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Friday Oct. 18 Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

We are still awaiting our winter ducks in the large, mostly natural pond, but the winter passerines appear here to stay.  We have 6 Coots now, two Pied-billed Grebes, and one, sometimes two, Common Gallinules.  A Black-crowned Night-Heron was hiding in the trees next to the pond across from the small footbridge over the Ygnacio Canal.  Two Green Herons chased each other the length of the pond and back for more than 5 minutes.

The continuing Tropical Kingbird was seen the last couple of days--today it was in the reeds across the pond from the wooden railing and to the right.  A Marsh Wren has been hanging out, also in the reeds on the west side of the pond; sometimes it is on the pond side of the walkway, sometimes on the Ygnacio Canal side.
A Red-breasted Nuthatch has been around for a couple of weeks, though it may be more than one bird.  I heard it this morning as I paused at the northwest corner of the pond.  It made three "enk" sounds, though I never saw it nor heard it again.
We have had Cedar Waxwings for more than a week, plenty of Crowned and today two LIncoln's Sparrows (Tracy Farrington). 

We often see one or two Red-shouldered Hawks in the trees to the right of the big hill.  Today it was one.  On the power pole supporting wires across the Seven Hills Ranch, a Red-tailed Hawk was seen.  This is near the entrance to the private Seven Hills School past the equestrian parking lot.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Richmond’s Wildcat Marsh Trail

Roy Carlson
 

Today, I missed the Brewer’s Sparrow for the second time. On the way back to the parking lot, I saw a bright Nashville Warbler in the fennel by the road about halfway down the green fence on the hillside, just south of the parking lot.

Roy Carlson
San Carlos, CA

Hermit Thrush - Antioch yard - 10/17

Paul Schorr
 

Several times today we had a FOS Hermit Thrush at our bird bath.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Red-breasted Sapsucker - Eagleridge Park, Antioch - 1017

Paul Schorr
 

This morning during a much-needed walk on a beautiful autumn day with a slight breeze, we enjoyed excellent views of a FOS Red-breasted Sapsucker drilling sap wells in a tree at the north end of Eagleridge Park. Additional noteworthy sightings included:

Red-breasted Nuthatches - several seen and heard
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - several
Audubon's Warbler - numerous

Eagleridge Park is located at the intersection of Greystone and Eagleridge Drives in Antioch.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Golden-crowned kinglet in Pleasant Hill

Alan Bade
 

Hi All- we were at home working on a project and had a Golden-crowned Kinglet come visit us on our silvertip maple tree. This is the first time we've seen one in our suburban yard! What a treat! It stayed just long enough for me to grab my camera, then back up into the treetop. Pictures on my short ebird list here; https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60655048

Good birding,
--Alan Bade, southern Pleasant Hill

Greater White-fronted Geese, Oak Hill Park, Danville

photohutch
 

Birders,

Surprised to see at least six Greater White-fronted Geese at Oak Hill Park in Danville this afternoon (actually, just a few minutes ago). They're hanging out with the Canada Geese on the grass to the east side of the pond. Though I'd imagine I've seen them here before, I don't recall it.

Happy birding!

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

Coyote Hills today...

Richard Sintchak
 

Field trip with my 3rd grade daughter’s class. Highlight was an adult BALD
EAGLE flying in circles fairly low over the ponds across the street from
the visitor center slowly making its way east. Even those without binocs
could see well enough and enjoy its majestic glory. I’ll never tire of
seeing these. A few flocks of WHITE PELICANS circling over and over again
over the same ponds. Otherwise mostly local interest:
Scrub jay

Golden crowned sparrow

Marsh wren

Rudy Duck

Northern shoveler

Black phoebe

American coot

Song sparrow

Sora (heard only)

White-tailed kite

American kestrel

Turkey Vulture

Richmond and Point Pinole

Sheila Dickie
 

This morning, October 15, 2019, there was a White-throated Sparrow foraging along my driveway in my neighbor's mulch. It was keeping company with an Orange-crowned Warbler foraging in a salvia.

Yesterday at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park late afternoon there was a Varied Thrush on the "lawn" area near the picnic tables between the shuttle turnaround and the fishing pier.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond

Brewer's sparrow in Richmond Oct 15

Dave Weber
 

At fennel patch on west county landfill loop trail about 2/3 to 3/4 mile from lot. At fennel patch with the 'garbage ' sign go to next fennel patch at bend in trail. Brewer's sparrow was along edge of fennel. Last seen hopping south south down the trail.Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone

Re: Brewer's Sparrow this morning -- West County Landfill, loop trail

C Lou
 

Sunday. Brewers Sparrow continues at 37.961662, -122.389802.Also seen at original spot at corner by bench.The bird was refound by Jim Chiropolus and Derek Hines. Plus I think Jim. 1130am or so.It took me till 100pm to refind bird after they called me back. Last seen near interpretative sign.Calvin LouSFSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------From: Phred Benham <phbenham@...> Date: 10/12/19 1:09 PM (GMT-08:00) To: EBB-Sightings@groups.io Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Brewer's Sparrow this morning -- West County Landfill, loop trail Hi all,This morning I had a Brewer’s Sparrow along the landfill loop trail. Just past a green info sign for “garbage mountain”, roughly here: 37.961710, -122.389530The sparrow was working the fennel on both sides of the trail with a few white-crowned and song sparrows. The last I saw the bird it had gone into a larger patch of fennel.Big numbers of shovelers were in the pond and my first of fall Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, and Cinnamon Teal. There was also a late Red-necked Phalarope on the pond.Photos of sparrow in the eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60558397Good birding,Phred BenhamPt. Richmond, CAPhred M. BenhamNSF Postdoctoral FellowMuseum of Vertebrate ZoologyUniversity of California, Berkeley

Re: Brewer's Sparrow this morning -- West County Landfill, loop trail

Graham Chisholm
 

Following up on Phred’s report, I hiked out along the loop trail that starts in the West County Landfill parking lot, and refound the Brewer’s Sparrow he reported. It was a bit west along the trail feeding along the edge of the trail at (37.9618183, -122.3904503), last seen at 3:10 pm. Nice find.

It is very birdy and I’d recommend being a scope to view the waterbirds.

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley

On Oct 12, 2019, at 1:09 PM, Phred Benham <phbenham@...> wrote:

Hi all,
This morning I had a Brewer’s Sparrow along the landfill loop trail. Just past a green info sign for “garbage mountain”, roughly here: 37.961710, -122.389530
The sparrow was working the fennel on both sides of the trail with a few white-crowned and song sparrows. The last I saw the bird it had gone into a larger patch of fennel.

Big numbers of shovelers were in the pond and my first of fall Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, and Cinnamon Teal. There was also a late Red-necked Phalarope on the pond.

Photos of sparrow in the eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60558397

Good birding,
Phred Benham
Pt. Richmond, CA

Phred M. Benham
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley


Union City duck pond

John Cant 793-5216
 

This morning I found a family group -- two adults, two juveniles -- of Greater White-fronted Goose, plus a calling Red-breasted Nuthatch.
John CantFremont

Brewer's Sparrow this morning -- West County Landfill, loop trail

Phred Benham
 

Hi all,
This morning I had a Brewer’s Sparrow along the landfill loop trail. Just past a green info sign for “garbage mountain”, roughly here: 37.961710, -122.389530
The sparrow was working the fennel on both sides of the trail with a few white-crowned and song sparrows. The last I saw the bird it had gone into a larger patch of fennel.

Big numbers of shovelers were in the pond and my first of fall Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, and Cinnamon Teal. There was also a late Red-necked Phalarope on the pond.

Photos of sparrow in the eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60558397

Good birding,
Phred Benham
Pt. Richmond, CA

Phred M. Benham
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley

Poorwill, Berkeley

judisierra
 

FOS sighting of a Common Poorwill on the upper Strawberry Canyon fire trail around 6AM this morning (10-11) It was perched on the bench that's at the beginning of the flat trail after climbing uphill. It flew off over the embankment as wasn't there on my return. I was unable to run the trail the last 6 days due to car issues so it may have appeared sooner. The earliest fall arrival date I have is 10/1.

Judi Sierra, Oakland

Creekside Park - Hammond's Flycatcher 10/11/2019

hoggsville
 

This morning at Creekside Park there was an empid which I'm identifying as a Hammond's Flycatcher feeding in the trees lining the small open area across the creek from the playground area. The foraging likely took it across county lines but it was mostly in Alameda County. Noah Arthur also reported a Hammond's a couple weeks ago in the same area, but I think this is a different bird. You may view some pictures on my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60533808

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Coyote Hills (10/10) - Chestnut-sided Warbler, Pacific Wren, White-throated Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet

Jerry Ting
 

Highlights at the nectar garden in Coyote Hills Regional Park this (10/10) afternoon:
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (HY female)
- Pacific Wren
- White-throated Sparrow (continuing tan-striped)
- Swainson's Thrush
- Warbling Vireo.

Also:
Two Black-throated Gray Warblers (one HY male in the big oak tree in front of the visitor center and one HY female in oak trees on Quail Trail)
At least two Golden-crowned Kinglets in buckeye and oak tree in front of Hoot Hollow.

Here is the eBird checklist with photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60517203

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont

Richmond Yellow-rumped Warblers

Sheila Dickie
 

Saw the first two Yellow-rumped Warblers of the season this morning, October 9, 2019, in my garden in Richmond, 600 block of 29th Street. They joined the small flock of White Crowned Sparrows who arrived on cue on September 23. The warblers were in and around the bottlebrush tree which is full of bees. The warblers did not linger long and then two Anna's Hummingbirds got in on the act and were chasing each other and going in and out of the bottlebrush.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond

EBB Archives now searchable

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The East Bay Birding Archives 1998-2010 are now fully searchable. Begun prior to eBird, and with many members who do not use that service for posting sightings, the early EBB Archives provide information about species and locations available nowhere else.

http://www.birdwideweb.com/EBB-Search.php

Dal Leite
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Redstartat pt Pinole

John Sterling
 

The immature male American Redstart continues at Pt Pinole in the regional park. Park in the atlas road entrance parking lot. Check park map at kiosk. Walk down Owl Alley which is a major gravel road about 1/2 mile to small pond on the left. The redstart was foraging on the much in the shade below the blackberry bramble and adjacent small rule cluster on west side of pond.

John
John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

Warbler trifecta - Antioch yard - 10/6

Paul Schorr
 

This morning we had a female Black-throated Gray, a female Townsend’s and a female Audubon’s Warbler come to our bird bath. Keep those bird baths full and with a dripper if possible.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch