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Royal/Elegant Tern

Bob Richmond
 

Today at Ballena Bay a Royal/Elegant Tern was seen ovee SF Bay from near the traffic circle. It was the correct size for either one compared to several nearby Forsters Terns. Bill size and shape looked to be correct for either one. It was not heard but it was raining.

Bob Richmond
Alameda

[EBB_Sightings] Long-tailed Duck, Ferry Point

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Long-tailed Duck, Ferry Point
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All,
First of all, apologies for the late posting. The Long-tailed Duck (male) previously found among the enormous rafts of mostly Greater Scaups, was seen this afternoon at Ferry Point. I was there around 1pm, joined by my old pal Bill Stubblefield, visiting from Massachusetts, and Berkeley resident, Bill Missing. Surf Scoter numbers were substantial, and the birds were looking brilliant.


Good birding,
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek

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Lake Merritt, Oakland, Usual Wintering Birds, February 4, 2019

kristi9876
 

If you didn't make it to Lake Merritt between storms today, and wish you had, then check out this video from my walk along Lakeshore Ave. Almost like being there.
https://youtu.be/rE1akGe-jf8
Just the usual, but always interesting, birds. Plus a rainbow.
It was cold (wind chill below 40 F) and windy this afternoon.

Kristi Whitfield
Oakland, CA

[EBB_Sightings] Merlin - Contra Loma R. P. - 2/3

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Merlin - Contra Loma R. P. - 2/3
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Today we did a pre-Super Bowl outing to Contra Loma R. P. where we enjoyed periods of light rain, bright sunshine and some spectacular rainbows.

Merlin: Along the East Side Dr., we had very good views of a male Merlin.

Tricolored Blackbird: Near the boat ramp we spotted several in a mixed flock of blackbirds.

Osprey: There were two Ospreys searching the reservoir for recently-planted trout.

Burrowing Owl: We also spotted this bird along the East Side Drive.

American White Pelican: We counted eight on the reservoir.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch


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Long-tailed Duck, Pt. Richmond

Melani King
 

At around 1:15 a Long-tailed Duck was seen in a mixed group of Scaup, Bufflehead, Surf Scoters, and various gulls at the bay access at Western Drive and Cliffside Ct. I recorded video of it swimming amongst the other ducks and then in flight when if flew toward the Chevron Long Wharf. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-sgvwjkD5o

Melani King

Pt. Richmond

Burrowing Owl - McLaughlin / Albany

ccoon.wildwood5@att.net <ccoon.wildwood5@...>
 

Based on a previous post, I went down  to McLaughlin entrance by Golden Gate Fields this morning to check on the Burrowing Owl.

The Burrowing Owl was in its normal spot (squirrel hole) where I have seen it since December - in the NE area of the enclosure - maybe a 100 feet from the fence.

I have only seen one Burrowing Owl in this enclosure this winter.  I saw 3 at one time last winter.

Robert Coon

Long-tailed Ducks, Black Scoter, Herring Run at Miller Knox Park

Phred Benham
 

Hello all,
This morning Libby Beckman and I observed a large concentration of ducks and gulls brought in by the Herring run. They were right offshore at high tide, viewing from Miller Knox regional park shoreline.

Mixed in with the hundreds of Surf Scoter, Greater Scaup, and Bufflehead were 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 1 BLACK SCOTER, and the continuing HEERMANN’S GULL.

Here is our e-bird checklist from the morning with so-so photos of the Long-tailed Ducks and Black Scoter. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52308320

Good birding,

Phred Benham
Point Richmond, CA



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

Re: Burrowing Owl (w/ slight squirrel kerfuffle) + Mountain Bluebird Q

Derek
 

I’m at theAlbany Bulb now and might be viewing two ravens eating a  Burrowing Owl at the northeast corner of the enclosure. They are right by the pipe pulling light colored feathers and also I saw one large chunk of flesh. 

Derek Heins


On Jan 27, 2019, at 2:16 PM, M. Maloney <maloney.mm@...> wrote:

Thanks to those on the GGAS Albany Shoreline field-trip yesterday who pointed out the BURROWING OWL. I took some video after the GGAS group had migrated onward a bit, and witnessed this interesting (to me, anyway) slight "altercation" where a squirrel seemed to get a little too close to the Burrowing Owl, who *responded,* and then stalked off on its long legs, making my first BUOW sighting extra memorable...

Also, I appreciated the definitive CLARK'S GREBE sighting (given that seeing them in winter plumage can make clear ID vs Westerns somewhat challenging).  The shorebird and duck action on those mudflats was indeed *fantastic*; a highlight for me was seeing a few AVOCETS in nascent breeding plumage, as well as several NORTHERN PINTAILS.

Bonus Bluebird question:   I would be happy to buy a glass of wine, or a snack to see the MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS @ Cedar Mountain Winery (not a wine connoisseur, so not into tastings and the like), but this doesn't seem possible based on my research so far.  And saying, "hey, I'm mostly just here for your Mountain Bluebirds," doesn't seem like a great, respectful approach either.   I've looked for MOBL on that road (just outside of the Winery itself), but haven't struck "blue / gold" so far.  Biking is not an option in this instance, so it has to be by car, or on foot.   Ideas welcome; please write me off-list, and thanks for your consideration.

Best,

Michelle M.  (Oakland)

Varied Thrush near Jewel Lake, Feb 2, Tilden Nature Area

Pam Young
 

Feb 2 at about 8:45AM, a VARIED THRUSH flew from near the mid-section of the boardwalk that leads to Jewel Lake, Tilden Nature Area.

good birding!

Pam Young
Berkeley

Re: GGAS First Friday Bird Walk, February 1, 2019 Tilden Nature Area

George A Suennen
 

Alan,

Thanks for leading another informative bird walk.  As usually you imparted us with information that was of great interest.

I took a few photos and put them on my site, including the Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hooded Merganser, some very cooperative Brown Creepers, and some discrete, yet suggestive shots of the Red-shoulders Hawks.   http://birds.avianist.com/2019/190201-Jewel-Lake

I also have some photos from my trip to South Africa last month.  http://birds.avianist.com/2018/1812-South-Africa
Went to meet the new in-laws, but managed to get a few bird photos in and around Cape Town.

Best Regards,
George

On 2/1/2019 9:49 PM, Alan Kaplan wrote:
Friends!

Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, California, US
Feb 1, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Golden Gate Audubon Society, First Friday Birdwalk, February 1, 2019, Tilden Nature Area. To Jewel Lake by the road and back by the Lower Pack Rat Trail. 

Today's theme was Winter Survival of Birds, especially  pertinent this week with the extreme weather in the Midwest a concern for birds and those who love them!

 I will post the notes at EBB-Discussion@groups.io 

We had a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks "in copulo" at the TNA entrance, a pair of Hooded Mergansers at Jewel Lake, and the Red-breasted Sapsucker continues at the cotoneaster behind the first picnic table at the "blue placard" parking spaces near the entrance. Allen’s Hummingbird has returned, as predicted by the flowering of the Pink-flowering currant.

28 species were seen by 41 observers.

View the checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52281693

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan



GGAS First Friday Bird Walk, February 1, 2019 Tilden Nature Area

Alan Kaplan
 

Friends!

Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, California, US
Feb 1, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Golden Gate Audubon Society, First Friday Birdwalk, February 1, 2019, Tilden Nature Area. To Jewel Lake by the road and back by the Lower Pack Rat Trail. 

Today's theme was Winter Survival of Birds, especially  pertinent this week with the extreme weather in the Midwest a concern for birds and those who love them!

 I will post the notes at EBB-Discussion@groups.io 

We had a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks "in copulo" at the TNA entrance, a pair of Hooded Mergansers at Jewel Lake, and the Red-breasted Sapsucker continues at the cotoneaster behind the first picnic table at the "blue placard" parking spaces near the entrance. Allen’s Hummingbird has returned, as predicted by the flowering of the Pink-flowering currant.

28 species were seen by 41 observers.

View the checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52281693

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan


Palm warbler

Judith Dunham
 

Still present at 11 am, working reeds at corner of Hollis and 61st, near taco truck. Thanks, Kirk!

Judith Dunham
Berkeley, CA

Palm warbler

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Subject: Palm warbler
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Bob Firehock and I saw the palm warbler at the same Emeryville location this morning at about 8:45 AM. It was in the blossoming cherry trees on 62nd Ave.
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Palm warbler

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Date: February 1, 2019 at 7:21:19 AM HST
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Palm Warbler in Emeryville
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Thanks for the tip Kirk. The Palm Warbler continued at Doyle Hollis Park
when I checked it out this morning, moving between the reeds near the
bathroom and the flowering trees along 62nd St.

Happy birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley


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Martinez area birds Thursday Jan. 31

rosita94598
 

Mt. Diablo Audubon Society had a very successful field trip to the Martinez area today. We birded McNabney Marsh from the north and south, a bit of the Pt. Edith Trail from the TransMontaigne Pipeline, and parts of Martinez Regional Shoreline near the marina along the river. When I left, our 23 participants had seen/heard 77 species.

Highlights include 3 falcon species, Merlin, Am Kestrel and a Peregrine Falcon which landed on one of the islands in McNabney Marsh. We had 14 species of waterfowl, which included up to 12 Blue-winged Teals in the south end of McNabney along the entry road to Mt. View Sanitary. We also had a Caspian Tern flying near the old ferry pier at the Martinez Marina. This was the second of this species seen on our field trips in less than a week. Another was seen last Saturday at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma.

The 5 gull species included a young Glaucous-winged Gull and 3 Thayer's (now Iceland) Gulls, all seen from the south observation platform for McNabney Marsh.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Palm warbler

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Palm Warbler in Emeryville
Reply-To: Kirk Swenson <khswenson@...>

 

This morning while walking from the train station to my office I was
surprised to find a Palm Warbler in Doyle Hollis Park at the corner of 62nd
and Doyle. This is the same park at which a Palm Warbler wintered a number
of years ago.

Good birding,
Kirk Swenson
Davis <==> Emeryville

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[EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager - Claremont Canyon - 1/28

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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager - Claremont Canyon - 1/28
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At approximately 11:30 today, we re-found the Summer Tanager at the same location where it has been reported recently by many others. The bird reappeared around 12:35 and provided very nice views as it visited the second oak, as previously described by others. Many thanks fort the help of so many. Very cool bird.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

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Black Scoter, Richmond & Ferry Point

Sheila Dickie
 

The two previously reported male Black Scoters were seen today, January 29, 2019, from the deck of Salute in the Richmond Marina at about 2 p.m. Looking left from the deck to the rows of moored boats the scoters were swimming with a small flock of Surf Scoters.

Later out at Ferry Point at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline Park all along the rocks there were still thousands of gulls. In with the mix one second year Heermann's Gull was spotted. Interestingly in the whole walk which included the lagoon at Miller Knox out to Ferry Point and back the only ducks seen were a few Mallard and Bufflehead.


Sheila Dickie
Richmond

Help with bird at Carquinez?

Matt Tarlach
 

Sorry, some will probably find this "sighting" silly but it's been bugging me...
Driving south on I-80 over the Carquinez Saturday afternoon I saw a bird fly above the road and dip down toward the east. Of course I didn't get a great look at ~60mph but it was generally raptor-shaped, medium-dark and pretty dull in color overall.
The only thing that made it memorable was very distinctive white bars or blazes about 2/3 the way out on the back of its wings, the only marks I was able to spot in that situation.
I feel like I've seen this bird before but can't place it. My searches just point toward a Common Nighthawk. I suppose it *could* be, by shape and marks. But this was about 3 in the afternoon on a hazy day, above the freeway high above Crockett.
I'll be first to admit I'm not much of a birder and feel like I'm forgetting an obvious, more likely answer.
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Matt Tarlach
Walnut Creek, CA

Male Western Tanager

Daniel Scali
 

An over-wintering Male Western Tanager appeared for 4 of us yesterday afternoon (2/27) in my parents’ backyard in Lafayette (photo on ebird). They refound it again a few minutes ago. If it’s chase-worthy, there are many trees in the area that can be viewed on foot from Windsor Ct. and Windsor Rd. I would start at the cul de sac at the top of Windsor Ct and explore from there. It’s been seen on the North side of Windsor Ct.

Lucky birding,
Dan Scali
SF