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Re: MDAS trip to Sunol on Wed. 2/15

Eugenia Larson
 

Birders:



A pair of Varied Thrush and at least two different White-throated Sparrows
were seen by participants on the Mt. Diablo Aud. Soc. field trip to Sunol
Wilderness Reg. Park on Wed. of this week. Two of the sparrows were seen
just below the parking lot to the right of the bridge by early birders.
Later, a White-throated Sparrow was seen below and just beyond the Owl
Nesting Box near the education building. The Varied Thrush were also in
this area below the Owl Nesting Box and then the male flew up high in the
trees and perched for about five minutes before disappearing. On our walk
toward "Little Yosemite" Bob Dunn spotted a pair of Golden Eagles soaring
high over the road for all to see. From the bridge on Calaveras Road two
male Wood Ducks and one male displaying Hooded Merganser were in the creek
on the right (east) side of the road as we left the park in the afternoon.



Good Birding.



Eugenia Larson


Reminder Great Backyard count has started

judisierra
 

Fun and you don't have get up to do it.
Judi Sierra

Dear GBBC participants,

Today marks the first day of the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count! Will we break a new record this year? With your help, it just might happen!

As of 3:00 PM Friday we have:

Checklists: 2,537
Species: 354
Birds: 172,637

Our northernmost submission in the GBBC so far is from Arctic Bay, Nunavut!

As a reminder, everything you need to count can be found at www.birdcount.org and you can count each day through Monday, February 20. Each participant is eligible for great prizes in drawings that take place after all the data are entered.

Don’t forget to submit your photos. We’ll post a selection of them to the GBBC photo gallery, and every photo submitted is automatically entered into our photo contest.The Carolina Wren photo above was sent in today from GBBC participant, Susan Ellison.


East Bay -Tropical Kingbird, Black Scoter and BT-Gray Warbler

C Lou
 

Hi All,

This morning at 815am, the TROPICAL KINGBIRD put in a brief appearance at the 51th Street
location behind the fence. The bird flew up in the air just above the tree line, flycatching
for insects before disappearing. Never saw again for my stay to 900am or so. Returned
briefly at 1020am, no Kingbird. Other birders may have more positive results.

The male BLACK SCOTER was in the Richmond Marina.

The BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER continues at Heritage Square on Hollis Street.

Calvin D Lou
San Francisco


Antioch Marina - this morning

Paul Schorr
 

This morning we birded the Antioch Marina area which is located at the north end of 'L' Street. Following the paved walkway around the marina will lead to an eastern portion of the Dow Wetlands. Interestingly, we could hear barking sea lions in the river to the west of the marina.

Noteworthy sightings included:

20+ Great-tailed Grackles
4 Eurasian Collared-Doves
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
2 Orange-crowned Warblers
4 Fox Sparrows
1 Virginia Rail (heard)
1 Sora
2 Common Yellowthroats

Additional species observed were:

Canada Goose
Pied-billed Grebe
Western Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Common Gallinule
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Bustit
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Brewer's Blackbird
House Sparrow

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


Re: Fw: White-winged Junco Link for photos

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Sibley shows a distinctive contrast between most of the head (medium gray) and
the eyes/lores (black) for White-winged. The bird in the photo doesn't show that
kind of contrast; to my eye. I believe Ken is correct in that it's a variant of
Slate-colored Junco with white wing bars.
Bob Power
Oakland, CA



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From: Ken Schneider <kschnei1@...>
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Fri, February 17, 2012 9:54:59 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: [EBB_Sightings] White-winged Junco Link for photos




Nice photos of an interesting junco, Larry.

I have a dim recollection that Slate-colored Juncos can also occasionally show
wing bars - can any of our local experts comment on whether this bird truly
appears to be a White-winged Junco or might instead be an unusual variant of
Slate-colored Junco (also a cool bird)??

Thanks,
Ken Schneider
San Francisco

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Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:46 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White-winged Junco



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I managed to get 2 photos of a White-winged Junco at my backyard feeder in
Brentwood.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/February162012#5709712310508129090
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Larry Cawthorn








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Cackling Goose at Heather Farm

tracy_farrington
 

This afternoon around 2pm, I observed a group of eight CACKLING GEESE all of which remained in a nice little flotilla as they paddled about the natural pond. Judging by the very visible white neck ring (and the subspecies range map in the 6th edition National Geo Field Guide), I imagine these to be leucopareia, the "Aleutian" race. I make this posting as I have not read about the bird at Heather Farm of late. Any other observations?

Good birding,
Tracy Farrington


Re: Richmond area in the AM then Hayward Shoreline (2/16)

George A Suennen
 

Hello again,

Just to recap the comments so far, 9 confirm it's a Tropical Kingbird and
1 wonders if it could be a Cassin's Kingbird. I went out again this morning
to see if I could get a better shot with the morning sun, but there was a
Kestrel sitting on the phone wire about the fence where I saw the kingbird
yesterday. So it wasn't there.

At least I got a good shot of an American Kestrel:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120217-Richmond-Eastshore-Park/slides/0217-100742-01.html

Thanks for all the input,
George
http://birds.jorj7.com


Does anyone know ...?

John Cant 793-5216
 

I have two questions -



Has anyone seen the male hooded merganser x Barrow's goldeneye in Alameda
recently?



Is it possible to photograph from a reasonable distance, e.g. 200mm lens,
the western gulls that nest on Alcatraz? I emailed the National Park
Service there but after a week I've given up expecting a reply.



Many thanks,



John Cant

Fremont


Heather Farm Park-Friday AM

rosita94598
 

There are still around 50 Ring-necked Ducks on the large, mostly natural pond in Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. The Buffleheads dive a lot, but there are at least 20 of them, probably.

The highlight is that there are now two pairs of Hooded Mergansers on the same pond. I tried to listen, but did not hear the sound recorded by Win Kryda.

For the first time in quite a while, a Green Heron made an appearance, but twice now, I have not seen or heard the long-present Kingfisher.

The City has decided to no longer allow the goose chasing on the large pond, which should be good for the naturally occurring ducks and Pied-billed Grebes.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Fw: White-winged Junco Link for photos

Ken Schneider
 

Nice photos of an interesting junco, Larry.

I have a dim recollection that Slate-colored Juncos can also occasionally show wing bars - can any of our local experts comment on whether this bird truly appears to be a White-winged Junco or might instead be an unusual variant of Slate-colored Junco (also a cool bird)??

Thanks,
Ken Schneider
San Francisco

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., Larry Cawthorn <golacula1@...> wrote:


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----- Forwarded Message -----
From: golacula1 <golacula1@...>
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:46 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White-winged Junco



 

I managed to get 2 photos of a White-winged Junco at my backyard feeder in Brentwood.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/February162012#5709712310508129090

Larry Cawthorn






Re: Richmond area in the AM then Hayward Shoreline (2/16)

George A Suennen
 

I stopped by this afternoon (~4:30). Didn't find it on 51st,
but when I went around the block to 49th street I saw a kingbird
on the fence. It was on the West side, so had the sun behind it.
Also it kept it's back to me. I took a few photos, but can't tell
for sure if it's Tropical or Western Kingbird. Photos at:

http://birds.jorj7.com/2012/120215-Richmond-Eastshore-Park/slides/0216-163058-03.html

Maybe someone could tell from these backlite photos.

George
(sorry if double posted)


American Bittern in Coyote Hills

DD
 

Super windy day at coyote hills today, but birds don't care.
1 American bittern flew out of the marsh for just few seconds by the boardwalk.
Other birds seen.
1 moorhen
Kestrel was at it's favorite perch with lizard for dinner.
4 white tailed kites

I waited by the main gate for 15 minutes hoping the barn owl would fly out, but nothing happend.

Davor Desancic
Fremont


Richmond area in the AM then Hayward Shoreline (2/16)

Bob Richmond
 

After missing the Tropical Kingbird yesterday, I returned just after 8 am and saw it for about 5 min. It then disapeared and I never saw it again. A Northern Rough-winged Swallow was also in the area. I then went to Richmond Marina (I only stayed 10-15 min) and saw the Black Scoter in the marina and scoping out Brooks Island, I saw 4 Black Oystercatchers. I then returned to the shoreline.

Nothing unusual was at Winton Ave. On Mt. Trashmore the usual geese were seen - 4 Ross's Geese, 3 Snow Geese, 1 probable Ross x Snow, 2 Ridgway's Geese, and 245 Aleutian Geese. The Long-tailed Duck was still off Cogswell Marsh. Last saturday, Peter and I saw 95 Tree Swallows and 2 Barn Swallows. Today I only saw 4 Tree Swallows and 2 Barn Swallows.

Bob


Re: 2012 Alameda County Year List

judisierra
 

Bob- previously you said " Unusual sightings should be reported to EBB and

ebirds, not just ebirds like many people seem to be doing now. At the end of every month, a list of new birds for the year in the county should be sent to me at bobrichmond94544@...  . It hasn't been decided where to keep the list for birders to view."

If all everyday sightings are reported to EBB it could be very cumbersome  for the list. Unusual or interesting sightings will be lost in the deluge.

Judi Sierra

--- On Wed, 2/15/12, Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544@...> wrote:

From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544@...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] 2012 Alameda County Year List
To: "EBB Sightings" <EBB_Sightings@...>
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 10:37 PM


The Alameda County List includes 396 native species (see John Sterlings list) and 6 introduced species that are well established for a total of 402.

Introduced species included - Ring-necked Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Rock Pig (Pigeon), Eurasian Collared-Dove, Eurasian Starling, and

House Sparrow.

This is a list of all species seen in the county by anyone. Sightings should be posted to EBB (not just eBird).



Each species has been assigned an abundance code, codes 1 - 4 are annual and codes 5 & 6 are not.

code 1 - Common to Abundant

code 2 - Fairly Common

code 3 - Uncommon

code 4 - Rare

code 5 - Casual (6-25 county records in the last 30 years)

code 6 - Casual or Accidental (1-5 county records in the last 30 years)



Birds seen by mid-February -

code 1 -101

code 2 -87

code 3 -23

code 4 -3

code 5 -3

code 6 -3

       -----

total220



code 5 seen - Nelson's Sparrow, Black-and-white Warbler, and Northern Waterthrush.

code 6 seen - Slaty-backed Gull, Red-naped Sapsucker, Summer Tanager.



Bob



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Kestrel mobbing Red-tail, Berkeley, yesterdeay + sly ID request

Bob Sikora
 

The Kestrel made numerous passes at the Red-tail at noon over the fallow field of Eastshore state park by I-880 between University and Gilman.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Crown-Memorial-State-Beach/20596944_MX4JNC#!i=1714064811&k=nd9fRDZ

and ff.

The Red-tail was driven to land in the prominent Eucalyptus twice, and then driven to flight again. Whole incident lasted less than 5 minutes and ended with Kestrel flying off and Red-tail still flying over field.

Then, this hawk is from the delta, but outside our 2 counties. Nevertheless, I would dearly like to know what it is, if anyone would be so kind as to enlighten me. My best guess would be a juvenile Red-shouldered, but I really don't have much of a clue.

http://bobsikora.smugmug.com/Photography/Antioch-Dunes/14233337_rNSNLf#!i=1714104606&k=tTD75p9

Thanks,

Bob Sikora, Alameda


East Contra Costa Sightings

Paul Schorr
 

On Tuesday, February 14, we spent several hours birding in east Contra Costa County, including the Byron Airport area and Holland Tract.

Highlights among the 52 species seen included:

100+ Long-billed Curlews along Byron Hot Springs Road
75+ Sandhill Cranes - Holland Tract
100+ Greater White-fronted Geese - Holland Tract

Ferruginous Hawk - magnificent view of adult bird perched on a pole along Delta Road, Knightsen

numerous Burrowing Owls in several locations

several Loggerhead Shrikes

I apologize for the late posting.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


Leucistic Scrub Jay

Clinton
 

A Western Scrub Jay sighting is hardly news, but I just saw a (suspected) leucistic one in the oaks at the NE corner of Barrows Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. It is very light, slightly yellow, with some light grey on the head. No blue anywhere. Very confusing until I heard it call.


Thursday in Heather Farm--Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Went to the park late today, but I heard a singing, or trying to sing, Ruby-crowned Kinglet. That was pretty cool.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Fw: White-winged Junco Link for photos

golacula1
 

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/February162012#5709712310508129090


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: golacula1 <golacula1@...>
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:46 AM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White-winged Junco



 

I managed to get 2 photos of a White-winged Junco at my backyard feeder in Brentwood.

https://picasaweb.google.com/109282299380238524005/February162012#5709712310508129090

Larry Cawthorn




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Re: White-winged Junco Link now works

golacula1
 

Sorry, I forgot to make the photos public of the White-winged Junco. It is now public for all to see.
 
Thanks,
Larry Cawthorn

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