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Re: BWWA

Peter Pyle
 

Dave DeSante would like me to relay the following re use of four-letter codes, to please try and use the correct ones. He was out the door for a Blue-winged Warbler, but then read the message below (via Sialia). The correct code for Black-and-white Warbler is BAWA (<https://www.birdpop.org/pages/birdSpeciesCodes.php>https://www.birdpop.org/pages/birdSpeciesCodes.php).

I would add that I'm a big fan of these codes and use them frequently in eBird reports, but always after mentioning the full name first (or in comments under a full-named species) and would encourage this practice in SF Birds subject lines and text.

Good birding all,

Peter

At 12:53 PM 10/3/2019, Chris Vance wrote:

Black and white warbler at Strawberry Hill.
11:45. Looking NE from falls in bare tree.
Good birding!
Chris Vance

Re: Summer tanager (f) @ Strawberry Hill near top of falls

Peter Pyle
 

Looks like an adult female, in a glance. P

At 03:36 PM 10/3/2019, Rudyard Wallen wrote:
Indeed

via Cher Ami



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Re: Summer tanager (f) @ Strawberry Hill near top of falls

Ken Moy
 

Seen from upper wooden bridge and the path at the top of the stairs with metal rails in the twisted Cypress overhanging the steps from the concrete bridge. Also flew into nearby conifers.


On Thu, Oct 3, 2019, 4:13 PM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
As shown in Rudy's pics it's a hy male. Beautiful bird. Good birding to all.

Ken Moy

On Thu, Oct 3, 2019, 3:33 PM Rudyard Wallen <rudyardwallen@...> wrote:
Indeed.

via Cher Ami



Re: Summer tanager (f) @ Strawberry Hill near top of falls

Ken Moy
 

As shown in Rudy's pics it's a hy male. Beautiful bird. Good birding to all.

Ken Moy

On Thu, Oct 3, 2019, 3:33 PM Rudyard Wallen <rudyardwallen@...> wrote:
Indeed.

via Cher Ami



Re: Summer tanager (f) @ Strawberry Hill near top of falls

Rudyard Wallen
 

Indeed

via Cher Ami


Re: Summer tanager (f) @ Strawberry Hill near top of falls

Ken Moy
 

Large all yellow tanager, plain wings, lower mandible whitish yellow, upper mandible streaked with black that appears to be stains, richer yellow throat and very rich almost orange undertail.


On Thu, Oct 3, 2019, 3:00 PM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Summer tanager (f) @ Strawberry Hill near top of falls

Ken Moy
 

Sutro Flyby Y-b Loon, Etc.

Brian Fitch
 

I love days like this when things pop out all over...

I almost ignored the ibis as it flew by at an angle which hid its leg extension, since there are so many cormorants at the lake.  But it circled back, showing some serious leg, and landed to my surprise among the mallards, coots, and gulls at the northwest corner of the concrete bridge at South Lake Merced.  I left it shortly after my second message, and after getting some decent photos with the new camera I'm still learning to use.  The VG Canal was empty of migrants, and four basic warbler species were in the penguin trees at the east end.

With the predicted winds, I headed up to Sutro for a later than usual seawatch, hoping for some small version of what happened last weekend in Monterey.  But the winds stayed offshore, with many whitecaps just a quarter mile out.  And no pelagics, with the possible exception of something that looked like a flying away Buller's Shearwater, but it was too distant and brief a sighting.

The highlight was a southbound, alternate-plumaged Yellow-billed Loon, a ways out, yet close enough to see the bright whitish-yellow bill contrasting with the black head.  This is my second encounter in SF in 23 years, adding to a personal theme I have going this fall (Prairie F, Goshawk, Ibis).  Still no city lifer yet this year...

Most of the other unusual species were northbound, including an Ancient Murrelet still in alternate (black throat), two Bonaparte's Gulls, and multiple flocks of Greater Scaup, groups of 20, 35, 50, 25, and a singleton.  The flock of 50 had two Northern Pintail trailing, but the scaup circled back a short time later without the pintail.  There were a few Parasitic Jaegers chasing the few Elegant Terns.

One Humpback was doing partial breeches and diagonal lunging when I arrived around 9:45, but it quickly moved out to sea so I could focus on the birds.

Yesterday, I found my FOY Varied Thrush in the East Wash, but only a few other regular migrants were present there.  Fort Scott still had a Willow Flycatcher and Chipping Sparrow, in the same places as last Wednesday.
Brian Fitch

BWWA

Chris Vance
 

Black and white warbler at Strawberry Hill.
11:45. Looking NE from falls in bare tree.
Good birding!
Chris Vance

Re: Ibis

Brian Fitch
 

Immature white faced still hanging out with mallards at nw corner of concrete bridge south lake Merced.
No white on face unicolored Bill slightly reddish eye
Preening and occasionally calling
Brian Fitch

On Oct 3, 2019 8:54 AM, "Brian Fitch via Groups.Io" <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Ibis at the nw corner concrete bridge
8 53 am
Brian fitch

Ibis

Brian Fitch
 

Ibis at the nw corner concrete bridge
8 53 am
Brian fitch

SEP. 29 PELAGIC TRIP REPORT

debiluv@...
 

Hello, SF Birders,

After blowing at gale force all day and into the evening of September 28th (forcing us to cancel our Half Moon Bay departure that day), it was hard to believe that the seas would actually lay down enough for us to get out the next day. 

Much to our delight, the seas laid down nicely, and we had a beautiful day, September 29, 2019 on the Shearwater Journeys’ pelagic trip from Half Moon Bay. 

I’d like to say that the light morph WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER was the highlight of the day, but sadly it was only seen by two birders on the boat. Perhaps, it will be found on another trip this fall. It’s possible because we’ve done it before. I’m unsure whether this shearwater was in San Mateo or San Francisco County. We are working on that.

Nevertheless, Shearwater Journeys had a fantastic pelagic trip with nearly 100 BULLER’S SHEARWATERS, one SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER, 18 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS, 49 ASHY STORM-PETRELS, and 26 BLACK STORM-PETRELS. The storm-petrels, shearwaters, jaegers, and SOUTH POLAR SKUAS showed well in the stern where many folks obtained good images. SABINE’S GULLS were scarce with only 3 recorded. Only one ARCTIC TERN was recorded. BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES showed well and NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR numbers increased to 22. 

A few CASSIN’S AUKLETS, plenty of RHINOCEROS AUKLETS,  2 TUFTED PUFFINS and nearly 2000 COMMON MURRES rounded out the alcids. 

Numbers of phalaropes were low with only 1 RED-NECKED and 3 REDS.

The cetacean show was dominated by as many as 8 BLUE WHALES and 25 HUMPBACK WHALES, although one very friendly humpback whale stole the show— popping up and looking at us repeatedly from one side of the boat to the other. I haven’t seen such a friendly humpback in a few years. 

Even though the sea surface temperatures at Monterey Bay averaged 60-62 F all day on Friday, September 27th, the SST’s at Half Moon Bay only two days later were much cooler, averaging 53-55 F. Lots of mixing going on! We birded in both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. 

SEP. 29, 2019 SHEARWATER JOURNEYS’ PELAGIC TRIP: BIRDS IN SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY:
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 12
NORTHERN FULMAR- 14
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 41
*WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER- 1, COUNTY TO BE DETERMINED
BULLER’S SHEARWATER- 61
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 241
SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 1
WILSON’S STORM-PETREL- 16
ASHY STORM-PETREL- 49
BLACK STORM-PETREL- 25
BRANDT’S CORMORANT- 4
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER- 1
RED PHALAROPE- 1
SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 8
POMARINE JAEGER- 5
PARASITIC JAEGER- 2
LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 3
SABINE’S GULL- 3
COMMON MURRE- 115
CASSIN’S AUKLET- 6
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 20
TUFTED PUFFIN- 1

Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527

Celebrating 44 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
Siberia’s Forgotten Coast & Spoon-billed Sandpiper- 23 June - 6 July 2020
Northeast Passage: Northern Sea Route 27 July -   22 August 2020



























Elk Glen Tropical and Clay

Richard Bradus
 

Late morning at Elk Glen Lake today (Oct. 2) the Tropical Kingbird put on a nice display, hawking repeatedly from the small trees lining the northeast shore. Very vocal and active Black Phoebe and a begging juv. Red-tail as well. Russ Bright arrived and we headed over toward the maintenance yard just to the west where Russ quickly spotted the Clay-colored Sparrow reported yesterday by Juan Garcia, loosely associating with a mixed sparrow flock but quickly flying east, possibly back toward the lake. 

Great weather, great birds!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Re: Possible BLack throated green warbler SHill, near top now

Ken Moy
 

Correction: hybrid HEWA


On Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 9:17 AM Kenneth Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:
Confirmed, being seen now.

On Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 8:53 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Re: Possible BLack throated green warbler SHill, near top now

Ken Moy
 

Confirmed, being seen now.


On Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 8:53 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Possible BLack throated green warbler SHill, near top now

Ken Moy
 

Blackburnian @ top of Falls @ Strawberry

Ken Moy
 

Otherwise pretty birdy

Blackburnian seen late Oct 1

Dave Weber
 


While looking for the YG Vireo (for me, not) sharp-eyed Eddie Monson saw a distant warbler in a cypress. Turned out be a Blackburnian at 4:20 PM. He found it again in the sycamore between the two long green benches along the path from the road. Probably same bird seen on Strawberry Hill today.


Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

Re: TRKI / Elk Glen

Rudyard Wallen
 



via Cher Ami

> On Oct 1, 2019, at 11:49 AM, Juan F. García (Y.) <jfgarcia@...> wrote:
>
> Northern edge -- as of 11:15. Tropical Kingbird has also been seen sporadically in the region over the last few days, most recently at Schollenberger.
>
> My post to SF birds did appear for some reason.
>
> Juan

Re: Tropical Kingbird at Elk Glen Lake

Brian Fitch
 

The Tropical Kingbird was still hawking actively from both the reeds and willows a little before 1 PM on the north side of Elk Glen Lake, seen with Cris and Derek Heins.

Really good teamwork out there today, as we made the Patagonia Affect manifest again.  Species from the Great Basin, Mexico, and east of the Rockies, all in one small area of the city.  Next?

Brian Fitch


On Tue, Oct 1, 2019 at 11:46 AM <jfgarcia@...> wrote:
Taking insects this morning around 10 o'clock at N edge. Heavy bill, uniform greenish brown to back and rectrices.

Also present this morning: Clay-colored Sparrow and Common Yellowthroat (SW edge and restored area S of maintenance yard), Western Wood-pewee (eucalypts at N edge).

Juan Garcia (SF)