Recent seawatches and other misc.


 

A few birds of note recently starting with a seawatch mid morning today (5/2/22)from Sutro observation platform :

Green-winged Teal - pair north with surf scoters

RED KNOT - still mostly in basic north with some cormorants over the ocean

And a big feeding frenzy of (1500~) Common Murres offshore accompanied by hundreds of cormorants, gulls and no fewer than (8!) HUMPBACKED WHALES.

Notable in the area were still singing House Wren and Common Yellowthroat in the scrub above the Sutro Bath Ruins.

Last week (4/27) seawatching from Sutro and Ocean beach notable fly bys were :
(17) Brant and a Bonapartes Gull as well as a
1st cycle Bald Eagle. (4) snowy plovers we’re still on the beach near noriega.

Walking around Lands end/Lincoln park yesterday (5/1) morning Orange-crowned warblers were singing persistently as if on territory at the East Wash and West Wash. orange-crowns seem to attempt breeding sporadically in a few spots in SF some years. The west wash is one of the few places they have been confirmed.

Also Northern Rough-winged Swallows continue their expansion as a breeding bird in SF with a pair carrying nesting material to a drain pipe on a retaining wall below the VA hospital/above West Wash yesterday.

Happy spring birding,
Dominik


 

It’s the raised area above/to the north of the Sutro bath ruins.


On May 2, 2022, at 17:38, Esther B. Cooperman <ecooperman@...> wrote:


Hello Dominik,

Where exactly is the Sutro observation platform?  Is it in Sutro Heights Park?

Thx,
esther



From: SFBirds@groups.io <SFBirds@groups.io> on behalf of Dominik Mosur <dominikmosur@...>
Sent: Monday, May 2, 2022 4:01 PM
To: Sf Birds <sfbirds@groups.io>
Subject: [SFBirds] Recent seawatches and other misc.
 
A few birds of note recently starting with a seawatch mid morning today (5/2/22)from Sutro observation platform :

Green-winged Teal - pair north with surf scoters

RED KNOT - still mostly in basic north with some cormorants over the ocean

And a big feeding frenzy of (1500~) Common Murres offshore accompanied by hundreds of cormorants, gulls and no fewer than (8!) HUMPBACKED WHALES.

Notable in the area were still singing House Wren and Common Yellowthroat in the scrub above the Sutro Bath Ruins.

Last week (4/27) seawatching from Sutro and Ocean beach notable fly bys were :
(17) Brant and a Bonapartes Gull as well as a
1st cycle Bald Eagle. (4) snowy plovers we’re still on the beach near noriega.

Walking around Lands end/Lincoln park yesterday (5/1) morning Orange-crowned warblers were singing persistently as if on territory at the East Wash and West Wash. orange-crowns seem to attempt breeding sporadically in a few spots in SF some years. The west wash is one of the few places they have been confirmed.

Also Northern Rough-winged Swallows continue their expansion as a breeding bird in SF with a pair carrying nesting material to a drain pipe on a retaining wall below the VA hospital/above West Wash yesterday.

Happy spring birding,
Dominik