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Re: Peregrine falcon today near Crissy Field?

clark stanton
 

Hi Debbie, as you may have already found out from other members of this list, that is a redtail hawk.


Re: Tufted Duck, Lk Merritt

Bruce Mast
 

For what it's worth, my Observations column data shows Tufted Duck as a
regular winter visitor to Lake Merritt going back to at least 2007. Some
sleuthing through the EBB archives and CBC results could undoubtedly
construct a more definitive Tufted Duck history.

On a related note, I recall that the duck molts its tuft in December and
then regrows it in January. This pattern is well documented in a duck that
overwintered in Santa Cruz:

http://www.santacruzbirdclub.org/Tufted%20Duck/Tufted%20Duck%20%202-04.htm

Bruce Mast
Oakland

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On Behalf Of Mark Rauzon
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2012 4:58 PM
To: ebb_sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tufted Duck, Lk Merritt


The male Tufted Duck was in the northeast (Lakeshore Ave.) arm of Lake
Merritt, sleeping in a scaup flock.
Returning for the third year I believe, it is sporting a moderate tuft that
can only get better. Here is a highly cropped photo from this morning, if
you're interested.

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h48f2d134#h49ffb76e




good birding,


Mark Rauzon
Oakland









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Peregrine falcon today near Crissy Field?

Debbie Klein
 

https://picasaweb.google.com/113929977506461258787/20121211Peregrine?authkey=Gv1sRgCOSXv7utkIjbSA

I was on a Sierra Club hike through the Presidio and out along the
waterfront, and saw this bird atop the old U.S. Coastguard building, now
the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association Visitors' Center. Is this a
peregrine falcon?
Thanks - Debbie K.


American Avocets at Coyote Hills Regional Park

purrboycasey
 

At the beginning of No Name Trail there were several hundred AMERICAN AVOCETS on Saturday morning. They were more approachable than last week, and there was a fair amount of coming and going. Here is a link to the aerial photos I took using a 500 mm lens + 1.4 x Extender. All images were taken a 1/2000 sec.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ne0pl3aq1otowbl/JnWkNgASR6

Larry Thompson
Livermore, CA


Re: Tufted Duck, Lk Merritt

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Mark,

I have reports of the Tufted Duck, a male Tufted Duck, in late fall 2006, 7, 8,
9, 10, 11, and now 12. There could be two generations involved and the
consecutive years may go back earlier than 2006. But I have 7 years just for
whatever records

might be applicable. or for fun.

Best regards,
Bob Power
Oakland, CA





________________________________
From: Mark Rauzon <mjrauz@aol.com>
To: ebb_sightings@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sat, November 3, 2012 4:58:21 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tufted Duck, Lk Merritt



The male Tufted Duck was in the northeast (Lakeshore Ave.) arm of Lake Merritt,
sleeping in a scaup flock.
Returning for the third year I believe, it is sporting a moderate tuft that can
only get better. Here is a highly cropped photo from this morning, if you're
interested.

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h48f2d134#h49ffb76e

good birding,

Mark Rauzon
Oakland






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Re: Harris's Sparrow at Hayward Shoreline and possibly a Henslow's Sparrow?

George A Suennen
 

Bruce,

That seems more reasonable. Logan also made that comment. I was
use to seeing the yellow above the eyes, and bigger splotches on the
chest and flanks. Like this one I got last November at Arrowhead Marsh:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2011/111127-BayAreaBirds/slides/1127-124021-02.html

That was a good morning, got the Savannah, Song, Nelson's, White-crowned,
and Golden-crowned Sparrows, as well as a Common Yellowthroat, Marsh
Wren, Sora, and probably a Palm Warbler.

Anyway, thanks for the input.

George
http://birds.jorj7.com

On 2012-11-03 6:46 PM, Bruce Mast wrote:

George,
I believe your bird is a Savannah Sparrow. Note, among other things, the
short notched tail. This bird doesn't show a lot of yellow in the face but
that is a pretty variable field mark. I'm pretty sure I saw the same bird
this morning (I was the there on a bicycle from 10-11:30).

General sparrow diversity at that site is fairly impressive. Along with
numerous Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows and the Harris's, I
noted
Savannah, Lincoln's, Fox, and House Sparrows, along with California
Towhees.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Harris's Sparrow at Hayward Shoreline and
possibly
a Henslow's Sparrow?

Hello All,

Allen H. and I went down to the Hayward Shoreline (Grant Ave) to check out
the Harris's Sparrow. We managed a brief viewing of the Harris's in a tree
next to the fence. I also got a glimpse of another sparrow that I thought
was a Song Sparrow, but when I looked at the photos, it didn't seem right.
After looking in my bird book, the closest I can find is a Henslow's
Sparrow. This is not it's usual range, so I'm suspicious of my id. Here's
a link to some of the photos:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121103-Hayward-Shoreline/slides/1103-091241-03.h
tml
http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121103-Hayward-Shoreline/slides/1103-091249-02.h
tml

Song, Henslow's, or maybe a Vesper Sparrow?

Your input is appreciated.

Oh, and my partially obscured view of the Harris's:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121103-Hayward-Shoreline/slides/1103-090359-01.h
tml

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

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Re: Harris's Sparrow at Hayward Shoreline and possibly a Henslow's Sparrow?

Bruce Mast
 

George,
I believe your bird is a Savannah Sparrow. Note, among other things, the
short notched tail. This bird doesn't show a lot of yellow in the face but
that is a pretty variable field mark. I'm pretty sure I saw the same bird
this morning (I was the there on a bicycle from 10-11:30).

General sparrow diversity at that site is fairly impressive. Along with
numerous Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows and the Harris's, I noted
Savannah, Lincoln's, Fox, and House Sparrows, along with California Towhees.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

-----Original Message-----
From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of George A Suennen
Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2012 5:42 PM
To: EBB Sightings
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Harris's Sparrow at Hayward Shoreline and possibly
a Henslow's Sparrow?

Hello All,

Allen H. and I went down to the Hayward Shoreline (Grant Ave) to check out
the Harris's Sparrow. We managed a brief viewing of the Harris's in a tree
next to the fence. I also got a glimpse of another sparrow that I thought
was a Song Sparrow, but when I looked at the photos, it didn't seem right.
After looking in my bird book, the closest I can find is a Henslow's
Sparrow. This is not it's usual range, so I'm suspicious of my id. Here's
a link to some of the photos:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121103-Hayward-Shoreline/slides/1103-091241-03.h
tml
http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121103-Hayward-Shoreline/slides/1103-091249-02.h
tml

Song, Henslow's, or maybe a Vesper Sparrow?

Your input is appreciated.

Oh, and my partially obscured view of the Harris's:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121103-Hayward-Shoreline/slides/1103-090359-01.h
tml

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


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Harris's Sparrow at Hayward Shoreline and possibly a Henslow's Sparrow?

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

Allen H. and I went down to the Hayward Shoreline (Grant Ave) to check out the
Harris's Sparrow. We managed a brief viewing of the Harris's in a tree next to the
fence. I also got a glimpse of another sparrow that I thought was a Song Sparrow,
but when I looked at the photos, it didn't seem right. After looking in my bird book,
the closest I can find is a Henslow's Sparrow. This is not it's usual range, so I'm
suspicious of my id. Here's a link to some of the photos:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121103-Hayward-Shoreline/slides/1103-091241-03.html
http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121103-Hayward-Shoreline/slides/1103-091249-02.html

Song, Henslow's, or maybe a Vesper Sparrow?

Your input is appreciated.

Oh, and my partially obscured view of the Harris's:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121103-Hayward-Shoreline/slides/1103-090359-01.html

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


Tufted Duck, Lk Merritt

Mark Rauzon
 

The male Tufted Duck was in the northeast (Lakeshore Ave.) arm of Lake Merritt, sleeping in a scaup flock.
Returning for the third year I believe, it is sporting a moderate tuft that can only get better. Here is a highly cropped photo from this morning, if you're interested.

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h48f2d134#h49ffb76e




good birding,


Mark Rauzon
Oakland


This morning at the UC Botanical Gardens

Phila Rogers
 

Dear Friends:

My singing the praises of the UC Botanical Garden must sound redundant to
some -- but what else is there to say on a lovely late fall morning where
we saw over 30 species? The place is downright beautiful in any season
with its exquisite setting in the surround of high hills at the upper end
of Strawberry Canyon.

As usual (these are quarterly walks), we assembled with the Garden's Chris
Carmichael on the entrance deck. We were seeing so many birds from that
vantage point that we were almost reluctant to begin our trek uphill to the
Old Roses garden. There were a number of robins who like to take high
perches as if welcoming the sun. We missed both crowned sparrows but a fox
sparrow burst into brief song and the resident Song Sparrow flew across the
road. Both wintering warblers were in evidence -- Townsend's and
Yellow-rumped. A flock of those nomads, Cedar Waxwings and Pine Siskins,
were about. And we had views of two different Red-breasted Sapsuckers.
Raptors were represented by a calling Red-shouldered Hawk and a fly-over
Cooper's Hawk. Anna's Hummingbirds, who can't resist displaying in any
season, were performing their high dives.

The next garden walk -- our winter walk -- will probably be in late January
or early February when some birds will be singing and the garden will be
coming into early spring bloom. (check the garden website). To take a
little of the garden home, consider buying a jar of the delicious honey
available in the garden shop, which is partly collected from hives at the
upper southeast edge of the garden.

-- Phila Rogers


Coyote Hills & Hayward Shoreline

Bill Clark
 

Highlights from these parks this morning:

Varied Thrush continues at Coyote Hills in Hoot Hollow.  Peregrine Falcon soaring overhead


Harris Sparrow continues at Hayward Shoreline in previously described location.

Re-found the Chestnut-Collared Longspur on Mt Trashmore at Hayward Shoreline (along the drainage ditch running down the center of it)


A great morning of birding...

Bill Clark
Livermore, CA

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Harris's Sparrow continues 11/3

Glen Tepke
 

At Hayward RS, along path from Grant Ave. entrance, in and around the trees past the gate to the open dump area on the left.

Glen Tepke
Oakland


November 2, 2012 First Friday Birdwalk GGAS at Tilden Nature Area

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>
 

Friends!

Nice weather on Friday for the First Friday Golden Gate Audubon Society Birdwalk to Jewel Lake, November 2, 2012.
24 participants saw 25 species (thanks to George Suennen who added the Northern Harrier he saw flying over the group as he left- see his nice photos of the Townsend Warbler and kinglets posted yesterday). Visitors from San Luis Obispo joined us. We talked about plumages and molts.

Here's the list:

Mallard (some early courtship behavior seen)
Northern Harrier (thanks, George)
Anna's Hummingbird
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wrentit
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Townsend's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco

Next Friday (November 9) we meet at 8:30 am at the Berkeley Municipal Pier, foot of University Avenue in Berkeley.
People with spotting scopes would be very welcome.

Best of Boids to you!

Alan Kaplan


Turkey Color Change?

leslie.koenig
 

This year I have been seeing some rather strange looking wild turkeys. Feathers (or parts of feathers) that would have otherwise been light brown are instead white. It gives a sort of snow covered appearance. Wondering if any of you birding experts can shed some light on why?

Thanks!
Leslie Koenig


Golden Eagles

blakelock@sbcglobal.net
 

Saw two Golden Eagles today hiking on the Blue Oak Train at Briones Regional Park. Looking out from the water tank area I saw them soaring to the NE. They then perched and then took off again to the SE. Managed to get a picture of one while perched. Here's the link to the picture on my Flickr account. Picture is pretty poor.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26922780@N07/8149550803/in/photostream

Good birding,

John Blakelock


Red-breasted Nuthatches in Antioch yard

Paul Schorr
 

Today a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches appeared in our yard. This is a new yard species for us.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


American Bittern at Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch

Paul Schorr
 

This morning we had an American Bittern fly by and then land in an open area along the shore of the reservoir, offering very nice views. The bird was last seen along the tules and cattails east of the boat launch area.

The Contra Costa Water District has lowered the water level in the reservoir, apparently to do repairs on the dam; consequently there were many waders along the newly exposed shoreline.

In addition to the bittern, other waders included:
Great-blue Heron - 2
Great Egret - 8
Snowy Egret - 6
Green Heron - 2

Other noteworthy species included:
Loggerhead Shrike
Belted Kingfisher
Say's Phoebe
Lark Sparrow

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


Hutton's Vireos & others, Coyote Hills RP

scfloyd2000
 

This morning, Rich Nicholson and I previewed tomorrow's Sequoia Audubon field trip at Coyote Hills. A Varied Thrush was under the oaks outside the fence of the nectar garden. We found two Hutton's Vireos, one in Hoot Hollow, one in a tree along the entrance road by the Visitor Center. Along the Bay View Trail, near the Nike Trail, we saw the male yellow-shafted Northern Flicker (see Jerry Ting's wonderful photos posted to this list on October 24, 2012). From the junction of the Chochenyo and Muskrat Trails, we saw an immature Peregrine Falcon flying with two Turkey Vultures. The Peregrine circled, caught a thermal and went very high, effortlessly soaring towards North Marsh. Four Tree Swallows were circling above the swallow boxes on the DUST Trail. As we were heading back along the boardwalk, Rich spotted an American Bittern flying low, just above the tule, in the direction of the ponding area across from Quarry parking lot. We went looking for it there and in the channel that runs under the road, but didn't re-find it.


Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Clay-colored Sparrow

Johan Langewis
 

I visited the Elsie Romer Bird Sanctuary in Alameda this morning and found a Clay-colored Sparrow in the fenced-in shrubs just south of the concrete jetty. The jetty had 22 Snowy Egrets on it as well as many Double-crested Cormorants.

Johan Langewis
Oakland


Harris Sparrow and Blue-wing Teal

Bingham Gibbs
 

Judy Johnstone, Tom Delaney and I arrived at the Grant Street parking area for Hayward Shoreline at 9:45. Judy Sierra was just leaving, having been there since 8 AM and not having spotted the bird. At 11:30 the bird appeared in a small partially dead tree on the left hand side of the trail about 10 feet before the trashcan exactly where Bob Dunn found him. Very nice looking bird.

Before heading home the three of us stopped at Garretson Point where we found a nice pair of Blue-wing Teal. We stopped for a quick lunch at the Walmart Quiznos and as we were leaving we found that the car beside us had been broken into and a backpack with computer etc. had been stolen. It's a jungle out there.
Bingham Gibbs
Danville, CA.

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