Harring Rub at Point Richmond.

Eric Lichtwardt

Hi Birders,

I sent this yesterday, but for some reason it did not post. There is herring run is starting in Point Richmond, about 500-1000 gulls were milling around the rip-rap along the shoreline of Miller-Knox Shoreline Park this afternoon (1-29-2015) and California Sea Lions were working the waters offshore. I took a quick look at lunch (12:00 pm) with my colleague Dan Sidle and saw Mew, Ring-billed, Western, California, Thayer’s, and Glaucous-winged, there are likely other gull species and hybrids as well. There were also six Brant feeding close to shore, this species is rarely seen on the bay off Point Richmond.





Eric Lichtwardt

Associate/Senior Biologist

LSA Associates

157 Park Place

Point Richmond, CA 94801


510.376.5694 (cell)


Re: 2 Brandt's at KM

Cal Walters

Clarification. Miller Knox shoreline -at Pt. Richmond. sorry, my Presbyterian was showing.

Cal Walters

On Jan 30, 2015, at 10:58 AM, Calvin Walters <> wrote:

Close to shore

Cal Walters
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2 Brandt's at KM

Cal Walters

Close to shore

Cal Walters

Lots of gulls at Knox Miller shoreline

Cal Walters

Looks like a run may be in progress.

Cal Walters

Sandhill Crane driveby


On Jan. 29 about 3 pm about 2 miles after I left the south entrance of Mt. Diablo State Park I saw one Sandhill Crane in a small field on the left side of the road.

That was quite a shocking sight to see that bird there.

Wildcat Marsh and Landfill Loop Trail

Lee Friedman

I spent Tuesday morning birding at Wildcat Marsh and the Landfill Loop Trail in Richmond. I’m writing because I think this may be an underutilized area. I did not see a single other trail-goer during almost four hours there. Meanwhile, I enjoyed identifying 35 species to report, including five sparrows (Lincoln’s, Song, Savannah, White-Crowned and Golden-Crowned) and five gulls (Mew, California, Western, Ring-Billed, and Glaucous-Winged). The full list is below. In addition, I’m pretty sure that I saw one Loggerhead Shrike fly by (midpoint of the Landfill Loop Trail with the parking lot as starting point) and a group of Blue-Winged Teal (in the western-most part of the Landfill Loop, in a narrow channel of Wildcat Marsh). I got many looks only short distances away from American Pipits, the sparrows, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, and a Turkey Vulture among others.


While the trails are level, a possible draw-back (aside from the actual nearby dump) for some is that the area is not very compact (the Loop Trail is about 3 miles long). I walked the Loop starting at the parking lot and entering from the eastern-most side. With more limited time, I would start at the western-most side and walk through the marsh until reaching the Bay.


I have posted a few photos here (including the Lincoln’s, American Pipit, Northern Pintail, and a Turkey Vulture close-up):


Good birding,


Lee Friedman


35 species

Canada Goose  16

Gadwall  2

American Wigeon  50

Mallard  8

Northern Shoveler  4

Northern Pintail  4    

Greater Scaup  8

Bufflehead  10

Common Goldeneye  3

Ruddy Duck  7

Horned Grebe  2

Turkey Vulture  1   

Red-tailed Hawk  3

American Avocet  20    

Spotted Sandpiper  4

Willet  50

Long-billed Curlew  1

Dunlin  6

Mew Gull  2

Ring-billed Gull  10

Western Gull  20

California Gull  8

Glaucous-winged Gull  1

Black Phoebe  2

Bushtit  4

American Robin  2

American Pipit  6   

Yellow-rumped Warbler  2

Savannah Sparrow  1

Song Sparrow  6

Lincoln's Sparrow  5   

White-crowned Sparrow  6

Golden-crowned Sparrow  8

Red-winged Blackbird  60   

House Finch  50



Re: Type of bird?

Jane Chinn

Band-tailed Pigeon.  That would be my guess too, although I am not an expert birder. Did they have yellow bills and feet?  Just last week, I had at least 20 Band-tailed Pigeons in my yard, in the trees, in the bird bath, and swinging wildly from the hanging feeder and others on the ground enjoying the fallen seed.  I don't think it was organized team work!   I saw  two Band-tails last year, but prior to that I had not seen any in my yard going back about eleven years.

jane chinn

From: "Phila Rogers philajane@... [EBB_Sightings]"
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:07 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Type of bird?

My guess is Band-tailed Pigeons.

Phila Rogers, Santa Barbara and Berkeley

Re: Type of bird?

Phila Rogers

My guess is Band-tailed Pigeons.

Phila Rogers, Santa Barbara and Berkeley

White-throated Swift- Hercules

Alan Krakauer

I had a drive-by view of a white-throated swift at the I-80-Hwy4 interchange in Hercules this morning at about 8AM.

Good birding,
Alan Krakauer

Type of bird?

Kathleen Hall

In the late morning of January 25th a flock of approximately 50 birds landed in the Oak trees in the open space behind Romano Circle in Pleasanton.  They were large, hawk-shaped birds, but without the hooked bill.  As they landed in the trees, they were distinctly brown as seen from below.  Once perched in the trees, they looked more grayish, with light fronts and darker wings, tails, and heads.  On some I was able to make out a narrow, whitish horizontal line going to the eye, or possibly lower, across the upper neck area.  They stayed in the trees for about an hour before taking off.  We see a wide variety of birds in our backyard and in the adjacent open space, but I don't remember seeing this type before.  Any idea what they might have been?

Thank you!

Kathleen Hall

Lake Merrit Fourth Wednesday Golden Gate Audubon Trip


It was a brilliantly sunny day at Lake Merritt. This free Golden Gate Audubon

sponsored birding trip, repeats the fourth Wednesday of each month, meeting at 9:30 AM by the Buckminster Fuller spherical bird cage near the Nature Museum. It was an exciting and

birdy day. Thanks to the trip leaders Hilary and Ruth, master birders, both!

