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moderated Chipping Sparrow Ulistac

Chris Johnson
 

All,

An immature Chipping Sparrow was foraging on the ground just west of the garden with a large group of White-crowns around 8:30 am this morning (see Ebird for pics).


Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA

moderated Re: Possible Eastern Phoebe

Chris Johnson
 

Peggy,

It looks fine for Black Phoebe. Very dark head and back and a black chin. Sometimes early morning light (or reflected light in shadow) makes white underparts appear yellow, which does make things interesting.

Chris



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From: "Peggy Don via Groups.Io" <pebi01@...>
Date: 10/12/19 10:41 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: South Bay Birds <southbaybirds@groups.io>
Cc: southbaybirds@groups.io
Subject: [southbaybirds] Possible Eastern Phoebe

All,

When I was at Ulistac late morning today 10/12/19, I saw a bird on a short stick that I thought was a Black Phoebe but when I looked through my bins I saw the front view had pale yellow underparts that did not stop at the breast.  However, I could only get an image of its side view before it flew toward and over the levee.  I was too tired to chase it.

When I looked at the images that I took, I remembered that I changed the setting for a bird more in shadow.   In other words my images of the bird were overexposed.  In editing I only decreased the brightness but the pale yellow still looks just white.  When I compared it to images on the web, I noticed that chin does not have the light contrast to the darker face.  It does have a smudge on the side of the breast.  The bird sallied forth from the short stakes and moved its tail up and down.  It was quite active.

Well, my first impression when I saw the bird was that it could be an Eastern Phoebe, but now I'm not sure.  I asked one of the expert birders and he pointed out the discrepancy also.  If someone has a different ID, please let me know.

I saw the bird at 37.40661,-121.95462. 


Peggy Don

moderated Possible Eastern Phoebe

Peggy Don
 

All,

When I was at Ulistac late morning today 10/12/19, I saw a bird on a short stick that I thought was a Black Phoebe but when I looked through my bins I saw the front view had pale yellow underparts that did not stop at the breast.  However, I could only get an image of its side view before it flew toward and over the levee.  I was too tired to chase it.

When I looked at the images that I took, I remembered that I changed the setting for a bird more in shadow.   In other words my images of the bird were overexposed.  In editing I only decreased the brightness but the pale yellow still looks just white.  When I compared it to images on the web, I noticed that chin does not have the light contrast to the darker face.  It does have a smudge on the side of the breast.  The bird sallied forth from the short stakes and moved its tail up and down.  It was quite active.

Well, my first impression when I saw the bird was that it could be an Eastern Phoebe, but now I'm not sure.  I asked one of the expert birders and he pointed out the discrepancy also.  If someone has a different ID, please let me know.

I saw the bird at 37.40661,-121.95462. 


Peggy Don

moderated Tropical Kingbird Shoreline Lake

Lisa Myers
 

Hi all -

I led my Los Gatos Birdwatcher/Let's Go Birding Saturday morning walk today. We met at Terminal Blvd. and walked the loop that took us to Shoreline Lake and back to our cars. I had several beginners with me and the morning was exciting for all. The usual birds were there for this time of year, but seeing AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS up close is exciting for new and experienced birders.

As we walked back to the parking lot on Terminal Blvd. I noticed a bird flying in from the north and toward Shoreline Lake. It had a yellow belly and brown undersides. As it flew I thought to myself it was robin sized. I watched it land and soon realized it was a kingbird. It landed on the dead pine tree located on the west side of the lake. It never turned around for us, but sat long enough to spend time noticing the think bill, and notched tail.  I also felt the upper wing coverts looked scaly, so to speak. I have not yet received all the photos from my participants, but feel confident to say it was a TROPICAL KINGBIRD.

It was around 10:10 AM.

Lisa Myers

moderated Varied Thrush at Smith Creek

William Pelletier
 

Folks,

Kitty and I decided to check Smith Creek, to see if we could find another early season VARIED THRUSH. We walked down to the creek and the water is low. On the way back, we had a pair of VATH foraging in the leaves across the stream, by the barbed wire fence in the pile of logs and brush. Otherwise, we had the usual suspects with the only warbler being a YELLOW WARBLER. There were a handful of HERMIT THRUSH and SPOTTED TOWHEE along the stream as well.

I think it is a good sign for more VATH than last year, which won't be hard to do since they were sparse.

Have a great weekend!
Bill P

moderated Chipping Sparrows

janna pauser
 

Three CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen in Fontana Park on the turf outside the gate to Guadalupe Oak Grove Park at 1:30 today. I found one more CHSP in TJ Martin east of Burchell near the park bench. Two more were seen at The Strand and Meander where I parked. This area of the park was very birdy at 2 pm. Standing quietly on the berm under the Redwood trees I counted eight more CHSP, repeatedly. They were of varying hues and feeding on the grass but staying in close proximity. I walked a block back to my car and found six more CHSP in a disturbed area at Meander. I returned to the Redwood trees to see if the eight were still there but someone walked through the redwoods flushing all the birds. So I had at least fourteen CHSP, possibly more.

A BARN OWL screeched from our neighbors Monterey Pine for 15 minutes last night.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

moderated Ulistac & Lick Mill Park

Bob Reiling
 

All,

Best birds seen this morning (10/11) in the Ulistac Natural Area include a MERLIN (having an early breakfast of an unidentified, vested bird) a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER (site #2 Sapsucker tree) and a hybrid male NORTHERN FLICKER (a nice red nape crescent, a red upper half and black lower half malar and orange-shafted underwing feathers). He spent some time in a bare tree with three female red-shafted Northern Flickers.  Best birds in Lick Mill Park include a calling RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH (I've heard one calling the last few times I've birded there) and two closely interacting HERMIT THRUSHES.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

moderated A Possible American Golden-Plover at the EEC on 10/11/19

Frank Vanslager
 

All:

This morning I had what I thought was an American Golden-Plover on the west side of the EEC entrance road, a hundred yards or so before the gate.  The first two photos show the bird off to the left of the wooden post. When I walked the short distance back to get my reading glasses, that apparently scared the bird and it went into the nearby pickleweed, but I could still see its head.  Its the black tail extensions that seem to me to indicate an American.

The other 2 fuzzy photos are digi-scoped shots and most clearly show the white foreheads.  The bird may hang around.

Frank Vanslager

moderated Los Capitancillos ponds 10/10 - Peregrine Falcon, Merlin

Marion Farber
 

I checked out the Los Cap ponds west of Meridian this evening.  In a leafless tree on the levee between the first and second ponds was a handsome PEREGRINE FALCON.  He started to make some annoyed "kaks" and flew off.  The first pond had a few RING-NECKED DUCKS, a couple of AMERICAN WIGEONS, and a bunch of Ruddy Ducks amongst the gobs of Mallards, Coots, and Gadwalls.  I saw a group of 9 Pied-billed Grebes all swimming along together.  There were a few more Wigeons in the third pond.  At the last pond to the west with water, in a tall tree on the north edge, I watched a MERLIN (my FOS) tear apart a large dragonfly.  On the way back, I saw a group of at least 75 crows all flying the same direction, to some crow party somewhere to the north.  I also checked the first pond to the east of Meridian, which had a bunch more Ring-necked ducks, but I didn't find anything else of interest, except a beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk that zoomed in and perched in a tree right next to me!

moderated Re: SCVAS Field Trip to Calero County Park

Barry Langdon-Lassagne
 

Ginger “dragged” me out to Rancho San Vicente at 8:30 this morning where we almost immediately re-found the LEWIS’S WOODPECKER on an oak tree southeast of the dry pond, not far up the trail. It was perched on the dead branches on top of the tree until a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK swooped through and startled it. Then an AMERICAN KESTREL did the same thing and the woodpecker fled to the grove of trees on the hill right next to the parking area, where we lost sight of it.

We also saw many LARK SPARROWs and two ROCK WRENs and the PRAIRIE FALCON very obligingly flew over us and landed in an oak at the top of one of the hills above the trail.

On Oct 9, 2019, at 3:52 PM, Eve Meier <eve.m.meier@...> wrote:


Hi Everyone,

Today I led a SCVAS field trip to Calero County Park. We started at the Rancho San Vicente entrance and birded along the Lisa Killough Trail.  We really lucked out with nice views of a PRAIRIE FALCON.  We first spotted him in an oak tree but he also flew by giving us a chance to observe his dark "arm pits" (coverts and axillaries).  A single LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was spotted farther along the trail also on the top of an oak tree. In flight, the bird was very nondescript almost looking like a crow or an all-black Acorn Woodpecker.  In addition to those unexpected and exciting finds, we enjoyed observing the adult and juvenile Golden Eagles. They both spent some time on the power towers and we were also able to observe both birds in flight. The juvenile was quite vocal when the adult was away from the power tower.  Numerous ROCK WRENS were seen and heard among the scattered rocks and the sparrows were plentiful.  We spotted WHITE-CROWNED, GOLDEN-CROWNED, RUFOUS-CROWNED, SAVANNAH, LINCOLN'S and LARK SPARROWS.

After this portion of the field trip, we caravaned over to Calero Reservoir and were treated to a pair of Bald Eagles sometimes sitting in a tree, sometimes hunting over the reservoir.

For complete bird list see:


Eve Meier

moderated A Ulistac first... for me

stracey53
 

I just saw a Ulistac first for me, a VARIED THRUSH.  First seen in the big dead tree by the trail at the north end of the park and then briefly refound at birding station 2 just now.

Steve Tracey
San Jose



moderated SCVAS Field Trip to Calero County Park

Eve Meier
 

Hi Everyone,

Today I led a SCVAS field trip to Calero County Park. We started at the Rancho San Vicente entrance and birded along the Lisa Killough Trail.  We really lucked out with nice views of a PRAIRIE FALCON.  We first spotted him in an oak tree but he also flew by giving us a chance to observe his dark "arm pits" (coverts and axillaries).  A single LEWIS'S WOODPECKER was spotted farther along the trail also on the top of an oak tree. In flight, the bird was very nondescript almost looking like a crow or an all-black Acorn Woodpecker.  In addition to those unexpected and exciting finds, we enjoyed observing the adult and juvenile Golden Eagles. They both spent some time on the power towers and we were also able to observe both birds in flight. The juvenile was quite vocal when the adult was away from the power tower.  Numerous ROCK WRENS were seen and heard among the scattered rocks and the sparrows were plentiful.  We spotted WHITE-CROWNED, GOLDEN-CROWNED, RUFOUS-CROWNED, SAVANNAH, LINCOLN'S and LARK SPARROWS.

After this portion of the field trip, we caravaned over to Calero Reservoir and were treated to a pair of Bald Eagles sometimes sitting in a tree, sometimes hunting over the reservoir.

For complete bird list see:


Eve Meier

moderated Sanborn County Park

Bob Reiling
 

All,
Best birds this morning (10/9) in Sanborn County Park included a calling PILEATED WOODPECKER (called 3X West of the park before 9AM), several calling RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES (one actually seen, calling stopped at about 10AM), a well seen TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and a small flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS (mixed adults and juveniles).  Unfortunately a couple nicely marked Warblers were not ID'd (quickly disappeared and not re-found).
Take care,
Bob Reiling

moderated Re: Some Birding on 10/8/2019

 

Yesterday I saw were two male Wood Ducks in the second pond. of Camden Percolation Ponds., in addition to the usual Mallards, Cormorants, Canada Geese, AndCoots. The Wood Ducks were swimming together. Got several good photos of them.

moderated Some Birding on 10/8/2019

Frank Vanslager
 

All:

Today I met up with Pat Kenny at Sunnyvale Baylands.  Unfortunately the park did not supply the warbler variety that we used to get back when Pat used to lead a trip there.

After that I made the short trip over to Elizabeth and Gold Streets in Alviso.  There were a number of Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs there (see photo) but the far island seemed to be deserted.  However when I used the Questar for a more detailed look, I counted 7 definite Wilson's Snipes (they all seemed to be awake) with a number of other possibles.

For the two parks I recorded 39 species.

