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Cackling Goose at Heather Farm

tracy_farrington <tracy_farrington@...>
 

This afternoon around 2pm, I observed a group of eight CACKLING GEESE all of which remained in a nice little flotilla as they paddled about the natural pond. Judging by the very visible white neck ring (and the subspecies range map in the 6th edition National Geo Field Guide), I imagine these to be leucopareia, the "Aleutian" race. I make this posting as I have not read about the bird at Heather Farm of late. Any other observations?

Good birding,
Tracy Farrington

Re: Richmond area in the AM then Hayward Shoreline (2/16)

George A Suennen
 

Hello again,

Just to recap the comments so far, 9 confirm it's a Tropical Kingbird and
1 wonders if it could be a Cassin's Kingbird. I went out again this morning
to see if I could get a better shot with the morning sun, but there was a
Kestrel sitting on the phone wire about the fence where I saw the kingbird
yesterday. So it wasn't there.

At least I got a good shot of an American Kestrel:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120217-Richmond-Eastshore-Park/slides/0217-100742-01.html

Thanks for all the input,
George
http://birds.jorj7.com

Does anyone know ...?

John Cant 793-5216
 

I have two questions -



Has anyone seen the male hooded merganser x Barrow's goldeneye in Alameda
recently?



Is it possible to photograph from a reasonable distance, e.g. 200mm lens,
the western gulls that nest on Alcatraz? I emailed the National Park
Service there but after a week I've given up expecting a reply.



Many thanks,



John Cant

Fremont

Heather Farm Park-Friday AM

rosita94598
 

There are still around 50 Ring-necked Ducks on the large, mostly natural pond in Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. The Buffleheads dive a lot, but there are at least 20 of them, probably.

The highlight is that there are now two pairs of Hooded Mergansers on the same pond. I tried to listen, but did not hear the sound recorded by Win Kryda.

For the first time in quite a while, a Green Heron made an appearance, but twice now, I have not seen or heard the long-present Kingfisher.

The City has decided to no longer allow the goose chasing on the large pond, which should be good for the naturally occurring ducks and Pied-billed Grebes.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Re: Fw: White-winged Junco Link for photos

Ken Schneider
 

Nice photos of an interesting junco, Larry.

I have a dim recollection that Slate-colored Juncos can also occasionally show wing bars - can any of our local experts comment on whether this bird truly appears to be a White-winged Junco or might instead be an unusual variant of Slate-colored Junco (also a cool bird)??

Thanks,
Ken Schneider
San Francisco

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., Larry Cawthorn <golacula1@...> wrote:


https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/February162012#5709712310508129090


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: golacula1 <golacula1@...>
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:46 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White-winged Junco



 

I managed to get 2 photos of a White-winged Junco at my backyard feeder in Brentwood.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/February162012#5709712310508129090

Larry Cawthorn





Re: Richmond area in the AM then Hayward Shoreline (2/16)

George A Suennen
 

I stopped by this afternoon (~4:30). Didn't find it on 51st,
but when I went around the block to 49th street I saw a kingbird
on the fence. It was on the West side, so had the sun behind it.
Also it kept it's back to me. I took a few photos, but can't tell
for sure if it's Tropical or Western Kingbird. Photos at:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120215-Richmond-Eastshore-Park/slides/0216-163058-03.html

Maybe someone could tell from these backlite photos.

George
(sorry if double posted)

American Bittern in Coyote Hills

DD
 

Super windy day at coyote hills today, but birds don't care.
1 American bittern flew out of the marsh for just few seconds by the boardwalk.
Other birds seen.
1 moorhen
Kestrel was at it's favorite perch with lizard for dinner.
4 white tailed kites

I waited by the main gate for 15 minutes hoping the barn owl would fly out, but nothing happend.

Davor Desancic
Fremont

Richmond area in the AM then Hayward Shoreline (2/16)

Bob Richmond
 

After missing the Tropical Kingbird yesterday, I returned just after 8 am and saw it for about 5 min. It then disapeared and I never saw it again. A Northern Rough-winged Swallow was also in the area. I then went to Richmond Marina (I only stayed 10-15 min) and saw the Black Scoter in the marina and scoping out Brooks Island, I saw 4 Black Oystercatchers. I then returned to the shoreline.

Nothing unusual was at Winton Ave. On Mt. Trashmore the usual geese were seen - 4 Ross's Geese, 3 Snow Geese, 1 probable Ross x Snow, 2 Ridgway's Geese, and 245 Aleutian Geese. The Long-tailed Duck was still off Cogswell Marsh. Last saturday, Peter and I saw 95 Tree Swallows and 2 Barn Swallows. Today I only saw 4 Tree Swallows and 2 Barn Swallows.

Bob

Re: 2012 Alameda County Year List

judisierra
 

Bob- previously you said " Unusual sightings should be reported to EBB and

ebirds, not just ebirds like many people seem to be doing now. At the end of every month, a list of new birds for the year in the county should be sent to me at bobrichmond94544@...  . It hasn't been decided where to keep the list for birders to view."

If all everyday sightings are reported to EBB it could be very cumbersome  for the list. Unusual or interesting sightings will be lost in the deluge.

Judi Sierra

--- On Wed, 2/15/12, Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544@...> wrote:

From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] 2012 Alameda County Year List
To: "EBB Sightings" <EBB_Sightings@...>
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 10:37 PM


The Alameda County List includes 396 native species (see John Sterlings list) and 6 introduced species that are well established for a total of 402.

Introduced species included - Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Rock Pig (Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Eurasian Starling, and

House Sparrow.

This is a list of all species seen in the county by anyone. Sightings should be posted to EBB (not just eBird).



Each species has been assigned an abundance code, codes 1 - 4 are annual and codes 5 & 6 are not.

code 1 - Common to Abundant

code 2 - Fairly Common

code 3 - Uncommon

code 4 - Rare

code 5 - Casual (6-25 county records in the last 30 years)

code 6 - Casual or Accidental (1-5 county records in the last 30 years)



Birds seen by mid-February -

code 1 -101

code 2 -87

code 3 -23

code 4 -3

code 5 -3

code 6 -3

       -----

total220



code 5 seen - Nelson's Sparrow, Black-and-white Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush.

code 6 seen - Slaty-backed Gull, Red-naped Sapsucker, Summer Tanager.



Bob



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Kestrel mobbing Red-tail, Berkeley, yesterdeay + sly ID request

Bob Sikora
 

The Kestrel made numerous passes at the Red-tail at noon over the fallow field of Eastshore state park by I-880 between University and Gilman.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Crown-Memorial-State-Beach/20596944_MX4JNC#!i=1714064811&k=nd9fRDZ

and ff.

The Red-tail was driven to land in the prominent Eucalyptus twice, and then driven to flight again. Whole incident lasted less than 5 minutes and ended with Kestrel flying off and Red-tail still flying over field.

Then, this hawk is from the delta, but outside our 2 counties. Nevertheless, I would dearly like to know what it is, if anyone would be so kind as to enlighten me. My best guess would be a juvenile Red-shouldered, but I really don't have much of a clue.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Antioch-Dunes/14233337_rNSNLf#!i=1714104606&k=tTD75p9

Thanks,

Bob Sikora, Alameda

East Contra Costa Sightings

Paul Schorr
 

On Tuesday, February 14, we spent several hours birding in east Contra Costa County, including the Byron Airport area and Holland Tract.

Highlights among the 52 species seen included:

100+ Long-billed Curlews along Byron Hot Springs Road
75+ Sandhill Cranes - Holland Tract
100+ Greater White-fronted Geese - Holland Tract

Ferruginous Hawk - magnificent view of adult bird perched on a pole along Delta Road, Knightsen

numerous Burrowing Owls in several locations

several Loggerhead Shrikes

I apologize for the late posting.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch

Leucistic Scrub Jay

Clinton
 

A Western Scrub Jay sighting is hardly news, but I just saw a (suspected) leucistic one in the oaks at the NE corner of Barrows Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. It is very light, slightly yellow, with some light grey on the head. No blue anywhere. Very confusing until I heard it call.

Thursday in Heather Farm--Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Went to the park late today, but I heard a singing, or trying to sing, Ruby-crowned Kinglet. That was pretty cool.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Fw: White-winged Junco Link for photos

golacula1
 

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/February162012#5709712310508129090


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: golacula1 <golacula1@...>
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:46 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White-winged Junco



 

I managed to get 2 photos of a White-winged Junco at my backyard feeder in Brentwood.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/February162012#5709712310508129090

Larry Cawthorn




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Re: White-winged Junco Link now works

golacula1
 

Sorry, I forgot to make the photos public of the White-winged Junco. It is now public for all to see.
 
Thanks,
Larry Cawthorn

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White-winged Junco

golacula1
 

I managed to get 2 photos of a White-winged Junco at my backyard feeder in Brentwood.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/February162012#5709712310508129090

Larry Cawthorn

2012 Alameda County Year List

Bob Richmond
 

The Alameda County List includes 396 native species (see John Sterlings list) and 6 introduced species that are well established for a total of 402.
Introduced species included - Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Rock Pig (Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Eurasian Starling, and
House Sparrow.
This is a list of all species seen in the county by anyone. Sightings should be posted to EBB (not just eBird).

Each species has been assigned an abundance code, codes 1 - 4 are annual and codes 5 & 6 are not.
code 1 - Common to Abundant
code 2 - Fairly Common
code 3 - Uncommon
code 4 - Rare
code 5 - Casual (6-25 county records in the last 30 years)
code 6 - Casual or Accidental (1-5 county records in the last 30 years)

Birds seen by mid-February -
code 1 -101
code 2 -87
code 3 -23
code 4 -3
code 5 -3
code 6 -3
       -----
total220

code 5 seen - Nelson's Sparrow, Black-and-white Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush.
code 6 seen - Slaty-backed Gull, Red-naped Sapsucker, Summer Tanager.

Bob

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Two Ospreys Fishing

DD
 

I was walking around quarry lakes today and watched two ospreys fish. First one was very successful the second not so much.
Also spotted
American Pipits
Western meadowlarks
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Peregrine Falcon flew over

Davor Desancic
Fremont, CA

Re: Hooded Merganssers in Heather Farm, Walnut Creek Saturday

Win Kryda <winkryda@...>
 

Snow Geese

Aaron Maizlish
 

At 3:45 PM this afternoon, there were two Snow Geese in the Tom Bates Athletic Field on the Frontage Road just south of Gilman Street in Berkeley. They were with 12 Canada Geese, and only a few feet away from the chain link fence. Very good close up views.

Aaron Maizlish