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Friday mornning Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

The continuing Tropical Kingbird in Heather Farm Park was at the northwest corner of the large pond this morning.  It was seen from the east side of the pond as it flew out over the water and returned to the reeds and low-lying branches of the corner oak.

We also had at least 36 Buffleheads, 2 female Ring-necked Ducks and a young male Common Goldeneye, maybe 150 Canada Geese on the south lawns and at least 2 Cackling Geese with them.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Scoter mania 2015 continues

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Happy Thanksgiving all,

Bruce Mast and I got out early to try and break the east bay Thanksgiving morning 3-hour birdathon record.  Other than going 3 and a half hours and not tallying the total, we did well.

Highlights were:
Bruce picked up a female Black Scoter in the main channel of the Marina.  Not visible from the southeast approach. We were scoping from the northwest side of the channel.

Unknown friends and random acquaintances got us on the female-type White-winged Scoter working its way among the docked boats just one row back from the sidewalk.

We had Common and Red-throated Loons in the bay adjacent to Miller-Knox.

Two Peregrines on the channel tower (red diamond #12) near Brooks Island.

At Albany Crescent, we had a distant Eurasian Wigeon male, a close Eurasian Wigeon male, and a third bird that I thought was a female, but upon further review is either a non-breeding or sub-adult male.  We also had 4 small geese with the larger Canadas on the shell bar closest to Central Ave and the 580 east on-ramp, but we were scoping from the racetrack area, so..... better view desired. Presumed Cackling Geese.

The high-tide shorebird roost just west of Trader Vic's  in Emeryville was low on diversity but spectacular in abundance and sheer early morning shaking shimmering shorebird delight. 

Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA

A few digi-scoped images from the morning can be seen at:


Lawrence's goldfinch, Clayton Community Park

Jerry Britten
 

This morning there was a flock of at least 20 foraging on the hillside west of the big picnic pavilion.  Scores of western bluebirds and lots of robins, but no sign of the Lewis's woodpecker(s) that have been there the last couple winters.

Jerry Britten, Morgan Territory Road.

Golden-crowned Kinglets at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Ian A. MacGregor
 

This morning I walked the Bollinger Creek Loop trail at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. There were four Golden-crowned Kinglets about 50 yards from the gate at the main parking lot on the woodsy side of the loop. The birds were quite cooperative searching the open branches and trunks of the oaks, rather than feeding in foliage.

I also had one female Townsend’s Warbler and no Yellow-rimped Warblers. Crowned Sparrows were also scarce. The only ones I saw were 8 Golden-crowned along Bollinger Canyon Road itself as I walked back to the parking area below the gate.

Ian MacGregor
San Ramon

Re: Scoters at Richmond Marina continue (female white-winged scoter images, including closeups)

George A Suennen
 

I guess the White-singed scoter was popular today.  I was with Allen when we got some nice close-ups.  I put my photos up at:

http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151125-Richmond-Marina

Also got some good shots of Pelagic Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, Eared Grebes (one was very good at catching pipefish) and a Horned Grebe. There are some other photos including a female Surf Scoter, Brown Pelican, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Lesser Goldfinch, Anna's Hummingbird, Coots, Gulls, and a few others.

Best Regards,
George
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On 11/25/2015 5:08 PM, Allen Hirsch allenvhirsch@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
 
The white-winged scoter female was seen about 1pm at Finger F in the Harbor, as reported before. She came close for a few minutes, then swam to the far end.

Starting at 2pm, we got much closer looks at her from Finger E for another 45 minutes (one of the Marina Bay work crew kindly let us onto dock).

She became comfortable enough even with us closer that she preened several times, as part of this sequence shows (the reflected boats and marine gear played havoc with the water colors at times):


Allen Hirsch
Oakland

Re: Scoters at Richmond Marina continue (female white-winged scoter images, including closeups)

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

The white-winged scoter female was seen about 1pm at Finger F in the Harbor, as reported before. She came close for a few minutes, then swam to the far end.

Starting at 2pm, we got much closer looks at her from Finger E for another 45 minutes (one of the Marina Bay work crew kindly let us onto dock).

She became comfortable enough even with us closer that she preened several times, as part of this sequence shows (the reflected boats and marine gear played havoc with the water colors at times):


Allen Hirsch
Oakland

Scoters at Richmond Marina continue.

Len Blumin
 

Sunny skies and a light breeze made for pleasant waterbird viewing at the Richmond Marina today after noon. The male Black Scoter continues in front of the line of boats at Dock D, best viewed with a scope from the walkway near Vincent Park. He spent most of his time whistling and jousting at 2 young male Surf Scoters. Drove back around to the north side of the harbor to view the floating docks west of Salute Restaurant. There the female-type White-winged Scoter, probably a juvenile, foraged between the last 2 fingers of the docks in the northwest corner.

Managed a few digiscoped shots, which can be seen on Flickr at:

Other ducks in the area included Common Goldeneye (males in transition), Greater Scaups, Ruddy Ducks and Buffleheads (Vincent Park, harbor entrance). Good viewing also for Horned, Eared and Clark's Grebe (1), several Pelagic Cormorants, and a close Common Loon in the entrance channel.

The Richmond Marina is in western Contra Costa County, access from the Route 580, Marina Bay Parkway. The only restroom I found there was closed 

Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California

White-winged Scoter continues in the Richmond Marina

Lucy Canter Kihlstrom <lcanter@...>
 

On Wednesday, around 1:00 PM, the White-winged Scoter was in one of the arms of Dock F doing its diving and feeding.  Several birders were able to get a very good look at it from the public dock.  The only way to get a really great view of the bird, or perfect photos, would have been to enter the gate onto Dock F itself.  Unfortunately, for us birders and photographers, the gates are all locked in the Marina because the docks are private property (some boats are live-on as well) and the rumor around the Marina is that the Harbormaster might have strong views about trespassing.

Lucy Kihlstrom
Marina Bay, Richmond

Arrowhead tropical kingbird

mrkinch
 

At about 12:30 today Susan Greef and I observed a tropical kingbird just south of the middle parking lot on the road out to Arrowhead, not far from where we encountered one three weeks ago.


Marilyn Kinch 

~Thousands of waterfowl at crown beach in Alameda

Jeadi Vilchis
 

I'm here at home facing Crown Beach in Alameda and I see several duck type
birds. Bufflehead, Ruddy Duck, I've even seen a trio of female mergansers.
Not sure what kind... I think Common.


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Male Redhead at Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

Checking out the lake for tomorrow's 4th Wednesday Golden Gate Audubon walk,* I found a male Redhead swimming down by El Embarcadero.

Most of the winter regulars were there, including about a dozen Common Goldeneyes. Dunno about Barrow's - I didn't have the scope, and none showed up in binocular range between El Embarcadero and the dome cage.

*Meets at 9:30 am by the dome cage; all welcome!

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White-winged Scoter

John Harris
 

The continuing White-winged Scoter was present this afternoon around 3:45 p.m. at the Richmond marina (Marina Bay). When I arrived, another birder was viewing the scoter between the two northern-most "fingers" of F dock, just west of Salute restaurant , near the fire and police boats at the public boat-launch.
The marina can be reached by taking the Marina Bay Parkway exit from 580 and going toward the bay. Go west on Regatta and park by the yacht harbor. There have been a number of ebird reports with maps.
John Harris

Re: White-faced Ibis

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

On 11/23/2015 6:15 PM, gboscacci@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
Hi all,


I am new to this group and am not sure if this is the correct way to
post.
It works! :-)

Saturday afternoon, Nov 21st, at Coyote Hills East Bay Regional
Park, my friend and I sighted what we believe was a White-faced Ibis
... Can't imagine what else it might have been, but because we did
not see any white on its face we wonder if we were wrong.
White-faced Ibis is another of the birds named for breeding plumage. Like the Double-crested Cormorant, it spends most of the year with no sign of the featured feature. Very frustrating - but it allows Those In The Know to smile; welcome to the group!

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White-faced Ibis

gboscacci@...
 

Hi all, 

I am new to this group and am not sure if this is the correct way to post.  But here goes:

Saturday afternoon, Nov 21st, at Coyote Hills East Bay Regional Park, my friend and I sighted what we believe was a White-faced Ibis We were wondering if anyone else has seen this bird recently?

It was very close to us but we did have a camera.  It was in the marsh area off the Muskrat trail and was poking around the reeds next to a snowy egret.   They were about the same size but this bird had a long down-turned gray bill, gray neck, gray legs and no white that we could see.  It took a short flight across the pond and its back feathers were a dark mossy green.  We were very excited!  Can't imagine what else it might have been, but because we did not see any white on its face we wonder if we were wrong.

Look forward to hearing from the group.
Ginnie Boscacci
gboscacci@...

Shorebird Survey -- Red Knots, Lesser Yellowlegs

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hi all,

For the annual shorebird survey, I surveyed the two ponds that wrap around the flanks of the Don Edwards Visitor Center in Newark.

On the east edge of pond G25s (PP1 on some maps) I had 17 Red Knots mixed in with roosting Black-bellied Plovers, Dunlin, and Western Sandpipers.  On the marsh side of the same pond there was a lone Lesser Yellowlegs. 

It was a three Merlin morning with two at the ponds and one at Arrowhead Marsh.
At Arrowhead, Gayle the Hockey Lover and I did a modified sparrow stakeout that was unsuccessful except for the fine company and the brief but exciting/amusing glimpses of Virginia Rails launching from the land side of the channel to the marsh side of the channel. Presto-chango, watch me disappear in an instant. Quite a marvelous trick. A pair of adult Peregrines did a close fly-by to make it a three Peregrine morning as well.

A few digi-scoped images from today can be seen at:

Good birding,
Bob Power
Oakland, CA

Pt Pinole west shoreline Monday morning + Walnut Creek in afternoon

rosita94598
 

While doing the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey for Pt. Blue, Paul Schorr and I walked the west shoreline of Pt. Pinole.  We had a total of 8 Spotted Sandpipers, about 200 Least Sandpipers, a Peregrine Falcon, an Osprey and a Band-tailed Pigeon, as the most notable species.

We passed on the chance for the Scoters at the Richmond Marina for lunch and a drive home without commute traffic--darn.

But I did ride my bike to a local Ace Hardware and on the way home came through Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.  Still present are the female Ring-necked Duck and Buffleheads, but we also had one male and two female Common Goldeneyes.  Yesterday, Fred Safier had a White-throated Sparrow along the Contra Costa Canal pathway north of the H Farm dog park.  It was west of the footbridge about 75 yards at the end of Sheppard Road.

Hugh Harvey
Walnut Creek


Canvasbacks and Buffleheads in big pond at Martinez Regional Shoreline

Isaac Aronow
 

During early afternoon yesterday (Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015), while walking on the east side of the big pond I sighted:

2 Canvasback ducks almost continuously diving.

Buffleheads (there were a number of male and female Buffleheads).

Further west on the north side of of the arched pedestrian bridge, on the west side of the slough shoreline, I observed a group of Black-necked Stilts.

Isaac Aronow
Martinez

Three scoter species continue in the Richmond Marina

Lucy Canter Kihlstrom <lcanter@...>
 

Monday, around 3:30 PM, the Black Scoter that has been reported by others was seen with 3 Surf Scoters near the end of Dock D in the open water of the Marina.  There is a catamaran (or a trimaran) type boat and a very large yacht at the end of Dock D.  The Surf Scoters and the Black Scoter were near these boats.  I located the White-winged Scoter at the end of the Fire/Police dock in open water of the Marina.

Two Black Oystercatchers were standing on the dock near Salute's.  I've not seen them on the dock itself in the past.  A third one tried to join and was chased away.  The Spotted Sandpiper was also at the shoreline looking for food.

Lucy Kihlstrom
Marina Bay, Richmond 

Three Scoter species continue today in Richmond

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Scoter birders:

During the noon hour today three scoter species continued in Richmond Marina Bay, Contra Costa County. At noon a lovely adult male Black Scoter was on the east (Vincent Park) side of the bay, calling at length (plaintive downslurred whistle. At 1 pm I found the female White-winged Scoter hiding among finger piers on the west side of the bay, near the Richmond Fire and Police departments' boats. Surf Scoters were scattered about the bay in small numbers. The Black Scoter was not apparent when I returned to Vincent Park.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
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Goldeneye back at Lake Merritt

Bruce Mast
 

This morning on my walk to work I noticed a cluster of goldeneyes at the mouth of Temescal Creek at Grand Ave. and Lakeside. I counted 8 Common and 2 Barrow's, 1 male and 1 female.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland