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Bald Eagle & Lewis's Woodpecker

Stephen
 

EBB'ers,


Went to east county today (2/7) in an attempt to see at least one of the White-winged Doves on Holland Tract.  The concentration of Mourning Doves was centered around the second right angle turn on Holland Tract Road, on the north side of the road in the brambles.  Sorted through about a hundred Mourning Doves -- twice -- but couldn't find a White-winged.  The many Sandhill Cranes made up for it however, and there were flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese and Snow Geese flying around the island.


Headed south on Byron Highway, and turned off on Byron Hot Springs Road.  Almost immediately, we saw an adult BALD EAGLE flying from the direction of Clifton Forebay, over the Byron airport, and disappearing in the direction of Los Vaqueros reservoir.  This was a new county bird for us, previously an egregious miss.  Possibly, it was one of the birds reported by Logan Kahle at Los Vaqueros on January 9th.


We went into the Los Vaqueros "park" (accessed from Camino Diablo at Walnut).  Almost immediately, as we approached the Kelly Creek parking lot, a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER flew beside the car, over the road, and landed in one of the oaks along the creek.  Another Lewis's Woodpecker was seen on the way out just before getting to Camino Diablo.


Beautiful day in east county.


Good birding,

Stephen Long

Oakland, CA


Hooded Mergansers at Valle Vista

Elizabeth Leite <e.leite@...>
 

I saw a Hooded Merganser at about noon last Wednesday (2/3) out in the
lake bed area. I wonder if it was one of the same ducks Wendy saw
yesterday. Maybe they'll stick around. Also, that day I saw a pair of
Wood Ducks hiding in the shadows to the west of the bridge. And I had
a superb view of a Red-breasted Sapsucker in a deciduous fruit tree to
the north of the foot path approach to the bridge from the parking lot.


Elizabeth Leite


Hooded merganser under bridge at Valle Vista

Wendy Parfrey
 

Saw a lovely pair of hooded mergansers yesterday at 5:30 pm in the creek on the east side of the bridge. 
 
Happy birding,
Wendy 


Re: male Hybrid Red-naped/Red-breasted Sapsucker

Mike Correll-Feichtner
 

The male Hybrid Red-naped/Red-breasted Sapsucker I first discovered on
Tuesday December 8, 2015, is still coming nightly to roost in his favorite
tree at around 5 PM to spend the night. I still have no clue as to where he
spends his time during the day.

--
Mike Feighner
Livermore, California, Alameda County

http://www.linkedIn.com/in/michaelfeighner
--
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot
drive out hate; only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Huckabone [mailto:shuckabone@comcast.net]
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 2015 5:42 PM
To: EastBay Bird <ebb_sightings@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Hybrid Sapsucker

I photographed the hybrid Red-naped / Red-breasted Sapsucker in Michael
Feighner front yard late this afternoon. You can clearly see the red color
creeping into the face. Based on Mike's comments over the past few weeks the
red has expanded so.
Interesting bird.
Flickr links:

https://flic.kr/p/BGizS8
https://flic.kr/p/Ccycvs
https://flic.kr/p/C6bmig

Compared with Jerry Ting's clean Red-naped Sapsucker at Ardenwood in the
fall.
https://flic.kr/p/zVJGng

Good birding.

Steve Huckabone
Livermore, CA
Alameda County


Gullapalooza and geese at Richmond Marina

estamman@...
 

This afternoon after a quiet visit at Ferry Point/Miller-Knox (no brant geese, more than usual sealions and harbor seals, and fewer buffleheads, scaups, and scoters), we headed over to Richmond Marina to see if we could find the snow goose.  We did indeed find the snow goose with the Canadians on the grass across from Salute Restaurant.  While we were watching the snow goose, 4 white-fronted geese strolled into the scene.  All was going well until a guy with an unruly dog sent the entire bunch flying off in a panic.

When we looked at the channel in front of Salute, we saw a large convention of sea lions and harbor seals lolling about, obviously being quite well fed. 

We then went to Shimata Friendship Park, where we found the 4 white-fronted geese, but alas, no sign of the snow goose.  However, we did run into a gullapalooza at low tide all along the shore from Vincent Park to Friendship Park and beyond to the bridge. It looks like there had been a big herring spawn, and the gulls were getting their share.  Further offshore, we found the missing scaups, buffleheads, and scoters since they were in dense rafts waiting for the gulls to vacate the feast.

We have never seen such a concentration of mammals and gulls in this Marina area in our memory. Looks like the herring spawning may be spreading out beyond Ferry Point!

Nice birding on a beautiful day!

Elaine S




Arrowhead Marsh boardwalk now open

Maureen Lahiff
 

It's been closed for what seems like over 2 years, serving as a high tide roost.

Now it's repaired and open.


Continuing crossbills at Tilden steam train maintenance parking lot (additional note on Hoodies in Pleasanton).

Derek
 

Started this morning at the Tilden steam train location before carpooling to Point Reyes. Little activity until the meeting time of 8:15 when a flock of Pine Siskins and two Crossbills were visible from the main parking lot.
 
Also, I've biked my regular route in Pleasanton twice in the last couple weeks and both times had a pair of Hooded Mergansers resting under the bridge at the intersection of Valley Ave and Case Ave near Pleasanton Middle School.
 
Derek Heins
 

 
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: aardillo@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...>
Date: Fri, Feb 5, 2016 at 8:23 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Continuing crossbills at Tilden steam train maintenance parking lot
To: EBB_Sightings@...


 

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



Snow geese

THOMAS GOURLEY
 

This morning there are 4 Greater White Fronted geese with some Canada geese in the same area as the Snow goose was yesterday. This is at the far western end of the Richmond Marina Park closest to Salute restaurant. There are also Sea lions feeding in the water there.


Tom Gourley


Re: Winter pelagic and other pelagic dates - Half Moon Bay

Patricia Bacchetti
 




From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@... [EBB_Sightings]"
To: "CALBIRDS" , peninsula-birding@..., "EBB Sightings" , "South Bay Birds" , "CountyBirders" , sfbirds@...
Sent: Friday, February 5, 2016 7:21:56 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Winter pelagic and other pelagic dates - Half Moon Bay

 

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

 



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.











From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of teasterla@comcast.net [EBB_Sightings]
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016 8:21 PM
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
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.


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