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Mission Peak Regional Preserve, Fremont

DD
 

Mission Peak hike yesterday produced wide variate of birds.

4 Lazuli Buntings Males
2 Lazuli Buntings Females
2 Goldfinches
Bullock's Oriole
Lesser Goldfinch
Western Bluebird
3 Robins
1 Kestrel
2 Red-tailed Hawks
Turkey Vulture
1 Great Horned Owl late night while descending i saw it on one of the poles.
1 Barn Owl (voice) at the bottom by the gate I heard it screech.
3 Rock Wren
4 Lark Sparrows
Grasshopper Sparrow
Horned Larks
Western Meadowlarks
Anna's HB

Bonus
1 Rattlesnake
1 Gopher Snake

Picture of the Lazuli Bunting can be seen here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/7299941828/in/photostream


Davor Desancic
Fremont


Hayward Shoreline (5/29)

Bob Richmond
 

Spring migration this year has been very poor but I was still hoping for a few migrants this morning. A Swainson's Thrush was at Winton Ave. I only have 8 later spring records for this species. The trees along Frank's Dump East had a MacGillvray's Warbler. The latest spring record I have for the shoreline by 14 days. Also 4 winter plumage Red Knot's (no red) were just north of Hayward's Landing. A White-tailed Kite nest in the area has fledged young.

Good birding

Bob


Spotted Sandpiper in Heather Farm Park--Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Today, Tuesday, while on my usual morning ride through the park, I saw a Spotted Sandpiper on the island in the large, mostly natural pond. I was at the wooden railing near the east side parking lot, looking across the pond, when I saw the Spotted Sandpiper on the rocks which edge the island. This would seem to be a very late date for this bird.

Also present were 4 swallow species, Barn, Cliff, Violet-green and Northern Rough-winged. and two Western Bluebirds on the north ball fields.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Indigo Bunting continues

George A Suennen
 

Allen and I went out this afternoon around 4 PM and saw the Indigo
Bunting in the mustard
field. Also saw a pair of Bullock's Orioles in the parking lot. I
posted a few photos also.

Bunting: http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120528-Borges-Ranch/index3.html

Male Oriole: http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120528-Borges-Ranch/index6.html

Female Oriole: http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120528-Borges-Ranch/index.html

Thanks for the heads up that it's still there,

George
http://birds.jorj7.com

On 5/28/2012 7:28 PM, Mark Rauzon wrote:

Around 11 am, some 16 of us observed the male Indigo Bunting at the
Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek, moving from the oak tree tops to the
mustard field and back.
A starling chased the indigo bunting from it's tall perch. Here is a
photo of that encounter:

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h5e9ed5b#h2e8dc69e

good birding,

Mark Rauzon
Oakland




CHUKAR

stan lee <islandboystan@...>
 

I don't know if anyone posted this but I was at  Lake Merritt and saw a Chukar in the cage yesterday and today. Way cool! Stan

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Indigo Bunting continues

Mark Rauzon
 

Around 11 am, some 16 of us observed the male Indigo Bunting at the Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek, moving from the oak tree tops to the mustard field and back.
A starling chased the indigo bunting from it's tall perch. Here is a photo of that encounter:


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h5e9ed5b#h2e8dc69e


good birding,



Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Heather Farms

Joe Parker
 

Spent about an hour this morning at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek hoping for Blue-winged Teal - no luck.

However, there are 3 downy ducklings, probably Mallard, in the concrete pond. I never did see an adult duck with them. They were originally huddled together on one of the fountain bases and when I left, they were swimming along the edge of the pond. Perhaps they can be rescued? I don't know who to call out in your area so perhaps someone can try?

Katthy Parker
Los Gatos


Re: Empid ID help needed

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hi Jerry



Wow, great photos! The bird is a Hammond's Flycatcher. There are several
features that indicate this species over Dusky, but the one that convinces
me is the very long wing. The side photo shows extremely long primaries
which is typical of Hammond's but not Dusky. Also the big headed look, with
a very small looking bill helps. There are average color differences as
well.



Regards,



Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com



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From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of jtnikon
Sent: Monday, May 28, 2012 12:56 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Empid ID help needed





While reviewing images taken in April from Coyote Hills Regional Park, I
came across this Empid flycatcher that I could not determine the ID (see
pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/7285049852/in/photostream). All
these images are the same bird and were taken between 8:47-9:16 AM in the
southwest corner of the visitor center on Apr 14.

My guess will be either Hammond's or Dusky. The bird didn't call so I could
not identify it by the voice.

Any suggestion and/or information will be much appreciated and please let me
know if you need images of different angles. Thanks.

Happy Birding

Jerry Ting,
Fremont


Empid ID help needed

Jerry Ting
 

While reviewing images taken in April from Coyote Hills Regional Park, I came across this Empid flycatcher that I could not determine the ID (see pics http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/7285049852/in/photostream). All these images are the same bird and were taken between 8:47-9:16 AM in the southwest corner of the visitor center on Apr 14.

