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Arrowhead Marsh (11/1/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows

C Lou
 

Nov 1, 2017 The two NELSON'S SPARROW were seen on the west side of the boardwalk by many observers at Arrowhead Marsh. A SWAMP SPARROW was seen here as well.

Calvin Lou
SF

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From: "'Dave Weber' dwbirdster@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...>
Date: 10/30/17 12:46 PM (GMT-08:00)
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Subject: RE: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Arrowhead Marsh (10/29/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows  - More Details Oct 30

 

First sighting was of one Nelson’s Sparrow. I was just across the bridge portion of the boardwalk looking back to the brushy shoreline west of the start of the boardwalk. In the first clump of bushes I saw a Nelson’s Sparrow perched at 9:25am. It disappeared but reappeared after a few minutes in the same place, then flew across the channel to the marsh. I think this was getting close to high tide. Twenty minute later, while standing in the same place on the boardwalk, two Nelson’s Sparrows popped in the marsh grass along the west side of the boardwalk and were both in view long enough for Bob Dunn and Aaron Maizlish to get on them. This might help if the birds continue. Four Blue-winged Teal were seen much earlier from the end of the boardwalk. Jerry, Jerry!

Dave Weber,

Milpitas

From: EBB_Sightings@... [mailto:EBB_Sightings@...] On Behalf Of Dave Weber dwbirdster@... [EBB_Sightings]
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 9:30 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Arrowhead Marsh (10/29/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows

Nelsons sparrow seen 9:25 am oct 30 same spot!

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

"jtnikon@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

>Here are a couple of shots of the Nelson's Sparrows that I found this morning at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland:
>https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38027999141/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38027999141/in/dateposted/
>https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38028931981/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38028931981/in/dateposted/
>
>The time is about 40 minutes passed high tide and birds were feeding on the seeds of the grass in the marsh on the west side of the boardwalk just passed the bridge.
>
>There were also 5 Blue-winged Teals foraging in the channel along the trail and about 2 dozens of American Pipits in the lawn.
>
>Here is the complete eBird report with more pictures:
>http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193471 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193471
>
>Happy Birding,
>
>Jerry Ting
>Fremont

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Nelson's Sparrows cont. w/pix

Mark Rauzon
 

Befitting Halloween, pumpkin-orange faced Nelson's Sparrows were resighted from the boardwalk at Arrowhead marsh at 8am and 10:30am, with a long wait in-between tricks. Luckily, about 10 folks were on hand for the treat. Here area a couple of shots from today.

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#h9aec3289 

Good Birding,
Mark Rauzon
Oakland

Coyote Hills (10/31/17) - Sage Thrasher

Jerry Ting
 

I spent about an hour late this Halloween afternoon birded the Nike Hill foot along the Bayview Trail for special sparrows (Vesper particularly). While scanning the fennel patch on the hill foot, I saw this mockingbird size bird with heavily streaked front perched on top of the sagebush. A Sage Thrasher!! It's been 4 years since the last SATH sighting in Coyote Hills (10/1/2013 at Quarry Parking Area hill side). The bird then flew to the east side of Nike Hill (facing the North Marsh pond) and I was able to re-locate it in the long grass. Here is a shot of the bird: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38079180321/in/dateposted/

Other highlights in the area include Burrowing Owl, Loggerhead Shrike, Rock Wren and more than 20 Western Meadowlarks. No Vesper or other uncommon sparrows though.

Here is the complete eBird report with more photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40239751

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont


Bald Eagle

wespey
 

A mature bald eagle was at the Lafayette Reservoir October 31. He was perched high in a tree at the west end of the dam, thrilling all the visitors.

Bill Espey

Hayward Shoreline (Grant Ave) (10/31/17) - Pectoral Sandpiper

Jerry Ting
 

Bob Dunn just texted me (10/31/2017 9:00am) that he has a Pectoral Sandpiper in the pond west of the Bay Trail next to the waste water treatment plant.  This is from the north (Grant Ave) entrance of Hayward Regional Shoreline.