Frank Vanslager

moderated TJ Martin Park This Morning (Tuesday 8-October)

Brooke Miller
 

Hi Birders,

TJ Martin Park is a tough park to bird what with all the dogs, people, kids, strollers, etc. But I hung in there for almost an hour-and-a-half. I was rewarded by hearing the tooting of a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL somewhere North of the redwood trees. I also found a single PINE SISKIN, first heard, and then photographed in the Northern part of the park. There were between 2 and 4 CHIPPING SPARROWS moving around the park, along with lots and lots of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 8 or so WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS, a few WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, a single GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, and a single AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, among others.

I had my first American Goldfinch of the season at my feeders yesterday, as well as a TOWNSEND’S WARBLER and an AUDUBON’S YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER. I continue to have 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and 1 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH also coming to my feeders, and regularly using the fountain for drinking and bathing. I’m in the Willow Glen area of San Jose.

Good fall birding!
Brooke Miller

moderated (ADMIN): Warning, Allan Wofchuck's email is hacked (ajmtwof@hotmail.com)

 

Quick warning to list members: It looks like Allan Wofchuck’s email (ajmtwof@...) is hacked. I’ve moderated the account so it can’t post to the list right now, but it just sent me a private response to my previous posting that shows there’s someone with access that’s playing a scam game. Do not respond to any emails from that account, and if it asks you for funds of any kind, do not send anything.

If anyone knows how to contact Allan by any way other than that email, please do so and let him know his account is still hacked. Attempting to do so by that email will only be deleted by the scammer, so he may not be aware the problem isn’t fixed.



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Chuq Von Rospach http://www.chuqui.com
Email: chuqvr@...
Twitter: @chuq
Silicon Valley, California

moderated Re: (ADMIN) requesting info: dead birds in the Almaden area?

 

Update for those curious: after talking to a number of other birders who bird that area frequently, we don’t see indications of anything bad going on. we’re keeping eyes on it just in case, but as of right now, we think things are okay.


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Chuq Von Rospach http://www.chuqui.com
Email: chuqvr@...
Twitter: @chuq
Silicon Valley, California

On Oct 3, 2019, at 10:31 AM, Chuq Von Rospach via Groups.Io <chuqvr=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

trying to get a sense of whether this is a problem. We got a report from someone noting that on three straight days they found a carcass of a dead bird in the Almaden area on walks in the area around Almaden Villas, Coleman/Meridian and Jeffrey Fontana park. One was a sparrow, another a Scrub Jay, and a third a crow. This may be pure chance, but he was wondering if there was a bigger problems since this was unusual for him and asked us.

moderated Almaden Valley birds

janna pauser
 

I happened to drive along Burchell and saw a birder who was looking for the Clay colored Sparrow reported earlier by Steve Tucker. I found two CHIPPING SPARROWS east of Burchell then I stopped along The Strand Ave. where Steve Tracey was focused on some sparrows which soon flushed. I stayed and saw 2 Chipping and a CLAY COLORED SPARROW. It was .10 mile from the earlier location and looked exactly like the bird at Vasona which I had seen last week. I returned again at 6 pm to look for swifts and found three Chipping Sparrows along The Strand and photographed a HY LAZULI BUNTING feeding on the lawn near the CHSP.

Earlier today I birded at Almaden Lake where I had a singing PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER and a calling WESTERN WOOD PEWEE in addition to 5 YELLOW WARBLER and numerous YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS. Oddly a GREAT BLUE HERON remains on its nest with an adult nearby. Four GREAT TAILED GRACKLES and a GREEN HERON were also here. A HUTTON'S VIREO was seen near a RUBY CROWNED KINGLET and CEDAR WAXWINGS have returned.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

moderated Re: 3 lovely Wood Ducks today @ Coal Mine Ridge Trail, Portola Valley

Jane Tatchell
 

They're arriving! We saw only one male there three weeks ago on September 15.

Jane Tatchell, Redwood City 

---- On Sun, 06 Oct 2019 20:06:49 -0700 lkrieger@... wrote ----

2 males, 1 female.  Seen on the westernmost pond at the end of Old Spanish Trail, near Lake Rd. (above Los Trancos Woods)
 
When they weren't in the water (slumming it with at last a dozen Mallards), they were resting in the downed willows, also rummaging around the hillside's grasses.
 
Lisa Krieger