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Re: Brewer's Sparrow this morning -- West County Landfill, loop trail

Graham Chisholm
 

Following up on Phred’s report, I hiked out along the loop trail that starts in the West County Landfill parking lot, and refound the Brewer’s Sparrow he reported. It was a bit west along the trail feeding along the edge of the trail at (37.9618183, -122.3904503), last seen at 3:10 pm. Nice find.

It is very birdy and I’d recommend being a scope to view the waterbirds.

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley

On Oct 12, 2019, at 1:09 PM, Phred Benham <phbenham@...> wrote:

Hi all,
This morning I had a Brewer’s Sparrow along the landfill loop trail. Just past a green info sign for “garbage mountain”, roughly here: 37.961710, -122.389530
The sparrow was working the fennel on both sides of the trail with a few white-crowned and song sparrows. The last I saw the bird it had gone into a larger patch of fennel.

Big numbers of shovelers were in the pond and my first of fall Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, and Cinnamon Teal. There was also a late Red-necked Phalarope on the pond.

Photos of sparrow in the eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60558397

Good birding,
Phred Benham
Pt. Richmond, CA

Phred M. Benham
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley


Union City duck pond

John Cant 793-5216
 

This morning I found a family group -- two adults, two juveniles -- of Greater White-fronted Goose, plus a calling Red-breasted Nuthatch.
John CantFremont

Brewer's Sparrow this morning -- West County Landfill, loop trail

Phred Benham
 

Hi all,
This morning I had a Brewer’s Sparrow along the landfill loop trail. Just past a green info sign for “garbage mountain”, roughly here: 37.961710, -122.389530
The sparrow was working the fennel on both sides of the trail with a few white-crowned and song sparrows. The last I saw the bird it had gone into a larger patch of fennel.

Big numbers of shovelers were in the pond and my first of fall Green-winged Teal, Bufflehead, and Cinnamon Teal. There was also a late Red-necked Phalarope on the pond.

Photos of sparrow in the eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60558397

Good birding,
Phred Benham
Pt. Richmond, CA

Phred M. Benham
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley

Poorwill, Berkeley

judisierra
 

FOS sighting of a Common Poorwill on the upper Strawberry Canyon fire trail around 6AM this morning (10-11) It was perched on the bench that's at the beginning of the flat trail after climbing uphill. It flew off over the embankment as wasn't there on my return. I was unable to run the trail the last 6 days due to car issues so it may have appeared sooner. The earliest fall arrival date I have is 10/1.

Judi Sierra, Oakland

Creekside Park - Hammond's Flycatcher 10/11/2019

hoggsville
 

This morning at Creekside Park there was an empid which I'm identifying as a Hammond's Flycatcher feeding in the trees lining the small open area across the creek from the playground area. The foraging likely took it across county lines but it was mostly in Alameda County. Noah Arthur also reported a Hammond's a couple weeks ago in the same area, but I think this is a different bird. You may view some pictures on my eBird report here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60533808

Jack Hayden
Albany, CA

Coyote Hills (10/10) - Chestnut-sided Warbler, Pacific Wren, White-throated Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet

Jerry Ting
 

Highlights at the nectar garden in Coyote Hills Regional Park this (10/10) afternoon:
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (HY female)
- Pacific Wren
- White-throated Sparrow (continuing tan-striped)
- Swainson's Thrush
- Warbling Vireo.

Also:
Two Black-throated Gray Warblers (one HY male in the big oak tree in front of the visitor center and one HY female in oak trees on Quail Trail)
At least two Golden-crowned Kinglets in buckeye and oak tree in front of Hoot Hollow.

Here is the eBird checklist with photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60517203

Happy Birding,

Jerry Ting
Fremont

Richmond Yellow-rumped Warblers

Sheila Dickie
 

Saw the first two Yellow-rumped Warblers of the season this morning, October 9, 2019, in my garden in Richmond, 600 block of 29th Street. They joined the small flock of White Crowned Sparrows who arrived on cue on September 23. The warblers were in and around the bottlebrush tree which is full of bees. The warblers did not linger long and then two Anna's Hummingbirds got in on the act and were chasing each other and going in and out of the bottlebrush.

Sheila Dickie
Richmond

EBB Archives now searchable

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The East Bay Birding Archives 1998-2010 are now fully searchable. Begun prior to eBird, and with many members who do not use that service for posting sightings, the early EBB Archives provide information about species and locations available nowhere else.

http://www.birdwideweb.com/EBB-Search.php

Dal Leite
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Redstartat pt Pinole

John Sterling
 

The immature male American Redstart continues at Pt Pinole in the regional park. Park in the atlas road entrance parking lot. Check park map at kiosk. Walk down Owl Alley which is a major gravel road about 1/2 mile to small pond on the left. The redstart was foraging on the much in the shade below the blackberry bramble and adjacent small rule cluster on west side of pond.

John
John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

Warbler trifecta - Antioch yard - 10/6

Paul Schorr
 

This morning we had a female Black-throated Gray, a female Townsend’s and a female Audubon’s Warbler come to our bird bath. Keep those bird baths full and with a dripper if possible.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

FOS Fox Sparrow - Antioch yard - 10/4

Paul Schorr
 

Today we had a “Sooty” Fox Sparrow join the 12+ White-crowned Sparrows and a couple of Golden-crowned Sparrows in our yard. We first observed the bird this morning as it fed, and then watched it bathe a couple of times throughout the day.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Warbling Vireo - Antioch yard - 10/3

Paul Schorr
 

This morning there was a late-migrating Warbling Vireo at our bird bath.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Western Wood-Pewee - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 10/3

Paul Schorr
 

During a mid-day walk at Contra Loma R. P., we spotted a late-migrating Western Wood-Pewee and had excellent views as it was fly-catching. Other noteworthy birds were a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Common Yellowthroat, Bewick’s Wren and an Audubon’s Warbler.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Black Swifts and others Point San Pablo 9/29

Ethan Monk
 

Hi All,

A bit of a late post, and a somewhat shorter one than normal. I birded Point San Pablo Sunday (as well as a few other spots in Richmond which I won't cover here). Winds NW about 7mph and clear skies in the hours I was there, about 6:30-9. About 15 flickers and 30 scrub-jays were in direct flight travelling N to the tip of the point, and then departing over the bay towards Marin all morning. 3 Black Swifts were the highlight of the morning, which came in from the NE about 8am and flew directly over my head at the top of signal hill, and were in view for about 15 seconds as they flew over the bay directly towards Mt. Tam. My photos are poor, and admittedly don't particularly resemble Black Swifts, but the birds were clear in my binoculars (and with my naked eyes)--large, all black, heavy weight swifts, flapping with deep strokes over my head and then across the bay. By the time my camera was out, the birds were practically specks on the horizon. Some other highlights: 3 Pine Siskins and 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers flew over heading South, as did a flock of 5 actively migrating Yellow Warblers, and 2 Chipping Sparrows were hanging around by the water/oil tanks. It was also a good movement day for Fox Sparrows, with a conservatively estimated 27 birds roaming around the area between the water tanks and the marina, alone. Multiple were singing. Interestingly, all White-crowned Sparrows I took a close look at were Gambel's (this should/might? change soon, the wintering birds appear to be mainly pugetensis).
Throughout the morning, depending what you consider a migrant I tallied maybe 100-130 migrating birds?
Full checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60212508

Good birding,
Ethan

Great morning in Heather Farm Park--Walnut Creek Sept. 30

rosita94598
 

A number of us were present today and we had some very good sightings, though we missed the recently returned Tropical Kingbird.  Highlights were 5 western warbler species: Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Wilson's, Black-throated Gray and Townsend's.  Like many spots around the bay this fall, we had a Red-breasted Nuthatch, though it is highly unusual for this species in the Ygnacio Valley. 

We also had another unusual bird, an American Kestrel, which Tracy Farrington missed and we could not re-find.  It flew from the west side of the large, mostly natural pond toward the equestrian parking lot and the Seven Hills Ranch property.  The Kestrels have struggled everywhere, and we have not seen them around here for years.  The last sighting known to us was on the Seven Hills Ranch property by Elizabeth Leite and her husband, Dal. 

We also had a Pacific-slope Flycatcher on the east side of the pond.  Tracy and I had a Marsh Wren in the Ygnacio Canal on the west side of the pond.  A couple of American Coots have joined the Pied-billed Grebe and Common Gallinules.

Fred Safier's eBird list is here:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60237731
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch - Antloch yard - 9/29

rfs_berkeley
 

Other state listservs like Central Valley and Monterey Bay have been reporting unusual numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatches.  The Oregon listserv likewise.
Here in the East Bay we have resident breeders and hearing them is not so unusual. But in recent times I've seen and heard RBNs well out of habitat; like the Eucalyptus woodland of Point Pinole (no conifers for miles), the Oak/Bay woodland of Briones Reservoir and in the Richmond Hills.

 Rusty Scalf

For the past week Nancy has heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch infrequently calling from our neighbor’s redwood trees and she would alert me, but the bird(s) ceased vocalizing when I listened. (I tried very hard not to take it personally.) However, this morning one appeared in our yard and we had excellent views as it foraged.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch



Re: oops Tennesse Warbler Con't

judisierra
 

Location is Miller/Knox RP, Richmond Ferry point area scrub.

On Monday, September 30, 2019, 12:09:10 PM PDT, judisierra via Groups.Io <judisierra=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:


Seen this morning by myself at 9:15 on a fennel bush, from the main dirt path. Near the original spot. 37.911761, -122.387740. It flew SW and despite the effort of 2 other birders was not refound by 11.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

Tennesse Warbler Con't

judisierra
 

Seen this morning by myself at 9:15 on a fennel bush, from the main dirt path. Near the original spot. 37.911761, -122.387740. It flew SW and despite the effort of 2 other birders was not refound by 11.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

Heather Farm Park, Walnut Creek

tracy_farrington
 

This morning, under cool and pleasant conditions, Heather Farm Park wasquite birdy. I was joined by Fred Safier and Hugh Harvey for a pleasant and productive stroll around the natural pond. Some birds seen included:
Black-throated Gray Warbler (5)Yellow Warbler (4)Yellow-rumped Warbler (many)Townsend's Warbler (1 female)Wilson's Warbler (1 female)Pacific Slope Flycatcher (2)Downy Woodpecker (1)Nuttall's Woodpecker (2)Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1, FOS in the park)White-crowned & Golden-crowned Sparrows (many)Black-crowned Night Heron (1)Marsh Wren (1)
We also found a single Red-breasted Nuthatch,exceedingly rare for Heather Farm.
As I was leaving, the Tropical Kingbird was perched in a treetopnear the parking lot.
Good birding,Tracy FarringtonWalnut Creek

Pleasant Hill Grayson Creek birding survey Sept 2019

Alan Bade
 

Greetings! - the WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS are back in force along Grayson Creek in Pleasant Hill! In the Oak Park section! We estimated 35 in our monthly bird survey; they were everywhere, singing and flying about in small groups. We had one YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER, the first we've seen on Grayson Creek this season. And, we added two species to our Oak Park species count; a MARSH WREN was in the cattails in the northern section of the CC County Flood Control Agency land. A juvenile SHARP-SHINNED HAWK was along the EBMUD trail.

On the Chilpancingo section of the survey, we also added another species to our list, we had a juvenile male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT near the Chilpancingo bridge. We have now documented 80 species on Grayson Creek in our survey between the two sites. We have documented 69 species at the Oak Park site, and will be including our survey results in comments on the DEIR for a 10 acre development of a new PH library and park.

Here are the ebird checklists. Thanks to all survey participants, and especially to Susana de Trapaga, whose photo skills add so much to our documentation!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60228178
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60228179
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60228180

Good birding, Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill