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Summer tanager at Claremont canyon

Teale Fristoe
 

About fifteen minutes ago I spotted the continuing summer tanager in the oaks just down the trail from the switchback with a rope swing and bench. It appeared to fly away down towards the park entrance but I'm not sure.

Teale
Berkeley

Arrowhead Marsh Jan 22

Dave Weber
 

While at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland late this morning a Nelson’s Sparrow was seen west of the boardwalk near a black square-shaped tub around 11 am and the same or another was in the large bush on the left side of the start of the boardwalk at noon. For me, six Ridgway’s Rails were seen including two huddling right along the east edge of the boardwalk.

 

Dave Weber,

Milpitas

Slate-colored Junco near Gomez Park Jan 22

Dave Weber
 

Stopped at Gomez Park in Fremont this morning Jan 22. Nothing of note but after getting back into my car at the end of Ambar Place I noticed some sparrows in a front yard. They were Juncos with one being an apparent male Cassiar/Cistomontanus/Rocky Mtns Slate-colored.

 

Dave Weber,

Milpitas

seasonal wetland is back at Garretson Point

Maureen Lahiff
 

The recent week of rains has nourished the seasonal wetland at
MLK Regional Shoreline's Garretson Point.

The ducks and avocets are back, too.

Maureen Lahiff
Oakland

Point Pinole Pier

JAY WEINER
 

We saw a lone snowy plover on the pier on a windy rainy day yesterday. It didn’t appear to be injured, but did not fly as we walked up to and past it, and hung around staring and taking pix. I has never seen one in the East Bay before.

[EBB_Sightings] Eastern Contra Costa County - l/19

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Yesterday, Jan. 19th afternoon, we took an afternoon trip beginning at 2:30 to Eastern Contra Costa County. Following are some of the notable sightings.

Holland Tract:

Tundra Swan (30+)
Greater White-fronted Goose (40+)
Snow Goose (distant views of many)
Sandhill Crane (35+)
Red-tailed Hawk (6)
American Kestrel (7)
Northern Harrier
Loggerhead Shrike (4)
Great-horned Owl

Jersey Island Rd.:

Long-billed Curlew (60+)
Snowy Egret (16)

My apologies for the late posting.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

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Scores of birders enjoyed repeated looks at the continuing NELSON’S SPARROW today during the high tide at Arrowhead Marsh. The bird frequented the point of the small island closest to the board walk, as well as the bushes and shore of the close shore to the left of the boardwalk. It was helpful to have so many eyes searching for the bird, and frequent use of stationary objects for descriptions while we searched for this wonderful bird. Also seen were multiple RIDGWAY’S RAILS, SORAS and VIRGINIA RAIL. A single drake EURASIAN WIDGEON was also spotted on the open water among the AMERICAN WIGEONS. With any luck there will be some great photos on eBird soon.

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Arrowhead Marsh Mon Jan 21

kathy jarrett
 

The GGAS bicycle trip found the Ridgway's Rail during the high tide this MLK day. We started bicycling from EBRPD's Tidewater staging area near the High Street Bridge and rode the Bay Trail to the viewing platform and rode the loop around to pond #3 (SE corner). Lots of Surf Scoters in the channel, many Common Golden-eyes everywhere, Blue-wing Teals in Pond #3. Say's Phoebes and Western Meadowlarks. We also saw a huge number of volunteers clearing out an unimaginable amount of trash from the area. Thank you! Great weather even though a bit cool. Six participants. Sorry the list is alphabetic; I sorted on the wrong column. 

American Avocet

American Coot

American Crow

American Kestrel

American Wigeon

Anna’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Black Phoebe

Black-necked Stilt

Blue-winged Teal

Bufflehead

California Gull

California Towhee

Canada Goose

Cinnamon Teal

Ridgway's Rail

Common Goldeneye

Common Yellowthroat

Double-crested Cormorant

European Starling

Forster’s Tern

Gadwall

Glaucous-winged Gull

Great Egret

Greater Scaup

Greater Yellowlegs

Green-winged Teal

Herring Gull

Horned Grebe

Long-billed Curlew

Long-billed Dowitcher

Mallard

Marbled Godwit

Marsh Wren

Northern Harrier

Northern Pintail

Northern Shoveler

Woodpecker sp.

Ring-billed Gull

Rock Pigeon

Ruddy Duck

Savannah Sparrow

Say’s Phoebe

Snowy Egret

Song Sparrow

Spotted Sandpiper

Surf Scoter

Turkey Vulture

Western Grebe

Western Gull

Western Meadowlark

White-crowned Sparrow

Willet

Yellow-rumped  Warbler


Mtn Bluebirds on Patterson Pass

Dave Weber
 

At 9am this morning there were two Mountain Bluebirds on Patterson Pass Rd about 100 yds up the road from windfarm gate #9. Down on Midway Rd I saw no Rough-legged or any other hawks except for one or two Red-taileds. There were three recent ehird reports of Rough-legged with only one mentioning Midway Rd, but all three have map pointers on Patterson Pass Rd well west of the summit - a very dangerous stretch of road far from the actual sighting.

