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Re: Bl&Wh Warbler photos

Alan Howe
 

The black & white was nowhere to be seen by 1:30 or so. I stuck around
quite a while with a couple of other birders, but he was a no show. There
were yellow-rumped & Townsend's, juncos, ruby crowned kinglets, & a few
others, but no black & white.

1 of the other birders *did* find a red-bellied sapsucker in a tree next on
the side medical office building across from Alta Bates. He had some fresh
holes in the bark & was awaiting sap &/or bugs. In spite of being watched,
he stayed on the same trunk for over an hour.

Tomorrow is another day...

Alan Howe

North Oakland

On Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 8:28 PM Mark Rauzon via Groups.Io <mjrauz=
aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Thanks to Sharon Jue for finding the Black and White Warbler. Today she
was accommodating at 10:30 as the fog was burning off, and very many birds
were present including the pretty female. I took some close shots of the
bird at eye level that I would like to share. Aphids on the main
trees across from 2999 Regent St, Berkeley, is a draw that they keep coming
back to.
https://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#hdc3c804a
Happy birding. Mark




Bl&Wh Warbler photos

Mark Rauzon
 

Thanks to Sharon Jue for finding the Black and White Warbler. Today she was accommodating at 10:30 as the fog was burning off, and very many birds were present including the pretty female. I took some close shots of the bird at eye level that I would like to share. Aphids on the main trees across from 2999 Regent St, Berkeley, is a draw that they keep coming back to.
https://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#hdc3c804a
Happy birding. Mark


Re: B&W Warbler

judisierra
 

Just a heads up ebird seems to be having problems this morning.

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, 11:43:38 AM PST, judisierra via Groups.Io <judisierra=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

The black-and-white warbler was present this morning on Regent St. Berkeley. It was loosely associated with a large mixed flock on both sides of the 2900 block. Still there when I left at 11:20. Plenty of 2 hour parking south of the hospital a couple of blocks. Approach Regent before Webster to avoid the barrier.

Judi Sierra
Oakland


B&W Warbler

judisierra
 

The black-and-white warbler was present this morning on Regent St. Berkeley. It was loosely associated with a large mixed flock on both sides of the 2900 block. Still there when I left at 11:20. Plenty of 2 hour parking south of the hospital a couple of blocks. Approach Regent before Webster to avoid the barrier.

Judi Sierra
Oakland


Re: Pileated Woodpecker, Redwood Regional Park

Bill Bousman
 

Sorry, this was meant for the entire group.

Bill


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] Pileated Woodpecker, Redwood Regional Park
Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2019 15:18:30 -0800
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi@...>
To: Glen Tepke <g.tepke@...>



Folks:

A few years ago, I compared the recent breeding bird atlases with the era of Joseph Grinnell for the nine S.F. Bay area counties.  I published my conclusions in Western Birds in 2007 {Western Birds 38:102-136, 2007).  Below is the paragraph that summarizes the status of Pileated Woodpecker in the Bay area at that time.

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus). The Pileated Woodpecker was considered rare by Grinnell and Wythe (1927), with observations noted from parts of Sonoma and Marin counties. These records suggest that this woodpecker may have been a sporadic breeder there, although there is no specific evidence. The first clear evidence of breeding of this vocal woodpecker in the Bay area was in Napa County prior to 1944 (Hemphill 1944). From the 1960s to the 1980s, breeding was also observed in Sonoma and Marin counties. South of the Golden Gate, Orr (1942) never observed the Pileated Woodpecker in the Big Basin region, an area where it is now regular. It began to be recorded in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the early 1970s (AB 26:805, 1972), and the first nesting in this area was in Big Basin State Park in Santa Cruz County on 30 Jun 1987 (AB 41:1484, 1987) (Figure 5). Records: Fledglings, Los Posadas State Forest, Napa County, prior to 1944 (Hemphill 1944). Nested, Glen Ellen, Sonoma County, 2 Jun 1963 (AFN 17:482, 1963). Nested, Lake Lagunitas, Marin County, 1976 (AB 30:884, 1976). Fledglings, San Mateo County, 29 Jul 1988 (Sequoia Audubon Society 2001). Fledglings, Lake Elsman, Santa Clara County, 18 Jun–8 Jul 1996 (NAS FN 50:993–994, 1996).

