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Snow Goose, Heather Farm Park

tracy_farrington
 

The Snow Goose at Heather Farm, this morning, while quite unexpected--and a first for me, since beginning the patch in Nov., 2012--was not a first at the park, as I had wondered.

Here's an eBird link, sent by Hugh Harvey, after my morning post:  http://ebird.org/ebird/map/snogoo?bmo=1&emo=12&byr=1900&eyr=2016&env.minX=-124.416&env.minY=32.531&env.maxX=-114.129&env.maxY=42.01&gp=true


Good birding, all.

Tracy Farrington

Walnut Creek





 


Snow Goose, Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

tracy_farrington
 

During our Mt. Diablo Audubon Young Birders Club CBC at Heather Farm Park, one adult SNOW GOOSE was spotted on the natural pond, found among ~30 Canada Geese. This is a first sighting, for me, at this location, and I know of no others that have been confirmed. Perhaps Hugh Harvey, Fred Safier or other birders could provide some input. 


Later in the morning, it was walking about on land, and seemed somewhat approachable, not particularly shy. From all I could tell, its appearance and movements indicated a healthy bird. It was not banded.


I also had a flyover GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, another very unusual sighting for HF.


Good CBC's to all,

Tracy Farrington

Walnut Creek


South Livermore (12/15/17) - Cassin's Kingbirds,Mountain Bluebirds...etc.

Jerry Ting
 

Kevin McKereghan and I traveled 46 miles from 6:45am - 16:50pm for the East Alameda County CBC yesterday (12/15/2017).  We visited 12 different spots and finished up with 86 species and more than 5200 individuals counted. 


Some highlights include:

1 Iceland Gull (Thayer's) seen flyby with Herring Gulls near Big Trees Park.

1 White-throated Sparrow (tan striped) seen on Susan Ln.

11 Pine Siskins (9 on Susan Ln, 2 on Mines Rd mm 6,.24)

1 Great Horned Owl on Patterson Pass Rd

1 Ferruginous Hawk on Cross Rd

2 California Thrashers on Mines Rd (mm 6.24 and mm 5.75)

1 Greater Roadrunner on Mines Rd (mm 4.82)

2 Tricolored Blackbirds on Mines Rd (mm 4.82)

3 Phainopepla (1 on Mines Rd, 1 on Del Valle Rd and 1 on Mendenhall Rd)

1 Virginia Rail hear calling from the pond at the south end of Greenville Rd

4 Hooded Mergansers (2 pairs) seen in the pond at the south end of Greenville Rd

11 Ring-necked Ducks seen in the pond on Poppy Ridge Golf Course entrance road

1 immature Golden Eagle seen on Poppy Ridge Golf Course entrance road

2 Lark Sparrows seen on Cliford Rd (private road)

2 Cassin's Kingbirds also seen on Cliford Rd (private property)

2 Cassin's Kingbirds seen at the entrance of Cedar Mountain Einery on Reuss Rd.

13 Mountain Bluebirds seen on wires on the hillside road across the Cedar Mountain Winery.

6 Purple Finches in Tex Spruiell Park

2 (could be more) Chipping Sparrows also seen in Tex Spruiell Park

10 White-tailed Kites at the intersection of Felicia Ave and Vivian Lane


Happy Birding,


Jerry Ting

Fremont


 


Harris's Sparrow, Livermore

scfloyd2000
 

During today's eastern Alameda County CBC,  Bob Dunn found a first winter Harris's Sparrow in a small flock of crowned sparrows feeding around a gully on the east side of Doolan Road, Livermore, across from a mailbox labeled 5658 Doolan Road. David Yeamans took photos and posted them on ebird at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41105423.  Our CBC section leader, Rich Nicholson and I also enjoyed good views of the bird.



Stephanie Floyd

Fremont

 


Ballena Bay

Bob Richmond
 

Thousands of gulls are on the SF Bay side of Ballena Bay and extend to the old Naval Air Station and out the breakwater. A local says that it first occured yesterday. I saw them from 1:30 to 3:00. Not as many were here at 3:00 than 1:30. I assume it is a Herring run.

Bob Richmond


Banded Brown Pelican Reporting

noreen_weeden
 

Audubon California and IBRRC has asked that if you see a banded pelican, please report it to International Bird Rescue.  International Bird Rescue places large, plastic blue, green, white and red bands with letter/number identification (“V13,” for instance) on pelicans post-release to track them. Birders all along the West Coast have reported hundreds of sightings. If you see a banded pelican, please report your sighting online — and take a photo of the bird if you can! To report any banded pelicans, please visit: https://www.bird- rescue.org/contact/found-a- bird/reporting-a-banded-bird. aspx


Thank you




Continuing Tropical Kingbird Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

This morning we had the Tropical Kingbird in two locations.  It was first spotted in the second eucalyptus tree to the right of the gravel boat ramp.  This is at the south end of the large, mostly natural pond.  When we walked around to the wooden railing, it arrived there, too, in one of the smaller trees over the lawn.

Good numbers of Ring-necked Ducks and Buffleheads were present, as was the long-present Common Gallinule.  A Red-shouldered Hawk was seen carrying apparent nest material at the north end of the park.


Just north of the Contra Costa Canal a Merlin was seen early, but just a few minutes after that sighting it left. 


Fred Saifer's eBird list has a couple of photos of the Tropical Kingbird.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41083242


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek


Continuing Long-tailed Duck Alameda 12/12

rosita94598
 

Walt Duncan and I drove to Balena Bay to scope the water off Crab cove and Crown Memorial Beach late this morning.  We did find a single Long-tailed Duck at a great distance; it is one of two reported on Saturday by Jerry Ting.  The light was horrible, so we drove around and parked on Westline Drive just before it turns and becomes Shore Line Drive.  We scoped from the beach looking back to Balena Bay with much better light and found the mostly white Long-tailed Duck fairly easily.  It was still at a great distance, but with the sun behind us the viewing was much better. 

The Long-tailed Duck was with many Surf Scoters and Buffleheads.  We then drove the length of Shore Line and parked right across from the viewing platform at Elsie Roemer.  Though the mudflats were extensive here with a low tide, we had many great shorebirds including Least and Western Sandpipers, Sanderling, Dunlin, Semi-palmated and Black-bellied Plovers, Dowitchers, Willet, Marbled Godwit, 3 Long-billed Curlews, Brown Pelicans and assorted gulls.

Balena Bay had many Forster's Terns, the flat dock next to the breakwater was covered with shorebirds which flew when a sailboat with a tall mast motored past.  I did not have a chance to check them before they left, but they were peep-sized birds with some Black-bellied Plovers on top of the breakwater.

Well worth the trip, we were back home in about 4 hours.


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek


Richmond Merlin

Sheila Dickie
 

Late afternoon yesterday, December 11, there was a Merlin perched atop a telegraph pole in the middle of the 600 block of 29th Street, Richmond, two blocks north of Barrett Avenue. There has been a Merlin in the same neighborhood at this time of year for a number of years.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Eurasian Wigeon, Black Oystercatchers in Alameda

Matt Tarlach
 

Very nice male Eurasian Wigeon in Peet's Pond, Alameda yesterday afternoon. Swimming with about 20 American Wigeon at the western end of the dam, across from Peet's headquarters off Harbor Bay Parkway.


An hour later had 3 Black Oystercatchers on the south shore of the San Leandro Channel, about a half-mile west of the Harbor Bay Club where the channel widens out into SF Bay. First time birding this area and don't know if they're unusual, but it's the furthest from the sea that I've seen Oystercatchers in my short birding career.


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Matt Tarlach

Walnut Creek, California


Kingbird and Cats

Mark Rauzon
 

As Jerry Ting mentioned, the Tropical Kingbird cont. at the end of West Winton Avenue, & I think I know why. 

There is a feral cat feeding station that attracts wasps to the food and the kingbird takes up a position nearby on the overhead wires to snatch yellow jackets mid-air. 

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#h9f1f0aeb

This is in front of the Tigers Freight building,, near the boundary of Hayward Regional Shoreline Park,  a spot where kingbirds have been seen from year to year.  

Also I wish to report a car ride up Patterson Pass Rd. at 7:30 this am. Highlights were a Roadrunner, on the downhill side past the trees, on the south; 3 Ferruginous Hawks, including a lovely dark morph; and a Vesper Sparrow on the uphill slope near the main pull out. I saw no Mt Bluebirds though.

Mark Rauzon
Oakland 


Prairie Falcon near Wildcat Canyon

Pam Young
 

Prairie falcon circled low overhead by the Kensington Old School Trail (near Wildcat Canyon) at 4:30 PM Sunday Dec 10. 


Good birding, 

Pam Young

Berkeley


Hayward Shoreline W. Winton (12/10/17) - Tropical Kingbird

Jerry Ting
 

Today (12/10/17) at noon I was able to re-find the Tropical Kingbird that Bob Dunn saw earlier in the morning on West Winton Ave.  It was seen perched on the wire in front of the entrance of Tiger Global Logistics Co. (there is a yellow fire hydrant on the roadside) doing flycatching for about 20 minutes and then flew northwest into the park territory and perched on a dead tree (on the marsh side) about 50 yards northwest of the gated Landfill truck entrance.

A couple of shots of this TRKI can be seen in my eBird report here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41019670

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont


Snow Goose Continues at Lafayette Reservoic

Ellen Reintjes
 

The single snow goose continues to be very visible at the Lafayette Reservoir.  On Sunday morning, it was foraging near the stage just up from the left side of the dam.  It is very tame and photogenic.  My photos are on eBird at the following checklist: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41008840

 

Good birding,

Ellen Reintjes


Ruddy Turnstones at San Leandro Marina, Saturday evening, Dec. 9

Bruce Mast
 

Hey folks,
I headed over to San Leandro this evening, knowing the lighting would be difficult but wanting to be there on a rising tide to check the roosting shorebirds. Sure enough, the lighting was supremely frustrating. Nevertheless, I was able to pick out a couple RUDDY TURNSTONES within the roosting flock on the backside of the little island outcrop. Access is via Marina Park and then walk out to "Faro Point" as marked on Google Maps.

The Turnstones clearly showed their orange legs, browner backs, and more mottled breast patterns. There were also 6-9 Black Turnstones, lots of Willets and Dunlins, and a few Black-bellied Plovers. No Golden-Plovers that I could see but that ain't saying much.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland


Crab Cove (12/9/17) - Long-tailed Ducks

Jerry Ting
 

Karen Kramer and Holly Bern found 2 adult male Long-tailed Ducks during the Fremont Birding Circle Facebook group monthly walk this (12/9/2017) morning at Crab Cove in Alameda.  They were seen about 250-300 yards out in the water in front of the concrete jetty hanging with a group of Surf Scoters.  One is adult male in winter plumage with white crown, buffy face with dark brown ear patch, beast and back. The other is also an adult male still remains some breeding plumage with dark crown, chin, neck and back except for the long tail. One distant photo for identification can be seen in the eBird report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40993167

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont




Snow Goose at Lafayette Reservoir

Elizabeth Leite <e.leite@...>
 

There was a Snow Goose wandering in the grass near the water's edge adjacent to the boat ramp just past the east side of the dam about noon. We have photos. This seems unusual.

Elizabeth Leite
Happy Winter Birding


Heather Farm Dec. 7

rosita94598
 

This morning some of us saw a male Purple Finch near the gravel boat ramp at the  bottom of the big hill.  A female was seen earlier at the north end of the large, mostly natural pond.  At least one male and several Lesser goldfinches were near the male Purple finch.  Fred Saifer and I later saw two Pine Siskins over the ditch next to the dog park; they were with a fairly large number of American Goldfinches.  The one common finch we missed today was House. 

While riding my bike this afternoon, I saw something over 100 Canada Geese on the north ball field.  In with them were one Cackling Goose and one Greater White-fronted Goose.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



American Pipits - Cypress Grove Park/Lake, Oakley - 12/6

Paul Schorr
 

In preparation for the Mount Diablo Audubon Society CBC in Eastern Contra Costa County on Dec. 20, we made a trip to Cypress Grove Park/Lake in Oakley today. We were hoping for the possible arrival of Barrow’s Goldeneyes, but no luck yet. Ten seemed to be the most common number of individuals:

10 American Pipits
10 Long-billed Curlews
10 Common Goldeneyes (2 males, 8 females/immatures)

2 Ruddy Ducks

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


NAB Fall Season Reports for Marin, San Francisco, and Contra Costa counties

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,

The Fall season for North American birds (August 1-November 30), has ended. If you have any notable sightings for Marin, San Francisco, or Contra Costa counties not submitted to eBird or the local listservs (NBB, EBB, SFBirds) please send me an email with the date and location and any documentation (written or physical) you may have before December 10th. Notable sightings can include rare or unusual species, late or early records, or extralimital high counts.

Good birding,

Logan Kahle

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