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Re: Summer Tanager - Oakland

Bruce Mast
 

Refound the tanager at 9 am in large oak and wisteria to the left of the
rose garden lower entrance on Jean St.

Bruce

On Tue, Dec 24, 2019, 8:45 AM Bruce Mast <cathrasher4@gmail.com> wrote:

Bird is present this morning, 12/24, at 8:40. Seen with Bill and Anli Chen
from Fremont. Feeding in cameilia at 661 and at arbor at 667.

Brid on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Sun, Dec 22, 2019, 7:38 AM Travis Hails via Groups.Io <travishails=
yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Yesterday the Tanager was back, and with Derek I was able to see the
bird from the front and undersides. I believe that this is a 1st year male
Summer Tanager. The faint wing-bars are not illustrated in my field guide,
however.

I observed this bird yesterday (12/21) from 10:30 to 11:40AM. It was with
a group of W Bluebirds, and when the bluebirds left, so did the tanager.
The day before, I only got a brief view, but bluebirds were present, and
absent when the tanager was absent. W Bluebirds are infrequent visitors to
this street.

Picture (quality=poor) at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/travis_th/49259119362/in/dateposted-public/

Travis Hails
On Saturday, December 21, 2019, 1:01:18 PM PST, Derek <
dlheins@gmail.com> wrote:

The Summer Tanager was back at the same location today a little before
noon for about 15 minutes, moving around to different perches as it was
actively feeding. Travis also saw it before I arrived, so it's coming and
going. Nice find, Travis.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62505721

Derek Heins


-----Original Message-----
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Travis Hails via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 12:24 PM
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>
Cc: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Summer Tanager - Oakland

Today, about 9:30AM, I saw what I believe was a Summer Tanager, red
morph, female at 661 Chetwood Street, Oakland.
The bird was foraging in a large camellia bush, apparently eating the
flowers, or something in or on them. House is located in a residential
area, about 4 houses from the Oakland/Morcom Rose Garden. I have tried for
2 1/2 hours to refind this bird to get more look at it than the one minute
it allowed me.

Bird was not overall green, but had a red wash over breast and belly.
Tail and upper tail coverts were also reddish. There was no patchwork of
red that young males often display. Head had a very slight 'crest'.
Eye-ring and wing-bars were white and faint, stronger than I would expect,
but not much more prominent than many pictures on the internet.

I did not get a picture.

Travis Hails
Oakland, CA












Re: Summer Tanager - Oakland

Bruce Mast
 

Bird is present this morning, 12/24, at 8:40. Seen with Bill and Anli Chen
from Fremont. Feeding in cameilia at 661 and at arbor at 667.

Brid on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Sun, Dec 22, 2019, 7:38 AM Travis Hails via Groups.Io <travishails=
yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Yesterday the Tanager was back, and with Derek I was able to see the bird
from the front and undersides. I believe that this is a 1st year male
Summer Tanager. The faint wing-bars are not illustrated in my field guide,
however.

I observed this bird yesterday (12/21) from 10:30 to 11:40AM. It was with
a group of W Bluebirds, and when the bluebirds left, so did the tanager.
The day before, I only got a brief view, but bluebirds were present, and
absent when the tanager was absent. W Bluebirds are infrequent visitors to
this street.

Picture (quality=poor) at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/travis_th/49259119362/in/dateposted-public/

Travis Hails
On Saturday, December 21, 2019, 1:01:18 PM PST, Derek <
dlheins@gmail.com> wrote:

The Summer Tanager was back at the same location today a little before
noon for about 15 minutes, moving around to different perches as it was
actively feeding. Travis also saw it before I arrived, so it's coming and
going. Nice find, Travis.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62505721

Derek Heins


-----Original Message-----
From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of
Travis Hails via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 12:24 PM
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>
Cc: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Summer Tanager - Oakland

Today, about 9:30AM, I saw what I believe was a Summer Tanager, red morph,
female at 661 Chetwood Street, Oakland.
The bird was foraging in a large camellia bush, apparently eating the
flowers, or something in or on them. House is located in a residential
area, about 4 houses from the Oakland/Morcom Rose Garden. I have tried for
2 1/2 hours to refind this bird to get more look at it than the one minute
it allowed me.

Bird was not overall green, but had a red wash over breast and belly.
Tail and upper tail coverts were also reddish. There was no patchwork of
red that young males often display. Head had a very slight 'crest'.
Eye-ring and wing-bars were white and faint, stronger than I would expect,
but not much more prominent than many pictures on the internet.

I did not get a picture.

Travis Hails
Oakland, CA












Re: Summer Tanager - Oakland

Travis Hails
 

Yesterday the Tanager was back, and with Derek I was able to see the bird from the front and undersides. I believe that this is a 1st year male Summer Tanager. The faint wing-bars are not illustrated in my field guide, however.

I observed this bird yesterday (12/21) from 10:30 to 11:40AM. It was with a group of W Bluebirds, and when the bluebirds left, so did the tanager. The day before, I only got a brief view, but bluebirds were present, and absent when the tanager was absent. W Bluebirds are infrequent visitors to this street.

Picture (quality=poor) at https://www.flickr.com/photos/travis_th/49259119362/in/dateposted-public/

Travis Hails

On Saturday, December 21, 2019, 1:01:18 PM PST, Derek <dlheins@gmail.com> wrote:

The Summer Tanager was back at the same location today a little before noon for about 15 minutes, moving around to different perches as it was actively feeding.  Travis also saw it before I arrived, so it's coming and going. Nice find, Travis.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62505721

Derek Heins


-----Original Message-----
From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Travis Hails via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 12:24 PM
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>
Cc: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Summer Tanager - Oakland

Today, about 9:30AM, I saw what I believe was a Summer Tanager, red morph, female at 661 Chetwood Street, Oakland.
The bird was foraging in a large camellia bush, apparently eating the flowers, or something in or on them.  House is located in a residential area, about 4 houses from the Oakland/Morcom Rose Garden.  I have tried for 2 1/2 hours to refind this bird to get more look at it than the one minute it allowed me.

Bird was not overall green, but had a red wash over breast and belly.  Tail and upper tail coverts were also reddish.  There was no patchwork of red that young males often display.  Head had a very slight 'crest'.  Eye-ring and wing-bars were white and faint, stronger than I would expect, but not much more prominent than many pictures on the internet.

I did not get a picture.

Travis Hails
Oakland, CA


Creekside Park (CoCo county) & seasonal rarities

Srikant Char
 

Thanks a lot for introducing this 15mt away gem of a park Russ :)
I re-re-visited this again today after our super CBC day with Russ & Stephen, and once again it provided gems..., with BrownCreeper, GCKinglets, BTGrayWarbler (all photos this time), and continuing Western Tanager & Chipping Sparrows.
Checklist >>https://ebird.org/checklist/S62517572
Spending time along the semi-wet/dry creekbed off of CreekRd path has provided the best fare, but the playground & bridge-area after is where the Tanager & Chippings have been seen.
Still hoping to see the Black Merlin that Albert got on his last visit!
Goodluck!


Re: Summer Tanager - Oakland

Derek
 

The Summer Tanager was back at the same location today a little before noon for about 15 minutes, moving around to different perches as it was actively feeding. Travis also saw it before I arrived, so it's coming and going. Nice find, Travis.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62505721

Derek Heins

-----Original Message-----
From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Travis Hails via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 12:24 PM
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>
Cc: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Summer Tanager - Oakland

Today, about 9:30AM, I saw what I believe was a Summer Tanager, red morph, female at 661 Chetwood Street, Oakland.
The bird was foraging in a large camellia bush, apparently eating the flowers, or something in or on them. House is located in a residential area, about 4 houses from the Oakland/Morcom Rose Garden. I have tried for 2 1/2 hours to refind this bird to get more look at it than the one minute it allowed me.

