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moderated Re: Lesser Black-backed Gull, A16

Steve Rottenborn
 

The Lesser Black-backed was still present when I left at 3:40, as was a first-cycle Glaucous Gull that flew in to the same island at 3:33.

Other interesting birds I saw today were a Barn Swallow at the Palo Alto Baylands, and the continuing Palm Warbler and a dull Yellow Warbler at the corner of the Palo Alto Water Quality Control Plant closest to Byxbee Park.

Steve Rottenborn
Morgan Hill, CA

On Jan 11, 2020, at 3:01 PM, Steve Rottenborn via Groups.Io <srottenborn=harveyecology.com@groups.io> wrote:

There is currently (3:00 pm) a first-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull on the second southeasternmost island in pond A16 in Alviso.

Steve Rottenborn
Morgan Hill, CA

moderated Lesser Black-backed Gull, A16

Steve Rottenborn
 

There is currently (3:00 pm) a first-cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull on the second southeasternmost island in pond A16 in Alviso.

Steve Rottenborn
Morgan Hill, CA

moderated The Palo Alto Baylands Trip and Palm Warbler on 1/11/2020

Frank Vanslager
 

All:

At the conclusion of Raminder's scheduled trip (where I listed 50 species) I went the short distance over to Byxbee to look for the Palm Warbler.  While I was looking in the Eucs for the warbler, a fellow birder found the warbler at the south edge of the garden area.  After he left, Melissa ? and I refound the bird at least 6 more times.  Each time the bird was easy to ID because it was continually pumping its tail.  The 2 lousy photos show how we might spot the movement before being sure of the yellow tail coverts.  On one of those spotting we both saw  the line through the eye and the face pattern.

Frank Vanslager

moderated Tropical Kingbird continues at Palo Alto Baylands

Adam Burnett
 

Currently flycatching from wires and bare trees along Bay Trail about 100 feet south of Embarcadero Road T-intersection, between the duck pond and water treatment plant.

Adam Burnett and Jason Chou
Stanford

moderated Continuing Yellow-headed Blackbird

stracey53
 

Presumably the same female type that Brooke found on New Year’s Day.  In channel between Sunnyvale ball fields and A4.  Near power tower with willow looking tree growing underneath at third ball field from bridge.  There now.

Steve Tracey
San Jose



moderated John Nicholas Trail

CS
 

Of note seen today: 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, 4 RING-NECKED DUCKS, a covey of CALIFORNIA QUAIL (more than 10), BELTED KINGFISHER, one California Tortoiseshell butterfly, and California Newts with egg sacs in the lake.

moderated Swamp Sparrow & Ridgway's Rail, Palo Alto Baylands

Bob Reiling
 

All,
At 9:55 this morning (1/10) in Palo Alto Baylands I had great views if a SWAMP SPARROW perched in the sunlight atop reeds North of the Palo Alto Airport about 130 feet East of the large bush (toward the Lucy Evans Interpretive Center) and about 100 feet into the marsh North of the trail (it flew before I could get a photograph and it was not re-found over the next hour and a half).  Earlier VIRGINIA RAILS and SORA were heard calling from the marsh North of the trail.  I then took the Interpretive Center boardwalk out to "Clapper Creek" when a RIDGWAY'S RAIL loudly called from a shaking bush on the Southern side of the "creek" immediately below the Eastern edge of the boardwalk.  Despite my great luck birding was very slow in Palo Alto Baylands for a King Tide event.
Take care,
Bob Reiling

moderated Re: Almaden area goose flock

Steven Tucker
 

That was supposed to read second* pond east of Meridian.

Steve Tucker
San Jose

On Friday, January 10, 2020, 11:00:19 AM PST, Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80@...> wrote:


Hi all,

Behind my house there are currently 9 Cackling Geese and 1 Greater White-fronted Goose. Also of interest were a pair of Wood Ducks present here 2 days ago.

This is at the Los Capitancillos Ponds, send pond EAST of Meridian.

Steve Tucker
San Jose

moderated Almaden area goose flock

Steven Tucker
 

Hi all,

Behind my house there are currently 9 Cackling Geese and 1 Greater White-fronted Goose. Also of interest were a pair of Wood Ducks present here 2 days ago.

This is at the Los Capitancillos Ponds, send pond EAST of Meridian.

Steve Tucker
San Jose

moderated Red Shouldered Hawk

Joe Ribera
 

Sunnyvale (SouthWest) flew over my head as I stepped out the door about 3:30pm Thursday.  Roosted in my Mulberry tree. Was very cooperative as I first ran in to get bins, then had to run back in to get a camera.  If I have species wrong please correct.

moderated Cackling Goose at Hellyer

Sue Pelmulder
 


Hi,

I stopped by the lake at Hellyer County Park just after it stopped raining, around noon today.  There was one CAGO among the Canadians, which I confidently identified after a little one to one tutoring by Matthew.  Thanks, Matthew!

eBird list with photos here https://ebird.org/checklist/S63210209

Cheers,
Sue Pelmulder
Cackling Goose with Canadians for comparison.

moderated Cackling Goose and White-throated Sparrow

Eve Meier
 

Hi Everyone,

This morning (8 am) on my way to meet a friend for coffee, I remembered that Ann Verdi had reported Cackling Goose at DeAnza Park (just off of Meridian and Blossom Hill). This  park was along the way so I decided to take a look.  Sure enough one CACKLING GOOSE was mixed in the Canada Geese grazing on the lawn. (This park is small and if the geese are there, they will be easy to spot.)  The CACKLING GOOSE was much smaller and slightly darker in color so it was easy to pick out from the rest. ebird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63202266.  

After my coffee, I stopped by Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters off of Almaden Expressway. The most notable birds were a PEREGRINE FALCON in the large snag in the middle of the dry pond and one WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.  The sparrow was just to the right of the main building feeding with the WHITE-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS under the dwarf strawberry trees.  The sparrow flock was quite large - maybe somewhere between 30-40 birds. ebird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S63207682

Happy birding!
Eve Meier (San Jose)

moderated Sunnyvale Crows

steveak
 

In case anybody needs to add an American Crow to their life list, head to downtown Sunnyvale in the evening.

Seriously, though, I've never seen anything like this. For the last couple of months, crows have taken over the area of Hendy/Murphy, near the Caltrain station. When I go home in the evening, just as it's getting dark, the sky is filled with many hundreds, more likely thousands, of crows. The cacophony of calls is something to hear, as the masses of birds gather in numerous huge flocks, flying from trees to buildings and just generally circling the area. I'm assuming that they are gathering for nightly roosting on tall trees and buildings in the area.

If you are in the area around 5 p.m. or so, it's quite an amazing sight to watch, and something interesting while I await my train to go home.

Steve McHenry

moderated Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Center

Dan Bloch
 

About twenty birders showed up for the First Wednesday walk at the Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Center (held on the second Wednesday because the first was New Year's day).

High points included a PEREGRINE FALCON, excellent views of a perched adult GOLDEN EAGLE, a group of CINNAMON TEAL, and several RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.

A SAY'S PHOEBE was seen from the parking lot before the walk, but unfortunately left before most of the group arrived.

moderated Western Screech Owls at De Anza College

Kent
 

Heading to the bookstore to check on supplies for an evening class, I was surprised to hear two Western Screech Owls calling near the building. The more vocal one was between the bookstore and the AT building, a habitat featuring lots of concrete and only a row of non-native pines in the way of vegetation. This was about 5:30 this evening.

Kent Johnson

moderated Byxbee Park Palm Waebler

Bob Reiling
 

All,
My first stop this morning (1/8) was at Cuesta Park in a failed attempt to re-find the the previously reported Red Crossbills.  I should note that there is only one dead conifer with cones in the park and it is located on the Eastern edge of the park.  Live cone bearing conifers are mainly located on the edges of the park (most on the northern edge).  I then went to the Byxbee Park Water treatment Plant where I was eventually lucky enough to have another birder (lost for a name, sorry) who worked hard at locating the non-breeding plumaged PALM WARBLER for me (In the same tree described by Matthew Dodder, nearest the road just past the ornamental plants).  Many thanks to her as this was my third attempt in the new year and I was in the wrong part of the facility.
Take care,
Bob Reiling

moderated DECEMBER 2019 - Santa Clara County Cumulative Bird Report

Brooke Miller
 


Happy New Year, South Bay Birders!
 
 
No new birds were found in December (3 is the average).  We ended the year with a total of 280 birds (average is 286) at the end of 2019.  Thank you to everyone who birded, and took the time to report birds either on SouthBayBirds, eBird, or send emails directly to me, during 2019.

My monthly reports are made up of eBird sightings, postings on SBB, and direct emails.  You can find all the monthly cumulative lists on the SCVAS website at:
 
Please post all your sightings south-bay-birds@groups.io and/or www.eBird.org .
 
Please contact me if you find errors or omissions, or have questions or comments.
 
Brooke Miller

 


moderated SCRWA (Gilroy) Treatment Ponds

Bill Bousman
 

Folk:

I visited the SCRWA ponds this morning, 1/8/20.  There was water in the entrance pond (typical), in the Overflow Ponds, and the eastern Shriner Pond, the rest were dry.  Best birds were three BLUE-WINGED TEAL in an Overflow Pond (male, female, and a probable immature male starting to show its facial crescent).  Along with all of the ducks in the entrance pond, there were two pairs of REDHEAD, not seen there often in prior years.  I only found one LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE this morning.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

moderated Palm Warbler

Matthew Dodder
 

I made a quick trip to Byxbee Park before work this morning. It was foggy and still a but dark when I arrived. But the distinctive chip note of the PALM WARBLER was the first thing I heard when I strolled down the gravel road near the water treatment facility. The Yellow-rumped Warblers were numerous and vocal, but their call is flatter, and lower pitched than that of the Palm Warbler. Hearing that difference was the only thing I needed to find the bird in the lower branches of a small tree beside the trail. It spent its time calling repeatedly, bobbing its tail and dashing about looking for insects. 

Matthew Dodder

Matthew Dodder
Executive Director
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
22221 McClellan Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408-252-3748

moderated Ulistac 1/8

 

 

Did my morning walk at Ulistac this morning. Some nice birds cooperated to make it even more fun.

 

The really unexpected bird this morning was a female/immature Townsend’s Warbler, found in the one still-flowering eucalyptus tree along the main path in the south part of the park. I got multiple good views of it over about 30 seconds as it flitted about.  The rest of the tree was filled with (somewhat surprisingly) white-crowned sparrows going after the nectar, and surrounded on the ground by California Towhees and Scrub Jays.

 

I walked the park south to north, then back along the street. Near station 2 I found a fairly bright orange crowned warbler. Near the levee in a tree I found three cedar waxwings; I later saw a larger flock of them in flight twice. Two or three Ruby-Crowned Kinglets, a number of Yellow-rumped warblers (one partially into breeding colors) and  an American Robin (perhaps 2) also showed up, the robin’s being a bit of surprise to me here this time of year. Other than that, usual suspects: 3 anna’s hummingbirds, bushtits, mockingbirds, white and golden crowned sparrows and many California towhees. I heard a woodpecker twice, probably Nutall’s but I didn’t feel I could list it.

 


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