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10/21/18 1:03 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Alviso rare shorebirds continue Oct 21
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10/19/18 1:24 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Possible Common Tern on Pond A2E on 10/19/18
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10/18/18 2:55 pm tgrey41 <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Back yard Townsend's
10/18/18 12:52 pm Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Ruff and Pacific Golden-Plover
10/17/18 5:53 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Photos of Pacific Golden-Plover
10/17/18 2:23 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Rancho Cañada Del Oro
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10/16/18 6:03 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Alviso shorebirds Oct 16
10/16/18 11:58 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Pacific Golden Plover and Ruff Continue at EEC on 10/16/18 at 11 AM
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10/15/18 2:04 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Ruff
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10/14/18 12:30 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] The Snipe Return And There Was A Ruff At The EEC On 10/14/18
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10/11/18 9:11 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] SCRWA Ponds in Gilroy
10/11/18 11:57 am Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Vasona Lake County Park, Thurs Oct 11
10/10/18 3:08 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> Re: [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow Sunnyvale
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10/7/18 9:09 pm Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [southbaybirds] Am. Redstart, Sunnyvale Baylands
10/7/18 12:50 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [southbaybirds] SCVAS Field Trip at Stephens Creek County Park
10/7/18 11:38 am Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Hooded/Orchard Oriole at Martial Cottle Park
10/7/18 10:44 am Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Belgatos Park and Heintz Open Space
10/6/18 3:38 pm Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Salt Pond A11 highlights
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10/4/18 10:03 pm Karen DeMello <karen.demello...> [southbaybirds] BCNHs - Stanford Oval
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10/4/18 9:55 am Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] some recent Los Capitancillos Ponds birds
10/4/18 8:14 am Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Greater Yellowlegs at SCVWD
10/3/18 8:05 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [southbaybirds] Common Tern no Jaeger
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10/3/18 5:15 pm Ryan Phillips via Groups.Io <harpiabz=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Jaeger A11
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10/3/18 11:14 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [southbaybirds] MacGillivray's Warb Ulistac
10/2/18 9:45 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [southbaybirds] Baird's Sandpiper in Alviso
10/1/18 3:27 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Common Tern
10/1/18 2:27 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Stile Ranch trail, Calero Co. Park 10-01-18
10/1/18 11:29 am Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...> [southbaybirds] FOS Hermit Thrush
10/1/18 8:08 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Saturday's Field Trip to Moss Landing
9/30/18 9:48 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] Common Terns in Alviso
9/30/18 3:44 pm tgrey41 <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Ulistac birds, pix
9/30/18 1:07 pm Jim Yurchenco via Groups.Io <jimy=<ideo.com...> [southbaybirds] FOS Fox Sparrow
9/30/18 8:05 am Amy Yee <amyrandallyee...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle at SCVWD
9/29/18 9:01 pm lazuli12 via Groups.Io <lazuli12=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle at SCVWD
9/29/18 10:42 am Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] BALD EAGLE at SCVWD
9/28/18 5:28 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] San Antonio Valley Transect
9/28/18 4:23 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Pectpral Sandpipers
9/28/18 12:07 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [southbaybirds] Tennessee Warbler Ulistac
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9/27/18 4:18 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] Pectoral Sandpipers
9/27/18 11:56 am Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Calero County Park: Lisa Killhough Trail
9/26/18 6:25 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] recent birds
9/26/18 11:27 am Debi Shearwater <debiluv...> [southbaybirds] Monterey Bay Birding Festival News
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9/25/18 9:33 am Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [southbaybirds] Black-and-White Warbler at Ulistac
9/24/18 11:31 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [southbaybirds] Late report: 152 sightings 9/21 (and some out of area stuff)
9/24/18 2:15 pm Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2018 Cumulative Year List - August 2018
9/24/18 11:11 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [southbaybirds] Ulistac Migrants
9/24/18 8:03 am stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Black and white warbler continues at ulistac
9/23/18 10:39 pm Karen DeMello <karen.demello...> [southbaybirds] Charleston Slough and Shoreline Lake on Sunday evening 9/23/2018
9/23/18 9:50 pm William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] SCVAS field trip to Alum Rock Park on Sunday 9/23
9/23/18 9:27 pm Scott Smithson <wscottsmithson...> [southbaybirds] American Redstart at Adobe Creek
9/23/18 2:39 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [southbaybirds] SFBBO California Fall Challenge Saturday AM
9/23/18 2:20 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> Re: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Black-and-White Warbler
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9/22/18 11:56 am Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Chestnut-sided Warbler at Ulistac
 
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Date: 10/21/18 4:33 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palm Warbler at Los Capitancillos Ponds
I birded the west Los Capitancillos Ponds at 2pm today and ran into
Karen Burnson. Best bird was a PALM WARBLER near the spillway at the
third pond west of Meridian. It was foraging on the ground and moving
around quiet a bit but stayed low. It had a dark cap, dark eye line and
light supercillium, brownish uppersides and faint breast and side
streaks. It was bright yellow under its constantly bobbing trail.
There's a metal garbage near where we stood to view the bird.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds/

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 10/21/18 2:58 pm
From: Debbi Brusco <sbb...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Monte Bello OSP
While starting our docent permitted night hike on 10/20 around 5:25, an
AMERICAN PIPIT briefly landed in the main lot near our group, took a
few steps, then faster steps, and flew off.

Aside from the usual, as we ate dinner at dusk, a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL
barked, and a few minutes later, another gave a couple of soft
bouncing-ball song phrases behind us.

When we scouted out a different trail on Monday to decide on an
alternate route since the SC Nature Trail is closed, a NORTHERN
SAW-WHET OWL gave whine calls.

Debbi Brusco
Hayward

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Date: 10/21/18 1:03 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso rare shorebirds continue Oct 21
Just past noon the Ruff and Pectoral Sandpiper were in the corner of the marsh east of the tracks and north of the entrance road to the environmental education center in Alviso. A few minutes later the Pacific Golden Plover was seen closer to the dirt lot. Just like the good old days!


Dave Weber,Milpitas
By phone
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Date: 10/21/18 12:30 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Some Comments About Bird Sightings in the Alviso Area
All:

Today, October 21, I saw, just as previously reported by Bill Bousman, at least 12 Wilson's Snipe in the pickle-weed at the Elizabeth and Gold pumping station pond.

Steven Tucker's report of "a large roosting flock (65) of Long-billed Curlews" reminds me that in the past I have often reported very large flocks of these birds at Crittenden Marsh -- but it required the correct high tide with an early morning sighting.  Crittenden Marsh is dryer now than it has been, so the birds may be taking their required resting period somewhere else.

At the EEC entrance road I did not find the Ruff, and my view of the Pacific Golden-Plover  was only a back view.  But I did see the reported juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper. ( Photos attached).

Frank Vanslager


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Date: 10/21/18 12:21 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pectoral Sandpiper (noon, 10/21)
The Pectoral Sandpiper is just north of the railroad tracks on Grand Ave. The bird is close and providing some great views. Thank you to Bob Hirt and George Peyton for helping me with the id.

Eve Meier
San Jose

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Date: 10/20/18 7:02 pm
From: tgrey41 <tgrey...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Chicago Marsh
This afternoon (10/20/18) between 3 and 4 the RUFF was close in north of
the entry road to the EEC and just east of the railroad tracks:
http://www.pbase.com/image/168292414

The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER was in the same area, but sufficiently far north
of the road that photos were not worth posting.

--
Tom Grey
www.pbase.com/tgrey
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Date: 10/20/18 2:24 pm
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Chicago Marsh
Very good shorebirding here this morning, October 20.
The Ruff was seen in a couple different places; early in the morning it was quite a ways from the EEC entrance road at approximately 37.432538, -121.959248 and later on it was just past the railroad tracks on the left as you are driving in toward the EEC. Two Pectoral Sandpipers were also here all morning.
The Pacific Golden-Plover continued in the same location with the Killdeer flock, also present all morning.
Seen from Grand and Spreckles, there was a large roosting flock (65) of Long-billed Curlews.
Salt Pond A16 also held a lot of roosting shorebirds, a nice change from earlier this fall when there were typically only a handful.
Steve TuckerSan Jose On Friday, October 19, 2018, 7:36:44 PM PDT, Bill Bousman <barlowi...> wrote:

Folks:

I visited New Chicago Marsh this morning, 10/19/18.  I found two LESSER
YELLOWLEGS north of Elizabeth Street.  Later, northeast of the RR spur
along the entrance road, I counted five Lessers in one scan.  I saw
another Lesser near the boardwalk a bit later.  Eight birds is a fairly
high tally for October.  Also north of Elizabeth, I counted at least 12
adult MEW GULLS, the first I've seen this season.  The
pickleweed-covered island  in the pump station pond had at least 12
WILSON'S SNIPE.  I counted 140 DUNLIN at the south edge of the Spreckles
and State pond, the first sighting of birds in triple digits this
season.  Farther north in the pond was a male alternate BLUE-WINGED
TEAL, the first I've seen there.  Nearby were four female Blue-wings or
Cinnamons, but a bit far to judge the species.  Mark Rauzon showed up
for some birding and pointed out a juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER just
northeast of the RR spur.  Driving in on the entrance road, Marty Sidor
had the sleeping PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER in his scope on exposed land
southwest of outside gate parking.  It was surrounded by Killdeer, but
was hard to pick out.
None of us saw the Ruff.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park





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Date: 10/20/18 12:52 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Oka Ponds this morning FOS
Morning all,

We had our Los Gatos Birdwatcher/Let’s Go Birding bird walk this morning at Oka ponds. There is water throughout most of the ponds, although some are still bone dry. We had our first of the year BUFFLEHEAD ducks in the first pond as you come in from Oka. Roughly 4 males with females. In the larger pond between Dell and the trail we found a single male CANVASBACK, a few RING-NECKED DUCKS, GADWALLS, and an AMERICAN WIGEON. An angry crow caught our attention as it was harassing a single female MERLIN. We also found a female AMERICAN KESTREL later during our walk. A single WESTERN GREBE in the middle pond off of Dell stuck out in the company of all the coots. We also found a COMMON GALLINULE.

We ended up with 40 species of birds.

Have a great weekend.

