Date   
Lafayette Reservoir

mbstern2
 

There were 4 Green Herons at the base of the dam today. 2 adults and 2 juveniles. They were also flying in and out of the reeds and trees at the west side of the dam.

Maury Stern

Middle Harbor Shoreline Park--7/6

Judith Dunham
 

Noting the uptick in shorebird migration, I headed to Middle Harbor Shoreline Park for the outgoing tide this morning (7th Street Exit off 880 south).

No small peeps were present, but there were plenty of larger specimens: numerous Long-billed Curlews, Marbled Godwits, Willets, and dowitchers, with a scattering of Whimbrels and a lone Black Oystercatcher. Two antic Greater Yellowlegs continually chased each other across the mudflat when they weren't flying side by side from one end to the other. Two Least Terns flew over to forage, and a lone Caspian occupied a sandbar.

Shortly before I left at 10:45, a flock of seven WILSON'S PHALAROPES, in alternate plumage, flew in. They have been showing up around the bay, but this is the first time I've seen them at shoreline park. The flock remained along the shoreline, preening and occasionally flying over the water only to return.

It's terrific to see the shorebirds coming through.

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

GGAS First Friday Birdwalk Fourth of JUly 2014 Tilden

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>
 

Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, US-CA
Jul 4, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Birdwalk, July 4, 2014. MOB (Many Observers) for this holiday walk. We met at Meadows Playfield; future First Friday Birdwalks will meet in the Tilden Nature Area parking lot (near the EEC and Little Farm) as the construction in and repairs to the new parking lot have been completed. Thank you to all for your patience during this project.

Today's theme was the California Towhee. Lauryn Benedict has revised article No. 632 for Birds of North America: Melozone crissalis, the California Towhee. When you see a pair of towhees greeting each other with the"pair reunion duet" this is a mated pair that may have been together for more than 5 years. They average 3 of these duets per hour. The unmated males spend 47% of their time singing the "bouncing golf ball" song; mated males spend less than 1/10 of 1% of their time singing. Mated males with territories do the "chink" note to mark out their territory early in the morning; females make that call, too.

Contact me if you want a copy of my notes.

Here is the list of 29 species:

Mallard X
Wild Turkey X
Double-crested Cormorant X
Turkey Vulture X makes it official !
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Allen's Hummingbird X
Nuttall's Woodpecker X
Pacific-slope Flycatcher X
Black Phoebe X adults feeding fledging at Jewel Lake
Hutton's Vireo X
Warbling Vireo X
Steller's Jay X
Common Raven X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee X
Oak Titmouse X
Red-breasted Nuthatch X
Pygmy Nuthatch X fide Wendy, Miya and Karen
Brown Creeper X
Wrentit X
Swainson's Thrush X lots of songs throughout the morning
American Robin X
Wilson's Warbler X
Spotted Towhee X
California Towhee X
Song Sparrow X
Dark-eyed Junco X
Black-headed Grosbeak X
Purple Finch X fide Mark C. and Co.

Best of Boids!
Alan Kaplan

GGAS field trip date error

rfs_berkeley
 


The just announced GGAS field trip to Hayward Shoreline was published with the wrong date. That date is Saturday, July 26 (not the non-existent Sunday the 26th)

   Rusty Scalf
   Berkeley

White pelicans

greg greg
 

Lovely group of seven white pelicans flying low circles over Central Avenue near Costco at about 1:00 today. Not too unusual, but spectacular nonetheless.

Greg

Egret Rookery on Bay Farm Island, Alameda, CA

VerneN
 

The rookery is quite a spectacle these days.  Almost all the Snowys' and Greats' chicks have fledged, but remain near the "mother" tree.  They gather in the wedge-shaped mini park across the water and also decorate nearby trees.To my eyes, it is difficult to tell adults from fledglings, but I roughly counted about 40 birds. 


Still, many nests remain active with adults bringing in food and the begging and squabble calls fill the air.


Adults robbing sticks from their neighbors' nest is always a popular pastime. Here is a photo of an adult flying in with a stick to make some needed repairs-



https://www.flickr.com/photos/vnelson/14491213776/in/photostream/


If you go there, don't go to the wedge-shaped park to view the tree since it would probably disturb the young ones idling there.  Besides, it's fun to watch them interact from the other side of the lagoon where the tree is located and the birds aren't at all disturbed by your presence.  Here is the location of the tree ( under Egret Rookery Parking):


http://goo.gl/maps/aa2J5


Green Heron in El Cerrito

blofbern1
 

In early evening I parked behind the Peet's store on the corner of San Pablo Avenue across from El Cerrito Plaza, and wandered over to the vegetation where El Cerrito Creek emerges at the south end of the parking lot. Suddenly a Green Heron flew from the ground to an overhanging branch, and eyed me with suspicion.

Ken Berniker
El Cerrito


Saw the Lime Ridge Phainopepla this morning

Betty Lobos
 

Saw the male Phainopepla this morning while walking along the Ygnacio Canal Trail. It was north of Ygnacio Valley Rd, just a bit north of the Bayberry Dr entrance from the bike path into the adjacent neighborhood.  I was so excited, since it had been years, & surprised, but I see, now that I check the EBB sightings emails, that a pair has been seen in this area of Lime Ridge.  That will teach me to check my EBB emails!!  Wanted to update everyone they are still there.
--Betty


Re: Head to Livermore next week

rth95
 

Thanks for all the info.    

Little Round top..............looks like would do the loop trail, correct

Will be out that way for a couple of weeks so this gives me some great new areas to bird.   Cannot wait to get out there and enjoy the weather and the wine.

Randy



Head to Livermore next week

rth95
 

Will be heading out to Livermore next week on what is now is turning into a annual trip.  Was hoping to find the following


Pygmy Nuthatch

Allen Hummingbird

Band Tail Pigeon

Possibly Olive Sided Flycatcher


Was planning on going into the City one day to search for the first two, probably at SF Botanical Gardens.  Is this the best place or should I concentrate elsewhere? Will take BART into City so will have to connect on bus to get up there.  How about UC Berkley Botanical Gardens?


Band Tail according to Ebird looks like Mt Davidson in City.


Is Olive Sided Flycatcher still a possibility at this time of year?


Randy H

St Petersburg, FL

Re: Mute Swan

judisierra
 

Indeed this is off topic for this list and  Mute swans are not held in high regard. (Introduced, invader, displacer) There are closer easier ones. Search NBB list

Judi Sierra, Oakland
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On Tue, 6/24/14, David Rosen davidr222@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Mute Swan
To: "EBB_Sightings@..." <EBB_Sightings@...>
Date: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:28 PM


 



   


     
       
       
       This is a bit far afield but very
unusual.  There is a Mute Swan on the Noyo River outside
Fort Bragg in Mendocino County.  Fort Bragg is about 10
miles north of the town of Mendocino.
The
bird is very far from its normal range.  I saw the
bird yesterday, June 23.  I was
told that the sighting was confirmed by the local Audubon
Society.  The
swan has been in residence for quite some time and is not at
all shy.  It swims around in an open area and tolerates
fairly close approach.  
To
view the bird is a small adventure.  It is necessary to
travel up the river by boat.  However, the distance is
quite short.  You can rent a kayak from a company called
Liquid Fusion.  They are quite close to the location of the
bird and the staff there is very familiar with the location
of the bird.  
By
the way, the Noyo River is quite lovely. Only a short
distance from the harbor you find yourself in wonderful
natural surroundings.  
David
Rosen

     
     

     
     



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Mute Swan

David Rosen
 

This is a bit far afield but very unusual.  There is a Mute Swan on the Noyo River outside Fort Bragg in Mendocino County.  Fort Bragg is about 10 miles north of the town of Mendocino.

The bird is very far from its normal range.  I saw the bird yesterday, June 23.  I was told that the sighting was confirmed by the local Audubon Society.  The swan has been in residence for quite some time and is not at all shy.  It swims around in an open area and tolerates fairly close approach.  

To view the bird is a small adventure.  It is necessary to travel up the river by boat.  However, the distance is quite short.  You can rent a kayak from a company called Liquid Fusion.  They are quite close to the location of the bird and the staff there is very familiar with the location of the bird.  

By the way, the Noyo River is quite lovely. Only a short distance from the harbor you find yourself in wonderful natural surroundings.  

David Rosen

Re: Unfriending Ravens at Mountain View Cemetery

Charles Ashman
 

thanks for the warning...I once saw crows dealing this way with a raven while vultures circled very low inspecting the fray...

Unfriending Ravens at Mountain View Cemetery

debbie viess
 

I am familiar with the terminology used on the Facebook site, but I don't actually participate. I prefer my face time in real time, and I like my faces to sometimes include beaks.


Mostly, at least in my delusions, it is one big peaceable kingdom out there. As a top chain predator, at least here in Oakland, I get to stand outside of the dramas and just observe. It's not me, after all, that is being eaten or chased. Most of the time.


Yesterday I had the pleasure of observing a big goofy cohort of fledged ravens at the Mountain View Cemetery, perched atop the broad limb of an oak, and being fed by their hard working Mom. Awwwww. In the midst of this familial scene, I spied a worn raven feather, dropped from above, and spiraling down to the ground.


I stooped to pick it up, thinking it was a gift. Boy, was I wrong.


In the back of my head I remembered reading somewhere … Conrad Lorenz or maybe in "Mind of the Raven"

about a corvid researcher who carried a black cloth in his hand … and was mobbed by furious flocks of crows. But geez, this is just a single feather, right? Wrong.


Within seconds, the small, slender raven representation in my hand was spotted by the parents, and all hell broke loose. Both of them started shrieking at me, and doing fly-overs. OK, OK, I'm dropping it. Not good enough. Now I was getting marked for the benefit of the kids … Mom continued to chase me away, swooping low, and cawing loudly, even after I showed them there was nothing in my hands. Once branded, that's it, folks.


I finally turned a corner, and they dropped back. But the lesson wasn't quite over for the children. I then heard the parents making a very loud and staccato vocalization … rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat, repeated four times, for emphasis. Wow, that's driving it home!


I am gonna have to retire my reddish shirt and that particular hat for my future walks there. Thank goodness they didn't see my car, too, or there would be no safe blue Pruises in Oakland!


Word to the wise: don't carry black things in your hands while observing corvids, especially at that stage of their nest investment. They just won't listen to reason. I was definitely run outta Dodge, my own tail between my legs.


So much for a peaceable kingdom.


Sorreee Ravens. :(


A Chastened Debbie Viess in Oakland

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Oakland

John Luther
 

Today, June 23, my son David Luther saw the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at a feeder at 7:10 AM.  It was there about 15 seconds and not seen since.  I assume that this is the same bird that was seen here (Exeter Drive in Oakland Hills) May 24, 25, 27.  It might be nesting some where in the hills or just roaming around.
 
John Luther
Oakland

Hayward Shoreline

Bob Richmond
 

Yesterday afternoon during an incoming tide with not much mudflat showing I saw a flock of small shorebirds. Most were Western Sandpipers with several dozen Semipalmated Plovers, 6 Snowy Plovers, and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Bob

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Re: A little help please - mystery flycatcher, maybe ash throated?

Mike Shannon
 


Sorry, I meant Round Valley, northeast of Livermore....

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Sent:Mon Jun 23 02:08:36 UTC 2014
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] A little help please - mystery flycatcher, maybe ash throated?


 


Hi folks, while hiking at around Valley we saw this beautiful bird. I am thinking it is an Ash Throated Flycatcher. The brown tail and beautiful raised crown made me lean that way. I would love to hear others view on this.

Btw, also saw western bluebirds, a whole tree full of them on the downslope into the round valley and a lark sparrow along the dry creek. Of course, many finches, a few robins, a red tailed hawk, crows, turkey vultures, scrub jays, some swallows ( not sure which ones)

Mike Shannon
Castro Valley

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To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent:Sun Jun 22 03:10:06 UTC 2014
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Phainopeplas at Lime Ridge, Walnut Creek


 

A pair of Phainopeplas was present in their usual (mid-April to mid-July) area of Lime Ridge in Walnut Creek this afternoon at 1:00.  To get to the Phainopepla spot, park at the trailhead opposite the clubhouse of the Boundary Oaks golf course at the end of Valley Vista Road.  Walk up the Ohlone Trail (the only trail) and turn left at the first trail junction, staying on the Ohlone Trail.  You will soon come to a gate.  Start watching and listening for the Phainopeplas from this point along the trail past the upper end of the golf driving range.  Also present in the area were a couple singing Rufous-crowned Sparrows and typical oak savannah birds.


Happy birding,


Joel Herr

A little help please - mystery flycatcher, maybe ash throated?

Mike Shannon
 


Hi folks, while hiking at around Valley we saw this beautiful bird. I am thinking it is an Ash Throated Flycatcher. The brown tail and beautiful raised crown made me lean that way. I would love to hear others view on this.

Btw, also saw western bluebirds, a whole tree full of them on the downslope into the round valley and a lark sparrow along the dry creek. Of course, many finches, a few robins, a red tailed hawk, crows, turkey vultures, scrub jays, some swallows ( not sure which ones)

Mike Shannon
Castro Valley

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----- Original Message -----
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Sent:Sun Jun 22 03:10:06 UTC 2014
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Phainopeplas at Lime Ridge, Walnut Creek


 

A pair of Phainopeplas was present in their usual (mid-April to mid-July) area of Lime Ridge in Walnut Creek this afternoon at 1:00.  To get to the Phainopepla spot, park at the trailhead opposite the clubhouse of the Boundary Oaks golf course at the end of Valley Vista Road.  Walk up the Ohlone Trail (the only trail) and turn left at the first trail junction, staying on the Ohlone Trail.  You will soon come to a gate.  Start watching and listening for the Phainopeplas from this point along the trail past the upper end of the golf driving range.  Also present in the area were a couple singing Rufous-crowned Sparrows and typical oak savannah birds.


Happy birding,


Joel Herr

Nighthawk negative report

Bruce Mast
 

Following up on an eBird report of a Common Nighthawk last night, I spent 45 minutes between 7:45 and 8:30 skywatching along Highway 24 between Broadway and the north end of Lake Temescal. No nighthawk in evidence.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

Re: Phainopeplas at Lime Ridge, Walnut Creek

Tom Bennett
 

Went there about the same time and saw them.

Great directions! Saw a female near the gate….then about 300 yds down the trail (near the end of the driving range, which is to the left of the trail) there is a large California Buckeye and Oak to the left of the trail. We saw 5 or 6 flying, plus several singles perching in the oaks that are around a dip in the trail.

To get primed, we listened to their call before going. The Audubon App (2nd Ut call) was right on. Thanks for passing on the sighting. This was a life bird for us.

Tom


On Jun 21, 2014, at 8:10 PM, emupilot@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings@...> wrote:


A pair of Phainopeplas was present in their usual (mid-April to mid-July) area of Lime Ridge in Walnut Creek this afternoon at 1:00.  To get to the Phainopepla spot, park at the trailhead opposite the clubhouse of the Boundary Oaks golf course at the end of Valley Vista Road.  Walk up the Ohlone Trail (the only trail) and turn left at the first trail junction, staying on the Ohlone Trail.  You will soon come to a gate.  Start watching and listening for the Phainopeplas from this point along the trail past the upper end of the golf driving range.  Also present in the area were a couple singing Rufous-crowned Sparrows and typical oak savannah birds.


Happy birding,


Joel Herr