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ALA - Great-tailed Grackles at Shadow Cliffs

Kathy Robertson
 

Hey birders,

At about 3:30 this afternoon (Sun, 11/13/11) , I saw 16 Great-tailed
Grackles at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park in Pleasanton. This species has been
reported sporadically at this location for many years, but never in these
numbers, that I am aware of. Personally, I don't believe I have ever seen
more than 3-4 birds at one time, and it's been a few years since I've seen
any at all.

The flock contained both adult and immature birds. Most of the dark-eyed
immatures looked female-ish, but there was at least one bird in adult male
plumage that still had a dark eye.

They were in a tree on the shore at the metal fishing pier near the boat
rental shack, in a mixed flock with Red-winged and Brewer's Blackbirds.

Cheers,
Kathy Robertson
Hayward, CA


Re: Clapper Rail and many other gems, Richmond, Bay Trail, Co.Co.Co.

lowensvi@sbcglobal.net
 

Saw a clapper rail at sunset tonight at mouth of Baxter Creek, Richmond Bay trail. Got to show someone who'd never seen one, which was fun! And I had never seen one that close. Also: great-blue heron, BCN heron, black phoebe, Lincoln's and Savannah sparrows, snowy egret, long-billed curlew, western sandpiper, coots, wigeons, Western grebe, Am. avocet in winter plumage, etc. etc.

Lisa


Re: Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Pac Comm Linear Park, Fremont

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

On 11/12/2011 1:06 PM, scfloyd2000@yahoo.com wrote:
A male Yellow-Headed Blackbird was in a mixed flock of hundreds of
Tri-Colored...
I went on the Ohlone Audubon trip this morning - great fun. We didn't see the Yellow-headed Blackbird, but we did see another "golden bird": a pure yellow parakeet flying with the blackbird flock and keeping up with its shifts and turns, though it seemed to be working harder than the rest.

And I got to look at a bittern till my eyes got tired of peering through my scope....

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Townsend's warbler Berkeley back yard, Alam. Co.

lowensvi@sbcglobal.net
 

Male townsend's warbler today at bird bath, SW Berkeley. Stunning!

Lisa


Tufted Duck in Lake Merritt

Julio M
 

NOV 13TH: This morning between 8-9:30 AM we birded Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland in the area around Euclid and Grand Ave. We found a TUFTED DUCK in a raft of 30+ GREATER/LESSER SCAUPS. Other birds of interest included a CLARK'S GREBE, 6 WESTERN GREBES, 3 male and 3 female CANVASBACKS, 5 male and 3 female COMMON GOLDENEYE, 2 GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS, 20+ RING-BILLED GULLS, 20+ RUDDY DUCKS and a CACKLING GOOSE with a prominent white neck ring (Aleutian) among 12 CANADA GEESE feeding in the grassy area around the North East aeration fountain.

Happy Birding,
Julio and Renee Mulero
Sunnyvale


Pink-sided Junco

Jeff Acuff
 

Hi Birders:

This morning, in a flock of about 7 Oregon juncos working the ground under my bird feeders, I found a pink-sided junco.

This being my first ever pink-sided, I was not initially confident of the ID. To rule out and separate it from first year or female Oregon, I spent a time studying the bird and consulting various field guides. Identifying characteristics included the lighter overall colors compared to Oregon, the extensive pinkish sides, and the bluish-grayish head with darker, contrasting lores.

I would welcome comments/information about the ID and especially about the local rate of occurance of this subspecies.

Good birding,
Jeff Acuff
Lafayette


ALA - Merlin at Coyote Hills

Kathy Robertson
 

H birders,

There was a MERLIN (F.c. columbarius) rocketing around the park today. I
first saw it flying over the main marsh, and then later spotted it two more
times up on the hillside above the Quarry parking lot.

Cheers,
Kathy Robertson
Hayward, CA


Snow goose in Richmond

Ellen Sasaki
 

Sheila Dickie and I found a snow goose that was hanging out with
Canada geese near Marina Bay Parkway and Regatta Blvd in Richmond
about 3:00 this afternoon. Ellen Sasaki



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Yellow-headed Blackbird, Linear Park, Fremont-Photo

Patricia Bacchetti
 

Judith Dunham and I went down to Linear Park in Fremont this afternoon, soon after Stephanie Floyd posted the Yellow-headed Blackbird (thanks, Stephanie). After leaving I 880 and going west on Auto Mall Parkway, park at the railroad tracks at the end of the road. There is a large blackbird flock, with Red-winged, Bicolored, Tricolored, and Brewer's Blackbirds to sort through. Though we were never able to observe the Yellow-headed BB individually, it was evident when the flock was in flight-and by chance, I got a photo of it in flight. The link is at: http://pbacchetti.zenfolio.com/p280541190

There are also a couple of photos of female Red-winged and Tricolored Blackbirds side-by-side.

A Merlin kept stirring up the flock; in addition, we saw White-tailed Kite, N. Harrier, RT Hawk, and many Western Meadowlarks.

Cheers,

Pat Bacchetti
Oakland, CA


GGAS bicycle Alameda Cr-Sat

kathy jarrett
 

GGAS Upper Alameda Creek/Quarry Lakes Bicycle Trip
Union City, Niles & Fremont     Sat, Nov 12, 2011
We started the morning at the Union City Library Pond where
we found Wood Ducks, Common Mergansers, Ring-billed Gulls and American Wigeons.
Taking the bicycle trail from the library to Alameda Creek, we headed upstream
on the unpaved (North) side and went into Quarry Lakes where we found a Hooded
Merganser and Spotted Sandpiper at Willow Slough but no Black-crowned Night
Herons. Back on the Alameda Creek Trail we then went into Niles Community Park where
we found several Black-crowned Night Herons at the large pond. At the staging
area at the eastern end of the Alameda Creek Trail we found an Acorn Woodpecker
and Hutton's Vireo. Then we biked back to Union City BART via the paved side of
the trail and Decoto Rd, ending around 2pm with the sun finally really out. 52
species.
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Wood Duck
Canada Goose
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
Greater Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon (I)
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling (I)
Hutton's Vireo
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch

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Hayward Regional Shoreline (12 Nov)

Ken Schneider
 

I parked at the West Winton lot and birded several spots within the shoreline today from about 8-1230.

Mount Trashmore: Spent about ninety minutes here but did not hear or see any longspurs, although I have very limited experience with that group of birds. I did find two HORNED LARKS.

I counted about thirty CACKLING GEESE on a grassy area of the radio tower hills, just south of Frank's Dump.

Frank's Dump: I was surprised to find twenty RUDDY TURNSTONES here around 1030, as well as a single SNOWY PLOVER. A juvenile COMMON LOON was diving frequently, seen in the bay just north of Hayward's Landing.

Sulphur Creek: I could not find either the Swamp or Nelson's Sparrow on the east end of the levee near the railroad tracks.

Also, an OSPREY flew south over the Winton parking lot around 0935, carrying a fish in its talons.

Good birding,
Ken Schneider
San Francisco


Mountain Bluebirds on Patterson Pass Rd. 11/12

jsross1698@...
 

I decided to check out Patterson Pass Road early this afternoon. I was rewarded with seeing a male and female Mountain Bluebird on the phone wires behind the gate at 14680 Patterson Pass Road(the entrance to Patterson Pass Windfarm). I saw them at 12:50pm. Also saw two Ferruginous Hawks, one Golden Eagle and a Rock Wren at mile marker 6.21.

Jim Ross
Pleasanton


Re: Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Pac Comm Linear Park, Fremont

Dave Weber
 

Yellow-headed Blackbird is still present at 2pm west end of Auto Mall Pkwy in Fremont. Bird seen in flight, but the flock keeps breaking up and moving around.
Dave Weber
Sent from my LG phone

scfloyd2000@yahoo.com wrote:

A male Yellow-Headed Blackbird was in a mixed flock of hundreds of Tri-Colored, Red-Winged, and Brewer's Blackbirds this morning at the end of Auto Mall Parkway near the R/R tracks in Fremont northwest of Pacific Commons Linear Park.

Rich Nicholson, Brenda Senturia and I were previewing tomorrow's Ohlone Audubon field trip to Pac Commons when we found the bird.

We also had an American Bittern, two Great-Tailed Grackles, a Peregrine Falcon, a Cooper's Hawk, and many others - a great morning birding. Join us tomorrow morning! Details about the field trip may be found at:

http://www.ohloneaudubon.org/index.php/upcoming-events/calendar/view/149/31

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Re: Western bluebirds and waxwings Southwest Berkeley, Ala Co.

lowensvi@sbcglobal.net
 

Just now, corner of Bancroft & West, Berkeley: two western bluebirds with a flock of waxwings, a few robins and some yellow-rumpeds. The bluebirds and robins were eating fan palm berries.


Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Pac Comm Linear Park, Fremont

scfloyd2000
 

A male Yellow-Headed Blackbird was in a mixed flock of hundreds of Tri-Colored, Red-Winged, and Brewer's Blackbirds this morning at the end of Auto Mall Parkway near the R/R tracks in Fremont northwest of Pacific Commons Linear Park.

Rich Nicholson, Brenda Senturia and I were previewing tomorrow's Ohlone Audubon field trip to Pac Commons when we found the bird.

We also had an American Bittern, two Great-Tailed Grackles, a Peregrine Falcon, a Cooper's Hawk, and many others - a great morning birding. Join us tomorrow morning! Details about the field trip may be found at:

http://www.ohloneaudubon.org/index.php/upcoming-events/calendar/view/149/31

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


'Western type' empidonax

rfs_berkeley
 

There was a 'Western type' Empidonax flycatcher at Berkeley Aquatic Park this morning, in the bog between holes 15 & 16 on the disc golf course. Seems late.

Otherwise: the 5 expected grebes, lots of Buffleheads, 4 RB Merganser and a Bonaparte's Gull.

On the southmost pond, Least Sandpipers walked about on floating algal mats like tiny Jacana.

Rusty Scalf
Berkeley


Re: Cattle Egrets - not on site

jsross1698@...
 

As of 10:45am this morning the Cattle Egrets were still not present.

Jim Ross
Pleasanton

----- Original Message -----
From: "richard s. cimino" <rscimino@gmail.com>
To: "EastBay Bird" <ebb_sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 9:00:09 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Cattle Egrets - not on site

 




I made an early pass to the east Dublin cattle pasture seeking the
Cattle Egrets.
From Hwy 580 use exit 48 head northeast on what may be tad confusing
with the road signage.
Dublin or Caltran has three road names El Charo, Fallon and Croak Rd.
for this exit.
El Charo take you south to the eBird Steelhead fish ladder site.
Fallon Rd.and Croak Rd. will get you to a sharp right hand turn at the
1st stop light - this is the true Croak Rd.
Up to 7 AM the Cattle Egrets were a no show.
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton


Cattle Egrets - not on site

richard s. cimino
 

I made an early pass to the east Dublin cattle pasture seeking the
Cattle Egrets.
From Hwy 580 use exit 48 head northeast on what may be tad confusing
with the road signage.
Dublin or Caltran has three road names El Charo, Fallon and Croak Rd.
for this exit.
El Charo take you south to the eBird Steelhead fish ladder site.
Fallon Rd.and Croak Rd. will get you to a sharp right hand turn at the
1st stop light - this is the true Croak Rd.
Up to 7 AM the Cattle Egrets were a no show.
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton


Clifton Court Forebay 10 Nov 2011

Denise Wight
 

Hi E. B. Birders,

I took a long hike out to the northeast corner of Clifton Court Forebay on Thursday.  Highlights included a Vesper
Sparrow, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a minimum of 11 House Wren.  Lots of other nice expected species, too.

Then I had one of those bird sightings that made me crazy. 
I thought I saw an adult male Bobolink to the east of mile marker 5.5.  In flight this black bird had a small, white head as it flew past, then, as it dropped quickly into the weeds it showed white on the upper wings (a Cooper's Hawk in a tree nearby that I didn't see until later). I waited for over a half an hour to get a better view, but never saw the bird again.  According to everything I read, adult males don't keep this plumage
aspect in fall.  I really wonder what I saw. Maybe just an aberrant pattern on a blackbird or cowbird? If anyone happens to see and photograph this odd looking bird, please send me a copy. 

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, CA


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Cattle Egrets in Dublin

jsross1698@...
 

This afternoon at 12:45p.m. there were 35 Cattle Egrets in the pasture off of Croak Rd. and Fallon Rd. in Dublin. They were also seen by Richard Cimino of Pleasanton. Both of us took pictures of the egrets. Croak Road is the frontage road that runs along the north side of Highway 580. The pasture is on the north side of Croak Rd. and to the east of Fallon Rd. There was also a huge(1000+) mixed flock of Red-winged, Brewers and Tri-colored Blackbirds, two Wilson's Snipe, five Least Sandpipers, a lone Greater Yellowlegs, three Say's Phoebe's, 40-50 Canada Goose and a Cooper's Hawk.

Jim Ross
Pleasanton

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