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Re: Virgina's Warbler Update

Ken Moy
 

The second sightings occurred between 4:15and 4:30.

On Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 5:22 PM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Arrived at Conifer Lawn and sighted the Virginia's warbler twice in a span of 20 minutes thanks to Lee Hong-chong and Joachim Gonzalez. Jonah Bennenfield arrived and he, JG and I left in search of 'more rarities' in the words of one. After 10 or so minutes, JB spots a Virginia's warbler in one of the large conifers with small brown papery cones at the New Zealand sign just off Fountain Plaza (near bed 66A), JG and I also sighted the bird. Oscar Moss joined us and I was able to refind the bird so Oscar could get a well deserved sighting after a mad bike ride to get to the gardens.

I have no idea whether the two sets of sightings were of the same bird, though far apart, or were of two different birds.

Happy birding in October!

Ken Moy

Virgina's Warbler Update

Ken Moy
 

Arrived at Conifer Lawn and sighted the Virginia's warbler twice in a span of 20 minutes thanks to Lee Hong-chong and Joachim Gonzalez. Jonah Bennenfield arrived and he, JG and I left in search of 'more rarities' in the words of one. After 10 or so minutes, JB spots a Virginia's warbler in one of the large conifers with small brown papery cones at the New Zealand sign just off Fountain Plaza (near bed 66A), JG and I also sighted the bird. Oscar Moss joined us and I was able to refind the bird so Oscar could get a well deserved sighting after a mad bike ride to get to the gardens.

I have no idea whether the two sets of sightings were of the same bird, though far apart, or were of two different birds.

Happy birding in October!

Ken Moy

Virginia’s Warbler continues

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Virginia’s Warbler seen in the “rarity tree”, or the Guatemala Fir at (37.7670462, -122.4714563). Jonah 🅱️ pulled up and spotted a HY Chestnut Sided Warbler in the same tree. 

SF Botanical Garden Virginia’s Warbler

bitanangan
 

Hi Birders,
     In the Guatemalan Fir on the conifer lawn.  

Russ Bright
SF

YGVI continues @ log cabin

Ken Moy
 

Fort Mason Orchard Oriole and Local Interest

David Assmann
 

The young male ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen for the sixth day in a row on Sunday, as it worked its way around the Community Garden at Fort Mason. If it's still there in another week, there's a good chance it will overwinter.  Other sightings for Friday, Saturday, Sunday included - Warblers - YELLOW (9, 11, 8), YELLOW-RUMPED (15, 2, 4), WILSON'S (0,0,1), TOWNSEND'S (8,3,1), BLACK-THROATED GRAY (1,1,0), COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (0,0,1), and ORANGE-CROWNED (2,1,0). WESTERN TANAGERS were there all three days (8,8,1). Two BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS were seen on Saturday. A HOODED ORIOLE was there on Sunday. A WESTERN MEADOWLARK and a SPOTTED TOWHEE were seen on Friday. SWAINSON'S THRUSH (1,0,1,). Two BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS were seen on Saturday. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER were seen each day.

Yellow-green Vireo photos

Mark Rauzon
 

The Yellow-green Vireo was putting on a show for about 20 people this morning. I was lucky to be in the right place when it popped out in the open. I wanted to share the close-up images of this special visitor, and some other birds of San Francisco. Thanks to all the sharp-eyed seekers and reporters so that we are able to see these wonderful birds.

https://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#hd830a6cb

Mark Rauzon
Oakland

Car keys found in GGP near Pioneer Cabin, Sat

Rudyard Wallen
 

lost by a birder at the YGVI spot. Please contact me off list

-Rudy

Re: Yellow Green Vireo

Ken Moy
 

Last seen @ 5:15 moving from sycamore near straight dirt path leading to JFK drive to the nearby cedar, then lost. 

Good migration to all. See you all on the trail.

Ken Moy

On Sun, Sep 29, 2019, 2:41 PM Joachim Gonzalez <gonzalexgaming21@...> wrote:
Continues in Large trees at (37.7702337, -122.4741872)

Yellow Green Vireo

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Continues in Large trees at (37.7702337, -122.4741872)

Update: YGVI

Ken Moy
 

In Bay tree off trail. Seen now

YGVI @ Log Cabin

Ken Moy
 

Started in tree with red berries, to tree with long dark green leaves near the trail and into the euc by the cabin. Send 7:40-7:50.

Log Cabin Vireo, Grosbeaks

Richard Bradus
 

Wow!

Lots of folks visited the Log Cabin Trail and environs in GGP after Ken's timely posting of finding the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. I arrived shortly after Derek Heins and Jim Chiropolos (around 11:30am?) and was initially disappointed as the Grosbeaks were absent. But then I got lucky: standing off the trail in some cover, a small bird with bright yellow underparts flew right over me, landing in small nearby trees. My first impression was of a warbler, but when it popped into the open briefly near the top of a berry-filled Hawthorn it was clear that it was a Vireo, a gray headed vireo - but not like any I had seen before. Luckily, Derek managed to get a quick photo, and Jim initially suggested Red-eyed (or Yellow-green), but based on the extensive yellow underparts, the relatively plain gray head (no obvious black edging to the light superciliary stripe) and especially the rather light greenish back, it seemed likely that we had spotted a Yellow-green Vireo!

We had a few more glimpses when it flew into a sycamore (?) just to the east (along with a more typical Warbling Vireo), but then we lost it. Thankfully, near 1pm, with many more in attendance, I spotted it again when it returned to the hawthorn, hid for a bit, but then flew up to an open perch high in a big eucalyptus, where the young bucks in the group were able to get some photos in the minute or so that it posed. The mob followed it to the oaks and such to the east but it soon disappeared once more.

Not giving up, I stayed for another half hour or so and got lucky again when one of the Grosbeaks flew into the blackberry bramble on the hillside just to the south. It stayed partially obscured behind the vegetation but eventually settled in to feed on the blackberries, affording some incomplete views. As per Ken's initial report, it appeared to be a first fall male, with a fair amount of rosy color on the breast but also some streaking and broken, thinnish white wing bars. A bit later, following it as it wandered to the west, I spotted the other Grosbeak, presumably female, showing a seemingly darker back and wings and considerable streaking of the breast and flanks, with a buffy/yellow-orange wash to the upper breast and wing linings. A number of the mob got some photos as it foraged for a bit down low around some small trees and brush.

Thanks to Derek and Jim for their ID of the vireo, and for the support and camaraderie of all of you joining the mob. A pretty good outing when one sets out to see a "rarity" and is able to spot an even rarer visitor!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

YGVI

Oscar Moss
 

Sorry, to clarify, Mark and Lucas Stephenson, Jim Chiropolos and Derek Heins found a Yellow-green Vireo this morning at the log cabin trail. Just showed well on the meadow edge below Stow lake.

Oscar

Oscar

Yellow Green Vireo

Oscar Moss
 

Showing now at same spot. RBGR also around.

Oscar

Re: Update re RB grosbeak

Loretta
 

Attaching a photo of the male grosbeak - couldn't get a pic of the female.

And the brightest of the tanagers.

Earlier, we had a female and male Black-Throated Gray with a few Townsends and a Pac Slope on Strawberry Hill on the sloping dirt path to the waterfall. A Ruby Crowned Kinglet was in the same spot earlier, flashing his crown at a Townsend.

Good migration!

Lorētta



On Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9:51:42 AM PDT, Ken Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:


Second grosbeak is female rose breasted. All seen foraging in the trees with red berries by barbeques and the area directly across the trail. Large number of Robins and western tanagers also foraging.

Update re RB grosbeak

Ken Moy
 

Second grosbeak is female rose breasted. All seen foraging in the trees with red berries by barbeques and the area directly across the trail. Large number of Robins and western tanagers also foraging.

Re: Rose breasted grosbeak at log cabin trail by the cabin - update

Ken Moy
 

Second grosbeak is female rose breasted


On Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 9:30 AM Kenneth Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:
Spotted at 9:15, immature male with clear rose patch on breast. Another immature/female grosbeak, likely, black headed. Spotted towhee also seen.

On Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 9:22 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Re: Rose breasted grosbeak at log cabin trail by the cabin

Ken Moy
 

Spotted at 9:15, immature male with clear rose patch on breast. Another immature/female grosbeak, likely, black headed. Spotted towhee also seen.


On Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 9:22 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Rose breasted grosbeak at log cabin trail by the cabin

Ken Moy