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Short-eared Owls

James
 

At 3:39pm today (12-18) I had three Short-eared Owls on Mt Trashmore at the Hayward Shoreline. Two were tangling in midair when another flew behind them.

James Watts
Hayward

Re: Best EB spots for stationary birding?

Holly Bern
 

Elsie Roemer has a viewing area just off the road that is very nice.

Re: Best EB spots for stationary birding?

Gambolin Man <tomario@...>
 

Hi David R! I suggest the meadow at Albany Bulb (McLaughlin Eastshore State Park), where Burrowing Owls can be spotted (and other raptors, herons, song birds etc) - I was fortunate enough to have spotted and filmed one recently! (First time ever.) Let me know if you want a Youtube link to my (shaky) shot :)

Tom McGuire
Berkeley CA



From: "dvdrobinson@... [EBB_Sightings]"
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Sent: Monday, December 18, 2017 5:11 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Best EB spots for stationary birding?

 
Hi folks. Due to a knee injury, I'm having trouble hiking/walking. I'd be grateful for suggestions on East Bay birding spots where one can remain stationary (whether seated or standing) and still do some satisfying birding.

Thank you!

David R.


Harris's Sparrow, Refound

Aaron Maizlish
 

The Harris's Sparrow was refound this afternoon at 12:30, after considerable searching.  In with a loose flock of about 100 Zonos in front of the 5658 Doolan Rd. mailbox.  It was first refound in the gully below a wooden bridge about 100 feet south of the mailbox.  The flock is skittish and moving around widely, often to a rusty metal tank about 100 yards up the hill, and sometimes back around the mailbox as well. Beautiful bird. Good luck. 

AARON MAIZLISH 
San Francisco


On Dec 15, 2017, at 6:46 PM, scfloyd2000@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

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

 

Re: Best EB spots for stationary birding?

motomannequin
 

Rent a boat on Los Vaqueros Reservoir

Don Edwards NWLR (12/19/17) - Golden-Plover

Jerry Ting
 

Around 4:45 this (12/19/2017) afternoon during low tide, I found this Golden-Plover on Shoreline Trail about 0.3 mile out from the parking lot at the end of Marshland Rd in Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont (37.517138, -122.110035).

My initial though was American based on the long primary projection and the dark ear patch and very dark crown. But after I got home, saw the images on the monitor and noticed the amount of gold on the back, I started thinking this might be a Pacific.  Here is an album contains several shots of this bird:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/albums/72157688542714762

So is it an American or a Pacific?  Can a winter AMPL has so much gold on the back?  Any comments will be much appreciated.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont


Harris's Sparrow photos

Mark Rauzon
 

The Harris's Sparrow was relocated by Aaron Maizlish today around noon and as he remarked, it is a handsome sparrow, especially in the pm light. 

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h9F1951F0/slideshow#h9ffea2ad

Also posted are some photos of the Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel seen on the sunday CBC count off of the Berkeley Pier.
Happy Holidays.

Mark Rauzon
Oakland

Re: Don Edwards NWLR (12/19/17) - Golden-Plover

Jerry Ting
 

The consensus on this bird is Pacific, not American, Golden-Plover.  Many thanks to Bob Toleno, Logan Kahle and John Freiberg for their kind responses.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont

Ross's and 3 Snow Geese (one banded) - Arrowhead Marsh

VerneN
 

For the past two days a Ross's and three Snow Geese have been feeding with Canada's in the meadow next to the second parking lot at Arrowhead Marsh (MLK Shoreline RP). The one white mature Snow Goose is copper-banded on his right leg. From various other shots, the band number begins with 1937- and ends with 5679 or maybe 15679.

  

 Photo:


http://bit.ly/2BFbBgi


Ferruginous Hawks, Wildcat Canyon

Alan Krakauer
 

This was new for me in the park: 2 light-morph ferruginous hawks. I saw the first one on the ridge trail between the Clark Rd. trail and Nimitz Trail flying north. The second one was hunting and gave good views just to the north of the junction between Havey Canyon and Wildcat Creek trails.

Not bird related, but I saw somewhere around 15 coyotes along the Belgum -> San Pablo Ridge -> Havey Canyon loop. Pretty cool.

Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

Ballena Bay Herring Run

Michael Park
 

I have been intrigued by sightings from Ballena Bay over the past week -- high counts of common species such as SURF SCOTER and GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, and reports of rare birds -- RHINOCEROS AUKLET and LONG-TAILED DUCK.

Yesterday, 12/19, I took a visit around 330PM. I found that gulls were swarming in the breakwater although not in the numbers that Bob Richmond reported and a very large raft of 2000 or more Surf Scoter. I didn't locate any of the rare birds, but they could have been around.

The raft of birds was regularly disturbed by a couple on an outrigger canoe. Their intention was clear. Because as soon as the raft reformed, they charged out paddling at full effort until the birds dispersed. I observed this 3 times over the course of an hour.

This did present difficulties in scoping the raft.

On the breakwater fishermen were casting net and line. I could see that Pacific Herring, on line and in buckets, were present. As the tide ebbed, roe could be seen on emergent marine algae.

This herring run has been ongoing, and may be ending. I am basing this is the amount of roe that could be seen.

Michael Park
Berkeley

Total closure of San Leandro Marina upcoming

Noah Arthur
 

I have heard from a local policeman -- and confirmed online -- that the entire San Leandro Marina will be indefinitely closed to the public in a couple of months, for a redevelopment project that will include the construction of hotels, restaurants, and other new businesses and housing developments. The former par course area will be condos. Combined with increasingly difficult access and construction projects at Oyster Bay, this marks the end of the San Leandro shoreline birding era. (And consequently, from now on, species such as Glaucous and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Wandering Tattler, and White-winged Scoter will be more difficult or impossible in the county.) 

