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11/16/18 9:38 am Megan Jankowski <mindfuldocumentation...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] MIddle Harbor walk Sunday is still on
11/15/18 9:26 pm <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Mount Diablo Audubon field trip cancellation
11/15/18 10:31 am <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farm birds Walnut Creek November 15
11/15/18 9:31 am <j.chiropolos...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] "Northern Red" Bishop Question
11/15/18 12:20 am <mrlycan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park - Wed 11/15
11/13/18 7:18 pm 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Poorwill Berkeley
11/13/18 5:46 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Gomez Park Nov 13
11/13/18 2:34 pm <scfloyd2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Eastern Phoebe continues, Gomes Park, Fremont
11/12/18 7:20 pm <serened...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Cesar Chavez Park - Vesper Sparrow 11-12-2018
11/12/18 6:24 pm dwbirdster <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Two Swamp and possible Field Sparrow at Gomez park Nov 12.
11/12/18 6:19 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> RE: [EBB_Sightings] Possible Field Sparrow at Gomez park Nov 12.
11/12/18 2:36 pm dwbirdster <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Two Swamp and possible Field Sparrow at Gomez park Nov 12.
11/11/18 3:52 pm Robert Firehock <rafirehock...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Return of the Duck(s)--Lake Temescal
11/11/18 2:53 pm Hilary Powers <hilary...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Pacific Commons Linear Park
11/11/18 11:14 am Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Fwd: [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park (11/6) - Eastern Phoebe, Swamp Sparrows, N Red Bishop
11/10/18 11:30 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Lesser Black-backed photos
11/10/18 4:06 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] LBBG PSA
11/10/18 4:05 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] LBBG PSA
11/10/18 4:02 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Alviso Lesser Black-backed Gull
11/9/18 8:15 pm <jtnikon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] San Leandro Marina (11/9) - White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Duck
11/9/18 2:08 pm <rscimino...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Ohlone Audubon Eastern Alameda County field trip
11/8/18 9:30 pm <trapaga...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Ferruginous Hawk in Hercules again
11/8/18 3:36 pm <jeraldabritten...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Townsend's solitaire, Round Valley
11/7/18 8:48 pm Elizabeth Leite <eleite...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Creeper on 11/7
11/7/18 3:03 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Alviso closure — Admitting fault
11/7/18 3:01 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Alviso closure — Admitting fault
11/7/18 2:55 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] FYI, Alviso no longer open to gulling
11/7/18 2:34 pm Marty Lycan <mrlycan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Re: Continuing Northern Shrike Cruiser Hsaven Marina Orwood Road Monday
11/7/18 12:40 pm Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Dumbarton Bridge north salt pond
11/7/18 9:24 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park
11/6/18 8:17 pm <jtnikon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park (11/6) - Eastern Phoebe, Swamp Sparrows, N Red Bishop
11/6/18 12:29 pm Eugenia Larson <eklarson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] FOS Fox Sparrow in hard
11/6/18 9:42 am Daniel Wenny <danencon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Shorebird survey Nov 20 volunteers needed!
11/5/18 10:21 pm <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Continuing Northern Shrike Cruiser Hsaven Marina Orwood Road Monday afternoon
11/5/18 8:40 pm Joel Denney <joeldenney...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Re: Oakland Owl Question
11/5/18 7:21 pm <kateh37...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Canvasback (finally) at Lake Merritt
11/5/18 4:38 pm <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Walnut Creek birds Monday November 5
11/5/18 3:45 pm '<davequady...>' <davequady...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Immature Northern Shrike persists near Cruiser Haven Marina, CoCoCo
11/5/18 2:19 pm Alan Howe <poethowe...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager 11/2, new location
11/5/18 12:36 pm Elizabeth Leite <eleite...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] FOS Hermit Thrush and Finches
11/5/18 7:59 am Douglas Vaughan <vaughan4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] White-throated Sparrows
11/4/18 10:32 pm <kateh37...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Hooded Merganser at Mountain View Cemetery
11/4/18 9:08 pm Victoria Robinson <vickirob1...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Ohlone Audubon Hayward Fremont Christmas Bird Count Dec 16, 2018
11/4/18 7:34 pm Joel Denney <joeldenney...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Re: Oakland Owl Question
11/4/18 7:28 pm Raleigh McLemore <raleighmclemore...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Re: Oakland Owl Question
11/4/18 5:32 pm Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Northern Shrike -- Continues
11/4/18 5:05 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Mount Trashmore 11-04-18
11/4/18 3:21 pm Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Oakland Owl Question
11/4/18 11:15 am Bev <SLAKEWINGS...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Oakland Owl Question
11/4/18 8:20 am Joel Denney <joeldenney...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Oakland Owl Question
11/3/18 5:47 pm Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Chestnut-collared Longspur
11/3/18 3:52 pm Alan Howe <poethowe...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager 11/2, new location
11/2/18 11:12 am Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager 11/2, new location
11/1/18 9:48 pm <aaron.maizlish...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Fwd: [CVBirds] Northern Shrike north of Discovery Bay (Contra Costa)
11/1/18 8:34 pm Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Hermit Thrush - Antioch yard - 11/1
11/1/18 2:17 pm Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager cont. 11/1/18
10/31/18 3:05 pm <squark4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager in Berkeley
10/31/18 11:58 am The Other Jim Hargrove <neoscona...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Start Planning for the Eastern Alameda County CBC Dec 14th a Friday
10/31/18 11:42 am <rscimino...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Start Planning for the Eastern Alameda County CBC Dec 14th a Friday
10/30/18 6:39 pm Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Tony Lema Golf Course
10/30/18 6:30 pm <trapaga...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Ferruginous Hawk in Hercules near Fernandez Ranch
10/30/18 12:44 pm Sheila Dickie <falconmae...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Richmond Merlin & Kites
10/29/18 11:59 am <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek Monday October 29
10/29/18 11:40 am Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Redwood Regional at Skyline Gate Staging Area
10/28/18 9:10 am Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Point-Blue Birdathon in Contra Costa
10/28/18 7:55 am Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Late report: Redwood Regional Park, Skyline Gate, Friday, 10/26
10/27/18 11:14 pm <RLewis0727...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Tropical Kingbird at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
10/27/18 10:00 am Maury Stern <mbstern2...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] "cismontanus" sub-species of Dark-eyed Junco
10/26/18 7:50 pm <berniker...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Burrowing Owl at Pt. Isabel
10/26/18 5:57 pm <hsnewman...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Townsend's Solitaires at Redwood Regional Park
10/26/18 12:08 pm Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Re: A murder of crows?
10/25/18 4:33 pm <jeraldabritten...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] warbling vireo, Clayton Community Park
10/25/18 3:46 pm Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Lark Sparrows - Contra Loma R. P. - 10/25
10/25/18 3:06 pm Bob Brandriff <cbirder...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Townsend's Solitaire - Redwood Regional Park
10/25/18 7:13 am <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Eurasian Wigeon Berkeley Wednesday
10/24/18 7:33 pm <z.querula...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Sapsuckers in Redwood Regional
10/24/18 6:01 pm Hilary Powers <hilary...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Wood Duck at Lake Merritt
10/24/18 5:38 pm Johan Langewis <jlangewis...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Redwood Regional Park 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker NOT Sibley
10/24/18 12:10 pm David Brostoff <davbro...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] A murder of crows?
10/24/18 11:53 am Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] White-throated Sparrow, Richmond
10/24/18 11:36 am Lee Aurich <lee...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Re: A murder of crows?
10/24/18 9:49 am Kay Loughman <kayloughman...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] A murder of crows?
10/23/18 8:00 pm Michael Park <dpbot...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Redwood Regional Park 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker NOT Sibley
10/23/18 7:46 pm Michael Park <dpbot...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Redwood Regional Park 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker NOT Sibley
10/23/18 7:14 pm Michael Park <dpbot...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker Sibley Volcanic
10/22/18 11:48 am <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek Mnday October 22
10/21/18 4:08 pm Megan Jankowski <mindfuldocumentation...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Palm Warbler at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
10/20/18 10:53 am <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Walntu Creek Birds Heather Farm Saturday October 20
10/17/18 9:10 am <jtnikon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Ardenwood (10/16) - Yellow-headed Balckbirds,Pacific/Winter Wren
 
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Date: 11/16/18 9:38 am
From: Megan Jankowski <mindfuldocumentation...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] MIddle Harbor walk Sunday is still on
Despite the air quality conditions I am still going to lead my walk Sunday
at 9:30 am at Middle Harbor Shoreline in Oakland. Depending how bad it is
that day we may cut it short. It's also a small location and easy to leave
early if you need to. I'll be wearing a mask and I encourage you to wear a
mask as well if you do come.

