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2/17/18 1:12 pm LEE FRIEDMAN <lfried6...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Lake Anza: Ring-Necked Ducks, Common Mergansers
2/16/18 11:21 pm George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Golden Eagles at Sibley Preserve
2/16/18 11:11 pm George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Yellowo-bellied Sapsucker still in Tilden--Friday 2/16
2/16/18 6:47 pm Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Barrow's Goldeneye - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 2/16
2/16/18 1:34 pm <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Yellowo-bellied Sapsucker still in Tilden--Friday 2/16
2/14/18 4:30 pm Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Vesper Sparrow, Briones
2/14/18 4:22 pm Lisa Owens Viani <lowensvi...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Wilson's Snipe at Garretson Pond
2/14/18 12:06 pm <verne_nelson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Wilson's Snipe at Garretson Pond
2/13/18 8:20 pm 'Tony Brake' <tonybrake...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] RE: Herring spawn. gulls at San Pablo Peninsula
2/13/18 7:43 pm 'Tony Brake' <tonybrake...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Herring spawn. gulls at San Pablo Peninsula
2/13/18 11:53 am David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Black Scoters at Richmond Marina
2/13/18 11:04 am <verne_nelson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] American Wigeons - courtship flights at Garretson Pond
2/12/18 3:55 pm Laura Look <lauracaus...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Briones RP Vesper Sparrow
2/11/18 7:39 pm <shama.aria...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Cedar Waxwings in South Berkeley
2/11/18 6:41 pm Debbi Brusco <ebb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Back yard vocalization from 2012
2/11/18 8:43 am 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Common Poorwill Berkeley
2/10/18 9:05 pm <larry.maurin...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Ross's Goose at Lake Merritt, 2/10
2/10/18 5:56 pm Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Continuing Vesper Sparrow at Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County
2/10/18 4:26 pm Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Glaucous Gull, Hybrid Wigeon, Meeker Slough
2/9/18 11:32 pm David <davejanrose...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farms
2/9/18 6:44 pm <tallyhomar...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Mystery of the Beethoven bird solved!
2/8/18 7:39 pm <vakrysiak...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Unusual Junco Ridge Rd. @ Hearst in Berkeley
2/8/18 12:38 pm <calete94501...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Prarie Falcon Coyote Hills RP
2/6/18 7:16 pm LEE FRIEDMAN <lfried6...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker continues at Tilden Nature Center area
2/5/18 10:20 pm David Brostoff <davbro...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Bird alarm cry identification
2/5/18 9:02 pm Rusty Scalf <rscalf...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Bird alarm cry identification
2/5/18 8:57 pm David Brostoff <davbro...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Bird alarm cry identification
2/5/18 3:59 pm George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Tilden Nature Area, Jewel Lake
2/4/18 8:47 pm Richard Sintchak <rich815...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Winter Wren, Rufous Hummer, and more this morning, Tilden Park
2/4/18 4:37 pm Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Hayward Shoreline Tropical Kingbird
2/3/18 6:54 pm George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] GGAS First Friday Birdwalk February 2, 2018
2/3/18 6:18 pm Alan Kaplan <lnkpln67...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] GGAS First Friday Birdwalk February 2, 2018
2/3/18 2:20 pm Judith Dunham <jldunham...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Richmond Herring Spawn
2/2/18 5:27 pm Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Tree Swallow, Wildcat Canyon RP
2/2/18 9:31 am 'Mike Feighner' <feinerVogel94551...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Livermore Probably Cassin's Kingbird and Wild Turkeys
2/1/18 10:13 pm 'Tony Brake' <tonybrake...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Herring Spawn at Ferry Point, Richmond
2/1/18 5:21 pm LEE FRIEDMAN <lfried6...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Greater White-Fronted Geese at Eastshore
1/31/18 9:16 pm <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Lake Merritt, Arrowhead marsh and Garretson Point Jan 31
1/31/18 7:30 pm Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Is my Nutall's back already? Oakland Laurel District
1/31/18 2:49 pm <KatBirdCA...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Tropical Kingbird at Niles Community Park, Fremont
1/31/18 1:14 pm Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Eastern Contra Costa county 1/24
1/31/18 12:50 pm Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa county eBird hotspot consolidation and management
1/31/18 9:28 am Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Richmond 1/30 rare Scoters, continuing Winter Wren
1/31/18 1:58 am John Sterling <jsterling...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Re: Pt Pinole winter wren
1/29/18 2:39 pm Sheila Dickie <falconmae...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Pt. Pinole Allens Hummingbirds
1/29/18 2:33 pm Sheila Dickie <falconmae...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Pt inole
1/28/18 8:24 pm Emily Serkin <ejserkin...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Barn Owl at Lake Chabot
1/28/18 1:27 pm George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Nesting Anna's and Ruby-crowned Kinglet with ruby crown showing
1/27/18 6:02 pm LEE FRIEDMAN <lfried6...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Three California Thrashers singing along Nimitz Way from Inspiration Point to Wildcat Peak
1/27/18 8:37 am John Sterling <jsterling...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa county 1/17 WINTER WREN, Hooded Oriole
1/23/18 4:26 pm Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa county 1/22 Herring Run, East county local rarities, etc
1/23/18 4:00 pm Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Barrow's Goldeneye and Tricolored Blackbird - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 1/23
1/23/18 3:43 pm <ericpilotte...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Laysan Albatross - Carquinez Strait - Contra Costa County
1/23/18 12:56 pm peter dramer <pmdramer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Peregrines
1/22/18 11:59 pm <albertlinkowski...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Wingbar "Oregon" Junco in Concord, CoCo County
1/22/18 8:53 pm Don Bernstein <donb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] White Faced Ibis
1/22/18 8:53 pm Don Bernstein <donb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Re: White Faced Ibis
1/20/18 7:34 pm Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Varied Thrushes - Tilden Regional Park - 1/20
1/20/18 5:02 pm <shuckabone...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] 5 Goose day
1/19/18 4:28 pm Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Elsie Roemer and Arrowhead, Friday 1-19-2018
1/18/18 10:17 am Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa county 1/17 WINTER WREN, Hooded Oriole
 
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Date: 2/17/18 1:12 pm
From: LEE FRIEDMAN <lfried6...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Lake Anza: Ring-Necked Ducks, Common Mergansers
Many people are visiting Tilden in order to see the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and enjoy the other birds of Tilden's Nature Area and Jewel Lake. It's worth mentioning that at Lake Anza as of yesterday, a two-minute drive from the Nature Center, there are at Ring-Necked Ducks, Common Mergansers, and Black-Crowned Night-Herons, as well as numerous other species that make for a good visit.


Here is an eBird list from Thursday with some embedded photos:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42891345


Good birding all,

Lee Friedman
 

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Date: 2/16/18 11:21 pm
From: George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Golden Eagles at Sibley Preserve
Hello all,

I stopped by Sibley Regional Preserve this afternoon and noticed a lot
of raven activity.  In fact I spotted 9 Ravens on or by the large radio
towers.  At first I thought they were crows, since I've never seen that
many ravens in one place.  But then I noticed a pair of Golden Eagles
sitting on top of the tower.  The ravens were trying their best to scare
off the eagles, but they didn't seem to notice...

I posted a few photos on my site at
http://birds.avianist.com/2018/180216-Sibley-Preserve

Best Regards,

George

http://birds.avianist.com



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Date: 2/16/18 11:11 pm
From: George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Yellowo-bellied Sapsucker still in Tilden--Friday 2/16
Hello All,

I was there also this morning and got a few photos of the Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker.  Other birds of note while there, several Varied Thrush, in
the same location as the YBS,  5 Brown Creepers on the Lower Pack Rat
Trail, and a Great Blue Heron at Jewel Lake.

I post my photos at http://birds.avianist.com/2018/180216-Jewel-Lake

Best Regards,
George
http://birds.avianist.com

On 2/16/2018 1:34 PM, <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
>
> The Nature Center parking lot was already becoming crowded shortly
> after 9 AM when the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found today.  It was
> not in the usual cotoneaster, but was in a small young bay tree about
> 20 or 25 yards toward the nature center from there.  Look for the
> handicap parking spaces to the left of the picnic table.  Standing
> near the farthest handicap parking sign and looking toward the back of
> the trees was the best way to see the trunk of the bay tree.
>
> A number of birders were present to take advantage of seeing and
> photographing the bird.  A few of the moms with kids even asked what
> it was we were seeing.
>
>
> Hugh B. Harvey
>
> Walnut Creek
>
>



 

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Date: 2/16/18 6:47 pm
From: Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Barrow's Goldeneye - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 2/16
The/A male Barrow’s Goldeneye that I first reported on Jan. 23 continues to show at Contra Loma R. P. Today we had very good views from the boat launch. It was with six female Common Goldeneyes.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

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Date: 2/16/18 1:34 pm
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Yellowo-bellied Sapsucker still in Tilden--Friday 2/16
The Nature Center parking lot was already becoming crowded shortly after 9 AM when the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was found today. It was not in the usual cotoneaster, but was in a small young bay tree about 20 or 25 yards toward the nature center from there. Look for the handicap parking spaces to the left of the picnic table. Standing near the farthest handicap parking sign and looking toward the back of the trees was the best way to see the trunk of the bay tree.

A number of birders were present to take advantage of seeing and photographing the bird. A few of the moms with kids even asked what it was we were seeing.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

 

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Date: 2/14/18 4:30 pm
From: Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Vesper Sparrow, Briones
The Vesper Sparrow previously reported over the past week was seen again late morning today by myself and a few others, in the same location on the opposite (south) side of the upper Sindicich lagoon from the Crest Trail. As before it was in with a small flock of Savannah Sparrows. Most of the other birds I’d seen reported were also around, including fly-over Horned Larks, a Common Gallinule in the lower lagoon, and Ring-necked Duck in one of the stock ponds below the Old Briones Rd. Trail on the way up to the Crest Trail.

Full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42756746 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42756746>

Cheers,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA
 

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Date: 2/14/18 4:22 pm
From: Lisa Owens Viani <lowensvi...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Wilson's Snipe at Garretson Pond

More gorgeousness!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 14, 2018, at 12:02 PM, <verne_nelson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
>
> A pair of Wilson's Snipe were feeding openly in the shallows next to fence by the road yesterday. They show up every year but are usually more reclusive and their camouflage feathering makes them hard to spot. I've read that they are one of the most abundant shorebirds in North America.
>
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> http://bit.ly/2Ge0jkt
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> Garretson Pond, MLK Regional Shoreline Park, Oakland, CA
>
>

 

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Date: 2/14/18 12:06 pm
From: <verne_nelson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Wilson's Snipe at Garretson Pond
A pair of Wilson's Snipe were feeding openly in the shallows next to fence by the road yesterday. They show up every year but are usually more reclusive and their camouflage feathering makes them hard to spot. I've read that they are one of the most abundant shorebirds in North America.


http://bit.ly/2Ge0jkt http://bit.ly/2Ge0jkt





Garretson Pond, MLK Regional Shoreline Park, Oakland, CA
 

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Date: 2/13/18 8:20 pm
From: 'Tony Brake' <tonybrake...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] RE: Herring spawn. gulls at San Pablo Peninsula
Here is a short video of the Long-tailed Ducks. Maybe someone could weigh in
on the age, gender of these birds.

https://youtu.be/aNfjlGgBEAo



Tony Brake

Pt. Richmond




 

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Date: 2/13/18 7:43 pm
From: 'Tony Brake' <tonybrake...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Herring spawn. gulls at San Pablo Peninsula
There was herring spawning over the past couple of days between Pt. Richmond
and Pt. San Pablo https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/ The spawning seemed to
be primarily on subtidal vegetation, so that the birds taking advantage were
mainly offshore. The herring are likely still in the area, since thousands
of cormorants remained between Castro Rocks and Castro Point on each side of
the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. When I drove past around noon the gulls were
mainly offshore or roosting on the piers, with the exception of Mew Gulls
feeding along the shoreline in a couple of spots, likely feeding on eggs
that had washed ashore. However, when I was returning about 3 PM, the tide
was very low and thousands of gulls were now feeding along the shoreline as
the eelgrass was being exposed. This area can be reached by taking the
Stenmark exit from 580 and continuing past the beach park to the area of the
second pier. Access is possible at the following location: 37.955789,
-122.422278



Also, there were two LONG-TAILED DUCKS among the large groups of Surf
Scoters to the north of Pt. San Pablo. They could be viewed from along the
road heading over the hill to the Pt. San Pablo Harbor. There is a turnout
shortly past the large tanks near the high point. 37.963766, -122.422792.
They were possibly a first winter male and a female. A poor digi-scoped
photo is here: https://tonybrake.smugmug.com/Nature/Rarities/i-JN4hcb5/A






 

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Date: 2/13/18 11:53 am
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Black Scoters at Richmond Marina
All,

Today around 11 AM John Blakelock and I had three Black Scoters in the Richmond marina area. One was in the harbor, while the other two were together just outside the jetty.

Good birding,

David Nickerson

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 10, 2018, at 5:23 PM, <larry.maurin...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Today, Saturday, February 10th, at 11AM I saw a single ROSS'S GOOSE with 4 Canada Geese on the lawn across Bellevue Avenue from the Rotary Nature Center at Lake Merritt in Oakland.
>
> Larry Maurin
> Oakland, CA
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/13/18 11:04 am
From: <verne_nelson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] American Wigeons - courtship flights at Garretson Pond
Wigeons are seasonally monogamous and the female chooses her mate during January and February. I photographed what some call a courtship flight of the female swirling around the pond with three males in pursuit.


http://bit.ly/2spMpJT http://bit.ly/2spMpJT



If you go with this explanation, she may be testing their flying prowess. I speculate about other explanations in the photo's description. Can someone provide a definitive answer?


Irregardless, it's a great behavior to witness.


Garretson Pond, MLK Regional Shoreline Park, Oakland, CA


 

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Date: 2/12/18 3:55 pm
From: Laura Look <lauracaus...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Briones RP Vesper Sparrow
The VESPER SPARROW continued about mid-day today (Feb. 12) at the
Upper Sindicich Lagoon at Briones Regional Park. The first time I
walked by, I saw only Savannahs and a Lincoln's. When I passed by a
little later, the Vesper was foraging literally at the trail junction
marker for the Briones Crest Trail and the Lagoon Trail. While I
watched, it ranged up and down the fence line along the trail.

Park info & map: http://www.ebparks.org/parks/briones

Good birding,
--
Laura Look
Pinole, CA



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Date: 2/11/18 7:39 pm
From: <shama.aria...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Cedar Waxwings in South Berkeley
Cedar Waxwings spotted on the corner of Benvenue & Russell workin' the trees. Can hear them before you see them.


This corner often has goldfinches and other birds due to the feeders on the blocked off portion of Russell. Worth a stop if you're in the neighborhood.


Linda, South Berkeley
 

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Date: 2/11/18 6:41 pm
From: Debbi Brusco <ebb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Back yard vocalization from 2012
I'm not sure if I ever posted this, so I will now since I haven't put a
name to it.
On 8/2/12, on the Hayward/Castro Valley border (a mile as the crow flies
from Don Castro RRA), I recorded this cry (a raptor, I assume). I've
heard it one other time. I couldn't get a look at it, since this time, I
heard feet leave the top of the fence and the voice faded quickly.

https://soundcloud.com/dbrusco/ls100877cry

Any ideas?

Debbi Brusco
Hayward


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Date: 2/11/18 8:43 am
From: 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Common Poorwill Berkeley
In Strawberry Canyon pre-dawn on 2/6/18 unexpectedly my light picked up a reflection on the ground. My dog ahead of me scared it up before I could ID it. The next 2 days I put her on a leash and of course didn't see anything. On the 9th she was off leash and of course a reflection and fly off. Today at 6:20 AM with a Ieash in hand and a reflection ahead I was able to get up close enough before it flew up to confirm that it was indeed a Poorwill. I have a 3/9/17 date of hearing one there but this is the earliest record I have. The bird was on the upper trail near the bench the first time and past the 2 mile post ( facing towards the hill not bay) today. 2 miles is from the bottom. It's 1.5 miles from the top space sciences building start.

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Date: 2/10/18 9:05 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Ross's Goose at Lake Merritt, 2/10
Today, Saturday, February 10th, at 11AM I saw a single ROSS'S GOOSE with 4 Canada Geese on the lawn across Bellevue Avenue from the Rotary Nature Center at Lake Merritt in Oakland.

Larry Maurin
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Date: 2/10/18 5:56 pm
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Continuing Vesper Sparrow at Briones Regional Park, Contra Costa County
Hey folks,
I finally made the trek up the ridge to Sindicich Lagoons in search of
sparrows. Arriving at the upper pond at the junction of Briones Crest Trail
and Lagoon Trail, I located a small flock of Savannah Sparrows hunkered
down on in the grass on the north side of the pond but nothing else
unusual. I checked out the lower lagoon and enjoyed nice views of a
White-tailed Kite, some dabbling ducks, and a swirling flock of Tree
Swallows. A Common Gallinule waded through the far lily pads.

Back to the upper lagoon, this time the sparrow flock had moved closer to
the water on the north side of the pond, between the water and the fence.
Lo and behold, one bird was bigger and paler with a nice white eye-ring.
Vesper Sparrow! County bird.

Full checklist with photos at:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42659769

Check out the molt pattern on the Kite. Also note the swarm of Tree
Swallows checking out the bluebird box (and the bluebirds on full alert).

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

 

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Date: 2/10/18 4:26 pm
From: Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Glaucous Gull, Hybrid Wigeon, Meeker Slough
We had a beautiful morning for our stint in the Birding the Bay Trail docent program. More than 50 species from Meeker Slough between Marina Bay and Pt Isabel in Contra Costa County. Two particularly noteworthy birds were:

*A pure white gull that we believe was Glaucous. It was fairly distant, but seemed about the same size as the Western Gulls and seemed to have a large-ish bill.

*An apparent hybrid AmericanxEurasian Wigeon. This gorgeous bird looked initially like a pure Eurasian. However, it flashed green behind the eye, and had a two-toned yellow forehead patch (darker, richer yellow closer to the bill and brighter white-yellow closer to the top of the head). Really pretty bird!

