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Re: Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Pacific Commons Linear Park

c.allen@...
 

Your hard work was rewarded! I keep going to look for this bird but don't have the patience or opportunity to scope through all the blackbirds to find it. Next time I'll try going at 3:45.


Charlotte

----- Original Message -----
From: scfloyd2000@...
To: "EBB Sightings" <EBB_Sightings@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2012 6:14:45 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Pacific Commons Linear Park






This afternoon, the blackbird flock, hundreds of mostly Red-Winged and Tri-Colored Blackbirds, was swirling up from the fields north of Pacific Commons Linear Park (west end of Auto Mall Parkway, Fremont). Around 3:45, the birds settled onto the tall electrical towers in the parking lot of the adjacent industrial park, and I could finally scope through them one by one. Amazingly, I found the (or one of the) Yellow-Headed Blackbird(s) on a telephone pole near the entrance to the paved pathway leading to the park. I took a digiscope in the gloom.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y49/sing4me/?action=view¤t=IMG_2000.jpg

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont




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Yellow-Headed Blackbird, Pacific Commons Linear Park

scfloyd2000@...
 

This afternoon, the blackbird flock, hundreds of mostly Red-Winged and Tri-Colored Blackbirds, was swirling up from the fields north of Pacific Commons Linear Park (west end of Auto Mall Parkway, Fremont). Around 3:45, the birds settled onto the tall electrical towers in the parking lot of the adjacent industrial park, and I could finally scope through them one by one. Amazingly, I found the (or one of the) Yellow-Headed Blackbird(s) on a telephone pole near the entrance to the paved pathway leading to the park. I took a digiscope in the gloom.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y49/sing4me/?action=view¤t=IMG_2000.jpg

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Thanks, EBB Group!

Paul Randall <paul@...>
 

I'm a birder from Houston, TX who has been following your group for the
last month or so leading up to my four days in Oakland this week for work.

Thanks to your posts, and some specific directions from Bob Richmond, I
added three species to my life list this week. Monday AM, in the cold and
rain, I found the Tufted Duck near the far NE end of Lake Merritt. Wed AM I
found the pair of Eurasian Wigeon at Hayward Landing--in Sulphur Creek very
near the bridge. After a nice view, they flushed out and joined a number
of ducks out by the mudflats. The other life-bird for me was the several
White-tailed Kites at Hayward's Landing--on two mornings of visits.

Another highlight was a Barn Owl by the Winton Ave entrance to Haward's
Landing about 6:30AM Wed.

Of course I saw lots of other exciting birds which I don't get in Texas.
I'll be signing out of your group, but I am grateful for communities such
as yours which help visitors like me!

Good birding,
Paul Randall

--

Paul Randall
*Houston City Director*
O 713-454-6496
W csm.org

<http://www.csm.org>


Lake Merritt Golden Gate Audubon Fourth Wednesday Birding

Ellen
 

It was a fabulous day at the Lake Meritt Bird Sanctuary. The weather was quite warm, not a breeze in the air! And. golly, it was surely a birdy day.
Within minutes of leaving the parking lot we had very good views of the Ring-neck Duck, and of course loads of Lesser Scaup. There were quite a few Greater Scaup mixed in the raft, too. Alongside there were many American Coot, but not as plentiful as have been at the Lake in the last few days. We saw several Black-crowned Night Herons, adults and juveniles. The pilings were filled with Double-Crested Cormorant, a single Great Blue Heron stood alongside. Eagle-eyed Ruth Tobey spotted the Green Heron way out on his perch on the far island and scoped it for our little happy group.
Hillary Powers, got, I thought, the most exciting spot of the day with a
hybrid Barrow's Goldeneye/Common Goldeneye right by the Nature Center! Thanks Ruth & Hilary for your excellent leadership and spotting skills! A beautiful speciman of the Varied Thrush was spotted in the Garden Center.
Other birds:
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
Horn Grebe
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Kingfisher
Common Merganser
Towee
American Robin
American Crow (lots of them!)
Red Tail Hawk ( preening furiously)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Anna's Hummingbird
Black-capped Chickadee
Hutton's Vireo (!) nice bird!
Red-breasted Nuthatch (!)
Oak Titmouse
Junco
White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows
We dipped on the Tufted Duck, darn it! However:
another spectacular birding adventure at Lake Merritt!


Nelson's Sparrows

Mark Rauzon
 

There at least two individual Nelson's Sparrows at Arrowhead marsh. Both were photographed so the differences are apparent. Davor Desancic's excellent photo from Jan. 22 shows the elongated longer mandible.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/6746752125/in/pool-1562094@N24/



David Moore's great shot from Jan. 9 shows a normal beak, and a forked post-ocular stripe.


http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-480




Today the normal beak/forked post-ocular stripe individual was seen and poorly photographed:


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h6bfbc1c#h6bfbc1c





Good Luck- took me 3 tries...




