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Allen's Hummingbirds

Mike Shannon
 

I have two pair of Allen's Hummers at my feeder.  I am in Palomares Hills, east of Castro Valley.

Mike Shannon



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-------- Original message --------
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4@...>
Date: 3/29/20 11:15 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: East Bay Bird Sightings <EBB-Sightings@groups.io>
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] local interest--Oakland Rose Garden and Piedmont Park

Hello EBBers,
I enjoyed a nice birdy walk around my neighborhood yesterday, starting at Morcom Rose Garden. Highlight there was my first of season (FOS) BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, a bright male chattering and foraging at the top of a live oak with a flock of crowned sparrows. The tree was along the perimeter path just below Vernon St. I also enjoyed watching a pair of Black Phoebes courting each other on the eave of an adjacent apartment building. The birds perched next to each other within about 3 feet and both birds repeatedly pumped their tails and fluttered their wings. One bird (the male?) repeatedly fluttered up and over the other bird, to land about 3 feet away on the opposite side.


My travels took me through Piedmont Park, where I ended up in front of Wildwood Elementary School. This spot is consistently birdy and yesterday I was treated to a singing CASSIN'S VIREO. I first heard it singing in the conifers behind 306 Wildwood. It then flew across the street to some conifers between the school  and the park entrance, and then back across the street. I got a glimpse of the bird showing its spectacles and 2 wingbars. Also on my walk through the park, I heard my FOS Pacific-sloped Flycatcher.


In general, migration activity seems to be picking up and hormones are definitely flowing. Local residents are in full song. Over the course of my morning walk, I counted 10 Townsend's Warblers, all singing. Still good numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers around, Hermit Thrush and crowned sparrows still hanging around.

Ruby-crowned Kinglets are singing and they appear to be staging for a push north. I counted 4 kinglets in one tree at the Wildwood entrance to Piedmont Park.

I encountered multiple flocks of Cedar Waxwings along my walk, the biggest numbering a couple dozen. Also Pine Siskin flocks along Oakland Ave about HIghland Ave and on Wildwood Ave. The siskins and waxwings are going for the buds or seeds from the sycamore and liquidambar street trees.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland


local interest--Oakland Rose Garden and Piedmont Park

Bruce Mast
 

Hello EBBers,
I enjoyed a nice birdy walk around my neighborhood yesterday, starting at Morcom Rose Garden. Highlight there was my first of season (FOS) BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, a bright male chattering and foraging at the top of a live oak with a flock of crowned sparrows. The tree was along the perimeter path just below Vernon St. I also enjoyed watching a pair of Black Phoebes courting each other on the eave of an adjacent apartment building. The birds perched next to each other within about 3 feet and both birds repeatedly pumped their tails and fluttered their wings. One bird (the male?) repeatedly fluttered up and over the other bird, to land about 3 feet away on the opposite side.


My travels took me through Piedmont Park, where I ended up in front of Wildwood Elementary School. This spot is consistently birdy and yesterday I was treated to a singing CASSIN'S VIREO. I first heard it singing in the conifers behind 306 Wildwood. It then flew across the street to some conifers between the school  and the park entrance, and then back across the street. I got a glimpse of the bird showing its spectacles and 2 wingbars. Also on my walk through the park, I heard my FOS Pacific-sloped Flycatcher.


In general, migration activity seems to be picking up and hormones are definitely flowing. Local residents are in full song. Over the course of my morning walk, I counted 10 Townsend's Warblers, all singing. Still good numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers around, Hermit Thrush and crowned sparrows still hanging around.

Ruby-crowned Kinglets are singing and they appear to be staging for a push north. I counted 4 kinglets in one tree at the Wildwood entrance to Piedmont Park.

I encountered multiple flocks of Cedar Waxwings along my walk, the biggest numbering a couple dozen. Also Pine Siskin flocks along Oakland Ave about HIghland Ave and on Wildwood Ave. The siskins and waxwings are going for the buds or seeds from the sycamore and liquidambar street trees.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland


Re: Reply to Sender instead of Reply to Group

jskincora@...
 

Hi,
Could you help me leave this group, please?.

Thanks.
Jan Stafford 


On Friday, March 27, 2020, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:
Dear All,

Thank you for the reminder.  I think about half of the messages sent on this listserv for the last week have either been intended only for the original poster, or probably they should have been.  I have been intending to fix this.

Effective now, I have changed the settings for the group.  Now when you reply to a message the default will be to send a private reply to the sender.  If you wish to reply to the group (which is certainly encouraged where appropriate), then you will need to hit Reply All.

I believe that EBB-Sightings was always an outlier, and that all of the other birding listservs that I am involved with have Reply to Sender as the default.

Let’s keep group responses “on target” vis a vis bird sightings and relevant information.

Once again:

Reply: To the original poster
Reply All: To the group + the original poster.

Thanks,


Aaron Maizlish
Your stay-at-home moderator







Crossbills continue

Jerry Britten
 

After several days of only hearing them overhead, this morning 4 red crossbills dropped down again to our feeders.  They sound like type 2.  Otherwise the usual birds, except for 2 white-crowned sparrows which are uncommon here at 800+ ft elevation, with only one or two coming around on occasion in the spring and fall.
Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory


Saturday morning in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Taking a nap on the sofa will be a given, today.  But at 6:30 a White-crowned Sparrow was already feeding on some seeds in our patio.  The space is flooded with light from the kitchen, while I look through another window with no lights.  Sometimes I think they know that when the lights are on, seeds will be available.  Yawn, it looks to be damp out there, and I hear the sofa calling.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Reply to Sender instead of Reply to Group

Paul Schorr
 

Aaron,

Thank you so much for your immediate attention to my concern.  And thank you for accepting the role of moderator.  Much appreciated.

Stay safe.

Paul Schorr
Former President, MDAS


On Mar 27, 2020, at 3:24 PM, Aaron Maizlish <amm.birdlists@...> wrote:

Dear All,

Thank you for the reminder.  I think about half of the messages sent on this listserv for the last week have either been intended only for the original poster, or probably they should have been.  I have been intending to fix this.

Effective now, I have changed the settings for the group.  Now when you reply to a message the default will be to send a private reply to the sender.  If you wish to reply to the group (which is certainly encouraged where appropriate), then you will need to hit Reply All.

I believe that EBB-Sightings was always an outlier, and that all of the other birding listservs that I am involved with have Reply to Sender as the default.

Let’s keep group responses “on target” vis a vis bird sightings and relevant information.

Once again:

Reply: To the original poster
Reply All: To the group + the original poster.

Thanks,


Aaron Maizlish
Your stay-at-home moderator








Re: Greater Roadrunner in Richmond !

Michaela F.
 

Posted to eBird?

On Mar 27, 2020, at 4:59 PM, blofbern1 <berniker@...> wrote:

Mid-afternoon today, on San Joaquin Street (I-80 frontage road) between Imperial Avenue and Tehama Avenue (37.9106,-122.3179), in the street, on the sidewalk, and in driveways. A few fair photos and a few seconds of video that captured it running. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/KyNw2CaoCFMGDKB88>
Ken Berniker, El Cerrito


Greater Roadrunner in Richmond !

blofbern1
 

Mid-afternoon today, on San Joaquin Street (I-80 frontage road) between Imperial Avenue and Tehama Avenue (37.9106,-122.3179), in the street, on the sidewalk, and in driveways. A few fair photos and a few seconds of video that captured it running. <https://photos.app.goo.gl/KyNw2CaoCFMGDKB88>
Ken Berniker, El Cerrito


Re: Update on parks restricted access due to overcrowding

Susana dT
 


Reply to Sender instead of Reply to Group

Aaron Maizlish
 

Dear All,

Thank you for the reminder.  I think about half of the messages sent on this listserv for the last week have either been intended only for the original poster, or probably they should have been.  I have been intending to fix this.

Effective now, I have changed the settings for the group.  Now when you reply to a message the default will be to send a private reply to the sender.  If you wish to reply to the group (which is certainly encouraged where appropriate), then you will need to hit Reply All.

I believe that EBB-Sightings was always an outlier, and that all of the other birding listservs that I am involved with have Reply to Sender as the default.

Let’s keep group responses “on target” vis a vis bird sightings and relevant information.

Once again:

Reply: To the original poster
Reply All: To the group + the original poster.

Thanks,


Aaron Maizlish
Your stay-at-home moderator







Re: Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek Friday morning

Paul Schorr
 

Sorry folks, this message was supposed to be sent privately.  This issue needs to be addressed because in the past it was not a problem.

Paul Schorr


On Mar 27, 2020, at 2:59 PM, Paul Schorr <pkschorr@...> wrote:

Hugh,

We had planned to go for a birding walk today, but after breakfast my stomach went south.  After I felt better, it was still cool and very windy so we decided not to go.  Instead we finished watching “Ladies in Lavender,” a movie that we started last night.  It was very good and we recommend it if you have not seen it.

It seems that many of our yard birds have departed, although I did go back to the cotoneaster shrubs to see if a hawk was hiding there.  Sure enough, when I got close it flew off.  Often the scenario when the birds are absent.  We will miss the cheery songs of the WCSP and the beautiful male American Goldfinches.  The berries are gone from the shrubs, so the Cedar Waxwings probably won’t be returning.  Two days ago we had a male Quail on our fence and it repeatedly called so loudly, like it expected others to be close by.   Wish that we had them as regular yard birds.

Paul


On Mar 27, 2020, at 9:10 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:

I am still trying to warm my hands, it was a chilly morning.  That may be why I missed a few birds which have been present the last week.  That, and I went a little earlier than usual. 

The Merlin was perched in the conifer west of the dog park before 8 AM.  It was not there after I made my ride around the park. 

I have not seen any of the 4 ducklings present early in the week, nor did I see the goslings which seemed to go from four, to three to two.  There were still at least 30 Ring-necked Ducks and the female Common Goldeneye.

Today was a 4-swallow day--Barn, Rough-winged, Violet-green and two Cliff Swallows at the concrete channel of Walnut Creek, where the Contra Costa Canal trail crosses it. 

But it was probably too cold to see the Western Bluebirds north of the equestrian parking lot, and I failed to find the Flickers I have seen here.  In fact, I did not have any woodpeckers this morning, though I did make a fairly quick circuit.  At least there were two displaying Tom Turkeys on the Hale property just before the entrance to the private Seven Hills School.  These two guys were just standing with their tails fanned, not even facing each other.

No Tropical Kingbird for me again today, like I said, it is pretty cold out there.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Re: Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek Friday morning

Paul Schorr
 

Hugh,

We had planned to go for a birding walk today, but after breakfast my stomach went south.  After I felt better, it was still cool and very windy so we decided not to go.  Instead we finished watching “Ladies in Lavender,” a movie that we started last night.  It was very good and we recommend it if you have not seen it.

It seems that many of our yard birds have departed, although I did go back to the cotoneaster shrubs to see if a hawk was hiding there.  Sure enough, when I got close it flew off.  Often the scenario when the birds are absent.  We will miss the cheery songs of the WCSP and the beautiful male American Goldfinches.  The berries are gone from the shrubs, so the Cedar Waxwings probably won’t be returning.  Two days ago we had a male Quail on our fence and it repeatedly called so loudly, like it expected others to be close by.   Wish that we had them as regular yard birds.

Paul


On Mar 27, 2020, at 9:10 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:

I am still trying to warm my hands, it was a chilly morning.  That may be why I missed a few birds which have been present the last week.  That, and I went a little earlier than usual. 

The Merlin was perched in the conifer west of the dog park before 8 AM.  It was not there after I made my ride around the park. 

I have not seen any of the 4 ducklings present early in the week, nor did I see the goslings which seemed to go from four, to three to two.  There were still at least 30 Ring-necked Ducks and the female Common Goldeneye.

Today was a 4-swallow day--Barn, Rough-winged, Violet-green and two Cliff Swallows at the concrete channel of Walnut Creek, where the Contra Costa Canal trail crosses it. 

But it was probably too cold to see the Western Bluebirds north of the equestrian parking lot, and I failed to find the Flickers I have seen here.  In fact, I did not have any woodpeckers this morning, though I did make a fairly quick circuit.  At least there were two displaying Tom Turkeys on the Hale property just before the entrance to the private Seven Hills School.  These two guys were just standing with their tails fanned, not even facing each other.

No Tropical Kingbird for me again today, like I said, it is pretty cold out there.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Update on parks restricted access due to overcrowding

Susana dT
 

Info for your weekend planning:
"As of 8am this morning, Mount Diablo State Park is temporarily closed to vehicles on all roads indefinitely. In addition, the parking lots at Mitchell Canyon and Macedo Ranch are closed. Hikers, runners, equestrians and bicyclists are still permitted to access the Park. Please note that further restrictions are possible. The full press release on this closure is below."
https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30350

If you are thinking of going out of our area the same is going on in other counties. I suggest going on-line to check out closures before going out.

"To reduce the potential public spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Solano County Parks and the Solano Land Trust have decided to close the following publicly accessible areas, including:
Belden's Landing Water Access Facility
Sandy Beach County Park
Lake Solano County Park
Rush Ranch Open Space
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park
Jepson Prairie Open Space

Looks like car birding will be the option for the weekend.
Safe birding
Susana


Re: Exciting birds

Alan Bade
 

Nice finds! Expect trouble with ebird reviewers on that chicken....

We've had a pair of Red shouldered hawks and a pair of white tailed kites off and on in our area. They perch in the tall trees nearby and get mobbed by the neighborhood crows. One of the Red-shouldered was in our tree holding the back half of a rat and screaming to its' mate (for credit?) before it flew off. A visible reason to ban rat poisons!

The Swainson's was nice to hear about. On 3/11, we saw a group of 6 to 8 raptors circling high over Mt Wanda at the John Muir Historic site. They were too high to identify, but seemed a little smaller than red tails. At the time I wondered if they could have been early Swainson's. (Too early?)

I follow the Borrego Valley Swainson's hawk watch near Anza Borrego, CA. They are speculating that many of the Swainson's that migrate through the valley might be further east, following a flower (and caterpillar) bloom in Arizona instead. It was wetter over there this winter. They've seen numbers drop off from their usual. Anyone interested in their Swainson migration can check it out here;

Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill

On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 12:38 AM Susana dT <trapaga@...> wrote:
I found a chicken in my freezer! This is a very good find considering the shelter in place, good save from going to the store.
Another exciting bird: the Swainson's Hawks are back. I went to Jersey Island, Contra Costa Co. I drove on Jersey Is. Rd. and by the Taylor Slough where I saw the Swainson's and a juvenile Bald Eagle landing with prey. It worked on it for at least 45 mins while patient Turkey Vultures waited for the left overs. I made a brief stop at Marsh Creek Regional Trail at Monet Dr, Oakley and spotted an Osprey with fish in its talons flying high. Pretty good car birding on a chilly windy day.
Photos and video here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/albums/72157713640408956
Susana


Re: Exciting birds

seanrocks
 

Score!

-------- Original message --------
From: Susana dT <trapaga@...>
Date: 3/27/20 00:38 (GMT-08:00)
To: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Exciting birds

I found a chicken in my freezer! This is a very good find considering the shelter in place, good save from going to the store.
Another exciting bird: the Swainson's Hawks are back. I went to Jersey Island, Contra Costa Co. I drove on Jersey Is. Rd. and by the Taylor Slough where I saw the Swainson's and a juvenile Bald Eagle landing with prey. It worked on it for at least 45 mins while patient Turkey Vultures waited for the left overs. I made a brief stop at Marsh Creek Regional Trail at Monet Dr, Oakley and spotted an Osprey with fish in its talons flying high. Pretty good car birding on a chilly windy day.
Photos and video here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/albums/72157713640408956
Susana



Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek Friday morning

rosita94598
 

I am still trying to warm my hands, it was a chilly morning.  That may be why I missed a few birds which have been present the last week.  That, and I went a little earlier than usual. 

The Merlin was perched in the conifer west of the dog park before 8 AM.  It was not there after I made my ride around the park. 

I have not seen any of the 4 ducklings present early in the week, nor did I see the goslings which seemed to go from four, to three to two.  There were still at least 30 Ring-necked Ducks and the female Common Goldeneye.

Today was a 4-swallow day--Barn, Rough-winged, Violet-green and two Cliff Swallows at the concrete channel of Walnut Creek, where the Contra Costa Canal trail crosses it. 

But it was probably too cold to see the Western Bluebirds north of the equestrian parking lot, and I failed to find the Flickers I have seen here.  In fact, I did not have any woodpeckers this morning, though I did make a fairly quick circuit.  At least there were two displaying Tom Turkeys on the Hale property just before the entrance to the private Seven Hills School.  These two guys were just standing with their tails fanned, not even facing each other.

No Tropical Kingbird for me again today, like I said, it is pretty cold out there.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Exciting birds

Curtis Stuteville
 

Loved your opening line!

-----Original Message-----
From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Susana dT
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:38 AM
To: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Exciting birds

I found a chicken in my freezer! This is a very good find considering the shelter in place, good save from going to the store.
Another exciting bird: the Swainson's Hawks are back. I went to Jersey Island, Contra Costa Co. I drove on Jersey Is. Rd. and by the Taylor Slough where I saw the Swainson's and a juvenile Bald Eagle landing with prey. It worked on it for at least 45 mins while patient Turkey Vultures waited for the left overs. I made a brief stop at Marsh Creek Regional Trail at Monet Dr, Oakley and spotted an Osprey with fish in its talons flying high. Pretty good car birding on a chilly windy day.
Photos and video here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/albums/72157713640408956
Susana


Exciting birds

Susana dT
 

I found a chicken in my freezer! This is a very good find considering the shelter in place, good save from going to the store.
Another exciting bird: the Swainson's Hawks are back. I went to Jersey Island, Contra Costa Co. I drove on Jersey Is. Rd. and by the Taylor Slough where I saw the Swainson's and a juvenile Bald Eagle landing with prey. It worked on it for at least 45 mins while patient Turkey Vultures waited for the left overs. I made a brief stop at Marsh Creek Regional Trail at Monet Dr, Oakley and spotted an Osprey with fish in its talons flying high. Pretty good car birding on a chilly windy day.
Photos and video here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/albums/72157713640408956
Susana


Lark Sparrow @ Lake Chabot

Mike Shannon
 

Took a circuit walk along the East Shore and saw a very large bird dive for the water, at first we thought it might be a Bald Eagle but as we watched it we just could not see any sign of the white head, thus we decided it must be an Osprey, but maybe a juvenile Bald. And then Cameron Loop trail to Ten Hills Trail to the Nike site where we were rewarded with a pair of Lark Sparrow.

Lots of Junco and a few Oak Titmouse and Goldfinch. Also White Crowned, Golden Crowned and Song Sparrow, California Towhee, Pacific Coast Flycatcher (heard but not seen), crows, coots, Canada Geese, Double Crested Cormorant, a few Bufflehead. I heard the Bewicks Wrens but never saw them. A Red Tailed Hawk was about. Didn't see or hear any Yellow Rumped or Wilsons Warblers or Spotted Towhee but they had to be around somewhere.

Mike Shannon
Castro Valley


Re: Gold Gorget on a Hummingbird??

Lorrie Klosterman
 

I have also seen the flash of gold, when a perched male Anna's looked directly at me. It was a gorgeous fleeting moment at just the right sun-angle from an otherwise pink gorget :D

Lorrie K.
Berkeley


On Wed, Mar 25, 2020, 9:41 PM Hilary Powers <hilary@...> wrote:
On 3/25/2020 2:38 PM, Ralph McKinnon via Groups.Io wrote:
> Possible pollen accumulation on it's gorget?

Pollen can be gold... but not the sort of hyper-reflective metallic gold
this little guy displayed. It was what I've been reminded is properly
called "structural color" but I tend to think of as "sun color" - color
evoked by light rather than intrinsic to the substance on view.

I gather it's common for Anna's Hummingbirds to show gold instead of
red, but I'd never seen it before, or red of the shade of this one's
forehead and central gorget either. The world is still full of new
wonders....

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