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

Matthew Dodder

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

I took a drive out to Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.

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

. . .

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA

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

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>


"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):

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
Brown Creeper
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
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:

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. 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:

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

Blue-Winged Teal at La Riviere Marsh & other stuff


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

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

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

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'):

The detailed image information and all 311 species are listed in:

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'):

The detailed image information and all 311 species are listed in:

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting

Chuq Von Rospach -
(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'):

The detailed image information and all 311 species are listed in:

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

Correction regarding Mergansers at Miller/Knox Park

katherine francone

I'd like to make a correction to my report of 12/25/11 regarding a siting of Common Mergansers at Miller/Knox Park.  There were 7 Red-breasted Mergansers and 1(f) Common Merganser.  Thanks.
Kathy FranconePt. Richmond

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Barrow's Goldeneye x Hooded Merganser continues in Alameda


At 9:30 this morning, the lovely hybrid duck continues in Alameda in the lagoon on Otis across from Wells Fargo. You can park right next to it. Three smaller Hooded Mergansers were in attendance, but they are nervous about being watched and moved up the lagoon to hide under a tree across from the Safeway gas station.

Stephanie Floyd

Two Good Looks at a Peregrine

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>

Early this afternoon, I was on 580 heading west toward the Highway 24 off-ramp when I saw a Peregrine on a light standard by the road. Peregrines prefer higher perches, I know, but it had that 200-mph-sitting-still look, and it was mostly gray, white, and streaked in the proper places. When I was heading home a couple of hours later, it had moved to the eastbound side of the road at the Oakland/Harrison exit.

I almost hope it doesn't become a regular, as the effect on my driving is not good....

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Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline 1/4/12 -- continuing Clay-colored Sparrow

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>

I checked Oyster Bay this afternoon, mostly looking for gulls, which were numerous around the landfill but with a poor species composition: RING-BILLED, CALIFORNIA, WESTERN, GLAUCOUS-WINGED, WESTERN/G-WINGED HYBRID, AMERICAN HERRING, and THAYER'S GULLS. Mew was conspicuously absent. Ducks were also not too good, with only CANVASBACK, RUDDY DUCK, MALLARD, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the estuary. The best sighting in the estuary was a LEOPARD SHARK swimming in too-shallow water, showing its fins and some of its back above the surface.
Sparrows, on the other hand, were great. In the last evening light I located the huge Oyster Bay Entrance Sparrow Flock, which was foraging in the pampas grass/eucalyptus area along the fence to the right of the entrance gate, as you come in. The flock included the continuing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW as well as WHITE-CROWNED, GOLDEN-CROWNED, and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. I also got a brief look at what might have been a White-throated, but I didn't see it well and it was probably just a smallish Golden-crowned.
Noah Arthur, Oakland

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Goldeneye/Merganser Hybrid seen at Otis Lagoon in Alameda

Today at 12:16 I saw the Hooded Merganser/Goldeneye hybrid reported & photographed by Verne Nelson. As he stated it was in a lagoon across Otis from the Wells Fargo Bank which is in the South Shore Shopping Center. It was swimming in close company with a female Common Goldeneye and was very easy to see.
Alice Hoch

Miller-Knox Snow Goose

Laura Look <chamaea@...>

Eric Lichtwardt's immature SNOW GOOSE continues at Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline in Richmond, hanging out with the Canada Geese and sticking out like a sore thumb.

Park info:

Good birding,
Laura Look
Pinole, CA

Hermit Warbler at Inspiration Point

Denise Wight

Hi E.B. Birders,

There's a Hermit Warbler in the parking lot pines at Inspiration Point, Tilden Regional Park, hanging out with Townsend's Warblers and Pygmy Nuthatch.

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, CA

Re: Merganser/Goldeneye hybrid comparison photo

Laura Look <chamaea@...>

I do not know the life expectancy of
these birds or the earliest sighting of the Lake Merritt bird.
As I recall, this is believed to be the first photo of our hybrid friend, as an immature: . This was taken spring, 2004, by Rich Stallcup and would indicate the bird is now in his 9th winter.

My husband's photos from 2005 ( ) show a lot more white on the sides than yours, but I agree with others that this is just an affect of feather position. Even in my page's not-so-great photos, note the difference in the amount of white on the 5th (bottom) photo as opposed to the 2nd one from the top.

Congratulations on relocating him!

Laura Look
Pinole, CA

Fremont - Red-breasted Sapsucker

John Cant 793-5216

Not really rare but seems uncommon enough that I thought I would mention it:
for the last three days an adult male RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER has flown into
a tall deodar cedar on my modest lot on Canyon Heights Dr., called, spent
about 20 seconds and then flown to a neighbor's palm where it becomes
invisible and probably spends the night. Arrival at my place is at about
4:50 p.m. If anyone wants an admittedly brief look, let me know off list
and we can arrange it.

John Cant


white-throated sparrow berkeley marina

cinty262001 <ctlee@...>

hi there,
late in the afternoon, went down to the berkeley marina. Had an adult white-throated sparrow in the willows just west of the Shorebird Nature Center building.
cin-ty lee, houston, tx

Merlin, Alamo


Hi all,

While filling up at the Chevron in downtown Alamo, I ventured out from underneath the overhang to escape the fumes. I glanced up and spotted a Merlin heading for Richard's. Made me forget about the recent spike in gas prices, at least for a moment. . . .

Also of note, I spotted several Hooded Mergansers on San Ramon Creek, just west of St Isidore's in Danville.

Happy Birding!

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

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