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Pink-footed Shearwater!

Morris Gevirtz
 

Dear Birders,

I most definitely saw a (very sad-looking) Pink-footed Shearwater in the Berkeley Marina a few minutes ago. He/she was paddling along by my boat, occasionally feebly peking at a thing or two in the water.

Have there ever been reports of PF Shearwaters in the bay? Much less in a marina?


EBB Places resource added for EBB-Archives

EBB-Archivist
 

The legacy list of East Bay birding spots compiled for the East Bay Birding Circle and Mt. Diablo Audubon Society Sightings email groups is now online at http://ebb-places.birdwideweb.com for help with identifying historical sightings locations. Participants in the EBB-Archives project or those wanting clarification of spots mentioned on EBB-Sightings may find it useful.


New EBB-Archives project group being launched

EBB-Archivist
 

Looking for something positive to do while quarantined or locked down? Are you an eBird user? Join an ambitious project to add the legacy postings of the two original East Bay sightings groups to the eBird knowledge base. Dating back to 1998, and including many 1000s of posts, these are valuable community science resources which need to be more accessible. Visit https://groups.io/g/EBB-Archives to learn more.


Heather Farm Saturday before the rain

rosita94598
 

The park was particularly empty today.  Nobody in the dog park, only a handful of people walking, and I personally saw only one Ring-necked Duck on the big pond.  Maybe the time of year, the otters and the weather patterns are all combining to cause the population fluctuations we have noticed the last couple of weeks with the Ring-necked Ducks.

So, lots of crowned sparrows for me, though I did not wait to see if the Lincoln's Sparrow came out.  Sparrows were at the dog park crosswalk, the northwest corner of the pond, along the west side and even at the new sparrow corner.

A Bewick's Wren showed itself while singing near the new sparrow corner.  Two Flickers flew to the top of the scraggly redwood tree there.

The Common Goldeneye  female was in the corner out from the boat ramp.

Faith Martinez told me she had a Black-crowned Night-Heron on the lawn.  She was at the crosswalk and on the way home when I first arrived.  She also had a Common Gallinule, but not me.

I had a Green Heron to the right of the island, near the end of the fallen tree.

At least one Red-winged Blackbird, Double-crested Cormorants and Titmouse. Rough-winged Swallows were again flying over the pond and perching on the reeds across the way.

I rode my bike to the private Seven Hills School entrance and had one female Bufflehead on that pond.  More Rough-winged Swallows were joined by Violet-green Swallows.  Two Flickers flew up from the fence line for the solar panels, probably the same two I had seen at the far end of the equestrian area.

A Red-tailed Hawk was perched atop the power pole closest to the school.

Oh, and a Killdeer was on the pavement right near the big vehicle gate for the solar panel area.  It called from the equestrian parking lot side of the road as I headed home.  I have always thought the solar panel enclosure would be perfect for them, it is all gravel under the panels and the fence would keep out most predators.  I have to admit, though, I don't know how much grass is growing under the panels now that they have been in place for so many years.  The fence is not a see-through fence.

That's about it.

Hugh


Re: Aberrant plumage on white-breasted nuthatch

Paul Schorr
 

Hi Jerry,

Very interesting plumage. 

 It is really great fun birding with grandchildren.  We have three granddaughters who live in Brentwood and when they were young we often birded with them.  Now the oldest is 23 and the middle one is 19, and they have very busy lives.  The youngest is 16 and she still enjoys birding with us.  Hopefully, at some point in their lives, all of them will recall the enjoyment of birding and will take up the hobby again.

Enjoy your grandfather time.  The years go by so quickly.

Paul


On Mar 13, 2020, at 3:47 PM, Jerry Britten <jeraldabritten@...> wrote:

And now finally a bird-related post.  My 9-year-old granddaughter first noticed this bird a couple weeks ago at our suet feeder, and I managed to get a photo today.  It is normal except for a wide, complete white collar around the nape which breaks the dark crown stripe.  See photo in ebird checklist  https://ebird.org/checklist/S65748765
Also yesterday, FOS house wren heard, heard again today.
Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory


Re: Changes to Mt. Diablo Audubon field trips and meetings due to COVID-19 concerns

Jerry Britten
 

I'm OK with going ahead with the field trip and the scouting trip - we just should remind people not to carpool...
Jerry

On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 5:07 PM tracy_farrington via Groups.Io <tracy_farrington=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Jerry,
Unless the pandemic intensifies locally, I'm fine with proceeding with the MDAS Black Diamond Mine field trip on April 16.
And getting together with you for a scout prior to. But not the 14th., as I'm leading the MDAS Pine Canyon field trip. 

Outdoors and asymptomatic, participants should be fine.

Let me know what you think.
Best,
Tracy Farrington

On Friday, March 13, 2020, 03:26:52 PM PDT, Jerry Britten <jeraldabritten@...> wrote:


Dear Mt. Diablo Audubon members and supporters:

In keeping with the guidelines recently issued by the State of California and the Contra Costa County Health Services Department, we have cancelled our April 2 membership meeting. We are working to reschedule our speakers for a later date.

At the discretion of leaders and instructors, some field trips will remain available and appropriate precautions will be in place. These precautions include the following:

  • Avoid shaking hands or other forms of human contact
  • Avoid sharing binoculars, spotting scopes, or other possible sources of exposure.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands before eating and after any exposure to potential sources of infection.
  • If you have a cough, fever or cold, please do not attend an event.
  • Consult your physician or preferred provider for medical advice about your personal risk for attending events and gatherings.

 

For additional guidance, consult your preferred provider or public health resources, such as Contra County Public Service’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Interim Guidance for Social Distancing.

 

Updates about Field Trips:

 

  • Individual trip leaders may cancel their trips.
  • Trip changes will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.
  • Please check with the trip leader about scheduling changes or updates.
  • Carpooling is discouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • The March 17 field trip to Mt. View Sanitary/McNabney Marsh has been cancelled.

Stay well and we appreciate your continued support of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society.



Re: Changes to Mt. Diablo Audubon field trips and meetings due to COVID-19 concerns

tracy_farrington
 

Jerry,
Unless the pandemic intensifies locally, I'm fine with proceeding with the MDAS Black Diamond Mine field trip on April 16.
And getting together with you for a scout prior to. But not the 14th., as I'm leading the MDAS Pine Canyon field trip. 

Outdoors and asymptomatic, participants should be fine.

Let me know what you think.
Best,
Tracy Farrington

On Friday, March 13, 2020, 03:26:52 PM PDT, Jerry Britten <jeraldabritten@...> wrote:


Dear Mt. Diablo Audubon members and supporters:

In keeping with the guidelines recently issued by the State of California and the Contra Costa County Health Services Department, we have cancelled our April 2 membership meeting. We are working to reschedule our speakers for a later date.

At the discretion of leaders and instructors, some field trips will remain available and appropriate precautions will be in place. These precautions include the following:

  • Avoid shaking hands or other forms of human contact
  • Avoid sharing binoculars, spotting scopes, or other possible sources of exposure.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands before eating and after any exposure to potential sources of infection.
  • If you have a cough, fever or cold, please do not attend an event.
  • Consult your physician or preferred provider for medical advice about your personal risk for attending events and gatherings.

 

For additional guidance, consult your preferred provider or public health resources, such as Contra County Public Service’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Interim Guidance for Social Distancing.

 

Updates about Field Trips:

 

  • Individual trip leaders may cancel their trips.
  • Trip changes will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.
  • Please check with the trip leader about scheduling changes or updates.
  • Carpooling is discouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • The March 17 field trip to Mt. View Sanitary/McNabney Marsh has been cancelled.

Stay well and we appreciate your continued support of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society.


Aberrant plumage on white-breasted nuthatch

Jerry Britten
 

And now finally a bird-related post.  My 9-year-old granddaughter first noticed this bird a couple weeks ago at our suet feeder, and I managed to get a photo today.  It is normal except for a wide, complete white collar around the nape which breaks the dark crown stripe.  See photo in ebird checklist  https://ebird.org/checklist/S65748765
Also yesterday, FOS house wren heard, heard again today.
Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory


Changes to Mt. Diablo Audubon field trips and meetings due to COVID-19 concerns

Jerry Britten
 

Dear Mt. Diablo Audubon members and supporters:

In keeping with the guidelines recently issued by the State of California and the Contra Costa County Health Services Department, we have cancelled our April 2 membership meeting. We are working to reschedule our speakers for a later date.

At the discretion of leaders and instructors, some field trips will remain available and appropriate precautions will be in place. These precautions include the following:

  • Avoid shaking hands or other forms of human contact
  • Avoid sharing binoculars, spotting scopes, or other possible sources of exposure.
  • Thoroughly wash your hands before eating and after any exposure to potential sources of infection.
  • If you have a cough, fever or cold, please do not attend an event.
  • Consult your physician or preferred provider for medical advice about your personal risk for attending events and gatherings.

 

For additional guidance, consult your preferred provider or public health resources, such as Contra County Public Service’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Interim Guidance for Social Distancing.

 

Updates about Field Trips:

 

  • Individual trip leaders may cancel their trips.
  • Trip changes will be posted on our website and our Facebook page.
  • Please check with the trip leader about scheduling changes or updates.
  • Carpooling is discouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • The March 17 field trip to Mt. View Sanitary/McNabney Marsh has been cancelled.

Stay well and we appreciate your continued support of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society.


New Guidelines for EBB-Sightings

Jerry Britten
 

Hi Fellow EBB-Sightings members,
Please see below new guidelines for posting on this listserve.  We intend to retire the under-utilized EBB-Discussions listserve and retain Sightings as a more general-purpose forum.  We are also looking for a member of the East Bay birding community with the technical expertise, interest and time to assume the role of Site Moderator.  If you have an interest in this please contact me.  Please post responsibly for the enjoyment and education of the East Bay Birding community!
Thanks,
Jerry Britten
Vice President, Mt. Diablo Audubon Society.

EBB-Sightings Guidelines

East Bay Birding-Sightings is a list intended primarily for reporting and discussion of interesting and rare bird sightings in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area. It is also a forum for dissemination of other bird and birding-related information such as classes and other events, requests for help on ID’s, and discussion of species distribution, natural history, status, and other relevant topics.

Please be respectful of others in the discussions, and please, NO POLITICS!  Please refrain from attaching photos or other media files directly to the email.  Instead, post these elsewhere (ebird or flickr, for example) and attach a link so that interested parties can go there to observe.

We've been asked to remind list members of various aspects of birding ethics, which include refraining from posting locations of nests of certain species negatively impacted by visitation.

East Bay Birding-Sightings is affiliated with Mt. Diablo Audubon Society.  Sign-up for this list at  https://mtdiabloaudubon.org/birding/east-bay-birding-email-groups/.   Members of this list are welcome to attend the monthly program meetings in Walnut Creek. MDAS also offers classes and field trips around the region, so if you're interested in learning more about birding in the area or joining other birders in going out birding, the Chapter can help you find an outing that matches your interests.

If you ever need to unsubscribe from this list, an unsubscribe link is at the bottom of every message, or you can go to 
https://groups.io/g/EBB-Sightings/. That's also where you can view the list archives, set up a vacation hold, change your email address, or modify your subscription.


Tricolored Blackbird Survey April 3rd-5th call for participants

Alan Bade <alanbade@...>
 

Greetings birders! I'm sending this to the EBB Sightings group after learning that many don't subscribe to the EBB Discussion group, where I posted originally. I'm helping Audubon CA recruit participants.

There's an important bird survey in early April; the statewide triennial Tricolored Blackbird Survey. This survey has been conducted since the 1980s and is a joint effort between UC Davis, Audubon CA, and various govt agencies.

As many know, Tricolored Blackbirds breed in large colonies. Due to habitat loss and conversion, they are threatened, even though historically they used to be a very abundant species. This survey attempts to monitor colonies in known habitat and identify new colonies. Sites are visited mostly by vehicle and can be conducted independently or in small groups, following a protocol established by UC Davis and Audubon CA.

There are many sites in Contra Costa and Alameda County. I'm coordinating a group from Mt Diablo Audubon for the Contra Costa sites, but volunteers are needed to cover sites in Alameda and further south. If there are any members from GGAS, Marin, Napa-Solano, or Ohlone Audubon that would like to join this effort, that would be wonderful!  Xeronimo Castenada from Audubon CA is lead, and I encourage you to contact him directly at Xeronimo.Castaneda@audubon.org 

Xeronimo is also particularly looking for surveyors in the San Luis Obisbo and Santa Cruz areas.
MDAS members (and others!) are also welcome to contact me at alanb1491187@gmail.com or communityscience@mtdiabloaudubon.org 

Here is a link to the survey; https://tricolor.ice.ucdavis.edu/

The survey is on April 3rd- April 5th. There is a webinar scheduled for Saturday March 14th from 10 AM to Noon where Xeronimo will explain the protocols and answer questions. This webinar will also be available after the event for viewing. (The webinar is encouraged but not required for participation.) The protocols and webinar link will be forwarded to anyone interested.

This survey has in the past identified sites in California where colonies with thousands of birds have been saved by paying farmers to delay harvest. It is one of the few community science efforts that can directly and immediately result in 1000s of birds saved! I hope you will consider joining us.

Thanks, Alan Bade, Mt Diablo Audubon Community Science


Claremont Canyon Summer Tanager Continues

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello,

I saw the male Summer Tanager in Claremont Canyon again this afternoon. It was in its favorite tree, the second of the oaks in a downhill line just down trail of the third switchback, around 37.863935, -122.243308. This is where the bird was often seen last year around this time.


Happy early spring,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley


Bethany Reservoir closure (+ Glaucous Gull)

Noah Arthur
 

Hey everyone. According to signage, Bethany Reservoir will be closed for construction for the next two years, from May 2020 until at least Nov 2021. These projects tend to take much longer than planned, so it will likely be closed at least through the winter of 2021-22. 

The flock of a few thousand gulls on the reservoir this afternoon included a 1st-winter GLAUCOUS GULL along with all the common inland gull species. Also a pale, compact 1st-winter Iceland Gull that looks to be a KUMLIEN’S. 

Noah Arthur (Oakland) 


GGAS Launches Climate Action Plan: Please help us and take our survey!

Melissa Ramos <mramos@...>
 

Hi everyone. Melissa Ramos here (GGAS's Communications Manager). This isn't strictly bird related but I wanted to let folks know that GGAS has a new Strategic Plan focusing on Climate Change. Our "Call to Action on Climate" will be our biggest initiative in the coming years. We're hoping to educate the public, get funding for more conservation programs, invite marginalized communities to join our cause, and fight for environmental justice for both people and the birds we love.

We have more info available on our recent blog post, with a survey link inside of the blog. If you have a moment to spare, please take our survey and learn more about why we are taking on this plan. We'd love everyone's feedback and input as we move forward during this time.

Here's our blog post with the survey: https://goldengateaudubon.org/blog-posts/ggass-call-to-action-on-climate/

Thanks so much for reading! Any questions? Feel free to email me at mramos@goldengateaudubon.org


Late Albany Bulb sightings

Alan Howe
 

Hi all.

A week or so ago I biked up to the bulb & was checking out the owl enclosure, where I saw a bunch of brown & black striped birds. I was surprised a bit when they turned toward me with their very bright yellow breasts & I realized I was looking @ a flock--20-30 or so--of western meadowlarks. I'd never seen this many together & it was rather spectacular--especially when they all flushed when a raptor (red-shouldered hawk?--didn't get a really good look before the crows chased it away) zoomed in. 

I was back up there Thursday (?) & enjoyed a nice variety of ducks on the north side mudflats during low tide. Not huge numbers, but still nice. Among them were:
green-winged teal,
canvass back,
pintail,
scaup--perhaps both species,
bufflehead,
ruddy,
American wigeon, &
mallard, of course.
There were also:
avocet,
marbled godwit,
willet,
whimbrel,
other peeps that were too far out for me to ID, 
snowy egret,
d-c cormorant &
a few others I didn't get down.

Peace,
Alan Howe
North Oakland


Re: The Nutalls have returned. Oakland Laurel

Alan Howe
 

In the past week I've had a beautifully bright Nuttal's in the walnut tree in my back yard in North Oakland--& have been hearing more territorial tapping in the neighborhood. Have had a mockingbird or 2 in the yard & singing a street or 2 over, too.

Spring has indeed sprung.

Alan Howe
North Oakland

On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 5:40 PM Marcus via Groups.Io <scrod2000=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Just Mrs. Nutall this afternoon.
Had heard some tapping yesterday but thought it was the damn squirrels as the liquid amber was heavily trimmed. Didn't think the birds would return, but they have. Got a lot excavated in a couple of days. Interesting position. They will be digging downward.

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


Black Skimmer, Caspian Tern

Becky Flanigan
 

At Middle Harbor Park, Oakland CA at about 6:15 pm, we saw a single Black Skimmer hanging out with 5 Caspian Terns on the sand bar, during low tide on the right side of the tower facing San Francisco. Lots of the other usual shore bird along with a spectacular sunset and the covid 19 cruise ship...

Becky Flanigan
Oakland, California

Sent from iPhone. Please excuse typos and grammatical errors!


Re: Apologies

Steve Taylor
 

I agree with all of this.    


On Mar 10, 2020, at 10:17 AM, Alan Bade <alanb1491187@...> wrote:


I agree with Paul! It's important to remember that this wonderful service has been maintained by a dedicated, hard working volunteer who has put in countless hours, with the best of intentions.  We appreciate the fact that it wouldn't exist without Dal's years of tech support. Hopefully, we will all find better ways for it to evolve to best serve the needs of its' users. We all have a part in this, as users and support.

Thanks for all the postings and all the work in the background, keep them coming! Enjoy the beginnings of Spring.

And here in Pleasant Hill, it seems like sometimes we get 19 Corvids (crows) enjoying the too often open dumpster of the pizza parlor across the street! 

Good birding, Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill

On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 5:44 AM Paul Schorr <pkschorr@...> wrote:
Dal,

Everyone has regrets about something, so don’t be too hard on yourself.  And thank you for all that you have done for MDAS and the birding community.  I believe that you meant Covid-19, rather than Corvid-19.   Once a birder always a birder.  🙂

Paul
> On Mar 10, 2020, at 4:01 AM, BirdWideWeb <support@...> wrote:
>
> My apologies to the EBB community. Extreme preoccupation with the Corvid-19 epidemic may have led me to take administrative action with this email list which I now regret. New Guidelines will be issued soon, to be moderated by others.
>
> Dal Leite
> Walnut Creek
> birdwideweb.com
> EBB Tech Support Emeritus
> Go Bears!
>




The Nutalls have returned. Oakland Laurel

Marcus
 

Just Mrs. Nutall this afternoon.
Had heard some tapping yesterday but thought it was the damn squirrels as the liquid amber was heavily trimmed. Didn't think the birds would return, but they have. Got a lot excavated in a couple of days. Interesting position. They will be digging downward.

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


Re: Heather Farm Park sightings Tuesday March 10

Steve Taylor
 

Nice!!


On Mar 10, 2020, at 9:25 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


Not all of us saw every bird, but birds seen or heard were Tropical Kingbird, Nuttall's and Downy Woodpeckers in the same tree, continuing female Common Goldeneye, Common Gallinule, singing Red-winged Blackbirds, singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets a Hermit Thrush, a singing California Towhees, and a singing/calling Sora at the north end of the large, mostly natural pond.  Some of the Yellow-rumped Warblers are starting to look pretty sharp with bright yellow throats and black around the breast.  Tracy Farrington and I saw a snazzy Myrtle Warbler before I headed home.

Heather Farm Park is located in the Ygnacio Valley of Walnut Creek.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

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