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Re: Lewis' Woodpecker

Teri L Wills
 

We also had three at round valley today during the EBRPD raptor walk. They were about 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot on the trail that goes west

Teri Wills
Martinez

On Oct 26, 2017, at 7:54 PM, Rusty Scalf rscalf@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 


There was a Lewis' Woodpecker at the north end of Briones Reservoir this morning. 
Leaving, I crossed paths with Colin Meusel who had see 3.  So Lewis' are about.

   Rusty Scalf


Lewis' Woodpecker

rfs_berkeley
 


There was a Lewis' Woodpecker at the north end of Briones Reservoir this morning. 
Leaving, I crossed paths with Colin Meusel who had see 3.  So Lewis' are about.

   Rusty Scalf


Wniter ducks continued Heather Farm Park--win some, lose some

rosita94598
 

Just as I was catching Fred Safier at the little bridge over the Contra Costa Canal at the north end of Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, he told me to go back to the west so I could see Buffleheads in the pond closer to the private Seven Hills School.  Portions of the pond are visible from the canal trail and he had seen a male and 6 females.  Not a duck was visible to me, so I continued west to the concrete creek channel and did see a Kingfisher on the fence way to the south.

I checked the pond again on my return and even rode my bike to the entrance of the school for better viewing and still did not see any Buffleheads.  On the Seven Hills Ranch property to the left of the school, a Red-tailed Hawk was perched on a power pole and 70 Mourning Doves were on the wires.

Eventually, I caught Fred and we continued around the pond, finding Walt Duncan and Tracy Farrington as we went.  From the south end, we did finally see a single male Bufflehead at the far north end of the pond, but it was associating with two Ring-necked Ducks.  Closer to the island were two other Ring-necked Ducks and a total of 3 Pied-billed Grebes.  But we did not seen the Northern Shoveler female; she was seen as recently as Tuesday.

The Common Gallinule was out in the middle of the pond, but the Coots either went into hiding or have left.


A Lincoln's Sparrow was seen in the reeds to the left when standing at the bottom of the gravel boat ramp.  Most of the other expected species were seen.


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek




Varied Thrush, Oak Hill Park, Danville

photohutch
 

Hi all,

Saw my first of the season Varied Thrush at Oak Hill Park in Danville this afternoon. I don't keep records, but don't recall ever seeing one this early in the fall, and in 90 plus degree weather to boot.

Good birding,

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA


Heather Farm Park winter arrivals--Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Yesterday we found a pair of Ring-necked Ducks on the large, mostly natural pond in the park.  For a number of years now, we have had a flock of 40 or more ring-necked Ducks spend the winter in the park.  Perhaps this pair are the first arrivals.

A female Northern Shoveler has been present since last week; she hangs out with a pair of Mallards.


A couple of weeks ago, Fred Safier had a Wilson's Snipe fly over.  Yesterday while standing at the wooden observation railing, Fred and I saw a Snipe in the reeds across the water and to the right a bit.  This morning we had two of them.


Heather Farm Park is in the Ygnacio Valley of Walnut Creek


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek


White-throated Sparrow at Tilden Nature Area

Minder Cheng
 

My wife Wen and I stopped by Tilden Nature Area between 11:30 am and 1 pm today (10/23 Monday). We saw a lone White-throated Sparrow near the bench at the northeastern end of Jewel Lake around noon. It was a beautiful White-striped adult. A picture is available at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mindercheng/37843306626/in/dateposted-public/


We also saw several Golden-crowned Kinglets along Upper Packrat Trail around 1 pm. They were with a group of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Townsend's Warblers and Bushtits.


Minder Cheng

Berkeley, CA



Tilden RP Lewis's Woodpecker

Laura Look <chamaea@...>
 

Today (Oct. 23) I saw a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER along the Seaview Trail at Tilden Regional Park. The bird was on the second group of dead trees going west from the junction with the Upper Big Springs Trail (about 1/4 mile west of the junction). Last seen flying east (back toward the junction).

Id shot: https://www.flickr.com/photos/115418990@N03/37633682190/

Additionally, a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and an apparent "slate-colored" Fox Sparrow (rather than our usual "sooties") were with a flock of golden-crowns on the Upper Big Springs Trail on the last big bend before reaching the Seaview Trail. An adult BALD EAGLE flew overhead while I was watching the sparrows.

Park info & map: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/tilden

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA


Heather Farms - Tropical Kingbird Oct 22, 2017

hoggsville
 

As my son's baseball tournament winded down this evening I heard an usual call and quickly located with my binoculars a Tropical Kingbird atop one of the Sycamores east of the bathroom at the baseball parks near the main pond. The bird flew to a lamppost south of the bathroom along the road and continued vocalizing at that location. The call was a brief downslurred trill which was similar in part to calls on the excellent crowd sourced website xeno canto.


An earlier walk around the pond offered looks at a Common Yellowthroat, White-breasted Nuthatch (heard only) and a Myrtle's Warbler.


Jack Hayden

Albany, CA


Barn Owl at Sydney G Walton Square (SF)

Sheila Smith
 

Hello folks


There was a Barn Owl flying about Sydney G Walton Square in SF around 7:15 on Friday night.

I've worked off the park for 10+ years - first time I've seen an owl there.


Sheila Smith

Oakland


Martinez Cattle Egret

Laura Look <chamaea@...>
 

The CATTLE EGRET that we saw at Martinez Regional Shoreline on Sept. 4 was back today (Oct. 22) about mid-day. I identify it as the same bird based on an unreadable leg-band on its left leg.

Instead of being at the duck pond, it was foraging in the marshy grassy area just north of the main picnic area lawn (just south of the duck pond & Boardwalk Trail).

Park info & map: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/martinez

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA


Unusual proximity

verne_nelson@...
 

Yesterday at Doolittle Pond, three of our common waders - a Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, and a Snowy Egret - were standing in close proximity waiting for the low tide and fishing to begin. There are huge schools of minnows in San Leandro Bay right now and Forster's Terns and Brown Pelicans are also fishing the bounty. 


Here's a picture of the waiting waders-


http://bit.ly/2yHgeah



Blue-winged Teal are back at Arrowhead

Derek
 

On a windy afternoon on the bay shore, Very little activity at high tide around the boardwalk at Arrowhead Marsh, so I headed along the Bay Trail north where at Garretson Point I had a late Yellow Warbler playing chase with a Yellow-rumped Warbler.  Over the years I've found the bike-path area north of Garretson Point to be fairly reliable for Lincoln's Sparrow and today I found one along with a male American Kestrel perched on the telephone wires. 

The shorebird crowd, including ten Greater Yellowlegs,  had settled at high tide at Damon Marsh joined by a handful of American Wigeon and Northern Shovelers.  By the tiime I biked back to Arrowhead the tide had gone done and activity had picked up there.  It appeared quite a few of the shorebirds had moved there and I counted 22 Greater Yellowlegs. As I started to leave I caught a glimpse of a couple ducks going out of sight in the marsh that made me think Blue-winged Teal. I had to wait about 15 minutes for them to come into view, and was surprised to find 10 evenly split between male and female. 

Highlights of biking around the inner marsh were 3 Say's Phoebes, 20 American Pipits, White-tailed Kite and  Burrowing Owl. 

Derek Heins


Townsend’s Warbler - Antioch yard - 10/19

Paul Schorr
 

This morning a male. Townsend’s Warbler made a brief visit to our yard. Earlier in the week, we had an Orange-crowned Warbler gleaning insects from shrubs and then taking a prolonged bath. And Yellow-rumped Warblers are here every day. Hoping for more!

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


Longspur Berkeley

Jim Chiropolos
 

At lunch today I saw a Lapland Longspur at the bare fields of Caesar Chavez park by the waterfront. I first saw it about 50 yards southwest of the "smoke shaft" with the green fence around it. It then flew east and I lost it.


Birds are skittish here with the open dog run and it did not allow the confiding looks of the McCown's longspur in SF.


Good Birding

Jim Chiropolos, Orinda




White-throated Sparrow

Chris Bard
 

In my backyard in Alameda there is a tan-striped White-throated Sparrow in a flock of crowned sparrows.

Chris Bard
Alameda


water birds arriving at or passing through Richmond Bay

estamman@...
 

Water birds are really beginning to arrive and/or pass through Richmond Bay and Meeker Slough.  Today we saw a very large raft of Western grebes, with a number of ruddy ducks interspersed further offshore. We also saw a small group of surf scoters that were swimming further out into the Bay. Pelicans are back in pretty large numbers and actively feeding by the sandy beach behind Vincent Park. Walking along the Bay Trail and into Meeker Slough (including the duck pond/crossing area), we saw green-winged teals, American wigeons, a canvasback pair (who seemed to have taken up residence since we have seen them there all summer), the usual blue herons and egrets and great egrets, and, less usual, a cackling goose and a snowy egret. There have also been a number of killdeer, a pair of gadwalls, a greater yellowlegs out foraging, and pied grebes. Coots are continuing to arrive in greater numbers all the time. We are looking forward to seeing the rest of the parade passing through!

Elaine S.



Continuing W Meadowlark in Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

I was a little bit late arriving at the park today, but found a Western Meadowlark on the north ball field with 3 Killdeer and several Starlings.  Hoping to find Tracy Farrington, I headed around the pond on my bike. 

I did find Fred Safier and Walt Duncan watching the owl box south of the equestrian area, but they were not really watching the box.  Walt had seen a Lawrence's Goldfinch on top of a coyote bush and all the birds had flown in the direction of the owl box.  Lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers, perched and on the ground, crowned sparrows, a single Lark Sparrow, Western Bluebirds checking out the owl box, House Finches and finally some American Goldfinches.  But the Lawrence's was not re-found.

Tracy arrived while we were there and eventually the four of us made it to the wooden railing.  The Coots numbered 9, the Common Gallinule was also around, and two PB Grebes were out on the water.  Though Tracy had told us of its presence, the Tropical Kingbird had moved to another spot by the time we were there as a group.

Tracy and I walked to the north ball field without a moment to spare, as the maintenance people were just unlocking the fence to start mowing the fields.  We did see the W Meadowlark with 2 Killdeer and at least 4 Starlings before the mowing began.  The W Meadowlark was a patch bird for Tracy.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Loggerhead Shrike - Contra Loma R P, Antioch - 10/16

Paul Schorr
 

Today, during a late morning/early afternoon outing to Contra Loma R P we saw a Loggerhead Shrike along the entry road.

Other notable sightings included:

Hermit Thrush
Virginia Rail (heard only)
White-breasted Nuthatch
Red-shouldered Hawk
Common Gallinule

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


Heather Farm ducks Monday Oct. 16

rosita94598
 

A couple of new ducks were seen on the large, mostly natural pond in Heather Farm Park this morning.  A female Ring-necked Duck was swimming in the middle of the pond between the island and the wooden railing on the east side.  A female Northern Shoveler was in the corner to the left of the gravel boat ramp at the southwest corner of the pond.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Pine siskins in Oakland Hills

Wendy Parfrey
 

A dozen pine siskins flew in yesterday to my feeders (actually, blew in with all the wind?), rapidly fed on black oil sunflower seeds, drank water and flew off within five minutes. 


Do we have to worry about salmonella again this year?


Wendy

Colton near Skyline Blvd.

3781 - 3800 of 14822