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Re: Lark Bunting North of Berkeley Meadows

Aaron Maizlish
 

We couldn't re-find the Clay-colored this morning.  But this LARK BUNTING was a nice prize.   Here is a photo:

I saw the Bunting three times each time near the gravel path. The spot was extremely birdy this morning - much more than previous days - with maybe 500 sparrows actively feeding, including Song, Fox, W-C, G-C, Lincoln's, and Towhees in big numbers - along with a higher count of Goldfinches.    As I was leaving, a much smaller White-crowned Sparrow was harassing the Lark Bunting, very close to the car park area.   

Other notes:  At Point Emery it was low tide - 14 Surfbirds were my first of fall there.   There were about 140 Sanderlings on the beach, along with several first-of-fall Dunlins, Least and Western SPs.  Good counts of Black Oystercatchers and Black Turnstones.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco and Emeryville




On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM, <j.chiropolos@...> wrote:
 

At 8:30 this morning, Aaron Maizlish and I found a lark bunting just north of Berkeley meadows.

 

Details - Large sparrow type bird, clearly larger and "beefier'than nearby golden-crowned sparrows. White-edged greater coverts. Deep grey bill. Aaron has pictures.

 

Directions - Park off I-80 frontage road. If you are across from blue "CBS Outdoors" sign across freeway, you are at the right place. Walk west on white gravel trail (about 15-20 yards north of the trail next to berkeley meadows fence). Bird was seen twice about 75 and 150 yards from parking area. 

 

Good birding,

 

Jim Chiropolos, Berkeley


Lark Bunting North of Berkeley Meadows

j.chiropolos@...
 

At 8:30 this morning, Aaron Maizlish and I found a lark bunting just north of Berkeley meadows.

 

Details - Large sparrow type bird, clearly larger and "beefier'than nearby golden-crowned sparrows. White-edged greater coverts. Deep grey bill. Aaron has pictures.

 

Directions - Park off I-80 frontage road. If you are across from blue "CBS Outdoors" sign across freeway, you are at the right place. Walk west on white gravel trail (about 15-20 yards north of the trail next to berkeley meadows fence). Bird was seen twice about 75 and 150 yards from parking area. 

 

Good birding,

 

Jim Chiropolos, Berkeley

[NBB] Eastern Alameda County Christmas Bird Count, December 20

richard s. cimino
 

East Bay Area Birders:

Ohlone Audubon Society and the Alameda Creek Alliance invite you to participate in the 5th annual Eastern Alameda County Christmas Bird Count on Friday, December 20, 2013.

The count circle is in the vicinity of the towns of Sunol, Pleasanton and Livermore, and includes five East Bay Regional Parks, significant SFPUC watershed lands, and exciting East Bay birding hotspots such as lower Mines Road, Sunol Wilderness, Calaveras Reservoir and Springtown Preserve.

Last year’s count had 90 volunteers who found 149 bird species in the count circle. Highlight species from the past few years included bald and golden eagle, ferruginous hawk, prairie falcon, northern pygmy-owl, short-eared owl, burrowing owl, Lewis' woodpecker, yellow-billed magpie, rock wren, canyon wren, tri-colored blackbird, and rufous-crowned, lark, vesper, and grasshopper sparrows.

You can find information about the count here: http://www.alamedacreek.org/join-volunteer/CBC.php

The post-count dinner this year will again be held at the Callippe Preserve in Pleasanton.

If you are interested in participating or being an area count leader, please contact me, Rich Cimino, yellowbilledtours@..., (925) 353-0266.

Rich Cimino
Pleasanton, Alameda County

Lafayette Reservoir - White Pelicans and Osprey

Ellen Reintjes
 

Around 5:45 on Monday evening (Oct 21), I saw two white pelicans at the Lafayette Reservoir, one flying and one swimming at the far and. Picture of the flying one is at

http://www.flickr.com/photos/11443128@N08/10414180504/

These are the first white pelicans I've seen at the reservoir this fall.

About a half hour later, I saw an osprey swoop down to the water several times.

Ellen Reintjes
Lafayette

Re: Townsed's Solitare, Morgan Territory

janet ellis
 

Sorry for the late posting of the Townsend's Solitaire.  Some of you have my Flickr address now and that is where I posted it. So here it is

From: Janet Ellis
To: ""
Cc: ""
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2013 3:03 PM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Townsed's Solitare, Morgan Territory
 
I went to Morgan Territory to find the Townsend&apos;s Solitaire. Followed the trail to Whipsnake and stopped at the cattle pond. Saw couple or RS Flickers and one landed at the edge of the water to get a drink along with the Juncos in the big tree. Heard a sound and saw the Juncos take off. Turned around and partials of two raptors trying for them on the other side of the tree. Don&apos;t know if they were the Prairie Falcons or Coopers. Light colored and streaking or barring is all I could make out, and disappeared before I got around the tree. Then ran into Steve Tracy who thought the Solitaire was at the other pond. Spent some time there and returned to the first pond. Saw a flicker in a tree on the far west side. Next to it was another bird. Steve walked closer. Then I heard his camera clicking, knew it was it. It flew to the big tree by the path where we were at before. Told him I bet it wants to get a drink. Sure enough it went down to the pond and we took the shots. 
Thanks Steve
Will post when I get home
On Oct 19, 2013, at 7:23 AM, <antfish60@...> wrote:
 
...drinking from the cattle pond, Whipsnake trail. Also, exquisite immature Golden Eagle and two Prairie Falcons soaring about.

Re: Two Red-throated Pipits?

Jerry Ting
 

Here are 2 more images with both Red-throated Pipits side by side.  The streak patterns are similar but you can definitely tell they are two different birds.

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/10413859666/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/10413859696/

 

Happy Birding,

 

Jerry Ting

Fremont

Two Red-throated Pipits?

Mark Rauzon
 

As Robert Clark reported on Ebird yesterday, there are apparently 2 Red-throated Pipits at Arrowhead Marsh. Jerry Ting, Rich Sorryiforgotname,and myself, plus other observers thought we had distinguished two individuals at 1pm, tho never had them both in sight to my knowledge. I'm sure Jerry Ting will have better documentation, but this is what I could piece together. 

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/hc95b00#h3f6c5115

Depending on the posture the necklace of black looks similar but Pipit #2 seems darker with a more central spot. Also there appears subtle differences in the streaks and smaller marks. 

Thanks again to Juli and Bob for the wonderful find

Mark Rauzon
Oakland

Red-throated Pipit at Arrowhead March continues

Len Blumin
 

The Red-throated Pipit was present this afternoon (1-2 pm for us) in the grassy field near Arrowhead Marsh, a bit west and south of the round sculpture. Thanks to Jerry Ting for getting us on the bird and helping with the field marks. And thanks to Patti for helping me track the actively foraging bird as I attempted some documentary digiscope shots. Cropped versions at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenblumin/?details=1
4+ American Pipits were also present, but easily distinguishable by the lack of back streaks and a plainer color.

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
len.blumin@...
Gear: Swaro STX 85, DCB II, Nikon V1, 18.5 mm lens, Manfrotto 501, Gitzo tripod

Red-throated Pipit seen today

dp_eas
 

The RT Pipit continued today in the grassy field/lawn between the disk sculpture and the bathroom near the last parking lot at Arrowhead Marsh, Oakland.  It was associated with 20-80 American Pipits. I searched with no luck 8-10 am, and returned at 11 am after a phone call from John Harris (thanks, John!).

Suggestion: please bring a scope and do not enter the grassy field, thus allowing the pipit flock to accumulate.

Great find, Juli!

Emilie Strauss
Berkeley, CA

Clay-colored Sparrow - probable

Aaron Maizlish
 

All,

So my new Swarovski binoculars arrived at work this morning. I had
to try them out at lunchtime. After breaking my old ($300) Promaster
binocs - I finally decided to make the big switch to a serious pair.
My first 'big boy' binoculars - man, I'm already hooked!

At Berkeley Meadows at lunchtime I was scanning the regular
White-throated Sparrow flock, admiring all of the deep colors, when my
binocs landed on a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on a fennel stalk! I had
excellent views for about a minute.

The bird had a distinctive and wide gray nape, a Spizella-type bill,
which was more gray than yellow, and a gray breast with buffy
overtones on the flank. When I came back 10 minutes later with my
camera I could not refind it - wish I had a photo.

The specific spot is west of the Frontage Road, about half way between
University and Gilman. There is a small pull-out (marked as Virginia
Street Extension on Google maps.) Just to the north of the pullout
along Frontage Road is a smallish rectangular fenced off area which
says habitat restoration - it looks like a remediation site. Along
the western perimeter of that fence is a fennel patch which always has
a good population of Sparrows, Finches and Goldfinches. I saw it
along that fence line. (There are also homeless campers in the area).

Also in Berkeley Meadows is a long-staying SAY'S PHOEBE - in the main
part of the meadows along the path (south of the pull out). He has
been there each time I've been there for about a month now, and will
let you walk fairly close. Also in the same fennel patches north of
the pull out have been Yellow, Yellow-rumped and last week, two
"Orestera" Orange-crowned Warblers. It would be a good spot for rare
warblers - though I haven't found any.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco and Emeryville

Re: Fw: Red-throated pipit continues

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

Red-throated pipit images from around 4:15-4:30pm yesterday (as I arrived it flew from where other photographers were on it to a spot further southwest on the grass from the sculpture):
 
 
Allen Hirsch
Oakland


On Sun, Oct 20, 2013 at 11:19 AM, Judi Sierra <judisierra@...> wrote:
 

And at 10:45

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster@...>
To: ebb_sightings@...
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:16 AM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Red-throated pipit continues

 
RTP still here 10:15 am

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80@...> wrote:

>Here now next to Arrowhead Marsh.
>
>Steve Tucker
>Oakland



Gulp of Comorants at Lake Merritt

Lee Aurich
 

Over 100 Double-crested Cormorants gathered at 9:30am this morning on the west edge of Lake Merritt (near the Lake Chalet) to feed.

Some are shown in the following image:
http://aurich.com/Email/Cormorants/_MG_9542.jpg

Lee Aurich
http://aurich.com/photos

Re: The Tern Spectacle

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

Several more images of the tern flock flying and many other shorebirds last night from the spot Lee described:
 
 
Allen Hirsch
Oakland


On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 10:01 AM, <lee@...> wrote:
 

Last evening, just before sunset, Allen Hirsch and I viewed Jim Chiropolos' Tern Spectacle (EBB 10/10/2013) south of Powell and west of the I-80 / I-580 freeways in Emeryville.  The terns were quite far from Powell, closer to the entrance to the Bay Bridge.  There were a huge number.

A photo of just a subset of the terns: http://aurich.com/Email/Terns/_MG_9427.jpg

  Lee Aurich
  http://aurich.com/photos


Re: The Tern Spectacle

Lee Aurich
 

Last evening, just before sunset, Allen Hirsch and I viewed Jim Chiropolos' Tern Spectacle (EBB 10/10/2013) south of Powell and west of the I-80 / I-580 freeways in Emeryville.  The terns were quite far from Powell, closer to the entrance to the Bay Bridge.  There were a huge number.

A photo of just a subset of the terns: http://aurich.com/Email/Terns/_MG_9427.jpg

  Lee Aurich
  http://aurich.com/photos

Clay-colored Sparrow at Contra Loma Reg. Park in Antioch

Denise Wight
 

Hi E. B. Birders,

I got two brief looks at a likely Clay-colored Sparrow at Contra Loma Regional Park in Antioch this afternoon.  It was a spizella sparrow lacking dark lores, and the facial pattern was soft with nice warm tones.  The breast was whitish and unstreaked. From what I could see of the crown, it appeared rusty-colored.
 
From the entrance fee kiosk drive straight ahead and park before the boat launch area.  On the west side of this parking area, there is a group of picnic tables set back from the water and surrounded by tall trees. The bird was seen in the smaller trees about 30 feet slightly uphill to the south of the picnic tables. There were a lot of birds in this area (including Savannah Sparrows, Lark Sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Western Bluebirds, American and Lesser Goldfinch, and House Finch) foraging on the ground and bathing in drinking fountain puddle, but I never saw the CCSP on the ground.

Paul Schorr joined me in the attempt to relocate the bird, but we had not luck. After he left I saw the bird again briefly, but I had to leave, and I was unable get a photo.

My complete list of birds for the day are on eBird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15455849

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, Ca.

Re: RT Pipit and Common Tern

Cal Walters
 

Pipit still there at 5:30 but flew into the marsh. May likely return.

Cal Walters

On Oct 20, 2013, at 4:12 PM, cdlou37@... wrote:

 

In addition to the RED-THROATED PIPIT, there was A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in the sparrow
flock by the metal structure at Arrowhead Marsh.

Calvin Lou
SF

----- Original Message -----
From: "Graham Chisholm" <graham.chisholm@...>
Cc: "<EBB_sightings@...>" <EBB_sightings@...>
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2013 1:55:40 PM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] RT Pipit and Common Tern

The red-throated pipit remains in a loose flock of American pipits in the area near the metal sculpture. Graham Chisholm

> On Oct 20, 2013, at 1:46 PM, "D Weber" <dwbirdster@...> wrote:
>
> Hi Birders-
>
> As I reported earlier by phone-email, the Red-throated Pipit at Arrowhead Marsh was seen very well at about 10:15 when it flew in with a few American Pipits. It and all of the Americans had been seen about 45 minutes earlier but flew away when a Cooper's Hawk and Peregrine Falcon came by at the same time. After that I headed to Crab Cove and Ballena Bay where the tide was too high for the Ruff and I couldn't find it among many other shorebirds on rocks waiting out the tide. At the end of the road at Ballena Bay where there is a 'private' dirt lot, I saw one Common tern on the seawall.
>
> Dave Weber,
> Milpitas
>

Re: RT Pipit and Common Tern

C Lou
 

In addition to the RED-THROATED PIPIT, there was A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in the sparrow
flock by the metal structure at Arrowhead Marsh.

Calvin Lou
SF

----- Original Message -----
From: "Graham Chisholm" <graham.chisholm@...>
Cc: "<EBB_sightings@...>" <EBB_sightings@...>
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2013 1:55:40 PM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] RT Pipit and Common Tern


The red-throated pipit remains in a loose flock of American pipits in the area near the metal sculpture. Graham Chisholm


On Oct 20, 2013, at 1:46 PM, "D Weber" <dwbirdster@...> wrote:

Hi Birders-

As I reported earlier by phone-email, the Red-throated Pipit at Arrowhead Marsh was seen very well at about 10:15 when it flew in with a few American Pipits. It and all of the Americans had been seen about 45 minutes earlier but flew away when a Cooper's Hawk and Peregrine Falcon came by at the same time. After that I headed to Crab Cove and Ballena Bay where the tide was too high for the Ruff and I couldn't find it among many other shorebirds on rocks waiting out the tide. At the end of the road at Ballena Bay where there is a 'private' dirt lot, I saw one Common tern on the seawall.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas

Re: Townsed's Solitare, Morgan Territory

janet ellis
 

I went to Morgan Territory to find the Townsend's Solitaire. Followed the trail to Whipsnake and stopped at the cattle pond. Saw couple or RS Flickers and one landed at the edge of the water to get a drink along with the Juncos in the big tree. Heard a sound and saw the Juncos take off. Turned around and partials of two raptors trying for them on the other side of the tree. Don't know if they were the Prairie Falcons or Coopers. Light colored and streaking or barring is all I could make out, and disappeared before I got around the tree. Then ran into Steve Tracy who thought the Solitaire was at the other pond. Spent some time there and returned to the first pond. Saw a flicker in a tree on the far west side. Next to it was another bird. Steve walked closer. Then I heard his camera clicking, knew it was it. It flew to the big tree by the path where we were at before. Told him I bet it wants to get a drink. Sure enough it went down to the pond and we took the shots. 
Thanks Steve
Will post when I get home


On Oct 19, 2013, at 7:23 AM, <antfish60@...> wrote:

 

...drinking from the cattle pond, Whipsnake trail. Also, exquisite immature Golden Eagle and two Prairie Falcons soaring about.

Re: RT Pipit and Common Tern

Graham Chisholm
 


The red-throated pipit remains in a loose flock of American pipits in the area near the metal sculpture.    Graham Chisholm


On Oct 20, 2013, at 1:46 PM, "D Weber" <dwbirdster@...> wrote:

 

Hi Birders-
 
As I reported earlier by phone-email, the Red-throated Pipit at Arrowhead Marsh was seen very well at about 10:15 when it flew in with a few American Pipits. It and all of the Americans had been seen about 45 minutes earlier but flew away when a Cooper's Hawk and Peregrine Falcon came by at the same time. After that I headed to Crab Cove and Ballena Bay where the tide was too high for the Ruff and I couldn't find it among many other shorebirds on rocks waiting out the tide. At the end of the road at Ballena Bay where there is a 'private' dirt lot, I saw one Common tern on the seawall.
 
Dave Weber,
Milpitas 

RT Pipit and Common Tern

Dave Weber
 

Hi Birders-
 
As I reported earlier by phone-email, the Red-throated Pipit at Arrowhead Marsh was seen very well at about 10:15 when it flew in with a few American Pipits. It and all of the Americans had been seen about 45 minutes earlier but flew away when a Cooper's Hawk and Peregrine Falcon came by at the same time. After that I headed to Crab Cove and Ballena Bay where the tide was too high for the Ruff and I couldn't find it among many other shorebirds on rocks waiting out the tide. At the end of the road at Ballena Bay where there is a 'private' dirt lot, I saw one Common tern on the seawall.
 
Dave Weber,
Milpitas