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Heather Farm in Walnut Creek

rosita94598
 

Despite the cold, some interesting observations have been made in Heather Farm Park the last week or so. We have fairly regularly seen a Fox Sparrow on the west side of the big pond, coming out to the seeds I toss for the other sparrows and the occasional squirrel.



The numbers of ducks varies day-to-day and even throughout the day. Today we had 65 Ring-necked Ducks and I counted 25 Buffleheads. Other days they are smaller numbers. By the afternoon, the numbers are generally lower.



We have had a very large number of Double-crested Cormorants in the mornings. Today Fred tallied 35 on his eBird list, which can be seen here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51050318 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51050318



Fred usually has a few American Goldfinches which I manage to miss, but today he pointed out a small flock on the northeast side of the big pond. Then, along the trail next to the dog park as we walked toward the Contra Costa Canal, we had a small flock of Cedar Waxwings.


Christmas Day I sang Happy Birthday to my bike as I entered the park. It was 60 years ago when it arrived in the garage of our Cincinnati apartment. It must have been one of the best presents ever, as I still ride it almost daily.


It was also in Cincinnati that we had a Cedar Waxwing crash the dining room window. We picked it up outside, brought it in, and my mom showed us a painting of it in a large National Geographic book from the 1930s. Thanks, Mom.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Summer Tanager continues at Claremont Canyon

Bob Toleno
 

Juli Chamberlin and i got fantastic views of the continuing SUMMER TANAGER
in Claremont Canyon earlier this afternoon. We found it uphill from where
others have been reporting the bird, feeding for quite a while at the sap
wells drilled by a sapsucker in an oak tree. The exact coordinates where we
found the tanager are here:

37.8639434, -122.2432396

We ran into David Tomb at the bottom of the hill, gave him those
coordinates, and he was able to find the bird at the exact same oak tree
nearly an hour after us, so this may be a fairly reliable spot for others
to look. It was our third attempt to see this bird, so i guess third time's
the charm! eBird list with digibin photo is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51062742

Good birding,
Bob Toleno
Hayward

Summer Tanager continues today in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve

David Quady and Nancy Boas
 

Birders:

About 12:45 pm today, the adult male Summer Tanager appeared in the oak tree described yesterday by Bob Toleno and Juli Chamberlin. It is located at
37.8639434, -122.2432396 on the Stonewall - Panoramic Trail, in Oakland. A half-hour or so later, as I walked down the trail toward Belrose Ave in Berkeley to fetch my car, I joined a few birders who had relocated the tanager in eucalyptus trees a couple hundred yards down from where it first appeared.

Good luck to others who seek the bird.

And happy New Year.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
davequady@...

Hooded Merganser pair Jewel Lake Tilden

Pam Young
 

A pair of Hooded Mergansers have been at Jewel Lake in the Tilden Nature Area for the past 4 days.


Good birding!
Pam Young

Berkeley

Heather Farm 12-31

David Kent
 

My last wander around Heather Farm for 2018 started cold and windy. Ran into Hugh Harvey at the railing and Fred Safier with whom I walked back to the canal. Did I mention that it was windy? ...and chilly? Little was stirring (at first) not even a mouse! Except for the Canada Geese (and 1 Cackling Goose), at least 30 Double-crested Cormorants, and the usual assortment of other waterfowl.



However, after about an hour the wind started dying down and the birdies came out!


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51122345 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51122345


Of note for HF were a Red-tailed Hawk over the canal and a Turkey Vulture soaring over the natural lake. The (probably) resident Common Gallinule came out of the reeds, showing a lot of red on its shield. The continuing Tropical Kingbird was hawking insects over the cement pond. Six Black-crowned Night Herons were dozing on and about the island. A Belted Kingfisher was heard. A lone Red-winged Blackbird showed up on the west side. We heard a few spring songs, as opposed to the practice notes we have been hearing, and the American Goldfinches are showing a bit more yellow.


Happy New Year everyone!


Dave Kent

Heather Farm New Year's Day

rosita94598
 

It was a crisp morning for us as we circled the pond today. Not as many Buffleheads and Ring-necked Ducks today, but we had plenty of Double-crested Cormorants. On the lawn south of the concrete pond were gulls and Canada Geese. The gulls were almost evenly split between Mew and Ring-billed.


Many of the usual passerines were seen, including a Fox Sparrow and American Goldfinches.



As Fred and I walked the CC Canal trail toward the concrete channel of Walnut Creek, we had a Cackling Goose and a pair of Hooded Mergansers in the pond near the Seven Hills School.


Happy New Year.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Barrow's Goldeneye - Antioch City Reservoir - 121/31

Paul Schorr
 

This afternoon, on return home from an errand, I made a brief stop at the Antioch City Reservoir. The gusting winds created rough water and heavy white caps, so it was challenging trying to spot the birds that were diving and only on the surface briefly. However, among the mixed flock of Buffleheads and goldeneyes, I did spot a single male Barrow’s Goldeneye. However, there may have been additional Barrow’s among the numerous Common Goldeneyes.

In addition, among the 50+ Canada Geese on the adjacent Lone Tree Golf Course, there were at least three Aleutian Cackling Geese.

Happy New Year and Happy Birding in 2019.

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Miller-Knox Park today - highlights

blofbern1
 

At a windy mid-day there were hundreds of birds on the water close to the shoreline, from the tunnel to the old ferry landing, including at least 20 Surf Scoters, 20 Common Goldeneyes, many dozens each of scaup and Buffleheads, and a Horned Grebe. At least five Red-breasted Mergansers were on the pond with dozens of more common birds, and 10 or more Killdeer were on the grass. I also stopped at the intersection of Brickyard Cove Road and Sandpiper Spit. A Pied-billed Grebe swam in the marina, a Kestrel hovered over the shoreline, and I'm almost certain there was a loon with the twenty-or-so Western and Clark's Grebes in the bay.


Ken Berniker
El Cerrito

Barrow's Goldeneye - Antioch City Reservoir - 12/31/2018

Paul Schorr
 

Apparently, these sightings did not get posted yesterday in 2018, so I am reposting them today in 2019.

This afternoon, on return home from an errand, I made a brief stop at the Antioch City Reservoir. The gusting winds created rough water and heavy white caps, so it was challenging trying to spot the birds that were diving and only on the surface briefly. However, among the mixed flock of Buffleheads and goldeneyes, I did spot a single male Barrow’s Goldeneye. However, there may have been additional Barrow’s among the numerous Common Goldeneyes.

In addition, among the 50+ Canada Geese on the adjacent Lone Tree Golf Course, there were at least three Aleutian Cackling Geese.

Happy New Year and Happy Birding in 2019.

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Re: Barrow's Goldeneye - Antioch City Reservoir - 12/31

Paul Schorr
 

On Dec 31, 2018, at 2:58 PM, Paul Schorr <pkschorr@...> wrote:

This afternoon, on return home from an errand, I made a brief stop at the Antioch City Reservoir. The gusting winds created rough water and heavy white caps, so it was challenging trying to spot the birds that were diving and only on the surface briefly. However, among the mixed flock of Buffleheads and goldeneyes, I did spot a single male Barrow’s Goldeneye. However, there may have been additional Barrow’s among the numerous Common Goldeneyes.

In addition, among the 50+ Canada Geese on the adjacent Lone Tree Golf Course, there were at least three Aleutian Cackling Geese.

Happy New Year and Happy Birding in 2019.

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Richmond Snow Goose

Sheila Dickie
 

Yesterday, January 1, 2019, there was one Snow Goose and eight Greater White Fronted geese in with a large flock of Canada Geese on the lawn area in the Richmond Marina at the junction of Regatta Blvd. and Marina Bay Parkway, near the Rosie The Riveter Memorial. It was late in the day -- round about 5 p.m. On December 26 also late in the day I had seen the Snow and Greater White Fronted geese in with Canada Geese in the same location.

Also yesterday there was one Ridgeway's Rail walking in the channel on the South side of the 51st. Street Path round about 4:30 p.m.

Happy New Year!
Best
Sheila Dickie
Richmond

Rock Wrlen - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 1/2

Paul Schorr
 

This afternoon there was a Rock Wren along the entrance road into Contra Loma R. P. I spotted the bird at the “Pool Closed” sign which is a short distance inside the entrance gate. It was feeding along the shoulder of the road and flew up to the sign at one point. This was a new species for me at the park, making my total 149.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

Re: Summer Tanager continues today in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve

David Couch
 

Returned at 3:20 PM today. I heard others spotted him at around 130.

Yes, Summer Tanager continues at Claremont Canyon

Lee Friedman
 

At 10:50 this morning, I found and photographed the continuing Summer Tanager at Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. It was in the oaks about 10 yards down the trail from the bench at the first view point reached as one ascends the trail. It remained in the two adjacent oaks for at least 30 minutes, and several other birders that came along then were also able to enjoy it. I think this is likely the same bird discovered at this site back in October by John Colbert and Erica Rutherford.


Summer Tanager: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/46578939701/in/dateposted-public/


Good birding,

Lee Friedman

Nutall's taking up residence for the cold evening in the Laurel, and a lonely Great Horned Owl on Christmas

Marcus
 

Was working on my rose bush around 4:45PM today when I heard the Nutall's call and observed it feeding in a tree across the street. Then it flew to my tree right below the nest from last year, poked around for about 30  seconds and went in, and stayed. I don't blame it. The tree I bet was warmed up nicely form the sun all day and what a nice convenient place to stay. Never saw that before. Kind of cool. Er, warm.

If you remember a while back I recorded the lonely sound of the Great Horned Owl mating call. Since then it seems to have popped up in other places around Oakland. On Christmas it was reported on Nextdoor as "Owl hooting very loudly on Coolidge Ave between Alida and Morgan!" I sent the guy my recording and he said that was it.

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA


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Re: Nutall's taking up residence for the cold evening in the Laurel, and a lonely Great Horned Owl on Christmas

Bev
 

Thank you SO much for keeping us updated, Marcus. I loved seeing your nesting Nutall's last year and hearing the owl. Maybe this is one of those Nutall's or the children?

Glad we live so close!

Bev

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Was working on my rose bush around 4:45PM today when I heard the Nutall's call and observed it feeding in a tree across the street. Then it flew to my tree right below the nest from last year, poked around for about 30 seconds and went in, and stayed. I don't blame it. The tree I bet was warmed up nicely form the sun all day and what a nice convenient place to stay. Never saw that before. Kind of cool. Er, warm.

If you remember a while back I recorded the lonely sound of the Great Horned Owl mating call. Since then it seems to have popped up in other places around Oakland. On Christmas it was reported on Nextdoor as "Owl hooting very loudly on Coolidge Ave between Alida and Morgan!" I sent the guy my recording and he said that was it.

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA

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Summer Tanager

judisierra
 

Finally! Got good looks today 1/3 after my glimpse on Dec. 14. My 10th attempt today. It flew into the oaks before the benches in Claremont Canyon RP. at 12:15 and stayed 15 min before flying uphill into other oaks. Three other birders arrived towards the end of it's stay.
As I was walking back to my car, a red tail hawk (pretty sure it's the same one I saw 2 days ago in the Canyon) landed in front of me on the wide trail that goes past the sand volleyball courts.

Judi Sierra
Oakland

MLK Regional shoreline, Lake Merrit, and Alameda sightings

Philip Georgakakos
 

Hi folks,

Today I biked and birded a couple of locations. The route started at Lake Merritt then down to Arrowhead Marsh, where I met Teale Fristoe, and together we continued to Alameda Island, checking out Elsie Romer, Crown Beach, and Crab Cove. Chris and Teri Wils hit many of the same spots as us and we ran into them throughout the day.

Highlights:
Barrows Goldeneyes (5 at least) in the outflow of Lake Merritt
Greater White-fronted Goose (1) grazing with a bunch of Canada Geese near fairyland
Blue-winged Teal (3) Arrowhead
Oystercatchers (4) and Pelagic Cormorants (2) at Arrowhead on the far side of airport channel from the marsh
Burrowing owl(1) found by Chris as Teri near the small ponds near the entrance before you reach the marsh at Arrowhead
Mew gulls at Lake Merritt and Crab Cove
Ruddy Turnstone at Elsie Romer, by the breakwater on a small emergent rock
Snowy Plover at Elsie Romer

There were thousands of Greater Scaup throughout the day, and thousands of shorebirds at Elsie Romer. 98 Species on the day, with only one hawk, a white tailed kite.

Happy new year!
Phil Georgakakos
Oakland

Say's Phoebe, Grayson Creek in Pleasant Hill

bade_alan@...
 

At the Mount Diablo Audubon meeting this evening, there was mention of increased sightings of Say's Phoebe trending in our local CBC data. We saw 2 Say's Phoebes this last Sunday 12/30 in our monthly Grayson Creek bird survey. One was along the creek on the north side of the Pleasant Hill middle school playing fields, and the other was near the Golf Club road bridge near DVC. Also seen were 15 Hooded Mergansers in the creek near the Golf Club Road bridge.


Alan Bade
Pleasant Hill

Martinez Waterfront Friday afternoon

rosita94598
 

Walt Duncan and I made a short trip to the Martinez area yesterday afternoon and had some good birds.


Starting from Arnold Industrial Rd and looking through the north fence of Central Sanitary, we had Mew Gulls and at least one Bonaparte's Gull.


The south end of McNabney Marsh from the entry road to Mt. View Sanitary had plenty of Greater Yellowlegs, a Northern Pintail, lots of Green-winged Teals and 4 male Blue-winged Teal. Northern Shovelers were abundant. White Pelicans, too.



From the north side of McNabney Marsh we had 12-15 male Cinnamon Teal, plus American Avocets, and many more Shovelers and GW Teals. A Kingfisher was on the wires along the RR tracks, a Great-tailed Grackle was seen by Walt, and an American Kestrel was on the hill above the parking lot.


At Waterbird Pond we had a pair of Hooded Mergansers and a handful of other birds.



The TransMontaigne Pipeline entrance had a White-tailed Kite and a Merlin on the snag right by the road. Another Kingfisher was farther east toward the refinery at Avon.


We visited Martinez Reg Shoreline, too, walking out to the hulk of the SS Forester. We had up to 150 Common Goldeneys on the river between there and the Ozol pier, one female Canvasback, a Spotted Sandpiper along the river edge and a Song Sparrow, Western Gull and Snowy Egret on the hulk.



Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek