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Re: Red-breasted Nuthatches working on hole in tree

allenvhirsch@...
 

Images of the nest/hole and RB nuthatches (still taking material out of the hole) from yesterday afternoon:

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p38922156

No sign of the woodpecker, though a squirrel took a brief look while the nuthatches were elsewhere.

Allen
Oakland

--- In EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com, Debbie Klein <Debbiej.Klein@...> wrote:

Across the street from 1440 Walnut St. in Berkeley, two red-breasted
nuthatches have been pecking and clearing the inside of a hole in a tree.
I don't know what kind of tree it is. I first noticed them last Thursday.
Last night a downy woodpecker tried to go in the hole, and the two shooed
it away. This morning the woodpecker was sitting inside the hole, then
flew upwards in the tree when the two nuthatches came along. Since then I
haven't seen the nuthatches go into the hole.

I took some pictures yesterday morning with a point and shoot without much
zoom. They can be seen here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/113929977506461258787/201241RBNU

or here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=113929977506461258787&target=ALBUM&id=5726462816117813457&authkey=Gv1sRgCJXZzcnwvfePuwE&feat=email

Last night and this morning I took some pictures with a film camera with
some telephoto lenses. I'll try to post those pictures later today.

Debbie Klein




Re: Ardenwood Park

Joe Morlan
 

On Tue, 3 Apr 2012 11:38:29 -0700 (PDT), Maury and Susan Stern
<mbstern2@yahoo.com> wrote:

This morning at ArdenwoodRP a group of us saw a White-throated Sparrow in a mixed flock, and heard the song of an Olive-sided Flycatcher FOS.
This species normally begins its migration from the wintering grounds
(Brazil) at the end of March.

Earliest arrivals in San Diego County are 15 April. In Riverside County 22
April. In Santa Clara County 9 April. In Monterey County 7 April. Earliest
in Sonoma County is 19 April (average 1 May).

Earliest reported arrival in the state appears to be 31 March in Santa Cruz
county.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
Birding Classes start Apr 3 http://fog.ccsf.edu/jmorlan/


Ardenwood Park

mbstern2
 

This morning at ArdenwoodRP a group of us saw a White-throated Sparrow in a mixed flock, and heard the song of an Olive-sided Flycatcher FOS.
Maury Stern


Oakland Hills - Lawrence's Goldfinch

alamedalad7
 

We live just off 35th Avenue, midway between hwy. 580 and hwy. 13. Goldfinches visiting the feeders are about 75% American and 25% Lesser. Yesterday a Lawrence's Goldfinch visited the feeders. A wintering white-throated sparrow is still here.


Great Horned Owl - Coyote Hills

scfloyd2000
 

A Great Horned Owl was on the nest in the remaining tall tree in Hoot Hollow at Coyote Hills Regional Park this afternoon. Yay!


Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Yellow Bellied Sapsucker - Sunol Regional Wilderness

Victoria Robinson
 

Today Around 2:00pm the Juvenile Yellow Bellied Sapsucker was observed in a large oak tree just up the hill on the Canyon View Trail from where it was observed a few weeks ago. An Acorn Woodpecker kept chasing it off and I am no photographer, but I posted a picture at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/13855947@N08/

Also in the same area were, Western Bluebirds, Rock Wren, California Thrashers, Tree, Violet Green and Northern Rough Wing Swallows, Bushtits, Oak Titmouse, Cal and Spotted Towhees, and possibly Chipping Sparrows (heard but not seen).

