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Re: Ferry / Sue Bierman Park - Black-throated Green Warbler

Teale Fristoe
 

Jack's black-throated green warbler continued in the same stand of poplars this morning. These trees are near the public toilet. The bird was seen fairly low in good light for a good minute before it disappeared and we could not relocate it.

Happy birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

On Mon, Oct 21, 2019, 2:34 PM Jack Hayden <jellsworthhayden@...> wrote:
Today around 1:30 I found a Black-throated Green Warbler in the stand of six poplars just east of Drumm Street in the Eastern section of the park. There were several Yellow-rumped Warblers it was loosely associating with, and when I first saw it it was in pretty high in the tree. The warblers tend to follow the sun in this building-shaded park. I have decent photos of this female/immature warbler which I'll put on eBird later. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was also in this stand.

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Battery Godfrey Flight; 10/21

Brian Fitch
 

An interesting mix of species flew through or over the Golden Gate today, including:

Greater white-fronted Goose - 110, 2, east
Cackling Goose - 17, 19, east
White-tailed Kite - 2 just after 1 PM, south
Merlin - north, spotted by Oscar
Parasitic Jaeger - 4 pirating, 4 flying over the bridge
Band-tailed Pigeon - 40, 75, 60, 25 south, and many more eastbound over Marin
Northern Flicker 20+, mostly north
Varied Thrush - 250+, many flying high enough that I'm sure this is an undercount, all north
American Pipit - 40+, east
Yellow-rumped Warbler 75+, mostly north
Red Crossbill - flock of 25 non-locals, north; Oscar had the same flock from Ft Scott just before they came over me.

Brian Fitch

Ferry / Sue Bierman Park - Black-throated Green Warbler

Jack Hayden
 

Today around 1:30 I found a Black-throated Green Warbler in the stand of six poplars just east of Drumm Street in the Eastern section of the park. There were several Yellow-rumped Warblers it was loosely associating with, and when I first saw it it was in pretty high in the tree. The warblers tend to follow the sun in this building-shaded park. I have decent photos of this female/immature warbler which I'll put on eBird later. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was also in this stand.

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Re: Yellow headed Blackbird

Dave Weber
 

YHBB with cowbirds on mound near warming hut 1:30. Oblivious.



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

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Continues near Pine Tree
In flock at Western end Of Crissy Field.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Seawatch -- Black Scoters, 10/20/19

Paul Saraceni
 

Yesterday (10/20) morning during a seawatch from the south end of the Great Highway there was a nice flock of 14 BLACK SCOTERS (11 m. & 3 f.) on the water, a good number for October. There were only 2 m. present during my scan from this location on 10/18. Hopefully this portends well for a good wintering flock at this traditional location, after lower than typical numbers last winter. 

Other observations of local interest:

N. Pintail 1 f. (oddly, this bird was sitting on the ocean in the middle of a flock of California Gulls)
Surf Scoter 11
Merlin 1 (fly-over NW)
Com. Loon 2
Pacific Loon 1
Red-thr. Loon 2
Clark's Grebe 1
W. Grebe 3
Killdeer 1
Long-billed Curlew 5 (on the beach for a while with Marbled Godwit flock)
Marbled Godwit 30 (precise count; including 1 smaller, paler individual of this species)
Black Turnstone 1 (flying N)
California Gull 1000+ (most flying N)
Glaucous-winged Gull 3 1Ws
Elegant Tern 17
PARASITIC JAEGER 2 ad.
Say's Phoebe 1
Black Phoebe 2

Also:
Bottlenose Dolphin 1

Paul Saraceni 
San Francisco

Yellow headed Blackbird

C Lou
 

Continues near Pine Tree
In flock at Western end Of Crissy Field.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Local Interest Fort Mason - Orioles and Hybrids - today's GGAS walk and yesterday's Rail

David Assmann
 

We had 59 bird species on today's GGAS walk.  The male ORCHARD ORIOLE was in the garden preening and sat still for us for a number of minutes - his plumage is rapidly changing. We had a second ORCHARD ORIOLE, a female, on the hillside above Aquatic Park. We had repeated sightings of RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS, with the very first sighting of the day in the garden being a RED-NAPED X RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER. The Intergrade NORTHERN FLICKER (Yellow-Shafted X Red-Shafted) sat at the top of a pine tree above Aquatic Park.  We had at least two GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and a SAVANNAH SPARROW. Two NORTHERN HARRIERS flew over the garden near the end of the walk, and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK landed on a rooftop. The WANDERING TATTLER was on a rock west of the abandoned pier.  Yesterday the Tattler walked under the pier and when I went over to the other side, a RIDGWAY'S RAIL was foraging less than ten feet away from the Tattler.  The rail was not there today.

Re: Yellow headed blackbird Sunday Crissy field

Nico Stuurman
 

Continues on Crissy Field. Seen at 4 pm Sunday between visitor center and warming hut. Very approachable. Took off with a flock of Starlings.
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Chipping Sparrow- Sutro Heghts

Rudyard Wallen
 

Walk in from Anza, it's hanging out in the first two Araucaria (Cook's?) and the lawn between. Along with many Pine Siskin, YR Warblers, W. Bluebirds, some nuthatches and WC Sparrows. 


Cheers

Rudy
SF

via Cher Ami

Re: Ridgway’s Rail at Fort Mason

William Grant
 

Still there at 12:30
East of Van Ness near pier

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Foraging at the base of the abandoned pier in Aquatic Park

Ridgway’s Rail at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Foraging at the base of the abandoned pier in Aquatic Park

Yellow headed blackbirds Friday Field

C Lou
 

1013am. YELLOW HEADED BLACKBIRD continues at the east end of Crissy Field in tne Presidio.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Kestrel on Bernal Heights Hill

Donna Hayes
 

Hi all,

During my walk Thursday afternoon, I saw a male American Kestrel on the south side of Bernal Heights Hill. A pair of kestrels were seen at the same pine tree during the summer.

In the past week, the north side of the hill was busy with Red-breasted Nuthatches, Western Meadowlarks, a Townsend’s Warbler, Say’s Phoebes, and Golden-Crowned Sparrows. Last Saturday, I saw a Peregrine Falcon and a Red-Tailed Hawk interact. Never saw a Peregrine on the Hill before. Fall, indeed!


Good birding,
Donna Hayes

Fort Mason: Tropical Kingbird, Clay-Colored Sparrow and Orchard Oriole

David Assmann
 

One ORCHARD ORIOLE and TROPICAL KINGBIRD in the Battery; a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on the east side of the Headquarters this morning.

B&W Warbler & Clay-colored Sparrow at Beach Chalet

Brian Turner
 

Both birds south of the chalet along the path around 9am this morning. 

Also of local interest White-throated sparrows are back. I had one to the east of beach chalet and one has been present at Elk Glen Lake for about a week. Yesterday a Lincoln's Sparrow was in the mixed flock on the south side of Elk Glen by the maintenance yard. 
 
Good birding, 
Brian Turner

Re: Strawberry Hill hazard: Update

noreen_weeden
 

Thank you for photographing the hazard tree limb over the trail at Strawberry Hill.
I reported this to SF Rec and Parks Dept as they manage Golden Gate Park.
This can also be reported to 311

Happy and safe birding

Fort Mason Orchard Orioles

David Assmann
 

Following up on Peter's posts from yesterday, this is turning out to be quite a fall for ORCHARD ORIOLES at Fort Mason.  This morning there were two in the Battery (female/young male), and the continuing young male in the Garden (not one of the ones that Peter saw yesterday). At a minimum over the last two days, there have been four ORCHARD ORIOLES at Fort Mason!

Strawberry Hill hazard: Update

Ken Moy
 

See photo of deadfall hazard on middle path upslope from the pavilion. It's at the intersection with the very steep log steps cutting through the landscaped area. There are no warnings and path is open. I will not be standing under this tree while birding.

Re: Multiple Orchard Orioles Fort Mason

Peter Pyle
 

Apologies for all the OROR posts... but my OROR2 below, upon further scrutiny of all the photos, does have a couple of black feathers in the throat (I had thought shadow), so maybe this is the one reported earlier in the garden. Back to "2-4". P

At 03:35 PM 10/15/2019, Peter Pyle via Groups.Io wrote:
After posting below I see the other reports of one with a black bib in the garden, which none of the ones I saw had. So, maybe "3-5". Peter

At 03:32 PM 10/15/2019, Peter Pyle via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi all -

Spent a late lunch hour hoping that the (or one of the) Lewis's Woodpeckers was still around at Fort Mason. No luck there but every time I turned around there seemed to be an Orchard Oriole. Minimum 2, maximum 4; 2 in Battery area, 2 in Community Garden (together, chasing each other around). Details and photos of each:
<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240>https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240

Cheers, Peter

Re: Multiple Orchard Orioles Fort Mason

Peter Pyle
 

After posting below I see the other reports of one with a black bib in the garden, which none of the ones I saw had. So, maybe "3-5". Peter

At 03:32 PM 10/15/2019, Peter Pyle via Groups.Io wrote:
Hi all -

Spent a late lunch hour hoping that the (or one of the) Lewis's Woodpeckers was still around at Fort Mason. No luck there but every time I turned around there seemed to be an Orchard Oriole. Minimum 2, maximum 4; 2 in Battery area, 2 in Community Garden (together, chasing each other around). Details and photos of each:
<https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240>https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653240

Cheers, Peter