Bob Richmond reported a Stilt Sandpiper (on eBird) at the same location last Friday (10/27/2017).

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont


Re: Arrowhead Marsh (10/29/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows - More Details Oct 30

Joe Morlan
 

Arrowhead Marsh West is scheduled to be "treated" with Imazapyr Herbicide
via both backpack and airboat on 13 November this year as part of an effort
to rid San Francisco Bay of non-native and hybrid Spartina.

This year's treatment schedule is at...

http://www.spartina.org/documents/2017_Treatment_Schedule_102017.pdf

Additional information is at...

http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/newsletters/Newsletter_Jan-March_2017.pdf




On Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:46:02 -0700, "'Dave Weber' dwbirdster@...
[EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

First sighting was of one Nelson’s Sparrow. I was just across the bridge portion of the boardwalk looking back to the brushy shoreline west of the start of the boardwalk. In the first clump of bushes I saw a Nelson’s Sparrow perched at 9:25am. It disappeared but reappeared after a few minutes in the same place, then flew across
the channel to the marsh. I think this was getting close to high tide. Twenty minute later, while standing in the same place on the boardwalk, two Nelson’s Sparrows popped in the marsh grass along the west side of the boardwalk and were both in view long enough for Bob Dunn and Aaron Maizlish to get on them. This might help if the
birds continue. Four Blue-winged Teal were seen much earlier from the end of the boardwalk. Jerry, Jerry!



Dave Weber,

Milpitas



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Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 9:30 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Arrowhead Marsh (10/29/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows





Nelsons sparrow seen 9:25 am oct 30 same spot!

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

"jtnikon@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Here are a couple of shots of the Nelson's Sparrows that I found this morning at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38027999141/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38027999141/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38028931981/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38028931981/in/dateposted/

The time is about 40 minutes passed high tide and birds were feeding on the seeds of the grass in the marsh on the west side of the boardwalk just passed the bridge.

There were also 5 Blue-winged Teals foraging in the channel along the trail and about 2 dozens of American Pipits in the lawn.

Here is the complete eBird report with more pictures:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193471 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193471

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont




--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

New patio bird--Fox Sparrow in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Rosita just stepped into the patio to pick some oregano for the soup she is cooking when she noticed a dark. streaky bird fly into the salvia behind the feeders.  We eventually saw it well and congratulated ourselves in having finally seen a Fox Sparrow in our tiny patio.  We live south of Treat Blvd and north of Heather Farm Park.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Arrowhead Marsh (10/29/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows - More Details Oct 30

Dave Weber
 

First sighting was of one Nelson’s Sparrow. I was just across the bridge portion of the boardwalk looking back to the brushy shoreline west of the start of the boardwalk. In the first clump of bushes I saw a Nelson’s Sparrow perched at 9:25am. It disappeared but reappeared after a few minutes in the same place, then flew across the channel to the marsh. I think this was getting close to high tide. Twenty minute later, while standing in the same place on the boardwalk, two Nelson’s Sparrows popped in the marsh grass along the west side of the boardwalk and were both in view long enough for Bob Dunn and Aaron Maizlish to get on them. This might help if the birds continue. Four Blue-winged Teal were seen much earlier from the end of the boardwalk. Jerry, Jerry!



Dave Weber,

Milpitas



From: EBB_Sightings@... [mailto:EBB_Sightings@...] On Behalf Of Dave Weber dwbirdster@... [EBB_Sightings]
Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 9:30 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Arrowhead Marsh (10/29/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows





Nelsons sparrow seen 9:25 am oct 30 same spot!

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

"jtnikon@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Here are a couple of shots of the Nelson's Sparrows that I found this morning at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38027999141/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38027999141/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38028931981/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38028931981/in/dateposted/

The time is about 40 minutes passed high tide and birds were feeding on the seeds of the grass in the marsh on the west side of the boardwalk just passed the bridge.

There were also 5 Blue-winged Teals foraging in the channel along the trail and about 2 dozens of American Pipits in the lawn.

Here is the complete eBird report with more pictures:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193471 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193471

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont




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Re: Arrowhead Marsh (10/29/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows

Dave Weber
 

Nelsons sparrow seen 9:25 am oct 30 same spot!

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

"jtnikon@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Here are a couple of shots of the Nelson's Sparrows that I found this morning at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38027999141/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38027999141/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38028931981/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38028931981/in/dateposted/

The time is about 40 minutes passed high tide and birds were feeding on the seeds of the grass in the marsh on the west side of the boardwalk just passed the bridge.

There were also 5 Blue-winged Teals foraging in the channel along the trail and about 2 dozens of American Pipits in the lawn.

Here is the complete eBird report with more pictures:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193471 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193471

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont

Bald Eagle Valle Vista

judisierra
 

Highlights of yesterdays (10/29) GGAS bird walk at Valle Vista staging area (EBMUD permit needed) were a Bald Eagle circling over the horse pasture area. Two of us enjoyed eye level views from the parking lot  of a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk about 30 feet away consuming a snake on a sign post by the gate. This was one of two juveniles perching in the parking lot area all morning. An adult was seen flying nearby. The remainder of the group were able to watch the snake eating from further away on the trail. Also seen-  a Say's phoebe,  several red-breasted sapsuckers, fox sparrows, ruby-crowned kinglet, California quail, a  growing flock of 30 band-tailed pigeons and a coyote defecating on the bridge road.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

Continuing Tropical Kingbird Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

It was a blustery morning in the park, kind of reminds me of Winnie the Pooh.  But the Tropical Kingbird was vocalizing in the trees next to the lawn at the wooden railing in Heather Farm Park.  A 4-heron day made it nice, I could not find a Great Blue Heron, but one of each of the egrets, a Green Heron and a Black-crowned Night-Heron were nice.  A Ring-billed Gull was on one of the buoys in the pond and a DC Cormorant flew over. 

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Arrowhead Marsh (10/29/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows

Jerry Ting
 

Here are a couple of shots of the Nelson's Sparrows that I found this morning at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38027999141/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/38028931981/in/dateposted/

The time is about 40 minutes passed high tide and birds were feeding on the seeds of the grass in the marsh on the west side of the boardwalk just passed the bridge.

There were also 5 Blue-winged Teals foraging in the channel along the trail and about 2 dozens of American Pipits in the lawn. 

Here is the complete eBird report with more pictures:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193471

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont

Slate-colored Junco - Antioch yard - 10/29

Paul Schorr
 

This morning we had a Slate-colored Junco in our yard, and yesterday we had a FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the yard also.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch

Pine Siskins, White-throated Sparrow Richmond

Alan Krakauer
 

This morning we noticed a major uptick in the number of Pine Siskins at our feeder near Wildcat Canyon park. Probably 25 this morning! Also a tan-stripe White-throated Sparrow and a Hutton’s Vireo in the yard, along with the regulars.

Good birding,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

Arrowhead Marsh (10/29/2017) - Nelson's Sparrows

Jerry Ting
 

I found at least 2 Nelson's Sparrows around 9:30 this morning at Arrowhead Marsh right beside the footbridge/boardwalk foraging in the marsh.  Will post photos later.


Happy Birding,


Jerry Ting

Fremont

Coyote Hills 10-28-17

Matthew Dodder
 

I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to Coyote Hills Regional Park today for a successful morning of birding. Highlights were numerous. 

VISITORS CENTER
We explored the area around the visitors center first finding 4 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS in the large oaks beside the Butterfly Garden. Also in this area was a female-plumaged PURPLE FINCH doing its best Cassin’s Vireo vocal impersonation! An apparent pair of SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS were perched together on the hillside above Hoot Hollow. WHITE-TAILED KITES and NORTHERN HARRIERS were hard to miss from almost anywhere in the park, and a single RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was seen harassing a RED-TAILED HAWK.

