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Mines Rd. Alameda County


zachary.baer2
 

Me and Eric Pilotte birded along the Alameda section of Mines rd today April 30th from 6:45 till 11:30 am. The temperatures didn't leave the 40's until almost 10:30 am but there was a distinct decrease in activity after 10:00 am. The numbers of migrant birds was fairly impressive especially around the oaks, which are now flowering.

Highlights:
2 Vaux's Swifts (seen flying past around MP17)
1 Bald Eagle (not quite full adult but it's white head was coming in) perched along the creek that run parallel to Mines rd around MP 15
2 MacGillivray's Warblers (1 female at MP 7.69 and 1 singing male around MP 16)
1 Hammond's Flycatcher also around MP16
6 Lazuli Buntings surprising all were males and all were together in one flock singing and chasing one-another around at at MP 6.1
3 Swainson Thrushes
2 Townsend's Warblers
3 Black-throated Gray Warblers
1 possible Hermit Warbler (heard singing but never seen among a Townsend's and Black-throated Gray)
10+ Warbling Vireos
20+ Wilson Warblers
3 Nashville Warblers

Good Birding,

Zach Baer
Berkeley, CA