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Re: Oakland Owl Question

Joel Denney
 

Yep - Bev & Marcus nailed it. Thank you both. My partner can't remember why she dismissed whatever clip of a GHO she found last night, but Marcus' youtube clip is a higher pitched version of the same call.
joel


Re: Oakland Owl Question

Raleigh McLemore
 

Approx. location of owl in Maxwell Park?  It's a tolerably big area.

Thanks!

Raleigh


Northern Shrike -- Continues

Graham Chisholm
 

Bob Richmond and I arrived at about the same time around 12:45 pm, and managed to find the previously report 1st year Northern Shrike at the Cruiser Haven Marina (or Yacht Club) in eastern Contra Costa County.  The bird was perched on wooden electric pools north of the marina and it occasionally perched on nearby willows (both are along railroad tracks north of the marina).  It was easiest to see the bird from the railroad crossing at the western end of the marina (which is immediately on the left just off the paved road as you go through the gate into the marina.  

We knocked on the harbor master's office (blue building with a mural) but no one responded, and one of the resident said it was fine to birdwatch around the marina.  

Thanks.  Graham Chisholm
Berkeley, CA

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Mount Trashmore 11-04-18

Matthew Dodder
 

I spent a couple of hours this morning strolling the trails on Mount Trashmore in Hayward Shoreline. I was searching for the Chestnut-collared Longspur that Bob reported yesterday. I was not able to detect it during my stay, but a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR was fairly easy to find in the center of the field.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View


Re: Oakland Owl Question

Marcus
 

Just turn it into a small video file, standard def, 720x 480 and post it on youtube and send the link to the group.

This is what I recorded October 1 in the Laurel  https://youtu.be/cJUs-BsczIE
If you are still having trouble. Email me. I will send you a link for you to deposit the file and post it on youtube for you


Marcus Pun
scrod2000@...
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


On Sunday, November 4, 2018, 8:20:35 AM PST, Joel Denney joeldenney@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:


 

There's been a visiting owl the last 2 nights here in Maxwell Park, a rarity in my experience of 25 years here. (Here = the foothill just northwest of Mills College, west the junction of highways 580 & 13, east Oakland).

I'd like to know what is. My partner recorded it. Please advise where to post the .wav file so I can link to it here.

In the meantime, what "night bird" in this area sounds like (but of course is not) a Northern Spotted Owl?


Re: Oakland Owl Question

Bev
 

There had been a Great Horned Owl near there last month. We are near Kansas and Maple and heard it several nights, as did Marcus.

Bev



-----Original Message-----
From: Joel Denney joeldenney@... [EBB_Sightings]
To: EBB_Sightings
Sent: Sun, Nov 4, 2018 8:20 am
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Oakland Owl Question

 
There's been a visiting owl the last 2 nights here in Maxwell Park, a rarity in my experience of 25 years here. (Here = the foothill just northwest of Mills College, west the junction of highways 580 & 13, east Oakland).

I'd like to know what is. My partner recorded it. Please advise where to post the .wav file so I can link to it here.

In the meantime, what "night bird" in this area sounds like (but of course is not) a Northern Spotted Owl?


Oakland Owl Question

Joel Denney
 

There's been a visiting owl the last 2 nights here in Maxwell Park, a rarity in my experience of 25 years here. (Here = the foothill just northwest of Mills College, west the junction of highways 580 & 13, east Oakland).

I'd like to know what is. My partner recorded it. Please advise where to post the .wav file so I can link to it here.

In the meantime, what "night bird" in this area sounds like (but of course is not) a Northern Spotted Owl?


Chestnut-collared Longspur

Bob Richmond
 

1 seen on Mt. Trashmore in the middle of the field. Identified by both the flight call (kiddle) and tail pattern in flight. Also has anyone looked for the Northern Shrike in east Contra Costa County.

Bob Richmond



Re: Summer Tanager 11/2, new location

Alan Howe
 

FYI: Typo noted: should be Hillside Ave, according to ebird & map.

Alan Howe
North Oakland

On Friday, November 2, 2018, 9:58:08 AM PDT, Adrian Hinkle adrian.hinkle@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:


 

Hi all,

Finally found the Summer Tanager, but in a new location much closer to campus. It was where Hillsdale crosses a small creek. It was calling almost non stop.. Hard to see but finally got a good look - bright, all red male so surely the same individual. 


Adrian

On Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:54 PM Mark Rauzon mjrauz@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

The male Summer Tanager was seen briefly today, Nov. 1 at 9:30 where the Tanglewood trail meets the Claremont Canyon trail or at the start of the fire road up the hill. It was foraging with Robins on pyracanthus berries just above the houses on Tanglewood Road, and flew into the tall Eucalyptus nearest the fire trail and then slowly moved away. It was not seen in the half hour spent searching for it after the initial sighting. It took me 1 1/2 hrs to find it so patience is required. 

Good Luck.

Mark J. Rauzon
Oakland


Summer Tanager 11/2, new location

Adrian Hinkle
 

Hi all,

Finally found the Summer Tanager, but in a new location much closer to campus. It was where Hillsdale crosses a small creek. It was calling almost non stop. Hard to see but finally got a good look - bright, all red male so surely the same individual. 


Adrian


On Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:54 PM Mark Rauzon mjrauz@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

The male Summer Tanager was seen briefly today, Nov. 1 at 9:30 where the Tanglewood trail meets the Claremont Canyon trail or at the start of the fire road up the hill. It was foraging with Robins on pyracanthus berries just above the houses on Tanglewood Road, and flew into the tall Eucalyptus nearest the fire trail and then slowly moved away. It was not seen in the half hour spent searching for it after the initial sighting. It took me 1 1/2 hrs to find it so patience is required. 

Good Luck.

Mark J. Rauzon
Oakland


[CVBirds] Northern Shrike north of Discovery Bay (Contra Costa)

Aaron Maizlish
 


Passing this on. 

Aaron Maizlish 

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Chris Conard conardc@... [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply@...>
Date: November 1, 2018 at 12:36:10 PM PDT
To: Central Valley Birds <central_valley_birds@...>
Subject: [CVBirds] Northern Shrike north of Discovery Bay (Contra Costa)
Reply-To: Chris Conard <conardc@...>

 

Hi folks,

Dan Kopp and Jose Martinez found an immature Northern Shrike north of Discovery Bay near Cruiser Haven Marina (or Yacht Club as it shows up on Google Maps). 

The marina is about three miles east of Bixler Rd on Orwood Rd. The bird was on either side of the RR tracks, just north of the marina. The exact location is about here: 37.939962, -121..571279 (you can cut and paste into maps search bar).

Good luck,

Chris Conard
Sacramento


Hermit Thrush - Antioch yard - 11/1

Paul Schorr
 

Today at lunchtime we had a FOS HERMIT THRUSH visit our bird bath.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Summer Tanager cont. 11/1/18

Mark Rauzon
 

The male Summer Tanager was seen briefly today, Nov. 1 at 9:30 where the Tanglewood trail meets the Claremont Canyon trail or at the start of the fire road up the hill. It was foraging with Robins on pyracanthus berries just above the houses on Tanglewood Road, and flew into the tall Eucalyptus nearest the fire trail and then slowly moved away. It was not seen in the half hour spent searching for it after the initial sighting. It took me 1 1/2 hrs to find it so patience is required. 
Good Luck.

Mark J. Rauzon
Oakland


Summer Tanager in Berkeley

sharon jue
 

I got brief looks today of the Summer Tanager Erica Rutherford and John Colbert found yesterday (their checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49571553 ) It was at the border between the UC Clark-Kerr campus and the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. (google coords: 37.863456, -122.245081 )My first glimpse was around noon, in two coastal live oaks about halfway along the path from Tanglewood/ Stonewall to the soccer field. Second look about 2PM, again in a live oak, but on campus near the Southeast-most building.  Bird is rather active and somewhat camera-shy.  Good luck!


Tony Lema Golf Course

Bob Richmond
 

Geese seen on the south end of the golf course -

1 Ross Goose
5 Greater-white Fronted Geese
1 Black Brant
3 Cackling Geese (Aleutian)
5 Cackling Geese (Ridgway's - minima)
250 (est) Canada Goose

Bob Richmond
Alameda


Ferruginous Hawk in Hercules near Fernandez Ranch

Susana dT
 

Juvenile Ferruginous Hawk observed today flying and kiting.

