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Acorn Woodpeckers UC Botanical Gardens 9:44AM September 26, 2014

Holly Sparkman
 

Berkeley. In the Coast Live Oak trees in the California section's picnic area.

Holly Sparkman
Berkeley


Swallows Vollmer Peak

j.chiropolos@...
 

Friday morning was the first morning in two weeks Vollmer Peak was not in the fog.

 

Upon walking up, several migrant songbirds were on the east side of the peak - warbling vireo and black-throated grey warbler when at 8 am a large flock of at least 500+?? violet-green swallows flew up to the peak. Several Vaux swifts were sprinked in with the swallows. It was quite spectacular as many of the swallows flew by me within 10 feet - creating one of the most memorable outside experiences this year. The flock was still foraging centered on Vollmer peak when I walked down at 8:15. a.m.

 

Migrant sparrows (sooty, white and golden crowned) are also on the peak.

 

Good birding,

Jim Chiropolos, Orinda


Tropical Kingbird Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

After of wonderful post-rain day at Point Reyes, I headed to Heather Farm Park on my bike to relax.  Rosita joined me on her bike and we were looking for pretty much anything we could find.  I reminded Rosita that Jeff Acuff had recently seen a Kingbird flying.  While viewing with the sun behind us, Rosita spied a Kingbird across the large pond, atop a tall pine in the lawn area near the wooden observation deck.  We re-found the bird easily and determined that it was, indeed, a Tropical Kingbird.  It had a bright yellow breast and belly, white throat, large bill, a slight darkish ear patch behind the eye, and no discernable whilte outer tail retrices.  We watched it interact with some House finches, Western Bluebirds and a Crow, before we lost it just north of the lawn.


As I was just beginning to look at the EBB Sightings to write this report, Kevin Hintsa called to tell me he had been in the park earlier tiday and also seen the Tropical Kingbird.  He reminded me that it also had a forked tail, which Rosita and I both missed.


Very cool!  A lifer Philadelphia Vireo at Outer Point Reyes (Mendoza Trees) and the Tropical Kingbird almost next door.  So, is it the same bird which was present here from February until well into April of this year?


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek




FOS Golden-crowned Sparrows in El Cerrito 9.25.14

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>
 

Friends!

Johan's note invites me to tell you that today, Thursday, September 25, 2014, I had two Golden-crowned Sparrows in the backyard in El Cerrito.

The Subterranean Termites emerged around 1100 hrs this morning, the first sunny day after the first significant rain of the season, as they do each year.

Best of Boids (and Bugs)!

Alan Kaplan


Re: Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

Alan Howe
 

I concur that, if there's no crest evident, it's probably a yellow-billed cardinal. I've seen both in the  Islands. The red-crested is much more widespread--in fact, if I remember correctly, it may only found on the Big Island.
Quite a sighting for CA, in my opinion.
Alan Howe
North Oakland.


On Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:54 AM, "Herb Long hrlong13@... [EBB_Sightings]" wrote:


 
Here is a picture of the yellow-billed cardinal taken this summer in the Pantanal region of Brazil.
Herb Long
Lafayette

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>To: Peter Pyle ; Jaan Lepson
>Cc: Ned Bagno ; "EBB_Sightings@..."
>Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:29 AM
>Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark
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>Aren't they found in South America? I have seen websites for buying and trading for many species too.
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>Janet Ellis
>San Leandro
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Robins in South San Ramon

Steve Taylor
 

Guess the rain brought in several American Robins to South San Ramon. It had been months since I had seen one. Love to look at,them.

Steve taylor
San Ramon


Re: Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

Herb and Randi Long
 

Here is a picture of the yellow-billed cardinal taken this summer in the Pantanal region of Brazil.
Herb Long
Lafayette




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From: "j ellis jellis502003@yahoo.com [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
To: Peter Pyle <ppyle@birdpop.org>; Jaan Lepson <lepson@ssl.berkeley.edu>
Cc: Ned Bagno <nedbagno@gmail.com>; "EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com" <EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark




Aren't they found in South America? I have seen websites for buying and trading for many species too.

Janet Ellis
San Leandro


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Re: Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>
 

Yes, Paroaria are South American.  Red-crested and Yellow-billed are found in northern Argentina, Paraguay, and parts north of there if I recall correctly. 


On Sep 25, 2014, at 11:29, j ellis <jellis502003@...> wrote:

Aren't they found  in South America? I have seen websites for buying and trading for many species too.
Janet Ellis
San Leandro

From: "Peter Pyle ppyle@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...>
To: Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>
Cc: Ned Bagno <nedbagno@...>; EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

 
I had the exact same reaction as Jaan when viewing the video. The back is too dark, the reduced red on neck and breast, and the lack of a more-crested look are more appropriate for Yellow-billed Cardinal. I'm very familiar with both species from Hawaii.

Two other Paroaria have also been found in Hawaii via the cage trade, and I don't know how to tell these from Yellow-billed, or if this can be accomplished from the video.

For more info and photos on Yellow-billed Cardinal in Hawaii:
http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/pdfs/07-ZOST-ESTR/YBCA.pdf
http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/HRBP-Pages/07-ZOST-ESTR/YBCA-HRBP.htm

and brief information on the other two Paroaria:

http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/NonEstablished.htm

Cheers,

Peter

At 11:13 AM 9/25/2014, Jaan Lepson lepson@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
 

Based on its general appearance and the absence of a crest, my conclusion is that it is probably not a Red-crested Cardinal. Yellow-billed (Paroaria capitata) looks more likely to me (well established on the Big Island of Hawai'i and also a cage bird in places).  There are other crestless Paroaria as well, but less likely to found in the trade.

Jaan Lepson
Livermore


On Sep 25, 2014, at 09:19, Ned Bagno nedbagno@... [EBB_Sightings] < EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Although I'm not a "birder" per say I am interested and generally know when I see something out of the ordinary. Yesterday, Wednesday 24 September around 5pm I spotted what I believe is a Red-crested cardinal at the Newark side of Don Edwards. Location was in the bushes and small bridge by the two outhouses near the pump house. The coloring IMO was exactly like the image I've seen online except the crest was not raised.

I only had my cell phone, so I was only able to capture a crappy video. I did attempt to zoom in with the phone. The bird flew off towards the east just over the outhouses. Here is the video link on Google drive 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Df1Qk0tiHSNElOZWVPMEhSYWc/edit?usp=sharing

Regards,

Ned





=============================
Jaan Lepson

University of California
Space Sciences Laboratory
7 Gauss Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-7451


Re: Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

janet ellis
 

Aren't they found  in South America? I have seen websites for buying and trading for many species too.
Janet Ellis
San Leandro


From: "Peter Pyle ppyle@... [EBB_Sightings]"
To: Jaan Lepson
Cc: Ned Bagno ; EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2014 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

 
I had the exact same reaction as Jaan when viewing the video. The back is too dark, the reduced red on neck and breast, and the lack of a more-crested look are more appropriate for Yellow-billed Cardinal. I'm very familiar with both species from Hawaii.

Two other Paroaria have also been found in Hawaii via the cage trade, and I don't know how to tell these from Yellow-billed, or if this can be accomplished from the video.

For more info and photos on Yellow-billed Cardinal in Hawaii:
http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/pdfs/07-ZOST-ESTR/YBCA.pdf
http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/HRBP-Pages/07-ZOST-ESTR/YBCA-HRBP.htm

and brief information on the other two Paroaria:

http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/NonEstablished.htm

Cheers,

Peter

At 11:13 AM 9/25/2014, Jaan Lepson lepson@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
 

Based on its general appearance and the absence of a crest, my conclusion is that it is probably not a Red-crested Cardinal. Yellow-billed (Paroaria capitata) looks more likely to me (well established on the Big Island of Hawai'i and also a cage bird in places).  There are other crestless Paroaria as well, but less likely to found in the trade.

Jaan Lepson
Livermore


On Sep 25, 2014, at 09:19, Ned Bagno nedbagno@... [EBB_Sightings] < EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Although I'm not a "birder" per say I am interested and generally know when I see something out of the ordinary. Yesterday, Wednesday 24 September around 5pm I spotted what I believe is a Red-crested cardinal at the Newark side of Don Edwards. Location was in the bushes and small bridge by the two outhouses near the pump house. The coloring IMO was exactly like the image I've seen online except the crest was not raised.

I only had my cell phone, so I was only able to capture a crappy video. I did attempt to zoom in with the phone. The bird flew off towards the east just over the outhouses. Here is the video link on Google drive 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Df1Qk0tiHSNElOZWVPMEhSYWc/edit?usp=sharing

Regards,

Ned





Re: Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

Peter Pyle
 

I had the exact same reaction as Jaan when viewing the video. The back is too dark, the reduced red on neck and breast, and the lack of a more-crested look are more appropriate for Yellow-billed Cardinal. I'm very familiar with both species from Hawaii.

Two other Paroaria have also been found in Hawaii via the cage trade, and I don't know how to tell these from Yellow-billed, or if this can be accomplished from the video.

For more info and photos on Yellow-billed Cardinal in Hawaii:
http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/pdfs/07-ZOST-ESTR/YBCA.pdf
http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/HRBP-Pages/07-ZOST-ESTR/YBCA-HRBP.htm

and brief information on the other two Paroaria:

http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/birds/rlp-monograph/NonEstablished.htm

Cheers,

Peter


At 11:13 AM 9/25/2014, Jaan Lepson lepson@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
 

Based on its general appearance and the absence of a crest, my conclusion is that it is probably not a Red-crested Cardinal. Yellow-billed (Paroaria capitata) looks more likely to me (well established on the Big Island of Hawai'i and also a cage bird in places).  There are other crestless Paroaria as well, but less likely to found in the trade.

Jaan Lepson
Livermore


On Sep 25, 2014, at 09:19, Ned Bagno nedbagno@... [EBB_Sightings] < EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Although I'm not a "birder" per say I am interested and generally know when I see something out of the ordinary. Yesterday, Wednesday 24 September around 5pm I spotted what I believe is a Red-crested cardinal at the Newark side of Don Edwards. Location was in the bushes and small bridge by the two outhouses near the pump house. The coloring IMO was exactly like the image I've seen online except the crest was not raised.

I only had my cell phone, so I was only able to capture a crappy video. I did attempt to zoom in with the phone. The bird flew off towards the east just over the outhouses. Here is the video link on Google drive 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Df1Qk0tiHSNElOZWVPMEhSYWc/edit?usp=sharing

Regards,

Ned



Re: Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>
 

Based on its general appearance and the absence of a crest, my conclusion is that it is probably not a Red-crested Cardinal. Yellow-billed (Paroaria capitata) looks more likely to me (well established on the Big Island of Hawai'i and also a cage bird in places).  There are other crestless Paroaria as well, but less likely to found in the trade.

Jaan Lepson
Livermore


On Sep 25, 2014, at 09:19, Ned Bagno nedbagno@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Although I'm not a "birder" per say I am interested and generally know when I see something out of the ordinary. Yesterday, Wednesday 24 September around 5pm I spotted what I believe is a Red-crested cardinal at the Newark side of Don Edwards. Location was in the bushes and small bridge by the two outhouses near the pump house. The coloring IMO was exactly like the image I've seen online except the crest was not raised.

I only had my cell phone, so I was only able to capture a crappy video. I did attempt to zoom in with the phone. The bird flew off towards the east just over the outhouses. Here is the video link on Google drive 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Df1Qk0tiHSNElOZWVPMEhSYWc/edit?usp=sharing

Regards,

Ned



Re: Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

Susan Russell <owlycat@...>
 

I have seen these cardinals in Hawaii where they are called red-crested cardinals and sometimes Brazilian cardinals. Wonder if it hitched a ride on a ship and ended up here? I have been on cruise ships where birds have stowed away for sometimes hundreds of miles, nautical miles, of course.

Susan

On Sep 25, 2014, at 10:13 AM, Judi Sierra judisierra@yahoo.com [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

An escapee?
--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 9/25/14, Ned Bagno nedbagno@gmail.com [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 9:19 AM












Although I'm not a
"birder" per say I am interested and generally
know when I see something out of the ordinary. Yesterday,
Wednesday 24 September around 5pm I spotted what I believe
is a Red-crested cardinal at the Newark side of Don Edwards.
Location was in the bushes and small bridge by the two
outhouses near the pump house. The coloring IMO was exactly
like the image I've seen online except the crest was not
raised.

I only had
my cell phone, so I was only able to capture a crappy video.
I did attempt to zoom in with the phone. The bird flew off
towards the east just over the outhouses. Here is the video
link on Google drive

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Df1Qk0tiHSNElOZWVPMEhSYWc/edit?usp=sharing

Regards,

Ned











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Re: Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

judisierra
 

An escapee?
--------------------------------------------

On Thu, 9/25/14, Ned Bagno nedbagno@gmail.com [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 9:19 AM


 









Although I'm not a
"birder" per say I am interested and generally
know when I see something out of the ordinary. Yesterday,
Wednesday 24 September around 5pm I spotted what I believe
is a Red-crested cardinal at the Newark side of Don Edwards.
Location was in the bushes and small bridge by the two
outhouses near the pump house. The coloring IMO was exactly
like the image I've seen online except the crest was not
raised.

I only had
my cell phone, so I was only able to capture a crappy video.
I did attempt to zoom in with the phone. The bird flew off
towards the east just over the outhouses. Here is the video
link on Google drive 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Df1Qk0tiHSNElOZWVPMEhSYWc/edit?usp=sharing

Regards,

Ned











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Red-crested cardinal at Don Edwards Newark

ned bagno
 

Although I'm not a "birder" per say I am interested and generally know when I see something out of the ordinary. Yesterday, Wednesday 24 September around 5pm I spotted what I believe is a Red-crested cardinal at the Newark side of Don Edwards. Location was in the bushes and small bridge by the two outhouses near the pump house. The coloring IMO was exactly like the image I've seen online except the crest was not raised.

I only had my cell phone, so I was only able to capture a crappy video. I did attempt to zoom in with the phone. The bird flew off towards the east just over the outhouses. Here is the video link on Google drive 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3Df1Qk0tiHSNElOZWVPMEhSYWc/edit?usp=sharing

Regards,

Ned


fox sparrow

Susan Russell <owlycat@...>
 

Yesterday the first fox sparrow was hopping on my front deck below the sunflower chip tube feeder. I was surprised to see it since this is the earliest sighting since 2006 when the first one showed up one day earlier on Sept. 22. Last year I had a total of 5 at the same time so I’m wondering if this early appearance might mean there will be more this year. Still waiting for the golden crowns but it sounds like they are not far away just below Skyline south of Shepherd Canyon. Fall has arrived and the birds are on their way.

Susan Russell
Montclair, near Colton and Snake just below Skyline


Golden-crowned Sparrows

Johan Langewis
 

The Golden-crowned Sparrows made their FOS showing in my yard today, tying the early record in 2004. I’ve lived here since 1991.

Johan Langewis
Oakland
South of Shepherd Canyon below Skyline Blvd


Belted Kingfisher at Lake Merritt

kateh37@...
 

I often walk along the lake on the way to work, and I've never seen a belted kingfisher there. But two days ago I first heard it and then saw it in a tree on one of the islands in the refuge. I saw it again today--this time through one of the permanent scopes. Not a bad sighting for a commute.


Northern Shovelers, American Wigeon and Avocets

Steve Gallup
 

You can post photos to the photos portion of EBB Sitings. 


New to the neighborhood and the group... saw quite a few Northern Shovelers and American Wigeon beside the road leading to the Albany Bulb, along with Avocets and the usual suspects...

What is the best way to post photos? I understand attachments are not welcome.

Steve Gallup (Berkeley)


Kingbird at Heather Farms

Jeff Acuff
 

Just had a flyby across the pond. May be worth keeping an eye open for last years tropical kingbird. 

Jeffrey Acuff
Acuff Architecture

sent from my iPhone


FOS Golden-crowned Sparrow

Kay Loughman
 

Both yesterday and today I've had a couple of Golden-crowned Sparrows at my feeders. Except for 2003, when the first arrived on Sept. 15, Sept. 21 is the earliest arrival date for this species in my yard. Still waiting for White-crowns.

Kay Loughman
in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border

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