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Re: American Bittern

Aaron Maizlish
 

The American Bittern is fairly out in the open (by bittern standards anyway).  Nice views of this infrequent visitor.  As described, across from the lake from the first park bench heading north after the first two islets. 

Aaron Maizlish 


On Jan 10, 2019, at 12:25 PM, C Lou <cdlou37@...> wrote:

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>
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

Re: Male Eclectus Parrot in Sunnyside

kim
 

Try checking with Pennisula Humane. They handle anything south if the City, so if this guy got loose in Westlake or south they might know. ... We have two pair at the Zoo, I'll check with them as I only saw one pair today.

On January 10, 2019, at 7:52 AM, Donna Hayes <dhayes362@...> wrote:

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

Bittern still at North Lake

David Assmann
 

At the same spot as yesterday- standing on the edge of the reeds.

Palm & Trics

Brian Fitch
 

I spent some time exploring Lake Merced sites this morning, with the only highlight being the continuing Palm Warbler, on the ground between the split drives that serve the boat docks and the lower parking area by the boathouse.

I later checked the Ortega blackbird flock, and found a few Brewer's and Tricoloreds with some starlings at the corner.  But up 38th Ave, a large flock of Trics was along the wires up to the next telephone pole, and I counted roughly 50 Tricolored Blackbirds in the entire group, the most I recall seeing in the city.

Brian Fitch

Re: Male Eclectus Parrot in Sunnyside

Lori Lee
 

A woman today in Lafayette park told me she saw a pair brilliantly purple bodied birds with red heads earlier in the week. Said they were the size of a jay. The closest thing I can come up with is a pair of female eclectus parrots. I didn't see it today but will keep an eye out to see if it starts flocking with the red-masked parakeets.  I figure she wasn't seeing a sparrow. 

Re: Male Eclectus Parrot in Sunnyside

kim
 

These Parrots are alot bigger than the masked ones, which are the size of jays. 



On January 11, 2019, at 2:49 PM, "Lori Lee via Groups.Io" <lorilee415@...> wrote:


A woman today in Lafayette park told me she saw a pair brilliantly purple bodied birds with red heads earlier in the week. Said they were the size of a jay. The closest thing I can come up with is a pair of female eclectus parrots. I didn't see it today but will keep an eye out to see if it starts flocking with the red-masked parakeets.  I figure she wasn't seeing a sparrow. 

Re: American Bittern

David Nelson
 

American Bittern still present at 4:42pm. It is standing on the green reeds about 3' above the lake and 40' south of the dry clump on the east shore of North Lake, GGP.

Good Birding,

David W. Nelson


On Jan 10, 2019, at 11:30 AM, "Dan Murphy via Groups.Io" <murphsf@...> wrote:

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

Red Necked Grebe at Cliff House

David Assmann
 

A RED-NECKED GREBE was swimming just off shore from the Cliff House this morning, between the rocks.

Re: American Bittern

Robert Martin
 

Present at 8am 12th Jan.

Thanks all. 




On Friday, January 11, 2019, 16:48, David Nelson <David@...> wrote:

American Bittern still present at 4:42pm. It is standing on the green reeds about 3' above the lake and 40' south of the dry clump on the east shore of North Lake, GGP.

Good Birding,

David W. Nelson


On Jan 10, 2019, at 11:30 AM, "Dan Murphy via Groups.Io" <murphsf@...> wrote:

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

Collin Adams
 

Hi Birders,

The American Bittern continued at the aforementioned location at 10:07am 1/12/19. Thanks to all for sharing. 

Collin Adams
Nob Hill, SF

On Sat, Jan 12, 2019 at 8:24 AM Robert Martin via Groups.Io <rpjmartin555=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Present at 8am 12th Jan.

Thanks all. 




On Friday, January 11, 2019, 16:48, David Nelson <David@...> wrote:

American Bittern still present at 4:42pm. It is standing on the green reeds about 3' above the lake and 40' south of the dry clump on the east shore of North Lake, GGP.

