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Black-headed Grosbeaks

mbstern2
 

We had our first male and female Black-headed Grosbeaks yesterday and today in Lafayette.

I agree with the capitalizers.

Maury Stern

Re: Capitalization of bird names

Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>
 

Not to mention black birds, blackbirds, and Blackbirds.


Jaan Lepson
Livermore

On Thu, April 15, 2010 1:21 pm, Glen Tepke wrote:

I think one good reason to capitalize is to distinguish between the name
of a particular species and a descriptive name that could apply to
multiple species. For example, Short-tailed Hawk is a particular
species, but short-tailed hawk could refer to several species with
relatively short-tails, including Red-shouldered Hawk and Red-tailed
Hawk. Gray Flycatcher is a particular species, but gray flycatcher could
refer to any flycatcher that is more or less gray in color, such as Dusky
Flycatcher and Hammond's Flycatcher, as well as Gray Flycatcher.


Glen Tepke
Oakland



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Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 12:25:26 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Capitalization of bird names


Hi all,


I know this isn't a sighting, but I was collaborating on an article
and a disagreement popped up regarding capitalization of bird and animal
names. Should their proper names be capitalized (Red- shouldered Hawk) or
not (red-shouldered hawk)? Is there a definitive methodology, or is it a
mixed bag?

Birder's World and WildBird magazines both capitalize, while Audubon
and National Wildlife don't. Ironically, Audubon's website actually has an
article stating that bird names should be capitalized, but the magazine
neglects to do so. I am so confused. Any help would be greatly
appreciated.

Best and happy birding!


Steve
Alamo, CA














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

Enough

Ann McGregor <annmcg@...>
 

No more messages about Capitalization of bird names. It is way off topic and way off the purpose of this group. Consider the topic closed.

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Patterson Pass Rd.

Bingham Gibbs
 

Today, between 3 and 5 PM on Patterson Pass Rd between mile marker 5.9 and 7.4, Larry Gibbs and I saw many Aud. Yellow-rumps, 2 Myrtles YRWA, Black-throated Gray, Wilson's, Orange Crowneds, and 2 Nashville Warblers, plus Loggerhead Shrike, Rock Wren, RTHA, Ravens, CA Towhees, Western Kingbird, White-crowned Sp., First time I have ever been there when the wind was less than 5 mph.
Bingham Gibbs

Patterson Pass

richard s. cimino
 

I visited Patterson Pass today 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM and had the same sightings as Bingham Gibbs reported.
Two exception:
1.) Two Black-headed Grosbeak's male and female in a cottonwood directly south of RM 6.04.
2.) Two Burrowing Owls on the south facing hill side at RM. 5.47

As Bingham stated, nearly no wind at all, full sun made the visit enjoyable.
Also the wildflowers are their beginning colorful display cycle in relation to our El Nino year.
I'd like to add that " typically " the Blue Grosbeak's of Patterson Pass return on or near April 16th.
Hoping some lucky birder will report a Blue Grosbeak this weekend.
Everyone have a great birding weekend!
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton

Calliope Hummingbird in Moraga

Denise Wight
 

Hi E.B. Birders,

A male Calliope Hummingbird was at my feeder this evening at twilight.

I've posted a snapshot of him on Flickr. 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/denisewight/4525036948/

All the Best Birding,
Denise Wight
Moraga, CA

FOS birds

Johan Langewis
 

I also have had the pleasure of a FOS Black-headed Grosbeak yesterday (Thursday). In addition, there was a singing and foraging MacGillivray's Warbler in a Coast Live Oak behind my house. That is yard species #93.

Johan Langewis
Oakland

Coopers display (and nesting Bluebirds)

rfs_berkeley
 

I took a morning walk around San Pablo Park (south Berkeley) and am pleased
to report that the Western Bluebirds are almost certainly on eggs. The male
is feeding the female in the nest box.



High above, I watched a pair of Cooper's Hawks in display flight. Anyone who
hasn't witnessed this is sure to be surprised. The pair fly around each
other in big circles, stiff-winged, with deep (exaggeratedly deep) wing
beats, like Nighthawks; Their white rump feathers fluffed up like big puffs
of cotton. Then they broke their circling flight, went west for awhile, did
a mutual summersault, then east for awhile, another summersault, then more
circling. All with that loping, Nighthawk flight.



Rusty Scalf

Re: FOS birds (CAVI, LAZB)

phil capitolo
 

From my yard in the vicinity of Wildcat Canyon Road in Berkeley:

15 April -- CASSIN'S VIREO (1) singing and good looks; last year I had one on 17 April
16 April -- BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK (1) singing (also had one last night at Jewel Lake); LAZULI BUNTING (1) singing and good look

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., Johan Langewis <jlangewis@...> wrote:

I also have had the pleasure of a FOS Black-headed Grosbeak yesterday (Thursday). In addition, there was a singing and foraging MacGillivray's Warbler in a Coast Live Oak behind my house. That is yard species #93.

