south-bay-birds
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4/25/17 7:49 pm wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] The Piratical Flycatchers SCVAS BIrdathon results 4/23/17
4/25/17 6:34 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
4/25/17 4:05 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Golden-crowned Kinglets at John Nicholas Trailhead
4/25/17 3:36 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Calliope Hummingbird at Loma Prieta 4/25/17
4/25/17 2:26 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lazuli Bunting and Snowy Plover
4/24/17 5:06 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stevens Creek Co. Park
4/24/17 4:42 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Dunlin photo at New Chicago
4/24/17 3:57 pm Barry Langdon-Lassagne <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Redhead pair at EEC
4/24/17 2:51 pm Barry Langdon-Lassagne <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Redhead pair at EEC
4/24/17 1:03 pm Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Red-necked Phalaropes - Alviso Ponds A15 and A12 - 4/24/17
4/23/17 10:55 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Nashville Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Hammond's Flycatcher @ Smith Creek
4/23/17 9:35 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Miscellany
4/23/17 6:45 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Matadero Riparian and Embarcadero Way
4/23/17 1:46 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cassin's Vireos, Black-chinned Hummingbird
4/23/17 12:41 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Some Steven's Creek Park Birding at Villa Maria
4/23/17 11:59 am Jean Myers <dosriosjean...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler
4/22/17 9:59 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso Shorebirds Plus
4/22/17 7:17 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin birds, pics
4/22/17 5:33 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Gilroy Hot Springs Road (PAAS field trip) 04-22-17
4/21/17 5:01 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] 2016 Palo Alto Summer Bird Count Summary
4/21/17 4:55 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Los Gatos Creek Above Meridian
4/21/17 3:24 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Smith Creek and beyond
4/21/17 8:18 am Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Team Fledglings SCVAS Birdathon results, 4/16/17
4/20/17 10:54 pm 'Tiwari, Vivek' <Vivek.Tiwari...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Team Fledglings SCVAS Birdathon results, 4/16/17
4/20/17 7:58 pm Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Team Fledglings SCVAS Birdathon results, 4/16/17
4/20/17 4:34 pm Richard Jeffers <jeffers_richard...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Ulistac Hammond's Flycatcher
4/20/17 4:08 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] No Solitary Sandpiper in the pond along the Coyote creek trail
4/20/17 4:00 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac Hammond's Flycatcher
4/20/17 1:37 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero Hike
4/20/17 11:35 am Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Unknown backyard bird song
4/20/17 9:41 am 'Mike Feighner' <feinerVogel94551...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> RE: [SBB] Unknown backyard bird song
4/19/17 11:28 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] [Correction] Solitary Sandpiper Coyote Creek Trail
4/19/17 7:57 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Loma Prieta Avenue
4/19/17 4:34 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing White-throated Sparrow
4/19/17 3:55 pm Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler at Ponderosa Park (Sunnyvale)
4/19/17 3:45 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero birds, pics
4/19/17 3:34 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] [Correction] Solitary Sandpiper Coyote Creek Trail
4/19/17 1:57 pm <gordryd...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] [Correction] Solitary Sandpiper Coyote Creek Trail
4/19/17 1:34 pm <gordryd...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Solitary Sandpiper Coyote Creek Trail
4/19/17 1:13 pm wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler at Ponderosa Park (Sunnyvale)
4/19/17 11:02 am <carolehu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Great Blue Heron
4/18/17 11:08 pm Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Black Rail still calling as of 3:00 pm
4/18/17 10:38 pm 'Bill P. ' <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SCVAS Bird-a-thon Sharpies
4/18/17 9:35 pm dali reyes <d_delosreyes...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Spotted Towhee
4/18/17 7:32 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Black Rail still calling as of 3:00 pm
4/18/17 3:48 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black Rail still calling as of 3:00 pm
4/18/17 1:42 pm Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lark Sparrow at Geng Road, Palo Alto, 4/18/2017, 10:45am
4/18/17 12:29 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Miscellaneous
4/18/17 10:13 am <dmzajac2004...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Spotted Towhee
4/18/17 8:58 am Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Unknown backyard bird song
4/18/17 8:55 am David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Yesterdays (4/17) walk at Rancho San Antonio
4/17/17 5:26 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden Valley Birds 4-17-17
4/17/17 3:44 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Weekend birds, pics
4/17/17 3:18 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Recent Birds
4/17/17 12:34 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] White-throated SP Ulistac
4/17/17 12:33 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black Rail Shoreline Park Apr 17
4/17/17 12:26 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing Black Rail
4/16/17 5:23 pm Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden Eagles SCVAS Spring Birdathon, Apr 15
4/16/17 1:59 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Some Comments About Our Black Skimmers
4/16/17 10:59 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black Rail Casey Forebay
4/15/17 8:04 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Solitary Sandpiper SCVWD 4-15-17
4/15/17 5:53 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac Natual Area
4/15/17 3:58 pm Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin County Park and nearby, 4/15/2017
4/15/17 12:01 pm <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] San Francisquito Creek Wood Ducks
4/15/17 11:31 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Hammond's Flycatcher continues
4/14/17 8:21 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] San Antonio Valley
4/14/17 5:56 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden Valley birds 4-14-17
4/14/17 4:20 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Smith Creek and Grant Ranch
4/14/17 11:54 am John Fox <scrap381...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Canyon Wren - Coyote Lake (injured)
4/14/17 11:16 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Some Charleston Slough Birds
4/12/17 11:21 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Interesting call at Casey Forebay
4/12/17 1:36 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SCVAS Audubon field trip 4-12-17
4/12/17 9:18 am Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] More Villa Maria
4/11/17 9:10 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Common Poorwill Los Alamitos Creek Trail
4/11/17 8:40 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Hermit Warbler, Stevens Creek County Park
4/11/17 7:30 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley
4/11/17 1:11 pm Beth Hamel <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Plover Exposure Birdathon Results
4/11/17 12:46 pm Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lazuli Bunting at Rancho San Antonio
4/11/17 12:22 pm 'Lisa Myers' <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Common Poorwill Los Alamitos Creek Trail
4/11/17 9:32 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Migrants at Ulistac
4/11/17 8:22 am David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Rancho San Antonio
4/10/17 9:22 pm <stracey53...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Plover Exposure Birdathon Results
4/9/17 4:25 pm 'Lisa Myers' <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Persistent Picidaes Birdathon results
4/9/17 1:45 pm Richard <jeffers_richard...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Plumbeous Vireo at Overfelt Gardens
4/9/17 11:26 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Western Kingbirds on Saturday's Field Trip
4/8/17 11:27 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lazuli Bunting at Santa Teresa CP 4/8/17
4/8/17 7:22 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Calero Reservoir (4/8/17)
4/8/17 3:56 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lazuli Bunting at Santa Teresa CP 4/8/17
4/8/17 3:14 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Nesting kites at Stanford
4/8/17 2:28 pm wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] The Wandering Kestrels Birdathon - 4/8/17
4/8/17 10:10 am Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vaux's Swift 4-08-17
4/7/17 5:55 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] White-throated Sparrow 4-07-17
4/7/17 2:30 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Blue-winged Teal pair, Palo Alto Baylands PLUS
4/7/17 12:07 pm Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] First Wed SCVAS walk, Sunnyvale WPCP
4/6/17 5:47 pm Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Two Black Skimmers - Charleston Slough 4/6
4/6/17 5:12 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Blue-winged Teal pair, Palo Alto Baylands
4/6/17 11:28 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Cassin's Kingbird at San Felipe Road 4/5/17
4/6/17 8:26 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Male Yellow-headed Blackbird photos
4/5/17 9:08 pm Robert Reiling via eBird <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Robert Reiling has shared an eBird checklist with you from Palm Ave. on Apr 5, 2017 - 11:12 AM
4/5/17 3:31 pm <jnc...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Don Edwards Local Interest
4/5/17 2:53 pm <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Rancho San Antonio still no lazuli bunting
4/5/17 2:00 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler 4-05-17
4/5/17 10:59 am David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cassin's Kingbird at San Felipe Road 4/5/17
4/4/17 6:03 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Rancho San Antonio spring birds
4/4/17 5:57 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sierra Vista (4/4)
4/4/17 5:30 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Forgot: signature and address
4/4/17 4:40 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alum Rock Park 4-04-17
4/4/17 1:50 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Matadero Creek trail 04-04-17
4/4/17 1:05 pm Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Yellow-headed Blackbird Coyote Valley 4/4
4/3/17 10:35 pm ANN RICE <africe...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] LT Duck
4/3/17 5:42 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] LT Duck
4/3/17 4:35 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Redheads
4/3/17 4:04 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso Slough Trail
4/3/17 1:58 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso
4/3/17 1:49 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] 1 Long-tailed Duck still present A15 12:50pm
4/3/17 1:41 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] One LT Duck refound Apr 3
4/3/17 12:06 pm Nancy Asquith <nancyasquith...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ogier Ponds remains extremely difficult to access fully
4/3/17 11:11 am Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Flicker dance at McClellan Ranch
4/3/17 10:27 am Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Weekend birds
4/3/17 10:07 am Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Flicker dance at McClellan Ranch
4/3/17 9:16 am Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso
4/2/17 10:06 pm Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Two Long-tailed Ducks in Alviso - 4/2/17
4/2/17 6:25 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc Coyote Valley and Alviso
4/2/17 5:41 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] San Francisquito Creek Trail
4/2/17 2:08 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> RE: [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso
4/2/17 11:08 am Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Pacific Wren
4/2/17 10:32 am 'Rogers, Michael M. (ARC-TNA)' <Michael.M.Rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso
4/2/17 9:54 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pacific Wren
4/2/17 9:35 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stevens Creek Park 04-01-17 (PAAS field trip)
4/1/17 6:52 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
4/1/17 5:38 pm 'Kirsten Holmquist' <kirsten.holmquist...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Hooded Orioles & Black-headed Grosbeak
4/1/17 4:55 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler 4-01-17
3/31/17 4:20 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero birds
3/30/17 12:37 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Some Birding in Fremont Older OSP
3/30/17 10:38 am Charles Coston <cjcoston...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Life or death in Sunnyvale
3/30/17 10:04 am Donald Pendleton <pen55ton...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pacific phase of Merlin, Charleston Slough
3/29/17 8:05 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago and Pond A16
3/29/17 5:42 pm Rita Colwell <colwell.rita...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Brown Creepers
3/29/17 3:51 pm <jharshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black Skimmer at Charleston Slough
3/29/17 3:28 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Am. Dipper 3-29-17
3/29/17 3:02 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pileated Woodpecker, Wilson's Warbler, Hermit Thrush
3/29/17 11:12 am Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Alviso Don Edwards 27 March: weird Terns and Coopers
3/29/17 8:02 am Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Selasphorus hummingbird Los Altos
3/29/17 7:57 am Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Tues Brown Creeper, Mtn View
3/28/17 6:03 pm <gkoprs...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ruddy Turnstone at San Francisquito Creek
3/28/17 4:38 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin birds; Osprey with fishing line in bill
3/28/17 4:26 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin birds; Osprey with fishing line in bill
3/28/17 2:58 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vasona Lake Park 03-28-17
3/27/17 7:47 pm <dpbot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Alviso Don Edwards 27 March: weird Terns and Coopers
3/27/17 7:20 pm <stevjohnso...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso Don Edwards 27 March: weird Terns and Coopers
3/27/17 6:59 pm <stevjohnso...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pescadero SB Kittiwakes (please fwd to appropriate forum)
3/27/17 3:44 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stevens Creek Park 03-27-17
3/27/17 2:21 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lawrence's Goldfinch at San Felipe Road
3/27/17 11:27 am Ruth Cantwell <cantwell.ruth...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Palo Alto Bald Eagle
 
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Date: 4/25/17 7:49 pm
From: wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] The Piratical Flycatchers SCVAS BIrdathon results 4/23/17
Ginger and I (a.k.a The Piratical Flycatchers) had an exhilarating time combing the parks of Santa Clara County on our 24-hour Birdathon expedition yesterday. This writeup just covers some highlights and a list of all the birds we found; I’ll be posting photographs and doing a more extensive writeup for our Birdathon sponsors sometime later.

We started at Monte Bello Open Space Preserve well before dawn in hopes of catching an owl or two calling. As we passed the Sag Pond 0.1 miles in on the Canyon Trail, we heard a VIRGINIA RAIL repeatedly calling, but being unfamiliar with their call we dismissed it as a frog! It wasn’t until later, as we came back by a little after 8am and it called again that it occurred to us what it was. The first bird call we recognized was the distant booming of a GREAT HORNED OWL. By the time the dawn chorus was in full swing there were at least two Great Horned’s calling back and forth repeatedly. No Poorwills, even though we didn’t have much in the way of wind. We heard a GOLDEN EAGLE and PILEATED WOODPECKERs calling, and after dawn several ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERs called from various points along the trail, including back by our car as we prepared to leave.

At Arastradero Preserve we had VAUX’s SWIFTS fly over us (also later at Ed Levin, where I was able to photograph one) and saw a pair of WESTERN KINGBIRDs. Nothing unusual on Felt Lake, but there was a jeep driving lakeside along a dirt road, apparently doing research with floaty net thingies (that’s the scientific term, right?) in the water, so they may have disturbed the wildlife.

At Palo Alto Baylands as well as Alviso we saw many DUNLIN in alternate plumage, making them easy to pick out of the crowds of peeps. We were pleased to find a pair of CANVASBACK still around, swimming in the slough across from the ranger station, and then a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL in the same slough.

At Charleston Slough we found a pair of PINTAIL down the Adobe Creek Trail near where we had seen them on our scouting expeditions (and on our Birdathon with Melanie O’Brien a couple weeks earlier). A BELTED KINGFISHER flew over us that I managed to photograph. Biggest surprise though was a raccoon hunting along the edge of Adobe Creek. We also saw SEMIPALMATED PLOVERs here and in Alviso (no Snowy Plovers though).

In Alviso, near the Jubilee Temple we scoped a BURROWING OWL resting at the side of one of the grass-covered ground squirrel mounds. It appeared to be sleeping, but after a large truck rumbled down the street it lifted its head, then jumped up to the top of the mound and after a few seconds flew off. I’m worried that the line of new buildings being constructed along Disk Drive is seriously impacting these owls.

At the EEC in Alviso we found two male CINNAMON TEAL in Artesian Slough just before we got to the salt pond. There was a lovely pair of REDHEADs past the first island on Salt Pond A16, as I mentioned in email yesterday; this was a highlight for us. We were amazed at the variety of duck species we found throughout the day.

At Ed Levin County Park we found a WESTERN TANAGER in a treetop near the parking lot to the north of Sandy Wool Lake; we had heard one at daybreak up at Monte Bello, but this was the first one we had seen this year. In upper Ed Levin we were quite surprised to see a Hoary Bat out in daylight, hunting over the Spring Valley Pond!

Driving up Sierra Road we turned onto Marsh Road and along with the lovely YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIEs we found a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. We really weren’t expecting a Shrike this late in the season!

At Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve it was rainy and cold, but we did manage to find three HORNED LARKs at the beginning of the Sierra Vista Trail.

At Ulistac Natural Area we heard one COMMON GALLINULE call, our final bird of the day.

Timeline:
Woke up 3:30am. Out the door at 4:25am. Cloudy, little wind (under 5mph). 55°F.
Home
√ Northern Mockingbird 04:12 AM

Driving to Monte Bello OSP 04:28 AM
(1 Jackrabbit) 04:40 AM

At ridge top- 46°F, light wind, cloudy 05:01 AM
Not foggy! Well maybe a little foggy
(1 Frog...no, Rail!) 05:09 AM

Made it to dawn chorus spot on Canyon Trail- no birds calling yet 05:26 AM
√ Great Horned Owl 05:35 AM
√ American Robin 05:44 AM
√ Mourning Dove 05:51 AM
√ Western Tanager 05:53 AM
In the dawn chorus. Photographed at Ed Levin
√ Spotted Towhee 05:55 AM
√ Wild Turkey 05:56 AM
√ Song Sparrow 05:57 AM
√ Orange-crowned Warbler 05:59 AM
√ Bewick's Wren 06:01 AM
√ American Crow 06:02 AM
√ California Quail 06:02 AM
√ Steller's Jay 06:04 AM
√ Wrentit 06:04 AM
√ California Towhee 06:05 AM
(1 Mule Deer) 06:14 AM
√ Oak Titmouse 06:16 AM
√ Black-headed Grosbeak 06:19 AM
(1 Coyote) 06:20 AM
√ Nuttall's Woodpecker 06:32 AM
√ Chestnut-backed Chickadee 06:34 AM
√ Band-tailed Pigeon 06:34 AM
√ Northern Flicker 06:35 AM
√ Dark-eyed Junco 06:38 AM
√ Acorn Woodpecker 06:41 AM
√ Hermit Thrush 06:43 AM
√ Pileated Woodpecker 06:53 AM
Two different directions. One followed by loud drumming.
√ Anna's Hummingbird 06:55 AM
√ Black-throated Gray Warbler 07:02 AM
√ Bushtit 07:14 AM
√ Yellow-rumped Warbler 07:32 AM
Singing
√ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 07:38 AM
√ Common Raven 07:41 AM
√ Golden Eagle 07:45 AM
√ California Scrub-Jay 07:46 AM
√ Ash-throated Flycatcher 07:48 AM
(1 California Vole) 07:56 AM
√ Golden-crowned Sparrow 08:01 AM
√ White-crowned Sparrow 08:01 AM
√ Virginia Rail 08:14 AM
√ Western Bluebird 08:21 AM
√ European Starling 08:25 AM
√ Red-tailed Hawk 08:35 AM
√ Red-shouldered Hawk 08:45 AM

Arastradero Preserve 08:45 AM
√ House Wren 08:50 AM
√ Turkey Vulture 08:55 AM
√ Violet-green Swallow 08:56 AM
√ Red-winged Blackbird 09:02 AM
√ Barn Swallow 09:07 AM
√ Vaux's Swift 09:07 AM
√ Brown-headed Cowbird 09:09 AM
√ Bullock's Oriole 09:09 AM
√ Great Blue Heron 09:12 AM
√ Rock Pigeon 09:12 AM
√ House Finch 09:14 AM
√ Purple Finch 09:18 AM
√ Cedar Waxwing 09:20 AM
√ Lesser Goldfinch 09:21 AM
√ Cooper's Hawk 09:26 AM
√ Greater Yellowlegs 09:34 AM
Identified by voice
√ Killdeer 09:35 AM
√ Canada Goose 09:35 AM
√ Cliff Swallow 09:37 AM
(California Ground Squirrel) 09:40 AM
√ White-tailed Kite 09:45 AM
√ Western Kingbird 09:49 AM
√ Mallard 10:08 AM
√ Tree Swallow 10:11 AM
√ Northern Rough-winged Swallow 10:19 AM
√ White-throated Swift 10:22 AM

Headed to Palo Alto Baylands 10:28 AM
√ Snowy Egret 10:35 AM
√ Forster's Tern 10:35 AM
√ Double-crested Cormorant 10:35 AM
√ Black-crowned Night-Heron 10:36 AM
√ Ruddy Duck 10:36 AM
√ American Coot 10:39 AM
√ California Gull 10:40 AM
√ Northern Shoveler 10:41 AM
√ Green-winged Teal 10:41 AM
√ Willet 10:43 AM
√ Canvasback 10:49 AM
√ Blue-winged Teal 10:51 AM
Pair
√ Whimbrel 10:53 AM
√ Dunlin 10:59 AM
√ Western Sandpiper 10:59 AM
√ American Avocet 11:01 AM
√ Black Phoebe 11:14 AM

Headed to Coast Casey Forebay 11:15 AM
√ Common Yellowthroat 11:26 AM
√ Green Heron 11:26 AM
√ Marsh Wren 11:29 AM
√ Surf Scoter 11:34 AM
√ Great Egret 11:34 AM
√ Marbled Godwit 11:38 AM
√ Savannah Sparrow 11:46 AM
√ Gadwall 11:56 AM
√ Northern Pintail 12:00 PM
√ American Wigeon 12:00 PM
Flyover
√ Semipalmated Plover 12:08 PM
√ Black-necked Stilt 12:08 PM
√ Long-billed Dowitcher 12:14 PM
(1 Raccoon) 12:15 PM
√ Belted Kingfisher 12:31 PM
√ Pied-billed Grebe 01:08 PM
√ American White Pelican 01:21 PM
√ Great-tailed Grackle 01:22 PM
√ Eurasian Collared-Dove 01:26 PM
√ House Sparrow 01:27 PM
√ Hooded Oriole 01:38 PM
√ Northern Harrier 01:41 PM
√ Western Meadowlark 02:11 PM
√ Burrowing Owl 02:23 PM
Resting at the side of a ground Squirrel mound. A truck came by and he woke up, ran to the top of the mound, and then flew away.
√ Cinnamon Teal 02:42 PM
√ Redhead 03:01 PM
Submitted notes to eBird.

Leaving Alviso; headed to Ed Levin 03:21 PM
67°F, only a little windy. Some light rain 03:36 PM
√ Selasphorus Hummingbird sp. 04:06 PM
√ Brewer's Blackbird 04:44 PM
(Hoary Bat! 05:01 PM Feeding over Spring Valley Pond at upper Ed Levin)
√ American Kestrel 05:28 PM

On Marsh Road (off Felter Road) 05:41 PM
√ Yellow-billed Magpie 05:47 PM
√ Loggerhead Shrike 05:59 PM

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
Colder, drizzly and windy
√ Horned Lark 06:40 PM

Ulistac Natural Area
√ Common Gallinule 07:55 PM

Home again
Listened for Barn Owls, no luck
Finished around 9pm

AOU Order:
Canada Goose
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Surf Scoter
Ruddy Duck
California Quail
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Vaux's Swift
White-throated Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Rufous or Allen's Hummingbird
Virginia Rail
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit
Western Sandpiper
Dunlin
Long-billed Dowitcher
California Gull
Forster's Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Black Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Steller's Jay
California Scrub-Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wrentit
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
House Sparrow
Lesser Goldfinch
Purple Finch
House Finch
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Western Tanager
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Bullock's Oriole

Total species seen: 115
Duration: 15 1/2 hours
Miles walked: 12

Barry & Ginger Langdon-Lassagne
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Date: 4/25/17 6:34 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
Folks:

This morning, 4/25/17, I visited sites in Palo Alto and Mountain View.
I started at the Palo Alto Baylands, walking out along the outfall
channel. Before the channel, I heard at least four RIDGWAY'S RAILS, a
pair doing the normal clacking duet, and a third bird joining in.
Nearby a fourth bird was giving the clack-burr call, not so loud. Near
the bridge was the only WILLET I was to see all morning. Near the
ranger stations I saw a single WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and two
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS.

At the estuary mouth, two WHIMBRELS continue. I saw two alternate
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. I heard a RIDGWAY'S RAIL on Hooks Isle giving
the clack-burr call. A single GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was in the parking
lot.

Driving over to Terminal Boulevard, I saw 50 CEDAR WAXWINGS flying into
a eucalyptus near Casey. At Shoreline Lake, I saw two female-plumaged
SURF SCOTERS. One raised her wings, but only one of the wings was
feathered. Two adult GREEN HERONS were flying over the Mountain View
Forebay. A secretive adult COMMON GALLINULE was with at least five
precocial young in the seasonal ponds west of the forebay.

Another WHIMBREL was in Charleston Slough. I counted about 6850 WESTERN
SANDPIPERS foraging in the slough on the rising tide.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 4/25/17 4:05 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Golden-crowned Kinglets at John Nicholas Trailhead

All,

After my visit to Loma Prieta today I headed up Black Road to the John Nicholas Trail in search of Pileated Woodpecker. The trail is still closed due to mudslides, so I birded the area around the trailhead instead. Hearing high-pitched chatter I investigated and found 3 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS in the evergreens and bay trees just past the trailhead on the left side. These birds were probably visible from the road, but I bushwacked up the hillside a bit so I could get a better view and some photos. Also in the neighborhood were PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, WILSON'S and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, WARBLING VIREOS and a singing PURPLE FINCH. I was not able to locate a Pileated today, but I'm hardly complaining!

Happy birding,

David Nickerson
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Date: 4/25/17 3:36 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Calliope Hummingbird at Loma Prieta 4/25/17

Hi Folks,

Today at Loma Prieta I found a male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD near the upper saddle area. The bird was perched at the top of a bush on the hillside that separates the private section of Loma Prieta Rd from Summit Rd/Mt Madonna Rd. Approximate GPS coordinates here: 37.096815, -121.845825.

Other highlights included 3 PURPLE MARTINS (2 male, 1 female) hanging out on the snags behind the lower saddle area and both OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE calling repeatedly from the creek canyon below.

eBird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36268652

Happy birding,

David Nickerson
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Date: 4/25/17 2:26 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lazuli Bunting and Snowy Plover
All,
This morning (4/25) I hiked the trail in the northern portion of Ed Levin County park from Sandy wool Lake to the lower Hang Glider launch site.  Extreme weed growth, up to 10 feet high along both sides of the trail, has severely restricted visibility but I was able to find vocalizing male LAZULI BUNTINGS and RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS.  Unfortunately I was unable to hear or find a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW (one possibility flew directly to the base of the tall weeds and out of sight).  I then went to New Chicago Marsh in Alviso and managed to locate a single adult male SNOWY PLOVER from a site on the far northern end of Spreckles Ave, unfortunately no sign of the Redheads in Salt Pond A16.  Dave Weber spotted a nicely marked BONAPARTE'S GULL and there were a couple "moving" CASPIAN TERNS on some of the smaller islands.
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Date: 4/24/17 5:06 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stevens Creek Co. Park
Hi Birders,
We were there late in the afternoon. Some highlights:
- 4 western tanagers seen in the lower restroom area.

The following were seen/heard in the Villa Maria area:
- Ash-throated flycatcher
- Black-headed grosbeak heard
- 2 Hutton's vireos, 1 seen, 1 heard
- 1 Cassin's vireo heard

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Date: 4/24/17 4:42 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Dunlin photo at New Chicago
Yesterday morning 4/23/17 I visited Alviso hoping to get close enough for
photos of breeding plumage shorebirds. A few did indeed come close to me on
the boardwalk into New Chicago Marsh, all but one of them Western
Sandpipers. The exception was my FOS DUNLIN:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165342531

Here's one of the colorful WESAs:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165342534

The walk in from the parking area (the gate was never opened) is good for
closeups of Barn Swallows:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165342528

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Date: 4/24/17 3:57 pm
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Redhead pair at EEC
Photo at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36240084

Barry
~

> On Apr 24, 2017, at 2:51 PM, Barry Langdon-Lassagne <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Ginger and I are on our Birdathon right now, and we're looking at a pair of Redheads in alternate plumage in New Chicago Marsh at the EEC, just past the island with the fake terns on it.
>
> Photos to follow in eBird.
>
> Barry
> ~
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Date: 4/24/17 2:51 pm
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Redhead pair at EEC
Ginger and I are on our Birdathon right now, and we're looking at a pair of Redheads in alternate plumage in New Chicago Marsh at the EEC, just past the island with the fake terns on it.

Photos to follow in eBird.

Barry
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Date: 4/24/17 1:03 pm
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Red-necked Phalaropes - Alviso Ponds A15 and A12 - 4/24/17
This morning (4/24/17) around 9:15am I saw three RED-NECKED PHALAROPES on Pond A15 east of Pond A14, close to the A13/A15 levee. A couple of hours later I saw nine more on the west side of A12. The only other Red-necked Phalarope report I have seen so far this year was from Lake Lagunita on March 21st (an eBird report), so I thought it was worth reporting the birds today. Also of note were a single SNOWY PLOVER hanging out near the nine phaloropes on A12, and two calling RIDGWAY'S RAILS along the Guadalupe River (Alviso Slough?) near A9. I saw one REDHEAD (female) on A14 and one RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (also female) on A10. An adult PEREGRINE FALCON was keeping a watchful eye on A15. It was a good day for swallows and swifts - among the hundreds of CLIFF SWALLOWS along the Alviso Slough Trail I saw 7+ VAUX'S SWIFTS and 2+ WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS. It was fascinating to watch CALIFORNIA GULLS collecting nesting material from the ponds' edges and returning with bills full of clumps of grass to the central levees, where courtship, copulation, nest-building, and a general hubbub were going on. One bird was carrying a fairly large forked twig and I wondered how it was able to see where it was flying to!
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Date: 4/23/17 10:55 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Nashville Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Hammond's Flycatcher @ Smith Creek

All,

Today was a good day for migrants at Smith Creek in Grant County Park. On the trail behind the fire station was a vocalizing HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER that stayed high in the canopy but offered enough glimpses for a cursory photo. Along the Smith Creek Trail warblers were singing in the mixed oaks on the hillside. In addition to the many vocalizing WILSON'S, ORANGE-CROWNED, TOWNSEND'S and BLACK-THROATED GRAYS were two nice surprises, a NASHVILLE WARBLER and later a HERMIT WARBLER, both silent.

Further east in San Antonio Valley I had a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER that briefly flew from an oak to a utility pole and then was gone. That would be my only sighting of the day, unfortunately.

Up on Mines Road (although out-of-county), the GREATER ROADRUNNER continues around mile marker 5.75.

Happy birding!

David Nickerson
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Date: 4/23/17 9:35 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Miscellany
On April 21, I again visited the Ranger Station area of Stevens Creek Co.
Park, including Villa Maria. There was lots of activity by expected
breeders, with one Ash-throated Flycatcher my first there this year.
Migrants included one or (probably) two Western Tanagers heard calling
at Villa Maria. Also in that area were three unseen singing Warblers
(other than Orange-crowned); I suspect they included Black-throated
Gray; although the songs didn't match what I usually hear for local
breeders, the species has a range of songs. A female Wild Turkey
(mentioned by Steve Patt) was at Villa Maria, and a male was heard
from the creekbed near the ranger station.

This morning (April 23) I visited Ulistac. Migrants were also scarce
there, with only a few singing WIlson's Warblers found. It was neat
to see a couple of Northern Rough-winged Swallows land on a snag
which also hosted a Tree Swallow nest. And a Nuttall's Woodpecker
was drumming on the snag where the species nested last year, although
I didn't see one accessing a nest hole.

I headed late AM toward the EEC in Alviso, but the gate along the road was
shut. I've never understood this; does anyone know if they are now always
closed to cars on Sundays? (Next week they may have an excuse if the
governement shuts down.) I decided not to walk out there, or at A12,
where I detected few birds by scoping from the south end (the water
level is quite high in A12). However, there were well over 100 Dunlin,
in striking plumage, along with many Westerns and Leasts, at the near
end of the marsh pond along Eliazbeth St. Since I hadn't yet read Bill
Bousman's post from the day before, I too was surprised by the presence
at least briefly of a Snowy Plover (I didn't find more).

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Date: 4/23/17 6:45 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Matadero Riparian and Embarcadero Way
Folks:

This morning, 4/23/17, I covered some local spots in Palo Alto. Along
the Matadero riparian below Hwy 101, I saw a single migrant WESTERN
KINGBIRD flying into the strong northwest wind from yesterday's frontal
passage and a few minutes later, four more kingbirds passed overhead.
Although our summer resident Western Kingbirds are mostly back, these
more northern birds will be found in small numbers along the Bay in the
next month or so.

Over at Embarcadero Way and the WQCP I encountered flocks of 30, 11, and
10 CEDAR WAXWINGS. The latter flock landed on a red-flowering
eucalyptus and I saw one of the birds probing the red flowers. I'll
guess that nectar can provide a good source of sugar for these migrants,
but I could not find any mention in the Birds of North America account
of these birds using eucalyptus as a food resource.

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Date: 4/23/17 1:46 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cassin's Vireos, Black-chinned Hummingbird
A brief stop in Belgatos Park yesterday 4-22, gave me a vocal CASSIN'S
VIREO over the creek behind the bathrooms. Nearby were 3 BLUE GRAY
GNATCATCHER and 2 PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER.

A CASSIN'S VIREO was well seen this morning in Graystone Park in Almaden
Valley. Across the street on the Alamitos Creek trail were singing
WILSON'S WARBLER and PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER. A YELLOW WARBLER pair
were at the Camden bridge where they have nested in the past. A male
BLACK CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD was also seen at the bridge. Further south
along this trail were two more singing YELLOW WARBLER males, one before
Leland HS and another further south.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

 

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Date: 4/23/17 12:41 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Some Steven's Creek Park Birding at Villa Maria
All:

On 4/23/17 at about 9:30 I saw an Olive-sided Flycatcher perched in the
very top of a distant dead tree that's south of the Villa Maria parking area
of Steven's Creek Park. I watched it for quite a while but didn't hear it
say anything. So, to make sure that it wasn't an abnormally-vested Western
Wood-Pewee, I picked up the Questar and started walking the several hundred
yards to the bird. But, of course, just as I went to take a close look, a
Crow chased it away.

Other sights: There was a large group of Vaux's Swifts overhead at the same
time that a small group of Violet-green Swallows was investigating the
overhang of the restroom. Right near that restroom is the best spot for
viewing the Red-shouldered Hawk nest half way up the tree to the west; the two
of them stood on the nest and interacted a bit for my amusement.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 4/23/17 11:59 am
From: Jean Myers <dosriosjean...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler
Hi all:

I finally got a Black-throated Gray Warbler on my property! It was a cooperative little bird which allowed me to photograph it well (photo posted on e-bird), which is fortunate, for I mistook it for a black-and-white warbler... While the creeks took a beating during the storms, the flora that remains is growing nicely. I completed the removal of all non-natives from the northwest side of the creeks this year (after 11 years of tedious and grueling work). Now, I have only about 3-4 acres to complete on the south and east side of the creeks!

Other species seen today were the Barn Owl in it’s box (it was feeding its' chick(s?) last night outside my bedroom window - the recurring screeching was a heartwarming sound. The 2 California Thrasher males came out to play (I think at least one is on the nest now - their territories are at opposite ends of the property). There are at least 4 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 4 Warbling Vireos, 3 Pacific-slope Flycatchers and 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers (new arrivals) singing their hearts out in the riparian areas. Counted 39 species today in 1.5 hours - most are here to nest. A family of Oak Titmice were frantically trying to feed young. But most of the nesters are being quiet now - really hard to find them when they don’t want to be found! But I totally respect their privacy. I learned my lesson when viewing three separate Allen’s Hummingbird nests a couple of years ago only to find later that the eggs in all three nests were probably predated by a pair of California Scrubjays that like to follow me and my binoculars around. I never linger around a nest now - no matter how tempting.

Happy Birding!

Jean Myers
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Date: 4/22/17 9:59 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso Shorebirds Plus
Folks:

This morning, 4/22/17 (Earth Day), I counted shorebirds on the high tide
in New Chicago Marsh. Two male SNOWY PLOVERS were unexpected in the
marsh at the end of Gold Street. As I drove through Alviso to visit the
EEC, I saw a male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE in flight over the town. A
HORNED GREBE in alternate plumage was in Artesian Slough. As I left the
EEC, I noted an adult PEREGRINE FALCON on one of the entrance road towers.

DUNLIN and WESTERN SANDPIPERS are making their spring push through the
South Bay, most in their finest alternate plumage. I'm sure there are
thousands of these shorebirds out on A12 at the high tide, but there
were hundreds of these shorebirds at the stops I made at the marsh
edge. This show will continue to the first or second week in May.

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Date: 4/22/17 7:17 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin birds, pics
This morning (4/22/17) I visited Ed Levin Park, starting with the *Sandy
Wool *area. Had several singing BULLOCK'S ORIOLES, mostly heard only, a few
fleeting glimpses, no photos.

I was able to photograph a male RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD with typical rather
than bicolored plumage, rare in my experience around here; this in the big
flowering euc by the Tularcitos Trailhead:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165329964

Saw a group of 6 WILD TURKEYS heading uphill from the road along the west
side of the lake, got one photo of a male in full breeding array:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165329966

Went on to the *Spring Valley *area, where at the south end of the pond I
photographed my FOS ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165329961

Also in the same area photographed a WESTERN KINGBIRD:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165329965

and heard and caught a quick glimpse of a flyby BELTED KINGFISHER, no photo.

On the fence marking the south boundary of the preserve photographed a
juvenile RED-SHOULDERED HAWK:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165329963

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Date: 4/22/17 5:33 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Gilroy Hot Springs Road (PAAS field trip) 04-22-17
Folks,

I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class along Gilroy Hot Springs Road today. Several members of class saw a lone female BUFFLEHEAD on the small pond before the first entrance to Coyote Lake Park.

At 8:00, the whole group gathered at Hunting Hollow and strolled down the quiet road until lunch. Highlights were a GOLDEN EAGLE, numerous ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS (only one good view, however), 6 LAZULI BUNTINGS, 4+ BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS and a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE. We also had a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS (male showing pink wash on breast) and 4 WOOD DUCK in flight over the creek. Most exciting was an unexpected light morph SWAINSON'S HAWK high over the ridge and at least one SHARP-SHINNED HAWK.

After a quick lunch break, we caravanned along Caada Road, finding WILD TURKEY along the way, but nothing else new for our list. We had brief views of a Bobcat not far from the the corner of GHS Road and Caada Road.

On Jamieson Road we searched for Grasshopper Sparrow and Lark Sparrow, but were unsuccessful this time. We did however, add WESTERN KINGBIRD, and a couple of LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES associating with a larger group of LESSER GOLDFINCHES. BULLOCK'S ORIOLES were conspicuous during our visit. At least two more LAZULI BUNTINGS were calling from the chaparral slope above the road. We added another GOLDEN EAGLE to our day.

After Jamieson Road we spotted at least 5 LARK SPARROWS along the higher sections of Caada Road as we made our way to Hwy 152.

At the three huge eucalyptus trees on San Felipe Road, we managed to find the nesting CASSIN'S KINGBIRD pair, as well as some heard-only LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES and another two light-morph SWAINSON'S HAWKS.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View
 

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Date: 4/21/17 5:01 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] 2016 Palo Alto Summer Bird Count Summary
Folks:

The Palo Alto Summer Bird Count is roughly half in San Mateo County and
half in Santa Clara County. I have finished compiling the count from
last summer and I have distributed the summary to all of the
participants that included their email address on the participant form.
Anyone who would like a copy of the summary should send an email
directly to me (not Penbirds or South-Bay-Birds).

This summer's count will be on Saturday, 3 Jun 2017.

Bill Bousman


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Date: 4/21/17 4:55 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Los Gatos Creek Above Meridian
Folk:

This morning, 4/21/17, I accessed the Los Gatos Creek Trail from St.
Elizabeth Drive and walked upstream to the 3.25 mi. marker and
downstream to Meridian. I saw two adult male BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS
perched in dead branches of locusts along the trail (far more Anna's
were on the route). It was a morning for seeds drifting from the
cottonwoods, ideal for nests.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 4/21/17 3:24 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Smith Creek and beyond
I went up to the Smith Creek Fire Station today, 21 Apr 2017. As I drove past Grant Lake in Hall's Valley, I saw two adult BALD EAGLES sitting together in a tree along the edge of the lake. This is probably a continuation of the two birds I saw here a couple weeks ago.
At the fire station, I found a small flock of warblers at the top of the hill that is behind the station. In this flock was a single male HERMIT WARBLER and a single male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER. The rest of the flock was composed of a couple ORANGE-CROWNED and a handful of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS. I also had two CHIPPING SPARROWS here. 
Later in the afternoon, I went to Chesbro Reservoir and found an adult BALD EAGLE and an adult OSPREY over the water.
Mike Mammoser

 

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Date: 4/21/17 8:18 am
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Team Fledglings SCVAS Birdathon results, 4/16/17
Great pictures, Vayun. Thank you!
Nancy Teater

> On Apr 20, 2017, at 10:53 PM, 'Tiwari, Vivek' <Vivek.Tiwari...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Rob – thanks for leading the group. The kids learned so much from you and also had so much fun.
>
> Vayun had taken his camera along and took a bunch of pics.
> These are posted here:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/116247036@N06/
> and under the album “Spring Birdathon 2017”.
>
> Thanks,
> Vivek Tiwari (for Vayun)
>
>
> From: <south-bay-birds...> on behalf of "Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
> Reply-To: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...>
> Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:58 PM
> To: "<south-bay-birds...>" <south-bay-birds...>
> Subject: [SBB] Team Fledglings SCVAS Birdathon results, 4/16/17
>
>
> On Sunday, 4/16, a stellar team of young birders completed a 4-hour SCVAS birdathon. Though I and a group of parents joined, the Fledglings identified all of the birds themselves. They found 94 species in total.
>
> The day started strong at Charleston Slough with the calling Black Rail! The team also saw a Sora, enjoyed a Black Skimmer on the Shoreline Lake Island, and spotted a Great-tailed Grackle flying over. A short stop at Ulistac was rainy, but produced Nuttall's Woodpecker, California Thrasher, and White-throated Swift. The final birding site was the area around the EEC at Don Edwards in Alviso. Vaux's Swifts fluttered overhead while Orange-crowned Warblers trilled in the shrubs. A Barn Owl gave a quick flyby. 2 Redheads and a few American Wigeon were on A16. Several large flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls flew over. The birding finished strong with 6+ Blue-winged Teal and a Common Gallinule on Mallard Slough.
>
> What a bunch of great birders! It was so wonderful to be out with such an enthusiastic, skilled, and fun group. Team members were Sergey Pavlov, Gabrielle Baum, Ozzie Altus,
> Kieran Mackey, Nathanial Joffe, Vayum & Anika Tiwari, and Mitali & Anaya Khanzode.
>
> http://scvas.org/page.php?page_id=6725
>
> Happy birding,
> Rob Furrow
>
>
>
> --
> Robert Furrow
> San Mateo, CA 94402
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>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/20/17 10:54 pm
From: 'Tiwari, Vivek' <Vivek.Tiwari...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Team Fledglings SCVAS Birdathon results, 4/16/17
Rob – thanks for leading the group. The kids learned so much from you and also had so much fun.

Vayun had taken his camera along and took a bunch of pics.
These are posted here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/116247036@N06/
and under the album “Spring Birdathon 2017”.

Thanks,
Vivek Tiwari (for Vayun)


From: <south-bay-birds...> on behalf of "Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Reply-To: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...>
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:58 PM
To: "<south-bay-birds...>" <south-bay-birds...>
Subject: [SBB] Team Fledglings SCVAS Birdathon results, 4/16/17


On Sunday, 4/16, a stellar team of young birders completed a 4-hour SCVAS birdathon. Though I and a group of parents joined, the Fledglings identified all of the birds themselves. They found 94 species in total.

The day started strong at Charleston Slough with the calling Black Rail! The team also saw a Sora, enjoyed a Black Skimmer on the Shoreline Lake Island, and spotted a Great-tailed Grackle flying over. A short stop at Ulistac was rainy, but produced Nuttall's Woodpecker, California Thrasher, and White-throated Swift. The final birding site was the area around the EEC at Don Edwards in Alviso. Vaux's Swifts fluttered overhead while Orange-crowned Warblers trilled in the shrubs. A Barn Owl gave a quick flyby. 2 Redheads and a few American Wigeon were on A16. Several large flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls flew over. The birding finished strong with 6+ Blue-winged Teal and a Common Gallinule on Mallard Slough.

What a bunch of great birders! It was so wonderful to be out with such an enthusiastic, skilled, and fun group. Team members were Sergey Pavlov, Gabrielle Baum, Ozzie Altus,
Kieran Mackey, Nathanial Joffe, Vayum & Anika Tiwari, and Mitali & Anaya Khanzode.

http://scvas.org/page.php?page_id=6725

Happy birding,
Rob Furrow



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Date: 4/20/17 7:58 pm
From: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Team Fledglings SCVAS Birdathon results, 4/16/17
On Sunday, 4/16, a stellar team of young birders completed a 4-hour SCVAS
birdathon. Though I and a group of parents joined, the Fledglings
identified all of the birds themselves. They found 94 species in total.

The day started strong at Charleston Slough with the calling Black Rail!
The team also saw a Sora, enjoyed a Black Skimmer on the Shoreline Lake
Island, and spotted a Great-tailed Grackle flying over. A short stop at
Ulistac was rainy, but produced Nuttall's Woodpecker, California Thrasher,
and White-throated Swift. The final birding site was the area around the
EEC at Don Edwards in Alviso. Vaux's Swifts fluttered overhead while
Orange-crowned Warblers trilled in the shrubs. A Barn Owl gave a quick
flyby. 2 Redheads and a few American Wigeon were on A16. Several large
flocks of Bonaparte's Gulls flew over. The birding finished strong with 6+
Blue-winged Teal and a Common Gallinule on Mallard Slough.

What a bunch of great birders! It was so wonderful to be out with such an
enthusiastic, skilled, and fun group. Team members were Sergey Pavlov,
Gabrielle Baum, Ozzie Altus,
Kieran Mackey, Nathanial Joffe, Vayum & Anika Tiwari, and Mitali & Anaya
Khanzode.

http://scvas.org/page.php?page_id=6725

Happy birding,
Rob Furrow



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San Mateo, CA 94402
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<rfurrow...>

 

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Date: 4/20/17 4:34 pm
From: Richard Jeffers <jeffers_richard...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Ulistac Hammond's Flycatcher
Interestingly, I had a Hammond's Flycatcher across the road in Lick Mill Park at lunch time today as well.  eBird checklist listed below.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36123815
Cheers,Richard Jeffers


On Thursday, April 20, 2017, 4:00:15 PM PDT, Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote: 

At Ulistac Natural Area today, 20 Apr 2017, I found a HAMMOND'SFLYCATCHER at the northeast corner of the loop trail, near a large cottonwood embraced by an elderberry.
Other than that, the migrants were pretty few and far between. I had only 2 each of PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER and WILSON'S WARBLER.
Mike Mammoser

 

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Date: 4/20/17 4:08 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] No Solitary Sandpiper in the pond along the Coyote creek trail
All,
I searched in vain today (4/20) from 1:30 to 2:35 for the Solitary Sandpiper that was seen yesterday in a pond located along the Coyote Creek trail just north of the intersection of hwy. 101 and hwy. 85.  I did see a male WOOD DUCK, a very "brown winged" GREATER YELLOWLEGS and at least one pair (M & F) of MALLARDS.
Take care,
Bob Reiling 


 

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Date: 4/20/17 4:00 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac Hammond's Flycatcher
At Ulistac Natural Area today, 20 Apr 2017, I found a HAMMOND'SFLYCATCHER at the northeast corner of the loop trail, near a large cottonwood embraced by an elderberry.
Other than that, the migrants were pretty few and far between. I had only 2 each of PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER and WILSON'S WARBLER.
Mike Mammoser

 

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Date: 4/20/17 1:37 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero Hike
All:

On 4/20/17 I went for a short walk at Arastradero OSP and made my foy
sighting of a Lazuli Bunting. But as I was ending at the buildings, I was
wondering if this was the first time that I'd NOT seen a kite here. On cue,
just as I entered the parking lot, a kiting White-tailed Kite showed up. As a
bonus, slightly higher up was an adult Bald Eagle. There was a group
assembling in the parking lot and, when I mentioned the bird to them, I think
they could all see the white ends of the bird without binos.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 4/20/17 11:35 am
From: Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Unknown backyard bird song
https://www.dropbox.com/s/c5ch8bgg6q21icn/Unknown%20Backyard%20Song%2041817.mp3?dl=0


<https://www.dropbox.com/s/c5ch8bgg6q21icn/Unknown%20Backyard%20Song%2041817.mp3?dl=0>When I posted this audio file, I was hoping that it would turn out to be the known song of an unknown (to me) bird, some migrant or rare vagrant. Since no one (among many experts) has come forward with such an ID, that leaves me with the unknown song of a known bird.


Two possibilities have been put forward. The first, Orange-crowned Warbler, seems unlikely. I've heard literally hundreds of OCWA in the past month or two, the parks I bird in and run in are filled with them. But all of them sound more or less the same, and furthermore none has ever (to my memory) graced my property. The likelihood that the first one to show up at my house would be one with a strange variant song seems improbable.


Which leaves the most common suggestion, Bewick's Wren. We know BEWR have variable songs, and furthermore they live year round and breed in our front or back yards. In 30+ years here I've never heard this particular song, but I guess we'll have to say this was the first time. Other birds that breed here include Chickadees and (probably) Titmice, both of which (especially the latter, which also has a variety of songs) could possibly (but not probably) be the singers, but Bewick's Wren certainly seems by far the most probable.


And, until and unless I hear the song again and actually see the singer, that's where it will remain.


Steve Patt

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Sent: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 8:58:38 AM
To: South Bay Birds
Subject: Unknown backyard bird song


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It's a long trill followed by a short pause and then a loud chirp at the end. Definitely nothing I've ever heard in my backyard (or, as far as my memory goes, anywhere) before.


Steve Patt

 

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Date: 4/20/17 9:41 am
From: 'Mike Feighner' <feinerVogel94551...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [SBB] Unknown backyard bird song
Steve,



Did you get any responses?



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It's a long trill followed by a short pause and then a loud chirp at the
end. Definitely nothing I've ever heard in my backyard (or, as far as my
memory goes, anywhere) before.



Steve Patt










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Date: 4/19/17 11:28 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] [Correction] Solitary Sandpiper Coyote Creek Trail
I arrived at the north end of Eden Park Place this afternoon (April 19)
when Mike Mammoser was leaving. He told me the pond was a quarter mile
away, and that's exactly where it was according to my iPhone's pedometer.

When I got to the pond, the SOLITARY SANDPIPER was at the far end, and
closer to the paved trail than the dirt trail where I was. It was all by
itself. I did not see any Wood Ducks. I lost sight of it when it went
behind a tree, so I moved to the paved trail, but by then the sandpiper had
moved to the middle of the pond, next to a GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Therefore, I
went back to the dirt trail to take pictures. My photos are at the end of
this album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157682262637826

Also in that album is a photo of the ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER that was along
the trail, and a photo from yesterday of the LAZULI BUNTING by the water
tank at Rancho San Antonio.

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 4/19/17 7:57 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Loma Prieta Avenue
Folks:

This morning, 4/19/17, I parked at the west end of the lower saddle and
walked aways past the junction of Loma Prieta Avenue and Summit Road.
Scanning the Los Gatos Creek watershed where I started, I saw a male and
female PURPLE MARTIN in a snag with a broken top that is in the bottom
of the creek and is
visible from the lower saddle (but they were not there on my return). I
had hoped for some migrants after days of drizzle, but found none.

If you have not visited this area since last summer, you may be
surprised by the changes since the Loma Fire. The fire burned much of
the eastern side of Loma Prieta and the flames crossed Loma Prieta
Avenue above the junction with Summit Road and burned a good bit
beyond. A great deal of work was done to make better fire breaks in
front of the fire. In particular, Loma Prieta Avenue and Summit Road
have had 5-15 m. cleared on either side of the road. This makes the
birding somewhat easier. Burned knobcone pines may provide a bonanza of
open cones for birds and Merriam's Chipmunk. Already, some of the burned
broad-leaved evergreens are sprouting from their bases. Three bird
species that appear to adapt well to a fire are Bell's and Black-chinned
Sparrows and Lazuli Bunting. Most of the newly burned areas are not
accessible, but maybe with some luck we'll see a few of these species in
the next three or four years.

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Date: 4/19/17 4:34 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing White-throated Sparrow
All,
This morning (4/19) In Ulistac from the dike on the East side of the park at about 10:15 I had a brief view of the continuing white-striped WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.  I was first attracted to a small mixed flock of Crowned Sparrows (mostly Golden-crowned) and after following then for 30 to 45 minutes I suddenly saw, in a bush below me, a rear view of what I thought was another White-crowned Sparrow until it turned it's head and I saw it's bright yellow lores.  After a couple seconds it flew to the base of a pile of brush 20 feet away and I was subsequently never able to re-find it.  This same area also had a nice LINCOLN SPARROW.  I then went to the Alviso Environmental Education Center where a pair of CANADA GEESE were escorting six bright yellow young along the Southeastern edge of Salt Pond A16.  All in all birding was quite slow, not exactly a silent spring but you really need to be in the right place at the right time to see or hear much of anything.
Take care,
Bob Reiling

 

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Date: 4/19/17 3:55 pm
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler at Ponderosa Park (Sunnyvale)
I saw a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER this morning (4/19) as well, at Cuesta Park in Mountain View. It was singing at the top of a coast live oak in the park annex. This is the first time I have seen one in the park in the spring. A WILSON'S WARBLER was singing nearby, a first for me at Cuesta Park.

Good birding,Gena ZolotarMountain View

From: "wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:13 PM
Subject: [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler at Ponderosa Park (Sunnyvale)

  There was a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER at Ponderosa Park in Sunnyvale at 11:20am today, in an oak tree between the tennis courts and the lawn area. I think this is the first time we’ve seen one at Ponderosa Park. Also nice to see that the RUBY-CROWNED Kinglets are still around.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36099432

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Date: 4/19/17 3:45 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero birds, pics
This morning (4/19/17) at Arastradero Preserve I walked up the Red-tail
Loop Trail clockwise. Just past the parking lot on the trail alongside
Arastradero Road I had a good view of a singing BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165316114

and uphill by the Portola Pastures boundary I saw my FOS WESTERN KINGBIRD
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165316118

and had a close flyover by a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, one of the pair that
hangs around near where the trail turns along the Felt Lake boundary.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165316116

Later the pair were performing what looked to be a courting flight over the
hillside and parking lot.

--
Tom Grey
www.pbase.com/tgrey
tgreybirds.com

 

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Date: 4/19/17 3:34 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] [Correction] Solitary Sandpiper Coyote Creek Trail
The SOLITARY SANDPIPER continues along the Coyote Creek Trail, at the previously reported impoundment. This is about a quarter mile north of the end of Eden Park Place, or about a half mile north of Silicon Valley Blvd. 
In other news, I was at Gilroy Hot Springs Rd today, 19 Apr 2017, and had my FOS LAZULI BUNTING and WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE.
Mike Mammoser

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:57 PM, "<gordryd...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:


  Around 1PM 4/19 I saw a SOLITARY SANDPIPER loosely associating with a GREATER YELLOWLEGS in an old perc pond along Coyote Creek.  Best way to get there:  Park at the end of Eden Park Place (trail parallels the road to the east of the road).  Walk North 3/4(?) of a mile until you see the almost empty pond (easy to see on Google maps).  A dirt trail veers off to the right of the pond (the paved trail veers to the left) and offers a better view.  The birds were about halfway down the length of the pond going in and out of flooded stick-ups.  Also had a pair of WOOD DUCKS at the far end of the pond.  Also FOS ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER along the open part of the trail, amongst the common oak woodland residents.
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Date: 4/19/17 1:57 pm
From: <gordryd...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] [Correction] Solitary Sandpiper Coyote Creek Trail
Around 1PM 4/19 I saw a SOLITARY SANDPIPER loosely associating with a GREATER YELLOWLEGS in an old perc pond along Coyote Creek. Best way to get there: Park at the end of Eden Park Place (trail parallels the road to the east of the road). Walk North 3/4(?) of a mile until you see the almost empty pond (easy to see on Google maps). A dirt trail veers off to the right of the pond (the paved trail veers to the left) and offers a better view. The birds were about halfway down the length of the pond going in and out of flooded stick-ups. Also had a pair of WOOD DUCKS at the far end of the pond. Also FOS ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER along the open part of the trail, amongst the common oak woodland residents.


Gordon Rydquist

San Jose


 

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Date: 4/19/17 1:34 pm
From: <gordryd...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Solitary Sandpiper Coyote Creek Trail
Around 1PM 4/19 I saw a SPOTTED SANDPIPER loosely associating with a GREATER YELLOWLEGS in an old perc pond along Coyote Creek. Best way to get there: Park at the end of Eden Park Place (trail parallels the road to the east of the road). Walk North 3/4(?) of a mile until you see the almost empty pond (easy to see on Google maps). A dirt trail veers off to the right of the pond (the paved trail veers to the left) and offers a better view. The birds were about halfway down the length of the pond going in and out of flooded stick-ups. Also had a pair of WOOD DUCKS at the far end of the pond. Also FOS ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER along the open part of the trail, amongst the common oak woodland residents.


Gordon Rydquist
San Jose
 

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Date: 4/19/17 1:13 pm
From: wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler at Ponderosa Park (Sunnyvale)
There was a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER at Ponderosa Park in Sunnyvale at 11:20am today, in an oak tree between the tennis courts and the lawn area. I think this is the first time we’ve seen one at Ponderosa Park. Also nice to see that the RUBY-CROWNED Kinglets are still around.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36099432

Barry & Ginger Langdon-Lassagne
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Date: 4/19/17 11:02 am
From: <carolehu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Great Blue Heron
Not an unusual bird but there were three in the open meadow at Rancho San Antonio Open Space this morning. Its the first time I've seen them there.



 

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Date: 4/18/17 11:08 pm
From: Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Black Rail still calling as of 3:00 pm
Matthew,
We were there on Saturday and we were blessed to hear the Black Rail repeating. What added to that experience was when a Wilson's Snipe chimed in. We got two different calls, one a Rail like call and the other was a grating call, rising in pitch. It was not in my apps but I finally found a match on xeno-canto. Let's keep an ear on this spot.
Thanks,
Bill P

> On Apr 18, 2017, at 3:48 PM, Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> The BLACK RAIL at the Coast Casey Forebay at the end of Terminal Blvd was calling loudly between 2:30 and 3:00. I first heard it about halfway down the dirt trail, on the left edge of the shallow pool. It called roughly 50 times during my visit. The pattern of frog-like "kick-ee-doo" vocalizations was 10-15 times in a row before a pause of several minutes, and then resumed. Occasionally it was quite loud and seemed to be right below the trail, while a moment later it would sound farther away. Perhaps this reflects which way the bird was facing as it called.
>
> Matthew Dodder
> Mountain View
>

 

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Date: 4/18/17 10:38 pm
From: 'Bill P. ' <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SCVAS Bird-a-thon Sharpies
Folks,
We had a wonderful day birding on the SCVAS bird-a-thon last Saturday 4/15. We have raised over $1,000 so far and the funds continue to come in from surprising places. I have been on a business trip since Sunday and unable to post but our species count currently stands at 139 in the 24 hour period, but we are still working through some pictures and audio to nail down a few. We started at Ed Levin at 7am, worked our way across the bay to Arastradero and ended in Morgan Hill. There were many magical moments and a few disappointments but in the end we all learned a lot. When we sort through it all I will post a more comprehensive summary. Please excuse my employment for distracting from a more thorough report.
Thanks,
Bill P


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Date: 4/18/17 9:35 pm
From: dali reyes <d_delosreyes...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Spotted Towhee
Nice!!! Put out some oranges to see if you can also get some Orioles...:)
//dalidr


On Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:13 AM, "<dmzajac2004...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:



  I'm doing a Happy Dance!
For the first time in over 30 years I had a Spotted Towhee at my feeder this morning!  I heard a new bird singing and looked out and there it was!  A pair of House Finches, a lone Female Goldfinch, and Anna's Hummer were present as well. 
I hope it comes back! It's so beautiful! 
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Date: 4/18/17 7:32 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Black Rail still calling as of 3:00 pm
Black Rail currently calling at 7:28pm. Same location as described previously.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 18, 2017, at 3:48 PM, Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> The BLACK RAIL at the Coast Casey Forebay at the end of Terminal Blvd was calling loudly between 2:30 and 3:00. I first heard it about halfway down the dirt trail, on the left edge of the shallow pool. It called roughly 50 times during my visit. The pattern of frog-like "kick-ee-doo" vocalizations was 10-15 times in a row before a pause of several minutes, and then resumed. Occasionally it was quite loud and seemed to be right below the trail, while a moment later it would sound farther away. Perhaps this reflects which way the bird was facing as it called.
>
> Matthew Dodder
> Mountain View
>

 

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Date: 4/18/17 3:48 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black Rail still calling as of 3:00 pm
The BLACK RAIL at the Coast Casey Forebay at the end of Terminal Blvd was calling loudly between 2:30 and 3:00. I first heard it about halfway down the dirt trail, on the left edge of the shallow pool. It called roughly 50 times during my visit. The pattern of frog-like "kick-ee-doo" vocalizations was 10-15 times in a row before a pause of several minutes, and then resumed. Occasionally it was quite loud and seemed to be right below the trail, while a moment later it would sound farther away. Perhaps this reflects which way the bird was facing as it called.
Matthew DodderMountain View
 

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Date: 4/18/17 1:42 pm
From: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lark Sparrow at Geng Road, Palo Alto, 4/18/2017, 10:45am
This morning I stopped by Geng Road in Palo Alto. I was checking
(unsuccessfully) for any lingering rare geese on the golf course. No luck
with geese, but I did find a single LARK SPARROW just off the bay trail,
about 200 meters down the path as you head north from Geng Road parking
towards the bridge to O'Connor Pond in East Palo Alto. It was hanging on
and around the path. I put one crappy digi-binned photo into the eBird
list.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36071891

Not much else of note, although 14 AMERICAN PIPITS were a nice late-ish
group.

Happy birding,
Rob Furrow

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Robert Furrow
San Mateo, CA 94402
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Date: 4/18/17 12:29 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Miscellaneous
All:

At 8 AM on 4/18/17 the Black Rail sang 4 or 5 of his 4-note songs at the
reported spot. I didn't stay much longer since my lower legs were quite wet
from the moist trail-side weeds. I went to check out the Shoreline Lake
island from, first the south, and then the north shore of the lake. I think
they have recently weed-whacked the island; that, plus the wooden frames
may make the Black Skimmer more likely to nest there. I then continued far
enough eastward along the south shore of A1 until I could finally see the
far-distant sandbar in the northwest corner of A1. As usual, lots of
American White Pelicans, but not the occasional Black Skimmer.

Ignorable: Many times in the past I've mentioned that I find European
Starlings interesting; they change their bill color to indicate
breeding/non-breeding; they change their plumage by losing the easily-eroded white ends of
their feathers; and they accurately imitate other bird's songs. Now I've
read an interesting new library book entitled, "Mozart's Starling" by
Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 4/18/17 10:13 am
From: <dmzajac2004...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Spotted Towhee
I'm doing a Happy Dance!


For the first time in over 30 years I had a Spotted Towhee at my feeder this morning! I heard a new bird singing and looked out and there it was!
A pair of House Finches, a lone Female Goldfinch, and Anna's Hummer were present as well.


I hope it comes back! It's so beautiful!


Deborah
 

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Date: 4/18/17 8:58 am
From: Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Unknown backyard bird song
https://www.dropbox.com/s/c5ch8bgg6q21icn/Unknown%20Backyard%20Song%2041817.mp3?dl=0

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Shared with Dropbox





It's a long trill followed by a short pause and then a loud chirp at the end. Definitely nothing I've ever heard in my backyard (or, as far as my memory goes, anywhere) before.


Steve Patt

 

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Date: 4/18/17 8:55 am
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Yesterdays (4/17) walk at Rancho San Antonio
Hi Birders,
I did a loop from the N. parking lot, up the asphalt road to the high top
trail to the water tanks and back via the dirt road, downhill to the S.
parking.

Highlights:
- An active blue-gray gnatcatcher obviously nest building because it was
gathering spider webs. I managed to get some photos of this bird near silk
strands hanging off some plants and one photo showing silk on the bird's
beak.
- Trilling and meowing spotted towhees.
- Cassin's vireo heard, not seen.
- Hutton's seen, but not heard (photos)
- Two very noisy California thrashers, heard, not seen.
- Orange-crowned warbler heard.
- Ash-throated flycatcher heard only, the unmistakable raspy "ka-brick"
call.

Details and photos at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36058727

-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 4/17/17 5:26 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden Valley Birds 4-17-17
There was a minor fallout in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park this morning after
last nights rain. WARBLING VIREO 3, WILSON'S WARBLER 2, BLACK HEADED
GROSBEAK 2, BULLOCKS ORIOLE 2 and a PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER. I also had
a new species for the park, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, number 111 for my
park list.

I checked the water district and Guadalupe river channel but didn't find
the Solitary Sandpiper seen Saturday. The MERLIN was still there and
several FORSTER TERNS were seen.

I birded portions of the Alamitos Creek trail from Camden to the north
end of the equestrian trail and had WILSON'S WARBLER 3, PACIFIC SLOPE
FLYCATCHER 2, WARBLING VIREO 3, ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER, HOUSE WREN,
ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER, BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER, DOWNY WOODPECKER, CAL.
THRASHER, WRENTIT, WESTERN BLUEBIRD 3, HOODED ORIOLE 4 and CAL. QUAIL. A
singing male YELLOW WARBLER was seen at two locations. Many AMERICAN
GOLDFINCH were singing in trees and bathing at the waters edge. A huge
flock of swallows and VAUX'S SWIFTS, over 100 birds, were very high
overhead. Many were VASW but it was difficult to differentiate them from
swallows at that distance.

All but two GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROWS have left my yard and the male
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD is still being seen occasionally.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

 

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Date: 4/17/17 3:44 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Weekend birds, pics
On *4/15/17*, I visited the Villa Maria area of Stevens Creek Park in early
morning. I heard but didn't see (or photograph) the previously reported
HERMIT WARBLER singing repeatedly at the far south end of the area. At
least one BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was singing in a tree at the
northeast corner; I didn't see it either, but Bill Pelletier, there with a
Birdathon Group, reported a sighting.

I saw and photographed a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK on a nest in the northwest
corner; the reservation picnic area, a second adult flew out of the nest,
leaving the other bird with its head showing above the rim of the nest.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165295871


On *4/16/17 *in early morning I visited Palo Alto Baylands Park, both the
area around the Lucy Evans house, and the trail along Matadero Creek. On
the Matadero Trail, I got my FOS picture of a male HOODED ORIOLE in the
lone palm tree there:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165306704

In the Lucy Evans area, there were numerous migrating shorebirds, and I got
photos of breeding plumage WESTERN and LEAST SANDPIPERS.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165306709
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165306705

The first 13 images at http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/latest include all my
posted bird photos from these two outings.

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Date: 4/17/17 3:18 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Recent Birds
Folks:

On 4/15/17, I saw a flock of 25 CEDAR WAXWINGS east of the Guadalupe
River across from Ulistac. We should be encountering large flocks of
waxwings into early June as they move north.

On 4/16/17, I visited Byxbee Park near sunrise. I flushed a cock
RING-NECKED PHEASANT near the top and heard 3-4 birds crowing from the
Baylands to the flood control basin. Many California Gulls were at the
Palo Alto WQCP. There is a road/trail that climbs Byxbee and where you
can see the gulls gathering on the treatment vats. Based on a quick
count, there were 150+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS in with the California's. In
some winters, it appears that a large flock of bonnies flies over from
the East Bay to forage at the plant and towards sunset they return to
the East Bay. That didn't happen this winter. These are birds moving
north and they were at the plant before sunrise. I heard at least one
RIDGWAY'S RAIL calling from the marsh off of Byxbee.

Today, 4/17/17, I birded Smith Creek under a low overcast. There were a
few summer residents that have returned, but I neither saw nor heard any
migrants. I then walked Hwy 130 towards Twin Gates as far as a pullout
near M.P. 15.50. In about a half dozen leafing out black oaks on a rise
before the pullout I found quite a few warblers including 3
ORANGE-CROWNED (2 singing on territories), a dull NASHVILLE, a singing
male BLACK-THROATED GRAY, a male TOWNSEND'S, a male HERMIT, and 3
WILSON'S. Sweet. As I was leaving, I spotted two VAUX'S SWIFTS beneath
the overcast. The curiosity of the morning was a "kettle" of 17 silent
COMMON RAVENS flying in close circles about 200 ft. over the creek.

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Date: 4/17/17 12:34 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] White-throated SP Ulistac

All,

The White-throated Sparrow continues at Ulistac on the NE side with a very large flock of Zonotrichia. It even sang a few phrases (deee de de dee de). Very handsome bird.

Two displaying male Rufous Hummers were in the tobacco trees on the SE side. I'm glad the local Native Americans recommended to keep these non-native trees. A Black-headed Grosbeak, 2 Wilson's Warbler, 5 Bullock's Orioles, and 1 OC Warbler were also present.

Good Birding,

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA

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Date: 4/17/17 12:33 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black Rail Shoreline Park Apr 17
Black Rail called an audible at 12:13pm and gave a few typical calls and various syllables thereof for a few minutes. Exact location for me was about halfway along the dirt path starting near the restroom at the west end of Terminal Ave. It seemed about 40-50 yds out in reeds between the forebay water and smaller pond.

Dave Weber,
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Date: 4/17/17 12:26 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Black Rail
All,
At around 9 AM this morning (4/17) at least two other birders and I heard the unseen, continuously vocalizing BLACK RAIL where the reeds are nearest the trail on the south side of Coast Casey Forebay  (when heading East (about 300 yards) from the main entrance near the restrooms).
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Date: 4/16/17 5:23 pm
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden Eagles SCVAS Spring Birdathon, Apr 15
The Almaden Eagles team (Kirsten Holmquist, Rich Page, Janna Pauser,
and Ann Verdi) did our SCVAS Spring Birdathon on Saturday, Apr 15. As
always, we cover a limited area mostly in the Almaden area and nearby
vicinity, including a swing through Coyote Valley.

We were able to reach our target of 100 species this year although we
had a few changes of note this year. Because of all the recent rain,
local creeks were full and running quite swiftly and two of the
reservoirs visited (Almaden and Chesbro) were swollen and backed up.
Also we were not able to access Mt. Umunhum this time because of road
closure until work is completed on the opening of the summit scheduled
for Sept of this year.

We had a day of pleasant weather to bird and have a number of
highlights to report - so here goes:

The most notable highlight was our final bird of the day - a SOLITARY
SANDPIPER discovered by Janna - in a small puddle in the drained pond
at the Water District.

Here are other highlights:
WOOD DUCKS at Almaden Reservoir and at Llagas Creek upstream of
Chesbro Reservoir
BROWN CREEPER - Hicks Road
CASSIN'S VIREO - a very active and vocal bird at Canada del Oro
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN - two at Chesbro Reservoir
ROCK WREN - Palm Ave in Coyote Valley
RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, CALIF THRASHER, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD - all seen
at Stile Ranch trailhead
CASPIAN TERN, FORSTER'S TERN, OSPREY, CLARK'S GREBE - all seen at
Calero Reservoir
7 warbler species: ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER,
WILSON'S WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER -
also YELLOW WARBLER on Laguna Ave in Coyote Valley - and COMMON
YELLOWTHROAT at Calero
5 swallow species: VIOLET-GREEN, N. ROUGH-WINGED, BARN, TREE & CLIFF
Sampling of other spring arrivals: HOUSE WREN, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK,
HOODED & BULLOCKS ORIOLES, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, PACIFIC-SLOPE
FLYCATCHER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, WARBLING VIREO

Nesting activities noted: BARN OWL at Casa Grande in New Almaden -
OSPREY nest with visible young on a transmission tower at Chesbro -
GREAT HORNED OWL in a eucalyptus in Coyote Valley

All in all, a successful day of birding with birding friends. Our most
notable misses were no eagles seen this day - and here we are the
Almaden Eagles team - but that's the way it goes sometimes - keeps us
humble, I guess.

While we missed not being able to go up to Mt. Umunhum this time, we
look forward to next year when we'll try to include the summit of Mt.
Um on our birdathon.

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Date: 4/16/17 1:59 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Some Comments About Our Black Skimmers
All:

Black Skimmers are large birds and need a long time before their young are
safe from land predators. It's my memory that back when that
sometimes-island in Charleston Slough was a true island in a salt pond, occasionally a
Black Skimmer would rest or nest on it. Now-a-days the true island in
Shoreline Lake is a better possibility for skimming or nesting -- although
occasionally the birds may sleep on exposed mud flats.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 4/16/17 10:59 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black Rail Casey Forebay
All,


A Black Rail called incessantly today from Casey Forebay (accessed by the dirt trail that runs parallel to Terminal Blvd). The bird called from the same spot in the reeds where I heard a single kikikider call back on 25 March. The bird moved closer and closer to me and was quite close to the edge of the large reed beds when I left 30 minutes later. It called the entire time (a lone male?).


A Common Gallinule was also in the pond adjacent to the Forebay. The tide was out and there was no sign of Skimmers.


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Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 4/15/17 8:04 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Solitary Sandpiper SCVWD 4-15-17
I joined the Almaden Eagles for our Birdathon today. Ann Verdi our
leader will write up our highlights but I thought I'd get the word out
on a SOLITARY SANDPIPER I found at the Santa Clara Valley Water District
headquarters at 5700 Almaden Exp. It was behind the older building in a
puddle where the pond used to be. It was seen at 7 pm tonight, on our
last stop.

Janna Pauser
San Jose


 

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Date: 4/15/17 5:53 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac Natual Area
Folks:

This morning, 4/15/17, I visited Ulistac. On the north side, I saw an
uncooperative white-stripe WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Numbers have been
down this winter with only six sightings, the worst showing since 2004.
So I was pleased with my too short view. Migrant White-throats may
appear anywhere through the end of the month. Migrant warblers included
three ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and seven YELLOW-RUMPEDS, including a
singing Audubon's.

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Date: 4/15/17 3:58 pm
From: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin County Park and nearby, 4/15/2017
Today our Intermediate Birding class from the Palo Alto Adult School birded
Ed Levin County Park and nearby Marsh Road.

At Ed Levin, we kicked things off by Sandy Wool Lake with an adult BALD
EAGLE perched in a eucalyptus. Near the dog park there were several VAUX'S
SWIFTS circling overhead and a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD hanging out in the coyote
brush next to some pride of madeira flowers (by the start of the Tularcitos
Trail). A GOLDEN EAGLE passed overhead (by the end of the morning, we had
at least 6 distinct sightings of at least 3 individuals). No sign of
Grasshopper Sparrow, though we did hear a well-hidden LAZULI BUNTING giving
its burry song.

Moving to the Spring Valley side of the park, we headed to the "magic tree"
-- the lone red-flowering eucalyptus at the end of the paved road as you
head towards the horse corrals. The tree indeed had some magic, with an
adult male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD and a few female Selasphorus hummingbirds.
Other eucs hosted both HOODED and BULLOCK'S ORIOLES, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and
another RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD.

Next we birded down Marsh Road and stopped at the end. The highlight here
was 6+ WESTERN KINGBIRDS calling, flycatching, and interacting with each
other. We enjoyed their squealing, "cassette-tape being re-winded" calls.
A few YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIES were around, and a COOPER'S HAWK and several
GOLDEN EAGLES passed overhead. We briefly encountered an ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER (though I had heard quite a few in the early morning as I waited
for Ed Levin to open its gates).

Speaking of raptors, the light east winds seemed to be nice raptor
migration conditions. We saw several accipiters of both species flying
high over the course of the morning, and I encountered several more
SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS on my drive back to San Mateo. \

After the main trip, a few of us headed up to Sierra Vista OSP to look for
some of the bare grassland specialties. We got nice looks at a LARK
SPARROW on a rock, and we heard (but never saw) a few HORNED LARKS.

Happy birding!
-Rob Furrow



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Date: 4/15/17 12:01 pm
From: <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] San Francisquito Creek Wood Ducks
Started about 100 yds upstream from El Camino Real where I had seen wood ducks last year. Didn't see any. Then drove to The Children's Health Council parking lot (available only on weekends) and walked upstream along San Francisquito creek. The creek is not visible from the trail everywhere, but at the third visible spot there was a pair of Wood ducks (M,F) floating swiftly downstream. Walked as fast as I could and then waited at the bridge to Menlo Park near where I was parked, but no Wood ducks showed up. Then I drove back to my starting point and waited there in vain for 15-20 minutes. No wood duck photos today.

Juliana Manoliu


 

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Date: 4/15/17 11:31 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Hammond's Flycatcher continues
On the right side of the creek in dense thicket. Gave some calls but mostly gave very rough two-note snippets of 3 part song.


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Chris Johnson

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Date: 4/14/17 8:21 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] San Antonio Valley
Folks:

On Mines Road this morning, 4/14/17, I saw a SAY'S PHOEBE near the CDF
station north of the junction. I suspect the mate of this bird is
already on a nest somewhere on the station buildings. I didn't see any
other Say's at spots in the valley where they have nested in the past.

An adult GREEN HERON was at the stock pond that is 1.8 mi. east of the
junction on Del Puerto Road. At least 8 male TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS were
singing there and I estimated a total of 65+ trikes including both males
and females. There was considerable movement of mixed-sex trikes to the
east and return. I didn't see these birds carrying anything. Many
females were sitting on top of dead cattails in the stock pond which
leads me to believe that they may have not started incubating. In past
years, the trikes have used the larger marsh that is nearer Del Puerto
Road whereas Red-wings have used the thin strip of cattails on the far
shore. Today, many trikes were in the main marsh as well as that thin
strip and I only found two singing Red-wings, both near the dam.

After my stock pond visit, I drove to the junction and then south on San
Antonio Valley Road and stopped at the Wiesendanger Bridge. In the last
10 years or so, I have seen large groups of trikes (600+ in some years)
foraging all along the road there and at the former Mallison Ranch and
then fly northwest towards a large stock pond that cannot be seen from
the road. Although there was a large mixed blackbird flock east of the
ranch house, no trikes were seen to fly across the road to the hidden
stock pond. I assume that the heavy rains in February washed out the
pond or the habitat there has been made unsuitable for other reasons.

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Date: 4/14/17 5:56 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden Valley birds 4-14-17
I did some scouting for the Almaden Eagles birdathon tomorrow. Water
district employees are still working to repair the drain at the empty
pond, so it was a surprise to see a female BLUE WINGED TEAL in a puddle
of rain water. A FORSTER'S TERN flew by and three VAUX'S SWIFTS were
overhead among swallows. I had two ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS and several
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT in song. A rare species for me here was a GREAT
TAILED GRACKLE flying north along the river. Two tiny KILLDEER young had
escaped their parents watchful eye and were scurrying around on their
own. A MERLIN was perched in one of the large Sycamore trees when I left.

I had a few more VAUX'S SWIFT over Guadalupe Mines Road. I checked the
Guadalupe Creek trail here and saw WARBLING VIREO and HOODED ORIOLE,
WESTERN BLUEBIRD pairs. AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS,
WILSON'S WARBLER and some HOUSE WREN were in song.

Quicksilver Co. Park from the McAbee entrance was crowded even at 2 pm.
I birded to the three furnaces straight back on the Senador Trail and
saw HUTTON'S VIREO and BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER pairs, an ASH THROATED
FLYCATCHER, CAL. QUAIL and WARBLING VIREO. Two PACIFIC SLOPE
FLYCATCHER, 3 ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER and another BGGN were heard only.
VAUX'S SWIFT were here too. Eight Western Gray Squirrels were together
near the entrance. I'm usually lucky to see one.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

 

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Date: 4/14/17 4:20 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Smith Creek and Grant Ranch
This morning, 14 Apr 2017, I went up to Smith Creek to try and find some migrant flocks. Considering the time of year, I was surprised to find it as quiet as I did. The hill behind the fire station was bereft of the song or sight of a warbler, of any stripe. Down along the creek trail I was able to find ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS on territory and some singing WILSON'S WARBLERS, to avoid being skunked. The saving grace, however, was a vocal HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER in the alders over the creek.
I then moved down into Hall's Valley and stopped at Grant Lake. Here I had a pair of adult BALD EAGLES, one sitting in a tree alongside the lake, and the other circling overhead. One should keep in mind the potential for breeding at this location. A large number of swallows, of four different species, were foraging low over the lake. With them were three VAUX'S SWIFTS, so cooperative that they buzzed past my head on numerous occasions, sometimes within ten feet of me. 
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Date: 4/14/17 11:54 am
From: John Fox <scrap381...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Canyon Wren - Coyote Lake (injured)
This morning (4/14/17) I visited Coyote Lake Dam around 9am to do some birding. It was unusually quite except for the flock of White-throated Swifts, and some distant Black-headed Grosbeak calling. 
After about 30 minutes I finally heard the Canyon Wren. I went to check on him, because my friend had mentioned that he had not found him during his last visit. 
When I found our favorite little Canyon Wren I noticed it was favoring it's right foot heavily. It's left leg and foot were injured and withdrawn. He was still managing to bounce around on one leg and was continuing to forage for insects and food. He rested a few times in the morning sun on the warm rocks (something I had never seen it do before). I took a few photos of it and examined them when I got home, and noticed a black area on it's feathers in it's lower-left back (directly above it's left leg). Perhaps an injury strike to his lower-left back? 
I watched him for about an hour, and he seemed to be doing ok, but there is definitely a concern for this poor little bird right now.
He might be worth checking on in the coming days.
If anyone would like to see the photos to try to get a read on the severity of the injury, feel free to email me directly.
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Date: 4/14/17 11:16 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Some Charleston Slough Birds
All:

On 4/14/17 I went to Charleston Slough to see if I could hear the Black
Rail that had been reported. At 7:45 I had walked the dirt trail 150, or so,
yards due east from the restroom to a point where the tall green reeds
make their closest approach to the trail. There was a bird there giving a
continuing one-note keer call, but I finally ignored it and continued walking.
Then I realized that in the distance I was hearing a possible Black Rail
responding to that call. But a few seconds more and they both went silent,
and stayed that way.

A little later, just beyond the pump house, I had at least 3 Vaux's Swifts
doing close circular flights around me. That would have been a good time
for a group to see that you can tell the difference between our 2 swifts by
the length and shape of their tails. At about 9:15 I was back at my
earlier spot, and this time heard a series of ki-ki-keer and ki-ki-ki-keer calls
from somewhere close in the tall reeds. A while later, since it continued
to be windy and cold, I decided to visit the lake and then quit. Just as I
got to the south edge, two Black Skimmers showed up to keep circling the
island, and to make brief landings.

Frank Vanslager

 

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Date: 4/12/17 11:21 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Interesting call at Casey Forebay
This evening (April 12), I heard the "ki-ki-drr" call repeatedly for about
5 minutes, in the same place that Chris described. I'm calling it a Black
Rail on eBird, where I have posted a recording:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35912153

Other highlights from Shoreline Park today:

Bald Eagle flying over Charleston Slough and the Palo Alto Flood Control
Basin.
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon making three passes over Charleston Slough. I
could tell it was the same individual each time because it had bands on its
legs.
Female Belted Kingfisher on the tree overlooking the channel at the end of
Terminal Blvd.
Eared Grebe in almost full breeding plumage on Shoreline Lake.
Male Great-tailed Grackle flying very close to me on the Adobe Creek Trail.
Canada Goose pair with six young goslings in the forebay.

Garrett Lau


On Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 4:18 PM, Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
[south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
>
>
> All,
>
> I was standing on the trail today that runs along Terminal Blvd where
> Snipes have been seen recently, and I heard an interesting call. The
> phrasing and voice quality was reminiscent of a Black Rail ki ki ki der
> call, but I must stress that the bird only called once, was quite distant,
> and there were lots of birds calling (which makes it hard to really hear a
> single caller). I did see a Sora on the edge of the marsh in this area, but
> this call did not match any calls of Sora, VA rail, or Clapper Rail that
> I'm familiar with (known to be in the area). In any case, I'm aware of no
> reports of this species in this area and it seems rather unlikely, but I
> just wanted to let people know to listen for it just in case.
>
> Good Birding!
>
> Chris Johnson
> San Jose, CA
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 4/12/17 1:36 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SCVAS Audubon field trip 4-12-17
I was surprised to see so many birders show up for today's field trip in
Santa Teresa Co. Park. The drizzle fizzled and a beautiful double
rainbow arched over the bright green hills. VIOLET GREEN, TREE SWALLOWS
and WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were everywhere. I saw three WESTERN KINGBIRDS
when I turned into the park and the group saw a at least two more. We
had two wandering ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER and several BLUE GRAY
GNATCATCHER. A male BULLOCKS ORIOLE sang from a tree top. A nice
surprise was a singing CHIPPING SPARROW along the Mine trail which sang
from various perches. A LARK SPARROW pair were found near the bathrooms
and a single RUFOUS CROWNED SPARROW was seen well on the Mines trail
across the creek where the winds were howling. Someone spotted a pale
MERLIN. A few WHITE THROATED SWIFTS flew over and AM. KESTREL were
kiting at various locations. We failed to find the singing ORANGE
CROWNED WARBLER but saw YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS and had HOUSE WREN at
many locations.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 4/12/17 9:18 am
From: Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] More Villa Maria
I hustled up to Villa Maria at Stevens Creek CP in light mist/rain this morning hoping to see Al Eisner's HERMIT WARBLER and wasn't disappointed, although my look was brief before it flew off and couldn't be refound. Location was in a tree right as you drive into the parking lot. Several very brightly-colored AUDUBON'S WARBLERS were in the same location.

In the back of the old orchard, whee Al found the HEWA, I found instead (and photographed) a singing BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER on top of a tall bare tree. Later a second BTGW was heard and seen in the trees at the rear of the picnic area.

Other warblers (Wilson's and Orange-crowned) were singing but eluded all attempts at being seen.

Two days in a row there has been a lone WILD TURKEY wandering around Villa Maria.

Steve Patt

 

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Date: 4/11/17 9:10 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Common Poorwill Los Alamitos Creek Trail
My wife and I took our dog for a sunset walk along Los Alamitos Creek Trail tonight. Just after 8pm we had 2 COMMON POORWILLS calling from the area most likely described in Lisa's report: the hills north of Pfeiffer Park, past the last house on Pfeiffer Ranch Rd. Later one poorwill flew down and landed on the trail about 80ft away from us. I tried in vain to get a photograph but the bird was too far away for my flash to have any effect.

Happy Birding,

David Nickerson
San Jose

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Date: 4/11/17 8:40 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Hermit Warbler, Stevens Creek County Park
I spent some time Apr. 11 morning at Stevens Creek Co. Park, primarily
at the Villa Maria area, but also the Baytree/Ranger Station/Chestnut
area. (Unfortunately, there was very noisy vegetation trimming going
on by the Ranger Station.) Best bird was a persistently singing
HERMIT WARBLER (also seen) at the far end of the old orchard adjacent
to Villa Maria. I also heard 3 or 4 singing TOWNSEND'S WARBLERs in
various places. The only summer visitors I noted were WARBLING\
VIREOs, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERs, and a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

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Date: 4/11/17 7:30 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley
Folks:

There is still standing water in Coyote Valley. This morning, 4/11/17,
just east of Fisher Creek, a male WOOD DUCK was foraging in the shallow
water beside Laguna Avenue. Nearby a YELLOW WARBLER was singing in the
riparian as a few squabbling Brown-headed Cowbirds waited patiently for
its nest to be started.

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Date: 4/11/17 1:11 pm
From: Beth Hamel <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Plover Exposure Birdathon Results
Wow! Great job!


Beth

> On Apr 10, 2017, at 9:22 PM, <stracey53...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Sunday 4/9, Team Plover Exposure (Steve Tracey, Raju Bhupatiraju) conducted our 24 photo birdathon. We managed a tentative total of 112 species pending final photo review. Our route was Smith Creek, Grant Ranch, Lake Cunningham, Alum Rock, Sierra Rd., Ed Levin, Alviso EEC, Alviso Marina, Sunnyvale WPCP, Shoreline/Charleston Slough, Palo Alto Baylands, Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, Santa Teresa Park, Coyote Valley, Canada del Oro, Calero Resevoir. We lucked out in the morning when confronted with a "road closed" sign on Hwy 130 at Grant Ranch, only to have the Caltrans crew show up a few minutes later to open the road. Unfortunately Caltrans couldn't do anything about the freezing cold at Smith Creek where frost covered the ground and gloves and hat were mandatory for survival. The initial cold probably was a big contributor to the lack of migrant activity which turned out to plague us all day. We had some big misses typical to the photo birdathon of the ones you see or hear but can't photograph, including Dark-eyed Junco, Orange-crowned warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Vaux's Swift (probably Janna's bird from the day before at Guadalupe Oak Grove park), Black Rail (Alviso Marina, ok, we were never gonna get a photo of that one) and then a few misses (pending a review of Raju's photos) that can be attributed to my dumb mistakes: tree swallow and Eared Grebe.
>
> Highlights included:
>
> Lincoln's Sparrow at Smith Creek
>
> Merlin, White-tailed Kite and California Thrasher at Grant Ranch
>
> Black-hooded Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, and Hooded Oriole at Alum Rock
>
> Lark Sparrow on Sierra Road
>
> Golden Eagle at Ed Levin
>
> Presumed Glaucous Gull at A16 (I am currently calling this a Glaucous but it just seems a bit off. Here are a few links for those who want to offer feedback https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_t53/33967773275/in/dateposted/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_t53/33809813822/in/dateposted/
>
> Horned Grebe in Mallard's Slough in Alviso EEC
>
> Huge Brown-headed Cowbird flock with the goats at Sunnyvale WPCP
>
> Wood Duck pair in the flooded pool by the bridge on Laguna West
>
>
>
> Steve Tracey
>
> San Jose
>
>

 

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Date: 4/11/17 12:46 pm
From: Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lazuli Bunting at Rancho San Antonio
Just had my FOY LABU in its typical location on top of "Horse Trailer Hill" (first climb out of the south parking lot). Heard but not seen (running, without binoculars) but singing repeatedly. Location was not by the water tank but in the trees below the Hill Trail just before it turns right and heads downhill.

Steve Patt

 

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Date: 4/11/17 12:22 pm
From: 'Lisa Myers' <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Common Poorwill Los Alamitos Creek Trail
Hi -

I am posting for one of my students (Doug Z.). He was birding into the sunset on April 9 & 10th and both nights found a COMMON POORWILL on the Los Alamitos Creek Trail. He said it was sitting on a fence “where the homes are near the hill”. I am not familiar with this trail, so I do not have any more specifics than that, but perhaps others more familiar with this area can offer their knowledge. He even got a photo. While the photo is dark and out of focus, you can tell it’s a poorwill.

Lisa Myers
Campbell

 

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Date: 4/11/17 9:32 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Migrants at Ulistac
Hey All,


This morning there was decent migrant activity and a few surprises at Ulistac Natural Area. A male Rufous Hummingbird was seen in some tobacco trees on the SE side, and another Rufous/Allens was heard buzzing on another section of the trail. In the same area of the Rufous and also SE of the garden was a Cassin's Vireo. It gave brief one-note and two-note calls, was low down, and was very skulking. Both birds were personal firsts at this location, and also firsts on Ebird in April.


Other migrants included: 3 Bullock's Oriole, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher.


Ebird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35873758


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 4/11/17 8:22 am
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Rancho San Antonio
Hi Birders,
I did a loop from the N. parking lot to the tanks via Hill Top and back
down from there to the S. parking lot.

Highlights:
- 1 Blue-gray gnatcher
- 2 house wrens, both singing a lot
- 1 Thrasher singing - a lot!
- 3 Bewick's wrens
- Ash-throated flycatcher heard, not seen in trees at Permenente creek near
S. parking.

Details, photos and videos at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35854666

-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 4/10/17 9:22 pm
From: <stracey53...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Plover Exposure Birdathon Results
Sunday 4/9, Team Plover Exposure (Steve Tracey, Raju Bhupatiraju) conducted our 24 photo birdathon. We managed a tentative total of 112 species pending final photo review. Our route was Smith Creek, Grant Ranch, Lake Cunningham, Alum Rock, Sierra Rd., Ed Levin, Alviso EEC, Alviso Marina, Sunnyvale WPCP, Shoreline/Charleston Slough, Palo Alto Baylands, Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, Santa Teresa Park, Coyote Valley, Canada del Oro, Calero Resevoir. We lucked out in the morning when confronted with a "road closed" sign on Hwy 130 at Grant Ranch, only to have the Caltrans crew show up a few minutes later to open the road. Unfortunately Caltrans couldn't do anything about the freezing cold at Smith Creek where frost covered the ground and gloves and hat were mandatory for survival. The initial cold probably was a big contributor to the lack of migrant activity which turned out to plague us all day. We had some big misses typical to the photo birdathon of the ones you see or hear but can't photograph, including Dark-eyed Junco, Orange-crowned warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Vaux's Swift (probably Janna's bird from the day before at Guadalupe Oak Grove park), Black Rail (Alviso Marina, ok, we were never gonna get a photo of that one) and then a few misses (pending a review of Raju's photos) that can be attributed to my dumb mistakes: tree swallow and Eared Grebe.
Highlights included:
Lincoln's Sparrow at Smith Creek
Merlin, White-tailed Kite and California Thrasher at Grant Ranch
Black-hooded Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, and Hooded Oriole at Alum Rock
Lark Sparrow on Sierra Road
Golden Eagle at Ed Levin
Presumed Glaucous Gull at A16 (I am currently calling this a Glaucous but it just seems a bit off. Here are a few links for those who want to offer feedback https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_t53/33967773275/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_t53/33967773275/in/dateposted/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_t53/33809813822/in/dateposted/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_t53/33809813822/in/dateposted/
Horned Grebe in Mallard's Slough in Alviso EEC
Huge Brown-headed Cowbird flock with the goats at Sunnyvale WPCP
Wood Duck pair in the flooded pool by the bridge on Laguna West


Steve Tracey
San Jose
 

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Date: 4/9/17 4:25 pm
From: 'Lisa Myers' <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Persistent Picidaes Birdathon results
Hi All,

Yesterday I had the pleasure to once again lead the “Persistent Picidaes” for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society’s Spring Birdathon. We had 13 team members which included those who have been on the team for many years, some folks participating in their first birdathon and SCVAS Executive Director Ralph Schardt. We started our birding at McClellan Ranch at 8 AM. From there we drove down to Coyote Valley Open Space. We then stopped in at the Calero Reservoir and ended at 1:00 PM back at McClellan.

We ended our day with 72 species which we all thought was pretty good considering we did not stop by any salt water tidal habitats. We also got caught in the downpour which hit us around 9:30 AM. Once it let up we were all wet and cold, but the birds were quite active!

Thank you to all who were a part of our day and to all that do this for the birds. And it’s not too late to support this year’s Spring Birdathon. If you have not yet gotten involved do check out www.scvas.org and help the environmental efforts happening right here in your own neighborhood.

Lisa Myers – lead picidae
Let’s Go Birding / Los Gatos Birdwatcher

McClellan Ranch – Cupertino
Mallard
Red Shouldered Hawk
Red-tail Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Mourning Dove
Band Tailed Pigeon
Anna’s Hummingbird
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Acorn Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Pacific Slope Flycatcher
Hutton’s Vireo
Warbling Vireo
American Crow
Northern Rough Wing
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
Chestnut Backed Chick..
Brown Creeper
Bewick’s Wren
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch

Coyote Valley- south Santa Clara County

Great Egret
White-tail Kite
Killdeer
California Gull
Eurasian Collared Dove
Great Horned Owl
White Throated Swift
American Kestrel
Say’s Phoebe
California Scrub-Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
Common Raven
Rock Wren
European Starling
Northern Mockingbird
Rufous Crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Bullock’s Oriole
Calero Reservoir

Canada Goose
Gadwall
Western Grebe
Clark’s Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Golden Eagle
Bald Eagle
White-tail Kite
American Coot
Caspian Tern
Forster’s Tern
Rock Pigeon
Vaux’s Swift
Violet Green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Tree Swallow
Common Yellowthroat

 

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Date: 4/9/17 1:45 pm
From: Richard <jeffers_richard...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Plumbeous Vireo at Overfelt Gardens
Mike Mammoser and I just had a Plumbeous Vireo between the Chiang Kai Shek and Sun Yat Sen memorial buildings. Bird was nearly entirely gray with virtually no hint of color, except perhaps around the vent. Time was around 1:25pm.

Richard Jeffers
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Date: 4/9/17 11:26 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Western Kingbirds on Saturday's Field Trip
All:

Kirsten Holmquist's field trip to Arastradero was relatively birdy,
considering that it lightly drizzled on us almost half the time. I registered 51
species, but I may have missed some of my usual distant spottings, since
the Questar was mostly buttoned-up. My most interesting spotting was of 4
Western Kingbirds as a tight group. This may have been a migrating group
since we don't often get WEKI at Arastradero. (Since 2000 I've recorded 26
instances of Ash-throated Flycatchers at Arastradero, versus only 5 WEKI
sightings, and those were only since 2005.)

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 4/8/17 11:27 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lazuli Bunting at Santa Teresa CP 4/8/17

All,

This afternoon at Santa Teresa County Park, after the rain had stopped, I found a FOS
Lazuli Bunting singing in the willows along Mine Trail, before the Stile Ranch Trail junction. This is the same area where LZBU have been reported in early Spring in previous years.

Good birding!
David Nickerson

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Date: 4/8/17 7:22 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Calero Reservoir (4/8/17)
Hi Birders,
Three of us were at Calero today some highlights:
- Two bald eagles, one adult, one immature, but likely nearing adulthood
(white tail, dark head, some white spots on its under surface.
- Two Caspian terns
- One osprey
- One tricolored blackbird (yes, one, and 3 of us looked a long time for
more and struck out)

Details at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35797958

The tricolor is reported elsewhere.

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 4/8/17 3:56 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lazuli Bunting at Santa Teresa CP 4/8/17

All,

This afternoon at Santa Teresa County Park, after the rain had stopped, I found a FOS
Lazuli Bunting singing in the willows along Mine Trail, before the Stile Ranch Trail junction. This is the same area where LZBU have been reported in early Spring in previous years.

Good birding!
David Nickerson

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Date: 4/8/17 3:14 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Nesting kites at Stanford
Last year, a pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES nested in one of the trees around
Lathrop Park on the Stanford campus; here's a picture from September of the
four fledglings that resulted:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/164107118

An adult pair, probably the same ones, are nesting again; the nest is out
of sight but the birds are most often seen at the tops of trees on the
north side of Lathrop Park. They sometimes stray to the south side where
last year's young birds posed for the photo above. Here are a couple of
recent photos of adults seen from Mayfield Ave, the next street south,
where I live.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165252937
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165252938

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Date: 4/8/17 2:28 pm
From: wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] The Wandering Kestrels Birdathon - 4/8/17
The Wandering Kestrels (a self-guided team consisting of Melanie O’Brien, Ginger Langdon-Lassagne and myself) completed a 4-hour birdathon from 7 to 11am today, starting at McClellan Ranch and Stevens Creek Park, and finishing at Charleston Slough/Shoreline Lake. We observed 75 species total.

We managed to avoid most of this morning’s rain, with the biggest downpour being while we were in transit from the hills to the baylands. No rare species, but highlights included a pair of SPOTTED SANDPIPER chasing each other over Stevens Creek Reservoir, TOWNSEND’S WARBLERs poking their heads out of an oak tree at the Villa Maria picnic area, a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK calling and flying over us at the Chestnut Picnic Area, scoping a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and a PEREGRINE FALCON at Charleston Slough and finding a pair of NORTHERN PINTAIL in Adobe Creek.

Time and Location First Observed:
McClellan Ranch
2 House Finch 04/08/17 07:00 AM
3 Black Phoebe 04/08/17 07:00 AM
3 California Towhee 04/08/17 07:00 AM
10 American Crow 04/08/17 07:02 AM
7 Band-tailed Pigeon 04/08/17 07:03 AM
2 Nuttall's Woodpecker 04/08/17 07:03 AM
4 Bewick's Wren 04/08/17 07:04 AM
3 Chestnut-backed Chickadee 04/08/17 07:06 AM
5 Song Sparrow 04/08/17 07:07 AM
3 Western Bluebird 04/08/17 07:10 AM
5 Anna's Hummingbird 04/08/17 07:11 AM
2 Oak Titmouse 04/08/17 07:11 AM
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler 04/08/17 07:12 AM

Stevens Creek Reservoir
3 Rock Pigeon 04/08/17 07:18 AM
2 California Scrub-Jay 04/08/17 07:19 AM
1 Orange-crowned Warbler 04/08/17 07:24 AM
1 California Thrasher 04/08/17 07:25 AM
1 Dark-eyed Junco 04/08/17 07:26 AM
5 Double-crested Cormorant 04/08/17 07:26 AM
5 Mallard 04/08/17 07:27 AM
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 04/08/17 07:27 AM
5 Canada Goose 04/08/17 07:28 AM
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 04/08/17 07:31 AM
2 Spotted Sandpiper 04/08/17 07:33 AM
6 Lesser Goldfinch 04/08/17 07:35 AM

Cooley / Canyon Picnic Areas
3 Mourning Dove 04/08/17 07:42 AM
2 Spotted Towhee 04/08/17 07:43 AM
2 European Starling 04/08/17 07:43 AM
2 Steller's Jay 04/08/17 07:44 AM
1 American Robin 04/08/17 07:46 AM
4 Acorn Woodpecker 04/08/17 07:52 AM
4 Wild Turkey 04/08/17 07:59 AM
1 Golden-crowned Sparrow 04/08/17 08:05 AM
8 Cedar Waxwing 04/08/17 08:10 AM

Parking lot by Chestnut Picnic Area
3 Northern Flicker 04/08/17 08:23 AM
1 Red-tailed Hawk 04/08/17 08:23 AM
1 Black-headed Grosbeak 04/08/17 08:28 AM
2 Townsend's Warbler 04/08/17 08:46 AM
1 White-breasted Nuthatch 04/08/17 08:55 AM
1 Downy Woodpecker 04/08/17 08:57 AM
1 Red-shouldered Hawk 04/08/17 08:58 AM
1 Wrentit 04/08/17 09:07 AM
1 Great Blue Heron (fyover) 04/08/17 09:12 AM

Charleston Slough
1 American Coot 04/08/17 09:31 AM
1 Killdeer 04/08/17 09:31 AM
1 Marsh Wren 04/08/17 09:35 AM
2 Black-necked Stilt 04/08/17 09:37 AM
2 Snowy Egret 04/08/17 09:37 AM
2 Forster's Tern 04/08/17 09:39 AM
3 Surf Scoter 04/08/17 09:40 AM
1 Common Raven 04/08/17 09:43 AM
1 American Avocet 04/08/17 09:44 AM
1 Great Egret 04/08/17 09:44 AM
1 Willet 04/08/17 09:46 AM
1 California Gull 04/08/17 09:52 AM
8 Ruddy Duck 04/08/17 09:54 AM
3 Cliff Swallow 04/08/17 09:54 AM
1 Western Grebe 04/08/17 09:59 AM
1 Eared Grebe 04/08/17 09:59 AM
5 Common Yellowthroat 04/08/17 10:04 AM
400 Marbled Godwit 04/08/17 10:07 AM
100 Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 04/08/17 10:07 AM
2 Northern Shoveler 04/08/17 10:08 AM
3 Green-winged Teal 04/08/17 10:09 AM
1 Least Sandpiper 04/08/17 10:13 AM
3 Gadwall 04/08/17 10:16 AM
1 Pied-billed Grebe 04/08/17 10:23 AM
1 Black-bellied Plover 04/08/17 10:25 AM
1 White-crowned Sparrow 04/08/17 10:31 AM
2 Violet-green Swallow 04/08/17 10:33 AM
100 Western Sandpiper 04/08/17 10:40 AM
1 Peregrine Falcon 04/08/17 10:41 AM
2 Barn Swallow 04/08/17 10:44 AM
2 Northern Pintail 04/08/17 10:47 AM
5 Bufflehead 04/08/17 10:58 AM

Barry Langdon-Lassagne
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Date: 4/8/17 10:10 am
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vaux's Swift 4-08-17
I watched a single VAUX'S SWIFT flying high over Guadalupe Oak Grove
Park this morning just before the rain started. It was overall brownish
with a lighter breast and throat and had a short tail. It had shorter
wings and was less contrasting than a White-throated Swift. VIOLET GREEN
SWALLOWS were flying below the swift.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 4/7/17 5:55 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] White-throated Sparrow 4-07-17
A WHITE THROATED SPARROW was in the parking lot at Guadalupe Oak Grove
Park at 1 pm today. Later I heard it singing from a residence yard. A
BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK and ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER were heard and a WHITE
THROATED SWIFT seen.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 4/7/17 2:30 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Blue-winged Teal pair, Palo Alto Baylands PLUS
Additions to my report of a midday visit yesterday (4/6/17) to Palo Alto
Baylands.

This is the time of year when shorebirds are migrating through on their way
to the nesting grounds; across from the Lucy Evans parking lot there were
breeding-plumage LEAST SANDPIPERS:
http://www.pbase.com/image/165252936

and by the trail to the airport, one of several breeding-plumage WILLETS:
http://www.pbase.com/image/165252939

And here's a picture of the male LESSER GOLDFINCH I reported, with plumage
I hadn't seen before, I think toward the end of its first cycle:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165250762

Finally, a better picture of the BLUE-WINGED TEAL pair:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165252934


On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 5:11 PM, Tom Grey <tgrey...> wrote:

> Around midday, I found a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL across from the Lucy
> Evans parking lot:
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165250760
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165250761
>
> Other pictures from PA Baylands follow those, including two showing a
> what I think is a preformative male LESSER GOLDFINCH, a plumage I hadn't
> noticed before.
>
> --
> Tom Grey
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> tgreybirds.com
>



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Date: 4/7/17 12:07 pm
From: Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] First Wed SCVAS walk, Sunnyvale WPCP
We had an overwhelming turnout for the April First Wed walk with Santa Clara Audubon Society and walk leaders Allen Royer and Freddy Howell.
This was Freddy's swan song (!) as she is moving out of the area soon. We enjoyed many birds for her final walk as leader.

Highlights:
Great views of a Green Heron posing for us on a log
Young Cooper's Hawk posing in a telephone pole
Sora
Flyover by a flock of Cedar Waxwings, which we don't usually see here
Couple of kestrels
And I'm convinced, a Peregrine Falcon
Couple of Northern Harriers
A couple of Forsters Terns flew over
And we heard at least one Common Yellowthroat singing loudly

View full checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35762900

Good birding!
Ann


 

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Date: 4/6/17 5:47 pm
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Two Black Skimmers - Charleston Slough 4/6
This afternoon (4/6/17) around 1:45pm there were two BLACK SKIMMERS together on the small island at the southern end of Charleston Slough. I also took a quick look at A1 and saw three REDHEADS (a pair and a single male) fairly far south in the pond.

Good birding,Gena ZolotarMountain View

 

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Date: 4/6/17 5:12 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Blue-winged Teal pair, Palo Alto Baylands
Around midday, I found a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL across from the Lucy
Evans parking lot:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165250760
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165250761

Other pictures from PA Baylands follow those, including two showing a
what I think is a preformative male LESSER GOLDFINCH, a plumage I hadn't
noticed before.

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tgreybirds.com

 

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Date: 4/6/17 11:28 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Cassin's Kingbird at San Felipe Road 4/5/17
All,
A note of interest, the Cassin's Kingbird was doing the two note call that we at first thought might be an Ash-throated Flycatcher, later David realized that it was the CAKI call and we then concentrated our  search on the middle eucalyptus tree were the bird was later well seen.
 
Take care,
Bob Reiling

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To: "south-bay-birds" <south-bay-birds...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:59:06 AM
Subject: [SBB] Cassin's Kingbird at San Felipe Road 4/5/17

 








All, 




Bob Reiling and I had a Cassin's Kingbird this morning on San Felipe Road. We initially heard it calling from the second of the three eucalyptus trees and later got decent views, observing its dark gray nape and white throat. 




Happy Birding,




David Nickerson
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Date: 4/6/17 8:26 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Male Yellow-headed Blackbird photos
All,

Sorry my about previous attempt to share Yellow-headed Blackbird photos using an ebird file. To see the photos just click on the file below (I hope)

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35722373

Take care,
Bob Reiling

 

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Date: 4/5/17 9:08 pm
From: Robert Reiling via eBird <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Robert Reiling has shared an eBird checklist with you from Palm Ave. on Apr 5, 2017 - 11:12 AM
To accept this checklist into your eBird account, click on the link below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/shared?subID=UzM1NzIyMzcz&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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All,
Included are a couple photos of the adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD found by David Nickerson and Gina Zolotar yesterday on Palm Ave in Morgan Hill, It was seen and photographed at about noon today (4/5) in the same general area.


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Date: 4/5/17 3:31 pm
From: <jnc...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Don Edwards Local Interest
At lunch today, two Blue-winged Teal were in the tule reed lined channel by the visitor center - surprisingly, I did not see any Cinnamon or Green-winged Teal....


In the butterfly garden, I had a male Audubon's Warbler next to a male Myrtle Warbler, both in full breeding plumage in the bins at the same time. Wow!! Several Rufous Hummingbirds are working the sage flowers and a Fox Sparrow had not migrated yet.


Good Birding,
Jim Chiropolos
Orinda
 

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Date: 4/5/17 2:53 pm
From: <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Rancho San Antonio still no lazuli bunting
On 4-5-2017 it was my turn to spend time at the snag near the water tank at Rancho San Antonio . Most of the birds reported by Tom Grey for 4-3-2017 were there. One addition was a Lincoln's sparrow which made a stop on the snag today.
Not far from the lower parking lot there were two deer which didn't look like the deer I am used to seeing at Arastradero Preserve and at Picchetti. These were about double the width of the sleek ones normally seen and also were a dull color compared to the reddish color of the local ones. Are they from the Deer Hollow Farm in the park?

Juliana Manoliu


 

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Date: 4/5/17 2:00 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler 4-05-17
I birded Casa Loma Road and a bit of Canada Del Oro this morning in
hopes of finding new arrivals but heard little bird song. WARBLING
VIREO, HOUSE WRENS and a BULLOCKS ORIOLE were the only new birds. Along
the Uvas Creek at the meadow I found a singing CASSIN'S VIREO and a
heard only BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK. A second CAVI was at Baldy Ryan Creek
on the Longwall trail, which was a far as I birded because of the high
creek. BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER, HAIRY WOODPECKER, ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER,
PURPLE FINCH were other birds of interest.

A WOOD DUCK pair and two interacting WESTERN KINGBIRDS were seen near
Chesbro Reservoir. I intended to drive into Coyote Valley from Willow
Springs Road but it was closed at Oak Glen Road. I made a U turn pulled
off the road and heard an ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER calling. The
flycatcher flew out across the pond and back into the trees. In Coyote
Valley I checked Laguna and heard a YELLOW WARBLER in the willows before
the ranch house. An out of town birder arrived and we saw the warbler
and a GREATER YELLOWLEGS in the flooded field before the house. As I
turned onto Palm, a BULLOCKS ORIOLE flew out from a tree near Santa
Teresa. Bob Reiling and Ann Verdi were looking for the YELLOW HEADED
BLACKBIRD further down Palm. Bob found it in his scope and got great
looks of this spectacular bird. A large flock of AM. PIPITS occasionally
flew up from the field here. A WESTERN KINGBIRD pair was on the wires
and another pair in the oak in the Open Space parking lot.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 4/5/17 10:59 am
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cassin's Kingbird at San Felipe Road 4/5/17

All,

Bob Reiling and I had a Cassin's Kingbird this morning on San Felipe Road. We initially heard it calling from the second of the three eucalyptus trees and later got decent views, observing its dark gray nape and white throat.

Happy Birding,

David Nickerson

Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 4/4/17 6:03 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Rancho San Antonio spring birds
I got to Rancho San Antonio shortly after 7 yesterday morning (4/3/17) and
hiked up the Hill Trail to the fallen snag by the water tank, beloved
of photographers. Was not disappointed, despite the fact that Lazuli
Buntings had not yet arrived (nor Ash-throated Flycatchers.)

HOUSE WRENS were singing and courting (they have nested in crevices in the
snag)
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242343

A first-cycle COOPER'S HAWK perched briefly on the snag:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242342

A male NORTHERN HARRIER was foraging and perching downslope:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242344

VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS put on a continuous show, perching on the snag, with
males showing off their dorsal colors:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242348

and pairs keeping company:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242351

and seeming to squabble:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242352

and separating, perhaps temporarily:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242350.

Nearby, a male ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD lined up just right with the sun to show
off his forehead and gorget:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242340
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242339

After a couple enjoyable hours by the water tank, I walked down the PGE
Trail, along which I found two pairs of BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, and managed
to get my FOS photo of one of these hard-to-catch birds:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242341

In the parking lot, as I was about to leave, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK flew
over, a nice conclusion to the morning:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165242347

--
Tom Grey
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Date: 4/4/17 5:57 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sierra Vista (4/4)
Hi Birders,
We did the Aquila Loop trail today. At the entrance we were greeted by a
pair of horned larks, a male and a female.
We saw 9 lark sparrows, but I suspect the real count was much more as we
saw what appeared to be large flocks lifting off the grass in the distance
and rapidly dropping back into the grass so it was impossible to be sure.
A western kingbird was actively feeding on the slopes We also had the
pleasure of a male bullock's oriole landing in a tree within 30 feet of us.
The brilliant orange and green contrast was spectacular.

Details and some photos at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35702684

 

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Date: 4/4/17 5:30 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Forgot: signature and address
Hi Birders,
I clicked the send button too fast.
My posting on Sierra Vista (4/4) should have concluded with:

-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 4/4/17 4:40 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alum Rock Park 4-04-17
The Tuesday Twitcher's birded Alum Rock Park today, stopping first to
bird the Penitencia Creek ponds which were empty. Near the entrance on
NOBLE we had a heard only PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER, a tan striped WHITE
THROATED SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, 4 HERMIT THRUSH, a
male BULLOCKS ORIOLE and several HOODED ORIOLE. A distant WHITE TAILED
KITE was also seen.

Alum Rock was filled with bird song at every stop. Quail Hollow had
HOUSE WREN, WARBLING VIREO, BULLOCKS ORIOLE and the first of 18 BLACK
HEADED GROSBEAKS, nearly all males singing from exposed perches. Most of
the large eucalyptus trees have been removed from Rustic Lands parking
lot and there is free parking to this point, which I believe is new.
Near YSI we had our only BROWN CREEPER, a second WILSON'S WARBLER more
HOWR, BHGB, BUOR and WARBLING VIREO. We heard a singing CASSIN's VIREO
near the first entrance to the south rim trail and and saw another near
the Sycamore Grove picnic area. We saw no sign of a Dipper. The rangers
station was taped off and there were many slides along the road and
trails. The south rim trail is closed for the foreseeable future.

A female WESTERN BLUEBIRD was in our Almaden Valley backyard moments
ago. Yesterday a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was seen at backyard flowers.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 4/4/17 1:50 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Matadero Creek trail 04-04-17
A short midday stroll along the Matadro Creek trail produced a couple of personal new species for this location.
A singing CASSIN'S VIREO near the chainlink enclosure and "sample area".A pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL on the island in the long pond, located at the junction with the Byxbee Park trail.
Not new, but still wonderful to see during a lunch break:Both HOODED and BULLOCK'S ORIOLES were present along the creek, as well as at the two palm trees.On my way back to the car, an adult COMMON GALLINULE swam toward the brushy island in Emily Renzel Wetlands,as well, there was a single concealed BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON.
WHITE-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS have dropped in numbers significantly, but are still present. SONG SPARROWS are actively gathering nest material and food, as well as acting a little cagey, perhaps nervous I was close to an unseen nest.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35698135

Matthew DodderMountain View
 

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Date: 4/4/17 1:05 pm
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Yellow-headed Blackbird Coyote Valley 4/4
This morning (4/4/17) David Nickerson and I saw a bright male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD along Palm Avenue, with a small mixed blackbird flock at a farm on the north side of Palm, near Coyote Valley OSP. When we looked for the bird again on our way out around 10am, we weren't able to re-find it among the blackbirds.

Good birding,
Gena Zolotar
Mountain View

 

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Date: 4/3/17 10:35 pm
From: ANN RICE <africe...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] LT Duck
Birding in Alviso today, I left Dave Weber shortly before he refound the LT Duck. I was back close to the parking lot when Dave N. told me of the refind. I got back out to the site about 12:45. By that time there were 2 ducks. One is a male of intermediate plumage (still with dark cheek patch and pearly white top of head). The other is female with mostly warm brown plumage and vague facial pattern. Both have whitish sides along waterline. They were staying close together.




Fred Rice


Los Gatos


> On April 3, 2017 at 5:42 PM "Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> To add to my last post, I had walked all the way to pond A9 and turned around without seeing the LT. Ran into Dave Nickerson on bike who continued on A9. I decided the odds were better going back the way I came. On A15 I noticed way more birds than earlier, mostly grebes, scaups, and gulls including Bonapartes so I kept checking and finally saw one of (or maybe a third?) Long-tailed Duck about a quarter mile from the A13/14/15 junction. I ran back to get Dave N, now at junction. The bird had moved eastish a bit but we got excellent views from the bend in the trail. Right before finding the LT there were three Snowy Plovers on the levee. Back home I rewarded myself by doing more yardwork and enjoying a Hop Stoopid which I am doing now. A mockingbird in the neighborhood is clearly incuding a local Bewicks Wren in its imitations. Excellent day.
>
> Dave Weber,
> Milpitas
> by phone
>
>
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Date: 4/3/17 5:42 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] LT Duck
To add to my last post, I had walked all the way to pond A9 and turned around without seeing the LT. Ran into Dave Nickerson on bike who continued on A9. I decided the odds were better going back the way I came. On A15 I noticed way more birds than earlier, mostly grebes, scaups, and gulls including Bonapartes so I kept checking and finally saw one of (or maybe a third?) Long-tailed Duck about a quarter mile from the A13/14/15 junction. I ran back to get Dave N, now at junction. The bird had moved eastish a bit but we got excellent views from the bend in the trail. Right before finding the LT there were three Snowy Plovers on the levee. Back home I rewarded myself by doing more yardwork and enjoying a Hop Stoopid which I am doing now. A mockingbird in the neighborhood is clearly incuding a local Bewicks Wren in its imitations. Excellent day.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Date: 4/3/17 4:35 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Redheads
A pair of REDHEADS was on pond A16 today, 3 Apr 2017, near the southeast corner by the EEC.
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Date: 4/3/17 4:04 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso Slough Trail
Folks:

I missed the Long-tailed Ducks today, 4/3/17, arriving at A14 after they
disappeared and leaving before one was refound in A15. Walking out in
the morning, I dawdled quite a bit, stopping for a LESSER YELLOWLEGS in
the impoundment north of the Alviso Marina CP and finding 4+ SNOWY
PLOVERS on the remaining strip islands in the center of Pond A12.

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Date: 4/3/17 1:58 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso
All,
Got lucky this morning as Gina got me on the two LTDU in SALT Pond A14 from the A13,A14,A15 junction, unfortunately after I "hung-up" with her following the call at 9:25 AM neither of us were able to re-locate the LTDUs.  I spent the next hour looking for them in A14 as I slowly worked my west toward Salt Pond 9, quitting about 1/4 mile before the A14,A9 dike because of the time.  I seems most likely that the LTDUs flew while we were distracted,  They were not seen in ponds A15, A13 and A12 as I returned to the parking lot.
Take care,
Bob Reiling
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Subject: Re: [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso

 

Both birds continue today (9am 4/3) on A14, quite far west in the pond. I didn't find them at the A13/A14/A15 junction, so went further west along the A14/A15 levee, and then located them by looking SSW. They are currently swimming east.

Good birding,
Gena Zolotar
Mountain View

On Apr 2, 2017, at 10:32 AM, 'Rogers, Michael M. (ARC-TNA)' <Michael.M.Rogers...> [south-bay-birds] < <south-bay-birds-noreply...> > wrote:




 


Two Long-tailed Ducks on Pond A14 2.3 miles northwest of Alviso Marina, seen from junction on eastern edge.



Mike Rogers
Sunnyvale CA



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Date: 4/3/17 1:49 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] 1 Long-tailed Duck still present A15 12:50pm
Dave Weber re-found one of the two LTDU near the southwest section of A15. The bird was still present at 12:50 PM when I left. Neither Dave nor I could find the second duck in any of the ponds. We also saw two Snowy Plovers in the same area.

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Date: 4/3/17 1:41 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] One LT Duck refound Apr 3
At 12:30 pm I refound one Long-tailed Duck on pond A15 about one quarter mile from the tall wooden structure at the A13/14/15 junction. Details later.
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Date: 4/3/17 12:06 pm
From: Nancy Asquith <nancyasquith...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ogier Ponds remains extremely difficult to access fully
Just realized that a field trip to Ogier Ponds is scheduled for next Sunday. The listing has  the old directions for getting there from Morgan Hill reprinted. I was there last Thursday and was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that there is still a gap of at least 6' in the road at the entrance. You can park at the gate (space for several cars) and walk north thru a large hole in the fence on the left, with good views of the stream and good enough views of the center of the lake to ID birds with a scope.
If you continue north to where the levee between the lakes was (I refer to the two large lakes north of the old entrance road), you can walk a ways on the levee. But the levee is breached with a gap of maybe 10' at a guess joining the two lakes. There is a huge tree fallen into the water with its roots sticking up. Water is still running high in the area. For example, fields at Laguna have partial flooding. Let's hope that an effort to repair the road will be made when the flow diminishes.
When I returned to the gate I could see a family with bikes and tricycles at the first parking area. So it definitely IS possible to hike or bike to the ponds. In fact, a local I met told me that the bike bridges are open.
PS: In better news, Alum Rock Park, closed since the February flooding, partially reopened this past weekend. 
 

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Date: 4/3/17 11:11 am
From: Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Flicker dance at McClellan Ranch
Yesterday at the very close of the Cupertino Creek Cruisers 14th annual birdathon and survey of the Stevens Creek corridor from McClellan Rd. to Stevens Creek Blvd. we were treated to an amazing display of behavior by two female Northern Flickers on the "other side" of the creek ("McClellan Ranch West"). Watch it here; this was just a tiny excerpt from a MUCH longer sequence of the same behavior (longer than we were actually willing to stay; perhaps if we had read the last paragraph of the description below we might have!):


https://www.dropbox.com/s/x2y9c8bp6h8n3g0/Flicker%20Behavior.mp4?dl=0


Caroline Lambert, after I posted this on Facebook, helpfully provided this excerpt from Birds of North America which explains this [note that in our case, the behavior was NOT accompanied by any vocalizations; the entire affair was silent]:


Both sexes defend nest trees and mates aggressively. Agonistic behavior is highly ritualized in flicker dance (Figure 6). Typically, 2 birds of same sex pair off in mock fencing duels, using their bills as foils, while a member of the opposite sex looks on. This dance is prevalent during early phases of the breeding cycle (territory establishment, pair formation, and nest-site selection), but is also seen infrequently and at lower intensities at other times ( Short 1982 ). Displays that comprise the dance are clearly agonistic ( Noble 1936 ) and function in territorial defense, but territorial establishment and pair formation are so integrated in flickers that these displays may also play a role in pair formation; this remains poorly understood.


Typically, 2 birds of the same sex face one another on a branch with their bills held at a slightly upward angle (about 30 from horizontal). Each bird quickly swings its head back and forth and bobs it up and down, such that the bill appears to trace a circular or Figure-8 pattern in the air ( Kilham 1959b , Lawrence 1966b , Short 1972a ). The swinging and bobbing give the appearance of a mechanically animated toy, and are usually accompanied by in-rhythm Wicka Calls from both dancers. The red nuchal patch is usually erected in Yellow-shafted Flickers. Intensity of the dances varies greatly: the dance of 2 birds (same sex) is likely to have relatively low intensity and may even be silent, but the arrival of a third bird (opposite sex) immediately intensifies both the dance and the Wicka accompaniment. In very intense interactions, which are common, the dancers flick their wings and spread or rotate their tails such that the yellow, or red, ventral surfaces of the flight feathers are clearly visible to the opponent. Bursts of dancing and Wicka-calling might last 510 s, followed by a 30-s period of quiescence, followed by another burst of dancing where all participants seem compelled to join in. Bouts may last nearly half an hour (but usually are shorter) and may be joined and rejoined over a period of many hours. We have observed sustained series of dance bouts go on essentially all day, involving the same participants. Variation in the dance is substantial: the apparent context, number of participants, location, intensity, duration, whether the wings and tail are spread, whether Wickas accompany animation, pattern traced by bill, etc., can all vary. No data are available that demonstrate the range of variation or its meaning.


"Dancing duels" often do not result in physical contact but instead one bird simply flies away. If one bird does not fly away after many minutes of dancing, the two rivals may peck and claw at each other and perhaps end up in a rolling fight on the ground (KLW). This usually results in a long period of one bird chasing the other, displacing it from perch to perch in short flights until eventually the "loser" flies away out of apparent exhaustion.


Steve Patt

 

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Date: 4/3/17 10:27 am
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Weekend birds
On Saturday (April 1) I paid a late-morning visit to Santa Teresa Co. Park,
focusing on the Pueblo Day Use area and vicinity. Perhaps because of the
time of day, it seemed less birds than what I gathered from Brooke's
report two weeks earlier. I did hear two singing RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWs
(one well seen) along the Mine Trail to the west. Both WESTERN BLUEBIRD
and TREE SWALLOW were quite evident, presumably using the nest boxes
(at one of which I saw Tree Swallows apparently feeding young). I also
had my FOS WESTERN KINGBIRD, but didn't find any Orioles, and raptors
were in low numbers.

On Sunday afternoon I made a brief stop near the bike/pedestrian bridge
over San Francisquito Creek, hoping to find the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE in San Mateo County. Not there, but (as Bill has reported from
the morning) the two seemed comfortable on the golf course in Santa
Clara Co. (on a pond, separated from the main groups of Canadas).

Al Eisner


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Date: 4/3/17 10:07 am
From: Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Flicker dance at McClellan Ranch
[Sent this 2 1/2 hours ago but it hasn't appeared; resending with apologies if it appears twice]


Yesterday at the very close of the Cupertino Creek Cruisers 14th annual birdathon and survey of the Stevens Creek corridor from McClellan Rd. to Stevens Creek Blvd. we were treated to an amazing display of behavior by two female Northern Flickers on the "other side" of the creek ("McClellan Ranch West"). Watch it here; this was just a tiny excerpt from a MUCH longer sequence of the same behavior (longer than we were actually willing to stay; perhaps if we had read the last paragraph of the description below we might have!):


https://www.dropbox.com/s/x2y9c8bp6h8n3g0/Flicker%20Behavior.mp4?dl=0


Caroline Lambert, after I posted this on Facebook, helpfully provided this excerpt from Birds of North America which explains this [note that in our case, the behavior was NOT accompanied by any vocalizations; the entire affair was silent]:


Both sexes defend nest trees and mates aggressively. Agonistic behavior is highly ritualized in flicker dance (Figure 6). Typically, 2 birds of same sex pair off in mock fencing duels, using their bills as foils, while a member of the opposite sex looks on. This dance is prevalent during early phases of the breeding cycle (territory establishment, pair formation, and nest-site selection), but is also seen infrequently and at lower intensities at other times ( Short 1982 ). Displays that comprise the dance are clearly agonistic ( Noble 1936 ) and function in territorial defense, but territorial establishment and pair formation are so integrated in flickers that these displays may also play a role in pair formation; this remains poorly understood.


Typically, 2 birds of the same sex face one another on a branch with their bills held at a slightly upward angle (about 30 from horizontal). Each bird quickly swings its head back and forth and bobs it up and down, such that the bill appears to trace a circular or Figure-8 pattern in the air ( Kilham 1959b , Lawrence 1966b , Short 1972a ). The swinging and bobbing give the appearance of a mechanically animated toy, and are usually accompanied by in-rhythm Wicka Calls from both dancers. The red nuchal patch is usually erected in Yellow-shafted Flickers. Intensity of the dances varies greatly: the dance of 2 birds (same sex) is likely to have relatively low intensity and may even be silent, but the arrival of a third bird (opposite sex) immediately intensifies both the dance and the Wicka accompaniment. In very intense interactions, which are common, the dancers flick their wings and spread or rotate their tails such that the yellow, or red, ventral surfaces of the flight feathers are clearly visible to the opponent. Bursts of dancing and Wicka-calling might last 510 s, followed by a 30-s period of quiescence, followed by another burst of dancing where all participants seem compelled to join in. Bouts may last nearly half an hour (but usually are shorter) and may be joined and rejoined over a period of many hours. We have observed sustained series of dance bouts go on essentially all day, involving the same participants. Variation in the dance is substantial: the apparent context, number of participants, location, intensity, duration, whether the wings and tail are spread, whether Wickas accompany animation, pattern traced by bill, etc., can all vary. No data are available that demonstrate the range of variation or its meaning.


"Dancing duels" often do not result in physical contact but instead one bird simply flies away. If one bird does not fly away after many minutes of dancing, the two rivals may peck and claw at each other and perhaps end up in a rolling fight on the ground (KLW). This usually results in a long period of one bird chasing the other, displacing it from perch to perch in short flights until eventually the "loser" flies away out of apparent exhaustion.


Steve Patt

 

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Date: 4/3/17 9:16 am
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso
Both birds continue today (9am 4/3) on A14, quite far west in the pond. I didn't find them at the A13/A14/A15 junction, so went further west along the A14/A15 levee, and then located them by looking SSW. They are currently swimming east.

Good birding,
Gena Zolotar
Mountain View

> On Apr 2, 2017, at 10:32 AM, 'Rogers, Michael M. (ARC-TNA)' <Michael.M.Rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Two Long-tailed Ducks on Pond A14 2.3 miles northwest of Alviso Marina, seen from junction on eastern edge.
>
> Mike Rogers
> Sunnyvale CA
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> Sent from my iPhone
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Date: 4/2/17 10:06 pm
From: Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Two Long-tailed Ducks in Alviso - 4/2/17
All,

Today 4/2/17, Mike Mammoser and I searched Alviso for Snowy Plovers. Water levels are pretty high in all the ponds and we had no luck finding Snowy Plovers, although there are still 60 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS near the start of the EEC entrance road. The highlight of our day was finding two LONG-TAILED DUCKS on Pond A14. This is the first April record for Santa Clara County and there are only two March records that I am aware of, so this is later than usual for this species this far down in S.F. Bay. Also on A14 were an alternate-plumaged HORNED GREBE, 2 courting pairs of WESTERN GREBES, and the first of 5 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS for the day. Over 120 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were across the levee in Pond A15.

Digiscoped photos of the Long-tailed Ducks are on ebird at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35657008

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Date: 4/2/17 6:25 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc Coyote Valley and Alviso
Hey All,


I took advantage of the great weather again today and stopped by Coyote Valley to check for Swainson's Hawk. At the OSP there was lots of activity including Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Bullock's Oriole, House Wren, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Western Kingbirds, and tons of Yellow-billed Magpies. I spent an hour with the Magpies and was rewarded with some close-up pics. In order to get a picture of the birds in flight, I anticipated a group of approaching children would flush them in my direction (instead of me flushing them and getting pictures of their rear) and came away smiling when that worked. Gotta stay alert for opportunities.


Later on, at another spot in Coyote Valley, 2 Swainson's Hawk circled together overhead.


At Alviso, I biked out to Pond A14 and was lucky that Jim Lomax showed up there as well, as he found the two Long-tailed Ducks reported earlier by Mike Rogers in 5 mins flat. In Pond A15 were at least 15 Bonaparte's Gulls looking good with their all black heads of summer plumage.


Pics:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75485353@N03/33675421431/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75485353@N03/33675419371/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75485353@N03/33648623322/in/dateposted-public/


Ebird:

<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35651592>http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35642091

<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35651592?msgKey=singleLocMergeSuccess>

Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 4/2/17 5:41 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] San Francisquito Creek Trail
Folks:

This morning, 4/2/17, I walked the San Francisquito Creek Trail from the
stormwater pumping station to the bike bridge. The new golf course
looks quite barren, but there is grass growing in many places and two
adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were grazing with the Canadas. I
counted about 15 AMERICAN PIPITS in areas without grass, the first I've
seen along the trail. The heavy rains this winter have filled up the
Geng Road pond and the cattails are thriving. Red-wingeds were singing
there, so maybe they'll manage another season before that area becomes
an athletic field. A male BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK nearby was a migrant.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 4/2/17 2:08 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso
Long-tailed Ducks continue on A14 in same area. Refound by Jim Lomax at 1:40pm.

Good Birding!

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA



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From: "'Rogers, Michael M. (ARC-TNA)' <Michael.M.Rogers...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Date: 04/02/2017 10:32 AM (GMT-08:00)
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Subject: [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso

Two Long-tailed Ducks on Pond A14 2.3 miles northwest of Alviso Marina, seen from junction on eastern edge.

Mike Rogers
Sunnyvale CA


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Date: 4/2/17 11:08 am
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Pacific Wren
Folks:

For what it's worth, one-third of all reported records for Pacific Wren
in the county are of wintering or migrating birds in the Diablo Range or
on the flatlands.

Bill Bousman
Santa Clara County records compiler

On 4/2/2017 9:54 AM, Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
[south-bay-birds] wrote:
>
> Yesterday morning shortly after sunrise, I heard a loud and
> distinctive "jet jet" call of a PACIFIC WREN in the thick vegetation
> along the back fenceline of our home. The notes were clearly not those
> of Ruby-crowned kinglet or Bewick's Wren, all of which are also
> present and very familiar. I listed to it for several minutes, trying
> to locate exactly where the sound was coming from, but was unable to
> view the bird before I had to leave for my class field trip. I realize
> the presence of Pacific Wren on the valley floor is unusual, and this
> would indeed be a first time for the species in our yard, but there is
> a nice tangle of dense growth and the habitat is not
> altogether inappropriate, at least as a stopping place. I will
> continue to listen for it the next few days and hopefully be able to
> get a recording if the bird has not moved on.
>
>
> Matthew Dodder
> Mountain View
>


 

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Date: 4/2/17 10:32 am
From: 'Rogers, Michael M. (ARC-TNA)' <Michael.M.Rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] 2 LTDU on A14 in Alviso
Two Long-tailed Ducks on Pond A14 2.3 miles northwest of Alviso Marina, seen from junction on eastern edge.

Mike Rogers
Sunnyvale CA


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Date: 4/2/17 9:54 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pacific Wren
Yesterday morning shortly after sunrise, I heard a loud and distinctive "jet jet" call of a PACIFIC WREN in the thick vegetation along the back fenceline of our home. The notes were clearly not those of Ruby-crowned kinglet or Bewick's Wren, all of which are also present and very familiar. I listed to it for several minutes, trying to locate exactly where the sound was coming from, but was unable to view the bird before I had to leave for my class field trip. I realize the presence of Pacific Wren on the valley floor is unusual, and this would indeed be a first time for the species in our yard, but there is a nice tangle of dense growth and the habitat is not altogether inappropriate, at least as a stopping place. I will continue to listen for it the next few days and hopefully be able to get a recording if the bird has not moved on.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View
 

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Date: 4/2/17 9:35 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stevens Creek Park 04-01-17 (PAAS field trip)
Folks,

I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to Stevens Creek Park yesterday for a morning of birding. We began at the Chestnut Picnic Area where we heard more than saw a few spring arrivals. PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, WARBLING VIREO and WILSON'S WARBLER were heard along the creek, while CASSIN'S VIREO made its presence known in the Villa Maria Reservation Picnic Area. We came across a concentration of TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS on the dead end trail behind the Villa Maria restrooms. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH were easy to find in the area as well.

