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Common Murre (Uria aalge) in CCCounty

albertlinkowski
 


Question...

Amy Dawson
 

Hi all, apologies if this is slightly off topic....

Some of my neighbors and I are concerned about the effect the giant rave that
took place at the coliseum on Saturday might have had on the birds migrating to,
or the birds already at the areas adjacent to the coliseum (Damon Slough,
Arrowhead Marsh, San Leandro Bay, maybe even Elsie Roemer or Oyster Bay.)


For those who don't know, there was a huge event that went on until 2AM - it had
three outdoor stages and the sound was felt and carried as far as San Leandro,
Alameda, and I even read a post from someone in SF. I had trouble sleeping up
by Mills College, over 4 miles away. There were also many flashing lights
etc. Over a thousand people called the police in San Leandro, Oakland and
Alameda. More would have been logged but the lines broke down or were busy.

Can anyone point me to someone or an organization that might be able to
specifically address what the lights and noise coming from the rave could do to
the birds. I can only imagine what it might do to birds that fly to or over the
area while something like that is going on.... but I'd like to have some data to
back that up if possible.

Please reply off list.
Thanks,
Amy Dawson
Oakland


Continuing Chesstnut-sided Warbler--Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

An immature Chestnut-sided Warbler was first found by Fred Safier Sunday morning at the corner of Cherry Lane and Lommel Court in Walnut Creek. The two of us tried to re-find it yesterday only to be driven out by a wood-chipper right across the street.

Trying again this morning, I re-found the Chestnut sided Warbler in the same large oak tree. My views were somewhat obscured by leaves and always from underneath, and then I lost it. Having only about 5 more minutes before I needed to continue towards an appointment, I was growing anxious. Suddenly, a small bird flew into a Redbud tree just on the Lommel Court side of the corner. It was the bird I wanted and gave me excellent just-above-eye-height views.

Fred was visiting Heather Farm Park while I was doing my errands and he had an Osprey land in the big gnarly oak on the west side of the Ygnacio Canal, west of the large pond.

Cherry Lane may be reached from Treat Boulevard. Lommel Court is 3/8-1/2 mile south of Treat. This is a residential neighborhood.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Hercules - Western Bluebirds and much more

MaryLou Mull
 

A small flock (10+) of Western Bluebirds are early morning visitors to the Chinese Pistache trees on our street.  Unfortunately they must compete with a gang of speckled Starlings for the obviously yummy berries on these fall-colored trees.
 One Northern Flicker also visits and selects a few choice berries before heading back to the stand of trees on the ridge behind our townhouse.
The local Wild Turkey vandals have been eyeballing the trees as they pass by on their daily garden-ripping walk. A "white" turkey has joined them this year--I believe it is called "smoke gray"--interesting but still not my favorite visitor.
Our FOS GC Sparrows arrived last week. The same week they have touched down here for the last three years--Oh Dear Me!
Happy birding!
MaryLou Mull
Hercules, CA
(at the far end of Refugio Valley Road)


Northern Parula, Creekside Park, El Cerrito - Sunday around 2pm

john colbert
 

The Northern Parula was seen Sunday around 2pm by a small group of us - Kathy, Bob and a lady photographer that arrived just in time and took a couple of pictures. After a two hour stakeout we decided to walk back from the Pierce street entrance along the fence to where the narrow trail opens up. The bird flew from the creekside Willows across to the closest Popular on the courtside.

- John and Erica


Cooper's Hawk and bats

Johan Langewis
 

This is the time of year I see a lot of bats in the evening. Today at 7PM I noticed a Cooper's Hawk cruising the neighborhood. Suddenly a flock (herd? bunch?) of about 25 bats appeared near a large pine next door, where I suspect they were roosting. The Cooper's Hawk dove straight at the bats, but they were dispersing rapidly, and none seemed to have been caught. I've never seen a predator go after bats here before.

Johan Langewis
Oakland hills, near Shepherd Canyon and Skyline Blvd.


Albany Hill, cont.

Mark Rauzon
 

I had a similar experience on Sun. with the 11:30- 1:15 shift. No Parula, but lots of birds including a Black-throated Gray Warbler-imm female, an Orange Crowned Warbler, about 6 Townsend's, 2 Wlson's and 3 Yellow-rumped warblers, Hutton's Vireos, but no Warblings, or flycatchers except Black Phoebe, and that black cat crossed my path.



Mark Rauzon
Oakland


Re: Albany Hill, cont.

Pamela Clark
 

My husband, Robert, and I were there on Sunday morning (9-30) for about 2
hours from 9-11am.
We found a nice flock of bushtits, chickadees, Townsend Warblers, along
with female Wilson's Warbler, but no Northern Parula, alas. Other birds
seen were the usual suspects for the habitat and a Pac Slope FC.

Pamela Clark

On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM, Alan Howe <poethowe@yahoo.com> wrote:

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(Bumped the send button too soon)
There were a couple of sparrow species--I didn't get good looks, but know
they weren't the white-crowns I saw there Sat.
Another birder I ran into said he'd seen a red-shouldered hawk atop the
hill .
And no northern parula. Has anyone seen it since Sat morning? (I didn't
see it then, either.)
Peace,
Alan Howe
North Oakland

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Re: Albany Hill, cont.

Mo Pie <monique@...>
 

Hi Alan (and all),

A group of us saw the Parula yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, I believe it was sometime in the 2:00 hour. I got a very blurry picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16539699@N00/8041078415/

I was only there very briefly, but also saw a Downey Woodpecker and a tree full of Bushtits.

Best,
Monique

--- In EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com, Alan Howe <poethowe@...> wrote:

(Bumped the send button too soon)
There were a couple of sparrow species--I didn't get good looks, but know they weren't the white-crowns I saw there Sat.
Another birder I ran into said he'd seen a red-shouldered hawk atop the hill .
And no northern parula. Has anyone seen it since Sat morning? (I didn't see it then, either.)
Peace,
Alan Howe
North Oakland

Sent from my iPhone


Albany Hill, cont.

Alan Howe
 

(Bumped the send button too soon)
There were a couple of sparrow species--I didn't get good looks, but know they weren't the white-crowns I saw there Sat.
Another birder I ran into said he'd seen a red-shouldered hawk atop the hill .
And no northern parula. Has anyone seen it since Sat morning? (I didn't see it then, either.)
Peace,
Alan Howe
North Oakland


Albany Hill 10/1/12

Alan Howe
 

Rather quite in the late morning/early afternoon. The big excitement was as I was leaving. I'd noted a black cat along the edge of brush by the road (?) between the creek crossing & the famous poplars as I walked my bike toward the crossing. For some reason,I looked back, just in time to see the cat chasing a good sized Cooper's hawk. The hawk circled up into a tree & the cat was obviously trying to figure out how it could get up there. Then the hawk swooped down past the cat, which again tried to chase the bird. At this point I wasn't sure who was the hunter & who was the prey.
Also seen or heard (mostly on the trail up the hill):
Townsend's warbler--the only warbler species seen
Black-headed phoebe
Chestnut backed chickadee
Oak titmouse
Spotted towhee
California towhee
Hairy & Downey woodpeckers
Bushtit
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Hutton's video
Steller's & scrub jay
Anna's HB
Mourning dove
Oregon junco
Red-tailed hawk (only heard)


Monday at Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Fred Safier and I walked around the big pond at Heather Farm today, noting some interesting birds. The Kingfisher, which has been around for months now, was present again. We also noted 8 or 9 Coots on the pond and 3 Pied-billed Grebes, but most interesting was a single female Ring-necked Duck.

While accompanying Fred on the towards his home, we had a Brown Creeper along the Contra Costa Canal before we reached Cherry Lane. Fred found a Chestnut-sided Warbler at Cherry Lane and Lommel Court yesterday morning, and though it was not expected we would see it today, I wanted to take a look. As it was, a wood-chipper was working almost directly across the street from where the warbler had been sighted yesterday.

While returning toward Heather Farm and back along the Contra Costa Canal, I heard and then saw a Red-breasted Nuthatch. After seeing so many of them at Outer Pt. Reyes on our MDAS field trip Saturday, it was not hard to identify, but would seem a bit out of its normal territory.

Taking another swing through the park before returning to my house, I watched a Say's Phoebe sallying from the branches of a small leafless tree across the Ygnacio Canal on the west side of the large, mostly natural pond. A Yellow Warbler was in the trees over the path where the water comes into the canal from the pipe near the bottom of the steep hill.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Great Horned Owl--Concord

Bob Hislop
 

This morning I was awoken by a loud ruckus coming from our backyard area. I went out to investigate and counted about 30 angry Crows swarming around one corner of a neighboring Oak tree. Suspecting a predator was lurking, I grabbed the binoculars and spotted the large yellow-green eyes of a Great Horned Owl staring down at me! Kinda spooky (I guess its getting close to Halloween). Last night I had put out a left-over chicken carcass and perhaps it attracted the owl.

Bob Hislop
Concord


Varied Thrush In Lafayette Tomato Garden

Ellen Reintjes
 

On Sunday afternoon, I noticed one of our tomato plants shaking wildly although the source wasn't visible. I got my binoculars to check out the who the culprit was. To my great and pleasant surprise, it was a varied thrush feasting on low-hanging cherry tomatoes. I uploaded some photos to the album Ellen's Lafayette Birds. The bird is on the ground roughly about the middle of the picture and is partially obscured by leaves. However, it is unmistakable with a burnt orange breast, throat, and eye-stripe plus a v-shaped stripe on breast. What a treat. I have occasionally seen these in our neighborhood, although previously always in winter. We live a few blocks from BART.

Ellen Reintjes
Lafayette


Outer Pt. Reyes

katherine francone
 

Please disregard my previous message.  It was sent to the wrong Sightings email by mistake.  
Kathy Francone
Pt. Richmond

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Outer Pt. Reyes

katherine francone
 

In addition to the other birds reported yesterday out at the Point there was a Blackburian Warbler at Nunez and 5 Broad-winged Hawks at the junction where you turn left to the Fishdocks or continue straight to the Lighthouse.  To see the Connecticut Warblerand Ovenbird 4 feet from your own feet in the open was prettyexciting!  Good Birding.
Kathy Francone
Pt. Richmond


Pectorals and Lesser Yellowlegs at Coyote Hills

wcrhsn
 

Joel Goldman and I saw at least 3 Pectoral Sandpipers and 4 or 5 Lesser Yellowlegs at Coyote Hills about 1 PM today.

The birds were seen in the water and mudflat between the Quarry parking area and the visitor center, closer to the Quarry area. There is a small paved path a few ft to the right of the main road as you are passing the Quarry area going towards the visitor center. Off this paved path, on the right, there is a small dock. The birds were seen near the dock, which you can walk onto. Look across the channel at the mudflats.

The three Pectorals were in a flock of about 50-100 Least Sandpipers and stood out from the rest of the flock because of their larger size, browner color and obvious yellow legs. Four or five Lesser Yellowlegs, a couple of Greater Yellowlegs and a few Long Billed Dowichers were wading in the shallow water near the dock. This is a good spot for photographers. The light was right and the birds were nearby.

At the Butterfly Garden and vicinity, we also saw Lincoln's Sparrow, Western Wood-Peewee, Warbling Vireo, Fox Sparrow, Hutton's Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Townsend's and Yellow Warbler.

Harold Newman
Berkeley


Hayward Shoreline (9/28 & 9/29)

Bob Richmond
 

Seen at the shoreline -

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 1, seen both days.

Black-throated Gray Warbler - 1, seen both days.
Townsends Warbler - 1, seen 9/29.
MacGillivray's Warbler - 1, seen on 9/28.

Lapland Longspur - 1, seen 9/29 on Mt. Trashmore.

Plus other common migrants.

Good birding

Bob


Strawberry Canyon

Derek Heins <derek.heins@...>
 

Jim Chiropolos and had a nice time birding up the Strawberry Canyon fire trail in Berkeley this morning starting around 8am. A short ways up the trail two Great-Horned Owls were actively hunting. As the fog burned off we enjoyed quite a few mixed flocks moving through the hills. Highlights were a single Hermit Warbler, a Western Tanager pair and three Black-throated Gray Warblers. Other warbler species seen were Townsend's, Wilson's, Orange-crowned and Yellow. One different type of flock was of mixed Hermit and Swainson Thrushes, acting more like Robins in moving quickly through the trees, often chasing each other. Shortly before turning back downhill we spotted a Sharp-shinned Hawk and enjoyed but couldn't locate a singing California Thrasher. Also seen along the way were Band-tailed Pigeons, Purple Finch, Brown Creeper, Pygmy and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Pacific Wren, Warbling Vireo and Golden-crowned Sparrow.

Derek Heins


Coyote Hills RP on Saturday morning

scfloyd2000
 

This morning, Rich Nicholson and Nancy Christensen led a field trip for Ohlone Audubon from the Quarry Staging area out the No Name Trail at Coyote Hills RP.

In the pond across the road from the Quarry parking lot, we saw both a Virginia Rail (small island nearest the big sign) and a Clapper Rail (under the small dock down from the road on the way to the Visitor Center). Two Lesser Yellowlegs fed next to a Greater Yellowlegs.

We heard three Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers, two of them (one seen) on the trail along the hillside above the parking lot, and one by the rock face beyond the end of the parking lot. A sooty Fox Sparrow was on the hillside above the small wetland there.

Near Dairy Glen, we found a Say's Phoebe, a Red-Breasted Nuthatch, and an Orange-Crowned Warbler. A Northern Flicker was atop willows across South Marsh.

In the large fennel patch at the junction that leads to the No Name Trail, we found a Yellow Warbler and a Yellow-Rumped Warbler.

Two Common Mergansers were by the pumping station at the start of the No Name Trail. A few Elegant Terns (and many Forster's Terns) were on the posts in the large pond north of the pumping station.

In all we saw 56 species in about 3 1/2 hours.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont

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