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Townsend's Solitaires at Redwood Regional Park

wcrhsn
 

Another birder and I went looking today around 10:00 AM  for the Sapsuckers reported at Redwood Regional Park .  We walked from the Skyline Parking lot down the East Ridge Trail, got off at the Eucalyptus Trail  and then came back on the Phillips Loop.  There were a few dozen Manzanitas with small red fruits, mostly on the Phillips trail.  No luck with any sapsuckers, but we had a good look at two (together) Townsend's Solitaires.  They were high in a tall Manzinita on the left side of the Phillips trail about 2/3 of the way back to the parking lot.

Harold Newman
Berkeley


Re: A murder of crows?

Bruce Mast
 

For several years now, I've been noticing large congregations of crows in winter time in downtown Oakland. By large, I mean 100s, if not 1000s of birds. I seem to recall prior EBB threads about similar concentrations in the Berkeley flats. My unscientific opinion is that our local crow population is exploding. During breeding season, they don't concentrate but they are still thick in all the neighborhood trees. I know the sycamores in the Piedmont hills are thick with crow nests. I'm increasingly concerned that rising crow populations are exerting more predatory pressure on nesting songbirds. I know any raptor that crosses Oakland air space these days does so at its peril.

Bruce Mast
Oakland


On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 11:36 AM Lee Aurich lee@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:


We see them heading north every evening around dusk.  And I have seen them heading south just before sunrise.  Hundreds of crows.  It appears they are going to different overnight roust locations; sometimes all together and sometimes separately.  It appeared once that perhaps a hundred gathered at Lake Merritt on the Grand Ave side; but I was unable to go visit to confirm.

We are viewing from the 6th floor of a building on the west edge of Lake Merritt.

   Lee
      Lee Aurich




warbling vireo, Clayton Community Park

Jerry Britten
 

I saw and photographed a warbling vireo here this morning.  I believe it is a late record for the county for this species.  ebird checklist below.  Most of the usual suspects were there as well, including a phainopepla and several purple finches.

Jerry Britten

Morgan Territory.


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49449160


Lark Sparrows - Contra Loma R. P. - 10/25

Paul Schorr
 

During an errand to Contra Loma R. P. this afternoon, there was a flock of about twelve beautifully plumaged Lark Sparrows at the entrance to the boat ramp.

In addition, there were 3 American White Pelicans on the reservoir and along the entrance road there was a Say’s Phoebe and Loggerhead Shrike. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet was in the willows near the boat ramp.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Townsend's Solitaire - Redwood Regional Park

Bob Brandriff
 

Hi East Bay Birders:

I spent a couple hours this morning in Redwood Park looking for rare
sapsuckers to no avail. However, I did see a Townsend's Solitaire at
the intersection of East Ridge Trail and Eucalyptus Trail. A poor
photo is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49447937

Good birding.

Bob Brandriff
Berkeley


Eurasian Wigeon Berkeley Wednesday

rosita94598
 

A male Eurasian Wigeon was seen behind the Seabreeze Cafe by the Mt. Diablo Audubon field trip Wednesday, October 24.  It was with 35 American Wigeons and other birds. 

A second Eurasian Wigeon was found at the Albany Mudflats near the entrance to Golden Gate Fields.  This bird seemed to be a hybrid, as it had pinkish sides, not gray.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Re: Redwood Regional Park 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker NOT Sibley

Johan Langewis
 

I was slow reading my email, so I got a late start.  Skyline Gate is only a few blocks from my house so I rushed over there late today.  I ran into some other birders, but no luck on the Williamson’s Sapsucker.  However, I found a small Madrone tree on the Phillips Loop trail, about 50 yards from the East Rige Trail, with American Robins, Hairy and Acorn Woodpeckers and four Red-breasted Sapsuckers feeding on the berries at 4:45 PM.  Also seen were White-breasted, Red-breasted, and Pygmy Nuthatches, among other birds.  I think that’s the most Red-breasted Sapsuckers I’ve ever seen at one time.  

Johan Langewis
Oakland


On Oct 23, 2018, at 7:40 PM, Michael Park dpbot@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:


It's been a long day. The location for the Williamson's Sapsucker was incorrectly cited. It's at Redwood Regional Park at the Skyline Gate near the parking lot out on the East Ridge Trail.

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7

Michael Park
Berkeley


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject:2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker Sibley Volcanic
Date:Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:14:41 -0700
From:Michael Park 
To:ebb_sightings@...


Hi All,

Dominik Mosur and I came across a female Williamson's Sapsucker at
Sibley Volcanic Regional Park.

It was near the parking lot on the trail out to Round Top.

One relatively clean document image:

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7


Michael Park
Berkeley



Wood Duck at Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers
 

The 4th-Wednesday GGAS walk enjoyed good long looks at a brilliant male Wood Duck today. The bird was swimming with the Mallards between the nature center and the near islands and behaving just like them, utterly unconcerned about the humans on the path a few yards away.

NOT natural for a Wood Duck, but he appeared glossy and clear-eyed - no sign of ill health. Maybe he thinks he's a Mallard?

Park personnel said he'd been there about three weeks, meaning he's probably still there now.

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Re: A murder of crows?

David Brostoff
 

On Oct 24, 2018, at 9:49 AM, Kay Loughman kayloughman@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Who knows about crows, e.g why here, why now? I've lived in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border for most of the last fifty years. We see a few crows per month - no great numbers. But this last week I've seen as many as 100 birds at a time flying up and down Claremont Canyon, perching in trees and on rooftops. A neighbor took this photo a couple of days ago which reminded me of a similar photo taken by a different neighbor also during the third week of October, but in 2012. I've skimmed the BNA Online account for American Crow, and didn't see any plausible explanation, and believe our local crows don't migrate. So why are they here? Is there something special about October? Some delectable food source?
On lower Panoramic Hill in Berkeley, just north of Claremont Canyon, I have seen large numbers of crows on and off for the past 20 or 30 years.

Along with hawks, they weren't here when I first moved to this location in the late 1960s.

David


White-throated Sparrow, Richmond

Alan Krakauer
 

I had my first-of-season White-throated sparrow just now in my yard near Wildcat Canyon Park in Richmond. It looked to be a tan-morph. On Monday I had a Lincoln’s sparrow in the yard too, first I’d seen in a couple of weeks, and the first Ruby-crowned Kinglet of the season.

Cheers,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA
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Re: A murder of crows?

Lee Aurich
 

We see them heading north every evening around dusk.  And I have seen them heading south just before sunrise.  Hundreds of crows.  It appears they are going to different overnight roust locations; sometimes all together and sometimes separately.  It appeared once that perhaps a hundred gathered at Lake Merritt on the Grand Ave side; but I was unable to go visit to confirm.

We are viewing from the 6th floor of a building on the west edge of Lake Merritt.

   Lee
      Lee Aurich


A murder of crows?

Kay Loughman
 

Who knows about crows, e.g why here, why now?  I've lived in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border for most of the last fifty years.  We see a few crows per month - no great numbers.   But this last week I've seen as many as 100 birds at a time flying up and down Claremont Canyon, perching in trees and on rooftops.  A neighbor took this photo  a couple of days ago which reminded me of a similar photo taken by a different neighbor also during the third week of October, but in 2012.  I've skimmed the BNA Online account for American Crow, and didn't see any plausible explanation, and believe our local crows don't migrate.  So why are they here?  Is there something special about October?   Some delectable food source? 

Are unexpectedly large numbers of crows being seen in other neighborhoods?  Insights appreciated.

Kay Loughman

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Redwood Regional Park 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker NOT Sibley

Michael Park
 

It's been a long day. The location for the Williamson's Sapsucker was incorrectly cited. Dominik Mosur and I saw the female WIlliamson's Sapsucker at Redwood Regional Park accessed from the Skyline Gate. It was moving around oaks near the parking lot out on the East Ridge Trail.

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7

Michael Park
Berkeley


Redwood Regional Park 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker NOT Sibley

Michael Park
 

It's been a long day. The location for the Williamson's Sapsucker was incorrectly cited. It's at Redwood Regional Park at the Skyline Gate near the parking lot out on the East Ridge Trail.

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7

Michael Park
Berkeley


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker Sibley Volcanic
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:14:41 -0700
From: Michael Park
To: ebb_sightings@...


Hi All,

Dominik Mosur and I came across a female Williamson's Sapsucker at 
Sibley Volcanic Regional Park.

It was near the parking lot on the trail out to Round Top.

One relatively clean document image:

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7


Michael Park
Berkeley


2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker Sibley Volcanic

Michael Park
 

Hi All,

Dominik Mosur and I came across a female Williamson's Sapsucker at Sibley Volcanic Regional Park.

It was near the parking lot on the trail out to Round Top.

One relatively clean document image:

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7


Michael Park
Berkeley


Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek Mnday October 22

rosita94598
 

We had not see the Tropical Kingbird for about a week, but it was present this morning near the wooden railing on the parking lot side of the big pond.  We also had two Double-crested Cormorants flying around, swimming on the water and roosting on the island snags.

Fred Safier's eBird list is here:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49371411

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Palm Warbler at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Megan Jankowski
 

Today's GGAS field trip spotted a Palm Warbler at Middle Harbor around 12:30/1 pm. It was on the first rock jetty picking at food and pumping its tail. 

We had good shorebird diversity today, including one whimbrel, but so far the only ducks that have arrived are bufflehead and shovelers.

Megan Jankowski
Oakland


Walntu Creek Birds Heather Farm Saturday October 20

rosita94598
 

Despite the crowds and cars parked everywhere, the birding was actually quite good today.  Between a baseball tournament and an End Alzheimer's walk, the park was thick with people.  We also thought it was overflowing with Yellow-rumped Warblers, but we actually had quite a variety of species.  The three common sparrows were present, Song, White- and Golden-crowned, a CA Towhee, plenty of Bushtits and their friends the Chickadees, Titmouse, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and White-breasted NuthatchesAmerican Goldfinches were present, though it was only a few of them, as were a few House Finches

Because they could not use the ball fields, presumably, the Killdeer(s) was only heard flying over.  A single gull flew over the large pond, which had the usual 3 Pied-billed Grebes and now 11 Coots.  A Black-crowned Night-Heron and Green Heron were the only two waders today.

While we spent time looking for the Tropical Kingbird in vain, we did have a N Mockingbird in its place, a W Meadowlark on the big hill, and Cedar Waxwings on the island in the big pond.  We also had both Downy and Nuttall's Woodpeckers and a heard N Flicker.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Ardenwood (10/16) - Yellow-headed Balckbirds,Pacific/Winter Wren

Jerry Ting
 

Yesterday (10/16/2018) afternoon, there were 2 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds feeding in the pumpkin field with large group of Tricolored, Req-winged, Brewer's Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds.  The sighting of YHBL has been seen and reported on eBird earlier yesterday morning by a group of birders. 

Earlier inside the park near the fountain in front of the Patterson House, I saw and heard 2 Pacific Wrens (saw and photographed one while hearing another singing).  I wonder if the one that I photographed is actually a Winter Wren?  It has very pale supercilium, pale throat and dull color breast unlike the typical Pacific Wren (with much darker and rufous/brown color overall). 

Some photos of Yellow-headed Blackbird and Pacific/Winter Wren can be seen in my eBird checklist:

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont



Townsend's Solitaire at Tilden Botanic Garden

Minder Cheng
 

My wife Wen and I visited Tilden Regional Parks Botanic Garden yesterday (Sunday). Around 12:10pm, we saw a Townsend's Solitaire. It was perching on a Santa Cruz Island Ironwood (Lyonothamnus floribundus), flying to a Summer Holly (Comarostaphylis diversifolia) nearby and back, feeding on berries of the Summer Holly. A picture is available at:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/mindercheng/44429367015/in/dateposted-public/


Minder Cheng

Berkeley




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