EBB_Sightings
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5/22/18 3:42 pm <verne_nelson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Common Loon (breeding plumage) - Alameda Naval Air Station
5/22/18 2:13 pm <ralphpericoli...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] European Goldfinch at The Gill Tract in Albany
5/21/18 3:12 pm Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Fledgling Night Herons and Egrets in Oakland near Superior Court building
5/21/18 10:35 am Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Re: Nutall's woodpecker has fledged. Still in neighborhood
5/21/18 10:28 am Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Nutall's woodpecker has fledged. Still in neighborhood
5/21/18 6:38 am Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa Co. 5/20/18 - apparent NORTHERN PARULA, Richmond Lawrence's Goldfinch
5/20/18 5:43 pm Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Hayward Shoreline (5-20)e
5/20/18 3:39 pm <hotrock175...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Blue-winged Warbler, Diablo Foothills Regional Park
5/19/18 8:52 pm Louis Libert <loumlibert...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Leech socks
5/19/18 5:47 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Sycamore Grove (PAAS Field Trip report)
5/19/18 5:08 pm Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Fw: Hayward Shoreline 5-19-2018
5/19/18 4:46 pm Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Hayward Shoreline 5-19-2018
5/19/18 11:14 am Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Hope you are not tired of baby Nuttall's.
5/18/18 8:21 pm <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farm Walnut Creek Friday May 18
5/17/18 11:26 am Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Baby Nuttall's making appearances in Oakland Laurel neighborhood
5/16/18 11:24 pm Megan Jankowski <mindfuldocumentation...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Robbery at Middle Harbor
5/15/18 4:38 pm Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Gray Flycatcher
5/15/18 2:56 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Blue Grosbeaks Oakley and Yellow-breasted Chat Black Diamond May 15
5/15/18 1:01 pm Lori Stoneman <stonemanlj...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
5/15/18 9:14 am <aaron.maizlish...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Olive-sided Flycatcher in Emeryville
5/14/18 6:42 pm <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] East contra Costa County Saturday May 12
5/14/18 5:24 pm 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
5/14/18 5:16 pm 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
5/14/18 4:52 pm Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, Antioch - 5/14
5/14/18 4:07 pm John Luther <aplomado-falcon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
5/14/18 12:09 pm Keith Bailey <fastrunnerboy05...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Breeding Lawrence's Goldfinches in Livermore
5/14/18 10:09 am Alan Howe <poethowe...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] No brown booby
5/14/18 8:17 am Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Mines Road this past weekend
5/13/18 9:22 pm Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Wildcat Canyon Sunday
5/12/18 5:40 pm Rusty Scalf <rscalf...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Sibley eBird list from this morning
5/12/18 2:45 pm Jackie Bobrosky <electricjmb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Western Tanagers FOS
5/12/18 1:01 pm Rusty Scalf <rscalf...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Black-chinned Sparrows -Sibley Volcano RP
5/11/18 5:37 pm Ken Copen <kencopen...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby Present 5:30pm
5/11/18 5:35 pm Madeline Brane <mbrane...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Lawrence's Goldfinch at Valle Vista today
5/11/18 10:43 am j ellis <jellis502003...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby in Alameda
5/11/18 10:28 am <scfloyd2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby in Alameda
5/11/18 2:56 am Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Bobby
5/10/18 10:16 pm <diabloaudubonwebmaster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] EBB_Sightings Poll #2 Results
5/10/18 2:40 pm Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Bobby
5/10/18 9:44 am Johan Langewis <jlangewis...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Nesting activity in my yard
5/9/18 3:20 pm Raleigh McLemore <raleighmclemore...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Non East Bay Event, Pt. Bonita Herring Running, Many Birds
5/9/18 11:05 am Patricia Mahoney <listpat...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] 5/9, 9 AM Continuing Brown Booby in Alameda
5/8/18 9:34 pm <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby in Alameda
5/8/18 8:40 am Doug Henderson <doughenderson16...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby in Alameda
5/7/18 1:38 pm Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Alameda Brown Booby ~11:30AM Monday
5/7/18 12:09 pm Judith Dunham <jldunham...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby--Continuing late morning, 5/7
5/7/18 9:36 am '<davequady...>' <davequady...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby continues in alameda
5/7/18 8:52 am <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Walnut Creek bird sightings Monday
5/7/18 7:55 am Chris & Teri Wills <cjtlwills...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby continues in alameda
5/6/18 5:32 pm Melani King <melani...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby, Alameda
5/6/18 11:39 am Colin Meusel <colinroots...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby continues
5/6/18 10:32 am j ellis <jellis502003...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Alameda Brown Booby continues Saturday afternoon
5/6/18 9:15 am <tracy_farrington...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby, Alameda
5/5/18 8:51 pm Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby photos
5/5/18 6:05 pm Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Alameda Brown Booby continues Saturday afternoon
5/5/18 5:07 pm George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] GGAS First Friday Walk May 4, 2018 Tilden Nature Area
5/5/18 2:54 pm Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] The continuing saga of the Laurel Nuttall's Woodpeckers
5/5/18 2:44 pm Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Swainson’s Thrush - Antioch yard - 5/5
5/5/18 2:38 pm '<davequady...>' <davequady...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Alameda Brown Booby continues Saturday afternoon
5/5/18 1:28 pm Alan Kaplan <lnkpln67...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] GGAS First Friday Walk May 4, 2018 Tilden Nature Area
5/5/18 1:20 pm Alan Kaplan <lnkpln67...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] GGAS Dawn Chorus Birdwalk May 4, 2018 Tilden Park
5/5/18 11:55 am John Luther <aplomado-falcon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Alameda County Brown Booby
5/5/18 10:29 am Jackie Bobrosky <electricjmb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] BH Grosbeak and Swainsons Thrush
5/4/18 3:48 pm <jnc...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] East Bay Hills Warblers and Migrants
5/2/18 1:51 pm Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] H Farm Swallows
5/2/18 1:30 pm <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] H Farm Swallows
5/2/18 1:03 pm <mtar925...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Swallows in Heather Farm
4/30/18 5:10 pm Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Fwd: Re: [EBB_Sightings] please, I beg you, don't play recordings for Mitchell Canyon poorwills
4/30/18 11:02 am <jnc...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Jay Yard Bird Stories
4/28/18 2:15 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Garin Regional Park (PAAS Field trip report)
4/27/18 6:51 pm John Harris <johnh...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Western Field Ornithologists trip to Siskiyou Mtns and Modoc Plateau
4/26/18 3:31 pm Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Ballena Bay
4/25/18 7:59 pm Richard S Coming <rscimino...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park
4/25/18 5:05 pm 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings]
4/25/18 4:48 pm 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Reminder
4/25/18 4:34 pm 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> Re: [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park
4/25/18 3:07 pm Elizabeth Leite <e.leite...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park
4/25/18 9:23 am Maureen Lahiff <MLahiff...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] please, I beg you, don't play recordings for Mitchell Canyon poorwills
4/24/18 10:22 pm <z.querula...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Mitchell Canyon Poorwill and Cassin's Kingbird Question
4/24/18 6:23 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Mitchell Canyon to Deer Flat, Mt Diablo Apr 24
4/24/18 2:26 pm <emupilot...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Mitchell Canyon Warbler Wave + Chat
4/24/18 11:41 am <hawaiipepa...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] European Finch
4/23/18 10:39 am <jnc...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Birding Mitchell Canyon/Mt. Diablo
4/23/18 9:59 am 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] FOS Olive Sided Flycatcher
4/23/18 3:01 am Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> [EBB_Sightings] Claremont Canyon local interest, Saturday 4/21
 
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Date: 5/22/18 3:42 pm
From: <verne_nelson...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Common Loon (breeding plumage) - Alameda Naval Air Station
The Common Loon I reported several weeks ago is still hunting the waters surrounding the Osprey nest at (the former) Alameda Naval Air Station. It has progressed to breeding plumage.
I regularly monitor the Osprey nest and must say the loon is a very occasional sighting, perhaps only on 20% of my visits.


The Osprey nest (and loon) location is at the very southern end of Monarch Avenue. You have to drive across two large concrete areas through two open gates to get to the end of Monarch (it doesn't look like a street) and dead end at the water's edge.


The Ospreys should be hatching eggs very soon.


Here's a photo of the loon:


https://bit.ly/2GGLxT4 https://bit.ly/2GGLxT4

 

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Date: 5/22/18 2:13 pm
From: <ralphpericoli...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] European Goldfinch at The Gill Tract in Albany
This morning at 9:12 and again at 11:57 I saw a European Goldfinch while birding at the Gill Tract. It had red across the front of the face, a wide vertical white band in the auricular area and a black nape. It had very distinct yellow wing patches with a white rump patch and a dull brown chest band. It was perched with a small group of Lesser Goldfinches in a snag-topped Redwood just south of the east-west road that runs through the Tract.
The Gill Tract is located at the Marin Avenue extension and San Pablo Avenue in Albany. If the gate is locked, access can be obtained by crossing Village Creek south of the Tract in back of Sprouts Farmers Market on Monroe Avenue.


Ralph Pericoli
 

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Date: 5/21/18 3:12 pm
From: Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Fledgling Night Herons and Egrets in Oakland near Superior Court building
My partner just called and told me that in a tree there seems to be quite the gathering of young Egrets and Night Herons on Alice between 12th and 13th. Near the Superior Court building.  If you are in the area it seems like a raucous happening that will be fun to watch.



Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA

 

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Date: 5/21/18 10:35 am
From: Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Re: Nutall's woodpecker has fledged. Still in neighborhood
Correction. No video of that day.  Do have video of two other days.  Unfortunately in the middle of a project so encoding and publishing will have to wait.

