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Contra Costa county 7/21

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,
Was able to spend the whole day in Contra Costa on Sunday. It was great to get back in touch with one of my favorite counties.
Started the morning off at 7:00AM at the Orinda Connector Trail. I was leading a Mount Diablo Audubon Society Young Birders club walk.
Highlights included:
Wood Duck-7, 6 chicks following an adult female
White-throated Swift-1 circling with swallows overhead
Selasphorus Hummingbird-1, Allen's probably more likely given location, though Rufous are coming through in numbers already.
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Swainson's Thrush-1
HERMIT WARBLER-1 early-ish fall migrant

After much debate of whether to head to the West County Sewer Ponds or to the North County marshes, I opted for the latter. A stop at Waterbird Park was decent. While Albert Linkowski had singleton Red and Red-necked Phalaropes the day before at the Waterbird Way pond, my cursory look only detected about 100 Wilson's (wish I'd known about the Red Phalarope at the time!)
Nonetheless, there were some shorebirds including:
Greater Yellowlegs-1
Long-billed Dowitcher-20

Next headed to Iron House Sanitary District. The shallow pond, the one normally hosting scores of shorebirds and ducks, was completely dry. I walked from the entrance all the way out to the plantation of pines and back. Even without the shorebird-attracting water body, the spot was still very diverse. Highlights included:
California Quail-2 by the entrance. My first here
American Bittern-2
Green Heron-1
Marbled Godwit-1 flying over the channel
Long-billed Dowitcher-2 flying over the channel
Black Rail-2
Black-chinned Hummingbird-1
Orange-crowned Warbler-1 acting like a migrant
CHIPPING SPARROW-1 very early migrant. I was surprised to find this nice streaky juvenile flying around the road. My first in Contra Costa since 2012, and my first for East county.
Blue Grosbeak-8, seemed like a good count since I haven't personally seen them here before!

Pumped with a few nice migrants, I headed on to Piper Slough and Bethel Island. Dead. Not a single bird of note besides the Summer resident Hooded Orioles. Oh well. Off to Holland Tract.

The Holland Tract was little improvement from Bethel, but a Black-chinned HUmmingbird was a welcome find.

Continued on to southeast county, heading straight to Clifton Court. The forebay was packed with birds on the far southern side, but that was too far away to pick through the smaller species. Six Mute Swans were together in the southeast corner of the forebay. Seven Least Sandpipers circled around the forebay.

After that, I headed to Byron Airport Preserve. While Savannah Sparrows, Tricolored Blackbirds, Loggerhead Shrikes, and Burrowing Owls eluded me on this trip, I did find a Horned Lark and a few Western Meadowlarks.

On to the Byron WTP, I was shocked to see quite a few shorebirds present, most in the northern pond. They included:
Black-necked Stilt-18
American Avocet-5
Killdeer-2
Greater Yellowlegs-5
Least Sandpiper-3
Western Sandpiper-11
Long-billed Dowitcher-3

On to Dow Wetlands preserve. The sun was starting to sink, and I realized I just had a few more stops left. Here, I found eight Cinnamon Teal and a Green Heron, as well as the ever-present colony of Grackles.

I wanted to hit the bayside before the day was out, but as it was high tide, I did not know where to go.

I normally avoid Pt. Pinole because I can't seem to find birds there, but I thought maybe it would be a roost site for shorebirds at high tide. I was wrong. No birds. Oh well.

I continued onto one spot I thought could be good, the Richmond Sewer ponds, as birds pushed off the mudflats on the bay may come up here. One hobby of mine on these long days is to count shorebirds. Not many to count in the first (southmost) pond, but the next pond north was packed with peeps. After I counted about 115 Western Sandpipers and 25 Least Sandpipers, my jaw dropped and legs started trembling. Well, you all know what happened. I would like to encourage increased coverage of this spot in the coming years. It is the best place in Contra Costa for Semipalmated (the only place for this one?), Bairds, and Pectoral Sandpipers, and Lesser Yellowlegs, and you never know what will show up (wonder how many Asian goodies have passed by undetected in years past).

All in all, another great day in Contra Costa. Found about 115 species over 13 hours. Highlights included seeing a small push of passerine migrants/dispersants and a very nice movement of shorebirds (including, well, the Red-necked Stint, the obvious highlight of the day and a FIRST RECORD FOR THE BAY AREA). Decided lowlights were the absence of Shrikes anywhere (I really hope this species holds on for a while as a common breeder in east county, but today gave me some doubts) and the increasing Mute Swan population at Clifton Court. I was stunned to not see a single Anna's Hummingbird all day, and also did not see many easy bayside species (Willet, Long-billed Curlew, etc) as well as many common breeders in the dry hills (Diablo Range).

Nonetheless, its always a fun adventure to bird Contra Costa. Always something new in store.

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco


Richmond Sewage Ponds

tracy_farrington
 

As with Hugh Harvey and many others, I was unable to locate the stint, this morning. I believe that Hugh left a little after 9:30am.  I was there from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The lone PECTORAL SANDPIPER was found moving between the two southern ponds.


Good birding,

Tracy Farrington

Walnut Creek


Stint not seen Tuesday before 9:30 AM

rosita94598
 

Not seeing the messages about the Richmond Red-necked Stint until late yesterday, I gave it a try this morning.  Searching with others between just after 7 AM until after 9:30, the Stint was not seen by anyone.  A number of other observers stayed on or were still arriving as I left.

We did have great views of the Pectoral Sandpiper, which arrived late yesterday.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



2014.07.21 -- Red-necked Stint images

Michael Park
 

The RED-NECKED STINT seen in Richmond was a feast for the eyes. I enjoyed photos posted by Mark Rauzon and John Sterling.

A few images from a slightly different angle than those already posted are here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/sets/72157645427218878/


Michael Park
Berkeley


Stint a no show this evening

Bruce Mast
 

I was the last one to leave at 8:30 and the stint didn't show. Others reported having been on site since 2:30 with no luck. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER flew in sometime around 8 pm. Good luck tomorrow.

Bruce Mast
Oakland


Not Stint as of 2:30

Danny Swicegood <zenbirder1960@...>
 

The stint wasn’t see again as of 2:30 when I left. 

I did find a set of new-looking Zeiss front and rear lens caps at the pull-off on Pittsburgh Ave. at Richmond Parkway.  Contact me off-list and I’ll get them to you.

Good birding,

 

Danny Swicegood

Benicia, CA

 

"Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.”

Ariostophanes

424 B.C.E.

 


Re: I mean Red-necked STINT

Mark Rauzon
 


The Red-necked Stint was active in the NE corner of the north pond at the Richmond Sewage Plant at 10:30 am. I managed a few flight shots as the leaf blowers at the front of the plant flushed the flock of Western Sandpipers it was in. 


They were moving about and once left the north pond for the southern pond but soon returned. 
Hope it returns. Great find by Logan Kahle. 

Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Red-necked Stilt- flying pix

Mark Rauzon
 


The Red-necked Stilt was active in the NE corner of the north pond at the Richmond Sewage Plant at 10:30 am. I managed a few flight shots as the leaf blowers at the front of the plant flushed the flock of Western Sandpipers it was in. 

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h261b3ec5#h3665a18c

They were moving about and once left the north pond for the southern pond but soon returned. 
Hope it returns. Great find by Logan Kahle. 

Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Re: Red-necked Stint NO!

judisierra
 

It was last seen shortly after 11 by someone trying to get us on it, then the whole flock took off towards the north spooked? by something.
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On Mon, 7/21/14, Bruce Berman bruce.berman@yahoo.com [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Red-necked Stint NO!
To: "EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com" <EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:58 PM


 









About 20 of us dipped on
the Red-necked Stint at the Richmond Sewage Ponds late this
morning. The gf and I were there from about 11:15 - 1:00. We
did see about 60 peeps before registering at the facility,
but by the time we got back to the ponds there were only a
handful of birds there. If you see the stint, please let us
know so we can try again (didn't see the report until
mid-morning).
Thanks,Bruce
BermanSierra
Vista, AZ









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Red-necked Stint NO!

bruce.berman
 

About 20 of us dipped on the Red-necked Stint at the Richmond Sewage Ponds late this morning. The gf and I were there from about 11:15 - 1:00. We did see about 60 peeps before registering at the facility, but by the time we got back to the ponds there were only a handful of birds there. If you see the stint, please let us know so we can try again (didn't see the report until mid-morning).

Thanks,
Bruce Berman
Sierra Vista, AZ


Re: Continuing RED-NECKED STINT, Contra Costa

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

The Stint continued through 10:45 and m.ob. on-site when I left.

The treatment plant has a parking area and an admin office where many of us signed in.  I assume the early group was scoping from Richmond Parkway looking into the ponds from the west.
When I arrived the gates were open (accessed via Pittsburg/Garden Tract Rd. intersection) and birders were at the SW corner of the northermost pond; better access to the pond but also more potential for flushing the bird.  And likely not available to folks arriving in the evening. I may post some photos, but John Sterling's put mine to shame. 

Nice work Logan!

Bob Power
Oakland, CA


On Monday, July 21, 2014 8:07 AM, "Logan Kahle logan@... [EBB_Sightings]" wrote:


 
Hi all,
The adult breeding RED-NECKED STINT that I found last evening continues this morning, tending to the Northmost pond. Many photos were taken and expert opinion confirmed the specific ID.
It was first spotted this morning by Jon Dunn.
Good birding,
Logan




adult Red-necked Stint photos

John Sterling
 

I just placed photos of the adult Red-necked Stint on my Recent Photos gallery on my website...www.sterlingbirds.com.  Found by Logan Kahle that night in Richmond at the sewage ponds, this is a first for Contra Costa County. Refound this morning by Jon Dunn, Logan, Luther, Lomax, Mike Park, Lisa Hug, Dan Singer, Cedric Duhalde and special guest, Louis Bevier currently living in New England!


