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Details regarding the new Fernandez Ranch Park (verbose)


East Bay Birders,

A few folks have asked me to post some more details about the Muir
Heritage Land Trust's Fernandez Ranch property and I’ll do my best. Be
forewarned, I’m not an expert birder, bird tour leader, or writer. . . .

First of all, the property is open from dawn till dusk (a local
volunteer is opening the gate accordingly). Directions can be found at this link:

Trail maps are provided at the kiosk in the parking area. As for the
trails, I would suggest starting on the “Black Phoebe Trail” that is
to the left as you cross the bridge. To the left of the trail is some
nice riparian habitat and to the right is open grassland. Ironically,
I have yet to see a Black Phoebe anywhere on the property. . . .

I have seen Band-tailed Pigeons, Orange-crowned Warblers, Bushtits,
Pac Slope Flycatchers along the seasonal creek to the left, though I’ve yet to spot any bird in the open field to the right.

As the trail turns to the west, it becomes the Alameda Whipsnake Trail
and heads up the hill. Fortunately, most of the uphill parts of the
trail are in the shade. The oak woodland habitat is home to towhees,
chickadees, woodpeckers, flycatchers and the like. As the woods open
up, look for kingbirds (I assume Western);I’ve seen them on both of my
visits, but neither time close enough for a positive id.

As you move higher, watch (or should I say, listen) for Warbling
Vireos and House Wrens. We had quite a few on this last trip and on my
first visit I had a couple willing posers. Near the top, watch for
Western Bluebirds, Cassin’s Vireos, and even Western Tanagers. Also, I
think many of the open meadows at the higher elevations along this
trail would make great Grasshopper Sparrow habitat, though none have
yet been found here.

There are some beautiful spots, complete with benches to sit and take
in the views, so enjoy them. While resting, our group was enjoying
watching a sallying Western Bluebird when a Lark Sparrow popped out to
say hello.

As you continue along the trail and down the hilll you’ll re-enter
some thicker habitat, especially as you reach the seasonal creek near
the bottom. The trail crosses the creek and meets up with the Woodrat
Trail (lots of SF Dusky-footed Woodrats make the property their
home). You can either take the Woodrat Trail up through more oak
woodland habitat to the top of the property or continue down.

I have not birded the Woodrat Trail, but I would expect it to provide
similar species already covered. However, the top of the trail opens
up to higher elevation grassland and may provide some additional

Anyway, the last stretch of the Whipsnake trail parallels the seasonal
creek and overlooks a small pond complete with cattails. Here we
found a lone, but singing, Song Sparrow. The growth around the more
distant creek should have orioles and grosbeaks and certainly has
vireos and flycatchers.

The Whipsnake Trail ends at the Windmill trail, a broad fire trail
that will complete the loop back to the bridge and parking area.
Along the trail, look for bluebirds, sparrows (including Lark) and
swallows. As you’ve almost reached the bridge, the remnants of an
orchard should be scanned for a very cooperative Ash-throated

Always remember to look up. The skies are filled with raptors and I
look forward to the first sighting of a Golden Eagle visiting from
nearby Briones.

I hope I didn’t ramble too much with this narrative and I hope that
many of you take the opportunity to visit this wonderful property.

Happy birding,

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

Fernandez Ranch Opening Bird Hike


East Bay Birders,

We are fortunate to have another wonderful birding destination to explore: the Muir Heritage Land Trust's Fernandez Ranch. Today's park opening was packed, with over 400 guests celebrating the grand opening of the 702 acre property. One of the day's festivities was a 2.75 mile bird hike along several of the park's new trails. Though we started at noon and several other large hiking groups preceded us on the trails, our group of twenty or so mixed experienced birders checked off 37 species.

Please take the opportunity to experience this wonderful new park and let us know what you find. For more information, visit

Happy birding!

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

The list:

Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Turkey Vulture
California Quail
Wild Turkey
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Pacific Slope Flycatcher (lots)
Western Wood-Pewee
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Warbling Vireo (lots)
Western Scrub-jay
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
American Crow
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Western Bluebird (lots)
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
Lark Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Lesser Goldfinch
House Finch

Carquinez Grasshopper Sparrow continues

Laura Look <chamaea@...>

This morning (Sat, June 5), the GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was heard and seen along the Carquinez Overlook Loop Trail at Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline in Crockett.

Today he was back at the same location as Monday, about 0.2 miles from Bull Valley Staging Area at the point on the trail closest to the strait (near the bench), right across from Benicia SRA. He was singing almost continuously. There was no evidence today of more than 1 bird.

Good birding,
Laura Look
Pinole, CA

Hayward yard bird

Debbi Brusco <dgb_birding@...>

Earlier this morning I was watering in back and heard a commotion fly
into the top of a plum tree in front of me. A pair of Hood Orioles was
squabbling with a scrub jay. Both orioles were vocalizing in different
ways. They all flew to another tree and then out of the yard.

Yesterday I heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch down the street; they seem to
be here every year. I've also recently heard White-throated Swifts overhead.

Debbi Brusco

Cattle Egrets in Fremont 6/3/10

George Chrisman

This afternoon, there were 4 CATTLE EGRETS flying together in a tight group along Cushing Parkway in Fremont, heading towards the Linear Parkway, towards Automall Expressway.

George Chrisman
Burlingame, CA

Canyon Wren at Corral Hollow


Eric and Zach, you were close, but you must not have gone into Carnegie State Vehicular Recreation Area on Corral Hollow and Tesla Roads. I guess it would depend on which side of the county line one was standing. Having been wanting to go for some time, I left Walnut Creek early today and was at the entrance to the off-road vehicle park by about 7:30. Oops, they do not open until 8 AM and there is no parking for quite a distance on either side of the entrance. That's OK, I parked near the maintenance entrance farther west, ate my breakfast and read the sports page.

Late yesterday an oil-like liquid was sprayed on their roads to prevent excessive dust and it was still wet in some areas, but I was allowed in at my own risk. I have a small amount of stuff to wash off the rocker panels.

For a $5 day use permit, it is possible to drive east to the entrance of Kiln Canyon. Walk up the canyon road to the ruins, maybe 1/2 a mile? There are also some trees up here with all the sage, monkey flower and white larkspur. It is late in the year already and many of the flowers are through. Still, I had a handful of nice birds including: the aforementioned Canyon Wren at the ruins, Wrentit, Bewick's Wren, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, both Towhee species, lots of California Quails, Lesser Goldfinches and Mourning Doves, Anna's Hummingbirds, Ash-throated Flycatcher and a Lark Sparrow. There is still a small amount of water in the creek near the top of the hill.

To the west of the entry station, there are some picnic shelters. In this area I had Cassin's Kingbirds and heard Bullock's Oriole sounds.

Remember that this park is for off-road vehicle use, so when walking up Kiln Canyon be aware of motorcycle noise so you can step to one side. I would only go during the week because of this. The times in the past when I went and did encounter motorcycles, they were very polite and sometimes even asked what we saw.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Alameda & Wildcat Canyon Park

renepaik <rene@...>

The other day, I saw a squirrel sprinting up a tree while being chased by a hummingbird in Alameda. I also had an Allen's Hummingbird come by my feeder today.

There were about 10 California Quail walking around various areas along Wildcat Creek Trail in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.


A Day With No Luck (Alameda County)

Eric Pilotte

Zach Baer and I were on Bruns Road (southeast of the Byron Airport) at 3am this morning looking and listening for Lesser Nighthawks, with no success. We tried a farm pond on the road where Bob Richmond had seen them in the past, as well as the nearby PG&E facility. We then headed south to bird the eastern end of Tesla Road - again searching unsuccessfully for Lesser Nighthawks as well as Common Poorwills. We then headed to Mines Road for Common Poorwill but arrived too late; at 5:30am the dawn chorus was already in full swing. We then searched Mines road up to mile 13 unsuccessfully for Roadrunner, Lewis's Woodpecker, Lawrence's Goldfinch, and Canyon Wren (the latter 3 of which we've been unable to find in repeated trips there this year). We then went back to the eastern end of Tesla Road to a spot that looked great for Canyon Wren, with no luck. We then continued on Tesla Road (County Hwy J2) into San Joaquin County as a shortcut to 580, stopping along the way at several promising spots for Canyon Wren (again with no success). We then headed north to the Mountain House/Kelso Road area in eastern Alameda county and unsuccessfully searched for Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Cattle Egrets.

We did have fun though, which is all that matters!

Eric Pilotte
Benicia, CA

Carquinez Strait RS - Grasshopper Sparrow

Laura Look <chamaea@...>

This morning (Wed, June 2), a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was heard and finally seen on the Carquinez Overlook Loop Trail at Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline in Crockett.

A Grasshopper Sparrow was heard-only on Monday, and I returned today to track it down. I eventually had superb views of 1 singing bird. I believe there are multiple individuals present, based on seeing about 5 unidentified little-brown-jobs disappearing into the grasses in the same area as the singing. Also, I think I heard singing in different directions at one point.

The other usual suspects included a Osprey.

Directions: Take the Pomona St exit off I-80 in Crockett. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Pomona St. After going through town, Pomona becomes Carquinez Scenic Drive. Continue until the Bull Valley Staging Area on your left. Park in the parking lot by the gate (don't drive down the hill). The trailhead is by the wooden outhouse.

Walk about 0.1 mile up the trail to where the main trail turns left toward the strait. Here, less traveled trails go right downhill and straight uphill. The sparrow teed up on a weed about halfway up the straight uphill trail. Today, I heard the sparrow when I had barely passed the outhouse. That buzzy song travels amazingly in this windy environment. On Monday, the bird was heard further along the main trail, where it is closest to the strait (nice views of Benicia SRA from there).


Good birding,
Laura Look
Pinole, CA

Re: Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Canyon Wren

msp4806 <phumphrey@...>

As a follow-up to yesterday's post I was curious to know if this singing from trees is commonly observed behavior with this species? This was my first sighting of this bird (I'm relatively new to the West Coast) and I had not expected my first encounter to be a bird so vigorously and actively singing in and flying around trees, at least 20 ft off the ground most of the time. Every picture I have seen of Canyon Wrens have been birds on rocks, not in trees.

--- In EBB_Sightings@..., "msp4806" <phumphrey@...> wrote:

Canyon Wren vigorously singing (mostly in the oaks) and acting territorial among the rocks and trees along the upper portion of the Sycamore trail at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness around midday today.

Peter Humphrey

Nesting Brown Creepers

jchiropolos <jchiropolos@...>

While birding in Tilden over the weekend, Derek Heins and I found a brown creeper nest in a large eucalyptus. the nest was located in a vertical split/crack about 1 1/2-inches wide in the trunk about 6-feet off the ground. The creepers had used a constriction in the crack to build their nest which was probably at least 6 inches deep in the tree.

We have also found brown creepers actively feeding on peeling bark areas in the rifle range area in Wildcat also in addition to Tilden also; it appears that creepers have adapted to feed and nest in the eucalyptus.

Blue grey gnatcatchers were also active at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Trail to Nimitz Way.


Las Trampas Regional Wilderness Canyon Wren

msp4806 <phumphrey@...>

Canyon Wren vigorously singing (mostly in the oaks) and acting territorial among the rocks and trees along the upper portion of the Sycamore trail at Las Trampas Regional Wilderness around midday today.

Peter Humphrey

White-faced ibises, courting ruddy ducks, and Am. Wigeon in Fremont


A friend and I looked unsuccessfully for the white-faced ibises at South Marsh at Coyote Hills RP on Saturday evening. As we were headed back to the car around 6:30 PM, a group of about 16 white-faced ibises flew in from the north. We hoped they would land in front of us, but they flew steadily south over the quarry operation and then over the hills towards the bay.

This afternoon another friend and I visited Pacific Commons Linear Park (Auto Mall Pkwy off Nobel Drive, Fremont). At the fenced-in marsh we saw many black-crowned night heron adults, immatures, and a couple of fledglings. Common moorhens, American coots, and Canada geese also had youngsters. A brilliantly plumaged male ruddy duck was displaying for a female who happened to be swimming alongside another male. The display involved raising his stiff black tail very stiffly into the air and rapidly bobbing his head. The female took note and swam over, but her male companion followed, whereupon the displaying male fell to preening as if that's what he'd intended all along. Most surprising to see was an adult male American wigeon on the westernmost pond.

Stephanie Floyd

Young Birds in Heather Farm Park


It was late this morning when I went to the park in Walnut Creek, about 11:30. I just wanted to see if I could find the parent Killdeer and the one chick I saw twice since it hatched last Thursday. It was even better. They were out on the edge of the infield dirt and grass on the north ball field, but it was two chicks with the adults, not just one. I stood up on the rise of the snack bar/nursery school and watched them for a while.

In the same area there were two fledgling Western Bluebirds with their parents. They spent time going between the ground and the black cyclone fence. Adult W. Bluebirds stopped feeding chicks in the house near the Garden Center parking lot last week. These may be the same family.

Hugh B. Harvey
Having a nice Memorial Day
in Walnut Creek

Hayward Shoreline (5/31)

Bob Richmond

seen at the shoreline today -

Western Wood-Pewee - 1 in the trees across Winton Ave. from the Park Office.

Pacific-slope Flycatcher - 1 at Winton Ave.

Swainson's Thrush - 1 at Winton Ave.

Yellow-breasted Chat -1 at Winton Ave. It was to the east just after you enter the gate for the parking area. It was heard from 0725 to about 0735. Then it became silent. But it was heard by others later in the morning.

Western Tanager - 2 at Winton Ave.

Black-headed Grosbeak -1 heard frm the east side of Ora Loma Marsh.


Black Swifts Alameda Co

John Luther

This morning, May 31, at about 10:30 two BLACK SWIFTS flew north over Shepherd Canyon in Oakland (Alameda County) towards Round Top (Contra Costa County).  As usual it is always a good idea to keep looking up.  They were much more spectacular than the two military jets that flew by. 

John Luther

Not at the Hayward Shoreline, but at Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park (5-30)

Bob Richmond

Most of the local nesting birds were seen and/or heard. Obvious migrant were the 2 Olive-sided Flycatchers. The Western Tanagers along Sinbad Creek may have been late migrants, but about 1997 the were found nesting there. Where the Sindad Creek Trail comes to the creek, a Dusky Frycatcher was seen. However, from the staring area, Sinbad Creek is a 5.0-5.5 mile 1-way hike. There is no public access from Kilkare Road.


Sibley Volcanic RP 5/29

Glen Tepke

It was a beautiful morning yesterday at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, with all of the local specialties teed up and singing - RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, LAZULI BUNTING, CALIFORNIA THRASHER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN EAGLE, AND many ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. Actually, the flycatcher wasn't singing, just flycatching (in the tops of the dead eucalyptus on the Loop Trail), and the eagle just flew by a couple of times, but you get the idea. The sparrows and most of the buntings were on the Volcanic Trail and the unnamed use trail that extends southeast along the ridge from the Volcanic Trail to the big quarry pit.

Glen Tepke