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Re: Black-throated Green Warbler continues 10/26/18

Patricia Mahoney
 

The BLACK-THROATED GREEN Warbler appeared along Stow Lake Drive East for 20 minutes, around 1 pm. moving through the same pittosporum  trees by the lake shore.

No sign of the Blackburnian yet today.

Pat Mahoney
Hayward


On Oct 25, 2018, at 6:40 PM, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...> wrote:

... and with the sun setting at 18:20, the BLACK-THROATED GREEN Warbler was back along Stow Lake Drive moving through the same trees it was observed in this spring at (Lat. 37.7695 Long. -122.4742)

What a gift to have it return.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco 


On Oct 25, 2018, at 17:33, Linda Swanson <lswanson@...> wrote:

Both the Black-throated Green Warbler and Blackburnian Warbler were seen in the large oak on the Log Cabin Trail in Golden Gate Park this afternoon about 4:30 pm.

Linda Swanson

Black-throated Green Warbler, continues, Stow Lake Drive East

Lee Guichan
 


Hello,
The Black-throated Warbler continued at 11:40am very brief view, 7 observes. Location is at Stow Lake Drive East, G.G.P., it was on Pittosporsum large shrub,  ( same area since Tuesday) it was with two Townsend's Warblers.

Then at 12:45pm I spotted the Black-throated Green Warbler & got Pat Mahoney on it, it was with two Townsend's Warblers .

We watched for 15 minutes flittering in the Pittosporsum trees closest to the Willow tree next to the lake.

Also seen 8 Bushtits, five Townsend's Warblers, six Yelow-rumped Warblers, one Downy Woodpecker & ( two Northern Flickers heard).
One Yellow Shaffted Northern Flicker thanks to Mark Rauzon who spotted it in the eucs. 

;Good Birding.
Lee Guichan
San Francisco

 

Re: Black-throated Green Warbler continues 10/26/18 Golden Gate Park

Patricia Mahoney
 

At 4:00 pm the BLACK-THROATED GREEN Warbler appeared in the large oak at the edge of the meadow near the Log Cabin trail. Many Townsend’s Warblers gleaned along with an Orange-crowned Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warblers, including a Myrtle. Around 4:30 pm the flock dispersed and moved off to who knows where!

Pat Mahoney 
Hayward


On Oct 26, 2018, at 2:08 PM, Patricia Mahoney <listpat@...> wrote:

The BLACK-THROATED GREEN Warbler appeared along Stow Lake Drive East for 20 minutes, around 1 pm. moving through the same pittosporum  trees by the lake shore.

No sign of the Blackburnian yet today.

Pat Mahoney
Hayward


On Oct 25, 2018, at 6:40 PM, Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...> wrote:

... and with the sun setting at 18:20, the BLACK-THROATED GREEN Warbler was back along Stow Lake Drive moving through the same trees it was observed in this spring at (Lat. 37.7695 Long. -122.4742)

What a gift to have it return.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco 


On Oct 25, 2018, at 17:33, Linda Swanson <lswanson@...> wrote:

Both the Black-throated Green Warbler and Blackburnian Warbler were seen in the large oak on the Log Cabin Trail in Golden Gate Park this afternoon about 4:30 pm.

Linda Swanson

Black-Throated Green Warbler photos

Mark Rauzon
 

It took five pleasant hours, but the Black-throated Green Warbler was finally able to photographed in the Large Oak along Log Cabin Trail at the edge of the meadow. It was at 4pm, when sun light was hitting the tree and for about 10 minutes, the rare warbler was present but elusive, along with many Townsends, Yellow-rumpeds and one Orange-crowned Warbler. I hope these photos help in determining if this is the same individual from the spring. Thanks to Brian Turner for the discovery. 

 https://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#hbb50a6de

Mark Rauzon
Oakland

Eastern GGP

Bob Hall
 

In the oak woodlands near the horseshoe pit I had a spotted towhee. Not totally uncommon but it's not everywhere.

Shameless plug time. If you want to establish bird habitat in your backyard, buy some native plants at the California Native Plant Society sale tomorrow:

24th Annual Fall Native Plant Sale

11am - 4pm, Saturday, October 27, 2018

Generously hosted by the Miraloma Park Improvement Club

350 O'Shaughnessy Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94127
http://cnps-yerbabuena.org/gardening/native-plant-sales/

--
Bob Hall
San Francisco, CA
"There is no better high than discovery." - E.O. Wilson

Re: Black-Throated Green Warbler photos

Peter Pyle
 

Thanks to photos posted or sent to me by Mark, Nancy Palmer, and Lee Guichan I'm confident that the Black-throated Green is an adult, and while I'm not sure I'd call it a male by plumage alone, several marks (including black bases to some throat feathers) suggests it is one. It all adds up to it being the April bird, which likely wintered there last year. If it stays to winter again this would seem to clinch it, and then we can expect it to again start singing and molt into breeding plumage in March-April. Peter

At 08:20 PM 10/26/2018, Mark Rauzon via Groups.Io wrote:
It took five pleasant hours, but the Black-throated Green Warbler was finally able to photographed in the Large Oak along Log Cabin Trail at the edge of the meadow. It was at 4pm, when sun light was hitting the tree and for about 10 minutes, the rare warbler was present but elusive, along with many Townsends, Yellow-rumpeds and one Orange-crowned Warbler. I hope these photos help in determining if this is the same individual from the spring. Thanks to Brian Turner for the discovery.

https://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#hbb50a6de

Mark Rauzon
Oakland

Alta Plaza Palm Warbler Continues 10/27

Nicolas <isabelle.nadeau@...>
 

Continuing in Plum Trees and on lawn in the west side of the park at 9:30 this Saturday. Great looks not a very shy individual.

Good Birding,
Nicolas Forestell

Redstart

Alan Hopkins
 

 Hi,

The American Redstart was still at Middle Lake this morning.


Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Fort Mason Ferruginous Hawk, Barn Owl and other sightings

David Assmann
 

Raptors were the highlight at Fort Mason this morning, with the best sighting being a FERRUGINOUS HAWK that flew over at 11:43 am. In addition to the expected COOPER'S HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK (2), a PEREGRINE FALCON flew over Aquatic Park.  A BARN OWL was mobbed in the Battery around 10:30 am by a murder of about 30 AMERICAN CROWS. A WANDERING TATTLER was on the abandoned pier at high tide, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was on the lawn in front of the General's House. A BONAPARTE'S GULL was on the water in Aquatic Park. Lots of HERMIT THRUSHES (8) and WESTERN BLUEBIRDS (also 8).

Re: Black-Throated Green Warbler photos

Joe Morlan
 

The BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was still present along the Log Cabin
trail for our CCSF Ornithology class this morning (Saturday 27 October).
Photo by Peter Seubert shows the throat pattern well...

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/120795031

Also of interest were a WILSON'S WARBLER in the same area and three HOUSE
WRENS on Strawberry Hill. Full list at...

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49496571

A pleasant outing despite the dripping fog.

On Sat, 27 Oct 2018 00:11:19 -0700, "Peter Pyle" <ppyle@...> wrote:

Thanks to photos posted or sent to me by Mark, Nancy Palmer, and Lee
Guichan I'm confident that the Black-throated Green is an adult, and
while I'm not sure I'd call it a male by plumage alone, several marks
(including black bases to some throat feathers) suggests it is one.
It all adds up to it being the April bird, which likely wintered
there last year. If it stays to winter again this would seem to
clinch it, and then we can expect it to again start singing and molt
into breeding plumage in March-April. Peter
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

Black throated green

ericbs1975@...
 

Currently viewing the black throated green in the oaks at the back of the meadow on log cabin trail
Dropped Pin
near Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
8am

Eric Storms 
San Carlos 

different looking American Coots, Stow Lake, G.G.P.

Lee Guichan
 

Hello,
This morning 11:30 - noon at Stow Lake Drive East, lake side there were three American Coots that looked different from the other 33 American Coots, & two juveniles.

One Coots had a very light yellow frontal shield, two others also had a light yellow frontal shield but with a little reddish brown at the top of the frontal shield. Are these Am. Coots variants?

Also in the lake five Northern Shovelers, twenty Mallard Ducks, three Pied-billed Grebes, two Double-crested Cormorants, fifteeen Canada Geese, 10, Western Gulls.
Along the lake one Red-tailed Hawk, one Hutton's Vireo, three Townsend's Warblers, Six Yellow-rumps, two Chestnut-backed Chickadee, one Northern Flicker heard.

Good Birding,

Lee Guichan
San Francisco



Golden-crowned Kinglets GGP

Dave Weber
 

At 7:45 am Oct 31 I found a small flock, six or more, of Golden-crowned Kinglets about 100 yds west of the north end of North Lake. Then they were gone. Vicinity of where five trails meet.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

Black and White Warbler at Middle Lake.

Dave Weber
 

At 8:15am I saw B&W Warbler high in a eucalyptus on the west side of the south end of Middle Lake. Tree is n of main path, w of short side path.



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

Wilson's Snipe, Middle Lake G.G.P.

Lee Guichan
 

Hello,
Middle Lake, yesterday morning there was a small flock one Nashville Warbler was among it.

Nov. 1, about 9:30am I heard loud calls of a Wilson's Snipe east of the reeds, Dana B. was on that side & took several photos of the Wilson's Snipe; it did not stay long, flew off.
I have not seen one there in past years.

Good Birding.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco


Tropical Kingbird at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

Late this morning a TROPICAL KINGBIRD was at the north end of the garden, and then flew west. 

Battery Godfrey 10.31.18- Lots of Robins, Tropical Kingbird and Chipping Sparrow

H Cotter
 

Yesterday 10/31 I spent a few hours in the morning at Battery Godfrey.
Joined for part of the time by Peter Pyle and then Ken Schneider.

Robins were moving in good numbers with approx. 1800 birds moving north joined by 200-300 Varied thrush and 100’s of Waxwings.
Other good sightings was a flock of 64 or so cackling geese, some American pipits , American Wigeon, shoveler, pintail, GW Teal , a late Parasitic Jaegar and first push of mew gulls.

Other highlights included a Chipping Sparrow and a flyover presumed Tropical Kingbird going east.

Today was another good day at the battery and others will report on highlights,

Hugh

Battery Godfrey (1 November) - Rough-legged Hawk, Townsend's Solitaire, Clay-colored Sparrow, YB/RN Sapsucker, etc.

Ken Schneider
 

Hi all,

I was at Battery Godfrey from 0730-1230 today, joining Hugh Cotter and Brian Fitch for much of the morning. Peter Pyle also joined us for part of the time.  We had warm weather and a light easterly wind.  Impressive numbers (to me, at least) of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings were flying north for most of the morning.  Peter spotted and identified a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK flying to the west of the battery around 0950.  We later saw a single TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE mixed in with other thrushes.  As he was leaving, Hugh spotted a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW perched atop the small cypress to the north of the battery.  After everyone else left, I saw a Red-naped/Yellow-bellied Sapsucker fly in from the north and perch briefly in the cypress trees - my poor photos are likely inconclusive as to which species was seen.  It quickly flew off to the south.  

More details and some photos are at my eBird checklist here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49606464

Good birding! 

Ken Schneider
Noe Valley

Summer Tanager (?) Lafayette Park

Richard Bradus
 

Hi all

On an otherwise pretty slow outing over the noon hour today (Nov. 2) I was a bit taken aback when a mostly yellow bird flew up seemingly out of nowhere at about 12:45pm and perched briefly (and quietly) high in a pine overlooking the tennis courts at Lafayette Park. It stayed pretty still as a sparrow and then a Cedar Waxwing flew up to the same branch to check it out. Clearly a tanager, it was mostly yellow below, olive above, with a stout but not particularly long bill that was light in color. I assumed it was a female Summer Tanager as it additionally showed very thin, faint wing bars, but the wings were also somewhat darker than I would expect - I managed to get one long distance photo that also shows a bit of dark gray or black on the wing - so I'm confused and wondering if it could possibly be a Scarlet Tanager?

I'll eventually post the photo in an eBird report. Just after taking it the bird flew down into the dense foliage of an oak and, despite repeated slow chattering calls that I assume were coming from the suspect in question, I was unable to re-locate it. I did manage to see what appeared to be a pair of Spotted Towhee, however, the first I've seen here. 

No telling if it the tanager will stick around. But with the weather being stable, it might be worth another try.

Gotta love these fall days (though the rain better come back eventually). Have fun!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco

Crissy Field and Lafayette Park Local Interest

David Assmann
 

Crissy Field had 8 CACKLING GEESE, 1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, 5 WESTERN MEADOWLARKS and an AMERICAN PIPIT this morning.  This afternoon I looked, without success, for Richard's Summer Tanager at Lafayette Park, but did find one of the SPOTTED TOWHEES he found, as well as a CHIPPING SPARROW.