Wings over San Francisco

Saturday, January 17, 2004, Led by Steve Shunk (See also...)

Photos by Bill Walker

76 Species at 7 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Mallard LM
Northern Shoveler OB
seen in flight offshore
Hooded Merganser GGP
at Middle lake
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet OB
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit SB
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Spotted Towhee (h) MBP
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Golden Gate Park, CA = GGP
Lake Merced, CA = LM
Magic Brush Pile, CA = MBP
Ocean Beach, CA = OB
San Francisco, CA = SF
Stowe Lake, CA = SL
Sutro Baths, CA = SB

76 Species at 7 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Mallard LM
Northern Shoveler OB
seen in flight offshore
Hooded Merganser GGP
at Middle lake
Gaviidae (Loons)
Podicipedidae (Grebes)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
Haematopodidae (Oystercatchers)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Willet OB
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Picidae (Woodpeckers)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Paridae (Chickadees and Tits)
Aegithalidae (Long-tailed Tits)
Bushtit SB
Sittidae (Nuthatches)
Certhiidae (Treecreepers)
Troglodytidae (Wrens)
Regulidae (Kinglets)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Sturnidae (Starlings)
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Spotted Towhee (h) MBP
Icteridae (Troupials and Allies)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Golden Gate Park, CA = GGP
Lake Merced, CA = LM
Magic Brush Pile, CA = MBP
Ocean Beach, CA = OB
San Francisco, CA = SF
Stowe Lake, CA = SL
Sutro Baths, CA = SB

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Notes Mary submitted to sfbirds mailing list:

We saw 2 very small CANADA GEESE in Lake Merced around 9 am - they were only about 1.3 to 1.5 times the length of nearby coots. I'm bad with the sub-species, but the heads looked square rather than round, and one of the birds had a clear white neck ring nearly as tall as the base of the bill. This looks like Aleutian to me.

There was a LINCOLN'S SPARROW on what my friend Bob calls "the Magic Brush Pile" next to the boathouse on Merced at 10:30.

In Golden Gate Park, we saw 3 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWs One on the north end Stowe Lake Hill at 11:30, seen by the rest of the party, but not by me, flew from Strawberry Hill to the shore. And two by the bathrooms next to the path by North Lake - one adult and one immature, both tan stripe morph.)

There was a female HOODED MERGANSER on the left side of the curvy brush at Middle Lake. The bird was preening, standing on a branch, with her back to us and a clear view of her brown crest drooping over her grey nape.

Last are a couple I think is probably not interesting.. but I don't know the score in San Francisco. Two female RING-NECKED DUCKS flew into Lake Merced around 4 pm, landing in open water between the metal boardwalk and the skeet shooting range. They had very bright white crescents near the bill, somewhat indistinct face markings around the eye and white around the bill, just behind the tip. We saw a single female CANVASBACK at Lake Merced around 4:15 pm. She was with a group of Mallards and Coots in the area between the stone bridge and the metal boardwalk, near the porta-potty.