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Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

This morning was more like a winter morning at Fort Mason - fewer migrants, and more of our overwintering birds.  The only sparrow of note was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW just north of the parking area on the northwest corner of the lawn in front of the General's House. A YELLOW WARBLER was close to the General's House, and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was near the cul-de-sac. The only unexpected bird was what looked like a TROPICAL KINGBIRD that flew over heading west.

South Lake Merced this morning

Dan Murphy
 

Joan and I birded along concrete bridge this morning.  We had 36 species including a few that are of interest.  There were 2 Greater White-fronted Geese in front of the fishing pier.  A single, male American Wigeon was on the open water about half way between the  bridge and the end of the lake.  An adult male Sharp-shinned Hawk flew along the concrete bridge.  We had 3 Soras and 3 Virginia Rails in the marshes at the east end of the bridge.  A Herring Gull was in the gull flock nearest the bridge.  The best bird though was a Red Fox Sparrow.  Not a species yet (that I've heard), but perhaps soon to be one.  It's a good City bird.

There were a lot of birds to the north of the bridge that we couldn't see clearly.  Bring a scope to see what we missed.

Good Birding,
Dan Murphy

SF City Cumulative List Update/ "Missing" species

H Cotter
 

All,
I will update the full City cumulative list in a few days but wanted to send out an update.

It has been a good year and fall in particular and the cumulative list currently, (as of Oct 15), stands at 289 species total for the year.
Our entire total for last year was 288 species.
Our highest total ever was 295 species in 2015.
Therefore we have good chance of beating 2015 and even getting to 300 species for the year.
There are still a few "annual" species that we have missed to date that still might be possible including:
  • Harlequin Duck
  • Common Merganser
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Red Knot
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
Let me know if anyone finds any of these:-)

I do expect a few more surprises for the year especially over the next couple of weeks.

Hugh

Bobolink at Crissy

Jonah Benningfield
 

Bobolink associating with the Meadowlarks at Crissy this afternoon. Seems likely that this is the same one Josiah found a week or so ago and no one’s bothered to check since a few people dipped on it.

best,
Jonah B.

Crissy Field Bobolink

Rob Cullison
 

Forwarding for:
Lee-Hong Chang has relocated the Bobolink on the eastern end of the field ten minutes ago.

Good birding,
Rob Cullison

Virginia Rail at Elk Glen Lake

Nancy Palmer
 

Hi all, 
I stopped by Elk Glen Lake briefly around 11:30am and spotted what I believe is a Virginia Rail.
It was under the willow on the Southwest side of the lake. I had about 30 seconds with it before it disappeared! See grainy photo below. ;)

Cheers,
Nancy Palmer
SF


Re: Virginia Rail at Elk Glen Lake

Pat Greene
 

The bird was in the same place reported yesterday by Nancy.  Around 2 PM, it was feeding in dense reeds beside the lake.
Pat






On Oct 17, 2018, at 2:09 PM, Nancy Palmer <nancy_palmer@...> wrote:

Hi all, 
I stopped by Elk Glen Lake briefly around 11:30am and spotted what I believe is a Virginia Rail.
It was under the willow on the Southwest side of the lake. I had about 30 seconds with it before it disappeared! See grainy photo below. ;)

Cheers,
Nancy Palmer
SF


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Ducks

Alan Hopkins
 

 This morning there was what I took to be a female Cinnamon Teal on South Lake this morning.
22 American Wigeon have returned to India Basin. There was at least one Ring-neck Duck on Stow Lake the other day.


Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Continuing warblers

David Assmann
 

Haven't seen a mention of these since the 16th - the BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER on the east side of the meadow next to the Log Cabin trail in Golden Gate Park, and the CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER on the west side of the East Conservatory Drive (near the Fuschia Dell) gave fine views to both myself and Lee Guichan this morning. It's the 8th day for the Chestnut-sided and the 7th for the Blackburnian.

Red-naped Sapsucker, G.G.P., 18th Oct.

Lee Guichan
 

Hello,
Yesterday near the Fuschia Dell while looking at the Chestnut-sided Warbler at 10:15 am, the Red-naped Sapsucker flew into the same tree that the Chestnut-sided Warbler has been seen in, it stayed for three seconds & flew out.
I thought it might go the the Plane tree or Sycamore tree, where I saw it in on Oct. 13th, sure enough, 6 minutes later it was in the Plane tree. I watched it for ten minutes while it drilled & flittered on several very high branches.

The location is on the lawn area, walking East toward McLaren Lodge, there are two Plane or Sycamore trees (leaves are large, with fall foliage), John F. Kennedy Drive, paved path off of JFK Drive, path is closer to shrubs where the upper trail is closed, there are two benches, (bench that has the plaque in memory to John H. Johnson) the tree in front of that bench is where the
Red-naped Sapsucker was.  

There were three Townsend's Warblers, two Yellow-rumped Warblers also in the tree.

Good birding,
Lee Guichan
San Francisco



American Redstart at Concrete Bridge

Aaron Maizlish
 

A gorgeous adult male American Redstart is very active around the east end of the concrete bridge at Lake Merced. Jim Chiropolos first spotted it up by the penguin statue, it is currently working the willows around the bridge. I had never seen an adult male in the city, quite a striking specimen.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco

SW SF: Red Knot et al., 10/20/18

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning I did a seawatch (7:15-9:30 AM) from the south end of the Great Highway. Viewing conditions were very good with overcast skies and glassy seas to begin, with light W/SW winds that gradually increased.


The highlight was a basic-plumaged RED KNOT flying N over the surf just off the beach.


Hundreds of gulls -- mostly Californias and some Westerns -- were on the move N the entire time, loons and W. Grebes have increased in numbers, and Elegant Terns were completely absent while I was watching.


Other observations of local interest:


Greater Scaup 1 f. (flying N with Surf Scoters)

Surf Scoter 45

W. Grebe 60+

Eared Grebe 1 (flying N over the ocean)

Common Loon 11

Pacific Loon 22

Red-thr. Loon 28

Long-billed Curlew 5 (fly-bys)

Marbled Godwit 3 (flying with 2 L.-b. Curlews)

Sanderling 250+

PARASITIC JAEGER 2 (flying N)

POMARINE JAEGER 1 (flying N)

Common Murre 15

Hermit Thrush 1 (calling from across the Great Highway)

Also: Harbor Porpoise 4


After that I headed over to the south Lake Merced concrete bridge for a short visit, where there were other birders present. Species I personally observed included: 2 Green Herons, the continuing Greater White-fronted (2) and Cackling (2) Geese, 8 Eared Grebes, a calling Sora, and a Warbling Vireo and a Black-throated Gray Warbler in a mixed flock in the willows near the fishing pier.  There were hundreds of gulls on the lake, mostly Californias with lesser numbers of Westerns. In a quick scan of the flock I also observed 1 Herring, 2 Glaucous-winged, and 1 sub-ad. Heermann's Gulls.


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco 

Possible Nighthawk and other sightings at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

A very active morning at Fort Mason, with the most intriguing sighting coming at the very end when three of the participants in this morning's GGAS walk flushed a medium sized (bigger than a towhee) brownish bird that was sleeping on the ground in the northeast corner of the garden. It was described as having spots, a white bar on each wing when it flew, and sharp pointed wings, which sounded like a Nighthawk to me. The bird flew towards the apple tree when it was flushed, and we could not refind it. Prior to that we had a very good morning for sparrows, with nine species altogether. A LARK SPARROW and a CHIPPING SPARROW were on the north side of the garden, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW were in the garden, Warblers included a NASHVILLE WARBLER in the lower Battery, and a PALM WARBLER on the lawn north of the garden. An OSPREY was over the Bay, and a WANDERING TATTLER was on the waterfront. Three WESTERN MEADOWLARKS were west of the garden.

Continuing warblers Golden Gate Park

rosita94598
 

Today, Sunday October 21, the Blackburnian Warbler continued in the trees below Stow Lake and east of the log cabin and Pioneer woman statue.  Thanks to Michelle and others for putting my wife, Rosita, and me in the right area.

We later walked east of the conservatory of flowers and found the location described to us by Michelle.  In just a few minutes the Chestnut-sided Warbler was found by Rosita.  We both watched it for an extended period.  Michelle joined us by bike after about 10 minutes and we showed it to her, too.  This was all from about 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

10.21.18 Sea watch from South end of OB- Long-billed Dowitcher

H Cotter
 

I spent approx 90 minutes sea watching from the south end of Ocean Beach this morning- 10/21. Seabird highlights were few - the primary highlight was a mixed flock of shorebirds - approx. 25 dowitchers and a single Dunlin that flew past. These were the first Dunlin and Dowitchers I have seen all fall. One of the dowitchers appeared to be a Long-billed with a significant amount of rufous visible all the way down.
A single Marbled Murrelet was the other highlight.
Numbers of Scoter, Western Grebe and Loons have increased in the last week.

Hugh

Probable Black-throated Green Warbler @ Strawberry Hill

Brian Turner
 

Bird was in alders to the east of the bridge at top of falls. First noted bright yellow face. Breast was whitish with black streaks, concentrated towards head. Faint yellow wash in vent visible in a series of "binocam" pics in EBird list. These are a bit overexposed and I'm hoping someone with a better camera can verify. 


Good birding, 
Brian Turner

Green-winged Teal - Stow Lake

Linda Swanson
 

A pair of Green-winged Teal presently on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. They are near the older stone bridge, NW side of lake. 

Linda Swanson 

Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

Lots of activity this morning, although nothing rare. I counted BROWN PELICANS passing by for 30 minutes, and counted 432 - the stream was constant. A MERLIN scared some RED-MASKED PARAKEETS in the Battery.  There were two HOUSE WRENS - one in the garden and one in the Battery. Also two RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS. A NASHVILLE WARBLER continues in the lower Battery. Saw two WESTERN TANAGERS (Battery and Garden). There were seven WESTERN MEADOWLARKS on the Great Meadow. Just before I left seven WESTERN BLUEBIRDS flew in east of the garden.

Black-throated Green Warbler, Stow Lake, G.G. P.

Lee Guichan
 

Hello,
I re-found the Black-throated Green Warbler (Brian Turner found yesterday at Strawbery Hill) at 12:15pm, today at Stow Lake Drive East, it was on both sides of the street, but most on a large shrub with leaves that curl, on the North side of the street. Nancy P. & I observed it for about one minute while it preened. It was past Stow Lake Roman Bridge, south side just past the Heron Colony island.
There were two Townsend's Warblers & one Yellow -rump Warbler in the tree  that had long thin leaves

I alerted the other birders photographers who were at the lower Log Cabin Trail looking for the Blackburnian Warbler, but we could not re-find the Black-throated Green Warbler.

Then about 2:25pm it was re-spotted among the group including me, that returned to the location where I had found it earlier, it was it a tree that had long thin leaves. Eight observers got to see it. There were three Townsend's Warblers, & two Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Do not know the name of the trees.

Earlier in the morning the Blackburnian continued in the large oak at the lower Log Cabin Trail.
Log Cabin Trail : Six Ruby-crowned Kinglets, one Brown Creeper, one Townsend's Warbler, One Downy Woodpecker, & two Orange-crowned Warblers.

Later in the large Oak & smaller Oak trees, one Red Breasted Sapsucker, eight Townsend's Warblers,    

Thank you Brian Turner for finding the Black-throated Green Warbler.

Good Birding,
Lee Guichan
San Francisco

Re: Black-throated Green Warbler, Stow Lake, G.G. P.

Joe Morlan
 

Is this the same place where a singing Black-throated Green was seen
13-25 April 2018? Same bird returning?


On Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:06:54 -0700, "Lee Guichan" <guichan.lee@...>
wrote:

today at Stow Lake Drive East, it was on both sides of the street, but most on a large shrub with leaves that curl, on the North side of the street.
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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA