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GGAS Birdathon - Alameda Co. Big Day - 154 species

Glen Tepke
 

As part of the Golden Gate Audubon Society Birdathon, The Dippers - Pat Bacchetti, Carol Chetkovich, Martijn Verdoes and myself - did a Big Day in Alameda County on Saturday, 21 April 2012. Our total of 154 species (including one probable) edged us past the county record of 151 set by John Luther and Susanne Methvin on 21 Sept. 2002. However, with Dominik Mosur's DMZ team taking a run at the record on Sunday, I suspect we may hold the title for only a day.

We started with owling on Arroyo and Mines Roads near Livermore, followed by Del Valle RP, Patterson Pass Rd, Croak Rd in Pleasanton, Joaquin Miller Park, Garretson Point and Arrowhead Marsh, all in Oakland, San Leandro Marina, Coyote Hills RP, Union City Library, and finished with more owling on Redwood and Pinehurst Roads in the Oakland Hills. We were out for about 18 hours, including most of an hour we lost stuck in stop-and-go traffic behind a truck fire near Altamont Pass on I-580. The silver lining was our only Swainson's Hawk of the day - birding from the interstate is not difficult when you're going 5 mph.

No rarities, but several glaring misses, the most egregious probably being Chestnut-backed Chickadee. A complete list with locations for some of the more notable species is below. We saw the possible Dusky Flycatcher at Patterson Pass reported by Dave Weber. At the time I was leaning toward Dusky, but after studying my distant, heavily cropped photos, I think it was a Hammond's. I can send the photos to anyone who's interested.

A special thanks to my teammates for a great day, and to several birders who made helpful suggestions for planning our route, especially Stephanie Floyd, Mark Rauzon (a Dipper in absentia), Rich Cimino and Steve Huckabone. And a big thanks to all of the people who pledged their support for the team and, more importantly, for GGAS. The Birdathon runs to the end of the month, so it's not too late to show your support, or make your own run at a county record: http://birdathon.dojiggy.com/

Good birding,

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


SPECIES SEEN From 4/21/2012 to 4/21/2012 ~ All Places
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
American Bittern - Coyote Hills
Canada Goose
Wood Duck - Union City Library
American Wigeon
Gadwall
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Turkey Vulture
Osprey - Del Valle
White-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle - Del Valle
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk - Altamont Pass
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle - Patterson Pass
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon - Garretson Point & Arrowhead Marsh
Wild Turkey
California Quail
Ring-necked Pheasant
Clapper Rail - Arrowhead Marsh
Virginia Rail - Coyote Hills
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Wilson's Snipe
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Marbled Godwit
Greater Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Willet
Black Turnstone - San Leandro Marina
Surfbird - San Leandro Marina
Red Knot - Garretson Point
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Western Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Least Tern - San Leandro Marina
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Barn Owl - Arroyo Rd
Western Screech-Owl - Arroyo Rd
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl - Patterson Pass
Northern Saw-whet Owl - (probable - called briefly, we couldn't completely rule out N. Pygmy-Owl) - Pinehurst Road
Common Poorwill - Mines Road
White-throated Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Hammond's Flycatcher - Joaquin Miller & probable Patterson Pass
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird - Mines Road
Horned Lark - Patterson Pass
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Phainopepla - Mines Road
Cedar Waxwing
Rock Wren - Patterson Pass
Bewick's Wren
Pacific Wren - Joaquin Miller
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher - Mines Road
Western Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush - Coyote Hills
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Wrentit
Bushtit
Oak Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Loggerhead Shrike
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
European Starling
House Sparrow
Hutton's Vireo
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler - Mines Road
Yellow-rumped Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler - Del Valle
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager - Tesla Rd. & Patterson Pass
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow - Mines Road
Lark Sparrow - Patterson Pass
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting - Del Valle
Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird - Croak Road
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle - Coyote Hills
Brown-headed Cowbird


Hayward Shoreline (4/22)

Bob Richmond
 

I was here during mid-day until 5 PM. Due to the high water level in Frank's Dump West, the shorebirds are closer if you are on the North and East sides. I saw 2 species of phalarope. 1 Red-necked and 8 Wilson's. The Wilson's are only the second record I have for April. The other being 4-3-92. 15 Least Terns and at least 200 Red Knots were also seen. At Winton Ave. a Pacific-slope Flycatcher and several Wilson's Warblers were seen along with an unusual California Quail. From the Least Tern sign I saw 1 Least Tern, 1 Red-necked Phalarope, 2 Snowy Plovers, and a Redhead.

Good birding

Bob


Contra Costa county big day-155 species

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,
Yesterday, April 21, four San Francisco birders (Jack Dumbacher, David
and Margaret Mindell, and myself) did a big day in Contra Costa county.
The rough route started in the Berkeley Hills for the dawn chorus, next
we headed onto the coast, went to the north part of the county, headed
to the Mount Diablo and then finally the Central Valley. Also, though we
had a great day, none of us had a lot of experience with this county, so
we relied mainly on the resources we had (namely Steve Glover's
excellent guide to birding Contra Costa county).

We organized this big day as part of the Golden Gate Audubon's annual
bird-a-thon campaign to raise funds for bird conservation. If you are
interested in contributing to this effort, you can do so by pledging at:
https://birdathon.dojiggy.com/pledge/index.cfm?585F22080E756378770207797167677637525E3271077C06007A0E0D

Anyway, here's a summery:
We started at around 5:00AM in Tilden Park. We listened at many stops
for owls, but we only managed to find Great Horned Owls. We found 6 or 7
individuals. Also, while owling, we heard some early-riser California
Towhees, Black-headed Grosbeaks and Pacific-slope Flycatchers. Before
sunrise, we settled ourselves at Inspiration Point. We had thought this
place would be a great place to start, as we thought we might find
MacGillivray's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Lazuli Bunting and Grasshopper
Sparrow. Unfortunately, we missed all of those. In fact, of those the
only one we spotted later in the day was the MacGillvray's Warbler. We
had to settle with some of the more common birds. Wrentits, California
Quail, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finches were all singing, and we
saw Great Blue Heron, Cedar Waxwing, Band-tailed Pigeon, Black-headed
Grosbeak, Glaucous-winged Gull, Golden-crowned Sparrow (which was
shockingly common). I was surprised to find after the big day ended that
these Wrentits and Purple Finches were the only ones we heard all day!

We started to head northwest, and stopped along the road a few times. At
one of our first stops, we found a fairly large number of Brown
Creepers. We also saw two Pygmy Nuthatches and a Downy Woodpecker. At
our next stop, we found an Orange-crowned Warbler in a eucalyptus and
heard the distinctive song of the Olive-sided Flycatcher. We then headed
towards Jewel Lake, and spotted a few Wild Turkeys en route. At Jewel
Lake, we had a Green Heron fly into some trees and a calling Swainson's
Thrush.

We then zipped off to Point Isabel, where we found many birds including
Pelagic Cormorant, Eared Grebe, Ruddy Duck, Common Loon in the water and
Dunlin, Whimberel, Least, Western and Spotted Sandpipers, Long-billed
Curlew, Short-billed Dowitcher and American Avocet on the mudflats. Near
the parking lot, we had a few Brown-headed Cowbirds. I also heard a
flyover American Pipit and we found a dead Red-necked Phalarope near the
parking lot.

We then headed to Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline, where we added
Bufflehead and Willit. Also, we found Yellow-rumped Warbler, a species
we only found in a couple of locations. We continued onto Point
Richmond. As I have learned, Northern Rough-winged Swallows love to nest
under freeway overpasses, so when we approached on of those overpasses I
told my team to be on the lookout for that species. Sure enough, a few
were flying around. We saw Northern Rough-winged Swallows at four
different overpasses over the course of the day, but nowhere else. At
the the regional shoreline, we added Long-billed Dowitcher and, as our
102nd species, White-crowned Sparrow. As it was already 10:30 and we
were starting to leave appropriate habitat, I was starting to get a
little worried.

We then darted off to Martinez Regional Shoreline. Here on the eastern
side of the shoreline in the channel immediately to the west the
non-marshy pond, we heard the distinctive call of the Black Rail. In and
over the pond, we added Northern Harrier and Gadwall. The many singing
Marsh Wrens and Common Yellowthroats were also added to the list. We
then headed for Mitchell Canyon. En route, we saw a Golden Eagle soaring
with some Turkey Vultures. David also saw a Belted Kingfisher fly over
the road.

