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Barn Owls in Alameda

Phil Cotty
 

There are three unfledged Barn Owl chicks in plain sight in a palm tree in the strip of the Alameda Hotel Apartments (1415 Broadway, Alameda) on Central Avenue.  While three palms show whitewash and pellets on the sidewalk, the 6th palm in from Broadway is the obvious nest site.  You can see the chicks from the strip and the parking lot which is private property so please observe respectfully and do not park in their lot.  

A couple of digiscoped photos:

I returned tonight and saw one adult fly into a nearby tree but did not see it fly to the nest to feed the young.  The chicks gave their subdued screaming call off and on the whole time I observed them tonight and they were also more active compared to daytime, with a lot of shifting of position and flapping of wings.

Really special!

--
Phil Cotty   
Alameda


Robins are amazing

rosita94598
 

On Thursday, May 4, 4 of us were in Pine Canyon and found a Robin nest with 4 featherless chicks, eyes still closed.  The parents were busy feeding them, which was captured on video--easy to do as the nest was practically over the trail into the canyon.

This past Thursday, May 11, more video was made of an adult collecting fecal sacs from the now well-feathered chicks.  On Friday afternoon, the nest was empty--possibly predated?  No, the chicks had already fledged, and were on branches in bushes below but nearby.  Video was also made of the begging chicks being fed by the parents.

Absolutely amazing that they can mature so fast, but certainly necessary to avoid that ever-present danger of predation.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek, CA



Black-head Grosbeaks, Strawberry Cyn., Berkeley

STEVEN SCHOLL
 

So what I saw the other day was indeed a female Black-headed Grosbeak that had apparently stuck her head in a pollen-laden flower, perhaps in the South American section of the UC Botanical Garden where I spotted her sporting a very orange brow:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/8263840@N04/

 

Many thanks to those who clarified for me --

 

Steve Scholl

Berkeley

scholl99@...

 


Del Puerto Canyon (PAAS field trip) 04-13-17

Matthew Dodder
 

Folks,

I led the second half of my Palo Alto Adult School birding class through Del Puerto Canyon and San Antonio Valley yesterday. Conditions were sunnier and but windier than last Saturday. Birding was stupendous with a little less traffic but still a few targets missed—Costa's Hummingbird and Lawrence's Goldfinch remained invisible for us. Still, highlights were numerous, (all Stanislaus county unless otherwise noted) and here are a few:

Grassland:
Blue Grosbeak (2 males in orchard)
Lazuli Bunting (2 females in orchard)
Western Kingbird (impossible to miss)
Loggerhead Shrike (a few, thinly distributed)
Golden Eagle
Horned Lark
Rock Wren
Say's Phoebe
American Goldfinch (several in orchards)

Graffiti Rock and Owl Rock:
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Rock Wren (Owl Rock)
Western Wood-Pewee
Lark Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Graffiti Rock)
Barn Owl (2 in caves)
White-throated Swift (Owl rock caves)
Say's Phoebe (Owl Rock)
Wilson's Warbler 
Warbling Vireo
Phainopepla

Lower Canyon:
Rock Wren
Yellow-billed Magpie
Green Heron
Phainopepla (Graffiti Rock, and Creek Crossing)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (dependable in rocky artemesia slopes)

Minear Day Use:
Warbling Vireo
Black-headed Grosbeak
House Wren
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker (heard along creek before Frank Raines)
Hairy Woodpecker (heard in gray pines before Frank Raines)
Northern Pygmy-Owl (second week in a row)

Upper Canyon:
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Spotted Towhee
Warbling Vireo
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak

Del Puerto Canyon (Santa Clara):
Tricolored Blackbird (colony pond)
Pied-billed Grebe
Violet-green Swallow
Western Bluebird
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Bell's Sparrow (chamise slope before junction)

San Antonio Valley (Santa Clara):
Lewis's Woodpecker (3, possibly 4 south of Junction)

Mines Road (Alameda):
Golden Eagle (4)
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Greater Roadrunner (with prey, MP 6.5)
Red-shouldered Hawk (creek crossing before Del Valle turnoff)
White-tailed Kite (creek crossing before Del Valle turnoff)

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View



Nutall's woodpecker nest. feeding Oakland Laurel

Marcus
 

Here's the flickr link to today's pictures.

First two are the female chick and the next 6 are of presumably one male.

Watching the top of his head in each picture.



 
Marcus Pun
Video Editor & Producer/Editor
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


Picture issues, video is now uploaded Nutall's feeding.

Marcus
 

Been told that there are issues with me posting pics to Facebook. I will deal with that later this afternoon.
In the meantime enjoy a nice short youtube video of one of the little rascals feeding



 
Marcus Pun
Video Editor & Producer/Editor
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


Golden Gate Audubon Second Friday Bird Walk 05.12.2017 Inspiration Trail

Alan Kaplan
 

Friends!

EBMUD Inspiration Trail/Nimitz Loop, Contra Costa, California, US
May 12, 2017 8:30 AM - 11:55 AM

 Golden Gate Audubon Society Second Friday Bird Walk, met at Inspiration Point and walked on the Inspiration Trail that starts nearby (EBMUD permit required). "Bird" of the Day was Canis latrans, the Coyote; we saw at least two, one of which flushed Wild Turkeys for us! Two Lazuli Buntings were First of Season for many in the party.

Here are the 37 species seen by our 20 observers:

California Quail  
Wild Turkey
Double-crested Cormorant     flyover
Great Blue Heron       flyover
Turkey Vulture      makes it official!
Red-tailed Hawk  
Band-tailed Pigeon  
Anna's Hummingbird  
Rufous Hummingbird  
Acorn Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker 
Olive-sided Flycatcher  
Western Wood-Pewee  
Ash-throated Flycatcher 
Hutton's Vireo   pair gathering nesting material
Steller's Jay  
California Scrub-Jay  
Common Raven  
Tree Swallow  
Violet-green Swallow  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  
Bushtit  
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
Bewick's Wren 
Wrentit  
Western Bluebird  
Orange-crowned Warbler  
Wilson's Warbler  
Dark-eyed Junco  
Song Sparrow 
California Towhee  
Spotted Towhee 
Black-headed Grosbeak  
Lazuli Bunting       FOS for many observers
House Finch 
Purple Finch
Lesser Goldfinch  


Best of Boids!

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


Thanks,
Alan Kaplan


More on the Nutall's chicks in the Laurel

Marcus
 

At least one female and one male. Possibly multiple males but just cannot tell.

More pics of feeding including the tufts at the tops of their heads raising and receding.

and yeah, total cuteness.

 
Marcus Pun
Video Editor & Producer/Editor
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


Saturday in the Park--Walnut Creek, not Chicago

rosita94598
 

Walking today due to a flat back tire, I found Fred Safier at the north end of Heather Farm Park early. Fred already had a male Wilson's and a male Yellow Warbler, along with a Warbling Vireo.  This was in the trees between the walkway and the ditch alongside the dog park near the north ball fields.  After a few minutes, I was able to see all three of them.

A Red-shouldered Hawk adult was on one of the ball field light poles, a Green Heron in the trees near the wooden railing, Cedar Waxwings still in the eucalyptus trees near the gravel boat ramp, and a Great Egret flew in behind the island while we stood at the wooden railing.

I walked with Fred back to the Contra Costa Canal trail and with him as far west as the crossing over the concrete channel of Walnut Creek.  Sure enough, the female Wood Duck had her ducklings in the water, almost to the bend where the creek turns toward Treat Boulevard.

In our patio, the Chickadees are showing renewed interest in the nest box; they have entered several times.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Nutall's baby. feeding time Oakland Laurel

Marcus
 

Mom was very busy, didn't have time to see dad come around

Managed to get a few pics - forgive quality of not so great 200mm zoom

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1534671956551932&set=ms.c.eJw1yMENACAQArCNTOAEYf~%3BFfBj7LDTbB5UldLjw4niIGPlRNhGdCwQQCj4~-.bps.a.1534671616551966.1073741858.100000274263996&type=3&theater

Sad to report that the Christmas wreath baby finches in Hayward did not make it. We kept our distance and off the porch but either the parents were scared away or something happened to them as we have falcons around the area.     They likely starved to death.

 
Marcus Pun
Video Editor & Producer/Editor
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA



From: Marcus
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Monday, May 1, 2017 5:08 PM
Subject: Nutall's babies. Oakland Laurel - Looks like my boy was successful after all.

According to neighbors they hatched Friday. Past few weeks I'd hear the calls but not around the nest I did the video of about a month ago. Nothing to see but plenty of peeps to hear. Across the street from 3062 California St

Marcus Pun
Video Editor & Producer/Editor
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA



Black-headed Grosbeaks, Strawberry Cyn.,, Berkeley

STEVEN SCHOLL
 

Yesterday (5/11) I spotted a number of grosbeaks in the middle of the UC Botanical Garden. I was a bit perplexed by the orange foreheads (see below) which don’t appear in guidebooks I can lay my hands on. Are these females, juveniles, or…? Thanks --

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/8263840@N04/

 

Steve Scholl

Berkeley

scholl99@...

 


Least Terns feeding at Lake Merritt

Smokey Bear
 

Today and Wednesday there were several Least Terns fishing in Lake Merritt. Today I and another birder (Jim French) saw two food transfers from what I presume was an adult to a squawking juvenile perched on a buoy. This was on the beach near the rotunda and the OPD training yard.

Wednesday there were several Forster's Terns present, so I was able to differentiate the Least Terns by comparison of size, wingbeat, depth of tail fork, white forehead patch, and bill color. But the Least jumped out at me immediately, even out of the corner of my eye, because their bodies are so short they look like bats. Very cute!

There's lots of breeding activity, too, around the Lake: the Bewick's Wrens, Oak Titmouse, Dark-eyed Juncos, Black Phoebes, and Nuttall's Woodpeckers are all feeding nestlings or recently-fledged young. A Western Bluebird pair is present but to my knowledge hasn't started nesting yet. I don't believe they started building nests until June in past years.

Lots of White-throated Swifts and Swallows of all sorts have been present as well. Wednesday there was a singing Wilson's Warbler and though this migration seems to be weak, we've seen a few Orange-Crowned, a Yellow, and a Townsend's Warblers passing through.

Anna


Oakland Hills Swainson's Hawk

Derek
 

This morning I intended to bird at Upper San Leandro Reservoir but the road was closed, so I birded Redwood Park starting at the Redwood Road entrance.  Enjoyed the songs of some of the local breeders, but towards the end of the walk (maybe 8:30am), I saw a hawk soaring that I assumed was the red-tail that I had seen earlier but upon looking closer it appeared to be a Swainson's Hawk.  Fortunately I was able to discuss with Bob Power who was leading a birding by ear group nearby and that's what he had pointed out to his group.   Definitely a county bird for me and in an unexpected location.

Thanks Bob for the confirmation and also pointing me to a Pacific Wren location.

I also made a stop at Sibley and had a nice combo of Lark Sparrow and Lazuli Bunting singing within a few feet of each other.

Derek Heins
Piedmont


Pelagic on May 20th.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hi folks

   Just a reminder that our only spring pelagic will be on May 20th. Details and registration on our website - http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

Note that David Wimpfeimer and the Oceanic Society saw a Short-tailed Albatross today south of the Farallones. You never know, it may be around? Otherwise we will be looking for breeding plumaged alcids, Sabine’s Gull, phalaropes, and arriving shearwaters, Black-footed Albatross and of course Fork-tailed and perhaps other storm petrels.

   We are hoping for a fun day out!

Good birding,

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel present off Richmond today

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Birders:

Heartened by Tony Brake’s experience on Tuesday, I stopped at Lucretia M. Edwards Shoreline Park in Richmond about 9:30 this morning in hopes a Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel was present. One was, well offshore toward the western end of Brooks Island. Over about a ten minute period I had it in view three times, for about a minute each time. I lost it in between times, and was finally unable to refind it in 15 minutes of trying.

Afterward I drove to the parking area just south of the Berkeley Fishing Pier, where John Luther saw a storm-petrel two days ago, but was unable to find one in a half-hour’s search. I elected not to try further, from the Emeryville Marina.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@att.net


Fork tail storm petrel

John Sterling
 

I saw one in water between Richmond marina and area east of brooks island at 10:30 this morning. Tough to see and refind as the wind was very strong.

I tried for others off Berkeley pier area for over an hour with no luck.
John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695


Fork-tailed Storm Petrel, Emeryville

Jim Chiropolos
 

As Fork-Tailed Storm Petrels are still be reported in Pacifica, SF and Bodega, the team of Mark Park, Dave Tomb and myself saw one at 6 pm yesterday off the Emeryville pier after hours of searching, last look before we got into our cars. The light was surprisingly good looking northwest and not bleaching the bird out. Thanks for Aaron for the finding it twice earlier to keep us at it.


If you look, all three spotting's (including Aarons) were looking towards the bay by or north of the 4 navigation pilings used by boats leaving or entering the Emeryville marina. We found the petrel with bins, but needed a spotting scope to identify the bird as a fork-tailed. We had the bird on the water and then it flew towards Berkeley pier as a sailboat got too close.


Good Luck,

Jim Chiropolos

Emeryville and Orinda


Re: Fork-tailed at Emeryville!

John Luther
 

About 3 PM saw one Fork-tailed from parking lot just S of Berkeley pier looking sw towards bay bridge. 

John Luther
Oakland


On May 9, 2017, at 1:45 PM, aaron.maizlish@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

At 1:20 pm, there was a single Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel from the end of the Emeryville Marina looking NW toward the Richmond Bridge. It was flying S about 100 yards offshore, near the first two pilings. Very good views. We are trying to refind and photograph it.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco and Emeryville


Heather Farms

fgsafier
 

In the absence of Hugh Harvey, a few sightings from Heather Farms Park and environs in Walnut Creek.

Yesterday the Pied-billed Grebe returned to the main pond after a long absence and was calling loudly. Today the Belted Kingfisher was present; the light was poor, since I was looking east, but I thought it was a male; recent sightings have been of the female. The Grebe continues. Last Thursday I observed 4 Green Herons flying around the pond, but they have all disappeared since. Four species of swallows are present, and the Cliffs are nesting at their usual spot where the Contra Costa Canal Trail crosses Walnut Creek (the creek, that is). Today, looking north from that spot, I observed a duck with ducklings. On closer inspection it turned out to be a female Wood Duck with 6 tiny (day or two old at most) ducklings. I posted truly lousy iPhone photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36680437.

Fred Safier


Fork-tailed at Emeryville!

Aaron Maizlish
 

At 1:20 pm, there was a single Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel from the end of the Emeryville Marina looking NW toward the Richmond Bridge. It was flying S about 100 yards offshore, near the first two pilings. Very good views. We are trying to refind and photograph it.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco and Emeryville

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