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White-throated Sparrows in Berkeley

Graham Chisholm
 

Just as I was beginning to blame my neighbor's cat for the disappearance of
the two White-throated Sparrows that were around in late October, this
morning two adult White-throated Sparrows were back with a small number of
other sparrows (Golden-crowned, White-crowned and a nice Fox) in central
Berkeley (McKinley Ave between Bancroft and Channing).

Graham

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Pine Siskin

blakelock@sbcglobal.net
 

Yesterday I managed to ID a PIne Siskin at my feeder here in Pleasant Hill. I guess there moving South. Below is a link to the picture.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26922780@N07/8165743112/

Good birding,

John


Wilson's Snipes at Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch

Paul Schorr
 

Today there were six Wilson's Snipes along the shore near the swimming lagoon at Contra Loma Regional Park.

Other notable sightings included:

American White Pelican - 8
White-tailed Kite
Osprey - a successful one with a fish and being followed by two aggressive Ring-billed Gulls
American Kestrel
Barn Owl
Say's Phoebe - at least 6
Loggerhead Shrike
Lincoln's Sparrow

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


Re: Mt. Trashmore Longspurs (pics)

Jerry Ting
 

Follow Bob Dunn and Steve Tracey's reports about the sighting of Lapland Longspur, I birded Mt Trashmore this (11/7) late morning till noon. Found both foraging with a group of Horned Larks on west side of the first (north) drainage channel.

They are smaller, darker and flying slower (and higher) than Horned Larks and tend to call while flying. The flying pattern is different from Savannah Sparrow and they tend to circle around a couple of times before landing.

It appears to me that these 2 Lapland's are both adults and one is male and the other one is female. Here are the pictures:

winter male (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/8165127585/in/photostream)
winter female (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/8165168378/in/photostream)

Other than Lapland Longspus and Horned Larks, there were also lots of American Pipts, Western Meadowlarks and Savannah Sparrows in the area. I also saw Lincoln's Sparrow, Osprey (carrying a fish), Northern Flicker, White-tailed Kite, Herring Gull and Glaucous-winged Gull.

Still no signs of the Chestnut-collared Longspur though.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont

--- In EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com, "Bob Dunn" <bdisme51@...> wrote:

This morning on Mt Trashmore at the Hayward Shoreline at the west end of West Winton Av. in Hayward there were two Lapland Longspurs.

Bob Dunn
San Leandro


Re: Wild Turkeys & Cooper's Hawks

Steve Simon <ssimon@...>
 

At 8:15 this morning the turkey flock was at Stannage just on the north side of Gilman all strutting around the middle of the street.


Wild Turkeys & Cooper's Hawks

William Dann <billydann@...>
 

About 20 full sized turkeys strutting down the 1000 block of Stannage Ave in Albany at about 5:00 PM last night, and a smaller group in the 1100 block at 8:00 AM today.  On same bike ride to No. Berkeley Bart this morning on Virginia St near Chestnut saw two cooper's (?) hawks briefly perched on the top of a telephone pole.

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Brants & Horned Grebes, Emeryville

scfloyd2000
 

This morning I tried a second time for the Brants, arriving at 7:15 just a half hour past high tide. I parked by the bay between the Emery Cove sign and the fire department. Stepped out of the car, looked over the iceplant and rocks into the bay, and there they were: two beautiful, small Brant. A little group of about eight Horned Grebes are also here aling with ten American Wigeon and many Willets, Godwits, and Dunlin,

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Harris's Sparrow continues at HRS

katherine francone
 

The Harris's Sparrow was still present at noon today in the treesto the left of the main walkway where it has been reported in the last week.  Denise Wight and I observed the bird for 15 minutes or so before it flew off into an area East of the main walkway.  I was therefor an additional 45 minutes but did not see the bird again.
Good Birding
Kathy FranconePt. Richmond


Mt. Trashmore Longspurs

Bob Dunn <bdisme51@...>
 

This morning on Mt Trashmore at the Hayward Shoreline at the west end of West Winton Av. in Hayward there were two Lapland Longspurs.

Bob Dunn
San Leandro


Re: tufted duck images

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

Images from Apr 2, 2011 to Jan 27, 2012 of the tufted duck at Lake Merritt (including some close ups):

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p493517414

This drake seems to start the winter over near the island or in the NE arm, but later gets much closer to shore
near the dome/cage, feeding with other scaups.

Allen Hirsch
Oakland

On Nov 5, 2012, at 9:23 PM, Mark Rauzon <mjrauz@aol.com> wrote:


Thanks Everybody for the flow of dates. Broadly summarizing the input, Tufted Duck has been reported 21 out of the last 36 years, each winter from 1976-1979, 1987, 1994, 1997-2001, 2003-2012. Mostly single males from Lake Merritt, and they while they can live to be 45 years, more than one individual male has been involved, but 76-79 was the same individual and 2003? or 2005, to 2012 was also likely the same male. And many of us got it as a "lifer." Lucky we live in the Bay Area.

Bird on!

Mark Rauzon
Oakland

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tufted duck summary

Mark Rauzon
 

Thanks Everybody for the flow of dates. Broadly summarizing the input, Tufted Duck has been reported 21 out of the last 36 years, each winter from 1976-1979, 1987, 1994, 1997-2001, 2003-2012. Mostly single males from Lake Merritt, and they while they can live to be 45 years, more than one individual male has been involved, but 76-79 was the same individual and 2003? or 2005, to 2012 was also likely the same male. And many of us got it as a "lifer." Lucky we live in the Bay Area.



Bird on!


Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Niles Canyon/Alameda Creek (11/5) - Hooded Merganser, RB Sapsucker

Jerry Ting
 

This (11/5) afternoon I birded Alameda Creek Trail at Niles from the small dam to the old Niles Bridge. Hightlights include:

Hooded Merganser (1) - male (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/8159840002/in/photostream)
Common Merganser (3) - all female
Belted Kingfisher (1) - male (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/8159789971/in/photostream)
Red-breasted Sapsucker (1)
Acorn Woodpecker (1)
Eurasin Collared-Dove (4) - (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/8159780703/in/photostream)

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont


Re: Harris's Sparrow continues at HRS 11.5.12

Martha Morrow
 

Monday, 11/5/12 4:45pm

The Harris's sparrow was seen well in the same area as reported yesterday by others -- near the dirt mounds just inside the entrance gate to the landfill area, adjacent to the corrugated bridge. It was feeding on the dirt ground in a large group of other Zonotrichia sparrows.
This area is to the west of the path just by the south border of the power station.

Marty Morrow
San Leandro


Lake Merritt Tufted Duck

Lee Aurich
 

From the 2011-2012 season, a close-up photo of the Tufted Duck from March 23: http://aurich.com/Email/Ducks/_MG_0984.jpg

Lee
http://aurich.com/photos


Brant Continues Emeryville

jchiropolos <jchiropolos@...>
 

For all the county listers out there, one brant has been present the last week by the Emeryville Fire department building off Powell Street. Look for it with the wigeon flock. High tide seems to be the best time as the brant typically moves somewhere unknown during low tide. Good luck!

Jim


Pt. Emery

ggabirder
 

I found a single surf bird at Pt. Emery this morning at 8:30.

Pt. Emery is just off the frontage road north of Powell Street, Emeryville.

Good Birding ! 

John Poole



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Spotted Sandpiper at Albany Bulb

bkristal@prodigy.net <bkristal@...>
 

I spotted a Spotted Sandpiper at Albany Bulb about 1 pm on 11/4. It was a first for me at the bulb. As it flew over the water before landing, it reminded me of a swift. It has a very distinctive flight pattern.

I haven't spotted any Eurasian Wigeons yet at the bulb. As soon as I see one, I will post it.


Hayward Shoreline - Lapland Longspur

stracey53
 

After seeing recent posts of Chestnut-collared Longspur on Mt. Trashmore, I visited Mt. T. both Saturday and Sunday mornings early but had no luck. After completing an errand late sunday morning, i returned just after noon and after 1 hour of searching, found a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR by the west end of the second drainage channel. A lot of effort for the "wrong" longspur but still rewarding...

Steve Tracey


Re: Tufted Duck(s) at Lake Merritt, Oakland

John Harris
 

In 2005, a male Tufted Duck was seen during the Oakland CBC at Berkeley Aquatic Park.
John Harris

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From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dave Quady [davequady@att.net]
Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2012 7:19 PM
To: East Bay Birds
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tufted Duck(s) at Lake Merritt, Oakland



EBBers:

To add to the historical records, starting with Glen Tepke's sighting in 2005, which (I believe) begins the series of sightings in consecutive years through this year that's been posted to date . . .

The Oakland CBC recorded a Tufted Duck on count day in 1994, but not on count day or during count week in 1995 or 1996. But one was found during the count period every year from 1997 through 2004 (and beyond) except for 2002.

My money's on more than one individual being involved . . . the CBC recorded 2 birds in 2004, and there were two -- a male and a female -- present last winter. I wonder how many female Tufted Ducks have been overlooked through the years.

Lake Merritt furnished my lifer, too: in early December, 1978. The Oakland CBC recorded one in 1977, but none afterward, until 1994.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@att.net<mailto:davequady%40att.net>





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Golden Eagle Saturday, Nov.3, Fernandez Ranch (Mike Hall)

Mike Hall
 

Juvenile (first-year) Golden Eagle with large bright white underwing patches and tail base, spotted at 1:30pm from junction of Windmill Trail with Woodrat Trail (Bay Area Ridge Trail). It soared southward directly over us, filling the binocular field. Since this park is only a few miles north of Briones, this may have been one of the two birds reported there on the following day.

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