Summer tanager, Chetwood in Oakland

Kate Hoffman

This morning I finally got a great view of the female summer tanager on Chetwood. She presented herself atop a short bush about 7-8 feet away as I was walking to work. She's orangeish on top and golden below. A looker! Lots of other insectivores around there. Also a flock of turkeys. Perhaps the huge camellia bush attracts them? The neighbors are very patient with birders.

Kate Hoffman
Oakland, CA

Quarry Lakes (1/6) - Red-necked Grebe, 'maxima' Canada Geese

Jerry Ting

The immature Red-necked Grebe continued on the southeast corner of lower Horseshoe Lake at Quarry Lakes this afternoon. It's loosely associated with a group of mixed Clark's/Western Grebes.
At Rare Fruit Tree Groove (the isle that divides Horseshoe Lake), I found a group of 6 .maxima' Canada Geese with excessive white on forehead and chin patch. There was also a 'minima' Cackling Goose in lawn north of the beach area.
Photos of above mentioned can be seen in my eBird checklist:

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting

Creekside Park Brentwood

Jerry Britten

Creekside Park and adjoining John Marsh Trail north of Concord Ave. in
south Brentwood again today provided a number of birds noteworthy for east
Contra Costa: Orange-Crowned and Townsend's warbler, Golden Crowned
Kinglet, Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Purple Finch, White-Throated Sparrow,
Hutton's Vireo,...

ebird checklist with some photos here:

Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory

Weekend Access to Outer Point, Point Reyes


Hi birders,

I heard from park staff that some birders were trying to drive out past Drakes Beach earlier today after the shuttles started running. Apologies for that, esp. for those trying to get out to Mendoza, or B Ranch, to see the Painted Bunting.

The park runs shuttle buses on the weekends to alleviate the traffic nightmares of the past from visitors wanting to see whales and elephant seals. The shuttles operate on weekends and federal holiday Mondays from late Dec thru late March to mid-April. Please check the park website at for details, logistics, hours, etc.

Good birding,
Carlo Arreglo
Park Ranger
Point Reyes National Seashore

Summer Tanager - Oakland - Update

Travis Hails

The Summer Tanager remains in the area of the Oakland (Morcom) Rose Garden & 661-667 Chetwood St, Oakland.

I have seen it at 8:00AM 1/2/20, 8:30AM 1/3/20, and 11:00 & 1:15 today, 1/4/20. Western Bluebirds are always present when the tanager is present.

I am back to believing that this is an adult female, which Sibley illustrates as 'Eastern Population' and Nat'l Geo calls a 'Red Morph'. This bird seems to be more orange than either guide illustrates, however.

Pictures (such as they are) at

Travis Hails

Barrow's Goldeneye - Antioch City Reservoir - 1/3

Paul Schorr

Today, among the 15+ Common Goldeneyes on the Antioch City Reservoir, was a male Barrow’s Goldeneye.

Happy birding in 2020.

Paul Schorr

American White Pelican returns to Lake Temescal

Robert Firehock

Seen cruising around the Lake this morning. We've had them for a couple years now, so it's not that 'unusual', but it's dramatic and offers some excellent photo ops.Unfortunately, the Hooded Mergansers were gone.
Enjoy our parks!

Red-breasted Merganser, Lake Merritt

Carolyn Arnold

I just saw a male Red-breasted Merganser grooming himself right off the footbridge that leads to the amphitheater. He was on the lake side, and easy to see from the bridge.

Happy birding!

Carolyn Arnold
(510) 590-1172 (cell)

Heather Farm in the fog Friday January 3


The Tropical Kingbird showed itself in two places this morning as three of us walked around the large, mostly natural pond.  When we arrived at the chin-up bars between the big pond and the concrete pond, two other birders were eying the continuing T Kingbird.  We took a look and then slowly continued from there toward the wooden railing.  When we arrived there, the Kingbird was sitting in a tree above the railing and calling  It stayed there for several minutes before flying away from us.
It is heard calling only a handful of times each season it has been with us.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Heather Farm Park New Year's Day


A pair of Northern Shovelers were present for the early birders this morning, they were in the large, mostly natural pond before flying.  A continuing Common Gallinule was in the west reeds, the Tropical Kingbird made a very brief appearance for me in the willows on the west side, the usual sparrows, too.  The Ring-necked Duck population went from 60-80 before the weekend to as low as 6-10 Sunday and Monday, but their numbers are up a bit again.  Buffleheads seem to be slightly gaining in numbers. 

I don't often look due to the students, but during the vacation period I like to look at the pond near the private Seven Hills School.  Two Hooded Merganser females are there right now.  Sometimes the Kingfisher hangs out there, too.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Ballena Bay (12/31) - possible Arctic Loon

Jerry Ting

Seen about a quarter mile out in the bay from the shore near the traffic circle off the road around 10:00 this (12/31/2019) morning. I originally listed it as a Pacific Loon in my eBird report but after reviewing the photos I took I decided to change the ID to Arctic Loon. A possible winter adult with a straight bill that is not as heavy as Common but thicker than Red-throated Loon, white face up to but not including eye, no chin strap, dark crown and neck, back is dark instead of scaly dark brownish, occasionally shows white flank patches.
Some distant photos are in my eBird checklist:

Please feel free to comment on it.

Happy Birding and Happy 2020!
Jerry Ting

Possible imm. Zone-tailed Hawk

Bob Richmond

A possible Zone-tailed Hawk was briefly seen at the San Leandro Marina. It was seen flying north from the south end of the marina. But the golf course seems to be more likely.
Bob Richmond

Taiga Merlin - Walnut Creek

Annie Vargas

We had a rare surprise visitor to the neighborhood yesterday afternoon at 3
pm - a beautiful Merlin perched atop a conifer at the end of our block in
Rancho San Miguel (Las Felicas x San Benito Dr.). I think that he is most
likely a Taiga Merlin (*columbarius) *based on the heavy breast streaking,
underwing spotting and narrow tail bands, but would love some input from
you all. For reference, we live just blocks away from Heather Farms Park.

Here is the link to four pictures that I snapped before he falcon-zoomed

Go birds!

Annie Vargas
Walnut Creek


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Pacific Commons Linear Park (12/30) - Eurasian Wigeons and Redhead

Jerry Ting

There were 3 male Eurasian Wigeons (2 adult and 1 immature) and 1 male Redhead in the large pond in Pacific Commons Linear Park this (12/30) afternoon. There was also a very dull female type wigeon which I am not sure it's a pure wigeon or some kind of hybrid. Distant shots can be seen in my eBird checklist:

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting

p.s. Pacific Commons Linear Park is located near the west end of Auto Mall Parkway in Fremont

Red Crossbills at Knightsen Elementary

Colin Meusel

Dec 28th I saw some very unexpected Red Crossbills (Type 2) at Knightsen Elementary, the traditional Yellow-billed Magpie spot in East Contra Costa County: I highly doubt they’re chaseable, but they’re certainly noteworthy given the location. 

Happy New Year,Colin MeuselPetaluma, CA

Coyote Hills (12/29) - Sage Thrasher

Jerry Ting

The Sage Thrasher found by Gabriel and Elizabeth Olin on 12/24 continued this (12/29) morning on the south end of Quarry Staging Area parking lot. It was seen perched on the 'No Bike' sign at the hill side trailhead (37.550344, -122.086380) and later found foraging on the ground in the same area. A couple of photos are included in my eBird checklist here:

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting

Alameda Beach Rd

John Luther

Today, Dec 28, I birded along Beach Rd and Godfrey Park in Alameda from 7:45 to 8:35 AM and also from 1:30 to 4 PM primarily looking for the Yellow-throated Warbler found yesterday.  I did not see it and have not seen any  reports of it for today.  I did see the Tropical Kingbird many times in the Eucalyptus trees along the golf course and across the street from Godfrey Park.  The Hooded Oriole was along the fence line at the back of Godfrey Park where there also was a Townsend's Warbler.  Beautiful day!  
John LutherOakland

Long-tailed Duck Alameda

Patricia Bacchetti

The herring run is still active near Ballena Bay in Alameda, with thousands of Surf Scoters, Bufflehead, and cormorants feeding between Encinal Beach and Ballena Bay ( opposite Pier 29 Restaurant). In the mass of birds, I found a Long-Tailed Duck in winter plumage, and managed to get some photos at distance. The water is flat today, allowing good viewing with a scope.

The Yellow-throated Warbler was a no-show this morning in spite of several birders being present; the kingbird is at Beach Road.

Patricia Bacchetti

Re: Yellow-throated Warbler

Ted Robertson

Hi Bob,
I just tried on my phone and I had no problem. I typed in the four code,
YTWA, and I was given a prompt to search the entire data base. I hit the
prompt and the species came up. Congratulations on finding a very nice

--Ted Robertson--

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Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Yellow-throated Warbler

I am having trouble adding it to e-bird. Anybody else having this problem?
Bob Richmond

Black-throated Gray Warbler


On December 20 I observed a Black-throated Gray Warbler in a persimmon tree at the corner of Cherry Lane and Seven Hills Ranch Road in Walnut Creek, and reported it to eBird. Today I saw it again (presumably the same bird!) in the same tree, with two female Townsend's Warblers, a couple of Yellow-rumps, a Nuttall's Woodpecker, and a Red-breasted Sapsucker.