Fort Mason Today - Palm Warbler, Lazuli Bunting, Golden Eagle, etc.

David Assmann

It was very active this morning at Fort Mason, with expected migrants and returning wintering birds mixing in with resident birds. Migrants included a LAZULI BUNTING in the residential area south of the headquarters (it's getting late for this species), a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK in the garden, 7 WESTERN TANAGERS, 9 YELLOW WARBLERS, a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, 5 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS (at one point 3 were in the same small shrub in the garden), a WARBLING VIREO, a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, and a WESTERN MEADOWLARK. The PALM WARBLER was on the west side of the garden, away from the bottle brush it had been occupying near the General's House.  Returning birds (presumably for the winter) included a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, a FOX SPARROW, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, a HERMIT THRUSH and a SAY'S PHOEBE. A hatch-year RED-MASKED PARAKEET (entirely green), foraging in a Eucalyptus tree in front of the General's House. And then, around 11:15 a GOLDEN EAGLE soared over.