 

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Date: 5/21/18 10:28 am
From: Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Nutall's woodpecker has fledged. Still in neighborhood
Rosemary came by Friday afternoon and had waited and waited for mom or dad to show up. Meanwhile was very anxious, popping its head in and out, calling out more of an adult sounding call. We got some more pics and I got video to be shared later. About 80 minutes after Rosemary started watching Dad came by, hung out for a few minutes while baby was none too pleased. Then it fed and then hung out around the tree.  After feeding I had to get back to work so my guess is that I missed the Great Escape that would happened shortly afterwards. 
When I checked things out Saturday morning there was a whole different feel around and no sign of the baby.  I now have empty nest syndrome. Again.
However it was nice to learn a bit of behavior and maybe that will clue me in so I can stick around for the event, if I am still around here next year..

This morning, while outside checking things I heard the Nuttall's call down the street a few doors. It came from a rather densely foliaged tree so I could not see anything. Then a small Nuttall's flew out to a nearby wire. Pretty sure it was the kid, body was short for an adult.
Then it flew back, proceeded to call for about 5 minutes then Mom flew in to feed for a minute or two then flew to a nearby pole to hang out for a few minutes before leaving. Meanwhile the baby, I think I may call him Sneaky Pete, would occasionally let out a call and briefly appeared in view before disappearing behind a branch.
Will check out later.

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA

 

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Date: 5/21/18 6:38 am
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Contra Costa Co. 5/20/18 - apparent NORTHERN PARULA, Richmond Lawrence's Goldfinch
Posting for Logan Kahle:


Hi All,

Yesterday I birded around select locations in Western and Central Contra Costa county joined at different times by Jonah Benningfield and Noah Arthur.

After a late morning, I started at Point San Pablo with Jonah, mostly hoping to see if much migrant movement was apparent. Unfortunately, if there were many migrants around, they stayed silent. Highlights here included:

Vaux's Swift-a single flyover seemed quite late to me
Pacific-slope Flycatcher-1 singing male seemed like a likely breeder
Yellow Warbler-1 was one of few clear migrants here
Wilson's Warbler-5 singing males could have been territorial or migrants
Lazuli Bunting-1 singing male appeared to be on territory.
LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH-1 flyover was a very rare bird for richmond, and my first

Full eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45884529

From there I headed to Canal Boulevard to check Brook's Island. Nothing rare, but healthy numbers of the expected species:

Brown Pelican-311 was a nice count for the county
Western Gull-73
California Gull-639
Caspian Tern-286

Full eBird checklist here:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45867730

I briefly checked both West County WTP and Waterbird Regional Preserve but found nothing of note. Full checklists are here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45868973 and https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45870718

From there I decided to head east. I hit Contra Loma as the first spot in what I assumed would be an afternoon in east county. Unfortunately there were few migrants showcased by only two or three Wilson's Warblers. At that time I got the email of the Blue-winged and headed over Diablo.

I birded the area around where the bird had been reported for about 15 minutes when Noah Arthur arrived. He keyed in on a buzzy song that repeated several times at seemed to both of us to represent a NORTHERN PARULA.I have uploaded some recordings to the eBird checklist. This is at the same location as the Blue-winged was reported, but slightly uphill (west) in the oaks. Recording can be found here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45880615

I have a slightly better recording in video format available upon request but cannot seem to find out how to enter it into eBird as just audio.

The only other migrants at that location were a couple of Swainson's Thrushes, and our only other warblers were Orange-crowns.
Good birding,

Logan Kahle
San Francisco

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Date: 5/20/18 5:43 pm
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Hayward Shoreline (5-20)e
Seen today
1 adult Laughing Gull. First seen 2 weeks ago. Seen in flight over the SE island in the pond that has the Least Tern nest island. Best place to see it from is from the Least Tern sign.
17 Redhead. 8 pairs and 1 unpaired male. Can be seen from the observation platform at the Interpretive Center.
Winton Ave.
1 Olive-sided Flycatcher1 Western-wood Pewee1 Dusky Flycatcher1 Warbling Vireo1 Black-throated Gray Warbler1Yellow Warbler
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Date: 5/20/18 3:39 pm
From: <hotrock175...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Blue-winged Warbler, Diablo Foothills Regional Park
At the risk of being dead-wrong in public, we believe that we saw a Blue-winged Warbler along Pine Creek in Diablo Foothills Park this (Sunday) morning, about 11:00.


The bird was foraging in some Himalayan blackberry next to the creek just beyond the first Peregrine Falcon trail closure sign, at 37.88277,-121.99039 before flying out of sight upstream.



We got unimpeded albeit brief looks in good light.
The bird had a bright yellow head and underparts.
A dark black line through the eye.
A dark (gray? green?) back.
Gray wings with wing bars.
Carol got a look at the underparts; a white vent and white tail spots.


It was a pretty interesting day in general with good looks at a pair of adult Lawrence's Goldfinches in the meadow just past signpost 8 and lots of breeding activity.


Here's the checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45871453 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45871453


Happy birding,
Steve and Carol
San Ramon



 

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Date: 5/19/18 8:52 pm
From: Louis Libert <loumlibert...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Leech socks
Hi,

This is off topic so please reply to me off the list. I’m going to Malaysia next month and am looking for some good leech socks to bring. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Thanks!
Louis Libert
Oakland, CA

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Date: 5/19/18 5:47 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Sycamore Grove (PAAS Field Trip report)
I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class on a field trip to Sycamore Grove Park this morning. Conditions were overcast in the morning, clearing by mid morning and becoming quite windy by noon. A few highlights of our visit to the park are below (including 5 species* that were new for us at this location):

Wood Duck — pair near pedestrian bridge, third bird in flight
Great Horned Owl — 3 individuals
Barn Owl — 4 individuals
Swainson’s Thrush* — heard only deep in shrubs beside the Wetmore Road entrance lot
Warbling Vireo* — several along creek and by park residence
Western Tanager* — first of several was seen directly above restrooms
Black-headed Grosbeak* — one by winery, another along Magpie trail
Lazuli Bunting* — 3 females seen, singing male heard near pedestrian bridge and winery
Lawrence’s Goldfinch — one male beside pedestrian bridge

Photos taken by class members will be posted soon on our eBird list:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45840978 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45840978>

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View
 

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Date: 5/19/18 5:08 pm
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Fw: Hayward Shoreline 5-19-2018


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----- Forwarded Message ----- From: "Bob Richmond" <bobrichmond94544...> To: "EBB Sightings" <ebb_sightings...> Cc: Sent: Sat, May 19, 2018 at 4:46 PM Subject: Hayward Shoreline 5-19-2018 Today at the shoreline -
2 Western-wood Pewee at Winton.1 Willow Flycatcher at Winton. Rare   in spring.1 Macgillivary's Warbler at Winton.2 male Wilson's Phalarope flying   south from the ponds east and   southeast of Mt. Trashmore.
Bob Richmond

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Date: 5/19/18 4:46 pm
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Hayward Shoreline 5-19-2018
Today at the shoreline -
2 Western-wood Pewee at Winton.1 Willow Flycatcher at Winton. Rare   in spring.1 Macgillivary's Warbler at Winton.2 male Wilson's Phalarope flying   south from the ponds east and   southeast of Mt. Trashmore.
Bob Richmond

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Date: 5/19/18 11:14 am
From: Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Hope you are not tired of baby Nuttall's.
Yesterday Rosemary came by again to take a bunch of shots while I ran my video camera. I hope she posts them soon. They are killer. This morning before setting to work I took a couple with my less than impressive 200mm zoom. So here are three shots from this morning. Again, I will be around before dinner to guide anyone although I would just follow mom or dad as they fly in or out of the foliage. The baby will likely be gone within the week. Last year there were two and they were out by the 22nd or so. If you are interested do hurry and let me know if you need directions.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcuspun/41314317205/in/dateposted-public/
Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA

 

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Date: 5/18/18 8:21 pm
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Heather Farm Walnut Creek Friday May 18
It is well established that we have a Caspian Tern visiting the ponds at Heather Farm early in the mornings, it was here today, too. But Rosita and I made an evening walk just now, and the entire time we circled the large, mostly natural pond, the Caspian Tern was flying back and forth. It caught a fish at one point, though I did not witness that part. I saw it working on swallowing the fish, after which it skimmed the water three quick times. It would seem it might have needed some water to wash down the fish?


This was between 7:30 and 8 PM.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek



 

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Date: 5/17/18 11:26 am
From: Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Baby Nuttall's making appearances in Oakland Laurel neighborhood
Well it took a while but at least one has been poking his head out. May be only child. Will have to see if more emerge.  Did have a much too curious crow near enough to make parents nervous so a tennis ball was dispatched to scare it away.    Meanwhile a few pictures and also a wider shot to locate the nest in my neighborhood.   Right in front of the house with the bottlebrush on California between Maple and Laurel.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcuspun/27302748077/in/dateposted-public/
This will not last long. As I recall they leave pretty soon after they make themselves visible. Last year they left not long after my pics on May 13th..
Let me know if you are coming.

Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
C: 510-384-8085 | H: 510-530-2507
Oakland, CA

 

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Date: 5/16/18 11:24 pm
From: Megan Jankowski <mindfuldocumentation...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Robbery at Middle Harbor
Hi everyone, I was robbed at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park this evening
(Wednesday) by four men who took my bag, my tripod and my scope. I realize
the scope especially presents a pretty lucrative-looking target, but I live
nearby and have always felt safe birding at this location since it has
on-site security. Be safe out there, and if anyone has tips about finding
stolen scopes, please let me know.

Of birding note, this was the first time this year I've seen Brown Pelicans
there, and there were about 50.

Megan Jankowski
Oakland, CA

 

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Date: 5/15/18 4:38 pm
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Gray Flycatcher
It was at Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline. Shortly after you enter the park, a dirt trail goes up a small hill, it is on the right side of the paved trail. The bird was in some vegetation on the right side near the top of the hill. Several Ash-throated Flycatcher we're seen later. I also stopped at the San Leandro Marina but saw nothing unusual
Bob Richmond

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Date: 5/15/18 2:56 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Blue Grosbeaks Oakley and Yellow-breasted Chat Black Diamond May 15
I went to the Marsh Creek Trail in Oakley this morning to check a recent
report of Blue Grosbeak. I knew nothing except to start at Cypress Rd and
walk north. First 1.2 miles no Blue Grosbeaks seen. But the habitat along
the creek after crossing the bridge looked much better. Now on the west
side I went through the gap in the fence (no signs) and continued past a
homeless encampment for a couple hundred yards. At 10:30, just past the
telephone pole, number ending in 5116, I found three Blue Grosbeaks, 2m 1f.
Walking back there was a Western Wood-pewee along the creek across from the
end of Frank Hengel Way and a Say's Phoebe a bit further south. One
Swainson's Hawk was over the large dirt field north of the houses. Then on
to Black Diamond RP to try for Chipping Sparrow. I checked both parking lots
and the upper picnic area, but no Chippies. However, at noon in the upper
picnic area I found a Yellow-breasted Chat. At the far end of the picnic
area is a big pile of tailings. To the left is a small stone wall with a
drainage pipe. The Chat and a Swainson's Thrush were in the undergrowth
there.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas


 

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Date: 5/15/18 1:01 pm
From: Lori Stoneman <stonemanlj...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
Looked for Brown Booby from 8-10am this morning all sides of USS Hornet &
Cape Orlando, no luck. Great fly-by of Osprey with large fish in tow. He
perched on the tie lines of the Cape Orlando's bow & fed there for at least
20 minutes.

Lori

 

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Date: 5/15/18 9:14 am
From: <aaron.maizlish...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Olive-sided Flycatcher in Emeryville
EBB’ers

On a quick stop before work this morning at 8:30, I made one of my frequent stops at the Marina Park at the end of powell street in Emeryville. Reasonably active on this overcast morning, but not much sign of migration.

An Olive-sided Flycatcher was doing its Olive-sided Flycatcher thing from the top of a pine next to the poplar circle (near the last dock) at the marina. They are not uncommon in The hills in migration, but very uncommon on the bay side. Anyway this area is fairly open, so it’s a good chance to study an Olive-sided Flycatcher if you haven’t spent much time with one. The bird was silent, and had some white areas on the back which I couldn’t figure out.

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco (and Emeryville by day)

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Date: 5/14/18 6:42 pm
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] East contra Costa County Saturday May 12
Mount Diablo Audubon Society had our annual east county field trip Saturday. Despite the breezy conditions, we had a total of 68 species, despite some big misses. The expected Swainson's Hawks made multiple appearances throughout the morning and early afternoon. We had Blue Grosbeaks along the stretch of Marsh Creek north of Cypress Road.



But at the end of Bethel Island Road in the Piper Slough neighborhood, we could not find a Black-chinned Hummingbird or hear a Yellow-breasted Chat. And while we had plenty of Bullock's Orioles throughout the day, Hooded Orioles were very hard to find, one female at Piper Slough being the only firm sighting. We then learned that the Bethel Island Golf Course has been closed for renovation since October. They have good palm trees in the parking lot, plus nice bathrooms, both of which were "out of bounds."



Delta Road in Knightsen did not have a Yellow-billed Magpie, nor could we see Burrowing Owls. But we heard a Yellow Warbler and found two Great Horned Owls after crossing the slough toward Holland Tract. We also had a large flock of White Pelicans from the marina, a Caspian Tern on one of the flats in the slough, and even had a White-throated Swift fly over while we did the checklist.


As Alan Krakauer mentioned in his earlier post about Wildcat Canyon, he spotted a Say's Phoebe way out Marsh Creek after everyone else had started back to the trailhead parking lot. A White-faced ibis flew overhead at Piper Slough, an American Avocet was in the fields there, Western Kingbirds were seen several places and a Loggerhead Shrike was also in the field east of Bethel Island Road near the end of the road.


It was a great birding day, if tiring.


Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek

 

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Date: 5/14/18 5:24 pm
From: 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
Apologies, not an old message.
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On Mon, 5/14/18, 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
To: "EBB_Sightings @Yahoo.com" <EBB_Sightings...>
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018, 5:16 PM


 









Folks I can't get into Yahoo groups but I
believe this is again an old message. Please try to put a
date in the message sometimes hard to remember. I'm
guilty of forgetting.

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On Mon, 5/14/18, John Luther <aplomado-falcon...>
[EBB_Sightings]
<EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:



Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby

To: "EBB Sightings"
<ebb_sightings...>, "SF Birds"
<sfbirds...>

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018, 4:06 PM





 



















Today

at about 10 AM 3 of us saw the subadult Brown Booby from

inside the Alameda Reserve (no public access) while we
were

doing a bird survey.  It flew between the large
breakwater

NW of the USS Hornet and the mainland where we were

standing.  It flew NW towards AT&T Park in San

Francisco.  It was well within San Francisco Co waters
when

it circled and plunge dove.  It then took off
apparently

continuing to the NW and we lost it.  Don't know if
it

does this every day and then comes back to Alameda or if
was

on its way to some other place.

The

continuing nesting colony of Caspian Terns in San
Francisco

Co at the Alameda Reserve seems to be going well with
over

200 birds today.  

John

LutherOakland



















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Date: 5/14/18 5:16 pm
From: 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
Folks I can't get into Yahoo groups but I believe this is again an old message. Please try to put a date in the message sometimes hard to remember. I'm guilty of forgetting.
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On Mon, 5/14/18, John Luther <aplomado-falcon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
To: "EBB Sightings" <ebb_sightings...>, "SF Birds" <sfbirds...>
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018, 4:06 PM


 









Today
at about 10 AM 3 of us saw the subadult Brown Booby from
inside the Alameda Reserve (no public access) while we were
doing a bird survey.  It flew between the large breakwater
NW of the USS Hornet and the mainland where we were
standing.  It flew NW towards AT&T Park in San
Francisco.  It was well within San Francisco Co waters when
it circled and plunge dove.  It then took off apparently
continuing to the NW and we lost it.  Don't know if it
does this every day and then comes back to Alameda or if was
on its way to some other place.
The
continuing nesting colony of Caspian Terns in San Francisco
Co at the Alameda Reserve seems to be going well with over
200 birds today.  
John
LutherOakland









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Date: 5/14/18 4:52 pm
From: Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, Antioch - 5/14
During a late morning visit to BDMRP, we spent a couple of hours birding between the upper parking lot and the upper picnic area.

Notable sightings included the following:

Hairy Woodpecker
Western Wood-Pewee
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Lazuli Bunting (possibly six total)

After our walk and on the way out of the park, we spotted a Rock Wren. The bird was perched on the nearest large rock in the gully east of the entrance road at a pullout about one quarter mile past the old Moeller Ranch buildings.
Good birding,

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Date: 5/14/18 4:07 pm
From: John Luther <aplomado-falcon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby
Today at about 10 AM 3 of us saw the subadult Brown Booby from inside the Alameda Reserve (no public access) while we were doing a bird survey.  It flew between the large breakwater NW of the USS Hornet and the mainland where we were standing.  It flew NW towards AT&T Park in San Francisco..  It was well within San Francisco Co waters when it circled and plunge dove.  It then took off apparently continuing to the NW and we lost it.  Don't know if it does this every day and then comes back to Alameda or if was on its way to some other place.
The continuing nesting colony of Caspian Terns in San Francisco Co at the Alameda Reserve seems to be going well with over 200 birds today.  
John LutherOakland
 

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Date: 5/14/18 12:09 pm
From: Keith Bailey <fastrunnerboy05...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Breeding Lawrence's Goldfinches in Livermore
This morning I was birding Sunset Park in Livermore with my father and was quite surprised to see a male Lawrence's Goldfinch feeding a fledgling at the north end of the park. This species breeds in the canyons up Mines Rd ~15 miles east of town, but I wasn't aware of breeding records in town, much less in a residential neighborhood park. My father, who lives adjacent to the park, is going to attempt to get photos. 
Other birds on our walk included two Olive-sided Flycatchers, Western Wood-pewee, nesting Hooded Orioles, Wilson's and Yellow Warblers, and a Rufous Hummingbird. 
Ebird list:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45668146

Cheers,Keith BaileyDavis, Ca

-------- Keith Bailey Davis, Ca
 

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Date: 5/14/18 10:09 am
From: Alan Howe <poethowe...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] No brown booby
Hi, all.
Looked for the booby near the ships around 4:00-5:45 PM yesterday, but it was a no-show. Gulls, terns, gb heron, great egret, ospreys, grebes, cormorants & such, but no booby.
Peace,
Alan HoweNorth Oakland
 

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Date: 5/14/18 8:17 am
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Mines Road this past weekend
EBBers,
I led field trips to Mines Road for a Golden Gate Audubon Society's Avian
Evolution class on both Saturday and Sunday. I also scouted the route on
Friday. Nothing rare but there were decent migrants and some local
specialties. We birded from the Mines Road / Del Valle Road junction to the
county line, continuing on to San Antonio Valley (reported on South Bay
Birds).

Mile marker 6.25 was a particularly good stop for us, with Greater
Roadrunner (Friday and Sunday), Bullock's Orioles, 4 Phainopeplas,
Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Sunday), Lazuli Buntings (Friday and Saturday),
Lark Sparrows, nesting House Finches, California Thrasher (Sunday), and
distant singing Say's Phoebe.

Friday's scout trip turned up Lawrence's Goldfinches at multiple stops but
they declined to present themselves on Saturday and Sunday.

A few other highlights:

Prairie Falcon at MM 4.3 on Friday, thanks to John Luther for the spot
Golden Eagle at MM 10.03 on Sunday
Green Heron at MM 14.5 both Saturday and Sunday
Belted Kingfisher at MM 17.9 on Saturday
Cassin's Vireo singing from the blue oaks on the ridge at MM 14.5 on Sunday
Western Tanagers, Yellow and Wilson's Warblers, Swainson's Thrush, Warbling
Vireo, Black-headed Grosbeak, scattered stops, mostly by ear.

