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Buff-breasted Sandpiper open now til 5PM

Mark Stephenson
 


West county wastewater district. 



Buff-Breasted Sandpiper No Access right now.

Mark Stephenson
 

Gate is locked some of us are locked in. Recommended time 7am-12PM West County Wastewater District. Buff-Breasted Sandpiper on pond west of gate that locks and opens. 

Happy Birding 
Mark&Lucas Stephenson




Buff-breasted Sandpiper CONTINUING

z.querula@...
 

12:01 inside ponds not visible from road

Ethan Monk


Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Graham Chisholm
 

Thanks to George Griffith we refound the buff-breasted Sandpiper at 11:30 am, at the ponds in line with Pittsburgh Avenue (would be the western ponds and the bird was on the mudflat in the southern of the two western Ponds). So basically the ponds with water to your left and behind you as you enter the entrance gate. Thanks

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley


Buff-breasted Sandpiper yes 8/25

Jeff Hoppes
 

The Buff-breasted Sandpiper continued this morning between 7:15 and 7:45. The bird was visible with a scope from the Bay Trail on the west side of Richmond Parkway between Parr Boulevard and Pittsburg Avenue.

 Good birding,
 Jeff Hoppes
 Richmond

On Sat, Aug 25, 2018 at 7:03 AM, Colin Meusel colinroots@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

....yes, they are open on the weekends (unless policy has changed since last year). The main doors might be locked, but they still appreciate a sign-in (enough to put a flyer in your car if you don’t.) if so, go around to the left. You may have to knock. 

-Colin Meusel
  Petaluma, CA




On Friday, August 24, 2018, 22:32, Aaron Maizlish aaron.maizlish@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Birders,


Many thanks to Logan Kahle for getting the word out earlier.  At least a dozen birders were able to see the bird this afternoon.

Now that I’m back home I’ve been trying to catch up on some of that August shorebird-migration magic.  This afternoon after leaving work I decided to check out the Richmond sewage ponds, formally the West County Wastewater District Treatment Plant.   After signing in at the office I went off to survey the ponds and was disappointed with the lack of bird activity.  In the second large pond (east of the office), there were just three distant medium-sized sandpipers with buffy breasts on the mud that caught my eye.  I went back to my car to get the camera and was shocked to realize that I was looking at one BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER associating with two BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS. 

The three pipers were very mellow and cooperative for the two hours that I stayed on site -eventually joined by a third Baird’s Sandpiper and a small number of peeps.   The Buff-breasted is a first year bird with crisp plumage, bright yellow legs and white edges on the wing feathers.

I have put up six photos on my flickr feed starting here:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/30383567858/  - I also included most of them on the eBird report.  This was probably my most desired life-bird and it was quite exciting to stumble about it.  According to Logan this is a first county record for Contra Costa County.

I do not know if the WCWD is open on the weekends.  You need to sign in at the office - the staff and workers are always extremely friendly to birders on the few times I have interacted with them.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA



Re: Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Richmond

Colin Meusel
 

...yes, they are open on the weekends (unless policy has changed since last year). The main doors might be locked, but they still appreciate a sign-in (enough to put a flyer in your car if you don’t.) if so, go around to the left. You may have to knock. 
-Colin Meusel
  Petaluma, CA




On Friday, August 24, 2018, 22:32, Aaron Maizlish aaron.maizlish@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:

 

Birders,


Many thanks to Logan Kahle for getting the word out earlier.  At least a dozen birders were able to see the bird this afternoon.

Now that I’m back home I’ve been trying to catch up on some of that August shorebird-migration magic.  This afternoon after leaving work I decided to check out the Richmond sewage ponds, formally the West County Wastewater District Treatment Plant.   After signing in at the office I went off to survey the ponds and was disappointed with the lack of bird activity.  In the second large pond (east of the office), there were just three distant medium-sized sandpipers with buffy breasts on the mud that caught my eye.  I went back to my car to get the camera and was shocked to realize that I was looking at one BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER associating with two BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS. 

The three pipers were very mellow and cooperative for the two hours that I stayed on site -eventually joined by a third Baird’s Sandpiper and a small number of peeps.   The Buff-breasted is a first year bird with crisp plumage, bright yellow legs and white edges on the wing feathers.

I have put up six photos on my flickr feed starting here:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/30383567858/  - I also included most of them on the eBird report.  This was probably my most desired life-bird and it was quite exciting to stumble about it.  According to Logan this is a first county record for Contra Costa County.

I do not know if the WCWD is open on the weekends.  You need to sign in at the office - the staff and workers are always extremely friendly to birders on the few times I have interacted with them.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA


Buff-breasted Sandpiper in Richmond

Aaron Maizlish
 

Birders,

Many thanks to Logan Kahle for getting the word out earlier.  At least a dozen birders were able to see the bird this afternoon.

Now that I’m back home I’ve been trying to catch up on some of that August shorebird-migration magic.  This afternoon after leaving work I decided to check out the Richmond sewage ponds, formally the West County Wastewater District Treatment Plant.   After signing in at the office I went off to survey the ponds and was disappointed with the lack of bird activity.  In the second large pond (east of the office), there were just three distant medium-sized sandpipers with buffy breasts on the mud that caught my eye.  I went back to my car to get the camera and was shocked to realize that I was looking at one BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER associating with two BAIRD’S SANDPIPERS. 

The three pipers were very mellow and cooperative for the two hours that I stayed on site -eventually joined by a third Baird’s Sandpiper and a small number of peeps.   The Buff-breasted is a first year bird with crisp plumage, bright yellow legs and white edges on the wing feathers.

I have put up six photos on my flickr feed starting here:   https://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/30383567858/  - I also included most of them on the eBird report.  This was probably my most desired life-bird and it was quite exciting to stumble about it.  According to Logan this is a first county record for Contra Costa County.

I do not know if the WCWD is open on the weekends.  You need to sign in at the office - the staff and workers are always extremely friendly to birders on the few times I have interacted with them.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA


NO Buff-breasted Sandpiper

z.querula@...
 

At 6:50 PM, I (Ethan Monk) showed up at Richmond wtp to look for the buff-breasted sandpiper. I scoped the three full ponds from the road for close to an hour and a half until scoping was impossible. Jeff Hoppes showed up around 7:15. We found 3 Baird’s Sandpipers, several Least Sandpipers, many killdeer, several Yellowlegs but unfortunately no Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Maybe the bird has just gone to roost, hopefully it hasn’t left. Good luck to everyone else.

Good birding,
Ethan Monk


Re: Buff-breasted Sandpiper 8/24/2018 fide A. Maizlish

John Cant 793-5216
 

Is the Richmond WTP open to birders on the weekend?

 

Thanks,

 

John Cant

 

From: EBB_Sightings@... On Behalf Of Logan Kahle logan@... [EBB_Sightings]
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2018 3:24 PM
To: EBB
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Buff-breasted Sandpiper 8/24/2018 fide A. Maizlish

 

 

Hi all,

Just got a text from Aaron Maizlish who was just looking at a Buff-breasted Sandpiper with two Baird’s Sandpipers at the Richmond WTP. He has good and diagnostic photos. It is in the series of 4 ponds closest to the highway (east side of the facility) and he last saw it a couple minutes ago in the second-from-northmost pond in the series.

This represents an overdue first county record for Contra Costa county.

Congratulations on a great find, Aaron.

Logan Kahle for Aaron Maizlish


Buff-breasted Sandpiper 8/24/2018 fide A. Maizlish

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,

Just got a text from Aaron Maizlish who was just looking at a Buff-breasted Sandpiper with two Baird’s Sandpipers at the Richmond WTP. He has good and diagnostic photos. It is in the series of 4 ponds closest to the highway (east side of the facility) and he last saw it a couple minutes ago in the second-from-northmost pond in the series.

This represents an overdue first county record for Contra Costa county.

Congratulations on a great find, Aaron.

Logan Kahle for Aaron Maizlish


Coyote Hills (8/22) - Black-throated Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher...etc.

Jerry Ting
 

This (8/22/2018) afternoon around 5:30pm, I found a juvenile Black-throated Sparrow on the Quarry Staging area hill side (37.551059, -122.087927).  The bird is very shy and moving around in the area and often hid in bushes.  The flying call is similar to junco.  A distant shot of this bird can be seen in my eBird report: 

This will be the 5th Alameda county sighting and the earliest fall record on eBird if accepted.

Other highlights from this afternoon in the park include:
1 Willow Flycatcher (seen on hill side sage bushes in Quarry Staging area)
5 Pacific-slope Flycatchers (2 in nectar garden, 2 at Diary Glen and 1 in Quarry Staging area)
1 female Townsend's Warbler (nectar garden)
1 Swainson's Thrush (nectar garden)
1 adult molting Peregrine Falcon (No Name Trail)

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont





Western Kingbird at Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers
 

In the sensory garden, using the near-leafless birch trees as a hunting perch. This is only the second Western Kingbird I've seen there - and the first was in 2012.

The sighting was the conclusion to a wild 4th-Wednesday Golden Gate Audubon walk at the lake: 37 species (as opposed to 27 last August), including all five heron-type birds, lots and lots of baby bluebirds, and the only Wilson's Warbler spotted on the walk since 2013.

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San Leandro Marina (8/22)

Bob Richmond
 

Seen at the marina

2 Wandering Tattler
1 Western Wood Pewee - earliest fall record for me along the bay.
1 Willow Flycatcher
1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Bob
Alameda


FOS Townsend's Warbler at EBMUD Valle Vista

Lee Friedman
 

I was birding yesterday morning at EBMUD's Valle Vista (permit required) and saw my first Townsend's Warbler of the season off of the Redwood Trail (the loop that starts uphill from the Staging Area and quickly turns left), about .25 mile from the Staging Area. Last report of one at Valle Vista was from 3/24.


The eBird checklist of 34 species with some photos attached including the Townsend's is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47978516.


Good birding,

Lee Friedman


Heather Farm Tuesday August 21

rosita94598
 

Some good birds were in the park today, including a Black-necked Stilt near the big oak tree across the pond form the wooden railing.  To the left of the railing were at least 10 Northern Shovelers.  A Queenfisher was flying around and making noise, a Cooper's Hawk looked like it was interested in the Stilt, but thought better of it, and a female Black-throated Gray Warbler was along the gravel trail on the east side of the large, mostly natural pond.  A Pied-billed Grebe was out on the water, too, and a Green Heron was present along the edge.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Hermit Warbler at Vollmer Peak area of Tilden

Lee Friedman
 

Yesterday morning at about 10AM there was an immature female Hermit Warbler in the conifers along the Seaview Trail in the Vollmer Peak area (the relatively flat portion of the trail). A photo of it is here:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/43403125124/in/dateposted-public/


There were also Red-Breasted Nuthatches galore, Pygmy Nuthatches, and Pacific Slope Flycatchers among others--plenty of nice birds to enjoy finding.


Good birding,

Lee Friedman



Native garden in OAK hills and bumper crop of fledglings from 15 common bird species

Wendy Parfrey
 

Hi all,


I just saw a juvenile Nuttall's WP at my deck feeder which was a first, so I decided to go back and count the number of fledglings I've seen this year at my house.  The number is 15 species so far. 


Two years ago I planted a native garden, mostly sages, ceanothus, manzanitas and other CA drought tolerant species.  First came the bees, butterflies, hummers and goldfinches picking off all the seeds.  Since spring this year, I've seen fledged young from all these common species:  chickadee, house finch, robin, raven, scrub jay, lesser goldfinch, Bewick's wren, bushtit, towhee, red breasted nuthatch, pygmy nuthatch, song sparrow, juncos, titmouse and this morning's Nuttall's woodpecker.  


Is everyone else getting bumper crops of juvenile birds this year?  I would love to be able to attribute this abundance to all the native plants that are in full bloom and the mass of insects that followed the plantings. We also have oaks, pine and bay which promote nesting birds.  It's just that this year was quite unusual with so many breeding birds.


A happy birder/gardener, 

Wendy (Colton at Heartwood)


continuing sightings at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

The Black-throated Gray Warblers first found Monday by Fred Safier were found again this morning.  Fred, Tracy Farrington and I saw them on the west side of the large, mostly natural pond.  Tracy later found a nice group of birds there including Chestnut-backed Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, Oak Titmouse, Bushtits, a Downy Woodpecker, Anna's Hummingbirds and a Bewick's Wren.

Some volunteers from Mt. Diablo Audubon Society have upgraded the exhibits in the display near the wooden railing between the parking lot and the wooden railing.  Thanks to them and the city for permission to do that job.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



American White Pelicans, San Leandro Bay

Mark Featherstone
 

Apart from hundreds of Brown Pelicans, I saw four American White Pelicans on San Leandro Bay this morning about 9:30 (low tide). The location is more or less opposite the Aeolian Yacht Club - meaning the yacht club is on the north shore of the bay, and I was standing on the south shore. The lat/long is 37.748117 - 122.234291. Three of them were quite close to shore and much more amenable to being photographed than the Brown Pelicans which, though plentiful, keep their distance. 



Heather Farm Park, Aug. 14, 2018

tracy_farrington
 

This morning I arrived at Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek, at 7:00am. Bird activity was quiet but I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance of 14 NORTHERN SHOVELERS, mostly female, on the natural pond. They remained in a fairly tight group, in the air and on water, mingling, occasionally, with a few of the local mallards. A bit later I found a single WESTERN TANAGER working the oaks on the west side of the pond. Soon thereafter, I was joined by Hugh Harvey and we got good looks at a male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER as it worked high in the oak at the northwestern corner of the pond. Fred Safier had both male and female of this species, yesterday, not far from the one found this morning. A while later, Hugh and I found a HUTTON'S VIREO in the willows on the east side. Looking forward to the fall.

Good birding,

Tracy Farrington

Walnut Creek

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