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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 

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

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

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

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
http://birds.avianist.com

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

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

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.

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:


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


Barrow's Goldeneye, Long-billed Curlews - Cypress Grove Park, Oakley - 11/27

Paul Schorr
 

Today at 1:00 we observed about 12 goldeneyes at the small neighborhood lake adjacent to Cypress Grove Park in Oakley. Most of the birds were Common Goldeneyes, but there was one Male Barrow's and at least two females. In addition, in the grass area of the park there were four Long-billed Curlews. Cypress Grove Park is located near the north end of Frank Hengel Way which can be accessed from Cypress Rd. Sure hope that the Barrow's Goldeneyes are there during the Eastern Contra Costa County Christmas Bird Count.

We continued out to Holland Tract, but waterfowl and cranes and not yet arrived. The fields were still dry. There was a lone Herring Gull in Middle River along Holland Tract Rd.

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, there were 40+ American White Pelicans on the Antioch City Reservoir. Sorry for the late posting.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch

Scoters continue

judisierra
 

Shortly after a young man gave up this morning after a long effort, I was able to locate the white-winged scoter today in the Richmond Marina. It was pretty much near or at the previous sightings. In the first finger of Dock area F, about half way down. I viewed it from the public wooden walk way. The male black scoter was seen from Vincent park in the open water in front of Docks E.
Judi Sierra Oakland

Red Crossbill at Redwood Regional Park

basquebirder
 

Today at about 2:30 PM, I heard and then saw a male Red Crossbill fly into a Monterey Pine with a flock of Pine Siskins near the Skyline Gate at Redwood Regional Park. There have been a few reported in Contra Costa County this season, and I'm glad that this guy made an appearance literally right as I was about to step into the car. Also maybe of local interest was an Acorn Woodpecker that I heard calling at the beginning of the Tres Sendas trail, right off the West Ridge Trail, a first for me at the park.
Good birding,
Cédric Duhalde


Scoters

THOMAS GOURLEY
 

The female white winged scorer was seen in the marina in front of Salute going across the main channel this afternoon. Out past the marina just east of Shimada Park there were 2 scoters flying which appeared to be white winged by the secondaries.
Pair of shovelers flying in same area.
Lots of ruddy ducks, greater scaups, buffleheads, and some golden eye.
Tom Gourley

Re: Scoters continue

Jay
 

The female white wing Scoter is right in front of Salute restaurant right now.  No luck on black scoters.


On Nov 27, 2015, at 5:10 PM, 'Judi S.' judisierra@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Shortly after a young man gave up this morning after a long effort, I was able to locate the white-winged scoter today in the Richmond Marina. It was pretty much near or at the previous sightings. In the first finger of Dock area F, about half way down. I viewed it from the public wooden walk way. The male black scoter was seen from Vincent park in the open water in front of Docks E.
Judi Sierra Oakland

Don Castro RRA

Debbi Brusco
 

On Thursday, I decided to start a new tradition and go birding like I did last year.

I looked through this list, but not eBird, before I went.

I entered through the back (Ursa) entrance around 1:30, and went counter-clockwise. A Red-breasted Sapsucker, a fox squirrel, and an Audubon's Warbler shared the old willow, but I didn't see the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that had been around for the previous 3 CBCs.

The best bird was a male Wood Duck, seen around 4:00 on the north side of the lake in front of the structure in the pool area (there was a report on eBird from 11/7; I didn't see it on 11/14).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26009558

Debbi Brusco
Hayward




Barrow's Goldeneyes in Oakley.

Russ Bright
 

    The 3 Barrow's Goldeneyes reported by Paul and Nancy Schorr continue with ~15 Common Goldeneyes at the Ibis Drive pond at Cypress Grove Park. At the nearby Ironhouse pond, as viewed from the Big Break trail, were ~80 Bonaparte's Gulls, at least 75 active Tree Swallows and a Loggerhead Shrike.


Russ Bight

Brentwood

Merlin at Albany Mudflats/Plateau

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

Took a short walk at the Eastshore Park in Albany. Took lots of photos of the duck, shorebirds, and sparrows. While on the north side shooting some sparrows when a Merlin swooped in, but veered off when it noticed me. I got a few photos, though not too good, since it flew off when I tried to get into a better position.

http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151128-Albany-Mudflats/index4.html

I spotted a pair of raven dinning on a bird when I was leaving the park. I took a few photos of them also. If your squeamish, you may want to avoid these photos (off the last menu page).

Complete set of photos (35 species, 115 image) starts at: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151128-Albany-Mudflats

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

Greater Roadrunner at Patterson Pass

pheagy2002
 

At 10:00 am on Sat 11/28 I saw a Roadrunner at the first farm gate just over the top on the east side of Patterson Pass.  I first saw it sitting on the fence post next to the gate, then it ran uphill along the fence line to a cottonwood that has a deadfall next to it, next to the fence and road.  It then sat sunbathing on the deadfall. 

Grebes and pipefish

judisierra
 

I forgot to mention with my post of the Richmond Marina on 11/27 that I walked out on the public launch floating dock and watched 3 eared and horned grebes catching, juggling and swallowing pipefish one after another in the G dock area. Verne Nelson posted an informative post and a picture a couple of years ago regarding this interesting phenomena: (You probably have to be signed into your Yahoo account to access the post).
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/EBB_Sightings/conversations/messages/5432
http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/149443969
Judi Sierra- Oakland

Re: Grebes and pipefish

judisierra
 

A recent series of 21 t pictures of Grebes and pipefish were taken at the Richmond marina by George Suennen
http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151125-Richmond-Marina/slides/1125-151352-01.html
Judi Sierra

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On Sun, 11/29/15, 'Judi S.' judisierra@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Grebes and pipefish
To: "EBB_Sightings @Yahoo.com" <EBB_Sightings@...>
Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015, 8:18 AM


 









I forgot to mention with my post of the Richmond
Marina on 11/27 that I walked out on the public launch
floating dock and watched 3 eared and horned grebes
catching, juggling and swallowing pipefish one after another
in the G dock area. Verne Nelson posted an informative post
and a picture a couple of years ago regarding this
interesting phenomena: (You probably have to be signed into
your Yahoo account to access the post).

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/EBB_Sightings/conversations/messages/5432

http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/149443969

Judi Sierra- Oakland











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