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Re: San Francisco Bay Area Bird Chat

Mike Feighner
 

Verne,



It is actually an international/national birding Listserve dealing with all types of birding discussions.



Check it out:



BirdChat Guidelines: http://www.ksbirds.org/birdchat/

Archives: http://listserv.ksu.edu/archives/birdchat.html



" PHILOSOPHY OF BIRDCHAT

BirdChat provides a forum in which to share knowledge concerning wild birds. Lively discussions on topics related to wild birds, birding, and birders are invited. These exchanges should be informative, entertaining, and respectful <http://www.ksbirds.org/birdchat/#netiquette>; . Members are encouraged to feel a sense of community in which they can post without risking humiliation or personal attacks. Anonymity is discouraged, as we have found that respect of the opinions and perspectives of others is more prevalent when everyone is identified and known..."

Winston Churchill: "There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction."

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From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of verne_nelson@yahoo.com
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2013 10:56 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] San Francisco Bay Area Bird Chat


In a recent post from the moderator reminding us to limit posts to this site to rare birds or those passing through it was suggested that reports on common birds would be more appropriate in Bird Chat. I finally found out what that was.



Bird Chat is a new Facebook page created by Janet Ellis with the following mission statement:



"This group is for talking about birds. Rare or casual birds, birding trips, if you saw unusual behavior or went on a trip out of the area. You can also add unusual wildlife you spotted. Post pictures, links and if you want to do a group walk. This is opened for experienced, new birders and wildlife lovers."



Here is the link to the page:



https://www.facebook.com/groups/539022046179728/



If this link doesn't work, search for "San Francisco Bay Area Bird Chat" when in Facebook. It is a "Closed Group" so you will have to press the "Join this group" tab and Janet will confirm your "join" via email.



I encourage the membership here to support this exciting new avenue to share one's love of birding.



Verne Nelson


San Francisco Bay Area Bird Chat

VerneN
 

In a recent post from the moderator reminding us to limit posts to this site to rare birds or those passing through it was suggested that reports on common birds would be more appropriate in Bird Chat.   I finally found out what that was.


Bird Chat is a new Facebook page created by Janet Ellis with the following mission statement:

"This group is for talking about birds. Rare or casual birds, birding trips, if you saw unusual behavior or went on a trip out of the area. You can also add unusual wildlife you spotted. Post pictures, links and if you want to do a group walk. This is opened for experienced, new birders and wildlife lovers."

Here is the link to the page:


If this link doesn't work, search for "San Francisco Bay Area Bird Chat" when in Facebook.  It is a "Closed Group" so you will have to press the "Join this group" tab and Janet will confirm your "join" via email.

I encourage the membership here to support this exciting new avenue to share one's love of birding.



Lake Merritt Tufted Duck

kristi9876
 

The daily search finally paid off today.

I saw a male Tufted Duck near the pergola at Lake Merritt.
The bird was at the edge of the large raft of scaup near the floating barrier.
FIeld marks: scaup size and shape, all black back, medium size tuft.

Kristi Whitfield
Oakland, CA


Painted Redstart - finally got a few good pics!

Cal Walters
 

OK, I chased the bird several times over the weekend and finally goat a few good pics I was pleased with - the 2% rule generally held.  I found much greater success with the light, not up in the oak tree on Wollsey, but in the birch tree on Eaton (?).  (and a thousand thanks to the birders and neighbors in the area to put up with us!)  On Sunday afternoon, the Painted Redstart seemed to flit over to the wells being sipped by the Red-breasted Sapsucker and posed for more than 1/2 second on the wire and birch.  A few photos in the link below.  The Red-breasted Sapsucker was amazingly calm for the number of people close at hand.

And to the 2 young lads from through the tunnel.  Great fun birding with you Sunday afternoon - you are the future of the science, sport, hobby, passion,...... keep up the good search!


Re: Redstart info for Saturday

Alan Howe
 

Thank you for being so welcoming and helpful!
Alan Howe
North Oakland


On Sunday, November 17, 2013 4:19 PM, "peregrinekt@..." wrote:
 
Hi! 
For those of you who are coming to see the Redstart this weekend, I will be available at 2716 Prince St (Mark's address for me is incorrect) after about 8.30 and I will leave a message on my phone if I hear it or see it in the morning. 860-501-2444. Im sure the birdbox will also be updated. Although most of the action today seemed to be at the oak, I also had some really nice sightings throughout the day in my poplars where it seems to do a lot of flycatching.    

I have also talked to the neighbor of the oak tree at 2737 Woolsey, the house to the right of the apartment house, who says birders are welcome to come in her yard, just please knock on the door to let her know you are there (I am not sure how practical this will be if there are a lot of you!). She requests that you not come until after 9 or so also. We do have problems with break-ins and such in this area so she would like to know who's in the yard. Hopefully someone will be able to show the bird to her as well!   
I have been overwhelmed by all the great people coming around and chatting, sharing their photos and excitement. Thank you for your kind words. 
Cheers and good birding! 
Katie B.    



Martinez Shoreline, swans

DanaS
 

This evening I saw what I think were Mute swans out from the shoreline.
I got a blurry picture because they were well off the shore, but the black knob at the dorsum of the bill was clearly visable. Would these be escaped birds? Tried to post the picture.

Also there were black necked stilts and a canvas back pair in the pond.

Dana


painted redstart

Steve Taylor
 

How about if we forget about this bird for awhile. Enough is enough!

Thanks


Black Shouldered Kite

kherceg829@...
 

Hiking the back side of Briones walking the back trail towards Mott Peak/Briones Crest Trail looking out over one of the ponds. Black shouldered Kite sunning itself in tree.


Re: Miller-Knox RS

janet ellis
 

Just leaving the park and I'm seeing 5 RB Mergansers now.
Janet Ellis
San Leandro


On Nov 17, 2013, at 3:13 PM, Laura Look <chamaea@...> wrote:

 

Saw a few interesting birds in a couple hours spent at Miller-Knox
Regional Shoreline in Richmond today (Sun., Nov. 17).

A mixed flock working the pines along the West Ridge Trail included
at least 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and a couple of resident
Red-breasted Nuthatches. Golden-crowned Kinglets are popping up in
mixed flocks all over the place this year, so double-check those
flocks. This flock was mostly about 50 Bushtits, so Golden-crowned
Kinglets would be easy to miss in the mass of tiny birds.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was on the bay behind the duck pond area,
hanging out with American Wigeons and coots.

Best of the rest:
- 2 Red-breasted Mergansers in the duck pond
- a couple Spotted Sandpipers in the rocks along the Bay
- Western Bluebirds are now regular residents

Park info: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/miller_knox

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA


Miller-Knox RS

Laura Look <chamaea@...>
 

Saw a few interesting birds in a couple hours spent at Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline in Richmond today (Sun., Nov. 17).

A mixed flock working the pines along the West Ridge Trail included at least 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS and a couple of resident Red-breasted Nuthatches. Golden-crowned Kinglets are popping up in mixed flocks all over the place this year, so double-check those flocks. This flock was mostly about 50 Bushtits, so Golden-crowned Kinglets would be easy to miss in the mass of tiny birds.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was on the bay behind the duck pond area, hanging out with American Wigeons and coots.

Best of the rest:
- 2 Red-breasted Mergansers in the duck pond
- a couple Spotted Sandpipers in the rocks along the Bay
- Western Bluebirds are now regular residents


Park info: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/miller_knox

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA


Patterson Pass (11/17) - continuing Mountain Bluebird, Ferruginous Hawk

Jerry Ting
 

This (11/17) morning between 9-10 there were 6 Mountain Bluebirds (5 male and 1 female) sitting on the wire between MM 5.29 and 5.47 on Patterson Pass Rd in Livermore.  Here are in flight shots of the female and male:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/10911770095/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/10911770075/

 

Other highlights from the area:

Ferruginous Hawk (1) - adult (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/10911769795/)

Golden Eagle (1)

Loggerhead Shrike (2)

Say's Phoebe (2)

Lark Sparrow (6) - (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/10911770065/).

 

Happy Birding,

 

Jerry Ting

Fremont


Claremont Canyon

Bill Clark
 

After enjoying the Painted Redstart and the sapsucker in Berkeley, I headed up Panoramic Way to hike to the pines at the top of Claremont Canyon preserve. Had a very nice flock including:
3 Pygmy nuthatches
2 brown creeper
2 golden crowned kinglet
Ruby crowned kinglet
Townsend's warbler
Downey woodpecker
Red breasted sapsucker

Bill Clark
Livermore


Painted Redstart

Stephen
 

And still there at 11:35 in the oak at the back of 2733 Woolsey, Berkeley.  I first heard it within 15-seconds of getting out of the car.  Another 45-seconds were required to find the bird visually.  It is very obliging in its active feeding behavior, although it stayed inside the oak resulting in poor lighting for my point-&-shoot camera.  Thanks and kudos for the welcoming neighbors.


Good birding,
Stephen Long
Berkeley, CA
diomedea dot stephen at gmail dot com


Painted redstart

Dave Weber
 

Painted Redstart very well seen in large tree in backyard of 2733 Woolsey in Berkeley. First heard from street at 10:50am.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone


Eastshore State Park: Belted Kingfisher continues

Lee Friedman
 

The Belted Kingfisher first observed by Jerry Ting on 10/24 continues to be in residence on the Virginia Street extension, resting on the telephone wires during his fishing efforts. I observed the bird on 10/26 and again yesterday 11/16.

Yesterday's 9-11AM visit was during high tide, so I did not see the shore birds on the north extension that were there in my previous visit (including Black-bellied Plover, Black Turnstones, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers, Killdeer). However, I did notice that in the water Bufflehead and Common Goldeneyes had joined the group of Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoters, American Coots and Mallards) foraging in the area, and Brown Pelicans were in abundance. Another highlight of this outing was watching a White-Tailed Kite, which had been hunting over the land area, being chased and harassed away by two American Crows that teamed up to "move" the Kite from the east to the west side of the extension.

Good birding,
Lee Friedman


Re: Redstart

janet ellis
 

Bird was seen half way down  on Wiston rd just off Woolsely,  yet at 9:30 not active right now. But we saw it on a birch tree in a front yard where a Red -breasted Sapsucker is creating new holes. The Redtart was flitting around the sapsucker. 
Janet Ellis

On Nov 17, 2013, at 8:01 AM, Dominik Mosur <polskatata@...> wrote:

 

Still in same spot as previously at 8a.m., m.ob beginning to form.

Dom



Re: Berkeley Painted Redstart 11/17/13

Mike Feighner
 

Dominik, yes that is a Birch Tree (any dissenters?): from Google Maps <
http://tinyurl.com/p8fygbo <http://tinyurl.com/p8fygbo>; > (Click on image
on left column to view.) How lucky can you get to find the hyper-active
Painted Redstart in such a short and narrow tree compared to the huge Oak at
2737 Woolsey Street?



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right direction."

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-----Original Message-----
From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Dominik Mosur
Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2013 7:42 AM
To: ebb_sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Fwd: Berkeley Painted Redstart 11/17/13





In alder like tree (birch?) , in front of 3109 Lewiston, just a couple
houses down from Woolsey, 735a.m., w/titmouse and chickadee flock.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco
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Re: Berkeley Painted Redstart 11/17/13

DD
 

Bird is still there! 



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Redstart

Dominik Mosur
 

Still in same spot as previously at 8a.m., m.ob beginning to form.

Dom


Berkeley Painted Redstart 11/17/13

Dominik Mosur
 


In alder like tree (birch?) , in front of 3109 Lewiston, just a couple houses down from Woolsey, 735a.m., w/titmouse and chickadee flock.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

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