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Re: California Towhee with eye disease?

rfs_berkeley
 

I recently saw a photo of a Fox Sparrow with a badly ulcerated eye.
No idea about specificity of disease microbes like this. But it seems likely that other passerines might be vulnerable.

I hope you are healthy, even if your poor Towhee isn't.

    Rusty



 

Do California Towhees get the eye disease that plagues House Finches? We've seen a towhee with a swollen, dark eye at our bird bath. 


Karen and Ben

Kensington



California Towhee with eye disease?

BEN
 

Do California Towhees get the eye disease that plagues House Finches? We've seen a towhee with a swollen, dark eye at our bird bath. 


Karen and Ben

Kensington


Alameda Creek Indigo Bunting Saturday

rosita94598
 

At least 6 birders were looking for the Indigo bunting this morning, all of us downstream from the Sequoia Bridge, but when the bird was finally heard and then seen, it was just upstream of the bridge.  It was not heard until sometime between 9 and 9:30.  It flew into trees near the apartments upstream of the bridge, then back into the creek basin.  It was quiet at times, but finally perched up where it was easily seen.

This individual flies around a lot, including crossing the channel to the Niles Gravel Pits, as well as flying far downstream at times.  The three-note flat buzzy trill it makes seems to be unlike anything anyone has found searching the internet.  It frequently hides in the plants in the channel and can be impossible to notice.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Cooper's hawk eating a vole

Jerry Britten
 

Saw a Cooper's hawk eating a vole today in it's favorite spot in a valley oak down by the road on our property. First time I've seen a Cooper's with anything but a bird, but the voles are so numerous around here this summer I could probably live off them.
Jerry Britten

Morgan Territory, Clayton.


Indigo Bunting continues - Alameda Creek

scfloyd2000
 

An adult male Indigo Bunting found by Jerry Ting on 6/28/17 continues on Alameda Creek north of the Sequoia Bridge.  The bird loudly and frequently vocalizes in a 3-note trill, sometimes from the top of trees along the neighborhood on the fenced side of the creek, more often from the thick vegetation along the creek bank where it spends a lot of time under cover.


Jerry's ebird entry includes photos:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37853740


Bob Toleno and Juli Chamberlin posted an audio file on ebird:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37861439


Park in public parking along Sequoia Road in Fremont.  Walk through the Creekside Village apartment complex to reach the creek at Sequoia Bridge, then turn left to find the spot where the bird has been seen, about 1/3 mile west of the Sequoia Bridge.  Or park at the Isherwood staging area and walk back to this spot. GPS coordinates are in the ebird checklists.


Stephanie Floyd

Fremont



Last Frontier in Birding - Bay Nature

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Folks,

    I wanted to lead you to a nicely done article on pelagic birding published in Bay Nature, a full version is available here https://baynature.org/article/last-frontier-birding/

If you don’t get Bay Nature, it is highly recommended. There are all sorts of great articles, and topical to anyone living in the Bay Area with an interest in the natural world.

   BTW – Farallon Island trip July 8, and summer seabirds July 15 (this is the trip we found the Salvin’s Albatross on a few years ago).

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

 

good birding,

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Heather Farm in Walnut Creek Wednesday

rosita94598
 

Fred Safier sent me a photograph this morning which shows two adult Willets on the shore of the large pond.  This is a new species for this location.  I was lazy this morning and stayed home, oops.


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek


Indigo Bunting - Alameda Creek Trail (06/28/2017)

Jerry Ting
 


I found an adult male Indigo Bunting around noon on SOUTH side of Alameda Creek Trail about 0.3 mile west of Sequoia Bridge or 0.6 mile east of Isherwood Staging area (GPS Coordinates 37.5685659, -122.0069333).  It's much easier to locate the bird by listening to the 3-note calls (the bird is not singing the regular song).


Here is a documentary shot where the bird is perched on poison hemlock near the river bank:

https://flic.kr/p/UZZGFR


Happy Birding.

Jerry Ting



Black Rail calling in Richmond this morning

Denise Wight
 

Hi E. B. Birders,

A Black Rail was heard from the marsh, along the Bay Trail next to the dump at the west end of Parr Blvd. in Richmond this morning. I did not see the bird, but it was the calling from the pickleweed covered marsh, within 100 yards of the gated of the entrance.  After hearing it repeatedly call initially, I tried to record it, but it went silent. Only when I sneezed, did it call again. I did not hear the bird on the return trip.

I have posted my sneeze and the rail calling on eBird.

