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Re: Fork-tailed Storm-petrel near Marina Bay, Richmond

John Sterling
 

The only Central Valley record was in spring in Davis at the pond in front of county landfill.  People should check Benicia area. 


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

On May 9, 2017, at 1:32 PM, Logan Kahle logan@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Great find, Tony!

I had been urging my colleagues to get out to the richmond bayshore and look for this species, but nobody took the note...glad you were out there!

There are four records all time for this species in Contra Costa, three of which are modern. The only other modern records were both after spring or late winter strong west winds event at Point Isabel and both from Emilie Strauss. The previous record is also from "El Cerrito" (presumably also Pt Isabel) in August, the other primary time of this species' occurrence in the East Bay. Other than that, and out of my realm of expertise (Alameda county) I know there have been historical records at Hayward Shoreline, the Berkeley Pier, and I believe another couple locations (Bay Farm Island?) perhaps numbering about 5 in total? Anyway, yes certainly an incredibly rare bird in the East Bay but one that we can likely predict based on past timing, and I urge all of you to check local listservs during any west wind event in late April/early May. All three modern county events happened between February 25th and May 9th, and this species has shown to be especially prevalent in the period of late April/early May.

Anyway, enough history for today...go out there and find some more Storm-Petrels!

Good birding,

Logan


On 5/9/17 3:43 PM, 'Tony Brake' tonybrake@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
 

Today at about 11:30 AM, I saw at least two FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS from Lucretia Edwards Park at the end of Marina Way in Richmond. While checking on a new Osprey nest, I was pretty certain I had seen a one late yesterday afternoon, but considered it too unusual to post without documentation or better viewing. I took a flyer and headed down there today, camera in hand. After about 30 minutes of viewing and photographing the Osprey pair, I finally spotted a candidate, and this time I was better prepared. I got decent scope views of it flying several times, including at least one time dipping down to forage. I then managed to get some distant photos: https://tonybrake.smugmug.com/Birds/Rarities/i-8TrdZsb/A. It/they were flying back and forth mostly in front of Brooks Island. At one point, there were two flying concurren tly.

 

From eBird, there are a handful of records in the East Bay. Maybe Logan can give a complete accounting. It helped my confidence yesterday that there have been many seen near shore along the coast over the last several days in Monterey Harbor, Santa Cruz and the Pacifica pier, etc.

 

I’m heading out to try from other nearby spots, hoping to get some closer views.

 

Tony Brake

Pt. Richmond

 



Re: Fork-tailed Storm-petrel near Marina Bay, Richmond

Logan Kahle
 

Great find, Tony!

I had been urging my colleagues to get out to the richmond bayshore and look for this species, but nobody took the note...glad you were out there!

There are four records all time for this species in Contra Costa, three of which are modern. The only other modern records were both after spring or late winter strong west winds event at Point Isabel and both from Emilie Strauss. The previous record is also from "El Cerrito" (presumably also Pt Isabel) in August, the other primary time of this species' occurrence in the East Bay. Other than that, and out of my realm of expertise (Alameda county) I know there have been historical records at Hayward Shoreline, the Berkeley Pier, and I believe another couple locations (Bay Farm Island?) perhaps numbering about 5 in total? Anyway, yes certainly an incredibly rare bird in the East Bay but one that we can likely predict based on past timing, and I urge all of you to check local listservs during any west wind event in late April/early May. All three modern county events happened between February 25th and May 9th, and this species has shown to be especially prevalent in the period of late April/early May.

Anyway, enough history for today...go out there and find some more Storm-Petrels!

Good birding,

Logan


On 5/9/17 3:43 PM, 'Tony Brake' tonybrake@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:

Today at about 11:30 AM, I saw at least two FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS from Lucretia Edwards Park at the end of Marina Way in Richmond. While checking on a new Osprey nest, I was pretty certain I had seen a one late yesterday afternoon, but considered it too unusual to post without documentation or better viewing. I took a flyer and headed down there today, camera in hand. After about 30 minutes of viewing and photographing the Osprey pair, I finally spotted a candidate, and this time I was better prepared. I got decent scope views of it flying several times, including at least one time dipping down to forage. I then managed to get some distant photos: https://tonybrake.smugmug.com/Birds/Rarities/i-8TrdZsb/A. It/they were flying back and forth mostly in front of Brooks Island. At one point, there were two flying concurren tly.

From eBird, there are a handful of records in the East Bay. Maybe Logan can give a complete accounting. It helped my confidence yesterday that there have been many seen near shore along the coast over the last several days in Monterey Harbor, Santa Cruz and the Pacifica pier, etc.

Im heading out to try from other nearby spots, hoping to get some closer views.

Tony Brake

Pt. Richmond



Fork-tailed Storm-petrel near Marina Bay, Richmond

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

Today at about 11:30 AM, I saw at least two FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS from Lucretia Edwards Park at the end of Marina Way in Richmond. While checking on a new Osprey nest, I was pretty certain I had seen a one late yesterday afternoon, but considered it too unusual to post without documentation or better viewing. I took a flyer and headed down there today, camera in hand. After about 30 minutes of viewing and photographing the Osprey pair, I finally spotted a candidate, and this time I was better prepared. I got decent scope views of it flying several times, including at least one time dipping down to forage. I then managed to get some distant photos: https://tonybrake.smugmug.com/Birds/Rarities/i-8TrdZsb/A. It/they were flying back and forth mostly in front of Brooks Island. At one point, there were two flying concurrently.

 

From eBird, there are a handful of records in the East Bay. Maybe Logan can give a complete accounting. It helped my confidence yesterday that there have been many seen near shore along the coast over the last several days in Monterey Harbor, Santa Cruz and the Pacifica pier, etc.

 

I’m heading out to try from other nearby spots, hoping to get some closer views.

 

Tony Brake

Pt. Richmond

 


Hayward RS May 9

Dave Weber
 

This morning May 9 along the path from interpretive center were four Red Phalaropes in the large pond. On or around the tern island, seen from least tern sign, were many Least Terns, ten Black Skimmers, four Snowy Plovers, and two Black Terns.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone


European Goldfinch in Berkeley Meadow

Tim Holland <timothyholland@...>
 

Hi all, 

This may or may not be of interest in that it is an exotic / escapee, but in case it is of interest, there was a European Goldfinch in Berkeley Meadow this morning. Initially spotted foraging with a group of House Finches. 

Photos: 

Tim



Chickadees Fledged

Robert Firehock
 

After several weeks of seeing only one Chickadee in my backyard, feeding
furiously, yesterday (May 7) two worn adults brought three fresh babies
into the yard, introducing them to the platform and suet feeders, as
well as the bird bath. That's a few days earlier than 2016 and fully two
weeks ahead of the 2015 'schedule'.


Re: Blue Grosbeak status in Alameda County and eBird

judisierra
 

Please note documentation is not needed to report Blue Grosbeaks to this list. They are most commonly seen in Alameda CO. along Patterson Pass Rd MP 6.21 and 7.14 near the creek. They have been reported here annually except for spring of 2015 and 2016 which may be due to lack of observers, lack of birds or lack of anyone posting a sighting. Patterson Pass is best visited on weekend when there aren't commuters on this narrow road.

Judi Sierra

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On Mon, 5/8/17, Michael Park dpbot@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Blue Grosbeak status in Alameda County and eBird
To: ebb_sightings@...
Date: Monday, May 8, 2017, 10:33 AM


 









Bob Power and I have reviewed that the current
status and distribution

of Blue Grosbeak in Alameda County. It is no longer is
annually.The

occurrence of Blue Grosbeak appears to have declined in the
past decade.



This warrants a change in how observations of this species
will be

processed in eBird. We request that all sighting of this
species be

accompanied by documentation.



Thanks!



Michael Park, Berkeley













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Red-necked Phalarope, Berkeley Meadows

Jim Chiropolos
 

Aaron Maizlish and I birded Berkeley meadows at lunch today.


The highlight was a beautiful breeding plumaged Red-necked Phalarope about 20 feet away in one of the ponds. The only other migrating shorebirds present were three dowitchers, sp.


At the 1,000 ft. elevation east of Vollmer peak, since Saturday, I have not see or heard a warbler or tanager in or near the yard, after hearing or seeing multiple birds on a daily basis for over a month,. An interesting spring with migrants present almost every day, but no fallout days compered to the previous several years. In Emeryville, I have seen a handful of Wilson's warblers and Orange-crowned warblers, but overall quite slow. It is looking like 2017 will be the first year I will not have seen a yellow warbler anywhere in the spring in California. In the east bay where I have birded for neo-tropical migrants, this spring has had good diversity but low numbers. .


Good Birding,

Jim Chiropolos

Emeryville and Orinda


Black headed grosbeak in Oakland Hills

Wendy Parfrey
 

First of season male at the feeder this morning.


Happy Spring,

Wendy

Colton Blvd


Blue Grosbeak status in Alameda County and eBird

Michael Park
 

Bob Power and I have reviewed that the current status and distribution of Blue Grosbeak in Alameda County. It is no longer is annually.The occurrence of Blue Grosbeak appears to have declined in the past decade.

This warrants a change in how observations of this species will be processed in eBird. We request that all sighting of this species be accompanied by documentation.

Thanks!

Michael Park, Berkeley


Leona Canyon GGAS walk

rfs_berkeley
 


This morning's GGAS walk up Leona Canyon was delightful.
Like everywhere, vegetation is celebrating and the canyon is quite lush.

Below find the eBird list (thank you Erica Rutherford)
with some nice photos (thank you John Colbert)
including shots of an active Hairy Woodpecker nest (thank you Sue Morgan).
  --click to enlarge.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36593815

   Rusty Scalf


Raven vs. Cooper's Hawk, and a Q

kateh37@...
 

Last night at dusk I was walking in the Oakland Rose Garden when a Raven flushed a Cooper's Hawk from a tree and chased it across the park, where the hawk disappeared into a tree. I was surprised by the speed and maneuverability of the Raven in pursuit. In other rose garden news, for the first time I can recall (and I've lived nearby for many years), this spring there is a male Turkey that has been loudly courting a hen who has lived in the garden for at least a couple years. Perhaps we'll see baby Turkeys soon (though I doubt it with all the feral and domestic cats that hunt in the garden).

And here's my unrelated Q: I know it's not cool to mention where a raptor nest is, but is it OK to mention owl fledglings not in a nest? And no, this is not in the rose garden.

Kate Hoffman
Oakland, CA



Grasshopper Sparrow at Waterbird Regional Preserve

blakelock@sbcglobal.net
 

Around 1130 this morning at Waterbird Regional Preserve I had at least one of the Grasshoppers Sparrows that Albert Linkowski found back on 4/15/17.  It was on the far side of the upper part of the Meadowlark Ridge Loop trail. 


Good Birding,


John Blakelock

Pleasant Hill


Re: GGAS First Friday Bird Walk, May 5, 2017 Tilden Nature Area

George A Suennen
 

Alan,

As I have mentioned before, thanks for leading the group. As always a very educational experience.

I posted my photos from today's walk at:

http://birds.avianist.com/2017/170505-Jewel-Lake

And I say the Pacific-slope Flycatcher was the star of the show.

I did have one unidentified "black bird" located in the pine trees behind the Education Center. I had pointed it out to several members of the group, but because of the backlit situation, no one could help with the identification. Photos of this birds are the last two on the site for this walk. If someone recognizes this bird, I'd appreciate any assistance with the id.

Thanks

George

On 5/5/2017 10:50 PM, Alan Kaplan lnkpln67@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
Friends!

Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, California, US
May 5, 2017 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Walk, May 5, 2017.
We met at the Tilden Nature Area parking lot and walked to Jewel Lake on the road and Boardwalk, with a detour on the service road to see an Anna's Hummingbird nest in a California Bay tree. FOS Swainson's Thrush for many today.

Theme was syrinx and brain. See Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's third edition of Handbook of Bird Biology for details. The non-Passerine birds who show vocal learning, the Parrots and the Hummingbirds, each have a learning system in their brains that is different from (but analogous to) the song learning system in the songbirds.

Here are the 33 species seen by the MoB (many observers) of 38 birders:

Mallard
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Anna's Hummingbird on nest
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
California Scrub-Jay
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
House Wren
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren wren hat trick!
Wrentit
Swainson's Thrush First of Season for many observers
American Robin
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan
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Please use my new email address from now on:


Thanks,
Alan Kaplan



GGAS Special First Friday Birdwalk- Dawn Chorus, May 5, 2017

Alan Kaplan
 

Friends!

Tilden Regional Park, Contra Costa, California, US
May 5, 2017 5:30 AM - 7:45 AM

Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Special Dawn Chorus Bird Walk (our 6th annual), May 5, 2017.
We met at the foot of Canon Drive, by Big Leaf Picnic Area in Tilden Regional Park, and walked around in the nearby Meadows Playfield and then walked up to Blue Gum Gate and back. 
Serenades by Pacific Wren at the play field and House Wren in the eucalyptus near Blue Gum Gate were the highlights of the early morning.
This is the weekend for International Dawn Chorus Sunday, but we always do it on the First Friday walk of May. We read Dawn Chorus poems (Emily Dickinson's #723, Sarah Dugsdale's Dawn Chorus, and Kathe Jordan read her own).

Male birds are singing to say: I've survived the night, I'm on my territory, I'm well fed and full of stamina, what about you, I'm talk'n to you! Females are paying attention to length of song, consistency and accuracy of performance, presence in a previously-known location (birds do know one from another). Female social partners have been known to use the dark of early day to seek an "intimate encounter" with another male as a (brief) biological partner before returning to the nest territory. Birds with larger pupils sing earliest. It may still be too dark to see their insect prey, and that prey may still be relatively immobile from the night's cold, so the birds sing.

Here are the 31 species seen by 16 “early birds”, including the GGAS Board Treasurer Bill H., fellow trip leader Maureen L., and our Meet-up manager, Tajalli. Thanks to all!

Mallard 
White-tailed Kite  
Red-tailed Hawk  
Band-tailed Pigeon  
Mourning Dove 
Great Horned Owl  
Anna's Hummingbird 
Nuttall's Woodpecker  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  
Black Phoebe  
Ash-throated Flycatcher  
Hutton's Vireo  
Warbling Vireo 
Steller's Jay 
California Scrub-Jay  
Common Raven  
Tree Swallow  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  
Brown Creeper  
House Wren 
Wrentit  
American Robin 
Orange-crowned Warbler  
Wilson's Warbler 
Dark-eyed Junco  
Song Sparrow 
California Towhee 
Spotted Towhee  
Western Tanager  
Black-headed Grosbeak  

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan
------------

Please use my new email address from now on:


Thanks,
Alan Kaplan


GGAS First Friday Bird Walk, May 5, 2017 Tilden Nature Area

Alan Kaplan
 

Friends!

Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, California, US
May 5, 2017 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Walk, May 5, 2017.
We met at the Tilden Nature Area parking lot and walked to Jewel Lake on the road and Boardwalk, with a detour on the service road to see an Anna's Hummingbird nest in a California Bay tree. FOS Swainson's Thrush for many today.

Theme was syrinx and brain. See Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's third edition of Handbook of Bird Biology for details. The non-Passerine birds who show vocal learning, the Parrots and the Hummingbirds, each have a learning system in their brains that is different from (but analogous to) the song learning system in the songbirds.

Here are the 33 species seen by the MoB (many observers) of 38 birders:

Mallard  
Wild Turkey  
Turkey Vulture 
Red-shouldered Hawk  
Red-tailed Hawk 
Anna's Hummingbird       on nest
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker  
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  
Hutton's Vireo  
Warbling Vireo 
California Scrub-Jay  
Common Raven 
Tree Swallow  
Violet-green Swallow  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  
Bushtit  
Red-breasted Nuthatch  
Pygmy Nuthatch 
House Wren  
Pacific Wren 
Bewick's Wren      wren hat trick!
Wrentit 
Swainson's Thrush    First of Season for many observers
American Robin  
Orange-crowned Warbler  
Wilson's Warbler 
Dark-eyed Junco  
Song Sparrow  
California Towhee  
Spotted Towhee  
Black-headed Grosbeak 
Purple Finch 

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan
------------

Please use my new email address from now on:


Thanks,
Alan Kaplan


Sibley

Darlene Oster
 

Lazuli bunting  3    Lark sparrow 1   Ravens  2     w. bluebird  3  ca.towhee 5   spotted towhee 2   scrub jay 3   red-tail hawk  3  ash-throated FC 1  Anna's hummingbird  2   band-tailed pigeon  2  Black phoebe  1    turkey vulture  3  turkey 1......


Chabot RP forgotten addition

judisierra
 

Forgot to mention the Olive-sided flycatcher seen in Bort meadow itself today.
Judi Sierra- Oakland


Swainson's Thrush Chabot RP

judisierra
 

FOS Swainson's thrush heard this morning 5/5 on the Brannon trail near Bort Meadow. Next to the entrance gate parking area were visible 3 Ash-throated Flycatchers and a Calif. Thrasher singing away on top of a shrub. Also along the Brannon trail were Cassin's, Hutton's and warbling vireos, Wrentits and many Wilson's Warblers.

Due to a southern portion of Redwood Rd. sliding away, Bort Meadows staging area is only accessible on Redwood Rd. via Oakland

Judi Sierra- Oakland


Volmer Peak and Hooded Oriole at home

Derek
 

This morning I hiked from the Steam Train Staging Area to where  the  Lawrence's Goldfinches were seen yesterday.  No Lawrences and actually no migrants, but did enjoy some good looks at Lazuli Buntings,  a Purple Finch feeding its fledgling, and various other local breeders.  I also  made stops at Lake Anza (quiet) and the botanical gardens in Tilden Park (amazingly  quiet as I only saw one bird and heard a couple in 15 minutes of strolling).

Upon coming home I settled in at my back patio and fifteen minutes later a female Hooded Oriole landed in our magnolia ten feet away.  Three and a half hours of hiking/birding and my best bird turned out to be right at home. 

Derek  Heins
Piedmont

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