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Contra Costa county 1/17 WINTER WREN, Hooded Oriole

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

Had a fun day bouncing around some of my favorite Contra Costa county patches yesterday in mostly foggy weather.

Off to a late start in the morning, I decided to cover my newly-found favorite Richmond hotspot, Point San Pablo. It was decently active overall, but activity was patchier than I am used to for this spot. Several sections (e.g. the area just north of the county park) that are normally full of birds were completely quiet. Highlights included:

Northern Pintail-1 is a scarce bird on bayside CoCo
Pelagic Cormorant-2
Red-shouldered Hawk-1 immature was a good bird here
Black-bellied Plover-27
Black Turnstone-7
Dunlin-83
Least Sandpiper-17
Western Sandpiper-6
Spotted Sandpiper-1
Willet-1
Allen's Hummingbird-1 was one of several today. This species seems to have arrived in good quantities in the past few days
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 at the county park
Brown Creeper-1 in the oaks, where the species does not breed
WINTER WREN-1 (see below)
Orange-crowned Warbler-2
Townsend's Warbler-1
Pine Siskin-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41992018

A little bit of background and commentary about the Winter Wren. If you are not interested in chasing this bird you can skip the next five paragraphs. In case there was any confusion this is referring to the nominate eastern species, a rare vagrant to California, and not to our resident Pacific Wrens. Two weeks ago, on 1/2, in the afternoon, Augie Kramer and I were birding around the Railroad tracts that run out of the Marina when I heard a bird that sounded to me like a Winter Wren. However, the bird was distant, quiet, and seemed to shut up for long periods of time. At least at that distance and at that time, it did not respond to playback. My recording attempts were unsuccessful. Furthermore, there was a flag chinking right next to us, and I couldn't fully distinguish if the sound was a Winter Wren or the flag (!) Anyway, today upon pulling off at the top of the hill, I was shocked to hear the bird calling right next to the road. I got some recordings, played a bit of playback, and the bird came right in, calling aggressively. I only got a very fleeting glimpse of the bird, and nothing that could have aided in the ID. However, it was calling persistently for over 15 minutes.

Pending acceptance by the CBRC, this would represent the first Contra Costa and East Bay record, bringing the county list up to 369 species NIB. Thanks to John Sterling and Rob Fowler for ID confirmation in the field.

Now notes on chasing and seeing the bird. If more than 3 or so people are chasing this birds at the same time, parking will be a small issue. There is a single pulloff (pulloff 1) very near the wren spot. This spot can hold 1, possibly 2, cars. Other than that there is a second pulloff (pulloff 2) about a quarter mile down farther up the road. This can hold another couple cars. Another 150 yards farther up road there is another, slightly larger pulloff (pulloff 3). This can probably hold 3 cars or so. If all of these spots are full, there is also parking in the Marina. However, keep in mind the Marina is technically private. I have talked with the owner and warned her of potential visitors but if you do find yourself needing to use the Marina parking please 1) be courteous of the homeowners and 2) park only in the lot that runs east-west. The lot that runs north-south past the railroad tracks are for homeowners only. These spots have been outlined at the following map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ll=37.96361050011325%2C-122.42269677151529&z=17&mid=1ek7MCdtL7X652saKv2z7PPeZM0LzPtkG Again, this will only be an issue if more than a couple people are chasing this bird at the same time which (given that its in Contra Costa) may be unlikely.

As for seeing/hearing the bird, this bird has so far been extremely skulky. Anyone wishing a good view will likely have to bring some patience. It has so far been seen at two locations. Those spots are both visible on the above map. The bird seems to range quite a bit up and down the blackberry/willow ravine. The bird's vocal activity seems to correspond with time of day. In the morning the bird seems quite vocal, but in the afternoon much less so. The bird can remain quiet for many minutes on end. I ask that playback be used sparingly if at all to ensure the bird doesn't get "taped out". If the bird does stop responding to playback, managing a view could be nearly impossible. So, if you must used playback, please try to keep it to just a few rounds.

Also, for anyone chasing this bird I strongly recommend checking out the whole area (Point San Pablo) on your visit. The place is huge, full of birds, and ludicrously under-covered. A map with my top favorite birding spots on the peninsula can be seen here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1ybzhGCESOKx8gaEwR3YmxEPV2Gc&ll=37.95791045852934%2C-122.41802035&z=14

Recordings of the bird can be found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41992018

Anyway, back to the birding I continued on to Miller/Knox. Landbird activity was decent as was the pond, but the bay was deader than usual. Highlights during the brief visit included:
Eurasian Wigeon-4 (3 males and a female)
Common Loon-1
Osprey-1
Cooper's Hawk-1
White-throated Swift-10
Allen's Hummingbird-1
Orange-crowned Warbler-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41995347


I proceeded to Canal Boulevard, where a flyby Red-throated Loon was the soul highlight. Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41996854


From there I headed over to the S 51st st entrance to the Bay trail and Meeker slough. At this point it was already high tide, and so shorebirds were concentrated near the breakwater at meeker. Interestingly, though, the high tide roost seemed to consist almost entirely of avocets. Shorebirds numbers included:
American Avocet-400
Marbled Godwit-1
Black Turnstone-3
Least Sandpiper-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41997434


Blasting east I stopped at waterbird regional preserve. The water levels were high and while shorebirds seemed nonexistant, diving duck numbers were high and dabblers were average. Highlights included:
Mute Swan-1 was more of a lowlight
Ring-necked Duck-2 were uncommon here, perhaps early migrants?
Glaucous-winged Gull-1
Great-tailed Grackle-6

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42015620


Heading on to east county I stopped first at Jersey Island mostly prospecting for potential shorebird habitat revitalized by recent rains. No joy. No real highlights here to mention, but the full eBird checklist can be seen here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42002031


Proceeding to Bethel, the habitat was much improved from a visit two days ago. The hole field south of harbor east of bethel island road was flooded and had plentiful ducks and shorebirds. I checked the fields, Piper Slough, Franks Tract, willowest marina. Duck numbers on Franks Tract and piper were decent but not exceptional. Highlights here included:
Mute Swan-26 present where this species used to be rare. Disheartening to see these invasive creatures spread through the county over time
Ring-necked Pheasant-7 was the most I have seen in the county at one time. Possibly indicates release?
American Coot-7800 is their regular concentration here
Black-necked Stilt-7
Least Sandpiper-60
Wilson's Snipe-3
Greater Yellowlegs-11
Lesser Yellowlegs-2
Mew Gull-1
Western Gull-1
ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD-1 the population at Willowest Marina has returned on time with the rest of the county's populations
Merlin-1
House Wren-1
Orange-crowned Warbler-1
HOODED ORIOLE-1 adult male at Willowest Marina may represent the only winter record for the county away from the clifton birds.


I ended the day with a quick stop at Byron WTP. Unfortunately time commitments thwarted my attempt to end at Clifton Court, but this stop was nonetheless productive. The fields south of the ponds, sporadically flooded, were flooded now and brimming with birds, including a very diverse (5 species) goose flock. Highlights here included:
Snow Goose-5
Ross's Goose-1
Greater White-fronted Goose-1
Cackling Goose-2
Canvasback-1
Hooded Merganser-1
Black-necked Stilt-6
Long-billed Curlew-103 was a nice count for the county
Wilson's Snipe-2
Greater Yellowlegs-1
Herring Gull-7
Iceland (Thayer's) Gull-1
Horned Lark-5

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42016420

Anyway, was nice to bounce around the county once again, and had a nice total of 128 species, a good count considering it was only a 7 hour day and I didn't cover any interior areas, hence missing birds like Oak Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, etc

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco, CA



Broad Winged hawk(?) and Blue Heron

Marcus
 

Sunday afternoon around 4:30PM we spotted what has been a rather constant sight. A Broad Winged hawk perched up on a light pole adjacent to Ward Creek on Industrial Blvd, between Addison and Ruus.     We've been spotting it for more than a month since my partner moved nearby. It either perches on a light pole or on the rail of the bridge that crosses Ward Creek. VERY intent. Almost flew off when it spotted something then relaxed again.   Watched for about 15 minutes, parked rather illegally on the shoulder. of eastbound Industrial Blvd.
I know there have been a few sightings reported on EBB in the past of what is normally an east of the Mississippi raptor.   Would love for someone to double check this before I report it.
We got a real good look at it with binoculars and it does match closely the face on view of the Audobon pic although it seemed a bit darker.  http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/broad-winged-hawk
We'll be heading back with camera next time.
Not to forget, while watching the hawk we saw a Blue Heron slowly flying east a dozen feet above Ward Creek.
 
Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


McNabney Marsh Wednesday Jan 17

rosita94598
 

Following my attendance at a Peyton Slough Wetlands Advisory Committee meeting at Mt. View Sanitary, I birded McNabney Marsh from the wooden observation deck at the southwest area of the marsh, as well as from the parking lot at Waterbird Park at the northeast corner.  The best sighting was an Osprey sitting on the perch atop the platform north of the observation deck.  Lots of ducks, mostly the usual suspects, but I did have two male Pintails and a male Hooded Merganser at the north end of the marsh.

Hugh B, Harvey
Walnut Creek



Contra Costa WINTER WREN 1/17

Logan Kahle
 

Pt San Pablo finally pulled through...there is an apparent calling WINTER WREN on the blackberry slope west of the marina. This bird has been present here since at least 1/2 when I heard it by the RR tracks with Augie Kramer but couldn’t get a recording. Best heard from here 37.9621887,-122.4208662. Please try to minimize use of play back as the bird is very responsive.
More later,
Logan


Alamo birds Tuesday Jan 16

rosita94598
 

I stopped to buy a sandwich and then visit world famous author, Jean Richmond, this afternoon.  I had not seen her since last year and she has had a White-throated Sparrow and a Townsend's Warbler in her yard.  I told her that I was there to see the birds--not her--and we laughed over that one.  We shared our stories of the first two weeks of 2018 and watched her birds while I ate lunch.

Well, the sparrow has not been showing for a couple of days, and the warbler did not show while I was there.

But we did have some nice birds, including an amazingly brilliant male Spotted Towhee coming to seeds by her bushes and a Bewick's Wren coming for suet.  She still has Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches and Pine Siskins at the thistle, while there were plenty of Juncos and both White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows and a Fox Sparrow which bathed.  Two Downy Woodpeckers kept chasing each other trying to be at the suet feeder, but the Chickadees were not bothered by that.  We did chase a Scrub Jay from the suet feeder; it would grab a whole ball of that stuff and be gone; so I did not have much trouble with that.

For a while we wondered if there might be a Cooper's Hawk around as the birds were not showing in the yard.  They eventually did, so I guess there was not.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Pt Pinole Selasphorus Hummingbird

Sheila Dickie
 

At Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline Park on Sunday, January 14, there was a Selasphorus Hummingbird foraging in Coyote Brush along the Sobrante Trail which runs along one side of the new Atlas Parking Lot, near the junction with Cooks Point Trail. Also seen hovering over the large meadow opposite the new parking lot was a White-tailed Kite. I bird the park quite often and it has been quite a while since I have seen a kite there. Also saw one perched near the Dotson Family Marsh earlier which may have been the same bird. The Peregrine Falcon was perched on the old pier next to the Fishing Pier out at the Point, just to the right of the osprey nest. Time for all this was mid to late afternoon. Many Yellow-rumped Warblers throughout the park also.


Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Geese at Arrowhead

Megan Jankowski
 

Yesterday (Monday) at Arrowhead Marsh it was a 5 goose day.. A flock of 36 Greater White-Fronted Geese were at the corner of the San Leandro Creek path and the bottling plant path. This was a first for me at this location. Also along the bottling plant path were 11 Snow Geese and one Ross's Goose. About 20 Cackling/Aleutians were in the field by the equator dish, along with some Canadas.

Other highlights were a large group of Green-winged teal over by the bottling plants, and a Merlin that flew over and briefly scared the group. Three Cinnamon teal (2 males, 1 female) were in the main marsh area, along with several Blue-winged.

Megan Jankowski
Oakland


Black-throated gray warbler Oakland, Geese

judisierra
 

This evening and the previous two, a female black-throated gray has been coming to my bird bath. I've been staking it out in the evening because a hermit thrush arrives everyday at the same time plus or minus a few minutes to take a bath, preen and then bathe again. A female Townsends warbler comes less than daily about the same time also.