I enjoyed watching a juvenile FEHA on the hills behind our house in the same location in Hercules from Oct/28/2017 to Feb/9/2018. I hope this one stays too, I will keep you posted. Photo and video here


https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/with/44916478374/


Richmond Merlin & Kites

Sheila Dickie
 

Last evening, October 29, round about 6 p.m. there was a Merlin perched atop a telephone pole mid- 600 block on 30th Street, Richmond, two blocks North of Barrett. We have had a merlin in the neighborhood for the past 4-5 years, but this is the earliest date I can recall. A beautiful, heavily streaked bird that glowed in the sun.

Also, over the last 10 days there have been White-tailed Kites congregating in my neighborhood, mainly at dusk. Started with two birds atop a neighbors very tall redwood, then there were about 12 birds, some atop the tree others flying in and milling. Quite a sight. This does not happen every evening, but last Sunday a neighbor said there were 6 birds, and yesterday late afternoon there was one round about 4:30 p.m. It was harassed by crows but remained put, and finally disappeared 15 minutes later to be replaced by two hummingbirds! The kites fly East/South-East and do not roost in the mingling tree.

I would be interested to know if others have had this experience and have some insight into why the kites are acting this way.

Location: Very tall redwood mid 600-block 29th Street, Richmond, between Roosevelt and Grant; the tree is at rear of a yard abutting 28th Street.


Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Redwood Regional at Skyline Gate Staging Area

Philip Georgakakos
 

I had a pretty interesting walk this morning out of Skyline Gate Staging area at Redwood Regional.

Walked down the east ridge trail towards Eucalyptus trail and had a flyover by a Belted Kingfisher, lots of action in the oaks and Madrones. First of season Varied Thrush on Eucalyptus trail. Red-breasted sapsucker at the bottom of the canyon pecking at a willow.

Returned via stream trail, realized I locked my keys in my car. While waiting for AAA found a Hermit warbler foraging with multiple Townsend’s, Pygmy and Red-breasted nuthatches in the pines, redwoods, and cypress just right of the parking area. Also a fox sparrow kicking around in the parking lot margin.

Phil Georgakakos
Oakland


Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek Monday October 29

rosita94598
 

Since at least Thursday, we have had three Greater White-fronted Geese on the north ball fields at Heather Farm Park in the Ygnacio Valley.  I don't know if they stay all day, the geese seem to come and go at various times, but we have seen them between 8 and 9 AM.

Today it was mostly what we have come to call our usual birds.  An eBird list can be seen here:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49540419

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Point-Blue Birdathon in Contra Costa

Dominik Mosur
 

On 11/23/18, Michael Park and I conducted a working man's birdathon (8 hours in the field w/1hour break sandwiched in.)

Sites visited were: Point Isabel shoreline, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve , Redwood Regional Park, Tilden Park (Jewel Lake), Meeker Slough area, Miller Knox, Richmond Wastewater Plant, Holland Tract and Bethel Island/Piper Slough. Over 1/4 of the time in the field was actually spent commuting to and from the sites and dry conditions in the East county produced no waterfowl but we still managed to connect with a respectable 115 species on our effort.

Some of the more memorable observations were:

Cackling Geese - two small groups flying in formation over Meeker Slough late morning appeared to be headed inland

Virginia Rail - calling at Piper Slough, where we saw ZERO ducks but a raft of 6000+ American Coots has already arrived

Sharp-shinned Hawk - only one seen all day was at Holland Tract

Cooper's Hawk - Pt. Isabel, only one seen

Golden Eagles - an adult and apparent HY bird soaring over Round Top/Sibley exchanging calls

Ferruginous Hawk - soaring over a field between Oakley and Brentwood

WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER - just past the entrance gate/restroom at Redwood/Skyline Gate parking area

Loggerhead Shrike - along Delta Rd. just outside Holland Tract

Hermit Warbler - with a small flock of Townsend's Warblers at Jewel Lake

Tricolored Blackbird - lone male picked out of the blackbird flock on Delta Rd. by Michael.


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Thank you for reading and have fun birding!

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Michael Park
Berkeley