Date   
Join the Oakland Christmas Bird Count on December 16

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Hello, Bay Area Birders:

Golden Gate Audubon Society invites you to take part in the 78th annual Oakland Christmas Bird Count, on Sunday, December 16 — just six weeks away. Please join us.

As a field observer, you'll get to sample the bird life in an area that fits your interests and abilities, add to our understanding of the status and distribution of our wintering birds, and have fun doing it. Afterward, join the compilation dinner. A rarity or two always turns up; learning about them right away will help you see them, too. The food will be good, and the company will be even better.

Maybe you'd rather just count birds in your yard on December 16. Feeder watchers can spend as much or as little time watching birds as they wish, and their observations also advance our knowledge of winter bird populations. If this interests you, sign up as a feeder watcher -- in the evening you can join others at the compilation dinner if you wish.

To get started, just click this link

The sign-up deadline is November 29; space at the compilation dinner is limited, so don't dawdle.

Contact me if you have questions about the count; contact the Golden Gate Audubon Society office (510-843-2222) if you have questions about the compilation dinner.

My co-compiler, Bob Lewis, and I hope you'll take part!

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@...




Barn owl at Sunset Reservoir

Siobhan Ruck
 

Heading off to work at 5:35 this morning I heard a Barn Owl screech from somewhere at the reservoir. It sounded fairly close so I think more on the west side.

Siobhan Ruck, SF

Re: Black and White Warbler at Middle Lake.

C Lou
 

Dave Weber's BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER continues on the south side of Middle Lake in Golden Gate Park.
It was in the large mult-trunk tree where other 'good' warblers have been seen earlier in the fall.

A late yellow warbler was seen in the small meadow as well.

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster@...>
Date: 10/31/18 8:58 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: sfbirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] Black and White Warbler at Middle Lake.

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

San Francisco Christmas Bird Count

David Assmann
 

After seeing the plug for the Oakland Christmas Bird Count, it seems appropriate to plug the San Francisco count, which is on Thursday December 27th.  All levels of birders are welcome, and there is a great countdown and dinner at the end of the day.  To register, follow this link https://goldengateaudubon.org/expired-announcement/news/sign-up-for-the-2016-christmas-bird-count-2/  and click on register for the San Francisco count. Participating in the count if free (there is a charge for dinner if you want to do that), and it's a great day with other birders of all levels contributing to a very worthy international bird census.

North Lake

Alan Hopkins
 

 I just saw on TV that they have started the work removing the invasive weeds on north lake. It may make birding hard for awhile but we may get some ducks back when they are done!

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Re: North Lake

Brian Fitch
 

That's the best news I've heard regarding city birding in a while.  I hope the restoration spreads to the entire lake ecosystem, as the trees around North Lake have been nearly devoid of good flocks for several years now.

Brian Fitch


On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 5:39 PM Alan Hopkins <alanhopkins@...> wrote:
 I just saw on TV that they have started the work removing the invasive weeds on north lake. It may make birding hard for awhile but we may get some ducks back when they are done!

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Ridgeway's Rail at Heron's Head today

Kevin Liberg
 

I saw a Ridgeway's Rail at Heron's Head around 7:45 this morning.  The Spotted Towhee and Common Yellowthroat are still there too.
Complete list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49718685

Kevin Liberg
San Francisco

Lake Merced today

Kevin McKereghan
 

I spent the better part of the day poking around Lake Merced, with a few decent finds. 
Concrete Bridge: aside from 10+ Common Yellowthroats, which is a big number in my experience, there were 4 Greater White-fronted Geese, 2 on the beach and 2 in the souther impoundment. There was a Heerman’s Gull on the lake, as well as 2 Herring Gulls and along Vista Grande Canal a Black-throated Gray Warbler 
at the entrance to Harding Park: I had a Palm Warbler, a Yellow Warbler and a Tropical Kingbird. There was also a Nuttall’s Woodpecker.
Wooden Bridge: Best bird was a HY Cooper’s Hawk. There is also a group of 4 white geese, which I think are domestics. They show no black on the wingtip, but they were also very far away. use caution

Kevin McKereghan
theman@...


"I love to doubt as well as know"
-Dante Aligheri

Re: Lake Merced today

C Lou
 

There are two PALM WARBLERS in trees long the entrance road to Harding Golf Course. One has a missing tail feather. Seen with Cliff Yap and Lee Guichan.

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Kevin McKereghan <theman@...>
Date: 11/6/18 2:46 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SFBirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] Lake Merced today

I spent the better part of the day poking around Lake Merced, with a few decent finds. 
Concrete Bridge: aside from 10+ Common Yellowthroats, which is a big number in my experience, there were 4 Greater White-fronted Geese, 2 on the beach and 2 in the souther impoundment. There was a Heerman’s Gull on the lake, as well as 2 Herring Gulls and along Vista Grande Canal a Black-throated Gray Warbler 
at the entrance to Harding Park: I had a Palm Warbler, a Yellow Warbler and a Tropical Kingbird. There was also a Nuttall’s Woodpecker.
Wooden Bridge: Best bird was a HY Cooper’s Hawk. There is also a group of 4 white geese, which I think are domestics. They show no black on the wingtip, but they were also very far away. use caution

Kevin McKereghan
theman@...


"I love to doubt as well as know"
-Dante Aligheri

Yesterday, last week, today

 

Some recent sightings of interest (to me):

11/5/2018

A hatch-year HERMIT Warbler was in a mixed flock that included at least (4-5) Golden-crowned Kinglets in cypresses next to the parking area for the Polo Fields/GGP. A lone (ALEUTIAN) CACKLING Goose continued on the pitch with (160) Canada Geese. (2) Say's Phoebes were perching on goalposts on the field, (5) Western Bluebirds
also in the area.

A quick check of Sunset Reservoir : (73) Killdeer and (8) Black-bellied Plovers were on the solar panels. (2) Western Meadowlarks on the grassy north edge may be trying to winter here as they were present last week as well. Also on the Reservoir panels last week, what initially appeared to be a traditional Cossack fur hat, lifted its head briefly at sounds of barking dogs revealing a rudely awakened coyote coiled into a ball.

11/2/2018

A (Western) NASHVILLE Warbler was in Laguna Honda Canyon, perhaps setting up to winter. It would be very late for a migrant, I think.


10/30/18

At least (12) Wilson's Snipe flew out of roost at dusk at Heron's Head. Good to hear a(the?) Ridgway's Rail is back (never left?), thanks for the report Kevin L.

And finally, walking to the polls, a Barn Owl called and was seen flying over at 41st and Lawton about an hour ago.

Happy birding,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Fort Mason Palm Warbler

David Assmann
 

A PALM WARBLER was bobbing it’s tail this morning as it foraged on the north side of the Community Garden at Fort Mason,

2 Palm Warblers, Harding Park

Lee Guichan
 

Hello,
Today at11:00 am, two Palm Warblers, are at Harding Park. North of the boathouse, they flew from tree to tree. They were in trees in front of picnic tables. One has a single feather as posted yesterday, thank you Kevin McKereghan who found one yesterday.

Yesterday about just after 4pm both Palm Warblers were there. I joined Calvin Lou & Cliff Yapp & with their help l saw both.

Good Luck!

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

A family of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS continues to feed near the Tennis Courts at Fort Mason. A WESTERN MEADOWLARK was making churt calls in the Great Meadow this morning. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, a HOUSE WREN and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were in the garden. I only saw two NORTHERN FLICKERS (yesterday there were at least eight, including at least one Intergrade, and one that was close to being a full Yellow-Shafted). There are either one or two pairs of NUTTALL'S WOODPECKERS that have taken up winter residence - I keep seeing one pair in the Battery and one around the General's House, but I haven't definitively determined whether there are actually two pairs. 

Western GGP

Kevin McKereghan
 

Today I wandered around the western edge of the Golden Gate Park. I visited the area around the soccer pitches, the trails around Bercut and the trails east of the archery range and along the golf course.Not a great deal to report, but I did have a female Black-headed Grosbeak at the Western Maintenance Yard. I also had Orange-crowned Warblers at all my stops and a nice inter grade Flicker at the archery range.

Kevin McKereghan
415-235-6186
"There's many a true word spoken in jest."
-James Joyce

Female Belted Kingfisher Flying West (Potrero)

Sarah Burton
 

At 7:25AM a female Belted Kingfisher flew into the eucs at 23rd & Hwy 101. No vocalization. Clear, cool, winds NE 5-10 mph. 

–Sarah

Mtn Bluebird

Brian Fitch
 

Around 9:45, a female type Mountain Bluebird flew by the crew on Battery Godfrey.  I picked the bird up by its call, which differed slightly from Western, and watched as it flew along the bluff northeastward, close, at eye level, and in perfect light.  Several others also got looks, but I'll let them post as they wish.  Light blue wings and tail with gray body dorsally, gray and white ventrally.  I didn't have time to focus on the wingtips, but the attenuated tail/rump was clear compared to Western.

Brian Fitch

Summer Tanager at Lafayette Park

David Assmann
 

At 4 pm today, a SUMMER TANAGER was northeast of the tennis courts at Lafayette Park, presumably the same bird found by Richard Bradus six days ago, and reported by Jim Chiropolis earlier today. Earlier in the day, I spent part of the morning at Fort Mason, where a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and HOUSE WREN continued in the garden, and the family of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS foraged near the tennis courts.

Smith’s Longspur In Palo Alto Shoreline Park

Mark Stephenson
 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49839163 
People are calling this a Chestnut-collared Longspur. Many expert birders are calling this is a Smith’s. 
Mark&Lucas Stephenson 




Re: [northbaybirds] Smith’s Longspur In Palo Alto Shoreline Park

Matthew Dodder
 

My photos, posted on eBird and Facebook, seem to show very short primary projection, which bodes well for Chestnut-collared. What features are some folks citing to support ID as a Smith’s?

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View


On Nov 10, 2018, at 5:26 PM, Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106@...> wrote:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49839163 
People are calling this a Chestnut-collared Longspur. Many expert birders are calling this is a Smith’s. 
Mark&Lucas Stephenson 




Apologies for Mis-ID of the Chestnut Collared Longspur

Mark Stephenson
 

Greetings All,
Based on photos we viewed from our friend Gina Zolator of the Chestnut Collared, the bird appeared to have some characteristics of a Smith's Longspur. My son Lucas and his Young Birder friends thought that there was a possibility that it could be a Smith's Longspur due to the buffy orange coloration and seemingly long primary projection seen in her photos. However, after viewing more photos kindly sent by Steve Rottenborn and others, the coloration, bill and primary projection all seemed to be a Chestnut Collared. Lucas is very apologetic, and the lesson learned is that photos do not always portray color or other features accurately due to the angle of the sun and other variables. Many apologies if his earlier post caused any concern or confusion before he viewed additional photos. He in no way wanted to question other birders ID's only to consider the possibilities of it being another rarer bird which has many similarities.
Happy Birding,
Mark & Lucas Stephenson