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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

Lake Merritt, Oakland, Usual Wintering Birds, February 12, 2019 -- video

kristi9876
 

The calm before the storm at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Lots of the usual wintering birds, plus a not-as-common one, a Hooded Merganser (immature male, I think).
I was hoping to see a Barrow's Goldeneye, but didn't spot one.
I recorded video of cooperating birds all the way around the lake. Video here: https://youtu.be/pAVQ8tmYO2E

Kristi Whitfield
Oakland, CA

Grizzly Island field trip cancelled

rosita94598
 

Due to flooding at Grizzly Island, the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society field trip to Grizzly Island on Thursday Feb. 14 is cancelled.  I just spoke with our trip leader Maury Stern. 

Sorry for the late notice.

Hugh

Short-eared Owls Martinez

rosita94598
 

Took a late drive to Waterfront Road in Martinez today and drove east, crossed the railroad tracks and parked at the TransMontaigne Pipeline trailhead just before 5 PM.  I walked way out and spent quite a bit of time waiting while dusk unfolded.  White-tailed Kites, Northern Harriers, and at least one Turkey Vulture kept me looking, but finally I had two Short-eared Owls flying pretty far out there.  From my angle, they were toward the tanker dock for the Tosco refinery at Avon.  By the time I made it back to the car it had been at least 1-1/4 hours, but I was able to escape any rain.  It was an enjoyable evening.

A warning though about driving Waterfront Road right now.  There are several flooded areas and the entry for the TransMontaigne parking area is more than a foot deep.  This is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Tilden Nature Area Rufous/Allen's hummingbird

mrkinch
 

This morning about 10 am there was a female Rufous/Allen's hummingbird working the low vegetation at the junction of Jewel Lake Trail and Loop Road. 

marilyn

Paired Bald Eagles at Lafayette Reservoir

Elizabeth Leite <eleite@...>
 

This early afternoon we braved the wind and rain to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. We were rewarded with two Bald Eagles simultaneously soaring directly above the east end of the dam, one carrying nesting material. Let's hope they establish their nest where we all can see it.

Elizabeth Leite

Holland Tract Sightings Feb 16th

Donald Bauman
 

We had +100s of Sandhill Cranes; a very large mixed flock of about 50/50 Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds; many Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese; plus Black-crowned Night-heron, Green Heron. Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret and Great Egret. 

Don Bauman