Albany and Richmond photos

Noah Arthur

Hey everyone! I finally got round to putting photos in my eBird checklists from Creekside Park/Albany Hill and Booker T. Anderson Park on Friday...
Here's the one from Creekside/Albany:
...and the one from Booker, including the brilliant Chestnut-sided Warbler:


Red-breasted Nuthatch - Antloch yard - 9/29

Paul Schorr

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

FOS yard birds


Today I had two FOS yard birds. The Northern Flicker and the Hermit Thrush arrived. Every year they come for several weeks to feast on the berries ripening on a tree in my backyard. Only one flicker today, but typically I have six or more.Only in October. Northeast Lafayette, near the corner of Withers and Taylor.

Bill Espey

Tennessee Warbler continues at Ferry Point Park Richmond


The Tennessee Warbler found yesterday by Phred Bonhem continued today near where it was found yesterday e.g. the north end of Ferry Point Park (part of Miller-Knox) in the western part of fennel patch. About mid-am it was associating with bushtits, and was refound about an hour later with an orange-crowned warbler (same place). No lark bunting reported as far as I know.

On Canal Boulevard, I photoed an almost completely leucistic (presumed) Anna’s hummingbird. Like Caspar the friendly Hummer. That was in the willows at Shipping Yard 3 Trail parking lot. Richmond.

-Emilie Strauss
Berkeley CA

FOS - WCS, too!


Again, these species do seem to travel in a bunch. Our FOS White-crowned Sparrow has joined the flock at the feeder, as well.

Dal and Elizabeth Leite
Southeast Walnut Creek/Lafayette Border

FOS - Yellow-rump (Audubon's)


As Greg Wilson had predicted yesterday, a FOS Yellow-rumped Warbler has arrived to our yard, joining the flock at the feeders.

Dal and Elizabeth Leite
Southeast Walnut Creek/Lafayette border

Albany and Richmond 9/27 — Chestnut-sided, Hammond’s, Broad-winged, etc.

Noah Arthur

Sorry for the very late post; I’ve been packing and driving last night and today and am now finally settled at my grandparents’ house in Ventura. 
The birds came thick and fast for me yesterday in the East Bay... I birded Albany Hill and Creekside Park for almost five hours — it was that good. A HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER was in the spot I call the “homeless shelter” — at the east end of the creekside trail, where the trail goes in under the trees (homeless sometimes shelter in there at night, but in the day you’re more likely to meet a possum or skunk). Roving flocks of mixed songbirds were in the oaks on the hillsides and along the creek. They included at least one CASSIN’S VIREO along the creek (a new individual), a ‘PILEOLATA’ WILSON’S WARBLER, and an interesting ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER that may be a ‘celata’. A SWAINSON’S THRUSH with a suspiciously olive-tinged rump may have been an ‘Olive-backed’ (I initially put it on eBird as such, but am now not 100% sure). TOWNSEND’S WARBLERS were everywhere and ‘WESTERN’ FLYCATCHERS were also numerous. 
A juvenile BROAD-WINGED HAWK floated overhead while I was warblering on the hillside. 
Late in the afternoon I went on to Booker T. Anderson Park, which was windy with few birds. A small flock of warblers along the creek behind the community center included a CHESTNUT-SIDED, a TOWNSEND’S, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and an unseen chip note that might have sounded waterthrushy. The Chestnut-sided, a stunning first-fall female, was quite a thrill as my first self-found one of these in the Bay Area!
Photos of all the rarities will be posted when I can figure out how to get on Grammom’s internet...
Noah Arthur (Oakland)semirelicta@...

Golden Eagle, I680, San Ramon



Around 11 am, my daughter and I spotted a Golden Eagle flying north over I680 between Bollinger and Crow Canyon. Not a lot of white on the wings, but a little, so guessing it's a second year. Fun to see!

Good birding!

Steve Hutchcraft
Alamo, CA

Lark Bunting, Tennessee Warbler-- Miller/Knox (9/28)

Phred Benham

Hi all,
I had the two subject birds this morning at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline
near the Ferry point parking lot.

The Lark Bunting was with a large white-crowned sparrow flock here:
37.911761, -122.387740

First seen briefly at ~9:15am and then I just had it again at 11:17am
before it flew towards the eucalyptus and disappeared again into some dense
tangles. The bird should still be in the area, but may require quite a bit
of persistence as it took me two hours to refind it.

I found the Tennessee Warbler around 9:20am with an orange-crowned warbler.
But never saw it again after the initial sighting. The warbler was in the
same area as the Lark Bunting and hanging out in fennel.

I will upload more photos and details to my ebird checklist later.

Good luck to any who look for these birds!
Phred Benham
Pt. Richmond, CA

FOS- White Crowned Sparrow

Greg Wilson

It's that time of year again! First WCS was in our yard this morning. So now eagerly waiting for the Yellow rumps to get here as well.

I really like Fall.
Richmond View

Swainson's Thrush - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch, 9/27

Paul Schorr

During a late morning outing to Contra Loma R. P. today, we spotted a lingering Swainson’s Thrush near the bridge to Loma Island. In addition, we had FOS Audubon’s Warblers.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr

Yellow Warbler - Antioch yard - 9/27

Paul Schorr

This morning we had excellent views of a Yellow Warbler as it gleaned insects from the rose bushes and then went to the bird bath. In addition, the small flock of White-crowned Sparrows in the yard has continued to increase during the past week. Great to hear their cheerful song again! A couple of days ago, Nancy heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch calling from our neighbor’s redwood trees, suggesting that this is an irruptive year for this species.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr

Heather Farm Tropical Kingbird


As I was leaving Heather Farm Park about noon, today, the TROPICAL KINGBIRD, noted earlier by Hugh Harvey,was quite active through several tree tops on the east side of the natural pond. This is now the sixth consecutive year for the bird, and today, Sept. 27th. is the  earliest arrival. If pattern holds, it should remain in and around Heather Farm untilsometime in the second week in April.
I also found a single FOX SPARROW on the west side of the pond, about mid-wayalong the paved path.
Good birding, all.
Tracy FarringtonWalnut Creek

Tropical Kingbird Heather Farm Park Sept 27


Bob Dunn visited the park this morning and found the Tropical Kingbird.  He was able to tell Tracy Farrington and me so we could both see it. When it was first found, it was in a tree, sitting above the handicapped parking signs at the north end of the parking lot closest to the wooden railing.  This was not the Chinese Pistache tree which is closer to the railing.  It later flew to a tree across from the gravel boat ramp on the other side of the pond.
This bird first was first found in early 2014, before leaving that April.  It has shown up every fall and stayed for the winter since that time.  It is truly a remarkable bird--of course, we would all like to know what it does the six months or so when it is not here in Walnut Creek.
Also in the park today were many Yellow-rumped Warblers, one Black-throated Gray found by Bob, and two or three Ring-billed Gulls, which are new for the fall.  The Belted Kingfisher was flying around making lots of noise.  We also saw many of the other expected birds for this time of the year.  The new community garden area across from the boat ramp was busy with smaller passerines like Lesser Goldfinches, Bushtits and White-crowned Sparrows.

Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Hayward Regional Shoreline


Yes, it was hot, but 10 birders participated in a Mt. Diablo Audubon trip today.  We had a lot of great birds along Mt. Trashmore and then at Frank's Dump.  Despite a young Peregrine Falcon chasing shorebirds all over the dump, we eventually found a Red-necked Phalarope, Ruddy Turnstones, the usual Godwits, Willets, Least and Western Sandpipers, and Red Knots and two Pacific Golden-Plovers.  The latter two were lifers for some of our group.
Bob Dunn's eBird list is here:
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Re: ‘Solitary’ Vireo (almost certainly Cassin’s) at Creekside Park...continuing+

Patricia Mahoney

Thanks to Noah Arthur for inspiring a visit to this great little migrant hotspot today during our current heatwave!

12 noon - 2:30 PM: I arrived just as John (last name sounds like “Brenneman” so I’m guessing at the spelling- sorry, John!) was preparing to leave. I talked him into making a U-turn, though, because more birding eyes are better...

