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Re: Pt. Richmond - Hermit Thrush and Golden-crowned Kinglet

Lawrence DiCostanzo
 

Thank you very much, Maurey.  Seeing the hermit thrush in Albany and in my backyard was quite a pleasure.  There is a creek near us, somewhat "urbanized", but it does have a number of free-flowing sections with underbrush, trees, etc.   Before some houses were built near it in the late 70s, it was quite a place for bird life.  It is possible that the thrush flew over from there.  This thrush was a classic beauty in color and with a breast with great spots.  Lovely.
Lawrence


On Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 9:38 PM mbstern2@... <mbstern2@...> wrote:
Hi Melani and Lawrence,

I just checked the Mt. Diablo Breeding Bird Atlas of the late 1990's for Hermit Thrush. There is one report of breeding in a small section of Redwood Regional Park, but only a single sighting of a nesting Hermit Thrush at  that time.
    At my home in Lafayette along the Las Trampas Creek we have had several Hermit Thrushes hanging about for the winter, which is typical, but have never had a nesting pair.

I hope this is of some use to you.

Maury Stern

On Sunday, March 21, 2021, 2:45:17 PM PDT, Lawrence DiCostanzo <lawrence.dicostanzo@...> wrote:


Hi, Melani. I live in Albany, and this week I saw a hermit thrush in my backyard. This is the first sighting I’ve had of a thrush in a really really long time. I wonder if the fact that I took down the birdfeeder because of the salmonella epidemic, means that other kinds of birds besides finches, etc.  don’t feel as “crowded” in the garden.

Lawrence

> On Mar 21, 2021, at 1:52 PM, Melani King <melani@...> wrote:
>
> Today while birding my neighborhood I photographed a Hermit Thrush. Nothing unusual until I got home and downloaded the photo. It just looked off to me to be an adult. A gape is still visible and the plumage on the back is fluffy and the tail feathers look like they're still growing in. Do Hermit Thrushes nest in Contra Costa? I thought no. And wouldn't it be too early for this to happen if they did? I'd appreciate any feedback. Photos in my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83836191
>
> Also of interest was a Golden-crowned Kinglet working a Monterey Pine. I was alerted to it by its very high-pitched vocalization. This was a first for me in my neighborhood!
>
> -Melani King
> Pt. Richmond
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Unidentified duck at San Lorenzo Creek/Reservoir

Lawrence Danos
 

Hi,
Two of us were birding Saturday along San Lorenzo Creek near where it enters SF Bay (lower San Lorenzo Creek). Today (Sunday) we were at Don Castro Reservoir (upper San Lorenzo Creek} In both places we noticed several pairs of mallards but there was one pair, a male mallard and a black duck with white breast were paired together. In both cases they were hanging out together with the other mallard pairs and swimming together as is usual in the Spring. I couldn't get close enough to get a picture but am wondering if anyone else saw these two and what is the black & white duck? It's about the same size as a mallard and completely black except for the white breast.


Re: Pt. Richmond - Hermit Thrush and Golden-crowned Kinglet

mbstern2
 

Hi Melani and Lawrence,

I just checked the Mt. Diablo Breeding Bird Atlas of the late 1990's for Hermit Thrush. There is one report of breeding in a small section of Redwood Regional Park, but only a single sighting of a nesting Hermit Thrush at  that time.
    At my home in Lafayette along the Las Trampas Creek we have had several Hermit Thrushes hanging about for the winter, which is typical, but have never had a nesting pair.

I hope this is of some use to you.

Maury Stern

On Sunday, March 21, 2021, 2:45:17 PM PDT, Lawrence DiCostanzo <lawrence.dicostanzo@...> wrote:


Hi, Melani. I live in Albany, and this week I saw a hermit thrush in my backyard. This is the first sighting I’ve had of a thrush in a really really long time. I wonder if the fact that I took down the birdfeeder because of the salmonella epidemic, means that other kinds of birds besides finches, etc.  don’t feel as “crowded” in the garden.

Lawrence

> On Mar 21, 2021, at 1:52 PM, Melani King <melani@...> wrote:
>
> Today while birding my neighborhood I photographed a Hermit Thrush. Nothing unusual until I got home and downloaded the photo. It just looked off to me to be an adult. A gape is still visible and the plumage on the back is fluffy and the tail feathers look like they're still growing in. Do Hermit Thrushes nest in Contra Costa? I thought no. And wouldn't it be too early for this to happen if they did? I'd appreciate any feedback. Photos in my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83836191
>
> Also of interest was a Golden-crowned Kinglet working a Monterey Pine. I was alerted to it by its very high-pitched vocalization. This was a first for me in my neighborhood!
>
> -Melani King
> Pt. Richmond
>
>
>




When to put feeders back?

Debra g
 

Any word as to when feeders can go back up?  Thanks. 


Re: Early Spring Migrants at Muir Beach

Connor Cochrane
 

Sorry, I meant to send this to NBB.

Connor Cochrane

On Mar 21, 2021, at 5:40 PM, Connor Cochrane via groups.io <connorscochrane@...> wrote:



Early Spring Migrants at Muir Beach

Connor Cochrane
 

Hi All,
Today Lucas Corneliussen and I did a long walk from Muir Beach over to Mill Valley. Along the way, we found some early spring migrants and some other interesting birds. Throughout the day, we tallied close to 15 Wilson's Warbler, all along redwood creek between Muir Beach and Muir Woods. All except one were singing males. Photos and audio of these are visible on our checklist from Muir Beach. We also had two Pac-slopes, one along the lower part of muir beach, and one on the first part of the Dipsea trail, heading towards Mill Valley from Muir Woods, in the conifers. Lastly, to cap of the migrants, we had a single Warbling Vireo singing and scolding along Redwood Creek. Other birds of interest included Brown-headed Cowbird, which is pretty early, and a single Short-billed Dowitcher that flew by, and quickly stopped on the beach as it makes its journey north.

Happy Birding,
Connor Cochrane


Re: Pt. Richmond - Hermit Thrush and Golden-crowned Kinglet

 

Hey all , hermit thrushes DO nest in the Bay Area, at higher elevations in the Santa Cruz mountains, mount tam etc but this isn’t until summer. This bird has some ruffled feathers and the high resolution reveals good detail on the bill but I don’t think this looks like a recently fledged bird.
Dominik

On Mar 21, 2021, at 15:58, Marianna Ford <Mford0121@gmail.com> wrote:

I live close to downtown Walnut Creek and have seen several Hermit Thrush in my yard and neighborhood for the first time. Another neighbor posted pictures of baby hummers she has in her yard now. I was surprised they were nesting so early.

Marianna
On Mar 21, 2021, at 2:45 PM, Lawrence DiCostanzo <Lawrence.DiCostanzo@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi, Melani. I live in Albany, and this week I saw a hermit thrush in my backyard. This is the first sighting I’ve had of a thrush in a really really long time. I wonder if the fact that I took down the birdfeeder because of the salmonella epidemic, means that other kinds of birds besides finches, etc. don’t feel as “crowded” in the garden.

Lawrence

On Mar 21, 2021, at 1:52 PM, Melani King <melani@king2d3d.com> wrote:
Today while birding my neighborhood I photographed a Hermit Thrush. Nothing unusual until I got home and downloaded the photo. It just looked off to me to be an adult. A gape is still visible and the plumage on the back is fluffy and the tail feathers look like they're still growing in. Do Hermit Thrushes nest in Contra Costa? I thought no. And wouldn't it be too early for this to happen if they did? I'd appreciate any feedback. Photos in my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83836191

Also of interest was a Golden-crowned Kinglet working a Monterey Pine. I was alerted to it by its very high-pitched vocalization. This was a first for me in my neighborhood!

-Melani King
Pt. Richmond





Re: Pt. Richmond - Hermit Thrush and Golden-crowned Kinglet

Marianna Ford
 

I live close to downtown Walnut Creek and have seen several Hermit Thrush in my yard and neighborhood for the first time. Another neighbor posted pictures of baby hummers she has in her yard now. I was surprised they were nesting so early.

