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redwood regional pileated + crossbills

Philip Georgakakos
 

Hi all, 

I had a great morning at Redwood Regional Park. I got there at 7, gates were open @ meadows staging area, but large lot closed. Walked around stream trail, up Orchard trail and down West ridge trail. 

Heard a Pileated Woodpecker calling up upslope from around the last parking area from Stream Trail. Called 3 short series. I walked up Orchard Trail to try and see it, but no luck. While up on the ridge I heard Red Crossbill calls and saw 3 individuals fly across Redwood Road toward Anthony Cabot regional park, they landed in some distant redwoods and did no emerge. There were also a bunch of migrants around redwood creek. I counted 21 Wilson’s Warblers, a couple of Pac-slopes, and 2 Warbling Vireos. Park was starting to fill up around 10 when I left, worth getting there early.

full checklist here:

Phil


It is winter and It is spring in Walnut Creek Tuesday

rosita94598
 

There are still many White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows in Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek's Ygnacio Valley.  They are some of our winter birds.  Today I found almost alternate-plumaged Audubon's and Myrtle Warblers.  A Merlin was in a conifer high above the dog park, and we still have more than 20 Ring-necked Ducks.  The lone female Common Goldeneye continues.

On the other hand, today the Canada Goose family was down to 2 goslings; it was 4 last week and 3 over the weekend.  A Cackling Goose was on the sidewalk around the concrete pond not far away.  A pair of Mallards had 4 ducklings at the large, mostly natural pond.

The Ruby-crowned Kinglets continue to sing, as do the Mockingbird and the Red-winged Blackbirds.  A pair of Killdeer is hanging out at the equestrian area parking lot; I keep hoping they cross the road to the fenced solar panel area which also has a gravel base.

Yesterday was a three-swallow day with Rough-winged, Barn and Violet-green Swallows seen.  Today I had a single Barn Swallow and others unidentified as they flew high and behind trees.

I did not see the Tropical Kingbird today, it is often a couple of weeks between sightings.  I did see a Green Heron and a Black-crowned Night-Heron.  The latter was in the reeds to the left of the gravel boat ramp.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


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

David Robinson
 

Thanks for the update, Alan.

If you do organize the June effort, please do let me know!

All the best,

David Robinson
Oakland

On Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 9:25 PM Alan Bade <alanbade@...> wrote:
Greetings birders- I thought I'd follow up on my post calling for volunteers for the triennial Tricolored Blackbird survey.

We've learned from survey leadership that the survey is indeed cancelled in light of the COVID-19 shelter in place order. It will be delayed until next year. After checking with coordinators statewide, it became evident that there would be large areas without adequate coverage, or in some cases, coverage at all. There are locations where access is closed because of the statewide order, and a number of agencies and consulting firms whose policies prohibit participation under these conditions. The survey would lack comparable data to previous efforts. There were also major safety and legal hurdles to overcome.

However, it is possible that an effort will be organized to survey birds during a later breeding season in the Sacramento Valley, Modoc plateau, Sierra foothills and Coast ranges in early June. This is of course dependent on conditions in the public health arena. This wouldn't be a statewide survey, but could lead to discovery of new breeding locations and add valuable data for TRBL conservation. If I receive any info about this, I'll post again. Or, we'll organize again next year.

Thanks to all that expressed interest in the survey! If you are interested in learning more about it, please see my article in the April edition of the Quail (https://mtdiabloaudubon.org/newsletter/) or at the TRBL portal website; https://tricolor.ice.ucdavis.edu/

Be safe and good birding! --Alan Bade


Re: Short Eared Owl and Pelagic Cormorant

bunceboy
 

ebird links w/ pics of pelagic cormorant:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66120524
https://ebird.org/checklist/S66120581

--
-Will P.


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

Alan Bade
 

Greetings birders- I thought I'd follow up on my post calling for volunteers for the triennial Tricolored Blackbird survey.

We've learned from survey leadership that the survey is indeed cancelled in light of the COVID-19 shelter in place order. It will be delayed until next year. After checking with coordinators statewide, it became evident that there would be large areas without adequate coverage, or in some cases, coverage at all. There are locations where access is closed because of the statewide order, and a number of agencies and consulting firms whose policies prohibit participation under these conditions. The survey would lack comparable data to previous efforts. There were also major safety and legal hurdles to overcome.

However, it is possible that an effort will be organized to survey birds during a later breeding season in the Sacramento Valley, Modoc plateau, Sierra foothills and Coast ranges in early June. This is of course dependent on conditions in the public health arena. This wouldn't be a statewide survey, but could lead to discovery of new breeding locations and add valuable data for TRBL conservation. If I receive any info about this, I'll post again. Or, we'll organize again next year.

Thanks to all that expressed interest in the survey! If you are interested in learning more about it, please see my article in the April edition of the Quail (https://mtdiabloaudubon.org/newsletter/) or at the TRBL portal website; https://tricolor.ice.ucdavis.edu/

Be safe and good birding! --Alan Bade


Re: And The Geese Exploded

Jane Chinn
 

Please excuse me if this is not the proper way to reply.  Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed And the Geese Exploded.  Thank you for posting.

Jane Chinn
Hayward

On Monday, March 23, 2020, 08:55:01 AM PDT, EBB-Archivist <support@...> wrote:


Announcing the free illustrated eBook authored by South Bay Birds moderator Chuq von Rospach, a beautiful brilliant sighting which enhances all of our lives:


Dal Leite
Walnut Creek


Bald Eagle - Chabot Regional Park

Derek
 

Today I biked from home in Piedmont to bird Redwood Road starting at Skyline Blvd. out to the Bort Meadow entrance to Anthony Chabot Regional Park. While birding in Chabot I saw an adult Bald Eagle soaring to the east. About a half hour later as I starting biking back I probably saw the same bird soaring over Upper San Leandro Reservoir. At the same spot I had a window through the woods down to the reservoir and in the little space were two Wood Ducks.  It was an enjoyable ride and I was surprised how few people were in Redwood Park, one of my stops. Plenty of Wilson’s Warblers riding down Redwood Road and in Redwood Park too and the overall bird activity along the stretch from the intersection of Redwood Road/Canyon Road to Chabot Park was crazy.  No pishing required. 

 

Derek Heins

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66138425

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66138404

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66138375

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66138302


And The Geese Exploded

EBB-Archivist
 

Announcing the free illustrated eBook authored by South Bay Birds moderator Chuq von Rospach, a beautiful brilliant sighting which enhances all of our lives:

https://www.chuqui.com/free-e-book-and-the-geese-exploded/

Dal Leite
Walnut Creek


Short Eared Owl and Pelagic Cormorant

bunceboy
 

Emeryville Marina 03/22 ~ 4:30PM
Pelagic Cormorant could be seen from on the northmost pier. It was swimming around very closeby and gave me wonderful views.

Hayward Regional Shoreline 03/21 ~ 5PM
Short-eared Owl (adult) Seen where the main walking path hits the ocean and veer right. Flying only about 10 feet high. Looked like it was hunting and got chased off by crows.
Also seen were: White-tailed Kite, Yellowlegs and other usuals.

-Will P.


Re: Weird sapsucker

Alan Bade
 

Fun sighting! 
We saw one on Grayson creek in Pleasant Hill last November. Susana dT got great pictures and figured it out.

Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill


On Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 8:33 PM Mark Stephenson via Groups.Io <markstephenson4106=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yes! This is a Red-breasted hybrid with red-nape Sapsucker.
Happy Birding,
Mark & Lucas Stephenson 




On Sunday, March 22, 2020, 7:54 PM, Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:

Whoops, here is the iNaturalist link: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40565344

On Mar 22, 2020, at 7:02 PM, Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

Below is a link to the an iNaturalist observation with pics of a strange sapsucker Teale Fristoe and I saw off Black Point Trail at Mitchel Canyon SP, yesterday. Any help with the ID would be appreciated. We also detected 18 Orange-crowned Warblers, they were foraging and singing vigorously. Other migrants a bit slow. 



Also, follow up on Mountain View cemetery, on a run today I saw some Cliff Swallows and a Wilson’s Warbler. The migrants are coming!


Phil Georgakakos
Oakland



Re: Weird sapsucker

Noah Arthur
 

Yes. That’s a beautiful example of Red-napedX-breasted Sapsucker. More obviously hybrid than many of the birds that get called hybrids, some of which are very close to pure Red-breasted. This could be an actual 1st-generation hybrid.

Noah




On Sunday, March 22, 2020, 7:02:17 PM PDT, Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:


Hi everyone,

Below is a link to the an iNaturalist observation with pics of a strange sapsucker Teale Fristoe and I saw off Black Point Trail at Mitchel Canyon SP, yesterday. Any help with the ID would be appreciated. We also detected 18 Orange-crowned Warblers, they were foraging and singing vigorously. Other migrants a bit slow. 



Also, follow up on Mountain View cemetery, on a run today I saw some Cliff Swallows and a Wilson’s Warbler. The migrants are coming!


Phil Georgakakos
Oakland


Re: Weird sapsucker

Mark Stephenson
 

Yes! This is a Red-breasted hybrid with red-nape Sapsucker.
Happy Birding,
Mark & Lucas Stephenson 




On Sunday, March 22, 2020, 7:54 PM, Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:

Whoops, here is the iNaturalist link: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40565344

On Mar 22, 2020, at 7:02 PM, Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

Below is a link to the an iNaturalist observation with pics of a strange sapsucker Teale Fristoe and I saw off Black Point Trail at Mitchel Canyon SP, yesterday. Any help with the ID would be appreciated. We also detected 18 Orange-crowned Warblers, they were foraging and singing vigorously. Other migrants a bit slow. 



Also, follow up on Mountain View cemetery, on a run today I saw some Cliff Swallows and a Wilson’s Warbler. The migrants are coming!


Phil Georgakakos
Oakland


Re: Weird sapsucker

Philip Georgakakos
 

Whoops, here is the iNaturalist link: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40565344

On Mar 22, 2020, at 7:02 PM, Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

Below is a link to the an iNaturalist observation with pics of a strange sapsucker Teale Fristoe and I saw off Black Point Trail at Mitchel Canyon SP, yesterday. Any help with the ID would be appreciated. We also detected 18 Orange-crowned Warblers, they were foraging and singing vigorously. Other migrants a bit slow. 



Also, follow up on Mountain View cemetery, on a run today I saw some Cliff Swallows and a Wilson’s Warbler. The migrants are coming!


Phil Georgakakos
Oakland


Weird sapsucker

Philip Georgakakos
 

Hi everyone,

Below is a link to the an iNaturalist observation with pics of a strange sapsucker Teale Fristoe and I saw off Black Point Trail at Mitchel Canyon SP, yesterday. Any help with the ID would be appreciated. We also detected 18 Orange-crowned Warblers, they were foraging and singing vigorously. Other migrants a bit slow. 



Also, follow up on Mountain View cemetery, on a run today I saw some Cliff Swallows and a Wilson’s Warbler. The migrants are coming!


Phil Georgakakos
Oakland


Western Kingbird - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 3/22

Paul Schorr
 

Today after a walk at Contra Loma R. P., Nancy and I birded from our vehicle along one of the fence lines where we spotted one, possibly two, FOS Western Kingbirds. In addition, we heard a Bullock’s Oriole and watched several pairs of Tree Swallows attending nest holes in a large dead cottonwood snag.

Good birding and be safe.

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Sunday March 22,2020 Leona Canyon

John Brenneman
 

Walked up Leona from Keller 10 am to 11;30 this morning. Needed to park on Campus Dr. as trail use parking lot is now locked, not a problem. Air alive with birdsong, multiple birds singing from both sides of trail most of the time. Most numerous were Orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Hutton's Vireo,Song Sparrow, with occasional Townsend's Warbler, Ruby Crowned Kinglet(not singing). Saw bush-tits going in their nest 2 or more rustling around in there. 3 Allen's Hummingbirds. In short a great morning in spite of all the hikers and their dogs.
John Brenneman, Oakland


Re: Notice from EBMUD - No permit needed

Lois Olmstead
 

Remember to take wipes for the metal gate!

On Mar 21, 2020, at 12:27 PM, EBB-Archivist <support@...> wrote:

"Take a hike - No permit required.
Recreation areas at Lafayette and San Pablo reservoirs remain closed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, but our trails are wide open. Stretch your legs in the hills and valleys of the East Bay. EBMUD has suspended hiking permit requirements during this shelter-in-place declaration."

Dal Leite
Walnut Creek


Re: Sunday morning in Walnut Creek

Steve Taylor
 

I know the EBB police will be on me but how crowded is the area these days?


On Mar 22, 2020, at 10:17 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


Rode my bike to the post office to check the Audubon mail, then went through Heather Farm Park.  It was pretty much the same as yesterday, but today I saw the Tropical Kingbird on the Heather Farms Gardens deer fence.  It was to the right of the gate near the rose garden in front of the concrete pond.  This is the same general area it was seen about 3 days in a row a couple of weeks ago.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Sunday morning in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Rode my bike to the post office to check the Audubon mail, then went through Heather Farm Park.  It was pretty much the same as yesterday, but today I saw the Tropical Kingbird on the Heather Farms Gardens deer fence.  It was to the right of the gate near the rose garden in front of the concrete pond.  This is the same general area it was seen about 3 days in a row a couple of weeks ago.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Saturday morning in Heather Farm Park

David
 

Steve,
         I agree, there are worse place to be during a pandemic than a luxury cruise ship at sea.
           David Rose


On Mar 21, 2020, at 2:26 PM, Steve Taylor <s-taylor@...> wrote:

David 

If you have no virus onboard your better off just staying at sea.  


On Mar 21, 2020, at 3:12 PM, David <davejanrose@...> wrote:

Hugh,
      Thank you again for your reports from home.
        We travel in New Zealand before boarding the Maasdam for a cruise to Tahiti where we were to spend a few days then fly home. We were denied entry to Papeete due to the coronavirus crisis, even though we have no reported cases of the virus on board. The Captain then headed to Hilo, again we were denied a landing. On to Honolulu, where after 8 days at sea were were again prevented from disembarkation. So on March 27 we are scheduled to arrive in San Diego. We have no idea what to expect when we arrive. 
It’s so depressing I think I’ll head for the Ocean Bar for a martini. Hope lobster is on the menu for tonight dinner in the dining room. It’s just brutal here at sea.
    
Hope you and yours are happy and well.
        Sailing on,
               David Rose
                 


On Mar 21, 2020, at 6:34 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


It seemed cold enough today and our patio thermometer is showing 50° F.  Maybe the change in weather has also brought a change in the birds. 

After dwindling numbers of Ring-necked Ducks over the last week, today we had about 30 of them on the large, mostly natural pond.  They were joined by two female Buffleheads and the female Common Goldeneye was out in the middle by herself.  Oddly, I did not notice any Coots or Pied-billed Grebes., though I did see one Common Gallinule. 

A good number of Rough-winged Swallows were flying over the large pond.  One Violet-green or Tree Swallow was there, also.

The Yellow-rumped Warblers were mostly missing this last week, but today I had a group of 4--6 on the west side of the pond and another 4-6 at the gate to the private Seven Hills School.

Early this week the Canada Geese had four yellow goslings at the concrete pond.  Yesterday and today there was a family of 3.  Don't know if it is the same family or not; the River Otters are ever present, one was in the concrete pond yesterday.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek