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Re: Bald Eagle

Jim Roethe
 

About 3 1/2 miles up Kings Canyon Trail our walking group got great views of an adult Bald Eagle this morning, soaring over the reservoir.
 
Jim Roethe
925-254-2190
 

In a message dated 7/10/2015 10:48:00 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, EBB_Sightings-noreply@... writes:
 

Friends!

EBMUD--Valle Vista Staging Area (permit required), Contra Costa, California, US
Jul 10, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Golden Gate Audubon Society Second Friday Birdwalk, at Valle Vista Staging Area (EBMUD permit required) off Canyon Road in Moraga, a new location for me.

Thank you very much to Steve and Carol Lombardi for advice and great help along the trail today! And to Christine S., Jim and others for the 'scopes.

Great views of California Thrasher, Ash-throated Flycatcher fledglings, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (our Birds O' the Day) plus 5 species of swallow ! And singing Purple Finch was easy to see today. And a pair (M and F) of American Kestrel And Western Bluebird young in different stages of "bluing-up." A great morning!

Thanks to our many Meet-up attendees, too.

Here is the list of 50 species:

California Quail 6
Wild Turkey 12 several were poults
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2 makes it official, molting
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Band-tailed Pigeon 3
Mourning Dove 4
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Allen's Hummingbird 1
Acorn Woodpecker 6
Nuttall's Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 2 male and female
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 3
Black Phoebe 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher 12 including adults feeding young, calls were the soundtrack of the morning
Hutton's Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Steller's Jay 2
Western Scrub-Jay 3
Common Raven 1 molting
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
Tree Swallow 6
Violet-green Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 1
Cliff Swallow 2 [more than a hat-trick, more than a grand slam, a flush (five of a kind) of swallow]!
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 6
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Bewick's Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 on and off the nest
Wrentit 3
Western Bluebird 8
Swainson's Thrush 1
California Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 6
Wilson's Warbler 1
Spotted Towhee 12
California Towhee 6
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Black-headed Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Brewer's Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Purple Finch 3
Lesser Goldfinch 1

Best of Boids!
Alan Kaplan


Hooded Orioles still hanging out in the Neighbors Palm and visiting my feeder, Nuttall's Woodpeckers continue to bring "Adult" fledglings to the bark butter feeder where they occasionally feed themselves but mostly wait for mom or dad to feed them.

Michael Marchiano
 



--
Michael Marchiano
Naturalist
mmarchiano@...
925-372-6328

We will never be at peace until we are willing to understand, respect and live in harmony with all other living things. 

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today....Indian proverb


Wood Duck in Heather Farm--Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

A female Wood Duck was seen independently by Fred Safier and me, a little more than an hour apart.  Fred saw her off the wooden railing on the east side of the big pond.  I found her later from the bottom of the gravel boat ramp at the southwest corner of the pond.

The Kingfisher continues, almost daily, a Great Egret has joined the juvenile Great Blue Heron, swallows continue to hawk insects over the pond, lawns and ball fields, and young Red-shouldered Hawks make plenty of noise.

Hugh Harvey
Walnut Creek



Hooded Oriole fledge

judisierra
 

Yesterday afternoon I noticed the first time this season, a female Hooded Oriole picking around the top of my neighbors patio umbrella. Presumably for insects. A couple of hours later a very new fledge sat very still in my bare plum tree. Although I watched quite awhile there was no sign of an adult feeding it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. In between the two sightings a Coopers hawk flew across the neighborhood. Hopefully the multitude of new house sparrows (which seem to keep coming and coming) will keep it fed.
Judi Sierra
Oakland, CA


Golden Gate Audubon Society Second Friday July 10, 2015 Birdwalk

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>
 

Friends!

EBMUD--Valle Vista Staging Area (permit required), Contra Costa, California, US
Jul 10, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Golden Gate Audubon Society Second Friday Birdwalk, at Valle Vista Staging Area (EBMUD permit required) off Canyon Road in Moraga, a new location for me.

Thank you very much to Steve and Carol Lombardi for advice and great help along the trail today! And to Christine S., Jim and others for the 'scopes.

Great views of California Thrasher, Ash-throated Flycatcher fledglings, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (our Birds O' the Day) plus 5 species of swallow ! And singing Purple Finch was easy to see today. And a pair (M and F) of American Kestrel And Western Bluebird young in different stages of "bluing-up." A great morning!

Thanks to our many Meet-up attendees, too.

Here is the list of 50 species:

California Quail 6
Wild Turkey 12 several were poults
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2 makes it official, molting
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Band-tailed Pigeon 3
Mourning Dove 4
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Allen's Hummingbird 1
Acorn Woodpecker 6
Nuttall's Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
American Kestrel 2 male and female
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 3
Black Phoebe 1
Ash-throated Flycatcher 12 including adults feeding young, calls were the soundtrack of the morning
Hutton's Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Steller's Jay 2
Western Scrub-Jay 3
Common Raven 1 molting
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
Tree Swallow 6
Violet-green Swallow 6
Barn Swallow 1
Cliff Swallow 2 [more than a hat-trick, more than a grand slam, a flush (five of a kind) of swallow]!
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 6
Oak Titmouse 1
Bushtit 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Bewick's Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 on and off the nest
Wrentit 3
Western Bluebird 8
Swainson's Thrush 1
California Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 6
Wilson's Warbler 1
Spotted Towhee 12
California Towhee 6
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 1
Black-headed Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Brewer's Blackbird 1
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Purple Finch 3
Lesser Goldfinch 1

Best of Boids!
Alan Kaplan


Phainopepla -- Del Valle entrance road

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hi all,

If you're trying like heck to fill in all your "P" birds in July.... would be kind of fun, actually, until you get to Pectoral Sandpiper....

A continuing Phainopepla is about halfway up the Del Valle Road between the Mines Rd. intersection and the crest of the road before you head down to the entry kiosk.


Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA


Canyon Trail Park, El Cerrito, Cooper's Hawk Fledglings

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

Took a walk in Canyon Trail Park in El Cerrito and spotted a pair of fledgling Cooper's Hawks and one adult. One of the young ones was chowing down on a small mammal.

I posted photos at:

http://birds.avianist.com/2015/150705-Canyon-Trail

Some are not for the squeamish.

Also photographed:

Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Lesser Goldfinch
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Anna's Hummingbird
Dark-eyed Junco
Common Raven
Black Phoebe
Mourning Dove
Northern Mockingbird
American Crow

Though I wouldn't be surprised if there were fewer birds in the canyon in the near future...

Best Regards,
George
http://birds.avianist.com


Heermann's Gull/Bonaparte's Gulls

Jeff Acuff
 

Today there was a Heermann's gull at the Miller-Knox pond and a couple of first cycle Bonaparte's gulls at the first wastewater treatment pond accessible from the Wildcat Marsh trailhead off of Richmond Parkway.

Good Birding all
Jeff Acuff
Lafayette


Lakeshore Park 7/5/15

sunshravan
 

Hi All,


This morning from 8:00-8:45 AM I payed a visit to Lakeshore Park. I found the Ross's Goose feeding on grass near some Canada Geese. Someone had put some grain to feed the Canada Geese and I was shocked to see the Ross's Goose fight some Canada Geese and eat some of the grain. Certainly not a good thing that birds are being fed at the park.


I also saw a beautiful adult Cooper's Hawk while observing the Ross's Goose:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/srs14/19418832526/in/photostream/


Before leaving I saw at least 2 (possibly 3) Caspian Terns flying around and took note of the crowded islands with Great Egret, Snowy Egret, and Black-Crowned Night Herons nesting.


Regards,

Shravan Sundaram

sunshravan@...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/srs14/



 


Ross's Goose July 5

Dave Weber
 

The very tiny Ross's Goose continues at Lakeshore Park in Newark this morning. It was close to Lake Blvd and apart from other white geese.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone


Re: Ross's Goose continues -- Lakeshore Park -- Newark

Charlotte Allen <c.allen@...>
 

Now we know where the Snowy Egrets who in past years have nested on the island in Fremont's Lake Elizabeth have gone.

Charlotte Allen
c.allen@...


On Jul 4, 2015, at 7:29 PM, "Bob Power rcpower@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Hi all,

It was an Independence Day celebration of next generation birds:

Lakeshore Park, completely off my radar screen until today, has the largest concentration of Snowy Egrets in the bay area; at least until someone tells me different.  Three islands held approximately 150 egrets; splitting off kids from adults made it at least 30 nests, but probably undercounted.

Throw in the baby coots, the baby mallards, the baby grebes, the baby Black-crowned Night-herons......
Well, it was kind of fun.

And then the Ross's Goose, who should be in Nunavut, made a guest appearance.

Lakeshore Park is in Newark, kind of due south of Ardenwood by a mile.
84 west to Newark Blvd south, to Jarvis to Lake and a couple of blocks south.

A few digiscoped photos from today can be seen at:

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA

p.s.  no love on the Black-chinned Hummingbird at Ardenwood today.



Ross's Goose continues -- Lakeshore Park -- Newark

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hi all,

It was an Independence Day celebration of next generation birds:

Lakeshore Park, completely off my radar screen until today, has the largest concentration of Snowy Egrets in the bay area; at least until someone tells me different.  Three islands held approximately 150 egrets; splitting off kids from adults made it at least 30 nests, but probably undercounted.

Throw in the baby coots, the baby mallards, the baby grebes, the baby Black-crowned Night-herons......
Well, it was kind of fun.

And then the Ross's Goose, who should be in Nunavut, made a guest appearance.

Lakeshore Park is in Newark, kind of due south of Ardenwood by a mile.
84 west to Newark Blvd south, to Jarvis to Lake and a couple of blocks south.

A few digiscoped photos from today can be seen at:

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA

p.s.  no love on the Black-chinned Hummingbird at Ardenwood today.


Re: First Friday departure

Graham Chisholm
 

Yes, likely the same flock was over Emeryville around 11:30 am.

I see them several times a summer coming or going over the East Hills in Berkeley.

Graham Chisholm



On Jul 4, 2015, at 11:31 AM, Doug Elinson delinson@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

I'm wondering if anyone else saw what appeared to be a large flock of White Pelicans while leaving Tilden after the bird walk.  I was driving out of the park on Central Park Drive.  I immediately lost sight of them and never did get another look.

Doug E.


First Friday departure

Doug Elinson
 

I'm wondering if anyone else saw what appeared to be a large flock of White Pelicans while leaving Tilden after the bird walk.  I was driving out of the park on Central Park Drive.  I immediately lost sight of them and never did get another look.

Doug E.


Re: Tilden Nature Area: Eurasian collared dove

Robert or Carol Coon <ccoon.wildwood5@...>
 

Hi

 

Eurasian Collared Doves are getting around… to the Bay Area

 

See one occasionally in El Cerrito

 

Saw some in St Petersburg, AK in 2011 and one in Mesquite Springs campground in Death Valley this past March 2015.

 

Robert Coon  El Cerrito


Tilden Nature Area: Eurasian collared dove

mrkinch
 

At about 7:30 am on Friday, July 3, Susan Greef and I heard and saw a single Eurasian collared dove calling from a tall snag west of the road to Jewel Lake. Neither of us had encountered one in Tilden before.



Marilyn Kinch


Re: Golden Gate Audubon First Friday Birdwalk, July 3, 2015 Tilden Nature Area

George A Suennen
 

Alan,

Thanks for leading the group, you passed on some very interesting information (as always).

I posted some photos of the Birdwalk at:

http://birds.avianist.com/2015/150703-Jewel-Lake/

I did get a Cooper's Hawk that flew over the group in the parking lot as well as a Western Scrub-Jay on the Wildcat Canyon part of the walk you can add to the list. It was foggy/overcast this morning, but managed to get some good shots of the Green Heron and a few Wilson's Warblers.

Best Regards,
George
http://birds.avianist.com

On 7/3/2015 11:06 PM, Alan Kaplan lnkpln@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:

Friends!

Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Birdwalk, July 3, 2015 at Tilden Nature Area. Our theme today was Goldfinches.

Thanks to the MoB (many observers- party of 50 !), including our growing Meet-up group, of enthusiastic birders.

Birds O' the Day were three: Green Heron at Jewel Lake, Red-shouldered Hawk in the eucalyptus near the Jewel Lake restroom, and Kingfisher in several places. We had great views of male American Goldfinch in breeding plumage, and brief look at male Lesser Goldfinch. Yesterday's River Otter did not make an appearance, but there were still 10 ducklings with the Mallard female. Great Egret and Pacific Wren (singing) were other highlights.

Thanks to Lee F. for organizing the eBird efforts for the group.

Here is the list of 35 species:

Mallard 11 Female with 10 ducklings
Wild Turkey 6 Female with 5 poults
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1 fishing at Jewel Lake
Turkey Vulture 1 makes it official !
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1 molting was obvious in tail and wings
Mourning Dove 2
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2
Black Phoebe 2
Warbling Vireo 2
Steller's Jay 1
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1
Oak Titmouse 1
Pygmy Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Pacific Wren 3 heard
Bewick's Wren 1
Wrentit 1
Swainson's Thrush 12
American Robin 6
Wilson's Warbler 6
Spotted Towhee 4
California Towhee 6
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 6
Black-headed Grosbeak 3
Purple Finch 1
Lesser Goldfinch 2
American Goldfinch 1 male in breeding plumage

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan



Golden Gate Audubon First Friday Birdwalk, July 3, 2015 Tilden Nature Area

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>
 

Friends!

Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Birdwalk, July 3, 2015 at Tilden Nature Area. Our theme today was Goldfinches.

Thanks to the MoB (many observers- party of 50 !), including our growing Meet-up group, of enthusiastic birders.

Birds O' the Day were three: Green Heron at Jewel Lake, Red-shouldered Hawk in the eucalyptus near the Jewel Lake restroom, and Kingfisher in several places. We had great views of male American Goldfinch in breeding plumage, and brief look at male Lesser Goldfinch. Yesterday's River Otter did not make an appearance, but there were still 10 ducklings with the Mallard female. Great Egret and Pacific Wren (singing) were other highlights.

Thanks to Lee F. for organizing the eBird efforts for the group.

Here is the list of 35 species:

Mallard 11 Female with 10 ducklings
Wild Turkey 6 Female with 5 poults
Great Egret 1
Green Heron 1 fishing at Jewel Lake
Turkey Vulture 1 makes it official !
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1 molting was obvious in tail and wings
Mourning Dove 2
Anna's Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2
Black Phoebe 2
Warbling Vireo 2
Steller's Jay 1
Common Raven 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 1
Oak Titmouse 1
Pygmy Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Pacific Wren 3 heard
Bewick's Wren 1
Wrentit 1
Swainson's Thrush 12
American Robin 6
Wilson's Warbler 6
Spotted Towhee 4
California Towhee 6
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 6
Black-headed Grosbeak 3
Purple Finch 1
Lesser Goldfinch 2
American Goldfinch 1 male in breeding plumage

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan


Black Oystercatcher "chicks"- first flights!! (Ballena Bay, Alameda)

verne_nelson@...
 

I've been watching the nest at Ballena Bay, Alameda, on and off for the last three days, and the chicks are beginning short loop flights away from the deck.  I can't be certain both chicks are flying because I only see one flight at a time and can't distinguish one chick from the other.  Here is a photo of one of the fledgling chicks coming back to the deck (yesterday- 7/1) from one of the longest flights I've seen yet:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/vnelson/19172124418


With luck, both chicks should soon fully-fledge and begin following their parents around on the nearby rocky shorelines.


Ballena Bay, Alameda, CA


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High Ridge Trail -- Garin

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hi all,

I walked the High Peaks / Meyers Ranch loop off of the May Rd. entrance in Hayward today.

For July, the Sycamore riparian strips are still active with breeding birds.
The higher grasslands were quiet, but a flock of 13 Horned Larks was good. Don't know where to reliably find these unless you go to Mt. Trashmore north.
One Grasshopper Sparrow was expected, somewhere on the loop.... but I was running out of hope.
Singing Lazuli Buntings were a surprise with 6 birds on the loop and two "competing" w/counter-song at one spot.

One juvenile Turkey Vulture may be the rarest of our local raptors. I haven't seen a juvenile in a couple of years, at least, in the east bay, and at best, one a year in the fall at Hawk Hill.  

More Importantly --  Ohlone Audubon no longer sells the Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas
Golden Gate Audubon no longer sells the Alameda County Breeding Bird Atlas.
If you purchased an extra copy thinking you would give it to a friend, and still have it, I will gladly compensate you full retail for a copy.
I am a free-range birder and can pick up. I can drop a check on a porch. I can meet you in a crowded well-lit place, Moscow Rules, like Rockridge BART.
We could go birding, but that's getting carried away.

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA

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