 

Dave Weber,

Milpitas

Re: Birds in Heather Farm Friday January 18--and one more

Alan Bade
 

Thanks Harvey, for the tip on the Wood Duck! Wendy and I went over this afternoon to the Olympic Blvd Staging area and walked west along the creek side trail. In one of the first bends, we saw two males and one female wood ducks. We were fortunate to get a good look at them. But, they were very skittish. To see them, we had to slowly and quietly creep up to the edge and peer over. Otherwise they immediately flew up or downstream.
We then walked west on the trail for a while. On our way back, we tried again, and saw 4 birds, but can't confirm that all four were wood ducks. They were too quick. Thanks again.

Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill

Re: nesting Anna's

martha tracy
 

What do you buy there specifically?

On Jan 18, 2019, at 2:33 PM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Several times today an Anna's Hummingbird has been collecting nesting material from our patio. We buy our material at the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Pleasant Hill.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek


nesting Anna's

rosita94598
 

Several times today an Anna's Hummingbird has been collecting nesting material from our patio.  We buy our material at the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Pleasant Hill.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Birds in Heather Farm Friday January 18--and one more

rosita94598
 

Walt Duncan and I were on bikes today at Heather Farm.  He was a bit ahead of me and had Mew Gulls on the lawn south of the concrete pond.  We both saw the Merlin in a conifer across from the truck-wash building next to the dog park.  It was later harassed by a couple of Crows.
The pond was very muddy and it was obvious that water had been high during the recent storm.  We saw continuing Ring-neck Ducks and Buffleheads.  In addition, two first-year male Common Goldeneyes were present.
Before Walt turned into a pumpkin, we decided to drive to the west end of Olympic Blvd beyond the traffic circle.  We found a couple of Mallards in the creek there and one male Wood Duck.  This section of the creek has often been good for the Wood Ducks in past years.  Due to the muddy waters following the storm, I was not certain we would have any luck, but we gave ourselves a low-five following our success.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Re: Lots of Mountain Bluebirds in eastern Alameda county....

KENNETH ARCHAMBAULT
 

Wonderful report, Jim, and i Learned about a spot I hadn't known about before!  Thanks, Amigo! -Ken ARchambualt, Birmingham, Alabama

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7:34:35 PM CST, Jim Chiropolos <jnc@...> wrote:

This is a late report but on Saturday January 12 Derek Heins and myself biked from Cedar Mountain Winery to Cross Road to Patterson Pass Road to Midway Road looking for the Rough-legged Hawk on Midway Road and back. We did not find the hawk!

We were compensated by finding and watching two very cooperative huge groups of bluebirds. One on the wires and grape posts in front of the Cedar Mountain Winery - we counted 96 - and there were likely more we could not see fly-catching in the wine fields. We located a second big group off Patterson Pass road, we counted 98 in a group associating with a black-bird flock. The second group was initially off the road a ways but this is one advantage of biking - its easy to stop and look, compared to a car where stopping on Patterson pass Road will may block both lanes of the narrow road.

These bluebird numbers are very interesting as in one ride we saw two groups approaching 100 birds each and the previous Ebird listed high count for Mountain Bluebirds was 85 for Alameda county. Are Mountain Bluebirds using Eastern Alameda county more - I wonder? Please keep reporting mountain bluebird numbers on eBird.

The Cedar Mountain Winery mountain bluebird group is especially noteworthy as compared to other locations (in California?), Mountain Bluebirds are very reliable and can be seen very close-up at this location (unlike Patterson Road where the birds are very mobile). The winery owners have installed a reverse osmosis system to clean ground water which is dispensed into a pool in front of the winery that the bluebirds use to bath and drink. (Great photographic opportunities). Birders birding here should also visit the winery, do some wine tasting and thank the Owners as they have created a spectacular opportunity for birders - and are very friendly. My last four visits here over the last three years I have seen mountain bluebirds here every time.

Besides the Mountain Bluebirds we saw the expected species but I like birding this area as it is quite scenic and holds the Alameda County grassland specialists - says phoebes, horned larks, shrikes and lark sparrows.

Good Birding
Jim Chiropolos
Orinda

Re: Birds in Alamo today

Roy Carlson
 

Glad to hear that Jean is still with us.

Roy Carlson
San Carlos, CA

On Jan 17, 2019, at 4:03 PM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I spent an hour or so with Jean Richmond at her Alamo house today. It rained, it slacked off, but many birds were coming to her feeders and backyard. She has a White-throated Sparrow which comes in, but the couple of times I have been there since the new year it has not shown. A Fox Sparrow was also very shy today and did not show. But there were plenty of White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows, House Finches, Lesser and American Goldfinches, both Towhees, Chickadees, a Bewick's Wren, Juncos and a White-breasted Nuthatch.

