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1/15/18 7:42 pm Peter Hart <peterehart...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Peregrine Falcon in Jasper Ridge
1/15/18 5:40 pm Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
1/15/18 11:39 am Peter Hart <peterehart...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Lark and Vesper Sparrow photos from La Honda Preserve
1/14/18 5:05 pm Susie Hons via eBird <susieturtlewings...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Susie Hons has shared an eBird checklist with you from Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve, Redwood City, Ca on Jan 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM
1/14/18 1:12 pm Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Snipe flock, Half Moon Bay
1/14/18 10:53 am George Chrisman <geodani55...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Re: [pen-bird] Re: Laughing Gull and miscellaneous sightings
1/13/18 10:22 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Re: [pen-bird] Re: Laughing Gull and miscellaneous sightings
1/13/18 9:15 pm <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Snow and Ross's Goose -Redwood Shores-1/13
1/13/18 8:54 pm Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] La Honda and beyond
1/13/18 5:44 pm Alan Duerson <lduerson...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Re: Laughing Gull and miscellaneous sightings
1/13/18 4:55 pm Ronald- Thorn <Tronthorn...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Laughing Gull and miscellaneous sightings
1/13/18 4:40 pm Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> RE: [pen-bird] Foster City Shell Bar Rock Wren 1/13
1/13/18 3:44 pm <chrisoco...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Foster City Shell Bar Rock Wren 1/13
1/13/18 9:33 am Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] 13 Jan 2018, dabbling duck movement
1/12/18 9:23 pm <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Slate-colored Junco, Skyline Ridge OSP 1-12-2018
1/12/18 6:09 pm <chayward414...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Facebook Harris's Sparrow 1-12-18
1/12/18 5:23 pm Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Quick Water dog trip
1/12/18 1:14 pm <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Distance Calculations of eBird
1/11/18 8:08 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] La Honda Creek OSP
1/11/18 5:51 pm <chayward414...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Vesper and Lark Sparrows La Honda Creek OSP (lower) 1-11-18
1/11/18 9:02 am Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Massive raft of scaup off Brisbane 1/11/18
1/10/18 1:47 pm Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Coastal birding 1/10 Geese and a swamp sparrow
1/10/18 12:59 pm <keith_ineg...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Loggerhead Shrike, Johnston House in Half Moon Bay, 1/10
1/9/18 6:35 pm <chayward414...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Half Moon Bay Geese 1/9/17
1/9/18 4:36 pm 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Storm really shook things up!! Geese in Half Moon Bay etc.
1/9/18 12:48 pm <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] La Honda Open Space Preserve hotspots - Vesper and Lark Sparrows
1/9/18 10:49 am Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] wet bayside birding
1/8/18 9:43 am SequoiaAudubon Society <sequoia_audubon_society...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] SAS: Edgewood Park; Sunday 1/14; 8am - Noon
1/7/18 7:28 pm <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Harris's Sparrow (in HMB), Snow Goose, BT Gray Warbler 1-7-2018
1/7/18 6:44 pm Malia DeFelice <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Re: RE: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017
1/7/18 3:55 pm Barbara Dye <blkdye...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Re: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017
1/7/18 3:02 pm Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> RE: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017
1/7/18 11:12 am Kent Forward <kforward...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Re: [pen-bird] Vesper and Lark sparrows, Ferruginous Hawk - Lwr La Honda OSP 1-6-2018
1/7/18 9:54 am SequoiaAudubon Society <sequoia_audubon_society...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] SAS: Beginner Bird Walk @Bedwell Bayfront Park; Saturday Jan 13, 10am - Noon
1/7/18 9:22 am Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Re: [pen-bird] Vesper and Lark sparrows, Ferruginous Hawk - Lwr La Honda OSP 1-6-2018
1/7/18 6:28 am <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Vesper and Lark sparrows, Ferruginous Hawk - Lwr La Honda OSP 1-6-2018
1/6/18 8:32 pm Sonny Mencher <soccerquiz...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Lark Sparrows in La Honda
1/6/18 6:51 pm Zack Mikalonis <z.mikalon...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Glaucous gulls continue, dead jaeger/skua -Gazos
1/6/18 10:13 am Troy Pittock <troypittock...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Re: Rock Wren Foster City Shell Bar 9:50a 1/6
1/6/18 10:00 am Troy Pittock <troypittock...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Rock Wren Foster City Shell Bar 9:50a 1/6
1/6/18 8:00 am Jim Yurchenco <jimy...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Bair island
1/5/18 2:03 pm <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017
1/5/18 9:33 am <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] New eBird Hotspot - Westlake Shopping Center
1/4/18 8:24 pm Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Nob Hill Pond-Redwood Shores
1/4/18 7:42 pm Rich Ferrick <richferrick...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Continuing Harris's / Ross's
1/4/18 3:38 pm DOUGLAS POMEROY <dpom...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Half Moon Bay Verde Road rarities
1/4/18 3:05 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Gulls flew
1/4/18 2:42 pm Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] LBBG at San Gregorio
1/3/18 6:38 pm <polskatata...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Re: Great-tailed Grackles Continue at Westlake
1/3/18 6:27 pm Leslie Flint <lflint...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] White-winged Dove - Moss Beach
1/3/18 11:41 am <cdlou37...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Great-tailed Grackles Continue at Westlake
1/2/18 10:12 pm Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] January 1st birding
1/2/18 10:05 pm <chrisoco...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Ross's Goose or Snow Goose? 01/02/18
1/2/18 6:57 pm 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] 2 Glaucous Gulls - Gazos Creek
1/2/18 1:52 pm Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Owling and coastal birding Jan 2nd
1/2/18 1:08 pm Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] White-throated Sparrow and coastal rarities
1/1/18 6:11 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] New Year's Day near the Bay
1/1/18 5:28 pm Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] New Year’s at water dog
1/1/18 4:19 pm <geodani55...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] New Year birding on Burlingame bayshore 1/1/18
1/1/18 12:56 pm <mdodder...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Harris's Sparrow
1/1/18 11:15 am Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Continuing Harris's Sparrow
12/31/17 5:42 pm 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] End of the year Cackling Geese
12/31/17 4:56 pm Ronald- Thorn <Tronthorn...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] The end of the year recent sightings
12/31/17 12:31 pm Leslie Flint <lflint...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Ano Nuevo CBC preliminary results
12/31/17 11:56 am <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Ano Nuevo CBC -1a - recap and some thanks
12/30/17 9:42 am 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] fly by Cackling Geese
12/29/17 1:20 pm Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Re: [pen-bird] Ebird report of Rufous-crowned Sparrow
12/29/17 8:52 am 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Bald Eagle in Half Moon Bay
12/29/17 8:43 am Malia DeFelice <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Re: Re:[pen-bird] Ebird report of Rufous-crowned Sparrow
12/29/17 8:29 am Jane Tatchell <Jane...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Re:[pen-bird] Ebird report of Rufous-crowned Sparrow
12/29/17 8:22 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Ebird report of Rufous-crowned Sparrow
12/28/17 6:30 pm Kent Forward <kforward...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Coastside Rarities 12/28/2017
12/28/17 6:24 pm Jim Yurchenco <jimy...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Solitaire
12/26/17 10:08 pm 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] mini pelagic - lots of fulmars
12/26/17 7:15 pm 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Geese at dusk
12/26/17 7:09 pm Peter Metropulos <pjmetrop...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Recent SAN MATEO COUNTY noteworthies
12/25/17 2:20 pm <greylag64...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Pls forward to Southbaybirds
12/25/17 1:47 pm Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Water dog lake
12/23/17 7:37 pm <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Another Harris's Sparrow, Cowell-Purissima Trail HMB 12-23-2017
12/23/17 10:53 am Rudy Wallen <arelist12...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] SF Count needs a few more counters for Pacifica! 12/27
12/22/17 8:26 pm Kent Forward <kforward...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Greater White-fronted Goose at O'Connor Pond 12/22/2017
12/22/17 5:22 pm Ronald- Thorn <Tronthorn...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Pigeon Pt. seawatch and another Harlequin Duck at Coyote Pt.
12/22/17 1:52 pm Donald Pendleton <pen55ton...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Common teal, Belmont Slough
12/22/17 8:44 am <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler 12-21-2017 Pescadero Marsh
12/20/17 3:07 pm Sue Cossins <susancossins...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Bird ID help please
12/19/17 2:14 pm Leslie Flint <lflint...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Crystal Springs CBC - preliminary results
12/18/17 8:15 pm Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Pescadero area 12/18/17
12/17/17 9:08 pm 'agilbert12' <agilbert12...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Re: Harris Sparrow continues 12/17 at 11:15a
12/17/17 5:54 pm <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] 3 species of swallow, Bald Eagle at Pescadero Marsh 12-17-2017
12/17/17 11:24 am Troy Pittock <troypittock...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Harris Sparrow continues 12/17 at 11:15a
12/16/17 9:42 pm Leslie Flint <lflint...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> [pen-bird] Stilt Sandpiper at Foster City Shell Bar
 
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Date: 1/15/18 7:42 pm
From: Peter Hart <peterehart...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Peregrine Falcon in Jasper Ridge
Diane and I were at Jasper Ridge at apparently the same time as Leonie, though we didn’t run into each other.

We saw only a single Peregrine Falcon; a couple of photos of it are at the start of this Flickr album <https://www.flickr.com/photos/pehart/albums/72157667408195989/with/38817044805/>.

Peter and Diane Hart
Menlo Park
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Date: 1/15/18 5:40 pm
From: Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Today we did our monthly bird survey at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. JRBP is on Stanford University land in San Mateo County. It is not generally open to the public except on tours. In the past both Santa Clara Audubon and Sequoia Audubon have conducted bird oriented tours.

Today we noted 52 species of birds during our 2 and a half hours. Interesting sightings included 27 Wood Ducks on Searsville Lake. Checking the bird monitoring database this is the highest count recorded for this species going back to 1998. Also, on a hillside tree there were two Peregrine Falcons next to each other on a branch. There was an obvious size difference which peaked our interest. There are rock ledges at JRBP which would make nice nesting sites!

Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn



 

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Date: 1/15/18 11:39 am
From: Peter Hart <peterehart...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Lark and Vesper Sparrow photos from La Honda Preserve
Yesterday morning, 1/14, the Vesper and Lark Sparrows at La Honda Creek OSP were very much in evidence along the first quarter mile of trail from the parking lot, and continued to be remarkably cooperative.

A few photos on Flickr <https://www.flickr.com/photos/pehart/albums/72157690606483351/with/39664379802/>

Good birding,
Peter

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Date: 1/14/18 5:05 pm
From: Susie Hons via eBird <susieturtlewings...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Susie Hons has shared an eBird checklist with you from Edgewood Park & Natural Preserve, Redwood City, Ca on Jan 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzQxOTE2MTM3&s=t

You will then be able to view, edit, or delete it. Learn more about eBird's checklist sharing process at

http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010555-understanding-the-ebird-checklist-sharing-process

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Delightful day for birding in Edgewood this morning. Birds were a bit scarce until the overcast lifted. 22 species.
Susie Hons


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Date: 1/14/18 1:12 pm
From: Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Snipe flock, Half Moon Bay
At mud puddle on west side of Higgins Canyon Road, immediately
adjacent to firehouse at 12:50. I counted 12 to 14, but didn't want to get out of my car for a better count. A jogger flushed them (and Killdeer), likely to elsewhere in same field.

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Date: 1/14/18 10:53 am
From: George Chrisman <geodani55...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Re: Laughing Gull and miscellaneous sightings
And possibly due to the massive freeze of open water everywhere outside of California.

George Chrisman
Burlingame, CA

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> On Jan 13, 2018, at 6:44 PM, Alan Duerson <lduerson...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote:
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> The huge movement of ducks and geese over the bay is due to the "Tule" fog conditions in the interior valleys.
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> Sent from my iPad
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Date: 1/13/18 10:22 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Re: Laughing Gull and miscellaneous sightings
Why does tule fog cause this to happen? Do the birds get up above the fog level and then can't/won't come down again because they can't see what they're landing on, so they just keep flying til they get out of the foggy region?

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Subject: [pen-bird] Re: Laughing Gull and miscellaneous sightings
To: <peninsula-birding...>
Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018, 6:44 PM


 









The huge movement of ducks and geese over the bay
is due to the "Tule" fog conditions in the
interior valleys.



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Date: 1/13/18 9:15 pm
From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Snow and Ross's Goose -Redwood Shores-1/13
Today Chris and I did our monthly survey at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. During our 4 mile / 3.5 hour transect hike we tallied 40 species and found a group of (6) White-throated Swift.

From there we refound the Harris's Sparrow along the Facebook public shoreline trail at the location previously described yesterday by Chris. There was also an Osprey seen perched then soaring east of the trail. At least 3 and maybe as many as 5 Ridgway's Rail were heard calling fairly close to the trail. We got great views of one rail.

On the way to Nob Hill pond we saw (1) Ross's Goose and (1) Snow Goose on the bank of the Steinberger Slough. At Nob Hill Pond we photographed (1) male Eurasian Wigeon. There were also (8) American White Pelican

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Date: 1/13/18 8:54 pm
From: Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] La Honda and beyond
I managed to get in a full day on birding today, starting at the new La Honda open space folks have been raving about. It is well worth the visit! There was a FERRUGINIOUS HAWK on a power pole just as we entered. We were able to get great looks at it before it made a strike at something on the ground and then flew off. The LARK SPARROWS and VESPER SPARROWS were found together on the trail about 1/4 mile or so in. The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found as you make the corner just through the second gate. Many other birds were seen but those were the highlights. Checklists below for the whole list.
Next was the reflecting pond at La Honda, just down the street. RING-NECKED DUCKs were there as well a pair of CANVASBACKS and MALLARDS. No hooded mergansers :-(
We paid a visit to Pescadero to try our luck with the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Much to my delight we found it after just a few minutes of looking. It came from the willow trees and then into the Eucalyptus. Seems to have an established loop, so if you don’t see it at first just hang in there! Next was water lane. Nothing of note bird wise, however the rangers were there continuing to cut the trail. It is even further than before, approx 1/2 mile with two spots in which you can make your way to the creek. Looks like they plan to continue more still.
Stopped at Johnston House and found 8 - 10 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.. They were dead center in the plowed field across from the house, the most inconvenient place possible with respect to viewing! Have a few pictures on the checklist, not great shots as they were out of reach of my camera, but passable for ID. Additionally, there was a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, on the power line just as you entered the property.
Lastly, decided to try for one more rarity to close the day and shot over to Facebook for the HARRIS’S SPARROW. We found the sparrow flock at the end of the building just past the basketball courts. After a minute of two the Harris’s popped out from the bush and was scratching away at the ground.

Happy birding!
Eric Storms
San Carlos

La Honda OSP: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41871986
Reflection pond: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41872723
Sapsucker: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41876015
Johnston House: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41880925
Facebook: https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883635
 

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Date: 1/13/18 5:44 pm
From: Alan Duerson <lduerson...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Re: Laughing Gull and miscellaneous sightings
The huge movement of ducks and geese over the bay is due to the "Tule" fog conditions in the interior valleys.

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Date: 1/13/18 4:55 pm
From: Ronald- Thorn <Tronthorn...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Laughing Gull and miscellaneous sightings


Leonie and I stopped off at the pond at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma. While I was down at the pond checking gulls
Leonie heard a LAUGHING GULL fly over the car and land in with other gulls getting hand-outs of bread. I walked up to the
road where Leonie pointed to an adult Laughing Gull. We watch and took photos of the Laughing Gull for about a half hour.
Funny to watch, as the Laughing Gull moved in with the big gulls getting it's share of bread. After it's fill of bread, it flew
down to the pond. The Laughing Gull was last reported and photographed by observers at the cemetery on December 23.

Miscellaneous sightings

An Aleutian Cackling Goose was in with feral Canada Geese at Coyote Point.

The ponds at Radio Road in Redwood Shores, a number of Cinnamon Teal could be found. With the ponds no longer,
I was surprised to find ( 22 ) Cinnamon Teal along some of man-made canals not the expected habitat.

Another adult male American x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid showed up at the pond behind the Nob Hill Market in Redwood
Shores. This hybrid is a different individual than the one I noted at the end of December. Also at the pond were ( 2 )
Ring-necked Ducks a species I have only noted once before at this location along San Francisco Bay.

There has been a number of sightings of a Harlequin Duck from Coyote Point with no mention of the age or sex. Once again
I have noted a first year male. The last time I saw the resident male was back in October. Has the resident male passed on
after so many years at the point? Also, there has been an adult male Common x Barrow's Goldeneye hybrid and a female
Barrow's Goldeneye.

At Redwood Shores a large group of Common Goldeneyes had ( 4 ) females with yellow extending above the nostrils
One had a complete yellow bill with just black on the nail. These females could be a trap for an over eager birder wanting to
tick-off a Barrow's Goldeneye.

( 56 ) Red-throated Loons were noted off on San Francisco Bay off of Coyote Point.

A Short-eared Owl was seen again over Bair Island.

On January 6, Leonie and I were surprised to see a group of ( 35 ) Barn Swallows low over Pescadero Beach flying north.
This is highest number noted in the county at one time at this time of the year, since the phenomenon of northbound Barn
Swallows started some years ago.

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Date: 1/13/18 4:40 pm
From: Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [pen-bird] Foster City Shell Bar Rock Wren 1/13
I think it is appropriate to note that the first report of the Rock Wren at the Foster City shell bar was from Peter Metropulos in his December 26th email to Peninsula-birding. He noted the bird at this location on December 17, 2017.

Leonie Batkin

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Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2018 3:44 PM
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Subject: [pen-bird] Foster City Shell Bar Rock Wren 1/13

 
Hi Birders,
I was surprised to see a Rock Wren pop up in front of me but immediately remembered that Kent Forward posted about this bird earlier in the month. It was active on the rocks along the bay trail just north of Tarpon Ave. Also, of note was a high count of 8 Ruddy Turnstone and 35 Black Skimmer, usual winter residents at this locale.  See some photos at http://ebird..org/ebird/view/checklist/S41880267

Also, earlier I was at nearby Sea Cloud Park and found a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the conifers along with a couple of Townsend's Warblers. 4 Common Mergansers were adjacent to the park in Central Lake. 

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Redwood City, CA






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Date: 1/13/18 3:44 pm
From: <chrisoco...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Foster City Shell Bar Rock Wren 1/13
Hi Birders,
I was surprised to see a Rock Wren pop up in front of me but immediately remembered that Kent Forward posted about this bird earlier in the month. It was active on the rocks along the bay trail just north of Tarpon Ave. Also, of note was a high count of 8 Ruddy Turnstone and 35 Black Skimmer, usual winter residents at this locale. See some photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41880267 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41880267


Also, earlier I was at nearby Sea Cloud Park and found a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the conifers along with a couple of Townsend's Warblers. 4 Common Mergansers were adjacent to the park in Central Lake.


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Date: 1/13/18 9:33 am
From: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] 13 Jan 2018, dabbling duck movement
I'm birding the bay around Foster City (930am) and I've noticed continuous
streams of high flying (1000+ feet up) dabbling ducks heading south. They
are mostly pigtails and shovelers.
Happy birding,
Rob Furrow

 

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Date: 1/12/18 9:23 pm
From: <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Slate-colored Junco, Skyline Ridge OSP 1-12-2018

Hi All,

I was there when Ranger Alex opened the gate at Skyline Ridge OSP this morning 1-12-2018, but it was a mostly unremarkable outing. The one noteworthy bird was a female 'slate-colored' Dark-eyed Junco among the Christmas trees, near the base of the spur that goes up from those trees to the Fir Knoll Trail. --Garth Harwood, Pescadero
 

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Date: 1/12/18 6:09 pm
From: <chayward414...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Facebook Harris's Sparrow 1-12-18
Hi Folks,

I spent the morning birding some bay side areas today. I started at the bay trail around the Facebook complex, having not been able to locate the Harris's Sparrow last weekend. Today I was able to find the bird after checking near the soccer field and up to the bend in the trail, with no luck, I continued along the north side of the trail and finally located a sparrow flock, which contained the Harris's Sparrow about 100 yards west of the basketball court. At this spot there is a wooden fence and gate with a short trail leading into the Facebook parking lot.
Next I headed over to Nob Hill pond which did not contain very many ducks, so I headed out to the end of Canvasback Way where there our observation decks to check for groups of ducks. Here there were good numbers of American Wigeons, in these groups I was able to find 1 Male Eurasian Wigeon.

At the Foster City Shell Bar I counted 32 Black Skimmers also good numbers of Red Knots.
Later back on the coast Malia and I headed up to the Devil's Slide County Park where we we tallied 4 Rock Wren's, 2 near the parking lot and 2 up near the egg rock overlook.
I have photos of the Harris's Sparrow on my ebird checklist link below


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41853810 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41853810



Photos of Eurasian Wigeon link below


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41853996 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41853996



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Date: 1/12/18 5:23 pm
From: Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Quick Water dog trip
Today I popped into water dog lake park, on the hidden valley side versus the lake. Nothing super noteworthy from a species perspective (yet!), lots of WRENTITS and BUSHTITS. A few SPOTTED TOWHEE. A fly-over of a falcon, didn’t get a good look though, as well as a COOPERS/SHARPSHINNED. Finished up with a CALIFORNIA THRASHER on the ridge near the entrance.
What is of note is that there were a great deal of calls I could not identify as well lots of birds scratching and fluttering in the brush. Plenty of opportunity for more to be discovered!

Eric Storms
San Carlos

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Date: 1/12/18 1:14 pm
From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Distance Calculations of eBird
Hey eBird users,

Just a reminder, if your birding outing has you traveling in and out on the same trail be sure to log your one-way distance traveled only. But do count any new birds/increased numbers you see on your return trip, taking care not to double count bids already counted.

If hiking 2 different trails in and out - one trail in and a different trail out - remember eBird would like to keep a single checklist distance at or under 5 miles. If your round trip on 2 different trails takes you over 5 miles, please create 2 separate checklists.

Here is an eBird help article which covers this topic:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2853003 http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/2853003

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Date: 1/11/18 8:08 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] La Honda Creek OSP
Folks:

This morning, 1/11/17, Billie and took a hike at the La Honda Creek OSP
off Sears Ranch Road in La Honda.  Within the first 100 m., we saw a
VESPER SPARROW and a Savannah fly to the fence next to the trail. 
Farther along the trail we ran into Donna Pomeroy and Leslie Flint. 
They told us that they had seen three Vespers in the parking lot. 
Later, on our return, we saw Malia and Chris and they were watching
three Vespers along the trail not far from where I had seen just one. 
The Vespers are the most cooperative that I have ever seen.  Also along
the trail were a number of LARK SPARROWS, we had two, but I think Malia
and Chris had more.  At the first major corner on the trail, we saw a
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, always a neat find.  All along this ranch road in the
grasslands we saw and heard Western Meadowlarks, apparently singing on
territory (no flocks).

