Brown Creeper on 11/7

Elizabeth Leite <eleite@...>

For the second time this fall we watched a Brown Creeper scurrying up one of our Valley Oaks. This is only the fourth time I've observed a creeper in the yard in over ten years of keeping records. We have mature conifers as well as oaks. Maybe that's the draw. Perhaps this one will stick around long enough for the MDAS CBC.

Elizabeth Leite
SW Walnut Creek/Lafayette border

Alviso closure — Admitting fault

Noah Arthur

FYI, the new access curtailment at Alviso is probably due to my own mistake of flushing some gulls just after sunset last winter near the EEC. The signage appeared soon after this.

FYI, Alviso no longer open to gulling

Noah Arthur

All the salt pond trails around Alviso are now closed at sunset, presumably to prevent birders from disturbing roosting and nocturnal wildlife. While this is actually an excellent policy for a NWR, it does mean that gulling is no longer feasible in the area, since the big flocks tend to come in during the half-hour to an hour before sunset, and most of this time is now required for walking back before closure.
(Also... according to signage at the EEC, it is a criminal trespass to be on the trails after closing time... so don’t try to get away with it; you WILL be arrested!)
Noah Arthur (Oakland)

Re: Continuing Northern Shrike Cruiser Hsaven Marina Orwood Road Monday

Martin Lycan

The Northern Shrike is continuing at Orwood Rd, Wed, Nov 7.

Was easily seen, albeit at a long distance, across the slough flying between the group of utility poles directly across from the berth area where there is a sign that reads  'PRIVATE BERTHS   - MEMBERS & GUEST ONLY' sign.

Marty Lycan

San Ramon

Dumbarton Bridge north salt pond


Got a good look while stuck in the toll plaza this morning, very large gathering in the pond north of the merge lanes. Well over a hundred brown pelicans and even more white ones, some having fun ground effect gliding over the water. Egrets galore and one area of the salt pond was basically white with birds.

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

Gomes Park

Matthew Dodder

The SWAMP SPARROW and the EASTERN PHOEBE are still present and showing nicely near the black gate and metal bridge by the corner of the golf course. This is across from 40484 Seville Ct.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

Gomes Park (11/6) - Eastern Phoebe, Swamp Sparrows, N Red Bishop

Jerry Ting

A few great sightings by me, Vicki R. and Gail W. this (11/6/2018) afternoon between 4:00 - 5:30pm at the west end of Gomes Park (37.550668, -121.954726) in Fremont including:
- Eastern Phoebe in fresh fall plumage see perched on the fence and top of the tree across the creek.
- The continuing adult Swamp Sparrow (found by Bill Chen on 11/3).
- The continuing winter female Northern Red Bishop (also found by Bill Chen on 11/5).

Vicki R. and I both saw another Swamp Sparrow about 50 yards east of the gate while Gail West was photographing the other adult near the gate at the same time. We also had a possible Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker hybrid in the tree about 45 yards east of the gate.

Photos and more detailed information can be seen in my eBird checklist:

Gomes Park is located on east of Lake Elizabeth. Street parking either on Valdez Pl or Ambar Pl (see map link:'02.4%22N+121%C2%B057'17.0%22W/@37.550029,-121.9548944,364m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d37.5506683!4d-121.9547264'17.0%22W/@37.550029,-121.9548944,364m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d37.5506683!4d-121.9547264) is closest to the location of these sightings.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting

FOS Fox Sparrow in hard

Eugenia Larson


We had our first Fox Sparrow of the fall in our back yard under one of our suet feeders yesterday afternoon. We did not see one all last year here in our San Ramon yard so
I am hoping this one will spend the winter now!

Good Birding,

Eugenia Larson
San Ramon

Continuing Northern Shrike Cruiser Hsaven Marina Orwood Road Monday afternoon


Six birders waited and watched for the Northern Shrike Monday afternoon. Paul Schorr, Rosita and I arrived well after noon and found Bob and Barb Brandriff already seeing the bird distantly, along with Lee-Hong Chang from San Francisco. Almost as soon as we arrived and had quick glimpses through Bob's scope, the bird disappeared for at least an hour.

Our location was partway along the levee into the marina, past the first set of parked cars on the left. The bird was across the water & RR tracks and farther east near a grouping of utility poles. It sometimes perched on the wires, sometimes on the poles, sometimes on a bush to the right of a very large white sign.

