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Re: Bay-side Alameda County

Bruce Mast
 

I visited Ballena Bay yesterday (Saturday, 11 Feb) at high tide in attempt to replicate Bob's feat. The shorebird bonanza was everything Bob said it was and more. My careful Dunline count came to about 3000 bajillion. At least 10 Red Knots mixed in, along with several hundred Western Sandpipers, Black-bellied Plovers, 1 Sanderling, a couple Black Oystercatchers, terns, willets, and the other usual suspects. About 50 Black Turnstones were basking in the sun, along with 1 Surfbird and 1 Spotted Sandpiper. At one point, a flock of 28 Greater Yellowlegs flew in. A couple Pelagic Cormorants were fishing in the open bay.

Full eBird list with photo documentation at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34303962

Ballena Bay is on Alameda Island, accessible from Ballena Blvd. off of Central Ave. The whole peninsula is private property so park on the street before the traffic circle and walk to the end of the road.


Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 7:20 PM, Bob Power rcpower@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:


Hi all,

I was wondering which end of the binoculars you look into to make them work. It's been a while.

Ballena Bay:  The lower abandoned dock thingy, had 1,000 shorebirds. If you've been out there when the Oystercatchers are nesting and there's like 15 terns and the Oystercatchers, you can kind of imagine what this looked like.  This was high tide, your results may differ.

2 Black Oystercatchers
7 Red Knots
1 bajillion Dunlin.

I moved on to Arrowhead Marsh where the Gordon's were holding court / teaching a class.  An Osprey touched down w/fish and proceeded to pluck it. I'm not sure when I've seen an Osprey at Arrowhead and I think the answer is never.  A Sora appeared in flight over the sparrow island, left of the walkway thingy, and flew clockwise around the walkway thingy and into the bushes along the entryway. A full 7 seconds of me and Pat Gordon yelling "Sora flying right................"

I was hoping for White-winged Scoters in San Leandro ...  zip.

I was hoping to create the great Alameda County Cackling Goose photographic review.... the 100s that have been reported at Mt Trashmore are gone, or at the golf course, or......

I wanted to see the 1,000s of ducks at Coyote Hills and they were there, but unfortunately, spread out in pond 3A; beyond my abilities.  BUT, I did get to see our pet Flamingo.  And some other regular but cool stuff. 

Sun's shining. Get out there.

Good birding,

Bob Power

Oakland, CA

A few digi-scoped images from today can be seen at: bp250







Re: Redwood Reg park and Lafayette bike trail

Rachel Silverstein
 

I saw the screech owl 2 weeks ago. Instead of the hole facing the trail, it seems to be in the "Y" of the tree on the side now. I've been there a couple times in recent months and seen it. In his new spot he is VERY well camouflaged. Even as a seasoned birder last time I was looking right at him for a minute before I registered him.

Rachel Silverstein 


On Wednesday, February 1, 2017 9:15 PM, "rosita94598@... [EBB_Sightings]" wrote:


 
We took two nieces visiting from Chile to Redwood Regional Park this afternoon so they could see the trees.  We walked down the somewhat muddy road which so many of us walked last summer to see the Hooded Warbler.  It wasn't particularly birdy there, but we did show them a Steller's Jay and they heard the Band-tailed Pigeons. 

After a late lunch at the Rheem Nation's, so they also saw some redwoods as we drove through the community of Canyon, we stopped in Lafayette to check for the long-continuing W. Screech-Owl along the walking-bike trail.  We could not find it.  One of our nieces saw it last February shortly after it was first seen.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek, CA



Re: Loon at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

Rachel Silverstein
 

This is a VERY late reply, but I led a bird walk around Lake Merritt  on 2/4 and this loon was up on the beach on the west side of the lake. I was actually concerned it was injured as it seemed out of place and was just sitting there looking around. However in the video posted on here it looks pretty healthy. He must be pretty turned around to be at Lake Merritt.

Rachel Silverstein


On Thursday, February 2, 2017 7:20 PM, "Bob Power rcpower@... [EBB_Sightings]" wrote:


 
Kristi,

The thin bill held at an upward angle and mostly white neck both indicate Red-throated Loon. Nice bird. Great video.

Bob Power
Oakland, CA




Richmond continuing Black Scoter

John Harris
 

While arriving to visit a friend in Marina Bay at 11;30 this morning, I saw a male Black Scoter, presumably a continuing bird, along Marina Bay Parkway, just before Vincent Park (near the end of the road). the bird was with a group of Surf Scoters quite close to the road, between the road and the marina. I'll post pictures with an ebird report later.
John Harris
Oakdale


New yard bird for us!

mpdrip@...
 

Had a large adult bald eagle on the fence in front of our house for about 5 minutes the other day in el sobrante near the reservoir.


new yard bird - Merlin

Derek
 

My yard list is the say the least not impressive for my house on Dudley Court in Piedmont, but I added a good one today. While sitting in my living room hearing  ravens yakking away and my relatives playing mahjong, I saw what I thought at first fly by the window was a blackbird but a few seconds later realized it was a raptor dive-bombing the ravens.  I got a less than reasonably look at it flying but luckily it landing at the top of a tall redwood across the street and I was able to identify it as a Merlin.

Derek Heins


Re: Bay-side Alameda County

Bob Richmond
 

Bob

I have been to Mt. Trashmore a bunch of times this year and I always see large numbers. All the time I was there in the afternoon. I also hope that you walk around the field as large numbers have never been seen from the NE corner, where most people walk up there from Winton Ave.

Good Birding

Bob Richmond


On Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 7:20 PM, Bob Power rcpower@... [EBB_Sightings]
wrote:
 

Hi all,

I was wondering which end of the binoculars you look into to make them work. It's been a while.

Ballena Bay:  The lower abandoned dock thingy, had 1,000 shorebirds. If you've been out there when the Oystercatchers are nesting and there's like 15 terns and the Oystercatchers, you can kind of imagine what this looked like.  This was high tide, your results may differ.

2 Black Oystercatchers
7 Red Knots
1 bajillion Dunlin.

I moved on to Arrowhead Marsh where the Gordon's were holding court / teaching a class.  An Osprey touched down w/fish and proceeded to pluck it. I'm not sure when I've seen an Osprey at Arrowhead and I think the answer is never.  A Sora appeared in flight over the sparrow island, left of the walkway thingy, and flew clockwise around the walkway thingy and into the bushes along the entryway. A full 7 seconds of me and Pat Gordon yelling "Sora flying right................"

I was hoping for White-winged Scoters in San Leandro ...  zip.

I was hoping to create the great Alameda County Cackling Goose photographic review.... the 100s that have been reported at Mt Trashmore are gone, or at the golf course, or......

I wanted to see the 1,000s of ducks at Coyote Hills and they were there, but unfortunately, spread out in pond 3A; beyond my abilities.  BUT, I did get to see our pet Flamingo.  And some other regular but cool stuff. 

Sun's shining. Get out there.

Good birding,

Bob Power

Oakland, CA

A few digi-scoped images from today can be seen at: bp250




Bay-side Alameda County

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hi all,

I was wondering which end of the binoculars you look into to make them work. It's been a while.

Ballena Bay:  The lower abandoned dock thingy, had 1,000 shorebirds. If you've been out there when the Oystercatchers are nesting and there's like 15 terns and the Oystercatchers, you can kind of imagine what this looked like.  This was high tide, your results may differ.

2 Black Oystercatchers
7 Red Knots
1 bajillion Dunlin.

I moved on to Arrowhead Marsh where the Gordon's were holding court / teaching a class.  An Osprey touched down w/fish and proceeded to pluck it. I'm not sure when I've seen an Osprey at Arrowhead and I think the answer is never.  A Sora appeared in flight over the sparrow island, left of the walkway thingy, and flew clockwise around the walkway thingy and into the bushes along the entryway. A full 7 seconds of me and Pat Gordon yelling "Sora flying right................"

I was hoping for White-winged Scoters in San Leandro ...  zip.

I was hoping to create the great Alameda County Cackling Goose photographic review.... the 100s that have been reported at Mt Trashmore are gone, or at the golf course, or......

I wanted to see the 1,000s of ducks at Coyote Hills and they were there, but unfortunately, spread out in pond 3A; beyond my abilities.  BUT, I did get to see our pet Flamingo.  And some other regular but cool stuff. 

Sun's shining. Get out there.

Good birding,

Bob Power

Oakland, CA

A few digi-scoped images from today can be seen at: bp250




Continuing Tropical Kingbird

rosita94598
 

This morning from about 10 AM to noon, I guided some volunteers from the gardens at Markham Park in Ccncord around the large, mostly natural pond at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. When we first started near the wooden railing on the east side of the pond, we watched the continuing Tropical Kingbird sally out from the adjacent trees numerous times.  We finally walked away from it as we began to circle the pond.

It is now just over 3 calendar years since this bird was first reported in the park--late January of 2014.  It stayed through April to finish that first winter season and is now well into the third full winter season it has been present: 2014-2015, 2015-2016 and now 2016-2017.  It seems to have remarkable site fidelity, appearing a 4th time to winter in the same Northern California location. 

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Bohemian Waxwings in Contra Costa County?

lavin_fara
 

Submitting photos that aren't your own is a good way to get banned from eBird.  Any photos submitted must be from the date and location entered for your checklist.

Pete Dunten / eBird reviewer



Re: Bohemian Waxwings in Contra Costa County?

Joe Morlan
 

Albert,

The photo is identical to one apparently taken in the UK in 2003.

https://www.tineye.com/search/4fb52223db7f7f991fdf60a715be5713f46d550b/



On 10 Feb 2017 03:31:42 +0000, "albertlinkowski@yahoo.com [EBB_Sightings]"
<EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Looking over pictures of Contra Costa County, using eBird media search through the Macaulay Library I found this intriguing and enigmatic photo added to eBird checklist S34109105, Jan 28, 2016 CONIFER LN WALNUT CREEK, Contra Costa County, California, US. The photograph cataloged by the Macaulay Library under the name ML47226161 represent in my opinion Bohemian Waxwings. This photo was added just recently and it is in the set of 10 photographs of Waxwings, where 9 of 10 correctly Represent Cedars.


I think this is just an entry error, and in fact photo was taken from a different place, erroneously added to this list, however, if this photo is not misplaced, it can represent perhaps the first Contra Costa documented county record of Bohemian Waxwing. In Contra Costa County until now known only from one unconfirmed record (Lafayette, 1983).


In this photo, all nine Waxwings Appeared to be Bohemian. No white on forehead, in contrast cinnamon colored forehead contrasts with gray external part of the crest. In seven birds can be seen chestnut colored undertail coverts, and rest of the ventral is uniformly gray-brown. In one bird (second from bottom) visible is white wing- bar, a non-existing feature in Cedar Waxwing.


Albert W. Linkowski



--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


2 not 1 Probable Cassin's Kingbirds, Livermore, Alameda County,because 9 February 2017

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Today at 4:35 PM I spotted 2 not 1 probable Cassin's Kingbirds in the vacant lot at P and 2nd Streets in Livermore perched on the three yellow posts there.  I saw no white outer tail feathers.



--
Michael Feighner
Livermore, California,
Heart of California's Wine Country

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


Bohemian Waxwings in Contra Costa County?

albertlinkowski
 

Looking over pictures of Contra Costa County, using eBird media search through the Macaulay Library I found this intriguing and enigmatic photo added to eBird checklist S34109105, Jan 28, 2016 CONIFER LN WALNUT CREEK, Contra Costa County, California, US. The photograph cataloged by the Macaulay Library under the name ML47226161 represent in my opinion  Bohemian Waxwings. This photo was added just recently and it is in the set of 10 photographs of Waxwings, where 9 of 10 correctly Represent Cedars.

I think this is just an entry error, and in fact photo was taken from a different place, erroneously added to this list, however, if this photo is not misplaced, it can represent perhaps the first Contra Costa documented county record of Bohemian Waxwing. In Contra Costa County until now  known only from one unconfirmed record  (Lafayette, 1983).

