West Shore-Lake Chabot

janet ellis

Been to West Shore before but not for birds. So I decided to see what was here.
At the beginning there were the usual
Spotted Towhees, Fox Sparrows, and RC Kinglet, Bushtits and Chickadees.
As I approached the dam, I stopped, listened and heard in the distance the Varied Thrush. The whole trip I kept hearing them but they were out of reach up the hill where there is no trail and lots of Poison Oak. So I had to settle on listening to that nice song that I pointed out to the curious.
I also found a spot for anyone wanting to view or take pictures of some small birds and tired of chasing them across the trees. I provided a map where there is water coming off the hill, under the trail and out a pipe toward the lake. It's dripping is creating a little bird spa. Just standing there I was able to take pictures of Townsend Warbler, Hutton's Vireo, Chickadees and other small birds taking advantage of the water by drinking and bathing in this spot.,-122.113133
I entered from Estudillo into Lake Chabot Park where the West Shore access is.
Heard there is a Bald Eagle across the way but didn't see it. Did see RT Hawk and Osprey.

Janet Ellis
San Leandro

Dry Creek Pioneer(3/19)-Rufous-crowned,Grasshopper Sparrow

Jerry Ting

This (3/19) afternoon I birded the area between Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery and High Ridge Loop Trail in Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park. Highlights are:

Rufous-crowned Sparrow (2) - one seen inside the cemetery where there are lots of wild radish on your left. Another one was seen on the south edge of the sagebrush on the hill beside the High Ridge Loop Trail (pic

Grasshopper Sparrow (1) - also seen on the south edge of the sagebrush on the hill beside the High Ridge Loop Trail (pic

***Parking Alert
Do not park on the street of Tamarack Dr entrance. You will get a ticket!! Park in the May Rd parking lot.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting

Blue-winged Teal, Wilson's Snipe, Great-tailed Grackle at Fremont's Central Pk.

Today (3/19) the pr. of Blue-winged Teal, Wilson's Snipe, male Cinnamon Teal were still at the teensy, shallow pond just west of the "New Marsh" (named years ago) at Central Pk. Yesterday all 3 species were seen there too. Sometimes the Blue-winged Teal spend a lot of time feeding in the open, so the viewing can be great. But that pond may dry up soon. Near the "5 & 1/2 Palms" end of the parking lot we heard what sounded like the chatter of a Bullock's Oriole. But we never found the vocalist. Yesterday I saw a male Great-tailed Grackle at the park & 1 was reported by someone today.

Alice Hoch

Great Horned Owls in Golden Gate Park

Ethan Chickering

Note: Don McLaurin is a fellow City Guide for the Golden Gate Park East End tour.
There are currently two baby great horned owls in the same nest occupied the last two years -- in the big pine right across from the bison paddock. I was told they are about six weeks old. Also, I saw a separate adult GH owl two days ago on Strawberry Hill, directions: cross the roman bridge onto the island, turn right up the carriage track 100 paces, stop and turn left (south) and look all the way up to the tallest pine tree 3/4 of the way up to the high reservoir. This guy was very hard to see, near the top of the tree. I first saw him from the west end of the reservoir above, then found him again from down below as noted in the directions above -- no chicks or nest that I could see however. --Don

Golden Eagle and Lark Sparrows at Sunol.


I hiked from the School Camp parking lot to High Valley Camp at Sunol from 12-3:30 today. There were numerous Varied Thrushes and a couple of Orange-Crowned Warblers at the campground. At the intersection of Hayfield Road and Cave Rocks Trail there were several Lark Sparrows. As I approached, they flew off into a large mostly dead oak on the right side of the trail. There were also Bluebirds and Yellow-Rumped Warblers in the oak. Further up the trail, on the hill just below the windmill, a Golden Eagle cruised passed me at eye level and about 25 feet away.
Complete list:
American Robin
Hermit Thrush
Varied Thrush
Golden Crowned Sparrow
White Crowned Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Northern Mockingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Northern Flicker (Red Shafted)
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Steller's Jay
Scrub Jay
Common Raven
American Crow
Orange Crowned Warbler
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
California Quail
Wild Turkey
Oak Titmouse
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Red Tailed Hawk
Red Shouldered Hawk
American Kestrel
Golden Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Western Bluebird
Chestnut Backed Chickadee
Selasphorus Hummingbird (Female)
Oregon Junco
Mourning Dove
Band Tailed Pigeon

Varied Thrushes continue at Tilden + Virginia Rail!

Jim Scarff

After I waited for the 20 turkeys to move out of the Tilden Environmental
Center parking lot at 8:00am this morning, I set off in search of Varied
Thrush. Over the next two hours, I slowly hiked the upper Packrat Trail to
Jewel Lake and back along the road to the Environmental Center.

In all I saw 12 Varied Thrush - 10 more than I had ever seen there before.
Most were characteristically very shy and quite opposed to being
photographed even from a distance. Finally, the last one paused briefly,
badly backlit against the sky, and I got of a couple of shots.

Quite a few Fox Sparrows, Orange-crowned Warblers singing, one Townsend's
also singing, Kinglets, Wrentits testing their vocal repertoire, Brown
Creepers, Downy Woodpecker, Buffleheads. I think I got a brief glimpse of
the White-throated Sparrow that Janet saw yesterday, and a few Allen's

The real treat for me was looking for Thrushes near the bench at Jewel Lake,
and having a Virginia Rail pop out to cross a muddy patch and dart into the
grasses. (way too quick for a photo)

A couple of photos of the Thrush here:

Lake Elizabeth - White Pelican, Common Gallinule, Green Heron and Pine Siskin

George A Suennen

Hello All,

Stopped by Lake Elizabeth in Fremont yesterday afternoon. I took a few photos
of a White Pelican coming in for a landing:

When I got home I noticed there was a Common Gallinule on the island with all the
Egrets (in breeding plumage) and Night Herons.

Went next door to Stivers Lagoon and found a Green Heron in the creek:

Also saw some Pine Siskins in with the Goldfinches, Chickadees, Warblers (Yellow-
rumped and Orange-crowned).

Best Regards,

Day at Jewel Lake

janet ellis

Sunday 3/17 I wanted to see if I could find and take a picture of the Varied Thrush. Got lucky and spotted some early (8:00am) at the creek next to the Little Farm and parking lot. For the next one and a half hours, I heard their calls all the way to the Wildcat Canyon trail to the north. Also spotted a pair of Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, Orange-crowned Warbler, Sooty Fox Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hutton's Vireo, Allen's Hummingbird and along the Packrat trail a White-throated Sparrow.
A great day at the lake.

eared grebes at MLK Shoreline have their ears on!

Maureen Lahiff

I saw several male eared grebes in breeding plumage this morning.

Another delight: a black oystercatcher.

FOS Hooded Oriole

Judi & John <jandjcooper@...>

A Hooded Oriole just came to check out my hummingbird feeders........that made me jump up and get out the oriole feeder that I talked about doing a couple days ago – but forgot.

Judi Cooper

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Heather Farm Sunday morning in Walnut Creek


Just as I was about to wheel my bike from the garage, the phone rang in the kitchen. I answered it and Fred Safier told me that he found a White-throated Sparrow along the Contra Costa Canal.

Fred was just west of the end of Sheppard Road, which abuts the walking/biking trail along the canal. A single palm tree is in the back yard of one of the homes there. He had to go, but within a few minutes, I saw both White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows. A few minutes more and I saw movement in one of the bushes. A look with the binoculars proved it was the White-throated Sparrow. This is about 150 yards west of the footbridge over the canal, which leads into/out of the park.

So, yes, you're right, it is not quite in the park proper, being on the north side of the canal. Sorry.

But in the park the Green Heron is becoming easily visible and active again, after an absence during the coldest months. About 50 Ring-necked Ducks were on the large pond, along with the usual Coots, Pied-billed Grebes, Buffleheads and Double-crested Cormorants.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Re: Female Barrow's Goldeneye near Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>

On 3/17/2013 8:34 AM, Bernt Pettersson wrote:
Hi there,
I'm not surprised, I've seen several at Garretson Point on March 9Th.
It's not all that surprising to find a few Barrow's Goldeneyes still in the Bay Area - but the extensive construction at the 12th-St. end of the lake over the past year or two makes it very encouraging good news to see one of them there now.

Happy birding,
And to you!

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Comings and goings

Phila Rogers

Good Morning:

I, too, have heard the first Orange-crowned Warblers of the season singing
in canyon oaks behind Lawrence Hall of Science. When I spent part of my
time in Santa Barbara I would hear then singing in the Botanic Garden in
late February -- two weeks earlier.

Ruby crowned Kinglets, soon to leave, and everywhere singing. And for the
first time this year, a Fox Sparrow appeared at my deck feeder.

-- Phila Rogers

Orange-crowned Warblers


Walking around the Lafayette Reservoir yesterday I heard at least a dozen Orange-crowned Warblers singing. They weren't there on Wednesday.

Maury Stern

Re: Female Barrow's Goldeneye near Lake Merritt

Bernt Pettersson

Hi there,
I'm not surprised, I've seen several at Garretson Point on March 9Th.
Happy birding,

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Varied Thrushes and Woodpeckers

John Brenneman

Hi all,

Made this stereo recording at dawn today next to Jewel Lake as a follow- up to my earlier mono recording with parabolic dish. The human noise was almost more than I could bare but the Thrushes couldn't care less and were unflappable. I wanted to document this possible "eruption year". I wrongly supposed that the Thrushes would flee or at least stop singing when I set up mics , cables and all. Wrong. Every bird seemed to be accutely aware of and reacting to every other in earshot but nearly oblivious to human presence. The humans I encountered seemed ,well..... I'll leave that up to you. What about those woodpeckers!!?

All the best,

John Brenneman

Female Barrow's Goldeneye near Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>

This afternoon I went on a walk organized by Wild Oakland <> through the Measure DD funded restoration at the south end of the lake - a delightful chance to get through the orange barricades and into the new paths and plantings.

Several female goldeneyes were in the channel on the other side of 12th Street, one with the honking orange bill of the Barrow's. (Several pairs of Common Goldeneyes were working near the new mudflat in the lake itself, but I saw no drakes on the other side of the footbridge.) We walked as far as 7th street and then returned, and I didn't see her on the way back - but I bet she hadn't gone far.

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Re: Condor unlikely

Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>

The Livermore "condor" sighting was from me in 2009, but it seems less and less likely. None of the tagged ones was known to have been in the area (but I think one had travelled to the TriValley at some point) at the time. The bird I saw was so far away that the flash of white I thought I saw on the trailing edge of the wing may just have been a reflection. Mostly it was the ponderous flight (like a 747) and apparently wide wings that made me think condor. if I had my wits about me, I would have jumped in my truck and chased it down, but I didn't. In the heat of the moment I thought it was, but now I am skeptical.

Jaan Lepson

On Mar 16, 2013, at 08:53, debbiev wrote:

Like I said in an earlier post, bald eagles in the BA are practically trash birds these days! ;)

I think that Steve's Mom's big dark bird is most likely a bald eagle.

As to serendipitous condor sightings in the BA...wasn't there a fly-over spotted in the Livermore Valley a while back? Maybe by Rich Cimino?

Those ginormous condors are pretty easy to ID: not just the flat profile but the white wing linings and in poor light, you can still always see those spread "fingers" of the primary feathers. Long long long ridiculously long wings.

I got to practice my condor field marks at both Pinnacles (flyovers and campground perching) as well as Big Sur (flyovers and group waddling by Hwy. 1).

Sure, they are too tame and micromanaged within an inch of their lives...but pretty darned spectacular anyway.

Our local fave Pleistocene remnants...still hangin' in there.

Debbie Viess
--- In, phila rogers <philajane@...> wrote:

Dear Friends:

I read with interest Steve Hutchcraft's report of a very large bird being
seen near Danville. From the description, it did fit the description of a
young Bald Eagle -- a species which is being seen more often these days.

When a very large dark bird is reported, I always hope for a condor. With
a thriving community of condors at the Pinnacles, near Hollister, it
doesn't seem impossible that a bird might appear in the Mt. Diablo area,
which would be an appropriate habitat. And 80 miles for a bird with that
soaring range seems reasonable.

However, If Steve heard the bird call that might rule out a condor who
mostly remains silent.

I can only hope that the bird we knew as a condor in the mountains behind
Santa Barbara where I spent summers 75 years ago, might begin showing up
near my present home.

-- Phila Rogers

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Bald Eagle _ San Leandro 580


While driving on 580 today around 10:35am I saw perched Bald Eagle on a tall dead tree just sitting there watching the traffic. It was 3 miles before the 98th st exit on the right side.

Davor Desancic

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