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Hayward Shoreline (2/24)

Bob Richmond
 

Today at the shoreline, a Brandt's Cormorant flew past Johnson's Landing. 2 Surfbirds were at Hayward's Landing. 1 male Allen's Hummingbird was at Winton Ave. The Radio Tower Hills had many geese - 4 Ross's, 3 Snow. 1 probable Ross x Snow, 145 Aleutian, and 2 Ridgway's.  Frank's Dump West had thousands of shorebirds, mostly peeps. But I did see a Ruff, probably what was reported as a possible Ruff yesterday. Also only 1 Red Knot was seen there. A Peregrine Falcon that was chasing the shorebirds, caught a peep. Another 12 (est) Surfbirds were a the San Leandro Marina. No scoters were seen offshore from the shoreline. Only a few we seen from the San Leandro Marina.

Good birding

Bob


Fremont/Newark Eurasian Collared-Dove

Colin Jensen
 

Within the last month, I've visited Niles Staging Area three times in the morning. All three times I've seen Eurasian Collared-Doves near the bridge downstream of the Staging Area. The most I've seen is six; the least was one.

This afternoon I went by the Industrial Ponds in Newark across from Cargill Salt. These are ponds which in the past have hosted great-tailed grackles. I saw none today, but did see two Eurasian Collared-Doves there.

I guess the invasion is here.

LOCATION INFO: Niles Staging Area is the easternmost access point to the Alameda Creek Trail, which is part of the East Bay Regional Parks system. See their website at http://www.ebparks.org/parks/trails/alameda_creek


Point Richmond Herring Run, part 2

Michael Park
 

I forgot to complete the last post. Gull numbers were not spectacular near high tide today (02/14), and the gulls were scattered across.

However, gull numbers greatly increased as low tide approached. By 430, gulls were lining the rocky shores north of Ferry Point. Herring roe was very apparent at this time on exposed sea algae.

Michael Park
Berkeley


Point Richmond Herring Run

Michael Park
 

At 530pm, I saw this apparently 1st cycle gull:

http://tinyurl.com/6rfdfyl

Originally, I thought it might be a Glaucous Gull -- bicolored bill, +/-
uniformly pale. But the primaries struck me as a little dark.

It's bill is slightly open, so it's difficult to see if it's
structurally like that of Glaucous-winged Gull.

The light was at a low angle.

Comments will be greatly appreciated.

Michael Park
Berkeley


Very early Western Tanager(s) or overwintering--Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Last Friday, Teri Wills reported a Western Tanager in Walnut Creek, which was flagged by the Great Backyard Bird Count folks. I checked a little yesterday, my first opportunity, then looked again today.

What I saw was: A tanager, most likely female, yellow-greenish-gray, pale underneath, very bright lemony yellow undertail coverts. It had a pale, large tanager bill, distinct wing bars, though somewhat smudgy.

A second bird was high in a red-flowering eucalyptus tree and flew past an opening. It was bright yellow and appeared to have a fair amount of black. This made me think it was a male Western Tanager.

Upon returning home and writing my description, I looked in Sibley and found a picture on page 463 which shows a pale female, matching pretty much what I saw.

Unfortunately, this is a place which is a bit awkward for birding.

The red-flowering eucalyptus tree is on the grounds of the Diablo Keys apartment/condo complex, over some tennis courts. This is near the intersection of Civic Drive and Pine Street, north of Ygnacio Valley Road. The tree is on the east side of the complex, toward the Iron Horse Trail.

Best viewing is from the trail, but this is adjacent to the large playground/P.E. area of Walnut Creek Intermediate School. I stood inside some trees near a private, locked and appropriately marked gate, which the Keys residents can use to reach the Iron Horse Trail.

It might be a bit complicated to explain why you are standing inside some trees, looking with binoculars toward apartments on one side and having junior high school kids in P.E. clothes behind you, while you stand in some trees.

But the weekend is here, and there is no school!

If you really need these birds, park on Civic Drive, look for the hole in the fence used by the students when their parents drop or meet them. Walk down to the bike trail and proceed north until you see the tennis courts beyond a cyclone fence. Look for a trail into the trees and a locked access gate beyond. The red-flowering eucalyptus is quite obvious.

But honestly, more, and more easily seen, Western Tanagers will be arriving shortly.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Miller-Knox/Richmond today

Mark Rauzon
 

The tropical kingbird was at the 49th st.access area. I saw it chasing a crow near the dead tree to the north where the hawks hang out. David Moore got great photos of it closer in this am.
At Miller Knox, at no rare gulls seen that I heard saw or of; the gulls were dispersed and loafing on the pier. But the harbor seals were still feeding on cavier for breakfast.


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p873910623/h1f8881#h89275b9


good birding,


Mark Rauzon
Oakland


White-Throated Sparrow and Varied Thrushes, Sunol RW

scfloyd2000
 

Following up on Eugenia Larson's post of February 17, this morning I went up to Sunol Regional Wilderness to look for White-Throated Sparrows. I found a tan-striped White-Throated Sparrow in a small group of Golden-Crowned Sparrows in the bushes on the hillside behind the green barn near the owl box. Nearby was a Varied Thrush, and I also saw a Varied Thrush on the other side of Alameda Creek just down from the owl box. Later, I saw two more Varied Thrushes with robins in one of the picnic areas by the creek not far from the "Y" where the road becomes a one-way loop. Varied Thrush has now officially lost its place as my nemesis bird, at least for this year.

Two Red-Shouldered Hawks were calling and flying around over the foot bridge, and later I found a Red-Shouldered Hawk standing on the nest in the sycamore across from the parking lot at the end of the road (from the drinking fountain, look southeast). Red-Shouldereds have nested here in the past. I again encountered a Red-Shouldered Hawk calling and perching in a tree near the corrals. I think there are only two Red-Shouldered Hawks at the park; they're doing a good job of covering their territory.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Great-tailed Grackles at Shadow Cliffs Livermore

Art Edwards <xenopsbird@...>
 

My daughter, Lisa, and I saw eight Great-tailed Grackles at Shadow Cliffs this morning at 10:30. They were at the fishing pier, south of the boat rental building, to the left of the tall reeds next to the pier. They appear to be nesting in the reeds. They were also foraging along the shoreline.

Art Edwards


Yellow-shafted Flicker at Coyote Hills (pics)

Steve Zamek
 

I saw and photographed what I believe to be a pure YELLOW-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKER at Coyote Hills this morning. It was foraging in the grass in front of the visitor center. Sever photos of the bird can be found here:

http://www.featherlightphoto.com/yellow-shafted-flicker

In all the photos, the black malar and red crescent on the nape are easily seen. And on the last photo, you can see a bit of yellow in the underwing.

Also seen was a juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON perched up the hill from the Quarry Staging Area.

Steve Zamek
Palo Alto
www.featherlightphoto.com


Posts 3259 and 3262 should read "Eared Grebe"

Bob Sikora
 

I was afraid the URL snafu would drive me crazy. I guess it did. I apologize.

As long as I am here again, I will post some new, shortened URLs to see whether they now work.

Eared Grebe, breeding plumage, at Garretson Pt: http://goo.gl/fsuP3

Bushtit: http://goo.gl/nigqR

Thanks Juli for Bushtit id confirmation.

Next logical step is to drop the camera.

Bob Sikora, Alameda

Here goes, fingers crossed...


Raptors Mountain House Rd. - eastern Alameda County

richard s. cimino
 

*_This posting has been approved by the EBB Sightings Moderator._*

If you're a birder who has used the eastern Alameda County Mountain
House Road

corridor for raptor watching this alert should concern you.

This area is under consideration for massive industrial solar energy
development.

The Alameda County Planning Department has been directed by the Board of

Supervisors to study the region to determine if large scale solar
development

is feasible for this area.

At stake is 2600 acres of grazing and irrigated agriculture fields used
for foraging

by Kites, Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Egrets, Herons and Tri-Color Black Birds.

There have been a number of public meetings attended by conservationist,
birders

State and federal wildlife agencies and the solar energy industry
representatives.

The Greens have raised many questions and offered site alternatives to
such a massive

conversion of land in such a significant raptor foraging area directly
east and at the

base of the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area.

This Tuesday February 28 Alameda County Planning Department is holding a

meeting to make public their decision to recommend these lands for
development

or for the area to remain in agriculture -- ensuring for now foraging
habitat for Kites, Eagles,

Hawks, Owls, Egrets, Herons and Tri-Color Black Birds.

If you're interested you can attend this meeting to represent your
birding interest.

The meeting is being held on Tuesday Feb 28th at The Alameda County
Public Works

Building, 4825 Gleason Drive, Dublin.

More information can be found on the *www.ohloneaudubon.org
<http://www.ohloneaudubon.org>* site by clicking on the Conservation button
and the *_www.alamedacreek.org_* site by clicking on the
Upcoming-Events button.
The Sierra Club and California Native Plants Society are also involved.

_*Note:_Our advocacy is one of wise land use in such an important and
sensitive avianhabitat.
We are not advocating an anti-solar agenda.

Regards,

Rich Cimino

Ohlone Audubon

Alameda Creek Alliance


Re: Gullapalooza: The Video

John Sterling
 

The link below didn't work. Try this one. http://www.sterlingbirds.com/birding_classes__yolo_basin.html



John Sterling

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

www.sterlingbirds.com (photos, classes, tours, county birding)


On Feb 23, 2012, at 8:52 PM, Todd Easterla wrote:

Shirley, All,

while watching your video you can clearly see what looks like a 1st or or
2nd cycle Glaucous Gull in your video at about 1:20 minutes. Looks like my
daughter Tayla and I will be going to come see the gulls tomorrow, should be
fun!

Also John Sterling and I are giving another gull class and hopefully there
will be some of these late Herring Runs still happening. To view Johns
website for the information about the gull class go to the link below.

http://www.sterlingbirds.com/california_county_birding.html

This has been a good winter for Slaty-backed gulls so far and I don't think
it's over yet!

Todd Easterla

-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Shirley
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 5:34 PM
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Gullapalooza: The Video

Love that word!!!! It's not yet the magnitude of last years' event, but
still worth a visit. http://youtu.be/mpbUDtELT0I

Video taken on S side of Ferry Point, Miller Knox Shoreline Park, Richmond.

-Shirely Doell

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Shadow Cliffs correction

richard s. cimino
 

In keeping with a good sense of humor, ~ I have a correction to an
earlier posting regarding Shadow Cliff EBRP, Pleasanton.
It is a Merlin (the falcon) which has been active in Shadow Cliffs EBRP.
I must have been considering my dinner plans when I typed Marlin (a fish) .
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton


Re: Gullapalooza: The Video

Todd Easterla
 

Shirley, All,

while watching your video you can clearly see what looks like a 1st or or
2nd cycle Glaucous Gull in your video at about 1:20 minutes. Looks like my
daughter Tayla and I will be going to come see the gulls tomorrow, should be
fun!

Also John Sterling and I are giving another gull class and hopefully there
will be some of these late Herring Runs still happening. To view Johns
website for the information about the gull class go to the link below.

http://www.sterlingbirds.com/california_county_birding.html


This has been a good winter for Slaty-backed gulls so far and I don't think
it's over yet!

Todd Easterla

-----Original Message-----
From: EBB_Sightings@... [mailto:EBB_Sightings@...]
On Behalf Of Shirley
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2012 5:34 PM
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Gullapalooza: The Video

Love that word!!!! It's not yet the magnitude of last years' event, but
still worth a visit. http://youtu.be/mpbUDtELT0I

Video taken on S side of Ferry Point, Miller Knox Shoreline Park, Richmond.

-Shirely Doell



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Photo links for breeding plumage Horned Grebes, message #3259

Bob Sikora
 


Hayward Shoreline (2/23)

Bob Richmond
 

I started at Winton Ave. seeing nothing unusual. Up on Mt. Trashmore were 315 Aleutian Geese (1 with neck collar - V98), 6 Ridgway's Geese, 4 Ross's Geese, 3 Snow Geese, and 1 apparent  Ross x Snow Goose. At Hayward Landing were 2 Black Oystercatchers (flew near San Lorenzo Creek). 5 Red Knots were on the little mudflat still exposed. Just east of the bridge over the inlet to Ora Loma Marsh was an apparent Common Goldeneye x Barrow's Goldeneye. Near the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek were 4 Eurasian Wigeon, 2 Black Oystercatchers (seen earlier), a Glaucous Gull flew by, and a Caspian Tern was in with the gulls. This is only the second February Caspian Tern I have seen at the shoreline. The other was on Feb. 8, 2010. I then went back to Frank's Dump West. In the NE part I saw dozens of Snowy Plovers. But I didn't see the possible Ruff that was reported to me.

Good Birding

Bob

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Miller-Knox Gulls, Point Richmond

Frances DuPont
 

I checked out the feeding frenzy at the Miller-Knox shoreline and Ferry Point in Point Richmond twice today. Like Alan, I saw no unusual gulls. Lots of Glaucous-winged and Western, many Mew Gulls, at least one Herring Gull, and less California Gulls. There. were also a number of harbor seals and sea lions. This evening from 430 to 545 there were even more gulls, but still nothing unusual that i could recognize, at least. There were over 70 brown pelicans, a flock of wigeon and a flock of scaup. No Heermans despite all the pelicans. There was a beautiful male Eurasian Wigeon with the other wigeon, closer to ferry point than to Miller Knox Beach, seen from the trail that runs along the railroad tracks. There was also a male red-breasted merganser in the park pond.
France's Dupont, Richmond


MLK Shoreline: Horned Grebe plumage & ID request (of course)

Bob Sikora
 

Ed Tanovitz and Martha and I took a quick look at MLK yesterday, 22d. At Garretson Point we noted that some of the Horned Grebes were well into breeding plumage. (I know, it is February.)

bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Crown-Memorial-State-Beach/20596944_MX4JNC#!i=1723060666&k=ZVhstgk

Then, can anyone confirm that this guy from Arrowhead Marsh is indeed a Bushtit? I think the trouble I am having with the ID may be because I have never had a really close look at a Bushtit. ( ! )

bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Crown-Memorian-State-Beach/20596944_MX4JNC#!i=1723119572&k=HWdPVVw


Bob Sikora, Alameda


Gullapalooza: The Video

Shirley Doell
 

Love that word!!!! It's not yet the magnitude of last years' event, but still worth a visit. http://youtu.be/mpbUDtELT0I

Video taken on S side of Ferry Point, Miller Knox Shoreline Park, Richmond.

-Shirely Doell


2012 Alameda County Year List

Bob Richmond
 

The 2012 Alameda County Year List is ready for you to look at. It is at www.wingbeats.org and, then click on the link where it says the 2012 Alameda County List is being kept here. It was created by Bob Lewis. If you know about any additions to the list (up to now) or if you saw any species code 3 or above that do not have a location and name of observer, please send then to me via e-mail at brichmond94544@.... Future sightings (unusual and rare birds) local birds should be reported to EBB, but not sightings of common birds unless they haven't been seen in the county yet..

Bob Richmond