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Pigeon Guillomet - Berkeley Pier - Photo Link

GunderTaker
 

Went to the Berkeley Pier around 8AM this morning (7/4) with Pat Heagy in hopes of seeing the Pigeon Guillemot(s) that have been reported there. In addition to hundreds and hundreds of double-crested cormorants swimming and flying by we were fortunate to see one Guillemot fishing off the very end of the pier. He only stayed around for a few minutes before flying off. While we were waiting, hoping for a return, we were joined by Judy Dunham who saw him in flight on her way out. Unfortunately he did not return.

Below is a link to a photo.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobgunderson/4761836421/

Bob Gunderson
San Francisco


Wild Turkeys in Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Yesterday morning, prior to the early World Cup game, I made a quick trip through the park. Of note was the family of Wild Turkeys across the Ygnacio Canal, near the bottom of the big hill. Along with Mom and Dad, were 13 young ones.

It is not the first time to see this species in the park. They seem to be found anywhere along Homestead and Cherry Lane to the west of the ridge, to places along the north side. One morning two years ago they were actually walking down our street, just south of Treat Boulevard.

Hugh B. Harvey


Re: Archives?

Peter Rauch
 

Joe,

I know my password and my login ID, and they do not work (any more) for the 2004 - 2010 set of archives.

Just to confirm my login/pw, I requested a "Reminder", but that has not arrived (yet?), similar to your experience.

The mailman list configuration for that archive must have been changed (or broken?), disallowing logins under the pre-existing loginws/pws. It's possible even that the subscriber roster for that list (archive) was deleted by the list's administrator ? I suppose only she will know why access is no longer possible.

Like you also, I can access the oldest and the newest archives.

Peter (Rauch, Kensington)

At 09:56 10/07/04, you wrote:
On Thu, 01 Jul 2010 04:15:50 -0000, "bacpab" <<mailto:bacpab%40comcast.net>bacpab@comcast.net> wrote:

Is there a way to access the EBB archives? The archive link at MDAS won't let me in.
There are three sets of archives. The oldest archives start June 1998
through July 2004 and are available publicly at:

<http://www.diabloaudubon.com/ebb/archive/archndex.html>http://www.diabloaudubon.com/ebb/archive/archndex.html

The newest archives, starting March 2010 are at:

<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EBB_Sightings/>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EBB_Sightings/

These require a Yahoo membership to view.

But there is another set of message archives from August 2004 to April 2010
that I cannot access. They are at:

<http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/private/sightings/>http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/private/sightings/

You need a login and password to access these archives, but my old password
does not seem to work. I keep getting "authorization failed." Fortunately,
if you have forgotten your password you can request that it be emailed to
you from here:

<http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/options/sightings>http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/options/sightings

I have tried this several times. Each time the site says that my password
has been mailed, but unfortunately each time I never receive any email at
all. I have white-listed the marketrends domain which hosts this service to
ensure that I can receive email from them, but no email ever arrives.

Are other members able to view these archives or reset their passwords? If
anybody knows how to gain access to the 2004-2010 archives, I would be very
interested.

Thanks.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
SF Birding Classes start Sep 14 <http://fog.ccsf.edu/jmorlan/>http://fog.ccsf.edu/jmorlan/
Western Field Ornithologists <http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/>http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/


Re: Archives?

Steve Taylor
 

I thought the purpose of the group was to report current bird sightings, not
get into posting past archives. I would suggest we only use the site for
what it is set up for and for those who want archives, my suggestion is they
establish another group site.



Steve



_____

From: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Amy McDonald
Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2010 2:08 PM
To: Joseph Morlan; EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Archives?





Hi everyone,

Some time ago I began copying the monthly files from the 2004-2010 archives
and
then compiling the files into a single .txt file for each year so the data
was
easier to search. I have a .zip file for each of the seven years that I am
happy
to share. The files range in size from 119kb to 953kb, so it probably makes
sense to post them to a location where they can be easily downloaded. If
it's
okay with EBB members, I can add them to the EBB Yahoo Groups site. It looks
as
if creating and adding them to a photo album may be the best option.

For some reason I'm missing 6 months of 2009, but other than that, the data
is
complete.

This obviously doesn't solve the problem of why we can't access the archive,
but
at least nearly all of the data will be available.

Amy McDonald
San Jose



________________________________
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan@gmail.com <mailto:jmorlan%40gmail.com> >
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com <mailto:EBB_Sightings%40yahoogroups.com>
Cc: EBB_Sightings-owner@yahoogroups.com
<mailto:EBB_Sightings-owner%40yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sun, July 4, 2010 9:56:11 AM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Archives?


On Thu, 01 Jul 2010 04:15:50 -0000, "bacpab" <bacpab@comcast.net
<mailto:bacpab%40comcast.net> > wrote:

Is there a way to access the EBB archives? The archive link at MDAS won't
let me
in.
There are three sets of archives. The oldest archives start June 1998
through July 2004 and are available publicly at:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/ebb/archive/archndex.html

The newest archives, starting March 2010 are at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EBB_Sightings/

These require a Yahoo membership to view.

But there is another set of message archives from August 2004 to April 2010
that I cannot access. They are at:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/private/sightings/

You need a login and password to access these archives, but my old password
does not seem to work. I keep getting "authorization failed." Fortunately,
if you have forgotten your password you can request that it be emailed to
you from here:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/options/sightings

I have tried this several times. Each time the site says that my password
has been mailed, but unfortunately each time I never receive any email at
all. I have white-listed the marketrends domain which hosts this service to
ensure that I can receive email from them, but no email ever arrives.

Are other members able to view these archives or reset their passwords? If
anybody knows how to gain access to the 2004-2010 archives, I would be very
interested.

Thanks.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
SF Birding Classes start Sep 14 http://fog.ccsf.edu/jmorlan/
Western Field Ornithologists http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/


Martinez Black Rail

Ted Robertson
 

The Martinez Regional Shoreline Black Rail was very vocal this
morning. When I arrived at 7:00 AM, the rail was singing at the
southwest end of the long concrete bridge/walkway. I was afforded a
2.5 second glimpse at 7:02 just after I arrived, and on my return
visit at 8:00 AM, a 1 second glimpse on the north side of the
bridge. At 7:30 AM, several Common Yellowthroats were singing loudly
on perches, a few giving me great scope views in awesome light.
Happy 4th!

--Ted R.--

Ted Robertson
Lawrence Hall of Science
510-642-4087


Re: Archives?

Amy McDonald <amymcd@...>
 

Hi everyone,

Some time ago I began copying the monthly files from the 2004-2010 archives and
then compiling the files into a single .txt file for each year so the data was
easier to search. I have a .zip file for each of the seven years that I am happy
to share. The files range in size from 119kb to 953kb, so it probably makes
sense to post them to a location where they can be easily downloaded. If it's
okay with EBB members, I can add them to the EBB Yahoo Groups site. It looks as
if creating and adding them to a photo album may be the best option.

For some reason I'm missing 6 months of 2009, but other than that, the data is
complete. 

This obviously doesn't solve the problem of why we can't access the archive, but
at least nearly all of the data will be available.

Amy McDonald
San Jose

 



________________________________
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan@gmail.com>
To: EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com
Cc: EBB_Sightings-owner@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sun, July 4, 2010 9:56:11 AM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Archives?

 
On Thu, 01 Jul 2010 04:15:50 -0000, "bacpab" <bacpab@comcast.net> wrote:

Is there a way to access the EBB archives? The archive link at MDAS won't let me
in.
There are three sets of archives. The oldest archives start June 1998
through July 2004 and are available publicly at:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/ebb/archive/archndex.html

The newest archives, starting March 2010 are at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EBB_Sightings/

These require a Yahoo membership to view.

But there is another set of message archives from August 2004 to April 2010
that I cannot access. They are at:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/private/sightings/

You need a login and password to access these archives, but my old password
does not seem to work. I keep getting "authorization failed." Fortunately,
if you have forgotten your password you can request that it be emailed to
you from here:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/options/sightings

I have tried this several times. Each time the site says that my password
has been mailed, but unfortunately each time I never receive any email at
all. I have white-listed the marketrends domain which hosts this service to
ensure that I can receive email from them, but no email ever arrives.

Are other members able to view these archives or reset their passwords? If
anybody knows how to gain access to the 2004-2010 archives, I would be very
interested.

Thanks.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
SF Birding Classes start Sep 14 http://fog.ccsf.edu/jmorlan/
Western Field Ornithologists http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/


Re: Archives?

Joe Morlan
 

On Thu, 01 Jul 2010 04:15:50 -0000, "bacpab" <bacpab@comcast.net> wrote:

Is there a way to access the EBB archives? The archive link at MDAS won't let me in.
There are three sets of archives. The oldest archives start June 1998
through July 2004 and are available publicly at:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/ebb/archive/archndex.html


The newest archives, starting March 2010 are at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EBB_Sightings/

These require a Yahoo membership to view.


But there is another set of message archives from August 2004 to April 2010
that I cannot access. They are at:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/private/sightings/

You need a login and password to access these archives, but my old password
does not seem to work. I keep getting "authorization failed." Fortunately,
if you have forgotten your password you can request that it be emailed to
you from here:

http://www.diabloaudubon.com/mailman2/options/sightings

I have tried this several times. Each time the site says that my password
has been mailed, but unfortunately each time I never receive any email at
all. I have white-listed the marketrends domain which hosts this service to
ensure that I can receive email from them, but no email ever arrives.

Are other members able to view these archives or reset their passwords? If
anybody knows how to gain access to the 2004-2010 archives, I would be very
interested.

Thanks.
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
SF Birding Classes start Sep 14 http://fog.ccsf.edu/jmorlan/
Western Field Ornithologists http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/


Pigoen Guillemots Continue

mskrentz <marysk@...>
 

Four Pigeon Guillemots could be easily seen near the end of the Berkeley Pier this morning. Three were flying and one was in the water off to the northwest and then south of the pier.


Black Rail Continues at Martinez Shoreline

Judith Dunham
 

Lory Poulson and I got to the shoreline about 7 or so this morning. We heard the rail shortly after reaching the boardwalk west of the arch bridge. We encountered Paul Brenner of Martinez, who had arrived much earlier and had been hearing the bird during his stake-out. The three of us listened to the rail for about forty-five minutes and tracked it as it moved through the reeds south of the boardwalk, seeming so close but, as expected, being impossible to see.

Also observed on our brief visit were four Least Sandpipers foraging at the edge of Alhambra Creek, thirteen White Pelicans along the shoreline, and one Caspian Tern overhead, along with many Killdeer and Black-necked Stilts.

Thanks to Al Jaramillo for posting this great sighting (err . . . hearing) along with pointing out the attributes of the Suisun Song Sparrows, which offered many opportunities for close study. Thanks to Paul for the fine company and for recommending some unfamiliar birding spots that I'll check out after the summer.

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA


Black Rail in Martinez

Chris & Teri Wills <cjtlwills@...>
 

We went down to the Martinez shoreline park last night at about 6:30, near
high tide. The Black Rail was calling from the reeds just south of the trail
bridge west of Alhambra Creek. We heard it almost as soon as we walked up,
then went for a walk off to the west. When we came back it was closer to the
bridge and Teri got a good look at it down from the bridge through the
reeds.



The trails in the shoreline park, including the bridge west of Alhambra
Creek, are the prime spots to watch the City of Martinez 4th of July
fireworks. I wouldn't expect to hear the rail Sunday evening, afterwards who
knows?



Chris and Teri Wills

Martinez, CA


Black Rail at Martinez Regional Shoreline

Patricia Bacchetti
 

The Black Rails were calling Wed afternoon at 5 PM, about 1 hour before the high tide. They were at the same place described by Alvaro and Hugh-on the wooden boardwalk right after the arched bridge. I waited about 20 minutes before the first vocalization. While waiting, I was able to appreciate the thicker bills of the Suisun Song Sparrow. Thanks, Al, for pointing out the differences between these guys and the usual San Francisco Bay subspecies.

Pat Bacchetti
Oakland


Re: baby birds

debbie viess
 

Good observation Susan. Tom Stienstra, in his Sunday column for the Chronicle, also mentioned a noticeable population explosion of lots of different wildlife here in CA. Here's a link to the article:
 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/27/SPB21E4G0G.DTL
 
A few days ago at Huckleberry Preserve, I got surrounded by a big flock of bushtits, at least 20 individuals, and at least half of those were dumb fledges. My question to you birders is: how big do their clutches get, and would young from earlier in the year stick around with their family groups for foraging? Safety in numbers, and all that...at any rate, it was a big group for the breeding season, and really big for a single clutch.
 
Debbie Viess
 
ps got a glimpse of the golden eagles on Monday, and again yesterday, across canyon at Sibley...they are keeping a low profile...pretty sure that I saw the female tearing at food on top of the lowest com tower...at least, her movements were a lot more violent than they would've been if she was only grooming her feet or preening her legs!
 
 


--- In EBB_Sightings@yahoogroups.com, "owlycat@..." <owlycat@...> wrote:

Has anyone else notice the increase in fledgling activity this year?  We always have some baby birds but this year it seems there is a bumper crop.  Up to this point I have counted nine species of fledglings at our house.  Two different families were raised on premises, a chestnut backed chickadee family used the nest box hanging from the beam on our garage and just yesterday the Steller jays left their nest from under our upper living room deck.  Of all the fledglings, my two favorites are the downy woodpeckers and Bewick's wrens.  The parents of all these new babies seem to be using our no-melt suet as "pablum" for their kids.  They go through an entire cake in about 4 days.  The seed tubes are also getting lots of diners.  We live in Montclair just below Skyline near the intersection of Colton and Snake.  Maybe the extra rain and cooler weather has something to do with the increase in families.  Whatever it is, we're having fun watching
all the activity.

Susan


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Black Rail in Martinez

rosita94598
 

After reading Alvaro's message, I decided to give it a go. Since I was awake just before 5 this morning, it was easy to decide to just do it. I was at the end of Berrellesa Street by 5:30, but parked south of the tracks. The parking lot is not open at that early hour. The first birds I heard and saw were two Ospreys overhead. One might have been an immature, that is my inexperience with young Osprey showing.

A Mockingbird was singing like crazy and Marsh Wrens were making noise all over the place. It was quiet on the long bridge Alvaro described, but from the arched bridge over Arroyo del Hambre I saw a few Killdeer, Black-necked Stilts and Canada Geese toward the river.

Walking back west across the long straight bridge, I continued toward the remains of the schooner Forester. Along the way several Song Sparrows and Common Yellowthroats sang and displayed. At the trail intersection toward the small sewage plant, a Black Rail called. It was just a few minutes before 6 AM.

I continued on toward the Forester, walking as far as the bench at the corner. Cliff and Barn Swallows flew over the marsh. Two Red-shouldered Hawks were upset with a Red-tailed Hawk on the hillside over the railroad yard at Ozol. I walked back to the Black Rail and it was still calling. It sort of petered out until a Yellowthroat came to that corner to sing, too, then the Rail went to town again. The Black Rail continued calling as I walked away half-an-hour after I first heard it.

I was back home for breakfast in Walnut Creek before 7 AM. What a great way to start the day, sunrise, birds and the sounds of the river lapping the shore.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Camp Sightings

Fogeggs@...
 

Shorebirds were returning to the Albany Mudflats on Tuesday. Curlew
numbers were up to at least fifteen from a single one the week prior, while three
Black-bellied Plovers were a great improvement over last week's none. Two
Western Sandpipers hit the mud as we watched, and six Short-billed
Dowitchers landed at the waterline; this is in addition to the continuing Avocets,
Willets, Whimbrels, and Godwits. The female Canvasback was still present, a
flock of twenty-four American White Pelicans headed south, and a Eurasian
Collered-Dove was briefly on the haystacks in the racetrack parking lot.

A single American Kestrel was on the power tower on the Seaview Trail in
Tilden yesterday, and another flock of white pelicans flew by low overhead,
while today we found a Pelagic Cormorant, an Osprey, two juvenile White-tailed
Kites, at least ten avocet chicks, three Heermann's Gulls, and yet another
flock of white pelis at the Berkeley Marina.
Brian Fitch & Crew


Archives?

Patricia Bacchetti
 

Dear Administrator:

Is there a way to access the EBB archives? The archive link at MDAS won't let me in.

Thanks,

Pat Bacchetti
Oakland


Hayward Shoreline (6/30)

Bob Richmond
 

Today at the shoreline -

Ashy Storm-Petrel - 1. This is the first June record at the shoreline, no July records either.

Black Oystercatcher - 3 at the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek.

Short-billed Dowitcher - 30 in breeding plumage are the first migrants of the fall.

Ruddy Turnstone - 2 at the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek.

Red Knot - 1 in winter plumage in a summering flock of Black-bellied Plovers at the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek.

Western Sandpipers - hundreds at the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek. They are also the first migrants of the fall. All except 1 were in breeding plumage.

Dunlin - 1 at the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek was in winter plumage. It is much too early for a migrant.

All of the migrant shorebirds seen in June 2009 have now been seen in June 2010 except Marbled Godwit. Many of the shorebirds seen today were not seen here yesterday.

Bob


Virginia Rail in Castro Valley Hills

Emily Serkin
 

Hi Birders.
Last Saturday I spotted a rail in a fresh water pond in the Castro Valley Hills.  I only saw clearly the long, orange bill but assume it was a Virginia, given the habitat.  Also present were Red-winged Blackbirds and one fly-by Oriole I couldn't identify to species. 
I had only a brief look at the rail, after which it stayed hidden.
The pond is in the "Five Canyons Open Space and Trail System," which is part of the EBRPD as well as the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District.  The trailhead is on Boulder Canyon Road near the intersection with Rancho Palomares Dr.  Maps are available at the trailhead.  If you walk the Shady Canyon Trail to and then along the Newt Pond Trail, you'll come to two ponds; the one where I saw the rail is the second one. 
A small mammal was collecting plant matter near a marshy area close to the start of the trail.  As best as I could tell, it looked like a dusky-footed woodrat, a critter I've never spotted before.
Good birding,
Emily Serkin
Castro Valley


Pigeon Guillemots and White Pelicans in Berkeley

Patricia Bacchetti
 

The 2 Pigeon Guillemonts off the end of the Berkeley Pier were still present today at 2PM. One lone Black Oystercatcher was atop the pier. As I was crossing the freeway east, 18 White Pelicans were wheeling over Aquatic Park.

Pat Bacchetti
Oakland


Hayward Shoreline (6/29)

Bob Richmond
 

Seen at the shoreline today -

Wilson's Phalarope -12 seen flying over the pond south of the Least Tern sign.

Black Skimmer - 8 (including 2 young). The adults of this nest were seen to attack and probably kill a very young (less than 1 week old) Forster's Tern.

Migrant shorebirds were Willets (many hundreds) and Long-billed Curlews, but no migrant Godwits, SB Dowitchers, and Western Sandpipers that were here before the end of June last year.

Bob


Albany Mudflat Shorebirds

Judith Dunham
 

I took a spin midday from the Berkeley Marina to Pt. Isabel and back. I saw few birds on my way north, but on my return, with the incoming tide, several flocks of shorebirds were foraging in the Albany Mudflats near Buchanan Street. I counted about 120 Willets. Among them were 8-10 Marbled Godwits, 1 Whimbrel, and 1 Long-billed Curlew. The time was 1:45-2 p.m.

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

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