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Ring-necked Duck and Wood Duck at Mountain View Cemetery

Patricia Bacchetti
 

As I pursue new places to look for birds for the 5 Mile Radius 2019 Challenge (http://www.iusedtohatebirds.com/p/vancouver-5mr.html), I popped into 2 places that are less than .5 mile from my house today.


At Mountain View Cemetery, there was a male RING-NECKED DUCK in the upper lake, not an easy bird to get this close to the bay. Deciding to look more closely, I parked at the top of the upper lake and walked up the path behind the closed gate (it's open to hikers) and found a male WOOD DUCK ; again, not that common this time of the year. I'm also noticing a big movement of robins in my neighborhood in the last couple of days, and the cemetery was covered in them, too.



Encouraged by my explorations, I decided to take a peek in the quarry pond next to the big new Safeway store on Pleasant Valley Road. Low and behold, there was a pair of NORTHERN PINTAILS keeping the Canada Geese company, as well as a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. Behind the AAA I found a hatch-year TOWNSEND'S WARBLER. The quarry pond isn't even an eBird hotspot, but I'm going to keep an eye on it from now on. And since Arrowhead Marsh is just out of my circle, finding the pintails was a bonus.


The 5MR concept is a great way to look for little pieces of habitat near you that aren't birded much, and it's fun to be able to bird locally with the spare hour here and there.


Who knows that the coming storms will blow in,


Patricia Bacchetti
Oakland

Continuing White-Throated Sparrows at feeders near Oakland Rose Garden

kateh37@...
 

I've been seeing White-Throated Sparrows (1 to 3 at a time) at my yard feeders for over a month. This is the first year I've noticed them. Are they common in the East Bay? I am participating in Project FeederWatch, so I'm paying closer attention than usual. Project FeederWatch stats for all of California are showing White-Throated Sparrows at fewer than 10% of feeders.

Kate Hoffman
Oakland, CA

continuing Summer Tanager in Claremont Canyon, Berkeley/Oakland

Bruce Mast
 

Howdy birders,
Rode my bike today to the Claremont Canyon trailhead at Stonewall Ave.,
(Stonewall Panoramic Trail on Google maps). Before I even got to the
trailhead, I heard the SUMMER TANAGER chattering in the trees to the left
of the house at 91 Stonewall Ave. By the time I had stowed my bike and
switched to birding mode, the bird had flown north into the park. I tracked
it down by ear along the lower trail that proceeds north from the trailhead
through the flat meadow. I relocated the Tanager in the top of a live oak,
the big round one to the right of the trail at 37.863040, -122.244731. The
bird was initially buried in the foliage but it briefly popped up and
allowed a couple decent pictures before it flew off to the north into the
eucalyptus trees above the volleyball courts.

Thanks to Erica Rutherford and John Colbert for first locating the bird
back on Oct. 30.

Also enjoyed showing passing hikers a Great Horned Owl hooting from the
eucalyptus trees at the first bench overlook with the rope swing. Full
checklist at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51611148

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

Canal Blvd This Evening. Murrelet Sp.

z.querula@...
 

Hi All,


Writing for Lucas Corneliussen and Mark and Lucas Stephenson who have been doing a bay watch from the Canal Blvd. viewing platform in the Richmond Area for the past hour. The winds have been blowing SW all day and the birds have been shooting past them going North into San Pablo Bay. Here is a rough list of what they have seen fly North so far:


MURRELET SP. Small murrelet/alcid. A small, torpedo-like bird with a small, pointed bill traveling north quickly and low to the water with rapid wingbeats and all dark underwings and a white belly. Much smaller than a murre. Most likely a Marbled Murrelet (but they are not definitively calling it such) representing a probable 5th (?) county record.


~80 Red-throated Loons

1 Common Loon
2 Sanderling
4 Brant
~30 Thayer's Gull
~5 Mew Gulls


All of these birds were flying to the North. Tomorrow the winds are supposed to be North-east/East winds, perfect for pushing these birds back out towards the ocean. Early morning seawatches from Canal Blvd. or Pt. Isabel could be very rewarding.


Good birding,
Ethan Monk

Eurasian Wigeon

James
 

Sorry about the late post, but I had a male Eurasian Wigeon at the Hayward Shoreline at Hayward's Landing this morning at 8:30 low tide.  He was with 3 American Wigeons about 300 feet out.James WattsHayward

Nelson's NO, Swamp YES

Alan Krakauer
 

I spent a while mid-day Thursday (1/10) looking for the Nelson’s Sparrow that was recently reported near the 51st access to the Bay Trail between Pt. Isabel and Meeker Slough. I didn’t see it, nor did anyone else before about 1:30 as far as I’m aware. I think the tide was rising but we definitely did not have a king tide. Also lots of construction noise.

