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Re: Lake Merritt Tufted Duck

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

On 10/31/2010 7:27 PM, Bob Power wrote:
There is a huge difference that I think it's important to note
between viewing this year's bird this week and finding and viewing
the bird for the rest of the winter.

This week, the Tufted Duck is in the company of 35 scaup. For the
rest of the winter the number is likely to be.... well....
That's a good point! But there's another difference that sort of cuts in the opposite direction - this year's Tufted Duck has notably gray sides rather than the bright white I remember from other years. In fact, I thought he was another Ring-necked Duck when I first got the glasses on him; then he moved his head and flashed his pony tail at me.

Assuming that he'll lighten up as the winter progresses, he'll be easier to recognize later when he's brighter. Of course, chances are that would be more than counterbalanced by the sheer numbers of similar ducks he'll be able to hide among....

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Blue-winged Teal, MLK Regional Shoreline, Oakland

Glen Tepke
 

This afternoon there were two pair of Blue-winged Teal in Damon Slough, near where the channel empties into San Leandro Bay, adjacent to Garretson Point in Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland.

Glen Tepke
Oakland
g.tepke (at) comcast (dot) net
www.pbase.com/gtepke


Lake Merritt Tufted Duck

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Hi all,

This year's Tufted Duck was hanging out in the northeast corner of Lake Merritt
at 2 p.m. today.
There is a huge difference that I think it's important to note between viewing
this year's bird this week
and finding and viewing the bird for the rest of the winter.

This week, the Tufted Duck is in the company of 35 scaup. For the rest of the
winter the number is likely to be.... well....
at a minimum, I'll leave it at 100's. Another way to put this is, if you've
been skunked by the Tufted Duck in the past, this week
would be a good time to go.

A few digi-scoped images of the Tufted Duck can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/14935921@N00/5133830431/


Good birding,

Bob Power
Oakland, CA


Apparent 'Pink-sided' Junco @ Lake Merritt

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

Hi. Lake Merritt was productive again today, with many small birds in the trees
surrounding Fairyland. Fairyland itself is full of spectacular exotic plantings
(to impress the small children?), and these seem to attract lots of birds.

Most interesting was an apparent 'PINK-SIDED' DARK-EYED JUNCO, in the same trees
where the Palm Warbler was earlier this month. This is near "The Pavilion", at
the corner of the Fairyland fence.

It was seemingly a rather large junco, with a very pale grayish head and
extensive pale pinkish on the flanks. The lores were darker than the rest of the
head, and the throat was paler. The throat was so pale gray, in fact, that
it showed nearly zero contrast with the breast. This may be just an extremely
pale 'Oregon', but 'Pink-sided' seems to be a better match. I got some crappy
photos of the bird, which I'll post later.

Also present were many YELLOW-RUMPED and TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, WHITE-CROWNED and
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, etc.


Noah Arthur, Oakland


Re: Cackling Goose, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland

judisierra
 

3rd attempt to send this messege- I give up on doing it through the Yahoo web site and will do the cut and paste labor intensive route.
An article this week by Joe Eaton on cacklers and taxonomy.
http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2010-10-27/article/36572?headline=Wild-Neighbors-Honkers-Cacklers-and-Taxonomists

Forgot to mention two Cackling Geese at Middle Harbor. They had fairly
dark breasts and lacked white neck rings, so they looked more like
minima than leucopareia, but they seemed a little too big and
long-billed, and lacked the dark purplish bib that minima often has, so
I am wondering if they were taverneri, which is much less frequent in
the Bay Area. They were associating with Canada Geese on the main lawn.

Glen Tepke
Oakland


Prairie Falcon

Steve Huckabone <shuckabone@...>
 

I had a Prairie Falcon slowly circling over my backyard in Livermore about 10 minutes ago. The falcon never flapped it wings for the 5 minutes I watched.
Good birding.

Steve Huckabone
Livermore, CA
Alameda County


Chimps and Gorillas in Hayward . . . .

Marilyn Trabert <iluv2bird@...>
 

Ohlone Audubon Membership Meeting
Date: November 2 Time: 7:30 p. m.
Location: Casa Sandoval
1200 Russell Way, Hayward 94541

Topic: "Chimps and GorillasóWith a Dash of Plants and Birds!"
Presenter: Michael Ellis

Join naturalist Michael Ellis as we journey to that unique region
where the East African savanna gives way to the Central African
rainforest thus creating a remarkable assemblage of plants, birds and
mammals in a relatively small area. But the primary focus of traveling
to this part of the world is to see the mountain gorillas. There are
only 740 of these magnificent primates remaining on our planet. They
survive in a tiny areaĖ-the eastern part of the Congo, far southern
Uganda, and in the small nation of Rwanda.

During this evening's journey we will visit Murchison Falls National
Park, which contains the headwaters of the Nile River and is the
largest park in Uganda. It is home to elephants, buffalo, giraffes,
lions and a plethora of bird life. This place, in particular, is a
great example of the importance of preserving habitat. Most of the
large animals were poached out completely in the 1980's but the park
remained intact. Upon receiving protection the animals emigrated from
the Congo and repopulated the area. Kibale National Park is one of the
best places to visit a large chimpanzee group, and Queen Elizabeth
National Park has some unique tree-climbing lions! In Rwanda we'll
visit the Virunga National Park, made famous by Diane Fosse. It is the
home for eight habituated gorilla families. We clamber up steep, rain
soaked volcanic slopes to spend one hour with one of these families, a
truly remarkable and powerful experience.

Casa Sandoval is on the corner of 2nd and Russell. From "A" or "B"
Streets in Hayward, turn north onto 2nd St. and follow it one block to
Russell. A link to directions is on Casa Sandoval's website: http://www.casasandoval.com/

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White-throated Sparrow (San Leandro Reservoir)

rfs_berkeley
 

A brown/tan morph White-throated Sparrow was seen by an Albany Adult School
field trip today at San Leandro Reservoir. We began our walk at the Valle
Vista staging area. The sparrow was across the path from the horse stables
in the company of a few White-crowns and Golden-crowns.



Rusty Scalf


Continuing Cassin's Vireo and Tufted Duck

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

This afternoon the CASSIN'S VIREO was in Washington Park, which is immediately
adjacent to Crown Beach. It was at the west end of the line of trees right in
the middle of Washington Park, with a mixed kinglet/chickadee/warbler flock.


Joe Morlan has seen the photos and concluded that it is in fact a Cassin's
Vireo, albeit a very drab individual.


In the morning, the male TUFTED DUCK was still at Lake Merritt, with the scaup
raft in the middle of the northeast branch of the lake. At the very "top" of
this branch was the male RING-NECKED DUCK, and a female REDHEAD was between the
islands and the nature center. Lake Merritt was hopping with songbirds,
including a very pale, buffy TOWNSEND'S WARBLER that may have been a
Townsend's/Hermit hybrid. The back was plain, so it wasn't a Blackburnian. A
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was in a cedar in the strip of parkland that is across
the street from Fairyland.


Noah Arthur, Oakland


Evening Grosbeak at Roberts Regional Park Today

zachary.baer2
 

I visited Roberts Regional Park this morning and walked around the picnic area around 9am it was not all of that birdie but there were at least 2 VARIED THRUSHES and 1 EVENING GROSBEAK giving the rapid trill calls. I then went to the berkeley pier only to find several COMMON LOONS (7-8).

Good Birding,

Zach Baer
Berkeley, CA


Pt. Isabel and Garretson Pt.

Amy McDonald <amymcd@...>
 

Hi all,

Both Pt. Isabel and Garretson Pt. were fairly quiet at midday today, with the
following highlights:

--Pt. Isabel--
HORNED GREBE - 10 (I was following up on a 10/28 eBird report of 8)
CLARK'S GREBE - 60
PELAGIC CORMORANT - 1 (on a wooden platform with several Double-crested
Cormorants)
SURF SCOTER - 110 (about 2/3 were southward-bound flybys)
BLACK TURNSTONE - 27

--Garretson Pt.--
The pond across from the park entrance now has enough water for a nice
collection of ducks including AMERICAN WIGEON, CINNAMON TEAL, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and a male BLUE-WINGED TEAL.


A CLAPPER RAIL foraged and preened in the open along the edge of the channel
(north of the pond) for the entire hour I was at the park.

Amy McDonald
San Jose, CA


Cackling Goose, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland

Glen Tepke
 

Forgot to mention two Cackling Geese at Middle Harbor. They had fairly dark breasts and lacked white neck rings, so they looked more like minima than leucopareia, but they seemed a little too big and long-billed, and lacked the dark purplish bib that minima often has, so I am wondering if they were taverneri, which is much less frequent in the Bay Area. They were associating with Canada Geese on the main lawn.

Glen Tepke
Oakland

On 10/30/2010 4:52 PM, Glen Tepke wrote:
Before Berkeley I spent a couple of hours at Middle Harbor Shoreline
Park in Oakland. Nothing unusual but impressive numbers of shorebirds -
at least a couple thousand on the flats, including many Dunlin. A few
Elegant Terns were feeding with Forster's.


Parasitic Jaeger, Berkeley Pier

Glen Tepke
 

A few minutes after I arrived at the end of the Berkeley Pier this afternoon, an obliging Parasitic Jaeger flew by right in front of me, passing through the gap between the end of the walkable part of the pier and the ruins beyond. It showed no interest in the Forster's Terns flying nearby, and continued south toward the Bay Bridge, staying close to the water. I suggested that it to continue down to Hayward and ask for Bob Richmond.

A variety of shorebirds was roosting on the ruins, including a Black Oystercatcher and three Sanderlings. Two Pelagic Cormorants and three or four Common Loons were in the vicinity.

Before Berkeley I spent a couple of hours at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland. Nothing unusual but impressive numbers of shorebirds - at least a couple thousand on the flats, including many Dunlin. A few Elegant Terns were feeding with Forster's.

I also made a brief attempt to relocate the Gray Catbird in Dimond Park in Oakland, but didn't see it.

Good birding.

Glen Tepke
Oakland
g.tepke (at) comcast (dot) net
www.pbase.com/gtepke


Lake del Valle

Steve Huckabone <shuckabone@...>
 

This morning I had a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatch's in the pines on the west end of the bridge. First time I've recorded Red-breasted Nuthatch at the south end of the lake. Also of local interest were two Cackling Geese and several Pine Siskins.
Good birding.

Steve Huckabone
Livermore, CA
Alameda County


Tufted Duck Continues at Lake Merritt

jsross1698@...
 

From 11:30-12:30 today I walked around Lakeside Park looking for the Tufted Duck. Thanks to another birder whose name I did not get I was able to finally see it. It was in with a group of scaup and a male Ring-necked Duck between the islands and the nature center. I also saw all of the grebe species except Horned, one male Canvasback, at least 60 Ruddy Ducks and three Black-crowned Night-Herons.

Jim Ross
Pleasanton


Cackling Goose at Lake Elizabeth, Fremont

scfloyd2000
 

This morning a lone Cackling Goose was with about 200 Canada Geese on the soccer lawns north of the lake (access off Stevenson Blvd. at Gallaudet). New Marsh (south of the soccer lawns) is nearly drained, I suppose due to the construction, and the area is little-traveled what with the re-routing of the lakeside path. Six Long-Billed Dowitchers were feeding in the small pond that's left at New Marsh, and an inquisitive Black Phoebe flushed out a Virginia Rail from the reeds. By far, the most plentiful birds in the creekside willows were Yellow-Rumped Warblers. A Downy Woodpecker, not often seen here, inched up a tree trunk by the creek across the parking lot from the water park. All told, I found about 44 species in 90 minutes.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont


Eastern Phoebe - Alameda

John Luther
 

Hi All, 

Today, Oct 29, while Leora Feeney and I were doing our twice a month bird survey
at the proposed Alameda National Wildlife Refuge at the northwest end Alameda we
found a young Eastern Phoebe.  Unfortunately this area is not open to the
public, but thought folks might want to know about the bird and be on the
lookout in other parts of Alameda.

John Luther
Oakland


Varied Thrushes?

Phila Rogers <philajane6@...>
 

Dear Birders:

Has anyone seen Varied Thrushes in the last couple of days in the Oakland/Berkeley area which we might photograph?

Phila Rogers


Eurowidge (4) in Albany

rfs_berkeley
 

On a midday visit to the Albany mudflats (next to Golden Gate Fields) I was
surprised to see four Eurasian Widgeon. Lots of other birds as well. Dunlin
are clearly in, in force. One Whimbrel, one Long-billed Curlew.



Many ducks, 100% of which were dabblers. I wonder where the diving ducks
are.



Rusty


THANK YOU on my RFI for bay area birding suggestions

jtkamo
 

I just wanted to thank all of you who responded to my request yesterday evening. I received so many excellent suggestions and information. You are such a wonderful and helpful group! Makes me feel welcome visiting CA. If I find something noteworthy, I'll report it. Thanks again all.

Joanne Kamo
Houston, TX

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