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Palm warbler

rosita94598
 

I went back today looking for the Palm Warbler which I missed yesterday.  Though it was the briefest of glimpses, the Palm Warbler was in the bushes near the taco truck at the southwest corner of Doyle Hollis Park. 

There is a small triangle of landscaping near the taco truck, the most prominent bush has reddish branches and is hard to miss.  The Palm Warbler moved at the bottom of the bush and I was able to see the bright yellow vent area as the bird disappeared around the bush to the right. It seemed to move behind the bush to the left, but despite my patience in waiting, I never saw more than that.

So I stood in line, bought a drink and walked slowly around the park again before finally heading off.  Other birds seen include an Anna's Hummingbird, two California Towhees, 3-4 White-crowned Sparrows and a few Rock Pigeons.

At least I saw part of it.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Palm warbler

judisierra
 

Seen today in E-ville at 2. On the ground in the gutter and in a tree at the north east corner of the park. Note literally at the corner. Thanks to another birder who was there watching it when I arrived.

Richmond long-tailed duck

judisierra
 

At Miller Knox- regional park one among a raft of surf scoters at noon to the left of the front of the ferry pier if walking towards it.
Judi Sierra- Oakland

Palm warbler

Edward Vine
 

Not sure if my earlier email got through but will try this.

I saw the Palm Warbler today at 2 pm (continuing bird). In back of restrooms - but better looks at corner of Doyle and 62nd St. - most of the time on ground at base of corner tree but also on street curb and gutter near that tree. 

Good birding!

Ed

Re: Palm warbler

Tom McGuire <tomario@...>
 

Hi Everyone,

This morning I got to the park around 8:45 and strolled the pretty landscaped grounds for a few minutes (worried that I had left my car in a street cleaning day zone), but figured . . . this little guy is worth a ticket!

Luckily, I did not get a ticket, and even more fortunate, I actually spotted the bird . . . ! . . . with the help of a young mother in tow with front papoose and binos. She called me over and alerted me to the bird's presence. I managed three photos (none very good) and a 4-second video. (If interested in a glimpse, in case you weren't as fortunate as I to have spotted the bird, google gambolinman + youtube + palm warbler.) 

I hope to post a short piece at my blog on this wonderful - wayward? - visitor to Emeryville.

Tom McGuire
Berkeley, CA

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 4:45:17 PM PST, judisierra via Groups.Io <judisierra@...> wrote:


Seen today in E-ville at 2. On the ground in the gutter and in a tree at the north east corner of the park. Note literally at the corner. Thanks to another birder who was there watching it when I arrived.



Palm warbler

Teale Fristoe
 

This afternoon I got lunch at Doyle Hollis Park with a couple of friends and looked for the continuing Palm Warbler. We had a brief view of the bird in a tree along 62nd shortly after we first arrived, around 1:30, but it quickly flew off to the northeast, apparently to the gated parking lot across the street. After lunch, around 2:30, we found it again at the edge of the sedges to the west of the bathroom before it flew back into the trees along 62nd. It was much more cooperative this time and gave good looks for maybe fifteen minutes before it disappeared in a small patch of sedges in the sidewalk. It's quite a beautiful sight when it's in those flowering trees!

Good birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

Re: Palm warbler

John H. Maurer
 

My wife and I managed to arrive while the bird was still in the flowering (prunes?). We had really good views of it for about 10 minutes, until it went around the corner of the sedge. All of us walked over and looked to see if it was on the other side of the patch of sedge or if it would come out, but of course no luck. (It was easy to find. Just look for a group of people with cameras and/or binoculars, all aimed at the same spot.)

John (and Jean)

On 2/7/19 6:08 PM, Teale Fristoe wrote:
This afternoon I got lunch at Doyle Hollis Park with a couple of friends and looked for the continuing Palm Warbler. We had a brief view of the bird in a tree along 62nd shortly after we first arrived, around 1:30, but it quickly flew off to the northeast, apparently to the gated parking lot across the street. After lunch, around 2:30, we found it again at the edge of the sedges to the west of the bathroom before it flew back into the trees along 62nd. It was much more cooperative this time and gave good looks for maybe fifteen minutes before it disappeared in a small patch of sedges in the sidewalk. It's quite a beautiful sight when it's in those flowering trees!

Good birding,
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley

The sound of spring - my Nutalls Oakland Laurel

Marcus
 

Heard not seen. One really loud call on my way to the car.  Hammering sounds in the distance

The tree across the street from me was cut down due to a lot of internal rot.  My tree where the Nutalls nested is still up. Will be interesting to see where they end up.
Also, looks like a later spring. Plum trees that for years were blossoming in late January have yet to really erupt in the first week of February. I wonder how that will affect local birds overall.
-Marcus Pun

color banded White-crowned Sparrow

John Harris
 

Hi all,
A couple days ago I briefly visited Vincent Park in the late afternoon, and saw a color-banded White-crowned Sparrow. Does anyone know who might have been banding these birds? I'd like to report the sighting if it would be useful. I did get some photos.
Thanks very much,
John Harris
Oakdale

Hooded Merganser in Bay Farm, Alameda

Mark Featherstone
 
Edited

[Edit re link to photo] The Hooded Mergansers are still at one of the lagoons in Bay Farm. We saw them yesterday both morning and afternoon along with some Common Goldeneye, Scaups and the usual Mallards, Coots, Buffleheads, etc. I have only seen them in one particular stretch -- that length of the lagoon between Aughinbaugh Way and the Ferry Terminal, and much closer to Aughinbaugh.

https://flic.kr/p/2dAQCAQ

Lake Merritt, Oakland, Usual Wintering Birds, February 12, 2019 -- video

kristi9876
 

The calm before the storm at Lake Merritt in Oakland. Lots of the usual wintering birds, plus a not-as-common one, a Hooded Merganser (immature male, I think).
I was hoping to see a Barrow's Goldeneye, but didn't spot one.
I recorded video of cooperating birds all the way around the lake. Video here: https://youtu.be/pAVQ8tmYO2E

Kristi Whitfield
Oakland, CA

Grizzly Island field trip cancelled

rosita94598
 

Due to flooding at Grizzly Island, the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society field trip to Grizzly Island on Thursday Feb. 14 is cancelled.  I just spoke with our trip leader Maury Stern. 

Sorry for the late notice.

Hugh

Short-eared Owls Martinez

rosita94598
 

Took a late drive to Waterfront Road in Martinez today and drove east, crossed the railroad tracks and parked at the TransMontaigne Pipeline trailhead just before 5 PM.  I walked way out and spent quite a bit of time waiting while dusk unfolded.  White-tailed Kites, Northern Harriers, and at least one Turkey Vulture kept me looking, but finally I had two Short-eared Owls flying pretty far out there.  From my angle, they were toward the tanker dock for the Tosco refinery at Avon.  By the time I made it back to the car it had been at least 1-1/4 hours, but I was able to escape any rain.  It was an enjoyable evening.

A warning though about driving Waterfront Road right now.  There are several flooded areas and the entry for the TransMontaigne parking area is more than a foot deep.  This is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Tilden Nature Area Rufous/Allen's hummingbird

mrkinch
 

This morning about 10 am there was a female Rufous/Allen's hummingbird working the low vegetation at the junction of Jewel Lake Trail and Loop Road. 

marilyn

Paired Bald Eagles at Lafayette Reservoir

Elizabeth Leite <eleite@...>
 

This early afternoon we braved the wind and rain to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. We were rewarded with two Bald Eagles simultaneously soaring directly above the east end of the dam, one carrying nesting material. Let's hope they establish their nest where we all can see it.

Elizabeth Leite

Holland Tract Sightings Feb 16th

Donald Bauman
 

We had +100s of Sandhill Cranes; a very large mixed flock of about 50/50 Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds; many Snow Geese and Greater White-fronted Geese; plus Black-crowned Night-heron, Green Heron. Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret and Great Egret. 

Don Bauman

[EBB-Discussion] NELSON'S SPARROW

EBB-Support
 




Begin forwarded message:

From: "Mark Rauzon via Groups.Io" <mjrauz@...>
Date: February 17, 2019 at 1:51:42 PM PST
To: ebb-discussion@groups.io
Subject: [EBB-Discussion] NELSON'S SPARROW
Reply-To: EBB-Discussion@groups.io

The long staying Nelson's Sparrow, first found in Dec. at the 51st exit to the Richmond/Albany shoreline, was present today at the high tide, eventually showing itself in the artemsia near the trail. This area is south the bench where shoreline vegetation extends out in the marsh. From here the bird retreats to the shoreline shrubs at high tide. This was my 5th try here and as many at MLK shoreline before connecting with Nelson. Worth it ! 



Heather Farm Monday Feb. 18

rosita94598
 

I was just a few minutes late, but the Tropical Kingbird was just north of the wooden railing this morning.  It was well seen by Fred Safier and photographed by a mostly non-birder friend, Walter.  At least one Cackling Goose was on the lawn between the concrete pond and the rose garden, four common sparrows and the CA Towhee were all seen, some Buffleheads and Ring-necked Ducks remain, along with the Common Goldeneye.  A Mockingbird came to the ground south of the equestrian rings to investigate the seeds I throw for the sparrows, then looked around as if to say, "That's it?"

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Vincent Park before noon Monday Feb 18

rosita94598
 

The two male Black Scoters were in the yacht harbor and ween from Vincent Park today.  They were at the far east end of the harbor and it was an easy walk to have a closer view.  Thanks to those who have previously reported them.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

Creekside Park 2-23-2019

hoggsville
 

Some interesting observations today at Creekside Park which straddles Alameda and Contra Costa County. A count of 27 bushtits in one flock is probably my all time record. While otherwise a pretty standard winter viewing at the park, as I was leaving, a large flock of American Robins flew in, with many bathing in the creek. While enjoying this unusual Creekside spectacle, a sparrow flock came around and I had good looks at a first year White-throated Sparrow. You can view a picture of the sparrow on my eBird report.

Jack Hayden
Albany