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Fort Mason RFI

Ralph
 

Hello All,
I will be in San Francisco on the 26th and would like to do a little birding at Fort Mason. Can anyone tell me if there is any free parking nearby?
Thanks,
Ralph Baker, Riverbank

Re: Fort Mason RFI

Dominik Mosur
 

Hi Ralph ,

Plenty of free parking on a weekday morning.

Dominik 


On Mar 21, 2019, at 11:24, Ralph via Groups.Io <sharks_hockey_maniac@...> wrote:

Hello All,
I will be in San Francisco on the 26th and would like to do a little birding at Fort Mason. Can anyone tell me if there is any free parking nearby?
Thanks,
Ralph Baker, Riverbank

Flicker caught in Rat Trap!

angie geiger
 

Dear Fellow Birders,
Tragically, I learned of one more hazard facing birds this morning. I heard noises in the yard and looked out to see a Northern Flicker dragging around a rat trap. We were able to free the bird of the trap and take it to Wild Care in San Rafael, but it's leg had been nearly severed and they did not think it would survive. 

We have many pesky rats in San Francisco, but laying traps outdoors will do little to nothing to dent the population. Clearly other animals can get caught in them as well. So, I'm probably preaching to the choir, but please, no rat poison and no outdoor rat traps.

Angie Geiger

Recent miscellaneous observations

 

The evening of 3/22/18, the continuing SUMMER TANAGER was very vocal above 1313 Bosworth at the side entrance to Glen Canyon Park. The bird called continuously from about 19:15 when I pulled up until 19:23 which was right around the "official" posted sunset.

On Corona Hill, the first Hooded Oriole was calling in the oaks above the 15th Street tennis courts.

Other sightings of note in recent days:

3/6/19 -

A Varied Thrush and a White-throated Sparrow were with the crowned Sparrow flock just off the trail in Coon Hollow in the East Oak Woodland/Golden Gate Park.

3/8 -

One person with a bag off food coaxed (70) Common Ravens into one small area at the south base of South Twin Peak.

3/9 -

A Band-tailed Pigeon was "singing" at Laguna Honda.

3/16 -

On Bayview Hill both the "pure" Red-breasted and Red-breasted x Red-naped Sapsucker were still working the eukes at the top.

3/19 - Early morning on Mount Davidson a pair of Ravens interrupted their nest construction to attempt to drive a Great Horned Owl off of the old red-tail nest in the ivy covered euke just above the "ravine"

3/20 - (2) (Aleutian )Cackling Geese were with Canada Geese in the Hunter's Point Shipyard fields across the fence from Yosemite Slough Restoration Area/Candlestick SRA. Construction here appears finished (for now), the community garden pond is brimming with water and the place looks ripe for a fine spring migration.

3/21 - a healthy count of (17) Wilson's snipe flew out at dusk at Heron's Head.

The first spring migrant Wilson's Warbler I've encountered was singing at Laguna Honda that morning.

That's all for now but more to come with spring migration picking up daily.

Good luck out there,

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Wild Turkeys 42nd and Ulloa

Peter Pyle
 

Posted yesterday at about 4 pm on Nextdoor. Short video shows two birds walking around on the sidewalk in front of a pink house. I can't quite age/sex them but not adult males.

Might SF have another 'invasion'?

Cheers, Peter

Lake Merced concrete bridge area

Lee-Hong Chang
 

Saw a female plumaged Red-Breasted Merganser at NW corner of concrete bridge at Lake Merced around 5 pm today (March 26). Meanwhile, Common Gallinule made a brief appearance at previously reported spot - near a bare willow at NE corner of the bridge - too.

Good birding,
Lee Chang
SF

Re: Fort Mason RFI

Ralph
 

Thanks to those who responded. I was able to find a 4-hour spot right next to the garden, and after half-an-hour of searching I finally found the continuing ORCHARD ORIOLE in a rose bush at the center of the garden. I only had a couple of brief looks at him before he flew off and hid in a tree at the top of the stairs behind the maintenance shed, though. (I did manage one picture from below but it only shows his belly and part of a wing!) I also tried twice today, once in the morning and once in the evening (had an appointment at UCSF Medical Center at 1:00), for the Summer Tanager at Glen Canyon Park but both of those attempts were unsuccessful. I did find a new favorite banding code, though, OROR.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank

2 Oriole Day at Fort Mason, Western Kingbird, Pacific Slope Flycatcher

David Assmann
 

I paid my first visit in over a week to Fort Mason this morning, and had a few good migrants. A nice adult male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was in a Eucalyptus tree north of the garden, and a WESTERN KINGBIRD  and a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER were in the Battery. The ORCHARD ORIOLE was rattling and singing in the garden. The FOX SPARROWS are starting to sing as well. The LINCOLN'S SPARROW was in the garden and two WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were near the Franklin entrance to Fort Mason. The female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD continues to sit on a nest just off the path leading down to Aquatic Park. A CASPIAN TERN flew over Aquatic Park.

Golden Gate Audubon storms into April

SteveLombardi
 

Hi All,

 

Well, hopefully the storms are all over, but Golden Gate Audubon’s Birdathon fund-raiser hits its stride in April with many great trips and events.
For you SF birders, some of our SF leaders will be leading some excellent trips:

-      
- Dominik Mosur will lead a “behind the gates” walk at the South Bay salt ponds reclamation project (4/20).

-       - Dan and Joan Murphy will lead two different trips; one around the city and one on the Peninsula (4/6, 4/13).
Alan Hopkins will lead a 6 hour walking and birding tour of the Presidio (4/13).

 Click on the link to see all the great Birdathon trips and events:

https://goldengateaudubon.org/birdathon2019/

Happy spring and good birding,
Steve Lombardi
GGAS field trip coordinator


Bald Eagle, Lake Merced

Richard Bradus
 

Interesting morning!

I waited until the fog cleared before heading out to the concrete bridge area of Lake Merced, foolishly thinking that I would be able to see the Gallinule. In mid-day? No such luck. But it turned out OK, actually great.

While checking out and listening to the marsh wrens in the reeds near the east side a bit after 11am I looked up and saw a very large, long-winged bird circling off to the east. When I saw the full white tail my pulse rate jumped and, yup, there was the white head. Unbelievable! I managed to get a few long-range photos as it circled, rather rapidly for this species, harassed first by what looked like a Western Gull (!) and then some crows. It actually flapped its wings a few times to get some distance from them before making its way south - it probably flew right over SF State and then the SF Golf Club, seemingly headed for Serramonte (or Crystal Springs?).

I'll try to upload some photos when I submit an eBird list later. And there were a couple of other surprising sightings (for which I was unable to get photos), including a House Wren that popped up right near me and a female Red-breasted Merganser on a fly-by!

It really does help to keep looking up!

Richard Bradus
San Francisco


Odds and Ends last 3 days

David Assmann
 

On Thursday I had my FOS WILSON'S WARBLER at Fort Mason. Yesterday there were two WILSON'S WARBLERS at Middle Lake.  Today I had my FOS BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER in the Community Garden at Fort Mason. The WANDERING TATTLER was on the pier, a COMMON LOON was in full alternate plumage, and a PIGEON GUILLEMOT showed up. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS are moving through - I had at least four in various spots at Fort Mason. The ORCHARD ORIOLE continues, although he remained hidden this morning, chattering from inside a Bottle Brush.

Early Western Tanager

David Assmann
 

A short visit to Fort Mason this morning yielded a WESTERN TANAGER, on the hillside above Aquatic Park.

Male Hooded Oriole

David Nelson
 

Hooded Oriole calling near to of eucalyptus, north of Upton Ave. at Upton Ave. sign. North of 1337 Pope St. Heard then seen by Kris Dunlap & David W. Nelson

David W. Nelson

Habitat Potential Shaping San Francisco field trip highlights yesterday

Josiah Clark
 

The Birding by Bike field trip put on by Shaping SF and Habitat Potential yesterday was a raging success.
28 participants, 16.5 miles, 1300 feet elevation, 81 species in 5.5 hours.

Nothing rare but a few highlights included:

Singing Wilson’s Warblers- Fuscia dell/oak woodlands, log cabin trail
also singing OC Warbler at the log cabin

Rhododendron Dell/Lilly pond -Hutton’s vireo, hairy woodpecker, cedar waxwings, hairy woodpecker, 18 fly by Band-tailed pigeons
Stowe lake-2 hooded mergansers, 1 continuing female Common Goldeneye, 3 singing Pacific Wrens.
Also a Great-blue heron nesting talk by Nancy DeStafanis who was diligently watching over the 7 nests along with a Red-tailed Hawk there.
Singing Townsend’s and Yellow-rumped Warblers, multiple locations
Bison Paddock- Bluebirds in the boxes I put up, Nuttall’s white-crowned sparrows in the scrub I planted years ago with Ggp gardeners and volunteers.
Extensive Scope views of the great horned owl nest across the street among the blossoms and masses of onlookers
Cliff house – just 1 Surfbird, 2 Black Turnstones. Also a pair of black oystercatchers, 4 Pigeon Guillemots
Lobos creek- Bewicks wren and the endangered SF Wallflowers in bloom
Crissy Field-2 greater scaup, 2 Red-breasted mergansers.
The Lagoon channel is filled in and non-tidal right now. It will soon become a massive eutriphied algal bloom if it remains that way. The lagoon water level was higher than I’ve ever seen it , meaning no shore line and not a single shorebird.
Watching one of the 70+ ravens of the day raid an Allen’s Hummingbird nest right in front of us while riding along Land’s End was a bit sad for everyone, but a very illustrative education for the group.
Brewers blackbird’s were a species that was quite sparse, perhaps just 10 noted all day.

