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Re: Hermit Thrush - Antioch yard - 10/18

judisierra
 

I finally had a for sure sighting 10-14 in my Oakland yard. (possible sighting 10-9. ) Last night I finally saw one taking a twilight (6:30 PM) bath which seems to be it's habit from previous years observations.
Judi Sierra


On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 07:59:45 AM PDT, Paul Schorr <pkschorr@...> wrote:


Late yesterday afternoon, we had a FOS Hermit Thrush at our bird bath.  In addition, several Yellow-rumped Warblers are now coming to the bark butter feeders.

Good birding.

Paul Schorr
Antioch




Hermit Thrush - Antioch yard - 10/18

Paul Schorr
 

Late yesterday afternoon, we had a FOS Hermit Thrush at our bird bath. In addition, several Yellow-rumped Warblers are now coming to the bark butter feeders.

Good birding.

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Re: Stellar's Jays

rfs_berkeley
 

Nope.  Just a typo.

I was always a terrible spellar.

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Rusty Scalf


On 2021-10-18 12:20, Mike Correll-Feichtner wrote:

This must be a new subspecie.

 

 

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Livermore, California, Alameda County

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."  --  Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of rfs_berkeley
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2021 10:23 AM
To: ebb-sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Stellar's Jays

 

There were at least 7 Stellar's Jays in Mosswood Park across the street from Kaiser Oakland. ~8:30 am.

Rusty Scalf

Berkeley


Re: Stellar's Jays

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

This must be a new subspecie.

 

 

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Mike Correll-Feichtner (Formerly Mike Feighner)

Livermore, California, Alameda County

http://www.linkedIn.com/in/michaelfeighner

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  --  Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of rfs_berkeley
Sent: Monday, October 18, 2021 10:23 AM
To: ebb-sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] Stellar's Jays

 

There were at least 7 Stellar's Jays in Mosswood Park across the street from Kaiser Oakland. ~8:30 am.

Rusty Scalf

Berkeley


FOS White-throated Sparrow

Douglas Vaughan
 

Our first WTSP appeared this morning, a patio species for (I think) the 19th year in the past 20. Once a rarity in the yard, it is now regular and, recently, more numerous: at least 3 for the past several years. WTSPs are apparently becoming more common regionally, but I’ve also read speculation that young follow adults to wintering patches, which might account for the increasing numbers locally.

Doug Vaughan
Berkeley


Stellar's Jays

rfs_berkeley
 

There were at least 7 Stellar's Jays in Mosswood Park across the street from Kaiser Oakland. ~8:30 am.

Rusty Scalf
Berkeley


Re: Frank's Dump today (17 Oct)

Maureen Lahiff
 

Thanks for the update.

Great to hear the site is meeting the shorebirds’ needs, and a joy for us!


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On Sunday, October 17, 2021, 4:24 PM, Bob Toleno <bob@...> wrote:

After a brief lull, Frank's Dump is back to its former glory! I visited today at high tide and i'm happy to report that the pond is full of water again and overall shorebird numbers are just about as high as i've ever seen. Also, i was very pleased to see that the returning water shifted the silt around so that many of the main "islands" used for roosting are now significantly closer to the levee than they have been for a number of years. This made viewing a real treat, with much better scope views than i've had in a while. The best birds of the day were THREE Pacific Golden-Plovers, my personal high count and the highest eBird count for this location. Also of interest were 11 Ruddy Turnstones, 26 Elegant Terns, and a couple Sanderlings.

One strange observation was that, in spite of almost two hours of shorebirding there, i couldn't find a single Red Knot. It's possible that there were a few in the most distant groups of shorebirds that wind vibrations made difficult to scope, or that i simply missed some hiding behind larger birds. Regardless, it was still odd, given that i'm used to finding at least a few dozen on just about every visit during the fall thru spring. I know that this local population has been declining in number slowly year after year for the past few decades. It would be interesting to me if others who bird here would pay special attention for this species' numbers.

My eBird checklist is here:

Good birding,
Bob Toleno
Hayward




Frank's Dump today (17 Oct)

Bob Toleno
 

After a brief lull, Frank's Dump is back to its former glory! I visited today at high tide and i'm happy to report that the pond is full of water again and overall shorebird numbers are just about as high as i've ever seen. Also, i was very pleased to see that the returning water shifted the silt around so that many of the main "islands" used for roosting are now significantly closer to the levee than they have been for a number of years. This made viewing a real treat, with much better scope views than i've had in a while. The best birds of the day were THREE Pacific Golden-Plovers, my personal high count and the highest eBird count for this location. Also of interest were 11 Ruddy Turnstones, 26 Elegant Terns, and a couple Sanderlings.

One strange observation was that, in spite of almost two hours of shorebirding there, i couldn't find a single Red Knot. It's possible that there were a few in the most distant groups of shorebirds that wind vibrations made difficult to scope, or that i simply missed some hiding behind larger birds. Regardless, it was still odd, given that i'm used to finding at least a few dozen on just about every visit during the fall thru spring. I know that this local population has been declining in number slowly year after year for the past few decades. It would be interesting to me if others who bird here would pay special attention for this species' numbers.

My eBird checklist is here:

Good birding,
Bob Toleno
Hayward


Hooded Mergansers in Dublin, CA

ireddy@...
 

Hello everyone,

I saw 7 Hooded Mergansers on the Alamo Canal Trail this morning, just where it separates into the Iron Horse trail in Dublin. eBirds signaled them as rare (probably for the time of year). Did anyone see them already?
https://ebird.org/checklist/S96232345

Also, yesterday I saw 2 Redheads in Shadow Cliffs, Pleasanton on the main lake. There were lots of American Coots and Ruddy Ducks too, I hadn't seen that many in a long time. On a sadder note, the water level is extremely low, most of the smaller ponds and large parts of the arroyo are entirely dry. What is left of the arroyo is shrinking a little more every week.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S96181097

Have a good weekend,
Isabelle
Instagram @oiseaulune_


Bird goings on in Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Starting around the third week of September, the White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows start arriving.  They are accompanied by the Yellow-rumped Warblers, which seem to be almost everywhere.

This past Tuesday a Lark Sparrow was across the sidewalk from the gravel boat ramp.  Today I found an Orange-crowned Warbler with all its cousins.  David Kent and I also found a Greater White-fronted Goose and an American Pipit on the north ball field.  This was after the large mowing machine had finished its job, sometime about 9:30.

We also have been seeing the first Pied-billed Grebes arrive for the winter.  So far it is two of them.  They are accompanied by two Common Gallinules, sometimes the two young, but becoming adult, Wood Ducks, and today two Ring-necked Ducks.  With them on the large, mostly natural pond were four Coots.

It is a strange in-between time with summer days and winter nights.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


FOS x 2

Jackie Bobrosky
 

In the last couple days, a Hermit Thrush arrived and yesterday a Fox Sparrow decided to sit and stay in the sun to preen.  This morning the Hermit Thrush was bathing in a birdbath taking turns with a junco, and the Fox Sparrow is poking around the yard.  
A first ever for me was a recent fluff-up between a territorial Mockingbird and 2 Starlings in my magnolia tree!  Fortunately the Starlings took off.
Still waiting for those darned warblers to show up.

Happy birding.
Jackie Bobrosky
Downtown Martinez 


Scaups and Canada Geese

Claude Lyneis
 

I was out at the Berkeley Marina today, and while there was a lack of variety, there were at least 200 Lesser (I think) Scaups in the inlet to the east of Caesar Chavez and overhead a large flock of Canada geese were flying Northwest into strong head winds.


Canada geese photo. https://flic.kr/p/2mAgETY


Re: White throated sparrow in Pleasant Hill returns

Alan Bade
 

Update on our yard White-throated sparrow; this time I watched from dawn until about 8 AM and got photos.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S95981635
Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill


White throated sparrow in Pleasant Hill returns

Alan Bade
 

This morning a tan-striped White-throated sparrow came to the exact same spot as last year, about a 3 foot square area in our yard where we put seed for our ground birds. This is the 3rd year, assuming it's the same one. I'm guessing yes, as it made a bee-line for the same spot. It's amazing how they can navigate back to the exact same area in migration! Last year, we didn't see it until 11/11/2020 and the last day we saw it was 04/08/2021. It got chased away by an aggressive bright looking white-crowned sparrow so I haven't yet been able to photograph it, despite standing next to the window for the last hour.
It feels like an old friend returned.
Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill


Black-throated Blue Warbler in yard

BirdWideWeb.com
 

Second-hand report for Michael Massey:

Black-throated Blue Warbler seen and photographed in backyard on Walnut Creek / Lafayette south-east border on Oct. 6 at 11:57 AM.

Links to photos here:

https://www.birdwideweb.com/photos/IMG_4545.JPG
https://www.birdwideweb.com/photos/IMG_4546.JPG
https://www.birdwideweb.com/photos/IMG_4547.JPG

Bathed and left.


Eurasian Wigeon at Miller Knox pond

Sam Zuckerman
 

Eurasion Wigeon at pond at Miller/Knox associating with American Wigeon. Deep chestnut head and sides. I met Susan Greef early this morning who told me she had seen one EUWI in the pond but we couldn't refind it then. I refound it after 11 am. photo at https://ebird.org/checklist/S95772881
 


Common Tern at Ballena Bay

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello East Bay birders,

Yesterday, Marjorie Powell found a Common Tern on the seawall at Ballena Bay on Alameda island. Today the bird continued at the same location, if only sporadically. This has been a historically good place to look for this species, as is the nearby Elsie Roemer Bird Refuge.

We usually get a few Common Terns coming through Alameda during fall migration, but they're certainly not common. They also present one of the most difficult id challenges we're faced with, right up there with Semipalmated Sandpipers, non-breeding loons, and Selasphorus hummingbirds. So if you chase this bird or look for other Common Terns this season, I strongly encourage you to take and submit photos with your checklists.

There's no single field mark that separates Common from Forster's Terns. The two species are extremely similar in many plumages, and even the distinctive features overlap through individual variation. So don't rely on a single fieldmark when identifying Common Terns; instead, look at all potentially relevant marks to get a wholistic impression of the bird.

The Common Tern Marjorie found shows the following features that all support Common Tern over Forster's Tern:
- An all black nape that extends far up the crown to above the bird's eye.
- A dark carpal bar (though this bird doesn't have a prominent one).
- Primary feathers that are significantly darker than the bird's upperparts.
- A short tail that is noticeably shorter than the bird's primary projection.

I included several photos of the Common Tern in my ebird checklist to try to show these features. I also included a few photos of Forster's Terns that show how they can show similar features.

If you're interested in getting this id down, I recommend Field Guide to Advanced Birding by Kenn Kaufman. The book features a solid chapter on separating the Sterna terns.

Good luck if you look for this bird! The Ballena Bay seawall is quite a spectacle when terns are roosting there, whether or not any uncommon terns happen to be present. Don't forget to submit those photos with your checklists!

Happy migration,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley


Re: The Owl

SteveLombardi
 

Excellent comments. Thanks for posting.


The Owl

Jim Chiropolos
 

A long-eared owl was spotted on Vollmer peak. Seeing its my patch, I went up and did not see it. But its really cool knowing they are around and maybe someday, I will find one there.

I compliment the finders for not giving the coordinates as I know of one maybe two long eared owls in the last 15 years that have been flushed by over zealous birders and killed by another raptor as a result. The bay area birding community is now likely over 5,000 birders and we all do not have a right to see every bird for our lists - either for sensitive access or birds like owls or endangered/sensitive birds (like rate owls) that need their space.

I met some of my birding friends recently and asked them if they have chased one of the recent rare birds. They said “we have stopped chasing because we seen bad over zealous birder behavior at stakeouts and we find it upsetting.” Remember birding ethics for both the birds and your fellow birders!

Jim Chiropolos
Orinda


FOS in Livermore. 4 and 5 October 2021

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Today, 5 October, first 3 White-crowned Sparrows and 1 Pine Siskin
Yesterday 4 October, 1st Yellow-rumped Warblers


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Mike Correll-Feichtner (Formerly Mike Feighner)
Livermore, California, Alameda County

http://www.linkedIn.com/in/michaelfeighner
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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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From: EBB-Sightings@groups.io <EBB-Sightings@groups.io> On Behalf Of Cal Walters via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 3:51 PM
To: ebb-sightings@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Sightings] FOS Warblers and a new yard bird - Piedmont


Getting to play hooky from teaching today to attend an accreditation training allowed me to watch our fountain for the first time in a long time.
A pair of Townsends Warblers, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a Ruby-Crowned kinglet joined a host of other birds.

I was also treated to 4 Western Bluebirds, which although they hit the pepper trees a few blocks away, I’ve not observed in the fountain.

As I was writing this a Female Western Tanager also dropped in.

I should play hooky more often.

Cal Walters
Piedmont - near Dracena Park

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