Don Castro RP -Common Mergansers

janet ellis

Today (9/17) I first I wasn't seeing much past the usual, then I spotted something in the water. A pair of female Common Mergansers. Just swimming and then jumped on to a log by the spillway and then flew off to the other side of the pond(after I took some shots).
 Also spotted a Belted Kingfisher and what I think is a PS Flycatcher.

janet ellis
San Leandro

Hooded Orioles

Judi Cooper <jandjcooper@...>

Still coming to feed are 3 female Hooded Orioles. The momma brought the babies 2 weeks ago and fed them grape jelly. They are now feeding themselves. I don't remember having crown sparrows and orioles at the same time before. But, you know what they say about short term memory.

Judi Cooper

FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Glen Tepke

As long as we're making late posts about FOS birds, I saw my first Ruby-crowned Kinglet of the fall in my yard in the Oakmore neighborhood in Oakland last Saturday, 9/14.

Glen Tepke

From: "Steve Taylor"
To: "EBB Sightings"
Sent: Monday, September 16, 2013 4:44:59 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: First White-Crowns

White Crowned Sparrows

Late post, but over the weekend I found my first White Crowned Sparrow at the lagoon in Briones Regional Park so they care coming back.

San Ramon

First White-Crowned, Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek


Along with a few others, I also found my first WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW of the season on the west side of the natural pond in Heather Farm Park.


Good birding,

Tracy Farrington

Walnut Creek

Re: First White-Crowns

Steve Taylor

White Crowned Sparrows

Late post, but over the weekend I found my first White Crowned Sparrow at the lagoon in Briones Regional Park so they care coming back.

San Ramon

First White-Crowns

Judi Cooper <jandjcooper@...>

Today I had my first sparrows returning. Two White-crowns - 1 Adult and 1 Immature.

Judi Cooper

Red-necked Phalarope at Albany Mudflats

George A Suennen

Hello All,

Stopped by the Albany Mudflats this afternoon (4-5 PM) and spotted a Red-necked
Phalarope hanging out with the Least Sandpipers.

This one had an injured left foot and had a difficult time walking. Here is a shot that
best shows the injury:


GGAS Birdwalk, Sept. 13, 2013 Regional Parks Botanic Garden

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>


Our Second Friday Golden Gate Audubon Society-sponsored birdwalk, Sept. 13, 2013, was to the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in the heart of Tilden Regional Park. This was my 40th birdwalk for GGAS; we had 42 participants, including many who had not visited the RPBG before. Anthony from the GGAS staff joined us, also.

Best birds were WILLOW FLYCATCHER at the little pond near the aspens, female Western Tanager bathing in the creek, Swainson's Thrush, Warbling Vireo, and Olive-sided Flycatcher (on the way out), and Townsend's Warbler (on the way in for the winter).

Thursday, September 19, at Northbrae Church on The Alameda (near Solano Avenue) in Berkeley, the GGAS monthly meeting features Harry Fuller and a talk on Freeway Birding, between the Bay Area and Seattle. Refreshments at 7 pm, program starts at 7:30.

Here is the list for the Second Friday Birdwalk:

Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk (great views of the crescent wing-windows)
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird (displaying)
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Bewick's Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Townsend's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan

Eden Landing

Anne Krysiak

I was birding at the Eden Landing Ecological Preserve this morning. Most of the salt flats are gone. Work has begun on the restoration project and the bay side flats are being bulldozed for the new pond drainage system.

The mudflats near the parking lot and trail were shimmering...but it wasn't light. They were shimmering with hundreds of peeps and sandpipers. We saw most of the usual shorebirds.

There were hundreds of Semipalmated Plovers.  I've never seen so many in one spot at the same time. We also saw several Snowy Plovers and a Whimbrel.

Anne Krysiak

Re: shorebird ID answer

Mark Rauzon

It was a Western Sandpiper - very bright juvenile. And the best ID advice came from Len Blumin who recalled Rich Stallcup, who reminded us each August about succumbing to a disease he call "Stint Fever", a malady common seen among birders watching really bright Western juveniles.

Also birding the Sausal Creek watershed in Oakland today, we saw 2 House Wrens, 2 tanagers, a bathing Yellow Warbler, many Townsend's Warblers and a Warbling Vireo, and a Pacific-slope Flycatcher.


Mark Rauzon

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Rauzon
To: ebb_sightings
Sent: Fri, Sep 13, 2013 8:19 am
Subject: shorebird ID help please?

At last evening's high tide at Elsie Rohmer's Bird Sanctuary in Alameda I found a richly colored Western Sandpiper. I just want some shorebird experts to confirm that's what it is because of the rufous wash on the breast and white scapulars, it somewhat resembles a Little Stint, so some help please?

Also a Common Tern was present.


Mark Rauzon

Waterthrush at Albany Hill Park (plus 'Solitary' Vireo, etc)

Noah Arthur

Hi everyone. This afternoon I visited Albany Hill Park, my new favorite migrant trap, and had a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH along the creek on the north side of the park, near the stand of poplars where the Parula was last fall. He was very secretive, popping up on a branch by the creek and doing the customary hip-hop moves of his kind before flying off to who-knows-where in the undergrowth. (This is the section of the creek that borders the back of the Pacific West Mall building. County birders, keep in mind that this creek marks the line between Alameda and Contra Costa! If anybody wants to look for the bird and needs a map, email me).
 The other interesting bird was a 'SOLITARY' VIREO that at first appeared almost entirely gray and white, with just a hint of yellow at the wing-bend and _seemingly_ drab off-white secondary-edgings. However, some of the pictures I got show a strong greenish wing-panel on the secondaries and even some green in the back, like Cassin's, leaving me unsure whether to believe the photos or what I thought I saw on the bird itself. Still, the complete lack of yellow in the flanks makes me think Plumbeous is a possibility...
There were other migrants around as well, although most were scattered and rather sluggish given the time of day. One silent Empidonax at first suggested Least Flycatcher, with a prominent whitish eye-ring, whitish belly, drab upperparts, and very bright buff wing-bars, but had a strong wash of yellow across the breast (suggesting Blackpoll Warbler!), which makes me think it's a 'Western' Flycatcher. Be careful of this bird! (Or, alternatively, turn it into a Least for me!) Warblers were YELLOW, WILSON'S, and ORANGE-CROWNED.
Noah Arthur, Oakland

Vollmer Peak (Tilden Park)Tanagers, Warblers et. al.


