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Berkeley Lucy's Warbler

Adrian Hinkle
 

Hi all,


I observed a Lucy's Warbler at Berkeley Aquatic Park today. It was south of the parking area, near frisbee golf goal #16.


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50552143 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50552143



Hopefully it can be refound; I imagine they've overwintered in the Bay Area before, though perhaps more tied to hummingbird feeders?


Won't be able to make it back down there for a few days, but I'm sure there are other interesting warblers there right now too - lots of action today during my quick visit.


Good luck,


Adrian Hinkle
Berkeley

Contra Costa Northern Shrike

Douglas Vaughan
 

John Poole & I made a foggy and fruitless attempt to refind the Lesser Black-backed Gull at Clifton Court forebay this a.m., but between tries, we drove north to the Holland Tract, detouring east on Orwood Rd. Toward the end of Orwood, we briefly saw a juvenile Northern Shrike. I have no experience with juvs of this species, but I’m fairly confident of the ID: a buffy-brownish shrike with a well-hooked bill & very faint mask, very little white on the wings, indistinct patterning on the underparts.

Doug Vaughan
Berkeley

Orange-crowned Warbler - Antioch yard - 12/9

Paul Schorr
 

Yesterday afternoon we had an Orange-crowned Warbler come to our bird bath. It was the first time that I recall seeing one in the yard at this time of the year.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Lincoln’s Sparrow - Antioch yard - 12/10

Paul Schorr
 

This morning we had a FOS Lincoln’s Sparrow in our yard.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Heather Farm Walnut Creek Tuesday Dec. 11

rosita94598
 

A beautiful morning in the park today, with good numbers of Ring-necked Ducks, some of them showing their ring. We also had 7 male Buffleheads and at least 2 females. Then, we found 3 male Green-winged Teals. A male Purple Finch was seen in a tree between the parking lot and the wooden railing. And though Tracy Farrington told us he had seen the Tropical Kingbird a few days ago, it was not seen today.


A bright Lincoln's Sparrow on the west side of the large, mostly natural pond gave us 4 sparrows for the morning. The others were the usual crowned sparrows and the Song Sparrows. California Towhees were in several places around the pond, along with the other typical winter birds.


We had a Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret and at least 4 Black-crowned Night-Herons, too.



Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Possible hybrid duck

VerneN
 

I photographed this duck yesterday at Ballena Bay in Alameda, but am confused as to
what it is. It seems to combine a female Surf Scoter and possibly a Goldeneye. Or, it
might just reflect my lack of skills at bird ID.

https://bit.ly/2GpPa55

Sge Thrasher in Briones Regional Park Wednesday

rosita94598
 

Kevin Hintsa just called to ask if I could post for him. He and Hank Fabian were at the north end of Briones Regional Park, where they found a Sage Thrasher. The location is at the largest of the two Sindicich Lagoons, the one located on the Lagoon Trail. The bird was seen around noon today, Dec. 12, but then flew off a short distance and was lost. Kevin said they took photos.



Hugh B. Harvey, the messenger
Walnut Creek

Re: Possible hybrid duck

Hilary Powers
 

On 12/12/2018 12:35 PM, verne_nelson@... [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
I photographed this duck yesterday at Ballena Bay in Alameda, but am
confused as to what it is. It seems to combine a female Surf Scoter
and possibly a Goldeneye. Or, it might just reflect my lack of skills
at bird ID.
https://bit.ly/2GpPa55
It could be a first-winter male Common Goldeneye... but the beak seems too heavy, and it's lacking the white feathers along the edge below the eye. Crossed with a Black Scoter, perhaps?

Please let me know if you figure it out!

