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Sutro & Middle Lake

Brian Fitch
 

The sea off of the Sutro Baths was pretty quiet this morning, as the wind once again died down to almost nil.  Two southbound Marbled Murrelets were the highlight, along with two Bottlenosed Dolphins.

The female Black & white Warbler continues along the south side of Middle Lake, and a single Sharp-shinned Hawk was circling over the Duboce Triangle.

Brian Fitch

Crissy Field trip and candlestick by kayak yesterday

Josiah Clark
 

From 8:30 to 10:30 at Crissy Field tomorrow birders not participating elsewhere are welcome to get a taste for the counting methods and spirit. Meet across from Sports basement at the East most part of the lawn over looking the lagoon.
A few of us will be counting birds on the lagoon, bay, wooded bluffs, and comb through the airfield for sparrows. In an effort to cover the whole area we will be moving pretty fast which means we may see up to 70 species for the morning.
I did a little count week birding by kayak in new waters for me yesterday and was impressed by at least 2000 distant Scaup off of candle stick but didn’t spend too much time sorting through them. Impressive numbers of gulls were roosting on the large piers to the north. Also a white tailed kite and just for Forster’s terns.
Good luck counters!

Last call for Christmas Count! And Rare Bird Report form

Siobhan Ruck
 

There have been a few last minute cancellations which are leaving some of the areas in the city with a little bit leaner crews than I’d like - we could use 3 to 5 more counters, ideally. If you see this before 8:00 pm and would like to join in, please email me.

Thanks,
Siobhan Ruck, SF

ps - if you see something rare between 12/24 and 12/30, we can include it for Count Week. A rare bird report form is attached.

Saye's Phoebe

Ken Moy
 

Greetings of the season,

First spotted a Saye's Phoebe perched on a shrub visible from the viewing platform north of the renovated Presidio Landmark building at 11 AM today (12/26). It spent 10-15 minutes foraging and hunting in the typical hover flight before I lost sight of it. About 20 minutes later, I spotted a Say's Phoebe in the Lobos Creek restoration area from the overlook. No idea whether it was the same bird.

Good birding to all,

Ken Moy

Ferry Park Tennessee Warbler and CBC scouting.

bitanangan
 

Hi Birders,
     On my way to South Beach Marina this morning I couldn’t resist getting off Muni first at the Embarcadero to check out Ferry Park (not in my count area), and with it’s aspens yet retaining many of their leaves, it has been living up to it’s deserved reputation this winter as an insectivore trap, today hosting 7 species of warblers. New to a continuing loose flock of 1 Wilson’s, 2 Black-throated Grays, and a Nashville warbler et al. was a Tennessee Warbler. I have had little time, before now, to fully prepare a report and describe it, but an orange-crowned warbler-looking bird with a green mantle, whitish belly and a white vent is a Tennessee Warbler. 
      Mission Creek: 1 Lincoln’s Sparrow near dock “A” and a Common Goldeneye near the 7th St barrage.
      James Rolph Playground: Sharp-shinned Hawk.
      Bernal Heights: 4, maybe 5, Western Bluebirds.
      For the past few weeks in NW Noe Valley, both morning and evening, there has often been a large (>100) conspicuous flock of crows.
Russ Bright
SF

Fort Mason Local Interest

David Assmann
 

Nothing new at Fort Mason this morning.  The usual suspects - ORCHARD ORIOLE, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER - were in the garden. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was being harassed by AMERICAN CROWS. An ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was finishing up a nest on the hillside. My most unusual sighting was on my walk to Fort Mason - and it wasn't a bird - it was a Gray Fox running down Chestnut Street between Leavenworth and Jones.

Presidio - Birds

Felix Rigau
 

Today on a short morning walk in the Presidio I had a group of nine Cedar Waxwings flying overhead as I entered the Lucas campus. I also had a perch-hunting American Kestrel at Tennessee Hollow. A nice preview for the SF CBC!

Good Birding,
Felix Rigau

(fwd) [SFBirds] Quick roundup of SF Christmas Count

Joe Morlan
 

Forwarding to the new group:

On Thu, 27 Dec 2018 21:04:36 -0800, "Siobhan Ruck siobhan.ruck@...
[SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Some highs and lows from today’s San Francisco Christmas Bird Count…

The lows first: General consensus was that land bird numbers were lower
than usual. Not many Yellow-rumped Warblers in most areas, generally lower
numbers of other warblers and also sparrows/finches. Ducks and shorebirds
also seemed a bit lower than normal in most areas.

Some species have been missing on the count for a few years now and may
need to move to the rare list.

Some highlights: Species diversity was good. These are rough numbers and
we will need to verify rarities (and verify that I was hearing things
correctly at the dinner) but we had 162 of the Common species, and 18 Rare
species, including a few that are new to the list. New additions include
Blackburnian Warbler (Lake Merced), Pacific Slope Flycatcher (Twin
Peaks/Buena Vista, etc.) and Phainopepla (San Bruno Mountain) along with
Wild Turkey of uncertain provenance (Eastern Golden Gate Park). The
reviewers intake of Wild Turkey may influence the decision to accept the
latter.

Other rarities included Ancient Murrelet from two areas, Black-vented
Shearwater, Bald Eagle (probable 2nd year), Barn Swallow, Rock Wren,
Yellow, Palm, Wilsons and Black-throated Grey Warblers, Summer Tanager and
Orchard Oriole. (Many of these should show up on EBird and SF
Birds/Peninsula Birds.)

I’d like to add thanks to all of the leaders - It’s a lot of work whether
it’s your first time or your thirty-first time. And thanks to everyone who
took part in the count - we rely on you to show up and this great citizen
science thing couldn’t happen without you. Thanks too, to the GGAS staff
for logistics and some truly delicious food at the count dinner.

See you all in 2019!

Siobhan Ruck, Alan Hopkins and Dan Murphy.

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

(fwd) Re: [SFBirds] Quick roundup of SF Christmas Count

Joe Morlan
 

Forwarding Peter Pyle's report to the new group.

On Thu, 27 Dec 2018 23:14:52 -0800, "Peter Pyle ppyle@...
[SFBirds]" <SFBirds-noreply@...> wrote:

Photos and details of some Lake Merced area highlights here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51012735

White-throated Swift
Bald Eagle
Slate-colored ("Cassiar") Junco
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler

Cheers, Peter

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

cont. Blackburnian and Trikes 12/28/18

 

The dull female BLACKBURNIAN Warbler found on yesterday's count by PETER PYLE continued in the same location late morning today (11-11:45) but was not very cooperative. It stayed still long enough for only a couple of brief looks for Lee Chang and myself and was out of sight much of the time. From the entrance to Harding Park walk south about 25 meters and look in the blooming Eucalyptus and albizia growing at the edge of the lake. Per Peter's report at the countdown yesterday, earlier in the morning will probably give much better light conditions.

At least (15, 14 males and 1 female) Tricolored Blackbirds were feeding with Brewer's Blackbirds and a couple of Starlings at 37th and Noriega around 12:30pm.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Age of Merced Bald Eagle

Peter Pyle
 

Siobhan thought the Bald Eagle we saw on the SF CBC might be older than second-cycle and she is correct. I had thought p1-p4 were second basic and p5-p10 juvenile but they are actually (probably) 4th basic, with p5-p7 being 3rd basic and p8-p10 4th basic. So this makes it a 4th-cycle, which equates better with the body plumage and white feathering to the head. I've corrected it in eBird (link below).

Peter

Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2018 23:14:52 -0800
To: SFBirds-owner@...
From: Peter Pyle <ppyle@...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Quick roundup of SF Christmas Count
Cc: siobhan.ruck@...

Photos and details of some Lake Merced area highlights here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51012735

White-throated Swift
Bald Eagle
Slate-colored ("Cassiar") Junco
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler

Cheers, Peter

At 09:04 PM 12/27/2018, Siobhan Ruck siobhan.ruck@... [SFBirds] wrote:


Some highs and lows from today’s San Francisco Christmas Bird Count…

The lows first: General consensus was that land bird numbers were lower than usual. Not many Yellow-rumped Warblers in most areas, generally lower numbers of other warblers and also sparrows/finches. Ducks and shorebirds also seemed a bit lower than normal in most areas.

Some species have been missing on the count for a few years now and may need to move to the rare list.

Some highlights: Species diversity was good. These are rough numbers and we will need to verify rarities (and verify that I was hearing things correctly at the dinner) but we had 162 of the Common species, and 18 Rare species, including a few that are new to the list. New additions include Blackburnian Warbler (Lake Merced), Pacific Slope Flycatcher (Twin Peaks/Buena Vista, etc.) and Phainopepla (San Bruno Mountain) along with Wild Turkey of uncertain provenance (Eastern Golden Gate Park). The reviewers intake of Wild Turkey may influence the decision to accept the latter.

Other rarities included Ancient Murrelet from two areas, Black-vented Shearwater, Bald Eagle (probable 2nd year), Barn Swallow, Rock Wren, Yellow, Palm, Wilsons and Black-throated Grey Warblers, Summer Tanager and Orchard Oriole. (Many of these should show up on EBird and SF Birds/Peninsula Birds.)

I’d like to add thanks to all of the leaders - It’s a lot of work whether it’s your first time or your thirty-first time. And thanks to everyone who took part in the count - we rely on you to show up and this great citizen science thing couldn’t happen without you. Thanks too, to the GGAS staff for logistics and some truly delicious food at the count dinner.

See you all in 2019!

Siobhan Ruck, Alan Hopkins and Dan Murphy.

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San Francisco 2018 CBC Recap-Area 16--Pacifica

 

Here are some of the highlights from Area 16:

(Aleutian) Cackling Goose - w/10 Canadas on Sharp Park Golf Course, all 11 geese seen flying over Milagra Ridge at dusk

Black Scoter - 7 off Mussel Rock

Northern Pintail - 8 thanks to Peter Metropulos' sharp seawatching off Mussel Rock, the only ones on the count

White-tailed Kite - 5

Virginia Rail - Laguna Salada

Long-billed Curlew - Sharp Park beach

BURROWING OWL - continuing on Milagra Ridge

BARN SWALLOW - flying north over beach mid afternoon, spotted by PJM, only one on the count

House Wren - 7

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 3

California Thrasher - 3, Milagra Ridge

Nashville Warbler - Rockaway

Black-throated Gray Warbler - Mori Pt./Fairway Drive entrance Willows

White-throated Sparrow - Cedric's long staying yard bird

We tallied 97 species for the area but numbers seemed low to very low for the most part. Only ONE California Quail was noted all day-- a single male at the SF Archery Range.

Also, a Count Week addition was a GREEN HERON in Calera Creek, seen on 12/24 but not relocated on count day.

Thank you to all the counters in our area:

Jackie Barshak
Grace Blacker
Ron Davis
Cedric Duhalde
Peter Metropulos
Anne Middlebrook
Joe Morlan
Michael Park
Allison Weber


Happy new year,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

2018 San Francisco Christmas Bird Count Recap - Area 2

David Assmann
 

No unexpected birds, but the overwintering special birds were still there on the 27th. The ORCHARD ORIOLE was seen multiple times in the Fort Mason Community Garden. At high tide, the WANDERING TATTLER was on the abandoned pier. This species has become exceedingly rare in San Francisco in the winter. This bird is the only Tattler seen in San Francisco this month. The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and the 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were in the garden. A MARBLED GODWIT in Aquatic Park was unexpected. Good raptor diversity with RED-TAILED HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, MERLIN, SHARP-SHINNED HAWK and PEREGRINE FALCON. 68 species in the count area - 61 of these at Fort Mason. A PELAGIC CORMORANT at the Yacht Harbor was already in alternate plumage.

SF CBC Sea-watch, 12/27/18

 


This morning I conducted my annual sea-watch for the SF CBC from the south-end of the Great Highway (7:00-11:15 AM).


Winds were moderate from the N-NW and increased as the morning went on.  Visibility was excellent out to the horizon. Wave size had decreased from earlier this week.


While there were some good sightings as noted below, overall, numbers were down for loons, scoters, and pelicans from prior years.  Semi-regular species that I missed from prior years were White-winged Scoter and Heermann's Gull.


Observations of local interest:


N. Shoveler 1 m. (flying N low over the ocean w/5 N. Pintail)

N. Pintail 8 (3 & 5 flying N)

Greater Scaup 11 (single flock flying S)

Surf Scoter 86 (low count)

BLACK SCOTER  3 m./1 f. (low count)

Red-thr. Loon 770 (only counted flying N; low count)

Pacific Loon 5

Common Loon 8

W. Grebe 11

Clark's Grebe 4

BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER 2 (1 following the other flying N @ 7:55)

Brandt's Cormorant 12

Double-cr. Cormorant 16

Pelagic Cormorant 1

Brown Pelican 11 (low count)

Sanderling 210

N. HARRIER 1 (flying N over the Zoo @ 11:10)

Common Murre 38

ANCIENT MURRELET 3 (1 flying N @ 7:45; 2 flying S together @ 7:48)

MARBLED MURRELET 7 (2/1/2/2)

Murrelet sp. 1

Mew Gull 42

W. Gull 260

California Gull 680

Herring Gull 16

Iceland ("Thayer's") Gull 4

Glaucous-winged Gull 78

Western x Glaucous-winged Gull 1

Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull 2

Black Phoebe 1

Say's Phoebe 1

Yel.-rumped Warbler 4


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco

 

San Francisco 2018 CBC Recap – Area 10 – Bayview

Linda Swanson
 

Some highlights from Area 10 which includes Bayview Park, Heron’s Head, India Basin, Yosemite Slough Restoration Project, and Candlestick Point State Recreation Area:

 

Ridgway’s Rail – Heron’s Head, along the vegetation in the channel. Checklist with photos by Peter Seubert https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50994438

 

Wilson’s Snipe – Heron’s Head, one cryptically hidden 3/4 way down path.

