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EC Parks and (wrong) Sapsucker

Alan Krakauer
 

I went on Tuesday to Tilden Nature Area. There was a Red-breasted sapsucker at around 10 in the sapsucker spot but no Yellow-bellied.

I’d like to recommend another couple of urban spots for Logan Kahle and others interested in EC birding spots. First (although not stricktly a park), Sunset View Cemetery at the east end of Fairmount Ave, and Creekside Park along the base of Albany Hill may be worth a look. Creekside unfortunatley had a prospering feral cat colony last time I was there.

Cheers,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA


Harlequin Duck 2/28

judisierra
 

The duck was found this afternoon around 1:15 and viewed by several happy birders. It was seen quite close from the west side of Mulford point swimming with a few surf scoters and scaup. When I left it was heading further away. Not sure when it was seen on land by Kevin

Judi Sierra- Oakland


Harlequin Duck in San Leandro Feb 28

rosita94598
 

A request from Kevin Hintsa:

Hi  ,   can you post this for me on EBB ?  The male  Harlequin Duck was at Marina Park -Mulhford Point area of San Leandro at 1115 am during high tide . It was sitting on the rocks with Willets , about 16 Surfbirds , and Black Turnstones . This is in the channel at the very north end of the par course just before the trail turns back southward .   Kevin Hintsa

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Re: Richmond city parks 2/24

lowensvi@sbcglobal.net
 

Hi Logan,

That is great to hear about Booker T. Anderson, Jr. Park! I helped restore that creek there in 2000 with the goal of providing habitat for songbirds; it was part of my master's thesis at SF State. I'm glad to know it is working--there have been many fights over the years to preserve the vegetation there! Mira Vista and Canyon Trail are nice too; also, check out the Gateway Park (border of Richmond and El Cerrito off of San Pablo near McDonald)--also very birdy due to 2006 creek restoration with lots of willows and other vegetation. And Poinsett Park up on the hill is another birdy scene. That creek was restored in 1997 and there is lots of productive vegetation. 

Best,
Lisa




From: "Logan Kahle logan@... [EBB_Sightings]"
To: ebb_sightings@...
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 8:56 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Richmond city parks 2/24

 
Hi All,

Yesterday I got out with the primary intention of birding some of West
county's city parks. Unlike one (Heather Farms) park that gets thorough
coverage and several (Ellis Lake, Clayton City Park, Newhall, etc) parks
that get occasional coverage in the Walnut Creek-Concord Metropolitan
area, the parks of Kensington, El Cerrito, and Richmond get essentially
no coverage at any time of year. Looking at this from an overall birding
standpoint this may not come as much of a surprise given that they are
overall out of the way, lack any real pond or other easy-to-bird
features, and are in Richmond, but these areas may prove some of the
best vagrant traps in the county. Below I will give my best shot at
analyzing some of these sites, in rough order of most productive to
least productive:

Booker T Anderson Park: Of all the spots I visited today, I was most
impressed by this one. Lying on the immediate coastal plain less than a
miles from the Bay, the spot had a diversity of trees ranging from
Flowering Eucs, mature live oaks, rich willows to long-leafed pines.
There is a creek that runs through the center of the park that was
hopping with activity, and had several birds I think of as pretty rare
in Richmond, such as Pacific Wren and White-throated Sparrow (both
firsts for me in Richmond). Other birds here included Purple Finch, a
flock of American Goldfinches and other species normally indicative of a
lucrative vagrant trap. Visiting here in Fall or slightly less in Spring
and Winter could be very productive.

Richmond Field Station: Not technically a "city park" but I was
nonetheless impressed by this place's birdiness. I was unable to get
inside the station (sounds like thats only possible on weekdays?) but
birding from outside the fence was nonetheless productive. There were
several large groups of Sparrows, and scattered House Wrens, Warblers, etc.

Canyon Trail Park: Despite its small size, this park seemed to have
amazing potential, especially in migration, for migrants and vagrants.
There are very few places on the Richmond coastal slope that have low
dense vegetation as this site does, and even fewer with water. Birds
here on this visit included Pacific Wren, Red-breasted and Pygmy
Nuthatch and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Blake Garden: While already a known spot, this place seemed to have
great potential to me at any season. I was unable to enter the park but
could bird and look in from the outside. Of all the sites I visited,
only Booker T Anderson Park rivaled this location in sheer number of birds.

Mira Vista Park: While the habitat here is even smaller than Canyon
Trail and there is less cover, I still thought this small park had good
potential for a fall goody to drop in. There is a small creek, a decent
amount of nearby vegetation, and a small flock of Titmice, Purple
Finches and other common woodsy passerines on the east end of the park.

Hillside Natural Area: While there were many birds at this large park,
it did not strike me as one to concentrate migrants or vagrants.
Probably worth checking on a fallout/movement day in either Spring or
Fall, but may not be as productive as the previously mentioned spots.

Motorcycle Hill: My impression here was similar to that of Hillside
Natural Area, but perhaps this spot is slightly lower quality in habitat.

Arlington Park: Unlike any of the other parks I visited, this one had a
pond, but it was unfortunately cobblestone and didn't even have
Mallards. The nearby vegetation was rather dense, and I could see the
spot having a few migrants in the appropriate season, but overall the
park was rather unremarkable. Most interesting was the large redwood
grove on the south side.

Cerrito Vista Park: This park (at least on a saturday) was very well
populated by people. The only well-vegetated part (the east end) had a
large stash of fruiting trees, and a healthy number of thrushes and
waxwings amongst them. However, the place did not seem like a great spot
for Warblers, flycatchers, or most other goodies.

Tassajara Park: Like Cerrito Vista this place was very crowded, and was
the only park I visited that didn't really have any concentration of
birds. Would think visiting nearby neighborhoods would be just as
productive.

A few notes ab out the birds in the park that I found surprising/notable:

Yellow-rumped Warbler: All of the Yellow-rumped Warblers I saw were
Audubon's. While I was expecting low concentrations of Myrtle, it came
as a surprise that the taxa was totally absent.

White-crowned Sparrow-I was surprised to find in the upland hills that
Gambell's seemed to be the dominant subspecies. On the bayside,
Yellow-billed often birds make up much more than 99% of the flocks.

Pygmy Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet: Of the parks I visited, these
traditional berkeley hills winterers were noted only at Canyon Trail.
Another indication the spot could be interesting in migration

Full checklists below
Richmond Field Station: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43139379
Booker T Anderson Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43141443
Hillside Natural Area: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43144609
Cerrito Vista Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43145116
Blake Garden: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43145851
Canyon Trail Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43150448
Arlington Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43149196
Mira Vista Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43152586
Motorcycle Hill: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43151572
Tassajara Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43152036

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
Richmond, CA



Richmond city parks 2/24

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

Yesterday I got out with the primary intention of birding some of West county's city parks. Unlike one (Heather Farms) park that gets thorough coverage and several (Ellis Lake, Clayton City Park, Newhall, etc) parks that get occasional coverage in the Walnut Creek-Concord Metropolitan area, the parks of Kensington, El Cerrito, and Richmond get essentially no coverage at any time of year. Looking at this from an overall birding standpoint this may not come as much of a surprise given that they are overall out of the way, lack any real pond or other easy-to-bird features, and are in Richmond, but these areas may prove some of the best vagrant traps in the county. Below I will give my best shot at analyzing some of these sites, in rough order of most productive to least productive:

Booker T Anderson Park: Of all the spots I visited today, I was most impressed by this one. Lying on the immediate coastal plain less than a miles from the Bay, the spot had a diversity of trees ranging from Flowering Eucs, mature live oaks, rich willows to long-leafed pines. There is a creek that runs through the center of the park that was hopping with activity, and had several birds I think of as pretty rare in Richmond, such as Pacific Wren and White-throated Sparrow (both firsts for me in Richmond). Other birds here included Purple Finch, a flock of American Goldfinches and other species normally indicative of a lucrative vagrant trap. Visiting here in Fall or slightly less in Spring and Winter could be very productive.

Richmond Field Station: Not technically a "city park" but I was nonetheless impressed by this place's birdiness. I was unable to get inside the station (sounds like thats only possible on weekdays?) but birding from outside the fence was nonetheless productive. There were several large groups of Sparrows, and scattered House Wrens, Warblers, etc.