HOOT HOLLOW
We heard several HERMIT THRUSHES here, but as far as I know no one viewed any. We had our only two AMERICAN ROBINS of the day flying overhead, as well as a trio of COMMON RAVENS. Most interesting was an “intergrade” NORTHERN FLICKER displaying both a red nucial patch AND malar. It’s underwings and tail were definitely orangey, not red or yellow.

HILLTOP
The hilltop view above the visitors center provided us with fantastic views of both the marsh and the bay. From there were were able to scope a small group of RING-NECKED DUCKS, CANVASBACK, and a variety of Dabbling Ducks including NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELER, GADWALL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, CINNAMON TEAL and MALLARD.. Far in the distance on the second pond we could see an abundance of AMERICAN WIGEONS, which we returned to later for further examination.

BAY
We made our way down the hill to the No Name Trail leading into the bay. There we found a large assemblage of both BROWN and AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, huge numbers of Gulls which included CALIFORNIA, RING-BILLED, WESTERN, MEW and BONAPARTE’S GULLS. Three LESSER YELLOWLEGS were found near the utility structure, as well as many BLACK-NECKED STILTS, AMERICAN AVOCETS, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS etc. A lone CASPIAN TERN was foraging over the salt pond and only identifiable through the scopes.

QUARRY
We returned to the quarry parking area finding many AMERICAN PIPIT, SAVANNAH SPARROWS and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS along the way. Several folks were able to view the ROCK WREN on the rocks above the lot, but not everyone. Earlier, we had also seen a MERLIN in this area, but it was gone by the time our entire group was together.

MARSH
From here we decided to walk along the boardwalk through the marsh toward the second pond. We found SORA swimming across one of the channels, heard a second further along the trail, and heard and saw a VIRGINIA RAIL. A GREEN HERON was briefly visible flying along the close edge of the pond, briefly visible before disappearing again.

FAR POND 
The second pond produced at least a hundred AMERICAN WIGEONS, and a single EURASIAN WIGEON male (our first of season). A large group of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS was seen circling high overhead.

GRASSY HILLS
On our way back to the visitors center along the paved trail we located a BURROWING OWL among the rocks near the “trail closed” hillside. Some folks also saw a second individual hidden in there too.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

Re: Lewis's Woodpecker

Mark Rauzon
 

Lewis's Woodpecker continued near Briones, on Bear Valley Rd, as one approaches Briones Regional Park, a right turn off on to EBMUD land requires a permit to access a fire road that wends around the north side of the San Pablo reservoir. In the valley oak at the summit of the first hill on the road about a quarter mile in sat a Lewis's Woodpecker until a male Kestrel contested it's perch. I was lucky enough to be camera ready for the action.
good birding,
Mark Rauzon 
Oakland

Lincon's Sparrow

judisierra
 

I had a very rare urban yard visit today of a Lincoln's Sparrow and a Junco who arrived and left at the same time today. Yesterday another rarity here, a Red-breasted Nuthatch. A Hermit thrush who has been coming this week in the late afternoon/evening to bathe, brought a friend today- another Hermit Thrush! I also had a Townsend's warbler today.

Judi Sierra Oakland

Distal rhynchokinesis

VerneN
 

You might think a shorebird's beak is rigid, but part of it is not. They can flex the upper end of their beak like pincers to grab prey buried below in the mud and wet sand. It's called distal rhynchokinesis. I caught this Least Sandpiper flexing it above water while resting. 


http://bit.ly/2xtq7F7


Tropical Kingbird continues in Heather Farm Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Yesterday about 6 PM while returning from a bike ride for exercise, I found the continuing Tropical Kingbird in the sycamore trees just south of the bathrooms at the north ball fields of Heather Farm Park.

It was seen again this morning for an extended around 9 AM right near the wooden railing on the east side of the large, mostly natural pond.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek