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Ferruginous Hawk Mt. Diablo

Jim Chiropolos
 


On Saturday, Ann Griffith and I biked up the north gate road on Mt. Diablo from Heather Farm. At the "rock wren location" about a mile past the entrance station, I watched a Ferruginous Hawk soaring with several other raptors. I have spend a lot of time on Diablo, and this was the first Ferruginous hawk I have seen in the area. (and yes, the rock wren was home). This area of the mountain is mostly grassland and always looked like ferruginous habitat.


After about 10 dips over the last year as this is one of our favorite rides, I finally re-saw the Heather Farm Tropical Kingbird perched on a dead snag on the north end of the "natural" pond.


Good birding,


Jim Chiropolos

Orinda


Phainopepla in Clayton Community Park

Elizabeth Leite <e.leite@...>
 

This morning at about 10:30 AM we saw a Phainopepla in a berrying tree amongst a flock of a dozen or so Western Bluebirds and about six Cedar Waxwings. We recognized it by its amazingly fancy crest and then got a full view of the bird. Unfortunately we didn't get a photo before it flew to another tree.

There are many berrying trees adjacent to the upper parking lot. This particular bird was feeding in one of the trees which was not a Chinese Pistache facing the western edge of the lot.

Elizabeth Leite


Pine Siskins, Walnut Creek

tracy_farrington
 

Unless it's something noteworthy, I normally refrain from posting backyard sightings. This morning, however, around 11am, I discovered fifteen PINE SISKINS in my Walnut Creek yard and felt this deserved a mention as I've read but a few scattered reports of local sightings. They were quite active, scurrying between my redwoods and feeders, frequently displacing the many Lesser Goldfinches. There they remained for about twenty minutes before simply vanishing.


Good birding,

Tracy Farrington

Walnut Creek


Re: Heather Farm birds Monday--Walnut Creek

Madeline Brane
 

I saw this bird there yesterday around 2pm.....on a short tree with no leaves....at the edge of the pond across from the pre-school. It sat there quite a while, so I was able to get some good photos. 

Madeline Brane


On Nov 6, 2017, at 11:01 AM, rosita94598@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

The Tropical Kingbird was in a tree next to the parking lot closest to the wooden railing this morning.  We found it because we were initially drawn to the presence of a Mockingbird in the same tree.   Fred Safier, Walt Duncan and I watched both birds for several minutes.  Western Bluebirds were in the same tree.


Earlier, Fred had some Purple Finches not far away, and Walt and I may have had one across the pond from the railing.  The two of us also had a Red-breasted Sapsucker just across the little Ygnacio Canal on the west side of the large, mostly natural pond.


The winter duck population continues to fluctuate; we had 5 Ring-necked Ducks this morning and a single male Bufflehead.


Heather Farm Park is in the Ygnacio Valley east of downtown Walnut Creek.


Hugh B. Harvey

Walnut Creek




Possible Stilt Sandpiper at Pt Isabel shoreline

Cathy Bleier
 

At low tide today (11/11 at about 1:30), I watched a yellow-green legged sandpiper feeding in the mud on the east side of the bridge on the Bay Trail right by the dog park at Point Isabel regional shoreline park. It was about an inch taller than the Spotted Sandpiper right next to it but way smaller than the Yellowlegs present (which I assume were Greater). Medium long, dark, slightly downturned bill. The bird was not stout looking at all. It was grey-brown with a streaked wash from neck to chest but no hard edge to it like a Pectoral Sandpiper. It had a white eyebrow line and a less distinct dark line behind the eye. White on cheek almost made it look like it had white lines above and below eye. Primaries did not seem long; same length as tail.. Primary feathers looked dark centered with whitish edges. The coverts (median i think) looked like they had an anchor pattern; at the very least those feathers had a darker central rib. If someone finds and confirms, let me know.
Peregrine Falcon was there, too, on a wire at the east edge of the marsh west of the 51st St/Pt Isabel Court bridge.
Cathy Bleier


Pt.Isabel: Peregrine Falcon, Ducks, White Pelican Flyover

Lee Friedman
 

I birded the mudflat section of Pt. Isabel yesterday morning. Despite the rain, I could see good numbers of winter ducks: at least 50 Bufflehead, 80 Greater Scaup, many Ruddy Ducks further out in the bay, 80 American Coot, 5 Green-Winged Teal. A Peregrine Falcon was perched on the Radio Tower (no sighting of the Osprey that usually perches there). Five White Pelicans flew over, heading northeast.

There were good numbers of shorebirds as well. eBird list is here:


https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40429317

 

Good birding,

Lee Friedman


Misc.from Garretson Point south to San Lorenzo Creek

Derek
 

This morning I rode the bike path, dodging the rain, missing my target species (Black Scoter, Snow Goose, Swamp Sparrow) partially because two police cars were blocking the path at San Lorenzo Creek and not allowing passthrough.   That said, I did have some nice sightings among the 89 species seen in total posted to eBird at four locations.

* Two Wilson's Snipe by the golf course south of the San Leandro marina that I flushed when I stopped for what I thought might be a Swamp Sparrow
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* At the pond just north of San Lorenzo Creek where Common Ganninulaes have been reliable for years a female Ring-necked Duck continues to hang out.

* Loggerhead Shrike hunting from a tree along the creek. I believe we have two Shrikes in the area between Frank's Dump and San Leandro Marina.

* Raptors were plentiful with 2 Peregrine Falcons, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 5 White-tailed Kite, 1 Osprey, 4 Turkey Vultures, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk and 1 accipiter.

* And probably my best bird of day was a male Ring-necked Pheasant strolling right on the bike path on the north side of Oyster Bay.  I thought it would be my first pheasant in Oakland, but unfortunately the south side of the channel is not in the city limits.

Derek Heins


Band-tailed Pigeons, etc in Oakland

John Luther
 

Band-tailed Pigeons have been present in Shepard Canyon in Montclair (Oakland) every year for the last 40 plus years that I have been here.  Numbers vary by year and time of year, but always at least 20 or 30 here. I stopped feeding them as 50 to 100 would come in and you can imagine how much seed they eat in a very short time and the mess they leave behind.  They come to my walnut tree every spring for the walnut buds.  Right now there is a flock of over 50 roaming the canyon and coming to trees in my yard.  Beware there is also a flock or two of domestic pigeons that fly up and down the canyon.  The Band-tailed Pigeons often fly high from one side of the canyon to the other or go down low into the canyon.  They sometimes go to the ground to eat seed I put out for sparrows (right now about 15 Sooty Fox one almost all white, 1 Slate-colored Fox, about 20 Golden-crowned, Song and at least 1 White-throated).  There are also at least 50 Pine Siskins here now.  I did not see any evidence of Pine Siskins breeding in 2017, but they did successfully breed here in 2016 and brought young to feed on seeds and suet I put out.  

John Luther
Oakland


Varied Thrush

Tim Howe <timgh88@...>
 

I ran into a flock of Varied Thrush today at Sibley. It was on that small dead-end asphalt path near the bathrooms. They were all making a "chup" call. It's been many months since I saw my last one. I associate them with the rainy weather.
Timothy Howe


Band Tailed Pigeons

patricia ternahan
 

Just had a good sized flock (more than 20) pass through my oak trees in Montclair.. Haven’t seen them in several years.


Misc.from Garretson Point south to San Lorenzo Creek

Derek
 

This morning I rode the bike path, dodging the rain, missing my target species (Black Scoter, Snow Goose, Swamp Sparrow) partially because two police cars were blocking the path at San Lorenzo Creek and not allowing passthrough.   That said, I did have some nice sightings among the 89 species seen in total posted to eBird at four locations. 

* Two Wilson's Snipe by the golf course south of the San Leandro marina that I flushed when I stopped for what I thought might be a Swamp Sparrow

* At the pond just north of San Lorenzo Creek where Common Ganninulaes have been reliable for years a female Ring-necked Duck continues to hang out.

* Loggerhead Shrike hunting from a tree along the creek. I believe we have two Shrikes in the area between Frank's Dump and San Leandro Marina. 

* Raptors were plentiful with 2 Peregrine Falcons, 1 American Kestrel, 1 Merlin, 5 White-tailed Kite, 1 Osprey, 4 Turkey Vultures, 1 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Red-shouldered Hawk and 1 accipiter.

* And probably my best bird of day was a male Ring-necked Pheasant strolling right on the bike path on the north side of Oyster Bay.  I thought it would be my first pheasant in Oakland, but unfortunately the south side of the channel is not in the city limits.

Derek Heins


Yellow-billed Magpie - Knightsen - 11/9

Paul Schorr
 

Today, we returned to the Knightsen area to try to relocate the Ferruginous Hawk that we reported yesterday. No luck with the hawk, but we did spot a YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE on a telephone line along Delta Rd., very near the Knightsen Farm Center Building. The building is located just west of the small town of Knightsen.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


Eurasian Wigeon in Berkeley

Judith Dunham
 

Rich Nicholson just found a male Eurasian Wigeon along the shore behind Seabreeze Market at the end of University Avenue.

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

with

Chris Bard
Alameda, CA


Sandhill Cranes , etc. - Holland Tract, Eastern Contra Costa County - 11/8

Paul Schorr
 

This afternoon we made a trip to Holland Tract and saw 50+ SANDHILL CRANES. The birds were observed in adjacent fields that are visible from the road at the last sharp right turn about 1/2 mile from the end of the road and the marina. On our return drive from where we had seen the cranes, we had excellent views of an AMERICAN BITTERN standing in the open on floating mats of vegetation. (Caution, the levee road is narrow and there are very limited places to pull off the road.) Along Delta Road, about 1/4 mile west of the intersection of Delta Road and Byron Highway, we spotted a FOS FERRUGINOUS HAWK. We have seen them in that area in the past.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


White-throated Sparrow

Tom Lee
 

A White-throated Sparrow has been seen feeding daily on our Rossmoor patio, since it first appeared on October 13th.  It associates with the usual Song, Fox, White-crowned, and Golden-crowned Sparrows.

Tom Lee
Walnut Creek


Briones regional Park white throated sparrow

Teri L Wills
 

Was seen (11/8) along the Diablo view trail between marker 44 and 45 on trail map. Less than a half mile from the parking lot but up a steep hill. Bird was with a flock of Juncos.

This is from the Alhambra Creek staging area off Reliez valley road in Martinez

Teri Wills
Martinez


San Leandro Marina notes

Aaron Maizlish
 

EBB'ers

I went down to Marina Park in San Leandro at lunchtime to look for two recently reported rarities - Black Scoter and Pacific Golden-Plover.  I didn't find those guys, in fact I couldn't find any scoters, but I did see a few noteworthy birds anyway.

Walking south from the end of the Marina on the Bay Trail for about 1-1/4 miles, the marsh ponds were pretty full. On the golf course fairways, visible from the trail were 55 Cackling Geese, 7 Greater White-fronted Geese, 1 SNOW GOOSE, and about 50 Canada's.  I watched the Cacklers and Snow take off together and circle around the golf course, not sure where they landed.   

The creek impoundment at the south end of the road (37.691110, -122.182169), had one drake AMERICAN REDHEAD.   The gull flock on the Oyster Bay side of the Marina is really picking up, with numerous Herring Gulls and Glaucous-winged Gulls in the mix.  There are probably some Iceland Gulls in there too.  I've never seen a real "Iceland Gull" in the Bay, but I guess this has to be the year.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA



El Cerrito Waxwings continued for a while

George A Suennen
 

Hello All,

Was observing the Cedar Waxwings again this morning, it usually take them about three days to strip the berries from the bushes, but around 11:30 a Cooper's Hawk swooped in and scattered the flock.  It hung around in the pine trees for a while to see if lunch would return...

I posted a few more photos on my site at:

http://birds.avianist.com/2017/171106-El-Cerrito-Hills

George

http://birds.avianist.com


Join the Oakland Christmas Bird Count on December 17

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Hello, Bay Area Birders:

This is Golden Gate Audubon Society’s CENTENNIAL YEAR … and we invite you to help celebrate its first century at its biggest year-end event: the 77th annual Oakland Christmas Bird Count, on Sunday, December 17. Please join us.

As a field observer, you'll get to sample the bird life in an area that fits your interests and abilities, add to our understanding of the status and distribution of our wintering birds, and have fun doing it. Afterward, join the compilation dinner. A rarity or two always turns up; learning about them right away will help you see them, too. The food will be good, and the company will be even better.

Maybe you'd rather just count birds in your yard on December 17. Feeder watchers can spend as much or as little time watching birds as they wish, and their observations also advance our knowledge of winter bird populations. If this interests you, sign up as a feeder watcher -- in the evening you can join others at the compilation dinner if you wish.

Click this link to get started: <https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/goldengateaudubon/eventRegistration.jsp?event=3765&>

The sign-up deadline is December 3; space at the compilation dinner is limited, so don't dawdle.

Contact me if you have questions about the count; contact the Golden Gate Audubon Society office (510-843-2222) if you have questions about the compilation dinner.

My co-compiler, Bob Lewis, and I hope you'll take part!

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@att.net


Pt Pinole Peregrine Falcon

Sheila Dickie
 

At Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline Park yesterday Nov. 5, there was a Peregrine Falcon perched on the old pier posts at about 3 p.m. Last seen sitting on the edge of the osprey nest. Other sightings yesterday included two American Kestrels seen from the junction of Marsh Trail and Owl Alley looking toward the bay; two Northern Flickers on a snag near the Maintenance Buildings; one Brown Pelican at the pier and one flyover American White Pelican.

Looking East from the pier toward the refinery, there was a very large raft of birds on San Pablo Bay. Too far away for identification with binoculars, but two Ruddy Ducks and a small flight of Bufflehead were seen closer in.

Many Yellow-rumped Warblers in the park with a concentration at the pond off Owl Alley. On the way out of the park a large flock of Western Meadowlark flew over the road.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond

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