Johan Langewis
Oakland

Hayward Shoreline

Bob Richmond
 

At the shoreline today -

White-breasted Nuthatch - 1 at Winton Ave. is the fourth I have seen at the shoreline.

Spotted Towhee - 1 (heard only) is still at Winton Ave.

Grasshopper Sparrow - 1 along the fence of the park office on Winton Ave. It was also on and under the fence on the other side of the road. This is only the third I have seen at the shoreline. The last one was 5-4-1991.

Bob

Capitalization of bird names

Deborah Hecht <hechtlich@...>
 

I have no idea about birds, but in all other things zoological, only
scientific names are capitalized, and then, only the genus. Species is in
lower case. With common names, there is no need for capitalization except
if the common name contains somebody's name; in that case, the somebody's
name is capitalized, as in Townsend's warbler. Otherwise, I would think
it's just stylistic.

(My degree was in botany.)

Patterson Pass

richard s. cimino
 

I visited Patterson Pass yesterday 1:45 PM to 2:30 PM and had the same sightings as Bingham Gibbs reported.
Two exception:
1.) Two Black-headed Grosbeak's male and female in a cottonwood directly south of RM 6.04.
2.) Two Burrowing Owls on the south facing hill side at RM. 5.47
3.) Three Ruby-crowned Kinglet's all near RM 6.04

As Bingham stated, nearly no wind at all, full sun made the visit enjoyable.
Also the wildflowers are their beginning colorful display cycle in relation to our El Nino year.
I'd like to add that the first appearance's of the Blue Grosbeak on Patterson Pass typically occurs on or near April 16th.
Hoping some lucky birder will report a Blue Grosbeak this weekend.
Everyone have a great birding weekend!
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton

Union City Cattle Egrets (No)

zachary.baer2
 

I tried for the Cattle Egrets yesterday afternoon posted by Bob Dunn on weds. and was unable to find them. Earlier that day I did have my first Cassin's Vireo singing on the UC Berkeley campus. Good luck to anyone who tries for the egrets.


Zach Baer
Berkeley, CA

Patterson Pass

Steve Huckabone <shuckabone@...>
 

Birded slowly along Patterson Pass Rd this morning from about 8:15A to 11:15AM. Found several FOS birds, Black-headed Grosbeak (4),Yellow Warbler (1), Pacific-slope Flycatcher(4) and Chipping Sparrow (2). Still present and as previously reported Black-throated Gray Warblers, Wilson's, Nashville, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped.

The most unusual bird was a single Golden-crowned Kinglet at mm 7.14.

Good birding.

Steve Huckabone
Livermore, CA
Alameda County

Marina Bay, Richmond

Alex Navarro
 

The last couple of days there has been a Horned Grebe in stunning full breeding plumage. Seeing this bird made me realize that previously I had only seen this species in transition plumage. This individual has been hanging out near shore along Peninsula Dr. just before it ends at the parking lot for Vincent park. The Black Oystercatchers have been very active and visible along the rocky "shore" in the same area as the grebe.

http://www.pbase.com/alxnavarro/image/123678559
http://www.pbase.com/alxnavarro/image/123633468

Alex Navarro,

Richmond, CA

Ash-Throated Flycatcher

mbstern2
 

I saw and heard my FOS Ash-throated Flycatcher this morning at Upper San Leandro Reservoir accessed via the Valle Vista Staging Area of EBMUD.

Maury Stern

Mines Road & Del Puerto Canyon

Mike Feighner
 

FYI, of EBB Interest, at least the part covering Alameda County.

--
Mike Feighner, Livermore, CA (Alameda County)

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Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2010 12:38 PM
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Subject: [SBB] Mines Road & Del Puerto Canyon



Yesterday I led a trip down Mines Road and east to I-5 via Del Puerto Canyon
Road.  This was the earliest I had done this trip. Wildflowers of every
color and running water everywhere was a nice bonus I had not
previously experienced here.
 
I had not done this trip in many years so re-acquainting myself with the
route involved a scout trip and yesterdays adventure.
 
Below is a re-cap of some of the hi-lites and information for those who will
head out this way in the next month.
 
Murrietta Wells - We did not go into the property, but birded along the
road. We then learned that the owners prefer the birders drive onto their
property to park and then bird the property.  They prefer folks not parking
outside the gate next to their sign.  We did find nesting YELLOW BILLED
MAGPIES. A pair for TURKEY VULTURES was also behaving a little odd. Not sure
if there was food or a nest near. Also had BULLOCK'S ORIOLES and EURASIAN
COLLARED DOVES.
 
Roughly 2.75 up the road we stopped for a RED-TAIL HAWK nest on the right.
One was sitting on the nest with the mate stationed near. Had both crown
sparrows, a female AMERICAN KESTREL and an ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER.  BARN
SWALLOWS & NORTHERN ROUGH WINGED were here. We also spotted the just the
head of a female TURKEY looking at us through the grass. Looked like a
skinny twig that blinked! If I were to guess I'd say she was sitting on a
nest, but we could not see anything below her neck because of the tall
grass.
 
