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SF CBC summary--Area 11 ROCK WREN, etc

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

A little belated but I covered area 11 for the SF CBC. I had a great crew--Dan Scali, Taylor Nairn, Yvette MacDonald, Chris and Teri Willis, and Maureen Lahiff--and together we covered McLaren Park along with neighborhoods extending west as far as Saint Francis Wood.

The majority of the neighborhoods were unproductive, but a few patches held good numbers of birds. It sounded like numbers in McLaren were moderate. Throughout the day, we managed to eek 72 species.

High numbers, low numbers, and highlights included:

Bufflehead-1
Eurasian Collared-Dove-4 seemed low, especially compared to 52 Mourning Doves. Nice to see this species hasn't totally taken hold
Northern Harrier-1 by Dan Scali et al was a nice find for our area
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Cooper's Hawk-1 seemed low
Barn Owl-1 over the grasslands at dawn was our only owl
Downy Woodpecker-2 was very low, reflecting this species decline in the city
Nuttall's Woodpecker-7 seemed slightly high, reflecting this species increase in recent years...it was considered a city-level rarity or very local species as recently as 2009/2010
Hairy Woodpecker-2 seemed about average
American Kestrel-2
Merlin-1
Peregrine Falcon-1 hunting pigeons along Monterey street
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 may have been the only one of the count (?) Seems like a very bad year for this species
Brown Creeper-4 was exceptionally low
Golden-crowned Kinglet-1
Pacific Wren-2 seemed somewhat low, including one by CCSF
ROCK WREN-1 at the vacant lot west of CCSF was apparently just the second record for the park. It was at the Northwest end of the lot by a large cement block. Details and photos are on eBird
Western Bluebird-1 by CCSF. Seems to be low-density in this part of the city
Lincoln's Sparrow-4 seemed like a moderate count
Song Sparrow-1 seemed very low
Orange-crowned Warbler-2 seemed like a low count
Townsend's Warbler-29 seemed to be more than what most teams have been reporting
Yellow-rumped Warbler-210 including 7 Myrtles seemed like a low count considering the size of the park

Happy CBC season,

Logan

Sutro off shore

Alan Hopkins
 

I spent some time scoping off Sutro Baths this morning, overall it was rather slow however there were two Ancient Murrelets on the water, two Marbled Murrelets in flight and one Common Murre in flight. Lots of gulls to look through off shore but nothing rare.

Alan S. Hopkins
San Francisco, CA

Seawatch -- Common Merganser et al, 1/1/19

Paul Saraceni
 

This morning I conducted my first seawatch of 2019 from the south-end of the Great Highway (8:15-10:15 AM).


Winds were brisk from the NE which is not optimal for sea-watching at this location, but the seas were mellow and visibility was excellent out to the horizon.


Numbers of Red-throated Loons flying N (~150) were relatively low as I likely arrived too late for the usual morning flight.


Around 9:35 AM I was surprised to observe a COMMON MERGANSER flying N over the surf. It appeared to be an adult female. A few documentation photos are included in the link below.


Observations of local interest:

 

Surf Scoter 79

BLACK SCOTER  2 m. & 1 f.

Bufflehead 1 m. & 1 f. (flying N together)

COMMON MERGANSER 1 f. (flying N)

W. Grebe 80

Clark's Grebe 1

Common Murre 3 (flying N)

MARBLED MURRELET 6 (2/2/2 flying and some landed on the ocean)

ANCIENT MURRELET 3 (1 flying N, 2 flying S together)

Herring Gull 15

Iceland ("Thayer's") Gull 3

Glaucous-winged Gull 70

Red-thr. Loon 150

Pacific Loon 4

Common Loon 3

Brown Pelican 73 (mostly flying N in small groups)

Bewick's Wren 2 (singing from across the Great Highway; one perched briefly on chainlink fence)


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51178062


Paul Saraceni

San Francisco

Harding vs. Lake Merced Parks

Peter Pyle
 

Hi all -

There was confusion about the naming of these parks during the CBC last Thursday, including precisely where we needed to look for continuing birds like the Yellow and Palm warblers. The area between Skyline Blvd. and the golf course is actually Lake Merced Park. So the good areas for birds to the west of the boathouse is the entrance to Lake Merced Park, not the entrance to Harding Park as seemingly often reported. The entrance to Harding Park then is the chain-link fence about 500 yards east of Skyline. It's confusing because there is a large sign on Skyline Blvd marking the entrance to Harding Park. Best, though, to name this area the entrance to Lake Merced Park to avoid future confusion.

Thanks, Peter

New Year's Day Birding - Orchard Oriole

David Assmann
 

The young male ORCHARD ORIOLE continues to be very confiding in the Fort Mason Community Garden. It's more active once the sun gets up a little higher. The WHITE-THROATED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS continue in the garden as well. I could not find the Tattler on the pier at high tide, but a little while later found a WANDERING TATTLER near the Wave Organ, probably the same bird, since the distance from there to Aquatic Park is not far as the Tattler flies. I had no luck locating the Summer Tanager at Lafayette Park, although I did get nice looks at a SPOTTED TOWHEE there.

FY SharpShinned in Cole Valley

Arlene Gemmill
 

Too late for the CBC I had a Sharp Shinned Hawk whiz over my head last night and into my neighbors backyard at corner of Clayton and Carl, where it perched in a tree.
One oddity was that it kept “wagging" its tail (not bobbing); not a Kestrel!

Its the 2nd time in recent months I’ve seen a sharpie in that exact spot. It had been years since seeing any in S.F.

Helps to make up for absence of all the old neighborhood favorites: Brewer’s Blackbird; Mockingbird; Black Phoebe; Downy Woodpecker; Yellow Rumped Warbler; House Finch; etc. etc. etc.

cheers,

Arlene

Black-and-White Warbler

Aaron Maizlish
 

I think there are two other knownBlack-and-White Warblers in the city currently, and it is admittedly one of the most common of the Eastern vagrants, but in the spirit of getting the 2019 SF rare bird year off to a good start, I thought I would report this anyway:

I found a female Black-and-White Warbler this morning at El Polin Spring. Initially seen in the oak tree between the spring itself and the foot path (at the 9 o’clock position on the circular path). The bird was active and also flew into a cypress where she did her nuthatch-like upside down feeding for a minute.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco.

Barrow's G-eye

Brian Fitch
 

During a brief late morning seawatch at Sutro Baths, I was surprised when a female Barrow's Goldeneye flew by at 10:05, heading north and then into the Gate.  The narrow, split white wing patch, and vertical forehead delineate it from Common.  My only previous sighting of the species at Sutro was in Nov '04.

Brian Fitch

Blue-headed Vireo documentation

 

Hi SFBirders,

I'm passing on a request from Thomas Benson from the California Bird Records Committee for documentation of the Blue-headed Vireo in East Golden Gate Park this past October. To date only one person has submitted any notes/and or photos of this bird.

You can upload your doc. at this link:


Thank you,

Dominik Mosur 
San Francisco


G.G. P., G.H. Owls, Lakes

Lee Guichan
 

Hello,
Mallard Lake -  Late this afternoon there were three Hooded Mergansers (2F,1M), two Pied-billed Grebes, three American Coots, four Mallard Ducks.

Polo Fields- 50 Canada Geese, one Raven.

Metson Lake- Two Golden Crowned Kinglets, two Ruby Crowned Kinglets, one Townsend's Warbler, three Chest-backed Chickadees, one Northern Red-shafted Flicker, two American Coots, one Black Phoebe, three Ca Towhees, two White-crowned Sparrows, 5 Golden-crowned Sparrows & one Downy Woodpecker.

South Lake - Two female Hooded Mergansers, one Belted Kingfisher, one Great Blue Heron, one Great Egret, 6 domestic Ducks, two American Coots, 5 Golden Crowned Sparrows, three Song sparrows, & one Ca Towhee.

Middle Lake - Lots of Red-winged Black birds calling.

Bison Paddock - Two Great Horned Owls seen hooting to each other.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

Birds of Interest at Mountain Lake

Nicolas <isabelle.nadeau@...>
 

Yesterday at Mountain Lake I had a White-Throated Sparrow foraging in a flock of Golden and White-Crowned Sparrows on the lawn just east of the playground. The bird had a clear white throat and yellow supraloral.



Additionally 3 female Hooded Mergansers where observed on the lake

Good birding,
Nicolas Forestell

Euro Wigeons

Brian Fitch
 

After realizing that I had not seen our resident rail since it's name became Ridgway's, I set aside several hours to wait for it this morning at Heron's Head.  So of course it appeared immediately, and spent some time swimming and poking around the western of the two main outlets as the tide rose.  I didn't see it again, even at peak high tide.

I later met up with Sarah Burton, and we spent time at HH and then at Pier 94.  Highlights included the continuing pair of Eurasian Wigeon at 94, and at HH, at least ten Wilson's Snipe, a Marsh Wren, and a flyover American Pipit.

Brian Fitch

Fort Mason and Lafayette Park - Orchard Oriole and Summer Tanager

David Assmann
 

The young male ORCHARD ORIOLE chattered a lot in the Fort Mason Community Garden this morning.  Also saw one of the LINCOLN'S SPARROWS in the garden, and the WANDERING TATTLER was on the abandoned pier in Aquatic Park. Saw the SUMMER TANAGER in Lafayette Park in its usual spot in a Eucalyptus tree northeast of the tennis courts early this afternoon.

Metson Lake, G.G.P.

Lee Guichan
 

Late afternoon today at Metson Lake there were five Golden Crowned Kinglets, two Ruby Crowned Kinglets, two Yellow-rump Warblers, five Dark-eyed Juncos, one Northern Shafted Flicker heard, three White crowned Sparrows, two California Towhees, three American Coots, & one Red-tailed Hawk eating  prey, 


Jan. 2 - One Wild Turkey on grass foraging outside the Botanical Garden near friends gate, on John F. Kennedy Drive.

Jan. 3 - Looked at photos taken while seeing the Great Horned Owls, there were three Ross's Geese that flew by, headed east.

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

Hermit Warbler at Elk Glen in GGP

Ken Moy
 

Yesterday, Brian Turner posted sighting of hermit warbler at Elk Glen Lake i n GGP with this comment on eBird:

Presumed first winter bird observed at "T" in trail atop ridge to south of lake in pines. Alerted to it by hard chip and observed it forage and chip loudly midway up pines. No yellow on breast. Longer appearing body than nearby Townsend's. Mostly dusky white underparts. Head had no black on it, with light olive auriculars, not dark as I'd expect on Townsend's. Looked at vent to rule out BTGW and observed no yellow.

At 10:15 this morning (1/8) I spotted the hermit warbler at the location described by BrianT (many thanks) with Townsends.

Good birding to all,

Ken Moy

Bison Paddock, geese correction

Lee Guichan
 

Hello,
Jan. 3, after seeing photos of geese in fly over, posted three Ross's geese, but they were Snow Geese. I took one photo with low light, I apologize.

Good Birding,

Lee Guichan
San Francisco

Male Eclectus Parrot in Sunnyside

Donna Hayes
 

Hi all,

On December 23, I heard unfamiliar calls while I was taking my lunchtime walk from my office at City College. I looked around and found a bright green eclectus parrot making a ruckus in a tree around Detroit and Flood. I called SF ACC to report him, but no one had called in a missing eclectus. I expected a hawk or cat to make a meal of him.

This Monday January 7, I saw him again on a telephone on Judson and Edna, harassing a crow. I checked in again with ACC, with no reports of a lost parrot.

I’ve not heard of an eclectus colony in San Francisco, and can’t imagine a positive future for this single guy.

It sure is interesting out there!

Good birding.

Donna Hayes

Blackburnian Warbler still at Lake Merced

David Assmann
 

The BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER found by Peter Pyle on the Christmas Bird Count is still at Lake Merced- just saw it in a Eucalyptus at Harding and Skyline.

American Bittern

Dan Murphy
 

This morning shortly after 10 a.m. Joan and I saw an American Bittern on the east shore of north lake.  It's not visible from the path since it was on the edge of a stand of bulrush.  It was clearly visible from the path on the west side of the lake.  From the south end of the lake walk past the first island.  Go past the second willow covered island to the bench facing the lake.  From there check the shoreline across the lake.  As we watched the bittern was tucked, but came to attention when a crawdad apparently walked past him.  The bird jumped in the water, snatched the crawdad, got out of the water and devoured the thing.  We had a total of 21 species, but all were common.

Good birding,
Dan Murphy

Re: American Bittern

C Lou
 

1220pm. AMERICAN BITTERN still hidden in tules.
Almost directly across from bench. Well hidden.

Calvin Lou
SF




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From: "Dan Murphy via Groups.Io" <murphsf@...>
Date: 1/10/19 11:30 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: SF Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
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Subject: [SFBirds] American Bittern

This morning shortly after 10 a.m. Joan and I saw an American Bittern on the east shore of north lake.  It's not visible from the path since it was on the edge of a stand of bulrush.  It was clearly visible from the path on the west side of the lake.  From the south end of the lake walk past the first island.  Go past the second willow covered island to the bench facing the lake.  From there check the shoreline across the lake.  As we watched the bittern was tucked, but came to attention when a crawdad apparently walked past him.  The bird jumped in the water, snatched the crawdad, got out of the water and devoured the thing.  We had a total of 21 species, but all were common.

Good birding,
Dan Murphy