Here’s what we saw:

Around the Lake:

Black-Crowned Night Heron

Greater & Lesser Scaup

Canvas back 

Common Mergansers

Spotted Sandpiper

Common Goldeneye

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Ruddy Duck

Belted Kingfisher

Pied-billed Grebe

Red-tail Hawk

Cedar Waxwings

Western Grebe

Townsend’s Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Lesser Goldfinch

California Towhee 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Anna’s Hummingbird

Black Phoebe

Great Blue Heron

Black-Crowned Night Heron 

Green Heron

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Mew Gull

In the Garden:

Northern Flicker

Hermit Thrush

Varied Thrush

Bewick’s Wren

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Ellen Gierson

Oakland, CA

Fernandez Ranch

Jackie Bobrosky

A walk in stunningly beautiful habitat at Fernandez Ranch (off Hiway 4, near Martinez) this morning revealed great looks at several Lewis' Woodpeckers and many, many Varied Thrush that were everywhere along the trail, even in the road as we left.  A small flock of Band Tail Pigeons flew across the hills and a beautiful Ferruginous Hawk gave us reason to double check our Sibley's field guide.  The usual oak type birds were abundant as well.  Such a jewel of a trailhead.  

Jackie Bobrosky

Snow Goose in Richmond Marina Park

Minder Cheng

I stopped by Miller/Knox and Marina Park in Richmond on Monday and saw most of the birds already reported by others, including two male Eurasian Wigeons and two female Red-breasted Mergansers in the duck pond at Miller/Knox, as well as four Cackling geese, one Pelagic Cormorant, one female Surf Scoter, and six Black Oystercatchers. There was also one immature Snow Goose, initially in the water and later feeding on the grass among the Cackling and Canada Geese.

Some pictures are available at:

Minder Cheng


Pt Isabel amd Heather Farms Jan 27

Dave Weber

Arrived early at the Pt Isabel dog park in Richmond. Headed north to not find the Palm Warbler again at 51 St. At the tip of Pt Isabel near the building and two radio towers there were a Pelagic Cormorant and a Common Loon. At the shell mounds south of Central Ave I had both a Whimbrel and the male Blue-winged Teal close-up and side by side. Nice. Over to Walnut Creek and Heather Farms where both the Tropical Kingbird and Black & White Warbler were together for a while in the low bare trees in the SW corner of the natural pond. The warbler was also in the oak next to the channel where it emerges from underground. Met Dave Kent who showed me some Wood Ducks on the aglae-covered city pond across San Carlos St.
Dave Weber,

Excellent Day at Heather Farms!

David Kent

Yes the B/W Warbler is still around! If I had a camera (note to self for birthday) I might have caught both it and the Tropical Kingbird in the same frame at one point. The Wood Ducks are still at the algae-pond near 7-Hills School, and the Red-Shoulder Hawk flew down and perched right in front of us. The Western Bluebirds were also out in force.

With help from Dave W. I saw 33 species in a little over an hour; a "big" Heather Farms day for me. This count was even missing some "frequent flyers" for there like the White-Crown Sparrows, Acorn Woodpeckers, and White-breasted Nuthatches. 

Roll on spring! :D

Dave Kent

Walnut Creek

Canvasback, Oak Hill Park, Danville


Hi all,

While walking the dog around 2:30 this afternoon, I spotted a male Canvasback on the pond at Oak Hill Park in Danville. A first for me there. The female Bufflehead remains, the female Common Goldeneye has left.


Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

Leucistic A.Robin found in Concord, Contra Costa Co.


I encountered this leucistic individual yesterday in Concord.

If you open an album you can also see a rich colored  A.Robin  photographed in 2012 in Castle Rock Park, near Mt. Diablo State Park (photos #1-3). From time to time I see similar individuals. though not often. I wonder if it could not be a "eastern form?", however, one  NW subspecies of the "western group". can reportedly  be also equally dark, and I do not see on the photographed bird typical (in "eastern") white tail corners.

Does anyone of you have experience with "eastern" or Northwestern A.Robins ?, comparative comments will be welcome.

Albert W.Linkowski

Eurasian Collared Doves in Walnut Creek

Bob Hislop

Over the previous 2 days I have been observing a pair of Eurasian Collared Doves in Walnut Creek.  They were perched on a telephone line over Arbolado Rd, across the street from Arbolado Park (apologies for the late posting). (For a photo taken Sunday, see
Bob Hislop

Re: Miller Knox/Ferry Point

Jeff Acuff

I'd like to thank those who helped identify the female duck as a green-winged teal.

Good Birding,

Jeff Acuff

Today at the Miller-Knox lagoon the continuing Eurasian wigeons and red-breasted merganser were present.  Additionally there was a blue-winged teal, and another duck that I originally took for a female blue-winged teal due to size, shape and the fact that it seemed to be associating with the male.  On closer examination, the plumage didn't look right, so I don't have an ID.  (For anyone interested, I have posted photos at:

Near shore off the rocks between the lagoon and Ferry Point, two brant were present also.

Good birding,

Jeff Acuff


Feasting and then drama in Oakland

Jone Taylor

This morning in the flat lands of Oakland near Poirier and Shattuck there were 50-100 robins joined by Cedar Waxwings enjoying the berries on a juniper tree and perching on every other tree in the yard too.  They feasted for over an hour when suddenly a Cooper's Hawk made a quick swing over the yard scattering birds in every direction.  The yard was silent for several hours until the robins decided to come back and visit the tree again.  It was never as busy as morning however.  Such a treat to see and enjoy all the activity!  

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