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8/7/20 12:52 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Los Capitancillos Ponds
8/7/20 12:35 pm Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle on Disk Drive etc.
8/7/20 10:21 am ʻAnakala Neil <neil.ordinario...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Red Eye Vireo at Grant Ranch House pond
8/6/20 9:44 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [southbaybirds] Common Tern at A1
8/6/20 9:21 pm lavin_fara <pdunten...> Re: [southbaybirds] Common Tern at A1
8/6/20 6:44 pm Cedrik von Briel <cedro.de.bryl...> Re: [southbaybirds] Common Tern at A1
8/6/20 6:42 pm Cedrik von Briel <cedro.de.bryl...> [southbaybirds] Common Tern at A1
8/6/20 6:35 pm MBWW Assistant <Montereybaywhalewatch...> [southbaybirds] Upcoming Monterey Seabird Trips
8/6/20 4:31 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Skyline Trail
8/6/20 2:41 pm Raja Bhadury <bhaduryr...> Re: [southbaybirds] New Backyard Birds
8/6/20 11:44 am Barry Langdon-Lassagne via groups.io <wilmot=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] New Backyard Birds
8/6/20 11:11 am Amy Yee <amyrandallyee...> Re: [southbaybirds] New Backyard Birds
8/6/20 10:59 am Ralph via groups.io <sharks_hockey_maniac=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant County Park - Wed 5-Aug
8/6/20 9:14 am Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> [southbaybirds] New Backyard Birds
8/5/20 4:55 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Brown-headed Cowbird juveniles
8/5/20 3:17 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] ID confirmation help?
8/5/20 2:09 pm Vinayak Hebbagil <vinayakh7985...> Re: [southbaybirds] ID confirmation help?
8/5/20 1:55 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> [southbaybirds] ID confirmation help?
8/5/20 12:30 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant County Park - Wed 5-Aug
8/5/20 12:04 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...> [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) SBB-Events and Virtual outings
8/5/20 9:12 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Red-necked and Wilsons’s Phalaropes at Alviso Marina
8/5/20 7:47 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> Re: [southbaybirds] Help with bird IDs at Shoreline Lake this afternoon
8/5/20 2:42 am Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> Re: [southbaybirds] No Yellow-headed Blackbird This Morning - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Tue 4-Aug
8/5/20 12:23 am Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> Re: [southbaybirds] Help with bird IDs at Shoreline Lake this afternoon
8/5/20 12:11 am Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...> Re: [southbaybirds] Help with bird IDs at Shoreline Lake this afternoon
8/5/20 12:01 am Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...> [southbaybirds] Help with bird IDs at Shoreline Lake this afternoon
8/4/20 2:48 pm Larry Spivak via groups.io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] No Yellow-headed Blackbird This Morning - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Tue 4-Aug
8/4/20 2:26 pm Susan Weinstein <sue...> Re: [southbaybirds] No Yellow-headed Blackbird This Morning - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Tue 4-Aug
8/4/20 12:59 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] No Yellow-headed Blackbird This Morning - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Tue 4-Aug
8/3/20 8:44 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Comments on Summer Hermit Thrushes
8/3/20 8:13 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Pond A2E and the Stevens Creek Mouth
8/3/20 6:29 pm Joe Heinlein <Jgheinlein...> Re: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird RFI
8/3/20 6:19 pm Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird RFI
8/3/20 6:04 pm Ralph via groups.io <sharks_hockey_maniac=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird RFI
8/3/20 4:39 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> Re: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird aug 3
8/3/20 12:30 pm Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
8/3/20 12:28 pm Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
8/3/20 12:25 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird aug 3
8/3/20 12:18 pm BirdWideWeb.com <EBB-Support...> Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
8/3/20 12:17 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Possible Baird's Sandpiper - Salt Pond A16 - Monday 3-Aug
8/3/20 12:14 pm BirdWideWeb.com <EBB-Support...> Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
8/3/20 10:58 am Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
8/3/20 10:55 am Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...> Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
8/3/20 10:53 am Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...> Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
8/3/20 10:41 am Lynette Staffero <lynette...> Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
8/3/20 10:41 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Wood Ducks and Yellow-headed Blackbird at Los Capitancillos on 8/3/2020
8/3/20 10:01 am Lynette Staffero <lynette...> Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
8/2/20 9:48 pm m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...> [southbaybirds] Alviso Snowy Plovers
8/2/20 9:31 pm Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
8/2/20 9:28 pm Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
8/2/20 4:34 pm David Swafford <david...> Re: [southbaybirds] Question, right, wrong, or wildly wrong
8/2/20 4:12 pm George <georgec...> Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
8/2/20 3:59 pm Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...> [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
8/2/20 2:08 pm David Swafford <david...> [southbaybirds] Question, right, wrong, or wildly wrong
8/2/20 12:54 pm Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
8/2/20 11:28 am Becky <beckyewens...> Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
8/2/20 10:40 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant Park
8/2/20 10:00 am Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] More on Wood Ducks
8/2/20 8:59 am Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
8/1/20 10:45 pm David Nickerson via groups.io <davidnickerson=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant CP
8/1/20 6:18 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> Re: [southbaybirds] Emily Renzel Wetlands
8/1/20 6:00 pm Paul Hyde <paulhyde14...> Re: [southbaybirds] Shoreline Lake, 8/1/20
8/1/20 5:46 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Elegant Tern - Sunnyvale WPCP - Sat Aug 1
8/1/20 1:21 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant CP
8/1/20 1:11 pm Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird FWIW
8/1/20 1:02 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Alamitos Road and Hicks Road in New Almaden
8/1/20 12:42 pm Dorothy Johnson <dfj6281...> [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird
8/1/20 12:02 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird FWIW
8/1/20 9:08 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
8/1/20 8:48 am Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
8/1/20 5:34 am <southbaybirds...> Group Moderators <southbaybirds...> [southbaybirds] South Bay Birds Monthly Reminder #guidelines-notice
7/31/20 10:36 pm jm_danzenbaker_alt via groups.io <jm_danzenbaker_alt=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
7/31/20 8:20 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird photo
7/31/20 7:07 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird continues
7/31/20 5:07 pm Kathryn Tobias <tobiaskj...> Re: [southbaybirds] Just a Note about Wood Ducks
7/31/20 4:52 pm Larry Spivak via groups.io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Just a Note about Wood Ducks
7/31/20 3:49 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [southbaybirds] Elegant Tern at Shoreline Lake, 7/30/20
7/31/20 2:50 pm Linda Solis <lskessel...> Re: [southbaybirds] A Note About Wood Ducks
7/31/20 2:42 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> Re: [southbaybirds] A Note About Wood Ducks
7/31/20 2:36 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] More Western Screech-Owl songs
7/31/20 2:03 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
7/31/20 1:36 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] A Note About Wood Ducks
7/31/20 12:03 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
7/31/20 11:56 am Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
7/31/20 5:35 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Re: [southbaybirds] Emily Renzel Wetlands
7/30/20 10:14 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] Emily Renzel Wetlands
7/30/20 9:31 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> [southbaybirds] Emily Renzel Wetlands
7/30/20 5:01 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> [southbaybirds] Two days, two birds
7/30/20 4:47 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant - Phalaropes
7/30/20 3:42 pm William Pelletier via groups.io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
7/30/20 2:54 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Palo Alto and Alviso Shorebirds
7/30/20 2:01 pm Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
7/30/20 1:55 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
7/30/20 10:30 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Western Screech-Owl
7/29/20 10:27 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Western Screech-Owl
7/29/20 9:54 am Joe Parker <jandkparker...> [southbaybirds] Western Screech-Owls in Los Gatos
7/28/20 3:44 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Blue Grosbeak
7/28/20 9:07 am Tom Grey <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Nests & Juvies, Renzel & Stanford: pix
7/27/20 5:11 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] JUNE 2020 - Santa Clara County Cumulative Bird Report
7/27/20 3:15 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Palo Alto Baylands
7/27/20 12:29 pm JULIANA <juliana.manoliu...> [southbaybirds] my first of the season returning rails
7/27/20 11:45 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Many Phalaropes at New Chicago Marsh on 7/27/2020
7/26/20 3:46 pm Carter Gasiorowski <carter.gasiorowski...> [southbaybirds] Ibis, Pelicans, and Plovers at Alviso
7/26/20 3:05 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] A2E
7/25/20 6:25 pm susan <susan...> [southbaybirds] First time back yard bird for us
7/25/20 2:22 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Oak Meadow & Vasona, Los Gatos
7/25/20 1:26 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [southbaybirds] Los Capitancillos ponds from Singletree
7/25/20 8:09 am Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] San Antonio Valley (yesterday)
7/23/20 4:16 pm <craige66...> <craige66...> [southbaybirds] Bale Eagle & more
7/23/20 11:19 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] A Bishop and a Pygmy on 7/23/2020
7/22/20 11:36 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Slow birding in Alviso
7/21/20 2:24 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> [southbaybirds] Palo Alto Baylands
7/20/20 3:22 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos
7/20/20 12:39 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Red-necked and Wilson's Phalaropes - Spreckels Pond, and 41 Brown Pelicans - Mon Jul 20
7/20/20 10:25 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Brown Pelicans at A2E on 7/20/2020
7/20/20 5:00 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Re: [southbaybirds] 2 Black Oystercatchers at San Francisquito Creek mouth
7/19/20 11:34 pm Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...> [southbaybirds] 2 Black Oystercatchers at San Francisquito Creek mouth
7/19/20 6:55 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Los Capitancillos Ponds west
7/19/20 12:28 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Palo Alto Baylands Boardwalk and Duck Pond Loop Trail
7/19/20 12:27 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] A Harbor Seal In Pond A8 On 7/18/2020
7/18/20 3:07 pm Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] some Palo Alto bayside access and site notes
7/18/20 12:15 pm Seán Roy Mac Aodha <seanroymacaodha...> Re: [southbaybirds] A Harbor Seal In Pond A8 On 7/18/2020
7/18/20 12:09 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] We Need To Change Only Those Things That Logically Need Changing At This Extraordinary Time
7/18/20 11:10 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] A Harbor Seal In Pond A8 On 7/18/2020
7/17/20 11:30 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Late Evening thoughts on then Red Bishop, SBB Archives, and an SBB State of the Union
7/17/20 11:15 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...> [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Late Evening thoughts on then Red Bishop, SBB Archives, and an SBB State of the Union
7/17/20 10:41 pm Paul Hyde <paulhyde14...> [southbaybirds] Ed Levin Park - Tips?
7/17/20 9:17 pm m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...> [southbaybirds] Salt Pond A2E - 7/17/2020
7/17/20 8:16 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Lake
7/17/20 7:38 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] Northern Red Bishop
7/17/20 7:24 pm Ryan Phillips <norcalbirding...> Re: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Change to South Bay Birds list archives
7/17/20 6:11 pm Kevin Gin <kevinagin...> Re: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Change to South Bay Birds list archives
7/17/20 4:43 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...> [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Change to South Bay Birds list archives
7/17/20 4:03 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Northern Red Bishop
7/17/20 3:19 pm Ben Pearl <bpearl...> Re: [southbaybirds] Legal Parking For The Bay Trail Near the A8 Salt Pond Complex
7/17/20 3:16 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Northern Red Bishop
7/17/20 3:02 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Two Raptor Fledglings in yard, pix
7/17/20 2:45 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Legal Parking For The Bay Trail Near the A8 Salt Pond Complex
7/17/20 2:35 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...> [southbaybirds] East of Milpitas July 17
7/17/20 12:46 pm JULIANA <juliana.manoliu...> [southbaybirds] Los Gatos creek trail
7/17/20 10:58 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Legal Parking For The Bay Trail Near the A8 Salt Pond Complex
7/16/20 7:41 pm Peter E Hart <peterehart...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Northern Red Bishop
7/16/20 1:36 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek County Park
7/16/20 1:17 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Guadalupe Oak Grove Park fledglings
7/16/20 5:40 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Three local parks in the Evergreen area of San Jose 7/15/2020
7/15/20 8:06 pm Romain Kang <romain...> [southbaybirds] 2020-07-09 Two golden eagles in Sunnyvale
7/15/20 12:35 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...> [southbaybirds] Palo Alto Baylands 7/15
7/15/20 12:10 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing American Dipper
7/15/20 10:26 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] The Northern Red Bishop at Crittenden Pump House on 7/15/2020
7/15/20 10:05 am Bob Bolles <robertcbolles...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Northern Red Bishop
7/14/20 6:43 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> [southbaybirds] Screech owl, Guadaloupe Mines Rd. trail
7/14/20 2:44 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [southbaybirds] More Northern Red Bishop
7/14/20 12:21 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Renzel update, pix
7/13/20 11:10 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] About that Northern Red Bishop...
7/13/20 10:56 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> [southbaybirds] About that Northern Red Bishop...
7/13/20 6:53 pm Chris Overington <chris.overington...> Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
7/13/20 5:16 pm Naomi <nlgoodman...> Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
7/13/20 4:23 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
7/13/20 4:22 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
7/13/20 4:17 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
7/13/20 4:08 pm bobhirt2004 via groups.io <Bobhirt=<aol.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
7/13/20 4:02 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
7/13/20 1:54 pm lavin_fara <pdunten...> [southbaybirds] The California Gull mud stomp, or near miss with a yellow flag
7/13/20 7:54 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Western Screeh-Owl
7/13/20 6:50 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Dipper July 13
7/12/20 3:28 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Least Terns continue on A2E July 12
7/12/20 11:21 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Least Tern photos
7/12/20 10:02 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] The American Dipper Continues at Los Gatos Creek Trail on 7/12/2020
7/11/20 8:47 pm Raja Bhadury <bhaduryr...> Re: Fw: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards and Common Tern notes 7/11
7/11/20 4:07 pm Betty DeLuco via groups.io <beedeebikes=<yahoo.com...> Fw: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards and Common Tern notes 7/11
7/11/20 3:45 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [southbaybirds] Los Gatos American Dippers this AM
7/11/20 3:32 pm Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Don Edwards and Common Tern notes 7/11
7/11/20 2:27 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Common Tern Identification at A16
7/11/20 1:51 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [southbaybirds] The Common Tern Continues at A16 on 7/11/2020
7/11/20 10:55 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] The Common Tern Continues at A16 on 7/11/2020
7/10/20 8:17 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Stanford raptor fledglings, pix
7/10/20 11:56 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] An Addendum To My Earlier Post.
7/10/20 11:16 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Snowy Plovers and Least Terns Continue at A2E on 7/10/2020
7/10/20 7:05 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Re: [southbaybirds] Least Terns and Snowy Plovers
7/10/20 6:56 am Susan Weinstein <sue...> Re: [southbaybirds] Least Terns and Snowy Plovers
7/10/20 6:41 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Least Terns and Snowy Plovers
7/9/20 11:49 am Jean Myers <dosriosjean...> [southbaybirds] Notes from Casa Dos Rios and Goodbye
7/9/20 11:19 am Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> Re: [southbaybirds] Least Terns at A2E 7/9
7/9/20 9:55 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Re: [southbaybirds] Least Terns at A2E 7/9
7/9/20 8:04 am Ben Pearl <bpearl...> [southbaybirds] Least Terns at A2E 7/9
7/9/20 6:58 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Birding in a few Saratoga Parks
7/8/20 11:04 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Bob Reiling's Common Tern on A16 on 7/8/2020
7/8/20 9:22 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Common tern July 8
 
