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Re: ALA - Vermilion Flycatcher - CORRECTION

Kathy Robertson
 

Correcting my directions from my previous post, which should have read:

I would recommend parking at the north end of the water park parking lot
(accessed near the intersection of PASEO PADRE PARKWAY & Grimmer).

_http://www.fremont.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2291_


Sorry for the confusion,
Kathy Robertson


Mt. Trashmore 11/27

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

I spent a frigid Sunday afternoon walking Mt. Trashmore today in hopes of seeing longspurs. The construction project has stopped for the weekend, so there was a lot of bird activity on the hill (seemingly far more birds than there were at any time last year). Large numbers of WESTERN MEADOWLARKS and AMERICAN PIPITS and a few HORNED LARKS were present. Once, while walking near the middle of the hill, I distinctly heard a sharp, metallic longspur rattle repeated twice in quick succession, but I never saw the bird. Because I'm in northern California and because of the hard, sharp quality of the rattle, I think it was probably a Lapland Longspur.
 
The highlight was the huge numbers of CACKLING GEESE on Mt. Trashmore, probably well over 100 birds, accompanied by similar numbers of CANADA GEESE. I'm not a good enough birder to ID subspecies of Cackling Goose, but every possible size, bill shape, and plumage seemed to be present, from tiny dark-breasted Cacklers to huge pale-breasted Canadas and everything in between. The big Canadas seemed to perform lookout duty in the mixed flocks; they often stood at the rear of each flock with their heads up while the smaller Cacklers grazed and squabbled farther ahead. A single small SNOW GOOSE showing a distinct dark "smile" was with Cackling and Canada Geese on the northern part of the hill. A WILSON'S SNIPE flushed from the grass near the hill's northern edge.
 
Gulls seen flying overhead and loafing in the nearby ponds included RING-BILLED, CALIFORNIA, GLAUCOUS-WINGED, AMERICAN HERRING, and THAYER'S GULLS. Surprisingly, nothing that looked like a pure Western Gull was seen, although at least one Western/G-winged hybrid flew over.
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland


ALA - Vermilion Flycatcher Continues at L. Elizabeth, Fremont

Kathy Robertson
 

Hi Birders,

The Vermilion Flycatcher reported on 11/1 (based on a 10/30 Ebird report),
continued at Lake Elizabeth this afternoon. It was actively flycatching
from the trees surrounding the "Reserved D Area". This picnic area is
marked with the letter "D" on the map linked below. It is at the north tip of
the wide peninsula at the south end of the lake. There was also a Merlin
perching alternately on two snags on the shoreline in the same area.

I would recommend parking at the north end of the water park parking lot
(accessed near the intersection of Fremont Blvd. & Grimmer).

_http://www.fremont.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2291_
(http://www.fremont.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2291)

Good birding,
Kathy Robertson
Hayward, CA


Digiscoped pictures of the two American Bitterns at Pacific Commons Linear Park

Juan Benjumea
 

These are digiscoped pictures of the two American Bitterns at the pond next to the walking path.The pictures were taken yesterday around 8:30 A.M. They both went into hiding around 9:00 A.M.. Juan


http://www.flickr.com/photos/juanben/sets/72157628183220039/


mystery plover in Albany

mz_annethrope <truebluetwo@...>
 

Today I saw a mystery plover at the Albany Bulb. It looked like a Snowy Plover, but it was too far away for me to make a positive ID with binoculars. It was with a number of Semi-palmated Plovers, but it was smaller, lighter, lacked a ring, though it had a partial collar. It acted like a plover. I spotted it in the flats to the north of the bulb a good ways out. Perhaps somebody with a scope might be able to identify it.

Marina True
Berkeley


Re: Coyote Hills - Red Phalarope, Common Goldeneye and more..

Louis Libert
 

Hi DD,

What you're calling a Red Phalarope looks like a gull to me. Probably an immature Bonaparte's.

Louis Libert
Oakland, CA

On Nov 27, 2011, at 6:22 PM, DD wrote:

Today I was in CH from 8:30am till 1pm. After the heavy fog lifted birds started to come out. I think this is my all time record 59 species. Maybe even more that I didn't see. a well maybe next time.

Common Goldeneye
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/6415597611/in/photostream

Red Phalarope
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/6415596631/in/photostream

Ruddy Duck
Common Merganser
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Cinnamon Teal
Mallard
Canada Goose
Black-bellied Plover
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
American Kestrel
White-tailed Kite
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail voice
Sora voice
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
California Gull
Western Gull
Forster's Tern
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Black Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Rock Wren voice
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Golden Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Western Scrub-Jay
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Mockingbird
American Crow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Meadowlark
Anna's HB
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker voice
Ruby Crowned Kinglet

Davor Desancic
Hayward, CA, Alameda County



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Coyote Hills - Red Phalarope, Common Goldeneye and more..

DD
 

Today I was in CH from 8:30am till 1pm. After the heavy fog lifted birds started to come out. I think this is my all time record 59 species. Maybe even more that I didn't see. a well maybe next time.

Common Goldeneye
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/6415597611/in/photostream

Red Phalarope
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/6415596631/in/photostream

Ruddy Duck
Common Merganser
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Cinnamon Teal
Mallard
Canada Goose
Black-bellied Plover
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
American Kestrel
White-tailed Kite
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail voice
Sora voice
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
California Gull
Western Gull
Forster's Tern
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Black Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Rock Wren voice
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Golden Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Western Scrub-Jay
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Mockingbird
American Crow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Meadowlark
Anna's HB
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker voice
Ruby Crowned Kinglet



Davor Desancic
Hayward, CA, Alameda County


Pacific Loon at Coyote Hills Regional Park

californiagull
 

Hi all,

There was a PACIFIC LOON at Coyote Hills Regional Park at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.

The juvenile bird was seen diving in the "D.U.S.T Marsh" (as marked on the official park map), which can be viewed from Chochenyo Trail by walking approximately 0.35 miles starting at the entry kiosk.

(Not sure if you could park right at the kiosk. I parked at the visitor center.)

Initially I had a good view right from the trail over the medium-tall grass on the shore of the marsh. Later I found a spot on the shore where I could walk right up to the water, and had good views through a 50x scope.

After about 10 minutes, the loon gradually swam away toward the opposite end of the marsh where I could no longer see it.

I also had a SORA and two WILSON'S SNIPEs; they were both along the paved park road approx. 0.35 miles past the entry kiosk where a channel of water crosses underneath the paved road. They were on the south side of the paved road within about 25 feet from the road.

Good birding,

Akira So
Pleasanton, CA
Alameda County


Re: Aythya species at Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

On 11/26/2011 5:14 PM, Len wrote:
The female Redhead was the star, and is perhaps the same
individual seen there for several years now.
I believe she is our old friend - I saw a female Redhead on the GGAS walk last Wednesday, and recognized her even in floating-meatloaf mode by the pattern of white spots on the back of her head. (I haven't seen enough Redheads to know if that's common in the species - but it's not common enough for Sibley to note it in his guidebook.) So I was pretty sure what I was looking at well before she lifted her head and showed off her not-a-scaup face.

Wonder if she'll bring the boyfriend back this year....


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Aythya species at Lake Merritt

Len Blumin
 

This afternoon at Lake Merritt birders were able to see all six of the Aythya species seen in the U.S., with 5 species swimming together at the Visitor Center in the channel between the shore and the island. The female Redhead was the star, and is perhaps the same individual seen there for several years now. She was joined by Lesser and Greater Scaups, Canvasbacks, and a male Ring-billed Duck. Further to the east , down past the fountain in the corner, the male Tufted Duck could be found amongst the large raft of Scaups. Also in that area were a fair number of Common Goldeneyes and a few Barrow's Goldeneyes. A few Bufflehead were around, but no Mergansers were noted in the area. Construction apparently limits access to lakes outflow toward Laney College.

Some photo at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/6408319187/in/photostream

Cheers, Len Blumin
Mill Valley, CA


yellow-shafted flicker

dolores_butkus
 

Yesterday, Friday, Nov. 25th I saw a yellow-shafted flicker with two bands on one of his legs - a bright green band, and a bright yellow one. Birding is great out of my Rossmoor condo window, Walnut Creek.
Dolores Butkus


Pacific Commons Slaty-backed Gull

whzerd1 <whzerd@...>
 

Just a word of caution to those chasing this bird that the dump to the west is closed on the weekends - which greatly reduces the chances of seeing it here. I speak from personal experience!! Two tries - one on a Saturday - no bird.

Bill Zachman
Groveland, CA
Tuolumne County


Slaty-backed Gull continued at Pacific Common

Jerry Ting
 

I went back to Pacific Common Linear Park today and birded from 11:30AM - 2:00PM. The Slaty-backed Gull showed up around 12:40PM and landed on the northeast corner of the pond. It was quite active busy showering, flipping, jumping and preening for a good 10+ minutes and then took off heading southwest. I spent another hour and a half but did not see the bird again.

There were also hundreds of Westrn, Herring, Glaucous-winged, California, Ring-billed, Western x GW and Herring x GW hybrids prestented with various cycles. I think I also saw a couple of Thayer's but bot 100% sure.

A couple of shots of the Slaty-backed Gull that I took today can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/6402606823/in/photostream

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting


Thanksgiving yard bird: Ruby crowned Kinglet

Win Kryda <winkryda@...>
 

We had a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet gleaning water from a bamboo plant in
Montclair (Mountaingate and Castle intersection). Our Townsend's Warblers
have been regular to our feeders for several weeks now and the Downey WP
have been coming to the suet cakes for weeks now especially befor the rains.
Hermit Thrush have been devouring the holly berries.
--
Win Kryda


Re: Gull ID Help Needed

Joe Morlan
 

Jerry,

Nice photos as usual.

I don't think your bird is likely to be a "Vega" Gull (Asian race of
Herring Gull) for several reasons. The bill is too bright, almost orange in color. Vega should be more like Herring Gull with a thinner dull yellow bill. More to the point is the underwing pattern which shows a lot of dark gray on the underside of the trailing edge of the wing. Again, Vega Gull should be more like Herring Gull, with the underwings all white except for black tips and white mirrors.

To me, the bird looks much like a Western Gull and I would suggest that it's either an odd Western Gull with delayed plumage development on the head causing the dark smudging, or more likely a hybrid Western X Glaucous-winged Gull which are not all that uncommon in the Bay in winter. Most of those hybrids have pale underwings, like Glaucous-winged, but they back-cross extensively in the Puget Sound region and there is quite a continuum of variation.

--- In EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com, "jtnikon" <jtnikon@...> wrote:

I went to Pacific Common Linear Park yesterday afternoon in hopes of seeing the Slaty-backed Gull again. After 2 hours of searching and sorting out numerous gulls in the pond I was not able to re-find it.

However, I did re-find an interesting gull that I photographed on 11/13 and took a couple of images of it. This gull has dark back (as dark as Western Gull), smudgy head (way too smudgy for Western), yellow bill, brown eyes, broken white eye rings and pink legs.

So far I have people suggesedt Western, Herring, Herring hybrid, Western x Glaucous-winged hybrid, Vega and Vega hybrid but no one seems to have a solid answer. I did some studies on Vega Gull online and find it a very possible candidate.

You can find images of this gull at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/6396799481/in/photostream

You can click on each image to see the large version.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Jerry Ting


Gull ID Help Needed

Jerry Ting
 

I went to Pacific Common Linear Park yesterday afternoon in hopes of seeing the Slaty-backed Gull again. After 2 hours of searching and sorting out numerous gulls in the pond I was not able to re-find it.

However, I did re-find an interesting gull that I photographed on 11/13 and took a couple of images of it. This gull has dark back (as dark as Western Gull), smudgy head (way too smudgy for Western), yellow bill, brown eyes, broken white eye rings and pink legs.

So far I have people suggesedt Western, Herring, Herring hybrid, Western x Glaucous-winged hybrid, Vega and Vega hybrid but no one seems to have a solid answer. I did some studies on Vega Gull online and find it a very possible candidate.

You can find images of this gull at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/6396799481/in/photostream

You can click on each image to see the large version.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Jerry Ting


Bayside Thursday a.m.

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hi all,
If my records are right, this is my 8th annual 7-10 Thanksgiving a.m. hallpass
bird blitz.
Highlights included: Osprey -- Brooks Island.
Pelagic Cormorant - 5 Marina Bay Parkway inner harbor jetty -- high count for me
on the bay
Eurasian Wigeon - 1+ - Albany Crescent - Both were together near the county line
shoreline but scoped from Buchanan.
One looked cleanly Eurasian, but one looked orange-faced but a bit dark at that
range, so I thought maybe a hybrid.
Tufted Duck and Barrow's Goldeneye (3 males) - Lake Merritt

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, Ca


Yard bird

Debbi Brusco <dgb_birding@...>
 

This is not the first time ever, but it was nice to see a Red-breasted
Nuthatch visiting the feeder in the rain on 11/20, along with the usual
chickadees and House Sparrows (which haven't been here for quite a
while). And today, it was back again, also pecking at the small old tree
the feeder is in.

Debbi Brusco
Hayward


Thanksgiving in Heather Farm--Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

It was a relatively quiet morning in the park today, though the sparrows were happy to come out and have some morning seeds. I had a "Silent Spring" moment upon the realization that I was not seeing any Mallards. Maybe they were worried about John Madden stuffing them into a Turducken.

On the pond below the Seven Hills School, I saw 2 female Hooded Mergansers. This is a private school. Best viewing is from the corner of the Contra Costa County Water District property between the equestrian area parking lot and the pond. Also on this pond were 3 male and 1 female Bufflehead.

When I saw a single female Hooded Merganser on the large, mostly natural pond in the park on Monday, it was the first time for this species in probably 3-5 years. Admittedly, someone might have seen one on a day when I wasn't around.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Slaty-backed Gull still present?

David Rosen
 

Tufted Duck sighted today (Wednesday 11/23) at Lake Merritt. Seen in northeast
area of lake... between the bird sanctuary and the pergola (the columned
structure near the Lakeview Library in case you're not familiar). In fairly
sizable group of birds, including many Scaups.
David Rosen
Oakland




________________________________
From: mlester126 <mlester@email.arizona.edu>
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wed, November 23, 2011 7:15:41 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Slaty-backed Gull still present?


Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone has any positive or negative reports of the
Slaty-backed Gull at Coyote Creek Lagoon or the Tufted Duck at Lake Merritt
since 11/19. Thanks!

Michael Lester
Tucson, AZ
(Currently Menlo Park)

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