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Cormorant Nests at Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers
 

The Double-crested Cormorants are back! This morning the nests on the bare trees all had cormorants sitting in them or beside them or arranging new sticks that others were bringing in.

Dunno why this year's breeding season had a hole in it....

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Bald Eagle 680 near Stoneridge My first Bay Area sighting

Marcus
 

After 64 years,/10 months and 4 days I finally get to see a Bald Eagle in the Bay Area. I have seen them elsewhere from Lassen to Coco Beach, FL where they are as ubiquitous as the local night herons in Oakland hanging at KFC.. Had just gotten onto 680 from the Stoneridge on ramp (just after 6:25pm) and by the grove of Eucalyptus trees there were up to a dozen turkey vultures flying around and over the freeway which is pretty unusual, so I looked around and on my left over the canal I spotted a small bird harassing a larger one, thinking it might have been another vulture except it was moving around a lot, then I noticed the lighter head and then the white tail. YaYYYYY!! I wish I could have pulled over, was very tempted, but drove on. The smaller bird was really letting the Bald Eagle have it. My gf works in the area and thinks that she has seen it around as well. Finally!!!!


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Look up everyone

Aaron Maizlish
 

There are dozens and dozens of White-throated Swifts and a few Vaux’s Swift flying with the swallows around Berkeley Meadow. With this low cloud cover this morning in the middle of migration, the swifts are low. It might be our best chance to find a Black Swift in migration. I haven’t found one yet but please look up everybody if you’re on the eastshore.

Aaron Maizlish

Precarious Oystercatcher nest at Ballena Bay, Alameda

VerneN
 

A pair of Black Oystercatchers has nested for years on an section of boat decking moored as a bird refuge next to a seawall. The Ballena Bay Marina was purchased by a new company and they have removed the deck. The pair resorted to making a precarious nest on the seawall.
As of this photo they had laid two eggs (one has a shadow crossing it) and a day later there were three.
I think their chances of a successful brood are minimal.

Photo with two eggs:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/vnelson/47925833823

Lawrence's Goldfinches on Mt. Diablo

Derek
 

Jim Chiropolos and I biked to the summit of Mount Diablo from the
north gate side with some well-timed rest stops for birding. Our final
stop was Muir Picnic Area which is roughly 2 miles from the summit,
where we had good looks at three Lawrence's Goldfinches for a few
seconds before they flew off. The goldfinches, like us, were
likely using the area as a rest stop before moving on.

Links below from our ride.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56730371
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56730224
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56730368

Derek Heins
Piedmont

Red Phalarope at Lake Merritt

David Robinson
 

Yesterday afternoon, two friends separately texted me to ask if I could
identify an unusual bird at Lake Merritt. Each sent a pic:


Red Phalarope!

Maybe it’ll be back today.

Happy Memorial Day!
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Jean Richmond in memoriam

rosita94598
 

Bob Richmond phoned us this morning to say that his mom, Jean Richmond, passed away last night.  For many years now, Jean knew that I would introduce her as the world famous author of the 1985 book, Birding Northern California.  It would bring a chuckle to her to hear it.  She was 92 years old and was predeceased by her husband, Morland, better known to the world as Rich.
Jean's involvement with the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society is generally well known.  In the late 70s and the 80s, she was the editor of our newsletter, The Quail, for 10 years.

Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Black Tern continues at Hayward Regional Shoreline

Bill Clark
 

The Black Tern, reported since around May 7th and seen daily by Bob Richmond, continues at Hayward Regional Shoreline. It has a black body and head, with gray wings, helping it stand out from the Forster's and Least Terns.