John said he’d seen at least two different vireo individuals on Creekside Park’s trail during his two hours there. The birdiest stretch was along the creek opposite the end of the black metal fence that surrounds basketball hoops. We found that the vireos would fly back and forth across the relatively narrow gap between poplars on one side and creekside willows on the other. We had great close looks at a Cassin’s Vireo as it chowed down on a few fat caterpillars in a willow. That colorful individual had yellow flanks and its plumage was not worn. We also saw a different vireo individual with white spectacles, grey above and pale below... it may have been a Plumbeous Vireo. John and I remarked on its grey/pale appearance. Its plumage appeared to be worn.

A Hutton’s Vireo vocalized and foraged in creekside trees close to the trail. A mixed flock of Townsend’s, Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned Warblers, Bushtits and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet foraged high in the hillside oaks above the trail, offering silhouette- and better, looks. No photographers joined us, unfortunately!

Several Black Phoebes were present (we watched one fly down and splash into the creek repeatedly from its perch) and a dozen Mallards were in a shady spot in the creek near Pierce Street.

—Creekside Park, Albany, CA (trail entrance via Pierce Street, south of Pacific East Mall’s parking lot, 3288 Pierce Street)

Pat Mahoney

On Sep 24, 2019, at 3:36 PM, Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <> wrote:

Numbers and diversity of migrants is picking up at Albany Hill and Creekside Park; early this afternoon a probable CASSIN’S VIREO was there along with WILSONS, TOWNSENDS, YELLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED, and AUDUBONS WARBLERS.
The Vireo was in the willows along the creek about 500 feet down the trail from Pierce St, a little ways past the Mourning Warbler spot and near the second fence bend. Most of the expert opinions from the several very good birders I have texted the photos to agree it’s a Cassin’s, except for one dissenter who is in favor of Blue-headed, and who is familiar with that species in the East...
Noah Arthur (Oakland)

Lake Elizabeth mini fallout


This morning, Park Ranger Sandy Ferreira (the least "retired" retired person I know) and I led an Ohlone Audubon field trip to Lake Elizabeth in Fremont's Central Park. We spent about two hours under the trees by the Babbling Brook near the Redwood Group picnic area (by the footbridge). Last week many FOS Yellow Warblers were seen here. Today we saw just two, but we were treated to dozens of FOS Yellow-Rumped Warblers, FOS Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, Orange-Crowned Warbler, Black-Throated Gray Warbler, Warbling Vireo and more. Sandy runs the bluebird (and swallow) nest box program at the lake and was delighted to find 13 Western Bluebirds on the lawn. We lost count of the Anna's Hummingbirds curiously hovering over our heads. The birding activity was so great that we never did go for a walk. One can just sit on a park bench and enjoy the show.

Stephanie Floyd

Common Tern at Cesar Chavez Park

Teale Fristoe


This morning I went out to look for Noah's Franklin's Gull with no luck.
But I did find a Common Tern foraging in the water between the ball fields
and Cesar Chavez Park (north of the Berkeley Marina). I believe this bird
is an adult mostly in basic plumage, with a dark carpal bar, fully black
nape, and white forehead, but its bill and legs were still orange. It spent
its time circling and diving, often loosely associating with a couple of
Forster's Terns. The last I heard, around 1pm, it was visible from the
parking area at the southeast of Cesar Chavez Park, but I was able to see
it from the ball fields and south of them earlier in the day. Pictures are
in my ebird checklist:

Happy migration,
Teale Fristoe

Franklin’s photos

Noah Arthur

Here are some photos of this morning’s (Sept. 24) fly-over Franklin’s Gull at the Tom Bates Sports Complex in Berkeley...
Noah Arthur (Oakland)

‘Solitary’ Vireo (almost certainly Cassin’s) at Creekside Park

Noah Arthur

Numbers and diversity of migrants is picking up at Albany Hill and Creekside Park; early this afternoon a probable CASSIN’S VIREO was there along with WILSONS, TOWNSENDS, YELLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED, and AUDUBONS WARBLERS. 
The Vireo was in the willows along the creek about 500 feet down the trail from Pierce St, a little ways past the Mourning Warbler spot and near the second fence bend. Most of the expert opinions from the several very good birders I have texted the photos to agree it’s a Cassin’s, except for one dissenter who is in favor of Blue-headed, and who is familiar with that species in the East...
Noah Arthur (Oakland)