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Albany Bulb Hummers

Len Blumin
 

Did a quick and very informal survey for male hummingbirds at the Albany Bulb today, from the trailhead out to the "castle" on the upper trail, 10:30 am to 11:45. Didn't count on the way back. Only counted birds that seemed to be "on territory" and not close than 100 yards to another male of the same species. Total of 5 Allen's Hummingbirds and 4 Anna's. Only unexpected passerine was a singing Fox Sparrow. Good walk, if you don't mind lots of dogs and some friendly "urban campers". Stay on the main trail, btw.
Cheers, Len Blumin

Coyote Hills/Fremont 3/10/10

Dominik Mosur
 

Tried for the Black Rail again at Coyote Hills this morning from 6:20-7:30 a.m., without success. Compared to my last attempt there were much fewer Virginia Rails calling as well.

I did see my first BARN SWALLOWS of the year flying over the Quarry parking lot along with a couple of CLIFFs and many Tree Swallows.

In the fields behind Nobel Drive I scoped through several THOUSAND gulls hoping to turn up something good. Mostly Herring and California present with some Glaucous-winged, Ring-billed and a couple of Westerns in the mix.

No sign of the Ferrug so I settled for a Loggerhead Shrike and (4) LONG-BILLED CURLEWS.

Also, there was a couple of Virginia Rails calling in the marsh north of the entrance to the Fremont dump, at the end of Auto Mall Parkway.

Good birding,
Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Re: FW: Special treat

Idell Weydemeyer
 

Thank you--another message on our new group!

Idell

-----Original Message-----
From: EBB_Sightings@... [mailto:EBB_Sightings@...]
On Behalf Of Susan and Steve Taylor
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 10:11 PM
To: EBB Sigtings
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] FW: Special treat

Resending.



-----Original Message-----
From: Susan and Steve Taylor [mailto:s-taylor@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 9:38 PM
To: 'sightings@...'
Subject: Special treat



In addition to the usual birds I see at my backyard feeder which is mostly
made up of:



Finches

Doves

CA Towhee

White Crowned Sparrow

Junco's

Lesser & American Goldfinches

Robins (on the lawn)

Western Scrub Jay

Oak Titmouse



Today I got a rare treat - A Slate Colored Junco. A bird which looked
exactly like the picture on page 361 of Paul Sterry & Brian Small's Birds of
Western North America



Hopefully it will return again in the next few days. I guess it liked the
thistle I recently added to the feeder.



Steve



San Ramon









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FW: Special treat

Steve Taylor
 

Resending.

-----Original Message-----
From: Susan and Steve Taylor [mailto:s-taylor@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2010 9:38 PM
To: 'sightings@...'
Subject: Special treat



In addition to the usual birds I see at my backyard feeder which is mostly
made up of:



Finches

Doves

CA Towhee

White Crowned Sparrow

Junco's

Lesser & American Goldfinches

Robins (on the lawn)

Western Scrub Jay

Oak Titmouse



Today I got a rare treat - A Slate Colored Junco. A bird which looked
exactly like the picture on page 361 of Paul Sterry & Brian Small's Birds of
Western North America



Hopefully it will return again in the next few days. I guess it liked the
thistle I recently added to the feeder.



Steve



San Ramon

Re: test for group

judisierra
 

With Yahoo Groups there can be a delay of a day after signing up before messeges start to arrive.

--- On Tue, 3/9/10, elsob877 <iwgarden@...> wrote:

From: elsob877 <iwgarden@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] test for group
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010, 1:05 PM
hello to others. My earlier test did
not go to this group but only to our original group. I am
now trying again to post to this new group.



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test for group

Idell Weydemeyer
 

hello to others. My earlier test did not go to this group but only to our original group. I am now trying again to post to this new group.

Test

Matthew Dodder
 

Test

AnnM <annmcg@...>
 

Please ignore this message. I am write directions to the other EBB Sightings list and I want to be sure I've tried all of this so I can explain to others. This will be the official EBB Sightings List Serve beginning 3/20/2010.

Vain attempt for Long-tailed Duck in Carquinez Strait

rosita94598
 

This afternoon I was joined by Gary and Eugenia Larson in an attempt to re-find the Long-tailed Duck first seen on the MDAS rarity chase of January 2. Rather than looking down on the Strait from the old Crockett-Martinez Scenic Road, we walked along the Strait from Martinez Regional Shoreline. We crossed the railroad tracks at the foot of Berrellesa Street near downtown Martinez, then turned left immediately onto Embarcadero. After parking near the Sportsman's Club, we first walked out along the trail to view the river and strait from the corner by the sailing ship wreck. There were between 250 and 300 Surf Scoters seen from here. We then walked along the Pickleweed Trail (on map), which leads west to parallel the railroad tracks. We actually walked as far as the distant oil pier.

No Long-tailed Duck was seen. We did find a number of scattered Scaups, only a handful of distant Buffleheads, 10-15 female Common Goldeneyes and only one male Common goldeneye. There were also some very distant Western/Clarks Grebes and we were very pleased with a shoreside Spotted Sandpiper.

When we started walking the tide was very high, but by the time we returned, much of the sailing ship wreck was exposed.

This is probably not the best thing to do for most, as we did walk along the railroad tracks of the Union Pacific for a long way. We were lucky that there was no heavy rail traffic this afternoon.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek