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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Evening Grosbeaks, Almaden Lake

janna pauser
 

I just found six EVENING GROSBEAKS in a Chinese Pistache tree at the south end of Almaden Lake parking lot. They flushed into a tall tree at the east end of Winfield. Originally they were calling but were quiet when I left.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

moderated Photos - Evening Grosbeaks

Karen Burnson
 

Almaden Lake Park, San Jose
 

moderated Ruff - Don Edwards Alviso Entrance Road - Sunday 13-October

Brooke Miller
 

Around 12:30 pm this afternoon I found a RUFF on the East side of the entrance road to the EEC at Don Edwards NWR Alviso.  It looks quite similar to the one seen recently in New Chicago Marsh.

Good birding,
Brooke Miller
SJ


moderated Re: Photos - Evening Grosbeaks

stracey53
 

At least one still present in Chinese pistache at end of parking lot (south end where it forms a semi-circle).

Steve Tracey
San Jose




On Sunday, October 13, 2019, 1:47 PM, Karen Burnson <karenburnson@...> wrote:

Almaden Lake Park, San Jose
 

moderated Red-naped Sapsucker at Stanford

William Pelletier
 

Folks,

At the end of the SCVAS field trip this morning we located a (possible) Red-naped Sapsucker across the road from Galvez (L-96) parking lot at the following GPS coordinates:
37.4331301, -122.1674206 

There was some discussion on whether the bird might be a hybrid. We did get some photos for analysis.  

You can see our first checklist on eBird at:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60589802 

And the list with RNSA on it:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60589749 

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. 

Bill P
408.644.5583 

moderated Re: Photos - Evening Grosbeaks

Brooke Miller
 

Which parking lot?  The one on Winfield or the one on Almaden Expressway?

Brooke Miller

On Oct 13, 2019, at 3:01 PM, stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53@...> wrote:

At least one still present in Chinese pistache at end of parking lot (south end where it forms a semi-circle).

Steve Tracey
San Jose




On Sunday, October 13, 2019, 1:47 PM, Karen Burnson <karenburnson@...> wrote:

Almaden Lake Park, San Jose
 

moderated No Vasona Evening Grosbeaks 10/14 AM

Bob Reiling
 

All,
I saw no Evening Grosbeaks his morning (7:45-10) in the well marked e-bird site (several large Chinese Pistache trees there). Only YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, EUROPEAN STARLINGS, AMERICAN CROWS and a single RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.  I thought that I heard one calling in a large none- Pistache tree on my walk in but I was unable to locate it.
Take care,
Bob Reiling