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Eastern Phoebe

Patricia Bacchetti
 

HI all,


The EASTERN PHOEBE continued at Miller Knox Reg Park today.  It was found by one of the many birders present just past the Marsh Hawk picnic area in the 3 small conifers near the lagoon's edge.  It didn't stay long, and soon moved inland toward the eucalyptus trees where we lost it.  It's rather drab, with a hint of yellow on the belly and the beginnings of a dark cap.  There was a very vocal Black Phoebe calling near the parking area who dashed my hopes early on; the Eastern Phoebe was silent throughout the time we watched it.


The tunnel into Pt Richmond was closed today for paving, but you can detour around on Washington St.  Park in the second parking lot and Marsh Hawk picnic area is right in front of you.


Good birding,


Pat Bacchetti

Oakland

Coomon Loon - Alameda Naval Air Station

VerneN
 

Yesterday, I saw a Common Loon in transitional breeding plumage at the southern end off Monarch Street in Alameda on the former Naval Air Station.


Picture:


https://bit.ly/2FZu5xH


This is also the annual location of an Osprey nest and I saw one lingering there, braving the 25mph winds.

withdrawn report -- white-winged dove

David Yeamans
 

I've withdrawn my former report of a white-winged dove in Livermore from yesterday. I think the report was accurate but not substantiated with enough evidence to justify the rare bird sighting. Next time I'll grab the camera first and then the binos.

dy
--
David Yeamans

"I try not to speak more clearly than I think." [Niels Bohr]

Male Nuttall's takes the second shift on nest building.

Marcus
 

Part 2, the male Nuttall's take the second shift to work on the nest. Yesterday (March 22) both male and female were at it continuously. 

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
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Oakland, CA

Eastern Phoebe continues

John Harris
 

Seen around 12:15 for at least 20 minutes or so near thicket across street from north end of model railroad museum as described by Emilie Strauss yesterday. Flycatching from several trees in the area. Seen with Wendy Beers, Sarah Lynch, Ethan Monk, and Gary D. Will upload photos with eBird later
John Harris

Cattle Egret - Berkeley!

Jim Chiropolos
 

This morning, I had to take my vehicle in for a tune-up but that meant I got to bike to work - in the rain.


The reward was - biking through Berkeley Meadows, I found a Cattle Egret! The egret was in the natural soccer fields where the Canadian geese and gulls hang out midway between Gilman and University of the I80 frontage road.


Good Birding,

Jim Chiropolos

Orinda and Emeryville

video of Female Nuttall's working on the nest in Oakland

Marcus
 

About 28 minutes of footage, blown up a bit.
I did shoot another angle for a few minutes. When I have time (?)  I will put in a side by side.

After the female moved away from the nest and then flew off the male came by to work on it ten minutes later. 


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

Miller Knox Eastern Phoebe

Alan Krakauer
 

It took about 2 hours, but I did manage a few second glimpse of the Eastern Phoebe at around 3:30 today. It was in one of the three small trees along the lake near the Marsh Hawk picnic area. Thanks to Emilie Strauss for the encouragement to keep looking!  


Good birding,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

Tricolored Blackbirds X 60

David Yeamans
 

A mixed flock of blackbirds and starlings, mostly tricolored blackbirds, was feeding in a field near the road. East side of North Livermore Avenue 1/4-mile south of the Cayetano substation.
D, Yeamans

p.s., not likely to stay around, but one white-winged dove near the Livermore Library on S. Livermore Ave.

dy
--
David Yeamans

"I try not to speak more clearly than I think." [Niels Bohr]

Eastern Phoebe still continues, Miller Knox Tuesday midday

dp_eas
 

Still present 2:45 pm.

In general area by Marsh Hawk picnic ground but mostly to east ranging on either side of paved trail either in thicket ( Model Train Museum sign visible in background across street) or in ironwoods between MHPG and empty parking lot.

Emilie Strauss
Berkeley CA

Oakland Laurel Nuttall's - the female is working on the nest

Marcus
 

Since yesterday, even with sprinkles mama Nuttall's has been cleaning up the rough work. Will have video and possibly stills from other angles. She's not used to the neighborhood yet so is a bit skittish. Call or email if you want directions


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


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On Mon, 3/19/18, Marcus <scrod2000@...> wrote:

Subject: Oakland Laurel Nutall's - the female inspects the nest.
To: "EBB Sightings" <ebb_sightings@...>
Date: Monday, March 19, 2018, 12:26 PM

Was a bit brain dead
this morning as I have been working all night, but had to
check out the new woodpecker digs and from inside my house I
saw the woodpecker (I thought it was the male) just being
still, which it does when something is around that bothers
it.  It was like that for a few minutes, then poked
around the hole and then I realized it was the female
inspecting the nest. She then tapped around the wood of the
tree and flew off.   Obviously the inspection did NOT
pass muster as the male was hard at work again later on
around noon. He has gotten a full body length in and last I
checked was busy, busy, busy.



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

Eastern Phoebe continues, Miller Knox Tuesday midday

Holly Bern
 

The bird was seen perched at about eye level in the pines near the Marsh Hawk picnic area, not too far from the drinking fountain.  Occasionally it would swoop down to flycatch.  


Holly Bern

11:45 a.m.

Gull Fest in South Berkeley

Judith Dunham
 

About 200 or so gulls are currently feasting in Moellering Field in South Berkeley, between Derby, Carlton, Milvia, and MLK. I passed by, then went home to get my bins and a camera. There are at least three species: mostly RING-BILLED, a number of MEW, and a scattering of CALIFORNIA.

This field and others were part of my CBC area for a few years and are also on my regular route by car and by foot. Even with rainfall before the CBC dates and even with last year's copious rainfall, I never saw this large number at this location. I had started to think that the city of Berkeley somehow had engineered the fields to prevent worm buffets.

I wanted to stay longer but was chased away by a big shower.

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

Re: Eastern Phoebe continues, Monday evening

C Lou
 

March 20 240pm. The eastern phone continues. Seen in the trees by the empty parking lot and by lake in the three small trees.

Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: "Jeff Hoppes jeff.hoppes@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...>
Date: 3/19/18 7:25 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Eastern Phoebe continues, Monday evening

 

The Eastern Phoebe continued at Miller/Knox at 7 pm Monday evening, March 19th. The bird was flycatching in the pines between the trail on the east side of the lagoon and the large paved concrete area adjacent to the middle gated parking lot (look for a solitary bench next to a brown trash can).

 Good birding,
 Jeff Hoppes
 Richmond


On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 6:03 PM, Sheila Dickie falconmae@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

The Eastern Phoebe reported originally by Laura Look was seen by Elizabeth Sojourner and me at about 4:45 p.m. today, Monday, March 19, at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline Park, Richmond. The bird was first seen about 50 yards north of the Marsh Hawk picnic area in a pink flowering eucalyptus next to the second set of picnic tables on the lawn area. It then flew left to a group of three piney type trees next to the lagoon.. We watched the bird for about 15 minutes before losing it. The phoebe was in the company of Western Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers. When it was first spotted in the eucalyptus it had flown in above our heads from the right.

Thank you Laura.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Re: Eastern Phoebe continues, Monday evening

Dave Weber
 

Eastern phoebe noon Mar 20 marsh hawk picnic area at Miller Knox.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

"Jeff Hoppes jeff.hoppes@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

The Eastern Phoebe continued at Miller/Knox at 7 pm Monday evening, March
19th. The bird was flycatching in the pines between the trail on the east
side of the lagoon and the large paved concrete area adjacent to the middle
gated parking lot (look for a solitary bench next to a brown trash can).

Good birding,
Jeff Hoppes
Richmond


On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 6:03 PM, Sheila Dickie falconmae@...
[EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:



The Eastern Phoebe reported originally by Laura Look was seen by Elizabeth
Sojourner and me at about 4:45 p.m. today, Monday, March 19, at Miller Knox
Regional Shoreline Park, Richmond. The bird was first seen about 50 yards
north of the Marsh Hawk picnic area in a pink flowering eucalyptus next to
the second set of picnic tables on the lawn area. It then flew left to a
group of three piney type trees next to the lagoon. We watched the bird for
about 15 minutes before losing it. The phoebe was in the company of Western
Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers. When it was first spotted in the
eucalyptus it had flown in above our heads from the right.

Thank you Laura.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond

Oakland, Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk Close up, Lake Merritt

kristi9876
 

Not a rare bird, but it was a surprise to look out a window and see a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk perching so close for about 20 minutes. This patio is at the top of a high-rise building adjacent to Lake Merritt in Oakland. 


Video here: https://youtu.be/1tM5psFeOak


Kristi Whitfield

Oakland, CA

Eastern Phoebe continues, Monday evening

Jeff Hoppes
 

The Eastern Phoebe continued at Miller/Knox at 7 pm Monday evening, March 19th. The bird was flycatching in the pines between the trail on the east side of the lagoon and the large paved concrete area adjacent to the middle gated parking lot (look for a solitary bench next to a brown trash can).

 Good birding,
 Jeff Hoppes
 Richmond


On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 6:03 PM, Sheila Dickie falconmae@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

The Eastern Phoebe reported originally by Laura Look was seen by Elizabeth Sojourner and me at about 4:45 p.m. today, Monday, March 19, at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline Park, Richmond. The bird was first seen about 50 yards north of the Marsh Hawk picnic area in a pink flowering eucalyptus next to the second set of picnic tables on the lawn area. It then flew left to a group of three piney type trees next to the lagoon.. We watched the bird for about 15 minutes before losing it. The phoebe was in the company of Western Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers. When it was first spotted in the eucalyptus it had flown in above our heads from the right.

Thank you Laura.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Eastern Phoebe, Miller Knox, March 19

Sheila Dickie
 

The Eastern Phoebe reported originally by Laura Look was seen by Elizabeth Sojourner and me at about 4:45 p.m. today, Monday, March 19, at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline Park, Richmond. The bird was first seen about 50 yards north of the Marsh Hawk picnic area in a pink flowering eucalyptus next to the second set of picnic tables on the lawn area. It then flew left to a group of three piney type trees next to the lagoon. We watched the bird for about 15 minutes before losing it. The phoebe was in the company of Western Bluebirds and Yellow-rumped Warblers. When it was first spotted in the eucalyptus it had flown in above our heads from the right.

Thank you Laura.


Sheila Dickie
Richmond

Pt Isabel (no Harris's Sparrow)

Alan Krakauer
 

I birded Pt. Isabel for about 2 hours around mid-day today. It was a little breezy at times which seemed to make the sparrows harder to find. Alas no Harris’s sparrow either along the bay trail or the parallel berm. There were two Caspian Terns working the bays north of the dog park. Also lots of aerial insectivores- a small flock of White-throated swifts with some swallows sprinkled in- picked out Barn, Tree, and Rough-winged.

Good birding,
Alan Krakauer,
Richmond, CA

Oakland Laurel Nutall's - the female inspects the nest.

Marcus
 

Was a bit brain dead this morning as I have been working all night, but had to check out the new woodpecker digs and from inside my house I saw the woodpecker (I thought it was the male) just being still, which it does when something is around that bothers it.  It was like that for a few minutes, then poked around the hole and then I realized it was the female inspecting the nest. She then tapped around the wood of the tree and flew off.   Obviously the inspection did NOT pass muster as the male was hard at work again later on around noon. He has gotten a full body length in and last I checked was busy, busy, busy.



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