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Re: RFI Black Rail - second try

Glen Tepke
 

That was Waldo's Dike, which no longer exists.

Glen Tepke
Oakland

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From: "Calvin Walters" <calw@mac.com>
To: "EBB Sightings" <EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2010 4:28:20 PM
Subject: Re: RE: [EBB_Sightings] RFI Black Rail - second try

I have not been to the site, but I thought I recalled a story of a location in Marin where the big herons would wait at the edge of the marsh and grab the black rails as they came out. �It seemed to be a very high tide situation as well. �Does that ring a bell for anyone?

Cal

On Nov 17, 2010, at 09:22 PM, Bruce Mast <cathrasher4@gmail.com> wrote:

The person may be referring to either Waldo's Dike near Inverness in West
Marin or Palo Alto Baylands. Both sites require super high tides to flush
the birds. I'm not sure of current access to Waldo's Dike. I seem to recall
it was closed because too many visitors were stressing the birds when they
were most vulnerable. Black Rail has been reported at Arrowhead, in Martinez
and a few other locales around the Bay but I wouldn't consider any of them
"relatively easy".

Bruce Mast
Oakland

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] RFI Black Rail - second try

Apologies if a near-identical message gets through, but it looks like it
got caught in the special shred-Hilary's-mail feature of this list....

Someone on a national bird chat list posted this request:

"I will be in Oakland, CA December 9-10 and seem to recall that it was
relatively easy to see a Black Rail at some location near there. If
anyone can provide help on this (offline) it would be appreciated."

It's news to me. He's got a good chance at Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail,
and Sora at Arrowhead Marsh, but I've never seen a Black Rail there.

Any ideas?

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Re: RFI Black Rail - second try

Cal Walters
 

I have not been to the site, but I thought I recalled a story of a location in Marin where the big herons would wait at the edge of the marsh and grab the black rails as they came out. It seemed to be a very high tide situation as well. Does that ring a bell for anyone?

Cal

On Nov 17, 2010, at 09:22 PM, Bruce Mast <cathrasher4@gmail.com> wrote:

The person may be referring to either Waldo's Dike near Inverness in West
Marin or Palo Alto Baylands. Both sites require super high tides to flush
the birds. I'm not sure of current access to Waldo's Dike. I seem to recall
it was closed because too many visitors were stressing the birds when they
were most vulnerable. Black Rail has been reported at Arrowhead, in Martinez
and a few other locales around the Bay but I wouldn't consider any of them
"relatively easy".

Bruce Mast
Oakland

-----Original Message-----
From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Hilary Powers
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 4:16 PM
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] RFI Black Rail - second try

Apologies if a near-identical message gets through, but it looks like it
got caught in the special shred-Hilary's-mail feature of this list....

Someone on a national bird chat list posted this request:

"I will be in Oakland, CA December 9-10 and seem to recall that it was
relatively easy to see a Black Rail at some location near there. If
anyone can provide help on this (offline) it would be appreciated."

It's news to me. He's got a good chance at Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail,
and Sora at Arrowhead Marsh, but I've never seen a Black Rail there.

Any ideas?

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Gull harassing BC Night Heron - pic

VerneN
 

At MLK Shoreline yesterday, while walking I unwittingly scared off a
Black-crowned Night Heron. That happens often as they are still, wary,
and well-camouflaged in the rocks. But, this time it had just caught a
fish and flew off with it to an exposed mudflat in the bay. Of course,
a resting gull spotted the catch and an in-flight harassment ensued.
They flew off low into a marsh so I don't know how it worked out, but
the heron seemed surprisingly capable of evading the onslaught.
http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/130445739
<http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/130445739>


Re: RFI Black Rail - second try

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

That seems to be the consensus. I'll post something to Bird Chat in the morning - been out all evening and about to crash now....

Bruce and everyone, thanks for all the advice!

On 11/17/2010 9:22 PM, Bruce Mast wrote:
The person may be referring to either Waldo's Dike near Inverness in West
Marin or Palo Alto Baylands. Both sites require super high tides to flush
the birds. I'm not sure of current access to Waldo's Dike. I seem to recall
it was closed because too many visitors were stressing the birds when they
were most vulnerable. Black Rail has been reported at Arrowhead, in Martinez
and a few other locales around the Bay but I wouldn't consider any of them
"relatively easy".


Bruce Mast
Oakland

-----Original Message-----
From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Hilary Powers
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 4:16 PM
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] RFI Black Rail - second try

Apologies if a near-identical message gets through, but it looks like it
got caught in the special shred-Hilary's-mail feature of this list....

Someone on a national bird chat list posted this request:

"I will be in Oakland, CA December 9-10 and seem to recall that it was
relatively easy to see a Black Rail at some location near there. If
anyone can provide help on this (offline) it would be appreciated."

It's news to me. He's got a good chance at Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail,
and Sora at Arrowhead Marsh, but I've never seen a Black Rail there.

Any ideas?

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Re: RFI Black Rail - second try

Bruce Mast
 

The person may be referring to either Waldo's Dike near Inverness in West
Marin or Palo Alto Baylands. Both sites require super high tides to flush
the birds. I'm not sure of current access to Waldo's Dike. I seem to recall
it was closed because too many visitors were stressing the birds when they
were most vulnerable. Black Rail has been reported at Arrowhead, in Martinez
and a few other locales around the Bay but I wouldn't consider any of them
"relatively easy".


Bruce Mast
Oakland

-----Original Message-----
From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Hilary Powers
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 4:16 PM
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] RFI Black Rail - second try

Apologies if a near-identical message gets through, but it looks like it
got caught in the special shred-Hilary's-mail feature of this list....

Someone on a national bird chat list posted this request:

"I will be in Oakland, CA December 9-10 and seem to recall that it was
relatively easy to see a Black Rail at some location near there. If
anyone can provide help on this (offline) it would be appreciated."

It's news to me. He's got a good chance at Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail,
and Sora at Arrowhead Marsh, but I've never seen a Black Rail there.

Any ideas?


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Hayward Shoreline (11/17)

Bob Richmond
 

seen at the shoreline today:

Elegant Tern - 1 at the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek is only the 3rd Nov. record I
have for the shoreline and the latest by 1 day.

Stilt Sandpiper - 1 along the bay just north of Hayward's Landing. This is my
first Nov. record for the shoreline. It was seen about 75 yards north of
Hayward's Landing when the tide was going out but only 15 yards of mudflat were
exposed.

House Wren - at Winton Ave.

Spotted Towhee - at Winton Ave. (found by Bob Dunn)

Lapland Longspur - 4 on Mt. Trashmore.

Chestnut-collared Longspur - 1 on Mt. Trashmore. (found today by Joe Devine)


Good birding

Bob


P.S. - Bob, taking your cell phone to the shoreline but not turning it on is
like not taking it at all.


Re: RFI Black Rail - second try

Glen Tepke
 

I think Black Rail has been seen or heard at Arrowhead Marsh a few times (not by me), but they are certainly not easy (I don't think I've ever seen Black Rail and easy together in a sentence before). I can't think of any place in Oakland where they would be more likely. But the poster said "near there," so he was probably thinking of some place near but not in Oakland.

The two traditional places to look for Black Rail in the Bay Area in winter have been Palo Alto Baylands in Palo Alto and Waldo's Dike in Inverness Park (Marin Co.), but they have become much less frequent in Palo Alto in recent years, and Waldo's Dike was removed as part a salt marsh restoration project, so neither place is the Black Rail hot spot it once was.

There have been one or two or more wintering in the marsh along the entrance road to Coyote Hills Regional Park the last few winters, but I don't recall anyone reporting seeing them, just hearing them (I heard one there calling nonstop from 10 to 15 feet away for at least 20 minutes and never got even a glimpse).

Black Rails reportedly breed in good numbers in the salt marshes around San Pablo Bay and Suisun Bay, and probably around Bolinas Lagoon, Tomales Bay and Bodega Bay, and at least part of the breeding population is probably present year-round in those areas, but I don't know of any spots where you have a good chance of seeing one. Last summer, one was seen several times around the boardwalk in Martinez Regional Shoreline, so that might be as good a place as any to try.

http :// www . ebparks .org/parks/ martinez # trailmap

Glen Tepke
Oakland

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Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 4:16:08 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] RFI Black Rail - second try

Apologies if a near-identical message gets through, but it looks like it
got caught in the special shred-Hilary's-mail feature of this list....

Someone on a national bird chat list posted this request:

"I will be in Oakland, CA December 9-10 and seem to recall that it was
relatively easy to see a Black Rail at some location near there. If
anyone can provide help on this (offline) it would be appreciated."

It's news to me. He's got a good chance at Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail,
and Sora at Arrowhead Marsh, but I've never seen a Black Rail there.

Any ideas?


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Re: RFI Black Rail - second try

Ralf Stinson <ralf1@...>
 

The highest tide for Dec 9 & 10 is a 5.6 at 13:07, Dec 9 (Golden Gate).
That is not much of a tide to work with!

Best to do an Internet research and then email the rangers at the various
locations. Still a long shot with that poor high tide.

Ralf


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From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Hilary Powers
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 16:16
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] RFI Black Rail - second try

Apologies if a near-identical message gets through, but it looks like it
got caught in the special shred-Hilary's-mail feature of this list....

Someone on a national bird chat list posted this request:

"I will be in Oakland, CA December 9-10 and seem to recall that it was
relatively easy to see a Black Rail at some location near there. If
anyone can provide help on this (offline) it would be appreciated."

It's news to me. He's got a good chance at Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail,
and Sora at Arrowhead Marsh, but I've never seen a Black Rail there.

Any ideas?


RFI Black Rail - second try

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

Apologies if a near-identical message gets through, but it looks like it got caught in the special shred-Hilary's-mail feature of this list....

Someone on a national bird chat list posted this request:

"I will be in Oakland, CA December 9-10 and seem to recall that it was
relatively easy to see a Black Rail at some location near there. If
anyone can provide help on this (offline) it would be appreciated."

It's news to me. He's got a good chance at Clapper Rail, Virginia Rail, and Sora at Arrowhead Marsh, but I've never seen a Black Rail there.

Any ideas?


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Chestnut-collared Longspur

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

After seeing pictures of the Mt Trashmore Chestnut-collared Longspur, and
reading Rich Stallcup's excellent article (Focus: Longspurs), I have concluded
that the "mystery Emberizid" I saw on Monday was actually the Chestnut-collared.


Noah Arthur, Oakland


Chestnut-collared & Lapland Longspurs at Mt Trashmore (Pictures)

hsrandhawa
 

Spend few hours (9am to 12) looking for the missed Chestnut-collared
Longspur during ydday trip. There will quite a few birders already
scouting for the bird and having more pair of eyes helped a lot in
finding the birds.

Both the Longspurs were seen today. Also a Burrowing Owl got flushed
while searching for the Longspurs. He did posed for a shot before moving
away.

Few pictures of the birds can be seen here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarbhloh/
<http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarbhloh/>

harjeet singh


Continuing Lapland Longspur at Mt Trashmore Hayward (Picture)

hsrandhawa
 

The Lapland Longspurs continue at Mt Trashmore today morning around
10:30AM. At one moment I saw two of them together. Once flushed they
keep on moving around but mostly remain within the Mt Trashmore area.

Here is link to the site to see the picture.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarbhloh/
<http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarbhloh/>

thanks,
harjeet singh.


Longspurs continue at Mt Trashmore, Hayward RS

Dave Weber
 

Hi Birders-

I went to Mt Trashmore, end of Winton Ave at Hayward Regional Shoreline early this morning. Along with other birders I observed well a Lapland Longspur and a male Chestnut-collared Longspur, both toward the north end of the field, but they were also seen flying to other areas. Judging by the number of birds flushed and also heard in flight, I believe there were at least three Laplands and possibly two Chestnut-collareds there. When I left at 10:40 a flock of 45 Cackling Geese flew past heading north.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas


Berkeley Pier Today

scfloyd2000
 

A Pacific Loon continues this afternoon on the north side of the Berkeley Pier. A Common Loon is on the south side along with a lone Bonaparte's Gull and about 10 Horned Grebes. A lone Elegant Tern is on the old pier. Three Pelagic Cormorants are on the concrete breakwater at the entrance to the marina.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Late Swallow in Heather FArm Park, Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

This morning about 9:30, I found a late Northern Rough-winged Swallow at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. The swallow was perched in a small tree between the large, mostly natural pond and the equestrian center. In the same tree were at least one House Finch and a Mourning Dove. The swallow seemed content to sit there, facing away from me, until someone walked their dog along a path adjacent to the tree. The Rough-winged Swallow flew past me and over the pond. I could not follow it.

The White-throated Sparrow continues in the brush at the south end of the equestrian area. I threw a little seed about 9:40 and within a few minutes it joined its numerous Zonatrichia cousins. I was looking for this bird in October, but maybe it arrived while I was visiting Honduras the first week this month. I have seen it every day I looked last and this week.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Longspurs at Mt Trashmore

whzerd1 <whzerd@...>
 

I would appreciate continued posting about these birds in the next couple of days. I cant get there until Thursday and would sure like to know they are still there before making the trip.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County


Varied Thrush

Steve Taylor
 

While hiking on Mt. Diablo today with Leslie, Carol and Pamela we came upon
a Varied Thrush which while common, most of us have never noticed. It was
located in the Rock City area of the park.





Also on a side note while hiking from Sunol Regional Park to Mission Peak
last Friday I saw at least twenty Yellow Billed Magpie's up in the area of
Sunol where it becomes Mission Peak Regional Park. What I feel is
significant here is that ten years ago or more, when I hiked in Sunol you
saw lots of Magpie's but for the last several years there have not been any
and if you wanted to see this bird you had to go over to the Livermore area.
By seeing these twenty maybe they are making a comeback in the Sunol area.
I hope so and they are nice to see.



Steve



San Ramon


Mines Road images

avwh <allenvhirsch@...>
 

Yesterday morning I got 5 or 6 new birds for me: yellow-billed magpie, wild turkey, western bluebird, acorn woodpecker, and white-breasted nuthatch along Mines Road:

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p1046113189

The acorn woodpecker was particularly accommodating to my lens. Thanks to those who posted recent Mines Rd sightings which inspired me to make my first trip.

Allen


Mt Trashmore 11/15 - longspurs, mystery Emberizid

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

The LAPLAND LONGSPURS continued at Mt Trashmore (Hayward Shoreline, W. of Winton
Ave parking lot) this morning, apparently more than 2 -- I would guess about 4,
although they moved around alot and were never all together. One distant flushed
longspur may have been the Chestnut-collared, but I'm not sure.


The most interesting bird was found by me and a birder named Jim, at the NE
corner of Mt Trashmore. It flushed out of the weeds near the yellow pole at the
NE corner and flew into a small mallow plant, where it hunkered, only showing
its head. After another flush, I got good views of its back, but never saw the
breast.


It was about the size of Savannah Sparrow; its tail was very short (like an
Ammodramus sparrow), and its bill was stubby and pink. The face had a muted
longspur-like pattern, but was washed with pale brown-gray, with a uniform look.
Complete whitish eye-ring. The throat was white, with very broad dark lateral
throat-stripes. The back was grayish brown, with fine, sharply-defined black
streaks. It had interesting behavior, flushing almost underfoot and running,
then either stopping or flying a short distance. When standing, it stood
somewhat straight-upright.

Noah Arthur, Oakland 

(Jim - could you send me an email please? I'd like to compare our observations
of this bird. My email address is loriarthur61@yahoo.com)


Prairie Falcon on Patterson Pass

scfloyd2000
 

Today at noon a Prairie Falcon consumed its prey atop a pole at the Enxco wind farm entrance, MP 4.68 on Patterson Pass road in Livermore. The ferrug convention must have adjourned right after Rich Cimino's field trip yesterday as no amount of staring at power towers produced one for me.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont

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