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Eurasian Wigeon at Miller Knox Regional Park

David Lai <dlai7@...>
 

At 2pm, there was a beautiful male Eurasian Wigeon in the pond at Miller Knox Regional Park. It was swimming in a group with 5 American Wigeons.

Earlier, at 11:15am, I and several other birders saw the continuing beautiful Black-Throated Gray Warbler in Emeryville at 59th & Holllis.

David Lai
Berkeley


Barrow's Goldeneyes in Lake Merritt Channel

avwh <allenvhirsch@...>
 

Found one male there a couple days ago, but this morning there was a small flock of Barrow's males in Lake Merritt Channel (east of 10th St):

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p981160548

They love the shade, it seems, so light was not the best, but it's the first time I've found more than one - they even outnumbered the common males this morning there.


Don't miss the beautiful Black-throated Gray Warbler!

Ellen
 

We caught excellent views of this bird in the parking lot of Bucci's
on Hollis and 59th Street, in Emeryville.
We were there at 12:30 PM till about 1:30PM, Thurs. 12/23.
The moment we walked into the parking lot, I heard this bird's quick up-beat song.
I had only to turn toward Hollis St, look up, and there it was, right in the
front branches of the middle tree.
This is one hekka beautiful bird and it LOVES to show off for you! It was in the
middle tree of the large trees right in front of Bucci's. It stayed there feeding quite a long while, then flew off to another tree, further down, but still in the parking lot.
Typical warbler bill, longish tail, white as viewed from below, black throat and strong wing bars.
This tree also had a very nice specimen of a Townsend's Warbler, looked like an adult female, and a White-crowned Sparrow, (think there was a pair), that was joyously singing.Happy birding All!


Fw: Red-naped or Hybrid Sapsucker in Pleasanton

Ken Wilson <kaeagles@...>
 

I spotted the Red-naped or Hybird Sapsucker Tony discusses below in Pleasanton this morning. Follow Tony's instructions to the location. I actually saw the bird on park property accross the street from the intersection of Parkside and Curtis Circle. I've uploaded several images at the link below:
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/
 
Ken Wilson
Pleasanton

--- On Wed, 12/22/10, zy45218 <tonybrake@sbcglobal.net> wrote:


From: zy45218 <tonybrake@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Red-naped or Hybrid Sapsucker in Pleasanton
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, December 22, 2010, 6:29 PM


 



Sorry for the late posting. On December 17, my wife, Yvonne McHugh, and I had the pleasure of participating in the Eastern Alameda County Christmas Bird Count. Our assignment was the Pleasanton Sports Park and Canal which was part of Jim Ross's Arroyo Mocho area. This recreational city park was surprisingly birdy, probably due to a large variety of trees growing around the periphery and between fields. About 10:30 AM on that day I spotted a Sapsucker fly into a tree in the park from the adjacent neighborhood. It was obviously not a Red-breasted Sapsucker, but I only had a fleeting glimpse of it. On Monday, December 20, we returned to try to relocate the bird and get photos. Shortly after we arrived at 4:15 PM, I saw a sapsucker fly into a tree in the same area. Over the next 40 minutes, we got a number of decent looks at the bird. The fading light resulted in some pretty poor photos. They are posted in the "Rare and Interesting East Bay Birds" album But
from these and from our views, the bird appeared similar to a Red-naped Sapsucker with a few exceptions. It had red extending all the way over the top of its head as well as in the white supercilium stripe. Also, there was little black between the red throat and the yellowish chest and belly. There were two vertical rows of white spots down the back, which suggests Red-naped.

Jim Ross and Rich Cimino refound the bird yesterday, and have solicited opinions from a few experts. So far, the opinions are definite Red-naped and Red-breasted x Yellow-bellied. It would be great if someone could get better photos in good light to nail down the ID.

To get to this location take the Hopyard Rd. exit off I-580 and head south to Parkside Dr. continue about 1.5 mile then turn left on Parkside Dr. and go 0.4 mi to Curtis Cir. The sapsucker has been seen in the bare maple tree at the corner of Curtis and Parkside and in several nearby trees along the edge of the park, including a couple of pines ringed with sapsucker holes, a pepper tree, a eucalyptus and a bare tree along the walkway to the restrooms.

Tony Brake
Berkeley


Re: Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler

Kirk Swenson
 

The Black-throated Gray Warbler was still present in the Heritage Square
parking lot in Emeryville at 9:30 Wednesday morning.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis <---> Emeryville

On Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 1:15 PM, <scfloyd2000@yahoo.com> wrote:

The bird continues at 1:00 today in the line of trees on the grassy
mound in front of Bucci's. The parking lot where these trees are is on
Hollis at 59th. A Townsend's warbler was in the same area.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont
--- In EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com <EBB_Sightings%40yahoogroups.com>,
Kirk Swenson <khswenson@...> wrote:

The Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler has apparently returned to its
former location in the Heritage Square Parking lot (west side of Hollis
between 59th and 62nd streets). It was present Wednesday morning and this
(Friday) morning on my walk from the train station. Last year it spent
most
of the winter at this location and I seem to recall one having been
reported
from there in prior years as well.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis <---> Emeryville


Re: Tilden Park Empid=Hammond's?

Joe Morlan
 

Mark,

Thank you for posting this interesting set of photos. Hammond's is a
possibility, but the short primary projection, wing-flicking without tail
flicking, very dark wings with contrasting strong white wing-bars and
tertial fringes, and the mostly pale mandible all suggest the possibility
of LEAST FLYCATCHER.

However, the call-notes are somewhat problematic for either Hammond's or
Least.

On Wed, 22 Dec 2010 20:49:55 -0500, Mark Rauzon <mjrauz@aol.com> wrote:


Hi All-

At around 3pm today I saw the mystery empid in Tilden Nature Center, Berkeley. It was near where previously described: a short way down the nature trail boardwalk from the fire road access. I saw it for a second or two and saw a greenish bird with a faint eye-ring, then it vanished and I talked myself into thinking it was a kinglet. I continued on to Jewell Lake to admire the pair of hooded mergansers and on my return on the fire road back to the parking lot, near the boardwalk entrance I heard a calling bird which turned out to be the empid. It called repeatedly, a call every second or so, for about 10 calls. The calls were not sharp 'whits;, or 'piks', but more like a series of chirps. Around 4pm, I saw the bird clearly and it was indeed a greenish individual; it flicked it's wings but not it's tail. I saw the lower mandible was yellow/orangish and the upper mandible was dark. It looked like it had short wings, roundish head moderate sized bill. I managed some photos that show
this, but it would not sit still enough for a portrait. I would hazard to guess it's a Hammond's Flycatcher.
When I finally lost the bird it was at the place where I first saw it, about 100 paces into the boardwalk, on the left after the trail bends. Good luck.


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/hd011f01#hd011f01


Mark Rauzon
Oakland


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Wood Ducks

Steve Taylor
 

Spotted a couple of Wood Ducks today in Alameda Creek where the road to
Sunol Regional Park crosses the creek. If you go, be still as they are very
shy.





Steve


Red-naped or Hybrid Sapsucker in Pleasanton

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

Sorry for the late posting. On December 17, my wife, Yvonne McHugh, and I had the pleasure of participating in the Eastern Alameda County Christmas Bird Count. Our assignment was the Pleasanton Sports Park and Canal which was part of Jim Ross's Arroyo Mocho area. This recreational city park was surprisingly birdy, probably due to a large variety of trees growing around the periphery and between fields. About 10:30 AM on that day I spotted a Sapsucker fly into a tree in the park from the adjacent neighborhood. It was obviously not a Red-breasted Sapsucker, but I only had a fleeting glimpse of it. On Monday, December 20, we returned to try to relocate the bird and get photos. Shortly after we arrived at 4:15 PM, I saw a sapsucker fly into a tree in the same area. Over the next 40 minutes, we got a number of decent looks at the bird. The fading light resulted in some pretty poor photos. They are posted in the "Rare and Interesting East Bay Birds" album But from these and from our views, the bird appeared similar to a Red-naped Sapsucker with a few exceptions. It had red extending all the way over the top of its head as well as in the white supercilium stripe. Also, there was little black between the red throat and the yellowish chest and belly. There were two vertical rows of white spots down the back, which suggests Red-naped.

Jim Ross and Rich Cimino refound the bird yesterday, and have solicited opinions from a few experts. So far, the opinions are definite Red-naped and Red-breasted x Yellow-bellied. It would be great if someone could get better photos in good light to nail down the ID.

To get to this location take the Hopyard Rd. exit off I-580 and head south to Parkside Dr. continue about 1.5 mile then turn left on Parkside Dr. and go 0.4 mi to Curtis Cir. The sapsucker has been seen in the bare maple tree at the corner of Curtis and Parkside and in several nearby trees along the edge of the park, including a couple of pines ringed with sapsucker holes, a pepper tree, a eucalyptus and a bare tree along the walkway to the restrooms.

Tony Brake
Berkeley


Tilden Park Empid=Hammond's?

Mark Rauzon
 

Hi All-

At around 3pm today I saw the mystery empid in Tilden Nature Center, Berkeley. It was near where previously described: a short way down the nature trail boardwalk from the fire road access. I saw it for a second or two and saw a greenish bird with a faint eye-ring, then it vanished and I talked myself into thinking it was a kinglet. I continued on to Jewell Lake to admire the pair of hooded mergansers and on my return on the fire road back to the parking lot, near the boardwalk entrance I heard a calling bird which turned out to be the empid. It called repeatedly, a call every second or so, for about 10 calls. The calls were not sharp 'whits;, or 'piks', but more like a series of chirps. Around 4pm, I saw the bird clearly and it was indeed a greenish individual; it flicked it's wings but not it's tail. I saw the lower mandible was yellow/orangish and the upper mandible was dark. It looked like it had short wings, roundish head moderate sized bill. I managed some photos that show this, but it would not sit still enough for a portrait. I would hazard to guess it's a Hammond's Flycatcher.
When I finally lost the bird it was at the place where I first saw it, about 100 paces into the boardwalk, on the left after the trail bends. Good luck.


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/hd011f01#hd011f01


Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Coyote Hills Regional Park

First namerobert <bdisme51@...>
 

Birded this morning (Wednesday 12/22) at Coyote Hills and noted the following birds amongest the usual birds:

3 - Snow Geese continuing. These were at the little pond on the left just past the entry kiosk.

1 - Long-tailed Duck continuing on the same pond as previously reported. Park at the Quarry parking lot and take the paved trail west to the salt ponds. Continue up the Bayview trail (paved and to the right) to the top of the first rise and scope from there. It was along the west side of the pond about in the middle.

1 - Barn Swallow in with a flock of 40+ Tree Swallows over the main marsh.

Bob Dunn
San Leandro


Not at the Hayward Shoreline

Bob Richmond
 

Today I started at Cull Canyon Regional Park, then to Redwood Regional Park, and
on Skyline stopping anyplace that looked good for Evening Grosbeaks. I finally
saw one in Joaquin Miller Park (Sequoia Arena as the sign calls it). It was
about 1/8 to 1/4 miles west of Skylne Blvd. No heavy rain, just drizzled a few
times.

Good Birding

Bob


Another white-throated sparrow

antfish_60 <antfish60@...>
 

Tan striped type in Sunol Park. Cross the foot bridge near interpretive HQ, turn right and check the hillside on your left as you pass Hayfield Rd.

Anthony Fisher


Results of Oakland CBC on December 19

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

East Bay Birders:

On Sunday, about 200 participants in the Oakland Christmas Bird Count braved challenging weather and found 176 species (preliminary count), equal to our most recent ten-year average. Afterward, a hundred diners capped the day with a fine, filling, compilation dinner in a warm, lively, and DRY meeting room. Truly, a good time was had by all. Co-compiler Bob Lewis and I thank everyone who contributed to yesterday's fun.

On Count Day we missed only two regularly occurring species, Redhead, and Western Screech-Owl. We also missed one scarce species that was present in the Lake Merritt area in recent days, Tufted Duck, and also the presumed adult male Barrow's Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser hybrid (the "beautiful duck") that first wintered here in 2005-06. Finally, we missed a female Long-tailed Duck, reported off the Berkeley Pier as recently as December 16.


If you encounter, or encountered, any of these species within the Oakland count circle during count week (Thurs Dec 16 through Wed Dec 22) -- and especially on Count Day, please send me details: date, location, etc, plus identification notes on the Tufted Duck, Long- tailed Duck, or "beautiful duck".


The count's "Best Bird" prize was won by a Yellow-billed Loon, found offshore Crown Memorial State Beach in Alameda. It's not known if this is the same individual found off the Berkeley Pier in late November. If you re-find the Crown Beach loon, please send me your identification notes. Thanks in advance.

Other uncommon species reported yesterday include:

Snow Goose -- one bird near the Job Corps Center on Treasure Island, and five on Alameda's Chuck Corica Municipal Golf Complex near the Oakland Airport's northeast corner
Ross's Goose -- one on the grass in Oakland's Middle Harbor Park in the afternoon (not present in the morning)
Bald Eagle -- an adult flew over San Pablo Reservoir
Violet-green Swallow -- one flew over the northeast corner of the Oakland Airport, near Doolittle Drive.
Black-throated Gray Warbler -- returning bird, at 59th and Hollis in Emeryville
Baltimore Oriole -- first-year female In Alameda's Washington Park, found on November 26
Evening Grosbeak -- near Lake Anza in Tilden Regional Park

Yellow-billed Loon, Violet-green Swallow, and Baltimore Oriole were all new to the Oakland CBC on Count Day.

None of the rarities has yet been reviewed by the count's Rare Bird Committee.

Also, an Empidonax sp. flycatcher was found on the morning of December 16 in Tilden Regional Park, where the boardwalk toward the upper end of Jewel Lake meets the Wildcat Creek fire road. It would surely be nice to identify this bird to species . . . remember that last year's Count Day Empidonax sp. flycatcher was identified as a Gray Flycatcher two days later.


Our sponsor, Golden Gate Audubon Society, will publish a complete report of the count in the March issue of The Gull, and online at the GGAS web site. Meanwhile, you can read accounts of the day in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle, and on its website at
<http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/12/19/ BA7C1GT0BM.DTL>
and on Oakland North's website at
<http://oaklandnorth.net/2010/12/20/in-search-of-birds-during-oakland% E2%80%99s-70th-audubon-bird-count/>
Thanks to James Temple and Dara Kerr for sharing the story of our day with their readers.

Please mark your calendar and plan to participate in the 71st annual Oakland Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

[Finally, I apologize that this message didn't appear on EBB yesterday . .. my mistake.]

Dave Quady
39 The Crescent
Berkeley, California 94708
510-704-9353
davequady@att.net


White- throated Sparrow continues at Mills College

mskrentz
 

Following Judith Dunham's posting about the White-throated sparrow in Oakland, I went today to Mills College at about 3 PM. The sparrow was on the hillside above the parking lot mentioned by Judith. I found it with two California Towhees and a Spotted Towhee nearby. A flock of Dark-eyed Juncos was also foraging. I followed the asphalt path up the hillside and found the birds next to the dorm building under an oak. This individual is an excellent example of the white-striped morph.

Ironically, the birds were very close to a small structure that could be mistaken for a large bird box on a platform with a hole in it. When I went behind the box, I found that it was open on the fourth side and housed a dish of water and cat food!

I also checked Diamond Park for the sparrow mentioned by Mark. I was unable to find that one.
Mary Krentz


Re: white-throated sparrows (2)--and another in Oakland

Judith Dunham
 

Douglas Stewart and I also had an adult White-throated Sparrow in Oakland yesterday. This bird was at Mills College. It was foraging along the west side of the first parking lot to the right after the guardhouse. It was associating with a California Towhee and two Golden-crowned Sparrows. The birds were working along the fence that separates the campus from MacArthur Boulevard.

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

--- In EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com, Mark Rauzon <mjrauz@...> wrote:


An adult and an immature white-throated sparrow were seen yesterday at Dimond Park in Oakland's Glenview neighborhood.

They were foraging with a golden-crowned sparrow flock in the Friends of Sausal Creek's Demonstration garden, specifically on the access road, Hanly, which is off El Centro Ave, which is off Park Blvd.


Mark Rauzon
www.sausalcreek.org


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white-throated sparrows (2)

Mark Rauzon
 

An adult and an immature white-throated sparrow were seen yesterday at Dimond Park in Oakland's Glenview neighborhood.

They were foraging with a golden-crowned sparrow flock in the Friends of Sausal Creek's Demonstration garden, specifically on the access road, Hanly, which is off El Centro Ave, which is off Park Blvd.


Mark Rauzon
www.sausalcreek.org


Long-Tailed Duck and Snow Geese, Coyote Hills RP

scfloyd2000@...
 

The weather was...uh..."spirited" for yesterday's Ohlone Audubon CBC. Conditions prohibited us from driving out the levee roads to check the salt ponds, so we valiantly slogged out the No Name Trail on foot in pelting rain and hard, cold wind. Miles later, on our way back in, during a few moments of calm Rich Nicholson refound a LONG-TAILED DUCK in the northwest corner of the first salt pond on the right after you pass the pumping station where the Bayview Trail meets the bay as you come out from Quarry staging area.

A GOLDEN EAGLE gave us two great views. On our way out the trail, it flew up from South Marsh to chase off a NORTHERN HARRIER before settling back onto the ground where it probably had caught something. On our way back as we reached the pumping station, the eagle suddenly flew in from over the ridge and flew just over our heads, checking us out.

We also found three SNOW GEESE by the ponds off Quarry Road that suddenly appear after rainstorms. Quarry Road is on the south end of Coyote Hills on the west side of Paseo Padre Parkway just before Highway 84.

One continuing RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER flew into a pepper tree by the children's playground at Mirabeau Park in Newark (Haley at Mirabeau)while we were there.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Eastern Alameda County - CBC 2010

richard s. cimino
 

Eighty three birders participated in the Eastern Alameda County CBC on
Friday Dec17 th.

144 species reported with three exception species under review.

Under review are: - Red-naped Sapsucker, Northern Shrike (juvenile) and
Lewis's Woodpecker.

The day ended with our post count dinner, with section leaders
recapping their team sightings for the day.

Rich Cimino

Complier

Pleasanton, Alameda County


Fw: Re: Patterson Pass - Description of Mountain Bluebirds Location (12/18/10)

Ken Wilson <kaeagles@...>
 

I apologize for not posting a milage marker in my original post, yesterday. Below is a email to a fellow birder who requested the location. I have a Google Earth view if you'd like.

Ken Wilson
Pleasanton

Win,

I don't have the exact mileage marker but see attached
view. As I travel east on Patterson Rd from Greenvillie I
eventually come to a right turn that makes a steep decline
on Patterson. There is a huge valley to the left side of the
road as you look north towards the hills, the Altamont, and I-580.
The are three distinct parking pads in the area at the
bottom of the hill. The first two are on the left side of
the road (heading east) and the third is on the right side.
At the second parking spot there are normally Brewer's
Blackbird occasionally mixed with Red-winged Blackbirds. Between this
spot and the third parking spot (on the right heading east)
is where I saw the Mountain Bluebirds. I've seen them in the
same area three times in the past month and also saw them
there last winter.


Patterson Pass - Livermore

Ken Wilson <kaeagles@...>
 

Took a quick run up to Patterson Pass late this morning. I saw 3 Mountain Bluebirds, several Western Meadowlarks, 2 American Krestels, 4 Red-tailed Hawks, a couple of mixed flocks of blackbirds, Crows, and a Ferruginous Hawk circling overhead.


Ken Wilson
Pleasanton, CA

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