I believe that there has been no change in this species's status in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the following 12 years.  In Santa Clara County it has continued to increase its presence, I believe, but it does appear to require extensive coniferous and evergreen forests. Despite it nesting in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1988, it appears in the dryer Diablo Range only on rare occasions.  The coniferous forest that is opposite the Golden Gate appears suitable for many other coniferous forest-loving species that are found nesting in the wetter Coast Ranges, but as others have suggested that forest may not be large enough for this woodpecker.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 11/6/2019 12:40 PM, Glen Tepke wrote:
If Pileated Woodpeckers in the East Bay were dispersing there from other areas, wouldn't you expect records to be spread out at various sites throughout the area? EBird shows a distinct cluster of records in Redwood RP and immediately adjacent sites (Joaquin Miller Park and Pinehurst Road), 17 records in all, spread pretty evenly throughout the year.  A quick search of EBB shows roughly half of the PIWO reports are from this area.  And I recall a few other records from this area from the days before eBird and even before EBB. EBird also shows a couple of other smaller and less concentrated clusters in the East Bay:  Tilden/Wildcat Canyon with five records and Mt. Diablo/Diablo Foothills with four.

I've always thought that there must be a small - one or two pairs? - resident population in the Redwood/Pinehurst area, though I am not aware of any evidence of breeding.  Bay Area Birds (Lukas, 2012) says "There are also hints that a few birds might breed in Redwood Regional Park in the Berkeley-Oakland hills but they are observed rarely there and the habitat might be too limited for successful breeding."  The Breeding Bird Atlas of Contra Costa County (Glover, 2009) lists possible breeding in this area (and nowhere else in the county), while the Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas (Richmond et al, 2011) does not list PIWO. California Birds: Their Status and Distribution (Small, 1994) includes "and very recently to Alameda and Contra Costa counties" in its description of PIWO's range.  Of course, both theories could be true - a resident population in the Redwood/Pinehurst area, with dispersing birds accounting for the other East Bay records.  And the residents could be descendants of birds dispersed to that area by fires.

Interesting stuff.

Glen Tepke
Oakland/Santa Cruz


On 11/6/2019 8:59 AM, Aaron Maizlish wrote:
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


Re: Pileated Woodpecker, Redwood Regional Park

Glen Tepke
 

If Pileated Woodpeckers in the East Bay were dispersing there from other areas, wouldn't you expect records to be spread out at various sites throughout the area?  EBird shows a distinct cluster of records in Redwood RP and immediately adjacent sites (Joaquin Miller Park and Pinehurst Road), 17 records in all, spread pretty evenly throughout the year.  A quick search of EBB shows roughly half of the PIWO reports are from this area.  And I recall a few other records from this area from the days before eBird and even before EBB.  EBird also shows a couple of other smaller and less concentrated clusters in the East Bay:  Tilden/Wildcat Canyon with five records and Mt. Diablo/Diablo Foothills with four.

I've always thought that there must be a small - one or two pairs? - resident population in the Redwood/Pinehurst area, though I am not aware of any evidence of breeding.  Bay Area Birds (Lukas, 2012) says "There are also hints that a few birds might breed in Redwood Regional Park in the Berkeley-Oakland hills but they are observed rarely there and the habitat might be too limited for successful breeding."  The Breeding Bird Atlas of Contra Costa County (Glover, 2009) lists possible breeding in this area (and nowhere else in the county), while the Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas (Richmond et al, 2011) does not list PIWO. California Birds: Their Status and Distribution (Small, 1994) includes "and very recently to Alameda and Contra Costa counties" in its description of PIWO's range.  Of course, both theories could be true - a resident population in the Redwood/Pinehurst area, with dispersing birds accounting for the other East Bay records.  And the residents could be descendants of birds dispersed to that area by fires.

Interesting stuff.

Glen Tepke
Oakland/Santa Cruz

On 11/6/2019 8:59 AM, Aaron Maizlish wrote:
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


Red crossbills, Inspiration Trail

mrkinch
 

After flying around, calling, for more than an hour, a flock of fifteen or so red crossbills settled in the top of a pine upslope from Inspiration Trail about a quarter mile in, crossed bills clearly visible. After five or ten minutes of active foraging they flew west.

good birding!
marilyn kinch


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