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5/24/17 4:04 pm Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re:Wood Duck? Yes + 9
5/24/17 3:37 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sandy Wool Lake
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5/24/17 8:43 am <stevjohnso...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] possible Bittern at Ulistac (Santa Clara)
5/24/17 7:10 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Orioles and Mockingbirds
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5/23/17 9:33 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Owls at Henry Coe
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5/22/17 7:30 pm <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Unknown bird - audio file
5/22/17 6:27 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso
5/22/17 12:52 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden Valley birds 5-22-17
5/22/17 12:10 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Poorwill at Quicksilver
5/21/17 3:45 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stevens Creek Park Red-shouldered nest, pics
5/21/17 11:09 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc Sightings
5/20/17 12:44 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Hicks Road 5-20-17
5/20/17 12:30 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero birds
5/20/17 11:39 am David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cuesta park round II
5/19/17 4:01 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Yellow-breasted Chat Alamitos Creek trail
5/19/17 3:24 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cuesta Park
5/19/17 2:31 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Red-breasted Nuthatch in upper Sanborn-Skyline County Park
5/19/17 2:02 pm Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Counters STILL needed! Palo Alto Summer Bird Count, June 3
5/19/17 10:27 am Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Yellow-breasted Chat Alamitos Creek trail
5/18/17 12:39 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] European Goldfinch Along Alamitos Creek Trail
5/18/17 10:34 am Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ogier Ponds nighthawk
5/17/17 9:06 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden Lake, Alamitos Creek trail 5-17-17
5/17/17 3:24 pm <lbechtler...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Bald eagle over Sunnyvale
5/17/17 12:47 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Repeat Birding at Steven's Creek Park
5/16/17 9:23 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Spring on the campus
5/16/17 8:20 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] San Antonio Valley
5/16/17 4:13 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Spring on the campus
5/16/17 10:05 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc Ulistac
5/16/17 9:34 am <maliadances...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] PASBC - Palo Alto Summer Bird Count June 3 - looking for counters
5/15/17 1:20 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] RSHA Family at Steven's Creek Park
5/15/17 1:00 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] RSHA Family at Steven's Creek Park
5/14/17 5:35 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Creek trail 5-14-17
5/14/17 8:26 am Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cuesta Park Cassin's Vireo
5/13/17 6:08 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac
5/13/17 5:43 pm <chavtur...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Band Tailed Pigeons
5/13/17 4:47 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alamitos Creek trail south 5-13-17
5/13/17 4:34 pm David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] For sale: new copy of 100 Best Birdwatching Sites in Southeast Asia
5/11/17 6:39 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lesser goldfinch fledglings
5/11/17 12:20 pm Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Hermit Warbler - Cuesta Park, Mtn View 5/11
5/10/17 3:22 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SCVAS field trip 5-10-17
5/10/17 8:28 am Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Chukar at Oak Meadow Park
5/9/17 8:15 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Milpitas Bald Eagles Harassed
5/9/17 5:21 pm <craigow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Milpitas Bald Eagles Harassed
5/9/17 1:50 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Correction Shoreline Lake and Environs
5/9/17 11:49 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Lake and Environs
5/8/17 5:03 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - April Results
5/8/17 2:00 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - March Results
5/8/17 12:59 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing Glaucous Gull, Redheads and FOS Cassin's Vireo
5/7/17 10:13 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Smith Creek Addendum
5/7/17 5:28 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Guadalupe Oak Grove Park
5/7/17 5:27 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Bald Eagle nest at elementary school
5/7/17 4:38 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Redheads and Glaucous Gull May 7
5/7/17 1:55 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc Sightings
5/7/17 1:12 pm Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Belated summary of Varied Twitchers Big Day - 4/29/17
5/7/17 12:04 pm 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Picchetti Ranch OSP
5/7/17 8:12 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Del Puerto Canyon (PAAS field trip) 05-06-17
5/6/17 5:19 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] South County news, pics
5/6/17 4:22 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Smith Creek
5/5/17 9:40 pm <wendlermarilyn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Nesting Western Kingbirds at Stevens Creek Park
5/5/17 5:35 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Bald Eagle, Arastradero Preserve
5/5/17 7:05 am Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sandhill Cranes, Willow Glen - San Jose, 5 May 2017
5/4/17 9:17 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] 37th Palo Alto Summer Bird Count
5/4/17 5:24 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc at Ulistac
5/4/17 3:58 pm Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Ferruginous Hawk
5/4/17 1:58 pm Bob Bolles <bolles...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] LAGO and CAKI Continue at San Felipe Road as of 8:45AM today
5/4/17 7:09 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Northern Waterthrush Ulistac
5/3/17 6:13 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ruddy Turnstone Alviso May 3
5/3/17 1:30 pm <craige66...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ferruginous Hawk
5/3/17 12:39 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] LAGO and CAKI Continue at San Felipe Road
5/3/17 6:12 am Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto Summer Bird Count, June 3
5/2/17 11:21 pm <maholyoak...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] A migrant-rich morning on San Antonio Valley Road
5/2/17 4:27 pm Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero today, May 2
5/2/17 3:47 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Gilroy Water Treatment Facility
5/2/17 3:13 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Gilroy Water Treatment Facility
5/1/17 10:53 pm wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] The Piratical Flycatchers 4/24/17 - Birdathon essay
5/1/17 10:27 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunday Birdathon, pics
5/1/17 6:30 pm Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso Snowy Plover survey - 4/30/17
5/1/17 5:05 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] two Juvenile Bald Eagles at Lexington
5/1/17 4:28 pm Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Yellow-breasted Chat - Llagas Creek 5/1
5/1/17 12:58 pm <sperez...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sanborn Park- Pileated Woodpecker
5/1/17 10:43 am Romain Kang <romain...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Green Heron nest, Bay Trail, Mountain View
4/30/17 4:38 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sanbord and Stevens Creek Co. Park
4/30/17 4:04 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso Glaucous and Redhead Apr 30
4/30/17 2:09 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Solitary Sandpiper at Thompson Creek 4-30-17
4/29/17 11:14 pm Amy Yee <amyrandallyee...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Two first-of-season birds
4/29/17 10:00 pm Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SCVWD
4/29/17 9:50 pm Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] South Santa Clara County birding
4/29/17 9:33 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] EEC vicinity
4/29/17 6:38 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] California Quail in Los Gatos center
4/29/17 4:23 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin birds, dips
4/29/17 3:50 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black-chinned Hummingbird and Lark Sparrow nest 4-29-17
4/29/17 3:10 pm <sunshravan...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso White-faced Ibis
4/28/17 4:55 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] CORRECTION Re: Pac-slope persists
4/28/17 4:49 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pac-slope persists
4/28/17 4:28 pm <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alum Rock Park
4/28/17 3:37 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Purple Martin, Olive-sided Flycatcher & Glaucous Gull
4/28/17 2:45 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Pond A16, and breached A17
4/28/17 2:17 pm <lbechtler...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Lake: Cackling Goose and interesting Green Heron behavior
4/27/17 6:51 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lazuli Bunting pics, Rancho San Antonio
4/27/17 6:34 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Recent birds
4/27/17 12:28 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] European Goldfinch 4-27-17
 
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Date: 5/27/17 12:06 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Common Loon (continuing)
Folks:

This morning, 5/27/17, I saw the continuing 1st-summer COMMON LOON in
the 5th of the Los Capitancillos percolation ponds west of Almaden
Expressway (2nd pond east of Meridian). It spent most of its time
diving. A lone female-plumaged COMMON MERGANSER and an adult GREEN
HERON were nearby.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 5/27/17 12:05 pm
From: 'Ann H.' <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Hooded Orioles, Los Altos
I'm enjoying regular visits from the Hooded Orioles on my hummingbird feeder.
30 seconds ago I had beautiful views of the male.Daily we have visits from an immature male and a female type, leading me to think I have "teenager orioles" coming.
I just refilled the feeder this morning--they definitely prefer fresh nectar and a full feeder!  And, they only use the hummingbird feeder.  I had bought an "oriole feeder" for nectar, but I have to put it out for the hummingbirds who have been bullied off their feeder by the orioles.;-)
Good birding!AnnSouth Los Altos
 

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Date: 5/26/17 5:21 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin CP
Folks:

This morning, 5/26/17, I walked in Ed Levin CP. I took the Tularcitos
and Aguacaliente trails as far as Monument Road. Short of that
intersection I found two GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS in areas with
teasels/thistles, one was singing. Coming back to Sandy Wool Lake, I
saw an adult BALD EAGLE over the lake and it then flew north. As it
neared the first windsock, an adult Red-tailed Hawk started to dive on
it. Eventually the eagle left and a Red-winged Blackbird started
attacking the Red-tail, landing and pecking on its back. So it goes.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 5/25/17 4:28 pm
From: Daniel Bump <bump...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Black Rail? (Audio)

I wrote:

> Here is some audio from Byxbee Park.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3i1YRFEWt8
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> Is this a Black Rail?

Thanks to all that pointed out that the posted audio
is a Ridgway Rail.

I've often heard Ridgway Rail at the Palo Alto Baylands
but I don't remember hearing this call. But the third
recording here is the same call:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ridgways_Rail/sounds

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Date: 5/25/17 3:15 pm
From: Laurie Alaimo <environmom95112...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Terns in Ogier pond
Not sure what type but there were several in the 1st pond after the red bridge heading South on the Coyote Creek trail.


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Date: 5/25/17 8:07 am
From: Mike Rogers <Michael.M.Rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Black Rail? (Audio)
Daniel,

If you listen to Black Rail calls (e.g. http://www.xeno-canto.org/337386
or http://www.xeno-canto.org/337387) you will hear that their
keek-kee-doo call sounds different from your recording (clearer and
faster). Your kick-kick-kerr call is burrier and is another vocalization
of Ridgway's Rail.

Mike Rogers
Sunnyvale, CA



On 5/24/17 10:57 PM, Daniel Bump <bump...>
[south-bay-birds] wrote:
>
>
> Here is some audio from Byxbee Park.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3i1YRFEWt8
>
> Is this a Black Rail?
>
> This was recorded this evening just before 7 PM. The
> bench where I recorded this is the one a few hundred
> yards down the trail but this call was also heard
> from the parking lot.
>
> (In addition to the "Kee-kee-kee poo" call, you can hear
> a Savannah Sparrow and Ridgway's Rail.)
>
> Daniel Bump
>
>

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Date: 5/24/17 11:03 pm
From: Daniel Bump <bump...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black Rail? (Audio)

Here is some audio from Byxbee Park.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3i1YRFEWt8

Is this a Black Rail?

This was recorded this evening just before 7 PM. The
bench where I recorded this is the one a few hundred
yards down the trail but this call was also heard
from the parking lot.

(In addition to the "Kee-kee-kee poo" call, you can hear
a Savannah Sparrow and Ridgway's Rail.)

Daniel Bump




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Date: 5/24/17 4:44 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] No White-eyed Vireo
All,

I’d like to add that while walking back to my car near Meridian Avenue, from the pond where the Common Loon was, 3 EUROPEAN GOLDFINCHes flew just above me and across the trail/levee, but didn’t stop in any tree along the creek for further viewing.

Good Birding!
Brooke Miller
San Jose


> On May 24, 2017, at 2:27 PM, Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> All,
> This morning four other birders, Brooke Miller, Chris Johnson, Juan Benjumea, Steve Rottenborn and I tried for but failed to re-find the White-eyed Vireo seen and photographed yesterday just north of Hidden Lake Park in Milpitas. Should anyone try for this bird they should be aware that the Folsom Creek Dike is closed and that access to the available habitat is only via the housing unit to the North or involves a long trespass from a point further upstream. There's lots of suitable habitat in and around the housing unit to the North. Later Brook, Frank Vanslager and I had great views of the COMMON LOON in Los Capitancillos Ponds (about the fourth pond West of Almaden Ave). Still later Frank and I saw at least two NUTMEG MANNIKENS along Alamitos Creek upstream of Almaden Lake.
> Take care,
> Bob Reiling
>
>


 

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Date: 5/24/17 4:34 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Re:Wood Duck? Yes + 9
Great photos! Thanks! I was a little uncertain.

Eve

> On May 24, 2017, at 3:59 PM, Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> After reading the post from Eve Meier I went to Los Capitancillos Ponds and in the first pond east of Camden was a female Wood Duck and at least 9 fledglings.
> www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds
>
>

 

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Date: 5/24/17 4:04 pm
From: Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re:Wood Duck? Yes + 9
After reading the post from Eve Meier I went to Los Capitancillos Ponds and in the first pond east of Camden was a female Wood Duck and at least 9 fledglings.
www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds


 

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Date: 5/24/17 3:37 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sandy Wool Lake
Hi Birders,
I was hiking in the Sandy Wool Lake area and ran into a bald eagle who flew
from its perch, circled the lake a couple of times obviously looking down
for fish. After 1-2 circles it would usually land on the opposite side of
the lake from where it started, wait and start the process up again. I was
able to get fairly close and took some photos.

Unfortunately, no fish, at least for the 10 minutes or so I watched the
eagle.

I saw the heron nest in the eucalyptus tree with both herons in the nest.

Photos of the herons and eagle at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37122294

-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 5/24/17 2:27 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] No White-eyed Vireo
All,
This morning four other birders, Brooke Miller, Chris Johnson, Juan Benjumea, Steve Rottenborn and I tried for but failed to re-find the White-eyed Vireo seen and photographed yesterday just north of  Hidden Lake Park in Milpitas.  Should anyone try for this bird they should be aware that the Folsom Creek Dike is closed and that access to the available habitat is only via the housing unit to the North or involves a long trespass from a point further upstream.  There's lots of suitable habitat in and around the housing unit to the North.  Later Brook, Frank Vanslager and I had great views of the COMMON LOON in Los Capitancillos Ponds (about the fourth pond West of Almaden Ave).  Still later Frank and I saw at least two NUTMEG MANNIKENS along Alamitos Creek upstream of Almaden Lake.
Take care,
Bob Reiling    

 

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Date: 5/24/17 2:18 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lawrence's Goldfinch pair 5-24-17
I birded half a mile on the Longwall trail in Rancho Canada Del Oro this
morning. A pair of LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH were together in a Sycamore
clump on the far side of Baldy Ryan Creek. A pair nested in this area
the summer of 2013 when more LAGO were found here. The pair didn't
appear to be nesting and were active but always together. I had a
WESTERN WOOD PEWEE nest and a PURPLE FINCH pair in the same Sycamore
clump. My first male LAZULI BUNTING flew out from low bushes near the
creek where they nest and sang from a tree top. Another male was singing
near the RCDO gate. I had three continuing CASSIN'S VIREO again today.
One at 333 Casa Loma Rd, another off the meadow path and the third
before Baldy Ryan Creek, all heard only. Half a dozen BLACK HEADED
GROSBEAK pair were seen or heard and ten WEWP mostly seen. An ORANGE
CROWNED WARBLER family was seen near the gate and more males heard.
HOUSE WREN and HUTTON'S VIREO were feeding young and two ASH THROATED
FLYCATCHERS were heard only. A BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER pair was near the
RCDO green gate and another before the creek.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 5/24/17 1:17 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Wood duck?
Hi fellow birders!

I was hiking along the trail at Los Capitancillos ponds so I could get a look at the loon. I believe I also saw a wood duck. The duck was in the 2nd pond east of Camden. I didn't have my field guide with me but took these field notes: crested, slight green on top of head, white eye ring, also another white streak down cheek, white mark towards back. The bird was at the very back of the pond with many fledglings. I plan to go back and get another sighting but would love to have some other birders spot the duck as well.

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Date: 5/24/17 8:43 am
From: <stevjohnso...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] possible Bittern at Ulistac (Santa Clara)
This morning I visited Ulistac Natural Area. As I was approaching in the car, a bird flew in and landed in the marsh at the north end. It was egret / bittern sized, with a long neck and long, narrow bill. It was dark, at least not a white bird, and it flew right into the reeds. Too small for a Great Blue Heron, and didn't fly like one. I only saw the final 20-30 feet of its flight, very brief.


After I parked I could not locate it. There did not appear to be any paths around that marsh, and I was not dressed for mud and bugs.


I realize this is an unlikely sighting. Since it was such a brief glimpse, with no field marks, I did not record it in my eBird report. But I want local birders to be aware - look and listen for it. This was in the large expanse of reeds or cattails, at the N end towards Tasman Drive.


Steve Johnson






 

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Date: 5/24/17 7:10 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Orioles and Mockingbirds
Thanks, all. Based on feedback, it sounds like the lack of hoodies is local
not regional. Just strange that the first year in about a decade we haven’t
had them here around the yard. I’m going to blame the mockingbirds (who as
I type are pairing up against another surprised squirrel)



Chuq Von Rospach - http://www.chuqui.com
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Twitter: @chuq
Silicon Valley, California


On May 23, 2017 at 8:18:15 PM, Chuq Von Rospach (<chuqvr...>) wrote:

Quick question — is it a poor year for hooded orioles around the county?

 

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Date: 5/23/17 10:03 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] eBird report of White-eyed Vireo (second hand)
Folks:

There are no previous records.

Bill Bousman
Santa Clara County records compiler



On 5/23/2017 9:46 PM, <kevinagin...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:
>
> A White-eyed Vireo was reported today on eBird (with photo), in Santa
> Clara County.
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37106207
>
>
> Not trying to steal anyone's thunder... but wanted to get the word out
> tonight. Would this be a county first? I don't see any previous
> records from Santa Clara County on the CBRC website.
>
>
> Kevin Gin
>
> San Jose
>
>
>


 

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Date: 5/23/17 9:46 pm
From: Amy Yee <amyrandallyee...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Orioles and Mockingbirds
We have a pair of Hooded Orioles hanging out at our feeders on Willow Glen
Way in San Jose. In fact, I have seen two females at once but only one male
at a time.
Amy Yee, W.G. Way, San Jose

On May 23, 2017 9:29 PM, "Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
[south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Quick question — is it a poor year for hooded orioles around the county?
> I’m seeing few reports here and we haven’t had any visit to our feeder,
> much less the usual nearby nesting. I know one neighbor just reported one
> (evidently a migrant, not sticking around) at their feeder. Are they just
> late? or did we lose the lottery this year?
>
> And our neighborhood mockingbirds have fledglings, because, well, they’ve
> gone into overdrive. We’re seeing them chasing crows multiple times a day,
> and anything that tries to walk along the fences between yards soon learns
> that’s a bad idea; today alone that included two feral cats and a squirrel
> that had the surprise of its life when a pair of mockingbirds landing on it
> screaming and pecking. It’s both amusing as heck and a reminder that when
> I’m out back right now I better wear my hat. Just in case. the next door
> neighbor’s dog has been strafed at least three times just for standing in
> his back yard this week. whee!
>
> chuq
> (santa clara central park area)
>
>
>
> Chuq Von Rospach - http://www.chuqui.com
> Email: <chuqvr...>, <chuqui...>
> Twitter: @chuq
> Silicon Valley, California
>
>
>

 

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Date: 5/23/17 9:46 pm
From: <kevinagin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] eBird report of White-eyed Vireo (second hand)
A White-eyed Vireo was reported today on eBird (with photo), in Santa Clara County.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37106207 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37106207



Not trying to steal anyone's thunder... but wanted to get the word out tonight. Would this be a county first? I don't see any previous records from Santa Clara County on the CBRC website.


Kevin Gin
San Jose


 

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Date: 5/23/17 9:29 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Orioles and Mockingbirds
Quick question — is it a poor year for hooded orioles around the county?
I’m seeing few reports here and we haven’t had any visit to our feeder,
much less the usual nearby nesting. I know one neighbor just reported one
(evidently a migrant, not sticking around) at their feeder. Are they just
late? or did we lose the lottery this year?

And our neighborhood mockingbirds have fledglings, because, well, they’ve
gone into overdrive. We’re seeing them chasing crows multiple times a day,
and anything that tries to walk along the fences between yards soon learns
that’s a bad idea; today alone that included two feral cats and a squirrel
that had the surprise of its life when a pair of mockingbirds landing on it
screaming and pecking. It’s both amusing as heck and a reminder that when
I’m out back right now I better wear my hat. Just in case. the next door
neighbor’s dog has been strafed at least three times just for standing in
his back yard this week. whee!

chuq
(santa clara central park area)



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Email: <chuqvr...>, <chuqui...>
Twitter: @chuq
Silicon Valley, California

 

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Date: 5/23/17 7:56 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lower Saddle, Loma Prieta
Hi Birders,
We went to Loma Prieta today and saw 3 purple martins, not much else
though. We did see 2 noisy ash-throated flycatchers, 2 orange-crowned
warblers and saw or heard a few of the usual cast including a scrub jay, a
few wrentits and a turkey vulture.

Later in the morning we saw the common loon at Capitancillos Pond (2nd
pond east of Meridian) and heard a western wood pewee in the trees next to
Guadalupe Creek not far from the pond with the loon.

-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 5/23/17 6:58 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Need camera advice
I’m happy to offer advice to you (or anyone) on this. In the last few
months I sold the last of my Canon gear and I’m now 100% mirrorless
including my birding gear. It’s finally possible, and that wasn’t true a
year ago and it’s not inexpensive (but neither is good birding gear from
Canon or Nikon).

I’ve just updated my gear page, so you can see what I use here:
https://chuqui.com/2016/09/whats-in-my-camera-bag/

and I wrote about this topic at more length about a 9 months ago when I
started this final transition away from Canon:
https://chuqui.com/2016/07/how-mirrorless-is-now-changing-bird-photography/

(and what the heck, here’s a few shots I took back in March of the Milpitas
eagles, and I need to get out there again before it’s too late…
https://chuqui.com/2017/05/nesting-bald-eagles-in-the-bay-area/ )

Let me know how I can help, but that should get you started…






Chuq Von Rospach - http://www.chuqui.com
Email: <chuqvr...>, <chuqui...>
Twitter: @chuq
Silicon Valley, California


On May 23, 2017 at 4:23:34 PM, David Zittin <dzittin...>
[south-bay-birds] (<south-bay-birds-noreply...>) wrote:

I would like to upgrade my equipment and I am considering a mirrorless
digital for birding. If any of you have insights or experience, good or
bad, please send me email.

 

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Date: 5/23/17 4:23 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Need camera advice
Hi Birders,
I would like to upgrade my equipment and I am considering a mirrorless
digital for birding. If any of you have insights or experience, good or
bad, please send me email.

Thanks,
-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 5/23/17 2:46 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stanford fledgling kites
This morning around 7 a.m. I had a fleeting view of a group of four
WHITE-TAILED KITES flying by my house on the south edge of the Stanford
campus; couldn't tell if there were juvies among them, but guessed there
were, as a pair have been nesting by Lathrop Park, and that's the direction
they were flying. They were loudly giving what Sibley terms their "grating
call." Later I walked up to the park and heard calls by at least two birds
coming from the cypress tree which I had been told housed the (never seen)
nest. My neighbor Richard, a birder who lives right on the park, told me
there were indeed four young birds (the most common size of clutch for the
species) and they had fledged within the last few days.

Eventually, one of the young birds flew out of the tree, and I managed a
distant and out of focus photo:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165514868

Will try for better ones before they disperse.

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

 

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Date: 5/23/17 12:42 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Common Loon at Los Capitancillos Ponds
All,


I've attached one of the images I took of the Loon this morning here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37093392

Seems an obvious Common Loon (see write-up), but corrections always welcome.

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA
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Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:42 AM
To: Steven Tucker; <south-bay-birds...>
Subject: RE: [SBB] Common Loon at Los Capitancillos Ponds



Common Loon still present. Same location/pond.



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Date: 05/22/2017 8:10 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: <south-bay-birds...>
Subject: [SBB] Common Loon at Los Capitancillos Ponds



I looked out my back door this afternoon and was very surprised to see a Common Loon diving in one of the Los Capitancillos Ponds (my house backs up to a couple of the impoundments). Unusual place for this late migrant to drop in, especially considering the clear weather here today. The bird is in the second impoundment east of Meridian Ave.

Other migrants in the area today were a Black-headed Grosbeak checking out my feeder and a Yellow Warbler singing from Guadalupe Creek.



Steve Tucker
San Jose






 

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Date: 5/23/17 9:33 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Owls at Henry Coe
All:

On the way down from Henry Coe at 11:15 PM on 5/22/17 a dark bird flew over
my car and landed on top of a telephone pole. It was intent on something,
giving a back view. I'd screeched to a stop and I could see the bird
facing away from me. After a minute, or so, I got out of the car (with its
engine running and bright lights on) and opened the back hatch of my car to
get my binos. With them I could see the mostly dark brown back, with no
sign of any ears. Finally the bird turned its head for a half minute, or so,
and there was a whitish face showing, with some dark near the yellow
pupils, and no sign of any ears. It was obviously a Short-eared Owl. I tried to
take a picture of the back of the owl, but I didn't remember how, in the
dark, to turn on my camera's flash.

My car was fully blocking the road along a curvy stretch with its doors
wide open. In frustration, I finally left while the owl was still there. A
mile or so further, a bright white Barn Owl flew over, and a Bobcat crossed
the road where normally I see Gray Fox when I'm coming down from some
astronomy..

Frank Vanslager

 

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Date: 5/23/17 7:42 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [SBB] Common Loon at Los Capitancillos Ponds
Common Loon still present. Same location/pond.



Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: "Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Date: 05/22/2017 8:10 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: <south-bay-birds...>
Subject: [SBB] Common Loon at Los Capitancillos Ponds



I looked out my back door this afternoon and was very surprised to see a Common Loon diving in one of the Los Capitancillos Ponds (my house backs up to a couple of the impoundments). Unusual place for this late migrant to drop in, especially considering the clear weather here today. The bird is in the second impoundment east of Meridian Ave.

Other migrants in the area today were a Black-headed Grosbeak checking out my feeder and a Yellow Warbler singing from Guadalupe Creek.



Steve Tucker
San Jose




 

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Date: 5/23/17 5:39 am
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Subject: [SBB] New file uploaded to south-bay-birds

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Date: 5/22/17 8:10 pm
From: Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Common Loon at Los Capitancillos Ponds
I looked out my back door this afternoon and was very surprised to see a Common Loon diving in one of the Los Capitancillos Ponds (my house backs up to a couple of the impoundments). Unusual place for this late migrant to drop in, especially considering the clear weather here today. The bird is in the second impoundment east of Meridian Ave.
Other migrants in the area today were a Black-headed Grosbeak checking out my feeder and a Yellow Warbler singing from Guadalupe Creek.


Steve TuckerSan Jose
 

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Date: 5/22/17 7:30 pm
From: <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Unknown bird - audio file
Hello fellow birders,

Can anyone help me identify this bird call? I recorded it back in January at Almaden Quicksilver County Park.




Thank you!
Eve Meier (San Jose)


 

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Date: 5/22/17 6:27 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso
Folks:

This morning, there were four adult male SNOWY PLOVERS about 50 m. off
the Alviso EEC entrance road. The "flock" of REDHEADS in Pond A16 has
grown to two males and three females.

Bill Bousman
Santa Clara County records compiler


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Date: 5/22/17 12:52 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden Valley birds 5-22-17
The dark sky was filled with twittering VIOLET GREEN SWALLOWS in my
neighborhood early this morning. It seems hard enough to catch insects
on the wing.

I went searching for the Fontana/Martin Park goldfinch before 7 am. A
CAL. THRASHER sand at the top of a Redwood Tree in the Villa's near
Fontana Park. As I drove along Golden Oak Way I heard the harsh song of
a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH and found three before Burchell Dr. Next I did a
loop in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park where the best birds were ASH THROATED
FLYCATCHER and a BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER pair. The Wilson's Warbler and
Lazuli Bunting I had yesterday were not found.

I briefly saw a SWAINSON'S THRUSH near Crossview Court as I walked to
Almaden Lake. YELLOW WARBLER 2, BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK 4, WARBLING VIREO
4 and PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER were mostly heard only. A female COMMON
MERGANSER with 12 precious young were huddled together on the sand bar.
A female NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER fed begging young near the pedestrian
bridge. Two bright male RUDDY DUCKS were on the lake and a CASPIAN TERN
flew past. The GREAT TAILED GRACKLE was still calling and flew to the
eucalyptus trees. A grounded WHITE CROWNED SPARROW with a terrible case
of eye pox was feeding on the east shore. I watched a GREEN HERON with a
stick fly into a willow. A GREAT BLUE HERON carried a stick to their
island nest where an adult was feeding at least one chick. Western
Tanager was not seen or heard, most unusual for this time of year. I
have seen only a few this spring.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley



 

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Date: 5/22/17 12:10 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Poorwill at Quicksilver
Went to Almaden Quicksilver Mine at the end of McAbee in south SJ Sunday evening May 21. When I reached the Senador mines at 8:45 I didn't even have to wait. A Common Poorwill began calling for almost 10 minutes, the most vocal I've heard there. It stopped. While scanning the sky to the east, something dropped straight down. I walked back down the trail and found a poorwill on the trail, my first (reasonable) look at one there.

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
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Date: 5/21/17 3:45 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stevens Creek Park Red-shouldered nest, pics
This morning I took some pictures of activity at the previously reported
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK NEST in the picnic area near the bathrooms at Villa
Maria. There was nothing much to see from about 8:30 to 9:15, with only a
bit of down showing above the edge of the nest; but then the three of them
got active all at once. Shortly thereafter an adult appeared, probably
having brought food, though I didn't see it fly in, so that I missed any
view of prey it might have carried and dropped into the nest.

Here are the three nestlings, still showing some down, but mostly in
juvenal plumage, looking down into the nest, possibly at food.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165501416

Here is one of them exercising its wings.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165501413

Here's the adult alongside one of the nestlings, with another nestling
between them facing into the nest, possibly eating.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165501415

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Date: 5/21/17 11:09 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc Sightings
Hi All,


At the Lower Saddle on Loma Prieta yesterday there was a small push of migrants coming over the ridge from Santa Cruz county and heading north into Santa Clara county. In the time I was there (~60 mins) I observed 2 Hermit Warbler, 8 Townsend's Warbler, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 1 Yellow Warbler, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Lazuli Bunting, 1 Western Tanager, 1 Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird, 2 Olive-sided Flycatcher, and a number of other warblers that weren't seen well enough to identify. Four Purple Martin also showed nicely in that time.


Today at the Castle Rock parking lot was 1 Hermit Warbler (seen singing), 2 Townsend's Warbler (rare here?), 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch (briefly calling), 1 Cassin's Vireo, and 2 Pacific Wren down along Saratoga Gap trail (before the waterfall).


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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37038887


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 5/20/17 12:44 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Hicks Road 5-20-17
I birded along Hicks/Alamitos/New Almaden Road this morning. It was
rather quiet at the start off Camden where only HOUSE WREN, HUTTON'S
VIREO and WARBLING VIREO were heard. Soon I got the first of three
WESTERN WOOD PEWEE. A NO. FLICKER pair were on the road and four pair of
CAL. QUAIL seen. It was birdy at the confluence of Guadalupe and Rincon
Creeks but most birds were heard only here. Many more HOWR, WAVI and
BLACK HEADED GROSBEAKS were heard. I lost a BROWN CREEPER as it flew
into the trees. I had two interacting adult female HAIRY WOODPECKER and
found another female feeding nestlings at the top of a tall snag. As I
gained elevation ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS sang. I walked on the Woods
trail in Sierra Azul until I heard two BLACK THROATED GRAY WARBLERS
giving a contact call. I had a satisfying look at this pair that is most
likely nesting. I didn't continue here because of all the mosquitoes. A
CASSIN'S VIREO was vocalizing along Jacques Ridge.

Noisy leaf blowers cut my Casa Grande visit short, but I spotted ad
adult AM. KESTREL fly to a cavity with prey for begging chicks. EURASIAN
COLLARED DOVES have invaded the property and are most likely breeding. A
single WILD TURKEY crossed the road.

I only mention nests that cannot be disturbed and I hope others will do
the same.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 5/20/17 12:30 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero birds
Yesterday morning (12/19/17) I repeated my regular foray up the Loop Trail
along the Portola Pastures fence to the Felt Lake overlook.

Below along Arastradero Road a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER was singing.

Toward the top, an adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was calling from a eucalyptus
in Portola Pastures; nesting pair, I'm pretty sure, though I haven't
actually seen either a nest or both RSHAs together.

HOUSE WRENS and WESTERN KINGBIRDS still singing, and likely nesting in the
eucs along the ridge. Pic of WEKI high in euc:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165492380


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Date: 5/20/17 11:39 am
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cuesta park round II
Hi Birders,
Two of us spend about 50 minutes looking for the hermit warbler. We may
have seen a warbler high in a conifer, but unfortunately whatever it was
stayed in dense needle growth and never exposed itself for ID.

We looked for, but did not find the western wood pewee that I saw
yesterday, but to our surprise we did see a red-breasted nuthatch long
enough for a positive ID. We first saw it about 100 feet east of the dog
park (the one east of the tennis courts).

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 5/19/17 4:01 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Yellow-breasted Chat Alamitos Creek trail
I arrived at Los Alamitos Creek Trail at about 1:00 pm and had the YELLOW_BREASTED CHAT singing on-and-off for a half hour or so in the exact spot reported by Janna. I then went to check out the island and, upon returning, found Mike Rogers and Natari Madavan along the trail. I showed them the location where I had the chat, and it was soon singing for them as well. This bird really seems like it's setting up a territory here.
Mike Mammoser

On Friday, May 19, 2017 10:27 AM, "Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:


  A YELLOW BREASTED CHAT was vocalizing when I arrived at 5978 Crossview Court at 7:20 this morning. Karen Burson and Ann Verdi arrived and we briefly saw the chat in the willows along the creek south of Almaden Lake. We tried to post to SBB earlier but it didn't go through. I stopped by again at 10 and heard the chat continuing in the area.


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Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 5/19/17 3:24 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cuesta Park
Hi Birders,
I went to Cuesta Park today looking for the hermit warbler. I did 3
circuits on the mound surrounding the dog park and went beyond to other
conifer stands - no luck. I spent about 1hr, 15 min. I did not hear or see
any warblers.

There were lots of other birds being active, oak titmice in pairs,
white-breasted nuthatches also working in pairs. Numerous singing dark-eyed
juncos and a raucous black-headed grosbeak that I heard, but could not
find. Others included house finches, mourning doves and western blue birds.

The surprise bird for me was a small tyrant flycatcher. I saw it on one of
the wood lamp posts on the paved trail just south of the dog park. I
trailed it as it made its way to a few more nearby perches. As I was trying
to get a photo, it let out a couple of descending "peeeyeeer"s kindly
identifying itself as a western wood pewee which is a good thing because it
flew off and I could not find it again. So far my WEWP sightings have been
in hilly to mountainous areas so this was unusual to see one in the
lowlands.

I am on a mission to get that hermit warbler. :-)

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 5/19/17 2:31 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Red-breasted Nuthatch in upper Sanborn-Skyline County Park
All:
This morning from Sanborn-Skyline County Park parking, just south of Castle Rock Parking, I walked a trail on the East side of the hill North, counter clockwise. to the Castle Rock Parking area and then on to where I was parked. Birding was quite slow with only a few of the "usual suspects" seen or heard but as I approached my car at about 9:30 a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was well heard nearby. I then followed the singing bird for over a quarter mile as it fairly quickly (in my experience) move toward the North.
Take care,
Bob Reiling

 

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Date: 5/19/17 2:02 pm
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Counters STILL needed! Palo Alto Summer Bird Count, June 3
Hello birders,
I organize Region 6 of the summer count, and with June 3 only two weeks away, we
need you! We have four teams and only nine people have signed up so far. Spring
birding is wonderful and you'll get a chance to hear and see some of the special
warblers, vireos and flycatchers that migrate through our area. Check your
calendar and join us! See below for a short description.
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On Saturday, June 3, we will be taking an inventory of birds for the 2017 Palo
Alto Breeding Bird Count. Palo Alto is the only group in this area that
organizes both a Christmas Bird Count and a summer count. As before, I am
putting together teams for Region 6, which encompasses the Stanford University
foothills, Foothill College, and portions of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and
Cupertino.


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Date: 5/19/17 10:27 am
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Yellow-breasted Chat Alamitos Creek trail
A YELLOW BREASTED CHAT was vocalizing when I arrived at 5978 Crossview
Court at 7:20 this morning. Karen Burson and Ann Verdi arrived and we
briefly saw the chat in the willows along the creek south of Almaden
Lake. We tried to post to SBB earlier but it didn't go through. I
stopped by again at 10 and heard the chat continuing in the area.


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Janna Pauser
San Jose


 

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Date: 5/18/17 12:39 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] European Goldfinch Along Alamitos Creek Trail
All:

At 9 on 5/18/17 I was trying to find some of the rarities reported by Janna
yesterday. Where the power lines cross the trail near the trail split, a
half-dozen small dark birds flew over me into a nearby tree; they
disappeared before I got them in focus, so I can't claim Scaly-breasted Munia. I
continued 1 or 2 hundred yards up the left (eastern) fork of the trail, where
three walkers asked me about the Questar; I showed them a view of the
half-moon for lack of anything avian. Just as they left, I heard singing in
the top of the Sycamores and, when I swung the scope over, there was a nicely
framed European Goldfinch. He stayed long enough for me to also get some
digi-scoped photos.

I went back all the way to the bridge looking for those little dark birds.
Then I was back at 10:30 to the Sycamores, where this time I saw 3
European Goldfinches having a merry time up there.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 5/18/17 10:34 am
From: Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ogier Ponds nighthawk
This morning (18 May) right at 0600, I was on Highway 101 driving north past the Ogier Ponds when I saw a nighthawk flying over the upland area between the large pond just north of the model airplane park entrance road and 101. Given the distance, brevity of the sighting, and lighting, I couldn't see anything on the bird to indicate what species it was. Probability would suggest a Lesser. The scour and sediment redistribution along Coyote Creek below Anderson Dam that resulted from this winter's flooding has expanded and denuded gravel bars in some locations, and it's possible that such habitat changes might persuade a wayward Lesser Nighthawk to consider nesting. The area between the Coyote Creek Golf Course and Bailey Ave. and areas at the Parkway Lakes have a lot of bare gravel, and it wouldn't surprise me if there are other areas that are potentially inviting to Lesser Nighthawks. This species nested where the Parkway Lakes are currently located (north of Metcalf Road) before those ponds were built, up until the early 1930s - see Bill Bousman's excellent species account in the Santa Clara County Breeding Bird Atlas for more information on this species' historical status as a breeder in the county.

This morning's bird appeared to be foraging, not flying in a direct/fast flight. It might be worth checking the Ogier Ponds or other areas along Coyote Creek between there and the Parkway Lakes at dawn or dusk.

Steve Rottenborn
Morgan Hill, CA



 

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Date: 5/17/17 9:06 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden Lake, Alamitos Creek trail 5-17-17
A male GREAT TAILED GRACKLE was vocalizing from Almaden Lake island at 1
pm today. I saw one fuzzy gray GREAT BLUE HERON nestling, although the
adult could have been hiding another chick. A GREEN HERON flew to the
east side of the lake. CEDAR WAXWINGS were singing from the trees near
the lake and flew off in a loose flock. A female HOODED ORIOLE was on
the nest seen by the Audubon group last week, only her tail visible. The
male HOOR was in the palm above the nest. I followed a pair of WARBLING
VIREOS and was briefly distracted by a BLACK CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD near
Crossview Court.

This evening I birded from Crossview Court south to the end of the
Alamitos Creek trail split. A BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER called and flew
across the trail to perch in the same tree a pair has been observed. At
the start of the trail split I heard a SCALY BREASTED MUNIA call and
found six adults huddled together in an Elderberry. From this location I
heard and saw two vocal EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH. Next I came across a quiet
PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER obviously feeding nestlings in an unseen nest
in brambles below a Blue Oak. An ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER and BLACK
HEADED GROSBEAK were heard only and a HOODED ORIOLE pair seen. The trail
was teaming with clouds of insects and the birds seemed more active this
time of day. A LAZULI BUNTING sang from the chaparral where I turned
north and came across NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER feeding nestlings.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 5/17/17 3:24 pm
From: <lbechtler...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Bald eagle over Sunnyvale
I just saw a Bald Eagle from my office window, in the vicinity of Maude Avenue and Rt. 237. That's the first time I've ever seen one in this general vicinity.

I noticed a small bird harassing a large bird in the distance, and initially thought crow and raven. However, the small bird banked in the sun and I realized that the "small" bird was a red-tailed hawk...meaning the "large" bird must be a LARGE bird. :-) As it flew closer and over my office building, the ID became clear.

I wonder if it is one of the Milpitas pair?

Laurie



 

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Date: 5/17/17 12:47 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Repeat Birding at Steven's Creek Park
All:

By 8 AM on 5/17/17 I was trying to do some repeat sightings at Steven's
Creek County Park. I went even further away from the Red-shouldered Hawk
nest, until I was close to the picnic tables to the east of the restrooms at
Villa Maria. From there I had very good views of all three of the chicks.
They are older than I thought. They are almost totally a mottled dark,
with only the top of their heads as a fluffy light color -- and they are
showing impressive beaks.

The male Black-throated Gray Warbler again briefly perched and sang from
the top of the snag just to the east of the parking lot. Walking back down
the Villa Maria road, I took the trail to the right past the lower
restrooms. At the end of that meadow, right where our trail has been closed off,
there was a singing Wilson's Warbler. He eventually got tired of me
standing there, and flew over to chase me off.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 5/16/17 9:23 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Spring on the campus
Folks:

Tom makes a good point below about Violet-green Swallows being scarce on
the flatlands. One metric is the Palo Alto Summer Bird Count. If you
look just at Regions 1 and 2 (both east of Hwy 101), these are flatland
areas well away from the foothill stronghold of breeding Violet-greens.
Here are the totals for those two regions since 2003:
2003-1, 2004-0, 2005-10, 2006-2, 2007-2, 2008-2, 2009-5, 2010-1,
2011-105, 2012-8, 2013-2, 2014-15, 2015-12, and 2016-17.

Numbers have increased, particularly in the last 3 years (but you have
to ignore the summer of 2011 when rain drove late migrants to low
elevations along the Bay). Mike Rogers and I have both noted the
increases in the number of summer birds in the Shoreline and Moffett
areas. Mike has added at least two new nesting confirmations for blocks
that had no breeding records in the atlas:

6/7/141 NY; end of Embarcadero Way, SCL (MMR); first CO for Block 7545

6/24/141 ad, 1 NY, FY, FS; Bldg 210, NASA Ames, Moffett Field, SCL (MMR)
[Google Maps: 37.414399,-122.056237, first CO for Block 8040.]

These flatland birds are not as common as our Diablo Range birds or
Santa Cruz Mountain birds yet. Why they have moved into these areas is
a good question.

Bill Bousman



On 5/16/2017 4:13 PM, Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds]
wrote:
> Yesterday (5/15/17) I walked around my neighborhood in the back of the
> Stanford campus.
>
> Frenchman's Park was particularly interesting. The wild grass in the
> middle of the park was recently mowed, and a flock, 6-10, VIOLET-GREEN
> SWALLOWS, species new to the area in my experience, moved in to pick
> up fragments of broken oat stalks and carry them off, presumably to
> line nests. I wasn't able to photograph any of them carrying the
> nesting material, but here are male and female birds perched on the
> ground where they were gleaning, and another in flight:
> Male: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475230
> Female: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475229
> Flying: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475994
>
> This would be low altitude for VGSWs to nest, according to our
> Breeding Bird Atlas; they flew off northward across Gerona carrying
> their harvest into the residential part of the campus.
>
> The same stubble was full of insects which attracted regular local
> passerines that appear to be feeding young.
>
> WESTERN BLUEBIRDS:
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475996
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475231
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475233
>
> and AMERICAN ROBINS:
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475991
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475222
>
> I also refound the presumably nesting pair of PACIFIC-SLOPE
> FLYCATCHERS which I have seen in this part for eight years now, and
> since 2/28 of this year; here's the one that gave me a decent look:
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475228
>
> No young WHITE-TAILED KITES have shown up yet from the presumed nest
> (not visible) at Lathrop Park, but the two adults continue to be seen
> nearby; here's one from yesterday
> http://www.pbase.com/image/165475234
>
> --
> Tom Grey
> www.pbase.com/tgrey <http://www.pbase.com/tgrey>
> tgreybirds.com <http://tgreybirds.com>
>


 

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Date: 5/16/17 8:20 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] San Antonio Valley
Hi Birders,
We drove up today looking for Bell's sparrow, Lawrence's goldfinch and we
would even take a road runner if one showed itself. It was cold and windy.

Score on these was zero.

We did, however, see a nesting pair of Lewis' woodpeckers in the same place
I saw them about 3 weeks ago, about a mile south of the Del Puerto Canyon
Road/130 "T" on highway 130.

-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 5/16/17 4:13 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Spring on the campus
Yesterday (5/15/17) I walked around my neighborhood in the back of the
Stanford campus.

Frenchman's Park was particularly interesting. The wild grass in the middle
of the park was recently mowed, and a flock, 6-10, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS,
species new to the area in my experience, moved in to pick up fragments of
broken oat stalks and carry them off, presumably to line nests. I wasn't
able to photograph any of them carrying the nesting material, but here are
male and female birds perched on the ground where they were gleaning, and
another in flight:
Male: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475230
Female: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475229
Flying: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475994

This would be low altitude for VGSWs to nest, according to our Breeding
Bird Atlas; they flew off northward across Gerona carrying their harvest
into the residential part of the campus.

The same stubble was full of insects which attracted regular local
passerines that appear to be feeding young.

WESTERN BLUEBIRDS:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475996
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475231
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475233

and AMERICAN ROBINS:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475991
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475222

I also refound the presumably nesting pair of PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS
which I have seen in this part for eight years now, and since 2/28 of this
year; here's the one that gave me a decent look:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165475228

No young WHITE-TAILED KITES have shown up yet from the presumed nest (not
visible) at Lathrop Park, but the two adults continue to be seen nearby;
here's one from yesterday
http://www.pbase.com/image/165475234

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

 

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Date: 5/16/17 10:05 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc Ulistac
All,


On Saturday morning, the story was Wilson's Warbler at Ulistac, with at least 8 singing throughout the park. Today Western Tanagers were the most numerous migrant, with at least 10 (probably a drastic under count but hard to estimate w/ their rapid movements).


Other migrants included 4 Vaux's Swift, 5 Yellow Warbler, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 2 Warbling Vireo, 2 Swainson's Thrush, and 1 Pac-slope Flycatcher.


Also nice are the continuing Common Gallinules, one in the north pond by Bird Count Station 3 and 1 in the NE pond. I suspect nesting (or attempted nesting) of this species in the north pond, as I've often observed two birds together there in recent weeks. I'm keeping a lookout for chicks.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36906484


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 5/16/17 9:34 am
From: <maliadances...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] PASBC - Palo Alto Summer Bird Count June 3 - looking for counters
PASBC - Palo Alto Summer Bird Count June 3 - looking for counters

Hi Folks,

The 2017 Palo Alto Summer Bird Count will be Saturday, June 3.

I am reaching out to Bay Area birders in the hopes of finding a few more counters. It is a challenging time of year to find birders, as folks get busy with summer plans. The region I organize is entirely in San Mateo county and is mostly along the Skyline Hwy 35 ridge.



1. Upper Windy Hill Lost Trail Gates 2-3
2. Lower Windy Hill - including Sausal Pond - covered

3. Russian Ridge & Rapley Ranch Road
4. Coal Mine Ridge
5. Lower Wunderlich
6. Upper Wunderlich and Thornewood OSP - covered

7. Coal Creek OSP
8. Williams Sisters Ranch - covered


It is a lovely day out birding along the ridge and surrounding slopes. The day ends with a compilation dinner in Menlo Park that you can attend if you like.



Please let me know if you can help count.



Thanks!
Malia DeFelice




 

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Date: 5/15/17 1:20 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] RSHA Family at Steven's Creek Park
On Mon, 15 May 2017, <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:

> All:
>
> On 5/15/17 Pat Kenny, Roland Kenner and I had great scope views of an
> adult Red-shouldered Hawk feeding 3 fuzzy-headed chicks. The best viewing
> angle was from near the restroom of the Villa Maria picnic area at Steven's
> Creek County Park.
>
> We saw at least 43 species. My best memory is of a perched male
> Black-throated Gray Warbler.

When I was there late mid-morning Suncay (May 14), I managed to see at
least one of the Red-shouldered nestlings; I didn't get to see feeding.
Also at Villa Maria was an apparent White-breasted Nuthatch family.
I next checked the Canyon/Cooley picnic areas, already beset by
picnickers. Best bird for me: a singing Cassin's Vireo heard as I
drove by the creek crossing just past the upper end of the reservoir.
I stopped to look for it, but didn't manage to spot it. (Since this
is a breeding locale for the species, I feel safe calling it
Cassin's rather than the more conservative "Solitary".)

Al Eisner


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Date: 5/15/17 1:00 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] RSHA Family at Steven's Creek Park
All:

On 5/15/17 Pat Kenny, Roland Kenner and I had great scope views of an
adult Red-shouldered Hawk feeding 3 fuzzy-headed chicks. The best viewing
angle was from near the restroom of the Villa Maria picnic area at Steven's
Creek County Park.

We saw at least 43 species. My best memory is of a perched male
Black-throated Gray Warbler.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 5/14/17 5:35 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Creek trail 5-14-17
A WOOD DUCK pair at a large broken off limb in a huge Valley Oak could
be nesting along the Coyote Creek trail. There was some water in the
creek but no other WODU were seen. This morning I birded from the
parking lot off Silver Creek Valley Road one mile to the north. CEDAR
WAXWINGS were seen near the start as were NO. ROUGH WINGED SWALLOWS
which nest under the over pass. I had 3 PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER, 4
WARBLING VIREO, 8 WILSON'S WARBLER, 1 ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER, 2 YELLOW
WARBLER, 2 HUTTON'S VIREO, 5 WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH and nesting
STELLER'S JAYS. ASH THROATED FLYCATCHERS and BLACK HEADED GROSBEAKS were
calling from two locations. I watched a WHITE TAILED KITE pass prey to
its mate in flight but failed to find their tree top nest. The huge
stand alone eucalyptus "bird tree" was disappointing with only HOODED
ORIOLES and WESTERN TANAGERS. A calling WESTERN WOOD PEWEE was perched
over the creek and a vocal CASSIN'S VIREO was heard only at the north
end of my walk. I saw one male BLACK CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD and several
BCHU whizzed past. A WILD TURKEY strutted into the parking lot as I
left. The COMMON RAVEN nest on the tower along Hellyer was full of
nestlings and one SAY'S PHOEBE was seen on the fence.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 5/14/17 8:26 am
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cuesta Park Cassin's Vireo
Friday morning (5/12/17) I went to Cuesta Park in Mountain View to see if
the migrant warblers reported the day before by Gena Zolotar were still
there. It was windy, and the only warbler I could find was a heard-only
"Audubon's" Yellow-rumped in the area east of the tennis courts.

Frank Vanslager and Bob Reiling were there, and Bob told me he had heard
and seen a CASSIN'S VIREO in the park annex, and then generously led me
over to where the bird was, on the far western edge. We first heard it
singing, then it made a brief appearance out in the open, when I grabbed
this photo.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165445617

I went back yesterday morning hoping for a better photo of the Cassin's,
but there was no sign of the bird. I did hear a YELLOW WARBLER song coming
from a live oak on the west side of the annex, but couldn't get a sighting.

--
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Date: 5/13/17 6:08 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac
Hi Birders,
Two of us birded Ulistac this morning.
Notable observations:
- High in a eucalyptus tree: 1 Willson's warbler, 1 yellow warbler and a
Hutton's vireo.
- Another yellow warbler heard singing in thick brush, but not seen.
- An estimated 35 cedar waxwings seen in flight
- A single Bullock's oriole male we observed in flight that landed high in
a eucalyptus tree.
- A lesser goldfinch being fed by a parent.

More details at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36816396

-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 5/13/17 5:43 pm
From: <chavtur...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Band Tailed Pigeons
Hi Everyone,

Today, May 13th, I had 4 Band Tailed pigeons in my yard. I have also had 2 Eurasian Collared Doves in the yard. And I have an Oak Titmouse that must have a nest close by. Recently my Chickadee nestlings fledged, and yesterday while I was attempting to fill my feeder a very hungry chick landed on my arm (very briefly) clamoring for his parents to feed him. Also, the Hooded Orioles are coming to the feeders several times a day. Many Lesser Goldfinches coming to the Thistle feeder.

Happy Birding,

Joan Chavtur
Evergreen San Jose
 

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Date: 5/13/17 4:47 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alamitos Creek trail south 5-13-17
I chose to bird a quiet footpathsheltered by the wind this morning. The
path starts at the Camden parking lot and continues along the Alamitos
Creek trail between the paved path and the creek. Some highlights for me
today were YELLOW WARBLERS at three locations, continuing WARBLING
VIREOS, 3 PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHERS and 4 WILSON'S WARBLERS. The
nesting BLACK CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD remained on her nest and a male was
seen nearby. A NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER pair was feeding nestlings in a big
Sycamore tree south of Bret Harte Drive and a WHITE TAILED KITE pair was
at the top of a Valley Oak. CAL. THRASHER and a CAL. QUAIL pair were
seen on the paved trail. RED SHOULDERED HAWK'S were nesting in a tall
fan palm west of Camden. Several SWAINSON'S THRUSH were singing in a
densely wooded area and CEDAR WAXWING flocks were moving north along the
creek. An ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER was seen, a HOODED ORIOLE male was
calling and a single WESTERN TANAGER was heard.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 5/13/17 4:34 pm
From: David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] For sale: new copy of 100 Best Birdwatching Sites in Southeast Asia
hi Birders,

i accidentally bought 2 new copies from Amazon of "The 100 Best Birdwatching Sites in Southeast Asia " by Yong Ding Li and Low Bing Wen , published in 2016. An excellent birdfinding guide to the best sites in 12 countries, lots of wonderful photos and notes on mammals too, great for armchair travellers

You can have it for $20 no tax or shipping, i can bring it to you anywhere anytime in Mountain View or Santa Clara during the week 9-5.



David Diller
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Date: 5/11/17 6:39 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lesser goldfinch fledglings
I just saw three Lesser Goldfinches show up on the wires above my feeders.
One was an adult female, the others are standing there fluttering their
wings and demanding to be fed. We have fledged chicks!




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Date: 5/11/17 12:20 pm
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Hermit Warbler - Cuesta Park, Mtn View 5/11
This morning (5/11/17) around 8:30am I first heard singing and then saw an adult male HERMIT WARBLER foraging in a live oak near the dog run area at Cuesta Park in Mountain View. The approximate location was https://www.google.com/maps/place/37.3716,-122.0807. A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and a WILSON'S WARBLER were in the same area. I saw two other Townsend's Warblers in the park today as well. A WESTERN TANAGER was singing in the park annex.

I have seen several other migrants at Cuesta Park in the past few weeks, including a Wilson's Warbler on 5/3, 2 Wilson's Warblers and a CASSIN'S VIREO on 4/30, and a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER and a Wilson's Warbler on 4/19.

Good birding,
Gena Zolotar
Mountain View

 

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Date: 5/10/17 3:22 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SCVAS field trip 5-10-17
The regulars and a few newcomers met at Almaden Lake today for the
monthly Wednesday Audubon field trip. The trees were alive with CEDAR
WAXWINGS gathering for migration. While viewing the nesting herons and
egrets on the island, two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS in alternate plumage flew
to waters edge near us. With the aid of Franks scope, downy GREAT BLUE
HERON young were visible in their nest located in an Elderberry in the
middle of the island with an adult guarding the nest. I've been watching
the pair here for months but had not seen young. At the pedestrian
bridge we had great looks at interacting WARBLING VIREOS. Swallows and a
few VAUX'S SWIFT were seen. HOODED ORIOLE'S again built a nest on the
west side of the lake near the first bench. While the group searched for
the nest hidden under a palm leaf, a GREEN HERON flew in and perched on
a nearby rock. Next we walked behind the rangers headquarters to view an
active RED SHOULDERED HAWK nest but were disappointed as no adult was at
the nest with the chicks. The Alamitos Creek trail was quiet on the walk
south except for a PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER a few more WAVI and some
common birds. The highlight here was a flock of waxwings drinking at the
waters edge.

Where the tail splits I asked the group to help me look for a Lawrence's
Goldfinch which I had been hearing for weeks. It was singing again today
and spotted high in a Sycamore tree. With the aid of a scope it was
determined to be a singing EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH, a disappointment to me
but a life bird for other delighted birders. Birding was livelier on the
return to the lake with more WAVI, PSFL and a BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK
pair. We scoured the chaparral behind Crossview Court for the singing
LAZULI BUNTING which finally showed itself and was seen by all. I was
distracted here by an ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER we had been hearing. A
singing YELLOW WARBLER was seen with much searching near the lake. A
fabulous bright male WESTERN TANAGER was seen by those who lingered and
a CASPIAN TERN flew over the lake.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 5/10/17 8:28 am
From: Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Chukar at Oak Meadow Park
7:30am Near the Meadowbrook Picnic Area in Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos a CHUKAR was pecking around in the grass. It was alongside the blackberry bushes next to Los Gatos Creek. Still there when I left. Thanks to a Vasona regular for the info. Yesterday at Vasona the female Common Merganser and 9 fledglings were on the bank of Los Gatos Creek near the playground.
www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds


 

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Date: 5/9/17 8:15 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Milpitas Bald Eagles Harassed
Craig,

Good for you on following up on this.

Further, Bald and Golden Eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Act:
https://www.fws.gov/midwest/midwestbird/eaglepermits/bagepa.html <https://www.fws.gov/midwest/midwestbird/eaglepermits/bagepa.html>

Good birding,
Debi

> On May 9, 2017, at 5:21 PM, <craigow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> I learned that late on Sunday afternoon, someone was harassing the Milpitas Bald Eagles with a drone. They were flying it close to the nest, causing the mother to tuck the eaglet under her and duck her head. And when the male took off, the drone followed very closely.
>
>
>
> The Milpitas Police sent an officer but said they could not do anything.
>
>
>
> I spoke to the people at the Don Edwards Environmental Center in Alviso and they put me in contact with one of their law enforcement officers.
>
>
>
> Should you witness this in the future, try to get a photo of the person and their license plate if possible. You can also call the following numbers.
>
>
>
> 1-888-334-2258
>
>
>
> This number is the CalTip number. It is a 24/7 number. You do not need to give your name. You could also send an anonymous tip by texting CALTIP followed by a space and your message to 847411 (tip411). This allows an officer to text bac! k creating an anonymous two-way conversation. It's explained here at their website.
>
>
>
> https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/enforcement/caltip <https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/enforcement/caltip>
>
> Another number you might call is 1-650-876-9078
>
>
>
> This is a number for the US Fish and Wildlife Office
>
>
>
> Craig Ow
>
>
>
>
>

DEBRA SHEARWATER
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Hollister, CA 95024
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Date: 5/9/17 5:21 pm
From: <craigow...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Milpitas Bald Eagles Harassed
I learned that late on Sunday afternoon, someone was harassing the Milpitas Bald Eagles with a drone. They were flying it close to the nest, causing the mother to tuck the eaglet under her and duck her head. And when the male took off, the drone followed very closely.


The Milpitas Police sent an officer but said they could not do anything.


I spoke to the people at the Don Edwards Environmental Center in Alviso and they put me in contact with one of their law enforcement officers.


Should you witness this in the future, try to get a photo of the person and their license plate if possible. You can also call the following numbers.


1-888-334-2258


This number is the CalTip number. It is a 24/7 number. You do not need to give your name. You could also send an anonymous tip by texting CALTIP followed by a space and your message to 847411 (tip411). This allows an officer to text back creating an anonymous two-way conversation. It's explained here at their website.


https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/enforcement/caltip https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/enforcement/caltip



Another number you might call is 1-650-876-9078


This is a number for the US Fish and Wildlife Office


Craig Ow


 

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Date: 5/9/17 1:50 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Correction Shoreline Lake and Environs
All:

That should be 49 species, not 59. sorry.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 5/9/17 11:49 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Lake and Environs
All:

On 5/9/17 from 8 till 10:30 I did a little bit longer loop walk: from the
boating complex clockwise (to the south edge of the Golf course) to the
Charleston Slough pump house. As expected there were not a large number of
birds to be seen. However, I did record 59 species; the extended range of
the Questar certainly helps.

There was getting to be a number of chicks to be seen. Near the pump
house there was a baby Common Gallinule that made me wish I'd carried my
camera. My best sighting was right at the start. I had the Questar on a Prairie
Race Merlin when a crow started to make a pass at him. The Merlin left at
high speed across the length of the lake, with the crow in close pursuit.
I watched them all the way across the lake and beyond. From the length of
the lake and the number of seconds it took, I might make a very rough
guess of 60-70 miles per hour. This reminds me right now to verify my memory
of Christopher Leahy's "The Birdwatcher's Companion" stating "... Peregrine
Falcon ... experimenters ... were unable to confirm a diving speed of over
82 mph." On page 762.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 5/8/17 5:03 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - April Results


Hi South Bay Birders!

We had 19 new birds in April, bringing the total count to 250. We are 7 birds above the average of 243, and are 2 birds below the average of 21 birds for April. We’ve now recorded 62% of the birds in the county.

The new birds for April are, in chronological order, with rarity codes:

1-Apr: Swainson’s Hawk (5), Coyote Valley OSP, Bill Pelletier
2-Apr: Long-tailed Duck (5), Salt Pond A14 Alviso, Mike Mammoser & Mike Rogers
3-Apr: Common Poorwill (3), East Foothills, Bill Pelletier & Kitty O’Neil
4-Apr: Yellow-headed Blackbird (5), Coyote Valley, Dave Nickerson & Gena Zolotar
4-Apr: Ash-throated Flycatcher (2), Henry Coe SP, Bryan Kett
5-Apr: Cassin’s Kingbird (5), San Felipe Rd., Dave Nickerson & Bob Reiling
5-Apr: Red Knot (5), Salt Pond A16 Alviso, Richard Cimino
5-Apr: Yellow Warbler (1), Coyote Valley, Janna Pauser
6-Apr: Hermit Warbler (4), Santa Clara Valley Water District, Michael Martin
7-Apr: Vaux’s Swift (3), Oka Ponds, Jason Vassallo
8-Apr: Lazuli Bunting (2), Santa Teresa CP, Dave Nickerson
9-Apr: Western Wood-Pewee (2), Stanford Univ campus, Pat & Nora Devlin
9-Apr: Plumbeous Vireo (6), Overfelt Gardens, Richard Jeffers & Mike Mammoser
15-Apr: Solitary Sandpiper (5), Santa Clara Valley Water District, Janna Pauser et al
16-Apr: Olive-sided Flycatcher (3), Santa Cruz Mtns, Julie & Amir Avnit
21-Apr: Black-chinned Hummingbird (4), Los Gatos Crk Trl Meridian Ave., Bill Bousman
25-Apr: Calliope Hummingbird (5), Loma Prieta upper saddle, Dave Nickerson
27-Apr: MacGillivray’s Warbler (4), Los Alamitos Crk Trl Graystone Ln to Camden, Steve Miller
29-Apr: Swainson’s Thrush (2), Monte Bello OSP, Dave Nickerson

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: 5/8/17 2:00 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - March Results
Hi South Bay Birders!

Two late entries for January, a Kumlien’s Iceland Gull at Sobrato High School in Morgan Hill (Steve Rottenborn) on 7 January, and a Black Rail at the Palo Alto Baylands (Steve Miller and Kathryn Parker) on 12 January, increases January’s total from 207 to 209. Also, two stragglers for February, a Lesser Yellowlegs at Salt Pond A12 in Alviso (Alex Rinkert) on 14 February, and a Wilson’s Warbler on the same date at Santa Clara University (Katie Grimm), increases February’s total from 4 to 6, increasing the February’s total to 215.

We had 16 new birds in March, bringing the total count to 231. We are 10 birds above the average of 221, and are 3 birds above the average of 13 birds for March.

The new birds for March are, in chronological order, with rarity codes:

3-Mar: Bullock’s Oriole (1), Santa Cruz Mountains, the Avnits
3-Mar: Black Skimmer (4), Charleston Slough, Phil Ball
4-Mar: Cliff Swallow (1), Guadalupe Creek Trail, Janna Pauser
10-Mar: Caspian Tern (2), Don Edwards NWR, Marilyn Etherington
10-Mar: Black-headed Grosbeak (1), South County, Jean Myers
11-Mar: Warbling Vireo (2), Rancho Canada del Oro OSP, Guadalupe Creek Trail, and Don Edwards NWR, Amy McDonald, Janna Pauser, Brian Steger
12-Mar: Grasshopper Sparrow (4), Ed Levin County Park, Brian Steger
12-Mar: Cattle Egret (5), Don Edwards NWR, Dave Nickerson
15-Mar: Western Kingbird (2), Coyote Lake County Park, Angela Conry
17-Mar: Costa’s Hummingbird (5), Mountain View, David Diller
19-Mar: Purple Martin (4), Hicks/Alamitos Rds, Ann Verdi
21-Mar: Red-necked Phalarope (2), Lake Lagunita, Becca Nelson
23-Mar: Cassin’s Vireo (2), Stevens Creek County Park, Dave Nickerson
28-Mar: Ruddy Turnstone (5), San Francisquito Creek Mouth, Jasen Liu
29-Mar: American Dipper (4), Los Gatos Creek Trail Saratoga, Janna Pauser

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: 5/8/17 12:59 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Glaucous Gull, Redheads and FOS Cassin's Vireo
All,
This morning (5/8) the only notable bird in Ulistac was a well seen, singing CASSIN'S VIREO.  Later the essentially all white GLAUCOUS GULL was initially on the western edge of island #15 in Salt Pond A16 but then swam over to the eastern edge of island #14 while I was scanning the pond for the Redheads.  Later as I was leaving I spotted the pair of REDHEADS (M & F) resting on island #17.  Unfortunately the only thing seen on the rocks on Sierra Road were Ground Squirrels and a solo WESTERN MEADOWLARK.
Take care,
Bob Reilng.



 

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Date: 5/7/17 10:13 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Smith Creek Addendum
Folks:

I forgot to mention that on my 5/6/17 visit to Smith Creek, the biggest
surprise for me was the sighting of a WESTERN GRAY SQUIRREL along the
creek, my first in the Diablo Range. The western gray is our only
native squirrel. Our two other squirrels are both introductions from
the east, the eastern gray and the eastern fox squirrel. In the county,
the eastern gray is mostly found in urban areas. whereas the eastern fox
squirrel, although less common than the eastern gray, has a much wider
distribution (it is widespread, but rare in the Diablo Range).
Generally speaking the eastern gray is readily identified by the brown
on its legs and its head. Western grays are usually completely gray and
have bushier tails. They are common in the mixed evergreen forests of
the Santa Cruz Mountains. There is some overlap in the Santa Cruz
Mountains between western and eastern grays at middle elevations, for
instance in Stevens Creek CP or at Hidden Villa. The eastern grays are
sometimes seen at higher elevations along major roads. There have been
a few enclaves of eastern grays along skyline, but I don't know how
permanent they are. In past years there has been a small population
near the sag pond at Monte Bello and another near Castle Rock (both
including the black phase). The western gray I saw yesterday was
completely gray with an impressive bushy tail. Most western grays I've
seen in the Santa Cruz Mountains are a camera shy and I've found it hard
to get their pictures. That was also the case yesterday.

Bill Bousman


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Date: 5/7/17 5:28 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Guadalupe Oak Grove Park
Families of OAK TITMICE, CHESTNUT BACKED CHICKADEE and WHITE BREASTED
NUTHATCH were seen in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park today. This morning 5-7,
a WILSON'S WARBLER was heard at the parking lot. Two PACIFIC SLOPE
FLYCATCHERS were calling and a CASSIN'S VIREO was singing from the
forested interior. BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHERS have chosen another nest site
and likely used materials from their original nest which has
disappeared. ASH THROATED FLYCATCHERS were calling from two locations,
VAUX'S SWIFTS were flying overhead with numerous VIOLET GREEN SWALLOW. A
NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER pair were secretly feeding begging nestlings and a
NORTHERN FLICKER was heard. I returned again at 2:30 hoping to see two
species I saw yesterday at that time, but did not see the SWAINSON'S
THRUSH or WESTERN WOOD PEWEE. Both were on the trail not far from the
parking lot yesterday afternoon. Today a Coyote was on the trail.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 5/7/17 5:27 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Bald Eagle nest at elementary school
Much excitement about the amazing BALD EAGLE NEST on the grounds of Curtner
Elementary School in Milpitas, so I visited this morning (5/7/17). When I
got there, an adult, identified as the female by folks who had been
watching this phenomenon every day, was perched sentry-like two redwood
trees away from the nest.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165414042

I was told the male had delivered a coot to the nest at 7:30 a.m. and then
departed for more hunting. The female was intermittently harassed at her
sentry post by up to three crows, didn't budge. I got this photo of a close
crow-eagle encounter:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165414045

After about an hour, the male flew in and dropped a prey item in the nest.
No one got a good enough look to identify the prey; the male perched on a
branch near the nest:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165414043

Female flew from her sentry spot into the nest, and began feeding the
nestling, which appeared for the first time; male remained for a time near
the nest, allowing this family portrait:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165414049

After a bit, the male flew off again; female continued feeding nestling.
Latter showed some juvenal black feathers along with some remaining gray
down:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165414047
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165414051

The views of the nest require entering the school grounds, so are only
available on weekend days. Google for stories in Mercury and Chronicle
about this remarkable scene.


--
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Date: 5/7/17 4:38 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Redheads and Glaucous Gull May 7
I stopped in Alviso at pond A16 this afternoon. This time I saw the male and
female Redheads together on the water between islands 17 and 18. A Glaucous
Gull continues, now on the east end of island 15.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas


 

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Date: 5/7/17 1:55 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc Sightings
All,

Today on San Felipe Rd were 2 Cassin's Kingbird high in a euc and 3+ Lawrence's Goldfinch (two sat in the middle of the road).

Yesterday at Steven's Creek Reservoir/Park I had 1 Lazuli Bunting & 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler singing and behaving as if on territory.

On friday, my FOS Swainson's Thrush sang in the centre of Ulistac.

Good Birding!

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA



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Date: 5/7/17 1:12 pm
From: Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Belated summary of Varied Twitchers Big Day - 4/29/17
All,

I realize that this post is a week late and perhaps not that useful, but figured I'd send it out anyway. Last Saturday 4/29/17, the Varied Twitchers (Richard Jeffers, David Nickerson, Winnie Homer-Smith, and I) birded Santa Clara County from 3:45am to 9:50pm for the SCVAS Birdathon. We ended up with 153 species, tying our previous low over the last 15 years. Migration was almost completely non-existent and a cold northwest wind kept bird song suppressed in the morning hours. We missed Black Skimmer, Hairy Woodpecker, and Grasshopper Sparrow for the first time ever and Western Gull, Short-billed Dowitcher, and American Goldfinch for only the second time.

Starting at the Mountain View Forebay at 3:45am, we tallied 13 species, including the day's only SORA. Owling up Page Mill Road and at Monte Bello OSP added 2 WESTERN SCREECH-OWLS, at least one GREAT HORNED OWL, and a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL. Having missed VIRGINIA RAIL at the Forebay, we were pleased to hear one at the sag pond along the Canyon Trail. Singing male warblers included 2 TOWNSEND'S and 5 BLACK-THROATED GRAYS. Walking further down the Canyon Trail, we were treated to 2 singing PACIFIC WRENS and a singing SWAINSON'S THRUSH (the first ever for the Varied Twitchers). We worked hard to find 4 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS.

Skyline Blvd added 2 singing HERMIT WARBLERS and 3 more BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, but the parking at Castle Rock State Park was already completely full by 8:50am and we failed to find the Red-breasted Nuthatch that was there two days earlier. We added GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET along Redwood Gulch Road and CASSIN'S VREO and WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE along Stevens Canyon Road, right were they had been found two days earlier.

Stevens Creek Reservoir added 5 CASPIAN TERNS, 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, and a flock of 13 PEEPS that refused to land. Two more BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS and a HOUSE WREN were at the Villa Maria Picnic Area. McClellan Ranch added a singing YELLOW WARBLER across the street on the golf course and a HOODED ORIOLE and VAUX'S SWIFT as we were driving away.

The tide was way out at the Palo Alto Baylands, which made shorebirding tough, but we added both BLACK-BELLIED and SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS. Shoreline Lake had the usual 2 SURF SCOTERS, the continuing minima CACKLING GOOSE, and the day's only YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS (3). The pair of COMMON GALLINULES was still escorting 8 small precocial young in the pond west of the Mountain View Forebay.

The day's only NORTHERN HARRIER was on Moffett Field and 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS and several other lingering ducks were the highlights from Pond A2E. Scoping Pond A8 from the overlook at its southeast corner added 4 COMMON GOLDENEYES, a BUFFLEHEAD, and the day's only WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. At the north end of Gold Street we added 2 SNOWY PLOVERS and a singing HOODED ORIOLE. The EEC was a gull bonanza, producing 8 species, including 2 BONAPARTE'S (A18), 1 immature MEW, 1 HERRING, 1 THAYER'S, 2 GLAUCOUS-WINGED, and a GLAUCOUS, but not the more expected Western Gulls (which were there the next day!). Also nice were the 2 continuing REDHEADS.

We drove by the incubating BALD EAGLE in Milpitas on the way to Ed Levin Park, where birding was painstakingly slow. We did get nice looks at LAZULI BUNTINGS and a RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW but had no luck with the stealthy Grasshopper Sparrows. Calaveras Reservoir failed to produce any Ring-necked Ducks, but did add the day's only GREEN-WINGED TEAL. GREAT BLUE HERONS were nesting northwest of the end of Marsh Road, but none of the hoped for bird targets were found there. The parking lot at the Sierra Road summit was full, so we had to drive by. Fortunately, we did find single LARK SPARROW and HORNED LARK perched atop rocks west of the summit, and the day's only WHITE-TAILED KITE as we descended further.

With our little remaining daylight we opted to head south to Coyote Valley, where we added SWAINSON'S HAWK and ROCK WREN (as well as the day's only RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in transit along Highway 101). A GREAT HORNED OWL was already out and about near the intersection of Bailey and Santa Teresa as we headed towards Calero Reservoir. At the end of Fortini Road we added COMMON POORWILL, 2 BARN OWLS, and a flyby gliding owl that had us thinking Long-eared, but that could not be confirmed.

We joined the party at Almaden Lake and added COMMON MERGANSER and a CACKLING GOOSE with the help of a spotlight. Our last stop at the Palo Alto estuary added a heard-only WILLET, our last new bird of the day.

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Date: 5/7/17 12:04 pm
From: 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Picchetti Ranch OSP
This morning, 5/7/17, six of us showed up for the cancelled SCVAS field trip at Picchetti Ranch OSP and birded the area together. Some birds of note were VAUX’S SWIFTS, several ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, a HAIRY WOODPECKER, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER displaying its orange crown. Perhaps the highlight for some of us was our first-of-season WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE.

Pat Kenny
 

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Date: 5/7/17 8:12 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Del Puerto Canyon (PAAS field trip) 05-06-17
Folks,

I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class along Del Puerto Canyon, beginning on the Hwy 5 side. Sal Salerno joined us for a portion of the tour along with his friend Daniel. Our group had many highlights (mostly listed below), but perhaps because of the cooler temperatures and overcast conditions, it was somewhat quieter than usualexcept for excessive fast-moving non-birder traffic... Several targets were missed, but that happens, I guess... We'll try again next week with the other half of class.

The flowers were spectacular at times!

We had several encounters with nestlings and or fledglings such as Killdeer, Red-winged Blackbirds, American Crow, Common Raven. Several nest holes were also seen such as White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Owl.

STANISLAUS Highlights:
Blue Grosbeak singing male in first orchard
Tricolored Blackbird dense flock of 20 or so birds flying over road
Horned Lark small group at about MP 3
Golden Eagle MP 3
Ash-throated Flycatcher abundant
Bullock's Oriole numerous
Western Kingbird impossible to miss
Loggerhead Shrike here and there, but not as common as years past
Olive-sided Flycatcher shortly before Graffiti Rock
Western Wood Pewee same
Lark Sparrow same
Belted Kingfisher Graffiti Rock
Barn Owl Owl Canyon
White-throated Swift Owl Canyon
Greater Roadrunner creek crossing at mid-canyon
Rock Wren several in habitat
Rufous-crowned Sparrow frequent in rocky-artemesia habitat
White-breasted Nuthatch along creek before picnic area
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher same
Western Tanager prior to Frank Raines
Northern Pygmy-Owl near Frank Raines
Wilson's Warbler several between orchards and mid-canyon along creek
Black-headed Grosbeak mostly around Frank Raines picnic area
Steller's Jay on uphill section before Santa Clara County

SANTA CLARA highlights:
Tricolored Blackbirds pond before junction
Green Heron pond before junction
Bell's Sparrow singing male on chamise slope before junction
California Thrasher same
Western Tanager same
Black-headed Grosbeak same
Bald Eagle adult on San Antonio Valley Road

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View
 

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Date: 5/6/17 5:19 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] South County news, pics
The first news is that I couldn't get pictures of either of the good birds
reported at the famous eucalypts along San Felipe Road this morning
(5/6/17). I did make out the call of the CASSIN'S KINGBIRD, much dominated
by the song of a BULLOCK'S ORIOLE in the middle tree; but I never
saw either bird in the dense foliage. Couldn't even claim a heard-only for
the Lawrence's Goldfinch; darn, this is where I got my best ever shots of
those elusive beauties back in April 2011.

I stopped off at Coyote Valley OSP on the way back, which provided some
consolatory photo ops, though no sight of the usual Rock Wrens. But I was
happy to get pictures from right around the parking lot of WESTERN
KINGBIRD, BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, WESTERN MEADOWLARK, and WESTERN BLUEBIRD.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165407623
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165407621
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165407622
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165407624

And a couldabeen of a YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE--if only it hadn't been so far
away!
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165407625

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Tom Grey
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Date: 5/6/17 4:22 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Smith Creek
Folks:

This morning, 5/6/17, migrants along Smith Creek included 3+TOWNSEND'S
WARBLERS, 2+ WILSON'S WARBLERS, and a flock of 7+ WESTERN TANAGERS.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 5/5/17 9:40 pm
From: <wendlermarilyn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Nesting Western Kingbirds at Stevens Creek Park
At Villa Maria by the orchard parking lot, I watched Kingbirds gathering nesting materials this morning.
 

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Date: 5/5/17 5:35 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Bald Eagle, Arastradero Preserve
This morning (5/5/17) for the first time this spring I saw an adult BALD
EAGLE fly close by the Redtail Loop Trail on the Felt Lake side.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165403739

Along the trail near the Portola Pastures fence I saw three WESTERN
KINGBIRDS, photographed one; in the same area, also saw and photographed a
HOUSE WREN.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165403745
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165403743

Heard only, PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.

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Date: 5/5/17 7:05 am
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sandhill Cranes, Willow Glen - San Jose, 5 May 2017
Hi all,

I was out with my dog at 3:40 am this morning (not a usual time for us). As he was smelling for things, I was standing there thinking to myself how nice and quiet and cool it was. That quiet ended when we heard the distinctive voices of two SANDHILL CRANES flying overhead. Yes, both my dog and I froze and listened for at least 30 seconds. It seems quite late in the season, so I checked the eBird species maps and found several reports in the last few days of Sandhill Cranes at several locations in California (Lake Almanor and Sierra Valley), as well as furthest Northern areas of California and through Oregon.

Good birding!
Brooke Miller
San Jose

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Date: 5/4/17 9:17 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] 37th Palo Alto Summer Bird Count
Folks:

The Palo Alto Summer Bird Count will be on Saturday, June 3rd, this
year. This summer count was started in 1981 and follows the same
protocols as the Christmas Bird Count. The Palo Alto count circle is
same in both summer and winter.

The count circle is divided into eight regions. Regions 1 and 2 are
east of Hwy 101 and mostly cover Bayside habitats. Regions 3 and 4 are
mostly located on the urban flatlands. Regions 5 and 6 are roughly the
foothills, and 7 and 8 are the Santa Cruz Mountains. The circle is
roughly half in San Mateo County (odd-numbered regions) and half in
Santa Clara County (even numbered regions).

If you have done the count before and would like to do it again, please
contact your former party leader or one of the regional leaders listed
below. Or if you are new to the count, then pick a region and contact
the regional leader. Or contact me about where you would like to count
and I'll put you in touch.

The current regional leaders are:
Region 1 -- Al Eisner [eisner-at-slac.stanford.edu]
Region 2 -- Mike Rogers [m.m.rogers-at-comcast.net]
Region 3 -- Chris O'Connell [chrisoco-at-yahoo.com]
Region 4 -- Rob Furrow [robertfurrow-at-gmail.com]
Region 5 -- Richard Jeffers [jeffers_richard-at-yahoo.com]
Region 6 -- Nancy Teater [nrt-at-hamilton.com]
Region 7 -- Malia DeFelice [maliadances-at-yahoo.com]
Region 8 -- Garth Harwood [gharwood-at-hiddenvilla.org]

Bill Bousman
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Date: 5/4/17 5:24 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc at Ulistac
All,


Highlights of the morning at Ulistac included a Northern Waterthrush (my nemesis bird last year) and a flyover Yellow-headed Blackbird. Photos of the waterthrush in my ebird report. I knew it would be a good morning when I stepped out of the house and heard a calling Western Tanager.


Migrant activity is peaking. Lots of tanagers (6+), grosbeaks (4), orioles (3), and warblers (6 species) today. I think the next few days/week should be pretty good.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36535867


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA


 

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Date: 5/4/17 3:58 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Ferruginous Hawk
This is an exceptional record. I would presume this is the latest county record. The record keepers can comment. However, they are lingering later than usual this year because of the rain and increase in prey abundance. Kudos.Ryan Phillips


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On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 1:30 PM, <craige66...> [south-bay-birds]<south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:  


On Monday, I saw a single FERRUGINOUS HAWK while driving from San Jose to Morgan Hill along Hwy 101 at the north end of the Coyote Creek Golf Club flying east toward Coyote Ridge.  Are they usually here this late in the year?




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Date: 5/4/17 1:58 pm
From: Bob Bolles <bolles...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] LAGO and CAKI Continue at San Felipe Road as of 8:45AM today
All ...

I parked north of the three eucalyptus trees on San Felipe Road and
walked south past them looking for the Lawrence's Goldfinches & Cassin's
Kingbirds that Frank Vanslager reported yesterday -- and found them
both. (Thanks Frank!)

My eBird checklist is at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36544233

which has pictures.

... Bob




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Date: 5/4/17 7:09 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Northern Waterthrush Ulistac
All,

A Northern Waterthrush is on the north end of Ulistac. It first called from low in a euc at bird count station 3, then flew into the marsh. I've not heard of seen it since. Same spot as Painted Bunting.

Chris Johnson



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Date: 5/3/17 6:13 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ruddy Turnstone Alviso May 3
After a long day on the coast I stopped in Alviso at 4pm to check pond A16. On island 17 there was a Ruddy Turnstone and the male Redhead. A Great-tailed Grackle was near the maintenance yard. I also stopped at Curtner school in Milpitas and saw one of adult Bald Eagles on the nest.

Dave Weber,
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Date: 5/3/17 1:30 pm
From: <craige66...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ferruginous Hawk
On Monday, I saw a single FERRUGINOUS HAWK while driving from San Jose to Morgan Hill along Hwy 101 at the north end of the Coyote Creek Golf Club flying east toward Coyote Ridge. Are they usually here this late in the year?


Craige Edgerton
 

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Date: 5/3/17 12:39 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] LAGO and CAKI Continue at San Felipe Road
All:

At about 10:30 on 6/3/17 both the Lawrence's Goldfinch and the Cassin's
Kingbird gave good close displays near the base of the middle Euc on San
Felipe Road.

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Date: 5/3/17 6:12 am
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto Summer Bird Count, June 3
Hello birders,
I organize Region 6 of the summer count, and with June 3 less than a month away,
we need you! We have five teams and only five people have signed up so far.
Spring birding is wonderful, so check your calendar and join us. See below for a
short description.
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On Saturday, June 3, we will be taking an inventory of birds for the 2017 Palo
Alto Breeding Bird Count. Palo Alto is the only group in this area that
organizes both a Christmas Bird Count and a summer count. As before, I am
putting together teams for Region 6, which encompasses the Stanford University
foothills, Foothill College, and portions of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and
Cupertino.


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Date: 5/2/17 11:21 pm
From: <maholyoak...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] A migrant-rich morning on San Antonio Valley Road
I drove over Mt Hamilton from San Jose this morning and started birding from San Antonio Valley mile 1 (E of Mt Hamilton observatory), Santa Clara County and continued to Del Puerto Canyon Road and stopped birding at I-5 in Stanislaus County.


The best birding was at a ridge in Chaparral about midway (I don't know the mile number) along San Antonio Valley Road. Parking at the gravel parking area in chaparral at coordinates 37.329673 -121.4897829 I stood there from 08:20 to 09:20 and watched good numbers of migrants flying over the peaks and heading approximately north along the ridge, with many warblers and vireos stopping temporarily in the small valley in front of me.
I counted the following in 1 hour, which represents the largest active movement of apparently migrant landbirds I've seen inland in the American west:
59 LAZULI BUNTING (yes that is fifty nine not a typo!)
43 WESTERN TANAGER
20 BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK
3 BULLOCK'S ORIOLE
3 CEDAR WAXWING
1 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER
1 WESTERN KINGBIRD
1 ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
1 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER
3 WARBLING VIREO
1 CASSIN'S VIREO
2 HERMIT WARBLER
1 MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER
2 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER
3 NASHVILLE WARBLER
2 WILSON'S WARBLER
1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY-WARBLER
(NUMEROUS UNIDENTIFIED FLYOVER WARBLERS/VIREOS AND EMPIDS)
1 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW



Also a GREATER ROADRUNNER perched on the posts at the top of the hill a few times and an adult GOLDEN EAGLE flew past. A RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, 3 LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH, 2 PURPLE FINCH, and a singing WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW were at the same spot.


Closer to Mt Hamilton peak was windswept and only the species that usually breed there and a fly by rufous-type hummingbird.


At Frank Raines Park along Del Puerto Canyon Road there was a HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER.


Marcel Holyoak, Los Gatos and Davis
 

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Date: 5/2/17 4:27 pm
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero today, May 2
Highlights:
Best birds were a White-tailed kite nest with three big juveniles, about
fledging size, and an adult that flew in and dropped breakfast into the nest.
Seen on the top of a hill from the Juan Batista trail, a little uphill from the lake
Several beautiful Ash-throated Flycatchers
Two California Thrashers, vocalizing
A Pied-billed Grebe in Arastradero Lake, making its loud, startling call
Lots of Bewick's Wrens singing continuously
Two or three Red-shouldered Hawks, one perched on the leafless palm tree that is
visible from the parking lot
Reports of two rattlesnakes from runners


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Date: 5/2/17 3:47 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Gilroy Water Treatment Facility
Following up on Bob's post, indeed, none of us heard or saw the Chat from about 7:40am to when I left around 1:30pm. In addition to some of the birds Bob listed, I found a SORA in the southwest ponds (uncommon here), 2 SWAINSON'S THRUSH calling from Llagas Creek, 2 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, at least 84 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and a CATTLE EGRET in the 2nd pond southeast of the entrance road, probably the same bird reported by Mike Mammoser last week.

Happy birding,

David Nickerson
San Jose



On May 2, 2017, at 3:12 PM, Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:

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> All,
> As far as I know none of the five birders working the Gilroy Water Treatment Facility this morning (5/2) saw or heard a Yellow-breasted Chat. Best birds for me were an adult male and female GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE (on a pole in the southeast corner of the main plant), vocalizing RING-NECK PHEASANTS (at least two in Llagas Creek, one near the southern end of the "hill" and the other North of the bridge near the police shooting range), a WESTERN TANAGER (the creek at Gina Zolotar's Chat site), a BONAPARTE'S GULL (over one of the northwestern most ponds) and at least three CALIFORNIA THRASHERS (one pair together on the dike South of Gina's Chat site, 300 to 400 yards North of Bloomfield Road).
> Take care,
> Bob Reiling
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Date: 5/2/17 3:13 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Gilroy Water Treatment Facility
All,
As far as I know none of the five birders working the Gilroy Water Treatment Facility this morning (5/2) saw or heard a Yellow-breasted Chat.  Best birds for me were an adult male and female GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE (on a pole in the southeast corner of the main plant), vocalizing RING-NECK PHEASANTS (at least two in Llagas Creek, one near the southern end of the "hill" and the other North of the bridge near the police shooting range), a WESTERN TANAGER (the creek at Gina Zolotar's Chat site), a BONAPARTE'S GULL (over one of the northwestern most ponds) and at least three CALIFORNIA THRASHERS (one pair together on the dike South of Gina's Chat site, 300 to 400 yards North of Bloomfield Road).
Take care,
Bob Reiling




 

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Date: 5/1/17 10:53 pm
From: wilmot <wilmot...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] The Piratical Flycatchers 4/24/17 - Birdathon essay
I’ve written up an essay of the Piratical Flycatchers’ Birdathon from last Monday for our Birdathon supporters. If you’d like to read it, you can find it here:

http://www.voyageropen.org/nature/birding/birdathon_spring_2017/ <http://www.voyageropen.org/nature/birding/birdathon_spring_2017/>

Also, I’ve uploaded all the photos we took that day:

http://www.pbase.com/wilmot/birdathon_2017_spring <http://www.pbase.com/wilmot/birdathon_2017_spring>

Enjoy!

Barry & Ginger Langdon-Lassagne
The Piratical Flycatchers
~
 

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Date: 5/1/17 10:27 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunday Birdathon, pics
The high muck-a-muck board of directors of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon
Society formed a birdathon team, which went out for a 4-hour sweep Sunday
(4/30/17), limited to Stevens Creek Park and Shoreline Park. I (also a
muck-a-muck) tagged along as the photographer.

Good sightings photographed were: a TOWNSEND'S, a BLACK-THROATED GRAY, and
an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER; an especially good view of a BLACK-HEADED
GROSBEAK; a pair of BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS flying; a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK
nest; a pair of AMERICAN AVOCETS mating; and an adult BEWICK'S WREN feeding
a fledgling.

Photographs of these and more can be seen at
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/birdathon2017 . Photos are for record, so there
are some smudgy jobs in there.

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Date: 5/1/17 6:30 pm
From: Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso Snowy Plover survey - 4/30/17
All,

Yesterday 4/30/17, Mike Mammoser, Richard Jeffers, and I surveyed Alviso for Snowy Plovers. We were later joined by Steve Rottenborn, who was also counting Snowy Plovers in New Chicago Marsh. At least 38 SNOWY PLOVERS were present in the portion of the marsh east of the railroad tracks north of the Alviso Marina and south of the spur track that joins the main line (east of central Pond A12). This included birds copulating, debris tossing, and sitting on scrapes. There were also many SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS in the area. Other notable shorebirds included 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in the impoundment between Pond A12 and the railroad tracks and another one on Pond A13.

Lingering ducks included a single male CANVASBACK on Pond A10, the female REDHEAD on an island in A16 (with the male prospecting across the levee in New Chicago Marsh), and four BUFFLEHEADS on A14. A substantial SCAUP flock remains on Pond A10 (143 birds, over 90% GREATERS).

The largest concentration of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS was 35 birds on northwest A16, but others were scattered about. A wet immature PEREGRINE FALCON was on the ground in northern A16 - later another/the same was hunting over A17. A BLACK RAIL was heard "singing" in Alviso Slough opposite northwest Pond A12 by Steve (11:14am, same location where we heard one on 3/4/17) and all of us heard a RIDGWAY'S RAIL in Alviso Slough opposite southwest Pond A11 (1:16pm).

Three WESTERN KINGBIRDS were together at the Alviso Marina and a late AMERICAN PIPIT was between ponds A16 and A17 (it had a foot deformity that may be preventing it from migrating).

After the survey, I drove south to Thompson Creek and managed to get some nice digiscoped images of Janna's SOLITARY SANDPIPER (3:10pm). Also there were 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 3+ alternate-plumaged SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, 3 WESTERN KINGBIRDS, 3 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES, and 2 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES (a species we managed to miss on our Big Day Saturday).

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Date: 5/1/17 5:05 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] two Juvenile Bald Eagles at Lexington
Hi all -

Over the weekend I received an email from a Los Gatos Rowing Club coach T. Guthrie. She wanted to report the Bald Eagle activity she was enjoying while the team worked out on the reservoir.

She writes - "I'm sure you are already aware of the Bald Eagles on the waterway, but yesterday morning (04/29) and this morning (04/30), we saw two juvenile bald eagles. Yesterday we saw the adult bald eagle soaring and the two juveniles were perched/kind of flying at the far end of the reservoir. Last summer, I saw two adult bald eagles on the reservoir a few times, but have only seen one adult at a time this year. It was such an amazing sight (and maybe rare in this area?) to see the two juvenile bald eagles, that I felt like I needed to let a local birder know! Maybe you are already aware of the juveniles, but I though it was exciting!!
We have also been seeing two ospreys on Lexington. I had never noticed the ospreys until recently.”

I confirmed with her how she id’ed the juvenile Bald Eagles and she shared, "They look more splotchy brown and white than a golden eagle.”

I told her I would share her report with the south bay birders.

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Date: 5/1/17 4:28 pm
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Yellow-breasted Chat - Llagas Creek 5/1
This morning (5/1/17) a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was singing from a hidden spot along Llagas Creek at the Gilroy WTP (SCRWA), about halfway between the southernmost pond and Bloomfield Avenue. (There are two white barrel-like structures on the levee road near where I first heard it.) The chat sang its unique and endearing series of chatters and whistles for several minutes, then went silent for about five minutes. At that point I caught a fleeting glimpse of movement and about a minute later heard the bird resume singing further downstream towards Bloomfield Avenue before it went silent again.

Also heard along the creek, further upstream from the chat location, were two SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, giving their liquid "weep" call at regular intervals for as long as I was in the area. A RING-NECKED PHEASANT was calling towards the north end of the road along the creek. I was a little surprised to hear a HERMIT THRUSH giving its plaintive "way" call. Another interesting sighting was a pair of juvenile Corvus sp. (branchlings?) perched together on a horizontal branch over the creek. I couldn't figure out whether they were crows or ravens. Adults of both species were present in the area.

Later I made a quick stop at San Felipe Road to look for the CASSIN'S KINGBIRD pair. Both birds were flycatching from the wires along the road across from the middle eucalyptus.

Good birding,
Gena Zolotar
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Date: 5/1/17 12:58 pm
From: <sperez...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sanborn Park- Pileated Woodpecker
My wife and I did a really long walk at Sanborn Park searching for the Pileated Woodpecker. It only took 10 miles on Sanborn Trail to the Skyline Trail. We found the Pileated Woodpecker as we approached the Castle Rock Park and sat a large rock taking a break.
 

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Date: 5/1/17 10:43 am
From: Romain Kang <romain...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Green Heron nest, Bay Trail, Mountain View
April 15, my wife and I were surprised to see a GRHE nesting just above
the water line on the Bay Trail in Mountain View:


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154736929642669&l=0f5d39bf23


April 29, we passed the nest again and spotted two chicks lying still,
no adults in sight. This second photo better the nest's proximity to
the water:


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154769951592669&l=e585df2ffc


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Date: 4/30/17 4:38 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sanbord and Stevens Creek Co. Park
Hi Birders,
Two of us did a long walk at Sanborn. Some highlights
- Pacific slope flycatcher
- Orange-crowned warbler
- Several warbling vireos heard, one seen
- A male/female pair of purple finches
- A Wilson's warbler

Sanborn photos and details at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36436966

We then spent a short time at Stevens Creek Co. Park, Villa Maria area,
where we saw the olive sided flycatcher, the black-throated gray warbler
and heard an ash-throated flycatcher.

Details at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36437440

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Date: 4/30/17 4:04 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso Glaucous and Redhead Apr 30
After Loma Prieta today, I went to salt pond A16 at the EEC in Alviso. Two
immature Glaucous Gulls continue on islands 16 and 17. Bills of both were
seen. It took a while but I finally found the female Redhead swimming and
feeding with various other duck between the two islands. Once seen, it was a
standout. No male seen. The trucks mentioned by Al Eisner were on the levee,
unoccupied.



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Date: 4/30/17 2:09 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Solitary Sandpiper at Thompson Creek 4-30-17
Karen Burnson and I met on Glen Hanleigh Drive off Tully Road at 8am
this morning. Our first bird along Thompson Creek was a SPOTTED
SANDPIPER. Nearby was a SOLITARY SANDPIPER which flew off and was
refound near Tully. (Photos on Karen's Flickr site.) A PIED BILLED GREBE
moved off her nest to reveal 7 beautiful eggs. CLIFF SWALLOWS were
gathering mud while fluttering their wings and were flying all along the
creek. Most of the creek was hidden by tall weeds but I counted 32
croaking Bullfrogs from one stop. Two GREEN HERON flew by, several LONG
BILLED DOWITCHERS fed in the creek and there were a few ducks, egrets
and CANADA GEESE.

The native garden in Lake Cunningham Park across the street was quiet at
9am. Only a dozen GREAT TAILED GRACKLES were seen today, one female flew
with nest material into the cattails. One AM. WHITE PELICAN and a single
WESTERN GREBE were on the lake with a few RUDDY DUCKS and a smattering
of gulls. Two FORSTER'S TERNS, TREE SWALLOWS along with the CLSW were
overhead. We made only a few stops here as maintenance was out in
force. Parking lot C had WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, CEDAR WAXWINGS and a
WARBLING VIREO. The flooded field near parking lot D & E had a GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, a few LONG BILLED DOWITCHER, another SPOTTED SANDPIPER and
KILLDEER with young. A SEMI PALMATED PLOVER was in with LEAST and
WESTERN SANDPIPERS.

Across from Raging Waters we had five singing YELLOW WARBLER, six
WESTERN TANAGER, 1 BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK, HOODED ORIOLE and a single
YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER.

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Date: 4/29/17 11:14 pm
From: Amy Yee <amyrandallyee...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Two first-of-season birds
Yesterday, in my yard on Willow Glen Way in San Jose, there was a FOS
female Black-chinned hummingbird and a FOS female Hooded Oriole.
Amy Yee


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Date: 4/29/17 10:00 pm
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SCVWD
This morning (Sat, 4/29) I spent a little time checking out birds at
the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) in the Almaden area.
Although windy conditions kept most bird sightings down, the most
interesting birds were seen along the Guadalupe channel between the
Coleman Rd bridge by Almaden Lake and the spillway to the north. Here
I saw an active CASPIAN TERN, an OSPREY pursued by a crow, and a GREEN
HERON fly by.

The most interesting bird sighting however, was a group of about dozen
small shorebirds, a mix of DUNLIN and WESTERN SANDPIPERS, flying
together in a tight knot as they circled the channel several times and
then abruptly took off north up the Guadalupe River. Back in the day
when Jim Danzenbaker lived near this area, he referred to this
corridor as the "Guadalupe Flyway". For me, it's always a special
thrill to be able to sometimes witness bird migration, whether in the
thousands of little peeps up in the baylands right now, or here
upstream with this tight little group pursuing their migration journey
with such energy and determination.

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Date: 4/29/17 9:50 pm
From: Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] South Santa Clara County birding
Today (29 April) I birded a number of areas in southern Santa Clara County. I started at Pacheco State Park, where in the small sliver of park within Santa Clara Co. I had 2 Nashville Warblers, 1 MacGillivray's Warbler, a Loggerhead Shrike, a Lawrence's Goldfinch, and an out-of-place Hooded Oriole.

Driving from there westward along Highway 152, I saw at least two occupied Great Blue Heron nests in a sycamore between Pacheco Dam and the highway; I hadn't noticed nesting herons there previously. Continuing westward, an adult Bald Eagle was at a nest in a sycamore along Pacheco Creek about a mile east of Casa de Fruta. I was surprised at how few migrants there were at Casa de Fruta, but interesting birds there were a female Yellow-headed Blackbird flying over (eastward) with some Red-winged Blackbirds, a Lewis's Woodpecker flycatching from sycamores near Pacheco Creek (as seen from the east end of Casa de Fruta Parkway), and a Great Blue Heron nest with young in a redwood at the east end of the campground.

[A dip into San Benito County produced good migrants at Vista Hill Park in Hollister - single Calliope (female) and Costa's (ad. male) Hummingbirds, male and female Black-chinned Hummingbirds, and 25+ Western Tanagers, among others.]

Back in Santa Clara County, the Great Blue Heron colony in valley oaks southeast of San Felipe Lake, along Highway 152, supported at least 15 occupied nests. Single pairs of Cassin's Kingbirds were at our two regular breeding locations (San Felipe Road and along the entrance road to the Recology Pacheco Pass Landfill off Bloomfield Avenue). Along Highway 25, just north of the Pajaro River, a shallowly flooded field (maybe a wetland restoration area under construction?) had at least three American Avocets on nests.

Finally, I checked the large eucalyptus along Secretariat Way in western Morgan Hill that has supported an egret rookery for years. I counted at least 18 occupied Great Egret nests and 4 Great Blue Heron nests.

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Date: 4/29/17 9:33 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] EEC vicinity
Late morning today (April 29) I visited the EEC area in Alviso, and walked
along the south levee of A16 past island 17. Near that island were the
continuing pair of REDHEADs; other ducks of note there were a pair of
AMERICAN WIGEON, and one GREATER (probably) SCAUP. What appeared to
be a second-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was on (and briefly in the water next to)
island 17. (The bill shape and pattern were just right for the species,
although the wingtips at times appeared less bright white than at other
times. The back and scapulars had pale gray shading, and the eye
appeared pale - a bit hard to tell.)

I did not see an Ibis (I was actually looking, despite not having seen
the post from earlier this morning). As for the trucks, the structure
resembles some sort of small drilling rig. Perhaps a new executive
order requires oil exploration on all national wildlife refuge lands. :)

On my way out, I saw a WESTERN KINHBIRD on the Los Esteros fence, close
to the EEC road.

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Date: 4/29/17 6:38 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] California Quail in Los Gatos center
Hi all -

Tonight as we closed the Los Gatos Birdwatcher (6:15 PM) we could hear a CALIFORNIA QUAIL calling “chi-ca-go” from the back parking lot of the King’s Court Center. We went to investigate and found a beautiful, adult male sitting in a back parking lot redwood tree. He was a good 20 feet up. This parking lot is behind the shopping center and backs up to The Terraces retirement community. Its not a normal place to find a quail and a first for me at this location. We are at Blossom Hill Road and Los Gatos Blvd.

I suspect California Quail can be found near by in the Los Gatos neighborhoods a few blocks away. He keeps calling from his perch. Not sure who he is trying to call, but so far, no replies.

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Date: 4/29/17 4:23 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin birds, dips
This morning I got to Ed Levin before 8 and hiked up to the sycamore grove
and the first hang-glider launch pad. I was hoping for Grasshopper or
Rufous-crowned Sparrows; no luck at all. I walked straight down the hill
from the launch pad; the hillside has sometimes turned up Grasshopper
Sparrows when none were near the trail. Still no luck with them: did see
but couldn't photograph a YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE. But despite lugging the big
lens with no results, I did have plenty of exercise and splendid early
morning views.

Back down, I made up for failing to get any photos of BULLOCK'S ORIOLES,
despite hearing plenty of them, and glimpses of several, at my last visit.
This time I got my first photos of the season:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165368387
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165368391
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165368392

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Date: 4/29/17 3:50 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black-chinned Hummingbird and Lark Sparrow nest 4-29-17
Lee took me up to Almaden Research Center while he checked some nest
boxes this morning. The highlight was nesting LARK SPARROWS in a small
oak tree along the road behind the center. An adult was perched in the
tree and noisy nestlings were fed by the other adult. The nest was at
least six feet off the ground, which I thought unusual.

Later I found a female BLACK CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD building a nest in a
bush along the Alamitos Creek trail south of Graystone Lane. This nest
was just few feet off the ground but well hidden.

I neglected to mention a vocal CASSIN'S VIREO in my 4-27 post. It was
singing in a yard north of Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.

Janna Pauser
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Date: 4/29/17 3:10 pm
From: <sunshravan...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso White-faced Ibis
Hi All,


This morning I went to Don Edwards EEC from 6:45 AM to 7:45 AM to photograph the sandpipers. I was able to get nice photos of group of Western Sandpipers by laying down near the trucks parked on the levee (I wonder what those trucks are for they seem to be carrying a tower of sorts). They look great in their alternate plumage and should be ready to head north anytime now!


They were feeding on the millions of marsh flies everywhere. I saw a few least as well but no dunlin although they could have been further out in the ponds.


As I was walking back to the dirt lot an adult breeding plumaged White-faced Ibis flew over and landed in New Chicago Marsh across from the entrance road. To far for good photos but I took a few record shots. Thought it was an interesting sighting as I don't usually see them at this location.


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Date: 4/28/17 4:55 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] CORRECTION Re: Pac-slope persists
The correct url for my photo of the Pac-slope taken this morning is
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165363612

On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 4:23 PM, Tom Grey <tgrey...> wrote:

> This morning (4/28/17) a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at the same spot in
> Frenchman's Park on the Stanford campus where I saw one on 2/28/17.
>
> This morning: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/16536612
> Two months ago: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165042301
>
> I caught a brief glimpse of a second Pac-slope this morning.
>
> I've photographed Pac-slopes in this spot every year except one since 2010.
>
> I've also posted more pictures, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS and an
> additional LAZULI BUNTING, from Rancho San Antonio yesterday (4/27/17). See
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/latest
>
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Date: 4/28/17 4:49 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pac-slope persists
This morning (4/28/17) a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was at the same spot in
Frenchman's Park on the Stanford campus where I saw one on 2/28/17.

This morning: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/16536612
Two months ago: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165042301

I caught a brief glimpse of a second Pac-slope this morning.

I've photographed Pac-slopes in this spot every year except one since 2010.

I've also posted more pictures, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS and an
additional LAZULI BUNTING, from Rancho San Antonio yesterday (4/27/17). See
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/latest

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Date: 4/28/17 4:28 pm
From: <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alum Rock Park
This week, I visited Alum Rock park twice. The first time was on Wednesday. I was really there to hike with my mom but kept my eyes open for some fun birds. The morning was cool and misty and the birds were out in force. We spotted two BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, one WESTERN TANAGER, one WARBLING VIREO, and two BULLOCK'S ORIOLES around Pentencia Creek near the YSI building. Along North Rim Trail we spotted one LUZULI BUNTING calling from the mustard grass and one WILSON'S WARBLER. The highlight of our hike was spotting two GREAT HORNED OWLS sitting in a branch of a eucalyptus tree also along North Rim Trail.



I returned on Friday morning to bird the park more thoroughly hoping to find a Cassin's Vireo or the Rufous Crowned Sparrows. No such luck. But, I did see many more BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, lots of BULLOCK'S ORIOLES, and one WARBLING VIREO along the creek. I also spotted one LUZULI BUNTING along North Rim Trail.


Eve Meier


 

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Date: 4/28/17 3:37 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Purple Martin, Olive-sided Flycatcher & Glaucous Gull
All,
About 8 this morning (4/28) as I climbed the hill West and North of the lower saddle on Loma Prieta three vocalizing PURPLE MARTINS (2 males) flew above me and briefly crossed the road into Santa Cruz County.  Later as I viewed the snag most often used by the PUMA, which has recently lost its top ten feet or so of height, five PUMA (including one female) were confronting an ACORN WOODPECKER near a hole that they had previously investigated. The ACWO seems to have won as the PUMA briefly flew North. A couple OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were heard vocalizing in the canyon below the lower summit but they were never seen (I suspect it was because of the high winds which must have been at 40 to 50 miles per hour over the road).  Birding was very slow and only one ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen. I then decided to try for goodies in Salt Pond A16 in Alviso.  When there I went counter clockwise around A16 from the Education Center to just past the wooden observation deck, scoping as I went but I was unable to relocate a Redhead.  At least a couple times recently I've seen and photographed a sleeping essentially all white Gull on the fourth island from the Education Center but today as I was returning to the parking lot a ruckus on the island caused the Gull to raise it's head revealing it's nicely marked first cycle GLAUCOUS GULL bill.  Other notables included four BONAPARTE'S GULLS (two adult and two first cycle), at least one male NORTHERN PINTAL and three or four pairs of AMERICAN WIGEON.
Take care,
Bob Reiling

 

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Date: 4/28/17 2:45 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Pond A16, and breached A17
Folks:

I checked the marsh this morning, 4/28/17, and walked a CCW route around
Pond A16. The REDHEAD pair continues in A16. They were south of island
#17 when I started, I couldn't find them on my return. Some dabblers
are still lingering: 10 AM. WIGEON and 223 NORTHERN SHOVELER. Three
male and two female NOR. PINTAIL are about the usual summer complement.
There are now two 1st-cycle GLAUCOUS GULLS on island #17, quite late.
One walked around, went for a swim, and seemed normal. The other seemed
alert, but did not move about, it held its wing slightly off. On the
same island there were numerous sub-adult or immatures of various
oversummering species including at least three RING-BILLED GULLS and
three THAYER'S GULLS. A lingering GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was along the
entrance road. There are still thousands of Western Sandpipers,
hundreds of dowitchers and Dunlin, and dozens of Semipalmated Plover.

Bill Bousman
Santa Clara County records compiler



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Date: 4/28/17 2:17 pm
From: <lbechtler...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Lake: Cackling Goose and interesting Green Heron behavior
I took a short walk at lunch today (4/28) with a non-birding colleague who asked me to point out a few birds. The ducks have mostly gone, and the mudflats had few shorebirds. But the walk was very pleasant.

-- Most interesting to me was a GREEN HERON perched on an iron piling in front of the pump house near the forebay. The heron was snapping at the CLIFF SWALLOWs and BARN SWALLOWs flying by. If I had more time I would have waited to see if it caught any.

-- One CACKLING GOOSE was trying to mingle with CANADA GEESE on the lawn near the boat house. The resident geese didn't seem very friendly. Many new goslings were about.

-- A pair of BEWICK'S WRENs brought insects to a nest in the trellis near the boat rental office. We couldn't see the nest but we could hear the occupants.

-- RUDDY DUCKs showed off their blue bills and FORSTER'S TERNs dove for fish right by the path.

Other sightings were: Western Bluebird, American Coot, Killdeer, Surf Scoter, Mallard, Gadwall, American Avocet, Snowy Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, Marsh Wren, Anna's Hummingbird, House Finch.

Laurie




 

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Date: 4/27/17 6:51 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lazuli Bunting pics, Rancho San Antonio
A male LAZULI BUNTING was singing continuously this morning (4/27/17) in
the area just north west of the water tank at the top of the Hill Trail,
flying back and forth between the large tree just downslope from the trail,
and the large patch of poison oak on the other side. This fellow still
hasn't worn off all the brown tips of his blue and white feathers, so isn't
quite in full glory.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165360549
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165360551
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165360552

The snag by the water tank is hosting at least one nesting pair of
VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS.

I walked down the PGE Trail, and along it found many singing HOUSE WRENS,
one ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER which I photographed, and two male BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHERS one of which I photographed taking off.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165360544
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/165360547

Along the trail by Permanente Creek leading from the equestrian parking
area to the main lot, I heard two singing WARBLING VIREOS.
--
Tom Grey
www.pbase.com/tgrey
tgreybirds.com

 

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Date: 4/27/17 6:34 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Recent birds
On26 Apr 2017 I went up Black Road to the John Nicholas Trailhead and tried torepeat Dave Nickerson’s feat of the previous day. It was very quiet at thislocation, so I drove up to Skyline and parked near where the road was closed.From there I walked about a quarter to half a mile up the closed road, gettingcalling PYGMY NUTHATCHES on two occasions. At the Twin Peaks location I hikedalong the Skyline Trail a little bit and finally got a calling RED-BREASTEDNUTHATCH.

 

On27 Apr 2017 I went down south and visited the South County Regional WastewaterAuthority ponds (AKA the Gilroy Sewage Ponds). The best bird here was a CATTLE EGRET. It was in one of the ponds thatis west of the entrance road, at the far southwest point of that pond complex.I had four BLUE-WINGED TEAL, one of them being a female that was closelyassociating with one of the males. Other lingering ducks included about 20NORTHERN SHOVELERS, 4 BUFFLEHEAD, 1 male AMERICAN WIGEON, and 1 femaleCANVASBACK.

 

Amongthe shorebirds present was a single WHIMBREL, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 4SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS.

 

AnOSPREY flew over the creekside ponds before disappearing. I had only 1LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE this day.

 

Ithen headed over to the intersection of Gilroy Hot Springs and Canada Roads.Just up Canada Rd I heard a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW break out into song. I triedto bring it out into the open with a tape, to which it responded verbally, butit would not show itself for me.

 

Mike Mammoser
 

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Date: 4/27/17 12:28 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] European Goldfinch 4-27-17
ASH THROATED FLYCATCHERS were calling from several locations in
Guadalupe Oak Grove Park this morning. A PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER was
heard but not yesterday's Wilson's Warblers, Orange Crowned Warbler or
Black headed Grosbeaks. VAUX'S SWIFT were among VIOLET GREEN SWALLOWS
overhead. A pair of BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHERS were collecting lichen for a
nest. I recognized the EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH song and found two near the
gate to Fontana park. OAK TITMICE and an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD were feeding
young. A CAL. QUAIL pair were unusual near the parking lot. I have seen
them here in past years and hope they stay and repopulate the park.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

 

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