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Oakland Laurel Nutall's - the female inspects the nest.

Marcus
 

Was a bit brain dead this morning as I have been working all night, but had to check out the new woodpecker digs and from inside my house I saw the woodpecker (I thought it was the male) just being still, which it does when something is around that bothers it.  It was like that for a few minutes, then poked around the hole and then I realized it was the female inspecting the nest. She then tapped around the wood of the tree and flew off.   Obviously the inspection did NOT pass muster as the male was hard at work again later on around noon. He has gotten a full body length in and last I checked was busy, busy, busy.



Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


Pt. Pinole Bald Eagle, March 18

Sheila Dickie
 

Yesterday afternoon, March 18, round about 3 p.m. a couple of other birders and I watched an immature Bald Eagle chasing an Osprey with a fish out at the fishing pier at the Point at Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline Park in Richmond. Quite exciting. The Osprey got away (with the fish) and the eagle was chased off by a flock of gulls. It was last seen heading south over the trees.


Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Fw: Harris’s Sparrow continued yesterday

dp_eas
 



 
 (3rd time trying to post). Continuing. Seen about 2 pm in large Zono flock exactly at waypoint described yesterday by Logan and others. Highly recommended to use waypoint as this is an obscure location.
> On berm parallel to Bay Trail and to Hoffman Marsh.  Go
> thru busted chain link fence. In 60m there are three
> abandoned shopping carts. Bird was in shrubs to left. The
> berm can be accessed by either 51st trailhead or Rydin
> Road/Pt Isabel trailhead (closer).
>
> Hoffman Marsh is the marsh
> easily visible from 580 and just North of Central Avenue,
> Richmond.
>
> Emilie Strauss
> Berkeley CA



Middle Harbor Shoreline

Megan Jankowski
 

It was a nice afternoon today at Middle Harbor with over 100 Forster's terns and 4 Caspian terns (one banded, it has been reported).

There is still a group of 4 Snow Geese and 1 Ross's Goose hanging around. One Snow goose is missing a foot, likely the same bird I reported back in November with a necrotized foot. 

There were a lot of Western sandpipers, and avocets, Black-bellied plover (some showing black bellies). Also a large number of Mew Gull, I guess getting ready to shove off soon.

Megan Jankowski
Oakland





Re: Eastern Phoebe

Bruce Mast
 

I looked for about 30 minutes around noon without seeing it. I ran into another birder who reported negative results as well.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 12:49 PM Bob Richmond bobrichmond94544@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:



Has the phoebe at Miller-knox shoreline been seen this morning?

Bob Richmond




White-throated Sparrow, Richmond

Alan Krakauer
 

For the first time in months, we’ve had a White-throated sparrow in the yard near Wildcat Canyon park. Still have Pine Siskins and Fox sparrows as well.

Good birding,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA


Oakland/Laurel Nutall's hard at work.

Marcus
 

The little nest machine is hollowing out his hole.  He gets in as far as his belly.
If you want exact location give me a call or email. At home working as usual, no time to take pics today with my deadlines.

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


White-Throated Sparrows

kateh37@...
 

On Sunday morning, Blake Edgar and I spotted a pair of adult White-Throated Sparrows along the Olive St. side of the Morcom (aka Oakland) Rose Garden.

Kate Hoffman
Oakland



Eastern Phoebe

Bob Richmond
 

Has the phoebe at Miller-knox shoreline been seen this morning?

Bob Richmond


Continuing Harris’s Sparrow 3/17

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

The Harris’s continued for Graham Chisholm and I at Hoffman Marsh about here 37.9077248,-122.3229813. It was in a large flock of zonotrichia, towhees, and melospiza foraging on the grassy/brushy berm that runs nearly parallel the bay trail. It was quite hard to find, and afforded only 20 seconds or so of viewing in the 20 or so minutes that we looked. There is a large homeless encampment nearby, so its probably best to steer clear of that.

Good birding,

Logan


Re: Miller-Knox RS Eastern Phoebe and second-hand HARRIS’S SPARROW

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

The phoebe continues 4:20-4:40, primarily between scarlet eucs, pines, and odd ogre-green pine-like trees just north of the marsh hawk picnic area. The bird is actively calling. It is similar but separable from Black Phoebe. I was not seeing any Blacks in the area so if you hear a phoebe there’s a good bet its the bird. Awesome find, Laura! This is just the third Contra Costa record. 

On another note, Dan Roth reported a HARRIS’S SPARROW from Point Isabel today here: 37.906327,-122.322304 on a facebook group. 

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
Richmond

On Mar 17, 2018, at 2:39 PM, Laura Look lauracaus@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

This morning (Sat., March 17), before the rain started, an Eastern
Phoebe was flycatching near the duck pond at Miller-Knox Regional
Shoreline in Richmond.

We first spotted it just after 11:00 am in the little trees on the
southeast (inland) edge of the duck pond. We watched it for about 20
minutes as it moved into the trees around the Marsh Hawk picnic area
and eventually to the trees across the paved trail near the large
cement auxiliary parking lot. When we returned to the area about
12:20 pm, it was back in the trees at the Marsh Hawk picnic area.

The overcast lighting was poor for photos, but we got some id shots:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/115418990@N03/albums/72157694598084485

Park info & map (includes location of Marsh Hawk picnic area #4):
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/miller_knox

The Marsh Hawk picnic area is close to the middle parking lot at the
south end of the duck pond.

