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Long-tailed Ducks, Black Scoter, Herring Run at Miller Knox Park

Phred Benham
 

Hello all,
This morning Libby Beckman and I observed a large concentration of ducks and gulls brought in by the Herring run. They were right offshore at high tide, viewing from Miller Knox regional park shoreline.

Mixed in with the hundreds of Surf Scoter, Greater Scaup, and Bufflehead were 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 1 BLACK SCOTER, and the continuing HEERMANN’S GULL.

Here is our e-bird checklist from the morning with so-so photos of the Long-tailed Ducks and Black Scoter. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52308320

Good birding,

Phred Benham
Point Richmond, CA



Phred M. Benham
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley

Burrowing Owl - McLaughlin / Albany

ccoon.wildwood5@att.net
 

Based on a previous post, I went down  to McLaughlin entrance by Golden Gate Fields this morning to check on the Burrowing Owl.

The Burrowing Owl was in its normal spot (squirrel hole) where I have seen it since December - in the NE area of the enclosure - maybe a 100 feet from the fence.

I have only seen one Burrowing Owl in this enclosure this winter.  I saw 3 at one time last winter.

Robert Coon

Long-tailed Duck, Pt. Richmond

Melani King
 

At around 1:15 a Long-tailed Duck was seen in a mixed group of Scaup, Bufflehead, Surf Scoters, and various gulls at the bay access at Western Drive and Cliffside Ct. I recorded video of it swimming amongst the other ducks and then in flight when if flew toward the Chevron Long Wharf. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-sgvwjkD5o

Melani King

Pt. Richmond

[EBB_Sightings] Merlin - Contra Loma R. P. - 2/3

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Merlin - Contra Loma R. P. - 2/3
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Today we did a pre-Super Bowl outing to Contra Loma R. P. where we enjoyed periods of light rain, bright sunshine and some spectacular rainbows.

Merlin: Along the East Side Dr., we had very good views of a male Merlin.

Tricolored Blackbird: Near the boat ramp we spotted several in a mixed flock of blackbirds.

Osprey: There were two Ospreys searching the reservoir for recently-planted trout.

Burrowing Owl: We also spotted this bird along the East Side Drive.

American White Pelican: We counted eight on the reservoir.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


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Lake Merritt, Oakland, Usual Wintering Birds, February 4, 2019

kristi9876
 

If you didn't make it to Lake Merritt between storms today, and wish you had, then check out this video from my walk along Lakeshore Ave. Almost like being there.
https://youtu.be/rE1akGe-jf8
Just the usual, but always interesting, birds. Plus a rainbow.
It was cold (wind chill below 40 F) and windy this afternoon.

Kristi Whitfield
Oakland, CA

[EBB_Sightings] Long-tailed Duck, Ferry Point

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Long-tailed Duck, Ferry Point
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All,
First of all, apologies for the late posting. The Long-tailed Duck (male) previously found among the enormous rafts of mostly Greater Scaups, was seen this afternoon at Ferry Point. I was there around 1pm, joined by my old pal Bill Stubblefield, visiting from Massachusetts, and Berkeley resident, Bill Missing. Surf Scoter numbers were substantial, and the birds were looking brilliant.


Good birding,
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek

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Royal/Elegant Tern

Bob Richmond
 

Today at Ballena Bay a Royal/Elegant Tern was seen ovee SF Bay from near the traffic circle. It was the correct size for either one compared to several nearby Forsters Terns. Bill size and shape looked to be correct for either one. It was not heard but it was raining.

Bob Richmond
Alameda

Re: Claremont Tanager

auberciu
 

Hello.

I am an Italian birder visiting UC Berkeley for a couple of weeks.

I should have some free time this afternoon, and the forecast is no rain for today, so I was planning to go to Claremont Canyon.

The summer tanager wintering there (which would be a new bird for me) has been sighted lately?

I understand correctly that I should look for it along the lower part of the Stonewall-Panoramic trail?

Thanks for your help,

Alberto

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Alberto Marcone
Tavagnacco (UD)
Italy

Palm warbler

rosita94598
 

I left early today for my union meeting in Oakland, thinking I could find the Palm Warbler in Emeryville in the park at Hollis and 62nd Street.  It did not work in the 1/2-hour or so I had there, 11:20 to maybe 11:50.  I did find Tim Howe and Ed Vine, though.  My list consisted of 4 White-crowned Sparrows, some Rock Pigeons flying past and one Black Phoebe.  Maybe another time . . . .

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Claremont Canyon, Berkeley

auberciu
 

Hi everybody and thanks to the many people who answered my message earlier today.

I went to Claremont Canyon in the afternoon and, with very detailed instructions, had no trouble finding the spot where the summer tanager had been seen. I stayed there for a couple of hours (from a little after 3pm to almost sunset) but the bird did not show up. In the very nice weather I enjoyed the acorn woodpeckers (up to three) thinking that the oak tree is their private property, often chasing the Nuttal's woodpeckers that try to feed there also. Other birds I identified include bushtits, oak titmice, Oregon juncos, California towhees.

I thank also the people that volunteered to show me around during my stay in Berkeley (which is about ten more days). I am not sure about my week-end plans yet, but if I'll have time for birding I'll get in touch with some of you.

Best,

Alberto

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Alberto Marcone
Tavagnacco (UD)
Italy

Palm warbler

rosita94598
 

I went back today looking for the Palm Warbler which I missed yesterday.  Though it was the briefest of glimpses, the Palm Warbler was in the bushes near the taco truck at the southwest corner of Doyle Hollis Park. 

