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lake merritt sunday, later correction

lwpayne919
 

i did not see a pair of raggedy common mergansers, i saw a pair of raggedy red breasted mergansers

thank you lyla for the correction!

lewis


Plumbeous Vireo

Paul Schorr
 

At 10:30 this morning, we re-found the Plumbeous Vireo that Ethan Monk first reported yesterday. We saw the bird in a small park south of the play structures on Cheshire Dr. in Creekside Park, Brentwood. To get to the viewing area, we walked south of the play structures a couple hundred yards and crossed a small bridge over Marsh Creek. Continuing east to a small neighborhood park with a grove of sycamores, the bird was first heard singing loudly and moving about in the trees. We watched the bird for about fifteen minutes.

Paul Schorr
Antioch


lake merritt sunday, late report

lwpayne919
 

this past sunday, along with the usual wonderful late fall inhabitants, there was a pair of raggedy looking common mergansers on the lakeshore-side of the lake

lewis


Surf Scoters at Arrowhead

Claude Lyneis
 

There were a good variety of Ducks at Arrowhead as the high tide ebbed today (Dec 1). There were three male Surf Scoters and some females mixed in with at least 100 Scaups.  Best photo https://flic.kr/p/2kcxiRA

Others observed, Common Goldeneye, Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, Great Egret. Snow Egret, White-crowned Sparrows, a Black Phoebe, Green-winged Teal, Golden-crowned Sparrows.


Creekside Park (Brentwood) and East County

Ethan Monk
 

As posted earlier, I located a Plumbeous Vireo at Creekside Park in Brentwood off Cheshire Drive. The bird was in view from ~135 to 150 before going missing. Srikant Char and I then relocated it at 210 and we followed it for 5 minutes before it went missing again. Despite people being there until dusk, I do not believe it was seen again. It worked the creek bed's oaks and the sycamores along the concrete path and besides the playground, from the bridge at the N end of the lawn to just a hundred or so feet south of the play structure. It called and sang almost constantly which makes its long absence this evening peculiar. Other notable birds at the park were 2 Tanager, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers (I only saw 1; Char saw 2), 1 Townsend's Warbler, and a couple of siskin and Purple Finch. All around the play area. These are all species that we miss many or most years of the Christmas Bird Count. In other news, at Holland Tract this evening, the ratio of Cackling to White-front was 1:3 (8K dark geese total). Still a decently high ratio for Contra Costa.

Good birding,
Ethan


Re: Springtown Wetlands

Alexander Henry
 

I got several more replies telling me that I was not specific enough about where Springtown Wetlands are. I’m sorry.

They are in Springtown, Livermore, Alameda County, 94551. Easily accessed along Springtown Boulevard at the coordinates I provided, (37.7165225, -121.7480709). These coordinates can be copied and pasted into Google Maps or any other map service. Also if you just search “Springtown Wetlands” on Google that works as well.


Plumbeous Vireo

Ethan Monk
 

Apparent Plumbeous Vireo at Creekside Park in Brentwood off Cheshire Dr. at least a Solitary with no yellow. Would be 4th county record?

Ethan


Claremont canyon summer tanager

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello,

The bright red summer tanager continues at Claremont canyon. This morning it was calling frequently, making it much easier than usual to locate. When I saw it it was high up in eucs uphill of the third switchback.

Happy birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley


Re: Springtown Wetlands

Alexander Henry
 

I got a couple questions about where the Springtown Wetlands are. I usually park on Rhododendron Drive and bird on either side of the Springtown Blvd Bridge, around (37.7165065, -121.7485085).


Springtown Wetlands

Alexander Henry
 

I stopped by Springtown Wetlands this morning to look for a Swamp Sparrow. While I was unsuccessful in that regard, it was still surprisingly productive! I birded only the area west of the Springtown Blvd Bridge.

The highlight was unbelievably good looks at an American Bittern! This was not totally unexpected as I believe Isabelle Reddy saw one here recently, but very cool nonetheless. It was about 50 yards west of the bridge.

Close runners up to the Bittern were 5 Hooded Mergansers (3 beautiful males). Not quite the 14 count Derek Heins reported elsewhere yesterday, but clearly Hooded Mergs are having a moment.

Alex Henry
Berkeley


Re: White-faced Ibis at Coyote Hills

Joe Morlan
 

The WHITE-FACED IBIS was still present in the same area at Coyote Hills
this morning. Mediocre photos here:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=whfibi&view=Grid&subId=S76918704

Dropped pin:

https://goo.gl/maps/sGj2f5Nha9bNpDQJ8

A White-faced Ibis was also at Coyote Hills last winter. Is this the same
bird returning?


On Tue, 29 Sep 2020 22:24:43 +0000 (UTC), "Maureen Lahiff via groups.io"
<MLahiff=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

A non-breeding plumage (or first year) White-faced Ibis was foraging at water's edge.

On the Chocheyno Trail. soon after it forks off the Muskrat Trail,
where there is water on both sides of the trail.

Not that uncommon in fall migration, but perhaps fun for you county birders.

Maureen Lahiff
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Hooded Merganser concentration in Alameda

Derek
 

I had a personal high count of 15 Hooded Mergansers (14 squeezed into one photo) yesterday afternoon in the lagoon off Harbor Bay Parkway just south of the Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal.  This location has been reliable for Hoodies for a few years now, but the population seems to have exploded from the usual less than handful.  

 

Interestingly, that personal high lasted only one day as I saw 24 today on the Yuba River in Yolo County.   I doubt if this trend will continue another day.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76890079

 

Derek Heins


Re: Pacific Commons Linear Park

Stephen T Bird
 

Alex I think we met and maybe pointed something else out to you, at least I recall exchanging names with you, and Dawn and Yvette (who traded their burrowing owl for the dark ferruginous). Thx!

That (tentative) Bells/Sagebrush is mine. I did not bring a camera as I was “on errands” with my first lovely trip to Pacific Commons as a side show. Someone else will have to get out with definitive proof or accept the description for its limitations. I would appreciate suggestions. 

About halfway up the north-south paved trail on the west side, where the white-throated has been spotted (apparently more than one as I saw a tan-striped adult or immature and I was told of a white-striped), I spotted the sparrow in question traveling with yellow-crowned. It immediately struck me due to its dark lateral throat stripes (and their shape)  reminiscent of a diminished five-stripe sparrow but without all the other contrast in in the supercilium, also ruling out what might be a strange lark sparrow. Crucial here it lacked isolated dark spot of the chest making the bells/sagebrush ID questionable. Otherwise it lacked color in crown and wings, ruling out rufous crown and wing (also very unlikely due to size and shape of lateral throat stripes), and was not heavily stripped, otherwise mostly clean breast (including the odd lack of the isolated breast spot) removing any chance of an odd juvenile lark sparrow (also wrong shape overall). The lateral throat stripes did not extend as fully to the beak and were a little splotchy at the upper vertex. I’m actually thinking this is a sagebrush because, with the lateral throat stripes, it was fairly light for what I would expect a bells, and in my sun of more light tans than I still expect of either. Light through uncertain if bright-white eye rings. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Seen <5ft unobstructed,for a good minute, with some “pocket” bushnell 8x32s.


-Stephen

PS I also appreciate the parking discussion. I talked to security and I was given ...unproductive... parking directions.

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 12:14 PM Alexander Henry <awhenry@...> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I swung by Pacific Commons Linear Park today to see the Harris’s Sparrow found last week by Jason Tanner. It seems to be spending a majority of time in a weedy field  near where Bunche Drive becomes Nobel Drive. The same exact spot where there was a Vesper Sparrow earlier in the fall - clearly a good spot to check for Sparrows in the future!

Also present was the returning dark morph Ferruginous Hawk, always a cool bird to see. Also a Golden Eagle, Redheads, Common Gallinules, Ring-necked Ducks, Virginia Rails, etc. A distant flock of flying Greater White-fronted Geese early in the morning was a nice surprise.

I ran into Dawn and Yvette who also saw a second Ferruginous Hawk, and several birders saw a Burrowing Owl.

There were quite a few birders present looking for the Harris’s Sparrow. Some of them saw the fake owl on a telephone pole and thought it was a real Great Horned Owl. I just want to clarify that it is NOT an owl!

There was also a Bell’s Sparrow reported at Pacific Commons Linear Park today. While Bell’s Sparrow is not considered rare in eBird, due to its (still quite sparse) distribution in the interior coast range, Bell’s Sparrow would be VERY rare at this location. I hope that documentation can be provided, or the record is changed...

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! And I encourage everyone to get out as much as possible over the next few weeks, and find some good wintering birds for the CBCs!

Alex Henry
Berkeley




Re: Pacific Commons Linear Park

janet ellis
 

We were parking on auto mall road. Ignore the no parking signs. No police show up the ticket. We were told it was to discourage homeless campers. No guarantee but we’ve never seen police and no one has it gotten a ticket



On Monday, November 30, 2020, 2:22 PM, Martha Morrow <mfmorrow@...> wrote:

Bill Scoggins and I went yesterday and found that cul de sac to include a No Stopping sign that had black tape over over the No word. Super frustrating looking for parking there. We had to just leave and not get to even look for the bird. Infuriating!!
 I’m so curious as to where everybody else seems to be successfully parking! Everyone risking a ticket?

Why build a park and not allow ANY parking? I don’t get it. 

Marty Morrow




On Nov 30, 2020, at 1:27 PM, Bob Toleno <bob@...> wrote:


A representative from Ohlone Audubon contacted the Fremont Parks and Recreation department to inquire about the parking situation at Pacific Commons. The response from a project manager for the park that was received today stated that there is legal parking "at the cul-de-sac at the end of Auto Mall Parkway." That location is:

37.4956800, -121.9885690

In this street view of the location in Google Maps, you can see that there is a dirt lot adjacent to the end of the cul-de-sac which does have a car parked there in the street view photo:


As Alex suggested, the area of Auto Mall Parkway near the northwest end of the park (37.4976546, -121.9853821) is where virtually everyone has always parked--including me--and i'm unaware of anyone who has encountered problems, even though there are new "No Stopping" signs. If you want to be strictly legal about it, it sounds like that dirt lot at the very end of the Auto Mall Parkway cul-de-sac is the safest place to park.

Bob Toleno
Hayward


On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 1:01 PM Alexander Henry <awhenry@...> wrote:
I received a question about parking at Pacific Commons and decided to group reply since this is a perennial problem.

Simply put, there is no good answer - there is no designated parking area for the park.

There are two strategies, neither of which is technically legal, but I have done both a few times without any negative consequences. The more accepted of the two is to park along Automall Parkway near the northwest end of the park, (37.4976546, -121.9853821). The probably less accepted option is to park in the newly paved parking lot near Bunche Dr and Nobel Dr, approximately (37.4952252, -121.9745278).

Seems like for now you need to just figure it out for yourself, and accept the very slight risk you incur by parking illegally. As far as I am aware, many people have used both of these parking options without being ticketed or towed.









Possible Krider's Hawk

Connor Cochrane
 

Hi All,
Sorry for the extremely late report. I'm from up in the North Bay, and was just let into the group. I saw the bird in question last Sunday, so there is definitely the possibility that it has departed. We were driving to go fishing at Bethel Island when at these coordinates: (37.9909244, -121.6491531). It was the palest Red-tail I have ever seen. I had a good ten second look at it, both perched on a telephone pole, and in flight. When it was perched I noted the extremely light appearance, especially in the face. The only noticeable dark coloration on the face was a faint mask around the eyes, which made it look similar to an osprey. I've looked through photos and found some similar birds. When it flew away, it had a red tail, but extremely light. The base of the feathers were close to white, and near the end of the feathers there was a light red wash. I hope someone is able to find the bird and get photos so we can find out what this bird is.

Happy Birding,
Connor Cochrane


Re: Pacific Commons Linear Park

Martha Morrow
 

Bill Scoggins and I went yesterday and found that cul de sac to include a No Stopping sign that had black tape over over the No word. Super frustrating looking for parking there. We had to just leave and not get to even look for the bird. Infuriating!!
 I’m so curious as to where everybody else seems to be successfully parking! Everyone risking a ticket?

Why build a park and not allow ANY parking? I don’t get it. 

Marty Morrow




On Nov 30, 2020, at 1:27 PM, Bob Toleno <bob@...> wrote:


A representative from Ohlone Audubon contacted the Fremont Parks and Recreation department to inquire about the parking situation at Pacific Commons. The response from a project manager for the park that was received today stated that there is legal parking "at the cul-de-sac at the end of Auto Mall Parkway." That location is:

37.4956800, -121.9885690

In this street view of the location in Google Maps, you can see that there is a dirt lot adjacent to the end of the cul-de-sac which does have a car parked there in the street view photo:


As Alex suggested, the area of Auto Mall Parkway near the northwest end of the park (37.4976546, -121.9853821) is where virtually everyone has always parked--including me--and i'm unaware of anyone who has encountered problems, even though there are new "No Stopping" signs. If you want to be strictly legal about it, it sounds like that dirt lot at the very end of the Auto Mall Parkway cul-de-sac is the safest place to park.

Bob Toleno
Hayward


On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 1:01 PM Alexander Henry <awhenry@...> wrote:
I received a question about parking at Pacific Commons and decided to group reply since this is a perennial problem.

Simply put, there is no good answer - there is no designated parking area for the park.

There are two strategies, neither of which is technically legal, but I have done both a few times without any negative consequences. The more accepted of the two is to park along Automall Parkway near the northwest end of the park, (37.4976546, -121.9853821). The probably less accepted option is to park in the newly paved parking lot near Bunche Dr and Nobel Dr, approximately (37.4952252, -121.9745278).

Seems like for now you need to just figure it out for yourself, and accept the very slight risk you incur by parking illegally. As far as I am aware, many people have used both of these parking options without being ticketed or towed.







Re: Pacific Commons Linear Park

Bob Toleno
 

A representative from Ohlone Audubon contacted the Fremont Parks and Recreation department to inquire about the parking situation at Pacific Commons. The response from a project manager for the park that was received today stated that there is legal parking "at the cul-de-sac at the end of Auto Mall Parkway." That location is:

37.4956800, -121.9885690

In this street view of the location in Google Maps, you can see that there is a dirt lot adjacent to the end of the cul-de-sac which does have a car parked there in the street view photo:


As Alex suggested, the area of Auto Mall Parkway near the northwest end of the park (37.4976546, -121.9853821) is where virtually everyone has always parked--including me--and i'm unaware of anyone who has encountered problems, even though there are new "No Stopping" signs. If you want to be strictly legal about it, it sounds like that dirt lot at the very end of the Auto Mall Parkway cul-de-sac is the safest place to park.

Bob Toleno
Hayward


On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 1:01 PM Alexander Henry <awhenry@...> wrote:
I received a question about parking at Pacific Commons and decided to group reply since this is a perennial problem.

Simply put, there is no good answer - there is no designated parking area for the park.

There are two strategies, neither of which is technically legal, but I have done both a few times without any negative consequences. The more accepted of the two is to park along Automall Parkway near the northwest end of the park, (37.4976546, -121.9853821). The probably less accepted option is to park in the newly paved parking lot near Bunche Dr and Nobel Dr, approximately (37.4952252, -121.9745278).

Seems like for now you need to just figure it out for yourself, and accept the very slight risk you incur by parking illegally. As far as I am aware, many people have used both of these parking options without being ticketed or towed.




Re: Pacific Commons Linear Park

Alexander Henry
 

I received a question about parking at Pacific Commons and decided to group reply since this is a perennial problem.

Simply put, there is no good answer - there is no designated parking area for the park.

There are two strategies, neither of which is technically legal, but I have done both a few times without any negative consequences. The more accepted of the two is to park along Automall Parkway near the northwest end of the park, (37.4976546, -121.9853821). The probably less accepted option is to park in the newly paved parking lot near Bunche Dr and Nobel Dr, approximately (37.4952252, -121.9745278).

Seems like for now you need to just figure it out for yourself, and accept the very slight risk you incur by parking illegally. As far as I am aware, many people have used both of these parking options without being ticketed or towed.


Pacific Commons Linear Park

Alexander Henry
 

Hi everyone,

I swung by Pacific Commons Linear Park today to see the Harris’s Sparrow found last week by Jason Tanner. It seems to be spending a majority of time in a weedy field near where Bunche Drive becomes Nobel Drive. The same exact spot where there was a Vesper Sparrow earlier in the fall - clearly a good spot to check for Sparrows in the future!

Also present was the returning dark morph Ferruginous Hawk, always a cool bird to see. Also a Golden Eagle, Redheads, Common Gallinules, Ring-necked Ducks, Virginia Rails, etc. A distant flock of flying Greater White-fronted Geese early in the morning was a nice surprise.

I ran into Dawn and Yvette who also saw a second Ferruginous Hawk, and several birders saw a Burrowing Owl.

There were quite a few birders present looking for the Harris’s Sparrow. Some of them saw the fake owl on a telephone pole and thought it was a real Great Horned Owl. I just want to clarify that it is NOT an owl!

There was also a Bell’s Sparrow reported at Pacific Commons Linear Park today. While Bell’s Sparrow is not considered rare in eBird, due to its (still quite sparse) distribution in the interior coast range, Bell’s Sparrow would be VERY rare at this location. I hope that documentation can be provided, or the record is changed...

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! And I encourage everyone to get out as much as possible over the next few weeks, and find some good wintering birds for the CBCs!

Alex Henry
Berkeley


Five-Sparrow Day in Heather Farm Park

rosita94598
 

It happened a few weeks ago, too, but with a different set of birds.  Today I had plenty of White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows, a continuing Lincoln's Sparrow and finally a Fox Sparrow.  The latter two were between the wooden bridge over the small Ygnacio Canal and the bottom of the big hill.  To be sure, I don't really know if it is always the same Lincoln's Sparrow, as I have seen one in three or four places at different times.  A Hermit Thrush joined the sparrows at the northwest corner of the big pond.

I counted at least 54 Ring-necked Ducks, but did not try to count the Coots and Buffleheads.  Two Common Gallinules continue out on the open water.  At least six DC Cormorants were on the pond, and the Kingfisher was making noise as it flew around.

A Red-breasted Sapsucker was about half-way up one of the eucalyptus trees at the south end of the big pond.

Canada Geese were all over the north ball field, joined by six Cackling Geese.  The Killdeer were heard as they apparently flew away.More Canada Geese and Rock Pigeons were on the south ball field closer to Ygnacio Valley Road.


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