Nashville Warbler - Sunol RW

Victoria Robinson

Today 4/25/12 around 2:00 pm I was searching the oaks behind the green barn at Sunol RW for a loud singing Warbling Vireo. In to the oak flew a olive backed yellow warbler. At first I thought Orange-crowned. Then I saw the gray head, a Macgillvary's I thought. But wait, a yellow throat and distinct white eye ring. I had just looked up a Nashville warbler a few days ago and yes, that's what it was. A lifer for me.

Also seen, off the bridge, 2 wood ducks in the stream. 


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Elsie Roemer Sanctuary, Alameda (4/24) - Terns

Jerry Ting

Yesterday (4/24) afternoon I birded Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary in Alameda during high tide (3:45PM - 5:00PM). Hightlights include:

Caspian Tern (10+) (pic
Least Tern (16) (pic
Forster's Tern (10+)
Brown Pelican (2)
Sanderling (50+)
Black-bellied Plover (50+)
Short-billed Dowitcher (a lot)
Dunlin (a lot)
Western Sandpiper (a lot)
Western Gull (15+ various cycles and plumages)
Ring-billed Gull (10+ various cycles and plumages)
Double-crested Cormorant (4)

There is one individual tern which I could not tell if it's a Common or Forster's (pic It seems it's in the 2nd year plumage with red bill, almost no white area between upper mandible and the black nap, white underpart with no gray, and medium dark primaries. Maybe someone will be able to share some thoughts.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting

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Bushrod Park oddity

Ann McGregor <annmcg@...>

Forwarded from Judi Sierra

A Black-crowned Night-heron was foraging on the lawn at 5 AM today, of Bushrod Park, Oakland, Shattuck and 60th St. It was quite visible under the street light. Bushrod doesn't have any water features and the lawn isn't soggy. Two blocks from my house so I guess I can't quite call it a yard bird.

Meanwhile in Strawberry Canyon, Berkeley I have heard the Northern Pygmy Owl both today and yesterday , shortly before 6 AM. It sounds as though it's coming from the usual vicinity of the upper trail, nearer to the upper parking lot than the 1/2 mile mark from the connector where I turn around.

Judi Sierra

Mitchell Canyon, this morning


Spring can often bestow upon the ears a very special kindness. This morning fairly early, around 7am, I was welcomed into Mitchell Canyon by a gleeming overture of birdsong, rich in melody and phrase, composed and conducted, of course, by the resident and transient members of this canyon's avian choir. The performance lasted brilliantly until the expected intermission at around 11am. Then I sat, peeled a hard boiled egg, thought about things and scribed a few notes.

The better part of the morning and early afternoon took me through Mitchell about a mile past the junction with Red Road, and then back to Red Road where I walked to the park boundary before making my return to the parking lot.

Sight and sound included the following:

Numerous Wilson's Warblers
Many Warbling Vireos
Wrentits all around
Ash-throated Flycatchers
White-crowned Sparrows
Golden-crowned Sparrows
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Spotted Towhees in abundance
Bushtit pairs gathering nesting materials
Steller's Jays yaking like New Yorkers
Ravens giving their opinions in baritone
Dark-eyed Juncos
Oak Titmouse behaving as if it were a larger bird
2 Chipping Sparrows with perfect, brilliant plumage
Townsends, likewise
and a perfect Hermit Warbler, a first for me.

May all enjoy the spring.
Tracy Farrington

Olive-sided Flycatcher -- Wildcat Canyon Rd -- 04/24

Michael Park

Today, while on a bike ride from my house to to Inspiration Point, I heard the call of an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER. It vocalized as I passed it location on the way and on the return from Inspiration Point.

It is located on the opposite side of Wildcat Canyon Road from the Regional Park Botanic Garden, about 1/4-mile from its entrance towards the direction of Inspiration Point.

Michael Park

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Team DMZ birdathon and Alameda County Big Day

Michael Park

Team DMZ birded all day on Sunday 04/22 with the goal to find as many
species as possible in Alameda County.

Please help support Golden Gate Audubon Society by making a pledge for
our effort by visiting the following link.

Anyone pledging $50 can enter a contest related to our big day effort.
The winning donor gets a four-hour birding extravaganza with Team DMZ at
a place and time to be determined. Botanizing can be added at the
winner's discretion.

