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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


Hooded Mergansers and Lark Sparrows in Walnut Creek

Bob Hislop
 

I was out and about again on this gorgeous day, this time biking up toward Mt Diablo's north entance (with binoculars in my pocket). I stopped at the pond at DeVito's Equestrian Center off Arbolado Rd and spotted the pair of Hooded Mergansers I've seen in years past (I assume it's the same pair). And then, just past the Northgate entrance to Diablo I observed a flock of what appeared to be Lark Sparrows (with their unique head pattern). No other sparrow in this area matches that distinctive pattern; therefore I'm quite confident it was that species. I also heard a Spotted Towhee in a wooded area on my way up.

Bob Hislop
Concord


Re: Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler

judisierra
 

I was finally able to locate this bird after a few attempts, on 2/19 in the large about to flower tree near the fountain. There was a Hutton's Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet showing it's crown along with a singing White-crowned sparrow. I saw a second crown showing kinglet later in the day in Richmond 51st St. Ah spring.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

--- On Thu, 2/23/12, Kirk Swenson <khswenson@...> wrote:

From: Kirk Swenson <khswenson@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler
To: "ebb_sightings" <EBB_Sightings@...>
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 10:14 AM








 









The Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler was still present in Heritage

Square yesterday afternoon at 3:30, but it hasn't been as predictable

lately. I only saw it once each of the last couple weeks, whereas

previously I would often see it several times a week. Yesterday it was in

one of the trees in the southeast corner of the square. Last week I found

it in one of the flowering trees just outside the 59th St. entrance to the

square. My last record date for the previous two years are March 12, 2010

and March 21, 2011. Heritage Square is the landscaped office park on the

West side of Hollis between 59th and 61st Streets.



Good birding,

Kirk Swenson

Davis <--> Emeryville


February Gullapalooza is on again at Miller-Knox, Pt. Richmond!

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>
 

Friends!

Thanks to the recent notice, I went out to Miller-Knox Regional Park in Pt. Richmond. Today is Thursday, February 23 and it is not yet the "really big show" as last year, but might build to it, as Tony (Brake?) suggested to me this AM. He also suggested that low tide later today would be a bigger show, too.

Lots of Mew Gulls, California, some Western, many Glaucous-winged and a whole bunch of their hybrids, I think. Nobody was jumping up and down saying they found a rarity yet, but it is "early days."

Of course, "if you only have a hammer...." so I only saw the ones I know.

Harbor seals were very entertaining, too. I don't remember them from last year's show. And lots of Brown Pelicans, wearing rich dark brown feather boas on their necks, gorgeous! A few Pelagic Cormorants, a raft of Greater Scaup, some American Wigeons, and few coots made it official!

Go, go, go!

Oh, I remember last year we had a Brown Thrasher at the same time. Has it been seen again this year in Pt. Richmond?

Best of Birds to you!

Alan Kaplan


Pelicans at Shadow Cliffs (Pleasanton)

richard s. cimino
 

They're White Pelicans, they been hanging around for several days now.
Also hanging around Shadow Cliff Park is a Marlin.
This Marlin may be the same bird making flyovers on the Los Positas
Wetland on Fallon Rd Croak Rd. in Dublin.
This a mile between both location.
No recent observations of the Brown Pelican previously reported for
Shadow Cliffs.
Birders may also want to keep an on the look out for a potential
Red-neck Grebe on Shadow Cliffs Lake.
A Red-neck Grebe was reported on the Eastern Alameda County CBC on the
Cope Lake ( access granted by Zone7).
I've had no success in locating Burrowing Owls in Dublin and Livermore
lately.
Yesterday I was notified that there were two Peregrine Falcons near the
Springtown Alkali Wetland Preserve in Livermore.
I made a trip over in hopes of locating the Peregrines, but failed to
locate them.
The birder who reported the falcons is a seasoned birder employed as a
naturalist, and keeper of the bird list for the Preserve.
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton


On 2/23/2012 9:49 AM, Jaan Lepson wrote:

While visiting home for the weekend I drove past Shadowcliff park in
Pleasanton on Friday and Tuesday afternoons and noticed two large
white birds down on the lake. Between road constructiion, barriers,
and trying to not to cause an accident, I wasn't able to look at them
long enough to determine if they are swans or White Pelicans. I
haven't noticed either there before, though I would guess that the
pelicans may be more likely.

Good birding,

Jaan

Jaan Lepson
Livermore ALA
currently Río Piedras, PR



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Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler

Kirk Swenson
 

The Emeryville Black-throated Gray Warbler was still present in Heritage
Square yesterday afternoon at 3:30, but it hasn't been as predictable
lately. I only saw it once each of the last couple weeks, whereas
previously I would often see it several times a week. Yesterday it was in
one of the trees in the southeast corner of the square. Last week I found
it in one of the flowering trees just outside the 59th St. entrance to the
square. My last record date for the previous two years are March 12, 2010
and March 21, 2011. Heritage Square is the landscaped office park on the
West side of Hollis between 59th and 61st Streets.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis <--> Emeryville


Swans or Pelicans at Shadowcliff (Pleasanton)

Jaan Lepson <lepson@...>
 

While visiting home for the weekend I drove past Shadowcliff park in Pleasanton on Friday and Tuesday afternoons and noticed two large white birds down on the lake. Between road constructiion, barriers, and trying to not to cause an accident, I wasn't able to look at them long enough to determine if they are swans or White Pelicans. I haven't noticed either there before, though I would guess that the pelicans may be more likely.

Good birding,

Jaan


Jaan Lepson
Livermore ALA
currently Río Piedras, PR


Backyard in El Cerrito, Tuesday 2.21.12

Alan Kaplan <lnkpln@...>
 

Friends!

Reading about migrants' "fallouts" [Songbird Journeys: four seasons in the lives of migratory birds by Miyoko Chu of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology] Tuesday afternoon around 3pm in my El Cerrito backyard [Ashbury X Fairmount] when I was covered in birds!

First, a Common Flicker fly-by (red-shafted type, seen again on Wednesday), then a crow passed overhead, and then these birds quickly piled up on nearby palm (in flower), pear and apple (no leaves, no fruits left) trees:

Black Phoebe
Hermit Thrush (seen again Wednesday)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (too close to focus on!)
Dark-eyed Junco
Western Bluebird
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
California Towhee
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Western Scrub-jay
Anna's Hummingbird
Lesser Goldfinch
House Finch

All in about 15 minutes, and then gone!

Today's warm weather sent the Monarch butterflies on their migration: two came thru the yard around 2pm and continued ENE.

Best of Birds to you!

Alan Kaplan


4 Ospreys at Quarry Lakes

DD
 

4 Ospreys continue to fish at Quarry Lake (Horseshoe Lake).
Picture can be seen here.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ddsimages/6922257115/in/photostream

Other birds on the Lake

White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Western Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Buffelhead
Ringed Necked Duck
Mallard
Northern Mockingbird
White-tailed Kite
Red-tailed Hawk
Common Goldeneye
Northern Shoveler
Coot

Davor Desancic
Fremont


Point Reyes Bird Festival April 27-30

Jeff Miller <jmiller@...>
 

Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Point Reyes Birding and Nature
Festival:
http://www.pointreyesbirdingfestival.org/site/

Jeff Miller
Inverness


Pt. Richmond Herring Run

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

This morning, and more so this afternoon, there was unusually high activity in the channel off Brickyard Cove. Just as was about to head out at about 5 PM, I got a call from Yvonne to come over to Ferry Point. I was greeted by another gullapalooza along with many Brown Pelicans. The gulls were concentrated along the shore east from the Ferry Point pier at Miller-Knox Shoreline Park. Similar to last February, there was a high proportion of Glaucous-winged and Mew Gulls along with Western and California Gulls, with a smaller number of Ring-billed Gulls despite the high number of winter residents in Miller-Knox. I was able to find a few Herring and Thayer's gulls, along with a few intriguing individuals. It's time for the gull experts to make a showing. There was a bit of a congregation of ducks (Scaup, Goldeneyes and Wigeon, including one Euraaian) alog with some Mew Gulls along the shore north of the pier. At one point about 200 Brown Pelicans flew in a mass near shore and appeared to be herding fish, presumably Herring. There was herring eggs visible on the kelp near shore, but nowhere near as much as last year. Of course, this may be the first day of the run, while we didn't see the action last year until about 3 days in.

Tony Brake
Point Richmond


White-throated Sparrow at Contra Loma Regional Park, Antioch

Paul Schorr
 

Today at 1:00 PM we located a White-striped White-throated Sparrow at Loma Island, The bird was feeding with Golden-crowned Sparrows on the east side of the island a short distance beyond the palm tree where we also observed two roosting Barn Owls.

In addition, a number of Tree Swallows was congregating around, and "investigating" bluebird nest boxes. While perched on the sides, they were extending their bodies into the nest holes, maintaining that position for several seconds. Western Bluebirds were also investigating some of the other boxes nearby.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


Snow Goose in Dublin

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

Yesterday, while riding in the car on I-580 in Dublin, I spotted a white-morph SNOW GOOSE with CANADA GEESE on the Dublin Sports Grounds ball field. I only got a drive-by view, but I was able to see that he was long-necked and nearly as large as the Canadas, too big for Ross's.
 
Noah Arthur, Oakland


Anyone seen the Hammond's Flycatcher at Garin Park?

Louis Libert
 

Hi All,

Has anyone seen the Hammond's Flycatcher at Garin Park lately? I'd like to look for it this week.

Thanks,
Louis Libert
Oakland, CA


Pacific Commons Feb 21

Dave Weber
 

This afternoon at Pacific Commons Linear Park in Fremont there were one each of Ross's Goose, Common Goldeneye, and Common Merganser on the west pond. An American Bittern was at the east pond.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas


Sora - Richmond Bay Trail

Sheila Dickie
 

While doing the Great Backyard Bird Count for Richmond, I saw a Sora along the Richmond Section of the San Francisco Bay Trail on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at about 3:15 p.m. at lowish  tide.
 
Location:  The Sora was in the channel that goes under the bridge at S. 51st Street, where the S. 51st Street path intersects with the Bay Trail.  It was about 50 yards north of the bridge, on the east side, near some rocks that are in the channel.  I had stopped to count American Coots and saw something splashing in the water -- bathing it turned out.  The coots chased the Sora up the bank and into the vegetation.  (The general location is where the Tropical Kingbird has been seen; I did not see it that afternoon).
 
The S. 51st Street path is about  a 10 minute walk north along the Bay Trail from Pt. Isabel.  Parking is available at the end of Rydin Road off Central Avenue. 
 
Sheila Dickie
Richmond
 

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Hooded Merganser, WF Ibis and others, Coyote Hills RP

scfloyd2000
 

I went a-grackle-ing this morning at Coyote Hills, but a grackle I did not find.

A pretty female Hooded Merganser was in the channel that runs under the main road, and later, I refound her carrying a big crawdad in her bill, and then bathing, in the small lagoon where the Muskrat and Chochenyo trails intersect.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y49/sing4me/?action=view&current=IMG_2094.jpg

At least one White-Faced Ibis continues around Main Marsh. I found it feeding in the channel at the corner of the Muskrat and DUST trails.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y49/sing4me/?action=view&current=IMG_2096.jpg

Marsh Wrens are madly singing on territory everywhere in the marsh, many out in the open in full view.

http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y49/sing4me/?action=view&current=IMG_2099.jpg

A pair of Red-Tailed Hawks was courting over the DUST trail, the smaller bird hanging his feet down to display his talons. Later, I saw the larger one perched atop the huge nest tree in Hoot Hollow that the owls and hawks switch off on from year to year.

A great many Tree Swallows are perching on and in and flying around the swallow boxes along the DUST trail where I also saw one Barn Swallow.

About ten Cinnamon Teal were on Main Marsh interacting together in a small group, and Pied-Billed Grebes are hanging out in small groups throughout the marsh. Spring is in the air.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont