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Re: Tribe of Grackles at L. Merced

ANNE HOFF
 

Yesterday at Las Gallinas there were NO grackles. Usually there  are 6-7. Maybe they found better pickings in SF?

Anne Hoff

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, 8:12:37 PM PST, 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




Re: Tribe of Grackles at L. Merced

greylag64@...
 

The GTGR at Westlake were counted on the CBC by the Colma team.
Laurie Graham

On Jan 14, 2019, at 09:16, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:

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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Re: Tribe of Grackles at L. Merced

Jennifer Rycenga
 

And they are there today, I might add, having just seen them!

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
The San Mateo County Birding Guide







On Jan 14, 2019, at 12:24 PM, greylag64@... wrote:

The GTGR at Westlake were counted on the CBC by the Colma team.
Laurie Graham 


On Jan 14, 2019, at 09:16, Peter Pyle <ppyle@...> wrote:

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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Intergrade Northern Flickers in Cole Valley

Linda Swanson
 

This afternoon there were three intergrade Northern Flickers foraging in my backyard lawn in Cole Valley (Shrader Street, above 17th Street). Two males and one female. I was able to obtain photos and the female has a yellow undertail and red wing lining. One of the males appears to have a yellow undertail with red wing lining. See eBird checklist with two photos.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51683966

Linda Swanson

west side miscellaneous observations 1/14/19

 

Spent some time on the west side of the City today including birding with Logan Kahle for several hours at Sutro and West Golden Gate Park.

Some notable sightings included

Black Scoter : 1 male and 1 female from south end of Ocean Beach, a very low count for this deep into winter. During this seawatch I also noted ZERO Red-throated Loons which might be a first for me in mid-winter when typically hundreds can be seen flying by most mornings.

Allen's Hummingbird : first arrival, heard along the path at JFK and Chain of Lakes Drive across from the North Lake restrooms

Long-billed Curlews : 4 on beach below Fort Funston with a marbled godwit, uncommon/rare here except in migration

Sharp-shinned Hawk : one hunting along Chain of Lakes, later another stopped briefly at Fort Funston above the Native plant nursery

Merlin : Golden Gate Park Golf course

Nashville Warbler : North Lake/GGP , continuing wintering bird

Black & White Warbler : Middle Lake/GGP, continuing wintering bird

Wilson's Warbler : in dense willows at east end of the defunct Pacific Rod&Gun Club along John Muir Drive/South Lake Merced, presumed previously undiscovered (?) wintering bird (unless one was seen on CBC)

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Fort Mason Yesterday

David Assmann
 

Spent a couple of hours at Fort Mason yesterday morning before the rain started. The male ORCHARD ORIOLE continues in the Community Garden, along with the WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and two LINCOLN'S SPARROW. In Aquatic Park, the WANDERING TATTLER was on the abandoned pier, and I also spotted a BONAPARTE'S GULL.

Belted Kingfisher at Herons Head

Lynne Buckner
 

ibserved the Kingfisher at Herons Head today in its usual place on the railing of the observation platform south of the bridge.  It appeared to have something in its beak and hanging out. It was unable to fully close its beak.  Concerned that it may be fishing tackle or other plastic trash.  Would like to get confirmation or photo documentation for report to International Bird Rescue. 

American Bittern

David Assmann
 

The AMERICAN BITTERN continues at North Lake in Golden Gate Park, on the eastern side of the lake (viewable from the west side).

Car break-in, Heron's Head Park

William Grant
 

At the end of a bird walk organized by San Francisco Nature Education,
and led by Alan Hopkins, when we came to the parking lot around 12:10 pm,
a car belonging to one of the couples on the walk had been broken into.
The driver's door window was mostly smashed out and a purse was stolen from the trunk.

What may have happened is that there was a lookout, watching for someone
to put something in a trunk. Then, soon after that person left the area,
the car was broken into.

Be careful.

Bill

Re: Car break-in, Heron's Head Park

kim
 

That's unfortunate . As a rule whether you're going to the market, the mall, the park, wherever always stop someplace else before and get everything that you need in and out of either the backseat of your car or the trunk so that when you get to your destination you just exit the car. Always assume there's somebody watching you.

On January 19, 2019, at 3:25 PM, William Grant <wbgrant@...> wrote:


At the end of a bird walk organized by San Francisco Nature Education,
and led by Alan Hopkins, when we came to the parking lot around 12:10 pm,
a car belonging to one of the couples on the walk had been broken into.
The driver's door window was mostly smashed out and a purse was stolen from the trunk.

What may have happened is that there was a lookout, watching for someone
to put something in a trunk. Then, soon after that person left the area,
the car was broken into.

Be careful.

Bill

North lake Jan 20

Dave Weber
 

Easiest bird to see early this morning at North lake is the American Bittern. About halfway along east side, seen from green bench on west side. 



Dave Weber,
Milpitas
By phone

Orchard Oriole at Fort Mason

David Assmann
 

The GGAS walk at Fort Mason was cut short due to heavy rain at one point, but the few birders who braved the rain afterwards were treated to the sight of the young male ORCHARD ORIOLE preening in a tree in the Community Garden, which also had two WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and two LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. The WANDERING TATTLER was on the abandoned pier in Aquatic Park.

Re: Car break-in, Heron's Head Park

Nais Raulet
 

This appears to be a regular phenomenon at Heron’s Head. I was there 2 months ago birding with a friend who put her purse in the trunk at the parking lot there, and came back to a broken window, stolen purse and rifled trunk.

2018 Cumulative List Totals

H Cotter
 

The annual San Francisco City Cumulative list for 2018 ended at a currently unofficial total of 301 species.
This total was six species higher than the previous total from 2015 of 295 species. These are the only two years with totals in excess of 288 species. Full details are here:


There are still possibilities for additional species to be added including currently unconfirmed Northern Saw-whet Owl, Mourning Warbler and Virginia's Warbler.

Highlight of the year must surely have been the Broad-billed Hummingbird from Feb 2018.
Three new species were added to the overall City List including:
  • Broad-billed Hummingbird, (also a County first).
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull, (County second and third records).
  • Blue-headed Vireo, (potentially first confirmed record).
The city list total ended at 424 species.
The county species list ended at 491 species.

Big misses for the year included Harlequin Duck, Common Merganser, normally seen most years but not in 2018.

Here's to 2019.

Hugh


Re: Car break-in, Heron's Head Park

Roberta Guise
 

This may sound obvious: my rule of thumb is to never, ever, leave anything in the car regardless of where it’s parked (even our garage at home) that I wouldn’t want to lose. I plan before leaving the house to take everything on my body. I pack before opening the garage door. No exceptions. Having a SUV as I do makes the vehicle more appealing to break into.

Warmly,
Roberta

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On Jan 20, 2019, at 11:25 AM, Nais Raulet <raulet@...> wrote:

This appears to be a regular phenomenon at Heron’s Head. I was there 2 months ago birding with a friend who put her purse in the trunk at the parking lot there, and came back to a broken window, stolen purse and rifled trunk.




Crissy Cassins vireo and birds of late

Josiah Clark
 

On Friday morning while birding with Todd Easterla, he found a Cassin’s Vireo during a very brief visit to Crissy field. This is the first wintering one of its kind found in SF in over a decade I believe. We also had a few Wilson’s snipe and a flyover American pipit.
Riding by inspiration point last week I had an unexpected flock of about 30 pine siskins, more than I have seen in the Presidio all winter. Birds definitely on the move between the storms, with bluebirds and purple finches visiting the yard.
A work opportunity had me on the lookout for early signs of breeding in the panhandle today.
While I did not find any active nests, a few noteworthy observations for this simplified, traffic flanked, narrow strip of habitat included a pair of Nutall’s woodpeckers, a Hairy woodpecker and a very early singing Dark-eyed Junco among the 18 expected species seen.

Waterfowl pair at Stow Lake

Dan Harris
 

Today (January 21), while walking around Stow Lake, I spotted a waterfowl pair that I hadn't seen before and couldn't locate in my various field guides. Seemed exotic. The pair was located on the south side of the lake, east of the stone arch bridge just where the narrow channel begins to open up to the large eastern portion of the lake. The white feathers on the larger duck had a very soft, silky, milky appearance.

Perhaps some of you SFBirders have seen or know of this bird. Any help in identifying is appreciated.

Dan Harris
San Francisco

Re: Waterfowl pair at Stow Lake

kim
 

Those beauties are Domestic Ducks.  The white one most likely a Pekin and the tan one I'd guess is a Crested Indian Runner or hybrid with one. 



On January 21, 2019, at 6:54 PM, Dan Harris <dh1236@...> wrote:


Today (January 21), while walking around Stow Lake, I spotted a waterfowl pair that I hadn't seen before and couldn't locate in my various field guides. Seemed exotic. The pair was located on the south side of the lake, east of the stone arch bridge just where the narrow channel begins to open up to the large eastern portion of the lake. The white feathers on the larger duck had a very soft, silky, milky appearance.

Perhaps some of you SFBirders have seen or know of this bird. Any help in identifying is appreciated.

Dan Harris
San Francisco

Crissy Field and El Polin Spring

David Assmann
 

Flushed six WESTERN MEADOWLARKS as I walked towards the beach at the west end of Crissy Field Lagoon.  Also had an AMERICAN PIPIT and three species of loon offshore - COMMON, PACIFIC and RED-THROATED.  Best bird at El Polin was a NASHVILLE WARBLER on the upper trail just below Inspiration Point. A BEWICK'S WREN was in the spring, and quite vocal.

Elegant/Royal Tern Crissy Field

Jonah Benningfield
 

Hey birders,
There’s an Elegant/Royal Tern at Crissy Field, on the mudflat by the bridge (east end). Marks look a little better for Elegant to me, but on this date Royal would be more expected. Got some digibins, and I’ll try to get more, but I figure I should get the word out.

good birding,
Jonah B.