Send your entry to Michael Park by email:


The entry should clearly state guesses to the first and last birds that
were observed by Team DMZ. Clues are given in the narrative below. Also
include a tiebreaker guess -- the number of new birds found at Elsie
Roemer Wildlife Sanctuary in Alameda.

(1) The birds were ranked according to order in which they were

(2) Points are given by the difference in rank between the guess and the
actual first (or last) bird. A correct guess earns zero points. Guessing
the third (or third from last) bird earns two point, and so on.

(3) The donor with the fewest points wins. Anyone correctly guesses both
birds wins.

(4) Otherwise ties are broken by:

(a) entrant who correctly guesses the first bird observed
(b) entrant who correctly guesses the last bird observed
(c) entrant who comes closest to guessing how many birds at Elsie Roemer
WIldlife Sanctuary in Alameda were added to the day list.

Happy guessing!!!!


The Big Day Birdathon started well before midnight. We parked well
outside of Coyote Hills Regional Park and walked in. At precisely
1200AM, we began listening for Black Rail. The secretive and elusive
bird did not utter a peep. We wandered the trails until 145AM and
recorded the first 9 species.

At Dry Creek, we sat on a grassy slope listening. After 25 minutes, the
buzz of a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW rose above the nocturnal uttering of the
urban sprawl below us. We also heard a loud (and annoying to some) night
singer known to sound like car alarms.

We walked into Arrowhead Marsh and from the boardwalk listened for Sora.
Like it's quiet cousin, it did not reveal its presence. But with much
amusement, we heard and identified 8 other species.

From there, we rushed from Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley to Claremont
Canyon listening for owls and finally to Redwood Park near its entrance
on Redwood Road. The much hoped for Northern Saw-whet Owl was apparently
on vacation on the prowl for prey elsewhere. But near dawn, two NORTHERN
PYGMY-OWL hooted above the chorus of AMERICAN ROBIN. The gobbling of
WILD TURKEY seemed out of place heard with the gurgling and babbling of
the creek.

Before the sun had risen, we had observed 27 species.

At Sequoia Arena in Joaquin Miller Park, the early birds were singing
their hearts out. A symphony was led by PURPLE FINCH, ORANGE-CROWNED
WREN, and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH added sporadic melodies.

In total, we had found 41 species before leaving for east Alameda

We were concerned that Mines Road would consume more time than desired.
This fear was realized. After two more hours we added only 44 more
species. However, we did find some jewels: COMMON MERGANSER flying
through Western Sycamore in the flats, and 3 (2 male and 1 female)
LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH near mile 8.7. While abundant during scouting, this
time we only managed to find a single female PHAINOPEPLA.

We gambled $6 in entrance fees on a side trip to Lake Del Valle in hopes
of finding Bald Eagle and Belted Kingfisher. We were rewarded with

Like the previous stop, Patterson Pass Road was fairly unproductive. But
at mile marker 4.98 a singing GREATER ROADRUNNER was spotted on the
crest of the ridge to the south. Nearing the east end of the road, we
feared the possibility of missing a usually easy local bird. We were
much relieved when a single LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE popped up onto a bush.
Near the east terminus, we heard and then briefly saw a SWAINSON'S
THRUSH in the low tangled understory beneath some Fremont's Cottonwood.
Somewhere along the way, a possible female Black-chinned Hummingbird did
not perch long enough for positive identification before it flew off.

Continuing our excursion through the east county, we located a single
TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD on Mountain House Road and a soaring SWAINSON'S
HAWK above Kelso Road.

We rushed through south Livermore and Arroyo Road where we spotted a
lone female BUFFLEHEAD, and found WOOD DUCK at Sycamore Grove.

Feeling the heat, we sped through Niles Canyon. At the mouth of the
canyon where Alameda Creek is confined to a concrete channel, we located
RING-NECKED DUCK. In Niles at the defunct nursey, there was a calling

We escaped the heat of the interior and fled for Coyote Hills Regional
Park. Near the entrance kiosk in a flooded field, a single LESSER
YELLOWLEGS fed among its larger cousin. A lone WHITE-FACED IBIS fed in
the main marsh near the parking lot. In the Butterfly Garden, we spent
20 minutes of precious time searching for migrants and Selasphorus
hummingbirds. There in a oak in the back, a restless CASSIN'S VIREO was
seen and heard. The flight trill of a hummingbird led us to a perched
subadult with an orangish back with pale green highlights. Long and
tense minutes of watching gave us neck aches as we waited for views of
its spread tail. As quickly as it spread its tail, the RUFOUS
HUMMINGBIRD zipped off and disappeared. On that note, we zipped off and
disappeared from the garden.

We returned to Redwood Park, where $5 in entrance fees were paid in
hopes of finding a few good birds. We were rewarded with only WARBLING
VIREO. It was a small price for a small bird.

Retracing our earlier dawn effort, we returned to Sequoia Arena. We
again failed to find Hairy Woodpecker. But there near the upper portion
of Chaparral Trail, we located the buzzing of a shuttling Selasphorus
hummingbird. A display dive followed and a loud whoosh of an ALLEN'S
HUMMINGBIRD sent us running back to the car.

We continued north and drove up narrow and curvy Panoramic Way to the
upper fire trail in Strawberry Canyon. As we walked out, we were treated
to HAIRY WOODPECKER and BAND-TAILED PIGEON. Our target here was more
than a quarter mile away. On arrival at its favored perch, we found only
silence. But we were not disappointed as a OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER could
be seen at great distance snapping insects on short sorties from a snag
on the bald hill above the near the head of the canyon.

Cold marine air (and fog) could be seen flowing in through the Golden
Gate from the trail at the foot of the Berkeley Pier. The late afternoon
winds made the water choppy. Neither loons nor Pelagic Cormorant were
seen. Only a single SURF SCOTER was found near the rocks south of the

We fled the cold marine winds for the shelter of Alameda Island. We
drove to the protected water of Seaplane Lagoon near the USS Hornet. We
were able to see the head of the nesting OSPREY despite the glare of the
low angle sun. Pretending to be tourists, we drove aside Crown Beach
enjoying the relatively warmth of the sun. At Elsie Roemer Wildlife
Sanctuary we scoured the mud and rocks for shorebirds and terns. The
target took much effort, but we were rewarded with a single sleeping RED
KNOT. Our failure at the breakwater near the Berkeley Marina was
compensated by the find of two BLACK OYSTERCATCHER and a single MEW

We needed rockpipers. We had chosen the breakwaters of San Leandro
Marina to fulfill that need. We found nothing.

At the pond south of Arrowhead Marsh, scouts had found Greater
White-fronted Goose. This time was added AMERICAN AVOCET. The ponds at
Garretson Point should have had a few Blue-winged Teal. Instead, we were
treated to NORTHERN PINTAIL. At this time of year, one should be
thankful for any ducks. However with the sun inching closer and closer
to the horizon, it was hard to accept any missed birds.

It was decided that, we would go north back to Alameda Island away from
Oakland for a single bird. At the Fruitvale Bridge, a single raptor flew
rapidly out of sight. The team did not arrive at a consensus. WIth no
time to wait, the team drove off. However, a navigational error led to a
dead end instead of an onramp to I-880. Forced to backtrack, we retraced
our route back towards the bridge. There while in traffic, we spotted a
single PEREGRINE FALCON zoom away from the bridge. Sometimes getting
lost is needed to find the treasure.

Precious little time was left for our last three locations. The first
was the Hayward Wastewater Treatement Plant where the expected
BONAPARTE'S GULL did not disappoint. But he higher tides of the new moon
suggested that we go to Frank's Dump instead of the visiting the ponds
near the Least Tern colony at Hayward Regional Shoreline. We resisted
the temptation to change the route. It was a mistake. The long walk
yielded none of the staked-out birds. We were poorly compensated by a
single WHIMBREL at Eden's Landing. Sometimes, the right action is not

Having lost much time, there was not much opportunity for walking near
sunset. Despite Mike's bad ankle and Dom's blistered feet, we ran back
to the car and sped off to Coyote Hills. Like our first stop near
midnight, we enter on foot. We saw our first WHITE-TAILED KITE of the
day, and heard RING-NECKED PHEASANT in the grassy marshes near the
entrance kiosk. As the sun sank, we ran to the main marsh where we
missed our target birds -- Green Heron and Great-tailed Grackle.
However, at the very last possible moment, the team was gifted one last
fine observation: a flock of GREATER-WHITE FRONTED GEESE high over the
marsh in near silhouette -- shorter necks, higher pitched flight calls,
and relatively more disorganized flock pattern than Canada Goose. Our
continuing efforts to locate Sora and Black Rail were rebuffed. We
casually walked back as dusk faded, bats replaced birds, and the sound
of frogs drowned out other sounds.

We finished with a trip to Mendenhall Road and successfully located our
two target birds.

Team DMZ logged 366 miles (one for each day of this year) and birdied
nonstop from 12AM to 1030PM. The official count for the day was 172

Michael Park

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Zach Baer


Team Dominik, Michael and Zach = Team DMZ

1. Greater White-fronted Goose
2. Canada Goose
3. Wood Duck
4. Gadwall
5. American Wigeon
6. Mallard
7. Cinnamon Teal
8. Northern Shoveler
9. Northern Pintail
10. Green-winged Teal
11. Ring-necked Duck
12. Greater Scaup
13. Lesser Scaup
14. Surf Scoter
15. Bufflehead
16. Common Merganser
17. Ruddy Duck
18. California Quail
19. Ring-necked Pheasant
20. Wild Turkey
21. Pied-billed Grebe
22. Horned Grebe
23. Eared Grebe
24. Western Grebe
25. Clark's Grebe
26. Double-crested Cormorant
27. American White Pelican
28. Brown Pelican
29. American Bittern
30. Great Blue Heron
31. Great Egret
32. Snowy Egret
33. Black-crowned Night-Heron
34. White-faced Ibis
35. Turkey Vulture
36. Osprey
37. White-tailed Kite
38. Northern Harrier
39. Sharp-shinned Hawk
40. Cooper's Hawk
41. Red-shouldered Hawk
42. Swainson's Hawk
43. Red-tailed Hawk
44. American Kestrel
45. Peregrine Falcon
46. Clapper Rail
47. Virginia Rail
48. Common Gallinule
49. American Coot
50. Black-bellied Plover
51. Semipalmated Plover
52. Killdeer
53. Black Oystercatcher
54. Black-necked Stilt
55. American Avocet
56. Greater Yellowlegs
57. WIllet
58. Lesser Yellowlegs
59. Whimbrel
60. Long-billed Curlew
61. Marbled Godwit
62. Red Knot
63. Sanderling
64. Western Sandpiper
65. Least Sandpiper
66. Dunlin
67. Short-billed Dowitcher
68. Long-billed Dowitcher
69. Bonaparte's Gull
70. Mew Gull
71. Ring-billed Gull
72. Western Gull
73. California Gull
74. Herring Gull
75. Glaucous-winged Gull
76. Least Tern
77. Caspian Tern
78. Forster's Tern
79. Rock Pigeon
80. Band-tailed Pigeon
81. Eurasian Collared-Dove
82. Mourning Dove
83. Greater Roadrunner
84. Barn Owl
85. Great Horned Owl
86. Northern Pygmy-Owl
87. Burrowing Owl
88. Western Screech-Owl
89. Common Poorwill
90. White-throated Swift
91. Anna's Hummingbird
92. Rufous Hummingbird
93. Allen's Hummingbird
94. Acorn Woodpecker
95. Nuttall's Woodpecker
96. Downy Woodpecker
97. Hairy Woodpecker
98. Northern Flicker
99. Olive-sided Flycatcher
100. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
101. Black Phoebe
102. Say's Phoebe
103. Ash-throated Flycatcher
104. Western Kingbird
105. Loggerhead Shrike
106. Cassin's Vireo
107. Hutton's Vireo
108. Warbling Vireo
109. Steller's Jay
110. Western Scrub-Jay
111. Yellow-billed Magpir
112. American Crow
113. Common Raven
114. Horned Lark
115. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
116. Tree Swallow
117. Barn Swallow
118. Cliff Swallow
119. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
120. Oak Titmouse
121. Bushtit
122. Red-breasted Nuthatch
123. White-breasted Nuthatch
124. Pygmy Nuthatch
125. Brown Creeper
126. Rock Wren
127. Bewick's Wren
128. House Wren
129. Pacific Wren
130. Marsh Wren
131. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
132. Wrentit
133. Western Bluebird
134. American Robin
135. Swainson's Thrush
136. Northern Mockingbird
137. California Thrasher
138. European Starling
139. Cedar Waxwing
140. Phainopepla
141. Orange-crowned Warbler
142. Common Yellowthroat
143. Yellow-rumped Warbler
144. WIlson's Warbler
145. Spotted Towhee
146. Rufous-crowned Sparrow
147. California Towhee
148. Chipping Sparrow
149. Lark Sparrow
150. Savannah Sparrow
151. Grasshopper Sparrow
152. Song Sparrow
153. Lincoln's Sparrow
154. White-crowned Sparrow
155. Golden-crowned Sparrow
156. Dark-eyed Junco
157. Western Tanager
158. Black-headed Grosbeak
159. Lazuli Bunting
160. Red-winged Blackbird
161. Tricolored Blackbird
162. Western Meadowlark
163. Brewer's Blackbird
164. Brown-headed Cowbird
165. Hooded Oriole
166. Bullock's Oriole
167. Purple Finch
168. House Finch
169. Lesser Goldfinch
170. Lawrence's Goldfinch
171. American Goldfinch
172. House Sparrow

Sunol Regional Wilderness(4/23)-Chipping Sparrow,Lawrence's Goldfinch,Lazuli Bun

Jerry Ting

This (4/23) afternoon I birded the intersection area of Canyon View, Indian Joe Nature and Indian Joe Creek trails (about 3 acres). Highlights include:

Chipping Sparrow (15+) - found almost on every tree surrounding this area. Very active and vocal. (pic
Lark Sparrow (4) - (pic
Lawrence's Goldfinch (2) - a male and a female seen at the tree just north of the cow gate on Indian Joe Creek Trail.
Ash-throated Flycatcher (2)
Western Kingbird (3)
Lazuli Bunting (2) - both males
Orange-crowned Warbler (2)
Bullock's Oriole (2) - both males
Violet-green Swallow (8)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (1)
Black-headed Grosbeak (1)

A Bobcat also showed up in this area around 2:20PM and slowly passing by the grassland and didn't even mind my appearence (pic What a treat!

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting

Bonaparte's Gull - Hayward

richard s. cimino

7AM Sunday morning driving very slow east on the San Mateo Bridge
there were many Bonaparte's Gulls on the bay during the low tide.
The Bonparte's Gulls were opposite the Toll Plaza.
I drove to the Hayward sewage facilities on Enterprise St. hoping that
the Bonparte's Gull would be active and maybe seeing the Franklin's Gull.
Neither the Bonparte's Gulls, Franklin's Gull or the Yellow-head
Blackbird showed.
Rich Cimino

On 4/23/2012 8:03 PM, Mark Rauzon wrote:

A heavily oiled Bonaparte's Gull was resting and preening on the
Alameda south shore beach this afternoon. A jogger approached and the
bird flew off. I saw no other oiled birds, and this migrant could have
been oiled elsewhere, but keep an eye out of other oiled birds in case
it's a local spill. It was a bit of a shock to see the post Earth Day
beach with bags of trash awaiting pick-up where the crows attacked the

Mark Rauzon

oiled Bonaparte's Gull-Alameda

Mark Rauzon

A heavily oiled Bonaparte's Gull was resting and preening on the Alameda south shore beach this afternoon. A jogger approached and the bird flew off. I saw no other oiled birds, and this migrant could have been oiled elsewhere, but keep an eye out of other oiled birds in case it's a local spill. It was a bit of a shock to see the post Earth Day beach with bags of trash awaiting pick-up where the crows attacked the ravens.

Mark Rauzon

Announcing the "Our Wild Lands" Photo Contest


Birders and Photographers,

We are very pleased that the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society is a sponsor of the Muir Heritage Land Trusts Our Wild Lands nature photography contest and has approved the posting of contest information to the EBB_Sightings group.

Muir Heritage invites you to enter the inaugural Our Wild Lands Photography Contest. Focus your lens on the stunning landscapes and natural beauty of the Muir Heritage Land Trust properties. Explore the Acalanes Ridge, Fernandez Ranch, Sky Ranch, Dutra Ranch, and Gustin properties and submit your photographs for a chance to win prizes and recognition.

Our properties are rich with wildlife, as Mount Diablo helianthella, mountain lions, American badgers, Golden Eagles, and Red-legged frogs highlight an extensive list of our flora and fauna. More information about the contest and the properties can be found by visiting the Muir Heritage website at

As part of the contest, we are excited to announce that Muir Heritage will be hosting a major photography event at Fernandez Ranch on May 12th featuring world-renowned nature photographer Wendy Shattil. Wendy will be sharing insights on how best to approach Fernandez Ranch's photographic bounty as well as providing tips in creating award-winning imagery. Fernandez Ranch is listed as an eBird hotspot and a feeding station / bird photography set up will be added to the property in the near future. More details about the photography event and Wendy are available on our website.

The Our Wild Lands photo contest is now open and images may be submitted through July 15th. But dont wait; the spring migration is in full force and the blooms are just starting to blossom!

Winning images will be showcased at Muir Heritage's Fresh Aire Affaire Gala in August and the top images will be featured on both the contest and MHLTs websites. A presentation of winning images will be made at a MDAS meeting in the fall as well.

Good luck and thanks for your support of the Muir Heritage Land Trusts efforts to protect and preserve open space for all the inhabitants of Contra Costa County.

Happy birding and good shooting!

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

Muir Heritage Land Trust
Martinez, CA

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Black-headed Grosbeak in Antioch yard - 4/23/2012

Paul Schorr

This morning we have had our FOY male Black-headed Grosbeak coming to our yard.

Regarding the Rose-breasted Grosbeak that first appeared in our yard on January 29, we last saw it on April 8.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr

Re: GGAS Birdathon - Alameda Co. Big Day - 154 species

Joe Morlan

On Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:13:12 -0700 (PDT), Steve Glover
<> wrote:

However, and I don't want to speak for Joe, it is reliant upon those who participate in big days, big years, etc. to submit their numbers to him. Joe always updated the site promptly when I reported big days to him. 
Thanks Steve, but to be clear I have always enlisted a volunteer to
maintain the county statistics including Big Day records. For many years,
Don Roberson took on that task and currently John Sterling is updating the
county pages on my site.

For best results, please send updates and corrections to county statistics
directly to John Sterling <>. For bad links (most
government agencies periodically change the URL's on their websites for no
apparent reason) or other corrections, please continue to send notices
directly to me.

Many thanks to Don and John for their service to the birding community.

On Mon, 23 Apr 2012 06:41:17 -0700 (PDT), John Luther
<> wrote:

I must point out however that Susanne Methvin
and I do a bird-a-thon big day for PRBO every fall in Alameda Co and on Sep 24
2005 we had 164 species.
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"Don't discard the Bananaquit" - Hilda Morales

Re: GGAS Birdathon - Alameda Co. Big Day - 154 species

Steve Glover

Hi all,
I am not aware of any site that even comes close to Joe's for information like this and I still use it often, even having been gone for three years. However, and I don't want to speak for Joe, it is reliant upon those who participate in big days, big years, etc. to submit their numbers to him. Joe always updated the site promptly when I reported big days to him. 

Steve Glover,Fort Worth, TX

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Re: GGAS Birdathon - Alameda Co. Big Day - 154 species

Glen Tepke

Hi John,

Thanks for the clarification. 151 did seem a bit low for the current record relative to other Bay Area counties. Too bad we didn't do our Big Day in 2003. Oh well, at least we had the pleasure of thinking we had beat the record for a day.

Yes, I got what I thought was the current record from Joe's site. Is there a more up-to-date source for county records available somewhere else? That would be helpful, especially now that the GGAS Birdathon is encouraging more people to do April Big Days in ALA, CC and SF.

Glen Tepke

On 4/23/2012 6:41 AM, John Luther wrote:

Hi Glen,

Congratulations on your big day! I must point out however that Susanne Methvin
and I do a bird-a-thon big day for PRBO every fall in Alameda Co and on Sep 24
2005 we had 164 species. Perhaps you got the 151 number off of Joe Morlan's
page on Alameda Co. Those pages are often very out of date for the statistics. The 151 we had was in 2002. I expect that Dominik and crew got more than our
164. Spring is a better time for more species than fall when we also do ours
for PRBO.


From: Glen Tepke<>
To: East Bay Birds<>
Sent: Mon, April 23, 2012 1:53:05 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] GGAS Birdathon - Alameda Co. Big Day - 154 species

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:

Good birding,

Glen Tepke
g.tepke (at) comcast (dot) net

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
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Goldeneye
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
Wilson's Snipe
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Marbled Godwit
Greater Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Black Turnstone - San Leandro Marina
Surfbird - San Leandro Marina
Red Knot - Garretson Point
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
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
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


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