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Bald Eagle - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 3/25

Paul Schorr
 

At 1:30 today Nancy and I watched an adult Bald Eagle soaring over Contra Loma Reservoir, probably in search of a recently planted trout.

In addition to the expected species, we also spotted an Orange-crowned Warbler and a Lincoln’s Sparrow.

Good birding and stay safe.

Paul Schorr
Antioch


COVID-19 Park Closures and Parking Restrictions

Bruce Mast
 

In case you're not subscribed to EBRP newsletter, some updated information to help you plan your next birding mental health outing.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: East Bay Regional Park District <pubaffs@...>
Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 5:17 PM
Subject: COVID-19 Park Closures and Parking Restrictions
To: <cathrasher4@...>


PARK DISTRICT ANNOUNCES COVID-19 PARK CLOSURES & PARKING RESTRICTIONS TO LIMIT OVERCROWDING, ADDRESS PUBLIC & STAFF SAFETY
Check for Closures at EBParks.org/Coronavirus
The East Bay Regional Park District has announced park area closures to limit overcrowding and public safety. This past weekend, the Park District saw more people in parks than on a busy holiday.

Ways the public can help keep parks open include:
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from other people
  • No picnicking, groups, gatherings, or meetups (only immediate households should be together)
  • Pack-in, pack-out trash, including dog poop bags (there is no trash collection during COVID-19)

The list below of parks, developed park areas, parking lots, and entrance points will be closed beginning Friday, March 27, 2020, through Thursday, April 30, 2020. For up-to-date closure info visit www.ebparks.org/coronavirus.

All picnic areas, restrooms, water fountains, swim facilities/areas, playgrounds, campgrounds, group campsites, backcountry campsites, sports fields, kiosks, and reservable facilities are closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
 

NEW CLOSURES BEGINNING FRIDAY, MARCH 27:
  • Black Diamond Mines – Upper Parking Lot Closed (Parking available at Sidney Flat)
  • Castle Rock Recreation Area Closed
  • Contra Loma Closed (Trails Open from Frederickson Lane)
  • Crown Beach – Otis Parking Lot Closed (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Del Valle Closed (Trail Access from Arroyo Staging Area Only)
  • Diablo Foothills Closed (Limited Parking for Trail Access)
  • Garin/Dry Creek – Meyer's Garden Closed
  • Point Isabel – Main Parking Area Closed (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park – Redwood Road Gate Closed
  • Piedmont Stables (Boarders Allowed to Care for Horses)
  • Roberts Regional Recreation Main Park Area Closed (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Shadow Cliffs Closed (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve – Tunnel Road Entrance Closed (All Other Access Points Open)
  • Sunol Regional Wilderness Closed
  • Tilden Botanic Garden – Garden Closed
 
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PREVIOUS CLOSURES (STILL IN EFFECT):
 
Anthony Chabot Closures
  • Marciel Gate
  • Chabot Equestrian Center Parking Lot (Boarders Allowed for Care for Horses)
  • Skyline Stables (Boarders Allowed for Care for Horses)
 
Ardenwood Closures
  • Ardenwood Closed
 
Bay Point Shoreline Closures
  • Closed Due to Construction
 
Big Break Closures
  • Big Break Visitor Center
 
Black Diamond Closures
  • Mine Closed
  • Sidney Flats Visitor Center
  • Greathouse Visitor Center
 
Briones Closures
  • Bear Creek Staging Area
 
Regional Trails Closures
  • Lafayette-Moraga Old Moraga Ranch Trail (Closed due to Landslide)
 
Coyote Hills Closures
  • Main Parking Lots
  • Coyote Hills Visitor Center
 
Crown Beach Closures
  • McKay Parking Lot (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Crab Cove Visitor Center
 
Del Valle Closures
  • Del Valle Visitor Center
 
Garin/Dry Creek/Pioneer Closures       
  • Visitor Center
  • Apple Orchard
 
Lake Chabot Closures
  • Boat Ramp (No Boating/No Quagga Inspection)
 
Lake Temescal Closures
  • South Parking Lot
 
Leona Canyon Closures
  • Main Staging Area
 
MLK Shoreline Closures
  • Tidewater Staging Area
  • Tidewater Outdoor Recreation Office
  • Tidewater Oakland Strokes Operations
 
Quarry Lakes Closures
  • Boat Ramp (No Boating/No Quagga Inspection)
 
Sunol Closures
  • Sunol Visitor Center
 
Tidewater Closures (See MLK Shoreline)
  • All Areas Closed
 
Tilden Closures
  • All Picnic Areas Along Lake Anza and Brook roads
  • Fern Picnic Area Parking
  • Indian Camp Parking Lot, Playground, and Picnic Area
  • Lone Oak Parking Area
  • Lakeview Parking Lot
  • Mineral Springs Parking Lot - No Trails
  • Lake Anza Road and Parking Area
  • Tilden Golf Course
  • Golf Course Gated Lot (Bottom Half)
  • Steam Trains/Golden Gate Live Steamers
  • Merry-Go-Round
  • Native Here Nursery
  • South Park Drive (Continued Newt Closure Past April 1)
 
Tilden Botanic Garden Closures
  • Botanic Garden Visitor Center
 
Tilden Nature Area Closures     
  • Tilden Nature Area Closed (Walk-In Access Only)
  • Tilden Little Farm
  • Environmental Education Center
  • Indian Camp Parking Lot
 
Wildcat Canyon Closures
  • Walk-In Entrance Trail into the Alvarado Picnic Area
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Re: Gold Gorget on a Hummingbird??

Jim Hargrove
 

The color of the gorget can change depending on the angle of the sun. Also, the male can adjust the feathers of the gorget to change the color. The very first Anna's Hummingbird I saw was on a Christmas Count in Texas. It was a stake-out. We went to a house where they had a feeder and saw "a big hummingbird with red/gold color on the head and throat."


The Other Jim Hargrove  
Email: neoscona@...


On Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 2:39 PM Ralph McKinnon via Groups.Io <mckinnon_ralph=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Possible pollen accumulation on it's gorget?




On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 2:11 PM, Hilary Powers <hilary@...> wrote:

On 3/25/2020 2:00 PM, Hilary Powers wrote:
>
> The overall shape was right for Anna's. Anything else it could be?

Nope. The next thing I looked at after sending this message was the
March Audubon newsletter, with a picture of an Anna's Hummingbird
flashing gold from the sides of the gorget at the top of the first
screen.....

--
~            Hilary Powers - Hilary@... - Oakland CA          ~
~        Needle Felted Sculpture - Real and Fantasy Creatures        ~



Re: Gold Gorget on a Hummingbird??

Ralph McKinnon
 

Possible pollen accumulation on it's gorget?




On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 2:11 PM, Hilary Powers <hilary@...> wrote:

On 3/25/2020 2:00 PM, Hilary Powers wrote:
>
> The overall shape was right for Anna's. Anything else it could be?

Nope. The next thing I looked at after sending this message was the
March Audubon newsletter, with a picture of an Anna's Hummingbird
flashing gold from the sides of the gorget at the top of the first
screen.....

--
~            Hilary Powers - Hilary@... - Oakland CA          ~
~  www.salamanderfeltworks.com; www.Etsy.com/shop/SalamanderFeltworks ~
~        Needle Felted Sculpture - Real and Fantasy Creatures        ~


Re: Gold Gorget on a Hummingbird??

Hilary Powers
 

On 3/25/2020 2:00 PM, Hilary Powers wrote:

The overall shape was right for Anna's. Anything else it could be?
Nope. The next thing I looked at after sending this message was the March Audubon newsletter, with a picture of an Anna's Hummingbird flashing gold from the sides of the gorget at the top of the first screen.....

--
~ Hilary Powers - Hilary@... - Oakland CA ~
~ www.salamanderfeltworks.com; www.Etsy.com/shop/SalamanderFeltworks ~
~ Needle Felted Sculpture - Real and Fantasy Creatures ~


Gold Gorget on a Hummingbird??

Hilary Powers
 

I walked down to Lake Merritt this morning for the regular (if cancelled) 4th-Wednesday GGAS walk, so as to write my usual column - and get out into the fresh air. Unlike some of the park-crowd pics loading the internet, people there were being good about social distance, I'm pleased to report.

Anyway, one of the hummingbirds was odd. I couldn't get a decent look at his back - he was facing me and silhouetted against the sky, but his forehead and the central part of his gorget were crimson rather than magenta, and the sides of the gorget were bright metallic gold. I never saw anything like it... but it was all sun-color, and I know how unpredictable that can be.

The overall shape was right for Anna's. Anything else it could be?

--
~ Hilary Powers - Hilary@... - Oakland CA ~
~ www.salamanderfeltworks.com; www.Etsy.com/shop/SalamanderFeltworks ~
~ Needle Felted Sculpture - Real and Fantasy Creatures ~


FOS in our backyard

marilynwojcik@...
 

We live in Concord, close to the Pavilion and usually have a wide variety of backyard birds. On Sunday we heard our first Brown-headed Cowbird so I quickly put up the oriole feeder. Sure enough the next day a Bullock's Oriole showed up at the feeder and then the day after the Hooded came in. All males, I haven't seen a female yet. We also had a couple of Rufus at the feeders, not near as many as we usually see. On Saturday when it was nice and warm here we saw a Black-throated Gray Warbler working the oaks. Also the 4 CA Quail showed up just in time, 2 males and 2 females.
Stay Safe!
Marilyn Wojcik


Re: New Rules and Guidelines for East Bay Birds

EBB-Archivist
 

For a broader look at birding ethics, check out the upcoming April article on The Bird Wide Web:

http://birdwideweb.com/2020-04-article.php
(non-commercial)

Dal Leite
Walnut Creek


Huge flock of Cedar Waxwings

David Robinson
 

Late afternoon yesterday, taking a walk in the Highland Park neighborhood of Oakland (not far from where I live), I came across the largest flock of Cedar Waxwings I've ever seen:  I counted 175 of them, perched in a tree as the rain ended.

Here's the link to my ebird list.

I've seen somewhat smaller flocks in the neighborhood at a similar time of day in the past week or two, feeding on what I think are peppertree berries. 

David Robinson
Oakland 

Even


Apologies mis-send

judisierra
 

Not following my own advice of copy and paste. That was to Aaron.


Re: New owner/moderator for East Bay Birds

judisierra
 

Good guidelines. I would add if banding initials are used (IMO should be highly discouraged) that full name of the bird must be mentioned first. Also if for some reason you send out any other general messages you might mention that most current park closures are posted on Park agency, County's and/or cities, Park or Public health websites. Just from incidental reports here it seems some of the EBRPD parking lots are closed.


On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 11:08:14 PM PDT, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:


Hello friends and fellow birders,

I am working with Mt. Diablo Audubon Society to assume some of the moderator responsibilities for the EBB-Sightings listserv.  I’m not sure if this is a temporary or permanent assignment, so we shall see how it goes.

As you probably have noticed, the listservs have seen declining use over the last several years, probably due to the rise of other social media communications and to the fragmented nature of the birding community in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. That decline has reversed sharply in the last few weeks! So let’s keep it going!  Now that we are all stuck at home on the internet, this is a good time to build some community bonds, even if it has to be done remotely for now.

In the next e-mail I will share with you a new set of common-sense rules and guidelines for the group.  Please feel free to reply to me privately if you have suggestions or additions that you think may be helpful.

And lastly, a few words about the current stay-at-home orders.  I would prefer that we not discuss and debate the orders any further.  As of today, folks are allowed to go outside for exercise provided that they are alone or with family members and are maintaining social distance. Authorities have been responding to the appearance of unsafe crowds by admonishing people to “stay close to home”.  You have the responsibility to decide for yourself what feels safe to you and what feels reasonable in light of a rapidly changing situation, where parks are closing and orders may change from day to day.  Stay at home if that feels best or go outdoors safely if that feels best. Let’s please keep this list focused on birds and not on policing one another.

I’m new at the list owner/moderator thing, so I may be a bit slow to address administrative problems, but I’ll try to learn quickly.  You can reach me privately at amm.birdlists@... or aaron.maizlish@...

For the birds!

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco/Emeryville


New Rules and Guidelines for East Bay Birds

Aaron Maizlish
 

Thank you for being a member of EBB-Sightings, “East Bay Birding”. East Bay Birding is a list service to report interesting and rare bird sightings in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Because this service goes out to more than 1,000 community members, there are a few rules:

DO’S
• Report timely sightings of rare birds that you feel are of community interest. Your description must include specific information about the location. Do not assume that everyone knows which hotspot or park you are referring to.
• Submit trip reports, day reports and other write-ups of birding outings in the region.
• Report interesting local birds, yard birds, first-of-season birds or other observations that you find interesting.
• Include links to eBird reports when applicable.
• Brief discussions about the birds is encouraged for the purposes of requesting or providing additional insight into sightings, identification tips, locations, or general background information. Lengthy discussion may be cut off by the moderator if it becomes too specific for the community-at-large.
• Always include your full name and city of residence at the end of your post.

DON’TS
• No commercial messages or advertisements for bird-related activities. Bird walks may be announced once, and pelagic trips/charters may be advertised. For everything else, you are requested to post to the Bay Area Events listserv.
• No photos or attachments for the time being. You may include links to photos in eBird, Flickr or other internet sites.
• No posting of out-of-area sightings.

ETHICS
• Do not insult, belittle, or attack other members by email. It doesn’t matter who is right or wrong – ad hominem attacks will result in a ban from the list.
• We seek to build up the community of birders not to divide it. Before any disagreement becomes negative, ask yourself whether your response needs to be seen by 1,000+ people, and then send your message privately, not publicly.
• Jokes or other references to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and politics ALWAYS offend somebody. Just don’t do it, no matter how funny you think it is.
• Posts that encourage others to violate the ABA Code of Birding Ethics, including trespassing, will be sanctioned and removed.
• Please do not post the exact locations of nests.
• Please do not post the exact locations of day-roosting owls, this upsets many members of the community.
• Please do not post the locations of Sensitive Species, where such visitation by birders could have an adverse impact.
• When in doubt, first consider the welfare of the bird.

EBB-Sightings is a service provided by the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society for the enjoyment and education of the East Bay birding community. Please see http://www.mtdiabloaudubon.org for further information about us, our mission, activities and to join Mt. Diablo Audubon. To view the list archives, set up a vacation hold, change your email address, change other settings or to unsubscribe please go to https://groups.io/g/EBB-Sightings/ or follow the links at the bottom of every message.


New owner/moderator for East Bay Birds

Aaron Maizlish
 

Hello friends and fellow birders,

I am working with Mt. Diablo Audubon Society to assume some of the moderator responsibilities for the EBB-Sightings listserv. I’m not sure if this is a temporary or permanent assignment, so we shall see how it goes.

As you probably have noticed, the listservs have seen declining use over the last several years, probably due to the rise of other social media communications and to the fragmented nature of the birding community in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. That decline has reversed sharply in the last few weeks! So let’s keep it going! Now that we are all stuck at home on the internet, this is a good time to build some community bonds, even if it has to be done remotely for now.

In the next e-mail I will share with you a new set of common-sense rules and guidelines for the group. Please feel free to reply to me privately if you have suggestions or additions that you think may be helpful.

