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Re: Long-tailed Duck continues at Baker Beach (24 Feb)

Brian Turner
 

LT Duck being seen now, refound by Lee Hong Chang at about 3pm and affording great looks.  In with a large group of scoter flock at north end of Baker Beach by the washed up sailboat. 

Good birding, Brian

On Sun, Feb 24, 2019, 10:28 AM Ken Schneider <kschnei1@...> wrote:
Currently with scoter raft off north end of beach at 1030.

Good birding!
Ken Schneider 
Noe Valley 

Long-tailed Duck continues at Baker Beach (24 Feb)

Ken Schneider
 

Currently with scoter raft off north end of beach at 1030.

Good birding!
Ken Schneider 
Noe Valley 

Re: EASTERN PHOEBE Twin Peaks 2/23/2019

Lee-Hong Chang
 

At 2:05 pm, I saw the EASTERN PHOEBE along Crestline Dr. trail (37.75412, -122.44591) behind 140 Gardenside Dr. for about 2 minutes. Then, it disappeared and I could not refind it.

Lee Chang
SF


On Saturday, February 23, 2019, 12:39:52 PM PST, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...> wrote:


Phoebe is hanging out. Disappears for stretches, two Black Phoebes are also at the spot.

It's probably possible to get distant looks from the Twin Peaks walking loop above, but to get better looks try the trail at end of Crestline.

Good Luck,

Dominik
> On Feb 23, 2019, at 12:19, Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <dominikmosur=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
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> An Eastern Phoebe perched up in a coyote bush along the trail at north end of Crestline Street/below -southeast of the Twin Peaks Tourist Loop for about 2 minutes just now. It flushed when I tried to approach for a closer look/documentation phonebin image and looked to fly up slope.
>
> I'll be up here for another 15-20 minutes looking and wanted to get the word out. Maybe the bird Josiah had at Lobos Creek making little leaps in habitat locally? Or just a good February for Eastern Phoebes in the City.
>
> Good luck,
> Dominik Mosur
> San Francisco
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>
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Re: EASTERN PHOEBE Twin Peaks 2/23/2019

 

Phoebe is hanging out. Disappears for stretches, two Black Phoebes are also at the spot.

It's probably possible to get distant looks from the Twin Peaks walking loop above, but to get better looks try the trail at end of Crestline.

Good Luck,

Dominik

On Feb 23, 2019, at 12:19, Dominik Mosur via Groups.Io <dominikmosur=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

An Eastern Phoebe perched up in a coyote bush along the trail at north end of Crestline Street/below -southeast of the Twin Peaks Tourist Loop for about 2 minutes just now. It flushed when I tried to approach for a closer look/documentation phonebin image and looked to fly up slope.

I'll be up here for another 15-20 minutes looking and wanted to get the word out. Maybe the bird Josiah had at Lobos Creek making little leaps in habitat locally? Or just a good February for Eastern Phoebes in the City.

Good luck,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


EASTERN PHOEBE Twin Peaks 2/23/2019

 

An Eastern Phoebe perched up in a coyote bush along the trail at north end of Crestline Street/below -southeast of the Twin Peaks Tourist Loop for about 2 minutes just now. It flushed when I tried to approach for a closer look/documentation phonebin image and looked to fly up slope.

I'll be up here for another 15-20 minutes looking and wanted to get the word out. Maybe the bird Josiah had at Lobos Creek making little leaps in habitat locally? Or just a good February for Eastern Phoebes in the City.

Good luck,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Long-tailed duck baker beach

Josiah Clark
 

Way more scoters and diving birds continue off baker beach with the high water and recent storms.
Late in the day I brought the scope out and quickly spotted an adult male long-tailed duck a couple hundred yards out from the middle of the beach. After I showed it to Parke Custis and a couple others, it flew off and joined a scorer raft off of lands end. I didn’t see it today but the Red-necked grebe continued into last week after I found it. Good luck!

Belated Report - Rufous Hummingbird at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

On Tuesday morning there was a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at Fort Mason.

Orchard Oriole and Blue Gray Gnatcatcher at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

A BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER was in the Avocado tree on the north side of the garden at Fort Mason this morning, not far from where the ORCHARD ORIOLE was sitting (in an adjacent tree) preening. This afernoon I walked part of Ocean Beach, where I counted 26 SNOWY PLOVERS - a number of these are starting to turn into alternate plumage.

Allen's Invasion; Unusual call

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

They have arrived in force. On a beautiful mid-morning amble through the East Wash there were at least six Allen's Hummingbirds (and only three Anna's!), with lots of activity. There were the usual skirmishes, a male was repeatedly doing its display flights in the lower glade, and I saw one female gathering and carrying away nesting material but, alas, was not able to follow her flight to the nest.

I also heard a call that I couldn't identify while surveying the mid level plateau. It was a coarse bzzzzzzzt that I first thought was a Bewick's Wren, but the call was louder and harsher than the usual buzz call from that species. As the call was repeated a couple of times from a couple of different proximate locations the only bird that I could see in the immediate apparent originating point of the call was a somewhat frantic looking Robin. Now, robins make a lot of different calls, but I've never heard one buzz or rattle before, so I'm stumped.

Any thoughts?

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Re: Common gallinule

Brian Fitch
 

Sorry to go Old World nominal on you, forgot about the split. 

I miss the days when three city lifers could happen in a week for me, so enjoy it while it lasts.

Brian


On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 1:26 PM Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...> wrote:
The Common Gallinule (neé Moorhen) reported by Brian Fitch this morning is present at the NE corner of the concrete bridge though it is not at all cooperative.

Deep in the reeds about 20’ north of the bridge, I could t see more than 20% of it at any one time.  Nonetheless saw enough of the brown back, white stripe and General sIze and shape to satisfy myself. It’s moving around a lot so bound to come out in the open occasionally.

I’ve been very sick with the flu all week, but thankfully a steady diet of rarities keeps me getting out.  Along with the skimmers and the cattle egret this is my third SF county bird this week!  Keep ‘em coming.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco



Common gallinule

Aaron Maizlish
 

The Common Gallinule (neé Moorhen) reported by Brian Fitch this morning is present at the NE corner of the concrete bridge though it is not at all cooperative.

Deep in the reeds about 20’ north of the bridge, I could t see more than 20% of it at any one time. Nonetheless saw enough of the brown back, white stripe and General sIze and shape to satisfy myself. It’s moving around a lot so bound to come out in the open occasionally.

I’ve been very sick with the flu all week, but thankfully a steady diet of rarities keeps me getting out. Along with the skimmers and the cattle egret this is my third SF county bird this week! Keep ‘em coming.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco

Re: Moorhen

Brian Fitch
 

I spent over an hour this morning around the south end of Lake Merced.  On my second pass by the northeastern corner of the bridge, the calls of Sora and Virginia Rail made me stop, but the only railish bird that appeared was a silent Common Moorhen that spent a few seconds traversing an open area in the reeds.  It was an adult, showing brown upper body with white flank stripe, white undertail that was being constantly flicked, and a yellow and red bill.  It was my first city moorhen since 2010.

There was also a Peregrine Falcon that made multiple half-hearted sweeps over the flocks on the lake, but even the Eared Grebes didn't take evasive action, and only a couple of gulls complained about the harassment.  The falcon perched twice in between passes, both times in trees close to the bridge.  Other birds of interest included a continuing C Goldeneye, a Ring-billed Gull, both unusual for this site, and invisible calling Western Bluebirds and Red Crossbills.  Up near the boathouse, five White-throated Swifts were hawking over the treatment plant.

A short stop at the Fort Funston deck turned up six Black Scoters, two females, four males, and two Marbled Murrelets.  There were fewer than twenty Surf Scoters in sight, and the paucity of all three scoter species along our coast this winter is disturbing.

Brian Fitch


On Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 8:22 AM Brian Fitch via Groups.Io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

I just had brief but good views of a moorhen at the northeast corner of the concrete bridge , south lake Merced

Brian fitch 8 16 a.m.

Moorhen

Brian Fitch
 

I just had brief but good views of a moorhen at the northeast corner of the concrete bridge , south lake Merced

Brian fitch 8 16 a.m.

Cattle Egret continues at Harding Park Golf Course

Bob Toleno
 

At 6:55 this morning, i observed the continuing CATTLE EGRET on the small patch of lawn in front of the Harding Park Golf Shop next to the main golf course parking lot.

Bob Toleno
Hayward

Skimmer Feb 19

Dave Weber
 

Black Skimmer is on the floating breakwater at the marina 6:50 am.



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

Palm Warbler in Cole Valley, SF, 2/18/19

Paul Saraceni
 

Today around 3:30 PM while walking in Cole Valley I came across an unexpected PALM WARBLER on the S side of 17th St., about 4 houses E of Cole St. It popped up from low bushes in front of a house and then flew across the sidewalk into a small street tree, where I watched it tail-pumping while it perched just a few feet away.  It was a rather drably-plumaged individual, presumable of the "western" subspecies, except for its bright yellow undertail coverts.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco

Cattle Egret @ Harding Park Gold Course

Lee-Hong Chang
 

Foraging on 18th fairway now. 

Lee Chang 
SF 

Black Skimmer

greylag64@...
 

Well, it’s high tide, so there’s almost no beach. One Skimmer is asleep on the barge/breakwater btw Scott St and Wave Organ. 13:06
Laurie Graham
South SF

Cattle egret just landed

greylag64@...
 

On lawn across from boat house
Laurie Graham

Cattle egret at Harding Park

greylag64@...
 

Seen at 11:39 flying west from golf course. Not refound.
Laurie Graham