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Re: Summer Tanager continues today in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve

David Couch
 

Returned at 3:20 PM today. I heard others spotted him at around 130.

Rock Wrlen - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 1/2

Paul Schorr
 

This afternoon there was a Rock Wren along the entrance road into Contra Loma R. P. I spotted the bird at the “Pool Closed” sign which is a short distance inside the entrance gate. It was feeding along the shoulder of the road and flew up to the sign at one point. This was a new species for me at the park, making my total 149.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Richmond Snow Goose

Sheila Dickie
 

Yesterday, January 1, 2019, there was one Snow Goose and eight Greater White Fronted geese in with a large flock of Canada Geese on the lawn area in the Richmond Marina at the junction of Regatta Blvd. and Marina Bay Parkway, near the Rosie The Riveter Memorial. It was late in the day -- round about 5 p.m. On December 26 also late in the day I had seen the Snow and Greater White Fronted geese in with Canada Geese in the same location.

Also yesterday there was one Ridgeway's Rail walking in the channel on the South side of the 51st. Street Path round about 4:30 p.m.

Happy New Year!
Best
Sheila Dickie
Richmond

Re: Barrow's Goldeneye - Antioch City Reservoir - 12/31

Paul Schorr
 

On Dec 31, 2018, at 2:58 PM, Paul Schorr <pkschorr@...> wrote:

This afternoon, on return home from an errand, I made a brief stop at the Antioch City Reservoir. The gusting winds created rough water and heavy white caps, so it was challenging trying to spot the birds that were diving and only on the surface briefly. However, among the mixed flock of Buffleheads and goldeneyes, I did spot a single male Barrow’s Goldeneye. However, there may have been additional Barrow’s among the numerous Common Goldeneyes.

In addition, among the 50+ Canada Geese on the adjacent Lone Tree Golf Course, there were at least three Aleutian Cackling Geese.

Happy New Year and Happy Birding in 2019.

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Barrow's Goldeneye - Antioch City Reservoir - 12/31/2018

Paul Schorr
 

Apparently, these sightings did not get posted yesterday in 2018, so I am reposting them today in 2019.

This afternoon, on return home from an errand, I made a brief stop at the Antioch City Reservoir. The gusting winds created rough water and heavy white caps, so it was challenging trying to spot the birds that were diving and only on the surface briefly. However, among the mixed flock of Buffleheads and goldeneyes, I did spot a single male Barrow’s Goldeneye. However, there may have been additional Barrow’s among the numerous Common Goldeneyes.

In addition, among the 50+ Canada Geese on the adjacent Lone Tree Golf Course, there were at least three Aleutian Cackling Geese.

Happy New Year and Happy Birding in 2019.

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Miller-Knox Park today - highlights

blofbern1
 

At a windy mid-day there were hundreds of birds on the water close to the shoreline, from the tunnel to the old ferry landing, including at least 20 Surf Scoters, 20 Common Goldeneyes, many dozens each of scaup and Buffleheads, and a Horned Grebe. At least five Red-breasted Mergansers were on the pond with dozens of more common birds, and 10 or more Killdeer were on the grass. I also stopped at the intersection of Brickyard Cove Road and Sandpiper Spit. A Pied-billed Grebe swam in the marina, a Kestrel hovered over the shoreline, and I'm almost certain there was a loon with the twenty-or-so Western and Clark's Grebes in the bay.


Ken Berniker
El Cerrito

Barrow's Goldeneye - Antioch City Reservoir - 121/31

Paul Schorr
 

This afternoon, on return home from an errand, I made a brief stop at the Antioch City Reservoir. The gusting winds created rough water and heavy white caps, so it was challenging trying to spot the birds that were diving and only on the surface briefly. However, among the mixed flock of Buffleheads and goldeneyes, I did spot a single male Barrow’s Goldeneye. However, there may have been additional Barrow’s among the numerous Common Goldeneyes.

In addition, among the 50+ Canada Geese on the adjacent Lone Tree Golf Course, there were at least three Aleutian Cackling Geese.

Happy New Year and Happy Birding in 2019.

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Heather Farm New Year's Day

rosita94598
 

It was a crisp morning for us as we circled the pond today. Not as many Buffleheads and Ring-necked Ducks today, but we had plenty of Double-crested Cormorants. On the lawn south of the concrete pond were gulls and Canada Geese. The gulls were almost evenly split between Mew and Ring-billed.


Many of the usual passerines were seen, including a Fox Sparrow and American Goldfinches.



As Fred and I walked the CC Canal trail toward the concrete channel of Walnut Creek, we had a Cackling Goose and a pair of Hooded Mergansers in the pond near the Seven Hills School.


Happy New Year.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Heather Farm 12-31

David Kent
 

My last wander around Heather Farm for 2018 started cold and windy. Ran into Hugh Harvey at the railing and Fred Safier with whom I walked back to the canal. Did I mention that it was windy? ...and chilly? Little was stirring (at first) not even a mouse! Except for the Canada Geese (and 1 Cackling Goose), at least 30 Double-crested Cormorants, and the usual assortment of other waterfowl.



However, after about an hour the wind started dying down and the birdies came out!


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51122345 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51122345


Of note for HF were a Red-tailed Hawk over the canal and a Turkey Vulture soaring over the natural lake. The (probably) resident Common Gallinule came out of the reeds, showing a lot of red on its shield. The continuing Tropical Kingbird was hawking insects over the cement pond. Six Black-crowned Night Herons were dozing on and about the island. A Belted Kingfisher was heard. A lone Red-winged Blackbird showed up on the west side. We heard a few spring songs, as opposed to the practice notes we have been hearing, and the American Goldfinches are showing a bit more yellow.


Happy New Year everyone!


Dave Kent

Hooded Merganser pair Jewel Lake Tilden

Pam Young
 

A pair of Hooded Mergansers have been at Jewel Lake in the Tilden Nature Area for the past 4 days.


Good birding!
Pam Young

Berkeley

Summer Tanager continues today in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Birders:

About 12:45 pm today, the adult male Summer Tanager appeared in the oak tree described yesterday by Bob Toleno and Juli Chamberlin. It is located at
37.8639434, -122.2432396 on the Stonewall - Panoramic Trail, in Oakland. A half-hour or so later, as I walked down the trail toward Belrose Ave in Berkeley to fetch my car, I joined a few birders who had relocated the tanager in eucalyptus trees a couple hundred yards down from where it first appeared.

Good luck to others who seek the bird.

And happy New Year.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@...

Summer Tanager continues at Claremont Canyon

Bob Toleno
 

Juli Chamberlin and i got fantastic views of the continuing SUMMER TANAGER
in Claremont Canyon earlier this afternoon. We found it uphill from where
others have been reporting the bird, feeding for quite a while at the sap
wells drilled by a sapsucker in an oak tree. The exact coordinates where we
found the tanager are here:

37.8639434, -122.2432396

We ran into David Tomb at the bottom of the hill, gave him those
coordinates, and he was able to find the bird at the exact same oak tree
nearly an hour after us, so this may be a fairly reliable spot for others
to look. It was our third attempt to see this bird, so i guess third time's
the charm! eBird list with digibin photo is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51062742

Good birding,
Bob Toleno
Hayward

Heather Farm in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Despite the cold, some interesting observations have been made in Heather Farm Park the last week or so. We have fairly regularly seen a Fox Sparrow on the west side of the big pond, coming out to the seeds I toss for the other sparrows and the occasional squirrel.



The numbers of ducks varies day-to-day and even throughout the day. Today we had 65 Ring-necked Ducks and I counted 25 Buffleheads. Other days they are smaller numbers. By the afternoon, the numbers are generally lower.



We have had a very large number of Double-crested Cormorants in the mornings. Today Fred tallied 35 on his eBird list, which can be seen here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51050318 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51050318



Fred usually has a few American Goldfinches which I manage to miss, but today he pointed out a small flock on the northeast side of the big pond. Then, along the trail next to the dog park as we walked toward the Contra Costa Canal, we had a small flock of Cedar Waxwings.


Christmas Day I sang Happy Birthday to my bike as I entered the park. It was 60 years ago when it arrived in the garage of our Cincinnati apartment. It must have been one of the best presents ever, as I still ride it almost daily.


It was also in Cincinnati that we had a Cedar Waxwing crash the dining room window. We picked it up outside, brought it in, and my mom showed us a painting of it in a large National Geographic book from the 1930s. Thanks, Mom.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Surf scoter San Leandro marina

judy mcdonj
 

Observed 2 Surf scoters at San Leandro marina near bridge that goes over to dog park

House Wren - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 12/26

Paul Schorr
 

Today we spent several hours birding at Contra Loma R. P.. It was a beautiful post-Christmas day with vistas of the snow-covered Sierra in the far distance. Near Loma Island we spotted a House Wren. In addition to the wren we had the following notable sightings:

California Quail - covey of about 12
Five sparrow species: White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Lincoln’s, Fox and Song Sparrow.
Say’s Phoebes (5)
American White Pelican (7)
White-tailed Kite
Common Gallinule
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Re: Slate-colored Junco - Antioch yard - 12/23

Wendy Parfrey
 

Another slate-colored junco is on my deck today in the Oakland Hills. Last time I saw one here was December 2014.

Happy holidays,
Wendy
Colton at Heartwood, Montclair

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Slate-colored Junco - Antioch yard - 12/23



Today we had a FOS Slate-colored Junco in our yard.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

McNabney Marsh, Mallard Reservoir, Meeker Slough

z.querula@...
 

Hi All,


Today (12/24) I visited Waterbird Regional Preserve and McNabney Marsh from around 11 to 12. The undoubted highlight of the visit were 12 (yes, 12) Blue-winged Teal. This is, to my knowledge, the second highest count in the county ever, the highest being Steve Glover's count of 13 in the year 2000, the one year Blue-winged Teal bred in the county. I find that scoping the preserve from the South viewing platform (accessed off Arthur Rd) allows for a better chance at spotting these birds. Most of the Blue-winged Teal were male. Mute Swan numbers were low at 2 birds and there were several American White-Pelicans. There were also 3 Lesser and over 25 Greater Yellowlegs in the preserve and an astounding and painstakingly counted 83 Snowy Egrets. There were 6 Hooded Mergansers and the familiar Peregrine Falcon was soaring over the refineries.


Yesterday, I headed out to the Meeker Slough area to look for the Nelson's Sparrow at high tide. Joining me in the search were John Luther, Jim Lomax, Melanie King and others. The bird was elusive yet present, best seen at high tide (around 11:30am). For more details and GPS coordinates please refer to my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50900040 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50900040. Other notable sightings included a flyby Common Loon on the bay, rafts of several hundred scaup, a pelagic cormorant swimming around happily in the marsh, and distant scope views of the herring run on Brook's Jetty. Even from the great distance I was at, it appears that numbers of birds have increased from several days ago and several thousand cormorant lined the jetty and many gulls swum in the water. I encourage everyone that can to head over to Miller/Knox shoreline or Canal Blvd. viewing platform and check out the herring run for possible Long-tailed duck, Harlequin duck, Slaty-backed gull, Pacific Loon and others.


Two days ago, I headed over to Mallard Reservoir at around 11, an often unjustly underbirded reservoir in Martinez. There was nothing rare around, but bird numbers were high. Mallard reservoir currently has both mudflats, shallow water, and deep water. The king tide pushed in good numbers of peeps to forage. Around 85 Least Sandpipers, 6 Westerns, 16 Dunlin and about 30 dowitchers foraged together. A snow goose (quite rare outside of East county) flew around over the reservoir with two Canada Geese. 15 Mute Swans graced the reservoir, disappointingly along with 13 Forster's Terns. Other notable sightings included several Canvasback rafts, one Bonaparte's Gull, one possible and distant female Eurasian Wigeon and zero scaup. There were also around 600 gulls in the reservoir, most close enough to ID with binoculars. The lack of Glaucous-winged (2) and Iceland (0) gulls was disappointing, but there were easily over a hundred Herring Gulls. At dusk these numbers could greatly increase providing for good gulling. If anyone wishes to check it out, bring a scope, as there are only a few vantage points along Bates Ave. and the birds can be far away.


Good birding,
Ethan Monk

Rough-legged Hawk

Steve Huckabone
 

Today at approx. 9:15AM I found a Rough-legged Hawk in eastern Alameda
County. I stopped at a pullout on N. Midway Rd where the old railroad line
crossed the road. From here you can see much of the valley to the west and
all the high power towers. Scanning with my scope I spotted the RLHA perched
about hallway up a tower to the south-west of my position. It's been a few
years since a RLHA has been reported but this is the general location were
they have been seen in past years. I cam back about an hour later and it was
still in the same location.

Ebird report here with a few very distant pics.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50927071





Steve Huckabone

Alameda County

Livermore, CA

Slate-colored Fox in the yard

Noah Arthur
 

This afternoon a very distinctive Fox Sparrow that appears to be a ‘SLATE-COLORED’ FOX SPARROW showed up at my Oakland Hills backyard feeding station. Soft, relatively pale medium gray face and back, contrasting with reddish wings — very unlike the dark, muddy, uniform upperparts of ‘Sooty’ Foxes (which have also been frequenting the yard). 
Unfortunately this was just before I left for the airport to fly down here to Ventura for Christmas. I think I’ll be back home by the end of the week though; I’m hoping the bird sticks. If anybody wants to come see the bird if it’s still around by then, give me a call or email!
Noah Arthur (Oakland)510-967-2179semirelicta@...

Slate-colored Junco - Antioch yard - 12/23

Paul Schorr
 

Today we had a FOS Slate-colored Junco in our yard.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch