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Re: White Fronted Goose

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

On 12/19/2015 2:59 PM, john maurer steeldrv@well.com [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
Sorry this is late.

Went for a walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland yesterday afternoon while
my car was being worked on. Even without binoculars I saw 19 species.
The most notable were a couple of White Fronted Geese hanging around
with a few Mallards and Weird Ducks (Jean and my name for Mallard
domestic hybrids). They were at the west end of the lake near the bridge.
The Oakland Bird Count looked around there with great hope, but all we found with the Weird Ducks (aka Mutt Ducks, which is what I call 'em) near the bridge were four truly table-worthy domestic greylags. Haven't seen one of those at the lake in years!

Then up in the narrow arm of the lake by Children's Fairyland, we counted 46 Common Goldeneyes, and 2 Barrow's....

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Black Scoter at Richmond Marina area plus other interesitng sightings

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

Got a good look at a male Black Scoter in the Richmond Marina, on the southeast corner of the Inner Harbor Basin. It was mixed in with a group of Scaups.

Photos at: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151219-Richmond-Shoreline/slides/1219-150234-04.html

It was calling out on a regular basis, when it was joined by a female Surf Scoter accompanied by 4 males. The female seemed enamored by the Black Scoter, and the male Surf Scoters were parade around the "intruder". After a while the Black Scoter flew off with the female Surf Scoter, leaving the other males wondering what happened.

Photos at: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151219-Richmond-Shoreline/slides/1219-145845-01.html

While on the South side of the Inner Harbor a Black Oystercatcher flew over to where I was standing with a mussel in bill. After landing it proceeded to eat it's catch.

Photos at: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151219-Richmond-Shoreline/slides/1219-143943-01.html

Then a Crow showed up with another mussel and tried to eat it, but had a difficult time. It finally managed to get both feet on one side and it's bill on the other side of the shell to opened it up.

Photos at: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151219-Richmond-Shoreline/slides/1219-145212-03.html

It must have been my luck day, because then a Pelagic Cormorant surface in front of me with a shrimp and a Horned Grebe with a pipefish.

Comorant at: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151219-Richmond-Shoreline/slides/1219-151518-04.html
Grebe: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151219-Richmond-Shoreline/slides/1219-150413-09.html

For the complete set of photos you can go to: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151219-Richmond-Shoreline

Got some good shots today, 214 photos, 48 different species. Overall a great bird day.

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

P.S. I took a short video of the Back Scoter and am uploading it to Youtube. It's not very good, the wind noise is pretty bad, so it's hard to hear him calling. Also holding the camera steady with a 600 mm lens on a monopod is difficult. Anyway when it's done uploading it'll be at: https://youtu.be/I9RYc3YGC84


White Fronted Goose

John H. Maurer
 

Sorry this is late.

Went for a walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland yesterday afternoon while my car was being worked on. Even without binoculars I saw 19 species. The most notable were a couple of White Fronted Geese hanging around with a few Mallards and Weird Ducks (Jean and my name for Mallard domestic hybrids). They were at the west end of the lake near the bridge.

Most of the rest were the usual suspects. I enjoyed watching Waxwings working a pyrocanthia bush. There were a couple of Sparrows that made me wish I had my binoculars. Without them the best I could do was "Sparrow."

John


Nuttall's Woodpecker at Oakland Rose Garden

kateh37@...
 

I live next to the Morcom Rose Garden, and three mornings this week, I've seen a female Nuttall's Woodpecker at my suet feeder. This is a first for me. She has been taking turns with Bewick's Wrens (and the more usual suspects).

Kate Hoffman
Oakland



Re: Lone Tree Cemetery

Debbi Brusco
 

I listened to Evening Grosbeak calls on
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Hesperiphona-vespertina


per the suggestion given to me off-list (thanks for those), and it does sound like that's what the mystery calls could have been. There were multiple birds in that tree, which is actually a different cone-shaped tree down by the first curve near the intersection of Ward. I went back twice on 12/15 and didn't hear them anywhere.

I saw the Red-breasted Sapsucker again, also on the Hansen Rd. side of the cemetery, as well as heard two Red-breasted Nuthatch in the shrubs along the fence in the same area. There were 4 Killdeer this time.

On 12/14/2015 6:11 PM, Debbi Brusco wrote:
Last Wed., 12/9 in the afternoon from 1-3:00, I scouted the cemetery in preparation for our CBC. It was overcast, but got livelier around 2:00 when the sun peeked out.

Of note were a Red-breasted Sapsucker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and no bluebirds. There were two Acorn Woodpeckers in the field to the east behind the perimeter fence.

When we arrived and stopped along the first section of road to get out and see what was around, there were some high "tewww" calls repeatedly coming from a cone-shaped tree standing by itself in the section of lawn behind the one that the buildings are in. As I recall, I don't think they were as high as Brown Creeper or Golden-crowned Kinglet.
I couldn't see the birds, so either they were up high, buried in the branches, or in a hole. I didn't recognize these so if that rings a bell with anyone, please comment.

Here is the list, with some location notes.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26280577

Debbi Brusco
Hayward

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Prairie Falcon - Springtown (North Livermore) CBC

scfloyd2000
 

During the Eastern Alameda County CBC today, while scoping the fields and hills from the west end of Arroyo Las Positas (access at Springtown Blvd. near Rhododendron), Rich Nicholson and I had a Prairie Falcon on a fence post on a ridge to the west.  A Golden Eagle was feeding on a fence post to the north.  We had a particularly raptor-filled CBC which included 19 kestrels, a merlin, 19 Red-Tailed Hawks, a Cooper's Hawk, 3 harriers, 8 kites, and 6 Golden Eagles, 3 of them flying together over the field at Croak Road and Fallon.


Another highlight was a flock of more than 120 Long-Billed Curlews flying around and settling to forage in a field off Hartman Road, west of N. Livermore Ave.


We found Tricolored Blackbirds among the Red-Winged Blackbirds in a flock of hundreds at a cattle pasture about 2 miles up Doolan Road.  


Say's Phoebes seemed to be everywhere; we saw 14 in all.


Stephanie Floyd

Fremont


Junco.....

Michael Marchiano
 


A first for me in Martinez off Morello Ave.......I had a Slate Backed Junco at my bird feeder. I know this is not a rare bird in the eastern United States but its my first in California. I thought I had a small Black Phobe sitting on my seed feeder before noticing the pink beak. 
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Re: Barrow's goldeneye pair at Lake Merritt Channel - images

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

On 12/17/2015 3:34 PM, Allen Hirsch allenvhirsch@gmail.com [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
Early this afternoon there was a male/female pair of Barrow's goldeneyes in
Lake Merritt Channel, usually swimming closely together:
That reminds me - Tuesday morning we saw a pair of Barrow's goldeneyes swimming near one of the islands, on the side toward the globe cage.

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Holland Tract WHITE-WINGED DOVE

C Lou
 

Hi ALL,

This morning (12-17-15) , one of the WHITE-WINGED DOVEs was refound by Bob Dunn.
I was able to refind at 1000. I turned around and it disappeared. There are many
Eurasian Collared Doves and Mourning Doves here. It was in the tree line that is
north to south direction.

Calvin Lou
SF

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Holland Tract CBC--apparent BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (!), WHITE-WINGED DOVES

Hi All,

Today I joined Rob Furrow, Jasen Liu, Ted Robertson, John Muir Laws, Kim
Kuska, and Ashok (?last name?) to participated in an absolutely
incredible CBC today at the Holland Tract--arguable the best count I've
ever done. It was packed with diversity, excitement, and, best of all,
megas. I'll cut to those first.

While sorting through a flock of Eurasian Collared-Doves and Mourning
Doves by the Marina I found a WHITE-WINGED DOVE. I pointed it out to the
rest of the group and while I was talking to Jasen about the dove he
seemed incredulous that there was just one bird. I then looked in his
scope to see a different bird! So I had said "look at the White-winged
Dove in the tree" and he had seen a different White-winged Dove in that
tree! While looking at the dove, I saw a Yellow-bellied Tyrannid flying
away heading west, and thought it looked good for Western Kingbird (gray
throat and chest, bright but not super-bright yellow below, apparently
black tail--which turned out to be a shadow), which would've been new
for the count circle! So, I was feeling pretty good and didn't think
things could get much better...but they could.

Three hours later and over a mile away, I said "There's the Kingbird!"
as the bird flew by before Rob Furrow and I quickly realized that it was
a Myiarchus! Rob then pointed out how massive the bill was and it dawned
on me that this was likely a BROWN-CRESTED! I took a series of photos
before the bird flew off to the north, landed, then continued north out
of sight. We were never able to refind it. The total observation time
through the scope was about 20ish seconds, maybe a little bit more.

Descriptions and photos of both (all three) birds can be found here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26332323

Directions to the Brown-crested (I could not fit them in eBird): If you
are enter the tract over the bridge and turn right, you will quickly
come up to a road on your left, then a second road on your left about a
mile farther. This is just a past a line of cottonwoods and a massive
blackberry bramble. There is a small channel that runs parallel this
road. There is a single willow there, which is where we refound (after
the flyover at the White-winged Dove spot) the Brown-crested Flycatcher.
Coordinates: 37°58'39.07"N,121°36'8.81"W

It appeared to me that the bird was moving, and that it was long gone by
the time we looked for it again in the evening. However, I could be
wrong. Always worth trying to refind!

As far as I am aware, the dove represents just the third and fourth
county records (or just the third if you treat two individuals of the
same species at the same spot and the same time as a single record), and
the flycatcher will represent both a first county record and just the
second for Northern California--the only other one coming from September
on the Farallons (in the 80s?)--if it is accepted.

Megas aside, it was still an amazing morning to be out. The dawn flight
was absolutely incredible, and despite having essentially no flooded
fields at the tract, we beat the odds and had an amazing morning. Other
highlights included:
"Blue" Snow Goose-4 formerly considered rare in the county
Aleutian Cackling Goose-700; the count of Cackling Geese we had today
was much higher than I'd ever had before
American White Pelican-48
Green Heron-2
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Ferruginous Hawk-1
American Avocet-1
Boneparte's Gull-2
Forster's Tern-15
WHITE-WINGED DOVE-2
Merlin-2
Peregrine Falcon-1
Prairie Falcon-1
BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER-1
Golden-crowned Kinglet-1 In cypresses by residences. Rare here
Wrentit-2; part of the only remnant population in east county in islands
with a mix of willows and reeds
White-throated Sparrow-1
Yellow-headed Blackbird-12

Full checklist (as shown above) in eBird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26332323


Rob, Jasen and I then split off and headed to Orwood tract which had a
few good birds:
Sora-1
Common Gallinule-1
Barn Owl-1
Lark Sparrow-5
Fox Sparrow-2
California Towhee-1 which I actually saw, the first time I have seen one
in East county. They were formerly very rare here but now have
apparently established small, localized populations.


We then decided to head back to Holland Tract for dusk flight. We added
a few birds for the day tally, and highlights included:
Ring-necked Pheasant-3
Virginia Rail-1
Sora-1
Glaucous-winged Gull-1
Prairie Falcon-1
Wrentit-1

Full eBird checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26335265


Good birding,
Logan Kahle
Ithaca, NY/San Francisco, CA


Re: Barrow's goldeneye pair at Lake Merritt Channel - images

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

Early this afternoon there was a male/female pair of Barrow's goldeneyes in Lake Merritt Channel, usually swimming closely together:


I only saw the hen have success diving, as a couple of these images show.

Allen Hirsch
Oakland


Ruff photos from this am

Mark Rauzon
 

The Ruff is still present this thursday morning at the West County Treatment Plant in Richmond (Contra Costa). It was in the pond across the road from to the office, and also flew to the distant pond for a while. In the morning light I was able to make size comparisons of the Ruff with some stilts and a lesser yellowlegs. As was mentioned, don't forget to sign in at the office first. Thanks


Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Holland Tract CBC--apparent BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER (!), WHITE-WINGED DOVES

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

Today I joined Rob Furrow, Jasen Liu, Ted Robertson, John Muir Laws, Kim Kuska, and Ashok (?last name?) to participated in an absolutely incredible CBC today at the Holland Tract--arguable the best count I've ever done. It was packed with diversity, excitement, and, best of all, megas. I'll cut to those first.

While sorting through a flock of Eurasian Collared-Doves and Mourning Doves by the Marina I found a WHITE-WINGED DOVE. I pointed it out to the rest of the group and while I was talking to Jasen about the dove he seemed incredulous that there was just one bird. I then looked in his scope to see a different bird! So I had said "look at the White-winged Dove in the tree" and he had seen a different White-winged Dove in that tree! While looking at the dove, I saw a Yellow-bellied Tyrannid flying away heading west, and thought it looked good for Western Kingbird (gray throat and chest, bright but not super-bright yellow below, apparently black tail--which turned out to be a shadow), which would've been new for the count circle! So, I was feeling pretty good and didn't think things could get much better...but they could.

Three hours later and over a mile away, I said "There's the Kingbird!" as the bird flew by before Rob Furrow and I quickly realized that it was a Myiarchus! Rob then pointed out how massive the bill was and it dawned on me that this was likely a BROWN-CRESTED! I took a series of photos before the bird flew off to the north, landed, then continued north out of sight. We were never able to refind it. The total observation time through the scope was about 20ish seconds, maybe a little bit more.

Descriptions and photos of both (all three) birds can be found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26332323

Directions to the Brown-crested (I could not fit them in eBird): If you are enter the tract over the bridge and turn right, you will quickly come up to a road on your left, then a second road on your left about a mile farther. This is just a past a line of cottonwoods and a massive blackberry bramble. There is a small channel that runs parallel this road. There is a single willow there, which is where we refound (after the flyover at the White-winged Dove spot) the Brown-crested Flycatcher. Coordinates:  37°58'39.07"N,121°36'8.81"W

It appeared to me that the bird was moving, and that it was long gone by the time we looked for it again in the evening. However, I could be wrong. Always worth trying to refind!

As far as I am aware, the dove represents just the third and fourth county records (or just the third if you treat two individuals of the same species at the same spot and the same time as a single record), and the flycatcher will represent both a first county record and just the second for Northern California--the only other one coming from September on the Farallons (in the 80s?)--if it is accepted.

Megas aside, it was still an amazing morning to be out. The dawn flight was absolutely incredible, and despite having essentially no flooded fields at the tract, we beat the odds and had an amazing morning. Other highlights included:
"Blue" Snow Goose-4 formerly considered rare in the county
Aleutian Cackling Goose-700; the count of Cackling Geese we had today was much higher than I'd ever had before
American White Pelican-48
Green Heron-2
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Ferruginous Hawk-1
American Avocet-1
Boneparte's Gull-2
Forster's Tern-15
WHITE-WINGED DOVE-2
Merlin-2
Peregrine Falcon-1
Prairie Falcon-1
BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER-1
Golden-crowned Kinglet-1 In cypresses by residences. Rare here
Wrentit-2; part of the only remnant population in east county in islands with a mix of willows and reeds
White-throated Sparrow-1
Yellow-headed Blackbird-12

Full checklist (as shown above) in eBird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26332323


Rob, Jasen and I then split off and headed to Orwood tract which had a few good birds:
Sora-1
Common Gallinule-1
Barn Owl-1
Lark Sparrow-5
Fox Sparrow-2
California Towhee-1 which I actually saw, the first time I have seen one in East county. They were formerly very rare here but now have apparently established small, localized populations.


We then decided to head back to Holland Tract for dusk flight. We added a few birds for the day tally, and highlights included:
Ring-necked Pheasant-3
Virginia Rail-1
Sora-1
Glaucous-winged Gull-1
Prairie Falcon-1
Wrentit-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26335265


Good birding,
Logan Kahle
Ithaca, NY/San Francisco, CA


Livermore Sapsucker, Alameda County

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

The Sapsucker that was in my front yard here in Livermore on December 8th
and 15th between 4 and 5 PM arrived today at 3:58 PM. While the Sapsucker
was playing dace around the trunk with me, I got better looks, this time
noticing too much red on the breast. Therefore, I am re-identifying this
Sapsucker as a hybrid Red-breasted/ Red-naped Sapsucker.



For those still interested in viewing the bird may contact me off-list for
directions. Times thus far have been only between 4 and 5 PM.



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Livermore, California, Alameda County

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Ducks, Union City & Fremont

John Cant 793-5216
 

.

At about 1145 this morning in the Union City duck pond I found 1 common merganser (adult male), 2 common golden-eye (female-type plumage), 2 bufflehead (female-type plumage), and about 25 American wigeon.

In Alameda Creek at the Old Canyon Rd. bridge at 1215 there were an adult male common golden-eye and a pair of hooded merganser. 

 

John Cant

Fremont


Ruff present this morning

Aaron Maizlish
 

The continuing RUFF is in fine view this morning from 8:15 to present at the West County Treatment Plant in Richmond (Contra Costa). Presently in the NE pond (closest to the office) with a dozen G Yellowlegs and one L Yellowlegs. Don't forget to sign in at the office first. Thanks, Logan.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA


Contra Costa count 12/15

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,

I had an extremely good day around Contra Costa today. I deviated significantly from my typical route by spending until almost noon in Richmond, not hitting any mountains at all (including Coast Ranges), birding the dry foothill/grasslands of the Los Vaqueros area, and not going farther east than Ironhouse. Still, it was interesting change of pace was was also extremely productive. The tide was possibly ideally-timed, as I had enough time to seawatch before checking the mudflats for low tide, and steadily work my way north and eventually reach the high tide roosts.

I started with a seawatch from Pt. Isabel, which was perhaps the best seawatch I have ever had in the county. The bay was absolutely stacked with birds, and there were many birds streaming by near and far, too. Nothing rare, but highlights included:
Eurasian Wigeon-1
Surf Scoter-2 was an incredibly low count given the number of birds. Where were they all? Richmond Marina?
Ruddy Duck-3000 including an amazing dawn flight of 2000+ birds streaming by past Brook's Island. I have never seen anything like this before in Contra Costa or elsewhere on the bay. Seemed very anomalous.
Forster's Tern-110 streaming north past Brook's Island
American Pipit-40 that actually landed on the rocks!

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26316324


I then hit the mudflats, which had nothing much of interest but good diversity and numbers nonetheless.

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26316892

From there I headed up to the 51st st Bay Trail entrance. It was quite hopping here, and highlights included:
Osprey-1
Cooper's Hawk-1
Forster's Tern-43
Belted Kingfisher-1
Merlin-1
Say's Phoebe-2, seemingly very out-of-place
Tree Swallow-10, quite scarce (rare?) on the Bayside in winter
Fox Sparrow-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26317345


From there I proceeded onto the Richmond Marina in hopes of finding a long, long overdue county bird. It took about 15 minutes, but I eventually found my target, the continuing female White-winged Scoter. Highlights included:
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER-1 continuing female
BLACK SCOTER-1 continuing male
Red-throated Loon-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26317772


I then headed on to the Canal boulevard viewing platform which had a decent diversity, including only my eighth species of passerine ever for the platform. Highlights included:
Red-throated Loon-1
Sanderling-13, a decent count for the county.
Yellow-rumped Warbler-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26317990


With the tide still rising, I hoped some shorebirds would congregate by the pond at Miller/Knox. So, off it was to Miller/Knox. I was not so successful with the shorebirds, but there was still decent diversity of waterbirds and others around. Highlights included:
Brant-2
Eurasian Wigeon-1
Red-throated Loon-1
Golden-crowned Kinglet-2

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26318328


With the tide approaching peak, I thought shorebirds may concentrate at the West County WTP. Sure enough, there were more shorbirds there than I'd ever seen before. Highlights included:
SNOW GOOSE-6 Shortly after arriving a flock of 99 Geese flew in consisting mostly of Canadas but also Cackling and 6 Snows. This is a good count for perched Snow Geese in West county, possibly one of the highest ever.
Cackling Goose-2 minima subspecies in with the Canadas.
Killdeer-4
Greater Yellowlegs-20 was a good count for this spot
Lesser Yellowlegs-1 is always a good bird in West county
RUFF-1, was extremely surprised to refind this bird that had not been seen since late October. I believe this represents just the third county record. Great bird!
Least Sandpiper-425 was a very good count for the Sewage Ponds.
Belted Kingfisher-1
Peregrine Falcon-1 flew over right after I'd refound the Ruff, making me lose it initially in the commotion.
American Pipit-40 was a good count for this spot, and should be checked for goodies in the future
Orange-crowned Warbler-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26318888

I left Richmond with 101 birds for the day, a pretty incredible feat for winter!


I next hit the Mountain View Sanitary District. Since most of my Contra Costabirding excursions are on weekends, this was just the second time I have ever been to this spot. Highlights included:
Green Heron-2
Black-crowned Night-Heron-1
Mew Gull-3

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26319427


I then birded around Waterbird Regional Preserve and found decent concentrations of Green-winged Teal at the south end but failed to find the Eurasian Teal. I did, however, see:
Blue-winged Teal-2 on the south end of the marsh were an amazingly overdue patch bird--only took 20 some visits!
Thayer's Gull-1
Glaucous-winged Gull-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26319893

I then decided to swing by Mallard Reservoir. There was a bit of exposed mudflats in the south-central part of the reservoir around the bend in the reservoir. Shorebirds were totally absent (!) and duck numbers were low, though gull concentrations were decent. Highlights included:
Boneparte's Gull-10
Mew Gull-79
Western Gull-2 were quite a surprise, as this species is very scarce inland in Central Contra Costa
Forster's Tern-1
White-throated Swift-5 low overhead
Tree Swallow-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26320291


I then started with my largest deviation from my typical route. I proceeded to bird the Walnut Trail region around the Los Vaqueros Reservoir area for about an hour and a half. My main target was Mountain Bluebird, but all of my searching yield not a single Bluebird of any species. However, highlights included:
Common Merganser-310 flying over, presumably from the reservoir
Long-billed Curlew-21
Eurasian Collared-Dove-3 flyovers seemed odd here
Burrowing Owl-1
Lewis's Woodpecker-4
Loggerhead Shrike-11 was a healthy count
Rock Wren-1
American Pipit-20
Lark Sparrow-2 plus 10+ a ways north along the road
American Goldfinch-1 flyover seemed odd in this habtiat

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26322023


I then proceeded to Iron House Sanitary District to spend dusk. It turned out to be an extremely productive stop even all the way up until I left almost an hour after sunset. The shallow pond has lost its pumping from the WTP, but recent rains brought up water level enough so that it could've harbored birds. For some reason, however, it didn't. I watched the dusk flight from the break in the willows north of the deep pond, and while nowhere near comparable to the Holland Tract/Bethel Island flights, it was interesting in its own way, also since I have never done a winter dusk flight watch here before. Highlights included:
Greater White-fronted Goose-50
Snow Goose-150
Northern Pintail-1000
Canvasback-150 including one continuing bird on the pond, where rare. The others were flyovers
Ring-necked Duck-8 on the deep pond. Rare here
Green Heron-1
Red-shouldered Hawk-1
Virginia Rail-11
Sora-5
Common Gallinule-1
Black-necked Stilt-1 flyover
Killdeer-4 calling in the dark
Greater Yellowlegs-1 flyover
Wilson's Snipe-2 flyovers
Least Sandpiper-1 flyover
Great Horned Owl-4
Merlin-1
Say's Phoebe-1
Fox Sparrow-1
White-throated Sparrow-1 heard calling from the blackberry bramble north of the entrance eucalyptus patch
Lincoln's Sparrow-1
Red-winged Blackbird-500
Brewer's Blackbird-2000

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26323223


Overall another fun day to be out in the county. Saw 132 species over the course of the day, not bad for no mountains and no "far east county"!

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
Ithaca, NY/San Francisco, CA


Jewel Lake is full again

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

Took a walk in Tilden Park to Jewel Lake. The lake is full of water again, but only had a couple of Mallards present. Lots of other birds around, but nothing unexpected. Lots of Juncos, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Kinglets (only one Golden-crowned, the rest were Ruby-crowned), Chickadees, Bushtits, and Jays (both Stellar's and Scrub). Got a great look at a Oak Titmouse, a pair of Brown Creepers, and a pair of Towsend's Warblers. Also saw a couple of Fox Sparrows and Spotted Towhees.

Photo of the lake: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151215-Jewel-Lake/slides/151215-Jewel-Lake-Pano.html

Oak Titmouse: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151215-Jewel-Lake/slides/1215-133017-01.html

Brown Creeper: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151215-Jewel-Lake/slides/1215-134315-02.html

Full set of photos at: http://birds.avianist.com/2015/151215-Jewel-Lake

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


Richmond Marina and Oakland

Dave Weber
 

Went to Richmond Marina this morning. No Yellow-billed Loon. There was a large-appearing Common Loon and a/the male Black Scoter was in the SE corner of the harbor, easily seen from the car and later from the walkway. Should have paid more attention to posts regarding CCC today. Instead drove up to Skyline Drive, where from the Chabot Science parking garage I had a single Red Crossbill fly over while calling. Then down to Arrowhead Marsh, hoping something might pop up during high tide in the afternoon. No rails or Nelsons, but three pair of Blue-winged Teal were there, and two Cackling Geese (at least one Aleutian) missed at first somehow materialized among the Canadas.

 

Dave Weber

Milpitas


Male Red-naped Sapsucker has returned, Livermore, Alameda County

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

Male Red-naped Sapsucker has returned, Livermore, Alameda County, and is
present right now. Please contact me off-line for directions. The bird is
present right now.



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Livermore, California, Alameda County

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Barrow's goldeneye

C. Farley Connelly <cfarley.connelly@...>
 

Hello Birders,

A female Barrow's Goldeneye is in the Lake Merritt Channel in between 7th and 10th street near Laney City College. It's mixed in with a flock of common goldeneyes, coots and scaups so look for the bright orange bill.

Bird on, 

Farley

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