A mob of STJA came in and pushed it up hill. 

Offline for a while.  Photos in an hour or so.

Rudy
SF


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