But since it disappeared, some of us walked back toward the marina entrance and the railroad grade crossing, some of us walked farther into the marina area to view the utility poles from a closer location. As I was just arriving for the second time at the RR tracks, Paul called me by cell phone to tell me the bird had returned. We had very distant views of the bird in a bush/tree, but at least for quite a while. Eventually it disappeared for a few moments, then reappeared on top of one of the utility poles. We eventually decided to move to a location more directly across from the poles.

This worked, but the bird was still well across the water and we had our scopes zoomed into almost maximum power. Then it disappeared again after diving low and to our right. We were satisfied with what we had seen, despite the distance. Then, suddenly the Northern Shrike appeared on the wires directly across the road from where we had our scopes set. Those who had cameras were clicking away furiously--it is a good thing we no longer rely on Kodak for rolls of 36 exposure slide film. Check Lee-Hong's eBird list here: The scalloping on the breast of the bird is stunning.

Within a few moments the bird flew north across the water again and perched on another of the utility poles. It was almost as if it knew we had been hoping for a closer view and it said, "Okay, here you go. Now that's enough and I'm going back." Very obliging, thank you.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Re: Oakland Owl Question

Joel Denney

Sounded like the guy was approx between Brookdale/Fleming; Maxwell/Cole. Not heard last night.

Canvasback (finally) at Lake Merritt


Monday morning I walked along the north end of Lake Merritt. I spotted my first Lake Merritt Canvasback of the season by the Rotary center islands among a lot of Ruddy Ducks. Other treats in the same area: 1 Kingfisher on a tree branch on an island, 1 Great Blue Heron atop a cormorant nest on an island, and 2 male Buffleheads. On the arm along Harrison, at least a 100 cormorants flew in and immediately started diving for fish.

Kate Hoffman

Immature Northern Shrike persists near Cruiser Haven Marina, CoCoCo

David Quady and Nancy Boas

Hi, birders:

The immature Northern Shrike that Dan Kopp and Jose Martinez found and photographed on November 1 continued this morning, near the marina at 7000 Orwood Road. I saw it from the levee road at about 37.939633, -121.571632, near where north-south-running power lines cross the railroad tracks and the road. At 8:15 am the bird flew onto the telephone cable that hangs beneath those power lines, stopped to provide a brief but spectacular view from 25 ft away, and then flew to the south, toward a nearby clump of sycamores and out of view.

The only person I encountered during the hour I spent there was driving a pickup truck — we exchanged friendly waves — across the tracks and onto Orwood Road as I stood near the railroad crossing. I stayed on what I took to be public roads.

“No trespassing” signs abound …. Good luck if you try for this bird.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California

Re: Summer Tanager 11/2, new location

Alan Howe

Hi, al.

Any more sightings of the summer tanager? I was up to look both Friday & Saturday & there was no sight of sound of him @ either the last sighting on Hillside or much of the east side of the Clark Kerr campus. Has he decided he's in the wrong place & moved on?


Alan Howe
North Oakland

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, 3:50:17 PM PDT, Alan Howe poethowe@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:


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. 


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

FOS Hermit Thrush and Finches

Elizabeth Leite <eleite@...>

We had an FOS Hermit Thrush and several FOS American Goldfinches on our feeders this AM in SW Walnut Creek.

Elizabeth Leite
Lafayette/Walnut Creek border

Walnut Creek birds Monday November 5


The Tropical Kingbird continued near the wooden railing today in Heather Farm Park, located in the Ygnacio Valley.  Most of the expected winter species were seen, including several American Goldfinches and two Ring-billed Gulls.  There were up to 12 Killdeer at the south end of the north ball fields.

In our patio north of the park, I saw a Slate-colored Junco about 9:40 AM.  I thought I might have seen it a couple of days ago, but it was very early and still dark.  This would be a new yard bird for us in a patio about the size of two parking spaces--maybe.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

White-throated Sparrows

Douglas Vaughan

Our FOS WTSP appeared on our patio on 2 Nov. An expected annual event. But this morning a 3rd and a record 4th showed up, all visible simultaneously. Immatures migrating with returning adults may account for our seeing 3, and now 4, in recent years. Maybe.

Doug Vaughan

Hooded Merganser at Mountain View Cemetery


Late Sunday morning I saw a solo male Hooded Merganser in the third reservoir pond up the hill at Mountain View Cemetery. It was in the company of half a dozen Canada Geese, two Pied-Billed Grebes, a bunch of Mallards, and half a dozen turtles (some of which were Red Sliders).

Kate Hoffman

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.

Re: Oakland Owl Question

Raleigh McLemore

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



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

Graham Chisholm
c. 510-409-6603

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