Bird was not overall green, but had a red wash over breast and belly. Tail and upper tail coverts were also reddish. There was no patchwork of red that young males often display. Head had a very slight 'crest'. Eye-ring and wing-bars were white and faint, stronger than I would expect, but not much more prominent than many pictures on the internet.

I did not get a picture.

Travis Hails
Oakland, CA


December 18 ECOCO CBC Highlights: Brentwood

bitanangan <birdbright@...>
 

Hi Birders,
Apologies for this late post. Thanks to Srikant Char and Stephen Imialek (and a filter-busting super abundance of thousands of birds) we had a fantastic day counting birds this past Wednesday in Brentwood. Creekside Park provided all the seasonal rarities: Chipping Sparrow, Black-Throated Gray Warbler and Western Tanager. Sri returned the following day to find and photograph a count-week Scaly-breasted Munia, and to also possibly record the first overall record for this species in ECOCO.
We also counted 10 Purple Finches, which winter here attracted to the seeded box elders, and also to record a first park ebird record of Chestnut-backed Chickadees. These were my first sightings of chickadees anywhere east of Mt Diablo. Sri also photographed a beautifully striking leucistic Mourning Dove. Aside from the rarities, there were also huge numbers of Northern Flickers, Scrub Jays, Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-crowned Sparrows, among others. Of the Yellow-rumped Warblers, Myrtle Warblers were likely the most numerous. Overall city totals for the Scrub Jays were over 200, with possibly many, if not most, flocking there as winter visitors.
We later found 2 Ferruginous Hawks, one off Concord Avenue with another seen from the Brentwood Water Treatment plant along Marsh Creek Trail.
This was a fabulous, exciting day.
Russ Bright


Lake Merritt Red-breasted Mergansers & Common Merganse

David Robinson <dvdrobinson@...>
 

Late afternoon today at Lake Merritt, Lyla Arum and I saw two Red-breasted
Mergansers (one male; one female or immature) near the shore opposite the
cathedral, and later one Common Merganser (male) near the horizontal buoys
out beyond the boathouse.

I've uploaded pics to my ebird checklist. The pics are terrible, but still
good enough for ID purposes.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62486451
<https://ebird.org/checklist/S62486451>


Golden Plover and other good birds along the bay

Donald Lewis
 

Thursday morning at San Leandro marina there were thousands of birds.
Highlight was a Pacific Golden Plover easily seen on the small island from
the par course trail at 8:30 AM, two hours after high tide. The small island
was literally covered with birds until a Harrier swooped by and then there
were none. Present were over a hundred Black-bellied Plovers, with the
Golden standing right next to some, giving great comparisons. The Golden was
smaller, golden brown especially in the cheek area, and had a smaller,
thinner bill. Also present were lots of both turnstones, Dunlin, Western
sandpipers, Willets and a single Sanderling



On the water, best seen from the north end of the par course, were 600-1000
Black Scoters, many hundreds of scaup, coots, ruddies, Buffleheads, and some
Common Goldeneyes and various grebes. We dipped on a Black Scoter but there
were many hundreds more birds that we didn't sort through.



We then moved to Arrowhead marsh (Martin Luther King shoreline) where the
highlight was a female Barrow's Goldeneye along the eastern shore towards
Garretson Point. Halfway between high and low tides, there were no visible
rails although there was one burst of Ridgeway's Rail clatter.



Heading to Bay Farm Island, we refound the Black-throated Gray Warbler found
by Mark Rauzon and then, at Godfrey Park, had good views of the Tropical
Kingbird and young male Hooded Oriole, previously reported by Mark Rauzon.
Mark has posted some good Oriole photos on eBird. There was also a big,
colorful Dusky Canada Goose on the lawn; Mark Rauzon has posted photos on
his same eBird list ( https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62459423 ).



