Aquatic Park - Black and White Warbler present
This morning with intermittent sprinkles we briefly staked out the Summer Tanager tree (15min) to no avail, but we lucked out with the BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER in the nearby willows directly to the east of said tree (in the vicinity of frisbie golf hole 14). A brief, equally insufficient stop at the N. Waterthrush area (5min) didn't turn anything up.
We also saw a Brown Creeper and a Downy Woodpecker near hole 14.
Brian and Noah DeLay
Continuing Alameda rarities + more
Today Jeff Miller and I did a run through Alameda county in hopes of finding some of the previously reported vagrants.
While driving near the fields, we were able to find a few Cackling Geese mixed in with the Canadas. As we continued, I heard a bizarre Phoebe-like call which intrigued me. We quickly pulled over and started pishing. After a short while, sure enough, a SWAMP SPARROW flew out of a nearby bush. It was quite fun to have both a Swamp Sparrow and a genuine Black Phoebe in ear-shot at one time.
As we continued to the main boardwalk we saw more of the common species. We then walked to an overlook where we were able to see one of the continuing WHITE-FACED IBIS. On our walk back to the car, we saw a Merlin fly over.
Pacific Commons Linear Park:
Shortly after arriving, we noticed the huge (primarily Tricolored) Blackbird flock. After following the flock, we came across an opening with a few birds. We were soon able to find the continuing YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD feeding amongst the swarm. Jeff was able to show me two Tree Swallows foraging above the ponds.
Arriving a little after 10:30, the tide was on our side. I was quite shocked by the sheer number of Common Yellowthroats and Marsh Wrens, as they seemed to occupy every bush! However, after intensive searching for about 20 minutes, I was able to relocate the NELSON'S (sharp-tailed) SPARROW, who offered amazing views. There was also one Clapper Rail (low count?).
Unfortunately, at subsequent stops, the birding deteriorated with the weather.
Despite searching pretty hard for the sparrow, we failed to find anything more than White- and Golden-crowns.
Berkley Aquatic Park:
Surprisingly, we missed all of the rarities. Crummy weather was certainly a factor, though. We were forced to be satisfied with Forester's Terns.
For some reason, people haven't been reporting from here recently, we decided to give it a shot. The rocks/beach contained the following shorebirds:
~5 Black Turnstones
3 Western Sandpipers
3 Least Sandpipers
2 Black Oystercatchers
1 Long-billed Curlew
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Black-bellied Plover
I was shocked to only find one Surf Scoter, and we had no luck with either the Black Scoters of the Long-tailed Ducks.
Arrowhead Marsh - MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline Nelson's Sparrow & Clapper Rail
1 22 2012 10am - 12pm
Bird of the Day
Great Blue Heron
SHORT-EARED OWL at Clifton Court Forebay -- 1/21
Amy McDonald <amymcd@...>
Saturday afternoon I went to Clifton Court Forebay to look for two SHORT-EARED
OWLS as reported on eBird. I found one of the owls as follows:
Arriving at 4pm, I scoped the distant fields at the end of Clifton Ct. from the
bridge just before the parking area. In the field just left of the sheep
pasture, a SHORT-EARED OWL was sitting on the ground. While on the ground, I
could see only the head (with pale face and dark area around the eyes) and pale,
lightly-streaked breast. I watched for about 20 minutes, until the owl flew low
and direct to the NW and disappeared behind a hedge row. In flight I could see
the light underwings, mottled, light-brown upperparts and wings, dark wingtips
and dark carpal patch. Due to the long-distance view, I could not pick
out additional details.
Also of interest were 90 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS in the field on the NE side of
Clifton Ct. (near the lone palm tree).
San Jose, CA
Hooded Mergansers at Jewel Lake
The pair were catching fish at Jewel Lake on Thursday 19 Jan., along with 8 Buffleheads. 1 pair Mallards. Overcast. Water visibility ~2'. Some photos at
Friday, rain. Saturday, 21 Jan. water muddy, water visibility 0. Mergansers gone. Buffleheads still there along with 4 pairs Mallards.
Re: Tanager -- Berkeley
Following up on Kay's message, the tanager I found yesterday morning alongtoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Domingo Street in Berkeley just south of Tunnel Road is definitely a female
Summer Tanager. It reappeared at 10:20 this morning feeding on the red
berries right above the side walk. It flew in from across the street and
then flew off into the maple by the gas station on the corner. It is large
billed, it's back lacks the contrast of Western Tanager and has faded red
around face, belly and below the tail. Nice to know that all the birds are
not just at Aquatic Park.
On Jan 21, 2012, at 3:17 PM, Kay Loughman <kayloughman@...> wrote:
Graham and all,
I saw the bird for several minutes this afternoon at 2:30. Am quite
sure it was a Summer Tanager, possibly a red-morph female, as there were
blotchy reddish patches visible (with binoculars) on the breast and
belly as well as the head. The bird was feeding on cotoneaster berries
right at the sidewalk; but soon flew south toward the camphor trees at
the corner of El Camino Real. If anyone gets a photo of this specific
bird, I would very much appreciate getting a copy to post on the website
for Claremont Canyon area wildlife.
in the hills above the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley
Graham CHISHOLM wrote:
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Emeryville's BTGWarbler pix
The Black-throated Gray Warbler was a drive up bird at Heritage Square, Emeryville. I pulled into the parking lot for Bucci's on Hollis st 59th in Emeryville and the warbler popped up in front of my car. I watched through the wind shield as it foraged in the sunlight 8 feet away. It took off and I refound it in the low plants near the office building in the back. Here is the male in a fushia.
Summer Tanager, Eurasian Wigeon, Tufted Duck and Clay-Colored Sparrow
The SUMMER TANAGER was first heard calling loudly at 910am at
the 'tanager spot' by the above the yellow tagged tree at
Aquatic Park. We got visual confirmation at 945am when it posed
in the yellow tagged tree for five minutes or so. At 1000am,
the bird was over by the line of trees by the railroad tracks.
Note: this area is on the east side of Aquatic Park, lined up
with the boat ramp. There is a picnic table underneath a
large eucalyptus tree. The bare tree with yellow tagging is
is close by.
A male EURASIAN WIGEON was at the Miller_knox Regional Park.
The male TUFTED DUCK was down by the fountain at Lake Merritt.
One of the CLAY-COLORED SPARROWs was by the entrance to
Oyster Bay Regional park at 130pm.
Calvin D Lou
Barrows Goldeneyes at Lake Merritt (was Re: Yellow-Headed Blackbird continues, Pacific Commons Linear Park)
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On 1/21/2012 1:21 PM, scfloyd2000@... wrote:
The Steenhovens and I and many others participated in OhloneAnd I woulda been there, but when I went to open my garage, one of the springs broke loose with a sound like a gunshot and the door slammed down and jammed shut. I unjammed it enough to pry it open - but it wouldn't stay up, so the car was still trapped - and it was way too early to roust out the building manager.
So I walked around Lake Merritt, and saw half a dozen Barrow's Goldeneyes up at the 12th Street tide inlet: a couple of adult males, a female, and some immature males - though I just checked the book, and they look an awful lot like immature Common males. (And there were some Common Goldeneyes there too.)
The male Redhead was near the bird paddock, and the Tufted Duck by the Embarcadero fountain.
And - yay for apartment life - the manager got onto the owners, and they sent someone around this afternoon to fix the garage....
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Continuing ALA birds
I started the morning at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland, where this season's
high tide crested around 10 am. Rail action was less than I expected--are
the rails moving back to Mitigation Marsh now that the cord grass is
maturing there? I counted 2 Clapper Rails and a Sora. Thought I caught a
glimpse of a possible Virginia Rail under the boardwalk but I never got a
second chance. As folks were drifting off, a sparrow flew into the shrubs at
the water's edge in front of me. I got a glimpse of the pumpkin face of the
continuing NELSON'S SPARROW but the bird flew out before I could get anyone
else on the bird.
Heading down to Coyote Hills Regional Park, a WHITE-FACED IBIS flew over the
main marsh and 2 more flushed from the South Marsh when a guy's dogs went
duck hunting. I asked him to please not let his dogs harass the wildlife and
he suggested I find a new hobby. Class act. A Peregrine Falcon tried to
capitalize on the uproar but came away empty-taloned.
Down at Pacific Commons Linear Park, I studied the Blackbird flock a good
long while, mostly Tricolored with some Red-winged Blackbirds mixed in. Just
as I picked out a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, a novice photographer
flushed the flock. He told his daughter they would be back and asked me if
they were Robins. I helped him with the bird ID but didn't stick around to
see if his knowledge of bird behavior was any good.
Re: Oyster Point -- Clay-colored Sparrow (Continued on 1/21 - Pics)
I refound two Clay-colored Sparrows and observed/photographed from 12:00-12:30PM. Both were foraging on the ground from the 'broken water funtain' all the way east to the grassland beside the railroad. I have uploaded a couple of shots that can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/6738748517/.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
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Re: Tanager -- Berkeley
Graham and all,toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I saw the bird for several minutes this afternoon at 2:30. Am quite sure it was a Summer Tanager, possibly a red-morph female, as there were blotchy reddish patches visible (with binoculars) on the breast and belly as well as the head. The bird was feeding on cotoneaster berries right at the sidewalk; but soon flew south toward the camphor trees at the corner of El Camino Real. If anyone gets a photo of this specific bird, I would very much appreciate getting a copy to post on the website for Claremont Canyon area wildlife.
in the hills above the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley
Graham CHISHOLM wrote:
Yellow-Headed Blackbird continues, Pacific Commons Linear Park
Jerry and Judy Steenhoven told me this morning that yesterday they saw a female-type Yellow-Headed Blackbird along with large numbers of Tri-Colored Blackbirds at Pacific Commons Linear Park (west end of Auto Mall Parkway, Fremont).
The Steenhovens and I and many others participated in Ohlone Audubon's field trip to Shadow Cliffs (off Stanley in Pleasanton) this morning. We saw a nice assortment of ducks and other waterfowl, including a Brown Pelican, and a single Greater White-Fronted Goose flew in leading a "V" of Canada Geese, but the highlight for me was two Ospreys, one flying around calling with a small fish in its talons. Also fun to see was the rookery on the island in the lake reached by ascending the steep levee trail at the far end of the parking lot. Five or six Great Blue Herons, at least one a pair, have already laid claim to pre-existing nests. Double-Crested Cormorants were moving in as well.
Re: Arrowhead Marsh Friday AM--late report
I have added a photo of the Nelson's Sparrow to the "Rare and Interesting East Bay Birds" album.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "rosita94598" <rosita94598@...> wrote:
Tanager -- Berkeley
This morning at 9 am while out walking I had a quick glimpse of a tanager
feeding on berries just south of the corner of Tunnel Road and Domingo in
Berkeley. The berry trees are along the parking lot of the Sotheby's Real
Estate office. Unfortunately I did not have binoculars with me and only
had a quick view confirming that it was a tanager with slight reddish wash
around the face, overall pale yellow appearance though I did not get a good
look at the back. Bill did not appear large and I am leaning toward
Western Tanager. I returned with binoculars and looked again without
success, but the plentiful food source makes me think it will be back.
Heather Farm--Walnut Creek Saturday AM
While checking out Heather Farm this morning after the storm, I found Fred Safier who remarked on the Ring-necked Duck population dropping to just 2 or 3, after being near 50 earlier in the week. We assumed it was due to the overnight weather.
Later, I found a neighbor who photographs in the park. She informed me that Thursday morning, the City of Walnut Creek had a "goose chasing" crew driving a remote-operated electric boat around the large, mostly natural pond to chase away Canada Geese.
The City has, for several years hired a woman to have her dog chase geese from the ball fields. They have installed small, mostly useless, blinking lights out on the ponds to scare away waterfowl. Last year they installed orange mesh "goose fences" along the south end of the large pond. This was apparently in an attempt to discourage geese from walking from one part of the park to another.
I understand the problem with Canada Geese, but for the City to hire someone to drive a remote-operated boat, chasing all the waterfowl from the City-designated Wildlife Sanctuary, just seems wrong.
Sorry for the rant.
Hugh B. Harvey
Mt. Diablo Audubon Society
Field Trip Chair
Arrowhead Marsh Friday AM--late report
Sorry for the delay, but I did not see any other reports.
Mt. Diablo Audubon visited Arrowhead Marsh Friday AM for the high tide. We were not alone, as others brought the numbers to 20 or more viewers. Rail sightings were limited, but one Clapper Rail was right near the end of the railing on the east side of the boardwalk.
After much searching and hoping, the Nelson's Sparrow made an appearance. All observers were able to see this bird well, most of them through scopes, before the bird flew to the west.
Also seen were many Common Yellowthroats and Marsh Wrens. One Cackling Goose was on the lawn with the Canada Geese.
MDAS then visited Garretson Point, where we found 2 Spotted Sandpipers.
We finished the morning at Lake Merritt, finding the oft-reported Tufted Duck near the northeast corner of the lake. Two Green Herons were present on the islands and a soaring Peregrine Falcon appeared near the top of the apartment building at Perkins & Bellevue. The falcon drifted off to the northeast.
A big thanks to Sandy Ritchie for leading us despite the drizzly weather. We had a total of 60 species.
Hugh B. Harvey
Alameda Creek and Coyote Hills
Quick bike ride to coyote hills before the rainstorm.
Osprey flying around Alameda creek by 880 overpass.
Belted kingfisher by the railroad bridge over alameda creek.
White faced ibis was present in coyote hills right next to alameda creek trail.
Red-shoulderd hawk this bird is a regular sighting for me he/she must live right by the creek here.
Red-breasted Merganser on Lake Merritt
On our daily lunch-time walk in Lakeside Park, AJ Burgess spotted a lone male Red-breasted Merganser. The bird was preening in the middle of the northwesterly arm of Lake Merritt, approximately on line with Madison Street.
Re: Berkeley Aquatic Park -- 01/19 (Pics)
I have posted some images took at the Aquatic Park today. Many thanks to Michael for finding the Black-and-White Warbler and showing me the spot to see the Northern Waterthrush.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Followings are image URL's:
Northern Waterthrush http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/6729345765/in/photostream
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