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GGAS bicyle-Arrowhead wonders

kathy jarrett
 

Arrowhead Marsh GGAS Bicycle
Sunday, January 8
The Nelson's Sharp-tail Sparrow was the highlight of the day
for many in our group and the large number of birders with Ohlone Audubon. We
thank them for their generosity in sharing scopes and pointing out where the
sparrow was lurking: just down the bank from the shoreline path and just east
of the viewing pier. The Clapper Rail was also found near the viewing pier. For
six of us the trip started at Fruitvale BART and we were delighted to
experience the new section of trail between Fruitvale and High Street bridges;
we were next to the channel all the way and felt much safer. The new trail head
at the Tidewater Staging area just south of the High Street bridge is also
quite nice, with a parking lot, rest rooms and an EBRPD information center.
Well done, all who were responsible! The trail from the staging area is also
much improved from earlier years and the birds are liking it, too. We saw a
Say's Phoebe in a corporation yard, a first for me in this area. The amount of
trash against the shoreline was quite minimal and I am sure we have Save The
Bay to thank for that. It was just a beautiful day with lots of sightings
including Pintails, Surf Scoters, Green-winged Teals, Goldeneyes, Buffleheads,
Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks, all sorts of grebes, and a White-tailed Kite. The four
people who took Doolittle Drive back saw Black Turnstones and a Redhead, while
the rest of us saw some Greater Yellowlegs on the eastern shoreline. 50
species.
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Barrow's Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Clapper Rail
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon (I)
Anna's Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
American Crow
Bushtit
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling (I)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Western Meadowlark
Nelson's Sharp-tail Sparrow


Arrowhead Nelson's Sparrow pics

Tom Grey
 

I've posted a couple of pictures of the NELSON'S SPARROW as seen at
Arrowhead this morning (1/8/12). As reported, this bird is a real skulker
-- it was distant and in the dark, as the pictures show all too well ;)
See at http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/latest

--
Tom Grey
Stanford, CA
www.pbase.com/tgrey
tgreybirds.com


Nelson's Sharp-Tailed Sparrow Arrowhead Marsh

scfloyd2000@...
 

Around 9:15 this morning, I located the Nelson's Sharp-Tailed Sparrow (lifer!) in precisely the place described by Jim Scarff two days ago. Participants in Phil Gordon's Ohlone Audubon field trip rushed over and a crowd of some 50 people formed on the boardwalk...The sparrow is shy and skulking, popping in and out of the pickleweed at the water's edge and hiding under a bush. A Song Sparrow contributed by faking us out.

Clapper Rails, Soras, and many other birds were also seen.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Marina Bay Long-tailed Duck and Black Scoter

John Harris
 

Two female Long-tailed Ducks and a male Black Scoter are in Marina Bay, Richmond at about 2 pm this afternoon. They were swimming between the shore along Peninsula Drive and the marina. Peninsula Drive leads to Vincent Park, where one might park and walk back along the trail.
John Harris
Oakdale


Union City and Fremont waterfowl

John Cant 793-5216
 

At the Union City duck pond this morning there was an adult SNOW GOOSE
grazing with about 40 Canada geese. Also 3 COMMON MERGANSER (adult male,
adult female, male moulting into alternate plumage), the usual male wood
duck and about 20 American wigeon.



In Alameda Creek just below the Old Canyon Rd. bridge were a pair of
ring-necked ducks and a pair of bufflehead.



John Cant

Fremont


Re: Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks in Niles

Colin Jensen
 

The Blue-winged Teal seen at the Don Edwards NWR Headquarters continues. It was exactly where Stephanie Floyd said it would be in La Riviere Marsh: "Take the stairs down from near the Visitor Center and go out the raised boardwalk. The teal are in the second pond north of the boardwalk. Best viewing is before you come to the curved section of the boardwalk."

I saw it yesterday at 2PM, so the bird Alice Hoch found is a second Fremont bird.

Thank you both for sharing your findings!

- Colin

On Jan 7, 2012, at 5:28 PM, Amhoch@... wrote:

Today ( at 1:45 PM & still there at 2:25 PM) there was a male Blue-winged Teal in Alameda Creek just upstream of the Bart and railroad bridges in the Niles area of Fremont. This is first Blue-winged Teal I remember seeing in the creek. I wonder if it is the same bird Stephanie Floyd saw at the Refuge in Fremont yesterday.


Hayward Shoreline (1/7)

Bob Richmond
 

I started at Winton Ave. seeing a BEWICK'S WREN, one of the few Jan. records I have for the shoreline. Mt. Trashmore had no unusual geese. A male EURSIAN WIGEON was in Ora Loma Marsh. The northeast part of Frank's Dump West had at least 8 SNOWY PLOVER'S. The Radio Tower Hills has 120 (est) CACKLING GEESE, mostly ALUETIAN, and 3 ROSS GEESE.

Good birding

Bob


Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks in Niles

amhoch@aol.com
 

Today ( at 1:45 PM & still there at 2:25 PM) there was a male Blue-winged Teal in Alameda Creek just upstream of the Bart and railroad bridges in the Niles area of Fremont. This is first Blue-winged Teal I remember seeing in the creek. I wonder if it is the same bird Stephanie Floyd saw at the Refuge in Fremont yesterday.
There were 5 Ring-necked Ducks (2 males & 3 females) at the Old Canyon Rd. Staging area of Alameda Creek at 3:30PM today. Also, there were 25 Common Mergansers (6 were adult males) at Shinn Pond in Niles this afternoon.
Alice Hoch
Fremont


Two pairs of Hooded Mergansers

Phila Rogers <philajane6@...>
 

Dear Friends:

Late this afternoon after the sun had dropped down behind the western hill, I walked around Jewel Lake and was rewarded with two pairs of Hooded Mergansers along with the usual Buffleheads.  On this balmy day, dozens of families were also visiting the Tilden Nature Area.

Along the trail on the west side of the lake in the shade of bays and oaks, the trail is damp and some places muddy.  You can almost pretend it's a normal year.  But in the open, the tangles of dry thistle and brown stubble tell you otherwise.

--Phila Rogers


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Garin park: Varied Thrush, Hooded Merganser, Ring-Necked Duck, White-throaded Swift

Debbie and Tadd Ottman
 

We birded Garin Park for the Varied Thrushes that Debbie saw on Friday,
Jan. 6, at 2:00pm.   It was relatively "easy" then, and at least 5 were
spotted, with good views of 2.  However, this morning at 10:30am, it was
another story with the presence of intermittent hikers and dogs.  But we
persisted and were rewarded after half an hour.  We got a good view
of one Varied Thrush and caught movement of probably two more.

Yesterday, there was a pair of Gadwalls in Jordan Pond and 10 Ring-necked Ducks.
This morning, we found the Ring-necked Ducks but no Gadwall.  On the way back
along Dry Creek Trail at ~11:45am, we found the pair of Hooded Mergansers that
people  reported a few days ago. 


Also sighted in a thermal on the ridge was a kettle of at least 24 Turkey Vultures.
Near Jordan pond, we watched a flock of 22 White-throated Swifts, mixed with
2 Tree Swallows. 


Debbie and Tadd

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Re: 2011 Alameda County Big Year

Win Kryda <winkryda@...>
 

Thank you Jerry for your wonderful work. It's a great quiz and inspiration
to see your work. It was great meeting another Nikon devote:)
--
Win Kryda


[SBB] White faced ibis at Coyote Hills Park in Fremont

Matthew Dodder
 

Begin forwarded message:

From: "gms408@..." <gms408@...>
Date: January 6, 2012 7:17:40 PM PST
To: south-bay-birds@...
Subject: [SBB] White faced ibis at Coyote Hills Park in Fremont

I took a drive out to Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/coyote_hills

Highlight was a White Faced Ibis that spent a great deal of time in
Main Marsh in front of gravel parking lot which is in front of
paved parking lot and the visitor center. At times the bird was
less than 100 feet away. There are at least two of them as another
flew up and they both flew off after the morning viewing around
11:30am. The bird was back again around 2pm

It's a nice park with several viewing areas, but could be a lot of
walking. I had a bike and could cover a lot of ground quickly. Main
Marsh by parking lot or Chochenyo to Dust trail or the boardwalks
are best bets if you are walking.

If you go on a weekday, be sure to leave before rush hour traffic
on 880, 237, 84 and the like. I left after 2:30pm and when traffic
backed up on 880 around Montague Expressway, I took Montague to San
Thomas to get back to Campbell.

quick Pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/73822294@N08/

. . .

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA
http://www.birdguy.net
http://www.zazzle.com/mdodder





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First Friday Birdwalk (GGAS) at Tilden Nature Area January 6, 2012

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>
 

Friends!

"Thank you" to the 40+ people who came to the birdwalk at Tilden Nature Area today. We had good views of Downy Woodpecker working a branch for insects at the entrance to TNA, a couple of Varied Thrushes, and a pair of Hooded Mergansers (male and female) at Jewel Lake (the latest edition of the TNA checklist has them as "very rare" (fewer than 10 records in season)). Next month (February 3rd at 8:30 am) we'll continue the theme of winter survival (physiology, food and behavior).

Here is a list of birds seen (or heard):

Mallard
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-shouldered Hawk (heard)
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (heard)
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Wrentit
Spotted Towhee (heard)
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Best of Birds!

Alan Kaplan


Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow at Arrowhead/ Hooded Mergansers at Tilden

Jim Scarff
 

This morning Bob Lewis, Eleanor Briccetti and I went to Arrowhead March in
Oakland at the high tide. After considerable looking, we found the Nelson's
Sharp-tailed Sparrow just east of the boardwalk. I first spotted it in the
shrubs on the south (near) side of the little channel about 15 yards east of
the boardwalk. Later it flew across the channel and we saw it several more
times in the cordgrass. It was a major skulker and we tended to see a lot
more shaking grasses than bird. It was alone, not with the numerous Song
and White-crowned Sparrows, and generally quite low, but not on the ground.
Despite numerous large cameras, I was the only one lucky enough to get a
photo, though everyone there eventually saw it. Photo here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimscarff/6649543921/.



Arrowhead was pretty quiet, notwithstanding the high tide. We only saw about
4 Clapper Rails and one Sora. There was a lot of cordgrass emergent above
the water even with a 7.1' tide and some of the rails may have been using
the rail "houses" at the end of the marsh.



Yesterday, I spent a couple of hours in Tilden. The highlights for me were
a pair of Hooded Mergansers at Jewel Lake, that with luck swam by fairly
closely.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimscarff/6645386545/in/photostream/. There
was also a pair of Buffleheads in the lake and a Belted Kingfisher flying
back and forth.



I also was surprised at the west side of the lake to have (what I identified
FWIW! as) a Sharp-shinned Hawk, which I had not seen in Tilden in several
years. Photos at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimscarff/6645174289/in/photostream/



Hiking along the upper and lower Pack Rat trails, I came across lots of Fox
Sparrows and 6-7 Varied Thrushes who remain very "challenging" to
photograph! Otherwise the usual suspects: lots of Chestnut-backed
Chickadees, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Hutton's Vireo, Brown Creeper, Bushtits,
Townsend's Warbler, etc.



Enjoy the sunshine while we have it, and hope for the increasingly needed
rain!


Blue-Winged Teal at La Riviere Marsh & other stuff

scfloyd2000@...
 

This afternoon, a male and a female Blue-Winged Teal are at La Riviere Marsh at Don Edwards NWR in Fremont (Thornton Avenue off Highway 84 just before the Dumbarton Bridge). Take the stairs down from near the Visitor Center and go out the raised boardwalk. The teal are in the second pond north of the boardwalk. Best viewing is before you come to the curved section of the boardwalk.

Around noon today, I was having no luck finding white geese on Mt. Trashmore (West Winton entrance to HARD). Saw plenty of American Pipits. On my way back to the car, fifty Canada Geese flew over with three Snow Geese among them.

Around noon yesterday, a Red-Throated Loon was on Ballena Bay as viewed from the spit of land on the southwest side of Crab Cove in Alameda. The loon was way down by the condos and acting all looney - shy, diving a lot, staying down forever. A scope was essential.


Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler update

Kirk Swenson
 

The Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler in Heritage Square seems to be
doing just fine in 2012. I'm 5/5 this week having seen it Monday AM/PM,
Wednesday AM/PM, and this (Friday) morning around 9:30. It's been branching
out a bit this week, however, as I've seen it in four different trees in
different parts of the square. Heritage Square is at 59th & Hollis, with
the main entrance on Hollis.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis <---> Emeryville


Re: 2011 Alameda County Big Year

richard s. cimino
 

Jerry,
Thank you for sharing your photo Album.
This is a great reference.
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton

On 1/6/2012 8:45 AM, Chuq Von Rospach wrote:


Jerry, once again you have done some awesome work, and inspired me to toss
my cameras into a lake and take up knitting. Well done!

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 11:07 PM, jtnikon<jtnikon@...> wrote:

**

I have created a slide show with all 218 species that I photographed (in
order of appearance by National Geographic's 'Field Guide To The Birds Of
North America'):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/sets/72157625759435976/show/

The detailed image information and all 311 species are listed in:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/sets/72157625759435976/

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting



Re: 2011 Alameda County Big Year

Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr@...>
 

Jerry, once again you have done some awesome work, and inspired me to toss
my cameras into a lake and take up knitting. Well done!

On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 11:07 PM, jtnikon <jtnikon@...> wrote:

**

I have created a slide show with all 218 species that I photographed (in
order of appearance by National Geographic's 'Field Guide To The Birds Of
North America'):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/sets/72157625759435976/show/

The detailed image information and all 311 species are listed in:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/sets/72157625759435976/

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting




--
Chuq Von Rospach - http://www.chuqui.com
(chuqvr@...; chuqui@...; Twitter: @chuq)


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2011 Alameda County Big Year

Jerry Ting
 

2011 was a great year for Alameda County. I had followed the EBB reports through out the year and recorded 311 species. As far as I know this is probably the most species found within a year in the county. And out of 311 species, I photographed 218 of them at various locations in Alameda County in 2011.

I would like to thank all EBB members for your postings which help me immensely to find and photograph so many species. Hope we will have an even better 2012.

I have created a slide show with all 218 species that I photographed (in order of appearance by National Geographic's 'Field Guide To The Birds Of North America'):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/sets/72157625759435976/show/

The detailed image information and all 311 species are listed in:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/sets/72157625759435976/

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting


Hooded Mergansers in Pleasanton

Derek Heins <derek.heins@...>
 

I took a very quick bike ride on the Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail in Pleasanton at dusk today. Saw 16 Hooded Mergansers, half at the pond at the intersection of Valley and Laguna Creek Lane and the other half in the creek near the north end of the trail. There was also a few Common Moorhens in the pond, but no Ring-necked Ducks.

Derek Heins

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