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Re: New poll for EBB_Sightings

Steve Taylor
 

Leave it as is


On Sep 16, 2018, at 8:46 AM, Margo Watson mbwatson@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I think it’s fine!


On Sep 15, 2018, at 5:56 PM, EBB_Sightings@... wrote:

 

Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the EBB_Sightings group:
After some improvements in Yahoo's performance, there again have been recent complaints about slow deliveries. Yahoo offers no support to groups such as ours. Changing mail list hosts is not simple.
  1. Our list works well enough.
  2. Keep trying to improve things - there are real problems.
  3. Give up on Yahoo and and migrate to Groups.io, even though it's not perfect.


Thanks!


Re: New poll for EBB_Sightings

mskrentz
 

I would vote for IO or #3. Many other group are moving to that.

Mary


Re: New poll for EBB_Sightings

Ken Copen
 

I vote #3. I think groups.io is definitely better. 


Re: New poll for EBB_Sightings

Margo Watson
 

I think it’s fine!


On Sep 15, 2018, at 5:56 PM, EBB_Sightings@... wrote:

 

Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the EBB_Sightings group:
After some improvements in Yahoo's performance, there again have been recent complaints about slow deliveries. Yahoo offers no support to groups such as ours. Changing mail list hosts is not simple.
  1. Our list works well enough.
  2. Keep trying to improve things - there are real problems.
  3. Give up on Yahoo and and migrate to Groups.io, even though it's not perfect.


Thanks!


Re: New poll for EBB_Sightings

Teri L Wills
 

Hi

We vote for 3.   We received the poll email several hours after the first answer.

Teri and Chris Wills

On Sep 15, 2018, at 5:56 PM, EBB_Sightings@... wrote:

 

Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the EBB_Sightings group:
After some improvements in Yahoo's performance, there again have been recent complaints about slow deliveries. Yahoo offers no support to groups such as ours. Changing mail list hosts is not simple.
  1. Our list works well enough.
  2. Keep trying to improve things - there are real problems.
  3. Give up on Yahoo and and migrate to Groups.io, even though it's not perfect.


Thanks!


Re: New poll for EBB_Sightings

Jeanette Nichols
 

It works well enough 


On Sep 15, 2018, at 5:56 PM, EBB_Sightings@... wrote:

 

Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the EBB_Sightings group:
After some improvements in Yahoo's performance, there again have been recent complaints about slow deliveries. Yahoo offers no support to groups such as ours. Changing mail list hosts is not simple.
  1. Our list works well enough.
  2. Keep trying to improve things - there are real problems.
  3. Give up on Yahoo and and migrate to Groups.io, even though it's not perfect.


Thanks!


Re: New poll for EBB_Sightings

DanaS
 

1

On Sep 15, 2018, at 5:56 PM, EBB_Sightings@... wrote:


Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the EBB_Sightings group:
After some improvements in Yahoo's performance, there again have been recent complaints about slow deliveries. Yahoo offers no support to groups such as ours. Changing mail list hosts is not simple.
  1. Our list works well enough.
  2. Keep trying to improve things - there are real problems.
  3. Give up on Yahoo and and migrate to Groups.io, even though it's not perfect.


Thanks!




I vote for staying with Yahoo- it works fine for me

Alan Kaplan
 

Friends!
The poll link goes to the Yahoo website but won’t let me vote there, so I vote here to continue with Yahoo Groups as is.

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan


Re: New poll for EBB_Sightings

Donald Lewis
 

I  vote for number one but the link to the poll doesn’t work. It says I have to be a moderator.

 

Don Lewis

Lafayette, CA

 

 


Online poll

Dal Leite <diabloaudubonwebmaster@...>
 

Hi EBB-ers,

Looks like the only way to participate in a Yahoo poll is through the website.

If you'd like to participate, please log-in and vote.

The results of the previous poll (78 responses) were:

Everything's fine: 19
The glitches are OK: 12
Move on: 29
More information needed: 24

Then, things seemed to get better. Plus, we did some stuff on the server side.

Let us know.

EBB_Sightings technical team


New poll for EBB_Sightings

EBB_Sightings@...
 

Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the EBB_Sightings group:
After some improvements in Yahoo's performance, there again have been recent complaints about slow deliveries. Yahoo offers no support to groups such as ours. Changing mail list hosts is not simple.
Created by: diabloaudubonwebmaster@...
  1. Our list works well enough.
  2. Keep trying to improve things - there are real problems.
  3. Give up on Yahoo and and migrate to Groups.io, even though it's not perfect.


Thanks!


Coyote Hills (9/14) - Yellow-bellied Flycatcher(?), Purple Martin

Jerry Ting
 

Yesterday (9/14 Friday) afternoon around 5:30pm, I found an interesting immature Empidonax flycatcher behind the nectar garden in Coyote Hills Regional Park. 

It has complete eyering without the 'tear' shape like Pacific-slope, all orange lower mandible without dark spot, round head without the typical 'crested' look of Pacific-slope Flycatcher, olive greenish crown and back, yellowish throat and belly, buffy upper wingbar, pale buffy lower wingbar, moderate primary projection, and most importantly, pale yellow edges on secondaries are short and DO NOT reach or close to the lower wingbar. It did not bob the tail when perched like Pacific-slope Flycatchers normally do.

I suspected Yellow-bellied Flycatcher immediately and it responded to calls that I played for just a couple of seconds.

I know it will be extremely rare and unlikely to find a YBFL in East Bay so I'd appreciate any comments about this bird.  A couple of shots can be seen in my eBird checklist here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48510623


This (9/15 Saturday) morning around 9:00am, Bill Chen saw and photographed a juvenile Purple Martin perched on the dead tree on top of Quarry Staging parking lot hill that facing the Main Marsh (Muskrat Trail hillside).  Here is his eBird checklist with photos:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48527948


Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting

Fremont



 


FOS Yard White-crowned Sparrow

Alan Krakauer
 

I had a single white-crowned in my yard today. This is in the hills near Alvarado and Wildcat Canyon Park.
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA


Heather Farms 9/14

bade_alan@...
 

Good morning- we had a nice 2 hour visit to HF today. Thanks for the previous posts! We were hoping for the Hermit and Townsends warblers, but didn't see them. We saw; 

  1. Probably 6 to 8 Black Throated Gray warblers. Working the oaks on the west side. Beautiful birds!
  2. 4 or 5 Yellow warblers.
  3. One Yellow rumped warbler (definitely). At least one, maybe two. I'll try to put in ebird and see if it rejects it like others have reported.)
  4. One Common yellowthroat. West shore.
  5. Possibly an Orange Crowned warbler, but not sure.
  6. Snowy and Great Egrets.
  7. One Green heron.
  8. One Male Kingfisher. 
  9. Flocks of Bushtits.
  10. Warbling Vireo.
  11. One Hutton's Vireo.
  12. Two Lark Sparrows.
  13. Downy Woodpecker
  14. Bewick's Wren
  15. The usual suspects like Black Phoebe, Oak Titmice, House Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Nuthatch, Nuttals Woodpecker, Cal Towhees, Chestnut Backed Chicadees, M. Dove, Annas HB. Etc.
--Alan Bade


Wildcat Canyon Chipping Sparrow, Cassin's Vireo Thursday 9/13

Alan Krakauer
 

Got a few interesting birds in Wildcat Canyon this morning. Saw a Cassin’s vireo approximately half-way up the Bonita trail in with a small mixed flock of migrants. Also got a brief look at a Chipping Sparrow in the willow thicket on the bay-side of the Belgum Trail through the gate but before the climb up to the palms/Belgum site. Also had 3 singing California Thrashers along the Wildcat Creek Trail in the first open area SE of the Belgum Trail. Cal Thrasher was a big miss for me in the park for the past year, one that I’d been on the look-out for. I finally heard one over the weekend and then to get three right along the trail was a nice surprise!

Full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48484927

Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA


Green-tailed towhee continues

Doug Greenberg
 

Late this morning I was one of several birders who got excellent views of the Green-tailed towhee at the 2 mile mark on what I have always known as the “Upper Fire Trail” in Strawberry Canyon. The bird was fearlessly and actively feeding in the dried grass next to the trail. I was able to get good photos without a whole lot of stress. Coals to Newcastle at this point, but if anyone wants to see my photo here is a link:

https://flic.kr/p/2b1UeMc

Upon arriving at the parking area next to the water tanks above the fire trail I initially started to walk the wrong way, i.e., down the “connector” toward the Lower Fire Trail. The one positive thing about this error was that I encountered lots of Pygmy and Red-breasted nuthatches feeding in the downed trees and slash along the path down the hill. Some of these tiny birds flew down and perched very close to where I stood and walked.

Doug Greenberg, Berkeley


Heather Farm Park, 9/12/18

tracy_farrington
 

After nearly a month out of the country, it was pleasure to return home to Walnut Creek

and pay a visit to Heather Farm Park. And it was quite rewarding. I ran into 

Fred Safier, Walt Duncan, and Hugh Harvey, and between the four of us, had an eight warbler morning.

Common Yellowthroat--one seen

Yellow Warbler--6

Black-throated Gray--as many as 9, as big count for HF

Orange-crowned--1

Townsend's--1

Yellow-rumped--1, first of season (Fred said that eBird questioned this sighting. Sorry, eBird, no 

                           question about it.)

Hermit--1

Wilson's--at least 2


Other birds of interest: several Lark Sparrows, a handful of Cedar Waxwings, and one Hutton's Vireo.


Fall migration in Northern California continues to be quite productive.

Nice to be back.

Good birding, all.

Tracy Farrington

Walnut Creek


Warblers in Walnut Creek Sept 12

rosita94598
 

We had a great time at Heather Farm Park in the Ygnacio Valley of Walnut Creek this morning.  Four of us were on the west side of the large, mostly natural pond and we had 7 species of western warblers.  Those were Yellow, Yellow-rumped (our first fall bird), Black-throated Gray (maybe 4 of them), Townsend's, Hermit and Wilson's Warblers, along with Common Yellowthroat. 

Another great bird for the park, seen usually once in the spring and again in the fall was a Spotted Sandpiper.  Walt Duncan saw this bird fly from the bottom of the gravel boat ramp when the flight was distinctive.  It did its usual bobbing behaviour after it landed. 

And eventually we had a Hutton's Vireo.  I also may have had a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but am putting a question mark on my personal list for that one.  Tracy Farrington might have had an Orange-crowned Warbler, but he, too, decided to withdraw that bird.

I don't see it as of this posting, but Fred Safier will have an eBird list at this link soon:  https://ebird.org/region/US-CA-013/activity?yr=all&m=

Hugh B Harvey
Walnut Creek
 


Green-tailed Towhee Continues

Graham Chisholm
 

2nd time is a charm, the towhee was present near the location previously described this evening at 6:15 pm.  It was located up the canyon beyond the 2 mile marker (past the chain linked fence to the small area of bay trees further up the canyon about 50 yards), it popped out of the bay tree onto the edge of the fire trail for very nice views. 

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley

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Graham Chisholm
c. 510-409-6603


Creekside Park (Albany), Tuesday 9/11

Alan Krakauer
 

No Willow Flycatcher, but I did see (some with help of Sam who was there when i arrived) a nice batch of migrants: Yellow, Wilson’s, Orange-crowned and Townsend’s Warbler, Warbling Vireo, and several Western Tanagers.


Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

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