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Re: Short-eared Owl Pt Isabel?

Jim Roethe
 

I walked the Bay trail today from the dog park to Meeker Slough in Richmond.  I saw what I thought was a short-eared owl seemingly hunting over the wetland to the North.  It landed in a grassy area and then rose again and flew West toward Meeker Slough.  It landed on a metal box far across from the trail and stayed there for 30-40 minutes until I had to leave.  It may have been eating something it caught.  Looked like a short-eared owl to me.    About 10:30 - 11:00 this morning.

Jim Roethe
 

In a message dated 1/4/2021 3:27:06 PM Pacific Standard Time, z.querula@... writes:
 
Agree with Derek— in an area with few tall roost sites and hundreds of off leash dogs and meddling humans, it seems likely the owl is just getting flushed. Perhaps by the observer..

Ethan

On Jan 4, 2021, at 2:40 PM, Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote:

 
To Travis Hall etc
 
It is very interesting that a Barn Owl, perhaps the one I photographed Dec 29th at 3:30 PM, has been observed along the Berkeley/Albany shoreline several times during the day.  I did go back and check the time on the photo, which was 3:30 PM with sunset scheduled for roughly 5 PM. It was relatively cloudy but enough light for a good photo.It was a surprise for me and even though the shot was back lit, because  it was a raw photo, I was able to pull a reasonable image out..  
 
Maybe this owl suffers from daytime insomnia.
 
 
Claude Lyneis

On Jan 4, 2021, at 12:46 PM, Derek <dlheins@...> wrote:

A Barn Owl seen flying during the day, but not hunting, would not be considered 
diurnal. I would assume that it was flushed by something and was simply flying to a new perch. 
 
Derek Heins
 
From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Travis Hails via groups.io
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 12:38 PM
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] Short-eared Owl Pt Isabel?
 

Daytime (diurnal) Barn Owl

I am used to seeing Barn Owls at Dark or Dusk. Also, I have seen them during the day in barns, owl boxes in season, and in palm trees. These locations are semi-permanent and well known.

On Aug 8, 2020 about 8:30AM, a Barn Owl landed about 30 feet (10m) from us on the fence bordering the Berkeley Meadows. This was immediately across Marina Blvd. from the Doubleday Hotel entrance. The owl stayed a couple of minutes, then dropped from the fence into the grass inside the fence. Seconds later it flew east toward and beyond the willows in the center of the area. It had no prey.

On Sept 27, 2020 about 9:30 a Barn Owl flew north from the Albany Bulb toward Pt. Isabel / Costco. It was being chased by a crow. It swerved back toward the neck of the Albany Bulb and behind the bluff from our vantage point near the 'Woman' sculpture.

On Dec 25, 2020 about Noon (Christmas Day), again at the Albany Bulb, a Barn Owl flew out from behind trees on the neck of the bulb, then returned to behind same trees. Not found again. This was observed from the main path above the 'Woman'.

With 3 decades of birding, I have never seen Barn Owls during the day. Now one is reported Dec 29 at Pt. Isabel. Coincidence? Or an owl that likes daytime? Maybe hard of hearing? Poor night vision?

I know this goes back 5 months, but I thought it was interesting

Travis Hails

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 04:46:30 PM PST, Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote: 
 
 
Dec 29 I was returning from the Stage Mash area to 51st Street in Richmond after looking for White-tailed Kites and a Merlin without success.  And a rapture sized bird few by.  The photo was rushed to say the least, but it looks like a Short-eared Owl to me.
 
Link to the photo.         https://flic.kr/p/2kn24kz

 










Re: Barn Owl Meeker Slough

Sheila Dickie
 

A Barn Owl was observed from the bridge at Meeker Slough, Richmond Bay trail at 2:30 p.m. on January 1st flying south. Seen by two other people. It was later seen at 3:30 p.m. from the junction of the 51st Street path and the Bay trail. It did a couple of circuits of the marshes on either side of the trail, flying low and scaring up shorebirds before heading north. It appeared to land in some willows (?) near the Zeneca site adjacent to the Richmond Field Station. Not seen again. It was seen by several birders walking the trail.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond



Re: Heather Farm sightings

tracy_farrington
 

A dubious report, given my experience, and that of other long time observers who have consistently submitted observations spanning many years from this location.
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek
 


On Jan 4, 2021, at 5:51 PM, rosita94598 via groups.io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


Today I found an eBird report from  Sunday afternoon visit to Heather Farm--10 Common Goldeneyes and 20 Greater White-fronted Geese.  Darn, the one afternoon I did not visit the park . . . . 

Instead, Rosita and I drove to Martinez and walked out the TransMontaine Pipeline trail.  We had three sightings of a single Short-eared Owl, but do not know if it was the same owl each time.

I went to the park this morning to follow up on the eBird report.  Did not see any of those two waterfowl species, and was eventually caught in the rain.  So was Tracy Farrington.

Another visit this afternoon was in much better weather.  Still no Goldeneyes or White-fronted Geese, but a female Wood Duck continues in the pond near the private Seven Hills School.  We saw her on New Year's Day.  She seems to be hanging out with Ring-necked Ducks.  There were also some DC Cormorants in that pond this afternoon and a Pied-billed Grebe.  Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads and Coots are still all over the large, mostly natural pond.  They were all quite nervous the other day when the Otter Navy was holding maneuvers.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek




Heather Farm sightings

rosita94598
 

Today I found an eBird report from  Sunday afternoon visit to Heather Farm--10 Common Goldeneyes and 20 Greater White-fronted Geese.  Darn, the one afternoon I did not visit the park . . . . 

Instead, Rosita and I drove to Martinez and walked out the TransMontaine Pipeline trail.  We had three sightings of a single Short-eared Owl, but do not know if it was the same owl each time.

I went to the park this morning to follow up on the eBird report.  Did not see any of those two waterfowl species, and was eventually caught in the rain.  So was Tracy Farrington.

Another visit this afternoon was in much better weather.  Still no Goldeneyes or White-fronted Geese, but a female Wood Duck continues in the pond near the private Seven Hills School.  We saw her on New Year's Day.  She seems to be hanging out with Ring-necked Ducks.  There were also some DC Cormorants in that pond this afternoon and a Pied-billed Grebe.  Ring-necked Ducks, Buffleheads and Coots are still all over the large, mostly natural pond.  They were all quite nervous the other day when the Otter Navy was holding maneuvers.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Short-eared Owl Pt Isabel?

Ethan Monk
 

Agree with Derek— in an area with few tall roost sites and hundreds of off leash dogs and meddling humans, it seems likely the owl is just getting flushed. Perhaps by the observer..

Ethan

On Jan 4, 2021, at 2:40 PM, Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote:

To Travis Hall etc

It is very interesting that a Barn Owl, perhaps the one I photographed Dec 29th at 3:30 PM, has been observed along the Berkeley/Albany shoreline several times during the day.  I did go back and check the time on the photo, which was 3:30 PM with sunset scheduled for roughly 5 PM. It was relatively cloudy but enough light for a good photo.It was a surprise for me and even though the shot was back lit, because  it was a raw photo, I was able to pull a reasonable image out..  

Maybe this owl suffers from daytime insomnia.


Claude Lyneis

On Jan 4, 2021, at 12:46 PM, Derek <dlheins@...> wrote:

A Barn Owl seen flying during the day, but not hunting, would not be considered 
diurnal. I would assume that it was flushed by something and was simply flying to a new perch. 
 
Derek Heins
 
From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Travis Hails via groups.io
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 12:38 PM
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] Short-eared Owl Pt Isabel?
 

Daytime (diurnal) Barn Owl

I am used to seeing Barn Owls at Dark or Dusk. Also, I have seen them during the day in barns, owl boxes in season, and in palm trees. These locations are semi-permanent and well known.

On Aug 8, 2020 about 8:30AM, a Barn Owl landed about 30 feet (10m) from us on the fence bordering the Berkeley Meadows. This was immediately across Marina Blvd. from the Doubleday Hotel entrance. The owl stayed a couple of minutes, then dropped from the fence into the grass inside the fence. Seconds later it flew east toward and beyond the willows in the center of the area. It had no prey.

On Sept 27, 2020 about 9:30 a Barn Owl flew north from the Albany Bulb toward Pt. Isabel / Costco. It was being chased by a crow. It swerved back toward the neck of the Albany Bulb and behind the bluff from our vantage point near the 'Woman' sculpture.

On Dec 25, 2020 about Noon (Christmas Day), again at the Albany Bulb, a Barn Owl flew out from behind trees on the neck of the bulb, then returned to behind same trees. Not found again. This was observed from the main path above the 'Woman'.

With 3 decades of birding, I have never seen Barn Owls during the day. Now one is reported Dec 29 at Pt. Isabel. Coincidence? Or an owl that likes daytime? Maybe hard of hearing? Poor night vision?

I know this goes back 5 months, but I thought it was interesting

Travis Hails

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 04:46:30 PM PST, Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote: 
 
 
Dec 29 I was returning from the Stage Mash area to 51st Street in Richmond after looking for White-tailed Kites and a Merlin without success.  And a rapture sized bird few by.  The photo was rushed to say the least, but it looks like a Short-eared Owl to me.
 
Link to the photo.         https://flic.kr/p/2kn24kz

 










Re: Short-eared Owl Pt Isabel?

Claude Lyneis
 

To Travis Hall etc

It is very interesting that a Barn Owl, perhaps the one I photographed Dec 29th at 3:30 PM, has been observed along the Berkeley/Albany shoreline several times during the day.  I did go back and check the time on the photo, which was 3:30 PM with sunset scheduled for roughly 5 PM. It was relatively cloudy but enough light for a good photo.It was a surprise for me and even though the shot was back lit, because  it was a raw photo, I was able to pull a reasonable image out..  

Maybe this owl suffers from daytime insomnia.


Claude Lyneis

On Jan 4, 2021, at 12:46 PM, Derek <dlheins@...> wrote:

A Barn Owl seen flying during the day, but not hunting, would not be considered 
diurnal. I would assume that it was flushed by something and was simply flying to a new perch. 
 
Derek Heins
 
From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Travis Hails via groups.io
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 12:38 PM
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] Short-eared Owl Pt Isabel?
 

Daytime (diurnal) Barn Owl

I am used to seeing Barn Owls at Dark or Dusk. Also, I have seen them during the day in barns, owl boxes in season, and in palm trees. These locations are semi-permanent and well known.

On Aug 8, 2020 about 8:30AM, a Barn Owl landed about 30 feet (10m) from us on the fence bordering the Berkeley Meadows. This was immediately across Marina Blvd. from the Doubleday Hotel entrance. The owl stayed a couple of minutes, then dropped from the fence into the grass inside the fence. Seconds later it flew east toward and beyond the willows in the center of the area. It had no prey.

On Sept 27, 2020 about 9:30 a Barn Owl flew north from the Albany Bulb toward Pt. Isabel / Costco. It was being chased by a crow. It swerved back toward the neck of the Albany Bulb and behind the bluff from our vantage point near the 'Woman' sculpture.

On Dec 25, 2020 about Noon (Christmas Day), again at the Albany Bulb, a Barn Owl flew out from behind trees on the neck of the bulb, then returned to behind same trees. Not found again. This was observed from the main path above the 'Woman'.

With 3 decades of birding, I have never seen Barn Owls during the day. Now one is reported Dec 29 at Pt. Isabel. Coincidence? Or an owl that likes daytime? Maybe hard of hearing? Poor night vision?

I know this goes back 5 months, but I thought it was interesting

Travis Hails

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 04:46:30 PM PST, Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote: 
 
 
Dec 29 I was returning from the Stage Mash area to 51st Street in Richmond after looking for White-tailed Kites and a Merlin without success.  And a rapture sized bird few by.  The photo was rushed to say the least, but it looks like a Short-eared Owl to me.
 
Link to the photo.         https://flic.kr/p/2kn24kz

 







Re: Short-eared Owl Pt Isabel?

Derek
 

A Barn Owl seen flying during the day, but not hunting, would not be considered

diurnal. I would assume that it was flushed by something and was simply flying to a new perch.

 

Derek Heins

 

From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Travis Hails via groups.io
Sent: Monday, January 4, 2021 12:38 PM
To: East Bay Birds <ebb-sightings@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] Short-eared Owl Pt Isabel?

 

Daytime (diurnal) Barn Owl

I am used to seeing Barn Owls at Dark or Dusk. Also, I have seen them during the day in barns, owl boxes in season, and in palm trees. These locations are semi-permanent and well known.

On Aug 8, 2020 about 8:30AM, a Barn Owl landed about 30 feet (10m) from us on the fence bordering the Berkeley Meadows. This was immediately across Marina Blvd. from the Doubleday Hotel entrance. The owl stayed a couple of minutes, then dropped from the fence into the grass inside the fence. Seconds later it flew east toward and beyond the willows in the center of the area. It had no prey.

On Sept 27, 2020 about 9:30 a Barn Owl flew north from the Albany Bulb toward Pt. Isabel / Costco. It was being chased by a crow. It swerved back toward the neck of the Albany Bulb and behind the bluff from our vantage point near the 'Woman' sculpture.

On Dec 25, 2020 about Noon (Christmas Day), again at the Albany Bulb, a Barn Owl flew out from behind trees on the neck of the bulb, then returned to behind same trees. Not found again. This was observed from the main path above the 'Woman'.

With 3 decades of birding, I have never seen Barn Owls during the day. Now one is reported Dec 29 at Pt. Isabel. Coincidence? Or an owl that likes daytime? Maybe hard of hearing? Poor night vision?

I know this goes back 5 months, but I thought it was interesting

Travis Hails

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 04:46:30 PM PST, Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote:

 

 

Dec 29 I was returning from the Stage Mash area to 51st Street in Richmond after looking for White-tailed Kites and a Merlin without success.  And a rapture sized bird few by.  The photo was rushed to say the least, but it looks like a Short-eared Owl to me.

 

Link to the photo.         https://flic.kr/p/2kn24kz

 


Re: Short-eared Owl Pt Isabel?

Travis Hails
 

Daytime (diurnal) Barn Owl

I am used to seeing Barn Owls at Dark or Dusk. Also, I have seen them during the day in barns, owl boxes in season, and in palm trees. These locations are semi-permanent and well known.

On Aug 8, 2020 about 8:30AM, a Barn Owl landed about 30 feet (10m) from us on the fence bordering the Berkeley Meadows. This was immediately across Marina Blvd. from the Doubleday Hotel entrance. The owl stayed a couple of minutes, then dropped from the fence into the grass inside the fence. Seconds later it flew east toward and beyond the willows in the center of the area. It had no prey.

On Sept 27, 2020 about 9:30 a Barn Owl flew north from the Albany Bulb toward Pt. Isabel / Costco. It was being chased by a crow. It swerved back toward the neck of the Albany Bulb and behind the bluff from our vantage point near the 'Woman' sculpture.

On Dec 25, 2020 about Noon (Christmas Day), again at the Albany Bulb, a Barn Owl flew out from behind trees on the neck of the bulb, then returned to behind same trees. Not found again. This was observed from the main path above the 'Woman'.

With 3 decades of birding, I have never seen Barn Owls during the day. Now one is reported Dec 29 at Pt. Isabel. Coincidence? Or an owl that likes daytime? Maybe hard of hearing? Poor night vision?

I know this goes back 5 months, but I thought it was interesting

Travis Hails


On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 04:46:30 PM PST, Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote:


Dec 29 I was returning from the Stage Mash area to 51st Street in Richmond after looking for White-tailed Kites and a Merlin without success.  And a rapture sized bird few by.  The photo was rushed to say the least, but it looks like a Short-eared Owl to me.

Link to the photo.         https://flic.kr/p/2kn24kz



Re: Please Ignore the Flamingo

Alexander Henry
 

My apologies. A misinterpretation on my end. 

On Monday, January 4, 2021, Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa@...> wrote:
Hi Alex,

The flamingo does not fit any of those criteria and should be reported for a complete checklist. It is a wild-type bird that is free flying. Those criteria refer to birds that are owned and cared for by people, such as backyard chickens. The part about established populations is not a standalone rule - it is an exception that allows feral domestic birds to be recorded in places where they are established (e.g., Red Junglefowl in the Florida Keys or Hawaii).

Good birding,

Frank Fogarty 
Arcata

On Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 10:04 PM Alexander Henry <awhenry@...> wrote:
From eBird rules and best practices:

“do NOT report domestic fowl, birds used in falconry, and pet birds - even if they are free-roaming - if they do not have established wild populations.”

We all know there is a lone flamingo at Coyote Hills/Don Edwards. There is NOT an established wild population of flamingoes.

Thanks.

Alex Henry
Berkeley





--
Alex Henry


Re: Raptor heavy day at Valle Vista

John H. Maurer
 

I've been thinking a little more about this. Of course it doesn't include birds of prey who hunt other birds. But there are instances where there are large numbers of much smaller birds that can't protect their nests from larger birds. There was an instance some time ago where there was flock of Swallows who built their nests on the foundation of a house and then built upwards on the wall of the building. Then a flock of Grackles came along and harvested the eggs and chicks. I didn't see this happen but I came upon it a few days later and had it explained to me.

John

Actually that sequence makes a lot of sense. Generally smaller birds are more agile than larger birds. so if a smaller bird feels threatened or if it thinks its nest is threatened by a larger bird it will mob the larger bird. Happens all the time.

John

On 1/3/21 2:19 PM, gabikirk@... wrote:
I had another raptor success story on Dec 23 at Valle Vista. After feeling I had struck out on both wood ducks and the snipes, standing at the end of the reservoir path right before it turns left and heads up hill I saw the wood ducks on the far bank of the creek channel that has emerged due to low water levels. I was also watching the parade of 75 coots or so walking from the creek up along the mud flats. Suddenly a golden eagle came SCREAMING in — swooped down and picked off a coot, while the rest scattered! Just as quickly, two red tailed hawks appeared screaming as well, and chased the eagle, causing it to drop its prey (I did not see if it recovered it). Later I saw the red taileds soaring and they were being chased and hassled by the two white tailed kites!! Lots of dinosaur-on-dinosaur violence out there...

Thanks to the kind birders that day (I sensed they were regulars, but I did not get their names, I'm sorry) who alerted me also to some other beautiful birds. I saw a red-bellied sapsucker (my first) in the trees on the reservoir path between the bridge and the horse stable, on the right-hand side when facing the stables. A few trees over I saw a Nuttall's woodpecker. I also have this listserv to thank for the Valle Vista recommendation in the first place!

Ebird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77899644 


Take care, 
Gabi Kirk
Oakland





Re: Today at Hilltop Lake

Cathy Bleier
 

This was my patch for the Master Birder class. I’ve led monthly walks there the past 2 years till Covid.   https://ebird.org/barchart?r=L1405454&yr=all&m=

I went yesterday and unfortunately they are removing vegetation (a lot of willows) around the lake, providing access where none existed before.  I’ve called the Parks Dept. in the past over veg removal, but this amount is way beyond.  I’m guessing it’s to provide fishing access, since there were 3 anglers there yesterday, or perhaps for better lake views, to reduce homeless tents (really only an occasional problem), reduce fire hazards (also not really a problem), or remove senescent, non-native pines (which I doubt is the motivation).    Guess I’ll know when I speak with someone.

Robins and Waxwings were in abundance yesterday on acacias and toyon, the Flicker family is in, and there was a Myrtle’s warbler, as usual, with a few YR,  but there were almost NO ducks!!   I really fear that the increased access and view will impact their use of this site.  

I was wondering if/how GGAS might lend its voice to protect its habitat values.

Cathy Bleier


Re: Please Ignore the Flamingo

Frank Fogarty
 

Hi Alex,

The flamingo does not fit any of those criteria and should be reported for a complete checklist. It is a wild-type bird that is free flying. Those criteria refer to birds that are owned and cared for by people, such as backyard chickens. The part about established populations is not a standalone rule - it is an exception that allows feral domestic birds to be recorded in places where they are established (e.g., Red Junglefowl in the Florida Keys or Hawaii).

Good birding,

Frank Fogarty 
Arcata

On Sun, Jan 3, 2021 at 10:04 PM Alexander Henry <awhenry@...> wrote:
From eBird rules and best practices:

“do NOT report domestic fowl, birds used in falconry, and pet birds - even if they are free-roaming - if they do not have established wild populations.”

We all know there is a lone flamingo at Coyote Hills/Don Edwards. There is NOT an established wild population of flamingoes.

Thanks.

Alex Henry
Berkeley




Please Ignore the Flamingo

Alexander Henry
 

From eBird rules and best practices:

“do NOT report domestic fowl, birds used in falconry, and pet birds - even if they are free-roaming - if they do not have established wild populations.”

We all know there is a lone flamingo at Coyote Hills/Don Edwards. There is NOT an established wild population of flamingoes.

Thanks.

Alex Henry
Berkeley


Re: Raptor heavy day at Valle Vista

John H. Maurer
 

Actually that sequence makes a lot of sense. Generally smaller birds are more agile than larger birds. so if a smaller bird feels threatened or if it thinks its nest is threatened by a larger bird it will mob the larger bird. Happens all the time.

John

On 1/3/21 2:19 PM, gabikirk@... wrote:
I had another raptor success story on Dec 23 at Valle Vista. After feeling I had struck out on both wood ducks and the snipes, standing at the end of the reservoir path right before it turns left and heads up hill I saw the wood ducks on the far bank of the creek channel that has emerged due to low water levels. I was also watching the parade of 75 coots or so walking from the creek up along the mud flats. Suddenly a golden eagle came SCREAMING in — swooped down and picked off a coot, while the rest scattered! Just as quickly, two red tailed hawks appeared screaming as well, and chased the eagle, causing it to drop its prey (I did not see if it recovered it). Later I saw the red taileds soaring and they were being chased and hassled by the two white tailed kites!! Lots of dinosaur-on-dinosaur violence out there...

Thanks to the kind birders that day (I sensed they were regulars, but I did not get their names, I'm sorry) who alerted me also to some other beautiful birds. I saw a red-bellied sapsucker (my first) in the trees on the reservoir path between the bridge and the horse stable, on the right-hand side when facing the stables. A few trees over I saw a Nuttall's woodpecker. I also have this listserv to thank for the Valle Vista recommendation in the first place!

Ebird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77899644 


Take care, 
Gabi Kirk
Oakland





Gallinule?

Rosemary Johnson
 

Went back to take a quick look at the bird in question.
 
Yesterday it was swimming on its own in a shadowed part of the lake and I thought the color on its back was purplish.
 
Today, the presumably same pale brown bird with pale bill was swimming amongst the 40+ coots and the color on its back in the light (such as it is) is a darker brown than the rest of its body.  So I have amended my list to reflect a juvenile coot.
 
No sighting of the strange duck.  The 3 Canvasback and 1 Wigeon continue.  No ruddy ducks.


Re: Raptor heavy day at Valle Vista

gabikirk@...
 

I had another raptor success story on Dec 23 at Valle Vista. After feeling I had struck out on both wood ducks and the snipes, standing at the end of the reservoir path right before it turns left and heads up hill I saw the wood ducks on the far bank of the creek channel that has emerged due to low water levels. I was also watching the parade of 75 coots or so walking from the creek up along the mud flats. Suddenly a golden eagle came SCREAMING in — swooped down and picked off a coot, while the rest scattered! Just as quickly, two red tailed hawks appeared screaming as well, and chased the eagle, causing it to drop its prey (I did not see if it recovered it). Later I saw the red taileds soaring and they were being chased and hassled by the two white tailed kites!! Lots of dinosaur-on-dinosaur violence out there...

Thanks to the kind birders that day (I sensed they were regulars, but I did not get their names, I'm sorry) who alerted me also to some other beautiful birds. I saw a red-bellied sapsucker (my first) in the trees on the reservoir path between the bridge and the horse stable, on the right-hand side when facing the stables. A few trees over I saw a Nuttall's woodpecker. I also have this listserv to thank for the Valle Vista recommendation in the first place!

Ebird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77899644


Take care,
Gabi Kirk
Oakland


Re: Today at Hilltop Lake

Joe Morlan
 

On Sat, 2 Jan 2021 18:09:58 -0800 (PST), "Rosemary Johnson"
<compasros@comcast.net> wrote:

Purple gallinule juvenile - coloring was in between young juvenile and full adult. (Common and purple are seen here each winter)
Actually Purple Gallinule is accidental in California with only six
accepted records mostly from Southern California. The only previous East
Bay record is from October 1986 in Hayward.

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Re: Today at Hilltop Lake

Rosemary Johnson
 

You can usually reach it from the YWCA parking lot off Richmond Parkway but that lot is closed due to closure of the gym.  The alternate location is the corner of Lakeside Drive and Research Drive in Richmond.

On 01/03/2021 10:57 AM Alan Howe <adhowe@...> wrote:
 
 
Hi.
 
Exactly where is this gem? Haven't heard of it before.
 
Thanks.
 
Alan Howe
North Oakland

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 6:10 PM Rosemary Johnson < compasros@...> wrote:
Highlights:
Many flickers - might see one here but today saw many.
First red-shouldered hawk here - usually see red tails perched high on transmission towers, red-shouldered flew over lake and perched on tree just above the lake
Purple gallinule juvenile - coloring was in between young juvenile and full adult. (Common and purple are seen here each winter)
3 Canvasback males
And a duck that I didn't include on my list because I just couldn't figure out what it was.  It was brown and black with white markings.  Not a ruddy or bufflehead - larger and markings didn't fit. Not ring-necked duck either - these usually make an appearance here but none yet. Too bad a didn't have a camera with me.  Need to get one for birding on my own so I can capture these anomalies.
 
If you are unfamiliar with this location, I have to tell you that it is a small gem.  Fresh water lake which attracts lots of waterfowl and shrubs and trees around for passerines.  I'm always amazed at the variety here in such a small area.
 
 
 
Rosemary Johnson







Re: Today at Hilltop Lake

janet ellis
 








On Sunday, January 3, 2021, 10:58 AM, Alan Howe <adhowe@...> wrote:

Hi.

Exactly where is this gem? Haven't heard of it before.

Thanks.

Alan Howe
North Oakland

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 6:10 PM Rosemary Johnson <compasros@...> wrote:
Highlights:
Many flickers - might see one here but today saw many.
First red-shouldered hawk here - usually see red tails perched high on transmission towers, red-shouldered flew over lake and perched on tree just above the lake
Purple gallinule juvenile - coloring was in between young juvenile and full adult. (Common and purple are seen here each winter)
3 Canvasback males
And a duck that I didn't include on my list because I just couldn't figure out what it was.  It was brown and black with white markings.  Not a ruddy or bufflehead - larger and markings didn't fit. Not ring-necked duck either - these usually make an appearance here but none yet. Too bad a didn't have a camera with me.  Need to get one for birding on my own so I can capture these anomalies.
 
If you are unfamiliar with this location, I have to tell you that it is a small gem.  Fresh water lake which attracts lots of waterfowl and shrubs and trees around for passerines.  I'm always amazed at the variety here in such a small area.
 
 
 
Rosemary Johnson






Re: Today at Hilltop Lake

Alan Howe
 

Hi.

Exactly where is this gem? Haven't heard of it before.

Thanks.

Alan Howe
North Oakland

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 6:10 PM Rosemary Johnson <compasros@...> wrote:
Highlights:
Many flickers - might see one here but today saw many.
First red-shouldered hawk here - usually see red tails perched high on transmission towers, red-shouldered flew over lake and perched on tree just above the lake
Purple gallinule juvenile - coloring was in between young juvenile and full adult. (Common and purple are seen here each winter)
3 Canvasback males
And a duck that I didn't include on my list because I just couldn't figure out what it was.  It was brown and black with white markings.  Not a ruddy or bufflehead - larger and markings didn't fit. Not ring-necked duck either - these usually make an appearance here but none yet. Too bad a didn't have a camera with me.  Need to get one for birding on my own so I can capture these anomalies.
 
If you are unfamiliar with this location, I have to tell you that it is a small gem.  Fresh water lake which attracts lots of waterfowl and shrubs and trees around for passerines.  I'm always amazed at the variety here in such a small area.
 
 
 
Rosemary Johnson



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