It is also very likely that the improvements at the Marina will precipitate gull control efforts at the nearby Davis Street landfill (behind Oyster Bay), so the limited remaining gull viewing opportunities on the north side of Oyster Bay will probably be lost as well, at least when the Marina project is completed and perhaps sooner. 

Noah 

Birding Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline

Noah Arthur
 

There is still some good birding available at Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline in San Leandro, although much of the former landbird habitat has been bulldozed (I'm not sure why). Most of the southern half of the park remains intact, including sparrow habitat along the park's southern edge and around the Neptune Drive entrance (there's been a sparrow flock on the hillside just northwest of this entrance recently). 

Due to obstruction of the view by a newly constructed building and a new plume of hot air (?) being released by the landfill that causes heat shimmer, it is no longer possible to scope the gulls foraging on the landfill from the east side of the park.

For gulls, ducks, and shorebirds, there is still "Tufted Duck Slough" on the north side of the park. For gulls, it's best to bird this slough on a high outgoing tide, when gulls visit from the landfill to bathe and slowly float outwards with the tide. Despite concerns about parking at the end of Davis Street last year, I haven't yet gotten in trouble for parking there, and often see various trucks parked there (including at least one taco truck!). But if you feel safer, you can also park at the Neptune Drive entrance and walk to the slough (some hill-climbing involved). 

I would urge local birders/gullers to hit this area hard in the coming months, as this may be our last chance! Construction could resume at Oyster Bay any day now, which will likely close off access to some areas and could involve more bulldozing. And, as I said in my last post, gull control efforts will probably commence at the landfill in the near future as well, putting an end to the gull action. 

Noah

The upside of down

Noah Arthur
 

(Couldn't resist this Chris August album name for the title of this post...)

The loss of birding opportunities in San Leandro is likely to actually benefit the birds themselves, I think. Gulls' feet can be harmed by standing around on concrete (such as the Marina parking lots where they currently loaf). With their loafing areas gone and the landfill driving them away, these gull populations will likely disperse to more healthy habitats. Likewise, with public access to parts of the Marina closed and boating activity greatly curtailed, reducing disturbance to birds, the ducks, shorebirds, and other waterbirds that use the Marina area will hopefully prosper, even if they do so out of sight of our binoculars and cameras...

Noah

Hybrid Ross's x Snow goose at MLK Arrowhead

David Yeamans
 

My opinion on the reported Ross's goose at MLK Arrowhead Marsh is that it's a hybrid ROGO x SNGO. The photos at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41217522 show:

1. Smaller size than SNGO (But that in itself isn't enough to make the ROGO determination.)
2. Flat head rather than rounded, making the forehead/bill angle less than ROGO and greater than SN
GO,
3. Bill has a grin patch smaller than SNGO and bigger than ROGO.

The hybrid is a definite possibility, and, just for interest, less likely than the ROGO.

I hunted again in Saskatchewan this year with two wildlife biologists from FWS.gov.  One got very excited when he found a hybrid in our daily bag. He called over the other expert (they both studied snow geese in Canada for their graduate school work). The other expert, without coaching, made the same call -- hybrid. I took a cell phone photo of the bird flanked by a ROGO and a SNGO. The hybrid looks just like the one at MLK.


Re: Best EB spots for stationary birding?

Lori Stoneman
 

Have you been to Shadow Cliffs? It's got picnic benches near the lake where you can sit and bird watch. If you're lucky, you can catch a Golden Eagle and/or I sorry. Phainopepla at times too...among others. There is a few to get in and it can be busy on weekends. Here's the link:
Hope your knee heals soon.
Good Birdrng,
Lori

On Dec 18, 2017 5:11 PM, "dvdrobinson@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Hi folks. Due to a knee injury, I'm having trouble hiking/walking. I'd be grateful for suggestions on East Bay birding spots where one can remain stationary (whether seated or standing) and still do some satisfying birding.


Thank you!


David R.

Re: Best EB spots for stationary birding?

Lori Stoneman
 

Oops...self-correction error in last message, should have read "Golden Eagle or Osprey"

On Dec 18, 2017 5:11 PM, "dvdrobinson@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Hi folks. Due to a knee injury, I'm having trouble hiking/walking. I'd be grateful for suggestions on East Bay birding spots where one can remain stationary (whether seated or standing) and still do some satisfying birding.


Thank you!


David R.

Re: Best EB spots for stationary birding?

Lori Stoneman
 

Geeze...just caught another error in my msg- should have been "fee to get in". So sorry, I'll proofread better in the future!
Lori

On Dec 18, 2017 5:11 PM, "dvdrobinson@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Hi folks. Due to a knee injury, I'm having trouble hiking/walking. I'd be grateful for suggestions on East Bay birding spots where one can remain stationary (whether seated or standing) and still do some satisfying birding..


Thank you!


David R.

Harris's Sparrow continues in Livermore

mskrentz
 

Harris's Sparrow (found originally by Bob Dunn) was seen again this morning in sparrow flock at same location of 5658 Doolan Road. Our group of 5 birders was lucky to see it as we arrived at 10:30 AM sitting up on a dirt mound. It flew slightly south to a small bridge and perched again.

Mary Krentz


White-throated Sparrow - Antioch yard - 12/21

Paul Schorr
 

This afternoon while checking out the many White- and few Golden-crowned Sparrows in our yard, a White-striped White-throated Sparrow suddenly appeared from the shrubs. Early, and welcomed Christmas surprise!

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch