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Re: Black and White warbler, Berkeley

Adrian Hinkle
 

Easily seen just now. Stays low in shrubs with juncos. Thanks, Sharon!

The surrounding neighborhood seems promising for other wintering birds like
Orioles or warblers. Might be worth a check.

Adrian

On Tue, Nov 5, 2019, 12:17 PM Sharon Jue <sljue1@...> wrote:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/tChcTrKN26aZa7CHA

Seen in shrubbery across from 2999 Regent st, Berkeley. 12:15pm.




Re: Pileated Woodpecker, Redwood Regional Park

Aaron Maizlish
 

Two years ago (in March I believe) i was following up on a reported Pileated, and I spoke to a ranger at the Canyon Meadows Staging Area who said that one male had been there all winter. She seemed to know what she was talking about and pointed to the general area on the slope where it was seen or heard regularly. I never did find it.

Aaron Maizlish

On Nov 6, 2019, at 8:53 AM, Joe Morlan <jmorlan@...> wrote:

My impression is that past Pileated records in the East Bay could be
correlated with major wildfires which may have displaced them.

On Wed, 6 Nov 2019 00:37:42 -0800, "Glen Tepke" <g.tepke@...>
wrote:

Thanks, John, for the historical records. EBird shows only nine records for Alameda County (including yours and mine). All but two are from Redwood RP.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA



Re: Pileated Woodpecker, Redwood Regional Park

Joe Morlan
 

My impression is that past Pileated records in the East Bay could be
correlated with major wildfires which may have displaced them.

On Wed, 6 Nov 2019 00:37:42 -0800, "Glen Tepke" <g.tepke@...>
wrote:

Thanks, John, for the historical records.  EBird shows only nine records for Alameda County (including yours and mine).  All but two are from Redwood RP.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Re: Pileated Woodpecker, Redwood Regional Park

Glen Tepke
 

Thanks, John, for the historical records.  EBird shows only nine records for Alameda County (including yours and mine).  All but two are from Redwood RP.

Photos of the aforementioned Pileated Woodpecker are now on eBird:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61218909

Also, the "Pink-sided" Junco records from Canyon Meadow in the park a few days ago have now vanished from eBird, so that appears to have been a false alarm.  Not the first for that often misidentified form.

NB: I misspelled the name of the Bridle Trail in my original post.  I guess the trail is for horses, though I'm sure brides are also welcome.

Good birding,

Glen Tepke
Oakland/Santa Cruz

On 11/4/2019 6:43 PM, John Harris wrote:


Glen and all,
That is also my impression, that most sightings are in Contra Costa. When
I lived in the Bay area, I had a couple sightings farther south. On April
3, 1988, my wife and I saw one while we were hiking along the Graham
Trail. It was flying toward the West Ridge Trail, where it disappeared
from view. In those days, there was no East Bay birding list serve, let
alone Ebird. I believe I called a bird box, and also reported it to
American Birds, the predecessor of North American Birds. I believe that
the species was detected the following winter during the Oakland CBC. I
also had one at the intersection of the Graham and Dunn trails. It was
hammering on a dead tree there (which also had nesting Pygmy Nuthatch that
year).
John Harris
Oakdale, formerly Oakland


On Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 4:21 PM Glen Tepke < g.tepke@... > wrote:


There was a male Pileated Woodpecker in the Alameda County portion of
Redwood RP near Oakland around noon today.  It was seen from the Orchard
Trail, about half way between the junctions with the Bridal and French
trails, working in a large madrone on the north side of the trail (the
right side if you are going uphill). Note that this is a fairly steep
trail.  It was remarkably confiding, seemingly unperturbed and
continuing to work on its excavation even when a very loud group of
hikers stopped to admire it.   This sighting was also unusual for its
location near the southern end of the park; I believe most PIWO
sightings in Redwood have been further north and higher on the west
ridge, in the Contra Costa County part of the park.  I will add some
photos to an eBird checklist later on tonight.

Later in my hike I heard another (or the same) Pileated Woodpecker
calling from the slope of the east ridge just north of the playground.

I briefly looked for the "Pink-sided" Dark-eyed Junco that has been
reported a couple times on eBird from Canyon Meadow (next to the main
parking lot at the end of the southern entrance road) but did not see it.

Good birding

Glen Tepke
Oakland/Santa Cruz


Black and White warbler, Berkeley

Sharon Jue
 

https://photos.app.goo.gl/tChcTrKN26aZa7CHA

Seen in shrubbery across from 2999 Regent st, Berkeley. 12:15pm.


Red crossbills Albany

Richard Sintchak <rich815@...>
 

Was just doing some early morning watering in my rooftop garden in Albany on San Pablo Ave near Solano Ave and a calling flock of at least 60-80 crossbills just flew overhead heading west.


Goldeneyes and Buffleheads - Antioch City Reservoir - 11/4

Paul Schorr
 

This morning we drove past the Antioch City Reservoir to check out new arrivals and saw eight Common Goldeneyes and ten Buffleheads. In addition, there were fourteen American White Pelicans.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Re: Pileated Woodpecker, Redwood Regional Park

John Harris
 

Glen and all,
That is also my impression, that most sightings are in Contra Costa. When I
lived in the Bay area, I had a couple sightings farther south. On April 3,
1988, my wife and I saw one while we were hiking along the Graham Trail. It
was flying toward the West Ridge Trail, where it disappeared from view. In
those days, there was no East Bay birding list serve, let alone Ebird. I
believe I called a bird box, and also reported it to American Birds, the
predecessor of North American Birds. I believe that the species was
detected the following winter during the Oakland CBC. I also had one at the
intersection of the Graham and Dunn trails. It was hammering on a dead tree
there (which also had nesting Pygmy Nuthatch that year).
John Harris
Oakdale, formerly Oakland

On Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 4:21 PM Glen Tepke <g.tepke@...> wrote:

There was a male Pileated Woodpecker in the Alameda County portion of
Redwood RP near Oakland around noon today. It was seen from the Orchard
Trail, about half way between the junctions with the Bridal and French
trails, working in a large madrone on the north side of the trail (the
right side if you are going uphill). Note that this is a fairly steep
trail. It was remarkably confiding, seemingly unperturbed and
continuing to work on its excavation even when a very loud group of
hikers stopped to admire it. This sighting was also unusual for its
location near the southern end of the park; I believe most PIWO
sightings in Redwood have been further north and higher on the west
ridge, in the Contra Costa County part of the park. I will add some
photos to an eBird checklist later on tonight.

Later in my hike I heard another (or the same) Pileated Woodpecker
calling from the slope of the east ridge just north of the playground.

I briefly looked for the "Pink-sided" Dark-eyed Junco that has been
reported a couple times on eBird from Canyon Meadow (next to the main
parking lot at the end of the southern entrance road) but did not see it.

Good birding

Glen Tepke
Oakland/Santa Cruz




Bar-Tailed Godwit Continues 4 November 2019

Joe Morlan
 

Swung by Emeryville Marina after a meeting at Golden Gate Audubon this
afternoon. Met Mark Rauzon who found the bird roosting in the usual place,
the rip-rap on the south side of Powell. This appears to be the fifth
Alameda County record.

A few photos:

https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/Bar-tailedGodwitP1250955.htm

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Pileated Woodpecker, Redwood Regional Park

Glen Tepke
 

There was a male Pileated Woodpecker in the Alameda County portion of Redwood RP near Oakland around noon today.  It was seen from the Orchard Trail, about half way between the junctions with the Bridal and French trails, working in a large madrone on the north side of the trail (the right side if you are going uphill). Note that this is a fairly steep trail.  It was remarkably confiding, seemingly unperturbed and continuing to work on its excavation even when a very loud group of hikers stopped to admire it.   This sighting was also unusual for its location near the southern end of the park; I believe most PIWO sightings in Redwood have been further north and higher on the west ridge, in the Contra Costa County part of the park.  I will add some photos to an eBird checklist later on tonight.

Later in my hike I heard another (or the same) Pileated Woodpecker calling from the slope of the east ridge just north of the playground.

I briefly looked for the "Pink-sided" Dark-eyed Junco that has been reported a couple times on eBird from Canyon Meadow (next to the main parking lot at the end of the southern entrance road) but did not see it.

Good birding

Glen Tepke
Oakland/Santa Cruz


Red Crossbills

Neil Burmester
 

* A pair of Red Crossbills made a brief appearance at my house around
4pm Sunday 11/3.  I live in the north Berkeley Hills above Wildcat
Cyn Rd near the Canon Dr entrance to Tilden Park. This is close to
the Tilden Nature Center where a flock of Red Crossbills were seen
in the tops of some redwood trees for several days in 2015.  
Perhaps I'll hang out there and hope for a return engagement.


Bar-Tailed Godwit Continues 11/2/19

Max Laubstein
 

Our best friend juvy BTGO seems to be spending another day on the wrong side of the Pacific. I arrived at the Emeryville Marina today at about 1:30. On the south side of the peninsulla, across Powell from Trader Vic's and the Yacht Harbor there was a "flock" of birders honed in on a feathery friend. The Bar-tailed godwit stood out, standing on some rocks amidst marbled goddys and willets, distinctly smaller than its marbled counterparts. The bird was pretty active, shaking around, preening, dancing, having fun. Preening exposed black-and-white barred tail and black primaries fringed with white. The bird's white undersides, little black streaks in the rear flanks, and strongly patterned gray and white speckled back.

A large raft of buffleheads offshore was also a great sighting.

Here's my ebird checklist:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S61124806

Happy birding!


Continuing Bar-tailed Godwit

rosita94598
 

After Aaron left, we re-found the continuing Bar-tailed Godwit, but it took about an hour.  Aaron, it was re-found about 2 minutes after you drove away.
Many birders were able to view it, and some of us stayed an hour or so watching it snooze and eventually preen.  It is a pretty cool bird to see.  Some of the passers-by wanted to know if it would stick around--the $64,000 question.  My money says it will keep going south, but then, I am not an ornithologist. 

Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek


Bar-tailed Godwit in Emeryville

Aaron Maizlish
 

Folks,

The young Bar-tailed Godwit found yesterday afternoon by Sharon Jue is back at the high-tide roost today.

A few words about the location: this shorebird high-tide roost is a special location for those of us who bird here regularly. In the fall and winter months, upwards of 1000 birds congregate on the riprap at the south end side of Powell Street across from the Emeryville Marina. It is a good location, because the birds are right up against a fairly busy public sidewalk, and often will allow viewing as close as 10 to 15 feet. This is across the street from 3300 Powell St. for reference. At the moment there are great numbers of Willits, Marbled Godwits, dowitchers, Whimbrels, Western Sandpipers and smaller numbers of Surfbirds, Turnstones, and Plovers.

Normally the birds don’t spook if you stand on the sidewalk and are even OK if you walk slowly and calmly up onto a rock to look down on the flock. When they do scatter it isn’t very far. I would ask that if there are a lot of birders today, to stay on the sidewalk and not chase the flocks up and down the shoreline. As the tides go out, birds are more likely to cross the bay to the mudflats near the Bay Bridge entrance, where they are out of view. High tide is around 2:30 today and it should be good for a few hours thereafter.

Also present, a locally rare Redhead is back about 100 yards offshore.

Good luck,

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco (by night), Emeryville (by day).


Re: Emeryville Marina, possible Bar-tailed godwit

judisierra
 

From Jim Chiroplps' ebird report
... Bird located on godwit/willet roost on breakwater about 150 yards west of police/fore station.(South side.)

This is a high tide location only so time your visit to high tide as they spread out on the mudflats at low tide. If birders are well behaved, they can watch this bird from12 feet away if it stays.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61078480

On Thursday, October 31, 2019, 4:47:42 PM PDT, John Missing <johnmissing64@...> wrote:

Where at the Marina was it seen?

On Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 4:09 PM Megan Jankowski <
mindfuldocumentation@...> wrote:

I'm posting this for Sharon as she's having trouble sending it to the
group for some reason. Her email is sljue1 at gmail.com

..........

