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Lewis' s Woodpecker at Heather Farms Park

Elizabeth Leite <e.leite@...>
 

A Lewis's Woodpecker was at the top of the tall snag on the island in the natural pond today opposite the boat ramp. My husband and I watched it perched there for some time. It was still there when we left about 11:50. We have lots of photos of the bird. We also saw the Common Gallinule standing in the shade on the north side of the island where there are often a lot of Canada Geese present (not today).

Elizabeth Leite


American Golden Plover

Tim Howe <timgh88@...>
 

I found the bird today (Thursday) about 11:30am. It was on the southerly-most of the three ponds.
Timothy Howe


Re: American Golden Plover continues 9/28--11 AM

Jay
 

I just want to pitch in that I like Emilie's directions the best.  Cardinal directions are counterintuitive in this area--e.g. Mount Tam isn't necessarily where one would think it would be.  Granted this is coming from someone who whiffed on the bird each of the last 2 days in the late afternoons.

Excellent fall birding to you all.


Jay Dodge
Berkeley





On Sep 27, 2017, at 1:23 PM, emilie strauss dp_eas@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Today the American golden plover found by Albert Linkowski made a brief appearance at about 11:00 AM. It flew into the northwest-most pond in the series of ponds south of the main office and west of the main access road as described by the majority of other observers. Also seen by Bob Dunn.

Don't forget to sign in and out at the office.

Emilie Strauss
Berkeley, California

--- On Tue, 9/26/17, Dave Weber dwbirdster@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

> From: Dave Weber dwbirdster@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...>
> Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] American Golden Plover continues 9/26 - PM
> To: EBB_Sightings@...
> Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:18 PM
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> Richmond sewage ponds (West County Wastewater District).
> This is off Pittsburg Avenue, in Richmond, Contra Costa
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> standing on the berm between the first and second far
> northwestern ponds. This is to the west of the office.
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> >Don't forget to sign in at the office before you go
> birding. The staff likes birders, there's nothing to be
> concerned about, but it's good to follow process.
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FOS yard twofer

judisierra
 

A little flurry of activity in my backyard this afternoon with a FOS lone and very thirsty white-crowned sparrow and a FOS yellow-rumped warbler. Slightly earlier a a female type Wilson's warbler was attempting to get to the bird bath but reluctant because of a chestnut-backed chickadee that wouldn't move off of it.
Judi Sierra
Oakland


Ardenwood Farm (9/27/17) - Chestnut-sided Warbler

Jerry Ting
 

Just serve as a messenger.
Janey (Chingling) Tien saw and photographed a HY Chestnut-sided Warbler at the fountain around 1:00pm.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont



Northern Pintail and more at Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

The 4th Wednesday GGAS walk spotted another pintail among the islands today - an adult male this time. Other highlights:

Greater White-fronted Geese - an adult and a juvenile, near the garden center building

Black-throated Gray Warbler - in the trees across the street from the nature center

Brown Creeper - in the same trees

Plus a Cooper's Hawk and a Red-shouldered Hawk, Townsend's and Yellow-rumped Warblers, and the usual suspects. September is either the last of the quiet summer months or the first of the exciting winter months, and this was definitely one of the latter!

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American Golden Plover continues 9/28--11 AM

dp_eas
 

Today the American golden plover found by Albert Linkowski made a brief appearance at about 11:00 AM. It flew into the northwest-most pond in the series of ponds south of the main office and west of the main access road as described by the majority of other observers. Also seen by Bob Dunn.

Don't forget to sign in and out at the office.

Emilie Strauss
Berkeley, California

--- On Tue, 9/26/17, Dave Weber dwbirdster@sbcglobal.net [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

From: Dave Weber dwbirdster@sbcglobal.net [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] American Golden Plover continues 9/26 - PM
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:18 PM

 











AGPL still present at 1:30pm second pond west side of
entrance road at the Richmond sewage plant



Dave Weber,

Milpitas

by phone



"aaron.maizlish@gmail.com [EBB_Sightings]"
<EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:



The American golden plover found and identified
yesterday by Albert Linkowski continues this morning at the
Richmond sewage ponds (West County Wastewater District).
This is off Pittsburg Avenue, in Richmond, Contra Costa
County.

It took me about an hour to refind. It is currently
standing on the berm between the first and second far
northwestern ponds. This is to the west of the office.

Don't forget to sign in at the office before you go
birding. The staff likes birders, there's nothing to be
concerned about, but it's good to follow process.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco
Sent from my iPhone








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Pt. Pinole Eurasian Collared Doves

Sheila Dickie
 

I forgot to add to my earlier post that at Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline Park on Sunday, Sept. 24. 2 p.m. there were two Eurasian Collared Doves perched on wires in the main parking lot off Giant Highway. They were enjoying drinking out of the dogs water dish and were still there when I left at 6 p.m. This is the first time I have seen collared doves in the park. Sometimes there are a few Mourning Doves to be seen. Also seen for the first time but a few weeks ago now, a small flock of Wild Turkeys (two adults with young) who seem to have disappeared into the vegetation.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Lewis' Woodpecker in heather Farm Park--second-hand report Tuesday

rosita94598
 

I just came home from a bike ride for exercise, and a friend from the 60s wrote that she and another woman had a Lewis' Woodpecker on the west side of the large pond.  I guess I should put on some regular shorts and go check it  out.  Lisa sent her message to me at 9:30.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Re: American Golden Plover continues 9/26 - PM

Dave Weber
 

AGPL still present at 1:30pm second pond west side of entrance road at the Richmond sewage plant

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

"aaron.maizlish@gmail.com [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

The American golden plover found and identified yesterday by Albert Linkowski continues this morning at the Richmond sewage ponds (West County Wastewater District). This is off Pittsburg Avenue, in Richmond, Contra Costa County.

It took me about an hour to refind. It is currently standing on the berm between the first and second far northwestern ponds. This is to the west of the office.

Don't forget to sign in at the office before you go birding. The staff likes birders, there's nothing to be concerned about, but it's good to follow process.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco

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Pt Pinole Sparrows and yard

Sheila Dickie
 

Late post with apologies. Sunday, Sept. 24, at Pt Pinole Regional Shoreline Park at the pond off Owl Alley: two Fox Sparrows, one Song Sparrow, one Lincoln's Sparrow and several White Crowned Sparrows. Also enjoying the pond despite being chased off repeatedly by a Black Phoebe, one Wilson's Warbler. One American Kestrel seen.

My yard in Richmond flats (Roosevelt at 29th) welcomed its first White Crowned Sparrow of the season on Sept. 22, one day earlier than last year. a spectacular adult bird. The Yellow Warbler and Orange Crowned Warbler are also still present from time to time, neither welcomed by the resident Anna's Hummingbird which goes into a steep climb above them whenever spotted.


Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Re: Possible Gray-cheeked Thrush at Ardenwood (9/22/2017)

Jerry Ting
 

Mr. Joe Morlan commented on my post in the Facebook Advanced Bird ID group and he states that the bird is a Hermit instead of Gray-cheeked Thrush.  Many thanks for his detailed explanation and here is his comment:

'This is a great example of an under-appreciated ID problem. Gray-cheeked Thrush is extremely rare in California and the local (Dwarf) Hermit Thrushes can closely resemble some examples of Gray-cheeked. One difference is size which is always hard to judge. Our Hermit Thrushes average much smaller than Gray-cheeked in direct comparison; but size is always tricky to judge. Another point is that our Hermit Thrushes have reddish only on the outer rectrices. The central rectrices (decks) are plain brown, so a folded tail looks all brown from above unless the tail is spread which it almost never is. I think I see a little red on the edges of the tail in the above bird which is fine for our Hermit Thrushes. Eastern Hermit Thrushes have more obviously red tails and also usually show buffy flanks unlike the cold gray flanks on our Western Hermit Thrush types. Beyond that, this bird's face pattern looks wrong to me for Gray-cheeked. Gray-cheeked typically has a more blended eye crescent which disappears above and in front of the eye. The few Gray-cheeked Thrushes we get in California are considerably colder gray above lacking any warm tones whatsoever. They are probably from Alaska breeding populations. Anyway, if photographed in California, I would call this this is a Hermit Thrush.'

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont


American Golden Plover continues 9/26

Aaron Maizlish
 

The American golden plover found and identified yesterday by Albert Linkowski continues this morning at the Richmond sewage ponds (West County Wastewater District). This is off Pittsburg Avenue, in Richmond, Contra Costa County.

It took me about an hour to refind. It is currently standing on the berm between the first and second far northwestern ponds. This is to the west of the office.

Don't forget to sign in at the office before you go birding. The staff likes birders, there's nothing to be concerned about, but it's good to follow process.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco


Possible Gray-cheeked Thrush at Ardenwood (9/22/2017)

Jerry Ting
 

Sorry for the late post but I didn't raise any doubts about the ID of this Catharus when I posted it on my Facebook timeline (on Sunday) until Noah Arthur commented (on Monday) that this might be a Gray-cheeked instead of Hermit Thrush. Post my question on Advanced Bird ID Facebook group and the consensus so far is that this is a Gray-cheeked Thrush.

Seen perching and feeding on a Strawberry Tree (on 9/22 Friday afternoon) nearby the fountain, this bird has incomplete eyering, weak rufous on wings and tail and more extensively spotted down the breast. And I don't recall/record any tail lifting/bobbing behavior of it the whole time (about a minute) and the bird was silent.

Here are two shots of the bird:
https://flic.kr/p/YNRcMG
https://flic.kr/p/YNRcNo

Most fruits on the strawberry tree near the fountain are gone so look for the trees near the east wing of the Patterson House and the small/confined garden next to the tall palm tree.

Ardenwood Historic Farm is open from Tuesday ~ Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm. 

Happy Birding,

Jerry
Fremont



Re: American Golden Plover in CoCo County, Sept. 25th, 2017

John Cant 793-5216
 

Is this the location near Richmond Parkway and Pittsburgh Ave. where Logan found a red-necked stint some years ago?

 

Thanks for help,

 

John Cant

Fremont

 


From: EBB_Sightings@... [mailto:EBB_Sightings@...] On Behalf Of albertlinkowski@... [EBB_Sightings]
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 2:19 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] American Golden Plover in CoCo County, Sept. 25th, 2017

 

 

Yesterday, 25th September, 2017 afternoon, at the WCWD (West County Wastewater District) in Richmond, Contra Costa County, I found the 1st fall immature American Golden Plover. Plover was observed in central and area around southwestern ponds (on the right side of the road leading to the district office). This is Contra Costa County only second record

 

see eBird checklist with photos and adress location

 

Albert W. Linkowski

 

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39395036

 


American Golden Plover in CoCo County, Sept. 25th, 2017

albertlinkowski
 

Yesterday, 25th September, 2017 afternoon, at the WCWD (West County Wastewater District) in Richmond, Contra Costa County, I found the 1st fall immature American Golden Plover. Plover was observed in central and area around southwestern ponds (on the right side of the road leading to the district office). This is Contra Costa County only second record

see eBird checklist with photos and adress location

Albert W. Linkowski


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39395036



FOS Golden-crowned Sparrows

Kay Loughman
 

Three Golden-crowned Sparrows showed up in my yard in Claremont Canyon late this morning. Likely they are returnees, as two went straight for a feeder and the third went for the birdbath. Photos of two of the birds are here:

<http://www.nhwildlife.net/album/New/slides/GCSP-4303c-72.html>

Kay Loughman
in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border


Wilson's Warbler in our Walnut Creek patio

rosita94598
 

Rosita called me downstairs to come see a yellow bird in our patio which turned out to be a nice male Wilson's Warbler.  It spent 15 minutes inside the patio going through the plants and even part of our Japanese maple.  We have never had a warbler come into our patio, which is about 1/2 the size of our two-car garage and are pretty happy to have a new yard bird. 

We live north of Heather Farm Park, and right off Treat Blvd. 

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Re: Will This Be a Good Acorn Year for Birds that Like Eating Acorns In the East Bay Hills?

Jim Roethe
 

Thanks Janet


Jim Roethe

On Sep 25, 2017, at 11:33 AM, jnc@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

In my yard the last month, I have been watching acorns in 4 live oak trees ripen in the thousands. On Sunday morning, for the first time, I saw Scrub Jays flying with acorns in their beaks so the acorns must be ripe enough to eat. I also heard Acorn Woodpeckers calling at least 4 times (Sightings before Sunday was usually only one call every three or four days). Also on Sunday, I saw my first Band-tailed  Pigeon flocks - three - fly over the yard so it seems that the birds have noticed - how do the birds know that this is an area to concentrate for feeding on acorns?


My question - are other people seeing good acorn crops in the live oaks in the east bay hills?


Other spotting's of note :


Pine Siskins have been in the yard two of the last three days and also at Vollmer Peak so maybe this will be a Pine Siskin invasion year compared to the last year when they were largely absent from the east bay.


A Vaux Swift flew by my office in Emeryville at Powell Street - a tough bird for Alameda county......


Good Birding,

Jim Chiropolos

Orinda and Emeryville


Yellow-rumprd Warblers in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Today a big fallout of Yellow-rumped Warblers was present in Heather Farm Park in the Ygnacio Valley area of Walnut Creek.  Most of them were present in the little riparian area south of the equestrian ring.  On the grassy slope to the south, Fred Safier reported the continuing presence of a Say's Phoebe.  A fair number of Yellow Warblers were also seen and one Black-throated Gray Warbler.  In the parking lot nearest the wooden railing on the east side of the large, mostly natural pond, several California Gulls were helping clean the mess after the 4 days of Walnut Festival activity.

Yesterday, two Belted Kingfishers were flying around the pond rattling at each other until at least 11 AM.  I'm wondering of one of them might actually be only a Prince, hence the frantic activity.  Probably we'll never know.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


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