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Rufus Hummingbird

Carol Haglund <carolhaglund@...>

It was a first for my backyard hummingbird feeder. A Rufus Hummingbird was sipping away. (or possibly an Allen’s). It didn’t stay long though.

Carol Haglund

Re: Identify new bird call?

David Brostoff

On Mar 24, 2014, at 17:14 , Allison Kidder <agkidder@...> wrote:

Perhaps an oak titmouse? We live in the Berkeley Hills and have at least one that lives in our oak and other trees. Likes to sit at the top of the tree and sing.
Thank you for the identification--that was exactly it. Plenty of oaks here too.


Re: Identify new bird call?

David Brostoff

On Mar 24, 2014, at 17:34 , Susan Greef <susan.greef@...> wrote:

A good mystery! Quite probably Wilson's Warbler, or possibly Oak Titmouse. Check them out on this website:
Thank you for both tips.

I am fairly certain it was an Oak Titmouse, one of which I saw here for the first time a few months ago or so.

The three or four notes from about 00:58 to 1:07 of the Oak Titmouse Catalog #118639 at <> seem to be just what I heard, followed by a fifth, higher one at the end. (The Wilson's Warbler call is higher and wispier.) I now realize I was wrong to call them staccato.


Identify new bird call?

David Brostoff

This afternoon on the lower part of Panoramic Hill I heard a new bird call, one I don't remember hearing before, at least not for this location. (I wouldn't have noticed it if it wasn't different from the usual ones.) I couldn't see the bird itself.

There were three or four staccato notes all on the same pitch, not too fast, followed by a single one on a higher pitch.

Any ideas?

Thank you,


Richmond - Bay Trail Extension allowing good viewing to Brooks Island


I birded the bay trail by bike on Saturday from Emeryville to Miller Knox.

The most exciting part of the ride was finding an extension of the bay trail in Richmond that allows decent binocular views to Brooks Island - and possibly the caspian tern colony that I believe nests there - check it out! I believe this area of the bay trail can also be accessed from Canel Blvd. or the Shipyard 3 Trail by car, but not sure.

No rare birds, but a turkey in Berkeley Meadows next to the ocean - they have now completed their westward range expansion to the ocean. An European wigeon in Miller-Knox and surfbirds between University and Point Emery (there are not as many wintering surfbirds this year as the last several years, - I think my high count is three this year compared to 8 or 9 plus previous years). And many caspian terns on Brooks Island..... 82 species total in three hours.

Good Birding, Jim Chiropolos, Berkeley

City of Alameda


Today during the Golden Gate Audubon's Birdathon we spotted a male Eurasian Wigeon at the foot of Broadway by Elsie Roemer Santuary.  Also, a Hooded Oriole was found by the pond at Crab Cove. Two Cackling Geese were  on the grass at Crown Beach. We had a total of 77 species in 5 hours.
Chris Bard

House Finch, Yellow Variant

Anne Krysiak

I have a yellow variant House Finch eating at my feeders in Castro Valley.  Has anyone else seen these in the area?

Nesting Barn swallows at Lake Anza

Pam Young

Lake Anza has 4 active barn swallow nests in the gazebo near the restrooms - very photogenic!

good birding,
Pam Young

Tropical Kingbird


I post this for Wendy Beers as her posts to EBB are not working.

Yesterday (3/21) Wendy photographed a Tropical Kingbird at the West County Wastewater District Plant;2377 Garden Tract Rd,just off the Richmond Parkway. The bird was flying back and forth across the road just on the other side of the entrance gate to the plant. She got two good shots photos.

Wendy is from Albany, CA

Rusty Scalf

Tropical Kingbird at Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant

wendy beers

Saw a Tropical Kingbird today at the West County Wastewater District Plant.
street address 2377 Garden Tract Rd,
just off the Richmond Parkway.

The bird was flying back and forth across the road just on the other side of the entrance gate to the plant.

I got a few photos and sent to Rusty Scalf who confirmed it was a tropical kingbird. I was just driving around looking for different access sites to the bay trail, so I don't know if this is a regular hangout for this bird or not.

Wendy Beers

Barn Swallows in Walnut Creek March 21 evening


I was riding my bike about 5:30 to see if the Tropical Kingbird was active.. Flying over the Contra Costa Canal just north of the dog park section of Heather Farm, was a single Barn Swallow. I crossed the footbridge, stopped and called Jean Richmond to let her know what I was seeing.

Before our conversation finished, three Barn Swallows were perched on the wires above the footbridge.

I did not find the Tropical Kingbird, but did see some beautiful male Ring-necked Ducks, male Lesser Scaups and a Green Heron.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Vega Gull at San Leandro Marina

Noah Arthur

This morning I led Jack Hayden on a wild gull chase at Oyster Bay, which was inexplicably gull-less despite big numbers on the landfill. But when we checked the Marina, we found a first-cycle VEGA GULL in the flock loafing on the boat docks at the south end of the Marina. This is likely the same one that was here a month ago.

Noah Arthur, Oakland

Bald Eagle near Albany flats

Melani King

Yesterday around 5:20 pm I was driving home from work on I-580 and just after passing under I-80 a Bald Eagle flew from the Albany flats across the freeway heading east. It was flying low enough to be unmistakable.

Melani King
Pt. Richmond

26 Ring-necked Ducks in Fremont's Grau Pond

Yesterday (3/20) I saw 26 RING-NECKED DUCKS in Grau Pond.  I saw 15 of them at 11AM from the parking lot adjacent to 470 School St, in the Niles area of Fremont.  26 of them were in view at 1:15 from the sidewalk which starts at your right (when viewing the pond from the parking lot) & goes behind the Niles (Community or) "Program" Center.  Walk along that sidewalk to a small grassy area where's a break in the trees lining the pond.  The viewpoint is just beyond the upstream end of Shinn Pond. Do NOT go on the dock near the viewpoint, as it isn't safe. 

Joaquin Miller seasonal firsts

Bob Power <rcpower@...>

Hi all,

A hike through Joaquin Miller this morning had 30 species calling or singing.
Seasonal firsts were Pacific-Slope Flycatcher (2 locations) and Wilson's Warbler in multiple locations.
This was the first time I've heard Pacific Wren singing this year, although I've heard it call several times.
Purple Finch(es) seems to be the most intriguing singer of the year; all over our Lincoln Heights neighborhood for the first
time in 20 years, and singing in multiple locations in Joaquin Miller.

I've criss-crossed a couple of different trails in Joaquin Miller and Redwood in the past 3 weeks looking and listening for signs of Pileated Woodpecker and have only negative data to report. 

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA

Heather Farms: beautiful male Hooded Oriole in trees by boat ramp of natural pond

Betty Lobos

   Just wanted to let everyone know about the Hooded Oriole that my friends and I (and Jimm Edgar) saw this afternoon in the trees by the boat ramp of Heather Farms natural pond.  First one of the season that I saw; I don't know if others have been seeing them.
   Also a note of thanks to Beth Branthaver for telling us about the walk this morning from Valle Vista staging area and thanks to all the birders who were so welcoming and helpful; my friends and I had a great time!
Happy spring birding,

Valle Vista, Moraga, March 20

Donald Lewis

Twenty people spent a beautiful first day of spring morning at Valle Vista, Moraga, on a Mt. Diablo Audubon bird walk. 63 species seen or heard:


Canada Goose

Wood Duck



Ring-necked Duck


Ruddy Duck

Wild Turkey

Calif Quail

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

White-tailed Kite

Red-shouldered Hawk (on nest)

Red-tailed Hawk

American Kestrel




Gull species

Band-tailed Pigeon

Mourning Dove

Anna’s Hummingbird

Rufous Hummingbird

Allen’s Hummingbird

Belted Kingfisher

Acorn Woodpecker

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

Pacific–slope Flycatcher (heard, FOS)

Black Phoebe

Hutton’s Vireo

Steller’s Jay

W. Scrub-Jay


Tree Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Oak Titmouse

Bushtit  (visiting nest)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Bewick’s Wren

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Western Bluebird

Amer. Robin



California Thrasher


Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Spotted Towhee

California Towhee

Song Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow


Purple Finch

House Finch

Lesser Goldfinch


On March 18 a small scout group saw an additional 9 species:


Great Egret

Cooper’s Hawk

Caspian tern

Warbling Vireo  (FOS)


Brown Creeper

Hermit Thrush

Townsend’s Warbler

Red-winged Blackbird



Don Lewis

Lafayette, CA











Re: FOS Wilson's Warbler, Tilden


forgot to sign this one: 

Jay Dodge,

On Mar 20, 2014, at 2:21 PM, Jay Dodge <saltdodge@...> wrote:


I was hoping to see one and tracked one by song around the western edge of Jewel Lake. Visual ID was made with some effort.

Had a couple of flyover Merlin's there around the same time. There was what I'm tentatively calling a Sharp Shinned Hawk perched on a tree on west shore of said lake, seen from across the way. I'm basing on head/tail appearance but size seemed borderline large.

Binoculars follow up


Sorry for late reply on binocular repair from 2 months ago. It took me a little while to get my act together, but I have them back safely in my hands. Thanks for all the suggestions from many, and many asked for follow up.

Ok, I'll start with the embarrassing part. They were Canon's not Nikon's. My back-up pair is (are?) Nikon's. Many stated that Nikon's will repair binoculars if you mail them into I believe Southern California factory even if they are out of warranty. It is recommended to call them of course. Hopefully this will be useful to people.

I had a harder time contacting anybody from Canon, so I decided to have "Looking Glass" on Ashby in Berkeley deal with them for me, for a $25 fee. They turned them around in maybe 3 weeks time, and were very nice about it, definitely worth the convenience. Total for repair was $160. Wouldn't surprise me if there was a cheaper way if you have the time and energy to complain to Canon, in fact the repair seems maybe doable easily if you could get a hold of the part (lens cap), but these don't seem to be individually orderable on line. Anyway, they are in tip-top shape now.

Jay Dodge

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