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Re: Heather Farms Lake, Walnut Creek

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

I made two visits to the park between Friday & Sunday.

Jays, cackling geese, hooded mergansers, buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, pied-billed grebe, titmice (there were two foraging like sparrows on Friday afternoon), and the ever-present yellow-rump - this one warbling its heart out:

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p982457163

(I also added a couple entertaining scrub jay shots from last fall to the front of the same folder.)

Allen Hirsch
Oakland

Tropical kingbird

Mark Rauzon
 

As Alan Krakauer described, this afternoon, the Richmond Tropical Kingbird was sallying out from the chain link fence as seen from the Bay Trail and/or 49th St.


Here is a distant sallying photo:


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h9527ad#h9527ad


Good birding,


Mark Rauzon
Oakland,

Coyote Hills - Great-tailed Grackle

DD
 

2 Great-tailed Grackles by the Main Marsh. They were very vocal today.

Davor Desancic
Fremont

Wilson's Snipe at Lake Elizabeth's New Marsh in Fremont

Charlotte Allen <c.allen@...>
 

Today there were 9 Wilson's Snipe (at least) at Lake Elizabeth's new
marsh in Fremont.

Charlotte Allen
c.allen@...

Tropical Kingbird continues, Richmond

Alan Krakauer
 

Monday afternoon we headed to Pt. Isabel to look for the previously reported Tropical Kingbird. We did find the bird, and got a few good looks over ~ 10 min period. We were glad we brought the scope; the bird was not close very close to the bay trail. We saw it sallying from a chain link fence between the two pond areas- looking at google maps this levee turns into 49th street. This was between 4 and 4:30.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=pt+isabel,+Richmond+map&ll=37.910414,-122.328365&spn=0.004766,0.009645&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&hnear=Point+Isabel&gl=us&t=h&z=17


Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

Hooded Merganser Blackhawk Plaza

photohutch
 

While enjoy the Jazz music and Mardi Gras festivities at Blackhawk Plaza this afternoon, I spotted a single female Hooded Merganser in the upper pond at Blackhawk Plaza. Seemed like a very odd place to see one. Didn't think there were fish small enough for it to eat. . . .

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

Nuttall's Nest-building Activity at Heather Farms, Walnut Creek

Bob Hislop
 

Sorry for the late post, but yesterday I rode bike down to Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek. The Hooded Mergansers and Cackling Geese were still around (as were the Ringed-necked Ducks and Buffleheads, etc). But more interestingly, at least as far as my limited experience goes, was the loud nest-boring activity of a Nuttall's Woodpecker (see attached link for photo). (I took a short video available upon request. It was amazing how fast his head moved). I also saw a Red-shouldered Hawk dive into a large pine tree nearby.

Bob Hislop
Concord

http://twitpic.com/8mmmdy

Re: No. Pygmy owl and GH Owl squeak

judisierra
 

Parking available (free, no permit) before 9AM and all day weekends, holidays at the space sciences lot. On Centenniel go past all the museum lots and take a turnoff on the right. Go to the last big lot. Look for the fire gate and garbage can, trail is there. If you reach Grizzly Peak you've gone too far. Although you could park in the Tilden lot across the way and walk a little. There is also a fire gate on GP Blvd.

--- On Mon, 2/20/12, Serena Salomon <salomon_1941@...> wrote:


Date: Monday, February 20, 2012, 9:44 AM

Hi Judi,

Where do you park when you go to the upper fire trail?

Thanks,

Serena Salomon

"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life."



His Holiness the Dalai Lama

--- On Sun, 2/19/12, Judi Sierra <judisierra@...> wrote:

From: Judi Sierra <judisierra@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] No. Pygmy owl and GH Owl squeak
To: EBB_sightings@...
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 9:09 PM
















 









I heard the No. Pygmy Owl again this morning at 6:30 on the upper Strawberry Canyon trail, Berkeley, near the intersection of high voltage lines with the trail. Toots were a regular 2.5 seconds apart. I'm only on the upper trail once a week so it may be there more frequently than I've heard it. High up on the hillside nearer to the road, Great Horned Owls were calling from the pine trees.



An interesting sound I've heard off and on for years now that I wrote of as squeaky tree branches- sort of a low pitched soft squeaky hinge sound- I've decided is coming from the Great Horned Owls. The last two times I've heard it, (yesterday) it's come from the same area as soft hoots. I couldn't find any mention of it online, just squawks and screeches which it is not.



Judi Sierra- Oakland

























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Great Backyard Bird Count: help put Richmond on the map

Nel Benningshof
 

Dear birders,

Thanks to the help of a few friends, Richmond now ranks 3rd among more than 400 California localities in number of species counted during the last 3 days of the Great Backyard Bird Count. With 113 species, we stand behind only San Diego (116) and Napa (126).

Can we maintain or even improve our standing, keeping Richmond among the "birdiest" spots in the Golden State? With your help, maybe we can.

If you've birded in Richmond between last Friday and today (February 17th-20th), and spotted one of the species not included in the current list (link below), please take a few minutes to post your sightings to the GBBC website. You have until March 5th to submit your list.

By the way, a patient observer did post the Tropical Kingbird near the shoreline last week. But there are few common species that, as of this writing, have eluded the 8 or so counters, including Red-shouldered hawk, Hutton's vireo, and -- ready for this?-- Brewer's blackbird.

Here's the current list (real-time updates):
http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=CitySummary&city=Richmond&state=US-CA&year=2012

And here's where to post your sightings:
http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/input

Thank you very much,

Nel Benningshof

Tropical Kingbird in Richmond

albertlinkowski
 

Here's one more photo of Tropical Kingbird, taken this afternoon.

Albert Linkowski

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7LieRqxwGekUEvZHqC_YqtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink

No. Pygmy owl and GH Owl squeak

judisierra
 

I heard the No. Pygmy Owl again this morning at 6:30 on the upper Strawberry Canyon trail, Berkeley, near the intersection of high voltage lines with the trail. Toots were a regular 2.5 seconds apart. I'm only on the upper trail once a week so it may be there more frequently than I've heard it. High up on the hillside nearer to the road, Great Horned Owls were calling from the pine trees.

An interesting sound I've heard off and on for years now that I wrote of as squeaky tree branches- sort of a low pitched soft squeaky hinge sound- I've decided is coming from the Great Horned Owls. The last two times I've heard it, (yesterday) it's come from the same area as soft hoots. I couldn't find any mention of it online, just squawks and screeches which it is not.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

Help

Steve Taylor
 

Ok, I need a little help. We have a bird in our area which I have not seen,
but this bird signs all morning long very loud from about the time it gets
light till around 11am. Its like a lot of various tones and really loud,
and once in awhile there are like ten machine gun type notes for lack of a
better term. My first though is a Mocking Bird, but I have not seen one
around here in San Ramon so far this year. Any idea what else it could be?




Steve

Eurasian Wigeon at Landfill Loop Trail

Jeff Acuff
 

Today, among American Wigeon and Northern Pintails, I found a male Eurasian Wigeon while hiking the landfill loop trail at Wildcat Marsh (accessed at the end of Pharr Road - north of Richmond).
Good BirdingJeff AcuffLafayette

Pics Richmond Kingbird

broadwell.richard
 

A far pic of the Richmond Kingbird. Seen this morning at 9:00 A.M.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43668664@N06/6904045405/in/photostream


Richard

Re: Sanderlings in Albany

Wen Hsu
 

I saw 11 on Friday not far from where you described.
But not on the sandy beach but on rocky shore!
photo and map:
https://picasaweb.google.com/113494426000479275753/FallAndWinterBirds#5709971969159363282

Wen Hsu
Berkeley

Hooded Merganser pair still at Heather Farm Park on Sat. Feb. 18 at noon

Ellen
 

Our group went down to Heather Park Farm in Walnut Creek (noontime) and it took us only an hour to find the Hooded Mergansers. One male and one female. They
feed and preen in the large natural pond, around the island within the pond, usually
seen neath the tree that the Cormorants rest in. The hammerhead crest on this guy
is gorgeous. The adult female has a beautiful brownish crest, and she was preening a good 20 minutes, while the male was feeding voraciously. I got a pretty close look and realized that the bill was so much smaller and thinner than I thought it would be. Also, the tail is longish and darkish. If you have a bit of time, it is so worthwhle to head down to HPF for this lovely pair of Hooded Mergansers.
Good Luck and productive birding,
Ellen Gierson
Oakland, CA

RING-NECKED Ducks & HOODED MERGANSERS at Heather Farms Park

purrboycasey
 

I photographed these ducks with good success on the morning of Feb 17, after reading the reports of their presence by Tracy Farrington and others. There were two pair of HOODED MERGANSERS and several pairs of RINGED-NECK DUCKS, which flapped appropriately for me. See photos at http://pick14.pick.uga.edu/mp/20p?see=I_LHT/0050
at bottom of page. Click on photos to get details: two steps of clicks for higher magnification. There were also BUFFLEHEADS, which I did not photograph.

Larry Thompson
Livermore, CA

Re: Varied Thrush at TIlden's Botanic Garden

broadwell.richard
 

I was also at the Botanical Garden about the same time and saw the Varied Thrush in the Redwood section of the garden. We looked above the parking lot as well as saw more Varied Thrush, along with a Downy Woodpecker and a Brown Creeper.
 
Pic of Thrush
www.flickr.com/photos/43668664@N06/6900407939/in/photostream/
 
 
Richard

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Raptors.....and more

Michael Marchiano
 

Saturday mornings hike into Briones Regional Park off old Briones Road led
to sighting several Red Tails, a pair of White Tail Kites, a male Northern
Harrier, Kestral, and a Golden Eagle. In the Lagoons we spotted,
Bufflehead, Gadwalls, Am.Coots, Ring Necked Duck, Mallards, and a Pacific
Pond Turtle the size of a dinner plate.
--
Michael Marchiano
*The Naturalist*
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.

Re: Virginia Rail? at Richmond Eastshore Park

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Clapper Rail. Very nice.
Bob Power
Oakland, Ca



________________________________
From: jorj7 <george@...>
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Sat, February 18, 2012 5:09:27 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Virginia Rail? at Richmond Eastshore Park


I went out to 51st Street in Richmond to see if I could get a good shot of the
Tropical Kingbird. I saw the American Kestrel still on the phone lines on 49th
street, as well as a juvenile and adult Red-tailed Hawk in the trees toward the
bay. The kingbird didn't show up while I was there, but on the way to the Park
Trail I saw a rail along the bank of the channel before the bridge. It caught a
small crab, ate it, then swam across the channel and into cover. I got a few
photos, but they are not as good as I would have liked. It looks like a
Virginia Rail to me, with a longer bill then the Clapper Rail. I put the photos
here:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120218-Richmond-Eastshore-Park/slides/0218-113406-03.html


While walking back to the car parked on 51st, I saw a pair of American Pipits in
the field in front of the fence where the Tropical Kingbird has been sited. I
got some good shot of them:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120218-Richmond-Eastshore-Park/slides/0218-120832-05.html


George
http://birds.jorj7.com




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