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Possible Gryfalcon.

Bob Richmond
 

A possible Gyrfalcon was seen by Ron Lindeman at MLK regional shoreline. It was seen from the north parking lot on Dollittle Dr. John Luther was there for 3 hours and I was there for almost 2 hours but neither of us saw a large falcon.

Bob

2/22/18: Long-tailed Ducks at Point San Pablo, Richmond; and other Shoreline sightings

Patricia Mahoney
 

Location: 1900 Stenmark Dr, Richmond US-CA (37.9636,-122.4191), Contra Costa County, California, US

Yesterday, 2/22/18, 1 PM, I visited Point San Pablo's harbor area for the first time, inspired by Teri and Chris Wills' ebird report and Tony Brake's subsequent EBB report (thanks all around!). It's a rustic area and the last stretch of road to the harbor is up and over and unpaved. I scoped the Bay from the end of the harbor, past the houseboats. It was cold and windy (gloves and layers helped) but after a few minutes of scanning the long raft of mostly Surf Scoters farthest from shore, I found the two female-type Long-tailed Ducks swimming close to each other. I found them a few times before they flew off together into the wind, over the line of scoters and out of sight. The male Long-tailed Duck was bobbing solo and preening near the end of the scoter flock. A raft of 1000+ Scaup was between the line of Scoters and the shore. Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks and Eared Grebes were out there, as were gulls and large gatherings of Coots. Beautiful birds- and lots fun watching them brave the elements!

What an interesting place and special part of San Francisco Bay- the locals I spoke with called it "Paradise"!

On the way out, I pulled over to watch a pair of Osprey in a roadside platform nest... and hundreds of American Wigeon in a sheltered area closer to shore.

Later, during a brisk walk before the wind blew me back to my car at Richmond Marina Bay/Vincent Park: a Spotted Sandpiper was in a corner, on rocks bordering the water and a Red-necked Grebe was swimming near the yachts.

Pat Mahoney
Hayward 


On Feb 20, 2018, at 8:20 PM, 'Tony Brake' tonybrake@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Yesterday I saw what were presumably the same 3 Long-tailed Ducks from the road leading to the Pt. San Pablo Harbor. They were among several thousand Surf Scoters and thousands of Scaup between Pt. San Pablo and Pt. Pinole. There were many, but smaller numbers of American Coots, Bufflehead, American Wigeon and gulls. It seems unusual to me that these birds have not exploited recent herring spawns (https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/)  as much as in previous years.

Tony Brake
Pt. Richmond


Eastern Contra Costa 2/22/2018 TUFTED DUCK, Glaucous Gull

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

Yesterday Albert Linkowski and I birded various spots in Eastern Contra Costa county. With blasting westerly winds starting remarkably early in the morning, activity was hampered and birding was tough, but we still managed to eek out a few goodies. 

We started at Iron House Sanitary District, where the once vegetation-choked shallow pond is now starting to open up slightly. Shorebird numbers are still low, but the dabblers are loving it. Anyway, highlights here included:

Ring-necked Duck-33 was a nice count of a species that seems to almost exclusively visit here late in the winter
Hooded Merganser-3
Common Merganser-128 was a high count for here
Sharp-shinned Hawk-2
Cooper's Hawk-1
Virginia Rail-1
Common Gallinule-1 was nice considering this species' declining status
Boneparte's Gull-20
Mew Gull-3
Forster's Tern-6
Great-tailed Grackle-10 were part of this species every-present eastward march in the county
House Sparrow-4 including a couple by the marsh overlook past the deep pond, where scarce

Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43088787

After that we briefly hit the Ibis rd Pond, and Delta Vista Middle School. We found no Barrow's at the former locations, but had a nice group of gulls at the latter, including 15 Mew, my highest count in East county.

From there we headed to Jersey Island, mostly looking for Flooded Fields. Striking out in that, the only highlights were:
American White Pelican-61
Ferruginous Hawk-1
Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43091265

Continuing on to Bethel Island we hit Piper Slough, the Harbor rd Fields, Willowest Marina, Frank's Tract overlook, and Willow rd neighborhoods, a new and very productive-looking spot to me. Highlights here included:
Blue-winged Teal-3 were a good bird for East county, and my first
TUFTED DUCK-1 male at Frank's Tract was a first record for the island. Maybe the same bird that was seen last winter at Sherman Island just 6 miles away?
Red-breasted Merganser-1 continuing female at Piper Slough
Allen's Hummingbird-2 males at traditional site at Willowest
Prairie Falcon-1 continuing bird by Golf Course
'Gray-headed' Orange-crowned Warbler-1 at willowestwas likely of the subspecies orestera, and was my first for East county
Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43096494

We then headed to Discovery Bay. Birding this site can be tricky, and we were not able to get into the Golf Club as I was able to last time. So, we stuck to public roads. The most productive areas seemed to be Cornell Park and Cabrillo Point. Highlights here included:
Mute Swan-1
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Forster's Tern-1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow-1 in with Tree Swallows was my first for the season
Tree Swallow-200 swarming off Cabrillo Point in the rain
Barn Swallow-5
Brown-headed Cowbird-1
Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43098911

We then hit several south county roads with not much to show for it, besides 3 Loggerhead Shrikes at Burns Road.

We proceeded on to Clifton Court Forebay, where I'd prepared 5 store-bought bags of bread for the occasion. We spent almost all of our time sifting through the 16000+ Gulls in hopes of finding the county's first Lesser Black-backed. No game on that Black-backed front, but we did find a huge number and variety of gulls, including:
Ring-billed Gull-50
California Gull-3000
Herring Gull-12000 was a conservative estimate, and a good count for the county
Thayer's Gull-300
Glaucous-winged Gull-600
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull-1
Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull-20
GLAUCOUS GULL-1 second-cycle was the first in a few years at Clifton (and East county) I believe.

Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43102801

Overall a solid day afield with 110 species records.

Good birding,
Logan Kahle

Yellow-bellied sapsucker in Tilden Park, Berkeley

Patricia Mahoney
 

2/22/18, 11:15 AM: After a two-hour stakeout at the Tilden Park Nature Area parking lot picnic table (warm sun when the clouds parted- and a seat!) the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker made a brief appearance, flying on to the cotoneaster's rear trunk to dip into a few sap wells. New and old sap wells cover most of the cotoneaster that's right in front of the picnic table. The rear trunk's partially obscured by a tangle of small branches. I got better looks when the sapsucker flew left and back to a white-blossomed tree before it flew off and out of sight. 

A couple of birders joined the vigil for a while but left before the sapsucker appeared, unfortunately. A Golden-crowned Kinglet landed overhead in the large oak, a ray of sun lighting up its golden crown before it flew off. Varied Thrush called regularly and one female thrush paused on an oak branch before diving low into the cotoneaster berries. Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets (some checking out sap wells) and Hermit Thrush (some jumping up from the ground to snag berries) were plentiful and active. A Red-shouldered Hawk called intermittently, then flew into the nearby oak and called loudly before flying off! Passersby carrying bunches of celery on their way to the Little Farm heard all about Golden Gate Audubon and the birds... and the special wintering sapsucker. Sap wells provided a great show and tell!

Pat Mahoney
Hayward

On Feb 18, 2018, at 3:21 PM, 'Judi S.' judisierra@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Was present this morning 2/18 in the Tilden RP Nature area parking lot area. In the cotoneaster behind the picnic table near the disabled parking. Also had good looks there at Varied and Hermit thrush, hairy woodpecker, fox sparrow, male townsend's warbler and brown creeper.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

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TUFTED DUCK on Frank’s Tract 2/22

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

Currently looking at an adult male Tufted Duck on Frank’s Tract viewed from Bethel Island. This is best viewed from the Frank’s Tract overlook which is best accessed by going to the convenient store here (38.0410441,-121.6332131) and asking to use the porch. I would strongly recommend buying a thing or two while your there. The porch is small and can only fit perhaps 5 people (but given its in Contra Costa I doubt that will be an issue).

Good birding,
Logan

Continuing Walnut Creek Tropical Kingbird

rosita94598
 

Today as well as yesterday, the Tropical Kingbird was seen again in Heather Farm Park in the Ygnacio Valley of Walnut Creek.  These two times it was seen at the south end of the large mostly natural pond near the chin-up bars.  This bird was first reported in early winter of 2014.  It has wintered in the park since, usually disappearing in April and reappearing in the fall.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


San Pablo Long-tailed Ducks

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

Yesterday I saw what were presumably the same 3 Long-tailed Ducks from the road leading to the Pt. San Pablo Harbor. They were among several thousand Surf Scoters and thousands of Scaup between Pt. San Pablo and Pt. Pinole. There were many, but smaller numbers of American Coots, Bufflehead, American Wigeon and gulls. It seems unusual to me that these birds have not exploited recent herring spawns (https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/)  as much as in previous years.

 

Tony Brake
Pt. Richmond

Re: Long tailed Ducks - with date this time

Dave Weber
 

Note to self: next time be sure to include date. LT Ducks sighted Tues, Feb 20.



From: EBB_Sightings@... [mailto:EBB_Sightings@...] On Behalf Of Dave Weber dwbirdster@... [EBB_Sightings]
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Long tailed Ducks





Sunrise at Pt San Pablo marina found three of the Long-tailed Ducks, m and 2f, seen from the residents parking area. Frigid but light was excellent.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone





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Long tailed Ducks

Dave Weber
 

Sunrise at Pt San Pablo marina found three of the Long-tailed Ducks, m and 2f, seen from the residents parking area. Frigid but light was excellent.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

judisierra
 

Was present this morning 2/18 in the Tilden RP Nature area parking lot area. In the cotoneaster behind the pic-nic table near the disabled parking. Also had good looks there at varied and hermit thrush, hairy woodpecker, fox sparrow, male townsend's warbler and brown creeper.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

Lake Anza: Ring-Necked Ducks, Common Mergansers

Lee Friedman
 

Many people are visiting Tilden in order to see the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and enjoy the other birds of Tilden's Nature Area and Jewel Lake. It's worth mentioning that at Lake Anza as of yesterday, a two-minute drive from the Nature Center, there are at Ring-Necked Ducks, Common Mergansers, and Black-Crowned Night-Herons, as well as numerous other species that make for a good visit.


Here is an eBird list from Thursday with some embedded photos:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42891345


Good birding all,

Lee Friedman

Golden Eagles at Sibley Preserve

George A Suennen
 

Hello all,

I stopped by Sibley Regional Preserve this afternoon and noticed a lot of raven activity.  In fact I spotted 9 Ravens on or by the large radio towers.  At first I thought they were crows, since I've never seen that many ravens in one place.  But then I noticed a pair of Golden Eagles sitting on top of the tower.  The ravens were trying their best to scare off the eagles, but they didn't seem to notice...

I posted a few photos on my site at http://birds.avianist.com/2018/180216-Sibley-Preserve

Best Regards,

George

http://birds.avianist.com

Re: Yellowo-bellied Sapsucker still in Tilden--Friday 2/16

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

I was there also this morning and got a few photos of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  Other birds of note while there, several Varied Thrush, in the same location as the YBS,  5 Brown Creepers on the Lower Pack Rat Trail, and a Great Blue Heron at Jewel Lake.

I post my photos at http://birds.avianist.com/2018/180216-Jewel-Lake

Best Regards,
George
http://birds.avianist.com

On 2/16/2018 1:34 PM, rosita94598@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
 

The Nature Center parking lot was already becoming crowded shortly after 9 AM when the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found today.  It was not in the usual cotoneaster, but was in a small young bay tree about 20 or 25 yards toward the nature center from there.  Look for the handicap parking spaces to the left of the picnic table.  Standing near the farthest handicap parking sign and looking toward the back of the trees was the best way to see the trunk of the bay tree.

A number of birders were present to take advantage of seeing and photographing the bird.  A few of the moms with kids even asked what it was we were seeing.


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek


Barrow's Goldeneye - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 2/16

Paul Schorr
 

The/A male Barrow’s Goldeneye that I first reported on Jan. 23 continues to show at Contra Loma R. P. Today we had very good views from the boat launch. It was with six female Common Goldeneyes.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Yellowo-bellied Sapsucker still in Tilden--Friday 2/16

rosita94598
 

The Nature Center parking lot was already becoming crowded shortly after 9 AM when the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found today.  It was not in the usual cotoneaster, but was in a small young bay tree about 20 or 25 yards toward the nature center from there.  Look for the handicap parking spaces to the left of the picnic table.  Standing near the farthest handicap parking sign and looking toward the back of the trees was the best way to see the trunk of the bay tree.

A number of birders were present to take advantage of seeing and photographing the bird.  A few of the moms with kids even asked what it was we were seeing.


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek

Vesper Sparrow, Briones

Alan Krakauer
 

The Vesper Sparrow previously reported over the past week was seen again late morning today by myself and a few others, in the same location on the opposite (south)  side of the upper Sindicich lagoon from the Crest Trail. As before it was in with a small flock of Savannah Sparrows. Most of the other birds I’d seen reported were also around, including fly-over Horned Larks, a Common Gallinule in the lower lagoon, and Ring-necked Duck in one of the stock ponds below the Old Briones Rd. Trail on the way up to the Crest Trail.


Cheers,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

Re: Wilson's Snipe at Garretson Pond

lowensvi@sbcglobal.net
 


More gorgeousness!


On Feb 14, 2018, at 12:02 PM, verne_nelson@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

A pair of Wilson's Snipe were feeding openly in the shallows next to fence by the road yesterday. They show up every year but are usually more reclusive and their camouflage feathering makes them hard to spot. I've read that they are one of the most abundant shorebirds in North America. 


http://bit.ly/2Ge0jkt



Garretson Pond, MLK Regional Shoreline Park, Oakland, CA 

Wilson's Snipe at Garretson Pond

VerneN
 

A pair of Wilson's Snipe were feeding openly in the shallows next to fence by the road yesterday. They show up every year but are usually more reclusive and their camouflage feathering makes them hard to spot. I've read that they are one of the most abundant shorebirds in North America. 


http://bit.ly/2Ge0jkt



Garretson Pond, MLK Regional Shoreline Park, Oakland, CA 

Re: Herring spawn. gulls at San Pablo Peninsula

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

Here is a short video of the Long-tailed Ducks. Maybe someone could weigh in on the age, gender of these birds.

https://youtu.be/aNfjlGgBEAo

 

Tony Brake

Pt. Richmond