And lastly, a few words about the current stay-at-home orders. I would prefer that we not discuss and debate the orders any further. As of today, folks are allowed to go outside for exercise provided that they are alone or with family members and are maintaining social distance. Authorities have been responding to the appearance of unsafe crowds by admonishing people to “stay close to home”. You have the responsibility to decide for yourself what feels safe to you and what feels reasonable in light of a rapidly changing situation, where parks are closing and orders may change from day to day. Stay at home if that feels best or go outdoors safely if that feels best. Let’s please keep this list focused on birds and not on policing one another.

I’m new at the list owner/moderator thing, so I may be a bit slow to address administrative problems, but I’ll try to learn quickly. You can reach me privately at amm.birdlists@... or aaron.maizlish@...

For the birds!

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco/Emeryville


Rufous Hummingbird - Antioch yard - 3/24

Paul Schorr
 

Around noon today, Nancy spotted a stunning male Rufous Hummingbird at one of our feeders.  I was in the computer room and quickly came to check it out, but just as I got my binoculars on the bird it flew away. I did manage to get good views during its flight.  Later this afternoon, a female Selasphorus hummingbird  (likely a Rufous) has been repeatedly coming to our feeders as well.

In addition, for the past week there have been about 25 or more Cedar Waxwings feeding on the berries of our cotoneaster shrubs.  I watched one individual consume 8 berries before flying off.  Now, after their ravenous feeding, the shrubs are almost bare of fruit.

The large flock of American Goldfinches that have been regular yard birds this winter, have decreased in number; however, the remaining males are developing their brilliant breeding plumage and are very impressive.

Good birding and stay safe.

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Re: It is winter and It is spring in Walnut Creek Tuesday

judisierra
 

This is not appropriate for a group response.

To reply to an individual via email requires copy and paste of their email address otherwise it goes to the group.
On the groups website, personal replies are a gray button to the right that says "private"



On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 12:37:24 PM PDT, Bev via Groups.Io <slakewings@...> wrote:


Is Heather Farms open to distant bird watching then?  I keep wanting to go....

Bev



-----Original Message-----
From: Lois Olmstead <Lois@...>
To: EBB-Sightings <EBB-Sightings@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Mar 24, 2020 12:15 pm
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] It is winter and It is spring in Walnut Creek Tuesday

Thank you for your reports.  I really enjoy them. 
I’m going to see if I can find that Merlin! 

Lois Olmstead
Lafayette 


On Mar 24, 2020, at 10:18 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


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: tropical Kingbird Heather Farm Walnut Creek Tuesday

artbum@aol.com
 

DH(Darling Hubby) came to get me this morning after his morning walk at Heather Farm  To see the Tropical Kingbird. [ Hi Hugh!🙂]  The Tropical Kingbird was present in the rose garden area ~9:45 am in the trees looking from the Children's Garden toward the trees going uphill.  Also saw the Gallinule in the reed edge looking left from the boatramp.
Heather Farm is open at this time, just not the swimming pool nor the children's play area.
Bobbie Schmidt,
Walnut Creek, CA


Re: It is winter and It is spring in Walnut Creek Tuesday

Bev
 

Is Heather Farms open to distant bird watching then?  I keep wanting to go....

Bev



-----Original Message-----
From: Lois Olmstead <Lois@...>
To: EBB-Sightings <EBB-Sightings@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Mar 24, 2020 12:15 pm
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] It is winter and It is spring in Walnut Creek Tuesday

Thank you for your reports.  I really enjoy them. 
I’m going to see if I can find that Merlin! 

Lois Olmstead
Lafayette 


On Mar 24, 2020, at 10:18 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


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: It is winter and It is spring in Walnut Creek Tuesday

Lois Olmstead
 

Thank you for your reports.  I really enjoy them. 
I’m going to see if I can find that Merlin! 

Lois Olmstead
Lafayette 


On Mar 24, 2020, at 10:18 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


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


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