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Battery Godfrey; 10/24

Brian Fitch
 

Another weak raptor showing, but ducks made up for it, and another hit of Evening Grosbeaks, males this time.  Birders included Dominik Mosur, Joachim Gonzalez, Jonah Benningfield, Peter Pyle, Josiah Clark, and Herb Brandt.  I stuck it out for 7.5 hours, and Joachim did even more.  Highlights only:

Cackling Goose - several small flocks
American Wigeon - a few scattered among mixed flocks
Mallard - likely non-feral
Cinnamon Teal - 1 female type
Northern Shoveler - few among flocks
Northern Pintail - 1 mono flock and a few others
Redhead - 1 definite and probably 4 others scattered in three mixed flocks
Greater Scaup - multiple flocks
Lesser Scaup - 2 with Greaters
Surf Scoter - many flocks throughout the day
White-winged Scoter - 2 females with Surfs
Red-breasted Merganser - 2 females
Northern Harrier - 2 juvs
Merlin - 1
Semipalmated Plover - 1
Dunlin - 1
Evening Grosbeak - 2 males at the Battery + likely 3rd male way out over the channel

Brian Fitch

Re: Eve grosbeaks

Brian Fitch
 

Most of my sightings today were of local interest.  Before and after 8AM, the East Wash below the Legion of Honor was very lively, with Band-tailed Pigeons, a Red-breasted Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Golden-crowned Kinglets, flyover Western Bluebirds, singing Varied Thrush, Red Crossbills, and many Pine Siskins all present.  At one point, I looked up to a high flock of roughly 70 Varied Thrush flying over.  They headed north until they got over the water and then turned toward the bridge.  There were also many flocks of Band-taileds crossing the Gate in the distance, with a flock of around 120 out toward Battery Godfrey, another flock of 40 right behind, and five other large pigeon clouds queued up along the Marin ridges.

I was traversing the parking lot below the museum when the two female Evening Grosbeaks flew over, giving their emphatic "peeuw" call.  Like the thrushes, they flew north until they reached the coast and then turned eastward, disappearing behind the golf course cypresses.

The knoll just north of the Sutro Baths had a Bewick's Wren and a Spotted Towhee in the wood piles, and the baths themselves had a returning Marsh Wren, as well as 27 Ring-necked Ducks.  Ft Miley West was full of Red-breasted Nuthatches, with two separate flocks of them beeping away in the conifers.
Brian Fitch



On Wed, Oct 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM Brian Fitch via Groups.Io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Two female evenings just flew over heading north them turning east at Land's end between east wash and west

Visible and calling loudly.
Brian Fitch. 8 55 am

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

Jack Hayden
 

You're welcome Pat! I just returned from the park and also had some fleeting views of the Black-Throated Green Warbler. One of the sapsuckers looks good for a Red Naped x Red Breasted Hybrid: distinct black and white face stripe overlaid with some touches of red, red limited to throat, upper breast, and crown and nape of head, white stripe extending behind eye discernible. I'll have to look at my images later. A continuing House Wren was heard in the western section of the park and a Varied Thrush was present.

Jack Hayden
Albany

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

Patricia Mahoney
 

I spent a pleasant 1.5 hours looking for the Black-throated Green Warbler today. It appeared at 12:10 PM, low in the poplars next to the maintenance yard, close to Drumm St. 

Earlier, two Red-breasted Sapsuckers flew into the spindly sycamore tree on the sidewalk next to the public restroom. Townsend’s Warblers, Yellow-rumps, Ruby-crowned Kinglets (chasing each other and displaying ruby crowns!), Anna’s Hummingbirds (chasing everyone), a Black Phoebe, one robin, a calling flicker and the famous parrots, made the rounds, too.

Birder, Nico, shared the Black-throated Green Warbler’s visit: yay! Thanks, Birder-photographers, for the excellent photos. Thanks, again, Jack, for leading me to another pretty Warbler!

Besides the usual urban hum, a man with a decent voice was singing opera arias under the south-side poplars.

Pat Mahoney
Hayward


On Oct 22, 2019, at 10:13 AM, Jack Hayden <jellsworthhayden@...> wrote:

I had the same experience where the bird was feeding low in the tree and then I couldn't relocate for the next fifteen minutes, despite other birds remaining active. You can view my OK pictures here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60827245

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Eve grosbeaks

Brian Fitch
 

Two female evenings just flew over heading north them turning east at Land's end between east wash and west

Visible and calling loudly.
Brian Fitch. 8 55 am

Re: Chestnut-collared Longspur (!!!)

Oscar Moss
 

Sorry all, to clarify. This was at battery Godfrey. Heading south following a large group of pipits.

Oscar

On Oct 22, 2019, at 11:19 AM, Oscar Moss <oscartmoss@...> wrote:

Just flew over my head going south, gave classic ‘kiddle’ call 4 times. Absolutely insane

Oscar

Chestnut-collared Longspur (!!!)

Oscar Moss
 

Just flew over my head going south, gave classic ‘kiddle’ call 4 times. Absolutely insane

Oscar

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

Jack Hayden
 

I had the same experience where the bird was feeding low in the tree and then I couldn't relocate for the next fifteen minutes, despite other birds remaining active. You can view my OK pictures here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S60827245

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

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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From: C Lou <cdlou37@...>
Date: 10/21/19 10:19 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfbirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] Yellow headed Blackbird

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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Subject: [SFBirds] Ridgway’s Rail at Fort Mason

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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