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Re: Tufted Duck at Lake Merritt

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

On 2/21/2012 11:18 AM, fgsafier wrote:
Around 9AM today at the NE end of Lake Merritt there was a male
Tufted Duck quite near the shore, in the enclosed area between the
boom and the ornamental columns. I don't know whether or not this is
the same individual that has been reported earlier this winter.
Probably the same little guy. The regular visitor does spend time down there - and it'd take seeing two together or getting essentially simultaneous sightings to make me believe we suddenly have more than one Tufted Duck on the lake.

It's good to know he's there! That means the regular GGAS 4th Wednesday walk has a chance of spotting him tomorrow morning.

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Tufted Duck at Lake Merritt

fgsafier
 

Around 9AM today at the NE end of Lake Merritt there was a male Tufted Duck quite near the shore, in the enclosed area between the boom and the ornamental columns. I don't know whether or not this is the same individual that has been reported earlier this winter.


Lake Chabot Bald Eagle

sssss10000
 

Friday morning I saw a Bald Eagle at Lake Chabot above the small rise in the trail about 0.25 mile west of the Marina. The eagles have nested at Lake Chabot in past years, maybe they will do so again this year?

Other sightings at Lake Chabot: Blue-gray gnatcatchers (just beyond the bridge), Wilson's Snipe and Virginia Rail (in the mudflats of the lake just before the bridge.)

Good birding,

Sue


Bald Eagle over Pleasanton

richard s. cimino
 

This afternoon at 5:40PM a Bald Eagle was seen flying over the
Stoneridge Blvd and HWY 680 over pass.
The Bald Eagle was flying southeast Shadowcliff EBRP or Del Valle EBRP.
Enjoy the nice weather.
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton


Varied Thrush contiues

John H. Maurer
 

We saw a Varied Thrush this afternoon at about 3:00 at the location described by earlier posts; the trail leading from the parking lot for the Native Plant Garden in Tilden to South Park Road. Leaving the parking lot, it is just a short distance to a place where you have to duck to get under an overhanging limb. Just beyond that is a small clearing. This was where we saw the Thrush.

We wouldn't have seen it except for a very nice man who came to tell us about it as we were getting into our car in the parking lot. We had been birding in the Garden. We had looked previously in the same spot but didn't see the bird. He saw our binoculars and presumed we were birders. Unfortunately we didn't get his name.

Jean & John Maurer


Re: Heather Farms Lake, Walnut Creek

Allen Hirsch <allenvhirsch@...>
 

I made two visits to the park between Friday & Sunday.

Jays, cackling geese, hooded mergansers, buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, pied-billed grebe, titmice (there were two foraging like sparrows on Friday afternoon), and the ever-present yellow-rump - this one warbling its heart out:

http://allenh.zenfolio.com/p982457163

(I also added a couple entertaining scrub jay shots from last fall to the front of the same folder.)

Allen Hirsch
Oakland


Tropical kingbird

Mark Rauzon
 

As Alan Krakauer described, this afternoon, the Richmond Tropical Kingbird was sallying out from the chain link fence as seen from the Bay Trail and/or 49th St.


Here is a distant sallying photo:


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/h9527ad#h9527ad


Good birding,


Mark Rauzon
Oakland,


Coyote Hills - Great-tailed Grackle

DD
 

2 Great-tailed Grackles by the Main Marsh. They were very vocal today.

Davor Desancic
Fremont


Wilson's Snipe at Lake Elizabeth's New Marsh in Fremont

Charlotte Allen <c.allen@...>
 

Today there were 9 Wilson's Snipe (at least) at Lake Elizabeth's new
marsh in Fremont.

Charlotte Allen
c.allen@...


Tropical Kingbird continues, Richmond

Alan Krakauer
 

Monday afternoon we headed to Pt. Isabel to look for the previously reported Tropical Kingbird. We did find the bird, and got a few good looks over ~ 10 min period. We were glad we brought the scope; the bird was not close very close to the bay trail. We saw it sallying from a chain link fence between the two pond areas- looking at google maps this levee turns into 49th street. This was between 4 and 4:30.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=pt+isabel,+Richmond+map&ll=37.910414,-122.328365&spn=0.004766,0.009645&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&hnear=Point+Isabel&gl=us&t=h&z=17


Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA


Hooded Merganser Blackhawk Plaza

photohutch
 

While enjoy the Jazz music and Mardi Gras festivities at Blackhawk Plaza this afternoon, I spotted a single female Hooded Merganser in the upper pond at Blackhawk Plaza. Seemed like a very odd place to see one. Didn't think there were fish small enough for it to eat. . . .

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA


Nuttall's Nest-building Activity at Heather Farms, Walnut Creek

Bob Hislop
 

Sorry for the late post, but yesterday I rode bike down to Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek. The Hooded Mergansers and Cackling Geese were still around (as were the Ringed-necked Ducks and Buffleheads, etc). But more interestingly, at least as far as my limited experience goes, was the loud nest-boring activity of a Nuttall's Woodpecker (see attached link for photo). (I took a short video available upon request. It was amazing how fast his head moved). I also saw a Red-shouldered Hawk dive into a large pine tree nearby.

Bob Hislop
Concord

http://twitpic.com/8mmmdy


Re: No. Pygmy owl and GH Owl squeak

judisierra
 

Parking available (free, no permit) before 9AM and all day weekends, holidays at the space sciences lot. On Centenniel go past all the museum lots and take a turnoff on the right. Go to the last big lot. Look for the fire gate and garbage can, trail is there. If you reach Grizzly Peak you've gone too far. Although you could park in the Tilden lot across the way and walk a little. There is also a fire gate on GP Blvd.

--- On Mon, 2/20/12, Serena Salomon <salomon_1941@...> wrote:


Date: Monday, February 20, 2012, 9:44 AM

Hi Judi,

Where do you park when you go to the upper fire trail?

Thanks,

Serena Salomon

"Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life."



His Holiness the Dalai Lama

--- On Sun, 2/19/12, Judi Sierra <judisierra@...> wrote:

From: Judi Sierra <judisierra@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] No. Pygmy owl and GH Owl squeak
To: EBB_sightings@...
Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 9:09 PM
















 









I heard the No. Pygmy Owl again this morning at 6:30 on the upper Strawberry Canyon trail, Berkeley, near the intersection of high voltage lines with the trail. Toots were a regular 2.5 seconds apart. I'm only on the upper trail once a week so it may be there more frequently than I've heard it. High up on the hillside nearer to the road, Great Horned Owls were calling from the pine trees.



An interesting sound I've heard off and on for years now that I wrote of as squeaky tree branches- sort of a low pitched soft squeaky hinge sound- I've decided is coming from the Great Horned Owls. The last two times I've heard it, (yesterday) it's come from the same area as soft hoots. I couldn't find any mention of it online, just squawks and screeches which it is not.



Judi Sierra- Oakland

























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Great Backyard Bird Count: help put Richmond on the map

Nel Benningshof
 

Dear birders,

Thanks to the help of a few friends, Richmond now ranks 3rd among more than 400 California localities in number of species counted during the last 3 days of the Great Backyard Bird Count. With 113 species, we stand behind only San Diego (116) and Napa (126).

Can we maintain or even improve our standing, keeping Richmond among the "birdiest" spots in the Golden State? With your help, maybe we can.

If you've birded in Richmond between last Friday and today (February 17th-20th), and spotted one of the species not included in the current list (link below), please take a few minutes to post your sightings to the GBBC website. You have until March 5th to submit your list.

By the way, a patient observer did post the Tropical Kingbird near the shoreline last week. But there are few common species that, as of this writing, have eluded the 8 or so counters, including Red-shouldered hawk, Hutton's vireo, and -- ready for this?-- Brewer's blackbird.

Here's the current list (real-time updates):
http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/report?cmd=showReport&reportName=CitySummary&city=Richmond&state=US-CA&year=2012

And here's where to post your sightings:
http://gbbc.birdsource.org/gbbcApps/input

Thank you very much,

Nel Benningshof


Tropical Kingbird in Richmond

albertlinkowski
 

Here's one more photo of Tropical Kingbird, taken this afternoon.

Albert Linkowski

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7LieRqxwGekUEvZHqC_YqtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink


No. Pygmy owl and GH Owl squeak

judisierra
 

I heard the No. Pygmy Owl again this morning at 6:30 on the upper Strawberry Canyon trail, Berkeley, near the intersection of high voltage lines with the trail. Toots were a regular 2.5 seconds apart. I'm only on the upper trail once a week so it may be there more frequently than I've heard it. High up on the hillside nearer to the road, Great Horned Owls were calling from the pine trees.

An interesting sound I've heard off and on for years now that I wrote of as squeaky tree branches- sort of a low pitched soft squeaky hinge sound- I've decided is coming from the Great Horned Owls. The last two times I've heard it, (yesterday) it's come from the same area as soft hoots. I couldn't find any mention of it online, just squawks and screeches which it is not.

Judi Sierra- Oakland


Help

Steve Taylor
 

Ok, I need a little help. We have a bird in our area which I have not seen,
but this bird signs all morning long very loud from about the time it gets
light till around 11am. Its like a lot of various tones and really loud,
and once in awhile there are like ten machine gun type notes for lack of a
better term. My first though is a Mocking Bird, but I have not seen one
around here in San Ramon so far this year. Any idea what else it could be?




Steve


Eurasian Wigeon at Landfill Loop Trail

Jeff Acuff
 

Today, among American Wigeon and Northern Pintails, I found a male Eurasian Wigeon while hiking the landfill loop trail at Wildcat Marsh (accessed at the end of Pharr Road - north of Richmond).
Good BirdingJeff AcuffLafayette


Pics Richmond Kingbird

broadwell.richard
 

A far pic of the Richmond Kingbird. Seen this morning at 9:00 A.M.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/43668664@N06/6904045405/in/photostream


Richard


Re: Sanderlings in Albany

Wen Hsu
 

I saw 11 on Friday not far from where you described.
But not on the sandy beach but on rocky shore!
photo and map:
https://picasaweb.google.com/113494426000479275753/FallAndWinterBirds#5709971969159363282

Wen Hsu
Berkeley