Lisa Myers



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Date: 10/19/18 7:36 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] New Chicago Marsh
Folks:

I visited New Chicago Marsh this morning, 10/19/18.  I found two LESSER
YELLOWLEGS north of Elizabeth Street.  Later, northeast of the RR spur
along the entrance road, I counted five Lessers in one scan.  I saw
another Lesser near the boardwalk a bit later.  Eight birds is a fairly
high tally for October.  Also north of Elizabeth, I counted at least 12
adult MEW GULLS, the first I've seen this season.  The
pickleweed-covered island  in the pump station pond had at least 12
WILSON'S SNIPE.  I counted 140 DUNLIN at the south edge of the Spreckles
and State pond, the first sighting of birds in triple digits this
season.  Farther north in the pond was a male alternate BLUE-WINGED
TEAL, the first I've seen there.  Nearby were four female Blue-wings or
Cinnamons, but a bit far to judge the species.  Mark Rauzon showed up
for some birding and pointed out a juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER just
northeast of the RR spur.  Driving in on the entrance road, Marty Sidor
had the sleeping PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER in his scope on exposed land
southwest of outside gate parking.  It was surrounded by Killdeer, but
was hard to pick out.
None of us saw the Ruff.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 10/19/18 2:08 pm
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Negative report: Lapland Longspur at Byxbee Park
I was recently wondering about this myself. An eBird reviewer told me that users can elect to have their observations hidden from rarity and needs alerts yet still have their observations appear in public output, which is presumably the case here. I became aware of this when I saw that a Clay-colored Sparrow had been seen at Ulistac last month without showing up on any of my Santa Clara alerts.
Thanks for getting the word out Brooke!
Steve TuckerSan Jose
On Friday, October 19, 2018, 1:24:49 PM PDT, Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> wrote:

Folks,

I did a search this morning for a couple of hours (along with Steve Tracy). We worked through all the short grass areas high and low, and even doubled back to repeat. There was no sign of the Lapland Longspur, and very few American Pipits for that matter. Perhaps afternoon would be good to search as well, since Louise observed the bird yesterday afternoon.

If Louise has any details about exact location in the park she could share with the group, that would be helpful since it is a rather large area.

I’m also wondering if anyone knows why there was no alert sent out prior to Brooke’s message. Surely, this report should have triggered an alert since it does not require confirmation to trigger the alert system. Perhaps this is further evidence that the SouthBay list service continues to fulfill an important role when it comes to getting the word out quickly.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View



> On Oct 19, 2018, at 8:53 AM, Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> wrote:
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> Folks,
>
> I just noticed an eBird report from yesterday, showing (including photos) a Lapland Longspur at Byxbee Park.
>
>
>
> Brooke Miller
> San Jose
>
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Date: 10/19/18 1:24 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Negative report: Lapland Longspur at Byxbee Park
Folks,

I did a search this morning for a couple of hours (along with Steve Tracy). We worked through all the short grass areas high and low, and even doubled back to repeat. There was no sign of the Lapland Longspur, and very few American Pipits for that matter. Perhaps afternoon would be good to search as well, since Louise observed the bird yesterday afternoon.

If Louise has any details about exact location in the park she could share with the group, that would be helpful since it is a rather large area.

I’m also wondering if anyone knows why there was no alert sent out prior to Brooke’s message. Surely, this report should have triggered an alert since it does not require confirmation to trigger the alert system. Perhaps this is further evidence that the SouthBay list service continues to fulfill an important role when it comes to getting the word out quickly.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View



> On Oct 19, 2018, at 8:53 AM, Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> wrote:
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> Folks,
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> I just noticed an eBird report from yesterday, showing (including photos) a Lapland Longspur at Byxbee Park.
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> Brooke Miller
> San Jose
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Date: 10/19/18 1:24 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Possible Common Tern on Pond A2E on 10/19/18
All:

I walked east on the Bay Trail along the southern edge of Pond A2E and didn't find many interesting birds, except for many flying Brown Pelicans, a feeding flock of American White Pelicans, and innumerable Ruddy Ducks -- until I got to the western point of the triangle-mud-flat.  I set down the Questar in the general direction of the old Dirigible Hanger.  When I looked in the scope, a distant Snowy Plover was already dead center!  When I scanned left, I found 13 total perched Snowy Plovers.  I always feel much, much better when I scan the distant, barren, inhospitable mud flats and find a number of sleeping plovers.

At about 8:30 a very large flock of Forster's Terns flew in to perch on the previously-empty, pilings.  A quick bino-count gave me at least 96 birds.  Then, when I looked closer, I found what appeared to me to be a Common Tern.  The Carpal-bar was very very faint, and only shows the under wing part.  However, it shows up in each of my 6 photos. One digi-scope photo is attached.

When I finally decided to quit, I put the scope back towards the plovers, and found a Peregrine Falcon eating, what is probably, a Snowy Plover!  Photo attached.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 10/19/18 8:54 am
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Lapland Longspur at Byxbee Park
Folks,

I just noticed an eBird report from yesterday, showing (including photos) a Lapland Longspur at Byxbee Park.



Brooke Miller
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Date: 10/18/18 2:55 pm
From: tgrey41 <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Back yard Townsend's
This colorful guy visited our back yard fountain this morning, my first for
the year in the county: http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168282875

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Tom Grey
www.pbase.com/tgrey
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Date: 10/18/18 12:52 pm
From: Al Eisner <am_eisner...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Ruff and Pacific Golden-Plover

Both around noon, Nw side of EEC. Entrance road.. Ruff and two Lesser Yellowlegs immediately NE of RR tracks. Plover 100 m SW of dirt parking lot.

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Date: 10/17/18 5:53 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Photos of Pacific Golden-Plover
All,

I've included a couple photos of the PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER seen today
(10/17) on e-bird, just click on the link below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49261150


Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 10/17/18 2:23 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Rancho Cañada Del Oro
Today (10/17) I visited Rancho Cañada Del Oro Open Space Preserve. I walked along the Longwall Canyon Trail past the dry creek bed to the first gate (less than a mile), returned to the parking lot, then walked the paved Llagas Creek Trail (approximately a 1/2 mile loop).

The best bird was a PILEATED WOODPECKER who flew by me calling. I also spotted several NORTHERN FLICKERS including what I think is an integrade. The underwings were yellow but I couldn’t see any malar stripe or red on the nape. Both the Pileated Woodpecker and the integrade Northern Flicker were just past the dry creek bed on Longwall Canyon Trail. Other woodpeckers included 1 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, and several HAIRY WOODPECKERS, ACORN WOODPECKERS, and NUTALL'S WOODPECKERS.

I only spotted one warbler, a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER but there were lots of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and HERMIT THRUSH all along both trails.

Ebird list for Longwall Canyon Trail: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49257161
Ebird list for Llagas Creek Trail:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49257022

Eve Meier
San Jose (Cambrian Area)
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Date: 10/17/18 1:20 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pacific Golden-Plover
Snowing nicely about 100 yards before the small lot by the entrance gate to the Alviso EEC. Left side of road beside a heavy wooden or concrete block. With many Killdeer.

Ruff still present just after RR crossing, again left side of road.

Matthew Didder

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Date: 10/17/18 8:14 am
From: stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pacific golden plover now EEC road
West of train tracks
Steve TraceySan Jose

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Date: 10/16/18 6:03 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso shorebirds Oct 16
In addition to the Pacific Golden Plover and Ruff along the entrance road to DESFBNWR (pronounced des-fibben-wer) in Alviso today around noon, there was a Dunlin on the west side of the rr tracks in the huge mixed flock and two Lesser Yellowlegs on the east side, one getting snippy with the Ruff.
Dave Weber,Milpitas
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Date: 10/16/18 11:58 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pacific Golden Plover and Ruff Continue at EEC on 10/16/18 at 11 AM
All:

At about 1030 Ann Verdi and I were separately driving out of the EEC and I stopped to check with a birder who had the Pacific Golden Plover in his spotting scope.  We had some great views, and I even tried for a quick digi-scope view (attached).  Then at about 11 we got back in our cars and drove a hundred yards, or so, to where I stopped and immediately spotted the Ruff in about the same place as usual.  It's great to have 2 different rare birds in about a 10 minute time period.

Frank Vanslager


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Date: 10/16/18 11:27 am
From: Sergio M Perez <smperezs...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Pacific golden plover flew off
Continuing ruff close to the rr tracks at 11:30.


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-------- Original message --------From: Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> Date: 10/16/18 10:42 AM (GMT-08:00) To: South Bay Birds <southbaybirds...> Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Pacific golden plover flew off

Golden plover back between rr tracks and gate at 10:30 am.

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Chased off by killdeer flew high towards Milpitas and circled once, still being chased and then I lost it...
Steve TraceySan Jose





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Date: 10/16/18 10:42 am
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Pacific golden plover flew off

Golden plover back between rr tracks and gate at 10:30 am.

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Chased off by killdeer flew high towards Milpitas and circled once, still being chased and then I lost it...
Steve TraceySan Jose





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Date: 10/16/18 10:41 am
From: stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Photos of Pacific Golden Plover and Ruff
Here are some photos of the Pacific Golden Plover found by three birders (sorry, didn't get names) this morning at the EEC entrance road in Alviso.  Also a few shots of the Ruff from this morning as well.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_t53/albums/72157699263206852

Steve TraceySan Jose

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Date: 10/16/18 8:50 am
From: stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pacific golden plover flew off
Chased off by killdeer flew high towards Milpitas and circled once, still being chased and then I lost it...
Steve TraceySan Jose

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Date: 10/16/18 8:34 am
From: stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pacific golden plover at EEC entrance road
Now near parking lot near gate.  Amongst killdeer.
Steve TraceySan Jose

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Date: 10/16/18 8:34 am
From: Jason Vassallo <jason.vassallo...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pacific Golden-Plover Don Edwards
Looking at a Pacific Golden-Plover at 8:30am at the far end of the entrance road, viewed from the dirt parking lot by the entrance gate. Ruff is present this morning as well.

Jason Vassallo

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Date: 10/15/18 5:29 pm
From: Pat Kenny <patricialkenny...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale Baylands Park 10/15/2018
Some notable birds at Sunnyvale Baylands Park this morning, 10/15/2018, were 1 MERLIN, 1 CHIPPING SPARROW (near the Discovery Play Area), the continuing WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (near the Meadowlands Picnic Area), 20+ YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 1 TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, 1 SAY’S PHOEBE, 2 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS.

ebird report: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49221418

Good birding,
Pat Kenny

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Date: 10/15/18 2:04 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ruff
Still present immediately after rail road tracks on entrance road to EEC.

Matthew Dodder

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Date: 10/15/18 12:19 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ruff in Alviso
Ruff continues in Alviso along north side of the entrance rd to the environmental education center, just past the rr track. Noon.


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Date: 10/15/18 9:51 am
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ruff
The RUFF is continuing right now just past the railroad tracks on the left side of the road as you head into the EEC at Don Edwards NWR Alviso. 9:50 am Monday 15-Oct.

Brooke Miller

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Date: 10/14/18 6:22 pm
From: Karen Burnson <karenburnson...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Birdy Thompson Creek
Lots of birds at Thompson Creek this morning for Janna Pauser and I.
Best birds were 2 *Soras*, 6 *Wilson's Snipe*, a *Peregrine Falcon*, a
juvenile *Cooper's Hawk* and 18 *Great-tailed Grackles.*
We also saw 5 *Green Herons*, 8 *Eurasian Collared Doves*, a female *Common
Yellowthroat*, *Red-winged Blackbirds*, *Savannah Sparrows*, *Lincoln
Sparrows*, a *Belted Kingfisher,*
2 *Muscovy Ducks* among the *Mallards* and *Gadwalls*, and the usual
herons and egrets. The only warblers were *Yellow-rumped Warblers.*.
At Lake Cunningham (Native Garden and Raging Waters areas only) we spied
10 *American White Pelicans*, at least 3 *Eared Grebes*, a pair of *Hairy
Woodpeckers*, 1 *Downy Woodpecker*,
*Ruddy Ducks*, 3 *Muscovy Ducks*, a *Fox Sparrow* and numerous *Yellow-rumped
Warblers*. The water in the lake looks and smells putrid.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds/

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Date: 10/14/18 4:15 pm
From: J Deck via Groups.Io <manaos2=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Probable Pygmy Owl - Priest Rock Trail near Lexington Reservoir
Heard probable Northern Pygmy Owl calling from lone Douglas Fir halfway up Priest Rock Trail above Lexington Reservoir at 11:00 am today. It got quiet when we stopped and attempted to get close. 

Joe Deck
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Date: 10/14/18 12:30 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Snipe Return And There Was A Ruff At The EEC On 10/14/18
All:

Just before 8 I parked very conveniently on Gold Street (I'm sure they'll change that) at Gold and Elizabeth in Alviso, and immediately saw 2 Lesser Yellowlegs near the far island to the east in the old pumping pond.  With binos I also noticed a suspicious lump, so I got out the Questar and counted 7 Wilson's Snipe.  (I didn't really bother to check out the other suspicious spots on that island.)

I went to the marina parking lot and, out on the boardwalk where it crosses the tidal channel, I was shown 2 close Virginia Rails and a Sora.

At about 9:30 I stopped on the EEC entrance road less than 100 yards north of the railroad tracks, where I could, without binos, identify a Ruff to the west of the road.  I spent at least a half hour looking at, and attempting to photograph, the Ruff.  It finally flew about a hundred yards further west and closer to the railroad tracks.  Attached are one handheld, and two digi-scope photos (you may need to click on something to be able to see them).  My photos are never cropped or processed, as they are never worth the added effort and complications.  What you see is what I got.

Frank Vanslager


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Date: 10/14/18 11:53 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Saturday's Field Trip to Moss Landing
All:

A half-dozen of us had a great day on Norm Kikuchi's repeat Field Trip to Moss Landing.  It wasn't quite as birdy, but there was a slightly different mix of species.  Instead of walking along the beach to get close views of the Snowy Plovers, we settled for a distant view and were rewarded by distant, but continuing, views of a breeding plumage Common Loon.  Usually we see the winter plumage, Basic or Alternate, I'm never sure which is which.  At Moonglow we saw a number of sleeping White-fronted Geese, instead of the one flyby that we saw on the earlier trip.  I listed 65 species on one trip, and 68 on the other.

This trip, like the earlier one, ended with excellent views of some warblers along the southern edge of the Eucalyptus Grove.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 10/13/18 9:25 pm
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Owl on owl battle at Alum Rock
SBB-rs,
This evening we decided to make one last effort at Poorwill, since it was a warm day, in the north part of the Alum Rock Park not far from Eagle Rock. We arrived just before dark and immediately heard a pair of Great Horned Owls counter calling, quite close on either side of the road. We walked to the entrance at Suncrest and as it got darker we heard Western Screech Owl toots. There were the settling sounds of Acorn Woodpecker, Zonotrichias, Wild Turkies and some scrabbling from California Towhees in the darkness. This is when things got interesting ...
We heard the "kleak" calls of a Barn Owl back toward Suncrest, so we turned around and got some pretty good audio of what turned out to be a distress call. As I was recording the BANO, I noticed a Great Horned Owl sitting in the road near a street lamp, allowing decent visual details with binoculars, but not enough for a picture. The GHOW was standing on top of a Barn Owl who, although pinned, was holding its own in the fight. The Great Horned Owl was working both feet and its bill against the Barn Owl. Suddenly GHOW took a blow to the head that caused it to fly off. Immediately the Barn Owl flew off, covered in significant blood. There was only a single feather as evidence of this 10min struggle. There were at least two other Barn Owls near by that would occasionally give the "kleak" call, as if in sympathy. 
Check out the audio on eBird at:eBird Checklist – Alum Rock Park, Santa Clara County, California, US – Sat Oct 13, 2018 – 6 species 

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Brutal finish to a great day.To birdgevity and beyond,Bill & Kitty

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Date: 10/13/18 6:52 pm
From: tgrey41 <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley birds, pix
I visited Coyote Valley this morning and had my best results right in the
parking lot of the Open Space Preserve. At the edge of the rocky
area above the bathroom, I spent some time waiting at the fence and was
rewarded by close-up views of a ROCK WREN and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168257894
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168257891
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168257893

Several YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIES were in the parking lot area; here's a photo
of one:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168257892

A female AMERICAN KESTREL perched on a wire:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168257896

and a WHITE-TAILED KITE flew by:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168257895

I also checked out the west branch of Laguna, where along with another
kestrel, I saw my first-of-season SAY'S PHOEBES:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168257890

A very large swarm of blackbirds was too far north of the road to allow
picking out any rarities.

OT: earlier this week, we spent some time at Stinson Beach in Marin Co, and
I got pictures of a face-off between a Long-billed Curlew and an aggressive
Heermann's Gull, plus other birds on the ocean beach:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/birds_marin18oct

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

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Date: 10/13/18 3:41 pm
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero CP - Rancho San Vicente
Folks,
The Sharpies team explored the south valley at a way under-birded location, Rancho San Vicente entrance to Calero CP. This week's field trip focused on sparrows and we found many (8) species. We netted 46 species in four hours including some nice finds. Early on (8am-ish) we had over 100 sparrows (and House Finch) just up the hill from the parking lot including a late season Grasshopper Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Savanna Sparrow, Golden Crowned Sparrow, White Crowned Sparrow, Rufous Crowned Sparrow, Oregon Junco and a California Towhee, which is essentially a large sparrow.
Other highlights included Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle, male Northern Harrier flyover, White Tailed Kite, Red Tailed Hawk, American Kestrel among raptors. There were a good number of Rock Wren, a large flock of Western Meadowlark, Says Phoebe, both Lesser & American Goldfinch along with a host of other birds.
In an effort to follow eBird guidelines for shorter lists, we did four lists for the location. There are quite a few photos on eBird:1st hour:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S491657252nd hour:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49161840 
3rd hour:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49163340
4th hour:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49165727 

If you haven't been, I would highly recommend a morning at RSV.
Good birding,Bill PMt. Hamilton

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Date: 10/12/18 7:58 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero Co. Park
 A dozen WILD TURKEY and one YELLOW BILLED MAGPIE were my first birds
along Casa Loma Road this morning. I birded for an hour just past Baldy
Ryan Creek on the Longwall trail. Here I saw a BLACK THROATED GRAY
WARBLER, 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, 2 HUTTON'S VIREO and a RED BREASTED
SAPSUCKER. A HAIRY WOODPECKER, numerous RUBY CROWNED KINGLET and HERMIT
THRUSH were heard only. I left with 38 species when vans full of kids
arrived.

Twenty YELLOW BILLED MAGPIES were in a walnut orchard along Uvas Road. I
stopped along Oak Glen Ave and found a PEREGRINE FALCON sitting at the
waters edge at Chesbro Reservoir. Three BLACK NECKED STILTS and a
LINCOLN'S SPARROW were seen at the nearly empty reservoir.

Driving on a residential street in Coyote Valley I heard bird song and
stopped at a huge walnut tree full of CEDAR WAXWINGS and AM. ROBINS. Two
interacting RED BREASTED SAPSUCKERS, 3 NO. FLICKER, a NUTTALL'S
WOODPECKER, WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH and YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS were all
seen in this tree. I only drove through Coyote Valley to avoid repaving
along McKean south of Bailey and didn't bird Palm or Laguna.

Yesterday, Oct. 11, I had 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS in Fontana Park and one
continuing CHSP in TJ Martin.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 10/12/18 3:19 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing White-faced Ibis
All,

This morning (10/12) the WHITE-FACED IBIS continued in the
Northwestern most pond in the Gilroy Water Treatment Facility. Other
notables in this pond included two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and at least
two AMERICAN PIPITS. The continuing adult, non-breeding plumaged
male EURASIAN WIGEON was with AMERICAN WIGEONS in the pond nearest the
entrance to the facility.


I've included a couple photos in ebird: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49144950

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 10/11/18 9:11 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCRWA Ponds in Gilroy
David Zittin and I headed down to Gilroy to visit the South County Regional Wastewater Authority ponds. As mentioned in previous reports, there is only one pond (besides the entrance road pond) that has any water in it, and we headed straight for it. The best bird here was a WHITE-FACED IBIS, foraging contentedly by itself. We also had a single WILSON'S SNIPE, although it's hard to believe that there weren't more hiding amongst the mud clods. An adult male EURASIAN WIGEON in eclipse plumage was on the pond, but it flew while we were still there, and was later found on the entrance road pond. 
Other interesting ducks on the entrance road pond were 3 CANVASBACKS, 18 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL. Also at this pond was a SORA in a small patch of cattails, and a singing MARSH WREN in the same patch. 
An adult GOLDEN EAGLE with a full crop was perched in the willows at the south end of the creekside ponds. Other raptors included 2 COOPER'S HAWKS, a NORTHERN HARRIER, 2 WHITE-TAILED KITES, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS. A HOUSE WREN was chattering from the undergrowth behind the main facility. Five LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were found in the area. At least 100 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS were overhead throughout the morning. 
On the way home, we stopped in Coyote Valley and found 2 immature male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS along Laguna Ave.
Michael Mammoser

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Date: 10/11/18 11:57 am
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Vasona Lake County Park, Thurs Oct 11
There was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW and a SLATE-COLORED JUNCO, in a mixed flock of sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers this morning, on the lawn across from the boat docks (the same area the Blackburnian Warbler was seen by many). Three YELLOW WARBLERS were also in the area.

Good birding,
Brooke Miller
San Jose



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Date: 10/10/18 3:08 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow Sunnyvale
This morning (October 10), I saw a White-throated Sparrow at the
Meadowlands picnic area, and then much later at the Indian Grass Circle
picnic area. These are the first two picnic areas on the south side of
Sunnyvale Baylands Park. The Bay Breeze Picnic Area, where Pat Kenny saw a
White-throated Sparrow yesterday, is the third picnic area. I have photos
in my eBird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49100474

Garrett Lau

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Date: 10/10/18 2:44 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Byxbee Park Oct. 9
Yesterday I strolled the trails at Byxbee Park after visiting the Palo Alto Baylands. There was nothing unusual in either area, but it was nice to see so many Ducks. Among the thousand or so NORTHERN SHOVELERS, there were GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and my first-of-season AMERICAN WIGEONS. High over the marsh, and perhaps too close to the incoming small aircraft was an adult BALD EAGLE.

A single adult HERRING GULL was along the boardwalk at the Baylands.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View
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Date: 10/10/18 1:21 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCV Audubon field trip 10-10-18
SCV Audubon field trip participants enjoyed perfect weather birding the
water district property on Almaden Exp. this morning. The pond is going
dry which concentrated the fish and the birds. Egrets and herons were
very active and noisy with interruptions from a diving Osprey, crows
mobbing hawks, etc. The birds paid no attention to the perched PEREGRINE
watching the spectacle below. We had a few notable passerines, WHITE
BREASTED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW, ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER, HERMIT THRUSH
and a BLACK THROATED GRAY WARBLER. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was working the
edge of the pond and we flushed two GREEN HERONS along the river. A
single SCALY BREASTED MUNIA near the dam was seen by all. BELTED
KINGFISHERS chased each other around the pond. TURKEY VULTURES flew in
all morning and settled along the north edge of the pond.
Eve Meier will post an ebird report later today.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 10/9/18 4:10 pm
From: <craige66...> <craige66...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] FOS Wood duck
Today, Oct 9, I found my FOS male wood duck in eclipse plumage.  It was found about 1/2 mile north of the Bernal Rd bridge over Coyote Creek in south San Jose.

Craige Edgerton

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Date: 10/9/18 3:24 pm
From: Pat Kenny <patricialkenny...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow Sunnyvale
At Sunnyvale Baylands Park this morning, 10/9/2018, there was a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW foraging with mostly WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS in the grass near the path in the Bay Breeze Picnic Area.

ebird report: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49084491

Good birding,
Pat Kenny

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Date: 10/9/18 2:49 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Continuing Coyote Valley Yellow-headed Blackbirds
All,

A closer review of my photos shows that at least one of the younger males does have a yellow vent. Not sure when a male or female YHBL acquires a yellow vent?

Take care,

Bob Reiling

> On October 9, 2018 at 2:33 PM Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> wrote:
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> All,
>
> At about 10:30 this morning (10/9) I finally spotted a brightly marked YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (YHBL) in with a large flock of mixed Blackbirds (BREWER'S, RED-WINGED, TRICOLORED, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS and EUROPEAN STARLINGS) in the cow pasture North of Laguna Ave (my 4th of 5th try). Even at reasonable distances (200 to 300 feet) it was nearly impossible to stay on the bird as when it was feeding it's chest was hidden in the weeds or it's back was to us while the generally chaotic movement of the flock and the meandering cows required that it be re-found on several occasions. Finally a YHBL was seen near the water tank located near the residence . Ultimately I photographed at least two YHBLs near or on the tank drinking (two in a couple of the photos), one appeared to be an adult female (showing a bright yellow vent and no whitish primary coverts) while at least one other YHBL was most likely a first year male (it had some whitish primary coverts and no yellow vent). Late morning would seem to be best for spotting the YHBL near one of the two water tanks (all of my earlier failures were in the early morning).
>
> Earlier I had gone to the Sunnyvale Baylands Park where birding was very slow. Best sightings were of Pat Kenny and a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER.
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> Take care,
>
> Bob Reiling
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Date: 10/9/18 2:33 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Coyote Valley Yellow-headed Blackbirds
All,

At about 10:30 this morning (10/9) I finally spotted a brightly marked
YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (YHBL) in with a large flock of mixed
Blackbirds (BREWER'S, RED-WINGED, TRICOLORED, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS
and EUROPEAN STARLINGS) in the cow pasture North of Laguna Ave (my 4th
of 5th try). Even at reasonable distances (200 to 300 feet) it was
nearly impossible to stay on the bird as when it was feeding it's
chest was hidden in the weeds or it's back was to us while the
generally chaotic movement of the flock and the meandering cows
required that it be re-found on several occasions. Finally a YHBL was
seen near the water tank located near the residence . Ultimately I
photographed at least two YHBLs near or on the tank drinking (two in a
couple of the photos), one appeared to be an adult female (showing a
bright yellow vent and no whitish primary coverts) while at least
one other YHBL was most likely a first year male (it had some whitish
primary coverts and no yellow vent). Late morning would seem to be
best for spotting the YHBL near one of the two water tanks (all of my
earlier failures were in the early morning).

Earlier I had gone to the Sunnyvale Baylands Park where birding was
very slow. Best sightings were of Pat Kenny and a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 10/8/18 1:26 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ferr. Hawk, Grasshopper Sp., Yellow-headed Blackbird
I did a shortened version of my route to Coyote Valley this morning. I
had a LARK SPARROW on the fence along Fortini Rd. A possible SLATE
COLORED FOX SPARROW was a highlight at the Stile Ranch trailhead. The
sparrows here suddenly got quiet when I spotted two juv. SHARP SHINNED
HAWKS hunting over the hillside. A ROCK WREN near the ridge was heard
only. A SAY'S PHOEBE was here and at each additional stop.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW perched on the fence was seen near the San Vicente
parking lot entrance.

I drove down Laguna and helped a ranch hand corral some loose cows. I'm
afraid of cows but it had to be done. Near the end of Laguna I found a
bright male YELLOW HEADED BLACKBIRD among some cows and calves close to
the water trough. There were at least five huge blackbird flocks in the
fields.

The usual birds were seen at the end of Palm. I birded from the parking
lot and spotted a juv. light morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK circling overhead.

As I turned onto my street I noticed a raptor in the sky and pulled over
to find a second year BALD EAGLE circling overhead.

Janna Pauser
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Date: 10/8/18 9:30 am
From: Cal Quindipan via Groups.Io <cqandmm=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] White-faced Ibis at Shoreline (late post)
Hi all,

Sorry this is late.  There were two ibis, spotted yesterday (Sunday 10/7/18) at about 11:30am, and with the help of three visiting birders from Indiana (didn't get their names) to the left of the Charleston Slough island, as viewed from the trail by the observation deck.  The tide was low and the water was very ducky, stilty, and avocet-ey.  Also saw a common yellothroat in the shrubbery in front of us.  

Happy birding!

Clarence Quindipan
Milpitas, CA

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Date: 10/7/18 9:09 pm
From: Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Am. Redstart, Sunnyvale Baylands
I checked some bayside areas from Sunnyvale to Palo Alto for landbirds today (7 Oct), not finding much. At Sunnyvale Baylands Park, a female-type American Redstart was briefly at the eastern end of the double row of cottonwoods southeast of the entrance. After a 60-second observation, the bird flew into one of the adjacent tall eucalyptus and I couldn't refind it (the breezy conditions didn't help). A Golden-crowned Kinglet was at the Animal Assisted Happiness facility.

A check of the Sunnyvale West Channel, Sunnyvale WPCP, and Stevens Creek downstream from La Avenida produced 15 Great-tailed Grackles (together along the channel north of the Sunnyvale WPCP), a handful of Yellow, Orange-crowned, and Townsend's warblers, a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and 1 silent "Western" Flycatcher (along Stevens Creek). Even Yellow-rumped Warblers and Zonotrichia were in pretty low numbers in these areas.

Steve Rottenborn
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Date: 10/7/18 12:50 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCVAS Field Trip at Stephens Creek County Park
Hi Birders,
A group of us spent over three hours covering about 2.5 miles and we saw 34 species of birds.
Some highlights:
- Three Townsend's Warblers with striking colors.
- A Red-breasted Sapsucker
- A FOS (for me) Ruby-crowned Kinglet
- A Belted Kingfisher in over flight
- A Great-blue Heron standing in a patch of grass adjacent to the Chestnut Picnic area parking

Details at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49022541

Good birding,
Dave Zittin
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Date: 10/7/18 11:38 am
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Hooded/Orchard Oriole at Martial Cottle Park
With the windy conditions this morning I decided to stay local and bird Martial Cottle County Park in San Jose. A small yellow oriole, either an Orchard or a Hooded, was seen flying into the row of tallest poplars in the grassy area, then out northeast toward the surrounding suburbs, which provide much better habitat for an oriole. Definitely one that got away and not something that I think can be refound.
I think someone has posted here about this park before (Eve?), but Martial Cottle consists of a relatively large area of agricultural and parklike habitat in the midst of dense suburbs and seems like it could potentially pull in some interesting birds, though I never would have expected an October oriole of any sort here. Five Say's Phoebes was a nice count, and there was also a Peregrine, Osprey, and a number of American Pipits among other things. Free parking is available on Chynoweth Ave on the south side of the park.
Steve TuckerSan Jose

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Date: 10/7/18 10:44 am
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Belgatos Park and Heintz Open Space
This morning (10/7/2018), I hiked from Belgatos Park, through Santa Rosa Open Space, and then down the Valley View Trail in Heintz Open Space. Highlights were 1 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, 1 WESTERN TANAGER, several PURPLE FINCHES, 1 COOPER'S HAWK, 4 HERMIT THRUSHES, 2 FOX SPARROWS, 2 CALIFORNIA THRASHERS, and one HAIRY WOODPECKER.

Heads-up: there is ongoing construction at Belgatos Park making the park noisy on the weekdays.

Map: https://www.losgatosca.gov/1326/Open-Space-Trail-Maps
Belgatos Ebird List: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49014693
Heintz Ebird List: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49017427

Eve Meier
San Jose




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Date: 10/6/18 3:38 pm
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Salt Pond A11 highlights
Lots of good stuff this morning at Salt Pond A11. Thanks to everyone who has been reporting from there this week!
1 Common Loon was foraging in the salt pond but was last seen flying high and north toward Coyote Hills
33 Redheads
~300 Greater Scaup in a single flock were a large number for this early in fall. Despite my best efforts I could not find any Lesser mixed in, though its possible I could have overlooked a couple.
1 Ruddy Turnstone flew in from the north and landed in A12, relatively close to the A11/A12 levee.
1 Common Tern was seen flying in from A8, continued over A11 without stopping, then began foraging in A14 and disappeared from view. This was either a second year or an adult bird (somewhat worn dark gray upperwing, compared to all the very "fresh" looking Forster's present, with big black wedges in the primaries - Commons molt later in fall than Forster's), so not the same bird as either of the two younger individuals observed earlier this week.
600+ Forster's Terns. Probably not news to anyone, but there are a lot of Forster's in the area!
I did look at the tern roost on what is left of the A10/A11 levee but was not able to see the birds all that well due to the distance and scope shake from the wind. For examining terns, I had better luck with checking out birds in flight, as mentioned above. If anyone is heading out there this afternoon or tomorrow, the parking lot of Alviso Marina County Park is closed for a cultural event/festival, so you'll have to park outside the entrance, but there is still access to the trails.
Oh and here is a salt pond map for reference: Sunnyvale Salt Pond Map

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Date: 10/6/18 11:40 am
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] 10/06 AM SCVWD ponds off Almaden and Via Monte
After reading Bob Reiling’s post from Friday morning we decided to bird the Santa Clara Water District pond located East of Almaden off Via Monte. As Bob mentioned, the water is low. There were over 30 SNOWY EGRETS hanging together and feeding in the big pond off the parking lot. Several GREAT EGRETS and DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS were sitting together in one of the dead trees, however it was the raptor activity that provided the best action. A juvenile RED-TAIL HAWK landed on the roof of the SCVWD building. A crow immediately got after the buteo when the two PEREGRINE FALCONS that frequent this area drove the red-tail away. An OSPREY was atop a tree and watched all the action. Eventually the Osprey caught a fish and the Peregrines again gave chase, but the Osprey settled down and ate its breakfast. We saw an adult Accipiter fly through very low and in the shadows. It was quite small, but we did not get a long enough look to make the ID.

We had great looks at several COMMON YELLOWTHROAT that were along the river. Also had a BELTED KINGFISHER, DOWNY WOODPECKER and both crown sparrows. A flock of KILLDEER were quite active as they vocalized, circled the ponds, landed and repeated the exercise. Maybe the two perched Peregrine Falcons made them nervous. We also re-found the GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

We ended our Los Gatos Birdwatcher Saturday morning walk with 37 species.

Lisa Myers
Let’s Go Birding / Los Gatos Birdwatcher



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Date: 10/6/18 12:41 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Hammond’s Flycatcher
Thanks for your analysis, Chris.

Also, I forgot to mention that a Chestnut-sided Warbler was in the same
tree as the flycatcher. Ozzie pointed it out to me shortly before he left.

Thanks to Ozzie for all his help.

Garrett Lau

On Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 10:26 PM Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
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> After reviewing my photos and Garrett's, I also think Hammond's is the
> right call. Hammond's has always notched tail, vested look, and peaked head
> shape. I never find bill length or primary projection useful on their own
> myself when distinguishing Hammond's/Dusky (lacking sufficient comparative
> experience I suppose), but the primary does seem fairly long and supports
> Hammond's.
>
> Gray seems safely ruled out by lack of downward tail motions, lack of well
> demarcated black-tipped bill (thanks Mike), and overall coloration.
>
> Great find Ozzie!
>
> Chris Johnson
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> -------- Original message --------
> From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
> Date: 10/05/2018 9:38 PM (GMT-08:00)
> To: Jason Vassallo <jason.vassallo...>
> Cc: <southbaybirds...>
> Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Hammond’s Flycatcher
>
> I also think it's a Hammond's Flycatcher. My photos are here:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157701886061864
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> Garrett Lau
>
> On Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 6:29 PM Jason Vassallo <jason.vassallo...>
> wrote:
>
>> Just saw the flycatcher at Ulistac, it is a Hammond’s. Primary projection
>> is too long for Dusky and small bill, right head shape for Hammonds.
>>
>> Jason Vassallo
>>
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Date: 10/5/18 10:26 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Hammond’s Flycatcher
After reviewing my photos and Garrett's, I also think Hammond's is the right call. Hammond's has always notched tail, vested look, and peaked head shape. I never find bill length or primary projection useful on their own myself when distinguishing Hammond's/Dusky (lacking sufficient comparative experience I suppose), but the primary does seem fairly long and supports Hammond's.

Gray seems safely ruled out by lack of downward tail motions, lack of well demarcated black-tipped bill (thanks Mike), and overall coloration.

Great find Ozzie!

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Date: 10/05/2018 9:38 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Jason Vassallo <jason.vassallo...>
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Hammonds Flycatcher

I also think it's a Hammond's Flycatcher. My photos are here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157701886061864

Garrett Lau

On Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 6:29 PM Jason Vassallo <jason.vassallo...><mailto:<jason.vassallo...>> wrote:
Just saw the flycatcher at Ulistac, it is a Hammonds. Primary projection is too long for Dusky and small bill, right head shape for Hammonds.

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Date: 10/5/18 9:38 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Hammond’s Flycatcher
I also think it's a Hammond's Flycatcher. My photos are here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157701886061864

Garrett Lau

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> Just saw the flycatcher at Ulistac, it is a Hammond’s. Primary projection
> is too long for Dusky and small bill, right head shape for Hammonds.
>
> Jason Vassallo
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Date: 10/5/18 6:29 pm
From: Jason Vassallo <jason.vassallo...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Hammond’s Flycatcher
Just saw the flycatcher at Ulistac, it is a Hammond’s. Primary projection is too long for Dusky and small bill, right head shape for Hammonds.

Jason Vassallo

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Date: 10/5/18 6:10 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Empid Pics
All,

Here are my images of the Ulistac Empid. Garret Lau has a boozaka lens and hopefully obtained better images (mine are heavily cropped).

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48963559

Best,

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA

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Date: 10/5/18 4:05 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Dusky/Gray Flycatcher Ulistac
Probable Dusky continuing in the cottonwoods south of north levee ramp. No downward tail flicks like a Gray in the 15 mins I watched it, and a bit too small/round headed.



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Subject: [southbaybirds] Dusky/Gray Flycatcher Ulistac

Hi all,

Ozzie asked me to report that hes watching a flycatcher at Ulistac that hes pretty sure is a Dusky, but he hasnt been able to completely rule out Gray. The bird is on the one of the two main trails thats closer to the levee, southeast of the northwestern ramp, southeast of a sign called The Transition Zone, on the northeast side of the trail.

He also just saw a greater white-fronted goose fly over.

Good Birding!

Steve Altus
Campbell




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Date: 10/5/18 4:00 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Creek below Montague
Folks:

This morning, 10/5/18, I walked on the east levee of Coyote Creek below
Montague to a bit below Tasman and returned on the west levee after
crossing at Tasman.  Three PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS were at the tail
end of their fall passage that ends in the first week in October.  Three
male and two female/immature WESTERN TANAGERS were also late.  An
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER might have been a late passage bird or one of the
few that will settle down and winter.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 10/5/18 2:46 pm
From: steve a via Groups.Io <steve_altus=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Dusky/Gray Flycatcher Ulistac
Hi all,

Ozzie asked me to report that he’s watching a flycatcher at Ulistac that he’s pretty sure is a Dusky, but he hasn’t been able to completely rule out Gray. The bird is on the one of the two main trails that’s closer to the levee, southeast of the northwestern ramp, southeast of a sign called The Transition Zone, on the northeast side of the trail.

He also just saw a greater white-fronted goose fly over.

Good Birding!

Steve Altus
Campbell

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Date: 10/5/18 12:18 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara Water District pond
All,

My first stop this morning (10/5) was ay the Santa Clara Water
District pond located East of Almaden Ave where the activity level was
very high, based on the low water conditions and fish availability.
Best birds included an OSPREY, two CASPIAN TERNS (one adult and one
juvenile), seven GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE along with a couple
CALIFORNIA GULLS, several Egrets (Great & Snowy), several
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS, a FEW AMERICAN
CROWS, one GREATER YELLOWLEGS and one GREAT BLUE HERON. Lots of
photo opportunities of close-in birds in the clear morning air. Lots
of unusual flight activity over the pond.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 10/4/18 10:03 pm
From: Karen DeMello <karen.demello...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] BCNHs - Stanford Oval
This evening at 9 PM there were 5 Black-crowned Night-Herons on the lawn of
the oval at Stanford University. It was quite a sight -- in the dark I
wouldn't have seen them had I not had gotten that lucky parking spot with
my car headlights shining on them. They were quite active on the ground,
hunting and catching food (insects?) in the grass. Meanwhile several
people were walking down the center sidewalk of the oval and cars were
active driving the oval/Palm Drive oval, and the BCNHs were oblivious and
focused on foraging.

For years I've seen BCNH's fly out at dusk and return at dawn. I've always
wondered where they went at night!

Karen DeMello
Mountain View

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Date: 10/4/18 12:24 pm
From: Ann Hepenstal via Groups.Io <annhep=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCVAS First Wed walk at Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant


> 14 people showed up on a day “with weather” to enjoy the birds, interesting clouds and fresh air. We enjoyed watching American White Pelicans... a Common Gallinule in the channel parallel to the Smart Station... Forster’s Terns making splashdowns in the pond. We had a flyover by a Coopers Hawk, a distant perched Northern Harrier, a few Red-tailed Hawks (I’d say 4 to 5 total), and small kettles of circling Turkey Vultures (6 or so).
> We had my first Say’s Phoebe of the season, 2 Great-Tailed Grackles, and many of the usual suspects. Details in eBird.
>
> Nice outing—thanks to Allen Royer for leading!
>
> Walking from parking lot, along the trail parallel to the Plant:
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48929204
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> Stationary at the pond next to the Smart Station, overlooking the little island/spit of land:
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48929303

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Date: 10/4/18 9:55 am
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] some recent Los Capitancillos Ponds birds
A few observations of local interest from my house on the Los Capitancillos Ponds.
I'm currently looking at the local adult Bald Eagle (same one that has been at the water district pond), perched in the big sycamore between the first and second ponds east of Meridian. The other large raptors from the water district pond, the Peregrine and Osprey, have also made appearances recently.
On October 2, I had 2 Caspian Terns fly over (getting late for this area) and a migrant/dispersing California Thrasher (#127 for the yard list), which really took me by surprise. Though they are resident relatively nearby this is not something I thought I would ever see from my yard due to the habitat here. It was below a strip of Baccharis just above the second pond east of Meridian, below the trail.
A Great Horned Owl seems to have taken up residence along Guadalupe Creek and has been hooting the last few nights. Barn Owl(s) has been regular in the area as well. There have been a couple of Sora in the first pond east of Meridian for some time now.
A single Ring-necked Duck back on September 25 has been the only interesting waterfowl species I've seen here so far this fall.
Good birding,
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Date: 10/4/18 8:14 am
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Greater Yellowlegs at SCVWD
Last night my husband and I walked around the Santa Clara Valley Water District pond. There was a single Greater Yellowlegs foraging in the shallow water of the main pond. (The water level is very low.) We also spotted the Osprey perched in a tree between the pond and the river.

Eve Meier
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Date: 10/3/18 8:05 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Common Tern no Jaeger
All,


I got out to A11 shortly after Ryan's post but didn't encounter the Jaeger. However a personal county bird Common Tern was a nice reward for my efforts. It was in the area reported previously just in front of the broken levee (i.e. water level). The many hundreds of terns did many regrouping and cycling passes, so it's just a matter of getting lucky with one.

Also in the area were Brown Pelicans, Red-necked Phalaropes, a Redhead, and many Elegant Terns.

Good Birding!
Chris Johnson



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Date: 10/3/18 7:54 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso
Folks:

This morning, 10/3/18, I walked out along the south side of A12 before I
sampled shorebirds in New Chicago Marsh.  On A12, I saw a single
SANDERLING in with 200-300 Least Sandpipers, undoubtedly the bird
Garrett photographed yesterday.  Best birds in New Chicago Marsh were
three LESSER YELLOWLEGS in with the Greaters near the pump station at
Gold and Elizabeth streets.  The construction nearby has been going on
for a few months, but it does not seem to cut the number of yellowlegs
back too much.  Many gulls were along the board walk near the EEC. 
Single adult HERRING and ICELAND GULLS there were the first I've seen
this fall.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 10/3/18 5:15 pm
From: Ryan Phillips via Groups.Io <harpiabz=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Jaeger A11
It is a PARASITIC JAEGER. After finally seeing it fly I could see the distinct white base of the outer primaries. 

Ryan Phillips
NorCal Birding
www.norcalbirding.com

On Wed, Oct 3, 2018 at 3:55 PM, Ryan Phillips via Groups.Io<harpiabz=<yahoo.com...> wrote: Hi Birders,I am watching a light juv Jaeger (probable Parasitic) in the NW corner of A11. Mostly sitting on water near terns, but also was chasing Forster's. Have photos and working on ID, but wanted to get it out. Scope needed.
At least 11 ELEGANT TERNS on A10/11 levee and foraging. No sign of Common but Jaeger got me distracted. 
Ryan


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Date: 10/3/18 3:55 pm
From: Ryan Phillips via Groups.Io <harpiabz=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Jaeger A11
Hi Birders,I am watching a light juv Jaeger (probable Parasitic) in the NW corner of A11. Mostly sitting on water near terns, but also was chasing Forster's. Have photos and working on ID, but wanted to get it out. Scope needed.
At least 11 ELEGANT TERNS on A10/11 levee and foraging. No sign of Common but Jaeger got me distracted. 
Ryan


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Date: 10/3/18 11:14 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] MacGillivray's Warb Ulistac
All,

Patrick Baglee let me know he found a Mac at Ulistac on the east side yesterday near Station 4. This area has a bit of standing water and is drawing in birds. At Ulistac, Mac is about as rare as Blackpoll and Tennessee Warbler (~3 unique records of each).

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA

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Date: 10/2/18 9:45 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Baird's Sandpiper in Alviso
I went to Alviso Marina this morning (October 2) to look for the Common
Terns that had been reported at the Pond A10/A11 levee. On my way there,
Jason Vassallo passed me coming back. He said he saw one. Unfortunately, by
the time I got there, all the small terns were at the opposite corner of
Pond A11, too far to identify. Then, while I was walking to the A11/A12
levee, which would have been a little closer, the terns flew away. So, I
didn't see any Common Terns.

However, I did have extended views of a Sanderling and a Baird's Sandpiper.
Both were along the south shore of Pond A12. My photos are in this Flickr
album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157700434971211

Garrett Lau

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Date: 10/1/18 3:27 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Common Tern
All,

Between 9:25 and 9:33 this morning (10/1) I had a COMMON TERN on the lower (nearly washed out) area of what is left of the dike between Salt Ponds A10 and A11. There also was one CASPIAN TERN and at least 32 ELEGANT TERNS (high count) among the FORSTER'S TERNS on the dike. The Gulls and the Elegant Terns were constantly displacing the smaller Terns from the better roosts and a flotilla of the smaller Terns was always in Salt Pond A11 near the dike between and A11 and A14 (too far to scan for goodies even at 60 power). With patience some of the smaller Terns would occupy the nearer lowlands where the COTE was found. On my way back to the parking lot an AMERICAN BITTERN flushed from the marsh south of the dike in the Southeast corner of A11 and flew South to the Alviso Slough. As I neared the bridge over the Marina I spotted and photographed a nicely marked juvenile SANDERLING that was with LEAST SANDPIPERS on the Southern edge of Salt Pond A12.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 10/1/18 2:27 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Stile Ranch trail, Calero Co. Park 10-01-18
Many sparrows were heard only when I arrived at the Stile Ranch
trailhead at 8 am. Slowly sparrows appeared but most stayed in the
brush. WHITE CROWNED, RUFOUS CROWNED, LINCOLN'S, SONG, SAVANNAH and one
FOX SPARROW were seen from the seep area. A ROCK WREN and BLUE GRAY
GNATCATCHER were heard only. A NORTHERN HARRIER flew over the ridge.
BAND TAILED PIGEONS, a SAY'S PHOEBE, COMMON RAVEN pair and AM. KESTREL
were seen. Flocks of goldfinch were at the flowers along the seep and
ridge.

Calero Co. park was quiet but I found a fall GRASSHOPPER SPARROW in the
field across from the rangers parking lot. I also had several WESTERN
BLUEBIRD, WRENTIT, GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROWS, a NO. FLICKER and 2 RUBY
CROWNED KINGLET'S.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 10/1/18 11:29 am
From: Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] FOS Hermit Thrush
Out for a run this morning, I had my first of fall Hermit Thrush on the Los Alamitos Creek trail in Almaden Valley, just south of the Camden bridge.
Hugh McDevitt

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Date: 10/1/18 8:08 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Saturday's Field Trip to Moss Landing
All:

Norm Kikuchi's field trip to Moss Landing was, as usual, memorable and enjoyable.  There were a lot of boats on every waterway but they were well-behaved, and there were no traffic jams.  I recorded a total of 65 bird species (plus a number of mammals.)  Right at the starting lot there was an enormous fly-over of Elegant Terns.  Then, at the halfway point, there were more than a dozen Snowy Plovers sleeping on the beach, not bothered by the fishermen or by us standing nearby.  At the very end at Moonglow Dairy, there was a very friendly Pacific-slope Flycatcher while, up above, there was a Chestnut-sided Warbler high in the Eucalyptus.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 9/30/18 9:48 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Common Terns in Alviso
On Sunday, 30 Sep 2018, Richard Jeffers and I did a Snowy Plover survey in Alviso. On the Alviso Loop Trail, we found 2 COMMON TERNS on the deteriorating levee between ponds A10 and A11. They were associating with a large number of FORSTER'S TERNS and a few ELEGANT TERNS.
Michael Mammoser

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Date: 9/30/18 3:44 pm
From: tgrey41 <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ulistac birds, pix
Not having been out for a while, I managed to get me and my camera to
Ulistac Natural Area this
Sunday morning (9/30/18). Welcome sightings were a FOX SPARROW at the top
of a tree near Station 1 and one foraging on the ground nearby, maybe the
same bird.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168197344
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168197345
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168197346

Also in the same area was a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, or I maybe at this
time of year and not having heard any vocalization I should call it a
"WESTERN."
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168197347

Near Station 2 were a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER and a YELLOW WARBLER, the
latter reported by other birders to be one among many.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168197348
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168197349

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

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Date: 9/30/18 1:07 pm
From: Jim Yurchenco via Groups.Io <jimy=<ideo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] FOS Fox Sparrow
A pair of birds showing characteristics of the Sooty group seen this morning along the Lost Trail at Windy Hill OSP>

James Yurchenco
Palo Alto, CA
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Date: 9/30/18 8:05 am
From: Amy Yee <amyrandallyee...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle at SCVWD
We were at the SCVWD ponds in the afternoon and observed similar scenes. No
Caspian ternYee or Eagle, but great views of an American Bittern. Also a
Kestrel. The Osprey caught a fish (apparently at least his send of the day)
and we got a great view of him when he did a fly by right in front of us,
before flying to his perch on a dead tree to eat.

Amy Yee


On Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 9:01 PM lazuli12 via Groups.Io <lazuli12=
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> As mentioned in the previous report, an adult BALD EAGLE was seen at the
> Santa Clara Valley Water District headquarters this morning.
> There was quite the bird party going on there, as the water district is
> draining in the pond, which is apparently concentrating the fish.
> There were at least 20 SNOWY EGRETS foraging, along with assorted GREAT
> EGRETS and GREAT-BLUE HERONS, and lots of TURKEY VULTURES.
> A CASPIAN TERN was hunting with much success, as well as an OSPREY, who
> caught a nice size Bass.
> When the OSPREY saw the BALD EAGLE, it chased the EAGLE relentlessly to
> high altitude until the EAGLE finally departed.
>
> I got lot sof pix, but not sure how to post them to the group.
>
> regards to all
>
> Alan Walther
> San Jose
>
>
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Date: 9/29/18 9:01 pm
From: lazuli12 via Groups.Io <lazuli12=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle at SCVWD
As mentioned in the previous report, an adult BALD EAGLE was seen at the Santa Clara Valley Water District headquarters this morning.
There was quite the bird party going on there, as the water district is draining in the pond, which is apparently concentrating the fish.
There were at least 20 SNOWY EGRETS foraging, along with assorted GREAT EGRETS and GREAT-BLUE HERONS, and lots of TURKEY VULTURES.
A CASPIAN TERN was hunting with much success, as well as an OSPREY, who caught a nice size Bass.
When the OSPREY saw the BALD EAGLE, it chased the EAGLE relentlessly to high altitude until the EAGLE finally departed.

I got lot sof pix, but not sure how to post them to the group.

regards to all

Alan Walther
San Jose

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Date: 9/29/18 10:42 am
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] BALD EAGLE at SCVWD
There’s a BALD EAGLE soaring over the Santa Clara Valley Water District right now (10:30). The bird had just come from Lake Almaden. All the gulls, egrets, herons, etc have taken flight.

Eve Meier
San Jose

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Date: 9/28/18 5:28 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] San Antonio Valley Transect
Folks:

Today, 9/28/18, I did a San Antonio Valley Transect, starting at the
Alameda County line on Mines Road and finishing at the summit of Mt.
Hamilton.  Just south of the 1st summit on Mines Road I saw a TOWNSEND'S
SOLITAIRE in the chaparral, my first in 52 transects. More-or-less rare
residents included two LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS at the dog-leg south of the
junction, a male and a juvenal PHAINOPEPLA feeding together on some
chokecherry bushes near the 50900 gate on Mines Road between Colorado
Creek and the 2nd summit; and at least three LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES at
the second pond on Del Puerto Road. The chokecherries at the Colorado
Creek crossing were attractive to many birds including migrant a HY
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, a female/immature BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK,
and a male WESTERN TANAGER. Earlier, farther north on Mines Road I had
seen another HY BLACK-THROATED GRAY and later, there was another male
WESTERN TANAGER in the same location as the Phainopeplas.  I also saw a
CHIPPING SPARROW and a female/immature WILSON'S WARBLER at the Stoddard
Ranch (San Antonio Creek).  First of fall birds for me were a
RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER at the Biel Ranch gate, about four HERMIT
THRUSHES at various spots along Mines Road, and a "SOOTY" FOX SPARROW
north of the 1st summit.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 9/28/18 4:23 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Pectpral Sandpipers
All,

This morning only one pond other than the two ponds near the entrance to the Gilroy Water Treatment Facility had any water in it. With some difficulty I scanned the Northwestern most pond and was able to re-find two closely associating (seeming to be brightly marked juvenile) PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, presumably those found yesterday (9/2) by Mike Mammoser. Other notables included 5 closely associating juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and two separate views (time and distance) of WILSON'S SNIPE.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 9/28/18 12:07 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Tennessee Warbler Ulistac
All,

Patrick Baglee informed me he had a Tennessee Warbler yesterday afternoon at Ulistac just north of Station 2. There is a write-up on Ebird.

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA

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Date: 9/27/18 11:02 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Some Downloading Instructions I Didn't Know About eBird
All:

I've had almost no experience with eBird.  So I had to ask Bill Pelletier if there was some easy way to get a listing of birds that were seen on a scheduled Avocet-listed trip where the leader may have posted to eBird, but did not post to southbaybirds.  Bill sent back the following instructions.

I don't think that you can search by name ... probably privacy concerns. However, you can search by hotspot as follows:1. Go to Explore: https://ebird.org/explore2. Click on Explore Hotspots.3. Enter the Hotspot name in the left hand box. (Or you can enter the county in the right box.)

4. Click on the green button labelled View Details

5. On the right hand side you will see recent visits, where you can click on the date of any checklist, which also has the name of the person who submitted the list next to the date.

Easy as that!?!

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 9/27/18 4:18 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pectoral Sandpipers
I visited the South County Regional Wastewater Authority ponds in Gilroy (aka Gilroy sewage ponds) on 26 Sep 2018, where I found 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.
Michael Mammoser

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Date: 9/27/18 11:56 am
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero County Park: Lisa Killhough Trail
This morning I birded the Lisa Killhough Trail at the San Vicente entrance to Calero County Park. This has been the best trail for ROCK WRENS and LARK SPARROWS. The ROCK WRENS are noisy and many of them were close to the trail. I also had great views of at least 8 LARK SPARROWS. Other fun birds spotted were SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 2 RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS, SAY'S PHOEBES, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 AMERICAN KESTREL, and 2 WHITE-TAILED KITES.

Complete list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48779341

Eve Meier
San Jose (Cambrian Area)


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Date: 9/26/18 6:25 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] recent birds
I birded a portion of the Calero Creek trail this morning. I was looking
for heard only RUFOUS CROWNED SPARROWS at the Santa Teresa Creek
crossing when a flock of 30+ AM. PIPITS flew out from the ridge and
back. A few called loudly. Later I had my first fall RED BREASTED
SAPSUCKER on the Alamitos Creek trail near Camden.

Sept. 24, I found five CHIPPING SPARROWS under the redwood trees near
the TJ Martin park playground.

Sept. 23, A quiet CASSIN'S VIREO was seen in Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos.

A YELLOW WARBLER and WESTERN TANAGER have been to our backyard birdbath
most days.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley



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Date: 9/26/18 11:27 am
From: Debi Shearwater <debiluv...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Monterey Bay Birding Festival News
Howdy, Birders,

Please join me at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, September 27 to 30, headquartered at the top floor of the Watsonville Civic Plaza, 275 Main Street, Watsonville. http://www.montereybaybirding.org <http://www.montereybaybirding.org/>

From California Condors to Black-footed Albatrosses, Wrentits to Ashy Storm-Petrels, bobcats to blue whales, the richness and diversity of wildlife in this area is astounding. A great selection of field trips are on offer covering nearly all of the hottest birding sites in the region. Workshops include bird photography, scientific illustration of birds, and decoy bird carving to name a few. Kayaking and slough safari trips are available at Elkhorn Slough.

Pelagic trips by Shearwater Journeys are scheduled for all three days, with spaces available on all trips. All trips run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations, email Debi Shearwater: <debi...> It is possible to get on board, even at the last minute. Each trip is $140/person. We give parking vouchers which save you $10 on exiting the parking lot at the end of the day.

The leader line up for these trips:
FRI. SEP. 28 with Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater, Tom & Beth Hamel.
SAT. SEP. 29 with Steve Tucker, Sahas Barve, Marcel Holyoak, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater.
SUN. SEP. 30 with Alex Rinkert, Sahas Barve, Debi Shearwater, Tom & Beth Hamel.

Special Guest: Liz Gordon of the American Birding Association will be on board the Sat. and Sun. trips.

NEWS: FRIDAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER CHANGED
A family emergency has called the scheduled keynote speaker for Friday, Sep. 28 away.
I shall be presenting the keynote speech on Friday night, “40 Years of California Seabirding.”
The keynote will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the festival headquarters in Watsonville.
The fee to attend the keynote is $15/person if you are not registered for the full festival. If you are registered for the full festival, the keynote is included.

THE ABA LUDLOW GRISCOM AWARD for OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS in REGIONAL ORNITHOLOGY will be presented on Saturday, Sep. 29 at 7 p.m. by Liz Gordon, prior to the keynote speech by Jonathan Franzen.
I am honored and gratified to be the recipient of this award for advancing the knowledge of seabird status and distribution. Ann Nightingale nominated me for this award. In reality, the award is shared by the many thousands of birders who have ventured offshore with me during the past 43 years, and continue to do so today. Thank you so much. I hope to see you there!
The fee to attend the keynote and award presentation is $15/person if you are not registered for the full festival. If you are registered for the full festival, the keynote is included.

I hope to see you this weekend, either on a boat, or at the festival!
Seabirding for Science,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
<debi...>
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
Siberia’s Forgotten Coast & Spoon-billed Sandpiper- 25 June - 9 July 2019
Galapagos Islands: 30 October - 12 November 2019


























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Date: 9/25/18 9:56 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pygmy Nuthatches at Cuesta Park on 9/25/18
All:

At 8 AM I'd walked at least half-way around Cuesta Park and had seen only 2 birds.  But then a small flock of Pygmy Nuthatches descended on me.  I took a few really bad photos (see attachment), but then my camera complained about its battery.  It's nice when a bird-less walk suddenly turns into a memorable outing.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 9/25/18 9:33 am
From: Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Black-and-White Warbler at Ulistac
In euc at Station 2 at 9:30.

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Date: 9/24/18 11:31 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Late report: 152 sightings 9/21 (and some out of area stuff)
Apologies for the late report, I headed down friday on 9/21 to see family
and just returned and am catching up on things.

On the trip through 152 headed out, I saw a few notable things:

On Soap lake, there were six white pelicans

Flying in the air over the road near the last fruit stand before you go
over the hill to the bypass that takes you to Casa de Fruita, I had a very
white hawk, with white/light head and talk, white chest, mottled
under-wings. It was definitely not a red-tail light morph, but of similar
size; it was a nice Ferruginous light morph instead.

Finally, in the area where the bald eagles have hung out (past Casa de
Fruita on the S side just before you start the big climb) I saw a full
adult bald eagle in the tall snag they tend to prefer over the pond.

Coming back today I decided to take early looks at a couple of refuges to
see if they've started flooding and whether there was anything fun
visiting. Kern NWR down south was fairly quiet but I did find a small group
of 15 Canvasbacks (unusual for there), mostly younger ducks, and some
Gadwalls. there were some shovelers there as well, again it looked to be
mostly younger birds. One Loggerhead Shrike and a single eared grebe were
the notables for me. Near the end of tour I found a group of Ibis with 12
cattle egret. On the drive back to I-5 I ran into oodles of egrets, well
over 100 in or near the refuge, at least 80 being Great, and the rest
either Snowy or Cattle; my best guess was two groups of 10-12 cattle egrets
each, and maybe 8-10 snowy mostly individuals hiding among the greats.

I also took in a quick tour of San Luis NWR; Tule Elk was incredibly quiet,
but did show off three different Say's Phoebes, 2 within 20 feet of each
other and a third about 100 feet further down the elk fence. All three were
stressed and panting (it was 88 degrees) and I'm guessing they're newly
arrived. On Waterfowl the flooding is just beginning, with most of the few
areas starting to flood new enough the grasses haven't even started
greening yet, and most of the ponds were empty, not even the coots have
noticed the new ponds forming. I did, however, see three early groups of
Sandhill cranes, one of 7, a later one of 25ish, and a final group of six
flying and circling a bit of a distance away. There were very few raptors
around, but between the two tours I did see five Kestrels, and near the end
of the tour I ran into a few sparrows and one stood up and let me ID it as
a Lark. Most of the small birds were either sticking to the shade or
refusing to be cooperative.

It's way early to visit the refuges, but it was nice to do some scouting,
and very nice to see a few early cranes.

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Date: 9/24/18 2:15 pm
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2018 Cumulative Year List - August 2018
Hi Birders!

In August we had 5 new birds, bringing the total count to 264. August is 6, while the average total bird species recorded through August is 265. The new birds for August, with rarity codes in parentheses were:

4-Aug: A Heermann’s Gull (5) was seen flying over Pond A16 at Don Edwards NWR by Louise Liou;

9-Aug: A Baird’s Sandpiper (4) was seen by Garrett Lau and Louise Liou at the end of Gold and Elizabeth Streets in Alviso;

16-Aug: A Zone-tailed Hawk (6) was seen by Kate Wilmot at Anderson Lake County Park – Rosendin Park;

18-Aug: A Wandering Tattler (6) was seen at Alviso Marina County Park, by Louise Liou;

18 Aug: A Willow Flycatcher (4) was seen by Janna Pauser at the Guadalupe River Trail between Blossom Hill and Chenowyth.

A Nanday Parakeet was seen in Alviso by several birders on different occasions in August. This bird is most likely a local escapee.


My monthly reports are made up of eBird sightings, postings on SouthBayBirds, 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 in a timely manner to <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...> 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: 9/24/18 11:11 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Migrants
All,

As everyone probably knows by now, Ulistac is pretty loaded with migrants at the moment. This past week has been quite amazing. I finally caught up with one of the real rarities this morning around 8:30 am, a Black and White Warbler, thanks to Steve Tracey who relocated it. It was hanging out from low to high in the cottonwoods just south of the north ramp (opposite side from station 2). Steve also got several of us on a Nashville Warbler in the same cottonwoods, and a Willow Flycatcher continued nearby.

Yesterday I spotted a flock of about 15 Greater White-fronted Geese flying high and going northbound over Ulistac; the first such occurrence for me in the county I believe.

Good Birding!

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA

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Date: 9/24/18 8:03 am
From: stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Black and white warbler continues at ulistac
Just south of ramp to levy.
Steve TraceySan Jose

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Date: 9/23/18 10:39 pm
From: Karen DeMello <karen.demello...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Charleston Slough and Shoreline Lake on Sunday evening 9/23/2018
This evening Kay P & I co-led the Intrepid A-to-Zers bird walk at
Charleston Slough for the SFBBO annual California Fall Challenge.

Our enjoyable and intrepid group of 11 had a variety of experience levels
(from first bird walk ever to birding for decades!). Our goal was to
enjoy the birds and see 26 species from A to Z. We had no problem
exceeding that goal with a final total of 38 species in 2-1/4 hours as low
tide and darkness approached.

Highlights at Charleston Slough tonight included a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 2
WHIMBRELS and a WHITE-TAILED KITE.

At Shoreline Lake we watched half a dozen FORSTER'S TERNS diving for dinner
over and over ~ what a show! There were 3 SURF SCOTERS swimming across
the lake as the near full Harvest Moon rose in the east. Beautiful!

As we walked back to our cars on Terminal Way we heard a GOLDEN-CROWNED
SPARROW singing ~ hooray! Zonotrichia finished up the evening!

The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory has some amazing guided trips coming
up in the next few weeks: bird walks/rides, insects/spider walk, sketching
and more! Details and registration is at:
https://www.sfbbo.org/2018-cfc-trips-and-workshops.html

Also this years t-shirt featuring the Ridgway Rail is WAY COOL!

Wishing you a wonderful bird-filled autumn,
Karen DeMello
Mountain View

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Date: 9/23/18 9:50 pm
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCVAS field trip to Alum Rock Park on Sunday 9/23
Folks,
The Alum Rock outing today delivered a lot of great birds and much other fun nature. Some of the highlights included a Lincoln’s Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Cooper’s Hawk, a plethora of Steller’s Jays and almost as many Acorn Woodpeckers. We enjoyed beautiful weather and pleasant company while piling up 41 species over a four hour period. We had a couple couple of male, buck deer with large racks of antlers, which grabbed our attention as well. 
There were some first of season (FOS) birds for this location, such as Golden & White Crowned Sparrows and a probable Ruby Crowned Kinglet. As the trip neared an end, we suddenly saw (well over) 100 American White Pelicans flying high over the park. 

There are pictures and our complete eBird lists at:eBird Checklist – Alum Rock Park, Santa Clara County, California, US – Sun Sep 23, 2018 – 34 species  

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The previous list is the first half of the walk, while the following is the second part:
eBird Checklist – Alum Rock Park, Santa Clara County, California, US – Sun Sep 23, 2018 – 27 species 

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It was a fantastic morning with good birds and great people. My apologies to those who had trouble finding the group.
Good birding!Bill Pelletier

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Date: 9/23/18 9:27 pm
From: Scott Smithson <wscottsmithson...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] American Redstart at Adobe Creek
Hi Birders,
Today I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class on an afternoon field trip to Palo Alto Baylands, where we enjoyed great views of many of the common shorebirds like WHIMBREL, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, MARBLED GODWIT, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS, as well as stunning looks at a female NORTHERN HARRIER hunting low above the shrubs. 
After we parted, I headed south to the Adobe Creek trail in the waning light of the day, and the first bird I saw was a gorgeous male AMERICAN REDSTART, chipping away in a willow. There were also two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, a YELLOW WARBLER, and several "WESTERN" type flycatchers along the trail. There was also a little chipster that got away that I suspect was a MacG, but I couldn't get my eyes on it.
Good birding, 
Scott Smithson

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Date: 9/23/18 2:39 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SFBBO California Fall Challenge Saturday AM
Hi All -

I led the "Gallinago Go Go’s" yesterday for the 2018 SFBBO California Challenge. We were only going to bird 4 hours in the morning and started around 8:30 AM at Vasona County Park. I was hoping to re-find the Blackburnian Warbler that had been seen for weeks since we first found it. We did find an active flock of warblers in an Oak Tree near the boat ramp. Yellow-Rumped Warblers were everywhere with a few Yellow Warblers thrown in. I thought we had the Blackburnian, but it was only seen for a few seconds. My gut says we had the bird, but there are no photos to confirm. While we were there we also had a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, CEDAR WAXWINGS and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. A GREEN HERON was a nice find. We left with 37+ species and headed to Ulistac.

Once at Ulistac we ran into Bill Bousman, Mike Mammoser and Janet Hanson. That was kind of exciting in itself. Many on the team had only seen their names in posts. While there we found no vagrant new birds, we did add a few including a CALIFORNIA THRASHER, RED-TAIL HAWK and COOPER’s HAWK.

We next went to Alviso. We parked at the entrance to Don Edwards and watched two PEREGRINE FALCONS flushing flocks of shorebirds. If we were filming our day, it would have made glorious footage; something National Geographic would have appreciated. We also found a pair of AMERICAN KESTRELS catching dragonflies.

We moved out to the ponds and had a heard only SORA, found a COMMON GALLINULE and added kites, pelicans, shorebirds, egrets and herons. While we were out there I thought I heard a Greater White Fronted Goose flying overheard. I looked up to the very bright sky and could not find the bird and then doubted myself. However, I read later that Penbirds in San Mateo County were reporting them yesterday. So who knowns, maybe I did hear one.

We finished at noon with 70 species.

Thank you to all that were on the team and those that supported out efforts. If you have not yet signed up for the SFBBO California Fall Challenge, please make time or support those that are going out. If not us, who do you think will do it?

Lisa Myers
Gallinago Go Go’s
Let’s Go Birding






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Date: 9/23/18 2:20 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Black-and-White Warbler
Some photos at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48697009.

Mike got some very nice keepers.

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Date: 9/23/18 11:12 am
From: Ryan Phillips via Groups.Io <harpiabz=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Black-and-White Warbler
Hi Birders,At 10:45 I spotted a BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER working a euc on trail at the Station #2 sign while standing with Mike Mammoser and Dave and Floy Zittin. Good birding,Ryan 

Ryan Phillips
NorCal Birding
www.norcalbirding.com

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Date: 9/22/18 11:56 am
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Chestnut-sided Warbler at Ulistac
This morning there was a Chestnut-sided Warbler at Ulistac Natural Area with a large mixed flock on the north side of the main Eucalyptus grove in the southwest side of the park, seen from the main trail there. Paste 37.405874, -121.955661 into Google Maps for the exact location. I only could look for the Blackpoll Warbler for a few minutes and did not have any luck (my small companion needed to go take a nap) but we ran into Mike Mammoser who said it is still in the same area as yesterday.
If anyone birds Casey Forebay or Charleston Slough in the near future, I would encourage them to check the large fennel patch immediately west of Casey Forebay on the opposite side of the trail - it was loaded with Yellow and Orange-crowned Warblers early this morning, among other things, and could potentially be holding some other interesting migrants.
Good birding,
Steve TuckerSan Jose

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