New Members

AnnM <annmcg@...>

Wow, I didn't make myself clear on the start date of the yahoo group. I was hoping that the start day would be on March 20th which would give people time to make the switch. But, thank you for your interest and jumping right in. The group is almost 200 members and that leaves about 700 more to make the change.

To address your concerns, I have changed all of the settings for the group and will be adding information to the footer of all messages. Please do not send out "test" messages. If you have an appropriate message, feel free to go ahead and use this group. Just remember it is reaching a much smaller number of people than the old list. When more people have moved to this list, I will send out the policies on messages, attachments, and photos. Currently, no attachments and that won't change. At this time, photos are to be approved by the moderator but that will probably change.

Good Birding,

Ann McGregor

Re: [EBB Sightings] Chestnut-backed Chickadee nesting

Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>

While I haven't yet seen our chickadees in the nest box, the male (I
presume) has been battering his reflection in our windows for over a week,
so the hormones are flowing. I keep chasing him off, but to no avail. I
also have to put plastic bags over my truck's mirrors to ward off the
California Towhee, who sometimes hassles the bumper as well.

Jaan Lepson

On Wed, March 10, 2010 5:16 pm, Judi Sierra wrote:
I had a Chickadee inspecting my box a month ago. Although calling away,
it couldn't convince it's perching nearby partner to come in and take a
look. A Titmouse went in and out several times yesterday, spending several
minutes in each time. Then it started perching and singing in several
nearby spots but couldn't attract a girlfriend. Judi Sierra- Oakland

--- On Wed, 3/10/10, Phila Rogers <philajane6@...> wrote:

From: Phila Rogers <philajane6@...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] RE: [EBB Sightings] Chestnut-backed
Chickadee nesting
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 4:29 PM
Maybe it's one of those years as this
morning I caught sight of a chickadee exiting one of my nesting boxes.
Also a cal towhee was doing the 'come
hither' display on my deck.

So in spite of the thermometer reading 37 degrees this
morning, spring has started its head-long rush.

Phila Rogers

--- On Wed, 3/10/10, Rusty Scalf <rscalf@...>

From: Rusty Scalf <rscalf@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] RE: [EBB Sightings]
Chestnut-backed Chickadee nesting
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 3:44 PM

This is really interesting and would
appear to be extremely early.

In Birds of North America, Chestnut-backed Chickadee
nesting dates are

reported as follows:

"Egg dates for California March 12 - June 7. Height of
season April 7 -

June 1."

" In California at Tilden Park, Contra Costa Co., mean date
of first egg

for P.r.barlowi over a 22 year period (n=430) March 25 +- 9 days."

-Rusty Scalf


To: sightings@diabloaud

Subject: [EBB Sightings] Chestnut-backed Chickadee nesting

I installed a nestcam box on Jan 1 under the eaves of my

Chestnut-backed Chickadees started checking it out on Jan
13, and nest

construction started Feb 25. I put wood chips in the box, which were

quickly cleaned out on 2/25, then redwood bark shreds were brought in,
and a

circular shape was constructed. I first saw 2 birds at once in the box

Feb 27. It was slow going until today, March 8, with
construction full

speed ahead. With the camera I am watching and hearing them on TV.

materials include feathers and dog hair. I will post progress.

Also, on my bike ride today Orange-crowned Warblers were
singing along

Redwood Road, south of Pinehurst Road, the first ones I've
heard this

Spring. I have not yet detected an Allen's
Hummingbird in my yard. They

are usually here in late January or early February. There was a Rufous

Hummingbird yesterday at my feeder. Where's the

There was a Yellow-rumped Warbler in my yard on Jan 2, the
first in my yard,

I've been here in the Oakland hills for 19 years.
That was yard species


Johan Langewis

Oakland, near Skyline and Shepherd Canyon


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Jaan Lepson

University of California
Space Sciences Laboratory
7 Gauss Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-7451

Test my EBB email

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Test my Yahoo! email
Art Edwards

Wild Turkey in Martinez


My wife met me at the Martinez Amtrak station when I returned from Reno this afternoon. While driving south on I-680, a Wild Turkey was spotted on the concrete railing adjacent to the freeway at the Arthur Road overpass. Not the usual place to see such a bird. I was just thankful it didn't try to fly across right in front of us.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Lake Merritt Quartet

mjstanleypls <mjstanleypls@...>

We found the White-throated Sparrow on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the northwesterly corner of the Children's Fairyland. Actually, I had two of them in my field of view at the same time on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, we made the mad dash over to the Nature Center and found the Tufted Duck, the Ring-necked Duck, and the female Redhead amongst the feeding frenzy.

Mike Stanley
Napa, CA

Martinez Birds Friday


I went to Martinez this morning to see my friend drive the Reno Fun Train to Reno this morning, that was part of my attraction to go Tuesday and return yesterday. Because they were delayed by over an hour, I went to McNabney Marsh to see a few birds in the rain. Most of the birding was from the car, though I tried to stand under my umbrella at the viewing platform near the entrance to Mountain View Sanitary.

The highlight was the large number of swallows flying over the marsh, including Barn, Cliff and Tree. It is possible there were Northern Rough-winged and Violet-Greens, too, but the distance and rain, as well as the speed with which they flew, precluded positive IDs of these.

There were also about 20 Wilson's Snipes visible from the entrance road leading to the sanitary plant, accessible from Arthur Road in Martinez.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

White Throated Sparrow - New Yard Bird

Cal Walters

So I have been reading some of the White Throated Sparrow sightings
recently, and this AM in my back yard in Piedmont ­ I find I have a new yard
bird. This is the 3rd new yard bird for me this year ­ the others were a
Nuttall¹s Woodpecker and a Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

Cal Walters


Alameda Creek-Ring-necked Ducks

kathy jarrett

GGAS Bicycle Bird Trip Fremont BART to Coyote Hills, Sat Mar
13, 2010
Eight of us biked from Fremont BART to Coyote Hills on this
cold, clear day with water rushing down Alameda Creek and found an explosion of
Canada Geese, Mallards, Pigeons and Starlings. We saw a Red-shouldered Hawk
near the freeway where we have seen them many times before. The Tree Swallows were swooping around the nesting boxes at Coyote
Hills. At the EBRPD Visitor Center we did not see that many birds other than the
explosion birds although we did find a Hermit Thrush there. It was only after we biked out on the part of Alameda Creek
that extends beyond the park that we saw large numbers of birds which were
mostly sheltering from the wind, and we saw the Chilean Flamingo that forages
in the salt ponds. On the way back we found a group of Ring-necked Ducks just
west of Decoto Rd. 56 species:
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
American Wigeon
Ring-necked Duck
Scaup sp.
Ruddy Duck
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
American Coot
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Long-billed Curlew
Sandpiper sp.
Dowitcher sp.
Gull sp.
Rock Dove (I)
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker, red-shafted
Black Phoebe
Tree Swallow
N. Rough-winged Swallow
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Marsh Wren
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling (I)
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Chilean Flamingo

Burrowing owl locations in Oakley/Brentwood

Sherrill Cook

I am a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator for Lindsay Wildlife Museum. I have an adult burrowing owl that has been in my care for two months and is now ready to release. If anyone knows of a BUOW colony near Oakley (the bird came from Neroly x Empire), please reply directly and let me know. This is fairly close to the Brentwood border so a Brentwood colony would be okay too. Thanks so much for your help! Sherrill Cook

Cedar Waxwings

Steve Taylor

Today as we waited for a couple of hikers to arrive at our usual meeting
place of St. Timothy's church in Danville there were like a hundred of Cedar
Waxwings in the large oak trees on the church's property. This place is a
good place to see birds as many birds like the large old oak trees and other
trees which surround the property.


San Ramon

Fremont Automall Parkway and Nobel Drive

Arthur Robinson

I sent this Monday via the old Sightings email address, but I'm
suspicious it never got beyond my computer, so here it is again to the
new Yahoo groups address, just in case.

Sorry if it's just a duplicate.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Arthur Robinson <lewie@...>
Date: Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 10:56 AM
Subject: Fremont Automall Parkway and Nobel Drive
To: sightings@...

Sunday morning was bright and sunny with no visitors but me at the
wetland area behind the industrial park along Nobel Drive at the end
of Automall Parkway in Fremont. Also, there is no parking issue on

Most of the reported species continued:

Noteworthy in the pond closest to the pathway:
American Bittern
Common Moorhen
Blue-winged teal
Cinnamon teal

There were several adult and immature Black-crowned Night Herons in
the same pond and in the back pond, along with additional Moorhens and
two pairs of Common Mergansers in the back pond.

At the south east end of the path, where the Ferruginous Hawk had been
seen in the past, there were three Burrowing Owls, two of which were
sitting together, along with many, many ground squirrels. Green-wing
Teals along with the other usual duck species were in the seasonal
ponds in the field. The gulls seem to have mostly moved away from this
particular area.

In addition to the noises courtesy of the loud speakers, there was
shooting not too far off, so I assume there is a firing range nearby.


Arthur L. Robinson
247 4th Street, #201
Oakland, CA 94607

Arthur L. Robinson
247 4th Street, #201
Oakland, CA 94607

Palm Warbler at Oakland Estuary

Arthur Robinson

The Palm Warbler seen many times earlier this winter along the estuary near the D'Anna Yacht Sales office is still there as of about 6 PM this evening. The bird was very active high in the trees and between trees and was not into showing itself for good looks or for long. Still, the yellow under the tail, the tail pumping, the eyeline and eyebrow, and lightly streaked breast were evident.


Arthur L. Robinson
247 4th Street, #201
Oakland, CA 94607

Red-tailed Hawks and Golden Eagle clash at Coyote Hills

Charlotte Allen <c.allen@...>

This afternoon I saw a pair of Red-tailed Hawks stage an ariel attack
on a Golden Eagle and drive it away from the canyon they were
hunting. This on the Bayview Trail just north of Glider Hill. I saw
the Eagle again about a third of a mile further south on the trail,
hunting another canyon. The Eagle looked to be about twice the size
of the hawks, so I was impressed by their nerve in diving it from
above, even though they did have it outnumbered.

Charlotte Allen

Wild Turkey in the flats of Berkeley


I now have Wild Turkey on my yard list; Or, more exactly, on my roof list.

I live in south Berkeley, near the Ashby/Sacramento intersection; The San
Pablo Park area. Very urban. If they can happen here, then they can happen

Rusty Scalf

Re: Extreme dates for Rough-legged and Swainson's Hawks in Alameda Co.

art_edwards_xenops <xenops@...>

Rich Cimino and Jeff Mille reported a Rough-legged Hawk near the intesection of Patterson amd Midway Roads on March 16.

My latest Spring sighting in Alameda Co. was March 17, 1974, on Flynn Road.

They also reported three Swainson's Hawks near the intersection of Mountain HOuse and Kelso Roads on March 16. My Earliest Spring sighting in Alameda Co. was on March 6, 1994, on Bruns road

It will be interesting to look forany trends in migration dates that might be ascribed to global warming.

Art Edwards,

Walnut Creek Birds


The Snowy Egret, which has been in Heather Farm Park for several weeks, contiues to be seen regularly. Though I was there after 10 AM, the White-throated Sparrow came out of the Coyote Bushes when I threw a little seed. It was in the company of White-crowneds, Jays, a female House Finch and an Oak Titmouse. Buffleheads continue to be present in varying numbers. Late yesterday I saw two females, this morning it was a male/female pair. I heard no woodpeckers. The Double-crested Cormorants have been showing their double crests for a couple of weeks. In the garden area, two young Anna's Hummingbirds are close to outgrowing their nest, maybe 15 feet over the sign for the Stroll Garden.

In our patio north of the park and Contra Costa Canal, the Chestnut-backed Chickadees continue to be active around the bird house. We continue to have White-crowned Sparrows come for seed as well as an Oak Titmouse pair. I learned that last week a young Cooper's Hawk emptied the patio while it checked from the roof edges overlooking our little space. This is not the first time for this species to be here.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Killdeer chicks


I heard a bit of a racket went I went out at lunch to take a walk. In addition to their presumptive mother, I saw 3 mini-Killdeer sprinting around a gravelled area next to the parking lot. This is perhaps the same Killdeer family that nested last summer. Seems early for actual babies, but given the very different month (still winter, or it was until 10 minutes ago), I'm guessing they have 2 broods a year. Anyway, it was delightful reminder of the change of seasons. I work at the Kaiser Permanente facility in Pinole at Pinole Valley Road and I 80. Also, I've noticed the return of White Throated Swifts to the overpass; they nested here last spring/summer as well. No Cliff Swallows yet, but I expect them soon.

Warbling Vireos, Morgan Territory and birds around the house

Denise Wight

Hi E.B. Birders,

This morning I birded Morgan Territory (hadn't been there in over twenty years!).  First of season birds for me included at least six singing Warbling Vireos at the pull out where the Mollok trail crosses Morgan Territory Road, two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and a House Wren.  While recording an odd sounding Brown Creeper song, I also recorded a pair of Prairie Falcons calling in the distance. Later, I recorded Cedar Waxwings while a calling Cooper's Hawk flew over. Golden Eagle and three accipiters in the sky at one time was nice see, too.

Friday evening Cliff Swallows returned to an old nest outside my front door. Late this afternoon, on my back deck, Chestnut-backed Chickadees repeatedly attacked a Nuttall's Woodpecker when it got too close to their nest box. The call the
chickadee makes during these attacks
is soft, but harsh and raspy sounding. Each time, the Nuttall's Woodpecker flew off without a fight.

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, CA

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Wild Turkey continues in Berkeley

loveandrevolution <loveandrevolution@...>

The wild turkeys have made it to our roof tops now. We live near Sacramento and University. Two of them hung out on the roof for a while, then flew across the street to hang out on another roof.

Blue-winged teal at Garretson Point <msetter@...>

Our teen bird club ventured to Garretson Point this morning. These budding birders tallied 39 species in two hours, all within a short distance of the parking lot.

A highlight was a foursome of BLUE-WINGED TEAL. The teal, along w/7 other duck species, were located at the pond across from the parking lot. CLAPPER RAIL was also reported in this area, but we did not find it...

Michele Setter
Lindsay Wildlife Museum