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Long-tailed Duck at Vincent Park Apr 3

Dave Weber
 

Went to Vincent Park in Richmond this morning. The scaup flock contained the two male Black Scoters along with a Long-tailed Duck, male I think. All were on the bay side of the breakwater.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

Heather Farm April 3

rosita94598
 

Tracy Farrington emailed early that he had 5 Green Herons in the park and two Caspian Terns.  By the time I made it there and found him, I did see at lest one of the herons and the two terns were still circling the large pond.  One of them caught a fish and made the croaking tern noise.  Shortly after that they disappeared. 

We were joined by Fred Safier and while we were south of the equestrian area, Fred spotted a Lincoln's Sparrow.  While Tracy and I looked for that one, Tracy found us a brilliant male Bullock's Oriole.  It disappeared on the west side of the large equestrian ring, but Fred commented, and I agree, that it was a first for both of us in maybe 20 years.  They used to be much easier to find here in the spring.

One male Ring-necked Duck is still on the large pond.

Tracy said he saw the Tropical Kingbird on Saturday and posted a message to EBB.  The message has not shown.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


First Hooded Oriole at Pleasanton feeder

henry hansen
 

Our regular male Hooded Oriole showed up at our hummingbird feeder and also enjoyed a bath in the birdbath. First sighting of the year for us in Pleasanton. No female yet.

The Oriole is very cautious, as usual. Which is good since we've been having a Cooper's Hawk(s?) picking off Mourning Doves in our yard over the past two weeks, this afternoon the fourth. Two remain.

Hank Hansen

ospreys on cam in Richmond have an egg

Maureen Lahiff
 

The Golden Gate Audubon Society osprey cam is back for its second season.

Rosie and Richmond have their first egg, which arrived Saturday night.

Search for  SF Bay ospreys  to find the action.

Maureen Lahiff

Black-headed Grosbeak

mbstern2
 

A Black-headed male Grosbeak was at our sunflower seed feeder Saturday. March 31, in our Lafayette backyard.

Maury Stern

Black-headed Grosbeak in Lafayette

Madeline Brane
 

A Black-headed Grosbeak was singing in a tree above the bridge....near the parking lot at the Lafayette Community Center....this morning around 8:30am..

Madeline

Grasshopper Sparrow

rfs_berkeley
 

A Grasshopper sparrow sang this morning in the Wildcat Canyon opens space along Belgum Trail, above the old Belgum Sanitarium.  This seems quite early.

     Rusty Scalf
     Berkeley

More nesting with the Nuttall's in Oakland/Laurel also Gulf Fritillary

Marcus
 

Mom was busy this afternoon expanding the nest.
This pic has wood bits that she spit out.

Another view of the female Nuttall's

And the butterlies are indeed around. This is a gulf fritillary.

Marcus Pun
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Oakland, CA

3rd attempt- FOS Wilson's Warbler

judisierra
 

Yahoo Groups and mail seems to be screwing up again so I'll repost this with a date since it may not show up until tomorrow!

There were 2-3 Wilson's singing this morning 3/31 in lower Strawberry Canyon Berkeley. The dawn chorus there seems to have picked up today. also.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

Garin Region Park 04-30-18

Matthew Dodder
 

Yesterday, March 30, I visited a few places in Alameda County I wanted to become more familiar with. I began at Pleasanton Ridge Open Space Preserve finding it beautifully leafed-out. On a four-mile hike, I found few birds of note, but it was very nice to see so many VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS exploring possible nest sites. The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS have definitely begun singing, and a single PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER called along the Sycamore Grove trail.

Next I visited Garin Regional Park where things really began to feel like spring, however no Orioles showed up for me. I found two more PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, my first-of-season WARBLING VIREOS and a single FOS WILSON’S WARBLER. These were all along the creek leading south toward Jordan Lake. I also was happy to see a RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW on the woodland trail beneath the lake.

Finally, I stopped into the Dry Creek Pioneer where the only new species was my FOS4TC (first-of-season-4-the-county) BARN SWALLOW.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

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Re: Long-tailed Duck @ Miller-Knox

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

I forgot to mention that the Long-tailed Duck is a female.

Tony Brake
Pt. Richmond

Long-tailed Duck @ Miller-Knox

tonybrake@sbcglobal.net
 

This morning there was a LONG-TAILED DUCK with a group of about 80 scaup about 500 m offshore of Miller-Knox Regional Shoreline in Pt. Richmond. The group was initially was seen from near Ferry Point, then swimming to the north.  The two continuing male BLACK SCOTERS were in the bay from the Bay Trail at Barbara and Jay Vincent Park at the end of Marina Bay Parkway.

 

Tony Brake

Pt. Richmond

Re: California Tortoiseshells

Becky Flanigan
 

I had 5 in my back yard yesterday in Oakland, Sequoia Hills

Becky Flanigan

On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 10:20 AM, 'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Hello all,

Regarding California Tortoiseshell butterflies. They were flying all the way to the coast yesterday. I had constant sightings through the mid-day and afternoon. All heading inland, purposefully, none stopping at flowers. Some were coming off the ocean here in Half Moon Bay. The last big movement I have in my notes here in Half Moon Bay was in the fall of 2004 – Oct 13 to be precise.

Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@alvarosadventures.com> alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

From: EBB_Sightings@... <EBB_Sightings@...> On Behalf Of Carla dindelion@... [EBB_Sightings]
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2018 9:19 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] California Tortoiseshells

California Tortoiseshells were also seen flying in pairs and singly in Sibley Regional Park Thursday evening from the Quarry trail.. A photo can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dindelion/40222549125/in/datetaken-public/

Happy birding & butterflying!

Carla Din, Oakland

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Re: California Tortoiseshells

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Hello all,

Regarding California Tortoiseshell butterflies. They were flying all the way to the coast yesterday. I had constant sightings through the mid-day and afternoon. All heading inland, purposefully, none stopping at flowers. Some were coming off the ocean here in Half Moon Bay. The last big movement I have in my notes here in Half Moon Bay was in the fall of 2004 – Oct 13 to be precise.



Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

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www.alvarosadventures.com



From: EBB_Sightings@... <EBB_Sightings@...> On Behalf Of Carla dindelion@... [EBB_Sightings]
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2018 9:19 AM
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] California Tortoiseshells





California Tortoiseshells were also seen flying in pairs and singly in Sibley Regional Park Thursday evening from the Quarry trail.. A photo can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dindelion/40222549125/in/datetaken-public/

Happy birding & butterflying!

Carla Din, Oakland





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California Tortoiseshells

Carla
 

California Tortoiseshells were also seen flying in pairs and singly in Sibley Regional Park Thursday evening from the Quarry trail.. A photo can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dindelion/40222549125/in/datetaken-public/

Happy birding & butterflying!
Carla Din, Oakland

Red-throated Loon and others - Cesar Chavez, Berkeley

Travis Hails
 

Yesterday (Thur, 3/29) about 10:30AM there were 2 Red-throated Loons along the west shore of Chesar Chavez Park, Berkeley. One, breeding plumage, was off the north-west corner of the park, the other, not in breeding plumage, was further south on the west shore (1/2 way to concrete breakwater).

Tuesday, 3/27, about 5:00PM with a low tide, there were 150 Black Turnstones along the east shore mudflats. Mixed in were at least one Ruddy Turnstone and a Surfbird. Two Oystercatchers were also in this mix. Two Osprey were fishing above this east basin.

Travis Hails

Hooded Oriole

Jackie Bobrosky
 

A male Hooded Oriole just seen at my hummingbird feeder!  A FOS for my backyard, a couple weeks late.  A selasphorous hummer has been present for a week, chasing the resident & not so resident Anna's around.

Loving spring.....

Jackie Bobrosky 

Old Martinez

Re: butterfly migration now

Kay Loughman
 

Yesterday - I counted more than 100 California Tortoiseshells flying up Claremont Canyon (in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border).  They were very focused on where they were going; no possibility of me getting a photo. The species is known for periodic big migrations.

Kay Loughman
Berkeley

Lisa Wahl l2wahl@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote on 3/29/2018 10:59 AM:
 

The one in my backyard was either a Painted Lady or the Tortoiseshell. We’ve had large numbers of Painted Ladies in the east bay before.

> On Mar 29, 2018, at 10:50 AM, Kathryn Spence kathrynspence@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
>
> Yesterday between 4-6 p.m. I counted 267 orange butterflies flying north over my Moraga house.They looked like California Tortoiseshells but they were pretty high and didn’t stop, so I am not positive.
>
> It’s going on again now!
>
> Also, our first Hooded Oriole and Selasphorus hummingbird of the season arrived today.
>
> Kathryn Spence
>



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Re: butterfly migration now

Lisa Wahl
 

The one in my backyard was either a Painted Lady or the Tortoiseshell. We’ve had large numbers of Painted Ladies in the east bay before.

On Mar 29, 2018, at 10:50 AM, Kathryn Spence kathrynspence@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Yesterday between 4-6 p.m. I counted 267 orange butterflies flying north over my Moraga house.They looked like California Tortoiseshells but they were pretty high and didn’t stop, so I am not positive.

It’s going on again now!

Also, our first Hooded Oriole and Selasphorus hummingbird of the season arrived today.

Kathryn Spence

butterfly migration now

kathrynspence@att.net
 

Yesterday between 4-6 p.m. I counted 267 orange butterflies flying north over my Moraga house.They looked like California Tortoiseshells but they were pretty high and didn’t stop, so I am not positive.

It’s going on again now!

Also, our first Hooded Oriole and Selasphorus hummingbird of the season arrived today.

Kathryn Spence