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Two Swamp and possible Field Sparrow at Gomez park Nov 12.

Dave Weber
 

Field sparrow was recently reported at Gomez I think. I may have refound it at 2:10. End of the channel between the wall and the area where two other creeks join. Details later. Plus two Swamps!!Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone


Return of the Duck(s)--Lake Temescal

Robert Firehock
 

A Wood Duck is back! Male, hanging out with a Mallard pair at the retention pond closer to the south end of the Lake. Also, a female Hooded Merganser was cruising and feeding.  A Pied-billed Grebe, 18 domestic Mallards (odd visitors?), a dozen or more 'real' Mallards, 10 Coots and a pair of female/first winter Buffleheads joined a few Double-crested Cormorants to round out the waterfowl this morning. It was a dirt devil, trash-can rolling, hang-on-to-your-hat windy morning, with most of the smaller birds staying hidden, or disguised as flying leaves.
Cheers, Firehock


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Pacific Commons Linear Park

Hilary Powers
 

Amazing place.... Prairie Falcon, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, and four other raptors; Wood Duck, lots of Redheads, Wigeon and Gadwalls and assorted other waterfowl.... All strung out along a path behind a bunch of parking lots....

South of Highway 84, but well worth the drive on a Sunday morning - and better air than Oakland today.
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Gomes Park (11/6) - Eastern Phoebe, Swamp Sparrows, N Red Bishop

Graham Chisholm
 

At least a half dozens of us were able to relocate, these three previously found species this morning between 10-11 am along a paved path next to a vegetated channel. A bonus was seeing all three phoebe species at the same time.

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley


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From: "jtnikon@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...>
Date: November 6, 2018 at 8:17:11 PM PST
To: <EBB_Sightings@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park (11/6) - Eastern Phoebe, Swamp Sparrows, N Red Bishop
Reply-To: jtnikon@...

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:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49728027 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49728027



Gomes Park is located on east of Lake Elizabeth. Street parking either on Valdez Pl or Ambar Pl (see map link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B033'02.4%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 https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B033%2702.4%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) is closest to the location of these sightings.


Happy Birding,


Jerry Ting
Fremont








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Lesser Black-backed photos

Noah Arthur
 

Here are some (bad) photos of the Alviso LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL from this afternoon. (Smokey days don't make for good gull photos... :( 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157703349906324

Noah

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LBBG PSA

Noah Arthur
 

BTW its a long (20 min) hike west from Alviso Marina Park to the gull flock, and the trails close at sunset.
Noah

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LBBG PSA

Noah Arthur
 

BTW, its a long (20 min) hike west fro


Alviso Lesser Black-backed Gull

Noah Arthur
 

I guess I’m eating crow on my “announcement” that Alviso is now impossible to Gull... Or, should I say, eating LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL... A subtle but distinctive 2nd-cycle LBBG was here at the flock west of Alviso Marina County Park a  few minutes ago. Flew south; may or may not come back today or ever. There are many hundreds of gulls here.




At least on weekends, this might still be a good gulling hotspot...




Could somebody forward to South Bay Birds (if this is deemed exciting enough for that)?




Noah


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San Leandro Marina (11/9) - White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Duck

Jerry Ting
 

This (11/9/2018) afternoon, there were 2 female White-winged Scoters with 2 female Surf Scoters on west of the large isle seen from par course. A couple of distant shots can be viewed in my eBird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49816318 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49816318


Later on San Francisco Bay Trail along Tony Lema Golf Course, I found a female Long-tailed Duck mixed with a group of Common Goldeneyes (seen from the south end of the dog park). A distant photo is included in my eBird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49816403 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49816403


Happy Birding,


Jerry Ting
Fremont


Ohlone Audubon Eastern Alameda County field trip

richard s. cimino
 

Yesterday with high wind and smoke in the air 14 diehard birders had a wonderfully birdie day in the field.
The real results started at Clifton Forebay (Contra Costa county) with 32 species of ducks, grebes, tern and other water birds.
Best bird here was a male and female Redhead.
Moving on to Burns Road - still in Contra Costa County 3 American Kestrels and many Meadow Larks.
The real action began as we entered into Alameda County starting at county road marker .097.
In the small pond was a Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer, American Pipits and Brewers Black Birds - birds usually unmentioned in reports.
Scoping due east of this pond were two Ferruginous both juveniles sitting on the ground. To the northeast was a second year plumaged Golden Eagle and two Redtail Hawks.
Continuing on Burns Rd to Bethany Reservoir there were several Redtail Hawks perched on the transmission towers. Turning on to Christensen Rd. lined with olive and willow trees were many Yellow-rumped Warblers, crowned sparrows and I heard a Nuttall's Woodpecker. This area is laced with ground squirrels nest - mounds , now Burrowing Owls were seen.
From the Bethany Reservoir picnic area we found another second year Golden Eagle and Red-tail Hawks and four Dark-eyed Juncos. Leaving the reservoir nearing Burns Rd. we picked up an Adult Golden Eagle and an adult Ferruginous Hawk.
Species was 57 species.
Trip leader
Rich Cimino
Larkspur


Ferruginous Hawk in Hercules again

Susana dT
 

Seen today again (Nov/8). Previous sighting on October 30. Could be another Ferruginous in the same location or may be the same bird. It was perched on a fence post, preening. It flew low behind the hill, I could not determine if it was a juvenile or adult.
For those of you interested in seeing these guys Jenner Headlands Preserve is a good place. I was there this past Sunday and saw about a dozen of them and also a young Bald Eagle. This is Sonoma County but if interested in watching videos here is the link to fkickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/sets/72157701697434511/with/30788074657/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/sets/72157701697434511/with/30788074657/


I posted as new topic because Yahoo would not let me add to the previous conversation.


Townsend's solitaire, Round Valley

Jerry Britten
 

Saw a Townsend's solitaire at the back end of Round Valley Preserve, (at the springs, actually on water district land) today Nov 8. Ebird report with photo below:


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49764282 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49764282



Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory


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.
Noah


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

Marcus
 

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
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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:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49728027 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49728027



Gomes Park is located on east of Lake Elizabeth. Street parking either on Valdez Pl or Ambar Pl (see map link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B033'02.4%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 https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B033%2702.4%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) is closest to the location of these sightings.


Happy Birding,


Jerry Ting
Fremont


FOS Fox Sparrow in hard

Eugenia Larson
 

Birders:

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

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