Mark Rauzon







Oakland


Clay-colored Sparrow in the Pampas Grass, Oyster Bay Reg Shoreline

Patricia Bacchetti
 

Today, between 3:15 and 4:00 PM, 2 Clay-colored Sparrows were present with the crowned sparrow flock just inside and to the right of the entrance to Oyster Bay Reg Shoreline in San Leandro. When I first saw them with another birder, they were feeding on the ground with the other sparrows. As bikes and dogs flushed the flock, the White-crowned SP and Golden-crowned SP would return, but the Clay-colored SP would often not reappear. I finally found one grooming in the Coyote Brush, and I followed it to the Pampus Grass behind, where the other one was already feeding in the plumes. I watched them feed there for 25 minutes in the beautiful evening light. Photos are at:
http://pbacchetti.zenfolio.com/p280541190/hb543120#hb543120

Good birding,

Pat Bacchetti
Oakland


Lesser Black-backed photos posted (and continuing Nelson's Sparrow)

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

I have the pics of the probable Lesser Black-backed Gull posted on my Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529@N02/
 
Today the NELSON'S SPARROW was seen by myself and many others at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland, along the channel just east of the boardwalk. He moved back and forth across the channel several times, but was not as difficult to find as I expected. Interestingly, this seems to be a different bird than the one that was photographed by Davor D. on Jan 22, based on overall plumage brightness and the lack of a deformed bill (the photos of the Jan. 22 bird show an elongated lower mandible). Several MARSH WRENS and COMMON YELLOWTHROATS were present, along with a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and a number of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, some of which were (very confusingly!) skulking in the marsh.
 
There were no unusual gulls on the water, but there were two male RING-NECKED DUCKS with a large flock of SCAUP and AMERICAN WIGEONS.
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland


Clay-colored Sparrows Jan 25

Dave Weber
 

Hi Birders-

At 10:45 this morning, both Clay-colored Sparrows were seen together at Oyster Bay Park. They were with a large flock of White- and Golden-crowned Sparrows near the entrance, along the asphalt ramps that goes down to a metal grate. A few minutes later I stopped at the first parking lot at San Leandro Marina. A quick look at the gulls on the bay and in the parking lot didn't turn up anything unusual. A cormorant flying out of the bay toward the airport appeared to be a Brandt's Cormorant. In the west end of the marina there was a male Barrow's Goldeneye.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas


Hybrid Sapsucker in Lafayette

Jeff Acuff
 

Yesterday my wife found and today re-found for me a sapsucker that appears to be a red-breasted x red-naped sapsucker.  Location is adjacent to a mailbox at 1751 Reliez Valley Road where there is a small tree (peppermint?) worked over with grids of sapsucker holes.  The tree is conveniently marked with a long red ribbon currently. 

The sapsucker most closely resembled the "southern" red-breasted pictured in Sibley with the white mustache partly interrupted by red below and behind the eye and with the eye set in a small triangle of black (no white above the eye though).  However, the bird seen had a clear and distinct black chest plate that could be seen through the red feathering that continued from the head down over the chest.  The red faded out below the fairly crisp bottom edge of the black shield.

If anyone does go looking for this bird, please use courtesy and common sense as the location is at the beginning of a driveway at private property.

Good birding,
Jeff Acuff
Lafayette


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Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

Alan Howe
 

The Fairfield facility is International Bird Rescue and their phone # is: 707.207.0380. These folks are real pros.
Alan Howe

--- On Wed, 1/25/12, SusanHeckly <sheckly@...> wrote:


From: SusanHeckly <sheckly@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:28 AM



 



Lindsay Wildlife Museum is open to receive injured and orphaned native wildlife seven days a week year round. Hours are 9-5 September-March; 9-7 April-August.

Susan Heckly
Wildlife Rehabilitation Director
Lindsay Wildlife Museum

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "moonshadow.sandy" <moonshadow.sandy@...> wrote:

By the way, I'd HIGHLY recommend this 2-day class on Wildlife Search and Rescue. I bet we have all been in situations where there was an injured bird , reptile, or mammal, and didn't know what to do or whom to call.

These people have Teams on-call all over the state and can usually send Teams out quickly. After the class and certification, YOU can volunteer to be part of the Search and Rescue Teams.
With an
additional class, you can also be certified to work with oiled birds anywhere in the world and really make a difference.

There is a major Wldlife Rehab Center in Fairfield that receives all the oiled birds and other serious injuries.
Here: http://www.spcai.org/programs/shelter-of-the-week/item/349-international-bird-rescue-research-center-fairfieldca.html

And, of course, don't forget our wonderful Linday Museum in Walnut Creek, that can accept some injured wildlife, at certain times of the year - the hospital is NOT open year-round.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Sandy Richards, RN
Walnut Creek, CA

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--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "bobsikora38" <sikora1@> wrote:

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far
enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@


Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

SusanHeckly <sheckly@...>
 

Lindsay Wildlife Museum is open to receive injured and orphaned native wildlife seven days a week year round. Hours are 9-5 September-March; 9-7 April-August.

Susan Heckly
Wildlife Rehabilitation Director
Lindsay Wildlife Museum

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "moonshadow.sandy" <moonshadow.sandy@...> wrote:

By the way, I'd HIGHLY recommend this 2-day class on Wildlife Search and Rescue. I bet we have all been in situations where there was an injured bird , reptile, or mammal, and didn't know what to do or whom to call.

These people have Teams on-call all over the state and can usually send Teams out quickly. After the class and certification, YOU can volunteer to be part of the Search and Rescue Teams.
With an additional class, you can also be certified to work with oiled birds anywhere in the world and really make a difference.

There is a major Wldlife Rehab Center in Fairfield that receives all the oiled birds and other serious injuries.
Here: http://www.spcai.org/programs/shelter-of-the-week/item/349-international-bird-rescue-research-center-fairfieldca.html

And, of course, don't forget our wonderful Linday Museum in Walnut Creek, that can accept some injured wildlife, at certain times of the year - the hospital is NOT open year-round.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Sandy Richards, RN
Walnut Creek, CA

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--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "bobsikora38" <sikora1@> wrote:

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@


Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

moonshadow.sandy <moonshadow.sandy@...>
 

THANK YOU for the correction! I saw the Hospital hours from Sept-March, but didn't see the hours for the REST of the year! duh.
A wonderful place!
Sandy

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., STEPHANIE FLOYD <scfloyd2000@...> wrote:

Thank you to Sandy for her helpful referrals.

Please note that the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital is open EVERY day YEAR-ROUND. Our hours are September - March 9-5, and April - August 9-8. Please go to our web site for more information.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Herring spawn and gull congregations?

John Cant 793-5216
 

A friend told me that there were mobs of gulls in San Francisco (near Pier
40) this past weekend but almost none today. Is anyone seeing large
congregations responding to herring spawning anywhere in the Bay Area? Or
has spawning already ended?



John Cant

Fremont



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From: EBB_Sightings@... [mailto:EBB_Sightings@...]
On Behalf Of Lori Arthur
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2012 9:07 AM
To: bird sightings East Bay
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] San Leandro Marina 1/21 and 1/22 -- probable Lesser
Black-backed Gull





I went gulling two days in a row at San Leandro Marina, where huge numbers
of gulls were congregating (perhaps dispersants from the landfills that are
shut down on the weekends). On Saturday, there were all the regulars: MEW,
RING-BILLED, CALIFORNIA, WESTERN, GLAUCOUS-WINGED, THAYER'S, and AMERICAN
HERRING GULLS, and some hybrids. There were a few odd ones I couldn't ID,
but nothing that looked like a rarity.

All afternoon on Sunday I saw all the same species as the day before. But at
4:40 PM, while scoping the mudflats near Torito's restaurant, I spotted what
appeared to be a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL: a very long-winged, thin-billed,
California Gull-sized bird with a very dark back, slightly darker than a
nearby Western Gull, and bright yellow legs. In flight, its slaty-blackish
upperwings showed very little contrast with the black primaries. I could
only get a few very distant, blurry pictures which don't really show much,
but they do show that it is very dark backed, as compared to Western and
Glaucous-winged Gulls standing nearby.

Noah Arthur, Oakland


Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

STEPHANIE FLOYD <scfloyd2000@...>
 

Thank you to Sandy for her helpful referrals.

Please note that the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital is open EVERY day YEAR-ROUND. Our hours are September - March 9-5, and April - August 9-8. Please go to our web site for more information.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


On Jan 24, 2012, at 11:21 PM, moonshadow.sandy wrote:

By the way, I'd HIGHLY recommend this 2-day class on Wildlife Search and Rescue. I bet we have all been in situations where there was an injured bird , reptile, or mammal, and didn't know what to do or whom to call.

These people have Teams on-call all over the state and can usually send Teams out quickly. After the class and certification, YOU can volunteer to be part of the Search and Rescue Teams.
With an additional class, you can also be certified to work with oiled birds anywhere in the world and really make a difference.

There is a major Wldlife Rehab Center in Fairfield that receives all the oiled birds and other serious injuries.
Here: http://www.spcai.org/programs/shelter-of-the-week/item/349-international-bird-rescue-research-center-fairfieldca.html

And, of course, don't forget our wonderful Linday Museum in Walnut Creek, that can accept some injured wildlife, at certain times of the year - the hospital is NOT open year-round.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Sandy Richards, RN
Walnut Creek, CA

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--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "bobsikora38" <sikora1@...> wrote:

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@...


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Great-horned Owl Clifton Court Forebay

golacula1
 

I came out here looking for a reported Short-ear Owl but came across this Great-horned Owl. Also saw Burrowing Owls.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/January252012#5701545494270551458

Larry Cawthorn


Nelson's Sparrow and Summer Tanager

L Pittman
 

Karen Z and I went to Arrowhead Marsh at high tide today (1/24/12). The Nelson's Sparrow showed very briefly twice between 1 pm and 2:30 near the bridge/boardwalk. We went next to Lake Merritt where we searched for the Tufted Duck for an hour without success. We finished the day with a late stop at Berkeley Aquatic Park where the Summer Tanager was present in the eucalyptus tree next to the yellow-tagged tree at 4:43pm. We missed the Black & White Warbler and Northern Waterthrush.

Linda Pittman
Wilton, CA


Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

moonshadow.sandy <moonshadow.sandy@...>
 

By the way, I'd HIGHLY recommend this 2-day class on Wildlife Search and Rescue. I bet we have all been in situations where there was an injured bird , reptile, or mammal, and didn't know what to do or whom to call.

These people have Teams on-call all over the state and can usually send Teams out quickly. After the class and certification, YOU can volunteer to be part of the Search and Rescue Teams.
With an additional class, you can also be certified to work with oiled birds anywhere in the world and really make a difference.

There is a major Wldlife Rehab Center in Fairfield that receives all the oiled birds and other serious injuries.
Here: http://www.spcai.org/programs/shelter-of-the-week/item/349-international-bird-rescue-research-center-fairfieldca.html

And, of course, don't forget our wonderful Linday Museum in Walnut Creek, that can accept some injured wildlife, at certain times of the year - the hospital is NOT open year-round.
http://www.wildlife-museum.org/hospital/

Sandy Richards, RN
Walnut Creek, CA

----------------------------------------------------------

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "bobsikora38" <sikora1@...> wrote:

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@...


Re: Urgent. Grebe needs help.

Sandy R <moonshadow.sandy@...>
 

I just took a wildlife rescue class this last weekend and will notify the local Rescue Team.
For future reference , for all injured birds, animals (but not marine mammals, as they are handled by a different dept) Call:

Rebecca Dmytryk

WildRescue
P.O. Box 65, Moss Landing CA 95039
Mobile: 831.840.3896
Pager: 831-429-2323
http://www.wildrescue.org/
http://www.humanewildlifemanagement.com/


Urgent. Grebe needs help.

Bob Sikora
 

This poor grebe is ensnared at the Berkeley Aquatic Park.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Birds/i-zqDzdJK/0/L/P1050421Ae-L.jpg

The only Western in the park this evening (Tues. 24 Jan. 2012), he was acting strangely in a raft of ducks and coots. When I got home and looked at the photos it can be seen that poor bird is ensnared in what looks like rubber tubing which goes around his neck and probably legs. He can't draw his head back far enough to get the tube (?) out of his mouth.

He should be easy to net in this situation.

Does anyone know who to contact to get help?

Bob, Alameda sikora1@...


Hayward Shoreline (1/24)

Bob Richmond
 

I started at Winton Ave. and saw a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD. This is the only Jan. record I have for the shoreline. A group of 25+ swallows were mostly TREE SWALLOWS but had 3 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS and at least 1 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW (only the second record I have for the shoreline in Jan.). An ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD was on a nest and a BEWICK'S WREN was seen here later. Up on Mt. Trashmore were 6 white geese - 3 ROSS, 2 SNOW, and 1 possible ROSS x SNOW. 235 CACKLING GEESE (most or all ALUETIAN) were also present. A GREEN-WINGED (COMMON) TEAL was in Ora Loma Marsh east of the power lines. In Cogswell Marsh while looking unsuccessfully for unusual sparrows, 4 WHITE-FACED IBIS flew overhead. These are the first I have seen in Jan. at the shoreline. At Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline, I missed the probable Lesser Black-backed Gull but saw one of the CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS on the way back. Offshore from the San Leandro Marina was a BARROW'S GOLDENEYE. 4 RED KNOTS
were on the mudflat around the rocky island close to 5 pm.

Bob

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