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MacGillivray's Warbler- Oakland Hills

Mark Rauzon
 

The best bird on the quarterly Friends of Sausal Creek bird monitoring was a immature MacGillivray's Warbler at the Sequoia Arena wetland restoration site. This area is right off Skyline Blvd as you turn in for the Sequoia Arena. It is the headwaters of the Sausal Creek watershed and has been the site of a management effort over the last several years. A House Wren was also here and both are new to the site. Hilary Power and I saw 37 species from the hills to the bay.


Mark Rauzon

Sausal Creek Watershed

Mission Peak (7/19) - Canyon Wren,Whitthroated Swift Colony,Phainopepla

Jerry Ting
 

Yesterday (7/19) afternoon, I hiked up to Grove Trail just below Mission Peak to checked on the Canyon Wren again.

Here are highlights at Grove Trail:
Canyon Wren (3) - 1 adult and 2 juveniles along the middle part of the Grove Trail just north of the Park Residence area.
Rock Wren (5) - west part of the Grove Trail.
Golden Eagle (1) - flew passing the cliff.
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (6) - along the fence area between the Grove Trail and the Park Residence area (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/9329899950/)
White-throated Swift Colony - seen on southeast rim of the cliff from the Grove Trail. I estimated at least 50+ (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/9327526885/).
Grasshopper Sparrow (1) - heard at the same location as above.
Coyote (2) - near the big Bay Oak tree on west side of the tail between the trail and cliff (pic http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/9323948853/)

Other highlights along the Ohlone Wilderness Trail on my way up:
Phainopepla (1) - male flew downhill.
Rufous-morph Red-tailed Hawk (1) - seen at Hang Glider Launch area.
Lazuli Bunting (2) - 1 female and 1 juvenile.
Lark Sparrow (15+) - along the Ohlone Wilderness Trail.

Here is the Mission Peak Regional Preserve Trail Map:
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/mission#trailmap

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont

Mt Diablo--Olive-sided Flycatcher

Bob Hislop
 

Yesterday (Friday) morning I did an early bike ride up Mt Diablo. While stopping for water at the Rocky Pt picnic area (just beyond the junction) I first heard, then spotted an Olive-sided Flycatcher calling loudly from the top of an Oak tree. And later on when I got to the bottom of Northgate Rd there was a Chipping Sparrow perched on a fence post.

Bob Hislop
Concord

Another Mob Scene

VerneN
 

I was out at Oakland Middle Harbor yesterday looking at the
Semi-Palmated Plovers on the sandy shore near the observation tower,
when a Western Gull took a disliking toward me. It made about ten
swoops at my head and, oddly, in total silence. I saw no reason for
it...no juveniles were present. I only saw another adult gull perched
nearby and quite calm about me being there.
Here is a picture of it coming dead-on at my head:
http://upload.pbase.com/image/151399729
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Finally it stopped, and landed near the other handsome adult.

Re: Unknown Thrush at Coyote Hills

janet ellis
 

Thanks guys. Yeah we saw it in the island of plants as you first go into the garden from the front that has the plain bird bath. Then it worked its way to the back where the beehives are.
On Jul 18, 2013, at 2:23 PM, "Janet" <jellis502003@...> wrote:

Walked around the Marsh this morning, spotted the usual at first then spotted one Common Yellowthroat after hearing many. Didn't get a shot off before it ducked into the reeds. On my way to the Nectar garden spotted small group of Least Sandpiper and Dowitchers in along the boardwalk trail across from the VC.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jellis50/9314745015/in/set-72157634692356479
Ran into Bob Dunn and we went into the garden. He spotted a thrush but unsure which it is since it just stayed out of complete sight but also still damp from taking a bath in the bird bath. He asked me if I can get a good shot I could post it. So Bob I hope this helps.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jellis50/9314745015/in/photostream/
Janet Ellis
San Leandro


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Unknown Thrush at Coyote Hills

janet ellis
 

Walked around the Marsh this morning, spotted the usual at first then spotted one Common Yellowthroat after hearing many. Didn't get a shot off before it ducked into the reeds. On my way to the Nectar garden spotted small group of Least Sandpiper and Dowitchers in along the boardwalk trail across from the VC.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jellis50/9314745015/in/set-72157634692356479
Ran into Bob Dunn and we went into the garden. He spotted a thrush but unsure which it is since it just stayed out of complete sight but also still damp from taking a bath in the bird bath. He asked me if I can get a good shot I could post it. So Bob I hope this helps.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jellis50/9314745015/in/photostream/
Janet Ellis
San Leandro

Mission Peak (7/17) - Canyon Wren (continued and there are 2 of them!)

Jerry Ting
 

Follow Davor's report, this (7/17) afternoon I hiked 2000+ ft up to the location (middle of the Grove Trail just north of the Park Residence Area) and found 2 Canyon Wrens actively calling and chasing each other (and Rock Wrens) on both sides of the trail. Here is a shot:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jerryting/9310110731/

And here is the Google Map link of the exact location (pin B):
https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Fremont,+CA&daddr=37.510617,-121.883419&hl=en&ll=37.510568,-121.883461&spn=0.007208,0.016512&sll=37.51063,-121.883067&sspn=0.000901,0.002064&geocode=CcoGIwloywIbFe7wPAIdJJq6-Cn3yui3Rr-PgDHUiNiJOzHaig%3B&t=h&gl=us&mra=mift&mrsp=1&sz=20&z=17

Here is the Mission Peak Regional Preserve Trail Map:
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/mission#trailmap

Other highlights include:
Rock Wren (20+) - seen along the Grove Trail.
Ash-throated Flycatcher (2) - Grove Trail.
Western Kingbird (3) - 2 adults and 1 juvenile seen on Grove Trail.
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (5) - 2 on Grove Trail and 3 along the Peak Meadow Trail.
Wrentit (3) - heard along the Peak Meadow Trail.
Lark Sparrow (4) - seen along the Peak Meadow Trail.
Cooper's Hawk (2) - seen between Peak Meadow and Horse Heaven trails.

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "DD" <dd240sx@...> wrote:

I hiked to Mission Peak this morning. It was awesome hike with the fog and heavy wind at times on the top. I thought it would keep the birds away, but no. Later as I was making my way down I stopped by the south part of the peak close to the ranger house to eat, and then out of nowhere Canyon Wren started to sing and then I herd Rock Wren too. They battled a little bit between each other while I took some pictures.

Here is a picture of the Wren and the photo is Geo-tagged for the Location.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/9304451296/


Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
White-throated Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
American Kestrel
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Bushtit
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Wrentit
Western Bluebird
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
California Towhee
Western Meadowlark
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

And bonus 4 Coyotes in a pack and then 1 While hiking down.

Davor Desancic
Fremont

White-crowned Sparrow in the Hills-are there any more out there?

Patricia Bacchetti
 

Following up on excellent intelligence from Marty Morrow, I went to Oakland Ave and Highland Ave in Piedmont this afternoon to look for the White-crowned Sparrow of the coastal nuttalli race. Just as Marty described, there were at least 4 White-crowns in what I would describe as dense suburban habitat. The first location that I found WCSP was near the Claremont Country Club on Broadway Terrace, another intersection with heavy vehicular and foot traffic. These guys breed and live along the bayside year-round, but not much is known about them living upland.

If anyone else knows of White-crowned Sparrows living in the hills year round, could you please contact me off-list? I'm interested in where they are and how many of them there might be.

Thanks,

Patricia Bacchetti
bacpab@...
Oakland

Brants & Elegant Tern at Brooks Island

dp_eas
 

This am about 10:30 there were 7 brant and at least 1 elegant tern at Brooks Island, CC County. Numerous caspian terns continue to attend nests.

I viewed them from Sandpiper Spit off Brickyard Cove Rd in Richmond.  A scope is necessary.

Emilie Strauss
Berkeley, CA


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07/16 -- Oakland Middle Harbor -- Common Goldeneye

Michael Park
 

Yesterday just before the evening high tide, I went looking for
shorebirds at Oakland Middle Harbor. There were only a few new arrivals:
5 WESTERN SANDPIPER and 2 SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER.

However, I was surprised to find a COMMON GOLDENEYE on the southernmost
rock pilings, where it was roosting with CASPIAN TERN and large
shorebirds: LONG-BILLED CURLEW. MARBLED GODWIT, WILLET and LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER.

The bill on the Common Goldeneye is all dark. Because of the season, I
suspect that it is a summering eclipse male and not an immature. But I
lack experience with summer goldeneyes. Comments and corrections are
welcome.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14662964

Michael Park
Berkeley

Fresh Juvenile Forster's Tern

VerneN
 

I went back to the Martin Luther King Shoreline in Oakland yesterday and
watched a pair of Forster's Tern parents fishing the Airport Channel
along with a juvenile. Previously I thought they were guarding the
juvenile while it learned to fish. That is still probably true, but
they are also feeding it.
Like many land birds, the juvenile trails after the parents calling out
for food. It lands in the water to receive the fish the parent has
brought back:
http://upload.pbase.com/vnelson/image/151369474
<http://upload.pbase.com/vnelson/image/151369474>
Also here is a photo of the young one's "Fresh Juvenile" plumage.
Primarily that means it is showing beige in the feathers of the body and
top wings (and a "Zorro" mask). Sibley says the beige color wears away
rapidly:
http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/151369663
<http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/151369663>

Unusual bird bath visitor ...

David Hutton475 <dhutton475@...>
 

Around 9.30am this morning we had an unusual visitor at our bird bath - one Gray Fox! After enjoying a leisurely drink it took off, but regretably before I could retrieve a camera and memorialize the occasion. Definitely a "lifer" to add to the list.

David Hutton
Lakewood
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Mission Peak - Canyon Wren and other bird.

DD
 

I hiked to Mission Peak this morning. It was awesome hike with the fog and heavy wind at times on the top. I thought it would keep the birds away, but no. Later as I was making my way down I stopped by the south part of the peak close to the ranger house to eat, and then out of nowhere Canyon Wren started to sing and then I herd Rock Wren too. They battled a little bit between each other while I took some pictures.

Here is a picture of the Wren and the photo is Geo-tagged for the Location.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/9304451296/


Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Golden Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Rock Pigeon
White-throated Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
American Kestrel
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Bushtit
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Wrentit
Western Bluebird
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
California Towhee
Western Meadowlark
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

And bonus 4 Coyotes in a pack and then 1 While hiking down.

Davor Desancic
Fremont

Shorebird ID Workshop

John Sterling
 

Todd Easterla and I will teach our fourth annual Shorebird ID Workshop on Sept 7 and 8th. We will have our powerpoint lecture in Rancho Cordova on Saturday along with a field trip to the Davis area that day. On Sunday we will have a full day field trip in the Bay Area. Todd and I will be scouting prior to the weekend in search of rare shorebirds and suitable areas for the field trips.

Each participant receives a cd with the illustrated lecture. I'll be busy in England in the coming weeks getting photos of Eurasian species, so we will have a new and improved lecture with more species than before.

See my website for details at www.sterlingbirds.com

We hope that you can join us for a fun-filled weekend of adventure and learning.

Also, all of my tours have spaces available....Argentina, Panama, central Colombia!

John

John Sterling
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26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling@...

Lawrence Gold Finches in Walnut Creek

Michael Marchiano
 

I was fortunate to co-lead a bird walk in Rossmoor around the Golf Course
for a group of residents this morning. We came up with many expected
species, 25 total but the most surprising were three Lawrence's Gold
Finches. This was a first sighting in Rossmoor for everyone in the group.

--
Michael Marchiano
*The Naturalist*
*mmarchiano@...* <mmarchiano@...>
*925-372-6328*

We will never be at peace until we are willing to understand, respect and
live in harmony with all other living things.

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today....*Indian
proverb*

Nesting Hooded Orioles w/ chicks

mojoedevine
 

I observed a pair of Hooded Orioles feeding at least 2 chicks in a nest at the end of May Rd. (near Dry Creek Regional Park/Meyers Cottage) in Hayward/Union City this morning. Pics taken, but I won't be able to post them for a few days.

Joe Devine
Modesto, Ca

Re: Tilden on Sunday?

Phila Rogers
 

It sounds to me that you were seeing a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks who
have bright cinnamon plumage on their undersides. Hard to believe they we
once absent from our area, having expanded their range north maybe 20 years
ago.

Phila Rogers

Tilden on Sunday?

Cal Walters
 

I am hoping someone else was birding in Tilden on Sunday in the area south of Inspiration Point where the Quarry Trail intersects the Big Springs Trail. At about noon there were 2 raptors calling and interacting mid air. It may have been fledgling training or possible mating engagement. Lots of noise back and forth. They fairly bright underneath and no naked eye markings I could make out. Some wondered if they were Ospreys - but the felt too small. By the time I got my glasses out they had drifted behind the eucalyptus trees that are down slope towards Lake Anza. Perhaps the birds are somewhat regular in the area and someone will know what they were. Lovely pair and action.

I also had a surreal Great Horned Owl fly over on the hike. Earlier in the hike we heard a Sharp-Shinned Hawk calling in some bay trees. As we walked on, not being able to see where the calling came from, a large Great Horned Owl swooped out of the trees with the hawk in pursuit. The owl passed within 8 feet of our heads dropping down the hill - the eyes were lovely and bright and seemed like headlights as it approached and passed over. It was an amazing experience and a delight for the non-birders to experience, too.


Cal Walters
calw@...

I got mobbed!

VerneN
 

Yesterday I went to the dike at Doolittle Pond, MLK Shoreline, Oakland.
As I walked out onto the dike a group of five or so adult Forster's
Terns began swooping down on me each screeching loudly and making a pass
about five feet from my head. It took me a while to figure out what was
likely happening.
There was a larger flock also in flight that included juveniles. I
believe the adults were letting them learn to fish while also protecting
the "perimeter" High tide was flowing into the pond and its fast
currents were probably sweeping minnows in with it...an easy hunt. I
left them in peace after a few minutes, but did manage a few photos of
the attacks.
http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/151332786
<http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/151332786>
http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/151326560
<http://www.pbase.com/vnelson/image/151326560>

Birding and Biking the bay trail

j.chiropolos <j.chiropolos@...>
 

Derek Heins and I birded the bay trail by bike from Lake Merritt to Coyote Hills over the weekend.

Compared to the previous week, black bellied plovers had returned - we saw lots with respect to none seen the week before. Also, greater yellowlegs had returned in numbers, we probably saw over 60 compared to only one the previous week.

We had high numbers of snowy plovers ever for the east bay with 16 individuels!!! at Franks dump. Some other birders had seen three at another location at hayward jsut before we arrived. We also saw 16 Wilsons phalaropes at Franks dump.

We had two "National Geographic" moments -
One at lake Merritts out flow channel by laney college where within 100 feet we watched 26 snowy egrets, 10 great egrets, two blue herons and seven black crowned night herons were lined up to catch fish (along with a brown pelican, white pelican and several cormorants). This is a low tide phenomena as the low tide creates a current and eddies at this location.

The second was at the small ponds just north of the water treatment plant for hayward marsh - we watched 89 snowy egrets, 1 great egret, one great blue heron, 35 white pelicans and about 20 plus greater yellowlegs catch fish - only 20 feet away. These ponds are quite small - I am surprised this great a density of white pelicans and egrets can be supportted by these small ponds as we had seen about 15 in these ponds the week before. The pond size in maybe 200 feet by 40 feet?? - and is always a hotspot.

At coyote hills, we had hooded orioles in the hummingbird garden. Alemeda creek was very quiet except for swallows, mallards and geese on the bike to bart along the creek for our return.

Good birding!

Jim