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Franklin’s Gull in Berkeley

Noah Arthur
 

Just had a juvenile FRANKLIN’S


Re: Coyote Hills Sightings

Bill Bousman
 

It looks to me like a nice photo of a juvenile Eared Grebe (could be from either a nearby or distant nesting).

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 9/23/2019 4:20 PM, Teale Fristoe wrote:
Hello,

Today I spent a good five and a half hours biking and birding around Coyote
Hills. I wasn't able to find any unusual warblers, sparrows, or
flycatchers, but I did have a few noteworthy sightings:

- A Baird's Sandpiper was among the peep flock at the beginning of No Name
Trail (photo in the ebird checklist below).
- There were six White-faced Ibises in North Marsh visible from the Alameda
Creek Trail.
- There was a huge Red-winged Blackbird flock along Crandall Creek Trail,
visible from Alameda Creek Trail east of the power lines, when I first
arrived. Among the Red-wingeds were at least two Yellow-headed Blackbirds
and a handful of Tricolored Blackbirds (or maybe juvenile Red-wingeds...
I'm no expert). When I left around 2:15 the flock was no longer present,
but it might be back tomorrow morning.
- Along Shoreline Trail I saw one Eared Grebe and one Horned Grebe... I
think. The second grebe looked strange and I welcome feedback on the id.
Photos are in the ebird checklist.

Here's the list of all sightings: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60062302

Happy migration,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley



Coyote Hills Sightings

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello,

Today I spent a good five and a half hours biking and birding around Coyote
Hills. I wasn't able to find any unusual warblers, sparrows, or
flycatchers, but I did have a few noteworthy sightings:

- A Baird's Sandpiper was among the peep flock at the beginning of No Name
Trail (photo in the ebird checklist below).
- There were six White-faced Ibises in North Marsh visible from the Alameda
Creek Trail.
- There was a huge Red-winged Blackbird flock along Crandall Creek Trail,
visible from Alameda Creek Trail east of the power lines, when I first
arrived. Among the Red-wingeds were at least two Yellow-headed Blackbirds
and a handful of Tricolored Blackbirds (or maybe juvenile Red-wingeds...
I'm no expert). When I left around 2:15 the flock was no longer present,
but it might be back tomorrow morning.
- Along Shoreline Trail I saw one Eared Grebe and one Horned Grebe... I
think. The second grebe looked strange and I welcome feedback on the id.
Photos are in the ebird checklist.

Here's the list of all sightings: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60062302

Happy migration,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley


170 Elegant Terns - Ballena Bay, Alameda

VerneN <verne_nelson@...>
 

Yesterday (Sunday) at Ballena Bay was amazing. About 170 Elegant Terns lined the seawall waiting out high tide. In addition on the seawall and nearby were (approximately)-
Forster's Terns - 40
Black Turnstones - 20
Yellowlegs - 5
Willets, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Spotted Sandpiper, Great Blue Heron, gulls

Overhead Brown Pelicans glided by in small groups.

Here's a picture of the Elegants relanding on the seawall after what I call a fun flight. It's when all of them suddenly take to the air, circle for awhile and reland. I think it exercises their wings during the wait for low tide.

https://bit.ly/2kEF4Dd


FIY MacGillivray's

EBB-Support <EBB-Support@...>
 

We just had a female MacGillivray's Warbler hopping rapidly around in our backyard this morning, under bushes, and in a small, sunny opening under oaks. First In Yard, ever!

Dal and Elizabeth Leite
Southwest Walnut Creek/Lafayette border


sign me up!

Dennis Randall
 

please sign me up to receive sightings, et
and, where is the ebb sighting page that replace maurie stern's page?


Ardenwood Farm (9/17) - MacGillivray's Warbler

Jerry Ting
 

Just saw a MacGillivray's Warbler in shrubs at the end of the rail trail (37.557051, -122.050113) on the paved entrance road. The bird's been calling and I have a glimpse of it. No photos.

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting
Fremont


No Creekside Park Mourning Warbler (9/17)

Phred Benham
 

Hi all,
The Mourning Warbler was not seen between 7-8:50am this morning by me or the few other birders present.

Hopefully better luck later.

Phred Benham
Richmond, CA


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


Re: Creekside Park

judisierra
 

Note there is also narrow rough dirt path on the north side of the creek. (with possible blockage of a overhanging rear end of a Comcast truck. :)

On Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:50:33 PM PDT, Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@gmail.com> wrote:

ADropped pin
Near 535 Pierce St, Albany, CA 94706

https://goo.gl/maps/Vsq4GS7aWiPjdjSH7

This is the exact spot where one enters.  There is street parking on Pierce Street.  There is a public path between the creek and the apartment complex, that leads to the park. It’s about 500 feet to the 90° turn in the black fence. The bird is in the creek near that spot.  One can also park behind the supermarket on the north side of the creek. There are generally several homeless people and campsites in the creek, but I have never heard of any unpleasant interactions.

Aaron Maizlish
On Sep 16, 2019, at 8:34 PM, Bob Richmond via Groups.Io <bobrichmond94544=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Does anyone know where thr Pierce St entrance to Creekside Park is located?
Bob Richmond



Mourning Warbler at Cerrito Creek

albertlinkowski
 

As we all  already know in the East Bay birding community, there is currently a beautiful immature Mourning Warbler, found by Noah on 9/16/2019 along Cerrito Creek in El Cerrito. Noah's excellent finding is also the first record for Contra Costa County.
I was lucky to refound and photograph this bird a few hours later, which for me personally is the 300th photo-documented species in Contra Costa County. Currently, in Contra Costa we have 325 photo-documented species of birds.

Good birding

Albert W. Linkowski


Re: Creekside Park

Aaron Maizlish
 

ADropped pin
Near 535 Pierce St, Albany, CA 94706

https://goo.gl/maps/Vsq4GS7aWiPjdjSH7

This is the exact spot where one enters. There is street parking on Pierce Street. There is a public path between the creek and the apartment complex, that leads to the park. It’s about 500 feet to the 90° turn in the black fence. The bird is in the creek near that spot. One can also park behind the supermarket on the north side of the creek. There are generally several homeless people and campsites in the creek, but I have never heard of any unpleasant interactions.

Aaron Maizlish

On Sep 16, 2019, at 8:34 PM, Bob Richmond via Groups.Io <bobrichmond94544=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Does anyone know where thr Pierce St entrance to Creekside Park is located?
Bob Richmond



Creekside Park

Bob Richmond
 

Does anyone know where thr Pierce St entrance to Creekside Park is located?
Bob Richmond


Re: Mourning Warbler continues

Adrian Hinkle
 

Still there at 5:30pm. Nice find Noah!

On Mon, Sep 16, 2019, 5:07 PM judisierra via Groups.Io <judisierra=
yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I was able to make it over to Creekside Park in El Cerrito, shortly after
Noah posted his message (thank-you Noah. More timely than ebird alerts).
Noah and another birder were still there. A little later Noah and Aaron
were able to relocate the bird twice and I was able to get good views of
it. It was generally in the same location as Noah reported (Near where the
fence takes a sharp bend.) On the north side of the creek. It has been seen
later in the afternoon by others, only posted to ebird.

Judi Sierra- Oakland




Mourning Warbler continues

judisierra
 

I was able to make it over to Creekside Park in El Cerrito, shortly after Noah posted his message (thank-you Noah. More timely than ebird alerts). Noah and another birder were still there. A little later Noah and Aaron were able to relocate the bird twice and I was able to get good views of it. It was generally in the same location as Noah reported (Near where the fence takes a sharp bend.) On the north side of the creek. It has been seen later in the afternoon by others, only posted to ebird.

Judi Sierra- Oakland


MOURNING WARBLER at Creekside Park

Noah Arthur
 

There are few migrants overall here at Creekside Park (in Albany, on the north side of Albany Hill), but including a female MOURNING WARBLER kicking around in the creek bottom, as well as a few scattered TOWNSEND’S, YELLOW, and ORANGE-CROWNED. 

Last seen about 15 minutes ago, the Mourning is about 450 feet in from the Pierce St. park entrance that’s on the south (Alameda Co.) side of the creek just south of Pacific East Mall. From Pierce St., walk down the trail with a large black metal fence immediately on your right. About 450 feet down the trail, there is a corner where the fence fence bends to the right. Look down into the creek there. That’s where the bird was moving around. I saw her from the north (Contra Costa) side, but viewing might be easier from the Alameda side.