Despite been reported daily, this is NOT an easy bird to find.
From the Interpretive Center (off Hwy 92), walk north about 1.2 miles, then right at an intersection for 0.1 miles to the Least Tern sign. There's a barrier there to prevent people from disturbing the nesting birds. Do not cross the barrier.
From that vantage point, looking south-east, about 200 yds away is a long island covered with white shells or rocks. This island is home to about 30 Black Skimmers. Those are really cool birds, but right now, they are a distraction.
Just beyond that island, is a small muddy unremarkable island in the middle of the pond. This island has terns. Unfortunately, between the distance, the heat shimmer, and your shivers from the cold and fog, you can't make out any of the terns. If you wait long enough, they take flight. After 30 minutes of waiting, a Black Tern took off, hovered tantalizingly, and then flew behind the damn island. After another 30 minutes of shivering, he took off again... a gust caught him, and he flew 5-6 ft above the island, and I was able to get a picture. Note, I went at 6:30am in hopes that the cold would prevent heat shimmer and enable better pics.
Here's a pic, with a bunch of Skimmers in the foreground.
https://flic.kr/p/2g3J3FJ

Bill Clark
Livermore, CA

Black-necked stilt chicks at Garretson Point

Megan Jankowski
 

There is a pair of stilts with at least two chicks in the seasonal wetland
at Garretson Point. I am watching one fluff ball exploring while one adult
broods and the other adult forages. They are pretty close to the fence line
but there’s a good amount of foliage in the way, especially if you are
short.

Directions: walk down the paved path next to the seasonal wetland. Stand
just past the first bench where the bushes open up slightly and look in.
The adult is sitting on a tuft of green grass amongst much browner stuff.
If you walk past where the bushes end you can look back and see them too.

The chick just came and got under the adult. And another chick was
visible. Since they are mobile no guarantee they’ll be in the same spot
very long.

Megan Jankowski
Oakland

Re: Red Phalarope at Lake Merritt

Teale Fristoe
 

I went to Lake Merritt this morning in hopes of catching the Red Phalarope.
Unfortunately it was no where to be found, but what I did find was a bunch
of Least Terns. 14 at once was my highest count. I used to live near Lake
Merritt but never saw this species there. I see on ebird that they seem to
be regular in May as of 2017, which is exciting news since the lake is
otherwise a bit of a wasteland in the summer.

If anyone's interested in seeing these charismatic birds at an accessible
location, they were frequently out on the buoys, easily visible from the
benches near the geodesic dome. I also spent some time on the other side of
the lake from this location, and the terns would sometimes fly very close
to shore while foraging.

My full ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56804686

Happy birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

On Mon, May 27, 2019 at 6:37 AM David Robinson <dvdrobinson@...>
wrote:

Yesterday afternoon, two friends separately texted me to ask if I could
identify an unusual bird at Lake Merritt. Each sent a pic:


Red Phalarope!

Maybe it’ll be back today.

Happy Memorial Day!
--
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phrasing, content, layout -- any errors whatsoever. And since I'm using
Gmail, feel free to blame Google too.



Tuesday in East Contra Costa

rosita94598
 

Paul and Nancy Schorr and I drove to Piper Slough this morning to see what we could find.  They were unable to attend the MDAS field trip earlier this month.  We had some good birds in the Piper Slough area including a Black-chinned Hummingbird on the wires and a Great Horned Owl chick to the west at a nest.  We certainly heard Bullock's Oriole and Black-headed Grosbeak, but never found one.  We debated whether we heard parts of a Yellow-breasted Chat song.

We had a couple of Western Kingbirds around the Bethel Harbor area, but we did not climb the stairs and levee to look out over Frank's Tract.

We also stopped along Marsh Creek just after noon, using the access at Frank Hengel Way and Monet Drive.  Almost directly across from us we found a singing male Blue Grosbeak. 

The temperatures were pleasantly mild and the breeze was refreshing.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Black Oystercatcher @ Mt.Tam State Park

rangeryoyo@...
 

While visiting Steep Ravine @ Mt. Tamalpais State Park Mon 05/27/19 - Thu 05/30/19, we discovered a pair of Black Oystercatchers nesting and displaying territorial hostility towards other birds. The aerial war games and piercing shrieks were fascinating and fun to witness.