My guess will be either Hammond's or Dusky. The bird didn't call so I could not identify it by the voice.

Any suggestion and/or information will be much appreciated and please let me know if you need images of different angles. Thanks.

Happy Birding

Jerry Ting,
Fremont


Heather Farm - Caspian tern

Corinne Chen
 

I was at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek today around 3:30 pm, and my
husband and I were surprised to see a Caspian tern swoop in and circle
the natural pond. It made about 4-5 circuits, swooping down a few
times but we didn't see it catch anything (hard to see through some of
the trees, as we were dashing around trying to keep it in sight) and
finally it winged off into the distance. Hadn't seen a tern hanging
around there before.

There's also a large clutch of eggs (probably goose) on the island,
viewable with the naked eye from the shore on the opposite side of the
parking lot (the side near the horse corral).

Didn't see the teal pair though.

Corinne


Indigo Bunting, Lazuli Bunting and Lawrence's Goldfinch near Borges Ranch

Chris & Teri Wills <cjtlwills@...>
 

The Indigo Bunting was very cooperative today, we saw him in the oaks on the
west side of the trail and the mustard east of the trail at about 1:00 pm
and in the oaks again at about 5:00 pm when came back by at the end of an
afternoon hike. In between the hike went slowly because we kept coming
across good birds. Some nice looks at Lark Sparrows, Orioles at nests, a
Rufous Crowned Sparrow along the Little Yosemite Trail in Mt Diablo State
Park and quite a few more. There were a couple of male Lazuli Buntings along
the main trail connecting the Stage Road in Pine Canyon with the Briones-Mt
Diablo Regional Trail, including a male and a female in the mustard patch
just a couple of hundred yards southeast of the Indigo Bunting. (the Indigo
Bunting has been seen along the Briones-Mt Diablo Regional Trail, if you
follow that trail southeast, then take the next fork to the left and
downhill there's a mustard patch on the left where we saw the pair of Lazuli
Buntings). On the way back downhill from the Briones-Mt Diablo Regional
Trail to Borges Ranch we saw a pair of Lawrence's Goldfinches at the edge of
the pond in the enclosed quail habitat area below the trail. The pair both
came down to the edge of the pond, flew up into the mustard, then flew off
up the hill to the west.



Chris and Teri Wills

Martinez


Re: Indigo Bunting

Jerry Ting
 

The Indigo Bunting still presented this (5/27 Sunday) morning. It is obvious that there are two of them. More pics can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/7281712554/in/photostream

Happy Birding

Jerry Ting,
Fremont

--- In EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com, Ted Robertson <tedr@...> wrote:

The Indigo Bunting continues this morning at Borges Ranch. I am listening and watching him as he flies between the valley oak and the mustard patch. Park in the upper lot and walk uphill past the quail preserve. Turn left at the gate/sign and look/listen for him near the 10 by 10 fence cages.
Ted R.

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Juvenile White-tailed Kite vocalizations

Denise Wight
 

Hi E.B. Birders,

I hesitate to report sightings that are not unusual, but I wanted to post a link to a recording I made of juvenile White-tailed Kites yesterday in Clayton, near Mount Diablo.  When I first hear this call, but have yet to see the bird, I'm reminded of Barn Owl calls, then I remember it's White-tailed Kite calling:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/102175

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, CA


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Re: Blue-winged Teal pair in Heather FArm--Walnut Creek

Bob Hislop
 

After reading Hugh Harvey's Heather Farm report earlier today (see below), curiosity got the better of me; so I rode down to see if I could locate the Blue-winged Teals described in Hugh's report. Sure enough they were swimming around right behind the wooden railing in the front "viewing" area near the parking lot. I quickly pulled out my little camera and snapped a couple of shots before they swam off (http://twitpic.com/9pococ). I guess I got lucky for the second time this week (the first being Thursday when I easily spotted Hugh's Indigo Bunting up at Old Borges Ranch). Thanks Hugh!

Bob Hislop
Concord

----- Original Message -----
From: rosita94598
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2012 9:09 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Blue-winged Teal pair in Heather FArm--Walnut Creek



It has been more than a couple of days, so I made certain to take a quick trip around the park this morning. Mostly it is fairly quiet. The Dog Park re-opened yesterday, so there is more traffic at the north end of the ponds.

While at the wooden railings east of the large, mostly natural pond, I watched three swallow species, Cliff, Northern Rough-winged and Barn flying over the water. Then I noticed a duck pair to the left of the island, from my viewpoint. It was very obvious they were Blue-winged Teals, the male looked gorgeous.

Ultimately, I called Jean Richmond, who then called Fred Safier. When I looked again, the ducks were not visible, so I figured they had gone around the backside of the island.

While riding around to look for them, I spotted one of the local park photographers, Boris Dmitruk, so I told him about the ducks. When we walked around, we did not see them at all. They must have flown while I was phoning or riding and I missed their departure.

It is another example of what Fred is always saying, that it is all a matter of timing. Many times he sees something I missed and I see something he missed--even though we were in the park 5 minutes apart.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Blue-winged Teal pair in Heather FArm--Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

It has been more than a couple of days, so I made certain to take a quick trip around the park this morning. Mostly it is fairly quiet. The Dog Park re-opened yesterday, so there is more traffic at the north end of the ponds.

While at the wooden railings east of the large, mostly natural pond, I watched three swallow species, Cliff, Northern Rough-winged and Barn flying over the water. Then I noticed a duck pair to the left of the island, from my viewpoint. It was very obvious they were Blue-winged Teals, the male looked gorgeous.

Ultimately, I called Jean Richmond, who then called Fred Safier. When I looked again, the ducks were not visible, so I figured they had gone around the backside of the island.

While riding around to look for them, I spotted one of the local park photographers, Boris Dmitruk, so I told him about the ducks. When we walked around, we did not see them at all. They must have flown while I was phoning or riding and I missed their departure.

It is another example of what Fred is always saying, that it is all a matter of timing. Many times he sees something I missed and I see something he missed--even though we were in the park 5 minutes apart.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Indigo Bunting

Ted Robertson
 

The Indigo Bunting continues this morning at Borges Ranch. I am listening and watching him as he flies between the valley oak and the mustard patch. Park in the upper lot and walk uphill past the quail preserve. Turn left at the gate/sign and look/listen for him near the 10 by 10 fence cages.
Ted R.

Sent from my Samsung smartphone on AT&T


Indigo Bunting

wcrhsn
 

I saw him today, Friday, at 10:45 a.m. along with 4 or 5 other people who were there. He was in the previously described location and flying back and forth between the oak tree and the field across the road.

At least 4 Bullock's orioles and 2 ash throated flycatchers were in the Borges Ranch area and along the trail to the bunting.

Harold Newman
Berkeley


Indigo Bunting

John Brenneman
 

In response to recent postings I went out to Borges Ranch yesterday in hopes of seeing and recording the Indigo Bunting. I joined a small group of 4 others: Jimm Edgar, Dorris Sharrock, Kathy (sorry I've already forgotten your last name) and another man who's name I missed. As others have reported we had great views and song.Here is a recording I made and uploaded to SoundCloud .Thought it would be a good companion to the excellent photos others have shared.
http://soundcloud.com/johnny-b-11/indigo-bunting-borges-ranch

Good birding,

John Brenneman


Indigo Bunting location

mbstern2
 

I was also at Old Borges Ranch this morning with Sue Morgan where we had very good looks at the bird on the top of the Valley Oak tree across from the field of mustard.

One point of clarification: the are two Walnuts in Walnut Creek. Coming out Ygnacio Blvd the first Walnut is Walnut Blvd. Don't turn there. Continue to Walnut Avenue to get to Old Borges Ranch. You will pass North Gate Road for Mt. Diablo SP and North Gate High School.

Maury Stern


Re: Old Borges Ranch - Indigo Bunting

gail Ryujin <gailryujin@...>
 

hello,

went to Old Borges Ranch around 9:45 this Morning. Several birders, including Ethan, talked with me and Jerry Steenhoven, while we were waiting for the bird. the Indigo Bunting came at 9:55 and landed  in the large oak tree across from the mustard.the Bunting was very cooperative and sang in the open from the highest point on the tree.

Gail Ryujin
San Ramon


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From: Bob Hislop <rhislop@astound.net>
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 9:37 PM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Old Borges Ranch - Indigo Bunting


 
I also dropped by Old Borges Ranch this afternoon and met Davor (I'm the "Bob" he's refering to). We had a nice conversation centered around birds of course. The Bunting was very approachable while singing loudly in the mustard (similar behavior to the Lazuli Buntings I've seen on my bike rides up Diablo). Unfortunately he will probably never find his mate. Here's a quick snapshot I managed to take with my point-and-shoot camera (no comparison to Davor's excellent pictures):

http://twitpic.com/9okjdi

Bob Hislop
Concord

----- Original Message -----
From: DD
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 8:06 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Old Borges Ranch - Indigo Bunting and Rattlesnake

I visited the Borges Ranch today in hope to see the Bunting and I was not disappointed, as the bird hoped and flew all over the place singing. Bird was very cooperative which most of the time is not the case. Two other brides showed up and I had very pleasant conversion with one of them his name is Bob but I did not get the last name.
Thanks to the original and everybody else that posted about the bird and its location.

Pictures can be seen here

Indigo Bunting

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/7259502660/in/photostream

Rattlesnake - So just be careful where you step

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/7259515744/in/photostream

Davor Desancic
Fremont

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