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Orinda, CA


Owl location

judisierra
 


Re: Don't post location of any nest!

judisierra
 

We will be lucky if these young survive at this rate. Remember that your posts go up on a website (Sialia) where the whole world  read what you've written. There are those that follow these lists that don't have the interest of the bird at heart.


---In EBB_Sightings@..., <kayloughman@...> wrote :

Folks, our adoration of the birds has gotten out of hand. The
incredible number of birders and birdwatchers in our area alone, means
we may - individually or collectively - pay far more attention to a bird
than it can endure.

If you know the location of an active nest of any species, leave your
dog and your friends at home, make sure your camera will NOT take a
flash picture, turn off your internet connection; then, using binoculars
- appreciate the nest and birds _briefly_ from a respectful distance,
and LEAVE the area.

For those who might need a reminder, here's a link to the American
Birding Association Code of Ethics: <http://listing.aba.org/ethics/>

The welfare of the birds is far more important than your lifelist, your
photo album, or your standing within the birding community. If you care
about birds, don't broadcast, publicize or post the location of any nest.

Kay Loughman
in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border


Don't post location of any nest!

Kay Loughman
 

Folks, our adoration of the birds has gotten out of hand. The incredible number of birders and birdwatchers in our area alone, means we may - individually or collectively - pay far more attention to a bird than it can endure.

If you know the location of an active nest of any species, leave your dog and your friends at home, make sure your camera will NOT take a flash picture, turn off your internet connection; then, using binoculars - appreciate the nest and birds _briefly_ from a respectful distance, and LEAVE the area.

For those who might need a reminder, here's a link to the American Birding Association Code of Ethics: <http://listing.aba.org/ethics/>

The welfare of the birds is far more important than your lifelist, your photo album, or your standing within the birding community. If you care about birds, don't broadcast, publicize or post the location of any nest.

Kay Loughman
in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border


Re: Screech Owl - Lafayette

Sarah Dandridge
 

In the city of Minneapolis, I was privileged to view a great horned owl nest with mother and 3 owlets for 2 years. Each time friendly birding folk put up the yellow construction tape around the trees to create a protected zone. Everyone, even kids, were totally respectful and amazed.
I live in  Oakland and would be glad to assist in this effort and/or to be a friendly but instructive presence for a shift. 

This is so distressing. Thank you to the person who brought this to readers’ attention.

Sarah Dandridge

On Jun 26, 2017, at 9:59 AM, G M ARCHAMBAULT gm72125@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:


This is extremely upsetting to read!  Aggressive viewing / photography is destructive.  Why do people behave badly around the ONLY publicized, reliable spot for this species that I know of in the USA?  Can tape be put up to keep people strictly on the path and a sign perhaps prohibiting use of spotlights and tapes, at least for the interim?  The neighbors and regular walkers are VERY protective of these birds, which are long-staying.  It would be a crying shame for them to be ousted, when quiet, daytime enjoyment is so easy!  I'm flabbergasted at the misbehavior.  There probably will never be such a cooperative subject of this species if folks would simply allow them breathing room and obey the laws that already exist.  Many condolences over the bad behavior, -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama 


On Monday, June 26, 2017 11:43 AM, "'Dave Weber' dwbirdster@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:


 
The message below was sent to me by a person who lives very near to the owl nest and asked me to pass it on. I don't need to add to it.
Dave Weber,
Milpitas

The message:
I live on the street near the trail where the birds have been sighted. People keep coming at all hours and in many cases harassing the mom and babies! Just 15 minutes ago people were shining bright almost search lights and flashing cameras and the sounds coming from the owls was obviously of distress and very frightened!! Can you please post and encourage people to respect these poor owls? It is so sad to see the harassment and hear the fear coming from them. PS Not to mention it is a quiet neighborhood where the influx is very disruptive too. 






Re: FW: Screech Owl - Lafayette

KENNETH ARCHAMBAULT
 

This is extremely upsetting to read!  Aggressive viewing / photography is destructive.  Why do people behave badly around the ONLY publicized, reliable spot for this species that I know of in the USA?  Can tape be put up to keep people strictly on the path and a sign perhaps prohibiting use of spotlights and tapes, at least for the interim?  The neighbors and regular walkers are VERY protective of these birds, which are long-staying.  It would be a crying shame for them to be ousted, when quiet, daytime enjoyment is so easy!  I'm flabbergasted at the misbehavior.  There probably will never be such a cooperative subject of this species if folks would simply allow them breathing room and obey the laws that already exist.  Many condolences over the bad behavior, -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama 


On Monday, June 26, 2017 11:43 AM, "'Dave Weber' dwbirdster@... [EBB_Sightings]"


 
The message below was sent to me by a person who lives very near to the owl nest and asked me to pass it on. I don't need to add to it.
Dave Weber,
Milpitas

The message:
I live on the street near the trail where the birds have been sighted. People keep coming at all hours and in many cases harassing the mom and babies! Just 15 minutes ago people were shining bright almost search lights and flashing cameras and the sounds coming from the owls was obviously of distress and very frightened!! Can you please post and encourage people to respect these poor owls? It is so sad to see the harassment and hear the fear coming from them. PS Not to mention it is a quiet neighborhood where the influx is very disruptive too.




FW: Screech Owl - Lafayette

Dave Weber
 

The message below was sent to me by a person who lives very near to the owl nest and asked me to pass it on. I don't need to add to it.
Dave Weber,
Milpitas



The message:
I live on the street near the trail where the birds have been sighted. People keep coming at all hours and in many cases harassing the mom and babies! Just 15 minutes ago people were shining bright almost search lights and flashing cameras and the sounds coming from the owls was obviously of distress and very frightened!! Can you please post and encourage people to respect these poor owls? It is so sad to see the harassment and hear the fear coming from them. PS Not to mention it is a quiet neighborhood where the influx is very disruptive too.


NOT a White-eyed Vireo -- Purple Finch -- Forget I exist

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hey all,

I went out this morning to get a visual on my "White-eyed Vireo."  It was calling/singing again as soon as I hit the canyon and I soon had a Purple Finch in my sights doing its (in order to save face) "White-eyed Vireo" call.  Not it's normal fast warble and not it's Cassin's Vireo imitation, but a quicker/shorter nasally song that I haven't heard before.

Many apologies to anyone headed to Oakland for a county tic or any other kind of ticks.

Beer's on me, call ahead so I know I have enough.

I'm calling a do-over, going back to bed, and will start afresh at 10.

Bob Power
Oakland, CA


Re: Turkey vulture fledgling and more

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Jerry,

Neat birds. I consider the juvenile Turkey Vulture the rarest by far of our breeding raptors (if one is willing to lump it with the raptors), not counting Condors. 

The Cooper's Hawk takes a zoomed look to bring out the few feathers that are molting into adult plumage. Otherwise it looks like a good 2017 vintage juvenile.

Thanks for sharing,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA


Turkey vulture fledgling and more

Jerry Britten
 

This morning I observed a full-sized TV with still a large amount of white chick-down, low in a gnarled, hollowed-out live oak on our property where I have observed nesting of this species in the past.  A link to a photo is below.  Also is a photo of, I believe to be, a 2nd-year Coopers' hawk that has been living on our property since last winter.  It hangs out in a group of trees by the road, and I often observe it dining on the remains of an unlucky local bird.  Twice today in fact.  

Jerry Britten

Morgan Territory, Clayton.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/149784284@N03/shares/97q3ov



Probable White-eyed Vireo -- Hear Only -- leona Heights Park, Oakland

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hey all,

I was on a mission and ventured down into Leona Heights Park from Merritt College (Off of Redwood Rd. and Campus Dr.).

I heard an out-of-towner singing repeatedly as I descended the canyon and my first reaction was White-eyed Vireo. I never had any other identification thoughts as I approached and was able to hear the song a dozen times or so.  I wanted to get a visual and just as I approached the area where it was singing, a small band of dogs came running up barking up a storm. That was the last of the Vireo.

This was betw. 9:30 and 10 a.m.

This sliver of a park can be accessed by parking on Campus Dr. immediately across from the big lawn in front of the campus. The trail parallels Campus Dr. back in a westerly direction in front of a big sign that looks like a trailhead sign but has no useful info.  A narrow trail takes you down into the canyon to a junction with a much broader trail (maybe .2 miles downhill, if that). This was the area the bird was singing in.

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, Ca


Heather Farm Walnut Creek Saturday

rosita94598
 

A Great Blue Heron was seen again this morning, present for several days now.  A Green Heron was also seen.  For the first time in quite a while, a "Queenfisher" was seen at the south end of the large, mostly natural pond. She and a male have been absent for quite a long time, stretching to at least several months.  Two adult Reds-shouldered Hawks were present, one eating something in the gnarly oak on the west side of the pond.  Only one Killdeer on the north ball field today, we have had as many as 4.

I'll be catching my group at Yuba Pass later this afternoon.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

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