In this photo, all nine Waxwings Appeared to be Bohemian. No white on forehead, in contrast cinnamon colored  forehead contrasts with gray external part of the crest. In seven birds can be seen chestnut colored undertail coverts, and rest of the ventral is uniformly gray-brown. In one bird (second from bottom)  visible is white wing- bar, a non-existing feature in Cedar Waxwing.

Albert W. Linkowski



Alamo birds

rosita94598
 

After not finding the stamps I wanted at the Alamo Post Office, I stopped to visit Jean Richmond at her home early this afternoon.  I added some suet balls to her feeder and threw a few seeds onto the concrete patio.  It all worked.  Juncos, chickadees, finches, doves. Cal and Spotted Towhees, and even a tan-striped White-throated Sparrow came almost to the sliding door.All in the rain.

A male Anna's Hummingbird has been sitting on one of the chains of her porch rocker which is outside the sliding door and to the left.  She said he's been sitting there for a couple of days.   Hey, when it is out of the rain, why not?


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek


Osprey in Moraga

Jan Taylor
 

Today at 1:30pm I spotted an Osprey flying into Bollinger Canyon.  The bird was flying low about 100 ft off the ground even though the light rain was not driven by any wind.  The fish appeared to be a Bass (rounded tail with heavy rays, chunkier body than a trout.  I love how they carry the fish with one foot in front of the other so as to position the fish head first for optimal aerodynamics.

--
Good birding,
Jan Taylor
  



Mt. Diablo Audubon field trip cancelled

rosita94598
 

For anyone interested, the MDAS field trip to Grizzly Island tomorrow, February 9, is cancelled Grizzly Island is closed.

Hugh B. Harvey
MDAS field trip chair
Walnut Creek



Royal Tern records in Alameda County

Bob Richmond
 




On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 9:44 AM, Richard Erickson wrote

Hi Bob,

 

Here’s what Grinnell and Wythe had to write in 1927:

 

ROYAL TERN Thalasseus maximus (Boddaert) Varyingly common visitant at almost any season along the outer sea-coast. Has been observed also on Tomales Bay, Marin County, at Oakland (August 30) and along Key Route Mole, Alameda County, and at the Presidio, in San Francisco. For general accounts see: A. C. Bent, Life Histories of North American Gulls and Terns, 1921, p. 211.

 

Various reports to the Gull, NAB, Howard Cogswell et al. 1956-1974 were all considered dubious, correctly in my opinion.

 

That’s all I know.

 

Congratulations---again!

 

Dick

 

 

From: Bob Richmond [mailto:bobrichmond94544@...]
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2017 8:04 PM
To: Richard Erickson
Subject: Re: 1906 pink-footed shearwater

 

Dick

 

Today I saw a Royal Tern over SF Bay from Ballena Bay (Alameda). When and where was the first. I think it was prior to WW2.

 

Bob


Birds are moving today....

Jim Chiropolos
 

Biking to work this morning there was a very large V of over 300 large geese in a V over the bay. They were too far away and it was too dark to identify species. For me at least, seeing large flocks of geese over the bay is very unusual - I thought I was in the delta.


A white-fronted goose was in the flooded Berkeley meadow habitat off the frontage road, a first for me at this location.


Birds are moving in this storm, if you find some time, might be a good day to look.


Jim Chiropolos

Orinda?Emeryville


Cackling? Geese at night

Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>
 

As I was getting ready for bed this evening, I heard calls and went outside to investigate. High overhead I could hear a flock of geese calling as they flew to the southwest. Checking the recordings on xeno-canto, they were a good match for Cackling Goose. Definitely not Snow Goose, Canada, or White-fronted. Not much material on Ross's Goose, but I don't think what I heard sounded like that, but closer than the other three geese. Calls were rather sharp, a bit reminiscent of gulls.

Time 22:20, weather overcast with light rain.
Livermore, ALA


Good birding!
Jaan Lepson


Ballena Bay

Bob Richmond
 

Seen this afternoon on the SF Bay side of Ballena Bay was a Royal Tern. The face was well seen. The eye was in the white part of the face unlike Elegant where the eye is in the black from the nape. The bill was somewhat larger And reddish-orange unlike the orange bill of Elegant and dark red of Caspian. This probably is not the first county record. I will try to find out what is.

Bob

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