Marianna

On Mar 21, 2021, at 2:45 PM, Lawrence DiCostanzo <Lawrence.DiCostanzo@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi, Melani. I live in Albany, and this week I saw a hermit thrush in my backyard. This is the first sighting I’ve had of a thrush in a really really long time. I wonder if the fact that I took down the birdfeeder because of the salmonella epidemic, means that other kinds of birds besides finches, etc. don’t feel as “crowded” in the garden.

Lawrence

On Mar 21, 2021, at 1:52 PM, Melani King <melani@king2d3d.com> wrote:

Today while birding my neighborhood I photographed a Hermit Thrush. Nothing unusual until I got home and downloaded the photo. It just looked off to me to be an adult. A gape is still visible and the plumage on the back is fluffy and the tail feathers look like they're still growing in. Do Hermit Thrushes nest in Contra Costa? I thought no. And wouldn't it be too early for this to happen if they did? I'd appreciate any feedback. Photos in my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83836191

Also of interest was a Golden-crowned Kinglet working a Monterey Pine. I was alerted to it by its very high-pitched vocalization. This was a first for me in my neighborhood!

-Melani King
Pt. Richmond




Re: Pt. Richmond - Hermit Thrush and Golden-crowned Kinglet

Lawrence DiCostanzo
 

Hi, Melani. I live in Albany, and this week I saw a hermit thrush in my backyard. This is the first sighting I’ve had of a thrush in a really really long time. I wonder if the fact that I took down the birdfeeder because of the salmonella epidemic, means that other kinds of birds besides finches, etc. don’t feel as “crowded” in the garden.

Lawrence

On Mar 21, 2021, at 1:52 PM, Melani King <melani@king2d3d.com> wrote:

Today while birding my neighborhood I photographed a Hermit Thrush. Nothing unusual until I got home and downloaded the photo. It just looked off to me to be an adult. A gape is still visible and the plumage on the back is fluffy and the tail feathers look like they're still growing in. Do Hermit Thrushes nest in Contra Costa? I thought no. And wouldn't it be too early for this to happen if they did? I'd appreciate any feedback. Photos in my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83836191

Also of interest was a Golden-crowned Kinglet working a Monterey Pine. I was alerted to it by its very high-pitched vocalization. This was a first for me in my neighborhood!

-Melani King
Pt. Richmond



Pt. Richmond - Hermit Thrush and Golden-crowned Kinglet

Melani King
 

Today while birding my neighborhood I photographed a Hermit Thrush. Nothing unusual until I got home and downloaded the photo. It just looked off to me to be an adult. A gape is still visible and the plumage on the back is fluffy and the tail feathers look like they're still growing in. Do Hermit Thrushes nest in Contra Costa? I thought no. And wouldn't it be too early for this to happen if they did? I'd appreciate any feedback. Photos in my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83836191

Also of interest was a Golden-crowned Kinglet working a Monterey Pine. I was alerted to it by its very high-pitched vocalization. This was a first for me in my neighborhood!

-Melani King
Pt. Richmond


Possible Chickadee nesting in Walnut Creek yard

rosita94598
 

Our Chestnut-backed Chickadees nested seven times in our small patio north of Heather Farm Park, but the last time was 2016.  This week they have been in the patio constantly, making Chickadee noises and going inside the nest box.  We are hoping it finally happens again.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut creek


Merlin and Waxwings

Sheila Dickie
 

A Merlin was seen at 11 and 3 today March 18 atop a telephone pole on the 600 block of 30th Street, Richmond. There had been a merlin in the neighborhood for several winters but this is the first sighting I have had since January 2019.

In the last week there has also been an uptick in Cedar Waxwings on 29th Street, Richmond. Approximately 100 birds were seen atop a tall, leafless street tree in the 600 block in the rain the evening of March 14. A few birds have stayed around feeding on a neighbor's Holly. Again not seen in good numbers in recent years.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Heather Farm in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

The winter is coming to a halt in my local park, with maybe less than ten Ring-necked Ducks, now.  Today I only saw one female Bufflehead.  Even the Double-crested Cormorants are down to a handful. 

The sparrows are still plentiful, but it is mostly White-crowneds, with only some Golden-crowned Sparrows mixed in.  They, though, are showing really snappy gold and black on their heads.  Today I found two Lincoln's Sparrows and one Fox, so the winter is not over quite yet.

The remaining male Yellow-rumped Warblers are starting to show the black on their sides, but not yet around the front of their breasts.  Yesterday there were three or four singing Ruby-crowned Kinglets, too. 

The gull flocks are also thin.  This morning I had nine Ring-billed Gulls and three Mew Gulls on the smaller middle athletic field.  And while I did see the five Cackling Geese earlier this week, the large flocks of Canada Geese have mostly disappeared. 

Tuesday we had a Red-shouldered Hawk fly across the pond in front of us, carrying breakfast.  That was pretty exciting; well, not for the small mammal.

Even the Flickers have not been around lately, which happens around here every spring. 

But today while riding my bike home, I saw a Merlin on top of a bare pine above our HOA swimming pool.  I have only seen it twice this winter, so that was really nice.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Red-breasted or Common Merganser at Lake Anza

Johan Langewis
 

Common Merganser.  Note the white chin. 

Johan Langewis
Oakland


On Mar 17, 2021, at 8:41 PM, Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote:

At Lake Anza this afternoon I thought it was a Red-breasted Merganser, but the more I look at it, I am leaning toward a Common Merganser.  The iBird photos don’t make it clear.

Here is the link.  https://flic.kr/p/2kLWZoM

If there is a defining difference, let me know.





Red-breasted or Common Merganser at Lake Anza

Claude Lyneis
 

At Lake Anza this afternoon I thought it was a Red-breasted Merganser, but the more I look at it, I am leaning toward a Common Merganser.  The iBird photos don’t make it clear.

Here is the link.  https://flic.kr/p/2kLWZoM

If there is a defining difference, let me know.


JJ Sutter shoreline

Sharon Jue
 

A dozen or so Brant northeast of observation deck, likely scopeable from Emeryville marina, three common loons, one in breeding plumage, lots of aechmophorus grebes towards middle harbor, cormorants carrying nesting material westward, peregrine picking pigeons out of the bay bridge, and *porpoises*?!?

This park only opened a few months ago, so hasn't received extensive birder coverage yet. Seems to be some good fishing and crabbing, though.

-sharon jue
Berkeley

Sent from my mobile - please excuse nonstandard typography.

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-Sharon Jue
~Berkeley


Re: Osprey catches a leopard shark

Alok Singhal
 

Wow, these are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

-Alok

On Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 3:59 PM <Elihsdavey@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi All,

Was out at Pt. Isabel this morning and had a front row seat to watch the two Pt. Richmond Ospreys nabbing a leopard shark. See the link for photos.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/192510717@N07/albums/72157718670686616/with/51043720193/

Happy birding,

Eli



Osprey catches a leopard shark

Elihsdavey@...
 

Hi All,

Was out at Pt. Isabel this morning and had a front row seat to watch the two Pt. Richmond Ospreys nabbing a leopard shark. See the link for photos.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/192510717@N07/albums/72157718670686616/with/51043720193/

Happy birding,

Eli


Re: Peregrine Falcon #SIPBIP

Edgar Molina
 

+1 Cooper’s hawk 

Best,

Edgar Molina

On Mar 15, 2021, at 12:53 PM, Charlie Wells <cwells2073@...> wrote:


I think that's a coopers hawk

On Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 12:49 PM <tomcrown1@...> wrote:
In my backyard I saw a peregrine falcon eating a pigeon link to picture
https://flic.kr/p/2kLhDAL







Re: Peregrine Falcon #SIPBIP

Charlie Wells
 

I think that's a coopers hawk


On Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 12:49 PM <tomcrown1@...> wrote:
In my backyard I saw a peregrine falcon eating a pigeon link to picture
https://flic.kr/p/2kLhDAL



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