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TK continues in Richmond

SteveLombardi <hot-rock@...>
 

Saw the Tropical Kingbird at about 11:30 this morning where Dave Quady reported it: where the Bay Trail starts at the south end of 51st St. in Richmond. The bird spent several minutes hawking off the slatted anchor fence and adjacent shrubs near the trail access before flying a little farther west.

There were also plenty of Yellow-rumps, a pair of Black Phoebes, and a single No. Rough-winged Swallow to provide entertainment while waiting for the Kingbird.

- Steve

Garretson Point Teals

VerneN
 

Thanks for Amy Dawson's report last Saturday of the abundance of
shorebirds and waterfowl in Damon Slough and the nearby (person-made)
vernal pond. The birds were still present today.

My main interest was in the Cinnamon and Green-winged Teals which are
such beautiful waterfowl. They are easily seen in the slough and also
in the pond. Here is a picture of a male Green-winged in the pond-

http://upload.pbase.com/image/141517164

Afternoon light is best for viewing the pond.

Garin Park - Bird of prey Day

DD
 

I was in Garin Park today in search of Horned Larks which I found at the top High Ridge Loop Trail - Meyers Ranch Trail. While in the park I also spotted many raptors.

6 Red-tailed Hawk one of the Juvenile
1 Red-shoulder Hawk
3 White-tailed Kites
2 Peregrine Falcon
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Northern Harrier (male)
4 American Kestrel

20+ Turkey Vultures



other birds include

40+ Western Meadowlarks
2 Horned Larks
1 Great Horned Owl


Davor Desancic
Fremont, CA

Re: Hooded Merganssers in Heather Farm, Walnut Creek Saturday

Win Kryda <winkryda@...>
 

Late pictures of HOME from Denise Wight's Birding by Ear class including a
call on a mini video.
--
Win Kryda

Hawks in flight and other signs of Spring

Johan Langewis
 

There has been a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks in the neighborhood for quite a while now. They have been calling often every day. They are very loud, I hope there are no daytime sleepers nearby. Also there was a pair of Red-tailed Hawks circling overhead, one with its legs extended. It circled above the other, then appeared to land on its back momentarily, then seperated. The lower hawk left the area, the other one continued circling. All the time this was going on a Common Raven was dive bombing them, with no effect. The raven finally gave up and left. Pine Siskins have finally appeared at the feeder. The first Allen's Hummingbird for my yard appeared today. Lots of activity and singing from chickadees, titmice, finches, and wrens.

Johan Langewis
Oakland

Tropical Kingbird continues in Richmond, Eastshore State Park

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Birders:

The Tropical Kingbird found a few days earlier was not visible from 8:30 am (when I arrived) until about 10:10 am, when I noticed it atop a bush just east of the pond at the end of 50th and 51st streets. Viewing from the bay trail, the bird was just south of the trail that begins at the end of 51st Street, and about even with the north end of the fenced-off pond. It was in view for only a few seconds, then flew west over the pond's chain link fence and disappeared from view. The other birders present and I relocated to near the end of 51st Street and stood atop a mound on the east side of the trail. Over the next ten minutes we enjoyed several minutes worth of views of the kingbird when it perched high in willows just inside the fence line. Then 15 minutes or so of no views ensued, so I left.

The bird was silent. Couch's Kingbird -- of vanishingly small probability -- couldn't be eliminated from the views we got, but Western, Cassin's, and Thick-billed kingbirds could be. And were.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@...

HOODED MERGANSER continues at Heather Farm Park

tracy_farrington <tracy_farrington@...>
 

This morning, Feb. 14, at about 10am, I found one male HOODED MERGANSER on the natural pond at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. This very handsome bird was near the little island and away from the 18, or so, BUFFLEHEADS and the dozen RING-NECKED ducks. The light was perfect and plumage on all birds was vibrant.
Good birding,
Tracy Farrington

Tropical kingbird plus common murre Emeryville

jchiropolos <jchiropolos@...>
 

Details on the tropical kingbird

Listening to the bird call - it is a tropical kingbird (TK). The call is a more even chattering then a western kingbird and lacks the accent notes. Also it has a big long bill and the yellow extends up on the thoat and there is no white on the tail. The 50th street dead end is the place to get good looks at the bird.

Biking to work this morning, there is a common murre perched on the rip-rap of the Emeryville "bulb" (end of Ashby). The bird appeared quite heathy with plumage in good condition and it had clambered up the rip-rap, looking out towards the water as if on a rocky cliff.

Re: Tropical Kingbird - Richmond

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

If the bird was vocalizing, the i.d. should be fairly straight-forward.
Bob Power
Oakland, CA



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From: Judi Sierra <judisierra@...>
To: EBB_sightings@...
Sent: Mon, February 13, 2012 5:31:44 PM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Tropical Kingbird - Richmond


Has this Kingbird been definately as a Tropical? As I remember their was a
question mark

--- On Mon, 2/13/12, jchiropolos <jchiropolos@...> wrote:

From: jchiropolos <jchiropolos@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tropical Kingbird - Richmond
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012, 9:26 AM



I watched the tropical kingbird for 15 minutes yesterday at 4 pm off the dead
end at south 50th street. (Near the previously posted area at the 51st street
entrance to the bay trail)

The bird was vocalizing and perching in the willows about 10 to 15 above the
ground.

This can be a very frustrating bird to chase as the 51st street viewing area is
obscured by a fence with vinyl siding that largely obscures the willows and the
50th street deadend only allows one to view a small portion of the area, and you
cannot get close to the pond and willows from any other direction.

Thanks to Robert Coons for finding the bird!

Bikes are a birders best friend - bird green!

Good luck,

Jim Chiropolos

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Tropical Kingbird - Richmond

ccoon.wildwood5@att.net <ccoon.wildwood5@...>
 

Yes, I believe the bird is a Tropical Kingbird

The bird is slightly larger than a Western. The yellow goes up into the breast / throat area. The bill is larger and the back is "greenish" (not gray).

The bird does not stay out "in the open" very long. I have seen the bird 4 times now and probably have a total 7 - 8 minutes "wiewing time" before the bird flies back out of sight to the pond / willows.

The last time was this morning (Monday, 13th) around 11 AM - on the fence in the "gate area" (locked which gives access to the "road" on the west side of the pond).

The problem is you need to be "lucky" to see the bird - in my opinion.

Do not think birds can tell time, but 3 times that I have seen the bird has been around 11 AM.

I have photos taken from quite a distance (40 - 60 feet; 450 mm lens equiv). They are 4mb JPEG files.

Robert Coon

Re: Tropical Kingbird - Richmond

judisierra
 

Has this Kingbird been definately as a Tropical? As I remember their was a question mark

--- On Mon, 2/13/12, jchiropolos <jchiropolos@...> wrote:

From: jchiropolos <jchiropolos@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tropical Kingbird - Richmond
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012, 9:26 AM








 









I watched the tropical kingbird for 15 minutes yesterday at 4 pm off the dead end at south 50th street. (Near the previously posted area at the 51st street entrance to the bay trail)



The bird was vocalizing and perching in the willows about 10 to 15 above the ground.



This can be a very frustrating bird to chase as the 51st street viewing area is obscured by a fence with vinyl siding that largely obscures the willows and the 50th street deadend only allows one to view a small portion of the area, and you cannot get close to the pond and willows from any other direction.



Thanks to Robert Coons for finding the bird!



Bikes are a birders best friend - bird green!



Good luck,

Jim Chiropolos






















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Tropical Kingbird - Richmond

jchiropolos <jchiropolos@...>
 

I watched the tropical kingbird for 15 minutes yesterday at 4 pm off the dead end at south 50th street. (Near the previously posted area at the 51st street entrance to the bay trail)

The bird was vocalizing and perching in the willows about 10 to 15 above the ground.

This can be a very frustrating bird to chase as the 51st street viewing area is obscured by a fence with vinyl siding that largely obscures the willows and the 50th street deadend only allows one to view a small portion of the area, and you cannot get close to the pond and willows from any other direction.

Thanks to Robert Coons for finding the bird!

Bikes are a birders best friend - bird green!

Good luck,
Jim Chiropolos

Point Molate -- 02/12

Michael Park
 

Today, Zach Baer and cruised Point Richmond and Point Molate looking for gulls that have dispersed from the herring run and might be massing elsewhere. Last week after spotting the Iceland Gull near Fort Baker, we saw masses of such gulls off of Point Molate as we crossed the Richmond Bridge. But today, we did not observe such a phenomenon.

But on the return from near the end of Western Drive out near Point Molate, we observed (1) male EURASIAN WIGEON in small flock of AMERICAN WIGEON near the shore where the road nears the water in the vicinity of Richmond Lane.


Michael Park
Berkeley

Re: Continuing Clay-Colored Sparrow at Oyster Point Regional Shoreline

Martha Morrow
 

At 12:15 today at Oyster Bay Regional Park, I saw at least one of the continuing clay-colored sparrows. It was with a large flock of mostly white-crowned sparrows which was located south of the entrance about 100yds down the asphalt trail. The flock was working an area on the right, near the temporary fencing.

Marty Morrow
San Leandro

Hayward Shoreline (2-11)

Bob Richmond
 

Today, almost 100 TREE SWALLOWS were seen (95) and 2 BARN SWALLOWS along with 2 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS. Several days ago, NONE were seen. Later, at Winton Ave., a VARIED THRUSH was seen but no HERMiT THRUSHES. On Mt. Trashnore, I saw 3 SNOW GEESE, 4 ROSS'S GEESE, 1 ROSS x SNOW GOOSE, 192 ALEUTIAN 'CACKLING' GEESE, and 1 CACKLING GOOSE of thr sub-species 'minima'. Frank's Dump West had 6-8 SNOWY PLOVERS. The first RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET in over a month was seen today.

Bob 

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Snow Geese at Berkeley Meadow

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

Sorry for the late post. On Friday, Feb 10 about 11 AM, there were two Snow Geese along with Canada Geese in the Berkeley Meadow portion of Eastshore State Park near the University Ave. entrance. One was a juvenile, the other had adult-type plumage.

Tony Brake
Pt. Richmond

Martinez Regional Shoreline-Saturday AM

rosita94598
 

After my Heather Farm bike ride and doing a few things around the house, I went to Martinez Regional Shoreline to check the ducks in the river. About 230 Scaups were floating off the hulk of the sailing ship Forster. I eventually walked along the railroad tracks, almost to the oil dock at Ozul, thinking I might find Barrow's Goldeneyes or a Long-tailed Duck. It was no for both. I did find some more Scaups, about 10 Canvasbacks and a number of Buffleheads. There were only a handful of Common Goldeneyes and Surf Scoters.

As I walked back along the tracks and was about even with the switch yard office for the railroad, a Black Rail called a few times right off the trail. Never saw it. I may have been closer to the parking lot than the office, but it was definitely where the trail goes along the tracks. I used the parking lot west of downtown Martinez and west of Berrylessa Street, next to a clubhouse and an EBMUD maintenance yard. This was about 11:30 AM.

The Black Rail was on the river side of the trail, not to be confused with the rails of the adjacent Union Pacific. Sorry for the late posting, but I needed to listen to a recording first and was not home for most of the afternoon

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Tropical(?) Kingbird at Richmond 51st entry to Bay Trail

Bob Lewis
 

Robert Coons reported this kingbird to me - it's apparently been in the area for several days, on the chain link fence and in the willows on the 51st street entry trail to the Bay Trail. He says it makes very brief appearances, so is hard to get a good view.

Bob Lewis
Berkeley

nesting birds

Charlotte Allen <c.allen@...>
 

Two pairs of Great Blue Herons are nesting in the Eucalyptus
alongside the entrance to Ford Bunting pond(s), next to Alameda Creek
in Fremont.

Charlotte Allen
c.allen@...

Re: Hooded Merganssers in Heather Farm, Walnut Creek Saturday

edgarstiles@...
 

It was nice to meet Hugh this morning.

This was the only decent shot I got of the mergansers:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edgarstiles/6857245141/


On Feb 11, 2012, at 1:35 PM, rosita94598 wrote:

I made a quick ride through the park this morning, the first time since Wednesday. I was met near the dog park by Jeff, who clued me in to the pair of Hooded Mergansers in the southwest corner. This is behind the island, if one parks near the wooden railing.

Also present were over 50 Ring-necked Ducks and a fair amount of Buffleheads, maybe 20-25? I saw only one Pied-billed Grebe.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



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