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Solitary sandpiper update.

Jeff Fairclough
 

I see that there were no posts about the Solitary Sandpiper today.  We saw that there were negative emails in the last couple of days, but decided that we  should go anyway (being West Bay birders we visit a few times every year, and it's our favorite Alameda County location).  Along the Willows Trail we met a very nice birder who reported that she had recently seen the Solitary Sandpiper, we continued and at 10;20 am it 'popped up' as we arrived (talk about a welcome!), in the previously reported spot.  Laurie got some nice photos, with a Greater Yellowlegs, for comparison.It was a good visit, despite the dry marshes.  D.U.S.T. Marsh was a highlight.  Both species of Dowitchers (including juveniles), Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Northern Shovelers, with Turkey Vultures on same berms as American White Pelicans.  We had a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the trees around the Visitor Center; 3 Lesser Yellowlegs in the channel south of the D.U.S.T. Trail, a juvenile Cooper's Hawk being mobbed by at least 30 Barn Swallows and a female American Kestrel along Alameda Creek.

Good visit, enjoy the East Bay, thanks

Jeff Fairclough and Laurie Graham,
South San Francisco

Re: House Finch w/ Eye Tumor - a bit off topic - Photo Link

Cal Walters
 

Here are a series of photos I was able to capture of the bird.  The growth could also be an infection.


A few suggestion have come regarding the Lindsey Museum (thanks Lisa & Pat) I'll reach out to them.

Cal




On Aug 25, 2014, at 6:44 PM, Calvin Walters calw@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

I believe 2 years ago, there was a disease of the eye that wiped out much of the house finch population.   


I recalled seeing some with gummy looking eyes and then most of the flock were gone.  

This year I have one with a very red tumor that surrounds the eye above and below. The bird is very sedate and note swirling around the feeder like the others.  It is quite thick relative to the head overall.  Does this sound like the same disease or something different.  I recall the advice was put away the feeder to reduce the flocking around an item that could spread the disease.  Any thoughts on water features?

 I am going to try to capture a photo. Please feel free to reply directly to me unless others are seeing something similar.


Cal Walters
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Cal Walters
Follow my Blog at calwalters.com





House Finch w/ Eye Tumor - a bit off topic.

Cal Walters
 

I believe 2 years ago, there was a disease of the eye that wiped out much of the house finch population.   

I recalled seeing some with gummy looking eyes and then most of the flock were gone.  

This year I have one with a very red tumor that surrounds the eye above and below. The bird is very sedate and note swirling around the feeder like the others.  It is quite thick relative to the head overall.  Does this sound like the same disease or something different.  I recall the advice was put away the feeder to reduce the flocking around an item that could spread the disease.  Any thoughts on water features?

 I am going to try to capture a photo. Please feel free to reply directly to me unless others are seeing something similar.


Cal Walters
Follow my Blog at calwalters.com





Newhall Community Park, Concord

Laura Look <chamaea@...>
 

Inspired by an eBird report of migrants at Newhall Community Park in Concord and the fact that I hadn't been there in years, I strolled the park for a few hours mid-day today (Mon., August 25).

Migrants found were:

Yellow Warblers (several)
Wilson's Warbler (1)
Western Tanager (several)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1 who called, plus 2 probables who didn't call)
WILLOW FLYCATCHER (2, including 1 who called and gave stupendous views)

There was also a Wood-pewee, which I would not have questioned except that the eBird report included an Eastern Wood-pewee. The bird I saw did have a paler throat and stronger white wing-bars than the average Western, but appeared too strongly vested for Eastern. However, the bird did not call, so I cannot be certain. If someone wants to check it, the wood-pewee was sallying from eucalyptus in the riparian area between the 2 ponds; convenient viewing was from a half-circle lawn east of the creek. The wood-pewee was present at least from about 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Also, a local Green Heron was in the creek.

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA

Common Murre - Richmond Yacht Harbor

ccoon.wildwood5@...
 

There were two Common Murres in the NE corner of the yacht harbor at 2:45 PM

Windy / high tide


Spotted Sandpiper on the rocks in the same area.


Robert Coon  El Cerrito


Monterey Bay Birding Festival Pelagic Opportunities

DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi@...>
 

Hello, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys is proud to be the provider of pelagic trips for the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, September 25 - 28, headquartered in Watsonville. Kenn Kaufman will present the keynote talk on Saturday, September 27th at 7 p.m. Festival web site:

Popular leaders, Scott & Linda Terrill will present a seabird workshop on Thursday, September 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 

Pelagic birding opportunities for folks attending the festival include the trips listed below, including trips for folks arriving earlier than the festival dates. Trips are open to anyone whether attending the festival, or not. We have a great line up of leaders! Debi Shearwater will be co-leading on all trips. Book pelagic trips directly with Debi Shearwater; debi@....