In Santa Clara County, we don't see Vespers every year and most are seen
during their fall movement.  I don't recall how often we've had more
than one bird at a time.  It's quite a treat.

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Date: 1/11/18 5:51 pm
From: <chayward414...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Vesper and Lark Sparrows La Honda Creek OSP (lower) 1-11-18
Hi Folks,

Today Malia and I had our first chance to visit La Honda Creek O.S.P (lower). Just a short distance up the trail from the parking area, perhaps 300 yards or so, we were able to find the previously reported Vesper and Lark Sparrows feeding on the trail itself. The Vesper Sparrows in particular did not seem bothered by us and we were able to get quite close for really great looks. In fact the Vespers were still there on our return trip about an hour or so later.
This area is really worth a visit as the vistas are really stunning.
Earlier in the morning we spent an hour or so at Cowell Ranch Beach Trail looking through large White-crowned Sparrow flocks hoping to find "the other Harris's Sparrow" that Garth reported, with no luck.
Have some photos of the Vesper and Lark sparrows on our ebird checklist, link below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41831908 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41831908

Chris Hayward and Malia DeFelice
Half Moon Bay


 

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Date: 1/11/18 9:02 am
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Massive raft of scaup off Brisbane 1/11/18
Just wanted to get the word out that there is currently a MASSIVE raft of what appear to be mostly Scaup sp. on the bay south of the SF/San Mateo County line. Attempting a Clint by hundreds I came up with an estimate of ~10,000.

These are viewable as specks from the Last Port unit of the Candlestick State Recreation are in San Francisco. One could also potentially park off HWY 101 and try scoping from there but I'm not sure if that's legal.

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco


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Date: 1/10/18 1:47 pm
From: Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Coastal birding 1/10 Geese and a swamp sparrow
Hi everyone, with all the great reports from the last few days, this morning I headed out to do some coastal birding before work. I started out at dawn looking for the goose flock reported by Alvaro, Malia and Chris. Since there was no sign of any geese at the Johnston House I continued South, and managed to see the flock on the pond at Cowell-Purisima trail that has been there for a while. This flock was only visible with a scope from a particular angle along the road. As reported before, it had about 35 CACKLING GEESE, 4 ROSS'S GEESE and an IMM. SNOW GOOSE. An amazing mix!

I continued South to the Aña Nuevo overlook on Rt1 just North of the county border. Here, the continuing male HARLEQUIN DUCK was associating with a large group of surf scoter. Heading back North, I stopped to check out the willows and weedy areas around the Cascade Ranch Brussels sprout patch. I was happy to see a SWAMP SPARROW associating with large numbers of white-crowned and golden-crowned sparrows here.

Good birding,

Adam


 

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Date: 1/10/18 12:59 pm
From: <keith_ineg...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Loggerhead Shrike, Johnston House in Half Moon Bay, 1/10
This morning I spent some time at the Johnston House looking for the mixed flock of geese reported yesterday. I saw the Canada Geese (32) fly in at about 08:15, but by nearly 10:00, these were still the only goose species on the ground in the plowed field west of Johnston House and just north of Cameron's.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was sitting on the wires along the gravel road and directly in front of (west side) Johnston House. It was seen easily (4 different occasions) in this location during the 90 minutes or so that I was there poking around. I've attached the eBird link with images.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41795018 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41795018

I also was surprised to hear a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER in the field uphill (east) of the cypress trees. I was looking for quail (failed) while strolling the grassy area south of Johnston House and along the row of cypress trees. I made my way east and up the hill and was eventually able to find the gnatcatcher in the coyote bushes up there. Images are in the checklist.

Good luck.

Keith Gress
El Granada


 

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Date: 1/9/18 6:35 pm
From: <chayward414...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Half Moon Bay Geese 1/9/17
Hi Folks,

A short note to say both Malia and I were able to see the Goose flock in the Ag. Field near the Johnson House this afternoon. I have to agree with Alvaro quite an amazing flock of geese, neither of us could recall ever seeing a flock of that size on the coast side. Will be checking gull flocks later in the week!

Chris Hayward
Half Moon bay


 

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Date: 1/9/18 4:36 pm
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Storm really shook things up!! Geese in Half Moon Bay etc.
Hello Birders

I knew that the storm would bring in some gulls, but was not prepared
for what I saw this morning. Thousands of gulls on the coast, and big
numbers of Common Murres all over the place. The murres are thick in the
bay, close to shore all the way south to Redondo Beach Road, and north to
the Harbor at least. The murres and many of the gulls were feeding on some
bait fish, as there were feeding frenzies happening, some with hundreds of
gulls. The weather seems to have concentrated the food. Most of the gulls
were streaming north, but there were thousands in the harbor. No verified
rarities, but many birds were a bit too far for the scope. More eyes will
find something, if the birds remain. True to the post storm pattern, numbers
of Herring Gull are way up, we have had an influx of Heermann's, and
California Gull which is not usually abundant in the harbor was abundant
there today.

In the wet field by the Half Moon Bay Fire Station there was an awesome
mix of geese. 1 Snow, 4 Ross's (2 juv, 2 ads), 40+ Cackling, and many Canada
Goose. They were not up close, but through the scope the Cackling appeared
to be Aleutian (a subspecies), and for some reason 4 of them which stood
apart from the group looked larger. I was a tad confused by those, and would
love to see them closer and in direct comparison with the Aleutian Cackling
Geese.

Good birding

Alvaro

Alvaro Jaramillo

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Date: 1/9/18 12:48 pm
From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] La Honda Open Space Preserve hotspots - Vesper and Lark Sparrows
The recent reports of the Vesper Sparrow and Lark Sparrows are likely to draw folks to the newly opened La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, so wanted to let folks know that there are 2 Hotspots for La Honda Creek OSP that have been set up on eBird.
“La Honda Creek OSP (upper) – restricted access – permit required”
“La Honda Creek OSP (lower)”
Please use La Honda OSP (lower) hotspot if you go for the Lark and Vesper Sparrows.
And just a note, on December 28, 2017, Chis Macintosh and John Esterl were the first ones to report the 3 Vesper Sparrows , which they did on eBird. And kudos to Garth Harwood for getting such great photos documenting the Vesper Sparrows, even showing the chestnut patch across the lesser coverts. Congrats to Chris and John for originally finding these continuing birds.

I can’t wait to go birding there!

Malia


 

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Date: 1/9/18 10:49 am
From: Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] wet bayside birding
Hi folks, the last couple of days have reminded me of birding back in the UK! I'll never complain about the rain..

Yesterday I headed out along the Bay Trail in South San Francisco to watch birds the ducks, grebes and geese that are "naturally waterproofed". At Oyster Point there was a CACKLING GOOSE among the main Canada Goose flock - it appeared to have a slightly injured right leg, and allowed extremely close views. So nice to see such a dainty goose close up. Nearby, among a separate, smaller flock of Canada's along Marina Boulevard was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE. This bird was right alongside the road and could be watched from the car without getting wet. Now that's winter birding California-style ;-)

This morning I visited Nob Hill pond where there were almost no duck on the pond at high tide. It seems that the birds are making good use of the new flooded habitat at Bair Island - most of the American Wigeon flocks were out in the marsh, and a EURASIAN WIGEON was present there at about 9am. 

Good birding! 

Adam



 

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Date: 1/8/18 9:43 am
From: SequoiaAudubon Society <sequoia_audubon_society...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] SAS: Edgewood Park; Sunday 1/14; 8am - Noon

Edgewood County Park
Sunday, January 14, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Explore this gem of a park while hiking 3-6 miles through oak woodlands, some hills and natural meadows. Look for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse & Western Bluebird year-round.

Directions: Take 280 to Edgewood Rd. in Woodside. Go east down Edgewood to the park entrance on the right. Meet at the Nature Center.

Leader: Susie Hons <susieturtlewings...>
View this event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1578032255591853/
Learn more & join us at:
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Date: 1/7/18 7:28 pm
From: <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Harris's Sparrow (in HMB), Snow Goose, BT Gray Warbler 1-7-2018

Hello All,

The 'other' Harris's Sparrow was still in place along the northern end of the Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail with a large flock of mostly White-crowned Sparrows early this morning 1-7-2018. This flock seems to hang around the trail itself in the early morning then disperse into nearby weed patches as recreational traffic picks up later in the morning.

Across the highway from Bob's Produce stand, on the west side and south of the southern parking area for the C-P Coastal Trail, the continuing flock of unusual geese had picked up a few more Cacklers (I counted 34) and one immature Snow Goose, which kept to the far side of the flock from the 4 continuing Ross's Geese.

At Pescadero Marsh, I refound the immature female Black-throated Gray Warbler that has been around all winter, in the flowering eucs behind the park office at the end of Water Lane. FYI, the park office has been vacated by park staff in recent months, but otherwise that area has been refreshed and improved with picnic tables and a substantial clearing-out of the overgrown trail, all the way back to Round Hill.

Happy 2018,
Garth Harwood, Pescadero
 

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Date: 1/7/18 6:44 pm
From: Malia DeFelice <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: RE: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017
Dear Leonie and Ron,
Thank you  very much for your appreciative comments about the work involved.

Barbara Dye too! Thank you.
Your words mean a lot. 
See you in the field - Happy 2018 - Good Birding!

Malia and Chris


On Sunday, January 7, 2018, 3:00:13 PM PST, Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> wrote:


Ron and I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to Malia and Chris for keeping up the San Mateo County Cumulative Yearlist.  It is quite a bit of work, particularly the first month when the year gets off to a roaring start.  Also, Malia is doing a fabulous job as an eBird reviewer for San Mateo County.  We are grateful for all they contribute to our local birding community.  May everyone have a great year of birding in San Mateo County. 

Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin

 

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From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding]
Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 2:01 PM
To: <peninsula-birding...>
Subject: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017

 

 

Dear San Mateo County Birders!

3 new birds are to be added to December’s report.

With these 3 birds, our end of year 2017 totals are 341. The highest end of year total since the 2009 inception of this cumulative yearlist.  It was an incredible year!

As you read through the list of birds below, please note, the number in parenthesis next to the bird name is the rarity code assigned for San Mateo County. The definitions for the rarity codes can be found on the Sequoia Audubon website here   http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/SMCbirds.php

December birds and their finders are as follows:

Ron Thorn spotted a REDHEAD (4) on the bay. Donald Pendleton found a HARRIS’S SPARROW (5) along the public shoreline access trail at the Facebook Campus in Menlo Park.  A photograph of a RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW (4) was submitted to eBird on a checklist from Windy Hill Open Space Preserve by Elisa Fernandes. Though there has not yet been a response to an inquiry about this bird, a very infrequently observed species in our county, we are hoping once the holidays are over and folks are back to a daily routine, a response will be forthcoming.

Thank you all for sharing your 2017 birds.  January 2018 is off to a rocketing start with approximately 164 species noted within the first 24 hours and records for Jan 1 still coming in.  

I put this report together monthly as a volunteer for Sequoia Audubon Society (SAS). San Mateo is a diverse and bird rich county and SAS hopes to inspire you to get out there and explore.  Want to know where to bird in San Mateo County? Check out SAS’s online San Mateo County Birding Guide http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/ . Want to join a field trip? All field trips are free and welcome birders of all skill levels.  For a schedule of upcoming field trips offered by SAS look here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/fieldtrips.html .  Want to become a member of Sequoia Audubon Society? Join here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/membership.html

This report is compiled for the most part, using eBird checklists and from posts on Pen-bird  so please post all your sightings to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peninsula-birding/  and/or www.eBird.org. When posting to Pen-bird, please include the date of your sighting in either the subject line or in the body of your email. If you don’t use eBird or Pen-bird, you can always email me directly. Thank you!

If you have questions or comments regarding this report, please email:

<maliadances...>

Thank you!

Good birding all and here’s to an exciting 2018!

Malia DeFelice

Chris Hayward

 

 

 

 



 


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Date: 1/7/18 3:55 pm
From: Barbara Dye <blkdye...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017
I agree. I really appreciate all they do!

from the CBC


Barbara Dye

On Sun, Jan 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM, Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...>
[peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Ron and I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to Malia and
> Chris for keeping up the San Mateo County Cumulative Yearlist. It is quite
> a bit of work, particularly the first month when the year gets off to a
> roaring start. Also, Malia is doing a fabulous job as an eBird reviewer for
> San Mateo County. We are grateful for all they contribute to our local
> birding community. May everyone have a great year of birding in San Mateo
> County.
> Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding]
> Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 2:01 PM
> To: <peninsula-birding...>
> Subject: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017
>
>
> Dear San Mateo County Birders!
> 3 new birds are to be added to December’s report.
> With these 3 birds, our end of year 2017 totals are 341. The highest end
> of year total since the 2009 inception of this cumulative yearlist. It was
> an incredible year!
> As you read through the list of birds below, please note, the number in
> parenthesis next to the bird name is the rarity code assigned for San Mateo
> County. The definitions for the rarity codes can be found on the Sequoia
> Audubon website here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/SMCbirds.php
> December birds and their finders are as follows:
> Ron Thorn spotted a REDHEAD (4) on the bay. Donald Pendleton found a
> HARRIS’S SPARROW (5) along the public shoreline access trail at the
> Facebook Campus in Menlo Park. A photograph of a RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW
> (4) was submitted to eBird on a checklist from Windy Hill Open Space
> Preserve by Elisa Fernandes. Though there has not yet been a response to an
> inquiry about this bird, a very infrequently observed species in our
> county, we are hoping once the holidays are over and folks are back to a
> daily routine, a response will be forthcoming.
> Thank you all for sharing your 2017 birds. January 2018 is off to a
> rocketing start with approximately 164 species noted within the first 24
> hours and records for Jan 1 still coming in.
> I put this report together monthly as a volunteer for Sequoia Audubon
> Society (SAS). San Mateo is a diverse and bird rich county and SAS hopes to
> inspire you to get out there and explore. Want to know where to bird in
> San Mateo County? Check out SAS’s online San Mateo County Birding Guide
> http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/ . Want to join a field trip? All
> field trips are free and welcome birders of all skill levels. For a
> schedule of upcoming field trips offered by SAS look here
> http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/fieldtrips.html . Want to become a member
> of Sequoia Audubon Society? Join here http://www.sequoia-audubon.
> org/membership.html
> This report is compiled for the most part, using eBird checklists and from
> posts on Pen-bird so please post all your sightings to
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peninsula-birding/ and/or www.eBird.org.
> When posting to Pen-bird, please include the date of your sighting in
> either the subject line or in the body of your email. If you don’t use
> eBird or Pen-bird, you can always email me directly. Thank you!
> If you have questions or comments regarding this report, please email:
> <maliadances...>
> Thank you!
> Good birding all and here’s to an exciting 2018!
> Malia DeFelice
> Chris Hayward
>
>
>
>
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>
>
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Date: 1/7/18 3:02 pm
From: Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017
Ron and I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to Malia and Chris for keeping up the San Mateo County Cumulative Yearlist. It is quite a bit of work, particularly the first month when the year gets off to a roaring start. Also, Malia is doing a fabulous job as an eBird reviewer for San Mateo County. We are grateful for all they contribute to our local birding community. May everyone have a great year of birding in San Mateo County.
Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding]
Sent: Friday, January 5, 2018 2:01 PM
To: <peninsula-birding...>
Subject: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017

 
Dear San Mateo County Birders!
3 new birds are to be added to December’s report.
With these 3 birds, our end of year 2017 totals are 341. The highest end of year total since the 2009 inception of this cumulative yearlist.  It was an incredible year!
As you read through the list of birds below, please note, the number in parenthesis next to the bird name is the rarity code assigned for San Mateo County. The definitions for the rarity codes can be found on the Sequoia Audubon website here   http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/SMCbirds.php
December birds and their finders are as follows:
Ron Thorn spotted a REDHEAD (4) on the bay. Donald Pendleton found a HARRIS’S SPARROW (5) along the public shoreline access trail at the Facebook Campus in Menlo Park.  A photograph of a RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW (4) was submitted to eBird on a checklist from Windy Hill Open Space Preserve by Elisa Fernandes. Though there has not yet been a response to an inquiry about this bird, a very infrequently observed species in our county, we are hoping once the holidays are over and folks are back to a daily routine, a response will be forthcoming.
Thank you all for sharing your 2017 birds.  January 2018 is off to a rocketing start with approximately 164 species noted within the first 24 hours and records for Jan 1 still coming in.  
I put this report together monthly as a volunteer for Sequoia Audubon Society (SAS). San Mateo is a diverse and bird rich county and SAS hopes to inspire you to get out there and explore.  Want to know where to bird in San Mateo County? Check out SAS’s online San Mateo County Birding Guide http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/ . Want to join a field trip? All field trips are free and welcome birders of all skill levels.  For a schedule of upcoming field trips offered by SAS look here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/fieldtrips.html .  Want to become a member of Sequoia Audubon Society? Join here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/membership.html
This report is compiled for the most part, using eBird checklists and from posts on Pen-bird  so please post all your sightings to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peninsula-birding/  and/or www.eBird.org. When posting to Pen-bird, please include the date of your sighting in either the subject line or in the body of your email. If you don’t use eBird or Pen-bird, you can always email me directly. Thank you!
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Thank you!
Good birding all and here’s to an exciting 2018!
Malia DeFelice
Chris Hayward
 
 
 





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Date: 1/7/18 11:12 am
From: Kent Forward <kforward...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Vesper and Lark sparrows, Ferruginous Hawk - Lwr La Honda OSP 1-6-2018
Hi All,
I must have just missed Sonny and Garth there yesterday, but wanted to fully concur with them about what a special place this is!  I took the full 9 mile out and back including the far back loop and it was truly spectacular, views from high out over the redwood valleys one way, and a peek at the ocean the other way, not to mention all the open grassland / pasture land all along the way - raptor heaven! 
A few additional notes was a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE about 1 mile up the trail (photo in the checklist), as well as the bubbly chatter of CALIFORNIA THRASHERS heard at various points along the way (I managed to capture an audio which is also in my checklist):http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41696020

On a side note for those interested, it is also excellent for mammal watching, I saw and photographed a BOBCAT as well as three COYOTES.  A ranger I spoke with said she frequently sees Bobcats there.
Good Birding,Kent ForwardEl Granada
On Sunday, January 7, 2018, 9:22:04 AM PST, Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote:

 
Hi folks, just a short note that 2 Lark and 3 Vesper Sparrows are still present today at La Honda OSP along the main trail. They are about 500yds from the parking lot. Still present at 9:20am.

Good birding,
Adam

Sent from my iPhone
On Jan 7, 2018, at 6:27 AM, <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote:


 


Hi All,

 

In addition to the other rarities mentioned by Sonny Mencher that were observed at Lower La Honda OSP yesterday 1-6-2018, I encountered a group of three Vesper Sparrows keeping to themselves in the grasslands that the (only) trail passes through for the first mile (there are also Savannah Sparrows in this section so study up before you go; the differences are mostly subtle). The Lark Sparrows were also in this section. The Ferruginous Hawk is a dark form individual so quite different-looking from most of those I've seen in the county.

 

There was also an odd color variant of Dark-eyed Junco that could easily be taken for a 'pink-sided' bird, as it is significantly paler across the body - I'd call it a warm honey color - with pinkish flanks and a soft gray head - but its primaries and tail feathers are almost completely white, where a pink-sided bird would be dark instead. Truly a beautiful bird however.

 

There is an ebird hotspot for Lower La Honda so if you go, please consider adding your data there as we begin to gain an idea of the birdlife at this wonderful new gem in the local greenbelt system. I will have pictures of these rarities up on ebird soon.

 

Happy New Year,

Garth Harwood, Pescadero




 

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Date: 1/7/18 9:54 am
From: SequoiaAudubon Society <sequoia_audubon_society...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] SAS: Beginner Bird Walk @Bedwell Bayfront Park; Saturday Jan 13, 10am - Noon

Beginner Bird Walk, Bedwell Bayfront Park
Saturday, January 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm

All are welcome to join Friends of Bedwell Bayfront Park and Sequoia Audubon Society for a 1-2 hour beginner bird walk. We should see wintering ducks and shorebirds, perhaps egrets, a raptor (hawk) or two, and some LBBs (little brown birds). Bring binoculars if you have them: if not, we'll share ours with you.

Directions: Meet at the parking lot by restrooms at Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road, Menlo Park. 
Heavy rain cancels.

Leader: Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...>
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Date: 1/7/18 9:22 am
From: Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Vesper and Lark sparrows, Ferruginous Hawk - Lwr La Honda OSP 1-6-2018
Hi folks, just a short note that 2 Lark and 3 Vesper Sparrows are still present today at La Honda OSP along the main trail. They are about 500yds from the parking lot. Still present at 9:20am.

Good birding,

Adam

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 7, 2018, at 6:27 AM, <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> In addition to the other rarities mentioned by Sonny Mencher that were observed at Lower La Honda OSP yesterday 1-6-2018, I encountered a group of three Vesper Sparrows keeping to themselves in the grasslands that the (only) trail passes through for the first mile (there are also Savannah Sparrows in this section so study up before you go; the differences are mostly subtle). The Lark Sparrows were also in this section. The Ferruginous Hawk is a dark form individual so quite different-looking from most of those I've seen in the county.
>
> There was also an odd color variant of Dark-eyed Junco that could easily be taken for a 'pink-sided' bird, as it is significantly paler across the body - I'd call it a warm honey color - with pinkish flanks and a soft gray head - but its primaries and tail feathers are almost completely white, where a pink-sided bird would be dark instead. Truly a beautiful bird however.
>
> There is an ebird hotspot for Lower La Honda so if you go, please consider adding your data there as we begin to gain an idea of the birdlife at this wonderful new gem in the local greenbelt system. I will have pictures of these rarities up on ebird soon.
>
> Happy New Year,
> Garth Harwood, Pescadero
>

 

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Date: 1/7/18 6:28 am
From: <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Vesper and Lark sparrows, Ferruginous Hawk - Lwr La Honda OSP 1-6-2018

Hi All,

In addition to the other rarities mentioned by Sonny Mencher that were observed at Lower La Honda OSP yesterday 1-6-2018, I encountered a group of three Vesper Sparrows keeping to themselves in the grasslands that the (only) trail passes through for the first mile (there are also Savannah Sparrows in this section so study up before you go; the differences are mostly subtle). The Lark Sparrows were also in this section. The Ferruginous Hawk is a dark form individual so quite different-looking from most of those I've seen in the county.

There was also an odd color variant of Dark-eyed Junco that could easily be taken for a 'pink-sided' bird, as it is significantly paler across the body - I'd call it a warm honey color - with pinkish flanks and a soft gray head - but its primaries and tail feathers are almost completely white, where a pink-sided bird would be dark instead. Truly a beautiful bird however.

There is an ebird hotspot for Lower La Honda so if you go, please consider adding your data there as we begin to gain an idea of the birdlife at this wonderful new gem in the local greenbelt system. I will have pictures of these rarities up on ebird soon.

Happy New Year,
Garth Harwood, Pescadero
 

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Date: 1/6/18 8:32 pm
From: Sonny Mencher <soccerquiz...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Lark Sparrows in La Honda
This morning I walked the newly open La Honda Open Space Preserve.  Heading to coast on 84 from Skyline make right at Sears Ranch Road- across from Applejacks - about 1/2 mile to preserve. Was not especially birdy but did  have at least 5 Lark Sparrows, 2 Kestrels as well as Meadowlarks, Say's Phoebe and others - Did meet Garth Harwood near the start, he mentioned seeing a Dark Ferrruginous Hawk over the parking lot - I did not see it.I was there with a MeetUp hiking group so bird sightings were incidental. Overall area looked promising for birding. Worth checking out
Photos and Check list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41682582
In the Reflecting Pond behind Applejacks were several Ring-necked Ducks, and Canvasbacks as well Mallards, Coots, Acorn Woodpeckers and Black Phoebe - No Hooded Mergansers nor Green Heron
Sonny Mencher

 

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Date: 1/6/18 6:51 pm
From: Zack Mikalonis <z.mikalon...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Glaucous gulls continue, dead jaeger/skua -Gazos
Just before sundown I checked the flock at Gazos Creekmouth and saw two
GLAUCOUS GULLS. Based off my photos and the ones Alvaro posted a few days
ago, they appear to be the same two individuals.

I was there yesterday afternoon in the rain when the flock was well over a
thousand, and there was one glaucous detectable. I also scanned the very
large flock at Waddell yesterday in the rain, finding no rarities.

While at Gazos yesterday I found a deomposing, dead jaeger/skua but didn't
spend too long checking it out and didn't have any way to take a picture.
Today I refound it and spent more time. It is not a tubenose. It is all
dark except for striking white bases to the primaries AND secondaries. Can
dark-morph parasitic or pomarine have white extending into the secondaries?
I have seen this feature on the outerwing in photos of South Polar Skuas. I
don't have as much experience with jaegers as I would like, and have never
tried to ID a dead one, any opinions are welcome, and I am happy to email
anyone the photos

Cheers,
Zack Mikalonis

 

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Date: 1/6/18 10:13 am
From: Troy Pittock <troypittock...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Re: Rock Wren Foster City Shell Bar 9:50a 1/6
Here's ebird link to see pic...
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41676891

Happy Birding!
Troy Pittock
San Carlos

On Jan 6, 2018 10:00 AM, "Troy Pittock" <troypittock...> wrote:

> Right when I parked, the wren was right on top of shoreline rocks. I
> walked up to the path and watched it bob around the rocks within about 8
> feet from where i stood. Even got pictures with phone camera.
> Troy Pittock
> San Carlos
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Date: 1/6/18 10:00 am
From: Troy Pittock <troypittock...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Rock Wren Foster City Shell Bar 9:50a 1/6
Right when I parked, the wren was right on top of shoreline rocks. I walked
up to the path and watched it bob around the rocks within about 8 feet from
where i stood. Even got pictures with phone camera.
Troy Pittock
San Carlos

 

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Date: 1/6/18 8:00 am
From: Jim Yurchenco <jimy...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Bair island
Yesterday afternoon, 1/6/18, there was a male Barrow’s Goldeneye in Smith Slough that was seen from the trail out to the observation platform and later from the Bair Island Road sidewalk near the pedestrian bridge to Bair. A Spotted Sandpiper was also seen.

James Yurchenco
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Date: 1/5/18 2:03 pm
From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] San Mateo county cumulative yearlist for December 2017
Dear San Mateo County Birders!
3 new birds are to be added to December’s report.
With these 3 birds, our end of year 2017 totals are 341. The highest end of year total since the 2009 inception of this cumulative yearlist. It was an incredible year!
As you read through the list of birds below, please note, the number in parenthesis next to the bird name is the rarity code assigned for San Mateo County. The definitions for the rarity codes can be found on the Sequoia Audubon website here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/SMCbirds.php http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/SMCbirds.php
December birds and their finders are as follows:
Ron Thorn spotted a REDHEAD (4) on the bay. Donald Pendleton found a HARRIS’S SPARROW (5) along the public shoreline access trail at the Facebook Campus in Menlo Park. A photograph of a RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW (4) was submitted to eBird on a checklist from Windy Hill Open Space Preserve by Elisa Fernandes. Though there has not yet been a response to an inquiry about this bird, a very infrequently observed species in our county, we are hoping once the holidays are over and folks are back to a daily routine, a response will be forthcoming.
Thank you all for sharing your 2017 birds. January 2018 is off to a rocketing start with approximately 164 species noted within the first 24 hours and records for Jan 1 still coming in.
I put this report together monthly as a volunteer for Sequoia Audubon Society (SAS). San Mateo is a diverse and bird rich county and SAS hopes to inspire you to get out there and explore. Want to know where to bird in San Mateo County? Check out SAS’s online San Mateo County Birding Guide http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/ http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/ . Want to join a field trip? All field trips are free and welcome birders of all skill levels. For a schedule of upcoming field trips offered by SAS look here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/fieldtrips.html http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/fieldtrips.html . Want to become a member of Sequoia Audubon Society? Join here http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/membership.html http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/membership.html
This report is compiled for the most part, using eBird checklists and from posts on Pen-bird so please post all your sightings to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peninsula-birding/ and/or www.eBird.org http://www.ebird.org/. When posting to Pen-bird, please include the date of your sighting in either the subject line or in the body of your email. If you don’t use eBird or Pen-bird, you can always email me directly. Thank you!
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Good birding all and here’s to an exciting 2018!
Malia DeFelice
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Date: 1/5/18 9:33 am
From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] New eBird Hotspot - Westlake Shopping Center
Hi Folks,

A new eBird Hotspot "Westlake Shopping Center" is available for tracking those Great-tailed Grackles and whatever else is there. Please use this hotspot if this is where you are seeing the grackles. If you used a personal location previously, it would be great to change your location to this new hotspot so all the data is accumulated in one spot.

Thanks everyone,
Malia



 

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Date: 1/4/18 8:24 pm
From: Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Nob Hill Pond-Redwood Shores
This first week of the 2018 year I have been checking the Nob Hill Pond regularly to see what is up with the waterfowl and other bird activity. Now that the Radio Road ponds are lost it is a place to check near our home. As reported by others there were American White Pelicans there on Monday (January 1), but not the last three days. Yesterday (January 3) I saw a Eurasian Wigeon, at around 4:30pm, but not that or this morning (January 4). This morning around 9am I saw a male Blue-winged Teal, this brought back memories of the Blue-winged Teals at Radio Road. The owner of the Nob Hill pond has removed a considerable amount of understory around the perimeter of the pond, which will seriously impact migrant passerines. (Like the understory they have removed at Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton which has impacted the California Thrashers, they are there in much smaller numbers now.) Working on a new year list is always a fun endeavor, seeing birds as if new all over again.

Happy birding in 2018-near and far,
Leonie Batkin


 

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Date: 1/4/18 7:42 pm
From: Rich Ferrick <richferrick...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Continuing Harris's / Ross's
Hello Pen-Birders


Today (1/4, 9:10AM), the Harris's Sparrow continued along at public access trail behind Facebook near the soccer field and boardwalk observation area.


Also, the Ross's Goose (my ID conclusion at this point) continued in the fenced off field in front of the Stanford Rowing Facility in Seaport Center (12PM). The base of the bill is nearly straight/vertical, bright white overall, no real grin patch (albeit maybe not a perfectly flush line, maybe a small gap) and the bird is much smaller than nearby Canada Geese. The head may not be quite as rounded as depicted in Sibley (but depends on posture) and it may not appear as "small" billed as depicted but it looks good for Ross's to me...comments welcome.


Lastly, a male and female Barrow's Goldeneye were in the channel that separates Seaport Center from back of the Bair Island parking area / development (12:20PM)


Pictures of Harris's, Ross's and male Barrow's will be on eventual e-bird checklists.


Rich Ferrick

Menlo Park



 

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Date: 1/4/18 3:38 pm
From: DOUGLAS POMEROY <dpom...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Half Moon Bay Verde Road rarities
Hi, I went birding along Verde Road in Half Moon Bay today and saw some of the continuing rarities. The flock of 26 Aleutian Cackling Geese and 4 Ross's Geese were visible from Verde Road, looking west across Highway 1 in the agricultural fields west of Bob's Produce Stand. They were near the bluff, so not visible from the highway, but with a scope, you could see them from the higher vantage point of Verde Road. A juvenile Ferruginous Hawk was perched along Verde Road and gave me great views. At Verde Road Pond, the Common Gallinule was still present, but incredibly difficult to see through the waving tules.

Here is a complete eBird list with photos of the hawk.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41620390


Donna Pomeroy

El Granada
 

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Date: 1/4/18 3:05 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Gulls flew
Most of the San Gregorio gull flock spooked away for no apparent reason; there's still a skittish flock bathing on the Lagoon, but I haven't been able to re-find the star of the show.

Noah


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Date: 1/4/18 2:42 pm
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] LBBG at San Gregorio
Just saw an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the sand at San Gregorio State Beach, with 1000+ other gulls.

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Date: 1/3/18 6:38 pm
From: <polskatata...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Re: Great-tailed Grackles Continue at Westlake
During a quick, pre-work stop at the Concrete Bridge/South Lake Merced, just north of the San Mateo/San Francisco County line, I observed (5) Great-tailed Grackles fly out of the tules at the east end of the bridge and head s/se. Almost undoubtedly the same birds that spend their days loafing a Westlake.

Dominik Mosur
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Date: 1/3/18 6:27 pm
From: Leslie Flint <lflint...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] White-winged Dove - Moss Beach
Hi all,

After Donna Pomeroy’s great field trip to Pillar Point this morning, Donna and I went to Moss Beach to look for the White-winged Dove recently reported by Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin. After driving the neighborhood, I suggested we look where I had last seen it - at the feeders opposite the bridge at Fitzgerald. In the Cypress tree above the bridge, among about 20 Eurasian Collared-Doves and a few Mourning Doves, was the White-winged Dove. You can see photos on my eBird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41592820 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41592820>

Happy New Year!

Leslie Flint
San Mateo


 

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Date: 1/3/18 11:41 am
From: <cdlou37...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Great-tailed Grackles Continue at Westlake
Jan 3, 2018 There are at least (4) GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE (2m,2f) at the
Westlake Shopping Ctr parking lot in Daly City. Some are in the palm
trees at the entrance to the parking lot on Southgate Ave.

Calvin Lou
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Date: 1/2/18 10:12 pm
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] January 1st birding
A resolute team of six birders made a new slogan real: Birders Party on New Year’s Day! Leslie Flint, Donna and Doug Pomeroy, Ginny Marshall, Peggy Macres and I ran a county Big Day, ending with 126 species. Highlights included ANCIENT MURRELET and abundant RHINOCEROS AUKLET at Pigeon Point, the continuing LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE on Cloverdale Road, the continuing YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on Stage Road, BLACK SCOTER at Pescadero State Beach, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on the water and FERRUGINOUS HAWK riding thermals on the east side of Pomponio State Beach - all of the coastside. On the bayside, the Foster City Shell Bar had an unusual site - a BARROW’S GOLDENEYE on the bay, as well as strong numbers of BLACK SKIMMER and two RUDDY TURNSTONES. At Nob Hill Pond, the male EURASIAN WIGEON was relocated, as well as BLUE-WINGED TEAL.

May we all have a wonderful year appreciating, documenting and protecting our amazing corner of the world here in San Mateo county. Happy New Year (List)!

Jennifer Rycenga
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Date: 1/2/18 10:05 pm
From: <chrisoco...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Ross's Goose or Snow Goose? 01/02/18
Hi Pen-Birders,
Yesterday, Al Eisner mentioned a Snow Goose at Seaport Centre in Redwood City. After admiring the continuing Harris's Sparrow on the Public Trail circling Facebook - the subject of Al's post - I biked over to look for the rare goose. It was exactly where described, at Chesapeake and Galveston Drives, standing out among scores of Canada Geese. But I thought it was a Ross's Goose. The question is: is this a hybrid, a Ross's or a Snow Goose? Inquiring minds, including Al's, want to know.


Thanks and Happy New Year everyone.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41565602 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41565602



Chris O'Connell
Redwood City
 

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Date: 1/2/18 6:57 pm
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] 2 Glaucous Gulls - Gazos Creek
Hi all,

This afternoon there were two different Glaucous Gulls, one big pale one,
one small dark one at Gazos:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41567668

Ring-billed Gull (rare on coast) was at San Gregorio today, and a different
one was at Pillar Point Harbor yesterday.

Gulling should improve in the coming days with the weather that is
approaching.

Good birding

Alvaro



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Date: 1/2/18 1:52 pm
From: Adam Dudley <adam.dudley...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Owling and coastal birding Jan 2nd
Happy New Year everyone! 

Since I just returned from vacation in Europe, this morning I took advantage of my jet lag and got up early to do some owling along the coast. I started at 3am along Purisima Creek Road where a brief drive revealed both GREAT HORNED and BARN OWLS.  I headed back to Rt1 via Verde Road where I was very surprised to see a medium-sized owl sitting on the ground alongside the road - it was in my headlights for about 15 seconds where it showed a pale facial disk and bright yellow eyes; great views of a SHORT-EARED OWL! There was also another barn owl along this stretch. I carried on down to Gazos Creek Road where I spent the remaining two and a half hours Owling before dawn: I managed to hear 2 NORTHERN SAW-WHETS and a lone NORTHERN PYGMY OWL here.  Finally, I headed to Pigeon Point and managed to locate my 6th species of owl for the morning, the over-wintering BURROWING OWL. What a great early morning! Maybe sometimes jet lag is good!?

After owling I headed back up the coast. With the King tide, most of the gulls were concentrated at Bean Hollow and San Gregorio beaches - there were hundreds at each place, although I couldn't find anything unusual. The YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was at its usual stakeout along Stage Road, and the COMMON GALLINULE was still at Verde Rd pond. 

Cheers,

Adam


 

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Date: 1/2/18 1:08 pm
From: Leonie Batkin <leonie.batkin23...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] White-throated Sparrow and coastal rarities
On January 1st the continuing White-troated Sparrow was in the Sem Lane
area.

Today, January 2nd, the White-winged Dove was in Moss Beach. It was seen
on Ellendale near the intersection with Nevada.

The Ross's Geese (4) and Cackling Geese were in the agricultural fields
west of Highway 1 south of Bob's Produce property.

Happy 2018,
Leonie Batkin
Ron Thorn

 

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Date: 1/1/18 6:11 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] New Year's Day near the Bay
For New Year's Day I did some leisurely birding near the Bay. I made a
late start, first visiting the public trail around Facebook in Menlo
Park. Near the parking lot I heard a SORA, hopefully a good omen.
As I neared the NW corner, Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin arrived. I've
already posted about the HARRIS'S SPARROW, which provided good views
at about 9:15. (I'll include a brief description with an eBird
post later today.) We all also heard a VIRGINIA RAIL in the same
area.

Hoping to add Ridgway's Rail for the day, I next visited the NWR marsh
on the northeast side of East Palo Alto. But the only rail I detected
was one which gave a couple of sqawks when a NORTHERN HARRIER flew
low over it. (For that sort of call I'm not comfortable separating
Ridgway's from Virginia.)

Next over to Redwood Creek by Seaport Centre. There I saw a pair of
BARROW'S GOLDENEYEs with 18 COMMON GOLDENEYEs. A BELTED KINGFISHER
was also in the area, but no other ducks. The pond was full of water
(it is not tidal, but does flood at the highest tides). A single
tire was sticking out of the water, and on it was perched a
SPOTTED SANDPIPER. As I drove out I noticed that the number of
CANADA GEESE at the corner of Chesapeake and Galveston had
increased over what was there when I drove in, and with them was
an adult SNOW GOOSE. (Pink bill, not stubby, with a prominent dark
grin mark and no dark at the base of the bill; pure white plumage
indicated an adult.)

After lunch I visited the bayside area at Coyote Point. The tide was
rapidly going out, and haze limited viewing (making it hard to find
anything else with the hundreds of SURF SCOTERs beyond the concrete
slabs). There was a nice assortment of the regular shorebirds and
waterbirds, but I didn't find anything less usual. A few brief
stops in Redwood Shores after that added a few species, but none
worth noting here.

Good birding.
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Date: 1/1/18 5:28 pm
From: Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] New Year’s at water dog
In my ongoing journey to frequent water dog to work on my proficiency, thought what better way to start the new year than a trip through the park. As many of you who went out today are aware, parks are filled with new years resoltutionists and people with new bikes. Suffice it to say, the birds were light due to the activity. OAK TITMOUSE, RUBY CROWNED KINGLETS, BUSHTITS, and HUTTONS VIROES were out in decent numbers. As we began our trek down the main fire road in a somewhat sullen state, a GREAT HORNED OWL called out. Crows and jays immediately descended on it and revealed its location, which was very visible from the trail. A few trees down we found its mate. Going to take this a a good omen for 2018!

Checklist can be found here (w/pics of owls):
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41528900

Eric Storms
San Carlos
 

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Date: 1/1/18 4:19 pm
From: <geodani55...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] New Year birding on Burlingame bayshore 1/1/18
Today I birded the bay shore of Burlingame from the end of Millbrae Avenue to Sanchez Creek Lagoon near the old Burlingame Drive-In site. Best birds today were 2 RIDGWAY'S RAILS & 2 MARSH WRENS at Bayfront Park near Millbrae Avenue. I also spotted an OSPREY hunting over the Bay further south near Bayside Park. A MERLIN made an appearance at the Anza Lagoon near the Embassy Suites hotel along Anza Blvd. There are hundreds of SURF SCOTERS, GREATER & LESS SCAUP, and all of the expected diving ducks, but nothing rare. I was surprised to find 4 SANDERLINGS feeding in the sand/mud with a SPOTTED SANDPIPER at the corner of Airport Blvd near the old Burlingame Drive-In site during the high tide. Also had a HORNED GREBE & a BELTED KINGFISHER in Sanchez Creek Lagoon at the top of the high tide.
Good Birding,


George Chrisman
Burlingame, CA
 

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Date: 1/1/18 12:56 pm
From: <mdodder...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Harris's Sparrow
Continues to be seen at the northwest corner of the Facebook bay trail. Park off Hacker way as reported by others.

Matthew Dodder and Eric Goodill



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Date: 1/1/18 11:15 am
From: Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Continuing Harris's Sparrow
Seen Jan. 1 9:15 at NW corner of public trail around Facebook, Seem by me, Ron Thorn, Leonie Batkin.

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Date: 12/31/17 5:42 pm
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] End of the year Cackling Geese
Hello all,

Big surprise this morning in the backyard, my third ever Spotted Towhee!
Rare bird outside of its preferred scrub/chaparral habitats. After sunset a
flock of geese went by, mostly Canadas but there were a few Cackling in
there as well. It seems that the geese fly to roost and go by here often in
the evening, likely they are roosting in the harbor.

Happy 2018



Alvaro



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Date: 12/31/17 4:56 pm
From: Ronald- Thorn <Tronthorn...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] The end of the year recent sightings


Below are a few end of the year recent sightings.

Leonie and I had ( 4 ) ROSS'S GEESE in a group of ( 30 ) Aleutian Cackling Geese in the fields west of Highway 1 near
Bob's Produce Stand south of Half Moon Bay. The first time I have ever noted that many Cackling and Ross's Geese not
in flight over San Mateo County.

A large number of American Wigeon came into the pond behind the Nob Hill Market in Redwood Shores from Bair Island.
Included in the group were ( 2 ) adult male Eurasian Wigeons and an adult male Eurasian x American Wigeon hybrid.
The hybrid is most likely a returning individual for another winter.

( 2 ) More Barrow's Goldeneyes were noted at Redwood Shores. Both were first winter males.

White-throated Sparrows were noted, ( 1 ) at Portola Valley and ( 2 ) together at the Collage of San Mateo.

A Slate-colored Junco was coming into the seed feeder at Redwood Shores.

Happy New Years 2018!

Ron Thorn and Leonie Batkin

 

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Date: 12/31/17 12:31 pm
From: Leslie Flint <lflint...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Ano Nuevo CBC preliminary results
Hi all,

The Ano Nuevo CBC was held yesterday, 12/30, under mostly sunny skies. The Ano Nuevo count ranges from Ano Nuevo State Park to San Gregorio Road, up Pescadero Road to almost La Honda and southeast including a pretty big section of Big Basin State Park.

Preliminary total (pending review of rarities) was 159 species. This is below our 20 year average of 167 species (our low during that period was 154 in 2014 and the high was 182 in 1997). Except for the seawatch at Pigeon Point (counting about 9000 gulls) people reported low numbers of birds in general.

However we had some fantastic highlights: the NORTHERN GANNET was seen for the first time on this count (now San Mateo County has 2 CBCs with records of this bird). It was seen flying by the Ano Nuevo and the Pescadero Marsh teams. RED-NAPED SAPSUCKERS were reported by two teams on private land (San Gregorio Road and Pescadero Road); the returning YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER on Stage Road; a GLAUCOUS GULL in the gull flock at Gazos Beach. A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen by the Pescadero Marsh team. While not officially countable, it is a great bird to find nonetheless.

I am sure the various teams will chime in with their own reports. I want to thank everyone for their participation and look forward to next year!~

Leslie Flint
CBC Coordinator
San Mateo

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Date: 12/31/17 11:56 am
From: <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Ano Nuevo CBC -1a - recap and some thanks
Chris and I were joined yesterday by Devin Peyton and Rebecca Wynd for area 1a for the Ano Nuevo CBC held yesterday. We birded private properties along La Honda Rd. in San Gregorio. We observed about 40 species total. Though our area does not yield high species totals, we had the opportunity to enjoy studying sapsuckers. On Nov. 1, 2017 Devin Peyton found a Red-naped Sapsucker. He has been observing it almost daily roughly through mid-November. Then it started to be less consistently seen. Yesterday however, it showed itself for the Christmas bird count! Also present on the property was a Red-breasted Sapsucker. In fact the Red-breasted chased the Red-naped, or vice versa, just before Chris and I were able to get photos of the Red-naped. Once things settled down, we were able to photograph the Red-naped Sapsucker. Moving on to another property, another sapsucker was encountered. This one was a bit trickier and appeared to show characters of both Red-naped and Red-breasted. But we had fun observing it and comparing it to the other 2 sapsuckers we had seen earlier in the day. Other highlights were seeing Varied Thrush and good looks at Golden-crowned Kinglet. Our checklists are here and comments welcome.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41447700 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41447700

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41452101 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41452101

We’d like to thank Devin for contacting us and “hanging on” to the bird for the CBC! Also thanks to Leslie and Chris O’Connell (was it both of you or was it one of you?) for organizing the compilation dinner, which is always so much fun out there are the “Barn”. Thanks to Al DeMartini for being the master of ceremonies and special thanks to Chris O’Connell for all you do for Sequoia Audubon Society and for your generosity to all us CBC counters!

Happy New Year!
Malia DeFelice and Chris Hayward




 

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Date: 12/30/17 9:42 am
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] fly by Cackling Geese
Hi folks

7 Cackling Geese flew by going south by the Coastside Trail north of
Poplar this morning. No eagle today.

Alvaro



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Date: 12/29/17 1:20 pm
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [pen-bird] Ebird report of Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Here’s the link to the eBird list - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41392490 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41392490>

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
visit http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/
The San Mateo County Birding Guide







> On Dec 29, 2017, at 8:29 AM, Jane Tatchell <Jane...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> That sounds like the Spring Ridge Trail to me. It's only :-) about a mile and a half of that type of habitat from Skyline down towards the oak woodlands.
> Jane Tatchell, Redwood City
>
> ---- On Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:21:32 -0800 <peninsula-birding-noreply...> <mailto:<peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote ----
>
>
> An Ebird report was received today, Dec 29, for two Rufous-crowned Sparrows (with photo) at Windy Hill on Dec 27 in late pm. To me, this is a rare bird worth trying for. But as is typical on Ebird, there are few details. Map pointer is for the hotspot, right in the middle of the woods on switchbacks, while the description of the area is 'Steep, grassy slope with scattered bushes'. I know little about Windy Hill, so if anyone knows more about this, please share with the group. Thanks in advance.
>
> Dave Weber,
> Milpitas
>
>
>
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Date: 12/29/17 8:52 am
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Bald Eagle in Half Moon Bay
Hi all,

Walking the dogs this morning I saw a subadult Bald Eagle perched on the
tall cypress to the south of Magnolia Street in Half Moon Bay. It flew east
towards hwy 1 and the POST raptor field. Dirty white head, tail about half
white. I don't think I have ever seen a Bald Eagle in Half Moon Bay before!

Also a group of 6 Barn Swallows moving north.

Good birding,

Alvaro



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Date: 12/29/17 8:43 am
From: Malia DeFelice <maliadances...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: Re:[pen-bird] Ebird report of Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Folks,
I have contacted the observer of the eBird checklist and have asked if  they would mind sharing the exact location for this incredible find.
MaliaeBird-San Mateo County


On Friday, December 29, 2017, 8:29:15 AM PST, Jane Tatchell <Jane...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote:

 

That sounds like the Spring Ridge Trail to me. It's only :-) about a mile and a half of that type of habitat from Skyline down towards the oak woodlands. Jane Tatchell, Redwood City 


---- On Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:21:32 -0800 <peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote ----

 
An Ebird report was received today, Dec 29, for two Rufous-crowned Sparrows (with photo) at Windy Hill on Dec 27 in late pm. To me, this is a rare bird worth trying for. But as is typical on Ebird, there are few details. Map pointer is for the hotspot, right in the middle of the woods on switchbacks, while the description of the area is 'Steep, grassy slope with scattered bushes'. I know little about Windy Hill, so if anyone knows more about this, please share with the group. Thanks in advance.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas




 

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Date: 12/29/17 8:29 am
From: Jane Tatchell <Jane...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: Re:[pen-bird] Ebird report of Rufous-crowned Sparrow
That sounds like the Spring Ridge Trail to me. It's only :-) about a mile and a half of that type of habitat from Skyline down towards the oak woodlands. Jane Tatchell, Redwood City 

---- On Fri, 29 Dec 2017 08:21:32 -0800 <peninsula-birding-noreply...> wrote ----

An Ebird report was received today, Dec 29, for two Rufous-crowned Sparrows (with photo) at Windy Hill on Dec 27 in late pm. To me, this is a rare bird worth trying for. But as is typical on Ebird, there are few details. Map pointer is for the hotspot, right in the middle of the woods on switchbacks, while the description of the area is 'Steep, grassy slope with scattered bushes'. I know little about Windy Hill, so if anyone knows more about this, please share with the group. Thanks in advance.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas

 

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Date: 12/29/17 8:22 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Ebird report of Rufous-crowned Sparrow
An Ebird report was received today, Dec 29, for two Rufous-crowned Sparrows (with photo) at Windy Hill on Dec 27 in late pm. To me, this is a rare bird worth trying for. But as is typical on Ebird, there are few details. Map pointer is for the hotspot, right in the middle of the woods on switchbacks, while the description of the area is 'Steep, grassy slope with scattered bushes'. I know little about Windy Hill, so if anyone knows more about this, please share with the group. Thanks in advance.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas


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Date: 12/28/17 6:30 pm
From: Kent Forward <kforward...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Coastside Rarities 12/28/2017
Good Evening Birders,

This afternoon I birded portions of Gazos Creek Road, a highlight was finding what appears to be an immature YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER about 150 yards upstream of the Cloverdale Road intersection.  Photos, audio, and a detailed description of the bird are in my eBird checklist:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41387841
Earlier I stopped by Pigeon Point and was able to re-locate the continuing, and very well hidden (at least while I was there), BURROWING OWL!  This is in the overgrown ag field just north of the lighthouse. I was able to get a heavily zoomed photo from the road of just the top of its head and one watchful eye:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41387536
Happy Birding and Happy Holidays Everyone!Kent ForwardEl Granada

 

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Date: 12/28/17 6:24 pm
From: Jim Yurchenco <jimy...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Solitaire
Today, 12/28 at 8 AM, we first heard the classic "squeaky gate” call and then found a Townsend’s Solitaire at the top of a tall madrone tree near the corner of Alpine Road and Joaquin Road in the Los Trancos area. The tree was in the yard of the house enclosed by those two streets.

James Yurchenco
Amy Lauterbach

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Date: 12/26/17 10:08 pm
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] mini pelagic - lots of fulmars
Hi all,

I was able to hitch a ride on a commercial crab boat today out of Pillar
Point Harbor. Lots of birds out there, with a couple of hundred fulmars
ranging from dark to pale morph. They were drawn to the fishing activity for
some great views. We got to about 10 miles out. Highlights included one
Short-tailed Shearwater, a young Glaucous Gull, Pink-footed Shearwater (out
of season), and two Sooty Shearwaters. One juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake
went by. I was wondering why there were no Ancient Murrelets, although there
were lots of Murres (about 10-20% in breeding plumage), and a good number of
Rhinoceros Auklets and just before we got into the harbor close to shore
there were two Ancients! Before I could get a camera on them, they dove and
did not reappear.

Lots of hybrid gulls as well, but I will spare folks the confusing
details. Here are some photos:



Glaucous, kittiwake, Short-tailed

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41332533

Fulmars, Pink-foot, Sooty

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41332546



good birding

Alvaro



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Date: 12/26/17 7:15 pm
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Geese at dusk
Hi all

In Half Moon Bay, coastside, trail, today after sunset a large group of
geese went over heading north. Most were the local Canadas, but there were
smaller geese that looked like Cackling (light was very poor by then). Also
there was a white goose that was smaller than they were, so I am considering
it a Ross's. Perhaps they are now hanging around with the local flock, so
they could turn up elsewhere in the Half Moon Bay area and the ID could be
reconfirmed.

Alvaro



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Date: 12/26/17 7:09 pm
From: Peter Metropulos <pjmetrop...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Recent SAN MATEO COUNTY noteworthies

Holiday Greetings birding community !I have not found any super-rare or chaseworthy birds in the past couple months hence no posts from me recently. However the following observations of local interest may be worthy of your attention.....
10/19/17    Purissima Cr.Rd. at Verde Rd.: Ferruginous Hawk(I imm.).                  Miramontes Pt.:   Western Grebe(huge flotilla of 1400 birds. Virginia Rail at golfcourse wetland.                  Pilarcitos Cr.mouth:  Snowy Plover(54).  Generous flock of 1300 Sanderlings.                  Half Moon Bay State Beach(Kelly Ave.):   Palm Warbler(one in fennel).
10/21/17    SM /SCruz Co.line,Hwy 1:   Harlequin Duck(one drake. Same spot one wintered last year.                  Pigeon Pt.:    Palm Warbler(one in plowed field).                  Franklin Pt.:  Cackling Goose(one flying south).                  Pescadero Rd./Butano Cr.: Cackling Goose(3 minima).                  Butano Cut-Off:   Violet-green Swallow(3).
10/22/17:   Devil's Slide Trail:   Rock Wren(1).
11/4/17:     Bolsa Pt.:    Cackling Goose (3  in field)
11/15/17    Olivet Cemetery,Colma:   Cackling Goose (2 Aleutian)                  Cypress Lawn Cemetery:  Yellow Warbler(one,late).  Also a Palm Warbler perched on a headstone.
 e11/8/17      Westridge Dr.,Portola Valley:    Wild Turkeys(flock of 10 birds on driveway.
11/11/17:   Reflection Lake,La Honda:     Hooded Merganser(7).  Green Heron(1).                  Pigeon Point:     Tricolored Blackbird(a  flock of 1200 birds here included not a single female!)
11/12/17:   Oyster Point Marina:   Forster's Tern(massive roost of 340 birds on breakwater).
11/13/17:   Pillar Point Harbor:   The Red-footed Booby and Northern Gannet were seen as expected, but a Red Knot on the mudflat                  at the harbor's southeast corner was an unexpected discovery since they are quite rare on the coast.
11/18/17:   Pescadero Rd./Hwy 1 :  Cackling Goose(19 Aleutians in field).                  Pigeon Point:   Cackling Goose(a V-formation of 52 or so birds flying north at 10 AM. I saw the flock circling over south                                          Half Moon Bay 45 minutes later. This is by far the largest group of cacklers I've ever seen in SM County..                                          Once very rare locally this species seems to be increasing here each successive year.                 Also at Pigeon Pt:   Red-throated Loon(400 counted flying north in 15 minutes).                 SM/SCRz County Line,Hwy 1:   Black Scoter(7)                 Verde Rd.pond:   Common Gallinule(1).
12/10/17     Pigeon Point:  Burrowing Owl( Two birds. One at usual spot along Pigeon Pt. Rd., and another at a well-used hole                   about a half-mile to the east in hilly grassland.
12/16/17     Pillar Point Bluff(Crystal Springs CBC):   Highlights were a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a pair of Marbled Murrelets.
12/17/17    Foster City shellbar:    Rock Wren( one on rock breakwater at Beach Park Blvd./Tarpon St.. Also here were 37 roosting                                                      Black Skimmers.
I also observed a total of 6 Merlins between 10/29/17 and 11/12/17,all on the bay side of SM County.
ENJOY the Season !
Peter J. MetropulosSan Carlos,CA.
 

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Date: 12/25/17 2:20 pm
From: <greylag64...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Pls forward to Southbaybirds
Common Loon in the north Pond (the one with the islands) at Los Gatos Creek Trail Park (Oka Ponds)
Pictures in my camera, sorry.

Laurie Graham
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South San Francisco

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Date: 12/25/17 1:47 pm
From: Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Water dog lake
I’ve spent the last week or so birding at water dog lake in Belmont, mostly on the side with the lake. Lots of hermit thrush, oak titmouse, and Anna’s hummingbirds so if any of these are on your list, that’s the place to go! Today my efforts were rewarded. We saw a concentration of at least 8 CALIFORNIA THRASHER. They were all in the scrub as you enter from the Hallmark Rd side. They were taking turns perching up on the bushes singing while others were scratching through the litter down below.

Hopefully this week I’ll spend some time on the other side of the park to see what other treasures are hidden over there!

Happy holidays
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Date: 12/23/17 7:37 pm
From: <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Another Harris's Sparrow, Cowell-Purissima Trail HMB 12-23-2017

Hello All,

This morning 12-23-2017 I walked the north end of the Cowell-Purissima Coastal Trail in southern Half Moon Bay. Less than 1/4 mile from the parking area, I stopped to sift through an impressive flock of 80+ crowned sparrows. Almost all of them were White-crowned, but there was an immature Harris's Sparrow among them too, and just one Golden-crowned that I noticed. The HASP looked very much like the one folks have been admiring along the Ravenswood Slough for the past couple of weeks. I did get some diagnostic but otherwise unexciting images, which will be up on ebird soon.

Happy Holidays to all,
Garth Harwood, Pescadero
 

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Date: 12/23/17 10:53 am
From: Rudy Wallen <arelist12...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] SF Count needs a few more counters for Pacifica! 12/27
We’ve had some last minute complications and need to find a leader and a
few more counters for the Pacifica area on San Francisco Christmas Count,
12/27. You don’t have to be an ace birder to lead (though it’s always
welcome) - just need to be capable of filling out the forms and getting
them to us either at the count dinner or via email in the following days.


If you are interested, please email me directly: siobhan.ruck at gmail dot
com (spelled out for benefit of those reading on Sialia)

There are a few other areas that could use another person or two so if you
haven’t registered but are interested in participating, please email me and
I can find you a spot.

Thanks,

Rudy Wallen

SF (on behalf of...)


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Date: 12/22/17 8:26 pm
From: Kent Forward <kforward...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Greater White-fronted Goose at O'Connor Pond 12/22/2017
Good Evening Birders,
I decided to do some birding along the bay today, a highlight was finding a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on O'Connor Pond in East Palo Alto.   Also of note was a RIDGWAY'S RAIL at Bedwell Bayfront Park, crossing the small slough channel very close to the trail - this was on the north side of the park that is adjacent to Greco Island.
Bountiful Birding,Kent ForwardEl Granada
 

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Date: 12/22/17 5:22 pm
From: Ronald- Thorn <Tronthorn...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Pigeon Pt. seawatch and another Harlequin Duck at Coyote Pt.



On December 19, I did a two hour seawatch from Pigeon Point. At arrival time the visibility was clear to near the
horizon. The ocean was calm. I departed as the visibility deteriorated when the sky clouded over with a breeze
Feeding frenzies at the horizon was attracting large numbers of gulls. Alcids were easy to pick-out in flight over the
calm water. Common Murres were moving as expected, but the surprise was the highest number of Rhinoceros
Auklets I have ever noted during a seawatch in the county.

Below are just some of the species from notes taken during the seawatch.

Red-throated Loon ( 1,800 flying north to feeding areas )

Brown Pelican ( 720 headed out to feeding frenzies )

NORTHERN FULMAR ( 20 north, all dark, but 1 light morph )

POMARINE JAEGER ( 3 in feeding frenzies )

ANCIENT MURRELET ( 3 together north )

Marbled Murrelet ( 6 north )

CASSIN'S AUKLET ( 3 north )

RHINOCEROS AUKLET ( 2,100 north, largest group 100 )

Later stopping off at Pescadero Beach, I scanned the ocean and there were ( 2 ) BLACK-VENTED
SHEARWATERS flying north. These are the first I have noted since back in the early fall.

Today I stopped off at Coyote Point. Scanning San Francisco Bay, there were ( 35 ) Red-throated
Loons from the point to the San Mateo Bridge. There were still large numbers of Surf Scoters,
Common Goldeneyes and Buffleheads feeding at the concrete slabs. I have not seen the resident
male Harlequin Duck at Coyote Point since October where it had molted in most of its definitive
basic plumage. I was surprised to see today preening on a concrete slab a first winter male
HARLEQUIN DUCK. Looking most like a female, but showing a vertical white stripe on the side
of the breast.

Looking like good winter in the number of Barrow's Goldeneyes. There are ( 2 ) adult males at
Coyote Point. An adult male at the Joinville Park in San Mateo. ( 3 ) Adult males at Davit Lane
in Redwood Shores. I have not seen any females since the one at Coyote Point two weeks
ago.

Ron Thorn


 

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Date: 12/22/17 1:52 pm
From: Donald Pendleton <pen55ton...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Common teal, Belmont Slough
Folks,
There are two Eurasian form of green-winged teals at Belmont Slough. 
Don Pendleton East Palo Alto  

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Date: 12/22/17 8:44 am
From: <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Black-throated Gray Warbler 12-21-2017 Pescadero Marsh

Hi All,

On Nov. 22 I observed a hatch-year female Black-throated Gray Warbler at the back end of Pescadero Marsh, in the pines close to the Water Lane entrance. So it was very likely the same bird that showed up there yesterday 12/21 (also a HY female), and it appears to be overwintering. Yesterday, it was foraging in pines again, but also in the flowering eucalyptus trees close by. An Orange-crowned Warbler was also in the eucs, with the more expected species of warblers there also.

8 Violet-green Swallows were foraging over the main part of the Marsh as well.

--Garth Harwood, Pescadero
 

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Date: 12/20/17 3:07 pm
From: Sue Cossins <susancossins...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Bird ID help please
This photo of a dead bird (maybe a window strike) is from the Filoli Head
of Horticulture, Jim Salyards.

It was taken on a street in Chicago in August.

Can anyone help us ID it?

Thanks, Sue Cossins

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Date: 12/19/17 2:14 pm
From: Leslie Flint <lflint...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Crystal Springs CBC - preliminary results
Hello Pen-birders,

Since Al DeMartini (our compiler) is off doing his usual round of CBCs, I thought I would give a quick report on the Crystal Springs CBC which was held on Saturday, December 16. The preliminary total is 178 species which includes an Orchard Oriole that has been visiting Malia and Chris’ feeders for several weeks. The possible Stilt Sandpiper seen by the Foster City team is still under review so not included in this preliminary number which is below average for this count. However, it was not for lack of trying. All areas were well covered. We simply were hampered by the strong winds and almost no seabirds were seen; the Red-footed Booby was awol (but made it into count week totals), and no vagrant warblers made an appearance. A big miss was Ridgway’s Rail - seen the day before, but not on count day. A nice find by Adam Dudley of a Redhead the day before the count was the first in several years, but the 2 ft. whitecaps on the Bay the day of the count made it impossible to see any ducks. Some areas along Skyline simply could not be covered because of falling trees!

AND I think we all had a fun day anyway, and I want to thank everyone for their efforts and enthusiasm! See you next year.

Leslie Flint
San Mateo



 

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Date: 12/18/17 8:15 pm
From: Dominik Mosur <polskatata...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Pescadero area 12/18/17
Spent some time around Pescadero Marsh and Town and further south along the coast today in preparation for the CBC coming up in 11 days. There was a 7..2' high tide peaking around 10 a.m. so the marsh was full of water and ducks. Some highlights/notable sightings for the count circle:

Blue-winged Teal -male, north portion of Pescadero marsh/along HWY 1

Cinnamon Teal - 3males 4 females, north marsh

Green-winged Teal - 431, scattered among the various parts of marsh with biggest group of 300~ in "pond" on backside of the "sensitive area" hill, viewed from the observation deck

Loggerhead Shrike - 2 birds at dusk on the coastal prairie/burn area of Año Nuevo. Couldn't relocate the Water Lane bird in Pescadero today

Burrowing Owl - continuing in field near Pigeon Point

Tree/VG Swallows - 3 very distant birds seen in am over ne part of marsh.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2 around Pescadero marsh

House Wren - 3 around Pescadero marsh

American Crow - 50 in agricultural field south side of road driving into Pescadero

Tricolored Blackbirds - 60+ in Ag field across from 103 Water Lane, 8 at Pigeon Pt. Additionally passed several hundred more blackbirds on wires between Bean Hollow and Pigeon Point but couldn't pull off in time to go through them.

Also got a distant photo of either a HY Ring-billed Gull or a funny looking young Mew with Gull roost at mouth of Pescadero creek. The former would be a good bird for the area/CBC. Picture is in checklist on ebird.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41186737

Dominik Mosur
San Francisco



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Date: 12/17/17 9:08 pm
From: 'agilbert12' <agilbert12...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Re: Harris Sparrow continues 12/17 at 11:15a
The Harris's Sparrow was foraging with a small flock of Golden-crowneds next
to the public access trail just south of the Facebook soccer field at 12:30p
on Sunday.



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Date: 12/17/17 5:54 pm
From: <flycatcher...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] 3 species of swallow, Bald Eagle at Pescadero Marsh 12-17-2017

Hi All,

I birded the northern end of the Crystal Springs watershed yesterday (with permit access and with a couple of Watershed Keepers birding alongside) but found surprisingly little of note over 12 hours...a couple of Northern Saw-whet Owls before dawn, a heard-only Red Crossbill, and several each of Red-breasted Nuthatches and Golden-crowned Kinglets, plus a Pileated Woodpecker, were the highlights. Wind was a factor for much of the day, especially on the reservoirs.

Today 12/17 I checked some coastal spots: Ano Nuevo's northern prairie headland, Gazos Beach (59 Snowy Plovers, at least 10 of them banded, including colors and patterns I hadn't encountered before), Bean Hollow Beach, and finally, Pescadero Marsh on its southern trail.

Swallows were at all of the above locations except for Gazos - very strange for December! I had 4 distant 'swallow sp.' at Ano Nuevo, a northbound, flyby flock of 19 over the breakers at Bean Hollow that appeared to be Trees, and a flock of 27 at the Marsh that proved to have mostly Trees, but also 2 Violet-greens and one Barn Swallow.

The Marsh was really great at mid-day...in addition to the swallows, I had noticed a lot of Kite activity at the far back end of the Marsh from the trailhead, so I got back far enough to count the roosting birds, finding 22 in all. On the way there I was treated to an adult Bald Eagle circling low and slow over the reedy back end of the Marsh before ascending very high and drifting slowly southward.

But I still haven't mentioned my personal highlight of that particular walk: separately, I had extraordinary close-range opportunities to view both Virginia Rail and Sora rail in a relaxed state and in excellent light, aware of my presence but deciding to get on with their business anyway. Probably because I had left the camera in the car. That's birding!

Happy winter celebrations to everyone - Garth Harwood, Pescadero
 

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Date: 12/17/17 11:24 am
From: Troy Pittock <troypittock...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Harris Sparrow continues 12/17 at 11:15a
Mostly seen foraging under trees along soccer field fencing. Al and Chris
O. on it earlier as well when we saw each other.
Thank you guys.
Happy birding and holidays..
Troy Pittock
San Carlos

 

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Date: 12/16/17 9:42 pm
From: Leslie Flint <lflint...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
Subject: [pen-bird] Stilt Sandpiper at Foster City Shell Bar
Hi birders,

Today while counting shorebirds at the FC Shell Bar for the Crystal Springs CBC, I and others saw a different shorebird at the front of the flock on the incoming tide (about 8:45 a.m.). My first impression was that it had a very upright posture, and a decurved (downturned) bill. It was shorter than the Willits behind it and taller, because of the longer legs, than the dowitchers next to it. Perhaps the body size of a dunlin, but with longer legs. The back was patterned, not solidly gray or brown. There was an obvious supercillium. I believe it was a Stilt Sandpiper. Unfortunately we were unable to obtain photographs.

I’ll be out there tomorrow morning on the incoming tide to see if it is still there. I would welcome you to join me.

Leslie Flint
San Mateo

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