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Will the Bar-tailed Godwit overwinter?

Aaron Maizlish
 

I’ve been hoping the 1st-year Emeryville Bar-tailed Godwit will stick
around for the winter, although at first I didn’t think the odds were
good. But there he was this morning, on Day 35, in his usual spot among
the Marbled Godwits and Willets, looking even more relaxed and less
skittish than when he was first spotted on October 31st. If a Bar-tailed
Godwit is ever going to overwinter, this seems like a good candidate.



The historical record for Bar-tailed Godwit in California (51 accepted
records) shows several fall records that stayed in place for about a
month. The longest was a 2009 Orange County bird that stayed from 10/31 to
1/12. None have ever overwintered in Northern California.



The Emeryville godwit is the expected subspecies L. l. baueri that breeds
in Alaska and Chukotka and winters in Australia and New Zealand (per Joe
Morlan). This is the subspecies that is hardwired to make the incredible
nonstop 7,000 mile journey over open ocean every fall from the Bering Sea
to New Zealand, burning off about half of their body weight in the
process. Nome is only 3,000 miles from San Francisco – so based on that
alone I would have assumed that the bird would still have the energy (fat
reserves) to continue on southward – although of course we have no idea how
long its actual circuitous route was that led him here. On the other
hand, Emeryville seems to be a welcoming wintering spot with lots of food
and Marbled cousins, so I hope he makes it through and perhaps even
imprints this journey for future migrations.



Aaron Maizlish

San Francisco and Emeryville

Tuesday morning Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

On Saturday the California Young Birders' Club found the Tropical Kingbird in Heather Farm Park.  Those of us who walk there in the mornings had not seen it for several weeks.  Today, though, it was sitting high in a leafless tree on the west side of the large, mostly natural pond.  We walked away from it to see what else we could see.  Fred Safier's eBird report is not yet posted, but will be found later here:  https://ebird.org/region/US-CA-013/activity?yr=all&m=
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Red crossbills in Emeryville as well as continuing Bar-tailed Godwit

dp_eas
 

Yesterday the bar-tailed godwit continued in Emeryville at the Powell Street roost at high tide.

Additionally, about 8 red crossbills were sighted at a lone pine tree on Powell just east of the big brown Trader Vic’s sign on the north side of Powell. They then flew to the western terminus of Powell and were seen both cone busting and drinking from a puddle. At eye level. Red adult males, green and red immature males, green adult (presumed) females. They seem to be Type 2. There is a recording (and photos) posted to EBird.

A bit of surf and turf here in the East Bay.

Emilie Strauss
Berkeley, CA

Miller Knox hooded merganser

Chris Hayamizu
 

There was a male hooded merganser in the pond at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline this morning. It was hanging out with some buffleheads and wigeons.

Chris Hayamizu
El Cerrito

approachable Varied Thrush in Canyon Trail Park

Richard Mix
 

Varied Thrush has been a bit of a nemesis for me, but after years of frustrating glimpses in tree tops I added it to my naked eye list today around 2:00. It was hanging out on the dry lawn opposite the school fence on Gatto Ave. in El Cerrito, a bit past the unsigned turnout where Canyon Trail Drive bears left onto Gatto, and quite spectacularly plumed in the afternoon light.

Richard Mix
RichardMix@...

Wednesday afternoon in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

While we had a visit from a friend, she and Rosita noticed Pine Siskins in our small Walnut Creek patio.  I ran downstairs from the computer and we had two, later three.  Pretty cool.  Not a yard lifer, but it has been a few years.
Happy Thanksgiving.
Hugh B. Harveyjust north of Heather Farm Park and the large, mostly natural pondWalnut Creek

Red-naped sapsucker hybrid during Grayson Creek bird survey

Alan Bade
 

On Sunday's Grayson Creek bird survey, we go to a small open area along Grayson Creek at the Viking Road bridge in Pleasant Hill. We didn't have time to fully review photos until later in the week. It turns out that the sapsucker we thought was a red-breasted wasn't what it seemed in the treetops. We think it is a male red-naped x red-breasted hybrid, please take a look (if interested) and let us know what you think! Note the red feathers crossing through the supercilium, the auricular dark line through the eye, and malar or cheek white line. And no white patch of feathers under the bill, indicating that it is a male, I believe. We were pretty excited about seeing this! Hopefully we are on the right track. (The good photos and the ID credit are by Susana de Trapaga.) Location; 37.965972, -122.066678

Here's the ebird checklist with photos; https://ebird.org/checklist/S61717826

Our photos also yielded an American Pipit and a Lincoln's sparrow to be added to our Oak Park list; https://ebird.org/checklist/S61712385

Photos added to other Chilpancingo checklist; https://ebird.org/checklist/S61717934

Good birding,
Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill

Hooded Mergansers return to Grayson Creek

Alan Bade
 

During today's Grayson Creek bird survey (a joint project of Mt Diablo Audubon and Friends of Pleasant Hill Creeks), we saw 5 Hooded mergansers in Grayson Creek, near the Golf Club Rd bridge. We also had a double crested cormorant fishing right at the bridge, which was fun to watch so close up. At the Chilpancingo bridge, we had a male Common yellowthroat and a Marsh Wren in the cattails. We are still adding more photos, but the ebird list is here; https://ebird.org/checklist/S61717934
The Oak Park section yielded a Belted Kingfisher and 29 other species, list here; https://ebird.org/checklist/S61712385 (Still adding photos).

Good birding, Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill

Re: Brant at Arrowhead Marsh

David Robinson
 

Thanks for the guidance, Judi.

Here's the link to the ebird list, which includes pics:
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L161083?m=11&yr=cur&changeDate=Set

On Sun, Nov 24, 2019 at 10:08 AM Judi S. <judisierra@...> wrote:

Sorry to say this particular sightings group doesn't allow photos or
attachments. Maps and photos best done on ebird with a link. Or photos any
other 3rd party.


On Sunday, November 24, 2019, 9:23:45 AM PST, David Robinson <
dvdrobinson@...> wrote:


Yesterday afternoon, a friend and I saw a Brant among a large flock of
Canada Geese feeding at Arrowhead Marsh on the grassy lawn near the
Kingfisher picnic area (see the map below, with the area circled in red).

[image: DSCN7972 _ Brant _ Arrowhead Marsh 11 23 19.JPG]
[image: Screen Shot 2019-11-24 at 9.14.53 AM.png]



Brant at Arrowhead Marsh

David Robinson
 

Yesterday afternoon, a friend and I saw a Brant among a large flock of
Canada Geese feeding at Arrowhead Marsh on the grassy lawn near the
Kingfisher picnic area (see the map below, with the area circled in red).

[image: DSCN7972 _ Brant _ Arrowhead Marsh 11 23 19.JPG]
[image: Screen Shot 2019-11-24 at 9.14.53 AM.png]

Re: and another Bald Eagle in Paicines, near The Pinnacles.. Clarification

Marcus
 

Forgot to add we were going northbound on Cienaga.

We also drove a thousand feet north to the entrance of the Thousand Trail RV park and looking South up the hill had a slightly closer view.
Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, On Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:10:17 PM PST, Marcus <scrod2000@...> wrote:

Driving along Cienaga Road near the entrance to the Thousand Trails RV park we spotted a Bald Eagle up the hill on the west side of the road, sitting on top of a pine tree like it owned the world.  Never moved from its perch so we hung out for about 15-20 minutes, watching it through binoculars, soaking it in.

Later on at De Rose winery we talked with the owner who said that there were nesting sites nearby.

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, 4:18:17 PM PST, Carla <dindelion@...> wrote:

On the heels of the Bald Eagle sighted above Briones Nov. 17, was fortunate
to see another adult above Coyote Hills, Saturday Nov. 23! It was soaring
with two Turkey Vultures and had the unmistakable markings of white head
and tail and brown body, with a large yellow bill. After the TVs peeled
off, the Bald Eagle circled above for several minutes so we were treated to
some nice eye candy!

For the birds,
Carla Din & Doug Mosher
Oakland

and another Bald Eagle in Paicines, near The Pinnacles.

Marcus
 

Driving along Cienaga Road near the entrance to the Thousand Trails RV park we spotted a Bald Eagle up the hill on the west side of the road, sitting on top of a pine tree like it owned the world.  Never moved from its perch so we hung out for about 15-20 minutes, watching it through binoculars, soaking it in.

Later on at De Rose winery we talked with the owner who said that there were nesting sites nearby.

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, 4:18:17 PM PST, Carla <dindelion@...> wrote:

On the heels of the Bald Eagle sighted above Briones Nov. 17, was fortunate
to see another adult above Coyote Hills, Saturday Nov. 23! It was soaring
with two Turkey Vultures and had the unmistakable markings of white head
and tail and brown body, with a large yellow bill. After the TVs peeled
off, the Bald Eagle circled above for several minutes so we were treated to
some nice eye candy!

For the birds,
Carla Din & Doug Mosher
Oakland

Bald Eagle, Coyote Hills

Carla
 

On the heels of the Bald Eagle sighted above Briones Nov. 17, was fortunate
to see another adult above Coyote Hills, Saturday Nov. 23! It was soaring
with two Turkey Vultures and had the unmistakable markings of white head
and tail and brown body, with a large yellow bill. After the TVs peeled
off, the Bald Eagle circled above for several minutes so we were treated to
some nice eye candy!

For the birds,
Carla Din & Doug Mosher
Oakland

FOE Red-breasted Nuthatch at the feeder

Elizabeth Leite
 

This morning we had a First of Ever Red-breasted Nuthatch visit one of our feeders. I've been hearing them in the neighborhood for a couple of weeks and saw one a few days ago on an oak after Dal heard several of them in part of a mobbing event nearby. This morning Dal saw one at a feeder perhaps eight feet away from him where we daily see White-breasted. The feeder is located adjacent to a thirty foot Redwood. It is filled with a quality already shelled mix which includes peanuts, sf seeds, millet, and safflower. The feeder is a "Squirrel-proof" type with sturdy wire mesh which allows the Nuthatches to cling upside down and grab seed from the openings. I hope the bird visits again on my Feederwatch days or on 12/14, our Central CBC day (we're in the Circle).

Good Birding,
Elizabeth Leite (SW WC corner/Lafayette border)

Varied Thrush, Huckleberry RP

Glen Tepke
 

Mid-day today we saw a male Varied Thrush on the lower part of the loop trail in Huckleberry Botanical Regional Preserve (Skyline Blvd. in unincorporated Contra Costa Co. near Oakland).  The FOS for us.  Good birding,

Glen Tepke & Carol Chetkovich
Oakland/Santa Cruz

Valle Vista yesterday, Hooded Merganzer pairs, Wood Ducks, White-tailed Kite...

Bev
 

The Wood Ducks seem less shy with so many coots and other water birds. They were on both sides of the bridge in the full creek. (It's so much better with water.)  Also a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron, who was trying to pull up stems (of willows) from the water. I'd never seen that before.

Also, a Flicker, Acorn Woodpeckers, 4 Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets....

The Kite was not far from the parking lot, eating someone...

I'm thinking of going back on Sunday around 3. Later seems best.

Bev Von Dohre

Varied Thrush at Valle Vista Yesterday

Elizabeth Leite
 

Yesterday's report failed to mention we also spotted a Varied Thrush on the gravel road before the stable area. I found an eBird posting for 11/1 as well, so perhaps the bird has been there for some time now. I personally haven't seen one in the Lafayette/Moraga area for a couple of years. We tallied 53 species, either seen or heard. The lake has been filled and there's more water and more water fowl there than there's been in a very long time.

Elizabeth Leite

Valle Vista Snipe

EBB-Support <EBB-Support@...>
 
Edited

To add to Annie's list from a few days ago, we had a Wilson's Snipe visible right in front of the bench past the stables at 3:30PM today.

Dal Leite

Hooded Merganser (Male) @ Lake Merritt, Oakland

lyla.arum@...
 

Greetings Birders,

A lone male Hooded Merganser was spotted yesterday afternoon at Lake Merritt, Oakland. First, near the fountain by the pergola/colonnade and later, swimming in the main body of the lake but not past the islands.

Cheers,
Lyla Arum - Oakland

Re: Pine Siskins in Berkeley

John Luther
 

I have had 40 to 60 Pine Siskins at my feeders in the Oakland Hills on the south side of Shepherd Canyon for about a month now.  They love the regular no mess bird seed as do the Red-breasted and Pygmy nuthatches.  I do not have any nyjer thistle feeders.   Only one White-throated Sparrow so far this year in the Fox and Golden-crowned sparrow flock.
John LutherOakland

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 2:51:41 PM PST, Judith Dunham <jldunham@...> wrote:

Today, 11/20, and each day since last Sunday, one or two Pine Siskins have visited our nyjer thistle feeder for some time in the afternoon. We are about a half mile south of the UC campus and between Shattuck and Telegraph Avenues. Siskins went missing last year, but given appearance of Red-breasted Nuthatches and Red Crossbills in numbers around the Bay Area, this year may be different.

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA