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Bonaparte's Gulls in Contra Costa

katherine francone
 

Yesterday, November 12th there were two adult Bonaparte's Gulls at the West CountyWaste Management facility located at the Pittsburg exit off the Richmond Parkway.They were in the middle pond just south of the buildings.   Good Birding.
Kathy Francone
Pt. Richmond

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Coyote Hills - Barn Owl

DD
 

Barn Owl made 3rd appearance today since Sunday. The Bird is always on time, around 5PM and it's there. It fly's around the field by the main entrance on the right side. The photo is Geo-tagged for the Location.

Here are some pictures
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/8183849755/in/photostream

Davor Desancic
Fremont


Palm Warbler in Berkeley

Aaron Maizlish
 

On my lunch hour, around 12:30 went for a short walk at Berkeley Meadows.
Though relatively quiet, on the main path that goes south from the Virginia
Street Extension, I had excellent views of a Western PALM WARBLER. The
bird was in with about 1/2 dozen Yellow-rumped - and was perched on the
fence. This is next to the vernal pools to the west of the path, which are
bone dry at the moment.

Also among the White-crowned, Song, and Savannah Sparrows were at least two
LINCOLN SPARROWS - around the dry pools. This is generally a reliable
place for Savannah Sparrows.

Two photos of the Palm on my flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/amaizlish/8183441619/in/photostream

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco/Emeryville


Re: Kinglet Irruption?

Doug Henderson
 

I walked around Briones Reservoir on Veteran's Day and saw a ton of Ruby-crowned, probably more than 100 over the course of the day.
 
Also at Briones: Eight Ring-necked Ducks and two adult Bald Eagles.
 
Doug Henderson
Alameda

--- On Mon, 11/12/12, Steve Hutchcraft <steve.hutchcraft@comcast.net> wrote:


From: Steve Hutchcraft <steve.hutchcraft@comcast.net>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Kinglet Irruption?
To: "EBB_Sightings" <EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Monday, November 12, 2012, 10:55 AM



 



Birders,

Has anybody else seen a lot more kinglets this season? I seem to always have several Ruby-crowned Kinglets in the yard and yesterday I had a Golden-crowned. Normally only a handful of Rubies during the season and maybe only one Golden every few years. . . .

Best,

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA


Mute Swans and Mallard Reservoir

Steve Glover
 

Hi all,
Just a historical note on the Mute Swans. Those birds have been present in that area since at least as far back as the mid-1990s. The birds are usually present out on the Naval Weapons Station and thus not visible from any public roads, but on some CBCs (the only time we had access to the reservoir without looking through the fence) a few would be on the actual reservoir. 
Many good birds have been found on the reservoir (Tufted Duck on several occasions, Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe, etc) but the overall number of ducks had declined for years up until the time I moved away in 2009. Some suggested it was due to turbidity. I remember many counts in the 1990s when Bob Richmond and I would do nothing but scope through rafts of ducks for hours at a time and still not be positive we had seen everything. The national high count of Northern Shoveler came from there several times, with counts of over 20,000 birds! By the mid-2000s we would be lucky to get a few thousand. 
Steve GloverFort Worth, TX

--- On Tue, 11/13/12, tracy_farrington <tracy_farrington@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: tracy_farrington <tracy_farrington@yahoo.com>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Thayer's Gulls, Mallard Reservoir
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 12:20 PM
















 









Went to Mallard Reservoir in search of the Mute Swan reported by Albert Linkowski but had no luck. I did, however, identify four THAYER'S GULLS mingling with numerous Ring-billed gulls on the exposed mud flat at the west edge of the water as seen through the fence on Bates Ave. That was about 11:30am, today.



Good birding,

Tracy Farrington

Walnut Creek



























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Fremont Central Park -- SNOW GOOSE and other geese

John Cant 793-5216
 

On the soccer fields this morning there was one adult SNOW GOOSE, 2 GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, 3 ALEUTIAN CACKLING GEESE.



On November 10 -- 4 Aleutian Cackling



On November 6 -- 1 Greater White-fronted and 7 Aleutian Cackling


Thayer's Gulls, Mallard Reservoir

tracy_farrington
 

Went to Mallard Reservoir in search of the Mute Swan reported by Albert Linkowski but had no luck. I did, however, identify four THAYER'S GULLS mingling with numerous Ring-billed gulls on the exposed mud flat at the west edge of the water as seen through the fence on Bates Ave. That was about 11:30am, today.

Good birding,
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek


Palm Warbler found at Pacific Commons Linear Park

richard s. cimino
 

Posting the following sighting for Susan Steele:

Richard as I can't seem to post to EBB if you could pass on to the group
that I had a palm wabler at Pacific Commons linear park this morning. I
would appreciate it
I did not find the wt sparrow grackles or tricolred blackbirds. Susan
rich cimino
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Re: Aleutian Geese

John Cant 793-5216
 

Those geese are interesting. The far left bird to which Mark refers,
appears to me to have the typical Aleutian head and bill shape. The murky
transition between neck stocking and chest make me think of a small
first-year, but why it has a faint collar so early is beyond me. Typically,
immature Aleutian develop the collar and gular stripe December-February. I
have recently seen a bird in Fremont's Central Park very similar to this
apparent precocious kid.



John Cant

Fremont



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From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Mark Rauzon
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 7:13 PM
To: ebb_sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Blue berry birds and Aleutian Geese





Western Bluebirds have found my neighborhood in the Oakland lower hills
where Chinese Pistacia street trees are loaded with pink and blue berries
(and birds).

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h4b40351e#h4b40351e

Also at Hayward Shoreline, as Noah Arthur pointed out, various Cackling
geese are present. Here is a photo of Aleutian Canada Geese and another
variety lacking the white neck collar and having a shorter neck.

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h4b40351e#h4b4769fc

I can remember when the Aleutians were an endangered subspecies. Thanks to
the Alaskan Maritime National Wildlife Refuge folks for eradicating
introduced foxes, we have then as common as their giant relatives, not to
mention all the seabirds that have been produced. It's one of the greatest
untold conservation stories of the 20th century.

Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Blue berry birds and Aleutian Geese

Mark Rauzon
 

Western Bluebirds have found my neighborhood in the Oakland lower hills where Chinese Pistacia street trees are loaded with pink and blue berries (and birds).


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h4b40351e#h4b40351e


Also at Hayward Shoreline, as Noah Arthur pointed out, various Cackling geese are present. Here is a photo of Aleutian Canada Geese and another variety lacking the white neck collar and having a shorter neck.


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h4b40351e#h4b4769fc


I can remember when the Aleutians were an endangered subspecies. Thanks to the Alaskan Maritime National Wildlife Refuge folks for eradicating introduced foxes, we have then as common as their giant relatives, not to mention all the seabirds that have been produced. It's one of the greatest untold conservation stories of the 20th century.





Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Livermore Raptors

richard s. cimino
 

Hi All,
If you haven't notice I typed "Retail" instead of Red-tail Hawk in the
last posting.
I guess that was a Freudian slip because of all the traffic and lost of
birding habitat for the new " Out Let Mall " recently open along Hwy 580
one exit before Airport Blvd.
For retail shopping experience exit on El Charo Rd.
For Red Tail Hawks experience exit on Airport Blvd.
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton


Hayward Shoreline 11/12

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

This morning I first visited Mt. Trashmore, which was hopping with various open field songbirds. The mat of cut grass that was present earlier this fall has mostly disintegrated with the recent rains. Among the pipits and larks was the female LAPLAND LONGSPUR, who allowed close approach along the edge of the first (northernmost) concrete channel. The male was nowhere to be seen. CACKLING GEESE have returned to Trashmore in force, outnumbering CANADA GEESE! There seemed to be at lest two, probably three, different forms of Cackling present.
 
Frank's Dump had huge numbers of shorebirds, including two RUDDY TURNSTONES, a BLACK TURNSTONE, and a few not red RED KNOTS. An interesting black-legged peep was with the Leasts on the north side of Frank's, probably a Western but looking a little short-billed and fat-bodied. A 30-minute search of Grant Avenue revealed no Harris's, but I was told that it had been seen earlier.
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland

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Livermore Raptors

richard s. cimino
 

Observed in Livermore on Doolan Canyon Rd..
Direction are Hwy 580 east to Airport Blvd. exit then turn left go north
over the Hwy 580 to North Canyon Parkway turn left follow to Doolan
Canyon Rd. turn right on to Doolan Canyon Rd.
The end of the Doolan Canyon Rd will be the entrance to The Doolan
Canyon East Bay regional Park some day.

29 Retail Hawks kitting and loafing in a thermal above the dry warm hills.

1 Golden Eagle in the same thermal

1 American Kestrel in the same thermal

1 Loggerhead Shrike on a fence post.

Enjoy the good weather,
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton


Kinglet Irruption?

photohutch
 

Birders,

Has anybody else seen a lot more kinglets this season? I seem to always have several Ruby-crowned Kinglets in the yard and yesterday I had a Golden-crowned. Normally only a handful of Rubies during the season and maybe only one Golden every few years. . . .