It was a really good morning, complete with nice weather and good birding
light.



Don Lewis

Lafayette, CA


Summer Tanager - Oakland

Travis Hails
 

Today, about 9:30AM, I saw what I believe was a Summer Tanager, red morph, female at 661 Chetwood Street, Oakland.
The bird was foraging in a large camellia bush, apparently eating the flowers, or something in or on them. House is located in a residential area, about 4 houses from the Oakland/Morcom Rose Garden. I have tried for 2 1/2 hours to refind this bird to get more look at it than the one minute it allowed me.

Bird was not overall green, but had a red wash over breast and belly. Tail and upper tail coverts were also reddish. There was no patchwork of red that young males often display. Head had a very slight 'crest'. Eye-ring and wing-bars were white and faint, stronger than I would expect, but not much more prominent than many pictures on the internet.

I did not get a picture.

Travis Hails
Oakland, CA


Quarry Lakes (12/19) - continued Red-necked Grebe

Jerry Ting
 

The immature Red-necked Grebe still presented this (12/19/2019) afternoon and I saw it swam from east side of upper Horseshoe Lake all the way to southeast corner of the lower lake. The bird was associated with a group of Eared Grebe and dove frequently. There were also Horned, Pie-billed, Western and Clark's Grebes at Horseshoe Lake so all 6 species in one place.

Here is the eBird checklist with a photo included: https://ebird.org/checklist/S62458283

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting
Fremont


Re: Oriole photos

Noah Arthur
 

That's a looooong bill and tail. Hooded for me. (Despite that actually being the rarer of the two in midwinter!).

Noah

On Thursday, December 19, 2019, 4:13:12 PM CST, Mark Rauzon via Groups.Io <mjrauz=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Putting together all the observations led to a successful conclusion. I arrived at Beach Street just in time to see the oriole fly from the neighborhood towards the golf course and land in the largest bare tree then drop down into the pines, where Aaron saw it yesterday. Then about a half hour later I saw it fly back into the houses where I saw in the magnolia tree with the mockingbird. Other birders arrived and we went into Godfrey Park to the blooming eucalyptus on the right. We heard chatter and glimpsed the oriole then about 20 minutes later it revealed itself before flying out. So the transit back and forth across the street is to feed in the abundantly blooming euc that was loaded with other birds.
Going out on a limb here, but judging by the longish and decurved bill and long tail, this is a Hooded Oriole, immature male. But here are a slew of photos that should clear up this delightful mystery that Rusty Scalf first discovered along with the Tropical Kingbird which was also present in the golf course trees. Also a lovely brown Dusky Canada Goose was in the Godfrey park where yesterday two White-fronted Geese were. Thanks Rusty. for showing us this neat park.
https://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#he05675de
Happy Solstice!
Mark RauzonOakland


Oriole photos

Mark Rauzon
 

Putting together all the observations led to a successful conclusion. I arrived at Beach Street just in time to see the oriole fly from the neighborhood towards the golf course and land in the largest bare tree then drop down into the pines, where Aaron saw it yesterday. Then about a half hour later I saw it fly back into the houses where I saw in the magnolia tree with the mockingbird. Other birders arrived and we went into Godfrey Park to the blooming eucalyptus on the right. We heard chatter and glimpsed the oriole then about 20 minutes later it revealed itself before flying out. So the transit back and forth across the street is to feed in the abundantly blooming euc that was loaded with other birds.
Going out on a limb here, but judging by the longish and decurved bill and long tail, this is a Hooded Oriole, immature male. But here are a slew of photos that should clear up this delightful mystery that Rusty Scalf first discovered along with the Tropical Kingbird which was also present in the golf course trees. Also a lovely brown Dusky Canada Goose was in the Godfrey park where yesterday two White-fronted Geese were. Thanks Rusty. for showing us this neat park.
https://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#he05675de
Happy Solstice!
Mark RauzonOakland


Re: Oakland CBC oriole

Aaron Maizlish
 

Rusty,

I also went and re-found your oriole yesterday morning before work, and wrote up a description for eBird. Unfortunately, no photo to share.

I had spent about one hour already looking, and walking up and down Beach Street, while enjoying prolonged periods of viewing the Tropical Kingbird.

I was sitting back in my car getting ready to leave and looking at a female Red-shouldered Hawk who had landed in a bare tree (behind 331 Beach St.) and scattering all of the passerines in the process. A male Red-shouldered Hawk very noisily flew in from the neighborhood and proceeded to copulate with the female. It was quite a ruckus and I got out of the car with my binoculars to appreciate the spectacle. After the Hawks flew off, several birds came back into that tree, including the oriole, which I viewed for about 15 seconds with my binoculars.

Aside from the rich yellow color, I did take note of a short decurved bluish bill, what appeared to be a small black throat patch, and not an extensive amount of white on the wing bar. Those things indicate a male Orchard in juvenal plumage to me, but I admit that there can be heavy observer bias in these brief and distant sightings, and I too would not be able to rule out Hooded based on my viewing alone.

The bird flew back into a conifer immediately behind the bare tree and i didn’t see it again.

For what it’s worth, I think I had an earlier brief sighting of the same bird flying into the hedge row behind 335B. I probably should not have spent so much time looking in the flowering eukes, I’m speculating that this bird (if it is an Orchard) is in the gardens and hedges behind the houses.

I hope someone can get a photo, I’m going to change my sighting to a spp. until someone gets a better viewing.

Aaron Maizlish
Emeryville and San Francisco

On Dec 18, 2019, at 10:57 AM, rfs_berkeley <rscalf@sonic.net> wrote:


I've been haunted by the oriole that showed up at Bay Farm Island on the Oakland CBC.

Looking around for photos, I find that same deep olive color on bird-of-the- year male Hooded Oriole. I did not see a black throat, but that could be a shading issue.

I found myself stuck on 'female' without considering hatch year male.

The bill did have a noticeable downturn at the tip, an Orchard trait; but seems Hooded can sometimes rival this. And I wonder if the bird was small enough. Orchard is a tiny bird.

So I don't know. At this point I am thinking Hooded/Orchard unknown and I need to leave it at that.

Rusty Scalf
Berkeley, CA





Oakland CBC oriole

rfs_berkeley
 

I've been haunted by the oriole that showed up at Bay Farm Island on the Oakland CBC.

Looking around for photos, I find that same deep olive color on bird-of-the- year male Hooded Oriole. I did not see  a black throat, but that could be a shading issue.

I found myself stuck on 'female' without considering hatch year male.

 The bill did have a noticeable downturn at the tip, an Orchard trait; but seems Hooded can sometimes rival this. And I wonder if the bird was small enough. Orchard is a tiny bird.

So I don't know.  At this point I am thinking Hooded/Orchard unknown and I need to leave it at that.

  Rusty Scalf
  Berkeley, CA


Sandhill Cranes and Tundra Swans - Holland Tract -12/17

Paul Schorr
 

Today, Nancy and I made a trip out to Holland Tract in eastern Contra Costa County. Following is a list of highlights:

100+ Sandhill Cranes
18 Tundra Swans
1 Great Horned Owl

In addition, there was a pair of Red-tailed Hawks actively nest-building.

Holland Tract can be reached by taking Delta Rd. in Oakley east to Becky’s Bridge where the road then becomes Holland Tract Rd. The cranes and swans were seen near where the road makes a rather sharp turn to the south as it continues out to the marina.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Pleasant Hill Chipping sparrows continue

Alan Bade <alanbade@...>
 

Greetings all- the Chipping sparrows re-found by Dal and Elizabeth are still in the same location; 37.938647, -122.062807. This is near the intersection of the EBMUD trail and Astrid Ave. We counted 12 birds. I took one picture with 10 birds in it, and there were two more in the bushes behind. See ebird checklist; https://ebird.org/checklist/S62399205
Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill


update re Lake Merritt mergansers Sat 12/14

David Robinson <dvdrobinson@...>
 

This past Saturday, Lyla Arum and I walked around Lake Merritt from
mid-afternoon til after sunset, looking especially for mergansers. We
eventually found a flotilla of 20, way out in the middle of the lake, which
we thought were mostly Red-breasted with a few Common. I took a lot of
pics, none of which came out well (challenges: distance, my camera,
lighting, my skill). But reviewing them all just now, I found only
Red-breasted — no Common.

At dusk, just before the light disappeared completely, not far from the
boat house, Lyla and I found a lone merganser not far from shore. The
lighting prevented us from identifying the species. But reviewing the pics
I took (even worse than the others, but the lighting was simply too dim for
my camera), I see that it was a female Hooded Merganser.

Here's my just-posted ebird list <https://ebird.org/checklist/S62397745>,
which includes some photos (such as they are).

Happy Holidays & Happy Birding,

David Robinson


Male Green Winged Eurasion Teal at Waterbird Regional Preserve (MacNabney Marsh) in ContraCosta

Srikant Char
 

Filing late headsup of a male Green-Winged Teal (Eurasian) at Waterbird Regional Preserve(MacNabney Marsh) in Martinez. Seen well in the Southern end of water ( which is < than .5mile trek to that end).
Pics and Gps coords in checklist;
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62386167

(Trying to get as much birding as possible in the brief sunny interludes :)
Cheers!


Oakland Christmas Bird Count results: Sunday, December 15, 2019

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Hi, Bay Area Birders:

More than 250 field observers and two dozen-plus feeder watchers took part in yesterday's 79th running of the Oakland Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by Golden Gate Audubon Society. Thanks to good coverage and fair weather, participants reported a record high (since 1974) 184 species, seven more than our recent 20-year average.

Single Brants north of the Bay Bridge and on San Leandro Bay, four Redheads at Upper San Leandro Reservoir, and a handful of Black Scoters in two areas topped our list of unusual waterfowl. A Common Gallinule at Lafayette Reservoir was a welcome skulker that was overshadowed by a Black Rail (a first since 2005) at a small inland pond. A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on Vollmer Peak, a Black-throated Gray Warbler in Berkeley, Hermit Warblers in two areas, and small numbers of Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows scattered about deserve mention. So, too, do a Western Tanager in the Dunsmuir Area and the male Black-headed Grosbeak that’s over-wintering for its sixth year in Claremont Canyon. But the passerine spotlight truly shined near 335 Beach Road in Alameda, where a spiffy Tropical Kingbird found itself in a stare-down with an Orchard Oriole. (The kingbird has perviously appeared only as a count week bird in 2012; we have no record of the oriole going back to 1974.) Woodpeckers also deserved notice, with a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Montclair, a Red-naped Sapsucker at San Leandro Reservoir, and a Pileated Woodpecker heard in southern Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park.

Finally, the honor of Best Bird for the count went to a Tufted Puffin (a first since at least 1974) on the bay, south of the Bay Bridge.

Species unreported so far include Loggerhead Shrike (evidently extirpated from the area), Snow Goose, Heermann’s Gull, and Brown-headed Cowbird ((!). If you detect any of these species, or unusual species not mentioned above, during count week (through Wednesday, December 18), I’d appreciate hearing from you.

Good birding.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@att.net


Quarry Lakes (12/16) - Red-necked Grebe

Jerry Ting
 

The Red-necked Grebe found by Jason Tanner yesterday (12/15/2019) was re-found by Stephanie Floyd on the east corner of the upper Horseshoe Lake (37.576523, -122.002031). It was with a group of Eared Grebes.

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting
Fremont

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