Rocky Point, California 94970
37°52'54.6"N 122°37'43.2"W
37.881836, -122.628659

Wrentits in Oakland area?

Louis Libert
 

Hi,

I live in Oakland and have a birding friend in town who’s never seen a Wrentit. Where’s a good place in or near Oakland to look for Wrentit?

Thanks!
Louis Libert
Oakland, CA

Re: Wrentits in Oakland area?

Patricia Bacchetti
 

HI Louis,

Good places to look are Sibley Regional (go out on the trail to the left) and Valle Vista EBMUB Staging Area near Moraga (you will need to pay $5 online and get a permit to hike there). There’s even one that sings at Lake Temescal, but it’s up on the hill and seeing it wouldn’t be easy. Any place with dry chaparral should have wrentits. Make sure you know their call because they’re often heard and not seen.

Good luck!

Patricia Bacchetti

On May 31, 2019, at 10:02 PM, Louis Libert <loumlibert@...> wrote:

Hi,

I live in Oakland and have a birding friend in town who’s never seen a Wrentit. Where’s a good place in or near Oakland to look for Wrentit?

Thanks!
Louis Libert
Oakland, CA


Re: Wrentits in Oakland area?

Fred Werner
 

Lots of places in the hills are good for Wrentit. The western entrance to
Sibley is also good (where Fish Ranch reaches 24 on the Orinda side of the
tunnel). And we've got plenty in the upper reaches of both Strawberry
Canyon and Claremont Canyon. You can hike up from the top of either Dwight
or Derby St. in Berkeley or a shorter hike up from this parking area on
Claremont Ave. just below Grizzly Peak:

Fire Trail
Berkeley, CA 94705
37.871655, -122.224187

or drive up Panoramic Way from the UC-Berkeley football stadium all the way
to the top (the road is closed for construction Mon-Fri).

or walk the fire trail from the Lawrence Berkeley Lab math lab buildings:
https://goo.gl/maps/8eHZikUsTuAray6k7

or just go to the Lawrence Hall of Science and take in the view. You have
a good chance of hearing them there too. Of course, you're very likely to
hear them in all of those places, but seeing them ANYWHERE takes a lot of
patience and luck.

Good luck!

- Fred Werner
Panoramic Way, Berkeley/Oakland


On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 9:07 PM Patricia Bacchetti <bacpab@...>
wrote:

HI Louis,

Good places to look are Sibley Regional (go out on the trail to the left)
and Valle Vista EBMUB Staging Area near Moraga (you will need to pay $5
online and get a permit to hike there). There’s even one that sings at
Lake Temescal, but it’s up on the hill and seeing it wouldn’t be easy. Any
place with dry chaparral should have wrentits. Make sure you know their
call because they’re often heard and not seen.

Good luck!

Patricia Bacchetti
On May 31, 2019, at 10:02 PM, Louis Libert <loumlibert@...>
wrote:

Hi,

I live in Oakland and have a birding friend in town who’s never seen a
Wrentit. Where’s a good place in or near Oakland to look for Wrentit?

Thanks!
Louis Libert
Oakland, CA





Bradford Island today (6/1) and a little bit of some other places.

Ethan Monk <z.querula@...>
 

Birded the delta from about 7:30am to 2pm with sharp, young birder Lucas "I have really good eyes" Stephenson.
Conducted a Christmas Bird Count-style census of Bradford Island, walking most of the island and keeping running tallies of all birds.

JERSEY ISLAND ~7:40. (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56959800)
While waiting for the ferry to depart, we heard singing from the willows to our right a single Chat and Blue Grosbeak. Not much else.

BRADFORD 8am-12pm. (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56968751)
Circumnavigated the island counterclockwise. From ferry, we proceeded North along the levee road. Halfway up the island, we turned to the West, driving about ¾ of a mile into the middle of the island before turning North. Drove until reconnected with levee road. Proceeded to the left, counterclockwise until the ferry. Along the Central Road and East levee road, we walked most of the distance along the side of the willows. Notable sightings:

1 BELL’S VIREO heard singing was possibly a returning bird, although it was singing along the North end of the Island’s central road, as opposed to the two Bell’s that resided right next to the levee last year. If this is a returning bird, it has moved about 1.5 miles from where it was previously. I highly encourage everyone to check the original location (38.0690643, -121.6493793) for vireos in the following days to confirm if this singing bird is a different individual.

*Possible REDSTART chipping and seen briefly here: (38.0802946, -121.6636102). We only saw this bird once for a fraction of a second before it disappeared into the willows, so I don’t feel certain calling it, but I am not certain as to what else it could be. A warbler flipping a seemingly long tail, calls like a Yellow. I could make out no colors or patterning, and I just saw the bird's tail end.

18 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT is a new county high count (the previous count was 8, I believe). This was a very careful and meticulous count of the island’s chats. In three separate spots we had 3 easily detectable at once. We saw 8, maybe 9, the rest were singing non-stop. Chat song was ubiquitous this morning. Some of these birds might be migrants.

3 Willow Flycatcher. 1 along levee road (in old Bell’s vireo spot) and 2 along the Central road in the willows. Should be investigated as a possible breeder.
1 Tricolored Blackbird. Flyover male.
2 Allen’s Hummingbirds. Small colony like on Bethel on North side of Island.
3 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 2 males and 1 female were at different locations around the island.
4 Western Wood-Pewee. Apparently the first hotspot record. Very vocal.
6 Blue Grosbeak
5 Ash-throated Flycatchers
1 Swainson's Thrush
2 Pac-slopes
10 Yellow, 1 Wilson's and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler

To access island, buy $7.50 ticket at Oakley Valero. Ferry times posted online, just do a search for Bradford Island Ferry. (If you decide to bird here, be careful. Few people will bother you if you stay on the levees but be careful with where you point your camera. Walk off the levee at your own risk.)

PIPER SLOUGH 12:30pm-2pm. (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56972860)
Walked the willows at Piper Slough. Fairly quiet.
1 Pewee, 1 Willow Fly, 1 Yellow, 2 Blue and 3 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 Ash-throat, 1 Warbling Vireo, in terms of migrants. We also had several kettles of Swainson’s Hawks pass over head, totaling to a counted 43 birds.

Good birding,
Ethan Monk

Re: Bradford Island today (6/1) and a little bit of some other places.

judisierra
 

I thought the conclusion a long discussion string a year ago- Bradford is a private island and access is by invitation only.

Judi Sierra
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On Sat, 6/1/19, Ethan Monk via Groups.Io <z.querula=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Bradford Island today (6/1) and a little bit of some other places.
To: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Cc: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 7:08 PM

Birded the delta from about 7:30am to 2pm
with sharp, young birder Lucas "I have really good eyes"
Stephenson.
Conducted a Christmas Bird Count-style
census of Bradford Island, walking most of the island and
keeping running tallies of all birds.

JERSEY ISLAND ~7:40. (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56959800)
While waiting for the ferry to depart,
we heard singing from the willows to our right a single Chat
and Blue Grosbeak. Not much else.

BRADFORD 8am-12pm.  (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56968751)
Circumnavigated the island
counterclockwise. From ferry, we proceeded North along the
levee road. Halfway up the island, we turned to the West,
driving about ¾ of a mile into the middle of the island
before turning North. Drove until reconnected with levee
road. Proceeded to the left, counterclockwise until the
ferry. Along the Central Road and East levee road, we walked
most of the distance along the side of the willows. Notable
sightings:

1 BELL’S VIREO heard singing was
possibly a returning bird, although it was singing along the
North end of the Island’s central road, as opposed to the
two Bell’s that resided right next to the levee last year.
If this is a returning bird, it has moved about 1.5 miles
from where it was previously. I highly encourage everyone to
check the original location (38.0690643, -121.6493793) for
vireos in the following days to confirm if this singing bird
is a different individual.

*Possible REDSTART chipping and seen
briefly here: (38.0802946, -121.6636102). We only saw this
bird once for a fraction of a second before it disappeared
into the willows, so I don’t feel certain calling it, but
I am not certain as to what else it could be. A warbler
flipping a seemingly long tail, calls like a Yellow. I could
make out no colors or patterning, and I just saw the bird's
tail end.

18 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT is a new county
high count (the previous count was 8, I believe). This was a
very careful and meticulous count of the island’s chats.
In three separate spots we had 3 easily detectable at once.
We saw 8, maybe 9, the rest were singing non-stop. Chat song
was ubiquitous this morning. Some of these birds might be
migrants.

3 Willow Flycatcher. 1 along levee road
(in old Bell’s vireo spot) and 2 along the Central road in
the willows. Should be investigated as a possible breeder.
1 Tricolored Blackbird. Flyover male.
2 Allen’s Hummingbirds. Small colony
like on Bethel on North side of Island.
3 Black-chinned Hummingbird, 2 males
and 1 female were at different locations around the island.
4 Western Wood-Pewee. Apparently the
first hotspot record. Very vocal.
6 Blue Grosbeak
5 Ash-throated Flycatchers
1 Swainson's Thrush
2 Pac-slopes
10 Yellow, 1 Wilson's and 1
Orange-crowned Warbler

To access island, buy $7.50 ticket at
Oakley Valero. Ferry times posted online, just do a search
for Bradford Island Ferry. (If you decide to bird here, be
careful. Few people will bother you if you stay on the
levees but be careful with where you point your camera. Walk
off the levee at your own risk.)

PIPER SLOUGH 12:30pm-2pm. (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56972860)
Walked the willows at Piper Slough.
Fairly quiet.
1 Pewee, 1 Willow Fly, 1 Yellow, 2 Blue
and 3 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 Ash-throat, 1 Warbling Vireo,
in terms of migrants. We also had several kettles of
Swainson’s Hawks pass over head, totaling to a counted 43
birds.

Good birding,
Ethan Monk

Re: Bradford Access

Ethan Monk <z.querula@...>
 

Since apparently I am not allowed to "reply to group," I am starting a new thread on this. Anyway, here is what I understand of the situation on Bradford Island:

Truly, I am unaware of the exact status of the island. Last August I emailed the district manager (Angelia) who told me that the island’s levees were public and access was allowed, just no photos of private property or walking off the levees. Around the same time she emailed Graham Chisholm and told him almost the exact opposite. She doesn’t seem to be the most organized human?? Regardless, I have spoken to several dockhands and property owners on the island openly about me birding and I have received no negative response (and have even been told I am welcome back anytime). If I remember correctly, it seems that most stopped visiting the island because of the MAGA hat wearing rancher. If you avoid the dilapidated trailers and stay on the levees, running into people like him shouldn’t be an issue. For now I would just be careful out there; however, it seems last summer's situation has blown over. I met a landowner today who allowed us to bird on his property right next to the old Bell's spot. We found a Willow Flycatcher and a Bunting: It was great.

Ultimately, whether or not you decide to visit the island is a matter of personal discretion. If you do decide to visit, my checklist from today should provide a general guideline for what one can expect.

Good birding,
Ethan

Peregrines at Fruitvale Bridge

Ken Copen
 

It’s been awhile since I checked in on the long-time nesting pair of Peregrines at the Fruitvale Bridge in Alameda/Oakland so I stopped by at around 5pm today. On the southwest tower both adults were roosting and I visibly observed two fledglings as well. I wasn’t sure if they nested successfully this year so that was good to see.

Ken Copen
Alameda, Ca

Lake Merritt, Oakland, Usual June birds

kristi9876
 

Several least terns at Lake Merritt late this afternoon.
Nesting cormorants
Increasing numbers of Canada geese for the molt.
Pelicans (brown and white).
Snowy egret.

Video here: https://youtu.be/uEz7tFGFNSQ

Kristi Whitfield
Oakland, CA