Vicki Robinson


Re: Red-breasted Nuthatches working on hole in tree

Debbie Klein
 

https://picasaweb.google.com/113929977506461258787/201242RBNU#
Here are some more pictures. The first ones I took last night around 6:45
PM with a 500mm mirror lens on an old Pentax film camera. The next group I
took this morning with a 135mm lens, same camera. The lighting was much
better last night. The nutchatches were back at the hole a while ago.
Debbie

On Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 7:51 AM, Debbie Klein <debbiej.klein@gmail.com>wrote:

Across the street from 1440 Walnut St. in Berkeley, two red-breasted
nuthatches have been pecking and clearing the inside of a hole in a tree.
I don't know what kind of tree it is. I first noticed them last Thursday.
Last night a downy woodpecker tried to go in the hole, and the two shooed
it away. This morning the woodpecker was sitting inside the hole, then
flew upwards in the tree when the two nuthatches came along. Since then I
haven't seen the nuthatches go into the hole.

I took some pictures yesterday morning with a point and shoot without much
zoom. They can be seen here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/113929977506461258787/201241RBNU

or here:


https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=113929977506461258787&target=ALBUM&id=5726462816117813457&authkey=Gv1sRgCJXZzcnwvfePuwE&feat=email

Last night and this morning I took some pictures with a film camera with
some telephoto lenses. I'll try to post those pictures later today.

Debbie Klein


Red-breasted Nuthatch

mbstern2
 

There was a Red-breasted Nuthatch in my backyard yesterday in Lafayette, near the freeway and Pleasant Hill Road. They are still a surprise to me this far east.
Maury Stern


Re: Sunol sparrows

Clark, Bill <clark88@...>
 

Oops... make that Orange-crowned warblers... not sparrows.

Bill Clark
Livermore, CA

From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Clark, Bill
Sent: Monday, April 02, 2012 8:41 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Sunol sparrows



Yesterday at Sunol, I hiked the Little Yosemite to Canyon View loop.
On Canyon View trail I had very close, singing RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW as well as LARK SPARROW.
Both were in the open country high above the canyon in grassy fields with scattered boulders.

Near the parking lot at the trail head is a hawk's nest in a Sycamore tree. I'm guessing it is a red-shouldered hawk, since one was calling nearby.
Near the bridge over the creek were violet-green and tree swallows, white-throated swift, and a peregrine falcon.
Lots of singing orange-crowned sparrows, but no other warblers were heard yet.

Bill Clark
Livermore, CA


Sunol sparrows

Clark, Bill <clark88@...>
 

Yesterday at Sunol, I hiked the Little Yosemite to Canyon View loop.
On Canyon View trail I had very close, singing RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW as well as LARK SPARROW.
Both were in the open country high above the canyon in grassy fields with scattered boulders.

Near the parking lot at the trail head is a hawk's nest in a Sycamore tree. I'm guessing it is a red-shouldered hawk, since one was calling nearby.
Near the bridge over the creek were violet-green and tree swallows, white-throated swift, and a peregrine falcon.
Lots of singing orange-crowned sparrows, but no other warblers were heard yet.

Bill Clark
Livermore, CA


Red-breasted Nuthatches working on hole in tree

Debbie Klein
 

Across the street from 1440 Walnut St. in Berkeley, two red-breasted
nuthatches have been pecking and clearing the inside of a hole in a tree.
I don't know what kind of tree it is. I first noticed them last Thursday.
Last night a downy woodpecker tried to go in the hole, and the two shooed
it away. This morning the woodpecker was sitting inside the hole, then
flew upwards in the tree when the two nuthatches came along. Since then I
haven't seen the nuthatches go into the hole.

I took some pictures yesterday morning with a point and shoot without much
zoom. They can be seen here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/113929977506461258787/201241RBNU

or here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=113929977506461258787&target=ALBUM&id=5726462816117813457&authkey=Gv1sRgCJXZzcnwvfePuwE&feat=email

Last night and this morning I took some pictures with a film camera with
some telephoto lenses. I'll try to post those pictures later today.

Debbie Klein


Garretson Point no Teals

VerneN
 

On a 3/28 visit to Garretson Point on the MLK Shoreline, no Teals of
any species where present either in the vernal pond or nearby channel
but many other species were present- Coots, Dowitchers, Mallards, gulls,
Canadas, Wigeons, Pintails, and Gadwall.

In the recently flooded dried grasses and emerging new shoots to the
northwest on the pond Mallards and Pintails were wading to nibble black
gnats coating the waters. The Pintail males are sporting an intense
turquoise bill these days:

http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/142441686


Alameda County -- 3/31

Michael Park
 

Logan Kahle of San Francisco and I went birding on Saturday. We had a huge day that challenged the big day record for the county.

Highlights:

At an undisclosed location along Redwood Rd, NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL tooted in the early morning while other owls were hunkered down in advance of rain.

At Mines Rd. in the lower stretch of Arroyo Mocha, we saw a flock of 7+ PHAINOPEPLA and a male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE.

Raptors were active along Patterson Pass Road. Among the best sighting was a PRAIRIE FALCON.

At Coyote Hills, a male and a female BLUE-WINGED TEAL dropped into the open for a minute in the main marsh near the visitor center before leaving for cover behind dense marsh vegetation (cattails and tules). There were 3 WHITE-FACED IBIS and a LESSER YELLOWLEGS with common waders and waterfowl in a flooded area on the south side of Patterson Ranch Rd west of the entrance kiosk.

Near Hayward, Logan spotted an OSPREY with a fish in its talons as we drove north on I-880 towards San Leandro.

At San Leandro Marina, among many BLACK TURNSTONE, we saw a SURFBIRD in alternate plumage on inner side of the south breakwater that doubles as a exercise path. In the parking lot and mudflat were all the common gulls -- among them HERRING GULL and THAYER'S GULL.

Michael Park
Berkeley


Wilson's Warbler at Jewel Lake

George A Suennen
 

I went to Jewel Lake in Tilden Park this afternoon and saw my first Wilson's
Warbler. In fact I saw at least 3 males and what I figure was a female (either
that or an Orange-crowned Warbler). Along with the Wilson's Warbler,
I saw the following regulars:

Allen's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Bufflehead
California Towhee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Common Raven
Dark-eyed Junco
Mallard
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Spotted Towhee
Townsend's Warbler
Turkey Vulture
Wild Turkey
Yellow-rumped Warbler

I posted photos at http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120401-Jewel-Lake

George


Rose-breasted Grosbeak continues in Antioch yard

Paul Schorr
 

The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak that we first reported on January 29 continues to frequent our yard, although our sightings are very unpredictable and often are only one or two per day. The bird is in full breeding plumage and is quite stunning.

Additionally, for the past week a pair of Bushtits have been gathering nest material that we provide and have constructed a nest in a tree that overhangs our yard. They have also been gleaning aphids from our roses. We like to think that is payback for providing the nesting material.

Throughout the week numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers have been coming to the bark-butter feeders. Today we had excellent views of both the male Audubon's and Myrtle's at the feeder simultaneously.

On Friday, 3/30, we had our first female Selasphorus hummingbird.

And during the week, American Robins and Cedar Waxwing consumed all of the remaining berries from our cotoneaster shrubs.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


GGAS Birdathon - Oakland Big 4 Hours - 98 species

Glen Tepke
 

As part of the Golden Gate Audubon Society Birdathon, the Oakland Ospreys - Pat Bacchetti, Abigail Bok, Stephanie Floyd, Tim Howe and myself - did a mad four-hour dash through Oakland, hitting Dimond Park, Lake Merritt, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, and Garretson Point and Arrowhead Marsh in MLK Regional Shoreline, tallying 98 species. Highlights included:

Dimond Park - FOS (at least for me) ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO and WILSON'S WARBLER.

Lake Merritt - TUFTED DUCK, a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS (uncommon here), RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (ditto), GREEN HERON and FOS BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD. Most of the EARED GREBES and at least one of the HORNED GREBES were in high breeding plumage.

Middle Harbor - PELAGIC CORMORANT, SANDERLINGS and CASPIAN TERNS.

Garretson Point - Teal trifecta including male BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and FOS BARN SWALLOW.

A complete list is below.

Thanks to all of the team members for a fun day, and for their support of GGAS. The Birdathon started today and runs to the end of the month, so there is still time to sign up for a field trip or pledge your support for your favorite participants: http://birdathon.birdathon.dojiggy.com

I'll be leading another run at the Alameda County four-hour title next Sunday, 4/8, starting at Garin Regional Park in Hayward. Details and registration at: http://birdathon.dojiggy.com/HAYWARDHARRIERS

Hope to see you there. Good birding,

Glen Tepke
Oakland
g.tepke (at) comcast (dot) net
www.pbase.com/gtepke


SPECIES SEEN ~ GGAS BIRDATHON FIELD TRIP
From 4/1/2012 to 4/1/2012 ~ in Oakland ~ 98 seen
GREBES
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
PELICANS
Brown Pelican
CORMORANTS
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
HERONS, EGRETS AND BITTERNS
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
DUCKS, GEESE AND SWANS
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Canvasback
Tufted Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
NEW WORLD VULTURES
Turkey Vulture
HAWKS, EAGLES AND KITES
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
RAILS, GALLINULES AND COOTS
American Coot
AVOCETS AND STILTS
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
PLOVERS AND LAPWINGS
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
SANDPIPERS
Dowitcher sp.
Marbled Godwit
Long-billed Curlew
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
GULLS
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Western Gull
American Herring Gull
TERNS
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
PIGEONS AND DOVES
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
HUMMINGBIRDS
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
WOODPECKERS
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
TYRANT FLYCATCHERS
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
SWALLOWS
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
KINGLETS
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
WAXWINGS
Cedar Waxwing
WRENS
Bewick's Wren
MOCKINGBIRDS AND THRASHERS
Northern Mockingbird
THRUSHES
American Robin
LONG-TAILED TITS
Bushtit
CHICKADEES AND TITS
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
CROWS AND JAYS
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
STARLINGS
European Starling
OLD WORLD SPARROWS
House Sparrow
VIREOS AND ALLIES
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
FINCHES, SISKINS, CROSSBILLS
Purple Finch
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
WOOD WARBLERS
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
SPARROWS, TOWHEES, JUNCOS
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, GRACKLES, ETC.
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird


Gull at Lake Merritt with Deformed Bill

Beth Branthaver
 

In the pond next to the Lake Merritt Nature Center there was a gull with
a very deformed bill in the bread line with the other gulls. My guess
is that it's a Western. You can see pictures at
http://bethb.smugmug.com/Birds/Local/Lake-Merritt-Gull-with/22222476_tNT\;
CfW
<http://bethb.smugmug.com/Birds/Local/Lake-Merritt-Gull-with/22222476_tN\;
TCfW> If anyone knows what is wrong with the gull, I'd love to know.

Beth Branthaver


Coyote Hills Fremont - White tailed Kites Courtship Ritual

DD
 

There is what it looks like a mated pair of white-tailed kites in CH and they are doing the courtship ritual of exchanging food. I was there yesterday and on Friday I photographed them doing the Food Exchange. Today and Tomorrow weather should be nice and if anyone is up for it they should go and check it out I've seen the Western Kingbird there too. Good Luck

Here is the location and some pictures.

http://g.co/maps/k3pp3

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/7035202979/in/photostream

Davor Desancic
Fremont


Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Red-breasted Nuthatch and others in Canyon Trail Park

George A Suennen
 

Took a quick walk in Canyon Trail Park in El Cerrito between rain events.

Saw the following:

Allen's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Hutton's Vireo
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Spotted Towhee

Photos at: http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120331-Canyon-Trail


Coyote Hills - FOS Western Kingbird

DD
 

Fos Western Kingbird in coyote hills. Even tho it was a super windy day in CH bird was flycatching and perching. Here one picture.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/7033823051/in/photostream

Davor Desancic
Fremont

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