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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)

Willow Flycatcher at Coyote Hills Sept 16

Dave Weber
 

Willow Flycatcher this morning around 10:30 am apparently flew from euc along main parking at visitors center to the willows at end of overflow dirt lot. Pacific-slope landed right next to it for good comparison. No Blackpoll yet.Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone

Red Phalarope, Pacific Golden Plovers, Hayward RS, 9/15/19

Glen Tepke
 

There was a Red Phalarope (along with a couple of Red-necked Phalaropes), two Pacific Golden-Plovers (along with at least 100 Black-bellied Plovers) and a Ruddy Turnstone among the hundreds of shorebirds roosting in Frank's Dump at Hayward Regional Shoreline at high tide this afternoon.  Noah Arthur was arriving as we were leaving - hopefully Noah found some other goodies to add to the report.

Good birding,

Glen Tepke & Carol Chetkovich
Oakland/Santa Cruz

Point San Pablo this morning (9/15)

Ethan Monk <z.querula@...>
 

Hi All,

Made it out to Pt. San Pablo this morning from about 6:50-10:30. A little later than I originally hoped but it worked out ok, as the overcast skies kept activity down for the first half hour and flight off the point was limited. Winds were SW?

I followed what has become the usual route: I started at the marina, walked up the switchbacks to the water tanks, up to the top of signal hill, and back down to the marina. On the way out I made a 45 minute stop at the county park. In all, I recorded 35-45 (?) passerine migrants the whole 3 hours--not too bad.

Switchbacks/marina produced:
5 Wilson's Warblers
8 Yellow Warblers
1 Townsend's Warbler
1 BTGray
6 Pac-slopes
1 Brown Creeper
2 RB Nuts
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Orange-crowns
1 Tanager
1 Hooded Oriole
1 V Swift
2 Gnatcatchers
1 Willow Fly
And 2 siskin flew over the marina right as I arrived.

At signal hill a few starlings, 6 waxwings, 1 Pac-slope, and one apparent Spizella (presumably a Chipping Sparrow) moved over the peak.

The county park had a BTGray, 1 Orange-crowned, 3 Yellow, 1 Townsend's/Hermit, and 1 Audubon's Warbler, as well as 2 Willow Fly, and 2 Gambel's WC Sparrow. Also of note was a very cinnamon brown bunting on the north side of the parking area, lightly speckled with blue down the flanks. To me, this bird more closely resembled an Indigo than a Lazuli, but I failed to take photos and my views were excruciatingly brief (2 seconds? less?). Unfortunately, I could not relocate the bird after ~20 minutes of searching. Chalked it up as Lazuli/Indigo Bunting. This was by far the most migrants I've ever had at the county park.

I also was told that this morning there was a Nashville Warbler by the railroad tracks (to the West of the Marina), although I never made it down there. That is only the second Nashville anyone's seen at Point San Pablo.

My full list is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59826100. The checklist comments will be updated sometime tonight, if not sooner.

Good birding,
Ethan Monk

Frank's Dump (PAAS field trip report 09-14-19)

Matthew Dodder
 

I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to the Winton access of Hayward Shoreline yesterday. We walked along the north edge of Mount Trashmore before heading north to Frank’s Dump. We ended the tour with 61 species but we were primarily focused on Shorebirds.

Highlights of the trip were numerous, including:

Vaux’s Swift
White-throated Swift — several of both species above the Winton Access parking lot
Black Oystercatcher (2) — Hayward’s Landing
Barn Owl (1) — Large eucalyptus by trail head.
Snowy Plover (7)
Red-necked Phalarope (1)
Ruddy Turnstone (1)
Red Knot (12)
Sanderling (1)
Peregrine Falcon (1) — flying over channel toward radio towers
Say’s Phoebe (2) — along Channel and on Trashmore. FOS for several people..
Horned Lark (1 im) — Mount Trashmore
White-crowend Sparrow (4) — scattered. These were FOS for several people.
Yellow Warbler (6) — several in fennel hillside bordering Trashmore

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59799206


Matthew Dodder
Executive Director
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
22221 McClellan Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408-252-3748
director@...
scvas.org

Grant Avenue San Lorenzo

Anne Krysiak
 

I continue to see a pair of Northern Harriers hunting by the Ora Loma Treatment Plant (Sat 9-14, approx 10:40 am). They even perched on the perimeter fence. The White-Tailed Kite continues to perch in a tree that separates the corporation yard from the pond between Ora Loma and the San Lorenzo Creek bridge. I also saw a Yellow Warbler in the the bushes just south of the Bockman Channel.

OVENBIRD -- Miller/Knox regional shoreline this morning (9/14)

Phred Benham
 

Hi all,
I had an OVENBIRD this morning in Miller/Knox regional shoreline. I saw the bird in the east end of the boardwalk at about 9:15 am, here: 37.915932, -122.383025

I saw the bird for only about 30 sec atop a blackberry tangle before it dropped back down into the thicket. And before I could obtain photos. A complete description can be found in my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59798733

I spent another 30 minutes in the area trying to re-find the bird without success. At one point I thought I may have seen it fly north towards a patch of willows, but I am uncertain.

Otherwise it was a birdy morning with a number of migrants and returning winter birds. Other highlights include an early GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, AMERICAN PIPIT, PINE SISKIN (flying over Nicholl Knob).

The Ovenbird may be a tough bird to re-find, but best of luck to anyone who tries. The place where I originally spotted it and patches of scrub along trails heading uphill would all be worth checking.

Good birding!
Phred Benham
Pt. Richmond, CA


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

Walnut Creek Civic Park Friday Migrants, Etc.

SteveLombardi
 

Thanks to Michael Strom for alerting us to this nice, underbirded park on his post last week.
On a Golden Gate Audubon bird walk yesterday, we had a nice mix of migrants and residents in the mature trees along the creek.
Birding was slow to begin with, but by the time we quit at about 11:00, the birds were pretty active in the canopy, in spite of (or because of?) the 90 degree temp. The park is nicely landscaped and in general a pleasant venue, although if don't care for dogs, bicycles, or traffic noise you might find it annoying.

Here's the list:
Walnut Creek Civic Park, Contra Costa, California, US
Sep 13, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments: GGAS field trip. Weather 70s - 90s, clear, light breeze.

26 species (+1 other taxa)

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Mourning Dove 8
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1 Heard
Nuttall's Woodpecker 2
Downy/Hairy Woodpecker 1
Willow Flycatcher 2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher 3
Black Phoebe 4
California Scrub-Jay 5
American Crow 1
Common Raven 1
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5
Oak Titmouse 10
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
House Wren 2
Bewick's Wren 2
Cedar Waxwing 20
House Finch 10
Lesser Goldfinch 1 Heard
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Song Sparrow 2
Spotted Towhee 1
Yellow Warbler 8
Townsend's Warbler 1
Western Tanager 1 Heard

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59771130

Steve & Carol Lombardi
San Ramon

Re: Blackpoll Warbler at Coyote Hills

Jerry Ting
 

The HY BLACKPOLL WARBLER found by Teale Fristoe this (9/13 Friday) morning continued this afternoon from 5-7PM at the same spot (the big oak tree in front of the visitor center) along with a couple of YELLOW WARBLERS and PACIFIC-SLOPE WARBLER. I also had a HY male TOWNSEND'S WARBLER in fir trees in front of the visitor center step entrance.
Here is the eBird checklist with photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59782167

Happy Birding,
Jerry Ting
Fremont

Re: Blackpoll warbler at coyote hills

Teale Fristoe
 

Dominick pointed out that the ebird checklist link didn't work in my last
email... looks like I missed the last character. Here's the correct link:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59777353

On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 5:39 PM Teale Fristoe <fristoe@...> wrote:

Hello again,

I've posted some photos from my trip to Coyote Hills earlier today:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S5977735

- I'm pretty sure the warbler I saw was a Blackpoll, but I of course
welcome other thoughts. I returned to the same tree around 2:30 and it was
still present. The tree is the huge oak right in front of the visitor's
center. There's a replica straw house underneath it.
- There was also some good migrant action up at Hoot Hollow. Mostly Yellow
Warblers and Pacific-Slope Flycatchers, but that's also where I saw the
Western Wood-Pewee, the Tanagers, a Warbling Vireo, and the disappointingly
brief view of the Cassin's Vireo.
- The Willow Flycatchers were on D.U.S.T. Trail.
- As has been the case the past few times I've been to Coyote Hills, there
was a large concentration of Yellowlegs, both Greater and Lesser, along the
Alameda Creek Trail just northeast of the Ardenwood Blvd bridge (not
included on the checklist, since technically not in Coyote Hills... there
were probably 100 Tringa birds there). It's a great place to compare these
species, and who knows what else is hiding among them... I didn't have time
or energy to look through them today. The flock is a short walk from the
Alameda Creek Staging Area on the north bank of the creek.

Happy birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 12:58 PM Teale Fristoe via Groups.Io <fristoe=
gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello all,

Just a quick note that I found what I believe is a blackpoll warbler in
the
large oak tree in front of the coyote hills visitor's center. Yellow wash
on head and breast, weak streaking on sides of breast, strong white wing
bars, white belly and undertail. I should have a photo to post tonight.

Happy autumn,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley



Re: Blackpoll warbler at coyote hills

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello again,

I've posted some photos from my trip to Coyote Hills earlier today:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S5977735

- I'm pretty sure the warbler I saw was a Blackpoll, but I of course
welcome other thoughts. I returned to the same tree around 2:30 and it was
still present. The tree is the huge oak right in front of the visitor's
center. There's a replica straw house underneath it.
- There was also some good migrant action up at Hoot Hollow. Mostly Yellow
Warblers and Pacific-Slope Flycatchers, but that's also where I saw the
Western Wood-Pewee, the Tanagers, a Warbling Vireo, and the disappointingly
brief view of the Cassin's Vireo.
- The Willow Flycatchers were on D.U.S.T. Trail.
- As has been the case the past few times I've been to Coyote Hills, there
was a large concentration of Yellowlegs, both Greater and Lesser, along the
Alameda Creek Trail just northeast of the Ardenwood Blvd bridge (not
included on the checklist, since technically not in Coyote Hills... there
were probably 100 Tringa birds there). It's a great place to compare these
species, and who knows what else is hiding among them... I didn't have time
or energy to look through them today. The flock is a short walk from the
Alameda Creek Staging Area on the north bank of the creek.

Happy birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

On Fri, Sep 13, 2019 at 12:58 PM Teale Fristoe via Groups.Io <fristoe=
gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hello all,

Just a quick note that I found what I believe is a blackpoll warbler in the
large oak tree in front of the coyote hills visitor's center. Yellow wash
on head and breast, weak streaking on sides of breast, strong white wing
bars, white belly and undertail. I should have a photo to post tonight.

Happy autumn,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley



bad link to Hooded Warbler report

rosita94598
 

Though I did a direct copy/paste of the link to Alan Krakauer's report from Wildcat Canyon Regional Park eBird report, it does not seem to connect.  Here is a link to recent visits for Contra Costa County.  Scroll down to find Alan's report yesterday.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek
https://ebird.org/region/US-CA-013/activity?yr=all&m=

Hayward Regional Shoreline

Bob Richmond
 

I went from Grant Ave, to the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek, and south to Ora Loma Sewage Treatment Plant.The following was seen this afternoon
Boblink - 1 juv flew over the Grant Ave parking area when I started.Black Skimmer -  1 at the creek mouth.Lesser Yellowlegs - 1
Bob Richmond

Re: Hood Warbler?? second-hand report

judisierra
 

The link didn't work for me. Searched the long way around and here is Alan's note


warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)
Number observed: 1

Comments: Unidentified Warbler, POSSIBLE HOODED WARBLER. Yellow face with noticeable but minimally contrasting yellow eye ring, yellow throat and breast with a thin complete gray band across chest with a larger and darker gray spot middle-ish in the band. No vocalizations. Seen briefly about 30-40 feet up in a bay tree just off the parking lot in the Alvarado Staging Area just uphill from restroom building.

On Friday, September 13, 2019, 2:01:52 PM PDT, rosita94598 via Groups.Io <rosita94598=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Alan Krakauer is not able to write to East Bay Birds right now, but yesterday he reported to eBird a possible Hooded Warbler in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.  He and I have communicated and I am including his report, here:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59711683  His report includes a description and location for anyone interested in checking.  For those who remember the Hooded Warbler at the bottom of the hill in Redwood Regional Park a couple of years ago, they can be notoriously had to locate.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Hood Warbler?? second-hand report

rosita94598
 

Alan Krakauer is not able to write to East Bay Birds right now, but yesterday he reported to eBird a possible Hooded Warbler in Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.  He and I have communicated and I am including his report, here:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59711683  His report includes a description and location for anyone interested in checking.  For those who remember the Hooded Warbler at the bottom of the hill in Redwood Regional Park a couple of years ago, they can be notoriously had to locate.
Hugh B. HarveyWalnut Creek

Blackpoll warbler at coyote hills

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello all,

Just a quick note that I found what I believe is a blackpoll warbler in the
large oak tree in front of the coyote hills visitor's center. Yellow wash
on head and breast, weak streaking on sides of breast, strong white wing
bars, white belly and undertail. I should have a photo to post tonight.

Happy autumn,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley