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Clay-colored Sparrows Jan 25

Dave Weber
 

Hi Birders-

At 10:45 this morning, both Clay-colored Sparrows were seen together at Oyster Bay Park. They were with a large flock of White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows near the entrance, along the asphalt ramps that goes down to a metal grate. A few minutes later I stopped at the first parking lot at San Leandro Marina. A quick look at the gulls on the bay and in the parking lot didn't turn up anything unusual. A cormorant flying out of the bay toward the airport appeared to be a Brandt's Cormorant. In the west end of the marina there was a male Barrow's Goldeneye.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas

Hybrid Sapsucker in Lafayette

Jeff Acuff
 

Yesterday my wife found and today re-found for me a sapsucker that appears to be a red-breasted x red-naped sapsucker.  Location is adjacent to a mailbox at 1751 Reliez Valley Road where there is a small tree (peppermint?) worked over with grids of sapsucker holes.  The tree is conveniently marked with a long red ribbon currently. 

The sapsucker most closely resembled the "southern" red-breasted pictured in Sibley with the white mustache partly interrupted by red below and behind the eye and with the eye set in a small triangle of black (no white above the eye though).  However, the bird seen had a clear and distinct black chest plate that could be seen through the red feathering that continued from the head down over the chest.  The red faded out below the fairly crisp bottom edge of the black shield.

If anyone does go looking for this bird, please use courtesy and common sense as the location is at the beginning of a driveway at private property.

Good birding,
Jeff Acuff
Lafayette


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Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

Alan Howe
 

The Fairfield facility is International Bird Rescue and their phone # is: 707.207.0380. These folks are real pros.
Alan Howe

--- On Wed, 1/25/12, SusanHeckly <sheckly@...> wrote:


From: SusanHeckly <sheckly@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:28 AM



 



Lindsay Wildlife Museum is open to receive injured and orphaned native wildlife seven days a week year round. Hours are 9-5 September-March; 9-7 April-August.

Susan Heckly
Wildlife Rehabilitation Director
Lindsay Wildlife Museum

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "moonshadow.sandy" <moonshadow.sandy@...> wrote:

By the way, I'd HIGHLY recommend this 2-day class on Wildlife Search and Rescue. I bet we have all been in situations where there was an injured bird , reptile, or mammal, and didn't know what to do or whom to call.

These people have Teams on-call all over the state and can usually send Teams out quickly. After the class and certification, YOU can volunteer to be part of the Search and Rescue Teams.
With an
additional class, you can also be certified to work with oiled birds anywhere in the world and really make a difference.

There is a major Wldlife Rehab Center in Fairfield that receives all the oiled birds and other serious injuries.
Here: http://www.spcai.org/programs/shelter-of-the-week/item/349-international-bird-rescue-research-center-fairfieldca.html

And, of course, don't forget our wonderful Linday Museum in Walnut Creek, that can accept some injured wildlife, at certain times of the year - the hospital is NOT open year-round.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Sandy Richards, RN
Walnut Creek, CA

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--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "bobsikora38" <sikora1@> wrote:

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far
enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@

Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

SusanHeckly <sheckly@...>
 

Lindsay Wildlife Museum is open to receive injured and orphaned native wildlife seven days a week year round. Hours are 9-5 September-March; 9-7 April-August.

Susan Heckly
Wildlife Rehabilitation Director
Lindsay Wildlife Museum

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "moonshadow.sandy" <moonshadow.sandy@...> wrote:

By the way, I'd HIGHLY recommend this 2-day class on Wildlife Search and Rescue. I bet we have all been in situations where there was an injured bird , reptile, or mammal, and didn't know what to do or whom to call.

These people have Teams on-call all over the state and can usually send Teams out quickly. After the class and certification, YOU can volunteer to be part of the Search and Rescue Teams.
With an additional class, you can also be certified to work with oiled birds anywhere in the world and really make a difference.

There is a major Wldlife Rehab Center in Fairfield that receives all the oiled birds and other serious injuries.
Here: http://www.spcai.org/programs/shelter-of-the-week/item/349-international-bird-rescue-research-center-fairfieldca.html

And, of course, don't forget our wonderful Linday Museum in Walnut Creek, that can accept some injured wildlife, at certain times of the year - the hospital is NOT open year-round.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Sandy Richards, RN
Walnut Creek, CA

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--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "bobsikora38" <sikora1@> wrote:

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@

Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

moonshadow.sandy <moonshadow.sandy@...>
 

THANK YOU for the correction! I saw the Hospital hours from Sept-March, but didn't see the hours for the REST of the year! duh.
A wonderful place!
Sandy

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., STEPHANIE FLOYD <scfloyd2000@...> wrote:

Thank you to Sandy for her helpful referrals.

Please note that the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital is open EVERY day YEAR-ROUND. Our hours are September - March 9-5, and April - August 9-8. Please go to our web site for more information.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont

Herring spawn and gull congregations?

John Cant 793-5216
 

A friend told me that there were mobs of gulls in San Francisco (near Pier
40) this past weekend but almost none today. Is anyone seeing large
congregations responding to herring spawning anywhere in the Bay Area? Or
has spawning already ended?



John Cant

Fremont



_____

From: EBB_Sightings@... [mailto:EBB_Sightings@...]
On Behalf Of Lori Arthur
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 9:07 AM
To: bird sightings East Bay
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] San Leandro Marina 1/21 and 1/22 -- probable Lesser
Black-backed Gull





I went gulling two days in a row at San Leandro Marina, where huge numbers
of gulls were congregating (perhaps dispersants from the landfills that are
shut down on the weekends). On Saturday, there were all the regulars: MEW,
RING-BILLED, CALIFORNIA, WESTERN, GLAUCOUS-WINGED, THAYER'S, and AMERICAN
HERRING GULLS, and some hybrids. There were a few odd ones I couldn't ID,
but nothing that looked like a rarity.

All afternoon on Sunday I saw all the same species as the day before. But at
4:40 PM, while scoping the mudflats near Torito's restaurant, I spotted what
appeared to be a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL: a very long-winged, thin-billed,
California Gull-sized bird with a very dark back, slightly darker than a
nearby Western Gull, and bright yellow legs. In flight, its slaty-blackish
upperwings showed very little contrast with the black primaries. I could
only get a few very distant, blurry pictures which don't really show much,
but they do show that it is very dark backed, as compared to Western and
Glaucous-winged Gulls standing nearby.

Noah Arthur, Oakland

Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

scfloyd2000
 

Thank you to Sandy for her helpful referrals.

Please note that the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital is open EVERY day YEAR-ROUND. Our hours are September - March 9-5, and April - August 9-8. Please go to our web site for more information.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


On Jan 24, 2012, at 11:21 PM, moonshadow.sandy wrote:

By the way, I'd HIGHLY recommend this 2-day class on Wildlife Search and Rescue. I bet we have all been in situations where there was an injured bird , reptile, or mammal, and didn't know what to do or whom to call.

These people have Teams on-call all over the state and can usually send Teams out quickly. After the class and certification, YOU can volunteer to be part of the Search and Rescue Teams.
With an additional class, you can also be certified to work with oiled birds anywhere in the world and really make a difference.

There is a major Wldlife Rehab Center in Fairfield that receives all the oiled birds and other serious injuries.
Here: http://www.spcai.org/programs/shelter-of-the-week/item/349-international-bird-rescue-research-center-fairfieldca.html

And, of course, don't forget our wonderful Linday Museum in Walnut Creek, that can accept some injured wildlife, at certain times of the year - the hospital is NOT open year-round.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Sandy Richards, RN
Walnut Creek, CA

----------------------------------------------------------

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "bobsikora38" <sikora1@...> wrote:

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@...


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Great-horned Owl Clifton Court Forebay

golacula1
 

I came out here looking for a reported Short-ear Owl but came across this Great-horned Owl. Also saw Burrowing Owls.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/January252012#5701545494270551458

Larry Cawthorn

Nelson's Sparrow and Summer Tanager

L Pittman
 

Karen Z and I went to Arrowhead Marsh at high tide today (1/24/12). The Nelson's Sparrow showed very briefly twice between 1 pm and 2:30 near the bridge/boardwalk. We went next to Lake Merritt where we searched for the Tufted Duck for an hour without success. We finished the day with a late stop at Berkeley Aquatic Park where the Summer Tanager was present in the eucalyptus tree next to the yellow-tagged tree at 4:43pm. We missed the Black & White Warbler and Northern Waterthrush.

Linda Pittman
Wilton, CA

Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

moonshadow.sandy <moonshadow.sandy@...>
 

By the way, I'd HIGHLY recommend this 2-day class on Wildlife Search and Rescue. I bet we have all been in situations where there was an injured bird , reptile, or mammal, and didn't know what to do or whom to call.

These people have Teams on-call all over the state and can usually send Teams out quickly. After the class and certification, YOU can volunteer to be part of the Search and Rescue Teams.
With an additional class, you can also be certified to work with oiled birds anywhere in the world and really make a difference.

There is a major Wldlife Rehab Center in Fairfield that receives all the oiled birds and other serious injuries.
Here: http://www.spcai.org/programs/shelter-of-the-week/item/349-international-bird-rescue-research-center-fairfieldca.html

And, of course, don't forget our wonderful Linday Museum in Walnut Creek, that can accept some injured wildlife, at certain times of the year - the hospital is NOT open year-round.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Sandy Richards, RN
Walnut Creek, CA

----------------------------------------------------------

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "bobsikora38" <sikora1@...> wrote:

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@...

Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

Sandy R <moonshadow.sandy@...>
 

I just took a wildlife rescue class this last weekend and will notify the local Rescue Team.
For future reference , for all injured birds, animals (but not marine mammals, as they are handled by a different dept) Call:

Rebecca Dmytryk

WildRescue
P.O. Box 65, Moss Landing CA 95039
Mobile: 831.840.3896
Pager: 831-429-2323
http://www.wildrescue.org/
http://www.humanewildlifemanagement.com/

Urgent. Grebe needs help.

Bob Sikora
 

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@...

Hayward Shoreline (1/24)

Bob Richmond
 

I started at Winton Ave. and saw a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD. This is the only Jan. record I have for the shoreline. A group of 25+ swallows were mostly TREE SWALLOWS but had 3 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS and at least 1 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW (only the second record I have for the shoreline in Jan.). An ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was on a nest and a BEWICK'S WREN was seen here later. Up on Mt. Trashmore were 6 white geese - 3 ROSS, 2 SNOW, and 1 possible ROSS x SNOW. 235 CACKLING GEESE (most or all ALUETIAN) were also present. A GREEN-WINGED (COMMON) TEAL was in Ora Loma Marsh east of the power lines. In Cogswell Marsh while looking unsuccessfully for unusual sparrows, 4 WHITE-FACED IBIS flew overhead. These are the first I have seen in Jan. at the shoreline. At Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline, I missed the probable Lesser Black-backed Gull but saw one of the CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS on the way back. Offshore from the San Leandro Marina was a BARROW'S GOLDENEYE. 4 RED KNOTS
were on the mudflat around the rocky island close to 5 pm.

Bob

Bald Eagles at Del Valle

scfloyd2000
 

I was at Del Valle today around noon. I've never seen the lake level so low! I walked up the "Dog Run" trail at the end of the Marina, and as I ascended the hill I looked up to the crest to find I was being watched - by a Bobcat. Bob didn't want to leave the trail, and neither did I, so we had a stare-down for awhile, and then I started talking to her, reasoning with her, and she opted to head for the hills, literally, and I did not see her when I passed the spot later. This is the second time I've seen a Bobcat at Del Valle; last time I saw one near the campground across the bridge.

My destination today was a point where I could view the dark-trunked "upside-down bird's foot" tree high on the western hillside where two Bald Eagles were perched. This is only a 10-15 minute walk from the Marina, across from Hetch Hetchy but you can see the tree without walking that far.

It was wonderfully quiet in the park today, and I enjoyed seeing deer and desert cottontails as well as Bob.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont

Common goldeneyes displaying...

allenvhirsch@...
 

Courting season must be in full swing. I had a group of goldeneyes displaying and feeding yesterday late morning in Lake Merritt Channel Park (at least that's what I call it - next to Laney College, between 10th & 12 Streets):

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p849547491

Allen Hirsch
Oakland

Claremont Summer Tanager

Mark Rauzon
 

Around 2:30, just after it stopped misting, I opened my car door to get ready to look for the Summer Tanager found by Graham Chisholm over the weekend, and bingo, it popped up on the parking sign right behind my car. I stayed around my car's back door and photographed it as it returned a few times to the cotoneaster berries along side the Sotheby's Real estate office in front of the pink house (#26?) on Domingo and Tunnel Road. It would fly across the street, perch on houses and bare trees and circle back to the berries. There is a lot of foot traffic here and my impression is the bird is somewhat accommodating. Several neighbors asked me what I was doing, and they were interested, but be aware this is a high traffic area with a school near by, so people may be suspicious.


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h964e72a#h964e72a


Any comments on subspecies/morph/gender?


Good birding,


Mark Rauzon
Oakland

Lesser Yellowlegs at Coyote Hills - 22 Jan 2012

Denise Wight
 

Hi E.B. Birders,

Yesterday morning at about 8:00 am at Coyote Hills Regional Park, there were 14 Lesser Yellowlegs with 6 Greater Yellowlegs in the flooded field within about 100 feet of the entrance fee station. When I left at 1:00 pm, this spot had no yellowlegs at all.

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, CA

San Leandro Marina 1/21 and 1/22 -- probable Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

I went gulling two days in a row at San Leandro Marina, where huge numbers of gulls were congregating (perhaps dispersants from the landfills that are shut down on the weekends). On Saturday, there were all the regulars: MEW, RING-BILLED, CALIFORNIA, WESTERN, GLAUCOUS-WINGED, THAYER'S, and AMERICAN HERRING GULLS, and some hybrids. There were a few odd ones I couldn't ID, but nothing that looked like a rarity.
 
All afternoon on Sunday I saw all the same species as the day before. But at 4:40 PM, while scoping the mudflats near Torito's restaurant, I spotted what appeared to be a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL: a very long-winged, thin-billed, California Gull-sized bird with a very dark back, slightly darker than a nearby Western Gull, and bright yellow legs. In flight, its slaty-blackish upperwings showed very little contrast with the black primaries. I could only get a few very distant, blurry pictures which don't really show much, but they do show that it is very dark backed, as compared to Western and Glaucous-winged Gulls standing nearby.  
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland

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Aquatic Park - Black and White Warbler present

hoggsville
 

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.

Jack Hayden
Brian and Noah DeLay
Albany

Continuing Alameda rarities + more

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,
Today Jeff Miller and I did a run through Alameda county in hopes of finding some of the previously reported vagrants.

Coyote Hills:

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.

Arrowhead Marsh:

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.

Oyster Bay:

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.

Vincent Park:

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:
~20 Dunlin
~10 Sanderling
~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.

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco