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Re: Tufted Titmouse?

judisierra
 

Notice they used Merlin. Used to be 50% accurate.


On Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10:23:09 AM PDT, don_quixote72 <dmsmith72@...> wrote:


I noticed on the ebird rare birds digest someone sighted a tufted titmouse in el sobrante.  Is this even possible in California?  Was this a mistake for an oak titmouse?




Re: Buffleheads

Rosemary Johnson
 

Also, 8 Gadwall in lagoon.  First I've seen this year.

On 11/06/2021 12:57 PM Rosemary Johnson <compasros@...> wrote:


At Martinez Shoreline this morning, saw 6 Buffies in the lagoon and another 8 in the Strait.
On 11/06/2021 11:24 AM Michael Carnall <mcarnall@...> wrote:



Sited a small flock of buffleheads while kayaking on the east side of Brooks Island Friday.  First I've seen this year.

Mike Carnall









Re: Buffleheads

Rosemary Johnson
 

At Martinez Shoreline this morning, saw 6 Buffies in the lagoon and another 8 in the Strait.

On 11/06/2021 11:24 AM Michael Carnall <mcarnall@...> wrote:



Sited a small flock of buffleheads while kayaking on the east side of Brooks Island Friday.  First I've seen this year.

Mike Carnall






Buffleheads

Michael Carnall
 


Sited a small flock of buffleheads while kayaking on the east side of Brooks Island Friday.  First I've seen this year.

Mike Carnall


Re: Tufted Titmouse?

Joe Morlan
 

The checklist is here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S97129650

This checklist actually claims three Tufted Titmice and three Blue Jays.
Amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWwOJlOI1nU

On Sat, 06 Nov 2021 10:23:07 -0700, "don_quixote72" <dmsmith72@...>
wrote:

I noticed on the ebird rare birds digest someone sighted a tufted titmouse in el sobrante. Is this even possible in California? Was this a mistake for an oak titmouse?
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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Tufted Titmouse?

don_quixote72
 

I noticed on the ebird rare birds digest someone sighted a tufted titmouse in el sobrante. Is this even possible in California? Was this a mistake for an oak titmouse?


Re: Passing of Verne Nelson

Carolyn Arnold
 

I will miss Verne too!  I sometimes ran into him when I was walking or biking in Alameda, and he was always gentle and kind.
RIP Verne!!

Carolyn in Oakland. 

On Nov 1, 2021, at 2:00 PM, judisierra via groups.io <judisierra@...> wrote:

I was sad to hear of the death of Verne on Oct 20. Verne who lived in Alameda was a birder and photographer who began in 2008 to post links to his photos on EBB. As a  GGAS member he was active in monitoring the Alameda least tern colony and the osprey nests. He was a special friend. He will be missed.
Link to his prolific Flikr site. https://www.flickr.com/photos/vnelson/

Judi Sierra




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Friday in Walnut Creek Heather Farm

rosita94598
 

Another big change overnight, suddenly we have about 40 Ring-necked Ducks.  Yesterday it was about 20 and we had 5 Buffleheads, 3 males and 2 females.  Today we only have the 3 males.

We could not find the Lincoln's Sparrow we saw yesterday, but today we did see a Fox Sparrow.

Other than that it was pretty much the same.  Don't know where all the Canada Geese went, but the north ball fields were being cut.  The two Killdeers did not seem to be bothered, they just move out of the way when the big machine comes too close.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Judge John Sutter Park

Sharon Jue
 

I've posted before about EBRPD's Sutter pier and had a few questions about it, so here's the park's official page: https://www.ebparks.org/parks/judge_john_sutter/default.htm Address for your GPS is 210 Burma Rd, Oakland. A portion of it is still landbank, but should eventually afford great shorebirding opportunities plus great views of diving ducks and grebes in Oakland's outer harbor. Currently it offers access to the Bay Bridge bike/pedestrian trail as well as an observation/fishing pier. Access is by a wide paved path, though it is just under a mile from the parking lot to the end of the pier. Tides for Oakland Outer Harbor can be found here, among other places.

If you haven't been keeping an eye on eBird alerts, let this be a notice that winter ducks are back in force, among them all three species of Scoter. Sutter is a great place to see large numbers of Surf Scoters. Yesterday I saw and photographed a female-type White-winged Scoter South of the pier. Derek Heins and David Tomb went out later and got scoped views. There was also a very dark (perhaps still molting out of alternate?) Common Loon, and magnified photos revealed that it was color-banded, (L leg is white-black-white striped over blue, which may be the same as a bird I photographed last winter). Even better, there appeared to be a male Black Scoter hiding in the  scaup raft just North of the Bay bridge (and possibly viewable from Emeryville Marina).

As others have reported Black Scoter down by Arrowhead Marsh and Long-tailed Duck off Alameda Point, this is prime time to go out bay-watching!


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-Sharon Jue
~Berkeley


Golden Crowned Sparrows and Lesser Goldfinch at Valle Vista and San Leandro Reservoir but a question too

don_quixote72
 

It was refreshing on my walk a couple days ago to observe some (emphasis on some) birds at Valle Vista/San Leandro Reservoir

Golden crowned Sparrows
Lesser Goldfinch
Black phoebe
Red Tailed Hawk
Mallards
Canada Geese
Bufflehead
Acorn Woodpecker

However, I've been shocked lately at the what seems to be a substantial lack of birds in this area. On several walks, I saw and heard almost nothing and in some obvious areas there seems to be so few birds around. I passed a birding group that had only spotted scrub jay and juncos. Has anyone else noticed this? Is this just a result of the general bird die off in North America? Or is it just a hot spot that has gone cold?


eBird: Contra Costa Filter Changes

Ethan Monk
 

All—

After a long period of stagnancy, the Contra Costa eBird filter has finally received some major tweaking. Normally, I wouldn’t think to write out about anything like this, but if you have been eBirding the county for a while you might notice some fairly significant changes. These decisions have been based primarily on a) changing status and distribution and b) trying to minimize erroneous reports of very local/uncommon species.

PLEASE continue to treat birds flagged as rare as rare, even if you do not think they merit that status!! A species is probably flagged for a reason, either a very local status, unseasonal occurrence, is frequently misidentified, or is legitimately rare. If a species is expected at a particular date/location where it is flagged, please write that in the description INSTEAD OF leaving the description box blank. Thanks.

You’ll notice the most significant changes for the following species:

SHORT-EARED OWL is now flagged year-round. Once significantly more abundant in the county, they can now only be reliably found off Waterfront Rd. in Martinez, and even the population here seems to be declining.

COMMON MURRE is now flagged year-round. Some years we get a handful of Murres in the county, some years few to zero.

RUDDY TURNSTONE is now flagged year-round. In most springs the county only has 1-2 individuals; in Fall, perhaps averaging only 3-4 occurrences? And when they show up, they are often chased.

SWAINSON’S HAWK is now flagged in winter. Despite a small wintering population in the delta, they occur nowhere else in the county during this season, and they are reported infrequently and locally enough to merit being flagged as rare. Last winter, erroneous reports of Red-tailed Hawks exceeded valid reports of winter Swainson’s in the county.

WANDERING TATTLER is flagged year-round. Formerly there was a brief early Fall period when this species was not flagged, but this species is currently (and has always been) a very local Fall migrant, only regularly found in a couple of spots in Richmond, and generally in low numbers.

SURFBIRD is now flagged year-round in consideration of this species’ decreasing abundance in the county. Formerly found regularly in Winter at a few sites in the Hercules/Pinole region, Surfbirds seem to have abandoned these sites in the previous couple of years, and are now almost exclusively seen in Fall on the West end of the Brooks Island Jetty. They have been a hard bird to come by since about fall of 2019!

TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE is now flagged year-round. Solitaires winter every year in the county around Mt. Diablo, and much more infrequently in the Berkeley-Oakland Hills and around Black Diamond Mines, but are reported infrequently enough to warrant a “rare” status. And, as we have found out recently, Solitaires in the county are voraciously chased. This is a new phenomenon!

Again, the filters are a constantly evolving, and can always change. If the changes listed above become unproductive, they will be reversed. And as always, my two co-reviewers and I welcome feedback on the filters.

Thanks,
Ethan Monk


Re: Fw: [EBB-Sightings] Continuing Townsend’s Solitaire

Michael Marchiano
 

Glad to see that others saw the Townsand Solitaire on Thursday Morning 11/3...along the barbed wire on the top of the fence by the back gate below the Brazilian room. A really beautiful morning with lots of other birds, including anna's hummingbirds, black Phoebes, lesser goldfinches, Hermit thrush, both towhees, white and golden-crowned sparrows, nuthatches, bushtits, scrub jays Townsand warblers, yellow rumps, etc


On Sat, Oct 30, 2021 at 10:26 AM J Palmer <jesykapalmer@...> wrote:
The Townsend's solitaire is still there. Seen at 10AM today (Saturday) in the smaller tree by the fence and grapes.

Jes and John





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Naturalist
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We will never be at peace until we are willing to understand, respect and live in harmony with all other living things. 

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today....Indian proverb


Life and Death at Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers
 

This morning I saw a set of mottled brown wings emerging from the lake near one of the islands. What's a Godwit doing here? thinks I - Let alone swimming? But as I watched, the bird climbed up onto the riprap, dragging something black and almost half its own size, which it dropped behind a rock just large enough to hide the prey.

Probably a young Red-shouldered Hawk. Probably with an American Coot. Lunch was enjoyed by one, with much mantling and looking cautiously around. Other birds ventured stayed 20 or 30 feet away but otherwise minded their own business and ignored the scene. 

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Verne Nelson Obituary

rfs_berkeley
 

Lisa Owens-Viani asked that this be posted to EBB.   -Rusty Scalf

https://obituaries.tridentsociety.com/obituaries/fremont-ca/verne-nelson-10412805?utm_source=obit_alerts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=obit_detail&utm_content=view_updates_button

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Second Owl at Cesar Chavez Park

Martin Nicolaus
 

A second Burrowing Owl has landed at Cesar Chavez Park and was plainly visible this afternoon in the seasonal Burrowing Owl Sanctuary.  Details, video, and photos at https://chavezpark.org/second-owl/  

Martin Nicolaus
Chavez Park Conservancy
510-717-2414


Massive number of Dunlins at Elsie Roemer

Claude Lyneis
 

I was out at Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary around 12 about 1.5 hours after high tide.  There were Marbled Godwits, Long-billed Curlews, Black-belied Plovers, Caspian Terns, etc.  But most of all there was a huge flock of Dunlins, maybe 500 packed together on the sand.  Here are three photos from there.  


Townsend’s Solitaire, Reinhardt Redwood RP Phillips Loop Trail

Alexander Henry
 

Today Marsha Feinland and I hiked a couple of the trails in Redwood RP, from the Skyline and Moon Staging Areas. (Very early stages of CBC scouting). Marsha pointed out to me that there seemed to be a bumper crop of Madrone berries, it seemed like every Madrone was just dripping with berries. Hopefully this will serve as an abundant food source to attract lots of birds!

The most unusual bird was a Townsend’s Solitaire on Phillips Loop Trail near the intersection with Eucalyptus Trail. First we heard the clear bell like “tink” call then we were able to see the bird near the top of a Madrone with lots of berries. As some of you may know there has also been a Solitaire in Tilden so it seems like this may be a good year for them in the immediate East Bay hills.

Hopefully there is enough Madrone berries that this bird will stick around until the Christmas count! I think it’s more likely that its just passing through but you never know.

Alex Henry
Berkeley


Re: Fw: [EBB-Sightings] Continuing Townsend�s Solitaire

Joe Morlan
 

This morning, Tuesday 2 November, I stopped by the botanic garden hoping to
photograph the Townsend's Solitaire. I parked by the west fence and set up
a chair. After about five minutes the solitaire appeared on top of the
tall conifer near the entrance. It then moved to the fence where it
perched almost in front of my nose. I took numerous photos.

This rarity has been present since at least 22 October when found by Alok
Singhal. The small wet crest visible then caused people to suggest it
might be feeding on eucalyptus but that anomaly is completely gone now. I
believe those were just wet feathers.

This appears to be the third Townsend's Solitaire in Contra Costa County in
recent days with one on Mount Diablo on October 28 and one in Redwood
Regional Park today.

My photos are on eBird:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S97039655?view=photos


On Sat, 30 Oct 2021 10:15:36 -0700, "J Palmer" <jesykapalmer@...>
wrote:

The Townsend's solitaire is still there. Seen at 10AM today (Saturday) in the smaller tree by the fence and grapes.

Jes and John
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


BUOW at Cesar Chavez Park

Martin Nicolaus
 

A Burrowing Owl has landed at Cesar Chavez Park.  Details, video and photos at https://chavezpark.org/owl-here-now/  

Martin Nicolaus
Chavez Park Conservancy
510-717-2414


Condor returns to Mt Diablo!

Martin Lycan
 

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