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA


Miller-Knox RS Eastern Phoebe

Laura Look <lauracaus@...>
 

This morning (Sat., March 17), before the rain started, an Eastern Phoebe was flycatching near the duck pond at Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline in Richmond.

We first spotted it just after 11:00 am in the little trees on the southeast (inland) edge of the duck pond. We watched it for about 20 minutes as it moved into the trees around the Marsh Hawk picnic area and eventually to the trees across the paved trail near the large cement auxiliary parking lot. When we returned to the area about 12:20 pm, it was back in the trees at the Marsh Hawk picnic area.

The overcast lighting was poor for photos, but we got some id shots:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/115418990@N03/albums/72157694598084485

Park info & map (includes location of Marsh Hawk picnic area #4): http://www.ebparks.org/parks/miller_knox

The Marsh Hawk picnic area is close to the middle parking lot at the south end of the duck pond.

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA


Local Interest: Concord: Tundra Swan, Bonaparte's Gulls at Mallard Reservoir

Colin Meusel
 

Hello All,
   Last week I observed 3 Tundra Swans at Mallard Reservoir on the north side of Concord.  It took me a while to verify ID as they were 2 imm. and an adult with slightly atypical field markings: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43529445.  They are fairly rare this far west in the county.
   Mallard Reservoir, though not the most popular hotspot, is also a decent bet for Bonaparte's Gulls, the most reliable spot I know of this far west.  It's also home to  reliable high counts of Mute Swans (30-plus sometimes).

Parking is easy on Mason Circle off Bates. Scope or high-powered camera are recommended since the reservoir is mostly fenced off. Decent vantage from slope across from Mason Circle.

-Colin Meusel
 Oakland, CA



Sharpie takes a quail

SteveLombardi
 

This morning, an immature Sharpie ran a quail into the back of our house, but apparently didn't know what to do next. The hawk mantled the quail briefly, then attempted to pick it up and fly off with it. When that didn't work, the hawk perched nearby and then eventually flew away. The quail was apparently only stunned and eventually trotted off into the backyard. A quail seems like a pretty big bird for a Sharpie to hunt, and yet...

Photos on our ebird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43646078



White-winged Scoter, San Leandro

Carla
 

While the Harlequin Duck has taken center stage at the San Leandro Marina, a FEMALE WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was present Tuesday, 3/13 around 5:30pm. She was seen from Pescador Point Drive preening and swimming. I took a rather distant photo that shows the distinctive white facial patches.

Best,
Carla Din, Oakland


Oakland Laurel, Nutall's is hacking away.

Marcus
 

Update on my Nutall's .Managed to take some videos of its nest building. Earlier a flock of crows came by and he moved himself around the tree and later flew away for a bit.
He is at it today in the rain.

I did have a different angle - ugly and over exposed but will upload it next week if I have time.
 
Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Wildcat Canyon

Alan Krakauer
 

First one I’ve seen in Wildcat Canyon (and I think even a first for Contra Costa County for me- I really need to get east more!). If you are on the Belgum Trail heading towards Clark Road/San Pablo Ridge trails, it was along the un-named road that heads south along the bay side of the ridge, in the first little rocky outcropping.

Still waiting for spring migrants to show up. Only tree swallows so far. I did see a pair of red-tails mating and heard turkeys gobbling from every direction, so spring is progressing for the residents.

Full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43596391

Good birding,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA


Pt. Pinole, Richmond, Sunday March 11

Sheila Dickie
 

Lovely day out at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park yesterday, Sunday, March 11. Of note Osprey pair out on the old pier at the Point. Peregrine Falcon flew parallel with the pier, scaring up a small flock of peeps on the beach. Also out at the pier a few Cliff Swallows.

In the park itself a juvenile Red Shouldered Hawk near the Maintenance Yard, House Wren and pair of Black Phoebe also in same location. Ten Anna's Hummingbirds and three Allen's seen in various places along Owl Alley and Sobrante Way.

From the Paul J. Badger bridge over the RR tracks when you enter the park and looking east into tall eucalyptus there was a pair of White-tailed Kites, and driving along the Richmond Parkway on the way home there were two White-tailed Kites flying over the fields near Goodrich on right hand side of road.


Sheila Dickie
Richmond


Re: White pelicans Lafayette Reservoir

Lori Stoneman
 

At 11am on my way to work on Hwy 24, I saw the squadron of at least 15 White Pelicans fly over right as I was passing the Orinda exit westbound. They were spectacular in the beautiful morning spring sunlight..
Lori Stonemsn

On Mar 12, 2018 8:44 AM, "Richard Sintchak rich815@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 


At least 8 and possibly as many as 12 American White Pelicans at the Lafayette Reservoir today from about 11am to 2pm. All mostly near the dam.

Richard Sintchak



eBird app Issues

David Kent
 

I use the eBird android app on a Samsung Galaxy and occasionally get spurious entries. It doesn't happen very often but when it does, if I don't catch them before submitting, it can be embarrassing! This morning I noticed an entry when I first opened the app...before I had actually entered anything. I scrolled down through the list of possibilities and spotted 2 more random entries. They were easy to see when there were no other entries in the list but would be easy to miss after I had entered a (hopefully) long list of sightings.


Just a friendly head's-up for anyone else using this app.


Dave