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Re: Marina Bay Long-tailed Ducks

Jeff Hoppes
 

Three Long-tailed Ducks were present at 12:30 today (1/9) in the Richmond
marina. There was also a Pacific Loon, actively diving from various points
around the marina, the breakwater, and the nearshore portion of the channel
between the mainland and Brooks Island. No sign of the Black Scoter seen
yesterday.

Directions: park at Vincent Park (exit 580 at Marina Bay Parkway in
Richmond, drive west until the road ends and you can see water in three
directions). Scope north toward the marina area. The Long-tailed Ducks were
in front of the three ships: "Whisper's Echo," "Sierra," and "NROTC
Courageous."

Good birding,

Jeff Hoppes
El Cerrito

On Sun, Jan 8, 2012 at 8:52 PM, Joseph Dodge <saltdodge@...> wrote:

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Thanks for posting promptly--got me two lifers. I was able to swing by
just before sunset on my way home from work. I parked where you suggested
and didn't have to walk far. The adult male Black Scoter was out towards
the harbor inlet in close company of a male Surf Scoter, allowing for easy
comparison. Shortly thereafter, they took off and flew around the harbor
and out. Subsequently, I found both Long-tailed Ducks directly out towards
the "mainland"/marina from the Vincent Park parking lot, in a small raft of
Eared Grebes. Their behavior was quite active--a lot of wing drying
motions and other shimmying activity that appeared unusually fidgety
compared to other ducks. A scope would have been helpful for details, but
not necessary for the id's.

To get there, take the Marina Bay Parkway exit from the 580 and go towards
the Bay. Stay on the road past Regatta, and it will swing around
eventually to the right and out to the end of the spit near the harbor
inlet, where the aforementioned park is at the end of the road.

Jay Dodge
Berkeley

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From: John Harris <johnh@...>
To: "EBB_sightings@..." <EBB_sightings@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2012 2:07 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Marina Bay Long-tailed Duck and Black Scoter




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






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Swamp sparrow - Hayward shoreline

jim.chiropolos <jim.chiropolos@...>
 

On Saturday I found a swamp sparrow along Sulpher Creek at Hayward shoreline. The bird was in the "sedge-type" vegetation along the creek about halfway between the Sulpher creek pump-house and the lone tree along the creek.

This bird is a sulker as I have gotten good looks at a swamy sparrow in this location in this location twice - once in October and now in January despite aboute 8 trips to this location with stops for about 20 minutes here as I bike down the shoreline.

Good birding!

Jim


Tufted Duck at Clifton Ct. Forebay, Ferruginous Hawks on Byron Hot Springs Rd.

Bingham Gibbs
 

On the annual MDAS Contra Costa County Chase led by Denise Wight and me a Tufted Duck was seen near the island in the southwest corner of Clifton Ct. Forebay. Three Ferruginous Hawks, Tricolored Blackbirds, Horned Larks, and Brown-headed Cowbirds were found on Byron Hot Springs Road half a mile south of Holey Rd., and two male and 8 female Common Mergansers, Barrow's and Common Golden-eyes, Green Heron and a Golden Eagle fly over at lunch were seen on the very small Crane Pond near Cypress Community Park on Frank Hengel Way, Oakley.
Bingham Gibbs


Falcated Duck at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

Juan Benjumea
 

I couldn't help to go up the Colusa National Wildlife Refuge and see for myself this nature's wonder that even the Washington Post is talking about. I was not disappointed by the visit. In a great morning sunny day, and in spite of the far distance he usually is from the view, the falcated duck collaborated in a picture taking session.

Juan Benjumea
Hayward

Here are some digsicoped pictures.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/juanben/6666934341/


East County Birds

golacula1
 

Yesterday I went to Clifton Court Forebay saw:

Flock of Common Mergansers
Lesser and Greater Scaups, male and female
Ruddy Ducks, male and female
Common Golden-eyed, male and female
One female Bufflehead
A Green-winged Teal couple
And the usual assortment of Coots, Gulls, and Grebes

Larry Cawthorn


Lake Merritt 1/8 -- ducks and very pale Thayer's-like gull

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

Bird numbers seemed low at the lake today, and the biggest surprise was a single female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE -- surprising in that there are usually many Barrow's on the lake. COMMON GOLDENEYES were more numerous than usual, however, and a group of birders I birded with had seen more Barrow's on the channel earlier in the day. A male and a female REDHEAD were present, along with the TUFTED DUCK, RING-NECKED DUCK, GREATER and LESSER SCAUP, CANVASBACKS, BUFFLEHEADS, MALLARDS, and four RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (a female and three males). Thanks to Robert for spotting the beautiful male mergansers. Grebes were HORNED, EARED, PIED-BILLED, WESTERN, and CLARK'S.
 
Gulls included several immature and one adult THAYER'S GULLS, as well as MEW (one first-cycle and one adult), RING-BILLED, CALIFORNIA, WESTERN, GLAUCOUS-WINGED, WESTERN/G-WINGED HYBRIDS, and  couple of G-WINGED/AMERICAN HERRING HYBRIDS. Pure American Herrings were conspicuously absent. One of the three odd gulls that I saw last week was still present, a third-cycle Thayer's-like bird with a very pale eye and sharp head streaking. The overall head pattern made me think Ring-billed, of all things! Don't get excited; the primaries were far too black for Iceland, with a small black tip on P10.
 
There was also a possible Iceland Gull candidate in the bird paddock. It was a very pale first-cycle Thayer's-type gull with a small bill, poofy head, and strong checkered pattern on the back. It looked pale enough to be an Iceland Gull, but also dark enough to be a Thayer's. I'll try to post photos of this bird and the pale-eyed third-cycle gull sometime tomorrow.
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland

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Re: Marina Bay Long-tailed Duck and Black Scoter

Jay
 

Thanks for posting promptly--got me two lifers.  I was able to swing by just before sunset on my way home from work.  I parked where you suggested and didn't have to walk far.  The adult male Black Scoter was out towards the harbor inlet in close company of a male Surf Scoter, allowing for easy comparison.  Shortly thereafter, they took off and flew around the harbor and out.  Subsequently, I found both Long-tailed Ducks directly out towards the "mainland"/marina from the Vincent Park parking lot, in a small raft of Eared Grebes.  Their behavior was quite active--a lot of wing drying motions and other shimmying activity that appeared unusually fidgety compared to other ducks.  A scope would have been helpful for details, but not necessary for the id's.

To get there, take the Marina Bay Parkway exit from the 580 and go towards the Bay.  Stay on the road past Regatta, and it will swing around eventually to the right and out to the end of the spit near the harbor inlet, where the aforementioned park is at the end of the road.


Jay Dodge
Berkeley


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From: John Harris <johnh@...>
To: "EBB_sightings@..." <EBB_sightings@...>
Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2012 2:07 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Marina Bay Long-tailed Duck and Black Scoter


 
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


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

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