Shorebirds and Black Skimmers at Hayward Shoreline


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.


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


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


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


Ken Berniker

El Cerrito

Barn Owls hissing up a storm at Ward and Santa Fe, Tuesday 7.15.2014

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>


Out for a walk on this pretty summer evening, at 9:15pm, we heard the Barn Owls that reside in the Palm trees at the intersection of Ward Avenue and Sante Fe Avenue (at the Kensington/El Cerrito Border, I think, opposite the Lutheran church). Quite loud hissing.
Daylight will show owl pellets on the sidewalk most days.

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan

Coyote Hills (7/12) - White-crowned Sparrow, Hooded Orioles

Jerry Ting

This (7/12/2014) morning I found an adult nuttalli White-crowned Sparrow in the back of Nectar Garden near the honey bee boxes.  A quite unusual sighting in the East Bay during the summer time.  Here is the photo:


I also saw one Pacific-slope Flycatcher, two (a male and a female) Hooded Oriole, several Bullock's Oriole and lots of Anna's and selasphorus hummingbirds in the garden.


Lots of fledglings in the Main Marsh along the DUST Trail including Marsh Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black Phoebe, House Finch, Red-winged Blackbird and Northern Harrier.  There were also 50+ American White Pelican in the DUST Pond.


Happy Birding,


Jerry Ting




Golden Gate Audubon Society Second Friday Walk 7.11.14 at Tilden on the Gorge Trail

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>

Tilden Regional Park, Contra Costa, US-CA
Jul 11, 2014 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Golden Gate Audubon Society Second Friday Birdwalk, July 11, 2014, for a party of 32, meeting at Meadows Playfield . We walked up the Gorge Trail to the intersection with the Curran Trail (this is also below Brook picnic site), where we were not disappointed and heard two Pacific Wrens "countersigning"- one starts and a second comes right in. The Pacific Wren was split off from the eastern populations of the Winter Wren, based on vocalizations, morphology, and reproductive isolation in western Canada where the Eastern and Western types of Winter Wren met. We heard lots of Swainson's Thrush songs; the fluting spiral is the Advertising Song, and it stops once young birds of a nest have fledged. Swainson's has populations in the West (really just along the coast) in riparian habitat; these are "russet-backed", and they overwinter in Central America. The great majority of Swainson' s are of the "olive-backed" clan, are in the north and eastern North America and nest in montane fir forests across Canada, and they migrate to South America (as far as Argentina). Can you say "upcoming species split".?

Thank you to Tom B. for bringing the scope, and Safe Journey! to our Swedish visitors!

Here are the 23 species seen:

Red-tailed Hawk X
Band-tailed Pigeon X
Mourning Dove X
Anna's Hummingbird X
Nuttall's Woodpecker X
Hairy Woodpecker X good look at a pair (male and females)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher X
Hutton's Vireo X
Steller's Jay X
Chestnut-backed Chickadee X
Bushtit X
Red-breasted Nuthatch X
Brown Creeper X
Pacific Wren 2 countersinging
Bewick's Wren X
Wrentit X
Swainson's Thrush X
American Robin X
Wilson's Warbler X tail was pale, not black, and bird was fanning it very excitedly
Spotted Towhee X
Dark-eyed Junco X
Purple Finch X
Lesser Goldfinch X

We'll meet at the Tilden Nature Area parking lot, August 1, 2014 for the First Friday BIrdwalk next month, and at Point Isabel (Rydin Road entrance)on August 8, 2014 for the Second Friday.

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan

WFO's Conference in San Diego in October

David Quady and Nancy Boas

Hi, Birders:

Registration is now open to all for Western Field Ornithologists' 39th Annual Conference in San Diego, CA October 8-12. You can register at the WFO web site (

There are still spots open (but they're filling fast) on most of our field trips as well as workshops on identification of warblers (Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett), sparrows (Homer Hansen), and vireos (Peter Pyle), and bird specimen preparation (Phil Unitt). More information is available on the WFO web site.

I hope to see you there.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California

Lafayette Reservoir


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


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

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.


Egret Rookery on Bay Farm Island, Alameda, CA


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-

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):

Green Heron in El Cerrito


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.

Re: Head to Livermore next week

R H <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.


Head to Livermore next week


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


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

On Tue, 6/24/14, David Rosen [EBB_Sightings] <> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Mute Swan
To: "" <>
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.
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.  
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.  
the way, the Noyo River is quite lovely. Only a short
distance from the harbor you find yourself in wonderful
natural surroundings.  



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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

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