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MacGillivray's Warbler

mrkinch
 

Sunday morning at 7 am I heard MacGillivray's warbler in the dell by the quarter mile mark of Nimitz Way and another on the north-facing slope just past the one mile mark, both places where MacGillivray's were heard and seen last year. The southerly bird was still singing when I passed the dell again at about 10 am. I was unable to find the either individual by eye. 

Mating grebes north side of the Albany Bulb

greg greg
 

This afternoon around 5:30 there were five or six very amorous Clark's grebe couples (maybe westerns?) taking advantage of the mid-tides islets that pop up along the northeast side of the Bulb. I sat there for a good 45 minutes as they were talking, dancing around the edges of the islets, and then finallymating on them maybe 3o feet from the shoreline. An amazing site.

Greg
Berkeley

Mating Clark's grebes

greg greg
 

On the northeast edge of the Albany Bulb there were about five or six very amorous grebe couples (possibly westerns?). At about 5:30 this afternoon at mid-tide, there was much conversation, dancing, and finally mating on the small islets that form at mid-tide. I spent about 45 amazing minutes watching them as they were doing this maybe 30 feet from the edge off the shoreline.

Greg

Berkeley

Pleasanton kingbirds, Orinda Bald eagle

Derek
 

In a late day ride today from Bernal Ave in Pleasanton to Calaveras Road, a kingbird crossed in front of me on Palomona Way near Sunol, joining two others in a roadside tree.  By the time I could cross the heavily trafficed road to get a closer look they were heading north over the hills; assume they were Westerns but didn't get a close enough look to verify.  Luckily as I followed their flight I noticed a kettle of Turkey Vultures and then below them feeding on the ground what  turned out to be a Golden Eagle.  A minute later a Northern Harrier flew right over my head, so in a couple minutes I had three species I've never seen in many rides through that stretch.
 
At my final stop at the ponds off Laguna Creek Lane & Valley Ave was a Wilson's Snipe, Greater Yellowlegs and a few Buffleheads and Gadwall.
 
On Sunday morning Jim Chiropolos and I hiked the Oursan Trail off Bear Valley Road and San Pablo Dam road near Orina.  We saw the expected early migrants including quite a few Wilson's Warblers and a few Pac Slope Flycatchers. Our highlight was an immature Bald Eagle soaring near the west end of Briones Reservoir. On the other side of the size spectrum we enjoyed watching a Brown Creeper gather nesting material from just a few feet away, oblivious to our presence.  Lastly, a  few Wood Ducks and Common Mergansers were flying along the creek. 
 
Derek Heins

Bird fishing with bait or lure

michel.reglade <michel.reglade@...>
 


Hi,

The bait fishing behavior is considered as rare in non-human animals.
For an example of this astonishing behavior, see this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntOmfO_sHjQ

I'm a french ornithologist and I'm trying to collect available observations of this behavior in birds.
In particular, I'm looking for observations of bait fishing Green Herons.

My purpose is to better estimate the frequency of this behavior in the genus Butorides.
Collecting observations from all around the World could help us to discuss between different reasons explaining the real or apparent rarity.

If you have personnaly observed or know somebody who have observed such a behavior by Green Heron (or by any other bird species), could you get in touch with me in private?

Thank you by advance for your help.
Best regards,

Michel Antoine Réglade
(Toulouse, France).




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Mt Diablo; Bullock's Oriole and more

Bob Hislop
 


Today I did one of my periodic rides up Mt Diablo to just past the ranger station at the junction.  The first bird I noticed was a Male Bullock's Oriole calling from an Oak Tree about 1/3 mile beyond the entry kiosk on Northgate Rd, Walnut Creek (see  http://twitpic.com/e0osif, http://twitpic.com/e0osmc, http://twitpic.com/e0osoi, or  http://twitpic.com/e0osqk).  There was also a pair of open-field birds that resembled Kingbirds (see http://twitpic.com/e0oua0 and http://twitpic.com/e0ougw).  I welcome any response re ID of these birds.
 
Other species of interest seen today were:
 
Flock of Bandtail Pigeons
A single male Chipping Sparrow
A single male Lincoln's Sparrow (see  http://twitpic.com/drkgut for a previous one seen in my backyard)
One Yellow Warbler
Several Yellow-rumped Warblers (Audobon variety with the yellow throat)
One House Wren
One Cooper's Hawk soaring with the Red Tails
Several Red-Tailed Hawks
The usual Wild Turkeys everywhere
 
Bob Hislop
Concord
 
 

owl quartet

Susan Russell <owlycat@...>
 

With my sliding door opened because of the warm weather last night I was able to easily hear calls from great horned owls that were perched in nearby trees. At first I was happy to hear two and then there were three and finally I heard four! There was a pair somewhere off to the right and another pair just across the canyon in front of me. I spent about 15 minutes on my deck listening to their haunting calls wondering what they were saying to each other. It seemed unusual to hear them at this time of year since I thought they call during mating season and that has passed. Maybe they are just announcing their new families.

I'm still seeing about a half dozen golden crowned sparrows and an occasional fox sparow which seems late for my area and I have a pair of Bewick's wrens adding nest material daily to a nest box in my backyard.

I'm in Montclair, a block below Skyline, near Colton and Snake.

Susan Russell

San Leandro Marina

Bob Richmond
 

Seen yesterday

5 White-faced Ibis flew by
12 Surfbords in breeding plumage

Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline also had a late Townsend's Solitaire

Bob

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Re: San Leandro Marina

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

George Payton and I were ahead of Bob by about an hour.  Therefore missed the Ibis.  The Surfbirds are showing quite spectacularly and were joined by breeding plumage Dunlin, Black Turnstones, Ruddy Turnstones (3), and Black-bellied Plover(s).  Quite a suite of shorebirds for a little spit of an island. 

Morning song is quite good at Joaquin Miller now with multiple Wilson's Warblers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, Orange-crowned Warblers, etc.  We had one snippet from a Cassin's Vireo, not to be repeated.

Cooper's Hawks continue to display at Coyote Hills Regional Park right in front of the visitor center as if it was a scheduled event.
Peregrine Falcon in Alameda rounded out the day.

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA



From: Bob Richmond
To: "EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups com"
Sent: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:28 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] San Leandro Marina

 
Seen yesterday
5 White-faced Ibis flew by
12 Surfbords in breeding plumage
Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline also had a late Townsend's Solitaire
Bob
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Glaucous Gull at Lake Merritt

Mark Rauzon
 

This afternoon I observed and photographed a first cycle Glaucous Gull at 5pm Wed. April 9th. I originally was spotted on the boom, then it flew into the feeding area in front of the Domed cage, It loafed and drank some fresh water from the duck pond and was there sleeping when I left a half hour ago. Want to get the word out. Will post photos later. Looks like the same individual seen in January here.

Mark Rauzon

4/9/14 Garin

janet ellis
 

This morning I went to Garin looking for the Vireos and instead I spotted a single male Bullock's Oriole visiting the Sycamore trees along the creek. Also saw a Northern Harrier on the top of the western hill.
Janet Ellis    
San Leandro
 

Glaucous Gull pix

Mark Rauzon
 

Here are some documentation photos of the accommodating Glaucous Gull at Lake Merritt taken this evening. 

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/hA1EBCB1#ha1ebcb1

Good Luck

Mark Rauzon

Re: 4/9/14 Garin

janet ellis
 

I forgot to also mention hearing many Grasshopper Sparrows along Taper Park on the west hillside of Garin. To access this you go to (east)Fairway off Mission, all the way to the end of Faircliff st. there is access to a trail that is along the boundary fence of Garin.
From: j ellis
To: "ebb_sightings@..." Sent: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 6:26 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] 4/9/14 Garin

 
This morning I went to Garin looking for the Vireos and instead I spotted a single male Bullock's Oriole visiting the Sycamore trees along the creek. Also saw a Northern Harrier on the top of the western hill.
Janet Ellis    
San Leandro
 


Re: Fw: News <<- Security note from Marcus Pun

Marcus
 

I know this is strictly for sightings but security these days is part of having groups and forums. Just like security warnings we have had when going to some parks and other sites.