In general, this route is excellent for visiting a quintessential
California landscape that is good for California / Pacific Coast
specialties such as Yellow-billed Magpie, California Quail, California
Thrasher, Nuttall's and Acorn Woodpeckers, Wrentit, California Scrub-Jay,
Bushtit, and more. If you go as far as the junction, stop in at the
Junction Cafe for a burger or some ice cream (plus picnic tables and flush
toilets) and tell the new owner, Mika, that I sent you.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

 

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Date: 5/13/18 9:22 pm
From: Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Wildcat Canyon Sunday
Sunday I did an extended hike in Wildcat Canyon Regional park. I started outside the Alvarado Staging area gate on Park Ave since the gate was still closed at 7AM. From there I walked from the north end of the Wildcat Creek trail to Havey Canyon Trail, up Havey Canyon Trial, back north to Mezue Canyon Trail, down that back to Wildcat Creek Trail, and back out. The route also included a quick spur up to the Belgum site. I got back a little after 12.

I managed 62 species which I’m pretty sure is a high count for me in the park. Noteables were:

SAY’S PHOEBE- one early morning seen from Wildcat Creek Trail at the bottom end of Mezue Canyon Trail, not seen when I went by there later in the morning. This seems late, but then I also saw a Say’s yesterday in Oakley on the MDAS East Contra Costa field trip so there must be some hanging around.

WESTERN WOOD PEWEE at Belgum (FOY)

SWAINSON’S THRUSH heard along Wildcat Creek Trail (FOY)

COMMON RAVEN carrying a turkey egg at the top end of Havey Canyon

WESTERN TANAGER and BULLOCK’S ORIOLE (FOY) in tall eucalyptus trees just north of where Rifle Range comes into Wildcat Creek Trail.

Singing GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS in at least 3 locations- Belgum, the top end of Havey Canyon trail, and the bottom half of Mezue Canyon

LAZULI BUNTINGS everywhere

Most notable miss was coyote. Last time I did a longer trek as far as Mezue and Havey Canyon, I saw over a dozen. A lot of that is probably due to the tall grass now, but still kind of surprising not to see at least one somewhere. Also missed crow, rock pigeon, great-horned owl, cowbird, cliff swallow, red breasted nuthatch, kestral, accipiters.

Anyway, nice morning!

Full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45636627 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45636627>

Alan Krakauer
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Date: 5/12/18 5:40 pm
From: Rusty Scalf <rscalf...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Sibley eBird list from this morning

GGAS trip to Sibley Volcano Regional Preserve this morning.
Photos of Black-chinned Sparrow by Ken Wahl and John Missing.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45604857

I assume these are migrants. But that there were two present is surprising.

A Merlin (quite well seen) seems exceptionally late.

   Rusty Scalf


 

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Date: 5/12/18 2:45 pm
From: Jackie Bobrosky <electricjmb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Western Tanagers FOS
About noon, I was watching a Scrub Jay terrorize a pair of American Robins as it stole their nestlings. Decided to sit and watch as the robins returned to the nest site several times, wondering how long it takes for them to give up. But because I was still focused on the tree, I noticed something else. A male & female Western Tanager lured by the moving water in my yard/fish pond. Ahh, mother nature is always thought provoking, interesting.


Jackie Bobrosky

Martinez
 

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Date: 5/12/18 1:01 pm
From: Rusty Scalf <rscalf...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Black-chinned Sparrows -Sibley Volcano RP

This morning's GGAS field trip to Sibley had quite a surprise with at
least two singing Black-chinned Sparrows. One of these was well seen
with scope views. The second only heard.  The first bird gave it's
canary-like song for perhaps 10 minutes.

Location:  Round Top Loop Trail looking NW over a steep hillside of
Coyote Bush and Poison Oak.  Per Google Earth 270 meters beyond the
water tower trail.

   Rusty Scalf
   Berkeley


 

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Date: 5/11/18 5:37 pm
From: Ken Copen <kencopen...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby Present 5:30pm
Just spent a thrilling 10 minutes watching the BROWN BOOBY hunt right off the stern of the Cape Orlando right in front of my on the dock. Also was present when I was there at 9:30am this morning

Ken Copen

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Date: 5/11/18 5:35 pm
From: Madeline Brane <mbrane...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Lawrence's Goldfinch at Valle Vista today
We saw this bird today around noon. It was high in the trees on Kings Canyon Loop Trail....near the area where the horses are sometimes seen.
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Date: 5/11/18 10:43 am
From: j ellis <jellis502003...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby in Alameda
I was out there between the Cape Orlando and Gem this morning around 7:30am and didn't see anything. Then the school of bait fish came in and a couple birders showed and I spotted the Brown Booby doing shallow dives near a Western Gull.  She flew around in circles and widen until she almost flew at our heads. This was around 9:00am near when others saw her yesterday morning. Then she flew to the breakwater.

Another sighting was a Peregrine Falcon that flew in and landed on the side of the Cape Orlando.

Janet Ellis
San Leandro

On Friday, May 11, 2018, 10:28:20 AM PDT, <scfloyd2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

 
Present Friday at 10:20 AM on rocky jetty north of USS Hornet. Look for big round red thing on ship side of jetty, then north for booby among gulls and cormorants. Just hanging out, preening, looking around.

Stephanie Floyd
Fremont

 

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Date: 5/11/18 10:28 am
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby in Alameda
Present Friday at 10:20 AM on rocky jetty north of USS Hornet. Look for big round red thing on ship side of jetty, then north for booby among gulls and cormorants. Just hanging out, preening, looking around.


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Date: 5/11/18 2:56 am
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Bobby
On Thu, 10 May 2018 14:40:38 -0700, "Graham Chisholm
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>Present at 2:30 and easily seen in the lagoon just on the north side of Ferry Point Road by the old wood pier on the way out to the USS Hornet in Alameda. It was quite close to shore.

We found it in the lagoon just south of the MV Cape Orlando and foraging in
the Seaplane Lagoon to the north. Access is along the west side of Ferry
Point Road north of the USS Hornet Museum. Bird roosted briefly on the
stern of the MV Cape Orlando. Distant photos:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45537531
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Date: 5/10/18 2:40 pm
From: Graham Chisholm <graham.chisholm...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Bobby
Present at 2:30 and easily seen in the lagoon just on the north side of Ferry Point Road by the old wood pier on the way out to the USS Hornet in Alameda. It was quite close to shore.

Graham Chisholm
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Date: 5/10/18 9:44 am
From: Johan Langewis <jlangewis...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Nesting activity in my yard
I just discovered an Allen’s Hummingbird nest in a redwood tree in my back yard. Other activities include:

Bewick’s Wren nesting in a box on front porch
Nuttall’s Woodpecker nesting in dead pine in back yard
California Towhee nesting in lemon tree in back yard
Chestnut-backed Chickadee in nest box with camera in back yard: 6 eggs laid, 4 hatched on 4/17, one more on 4/18, #6 on 4/19; 4 fledged on 5/8, 2 more on 5/9

Also Brown Creepers were exploring under loose bark on same dead pine for several days, but no nesting. Red-breasted Nuthatches were scuffling with the Nuttall’s Woodpecker over the hole earlier, then were drilling their own holes lower down the tree, but did not nest there. A very productive year. I live in the Oakland hills south of Shepherd Canyon, below Skyline Blvd.

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Date: 5/9/18 3:20 pm
From: Raleigh McLemore <raleighmclemore...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Non East Bay Event, Pt. Bonita Herring Running, Many Birds
My wife just got back from a large herring run at Pt. Bonita (Marin Headlands.)  We observe Harbor Seal births there. Opportunity to see "thousands of birds" from an excellent vantage. About eight of the local Harbor Seals have pups and everything is full of wild excitement.  Her message follows:

"Herring are spawning now in Pt Bonita Cove in the Marin Headlands to the delight of harbor seals and the cormorants, gulls and pelicans. I was there today at low tide around 11 am (near the tunnel to the lighthouse), and could see continual new erupting clouds of sperm in the water in the middle and outside of all the beds of algae or seaweed (don't know my sea plants) below me. Hundreds of cormorants and gulls, dozens of brown pelicans in the water after the fish. Also a dozen or so harbor seals in the water fishing, unusual at low tide; most of the harbor seals resting on the rocks, but today competing for space with hundreds of cormorants and gulls for space. In the distant part of the cove (east of us) we could see easily more than 10,000 Western Grebes out in the cove. Altogether an amazing sight and well worth a trip! Beth

Beth Kean"

Sorry about it not being local East Bay thing, but maybe some might have interest, given the birds.  Of course the run isn't a planned event and we have no idea what it might look like tomorrow.  I rarely post here, hope this is ok.

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Date: 5/9/18 11:05 am
From: Patricia Mahoney <listpat...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] 5/9, 9 AM Continuing Brown Booby in Alameda
5/9: No luck yesterday afternoon but this morning brought better luck when I encountered Mark Rauzon at the Alameda shoreline around 9 AM and followed him to the Brown Booby! It was plunge-diving close to shore, south of the ship, Cape Orlando. It moved alongside the Cape Orlando, out west and back around the narrow section of harbor between the Cape Orlando and the Gem State and Adm. Wm. M. Callaghan (docked to the south). I tracked the booby with my scope for some really great views! We watched the bird dive, feed and fly for about 20 minutes before it settled down near the south end of the jetty that’s directly west of the Cape Orlando. Mark headed off and I’m still here watching the booby preen and rest with the Double-crested Cormorants and Western Gulls. It remained in the same spot on the jetty until 10:45 AM- when I heard shrill Gull cries and looked up to see the Booby fly 10’ in front of me! It’s back and diving now by the Cape Orlando.

What a fascinating bird to watch in an interesting area! Yesterday, I enjoyed walking the piers and wandering around for 4 hours, taking in the views and watching other birds and the harbor seals while searching for the Brown Booby. Good luck!

Pat Mahoney
Hayward

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Date: 5/8/18 9:34 pm
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby in Alameda
Walt Duncan and I left Walnut Creek around 11:30 today and by 12:20 we were viewing the Brown Booby on the south breakwater of the seaplane lagoon. fter watching the Booby for a while, I took Walt for a ship tour from the street. I actually worked on three of the ships docked there. Contrary to appearances, unlike the USS Hornet, the other five ships are still crewed and working.

Thanks to everyone who discovered and continue reporting this great bird.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek


 

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Date: 5/8/18 8:40 am
From: Doug Henderson <doughenderson16...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby in Alameda
Brown Booby continues. Seen at 7:50 am may 8, 2018 diving for fish along the north side of the pier near Ferry Point and W Ticonderoga near the Hornet..
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Date: 5/7/18 1:38 pm
From: Alan Krakauer <ahkrakauer...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Alameda Brown Booby ~11:30AM Monday
I managed to find the Brown Booby roosting about 3/4 of the way out the breakwater next to the Cape Orlando ship. I was viewing it from the USS Hornet side of the Cape Orlando. It was there when I left. Many thanks for the continued reports this morning.
-Alan Krakauer
Richmond CA

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Date: 5/7/18 12:09 pm
From: Judith Dunham <jldunham...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby--Continuing late morning, 5/7
Mary Krentz and I saw the Brown Booby around 10:30 or so this morning. It first appeared flying in from the west in front of where we were stationed at the end of the dock along the USS Hornet. Johan Langewis, also present, first called out the bird. We then moved to the basin between the USS Hornet and the MV Cape Orlando and joined Aaron Maizlish for a second look as the bird made a circuit through the area and then dove. It took off and flew west, toward the breakwater. Mary and I went to the old runways west of Monarch Street, which has a good vantage on the breakwater and basins. After about 20 minutes or so, the bird did not show up again.

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Date: 5/7/18 9:36 am
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Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby continues in alameda
Glad you guys saw the bird!!

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
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> On May 7, 2018, at 7:44 AM, Chris & Teri Wills <cjtlwills...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
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> Hi all
>
> The brown booby was actively diving in the basin between the cape Orlando ship and the group of naval vessels just outside the seaplane basin this morning from 7:20 to 7:35. Viewed from ferry point road. We lost it when a peregrine went after an osprey.
>
> Chris and Teri Wills
> Martinez
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Date: 5/7/18 8:52 am
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Walnut Creek bird sightings Monday
Rosita and I were out of town over a long 4-day weekend, and it is always nice to be home after the hectic travel of halfway across the country by plane. But the really exciting thing for me is that we have a Dark-eyed Junco fledgling in our patio this morning. This bird is feeding by itself, unlike in past years when the adults bring the kids but still feed them. The adults have been in and out of our patio for quite a while, and it is good to know that they have been successful in their endeavors.

Our house is between the north end of Heather Farm Park and Treat Boulevard.

In the park this morning, the Caspian Tern was very early, many Violet-green Swallows were flying over the large, mostly natural pond, and a Wilson's Warbler was singing on the east side bushes/willows to the left of the wooden railing. The two female Mallards have managed to hang on to 18 of their ducklings, a major feat.

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Date: 5/7/18 7:55 am
From: Chris & Teri Wills <cjtlwills...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby continues in alameda
Hi all

The brown booby was actively diving in the basin between the cape Orlando ship and the group of naval vessels just outside the seaplane basin this morning from 7:20 to 7:35. Viewed from ferry point road. We lost it when a peregrine went after an osprey.

Chris and Teri Wills
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Date: 5/6/18 5:32 pm
From: Melani King <melani...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby, Alameda
V y

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> On May 6, 2018, at 9:14 AM, <tracy_farrington...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
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> While preparing to leave after spending a fruitless 45 minutes in search of is in May I the BROWN BOOBY along a dock at the stern of the USS Hornet, I turned about to head for the car and there it was, a nice flyby, just ~100 ft. from my nose...no optics required.
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Date: 5/6/18 11:39 am
From: Colin Meusel <colinroots...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby continues
Seen from 8:15 on and off thru present (9:00). Back and forth around USS Hornet. 
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Date: 5/6/18 10:32 am
From: j ellis <jellis502003...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Alameda Brown Booby continues Saturday afternoon
The brown booby is still on the breakwater By the USS hornet. They do not allow high power cameras, they restricted Off ferry point. A guard said told us you can go on the other side between 6am and 10 PM over by the runways. You left on Monarch and turn left at the bus Workshop.
Janet EllisSan Leandro

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Hey folks,
Pamela Llewellyn and I just returned from Alameda, where we drove up to find Mark Rauzon photographing madly as the Brown Booby fished just offshore. The spot was the Seaplane Lagoon, just north of the USS Hornet. We watched the bird from Ferry Point, between Atlantic Avenue and Oriskany. After about 15 minutes, the bird took off and we thought it was going to go back to its original spot by Hornet Field but then Pamela and I were able to relocate it roosting on the breakwater that extends west from Oriskany Ave.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Sat, May 5, 2018 at 2:38 PM, '<davequady...>' <davequady...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

Birders:

Immediately after reading Jim Lomax’s post to the County Birders list serve I headed out the door, forgetting my binoculars in the process.

I found a parking place at the intersection of West Hornet Avenue and Viking Street in Alameda, walked to the edge of the bay, and stationed myself at the southwest corner of Hornet Soccer Field. I got the Brown Booby in my scope at 12:40 pm as it foraged in waters between the shoreline and the breakwater. Then I took my eyes off the bird, and it disappeared … but only for a few minutes. After re-locating it I watched it off and on until 1:00 pm, when it flew west along the breakwater and landed atop it quite some distance away, west of the gap in the breakwater.

So I went home.

The bird ranged over quite a large area, on either side of the breakwater, once far enough northwest to be lost to view behind the new ferry terminal.

Thanks to the folks who found and posted about the bird, and especially to Jim for his excellent directions.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
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Date: 5/6/18 9:15 am
From: <tracy_farrington...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby, Alameda
While preparing to leave after spending a fruitless 45 minutes in search of the BROWN BOOBY along a dock at the stern of the USS Hornet, I turned about to head for the car and there it was, a nice flyby, just ~100 ft. from my nose...no optics required.


Good birding,
Tracy Farrington
Walnut Creek
 

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Date: 5/5/18 8:51 pm
From: Mark Rauzon <mjrauz...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Brown Booby photos


I eventually lucked out on the Brown Booby, an immature female, at 4pm; it flew right by me while I was at the end of the dock that holds the USS Hornet, after having missed it at the site described in earlier posts. The booby then foraged in the cove along the main road, Ferry Point Rd., that leads to the Hornet, so the bird does use the harbor area widely. Least terns have also arrived.
Good luck.


http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p873910623/slideshow#haa33c811


Mark Rauzon
Oakland




 

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Date: 5/5/18 6:05 pm
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Alameda Brown Booby continues Saturday afternoon
Hey folks,
Pamela Llewellyn and I just returned from Alameda, where we drove up to
find Mark Rauzon photographing madly as the Brown Booby fished just
offshore. The spot was the Seaplane Lagoon, just north of the USS Hornet.
We watched the bird from Ferry Point, between Atlantic Avenue and Oriskany.
After about 15 minutes, the bird took off and we thought it was going to go
back to its original spot by Hornet Field but then Pamela and I were able
to relocate it roosting on the breakwater that extends west from Oriskany
Ave.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

On Sat, May 5, 2018 at 2:38 PM, '<davequady...>' <davequady...>
[EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

> Birders:
>
> Immediately after reading Jim Lomax’s post to the County Birders list
> serve I headed out the door, forgetting my binoculars in the process.
>
> I found a parking place at the intersection of West Hornet Avenue and
> Viking Street in Alameda, walked to the edge of the bay, and stationed
> myself at the southwest corner of Hornet Soccer Field. I got the Brown
> Booby in my scope at 12:40 pm as it foraged in waters between the shoreline
> and the breakwater. Then I took my eyes off the bird, and it disappeared …
> but only for a few minutes. After re-locating it I watched it off and on
> until 1:00 pm, when it flew west along the breakwater and landed atop it
> quite some distance away, west of the gap in the breakwater.
>
> So I went home.
>
> The bird ranged over quite a large area, on either side of the breakwater,
> once far enough northwest to be lost to view behind the new ferry terminal.
>
> Thanks to the folks who found and posted about the bird, and especially to
> Jim for his excellent directions.
>
> Dave Quady
> Berkeley, California
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Date: 5/5/18 5:07 pm
From: George A Suennen <george...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] GGAS First Friday Walk May 4, 2018 Tilden Nature Area
Alan,

Thanks for another great bird walk, always an informative session.

I posted my photos from the walk on my website at:

http://birds.avianist.com/2018/180504-Jewel-Lake

Got some nice photos of the Wilson's Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak,
Allen's Hummingbird, Spotted Towhee,
Downy Woodpecker (including some of a pair mating), and 27 other species
including these that didn't make the list.

Anna's Hummingbird
Steller's Jay
Bushtit
Western Bluebird
Yellow Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk

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


On 5/5/2018 1:28 PM, Alan Kaplan <lnkpln67...> [EBB_Sightings] wrote:
>
> Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, California, US
> May 4, 2018 8:20 AM - 11:30 AM
>
> Friends!
>
> Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Birdwalk, May 4, 2018
>
> Our regular birdwalk (earlier today was the Dawn Chorus themed walk at
> 5:30am).
>
> Guests through Meet-up today from Bangalore, Karnataka state, India.
>
> Bird(s) O' the Day: Cedar Waxwings uphill from the parking lot, and
> White-tailed Kites.
>
> Here are the 31 species seen by 34 observers:
>
> Mallard
> Wild Turkey
> Double-crested Cormorant flyover
> Turkey Vulture makes it official!
> White-tailed Kite
> Cooper's Hawk
> Red-shouldered Hawk
> Band-tailed Pigeon
> Allen's Hummingbird
> Downy Woodpecker
> Hairy Woodpecker
> Olive-sided Flycatcher
> Pacific-slope Flycatcher
> Black Phoebe
> Hutton's Vireo
> Warbling Vireo
> California Scrub-Jay
> Violet-green Swallow
> Brown Creeper
> Wrentit
> Western Bluebird
> American Robin
> Cedar Waxwing
> Orange-crowned Warbler
> Wilson's Warbler
> Dark-eyed Junco
> Song Sparrow
> California Towhee
> Black-headed Grosbeak
> Purple Finch
> Lesser Goldfinch
>
> Best of Boids!
>
> Alan Kaplan
>
>



 

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Date: 5/5/18 2:54 pm
From: Marcus <scrod2000...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] The continuing saga of the Laurel Nuttall's Woodpeckers
Mom and dad are busy feeding the babies but are very secretive and shy about it. The babies themselves are still pretty small as inferred from the fact that I have not seen hide nor feather of them yet. As in previous years as they get larger they start poking their heads out.   Or more likely, I think, Dad built a giant cavern into the tree that could fit a flock. I will try to get some pictures next week of the parents entry and exits and might luck out with a face or two. As always, email for exact location..  You'll have to be patient when watching.   Sometimes it's as long as an hour and as short as 15-20 minutes between feedings.

I also think there's a nest a block below on Madeline near the creek.   Heard some calls there recently.  
Marcus Pun
Video Editor / Producer/Editor / Camera
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Oakland, CA

 

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Date: 5/5/18 2:44 pm
From: Paul Schorr <pkschorr...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Swainson’s Thrush - Antioch yard - 5/5
This morning we had our FOS Swainson’s Thrush show up in our yard and it has remained throughout the day.

Good birding,

Paul Schorr
Antioch

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Date: 5/5/18 2:38 pm
From: '<davequady...>' <davequady...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Alameda Brown Booby continues Saturday afternoon
Birders:

Immediately after reading Jim Lomax’s post to the County Birders list serve I headed out the door, forgetting my binoculars in the process.

I found a parking place at the intersection of West Hornet Avenue and Viking Street in Alameda, walked to the edge of the bay, and stationed myself at the southwest corner of Hornet Soccer Field. I got the Brown Booby in my scope at 12:40 pm as it foraged in waters between the shoreline and the breakwater. Then I took my eyes off the bird, and it disappeared … but only for a few minutes. After re-locating it I watched it off and on until 1:00 pm, when it flew west along the breakwater and landed atop it quite some distance away, west of the gap in the breakwater.

So I went home.

The bird ranged over quite a large area, on either side of the breakwater, once far enough northwest to be lost to view behind the new ferry terminal.

Thanks to the folks who found and posted about the bird, and especially to Jim for his excellent directions.

Dave Quady
Berkeley, California
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Date: 5/5/18 1:28 pm
From: Alan Kaplan <lnkpln67...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] GGAS First Friday Walk May 4, 2018 Tilden Nature Area
Tilden Nature Area, Contra Costa, California, US
May 4, 2018 8:20 AM - 11:30 AM

Friends!

Golden Gate Audubon Society First Friday Birdwalk, May 4, 2018

Our regular birdwalk (earlier today was the Dawn Chorus themed walk at 5:30am).

Guests through Meet-up today from Bangalore, Karnataka state, India.

Bird(s) O' the Day: Cedar Waxwings uphill from the parking lot, and White-tailed Kites.

Here are the 31 species seen by 34 observers:

Mallard
Wild Turkey
Double-crested Cormorant flyover
Turkey Vulture makes it official!
White-tailed Kite
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Band-tailed Pigeon
Allen's Hummingbird
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
California Scrub-Jay
Violet-green Swallow
Brown Creeper
Wrentit
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
California Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Best of Boids!

Alan Kaplan





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Date: 5/5/18 1:20 pm
From: Alan Kaplan <lnkpln67...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] GGAS Dawn Chorus Birdwalk May 4, 2018 Tilden Park
Tilden Regional Park, Contra Costa, California, US
May 4, 2018 5:30 AM - 8:00 AM

Friends!

Golden Gate Audubon Society Dawn Chorus Birdwalk, May 4, 2018.
This weekend is International Dawn Chorus Sunday and this was our 7th annual Dawn Chorus walk on the first Friday of May.
Honored guests were Dave Quady, and a visitor from Ithaca, N.Y.

New information (to me, anyway): Dawn conditions are more stable and make the songs heard day after day by mates and rivals sound consistent, eliminating uncertainty and challenges: Yeah, that's my guy who has survived the night! or That's my neighbor and we've got an arrangement already- no threat!

Here are the 36 species seen by 25 observers:

Wild Turkey
Double-crested Cormorant flyover
Great Blue Heron flyover
Red-tailed Hawk
Caspian Tern flyover
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Violet-green Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Brown Creeper
House Wren reliably near Blue Gum Gate
Pacific Wren
Bewick's Wren
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
California Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Black-headed Grosbeak
Purple Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Best of Boids!
Alan Kaplan





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Date: 5/5/18 11:55 am
From: John Luther <aplomado-falcon...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Alameda County Brown Booby
Being lazy thought I would just forward Jim's message on county birders concerning the Brown Booby in Alameda.  I posted this bird on ebird last night.  After Jim left the bird appeared to fly south and was not seen again that I know of.  I will try to post a photo on ebird.  This is the third county record.  
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  ’s up, dogs?

Yesterday afternoon (May 4) I heard about the bird from John Luther who went out late to look for it. He eventually saw it about 1800 hrs. This morning we met on Alameda Island to look. We scoped from the west side of the old seaplane ramp area but could not find it on the west breakwater.. After an hour and a half John went over to the east side of the Hornet (aircraft carrier) to find out from the original spotter who does pelican counts from his kayak and had just come ashore. While there, the bird was spotted off shore and he called me. I went around to the shoreline east of the new ferry terminal (under construction) and Hornet Museum area, parked, and scoped the east breakwater and the water in between the shore and the breakwater. About 0900 the BROWN BOOBY was suddenly flying and diving in the water between the breakwater and shore. Difficult to describe but looking at a map, one would be along the shoreline south of West Hornet Avenue and west of the soccer field in Alameda Park. We watched it for 20 minutes diving, floating, and flying in the area. Then I went home.

“Truckin’ like the do-dah man”,
Jim Lomax
Solitary Birder
from No Particular Place

Not at all sure where I’ve been, but I’m not starting over again.
    
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Date: 5/5/18 10:29 am
From: Jackie Bobrosky <electricjmb...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] BH Grosbeak and Swainsons Thrush
Yesterday (5/4) a Swainsons Thrush at my small waterfall feature/fish pond and this morning a male Black Headed Grosbeak at a birdbath. Loving May in Martinez......


Jackie Bobrosky

in Old Martinez
 

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Date: 5/4/18 3:48 pm
From: <jnc...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] East Bay Hills Warblers and Migrants
There have been posts from SF, the peninsula and Santa Clara about a fallout this morning.


The mini-fallout also occurred in the east bay hills at my house below Vollmer. 5 hermit warblers, a Townsends, Bullocks oriole and three grosbeaks seen before I had to leave for work at 7:30 making it the best day of what has been a slow spring in the east bay (I have not seen black throated greys or Tanagers yet, heard only, unlike previous years and warbler numbers have been low the last two weeks).


Hilltops or Ridge lines in Oakland Berkeley are best (Vollmer peak etc.) and the location needs a sun exposure as the East Bay fallout equation is:


Wind from south + fog band below peaks = concentration of migrating birds + sun exposure at spot you are birding = active insects = gleaners fallout and is likely why most of the west facing slopes of Berkeley and Oakland are slow on fallout days. If there is a fallout, it will be over by 9 am or so as the birds disperse lower and follow the sun. It is so weather dependent.....


Good luck,
Jim Chiropolos
Orinda
 

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Date: 5/2/18 1:51 pm
From: Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] H Farm Swallows
Hi All,

Just a quick correction on the Bank Swallows.

There are a few regular spots in the Bay Area:
Nesting colony on the cliffs of Fort Funston. These birds often go to Lake Merced to forage
Nesting colony at Ano Nuevo
Dependable concentrations at Bethel Island starting about late June and peaking in mid-August, presumably staging migrants (potentially breeders from farther north in the valley along the shores of the Sacramento/Feather River?)

Additionally, the species disperses throughout the region and locally stages at certain spots starting in Late June, especially in the Central Valley portions of the “Bay Area”.

Just a few notes in case anyone wants to see Bank Swallows in coming months..

Logan


> On May 2, 2018, at 1:24 PM, <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
>
> The Swallows at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek do not ordinarily include Bank Swallows, but the other 5 common species might be seen: Barn, N Rough-winged, Tree, Violet-green and Cliff. This morning the Barn, Violet-green and N Rough-winged were easily visible over the pond shortly after 8 AM..
>
> By walking out the north end of the park near the dog park and about a quarter-mile to the west along the Contra Costa Canal trail, it is easy to see where the Cliff Swallows nest under the bridge over the concrete channel of Walnut Creek. Sometimes they fly over the large, mostly natural pond, but I did not happen to see one today--which doesn't mean they were none--only that I did not see one.
>
> I am probably not correct in this, but to my knowledge, the only reliable place to see Bank Swallows in the Bay Area is Lake Merced in San Francisco and the south end of Ocean Beach where they nest. This is where I go annually to see Ban k Swallows for my year list.
>
> They used to be seen at Caswell Memorial State Park, which is located between Tracy and Ripon in the Central Valley.
>
> There also used to be a reliable colony in Fall River Mills east of Burney and Mt. Shasta. I don't know if these two sites still have active Bank Swallow colonies.
>
> Hugh B. Harvey
> Walnut Creek
>
>

 

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Date: 5/2/18 1:30 pm
From: <rosita94598...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] H Farm Swallows
The Swallows at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek do not ordinarily include Bank Swallows, but the other 5 common species might be seen: Barn, N Rough-winged, Tree, Violet-green and Cliff. This morning the Barn, Violet-green and N Rough-winged were easily visible over the pond shortly after 8 AM.

