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Pigeon Guillemot at Berkeley Pier

Nel Benningshof
 

My husband and I spotted at least one, may be more, Pigeon Guillemots from the Berkeley Pier. This was between 9:30 and 10:00 am this morning.

Nel Benningshof


Indigo and Lazuli Bunting at Claremont Canyon this morning

zachary.baer2
 

Hi everyone, I finally made it over to the Indigo Bunting at Claremont
Canyon this morning with Eric Pilotte. We initially had some difficulty
finding the right area to look for the bird but eventually made our way
down the fire trail to the correct spot. The first bunting that we
actually had at the spot was a female Lazuli Bunting (pale face,
stronger wing-bars then female indigo, no streaking on the breast). She
was foraging in the grass near the trail. After about 15 minutes the
male Indigo Bunting appeared in the grass and started foraging with the
female. The male then flew back to one of the far trees and sang a few
times before flying back out of sight. The male Indigo Bunting appears
to be an ASY with no signs of gray in the body or buff/brown edges to
the coverts. I have one decent photo that I will upload later tonight
of the male, sadly I could not get any photos of the female.
Good Birding,
Zach BaerBerkeley, CA


Hayward Shoreline Sat Jun 12

kathy jarrett
 

GGAS bicycle trip, Sat June 12. 28 species was pretty good for an exceptionally windy warm day. We battled the wind almost all the way, both bicycling out to the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center from San Leandro's Marina Park and back. Species normally seen on this trip were absent, some of which would be attributed to the time of the year. We were surprised to find a large group of Black-bellied plovers and some Willets just north of Johnson's Landing (near the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center) and pleased to see a large rookery of Forster's Terns on an island in the marsh nearby. Avocets and stilts were actively feeding in the bay at low tide and moving into the marshes later. The male Ruddy duck was brilliantly ruddy with a blue bill and accompanied by two females. We saw at least one juvenile stilt and a family of Canada Geese. It was the first time we had seen crabs in the pond off the deck of the Interpretive Center, which might explain a
lot of the Forster's Terns nearby.
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Canada Goose
Mallard
Greater Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Willet
Ring-billed Gull
Western Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon (I)
Mourning Dove
Black Phoebe
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
American Crow
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling (I)
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
House Sparrow (I)


Indigo Bunting

Travis Hails
 

Today, Sunday, @2PM I located the male Indigo Bunting at location #2, the single live oak.  He was not singing at all in the hour I was there.
 
The female bunting was not seen
 
Travis Hails




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Lake del Valle

Steve Huckabone <shuckabone@...>
 

This morning I found a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher's along Camp Trail at the south end of Lake del Valle.
Also of note was a singing Pacific-slope Flycatcher near the Cedar Group Camp.
Good birding.

Steve Huckabone
Livermore, CA
Alameda County


Re: Indigo Bunting in Berkeley/north Oakland

Bob Brandriff
 

Hi East Bay Birders:

The male INDIGO BUNTING continued yesterday, mostly in the trees
between the fire road and the narrow trail. Barbara and I observed it
from 9:30 - 10am. Only got one fleeting view of the female bunting.

Good birding,

Bob Brandriff
Berkeley, CA

On Thu, Jun 10, 2010 at 3:54 PM, Dave Quady <davequady@att.net> wrote:
Birders:

The male INDIGO BUNTING was still present at 3 pm this afternoon,
singing from the trees that Kay described below as the 2nd and 3rd
locations to look for it.

A couple of hints for folks who, like me, aren't very familiar with
the top of Panoramic Way.  Parking is VERY limited, so begin to look
for a parking place once you pass the mail box for #777, or reach the
Panoramic Place intersection.  Once parked, walk up Panoramic Way to
the wooden gate that blocks the driveway into #999.  There, walk
through the open gateway alongside that gate, and continue up the
driveway until you reach the top of the hill, where the paved path
that Kay described will be obvious (it turns off the right (south)
side of the driveway just before a sharp curve that leads to a second
wooden gate).

Thanks to Erica, John, and Kay for finding, identifying, and
publicizing this fine bird.

Good luck finding it!

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@att.net


Grasshopper Sparrow, Las Trampas

SteveLombardi <hot-rock@...>
 

Friday, Las Trampas Wilderness, San Ramon
along the paved access road to the communications tower on the ridge (starts from the last parking lot at the end of Bollinger Cyn. Rd):

Grasshopper Sparrow, Lark Sparrows, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and Lazuli Buntings.

Also, many of the other usual suspects.

Turkey Vulture
Red-tailed Hawk, carrying nesting material
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Oak Titmouse
Bewick's Wren
Western Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
California Towhee, singing and carrying nesting material
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Lazuli Bunting
Lesser Goldfinch


Re: Bunting female

Jay
 

Apparently hybrid Indigo/Lazuli do exist. If this female isn't one, maybe they can produce one ;)

--- On Fri, 6/11/10, Douglas Vaughan <vaughan4@mindspring.com> wrote:

From: Douglas Vaughan <vaughan4@mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Bunting female
To: "EBB Sightings" <EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Cc: "Douglas Vaughan" <vaughan4@mindspring.com>
Date: Friday, June 11, 2010, 3:15 PM
The buntings were still out in the
Bay Area version of "heat of the 
day" (c. 1:30). They were on both sides of the main trail
(I wouldn't 
call it "paved") that begins near the end of the driveway
described by 
Dave Quady. They were in the vicinity of the single-track
spur that 
branches to the right.

I saw the female well and was struck by the distinct
wingbars, though 
at the time, I didn't know the important differences
between Indigo 
and Lazuli. The breast also appeared unstreaked.

But I too vote for photos.

Nearby was a perched and cooperative Red-shouldered Hawk
and Pygmy 
Nuthatches.

Doug Vaughan
Berkeley

On Jun 11, 2010, at 11:21 AM, Kay Loughman wrote:

I really hope someone will get photos of the female,
so we can 
ascertain
the true identity!

Kay Loughman
Berkeley

Jack Hayden wrote:


I saw the Indigo Bunting early, around 6:30. The
female bunting was
mainly in the grass between the trees and was
locatable by its quick
'bwit' call. Occasionally the male would fly down
into the grass as
well, making the same call. I wasn't convinced
the female was an
Indigo and the noticeable wingbars caused me to
consider Lazuli, 
and I
would think that more probable in any case. It
wasn't easy to view
however,

Also in the area were a Hutton's Vireo and
California Thrasher.

Jack
Albany






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Re: Bunting female

Douglas Vaughan
 

The buntings were still out in the Bay Area version of "heat of the
day" (c. 1:30). They were on both sides of the main trail (I wouldn't
call it "paved") that begins near the end of the driveway described by
Dave Quady. They were in the vicinity of the single-track spur that
branches to the right.

I saw the female well and was struck by the distinct wingbars, though
at the time, I didn't know the important differences between Indigo
and Lazuli. The breast also appeared unstreaked.

But I too vote for photos.

Nearby was a perched and cooperative Red-shouldered Hawk and Pygmy
Nuthatches.

Doug Vaughan
Berkeley

On Jun 11, 2010, at 11:21 AM, Kay Loughman wrote:

I really hope someone will get photos of the female, so we can
ascertain
the true identity!

Kay Loughman
Berkeley

Jack Hayden wrote:


I saw the Indigo Bunting early, around 6:30. The female bunting was
mainly in the grass between the trees and was locatable by its quick
'bwit' call. Occasionally the male would fly down into the grass as
well, making the same call. I wasn't convinced the female was an
Indigo and the noticeable wingbars caused me to consider Lazuli,
and I
would think that more probable in any case. It wasn't easy to view
however,

Also in the area were a Hutton's Vireo and California Thrasher.

Jack
Albany


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RE female Bunting

judisierra
 

I too noticed the wing bars, so I'll take back the sighting as a female Indigo. Although I didn't see whether it had chest streaking or not.

Judi Sierra- Oakland


Indigo Bunting

peter dramer
 

The Indigo Bunting was perched openly in the Bay Tree and calling loudly at 10:20 am today, Friday. It went silent and invisible for 20 minutes before again perching while calling loudly. If this bird is anywhere in the vicinity you will hear it.

CAUTION: The hike up the trail from Stonewall Road is steep and slippery. It is best to drive to the end of Panoramic Way.

The best parking is at the intersection of Panoramic Way / Panoramic Place. Walk to the end of Panoramic Way ( mailbox #999). Take the pedestrian pass around the right side of the ornate wooden gate. Follow the paved drive/fire road (succulent and cactus garden will be on the left side) until the pavement ends (<1/4 mile). Follow the dirt fire road 100 yds. and take the first dirt walking trail to the right 30 yds. The bird was in the lone Bay Tree on the right.

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Bunting female

Kay Loughman
 

I really hope someone will get photos of the female, so we can ascertain the true identity!

Kay Loughman
Berkeley

Jack Hayden wrote:



I saw the Indigo Bunting early, around 6:30. The female bunting was
mainly in the grass between the trees and was locatable by its quick
'bwit' call. Occasionally the male would fly down into the grass as
well, making the same call. I wasn't convinced the female was an
Indigo and the noticeable wingbars caused me to consider Lazuli, and I
would think that more probable in any case. It wasn't easy to view
however,

Also in the area were a Hutton's Vireo and California Thrasher.

Jack
Albany


Re: ++Indigo+Buntings+continue

hoggsville
 

I saw the Indigo Bunting early, around 6:30. The female bunting was
mainly in the grass between the trees and was locatable by its quick
'bwit' call. Occasionally the male would fly down into the grass as
well, making the same call. I wasn't convinced the female was an
Indigo and the noticeable wingbars caused me to consider Lazuli, and I
would think that more probable in any case. It wasn't easy to view
however,

Also in the area were a Hutton's Vireo and California Thrasher.

Jack
Albany


Re: Indigo Buntings continue

Jay
 

The male Indigo Bunting continues as of 10AM. He stuck to the bay tree while I was there, singing constantly. Not only beautiful, but graceful in his movements. I did not see the female.

Thanks to Kay, et al for the info and excellent directions.


Jay Dodge
Berkeley
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-----Original Message-----
From: Judi Sierra <judisierra@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2010 09:33:49
To: <EBB_sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Indigo Buntings continue

The male and female Indigo Buntings were present this morning 7:30 in the previously described spot in Claremont Cyn Preserve. The female was closely following the male from tree to tree. Note there are 2-3 spaces to park near the EBMUD storage tank on Panormic Pl near the junction with Panoramic Way although you may have to back out up the road to get out. This is closer than 777 Panoramic Way. It is near the Strawberry Cyn fire Trail (Jordan trail) top of the connecter.

During my travels on Panoramic at 567 I was saddened to see a red Fox kit on the road who appeared to have an injured front paw. Wary of rabies I did manage to get it to move to a gully hole on the edge of the road.


Fox correction

judisierra
 

Guess that's red fox pup and not kit.


Indigo Buntings continue

judisierra
 

The male and female Indigo Buntings were present this morning 7:30 in the previously described spot in Claremont Cyn Preserve. The female was closely following the male from tree to tree. Note there are 2-3 spaces to park near the EBMUD storage tank on Panormic Pl near the junction with Panoramic Way although you may have to back out up the road to get out. This is closer than 777 Panoramic Way. It is near the Strawberry Cyn fire Trail (Jordan trail) top of the connecter.

During my travels on Panoramic at 567 I was saddened to see a red Fox kit on the road who appeared to have an injured front paw. Wary of rabies I did manage to get it to move to a gully hole on the edge of the road.


Swainson's Hawks in Tracy

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

I'm not sure if Tracy is in the EBB area, but it's certainly close. This afternoon I saw at least 200 Swainson's Hawks in a freshly plowed field along 11th St. just west of Bird Ave. in Tracy. They were mostly juveniles apparently feeding on insects in the field. A little earlier I had seen several adults in the same vicinity. There were more of the hawks in fields a little west of this big concentration. No telling where they will be tomorrow. Does anyone know if this is a little early for these sort of large groups?

Tony Brake
Berkeley


Indigo Bunting in Berkeley/north Oakland

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Birders:

The male INDIGO BUNTING was still present at 3 pm this afternoon, singing from the trees that Kay described below as the 2nd and 3rd locations to look for it.

A couple of hints for folks who, like me, aren't very familiar with the top of Panoramic Way. Parking is VERY limited, so begin to look for a parking place once you pass the mail box for #777, or reach the Panoramic Place intersection. Once parked, walk up Panoramic Way to the wooden gate that blocks the driveway into #999. There, walk through the open gateway alongside that gate, and continue up the driveway until you reach the top of the hill, where the paved path that Kay described will be obvious (it turns off the right (south) side of the driveway just before a sharp curve that leads to a second wooden gate).

Thanks to Erica, John, and Kay for finding, identifying, and publicizing this fine bird.

Good luck finding it!

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@att.net



Begin forwarded message:

From: Kay Loughman <kayloughman@earthlink.net>
Date: June 10, 2010 12:02:29 PM PDT
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Indigo Bunting in Berkeley/north Oakland

Yesterday afternoon (6/09/10) a male INDIGO BUNTING was found by Erica
Rutherford and John Colbert on the Ridge Trail in the Claremont Canyon
Regional Preserve on the Berkeley/Oakland border. The bird was re- found
this morning by Erica and me - pictures are available. Both yesterday
and today we believe a female was also present.

The male was singing vigorously, from the tops of live oak and bay
trees. The presumed female was seen in grass, near French broom and
Italian thistle.

Two ways to find this bird:

Hike up the steep fireroad from Stonewall Rd, just behind the Claremont
Hotel on the Berkeley/Oakland border, or

Drive to the end of Panoramic Way in Berkeley, park and walk the paved
path to the east.

About 100 yds beyond the end of the pavement the dirt fireroad goes
straight (east), and a narrower dirt trail loops to the right (south).
Take this narrower trail. About 20 yds south of the trail is a lone bay
tree (1st location to look); east of the bay tree is a lone live oak
(2nd location to look); further east still on the north side of the
trail - but still south of the fireroad - are two or three more live oak
trees (3rd place to look).

Kay Loughman
in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border
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Bluebird nest failure

Kay Loughman
 

An acquaintance with two bluebird nest boxes near the top of Claremont Canyon (on the Oakland/Berkeley border) has found dead baby birds in one of the boxes. The second box has a viable (so far) nest. Last year he found dead babies in both boxes. But in previous years both boxes have fledged birds. I know he is careful about cleaning the boxes after the nesting season, so am at a loss to know what the problem is now. Is there anyone around who really knows about bluebirds and bluebird boxes who could advise him?

Your help appreciated!

Kay Loughman


Indigo Bunting - directions/map

Kay Loughman
 

Apologies to all for the Google map link showing the location of the Indigo Bunting. The link is essentially useless. I've made a better map - contact me if you'd like me to send it to you. I also tried to post it to the "Photos" section for this group; but got error messages, so it's not there now.

Kay Loughman

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