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Re: Hawk at Kaiser Hospital atrium

Megan Jankowski
 

Bay Raptor Rescue (https://www.bayraptorrescue.org/) is one such org that rescues hawks trapped in buildings. Sounds like someone, maybe them, is already on the case. If it's a bird that has eaten recently, it might take some time for it to go for the bait.

Megan Jankowski
Oakland

On Fri, Jun 18, 2021 at 3:21 PM Jone Taylor <jonetaylor1@...> wrote:
My son in law just mailed me a picture of a beautiful hawk who is coming daily to the atrium next to the cafeteria and sits on a table. He says animal control has put out mice and a small bird and have a net there but he's not interested. I'm worried about his safety.




Re: Hawk at Kaiser Hospital atrium

Aaron Maizlish
 

Hi Jen,

I’m sorry but EBB does not allow for photo attachments, by popular consensus (to reduce the size of group emails). If you want to share a photo, you need to put it on a photo sharing site such as Flickr or eBird and then provide a link to it. Thanks for understanding, 

Aaron - moderator


On Jun 18, 2021, at 3:27 PM, Jen Taylor Carlson <jentaylorcarlson@...> wrote:


Here is a pic

On Fri, Jun 18, 2021, 3:21 PM Jone Taylor <jonetaylor1@...> wrote:
My son in law just mailed me a picture of a beautiful hawk who is coming daily to the atrium next to the cafeteria and sits on a table. He says animal control has put out mice and a small bird and have a net there but he's not interested. I'm worried about his safety.







Re: Hawk at Kaiser Hospital atrium

Jen Taylor Carlson
 

Here is a pic


On Fri, Jun 18, 2021, 3:21 PM Jone Taylor <jonetaylor1@...> wrote:
My son in law just mailed me a picture of a beautiful hawk who is coming daily to the atrium next to the cafeteria and sits on a table. He says animal control has put out mice and a small bird and have a net there but he's not interested. I'm worried about his safety.




Hawk at Kaiser Hospital atrium

Jone Taylor
 

My son in law just mailed me a picture of a beautiful hawk who is coming daily to the atrium next to the cafeteria and sits on a table. He says animal control has put out mice and a small bird and have a net there but he's not interested. I'm worried about his safety.


Zeiss

Steve Taylor
 

This is not the purpose of this web site so I apologize to all in advance.

Recently my pair of Zeiss 8x25 Victory binoculars broke. A little wheel part broke off for unknown reasons. I sent them back to the Zeiss repair facility in Kansas. They emailed me when they received them. They emailed me after they inspected them and they emailed me asking if I wanted my old pair back. I said no.

Today I received a brand new pair, case and all shipped overnight at no charge. That’s what you call outstanding customer service and standing behind their warranty.

Keep this in mind next time you are looking to upgrade or purchase a new pair of binoculars or a scope.

Steve Taylor


Re: Nude Birding in Walnut Creek

KENNETH ARCHAMBAULT
 

Hugh, I just heard Jean Richmond laugh. Best regards, -Ken Archambault, Birmingham, Alabama

On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 11:38:12 AM CDT, rosita94598 via groups.io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


i left the house for Heather Farm Park this morning and when I arrived I realized my binoculars were not around my neck.  So, I went birding nude, so to speak. 

Nothing exciting bird wise, we seem to be starting the summer doldrums early here.  Song Sparrows were singing, I heard a Nuttall's Woodpecker, Scrub Jay and Bushtits.  The Muscovy Duck was hanging with the Canada Geese on the lawn near the concrete pond, seven ducklings are left from the family of nine first seen on Sunday in the mostly natural pond.  No Red-shouldered Hawk today, but a Red-tailed Hawk was seen on a power pole.

Admittedly, it helps to know what birds to expect and where to look for them.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek




Nude Birding in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

i left the house for Heather Farm Park this morning and when I arrived I realized my binoculars were not around my neck.  So, I went birding nude, so to speak. 

Nothing exciting bird wise, we seem to be starting the summer doldrums early here.  Song Sparrows were singing, I heard a Nuttall's Woodpecker, Scrub Jay and Bushtits.  The Muscovy Duck was hanging with the Canada Geese on the lawn near the concrete pond, seven ducklings are left from the family of nine first seen on Sunday in the mostly natural pond.  No Red-shouldered Hawk today, but a Red-tailed Hawk was seen on a power pole.

Admittedly, it helps to know what birds to expect and where to look for them.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


junco fledgling, osprey kettle

lwpayne919
 

thurdsay in a the yard of a preschool at 8th and adeline, a fledgling junco was insistently peeping for food from tree branches and on the ground, and a junco parent was dutifully finding bugs and rushing back to feed it

…while 6 year olds ran all around

the junco adult was cautious when humans came to close; the baby did not appear to notice anything but its parent

saturday at 3pm walking on webster near 49th st, i heard a chirp and looked up and saw 2 osprey high high up circling and regularly calling, then a few min later there were 4 or 5 circling together

as i was standing there looking up for many minutes, 3 young kids ran out from a house and said “what are you looking at??!!”

lewis


Green Ranch Rd. 6/12

Ethan Monk
 

Today I walked ~1.5 miles down Green Ranch Rd. in Mt. Diablo from about 8am-1030am. I walked until I hit the remnants of the Green family summer home, and then walked back upslope on the same route. After a rather bizarre Spring, it was a rather bizarre hike with three sightings that felt remarkably out of season. A pair of Pine Siskins spent a good amount of time close to where Green Ranch Rd. x Summit Rd. The birds flew off after a little bit and didn't seem to return, and I found no evidence to confirm breeding, but I wouldn't be surprised considering recent confirmations of Siskin breeding (or attempting to) far out of regular range in the desert. But I would presume they are most likely late migrants. A Red-breasted Nuthatch in about the same location is probably one of few precious June-July records on Diablo, although there are a couple late May records, including a pair noted in the atlas May 21, year unknown. And in the chaparral closer to Oak Knoll Picnic Area an intergrade flicker capped off this list of "winter birds." In other more expected news, most of the breeding Phainopeplas appear to have dispersed, but one male continued to reluctantly feed a very grown fledgling by the Green residence. Two Pacific-slope Flycatchers were the only migrants I could find, excepting whatever the first three species are--migrants/summering birds/breeders?

Good birding,
Ethan M


Harris Hawks and Gull Management!

Jim Chiropolos
 

As I was leaving the Waste Management Facility next to Oyster Bay in San Leandro, I ran into a falconer with a Harris Hawk! The Waste Management District uses the hawks to mitigate gull numbers at the facility and For the falconer, Harris Hawks are preferred as a Peregrine will zoom all over the place. What a great green management tool! and the falconer reports gull numbers are down (sorry Noah!).

I was able to watch her fly the bird and the gulls ignore the hawk until the hood comes off - then they start watching!When the bird flies, the gulls scatter. The falconer reported a resident red-tail as she does not fly her bird when the red-tail is in the air. Once the redtail did see the Harris and dove and slammed it onto a roof. The Harris is present several days a week. This bird is probably not visible from next to the site as she flies the bird to keep a visual sight line.

Pretty cool stuff going on from an area I have biked and birded by many times without knowing.

Wow and what a lucky encounter today!

Jim Chiropolos, Orinda


On retreat until late afternoon of Sunday June 13

Joyce Rybandt
 

Hello,

 

I’ll be on a meditation retreat until next Sunday, June 13, and will not be checking email until Sunday evening or Monday morning. If you need to get hold of me sooner and have my cell phone number, I may check my Texts occasionally.

 

Have a good week.

 

Joyce


Walnut Creek sightings

rosita94598
 

Things have slowed considerably in the Heather Farm area.  It seems the Red-winged Blackbirds have done their thing and are all gone.  The Canada Geese have done their thing and there are 74 of them according to Ted's eBird report from yesterday.  I'm not sure how many of them are this year's model, but quite a few.

There are eight Mallard ducklings which seem will make it to adulthood.  Lots of House Finches with young around, and even Western Bluebirds.  Sometimes they are around the fenced community garden, sometimes they are near the entry to the private Seven Hills School.

I was shown today where an active Red-tailed Hawk nest is west of the Walnut Creek channel.  This made me pretty happy.  The street below is painted with whitewash. 

Our own patio north of the park continues to have the Chickadees bringing their kids for seeds and water.  Faith, who showed me the hawk nest, also showed me photos of Hooded Orioles in her backyard on Cherry Lane.  There are plenty of palm trees scattered around her neighborhood.

I went with Sandy Ritchie on Sunday to visit Ellis Lake in Concord which is frequently visited by Albert Linkowski and reported to eBird.  We did not find his Tricolored Blackbird, but we did find the Green Heron, DC Cormorant, Western Bluebirds and Hooded Orioles.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


locked Re: Caution should be used parking at Bort Meadow gravel lot

Steve Taylor
 

Linda

Sorry to heart that. Sadly that is a somewhat remote lot. Is your car an SUV type vehicle. It would be nice to catch these people because they sell the stuff someplace and that place needs to be taken down also.

On Jun 7, 2021, at 4:52 PM, Linda Jacobs <lfj0424@gmail.com> wrote:

Not sure if it is appropriate to post this but it needs to be said. Friday we went to bird at Bort Meadow on Redwood Road at noonish for about an hour or so. When we returned to our car and started it was very loud and different than usual. We discovered that someone had tried to steal our catalytic converter in that short time. Must have been in the process when we returned. There were only a few cars in the lot.
Be aware.
Linda Jacobs



Meeker Slough, Richmond

Sheila Dickie
 

There were over two hundred Brown Pelicans in the water and in the air near the dilapidated pier south of the Meeker Slough bridge in Marina Bay this afternoon at about 2:30 p m. June 7.  They flew in from all over the Bay in waves.

Also heard and seen near the bridge three White crowned Sparrows.

A Ridgway's Rail was seen in the furthermost channel to the right looking out towards San Francisco from the bridge.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond


locked Re: Caution should be used parking at Bort Meadow gravel lot

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Our car is alarmed....kind of hard to do.
We had driven past that lot on the way home from the Stream Trail / Trails End Picnic Area on May 31st.

Mike Correll-Feichtner 
Livermore



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-------- Original message --------
From: Linda Jacobs <lfj0424@...>
Date: 6/7/21 4:52 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: EBB-Sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Caution should be used parking at Bort Meadow gravel lot

Not sure if it is appropriate to post this but it needs to be said. Friday we went to bird at Bort Meadow on Redwood Road at noonish for about an hour or so. When we returned to our car and started it was very loud and different than usual. We discovered that someone had tried to steal our catalytic converter in that short time. Must have been in the process when we returned. There were only a few cars in the lot.
Be aware.
Linda Jacobs


locked Caution should be used parking at Bort Meadow gravel lot

Linda Jacobs
 

Not sure if it is appropriate to post this but it needs to be said. Friday we went to bird at Bort Meadow on Redwood Road at noonish for about an hour or so. When we returned to our car and started it was very loud and different than usual. We discovered that someone had tried to steal our catalytic converter in that short time. Must have been in the process when we returned. There were only a few cars in the lot.
Be aware.
Linda Jacobs


Continuing Cassin's Vireo & in Tilden - plus Lark Sparrow

Zac Denning
 

There's a continuing Cassin's vireo hanging out at the Loop Road Parking area, at the trailhead for the Wildcat Gorge and Meadows Canyon trails in Tilden, not far from the Little Farm. I heard one in this same area on 4/18 (though my list used the general Tilden location), and another ebirder has reported it for the Meadows Area 4 times since May 21. I heard it again on my weekly run this morning - and was able to get a good look at it this evening, including the typical CAVI spectacles, hooked vireo beak, olive back and yellow-olive wash on the flank. 

I also found a Lark Sparrow on the Conlon Trail, .4 miles from the Wildcat Creek trail, and about 2.5 miles from the Little Farm parking area (GPS point: 37.932048, -122.281412), foraging with juncos and House Finches. I first saw the white tail corners, then got a nice look at that handsome harlequin face pattern and central breast spot. 

Other birds from this morning and evening included a Cal Thrasher that ran onto Nimitz Rd right in front of me, 3 singing Lazuli Buntings, a continuing MacGillivray's warbler and a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher along the Meadows Canyon trail, House Wrens in the Nimitz way Euc grove, a kiting Kite, the usual Olive-sided Flycatcher on the West side of the Meadows area, and most of the other usual Tilden suspects. I also found a baby Kingsnake on the Meadow Canyons trail - and helped it to the side of the path.

I was unsuccessful this morning at re-finding the Grasshopper Sparrow I recorded singing last week on the Conlon trail - but I'll consider the Lark Sparrow a decent trade for my efforts. I also didn't see last week's Say's Phoebe at the top of the Conlon trail. 

These sightings were from my weekly 8 mile run this morning, plus a hike this evening on the Meadows Canyon and Wildcat Gorge trails. No photos or recordings this time. 

Ebird list for the evening hike with Cassin's Vireo: https://ebird.org/checklist/S89763270

Ebird list from the 8 mile run: (spanning 4 different ebird hotspot areas, and using the general Tilden list): https://ebird.org/checklist/S89725732


Happy birding,

Zac Denning


Briones Reservoir

rfs_berkeley
 

Joe Eaton and I did an eBird walk this morning at Briones Reservoir, hiking 1.5 miles in from the north entrance.

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We had a singing male Black-throated Gray Warbler.  Well seen.  Seems late for a migrant.

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A big surprise was a Downy Woodpecker nest hole with young in the nest, being fed by and adult female, then a second adult female; the two at the nest hole at the same time.  Joe did some research in Birds of the World and several cases of adult female 'helpers' are noted in the species account, though all in the East.  Both these adult females fed the young in the nest.

   Rusty Scalf

   Berkeley, CA




Drumming Pileated Woodpecker, Redwood Regional Park. Memorial Day, 31. 2021

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 



On  Memorial Day, 31 May 2021 Ron and I hiked 5.1 miles round-trip along the Stream Trail at Redwood Regional Park above Oakland, California.  Hike was about 2 and a quarter hours' duration.  No Lifers for Ron on this trip, but I was able to strike off my nemeses bird, Pileated Woodpecker we heard only its drumming. never saw the bird....bird is rarely found in this part of California.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S89463829

Mike Correll-Feichtner 
Livermore 


Leopard Sharks - Emeryville

Jim Chiropolos
 

I walked the Boardwalk part of the Emeryvillle Powell street area and I saw at least 30 presumed Leopard Sharks in the shallow water at a low tide in multiple locations. If you scanned the water, projecting dorsal fin and tail fins were everywhere. Based on kayaking, I know this count is very low - there were likely hundreds.

No bait fish were present breaking the water and the sharks appeared to be slowly rolling at times. Is this a breeding, spawning or migration event? There were no fast movements I would associate with feeding. I have only seen this here several times before, buts its quite spectacular to see sharks maybe 4 feet or bigger within 30 feet of the boardwalk.

To make this a completely proper post a singing male Western Tanager was calling in the yard over the three day holiday weekend, but appeared to have departed today as no females were present. The bird sure liked the red bottlebrush blossoms when not singing!

Jim Chiropolos
Emeryville and Orinda

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