Happy Fall and Go A’s! 
Noah Arthur (Oakland)


Willow Flycatcher at Coyote Hills Sept 16

Dave Weber
 

Willow Flycatcher this morning around 10:30 am apparently flew from euc along main parking at visitors center to the willows at end of overflow dirt lot. Pacific-slope landed right next to it for good comparison. No Blackpoll yet.Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone


Red Phalarope, Pacific Golden Plovers, Hayward RS, 9/15/19

Glen Tepke
 

There was a Red Phalarope (along with a couple of Red-necked Phalaropes), two Pacific Golden-Plovers (along with at least 100 Black-bellied Plovers) and a Ruddy Turnstone among the hundreds of shorebirds roosting in Frank's Dump at Hayward Regional Shoreline at high tide this afternoon.  Noah Arthur was arriving as we were leaving - hopefully Noah found some other goodies to add to the report.

Good birding,

Glen Tepke & Carol Chetkovich
Oakland/Santa Cruz


Point San Pablo this morning (9/15)

Ethan Monk <z.querula@...>
 

Hi All,

Made it out to Pt. San Pablo this morning from about 6:50-10:30. A little later than I originally hoped but it worked out ok, as the overcast skies kept activity down for the first half hour and flight off the point was limited. Winds were SW?

I followed what has become the usual route: I started at the marina, walked up the switchbacks to the water tanks, up to the top of signal hill, and back down to the marina. On the way out I made a 45 minute stop at the county park. In all, I recorded 35-45 (?) passerine migrants the whole 3 hours--not too bad.

Switchbacks/marina produced:
5 Wilson's Warblers
8 Yellow Warblers
1 Townsend's Warbler
1 BTGray
6 Pac-slopes
1 Brown Creeper
2 RB Nuts
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Orange-crowns
1 Tanager
1 Hooded Oriole
1 V Swift
2 Gnatcatchers
1 Willow Fly
And 2 siskin flew over the marina right as I arrived.

At signal hill a few starlings, 6 waxwings, 1 Pac-slope, and one apparent Spizella (presumably a Chipping Sparrow) moved over the peak.

The county park had a BTGray, 1 Orange-crowned, 3 Yellow, 1 Townsend's/Hermit, and 1 Audubon's Warbler, as well as 2 Willow Fly, and 2 Gambel's WC Sparrow. Also of note was a very cinnamon brown bunting on the north side of the parking area, lightly speckled with blue down the flanks. To me, this bird more closely resembled an Indigo than a Lazuli, but I failed to take photos and my views were excruciatingly brief (2 seconds? less?). Unfortunately, I could not relocate the bird after ~20 minutes of searching. Chalked it up as Lazuli/Indigo Bunting. This was by far the most migrants I've ever had at the county park.

I also was told that this morning there was a Nashville Warbler by the railroad tracks (to the West of the Marina), although I never made it down there. That is only the second Nashville anyone's seen at Point San Pablo.

My full list is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59826100. The checklist comments will be updated sometime tonight, if not sooner.

Good birding,
Ethan Monk


Frank's Dump (PAAS field trip report 09-14-19)

Matthew Dodder
 

I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to the Winton access of Hayward Shoreline yesterday. We walked along the north edge of Mount Trashmore before heading north to Frank’s Dump. We ended the tour with 61 species but we were primarily focused on Shorebirds.

Highlights of the trip were numerous, including:

Vaux’s Swift
White-throated Swift — several of both species above the Winton Access parking lot
Black Oystercatcher (2) — Hayward’s Landing
Barn Owl (1) — Large eucalyptus by trail head.
Snowy Plover (7)
Red-necked Phalarope (1)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Red Knot (12)
Sanderling (1)
Peregrine Falcon (1) — flying over channel toward radio towers
Say’s Phoebe (2) — along Channel and on Trashmore. FOS for several people..
Horned Lark (1 im) — Mount Trashmore
White-crowend Sparrow (4) — scattered. These were FOS for several people.
Yellow Warbler (6) — several in fennel hillside bordering Trashmore

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59799206


Matthew Dodder
Executive Director
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
22221 McClellan Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408-252-3748
director@scvas.org
scvas.org


Grant Avenue San Lorenzo

Anne Krysiak
 

I continue to see a pair of Northern Harriers hunting by the Ora Loma Treatment Plant (Sat 9-14, approx 10:40 am). They even perched on the perimeter fence. The White-Tailed Kite continues to perch in a tree that separates the corporation yard from the pond between Ora Loma and the San Lorenzo Creek bridge. I also saw a Yellow Warbler in the the bushes just south of the Bockman Channel.

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