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Black-chinned Sparrow- Mount Diablo

blakelock@sbcglobal.net
 

David Nickerson and I birded Mount Diablo today. David heard a Black-chinned Sparrow downslope on South Gate RD at the GPS points:

37.8419287,-121.9279359

We were able to get good looks. Pictures in Ebird report. Had 2 Bell’s Sparrows a little further up from the Black-chinned spot. They were about .5 mile below entrance kiosk where Bell’s have been seen in the past. 



We also birded the Green Ranch RD area and had another Bell’s Sparrow, a Hermit Warbler along with 2 Yellow, 2 Townsend’s, 1 Orange-crowned and 2 Wilson’s warblers. Plus a male and female Lawrence’s Goldfinch that were hanging out together. Possibly a breeding pair. 


Good Birding,

John Blakelock



Re: Acorn Woodpeckers near Lake Anza, in Tilden Regional Park

Jay
 

Well saw one today fly right in front of my face on Upper Strawberry Canyon fire road. Was running and not birding but probably my westernmost Acorn WP in Alameda County ever—i.e. the wrong side of the hills.


Jay Dodge
Berkeley


On May 19, 2021, at 1:02 PM, Sis via groups.io <scflef@...> wrote:

 Thank you.


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On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 10:54 AM, Kay Loughman <kayloughman@...> wrote:

All: 

September 2014 seems to have been significant for Acorn Woodpeckers in the East Bay Hills.  John Colbert reported the species in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve on Sept. 14, 2014.  They have been seen there regularly ever since.

Kay Loughman
in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border

David Quady and Nancy Boas wrote on 5/19/2021 10:43 AM:
Birders:

I live on the eastern edge of Berkeley, with Lake Anza in open view directly below our house. My first record of Acorn Woodpeckers at home was on September 30, 2014, a fall/winter irruption year. Hearing Acorn Woodpecker calling from the east, I went onto our deck to try to call one over to our side of the county line. Moments later I was chagrined to realize that they were already working the live oaks in our back yard.

Since then I’ve detected Acorn Woodpeckers pretty regularly from home, except for 2018 and 2019, when because of their absence or my neglect I recorded none in our yard. But I did detect them in Tilden those years, and on August 6, 2020 they reappeared in our yard. They’ve remained regular ever since. 

They’re welcome any time.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@...





    


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Unseasonal Molting Chestnut-backed Chickadees on Livermore

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Our nesting Chestnut-backed Chickadees here in Livermore are molting already.  Is this too early in the season?

Mike Correll-Feichtner 
Livermore


Re: Spotted Towhee numbers & Valle Vista

judisierra
 

Seems like spring time normal to me in the multiple parks I've been to. They're just more vocal and visible this time of year.


On Sunday, May 23, 2021, 09:27:26 AM PDT, don_quixote72 <dmsmith72@...> wrote:


Did the usual walk from the Valle Vista staging to the reservoir and beyond.  Many of the usual suspects of acorn woodpecker, western bluebird, chestnut backed chickadee,  3 or 4 red tailed hawks, red winged blackbird

I did count 4 spotted towhees and there were probably more I didn’t bother counting.  I have noticed a number of them in my yard as well.  I don’t remember hearing and seeing this many spotted towhees in the past.  Is this a big year for this bird?  Has anyone else noticed this in Contra Costa?




Pt Pinole hike full

Rosemary Johnson
 

The May 27 hike is fully reserved.  If you wish to be put on a wait list, let me know.
 
Cheers,
Rosemary


Re: Spotted Towhee numbers & Valle Vista

Rosemary Johnson
 

I heard an unusual number (I thought) at Pt Pinole yesterday.  Don't remember having hardly any in this vicinity before, too coastal generally for them.  But they were in the eucalyptus trees, seemingly throughout.

On 05/23/2021 11:30 AM Alan Howe <adhowe@...> wrote:
 
 
FWIW, there were certainly a great many spotted towhees @ Sibley on the day of the bird count (5/8). I've never seen or heard that many before up there. (I even had a "conversation" of sorts with 1 who moved on his branch to have a better view of me & responded to my English with his Towhee. He really seemed interested in me.)
Alan Howe
North Oakland

On Sun, May 23, 2021 at 9:27 AM don_quixote72 < dmsmith72@...> wrote:
Did the usual walk from the Valle Vista staging to the reservoir and beyond.  Many of the usual suspects of acorn woodpecker, western bluebird, chestnut backed chickadee,  3 or 4 red tailed hawks, red winged blackbird

I did count 4 spotted towhees and there were probably more I didn’t bother counting.  I have noticed a number of them in my yard as well.  I don’t remember hearing and seeing this many spotted towhees in the past.  Is this a big year for this bird?  Has anyone else noticed this in Contra Costa?







Re: Spotted Towhee numbers & Valle Vista

Alan Howe
 

FWIW, there were certainly a great many spotted towhees @ Sibley on the day of the bird count (5/8). I've never seen or heard that many before up there. (I even had a "conversation" of sorts with 1 who moved on his branch to have a better view of me & responded to my English with his Towhee. He really seemed interested in me.)
Alan Howe
North Oakland

On Sun, May 23, 2021 at 9:27 AM don_quixote72 <dmsmith72@...> wrote:
Did the usual walk from the Valle Vista staging to the reservoir and beyond.  Many of the usual suspects of acorn woodpecker, western bluebird, chestnut backed chickadee,  3 or 4 red tailed hawks, red winged blackbird

I did count 4 spotted towhees and there were probably more I didn’t bother counting.  I have noticed a number of them in my yard as well.  I don’t remember hearing and seeing this many spotted towhees in the past.  Is this a big year for this bird?  Has anyone else noticed this in Contra Costa?




This morning on the Hayward Marsh (Winton)

Lawrence Danos
 

I walked out along the channel at the end of W. Winton St. about 8:00am this morning. It was almost high tide and experienced some raptor experiences:
1. A northern harrier flew low only about 30 feet in front of me. This was on the way out to the Bay.
2. A red tail hawk sat on top of a bush within 25 yards from me and screeched a "Welcome to the marsh" tune. On top of the north landfill hill along the trail.
3. A red tail soaring with turkey vulture high above the landfill hill.

Also the channel had about 10 snowy egrets tending to business in the channel along with several mallards There was one great egret at the channel's bay end. Song sparrows were numerous along the trail over the landfill mound on the way back to the parking area. There were many other small unidentified birds.


Spotted Towhee numbers & Valle Vista

don_quixote72
 

Did the usual walk from the Valle Vista staging to the reservoir and beyond. Many of the usual suspects of acorn woodpecker, western bluebird, chestnut backed chickadee, 3 or 4 red tailed hawks, red winged blackbird

I did count 4 spotted towhees and there were probably more I didn’t bother counting. I have noticed a number of them in my yard as well. I don’t remember hearing and seeing this many spotted towhees in the past. Is this a big year for this bird? Has anyone else noticed this in Contra Costa?


Re: [pen-bird] Fremont Area

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Odd, that information is not appended to every post.

Mike Correll-Feichtner 
Livermore 



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-------- Original message --------
From: "richard s. cimino" <rscimino@...>
Date: 5/19/21 4:48 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: "'Sally M. Walters'" <bajaowl@...>
Cc: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: Re: [EBB-Sightings] [pen-bird] Fremont Area

Eastbay birds this is the address /  EBB-Sightings@groups.io

-----Original Message-----
From: peninsula-birding@groups.io <peninsula-birding@groups.io> On Behalf Of
Sally M. Walters
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:51 PM
To: peninsula-birding@groups.io
Subject: [pen-bird] Fremont Area

Can someone tell me the list serve name that includes Fremont?  I have a
Texas morph Lesser Goldfinch to post for a friend.  There is a video and
some photos.

Sally Walters
Sacramento






Some notes from birding on Wednesday in Central Contra Costa

rosita94598
 

I wanted to try for the Grasshopper Sparrows uphill near the Sindicich Lagoon at the north end of Briones Regional Park, so found a friend to join me.  Cheryl and I started walking from the upper parking lot on Old Briones Road about 8:20 and realized just how windy it was today.  All the lagoons are bone dry, we almost lost our hats a couple of times and we neither heard nor saw a Grasshopper Sparrow.  No Lark Sparrows or Horned Larks, either.

We did have a Golden Eagle being bird-dogged by a Red-tailed Hawk, a White-tailed Kite, and in the trees downhill we had a Wrentit and House Wren feeding their fledgling kids.  Elegant Clarkia was abundant along the road and we had plenty of Ithuriel's Spears, too.

After leaving, I drove through downtown Martinez and stopped at Mococo Pond north of the railroad tracks and east of the Benicia Bridge.  There is easy parking on the entry road to EcoServices and I parked there to view the Egret rookery in the Eucalyptus trees there.  I also had a Killdeer with a young one in the plastic lined pond just to the north.

I drove Waterbird Way all the way to the dump transfer station.  The pond along the road is also bone dry--how disappointing.

I then drove Waterfront Road to the end at the bridge over Lower Walnut Creek.  I was happy to see that most of the camping vehicles have been moved out of there, but the County will have some work to do collecting all the trash.  On the way back and well before the TransMontaigne Pipeline parking area, I saw a strange bird walking along the railroad tracks to my left.  I stopped quickly and then realized it was a hen Turkey.  While looking with my binoculars, I saw she had 5 little poults with her.  They we much shorter than the steel rails were tall, so they could not have been more than a few days old.  What an out of the way place for this species.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: [pen-bird] Fremont Area

richard s. cimino
 

Eastbay birds this is the address / EBB-Sightings@groups.io

-----Original Message-----
From: peninsula-birding@groups.io <peninsula-birding@groups.io> On Behalf Of
Sally M. Walters
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:51 PM
To: peninsula-birding@groups.io
Subject: [pen-bird] Fremont Area

Can someone tell me the list serve name that includes Fremont? I have a
Texas morph Lesser Goldfinch to post for a friend. There is a video and
some photos.

Sally Walters
Sacramento


Orinda Connector and Bear Creek Trails, EBMUD watershed

tracy_farrington
 

This trail head is just a bit northeast of the intersection of San Pablo Dam Rd., and
Bear Creek Rd., and on most maps is simply labeled Old San Pablo Trail. It 
winds through protected watershed, and features some spectacularly beautiful 
(perhaps in a haunted sort of way) old growth mixed riparian.

First encountered: three Orange-crowned Warblers, two Wilson's Warblers, and a
Warbling Vireo. The canopy and mid-level hosted at least a couple dozen Chestnut-backed
Chickadees

Following the above, I found a Swainson's Thrush near the creek. Later, I would see two, and 
hear three more Swainson's.

As with the Nimitz/Inspiration trails, earlier, Spotted Towhees were in abundance. Nuttall's, Hairy, and
Acorn Woodpeckers were added along the hike. Before getting to the foot of the Briones Reservoir spillway,
I had Violet-green, Barn, and Cliff Swallows. Prior to walking out, I spotted a pair of Ash-throated Flycatchers,
and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher, confirmed by call. 

I should visit more often.

Good birding!

Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek


Inspiration and Nimitz Trails, Tilden Regional Park

tracy_farrington
 

This morning, around 6:30, I paid a visit to a couple favored locations at Inspiration Point,
the EBMUD Inspiration Trail (permit required), and the Nimitz Trail. Conditions were clear, breezy
and cool. Other trail users were few in number. 

I'd barely stepped out of my car at the edge of the parking lot when a Lazuli Bunting began 
singing in some shrubbery but a few feet away. "Nice way to start", I said to no one in particular.
There was an abundance of bird song, mostly at a distance. Heading down the Inspiration, I 
promptly heard an Olive-sided Flycatcher but failed to see it. Spotted Towhees were "cat-calling"
every hundred feet, or so it seemed. Several Wrentits were heard in the distance. Before too long a 
Macgillivray's Warbler popped up and started singing, competing with two nearby Orange-crowned Warblers.
Before getting to the end and hopping the gate to return on the Nimitz, two more brightly singing Lazuli
Buntings were seen.

Things were somewhat slow along the Nimitz but I did find another Macgillivray's, and two Northern Flickers
I left Inspiration Point and headed for the Orinda Connector Trail, another EBMUD property. Report to follow
with next post.

Good birding, folks.

Tracy Farrington'
Walnut Creek 


Re: Acorn Woodpeckers near Lake Anza, in Tilden Regional Park

Sis
 

On Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 10:54 AM, Kay Loughman <kayloughman@...> wrote:

All: 

September 2014 seems to have been significant for Acorn Woodpeckers in the East Bay Hills.  John Colbert reported the species in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve on Sept. 14, 2014.  They have been seen there regularly ever since.

Kay Loughman
in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border

David Quady and Nancy Boas wrote on 5/19/2021 10:43 AM:
Birders:

I live on the eastern edge of Berkeley, with Lake Anza in open view directly below our house. My first record of Acorn Woodpeckers at home was on September 30, 2014, a fall/winter irruption year. Hearing Acorn Woodpecker calling from the east, I went onto our deck to try to call one over to our side of the county line. Moments later I was chagrined to realize that they were already working the live oaks in our back yard.

Since then I’ve detected Acorn Woodpeckers pretty regularly from home, except for 2018 and 2019, when because of their absence or my neglect I recorded none in our yard. But I did detect them in Tilden those years, and on August 6, 2020 they reappeared in our yard. They’ve remained regular ever since. 

They’re welcome any time.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@...





    


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Re: Acorn Woodpecker near Lake Anza

Sharon Jue
 

" I've always thought of the East Bay Hills and slopes as a dividing line with Acorn Woodpeckers only to the east. "
Dr. Walt Koenig* said much the same in a talk I attended a few years back. He was mildly surprised to hear they had already colonized Claremont Canyon in Berkeley. However they are widespread and expanding their range, which already reaches South America: https://ebird.org/science/status-and-trends/acowoo/range-map . If you want to see more of them, eBird is a great tool: https://ebird.org/map/acowoo?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2021 

*his research shows they have a very unusual social structure: http://hastingsreserve.org/current-research/acorn-woodpeckers.html
Enjoy these fascinating creatures!

On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 10:12 AM Kate Hoffman <kateh44@...> wrote:
I've always thought of the East Bay Hills and slopes as a dividing line with Acorn Woodpeckers only to the east. But they are now active near the Skyline parking area in Redwood Park (not far from Valle Vista as the woodpecker flies). And logically it seems that the oaks that gave Oakland its name would have been an Acorn Woodpecker magnet. Glad to know they've made inroads in Tilden!




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Re: Acorn Woodpeckers near Lake Anza, in Tilden Regional Park

Kay Loughman
 

All: 

September 2014 seems to have been significant for Acorn Woodpeckers in the East Bay Hills.  John Colbert reported the species in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve on Sept. 14, 2014.  They have been seen there regularly ever since.

Kay Loughman
in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border

David Quady and Nancy Boas wrote on 5/19/2021 10:43 AM:
Birders:

I live on the eastern edge of Berkeley, with Lake Anza in open view directly below our house. My first record of Acorn Woodpeckers at home was on September 30, 2014, a fall/winter irruption year. Hearing Acorn Woodpecker calling from the east, I went onto our deck to try to call one over to our side of the county line. Moments later I was chagrined to realize that they were already working the live oaks in our back yard.

Since then I’ve detected Acorn Woodpeckers pretty regularly from home, except for 2018 and 2019, when because of their absence or my neglect I recorded none in our yard. But I did detect them in Tilden those years, and on August 6, 2020 they reappeared in our yard. They’ve remained regular ever since. 

They’re welcome any time.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@...








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Acorn Woodpeckers near Lake Anza, in Tilden Regional Park

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Birders:

I live on the eastern edge of Berkeley, with Lake Anza in open view directly below our house. My first record of Acorn Woodpeckers at home was on September 30, 2014, a fall/winter irruption year. Hearing Acorn Woodpecker calling from the east, I went onto our deck to try to call one over to our side of the county line. Moments later I was chagrined to realize that they were already working the live oaks in our back yard.

Since then I’ve detected Acorn Woodpeckers pretty regularly from home, except for 2018 and 2019, when because of their absence or my neglect I recorded none in our yard. But I did detect them in Tilden those years, and on August 6, 2020 they reappeared in our yard. They’ve remained regular ever since.

They’re welcome any time.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@att.net


Re: Acorn Woodpecker near Lake Anza

Kate Hoffman
 

I've always thought of the East Bay Hills and slopes as a dividing line with Acorn Woodpeckers only to the east. But they are now active near the Skyline parking area in Redwood Park (not far from Valle Vista as the woodpecker flies). And logically it seems that the oaks that gave Oakland its name would have been an Acorn Woodpecker magnet. Glad to know they've made inroads in Tilden!


Re: Acorn Woodpecker near Lake Anza

Graham Chisholm
 

There are several Acorn Woodpeckers just north of the Lone Oak Picnic area (which lies north of Lake Anza and south of the Jewell Lake Nature Center).  They seemed to have appeared during the recent irruption year and now seem to have settled in, and are occasionally along the lower portion of the Meadow Canyon Trail as well. 

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley

On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 8:45 PM Claude Lyneis <cmlyneis@...> wrote:
I spotted a pair of Acorn Woodpeckers about 100 yards from the Lake Anza parking lot about 1 PM today.  This was after checking out Lake Anza and walking about a mile along the Wildcat Gorge and not seeing anything worth pulling out the camera.  It only the second time that I have seen Acorn Woodpeckers in Tilden or anywhere.

A bit far away, but a decent shot.  https://flic.kr/p/2kZsmTJ





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