I walked up Volmer Peak Trail to the Seaview Trail 9:30 AM today.


Western Tanagers (est.6)
MacGillivray's Warbler (2)
Yellow Warbler (1)
Hermit Warbler (2)
Townsend's Warbler (2)
Wilson's Warbler (2)
Warbling Vireo (1)
Pac Slope Flycatcher (3)
California Thrasher (2 seen, at least 6 heard singing)
Pacific Wren (1)
White -Throated Swifts (at least 20)
Pygmy nuthatch (at least 10)
Sharp Shinned Hawk (1)
Hermit Thrush (1, FOS)
Fox Sparrow (1, FOS)
Red Tailed Hawk (4)

Directions: Go to past the Tilden Park Steam Trains parking lot to the parking lot to the right, behind and above it. Walk up the paved fire road to the towers near the bench on the Seaview Trail. About 50 yards before the bench, look to the left into the pines and the bushes with berries to find the tanagers and some warblers.

Continue on Seaview trail until the first fork, and then bear left to take the paved road (Vollmer Peak Rd) up to the top of the peak. The Pacific wren was about 20 yards after the fork on the uphill side.

Backtracking to the Seaview Trail, I walked about another mile Northwest to the next peak (there is a picnic table at the top). About 25 yards before the picnic table on the left in the low bushes by the road is where I saw the second McGillivray's.

This is a 2 mile (one way) steep hike and not for anyone with medical issues. The views are fantastic.

Harold Newman

Re: Pectoral Sandpipers continue - Fremont

Dave Weber

One Pectoral Sandpiper was seen at the Stevenson Blvd pond at 1pm Sept 13. No Sora but did see a Virginia Rail.

Dave Weber,
by phone

masam321@... wrote:

Re: Pectoral Sandpipers continue - Fremont


Both Pectoral Sandpipers were there this morning (9/13) around 9:30 am. Also of interest were several Lesser Yellowlegs and a Sora.

Michael Strom

Coyote Hills - Willow Flycatcher, MacGillivray's Warbler,


Birded CH this morning and refound the MacGillivray's Warbler found by Jerry yesterday. The birds was in the Oaks and in the Brush by the Visitor Center.
There was also a Willow Flycatcher by the Quarry Parking Lot in the Fennel.
Here is some pictures.

MacGillivray's Warbler

Willow Flycatcher

Other birds include
Canada Goose  X
Mallard  X
Ring-necked Pheasant  X
American White Pelican  X
Snowy Egret  X
Turkey Vulture  X
Virginia Rail  X
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs  X
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Anna's Hummingbird  X
Nuttall's Woodpecker  X
American Kestrel  X
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  X
Black Phoebe  X
Warbling Vireo  X
Western Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Barn Swallow  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
Orange-crowned Warbler  X
Common Yellowthroat  X
Yellow Warbler  X
Wilson's Warbler  X
California Towhee  X
Song Sparrow  X
House Finch  X

Davor Desancic

Hayward Shoreline

Bob Richmond

The first White-crowned Sparrow I have seen this fall was at the Hayward Shoreline today.


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shorebird ID help please?

Mark Rauzon

At last evening's high tide at Elsie Rohmer's Bird Sanctuary in Alameda I found a richly colored Western Sandpiper. I just want some shorebird experts to confirm that's what it is because of the rufous wash on the breast and white scapulars, it somewhat resembles a Little Stint, so some help please?

Also a Common Tern was present.


Mark Rauzon

09/12 Common Tern -- Berkeley Aquatic Park

Michael Park


On the return from the Napa near 5PM, I visited the Berkeley Aquatic Park to check on the migrant scene.

It was windy enough to make detection of migrants difficult. There was a single presumed PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER in the willows near the waterthrush spot.

Looking out toward the lagoon, I was pleased to see an apparent adult COMMON TERN transitioning into nonbreeding plumage.

Images are here:

Michael Park

Coyote Hills - Clay-colored Sparrow

Victoria Robinson

Today, 9/12/13 around 2:30 in the Quarry Parking area hillside - I had what I believe to be a Clay-colored Sparrow.

Also, saw the previously reported MacGillvary's Warbler in the nectar garden 

Along with Wilson's, Townsend's, Orange-crowned and Yellow Warblers. 
A very good day at Coyote Hills RP.

Vicki Robinson

Re: Pectoral Sandpipers continue - Fremont

bilal al-shahwany

Went today afternoon and saw 2 Pectoral Sandpipers as described below, was able to take close shots:


--- In EBB_Sightings@..., scfloyd2000@... wrote:

Pectoral Sandpipers continue at the pond at the west end of Stevenson Blvd in Fremont. Park just beyond the low white fence near the cattle gates, before the R/R tracks. The pond is by a building addressed 39980. A rough path encircles the pond. Best view is from the south side - you have to bushwhack at first but then the path opens up.

Stephanie Floyd