Mission Black Crowned Night-Herons

Posted: January 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Birding, Nature in the Mission | Tags: , | Comments Off on Mission Black Crowned Night-Herons

Skyler Mendoza

Black Crowned Night-Herons perching in the Mission. How crazy is that? Mission lake is long gone, but these water birds instinctively fly back here to roost.

Black Crowned Night-Heron poop

First heard about these Mission Night Herons from Candy on the SF bird yahoo group. I didn’t believe it. But, sure enough, when I walked up Dolores St. on the East Side b/w 16th and 17th I couldn’t miss the poop. Herons are a rather large bird so their poop is pretty big too. With this much rain poop will wash away quickly, but if you see it, that means Skyler is still here chillin’.

Notre Dame Plaza

The plaza is right across the street from Mission Dolores. Skyler is in that tree there.

Skyler Mendoza chillin’.

You might not even notice Skyler if you weren’t looking.

Skyler Mendoza

Skyler, don’t know how long you will stay, but we’re glad you’re here. You’re welcome anytime. Please come again.

Christmas Bird Count on Lake Merced

Posted: January 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Birding | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Christmas Bird Count on Lake Merced

kate at yr own risk and I tagged along with a handful of expert birders for the 2009 Audubon Christmas bird count. Our designated area was Lake Merced. We started early on a cloudy chilly day, counted and identified birds all day long, learned a lot, walked a lot, and had a heap of fun.

Early morning mist on the lake.

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Birders start counting as the sun comes up.


Black Crowned Night-Heron juvenile

Black Crowned Night-Heron adult

White-crowned Sparrow

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Greater White-fronted Geese

Hermit Thrush

Red-tailed Hawk

Towsend’s Warbler

Downy Woodpecker

Double-crested Cormorant

blurry Virginia Rail

Red Shouldered Hawk