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Re: Weird sapsucker

Mark Stephenson
 

Yes! This is a Red-breasted hybrid with red-nape Sapsucker.
Happy Birding,
Mark & Lucas Stephenson 




On Sunday, March 22, 2020, 7:54 PM, Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:

Whoops, here is the iNaturalist link: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40565344

On Mar 22, 2020, at 7:02 PM, Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

Below is a link to the an iNaturalist observation with pics of a strange sapsucker Teale Fristoe and I saw off Black Point Trail at Mitchel Canyon SP, yesterday. Any help with the ID would be appreciated. We also detected 18 Orange-crowned Warblers, they were foraging and singing vigorously. Other migrants a bit slow. 



Also, follow up on Mountain View cemetery, on a run today I saw some Cliff Swallows and a Wilson’s Warbler. The migrants are coming!


Phil Georgakakos
Oakland


Re: Weird sapsucker

Philip Georgakakos
 

Whoops, here is the iNaturalist link: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40565344

On Mar 22, 2020, at 7:02 PM, Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

Below is a link to the an iNaturalist observation with pics of a strange sapsucker Teale Fristoe and I saw off Black Point Trail at Mitchel Canyon SP, yesterday. Any help with the ID would be appreciated. We also detected 18 Orange-crowned Warblers, they were foraging and singing vigorously. Other migrants a bit slow. 



Also, follow up on Mountain View cemetery, on a run today I saw some Cliff Swallows and a Wilson’s Warbler. The migrants are coming!


Phil Georgakakos
Oakland


Weird sapsucker

Philip Georgakakos
 

Hi everyone,

Below is a link to the an iNaturalist observation with pics of a strange sapsucker Teale Fristoe and I saw off Black Point Trail at Mitchel Canyon SP, yesterday. Any help with the ID would be appreciated. We also detected 18 Orange-crowned Warblers, they were foraging and singing vigorously. Other migrants a bit slow. 



Also, follow up on Mountain View cemetery, on a run today I saw some Cliff Swallows and a Wilson’s Warbler. The migrants are coming!


Phil Georgakakos
Oakland


Western Kingbird - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 3/22

Paul Schorr
 

Today after a walk at Contra Loma R. P., Nancy and I birded from our vehicle along one of the fence lines where we spotted one, possibly two, FOS Western Kingbirds. In addition, we heard a Bullock’s Oriole and watched several pairs of Tree Swallows attending nest holes in a large dead cottonwood snag.

Good birding and be safe.

Paul Schorr
Antioch


Sunday March 22,2020 Leona Canyon

John Brenneman
 

Walked up Leona from Keller 10 am to 11;30 this morning. Needed to park on Campus Dr. as trail use parking lot is now locked, not a problem. Air alive with birdsong, multiple birds singing from both sides of trail most of the time. Most numerous were Orange-crowned Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Hutton's Vireo,Song Sparrow, with occasional Townsend's Warbler, Ruby Crowned Kinglet(not singing). Saw bush-tits going in their nest 2 or more rustling around in there. 3 Allen's Hummingbirds. In short a great morning in spite of all the hikers and their dogs.
John Brenneman, Oakland


Re: Notice from EBMUD - No permit needed

Lois Olmstead
 

Remember to take wipes for the metal gate!

On Mar 21, 2020, at 12:27 PM, EBB-Archivist <support@birdwideweb.com> wrote:

"Take a hike - No permit required.
Recreation areas at Lafayette and San Pablo reservoirs remain closed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, but our trails are wide open. Stretch your legs in the hills and valleys of the East Bay. EBMUD has suspended hiking permit requirements during this shelter-in-place declaration."

Dal Leite
Walnut Creek


Re: Sunday morning in Walnut Creek

Steve Taylor
 

I know the EBB police will be on me but how crowded is the area these days?


On Mar 22, 2020, at 10:17 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


Rode my bike to the post office to check the Audubon mail, then went through Heather Farm Park.  It was pretty much the same as yesterday, but today I saw the Tropical Kingbird on the Heather Farms Gardens deer fence.  It was to the right of the gate near the rose garden in front of the concrete pond.  This is the same general area it was seen about 3 days in a row a couple of weeks ago.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Sunday morning in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Rode my bike to the post office to check the Audubon mail, then went through Heather Farm Park.  It was pretty much the same as yesterday, but today I saw the Tropical Kingbird on the Heather Farms Gardens deer fence.  It was to the right of the gate near the rose garden in front of the concrete pond.  This is the same general area it was seen about 3 days in a row a couple of weeks ago.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Saturday morning in Heather Farm Park

David
 

Steve,
         I agree, there are worse place to be during a pandemic than a luxury cruise ship at sea.
           David Rose


On Mar 21, 2020, at 2:26 PM, Steve Taylor <s-taylor@...> wrote:

David 

If you have no virus onboard your better off just staying at sea.  


On Mar 21, 2020, at 3:12 PM, David <davejanrose@...> wrote:

Hugh,
      Thank you again for your reports from home.
        We travel in New Zealand before boarding the Maasdam for a cruise to Tahiti where we were to spend a few days then fly home. We were denied entry to Papeete due to the coronavirus crisis, even though we have no reported cases of the virus on board. The Captain then headed to Hilo, again we were denied a landing. On to Honolulu, where after 8 days at sea were were again prevented from disembarkation. So on March 27 we are scheduled to arrive in San Diego. We have no idea what to expect when we arrive. 
It’s so depressing I think I’ll head for the Ocean Bar for a martini. Hope lobster is on the menu for tonight dinner in the dining room. It’s just brutal here at sea.
    
Hope you and yours are happy and well.
        Sailing on,
               David Rose
                 


On Mar 21, 2020, at 6:34 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


It seemed cold enough today and our patio thermometer is showing 50° F.  Maybe the change in weather has also brought a change in the birds. 

After dwindling numbers of Ring-necked Ducks over the last week, today we had about 30 of them on the large, mostly natural pond.  They were joined by two female Buffleheads and the female Common Goldeneye was out in the middle by herself.  Oddly, I did not notice any Coots or Pied-billed Grebes., though I did see one Common Gallinule. 

A good number of Rough-winged Swallows were flying over the large pond.  One Violet-green or Tree Swallow was there, also.

The Yellow-rumped Warblers were mostly missing this last week, but today I had a group of 4--6 on the west side of the pond and another 4-6 at the gate to the private Seven Hills School.

Early this week the Canada Geese had four yellow goslings at the concrete pond.  Yesterday and today there was a family of 3.  Don't know if it is the same family or not; the River Otters are ever present, one was in the concrete pond yesterday.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek




FOS Rufous

Jackie Bobrosky
 

While standing at my kitchen window today waiting & listening for those Hooded Orioles to arrive, a Rufous Hummingbird paused in front of me after visiting the feeder.  I stopped breathing!

Love it!
Jackie Bobrosky in Old Martinez


Personal vs. group replies

judisierra
 

Since there's no moderator-
This list is for topics relating to birds and bird sightings in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
While covid 19 is a hot topic, discussion of it doesn't belong here. Of all the sightings lists I'm on, this is the only one that seems to have gone off the rails since the restrictions were lifted. There have been several other posts that should have been personal lately also.

To reply to an individual via email requires some copy and paste of their email address otherwise it goes to the group.
On the groups website, personal replies are a gray button to the right that says "private"

Please please lets stick to the birds. Thank-you

Judi Sierra


Re: Saturday morning in Heather Farm Park

Steve Taylor
 

David 

If you have no virus onboard your better off just staying at sea.  


On Mar 21, 2020, at 3:12 PM, David <davejanrose@...> wrote:

Hugh,
      Thank you again for your reports from home.
        We travel in New Zealand before boarding the Maasdam for a cruise to Tahiti where we were to spend a few days then fly home. We were denied entry to Papeete due to the coronavirus crisis, even though we have no reported cases of the virus on board. The Captain then headed to Hilo, again we were denied a landing. On to Honolulu, where after 8 days at sea were were again prevented from disembarkation. So on March 27 we are scheduled to arrive in San Diego. We have no idea what to expect when we arrive. 
It’s so depressing I think I’ll head for the Ocean Bar for a martini. Hope lobster is on the menu for tonight dinner in the dining room. It’s just brutal here at sea.
    
Hope you and yours are happy and well.
        Sailing on,
               David Rose
                 


On Mar 21, 2020, at 6:34 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


It seemed cold enough today and our patio thermometer is showing 50° F.  Maybe the change in weather has also brought a change in the birds. 

After dwindling numbers of Ring-necked Ducks over the last week, today we had about 30 of them on the large, mostly natural pond.  They were joined by two female Buffleheads and the female Common Goldeneye was out in the middle by herself.  Oddly, I did not notice any Coots or Pied-billed Grebes., though I did see one Common Gallinule. 

A good number of Rough-winged Swallows were flying over the large pond.  One Violet-green or Tree Swallow was there, also.

The Yellow-rumped Warblers were mostly missing this last week, but today I had a group of 4--6 on the west side of the pond and another 4-6 at the gate to the private Seven Hills School.

Early this week the Canada Geese had four yellow goslings at the concrete pond.  Yesterday and today there was a family of 3.  Don't know if it is the same family or not; the River Otters are ever present, one was in the concrete pond yesterday.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Chipping sparrow

Jerry Britten
 

Nature has been kind to send interesting birds my way during this time.  In addition to the crossbills, seen 3 different times today, there was a chipping sparrow at the top of the hill on my property this morning, another first!  Also 2 hairy woodpeckers, they were acting like a pair.
Good Birding,
Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory


Re: Saturday morning in Heather Farm Park

Fred Werner
 

Hi David, we’ve never met, but thanks for your fascinating update.  You’ve probably heard about the ordeal of the Grand Princess. It was quarantined at seas off San Francisco for a week, the docked in Oakland for a week while they took passengers out through a pop-up screening system; all 2400 passengers were bussed or flown to military bases around the country where many (most?) were never tested, some weren't even screened, but I think all are still quarantined.  Here's an article quoting passengers:


The ship itself has been anchored in the middle of the Bay for the past week, halfway between Alameda and SF, supposedly with all of the 1,100 staff and crew who didn’t need medical attention still on board. 

I hope when you're finally able to arrive that it's less stressful and problematic for you all than it was for them!

And I hope you're healthy and able to enjoy the extra cruise time...

- Fred

Fred Werner
Berkeley, CA

On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 3:12 PM David <davejanrose@...> wrote:
Hugh,
      Thank you again for your reports from home.
        We travel in New Zealand before boarding the Maasdam for a cruise to Tahiti where we were to spend a few days then fly home. We were denied entry to Papeete due to the coronavirus crisis, even though we have no reported cases of the virus on board. The Captain then headed to Hilo, again we were denied a landing. On to Honolulu, where after 8 days at sea were were again prevented from disembarkation. So on March 27 we are scheduled to arrive in San Diego. We have no idea what to expect when we arrive. 
It’s so depressing I think I’ll head for the Ocean Bar for a martini. Hope lobster is on the menu for tonight dinner in the dining room. It’s just brutal here at sea.
    
Hope you and yours are happy and well.
        Sailing on,
               David Rose
                 


On Mar 21, 2020, at 6:34 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


It seemed cold enough today and our patio thermometer is showing 50° F.  Maybe the change in weather has also brought a change in the birds. 

After dwindling numbers of Ring-necked Ducks over the last week, today we had about 30 of them on the large, mostly natural pond.  They were joined by two female Buffleheads and the female Common Goldeneye was out in the middle by herself.  Oddly, I did not notice any Coots or Pied-billed Grebes., though I did see one Common Gallinule. 

A good number of Rough-winged Swallows were flying over the large pond.  One Violet-green or Tree Swallow was there, also.

The Yellow-rumped Warblers were mostly missing this last week, but today I had a group of 4--6 on the west side of the pond and another 4-6 at the gate to the private Seven Hills School.

Early this week the Canada Geese had four yellow goslings at the concrete pond.  Yesterday and today there was a family of 3.  Don't know if it is the same family or not; the River Otters are ever present, one was in the concrete pond yesterday.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Re: Saturday morning in Heather Farm Park

David
 

Hugh,
      Thank you again for your reports from home.
        We travel in New Zealand before boarding the Maasdam for a cruise to Tahiti where we were to spend a few days then fly home. We were denied entry to Papeete due to the coronavirus crisis, even though we have no reported cases of the virus on board. The Captain then headed to Hilo, again we were denied a landing. On to Honolulu, where after 8 days at sea were were again prevented from disembarkation. So on March 27 we are scheduled to arrive in San Diego. We have no idea what to expect when we arrive. 
It’s so depressing I think I’ll head for the Ocean Bar for a martini. Hope lobster is on the menu for tonight dinner in the dining room. It’s just brutal here at sea.
    
Hope you and yours are happy and well.
        Sailing on,
               David Rose
                 


On Mar 21, 2020, at 6:34 AM, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598@...> wrote:


It seemed cold enough today and our patio thermometer is showing 50° F.  Maybe the change in weather has also brought a change in the birds. 

After dwindling numbers of Ring-necked Ducks over the last week, today we had about 30 of them on the large, mostly natural pond.  They were joined by two female Buffleheads and the female Common Goldeneye was out in the middle by herself.  Oddly, I did not notice any Coots or Pied-billed Grebes., though I did see one Common Gallinule. 

A good number of Rough-winged Swallows were flying over the large pond.  One Violet-green or Tree Swallow was there, also.

The Yellow-rumped Warblers were mostly missing this last week, but today I had a group of 4--6 on the west side of the pond and another 4-6 at the gate to the private Seven Hills School.

Early this week the Canada Geese had four yellow goslings at the concrete pond.  Yesterday and today there was a family of 3.  Don't know if it is the same family or not; the River Otters are ever present, one was in the concrete pond yesterday.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Bewick’s Wren Ventriloquism?

Alan Kaplan
 

Friends!
Thanks for your responses.

I am absolutely sure this is one bird!
Sometimes it is throwing its voice and sometimes not, but it is a single bird that does the few note intro and seems to be in one place, and very quickly finishes the song as if it was 10 or even 20 feet away.

I would have thought Donald Kroodsma had something on this but I have not found it yet.

Best of Boids!
Alan Kaplan

On Mar 21, 2020, at 2:09 PM, Kirk Swenson <khswenson@...> wrote:


Some wrens in other parts of the world pair-sing, where one member of a pair starts the song and the other member finishes it. I don't know if that's something Bewick's Wrens can do, but it would be an interesting observation if true.

Good birding!
Kirk Swenson
Davis, CA

On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 11:28 AM Alan Kaplan <LNKPLN67@...> wrote:
The Bewick’s Wren seems to start from one side of the yard and finish on the other! I don’t hear the song that way in Tilden.
Has anyone else heard ventriloquist Bewick’s? Any research you know of on how they do this? Thanks!
Best of Boids!
Alan Kaplan


Re: Bewick’s Wren Ventriloquism?

Kirk Swenson
 

Some wrens in other parts of the world pair-sing, where one member of a pair starts the song and the other member finishes it. I don't know if that's something Bewick's Wrens can do, but it would be an interesting observation if true.

Good birding!
Kirk Swenson
Davis, CA

On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 11:28 AM Alan Kaplan <LNKPLN67@...> wrote:
The Bewick’s Wren seems to start from one side of the yard and finish on the other! I don’t hear the song that way in Tilden.
Has anyone else heard ventriloquist Bewick’s? Any research you know of on how they do this? Thanks!
Best of Boids!
Alan Kaplan


Re: Notice from EBMUD - No permit needed

Edward Vine
 

Thanks for the info. I guess that means we can go to Valle Vista trails without a permit. Great!

Ed

On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 12:27 PM EBB-Archivist <support@...> wrote:
"Take a hike - No permit required.
Recreation areas at Lafayette and San Pablo reservoirs remain closed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, but our trails are wide open. Stretch your legs in the hills and valleys of the East Bay. EBMUD has suspended hiking permit requirements during this shelter-in-place declaration."

Dal Leite
Walnut Creek



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Edward Vine

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Building 90R2002
Berkeley, CA 94720-8136

Phone:     1-510-486-6047
Email:    elvine@...


Notice from EBMUD - No permit needed

EBB-Archivist
 
Edited

"Take a hike - No permit required.
Recreation areas at Lafayette and San Pablo reservoirs remain closed to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, but our trails are wide open. Stretch your legs in the hills and valleys of the East Bay. EBMUD has suspended hiking permit requirements during this shelter-in-place declaration."

Dal Leite
Walnut Creek

PS: If I had kept it to myself, it'd be "hoarding", right? Let's all work together.


Lake del Valle birding / hiking.

Steve Huckabone <shuckabone@...>
 

Just FYI: I drove up to Lake del Valle this morning to find it closed. However the Del Valle Arroyo Road Staging Area is open.

Good birding.

 

Steve Huckabone

Alameda County

Livermore, CA

 

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