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Orinda - 3 days in a row

Ray Witbeck
 

Seen for the past few days in morning hours (7:15 to 9:15) working two liquid amber trees in my front yard. Only visits the tree for 5-10 minutes at a time. Seen three days in a row. 2 Donna Maria Way. Red on throat and top of head but not past crest. No significant black border on throat nor any discernible red on nape. Also seen in late evening "sparring" with Red-Breasted Sapsucker on street behind home. Heard vocalizing its descending mew call. Apologies for very poor quality photos taken on old iPhone. Hopefully someone with a good quality camera can get better pictures for complete ID to completely rule out Red-naped or hybrid. Several photos can be seen on eBird - https://ebird.org/view/checkli st/S50638546 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50638546

Summer Tanager cont' in Berkeley

Mark Rauzon
 

The male Summer Tanager was cooperative today in the upper Clark Kerr campus near the Tanglewood Path, off of Upper Derby St. Originally I found the bird by hearing it calling along the path at the top of the Tanglewood Path where the path heads north towards the track. It was foraging, flycatching, in the oaks along this wide path, located above the housing, and south of the small set of stairs that descends into this housing area. This is below the fire road that heads up the hill, where the tanager was previously reported. I believe this is in the CBC count week, if it not seen on Sunday. I will post photos later.
Good luck if you try for it.


Mark J. Rauzon
Oakland

Summer Tanager 12/13/18 w/ pix

Mark Rauzon
 

Here are a few photos of the male Summer Tanager from this am at Clark Kerr campus, Berkeley.


https://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p859914566/slideshow#hc0875bdb

Say's Phoebe in open fields near Dunsmuir House in Oakland

debbie viess
 

I walked up the hill behind my house the other day and was surprised to see a lone Say's Phoebe perched and flycatching! This is the first time in over 30 years of living in this area that I have seen a Say's here. Interesting that one also popped up in Pleasant Hill recently (reported on this list).


Only one, though. If we can keep our open spaces, maybe they'll come back.


Fingers crossed, bulldozers idle,


Debbie Viess

Great-tailed Grackles at Coyote Hills

VerneN
 

Yesterday afternoon (12/12) I was fortunate to see two male Great-tailed Grackles at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. What elegant birds they are!
Several times they landed for easy views in a tree in the first parking lot and also in a tree along the water next to the road leading to the Visitors Center.

Here's a photo of one flying:

https://bit.ly/2QRBZxr

Re: Summer Tanager cont' in Berkeley

judisierra
 

The summer tanager was seen briefly (too briefly for a 5th attempt) this morning in the area described by Mark. It flew from the oaks across the path into the eucalyptus and disappeared. I ran into Erica and John and we tried to find it going up the hill trail but no luck.

Judi Sierra
Oakland
--------------------------------------------

On Thu, 12/13/18, Mark Rauzon mjrauz@... [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager cont' in Berkeley
To: EBB_Sightings@...
Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 2:04 PM


 









The male Summer Tanager was cooperative today in
the upper Clark Kerr campus near the Tanglewood Path, off of
Upper Derby St. Originally I found the bird by hearing it
calling along the path at the top of the Tanglewood Path
where the path heads north towards the track. It was
foraging, flycatching, in the oaks along this wide path,
located above the housing, and south of the small set of
stairs that descends into this housing area. This is below
the fire road that heads up the hill, where the tanager was
previously reported. I believe this is in the CBC count
week, if it not seen on Sunday. I will post photos later.


Good luck if you try for it.



Mark J. Rauzon

Oakland

















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Mtn Bluebirds Outside of Livermore and other CBC goodies

Philip Georgakakos
 

Hi Folks,

During the Eastern Alameda Christmas bird count today Christine C., Zach H. and I birded western Mines Rd., Patterson Pass to Cross rd. and some other places around Tesla rd.

Fun sightings:
-29 Mountain Bluebirds on Reuss Rd. hanging out on power lines and flying around the vineyards with American Goldfinches and House Finches.
-12 Golden Eagles Seen all over the count area
-5 Ferruginous Hawks, mostly around Patterson Pass/ Cross Rd.
-4 Rufous-crowned Sparrows on Mines Rd.
-12 Phainopepla one Mines Rd and Mendenhall Rd.
-At Poppy Ridge Golf Course, we watched a Northern Harrier spook a Wilson’s Snipe from some grass around one of the golf course ponds. The snipe flew towards a nearby row of trees, where a Peregrine began to pursue it. The pair circled the tree a couple of times until the Peregrine caught up to and grabbed the snipe. It then gained altitude and began plucking the snipe and eating it on the wing.

It’s a great time of year to poke around this area.

Phil Georgakakos
Oakland

Hooded Mergansers

rfs_berkeley
 

This morning's 2nd Friday walk was on Bay Farm Island; west along the
estuary, then back along Harbor Bay Lagoon. We had lots of ducks but the
highlight was certainly displaying Hooded Merganser.
First we encountered a male, 2 female tri0.  A bit later a pair.
Eventually the trio flew in and joined the pair.  What followed was a
wonderful show with the two males crest flaring, head bobbing, and
vocalizing  in remarkable growls. They sounded almost like egrets!

  Rusty Scalf
  Berkeley

Summer Tanager in Berkeley

nat_weber
 

Today at around noon went with Ray Witbeck to the Claremont Canyon Preserve, in Berkeley, Alameda county. Parked at the end of Tanglewood Rd and walked up Tanglewood path. Did not find the Summer Tanager at the base of the base of the stonewall Panoramic trail in the wide flat area. Continued up the Panoramic trail where it bends back to the south where a spur of the trail meets a spur of Stonewall Rd (no street name on that road) The tanager was foraging in the area just up hill from those houses on the spur of Stonewall Rd. I estimate that it was about 200 yds from the flat area where it has been reported. So, it seems to range pretty far in the area. Found first by Ray who happened to see it in flight. After a short view we lost it for 10 min. Then it made its Brrrrt call and we found it again. I was able to take a few pics that are in ebird.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50692046


Nat Weber

Moraga CA

The Oakland Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 16, 2018

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

East Bay Birders and others:

A Barn Owl over Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley launched Oakland’s 78th annual CBC at 3:30 am yesterday, and birding continued apace until 2:00 pm, when heavy rain convinced most birders who were still in the field to call it a day.

The count’s preliminary total of 170 species was 9 below our 10-year average, and many area leaders reported that numbers of birds seemed well below normal. At last evening’s compilation dinner a Ferruginous Hawk (our first since 1994) over north San Pablo Ridge was chosen as the count’s best bird. Other nice finds included a Long-tailed Duck off the Berkeley Pier, a Western Tanager on Bay Farm Island, a Black-throated Gray Warbler near Haviland Hall on the UC campus, a Hermit Warbler near Lake Merritt, and Bald Eagles reported from several areas.as.

An apparently over-wintering adult male Summer Tanager found on October 30 in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve went missing for a month but was re-found on December 7. Thereafter it was reported nearly daily through December 15 but, sadly, eluded detection on count day.

Birds seen at least 8 of the last 10 years, but missed yesterday, include White-winged Scoter, Loggerhead Shrike, Pine Siskin and Snow Goose. If any of these species (or any rare species) is seen within the count circle through Wednesday (end of count week), please let us know.

More than 250 people registered for this year’s count but we won’t know until late 2019 whether Oakland extended its now four-year long streak of having more field observers than any other Christmas Bird Count. Either way, my co-compiler, Bob Lewis, and I invite you to join Oakland’s 79th CBC, on December 15, 2019.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@...

Ferruginous Hawk in Hercules, December 17

Susana dT
 

First observed on Oct/30/18, still here. If you are in the area you can go to the 200 block of Violet Road and scan the top of trees above the Claey's ranch hills, but it is very hit and miss.

Link to video taken today on Flikr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/45639085134/in/dateposted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/45639085134/in/dateposted-public/

Parrot or Parakeet in Oakland

David Robinson
 

Yesterday, late afternoon (4:30pm), I heard what sounded like a parrot outside my apartment (1337 E 28th St, Oakland). I went outside and located the bird in a palm tree next to our parking lot. I got only brief, partial glimpses of it, but recorded its vocalizations using my iPhone's Voice Memo app. Not good quality, but good enough to identify the bird as a parrot or parakeet, I believe:


https://soundcloud.com/eclecticsoundlover/parrot-in-palm-tree-on-e-28th-st-12-17-18/s-pPtdG https://soundcloud.com/eclecticsoundlover/parrot-in-palm-tree-on-e-28th-st-12-17-18/s-pPtdG



This morning, just after 8am, I heard the bird again, in the same tree. Couldn't get a glimpse, but recorded it again:


https://soundcloud.com/eclecticsoundlover/parrot-in-palm-tree-again-on-28th-st-811am-12-18-18/s-clRXy https://soundcloud.com/eclecticsoundlover/parrot-in-palm-tree-again-on-28th-st-811am-12-18-18/s-clRXy