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Re: Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek May 11

wendy Oliver
 

Thank you for helping the Birds. I have talked to the Boys but they will not listen to any one. Wendy Oliver

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 8:44 AM rosita94598 via groups.io <rosita94598=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Not a lot going on new with the birds here, but a Great-tailed Grackle has been around in the mornings for maybe a week or so.  He is heard more often than seen.

I did not check today because of the school traffic, but a Red-tailed Hawk has been sitting on the wires or poles n the Hale property near the private Seven Hills School.  I have seen it in the mornings on the weekend, and in the evenings, too.

Not many of the Mallards make it to adulthood, but there is one older duckling at the concrete pond.  Today there were five little ones on the west side of the mostly natural pond.

We have had trouble with illegal fishing, mostly by teenage boys who pay no attention to adults.  They don't worry about the police, either, because they know they will not be cited.  The have painted over the sign near the dog park crosswalk and fish behind the fence there.

Last Friday was a big drama day with a Canada Goose having both legs tangled in fishing line.  Since no local agency has the personnel or desire to come save such an animal, two local members of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society were finally able to net this goose and cut the line from its legs.  Kudos to Rosalie and Rosita.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



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Wendy Oliver


Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek May 11

rosita94598
 

Not a lot going on new with the birds here, but a Great-tailed Grackle has been around in the mornings for maybe a week or so.  He is heard more often than seen.

I did not check today because of the school traffic, but a Red-tailed Hawk has been sitting on the wires or poles n the Hale property near the private Seven Hills School.  I have seen it in the mornings on the weekend, and in the evenings, too.

Not many of the Mallards make it to adulthood, but there is one older duckling at the concrete pond.  Today there were five little ones on the west side of the mostly natural pond.

We have had trouble with illegal fishing, mostly by teenage boys who pay no attention to adults.  They don't worry about the police, either, because they know they will not be cited.  The have painted over the sign near the dog park crosswalk and fish behind the fence there.

Last Friday was a big drama day with a Canada Goose having both legs tangled in fishing line.  Since no local agency has the personnel or desire to come save such an animal, two local members of Mt. Diablo Audubon Society were finally able to net this goose and cut the line from its legs.  Kudos to Rosalie and Rosita.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


At least there were Red-winged Blackbirds at Pt Isabel

Claude Lyneis
 

On the Bay Trail just north of Point Isabel, it looked like the shorebirds had left town.  A Whimbrel, a Willet and some Canada Geese were still around.  

It was an opportunity to see and photograph a number of Re-winged Blackbirds where the 51st entrance connects with the Bay Trail.  

They are actually quite beautiful.  A link to a Flickr photo below.,



Re: Possible Black-chinned Sparrow at Sibley

Alan Howe
 

Hi all.

FWIW, as Trish Powell & I covered Sibley for the Christmas in May Bird Count on Saturday, we recorded a black chinned. I can't remember the exact location, though I think it was closer to Round Top--on the loop trail? 

Peace,

Alan Howe
North Oakland


On Sun, May 9, 2021 at 5:06 PM Douglas Vaughan <gdougvaughan@...> wrote:
On a Mothers’ Day hike at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, my wife got a brief but fairly good look at a bird she believes was a Black-chinned Sparrow. I did not get my binoculars on it, nor did we hear it sing. Worth a look if you’re in the area. Before it flew to the south, the bird was in the stand of Queen Anne’s Lace(?) around the paved switchbacks near the top of Quarry Road. This species was seen here just about a year ago.

Doug Vaughan
Berkeley



First of Season Olive-sided Flycatcher, Lazuli Bunting

Alan Krakauer
 

Are the migrants finally trickling in? This morning I had my best visit this spring to the short trail at the Gyuto Foundation in Richmond, on the edge of Wildcat Canyon. 47 species in less than an hour and a half. I missed some regulars (Raven, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, Orange-crowned Warbler) so I feel like I could have had 50+ if I'd spent a little more time there.

The highlights were First of Season Olive-sided Flycatcher and Lazuli Bunting, plus recent-in-the-last-few-days Western Tanager and Yellow Warbler. Townsend's Warblers continue along with a pretty male Hermit Warbler.


Good Birding,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond CA


Observations from the Lazy Wye Naught -- finches

David Yeamans
 

On my 60 square feet of the Republic of California the house finch juveniles are sprouting the expected "horns" on their heads. It must be something like a "first pre-basic molt." Sometimes I've been asked if it's some new species but, no, it's not. By now the fledgelings are larger than their parents by body size (although the bones of fledgeling passerines are the same size as adult bones) because they are laying up fat to get them through the time when they are learning to survive on their own.

Meanwhile, the adult male is eating as much black oil sunflower seed as he can so he can regurgitate for the juvies. He's also showing them by example where the mostly natural food is. It's a big job and he's quite thin, not having time to eat for himself. I think the adult females must be eating separately from the pandemonium and I suppose it's their turn to recover from ovulation and such. The goldfinches are much the same except they come only for the water.
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Dave Yeamans

If you see bad, do good.


Re: Possible Black-chinned Sparrow at Sibley

rfs_berkeley
 

Check out this May 12, 2018 GGAS field trip list to Sibley.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S45604857

Photos are by John Missing & Ken Wahl (credited if you click on one).

Would be cool if these guys would stick around, but I think they like Chamise.

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Rusty Scalf


On 2021-05-09 17:06, Douglas Vaughan wrote:

On a Mothers' Day hike at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, my wife got a brief but fairly good look at a bird she believes was a Black-chinned Sparrow. I did not get my binoculars on it, nor did we hear it sing. Worth a look if you're in the area. Before it flew to the south, the bird was in the stand of Queen Anne's Lace(?) around the paved switchbacks near the top of Quarry Road. This species was seen here just about a year ago.

Doug Vaughan
Berkeley





Possible Black-chinned Sparrow at Sibley

Douglas Vaughan
 

On a Mothers’ Day hike at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, my wife got a brief but fairly good look at a bird she believes was a Black-chinned Sparrow. I did not get my binoculars on it, nor did we hear it sing. Worth a look if you’re in the area. Before it flew to the south, the bird was in the stand of Queen Anne’s Lace(?) around the paved switchbacks near the top of Quarry Road. This species was seen here just about a year ago.

Doug Vaughan
Berkeley


Gallinule ad Canada Goose Rescue

Rosalie
 

The male Common Gallinule in "breeding beak" was prowling the Nature Lake at Heather Farm, off San Carlos in Walnut Creek this morning, near the island. Nearby the Bushtits were feeding audible young in the coyote bush nest . Later Rosita and I rescued an injured Canada Goose with both legs entangled in fishing line. We were able to net it, remove the line and release the bird, who hobbled away.
Rosalie Howarth, Walnut Creek


Phainopepla-palozza on Mt Diablo

Derek
 

This morning John Toldi and I had a very enjoyable time hiking Green Ranch Road on Mount Diablo.  We parked slightly downhill on Summit Road from the trailhead and immediately had some nice migrant activity and also breeding Bell’s Sparrows.  We got a nice list together but what especially stood out was the density of Phainopeplas; we counted eleven in a one mile stretch which is the highest number ever submitted to eBird for Contra Costa County.

 

We were curious as to how this hike would compare to Mitchell Canyon and in looking at separate checklists submitted this morning by Kai Mills and Denise Wright (who got a Black-chinned Sparrow) they were fairly similar.  Mitchell Canyon obviously has it benefits but Green Ranch Road can be a nice stretch of birding and has the added benefit of Phainopeplas, much better probability of Bell’s Sparrow and less human traffic.  There was a large fog back that reached the edge of Mt Diablo this morning which might have affected the activity John and I saw.

 

Keep in mind that the park officially opens at 8:00am but we have found the North Gate Road gate typically opened at around 7:00am.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S87356646

 

Derek Heins


May 15 pelagic? Flycatchers, ID techniques and Seabirds workshops coming up.

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

    Our May 22 pelagic is sold out, but there is a possibility to add another date on the 15th. Two different Short-tailed Albatross were reported on research boats last week, one off Santa Cruz, one off San Mateo, that would be a find for sure. If you are interested on a 15th trip, let me know (reply to me directly) and we can see if we get enough people. Boats are restricted to about 2/3 capacity at this point. Pricing will be $170.

    Next week I start a flycatcher ID workshop (4 classes), while later on in the month SFBBO is hosting an Bird Identification techniques workshop I will teach, and finally in June I have a seabirds workshop lined up. Details and how to register can be found here:

 

https://www.alvarosadventures.com/events.html

 

good birding!

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


MT. View Cemetary reopening

judisierra
 

Re-opening to the public May 8. They sound pretty reluctant about it though. Only Sat. and Wednesdays. In Oakland.
https://www.mountainviewcemetery.org/resources/pilot-re-opening-plan


'yard' birds today

Jerry Britten
 

This morning I recorded 42 species on a walk around the property.  Only one sparrow, surprisingly a Lincoln's.  It was a 5-warbler species morning, and several of them spent some time picking aphids off an infested tree in our yard, offering some good photo ops.  Ebird checklist with some photos here https://ebird.org/checklist/S87245818 .   Still waiting for the lazuli bunting to show up.
Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory


Pileated Woodpecker

wespey
 

The continuing Pileated Woodpecker was on the job today at the dead tree on Stream Trail in Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park. When I arrived at 11 am he was hard at work excavating. Wood chopping sounds were evident. The cavity is now so large that the bird can disappear into it. It would emerge occasionally to toss out mouths full of fresh wood chips. During the 90 minutes I stayed there he made a few brief forays outside the cavity, but not departing. He flew off to the west at 12:30pm. A steady stream of passersby and other birderes didn't seem to bother him.

Bill Espey



Bethel Island

rosita94598
 

After meeting Steve Buffi by chance in Heather Farm Park this morning, we decided to make a quick run to Bethel Island.  So, though we were somewhat late going, we left his house around 8:30 or slightly after.

We had two Black-chinned Hummingbirds on the wires on the east side of the road.  One was at the corner of Bethel Island Road and W. Willow Road, the last road before the levee.  The other was just south of the gate into the field along the trees.  That hummer also perched in the dry tree on the west side of the road, which sticks up through all the greenery.

We did not find any Blue Grosbeaks, or Chats.  We did see the Avocets reported by Paul Schorr yesterday.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: help with mystery warbler(?) song - Pine Canyon, April 30

Marissa Ortega-Welch
 

I agree with Teale - I was also getting Yellow Warbler. It's very high pitched and "sweet." Curious to hear what others think.... 


On Wed, May 5, 2021 at 6:54 AM Teale Fristoe <fristoe@...> wrote:
Hi Kitty,

I'm able to hear your recording just fine. Have you considered Yellow Warbler? Your recording sounds very similar to the second northern song here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow_Warbler/sounds

Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

On Tue, May 4, 2021 at 9:41 PM whitesidekitty <whitesidekitty@...> wrote:
Hmm - I still have no problem accessing the checklist with this link:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S86873213
Kitty








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Marissa Ortega-Welch
Reporter & Editor 
 


Re: Pileated Redwood Park status

Sharon Jue
 

Hi, welcome to EBB!
 
Pileated Woodpeckers are rare in the east bay, so that eBird (if you're using it) won't show sightings on the hotspot site until they are confirmed. They do show up on rare bird alerts however, which have been streaming in steadily over the past few days:




















Number observed:1
UNCONFIRMED
 Details



Note also that Redwood Regional Park straddles the Alameda/Contra Costa county line, so some reports also appear on the Contra Costa rare bird alert. Within the park it is not obvious where the transition is, but the consensus seems to be that the trails end campsite sits within Alameda.

Hope that helps!
-Sharon Jue
Berkeley

On Wed, May 5, 2021 at 10:39 AM Wallace Ravven <walleye@...> wrote:
On Sat and Sunday we watched the male pileated chiseling away in snag nonstop near "Trails End" sign on Stream Trial, Redwood Regional Park.
Since someone else found no activity there more recently,  Please update if you go there.
Thanks,
Wallace Ravven 
wravven@...
New to ebb. Great resource!




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-Sharon Jue
~Berkeley


Pileated Redwood Park status

Wallace Ravven
 

On Sat and Sunday we watched the male pileated chiseling away in snag nonstop near "Trails End" sign on Stream Trial, Redwood Regional Park.
Since someone else found no activity there more recently, Please update if you go there.
Thanks,
Wallace Ravven
wravven@nasw.org
New to ebb. Great resource!


Re: help with mystery warbler(?) song - Pine Canyon, April 30

Susana dT
 
Edited

I played your recording for BirdNET and it said Black throated Gray warbler "almost certain".
I have the app in  my i-phone, you could also upload the recording with your computer on their website https://birdnet.cornell.edu/api/ . It is a free app.


Re: help with mystery warbler(?) song - Pine Canyon, April 30

Teale Fristoe
 

Hi Kitty,

I'm able to hear your recording just fine. Have you considered Yellow Warbler? Your recording sounds very similar to the second northern song here: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow_Warbler/sounds

Teale Fristoe
Berkeley


On Tue, May 4, 2021 at 9:41 PM whitesidekitty <whitesidekitty@...> wrote:
Hmm - I still have no problem accessing the checklist with this link:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S86873213
Kitty



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