Best,

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA


Re: Merlin at Arrowhead Marsh

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

My merlin images from yesterday morning at Arrowhead Marsh:

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p55171741

Allen Hirsch
Oakland


On Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM, George A Suennen <george@jorj7.com> wrote:

**


Hello All,

Had a good bird day. Went with Allen H. to Arrowhead Marsh this morning.
We were greeted at the entrance to the parking lot by a Merlin sitting in a
tree. At first I thought it was a Cooper's Hawk, but Allen noticed the
facial
markings were more like a Kestrel. Another gentlemen came along with a
bird book and Identified it as a Merlin. It was very cooperative, and
let us
take photos from several angles.

Also saw a couple of Sora, Clapper Rail, Common Yellowthroats, Marsh Wren,
many Brown Pelicans, Western Grebes, and a few ducks among other birds.

I put up some photos at:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121111-Arrowhead-Marsh

Regards,

George
http://birds.jorj7.com



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Re: Harris' Sparrow continues at Grant Ave.

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

Harris's sparrow images:

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p88253358

The Harris's was located almost as soon as George Suennen & I arrived
yesterday mid-day - but only gave us looks on the fence and on the
pavement, then disappeared. (The first image in my folder of it in a tree
was from Nov 3, the rest are from yesterday).

Allen Hirsch
Oakland


On Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:19 PM, <cdlou37@comcast.net> wrote:

**


Hi ALL,

THE HARRIS'S SPARROW was seen by Francis Toldi and myself at about 245pm.
It perched in the
a small trees along the fence line, just beyond the 'gate' to the landfill
area.

Calvin Lou
SF



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Chabot RP

Glen Tepke
 

An amble up the MacDonald and Bird Trails in Chabot Regional Park today turned up several VARIED THRUSHES and a few GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS along with good numbers of more common species. The MacDonald Trail is accessed from the MacDonald Staging Area on Redwood Road about 1.8 miles east of its intersection with Skyline Boulevard in Oakland. The Bird Trail, which is somewhat overgrown in spots, is a short loop off the MacDonald Trail near its start. Park map is here:

http://www.ebparks.org/Assets/files/AChabot_LChabot_map_8-5-11_p1.pdf

Good birding,

Glen Tepke
Oakland
g.tepke (at) comcast (dot) net
www.pbase.com/gtepke


Merlin at Arrowhead Marsh

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

Had a good bird day. Went with Allen H. to Arrowhead Marsh this morning.
We were greeted at the entrance to the parking lot by a Merlin sitting in a
tree. At first I thought it was a Cooper's Hawk, but Allen noticed the facial
markings were more like a Kestrel. Another gentlemen came along with a
bird book and Identified it as a Merlin. It was very cooperative, and let us
take photos from several angles.

Also saw a couple of Sora, Clapper Rail, Common Yellowthroats, Marsh Wren,
many Brown Pelicans, Western Grebes, and a few ducks among other birds.

I put up some photos at:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/121111-Arrowhead-Marsh

Regards,

George
http://birds.jorj7.com


Coyote Hills - Bonaparte's Gulls

DD
 

I birded Coyote Hills by No Name Trail where the Pump House is and found these birds this morning.

Bonaparte's Gull picture can be seen here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/8176525573/in/photostream

Mallard X
Northern Shoveler X
Northern Pintail X
Greater Scaup X
Common Goldeneye X
Eared Grebe X
Western Grebe X
Brown Pelican X
Great Blue Heron X
Great Egret X
Snowy Egret X
Turkey Vulture X
White-tailed Kite X
Northern Harrier X
Sharp-shinned Hawk X
American Coot X
Black-necked Stilt X
American Avocet X
Greater Yellowlegs X
Western Sandpiper X
Least Sandpiper X
Dunlin X
Ring-billed Gull X
Western Gull X
California Gull X
Herring Gull X
Forster's Tern X
Rock Pigeon X
American Kestrel X
Black Phoebe X
Say's Phoebe X
Western Scrub-Jay X
American Crow X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
California Towhee X
Savannah Sparrow X
Lincoln's Sparrow X
White-crowned Sparrow X
Golden-crowned Sparrow X
House Finch X

Davor Desancic
Fremont


White-fronted geese in Alameda

Doug Henderson
 

On Saturday there were two Greater White Fronted Geese hanging out with the usual gang of Canadas on the lawn near the Crab Cove Visitor Center in Alameda. I had seen them Friday on Alameda Point (former Naval Air Station) near the soccer field on W. Hornet Ave.

Doug Henderson
Alameda

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