There's a decent candidate for a juvenile bar-tailed godwit at Emeryville
Marina right now. Long black primaries, much more black and white overall
than surrounding marbleds. Appreciate other opinions as I've never actually
seen one.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/5dcP4D68acuzUm1VA



Sharon jue,
Berkeley



--
John
917-714-3386


Re: Emeryville Marina, possible Bar-tailed godwit

Aaron Maizlish
 

I’m currently looking at it with Jim Chiropolos and Sharon Jue. Across Powell Street from the Emery Cove Yacht Harbor in the regular roost with about 700 Willets/Godwits. My best work-patch bird yet! Thanks, Sharon.

Aaron Maizlish

On Oct 31, 2019, at 4:47 PM, John Missing <johnmissing64@...> wrote:

Where at the Marina was it seen?

On Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 4:09 PM Megan Jankowski <
mindfuldocumentation@...> wrote:

I'm posting this for Sharon as she's having trouble sending it to the
group for some reason. Her email is sljue1 at gmail.com

..........

There's a decent candidate for a juvenile bar-tailed godwit at Emeryville
Marina right now. Long black primaries, much more black and white overall
than surrounding marbleds. Appreciate other opinions as I've never actually
seen one.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/5dcP4D68acuzUm1VA



Sharon jue,
Berkeley



--
John
917-714-3386



Re: Emeryville Marina, possible Bar-tailed godwit

John Missing <johnmissing64@...>
 

Where at the Marina was it seen?

On Thu, Oct 31, 2019 at 4:09 PM Megan Jankowski <
mindfuldocumentation@...> wrote:

I'm posting this for Sharon as she's having trouble sending it to the
group for some reason. Her email is sljue1 at gmail.com

..........

There's a decent candidate for a juvenile bar-tailed godwit at Emeryville
Marina right now. Long black primaries, much more black and white overall
than surrounding marbleds. Appreciate other opinions as I've never actually
seen one.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/5dcP4D68acuzUm1VA



Sharon jue,
Berkeley



--
John
917-714-3386


Re: Emeryville Marina, possible Bar-tailed godwit

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Wow, I would say that is a juvenile Bar-tailed Godwit even without seeing the bill. Great find!
- long primaries
-"striped look" to coverts, and scapulars.
- barred tail with pale background, unlike cinnamon background on barred tail of Marbled.
- tertials with white half circle markings, like a Whimbrel.
- short legs.
.... looks great to me.

Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo
alvaro@...
www.alvarosadventures.com

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I'm posting this for Sharon as she's having trouble sending it to the group for some reason. Her email is sljue1 at gmail.com

..........

There's a decent candidate for a juvenile bar-tailed godwit at Emeryville Marina right now. Long black primaries, much more black and white overall than surrounding marbleds. Appreciate other opinions as I've never actually seen one.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/5dcP4D68acuzUm1VA



Sharon jue,
Berkeley




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Emeryville Marina, possible Bar-tailed godwit

Megan Jankowski
 

I'm posting this for Sharon as she's having trouble sending it to the group for some reason. Her email is sljue1 at gmail.com

..........

There's a decent candidate for a juvenile bar-tailed godwit at Emeryville Marina right now. Long black primaries, much more black and white overall than surrounding marbleds. Appreciate other opinions as I've never actually seen one.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/5dcP4D68acuzUm1VA



Sharon jue,
Berkeley


Tuesday October 29 Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

It was cold today and the smoke was not as bad as yesterday.  Two Ring-necked Ducks have decided to stick around, and today they were joined by two Double-crested Cormorants.  The new community garden area continues to attract sparrows and finches.  Yesterday afternoon a Lincoln's Sparrow was on the fence, but many White-crowned Sparrows are present along with Lesser and American Goldfinches.
A Belted Kingfisher is heard or seen almost every day, along with the expected Nuttall's and Downy Woodpeckers, and the occasional Northern Flicker. 

Today a Black-Crowned Night-Heron was in a tree, while a Snowy Egret was along the edge of the large, mostly natural pond.  Another was at the pond next to the private Seven Hills School.
A couple of Coots, Pied-billed Grebes and at least one Common Gallinule are also on the more natural pond. 

In addition to many Yellow-rumped Warblers, Saturday and again yesterday afternoon, an unusual  Wilson's Warbler was present.
Late in the day, more than 170 Canada Geese collect on the north ball fields.  This is something which seems to happen every fall/winter.  I have often wondered how many locales in the Central County they visit during the day.

Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

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