There is a small triangle of landscaping near the taco truck, the most prominent bush has reddish branches and is hard to miss.  The Palm Warbler moved at the bottom of the bush and I was able to see the bright yellow vent area as the bird disappeared around the bush to the right. It seemed to move behind the bush to the left, but despite my patience in waiting, I never saw more than that.

So I stood in line, bought a drink and walked slowly around the park again before finally heading off.  Other birds seen include an Anna's Hummingbird, two California Towhees, 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows and a few Rock Pigeons.

At least I saw part of it.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Palm warbler

judisierra
 

Seen today in E-ville at 2. On the ground in the gutter and in a tree at the north east corner of the park. Note literally at the corner. Thanks to another birder who was there watching it when I arrived.

Richmond long-tailed duck

judisierra
 

At Miller Knox- regional park one among a raft of surf scoters at noon to the left of the front of the ferry pier if walking towards it.
Judi Sierra- Oakland

Palm warbler

Edward Vine
 

Not sure if my earlier email got through but will try this.

I saw the Palm Warbler today at 2 pm (continuing bird). In back of restrooms - but better looks at corner of Doyle and 62nd St. - most of the time on ground at base of corner tree but also on street curb and gutter near that tree. 

Good birding!

Ed

Re: Palm warbler

Tom McGuire <tomario@...>
 

Hi Everyone,

This morning I got to the park around 8:45 and strolled the pretty landscaped grounds for a few minutes (worried that I had left my car in a street cleaning day zone), but figured . . . this little guy is worth a ticket!

Luckily, I did not get a ticket, and even more fortunate, I actually spotted the bird . . . ! . . . with the help of a young mother in tow with front papoose and binos. She called me over and alerted me to the bird's presence. I managed three photos (none very good) and a 4-second video. (If interested in a glimpse, in case you weren't as fortunate as I to have spotted the bird, google gambolinman + youtube + palm warbler.) 

I hope to post a short piece at my blog on this wonderful - wayward? - visitor to Emeryville.

Tom McGuire
Berkeley, CA

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 4:45:17 PM PST, judisierra via Groups.Io <judisierra@...> wrote:


Seen today in E-ville at 2. On the ground in the gutter and in a tree at the north east corner of the park. Note literally at the corner. Thanks to another birder who was there watching it when I arrived.



Palm warbler

Teale Fristoe
 

This afternoon I got lunch at Doyle Hollis Park with a couple of friends and looked for the continuing Palm Warbler. We had a brief view of the bird in a tree along 62nd shortly after we first arrived, around 1:30, but it quickly flew off to the northeast, apparently to the gated parking lot across the street. After lunch, around 2:30, we found it again at the edge of the sedges to the west of the bathroom before it flew back into the trees along 62nd. It was much more cooperative this time and gave good looks for maybe fifteen minutes before it disappeared in a small patch of sedges in the sidewalk. It's quite a beautiful sight when it's in those flowering trees!

Good birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

Re: Palm warbler

John H. Maurer
 

My wife and I managed to arrive while the bird was still in the flowering (prunes?). We had really good views of it for about 10 minutes, until it went around the corner of the sedge. All of us walked over and looked to see if it was on the other side of the patch of sedge or if it would come out, but of course no luck. (It was easy to find. Just look for a group of people with cameras and/or binoculars, all aimed at the same spot.)

John (and Jean)

On 2/7/19 6:08 PM, Teale Fristoe wrote:
This afternoon I got lunch at Doyle Hollis Park with a couple of friends and looked for the continuing Palm Warbler. We had a brief view of the bird in a tree along 62nd shortly after we first arrived, around 1:30, but it quickly flew off to the northeast, apparently to the gated parking lot across the street. After lunch, around 2:30, we found it again at the edge of the sedges to the west of the bathroom before it flew back into the trees along 62nd. It was much more cooperative this time and gave good looks for maybe fifteen minutes before it disappeared in a small patch of sedges in the sidewalk. It's quite a beautiful sight when it's in those flowering trees!

Good birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

The sound of spring - my Nutalls Oakland Laurel

Marcus
 

Heard not seen. One really loud call on my way to the car.  Hammering sounds in the distance

The tree across the street from me was cut down due to a lot of internal rot.  My tree where the Nutalls nested is still up. Will be interesting to see where they end up.
Also, looks like a later spring. Plum trees that for years were blossoming in late January have yet to really erupt in the first week of February. I wonder how that will affect local birds overall.
-Marcus Pun

color banded White-crowned Sparrow

John Harris
 

Hi all,
A couple days ago I briefly visited Vincent Park in the late afternoon, and saw a color-banded White-crowned Sparrow. Does anyone know who might have been banding these birds? I'd like to report the sighting if it would be useful. I did get some photos.
Thanks very much,
John Harris
Oakdale

Hooded Merganser in Bay Farm, Alameda

Mark Featherstone
 
Edited

[Edit re link to photo] The Hooded Mergansers are still at one of the lagoons in Bay Farm. We saw them yesterday both morning and afternoon along with some Common Goldeneye, Scaups and the usual Mallards, Coots, Buffleheads, etc. I have only seen them in one particular stretch -- that length of the lagoon between Aughinbaugh Way and the Ferry Terminal, and much closer to Aughinbaugh.

https://flic.kr/p/2dAQCAQ