Canyon Trail Park: Despite its small size, this park seemed to have amazing potential, especially in migration, for migrants and vagrants. There are very few places on the Richmond coastal slope that have low dense vegetation as this site does, and even fewer with water. Birds here on this visit included Pacific Wren, Red-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatch and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Blake Garden: While already a known spot, this place seemed to have great potential to me at any season. I was unable to enter the park but could bird and look in from the outside. Of all the sites I visited, only Booker T Anderson Park rivaled this location in sheer number of birds.

Mira Vista Park: While the habitat here is even smaller than Canyon Trail and there is less cover, I still thought this small park had good potential for a fall goody to drop in. There is a small creek, a decent amount of nearby vegetation, and a small flock of Titmice, Purple Finches and other common woodsy passerines on the east end of the park.

Hillside Natural Area: While there were many birds at this large park, it did not strike me as one to concentrate migrants or vagrants. Probably worth checking on a fallout/movement day in either Spring or Fall, but may not be as productive as the previously mentioned spots.

Motorcycle Hill: My impression here was similar to that of Hillside Natural Area, but perhaps this spot is slightly lower quality in habitat.

Arlington Park: Unlike any of the other parks I visited, this one had a pond, but it was unfortunately cobblestone and didn't even have Mallards. The nearby vegetation was rather dense, and I could see the spot having a few migrants in the appropriate season, but overall the park was rather unremarkable. Most interesting was the large redwood grove on the south side.

Cerrito Vista Park: This park (at least on a saturday) was very well populated by people. The only well-vegetated part (the east end) had a large stash of fruiting trees, and a healthy number of thrushes and waxwings amongst them. However, the place did not seem like a great spot for Warblers, flycatchers, or most other goodies.

Tassajara Park: Like Cerrito Vista this place was very crowded, and was the only park I visited that didn't really have any concentration of birds. Would think visiting nearby neighborhoods would be just as productive.

A few notes ab out the birds in the park that I found surprising/notable:

Yellow-rumped Warbler: All of the Yellow-rumped Warblers I saw were Audubon's. While I was expecting low concentrations of Myrtle, it came as a surprise that the taxa was totally absent.

White-crowned Sparrow-I was surprised to find in the upland hills that Gambell's seemed to be the dominant subspecies. On the bayside, Yellow-billed often birds make up much more than 99% of the flocks.

Pygmy Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet: Of the parks I visited, these traditional berkeley hills winterers were noted only at Canyon Trail. Another indication the spot could be interesting in migration

Full checklists below
Richmond Field Station: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43139379
Booker T Anderson Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43141443
Hillside Natural Area: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43144609
Cerrito Vista Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43145116
Blake Garden: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43145851
Canyon Trail Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43150448
Arlington Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43149196
Mira Vista Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43152586
Motorcycle Hill: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43151572
Tassajara Park: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43152036

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
Richmond, CA


Re: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park

Edward Vine
 

Thanks for your note. I saw it today twice - 3 pm and 4 pm - same spot where you saw it. Easily found and seen - must have been hungry. 

Ed

On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 10:22 AM, Elizabeth Leite e.leite@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Thanks to Judi Sierra and Pat Mahoney for perfect descriptions of where
to locate the bird. Yesterday afternoon Dal and I got excellent views
and photos of the bird beginning within minutes of our arrival at 1:30
and continuing until we eventually decided to take a walk. I was
intrigued with its relationship to this very old non-native cotoneaster
which was indeed riddled with sap wells suggesting it has been used by
generations of sapsuckers as well as fruit eaters for the berries.

Elizabeth Leite
Walnut Creek




--
Ed Vine


Re: Harlequin duck

rbsmith637
 

Saw the Harlequin Duck at the end of point mulford at 4 PM


On Feb 27, 2018, at 1:33 PM, Chris & Teri Wills cjtlwills@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

At 1:30 pm, actively diving just outside of marina entrance, viewed from Mulford Pt.

On Feb 27, 2018, at 1:19 PM, John Harris johnh@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Located drifting offshore near green buoy 15 across channel from tip of par course peninsula San Leandro marina around 1 pm

John Harris
Scope needed


Re: Harlequin duck

judisierra
 

Confusing. There are 2 golf courses in the Marina area- Tony Lema and Monarch
--------------------------------------------

On Tue, 2/27/18, John Harris johnh@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Harlequin duck
To: "Sightings" <ebb_sightings@...>
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 1:19 PM


 









Located drifting offshore near green buoy 15 across
channel from tip of par course peninsula San Leandro marina
around 1 pmJohn HarrisScope needed










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Re: Harlequin duck

Teri L Wills
 

At 1:30 pm, actively diving just outside of marina entrance, viewed from Mulford Pt.

On Feb 27, 2018, at 1:19 PM, John Harris johnh@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Located drifting offshore near green buoy 15 across channel from tip of par course peninsula San Leandro marina around 1 pm

John Harris
Scope needed


Harlequin duck

John Harris
 

Located drifting offshore near green buoy 15 across channel from tip of par course peninsula San Leandro marina around 1 pm
John Harris
Scope needed


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park

Elizabeth Leite <e.leite@...>
 

Thanks to Judi Sierra and Pat Mahoney for perfect descriptions of where to locate the bird. Yesterday afternoon Dal and I got excellent views and photos of the bird beginning within minutes of our arrival at 1:30 and continuing until we eventually decided to take a walk. I was intrigued with its relationship to this very old non-native cotoneaster which was indeed riddled with sap wells suggesting it has been used by generations of sapsuckers as well as fruit eaters for the berries.

Elizabeth Leite
Walnut Creek


Heather Farm sightings for Tuesday Feb. 27

rosita94598
 

Four of us were birding in this Walnut Creek park today.  We still have a number of Ring-necked Ducks, a few Buffleheads and quite a few sparrows.  The continuing Lincoln's Sparrow was seen on the west side of the large, mostly natural pond and a little north of the big oak next to the water.  It was with White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows.  At the south end of the same pond, along the sidewalk from the metal grate toward the chin-up bars, we had a Spotted Towhee and the long-continuing Tropical Kingbird.  This is the first Spotted Towhee we have seen on our morning walks in quite a while.  A Common Yellowthroat made itself visible, as well as audible, north of the wooden railing near the parking lot.  A Marsh Wren was quite vocal on the west side of the pond, but never showed itself.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



Re: Harlequin Feb 25

Bruce Mast
 

Negative report on the Harley for Tuesday morning between 7:30 and 8:30. I scanned the harbor well but lacked the time and optics to study all the possible ducks on the bay.  I would expect to find it feeding  with scooters and I didn't locate  any large scoter flocks. Hopefully your results will differ.

Best bird this morning was Ruddy Turnstone roosting with Willets and Surfbirds on rip rap facing island.

I saw Janet Ellis on the other side of the harbor so she may have other news to report.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On 26 Feb 2018 15:36, "Dave Weber dwbirdster@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
Doesnt anyone want to post to EBB anymore? Thanks for posting to CB, Jim. Harlequin Duck was in the 'lagoon' at San Leandro Marina park at 3pm, half way along the peninsula, coming on shore once. By 3:30 it was at the south end of the lagoon out in the middle.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park

Elizabeth Leite <e.leite@...>
 

Thanks to Judi Sierra and Pat Mahoney for perfect descriptions of where to locate the bird. This afternoon Dal and I got excellent views and photos of the bird beginning within minutes of our arrival at 1:30 and continuing until we eventually decided to take a walk. I was intrigued with its relationship to this very old non-native cotoneaster which was indeed riddled with sap wells suggesting it has been used by generations of sapsuckers as well as fruit eaters for the berries.

Elizabeth Leite
Walnut Creek


Harlequin Feb 25

Dave Weber
 

Doesnt anyone want to post to EBB anymore? Thanks for posting to CB, Jim. Harlequin Duck was in the 'lagoon' at San Leandro Marina park at 3pm, half way along the peninsula, coming on shore once. By 3:30 it was at the south end of the lagoon out in the middle.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone


Harlequin Duck, San Leandro

Aaron Maizlish
 

Four of us converged at lunchtime at the San Leandro Marina to look for the Harlequin Duck that was reported on eBird yesterday evening. Cold and windy, but we finally re-found it. Refound by Jim Chiropolos, and seen by myself, Bob Dunn, and Donald Pendleton.

Immature male appears to be in partial moult. Sitting on the shoreline, in the "small boat lagoon" in Marina Park. Viewable from near the end of the point looking back on the "lagoon" - was with 23 Surfbirds, Turnstones and Scaup spp. He sat on the shore and went out in the water, but did not fly.

There are only two old records of Harlequin Duck for Alameda County on eBird.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco


Lapland Longspur continuing at Oakland Middle Harbor

Aaron Maizlish
 

EBB birders,

I made a quick stop this morning at Oakland Middle Harbor and was richly rewarded with close-up views of a very confiding LAPLAND LONGSPUR.  

This bird was first reported to eBird on 2/21.   After searching around for about 20 minutes and checking out the Pipit flocks, Holly Bern and I found it on the bare dirt about halfway west of the two-story observation tower to the point.  The pipits are skittish but the longspur is very confiding, allowing me to take photos from 15' for a good five minutes.  I'll put up some photos on flickr later tonight... you have a great chance to spend some quality time with a Lapland Longspur here.   

Also of note were four Snow Goose and an out-of-season Caspian Tern.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco


Vesper Sparrow, oh my

judisierra
 

Almost stepped on the thing today at at Briones Sindicich lagoons. I was stalking a couple of Savannah sparrows on the inside of the fence when from the trail near my feet, up it flew. It was at the trail junction of Briones Crest and Lagoon trails and worked on the outside of the fence line as Lisa Look described. At the larger uphill pond there were 3 fox sparrows foraging together in a muddy area on the trail side. (People have given directions mosdtly on ebird referencing Mott Peak. Frankly I have no idea which is Mott Peak!) On Tues. on a failed attempt to find the sparrow or almost any sparrows for that matter, the best sighting of the day was a coyote in the open area near the junction of Briones Crest and Old Briones Rd repeatedly hunting and pouncing.

Judi Sierra- Oakland


Possible Gryfalcon.

Bob Richmond
 

A possible Gyrfalcon was seen by Ron Lindeman at MLK regional shoreline. It was seen from the north parking lot on Dollittle Dr. John Luther was there for 3 hours and I was there for almost 2 hours but neither of us saw a large falcon.

Bob


2/22/18: Long-tailed Ducks at Point San Pablo, Richmond; and other Shoreline sightings

Patricia Mahoney
 

Location: 1900 Stenmark Dr, Richmond US-CA (37.9636,-122.4191), Contra Costa County, California, US

Yesterday, 2/22/18, 1 PM, I visited Point San Pablo's harbor area for the first time, inspired by Teri and Chris Wills' ebird report and Tony Brake's subsequent EBB report (thanks all around!). It's a rustic area and the last stretch of road to the harbor is up and over and unpaved. I scoped the Bay from the end of the harbor, past the houseboats. It was cold and windy (gloves and layers helped) but after a few minutes of scanning the long raft of mostly Surf Scoters farthest from shore, I found the two female-type Long-tailed Ducks swimming close to each other. I found them a few times before they flew off together into the wind, over the line of scoters and out of sight. The male Long-tailed Duck was bobbing solo and preening near the end of the scoter flock. A raft of 1000+ Scaup was between the line of Scoters and the shore. Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks and Eared Grebes were out there, as were gulls and large gatherings of Coots. Beautiful birds- and lots fun watching them brave the elements!

What an interesting place and special part of San Francisco Bay- the locals I spoke with called it "Paradise"!

On the way out, I pulled over to watch a pair of Osprey in a roadside platform nest... and hundreds of American Wigeon in a sheltered area closer to shore.

Later, during a brisk walk before the wind blew me back to my car at Richmond Marina Bay/Vincent Park: a Spotted Sandpiper was in a corner, on rocks bordering the water and a Red-necked Grebe was swimming near the yachts.

Pat Mahoney
Hayward 


On Feb 20, 2018, at 8:20 PM, 'Tony Brake' tonybrake@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Yesterday I saw what were presumably the same 3 Long-tailed Ducks from the road leading to the Pt. San Pablo Harbor. They were among several thousand Surf Scoters and thousands of Scaup between Pt. San Pablo and Pt. Pinole. There were many, but smaller numbers of American Coots, Bufflehead, American Wigeon and gulls. It seems unusual to me that these birds have not exploited recent herring spawns (https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/)  as much as in previous years.

Tony Brake
Pt. Richmond