 

Common Loon and Red-throated Loon – Heron’s Head.

 

Dunlin, Semipalmated Plover, Forster’s Tern – well over thirty of each species at Yosemite Slough.

 

American Kestrel – Candlestick, Yosemite Slough, and Heron’s Head.

 

White-tailed Kite – Heron’s Head.

 

Candlestick Point tallied 55 species including Common Goldeneye and Spotted Towhee.

 

Our Team tallied 79 species for the day. Count Week additions are Marsh Wren and Common Yellowthroat at Heron’s Head. Thoroughly enjoyed the day, and although no new rarities, nice to see the diversity of species including the resident Western Meadowlark and Savannah Sparrow.

 

A Black-tailed Jackrabbit was seen at Yosemite Slough. Of note is the scope of the restoration project at Yosemite Slough, see link to PDF for details http://www.sfbayjv.org/project-yosemite-slough.php

 

Thanks to the awesome Team:

Jane Armstrong

Kevin Liberg

Kathleen Moore

Peter Seubert

 

Linda Swanson

San Francisco

SFCBC report for area 8

Rob Cullison
 


Six observers went out and counted in area 8 for the 2018 SFCBC.
 
This territory includes Glen Canyon, Mt. Davidson, Mt. Sutro, Twin Peaks, Corona Heights, Buena Vista Park, Laguna Honda Hospital grounds and Laguna Honda Reservoir

New for our area were Peregrine Falcon (Sutro Radio Tower), Western Bluebird (Corona Heights), Acorn Woodpecker(Buena Vista Park) and most surprisingly a Pacific-slope Flycatcher found by Pam McKown in Glen Canyon.
 
Notably missed were Brown Creeper and Cooper's Hawk

High species count was White-crowned Sparrows at 181
.
Thank you to David Tomb, Pat Greene, Pam NcKown, Cathy Bleier and Sarah Burton for your hard work ad good spirits.

Happy Birding,

Rob Cullison

Last day of count week - San Francisco

Siobhan Ruck
 

Just a reminder that today is the last day of Count Week for the San Francisco Christmas Count (held on 12/27). Please be sure to share any unusual species seen within the count circle.

Thank you!

Siobhan Ruck

Found item during CBC

Sarah Burton
 

Hi all, Apologies for the off topic message. I found a phone during the CBC and want to get it to its owner. 

Please be in touch if your name starts with a K and you are missing a phone!

Thanks, 
Sarah

Nashville warbler, Black & White Warbler , Middle Lake

Lee Guichan
 

Hello,
This morning at Middle Lake the female Black & White warbler, continued on the south side, one Nashville Warbler was in the reeds.

Three Re-tailed Hawks, one Coopers Hawk, one Common Yellow Throat,
Hermit Thrush, two Brown Creepers, three Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Two Townsend's Wablers, three Chestnut-backed Chickadee,four Yelllow-rumped Warblers, four Ravens, one Red-shoulderd Hawk, & three Anna's Hummingbirds.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

Seawatch -- Black-vented Shearwaters et al, 12/31/18

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning I conducted my final seawatch of 2018 from the south-end of the Great Highway (7:20-9:20 AM).


Winds were strong from the N-NW and increased as the morning went on.  Visibility was excellent out to the horizon with beautiful light.


There was a big movement of Red-throated Loons N during the first 45 minutes, which is typical off of Ocean Beach first thing in the morning.


Between 7:40/7:50 AM I scoped 2 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS flying N, a few minutes apart. Obvious compact shearwaters with uniform dark upperparts, and whitish underparts including underwings. Distinctive rapid fluttery flight-style, flying direct and low over the ocean surface with minimal, very short glides.


Just after 9 AM I observed a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL flying N with other gulls over the surf: A large gull with very pale plumage overall with no dark markings. White primaries paler than the rest of the wing. Its bill was long and pink with distinct black tip.


Observations of local interest:

 

Surf Scoter 28

BLACK SCOTER  2 m.

W. Grebe 12

Clark's Grebe 1

Common Murre 87

ANCIENT MURRELET 2 (flying N together)

MARBLED MURRELET 8 (2/2/2/2 flying N)

Murrelet sp. 2 (flying N)

Herring Gull 7

Iceland ("Thayer's") Gull 2

Glaucous-winged Gull 60

GLAUCOUS GULL 1 1w (flying N)

Red-thr. Loon 1620 (only counted flying N)

Pacific Loon 1

Common Loon 4

BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER 2 (singles flying N between7:40/7:50)

Peregrine Falcon 1 (flew in from high over the ocean and continued E over the Zoo)


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51132763

 


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco