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Harlequin Duck Miller Knox

Sheila Dickie
 

Hi everyone
 
I am reporting two sightings of the male Harlequin Duck at Miller Knox Regional
Park in Pt. Richmond.
 
The first was yesterday afternoon, March lst; I saw the duck  from 4-5 p.m.  And
today in the company of birders from the UC Section Club, I saw the duck again
at 10:30 a.m.
 
Location of duck:  March lst.  I parked in the central parking lot of the park
and walked out along the rocky shoreline headed towards the pier.  As the RR
tracks come to an end, if you look out in the bay you will see two concrete
columns close in.  The duck was in that vicinity along with a female Surf
Scoter, and remained for an hour, diving and surfing the waves.  Today March 2nd
the duck was loafing with two surf scoters further up the shoreline nearer to
the pier.  Again close in.
 
There are still hundreds of gulls and ducks out in the bay, and yesterday there
were hundreds of cormorants as well.
 
Best Birding
Sheila Dickie


Evening Grosbeaks Pleasanton

richard s. cimino
 

As report yesterday by Henry Hansen the Evening Grosbeaks in much
smaller numbers (5) are still present on Harvest and Greenwood at 7:30
a.m. today 3/2, in Pleasanton.
There 75 + Cedar Waxwing's, many Robins, Flicker and Mocking bird in the
two fruit bearing trees.
The Evening Grosbeaks were seen by Jim Lomax , Jim Ross and myself .
Jim Lomax and I also locate a smaller group of 3 on Gatetree circle.
On my way home with a large Peets coffee in hand I located 2 more
Evening Grosbeaks on Crestline and Northway Rd.,- in this area they're
associating with flock of 12 House Finch's.
It is not raining in Pleasanton but it is very windy.
Have a great day,
Rich Cimino


Pleasanton Evening Grosbeaks

henry hansen <forestfalcon@...>
 

Being relatively new to Pleasanton and the East Bay, 38+ Evening Grosbeaks on the corner of Harvest and Greenwood at 7:30 a.m. on 3/1 were of interest to me. They were associated with a usual flock of nearby Cedar Waxwings, but the "clicking" sound from their eating dried fruit in the corner trees caught my attention. Can anyone tell me if these grosbeaks are "regular" here? I'll check again tomorrow morning to see if any remain.


Pinole Hooded Mergansers

Laura Look <chamaea@...>
 

Today (Tues, March 1), I saw (finally!) 3 HOODED MERGANSERS (1 male, 2 females) in Pinole Creek at 10:30 am. They were just downstream of the railroad trestle at Fernandez Park.

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA


Alameda Cty Nemesis Bird--No More

Judith Dunham
 

Having missed a certain flycatcher last year at Garin Regional Park over at least three visits, I thought I'd try again for this species. I covered the area east of Jordan Pond and north of the main part of the pond for nearly an hour when the recently reported HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER flew onto a branch in the middle of the first creek crossing north of the pond. The bird showed off all sides, then headed south into the trees.

Many birds were vocalizing and/or foraging in pairs, including Red- shouldered Hawks, Hutton's Vireos, and Western Bluebirds.

For directions to the park, go to www.ebparks.org/parks/garin.

Heads up!

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA


Tufted Duck-Lake Merritt

Mark Rauzon
 

Following up on Joe Morlan's and Noah Arthur's reports from Lake Merritt, I found the male Tufted Duck courting a female Lesser Scaup by waving his rather impressive ponytail.


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h8383670#h8383670



The Tufted Duck was in the large scaup flock outside of the island area to the north, but swam in closer to shore.
The female Redhead and Ring-necked ducks were in the island area, and a second year Thayer's Gull in the bird bath area.
Good Luck.
Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Hammond's Flycatcher Continues at Garin

Ken Wilson <kaeagles@...>
 

On the trail leading from the parking lot up to the pond, Hammond's Flycatcher was moving about in the trees on the west side of the pond (I-880 side). He generally stayed in the middle grouping of trees after passing the sign posted on the trail for those fishing. Also seen in the same general area was Bewick's Wren, several Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a moving group of Bushtits, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Robins. On the other side of the park near the access gate for the trail going up the hill, a couple of Black Phoebe's, numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers,Western Bluebirds, and House Finches were seen. A fellow birder observed a Nuttail's WP and a Northern Flicker was heard.

Images of some of the birds are posted at the link below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/?saved=1

Ken Wilson
Pleasanton


Miller-Knox Harlequin Duck

Laura Look <chamaea@...>
 

The male HARLEQUIN DUCK was seen today (Mon., Feb. 28) at 1:10 pm at Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline in Richmond. He was snoozing, and later diving a little bit, just off shore in the Bay near the "lagoon".

There are still thousands of gulls (including Mew Gulls) and ducks on the Bay in this area, particularly under Western Dr.

Also seen at Miller-Knox RS were a Brown Creeper, a Red-throated Loon, 2 Black Oystercatchers, 2 Pelagic Cormorants, a Whimbrel, and a White-tailed Kite.

I did NOT see the Brown Thrasher on Lobos Ave in Point Richmond.

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA


Pacific-slope Flycatcher.

Phila Rogers <philajane6@...>
 

Good Morning:

I just heard a Pacific-slope Flycatcher calling (singing?) from the eucalyptus trees across from my house, two blocks north of Lawrence Hall of Science.  I checked in "Birds of Northern California: An Annotated Field List" and see that a few may be heard or seen early in March.  Does seem a bit early, but its vocalization is distinctive.

Also few days ago I heard a brief burst of song from a Ruby-crowned Kinglet which seems about right as it corresponds each year with the blooming of my crab apple.

Phila Rogers







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"Big Day" 2/26

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

I did a Big Day yesterday, going to Crown Beach/Washington Park and Lake
Merritt. Both places had some good birds, although nothing really exciting. My
first place was Crown Beach/Washington Park. The female Baltimore Oriole was not
seen in about 20-30 minutes of waiting and looking, but it can take a lot of
waiting to see her, so perhaps she is still there. The eucs where she usually
hangs out had at least one ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD The best bird was a male VARIED
THRUSH at Crown Beach, foraging under oak trees along the fence line, just east
of the flagpole. A YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER was also in this area,
perching with three RED-SHAFTEDS in one of the bare sycamore trees. There were
all the regular ducks, gulls and shorebirds at the beach, WESTERN, CLARK'S,
HORNED, and EARED GREBES, plus an interesting peep with DUNLINS near the little
point at the north end of Crown. In plumage, it looked okay for Western, but its
bill seemed very short.


Lake Merritt was the best I've ever seen it. It was a six-Aythya day: male
TUFTED DUCK, female REDHEAD, and male RING-NECKED DUCK were all present and in
close, with the many GREATER and LESSER SCAUP and CANVASBACKS between the
islands and the nature center. BOTH GOLDENEYES were present farther out, as well
as the largest number of COMMON MERGANSERS I've ever seen at Lake Merritt. It
was also a seven-gull day at the Lake, with GLAUCOUS-WINGED, WESTERN, AMERICAN
HERRING, THAYER'S, CALIFORNIA, RING-BILLED and MEW. As usual, the most numerous
were G-winged, Western, and Ring-billed along with a few California, and singles
of Thayer's, Herring, and Mew.

A drama unfolded as a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK pounced on a PIGEON,
knocking the Pigeon into the water. The Pigeon recovered itself, flew out of the
water and to the shore, and dived under a park bench. The hawk, after missing
its mark, rammed into a sign post just behind the bench. It was okay but flew
away without its dinner, who was still hiding under the bench.    

Noah Arthur, Oakland


Fw: Harlequin Duck & Red-throated Loon in Pt Richmond (Correction)

Ken Wilson <kaeagles@...>
 

The Loon reported on below looks like a winter Red-throated Loon. Thanks to Rusty for the proper ID.

Ken

--- On Sun, 2/27/11, Ken Wilson <kaeagles@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Ken Wilson <kaeagles@yahoo.com>
Subject: Harlequin Duck & Pacific Loon in Pt Richmond
To: "EBB_Sightings" <EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sunday, February 27, 2011, 8:48 PM
Today along the shoreline adjacent to
Miller/Knox Shoreline Park was a male and two female
Harlequin Ducks. Numerous Surf Scoters, American Wigeon,
Buffleheads, and various Grebe's were seen along the same
shoreline along with numerous other ducks and gulls.

At a cove where Brickyard Rd becomes Seacliff Dr a Red-throated
Loon was seen along with numerous other species.

Images of both can be seen at the link below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/

Ken Wilson
Pleasanton


     


Hairy Woodpecker at Stivers Lagoon Fremont (PIC)

hsrandhawa
 

There was a Hairy Woodpecker at Stivers Lagoon Fremont (Feb27, 5:30PM). The bird was working the dead trees on Muskrat Trail. There was also a pair of Northern Flickers and a Red-shouldered Hawk in the vicinity.

A record shot of HAWO can be seen here. The map has link to the spot where I saw the bird.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarbhloh/

harjeet singh


Harlequin Duck & Pacific Loon in Pt Richmond

Ken Wilson <kaeagles@...>
 

Today along the shoreline adjacent to Miller/Knox Shoreline Park was a male and two female Harlequin Ducks. Numerous Surf Scoters, American Wigeon, Buffleheads, and various Grebe's were seen along the same shoreline along with numerous other ducks and gulls.

At a cove where Brickyard Rd becomes Seacliff Dr a Pacific Loon was seen along with numerous other species.

Images of both can be seen at the link below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaeagles/

Ken Wilson
Pleasanton


White-tailed Kite Nesting in Berkeley

dp_eas
 

Yesterday, February 26, I observed a White-tailed Kite chirping and carrying
nesting material into a clump of coniferous trees in central Berkeley. This was
on Lincoln Street (south side) between McGee and California streets. Today Mike
McClaskey and I observed a kite roosting on one of these trees.

Emilie Strauss
Berkeley, California


Hammond's Flycatcher continues

robert_dorado <rlclark3@...>
 

Today at Garin park the Hammond's Flycatcher was easy to find at about 1:30pm in the location previously reported, just before Jordan Pond on the East side of the creek.

Robert


Re: Digest Number 331

Michele Setter <msetter@...>
 

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Our annual Ornithology Class Field Trip to Lake Merritt in Oakland was this
morning. Highlights included TUFTED DUCK, REDHEAD, GREEN HERON and 4
COMMON MERGANSERS.

Photos of the TUFTED DUCK are at:

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/newgallery.htm

A full list and more photo links are at:

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/merritt.htm
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Hi birders,

I spent several hours birding around eastern Alameda County today. At a
small pond in the Springtown district of Livermore, there was a single Snow

Goose (from I-580, exit north on Springtown Blvd., turn right on Bluebell
-- the pond is on the left in the first block).

At Frick Lake on Laughlin Rd., there was a soaring Ferruginous Hawk.
During a hike at Brushy Peak Regional Park (north end of Laughlin), I saw
two
pairs of courting White-tailed Kites, a pair of Golden Eagles, a Merlin
terrorizing a flock of White-crowned Sparrows, Am. Kestrels and numerous
Red-tails, and a Northern Harrier. Also of note were a couple of Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers on the lower slope of the "brushy peak".

Good birding,
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Hayward, CA



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Ring-necked Ducks - Garin Regional Park- pic

VN <verne_nelson@...>
 

As many likely know, every year about five or six Ring-necked Ducks
overwinter onJordan Pond in Garin Regional Park. Sometimes when you're
there, they are nowhereto be seen. My guess is they are dozing in the
cattails surrounding the pond. I mostlysee them come out in the late
afternoon to eat and bathe.
Here is a photo for comparison of the male and female. Both have
beautiful feather patternsand bills. I always have to remind myself
that they are not called Ring-billed Ducks.
http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/132823848
<http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/132823848>


Hammond's continues at Garin

Dave Weber
 

Hi Birders-

I spent about an hour this morning at Garin RP looking for the Hammond's
Flycatcher. I covered the whole trail along the west side of the creek
between the two creek crossings. Lots of small stuff flitting around but no
flycatchers of any kind. About to leave at noon, I heard the faint but
distinct sound of a flycatcher bill snapping shut and the Hammond's
Flycatcher soon appeared across the trail from the large pine. It stayed
around for a minute or two then retreated toward the middle of the creek. I
suspect it had been on the other side of the creek most of the time. Also
saw my fos Allen's Hummer.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas


Snow Goose & Raptors in Livermore

Kathy Robertson
 

Hi birders,

I spent several hours birding around eastern Alameda County today. At a
small pond in the Springtown district of Livermore, there was a single Snow
Goose (from I-580, exit north on Springtown Blvd., turn right on Bluebell
-- the pond is on the left in the first block).

At Frick Lake on Laughlin Rd., there was a soaring Ferruginous Hawk.
During a hike at Brushy Peak Regional Park (north end of Laughlin), I saw two
pairs of courting White-tailed Kites, a pair of Golden Eagles, a Merlin
terrorizing a flock of White-crowned Sparrows, Am. Kestrels and numerous
Red-tails, and a Northern Harrier. Also of note were a couple of Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers on the lower slope of the "brushy peak".

Good birding,
Kathy Robertson
Hayward, CA


Male Tufted Duck continues at Lake Merritt

Joe Morlan
 

Our annual Ornithology Class Field Trip to Lake Merritt in Oakland was this
morning. Highlights included TUFTED DUCK, REDHEAD, GREEN HERON and 4
COMMON MERGANSERS.

Photos of the TUFTED DUCK are at:

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/newgallery.htm

A full list and more photo links are at:

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/merritt.htm
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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
SF Birding Classes start Apr 5 http://fog.ccsf.edu/jmorlan/
Western Field Ornithologists http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/

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