A real highlight was being together as we traveled through multiple habitats while using zero gas on what was at times a very, very hot March day for SF.
In a city with so many weekend warriors flooding in to beat the heat, a field trip like this would be impossible these days anyways.
I realized being among beginning birders is my highest calling in birding.
Onwards, and never stop looking.

Sabine’s Gull in Sutro Bath

Peter Pyle
 

Adult. 08;30. Will post photos. P

photos Re: [SFBirds] Sabine's Gull in Sutro Bath

Peter Pyle
 

At 08:30 AM 4/2/2019, Peter Pyle via Groups.Io wrote:
Adult. 08;30. Will post photos. P

Sabines

Brian Fitch
 

On the wall at sutro. 9 am
Brian fitch

Re: Sabines

Brian Fitch
 

I did a sea watch at the Sutro Baths this morning between 8 and 10:30.  I put in extra time because the atmospheric clarity was outstanding, and I really expected some notable migrants to fly by.  I also checked the bath pool several times over the first hour, with nothing unusual. 

Jim Carmack showed up, and while we talked, Paul Linnemeyer arrived and surprised us with the news that the Sabine's Gull had returned.  We all ran over to the south wall and watched the bird for 40 minutes or so, as it mostly stood on the seawall near other gulls, looking unwell, but also preening at times, and flying briefly to avoid aggressive larger gulls.  At one point, it upchucked a small brownish pellet, a behavior that may have reflected it's ill health, or perhaps something pelagic gulls do at times?  Around 9:40, a fisherman and then some tourists scared the bird off around the Cliff House and out of sight.  Jim obtained some nice shots of the gull standing, stretching, and flying off.

The only definite migrants here were singletons of Osprey, Whimbrel, and Barn Swallow, all heading north over the sea.

I then checked western GG Park, and at Middle Lake found Bob Gunderson for the second time of the morning, and he was tracking what turned out to be a Nashville Warbler, possible the previously reported individual, or a new arrival.  Good teamwork today!

Brian Fitch


On Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 9:01 AM Brian Fitch via Groups.Io <fogeggs=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

On the wall at sutro. 9 am
Brian fitch

Sutro and Middle Lake Apr 4

Dave Weber
 

Brian Fitch’s posting earlier reminds me to send this. I also was at Sutro Baths this morning but apparently too late for the Sabine’s Gull. The fisherman was there and tourists came and went. There was a near-breeding-plumaged Red-necked Grebe not too far out. Then went to Middle Lake just for the heck of it. The south end was warblery (a valid adjective?) with Wilson’s, Townsend’s, Orange-crowned, Yellowthroat, Audubon’s & Myrtle, and a Nashville Warbler. Also a Pacific Wren at eye level.

 

Dave Weber,

Milpitas

Re: Sutro and Middle Lake Apr 4 (the future)

Dave Weber
 

Yes, I saw them tomorrow, in the future. They will be there, just like they were today!

 

DW

 

From: William B. Grant <wbgrant@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 3:26 PM
To: Dave Weber <dwbirdster@...>
Subject: Re: [SFBirds] Sutro and Middle Lake Apr 4

 

So you saw them on Thursday?

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Weber
Sent: Apr 3, 2019 3:20 PM
To: sfbirds@groups.io
Subject: [SFBirds] Sutro and Middle Lake Apr 4


Brian Fitch’s posting earlier reminds me to send this. I also was at Sutro Baths this morning but apparently too late for the Sabine’s Gull. The fisherman was there and tourists came and went. There was a near-breeding-plumaged Red-necked Grebe not too far out. Then went to Middle Lake just for the heck of it. The south end was warblery (a valid adjective?) with Wilson’s, Townsend’s, Orange-crowned, Yellowthroat, Audubon’s & Myrtle, and a Nashville Warbler. Also a Pacific Wren at eye level.

 

Dave Weber,

Milpitas