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Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)? in CCCounty

albertlinkowski
 

Today, September 20, 2012, I observed the birds in Bay Point Regional Shoreline, Contra Costa County ( to get there.. From Hwy 4, take Bailey Rd exit to Willow Pass Rd, ​​and turn in Port Chicago Hwy towards the bay, continue to cross the tracks, and turn left. Park is located at the end of McAvoy Road in Bay Point) My attention was brought to four shorebird Individuals, of which at least one looked juvenile. These birds were the size of Dunlin, but the appearance resembled Least Sandpipers. At first I thought that I have to deal with Pectoral Sandpipers (Calidris melanotos,) however, after careful observation and later studying photography began to wonder if sometimes I did not have to do rather with Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)? Without going into detail at this stage, and taking into account how extremely rare this species is during the migration in this part of California I invite you to look at my photographs. I will only add that this bird had yellow legs, very light buff breast with fine streaks seen only on some photographs. I am not saying this is definitely the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, but I think that it is worth to study this possibility. I appreciate your opinions.

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

Thanks,
Albert W. Linkowski


Distressed Brown Pelican

wcrhsn
 

My wife and were walking on the Berkeley Pier when we came across a Brown Pelican sitting on the concrete walkway about 200 yards from the entrance to the pier.

The bird was not moving it's head much and, to my untrained eye, appeared listless and possibly ill. Passersby were stopping, approaching the bird and taking photos. The bird just sat there and watched them.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/haroldsaul/


Ten minutes passed. At one point it walked a few steps and seemed to have a limp. My wife and I tried to keep people away from the bird.

Time to call for help.

I called the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek at: 925-935-1978

They said they would take the bird if I brought it in. Since the biggest bird I ever rescued was a woodpecker, I thought bringing in a pelican could be problematic. Lindsay gave me the number of the International Bird Rescue, and I called them:

San Francisco Bay Center
4369 Cordelia Road

Fairfield, California 94534

[P] 707.207.0380

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

They said that they could possibly find someone to pick up the bird, but suggested I call Berkeley Animal Control at (510) 981-6600. They said they would send someone down in 15 minutes.

While we waited, the bird flew in response to more people walking by, but then it landed on the sidewalk near the beginning of the pier. Again, more people approached it. It then took off and landed on the sidewalk further down the pier.

At that point, two people from Animal Control arrived and we all walked towards the bird, which was by now much further down the pier. It finally took off and disappeared.

The Animal Control officer, a woman named Carolyn, said that they had received numerous calls about distressed pelicans this year. They will take a bird in and take it to International Bird Rescue if it seems unable to care for itself or eventually fly away. She felt that the majority of non-injured birds were hungry because of the poor fish catch this year and were possibly malnourished and just hanging out, conserving their strength and, in this case, possibly hoping for a handout from local fisherman.

See this article on local starving pelicans:
http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2012/07/08/starving-young-pelicans-turn-up-on-bay-area-beaches/

Harold Newman
Berkeley


Patterson Pass

richard s. cimino
 

Today a group several birders from three bay area Audubon chapters found
small number's of raptors but a good species count.
Golden Eagle -2
Red-tailed Hawks - 4
Swainson's Hawk - 1
Ferruginous Hawk - 1
Prairie Falcon - 2
American Kestrel -2
Turkey Vulture - 15
and
Loggerhead Shrike - 3
Meadow Lark -3
Say's Phoebe -1
Mockingbird -1
White-crowned Sparrow -1

Rich Cimino
Pleasanton


Re: White Crowned Sparrows

Phila Rogers
 

Now let's hear about the Golden crowns.

Phila Rogers


White Crowned Sparrows

Steve Taylor
 

These are now also appearing in my yard here in San Ramon



Steve


Say's Phoebe in Antioch yard - 9/20/2012

Paul Schorr
 

This morning a Say's Phoebe visited our yard and was "hawking" insects. This was a new yard species for us and hopefully it will join the 1-2 Black Phoebes that have been patrolling the yard all summer.

Yesterday, 9/19, we reported a FOS White-crowned Sparrow and this morning there were three - 2 adults and an immature.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Miller Knox Wednesday Afternoon

Jeff Acuff
 

This afternoon I walked from Keller Park to the Ferry Point pier and back looking for some of the nice finds recently posted.

Found:  the yellow warbler "megaflock", a Nashville warbler, an orange-crowned warbler, 2 western tanagers, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a pacific-slope flycatcher, a western wood-pewee, elegant terns, pelagic cormorants, and the wandering tattler located right where previously reported keeping company with two black turnstones, two spotted sandpipers, a surfbird and 6 black-bellied plovers.

Not Seen:  Heerman's gull, Brandt's cormorant, say's phoebe, parasitic jaeger

Good Birding,
Jeff Acuff



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More White-crowned Sparrow sightings

rosita94598
 

Yes, they are all coming back, it seems. I had one today at the Antioch Dunes NWR and Fred Safier had three immatures in Heather Farm this morning.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


House Wren padawan

Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>
 

Sorry about the Star Wars reference!

Yesterday morning I heard a song outside my bedroom window I could not identify. It sounded like a whisper song or subsong, which at times reminded me of House Wren, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, and Lesser Goldfinch. I finally saw the little dear and it was indeed a House Wren. He was at it again this morning. Although his babbling often has a House Wren "feel" to it, at no time has he given a real song with its cascading, bubbling notes. I am assuming it's a young male learning to sing, hence the padawan bit.

good birding!
Jaan

Jaan Lepson
Livermore, ALA


FOS White-crowned Sparrow - Antioch yard

Paul Schorr
 

This morning we had our FOS White-crowned Sparrow in our yard and it sang repeatedly. It joined the numerous Lesser Goldfinches and House Finches at the seed feeder.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


Re: Solitary Sandpiper in Cull Cyn today.

David Philleo <dphilleo@...>
 

Fide - approx. 1 hr later - a pretty lifer!!, the black back and grand
(contrast) eye ring are special, yes mud is the prevelant habitat with this
sad little resevoir, only saw GB Heron, Malards and 2 Killdeer, so strange
to see so little other wildlife.
- Dave

On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM, Bingham Gibbs <bnghmgbs@aol.com> wrote:

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Solitary Sandpiper still present today at 12:30 at the end of the lake
farthest from the dam in Cull Cyn.. I believe that would be tthe north
side, on the mud flats.. Also present were Spotted Sandpiper and four
Killdeer. He was hidden in the reeds nearest the roadside parking area on
the west side of the road for about 25 minutes before making and appearance.
Bingham Gibbs
Danville, CA.





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Retry - Miller Knox for Phila Rogers

Bob Lewis
 

Dear Friends:

I'm posting this hoping that the confusion over changing my email address (after my most recent "hacking") has been resolved. My birding buddy and sharp eyes, Sylvia Hawley, and I drove out to the Pt. Richmond shoreline, in the late morning.

Walking down the slope toward the beach at Miller-Knox park, our attention was immediately drawn to the branches of an overhanging live oak where we saw a towhee-sized bird with bright yellow underparts, black wings with white wing bars. The bird (a male Western Tanager) then flew over to a myoporum lower on the slope to join two of its kind. One bird, clearly visible, had an olive-green back, no discernible wing bars, and a soft yellow breast and belly, most closely resembling the gray morph female in the Nat'l Geo field guide. It also closely resembled the female Scarlet Tanager but as my birding profile does not include the phrase "she who sees really rare birds," I'm settling for the slightly "beefier," most likely Western Tanager. The third tanager only gave use a partly obscured view as it joined in eating berries.

It was a lovely day along the shore, and we continued walking south along the track hoping to find more migrants in the fennel. No water birds in sight only a tanker slowing making its way out toward the open sea. The water lapped against the shore making rhythmic susurous sounds.

Meanwhiile back on the hill. Scrub Jays are in "high dungeon" as they declare ownership of my live oak laden with a bumper crop of acorns.

--Phila Rogers


Solitary Sandpiper in Cull Cyn today.

Bingham Gibbs
 

Solitary Sandpiper still present today at 12:30 at the end of the lake farthest from the dam in Cull Cyn.. I believe that would be tthe north side, on the mud flats.. Also present were Spotted Sandpiper and four Killdeer. He was hidden in the reeds nearest the roadside parking area on the west side of the road for about 25 minutes before making and appearance.
Bingham Gibbs
Danville, CA.


Three tanagers at Pt. Richmond

rfs_berkeley
 

I'm posting this on behalf of Phila Rogers, who is still having trouble
with Yahoo and EBB.



Dear Friends:

I'm posting this hoping that the confusion over changing my email
address (after my most recent "hacking") has been resolved. My birding
buddy and sharp eyes, Sylvia Hawley, and I drove out to the Pt.
Richmond shoreline, in the late morning.

Walking down the slope toward the beach at Miller-Knox park, our
attention was immediately drawn to the branches of an overhanging live
oak where we saw a towhee-sized bird with bright yellow underparts,
black wings with white wing bars. The bird (a male Western Tanager)
then flew over to a myoporum lower on the slope to join two of its
kind. One bird, clearly visible, had an olive-green back, no
discernible wing bars, and a soft yellow breast and belly, most closely
resembling the gray morph female in the Nat'l Geo field guide. It also
closely resembled the female Scarlet Tanager but as my birding profile
does not include the phrase "she who sees really rare birds," I'm
settling for the slightly "beefier," most likely Western Tanager. The
third tanager only gave use a partly obscured view as it joined in
eating berries.

It was a lovely day along the shore, and we continued walking south
along the track hoping to find more migrants in the fennel. No water
birds in sight only a tanker slowing making its way out toward the open
sea. The water lapped against the shore making rhythmic susurous sounds.

Meanwhiile back on the hill. Scrub Jays are in "high dungeon" as they
declare ownership of my live oak laden with a bumper crop of acorns.

--Phila Rogers


Epid ID--Hayward shoreline

Jay
 

Saw a Epid flycatcher today at Winton Avenue (Hayward Shoreline) across from the park office.  I had good sunlit views several times, it preferred a bare willow branch just to the south of the largest eucalyptus.  It was uniform yellowish brown on the back, with faint pale wash on the front with no discernible eye ring.  The most likely id by probability would be Willow FC, but it seemed a bit small and I think more importantly the bill was too small, generally dark probably with a bit of yellow at the near aspect of the lower mandible, but not much.  The tail was flicking lazily at times, seemed prominent, and was notched.  The primary projection definitely seemed short.  I'm tempted to call it a Dusky FC given these details, but I guess the question is how much weight to give competing identifying marks of these birds.  I think the eye ring is less useful in fall, so I'm thinking more in terms of proportions being useful.  Sorry no photo,
haven't really added this to my birding repertoire yet.  


Not much else of interest at the hour I went (1 PM) except American Kestrel and 1st year Cooper's Hawk.  
The Solitary Sandpiper was still present at Cull Canyon.  Easiest place to access it (I did it the hard way) was along Cull Canyon road about halfway along the eastern? shore, maybe a little southward to a place where you can actually visualize all the mudflats.  



Jay Dodge, 
Berkeley


Re: Anna's HBs courting on the patio- Alameda

lowensvi@sbcglobal.net
 

I also saw house sparrows gathering nesting material in my back yard a few days ago.


On Sep 18, 2012, at 10:36 AM, Hilary Powers wrote:

On 9/18/2012 9:06 AM, VN wrote:
It seems several months early for Anna's to be thinking of nesting, but
yesterday the male Anna's who guards the nectar feeder allowed a female
to come in and feed both from the feeder and flowers. ...
It could be an effect of the light levels - as we move into autumn, I
know that Peregrines show a resurgence of interest in mating behavior
for a while. It extinguishes as the days proceed to get shorter rather
than longer - but while the balance holds, there's clearly some "ooooh,
time to trot!" impulses going around.

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Re: Anna's HBs courting on the patio- Alameda

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

On 9/18/2012 9:06 AM, VN wrote:
It seems several months early for Anna's to be thinking of nesting, but
yesterday the male Anna's who guards the nectar feeder allowed a female
to come in and feed both from the feeder and flowers. ...
It could be an effect of the light levels - as we move into autumn, I know that Peregrines show a resurgence of interest in mating behavior for a while. It extinguishes as the days proceed to get shorter rather than longer - but while the balance holds, there's clearly some "ooooh, time to trot!" impulses going around.

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Anna's HBs courting on the patio- Alameda

VerneN
 

It seems several months early for Anna's to be thinking of nesting, but
yesterday the male Anna's who guards the nectar feeder allowed a female
to come in and feed both from the feeder and flowers. It did chase her
constantly but without the usual chatter. They swirled and parried
between her feedings and his pursuit continued for about ten minutes.
Then to my amazement both of them landed near each other on a twig and
seemed to be displaying their gorgets...a precursor to a winter pairing?
Here they are eyeing each other on the twig:
http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/146121497
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Re: possible Indigo Bunting, Richmond

George A Suennen
 

Alan (and others),

I saw a couple of similar birds on Vollmer Peak on the 8th. I couldn't
positively id it either.
Photos start here:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120908-Vollmer-Peak/slides/0908-152959-01.html


If you get a good id, I can update mine photos also.

Thanks,
George

On 9/16/2012 12:53 PM, Alan Krakauer wrote:

Anyone want to take a stab at this ID? Juv. bunting in my yard this
morning. The throat seems pretty white and contrasty, and there were
streaks on the flanks and possibly faint streaking on the breast. This
made me think Indigo was a possibility, but I'd love to hear from the
experts. Bird is gone now.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/12341100@N06/7993135908/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/12341100@N06/7993136500/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/12341100@N06/7993126787/

This is in Richmond View not too far from Wildcat Canyon Park, Contra
Costa County. I haven't seen the bird since taking the photographs.

Thanks for any on- or off- list comments on the ID of this bird.

Cheers,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA


Western Tanager in Keller Park, Richmond

albertlinkowski
 

This yellow billed Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) I saw today, September 17, 2012 in Keller Beach Park in Richmond, Contra Costa County (next to Knox / Miller Regional Park). Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems to me that beak is larger and a of different color than that of other individuals of the species. Once again ask for your opinions.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/DayoNEbCLbTGQuGY0287tNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink


Thank you very much,

Albert W. Linkowski

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