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GGAS Field Trip at Fort Mason - Munia, Orchard Oriole etc.

David Assmann
 

A bright sunny day helped in finding 53 species on today's GGAS walk at Fort Mason.  One of the first birds spotted (before the walk started) was a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER - a female - subspecies Daggetti. The highlight of the walk was a SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA hanging out with LESSER GOLDFINCHES on the north side of the garden. A MERLIN showed up several times. Two NORTHERN FLICKERS perched next to each other on a branch in the Battery turned out to be a YELLOW-SHAFTED and an INTERGRADE.  Two VARIED THRUSHES were in the Battery.  The WANDERING TATTLER was on the abandoned pier, accompanied by BLACK TURNSTONES. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was in the garden. At the end of the walk, we found the continuing ORCHARD ORIOLE.