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Red-winged Black Birds in Garin Park

DD
 

This past Thursday I was in Garin Park and right before I was leaving I saw hundreds and hundreds possibly over 2000 RWBB flying around the Jordan Pond. I pretty sure some people have seen this before, but if you haven't go to Garin Park if you can. About hour or so before sunset. I thought the whole experience was amazing. I filmed some footage with my camera and iPhone. Today edited a little short video.

Thanks for Watching

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/6820704941/in/photostream

Davor Desancic
Fremont,CA


Black Scoter-Richmond Marina Bay

kathy jarrett
 

Richmond-SF Bay Trail, GGAS Bicycle Trip
Saturday, February 4
The highlight of the day was the Black Scoter (previously
reported) swimming with a group of Greater Scaup between Shimada and Vincent
Parks at Richmond's Marina Bay. It was so close we did not need binoculars; the
bill is almost luminescent orange and the bird quite perky. By the breakwater
we also saw a loon quite close, and although someone reported an immature
Red-throated Loon in the area, we examined bird books and thought it was a
Pacific Loon. Our group of 10 had a sunny but quite
cool day. Having started from South 51st St, the trip ended at Point Isabel, so it
was entirely in Richmond. Five of us bicycled back to Berkeley and saw the
Black Turnstone along the rocky shore between Buchanan and Golden Gate Fields
in Albany and the Forster's Tern on the decrepit pier nearby. 47 species.

Pacific Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Black Scoter
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
American Avocet
Willet
Spotted Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Black Turnstone
Least Sandpiper
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon (I)
Anna's Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch


Re: Varied Thrush in Tilden Park: images

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

There were at least two males and one female within the Tilden Park spot
today just before noon where Ken described them (thanks! - these are my
very first worthwhile VT images):

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p159430273

Allen Hirsch
Oakland


Pacific Golden Plover at Crown Beach

Bob Sikora
 

This guy or lady was at the Ballena Bay harbor entrance at the west end
of Crown Beach, Alameda at just after noon yesterday.
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Do I have him called right? Then what about the one just before him in
the gallery?
Bob S., Alameda


Continuing Clay-Colored Sparrow at Oyster Point Regional Shoreline

Derek Heins <derek.heins@...>
 

Seen 9am this morning seen in the same area previously by others, on a bush near the chain link fence north of the entrance. Also seen with Jim Chiropolos on an accelerated bike ride from Lake Merritt down to Coyote Hills was the Lake Merritt Tufted Duck by the feeding area at 8am and noon and a single Snowy Plover just north of Sulfur Creek.

Derek Heins


Clapper rail crab feeding at Arrowhead

allenvhirsch@...
 

The morning started very slow at high tide at Arrowhead Marsh, until the clapper rail usually found in its "corner" nearest the pier suddenly rustled in the reeds....and came out with a crab it caught.

It seemed mighty pleased with itself; after that delicious breakfast, it came out twice more to take a drink of water, show off and stretch.

I was too close, standing on the land end of the pier, so had to move to the bank to take in all of "the show".

Images here:

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p349171517

Allen Hirsch
Oakland


Peregrines in Oakland and Coyote Hills

Shirley Doell
 

The resident pair of peregrine falcons on the Fruitvale Bridge are well along in courtship. They have been seen copulating for several weeks and now are daily displaying all the standard ritual: food exchanges and food sharing, cliff racing, and ledge displays. First thing in the morning seems to be the best time to observe, but they can be active any time of day. Take Fruitvale Ave west from the 880 freeway in Oakland, you can't miss the bridge towers. They may be anywhere on the towers and also spend lots of time in the updrafts of the glass plant on the Oakland side (especially calm days) I cobbled together a video of several clips from the last few weeks.:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Kv3J6L-Fso


In the South Bay yesterday, at Coyote Hills, I spotted a juvenile peregrine falcon that I'm pretty sure is a F.p. tundrius. I think it's the same bird I saw in Dec. because it was in the same place, on the Shoreline Trail, about a quarter mile N of the junction with the No-Name Trail. I got some better video of it perched and swooping on a canvasback duck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubcLaNOHjSc


Re: Snow Geese, Coyote Hills

Derek Heins <derek.heins@...>
 

Ten Snow Geese were in the same area at dusk tonight and came very close to the road after it got dark out. I also flushed a Merlin from the Muskrat Trail.

Derek Heins

From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of scfloyd2000@yahoo.com
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 9:44 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Snow Geese, Coyote Hills

 
Thirteen Snow Geese are in the pond south of the road just past the entry kiosk at Coyote Hills RP this morning.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Re: Rufous-crowned Sparrows at Mt. Diablo

Bob Hislop
 

Golden Eagle is the "usual species"? That's a new one.

Bob hislop

----- Original Message -----
From: SteveLombardi
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2012 3:41 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Rufous-crowned Sparrows at Mt. Diablo



Saw a nice pair of Rufous-crowned Sparrows at the junction where the Briones-Mt. Diablo trail crosses the Old Borges Ranch trail on a walk from Macedo Ranch to Old Borges Ranch yesterday.

Also, a couple of Rock Wrens poking around ground squirrel burrows along the creek and two Golden Eagles soaring.

Otherwise, the usual species:

Mallard 2
Bufflehead 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Golden Eagle 2
American Kestrel 1
Killdeer 3
Acorn Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 1
Say's Phoebe 1
Western Scrub-Jay 2
Common Raven 2
Oak Titmouse 3
Bushtit 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Rock Wren 2 Foraging among ground squirrel burrows in creek bank
Western Bluebird 15
European Starling 2
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2 Presumed pair at junction of Briones-Mt. Diablo trail & Old Borges Ranch trail
Golden-crowned Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 50
House Finch 10
Lesser Goldfinch 2

FYI, Macedo Ranch is the entrance to Mt. Diablo S.P. at the north end of Green Valley Rd. in Alamo.

- Steve
San Ramon


Rufous-crowned Sparrows at Mt. Diablo

SteveLombardi <hot-rock@...>
 

Saw a nice pair of Rufous-crowned Sparrows at the junction where the Briones-Mt. Diablo trail crosses the Old Borges Ranch trail on a walk from Macedo Ranch to Old Borges Ranch yesterday.

Also, a couple of Rock Wrens poking around ground squirrel burrows along the creek and two Golden Eagles soaring.

Otherwise, the usual species:

Mallard 2
Bufflehead 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Golden Eagle 2
American Kestrel 1
Killdeer 3
Acorn Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 1
Black Phoebe 1
Say's Phoebe 1
Western Scrub-Jay 2
Common Raven 2
Oak Titmouse 3
Bushtit 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Rock Wren 2 Foraging among ground squirrel burrows in creek bank
Western Bluebird 15
European Starling 2
Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2 Presumed pair at junction of Briones-Mt. Diablo trail & Old Borges Ranch trail
Golden-crowned Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco 50
House Finch 10
Lesser Goldfinch 2

FYI, Macedo Ranch is the entrance to Mt. Diablo S.P. at the north end of Green Valley Rd. in Alamo.

- Steve
San Ramon


Varied Thrush in Tilden Park

blofbern1 <berniker@...>
 

Twice in the past week I've seen Varied Thrush (1 or 2) in a very accessible spot at Tilden Park. Go to the small parking lot across the road from the Botanic Garden, and walk out the rear of the lot on the path that goes upward to the left. Within 30' or so is a clearing beneath the canopy of trees, and the thrushes have circled within that area.

Ken Berniker
El Cerrito


Garin Park - Red-winged Black Birds, Merlin, Townsend's Warbler

DD
 

I went to Garin today to look for Varied Thrush but no success. When I got there I met a birder I believe his name is Mike we both saw Merlin with either California Towhee or Hermit Thrush flying away by the area where I reported the Varied T. I found one Townsend's Warbler by the same place and I heard Great Horned Owl.
Hammond's Flycatcher was present at the same place.
But my highlight of the day was the Red-winged Black Birds they where flying around the Jordan Pond getting ready to roost. It was amazing there was more the 2000 of them they just kept flying in flock after a flock.
I shot some video that i got edit soon and I will post it to my flickr or YouTube page and share it soon.

Davor Desancic
Fremont, CA


Hayward Shoreline (02/02)

Bob Richmond
 

Seen at the shoreline today

An imm. SNOW GOOSE was on Mt. Trashmore and some of the 125 CACKLING GEESE. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen from Cogswell Marsh out on the bay as the tide was going out. Thu usual PEREGRINE FALCON and MERLIN were present. 2 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS were at Johnson's Landing. Another, possibily one of them, was seen on Hayward's Landing. 4 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE flew overhead. Then 7 White geese also flew overhead. They were 4 ROSS'S GEESE and 3 SNOW GEESE (includes the earlier one).

Good birding

Bob


Blue-Winged Teal & Lesser Yellowlegs, DENWR

scfloyd2000
 

This morning, Rich Nicholson and I previewed Don Edwards NWR (off Thornton Avenue near Highway 84) in preparation for this Saturday's Ohlone Audubon field trip.

We saw 55 species. Highlights were two continuing Blue-Winged Teal, male and female, south of the raised boardwalk in La Riviere Marsh and two Lesser Yellowlegs mingling with a small group of Greater Yellowlegs in a pond at the marsh near the entrance road.

Fun to watch from the bay overlook were two Peregrine Falcons screaming at each other and apparently tussling to the ground on the levee trail across from the hunting shack. They split up, and we lost sight of one while the other flew quickly out of sight to the south.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


White Pelicans at Lafayette Reservoir

Ellen Reintjes
 

Since last fall I have seen white pelicans at the Lafayette Reservoir. Generally, I've seen between one and eight. Within the past couple of weeks, there have been larger groups. I've seen dozen at a time and my husband saw 19 earlier this week. I usually go in the late afternoon, and several times they have been massing at the foot of the dam which makes for a good photo op.

Ellen Reintjes
Lafayette


Urban Kites' brave front

Mike Hall
 

Following a long absence after my Jan 10 report, the White-tailed Kite is back, this time with a prospective mate. Possible copulation observed 2pm Wed, Feb 1, in Monterey pine behind 1517 Lincoln St, Berkeley ( a block from initial sighting). The male flew off; hunkered female driven off by three coordinated crows. Google Earth coordinates 37.523541,122.165374.


Pacific Common - possible Glaucous x Glaucous-winged Hybrid

Jerry Ting
 

This is a late report. While processing hundreds of gull images taken on 1/31 from Pacific Common, I noticed this somewhat unusual gull. It has yellow bill, pale eye, pink orbital ring, lightly streaked head, pale back and primaries. The bill shape and color seems to match Glaucous but wingtips are not entirely white/translucent. The best matched image that I can find from Howell and Dunn's book is 33.28 (page 240). My guess is a Glaucous x Glaucous-winged Hybrid. Any suggestion/comment will be much appreciated.

Images of this gull can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/6805450295/in/photostream. Click on the image to see the large version.

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting


Details of primary pattern on the Kumlien's candidate

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

Here's a photo of the primaries on the Kumlien's, blown up and numbered to show which primary is which.
 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529@N02/6805501615/
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland, CA

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Coyote Hills - Snow Geese

DD
 

Originally reported by Stephanie Floyd earlier today. When I entered the park today around 3pm they were not there, but when i was leaving the park at 5:43pm they were feeding by the main gate.

Picture can be seen here.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/6804708709/in/photostream

Davor Desacncic
Fremont,CA


Yellow-headed Blackbird and Merlin at Pac Commons Linear Park today

Charlotte Allen <c.allen@...>
 

I missed the Slaty-backed Gull again but did finally see the Yellow-
headed Blackbird perched in a tree right next to the path that runs
along the back of the industrial park. Also a Merlin in another one
of the trees along the same path.

Charlotte Allen
c.allen@comcast.net

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