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Red-throated Loon and others - Cesar Chavez, Berkeley

Travis Hails
 

Yesterday (Thur, 3/29) about 10:30AM there were 2 Red-throated Loons along the west shore of Chesar Chavez Park, Berkeley. One, breeding plumage, was off the north-west corner of the park, the other, not in breeding plumage, was further south on the west shore (1/2 way to concrete breakwater).

Tuesday, 3/27, about 5:00PM with a low tide, there were 150 Black Turnstones along the east shore mudflats. Mixed in were at least one Ruddy Turnstone and a Surfbird. Two Oystercatchers were also in this mix. Two Osprey were fishing above this east basin.

Travis Hails


Hooded Oriole

Jackie Bobrosky
 

A male Hooded Oriole just seen at my hummingbird feeder!  A FOS for my backyard, a couple weeks late.  A selasphorous hummer has been present for a week, chasing the resident & not so resident Anna's around.

Loving spring.....

Jackie Bobrosky 

Old Martinez


Re: butterfly migration now

Kay Loughman
 

Yesterday - I counted more than 100 California Tortoiseshells flying up Claremont Canyon (in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border).  They were very focused on where they were going; no possibility of me getting a photo. The species is known for periodic big migrations.

Kay Loughman
Berkeley

Lisa Wahl l2wahl@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote on 3/29/2018 10:59 AM:
 

The one in my backyard was either a Painted Lady or the Tortoiseshell. We’ve had large numbers of Painted Ladies in the east bay before.

> On Mar 29, 2018, at 10:50 AM, Kathryn Spence kathrynspence@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
>
> Yesterday between 4-6 p.m. I counted 267 orange butterflies flying north over my Moraga house.They looked like California Tortoiseshells but they were pretty high and didn’t stop, so I am not positive.
>
> It’s going on again now!
>
> Also, our first Hooded Oriole and Selasphorus hummingbird of the season arrived today.
>
> Kathryn Spence
>



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Re: butterfly migration now

Lisa Wahl
 

The one in my backyard was either a Painted Lady or the Tortoiseshell. We’ve had large numbers of Painted Ladies in the east bay before.

On Mar 29, 2018, at 10:50 AM, Kathryn Spence kathrynspence@att.net [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Yesterday between 4-6 p.m. I counted 267 orange butterflies flying north over my Moraga house.They looked like California Tortoiseshells but they were pretty high and didn’t stop, so I am not positive.

It’s going on again now!

Also, our first Hooded Oriole and Selasphorus hummingbird of the season arrived today.

Kathryn Spence


butterfly migration now

kathrynspence@att.net
 

Yesterday between 4-6 p.m. I counted 267 orange butterflies flying north over my Moraga house.They looked like California Tortoiseshells but they were pretty high and didn’t stop, so I am not positive.

It’s going on again now!

Also, our first Hooded Oriole and Selasphorus hummingbird of the season arrived today.

Kathryn Spence


Re: butterfly migration now

Dominik Mosur
 

California Tortoiseshells have been moving over San Francisco hilltops the past couple days.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


Re: butterfly migration now

martha tracy <n5802f@...>
 

How lovely...wish they were everywhere!!!!


On Mar 29, 2018, at 9:38 AM, Mark Rauzon mjrauz@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

In the last 15 minutes, I counted 34 passing butterflies moving up my street in a northerly direction, flying purposefully. That's about 2 a minute. I can't count and identify at same time. Keep an eye out for them.

Mark  Rauzon
Oakland in Glenview


butterfly migration now

Mark Rauzon
 

In the last 15 minutes, I counted 34 passing butterflies moving up my street in a northerly direction, flying purposefully. That's about 2 a minute. I can't count and identify at same time. Keep an eye out for them.

Mark  Rauzon
Oakland in Glenview


Two Male Black Scoters at Richmond's Marina Bay Harbor

Patricia Mahoney
 

3/28, 4 PM: Two male Black Scoters flew into my scope view as I scanned along the line of boats/yachts in the SE corner of Richmond's Marina Bay harbor. They splashed down near channel markers "D" and "C" and proceeded to dive and swim together. One scoter's bill was brighter than the other's. They were joined by a group of 5 Lesser Scaup. I watched the Scoters for 30 minutes and they were still there when I left. Park at either Barbara and Jay Vincent Park (closer) or Shimada Friendship Park and enjoy the views from the trail to the harbor's SE corner. Many shorebirds were present: Willet, Marbled Godwit, Western Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dunlin, Long-billed Curlew, Whimbrel, Black Oystercatcher- a beautiful day by the Bay!

Pat Mahoney
Hayward


Rufous Hummingbird

judisierra
 

Selasphorus hummers are very rare in my yard. Maybe once or twice an Allen's but this evening there was a male Rufous feeding on a salvia. The resident female Anna's seem to be MIA.
Judi Sierra- Oakland


The Nuttall's have moved in today. Oakland Laurel

Marcus
 

The Nuttall's have moved in - two pictures.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcuspun/41019215002/in/album-72157694977024785/

Given the furious pace at which they were working I think they are glad for the rest.


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


Rock Wren - Black Diamond Mines R. P., Antioch - 3/26

Paul Schorr
 

Yesterday, 3/26, between appointments and errands, we were able to bird at BDMRP for about two hours. In addition to the FOS Rock Wren, we also added House Wrens and Violet-green Swallows.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Rufous Hummingbird - Antioch yard - 3/27

Paul Schorr
 

Today we had a FOS male Rufous Hummingbird visit our feeder.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Sibley Preserve Purple Martins

John Luther
 

Hi All,

Took a birding walk in Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve today, Mar 27, from 10:30 to 1:30.  Lots of bird and dog activity in great weather.  You could see the snow capped mountains to the east without using binocs (but of course I used them).  I walked from the parking area around the north side of Round Top and birded mostly from the southeast side of Round Top.  While watching a large migrating flock of over 60 Violet-green Swallows I noticed two larger darker Purple Martins.  Perhaps a little early, but they have already been reported in Napa, Solano and Sacramento counties this spring.  They were flying north as were the swallows and at least 2 hummingbirds.  Two Tree Swallows were investigating a nest box.  Two Golden Eagles were in the area often being harassed by 35 plus Ravens. W Bluebirds were active and California Thrashers were singing.   Beautiful day!!

John Luther
Oakland


Savannah Sparrow in Heather Farm Park 3/27

rosita94598
 

While visiting the park this morning, Tracy Farrington told Fred Safier and me that he had seen a Savannah Sparrow near the new sparrow corner south of the equestrian area.  Then, while we were standing near the big oak on the west side of the pond, Tracy drew our attention to a sparrow in a small oak next to the Ygnacio Canal.  Sure enough, it was the Savannah Sparrow. 

According to both Fred and Tracy, this appears to be a first record for Heather Farm Park.  The park is located in the Ygnacio Valley of Walnut Creek.

At least 10 Ring-necked Ducks were still present this morning.  We also had the swallow species, Northern Rough-winged, Barn and Violet-green.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Black Scoter Males Marina Bat

Frances DuPont
 

At 11:00 am today there were 2 Black Scoter males in the SE corner of the harbor at Marina Bay. The closest parking is at Shimada Park, follow trail west to the Marina to get to the inner SE corner. They were near the Bay Trail. I will post cell phone photos on ebird. They were diving near a few Scaup.

Frances Dupont
Richmond


Miller Knox eastern Phoebe continues. Long tailed duck on bay

Teri L Wills
 

Hi all

The Eastern phoebe was in the three small trees next to the lagoon near the marsh hawk picnic area about 10 am Tuesday the 27th. On the bay side looking toward the bridge was a female long tailed duck. Close to the old railroad ferry pier was a breeding plumage common loon.

Miller Knox park is in pt Richmond

Chris and Teri Wills
Martinez


Tennesee Warbler, Emeryville and other east bay birds....

Jim Chiropolos
 

Last night walking to my car I saw a Tennessee warbler in the dense exotic evergreen deciduous trees by the Chevy's Restaurant by I80/Powell Street. I did not hear or see it this morning on my way into the office.


Yesterday, at my Orinda home, there was a major push of Rufous Hummingbirds at the house with over 10 visiting the feeders with 2 Allen's. One feeder the last two weeks has been monopolized by a single Rufous male. This bird has not allowed another hummer at its feeder over this time. Its weird looking out the window to see 10 hummingbirds feeding at one feeder and the other feeder empty, with the Rufous perched protectively under its feeder.


Coopers hawks are breeding in the neighborhood. At this time of year they have a plumage I have not seen before or in the books - when they fly, the side feathers are fluffed out ad very conspicuous at the sides at the base of the tail - quite beautiful.


On Sunday, Derek Heins and I biked Alameda Creek from the canyon to Coyote Hills, Edens Landing, Hayward Marsh and part of San Leandro marina. In past years, this route would get us over 100 species but we were lucky to see 80. The only abundant birds were swallows and Northern Shovelers. Amazingly, in the 35 miles biked, we only had 7 raptors of five species. It seemed raptors and duck species are dispersing early this year. Our best sighting was a single Ross Goose at a San Leandro golf course. No passerine summer migrants with the exception of the swallows.


Good Birding,

Jim Chiropolos

Orinda and Emeryville



Pileated Woodpecker plus in Oakland

John Luther
 

Today, Mar 26, there was a Pileated Woodpecker in my yard on Exeter Drive in the Oakland hills.  This is only the second one I have had here in over 30 years.  Additional birds in the yard today included Crows and Ravens continuing to collect nesting twigs from my Walnut tree, at least two White-throated Sparrows (3 were here in early winter and all 3 might still be around), Fox Sparrows (including a leucistic Fox Sparrow which I am surprised made it through the winter as it is almost pure white with a few very light tan areas), Golden-crowned Sparrows, about 30 Band-tailed Pigeons, over 20 Pine Siskins (will be interesting to see if some stay to nest as some have done in past years), and others.  Birds seen flying over the canyon to the north included a Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Turkey Vultures and White-throated Swifts.

Beautiful day!

John Luther
Oakland


Eastern Phoebe

Colin Meusel
 


Continues at Miller/Knox at 3:45 pm. 
Seen on Cypress about 20 ft. NE of trail where trail intersects with “Marsh Hawk” sign. Between pond and locked parking lot. 

-Colin Meusel
Oakland CA


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