south-bay-birds
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3/25/17 5:31 pm Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] 3/25, Mean Green Birding Machines (SCVAS birdathon), Mountain View
3/25/17 4:33 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Interesting call at Casey Forebay
3/24/17 5:34 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso Before the Rain
3/24/17 12:38 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pac Wren in Willow Glen
3/24/17 12:35 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pac Wren in Willow Glen
3/24/17 3:46 am Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Don Edwards visit
3/23/17 7:49 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Wild Turkeys
3/23/17 5:18 pm Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin BAOW and orioles
3/23/17 4:10 pm <jnc...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Glaucous Gull - Mallard Slough Trail in Don Edwards, Alvismo
3/23/17 2:09 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Bullock's Oriole, Rufous-crowned Sparrows and Western Kingbirds
3/23/17 2:00 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] spring birds
3/23/17 10:30 am David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cassin's Vireo at Stevens Creek County Park
3/22/17 6:40 pm Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black-crowned Night-Heron at Stevens Creek Reservoir
3/22/17 6:07 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac and Sunnyvale Baylands
3/22/17 4:14 pm Steve Zamek <steve.zamek...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Golden Eagles at Rancho San Antonio
3/22/17 1:28 am William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing Gulls
3/21/17 9:06 pm 'Tiwari, Vivek' <Vivek.Tiwari...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale suburban Golden Eagle
3/21/17 8:19 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pond A16
3/21/17 6:51 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Just a Yard Bird, Mar 21
3/21/17 6:04 pm <jharshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Spring at Los Gatos Creek
3/21/17 4:53 pm Jack Cole <snoyowl...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Help with odd looking Mallard
3/21/17 4:27 pm <mkrause3...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Help with odd looking Mallard
3/21/17 2:32 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Fwd: [SBB] Pacific Wren in an Odd Location, Mon. 20-March-2017 - Continues 21-March!
3/21/17 2:19 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Pacific Wren in an Odd Location, Mon. 20-March-2017 - Continues 21-March!
3/21/17 1:31 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Test
3/21/17 12:54 pm Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] FOY Wilson's Warbler
3/21/17 12:05 pm Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Possible Cassin's
3/21/17 9:32 am <jnc...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pacific Wrens in Odd Locations
3/21/17 8:08 am Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Pacific Wren in an Odd Location, Mon. 20-March-2017
3/20/17 10:58 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pacific Wren in an Odd Location, Mon. 20-March-2017
3/20/17 8:32 pm Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] early Purple Martin
3/20/17 6:27 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Big weekend - Spring has sprung!
3/20/17 5:41 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Glaucous gulls Mar 20
3/20/17 10:11 am Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Fwd: Can you report this please?
3/20/17 9:39 am David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Mountain View Costa's Hummer and Sierra Vista OSP
3/20/17 1:05 am Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso Iceland and Glaucous Gulls
3/19/17 10:34 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Western Kingbird
3/19/17 8:05 pm <chavtur...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Oriole
3/19/17 6:08 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin Sapsucker
3/19/17 6:00 pm Jean Myers <dosriosjean...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Possible Chat
3/19/17 5:55 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Milpitas Bald Eagles
3/19/17 5:16 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin CP and Alviso, Mar 19
3/19/17 1:11 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black-headed Grosbeak and Other Goodies at Santa Teresa County Park, Sunday March 19, 2017
3/19/17 12:21 pm <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vista Slope Mountain View- Burrowing owls
3/18/17 8:24 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Today's Charleston Slough Field Trip
3/18/17 5:23 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin Park (PAAS field trip) 03-18-17
3/18/17 4:46 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso EEC/A16 area
3/18/17 2:58 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SCVAS - McClellan Ranch this morning
3/18/17 8:19 am Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Golden Eagles at Rancho San Antonio
3/17/17 9:01 pm Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Would melanism explain the brown woodpecker I photographed at Rancho
3/17/17 5:05 pm <serpavlov...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Teresa County Park 3/17/17
3/17/17 2:34 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Hooded Mergansers, Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal
3/17/17 2:32 pm Nancy Asquith <nancyasquith...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Would melanism explain the brown woodpecker I photographed at Rancho San Antonio yesterday? Or is it a rarity?
3/17/17 12:34 pm <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Charleston Slough and Shoreline Lake
3/16/17 8:47 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Creek Below Hwy 237
3/16/17 7:52 pm 'Kirsten Holmquist' <kirsten.holmquist...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Golden-Crowned Kinglet
3/16/17 7:06 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Chipping Sparrows & European Goldfinch
3/16/17 4:49 am Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero Red-shouldered, pic
3/16/17 3:51 am Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero Red-shouldered, pic
3/15/17 4:03 pm Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pileated Woodpecker 3/15 - Rancho San Antonio (!)
3/15/17 12:00 pm 'Mark Vande Pol' <groundcover...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Wildergarten
3/15/17 8:48 am <2ldbogx5sx2xsyrqgoz3l4dk4vh66fncgkl44f6n...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Nesting birds at Stanford
3/14/17 5:30 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pond A16 and New Chicago Marsh
3/14/17 4:44 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - February Results
3/14/17 2:41 pm <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Emily Renzel Wetlands (Matadero Creek)
3/14/17 12:44 pm Barry Langdon-Lassagne <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Wilson's Warbler at Sunnyvale Baylands
3/14/17 12:34 pm wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] McClellan Ranch birds
3/14/17 11:43 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] RBSA at Cooley Picnic Area
3/13/17 6:16 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero silver lining
3/13/17 9:59 am Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero birds, pics
3/12/17 8:18 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
3/12/17 4:45 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cattle Egret at Don Edwards 3/12/17
3/12/17 2:00 pm Bob Juhl <rjuhl...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Greater White-fronted geese
3/12/17 1:39 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Grant Ranch Bird Walk
3/12/17 9:28 am ted gross <tedgross48...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Permanente Creek and Coast Casey Forebay Mountain View
3/11/17 8:16 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Permanente Creek and Coast Casey Forebay Mountain View
3/11/17 6:18 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Grant Park (PAAS field trip) 03-11-17
3/11/17 5:05 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Lake and San Felipe Road, Sat Mar 11, 2017
3/11/17 12:56 pm <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Permanente Creek and Coast Casey Forebay Mountain View
3/11/17 11:50 am Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Warbling Vireos 3-11-17
3/11/17 11:28 am <marion_farber...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Red-naped sapsucker continues at Almaden Lake
3/10/17 4:54 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] backyard Hooded Oriole, Rufous Hummingbird
3/10/17 12:48 pm Bob Bolles <bolles...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
3/10/17 12:37 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] The RNSA Continues at Almaden Lake
3/10/17 12:31 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
3/10/17 11:39 am Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
3/10/17 11:38 am Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Spring Is Here!
3/10/17 10:18 am <lskessel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] All This Rain, Why are the Ponds Dry?
3/10/17 9:29 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
3/10/17 9:18 am Laurie Alaimo <environmom95112...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Mockingbirds!
3/10/17 8:11 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Mockingbirds!
3/9/17 6:16 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cedar Waxwings bathing frenzy
3/9/17 5:44 pm Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale WPCP and Lockheed Ponds
3/9/17 4:14 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sanborn Park
3/9/17 12:17 pm Steve Miller <steveemiller1981...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Panoche Valley 3/8
3/8/17 7:39 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SCVAS field trip
3/8/17 6:27 pm Susan Iannucci <susan...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Going to Ojai . . . URL for Birding Listservs for Other U.S. Lo
3/8/17 2:57 am Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Shoreline Lake and Ed Levin CP Mar 7
3/7/17 10:47 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Ed Levin CP
3/7/17 7:55 pm Kathryn Parker <jandkparker...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Nesting Dark-eyed Junco & Chickadee
3/7/17 5:27 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin CP
3/7/17 4:48 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Lake and Ed Levin CP Mar 7
3/7/17 2:08 pm Nancy Asquith <nancyasquith...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Going to Ojai . . . URL for Birding Listservs for Other U.S. Locations
3/7/17 1:07 pm <susan...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Going to Ojai
3/7/17 10:29 am Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cooper's Hawk Drinking At Fountain
3/6/17 10:04 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Park
3/6/17 3:45 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Blue-winged Teal in Alviso
3/6/17 8:44 am jan hintermeister <jan.hintermeister...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Bald Eagle at Grant Ranch
3/5/17 8:17 pm Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Correction To Rufous Hummingbird Los Gatos
3/5/17 8:09 pm Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Rufous Hummingbird Los Gatos
3/5/17 1:45 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin Park Birding
3/5/17 1:21 pm Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley, 3/4/17
3/4/17 9:04 pm Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley, 3/4/17
3/4/17 8:42 pm Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black Rail in Alviso - 3/4/17
3/4/17 6:17 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] A Report On Charleston Road Marsh
3/4/17 5:32 pm Bob H <Bobhirt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Red-naped Sapsucker; Almaden Lake Park
3/4/17 12:05 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Guadalupe River trail 3-04-17
3/4/17 11:09 am Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Birding La Rinconada Park in Los Gatos
3/4/17 8:26 am Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin Park
3/3/17 8:22 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley: Lesser Yellowlegs, Owl box removed
3/3/17 6:45 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin Park 3/3
3/3/17 3:56 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] A Report On Charleston Road Marsh
3/3/17 2:56 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Eurasian green-winged teal @ Charleston Slough
3/3/17 2:45 pm Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Wanderings in Alviso
3/3/17 2:04 pm <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Lake and Charleston Slough 03-03-17
3/3/17 11:53 am Adam Winer <awiner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] A Report On Charleston Road Marsh
3/3/17 11:49 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] A Report On Charleston Road Marsh
3/2/17 6:58 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Spring is here, spring is here…
3/2/17 3:04 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Continuing Eurasian Wigeon and Borrowing Owls
3/2/17 12:19 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing Eurasian Wigeon and Borrowing Owls
3/2/17 11:30 am 'Ann H.' <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sora, BUOW and more - March 1 at Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant
3/1/17 6:04 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden Lake nesting birds 3-01-17
3/1/17 4:38 pm Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] 3/1 Coyote Valley (Laguna, Coyote OSP)
3/1/17 4:22 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] 3/1 Coyote Valley (Laguna, Coyote OSP)
3/1/17 1:53 pm Laurie Alaimo <environmom95112...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Bald Eagle
2/28/17 6:07 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago, Pond A16
2/28/17 12:04 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Stanford campus
2/28/17 12:04 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - January Results
2/27/17 6:34 pm Rita Colwell <colwell.rita...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Rufous Hummingbird
2/27/17 6:09 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
2/27/17 3:59 pm Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant Birding
2/27/17 12:28 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant Birding
2/27/17 10:09 am Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Leucistic Bald Eagle Vasona
2/26/17 8:36 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Selaphorus Hummingbirds at Ed Levin Park
2/26/17 8:27 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Selaphorus Hummingbirds at Ed Levin Park
2/26/17 2:05 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso A16 (02-25-17)
2/26/17 2:03 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] recent birds
2/26/17 6:53 am Daniel Bump <bump...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Baird's Sandpiper, Feb 20, Radio Road
2/25/17 11:23 pm Daniel Bump <bump...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Baird's Sandpiper, Feb 20, Radio Road
2/25/17 7:53 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Bittern at Shoreline at Mountain View
2/25/17 5:39 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero Red-shouldereds mating
2/24/17 7:15 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] San Antonio Valley
2/24/17 12:04 pm Bob Bolles <bolles...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Blue-winged Teal & Ring-necked Pheasant in/near Emily Renzel Wetlands
2/23/17 6:57 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Stanford -- Eurasian Green-winged Teal, and tanager confusion, 2/22
2/23/17 5:03 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Regarding my Crittenden Marsh post
2/23/17 3:37 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Crittenden Marsh
2/23/17 1:48 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing Lark Sparrows and Allen's Hummingbird
 
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Date: 3/25/17 5:31 pm
From: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] 3/25, Mean Green Birding Machines (SCVAS birdathon), Mountain View
Today the Mean Green Birding Machines went out on our 4-hour biking
birdathon for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon. We started at the end of La
Avenida Lane in Mountain View, and birded spots along the bay and trails
over to Charleston Slough, as well as Crittenden Marsh and A2E.

Our awesome team consisted of Leena, Mitali, and Vivek Khanzone, Winnie
Homer-Smith, Chris O'Connell, and me (Rob Furrow).

Over the course of 4 hours, we managed to tally 99 species, a nice total
for our route, with some good birds. The highlights included:

-- lots of Ruby-Crowned Kinglets singing everywhere (not always an easy
bird for us)
-- A Virginia Rail giving the full "kick-keer" song from a ditch by
Shoreline Amphitheater
-- One Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird
-- An Osprey soaring over the Palo Alto Flood Control Basin
-- Display Northern Harriers also over the basin
-- The continuing Eurasian Green-Winged Teal in the Coast Casey Forebay
-- Several Redheads and a Eurasian Wigeon in Salt Pond A2E
-- A *'prairie' Merlin *on a tower by the Stevens Creek Trail
-- A lone Mew Gull flying over by Salt Pond A2W

Notes on the 'prairie' Merlin, a lovely, pale subspecies that is typically
found in the great plains, is in this eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35428477


What a lovely day to be out, and thanks to the whole team!
Happy birding,
Rob Furrow

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Date: 3/25/17 4:33 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Interesting call at Casey Forebay


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
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Date: 3/24/17 5:34 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso Before the Rain
Folks:

I visited Alviso this morning, 3/24/17, before the rain became serious.
At least five male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES and a female flew into the
marsh at the end of Gold Street and foraged. Five MEW GULLS on a mud
bar there appeared to be late. There were about 15 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS
in the marsh at Grand Boulevard and Los Esteros Road. Many Western
Sandpipers are starting to show some of their alternate plumage.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 3/24/17 12:38 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pac Wren in Willow Glen
Folks,
I've had a fun few days in the 95125 chasing after Pacific Wren and a few other interesting species. In 7 visits I have now heard Pac Wren 4 times and seen it twice. Red Breasted Nuthatch has been clearly heard twice but not seen due to inaccessible location on private land. I got a new camera! Check out the pictures on my eBird list:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35351560
I think the Waxwings are quite nice ;)
Enjoy the birds!Bill P.
 

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Date: 3/24/17 12:35 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pac Wren in Willow Glen
Folks,
I've had a fun few days in the 95125 chasing after Pacific Wren and a few other interesting species. In 7 visits I have now heard Pac Wren 4 times and seen it twice. Red Breasted Nuthatch has been clearly heard twice but not seen due to inaccessible location on private land. I got a new camera! Check out the pictures on my eBird list:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35351560

I think the Waxwings are quite nice ;)
Enjoy the birds!Bill P.
 

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Date: 3/24/17 3:46 am
From: Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Don Edwards visit
A few interesting birds at Don Edwards NWR EEC in Alviso this afternoon...

There's an Anna's Hummingbird nest with two chicks across the lot from the
EEC - hard to miss with the crowds. Fortunately the mother doesn't seem
bothered by them. While we watched, we were also visited by an
Orange-Crowned Warbler.

On a walk around pond A16, I didn't find anything more interesting than
Caspian Tern decoys. Except on Coyote Creek near the EEC, where there were
Cinnamon and Blue-Winged Teal (half a dozen or more of each), a
Green-Winged Teal, and a Common Gallinule, along with egrets and coots.

On the way out, in the marsh along Disk Drive, were a flock of Greater
Yellowlegs, and a male Mallard with a very dark (melanistic?) female.

Jim

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Date: 3/23/17 7:49 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Wild Turkeys
Folks:

This morning, 3/23/17, I walked the east levee of Stevens Creek from
Crittenden Lane to Hwy 101. In the overgrown fields east of that levee
near where the sound wall starts I saw six WILD TURKEYS, my guess is
that they are SY birds.

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Date: 3/23/17 5:18 pm
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin BAOW and orioles
Thanks to other birders, I found my target birds at Ed Levin today,
March 23 -- Barn Owl, Hooded Oriole and Bullock's Oriole. No Bald
Eagles, though. My husband and I started at the Spring Valley pond at
8:30 am where I saw the expected birds, including Acorn Woodpecker, 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Tree Swallow, House Finch, Red-shouldered
Hawk, California Scrub-Jay, Turkey Vulture, Mallard, American Coot,
European Starlings and many, many Western Blue Birds. I was interested
to see the coots were eating buds from a willow tree that was hanging
close to the water.

Then we drove to the parking lot above the pond and found Bob Hirt at
the "magic tree," the lone eucalyptus at the end of the road. Bob
found a beautiful Hooded Oriole in the tree. We also saw and heard
about 7 Wild Turkeys strutting and displaying.

Next, we drove to the lower parking lot at Sandy Wool Lake, where
Matthew Dodder had reported a Barn Owl in the pines near the
restrooms. We looked for the owl among the many trees and had nearly
given up when we accidentally flushed the owl, that must have been
roosting fairly low and thus was startled when we got close. It flew
to a eucalyptus, where it completely hid. By then, the temperature had
fallen and there was little small bird activity. There was a long
American White Pelican on the lake.

Finally, we drove up and parked below the dog park, where we found
Frank Vanslager and after a few minutes of chatting, he aimed his
scope at a Bullock's Oriole. We also heard a strange croak and saw aÂ
Great Blue Heron flying overhead. Frank said there are a couple of
heron nests in the eucalyptus. We also heard two House Wrens scolding
each other from two trees.

Last, I saw Ben Johnson, who leads an informal birding group and had
been at Ed Levin on Tuesday, when the weather was not so good. We
expect to go out again next Tuesday, and are hoping for Bald Eagles.
Good birding,
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Date: 3/23/17 4:10 pm
From: <jnc...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Glaucous Gull - Mallard Slough Trail in Don Edwards, Alvismo
Birding the Mallard Slough Trail from the Education Center Building, I found a second year Glaucous Gull at the island opposite the 1 mile marker (You will walk past three islands that have Caspian Tern decoys - no Caspian Terns yet). Spotting scope useful. Beautiful Bird!


Several groups of Bonaparte's Gulls were also observed, including a group of 17 that flew about 200 feet over the education center building.


Good Birding,
Jim Chiropolos, Orinda
 

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Date: 3/23/17 2:09 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Bullock's Oriole, Rufous-crowned Sparrows and Western Kingbirds
All,
This morning (3/23) I checked out the cloudy northern portion Ed Levin County Park from the parking lot to the Lower Hang Glider Launch Site.  Best birds seen included a singing male BULLOCK's ORIOLE near and in the dog run Eucalyptus trees, several RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS mostly beyond Sycamore Gulch (the wet and very muddy portion of the trail) and a closely interacting pair of WESTERN KINGBIRDS that crossed the path heading up the hill and were last seen near the road about half way between the Lower and Upper Hang Glider Sites. The only other "notable" sighting was of a LINCOLN SPARROW near the trail about a hundred yards before the Lower Hang Glider Site.  I then spent some time checking out the gulls in Salt Pond A16 from its southern dike but was unable to find a Glaucous Gull, all of the gulls seen with white primaries were either GLAUCOUS-WINGED or THAYER'S with black bills.
Take care,
Bob Reiling.   




 

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Date: 3/23/17 2:00 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] spring birds

Yesterday, between showers, I birded along the Alamitos Creek trail
between Crossview Court and Almaden Lake. No sign of the Red naped
Sapsucker. A vocal BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER was calling near the court and
will likely nest near this area again this year. I had three WARBLING
VIREO, 2 PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER, a singing male BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK
and an ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER. A singing WILSON'S WARBLER was finally
seen after much searching near the pedestrian bridge. The island was
filled with nesting birds, a GREAT BLUE HERON on a nest in the middle of
the island with nearby nesting egrets and herons.

Today, 3-23, I witnessed the amazing courtship display of WESTERN GREBES
at Calero Reservoir. There were at least 22 near the dam and more at the
distant southern end. I could only pick out 2 CLARK'S GREBES but did not
have a scope.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 3/23/17 10:30 am
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cassin's Vireo at Stevens Creek County Park

All,

I'm currently listening to an FOS Cassin's Vireo singing at the Villa Maria picnic area in Stevens Creek County Park. It's also been a good morning for warblers here, with Wilson's, Orange crowned, Townsend's, and Yellow-rumped so far.

Happy birding,

David Nickerson

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Date: 3/22/17 6:40 pm
From: Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black-crowned Night-Heron at Stevens Creek Reservoir
I used to see BCNH on the upper end of the reservoir (just one, never more) every year on birdathons, but it's been a few years now thanks to the drought. Today, with the reservoir full, I had an immature BCNH (first imm. I've seen there) flying across (low) and landing in the trees on the inside edge.

Steve



 

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Date: 3/22/17 6:07 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac and Sunnyvale Baylands
Folks:

This morning, 3/22/17, I saw two migrants at Ulistac, an ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER and a WILSON'S WARBLER, both silent. Over the seasonal wetlands
at the Sunnyvale Baylands Park, I saw an adult GOLDEN EAGLE, presumably
a lingering wintering bird.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 3/22/17 4:14 pm
From: Steve Zamek <steve.zamek...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Golden Eagles at Rancho San Antonio
Another (or same) Golden Eagle was at Rancho San Antonio this afternoon,
flying above the parking area. Again being buzzed by White-tailed Kites.

Steve Zamek
Los Altos
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On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 8:19 AM, Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
[south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I spent a couple of hours on the Hill Trail at Rancho San Antonio
> yesterday (March 17), looking for the Golden-crowned Kinglet that
> Kristen Holmquist reported the previous day. I think I found the tree
> she described, as an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was constantly calling
> from it, but I did not find the kinglet. I did see a PURPLE FINCH in
> that tree. Several VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS perched on that tree, too.
>
> On a tree a bit lower down the trail, there were a lot birds,
> including a HOUSE WREN.
>
> I saw six BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS along the trail, four near the bottom
> of the trail, and two near the top.
>
> When I was leaving, at the bottom of the trail, I saw a GOLDEN EAGLE
> on the ground. When I looked up, I saw another Golden Eagle being
> chased by three different raptors: RED-TAILED HAWK, COOPER'S HAWK, and
> WHITE-TAILED KITE. After they passed, the first Golden Eagle flew up,
> very close to me. I have a photo here:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/33462906646
>
> After the eagles left, the White-tailed Kite chased away a RED-SHOULDERED
> HAWK.
>
> Garrett Lau
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Date: 3/22/17 1:28 am
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Gulls
Folks,
We have been ravaging the bay for departing gulls and there are some strategies worth sharing. The gulls come in earlier on the weekend, perhaps due to the hours of the recycle centers. Yes dumps. Anyway it's been a busy couple days out there. Yesterday we went out after work and walked from Don Edwards gate where we said a prayer that our car not get robbed and it didn't. I left the windows open in the sun today with the alarm on so they (criminals) wouldn't break glass to get in to find nothing.
Yesterday we walked out in the driving rain with winds peaking over 20mph and occasionally significantly more, which was nice because it spread the columns of bugs that would fly into my eyes, ears, nose, mouth and everything else when the wind died down. The mud was four inches deep and heavy clay in places. I chose my locations by where there was some break from the wind, which is tricky out there. On Sunday we had spent spent hours waiting for a preening gull to lift a wing and missed pictures when it did :-/ Typically we moved on due to darker secondary's in the under-wing meaning likely Thayer's. We had scanned several hundred "Thayer's" when I saw pixels moving in a unique way. The Glaucous Gull was preening, but stood in a more slouched posture. The bird had a pink bill with a black tip. Very white indeed. We eventually found four Glaucous Gulls among the masses. Iceland Gull on Sunday has not been seen since. Perhaps it fell victim to another Peregrine attack. In  fact, I was looking so hard for PEFA that I watched a Northern Harrier too long and almost missed the first Glaucous-Winged Gull of the day.
Today it was sunny and dry, and while walking out I saw a Bonaparte's Gull with the black spot behind the eye, but there were no gulls on most of the islands. The birds are fickle and will find an Eddie from the wind where they can't easily be seen from our little trail. We did see Glaucous Winged Gulls but I've yet to see a clear Glaucous Gull out there in my pics from today. Garrett Lau was able to stay longer, so maybe he had more luck with his big lens. These gulls have switched out from the adults that were here a month ago and there are many more juvenile birds in the flocks. Juvenile Gulls have a completely different set of challenges. The bill is black, the eye is dark, the legs are hidden or indeterminant so we have to go by other clues. With Gulls birding by ear isn't really an option so we rely on powerful optics to bring a Gull to life, sometimes from very, very far away.
We counted 42 Gulls in the sky when we arrived and had 150 Gull (sp) in the air coming in from the dumps at one point. Among them were a surprising number of Thayer's Gull and many of them had clearly been sand blasted from their winter beaches. The young Gulls don't have deeply embedded melanin and the sand makes them all look like Glaucous Winged Gulls. So we wait for them to lift a wing to get a look at the protected under wing to rule out Thayer's. These Gulls (Glaucous) are found much further north in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iceland, Massachusetts and in big numbers across Canada. When I scan 10,000 Gulls I might catch 3 or 4 Glaucous Gulls or on most days, none at all.
These are the last days to catch these Gulls as they will move on soon. Early morning or late evening are the best times but the Iceland Gull was there early and acting even more strangely than the Glaucous Gulls. You might call it strange, but a Seagull [sic] outing can be some good birding. I accidentally got 72 species at Don Edwards while watching Gulls in the cold wind and snow. I regularly get 7 or 8 species these days and only report a fraction of what I see.
Sunday was the most productive day with 8 Gull species located and 72 total birds in the blustery windeBird Checklist – Don Edwards NWR (SCL Co.), California – Sun Mar 19, 2017 – 72 species (+3 other taxa) 

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Here is my fav Glaucous from Don Edwards. Pink bill with black tip is diagnostic. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35327890
Today we had some hopes for other Gulls that didn't come to fruition, but here is my list anyway. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35344667
Over the past 3 days I have seen 9 species of Gulls including: Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Glaucous Winged Gull, Thayer's Gull, Herring Gull, California Gull, Western Gull, one Bonaparte's Gull and several Mew Gull.
Enjoy,Bill Pelletier (Mt. Hamilton)

 

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Date: 3/21/17 9:06 pm
From: 'Tiwari, Vivek' <Vivek.Tiwari...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale suburban Golden Eagle
A nice adult GOLDEN EAGLE soaring over Bernardo Ave and Knickerbocker at 6:30PM today. The first I have seen in a while near home.

Vivek Tiwari
Sunnyvale, CA




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Date: 3/21/17 8:19 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pond A16
Folks:

This afternoon, 3/21/17, I visited Pond A16 in Alviso to check out the
gulls. I started going through the gulls on island #17 about 1330 hr.
At 1340 hr. some hidden bell went off and all the gulls left the
island. Fortunately for me, after puzzling out some late 1st-cycle
Glaucous-winged Gulls that were developing pink on the bases of their
bills, I then got good looks at two 1st-cycle GLAUCOUS GULLS. There was
also a basic BONAPARTE'S GULL on the shore. But after that bell, there
was nothing to see but the infinitely calm and serene Caspian Tern
decoys. Artesian Slough was good for foraging teal and I counted five
male and 3 female BLUE-WINGED TEAL.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 3/21/17 6:51 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Just a Yard Bird, Mar 21
After yard work, I was in the backyard quaffing a couple with bins at the
ready, of course, when a bird flew over high and fast. I thought falcon,
but never considered Rock Dove. Turned out to be a Band-tailed Pigeon, new
for my meager yard list and possibly the first I have seen over the valley
floor. I've been seeing Band-tails at Ed Levin lately, about 2.5 miles away.



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Date: 3/21/17 6:04 pm
From: <jharshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Spring at Los Gatos Creek
Today, around 4 pm, I took a walk in Los Gatos Creek Park, mostly along the creek. Notably, I found a bushtit nest, apparently new and being defended by a pair. (Photos if you want them.) From what little I can find, this is not unusually early for this area. Also, northern roughwing swallows appear to be building nests in the round holes in the sidewalls of the dam just upstream from the dog park.
 

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Date: 3/21/17 4:53 pm
From: Jack Cole <snoyowl...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Help with odd looking Mallard
Years ago, a good friend of mine, Charlie Moores, contributed to a web site called 10000birds. He coined the term Manky Mallards, and posted photos of Mallards that had interbred with whatever swam by, resulting in weird features and colorations, some of which actually had names. Search the site to see some of these mallard oddities.

Jack Cole

> On Mar 21, 2017, at 4:27 PM, <mkrause3...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Great morning (although a bit soggy) at Ed Levin. Started with a MERLIN and ended with a BALD EAGLE flyover. Very cool. On Spring Valley pond there was an odd looking Mallard. I've posted a not-so-great photo on Yahoo Group photos. The bird had typical Mallard markings but was larger than a standard Mallard (see photo for a comparison) and had a white bill. Any help with cross-breeding possibilities would be greatly appreciated.
> Marion Krause
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 3/21/17 4:27 pm
From: <mkrause3...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Help with odd looking Mallard
Great morning (although a bit soggy) at Ed Levin. Started with a MERLIN and ended with a BALD EAGLE flyover. Very cool. On Spring Valley pond there was an odd looking Mallard. I've posted a not-so-great photo on Yahoo Group photos. The bird had typical Mallard markings but was larger than a standard Mallard (see photo for a comparison) and had a white bill. Any help with cross-breeding possibilities would be greatly appreciated.
Marion Krause


 

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Date: 3/21/17 2:32 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: [SBB] Pacific Wren in an Odd Location, Mon. 20-March-2017 - Continues 21-March!


> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...>
> Subject: Re: [SBB] Pacific Wren in an Odd Location, Mon. 20-March-2017 - Continues 21-March!
> Date: March 21, 2017 at 1:19:01 PM PDT
> To: south-bay-birds <south-bay-birds...>
>
> Hi Folks,
>
> I returned this morning in hopes of re-finding the PACIFIC WREN and taking some photos. The bird was there again! It was on the opposite side of the lawn meadow, from where it was yesterday, at my townhouse complex, Dry Creek Village. This morning it was hiding in low tangled bushes under a tree, where it was fairly dark (and it was overcast as well). This seems more like a habitat I’d expect to see one in, although there is no creek, stream, or water nearby. Again, I played the “rapid calls” from the Sibley app, and it jumped out in clear view right away.
>
> Here is the link to my eBird list with a couple photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35333160 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35333160>
>
> I also took a short video, which I have uploaded to my photo site here:
>
> https://idbirds.smugmug.com/Bird-Collections/Birds-Taxonomic/Wrens/Pacific-Wren/i-sFZq8wB/A <https://idbirds.smugmug.com/Bird-Collections/Birds-Taxonomic/Wrens/Pacific-Wren/i-sFZq8wB/A>
>
>
> You will hear one or more Red-shouldered Hawks in the video. A pair is actively deciding on a nest location in the trees of the complex. The location is part of the common area of my townhouse complex, and therefore private property. Unfortunately I am busy packing for a trip tomorrow, so regrettably, I don’t have time to show the bird to others.
>
>
> Good birding!
> Brooke Miller
> San Jose
>
>
>
>
>> On Mar 20, 2017, at 7:58 PM, Brooke Miller <idbirds...> <mailto:<idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> <mailto:<south-bay-birds-noreply...>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi SBBers,
>>
>> I came across a PACIFIC WREN this morning on my quick dog walk around the block here in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Here’s what I wrote in my eBird checklist:
>>
>> “A wren smaller than either a Bewicks Wren or House Wren. Faint supercilium. Dark rufous brown bird with short more rufous tail held cocked up, and small dark bill. Alerted to the bird’s presence by it's chit-chit-chit vocalization, unlike any I've heard from either Bewicks or House. It sounded like Pacific Wrens I've heard before. I viewed the bird about 10-12 feet away, at eye level, on an open branch of a 10-foot tall bush for at least 2 minutes, as I played the chit-chit call 3-4 times from my iPhone. (It was in the oak bush growing from the stump of the oak tree that fell a couple years ago on the perimeter of the lawn meadow at Dry Creek Village.)”
>>
>> It didn’t sing, so I am assuming it was a female. It disappeared behind the bush before I left. Of course, I didn’t have my camera, but I went back with it but was unable to re-find the bird. I have never seen a Pacific Wren away from very moist, dark environments, so I was and am still quite surprised at finding this bird.
>>
>> You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the reason I love birding!
>>
>> Good birding!
>> Brooke Miller
>> San Jose
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 3/21/17 2:19 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Pacific Wren in an Odd Location, Mon. 20-March-2017 - Continues 21-March!
Hi Folks,

I returned this morning in hopes of re-finding the PACIFIC WREN and taking some photos. The bird was there again! It was on the opposite side of the lawn meadow, from where it was yesterday, at my townhouse complex, Dry Creek Village. This morning it was hiding in low tangled bushes under a tree, where it was fairly dark (and it was overcast as well). This seems more like a habitat I’d expect to see one in, although there is no creek, stream, or water nearby. Again, I played the “rapid calls” from the Sibley app, and it jumped out in clear view right away.

Here is the link to my eBird list with a couple photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35333160 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35333160>

I also took a short video, which I have uploaded to my photo site here:

https://idbirds.smugmug.com/Bird-Collections/Birds-Taxonomic/Wrens/Pacific-Wren/i-sFZq8wB/A <https://idbirds.smugmug.com/Bird-Collections/Birds-Taxonomic/Wrens/Pacific-Wren/i-sFZq8wB/A>


You will hear one or more Red-shouldered Hawks in the video. A pair is actively deciding on a nest location in the trees of the complex. The location is part of the common area of my townhouse complex, and therefore private property. Unfortunately I am busy packing for a trip tomorrow, so regrettably, I don’t have time to show the bird to others.


Good birding!
Brooke Miller
San Jose




> On Mar 20, 2017, at 7:58 PM, Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hi SBBers,
>
> I came across a PACIFIC WREN this morning on my quick dog walk around the block here in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Here’s what I wrote in my eBird checklist:
>
> “A wren smaller than either a Bewicks Wren or House Wren. Faint supercilium. Dark rufous brown bird with short more rufous tail held cocked up, and small dark bill. Alerted to the bird’s presence by it's chit-chit-chit vocalization, unlike any I've heard from either Bewicks or House. It sounded like Pacific Wrens I've heard before. I viewed the bird about 10-12 feet away, at eye level, on an open branch of a 10-foot tall bush for at least 2 minutes, as I played the chit-chit call 3-4 times from my iPhone. (It was in the oak bush growing from the stump of the oak tree that fell a couple years ago on the perimeter of the lawn meadow at Dry Creek Village.)”
>
> It didn’t sing, so I am assuming it was a female. It disappeared behind the bush before I left. Of course, I didn’t have my camera, but I went back with it but was unable to re-find the bird. I have never seen a Pacific Wren away from very moist, dark environments, so I was and am still quite surprised at finding this bird.
>
> You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the reason I love birding!
>
> Good birding!
> Brooke Miller
> San Jose
>
>
>


 

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Date: 3/21/17 1:31 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Test
Coming thru?

Is anybody else having issues with posting on SBB?


Tks,
Brooke Miller


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Date: 3/21/17 12:54 pm
From: Steven Patt <stevenpatt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] FOY Wilson's Warbler
Heard yesterday at Rancho San Antonio along the first trail heading out of the main parking lot to the West.

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Date: 3/21/17 12:05 pm
From: Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Possible Cassin's
The more I think about it I may have seen a Cassin's Kingbird in Gilroy. This bird had a white patch under the eye. Anyone else hear of this bird so far North?
Thanks,
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Date: 3/21/17 9:32 am
From: <jnc...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pacific Wrens in Odd Locations
I would not be surprised if there are more Pacific Wrens wintering than are being counted.


In my office complex in Emeryville (east bay), I have records for (a?) Pacific Wren wintering 3 of the last 5 winters. The office habitat is maybe 200 linear feet of dense hedge, and the shrubs are only 2 1/2-feet wide or so with hardscape and lawns on the sides of the hedge and no water. Definitely not classic Pacific Wren habitat! The wintering bird never sings, but often calls, which is how I find it.


If more people knew their call notes, and birded this habitat, I would guess more would be counted.


Jim Chiropolos
Emeryville and Oinda
 

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Date: 3/21/17 8:08 am
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Pacific Wren in an Odd Location, Mon. 20-March-2017
Folks:

It's lovely when anyone sees a Pacific Wren in this county.

A careful reading of the species account in the Santa Clara County
Breeding Bird Atlas shows that we know that this species has two primary
roles in the county, "they are uncommon residents in wet canyons
draining the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and also occur as
uncommon migrants or winter visitors in the tangled shrubbery along
streamsides or other moist tangles in scattered areas throughout the
county."

Based on about 25 years of county notebook data, it may be surprising to
find that there are 379 sightings in the Santa Cruz Mountains (70%) and
166 sightings from the flatlands and the Diablo Range (30%). An
examination of banding data from Coyote Creek represents that latter
population and shows that their predominant roles are a fall migrant
from early August to late November, a wintering species from December
through February, and a spring migrant from late February through early
May. Because this mouse-like birds is so secretive, much of their life
history is hidden from us. Every record counts!

Bill


On 3/20/2017 7:58 PM, Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:
>
> Hi SBBers,
>
> I came across a PACIFIC WREN this morning on my quick dog walk around
> the block here in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Here’s what I
> wrote in my eBird checklist:
>
> “A wren smaller than either a Bewicks Wren or House Wren. Faint
> supercilium. Dark rufous brown bird with short more rufous tail held
> cocked up, and small dark bill. Alerted to the bird’s presence by it's
> chit-chit-chit vocalization, unlike any I've heard from either Bewicks
> or House. It sounded like Pacific Wrens I've heard before. I viewed
> the bird about 10-12 feet away, at eye level, on an open branch of a
> 10-foot tall bush for at least 2 minutes, as I played the chit-chit
> call 3-4 times from my iPhone. (It was in the oak bush growing from
> the stump of the oak tree that fell a couple years ago on the
> perimeter of the lawn meadow at Dry Creek Village.)”
>
> It didn’t sing, so I am assuming it was a female. It disappeared
> behind the bush before I left. Of course, I didn’t have my camera, but
> I went back with it but was unable to re-find the bird. I have never
> seen a Pacific Wren away from very moist, dark environments, so I was
> and am still quite surprised at finding this bird.
>
> You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the reason
> I love birding!
>
> Good birding!
> Brooke Miller
> San Jose
>


 

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Date: 3/20/17 10:58 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pacific Wren in an Odd Location, Mon. 20-March-2017
Hi SBBers,

I came across a PACIFIC WREN this morning on my quick dog walk around the block here in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Here’s what I wrote in my eBird checklist:

“A wren smaller than either a Bewicks Wren or House Wren. Faint supercilium. Dark rufous brown bird with short more rufous tail held cocked up, and small dark bill. Alerted to the bird’s presence by it's chit-chit-chit vocalization, unlike any I've heard from either Bewicks or House. It sounded like Pacific Wrens I've heard before. I viewed the bird about 10-12 feet away, at eye level, on an open branch of a 10-foot tall bush for at least 2 minutes, as I played the chit-chit call 3-4 times from my iPhone. (It was in the oak bush growing from the stump of the oak tree that fell a couple years ago on the perimeter of the lawn meadow at Dry Creek Village.)”

It didn’t sing, so I am assuming it was a female. It disappeared behind the bush before I left. Of course, I didn’t have my camera, but I went back with it but was unable to re-find the bird. I have never seen a Pacific Wren away from very moist, dark environments, so I was and am still quite surprised at finding this bird.

You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the reason I love birding!


Good birding!
Brooke Miller
San Jose




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Date: 3/20/17 8:32 pm
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] early Purple Martin
Yesterday (Sun, 3/19) I saw a male PURPLE MARTIN circling around with
a small swallow flock (appearing to be N. Rough-winged) near Hicks &
Alamitos Rds upstream of Almaden Reservoir heading toward the Twin
Creeks area. The bird was a bit larger than the other swallows and
appeared overall black with no paleness or coloration on the chest or
head. The tail was slightly forked, but not as pronounced as a Barn
Swallow.

I have seen Purple Martin on spring migration in this same general
area, but this is the earliest I've ever seen one here. So this was an
unexpected surprise for me, and Mike Rogers told me that Purple
Martins also arrive in the Sacramento area about this time.

I went back today (3/20) but did not see the martin today - he's
probably up somewhere in the Santa Cruz Mountains by now.

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Date: 3/20/17 6:27 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Big weekend - Spring has sprung!
Folks,
In an effort to prep for the upcoming SCVAS bird-a-thon, we decided to do a big day on Saturday with my Birding by Ear (BBE) team: The Sharpies.
The day began at 6:30am outside Ed Levin Spring Valley area where we immediately heard a Great Horned Owl. We got the Red Breasted Sapsucker but dipped on the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker in the dirt lot. Matthew Dodder and his class were there and had just seen the bird, but we were on a tight schedule and kept moving without this bird that we knew would not turn up again during the day. The location coughed up 40 birds in as many minutes, as you can see on eBird link as follows:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35271180
Next stop Sandy Wool area where we got two Bald Eagle, two Bullock's Oriole and started in on the Swallows. We didn't go up the Aqua trail to get Rufous Crowned or Grasshoper Sparrow on consideration of time. Those Eagles changed our plans, as we were thinking to swing by Curtner Elementary on the way to Alviso, but instead went straight to Don Edwards.http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35271198
Alviso produced in big numbers for us from the get-go. Burrowing Owl http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35271015on Disk Drive on the way in and boom, we made a short jaunt out to the viewing platform and back. I didn't get the Glaucus Gull that I saw yesterday but we still bagged 49 species in 88 minutes.http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35268881
We then stopped by Gold & Elizabeth where we netted 7 species and spent a little too much time trying to evaluate Lesser vs Greater Yellowlegs, as you will see from the picture, it has a little bit lighter base on the bill but everything else says Lesser to me.eBird Checklist – Gold St. at Elizabeth St., California – Sat Mar 18, 2017 – 7 species


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White Throated Swifts were seen at the underpass just before we exited for Arastradero. Folks,
In an effort to prep for the upcoming SCVAS bird-a-thon, we decided to do a big day on Saturday with my Birding by Ear (BBE) team: The Sharpies.
The day began at 6:30am outside Ed Levin Spring Valley area where we immediately heard a Great Horned Owl. We got the Red Breasted Sapsucker but dipped on the Yellow Bellied Sapsucker in the dirt lot. Matthew Dodder and his class were there and had just seen the bird, but we were on a tight schedule and kept moving without this bird that we knew would not turn up again during the day. The location coughed up 40 birds in as many minutes, as you can see on eBird link as follows:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35271180
Next stop Sandy Wool area where we got two Bald Eagle, two Bullock's Oriole and started in on the Swallows. We didn't go up the Aqua trail to get Rufous Crowned or Grasshoper Sparrow on consideration of time. Those Eagles changed our plans, as we were thinking to swing by Curtner Elementary on the way to Alviso, but instead went straight to Don Edwards.http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35271198
Alviso produced in big numbers for us from the get-go. Burrowing Owl http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35271015on Disk Drive on the way in and boom, we made a short jaunt out to the viewing platform and back. I didn't get the Glaucus Gull that I saw yesterday but we still bagged 49 species in 88 minutes.http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35268881
We then stopped by Gold & Elizabeth where we netted 7 species and spent a little too much time trying to evaluate Lesser vs Greater Yellowlegs, as you will see from the picture, it has a little bit lighter base on the bill but everything else says Lesser to me.eBird Checklist – Gold St. at Elizabeth St., California – Sat Mar 18, 2017 – 7 species


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3Shoreline targets were Wilson's Snipe and Surf Scoter and we went two out of three missing the Great Tailed Grackles. We didn't catch the Bittern this time but we got to see it on our last field trip to this location, so we didn't cry bittern tears of rage ;)http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35270898 and I made a separate list for Charleston Slough even though we walked over and could see many of the birds from the lake as well. The area around the lake delivered 28 species in as many minutes, while Charleston Slough gave up two Wilson's Snipe and a Eurasian Wigeon. By this point we were getting hungry and slowed down a bit, landing 47 species in just under an hour. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35270898We ate our lunches on the picnic tables at Palo Alto Baylands, where we got a lot of the shorebirds we were missing, like Whimbrel, Curlew, Short Billed Dowitcher, Willet and a Dunlin. These 31 species cost us over an hour, but it was well worth the delay to eat and get some final bay shore birding in before we head back to the hills.eBird Checklist – Palo Alto Baylands, California – Sat Mar 18, 2017 – 31 species

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We saw White Throated Swifts at the underpass on 280 just before we exited for Arastradero. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35271096 at this point we had to reduce cars down to one since there is never parking at Arastradero and there wasn't. We wasted a lot of time on logistics at this point, which cost us a handful of birds on the day. We got Merlin, House Wren, Green Heron, White Tailed Kite (1 only) and our first of day Violent Green Swallow. 39 birds in 1 1/2 hours is a slow day for this location.eBird Checklist – Pearson-Arastradero Preserve, California – Sat Mar 18, 2017 – 39 species

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Los Capitancillos was basically a bust, save for FOD Ring Necked Duck, Cedar Waxwing and a small flock of Cackling Goose that were playing football on the field ;)eBird Checklist – Los Capitancillos Ponds, California – Sat Mar 18, 2017 – 18 species (+1 other taxa)

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If you are still reading this, you will be glad to know that we stopped short and headed over to Lake Almaden to try for Sapsuckers but struck out. Between these two stops we wasted what should have been time landing new birds at Stevens Creek Park or even McClellan Ranch.
We then drove to Morgan Hill where we scored a whole new kind of birds from the farm lands down there. A drive by Bailey Ave didn't take long, but didn't yield anything new. Laguna Ave brought back memories for all of us, except Gail Cheeseman who had never been there before. We got Tri-Color Blackbird using our BBE skills and totaled 7 species and rested for several minutes in a row :-)http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35269444
Coyote Valley OSP produced Brown Headed Cowbird, Yellow Billed Magpie and a pair of Rock Wrens posing for Garrett to get some quality photographs. We dipped on Loggerhead Shrike all day ... they may have migrated :(We got 18 species and some really great birds indeed ... ROWR!http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35271131
After some Mexican food for dinner in Morgan Hill we drove back to Arastradero to retrieve the cars, but I made one pass up the hill for Owls and landed a Barn Owl just past the main parking. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35271545Then we got an amazing view of a Great Horned Owl on the road up Mt. Hamilton ... perched for a while then flew in my brights for a spectacular look, but I'm to slow with the camera still to have gotten a picture.eBird Checklist – 13400 Clayton, California – Sat Mar 18, 2017 – 1 species

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All in all we could have done better but ended up with 126 species from midnight to midnight of March the 18th 2017. We went casually birding yesterday and got only 102 species at fewer locations, so teamwork pays off big time! My weekend total stands at 147 species with a few that we are still researching, like Iceland Gull and Lesser Yellowlegs.
Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.Thanks,Bill <Pelletierwrpelletier...>
Meet "The Sharpies"Bill Pelletier - Bus DriverKitty O'Neil - Navigator, bird list & birding by ear aceGarrett Lau - PhotographerKate Finn - eBird data analystPatricia Lynch - Cowbird repellent Sergio Perez - SpotterGail Cheeseman - CFOShelley Gordon - Birder


 

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Date: 3/20/17 5:41 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Glaucous gulls Mar 20
I went to pond A16 in Alviso this afternoon right before the rain. On island 17, third new island, there appeared to be three Glaucous Gulls, all imm. One was big and pure white from all angles but wouldn't show its bill. One was big and white with the glaucous bill and had some limited grayish or tannish in the wing but wingtips were white. These two were in the middle of the island. Later I noticed the third bird at the south end of the island. It was big and white with the glaucous bill. I'd bet Noah Arthur's Iceland Gull was also on the island. Four male Blue-winged Teal were in the slough. Many sterna artificialis have arrived on the islands.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Date: 3/20/17 10:11 am
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Fwd: Can you report this please?
From Carlin Otto:

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Subject: Can you report this please?
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2017 08:24:55 -0700
From: carlin otto <carlinotto...>
To: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>


Bill

No one seems to be able to fix the listserver to accept messages from my
email.
So, would it be possible for you to report (for me) that there is a pair of
Red Shouldered Hawks nesting in the eucalyptus trees on the south side
of Adobe Creek at the crossing with Alma. The best viewing area is on
Whitclem Court or Whitclem Drive in Palo Alto which are on the north
side of Adobe Creek.

Carlin Otto

 

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Date: 3/20/17 9:39 am
From: David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Mountain View Costa's Hummer and Sierra Vista OSP
Birders,

i want to report belatedly ( sorry) a sighting friday late afternoon of a male Costa's Hummer at a neighbor's garden near Moorpark Ave, Mountain View. It flew off after my wife and I observed it closely (10 feet, without bins), in fading light that was enough to clearly see the deep purple gorget which flared at the sides like little wings, also it was tiny, significantly smaller than Anna's. I have not seen it in the area since , there are feeders nearby. I will keep watching for it and report if it shows up again.

Yesterday ( Sunday) , we did an exercise hike at Sierra Vista OSP (Sierra Vista Trail plus Upper Calaveras Loop) from 10:15am to 12:30pm. Despite all the handicaps of a late start, no binoculars or camera, we still had some nice sightings such as a tame Rock Wren , 5 Yellow-billed Magpies, 4 California Thrashers, 2 Wrentits, 2 Acorn Woodpeckers, a singing W. Meadowlark and a and several hawks as well as a Golden Eagle which floated by at eye level, making me wonder why i didn't bring the camera this time. Sierra Vista Trail at the edge of the canyon, always seems to give us spectacular views of raptors, vultures and swifts, so i won't forget the camera again. Wildflowers are also very good.
This weekend is the first time i've had the chance to view our birds after working like crazy since we returned from a trip to Thailand - still dreaming of Thai birds, Thai mammals, Thai food and Thai massages for $8 per hour, but its great to be in California again.





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Date: 3/20/17 1:05 am
From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso Iceland and Glaucous Gulls
This afternoon I gulled Alviso with Bill Pelletier, with highlights being a beautifully pale and checkered 1st-cycle 'KUMLIEN'S' ICELAND GULL and at least three and probably more 1st-cycle GLAUCOUS GULLS. These beauties were in among huge numbers of gulls on Pond A16 (I think -- the giant salt pond behind the Alviso EEC). The flocks were almost entirely made up of immature gulls, replacing the flocks of mostly adults that were present all winter. AMERICAN HERRING GULLS and THAYER'S GULLS were most numerous (really surprising numbers of the latter) in the loading flocks, with large numbers of mostly adult CALIFORNIA GULLS busily flying around. Smaller numbers of other common species were also present, including a WESTERN GULL.


Photos of Iceland and Glaucous are posted on eBird.


(A number of very pale but very worn and more or less ambiguous 1st-cycle Thayer's/Iceland types were also in the flocks; some may have been good Icelands but it's very tough to tell on these worn birds...)


Good Gulling!


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Date: 3/19/17 10:34 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Western Kingbird
I was out in Alviso on the tail end of my big weekend and I caught a Western Kingbird at the Marina tonight. I have uploaded a picture. It was my first of season ... photo on eBirdBill Phttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35297197
 

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Date: 3/19/17 8:05 pm
From: <chavtur...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Oriole
I had a male Hooded Oriole come to my feeder this afternoon and then he got a drink from our birdbath. FOS Hooded Oriole for me here in Evergreen area of San Jose.

Joan Chavtur
 

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Date: 3/19/17 6:08 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin Sapsucker
Forgot to mench in my post about Ed Levin CP today that the Yellow-bellyish
Sapsucker was in the dirt lot off Calaveras Rd. This time it was in the
pepper tree in the middle of the lot and I got a very good look at it,
including the vague red nape spot. It will likely be gone in the next 10
days. Note the lot is still closed, probably because of all the piles of mud
and rock.



Dave Weber,

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Date: 3/19/17 6:00 pm
From: Jean Myers <dosriosjean...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Possible Chat
Hi all:

This morning at 10:45am, there was what sounded like a yellow-breasted chat singing in the creek area near our property in some heavy vegetation. Since one of my weaknesses is birding by sound, I played my iPhone BirdTunes and listened again. In a moment, the bird started up again - and I swear it was a chat. I did this two more times to insure no mistakes. The bird sand off and on for about 10 minutes and I moved along. The only possible issue is that there was quite a distance between myself and the bird (100+ yards), as well as a creek (more like a small river right now) and a busy road. So I will go out again tomorrow and check to see if I can find it to confirm - perhaps getting closer to the bird. Happy birding!

Jean Myers
near Gilroy - close to Watsonville Road and Redwood Retreat Road

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Date: 3/19/17 5:55 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Milpitas Bald Eagles
Folks:

This morning, 3/9/17, I stopped by the BALD EAGLE nest at Curtner
Elementary School in Milpitas. The nest is in the largest redwood next
to the Redwood Avenue side of the school. My initial impression was
that the nest might not easily hide an incubating bird. I was wrong. I
set up my scope at the end of Redwood and focused on the nest and
eventually an adult moved about a little, its head poking up momentarily
or it stood with its back feathers visible, but mostly it was out of sight.

Alan Walther has a friend at the San Jose-Santa Clara WPCP who has seen
an adult at the drying ponds since late November and a pair has been
there since early January. As the eagle flies, this is about 1.2 mi.
from the Curtner school. On my walk on Coyote Creek Trail on Thursday,
a woman walking her dog volunteered that she had seen a Bald Eagle over
the trail. Walther's friend sees it catching Am. Coots at the drying
ponds. The coots are tapering off now, but maybe this pair will switch
to precocial Herring Gulls a few miles to the west.

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Date: 3/19/17 5:16 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin CP and Alviso, Mar 19
Walked up to the sycamores above the dog park at Ed Levin CP this morning.
Was only able to hear some Grasshopper Sparrow songs along the trail before
the hang glider point. Up to four Rufous-crowned Sparrows were seen,
including one in the sycamores. When I got back down to the main lot near
the dog park, I saw an adult Bald Eagle flying very low over the lawn north
of Sandy Wool Lake. It eventually landed in the field west of the hang
glider parking lot. It tried to lift off with a small animal. There were too
many trees in the way to see if it was successful. It flew off to the north.
I have seen Bald Eagles high over the park before, but never this low. Over
in the Spring Valley area at the lone eucalyptus at the end of the road,
Bill Bousman and I saw a male Rufous Hummer and a male Hooded Oriole. The
oriole flew south to the palm at the house. Later in Alviso I wanted to find
the Lesser Yellowlegs reported on Ebird at Gold and Elizabeth. Only two
Greaters. A Great-tailed Grackle declared itself 'king of the telephone
pole' at that corner, squawking off any who dared land on the nearby wires.
I walked around the pump house there, something I have never done before,
and flushed a Wilson's Snipe, which I have recently learned are crepuscular
:)



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Date: 3/19/17 1:11 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black-headed Grosbeak and Other Goodies at Santa Teresa County Park, Sunday March 19, 2017
Hi Birders,

This morning I birded in and around the Adobe Picnic Area at Santa Teresa County Park. I had my FOS (first-of-season) BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and BULLOCK’S ORIOLE. Also of interest in the area were lots (really LOTS) of WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, a single PHAINOPEPLA, at least 2 RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS (on the hillside above the Mine Trail), 2 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, a few PURPLE FINCHES, a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD and several RUFOUS/ALLEN’s Hummingbirds. There was also a good representation of raptors and falcons: a COOPER’S HAWK, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 2 RED-TAILED HAWKS, an AMERICAN KESTREL, and a MERLIN. There were also singing ORANGE-CROWNED and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, and quite a few singing HOUSE WRENS. When I first arrived there were 14 WILD TURKEYS in the mowed area close to the pavilion, the males strutting their stuff.

All-in-all, a satisfying morning even with the cloud cover!

Good birding,
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Date: 3/19/17 12:21 pm
From: <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vista Slope Mountain View- Burrowing owls
for 3-19-2017
walking out on the Permanente Creek trail from Amphitheater Pkwy downstream, saw a lot of ground squirrels on the hill; on the way back, I saw two objects (or subjects) on the hill and decided against hope to get my binoculars on them. They turned out to be two Burrowing owls! One was considerably smaller and more russet in color than the other one. My assumption is that it was a juvenile. They seemed to be standing near their burrow and not disturbed by one squirrel nearby.

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Date: 3/18/17 8:24 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Today's Charleston Slough Field Trip
All:

On Nick Yatsko's excellent field trip to Charleston Slough on 3/18/17 there
weren't nearly the quantities of ducks as I would have expected, but we
did record at least 64 species of birds. Just before we quit we had great
views of a Wilson's Snipe. While everyone was getting a look through the
Questar, it occurred to me to ask, " Why are Wilson's Snipes always
sleeping?" Nobody said anything. Perhaps they didn't want to emphasize my
ignorance.

When I got home I looked through all of my bird books. Finally in that
great bird book, "The Shorebird Guide", I found the reference, "...
crepuscular ... foraging ...at dawn and dusk."

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 3/18/17 5:23 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin Park (PAAS field trip) 03-18-17
Folks,

I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to ED LEVIN PARK today. A quick pre-trip stop at the gravel parking area across from Spring Valley produced the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in his favorite pepper tree.

At 8:00 the entire group met at the lower parking area just beyond the entrance kiosk for the Sandy Wool entrance. We admired the BARN OWL in the pines near the restroom, a single HERMIT THRUSH along the fence line, and a number of Selasphorus Hummingbirds, all appearing to be ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRDS. As we circled the meadow beside the lot, we also came across a small flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS, many many YELLOW-RUMPED WARLBERS, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WESTERN BLUEBIRD and a single BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER. We also hiked up to the levy near the playground to view two adult BALD EAGLES in the eucalyptus above the gazebo. Among the many TREE SWALLOWS we also spotted several NORTHERN ROGUH-WINGED SWALLOWS. High hover head a PEREGRINE FALCON flew toward the reservoir.

In the eucalyptus trees by the Dog Run, we found BULLOCK'S ORIOLE and several more Selapshorus Hummingbirds, none of which stopped long enough to allow good views. We hike up to the sycamore grove and creek where we saw a HOUSE WREN, and heard 2 RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS. WHITE-THROATED SWIFT. A single WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen foraging along the trail just beyond the sycamore grove. Coming back down the hill, we encountered another RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, but despite quite a bit of searching could not locate any Grasshopper Sparrows.

After lunch beside Sandy Wool Lake we caravanned up to Spring Valley to investigate the "Magic Tree" at the southern end of Spring Valley Road within the park. Look for the large, pink-flowered eucalyptus for numerous buzzing Hummingbirds, ANNA'S, ALLEN'S and RUFOUS.

Finally, a couple of cars made a very quick jaunt to Marsh Road where 5 more WESTERN KINGBIRDS were found, a small group of 8 LARK SPARROWS, a few YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View
 

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Date: 3/18/17 4:46 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso EEC/A16 area
This morning (March 18), as the tide was getting toward a low, I saw
4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL (a pair and two additional males) with about 20
CINNAMON TEAL in Mallard Slough near the Environmental Education
Center in Alviso. The only rail I had here was a heard-only SORA.

In pond A16, there are now hundreds of Caspian Tern decoys, on most of
the islands visible from the east end and south levee. (This seems
like overkill!) I didn't detect any movement. I walked west to the end
of the second "old" island, now numbered 16. The overcast (hence
little trouble from heat waves) made for good viewing of ducks on the
pond. While I found about 50 AMERICAN WIGEONs scattered among the
abundant Shovelers, I didn't manage to find a Eurasian (which doesn't
prove it's gone). But I did see 1 or 2 female RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs
and at least 1 NORTHERN PINTAIL among a total of 12 duck species this
morning. I also scoped A18 from near the EEC: lots of Scaup (over
100 males alone), but no definitive Redhead seen. A18 also had at
least two dozen Aechmophorus Grebes. Just before I left, a male
GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE came up on the wooden in front of the closest
part of A18 for a few minutes.

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Date: 3/18/17 2:58 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SCVAS - McClellan Ranch this morning
Hi all -

Today I led a field trip for a Beginning Birding class sponsored through the Los Gatos Birdwatcher. We spent the morning at McClellan Ranch in Cupertino. It was an exciting morning for folks new to birding and the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. Here are a few hi-lights.

We had three swallow species - NORTHERN ROUGH WINGED, VIOLET-GREEN AND TREE. On two different occasions we found adult COOPER’S HAWKS. There was a size difference so perhaps a pair.
The AMERICAN CROWS were carrying nesting material. We found BUSHTIT’S with a completed nest. A male HOODED ORIOLE was observed flying from the Palm Tree near the restrooms. NUTTALL’S WOODPECKERS were quite active and vocal. A DOWNY female came in to feed at the suet and ACORN WOODPECKERS were across the street on a power pole.

We found RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS on two occasions. One was vocalizing much more than the typical “jit, jidit” that we hear throughout the winter. It was singing quietly up in an oak above the 4-H pens.

On two occasions, CEDAR WAXWINGS flew over in small flocks and we also found WESTERN BLUEBIRDS and AMERICAN ROBINS. SPOTTED TOWHEES were very vocal, but easier to hear than to find.

We had two PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS calling in the area just past the 4-H pens, in the area where the trail turns toward the creek.

Around 11:00 AM, a GREAT-BLUE HERON circled over the ranch and landed above the creek on top of a Sycamore much to the dismay of a couple of crows.

We ended with 33 species which was pretty good for an educational morning with a muffin break.

After everyone left I spotted a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW underneath the feeders stocked by SCVAS.

And do remember - the SCVAS Spring Birdathon is so close you can taste it! Get out there between March 25 - April 30 and see some great birds while supporting SCVAS.

Lisa Myers
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Date: 3/18/17 8:19 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Golden Eagles at Rancho San Antonio
I spent a couple of hours on the Hill Trail at Rancho San Antonio
yesterday (March 17), looking for the Golden-crowned Kinglet that
Kristen Holmquist reported the previous day. I think I found the tree
she described, as an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was constantly calling
from it, but I did not find the kinglet. I did see a PURPLE FINCH in
that tree. Several VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS perched on that tree, too.

On a tree a bit lower down the trail, there were a lot birds,
including a HOUSE WREN.

I saw six BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS along the trail, four near the bottom
of the trail, and two near the top.

When I was leaving, at the bottom of the trail, I saw a GOLDEN EAGLE
on the ground. When I looked up, I saw another Golden Eagle being
chased by three different raptors: RED-TAILED HAWK, COOPER'S HAWK, and
WHITE-TAILED KITE. After they passed, the first Golden Eagle flew up,
very close to me. I have a photo here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/33462906646

After the eagles left, the White-tailed Kite chased away a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.

Garrett Lau


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Date: 3/17/17 9:01 pm
From: Len Blumin <Len.blumin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Would melanism explain the brown woodpecker I photographed at Rancho
Your brown woodpecker appears to be a Nuttall's Woodpecker which lacks the
full complement of melanin in the pigmented feather tracts. "Melanism" is a
term used to describe birds (and other animals) that are unusually dark
because of an *excess* of melanin. Your bird has the opposite problem, i.e.
a relative deficiency of melanism, sometimes referred to as "hypomelanism".
Jeff N. Davis has written about the subject of Color Abnormalities in
Birds, and has suggested that we use terms that describe the cause of the
condition rather than the final appearance, so hypomelanism seems
appropriate.


Cheers,
Len Blumin, Mill Valley, California
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Date: 3/17/17 5:05 pm
From: <serpavlov...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Teresa County Park 3/17/17
Hello all,

Today, 3/17/17, I visited Santa Teresa County Park, where I found that spring migration was well underway. At the start of the Ohlone Trail, by Bernal Rd, at 11:30 there were at least three singing HOUSE WRENS, as well as TREE and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS overhead. There were two RING-NECKED DUCKS and 12 COOTS on the pond on Coyote-Alamitos Canal. Two each of RED-SHOULDERED and COOPER'S HAWKS were present here as well. A Selasphorus hummingbird zoomed by before I could get an ID.

As I walked up to the Pueblo Group Area on Bernal Rd, I heard and saw three BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS and two HUTTON'S VIREOS. At the beginning of the Coyote Peak Trail, I saw one ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and heard another House Wren. By the volleyball court, I was surprised to find a single CHIPPING SPARROW, in breeding plumage. As I was about to leave, a WESTERN KINGBIRD flew overhead, landing in a tree by the rock outcrop near the restrooms - an early arrival.

eBird Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35239819 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35239819

Good birding,
Sergey Pavlov


 

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Date: 3/17/17 2:34 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Hooded Mergansers, Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal
All,
This morning (3/17) I had a male and a female HOODED MERGANSER in the pond at Heaven's Gate Cemetery, in Mountain View the  male EURASIAN GREEN-WINDED TEAL was with at least three pair of GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the Pump house pond portion of Coast Casey Forebay at the northern end of San Antonio Road (it would seem that at this point it has been unable to attract female).  At least two BARN SWALLOWS were seen along the dike between Salt Pond A1 and the Forebay.  In Alviso at least six male BLUE-WINGED TEAL were in the channel East of Salt Pond A16 (only one had an attached female).
Take care,
Bob Reiling

 

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Date: 3/17/17 2:32 pm
From: Nancy Asquith <nancyasquith...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Would melanism explain the brown woodpecker I photographed at Rancho San Antonio yesterday? Or is it a rarity?

I would appreciate hearing what others think.
Info about the bird is with the 1st photo at my Flickr photostream. Use right arrow at first photo to see next two photos.  see wwwDOTflickrDOTcom/photos/25673579@N04/32654246594 /in/photostream.
Nancy Asquith
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Date: 3/17/17 12:34 pm
From: <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Charleston Slough and Shoreline Lake
For 3-17-2017
-a Green heron was perched on the little tree above the Bittern channel- no bittern seen
-the Eurasian teal (or common teal) was seen from the dirt path along Terminal Blvd for a few moments along with other green wing teals
-two Wilson snipes were seen at the previously reported location-this time they were a little bit more in the open before they flew into the pickle weed to hide
-a Common yellowthroat was seen in one of the bushes further down the dirt path toward the main entrance to Charleston Slough
-3 male and at least 2 female Bufflehead were seen in the pond closest to the restroom outside the preserve fence
-two Common gallinules were heard in the no name pond further along the entrance road. On 3-12-2017 two gallinules were seen at the same time with spiffy breeding colored bills. Two others were heard at different locations from the ones seen; it is possible that the seen ones were the same as the heard ones, .or maybe there were more than two. Vocalization was quite vigorous.

On Shoreline Lake there very few Eared grebes left. The one male has much better developed golden ears compared to a week ago.

juliana manoliu


 

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Date: 3/16/17 8:47 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Creek Below Hwy 237
Folks:

This morning, 3/16/17, along the Coyote Creek Trail on the east side of
Coyote Creek I encountered three singing male BULLOCK'S ORIOLES and two
WILSON'S WARBLERS, both first of season for me.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 3/16/17 7:52 pm
From: 'Kirsten Holmquist' <kirsten.holmquist...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Golden-Crowned Kinglet
I took a walk at Rancho San Antonio this morning. As I was starting up the
hill from the parking lot, I was looking at the trees trying to find a
singing HOUSE WREN when an adult COOPER'S HAWK flew up silently behind me
and perched in the tree. It came within about 15 feet of me. The House
Wren went communications dark. The two people walking past and talking were
oblivious. The nuptial patches were on prominent display as it sat there.



Almost to the major trial junction near the water tower, I was enjoying a
good look at an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER when it flew off and was replaced by
a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET. It flew off but then came back to the same tree
some 15 minutes later so maybe not just passing through. Another HOUSE WREN
was singing below all this activity.



I did have a decent Woodpecker day as well with DOWNY, NUTTALL'S, HAIRY,
ACORN, and NORTHERN FLICKER (heard only) making an appearance. Sadly, no
PILEATED though.



Regards,



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Date: 3/16/17 7:06 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Chipping Sparrows & European Goldfinch
I wanted to hear the CHIPPING SPARROWS song before they migrated, so I
sought them out in TJ Martin Park near my home in Almaden Valley. They
were indeed singing but not exactly how I remembered. The song I heard
was soft and melodic, not the single note trill I had expected. I saw at
least four, some in trees, then together on the ground. Six birds flew
off together but I'm not sure they were all CHSP.

Near Meridian I heard the bouncy finch-like song of the EUROPEAN
GOLDFINCH and found three in a tree along Oakglen Way. They were even
prettier today with their heightened breeding plumage.

Janna Pauser
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Date: 3/16/17 4:49 am
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero Red-shouldered, pic
Today (3/15/17) a first-cycle RED-SHOULDERED HAWK flew in near me on the
Redtail Loop Trail. [This is a resend of a message that didn't go through
after 5 hours.}

http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165131905

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Date: 3/16/17 3:51 am
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero Red-shouldered, pic
Today (3/15/17) a first-cycle RED-SHOULDERED HAWK flew in near me on the
Redtail Loop Trail.
http://www.pbase.com/image/165131905

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Date: 3/15/17 4:03 pm
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pileated Woodpecker 3/15 - Rancho San Antonio (!)
This morning (3/15/17) around 11:30am I was very surprised (and thrilled) to see a PILEATED WOODPECKER at Rancho San Antonio. I was just starting on Ravensbury Trail from Rogue Valley Trail (about 1.5 miles from the main parking lot - map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/37.336588,-122.106174 ), when I heard a slow "wuk-wuk-wuk-wuk." Seconds later, a female Pileated Woodpecker flew in from the left and over the trail, heading uphill. I wasn't able to re-find the bird, but did hear a few more "wuks" in the distance. This seems a very unusual location for a Pileated.

There were 12 RING-NECKED DUCKS on the very full Rogue Valley pond (3 females, 9 males). Other birds of note included WARBLING VIREOS (3), ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS (25+), VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS (12+), and a small flock of singing TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS (4). Next door at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery I saw an adult male HOODED ORIOLE (FOS for me) and a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS.

Good birding,
Gena Zolotar
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Date: 3/15/17 12:00 pm
From: 'Mark Vande Pol' <groundcover...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Wildergarten




Hi,


I am an owner and manager of Wildergarten
<http://www.wildergarten.org/wildergarten.html> , what is regarded by many a
the finest native plant restoration project in the world (you can peruse the
plant list here <http://www.wildergarten.org/w-docs/species-list.xls> ).
In particular, our project has focused upon native annuals, which are
tragically neglected in efforts of this type. As I am sure you know, native
annuals form a keystone element in many insect lifecycles and are
foundational to animal forage, including birds.


Sadly, this project has not emphasized birds, both because of deficiencies
in my education and because of other priorities. I've taken a sort of "if
you build it they will come" attitude about such things. Yet from what I
hear as I weed every morning, that is exactly what has happened.
Accordingly, I am seeking assistance in developing a credible bird list
(mine is attached) and, more importantly, to learn both to recognize calls
and understand what these species need in terms of functional habitat and/or
protection from predators (particularly nest raiders). Any assistance in
that regard would be greatly appreciated, as I am currently maxed out with
weeding.


Thanks,





Mark Vande Pol


<http://www.wildergarten.org/wildergarten.html> Wildergarten (18MBpdf)


25150 Mountain Charlie Rd.


Los Gatos, CA 95033-8320


831-227-4958


contact(at)wildergarten.com









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Date: 3/15/17 8:48 am
From: <2ldbogx5sx2xsyrqgoz3l4dk4vh66fncgkl44f6n...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Nesting birds at Stanford
Long time reader, first time poster. Hi.


On Stanford main campus, 2 nesting species of interest.


1)- in the large, northwestern most Eucalyptus tree in front of Sweet Hall, a pair of Coopers Hawks are building a nest. Sighted the last several mornings gathering materials nearby and flying up to the nest.


2)- The long time pair of resident Ravens are nesting at Green Library again! If you haven't seen these two, you are in for a treat. They did not raise a brood last year due to the adjacent construction of a new building at the Hoover Pavillion, but the year before (spring 2015) they successfully fledged 4 young. I saw the female on the nest 2 different times yesterday, with the male standing proud on the roof of the library. The nest is located on top of a flood light on the north- eastern side of the Green Library, facing the main quad and you can't miss it. If you have access to the Library, you can go up to the 4th floor Bender Room and look out the window into the nest as well (pro tip!).


Thanks for all the cool birding tips!
your friend, russ
 

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Date: 3/14/17 5:30 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pond A16 and New Chicago Marsh
Folks:

This morning, 3/14/17, I counted seven male and three female BLUE-WINGED
TEAL in Artesian Slough on a rising tide. Wintering ducks continue to
decrease in numbers, I only saw two male and two female RED-BREASTED
MERGANSERS on A16. The two outer island where the refuge has set out
Caspian Tern decoys in the past have been repopulated with these solemn
and silent creatures, as have a half a dozen other islands nearer to the
south side.

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Date: 3/14/17 4:44 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - February Results
Hello South-Bay-Birders!

I missed one species for January, a/the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the dirt lot across from the Spring Valley unit of Ed Levin County Park, continuing on 22-January. That increased January’s bird count from 206 to 207.

We had 4 new birds in February, bringing the total count to 211. We are still above the average of 208 for total birds, but were below the average of 9 birds for February. The new birds for February were:

3-Feb: A Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2), seen by Bill Bousman, flying over the Coyote Creek Trail below Highway 237;

10-Feb: A male Rufous Hummingbird (4), seen at a feeder at Julie and Amir Avnit’s home in the Santa Cruz Mountains;

12-Feb: A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2), seen by Janna Pauser at the Stile Ranch Trailhead at Santa Teresa County Park; and

28-Feb: A Pacific-slope Flycatcher (2), photographed by Tom Grey at Frenchman’s Park at Stanford.

March, April, and May are traditionally months with quite a few new birds species, with averages of 10 for March, 24 for April, and 10 for May.

My monthly reports are made up of eBird sightings, postings on SBB, and direct emails. You can find all the monthly cumulative lists on the SCVAS website at:
http://www.scvas.org/page.php?page_id=6612&name=Birding_Resources#lists <http://www.scvas.org/page.php?page_id=6612&name=Birding_Resources#lists>

Please post all your sightings to <south-bay-birds...> <mailto:<south-bay-birds...> and/or www.eBird.org <http://www.ebird.org/> . Please contact me if you find errors or omissions, or have questions or comments.

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Date: 3/14/17 2:41 pm
From: <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Emily Renzel Wetlands (Matadero Creek)
My go-spot for lunch-hour Orioles did not disappoint today. Two BULLOCK'S ORIOLES (my first of season) were present along the creek near the chain-link enclosure. The first bird was a brilliant male foraging in the budding willows, the second was an unseen bird calling softly from slightly up-creek, deeper in the eucalyptus. Neither one was singing, they just made the short "cup" call repeatedly—almost overwhelmed by the chaos of SONG SPARROWS, LESSER GOLDFINCHES, and BEWICK'S WREN songs.
As yet, the Hooded Orioles I usually find at this location have not yet shown up.
A single AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was present in the pond near Frontage Road, and there were still about 20 AMERICAN WIGEONS on the pond near the junction leading to Byxbee Park.
Matthew Dodder
 

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Date: 3/14/17 12:44 pm
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Wilson's Warbler at Sunnyvale Baylands
Ginger and I just got got great looks at a WILSON'S WARBLER at the Bay Breeze picnic area at Sunnyvale Baylands, in one of the trees just leafing out by the rope "pyramid" climbing structure.

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Date: 3/14/17 12:34 pm
From: wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] McClellan Ranch birds
Yesterday Ginger and I birded McClellan Ranch and found a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER (both heard and seen) by the creek and a pair of HUTTON’S VIREOs along the trail toward Blackberry Farm. It was a nice birdy morning!

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35160095 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35160095>

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Date: 3/14/17 11:43 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] RBSA at Cooley Picnic Area
All:

At 8:30 on 3/14/17 I was at the Cooley Picnic Area near the junction of Mt
Eden/Stevens Canyon Road. There was a cooperative Red-breasted Sapsucker
feeding at the sapsucker-marked base of a large Cottonwood tree. (He was
also there several hours later when I returned.)

I rolled down my window and drove up Stevens Canyon Road. Past the first
bridge I heard a brief blast of bubbly song, and I quickly found a spot to
park and walked back. But, although I spent a fair amount of time
investigating near all 4 bridges, I found no positive evidence of American Dippers.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 3/13/17 6:16 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero silver lining
Late morning today I was back to Arastradero after having good results
yesterday, this time to check out the north part of the preserve hoping for
Bald Eagles after last year's nesting success. Spent an hour overlooking
Felt Lake and the back of Dish Hill across 280, but no luck. A WESTERN
BLUEBIRD pair up there, and two flyby RED-TAILED HAWKS, no good pics.

Walking back via Redtail Loop trail I heard a HUTTON'S VIREO along the
Portola Pastures fence line, and as I peered into the vegetation the bird
popped out. This has actually been a hard species for me to
photograph despite its year-round presence, so this was a nice end to
hiking this 1.5 mi. loop lugging a big lens:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165123639

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Date: 3/13/17 9:59 am
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero birds, pics
At Arastradero yesterday (3/12/17) midday on a beautiful spring Sunday
parking spots were in short supply, and there were lots of walkers--but
never so many as to make birding and photography less than great fun. Lots
of springtime avian activity!

Singing HOUSE WREN, first of season for me; photographed on on Paseo del
Roble trail on the east ridge above the lake:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117483
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117484

WESTERN BLUEBIRD pair was on a nest box at the oak grove nesting area by
the de Anza / Meadowlark trails intersection, and another singing House
Wren was also there:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117488

At the lake, the resident AMERICAN COOTS were in constant battle,
"splattering," described in BNA Online as "coot runs over water toward its
opponent with wings flapping while maintaining posture of the charge [ie,
head down]. Pursued bird usually flees in like manner but with head
elevated..."
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165119461

Also at the lake, I heard both of the BELTED KINGFISHER pair; saw and
photographed the male:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117480

And a GREEN HERON that I had heard making "gwaw" growling calls but I
hadn't been able to see, finally flew and landed on the telephone wire
right above me on the west side of the lake:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117481
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117482

While I was watching the activity at the Acorn Woodpecker granary tree
downslope from the Wild Rye Trail, I had another first of season photo-op,
a handsome male VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW briefly perching:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117487

The ACORN WOODPECKER tending of acorns at the granary tree was constant and
photogenic; one male extended his tongue spectacularly:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117478
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117477
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117479
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165117481


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Date: 3/12/17 8:18 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
Folks:

This morning, 3/12/17, at the Palo Alto estuary mouth, I heard three
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS calling. My guess is that these are birds
moving north, not wintering birds. If the past years are a guide, a few
will be found there over the next six weeks at which point they will
have molted to their alternate plumage. A single female GREAT-TAILED
GRACKLE was at the west end of Shoreline Lake. On the south side of the
Mountain View Forebay, I was only able to pick out a single WILSON'S
SNIPE, and it soon found better concealment. The continuing male
"EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL was also there, but was not paired.

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Date: 3/12/17 4:45 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cattle Egret at Don Edwards 3/12/17
All,

I had a Cattle Egret about 10 minutes ago at Don Edwards NWR. It was perched on a snag on the east side of Mallard Slough just after the road curves towards the EEC. I was able to observe it for about 2-3 minutes before it flew off towards A18. I will post a photo on my eBird checklist later.

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Date: 3/12/17 2:00 pm
From: Bob Juhl <rjuhl...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Greater White-fronted geese
2 Greater-White Fronted geese still present along Mayfield Slough at 1:45pm GPS coordinates below:
37.447197,-122.103653


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Date: 3/12/17 1:39 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Grant Ranch Bird Walk
All:

Rich Page's Grant Ranch bird walk had a raptor-ish start at the parking
lot. Two adult Bald Eagles swooped down to the road edge before flying
across the lake to perch in some trees; they changed their perches often during
the morning. We also had an immature Red-tailed Hawk, a Cooper's Hawk, a
perched White-tailed Kite in the distance (later it was diving at something
for quite a while), and a very distant Golden Eagle which we later saw from
a bit closer. Later we had a view of two Red-shouldered Hawks actually
mating.

Right at that beginning I had, for me, a first time ever view of a
tight-flock of Great Blue Herons circling low over us for a while before landing
in the tops of distant trees. The ducks on the lake were greatly reduced,
but we still had enough to keep us busy spotting. The usual sparrow flocks,
swallow flocks, bluebirds, singing thrashers and flickers were about what
you would expect. We ended with 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers. I recorded 61
species, but I'm not sure how accurate that is for the whole group.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 3/12/17 9:28 am
From: ted gross <tedgross48...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Permanente Creek and Coast Casey Forebay Mountain View


Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 11, 2017, at 8:16 PM, "Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...><mailto:<Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...><mailto:<south-bay-birds-noreply...>> wrote:



Thanks to Juliana's timely post, I was able to see 2 Wilson's Snipes this evening (March 11) at the pond in Coast Casey Forebay visible from the dirt trail along Terminal Blvd. Also in that pond was the continuing Eurasian Green-winged Teal.

In the small pond to the west of the pump house, there was a Common Gallinule.

Flying around the pump house were over 25 swallows. Most were Cliff Swallows, some were Barn Swallows, and there were also at least one each of Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, and Northern Rough-winged Swallow. The Cliff Swallows and Barn Swallows are new arrivals for today. They were not there yesterday.

Yesterday's highlights at Shoreline Lake were 4 Great-tailed Grackles on the pier in the northwest corner and the continuing male Hooded Merganser near the island. The Hooded Merganser was not there today, so maybe it is the same male that Juliana saw on Permanente Creek.

Garrett Lau



 

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Date: 3/11/17 8:16 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Permanente Creek and Coast Casey Forebay Mountain View
Thanks to Juliana's timely post, I was able to see 2 *Wilson's Snipes* this
evening (March 11) at the pond in Coast Casey Forebay visible from the dirt
trail along Terminal Blvd. Also in that pond was the continuing *Eurasian
Green-winged Teal*.

In the small pond to the west of the pump house, there was a *Common
Gallinule*.

Flying around the pump house were over 25 swallows. Most were *Cliff
Swallows*, some were *Barn Swallows*, and there were also at least one each
of *Tree Swallow*, *Violet-green Swallow*, and *Northern Rough-winged
Swallow*. The Cliff Swallows and Barn Swallows are new arrivals for today.
They were not there yesterday.

Yesterday's highlights at Shoreline Lake were 4 *Great-tailed Grackles* on
the pier in the northwest corner and the continuing male *Hooded Merganser*
near the island. The Hooded Merganser was not there today, so maybe it is
the same male that Juliana saw on Permanente Creek.

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 3/11/17 6:18 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Grant Park (PAAS field trip) 03-11-17
Folks,

I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to Grant Park this morning. Since a portion of Mount Hamilton Road is closed (due to a slide) we had to reach the park via Quimby.

We began at the lake where we had an unusually good showing of Raptors. There were two adult BALD EAGLES on a phone pole across the water, a GOLDEN EAGLE on the ridge, an OSPREY flying through the area, two WHITE-TAILED KITES, a couple of RED-TAILED HAWKS, and RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, a COOPER'S HAWK, and several TURKEY VULTURES. Steve Tracy also told us he had seen a Merlin, but we weren't as lucky.

Waterfowl was less abundant than a month ago, but we found a lingering flotilla of AMERICAN WIGEONS, a healthy number of CANADA GEESE, RUDDY DUCKS, MALLARDS etc. No surprises...

We did well with Swallows finding many TREE SWALLOWS, a small number of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, and a BARN SWALLOW. As we walked along the shore, we heard a number of ORNAGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH and CALIFORNIA THRASHERS were active and visible. Just before we moved to the farm house inside the front entrance, we spotted the first of 6 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS in one of the two large oaks above the lot.

At the farm house we added a few species such as DARK-EYED JUNCO, LESSER GOLDFINCH, AMERICAN ROBIN and NORTHERN FLICKER. We also had two interesting scavenger-related encounters. First was a RED-TAILED HAWK consuming a EUROPEAN STARLINGit isn't often we see a RTHA feasting on a bird, but there it was keeping us alert.

A second encounter was with a dead BAND-TAILED PIGEON. We left it where it was and continued birding, returning to the area a little later. When we circled back, the carcass was completely hidden from the air, so the TURKEY VULTURE that was now eating it it had to have located it completely by scent as is so often described. What I found most surprising however, was that when we startled the Vulture into flight, it carried the BTPI away with it I had never seen a Vulture carry its prey with it.

We had a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER and several LESSER GOLDFINCH in the area around the farm house. We found another 5 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS between the farmhouse and the campground, and a singing HOUSE WREN. A SHARP-SHINNED HAWK flew over us near the campground, and a pair of COOPER'S HAWKS were engaged in courtship displays over the meadow. Tons of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS singing though out the morning.

Matthew Dodder


 

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Date: 3/11/17 5:05 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Lake and San Felipe Road, Sat Mar 11, 2017
Hi all,

Today was my first time visiting Coyote Lake since all the rain. I was pretty shocked at just how much water there is! At the dam the CANYON WREN, ROCK WREN, and WOOD DUCK continue. There were many NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS flying low in the spillway, some of them landing in the holes on the sides. I’m not sure what this means, but maybe possible nesting spots (?). Flying above were at least 8 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, a GOLDEN EAGLE, and a COOPER’S HAWK. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were singing everywhere!

Then we headed across Canada Road to Jamieson Road. It’s beautiful out there, lots of green, but no spring migrants yet. There were plenty of YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIES, however.

Down on the Santa Clara County side of San Felipe Road, off 152, I checked for Lawrence’s Goldfinches and Cassin’s Kingbirds between about 2:00 and 2:45. I didn’t detect either there yet.

Good birding!
Brooke Miller
San Jose



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Date: 3/11/17 12:56 pm
From: <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Permanente Creek and Coast Casey Forebay Mountain View
For 3-11-2017

-there was a pair of Hooded mergansers on Permanente Creek just South from the Charleston Rd. bridge.
Went up Vista hill also but did not see anything of note.

-there were 3 Wilson snipes in Coast Casey Forebay visible from the dirt path along Terminal Blvd.

Juliana Manoliu


 

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Date: 3/11/17 11:50 am
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Warbling Vireos 3-11-17
A WARBLING VIREO singing on territory was seen as I started birding the
Guadalupe Creek trail south of Camden in Almaden Valley at 8 am this
morning. I walked the short trail and heard another singing WAVI further
south. I had two here last year on March 10th. An ANNA's HUMMINGBIRD was
incubating eggs in her perfect lichen encrusted nest here at the 2.75
mile marker.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 3/11/17 11:28 am
From: <marion_farber...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Red-naped sapsucker continues at Almaden Lake
After trying three other times recently, I finally found the Red-naped sapsucker at Almaden Lake park, at around 9:30 am on Saturday, March 11. It was on the fourth pepper tree from the end of Winfield, right where Janna Pauser said it might be! It wasn't too high up the tree, so we got good looks at it.


There were three female and one male Common mergansers on the lake. The island was crowded with Black-crowned night-herons, Great egrets, and a few Great blue herons.
 

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Date: 3/10/17 4:54 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] backyard Hooded Oriole, Rufous Hummingbird
We just had a male HOODED ORIOLE bathing in our backyard fountain. It's
head and breast appear unusually orange. A male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD
continues at the nectar feeder. BEWICKS WREN, OAK TITMOUSE and CHESTNUT
BACKED CHICKADEE pairs are also seen daily.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 3/10/17 12:48 pm
From: Bob Bolles <bolles...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
Brooke ...

I ran into Chris Johnson this morning at Spring Valley portion of
Ed Levin Park and he helped me find and identify hummingbirds at a tall
blooming eucalyptus tree just east of the end of Spring Valley Road --
between the parking lot at the end of the road and the oval horse
enclosure. The hummingbirds stayed pretty close to the top of the
tree. One flew over to one of the small trees that is just getting its
leaves by the horse enclosure fence.

In other words, the tree is southeast of the Spring Valley Pond
near that end of the Spring Valley Trail.

Enjoy!

... Bob




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Date: 3/10/17 12:37 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] The RNSA Continues at Almaden Lake
All:

At about 9 on 3/10/17 the Red-naped Sapsucker was at his usual spot in the
last pepper trees near the end of Winfield Blvd on the south side of
Almaden Lake. The bird seems to be more tolerant of close approaches than our
Red-breasted Sapsuckers.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 3/10/17 12:31 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
All,


For the sake of the group, the tree I'm referring to is the euc at the end of the spring valley road and just near the start of the spring valley trail. It's a "magic tree" because it seems to attract a greater variety and number of hummingbirds than other eucs in the park (with similar size and flowering properties). I have staked out other eucs nearby, around this time of year, and have only come up with one Allens/Rufous on one occasion (though there are usually some Anna's), while the "magic tree" will usually be brimming with Anna's and Selasphorus hummers. I assume this tree is overflowing with nectar (so perhaps not so magical), but "magic tree" is much more fun to say than "tree overflowing with nectar".


Best,


Chris J.


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From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...>
Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 1:39 PM
To: Chris Johnson
Cc: <south-bay-birds...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Misc Ed Levin

Chris,

Where is the magic tree?

Brooke

On Mar 10, 2017, at 9:29 AM, Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...><mailto:<ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...><mailto:<south-bay-birds-noreply...>> wrote:



Hi All,


This morning I visited the magic tree at Ed Levin and after 20 minutes was able to get on quite a few Selasphorus Hummers. One or two had all rufous backs with nice bright red gorgets (Rufous). Another was a female/immature type with an all green back and no gorget (probable Allens). And another had a green upper back and a rufous lower back/rump and tail (probable Allens). My sense is there were more than 4 in total, but unless birds have features that separate them from the others, it's pretty much impossible to avoid undercounting. As usual, morning is key for the hummers here since the wind tends to pick up most afternoons.


Two red-breasted sapsuckers, a juvenile Cooper's Hawk, and a very warm and active spring morning made for a nice visit.


Ebird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35084001


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA




 

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Date: 3/10/17 11:39 am
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
Chris,

Where is the magic tree?

Brooke

> On Mar 10, 2017, at 9:29 AM, Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Hi All,
>
>
>
> This morning I visited the magic tree at Ed Levin and after 20 minutes was able to get on quite a few Selasphorus Hummers. One or two had all rufous backs with nice bright red gorgets (Rufous). Another was a female/immature type with an all green back and no gorget (probable Allens). And another had a green upper back and a rufous lower back/rump and tail (probable Allens). My sense is there were more than 4 in total, but unless birds have features that separate them from the others, it's pretty much impossible to avoid undercounting. As usual, morning is key for the hummers here since the wind tends to pick up most afternoons.
>
>
>
> Two red-breasted sapsuckers, a juvenile Cooper's Hawk, and a very warm and active spring morning made for a nice visit.
>
>
>
> Ebird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35084001 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35084001>
>
> Good Birding!
>
>
>
> Chris Johnson
>
> San Jose, CA
>
>
>


 

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Date: 3/10/17 11:38 am
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Spring Is Here!
Good morning SBBers!

This morning on my walk around the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, I stopped at a flowering eucalyptus to check out if there were any ‘interesting’ hummingbirds. There were quite a few ANNA’S, but otherwise no luck with that. Tthen I heard some chatter up in the top of the tree that kind of sounded familiar. And there it was, a male HOODED ORIOLE! But wait, another bird was with it. It was a very drab, probably female, WESTERN TANAGER! They then both flew together across the street into a tangle of bushes and trees where I was able to feast my eyes (and ears) on two first-of-season (FOS) birds.

Yes, it is Spring!

Brooke Miller
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Date: 3/10/17 10:18 am
From: <lskessel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] All This Rain, Why are the Ponds Dry?
Hello SBB:


Here is a very informative article from the Santa Clara Valley Water News explaining what is going on with the percolation ponds. I walk these ponds regularly, particularly the Los Capitancillos ponds and the "Oka" ponds by the Los Gatos Creek park. I have seen others post these same questions, so figured some of you may find this interesting as well.


I have been an avid bird watcher for years. Although my schedule doesn't allow me to get out as often as I would like, I do manage to take regular walks and am always interested to see what birds are around. I follow this site obsessively and really appreciate all of the information and beautiful photos. Hopefully I will be able to do more active birding when my life opens up more.


Happy Birding!


Linda Solis


https://valleywaternews.org/2017/02/23/all-this-rain-why-are-the-ponds-dry/ https://valleywaternews.org/2017/02/23/all-this-rain-why-are-the-ponds-dry/


 

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Date: 3/10/17 9:29 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc Ed Levin
Hi All,


This morning I visited the magic tree at Ed Levin and after 20 minutes was able to get on quite a few Selasphorus Hummers. One or two had all rufous backs with nice bright red gorgets (Rufous). Another was a female/immature type with an all green back and no gorget (probable Allens). And another had a green upper back and a rufous lower back/rump and tail (probable Allens). My sense is there were more than 4 in total, but unless birds have features that separate them from the others, it's pretty much impossible to avoid undercounting. As usual, morning is key for the hummers here since the wind tends to pick up most afternoons.


Two red-breasted sapsuckers, a juvenile Cooper's Hawk, and a very warm and active spring morning made for a nice visit.


Ebird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35084001


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 3/10/17 9:18 am
From: Laurie Alaimo <environmom95112...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Mockingbirds!
One has arrived in my neighborhood this morning too. Started its beautiful song at 3:30am. There is an ordinance prohibiting roosters...

Laurie

> On Mar 10, 2017, at 8:02 AM, Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> The first of our mockingbirds has arrived and set up shop in the area and is now happily bellowing its song out in our yard.
>
>
> --
>
> Chuq Von Rospach - http://www.chuqui.com
> Email: <chuqvr...>
> Twitter: @chuq
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>

 

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Date: 3/10/17 8:11 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Mockingbirds!
The first of our mockingbirds has arrived and set up shop in the area and is now happily bellowing its song out in our yard.


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Date: 3/9/17 6:16 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cedar Waxwings bathing frenzy
At my backyard fountain: http://www.pbase.com/image/165098204

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Date: 3/9/17 5:44 pm
From: Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale WPCP and Lockheed Ponds
Hi All
9:30 to 12:30  March 9th, 2017. Took my class to the WPCP and walked down to the ponds north of the large hill. Saw a lot of "usual suspects" until we got to the first power tower next to the trail with tules all around the base. Heard the vocalizations of a MARSH WREN which I had the class listen to very closely until one said 'Is that it?' Which it was. He was very busy flying here and there in his territory and even landed several times on the lower braces of the tower. A real treat for me and the class.
Later we saw GADWALLS, BUFFLEHEADS and EARED GREBES. The wren was still busy when we returned.
Larry Spivak
 

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Date: 3/9/17 4:14 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sanborn Park
Hi Birders,
Today Edward Rooks and I birded Sanborn.

Note:
We initially wanted to do Lake Ranch Reservoir, but there is no access
either off Black Rd or at the end of Sanborn Road. We drove to the end of
Sanborn Rd and the trail was blocked off with a sign saying that you will
be cited if you enter.

So, we went to the main entrance and birded from there, doing a loop:
Parking-San Adreas-Peterson-Sanborn Trails-parking.

The species count was low at 16, but a few notables:
- We saw a male/female pair of pileated woodpeckers. These were in the
creek valley near where Sanborn Trail crosses Aubry Creek.

- A vocal Pacific wren. Vocalizations were far apart in time. I managed to
get one set on my phone. We found the wren at the beginning of the nature
trail
(37°14'05.7"N 122°03'53.1"W)

- A very large number of brown creepers, at least 12 and many creeper
vocalizations. Many were seen around the camping area.

Audio and photos at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35074529

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 3/9/17 12:17 pm
From: Steve Miller <steveemiller1981...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Panoche Valley 3/8
All:
Got a rare day off yesterday (3/8) and went to Panoche Valley.  First stop was San Felipe Rd off CA-152 and immediately located a single CASSIN's KINGBIRD in the northern-most of the 3 eucalyptus trees.
Spent the morning on BLM land since birding Little Panoche Rd is really tough right now with the pavement work and the massive number of trucks going to the solar project staging area.  This was a good idea.  The roads are nice and dry now.  Once at the viewing area, lots of MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS (70 or so all told), 2 SAGE THRASHERS, 200 AMERICAN PIPITS, lots of sparrows.  Drove about 5 miles along road P1.  Stopped at road P12 and found a singing BELL'S SPARROW.  A bit further on (mile 4 or so), 2 CHUKARs crossed the road slowly (not sure why - joke). At mile 5, another BELL'S SPARROW and another SAGE THRASHER.  On the way back I flushed a SHORT-EARED OWL at mile 2 or so and it landed just 30 ft from the road.  Got some video.
Then to Panoche Rd east of New Idria Rd. At the bridge were 2 LAWRENCE's GOLDFINCHES.   2 miles in on the left is a cattle feeding area that had 1000 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS (most I've ever seen there) and a FERRUGINOUS HAWK resting on the ground.  As the road drops down to the creek it gets a bit dryer.  Here I found a single VESPER SPARROW amongst the SAVANNAHs and WHITE-CROWNs and while not a bird but significant none the less were 4 endangered SAN JUAQUIN ANTELOPE-SQUIRRELs. I have not seen these in the valley before and this is the northern limit of their historic range.   At the creek were 3 N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWs and heard a MARSH WREN.
New Idria Rd had a lot of birds:  Of note were 1 PRARIE FALCON, 2 more FERRUGINOUS HAWKS, 70 LONG-BILLED CURLEWs, 40 more MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS, two more LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES, and my FOY WESTERN KINGBIRD at MP 18.54.
Steve MillerRedwood City, CA
 

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Date: 3/8/17 7:39 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SCVAS field trip
Jim Johnson's Coyote Lake Park field trip is always a success and well
attended by the nicest group of birders. We met at the Harvey Bear
entrance on Roop Road where we had the usual nesting YELLOW BILLED
MAGPIES and some common woodland birds. A variety of duck species were
on the small pond and some well camouflaged WILSON'S SNIPE at the shore.
A single WESTERN BLUEBIRD, a close chipping ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER and a
LARK SPARROW were highlights here.

Coyote Lake Reservoir was full but muddy with few birds. We had at least
one each WESTERN and CLARK'S GREBE at our first stop and RUDDY DUCKS
scattered over much of the lake. An adult BALD EAGLE was perched in a
tree on the far side of the reservoir. VIOLET GREEN SWALLOWS were at a
tree cavity and more OCWA were heard. Chattering WHITE THROATED SWIFTS
entered cavities near the dam and NO. ROUGH WINGED SWALLOWS were active.
The elusive CANYON WREN was finally seen and a few WOOD DUCKS and a
SPOTTED SANDPIPER were found by Frank Vanslanger. We watched a large
Bobcat leisurely walking on the trail below the dam. A BAEA was seen
from the road on the way back. As we had our picnic lunch more WEBL
appeared and two RED BREASTED SAPSUCKERS flew into nearby Pepper Trees.
The perfect weather and enjoyable company made up for fewer bird species
seen.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 3/8/17 6:27 pm
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Subject: [SBB] Re: Going to Ojai . . . URL for Birding Listservs for Other U.S. Lo
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Date: 3/8/17 2:57 am
From: Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Shoreline Lake and Ed Levin CP Mar 7
I saw the Hooded Merganser just off the little point on the north side at
about 3pm. But no grackles...

Jim Dehnert

On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 4:48 PM, 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...>
[south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

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>
> The male Hooded Merganser reported yesterday by Bill Bousman near the boat
> docks on Shoreline Lake in Mtn View had moved to the south side of the
> island where I saw it this morning. Best seen from near the gravel boat
> ramp or green gate near the NW the corner of the golf course on the south
> side of the lake. One Great-tailed Grackle was at the café. Later at Ed
> Levin CP the species-conflicted sapsucker was in its usual pepper tree
> despite the dirt lot being a dumping ground for landslide debris. Use Old
> Calaveras Rd. Calaveras is closed.
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> Dave Weber,
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Date: 3/7/17 10:47 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Ed Levin CP
I went to Ed Levin County Park this afternoon, 3/7/17. It's
interesting to compare my observations with Bill's from this morning.
The male selaphorus hummingbird that I saw in the Spring Valley area
looked like a RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD to me, as its back was all orange. I
only saw it once, but a female selaphorus hummingbird made several
appearances while I was there.

There were four GREAT BLUE HERONS around the shore of Sandy Wool Lake.
One kept picking up sticks, but never brought them anywhere. I didn't
look for the nests.

An OSPREY caught a fish very close to the shore of Sandy Wool Lake, so
I got a good picture of that.

There was a wide variety of swallows flying over the lake: TREE
SWALLOW, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and even
a CLIFF SWALLOW (first of year). WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS were mixed in
with the swallows, too.

My photos from today are at the end of this album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157677399710424

They follow the photo of the EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL that I
photographed at Charleston Slough on March 4.

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Date: 3/7/17 7:55 pm
From: Kathryn Parker <jandkparker...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Nesting Dark-eyed Junco & Chickadee
Today I observed a male Dark-eyed Junco gathering nesting material at Los Gatos High School and a Chestnut-backed Chickadee was checking out a birdhouse in my yard that they have used in the past.

Kathy Parker
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Date: 3/7/17 5:27 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin CP
Folks:

I visited Ed Levin CP this morning, 3/7/17. I watched a male ALLEN'S
HUMMINGBIRD at one of the red-flowering eucs in the Spring Valley area.
A female ALLEN'S/RUFOUS was in the same tree and two other individuals
were in other eucs there and near Sandy Wool Lake. Three GREAT BLUE
HERONS were at two nests in the eucs at the dog park, one carefully
working in new sticks in one of last year's nests.

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Date: 3/7/17 4:48 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Lake and Ed Levin CP Mar 7
The male Hooded Merganser reported yesterday by Bill Bousman near the boat
docks on Shoreline Lake in Mtn View had moved to the south side of the
island where I saw it this morning. Best seen from near the gravel boat ramp
or green gate near the NW the corner of the golf course on the south side of
the lake. One Great-tailed Grackle was at the caf. Later at Ed Levin CP the
species-conflicted sapsucker was in its usual pepper tree despite the dirt
lot being a dumping ground for landslide debris. Use Old Calaveras Rd.
Calaveras is closed.



Dave Weber,

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Date: 3/7/17 2:08 pm
From: Nancy Asquith <nancyasquith...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Going to Ojai . . . URL for Birding Listservs for Other U.S. Locations

Hi Susan,
You can find birding listservs for other parts of the U.S. at: 
The Birding Lists Digest


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If the above link does not appear in usable form on the listserv, go to digest-DOT-sialia-DOT-com.
And, of course, ebird-DOT-org will help you locate hotspots and record what you find there. 
Good birding all, Nancy


 

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Date: 3/7/17 1:07 pm
From: <susan...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Going to Ojai
Hi All,


Does anyone know if there is a similar-to-this forum for people posting bird sitings in or about Ojai? We want to do some hiking in the area where birds are being reported.


Thank you,
Susan
 

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Date: 3/7/17 10:29 am
From: Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cooper's Hawk Drinking At Fountain
8:06am  An adult Cooper's Hawk came down for a drink.  There is a pair in the neighborhood.  Los Gatos, CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds
 

 

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Date: 3/6/17 10:04 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Park
Folks:

I walked in Shoreline Park this morning, 3/6/17. A 20-minute rain
squall entitled me to a latte in the Lakeside Cafe. As the sun came out
again I enjoyed two pairs of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES looking
unsuccessfully for handouts. Not far from the sailing dock, the
continuing male HOODED MERGANSER outclassed the remaining goldeneyes and
Surf Scoters.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 3/6/17 3:45 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Blue-winged Teal in Alviso
I think all recent reports of Blue-winged Teal in Alviso at the EEC have
been for one bird. This early afternoon, Mar 6, there were five males and
(based on bill, plumage, and who liked who) three females. They were all in
the slough at the floating dock. It looked like two of the males were loners
and the others already paired. It was very low tide.



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Date: 3/6/17 8:44 am
From: jan hintermeister <jan.hintermeister...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Bald Eagle at Grant Ranch
Yesterday morning I was at Grant Ranch around 10:30 to check on my heron
colony for the SFBBO Colonial Waterbird study. Weird weather with
alternating light rain, blue skies and hail in rapid succession. No
nesting herons, but at the Quimby intersection I had an adult COOPER'S HAWK
on the wires; it caught a small mammal in the nearby meadow. At Grant
Lake, an adult BALD EAGLE over the lake later joined Turkey Vultures and a
Red-tailed Hawk circling over Hall's Valley. Out in the open water, a
SAY'S PHOEBE hunted from remnants of a woody shrub now under water.

Jan Hintermeister
Santa Clara

 

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Date: 3/5/17 8:17 pm
From: Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Correction To Rufous Hummingbird Los Gatos
Forgot the .com
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Date: 3/5/17 8:09 pm
From: Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Rufous Hummingbird Los Gatos
3/5/17  Video.  Finally got a male Rufous Hummingbird here.  Also two Female-type Selasphorus Hummingbirds.
www.flickr/photos/karensbirds
 

 

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Date: 3/5/17 1:45 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin Park Birding
All:

On 3/5/17 I went (via the Old Calaveras Road detour) to bird Ed Levin
County Park. In spite of a number of fast-moving drizzle events (even some
hail), it was an enjoyable outing; it was birdy. I recorded at least 47
species, which included 2 male and 2 female selasphorus Hummingbirds, probably
Allen's. The 2 males were seen right at the ranch road-end on the east side
of the golf course, and the 2 females were seen at the usual eucs down
below the Sandy Wool Lake.

One thing that surprised me was my seventh Merlin sighting of this year!
Another thing was on my second camera-only photo, the hummer was about one
foot from her perch, and the camera had stopped her wing motion wide open.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 3/5/17 1:21 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley, 3/4/17
Thanks for the post Rob. 
All,Disappointing to hear the lack of ethics and consciousness by birding photographers especially when it comes to sensitive species. This has been an issue in the past and the reason I am reluctant to post sensitive species finds. 
Just FYI to people flushing birds for photos. This is considered take! 
Please think of the birds first before your photographs. 
I know many photographers in the area follow strict ethics but those that don't please educate yourself and think about how you are impacting wildlife instead of getting that full frame photo.
Good birding,Ryan Phillips

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On Sat, Mar 4, 2017 at 9:04 PM, Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds]<south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:  

Today the Intermediate Birding class from the Palo Alto Adult School birded Coyote Valley.  It was birdy, but like others we also noted a lack of shrikes and Ferruginous Hawks.  On the other hand, love was in the air, with copulating Red-shouldered Hawks and American Kestrels, and breeding display flights of Red-tailed Hawks and White-tailed Kites.
We started at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, with our trip highlighted by 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and 2 ROCK WRENS.  
On Laguna Ave, the continuing 2 BURROWING OWLS were easy to see.  We did our best to keep our distance and avoid flushing the birds.  However, some photographers were not so careful.  But we had a productive conversation to inform them of the need to avoid disturbing the birds.  We had a pair of GOLDEN EAGLES soaring above us here as well.  (Unlike the 2 singletons at the OSP).
From the parking lot of the Gavilan College extension site (off of Bailey Ave west of Santa Teresa Blvd, across from IBM), we enjoyed the pond that hosted 2 HOODED MERGANSERS and 1 COMMON GALLINULE, among other ducks.
Happy birding,Rob Furrow

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Date: 3/4/17 9:04 pm
From: Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley, 3/4/17
Today the Intermediate Birding class from the Palo Alto Adult School birded
Coyote Valley. It was birdy, but like others we also noted a lack of
shrikes and Ferruginous Hawks. On the other hand, love was in the air,
with copulating Red-shouldered Hawks and American Kestrels, and breeding
display flights of Red-tailed Hawks and White-tailed Kites.

We started at Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve, with our trip highlighted
by 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, and 2 ROCK WRENS.

On Laguna Ave, the continuing 2 BURROWING OWLS were easy to see. We did
our best to keep our distance and avoid flushing the birds. However, some
photographers were not so careful. But we had a productive conversation to
inform them of the need to avoid disturbing the birds. We had a pair of
GOLDEN EAGLES soaring above us here as well. (Unlike the 2 singletons at
the OSP).

From the parking lot of the Gavilan College extension site (off of Bailey
Ave west of Santa Teresa Blvd, across from IBM), we enjoyed the pond that
hosted 2 HOODED MERGANSERS and 1 COMMON GALLINULE, among other ducks.

Happy birding,
Rob Furrow

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Date: 3/4/17 8:42 pm
From: Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black Rail in Alviso - 3/4/17
All,

Today 3/4/17, Richard Jeffers, Mike Mammoser, and I searched Alviso for Snowy Plovers. Despite finding 90 of them on Pond A12 and in New Chicago Marsh last month, we failed to find any today. Water levels were perhaps even higher than last month and the birds have presumably moved to drier areas for breeding. We did still have at least 6 SANDERLINGS in the northwestern portion of Pond A12. A BLACK RAIL was giving its "kee kee do" vocalization just across the levee from this location at 9:25am and the adult male hybrid BARROW'S x COMMON GOLDENEYE continued nearby along the southern edge of Pond A11.

Other birds of note seen today included:
HORNED GREBE - 2 on A11 and 2 on A14
BLUE-WINGED TEAL - pair in Mallard Slough near boat launch
GADWALL - 1 leucistic bird that was mostly white with an orange bill, paired with a male on Pond A16
EURASIAN WIGEON - 2 males seen during a quick scan of southern A9
PEREGRINE FALCON - singles on the Caspian Tern decoy island on A16, over the EEC entrance road, and on the A12/A13 levee
MERLIN - one in the town of Alviso and later perched in nearby New Chicago Marsh east of the RR tracks

Mike Rogers
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Date: 3/4/17 6:17 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] A Report On Charleston Road Marsh
I'm optimistic that if the plantings grow in well, the quality of habitat will be significantly improved.  I don't know if the birding will be improved, since you're set back further from the marsh (except for the decks and bridges).

If you’re curious about the project, here’s some info:

The city page on the project. The council review link has a map with the proposed work and plantings: https://mountainview.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=2522869&GUID=C5F402C7-EC1A-4AD6-BB1F-DCF0F79B1736

The SF Chronicle did a piece on it: http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Google-aims-to-build-bridges-with-wetlands-project-9198686.php

There are people unhappy with the project (but there are people unhappy with everything), but it should be noted the project got official support by Santa Clara Valley Audubon, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, Committee for Green Foothills and other advocacy groups.




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Date: 3/4/17 5:32 pm
From: Bob H <Bobhirt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Red-naped Sapsucker; Almaden Lake Park
The wintering Red-naped Sapsucker was still in his favorite Pepper tree near the Pavilion. I suspect it won't remain much longer this season. Also, in the same grove but closer to the parking lot were two Red-breasted Sapsuckers. This location is at the far south end of Winfield and there is free parking on the street to save you the $6 parking charge for the Winfield lot.

On the lake were a male and two female Common Mergansers. The island on the lake suffered from the storm and now from over-crowding by nesting herons and egrets.

Good Birding. Join an SCVAS Birdathon by registering online at www.scvas.org and click on birding.


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Date: 3/4/17 12:05 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Guadalupe River trail 3-04-17
Recent storms have devastated the riparian habitat along the Guadalupe
River trail north of Blossom Hill Road. Despite the downed trees and
debris piles I found the usual birds. CLIFF SWALLOWS, at least 7, were
inspecting nests under the freeway overpass. NO. ROUGH WINGED SWALLOWS
numbers have increased but WHITE THROATED SWIFTS 15, were down from my
last visit. Only COOTS and CANADA GEESE were on the pond at Chynoweth. A
WESTERN BLUEBIRD pair and CEDAR WAXWINGS were seen at the north end of
the pond. A MERLIN was eating prey from a perch. Unusual were 8 COMMON
RAVENS soaring together. I heard LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and saw two. An
immature BALD EAGLE flew towards me, then landed on the ground where I
found him sitting beside a pond along Sanchez Drive until he took off
towards the north.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 3/4/17 11:09 am
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Birding La Rinconada Park in Los Gatos
Hi All -

I did the Los Gatos Birdwatcher Saturday morning bird walk today over at La Rinconada Park in Los Gatos. We were there from 8 - 10 am. The woodpeckers were out in force; foraging, drumming, chipping and calling. We had several RED-SHAFTED NORTHERN FLICKERS both male & female throughout our walk. We also had a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER and a female DOWNY WOODPECKER. NUTTAL’S and ACORN WOODPECKERS were also here.

We had great views of a pair of obliging SPOTTED TOWHEES and also had CALIFORNIA TOWHEES. While there were no crown sparrows, but we did have one FOX SPARROW and DARK-EYED JUNCOS along the trail.

We had fantastic views of a HERMIT THRUSH eating along the creek and found a 2nd HERMIT farther up stream before we left. We also had WESTERN BLUEBiRDS and AMERICAN ROBINS.

The smallest of birds included both a HUTTON’S VIREO & a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET. While the CEDAR WAXWING’S could be heard above in numbers, we only spotted one BUSHTIT. We heard BEWICK’S WREN singing all morning and found a pair gathering nesting material. OAK TITMICE were “singing” all morning.

A pair of CALIFORNIA SCRUB JAY’S were also gathering nesting material.

We had a fly over RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and COOPER’S HAWK.

They have cleared out the ground cover along the creek and made brush piles on the side of the trail. I hope they leave the brush piles alone until after the breeding season. They looked like great places for some birds to nest.

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Date: 3/4/17 8:26 am
From: Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin Park
Good morning birders,

Just a note that yesterday I birded ed levin from noon till 2:30. At sandy wool lake I had lots of CORMORANTS, RUDDY DUCKS and one lone AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN.

I had a chance to speak with a park maintenance person and we were talking about the GREAT BLUE HERON nesting at the dog park... I had the opportunity to view the nest and take pictures of the male bringing twigs to the female. We know that herons bring twigs to the nest twice during nesting time. First time it to bond and chose a mate, mating begins (twig transfer ceremony) and the second time the male will bring twigs to the female is when chicks are born. I did not hear peeps or see any shells under the nest. Since I bird ed Levin almost weekly I will keep an eye on this one nest.

On another note, my partner lives at the base of Ed Levin and he had a male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at his feeder this morning.

Wishing you a great birding weekend.

Linda sullivan
Los Gatos
UPDATE on the Vasona colony. we have one pair nesting with the female incubating. I believe that the Vasona colony got a late start in starting to nest this year. During the last storm we lost three trees and one is still leaning inside the grove. My fear is that it will take out the nest being use this year.




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Date: 3/3/17 8:22 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley: Lesser Yellowlegs, Owl box removed
All,

I followed up on Ryan Phillips' report from 3/1 and found a LESSER YELLOWLEGS among 13 GREATER YELLOWLEGS in the channel near the Gavilan College extension on Bailey Ave. This is the same general area where the Canada Geese hang out (although there were only 2 there today). Also, I saw that the owl box on the north/east side of Laguna Ave. has been removed. I'm wondering if anyone knows why it was taken down. There was a Barn Owl using it as recently as 3 weeks ago.

It was a rather strange afternoon in Coyote Valley. Many of the 'regulars' were nowhere to be found. I did not see a single Turkey Vulture, White-tailed Kite, Yellow-billed Magpie, Say's Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron or Savannah Sparrow. Actually, no sparrows of any kind. The only raptors were a pair of Red-tailed Hawks and a Northern Harrier. Making up for this was the presence of a BURROWING OWL on Laguna Ave., WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS flying above the Bailey overpass, 2 TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS near the flooded fields on Bailey/Santa Teresa, and a ROCK WREN in the OSP parking lot.

Later in the day I stopped by the Stile Ranch Trail entrance to Santa Teresa Park and found 2 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS and 2 RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS in the coyote brush along the trail.

Good birding everyone,

David Nickerson
San Jose

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Date: 3/3/17 6:45 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin Park 3/3
I spent some time exploring out beyond Milpitas at Ed Levin Park and along Marsh road today. Please note that Calaveras is closed between Evans (the bottom of the hill) and Downing, evidently due to rain damage, and they’re routing you through a detour on old Calaveras for now. My visit started around 12:30 for a couple of hours.

Spring Valley was pretty quiet, with some scaup on the pond, some double crested cormorants sunning themselves and a block of red-winged blackbirds bellowing. okay, not so quiet, but not a lot of birding diversity.

Marsh road was equally not terribly birdy either, but I did see some magpies, two kestrels, and three bluebird pairs at the stream near the end of the road, and four more in the trees near Felter.

Sandy Wool had a lot of birds in it, including some more scaups, one eared grebe, a bunch of cormorants, some northern shovelers, Ruddy Ducks, mallards and a good number of Buffleheads (which seems different for this place, but likely the increased water depth). Most notable was in the parking lot that overlooks the lake from above on the south, where there’s a downed tree into the lake (sigh) but the tree next to it was hosting a few more bluebirds, a say’s phoebe, two black phoebes, and 20-25 tree swallows, all in a loose flock with some hunting the water and some exploring nesting areas (and occasionally arguing about them). Also along the road out I ran into a largish flock of about 15 Yellow Rumps, some now in breeding colors foraging on the fence, which also seemed to have two “other” birds I never got a good look at.

I did think of hauling out the camera for the swallows, then decided to just enjoy watching them….



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Date: 3/3/17 3:56 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] A Report On Charleston Road Marsh
On Fri, 3 Mar 2017, Adam Winer <awiner...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:

> On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 11:49 AM <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <
> <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> All:
>>
>> At about 8 AM on 3/3/17, I decided to visit Charleston Road Marsh since I
>> haven't been there is quite a while. I started at the eastern end
>> sump-pump (near Charleston Rd and Shorebird Way) and did a clockwise loop
>> west to Shoreline Blvd and back. It was fairly birdy with many sparrows
>> and both goldfinches, but quiet. An exception was a close Fox Sparrow who
>> did a long whisper-song, in contrast to the joyful outburst I usually hear
>> at Glacier Point. I think, time-wise, we are very close to the spring-sing.
>>
>> I had not heard that the marsh was undergoing an extensive, and
>> not-yet-quite-finished, renovation. The trail has been completely redone
>> into a sandy path, with a relatively open area between it and the reeds.
>
> ... an open area yes, but with quite a lot of young plantings (natives as
> best I can tell).
>
> I'm optimistic that if the plantings grow in well, the quality of habitat
> will be significantly improved. I don't know if the birding will be
> improved, since you're set back further from the marsh (except for the
> decks and bridges).
>
> -- Adam Winer

Coincidentally, I visited yesterday for my first time since the work
began. A lot of good vegetation (including various exotic conifers
and hedges and pretty much all berry-bearing shrubs) has been removed,
and the species variety and birding experience was not as good as it
once was. The open area is also a problem, but it mainly affects (for
now) the southeast quadrant, and the new plantings may help. One
concern I have is whether the two new bridges across the marsh will
lessen the attractiveness of the area to some birds (impeding their
motion along the marsh, for example).

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Date: 3/3/17 2:56 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Eurasian green-winged teal @ Charleston Slough
2 PM, in the mud flat just past the little island, a male Eurasian teal was
standing in a group of shovelers. Same one that's been around for months?

John Harshman
San Jose

 

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Date: 3/3/17 2:45 pm
From: Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Wanderings in Alviso
Hi All
Just a few things - a GREAT BLUE HERON along the road into the EEC seemed unusual as did the MERLIN perched on the boardwalk, and the BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON foraging just below the EEC. Then went over to gaze out at Arzino Ranch from the furthest corner of the Jubilee parking lot where, almost to the far fence there were 3 BURROWING OWLS in my scope. Thanks for the tip.
Larry Spivak
 

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Date: 3/3/17 2:04 pm
From: <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Lake and Charleston Slough 03-03-17
Folks,
I did a quick circuit of Shoreline Lake and Charleston Slough during lunch. Highlights were a male HOODED MERGANSER on the small dock on the west side of the lake. Later, an adult BALD EAGLE passed overhead at an altitude of less than 50 feet! Earlier it had made a wide circle over the slough and Flood Control Basin. Way in the distance, on the Byxbee Park hillside, I spotted the SNOW GOOSE coming in for a landing among a flock of CANADA GEESE. It is now looking much like a full adult, with very little of the gray smudging it had earlier in the season.
Matthew DodderMountain View
 

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Date: 3/3/17 11:53 am
From: Adam Winer <awiner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] A Report On Charleston Road Marsh
On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 11:49 AM <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <
<south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> All:
>
> At about 8 AM on 3/3/17, I decided to visit Charleston Road Marsh since I
> haven't been there is quite a while. I started at the eastern end
> sump-pump (near Charleston Rd and Shorebird Way) and did a clockwise loop
> west to Shoreline Blvd and back. It was fairly birdy with many sparrows
> and both goldfinches, but quiet. An exception was a close Fox Sparrow who
> did a long whisper-song, in contrast to the joyful outburst I usually hear
> at Glacier Point. I think, time-wise, we are very close to the spring-sing.
>
> I had not heard that the marsh was undergoing an extensive, and
> not-yet-quite-finished, renovation. The trail has been completely redone
> into a sandy path, with a relatively open area between it and the reeds.
>

... an open area yes, but with quite a lot of young plantings (natives as
best I can tell).

I'm optimistic that if the plantings grow in well, the quality of habitat
will be significantly improved. I don't know if the birding will be
improved, since you're set back further from the marsh (except for the
decks and bridges).

-- Adam Winer

There are now 2 new observation decks and 2 new metal bridges across the
> marsh.
>
> Frank Vanslager
>
>
>

 

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Date: 3/3/17 11:49 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] A Report On Charleston Road Marsh
All:

At about 8 AM on 3/3/17, I decided to visit Charleston Road Marsh since I
haven't been there is quite a while. I started at the eastern end
sump-pump (near Charleston Rd and Shorebird Way) and did a clockwise loop west to
Shoreline Blvd and back. It was fairly birdy with many sparrows and both
goldfinches, but quiet. An exception was a close Fox Sparrow who did a long
whisper-song, in contrast to the joyful outburst I usually hear at Glacier
Point. I think, time-wise, we are very close to the spring-sing.

I had not heard that the marsh was undergoing an extensive, and
not-yet-quite-finished, renovation. The trail has been completely redone into a
sandy path, with a relatively open area between it and the reeds. There are
now 2 new observation decks and 2 new metal bridges across the marsh.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 3/2/17 6:58 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Spring is here, spring is here…
well, a couple of early indicators, at least. One is that we’ve had robins in the front yard this week, which generally happens as they move from wintering to summering grounds. Once the wave is through, we’ll have a few, but not dozens (and in winter, they’re mostly MIA here).

And today I saw a chickadee wrestling with a huge hunk of shedded fur from one of the local feral cats, clearly looking to use it in a nest. And the local Oak Titmouse has stopped calling as reliably as had been for a mate, so it looks like he found one.


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Date: 3/2/17 3:04 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Continuing Eurasian Wigeon and Borrowing Owls
All,
Happy to see that all enjoyed my first ever Subject typo, had some clever responses.  Best guess as to why the Ponds are drying up at Los Gatos Greek Park is that silt from the creek would destroy the ability of the ponds to percolate. 
Take care,
Bob Reiling
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Sent: Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:05:43 PM
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Eurasian Wigeon and Borrowing Owls

 
All,
At about 8:45 this morning (3/2) I had five BURROWING OWLS in what was Arzino Ranch, a bit northeast of the Jubilee Christian Center, later the adult male EURASIAN WIGEON  was still in Salt Pond A16 but some distance North of island number 15 (seen near the posts in the water on which Cormorants often perch). I also had at least one adult male NORTHERN PINTAILED in the pond and a solo AMERICAN PIPIT on the southern dike for the pond.  I then went to Los Gatos Creek Park (North of Lark Ave) where the best bird seen was a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW.
 
I have to say that with massive amounts of water being released into Los Gatos Creek that I don't understand why all of the settling ponds downstream of Lark Ave (we like to call then Oka Ponds) are either already dry or are being allowed to go dry (even those ponds recently retrofitted).  There might be a reason but it just seems like bad management of our water resources to me (management needs to get out in the field once in a while).  In any case don't bother to go birding there for however long they decide to mess-up the ponds (and the creek)
Take care,
Bob Reiling.




 

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Date: 3/2/17 12:19 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Eurasian Wigeon and Borrowing Owls
All,
At about 8:45 this morning (3/2) I had five BURROWING OWLS in what was Arzino Ranch, a bit northeast of the Jubilee Christian Center, later the adult male EURASIAN WIGEON  was still in Salt Pond A16 but some distance North of island number 15 (seen near the posts in the water on which Cormorants often perch). I also had at least one adult male NORTHERN PINTAILED in the pond and a solo AMERICAN PIPIT on the southern dike for the pond.  I then went to Los Gatos Creek Park (North of Lark Ave) where the best bird seen was a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW.
 
I have to say that with massive amounts of water being released into Los Gatos Creek that I don't understand why all of the settling ponds downstream of Lark Ave (we like to call then Oka Ponds) are either already dry or are being allowed to go dry (even those ponds recently retrofitted).  There might be a reason but it just seems like bad management of our water resources to me (management needs to get out in the field once in a while).  In any case don't bother to go birding there for however long they decide to mess-up the ponds (and the creek)
Take care,
Bob Reiling.


 

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Date: 3/2/17 11:30 am
From: 'Ann H.' <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sora, BUOW and more - March 1 at Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant
13 people enjoyed the beautiful weather on the First Wed bird walk with SCVAS, led by Allen Royer and Linda Johnson.
Highlights included:
Sora:  we heard it calling from the reeds in the channel by the eucalyptus trees, along the path from the pkg lot out to the bay.  We got the "Sora Trifecta:"  1) heard it, 2) saw it (came out into the open for great views), 3) saw it fly!  (flew from 1 side of the channel to the other, just below us where it was no longer visible)
Winter birds:  we had Say's Phoebe, 3 American Pipets, 2 Western Meadowlarks
Common Yellowthroat:  a male gave us great looks, in the same channel as the Sora
BURROWING OWL!  thanks Frank and Ryan.We walked up to where Ryan's crew had mowed the grass down, and sure enough, found Frank's burrowing owl peeping up from its burrow.  It was sticking out its head enough to see its eyes and sometimes its beak.  We engaged several passersby to look at the owl through our scopes...   they were surprised to see it, and to learn that it's active in the daytime.
Western Bluebird:  Linda and I had one sitting on a road sign on Borregas access road from Caribbean.  !!
View the full ebird checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34916952
Good birding!Ann Hepenstal
 

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Date: 3/1/17 6:04 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden Lake nesting birds 3-01-17
The Almaden Lake bird sanctuary island was full of egrets and herons
this morning. The bare tree that supported so many nests the last few
years blew down in a storm, making it more crowded that ever. I counted
51 BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERONS on the south side with more likely hidden
in foliage. A GREAT BLUE HERON was at a large nest with a possible mate
nearby. One GREEN HERON was seen at the waters edge. WESTERN BLUEBIRDS,
TREE and VIOLET GREEN SWALLOWS were competing for hanging nest boxes. A
BUSHTIT pair chose an unfortunate place to start a nest low in a shrub
near the Bocce Ball court. Two PIED BILLED GREBE pair and seven COMMON
MERGANSER'S were on the lake. The RED NAPED SAPSUCKER continues to feed
at Pepper tree sap. I picked out two MYRTLES YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER after
hearing their louder, low chip call.

This afternoon I found four CHIPPING SPARROWS in the Redwood grove in TJ
Martin Park. It was unusual to see them perched high in a tree. A
NORTHERN FLICKER pair and WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were also here.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 3/1/17 4:38 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] 3/1 Coyote Valley (Laguna, Coyote OSP)
To add to Chuq's report we had 2 Burrowing Owls on Laguna Ave directly on the road. Probably pushed there from the flooded fields. 
Also of note was a LESSER YELLOWLEGS mixed in with  8 Greater Yellowlegs at the west corner of Bailey Ave and Santa Teresa Blvd in the flooded area.
Ryan Phillips  

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On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 4:10 PM, Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds]<south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:  

Spent a bit of time today down in Coyote Valley, starting on West Laguna, where I ran into Ryan Phillips and his posse surveying the nonexistent (this trip) tricolor blackbirds. Notable birds included a full adult Bald Eagle in gorgeous soar mode over the hills, probably one from Calero as it ultimately wandered back that way, and a nice White-Tailed Kite. Other birds included Yellow-billed Magpies, Red-winged and Brewers blackbirds, Western Meadowlarks, red-tailed hawks (including one masquerading as a Ferruginous, which was evidently on coffee break, as was the @#$@#$ burrowing owl again), turkey vultures and a kestrel. Fascinating to see the vernal ponds that we used to call pastures out in the area, which were unfortunately empty of shorebirds. 
I then went to Coyote OSP, where it was even quieter, the notable bird being (no kidding) house finches, because the equestrian lot was under repair and generating a fair bit of noise. But is sure was a beautiful day out there, but you can still see the results of the recent rains: the road in to the OSP is heavily potholed but passable, just drive slowly and carefully. 


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Date: 3/1/17 4:22 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] 3/1 Coyote Valley (Laguna, Coyote OSP)
Spent a bit of time today down in Coyote Valley, starting on West Laguna, where I ran into Ryan Phillips and his posse surveying the nonexistent (this trip) tricolor blackbirds. Notable birds included a full adult Bald Eagle in gorgeous soar mode over the hills, probably one from Calero as it ultimately wandered back that way, and a nice White-Tailed Kite. Other birds included Yellow-billed Magpies, Red-winged and Brewers blackbirds, Western Meadowlarks, red-tailed hawks (including one masquerading as a Ferruginous, which was evidently on coffee break, as was the @#$@#$ burrowing owl again), turkey vultures and a kestrel. Fascinating to see the vernal ponds that we used to call pastures out in the area, which were unfortunately empty of shorebirds.

I then went to Coyote OSP, where it was even quieter, the notable bird being (no kidding) house finches, because the equestrian lot was under repair and generating a fair bit of noise. But is sure was a beautiful day out there, but you can still see the results of the recent rains: the road in to the OSP is heavily potholed but passable, just drive slowly and carefully.



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Date: 3/1/17 1:53 pm
From: Laurie Alaimo <environmom95112...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Bald Eagle
Adult Bald Eagle soaring over Highway 101 in Palo Alto, circling around towards Mountain View.

Laurie Alaimo
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Date: 2/28/17 6:07 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago, Pond A16
Folks:

The male EURASIAN WIGEON continued in the southeast part of Pond A16
this morning, 2/28/17. I saw it from the northeast levee. A mostly
leucistic female GADWALL continued off the observation platform. I
counted 4 male and 6 female RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. Winter birds are
fewer than on a visit two weeks ago, some may have moved to nearby
flooded areas.

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Date: 2/28/17 12:04 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Stanford campus
At Frenchman's Park on the Stanford campus this morning, I found a
PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, the earliest one I've seen in the county:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165042301

Also a female NORTHERN FLICKER, Red-shafted:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165042300

--
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Date: 2/28/17 12:04 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - January Results
Happy New Year, South Bay Birders!

We started off 2017 with 162 birds seen on January 1, and a total of 206 birds for the month of January. The average for January 1st is 153, and the average for the month of January is 199. Thank you to everyone who birded, and took the time to report birds either on SBB, eBird, or send emails directly to me.

Of the 206 birds that were recorded for January, there was 1 bird rated as rarity (6) and 11 birds rated as rarity (5). As a reminder, here is what each rarity code means:

**Rarity Codes:
1 = common, always seen in habitat in season.
2 = fairly common, usually in habitat in season, but missed sometimes.
3 = uncommon, always around, but sometimes you can't find.
4 = rare, occurs yearly in the county, but not always in same places.
5 = very rare, does not occur every year.
6 = casual or vagrant, generally fewer than 10 records.


January’s Rarity Code 6:

1. Mountain Bluebird. Several birds were found and photographed at the Sierra Road Summit on 15-January by Daniel Bump.


January’s Rarity Code 5’s:

1. A Tundra Swan was found at Ogier Ponds on 15-January by Mike Rogers;
2. A Pacific Loon was found at Los Capitancillos Ponds on 15-January by Ann Verdi and Mike Rogers;
3. A Red Phalarope was found at Don Edwards NWR in Alviso on 1-January by Mike Mammoser and Mike Rogers;
4. A Red-naped Sapsucker continued at Almaden Lake on 2-January, and was seen by Bob Reiling, Frank Vanslager, and Brooke Miller;
5. A Hammond’s Flycatcher, first found at Los Lagos Golf Course by Frank Vanslager during the San Jose CBC, was re-found on 1-January;
6. A Gray Flycatcher, at Sunnyvale Baylands Park on 1-January, continued from late 2016;
7. A Townsend’s Solitaire was found in Los Gatos by Garrett Lau on 21-January;
8. A Northern Waterthrush was found at Ulistac Park in Santa Clara by Richard Jeffers on 10-January;
9. A Palm Warbler was seen on 13-January at the Palo Alto Flood Control Basin by Will Brooks and Jason Vassallo;
10. A Swamp Sparrow was seen on 11-January at the Palo Alto Baylands across from the airport runway by Cynthia Berg and Mike Mammoser; and
11. Karen Burnson saw a Summer Tanager in her backyard in Los Gatos on 17-January.


My monthly reports are made up of eBird sightings, postings on SBB, and direct emails. You can find all the monthly cumulative lists on the SCVAS website at:
http://www.scvas.org/page.php?page_id=6612&name=Birding_Resources#lists <http://www.scvas.org/page.php?page_id=6612&name=Birding_Resources#lists>

Please post all your sightings to <south-bay-birds...> <mailto:<south-bay-birds...> and/or www.eBird.org <http://www.ebird.org/> .

Please contact me if you find errors or omissions, or have questions or comments.

Brooke Miller
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Date: 2/27/17 6:34 pm
From: Rita Colwell <colwell.rita...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Rufous Hummingbird
This evening we had an adult male Rufous at the feeder at our house in Los Altos Hills, close to Ravensbury and Magdalena.
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Date: 2/27/17 6:09 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
Folks:

At the Palo Alto estuary mouth this morning, 2/27/17, I saw two
RIDGWAY'S RAILS on the Byxbee shore, one chasing the other, and doing
some yelling. Not sure what that was about. Five WHIMBRELS were
probably the best shorebirds. An adult PEREGRINE FALCON was coursing
through, keeping everyone on their toes.

An adult GREEN HERON was in the Mountain View Forebay entrance channel
upstream of the culvert at the end of Terminal Boulevard. A male HOODED
MERGANSER was in the middle of Shoreline Lake. There were 2460+ WESTERN
SANDPIPERS in Charleston Slough on the flood tide. I managed to find
about 12 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS mixed in with them.

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Date: 2/27/17 3:59 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant Birding
Hello Frank and all,The weed whacking in the area is the work of us at Talon Ecological Research Group that are collaborating with the City of Sunnyvale and researchers.
The goal of the project is to encourage breeding at this site as owls have not nested here in many years. They winter but they leave due to unsuitable habitat (grass getting too tall). 
This is the first pair to form in a long-time at this site. With that said, I highly encourage anyone going to observe or photograph these owls to please please stay on the gravel path. We would hate to see these owls abandon this site due to disturbance. 
Thanks for understanding. 
Ryan PhillipsTalon Ecological Research Group

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On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 12:28 PM, <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds]<south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:  

All: Starting at about 8 at the Sunnyvale WPCP it was a very nice day for pre-spring birding, but I have no real rarities to report.  Up the hill to the west there were lots of Violet-green Swallows flying above, around, and below me.  Then half-way along that trail someone had weed-whacked a very large "C" on the north-facing slope.  The Burrowing Owl pair that I had reported earlier were standing just above the weed-whacking, looking down on their "C". At the western edge of that hill, a large flock of seemingly-all Tree Swallows flew above, around, and below me.  Later there were two (probably) Northern Rough-winged Swallows that flew by me, low, close, and slow, into the wind.  In the marsh to the west there was a sleeping male and 3 female Hooded Mergansers, but the marsh and the ponds seemed to be almost empty of ducks. The only year-bird that I recorded were some Brown-headed Cowbirds; there was a flock of males perched in a tree near pond A4, which was also not very ducky. Frank Vanslager

 

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Date: 2/27/17 12:28 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant Birding
All:

Starting at about 8 at the Sunnyvale WPCP it was a very nice day for
pre-spring birding, but I have no real rarities to report. Up the hill to the
west there were lots of Violet-green Swallows flying above, around, and
below me. Then half-way along that trail someone had weed-whacked a very large
"C" on the north-facing slope. The Burrowing Owl pair that I had reported
earlier were standing just above the weed-whacking, looking down on their
"C".

At the western edge of that hill, a large flock of seemingly-all Tree
Swallows flew above, around, and below me. Later there were two (probably)
Northern Rough-winged Swallows that flew by me, low, close, and slow, into the
wind. In the marsh to the west there was a sleeping male and 3 female
Hooded Mergansers, but the marsh and the ponds seemed to be almost empty of
ducks. The only year-bird that I recorded were some Brown-headed Cowbirds;
there was a flock of males perched in a tree near pond A4, which was also not
very ducky.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 2/27/17 10:09 am
From: Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Leucistic Bald Eagle Vasona
2/27/2017  7:30am  The Leucistic Bald Eagle previously seen at Ogier Ponds (Rottenborn) and San Felipe Lake (Shearwater) was eating a fish on the mud banks at Vasona Lake County Park.  I saw it from the red pedrestrian bridge.  It then flew low over the water towards the dam at the north end of the lake.   www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds
 

 

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Date: 2/26/17 8:36 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Selaphorus Hummingbirds at Ed Levin Park
On second thought, the one with the green back might be the female again.

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 2/26/17 8:27 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Selaphorus Hummingbirds at Ed Levin Park
I went to the Spring Valley group picnic area to look for the
previously-reported male Rufous Hummingbird this afternoon, February 26. I
found it, but not before I found two other selaphorus hummingbirds. One was
a male with a green back, which I am assuming is an Allen's Hummingbird.
The other was a female, whose species cannot be determined. I have distant
photos of all three of them here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157677269404104

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 2/26/17 2:05 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso A16 (02-25-17)
Folks,

I made a midday dash to the Alviso EEC yesterday on my way home from a class field trip. As I arrived, an adult BALD EAGLE flew over the New Chicago Marsh and salt pond A16 before continuing north. It managed to completely flush all the Shorebirds and Gulls I had hoped to scan through... After some time, they settled down again I got great looks at a nice variety of Gulls. Nothing unexpected, but huge numbers of HERRING GULLS, a very nice group of THAYER'S GULLS, GLAUCOUS-WINGED, WESTERN, CALIFORNIA and RING-BILLED GULLS.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34796775

Matthew Dodder
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Date: 2/26/17 2:03 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] recent birds
2-23 Fortini Rd. I heard and saw the BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER at the Stile
Ranch trail head.
Calero Reservoir; I spotted an adult BALD EAGLE perched towards the back
of Cherry Cove. App. twenty aechmophorus grebes were at each end of the
reservoir and dozens of TREE SWALLOWS were feeding over the reservoir. A
SORA called from the north side. A WHITE TAILED KITE brought nest
material to treetop near Calero Co. Park parking lot. A RED BREASTED
SAPSUCKER was seen at Henwood and Harry Road.

2-25 COMMON MERGANSER pair was seen in Alamitos Creek across the street
from Graystone Park. WHITE TAILED KITE was unusual for this location. A
RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER with extensive red was seen from Graystone Park.
A RED SHOULDERED HAWK pair perched near new nest south of Camden along
Alamitos Creek trail. A BUSHTIT was removing bits of lichen from a
branch, so I followed it to its nest, then found a second nest a few
yards away. A bright male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD with a completely orange
back was feeding at a flowering RED GUM tree along Royalwood. A quiet
PURPLE FINCH pair was found near the Camden bridge. As I crossed the
bridge on the way back to my car an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD flew to a
complete and feathered nest a few feet from the bridge!

2-26 I found a RED TAILED HAWK on a deep nest along McKean Road across
from the stock pond. A large flock of BAND TAILED PIGEONS was seen here
and more along Casa Loma Road. Another RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER was seen
near the start of Casa Loma Rd. A WHITE THROATED SPARROW was feeding on
the ground with GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROWS at the Longwall trailhead in
Canada Del Oro. A vocal DOWNY WOODPECKER pair seen over rushing Uvas
creek. Only two WILD TURKEY seen today. They seem to be absent from
former locations. I heard my first spring ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER'S trill
before reaching Baldy Ryan Creek. TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, WESTERN BLUEBIRD
pair, WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH and singing HUTTON'S VIREO were also here.
Five YELLOW BILLED MAGPIES were found on Uvas Rd. One was at a nest and
a nearby RED TAILED HAWK was on another nest. Old Oak Glen Road had a
HAIRY WOODPECKER pair. I flushed two chirping immature BALD EAGLES
perched in the trees here. Five AM. WHITE PELICANS were sporting horns
on their bill.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 2/26/17 6:53 am
From: Daniel Bump <bump...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Baird's Sandpiper, Feb 20, Radio Road

I wrote:

> We posted a couple of photos (with Western Sandpiper) in
> the ebird checklist:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34806177

Thanks to everyone who corrected me about this identification.
I have corrected the checklist on ebird.

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Date: 2/25/17 11:23 pm
From: Daniel Bump <bump...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Baird's Sandpiper, Feb 20, Radio Road

Last Monday, February 20, we saw about 4 Baird's Sandpipers
in the pond at Radio Road.

I see from the bar graphs at ebird that Baird's Sandpiper
is rare in the spring so this would be an unusual sighting.
In fact the bar chart for San Mateo County shows this species
only in the fall.

We posted a couple of photos (with Western Sandpiper) in
the ebird checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34806177

As you can see from the photos, this is a black-legged
Calidris sandpiper similar in shape to the Westerns
it is with but much larger. I don't see any alternative
to Baird's Sandpiper.

The photos only show one bird but I believe there were four.

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Date: 2/25/17 7:53 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Bittern at Shoreline at Mountain View
This morning (February 25), an American Bittern showed up at the "bittern
channel" at the end of Terminal Blvd. in Mountain View. This was the first
time I've seen it since last March. It swam across the channel, and then
stood in the open, near the northern end of the channel. Then it moved into
the reeds where it was partially obscured and camouflaged. A short while
later, it stepped out into the open again. I have two photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/33118562645/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/33118562365/in/photostream/

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 2/25/17 5:39 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero Red-shouldereds mating
I was at Arastadero from 10 to 12 this morning: cold, clear, beautiful!
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS starred. I saw a pair of them mating in a tree on the
east ridgeline above Arastradero Creek just past the lake. With
characteristic avian efficiency, they finished the business part of the
transaction before I could get the camera on them, but they did hang around
for afterglow photos.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165024658

Earlier, I caught a RSHA flying by near the road, I believe from a
different pair:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165024731

There was lots of early spring activity, singing and courting. A WESTERN
MEADOWLARK was singing from a fallen tree up the west slope, when three
EUROPEAN STARLINGS flew in and surrounded him:
http://www.pbase.com/image/165024657

After taking in the situation, he flew off.
--
Tom Grey
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Date: 2/24/17 7:15 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] San Antonio Valley
Folks:

Today, 2/24/17, I saw 10+ LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES feeding on chamise at
the first summit on Mines Road south of the Alameda County line. A bit
south of the second summit, I saw a single Lawrence's with House
Finches. From the junction south on San Antonio Valley Road to the
dogleg, I counted four LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 2/24/17 12:04 pm
From: Bob Bolles <bolles...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Blue-winged Teal & Ring-necked Pheasant in/near Emily Renzel Wetlands
All ...

This morning I saw a Blue-winged Teal in the Emily Renzel Wetlands
and a Ring-necked Pheasant on one of the old concrete anchors in the
marsh area on the way from there to Palo Alto's Water Treatment Plant,
along the gravel road/trail.

My eBird checklist is at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34766875

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Date: 2/23/17 6:57 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Stanford -- Eurasian Green-winged Teal, and tanager confusion, 2/22
Since I live on the Stanford campus, I could take advantage of this
morning's good light without much driving by tracking Rob Furrow. Went
first to the Sweet Hall area; lots of birds the trees but I couldn't turn
up any tanagers.

Then on to Lake Lag, and what a treat to see it full of water and teeming
with ducks after all these dry years! Most of them Mallards, but also RUDDY
DUCKS, BUFFLEHEADS, and a single female COMMON GOLDENEYE. No Green-winged
Teal, vertically or horizontally striped, was in sight, but a pair of
HOODED MERGANSERS, which I've never seen there before, were a real treat:
http://www.pbase.com/image/165016818

The two photos following that one at http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/latest are
of birds not report-worthy, but the very lake-ish-ness of how they looked
there made me think back to the summer of 1955 when I spent a few days with
a school friend whose parents had rented a house near "Lake Pond" and the
two of us made a made a raft and paddled around in those same waters, now
so rarely present.

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 9:11 AM, Robert Furrow <robertfurrow...>
[south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> At Lake Lag on Stanford's campus this morning (7:30am, 2/22) there was a
> single Green-winged Teal (among the many other ducks). As I got close
> enough to make out more than just shape, I realized that it was a classic
> male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, with a white horizontal stripe, on the
> flanks, no vertical white stripe, and a paler brown head with stronger
> white offsetting the green face patch. I took a lousy photo through my
> binoculars: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34644112
>
>
> As I returned to Sweet Hall, I heard a tanager calling again. However,
> this bird proved to be a WESTERN TANAGER, and I tracked it down and watched
> it call repeatedly. Comparing today's audio recording with my previous
> audio recording, I think I also recorded a Western Tanager yesterday, even
> though the bird I saw was a clear Summer Tanager. So there are multiple
> tanagers around Sweet Hall at Stanford!
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34644803
>
> Happy birding,
> Rob Furrow
>
> --
> Robert Furrow
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>
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Date: 2/23/17 5:03 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Regarding my Crittenden Marsh post
Hi Birders,
It has come to my attention that Crittenden Marsh is not a "SBB"- formal
designation.

So, in my last post, where I used Crittenden Marsh, I meant Pond A2E.

Sorry about the confusion.
-Dave Zittin
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Date: 2/23/17 3:37 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Crittenden Marsh
Hi Birders,
Two of us walked Crittenden Marsh today starting at the Kite Parking lot.

Some notables:
- Large numbers of readhead ducks (87) in Crittenden, many near duck blind
#6. Males were brilliant in the bright sun.
- In the SW corner of the Stevens Creek Study area we ran into a mix of
marble godwits, long-billed curlews and whimbrels resting on water's edge.
We counted at least 24 long-billed curlews and 6 whimbrels.
- Greater scaups (4)
- Eurasian wigeon (1)

Details at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34741879

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 2/23/17 1:48 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Lark Sparrows and Allen's Hummingbird
All,
This morning (2/23) a flock of 50+ LARK SPARROWS continued along Marsh Road at the bottom of the hill and a male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD was at the end of the road near the gate.  Sierra Rd was very slow (no goodies).
Take care,
Bob Reiling 




 

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