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Photo of Greater Roadrunner 8-30-2010

Jane Chinn
 

Hello:
 
I was surprised to read in the current the Quail that the last documented sighting of a Greater Roadrunner in this area was in 1986.  Four of us saw it on August 30, 2010 walking by my backyard on the 12th hole of Deer Ridge golf course. My friend grabbed her camera and captured this image.  Although a little fuzzy, it does reveal the unmistakable long tail and  large slightly curved bill.  The fence  hid the ruffled crest  which, I believe, indicates a male.  I was pretty sure that I saw the red spot behind the eye, but can't swear to it!
 
jane chinn
Brentwood


FOS x 3

Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>
 

Spending much of the day working outside resulted in three FOS birds at my very suburban Livermore abode:

White-crowned Sparrow - heard singing in the distance around 10 am

Yellow-rumped Warbler - one flew by, chipping, around noon

Vaux's Swift - ~200 in three flocks at dusk. I'm not sure I've ever seen so many swifts at once before. The first group of ~15 was headed north, the other two were going west.


good birding in this change of seasons!

Jaan



Jaan Lepson
Livermore, ALA


Brookdale/Courtland Creek (incl. mystery Empid)

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

I had a very productive (and very early) morning before church at Courtland
Creek and Brookdale Park in Oakland. The migrants were still dropping in, and
the warm and sunny conditions gave great views of most birds.

At Brookdale, the first bird I saw was a SAY'S PHOEBE perched on a wire,
eventually flying out to reveal its dark, square tail and round wings, which
distinguished it from a pewee. Several BLACK PHOEBES and an adult male
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER were also present, as well as many common birds such as
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES, BUSHTITS, etc. Also a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER and
a family group of HUTTON'S VIREOS hopping through the upper branches of the elms
and redwoods.


Courtland Creek was even more productive, with at least one PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYKE,
a few WESTERN TANAGERS, an imm female TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, and a RED-BREASTED
NUTHATCH. An OAK TITMOUSE gave chase to one of the Pac-slopes before
disappearing into the dense eucs.


The most interesting bird was a mystery Empidonax, similar in shape to a
Pac-slope but seemingly slightly smaller-billed. The back was more brownish-gray
than olive, and the underparts were whitish with a very minimal vest, just a
little streaky gray on each side of the breast. The wing-bars were
dull grayish-buff-olive, not too prominent. It brought to mind Willow Flyke, but
it was very small and had an obvious eye-ring, extended behind the eye as in
Pac-slope. It was extremely energetic, usually staying only a few seconds on any
particular perch. It fits Least pretty well, but Least is rare and I'd rather
call it a worn Pac-slope. Any ideas?


Black-throated Sparrow continues at Coyote Hills

Dave Weber
 

Hi Birders-

This morning the Black-throated Sparrow was seen at Coyote Hills in the previously described location by me and a group from the south bay. It was fairly cooperative. Also in the area were a Nashville Warbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a few Yellow-rumpeds, a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a Loggerhead Shrike. A Say's Phoebe was on the hillside above the end of the quarry parking lot.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas


Northern Mockingbird

Johan Langewis
 

Not a rarity, but the first one for my yard. I've been here (Oakland hills near Skyline/Shepherd Canyon) since 1991, this is yard bird species #94. After many years of nothing new I've added three new species this year.

Johan Langewis
Oakland


SFBBO's CCC Mini-Big Day - Birds of local interest

Denise Wight
 

Hi E. B. Birders,

Nothing rare to report, but yesterday, the highlights of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Fall Challenge All Contra Costa County Mini-Big Day were:

Clapper Rail (1) swimming directly below us at Meeker Slough in Richmond

Lesser Yellowlegs (1) at MacNabney Marsh in Martinez

Lewis's Woodpeckers (2) seen from the bridge at Round Valley Regional Park

Ferruginous Hawk (1 adult) near the Byron Airport.

Lots of panting birds, and the first time I've ever seen a Lewis's Woodpecker hold its wings away from its body to cool down.  The total number of birds seen was only 83, and we never even heard Western Bluebird or Oak Titmouse.  I'm really happy this was not a real attempt at a Big Day!  Thanks to the eleven great birders who cheerfully put up with the hot weather and supported SFBBO!

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, CA


juvenile Western Grebes, Calaveras Res.

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hi all,

A drive along Calaveras Res. this afternoon showed 5 Western Grebe juveniles in
Alameda Co., just over the Santa Clara Co. line.
I'm leaping to the conclusion that these are breeding birds from either Santa
Clara or Alameda County. First time in a while, maybe 5 years or more.
This follows a pattern seen in California reservoirs where vegetation flourishes
in areas of drought stricken reservoirs, and then
the grebes take advantage of that vegetation in a year of abundant rainfall to
either build or anchor their nests.

"Our only county nesting records are from Calaveras Reservoir in the
1990s. Grebes tend to be late nesting birds and they have been
attracted in the past in central California to reservoirs that have
filled up after a few drought years as they support their nests on
woody vegetation that grew on the reservoir floor during the
drought." Bill Bousman

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA


Fw: Young Rose-breasted Grosbeak

mbstern2
 

On 9/23, my friend Bob Hepps sent me
a picture of a young male Red-breasted Grosbeak seen in his
yard near Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland. It didn't stay.

Maury Stern


     


FOS Sparrows, San Ramon

SteveLombardi <hot-rock@...>
 

Saturday morning in San Ramon:

FOS Golden-crowned Sparrows
FOS Lincoln Sparrow
FOS Song Sparrow (we only get an occasional one in our yard)

FOS White-crowns showed up a few days ago.

Steve and Carol


Hayward Shoreline (9/25)

Bob Richmond
 

Seen at the shoreline today -

Pacific-slope Flycatcher - 1 at Winton Ave.
House Wren - 1 at Winton Ave.
Hermit Thrush - 1 at Winton Ave. is the first I have seen here this fall.
MacGillvray's Warbler - 1 at Winton Ave.
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1 at Winton Ave. is the first I have seen here this
fall,
Bllack-headed Grosbeak - 1 at Winton Ave.

Bob


Young Rose-breasted Grosbeak

mbstern2
 

On 9/23, my friend Bob Hepps sent me a picture of a young male Red-breasted Grosbeak seen in his yard near Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland. It didn't stay.

Maury Stern


Re: EBB birding locations map

Travis Hails
 

I haven't seen it mentioned, but Mt. Diablo Audubon has an extensive list already as "East Bay Places Birding Resource".  See http://www.diabloaudubon.com/places/index.html .  Also on the Mt. Diablo Audubon website is "Birding Contra Costa County"  by Steve Glover at http://www.diabloaudubon.com/local_habitat.php.
 
"East Bay Places Birding Resource" needs to be updated.  I notice that Fernandez Ranch, for one, is not included.  A volunteer to keep up this list, perhaps.
 
Travis Hails

--- On Fri, 9/24/10, Nancy Johnston <johnstonne@gmail.com> wrote:


From: Nancy Johnston <johnstonne@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] EBB birding locations map
To: "VN" <verne_nelson@yahoo.com>
Cc: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Date: Friday, September 24, 2010, 4:29 PM


  I have also been slowly working on birding locations, mostly in the
East Bay.  I don't have the number as in the below link but I have been
trying to add some of the birds you might find.
http://nejohnston.org/birds/class_SanFranciscoBayArea-EastBay.shtml

Nancy Johnston.

I really liked the examples of birding location maps from other groups
that Glen and Calvin showed. It's a better solution than I presented.
Here is a start for the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa:
http://tinyurl.com/2cn9952
I did not open it to General Collaboration since anyone on the net could
destroy it. I will add locations and invite collaborators to improve
it.

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my FOS White crowned sparrow in Fremont

Charlotte Allen <c.allen@...>
 

The first White-crowned Sparrow of the fall showed up at my feeder
today in Fremont to keep the Red-breasted Nuthatches, who have been
around for about a week, company.

Charlotte Allen
c.allen@comcast.net


Hayward Shoreline (9/23 & 9/24) and Coyote Hills (9/24)

Bob Richmond
 

Seen at the shoreline those 2 days -

Lesser Yellowlegs - 1 on 9/23 in the rapidly drying up city ponds.
Baird's Sandpiper - 1 on 9/23 in the channel on the north side of Cogswell
Marsh.

Western Wood-Pewee - 1 on 9/24 at Winton Ave., seen at 7:00 pm.
Willow Flycatcher- 1 on 9/23 at Winton Ave.
Pacific-slope Flycatcher - 2 on 9/23 and 1 on 9/24 at Winton Ave.
Cliff Swallow - 2 were very late. They are the latest I have seen here by 2
days.
House Wren - 2 on both days at Winton Ave.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 on 9/24 on the west side of Mt. Trashmore in the
fennel.
Warblers seen on 9/23 were Orange-crowned, Yellow, Black-throated Gray, and
Common Yellowthroat.
Warblers seen on 9/24 were Orange-crowned, Yellow, Blackpoll. and Common
Yellowthroat.
Blackpoll Warbler - 1 seen on the west side of Mt. Trashmore in the fennel. Seen
only in the afternoon.
Western Tanager - 1 at Winton Ave.
Black-headed Grosbeak - 1 on 9/24 at Winton Ave. Probably the same bird that Ken
saw.
Fox Sparrow - 2 on 9/23 and 1 on 9/24 at Winton Ave.
Lincoln's Sparrow - 2 at Winton Ave.
Golden-crowned Sparrow - 1 on 9/24 near Winton Ave.

Coyote Hills

Black-throated Sparrow - 1 near the first and only picnic table you come to
along the trail closest to the main road.

   Seen on 9/24. Refound by Jeff Miller.

Bob


Brookdale Park 9/24

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

Hi. I was mainly butterflying at Brookdale Park this afternoon, but the park was
very birdy, so I did a little birding with my excellent new "Vortex Diamondback"
binoculars. There was a single large BUSHTIT flock, which included a few
CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES and 2-3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS. One of the Townsend's
showed a rather narrow supercilium, setting off my brain's Blackburnian alarm,
but the citrine-yellow throat and breast said Townsend's. Also at least one
COMMON RAVEN. A flycatcher briefly showed itself in some trees on the High
Street end of the park, but there were lots of people around and I didn't feel
comfortable getting out the very expensive binoculars.

The biggest surprise was earlier this morning in the car driving past the park:
five CANADA GEESE feeding on the ball field. They were very large, and seemed
quite happy, but by the time I got back in the afternoon, a soccer team was
practicing on the field and the geese were gone.


Butterflies included CABBAGE WHITE, ORANGE SULFUR, WOODLAND, UMBER, and COMMON
CHECKERED-SKIPPERS, and three beautiful MONARCHS. No swallowtails, though.


- Noah Arthur, Oakland.


Re: EBB birding locations map

Nancy Johnston <johnstonne@...>
 

I have also been slowly working on birding locations, mostly in the
East Bay. I don't have the number as in the below link but I have been
trying to add some of the birds you might find.
http://nejohnston.org/birds/class_SanFranciscoBayArea-EastBay.shtml

Nancy Johnston.


I really liked the examples of birding location maps from other groups
that Glen and Calvin showed. It's a better solution than I presented.
Here is a start for the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa:
http://tinyurl.com/2cn9952
I did not open it to General Collaboration since anyone on the net could
destroy it. I will add locations and invite collaborators to improve
it.




Black-throated Sparrow and Re: American Redstart @ Coyote Hills

Joe Morlan
 

On Sat, 11 Sep 2010 18:45:54 -0700 (PDT), Ken Wilson <kaeagles@yahoo.com>
wrote:

This afternoon a female, perhaps two, American Redstart was photographed in the butterfly garden at the visitor's center. Later after the garden closed a couple standing in the driveway leading to the back of the visitor's center believed they saw a male American Redstart. Several of us fanned out to find the birds without
success.
 
Ken Wilson
Pleasanton
Chris Chochems photographed an American Redstart at Coyote Hills on the
11th.

http://www.foundbeauty.com/Birds/slides/DSC_0788.html

http://www.foundbeauty.com/Birds/slides/DSC_0781.html

It looks like an immature male to me.

Chris also photographed the Black-throated Sparrow yesterday and
contributed a fine image to the WFO site:

http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/

Click through for full-size images.

Enjoy!

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
SF Birding Classes start Sep 14 http://fog.ccsf.edu/jmorlan/
Western Field Ornithologists http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/


Black-throated Sparrow at Coyote Hills 9/24

zachary.baer2
 

I visited Coyote Hills this morning and refound the black-throated sparrow at the previously described location. I was actually at Coyote Hills yesterday morning birding around the visitors center but never made it over to the quarry (oh well). There were also a few migrants around, though I didn't get into the butterfly garden.

3 Orange-crowned Warblers
1 Western Tanager
1 Western Wood-Pewee
3 Pacific-slope Flycatchers
1 Black-throated gray warbler
1 warbling vireo

Good birding,

Zach Baer
Berkeley, CA


EBB birding locations map

VerneN
 

I really liked the examples of birding location maps from other groups
that Glen and Calvin showed. It's a better solution than I presented.
Here is a start for the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa:
http://tinyurl.com/2cn9952
I did not open it to General Collaboration since anyone on the net could
destroy it. I will add locations and invite collaborators to improve
it.


Sorry

bdisme51 <bdisme51@...>
 

I forgot to sign my last post for the continuing black-throated Sparrow at Coyote Hills.

Bob Dunn
San Leandro

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