SEP. 19: BODEGA BAY: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Jennifer Green
SEP. 21: HALF MOON BAY: Steve Hampton, Marisa Ortega-Welch, Will Brooks
SEP. 24: HALF MOON BAY: Jon Dunn, Peter Pyle, Jim Holmes, Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green
SEP. 25: MONTEREY BAY: Jon Dunn, Jim Danzenbaker, Nick Levendosky
SEP. 26: MONTEREY BAY: Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman, Scott & Linda Terrill
SEP. 27: MONTEREY BAY: Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green
SEP. 28: MONTEREY BAY: Rick Fournier, Marissa Ortega-Welch, Courtenay Ray

See our latest trip report with Beth Hamel's images, for the Shearwater Journeys's August 22 Monterey pelagic trip at:

Highlights were many: a leucistic BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER; great views of a SCRIPPS'S MURRELET; all three jaeger species, including a spectacular robbery of a fish from a SABINE'S GULL by a PARASITIC JAEGER; ocean sunfish sucking in by-the-wind-sailors; Risso's dolphin with a deformed dorsal fin, and more. It was quite a day!

Our very next trip is this Monday, Labor Day, September 1 departing from Bodega Bay. And, storm-petrels are THERE! I've declared this trip a "Leader's Party" day! Go seabirding with your favorite leaders — Steve Howell, Lisa Hug, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Tim Miller, Russ Bradley, Annie Schmidt, Al DeMartini and yours truly, will all be on board. Read about our epic September 20, 2013 Bodega Bay trip with 17,325 storm-petrels:

Let's party with the storm-petrels on September 1at Bodega Bay! 
See you out there!
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi (2 berths available)
Pacific Odyssey:  April 6 - 23 and April 23-7 May
Russian Far East Voyages: May 27 - 8 June & June 9 - 20 with Debi





Re: [SBB] Common Murres in the bay and the Farallon Islands added: (historical notes on Common Murres inside the Bay....

Mike Feighner
 

from my notes for SBB:



8-29-1997 single Common Murre, Calabasas Ponds, single sickly juvenile
passing in slough under viewing platform, likely not to have survived



from my notes for EBB:



8-25-2000 (pre 9-11 and 14 years ago TODAY) , single adult near Pt. Isabel,
Richmond, just 500 feet north of the Alameda / Contra Costa County line



--

Michael Feighner

Livermore, CA, Alameda County

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Roosevelt



From: south-bay-birds@...
[mailto:south-bay-birds@...] On Behalf Of Bob Power
rcpower@... [south-bay-birds]
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 11:52 AM
To: sbb
Subject: [SBB] Common Murres in the bay and the Farallon Islands








Hi all:



Recent trips out of Half Moon Bay had Common Murres in the harbor and Common
Murres have been reported in Richmond Harbor over the weekend. This seems
like the kind of year where a Common Murre will show up in the south bay.
Worth watching for.



In related news, the SCVAS Farallon Field Seminar with Alvaro's Adventures
was cancelled two weeks ago due to some extraordinary weather conditions.
The sea has calmed and we're heading to the Farallons out of Half Moon Bay
this Friday, August 29th. The shift from a weekend trip to a Friday trip
has created some openings. While the breeding birds of the Farallons are
the main item on our menu, including thousands of Common Murre, and the much
sought-after Tufted Puffin, we'll be looking for the west coast's only
known Northern Gannet, the Brown Booby we found on our 8/02 trip, the two
Blue-footed Boobies photographed on the island just last week, and will add
some birding along the continental shelf to the mix. If interested, please
contact me directly at bob at scvas.org.



Good birding,



Bob Power












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Re: Common Murre

C Lou
 

Make that COMMON MURRE.
Calvin Lou


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "cdlou37 cdlou37@... [EBB_Sightings]"
Date:08/25/2014 9:39 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Common Murre

 

This morning, one of Common Murder was still in the Richmond Marina.
Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

Common Murre

C Lou
 

This morning, one of Common Murder was still in the Richmond Marina.
Calvin Lou
SF



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

Red-throated Loon and Common Murre In Emeryville

Sandy Steinman
 

I saw a Common Murre and Red-throated Loon Swimming back and forth together at the west end of the Emeryville Marina today around 2 pm.  Photos and bird list for today at: http://naturalhistorywanderings.com/2014/08/24/birding-photos-emeryville-shoreline-82414/

Sandy Steinman

Berkeley

 

Coyote hills - great horned owl

Becky Flanigan
 

Sorry for the late post. I was there Wednesday 8/20 in the evening and saw a great horned owl near the Hoot picnic area Another hiker said it was a juvie about 3-4 months old and he sees it most days.


We also saw a kite, 2 kestrels and a possible pacific slope flycatcher, Lots of white pelicans. No solitary sandpiper. No shore birds except an egret. Kind of an erie quiet night for birding.


Sent from iPhone. Please excuse typos and grammatical errors!

Coyote Hills Saturday AM

rosita94598
 

Sorry for the late posting, but a number of birders were at the small pond off the Willows Trail Saturday morning.  I was there over an hour, until about 10 AM, and the Solitary Sandpiper had not yet been seen.  The lack of any positive messages leads me to believe the bird was not seen by anyone yesterday.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Re: Junco feeding Cowbird fledgling--Walnut Creek

Amy Dawson
 

A friend at my house in Oakland also mentioned seeing a Junco feeding a fledgling that was much larger - he thought it was a starling, but I imagine it was also a cowbird.

Amy Dawson


From: "Peter Boffey peterboffey1@... [EBB_Sightings]"
To: East Bay Bird Sightings
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 12:38 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Junco feeding Cowbird fledgling--Walnut Creek

 
DITTO. Same observation. Noon, Sunday. Our rear patio of condo near intersection Civic and Parkside, Walnut Creek.
Peter Boffey


Green Heron at Heather Farms, Walnut Creek

Bob Hislop
 

Yesterday while walking around the Heather Farms large pond, the resident Green Heron flew in and landed right in front of me, providing an opportunity for an easy photo  (see http://twitpic.com/eapmlm for a shot with my little point-and-shoot camera).  Sorry for the late post.
 
Bob Hislop
Concord
 

Back patio Barn Swallows

Derek
 

 

I've lived in Piedmont (Dudley Court which is at the highest elevation in town)  for 14 years and typically see only see a few swallows a year.  But this summer we've  had a flock of mostly Cliff Swallows with a couple Barn Swallows mixed in active around the neighborhood for hours a day.   Yesterday, while sitting under the our back patio I kept seeing shadows through the umbrella of the swallows flying very low and hearing the Barn Swallow vocalizations. I finallly stepped our from under the umbrella to see four fledglings perched on the edge of the rooftop, fluttering their wings and squealing whenever one of their parents flew up to hover and feed them.    Today I came home from biking/birding in San Francisco to find them back at the same perch.  We don't get a lot of bird activity in our neighborhood so this was definitely a highlight of the year. 

Derek Heins

Marbled Murrelets Richmond Marina

Sheila Dickie
 

Seen today, Sat. Aug. 23rd at 4 p.m. in the Richmond Marina two Marbled Murrelets. The first was first seen in the marina in front of Salute Restaurant and I followed it with binocs as it swam out into the middle of the larger marina and seemed to be heading over to Vincent Park. As I walked back past the Harbor Masters Office at the boat ramp there was another murrelet close in. I and a friend had also seen one yesterday in the slough near the 51st Street path on the bay trail just north of Pt. Isobel but I had not been able to post.

Also in front of Salute one Pelagic Cormorant on the pontoon. And on the bay trail between Meeker Slough and 51st Street path (East side) one lone White-crowned Sparrow. Also a sizable mixed flock of Willet, Long Billed Curlew and Whimbrel in the Richmond Field Station marsh.

Best birding
Sheila Dickie

Northern Shovelers in Heather Farms large pond

Bob Hislop
 


Hi Birders,
 
 This morning (8/23/14) as I walked around Heather Farms large pond, I spotted a group of 4 Northern Shovelers out toward the center of the pond. They were (most likely) all males in eclipse plumage (eclipse plumage replaces breeding plumage after the breeding season and appears at a time when the main flight feathers are moulting).  Much thanks to Paul Schorr for confirming the IDs of these ducks!  (For a photo see  http://twitpic.com/eanmm7).
 
The resident Belted Kingfisher was also present (see  http://twitpic.com/eann49).
 
 
Bob Hislop
Concord

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on Mt Diablo Trail

Bob Hislop
 


Yesterday I found a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher on the North Peak Trail of Mt Diablo (for a photo see http://twitpic.com/eanm0n).

Bob Hislop
Concord
 

Red-necked Phalaropes Albany

Wen Hsu
 

Two Red-necked Phalaropes were seen around noon both Friday and Thursday feeding in the surf off the sandy beach near the end of Buchanan St. The beach is part of Eastshore State Park, and people walked their dogs maybe less than 20 feet away from the birds apparently without affecting their feeding.

A Common Murre was found floating close to shore south of Fleming Point on Friday. It might have some injury, and was occasionally harassed by an immature gull. Map link below:

http://tinyurl.com/qcfd7hg


Wen Hsu

Berkeley

Re: Possible Barid's sandpiper at Hayward Shoreline?

Sarah Dandridge
 

We will be there either timexooooxc

Sarah Dandridge

On Aug 22, 2014, at 7:30 PM, "Michael Pang michaelpang1223@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Today at Hayward Regional Shoreline from the West Winton Avenue I saw a possible Barid's sandpiper near Sulphur Creek. It landed at a close range with some least sandpipers. Other birds include many long billed curlews and snowy plovers and downy chicks.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91887826@N04/15004127952/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91887826@N04/14817889328/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91887826@N04/15004512885/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91887826@N04/14817977217/

Michael