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Re: Alan Kaplan has shared an eBird checklist with you from Tilden Nature Area on Feb 5, 2016 - 8:30 AM

George A Suennen
 

Alan,

Thanks for leading the group today. Great day to be out observer nature.

I posted my photos at http://birds.avianist.com/2016/160205-Jewel-Lake

I was able to photograph 22 species of birds, plus 3 species of mammals, and 1 reptile.

Good photos of the Buffleheads doing their thing, as well as the Great Egret and River Otter interacting.

I got better photos of the Red-shouldered Hawk on Monday as there were three of them making a big fuss:

http://birds.avianist.com/2016/160201-Jewel-Lake/

Best Regards,
George
http://avianist.com


On 2/5/2016 9:26 PM, Alan Kaplan via eBird wrote: A great day to see River Otter and Great Egret- friends? competitors? Best of Boids! Alan Kaplan


GGAS Feb 5, 2016 First Friday Bird Walk

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>
 

Friends!

Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, California, US
Feb 5, 2016 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Bird Walk, February 5, 2016. Tilden Nature Area, to Jewel Lake and back again.

"Bird" O'the Day was the River Otter, in a face off with a Great Egret, at Jewel Lake. Good views of Red-shouldered Hawk and Hermit Thrush, lots of Yellow-rumped Warblers (comments were made that this winter seems an exceptionally good year for them), and a Great Blue Heron fly-over rounded out the morning. One Red Admiral butterfly was seen, too.

Don’t forget: next weekend is The Great Backyard Bird Count, gbbc.birdcount.org for 2016.

Here are the 29 species seen by our 33 observers: 

Bufflehead   male was showing some bridling (courtship?) behavior
Great Blue Heron   flyover, as close to a Pterodactyl as you can see today!
Great Egret   seemed to be following the River Otter around, from one side of the lake to the other
Turkey Vulture     makes it official!
Sharp-shinned Hawk  
Red-shouldered Hawk       lots of vocalizing
Red-tailed Hawk  
Anna's Hummingbird 
Allen's Hummingbird     the pink-flowering currant is finally in bloom, and the Allen's has returned 
Nuttall's Woodpecker  
Hairy Woodpecker       male and female
Northern Flicker 
Black Phoebe  
Hutton's Vireo  
Steller's Jay  
Western Scrub-Jay  
Common Raven  
Chestnut-backed Chickadee  
Brown Creeper  
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  
Wrentit  
Hermit Thrush  
Yellow-rumped Warbler  
Fox Sparrow  
Dark-eyed Junco  
Song Sparrow  
California Towhee 
Spotted Towhee  
Lesser Goldfinch 

Best of Boids!
Alan Kaplan



Continuing crossbills at Tilden steam train maintenance parking lot

Anne Ardillo
 

Friday about 1:15 pm there were two huge flocks of birds flying around landing on the top of the redwood trees surrounding the maintenance parking lot as reported yesterday. The huge flocks were a mixture of Pine Siskins and Crossbills.  Hard to say how many of each in the flocks but had to be at least a total of 50 birds but there were a lot of Crossbill calls.


Anne Ardillo

Tilden Park


Winter pelagic and other pelagic dates - Half Moon Bay

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello folks.

    We are going to attempt a winter pelagic on Feb 27, with weather date on the 28th. With various land based observations of Leach’s Storm-Petrels we are hoping to see one or more out there, as well as Black-legged Kittiwakes, winter alcids and perhaps other surprises. The water is warm out there, with recent luck in Monterey maybe we can even hope for a Nazca Booby out there. On can dream!  

   I also have setup various dates coming up later on in the year. A spring trip, two July trips, Farallons trips and pelagics into October this year. More trips may be added in the future, and PayPal payment will open up for some of the trips that are scheduled and do not yet have a buttone. You can email me at any time to get on the reservation list, with no commitment other than you are interested in the trip! Below is a link to the dates.

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

 

good birding!

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


Snow goose at Richmond Marina Park

THOMAS GOURLEY
 

This evening about 5 PM I spotted a single snow goose feeding on the far western lawn with several Canada geese. It had gray dusting on it's back. Stayed about 5 feet away from the Canada geese. Only a couple minor warnings from the hosts.


Tom Gourley


Herring Run Ricmond Marina and Miller Knox Park.

Todd Easterla
 

Today at about 2:30 at Miller Knox Regional Park there was a big herring spawn and lots of eggs in the rocks again. Also, just south of the Richmond marina along the rocky shoreline there were thousands of gulls as there seems to be a new spawn there as well. Thousands of gulls and ducks are in the area.

Not sure how long it's been going on but it must be fairly new second spawning. Did not find any unusual gulls, but got there kind of late in the day.

Todd Easterla
Fair Oaks, Ca.