At Mitchell Canyon, we were not disappointed. Despite only making it
there by 1:00, we still added quite a few birds, such as Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Hammond's Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo,
Western Tanager, Calliope Hummingbird, Black-chinned Hummingbird (two!),
Bullock's Oriole, White-breasted Nuthatch, Western Bluebird. We also ran
into a birding group who said there was a California Thrasher and a
Nashville Warbler much farther down the road. Unfortunately, they were
too far for us to be able to get to them.

We then continued onto Black Diamond Mines. On Somersville Road, we had
the best birding in the area. We pulled out at every opportunity, and
had great success with the local specialties. First, we found a narrow
strip of chaparral on a hillside. Seeing this was ideal habitat for one
of our targets, we pulled over. Less than a minuet after, the target,
Rufous-crowned Sparrow, started singing. Then, the bird flew on top of
one of the shrubs and posed for about 10 seconds. Soon after, we saw two
goldfinches fly into a tree, calling. There turned out to be Lawrence's
Goldfinches, a major target. There were also three Bullock's Orioles
here. At the next pullout, a distinctive chip lead me to a
MacGillivray's Warbler. Then, David spotted a whitish owl fly behind
some rocks. After we went around a bend, we found a beautiful Barn Owl
flying around. Next, we located a few more targets, namely Western
Kingbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Swainson's Hawk. David found a
Red-tailed Hawk nest on a cliff, which we were able to study until we
were content. Next, we had a Great Horned Owl fly over. It is remarkable
to think that we got two different owls at 3:30PM and that we got more
owl species in 15 minutes here in the afternoon than in our entire
owling efforts at Tilden earlier that morning. At the Mines itself, the
birding was slow. We added calling California Thrasher and Northern
Flicker, but nothing else during the one and a quarter hour period. On
our way out, though, we had two Lark Sparrows and a flyover White-tailed
Kite at Somersville Road.

We then headed to the Central Valley. Our first stop was Big Break
Regional Park. This was very rewarding. First, we added Eurasian
Collared Dove. We then heard the lovely "gulping" song of the American
Bittern, a sound I have been waiting to hear for years. Soon after, we
added Savannah Sparrow, Common Moorhen, and Pied-billed Grebe. A
selasphorus hummingbird was probably a Rufous given location (a bird we
missed on the day), but we couldn't confirm due to the fact that it
wasn't an adult male. There was also a Green Heron that flew by.

We then went to Bethel Island. On our way there, we added a Cooper's
Hawk perched on a telephone wire. While driving up to the island, I saw
a female Yellow-headed Blackbird among a blackbird flock. We then went
deeper into the island. We soon heard our first Ring-necked Pheasant. We
then saw one, and once we'd left, our count for the island was eight. As
we proceeded, I heard a Blue Grosbeak from a thicket. Then, as we
continued along the road, we spotted a few geese. We soon saw these were
Greater White-fronted Geese, a species I assumed would be long gone this
late in the season. Jack then spotted a Greater Yellowlegs foraging in a
nearby pond. After seeing that, I saw another shorebird on the opposite
side of the pond. After intensive scrutiny we all agreed this was a
SOLITARY SANDPIPER. When the bird flew, it showed the distinctive dark
center of the tail with dark bars, confirming its identification. A
photo of the sandpiper can be seen here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46812934@N04/6957646306/

After we had our fair share of looks at that, we continued on farther
into the island. Here I spotted a flying Hooded Oriole. As we reached
the end of the island, we saw three Green-winged Teal flying away. As we
were leaving the island, we saw three American White Pelicans flying
lazily over.

Next we headed to the Holland Tract. En Route, though, was a stop to
look for Yellow-billed Magpies. As we arrived at the location, Delta
road, David spotted a Magpie on a power pole. We all enjoyed great
views. On our way to the Holland Tract, we saw a dark morph Swainson's
Hawk perched in a tree. Given that this was at 7:20, it was probably
there to roost.

When we arrived at the Holland Tract, we were impressed by the massive
number of coots. Over the river, we spotted three flocks of Cattle
Egrets consisting of eight, about five, and about 10. After the sun set,
two Black-crowned Night-Herons flew along the river. In the fields, we
found more Greater White-fronted Geese and many American Wigeon, and
there was just enough light to pick out one adult male EURASIAN WIGEON.
On our way back, we were too exhausted to try for more of the common owls.

In the end, we saw 155 species, including the following highlights:
Eurasian Wigeon
Solitary Sandpiper
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Cattle Egret
Black Rail
Golden Eagle
MacGillivray's Warbler
6 Green Herons
Swainson's Thrush

Worst misses:
Northern Shoveler
Loggerhead Shrike-Several suspects near Bethel Island, but none were
confirmed
Black-necked Stilt
Rufous Hummingbird
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Pintail
Cinnamon Teal
Lesser Scaup
Black Turnstone
Surfbird
Ruddy Turnstone
Horned Lark
Rock Wren
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hermit Thrush
Western Screech-Owl
Northern Saw-Whet Owl
Northern Pygmy Owl
Lazuli Bunting
Chipping Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow

So, given the fact that we did no scouting, and pretty much just went on
Steve Glover's excellent website, I think our total of 155 is pretty good.

Enjoy the peak season while it lasts!
Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco



Here's a list of everything we saw today with approximate (or exact)
numbers:

Greater White-fronted Goose 200
Canada Goose 35
Gadwall 4
Eurasian Wigeon 1
American Wigeon 601
Mallard 69
Green-winged Teal 3
Greater Scaup 15
Surf Scoter 2
Bufflehead 2
Ruddy Duck 3
California Quail 5
Ring-necked Pheasant 9
Wild Turkey 8
Common Loon 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Eared Grebe 2
Western Grebe 52
Clark's Grebe 10
Double-crested Cormorant 13
Pelagic Cormorant 1
American White Pelican 3
Brown Pelican 2
American Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 4
Snowy Egret 1

Cattle Egret 23

Green Heron 3

Black-crowned Night-Heron 2

Turkey Vulture 1

Osprey 1

White-tailed Kite 2

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-shouldered Hawk 1

Swainson's Hawk 2

Red-tailed Hawk 20

Golden Eagle 1

American Kestrel 5

Black Rail 1

Virginia Rail 1

Common Gallinule 31

American Coot 225

Killdeer 4

Black Oystercatcher 4

American Avocet 6

Spotted Sandpiper 6

Solitary Sandpiper 1

Greater Yellowlegs 1

Willet 1

Whimbrel 3

Long-billed Curlew 1

Marbled Godwit 10

Sanderling 30

Western Sandpiper 50

Least Sandpiper 215

Dunlin 100

Short-billed Dowitcher 40

Long-billed Dowitcher 15

Wilson's Snipe 2

Ring-billed Gull 10

Western Gull 40

California Gull 7

Glaucous-winged Gull 1

Caspian Tern 4

Forster's Tern 3

Rock Pigeon 55

Band-tailed Pigeon 5

Eurasian Collared-Dove 3

Mourning Dove 24

Barn Owl 1

Great Horned Owl 5

White-throated Swift 4

Black-chinned Hummingbird 2

Anna's Hummingbird 23

Allen's Hummingbird 6

Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird 1

Calliope Hummingbird 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Acorn Woodpecker 4

Nuttall's Woodpecker 3

Downy Woodpecker 2

Northern Flicker 1

Olive-sided Flycatcher 1

Hammond's Flycatcher 4

Pacific-slope Flycatcher 7

Black Phoebe 7

Ash-throated Flycatcher 2

Western Kingbird 8

Cassin's Vireo 2

Hutton's Vireo 3

Warbling Vireo 1

Steller's Jay 3

Western Scrub-Jay 16

Yellow-billed Magpie 1

American Crow 50

Common Raven 24

Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5

Tree Swallow 16

Violet-green Swallow 8

Barn Swallow 10

Cliff Swallow 200

Chestnut-backed Chickadee 8

Oak Titmouse 12

Bushtit 13

Red-breasted Nuthatch 3

White-breasted Nuthatch 6

Pygmy Nuthatch 2

Brown Creeper 7

Bewick's Wren 8

House Wren 11

Marsh Wren 30

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Wrentit 1

Western Bluebird 4

Swainson's Thrush 1

American Robin 25

Northern Mockingbird 23

California Thrasher 1

European Starling 51

American Pipit 1

Cedar Waxwing 50

Orange-crowned Warbler 6

MacGillivray's Warbler 1

Common Yellowthroat 6

Yellow-rumped Warbler 11

Townsend's Warbler 1

Wilson's Warbler 10

Spotted Towhee 8

Rufous-crowned Sparrow 9

California Towhee 13

Lark Sparrow 2

Savannah Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 23

Lincoln's Sparrow 1

White-crowned Sparrow 1

Golden-crowned Sparrow 13

Dark-eyed Junco 5

Western Tanager 2

Black-headed Grosbeak 3

Blue Grosbeak 1

Red-winged Blackbird 61

Western Meadowlark 12

Yellow-headed Blackbird 1

Brewer's Blackbird 50

Brown-headed Cowbird 10

Hooded Oriole 1

Bullock's Oriole 8

Purple Finch 3

House Finch 50

Lesser Goldfinch 44

Lawrence's Goldfinch 22

American Goldfinch 12

House Sparrow 2


Coyote Hills (4/22) - Hermit Warbler,Lazuli Bunting,Cassin's Vireo

Jerry Ting
 

This (4/22) morning from 8:15-10:00 I birded Hoot Hollow and Nectar Garden areas. Highlights include:

Hermit Warbler (1 male) - California Buckeye trees at Hoot Hollow picnic area (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/6956870288/in/photostream)
Lazuli Bunting (1 male) - same location as above (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/7102915267/in/photostream)
Wrentit (2) - heard at the same location above.
Cassin's Vireo (1) - heard in the oak trees right outside of the Nectar Garden
Wilson's Warbler (3 males) - seen at the same location as above.
Townsend's Warbler (1 male) - same location as above.
Orange-crowned Warbler (2) - same as above.

No signs of American Bitterns neither Whitefaced Ibis in the flooded areas as I entered and exited the kiosk.

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting
Fremont


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Mitchell Canyon

Derek Heins <derek.heins@...>
 

I birded Mitchell Canyon today from 7:30am to 1:00pm. Instead of my normal route up the main trail to Deer Flat, I focused more on the lower areas with extensive time up White Canyon after getting a tip from another birder of good activity up there. Highlight of the walk was a pair of SAGE SPARROWS close up. Other species of note:

Northern Harrier - in a meadow past White Canyon
Golden Eagle - single soaring with White-tailed Kite
Western Wood-Pewee
Hammond's Flycatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - many
California Thrasher
Cassin's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Nashville Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Lazuli Bunting
Bullock's Oriole


Derek Heins


Jewel lake Sat. Morning

broadwell.richard
 

On this mornings walk to Jewel Lake, Tilden Park the highlights were Bullock's Oriole, Western Tanagers, Black-Headed Grosbeak, plenty of Wilson's Warblers, and this Bewick's Wren with nest material.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43668664@N06/6957081198/in/photostream/


Richard Broadwell


Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch - 4/22/2012

Paul Schorr
 

Early this morning I made an Earth Day visit to Contra Loma Regional Park.

In order to do repairs and maintenance, the water level at the reservoir has been lowered about 6+ feet, exposing large area of muddy shoreline which probably accounts for the following shorebird sightings:

Spotted Sandpiper in breeding plumage (first sighting for me at the park)
Long-billed Dowitcher - 25+ in breeding plumage (also a first sighting for me at the park)

Other noteworthy species:

3 owl species:
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl

Hooded Merganser (male)
Western Grebe (6)
Great-tailed Grackle

There are still a fairly high number of Golden-crowned Sparrows throughout the park.

Good birding and Happy Earth Day.

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Mt. Diablo Lawrence's goldfinches yesterday

dp_eas
 

Yesterday Mike McClaskey and I observed several pairs of Lawrence's Goldfinches, a regularly breeding Mt. Diablo species according to the Contra Costa Atlas.  One pair was at the Moses Rock Spring on the Burma Road trail, and the other pair was on the Angel Kerley Road trail about 0.5 miles from its junction with North Gate Road.  In general, these trails are on the southwest corner of the mountain about two thirds of the way up.

Many other spring migrants and arrivals were observed such as Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Northern Oriole, and Western Wood Peewee.

Emilie Strauss
Berkeley, California


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Northern Harrier at Point Pinole yesterday

WalterB <wdbones_99@...>
 

Hello folks,
This is my first post as I'm new to the group and just started birding last fall. Lots of hummingbirds at Point Pinole around the lagoon area.
The big find for me was a male Northern Harrier, confirmed on Whatbird. Not sure how common it might be, a new one for me. Walt, San Pablo.


Fw: Hayward Shoreline 4/21/12

Bob Richmond
 

This message was from Bob Dunn

Bob

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544@yahoo.com>
To: Robert Lewis <bob@wingbeats.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:37 PM
Subject: Fw: Hayward Shoreline 4/21/12


Bob

Ashy Storm-Petrel, no shoreline records in April.

Bob

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Bob Dunn <bdisme51@hotmail.com>
To: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544@yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 4:20 PM
Subject: Hayward Shoreline 4/21/12



Hey Bob,
 
I had an Ashy Storm-Petrel at the shoreline today.  About 10am off the mouth of Sulphur Creek.  Was able to watch it for about 10 minutes as it sat on the water for a few minutes and circled around awhile before heading off across the bay.
 
Bob Dunn


Photos of Canyon Wren

albertlinkowski
 

"Veni,vidi,vici", or should I say Veni,vidi,votogravici Catherpes mexicanus (Canyon Wren)
4/21/2012 Today I again visited the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve (Contra Costa County), but this time the central and western parts. Just as in the eastern part of the park, Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) is common (up to Stewardville) that in the central and western parts, is virtually absent. In this section, dominates Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii), but also here there is a great habitat for Canyon Wren. Today I saw and heard only one individual, but I hope there is at least a pair (Lower Chaparral Loop Trail)
Attach today's photos of this species as well as photos of Rock Wren for comparison.

Albert Linkowski

https://picasaweb.google.com/116458691385845361056/CanyonWrenCatherpesMexicanus?authuser=0&feat=directlink

https://picasaweb.google.com/116458691385845361056/RockWrenSalpinctesObsoletus?authuser=0&feat=directlink


Re: More nesting Red-breasted Nuthatches, this time Canyon Trail Park, EC

George A Suennen
 

Sorry,

Excuse me, I meant Golden-crowned Sparrow...

George

On 4/21/2012 10:52 PM, George A Suennen wrote:

Hello All,

Went to Canyon Trail Park in El Cerrito. Spotted a pair of Red-breasted
Nuthatches
cleaning out a nesting hole in a telephone pole at the intersection of
Gatto and
Tapscott Ave.

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120421-Canyon-Trail/slides/0421-110036-02.html

Also saw a "sparrow" that I couldn't identify. It was dark and hiding
in the tree
branches. I had to manually focus the camera to get these shots:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120421-Canyon-Trail/slides/0421-104901-03.html
http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120421-Canyon-Trail/slides/0421-104908-01.html
http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120421-Canyon-Trail/slides/0421-105105-01.html

It looks like a juvenile Yellow-crowned, but it's a little early in the
year for them to
start showing up. If you have any info about this one, it'd appreciate it.

Thanks,
George
http://birds.jorj7.com


More nesting Red-breasted Nuthatches, this time Canyon Trail Park, EC

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

Went to Canyon Trail Park in El Cerrito. Spotted a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches
cleaning out a nesting hole in a telephone pole at the intersection of Gatto and
Tapscott Ave.

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120421-Canyon-Trail/slides/0421-110036-02.html

Also saw a "sparrow" that I couldn't identify. It was dark and hiding in the tree
branches. I had to manually focus the camera to get these shots:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120421-Canyon-Trail/slides/0421-104901-03.html
http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120421-Canyon-Trail/slides/0421-104908-01.html
http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120421-Canyon-Trail/slides/0421-105105-01.html

It looks like a juvenile Yellow-crowned, but it's a little early in the year for them to
start showing up. If you have any info about this one, it'd appreciate it.

Thanks,
George
http://birds.jorj7.com


support Golden Gate Audubon - Alameda County Big Day 4/22/12

Dominik Mosur
 

Starting at midnight, Zachary Baer, Michael Park and myself will begin a 24 hour dash through Alameda County. Please support Golden Gate Audubon conservation efforts by pledging to our team at:

http://birdathon.dojiggy.com/AlamedaBigDayDMZ

I will post the results of our day when I have recovered from the lack of sleep.

Thank you.



Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominikmosur/


Re: Patterson Pass

Dave Weber
 

Hi Birders-

I was also at Patterson this morning, twice. The ravine immediately uphill from the turnout at MP 6.21 was relatively quiet. Most activity was from the first windfarm entrance uphill from the turnout to about 250 yards downstream. No Blue Grosbeak, Nashville or BT Grey Warbler seen.
Wilson's Warblers may have been the most numerous species, followed by Ash-throated Flycatchers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Orange-crowned Warbler. At least three Western Tanagers, two Black-headed Grosbeaks, one Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and one Warbling Vireo. Most interesting bird was a non-PSFC empid seen at various points along this stretch. I headed downhill to the 7-eleven at Hwy 5 then over to Mountain House Rd. where there were three Swainson's Hawks soaring about two miles north of Grant Line Rd. Then I went back to the same spot on Patterson Pass Rd. I was able to get better looks at the mystery empid and decided it was probably a Dusky/Hammond's Flycatcher. Several others saw it including Pat Baccetti's group on a big day. Eyering and primary projection seemed to favor Dusky, but who knows.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bill Clark
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:44 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Patterson Pass



This morning there were perfect conditions at Patterson Pass - no wind so the windmills weren't drowning out the birds. No roadrunner or blue grosbeak, but did have:
Nashville Warbler
Black throated grey warbler
Wilson's warbler
Orange crowned warbler
Audubons warbler
Lark sparrow
Western tanager
Horned lark

Bill Clark
Livermore


Spring birding

Steve Huckabone <shuckabone@...>
 

Birders all of the place today at Lake del Valle.

I had 4-5 Lawrence's Goldfinch near the sewage ponds this morning. Speaking to some of the birding groups I heard of other nice birds around the lake and nearby areas. I'm sure more reports to come by days end.

Good birding.


Steve Huckabone
Livermore, CA
Alameda County


Patterson Pass

Bill Clark
 

This morning there were perfect conditions at Patterson Pass - no wind so the windmills weren't drowning out the birds. No roadrunner or blue grosbeak, but did have:
Nashville Warbler
Black throated grey warbler
Wilson's warbler
Orange crowned warbler
Audubons warbler
Lark sparrow
Western tanager
Horned lark

Bill Clark
Livermore


Re: Tilden Inspiration Point

judisierra
 

There were 2 large flocks of Cedar waxwings in Tilden yesterday. The first at the golf course adjacent to the botanical garden parking lot. Minutes after leaving there (unable to bird in the gardens due to intense sprinklers on the pathways, forgot my rain gear) I saw another  flock off of the Nimitz trail.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

--- On Sat, 4/21/12, Paul <paul_b33@comcast.net> wrote:

From: Paul <paul_b33@comcast.net>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tilden Inspiration Point
To: "EBB_Sightings" <EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 5:31 AM








 









Yesterday late morning I headed down the Inspiration Trail, through all the

mud and cow dung, hoping for some good birds. I saw and heard a number of

normal resident birds, but also saw large numbers of Cedar Waxwings flying

in and around the Pine trees up the hill west of the trail. About a half

mile along the trail, where you start getting back among the trees, looking

East along a downsloping ridge that's topped with Baccharis pilularis, I

found a beautiful and silent Lazuli Bunting sitting in the Baccharis. Also,

along the west side of the trail in among all the brambles, were many silent

and stealthy birds bouncing in and out of view, including a Wrentit, a

California Towee, and some birds I just couldn't ID because they were just

brown flashes.



After joining Nimitz Way and heading West, I heard a singing California

Thrasher. He was perched at the top of a Baccharis pilularis bush on the

downhill side of the road, where he continued his song for about 5 minutes,

until a runner came crunching along in the gravel beside the road, and

scared him down, not to be seen nor heard anymore. The California Thrasher

was a beautiful bird with close views and was a wonderful treat to end my

trip.



paul brenner,

martinez






















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Tilden Inspiration Point

Paul
 

Yesterday late morning I headed down the Inspiration Trail, through all the mud and cow dung, hoping for some good birds. I saw and heard a number of normal resident birds, but also saw large numbers of Cedar Waxwings flying in and around the Pine trees up the hill west of the trail. About a half mile along the trail, where you start getting back among the trees, looking East along a downsloping ridge that's topped with Baccharis pilularis, I found a beautiful and silent Lazuli Bunting sitting in the Baccharis. Also, along the west side of the trail in among all the brambles, were many silent and stealthy birds bouncing in and out of view, including a Wrentit, a California Towee, and some birds I just couldn't ID because they were just brown flashes.

After joining Nimitz Way and heading West, I heard a singing California Thrasher. He was perched at the top of a Baccharis pilularis bush on the downhill side of the road, where he continued his song for about 5 minutes, until a runner came crunching along in the gravel beside the road, and scared him down, not to be seen nor heard anymore. The California Thrasher was a beautiful bird with close views and was a wonderful treat to end my trip.

paul brenner,
martinez

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