The rain may have kept her Nuttall's and Downy Woodpeckers away, as well as the Mourning Doves. She has been seeing them regularly, and usually I do, too. Since I left shortly after 2 PM, it may have been too early for the Hermit Thrush to show. She told me she also has had many Robins and Cedar Waxwings on occasion.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Lots of Mountain Bluebirds in eastern Alameda county....

Jim Chiropolos
 

This is a late report but on Saturday January 12 Derek Heins and myself biked from Cedar Mountain Winery to Cross Road to Patterson Pass Road to Midway Road looking for the Rough-legged Hawk on Midway Road and back. We did not find the hawk!

We were compensated by finding and watching two very cooperative huge groups of bluebirds. One on the wires and grape posts in front of the Cedar Mountain Winery - we counted 96 - and there were likely more we could not see fly-catching in the wine fields. We located a second big group off Patterson Pass road, we counted 98 in a group associating with a black-bird flock. The second group was initially off the road a ways but this is one advantage of biking - its easy to stop and look, compared to a car where stopping on Patterson pass Road will may block both lanes of the narrow road.

These bluebird numbers are very interesting as in one ride we saw two groups approaching 100 birds each and the previous Ebird listed high count for Mountain Bluebirds was 85 for Alameda county. Are Mountain Bluebirds using Eastern Alameda county more - I wonder? Please keep reporting mountain bluebird numbers on eBird.

The Cedar Mountain Winery mountain bluebird group is especially noteworthy as compared to other locations (in California?), Mountain Bluebirds are very reliable and can be seen very close-up at this location (unlike Patterson Road where the birds are very mobile). The winery owners have installed a reverse osmosis system to clean ground water which is dispensed into a pool in front of the winery that the bluebirds use to bath and drink. (Great photographic opportunities). Birders birding here should also visit the winery, do some wine tasting and thank the Owners as they have created a spectacular opportunity for birders - and are very friendly. My last four visits here over the last three years I have seen mountain bluebirds here every time.

Besides the Mountain Bluebirds we saw the expected species but I like birding this area as it is quite scenic and holds the Alameda County grassland specialists - says phoebes, horned larks, shrikes and lark sparrows.

Good Birding
Jim Chiropolos
Orinda

Birds in Alamo today

rosita94598
 

I spent an hour or so with Jean Richmond at her Alamo house today. It rained, it slacked off, but many birds were coming to her feeders and backyard.  She has a White-throated Sparrow which comes in, but the couple of times I have been there since the new year it has not shown.  A Fox Sparrow was also very shy today and did not show.  But there were plenty of White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows, House Finches, Lesser and American Goldfinches, both Towhees, Chickadees, a Bewick's Wren, Juncos and a White-breasted Nuthatch.

The rain may have kept her Nuttall's and Downy Woodpeckers away, as well as the Mourning Doves.  She has been seeing them regularly, and usually I do, too.  Since I left shortly after 2 PM, it may have been too  early for the Hermit Thrush to show.  She told me she also has had many Robins and Cedar Waxwings on occasion.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Heather Farm Wednesday morning

rosita94598
 

It was nice to visit Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek after being gone 9 days. Fred Safier and I did not meet each other until he was walking home west along the Contra Costa Canal trail, so we had a couple of different birds. Fred had a Common Goldeneye, which I missed, but I had the Common Gallinule, which he missed. Fred had some others which I did not see, but are fairly common like the Oak Titmouse or a Jay.



At the north end of the north ball fields parking lot, there is a turn-around. Just past it is a graveled area which had a little puddle. Many Robins and Cedar Waxwings were in the trees there, but when I entered the park some of the Cedar Waxwings were on the ground at the puddle. Thanks, mom.



Fred was able to show me the Tropical Kingbird, which may have moved its hunting area. Today it was seen from the CC Canal trail looking across the canal and between the park maintenance yard and the pond near the Seven Hills School. I am wondering if the hunting is better at that pond these days. The school is private, and the pond fairly secluded, but the pond may be seen from either the CC Canal trail or the equestrian area parking lot.


A large number of gulls was circling various areas of the park. I first noticed them as I was riding my bike south toward the park, then again from the big oak tree on the west side.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Waterfront Road Wetlands -- Martinez -- Short-eared Owl & Kites

Graham Chisholm
 

Yesterday afternoon I visited the wetlands east of Martinez & east of I-680
on the north side of Waterfront Road. There are two locked gates with
parking along the side of the road, and I choose to walk north through the
gate that goes into a grassy area that is obviously a park though locals
walked the better road north through the gate with clear "no trespassing"
signs about 100 yards to the east.

About 15 minutes before sunset (5:30 pm) a short-eared owl started flying
around about 1/2 mile north of Waterfront Road and ranged pretty widely.
As enjoyable were the large number of White-tailed Kites with numbers
building toward dusk and birds still in the air when the owl appeared, my
last count was a total of 39 kites, including about 22 on one roost to the
northwest of the property. This may well be an undercount given that birds
were flying in from a number of directions and I turned my attention to
finding the previously report short-eared owl.

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley

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