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Cormorant Flotilla - Cesar Chavez

ccoon.wildwood5@att.net <ccoon.wildwood5@...>
 

Just thought I would report an interesting sighting -

We were at Cesar Chavez at noon (22nd) when a large group of Double-Crested Cormorants congregated in the "bay" between Cesar Chavez and Tom Bates Soccer Fields.

Probably 400 - 500 Double-Crested Cormorants grouped in a large flotilla - just "loafing" - no diving.

I believe they were previously "fishing" in the area south of the Albany Bulb.

There were also 15 - 20 Brown Pelicans in the area (who quickly dispersed) along with gulls and Scaup.

The cormorants were in the area around 45 minutes and then left in groups of 30 - 50 flying out into the bay towards Brooks Island.

I have never seen so many cormorants in one group.

One Burrowing Owl at NE corner of Cesar Chavez and one west of the soccer fields.

Also, found a Spotted Sandpiper "on the rocks" in the SW corner of the "bay" (low tide).

Robert Coon

Meadowlarks back at the Albany Plateau

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

I stopped by the Albany Mudflats hoping to see the Osprey and Peregrine again, but they
were a no show. I did see a small group of Western Meadowlarks on the Plateau, inside
the fenced off area. First time I've seen them up there since they "cleaned" up the area
and restricted access a couple of years ago.

http://birds.jorj7.com/2013/130222-Albany-Mudflats/slides/0222-094547-05.html

The Say's Phoebe is still there hanging around the fence at the main entrance to the
plateau.

http://birds.jorj7.com/2013/130222-Albany-Mudflats/slides/0222-094230-02.html

Also saw over a hundred Double-crested Cormorants fly by, a few landed near by
(along with a Brown Pelican), but didn't stay long.

http://birds.jorj7.com/2013/130222-Albany-Mudflats/slides/0222-094406-01.html

Best Regards,
George

Doug Henderson

Doug Henderson
 

Surfbirds at San Leandro

tracy_farrington
 

For those still interested in SURFBIRDS, I observed, today, eleven birds foraging along the rip-rap across the water from the boat slips at the San Leandro Marina. They were mixed within several Willits and about a dozen Black Turnstones.

Bird well,
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek



















the rip-rap on the rip-rap along the north edge of Marina Park in the San Leandro Marina. observed from the he rip-rap

Lafayette - Hooded Mergansers and Wood Duck

Ray Witbeck
 

I took 20 minutes during my lunch break to walk the Lafayette Moraga
Regional Trail along Las Trampas Creek just between the two parking lots
on Olympic Boulevard (Pleasant Hill Road to Reliez Station Road) and was
rewarded with a pair of (always beautiful) HOODED MERGANSERS whom I
escorted up and down the creek, and who met up with a single male WOOD
DUCK for a brief swim. Very active bird life and a quick and easy way to
see these easy-on-the-eyes birds.

Good birding!

Ray Witbeck

Ferry Point (2/20)

Bob Richmond
 

I was here with Eileen yesterday. Near Ferry Point she spotted an American Wigeon x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid. Also a Brant was with the Canada Geese near the pond at Miller-Knox Shoreline.

Bob and Eileen

Red-breasted Mergansers and Purple Finch at Berkeley Aquatic Park

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

Stopped by Berkeley Aquatic Park on the way to work this morning. Saw
three pair of Red-breasted Mergansers on the large pond.

http://birds.jorj7.com/2013/130220-Berkeley-Aquatic-Park/slides/0220-094930-02.html

Then saw a pair of Purple Finch on the east side of the large pond.

http://birds.jorj7.com/2013/130220-Berkeley-Aquatic-Park/slides/0220-104111-01.html

Also saw a lot of dark faced Bushtits, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, Yellow-rumped and
Townsend's Warblers, and even a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

http://birds.jorj7.com/2013/130220-Berkeley-Aquatic-Park/slides/0220-101835-04.html

Must be getting into some pitchy flowers/trees...

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

Yet another Herring run - This time at Pt. Molate

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

Sorry, my previous post seemed to have appeared in HTML text. Here is a plain text version:


I visited Pt. Molate this afternoon and was surprised to see large
groups of gulls along the rocky shores. There three main concentrations of gulls. The first group was at a not easily accessible spot near the first pier when driving north along Western Dr. The second group was just south of the Second pier and easily viewable, with a convenient turnout. The largest group was beyond the second pier towards the East Brother lighthouse. I didn't have time to study the gulls, but here are a couple of overview photos:
http://tonybrake.smugmug.com/Nature/Point-Richmond-Herring-Run/28017519_3nhGSH#!i=2375069593&k=5FGXJ6p&lb=1&s=A

I talked to one of the security guards who told me the gulls had shown up 3 days ago. For those who haven't had enough gull watching, here is another opportunity.

To reach this area, take I-580 west toward the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Take the last exit (Pt. Molate/Western Dr., Exit 7A). Follow Western Dr. north along the shore and look to the west to spot the gulls.

The gull numbers at Miller-Knox had declined further today. They were absent in the cove east of Ferry Point, but there still quite a few along the Miller-Knox shoreline. We have also observed gulls apparently feeding on herring eggs along Seacliff Dr. and along the docks and shore along Canal Dr. on the way out to the Red Oak Victory ship. Herring boats were fishing in the channel as late as last Thursday.

The herring runs certainly seem to have been more widespread this season than in the past two that we have witnessed. Perhaps we are beginning to see the results of the large spawning events in 2011, since herring only begin to sexually mature at two years.

Tony Brake
Pt. Richmond

Another Herring Run - Pt. Molate this time

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

I visited Pt. Molate this afternoon and was surprised to see large
groups of gulls along the rocky shores. There three main concentrations
of gulls. The first group was at a not easily accessible spot near the
first pier when driving north along Western Dr. The second group was
just south of the Second pier and easily viewable, with a convenient
turnout. The largest group was beyond the second pier towards the East
Brother lighthouse. I didn't have time to study the gulls, but here are
a couple of overview photos: <a
href="http://tonybrake.smugmug.com/Nature/Point-Richmond-Herring-Run/280&#92;
17519_3nhGSH#!i=2375069593&k=5FGXJ6p&lb=1&s=A">Pt. Molate gulls</a> I
talked to one of the security guards who told me the gulls had shown up
3 days ago. For those who haven't had enough gull watching, here is
another opportunity.<br><br>To reach this area, take I-580 west toward
the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Take the last exit (Pt. Molate/Western
Dr., Exit 7A). Follow Western Dr. north along the shore and look to the
west to spot the gulls.<br><br>The gull numbers at Miller-Knox had
declined further today. They were absent in the cove east of Ferry
Point, but there still quite a few along the Miller-Knox shoreline. We
have also observed gulls apparently feeding on herring eggs along
Seacliff Dr. and along the docks and shore along Canal Dr. on the way
out to the Red Oak Victory ship. Herring boats were fishing in the
channel as late as last Thursday.<br><br>The herring runs certainly seem
to have been more widespread this season than in the past two that we
have witnessed. Perhaps we are beginning to see the results of the large
spawning events in 2011, since herring only begin to sexually mature at
two years.<br><br>Tony Brake<br>Pt. Richmond<br><br><br>

Mission Peak - Fremont

DD
 

I went for a hike to Mission Peak this morning and had few good birds. Western Meadowlarks dominated the bird scene they were all over. I was hoping to see a Golden Eagle but nothing, maybe next time.

Rufous-crowned Sparrow gave me best show out of all them. Thanks Sparrow!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/8493000545/in/photostream

California Quail
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
Great Horned Owl
Anna's Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Black Phoebe
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Oak Titmouse
Rock Wren
Bewick's Wren
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Meadowlark

Davor Desancic
Fremont
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/

Re: Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler

Kirk Swenson
 

The Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler was still present in Heritage
Square this afternoon at 4:00. It was at the top of the tall trees in the
South-East corner of the square. Heritage Square is the landscaped office
park on the West side of Hollis Ave. between 59th and 61st Streets. The
main entrance to the square is on Hollis and there's a pedestrian entrance
on 59th.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis <---> San Francisco

On Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 1:19 AM, Kirk Swenson <khswenson@...> wrote:

The Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler was present in Heritage Square
this afternoon at 3:30. It was at the top of the tall trees in the
South-East corner of the square. Heritage Square is the landscaped office
park on the West side of Hollis Ave. between 59th and 61st Streets. The
main entrance to the square is on Hollis and there's a pedestrian entrance
on 59th.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis <---> San Francisco

Taite Darlington

Taite Darlington
 

Re: SPAM

Teri L Wills
 

Hi all,

We had this happen twice and we took all of our contacts out of Yahoo and
now use Outlook.

Teri wills
Martinez

On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 12:54 AM, Amy Dawson <dawson.amy@...>wrote:

**


Tracy & orhers - it is a lot more sinister than just clicking on a lonk
that takes you to some unwanted ads!

YOU must change your password ASAP - by clicking on that link you also
opened access to your email!! You are on yahoo and because of a current
flaw in their program hackers can get into your email, read your emails and
send more of these emails using your account!
It happened to me - and this also applies to all yahoo-based accounts like
AT&T , yahoo etc. This has nothing to do with your computer or any virus
protection you might have - it takes place in the "cloud".

Best !!
Amy on morcom

Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 19, 2013, at 11:58 AM, Tracy Farrington tracy_farrington@...>
wrote:

I received a presumed posting from one Richard Broadwell. Upon opening I
was sent to a series of ads. Mr. Broadwell's current e-mail has been
hijacked
and should definitely be considered spam.

Tracy Farrington


__._,



Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 19, 2013, at 11:58 AM, Tracy Farrington tracy_farrington@...>
wrote:

I received a presumed posting from one Richard Broadwell. Upon opening I
was sent to a series of ads. Mr. Broadwell's current e-mail has been
hijacked
and should definitely be considered spam.

Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek







[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

SPAM

Amy Dawson
 

Tracy & orhers - it is a lot more sinister than just clicking on a lonk that takes you to some unwanted ads!

YOU must change your password ASAP - by clicking on that link you also opened access to your email!! You are on yahoo and because of a current flaw in their program hackers can get into your email, read your emails and send more of these emails using your account!
It happened to me - and this also applies to all yahoo-based accounts like AT&T , yahoo etc. This has nothing to do with your computer or any virus protection you might have - it takes place in the "cloud".

Best !!
Amy on morcom
On Feb 19, 2013, at 11:58 AM, Tracy Farrington <tracy_farrington@...> wrote:

I received a presumed posting from one Richard Broadwell. Upon opening I
was sent to a series of ads. Mr. Broadwell's current e-mail has been hijacked
and should definitely be considered spam.

Tracy Farrington


__._,



On Feb 19, 2013, at 11:58 AM, Tracy Farrington <tracy_farrington@...> wrote:

I received a presumed posting from one Richard Broadwell. Upon opening I
was sent to a series of ads. Mr. Broadwell's current e-mail has been hijacked
and should definitely be considered spam.

Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek



Varied Thrush

blakelock@sbcglobal.net
 

Saw three Varied Thrush today near Jewel Lake in Tilden. They were seen on the main trail to the lake after all the buildings, but before the lake. Also saw some Spotted Towhees and Fox Sparrows, and about a half dozen Hermit Thrush at the lake.

Good Birding,

John Blakelock

Hooded Merganser

Lisa Gorrell
 

I spotted a hooded merganser in Alhambra Creek, next to the Starbucks on
Main Street, Martinez, this morning. He quickly swam under the street
tunnel when he saw me.

Lisa Gorrell

Glaucous x Herring gull, Fremont

John Cant 793-5216
 

Around 10 this morning there was a first cycle Glaucous x Herring hybrid on
the sports field between Carol Ave. and Irvington High School. Also
numerous Glaucous-winged (mostly adults) and a few California gulls were
present.



John Cant

Fremont

Re: do not click on link - this is presumably spam Re: Richard Broadwell

tracy_farrington
 

I received a presumed posting from one Richard Broadwell. Upon opening I
was sent to a series of ads. Mr. Broadwell's current e-mail has been hijacked
and should definitely be considered spam.
 
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek

do not click on link - this is presumably spam Re: Richard Broadwell

David Couch
 

RE: Feb 19 4:19 AM email from Richard Broadwell <broadwell.richard@...>

Do not click on the link in that email.

I suppose somebody is spoofing this member's email and sent the recent email "from" him that contains only a link (which may be dangerous to click on).

Normally I would not bother the group with this warning, as I assume we can all identify as spam an emali that is off topic or contains typical spam language.
But this email lacked the usual suspicous words so I think perhaps some of us might be fooled..

(If it wasn't spam, I assume Richard will write to us and tell us more.)


David Herzstein Couch
1484 7th St
Berkeley, CA 94710
dhCouch@...
510-558-1484 home
510-835-3700 work.

Allen's Hummingbird

Judi Cooper <jandjcooper@...>
 

I have just seen my FOS Allen's Hummingbird at my feeder. Lots of Pine Siskins too.
Judi Cooper
Moraga