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baird's sandpiper

John Harris
 

Still at West County Wastewater District as previously described. Second pond to south starting from office. 2:00 p.m.
John Harris
Oakdale

Re: No Gull-Billed turn tuesday afternoon. We saw it on Wednesday afternoon around 4:45 San Leandro Marina

Becky Flanigan
 

Sorry, that i have not figured out how to post on here. Toni and I saw it fishing of the bay side of the "island" fitness circle), yesterday evening about 4:45.    It then flew over the lagoon and heading south down the coast. 

Becky Flanigan

Re: Osprey next to Oakland Touchdown 8/18

Hilary Powers <hilary@...>
 

On 8/18/2016 7:59 AM, 'Matt R.' msricketts@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:


This morning while taking the bus to San Francisco for work (7:29 AM) I
saw an adult OSPREY over the Bay on the north side of the Bay
Bridge/Oakland Touchdown, approx. 0.25 mile west of the toll plaza. It
was carrying what appeared to be either a snake (which would be odd) or
a large stick. I'm aware of the large number of osprey nests near the
Richmond Bridge/Pt. Molate, but have there been any documented in the
Oakland Harbor/Estuary in recent years?
Yes, you can see an osprey nest from Middle Harbor Park in Oakland - on one of the light standards near the bridge. The nest is unoccupied and mostly fallen apart at this point, but ospreys are still in the area from time to time.

Do we have any big eels in the area? In mid-August, a stick seems almost as unlikely as a snake in an osprey's claws....


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Osprey next to Oakland Touchdown 8/18

Matt R.
 

This morning while taking the bus to San Francisco for work (7:29 AM) I saw an adult OSPREY over the Bay on the north side of the Bay Bridge/Oakland Touchdown, approx. 0.25 mile west of the toll plaza. It was carrying what appeared to be either a snake (which would be odd) or a large stick. I'm aware of the large number of osprey nests near the Richmond Bridge/Pt. Molate, but have there been any documented in the Oakland Harbor/Estuary in recent years?

Matt Ricketts
El Cerrito

Western Contra Costa county 8/17 continuing Baird's Sandpiper, Wandering Tattlers

Logan Kahle
 

Hi all,

Had another fun morning in Richmond today, joined for part of the time by Emilie Strauss. We kicked off with a rather unproductive Baywatch from Pt. Isabel. Best was a probable adult Common Tern that flew by several times, though I was never able to get a completely satisfactory view. Other than that, a single flyby Elegant Tern and a perched Osprey were the only birds somewhat of note. Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31131057

From there, we hit the SF bay trail at S 51st st. Shorebird concentrations were great at Meeker, and at one point Emilie noted a larger bird flying in with a group of Western Sandpipers. When we got on it I was stoked to see it was a WANDERING TATTLER, a good bird always in the county and very rare in the Point Isabel/Meeker area. Otherwise, highlights included:

Greater Scaup-2
Great Egret-9 including migrant group of 8 over bay. My highest count for West county, I believe
Black-crowned Night-Heron-1
Black-necked Stilt-2 was pretty unusual here at Meeker
American Avocet-2
Black Oystercatcher-1
Black-bellied Plover-7
Semipalmated Plover-2
Killdeer-4
Long-billed Curlew-4
Marbled Godwit-40
Black Turnstone-4
Least Sandpiper-30
Western Sandpiper-40
WANDERING TATTLER-1
Willet-70
Western Kingbird-3 migrants were my first for Richmond
Tree Swallow-1
Yellow Warbler-1
Savannah Sparrow-2 active migrants

Full eBird list here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31129220


From there I headed up to Pt. San Pablo, with a brief unproductive check of vincent park. The Point was great as usual, and the oaks are really ticking up in migrant action. Additionally I found another Wandering Tattler in the same place Dominik Mosur and I had one a few weeks ago. Highlights here included:

Black-bellied Plover-4
Semipalmated Plover-8
Killdeer-1
Long-billed Curlew-2
Black Turnstone-12
Least Sandpiper-8
WANDERING TATTLER-1
Greater Yellowlegs-7
Willet-2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher-1
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 was likely part of a resident population here
House Wren-1
Yellow Warbler-2
Black-throated Gray Warbler-1 was my first for Richmond
Wilson's Warbler-2
CHIPPING SPARROW-1 is always a hard migrant in the county, and was my first for Richmond. A streaky juv at the Pt Molate county park pines
Purple Finch-1 was a calling bird near military housing

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31130250


I then hit the West County WTP, where, indeed, at least one BAIRD'S SANDPIPER remained. Amazing that this species had just a single record for the county in the past half decade though has been found at least three different locations in Richmond the past week or two. Anyway, highlights here were:

Semipalmated Plover-2
Least Sandpiper-13
Western Sandpiper-2
Baird's Sandpiper-1
Long-billed Dowitcher-1 calling flyover
Yellow Warbler-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31130703


All in all a very fun morning in Richmond with 75 species recorded.


Good birding,
Logan Kahle
Ithaca, NY/San Francisco, CA

Re: Shell Pond and Frank's Tract

Curtis Stuteville
 

Thanks for the info! 
Curtis Stuteville 
Brentwood 



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Re: Shell Pond and Frank's Tract

Logan Kahle
 

Hi All,

I've had a number of people ask me about how to access Shell Pond, as well as the Franks Tract overlook at Bethel Island, so I thought I'd give a stab at describing both.

Shell Pond: Finding this place is a little odd. However, it may offer the only consistent place now to find Phalaropes in the county. To get there get off Highway 4 at Willow Pass rd then quickly turn north onto Port Chicago Highway. Continue up this road for a ways until it starts to veer left, where there will be a small side road crossing some railroad tract on your right (McAvoy Rd). Turn onto this road. Park almost immediately anywhere nearby, though I prefer the area on your right by the fenced in enclosures. From here walk back to the Railroad tracks, and walk east on them. BE CAREFUL HERE, AS THE TRACKS ARE ACTIVE, and trains can easily sneak up on you. This may be why this spot has not been well publicized. Walk for about half a mile, and Shell pond will be on your left. There is often construction just south of the pond. This is one of the budding birding sites in the county, and likely the best shorebird habitat in interior Contra Costa. I recommend visiting but again, stay careful.

Frank's Tract Overlook: Again, a cool new site that has great potential. It was initially discovered last year by Emily Strauss who had a Black tern on her first visit there! This place is technically private (so ask permission before going), so its likely best not to have dozens of birders there at once, but the people here are very welcoming and supportive of birders. To get there, go north on Bethel Island rd until you have nearly reach the end (Piper Slough). The second-to-last public road on your left will be harbor rd. Turn right here, and drive to the end. There is a marina here. Walk up the stairs leading to the levee, and there is a small store with an elevated patio. Enter the store, preferably buying a snack or something (its best to keep relations with birders good here), and ask if you can use the patio. Its possible you'll encounter a curmudgeon, but every person I've encountered at the store has been very welcoming. From the elevated patio you can scan all of Frank's Tract, as well as the newly-discovered Bank Swallow roost site. This is the possibly the largest body of water in East County, perhaps surpassing even Clifton Court in size, so has real potential for loons, grebes, rare gulls, etc. 

Anyway, I'll be posting shortly about my morning in Contra Costa, but if you do find yourself in the county, these two spots are definitely worth your time.

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
Ithaca, NY/San Francisco, CA

On 8/17/16 12:34 PM, John Harris johnh@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
 
Hi all,
I'm interested in checking out Shell Pond, but have never been there before. Can someone give me directions, advice about parking, etc.
Thanks very much and feel free to contact me directly, as it may not be of interest to the whole list.
John Harris
Oakdale

Re: Binocular repairs?

Patricia Mahoney
 

I had an excellent experience with Samy's Camera in SF (Swarovski repair): http://www.samys.com/

Samy's Camera San Francisco Store & Rentals

1090 Bryant Street 
San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: 415-621-8400

Pat

On Aug 17, 2016, at 2:54 PM, Marcus scrod2000@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:

 
Adolf Gassers in San Francisco
 
Marcus Pun
Video Editor/Producer/Editor
cell 510-384-8085,  home 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


From: "kateh37@... [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...>
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 2:30 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Binocular repairs?
 
Can anyone suggest a good shop for binocular repairs? Local would be better, but I would also be willing to ship them farther if need be. I dropped my pair, and now I'm seeing double.



Yellow Warblers

Jeff Acuff
 

As a backyard birding note, today in Lafayette I've seen upwards of 2 dozen yellow warblers, compared to 8 that I've seen here over the course of the prior 16 years.

Good Birding,
Jeff Acuff




Re: Binocular repairs?

Marcus
 

Adolf Gassers in San Francisco
http://www.gassersphoto.com/
 
Marcus Pun
Video Editor/Producer/Editor
cell 510-384-8085,  home 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA



From: "kateh37@... [EBB_Sightings]"
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Sent: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 2:30 PM
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Binocular repairs?

 
Can anyone suggest a good shop for binocular repairs? Local would be better, but I would also be willing to ship them farther if need be. I dropped my pair, and now I'm seeing double.


Binocular repairs?

kateh37@...
 

Can anyone suggest a good shop for binocular repairs? Local would be better, but I would also be willing to ship them farther if need be. I dropped my pair, and now I'm seeing double.

Baird's Sandpiper Richmond

Patricia Bacchetti
 

The Baird's Sandpiper continues at the W Contra Costa Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond.  It was present at the high tide, where I saw it from 12-12:20 PM today-other birders had it earlier, as well.  It was in the 2nd pond from the north, which has the most exposed mudflat.  There were a few Least Sandpipers, which made for a nice comparison.  The Baird's is bigger and buffier, and has a nice streaked chest band.  The birds were all spooky, so moving slowly keeps them from flying.


To find WCCWT, take the Richmond Parkway to Pittsburg Ave and turn west-the gate to the plant will be on your right, and the office is at the end of the road.  The ponds will be to your left, and you can walk up onto the levees between the ponds.  The plant is closed on the weekends, so you will have to view the ponds from the Richmond Parkway (I've made that mistake before).  I don't think it would have been easy to see the bird from that vantage point.


Best,


Pat Bacchetti

Oakland

Shell Pond

John Harris
 

Hi all,
I'm interested in checking out Shell Pond, but have never been there before. Can someone give me directions, advice about parking, etc.
Thanks very much and feel free to contact me directly, as it may not be of interest to the whole list.
John Harris
Oakdale

No Gull-Billed turn tuesday afternoon

Jim Chiropolos
 

The Gull-billed Tern was not seen Tuesday afternoon and the birding timeline had birders there from 1:30 pm? to 4:30 when I left.


My thoughts on seeing this bird. Bring a spotting scope. Without a spotting scope, you cannot really see roosting birds on the island. I think mornings 8 am or before may be the best viewing chances as the afternoon and evenings you are dealing with looking into the sun and a brisk breeze to vibrate your spotting scope.


Good luck, I hope the bird is refound.


Jim Chiropolos, Orinda

 


Posted 9:30 am Wednesday

a few Alamo birds

rosita94598
 

My wife and I visited Jean Richmond's house in Alamo today, Rosita drove and I rode my bike.  Rosita saw a Flicker in the bird bath; Jean says she has never had one so early in the fall.  She also has continuing Hooded Orioles.  Jean said she never had a Bullock's Oriole this year.  Lots of Anna's Hummingbirds visiting the back yard, too, as well as some of the now teen-aged Spotted Towhees.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


Re: Greater White-fronted Goose

janet ellis
 

Sorry left out at the Lake Chabot

Jellis
San Leandro,ca


On Aug 16, 2016, at 1:48 PM, jellis502003@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Spotted 2 Canada Goose x Greylag and one Greater White-fronted Goose on the lawn by the marina.

IMG_4223

 

IMG_42272

 



Greater White-fronted Goose

janet ellis
 

Spotted 2 Canada Goose x Greylag and one Greater White-fronted Goose on the lawn by the marina.

IMG_4223

 

IMG_42272

 



Re: San Leandro Marina Gull-billed Tern

Noah Arthur
 

Has the tern been photographed yet?

Noah



From: "aplomado-falcon@... [EBB_Sightings]"
To: "bobrichmond94544@..."
Cc: yahoogroups
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10:42 AM
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] San Leandro Marina Gull-billed Tern

 
Gull-billed Tern at San Leandro Marina on south side of two islands (not islands at 8 AM) at about 8 AM today Aug 16. Then flew south along edge of bay. 

John Luther
Oakland 


On Aug 15, 2016, at 4:54 PM, Bob Richmond bobrichmond94544@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 
The Gull-billed Tern was seen again this afternoon from about 2:30 to 3:00 on the larger of the two islands off shore. Both times I have seen the bird it was at or near the afternoon low tide, which was not very low.

Bob Richmond



Re: San Leandro Marina Gull-billed Tern

John Luther
 

Gull-billed Tern at San Leandro Marina on south side of two islands (not islands at 8 AM) at about 8 AM today Aug 16. Then flew south along edge of bay. 

John Luther
Oakland 


On Aug 15, 2016, at 4:54 PM, Bob Richmond bobrichmond94544@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

 

The Gull-billed Tern was seen again this afternoon from about 2:30 to 3:00 on the larger of the two islands off shore. Both times I have seen the bird it was at or near the afternoon low tide, which was not very low.


Bob Richmond

San Leandro Marina

Bob Richmond
 

The Gull-billed Tern was seen again this afternoon from about 2:30 to 3:00 on the larger of the two islands off shore. Both times I have seen the bird it was at or near the afternoon low tide, which was not very low.

Bob Richmond