Megan Jankowski
Oakland


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Date: 11/15/18 9:26 pm
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Mount Diablo Audubon field trip cancellation
Due to smokey air conditions and possible health hazards, the MDAS field trip to Limantour this Saturday, November 17, is cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience.







Hugh B. Harvey

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Date: 11/15/18 10:31 am
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farm birds Walnut Creek November 15
The continuing Tropical Kingbird was seen yesterday and today near the wooden railing in front of the parking lot. This is adjacent to the large, mostly natural pond. A Spotted Towhee has been reported for several days. Tracy Farrington saw it this morning, though when he went around the west side of the pond with me, the bird did not come out of the bushes.





It has been cold this past week, but so far we have only one male Bufflehead and two male Ring-necked Ducks. Fred Safier had a Hooded Merganser in the creek channel west of the park Tuesday, and possibly the same bird was recorded in Heather Farm that afternoon. It has not been seen since.





Three Ring-billed Gulls were between the pond and the north ball fields today. The Coot population has increased to 7 birds.







Just north of the park, Rosita and I saw the Slate-colored Junco Tuesday morning in our small patio. It is not a regular visitor, having been seen only twice in the last 2-1/2 weeks or so. Today I have seen a standard Oregon Junco a couple of times.





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Date: 11/15/18 9:31 am
From: <j.chiropolos...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] "Northern Red" Bishop Question
At Gomes Park, many sightings are reporting a "Northern Red" Bishop which is almost certainly an escaped bird.





My question is - how was the identification determined to be a female northern red bishop as compared to a southern red bishop male or female? The African Field Guides I have do not seem to consider this issue as they have separate ranges but I am always fascinated by bird IG. So - what makes this bird a female northern red bishop? Or should this bird really be called a "Bishop, sp"?





It is very tame with many birders taking pictures from within 10 feet so there are lots of pictures to verify the ID.





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Date: 11/15/18 12:20 am
From: <mrlycan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park - Wed 11/15
Looked for Eastern Phoebe and Field Sparrow from about 1:30 until 5:00 with no luck. Did see Swamp Sparrows and Northern Red Bishop. Also a Merlin hanging out for most of the afternoon. Photos on ebird.





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Date: 11/13/18 7:18 pm
From: 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Poorwill Berkeley
This morning 11/13, 6AM was my FOS sighting of a Common Poorwill in Berkeley's Strawberry Canyon. It was on the upper fire trail in the usual vicinity where I have seen it in past years ranging from the Bailey Fence sign to where the trail starts to go downhill. Today it was next to where the spur trail comes down. In past years I have seen it in early Oct but I was a week late in looking for it.

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Date: 11/13/18 5:46 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Gomez Park Nov 13
Went back to Gomez Park in Fremont to try to refind the Field Sparrow. I and
others did not refind it. Did see the Northern Red Bishop, one Swamp
Sparrow, and the Eastern Phoebe, all at the west end of the walled channel.
The male Redhead was on the pond north of the bridge.



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Date: 11/13/18 2:34 pm
From: <scfloyd2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Eastern Phoebe continues, Gomes Park, Fremont
Around 11 AM today a small group of birders and photographers enjoyed close-up looks at the continuing Eastern Phoebe along with a female Northern Red Bishop, Swamp Sparrow(s), Lincoln Sparrows and others at Gomes Park in Fremont.





A number of short streets with limited parking are on the edges of the park, but the most parking is on Lemos Lane. The Phoebe has often been seen in the vicinity of the black fence at the corner where the park path connects to the golf course.





Stephanie Floyd

Fremont



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Date: 11/12/18 7:20 pm
From: <serened...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Cesar Chavez Park - Vesper Sparrow 11-12-2018
A Vesper Sparrow was present at Cesar Chavez Park this morning, loosely associating with Savannah Sparrows. It was in the northeast corner of the open field located at the southeast part of the park (see google map below). It was viewable from the main perimeter path. There may have been two. A picture can be viewed at my eBird link below. Also present in the area were 20+ American Pipits and about 50 W. Meadowlarks.





https://goo.gl/maps/anmaeMYxb362 https://goo.gl/maps/anmaeMYxb362







https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49900054 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49900054







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Date: 11/12/18 6:24 pm
From: dwbirdster <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Two Swamp and possible Field Sparrow at Gomez park Nov 12.
I am nearly certain there is a Field Sparrow at Gomes Park. The details: I stopped at Gomes Park around 1:30 pm Nov 12 on the way back from an excellent overnight trip to Stanislaus County. Around 2pm some splashing under dense vegetation revealed a bathing Swamp Sparrow. Then a dry Swamp Sparrow appeared next to it. Then a third small bird emerged from the vegetation. I thought it was also Swamp, but it was much plainer. Grayish underparts and head. Head also had two dull orangy-rufous crown stripes and a thin stripe, same color, through  the eye. Back was brown with dark streaks. Two white wing bars.  Thin white eyering. Pinkish bill. Bird no larger than the Swamps. All three birds were first seen in dense vegetation in the channel bordered by two cement walls about 15 yds from the west end of the north wall. Chipping, Brewers, and American Tree Sparrow all eliminated  by pattern and color. A Field Sparrow was reported here yesterday. Chipping Sparrow has also been reported. Stephanie Floyd's description of Chipping Sparrow on ebird does not describe this bird. The bird flew out of the channel to a tree at the end and then across the junction of the creeks to dried weeds. I was too tired to go after it, deciding to research it instead. In Sibley the pattern is right but underparts are too bright gray or rufous, Online pics show several less bright individuals with the marks I noted.Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
-------- Original message --------From: "dwbirdster <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Date: 11/12/18 2:36 PM (GMT-08:00) To: <EBB_Sightings...> Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Two Swamp and possible Field Sparrow at Gomez park Nov  12.
 









Field sparrow was recently reported at Gomez I think. I may have refound it at 2:10. End of the channel between the wall and the area where two other creeks join. Details later. Plus two Swamps!!Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone

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Date: 11/12/18 6:19 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [EBB_Sightings] Possible Field Sparrow at Gomez park Nov 12.
I sent a lengthy follow-up earlier but my phone is acting like it never
existed, so I am writing the whole thing again. If there any duplicated
reports, I apologize.



I am certain I saw a Field Sparrow at Gomes Park in Fremont. I was on my way
home from an excellent overnight trip to Stanislaus County when I stopped at
the park, forgetting that a Field Sparrow was reported there yesterday on
ebird by TK Pham. Around 2:10 pm some splashing under dense vegetation
revealed a bathing Swamp Sparrow. Then a dry Swamp Sparrow appeared next to
it. Then a third small sparrow appeared. I though it was also a Swamp but
then realized it was too dull. Head and underparts were gray. Back was brown
with dark streaks. Wings had two thin white bars. Head had two dull
orangy-rufous crown stripes and a thin line of the same color through the
eye. Bill was pinkish. It had a thin white eye ring. I eliminated Chipping,
Brewer's, and American Tree Sparrow by pattern and/or coloration. Immature
White-crowned Sparrow was immediately eliminated as they were all around for
comparison. Chipping Sparrow has also been reported here. Stephanie Floyd
provided a description in an ebird report which does not describe the bird I
saw.



The location is apparently where one or more Swamp Sparrows have been seen:
in the channel with concrete walls on both sides, about 15 yards from the
west end of the north wall. The Field Sparrow flew out to a tree at the end
of the north wall, then to some weeds across the junction of the creek with
two other creeks. I was too tired to go after it, so I went home to research
it before sending my follow-up with details. Today's bird seemed overall
dull. Old Sibley shows very bright birds with much orangy-buff. I have only
seen one other Field Sparrow which was mostly gray with little orange-buff
tones. A quick check of online pics showed several individuals similar to
today's bird.



Dave Weber



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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Two Swamp and possible Field Sparrow at Gomez park
Nov 12.





Field sparrow was recently reported at Gomez I think. I may have refound it
at 2:10. End of the channel between the wall and the area where two other
creeks join. Details later. Plus two Swamps!!Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone

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Date: 11/12/18 2:36 pm
From: dwbirdster <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Two Swamp and possible Field Sparrow at Gomez park Nov 12.
Field sparrow was recently reported at Gomez I think. I may have refound it at 2:10. End of the channel between the wall and the area where two other creeks join. Details later. Plus two Swamps!!Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone

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Date: 11/11/18 3:52 pm
From: Robert Firehock <rafirehock...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Return of the Duck(s)--Lake Temescal
A Wood Duck is back! Male, hanging out with a Mallard pair at the retention pond closer to the south end of the Lake. Also, a female Hooded Merganser was cruising and feeding.  A Pied-billed Grebe, 18 domestic Mallards (odd visitors?), a dozen or more 'real' Mallards, 10 Coots and a pair of female/first winter Buffleheads joined a few Double-crested Cormorants to round out the waterfowl this morning. It was a dirt devil, trash-can rolling, hang-on-to-your-hat windy morning, with most of the smaller birds staying hidden, or disguised as flying leaves.
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Date: 11/11/18 2:53 pm
From: Hilary Powers <hilary...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Pacific Commons Linear Park
Amazing place.... Prairie Falcon, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Ferruginous
Hawk, and four other raptors; Wood Duck, lots of Redheads, Wigeon and
Gadwalls and assorted other waterfowl.... All strung out along a path
behind a bunch of parking lots....

South of Highway 84, but well worth the drive on a Sunday morning - and
better air than Oakland today.
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Date: 11/11/18 11:14 am
From: Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park (11/6) - Eastern Phoebe, Swamp Sparrows, N Red Bishop
At least a half dozens of us were able to relocate, these three previously found species this morning between 10-11 am along a paved path next to a vegetated channel. A bonus was seeing all three phoebe species at the same time.

Graham Chisholm
Berkeley


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> From: "<jtnikon...> [EBB_Sightings]" <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
> Date: November 6, 2018 at 8:17:11 PM PST
> To: <EBB_Sightings...>
> Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park (11/6) - Eastern Phoebe, Swamp Sparrows, N Red Bishop
> Reply-To: <jtnikon...>
>
> A few great sightings by me, Vicki R. and Gail W. this (11/6/2018) afternoon between 4:00 - 5:30pm at the west end of Gomes Park (37.550668, -121.954726) in Fremont including:
> - Eastern Phoebe in fresh fall plumage see perched on the fence and top of the tree across the creek.
> - The continuing adult Swamp Sparrow (found by Bill Chen on 11/3).
> - The continuing winter female Northern Red Bishop (also found by Bill Chen on 11/5).
>
>
>
> Vicki R. and I both saw another Swamp Sparrow about 50 yards east of the gate while Gail West was photographing the other adult near the gate at the same time. We also had a possible Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker hybrid in the tree about 45 yards east of the gate.
>
>
> Photos and more detailed information can be seen in my eBird checklist:
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49728027 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49728027
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>
>
> Gomes Park is located on east of Lake Elizabeth. Street parking either on Valdez Pl or Ambar Pl (see map link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B033'02.4%22N+121%C2%B057'17.0%22W/@37.550029,-121.9548944,364m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d37.5506683!4d-121.9547264 https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B033%2702.4%22N+121%C2%B057'17.0%22W/@37.550029,-121.9548944,364m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d37.5506683!4d-121.9547264) is closest to the location of these sightings.
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> Happy Birding,
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> Jerry Ting
> Fremont
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Date: 11/10/18 11:30 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Lesser Black-backed photos
Here are some (bad) photos of the Alviso LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL from this afternoon. (Smokey days don't make for good gull photos... :( 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157703349906324

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Date: 11/10/18 4:06 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] LBBG PSA
 BTW its a long (20 min) hike west from Alviso Marina Park to the gull flock, and the trails close at sunset.
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Date: 11/10/18 4:05 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] LBBG PSA
BTW, its a long (20 min) hike west fro

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Date: 11/10/18 4:02 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Alviso Lesser Black-backed Gull

I guess I’m eating crow on my “announcement” that Alviso is now impossible to Gull... Or, should I say, eating LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL... A subtle but distinctive 2nd-cycle LBBG was here at the flock west of Alviso Marina County Park a  few minutes ago. Flew south; may or may not come back today or ever. There are many hundreds of gulls here.




At least on weekends, this might still be a good gulling hotspot...




Could somebody forward to South Bay Birds (if this is deemed exciting enough for that)?




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Date: 11/9/18 8:15 pm
From: <jtnikon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] San Leandro Marina (11/9) - White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Duck
This (11/9/2018) afternoon, there were 2 female White-winged Scoters with 2 female Surf Scoters on west of the large isle seen from par course. A couple of distant shots can be viewed in my eBird checklist:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49816318 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49816318





Later on San Francisco Bay Trail along Tony Lema Golf Course, I found a female Long-tailed Duck mixed with a group of Common Goldeneyes (seen from the south end of the dog park). A distant photo is included in my eBird checklist:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49816403 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49816403





Happy Birding,





Jerry Ting

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Date: 11/9/18 2:08 pm
From: <rscimino...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Ohlone Audubon Eastern Alameda County field trip
Yesterday with high wind and smoke in the air 14 diehard birders had a wonderfully birdie day in the field.

The real results started at Clifton Forebay (Contra Costa county) with 32 species of ducks, grebes, tern and other water birds.

Best bird here was a male and female Redhead.

Moving on to Burns Road - still in Contra Costa County 3 American Kestrels and many Meadow Larks.

The real action began as we entered into Alameda County starting at county road marker .097.

In the small pond was a Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer, American Pipits and Brewers Black Birds - birds usually unmentioned in reports.

Scoping due east of this pond were two Ferruginous both juveniles sitting on the ground. To the northeast was a second year plumaged Golden Eagle and two Redtail Hawks.

Continuing on Burns Rd to Bethany Reservoir there were several Redtail Hawks perched on the transmission towers. Turning on to Christensen Rd. lined with olive and willow trees were many Yellow-rumped Warblers, crowned sparrows and I heard a Nuttall's Woodpecker. This area is laced with ground squirrels nest - mounds , now Burrowing Owls were seen.

From the Bethany Reservoir picnic area we found another second year Golden Eagle and Red-tail Hawks and four Dark-eyed Juncos. Leaving the reservoir nearing Burns Rd. we picked up an Adult Golden Eagle and an adult Ferruginous Hawk.

Species was 57 species.

Trip leader

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Date: 11/8/18 9:30 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Ferruginous Hawk in Hercules again
Seen today again (Nov/8). Previous sighting on October 30. Could be another Ferruginous in the same location or may be the same bird. It was perched on a fence post, preening. It flew low behind the hill, I could not determine if it was a juvenile or adult.

For those of you interested in seeing these guys Jenner Headlands Preserve is a good place. I was there this past Sunday and saw about a dozen of them and also a young Bald Eagle. This is Sonoma County but if interested in watching videos here is the link to fkickr:



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Date: 11/8/18 3:36 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Townsend's solitaire, Round Valley
Saw a Townsend's solitaire at the back end of Round Valley Preserve, (at the springs, actually on water district land) today Nov 8. Ebird report with photo below:





https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49764282 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49764282







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Date: 11/7/18 8:48 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Creeper on 11/7
For the second time this fall we watched a Brown Creeper scurrying up
one of our Valley Oaks. This is only the fourth time I've observed a
creeper in the yard in over ten years of keeping records. We have
mature conifers as well as oaks. Maybe that's the draw. Perhaps this
one will stick around long enough for the MDAS CBC.

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Date: 11/7/18 3:03 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Alviso closure — Admitting fault
FYI, the new access curtailment at Alviso is probably due to my own mistake of flushing some gulls just after sunset last winter near the EEC. The signage appeared soon after this.
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Date: 11/7/18 3:01 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Alviso closure — Admitting fault
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Date: 11/7/18 2:55 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] FYI, Alviso no longer open to gulling
All the salt pond trails around Alviso are now closed at sunset, presumably to prevent birders from disturbing roosting and nocturnal wildlife. While this is actually an excellent policy for a NWR, it does mean that gulling is no longer feasible in the area, since the big flocks tend to come in during the half-hour to an hour before sunset, and most of this time is now required for walking back before closure.
(Also... according to signage at the EEC, it is a criminal trespass to be on the trails after closing time... so don’t try to get away with it; you WILL be arrested!)
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Date: 11/7/18 2:34 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Continuing Northern Shrike Cruiser Hsaven Marina Orwood Road Monday
The Northern Shrike is continuing at Orwood Rd, Wed, Nov 7.

Was easily seen, albeit at a long distance, across the slough flying
between the group of utility poles directly across from the berth area
where there is a sign that reads  'PRIVATE BERTHS   - MEMBERS & GUEST
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Date: 11/7/18 12:40 pm
From: Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Dumbarton Bridge north salt pond
Got a good look while stuck in the toll plaza this morning, very large gathering in the pond north of the merge lanes. Well over a hundred brown pelicans and even more white ones, some having fun ground effect gliding over the water. Egrets galore and one area of the salt pond was basically white with birds.



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Date: 11/7/18 9:24 am
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park
The SWAMP SPARROW and the EASTERN PHOEBE are still present and showing nicely near the black gate and metal bridge by the corner of the golf course. This is across from 40484 Seville Ct.

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Date: 11/6/18 8:17 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Gomes Park (11/6) - Eastern Phoebe, Swamp Sparrows, N Red Bishop
A few great sightings by me, Vicki R. and Gail W. this (11/6/2018) afternoon between 4:00 - 5:30pm at the west end of Gomes Park (37.550668, -121.954726) in Fremont including:

- Eastern Phoebe in fresh fall plumage see perched on the fence and top of the tree across the creek.

- The continuing adult Swamp Sparrow (found by Bill Chen on 11/3).

- The continuing winter female Northern Red Bishop (also found by Bill Chen on 11/5).







Vicki R. and I both saw another Swamp Sparrow about 50 yards east of the gate while Gail West was photographing the other adult near the gate at the same time. We also had a possible Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker hybrid in the tree about 45 yards east of the gate.





Photos and more detailed information can be seen in my eBird checklist:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49728027 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49728027







Gomes Park is located on east of Lake Elizabeth. Street parking either on Valdez Pl or Ambar Pl (see map link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B033'02.4%22N+121%C2%B057'17.0%22W/@37.550029,-121.9548944,364m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d37.5506683!4d-121.9547264 https://www.google.com/maps/place/37%C2%B033%2702.4%22N+121%C2%B057'17.0%22W/@37.550029,-121.9548944,364m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d37.5506683!4d-121.9547264) is closest to the location of these sightings.





Happy Birding,





Jerry Ting

Fremont

















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Date: 11/6/18 12:29 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] FOS Fox Sparrow in hard
Birders:

We had our first Fox Sparrow of the fall in our back yard under one of our suet feeders yesterday afternoon. We did not see one all last year here in our San Ramon yard so
I am hoping this one will spend the winter now!

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Date: 11/6/18 9:42 am
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Shorebird survey Nov 20 volunteers needed!
I am posting this on behalf of SFBBO:

Hello Shorebirders!

SFBBO is once again coordinating the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey in the south bay on Tuesday, November 20th. The backup day in case of rain is Thursday, December 6th. If you are interested in volunteering to count shorebirds as part of this international survey and are available for ~4 hours in the morning/midday on both dates, then this is the opportunity for you!

We still need a lot of help filling spots for this year's survey. If you're available to help that would be awesome!
Please fill out this survey your availability & preferences: 2018 Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey-- South San Francisco Bay

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Date: 11/5/18 10:21 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Continuing Northern Shrike Cruiser Hsaven Marina Orwood Road Monday afternoon
Six birders waited and watched for the Northern Shrike Monday afternoon. Paul Schorr, Rosita and I arrived well after noon and found Bob and Barb Brandriff already seeing the bird distantly, along with Lee-Hong Chang from San Francisco. Almost as soon as we arrived and had quick glimpses through Bob's scope, the bird disappeared for at least an hour.







Our location was partway along the levee into the marina, past the first set of parked cars on the left. The bird was across the water & RR tracks and farther east near a grouping of utility poles. It sometimes perched on the wires, sometimes on the poles, sometimes on a bush to the right of a very large white sign.







But since it disappeared, some of us walked back toward the marina entrance and the railroad grade crossing, some of us walked farther into the marina area to view the utility poles from a closer location. As I was just arriving for the second time at the RR tracks, Paul called me by cell phone to tell me the bird had returned. We had very distant views of the bird in a bush/tree, but at least for quite a while. Eventually it disappeared for a few moments, then reappeared on top of one of the utility poles. We eventually decided to move to a location more directly across from the poles.







This worked, but the bird was still well across the water and we had our scopes zoomed into almost maximum power. Then it disappeared again after diving low and to our right. We were satisfied with what we had seen, despite the distance. Then, suddenly the Northern Shrike appeared on the wires directly across the road from where we had our scopes set. Those who had cameras were clicking away furiously--it is a good thing we no longer rely on Kodak for rolls of 36 exposure slide film. Check Lee-Hong's eBird list here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49706814 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49706814 The scalloping on the breast of the bird is stunning.







Within a few moments the bird flew north across the water again and perched on another of the utility poles. It was almost as if it knew we had been hoping for a closer view and it said, "Okay, here you go. Now that's enough and I'm going back." Very obliging, thank you.





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Date: 11/5/18 8:40 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Oakland Owl Question
Sounded like the guy was approx between Brookdale/Fleming; Maxwell/Cole. Not heard last night.

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Date: 11/5/18 7:21 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Canvasback (finally) at Lake Merritt
Monday morning I walked along the north end of Lake Merritt. I spotted my first Lake Merritt Canvasback of the season by the Rotary center islands among a lot of Ruddy Ducks. Other treats in the same area: 1 Kingfisher on a tree branch on an island, 1 Great Blue Heron atop a cormorant nest on an island, and 2 male Buffleheads. On the arm along Harrison, at least a 100 cormorants flew in and immediately started diving for fish.





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Date: 11/5/18 4:38 pm
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Walnut Creek birds Monday November 5
The Tropical Kingbird continued near the wooden railing today in Heather Farm Park, located in the Ygnacio Valley. Most of the expected winter species were seen, including several American Goldfinches and two Ring-billed Gulls. There were up to 12 Killdeer at the south end of the north ball fields.


In our patio north of the park, I saw a Slate-colored Junco about 9:40 AM. I thought I might have seen it a couple of days ago, but it was very early and still dark. This would be a new yard bird for us in a patio about the size of two parking spaces--maybe.


Hugh B. Harvey
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Date: 11/5/18 3:45 pm
From: '<davequady...>' <davequady...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Immature Northern Shrike persists near Cruiser Haven Marina, CoCoCo
Hi, birders:

The immature Northern Shrike that Dan Kopp and Jose Martinez found and photographed on November 1 continued this morning, near the marina at 7000 Orwood Road. I saw it from the levee road at about 37.939633, -121.571632, near where north-south-running power lines cross the railroad tracks and the road. At 8:15 am the bird flew onto the telephone cable that hangs beneath those power lines, stopped to provide a brief but spectacular view from 25 ft away, and then flew to the south, toward a nearby clump of sycamores and out of view.

The only person I encountered during the hour I spent there was driving a pickup truck — we exchanged friendly waves — across the tracks and onto Orwood Road as I stood near the railroad crossing. I stayed on what I took to be public roads.

“No trespassing” signs abound …. Good luck if you try for this bird.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
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Date: 11/5/18 2:19 pm
From: Alan Howe <poethowe...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager 11/2, new location
Hi, al.
Any more sightings of the summer tanager? I was up to look both Friday & Saturday & there was no sight of sound of him @ either the last sighting on Hillside or much of the east side of the Clark Kerr campus. Has he decided he's in the wrong place & moved on?
Thanks,
Alan HoweNorth Oakland
On Saturday, November 3, 2018, 3:50:17 PM PDT, Alan Howe <poethowe...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

 

FYI: Typo noted: should be Hillside Ave, according to ebird & map.
Alan HoweNorth Oakland
On Friday, November 2, 2018, 9:58:08 AM PDT, Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

 

Hi all,
Finally found the Summer Tanager, but in a new location much closer to campus. It was where Hillsdale crosses a small creek. It was calling almost non stop.. Hard to see but finally got a good look - bright, all red male so surely the same individual. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49620693

Adrian

On Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:54 PM Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

 
The male Summer Tanager was seen briefly today, Nov. 1 at 9:30 where the Tanglewood trail meets the Claremont Canyon trail or at the start of the fire road up the hill. It was foraging with Robins on pyracanthus berries just above the houses on Tanglewood Road, and flew into the tall Eucalyptus nearest the fire trail and then slowly moved away. It was not seen in the half hour spent searching for it after the initial sighting. It took me 1 1/2 hrs to find it so patience is required. 
Good Luck.

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Date: 11/5/18 12:36 pm
From: Elizabeth Leite <eleite...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] FOS Hermit Thrush and Finches
We had an FOS Hermit Thrush and several FOS American Goldfinches on our
feeders this AM in SW Walnut Creek.

Elizabeth Leite
Lafayette/Walnut Creek border


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Date: 11/5/18 7:59 am
From: Douglas Vaughan <vaughan4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White-throated Sparrows
Our FOS WTSP appeared on our patio on 2 Nov. An expected annual event. But this morning a 3rd and a record 4th showed up, all visible simultaneously. Immatures migrating with returning adults may account for our seeing 3, and now 4, in recent years. Maybe.

Doug Vaughan
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Date: 11/4/18 10:32 pm
From: <kateh37...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Hooded Merganser at Mountain View Cemetery
Late Sunday morning I saw a solo male Hooded Merganser in the third reservoir pond up the hill at Mountain View Cemetery. It was in the company of half a dozen Canada Geese, two Pied-Billed Grebes, a bunch of Mallards, and half a dozen turtles (some of which were Red Sliders).

Kate Hoffman
Oakland


 

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Date: 11/4/18 9:08 pm
From: Victoria Robinson <vickirob1...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Ohlone Audubon Hayward Fremont Christmas Bird Count Dec 16, 2018
HAYWARD FREMONT CBC  SUNDAY DECEMBER 16, 2018  -  Join us for the 119th National Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
 Please come out again this year and participate in this worthwhile Citizen Science. Last year we found 172 species with 81 participants.  Our count area is a 15-mile diameter circle centered at Hwy. 880 and Whipple Rd. in Union City and covers from the hills to the shoreline.    Shorebirds? We have lots! San Francisco Bay in one of the richest wintering grounds for shorebirds along the Pacific Coast. Or maybe you prefer woodland species! 
  We need your help to be successful once more. Remember, this is Citizen Science of the highest degree. It must be stressed that our success in securing the important, basic scientific accuracy of the count hinges on coverage and consistency (participants - you!).   The count benefits from the participation of each person who carries out the necessary jobs from recording data, returning borrowed keys, helping with the dinner or just being out there!
  All are welcome and very much needed. We finish the evening with a delicious free dinner and share stories and results.  
  Want to find out more? A Pre-count meeting will be held Sunday, December 2, 2018 at the home of Phil and Pat Gordon, 1922 Hillsdale St., Hayward 7:30PM. Contact the compilers, Phil and Pat Gordon at <pagpeg...> 
  FEEDER COUNTERS NEEDED!
Got a special bird at your feeder? Please count birds at your feeder on Sunday December 16th and submit data to <pagpeg...> , with species and numbers seen. Include hours watched.  This data is very important also.  You can check with us to determine if your feeder  is in the count circle.
 (Phil & Pat Gordon, <pagpeg...> or 510-538-3550)

 

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Date: 11/4/18 7:34 pm
From: Joel Denney <joeldenney...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Oakland Owl Question
Yep - Bev & Marcus nailed it. Thank you both. My partner can't remember why she dismissed whatever clip of a GHO she found last night, but Marcus' youtube clip is a higher pitched version of the same call.joel
 

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Date: 11/4/18 7:28 pm
From: Raleigh McLemore <raleighmclemore...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Oakland Owl Question
Approx. location of owl in Maxwell Park?  It's a tolerably big area.
Thanks!
Raleigh

 

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Date: 11/4/18 5:32 pm
From: Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Northern Shrike -- Continues
Bob Richmond and I arrived at about the same time around 12:45 pm, and
managed to find the previously report 1st year Northern Shrike at the
Cruiser Haven Marina (or Yacht Club) in eastern Contra Costa County. The
bird was perched on wooden electric pools north of the marina and it
occasionally perched on nearby willows (both are along railroad tracks
north of the marina). It was easiest to see the bird from the railroad
crossing at the western end of the marina (which is immediately on the left
just off the paved road as you go through the gate into the marina.

We knocked on the harbor master's office (blue building with a mural) but
no one responded, and one of the resident said it was fine to birdwatch
around the marina.

Thanks. Graham Chisholm
Berkeley, CA

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Date: 11/4/18 5:05 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Mount Trashmore 11-04-18
I spent a couple of hours this morning strolling the trails on Mount Trashmore in Hayward Shoreline. I was searching for the Chestnut-collared Longspur that Bob reported yesterday. I was not able to detect it during my stay, but a single LAPLAND LONGSPUR was fairly easy to find in the center of the field.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

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Date: 11/4/18 3:21 pm
From: Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Oakland Owl Question
Just turn it into a small video file, standard def, 720x 480 and post it on youtube and send the link to the group.

This is what I recorded October 1 in the Laurel  https://youtu.be/cJUs-BsczIE
If you are still having trouble. Email me. I will send you a link for you to deposit the file and post it on youtube for you


Marcus Pun
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On Sunday, November 4, 2018, 8:20:35 AM PST, Joel Denney <joeldenney...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

 

There's been a visiting owl the last 2 nights here in Maxwell Park, a rarity in my experience of 25 years here. (Here = the foothill just northwest of Mills College, west the junction of highways 580 & 13, east Oakland).
I'd like to know what is. My partner recorded it. Please advise where to post the .wav file so I can link to it here.
In the meantime, what "night bird" in this area sounds like (but of course is not) a Northern Spotted Owl?
 

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Date: 11/4/18 11:15 am
From: Bev <SLAKEWINGS...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Oakland Owl Question
There had been a Great Horned Owl near there last month. We are near Kansas and Maple and heard it several nights, as did Marcus.

Bev







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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Oakland Owl Question







There's been a visiting owl the last 2 nights here in Maxwell Park, a rarity in my experience of 25 years here. (Here = the foothill just northwest of Mills College, west the junction of highways 580 & 13, east Oakland).


I'd like to know what is. My partner recorded it. Please advise where to post the .wav file so I can link to it here.


In the meantime, what "night bird" in this area sounds like (but of course is not) a Northern Spotted Owl?







 

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Date: 11/4/18 8:20 am
From: Joel Denney <joeldenney...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Oakland Owl Question
There's been a visiting owl the last 2 nights here in Maxwell Park, a rarity in my experience of 25 years here. (Here = the foothill just northwest of Mills College, west the junction of highways 580 & 13, east Oakland).
I'd like to know what is. My partner recorded it. Please advise where to post the .wav file so I can link to it here.
In the meantime, what "night bird" in this area sounds like (but of course is not) a Northern Spotted Owl?
 

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Date: 11/3/18 5:47 pm
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Chestnut-collared Longspur
1 seen on Mt. Trashmore in the middle of the field. Identified by both the flight call (kiddle) and tail pattern in flight. Also has anyone looked for the Northern Shrike in east Contra Costa County.
Bob Richmond

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Date: 11/3/18 3:52 pm
From: Alan Howe <poethowe...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager 11/2, new location
FYI: Typo noted: should be Hillside Ave, according to ebird & map.
Alan HoweNorth Oakland
On Friday, November 2, 2018, 9:58:08 AM PDT, Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

 

Hi all,
Finally found the Summer Tanager, but in a new location much closer to campus. It was where Hillsdale crosses a small creek. It was calling almost non stop.. Hard to see but finally got a good look - bright, all red male so surely the same individual. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49620693

Adrian

On Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:54 PM Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

 
The male Summer Tanager was seen briefly today, Nov. 1 at 9:30 where the Tanglewood trail meets the Claremont Canyon trail or at the start of the fire road up the hill. It was foraging with Robins on pyracanthus berries just above the houses on Tanglewood Road, and flew into the tall Eucalyptus nearest the fire trail and then slowly moved away. It was not seen in the half hour spent searching for it after the initial sighting. It took me 1 1/2 hrs to find it so patience is required. 
Good Luck.

Mark J. RauzonOakland



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Date: 11/2/18 11:12 am
From: Adrian Hinkle <adrian.hinkle...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager 11/2, new location
Hi all,

Finally found the Summer Tanager, but in a new location much closer to
campus. It was where Hillsdale crosses a small creek. It was calling almost
non stop. Hard to see but finally got a good look - bright, all red male so
surely the same individual.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49620693

Adrian

On Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:54 PM Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [EBB_Sightings] <
<EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> The male Summer Tanager was seen briefly today, Nov. 1 at 9:30 where the
> Tanglewood trail meets the Claremont Canyon trail or at the start of the
> fire road up the hill. It was foraging with Robins on pyracanthus berries
> just above the houses on Tanglewood Road, and flew into the
> tall Eucalyptus nearest the fire trail and then slowly moved away. It was
> not seen in the half hour spent searching for it after the initial
> sighting. It took me 1 1/2 hrs to find it so patience is required.
> Good Luck.
>
> Mark J. Rauzon
> Oakland
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/1/18 9:48 pm
From: <aaron.maizlish...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Fwd: [CVBirds] Northern Shrike north of Discovery Bay (Contra Costa)

Passing this on.

Aaron Maizlish
Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: "Chris Conard <conardc...> [central_valley_birds]" <central_valley_birds-noreply...>
> Date: November 1, 2018 at 12:36:10 PM PDT
> To: Central Valley Birds <central_valley_birds...>
> Subject: [CVBirds] Northern Shrike north of Discovery Bay (Contra Costa)
> Reply-To: Chris Conard <conardc...>
>
> Hi folks,
>
> Dan Kopp and Jose Martinez found an immature Northern Shrike north of Discovery Bay near Cruiser Haven Marina (or Yacht Club as it shows up on Google Maps).
>
> The marina is about three miles east of Bixler Rd on Orwood Rd. The bird was on either side of the RR tracks, just north of the marina. The exact location is about here: 37.939962, -121..571279 (you can cut and paste into maps search bar).
>
> Good luck,
>
> Chris Conard
> Sacramento
>

 

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Date: 11/1/18 8:34 pm
From: Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Hermit Thrush - Antioch yard - 11/1
Today at lunchtime we had a FOS HERMIT THRUSH visit our bird bath.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

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Date: 11/1/18 2:17 pm
From: Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager cont. 11/1/18
The male Summer Tanager was seen briefly today, Nov. 1 at 9:30 where the Tanglewood trail meets the Claremont Canyon trail or at the start of the fire road up the hill. It was foraging with Robins on pyracanthus berries just above the houses on Tanglewood Road, and flew into the tall Eucalyptus nearest the fire trail and then slowly moved away. It was not seen in the half hour spent searching for it after the initial sighting. It took me 1 1/2 hrs to find it so patience is required.
Good Luck.


Mark J. Rauzon
Oakland



 

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Date: 10/31/18 3:05 pm
From: <squark4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Summer Tanager in Berkeley
I got brief looks today of the Summer Tanager Erica Rutherford and John Colbert found yesterday (their checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49571553 ) It was at the border between the UC Clark-Kerr campus and the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. (google coords: 37.863456, -122.245081 )My first glimpse was around noon, in two coastal live oaks about halfway along the path from Tanglewood/ Stonewall to the soccer field. Second look about 2PM, again in a live oak, but on campus near the Southeast-most building. Bird is rather active and somewhat camera-shy. Good luck!
 

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Date: 10/31/18 11:58 am
From: The Other Jim Hargrove <neoscona...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Start Planning for the Eastern Alameda County CBC Dec 14th a Friday
Linda and I will plan to take part. Let us know where you think we can be
most effective.


*The Other Jim Hargrove*
Email: <neoscona...>

On Wed, Oct 31, 2018 at 11:31 AM <rscimino...> [EBB_Sightings] <
<EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> *Eastern Alameda County CBC December 14*
>
> You are invited to take part in the 10th annual Eastern Alameda County
> Christmas Bird Count, which is scheduled for Friday, December 14, 2018.
>
> This Christmas Bird Count in the upper Alameda Creek watershed is
> sponsored by the Alameda Creek Alliance and Ohlone Audubon Society.
>
> The count circle is in the vicinity of the towns of Sunol, Pleasanton and
> Livermore, and includes five East Bay Regional Parks, significant SFPUC
> watershed lands, and exciting East Bay birding hotspots such as lower Mines
> Road, Sunol Wilderness, Sycamore Grove Park and Springtown Preserve.
> Birders and volunteers with any level of experience can participate in the
> Christmas Bird Count.
>
> Please join us. You will have a chance to sample the bird life in several
> interesting habitats that fit a variety of interests and abilities. You’ll
> be contributing to the Audubon database and knowledge of the status and
> distribution of resident and visiting winter birds and have fun doing it.
>
> If you have questions about the count please contact Jeff Miller at
> <Jeff...>; (510) 499-9185.
>
> For more information: *http://www.alamedacreek.org/join-volunteer/CBC.php*
> <http://www.alamedacreek.org/join-volunteer/CBC.php>
>
>
>
> --
>
> Jeff Miller
>
> Director
>
> Alameda Creek Alliance
>
> (510) 499-9185
>
> *www.alamedacreek.org* <http://www.alamedacreek.org/>
>
>
>
>
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*The Other Jim Hargrove*
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Date: 10/31/18 11:42 am
From: <rscimino...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Start Planning for the Eastern Alameda County CBC Dec 14th a Friday

Eastern Alameda County CBC December 14

You are invited to take part in the 10th annual Eastern Alameda County Christmas Bird Count, which is scheduled for Friday, December 14, 2018.

This Christmas Bird Count in the upper Alameda Creek watershed is sponsored by the Alameda Creek Alliance and Ohlone Audubon Society.

The count circle is in the vicinity of the towns of Sunol, Pleasanton and Livermore, and includes five East Bay Regional Parks, significant SFPUC watershed lands, and exciting East Bay birding hotspots such as lower Mines Road, Sunol Wilderness, Sycamore Grove Park and Springtown Preserve. Birders and volunteers with any level of experience can participate in the Christmas Bird Count.

Please join us. You will have a chance to sample the bird life in several interesting habitats that fit a variety of interests and abilities. You’ll be contributing to the Audubon database and knowledge of the status and distribution of resident and visiting winter birds and have fun doing it.

If you have questions about the count please contact Jeff Miller at <Jeff...>; (510) 499-9185.

For more information: http://www.alamedacreek.org/join-volunteer/CBC.php http://www.alamedacreek.org/join-volunteer/CBC.php



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Jeff Miller

Director

Alameda Creek Alliance

(510) 499-9185

www.alamedacreek.org http://www.alamedacreek.org/


 

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Date: 10/30/18 6:39 pm
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tony Lema Golf Course
Geese seen on the south end of the golf course -
1 Ross Goose5 Greater-white Fronted Geese1 Black Brant3 Cackling Geese (Aleutian)5 Cackling Geese (Ridgway's - minima)250 (est) Canada Goose
Bob RichmondAlameda

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Date: 10/30/18 6:30 pm
From: <trapaga...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Ferruginous Hawk in Hercules near Fernandez Ranch
Juvenile Ferruginous Hawk observed today flying and kiting.
I enjoyed watching a juvenile FEHA on the hills behind our house in the same location in Hercules from Oct/28/2017 to Feb/9/2018. I hope this one stays too, I will keep you posted. Photo and video here



https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/with/44916478374/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/166553264@N04/with/44916478374/

 

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Date: 10/30/18 12:44 pm
From: Sheila Dickie <falconmae...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Richmond Merlin & Kites
Last evening, October 29, round about 6 p.m. there was a Merlin perched atop a telephone pole mid- 600 block on 30th Street, Richmond, two blocks North of Barrett. We have had a merlin in the neighborhood for the past 4-5 years, but this is the earliest date I can recall. A beautiful, heavily streaked bird that glowed in the sun.

Also, over the last 10 days there have been White-tailed Kites congregating in my neighborhood, mainly at dusk. Started with two birds atop a neighbors very tall redwood, then there were about 12 birds, some atop the tree others flying in and milling. Quite a sight. This does not happen every evening, but last Sunday a neighbor said there were 6 birds, and yesterday late afternoon there was one round about 4:30 p.m. It was harassed by crows but remained put, and finally disappeared 15 minutes later to be replaced by two hummingbirds! The kites fly East/South-East and do not roost in the mingling tree.

I would be interested to know if others have had this experience and have some insight into why the kites are acting this way.

Location: Very tall redwood mid 600-block 29th Street, Richmond, between Roosevelt and Grant; the tree is at rear of a yard abutting 28th Street.


Sheila Dickie
Richmond


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Date: 10/29/18 11:59 am
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek Monday October 29
Since at least Thursday, we have had three Greater White-fronted Geese on the north ball fields at Heather Farm Park in the Ygnacio Valley. I don't know if they stay all day, the geese seem to come and go at various times, but we have seen them between 8 and 9 AM.


Today it was mostly what we have come to call our usual birds. An eBird list can be seen here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49540419 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49540419


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek





 

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Date: 10/29/18 11:40 am
From: Philip Georgakakos <pgeorgakakos3...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Redwood Regional at Skyline Gate Staging Area
I had a pretty interesting walk this morning out of Skyline Gate Staging area at Redwood Regional.

Walked down the east ridge trail towards Eucalyptus trail and had a flyover by a Belted Kingfisher, lots of action in the oaks and Madrones. First of season Varied Thrush on Eucalyptus trail. Red-breasted sapsucker at the bottom of the canyon pecking at a willow.

Returned via stream trail, realized I locked my keys in my car. While waiting for AAA found a Hermit warbler foraging with multiple Townsend’s, Pygmy and Red-breasted nuthatches in the pines, redwoods, and cypress just right of the parking area. Also a fox sparrow kicking around in the parking lot margin.

Phil Georgakakos
Oakland



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Date: 10/28/18 9:10 am
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Point-Blue Birdathon in Contra Costa
On 11/23/18, Michael Park and I conducted a working man's birdathon (8 hours in the field w/1hour break sandwiched in.)

Sites visited were: Point Isabel shoreline, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve , Redwood Regional Park, Tilden Park (Jewel Lake), Meeker Slough area, Miller Knox, Richmond Wastewater Plant, Holland Tract and Bethel Island/Piper Slough. Over 1/4 of the time in the field was actually spent commuting to and from the sites and dry conditions in the East county produced no waterfowl but we still managed to connect with a respectable 115 species on our effort.

Some of the more memorable observations were:

Cackling Geese - two small groups flying in formation over Meeker Slough late morning appeared to be headed inland

Virginia Rail - calling at Piper Slough, where we saw ZERO ducks but a raft of 6000+ American Coots has already arrived

Sharp-shinned Hawk - only one seen all day was at Holland Tract

Cooper's Hawk - Pt. Isabel, only one seen

Golden Eagles - an adult and apparent HY bird soaring over Round Top/Sibley exchanging calls

Ferruginous Hawk - soaring over a field between Oakley and Brentwood

WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER - just past the entrance gate/restroom at Redwood/Skyline Gate parking area

Loggerhead Shrike - along Delta Rd. just outside Holland Tract

Hermit Warbler - with a small flock of Townsend's Warblers at Jewel Lake

Tricolored Blackbird - lone male picked out of the blackbird flock on Delta Rd. by Michael.


If you have a couple spare nickels consider supporting the effort of our team The Long Distance Migrants at one of the links below:

http://pointblue.blueskysweet.com/sandpiper#.W9XdMoFlCEc

http://pointblue.blueskysweet.com/MosurDominik72#.W9Xd-4FlCEc

All proceeds go to support conservation and research efforts of Point Blue.

Thank you for reading and have fun birding!

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco

Michael Park
Berkeley

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Date: 10/28/18 7:55 am
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Late report: Redwood Regional Park, Skyline Gate, Friday, 10/26
Good morning EBBers,
Quick report on my visit Friday afternoon to Redwood RP's Skyline gate in
search of sapsuckers. I found a couple Red-breasted Sapsuckers but nothing
rare. I spent about 3.5 hours slowly birding the East Ridge Trail,
returning on the Phillips Loop trail, about 2 miles round trip. The first
sapsucker was in the first big grove of eucalyptus one encounters upslope
from the trail at the first bend. One of the eucs showed lots of sapsucker
wells so it appears to be a regular spot. The birdiest spot was along the
East Ridge Trail at the junction with the Eucalyptus Trail. Several
fruiting madrones attracted Band-tailed Pigeons, Robins, Cedar Waxwings,
etc. Meanwhile, Acorn Woodpeckers were busy harvesting nuts from the Live
Oak trees and Hairy Woodpeckers were drilling the Bishop Pines. A sapsucker
popped up briefly in a thicket with a fruiting vine and then a female
Purple Finch popped up in the same place. Golden-crowned Sparrows and
Juncos handled ground-level duties.

While I was taking it all in, I heard a calling raptor soaring overhead,
which proved to be one of two Golden Eagles. Tough views through tree
branches but it appeared to be a subadult. A brief owl duet on the walk
back brought a fitting end to a satisfying afternoon.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

 

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Date: 10/27/18 11:14 pm
From: <RLewis0727...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Tropical Kingbird at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
This morning (Saturday) the Bay Area Birds class found a Tropical Kingbird at the end of the peninsula of Middle Harbor Shoreline park. A photo will be posted asap on EBird. The bird was first seen flying into coyote bush along the shoreline, and then caught an insect and moved to a nearby pine. Finally it flew east and we lost it. It had bright yellow belly, a gray head, faint post-ocular darker smudge, rounded tail with no white outer feathers. The back was gray-green, throat white. Western rejected by lack of white on tail and relatively large bill, Cassin's by light gray head and lack of sharp contrast between white throat and gray face. The bird was silent.


Bob Lewis
<RLewis0727...>

Berkeley



 

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Date: 10/27/18 10:00 am
From: Maury Stern <mbstern2...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] "cismontanus" sub-species of Dark-eyed Junco
We had the above bird with our junco flock at our Lafayette home this morning.
Maury Stern
 

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Date: 10/26/18 7:50 pm
From: <berniker...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Burrowing Owl at Pt. Isabel
Seen late this afternoon in the dog park, across the bridge from the Rydin Road entrance, on the boulders near the breakwater at the far end of the park.
Complete list with a photo - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49482515 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49482515


Ken Berniker
El Cerrito
 

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Date: 10/26/18 5:57 pm
From: <hsnewman...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Townsend's Solitaires at Redwood Regional Park
Another birder and I went looking today around 10:00 AM for the Sapsuckers reported at Redwood Regional Park . We walked from the Skyline Parking lot down the East Ridge Trail, got off at the Eucalyptus Trail and then came back on the Phillips Loop. There were a few dozen Manzanitas with small red fruits, mostly on the Phillips trail. No luck with any sapsuckers, but we had a good look at two (together) Townsend's Solitaires. They were high in a tall Manzinita on the left side of the Phillips trail about 2/3 of the way back to the parking lot.


Harold Newman
Berkeley



 

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Date: 10/26/18 12:08 pm
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Re: A murder of crows?
For several years now, I've been noticing large congregations of crows in
winter time in downtown Oakland. By large, I mean 100s, if not 1000s of
birds. I seem to recall prior EBB threads about similar concentrations in
the Berkeley flats. My unscientific opinion is that our local crow
population is exploding. During breeding season, they don't concentrate but
they are still thick in all the neighborhood trees. I know the sycamores in
the Piedmont hills are thick with crow nests. I'm increasingly concerned
that rising crow populations are exerting more predatory pressure on
nesting songbirds. I know any raptor that crosses Oakland air space these
days does so at its peril.

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 11:36 AM Lee Aurich <lee...> [EBB_Sightings] <
<EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> We see them heading north every evening around dusk. And I have seen them
> heading south just before sunrise. Hundreds of crows. It appears they are
> going to different overnight roust locations; sometimes all together and
> sometimes separately. It appeared once that perhaps a hundred gathered at
> Lake Merritt on the Grand Ave side; but I was unable to go visit to confirm.
>
> We are viewing from the 6th floor of a building on the west edge of Lake
> Merritt.
>
> Lee
> *Lee Aurich*
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>
>
>
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Date: 10/25/18 4:33 pm
From: <jeraldabritten...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] warbling vireo, Clayton Community Park
I saw and photographed a warbling vireo here this morning. I believe it is a late record for the county for this species. ebird checklist below. Most of the usual suspects were there as well, including a phainopepla and several purple finches.
Jerry Britten
Morgan Territory.


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49449160 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49449160

 

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Date: 10/25/18 3:46 pm
From: Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Lark Sparrows - Contra Loma R. P. - 10/25
During an errand to Contra Loma R. P. this afternoon, there was a flock of about twelve beautifully plumaged Lark Sparrows at the entrance to the boat ramp.

In addition, there were 3 American White Pelicans on the reservoir and along the entrance road there was a Say’s Phoebe and Loggerhead Shrike. A Ruby-crowned Kinglet was in the willows near the boat ramp.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

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Date: 10/25/18 3:06 pm
From: Bob Brandriff <cbirder...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Townsend's Solitaire - Redwood Regional Park
Hi East Bay Birders:

I spent a couple hours this morning in Redwood Park looking for rare
sapsuckers to no avail. However, I did see a Townsend's Solitaire at
the intersection of East Ridge Trail and Eucalyptus Trail. A poor
photo is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49447937

Good birding.

Bob Brandriff
Berkeley


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Date: 10/25/18 7:13 am
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Eurasian Wigeon Berkeley Wednesday
A male Eurasian Wigeon was seen behind the Seabreeze Cafe by the Mt. Diablo Audubon field trip Wednesday, October 24. It was with 35 American Wigeons and other birds.



A second Eurasian Wigeon was found at the Albany Mudflats near the entrance to Golden Gate Fields. This bird seemed to be a hybrid, as it had pinkish sides, not gray.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



 

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Date: 10/24/18 7:33 pm
From: <z.querula...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Sapsuckers in Redwood Regional
This evening, I followed up on Dom's report of Williamson's Sapsucker in Skyline Gate. Two and a half hours of searching through the vast pine forest between East Rim Trail and Phillips Loop yielded us at least four Red-breasted Sapsuckers and a brief, rattle-calling flyover of the Williamson's. We also connected with a Yellow-bellied (photographed). It is possible that the Yellow-bellied accounted for the confusion yesterday as to whether the rare sapsucker in question was a Yellow-bellied or a Williamson's: Both species were present and in the same place at the same time.


Both sapsuckers were extraordinarily skittish and hard to detect. We did have to walk about 0.75 of a mile out before we saw either bird, much further than where originally reported--this is possibly the reason why many birders did not manage to connect with either Williamson's or Yellow-bellied today. It appears that both sapsuckers move around a great deal, as well.


For more details and better directions: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49431320 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49431320


Good birding,
Ethan Monk
 

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Date: 10/24/18 6:01 pm
From: Hilary Powers <hilary...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Wood Duck at Lake Merritt
The 4th-Wednesday GGAS walk enjoyed good long looks at a brilliant male
Wood Duck today. The bird was swimming with the Mallards between the
nature center and the near islands and behaving just like them, utterly
unconcerned about the humans on the path a few yards away.

NOT natural for a Wood Duck, but he appeared glossy and clear-eyed - no
sign of ill health. Maybe he thinks he's a Mallard?

Park personnel said he'd been there about three weeks, meaning he's
probably still there now.

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Date: 10/24/18 5:38 pm
From: Johan Langewis <jlangewis...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Redwood Regional Park 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker NOT Sibley
I was slow reading my email, so I got a late start. Skyline Gate is only a few blocks from my house so I rushed over there late today. I ran into some other birders, but no luck on the Williamson’s Sapsucker. However, I found a small Madrone tree on the Phillips Loop trail, about 50 yards from the East Rige Trail, with American Robins, Hairy and Acorn Woodpeckers and four Red-breasted Sapsuckers feeding on the berries at 4:45 PM. Also seen were White-breasted, Red-breasted, and Pygmy Nuthatches, among other birds. I think that’s the most Red-breasted Sapsuckers I’ve ever seen at one time.

Johan Langewis
Oakland


> On Oct 23, 2018, at 7:40 PM, Michael Park <dpbot...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> It's been a long day. The location for the Williamson's Sapsucker was incorrectly cited. It's at Redwood Regional Park at the Skyline Gate near the parking lot out on the East Ridge Trail.
>
> https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7 <https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7>
>
> Michael Park
> Berkeley
>
>
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker Sibley Volcanic
> Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:14:41 -0700
> From: Michael Park <dpbot...> <mailto:<dpbot...>
> To: <ebb_sightings...> <mailto:<ebb_sightings...>
>
> Hi All,
>
> Dominik Mosur and I came across a female Williamson's Sapsucker at
> Sibley Volcanic Regional Park.
>
> It was near the parking lot on the trail out to Round Top.
>
> One relatively clean document image:
>
> https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7 <https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7>
>
>
> Michael Park
> Berkeley
>
>


 

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Date: 10/24/18 12:10 pm
From: David Brostoff <davbro...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] A murder of crows?
On Oct 24, 2018, at 9:49 AM, Kay Loughman <kayloughman...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Who knows about crows, e.g why here, why now? I've lived in the hills on the Berkeley/Oakland border for most of the last fifty years. We see a few crows per month - no great numbers. But this last week I've seen as many as 100 birds at a time flying up and down Claremont Canyon, perching in trees and on rooftops. A neighbor took this photo a couple of days ago which reminded me of a similar photo taken by a different neighbor also during the third week of October, but in 2012. I've skimmed the BNA Online account for American Crow, and didn't see any plausible explanation, and believe our local crows don't migrate. So why are they here? Is there something special about October? Some delectable food source?

On lower Panoramic Hill in Berkeley, just north of Claremont Canyon, I have seen large numbers of crows on and off for the past 20 or 30 years.

Along with hawks, they weren't here when I first moved to this location in the late 1960s.

David

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Date: 10/24/18 11:53 am
From: Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] White-throated Sparrow, Richmond

I had my first-of-season White-throated sparrow just now in my yard near Wildcat Canyon Park in Richmond. It looked to be a tan-morph. On Monday I had a Lincoln’s sparrow in the yard too, first I’d seen in a couple of weeks, and the first Ruby-crowned Kinglet of the season.

Cheers,
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Richmond, CA
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Date: 10/24/18 11:36 am
From: Lee Aurich <lee...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: A murder of crows?
We see them heading north every evening around dusk. And I have seen them heading south just before sunrise. Hundreds of crows. It appears they are going to different overnight roust locations; sometimes all together and sometimes separately. It appeared once that perhaps a hundred gathered at Lake Merritt on the Grand Ave side; but I was unable to go visit to confirm.

We are viewing from the 6th floor of a building on the west edge of Lake Merritt.

Lee
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Date: 10/24/18 9:49 am
From: Kay Loughman <kayloughman...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] A murder of crows?
Who knows about crows, e.g why here, why now?  I've lived in the hills
on the Berkeley/Oakland border for most of the last fifty years.  We see
a few crows per month - no great numbers.   But this last week I've seen
as many as 100 birds at a time flying up and down Claremont Canyon,
perching in trees and on rooftops.  A neighbor took this photo
<http://www.nhwildlife.net/album/New/slides/AMCR-0568r-72.html> a couple
of days ago which reminded me of a similar photo
<http://www.nhwildlife.net/album5/Birds/slides/AMCR-1651-72.html> taken
by a different neighbor also during the third week of October, but in
2012.  I've skimmed the BNA Online account for American Crow, and didn't
see any plausible explanation, and believe our local crows don't
migrate.  So why are they here?  Is there something special about
October?   Some delectable food source?

Are unexpectedly large numbers of crows being seen in other
neighborhoods?  Insights appreciated.

Kay Loughman


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Date: 10/23/18 8:00 pm
From: Michael Park <dpbot...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Redwood Regional Park 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker NOT Sibley
It's been a long day. The location for the Williamson's Sapsucker was
incorrectly cited. It's at Redwood Regional Park at the Skyline Gate
near the parking lot out on the East Ridge Trail.

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7

Michael Park
Berkeley


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker Sibley Volcanic
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:14:41 -0700
From: Michael Park <dpbot...>
To: <ebb_sightings...>



Hi All,

Dominik Mosur and I came across a female Williamson's Sapsucker at
Sibley Volcanic Regional Park.

It was near the parking lot on the trail out to Round Top.

One relatively clean document image:

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7


Michael Park
Berkeley


 

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Date: 10/23/18 7:46 pm
From: Michael Park <dpbot...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Redwood Regional Park 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker NOT Sibley
It's been a long day. The location for the Williamson's Sapsucker was
incorrectly cited. Dominik Mosur and I saw the female WIlliamson's
Sapsucker at Redwood Regional Park accessed from the Skyline Gate. It
was moving around oaks near the parking lot out on the East Ridge Trail.

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7

Michael Park
Berkeley


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Date: 10/23/18 7:14 pm
From: Michael Park <dpbot...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] 2018.10.23 WIlliamson's Sapsucker Sibley Volcanic
Hi All,

Dominik Mosur and I came across a female Williamson's Sapsucker at
Sibley Volcanic Regional Park.

It was near the parking lot on the trail out to Round Top.

One relatively clean document image:

https://flic.kr/p/29AEuQ7


Michael Park
Berkeley


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Date: 10/22/18 11:48 am
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farm Park Walnut Creek Mnday October 22
We had not see the Tropical Kingbird for about a week, but it was present this morning near the wooden railing on the parking lot side of the big pond. We also had two Double-crested Cormorants flying around, swimming on the water and roosting on the island snags.


Fred Safier's eBird list is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49371411 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49371411



Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



 

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Date: 10/21/18 4:08 pm
From: Megan Jankowski <mindfuldocumentation...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Palm Warbler at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
Today's GGAS field trip spotted a Palm Warbler at Middle Harbor around
12:30/1 pm. It was on the first rock jetty picking at food and pumping its
tail.

We had good shorebird diversity today, including one whimbrel, but so far
the only ducks that have arrived are bufflehead and shovelers.

Megan Jankowski
Oakland

 

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Date: 10/20/18 10:53 am
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Walntu Creek Birds Heather Farm Saturday October 20
Despite the crowds and cars parked everywhere, the birding was actually quite good today. Between a baseball tournament and an End Alzheimer's walk, the park was thick with people. We also thought it was overflowing with Yellow-rumped Warblers, but we actually had quite a variety of species. The three common sparrows were present, Song, White- and Golden-crowned, a CA Towhee, plenty of Bushtits and their friends the Chickadees, Titmouse, Bewick's Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and White-breasted Nuthatches. American Goldfinches were present, though it was only a few of them, as were a few House Finches.



Because they could not use the ball fields, presumably, the Killdeer(s) was only heard flying over. A single gull flew over the large pond, which had the usual 3 Pied-billed Grebes and now 11 Coots. A Black-crowned Night-Heron and Green Heron were the only two waders today.


While we spent time looking for the Tropical Kingbird in vain, we did have a N Mockingbird in its place, a W Meadowlark on the big hill, and Cedar Waxwings on the island in the big pond. We also had both Downy and Nuttall's Woodpeckers and a heard N Flicker.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



 

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Date: 10/17/18 9:10 am
From: <jtnikon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Ardenwood (10/16) - Yellow-headed Balckbirds,Pacific/Winter Wren
Yesterday (10/16/2018) afternoon, there were 2 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds feeding in the pumpkin field with large group of Tricolored, Req-winged, Brewer's Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds. The sighting of YHBL has been seen and reported on eBird earlier yesterday morning by a group of birders.



Earlier inside the park near the fountain in front of the Patterson House, I saw and heard 2 Pacific Wrens (saw and photographed one while hearing another singing). I wonder if the one that I photographed is actually a Winter Wren? It has very pale supercilium, pale throat and dull color breast unlike the typical Pacific Wren (with much darker and rufous/brown color overall).



Some photos of Yellow-headed Blackbird and Pacific/Winter Wren can be seen in my eBird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49244291 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49244291


Happy Birding,


Jerry Ting
Fremont



 

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