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Green-tailed Towhee along the Seaview Trail, Tilden Regional Park

Denise Wight
 

Hi E.B. Birders,

During my early GGAS Birding by Ear class this morning, there was a Green-tailed Towhee along the Seaview Trail, north of Vollmer Peak. From Vollmer Peak head north, downhill to the area where the road turns left, just before the large transmission tower. The GTTO was seen on the barbed wire fence, near the "Protected Watershed-No Trespassing" sign, on the ground and nearby bushes, and to the right along the small trail about 100 ft. to the south.

Clay Anderson got us on a towhee with a rufous crown, too bright to be a Cal Towhee, and we knew Canyon Towhee was highly unlikely. When the bird turned around briefly, I saw the black and bright white pattern on the face and throat. The unpatterned back looked overall grayish in the fog.  A few of the class participants saw the bird from the front briefly one other time.  We did not see the bird on the return trip, or during the later class from 8:30am-12:00pm. At no time did the bird vocalize.

There was also a fly-by Lawrence's Goldfinch, heard from the bench overlooking Orinda.

All the Best Birding,

Denise Wight
Orinda, CA



visitors to our Walnut Creek patio Friday May 25

rosita94598
 

They did not nest in our patio bird house this year, as they have for many years, but today we had a Chestnut-backed Chickadee family visit our patio with three kids in tow.  The kids are old enough to no longer show an obvious yellow gape, but they were still anxious to have mom or dad grab some seeds for them from the feeder. 

A couple of the kids were quite interested in the bird bath, maybe not quite understanding what this water stuff is.  Two of them were the most interested, and one finally jumped into the middle level of our little three-tier fountain.  Some Lesser Goldfinches were at the bird bath at the same time, and they looked small compared to the Chickadees.  Whudda thunk it?

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Lawrence’s Goldfinch

ggabirder
 

Seen at 1:00 at Valle Vista. 100 yards south of the bridge in Monterey pines.

John Poole


Miller Knox

Michael Carnall
 

Sighted a red-necked Phalarope in the pond (north end) at Miller-Knox park about 4:30pm.

Mike Carnall


Crab Cove entrance to Crown State Beach

Bob Richmond
 

Seen today

1 White-breasted Nuthatch close to 
   Neptune picnic area.
1 Cackling Goose (Aleutian) with         Canada Geese in an open grassy 
   area near the building at Crown 
   State Beach.
1 Pelagic Cormorant.

Bob Richmond


Common Loon (breeding plumage) - Alameda Naval Air Station

verne_nelson@...
 

The Common Loon I reported several weeks ago is still hunting the waters surrounding the Osprey nest at (the former) Alameda Naval Air Station.  It has progressed to breeding plumage.  

I regularly monitor the Osprey nest and must say the loon is a very occasional sighting, perhaps only on 20% of my visits.


The Osprey nest (and loon) location is at the very southern end of Monarch Avenue.  You have to drive across two large concrete areas through two open gates to get to the end of Monarch (it doesn't look like a street) and dead end at the water's edge.


The Ospreys should be hatching eggs very soon.


Here's a photo of the loon:


https://bit.ly/2GGLxT4 

 


European Goldfinch at The Gill Tract in Albany

Ralph Pericoli
 

This morning at 9:12 and again at 11:57 I saw a European Goldfinch while birding at the Gill Tract. It had red across the front of the face, a wide vertical white band in the auricular area and a black nape. It had very distinct yellow wing patches with a white rump patch and a dull brown chest band. It was perched with a small group of Lesser Goldfinches in a snag-topped Redwood just south of the east-west road that runs through the Tract. 

The Gill Tract is located at the Marin Avenue extension and San Pablo Avenue in Albany. If the gate is locked, access can be obtained by crossing Village Creek south of the Tract in back of Sprouts Farmers Market on Monroe Avenue.


Ralph Pericoli


Fledgling Night Herons and Egrets in Oakland near Superior Court building

Marcus
 

My partner just called and told me that in a tree there seems to be quite the gathering of young Egrets and Night Herons on Alice between 12th and 13th. Near the Superior Court building.  If you are in the area it seems like a raucous happening that will be fun to watch.



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


Re: Nutall's woodpecker has fledged. Still in neighborhood

Marcus
 

Correction. No video of that day.  Do have video of two other days.  Unfortunately in the middle of a project so encoding and publishing will have to wait.


Nutall's woodpecker has fledged. Still in neighborhood

Marcus
 

Rosemary came by Friday afternoon and had waited and waited for mom or dad to show up. Meanwhile was very anxious, popping its head in and out, calling out more of an adult sounding call. We got some more pics and I got video to be shared later. About 80 minutes after Rosemary started watching Dad came by, hung out for a few minutes while baby was none too pleased. Then it fed and then hung out around the tree.  After feeding I had to get back to work so my guess is that I missed the Great Escape that would happened shortly afterwards. 
When I checked things out Saturday morning there was a whole different feel around and no sign of the baby.  I now have empty nest syndrome. Again.
However it was nice to learn a bit of behavior and maybe that will clue me in so I can stick around for the event, if I am still around here next year.

This morning, while outside checking things I heard the Nuttall's call down the street a few doors. It came from a rather densely foliaged tree so I could not see anything. Then a small Nuttall's flew out to a nearby wire. Pretty sure it was the kid, body was short for an adult.
Then it flew back, proceeded to call for about 5 minutes then Mom flew in to feed for a minute or two then flew to a nearby pole to hang out for a few minutes before leaving. Meanwhile the baby, I think I may call him Sneaky Pete, would occasionally let out a call and briefly appeared in view before disappearing behind a branch.
Will check out later.

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


Contra Costa Co. 5/20/18 - apparent NORTHERN PARULA, Richmond Lawrence's Goldfinch

Dominik Mosur
 

Posting for Logan Kahle:


Hi All,

Yesterday I birded around select locations in Western and Central Contra Costa county joined at different times by Jonah Benningfield and Noah Arthur.

After a late morning, I started at Point San Pablo with Jonah, mostly hoping to see if much migrant movement was apparent. Unfortunately, if there were many migrants around, they stayed silent. Highlights here included:

Vaux's Swift-a single flyover seemed quite late to me
Pacific-slope Flycatcher-1 singing male seemed like a likely breeder
Yellow Warbler-1 was one of few clear migrants here
Wilson's Warbler-5 singing males could have been territorial or migrants
Lazuli Bunting-1 singing male appeared to be on territory.
LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH-1 flyover was a very rare bird for richmond, and my first

Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45884529

From there I headed to Canal Boulevard to check Brook's Island. Nothing rare, but healthy numbers of the expected species:

Brown Pelican-311 was a nice count for the county
Western Gull-73
California Gull-639
Caspian Tern-286

Full eBird checklist here:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45867730

I briefly checked both West County WTP and Waterbird Regional Preserve but found nothing of note. Full checklists are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45868973 and https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45870718

From there I decided to head east. I hit Contra Loma as the first spot in what I assumed would be an afternoon in east county. Unfortunately there were few migrants showcased by only two or three Wilson's Warblers. At that time I got the email of the Blue-winged and headed over Diablo.

I birded the area around where the bird had been reported for about 15 minutes when Noah Arthur arrived. He keyed in on a buzzy song that repeated several times at seemed to both of us to represent a NORTHERN PARULA.I have uploaded some recordings to the eBird checklist. This is at the same location as the Blue-winged was reported, but slightly uphill (west) in the oaks. Recording can be found here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45880615

I have a slightly better recording in video format available upon request but cannot seem to find out how to enter it into eBird as just audio.

The only other migrants at that location were a couple of Swainson's Thrushes, and our only other warblers were Orange-crowns.
Good birding,

Logan Kahle
San Francisco


Hayward Shoreline (5-20)e

Bob Richmond
 

Seen today

1 adult Laughing Gull. First seen 2 weeks ago. Seen in flight over the SE island in the pond that has the Least Tern nest island. Best place to see it from is from the Least Tern sign.

17 Redhead. 8 pairs and 1 unpaired male. Can be seen from the observation platform at the Interpretive Center.

Winton Ave.

1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
1 Western-wood Pewee
1 Dusky Flycatcher
1 Warbling Vireo
1 Black-throated Gray Warbler
1Yellow Warbler

Bob Richmond


Blue-winged Warbler, Diablo Foothills Regional Park

SteveLombardi
 

At the risk of being dead-wrong in public, we believe that we saw a Blue-winged Warbler along Pine Creek in Diablo Foothills Park this (Sunday) morning, about 11:00.

The bird was foraging in some Himalayan blackberry next to the creek just beyond the first Peregrine Falcon trail closure sign, at 37.88277,-121.99039 before flying out of sight upstream.

We got unimpeded albeit brief looks in good light.
The bird had a bright yellow head and underparts.
A dark black line through the eye.
A dark (gray? green?) back.
Gray wings with wing bars.
Carol got a look at the underparts; a white vent and white tail spots.

It was a pretty interesting day in general with good looks at a pair of adult Lawrence's Goldfinches in the meadow just past signpost 8 and lots of breeding activity.

Here's the checklist:

Happy birding,
Steve and Carol
San Ramon



Leech socks

Louis Libert
 

Hi,

This is off topic so please reply to me off the list. I’m going to Malaysia next month and am looking for some good leech socks to bring. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks!
Louis Libert
Oakland, CA


Sycamore Grove (PAAS Field Trip report)

Matthew Dodder
 

I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class on a field trip to Sycamore Grove Park this morning. Conditions were overcast in the morning, clearing by mid morning and becoming quite windy by noon. A few highlights of our visit to the park are below (including 5 species* that were new for us at this location):

Wood Duck — pair near pedestrian bridge, third bird in flight
Great Horned Owl — 3 individuals 
Barn Owl — 4 individuals
Swainson’s Thrush* — heard only deep in shrubs beside the Wetmore Road entrance lot
Warbling Vireo* — several along creek and by park residence
Western Tanager* — first of several was seen directly above restrooms
Black-headed Grosbeak* — one by winery, another along Magpie trail
Lazuli Bunting* — 3 females seen, singing male heard near pedestrian bridge and winery
Lawrence’s Goldfinch — one male beside pedestrian bridge

Photos taken by class members will be posted soon on our eBird list:

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View


Fw: Hayward Shoreline 5-19-2018

Bob Richmond
 




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Bob Richmond"
To: "EBB Sightings"
Cc:
Sent: Sat, May 19, 2018 at 4:46 PM
Subject: Hayward Shoreline 5-19-2018
Today at the shoreline -

2 Western-wood Pewee at Winton.
1 Willow Flycatcher at Winton. Rare
   in spring.
1 Macgillivary's Warbler at Winton.
2 male Wilson's Phalarope flying
   south from the ponds east and
   southeast of Mt. Trashmore.

Bob Richmond


Hayward Shoreline 5-19-2018

Bob Richmond
 

Today at the shoreline -

2 Western-wood Pewee at Winton.
1 Willow Flycatcher at Winton. Rare
   in spring.
1 Macgillivary's Warbler at Winton.
2 male Wilson's Phalarope flying
   south from the ponds east and
   southeast of Mt. Trashmore.

Bob Richmond


Hope you are not tired of baby Nuttall's.

Marcus
 

Yesterday Rosemary came by again to take a bunch of shots while I ran my video camera. I hope she posts them soon. They are killer. This morning before setting to work I took a couple with my less than impressive 200mm zoom. So here are three shots from this morning. Again, I will be around before dinner to guide anyone although I would just follow mom or dad as they fly in or out of the foliage. The baby will likely be gone within the week. Last year there were two and they were out by the 22nd or so. If you are interested do hurry and let me know if you need directions.


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


Heather Farm Walnut Creek Friday May 18

rosita94598
 

It is well established that we have a Caspian Tern visiting the ponds at Heather Farm early in the mornings, it was here today, too.  But Rosita and I made an evening walk just now, and the entire time we circled the large, mostly natural pond, the Caspian Tern was flying back and forth.  It caught a fish at one point, though I did not witness that part.  I saw it working on swallowing the fish, after which it skimmed the water three quick times.  It would seem it might have needed some water to wash down the fish?

This was between 7:30 and 8 PM.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Baby Nuttall's making appearances in Oakland Laurel neighborhood

Marcus
 

Well it took a while but at least one has been poking his head out. May be only child. Will have to see if more emerge.  Did have a much too curious crow near enough to make parents nervous so a tennis ball was dispatched to scare it away.    Meanwhile a few pictures and also a wider shot to locate the nest in my neighborhood.   Right in front of the house with the bottlebrush on California between Maple and Laurel.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcuspun/27302748077/in/dateposted-public/

This will not last long. As I recall they leave pretty soon after they make themselves visible. Last year they left not long after my pics on May 13th.
Let me know if you are coming.

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

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