By walking out the north end of the park near the dog park and about a quarter-mile to the west along the Contra Costa Canal trail, it is easy to see where the Cliff Swallows nest under the bridge over the concrete channel of Walnut Creek. Sometimes they fly over the large, mostly natural pond, but I did not happen to see one today--which doesn't mean they were none--only that I did not see one.

I am probably not correct in this, but to my knowledge, the only reliable place to see Bank Swallows in the Bay Area is Lake Merced in San Francisco and the south end of Ocean Beach where they nest. This is where I go annually to see Bank Swallows for my year list.

They used to be seen at Caswell Memorial State Park, which is located between Tracy and Ripon in the Central Valley.

There also used to be a reliable colony in Fall River Mills east of Burney and Mt. Shasta. I don't know if these two sites still have active Bank Swallow colonies.

Hugh B. Harvey
Walnut Creek
 

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Date: 5/2/18 1:03 pm
From: <mtar925...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Swallows in Heather Farm
On a casual walk through HF today with my pocket bins, I spotted 2 and maybe 3 types of swallows:


Barn for certain, several flashy-looking adults in the oak scrub west of the Natural Pond;


Bank, I think, mostly brown with white underneath and white lower face, in the same area and south of the Natural Pond;


And some possibly different ones that looked like the Northern Rough-winged Swallows in my Sibley. More drab brown with less white, with very compact tails - almost swift-like - and some showing buffy under the chin like the juvenile birds drawn in Sibley. They were foraging mostly on the ground, unusual from what I've seen of swallow behavior. In the same area as the probable Bank Swallows.


Are Bank and Northern Rough-winged Swallows both known to frequent HF? (I've also seen tree swallows in the past, in the same oak woods, but not this time.)


Matt Tarlach

 

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Date: 4/30/18 5:10 pm
From: Logan Kahle <logan...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: Re: [EBB_Sightings] please, I beg you, don't play recordings for Mitchell Canyon poorwills
This message didn't seem to go through, so I'm sending it again...

Hi All,

As this topic seems to have gone public I feel like there are a few
points that should be added.

For a long time the Mitchell Canyon Poorwills were a bit of a
loosely-kept secret, as access to the site was, and still is, tricky
before and after park hours. The best way to gain access is to go with a
field trip of some sort (Denise Wight leads poorwill trips here on a
regularish basis...apparently there are trips running this year in June,
July, and August. Sign up if you want quality, ethical time with
poorwills!) and contact the park well in advance to ask if they can let
you in before or after hours. The trick is that they can open the gate.
The other legal way is to camp somewhere on the mountain (juniper
campground works well for this...it is about a 4.5 mile hike down from
there to white canyon, if I recall correctly). Its somewhat steep but
also loaded with screech owls and more poorwills, so well worth it IMHO.

As for the birds themselves, there are a few notes that should be added:
1) If you’re at the right place, at the right time, **you do not even
need to use playback** to hear or even see these birds. My most
dependable bird is up white canyon about midpoint between where the
canopy opens into clear sky and where you leave the chaparral
(approximately here 37.9060709,-121.9554127, in essence). All of my
experience is from the morning (predawn), and if you come hear about an
hour to an hour and a half before sunrise, at least from April-October,
the bird’s (the one you can see) routine is to call from up canyon then
work its way down towards the road and eventually sit on the road. I
have done this maybe 6 or 7 times and it has always resulted in quality
time with this (presumably the same?) individual. There are often a few
other poorwills calling here, too. The other place to hear many if
you’re alright with heard-only is red road. Its closer to the gate and
there are often more of them. I havent spent as long up that canyon but
i suppose a well-timed visit could result in views as well.
2) *Timing Matters*. Try at predawn or postdusk. I once slept up white
canyon to see if the bird would call all night. It didnt. In fact, I
only first heard it at about 2 hours presunrise, and then it was nonstop
for a while. But anyway, if you wander down here or elsewhere at
midnight hoping to hear one, even on a warm night, you may well be
skunked. Please don’t use playback to compensate for poor timing. Work
off the bird’s schedule, not yours!
2) These birds are all over this mountain!! Having owled a decent amount
in the coast ranges and sierra, I have never found another spot in the
diablo ranges or elsewhere as densely-packed with poorwills as diablo.
If you just want to hear or experience the bird alone and undisturbed,
just hike any of the trails around the mountain at night on a warm
summer evening.

Finally, I am giving you all this information in hopes that, through
good conduct, these birds will **not be harassed** but even just a few
bad eggs who decide to push this bird a liiiittle too far for that 5
star photo or extra-close views or what have you can ruin this bird for
all others. Please be conscientious. These birds are not shy. You do not
need to harass them to get within feet of them.

Hope you all can get out there at some point this summer and experience
one of the mountain’s many hidden treasures.

Good birding,
Logan Kahle
San Francisco/Richmond, CA

On Apr 25, 2018, at 9:23 AM, Maureen Lahiff <MLahiff...>
<mailto:<MLahiff...> [EBB_Sightings]
<EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
<mailto:<EBB_Sightings-noreply...>> wrote:

> ...or anyone else in breeding season!
>
> We all know it is the height of selfishness to stress out birds by
> playing recordings.
>
> Especially in breeding season.
>
> Especially in heavily-visited areas like Mitchell Canyon.
>
> We're not researchers doing science or careful censusing,
> we are, at best, lovers of birds and conservers of birds.
>
> Maureen Lahiff
> Oakland
>
>

 

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Date: 4/30/18 11:02 am
From: <jnc...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Jay Yard Bird Stories


Yard Bird Stories - Scrub and Stellar’s Jays

I have often wondered which of these species is more assertive and my yard is proving to be a great location to watch the two species interact. Next to the house is gully frequented by Stellar’s Jays. The other side is more open with houses and favored by Scrub Jays, so the yard is a border used by both species.

When I hung a suet feeder, I was fascinated by the interaction. Both species used the suet feeder, but the Scrub Jays quickly asserted dominance and early on one caught a raiding Stellar’s jay and pinned its head against a tree branch with its talons and I was worried that was the end of the Stellar’s Jay (it escaped). Since that time the Stellar’s Jays still raid the feeder but very quietly, fly in low, and use all the available cover. It’s interesting, the favorite Scrub Jay perches are all carefully situated with sightlines to the suet feeder and if a Stellar’s Jay is seen, they quickly drive them away, squawking loudly. Based on this, I thought Scrub Jays were dominant over Stellar’s Jays.

Three weeks ago, I noticed the Stellar’s Jays start building a next in the wisteria, only 20 feet away from the suet feeder above the gully. Basically, the scene of their defeat at the Scrub Jays. Now completed, the nest is amazing, 5 feet up, and almost completely concealed. At one angle, I can barely see the Stellar’s Jay’s crest poking out when incubating. The Scrub Jays know the nest is there too. Sunday opened to a noisy confrontation between the pairs of Scrub and Stellar’s jays, a loud squawking face-off on the driveway just below the nest. The Stellar’s Jays were not yielding, and kept hopping towards the Scrub Jay pair 2 feet away. The Scrub Jays slowly retreated, followed by the Stellar’s Jays. In the shrub next to the nest, I watched a Stellar’s Jay do a Woodpecker imitation, demolish a small branch, with a Scrub Jay 4 feet away. That was the end of this round, a win for the nesting Stellar’s Jays!

But why would a Stellar Jay build a next near hostile Scrub Jays? If they are not diligent, the Scrub Jays will raid their next. Is a concealed nest more important compared to the near presence of an egg predator? Is this an inexperienced Stellar Jay couple? For a food source - a Scrub Jay is dominant over Stellar’s Jays, but the roles are reversed when a nest is involved. We walk our cats on a leash and we must have been characterized by the nesting Stellar’s Jays as harmless, which is also interesting as we pass by the nest at least twice a day 15 feet away, and also I park my vehicle nearby (our cats are not crazy about a reduced walk area).

Also interesting is how the Stellar’s Jays calls have changed during the nesting. No more of the “machine-gun” call, they are much quieter now. Several time a day, their favorite call is now an imitation Copper’s Hawk call from the Monterey Pine over the nest. It’s a great imitation - it’s fooled me into looking for the local nesting Cooper’s Hawk!
Jim Chiropolos, Orinda

 

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Date: 4/28/18 2:15 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Garin Regional Park (PAAS Field trip report)
I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to Gain Regional Park (Garin Rd. Entrance) for morning of overcast birding. We had many highlights during our 4 hours of birding, including several first-of-season sightings for the group.

Vaux’s Swift — (3, High Ridge Loop trail)
White-throated Swift — (2, below pond)
Rufous Hummingbird — (1, slightly north of pond in flowering radish meadow)
Allen’s Hummingbird — (several along creek)
Western Kingbird — (1, across meadow from barn)
Ash-throated Flycatcher — (4, mostly in sycamores near pedestrian bridge)
Pacific-slope Flycatcher — (2, along creek north and south of pedestrian bridge)
Western Wood Pewee — (1, south of pedestrian bridge, just before pond)
Say’s Phoebe — (2, High Ridge Loop trail)
Wilson’s Warbler — (several near pedestrian bridge, but best looks below pond)
Lazuli Bunting — (5, wild radish and mustard slopes north of pedestrian bridge)
Grasshopper Sparrow — (4, High Ridge Loop trail)
Bullock’s Oriole — (multiple pairs along creek and in tall flowering eucalyptus across from barn)

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45036755 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45036755>

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View
 

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Date: 4/27/18 6:51 pm
From: John Harris <johnh...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Western Field Ornithologists trip to Siskiyou Mtns and Modoc Plateau
Hi, California Birders:

From 2011 through 2016, Western Field Ornithologists offered three birding
trips to the Sierra Nevada and to northeastern California, each trip
roughly a week long. The purposes were to see some birds, address some
ornithological questions, and raise funds for this worthy non-profit
organization — the publisher of the quarterly *Western Birds*, and the
book *Rare
Birds of California*.

WFO members quickly filled all the spaces on the first three trips; none
was available to non-members. So it’s an unusual situation that two slots
are available to anyone for this year’s trip, Birding the Siskiyous and the
Modoc Plateau, to be led by Jon Dunn, Dave Quady and me, from 16 to 24 June,
beginning and ending in Redding, CA..

Click here <https://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/tours.php> to read
the trip’s itinerary and reports from the three preceding trips. And simply
click the big “Register Now” button to sign up for Birding the Siskiyous
and the Modoc Plateau.

Check it out … and email me if you have any questions.
John Harris
Oakdale, CA

 

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Date: 4/26/18 3:31 pm
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Ballena Bay
4 Elegant Terns on seawall.1 Red-throated Loon on SF Bay nearby.
Bob

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 4/25/18 7:59 pm
From: Richard S Coming <rscimino...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park
My I ask what plumage the YBSA is in?
Rich Cimino
Larkspur

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 25, 2018, at 4:34 PM, 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Interesting this popped up today. Note that it's dated Feb 26!
> --------------------------------------------
> On Mon, 2/26/18, Elizabeth Leite <e.leite...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:
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> Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park
> To: "EBB_Sightings @Yahoo.com" <EBB_Sightings...>
> Date: Monday, February 26, 2018, 9:15 PM
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> was intrigued
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> cotoneaster which was
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings]
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Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Reminder
Not sure what happened to this on the EBB Yahoo Groups About page but be sure to
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Subject: Re: [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park
Interesting this popped up today. Note that it's dated Feb 26!
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On Mon, 2/26/18, Elizabeth Leite <e.leite...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...> wrote:

Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park
To: "EBB_Sightings @Yahoo.com" <EBB_Sightings...>
Date: Monday, February 26, 2018, 9:15 PM


 









Thanks to Judi Sierra and Pat Mahoney for perfect
descriptions of where

to locate the bird. This afternoon Dal and I got excellent
views and

photos of the bird beginning within minutes of our arrival
at 1:30 and

continuing until we eventually decided to take a walk. I
was intrigued

with its relationship to this very old non-native
cotoneaster which was

indeed riddled with sap wells suggesting it has been used by
generations

of sapsuckers as well as fruit eaters for the berries.



Elizabeth Leite

Walnut Creek











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Date: 4/25/18 3:07 pm
From: Elizabeth Leite <e.leite...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Continues in Tilden Park
Thanks to Judi Sierra and Pat Mahoney for perfect descriptions of where
to locate the bird. This afternoon Dal and I got excellent views and
photos of the bird beginning within minutes of our arrival at 1:30 and
continuing until we eventually decided to take a walk. I was intrigued
with its relationship to this very old non-native cotoneaster which was
indeed riddled with sap wells suggesting it has been used by generations
of sapsuckers as well as fruit eaters for the berries.

Elizabeth Leite
Walnut Creek


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Date: 4/25/18 9:23 am
From: Maureen Lahiff <MLahiff...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] please, I beg you, don't play recordings for Mitchell Canyon poorwills
....or anyone else in breeding season!

We all know it is the height of selfishness to stress out birds by playing recordings.

Especially in breeding season.

Especially in heavily-visited areas like Mitchell Canyon.

We're not researchers doing science or careful censusing,
we are, at best, lovers of birds and conservers of birds.

Maureen Lahiff
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Date: 4/24/18 10:22 pm
From: <z.querula...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Mitchell Canyon Poorwill and Cassin's Kingbird Question
Made a trip to Mitchell Canyon recently and I am pleased to announce that Common Poorwills are currently calling vigorously. The best places to hear and see them were on Red Road, specifically here (37°54'24.6"N 121°57'15.0"W). A small note, playing a tape of the birds will set them off calling at a much greater frequency if you are not having much luck. Other birds of notice were 2 Hammond's Flycatchers, Lazuli Buntings galore, Gnatcatchers, several Nashville warblers, and an early Olive-sided flycatcher here (37°54'55.7"N 121°56'55.9"W). Good luck!


On another note, it's 2018, and the pair of Cassin's Kingbirds have been sighted on Tesla Rd. again. I was wondering if anyone knew how to find these birds as I was going to try and find them this year. If you have any info please email <z.querula...> Thanks!
 

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Date: 4/24/18 6:23 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Mitchell Canyon to Deer Flat, Mt Diablo Apr 24
After reading Jim Chiropolos's report yesterday I decided to hike the
Mitchell Canyon Fire Road today, the goal being Deer Flat where Jim had a
Dusky Flycatcher. The gate to Mitchell Canyon was already open at 7:15 am.
At the Black Point connector trail I took the Globe Lily Trail (Jim's
suggestion and a good one). On it I saw a Hammond's Flycatcher and a
Nashville Warbler. Back on the main road not far up from White Canyon there
was a Hermit Warbler high in an oak and a heard-only MacGillivray's Warbler
along the creek. A Canyon Wren could be heard on the rocky slopes of Eagle
Peak. After 3.6 miles and 1500 ft I reached Deer Flat. I spent about 1.5 hrs
in the area. There were no mass quantities of Hermit Warblers as Jim saw, in
fact none. At least three more Hammond's were around along with some
Pacific-slope FCs for a good study. At 11 am I found a Dusky Flycatcher,
maybe the one Jim saw - slim empid, smaller rounder head, small bill,
Hammond's-like eyering but not as bulged front and back, relatively short
primary projection compared to Hammond's. Heading down, the Canyon Wren was
singing more loudly. About 12:30 pm back down in the canyon a Nashville
Warbler was with four other warbler species along the creek, all bathing and
preening.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas


 

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Date: 4/24/18 2:26 pm
From: <emupilot...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Mitchell Canyon Warbler Wave + Chat
Mitchell Canyon (Mt. Diablo) was jumping with migrants this morning - I had 47 individual warblers of 7 species all through the canyon, with an especially big group at the junction of the main canyon trail with the Blackpoint Trail. Other migrants included Western Wood-Pewee, Hammond's Flycatcher, Swainson's Thrush, and Lazuli Bunting. On the way out, there was a Yellow-breasted Chat singing by the creek (heard only) about 200 yards upstream from the trailhead.

Full checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44905428 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44905428

Happy birding,

Joel Herr


 

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Date: 4/24/18 11:41 am
From: <hawaiipepa...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] European Finch
I was shocked to see a European Finch on the thistle feeder in my backyard in Albany - very healthy individual. At first, it was shooing away the Lesser Goldfinches, but after the 3rd day there is cooperation at the feeder. Has a pink band on its leg. I only see one. Any idea if this is an escapee and who to contact? It's not afraid of me which leads me to believe it could be an escapee. Thanks fellow birders!

 

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Date: 4/23/18 10:39 am
From: <jnc...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Birding Mitchell Canyon/Mt. Diablo
I birded Mt. Diablo and Mitchell Canyon Saturday and Sunday. Areas birded included Mitchell Canyon, Deer Flat (over three miles from the Mitchell Canyon entrance station up 1,500 feet of steep trails), Pine Canyon and North Gate Road.


Mitchell Canyon and Deer Flat were the best birding with Deer Flat being the best birding with migrant flycatchers and warblers literally in every tree. I saw more warblers in 30 minutes at the non-prime birding time of noon compared to 2 hours birding the Globe Lily and White Canyon Trail hotspots beginning at 8:30 am of lower Mitchell Canyon. It was like birding in the east during a warbler fallout.


The ebird lists for the two areas are included below for comparison:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44793983 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44793983
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44793609 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44793609


I was very fortunate to get some really great looks at the more uncommon birds 15 feet away or closer in one of those rare birding days where the species you hope to see are very cooperative. Highlights included a singing Bells Sparrow 10 feet off the White Canyon Trail (!!!), a MacGillivrays warbler singing in the shrub 3 feet away from the sign at the Black Point trail intersection to the White Canyon Trail (!), a singing Canyon Wren in the slog up to Deer Flat, at least 12 Hermit Warblers at Deer Flat (Hermit warblers are high elevation migrants - they are common high and rare low....) and a posing Dusky Flycatcher at Deer Flat. Pine Canyon and North Gate Road held orioles and kingbirds in comparison with Mitchell Canyon, but very few warblers.


No one saw any Calliope Hummingbirds that I knew of on Saturday, and hummingbird numbers were very low.


I wonder how many rare birds pass by unnoticed high up on Diablo at an area like Deer Flat - my favorite area to bird on Diablo .


Good Birding,
Jim Chiropolos


 

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Date: 4/23/18 9:59 am
From: 'Judi S.' <judisierra...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] FOS Olive Sided Flycatcher
4/22 in upper Strawberry Canyon Berkeley. I have 4-22-17 as last year's date too. A nice edition to Earth Day.

Judi Sierra- Oakland


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Date: 4/23/18 3:01 am
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...> [EBB_Sightings] <EBB_Sightings-noreply...>
Subject: [EBB_Sightings] Claremont Canyon local interest, Saturday 4/21
Hey birders,
I spent 3 hours yesterday morning hiking and birding in Claremont Canyon,
from the fire road trailhead at Stonewall Road (behind the Claremont Hotel)
up to the end of Panoramic Way. I spent most of my time standing around
watching the hummingbirds visiting the bee garden surrounding the last
house on Panoramic Way. Best hummers were an adult male RUFOUS and a
couple female-type RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRDS. No other Selasphorous
hummers were in evidence but it wasn't for lack of effort.

Other good birds in the Canyon included an Acorn Woodpecker, a distant
calling Olive-side Flycatcher on the ridge, a couple singing California
Thrashers, and my FOS Black-headed Grosbeak. Golden-crowned Sparrows are
still hanging around.

Hoping your weekend was filled with sun and birds.

Bird on,

Bruce Mast
Oakland

 

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