Black-throated Grey Warbler

Cal Walters
 

In Piedmont at my fountain

Cal Walters


Steam train crossbills

John Harris
 

Following up on an ebird report of Red Crossbills by the steam train in southern Tilden, I stopped by there this afternoon. Seven Red Crossbills (two males, five females) were in a set of redwoods by a maintenance yard near the steam train. I reached this by taking Fish Ranch Road from westbound 24 up to Grizzly Peak, then following Grizzly Peak up to the parking area for the steam train.
John Harris


Re: GULL CLASS and Bay area Herring Runs

Todd Easterla
 

Having problems posting on CV BIRDS tonight? SO here is what I tried to post on that list serve earlier. Just trying to get the word out. Sorry for the cross postings.



Todd Easterla

Fair Oaks, Ca.





Gull lovers,



Tonight while scouting for a gull class this weekend at Granite Bay at Folsom Lake, I discovered two LESSER-BLACK BACKED GULLS. One was a 1st Cycle bird and the other was an adult. There were a lot of birds here right near the boat ramp. If you go take some bread or popcorn and the birds will come very close for a good photo opportunity. We will probably hit this during our class on Saturday. There were thousands of gulls out there tonight!!!!



I will post a couple of photos in CAL-GULLS after I send this message for all of you larid lovers.



To join this fun class go to John Sterling’s link and sign up if you feel the need to learn these guys.




http://www.sterlingbirds.com/birding_classes__yolo_basin.html





Thanks!



Todd Easterla

Fair Oaks, Ca.











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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] GULL CLASS and Bay area Herring Runs








Larophiles and Birders,



John Sterling and I have a few spots left for this weekend’s gull class. As always it is fun learning experience and we get to talk about BIRDS! Gulls are one of the last frontiers of bird identification so to speak and by far one of the most challenging for sure. This class is for beginners as well as seasoned gullers alike. We will have continental breakfast during the A.M. class, much comradery with field trips each of the two days!

It looks as if the Richardson Bay Herring Run is getting underway now, so we will probably hit this run or any active runs in the North Bay at this time. These amazing GULLAPALOOZAS are a site to behold and this is the best time to view and learn these gorgeous scavengers in LARGE numbers during this time!

Don’t miss out as this will be the last gull class that we will be giving for a couple years.

To sign up please click on the highlighted link………..



http://www.sterlingbirds.com/birding_classes__yolo_basin.html


Todd Easterla

Fair Oaks, Ca.












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Richmond Landfill

Michael Carnall
 

Walked the Richmond landfill loop (Parr Blvd, west  off the Richmond Pkwy) this afternoon.  The internal pond is now flooded.  Notable birds included about 20 Northern Pintail in the interior pond and a somewhat larger number of Northern Shovelers in the shallows on the Northeast side.  The shovelers  are regular winter visitors.  Others included American Widgeons, buffleheads, scaups etc.

Mike C.


Brant geese return to Ferry Point

estamman@...
 

For those of you who remember the fairly large number of brant geese (20+) that hung out at Ferry Point last year....they are back.  Today we saw a group of 8 hanging right off the shore behind the old buildings at Ferry Point. We then walked down toward Miller-Knox and saw a large feeding raft of wigeons (American with 3 Eurasians tucked in).  By the time we returned from the M-K pond (nothing much there, BTW), the wigeons had moved down closer to the old buildings and the brants were gone.  Turns out the brants were checking out the other side of the pier, closer to the beach at the parking lot.  But they soon flew back to behind the old buildings and chased off the wigeons.  The brants were soon chowing down next to the shore on the submerged vegetation now readily accessible at low tide.

We also saw that the male buffleheads were getting a bit more serious about protecting their females.  We saw some significant little tussles among the males, with the male/female pairs sticking close together.

for those interested in the continuing saga of the lonely male Black Scoter at Richmond Marina, he was still at it yesterday.  He had two female surf scoters corralled away from all the other scoters, chased the male scoters away, and was calling repeatedly to his captives. To those who may know a lot more about their calls than me, his call was a bit different this time, with a distinctive up note at the end of his call. Maybe it conveyed that he thought he had some interested parties, instead of simply seeking a partner? I would be interested in anyone who might have insight on the black scoter calls since this series of calls did sound different.

Thanks, and happy birding!

Elaine S.



Walnut Creek birds Feb 3

rosita94598
 

We have been having an almost daily visit by a Lincoln's Sparrow to our small patio, north of Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek.  Yesterday I was late hanging the feeders in the morning and when I looked out after the birds were feeding, I counted 35 Lesser Goldfinches, possibly a record for us.  Later, I noticed that one was a Pine Siskin.

Not as many Goldfinches today, but the Lincoln's Sparrow and the Siskin showed, along with a single American Goldfinch.

In Heather Farm Park, located int the Ygnacio Valley of Walnut Creek,  I counted 114 gulls on the north ball fields before 8:30 this morning.  Only 4-5 of them were Ring-billed Gulls, the rest were Mew Gulls.  Fred Safier caught me before he left to pass along a second-hand report of a Lewis's Woodpecker in the reserved picnic area. This is between the volleyball pits and the swimming pool.  I spent a long time looking there, as well as the Gardens area and around the equestrian area, but did not re-find it.

Fred also had a N. Mockingbird at the bottom of the gravel boat ramp; this is a species seem much more rarely in our neighborhood these days.  Though I saw the female Common Goldeneye yesterday, I did not see it today, and Fred did not mention it.  The Belted Kingfisher was present today, but we did not see the Tropical Kingbird.  I did not see the third "King," either, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but they are probably around.  I may not have been trying hard enough.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Possible YBSA x RNSA hybrid in Clayton, Contra Costa Co.

albertlinkowski
 

Found today, 2/2/2015 on the Black Diamond Trail about 1.5 km  from head of the trail  in Clayton, Contra Costa County.

A large red patch on nape, can make this Sapsucker a Red-naped (Sphyrapicus nuchalis), but intensive white on face (especially wide supercilium) and mottled white pattern on a back (buffier on upper back) is not characteristic of typical Red-naped Sapsucker and suggest rather a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) . According to some guides, small proportion of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers can have some red on nape as well ( I found none of such looking individuals on the Internet to further study) Therefore, nape colour is not quite diagnostic for these species. There is also a general lack of dark border between the white chick and red  throat in this individual, another characteristic of Re -naped Sapsucker, however, I noticed some traces of black Including black border right under a bill.

 Summarize, based on the features above, I think perhaps of Yellow-bellied x Red-naped Sapsucker hybrid rather than a pure species of any of this two, but of course I have little experience with these species in field to be quite confident, and according to eBird data this is very remote possibility (only one documented record,  but apparently from California)

Opinions and comments are welcome

Albert W. Linkowski



Redwood Regional Park: Crossbills and eBird question

rfs_berkeley
 


Red Crossbills continue at Redwood Regional Park. A small flock seemed to be flying up and down the valley and was heard four different times; a single flying bird was glimpsed between Redwoods.

eBird question: 
What does one do?
There was definitely a flock of them but no idea how many.

  -Record 1 bird then in the Details write: 'Small flock heard'?

  -If the one bird had not been seen would one record X with details about a small flock heard?
If I had to guess, I'd say 5+

Also a big uptic in Varied Thrush numbers. More of them must have recently arrived. Count was a conservative 16 and vocalization was constant. Eight were seen at one time on a hillside.

Rusty Scalf
Berkeley



Phainopepla

Michael Marchiano
 

Photo of phainopepla, Hidden lakes Park Martinez Feb 1st 2016[image: Inline
image 1]

--
Michael Marchiano
*Naturalist*
*mmarchiano@gmail.com* <mmarchiano@gmail.com>
*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*


GULL CLASS and Bay area Herring Runs

Todd Easterla
 

Larophiles and Birders,

 

John Sterling and I have a few spots left for this weekend’s gull class. As always it is fun learning experience and we get to talk about BIRDS! Gulls are one of the last frontiers of bird identification so to speak and by far one of the most challenging for sure. This class is for beginners as well as seasoned gullers alike. We will have continental breakfast during the A.M. class, much comradery with field trips each of the two days!

It looks as if the Richardson Bay Herring Run is getting underway now, so we will probably hit this run or any active runs in the North Bay at this time. These amazing GULLAPALOOZAS are a site to behold and this is the best time to view and learn these gorgeous scavengers in LARGE numbers during this time!

Don’t miss out as this will be the last gull class that we will be giving for a couple years.

To sign up please click on the highlighted link………..

 

http://www.sterlingbirds.com/birding_classes__yolo_basin.html


Todd Easterla

Fair Oaks, Ca.



Round Valley - no Red-naped Sapsucker Feb 1

Dave Weber
 

Got to Round Valley Regional Preserve early today – it was cold and windy. Stood around for almost two hours. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was in the old orchard at the park residence – in the same tree described in recent posts. I decided to leave and try again later. A quick visit to Heather Farms in Walnut Creek got the continuing Tropical Kingbird. It got into a tiff with a Western Bluebird and showed its seldom-seen red crown. Then over to Lafayette Reservoir where I paid for just enough time to find the Redhead along the dam and to not find the Swamp Sparrow. Back at Round Valley in the afternoon  there were Nutall’s and Acorn Woodpeckers, but no Red-naped.

 

Dave Weber,

Milpitas


Hidden lakes park Martinez

Michael Marchiano
 


Took a short stroll around hidden lakes park today with The regular little flity birds in the Oak trees, pair of King Fishers, Green heron, DC Cormorant, a red shouldered hawk catching and eating a vole but the big surprise (first in Martinez for me) was a beautiful red eyed Phainopepla.  
--
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


Hummer head bobbing?

kateh37@...
 

Yesterday a male and a female Anna's hummingbirds simultaneously perched on and very close my feeder. They both stared at each other and mesmerizingly (to me) moved their heads side to side repeatedly. This went on for a several minutes, and then both flew off and returned and did it again. They did not make any sounds. The female was very fluffed out all over. Is the head movement a territorial display? Or mating behavior? Or...?


Kate Hoffman

Oakland


feeder

Michael Marchiano
 

Along with the regulars I had a single Banded Tailed Pigeon at my feeders this morning....by the end of the week I'll expect between 10-14 showing up....there goes the feed bill!!

--
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

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