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Finally a White-throated Sparrow

Alan Krakauer
 

I’ve been watching intently since the winter sparrows started showing up in my yard, but it wasn’t until today that I had the season’s first White-throated Sparrow.This one was tan-striped. Most years we have at least 2 regularly visiting all winter.

Otherwise we have a fairly normal mix of east-bay yard birds: Lots of White-crowned and Golden crowned sparrows (~40 and 10 this morning, respectively), Spotted and California Towhee, House Finch, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, DE Junco, one Fox Sparrow, California Scrub Jay, and one Bewick’s Wren.

Yesterday we had a fly-by Merlin as well.

This is near Wildcat Canyon park.

Happy New Year!
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

Alameda County, 1/4--Correction

Judith Dunham
 

Sorry about the date--we were there yesterday, January 2, though most probably figured that out. It's early in the year and I am already confused. 



Date: 1/3/17 8:33 am
From: Judith Dunham [EBB_Sightings]
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Alameda County, 1/4
Four East Bay birders traversed the county from Coyote Hills Regional Park to the Livermore area. Conditions were a bit challenging, with intermittent showers and wind that, though moderate, was bone-chilling. But we had a fine day by the time we ended shortly after 4 p.m., and a rainbow appeared in the east.

Some of the gifts came in threes:

Three Merlins: one plucking and disembowling prey in a bare tree near the entrance to Coyote Hills, a second, somewhat waterlogged bird in a tree near the butterfly garden, and the last cutting across a field along Hartman Road in Livermore.

Three owls: Great Horned at Coyote Hills, Barn at Del Valle, Burrowing in the hills west of Springtown Wetlands.

Three Ferruginous Hawks: All in a field in the Hartford/Lorraine area of Livermore.

Livermore's Springtown Wetlands rewarded us with a Sora (heard), a Wilson's Snipe, and a Green Heron and pair of Hooded Mergansers, which we missed in other locations. Due to the wind and the chill, there was hardly a bird stirring at Holdener Park, so we missed the Cassin's Kingbird. A nice consolation was the small flock of Chipping Sparrows at Tex Spruiell Park, located in a subdivision off Vasco Road.

Wishing everyone good birding in 2017!

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

Reminder re banding codes

judisierra
 

Banding codes should be accompanied by the full name of the species somewhere in the post.
From NBB " Please do not list your bird sightings by 4 or 6-Letter Bird Acronyms since these banding codes have some overlapping issues and are not used by everyone."

Alameda County, 1/4

Judith Dunham
 

Four East Bay birders traversed the county from Coyote Hills Regional Park to the Livermore area. Conditions were a bit challenging, with intermittent showers and wind that, though moderate, was bone-chilling. But we had a fine day by the time we ended shortly after 4 p.m., and a rainbow appeared in the east.

Some of the gifts came in threes:

Three Merlins: one plucking and disembowling prey in a bare tree near the entrance to Coyote Hills, a second, somewhat waterlogged bird in a tree near the butterfly garden, and the last cutting across a field along Hartman Road in Livermore.

Three owls: Great Horned at Coyote Hills, Barn at Del Valle, Burrowing in the hills west of Springtown Wetlands.

Three Ferruginous Hawks: All in a field in the Hartford/Lorraine area of Livermore.

Livermore's Springtown Wetlands rewarded us with a Sora (heard), a Wilson's Snipe, and a Green Heron and pair of Hooded Mergansers, which we missed in other locations. Due to the wind and the chill, there was hardly a bird stirring at Holdener Park, so we missed the Cassin's Kingbird. A nice consolation was the small flock of Chipping Sparrows at Tex Spruiell Park, located in a subdivision off Vasco Road.

Wishing everyone good birding in 2017!

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

Possible "auduboni" HETH in Contra Costa County

albertlinkowski
 

Found today, January 2nd. in 2017 in Newhall Community Park in Concord, Contra Costa County. Clearly larger, grayer, and lacking buff tones on the breast cf to "pacific" subspecies regularly wintering in this part of California

Happy New Year,

Albert W. Linkowski


Tropical Kingbird in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

The Tropical Kingbird was seen at the north end of the large pond in Heather Farm Park maybe around 4:30 this evening.  It was hawking insects over the pond from an overhanging tree directly across from the dog park.

It has been a couple of weeks, so it is nice to know it has done well in the cold weather.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


And nearby Golden Eagle Re: Phainopepla, Oak Hill Park, Danville

David Couch
 

Found one Phainopepla at 3 PM just as described - take the trail behind the slide in the playground to the top of the highest hill. As we watched the Phainopepla, 2 golden eagles flew overhead and then 1 came down and circled the little hill we were on, stooping twice. The closest I have ever been to one!

On Jan 1, 2017, at 5:24 PM, Steve Hutchcraft steve.hutchcraft@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Hi all,

Not sure how unusual, but I found one, possibly two Phainopeplas at Oak Hill Park in Danville this evening. Positive ID on the one at the far end of the Vita Trail (near the log jump gym if you play pokemongo), calling from and dining on the mistletoe in the two large oaks. The other possible was not seen but heard just above the play area. Not seen one in the park before, and seemingly odd for this time of year.

The park in general has been quite slow this year. Only one migrating duck so far, a female Bufflehead. A female Belted Kingfisher hangs around occasionally and a DC Cormorant popped up yesterday morning for a brief stay.

Happy Birding and Happy New Year!

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

Lake Chabot

Lawrence Danos
 

I took a short walk oday for about an hour in the afternoon.  These were readily identifiable along the way  from the parking lot past the boat house up the west lakeside road for a half mile:

Spotted towhees
California towhees
Golden crown sparrows and several other unidentified species
Dark-eyed junckos
Finches
Hutton's vireo
Stellars jay
Chestnut-backed chickadee
Pygmy nuthatch
Mallards
Cormorants
Am. Coots
Northern Shovelers
Ring-billed gulls
Turkey fultures
Tree swallows

For now...Larry Danos



Eursian Wigeon - Livermore

Steve Huckabone
 

Of local interest I found a male Eurasian Wigeon at Las Positas Golf Course. The Eurasian Wigeon was hanging with ~150 American Wigeon.

https://flic.kr/p/PyGfxd

Happy New Year and good birding.

Steve Huckabone
Livermore, CA
Alameda County

Hayward Shoreline (1-1-2017)

Bob Richmond
 

Seen this afternoon

1 Rufous Hummingbird in a flowering eucalyptus  at the Winton Ave. parking area.

620 Cackling Geese on Mt. Trashmore. Most were Aluetian.

1 white morph Ross Goose on Mt. Trashmore.

2 immature white morph Snow Geese on Mt. Trashmore.

Bob


Phainopepla, Oak Hill Park, Danville

photohutch
 

Hi all,

Not sure how unusual, but I found one, possibly two Phainopeplas at Oak Hill Park in Danville this evening. Positive ID on the one at the far end of the Vita Trail (near the log jump gym if you play pokemongo), calling from and dining on the mistletoe in the two large oaks. The other possible was not seen but heard just above the play area. Not seen one in the park before, and seemingly odd for this time of year.

The park in general has been quite slow this year. Only one migrating duck so far, a female Bufflehead. A female Belted Kingfisher hangs around occasionally and a DC Cormorant popped up yesterday morning for a brief stay.

Happy Birding and Happy New Year!

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

Re: Wilson's Warbler in Berkeley

Rachel Silverstein
 

Ha! Point taken Bob. I will encourage my friend to put this on Ebird. I don't believe he has an account but this is an excellent reason to start!


On Sunday, January 1, 2017 6:42 AM, Kay Loughman wrote:


Rachel,

I don't have records to prove it; but I think Wilson's Warbler is
reported pretty much every year during the Oakland CBC.  Not more than
one or two individuals, and not in the same locations - so not (yet) a
wintering population.  Does make you wonder what prompts these
individuals to stay over . . .

Kay Loughman
in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border

ocellatedturkey@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote on 12/29/2016 9:11 AM:
> Yesterday my friend who lives near Woolsey and Shattuck in Berkeley
> had a Wilson's Warbler in his backyard. I know one was seen on Bay
> Farm Island during the CBC but other than that I'm not aware of a
> wintering population here. Have any others been sighted in the area?
>
> Rachel Silverstein
>



Re: Wilson's Warbler in Berkeley

Bob Power <rcpower@...>
 

Valle Vista - Moraga (Denise Wight) 12-03 and the Bay Farm Island sighting are the only ones in December on eBird. Your friend's Berkeley bird isn't recorded on eBird. If a tree falls in the woods, will anyone hear it? or something like that.
Happy New Year,
Bob Power
Oakland, Ca


On Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:31 AM, "ocellatedturkey@... [EBB_Sightings]" wrote:


 
Yesterday my friend who lives near Woolsey and Shattuck in Berkeley had a Wilson's Warbler in his backyard. I know one was seen on Bay Farm Island during the CBC but other than that I'm not aware of a wintering population here. Have any others been sighted in the area?

Rachel Silverstein


Pygmy Nuthatch - 2

Bob Richmond
 

They were at Bollena Bay yesterday in some pines that are the closest pines to the end of the road.

Bob

Miller-Knox RS

Laura Look <chamaea@...>
 

Today (Sat, Dec. 31), Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline in Richmond had a few good birds. Two CACKLING GEESE continued with the Canada geese.

Three EURASIAN WIGEONS (2 males and at least 1 female) continued with the American wigeon flock at the duck pond.

An unseasonal BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, probably wintering over, was along the paved path bordering the scrub area north of the Ferry Pt parking lot. We first saw it in the scraggly toyon bushes along the trail. Then it flew across the trail and disappeared into the scrub area.

2 fuzzy Id shots of wintering gnatcatcher: https://www.flickr.com/photos/115418990@N03/31896864051/

Best of the rest: Belted Kingfisher. American White Pelican. Pelagic Cormorant and Common Loons on the Bay. White-throated Swifts over the hills. Sharp-shinned Hawk.

Park info: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/miller_knox

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA

Don Edwards NWR (12/29) - Possible American Golden-Plover

Jerry Ting
 

Yesterday (12/29/2016) afternoon around 4:25PM during low tide, I spot a possible American Golden-Plover on Shoreline Trail about 1.2 mile out north of the under bridge parking area.  Here is my description of the bird posted on eBird:

Seen on the bay (west) side of Shoreline Trail about 1.2 mile out of the parking lot (37.530076, -122.112119). Smaller than the Black-bellied Plover nearby with much darker cap, slightly smaller and thinner bill, a more defined ear patch, and longer wing.


And here is a distant shot of the bird:

American Golden-Plover???


The evenly spaced primary tips is not distinguishable from the image, but the long wing/primaries is obvious.  Also the cap is much darker than Black-bellied Plover.  Any comment/suggestion will be much appreciated.


Other notables include a Ruddy Turnstone seen at the same location as the American Golden-Plover.  And more than a hundred Red Knots flew by the pond east of Shoreline Trail which is kind of unusual (for me) during this time of the year in Bay Area. 

Here is the complete eBird report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33280381

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont



Continuing Cassin's Kingbird, Livermore, Alameda county)

Mike Feighner
 

From Concannon Blvd. take Arroyo Road south the Hansen Road, then head east
to the road's end to the entrance of Holdener Park open daily from 7 AM to
sunset, no park fees.



Park in the lot below the two large water tanks, and take the trail where it
starts below the entrance to the parking area.



The trail passes back along the south side of the parking lot and bends to
the right and then to the right again heading west along the hillside to the
left of the trail.



When you get to a fence bordering the park and the vineyard on the right
(looking back after leaving the park you will see an entrance sign for the
park), look for a washed-out "gully" on the hillside south of the trail.
The Cassin's Kingbird spent its time in trees on both sides of this "washed
out gully".



eBird report



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Mike Feighner

Livermore, California, Alameda County

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Wilson's Warbler in Berkeley

Rachel Silverstein
 

Yesterday my friend who lives near Woolsey and Shattuck in Berkeley had a Wilson's Warbler in his backyard. I know one was seen on Bay Farm Island during the CBC but other than that I'm not aware of a wintering population here. Have any others been sighted in the area?

Rachel Silverstein

Hooded Mergansers back at Jewel Lake

Lee Friedman
 

Yesterday afternoon I made a brief stop at Jewel Lake, and saw that a pair of Hooded Mergansers had returned to the lake.


Good birding,
Lee Friedman

Black-legged Kittiwake

Bob Richmond
 

On the San Francisco Bay side of Bollena Bay in Alameda, a Herring run is taking place. A Black-legged Kittiwake was seen flying nearby. I was there durin the low tide in the mid-afternoon to dusk.

Bob