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Immature Bald Eagle McLaren Park

Daniel Scali
 

Flew SSE at 2:10pm over meadow just uphill from Yosemite Marsh. 3x bigger than mobbing corvid! Bald Eagle over sf afternoons is becoming a thing. Sick.

Peaceful birding,
Dan Scali, SF

Summer tanager

Pat Greene
 

continues in glen canyon. Seen a short time ago along trail just beyond preschool
Pat Greene

GGAS Field Trip at Fort Mason - Orchard Oriole and Nesting Hummingbirds, etc.

David Assmann
 

Today's Golden Gate Audubon field trip participants were able to see most of the overwintering special birds, including the male ORCHARD ORIOLE, a YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER, an Intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER and a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the garden.  We were able to observe three different hummingbird nests, including an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD feeding young at a nest in the garden, an ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD nest above the steps leading down to Aquatic Park, and an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD on a nest in a Cypress tree above Black Point (unfortunately about 20 feet from a sign saying that tree removal would start there on Tuesday - don't know if the tree with the nest is slated for removal). Three WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS flew over. A WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was foraging in the Battery. A NASHVILLE WARBLER was in the garden early in the morning, and we observed two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - one in the garden and one in the Battery. The WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were checking out the nest holes in the Cabbage Palm next to the Chapel.

White-throated Swifts 2/15/20

 

White-throated Swifts are back in the area, with two spotted over Buena Vista Park, at an elevation approximately 750'.

They were seen incidentally in the course of counting a released cluster of 8-10 red Mylar balloons.

For anyone interested in rarely documented nesters in the county, White-throated Swifts are noted annually over hilltops/wooded parks along HWY 101 and may be using drainage ports along the overpasses near Bernal /Potrero Hill.

Give it a look if you're in the area in upcoming weeks as spring rapidly approaches.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

N. Saw-whet Owl Chain of Lakes Drive/GGP 2/14/2020

 

Just peeled a really fresh N. Saw-whet Owl carcass off the road, south side of intersection of Chain of Lakes and JFK.

Happy Valentine's Day,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Red-Naped Sapsucker McLaren Park

Kevin Liberg
 

Refound the interesting Red-Naped Sapsucker found by Dan Scali on January 12.  It was the same location Dan reported.  Just off University Street 

eBird List with photos attached.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S64368262

Kevin Liberg
San Francisco

Bald Eagle over Corona Hill 2/7/20

 

A 2nd cycle Bald Eagle passed over Corona Hill (el 540') at about 14:30 today. It was heading northeast at the time.

Clear skies, west breeze ~10mph.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Red Naped Sapsucker continues

Joachim Gonzalez
 

Being seen right now in large Euk

Re: Sora @ Stow

Ken Moy
 

Best viewed from South side of Stow.


On Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 8:45 AM Kenneth Moy <ken.moy62@...> wrote:
First seen by Dan Scali

On Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 8:44 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Being seen in ornamental grass at eater's edge near the second green bench from East stairs and on North side of lake.

Re: Sora @ Stow

Ken Moy
 

First seen by Dan Scali


On Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 8:44 AM Ken Moy via Groups.Io <ken.moy62=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Being seen in ornamental grass at eater's edge near the second green bench from East stairs and on North side of lake.

Sora @ Stow

Ken Moy
 

Being seen in ornamental grass at eater's edge near the second green bench from East stairs and on North side of lake.

Continuing Red-naped Sapsucker and Black Skimmers

Joe Morlan
 

We managed to see the continuing Red-naped Sapsucker in Eucalyptus
southwest of the Golden Gate Park Horseshoe Pits today, 4 February. Thanks
to Lee-Hong Chang for pointing it out. Mediocre photos at:

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/Red-napedSapsuckerIMG_7596.htm

Also three Black Skimmers still at Crissy Lagoon. Decent flight shots at:

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/BlackSkimmerIMG_7348.htm
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

B-l Kittiwake off the Cliff House, 2/2/20

Paul Saraceni
 

Yesterday (Sunday, 2/2) morning I did some sea-watching from the Cliff House terrace and then the Mile Rock overlook during the strong NW wind event. Besides the usual nearshore species, there was not much to see (e.g., no alcids could be detected in the high waves). The highlight was an adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE that I picked-up on as it flew NE out past the Sutro Baths overlook and turned towards the GG Channel.

There was a nice steady stream of gulls heading past the terrace (including a number of Herring and Thayer's Gulls, as well as apparent GW hybrids) and for about a 1/2 hr. (until flushed by a fisherman) good numbers were settling down on the Sutro Baths pond and adjacent seawalls, allowing scope study and some distant photos that require further study.

Of very local interest were 2 Eared Grebes on the pond.

Paul Saraceni
San Francisco

Year Birding Findings

Brian Fitch
 

After finally readjusting to Pacific Standard Time, I did a west side tour this morning under crystalline skies.  Highlights included:

Cackling Goose - 2 with Canadas and the continuing Gr Wh-Fr Goose on the greens at Harding Park, viewed from the Sunset Circle
Black Scoter - 2 M and 2 F north of the Ft Funston deck.
Marbled Murrelet, or murrelet sp. - 16 from the Sutro Baths and 2 from the Funston deck.  The 8 that came close enough to ID were all Marbleds
White-throated Swift - 15+ over the boathouse at Lake Merced
Tree Swallow - 10+ over North Lake Merced
Bewick's Wren - 1 singing north of the Sutro Baths, and 2 singing east of the Sunset Circle
Red Crossbill - 13 flying from Harding northbound

Brian Fitch



Alta Plaza B&W Still There

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

I took a coffee break after some chores this afternoon and sat at the east side of Alta Plaza Park. Deciding to check out the small trees after hearing some chatter from the White-crowns and a calling Phoebe, I was rewarded with another appearance of the apparently over-wintering Black-and-White Warbler, after not seeing it for a couple of months. It popped out behind a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, gleaning almost as frenetically but also sometimes working nuthatch-like along the smaller branches. Even without binoculars the markings were easily seen as I was able to get quite close - the bird didn't seem too concerned with my presence but was more wary of the White-crowns chasing it about at times. It now seems to be preferring the east side of the park (unlike when I fist saw it last fall, always in the west side trees) should anyone tire of the Skimmers and Sapsuckers and want to visit this otherwise usually unexciting park.

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Re: Red-naped Sapsucker continues

Arthur Feinstein
 

We had a Red-breasted sapsucker in our Potrero Hill backyard this morning, high up in a birch.
Arthur Feinstein

Red-naped update

Rudyard Wallen
 

Hey folks,

Made a quick stop as I was biking by. Flew into the aforementioned large Euc at 2:45pm.  Three other observers got pics (I only had ojos). They're waiting to see if it does the usual to the pines. 

Cheers
Rudy
SF

via Cher Ami

via Cher Ami

Re: Red-naped Sapsucker continues

Mikiye Nakanishi
 

Thank you all; thank you Linda. Good views in pine on the west side of standing zone.

Miki

Red-naped Sapsucker continues

Adam Winer
 

After 2.5 hours of searching, the Red-naped Sapsucker appeared (we didn't see it fly in!) high in one of the pines on the south side of the Horseshoe Pits in Golden Gate Park at 10:10am.  After a couple of minutes it flew south into a huge eucalyptus, where it is at the moment, albeit buried and difficult to see.

No other sapsuckers seen.  One White-throated Sparrow was on the north side of the pits, and a coyote was around early in the morning.

Good luck,
Adam Winer

Re: 5 Skimmers continue at Crissy Field

Mila Zinkova
 

Seven skimmers were there last night. The weather was perfect, but they started flying too late to get a nice video.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dnKMTEJNlic
Mila.