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Central Park, Fremont, geese

John Cant 793-5216
 

I was prompted by Noah Arthur's recent report of what he believed to be a Lesser Canada Goose at Central Park to check on the mob yesterday morning.  Near the soccer fields off Stevenson Blvd. there were a large number of Moffitt's Canada, two adult ROSS'S GOOSE, 11 or 12 ALEUTIAN CACKLING GEESE, and 3 or perhaps 4 what I am comfortable calling LESSER CANADA GEESE.  The link below has photos, the last two of the interesting geese in front of Moffitt's.  Bill size is less (relative to head width) than in Moffitt's, conforming to Don Roberson's helpful discussion and photos on his site http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com   I asked two goose experts to look at the photos.  One  thought they were "Canadas of some ilk or another", the other individual thinks they are Lesser Canada and commented that the odd wedge-shaped white neck collars on two of them might be a genetic anomaly shared by siblings. 

 

http://www.pbase.com/johncant/identification_1

 

John Cant

Fremont

 


Painted Redstart - Yes

Graham Chisholm
 

The painted redstart was found again this morning in the white oak behind the apartment building on Woolsey Street at 8:15 am.

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley, CA


Re: Palm Warblers

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hi Pam,

 

    It would be incredibly rare to see 4 Palm Warblers in the Bay Area, as they are an eastern bird that finds itself here but in low numbers. I checked out the video and the birds are actually American Pipits, which are cool birds in their own right. They are part of the wagtail family, and they are addicted to tail bobbing. You hear them in the video, giving squeaky high pitched sibilant sounds, unique to American Pipits.

 

Regards,

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: EBB_Sightings@... [mailto:EBB_Sightings@...] On Behalf Of pamyoung2@...
Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 10:07 PM
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Palm Warblers

 

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hvpupda1j0eba6s/2013-12-13%2012.45.46.mov

I believe I saw 4 PALM WARBLERS - tails bobbing, as they foraged along the bike path located between Pt Isabel and the USPS center. I hope you can see this behavior in the video. Apologies for previously sending the wrong video before.


good birding,

Pam Young
Berkeley


Merlin at Ferry Point, Miller-Knox RP in Pt. Richmond (12/14)

Bruce Mast
 

Spent a couple hours today (Saturday, 12/14) around mid-day birding
Ferry Point with Monique Van Den Berg in a vain attempt to relocate
the recently reported Clay-colored Sparrow. We located at least 1 and
probably 2 White-throated Sparrows among the many Crowned Sparrows but
no Clay-colored. Also no Lincoln's. Consolation was a MERLIN that came
ripping through the area just above shrub height. Of course, that put
a definitive end to the sparrow watching.

Bruce Mast
Oakland


White-winged Scoter still there as of 2:30pm.

Noah Arthur
 

WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was still diving actively right along the shore at the parking lot at the end of Mulford Point Drive at 2:30pm. Spectacular looking duck, and a year bird for me! Thanks to whoever found this scoter!
 
At Oyster Bay, gull numbers on the slough on the north side of the park were lower than they have been in the last few weeks (numbers on the landfill were still astronomical; I think the low-ish tide may have been the reason why there weren't as many on the channel). There were large numbers of BONAPARTE'S and MEW GULLS in the slough, however, as well as a nice first-cycle GLAUCOUS-WINGED/GLAUCOUS GULL HYBRID.
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland


Middle Harbor Park -- Ross' Goose, Aleutian Cackling Goose, Plentiful Shorebirds

Graham Chisholm
 

Around noon today there was a lone Ross' Goose and a Aleutian Cackling Goose in with the usual flock of Canada Geese.  Both geese were at the south end of the park on the spit of land by the "tower."  

Other birds of interest:  Horned Grebe (9), Whimbrel (1), Sanderling (6) along with many other shorebirds probably totaling around 2,000-3,000 birds with many Dunlin, Western Sandpiper.  

Finally nice having warm weather.  

Graham

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Tufted Duck (pics), no Redstart

Tom Grey
 

A couple of photos of the male TUFTED DUCK this morning at Lake Merritt; at around 9 am I saw it swimming toward the barrier around the fenced area, and it proceeded a short way outside and went to sleep. The second picture shows the duck rearing up.
 
 
At 2733 Woolsey no luck with the Painted Redstart; a couple of neighbors said it hadn't been seen for a few days.


Re: White-winged Scoter - San Leandro Marina

allenvhirsch@...
 

White-winged scoter was VERY cooperative from 10:20 to 10:45 this morning, diving very close to the road at the Marina.

 

It also had a clam and preened while near the shore:

 

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p203782622

 

Shortly after this sequence, it swam away from shore.

 

Allen Hirsch

Oakland


Re: White-winged Scoter - San Leandro Marina

allenvhirsch@...
 

Trying again, since first reply seems to not have gone through.

 

White-winged scoter was VERY close to shore, diving, preening and eating a clam between 10:20 and 10:45 am:

 

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p203782622

 

Shortly after this sequence, it swam away from shore.

 

Allen Hirsch

Oakland


Re: San Leandro Marina Park goose festival

Bernt Pettersson
 

Thank you Steven Tucker
I can verify these 2 Tufted Ducks on lake Merritt. I was there Wednesday 2 1/2 weeks ago, male and female doing synchronized dive inside the barrier next to the platform at the colonnades, they seemed to have all sorts of fun.

Ben
Lamorinda Seniors bird  watch group. 


Re: White-winged Scoter - San Leandro Marina

C Lou
 

In addition, the goose festival continues with
2 ross' s goose, 10 snow, 2 greater white fronted and 2 aleutian canada goose.

Calvin Lou
SF


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Date: 12/14/2013 9:43 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: blakelock@...,EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: RE: [EBB_Sightings] White-winged Scoter - San Leandro Marina


 

Dec 14. The white-winged scoter was close to the parking lot at the San Leandro Marina. 930am.
Calvin Lou
SF


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Date: 12/09/2013 1:50 PM (GMT-08:00)
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White-winged Scoter - San Leandro Marina


 

The male White-winged Scoter was present this morning. It was just offshore of the parking area at the end of Mulford Point Drive.

Good Birding,

John Blakelock


Re: White-winged Scoter - San Leandro Marina

C Lou
 

Dec 14. The white-winged scoter was close to the parking lot at the San Leandro Marina. 930am.
Calvin Lou
SF


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-------- Original message --------
From: blakelock@...
Date: 12/09/2013 1:50 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White-winged Scoter - San Leandro Marina


 

The male White-winged Scoter was present this morning. It was just offshore of the parking area at the end of Mulford Point Drive.

Good Birding,

John Blakelock


Northern Harrier seen at Coyote Hill Regional Park

Jiinher Lu
 

I had seen a Northern Harrier flew around DUST Trail and the big pond next to it this afternoon.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/100360106@N04/11363532143/in/photostream/

 

Thanks

Eric


Palm Warblers

Pam Young
 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hvpupda1j0eba6s/2013-12-13%2012.45.46.mov

I believe I saw 4 PALM WARBLERS - tails bobbing, as they foraged along the bike path located between Pt Isabel and the USPS center. I hope you can see this behavior in the video. Apologies for previously sending the wrong video before.

good birding,

Pam Young
Berkeley


Lewis' WPs, Los Vaqueros

SteveLombardi
 

Today I went to the south entrance of Los Vaqueros Reservoir for the first time.

A beautiful day, an attractive spot, and some surprising birds.

The lake was carpeted with gulls.

An Osprey was eating lunch on a power pole next to the marina office.

Lewis' Woodpeckers and many of the other land birds were about 1 mile north of the marina near the north-most West Loop Trail intersection near fishing pier 2.

Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Contra Costa, US-CA
Dec 13, 2013 1:12 PM - 4:27 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Submitted from  BirdLog NA for Android v1.9.3
25 species (+2 other taxa)

Pied-billed Grebe  20
Eared Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  10
Osprey  2   
Golden Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Buteo sp.  1
American Coot  300
Killdeer  2
Herring Gull  75
Thayer's Gull  2
Glaucous-winged Gull  75
gull sp.  5000
Anna's Hummingbird  1
Lewis's Woodpecker  6    
Prairie Falcon  1    
Say's Phoebe  2
Loggerhead Shrike  1
Western Scrub-Jay  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Western Bluebird  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  10
Savannah Sparrow  1
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Golden-crowned Sparrow  25
Red-winged Blackbird  200
Western Meadowlark  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15954260

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Here's the list:


4 Palm Warblers

Pam Young
 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/0w8v8665ooro7aw/2013-11-23%2011.54.50.mov

Hope you can open this dropbox video. If you watch closely, I hope you can see the tails bobbing on 4 PALM WARBLERS as they flit about and forage near the ground along the bike path located between the Pt Isabel dog park and the USPS lot.

happy birding,

Pam Young
Berkeley


Second Tufted Duck at Lake Merritt

Steven Tucker
 

Birders - 

Yesterday afternoon I got distant looks at a female Tufted Duck in the large scaup flotilla in the northeastern section of the lake. She has a very small but noticeable tuft, which is how I first picked the bird out while it was sleeping. This bird has a small amount of white at the base of the bill, significantly smaller and less contrasting with the head than in female scaup of either species. If you want to try to pick this bird out, I highly recommend bringing a scope.

The male Tufted Duck was next to the fountain, snoozing a few feet from shore, and 5-6 Barrow's Goldeneyes were on the lake further south.

Good birding,

Steve Tucker
Oakland


San Leandro Marina Park goose festival

John Cant 793-5216
 

At about noon today on the large lawn there were 10 SNOW GEESE (3 adults, 7 immatures), 2 ROSS'S GEESE (both adults) and 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE (both adults) along with roughly 100 Moffitt's Canada geese. 

 

I failed to find the white-winged scoter, or any unusual gulls, either in the Marina area or the slough north of Oyster Bay R.P. (west of the end of Davis St.).

 

John Cant

Fremont


Ross's Goose Arrowhead Marsh

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hi all,

I thought I'd check the high tide this morning at Arrowhead. I forgot to read the memo that the public viewing deck was boarded off.

Across the channel to the west a Ross's Goose grazed on the lawn with about 50 Canada Geese.  I drove around to get a photo and as soon as I pulled into the parking area, the Ross's Goose and 3 Canada Geese took off east toward's Garretson Pt.  They settled into the northern point of Arrowhead Marsh and disappeared from view.  46 Canada Geese stared at me. Never budged. Conspiratorial I think.

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA


Hoodies in Dublin

SteveLombardi
 

It looks as if the cold weather has pushed a bunch of ducks into the area.
Yesterday, there were lots of them in the Alamo Canal in Dublin between Dublin Blvd and Amador Valley Blvd. including 4 Hooded Mergansers, a couple of Buffleheads, dozens of Mallards, along with the usual suspects (coots, herons, egrets, and a large house cat). 

- Steve Lombardi
San Ramon

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