John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling@...
www.sterlingbirds.com


Continuing RED-NECKED STINT, Contra Costa

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,
The adult breeding RED-NECKED STINT that I found last evening continues this morning, tending to the Northmost pond. Many photos were taken and expert opinion confirmed the specific ID.
It was first spotted this morning by Jon Dunn.
Good birding,
Logan


STINT in Richmond, CA

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,
This evening, at the end of doing a run through Contra Costa county (I will post full details once the adrenalin runs out), I found an adult, breeding plumaged STINT species at the Richmond Sewer Ponds. I found the bird at around 7:45PM and stayed on it until around 8:00PM, but lost it around then. I searched the same flock for the next 30 minutes but was unsuccessful in refinding the bird.
The bird was in with about 115 Western Sandpipers and 25 Least Sandpipers.
I have yet to draw a conclusive ID, but from what I have heard from experts, I'm leaning towards Red-necked. I will pass around the photos to experts to see if it is identifiable from those pictures.
I will be there tomorrow morning at a little after 6:00AM for those who are interested in looking for the bird. Richmond Sewer ponds are accessible by parking on Pittsburg avenue immediately west of the Richmond Parkway then walking north along the western sidewalk of the richmond parkway and looking west into the ponds. The bird was in the second-to-southmost pond in the string of four ponds.
Photos of the bird can be seen here: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/46812934@N04/sets/72157645760358986/
Hope to see you in the morning...
Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco


Re: Wilson's Phalaropes

Jeff Acuff
 


I should add that there were also 2 red-necked phalaropes on the pond today.


On Sunday, July 20, 2014 5:58 PM, Jeff Acuff wrote:


After noticing multiple eBird reports of Wilson's Phalarope at the pond between Waterbird Way and Waterfront Road in Martinez, I went to see what I could find this afternoon.  I found and was was able to count just over 100.  The first EBird report for the location was July 5, and recent counts have been up to and over 150 individuals.

So apparently this is not only a large concentration for CCC, but the birds have chosen to linger.

Good Birding,
Jeff Acuff
Lafayette



Wilson's Phalaropes

Jeff Acuff
 

After noticing multiple eBird reports of Wilson's Phalarope at the pond between Waterbird Way and Waterfront Road in Martinez, I went to see what I could find this afternoon.  I found and was was able to count just over 100.  The first EBird report for the location was July 5, and recent counts have been up to and over 150 individuals.

So apparently this is not only a large concentration for CCC, but the birds have chosen to linger.

Good Birding,
Jeff Acuff
Lafayette


Shorebirds and Black Skimmers at Hayward Shoreline

dp_eas
 

Using a scope, I viewed 7-8 Black Skimmers roosting and evidently nesting on islets near the Hayward Shoreline Interpretative Center.  Least Terns were still attending nests on an adjoining islet.  I hadn’t realized the skimmers were nesting at Hayward this year.
 
On the bay near Johnson’s Landing there were 2 early Dunlin, one of which retained it’s black belly, and 2 Ruddy Turnstones.
 
This portion of Hayward Shoreline is reached from the Hwy 92 Clawiter Exit.  Park at the Interpretative Center and walk west 1.2 miles towards Johnson’s Landing, then look east into the Hayward Marsh.  The usual Forster’s Terns nesting islets were landbridged, but many Forster’s were carrying food to islets deeper into the marsh.
 
Emilie Strauss
Berkeley, CA


MLK Shoreline white pelicans.

ROBERT VAUGHAN
 

Yesterday and today at 10:00 AM 24 white pelicans in the water feeding off Arrowhead Marsh seen from the Garritson Point side.  I was able to count them as they took off and flew single-file to the Garritson Point side.  Within a few minutes they had returned to their original location.

Bob Vaughan


Junco family in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Within a few days after Rosita and I returned from Chile in early June, I saw our female Dark-eyed Junco feeding a baby Cowbird in our patio.  It is not the first time we have had this happen.  The significance this year is that the mother does not have a left foot.  We have no idea how she lost it, but she has been coming to our patio for a long time.  We were happy to know she was a mother and doing well, just not so crazy about the baby she was raising.


She has been present many times since, sometimes with a male, sometimes he is alone.  Today she brought a fledgling Junco with her.  This makes us even happier.  It seems like quite an accomplishment for her, though she seems to move around in our patio without any difficulty.


Fred Safier and I had independent 5-Heron days in Heather Farm Park this morning.  One each of Great and Snowy Egret, one Great Blue Heron, one Black-crowned Night-Heron and two Green Heron chicks.  Now all we need is the American Bittern which was here last winter.


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek


Red Knots at Richmond shoreline

berniker@...
 

Yesterday around noon at low tide there were two of what I'm pretty certain were Red Knots in bright plumage, foraging on the inland mudflat about 1/3 of the way from S. 51st Street to Meeker Slough. Picture taken with my smartphone through a scope (first time I tried that) at https://plus.google.com/photos/108870751466009512315/albums/6036683455331974097/6036683710440950226?banner=pwa&pid=6036683710440950226&oid=108870751466009512315https://plus.google.com/photos/108870751466009512315/albums/6036683455331974097/6036683710440950226?banner=pwa&pid=6036683710440950226&oid=108870751466009512315

 

Ken Berniker

El Cerrito


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