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Lake Elizabeth mini fallout

scflef@...
 

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
Fremont

Common Tern at Cesar Chavez Park

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello,

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: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60105708

Happy migration,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

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...
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60083405
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)

Franklin’s Gull in Berkeley

Noah Arthur
 

Just had a juvenile FRANKLIN’S GULL fly out overwater from the Tom Bates Sports Complex in Berkeley. Seems gone for now but could come back to the ballfields. In Nebraska they like to forage open fields, and for insects high in the air like nighthawks. 

Noah

Franklin’s Gull in Berkeley

Noah Arthur
 

Just had a juvenile FRANKLIN’S

Re: Coyote Hills Sightings

Bill Bousman
 

It looks to me like a nice photo of a juvenile Eared Grebe (could be from either a nearby or distant nesting).

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 9/23/2019 4:20 PM, Teale Fristoe wrote:
Hello,

Today I spent a good five and a half hours biking and birding around Coyote
Hills. I wasn't able to find any unusual warblers, sparrows, or
flycatchers, but I did have a few noteworthy sightings:

- A Baird's Sandpiper was among the peep flock at the beginning of No Name
Trail (photo in the ebird checklist below).
- There were six White-faced Ibises in North Marsh visible from the Alameda
Creek Trail.
- There was a huge Red-winged Blackbird flock along Crandall Creek Trail,
visible from Alameda Creek Trail east of the power lines, when I first
arrived. Among the Red-wingeds were at least two Yellow-headed Blackbirds
and a handful of Tricolored Blackbirds (or maybe juvenile Red-wingeds...
I'm no expert). When I left around 2:15 the flock was no longer present,
but it might be back tomorrow morning.
- Along Shoreline Trail I saw one Eared Grebe and one Horned Grebe... I
think. The second grebe looked strange and I welcome feedback on the id.
Photos are in the ebird checklist.

Here's the list of all sightings: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60062302

Happy migration,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley


Coyote Hills Sightings

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello,

Today I spent a good five and a half hours biking and birding around Coyote
Hills. I wasn't able to find any unusual warblers, sparrows, or
flycatchers, but I did have a few noteworthy sightings:

- A Baird's Sandpiper was among the peep flock at the beginning of No Name
Trail (photo in the ebird checklist below).
- There were six White-faced Ibises in North Marsh visible from the Alameda
Creek Trail.
- There was a huge Red-winged Blackbird flock along Crandall Creek Trail,
visible from Alameda Creek Trail east of the power lines, when I first
arrived. Among the Red-wingeds were at least two Yellow-headed Blackbirds
and a handful of Tricolored Blackbirds (or maybe juvenile Red-wingeds...
I'm no expert). When I left around 2:15 the flock was no longer present,
but it might be back tomorrow morning.
- Along Shoreline Trail I saw one Eared Grebe and one Horned Grebe... I
think. The second grebe looked strange and I welcome feedback on the id.
Photos are in the ebird checklist.

Here's the list of all sightings: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60062302

Happy migration,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

170 Elegant Terns - Ballena Bay, Alameda

VerneN
 

Yesterday (Sunday) at Ballena Bay was amazing. About 170 Elegant Terns lined the seawall waiting out high tide. In addition on the seawall and nearby were (approximately)-
Forster's Terns - 40
Black Turnstones - 20
Yellowlegs - 5
Willets, Kingfisher, Cormorant, Spotted Sandpiper, Great Blue Heron, gulls

Overhead Brown Pelicans glided by in small groups.

Here's a picture of the Elegants relanding on the seawall after what I call a fun flight. It's when all of them suddenly take to the air, circle for awhile and reland. I think it exercises their wings during the wait for low tide.

https://bit.ly/2kEF4Dd

FIY MacGillivray's

EBB-Support
 

We just had a female MacGillivray's Warbler hopping rapidly around in our backyard this morning, under bushes, and in a small, sunny opening under oaks. First In Yard, ever!

Dal and Elizabeth Leite
Southwest Walnut Creek/Lafayette border

sign me up!

Dennis Randall
 

please sign me up to receive sightings, et
and, where is the ebb sighting page that replace maurie stern's page?

Ardenwood Farm (9/17) - MacGillivray's Warbler

Jerry Ting
 

Just saw a MacGillivray's Warbler in shrubs at the end of the rail trail (37.557051, -122.050113) on the paved entrance road. The bird's been calling and I have a glimpse of it. No photos.

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting
Fremont

No Creekside Park Mourning Warbler (9/17)

Phred Benham
 

Hi all,
The Mourning Warbler was not seen between 7-8:50am this morning by me or the few other birders present.

Hopefully better luck later.

Phred Benham
Richmond, CA


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

Re: Creekside Park

judisierra
 

Note there is also narrow rough dirt path on the north side of the creek. (with possible blockage of a overhanging rear end of a Comcast truck. :)

On Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:50:33 PM PDT, Aaron Maizlish <aaron.maizlish@...> wrote:

ADropped pin
Near 535 Pierce St, Albany, CA 94706

https://goo.gl/maps/Vsq4GS7aWiPjdjSH7

This is the exact spot where one enters.  There is street parking on Pierce Street.  There is a public path between the creek and the apartment complex, that leads to the park. It’s about 500 feet to the 90° turn in the black fence. The bird is in the creek near that spot.  One can also park behind the supermarket on the north side of the creek. There are generally several homeless people and campsites in the creek, but I have never heard of any unpleasant interactions.

Aaron Maizlish
On Sep 16, 2019, at 8:34 PM, Bob Richmond via Groups.Io <bobrichmond94544=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Does anyone know where thr Pierce St entrance to Creekside Park is located?
Bob Richmond


Mourning Warbler at Cerrito Creek

albertlinkowski
 

As we all  already know in the East Bay birding community, there is currently a beautiful immature Mourning Warbler, found by Noah on 9/16/2019 along Cerrito Creek in El Cerrito. Noah's excellent finding is also the first record for Contra Costa County.
I was lucky to refound and photograph this bird a few hours later, which for me personally is the 300th photo-documented species in Contra Costa County. Currently, in Contra Costa we have 325 photo-documented species of birds.

Good birding

Albert W. Linkowski

Re: Creekside Park

Aaron Maizlish
 

ADropped pin
Near 535 Pierce St, Albany, CA 94706

https://goo.gl/maps/Vsq4GS7aWiPjdjSH7

This is the exact spot where one enters. There is street parking on Pierce Street. There is a public path between the creek and the apartment complex, that leads to the park. It’s about 500 feet to the 90° turn in the black fence. The bird is in the creek near that spot. One can also park behind the supermarket on the north side of the creek. There are generally several homeless people and campsites in the creek, but I have never heard of any unpleasant interactions.

Aaron Maizlish

On Sep 16, 2019, at 8:34 PM, Bob Richmond via Groups.Io <bobrichmond94544=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Does anyone know where thr Pierce St entrance to Creekside Park is located?
Bob Richmond


Creekside Park

Bob Richmond
 

Does anyone know where thr Pierce St entrance to Creekside Park is located?
Bob Richmond

Re: Mourning Warbler continues

Adrian Hinkle
 

Still there at 5:30pm. Nice find Noah!

On Mon, Sep 16, 2019, 5:07 PM judisierra via Groups.Io <judisierra=
yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I was able to make it over to Creekside Park in El Cerrito, shortly after
Noah posted his message (thank-you Noah. More timely than ebird alerts).
Noah and another birder were still there. A little later Noah and Aaron
were able to relocate the bird twice and I was able to get good views of
it. It was generally in the same location as Noah reported (Near where the
fence takes a sharp bend.) On the north side of the creek. It has been seen
later in the afternoon by others, only posted to ebird.

Judi Sierra- Oakland



Mourning Warbler continues

judisierra
 

I was able to make it over to Creekside Park in El Cerrito, shortly after Noah posted his message (thank-you Noah. More timely than ebird alerts). Noah and another birder were still there. A little later Noah and Aaron were able to relocate the bird twice and I was able to get good views of it. It was generally in the same location as Noah reported (Near where the fence takes a sharp bend.) On the north side of the creek. It has been seen later in the afternoon by others, only posted to ebird.

Judi Sierra- Oakland

MOURNING WARBLER at Creekside Park

Noah Arthur
 

There are few migrants overall here at Creekside Park (in Albany, on the north side of Albany Hill), but including a female MOURNING WARBLER kicking around in the creek bottom, as well as a few scattered TOWNSEND’S, YELLOW, and ORANGE-CROWNED. 

Last seen about 15 minutes ago, the Mourning is about 450 feet in from the Pierce St. park entrance that’s on the south (Alameda Co.) side of the creek just south of Pacific East Mall. From Pierce St., walk down the trail with a large black metal fence immediately on your right. About 450 feet down the trail, there is a corner where the fence fence bends to the right. Look down into the creek there. That’s where the bird was moving around. I saw her from the north (Contra Costa) side, but viewing might be easier from the Alameda side.

Happy Fall and Go A’s! 
Noah Arthur (Oakland)