We were set up just south of Meeker Slough near the old pilings. We did our best to digiscope these birds- photos are in the eBird list https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42646092

Good birding,
Alan Krakauer
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Date: 2/9/18 11:32 pm
From: David <davejanrose...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farms
My wife and I took a walk around the natural pond at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek today about 3:00 pm. We got to the small beach just opposite the wood railing near the parking lot and there spotted a bird flying out to catch an insect. It flew back to the large tree on the beach, dropped the insect flew down retrieved it and flew back to its perch in the large tree. It was our old friend the Tropical King Bird!
On the same beach we saw a Great White Fronted Goose hanging out with the Canada Geese.
Dave Rose

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Date: 2/9/18 6:44 pm
From: <tallyhomar...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Mystery of the Beethoven bird solved!
Finally, after several years of hearing the beautiful opening phrase of Beethoven's Fifth in the morning as we're feeding the horses, I saw a ... mockingbird!
Pretty obvious I guess, but until I saw him in the act I was puzzled.
Marilyn Miller
Clayton
 

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Date: 2/8/18 7:39 pm
From: <vakrysiak...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Unusual Junco Ridge Rd. @ Hearst in Berkeley
I work in Etcheverry Hall at Cal. This afternoon I saw a very unusual junco on Ridge Road near the intersection with Hearst. Its breast was white rather than black and buff. Its back was mottled white, although it had the dark grey hood. It was definitely a junco... the white tail flash confirmed that when it flew away. Has anyone seen a leucistic junco or a leucistic/normal hybrid? Any other thoughts?
 

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Date: 2/8/18 12:38 pm
From: <calete94501...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Prarie Falcon Coyote Hills RP
Seen flying over Dairy Glen area from Quarry area. A park naturalist reported that a prairie falcon had been perched in the ironwwod eucalyptus outside the butterfly garden yesterday.

Chris Bard
Alameda

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Date: 2/6/18 7:16 pm
From: LEE FRIEDMAN <lfried6...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker continues at Tilden Nature Center area
This post is to confirm the continuation of the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker by the Tilden Nature Area. I observed it this morning from 8:55AM- 9:10. It was first seen by Alan Kaplan’s GGAS group on Friday Feb. 2, and then positively identified by George Suennen on Feb. 5 with excellent photographs. I noted the absence of any red on the nape of the neck, and a red-throat patch that was completely enclosed by black—two characteristics that distinguish the male Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker from the Red-Naped Sapsucker.


I believe this is the only Bay Area location north of Pescadaro where this species is observable. Of course I do not know for how long it will stay, but it is partial to the red-berry tree (cotoneaster I believe) that is behind the picnic table located furthest north on the east side of the Nature Area parking lot. I strongly recommend that any observers stay on the west side of the picnic table itself in order not to frighten the bird. I think 8-9:30AM would be the best time of day to try, if only because the area gets crowded later in the day with families bringing their children to play. Of course there are many other birds worth viewing, like the Varied Thrushes that are also around.


I have posted one photo on my Flickr website:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/39227157815/in/dateposted-public/

Additional information and photos are embedded in my eBird report:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42553641

Good birding!

Lee Friedman

 

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Date: 2/5/18 10:20 pm
From: David Brostoff <davbro...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Bird alarm cry identification
On Feb 5, 2018, at 9:02 PM, Rusty Scalf <rscalf...> wrote:
>
> Barn Owl

Thank you for the identification -- it certainly sounds like the "territorial scream or advertising call" here:
<https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barn_Owl/sounds>

There have been Great Horned Owls around here from time to time -- in fact, it was one of those many years ago that got me interested in birding -- but never a Barn Owl until now. (At least I have never seen one here myself and haven't read about sightings by others on this list.)

David



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Date: 2/5/18 9:02 pm
From: Rusty Scalf <rscalf...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Bird alarm cry identification

Barn Owl

> Tonight from about 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. I heard a loud bird alarm cry
> from somewhere high in the hillside oaks near the Clark Kerr Campus in
> Berkeley.
>
> It was a single-note, full-throated scream that lasted for a second or
> so and was repeated about every five seconds.
>
> There is a recording here:
> <https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sqkcvpf2oet17he/AABnF948HCw_9yJKbIbbxUiva?dl=0>
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> I would be grateful for an identification.
>
> David
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Date: 2/5/18 8:57 pm
From: David Brostoff <davbro...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Bird alarm cry identification
Tonight from about 8:00 to 8:30 p.m. I heard a loud bird alarm cry from somewhere high in the hillside oaks near the Clark Kerr Campus in Berkeley.

It was a single-note, full-throated scream that lasted for a second or so and was repeated about every five seconds.

There is a recording here:
<https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sqkcvpf2oet17he/AABnF948HCw_9yJKbIbbxUiva?dl=0>

I would be grateful for an identification.

David



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Date: 2/5/18 3:59 pm
From: George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tilden Nature Area, Jewel Lake
Hello all,

Went back to Tilden Park to confirm the sapsucker we had spotted on
Friday.  This time I got a good look and identified it as a young
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.  I posted some photo on my website at
http://birds.avianist.com/2018/180205-Jewel-Lake .

Also got some photos of the Varied Thrush (saw 6 today) that I missed
last week.  The kingfisher is still at the lake, the Fox sparrows were
acting pretty tame allowing me to get very close (almost like the
California Towhees) and also saw a Northern Flicker.

Best Regards,

George

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Date: 2/4/18 8:47 pm
From: Richard Sintchak <rich815...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Winter Wren, Rufous Hummer, and more this morning, Tilden Park
3 mile hike with the family today (Sunday, from about 10am to noon) up in
Tilden. Beautiful male Rufous Hummingbird displaying, swooping and buzzing
on the Meadows Canyon trail about 100 yards or so east of the intersection
with the Curran trail intersection. Also a singing Winter Wren was at the
stream where the Curran trail intersects with the Wildcat Gorge trail. Many
flocks of chickadees and bushtits along the Wildcat Gorge trail mixed with
loads of Yellow-rumped Warblers. If anyone walks this trail watch for Black
and White Warblers amongst the feeding flocks. A few times over the years
I’ve found them here though none today.

 

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Date: 2/4/18 4:37 pm
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Hayward Shoreline Tropical Kingbird
The Tropical Kingbird seen last fall was seen again this afternoon. It was about 1/8th of a mile east of where it was seen before just past the last buildings on the north side of West Winton. It was flycatching from a telephone pole.
Bob

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Date: 2/3/18 6:54 pm
From: George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] GGAS First Friday Birdwalk February 2, 2018
Alan,

Thanks for leading the group again. Always learn something new on these
walks. I posted my photos from the walk at:

http://birds.avianist.com/2018/180202-Jewel-Lake

Good photos of the Hermit Thrush, California and Spotted Towhee,
Golden-crowned, Song, and Fox Sparrows, plus a few others. I also got a
few shots of a European Starling in the Eucalyptus trees by the parking
lot and some American Crows in trees up the ridge on the bay side.
These weren't on your checklist.

The one shot of the sapsucker was from the back and didn't show the
head, not as good as I would have hoped... The other shots all had tree
branches and trunks obscuring the view so I didn't bother to post those.

Best Regards,
George
http://birds.avianist.com

On 2/3/2018 6:18 PM, Alan Kaplan <lnkpln67...> [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
>
> Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, California, US
> Feb 2, 2018, 8:30 AM - 11:40 AM
>
> Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Birdwalk, February 2, 2018.
> Groundhog Day!
> Walk to Jewel Lake and back again. Guest Phyllis E. came from
> Cleveland, OH.
>
> Bird o' The Day was a Red-naped Sapsucker. George S. has pictures.
>
> Groundhog saw his shadow, his old-soul, and returned to his den and
> will re-emerge without it and start spring, again (we hope sooner,
> rather than later!). See "Totemism and Civic Boosterism in
> Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 1899-1909" by Christopher R. Davis
> [Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, vol 68, number 2, April
> 1985] [available on-line].
> Here are the 35 species seen by 37 observers:
>
> Mallard
> Bufflehead
> Great Blue Heron flyover at the start of the walk
> Green Heron
> Turkey Vulture
> Red-shouldered Hawk
> Red-tailed Hawk
> Virginia Rail
> Band-tailed Pigeon
> Mourning Dove
> Anna's Hummingbird
> Allen's Hummingbird
> Belted Kingfisher
> Acorn Woodpecker
> Red-naped Sapsucker Seen at the Cotoneaster at the meeting place;
> George S. has photos, Johan L. saw it, too. I didn't see it, but these
> others are sure that's what they saw. You can go to "The Avianist"
> website to see George's photos, I think.
> Black Phoebe
> Hutton's Vireo
> Steller's Jay
> Common Raven
> Chestnut-backed Chickadee
> Oak Titmouse
> Pacific Wren
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> Hermit Thrush
> American Robin
> Varied Thrush
> Yellow-rumped Warbler
> Townsend's Warbler
> Fox Sparrow
> Dark-eyed Junco
> Golden-crowned Sparrow
> Song Sparrow
> California Towhee
> Spotted Towhee
> Lesser Goldfinch
>
> Best of Boids and Marmots!
> Alan Kaplan
>
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Date: 2/3/18 6:18 pm
From: Alan Kaplan <lnkpln67...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] GGAS First Friday Birdwalk February 2, 2018
Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, California, US
Feb 2, 2018, 8:30 AM - 11:40 AM

Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Birdwalk, February 2, 2018. Groundhog Day!
Walk to Jewel Lake and back again. Guest Phyllis E. came from Cleveland, OH.

Bird o' The Day was a Red-naped Sapsucker. George S. has pictures.

Groundhog saw his shadow, his old-soul, and returned to his den and will re-emerge without it and start spring, again (we hope sooner, rather than later!). See "Totemism and Civic Boosterism in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, 1899-1909" by Christopher R. Davis [Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, vol 68, number 2, April 1985] [available on-line].
Here are the 35 species seen by 37 observers:

Mallard
Bufflehead
Great Blue Heron flyover at the start of the walk
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Virginia Rail
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Red-naped Sapsucker Seen at the Cotoneaster at the meeting place; George S. has photos, Johan L. saw it, too. I didn't see it, but these others are sure that's what they saw. You can go to "The Avianist" website to see George's photos, I think.
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Pacific Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Varied Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Fox Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Lesser Goldfinch

Best of Boids and Marmots!
Alan Kaplan





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Date: 2/3/18 2:20 pm
From: Judith Dunham <jldunham...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Richmond Herring Spawn
It was party time this morning at Brooks Island and along the jetty extending out from the island. We arrived by boat as the tide was just coming in. The shoreline and nearby waters were filled with thousands of foraging birds: cormorants, gulls of at least four species, scaup, American Wigeon, and Bufflehead. Some of the gulls were plunge-diving like pelicans in order to dredge up strands of eel grass and get to the eggs.

We avoided getting too close and disturbing the birds. I put up some rough numbers on eBird, though I feel they are conservative. I do not have a long lens, but included some so-so photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42465969

The California Audubon team is surveying tomorrow morning at Miller-Knox and Pt. Molate. It will be interesting to see what activity we can observe from the shoreline.

Anyone interested in herring spawn updates can sign up with the CDFW: https://cdfwherring.wordpress.com/

Judith Dunham
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Date: 2/2/18 5:27 pm
From: Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tree Swallow, Wildcat Canyon RP
Today I saw a tree swallow zip up to a bird box along the Belgum trail in Wildcat Canyon today. Sure felt like Spring today! Also 2 varied thrushes along Wildcat Creek trail. Otherwise pretty quiet- most noteworthy for not seeing a single coyote all morning!

Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

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Date: 2/2/18 9:31 am
From: 'Mike Feighner' <feinerVogel94551...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Livermore Probably Cassin's Kingbird and Wild Turkeys
This morning at 8:30 while doing a test drive with a Toyota Mechanic, I
noticed at Laughlin Road and Blue Grass Court a Kingbird perched on the
fence along the east side of the road. This kingbird I would say is likely
to be a Cassin's Kingbird. Obviously, I could not stop for closer
observation On the return drive from the end of Laughlin Road, the
Kingbird was still perched at the same location on the fence.



I discovered a flock of Wild Turkeys along Airway Blvd, east of the Park N
Ride lot east of Isabell Avenue, not the first time I have seen them here.



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Date: 2/1/18 10:13 pm
From: 'Tony Brake' <tonybrake...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Herring Spawn at Ferry Point, Richmond
Late this afternoon there crowds of people cast netting for herring from the
Ferry Point fishing pier and crowds of gulls along the shoreline. This
should likely continue with the next couple of high tide cycles. There were
two previous spawn events in the area, but both were along the outside of
the jetty. There continues to be much bird activity there, as well.



Tony Brake

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Date: 2/1/18 5:21 pm
From: LEE FRIEDMAN <lfried6...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Greater White-Fronted Geese at Eastshore
There was mention in several January postings of the presence of somewhat unusual flocks of Greater White-Fronted Geese. There are (at least) two individuals of this species continuing at McLaughlin Eastshore State Park in Berkeley. Yesterday they were on the land east of the North Basin, mixed in with a flock of about 50 Canada Geese occupying the soccer fields.


Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99583878@N06/25160375827/in/dateposted-public/


Full eBird list of yesterday's 28 species from the North Basin section of Eastshore (with some additional photos) is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42421243


Good birding,

Lee Friedman
 

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Date: 1/31/18 9:16 pm
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Lake Merritt, Arrowhead marsh and Garretson Point Jan 31
The Mt. Diablo Audubon Society field trip today started at Lake Merritt, where we found plenty of ducks, including Barrow's Goldeneyes. A surprising Brown Creeper was seen in a tree near the buildings just east(?) of the aviary. We drove to Arrowhead Marsh for the high tide and found Ridgeway's Rails and Soras, along with other species, including a Spotted Sandpiper at the channel to the east. Snow Geese were in the mitigation area along the entry road, and a Burrowing Owl was prominent. We finished with lunch at Garretson Point where we had three teal species, N Pintails, N Shovelers, lots of Avocets, dowitchers, Dunlins, Stilts and others. We tallied 81 species for the group.

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Walnut Creek


 

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Date: 1/31/18 7:30 pm
From: Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Is my Nutall's back already? Oakland Laurel District
Woke up this morning to the familiar sound of a woodpecker boring a hole in a nearby tree. Was too tired to get up ( a lot of work lately) but listened to it for a while. I will have camera and all ready to go for tomorrow morning if I hear it again. But isn't it awfully early for the nesting to start? Usually they start in late February or early March around here.  Marcus Pun
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Date: 1/31/18 2:49 pm
From: <KatBirdCA...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tropical Kingbird at Niles Community Park, Fremont
I am re-sending the below message, which I originally sent out on Monday, 1/29, but was not posted to the list (Yahoo Groups site was experiencing technical difficulties).
 
Update:  The bird was still being seen this morning (1/31).
 
Hi birders,
 
While birding at Niles Community Park in Fremont (37361 3rd St.) this afternoon (1/29/18), I found a Tropical Kingbird. I first saw it flycatching from trees in and around the lawn north of the parking lot. After a little while, it moved slightly southeast, where it continued to flycatch in the trees next to a chain-link fenced area containing a large (propane?) tank and a small metal shed. After following it around for around 45 minutes, I finally lost track of it around 5:30 as the light was fading.
 
Good birding,
Kathy Robertson
Hayward, CA
 

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Date: 1/31/18 1:14 pm
From: Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Eastern Contra Costa county 1/24
Hi all,

Sorry for the belated report. On January 24th, I spent the day bouncing around some of my favorite spots in Eastern Contra Costa county. Weather was far less than optimal, but I still managed to see a decent variety of unusual birds. Also, I have been asked by a reader to clarify my definition of "East county". By my definition this region refers to just the delta islands and associated lowlands, from Big Break to Clifton Court, modeled after Steve Glover's definition in years previous. Indeed, if one were to include the immediately adjacent foothills species that are rare to unrecorded in East county like Oak Titmouse and White-breasted Nuthatch would be commonplace..

Anyway, I arrived at Bethel shortly after 7:30 to find the entire area enshrouded in a thick blanket of Tule Fog. As a consequence, all nearby waterways and fields were, for the most part, invisible, and I spent my entire stay on the island sifting through passerines at various locations. I was hoping to start with dawn flight and get a count of the Mourning Doves, waterfowl, and shorebirds flying over the slough, but with that plan thwarted I instead walked around the entire slough willow/blackberry bramble trying to kick up passerines. In the dense fog activity remained low during my entire visit, but a few large flocks of sparrows spiced things up.

From there I went on to Willowest Marina where activity was similarly subdued. So, I decided to take a breakfast break and returned to birding the neighborhoods on the south side of Bethel. Again, nothing earth-shatteringly rare but there were a healthy number of birds here including some nice sparrow concentrations. Highlights on Bethel included:

Golden-crowned Kinglet-3 was a good bird for East county
Orange-crowned Warbler-14
Fox Sparrow-15 of which all the birds I saw were sooty
'CASSIAR' DARK-EYED JUNCO-1 in the neighborhoods was a huge shock to me, as I am unaware of any non-Oregon type juncos ever recorded from East county, and it was certainly my first
White-crowned Sparrow-124
Golden-crowned Sparrow-188
Yellow-headed Blackbird-48 was a huge surprise, as this species is very uncommon on the island, and almost always just singletons. Perhaps the fog had something to do with pushing them out?
HOODED ORIOLE-1 continuing male at Willowest

Full eBird checklists here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42199935 and here https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42205803

Piper Slough appears to be going through somewhat of a transition right now.. The large clearing just to the south of the trail near the entrance, formerly one of the best spots for migrant concentrations as well as chats, is now blocked by a mesh gate. There are extensive lines of black tarp spreading across the length of the slough that I fear may foreshadow more removal of vegetation along the entire length of the slough. In happier news, part of the edge of the willows has developed a healthy stand of small cattails and marshy grasses and is already occupied by several Marsh Wrens. Several more years of good winter rains and maybe we'll get back Piper Slough rails..

After Bethel I headed on to Holland Tract where I spent a healthy amount of time working the Central Tract marshes. They didn't quite have the magic they possessed in August and kind of resemble most of the rest of the delta flooded fields in terms of bird concentration and numbers, but still highlights included:

Mute Swan-5 lowlight
Hooded Merganser-3
Ring-necked Pheasant-1 was my first on the tract in a while
Virginia Rail-3
Sora-6
Lesser Yellowlegs-1
CASPIAN TERN-1 over Frank's Tract
Horned Lark-1 singing male was the first of this species I have seen displaying on the tract, and likely means breeding is imminent
Yellow-headed Blackbird-3
Great-tailed Grackle-33 was a good count for east county

Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42209632


From there I decided to mix up the route a bit and bird discovery bay, an area that's always interested me but that I'd never gotten around to birding.. I was pleasantly surprised that the place was loaded with birds. I walked around the golf course and neighboring residences, which had a nice selection of passerines and waterfowl. Highlights included:
Greater White-fronted Goose-1
Cackling Goose-2 of which one was an "aluetian" and one a "minima"
Hooded Merganser-5
Green Heron-1
Swainson's Hawk-1
BROWN CREEPER-1 crawling up a building was a very good bird for east county
WESTERN BLUEBIRD-2 together in the neighborhoods are perhaps regular here, but overall thought to be very rare in east county
Yellow-rumped Warbler-125 was a great count anywhere in the county. This place was crawling with them

Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42211597

I then wandered around the fields north of Clifton for a while, hoping to find a field with Larks to look for longspurs. I had originally planned to allocate several hours to this, but lost track of time and ended up only having a few minutes for the job. Ultimately, besides a few flocks of Pipits the only consolations was a single Burrowing Owl.

On to dusk at Clifton Court I'd planned on positioning myself well at sunset to sort through the gulls as they streamed in. Alas, the birds were still distant and it is likely a goody or two slipped through. Still, during my stay at the reservoir I found:
Sora-1
Ring-billed Gull-1,000
California Gull-10,000
Herring Gull-10,000
Barn Owl-1
Great Horned Owl-4
Merlin-1

Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42215748

A fun day in east county with 126 species observed.

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco



 

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Date: 1/31/18 12:50 pm
From: Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa county eBird hotspot consolidation and management
Hi All,

If you are not a user of eBird or interested in topics related to the subject, no need to read on. If you are a user of eBird and bird in Contra Costa county, the following changes may slightly effect your birding.

In the past week I have been thoroughly examining some of the more controversial hotspot regions in Contra Costa county, and merging them as seems fit.. I have also been elevating certain localities into hotspot status. So, here are a few changes that may change how you bird around the county a bit:

Castle Rocks Park and Diablo Foothills RP: These spots are now merged. The Definition of Castle Rocks Regional Recreation area extends just .6 miles past the parking lot. I looked at about 50 checklists from this park, and well over half were between 1.5-3 miles in distance, which IMHO clearly means the lists were outside of the park boundaries. As such, there was no meaningful distinction between the two spots' usage. On a similar note, the Pine Canyon Hotspot remains in tact, and should be used if a birder hikes far enough up the trail to leave the area of Diablo Foothills RP, about 5 miles each way. Keep this in mind during all-day hikes.

Jewel Lake/Tilden Nature Area: The Tilden Nature Area--vicinity of Little Farm area and the Packrat Trail have both been merged with Jewel Lake. This is because the area commonly referred to as "Jewel Lake" (from the parking lot to the lake and vicinity) includes these hotspots. The jury is still out on the larger Tilden Nature Area hotspot, but so far it looks like most checklist in this region are used to detail a list to Jewel Lake as well, and not the larger area of the Tilden Nature Area as a whole.

Big Break Area: This region's hotspots now pertain to three main areas: 1) Big Break Regional Shoreline--Observation and Fishing Pier . This is the area around the visitor center and the pier proper, not the Big Break trail. 2) Big Break Regional Shoreline--Big Break Visitor Center to Jordan Lane. This newly-created hotspot is supposed to cover every area west of Iron House along the Big Break trail. 3) Iron House Sanitary District. This refers to any area along the trail east/north of the Jordan ln entrance. The general Big Break Trail hotspot still exists, but I urge that people please use one of the other three locations when birding this area. The trail hotspot is all-encompassing, and as such much less precise than the other hotspots.

Additionally, I have been trying to make new hotspots in places that have received coverage. So, locations like Discovery Bay, Concord Naval Weapons Station, and Vasco Caves, to name a few, now all have hotspot markers. If you have eBirded at any of those locations, it would be very much appreciated if you could merge your current list with the hotspot at the designated spot.

I'm happy to answer any questions or concerns about these changes, but may be unreachable for the next couple weeks.

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco




 

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Date: 1/31/18 9:28 am
From: Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Richmond 1/30 rare Scoters, continuing Winter Wren
Hi all,

I have visited Pt. San Pablo several times in the past week and found a
couple locally interesting birds.

1/23 (primarily searching to see if the Albatross would pass under the
Richmond Bridge)

Red-throated Loon-54
Brandt's Cormorant-1

Full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42186445

1/28:

Great Horned Owl-1
Peregrine Falcon-2 seemed like a pair. Maybe nesting on the Richmond Bridge?
Tree Swallow-1 appeared to be a spring migrant
Winter Wren-1

Full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42326825

1/30:

Yesterday I did a tour around Richmond and some other areas of Western
Contra Costa. With light NE winds and no marine layer I opted out of Pt.
Isabel and the southern Bayside and instead worked mostly around the
northern parts of richmond.

I started the morning at Point San Pablo. I started at the oaks, worked
down to the marina and up some of the adjacent slopes and trails, back
through the oaks spending a good amount of time searching through the
large Scoter mass that has accumulated north of the point, stopped
briefly at the pond, hit the neighborhoods, and finally the county park.
At dawn, the continuing WINTER WREN was sounding off around the hairpin
turn at (). The bird has been pretty dependable here my last few visits,
but seeing it remains nearly impossible. There is a large oak with a
hollowed understory on the left (east) side of the road here that you
can climb into and theoretically see the bird. Highlights here included:


Lesser Scaup-2
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER-1 or possibly 2 in with scoter swarm. Without a very
good scope, at the distance of these scoters it is very hard to pick
through them on the water. When they fly, however, it is much easier.
LONG-TAILED DUCK-1 female in with scoter flock
Red-throated Loon-12
Brandt's Cormorant-23 on West Brothers Island
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Black-bellied Plover-4
Semipalmated Plover-1 was my first here this winter
Killdeer-2
Black Turnstone-11
Dunlin-104
Least Sandpiper-1
Western Sandpiper-8
Spotted Sandpiper-1
Peregrine Falcon-1
WINTER WREN-1 continuing bird

Full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42367027


An interesting phenomenon in the past week or so has been the
concentrations of RED-THROATED LOONS around the Richmond area. In the
past, I have once noted numbers like this, but never for sustained
periods of time. I have not spent large chunks of time baywatching, but
the largest period (1 hour) on the 23rd produced 54 Red-throated Loons,
and most scans of the bay for 10 minutes or so in recent visits have
produced upwards of 10 birds. To the best of my knowledge, this is a
very very large influx of this species into Contra Costa, and possibly
unprecedented in the entire East Bay. According to brief checks of local
listservs and eBird, the only concentrations of this magnitude I could
find on the Bayside were Ron Thorns tallies from Coyote Point, which got
up to 90.

Anyway, I continued on to Miller/Knox, where I was surprised to see very
few birds on the bayside offshore. I guess everything is up by Pt. San
Pablo! Anyway, highlights here included:
Eurasian Wigeon-2 on the pond
Red-throated Loon-23 in 10 minutes on the bayside
Brandt's Cormorant-1
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Killdeer-11
Least Sandpiper-1
Allen's Hummingbird-4
Common Yellowthroat-1 was a good bird for the park

Full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42368774


Continuing to Sandpiper Spit, I decided to count the cormorants roosting
on the Brook's Island Jetty. Interestingly, essentially all seemed to be
Double-crested, quite a difference from the West Brother's Island Roost.
Red-throated Loon-5
Common Loon-1
Brandt's Cormorant-2
Pelagic Cormorant-1
Double-crested Cormorant-2700

Full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42369268


From there I headed to Canal Boulevard to try to get a better look at
the birds past Brook's Island. There were well over 1000 gulls and as
many ducks just past the island.
Brant-13
Bufflehead-550

Full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42369775


From there I decided to check out a park I'd never covered before:
Kennedy Grove on the north shore of San Pablo Reservoir. The area was
quite birdy, with several mixed flocks scattered around, but no goodies
mixed in. The reservoir, on the other hand, had plenty of activity:
Northern Shoveler-2
Gadwall-3
American Wigeon-1
Ring-necked Duck-68 was a nice count
Bufflehead-1
Common Goldeneye-3
Spotted Sandpiper-1
Band-tailed Pigeon-1
House Wren-1
California Thrasher-1
Pine Siskin-22 in a single flock

Full eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42371345


I then tried to access the south end of San Pablo Reservoir just to find
that the area was CLOSED! Apparently they open up again on friday.

On my way back west, I decided to make a quick stop at Jewel Lake.
Highlights here included:
Allen's Hummingbird-2
Acorn Woodpecker-1
Downy Woodpecker-1
Pacific Wren-1
Varied Thrush-1

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42373059

Overall a nice tour of west county with 105 species detected.

Good birding,
Logan


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Date: 1/31/18 1:58 am
From: John Sterling <jsterling...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Pt Pinole winter wren
Whoops I meant pt San Pablo.

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> On Jan 29, 2018, at 6:48 PM, John Sterling <jsterling...> wrote:
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> I just heard Logan’s new recording of the winter Wren at pt Pinole in contra costa county. Sounds good to me.
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Date: 1/29/18 2:39 pm
From: Sheila Dickie <falconmae...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Pt. Pinole Allens Hummingbirds
There were two male Allens Hummingbirds at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park yesterday afternoon, January 28. One at the pond off Owl Alley and one on the Sobrante
Trail near the chip pile. The former was on top of a bramble and the latter on Coyote Brush.

A White-tailed Kite was also present at the meadow opposite the new Atlas parking lot harassing a Red Tail hawk sitting atop a small tree.

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Date: 1/29/18 2:33 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Pt inole


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Date: 1/28/18 8:24 pm
From: Emily Serkin <ejserkin...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Barn Owl at Lake Chabot
This evening, a little before 5, a Barn Owl was flying around the meadow just downhill from the Nike Classroom.Emily SerkinCastro Valley
 

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Date: 1/28/18 1:27 pm
From: George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Nesting Anna's and Ruby-crowned Kinglet with ruby crown showing
Hello,

Took a walk yesterday afternoon at the Canyon Trail Park in El Cerrito
and saw many Ruby-crowned Kinglets, one with his red crown clearly
visible. Also saw many Anna's Hummingbirds, with one female on it's
next. Seems early in the year for these signs of Spring.

Other birds sighted were Lesser Goldfinch, House Finch, White-crowned
Sparrow, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco, California Towhee,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a White-tailed Kite. At first I thought the
Kite was a seagull gliding by overhead, but it circled and flew like a
raptor. After looking at the photos I confirmed it was a White-tailed Kite.

I posted some photos on my website at
http://birds.avianist.com/2018/180127-Canyon-Trail


Best Regards,
George
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Date: 1/27/18 6:02 pm
From: LEE FRIEDMAN <lfried6...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Three California Thrashers singing along Nimitz Way from Inspiration Point to Wildcat Peak
I birded from Inspiration Point to Wildcat Peak along the Nimitz Way this morning. I think the highlight is the beginning seasonal change: three California Thrashers were singing mightily at different points (two on opposite sides of the trail about 100 yards north of the Redwood Grove, the third past the 1.5 mile marker and just before entering the long Eucalyptus strand which ends at the Wildcat Peak cutoff trail). Hearing just one is reason enough for me to go birding. At the 1.5 mile marker there was also a Northern Harrier hovering briefly over a field by the EBMUD-Tilden border. Six Pygmy Nuthatches in conifers near Inspiration Point were sharing the trees with a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Hutton’s Vireo, Townsend’s Warbler and Hairy Woodpecker.


My reference to beginning seasonal change is also prompted by the singing all this month of the Oak Titmice in my north Berkeley neighborhood—a phenomenon that occurs every year, but usually not until March.


Full eBird list of the Inspiration Point outing with 24 species and some photos is here:

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42291103


Good birding,

Lee Friedman
 

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Date: 1/27/18 8:37 am
From: John Sterling <jsterling...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa county 1/17 WINTER WREN, Hooded Oriole
I looked for the Wren a couple of days ago and heard what I think was a Pacific Wren at that location. I discussed it with Logan. There may be two different birds there so Logan is sending his recording to friends at Cornell to see what they think.

Sent from my iPhone

John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

> On Jan 18, 2018, at 10:13 AM, Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> Had a fun day bouncing around some of my favorite Contra Costa county patches yesterday in mostly foggy weather.
>
> Off to a late start in the morning, I decided to cover my newly-found favorite Richmond hotspot, Point San Pablo. It was decently active overall, but activity was patchier than I am used to for this spot. Several sections (e.g. the area just north of the county park) that are normally full of birds were completely quiet. Highlights included:
>
> Northern Pintail-1 is a scarce bird on bayside CoCo
> Pelagic Cormorant-2
> Red-shouldered Hawk-1 immature was a good bird here
> Black-bellied Plover-27
> Black Turnstone-7
> Dunlin-83
> Least Sandpiper-17
> Western Sandpiper-6
> Spotted Sandpiper-1
> Willet-1
> Allen's Hummingbird-1 was one of several today. This species seems to have arrived in good quantities in the past few days
> Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 at the county park
> Brown Creeper-1 in the oaks, where the species does not breed
> WINTER WREN-1 (see below)
> Orange-crowned Warbler-2
> Townsend's Warbler-1
> Pine Siskin-1
>
> Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41992018
>
> A little bit of background and commentary about the Winter Wren. If you are not interested in chasing this bird you can skip the next five paragraphs. In case there was any confusion this is referring to the nominate eastern species, a rare vagrant to California, and not to our resident Pacific Wrens. Two weeks ago, on 1/2, in the afternoon, Augie Kramer and I were birding around the Railroad tracts that run out of the Marina when I heard a bird that sounded to me like a Winter Wren. However, the bird was distant, quiet, and seemed to shut up for long periods of time. At least at that distance and at that time, it did not respond to playback. My recording attempts were unsuccessful. Furthermore, there was a flag chinking right next to us, and I couldn't fully distinguish if the sound was a Winter Wren or the flag (!) Anyway, today upon pulling off at the top of the hill, I was shocked to hear the bird calling right next to the road. I got some recordings, played a bit of playback, and the bird came right in, calling aggressively. I only got a very fleeting glimpse of the bird, and nothing that could have aided in the ID. However, it was calling persistently for over 15 minutes.
> Pending acceptance by the CBRC, this would represent the first Contra Costa and East Bay record, bringing the county list up to 369 species NIB. Thanks to John Sterling and Rob Fowler for ID confirmation in the field.
> Now notes on chasing and seeing the bird. If more than 3 or so people are chasing this birds at the same time, parking will be a small issue. There is a single pulloff (pulloff 1) very near the wren spot. This spot can hold 1, possibly 2, cars. Other than that there is a second pulloff (pulloff 2) about a quarter mile down farther up the road. This can hold another couple cars. Another 150 yards farther up road there is another, slightly larger pulloff (pulloff 3). This can probably hold 3 cars or so. If all of these spots are full, there is also parking in the Marina. However, keep in mind the Marina is technically private. I have talked with the owner and warned her of potential visitors but if you do find yourself needing to use the Marina parking please 1) be courteous of the homeowners and 2) park only in the lot that runs east-west. The lot that runs north-south past the railroad tracks are for homeowners only. These spots have been outlined at the following map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ll=37.96361050011325%2C-122.42269677151529&z=17&mid=1ek7MCdtL7X652saKv2z7PPeZM0LzPtkG Again, this will only be an issue if more than a couple people are chasing this bird at the same time which (given that its in Contra Costa) may be unlikely..
> As for seeing/hearing the bird, this bird has so far been extremely skulky. Anyone wishing a good view will likely have to bring some patience. It has so far been seen at two locations. Those spots are both visible on the above map. The bird seems to range quite a bit up and down the blackberry/willow ravine. The bird's vocal activity seems to correspond with time of day.. In the morning the bird seems quite vocal, but in the afternoon much less so. The bird can remain quiet for many minutes on end. I ask that playback be used sparingly if at all to ensure the bird doesn't get "taped out". If the bird does stop responding to playback, managing a view could be nearly impossible. So, if you must used playback, please try to keep it to just a few rounds.
>
> Also, for anyone chasing this bird I strongly recommend checking out the whole area (Point San Pablo) on your visit. The place is huge, full of birds, and ludicrously under-covered. A map with my top favorite birding spots on the peninsula can be seen here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1ybzhGCESOKx8gaEwR3YmxEPV2Gc&ll=37.95791045852934%2C-122.41802035&z=14
>
> Recordings of the bird can be found here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41992018
> Anyway, back to the birding I continued on to Miller/Knox. Landbird activity was decent as was the pond, but the bay was deader than usual. Highlights during the brief visit included:
> Eurasian Wigeon-4 (3 males and a female)
> Common Loon-1
> Osprey-1
> Cooper's Hawk-1
> White-throated Swift-10
> Allen's Hummingbird-1
> Orange-crowned Warbler-1
>
> Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41995347
>
>
> I proceeded to Canal Boulevard, where a flyby Red-throated Loon was the soul highlight. Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41996854
>
>
> From there I headed over to the S 51st st entrance to the Bay trail and Meeker slough. At this point it was already high tide, and so shorebirds were concentrated near the breakwater at meeker. Interestingly, though, the high tide roost seemed to consist almost entirely of avocets. Shorebirds numbers included:
> American Avocet-400
> Marbled Godwit-1
> Black Turnstone-3
> Least Sandpiper-1
>
> Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41997434
>
>
> Blasting east I stopped at waterbird regional preserve. The water levels were high and while shorebirds seemed nonexistant, diving duck numbers were high and dabblers were average. Highlights included:
> Mute Swan-1 was more of a lowlight
> Ring-necked Duck-2 were uncommon here, perhaps early migrants?
> Glaucous-winged Gull-1
> Great-tailed Grackle-6
>
> Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42015620
>
>
> Heading on to east county I stopped first at Jersey Island mostly prospecting for potential shorebird habitat revitalized by recent rains. No joy. No real highlights here to mention, but the full eBird checklist can be seen here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42002031
>
>
> Proceeding to Bethel, the habitat was much improved from a visit two days ago. The hole field south of harbor east of bethel island road was flooded and had plentiful ducks and shorebirds. I checked the fields, Piper Slough, Franks Tract, willowest marina. Duck numbers on Franks Tract and piper were decent but not exceptional. Highlights here included:
> Mute Swan-26 present where this species used to be rare. Disheartening to see these invasive creatures spread through the county over time
> Ring-necked Pheasant-7 was the most I have seen in the county at one time. Possibly indicates release?
> American Coot-7800 is their regular concentration here
> Black-necked Stilt-7
> Least Sandpiper-60
> Wilson's Snipe-3
> Greater Yellowlegs-11
> Lesser Yellowlegs-2
> Mew Gull-1
> Western Gull-1
> ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD-1 the population at Willowest Marina has returned on time with the rest of the county's populations
> Merlin-1
> House Wren-1
> Orange-crowned Warbler-1
> HOODED ORIOLE-1 adult male at Willowest Marina may represent the only winter record for the county away from the clifton birds.
>
>
> I ended the day with a quick stop at Byron WTP. Unfortunately time commitments thwarted my attempt to end at Clifton Court, but this stop was nonetheless productive. The fields south of the ponds, sporadically flooded, were flooded now and brimming with birds, including a very diverse (5 species) goose flock. Highlights here included:
> Snow Goose-5
> Ross's Goose-1
> Greater White-fronted Goose-1
> Cackling Goose-2
> Canvasback-1
> Hooded Merganser-1
> Black-necked Stilt-6
> Long-billed Curlew-103 was a nice count for the county
> Wilson's Snipe-2
> Greater Yellowlegs-1
> Herring Gull-7
> Iceland (Thayer's) Gull-1
> Horned Lark-5
>
> Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42016420
>
> Anyway, was nice to bounce around the county once again, and had a nice total of 128 species, a good count considering it was only a 7 hour day and I didn't cover any interior areas, hence missing birds like Oak Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, etc
>
> Good birding,
> Logan Kahle
> San Francisco, CA
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/23/18 4:26 pm
From: Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa county 1/22 Herring Run, East county local rarities, etc
Hi all,

Spent a great day with Dominik Mosur bouncing around some of my favorite
Contra Costa county spots. We hit relatively few spots compared to my
average visit, focusing more on thoroughly checking each spot we did
hit. The morning started with low fog throughout the bayside, cleared on
the bayside but was still overcast for the afternoon in East county.

We decided to mix up the route somewhat, skipping Pt. Isabel and Meeker
Slough. We started at Vincent Park, checking the channel, harbor, and
adjacent shoreline. Duck and diver numbers seemed low to me, but
shorebird numbers more than made up for the dearth:
Red-throated Loon-1
Common Loon-1
Horned Grebe-20 was a nice count
Pelagic Cormorant-4
Black Oystercatcher-3
Black-bellied Plover-1
Long-billed Curlew-2
Marbled Godwit-4
Black Turnstone-50 was a good count in the county, but the flock
unfortunately included no Ruddies
Sanderling-42 was a good count for the county
Dunlin-50
Least Sandpiper-8
"Thayer's" Iceland Gull-1 was mixed in with a large gull group of
primarily Ring-billed and California at the lawn at dawn

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42154778

We proceeded to Canal Boulevard Viewing Platform for another look at the
channel. Similarly small numbers of ducks, but many more birds were
visible beyond Brook's Island. Highlights here included:

Brant-1 southbound flyby was my first in the county in a while
Red-breasted Merganser-1 was a good bird for here
Red-throated Loon-5 included 4 past brook's and 1 just 20 meters or so
off the platform (!)
Black Oystercatcher-2
Black-bellied Plover-3
Long-billed Curlew-2
Marbled Godwit-2
Sanderling-120 was a very good count for the county
Dunlin-2
Least Sandpiper-15

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42155573


From there we headed to Point San Pablo where we spent a large amount
of time exploring the various spots around the point. We started at the
Ship Hull overlook where we witnessed a MASSIVE movements of Cormorants
into the San Pablo Bay from across the bridge, presumably originating at
the Chevron Pier Roost site. We estimated of 9000 Cormorants, which
seems to likely be indicative of a HERRING RUN in this part of the bay
just off San Quentin. The majority of the Cormorants were streaming to
two different feeding sites, one off San Quentin and one just north of
the Point San Pablo. While it was just attracting cormorants at this
stage (so likely the fish haven't layed yet?) this may turn into a
massive multi-family feeding frenzy in the next week, so stay tuned!
Anyway, after the Ship Hull overlook we proceeded to the county park,
where we spent a good amount of time checking the willows and adjacent
areas on the immediate bayside. From there we headed to the pond and
briefly checked around the edge. We then spent a good chunk of time
walking around the oak ravines. We received one negative comment by a
marina resident for parking in spot #3 as described in my Winter Wren
post. By the time we got to the oaks activity had already dwindled
significantly, and there was just a single main flock. Early morning
appears to be best on this side of the peninsula. Anyway, highlights
here included:

Surf Scoter-1500 was a good count here
Red-throated Loon-14
Pelagic Cormorant-30
Brandt's Cormorant-30
Double-crested Cormorant-6000 this was a great count of cormorants for
the county, and the largest I know of
Cormorant sp-2500
Osprey-1
Sharp-shinned Hawk-2
Red-breasted Nuthatch-4
Brown Creeper-1 at county park was my first for that site
ROCK WREN-1 continuing awesome find by Colin, hopping around cement
blocks just before road turns near pond

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42161471


From there we blasted straight out to the bethel island area, briefly
checking Summer Lake for any potential Boneparte's Gull concentrations.
Highlights here included:

Boneparte's Gull-2
Forster's Tern-4

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42163219


From there we spent a large amount of time on Bethel Island. We started
at Piper Slough, working through the ducks and searching for passerines.
We then hit Willowest Marina, Frank's Tract overlook, and ended with an
intensive search of the Golf Course in the middle of the island, an area
I've never covered in the past. Passerine activity was quite high for
the afternoon, and we found a nice assortment of ducks in the channel.
Highlights included:
Cackling Goose-1 in with White-fronts was unusual to be perched on the
island
Ring-necked Duck-2 were uncommon for the island
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER-1 female-type just off Piper Slough was rare in
East county, and my first
Ruddy Duck-1080 was a nice count for the county
Ring-necked Pheasant-4 in the same spot as last time
Sora-1
Common Gallinule-2 on Franks Tract were a good bird for the island
American Coot-19000 constituting 9000 from Piper and 10000 from Frank's
Tract was a good count
Black-necked Stilt-15
Killdeer-46
Least Sandpiper-8
Long-billed Dowitcher-6
Greater Yellowlegs-6
Lesser Yellowlegs-3
Mew Gull-1
Allen's Hummingbird-1 at traditional Willowest spot
Prairie Falcon-1 over golf course was a rarity for Bethel
HUTTON'S VIREO-1 photographed at Piper is the first documented record
for East county
BROWN CREEPER-1 well-seen at willowest was the first record for this
well-covered island, and one of few for east county
"Myrtle" Yellow-rumped Warbler-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42167915


We ended the day with a brief stop at Clifton Court, scanning from the
parking lot. Northing exceptional was noted here, but a flock of at
least 25,000 gulls stretched across the eastern shoreline of the
forebay. For any larophiles out there, clifton court at dusk could be
great in the next few evenings!

All in all it was a great day afield with 133 species noted.

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco, CA


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Date: 1/23/18 4:00 pm
From: Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Barrow's Goldeneye and Tricolored Blackbird - Contra Loma R. P., Antioch - 1/23
At 12:30 today, from Channel Point Parking Lot, we were observing a raft of ~ 15 goldeneyes, when a male Barrow’s popped into view. This was our first sighting of this species at the park/reservoir. In addition, later in the day, there were several large flocks of blackbirds and starlings in the grassy margins of the gravel parking lot directly south of the entrance to Channel Point. Included in the mixed flock of European Starlings, Brewer’s and Red-winged Blackbirds was at least one Tricolored Blackbird.

In addition, we had a seven-raptor species day: Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Harrier, White-tailed Kite, American Kestrel and Turkey Vulture. There were also at least 20 Common Gallinules dispersed in different locations on the reservoir

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
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Date: 1/23/18 3:43 pm
From: <ericpilotte...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Laysan Albatross - Carquinez Strait - Contra Costa County
From 7:40am until 9:05am I watched a Laysan Albatross trying to find its way back to the sea while trapped within the confines of the Carquinez Strait. At times the bird flew along the Contra Costa side of the strait, at others it was seen flying on the Solano side (including within Benicia State Recreation Area). More details, including pix and videos, are in eBird. Unfortunately, the bird had left by 10:30am despite multiple observers.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42187795 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42187795

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Date: 1/23/18 12:56 pm
From: peter dramer <pmdramer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Peregrines
Peregrines have returned to the Campanile at the UC Berkeley campus.

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Date: 1/22/18 11:59 pm
From: <albertlinkowski...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Wingbar "Oregon" Junco in Concord, CoCo County
Several days ago I had the opportunity to photograph this "odd" looking Oregon type of Junco. This one can only be untypical regular "Oregon" type, aberrant one, or perhaps intergrade ( if only possible) of Oregon "with White-winged?


All opinions and comments are welcome,



Albert W. Linkowski


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Date: 1/22/18 8:53 pm
From: Don Bernstein <donb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White Faced Ibis
I returned to Wildcat Marsh (at the end of Parr Blvd) in Richmond Friday
for the first time in a while, and was happy to see the four first-year
Ibis are all still there. On a few trips I had only seen two or three,
so I was worried that one had perished, but it's just a little standoffish.


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Date: 1/22/18 8:53 pm
From: Don Bernstein <donb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: White Faced Ibis
I stopped by today, and saw 5 Ibis. Their eye color has been shifting to
red over the winter.

On 1/21/2018 9:00 PM, Don Bernstein wrote:
>
> I returned to Wildcat Marsh (at the end of Parr Blvd) in Richmond
> Friday for the first time in a while, and was happy to see the four
> first-year Ibis are all still there. On a few trips I had only seen
> two or three, so I was worried that one had perished, but it's just a
> little standoffish.
>
>
> --
> Don Bernstein


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Date: 1/20/18 7:34 pm
From: Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Varied Thrushes - Tilden Regional Park - 1/20
During a late morning outing to Tilden Regional Park, we birded along the closed South Park Drive and found at least four Varied Thrushes within the first 200 yards. South Park Drive is closed from Nov. 1 through March 31 to protect migrating newts. Consequently, our walk along the road was very pleasant without the flow of vehicles. We began across from the Botanic Gardens and continued perhaps a quarter of a mile, encountering lots of bird activity in addition to the thrushes.

Other noteworthy species included:

Wrentit (heard only)
California Thrasher (heard only)
Band-tailed Pigeons (~20)
Anna’s Hummingbird (nest-building)

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch



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Date: 1/20/18 5:02 pm
From: <shuckabone...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] 5 Goose day
Of local interest this morning between 8:30AM and 9:00AM I drove W. Jack
London Blvd in Livermore and had a 5 goose surprise. A single Ross's Goose
was with a flock of Canada Geese in the vacant lot west of the water
treatment facility. Further west on W. Jack London I scanned the large
flocks of Canada Geese and picked out 1 Snow Goose, 25 Greater White-fronted
Geese <https://flic.kr/p/JGDZ12> and 20 Cackling Geese mixed with the
Canada Geese. On May School Rd a Prairie Falcon <https://flic.kr/p/22h3PKc>
was soaking up the early morning sun on a transmission pole.



Good birding.



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Date: 1/19/18 4:28 pm
From: Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Elsie Roemer and Arrowhead, Friday 1-19-2018
A couple of quick birding stops along the bay on my way to pick up some lost luggage at Oakland Airport.

Elsie Roemer in Alameda ~ noon. The tide was very high- good numbers of Dunlin and Westerns, also Black-bellied Plover. Most noteworthy were some Red Knots, around 10 on the sand to the north and another one in the vegetation amongst the plovers and dunlin to the south.

Arrowhead Marsh- tide was still high. Only saw a couple of Ridgeway’s rails this time, and heard a few more. Burrowing owl was present and pretty cooperative. Around 25 cackling geese in with all the Canadas on the grass- some with prominent white rings on their necks and some without. Also about 9 blue-winged teal.

Not birding related, but there was a detour on Otis road, so instead of going straight from Elsie Roemer to MLK Shoreline I had to go back to 880 and come in via Hegenberger.

Good birding,
Alan Krakauer
Richmond, CA

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Date: 1/18/18 10:17 am
From: Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa county 1/17 WINTER WREN, Hooded Oriole
Hi All,

Had a fun day bouncing around some of my favorite Contra Costa county
patches yesterday in mostly foggy weather.

Off to a late start in the morning, I decided to cover my newly-found
favorite Richmond hotspot, Point San Pablo. It was decently active
overall, but activity was patchier than I am used to for this spot.
Several sections (e.g. the area just north of the county park) that are
normally full of birds were completely quiet. Highlights included:

Northern Pintail-1 is a scarce bird on bayside CoCo
Pelagic Cormorant-2
Red-shouldered Hawk-1 immature was a good bird here
Black-bellied Plover-27
Black Turnstone-7
Dunlin-83
Least Sandpiper-17
Western Sandpiper-6
Spotted Sandpiper-1
Willet-1
Allen's Hummingbird-1 was one of several today. This species seems to
have arrived in good quantities in the past few days
Red-breasted Nuthatch-1 at the county park
Brown Creeper-1 in the oaks, where the species does not breed
WINTER WREN-1 (see below)
Orange-crowned Warbler-2
Townsend's Warbler-1
Pine Siskin-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41992018

A little bit of background and commentary about the Winter Wren. If you
are not interested in chasing this bird you can skip the next five
paragraphs. In case there was any confusion this is referring to the
nominate eastern species, a rare vagrant to California, and not to our
resident Pacific Wrens. Two weeks ago, on 1/2, in the afternoon, Augie
Kramer and I were birding around the Railroad tracts that run out of the
Marina when I heard a bird that sounded to me like a Winter Wren.
However, the bird was distant, quiet, and seemed to shut up for long
periods of time. At least at that distance and at that time, it did not
respond to playback. My recording attempts were unsuccessful.
Furthermore, there was a flag chinking right next to us, and I couldn't
fully distinguish if the sound was a Winter Wren or the flag (!) Anyway,
today upon pulling off at the top of the hill, I was shocked to hear the
bird calling right next to the road. I got some recordings, played a bit
of playback, and the bird came right in, calling aggressively. I only
got a very fleeting glimpse of the bird, and nothing that could have
aided in the ID. However, it was calling persistently for over 15 minutes.

Pending acceptance by the CBRC, this would represent the first Contra
Costa and East Bay record, bringing the county list up to 369 species
NIB. Thanks to John Sterling and Rob Fowler for ID confirmation in the
field.

Now notes on chasing and seeing the bird. If more than 3 or so people
are chasing this birds at the same time, parking will be a small issue.
There is a single pulloff (pulloff 1) very near the wren spot. This spot
can hold 1, possibly 2, cars. Other than that there is a second pulloff
(pulloff 2) about a quarter mile down farther up the road. This can hold
another couple cars. Another 150 yards farther up road there is another,
slightly larger pulloff (pulloff 3). This can probably hold 3 cars or
so. If all of these spots are full, there is also parking in the Marina.
However, keep in mind the Marina is technically /private./ I have talked
with the owner and warned her of potential visitors but if you do find
yourself needing to use the Marina parking please 1) be courteous of the
homeowners and 2) park only in the lot that runs east-west. The lot that
runs north-south past the railroad tracks are for homeowners only. These
spots have been outlined at the following map:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?ll=37.96361050011325%2C-122.42269677151529&z=17&mid=1ek7MCdtL7X652saKv2z7PPeZM0LzPtkG
Again, this will only be an issue if more than a couple people are
chasing this bird at the same time which (given that its in Contra
Costa) may be unlikely.

As for seeing/hearing the bird, this bird has so far been extremely
skulky. Anyone wishing a good view will likely have to bring some
patience. It has so far been seen at two locations. Those spots are both
visible on the above map. The bird seems to range quite a bit up and
down the blackberry/willow ravine. The bird's vocal activity seems to
correspond with time of day. In the morning the bird seems quite vocal,
but in the afternoon much less so. The bird can remain quiet for many
minutes on end. I ask that playback be used sparingly if at all to
ensure the bird doesn't get "taped out". If the bird does stop
responding to playback, managing a view could be nearly impossible. So,
if you must used playback, please try to keep it to just a few rounds.

Also, for anyone chasing this bird I strongly recommend checking out the
whole area (Point San Pablo) on your visit. The place is huge, full of
birds, and ludicrously under-covered. A map with my top favorite birding
spots on the peninsula can be seen here:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1ybzhGCESOKx8gaEwR3YmxEPV2Gc&ll=37.95791045852934%2C-122.41802035&z=14

Recordings of the bird can be found here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41992018

Anyway, back to the birding I continued on to Miller/Knox. Landbird
activity was decent as was the pond, but the bay was deader than usual.
Highlights during the brief visit included:
Eurasian Wigeon-4 (3 males and a female)
Common Loon-1
Osprey-1
Cooper's Hawk-1
White-throated Swift-10
Allen's Hummingbird-1
Orange-crowned Warbler-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41995347


I proceeded to Canal Boulevard, where a flyby Red-throated Loon was the
soul highlight. Full eBird checklist here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41996854


From there I headed over to the S 51st st entrance to the Bay trail and
Meeker slough. At this point it was already high tide, and so shorebirds
were concentrated near the breakwater at meeker. Interestingly, though,
the high tide roost seemed to consist almost entirely of avocets.
Shorebirds numbers included:
American Avocet-400
Marbled Godwit-1
Black Turnstone-3
Least Sandpiper-1

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41997434


Blasting east I stopped at waterbird regional preserve. The water levels
were high and while shorebirds seemed nonexistant, diving duck numbers
were high and dabblers were average. Highlights included:
Mute Swan-1 was more of a lowlight
Ring-necked Duck-2 were uncommon here, perhaps early migrants?
Glaucous-winged Gull-1
Great-tailed Grackle-6

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42015620


Heading on to east county I stopped first at Jersey Island mostly
prospecting for potential shorebird habitat revitalized by recent rains.
No joy. No real highlights here to mention, but the full eBird checklist
can be seen here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42002031


Proceeding to Bethel, the habitat was much improved from a visit two
days ago. The hole field south of harbor east of bethel island road was
flooded and had plentiful ducks and shorebirds. I checked the fields,
Piper Slough, Franks Tract, willowest marina. Duck numbers on Franks
Tract and piper were decent but not exceptional. Highlights here included:
Mute Swan-26 present where this species used to be rare. Disheartening
to see these invasive creatures spread through the county over time
Ring-necked Pheasant-7 was the most I have seen in the county at one
time. Possibly indicates release?
American Coot-7800 is their regular concentration here
Black-necked Stilt-7
Least Sandpiper-60
Wilson's Snipe-3
Greater Yellowlegs-11
Lesser Yellowlegs-2
Mew Gull-1
Western Gull-1
ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD-1 the population at Willowest Marina has returned on
time with the rest of the county's populations
Merlin-1
House Wren-1
Orange-crowned Warbler-1
HOODED ORIOLE-1 adult male at Willowest Marina may represent the only
winter record for the county away from the clifton birds.


I ended the day with a quick stop at Byron WTP. Unfortunately time
commitments thwarted my attempt to end at Clifton Court, but this stop
was nonetheless productive. The fields south of the ponds, sporadically
flooded, were flooded now and brimming with birds, including a very
diverse (5 species) goose flock. Highlights here included:
Snow Goose-5
Ross's Goose-1
Greater White-fronted Goose-1
Cackling Goose-2
Canvasback-1
Hooded Merganser-1
Black-necked Stilt-6
Long-billed Curlew-103 was a nice count for the county
Wilson's Snipe-2
Greater Yellowlegs-1
Herring Gull-7
Iceland (Thayer's) Gull-1
Horned Lark-5

Full eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42016420

Anyway, was nice to bounce around the county once again, and had a nice
total of 128 species, a good count considering it was only a 7 hour day
and I didn't cover any interior areas, hence missing birds like Oak
Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, etc

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco, CA



 

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