Between MP 8 & 10 where the road gets windy we stopped and had great views
of an adult GOLDEN EAGLE. Could also heard a BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK calling
from the canyon below. No fun sparrows to be heard from the canyon below.
 
We found our first nesting GREAT HORNED OWL sitting in a hollowed out tree
trunk on the right side of the road between the 15 & 16 MP. You pass a row
of mailboxes and homes for sale signs on the left and the owl is in an area
on the right side of the road. Sorry I don't have an exact mile marker.
 
Moving on, we also got to talk to the man living in the old fire station. 
He said they will soon be putting up a fence around the property. 
 
Before heading east on Del Puerto Canyon Road we drove up San Antonio Valley
Road to check out the large pond up on the left.  We had lunch at the gated
pull-out on the left just past the pond. While we ate we watched
LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS snatching bugs out of the air. We also found several
WOOD DUCKS at the back end of the pond. Also had three pairs of RING NECKED
DUCKS and one pair of AMERICA WIGEON.
 
Once back out onto Del Puerto Canyon Road we stopped at Frank Raines Park
and found more woodpeckers already viewed earlier in the day and added HOUSE
WREN to our list.
 
I am not sure exactly what the MP was but there is a large rocky outcropping
on the left. Here you will find two GREAT HORNED OWLS nesting. One is in a
shaded opening up and to the left, while the other sits on a more exposed
out cropping below and to the right.  Not a great pull-out here, but the
motorcycles were accommodating. Also had SAYS'S PHOEBE, and ANNA'S
HUMMINGBIRDS. A BELTED KINGFISHER was following the creek to our right.
 
Continuing to MP 3.8 (Owl Rocks) we found a nesting pair of RED-TAILED HAWKS
on the cliff.  A GREAT HORNED OWL was almost invisible tucked away within a
hole. The is also a bee hive within the cliff. There were four WESTERN
KINGBIRDS here along with our second SAY'S PHOEBE. A GOLDEN EAGLE also flew
into the area and appeared to be displaying (aerial acrobats). BULLOCK's
ORIOLES were here and LARK SPARROWS were found the previous week.
 
We had a wonderful day, saw many more species than mentioned here, but
admittedly missed some of the target birds of the area. My personal choice
as a trip leader is to use recorded devices very sparingly and in fact only
once used it to play the Canyon Wren with no success, so if we did not hear
it or see it we missed it.
 
Good luck to everyone that will be heading out this way in the next month.
 
Lisa Myers
Campbell, CA.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Albany Hill, Sunday morning

hoggsville
 

Birding this morning at the base of Northeast side of Albany Hill near
Creekside park I saw a Cassin's Vireo.  It was silently feeding in the
willows up from the creek. Also interesting was seeing a flock of
waxwings bathing in the creek.  Complete species list below:

Gull (sp)
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker
Allen's Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
American Crow
W. Scrub-jay
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (heard)
Black Phoebe
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Cedar Waxwing
Red-breasted Nuthatch
American Robin
Cassin's Vireo
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Lesser Goldfinch
C. Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
G.-crowned Sparrow

-Jack
Albany

Golden Eagle

dforrest6 <dforrest6@...>
 

A Golden Eagle was soaring above Del Valle lake, being harassed by a Red-winged Blackbird dive bombing from above, at about 12:00 today, about two miles east from the Staging area on Arroyo. I had been told a pair was nesting across the lake.

Olive Sided Flycatcher, Tilden RP

Jay
 

Well, that's what I'm assuming it was.

I actually camped last night in what of the group camps near The Little Farm in Tilden. Regrettably, I forgot my binoculars, but I nonetheless took a lovely early morning stroll down to Jewel Lake and back. I had been walking about 5 minutes when I heard the unmistakable "Quick Three Beers" call, repeated maybe every 20-30 seconds. Wandering around, I was able to trace it to very high in the pines behind the Visitors' Center, but I saw no bird. I very much doubt binoculars would have helped. Nonetheless a very enjoyable sound, and since I haven't seen these guys reported yet by anybody else, I'm curious as to whether this would be a typical date for them to appear in the area.

Further on down the pain path to Jewel Lake, I had the odd site of a pair of Mallards walking side by side down the trail. I got quite close to them before they took any notice: they were looking from side to side and the male was squawking in a low tone of voice. I imagined him saying: "I thought it was your job to pack the binoculars." The lake itself was notable for a single remaining female Bufflehead among the Mallards and turtles. It appears the Mergansers, Common and Hooded, have moved on since last weekend. Black-headed Grosbeaks, OC and Wilson's Warblers dominated the soundscape in addition to Stellars' Jays and Bewick's Wrens. Anyway an absolute gorgeous morning and day, and quite a contrast to when I took the walk about 4 hours later and there were hordes of people about.


Good birding,

Jay Dodge
Berkeley