Good Birding,

David W. Nelson


On Jan 10, 2019, at 11:30 AM, "Dan Murphy via Groups.Io" <murphsf@...> wrote:

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


--
Collin Adams

Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA

Ridgway’s Rail Continues

Joachim Gonzalez
 

The Ridgways Rail continues in the channel. It was very secretive and was only visible for a short time. Otherwise, large numbers of ducks like Greater Scaup and Bufflehead with a few Goldeneye mixed in. Low numbers of shorebirds though, only 1 spotted and oystercatcher and 2 Avocet with NO STILTS!! Crazy

Joachim

Eclectus Parrot

Donna Hayes
 

Hi all,

Thank you for the referrals for reporting the male Eclectus. I reported everywhere, but apparently no one called about a lost Eclectus Parrot.

We tried!

I’ll keep an eye out!

Good birding.

Donna

Re: Eclectus Parrot

kim
 

Thankx for awareness and outreach. ... I had a Zoo contact check with Bird Dept and all were accounted for. Sadly now the question is who does this Bird belong to and hopefully it wasn't abandoned and left to fend for self after being a pet.

On January 12, 2019, at 12:58 PM, Donna Hayes <dhayes362@...> wrote:

Hi all,

Thank you for the referrals for reporting the male Eclectus. I reported everywhere, but apparently no one called about a lost Eclectus Parrot.

We tried!

I’ll keep an eye out!

Good birding.

Donna

Re: American Bittern

Rob Cullison
 

Still present at same spot. Clearly visible 

Happy birding,
Rob Cullison


On Jan 12, 2019, at 10:09 AM, Collin Adams <collinadams04@...> wrote:

Hi Birders,

The American Bittern continued at the aforementioned location at 10:07am 1/12/19. Thanks to all for sharing. 

Collin Adams
Nob Hill, SF

On Sat, Jan 12, 2019 at 8:24 AM Robert Martin via Groups.Io <rpjmartin555=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Present at 8am 12th Jan.

Thanks all. 




On Friday, January 11, 2019, 16:48, David Nelson <David@...> wrote:

American Bittern still present at 4:42pm. It is standing on the green reeds about 3' above the lake and 40' south of the dry clump on the east shore of North Lake, GGP.

Good Birding,

David W. Nelson


On Jan 10, 2019, at 11:30 AM, "Dan Murphy via Groups.Io" <murphsf@...> wrote:

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


--
Collin Adams

Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA

Tribe of Grackles at L. Merced

Eddie Bartley
 

Jan. 12, 3-4 PM, Lake Merced concrete bridge: perhaps the pressure drop, songbirds were mostly silent during walk when suddenly, nearly all of the ducks & gulls and even coots lifted from the lake. We got on the PEREGRINE FALCON just as it jetted off to the west then working through the sky immediately noticed some GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE behavior neither Noreen or I could recall in California. A discrete tribe of grackles were in a tizzy of flight 50-75 feet over the bridge area, two full circles, long enough for us to count: “at least 20, no, more than 25, 28!”, we settled on 28. The CBC habit is hard to break. About 4 adult males and the rest approximately split between shorter-tailed sub-adult males and bronze colored females. Then they headed northwest and we lost them. Weird. Have these birds been present somewhere along the reeds of the lake all winter or is this some displaced tribe on the move to the promised land? By far the largest group we’ve ever noticed in SF. Wonder where they are now.

 

Lil’ later, over at “Harding Park” entrance we saw what was probably the continuing Blackburnian along the trail on the west side of the lake. Unfortunately it stayed high in the Eucs giving us only pieces in fading light never giving good enough looks for a confirmation. We had better luck with the continuing YELLOW WARBLER with close range, long listens and looks in cypress adjacent to the entrance road.

 

Happy Trails!

 

Eddie Bartley

 

 

 

 

 

Bittern still around at 4:30

Siobhan Ruck
 

At North Lake, as described in Dan’s initial email (see below).  In an uncertain world, it’s good to know this bird can be counted on. 

"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.

Siobhan Ruck, SF

Re: Tribe of Grackles at L. Merced

Dominik Mosur
 

Eddie,

Perhaps this is the same flock that is sometimes reported from nearby Westlake shopping center in Daly City.

Dominik 


On Jan 13, 2019, at 14:59, Eddie Bartley <eddie@...> wrote:

Jan. 12, 3-4 PM, Lake Merced concrete bridge: perhaps the pressure drop, songbirds were mostly silent during walk when suddenly, nearly all of the ducks & gulls and even coots lifted from the lake. We got on the PEREGRINE FALCON just as it jetted off to the west then working through the sky immediately noticed some GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE behavior neither Noreen or I could recall in California. A discrete tribe of grackles were in a tizzy of flight 50-75 feet over the bridge area, two full circles, long enough for us to count: “at least 20, no, more than 25, 28!”, we settled on 28. The CBC habit is hard to break. About 4 adult males and the rest approximately split between shorter-tailed sub-adult males and bronze colored females. Then they headed northwest and we lost them. Weird. Have these birds been present somewhere along the reeds of the lake all winter or is this some displaced tribe on the move to the promised land? By far the largest group we’ve ever noticed in SF. Wonder where they are now.

 

Lil’ later, over at “Harding Park” entrance we saw what was probably the continuing Blackburnian along the trail on the west side of the lake. Unfortunately it stayed high in the Eucs giving us only pieces in fading light never giving good enough looks for a confirmation. We had better luck with the continuing YELLOW WARBLER with close range, long listens and looks in cypress adjacent to the entrance road.

 

Happy Trails!

 

Eddie Bartley

 

 

 

 

 

Re: Tribe of Grackles at L. Merced

Nancy Palmer
 

Hi Eddie,
I saw a group of about 20 Great-Tailed Grackles in the Home Depot parking lot at West Lake Center on December 8 but never reported it.
I was curious about them because I hadn’t seen the LM group in awhile. So perhaps they have been here all winter?
Best,
Nancy Palmer
SF

Re: Tribe of Grackles at L. Merced

 

I think Great-tailed Grackles that nest at Lake Merced may spend the winter at Westlake shopping center.

When the Lake Merced colony first started around 2012-2013, I recall hearing about a single male grackle and sometimes a pair in the Home Depot parking lot.

As the grackle breeding colony has grown so it seems has the Westlake population in the non-breeding season.

Dominik

On Jan 13, 2019, at 20:12, Nancy Palmer <nancy_palmer@...> wrote:

Hi Eddie,
I saw a group of about 20 Great-Tailed Grackles in the Home Depot parking lot at West Lake Center on December 8 but never reported it.
I was curious about them because I hadn’t seen the LM group in awhile. So perhaps they have been here all winter?
Best,
Nancy Palmer
SF





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Re: Tribe of Grackles at L. Merced

Peter Pyle
 

They were certainly not there on the CBC. Both this year and last, 2-3 of us checked the entire concrete bridge area 3-4 times each to no avail. So it makes sense that they are primarily elsewhere in winter. P

At 09:07 AM 1/14/2019, Dominik Mosur wrote:
I think Great-tailed Grackles that nest at Lake Merced may spend the winter at Westlake shopping center.

When the Lake Merced colony first started around 2012-2013, I recall hearing about a single male grackle and sometimes a pair in the Home Depot parking lot.

As the grackle breeding colony has grown so it seems has the Westlake population in the non-breeding season.

Dominik
On Jan 13, 2019, at 20:12, Nancy Palmer <nancy_palmer@...> wrote:

Hi Eddie,
I saw a group of about 20 Great-Tailed
Grackles in the Home Depot parking lot at West Lake Center on December 8 but never reported it.
I was curious about them because I hadn’t
seen the LM group in awhile. So perhaps they have been here all winter?
Best,
Nancy Palmer
SF





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