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Heather Farm Friday Jan 25

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Ran into Bob Dunn and Tracy Farrington this morning near the dog park crosswalk. They saw the Tropical Kingbird where the sidewalks meet between the concrete and mostly natural ponds. It was long gone by my arrival. But together we viewed the nearby juvenile male Common Goldeneye and the Merlin atop a conifer just west of the dog park. Another observer said he had the Common Gallinule at the very south end of the big pond.


On the north ball fields were about 200 gulls, almost all of them Mews. Probably less than ten of them were Ring-billed. I counted 192 total, but they were moving a bit. They were later flushed by a jogger.


At the Contra Costa Canal end of that ball field parking lot, I found a nice Red-breasted Sapsucker. In the same area were Robins, a White-breasted Nuthatch, a Cedar Waxwing and a couple of Lesser Goldfinches.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

[EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager in Claremont canyon

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Thanks for all the tips on where to find the Summer Tanager! It was right where Robert Firehock said in his Groups.io message, frequenting the 2nd oak tree in a row of 3 just south of the tree swing area after the 2nd switchback. It is feeding at the woodpecker holes about 3/4s the way up the tree, perhaps getting insects caught in the sap. We saw him at approx 3 PM today.

I had trouble posing on the other site, so I'm posting here.
Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill



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[EBB_Sightings] black scoter back at Richmond Marina

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We saw 2 black scoters about a week ago at Richmond Marina, but have been looking and didn't see them until today. We thought they may have just been passing through. But we saw the 2 males again today and they were calling. They have been hanging around in the boat docks E and D. They were close to the walkway to the right side of Dock E, just across from Salute today. Many birders may remember the little forlorn black scoter who was always calling and chasing female scaups in previous years. We figure one of these is him and he brought a buddy. Hope they stay awhile, they are so much fun to listen to.


In the same area near Salute, there was a snow goose and her(?) entourage of 8 white-fronted geese. We have been seeing this entourage on and off for about a month, and they move from the Salute-Rosie pathway over to across from Friendship park. They are very approachable.



Oh, and the weather is glorious - lucky we live California!


E. Stamman 

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Pt. Pinole Allen's

Sheila Dickie
 

Yesterday, January 24, 2019, there were two male Allen's Hummingbirds at Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline Park. One at the pond off Owl Alley, seen atop bramble on the little island to the right, and the second again atop bramble on the right hand side of Owl Alley just past the intersection with China Cove Trail as you are heading toward the pier. Both birds were seen in same locations as last year and about the same date.


Sheila Dickie
Richmond

Pt. Richmond Herring Spawn, Friday, 1/25

Judith Dunham
 

Upon reading Ryan Bartling's post on the herring spawn at Pt. Richmond this morning, Charlie and I motored from the Berkeley Marina to Brooks Island, arriving around 10 a.m. Much of the feasting may have concluded, but thousands of birds were present along the shoreline and breakwater and in the bay. It was a nice surprise to see a group of 17 BRANT among the scaup.

The following eBird record has conservative estimates and includes some passable photos taken on my Canon-ito to show a fraction of the abundance. We stayed at a distance from the assembly, hence numbers designated to gull sp, cormorant sp, etc.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52032881

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

Summer Tanager again at Claremont Canyon

Robert Firehock
 

This brilliantly red bird was there again this morning. In the oaks on the west side of the trail just down from the switchback at the tree swing grove. There is a line of three or four oaks 'marching' down the hill roughly perpendicular to the path. He seems to favor the second one from the trail. Got a decent photo today which will be on my eBird list later (yesterday's photo required enhancement for ID purposes and was not suitable for posting on eBird). Enjoy, Robert

1/23 Lake Merritt - Dying Goldeneye? And Odd Geese

bunceboy
 

On 1/23 it looked like a male common goldeneye in the lake, Southeast side near E 18th St.  Upside down, mostly still but with some small intermittent flails and foot twitches.  About 10 people gathered to stare at it.  Anyone seen something like this before?

On 1/22 I saw  2 "Chinese" Swan Geese, apparently an escaped domestic species near the geodesic dome, and a White Fronted Goose nearby across the street from the public bathroom.

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-Will P.

Re: Birds in Alamo today

Herb and Randi Long
 

Thanks.  We have those same birds here in Lafayette close to the Reservoir.

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, 4:03:44 PM PST, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> 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


Re: Summer tanager at Claremont canyon

David Couch
 

If the recent sightings are along the Stonewall-Panoramic Trail where I saw that Tanager a few weeks ago, then... I found it pretty easy to park on Stonewall Road off of Clairemont Avenue, around this location:

Near 100-238 Stonewall Rd, Berkeley, CA 94705
https://goo.gl/maps/GqzLSTrxvtM2
David Couch
Berkeley

[EBB_Sightings] Three teal species - McNabney Marsh, Martinez - 1/23

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During a brief stop this afternoon at McNabney Marsh, we had excellent
views of all three teal species. We watched the birds from the viewing
platform, which is located along the service road that leads to Mt. View
Sanitary District, and just before the tunnel under I680.

Blue-winged Teal 2 pair
Cinnamon Teal 1 pair
Green-winged Teal numerous

In addition, there were many Northern Shovelers, and fewer numbers of
Gadwall and American Wigeon.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch
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Re: Summer tanager at Claremont canyon

Teale Fristoe
 

Tom,

The summer tanager has been here since Erica Rutherford and John Colbert first found it on October 30th, so it will probably be around somewhere tomorrow, but it's often been difficult to find. You can park on Stonewall Rd or Tanglewood Rd to access the preserve.

Good luck!
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

Re: Summer tanager at Claremont canyon

Tom McGuire <tomario@...>
 

Hi,

Great sightings . . .!. . .is it possible the tanager will still be there tomorrow? Can anyone please tell me where to park to access the TH . . .thanks! 

Tom McGuire
Berkeley CA

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 4:10:13 PM PST, Alan Howe via Groups.Io <poethowe@...> wrote:


I finally managed to see him, after months of trying, around 3;00 this afternoon. He was in the first couple of oak trees to your right as you descend the trail/road from the eucalyptus copse with the rope swings. If I hadn't seen some acorn woodpeckers fly into the trees & stopped to look @ them, I wouldn't have seen the tanager who was hopping around in the interior of the downhill tree & making no noise. He stuck around quite a while & may have still been there when I left around 3:30 or so.

Alan Howe
North Oakland
On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 12:33:41 PM PST, Teale Fristoe <fristoe@...> wrote:


I just saw the tanager again, this time flying between eucalyptus branches between the first and second switchbacks.

Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

Re: Summer tanager at Claremont canyon

Alan Howe
 

I finally managed to see him, after months of trying, around 3;00 this afternoon. He was in the first couple of oak trees to your right as you descend the trail/road from the eucalyptus copse with the rope swings. If I hadn't seen some acorn woodpeckers fly into the trees & stopped to look @ them, I wouldn't have seen the tanager who was hopping around in the interior of the downhill tree & making no noise. He stuck around quite a while & may have still been there when I left around 3:30 or so.

Alan Howe
North Oakland

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I just saw the tanager again, this time flying between eucalyptus branches between the first and second switchbacks.

Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

Re: Summer tanager at Claremont canyon

Teale Fristoe
 

I just saw the tanager again, this time flying between eucalyptus branches between the first and second switchbacks.

Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

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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

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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.