On my way back to Meeker Slough (just a few minutes after Denise Wight and her friend left), I got a about a half-second glance at a Swamp Sparrow just south of Meeker Slough. I think this is more or less the same spot where it has been reported. I was between the old pier and Meeker Slough proper, close to the trash can and dog poop bag dispensers. The bird was on the edge of the long strip of higher elevation upland that’s about 75 feet or so on the inland side of the trail. I waited around for a while for this sparrow too but i was not able to refind it.

Other highlights were a Ridgeway’s rail that swam accross Meeker Slough maybe 50 feet upstream of the bridge, pretty close looks at a snipe near the old pier, a couple of canvasback, distant looks at a Merlin, first spotted by Denise Wright well inland from the trail, and impressive numbers of peeps (mostly Western Sandpipers) in the restored area between Meeker Slough and the 51st street access.

Full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51536328

-Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

Greater White-fronted Goose at Lake Merritt

kateh37@...
 

This morning I saw (at close range) a Greater White-Fronted Goose at Lake Merritt. It was just east of the Rotary Nature Center area on the grass (bill covered in grass clippings). It was alone, but there was a flock of Canada Geese nearby.


Kate Hoffman
Oakland

Runner ducks, I think, at McNabney

John Missing
 

All: on my first visit to McNabney Marsh today, I observed what appear to be a pair of Runner ducks (perhaps an Indian, or Indian hybrid, and a Chocolate), which are presumably escaped captive or domestic birds and therefore of limited (if any) interest to the group, and their presence may indeed be old news. So, fwiw:


https://flic.kr/p/RZ5kz7 https://flic.kr/p/RZ5kz7


John Missing
Berkeley

Swamp sparrow 1/7 Antioch marina

Teri L Wills
 

Monday afternoon we had great looks at a swamp sparrow in the bushes at the southwest corner of the Antioch marina. The Antioch marina is north of Hwy 4 at the end of L street which has an off ramp. The trail starts at the south west corner of the parking lot.

Good Birding
Chris and Teri Wills
Martinez

White-throated Sparrow - Antioch yard - 1/6

Paul Schorr
 

Before the heavy rains began this afternoon, I spotted a FOS White-throated Sparrow among the White-crowns in our yard. This was the fourth consecutive year that we have had a least one WTSP.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Nelson's Sparrow Arrowhead Marsh

Matthew Dodder
 

I tried sending this earlier, but it doesn’t appear to have gone through…

The NELSON’S SPARROW at Arrowhead Marsh was found again today by Bob Dunn. He spotted the bird on the near shore of the small island just left of the boardwalk during the high tide. Several birders were able to get extended looks at the pumpkin-colored Sparrow before it disappeared again into cover. Also seen was a GREAT BLUE HERON feasting on a SORA.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

Pt. Pinole Peregrine Falcon

Sheila Dickie
 

Yesterday January 4, 2019 at about 3:30 p.m. there was a Peregrine Falcon perched on the old pier pilings at the Point adjacent to the fishing pier at Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline Park.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond

Nelson’s Sparrow at Arrowhead

Matthew Dodder
 

Bob Dunn was the first to spot the NELSON’S SPARROW on the shore of the little island just left of the boardwalk today during the high tide. Several birders got extended looks at the bird. Thanks, Bob!!

Also a GREAT BLUE HERON was seen capturing and eating a SORA. Photos will be posted on eBird soon.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

Martinez Waterfront Friday afternoon

rosita94598
 

Walt Duncan and I made a short trip to the Martinez area yesterday afternoon and had some good birds.


Starting from Arnold Industrial Rd and looking through the north fence of Central Sanitary, we had Mew Gulls and at least one Bonaparte's Gull.


The south end of McNabney Marsh from the entry road to Mt. View Sanitary had plenty of Greater Yellowlegs, a Northern Pintail, lots of Green-winged Teals and 4 male Blue-winged Teal. Northern Shovelers were abundant. White Pelicans, too.



From the north side of McNabney Marsh we had 12-15 male Cinnamon Teal, plus American Avocets, and many more Shovelers and GW Teals. A Kingfisher was on the wires along the RR tracks, a Great-tailed Grackle was seen by Walt, and an American Kestrel was on the hill above the parking lot.


At Waterbird Pond we had a pair of Hooded Mergansers and a handful of other birds.



The TransMontaigne Pipeline entrance had a White-tailed Kite and a Merlin on the snag right by the road. Another Kingfisher was farther east toward the refinery at Avon.


We visited Martinez Reg Shoreline, too, walking out to the hulk of the SS Forester. We had up to 150 Common Goldeneys on the river between there and the Ozol pier, one female Canvasback, a Spotted Sandpiper along the river edge and a Song Sparrow, Western Gull and Snowy Egret on the hulk.



Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Say's Phoebe, Grayson Creek in Pleasant Hill

bade_alan@...
 

At the Mount Diablo Audubon meeting this evening, there was mention of increased sightings of Say's Phoebe trending in our local CBC data. We saw 2 Say's Phoebes this last Sunday 12/30 in our monthly Grayson Creek bird survey. One was along the creek on the north side of the Pleasant Hill middle school playing fields, and the other was near the Golf Club road bridge near DVC. Also seen were 15 Hooded Mergansers in the creek near the Golf Club Road bridge.


Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill

MLK Regional shoreline, Lake Merrit, and Alameda sightings

Philip Georgakakos
 

Hi folks,

Today I biked and birded a couple of locations. The route started at Lake Merritt then down to Arrowhead Marsh, where I met Teale Fristoe, and together we continued to Alameda Island, checking out Elsie Romer, Crown Beach, and Crab Cove. Chris and Teri Wils hit many of the same spots as us and we ran into them throughout the day.

Highlights:
Barrows Goldeneyes (5 at least) in the outflow of Lake Merritt
Greater White-fronted Goose (1) grazing with a bunch of Canada Geese near fairyland
Blue-winged Teal (3) Arrowhead
Oystercatchers (4) and Pelagic Cormorants (2) at Arrowhead on the far side of airport channel from the marsh
Burrowing owl(1) found by Chris as Teri near the small ponds near the entrance before you reach the marsh at Arrowhead
Mew gulls at Lake Merritt and Crab Cove
Ruddy Turnstone at Elsie Romer, by the breakwater on a small emergent rock
Snowy Plover at Elsie Romer

There were thousands of Greater Scaup throughout the day, and thousands of shorebirds at Elsie Romer. 98 Species on the day, with only one hawk, a white tailed kite.

Happy new year!
Phil Georgakakos
Oakland

Summer Tanager

judisierra
 

Finally! Got good looks today 1/3 after my glimpse on Dec. 14. My 10th attempt today. It flew into the oaks before the benches in Claremont Canyon RP. at 12:15 and stayed 15 min before flying uphill into other oaks. Three other birders arrived towards the end of it's stay.
As I was walking back to my car, a red tail hawk (pretty sure it's the same one I saw 2 days ago in the Canyon) landed in front of me on the wide trail that goes past the sand volleyball courts.

Judi Sierra
Oakland

Re: Nutall's taking up residence for the cold evening in the Laurel, and a lonely Great Horned Owl on Christmas

Bev
 

Thank you SO much for keeping us updated, Marcus. I loved seeing your nesting Nutall's last year and hearing the owl. Maybe this is one of those Nutall's or the children?

Glad we live so close!

Bev

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Nutall's taking up residence for the cold evening in the Laurel, and a lonely Great Horned Owl on Christmas






Was working on my rose bush around 4:45PM today when I heard the Nutall's call and observed it feeding in a tree across the street. Then it flew to my tree right below the nest from last year, poked around for about 30 seconds and went in, and stayed. I don't blame it. The tree I bet was warmed up nicely form the sun all day and what a nice convenient place to stay. Never saw that before. Kind of cool. Er, warm.

If you remember a while back I recorded the lonely sound of the Great Horned Owl mating call. Since then it seems to have popped up in other places around Oakland. On Christmas it was reported on Nextdoor as "Owl hooting very loudly on Coolidge Ave between Alida and Morgan!" I sent the guy my recording and he said that was it.

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

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Nutall's taking up residence for the cold evening in the Laurel, and a lonely Great Horned Owl on Christmas

Marcus
 

Was working on my rose bush around 4:45PM today when I heard the Nutall's call and observed it feeding in a tree across the street. Then it flew to my tree right below the nest from last year, poked around for about 30  seconds and went in, and stayed. I don't blame it. The tree I bet was warmed up nicely form the sun all day and what a nice convenient place to stay. Never saw that before. Kind of cool. Er, warm.

If you remember a while back I recorded the lonely sound of the Great Horned Owl mating call. Since then it seems to have popped up in other places around Oakland. On Christmas it was reported on Nextdoor as "Owl hooting very loudly on Coolidge Ave between Alida and Morgan!" I sent the guy my recording and he said that was it.

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


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Yes, Summer Tanager continues at Claremont Canyon

Lee Friedman
 

At 10:50 this morning, I found and photographed the continuing Summer Tanager at Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. It was in the oaks about 10 yards down the trail from the bench at the first view point reached as one ascends the trail. It remained in the two adjacent oaks for at least 30 minutes, and several other birders that came along then were also able to enjoy it. I think this is likely the same bird discovered at this site back in October by John Colbert and Erica Rutherford.


Summer Tanager: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/46578939701/in/dateposted-public/


Good birding,

Lee Friedman