It would be a good idea for everyone to change their Yahoo passwords as they got hit by the Heartbleed bug. For more info the LA times has a good article here. 
http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-heartbleed-test-check-safe-sites-20140409,0,2218732.story

Essentially two things. Wait for notification from your various accounts as to when to change your passwords. NOT BEFORE as the fixes may not be finished yet. Second, keep a close eye on your bank accounts.   Microsoft, Google and some other sites use different SSL's and are not affected. Yahoo got their patched pretty quickly which is why you can change your password NOW.

Symantec has guidelines for businesses and consumers.

For businesses:
  • Anyone using OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f should update to the latest fixed version of the software (1.0.1g), or recompile OpenSSL without the heartbeat extension.  
  • Businesses should also replace the certificate on their web server after moving to a fixed version of OpenSSL.
  • Finally, and as a best practice, businesses should also consider resetting end-user passwords that may have been visible in a compromised server memory.
For consumers:
  • Should be aware their data could have been seen by a third party if they used a vulnerable service provider.
  • Monitor any notices from the vendors you use. Once a vulnerable vendor has communicated to customers that they should change their passwords, users should do so.
  • Avoid potential phishing emails from attackers asking you to update your password – to avoid going to an impersonated website, stick with the official site domain.

As for emails like the "Fw: News "  item, really. If they wanted to get our attention it should have had on the subject line "Bald Eagle snatches chihuahua from dog park in Richmond".

Stay safe.
 
Marcus Pun
Video Editor/Producer/Editor
cell 510-384-8085,  home 510-530-2507
 


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Valle Vista - Killdeer with young, Bobcat hunting

Sally Mathews
 

Valle Vista - Wednesday, April 9th at 6:45pm: 

Past the horse corral where the road turns to the left a friend and I saw a Killdeer sitting on the right side of the path looking a bit fluffed up with wings askew.  It stood up revealing two fledglings who explored in the grass at the side of the path with mom hovering close by.  At the entrance to the horse corral we saw a full grown Bobcat sitting intently.  It then pounced and loped across the path in front of us with a bunny in its mouth. (I previously saw a Bobcat on Dec. 20th in the area to the left of the gravel path as you walk toward the bridge in an open area where there are a lot of downed branches and trees)  Yesterday we saw no other people during our 1 1/2 hour walk.  

Sally Mathews

Gluacous Gull - Lake Merritt

blakelock@sbcglobal.net
 

The Glaucous Gull was hanging out on the long line of flotations that span the lake between 2:30 and 3:30 PM today April 10th.  New bird for me.  Much thanks to Mark for reporting it.

Good Birding,
John Blakelock

Coyote Hills (4/11) - MacGillivray's,Black-throated Gray,Wilson's Warbler

Jerry Ting
 

Late this (4/11) morning, I found an adult male MacGillivray's Warbler foraging on the ground plants under the Japanese Magnolia tree in the nectar garden.  Here is the shot of the bird:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/13785878073/

 

Other highlights seen inside the garden include:

Black-throated Gray Warbler (1) - male seen on the tree next to the wood bench.

Wilson's Warbler (2) - both male seen at the fountain next to the butterfly mosaic wall.

Orange-crowned Warbler (1)

Myrtle Warbler (1) - female

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1)

Fox Sparrow (1)

Lincoln's Sparrow (2)

 

There was also a White-lined Sphinx Moth (Hummingbird Moth) showed up briefly.  Here is the shot:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/13785922343/

 

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting,

Fremont

 

 


 

Nesting Cooper's Hawks 4/10/14

George Chrisman
 

Yesterday 4/10/14, I heard and then saw a pair of COOPER'S HAWKS in front of the visitor's center at Coyote Hills Regional Park. The pair flew from a Coast Live Oak in front of the main entrance to the other large Coast Live Oak near the Ohlone Indian exhibit to the left of the main entry. The pair copulated in this tree and immediately afterward, the male of the pair moved up into the canopy and began to grasp small branches of the tree. It flapped its wings and strained to break away a handful of branches. After successfully dislodging some branches, it flew to one of the oaks in the lawn area in front of the visitor center. I did not try to locate the nest area.
  This morning, I saw a continuing ROSS'S GOOSE in an open field near the intersection of Willow Street near Thornton in Newark. This goose has been in the Newark area for about a month. I have seen it 3 times at this location, usually with a group of about 20 CANADA GEESE. I also saw it once at Newark Memorial High School along Cherry Street on 2/26/14.

Good Birding,
George Chrisman
Burlingame, CA

Caspian Terns at EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area

Lee Friedman
 

At EBMUD Valle Vista yesterday, I saw a pair of Caspian Terns (my FOS). They were visible from the King's Canyon Loop Trail shortly past the horse area on a small sandbar close to the near shore.
Other highlights of the outing were an American Kestrel, Belted Kingfisher scoring at the reservoir, Red-Shouldered Hawk, California Thrasher (from the Riche Loop Trail), and a good number of Tree Swallows. The full list is below and a few photographs can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/sets/72157643866030264/.

Good birding,
Lee Friedman

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Subject: eBird Report - EBMUD--Valle Vista Staging Area (permit required), Apr 11, 2014

EBMUD--Valle Vista Staging Area (permit required), Contra Costa, US-CA Apr 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
24 species

Mallard 12
Wild Turkey 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1 <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/13810258074/player/" width="375" height="500" frameborder="0"></iframe>
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/13809951913/player/" width="375" height="500" frameborder="0"></iframe>
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Caspian Tern 2 <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/13809919035/player/" width="500" height="333" frameborder="0"></iframe><iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/13809946713/in/photostream/player/" width="500" height="333" frameborder="0"></iframe>
Band-tailed Pigeon 2
Anna's Hummingbird 4 <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/13810262534/player/" width="500" height="333" frameborder="0"></iframe>
Acorn Woodpecker 4 <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/13809937813/player/" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0"></iframe>
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Western Scrub-Jay 10
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 6
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1
Oak Titmouse 1
Western Bluebird 1
American Robin 4
California Thrasher 1
European Starling 2 <iframe src="https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/13809941583/player/" width="500" height="375" frameborder="0"></iframe>
California Towhee 6
White-crowned Sparrow 4

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Re: Caspian Terns at EBMUD Valle Vista Staging Area

Derek
 

I stopped this afternoon at Valle Vista on a mid-afternoon bike ride today.  After enjoying a very close-up look of a California Thrasher and recording it on my iPhone chortling away,  I began walking away but then heard a call and turned to see my FOS Ash-Throated Flycatcher perched on the bush the thrasher had used moments earlier.
 
Following up on a post made Monday about seeing Western Kingbirds near Sunol, I rode that same stretch post-work the next three days and found them on two of the rides.  These times they were east of Calveras Road about a mile down the road from the intersection with HW680, finding four perched on the fenceposts Wednesday.   Another highlight of the rides was seeing Golden Eagles each day, including a little aerial combat between two that resulting in one exiting the area.
 
Derek Heins


On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 6:34 PM, Lee Friedman <lfried6@...> wrote:
 

At EBMUD Valle Vista yesterday, I saw a pair of Caspian Terns (my FOS). They were visible from the King's Canyon Loop Trail shortly past the horse area on a small sandbar close to the near shore.
Other highlights of the outing were an American Kestrel, Belted Kingfisher scoring at the reservoir, Red-Shouldered Hawk, California Thrasher (from the Riche Loop Trail), and a good number of Tree Swallows. The full list is below and a few photographs can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/sets/72157643866030264/.

Good birding,
Lee Friedman

-----Original Message-----
From: do-not-reply@... [mailto:do-not-reply@...]
Sent: Saturday, April 12, 2014 6:12 PM
To: lfried6@...
Subject: eBird Report - EBMUD--Valle Vista Staging Area (permit required), Apr 11, 2014

EBMUD--Valle Vista Staging Area (permit required), Contra Costa, US-CA Apr 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
24 species

Mallard 12
Wild Turkey 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 4
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Caspian Tern 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 2
Anna's Hummingbird 4
Acorn Woodpecker 4
Nuttall's Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Western Scrub-Jay 10
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 6
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1
Oak Titmouse 1
Western Bluebird 1
American Robin 4
California Thrasher 1
European Starling 2
California Towhee 6
White-crowned Sparrow 4

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