Given the waterfowl movement reports, I didn't note in my report Sat on Miller/Knox that there were 3 large flocks flying NE. They were too far away for me to ID.

Judi Sierra
Oakland


Re: Greater White fronted Goose Flocks, East Bay

judisierra
 

This was first noted by Dominik on 1/13 posted to the SF and NBB lists, followed by others observations.

Apologies for crossposting but this is relevant to all birders along the coast of Central California.

There has been a massive movement of waterfowl all day today. Thousands of ducks and geese have been noted from various vantage points in San Francisco (most north from what I can tell)

Despite the late hour, I've had several hundred geese streaming north over Corona Hill over the 3/4 hour.

Looking forward to some other reports later today.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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On Mon, 1/15/18, Marty Morrow mfmorrow@comcast.net [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Greater White fronted Goose Flocks, East Bay
To: jnc@wje.com
Cc: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:38 AM


 









Bill Scoggins and I saw 120 White-fronted geese
(and one snow goose) flyover at about 10:45 as we were
birding at Gomes Park in Fremont. They came from the SW and
we’re flying NE. Possibly the same birds who ended up in
the Tilden area. 
We
wondered about the large number. I’d be interested to hear
what opinions are out there. The tule has been very dense,
but isn’t it always?
Marty MorrowSan
Leandro

Sent from my
iPhone
On Jan 15,
2018, at 10:01 AM, jnc@wje.com
[EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
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With the dense Tule fog in the central
valley, waterfowl were moving in large numbers over the bay
area as first reported by Dominik Mosur in the San Francisco
ListServ.
This waterfowl movement was
also occurring in the east bay. On Saturday, I saw a flock
of 50 Greater White Fronted Goose flying south above Vollmer
peak at 3:30 pm.
On Sunday, I saw or heard
three more flocks of Greater White Fronted Geese with a
flock over the house/Vollmer in dense fog at 8:30 am. I
biked around Brionnes reservoir and at 12:30 I saw and heard
another 2 flocks fly south over the Alhahambra Creek
road east of Brionnes reservoir (definitely an area that
needs more birding attention). I wonder how many flocks were
missed as I was only outside in the east bay over the
weekend for about 5 hours.
In 25 years living in the
east bay, only one other time in similar conditions have I
seen a flock of geese other than Canadian Geese flying in
flocks and that was in similar weather conditions. In 25
years of working in Emeryville, I have never seen/heard any
flocks of geese other than Canadian flying by during working
hours....
Good
Birding,Jim
ChiropolosEmeryville and
Orinda


  






















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Geese overhead

Patricia Bacchetti
 

To add to the discussion, and in support of the list-serve, I had a small flock of Greater White-fronted Geese come over my house in the Oakland Hills on Sunday morning.  Heard first, I went out in the patio to see 6 geese fly from south to north.  The calls reminded me of the Central Valley; they were a new yard species.


Saturday, on a Golden Gate Raptor Observatory field trip to Skaggs Island in Sonoma County, large flocks of Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese were flying over, as well.  Some lines were too high to identify, but there were hundreds in the air.  Smaller groups of ducks were up and about, too.  The fog was heavy early in the morning, but a stiff wind blew it out by noon-I don't think the Valley floor ever cleared that day.  If you get the chance, get out there on the Flyway Festival field trip-it's raptor paradise.  


Exciting times to be looking up,


Pat Bacchetti

Oakland


Re: Digest Number 2625

Helen Krayenhoff & Peggy Kass
 

We are undergoing a major computer overall and upgrade this weekend. We'll be able to see your message but not answer it. By Monday 1/ 15 things should be back to normal (but so much better . . .) and we'll get back to you then.

On Jan 14, 2018, at 5:11 PM, EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com wrote:


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East Bay Birding Group

3 Messages
Digest #2625


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Eurasian Wigeons Miller/Knox RP by "Judi S." judisierra


2
Geese at MLK/Arrowhead Marsh Jan14 by "Dave Weber" dwbirdster@sbcglobal.net


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Re: Digest Number 2624 by "Helen Krayenhoff & Peggy Kass" tomatogals



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Eurasian Wigeons Miller/Knox RP

Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:07 am (PST) . Posted by:
"Judi S." judisierra

Two Eurasian Wigeons were present Sat.  1/13 in the lagoon among a large flock of American Wigeons. Overhead, only visible with bins was a a large flock of white-throated swifts between the lagoon and the hillside. At Point Potrero the herring run action  by the breakwater seemed to be over. Looking for osprey there was red-tailed hawk on a stick perch. Although turkey vultures hang out there I think this was unusual.
Judi Sierra- Oakland




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Geese at MLK/Arrowhead Marsh Jan14

Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:02 pm (PST) . Posted by:
"Dave Weber" dwbirdster@sbcglobal.net

In closed area, along entrance road 2:30-3pm, 20 Aleutian, 10 GWF, and 10 Snow Geese. One more GWF on lawn. Three Blue-winged Teal south of the long bridge over the channel.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone



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Re: Digest Number 2624

Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:17 pm (PST) . Posted by:
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California Nursery Park (1/12/18) - Western Tanager by jtnikon


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Shadow Cliffs in the fog, Saturday by SteveLombardi



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California Nursery Park (1/12/18) - Western Tanager

Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:12 pm (PST) . Posted by:
jtnikon

This (1/12/2018) afternoon around 4:00 PM in California Nursery Historic Park (in Niles District of Fremont), I heard the pit-er-ick calls of Western Tanager from the rose garden and followed the sound to the big plum tree north of the office and found the bird perched in the dense branches/leaves. I was able to find a window to get some shots. It seems to be a first winter female with light color bill, yellow washed under and 2 pale wingbars. A couple of shots can be seen in my eBird report http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41853038 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41853038.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont





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Shadow Cliffs in the fog, Saturday

Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:12 pm (PST) . Posted by:
SteveLombardi

Our Golden Gate Audubon field trip to Shadow Cliffs today turned up the expected species in spite of the weather being chilly, foggy, and windy. We saw nothing unexpected except a GREAT-HORNED OWL that appeared to be injured.

The GREAT BLUE HERONS are returning to the rookery, with several birds standing on nests.

Many thanks to Kevin Schwartz for e-birding our walk.

Here's the list:
Canada Goose 33
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 41
Mallard 14
Canvasback 6
Ring-necked Duck 28
Bufflehead 15
Common Goldeneye 17
Ruddy Duck 43
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Horned Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 30
American White Pelican 8
Great Blue Heron 8
Turkey Vulture 6
Osprey 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 175
Ring-billed Gull 2
California Gull 320 Mainly flying
Mourning Dove 2
Great Horned Owl 1 Appeared injured
Anna's Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 1 Heard
Acorn Woodpecker 2
Nuttall's Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
American Kestrel 1 Heard
Black Phoebe 7
California Scrub-Jay 5
American Crow 3
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Oak Titmouse 6
Bushtit 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Bewick's Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-crowned Sparrow 14
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
California Towhee 1
Spotted Towhee 1
Great-tailed Grackle 4
House Finch 33

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41882471 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41882471 - Steve and Carol Lombardi
San Ramon




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Re: Greater White fronted Goose Flocks, East Bay

Martha Morrow
 

Bill Scoggins and I saw 120 White-fronted geese (and one snow goose) flyover at about 10:45 as we were birding at Gomes Park in Fremont. They came from the SW and we’re flying NE. Possibly the same birds who ended up in the Tilden area. 

We wondered about the large number. I’d be interested to hear what opinions are out there. The tule has been very dense, but isn’t it always?

Marty Morrow
San Leandro



On Jan 15, 2018, at 10:01 AM, jnc@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

With the dense Tule fog in the central valley, waterfowl were moving in large numbers over the bay area as first reported by Dominik Mosur in the San Francisco ListServ.


This waterfowl movement was also occurring in the east bay. On Saturday, I saw a flock of 50 Greater White Fronted Goose flying south above Vollmer peak at 3:30 pm.


On Sunday, I saw or heard three more flocks of Greater White Fronted Geese with a flock over the house/Vollmer in dense fog at 8:30 am. I biked around Brionnes reservoir and at 12:30 I saw and heard another 2 flocks fly south over the Alhahambra Creek road east of Brionnes reservoir (definitely an area that needs more birding attention). I wonder how many flocks were missed as I was only outside in the east bay over the weekend for about 5 hours.


In 25 years living in the east bay, only one other time in similar conditions have I seen a flock of geese other than Canadian Geese flying in flocks and that was in similar weather conditions. In 25 years of working in Emeryville, I have never seen/heard any flocks of geese other than Canadian flying by during working hours....


Good Birding,

Jim Chiropolos

Emeryville and Orinda




  


Greater White fronted Goose Flocks, East Bay

Jim Chiropolos
 

With the dense Tule fog in the central valley, waterfowl were moving in large numbers over the bay area as first reported by Dominik Mosur in the San Francisco ListServ.


This waterfowl movement was also occurring in the east bay. On Saturday, I saw a flock of 50 Greater White Fronted Goose flying south above Vollmer peak at 3:30 pm.


On Sunday, I saw or heard three more flocks of Greater White Fronted Geese with a flock over the house/Vollmer in dense fog at 8:30 am. I biked around Brionnes reservoir and at 12:30 I saw and heard another 2 flocks fly south over the Alhahambra Creek road east of Brionnes reservoir (definitely an area that needs more birding attention). I wonder how many flocks were missed as I was only outside in the east bay over the weekend for about 5 hours.


In 25 years living in the east bay, only one other time in similar conditions have I seen a flock of geese other than Canadian Geese flying in flocks and that was in similar weather conditions. In 25 years of working in Emeryville, I have never seen/heard any flocks of geese other than Canadian flying by during working hours....


Good Birding,

Jim Chiropolos

Emeryville and Orinda




  


Blue Heron and Broad Winged Hawk(?) - Hayward.

Marcus
 

Sunday afternoon around 4:30PM we spotted what has been a rather constant sight. A Broad Winged hawk perched up on a light pole adjacent to Ward Creek on Industrial Blvd, between Addison and Ruus.     We've been spotting it for more than a month since my partner moved nearby. It either perches on a light pole or on the rail of the bridge that crosses Ward Creek. VERY intent. Almost flew off when it spotted something then relaxed again.   Watched for about 15 minutes, parked rather illegally on the shoulder. of eastbound Industrial Blvd.
I know there have been a few sightings reported on EBB in the past of what is normally an east of the Mississippi raptor.   Would love for someone to double check this before I report it. 
We got a real good look at it with binoculars and it does match closely the face on view of the Audobon pic although it seemed a bit darker.  http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/broad-winged-hawk

Not to forget, while watching the hawk we saw a Blue Heron going east a dozen feet above Ward Creek.  

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


Re: Digest Number 2624

Helen Krayenhoff & Peggy Kass
 

We are undergoing a major computer overall and upgrade this weekend. We'll be able to see your message but not answer it. By Monday 1/ 15 things should be back to normal (but so much better . . .) and we'll get back to you then.

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California Nursery Park (1/12/18) - Western Tanager by jtnikon


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Shadow Cliffs in the fog, Saturday by SteveLombardi



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California Nursery Park (1/12/18) - Western Tanager

Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:12 pm (PST) . Posted by:
jtnikon

This (1/12/2018) afternoon around 4:00 PM in California Nursery Historic Park (in Niles District of Fremont), I heard the pit-er-ick calls of Western Tanager from the rose garden and followed the sound to the big plum tree north of the office and found the bird perched in the dense branches/leaves. I was able to find a window to get some shots. It seems to be a first winter female with light color bill, yellow washed under and 2 pale wingbars. A couple of shots can be seen in my eBird report http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41853038 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41853038.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont





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Shadow Cliffs in the fog, Saturday

Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:12 pm (PST) . Posted by:
SteveLombardi

Our Golden Gate Audubon field trip to Shadow Cliffs today turned up the expected species in spite of the weather being chilly, foggy, and windy. We saw nothing unexpected except a GREAT-HORNED OWL that appeared to be injured.

The GREAT BLUE HERONS are returning to the rookery, with several birds standing on nests.

Many thanks to Kevin Schwartz for e-birding our walk.

Here's the list:
Canada Goose 33
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 41
Mallard 14
Canvasback 6
Ring-necked Duck 28
Bufflehead 15
Common Goldeneye 17
Ruddy Duck 43
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Horned Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 30
American White Pelican 8
Great Blue Heron 8
Turkey Vulture 6
Osprey 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
American Coot 175
Ring-billed Gull 2
California Gull 320 Mainly flying
Mourning Dove 2
Great Horned Owl 1 Appeared injured
Anna's Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 1 Heard
Acorn Woodpecker 2
Nuttall's Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
American Kestrel 1 Heard
Black Phoebe 7
California Scrub-Jay 5
American Crow 3
Common Raven 1
Tree Swallow 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 2
Oak Titmouse 6
Bushtit 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Bewick's Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Hermit Thrush 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Dark-eyed Junco 1
White-crowned Sparrow 14
Golden-crowned Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 3
California Towhee 1
Spotted Towhee 1
Great-tailed Grackle 4
House Finch 33

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41882471 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41882471 - Steve and Carol Lombardi
San Ramon




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Geese at MLK/Arrowhead Marsh Jan14

Dave Weber
 

In closed area, along entrance road 2:30-3pm, 20 Aleutian, 10 GWF, and 10 Snow Geese. One more GWF on lawn. Three Blue-winged Teal south of the long bridge over the channel.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone


Eurasian Wigeons Miller/Knox RP

judisierra
 

Two Eurasian Wigeons were present Sat.  1/13 in the lagoon among a large flock of American Wigeons. Overhead, only visible with bins was a a large flock of white-throated swifts between the lagoon and the hillside. At Point Potrero the herring run action  by the breakwater seemed to be over. Looking for osprey there was red-tailed hawk on a stick perch. Although turkey vultures hang out there I think this was unusual.
Judi Sierra- Oakland


Shadow Cliffs in the fog, Saturday

SteveLombardi
 

Our Golden Gate Audubon field trip to Shadow Cliffs today turned up the expected species in spite of the weather being chilly, foggy, and windy. We saw nothing unexpected except a GREAT-HORNED OWL that appeared to be injured.

The GREAT BLUE HERONS are returning to the rookery, with several birds standing on nests.

Many thanks to Kevin Schwartz for e-birding our walk.

Here's the list:
Canada Goose  33
Northern Shoveler  8
Gadwall  41
Mallard  14
Canvasback  6
Ring-necked Duck  28
Bufflehead  15
Common Goldeneye  17
Ruddy Duck  43
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Horned Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  30
American White Pelican  8
Great Blue Heron  8
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  175
Ring-billed Gull  2
California Gull  320     Mainly flying
Mourning Dove  2
Great Horned Owl  1     Appeared injured
Anna's Hummingbird  4
Belted Kingfisher  1     Heard
Acorn Woodpecker  2
Nuttall's Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
American Kestrel  1     Heard
Black Phoebe  7
California Scrub-Jay  5
American Crow  3
Common Raven  1
Tree Swallow  1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  2
Oak Titmouse  6
Bushtit  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Bewick's Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Hermit Thrush  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  5
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Dark-eyed Junco  1
White-crowned Sparrow  14
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
California Towhee  1
Spotted Towhee  1
Great-tailed Grackle  4
House Finch  33

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41882471

- Steve and Carol Lombardi

San Ramon


California Nursery Park (1/12/18) - Western Tanager

Jerry Ting
 

This (1/12/2018) afternoon around 4:00 PM in California Nursery Historic Park (in Niles District of Fremont), I heard the pit-er-ick calls of Western Tanager from the rose garden and followed the sound to the big plum tree north of the office and found the bird perched in the dense branches/leaves.  I was able to find a window to get some shots. It seems to be a first winter female with light color bill, yellow washed under and 2 pale wingbars.  A couple of shots can be seen in my eBird report http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41853038.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont



Ferruginous Hawk, Brushy Peak, Livermore

SteveLombardi
 

A FERRUGINOUS HAWK (same bird as last year?) was hanging out on the street lights on lower Laughlin Rd. near the Bluegrass Ct. intersection.

Otherwise, Laughlin Rd. and Brushy Peak were somewhat slow, but with most of the usual birds on hand, including a bunch of singing MEADOWLARKS, RED-TAILED HAWKS, KESTRELS, and several SHRIKES.

There were only a handful of GULLS on Frick Lake (the seasonal pond adjacent to Laughlin Rd.), although yesterday there were at least 400.

Steve Lombardi
San Ramon


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