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Garin Region Park 04-30-18

Matthew Dodder
 

Yesterday, March 30, I visited a few places in Alameda County I wanted to become more familiar with. I began at Pleasanton Ridge Open Space Preserve finding it beautifully leafed-out. On a four-mile hike, I found few birds of note, but it was very nice to see so many VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS exploring possible nest sites. The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS have definitely begun singing, and a single PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER called along the Sycamore Grove trail.

Next I visited Garin Regional Park where things really began to feel like spring, however no Orioles showed up for me. I found two more PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, my first-of-season WARBLING VIREOS and a single FOS WILSON’S WARBLER. These were all along the creek leading south toward Jordan Lake. I also was happy to see a RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW on the woodland trail beneath the lake.

Finally, I stopped into the Dry Creek Pioneer where the only new species was my FOS4TC (first-of-season-4-the-county) BARN SWALLOW.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

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Re: Long-tailed Duck @ Miller-Knox

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

I forgot to mention that the Long-tailed Duck is a female.

Tony Brake
Pt. Richmond


Long-tailed Duck @ Miller-Knox

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

This morning there was a LONG-TAILED DUCK with a group of about 80 scaup about 500 m offshore of Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline in Pt. Richmond. The group was initially was seen from near Ferry Point, then swimming to the north.  The two continuing male BLACK SCOTERS were in the bay from the Bay Trail at Barbara and Jay Vincent Park at the end of Marina Bay Parkway.

 

Tony Brake

Pt. Richmond


Re: California Tortoiseshells

Becky Flanigan
 

I had 5 in my back yard yesterday in Oakland, Sequoia Hills

Becky Flanigan

On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 10:20 AM, 'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Hello all,

Regarding California Tortoiseshell butterflies. They were flying all the way to the coast yesterday. I had constant sightings through the mid-day and afternoon. All heading inland, purposefully, none stopping at flowers. Some were coming off the ocean here in Half Moon Bay. The last big movement I have in my notes here in Half Moon Bay was in the fall of 2004 – Oct 13 to be precise.

Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo

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From: EBB_Sightings@... <EBB_Sightings@...> On Behalf Of Carla dindelion@... [EBB_Sightings]
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] California Tortoiseshells

California Tortoiseshells were also seen flying in pairs and singly in Sibley Regional Park Thursday evening from the Quarry trail.. A photo can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dindelion/40222549125/in/datetaken-public/

Happy birding & butterflying!

Carla Din, Oakland

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Re: California Tortoiseshells

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

Regarding California Tortoiseshell butterflies. They were flying all the way to the coast yesterday. I had constant sightings through the mid-day and afternoon. All heading inland, purposefully, none stopping at flowers. Some were coming off the ocean here in Half Moon Bay. The last big movement I have in my notes here in Half Moon Bay was in the fall of 2004 – Oct 13 to be precise.



Alvaro



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From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com <EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com> On Behalf Of Carla dindelion@gmail.com [EBB_Sightings]
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California Tortoiseshells were also seen flying in pairs and singly in Sibley Regional Park Thursday evening from the Quarry trail.. A photo can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dindelion/40222549125/in/datetaken-public/

Happy birding & butterflying!

Carla Din, Oakland





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California Tortoiseshells

Carla
 

California Tortoiseshells were also seen flying in pairs and singly in Sibley Regional Park Thursday evening from the Quarry trail.. A photo can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dindelion/40222549125/in/datetaken-public/

Happy birding & butterflying!
Carla Din, Oakland


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

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