As we walked along the road toward the Baytree Picnic Area we heard BROWN CREEPER, and HAIRY WOODPECKER. DOWNY WOODPECKER as later detected along the Stevens Creek Tony Overlook Trail as were additional PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS. In the Baytree Picnic Area we observed a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER on a seriously worked tree. It remained glued to the tree before moving just one tree over.

For lunch we moved to the Lakeshore Picnic Area were very little was present on the water. We added DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GREEN HERON, SPOTTED SANDPIPER (two observers).

Several of us continued after lunch to Piccetti Ranch Open Space where BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was easily seen along the trail above the pond. Speaking of the pond, it is quite full and several Odes were presentCommon Green Darner, California Darner, Cardinal Meadowhawk, possible Variegated Meadowhawk and a few Damselflies (Bluets/Dancers) that I still have difficulty identifying...

I should also add that the usual turnout on the south end of the reservoir is now unavailable for parking because of leftover mudslide. We struggle to pull our car off the road to listen for birds. A brief pre-trip visit produced at least two BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, WARBLING VIREO, WILSON'S WARBLER, and many ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View
 

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Date: 4/1/17 6:52 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
All,


Today I checked out Agua Caliente trail at Ed Levin and came up with some of the expected species and some special moments I was lucky to catch on my camera. At the start of the trail were 2 Bullock's Orioles. Further up I found 2 House Wren, 2 Grasshopper Sparrows, and 3 Rufous-crowned Sparrows (near the 1st wind sock on trail that heads East). Also in the area was 1 Golden Eagle, 1 Cooper's Hawk, and a couple Coyotes hunting voles.


Pics:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75485353@N03/33783602835/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75485353@N03/33398920280/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75485353@N03/33742950246/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75485353@N03/33783607745/in/dateposted-public/


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/75485353@N03/33783607745/in/dateposted-public/>

<https://www.flickr.com/photos/75485353@N03/33783607745/in/dateposted-public/>Ebird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35609504


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 4/1/17 5:38 pm
From: 'Kirsten Holmquist' <kirsten.holmquist...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Hooded Orioles & Black-headed Grosbeak
Rich Page and I took a walk at Alum Rock park this morning. We saw a pair
of HOODED ORIOLES at the palms. We also encountered a pair of courting
COOPER'S HAWKS along the hillside. Farther along we got an excellent
display of aerobatics as the male of the pair attempted to catch some small
songbird. The first face of the owl rock actually yielded a GREAT-HORNED
OWL in one of its crevices. That is the first time in a few years we found
an owl here. Close to the YSI, we found our FOS BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.
Also singing nearby was a superb male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE. Both ACORN
WOODPECKERS and BEWICKS WRENS were out in force along the way and feeling
feisty.



Regards,



Kirsten Holmquist

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Date: 4/1/17 4:55 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler 4-01-17
This morning I drove the Hicks Road loop through New Almaden, finishing
at Camden. New Almaden was quiet except for noisy STELLER'S JAYS. The
only new bird at the reservoir was a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. Near Twin Creeks
I had a singing male BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK, HOUSE WREN, WARBLING VIREO,
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and several PURPLE FINCH. A few Blazing Stars were
blooming at the first pullout on Hicks. My only CASSIN'S VIREO and
PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER were singing along Jacques Ridge. A male BLACK
THROATED GRAY WARBLER was singing in the oaks near the start of Mt.
Umunhum Road (which is closed to the public). The Golden Eagle nest
which I have been checking for eleven years on the Woods trail in Sierra
Azul was empty and very difficult to see through the trees. Occasional
HUTTON'S VIREO were heard as were many singing and chipping ORANGE
CROWNED WARBLERS. Woodland Stars were prolific and a dozen wildflower
species seen along this trail. At the bottom of the hill, which I call
the dip, a BROWN CREEPER was heard and more previously mentioned species
were heard or seen.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 3/31/17 4:20 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero birds
Yesterday morning (3/30/17) at Arastradero I spent most of my time on the
north side of the road, taking the Redtail Loop Trail counter-clockwise.

Just west of the parking lot, I had a well-posed singing male HOUSE WREN
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165216844

and just a bit along the path, surrounded by yellow and green, a stately
GREAT BLUE HERON was walking at a leisurely pace only a few yards ahead of
me!
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165216842

Heading up the hill, a RED-TAILED HAWK swooped close
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165216847

and at the top, where the trail turns east, one of the regularly calling
pair of RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS also flew by
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165216846.

--
Tom Grey
www.pbase.com/tgrey
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Date: 3/30/17 12:37 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Some Birding in Fremont Older OSP
All:

It's been a few years since I birded the Fremont Older OSP from the western
end of Prospect Road. I used to go early each spring to walk a short
distance up from the parking lot and familiarize myself with the structure of
the Warbling Vireo song (ro-zeet-a, ro-zeet-a, ro-zeet.) Today, 3/30/17, I
wasn't disappointed.

Up nearing the end of the paved road, there was a very close, red-flowering
bush which had 3 different female hummingbirds coming to feed on it.
They seemed to have 3 different amounts of red in the throat (small, medium,
and large.) Near the very end of the pavement, I spotted a target bird, the
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. This allowed me to quit slogging up the very windy
ridge line, and go back to try, unsuccessfully, to figure out the
hummingbirds.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 3/30/17 10:38 am
From: Charles Coston <cjcoston...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Life or death in Sunnyvale
AllWhile waiting near El Camino and Bernardo three birds in flight made a commotion.  A small bird - Goldfinch?, a Cooper's Hawk and a Crow, in line.  The finch fled for its life, finally reaching a tree and safety.  The crow continued to harry the hawk out of its domain.  Another of life's dramas.
Charles Coston
 

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Date: 3/30/17 10:04 am
From: Donald Pendleton <pen55ton...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pacific phase of Merlin, Charleston Slough
Folks,
Sorry for the late posting, but on Monday afternoon (3/27) I had a Pacific, or black, phase of a merlin at the Charleston Slough area of Mountain View. The bird was seen on a dead snag of a cypress tree between Shoreline Lake and Casey Forebay. Hope that it sticks around for others to see. 


Checklist S35480671
Don PendletonEast Palo Alto, CA
 

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Date: 3/29/17 8:05 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago and Pond A16
Folks:

This morning, 3/29/17, I birded in Alviso. CASPIAN TERNS have returned
and the majority were on island #11 in Pond A16, where most of the birds
nested last year . I counted about 12 altogether and saw some displays
where an adult held out a fish for everyone else to admire (I didn't see
a courtship transfer). Island #1 now has a half dozen or more Snowy
Plover decoys. Although NORTHERN SHOVELER numbers remain high, most
other ducks are decreasing in numbers. Among the diving ducks, I counted
four COMMON GOLDENEYES and a female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER. A male and
female BLUE-WINGED TEAL remain in Artesian Slough. There are a number
of lingering winter gulls. I saw a SY RING-BILLED GULL, a couple of
sub-adult HERRING GULLS, 9+ THAYER'S GULLS (mostly SY), and four
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS including an adult. One of the islands in the
northwest had many pink-legged gulls, most SY or sub-adult birds plus a
few that appeared to be hybrids. I counted 34 AMERICAN PIPITS, most are
showing their breeding plumage with pale gray backs and pink-buff
underparts, quite spiffy.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 3/29/17 5:42 pm
From: Rita Colwell <colwell.rita...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Brown Creepers
A pair of Brown Creepers are building a nest in one of our redwood trees. We noticed them just this morning going in and out from under a piece of bark that was pulled away from the tree trunk. The nest site is about 12 feet off the ground. We are located just off of Ravensbury Avenue in Los Altos Hills.
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Date: 3/29/17 3:51 pm
From: <jharshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black Skimmer at Charleston Slough
At 1 PM today (March 29) there was a BLACK SKIMMER in the pond north of the pumping station, napping on the little island where skimmers usually hang out. Also, there was a flock of about 50 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER farther out in the same pond. Other birds of possible interest, in addition to the usual suspects, are a few GREEN-WING TEAL (none of them noticeably Eurasian) one male PINTAIL in the slough, and one GREATER YELLOWLEGS ditto.


John Harshman
San Jose
 

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Date: 3/29/17 3:28 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Am. Dipper 3-29-17
I found an AMERICAN DIPPER along the Los Gatos Creek trail at 1 pm
today. I entered the trail from Main Street and took the east (left)
path, which afforded a close view of a single dipping bird on a rock.
This was near the start of the trail on a flat stretch before the first
incline. I continued to the first spillway where this species had nested
in the past but saw no other dippers or white wash.

Earlier today a pair of BULLOCKS ORIOLES was seen behind Casa Grande
Museum in New Almaden. A CASSIN'S VIREO was singing over Alamitos Creek
along Jacques Ridge on Hicks Road.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 3/29/17 3:02 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pileated Woodpecker, Wilson's Warbler, Hermit Thrush
A l l,
 This morning Peggy Don and I decided to check out the John Nicholas trail from Black Road into Sanborn-Skyline County Park, although the road in was fairly easy the trail has unfortunately been closed with no sign as to when it may open again.  As luck would have it we heard very loud, slow woodpecker drumming coming from further down Black Road and later heard several nearby and distant short, PILEATED WOODPECKER territorial calls.  For Plan B we then hoped to bird a portion of Skyline near Castle Rock Park but found that Skyline was still blocked about three miles from Black Road.  For Plan C we went to Los Gatos Creek Trail southwest of Meridian Ave.  Best birds seen along the trail included a nice male WILSON'S WARBLER, a HERMIT THRUSH (good views of the back and the red upper tail feathers), a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER (didn't sex it), some gorgeous male AUDUBON'S WARBLERS (lots of black on the chest), singing RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS (M & F) in the creek itself.  A flock of about 10 CEDAR WAXWINGS was was also seen on a couple occasions.
Take care,
Bob Reiling


 
 

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Date: 3/29/17 11:12 am
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Alviso Don Edwards 27 March: weird Terns and Coopers
On Mon, 28 Mar 2017, <stevjohnso...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:

> Does anyone know what the purpose of these decoys is? I trust no one is hunting Terns at the NWR. No offense to whoever placed them there, but they don't really match any plumage of any tern in my Sibley guide.

As already noted, it is to attract breeding birds. It has already been
spectacularly successful in several places, including both the far end
of A16 and in a salt pond by the Dumbartton Bridge. However, the number
of decoys and especially the large number of islands so "seeded" this
year on A16 strikes me as overkill (no pun intended). Does the NWR
expect/want the Terns to breed on all the islands? A16 does have other
useful wildlife purposes....

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Date: 3/29/17 8:02 am
From: Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Selasphorus hummingbird Los Altos
Sunday afternoon, Andrew spotted a Selasphorus hummingbird on our South Los Altos backyard feeder. We dare to say it was a male rufous, because the back and sides were all reddish orange without green.

We enjoyed good looks as it sucked down the nectar--then it set a determined and strong flight path over the fence and across my north neighbor's yard. Haven't seen it since, but still hoping.

Good birding,
Ann
 

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Date: 3/29/17 7:57 am
From: Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Tues Brown Creeper, Mtn View
Yesterday I enjoyed a Brown Creeper singing--first time for me!
It was working a pine next to the parking lot at the Cuesta Park Annex. I heard an unfamiliar song--looked up and saw the bird. I had to watch a while to confirm that the sound I heard really was coming from that bird! As I watched, I heard a second one singing from the other side of the parking lot, so it was a Douple Creeper Day.

Good birding!
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Date: 3/28/17 6:03 pm
From: <gkoprs...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ruddy Turnstone at San Francisquito Creek
Hello all,
At around 4:30 PM today (3/28) I went to see the shorebirds at the SF Creek mouth as the tide went out. At around 5 PM, I noticed a RUDDY TURNSTONE among the large flock of shorebirds and gulls. I am aware of the strange boundary of San Mateo and Santa Clara Cty at the creek mouth and for the majority of the time I observed the bird, it was well east of the actual creek mouth but still in SM Cty. The bird steadily walked eastward as the water receded and eventually appeared to be in Santa Clara County territory (coordinates ~ 37.465115, -122.113071).
Other birds of interest included a lingering SNOW GOOSE and 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in the Palo Alto golf course.
Good birding,
Jasen Liu

 

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Date: 3/28/17 4:38 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin birds; Osprey with fishing line in bill

Hi folks,

Ed Levin Park was very birdy this morning, with continuing GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Agua Caliente Trail, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at Chaparral Ranch, WILSON'S and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER at the Oak Knoll area, a WESTERN KINGBIRD, several BULLOCK'S ORIOLES and a GOLDEN EAGLE soaring overhead.

There was no sign of the 'mystery' sapsucker (or any sapsuckers) in the dirt lot pepper trees. As other have reported, the parking area here is closed off for maintenance.

Unfortunately, at Sandy Wool Lake I found an OSPREY with fishing line and a lure/hook dangling from its bill. I notified WCSV (Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley) but they told me that, unless the bird is immobile, there's nothing they can really do about it. Before I start contacting other agencies, does anyone know if SCVAS or the County Park system would get involved in such a matter, or is there another entity to whom I should direct this report?

There is a photo of the Osprey in my eBird checklist, here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35499647

Thanks, and happy birding,

David Nickerson
San Jose

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Date: 3/28/17 4:26 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin birds; Osprey with fishing line in bill

Hi folks,

Ed Levin Park was very birdy this morning, with continuing GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Agua Caliente Trail, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at Chaparral Ranch, WILSON'S and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER at the Oak Knoll area, a WESTERN KINGBIRD, several BULLOCK'S ORIOLES and a GOLDEN EAGLE soaring overhead.

There was no sign of the 'mystery' sapsucker (or any sapsuckers) in the dirt lot pepper trees. As other have reported, the parking area here is closed off for maintenance.

Unfortunately, at Sandy Wool Lake I found an OSPREY with fishing line and a lure/hook dangling from its bill. I notified WCSV (Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley) but they told me that, unless the bird is immobile, there's nothing they can really do about it. Before I start contacting other agencies, does anyone know if SCVAS or the County Park system would get involved in such a matter, or is there another entity to whom I should direct this report?

There is a photo of the Osprey in my eBird checklist, here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35499647

Thanks, and happy birding,

David Nickerson
San Jose

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Date: 3/28/17 2:58 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vasona Lake Park 03-28-17
Folks,

I spent some time at Vasona Lake Park this morning. It was a little breezy, and not terribly active, but I did locate some spring arrivals. A couple of WILSON'S WARBLERS were on the slope behind the gazebo. At least two, possibly three WARBLING VIREOS were singing along the creek, and a single CASSIN'S VIREO was heard in the oaks along the entrance road, just after the pay station.

A beautiful drive up to Sierra Azul produced my FOS HOODED ORIOLE at a lovely mansion with abundant palm trees at the intersection of Hicks and Shannon Roads. HOUSE WRENS were head in the same area.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View
 

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Date: 3/27/17 7:47 pm
From: <dpbot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Alviso Don Edwards 27 March: weird Terns and Coopers
The purpose of the decoys is to attract Caspian Tern to breed on the island. It's a project funded by the Army Corp of Engineers.

Here is the facebook post:

https://www.facebook.com/southbayrestoration/posts/939415782750014?_fb_noscript=1 https://www.facebook.com/southbayrestoration/posts/939415782750014?_fb_noscript=1

Michael Park
Berkeley
 

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Date: 3/27/17 7:20 pm
From: <stevjohnso...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso Don Edwards 27 March: weird Terns and Coopers
Pardon this weird description, leading up to a sincere question:


At the Mallard Slough at Don Edwards NWR (Alviso) today I saw several dozen "unusual" terns:


1) heavy red-orange bills with black tips
2) never once saw a feather move in the wind
3) never once saw any of them move because .. ..
they were all decoys. on the small islands in the slough.


No other larids of any kind (living, that is) joined these decoys, on the 2-3 islands where I saw them. Since I usually see gulls and sometimes terns on these islands, and there were many gulls there today in the water nearby, I could infer the decoys are keeping the real birds away.


Does anyone know what the purpose of these decoys is? I trust no one is hunting Terns at the NWR. No offense to whoever placed them there, but they don't really match any plumage of any tern in my Sibley guide.


Also, I saw a Cooper's Hawk in an unusual location. It was perched on a bare snag over the canal that runs N-S, on the E side of the visitor center, 4 feet directly over the water. This is where I would expect to see a Kingfisher perched, not a Coop. It did not have prey with it on the perch.


Steve Johnson


 

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Date: 3/27/17 6:59 pm
From: <stevjohnso...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pescadero SB Kittiwakes (please fwd to appropriate forum)
Hello birders,


I spent quite awhile searching to try and find the appropriate list serve or Yahoo group, to report sightings along the coast at Pescadero State Beach. Eventually I gave up. Apologies if this is not the appropriate group for this report.


This afternoon (27 March) there were still at least 2 Black-legged Kittiwakes at Pescadero State Beach. One adult, one juvenile. Likely there were more but everyone was hunkered down in the strong wind. At least one additional bird's head was barely visible with a black smudge behind the eye, but most of the bird was hidden, so I only counted two.


One was perched on, and the other flying near, the main gull rock off the southernmost parking lot at the foot of Pescadero Creek Road.


Almost no gulls at all, and no unusual species, at Pomponio or Gregorio SB's this afternoon. Ditto, Pilarcitos Creek mouth. Probably too windy.


Steve Johnson
normally sighted and occasionally heard around Fairfax, Virginia
-- currently a vagrant in the SF Bay Area --


 

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Date: 3/27/17 3:44 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stevens Creek Park 03-27-17
I made a quick visit to Stevens Creek Park today, shortly before noon. I stuck mainly to the lower lying areas on the north side of the park. WILSON'S WARBLERS were seen and heard in several places between the Chestnut Picnic Area and Villa Maria Picnic Area. At least two WARBLING VIREOS were along the entrance road to Villa Maria Reservation Area. No Cassin's Vireos were detected while I was there. A single HOUSE WREN was singing beneath the dam. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS are deep into the season, with aerial courtship displays as were WHITE-TAILED KITS. A CALIFORNIA THRASHER was actively singing along the road beside the boat launch area.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

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Date: 3/27/17 2:21 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lawrence's Goldfinch at San Felipe Road

All,

This morning while looking for Cassin's Kingbirds at San Felipe Road I found a male LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH toward the eastern side of the vineyard. I was hopeful for CAKI, since they have been reported in San Benito county not far from here, but I was not so lucky today. I was, however, deceived for a while by some distant WESTERN KINGBIRDS chasing each other along the hillside. 2 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES and a low MERLIN flyover were the other highlights.

eBird checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35476500

Happy birding,

David Nickerson
San Jose

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Date: 3/27/17 11:27 am
From: Ruth Cantwell <cantwell.ruth...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Palo Alto Bald Eagle
I didn't see the one yesterday but saw one in the same general location in south Palo Alto about 6 months ago. There have also been been a couple of sightings at Charleston Slough nearby.


Ruth


> On Mar 26, 2017, at 5:28 AM, Richard Carlson <rccarl...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Our daughter, who lives in Palo Alto, reported seeing an adult bald eagle from the Palo Alto Piazza's parking lot yesterday. No she's not a birder, she's in the mom business, but I raised her to be a good observer and she's seen many bald eagles. Not many other huge dark birds with white heads and white tails. The bird was close enough for even our 5 year old grandson to talk about the field marks. I birded Palo Alto for years but never saw a bald eagle in town.
> Richard Carlson
> Tucson & Lake Tahoe
> Sent from my iPhone
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