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Second-hand report of a Solitary Sandpiper - Lake Elizabeth in Fremont

Amy McDonald <amymcd@...>
 

Hi all,

I'm posting this second-hand report of a Solitary Sandpiper that was briefly seen on the 23rd at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont and has not been seen since. I saw the photos late yesterday and confirmed the sighting. I then made a quick stop this morning but the bird was not there.

Even though the bird has not been seen in several days and may well be long gone by this point, it's probably worth a check for those who may be in the area.

Here are directions to the location:

At Lake Elizabeth, park in the parking lot for the water slide at the south end of the lake. Walk the path heading east around the lake, past the heron rookery on your left. At the area of the floating, orange dividers in the lake, you'll see a fence on your right with tarp on it. Behind the fence is the small flooded area where the Solitary Sandpiper was. This is a construction zone where the trees and habitat are being cleared for the BART extension. 

I will post the photos within the next hour and send out an email with a link to them.

Amy McDonald
San Jose, CA

Red-necked phalaropes and dunlin at Don Edwards NWR

scfloyd2000
 

This morning between 10 and 11, about 3 hours after low tide, the tidal slough along Marshlands Road at Don Edwards NWR was full of birds, including some 40 red-necked phalaropes and many rafts of eared grebes in breeding plumage.  Also in marvelous breeding plumage were about 100 dunlin feeding at the edges of the sand bars with sanderlings, western and least sandpipers, and avocets. 
 
Stephanie Floyd
Fremont




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Re: Nest box update

Johan Langewis
 

Sorry all, the species is Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Johan Langewis
Oakland

On Apr 28, 2010, at 8:59 AM, J Cooper wrote:

John.............just checked in on the nest.........can you tell me what bird I am looking at? I don't see any species posted.

Judi

Re: help w/id

Joe Morlan
 

TESTING.

How about Dark-eyed Junco?

On Tue, 27 Apr 2010 18:04:02 -0700, Deborah Hecht <hechtlich@...>
wrote:

Walking home today from BART, I saw a bird I didn't recognize (no big
surprise there), and wonder if anyone can provide help.
Size: approx'ly that of a house finch
Color: light taupe (whitish-grey-brown) breast and belly, dark head with a
band of taupe to form a kind of wide necklace of dark feathers contrasting
w/ the light feathers, that came around from the back of the neck and met
sort of in a point, facing downwards, above the bird's breast. No
streaking.
Tail long and very narrow, w/a notch.
Beak looked smallish (at least, it didn't stand out)
Voice: Call a single repeated chirp. Song a very melodic, almost bell-like
trill on one note, very beautiful, hadn't heard it before.
Sited in Albany - maybe on Colusa, don't quite remember, just remember I
walked a bit on Colusaand may have seen it there.

Sorry this is all I can give you. The light was icky, I could barely make
out the red on the fronts of the house finches. This bird was on a wire
directly above me & I couldn't see wings or eyes. I am legally blind,
anyway, and glasses aren't great; didn't have my binoculars, either - not
too many birds on BART. Good luck and have fun identifying mystery bird.

This was not a chickadee! I looked at all possibilities, and listened to
all calls & songs and nothing matched.


Hooded Oriole

Jim Roethe
 

Saw my first Hooded Oriole ever in my Orinda neighborhood this morning.
It was a bright male that flew to a palm tree just east of Dalewood park on
Sundown Terrace in Orinda.

Regards,

Jim

Jim Roethe
(925) 254-2190
jimroethe@...

help w/id

Deborah Hecht <hechtlich@...>
 

Walking home today from BART, I saw a bird I didn't recognize (no big
surprise there), and wonder if anyone can provide help.
Size: approx'ly that of a house finch
Color: light taupe (whitish-grey-brown) breast and belly, dark head with a
band of taupe to form a kind of wide necklace of dark feathers contrasting
w/ the light feathers, that came around from the back of the neck and met
sort of in a point, facing downwards, above the bird's breast. No
streaking.
Tail long and very narrow, w/a notch.
Beak looked smallish (at least, it didn't stand out)
Voice: Call a single repeated chirp. Song a very melodic, almost bell-like
trill on one note, very beautiful, hadn't heard it before.
Sited in Albany - maybe on Colusa, don't quite remember, just remember I
walked a bit on Colusaand may have seen it there.

Sorry this is all I can give you. The light was icky, I could barely make
out the red on the fronts of the house finches. This bird was on a wire
directly above me & I couldn't see wings or eyes. I am legally blind,
anyway, and glasses aren't great; didn't have my binoculars, either - not
too many birds on BART. Good luck and have fun identifying mystery bird.

This was not a chickadee! I looked at all possibilities, and listened to
all calls & songs and nothing matched.

Nest box update

Johan Langewis
 

The last post updated to 4/20. For those of you that missed the previous posts the history is 7 eggs laid 3/28 & 3/29, 4 hatched 4/13. Since 4/20 developments are tail feathers appear 4/21, ventral feathers appear 4/22, eyes starting to open 4/23, then feathers growing longer with vigorous wing flapping by 4/26. Peeping became audible on 4/20, by 4/27 their voices are becoming raspy like adults. Never a dull moment in the nest. Check added photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49266924@N04/

Johan Langewis
Oakland

Berkeley Pier Pacific Loon and Least Terns

zachary.baer2
 

I headed out to the Berkeley pier late this afternoon to see if anything was being blown in through the Golden Gate. I was surprised to find at least 4 LEAST TERNS flying around the pier and 1 PACIFIC LOON flying back towards the Golden Gate.

Good Birding,

Zach Baer
Berkeley, CA

Hayward Shoreline and San Leandro Marina

Bob Richmond
 

Today at the shoreline -

Brant - 4 at the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek.

Black Oystercatcher - 1 at the San Leandro Marina.

Wandering Tattler - 1 at the San Leandro Marina.

Surfbird - 1 at the San Leandro Marina.

Least Tern - 1 on a piece of wood floating in the bay off Johnson's Landing. I have 6 April records at the shoreline. All but 1 is from 2007-2010. Only 2 are earlier than the bird seen yesterday.

Black Skimmer - 4 in Hayward Marsh, seen from the southeast corner of the loop trail in Cogswell Marsh.

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1 of the birds at Winton Ave. may have been an intergrade between Audubon's and Myrtle. It looked like an Audubon's Warbler except for the throat, which was shaped like a Myrtle (extended on to the neck). However this was mostly yellow, except for the area on the sides of the neck which were white.

Palm Warbler - 0. Not seen by me today.

Western Tanager - 1 male at Winon Ave.

Black-headed Grosbeak - 1 male at Winton Ave.

Bob

Pacific Slope Flycatcher, singing in the spring...

debbie viess
 

I heard, then saw, my first today at Huckleberry Preserve.

I had great looks at it while leaning up against a Bay: incomplete eye-ring, and throat jerking at that last, explosive note.

Both birds (various) and bees were very active all around me. I was wishing for my bee veil as I brushed past the flowering shrubs, and I heard and saw birds everywhere...wrentits duetting, flickers, a red-tail soaring through the canyon (just after hearing scolding jays; coincidence?) Orange-crowned and Wilson's warblers singing, Stellars in stunning, brilliantly blue breeding plumage, juncos raising a ruckus as I approached, a hairy woodpecker hammering, hummers buzzing...it was pretty wild and wooly out there.

As the shadows grew long and the wind picked up, a male great horned owl began a series of hoots. He called a half dozen times and for about five minutes before the female finally answered. Sleepyhead!

Purdy flowers and even a few last fungi. But the birds are definitely vying for my attention. Guess that it's time to start looking up.

Debbie Viess
Oakland, CA

Mt. Diablo - Mitchell Canyon

Dan Singer
 

Hi birders,



I spent the morning wandering up Mitchell and White canyons, encountering
lots of migrants and breeding species. I missed my primary target - Calliope
Hummingbird, but saw a male Rufous, a female Selasphorus and lots of Anna's
in White Canyon. Early in the morning migrants were singing and calling, and
therefore easily detected; by noon things had quieted down considerably, but
feeding activity was still strong and I saw most of the same species
returning as I saw on the way in by paying attention to call notes and the
occasional song or sub-song. Mixed warbler flocks were dominated by
Townsend's or Hermit warblers, with many singing birds of each species.
Orange-crowned and Wilson's warblers were constant companions. A few
Black-throated Gray, Nashville, MacGillivray's and a single Yellow warbler
rounded out this appealing group. Warbling Vireo was numerous and I
encountered at least 4 Cassin's Vireo as well as many Hutton's. Pac-slope
Flycatcher was practically abundant, though most birds were silent "Western"
types. I had at least three Hammond's Flycatchers - my fourth sighting could
have been a bird I encountered on the way in. One Olive-sided Flycatcher was
the only Contopus I encountered. A couple of male Western Tanagers were
silent but beautiful. A female Merlin cruised down White Canyon while I
chatted with Dave Quady.



This is such a wonderful place to experience spring migrants! I envy those
of you who live nearby.



Cheers,



Dan Singer

Pacifica

Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Antioch

Paul Schorr
 

This morning on my way to Costco I decided to do a brief trip to Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve where I birded for about one hour. I birded along the road and around the upper parking lot/ picnic area. Notable species included the following:

Lark Sparrows
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Lazuli Bunting (FOS)

In addition, two downy Red-tailed Hawk chicks were active in a nest in a large oak on the west side of the road approximately one-half mile from the kiosk while driving to the upper parking lot. One of the adults was perched on a telephone pole nearby.

When I returned home, there was a male Black-headed Grosbeak in our backyard.

Good Birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Depot Rd question

Lori Arthur <loriarthur61@...>
 

Hi everybody. I'm planning on birding the City Ponds at Hayward Shoreline today, but I can't figure out which end of Depot Rd they're on, as two places on the Road eem to have adjacent ponds. Which end of the Road is it on?

Thanks.

-- Noah Arthur, Oakland

Hayward Shoreline - Palm Warbler

Eric Pilotte
 

Zach, Caroline, and I also found a Palm Warbler today at the Hayward Shoreline on private property just north of Depot Road. According to Bob Richmond, this is the first spring record for Hayward Shoreline.

Cheers!
Eric Pilotte, Caroline Pilotte, and Zach Baer
Benicia, Benicia, and Berkeley

Mitchell Canyon Addendum

Judith Dunham
 

I meant to note that the trail that we ascended is the second on the
right off the main trail after leaving the parking lot. Both the
first and second trails have metal benches at the junction.

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, California


Begin forwarded message:



The four of us worked the main trail, then Mark recommended a walk
up the second trail from the parking lot to look, successfully, for
Calliope Hummingbirds, on a hillside blanketed with blooming black
sage. The Calliopes, at least two, possibly three individuals, were
defending their patches from Ash-throated Flycatchers, Scrub Jays,
and Anna's Hummingbirds.

Mitchell Canyon Highlights

Judith Dunham
 

Pat Bacchetti and I birded the canyon from shortly before 8:30 this morning until early afternoon. When we were partway down the main trail--scrutinizing a mixed flock of warblers and vireos--we were joined by Mark Rauzon and his wife Suzanne.

The four of us worked the main trail, then Mark recommended a walk up the second trail from the parking lot to look, successfully, for Calliope Hummingbirds, on a hillside blanketed with blooming black sage. The Calliopes, at least two, possibly three individuals, were defending their patches from Ash-throated Flycatchers, Scrub Jays, and Anna's Hummingbirds.

In all, it was a seven-warbler day: Orange-crowned, Nashville, Yellow, Black-throated Gray, Townsend's, Hermit's, and Wilson's. We were treated to especially close looks at Hermit's. And a three- hummingbird day: Anna's, Calliope, and Allen's.

Other highlights:

White-throated Swift
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-Slope Flycatcher
Hutton's Vireo (including one constructing a nest)
Warbling Vireo
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
California Thrasher
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

Las Trampas

Kathy Robertson
 

Hi birders,

I spent a few hours birding at Las Trampas Regional Park in San Ramon
today. Highlights were my FOS WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE and LAZULI BUNTING (two
males, singing and chasing each other around right at the bridge into the
parking lot). Also saw a beautiful male WESTERN TANAGER.

Good birding,
Kathy Robertson
Hayward, CA

Hayward Shoreline - 4/25 - Least Tern and Snowy Plovers

Eric Pilotte
 

Zach Baer, my daughter Caroline, and I birded the Hayward Shoreline area today by bike starting from West Winton heading south to the Interpretive Center and back. We also stopped at the end of Depot Road and scanned the City Ponds from there. Highlights included:

- 1 Least Tern - sitting on a rock on the bay at the south end of the refuge
- 5 Snowy Plovers (same area Bob Richmond mentioned for seeing Skimmers: southeast corner of the loop trail in Cogswell Marsh; Plovers were on the sandy island)
- 2 Black Skimmers
- 200+ Phalaropes (City Ponds - we identified some as Red-necked but the rest were too hard to ID given the distance and the heat-haze)
- 11 Bonaparte's Gulls - flyover flock at West Winton parking area
- Black-throated Gray Warbler - 1 female continuing at Winton Ave
- 1 Great-tailed Grackle - female at Depot Road
- Forster's Tern pairs doing mating flights over their colony (southeast corner of the loop trail in Cogswell Marsh)

Cheers!
Eric Pilotte, Caroline Pilotte, and Zach Baer
Benicia, Benicia, and Berkeley

Mines Road Saturday April 24

rosita94598
 

Mt. Diablo Audubon Society made its field trip up Mines Road yesterday, tallying 73 species. Highlights: Murietta's Well, Bullock's Oriole, Ash-throated Flycatcher, White-tailed Kite, Eurasian collared-Dove. MP 2.75, pause to view the Red-tailed Hawk nest. Del Valle Reservoir, had to turn right due to a music festival, Western & Clark's Grebes, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Blue Heron, Song Sparrow. MP 5.75, California Thrasher, Golden Eagle, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Phainopepla, Wrentit. MP 7.2, pause for nesting Say's Phoebe. MP 13.9, mostly quiet, Violet-green and Rough-winged Swallows, Anna's Hummingbird. MP 17.6, lunch, bicycle-ride porta-potty, Wood Duck, Chipping Sparrow. The Junction, cold drinks, ice cream, bathroom stop, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Bluebirds, nesting Violet-green Swallows. San Antonio Valley Road, Lewis's Woodpecker, Ring-necked Ducks and Bald Eagle, these last two at the pond south of the woodpecker.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek
MDAS trip leader

Hayward Shoreline

Bob Richmond
 

today at the shoreline -

Black Skimmer - 7 seen in Hayward Marsh with Peter. They are best seen from the southeast corner of the loop trail in Cogswell Marsh.

Eurasian Collared-Dove - 1 seen flying over Winton Ave. This is the 6th time I have seen this species, all from 2007 or later. As Bob Dunn says about them - There goes the neighborhood. Hope they don't bring their friends.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 at Winton Ave. I have only seen then later at the shoreline 8 times.

Cassin's Vireo - 1 in the trees across Winton Ave. from the park office. It is the second earliest I have seen here, most are spring records and were seen in May.

Black-throated Gray Warbler - 1 female at Winton Ave. This is only the third I have seen here in spring. The last one I saw in spring was in 2009. This is also the latest of the three.

White-crowned (Gambel's) Sparrow - 1 adult. I only have 9 later records for the shoreline.

Great-tailed Grackle - 1 flying over Winton Ave.

Bob