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Date: 8/7/20 12:52 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Los Capitancillos Ponds
Motivated to see the male Yellow-headed Blackbird, I made a third visit to the ponds this morning and still have not been able to see the bird… Oh, well. Perhaps tomorrow if it is still around.

I did find a female RING-NECKED DUCK, WOOD DUCK, GREEN HERON, OSPREY, VAUX’S SWIFTS and a number of other species that made the trip very pleasant.

Mathew Dodder

Matthew Dodder
Executive Director
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
22221 McClellan Rd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
408-252-3748
<director...> <mailto:<director...>
scvas.org <http://scvas.org/>

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Date: 8/7/20 12:35 pm
From: Joe Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle on Disk Drive etc.
An immature (first cycle) BALD EAGLE was perched on a light standard along
Disk Drive yesterday afternoon 06 August 2020. I believe this is a first
cycle bird still showing some tan juvenile upperwing coverts but also new
dark-tipped greater coverts. I've been advised that this is "Big Junior"
which hatched last year from the Milpitas nest.

Photos and voice recording:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=baleag&view=Grid&subId=S72172241

A short video clip: https://youtu.be/CWLL2YTssPg

We also noted a juvenile LESSER YELLOWLEGS along the EEC entrance road.

Photos:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=lesyel&view=Grid&subId=S72172241

WILSON'S PHALAROPES continued at the Alviso Marina but we could not find
the reported Red-necked Phalaropes.

Photo: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/253927961

BLACK SKIMMERS seem to have had a good season at Shoreline Lake with quite
a few large juveniles present.

Photos:
https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=blkski&view=Grid&subId=S72171967
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Date: 8/7/20 10:21 am
From: ʻAnakala Neil <neil.ordinario...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Red Eye Vireo at Grant Ranch House pond
kakahiaka kākou

a very productive morning despite the early fog. saw the hermit thrush early under the canopy by the creek near the main gate to the trail. no action for me at the rose garden but I usually just go there to sit and relax. at the willows near the loop and wooden bridge, ran into some pigs, but as they scooted off, the usual bushtits, chickadees and bg gnatcatchers. by the thistles/poison oak pile in the meadow, a very comfy w bluebird and some spotted towhees.
I eventually made my way back to the pond around 745. still foggy, but decided to wait it out since the sun was already starting to peak through (and after heeding the advice from talking to Bob Reiling yesterday, mahalo!) While waiting, pac slope flycatcher, Phoebes, usual goldfinchs. Lark Sparrows. lots of scrubjays too.

Once the fog broke around 820, had some action. Four banger day for the vireos: First the Huttonʻs up high in the back willows. The Red Eye came through along the horizontal tree bark behind the pond. The Cassinʻs worked its way from behind the water tanks all the way to the walkway and then back behind the pond to that little run off. The Warlbing Vireo worked the willow next to the walkway.

Other birds: Flickers, Song Sparrows, Wilsonʻs Warbler, Annaʻs. western tanager, house finches, nuttals, nuthatch. Brown creeper once I left. probably saw others but mostly the usual stuff around there. I left around 9am

just thought Iʻd add, i filled my bag with rubbish this morning. some, handwipes, water bottles and in-n-out trash mostly. Itʻs not you guys i know (the rose garden, lawn and pond was clean), but letʻs try to take care of the parks we walk on. thx

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Date: 8/6/20 9:44 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Common Tern at A1
Pete

A first year tern at this time of year is a one year old, hatched last year. The birds of this season are juveniles right now. Perhaps it is better to say first cycle, if the complete molt has not started yet. The juvenile is also in its first cycle, but since it has a specific plumage that is easily identified, one defaults to that. But if you wanted to be very specific and proper, one would have to name the specific plumage of the one year old tern, but overall saying first cycle works much of the time, as it is only at this time of year that a few species like this overlap in this way due to the timing of molts (mainly those that do their complete molt in winter).

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What's a 1st year Tern? Less than a year old, i.e. a hatch year? Or more than one year old, i.e. a second-year bird (or one-year old, if you prefer)?

Regards, Pete




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Date: 8/6/20 9:21 pm
From: lavin_fara <pdunten...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Common Tern at A1
What's a 1st year Tern?  Less than a year old, i.e. a hatch year?  Or more than one year old, i.e. a second-year bird (or one-year old, if you prefer)?

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Date: 8/6/20 6:44 pm
From: Cedrik von Briel <cedro.de.bryl...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Common Tern at A1
Viewed nicely from (37.4353800, -122.0975896)

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Date: 8/6/20 6:42 pm
From: Cedrik von Briel <cedro.de.bryl...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Common Tern at A1
There is currently a 1st year Common Tern sitting on the first column of tall pilings north of Shoreline lake, preening and getting bullied by the neighboring Forster‘s Terns.

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Redwood City, CA

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Date: 8/6/20 6:35 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Upcoming Monterey Seabird Trips
Coming Soon and We are Open! Join us for pelagic seabird and wildlife
tours in Monterey Bay! We would like people to know that Monterey Seabirds,
in operation for 17 years, is offering five upcoming pelagic trips - 8/16
(8 hr), 8/30 (12 hr), 9/20 (8 hr), 10/4 (8 hr), and 10/18 (8 hr). To
reserve please call 831-375-4658 or reserve online at gowhales.com.

Seabird migration dates vary somewhat from year to year, but species like
the Long-tailed Jaeger and Sabine’s gull generally pass California in
August and early September, and Buller’s Shearwater and Laysan Albatross
pass through a bit later in late September-early October. Species like
Sooty Shearwater and Black-footed Albatross are around from summer into
fall. Other possible species include parasitic and pomarine jaegers, rhino
and cassin's auklets, murrelets, skua, tern spp., phalarope spp., a variety
of shearwater spp., and commons such as murres, gulls, cormorants.

Trip leaders include Rod Norden, Phil Brown, Don Roberson, Dorian Anderson,
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Each trip is limited to 24 birders (reduced capacity due to Covid) so there
will be several leaders on each trip to allow a good ratio of leaders to
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for spacing, require masks, and sanitize throughout the trip.

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Date: 8/6/20 4:31 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Skyline Trail
Folks:

Between Sunnyvale Mountain and the Sanborn Trail junction I heard a
PILEATED WOODPECKER call.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 8/6/20 2:41 pm
From: Raja Bhadury <bhaduryr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Backyard Birds
Perhaps it is - I've had a white breasted nut hatch come by my feeders
occasionally (in Cupertino).

Raja

On Thu, Aug 6, 2020, 11:44 AM Barry Langdon-Lassagne via groups.io <wilmot=
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> Sue,
>
> Brown-headed Cowbirds do indeed use California Towhees as hosts. in our
> yard this year, towhees raised two sets of young and both times the parents
> raised both towhees and a single cowbird. The cowbird from the first clutch
> eventually got taken by our local Cooper’s Hawk. Second one is still
> begging from the parents.
>
> We’ve been getting White-breasted Nuthatches at our feeder too, and this
> is the first year we’ve ever seen them in our yard. Is this a particularly
> good year for this bird?
>
> Barry
> ~
>
> > On Aug 6, 2020, at 9:14 AM, Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> wrote:
> >
> > Yesterday I had my first ever white breasted nuthatch at my suet feeder
> and in the yard. Looks like an adult female to me, but I haven’t found
> anything in the guide books to tell me what a juvenile looks like.
> >
> > I also have been watching my California Towhee feed chick, but looked
> closer after the report of Towhees feeding brown headed cowbirds. I think
> my Towhee got stuck with a cowbird?
> >
> > Sue
> > West Willow Glen.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > <image0.jpeg><image1.jpeg>
>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 8/6/20 11:44 am
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne via groups.io <wilmot=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Backyard Birds
Sue,

Brown-headed Cowbirds do indeed use California Towhees as hosts. in our yard this year, towhees raised two sets of young and both times the parents raised both towhees and a single cowbird. The cowbird from the first clutch eventually got taken by our local Cooper’s Hawk. Second one is still begging from the parents.

We’ve been getting White-breasted Nuthatches at our feeder too, and this is the first year we’ve ever seen them in our yard. Is this a particularly good year for this bird?

Barry
~

> On Aug 6, 2020, at 9:14 AM, Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> wrote:
>
> Yesterday I had my first ever white breasted nuthatch at my suet feeder and in the yard. Looks like an adult female to me, but I haven’t found anything in the guide books to tell me what a juvenile looks like.
>
> I also have been watching my California Towhee feed chick, but looked closer after the report of Towhees feeding brown headed cowbirds. I think my Towhee got stuck with a cowbird?
>
> Sue
> West Willow Glen.
>
>
>
>
> <image0.jpeg><image1.jpeg>


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Date: 8/6/20 11:11 am
From: Amy Yee <amyrandallyee...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Backyard Birds
I saw two white-breasted nuthatches in my neighbor's tree last week - I
could hardly believe what I was seeing. I know they are here, but they
don't seem to be very common. Glad you saw one, too!
Amy Yee
Willow Glen Way, San Jose

On Thu, Aug 6, 2020 at 9:14 AM Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> wrote:

> Yesterday I had my first ever white breasted nuthatch at my suet feeder
> and in the yard. Looks like an adult female to me, but I haven’t found
> anything in the guide books to tell me what a juvenile looks like.
>
> I also have been watching my California Towhee feed chick, but looked
> closer after the report of Towhees feeding brown headed cowbirds. I think
> my Towhee got stuck with a cowbird?
>
> Sue
> West Willow Glen.
>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 8/6/20 10:59 am
From: Ralph via groups.io <sharks_hockey_maniac=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant County Park - Wed 5-Aug
I was also at Joseph D. Grant County Park (we always just called it Grant Ranch when I was a kid) yesterday morning and saw the RED-EYED VIREO. A few people were already on the bird when I arrived and I was able to follow the crowd and got to see this lifer within 20 minutes of getting out of the car! So, thanks to everyone who was there and following the bird when I got there! I did not see the Warbling Vireo, though, but I did get the other two.

And, as Brooke said, there were quite a few LARK SPARROWS in the area, at one point I counted 13 on the Ranch House lawn.

After leaving Grant Ranch I went to Los Capitancillos Ponds to try for the Yellow-headed Blackbird. I did not see it or ant Red-winged Blackbirds but I did have three Great-tailed Grackles fly over. and a moment later a VAUX'S SWIFT flew by. I was happy to see the swift as I thought I had gotten another county bird, I added two at Grant Ranch, but when I went to add the swift to my list it as already there. It was a year bird, though.

Next I went down to San Felipe Road to look for Swainson's Hawk and Cassin's Kingbird. I drove down the road and stopped next to the apple orchard, just north of the first euc. As I was scanning the raptors in the distance I spotted a bird hunting low over the hillside north of 152 an d east of San Felipe Road. I scoped it and it was an immature SWAINSON'S HAWK. While I was trying to photograph it a CASSIN'S KINGBIRD flew in and landed in the euc. The Cassin's flew off a moment later and another kingbird, this one very pale but appearing to lack the white outer tail stripes, landed on the same branch. It did not look like a Cassin's but it also did not look quite right for Western. When I left I went out to the highway and pulled over to try gfor better pics of the hawk and found a second one. Photos of the Swainson's and my one poor pic of the pale kingbird are on my ebird list if anyone wants to have a look and express an opinion about the kinbird . https://ebird.org/checklist/S72149383.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank

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Date: 8/6/20 9:14 am
From: Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] New Backyard Birds
Yesterday I had my first ever white breasted nuthatch at my suet feeder and in the yard. Looks like an adult female to me, but I haven’t found anything in the guide books to tell me what a juvenile looks like.

I also have been watching my California Towhee feed chick, but looked closer after the report of Towhees feeding brown headed cowbirds. I think my Towhee got stuck with a cowbird?

Sue
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Date: 8/5/20 4:55 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Brown-headed Cowbird juveniles
Today I added Spotted Towhee to my list of host birds seen feeding a
juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird. Other host species I've seen are;
Song Sparrow (photo)
Dark-eyed Junco
Yellow Warbler
Lesser Goldfinch
Bushtit
Warbling Vireo
California Towhee
Hooded Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Pacific-slope Flycatcher

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Date: 8/5/20 3:17 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] ID confirmation help?
Vinayek,

Thank you!
I just looked up juvenile Western Bluebirds and European Starlings. Yep.

Michelle


On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 2:09 PM Vinayak Hebbagil <vinayakh7985...>
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> Hi Michelle,
>
> I think the one at Grant is a song sparrow indeed and the Grackle at Ed
> Levin seems correct.
> The ones you marked as Red-winged Blackbirds seem to me like juvenile
> European Starlings based on the spots on the back and bellies. Also, the
> one indicated as American Robin might actually be a juvenile Western
> Bluebird.
>
> Thanks,
> Vinayak
>
> On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 1:55 PM Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
> wrote:
>
>> I visited Grant Park Monday because I had not been in a while, and I
>> hoped I would see the red-eyed vireo. I arrived at 10:00, so maybe that is
>> way too late??
>>
>> Anyway, after Grant, I drove to the Ed Levin Park, which I had not
>> visited before and found my first Nuttall's Woodpecker up close and
>> personal - in the dog park!
>>
>> Please confirm if I identified birds correctly on eBird.
>> I wasn't sure about the song sparrow (Grant) and the grackle, red-winged
>> blackbird, and robin (Ed Levin).
>>
>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S72137625
>>
>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S72138532
>>
>> Michelle Nelson
>>
>>
>>

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Date: 8/5/20 2:09 pm
From: Vinayak Hebbagil <vinayakh7985...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] ID confirmation help?
Hi Michelle,

I think the one at Grant is a song sparrow indeed and the Grackle at Ed
Levin seems correct.
The ones you marked as Red-winged Blackbirds seem to me like juvenile
European Starlings based on the spots on the back and bellies. Also, the
one indicated as American Robin might actually be a juvenile Western
Bluebird.

Thanks,
Vinayak

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 1:55 PM Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> wrote:

> I visited Grant Park Monday because I had not been in a while, and I hoped
> I would see the red-eyed vireo. I arrived at 10:00, so maybe that is way
> too late??
>
> Anyway, after Grant, I drove to the Ed Levin Park, which I had not visited
> before and found my first Nuttall's Woodpecker up close and personal - in
> the dog park!
>
> Please confirm if I identified birds correctly on eBird.
> I wasn't sure about the song sparrow (Grant) and the grackle, red-winged
> blackbird, and robin (Ed Levin).
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S72137625
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S72138532
>
> Michelle Nelson
>
>
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Date: 8/5/20 1:55 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] ID confirmation help?
I visited Grant Park Monday because I had not been in a while, and I hoped
I would see the red-eyed vireo. I arrived at 10:00, so maybe that is way
too late??

Anyway, after Grant, I drove to the Ed Levin Park, which I had not visited
before and found my first Nuttall's Woodpecker up close and personal - in
the dog park!

Please confirm if I identified birds correctly on eBird.
I wasn't sure about the song sparrow (Grant) and the grackle, red-winged
blackbird, and robin (Ed Levin).

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72137625

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72138532

Michelle Nelson

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Date: 8/5/20 12:30 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant County Park - Wed 5-Aug
Folks,

There were at least 10 birders looking for the RED-EYED VIREO this morning, when just before 8:30 am, it appeared in a valley oak, then quickly moving to a live oak, over the asphalt trail right past the traffic roundabout. It was a very hard bird to see, as it kept moving all the time, and especially with the overcast skies this morning. A bit later it seemed to be moving around with a bunch of Bushtits, and at one time it was moving around with a Hutton’s Vireo. It was a 4 vireo morning, seeing Warbling, Cassin’s, Hutton’s, and the Red-eyed Vireo all in the same area.

The fountain in the rose garden was again turned on (it was off when I was there on Sunday).

On my way driving out of the parking lot and to the main road, there were quite a few LARK SPARROWS on the ground near the road. A couple had also been seen at the small pond with the dripping pipe.

Brooke Miller
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Date: 8/5/20 12:04 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) SBB-Events and Virtual outings
Folks, just a reminder that the SBB-Events group exists. When the Pandemic hit it went pretty quiet, but as SCVAS and other groups have adjusted, there are more and more virtual and self-guided outings being developed, and we're starting to make sure we get those posted to the events list. If you aren't a subscriber, now would be a good time, even if you weren't someone interested in going to group outings, because there's a lot of great info being created of use to the solo birder.

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Date: 8/5/20 9:12 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Red-necked and Wilsons’s Phalaropes at Alviso Marina
Hi Everyone,

There is a mixed flock of about 40 Phalaropes in the small pond just south east of the bathroom at Alviso Marina County Park. Hardly any walking required.

Eve Meier
San Jose
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Date: 8/5/20 7:47 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Help with bird IDs at Shoreline Lake this afternoon
Emilie,

Truly a remarkable report. Congratulations!

Matthew

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> On Aug 5, 2020, at 12:00 AM, Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...> wrote:
>
> Hi folks,
>
> My son and I went to Shoreline Lake this afternoon and saw 30+ skimmers on the island / flying west from the island and the usual terns fishing. We also saw a few birds that we had never seen before, could you help us identify them?
>
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/saS8CfF4AKFaGPEP8 <https://photos.app.goo.gl/saS8CfF4AKFaGPEP8>
>
> Bird 1: Long-tailed jaeger? Flying very high, traversing the sky.
> Bird 2: Non breeding adult Foster's tern? Standing on the small wooden jetty by the west side of the lake
> Bird 3: ? sitting next to bird 2
>
> Thank you!
>
> This morning, we also saw a Sora and a Virginia rail in the reeds in the little pond just north of the Terminal Rd parking lot. The nearest point marked on the bird location map is Casey Forebay: enter the trail from the west side of the parking lot, then immediately turn right; it's the second pond: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uxV1sNPG3fiHrz7Z9 <https://photos.app.goo.gl/uxV1sNPG3fiHrz7Z9>
> Looking at ebird's reports, others have recently seen the same two birds in the same location.
>
>
>


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Date: 8/5/20 2:42 am
From: Jim Dehnert <dehnert...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] No Yellow-headed Blackbird This Morning - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Tue 4-Aug
At about 7:30pm, the Yellow-headed Blackbird was present, but it was
between the first and second ponds on the WEST side of Meridian, roosting
on a big, dead tree on the berm there with a flock of about 45 close
cousins. The walk was also good for a couple of Belted Kingfishers and
Cooper's Hawks, a Green Heron and two Black-crowned Night-Herons, and a
Great-tailed Grackle.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72118637

Jim Dehnert

On Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 2:48 PM Larry Spivak via groups.io <larry8141=
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> Not there at 1 PM, no blackbirds, many geese - but I think I did see two
> BAND TAILED PIGEONs, one on the feeder and one on a tree behind (or, in
> front of) the house. Why 1 PM - well, I was out anyway and just thought....
> you are going right by the place ... why not. That's why.
>
> Larry
>
> On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 12:59:14 PM PDT, Brooke Miller via groups.io
> <idbirds=<me.com...> wrote:
>
>
> Folks,
>
> No Yellow-headed Blackbird was found this morning around the first-second
> pond east of Meridian between 8:20 and 9:20 am. I did see the Red-winged
> Blackbird group of about 9 birds, but the Yellow-headed was not amongst
> them.
>
> Brooke Miller
>
>
>
>

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Date: 8/5/20 12:23 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Help with bird IDs at Shoreline Lake this afternoon
Yes, the first bird is a Long-tailed Jaeger. It's very rare in the
South Bay. You are also right about the second bird. The third is a
Bonaparte's Gull.

Garrett Lau

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 12:01 AM Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...> wrote:
>
> Hi folks,
>
> My son and I went to Shoreline Lake this afternoon and saw 30+ skimmers on the island / flying west from the island and the usual terns fishing. We also saw a few birds that we had never seen before, could you help us identify them?
>
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/saS8CfF4AKFaGPEP8
>
> Bird 1: Long-tailed jaeger? Flying very high, traversing the sky.
> Bird 2: Non breeding adult Foster's tern? Standing on the small wooden jetty by the west side of the lake
> Bird 3: ? sitting next to bird 2
>
> Thank you!
>
> This morning, we also saw a Sora and a Virginia rail in the reeds in the little pond just north of the Terminal Rd parking lot. The nearest point marked on the bird location map is Casey Forebay: enter the trail from the west side of the parking lot, then immediately turn right; it's the second pond: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uxV1sNPG3fiHrz7Z9
> Looking at ebird's reports, others have recently seen the same two birds in the same location.
>
>
>

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Date: 8/5/20 12:11 am
From: Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Help with bird IDs at Shoreline Lake this afternoon
Making a guess for bird 3 (courtesy of Merlin id): non-breeding adult
Bonaparte's gull?

On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 12:01 AM Emilie Danna via groups.io <emilie.danna=
<gmail.com...> wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> My son and I went to Shoreline Lake this afternoon and saw 30+ skimmers on
> the island / flying west from the island and the usual terns fishing. We
> also saw a few birds that we had never seen before, could you help us
> identify them?
>
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/saS8CfF4AKFaGPEP8
>
> Bird 1: Long-tailed jaeger? Flying very high, traversing the sky.
> Bird 2: Non breeding adult Foster's tern? Standing on the small wooden
> jetty by the west side of the lake
> Bird 3: ? sitting next to bird 2
>
> Thank you!
>
> This morning, we also saw a Sora and a Virginia rail in the reeds in the
> little pond just north of the Terminal Rd parking lot. The nearest point
> marked on the bird location map is Casey Forebay: enter the trail from the
> west side of the parking lot, then immediately turn right; it's the second
> pond: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uxV1sNPG3fiHrz7Z9
> Looking at ebird's reports, others have recently seen the same two birds
> in the same location.
>
>
>
>
>

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Date: 8/5/20 12:01 am
From: Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Help with bird IDs at Shoreline Lake this afternoon
Hi folks,

My son and I went to Shoreline Lake this afternoon and saw 30+ skimmers on
the island / flying west from the island and the usual terns fishing. We
also saw a few birds that we had never seen before, could you help us
identify them?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/saS8CfF4AKFaGPEP8

Bird 1: Long-tailed jaeger? Flying very high, traversing the sky.
Bird 2: Non breeding adult Foster's tern? Standing on the small wooden
jetty by the west side of the lake
Bird 3: ? sitting next to bird 2

Thank you!

This morning, we also saw a Sora and a Virginia rail in the reeds in the
little pond just north of the Terminal Rd parking lot. The nearest point
marked on the bird location map is Casey Forebay: enter the trail from the
west side of the parking lot, then immediately turn right; it's the second
pond: https://photos.app.goo.gl/uxV1sNPG3fiHrz7Z9
Looking at ebird's reports, others have recently seen the same two birds in
the same location.

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Date: 8/4/20 2:48 pm
From: Larry Spivak via groups.io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] No Yellow-headed Blackbird This Morning - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Tue 4-Aug
Not there at 1 PM, no  blackbirds, many geese - but I think I did see two BAND TAILED PIGEONs, one on the feeder and one on a tree behind (or, in front of) the house. Why 1 PM - well, I was out anyway and just thought.... you are going right by the place ... why not. That's why.
Larry
On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 12:59:14 PM PDT, Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...> wrote:

Folks,

No Yellow-headed Blackbird was found this morning around the first-second pond east of Meridian between 8:20 and 9:20 am.  I did see the Red-winged Blackbird group of about 9 birds, but the Yellow-headed was not amongst them.

Brooke Miller



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Date: 8/4/20 2:26 pm
From: Susan Weinstein <sue...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] No Yellow-headed Blackbird This Morning - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Tue 4-Aug
4 of us had the Yellow-headed Blackbird around 11am today -
Los Capitancillos Ponds - Tue 4-Aug

I had the Red-eyed Vireo about 1pm yesterday near where David Nickerson had
seen it at Grant.

Susan
Los Gatos

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> Folks,
>
> No Yellow-headed Blackbird was found this morning around the first-second
> pond east of Meridian between 8:20 and 9:20 am. I did see the Red-winged
> Blackbird group of about 9 birds, but the Yellow-headed was not amongst
> them.
>
> Brooke Miller
>
>
>

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Date: 8/4/20 12:59 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] No Yellow-headed Blackbird This Morning - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Tue 4-Aug
Folks,

No Yellow-headed Blackbird was found this morning around the first-second pond east of Meridian between 8:20 and 9:20 am. I did see the Red-winged Blackbird group of about 9 birds, but the Yellow-headed was not amongst them.

Brooke Miller
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Date: 8/3/20 8:44 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Comments on Summer Hermit Thrushes
Folks:

Based on about 3900 Hermit Thrush sightings (most are banding records
from Coyote Creek), our wintering birds/spring migrants are last seen in
the first week in May and the first fall arrivals are found in the third
week of September.  Two subspecies, /guttatus /and /nanus/, winter
locally or move farther south.  One subspecies, /sleveni/, is a nesting
species, mostly on the coastal side of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

I show arrival dates for our wintering birds in the attached .png file
(assuming that groups.io treats .png and .jpg files in the same way). 
The notebook arrival dates suggest that birds are returning earlier each
year (about 0.6 days/year), whereas the banding data do not show a
trend.  Both sets of data show a good bit of scatter. The earliest
arrival date is 1 Sep.

Of course, I have excluded summer data of presumed /sleveni/ based on
location.  There are at least two August notebook records I've not used:
one in the Almaden Valley found on 18 Aug 2011 and one at the Sunnyvale
Baylands Park on 28 Aug 2014.  The banding data show 6 captures in late
May, 4 in June, 1 in July, and none in August.  I'm not aware that there
are any characters that can be used to separate the local subspecies by
photos or in hand.  My guess is that the Joseph Grant bird is another of
the unusual summer records that we have encountered before, but it is
not an early arrival.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 8/3/20 8:13 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pond A2E and the Stevens Creek Mouth
Folks:

Today, 8/3/20, I birded Pond A2E and the Stevens Creek mouth after
parking at the kite-flying lot in Shoreline Park.  On A2E, I walked the
Bay Trail to the right-angle bend.  In the northwest corner I counted 5
ad and 6 imm BROWN PELICANS.  Most of the LEAST TERNS were along the Bay
Trail where it travels northeast beside the triangular panne.  My best
estimate was made starting at the right-angle bend and walking back at a
steady pace, counting birds and allowing for those going the same
direction.  My total was 72, a mix of adults and immatures.  Almost none
were perched.

At the creek mouth, I arrived on a flood tide (a scope is necessary).  I
saw many of the regular shorebirds.  the three highest counts were 6400
WESTERN SANDPIPERS (a significant undercount), 2350 AMERICAN AVOCET, and
755 WILLETS.

Returning to the kite-flying lot, I flushed a male NORTHERN RED BISHOP
in the vicinity of pole E20 in Lot E.  It circled once and then flew to
the pumphouse.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 8/3/20 6:29 pm
From: Joe Heinlein <Jgheinlein...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird RFI
Yes, Oslo Lane is where I parked this morning. I found the blackbird within
five minutes of parking there. First pond east of meridian. Check the
telephone poles and some feeders in the yards across the pond.

Joe Heinlein
Campbell, CA

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> I will likely chase the Red-eyed Vireo at Grant Ranch on Wednesday, and,
> depending on how long that takes, I may go for the Yellow-headed Blackbird
> at Los Caitancillos Ponds, too. My question is; where is the best place to
> park if I go for the blackbird? Would it be on Oslo Lane?
>
> Thanks in advance for any assistance,
> Ralph Baker, Riverbank
>
>
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Date: 8/3/20 6:19 pm
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird RFI
Yeah that’s where I parked. No problem finding a space to park there.

On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 6:03 PM Ralph via groups.io <sharks_hockey_maniac=
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> I will likely chase the Red-eyed Vireo at Grant Ranch on Wednesday, and,
> depending on how long that takes, I may go for the Yellow-headed Blackbird
> at Los Caitancillos Ponds, too. My question is; where is the best place to
> park if I go for the blackbird? Would it be on Oslo Lane?
>
> Thanks in advance for any assistance,
> Ralph Baker, Riverbank
>
>
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Date: 8/3/20 6:04 pm
From: Ralph via groups.io <sharks_hockey_maniac=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird RFI
I will likely chase the Red-eyed Vireo at Grant Ranch on Wednesday, and, depending on how long that takes, I may go for the Yellow-headed Blackbird at Los Caitancillos Ponds, too. My question is; where is the best place to park if I go for the blackbird? Would it be on Oslo Lane?

Thanks in advance for any assistance,
Ralph Baker, Riverbank

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Date: 8/3/20 4:39 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird aug 3
I went to the Los Capitancillos ponds today, walking from Camden to Almaden. Didn’t see the yellow-headed blackbird, but I saw other things. Starting from Camden, before reaching the first pond there was a family of western bluebirds with two very spotty fledglings. At the first pond there were cliff and violet-green swallows, but I was surprised to also see several Vaux’s swifts, flying very low over the pond.

The last pond before Meridian was also interesting. There were male and female great-tailed grackles, many young coots, including one still with his orange head-fuzz, and many stripy young pied-billed grebes. Also two green herons, very far away.

In between the first and second ponds east of Meridian, I didn’t find the yellow-headed blackbird, but there were other good birds. There were both male and female hooded orioles on the wire. The only blackbird in sight was a young female brown-headed cowbird. Both mourning doves and band-tailed pigeons were perched side-by-side, for an interesting size comparison. Most interesting was a juvenile Cooper’s hawk hanging around the feeders. At his first pass, nobody cared; but as his second pass, all the birds disappeared.

John Harshman
San Jose
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Date: 8/3/20 12:30 pm
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
Actually it would be better to have Band-tailed. Band-tailed is native, while Eurasian-collared is an invasive species.

> On Aug 3, 2020, at 12:27 PM, Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> wrote:
>
> Thanks to all for the id help. Glad mine are collared!
> Sue.
>
> On Aug 3, 2020, at 10:52 AM, Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...> <mailto:<hauns...>> wrote:
>
> Not to mention the bright yellow bill and feet. I just wish they weren't so aggressive!
>
> <image.png>
>
>
> On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 10:41 AM Lynette Staffero <lynette...> <mailto:<lynette...>> wrote:
> The band tailed also have a gorgeous patch of green on the back of the neck.
>
>
>
>
>
> From: <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...>> on behalf of Mike Voydanoff <mike...> <mailto:<mike...>>
> Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 9:31 PM
> To: Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> <mailto:<spelmulder...>>
> Cc: south birds <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...>>
> Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
>
>
>
> The bird in the picture is a Eurasian-collared Dove. Band-tailed Pigeons have a white collar instead of black, and a yellow beak.
>
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 9:28 PM Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> <mailto:<spelmulder...>> wrote:
>
> So I just read about the band tailed dove, which looks like it has a similar collar as what I thought were my Eurasian collared doves. But I’m not sure I’ve seen the underside of their tails. I have a very pleasant pair of the ones below who come to eat on the ground below my feeder. Are mine Eurasian collared, or band tailed?
>
>
>
> Thanks in advance for your patience and help.
>
> Sue.
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
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> From: Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> <mailto:<spelmulder...>>
> Date: August 2, 2020 at 9:21:31 PM PDT
> To: Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> <mailto:<spelmulder...>>
> Subject: Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
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> <image001.jpg>
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Date: 8/3/20 12:28 pm
From: Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
Thanks to all for the id help. Glad mine are collared!
Sue.

On Aug 3, 2020, at 10:52 AM, Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...> wrote:

Not to mention the bright yellow bill and feet. I just wish they weren't so aggressive!

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On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 10:41 AM Lynette Staffero <lynette...> <mailto:<lynette...>> wrote:
The band tailed also have a gorgeous patch of green on the back of the neck.





From: <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...>> on behalf of Mike Voydanoff <mike...> <mailto:<mike...>>
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 9:31 PM
To: Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> <mailto:<spelmulder...>>
Cc: south birds <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...>>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?



The bird in the picture is a Eurasian-collared Dove. Band-tailed Pigeons have a white collar instead of black, and a yellow beak.



On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 9:28 PM Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> <mailto:<spelmulder...>> wrote:

So I just read about the band tailed dove, which looks like it has a similar collar as what I thought were my Eurasian collared doves. But I’m not sure I’ve seen the underside of their tails. I have a very pleasant pair of the ones below who come to eat on the ground below my feeder. Are mine Eurasian collared, or band tailed?



Thanks in advance for your patience and help.

Sue.


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Date: 8/3/20 12:25 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird aug 3
Seen 11:40am to 12:15 at Los Capitancillos ponds, first/second ponds east of Meridian Ave. On wires above houses. Once came to feeder with RWs and Hooded Oriole. Eventually flew into reeds. Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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Date: 8/3/20 12:18 pm
From: BirdWideWeb.com <EBB-Support...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
Sorry, here's a link to the image:

https://www.birdwideweb.com/photos/cage.jpg

Dal Leite
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Date: 8/3/20 12:17 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Possible Baird's Sandpiper - Salt Pond A16 - Monday 3-Aug
Folks,

I was riding my bike around the salt ponds this morning, and may have come across a Baird’s Sandpiper. I was scoping from the observation platform on the east side of Salt Pond A16, looking about Northwest. The bird was standing on a small scrabble island to the right of several posts that stick up from the water. I could distinctly see dark black spots on its wing, and it appeared to have black legs. After looking at it for a minute or so, I took a few of distant photos. It then tucked its head in its wing and went to sleep. A photo of the bird, and a photo showing its location is attached.


Brooke Miller


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Date: 8/3/20 12:14 pm
From: BirdWideWeb.com <EBB-Support...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
We had this problem in Walnut Creek with a flock of over 40 Band-tailed Pigeons which roost in the oaks on the hill above our house. We never saw more than ten or so around our feeders at a time, but the safflower seed would get completely cleaned out. When they do tidy-up on the ground where the messy finches had end up spilling seed, that was fine. After some experimentation, we found that making a small cage around the feeder (see image) with openings large enough for a Black-headed Grosbeak but too small for a Band-tail (4" x 2") really slows them down. The smaller birds sit on the wire waiting their turn at the feeder.

We tried a similar setup with caging a suet feeder to keep Crows off, but it seemed to keep the Acorn Woodpeckers from getting to the food, so we abandoned it. The Crows either gave up in the interim or had finished feeding a nestling. We suspect our dense tree canopy makes them uncomfortable, anyway.

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Date: 8/3/20 10:58 am
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
I see them in my yard every day, off Skyline near the top of Bear Creek Redwoods. I don’t see them very often down in Santa Clara valley though.

> On Aug 3, 2020, at 10:55 AM, Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...> wrote:
>
> I live 2 blocks from Houge Park - not too far from you.
>
> On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 10:01 AM Lynette Staffero <lynette...> <mailto:<lynette...>> wrote:
> There is a flock of about 15 Band Tailed Pigeons that hang around the neighborhood. San Jose, Camden near 85. I have one that consistently visits my feeder and the whole flock shows up about once a week. I have a large feeder but I also have food on the ground so they leave the little ones alone. I haven’t found this flock to be that aggressive. They draw enough attention that a Cooper’s Hawk decided to hang around my backyard this weekend.
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> I love seeing them!
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>
> Lynette Staffero
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> From: <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...>> on behalf of Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...> <mailto:<hauns...>>
> Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 3:59 PM
> To: <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...>>
> Subject: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
>
>
>
> Well this is a new on for us!
>
>
>
> I have had this feeder up for 5 years now. About a week ago, the showed up. And wow are they aggressive!
>
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>
> https://youtu.be/IkCts2BIOQM <https://youtu.be/IkCts2BIOQM>
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>
> They drive all the birds away and empty the feeder in about 5 minutes! I counted 13 today between the feeder and the power lines behind my house.
>
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> Has anyone else experienced this?
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Hauns
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Date: 8/3/20 10:55 am
From: Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
I live 2 blocks from Houge Park - not too far from you.

On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 10:01 AM Lynette Staffero <
<lynette...> wrote:

> There is a flock of about 15 Band Tailed Pigeons that hang around the
> neighborhood. San Jose, Camden near 85. I have one that consistently
> visits my feeder and the whole flock shows up about once a week. I have a
> large feeder but I also have food on the ground so they leave the little
> ones alone. I haven’t found this flock to be that aggressive. They draw
> enough attention that a Cooper’s Hawk decided to hang around my backyard
> this weekend.
>
>
>
> I love seeing them!
>
>
>
> Lynette Staffero
>
>
>
>
>
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>
> *From: *<southbaybirds...> on behalf of Hauns Froehlingsdorf <
> <hauns...>
> *Date: *Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 3:59 PM
> *To: *<southbaybirds...>
> *Subject: *[southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
>
>
>
> Well this is a new on for us!
>
>
>
> I have had this feeder up for 5 years now. About a week ago, the showed
> up. And wow are they aggressive!
>
>
>
> https://youtu.be/IkCts2BIOQM
>
>
>
> They drive all the birds away and empty the feeder in about 5 minutes! I
> counted 13 today between the feeder and the power lines behind my house.
>
>
>
> Has anyone else experienced this?
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Hauns
>
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>
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Date: 8/3/20 10:53 am
From: Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
Not to mention the bright yellow bill and feet. I just wish they weren't
so aggressive!

[image: image.png]


On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 10:41 AM Lynette Staffero <
<lynette...> wrote:

> The band tailed also have a gorgeous patch of green on the back of the
> neck.
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> *From: *<southbaybirds...> on behalf of Mike Voydanoff <
> <mike...>
> *Date: *Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 9:31 PM
> *To: *Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...>
> *Cc: *south birds <southbaybirds...>
> *Subject: *Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
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>
> The bird in the picture is a Eurasian-collared Dove. Band-tailed Pigeons
> have a white collar instead of black, and a yellow beak.
>
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 9:28 PM Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> wrote:
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> So I just read about the band tailed dove, which looks like it has a
> similar collar as what I thought were my Eurasian collared doves. But I’m
> not sure I’ve seen the underside of their tails. I have a very pleasant
> pair of the ones below who come to eat on the ground below my feeder. Are
> mine Eurasian collared, or band tailed?
>
>
>
> Thanks in advance for your patience and help.
>
> Sue.
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> *From:* Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...>
> *Date:* August 2, 2020 at 9:21:31 PM PDT
> *To:* Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...>
> *Subject:* *Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?*
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Date: 8/3/20 10:41 am
From: Lynette Staffero <lynette...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
The band tailed also have a gorgeous patch of  green on the back of the neck.





From: <southbaybirds...> on behalf of Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 9:31 PM
To: Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...>
Cc: south birds <southbaybirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?



The bird in the picture is a Eurasian-collared Dove. Band-tailed Pigeons have a white collar instead of black, and a yellow beak.



On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 9:28 PM Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> wrote:

So I just read about the band tailed dove, which looks like it has a similar collar as what I thought were my Eurasian collared doves. But I’m not sure I’ve seen the underside of their tails. I have a very pleasant pair of the ones below who come to eat on the ground below my feeder. Are mine Eurasian collared, or band tailed?



Thanks in advance for your patience and help.

Sue.


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Date: 8/3/20 10:41 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Wood Ducks and Yellow-headed Blackbird at Los Capitancillos on 8/3/2020
All:

As I was walking south along the ponds, 2 ducks flew close from behind me.  I thought, "No! I can't count them from that brief look!"  But then as I walked to the south west corner of the pond, I found that the 2 ducks had landed fairly close.  See the first 2 photos.  They look like slightly-immature male Wood Ducks to me.  As I was still checking out the ducks, I saw the male Yellow-headed Blackbird perched on the power line.  See the third photo.

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Date: 8/3/20 10:01 am
From: Lynette Staffero <lynette...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
There is a flock of about 15 Band Tailed Pigeons that hang around the neighborhood.  San Jose, Camden near 85.  I have one that consistently visits my feeder and the whole flock shows up about once a week.   I have a large feeder but I also have food on the ground so they leave the little ones alone.  I haven’t found this flock to be that aggressive.  They draw enough attention that a Cooper’s Hawk decided to hang around my backyard this weekend. 



I love seeing them!



Lynette Staffero







From: <southbaybirds...> on behalf of Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...>
Date: Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 3:59 PM
To: <southbaybirds...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder



Well this is a new on for us!



I have had this feeder up for 5 years now. About a week ago, the showed up. And wow are they aggressive!



https://youtu.be/IkCts2BIOQM



They drive all the birds away and empty the feeder in about 5 minutes! I counted 13 today between the feeder and the power lines behind my house.



Has anyone else experienced this?



Thanks,

Hauns






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Date: 8/2/20 9:48 pm
From: m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso Snowy Plovers

All,

This morning 8/2/2020, I biked out from the Alviso Marina and encircled Pond A15 looking for Snowy Plovers. I was not disappointed. I tallied 72 SNOWY PLOVERS in the northwestern corner of Pond A13 and 17 more on Pond A15. The 17 on Pond A15 included four family groups, one with two very recently hatched young, two more with three small young, and one with two large, nearly fledged birds that looked like juveniles without tails. SEMIPALMATED PLOVER numbers have also increased since last month, with over 52 on Pond A15.

On the way out, there were 430 WILSON'S and 25 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES in New Chicago Marsh east of the train tracks and Pond A12. A PEREGRINE FALCON was seen over Pond A13 and perhaps the same bird was later seen hunting the phalaropes on my return to the Marina.

The summering BUFFLEHEAD was still on Pond A14. There is enough black coming in on the forehead, the nape, and the back to suggest it is a one-year-old male. Four BROWN PELICANS (2 adults, 2 juveniles) flew over Pond A14 also.

Mike Rogers
Sunnyvale, CA


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Date: 8/2/20 9:31 pm
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
The bird in the picture is a Eurasian-collared Dove. Band-tailed Pigeons
have a white collar instead of black, and a yellow beak.

On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 9:28 PM Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> wrote:

> So I just read about the band tailed dove, which looks like it has a
> similar collar as what I thought were my Eurasian collared doves. But I’m
> not sure I’ve seen the underside of their tails. I have a very pleasant
> pair of the ones below who come to eat on the ground below my feeder. Are
> mine Eurasian collared, or band tailed?
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> Thanks in advance for your patience and help.
> Sue.
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Date: 8/2/20 9:28 pm
From: Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Eurasian collared or band tailed dove?
So I just read about the band tailed dove, which looks like it has a similar collar as what I thought were my Eurasian collared doves. But I’m not sure I’ve seen the underside of their tails. I have a very pleasant pair of the ones below who come to eat on the ground below my feeder. Are mine Eurasian collared, or band tailed?

Thanks in advance for your patience and help.
Sue.


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Date: 8/2/20 4:34 pm
From: David Swafford <david...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Question, right, wrong, or wildly wrong
Eastern Phoebe it is..

Many thanks all

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Date: 8/2/20 4:12 pm
From: George <georgec...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
I have the same problem, Hauns. I’ve had as many as 24 on the power lines waiting to get to the feeders. Usually, a ‘scout’ shows up and if he gets food and is OK more start showing up. And, you are correct. They consume huge amounts of seed in a short period of time. If I spot them, I run out into the yard waiving my arms around.

They have very good eyesight and can see us through our windows into the house. If we move toward the door, they leave for the power lines. They will wait there for hours if there is food and I am moving around the yard until I leave.

I haven’t seen any as aggressive as yours, though.

Any thoughts on how to prevent them from eating all of my seed in the feeders?

George Crabb
Santa Clara
(near SC Central Park)
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Date: 8/2/20 3:59 pm
From: Hauns Froehlingsdorf <hauns...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Band Tailed Pigeons at the feeder
Well this is a new on for us!

I have had this feeder up for 5 years now. About a week ago, the showed up. And wow are they aggressive!

https://youtu.be/IkCts2BIOQM

They drive all the birds away and empty the feeder in about 5 minutes! I counted 13 today between the feeder and the power lines behind my house.

Has anyone else experienced this?

Thanks,
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Date: 8/2/20 2:08 pm
From: David Swafford <david...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Question, right, wrong, or wildly wrong
In Maine right now... have a couple of pictures of what I thought was an Eastern Kingbird, now I think it is a Gray Kingbird...  Location is an island in Casco Bay.

and then there are the sparrows.... I will need tutoring on those...

Many thanks

Dave

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Date: 8/2/20 12:54 pm
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
I just saw the Yellow-headed Blackbird on top of the power pole, same place
as in Becky’s picture. And one of the juvie Wood Ducks is in the second
pond east of Meridian.

On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 11:28 AM Becky <beckyewens...> wrote:

> At 11:45 I saw the yellow-headed blackbird across the Los Capitancillos
> Ponds, in the general area Steven stated. When I drove over to hopefully
> get a better photo, it was gone.
> I didn't see the wood ducks. The ponds were pretty empty, with a couple of
> coots, pied-billed grebes & a great egret. A number of Canada geese came
> in as I was leaving. There were a number of turkey vultures around, some
> fighting over something.
>
> Happy birding,
> Becky
> [image: 1 IMG_5232.JPG]
>
> [image: image.png]
>
> On Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 11:56 AM Steven Tucker via groups.io
> <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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>> An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird has been coming to one of the
>> feeders in my yard today, a stunning addition to the yard list and a new
>> 5MR bird for me as well. My house is roughly between the first and second
>> ponds east of Meridian on the Los Capitancillos Ponds and the blackbird may
>> potentially be visible at times from the public trail, although its
>> preferred feeder is not. It is keeping company with Red-winged Blackbirds.
>>
>> Other recent yard birds of note include a pair of Wrentits (also new for
>> the yard list) and a Wood Duck. Migrant/dispersing Black-headed Grosbeaks
>> have been coming to the feeder as well, though they are not unexpected here
>> in late July.
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>> Steve Tucker
>> San Jose
>>
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Date: 8/2/20 11:28 am
From: Becky <beckyewens...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
At 11:45 I saw the yellow-headed blackbird across the Los Capitancillos
Ponds, in the general area Steven stated. When I drove over to hopefully
get a better photo, it was gone.
I didn't see the wood ducks. The ponds were pretty empty, with a couple of
coots, pied-billed grebes & a great egret. A number of Canada geese came
in as I was leaving. There were a number of turkey vultures around, some
fighting over something.

Happy birding,
Becky
[image: 1 IMG_5232.JPG]

[image: image.png]

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<talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

> An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird has been coming to one of the
> feeders in my yard today, a stunning addition to the yard list and a new
> 5MR bird for me as well. My house is roughly between the first and second
> ponds east of Meridian on the Los Capitancillos Ponds and the blackbird may
> potentially be visible at times from the public trail, although its
> preferred feeder is not. It is keeping company with Red-winged Blackbirds.
>
> Other recent yard birds of note include a pair of Wrentits (also new for
> the yard list) and a Wood Duck. Migrant/dispersing Black-headed Grosbeaks
> have been coming to the feeder as well, though they are not unexpected here
> in late July.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Steve Tucker
> San Jose
>
>
>

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Date: 8/2/20 10:40 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant Park
Cricket and I joined a number of other birders at the small pond and water tank beside the ranch house at Grant Park this morning. The pond was active with WESTERN WOOD PEWEE, WESTERN BLUEBIRD, LARK SPARROWS, LESSER GOLFINCH, YELLOW WARBLER, WILSON’S WARBLER, LAZULI BUNTING and BULLOCK’S ORIOLE.

At about 8:30 the silent RED-EYED VIREO made a brief appearance in the trees on the right side beside the small pond. It moved to a second perch close to the middle of the pond before moving again and pausing fo a second or two just above the tank. It then continued in that direction and was not seen again by the time we left. It was a brief, but diagnostic view of this handsome bird.

Matthew Dodder

Matthew Dodder
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Date: 8/2/20 10:00 am
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] More on Wood Ducks
Folks:

I reported an eclipse male Wood Duck in the Lockheed Martin marsh on
6/26/20.  I've never seen an eclipse Mandarin Duck and the thought never
occurred to me that it might be a possibility.  I took no notes or a
photo as the Wood Duck was distant.  I do recall that it had a
horizontal white teardrop around its eye, which supports the identification.

For what it's worth, on previous visits, I've three spring and summer
period records, all single males, two in May and one in July (eclipse). 
I also recorded three Wood Ducks in August of 2015.  I would not suggest
Sunnyvale WPCP as a place to see Wood Ducks, but they do occasionally
show up there.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 8/2/20 8:59 am
From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
The Yellow-headed Blackbird is still here this morning, visible getting some sun with the blackbird flock on the power lines on the north edge of the pond a couple houses west of me as of a few minutes ago. When the blackbirds perch up there, which is frequently, they are readily visible from the Los Capitancillos Ponds trail with a scope. It comes and goes from the yard throughout the day so it seems to usually be in this area. 
Steve TuckerSan Jose
On Saturday, August 1, 2020, 9:07 AM, Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> wrote:

And SCVAS has directions for Los Capitancillos here: https://scvas.org/self-guided-field-tripsif you are not familiar with this location.

On Aug 1, 2020, at 8:48 AM, Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> wrote:



The blackbird just dropped into my yard again a few minutes ago. Glad some locals got to see it yesterday! The local wood duck also flew by earlier in the morning.
Steve TuckerSan Jose





On Friday, July 31, 2020, 11:56 AM, Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird has been coming to one of the feeders in my yard today, a stunning addition to the yard list and a new 5MR bird for me as well. My house is roughly between the first and second ponds east of Meridian on the Los Capitancillos Ponds and the blackbird may potentially be visible at times from the public trail, although its preferred feeder is not. It is keeping company with Red-winged Blackbirds.
Other recent yard birds of note include a pair of Wrentits (also new for the yard list) and a Wood Duck. Migrant/dispersing Black-headed Grosbeaks have been coming to the feeder as well, though they are not unexpected here in late July.
Good birding,
Steve TuckerSan Jose







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Date: 8/1/20 10:45 pm
From: David Nickerson via groups.io <davidnickerson=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant CP
All,

The RED-EYED VIREO continued late this afternoon at Grant Park. At around 5:20pm I located it mid-canopy in some oaks just east of the ranch house parking lot, at these coordinates: 37.336876, -121.714228

This location is about 100 meters southeast of where Mike had it this morning.

Some poor photos are in my eBird checklist, here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72031281 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S72031281>

Also of note was a SWAINSON’S THRUSH foraging on the ranch lawn.

Happy birding,

David Nickerson







> On Aug 1, 2020, at 1:21 PM, Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> wrote:
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> The RED-EYED VIREO, that was reported to Ebird yesterday, continues at Joseph Grant County Park today, 1 Aug 20. It was seen in the willow trees around the small pond next to the rose garden at 8:45 am. Be aware that there are 3 other species of vireo here as well.
>
> Michael Mammoser
>
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Date: 8/1/20 6:18 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Emily Renzel Wetlands
Adding to the Emily Renzel Wetlands theme: I went there this afternoon. There were a great many zebra-faced young pied-billed grebes. Three of them were following a parent around, begging unsuccessfully. The parent would dive frequently but we never saw food change beaks. There were a couple of common gallinules, one green heron, two killdeer, a few double-crested cormorants, and a host of mallards and Canada geese. Notable also were four American white pelicans. Even more notable were three cinnamon teal: an adult male in eclipse, an adult female, and a bird of the year, probably male.

John Harshman
San Jose
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Date: 8/1/20 6:00 pm
From: Paul Hyde <paulhyde14...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Shoreline Lake, 8/1/20

I followed a similar path to Garrett this morning. Starting at the kite flying area of Shoreline Park, I saw 3 Burrowing Owls in their area. The Northern Red Bishop showed after a while near the Pump Station. 

Walking round to Pond A2E I also saw a good number of Least Tern; I counted 16, both adult and juvenile. 

Whilst walking toward the Shoreline Lake I had a very flighty Western Meadowlark and a Western Grebe. 

At the lake there wasn’t anything unusual. The long staying Goldeneye was present, along with other usual suspects. 

Nice morning of birding; the shoreline park car park was very busy as I left at about 11:45am. 

Cheers!

Paul Hyde

Friday, July 31, 2020, 3:49 PM -0700 from <Garrett.Lau...> <Garrett.Lau...>:
>Last night, Sha Lu posted on Facebook a photo taken at Shoreline Lake
>yesterday, asking for identification. It was a juvenile Elegant Tern.
>
>I therefore went to the lake this morning to look for the Elegant
>Terns, but I didn't find any. I also went to Pond A2E, but they
>weren't there, either. I didn't find anything particularly unusual
>there, except for the number of Least Terns. There were at least
>thirty. Adults and juveniles alike were catching fish.
>
>The male Northern Red Bishop was in the same area as before, by the
>pump house at the east end of Parking Lot E (Kite Flying Area). Nobody
>else was around, so it was singing and foraging peacefully.
>
>Garrett Lau
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Date: 8/1/20 5:46 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Elegant Tern - Sunnyvale WPCP - Sat Aug 1
Folks,

This morning I was walking the trail between the East and West Ponds, past the radar tower, around 9 am, when an ELEGANT TERN flew over me from the East flying towards the West and beyond. There was still a lot of both RED-NECKED and WILSON’s PHALAROPES in the East Pond, with the sun behind them.

Later in the morning at the Spreckels Pond in Alviso there were several large groups of mostly WESTERN SANDPIPERS, flying in 4 separate groups in the swirling manner peeps can do. Always quite a sight! When one group set down in the west end of the pond, I was able to pick out a single SANDERLING in the group, through my scope. Also here were at least 45 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, and a small number of both Wilson’s and Red-Necked Phalaropes.

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Date: 8/1/20 1:21 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Red-eyed Vireo continues at Grant CP
The RED-EYED VIREO, that was reported to Ebird yesterday, continues at Joseph Grant County Park today, 1 Aug 20. It was seen in the willow trees around the small pond next to the rose garden at 8:45 am. Be aware that there are 3 other species of vireo here as well. 
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Date: 8/1/20 1:11 pm
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird FWIW
The three juvenile Wood Ducks are continuing in the SW corner of the third
pond east of Meridian. No sign of the YHBB at the feeder yet, but I did see
HOOR at a feeder to the right in the same yard Bob described.

On Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 12:02 PM Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> wrote:

> All,
> FWIW the feeder that the Yellow-Headed Blackbird was originally reported
> from can be seen with a good scope. About half way across the first Los
> Capitancilos Pond EAST of Meridian there's a large bush, look about 30
> degrees to the right you'll see a roughly round view of a light gray house,
> thru the trees, with a view of the large feeder in the middle of the view.
> I got on the site late, went west instead, but his was the only place where
> I saw more than one RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (also BAND-TAILED PIGEONS,
> GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES, MOURNING DOVES, ETC). Three non-breeding plumaged
> WOOD DUCKS were in the third pond East of Meridian.
>
> I had originally planned to try for the Red-eyed Vireo but the photo was
> not posted until later this morning (8/1) and it's a big effort to get
> there if you're not certain as to its ID :-(
>
> Take care,
> Bob Reiling
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Date: 8/1/20 1:02 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Alamitos Road and Hicks Road in New Almaden
It's August and the migrants should be coming through, so I drove to
Almaden Reservoir and parked on Alamitos Road at Hicks Road. Birding
west along Herbert Creek to just past Twin Creeks, I found four WESTERN
WOOD PEWEE in different locations. Three WILSON'S WARBLER were together
as were 4 HUTTON'S VIREO, possible family groups. A DOWNY WOODPECKER,
WRENTIT, HOUSE WREN, BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER, PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER and
BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK female were all heard only. Four PURPLE FINCH flew
over giving their pit call. A quiet CASSIN'S VIREO was also seen here. I
was thrilled to see a BLACK THROATED GRAY WARBLER feed an immature bird.
A flock of CAL. QUAIL and two small flocks of WILD TURKEY hens were also
seen.

Birds of interest on Almaden reservoir were eight WOOD DUCKS including 3
young and one GREEN HERON.

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Date: 8/1/20 12:42 pm
From: Dorothy Johnson <dfj6281...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird
Hi Everyone,

I saw the YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD at the first Los Capitancilos pond, East
of Meridian this morning about 9:30 am. It flew from the reeds nearest the
trail to the far side of the pond. I didn't see it again.

Take care,
Dorothy Johnson
San Jose

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Date: 8/1/20 12:02 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird FWIW
All,
FWIW the feeder that the Yellow-Headed Blackbird was originally reported from can be seen with a good scope. About half way across the first Los Capitancilos Pond EAST of Meridian there's a large bush, look about 30 degrees to the right you'll see a roughly round view of a light gray house, thru the trees, with a view of the large feeder in the middle of the view. I got on the site late, went west instead, but his was the only place where I saw more than one RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (also BAND-TAILED PIGEONS, GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES, MOURNING DOVES, ETC). Three non-breeding plumaged WOOD DUCKS were in the third pond East of Meridian.

I had originally planned to try for the Red-eyed Vireo but the photo was not posted until later this morning (8/1) and it's a big effort to get there if you're not certain as to its ID :-(

Take care,
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Date: 8/1/20 9:08 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
And SCVAS has directions for Los Capitancillos here: https://scvas.org/self-guided-field-trips if you are not familiar with this location.

> On Aug 1, 2020, at 8:48 AM, Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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>  The blackbird just dropped into my yard again a few minutes ago. Glad some locals got to see it yesterday! The local wood duck also flew by earlier in the morning.
>
> Steve Tucker
> San Jose
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> On Friday, July 31, 2020, 11:56 AM, Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird has been coming to one of the feeders in my yard today, a stunning addition to the yard list and a new 5MR bird for me as well. My house is roughly between the first and second ponds east of Meridian on the Los Capitancillos Ponds and the blackbird may potentially be visible at times from the public trail, although its preferred feeder is not. It is keeping company with Red-winged Blackbirds.
>
> Other recent yard birds of note include a pair of Wrentits (also new for the yard list) and a Wood Duck. Migrant/dispersing Black-headed Grosbeaks have been coming to the feeder as well, though they are not unexpected here in late July.
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Date: 8/1/20 8:48 am
From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
The blackbird just dropped into my yard again a few minutes ago. Glad some locals got to see it yesterday! The local wood duck also flew by earlier in the morning.
Steve TuckerSan Jose
On Friday, July 31, 2020, 11:56 AM, Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> wrote:

An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird has been coming to one of the feeders in my yard today, a stunning addition to the yard list and a new 5MR bird for me as well. My house is roughly between the first and second ponds east of Meridian on the Los Capitancillos Ponds and the blackbird may potentially be visible at times from the public trail, although its preferred feeder is not. It is keeping company with Red-winged Blackbirds.
Other recent yard birds of note include a pair of Wrentits (also new for the yard list) and a Wood Duck. Migrant/dispersing Black-headed Grosbeaks have been coming to the feeder as well, though they are not unexpected here in late July.
Good birding,
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Date: 7/31/20 10:36 pm
From: jm_danzenbaker_alt via groups.io <jm_danzenbaker_alt=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
Apologies for not reporting anywhere, and for being late to noticing the queries, but Lee and I saw an eclipse male Wood Duck at the Sunnyvale WTP on 22 July.  It was in the creek where you first start walking on the main trail, as if heading for the radar tower to look for phalaropes (which is what we were doing).  Specifically, it was where the trail first bends to the right, maybe 100 yards from the beginning where you initially enter the trails and turn right to head out.  It was on the mud with a group of loafing Mallards.  The time was mid-morning.  We looked but didn't see the bird when we returned.

Even though I'm calling it a Wood Duck, I have a nagging feeling it could have been a Mandarin, as it had a very narrow eye ring and a thin white postocular line extending well back and curving downwards.

Mike Danzenbaker
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Date: 7/31/20 8:20 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird photo
First I looked on the east Los Capitancillos Ponds for the bird reported
by Steve Tucker. I crossed Meridian to the west side and found the male
YELLOW HEADED BLACKBIRD in a weedy bush at the waters edge. Soon it flew
deep into the cattails on the west side of the first pond. Just as Eve
and Ann arrived it flew to a flock of Red-winged Blackbirds feeding on
the ground close to the tail. We noticed how aggressively it fed
compared to the other blackbirds. Very good looks at 7 pm.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley


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Date: 7/31/20 7:07 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Yellow-headed Blackbird continues
Hi Everyone,

Janna Pauser refound Steve Tucker’s Yellow-headed Blackbird. The bird is now in the cattails in the first pond west of Meridian at Los Capitancillos. Park on Oslo Ln.

Eve Meier
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Date: 7/31/20 5:07 pm
From: Kathryn Tobias <tobiaskj...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Just a Note about Wood Ducks
I have seen them a few years ago at Joseph Reichmuth Park in Sacramento off I-5 as well, but I figured you were looking for county birds.

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Hi All

There is a park in Sacramento, McKinley Park, where WOOD DUCKS are plentiful as I found out several years ago when looking for a MANDARIN DUCK which was also there for a while. I assume the wood ducks are still there - they were reacting more like Mallards than Wood Ducks, eating bread from visitors.

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Date: 7/31/20 4:52 pm
From: Larry Spivak via groups.io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Just a Note about Wood Ducks
Hi All
There is a park in Sacramento, McKinley Park, where WOOD DUCKS are plentiful as I found out several years ago when looking for a MANDARIN DUCK which was also there for a while. I assume the wood ducks are still there - they were reacting more like Mallards than Wood Ducks, eating bread from visitors.
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Date: 7/31/20 3:49 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Elegant Tern at Shoreline Lake, 7/30/20
Last night, Sha Lu posted on Facebook a photo taken at Shoreline Lake
yesterday, asking for identification. It was a juvenile Elegant Tern.

I therefore went to the lake this morning to look for the Elegant
Terns, but I didn't find any. I also went to Pond A2E, but they
weren't there, either. I didn't find anything particularly unusual
there, except for the number of Least Terns. There were at least
thirty. Adults and juveniles alike were catching fish.

The male Northern Red Bishop was in the same area as before, by the
pump house at the east end of Parking Lot E (Kite Flying Area). Nobody
else was around, so it was singing and foraging peacefully.

Garrett Lau

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Date: 7/31/20 2:50 pm
From: Linda Solis <lskessel...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] A Note About Wood Ducks
Nice! The only time I've seen them is the little creek that runs along Los Capitancillos Ponds
(is that Guadalupe? sorry--) It was close to Meridian in a densely wooded area in the spring-- about 8 years ago. I've looked for them in that same location since then, but not seen them. They sure are pretty!
On Friday, July 31, 2020, 02:42:11 PM PDT, Lisa Myers <lisa...> wrote:


Back in the day one could find many Wood Ducks at the Almaden Reservoir. There is really no place to park along the reservoir so its quiet and green and the ducks hid on the far bank. One could easily have missed them.


Lisa Myers

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All:

Pete Dunne wrote this about Wood Ducks.  "Most waterfowl prefer an open habitat, but this duck likes to be where it's dark and thick: heavily wooded swamps or sluggish streams with overhanging branches are ideal." and "Birds often perch on logs and branches on the water or high on tree limbs (along which they can walk nimbly)."

On May 16, 2006 on my way to Yosemite I stopped for a while at Caswell State Park, where I had 2 Wood Ducks noisily fooling around high above me in the very top of tall Poplar trees.

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Date: 7/31/20 2:42 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] A Note About Wood Ducks
Back in the day one could find many Wood Ducks at the Almaden Reservoir.
There is really no place to park along the reservoir so its quiet and
green and the ducks hid on the far bank. One could easily have missed them.

Lisa Myers

On 7/31/20 1:36 PM, Frank Vanslager via groups.io wrote:
> All:
>
> Pete Dunne wrote this about Wood Ducks.  "Most waterfowl prefer an
> open habitat, but this duck likes to be where it's dark and thick:
> heavily wooded swamps or sluggish streams with overhanging branches
> are ideal." and "Birds often perch on logs and branches on the water
> or high on tree limbs (along which they can walk nimbly)."
>
> On May 16, 2006 on my way to Yosemite I stopped for a while at Caswell
> State Park, where I had 2 Wood Ducks noisily fooling around high above
> me in the very top of tall Poplar trees.
>
> Frank Vanslager
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Date: 7/31/20 2:36 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] More Western Screech-Owl songs
All,
Between 5:05 AM and 5:29 AM this morning (7/31) I had two singing WESTERN SCREEH-OWLS in my back yard. I assume that they were a pair as one had a deeper tone to its Bouncing Ball (Tremolo) than the other. (Not sure if this would be the male or the female.) The higher pitched song appeared to come from one of my European Birch trees and the other in a neighbors "bush tree" 20 feet away, Saved a recording this time.
Take care,
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Date: 7/31/20 2:03 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020


> On Jul 31, 2020, at 12:02 PM, Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> wrote:
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> Glad you gave that a try. It always works well. If you want to find even MORE reports for species you have not seen this year, you can set up to receive “Needs” alerts for birds in the current year by going to the Explore Section and licking “Alerts”. That way, you will be alerted about birds that were not photographed.
>
> Another interesting thing to do is visit the Explore section, scroll down and click on “Target Species”. Set your parameters for whatever you need.
>


If you're logged onto eBird, try this link:

https://ebird.org/targets?region=Santa+Clara+County%2C+California%2C+US&r1=US-CA-085&bmo=6&emo=8&r2=US-CA-085&t2=year&mediaType= <https://ebird.org/targets?region=Santa+Clara+County,+California,+US&r1=US-CA-085&bmo=6&emo=8&r2=US-CA-085&t2=year&mediaType=>

It should bring up the new(ish) "Target Species" list, set to Santa Clara County and what's been seen this year (only) in Jun/Jul/August. That's how I tend to see what's being seen that I need. (for me: California quail, Wrentit and Caspian Tern are -- in theory -- the easiest for me to find not currently on my county year list)

Wood duck is way down at #59 on that list, right below Sora, Osprey, andRed Bishop. There's a link that can take you to see reported sightings of the species that match the dates and location:

https://ebird.org/map/wooduc?gp=true&yr=all&bmo=6&emo=8&env.minX=-122.202&env.minY=36.893&env.maxX=-121.209&env.maxY=37.485 <https://ebird.org/map/wooduc?gp=true&yr=all&bmo=6&emo=8&env.minX=-122.202&env.minY=36.893&env.maxX=-121.209&env.maxY=37.485>

For wood duck in the last two months, there are not many (although Steve tucker just reported one at the Los Capicitilanos ponds!).

Most of the sightings are unconfirmed and not all of them feel credible to me (as happens), such as a Wood Duck reported at Shoreline Lake in early june. One reported at Sunnyvale WPCP on 7/24 has me curious, was it a mistaken Scaup? But maybe worth keeping an eye out just in case.

There were two reports in Early June at Oka ponds (Los Gatos Creek County Park) and one on 7/25 at Vasona Lake. Two reports (same party) at Hellyer Lake on 7/23, Coyote Creek Park Chain on 7/20 be Eve, Almaden Reservoir/Twin creeks area reported by both Carter and matthew, and one final report at Almaden/Quicksilver. That's about it for the county recently. I know they've been historically seen upstream of Steven's Creek Reservoir near the Cal Fire complex, but nothing reported.

So I think eBird is showing some places to explore but no place right now where they're a likely catch. But seems like a fun chase...

chuq
(I've been meaning to write up something on the targets page and haven't gotten to it. Plus, this seemed like a fun chase. Hopefully this email will get cleaned up and posted one of these minutes as a Birding 101...)


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Date: 7/31/20 1:36 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] A Note About Wood Ducks
All:

Pete Dunne wrote this about Wood Ducks.  "Most waterfowl prefer an open habitat, but this duck likes to be where it's dark and thick: heavily wooded swamps or sluggish streams with overhanging branches are ideal." and "Birds often perch on logs and branches on the water or high on tree limbs (along which they can walk nimbly)."

On May 16, 2006 on my way to Yosemite I stopped for a while at Caswell State Park, where I had 2 Wood Ducks noisily fooling around high above me in the very top of tall Poplar trees.

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Date: 7/31/20 12:03 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
Frank,

Glad you gave that a try. It always works well. If you want to find even MORE reports for species you have not seen this year, you can set up to receive “Needs” alerts for birds in the current year by going to the Explore Section and licking “Alerts”. That way, you will be alerted about birds that were not photographed.

Another interesting thing to do is visit the Explore section, scroll down and click on “Target Species”. Set your parameters for whatever you need.


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> On Jul 30, 2020, at 1:55 PM, Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> wrote:
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> All:
>
> Looking over my past data I found that I hadn't recorded a wood Duck as a county-year-bird. So I used Bill Pelletier's powerful method (posted on May 26), which I have bookmarked as "Explore Species Photographed". With the Location as Santa Clara, and sorting for Newest First, I found that on July 25 Carol Ann Krug Graves photographed a female Wood Duck at Vasona Lake County Park.
>
> So I spent a pleasant couple hours exploring the creek at Vasona. I did find the female Common Merganser on the creek, but I missed the Wood Duck.
>
> Thanks again Bill.
>
> Frank Vanslager
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Date: 7/31/20 11:56 am
From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Yard/Los Capitancillos Ponds Yellow-headed Blackbird
An adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird has been coming to one of the feeders in my yard today, a stunning addition to the yard list and a new 5MR bird for me as well. My house is roughly between the first and second ponds east of Meridian on the Los Capitancillos Ponds and the blackbird may potentially be visible at times from the public trail, although its preferred feeder is not. It is keeping company with Red-winged Blackbirds.
Other recent yard birds of note include a pair of Wrentits (also new for the yard list) and a Wood Duck. Migrant/dispersing Black-headed Grosbeaks have been coming to the feeder as well, though they are not unexpected here in late July.
Good birding,
Steve TuckerSan Jose

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Date: 7/31/20 5:35 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Emily Renzel Wetlands
BTW, for those of you that don't know how to get to Emily Renzel, visit:
https://scvas.org/self-guided-field-trips. We're planning on publishing a
few of these every month. If you would like to help, please email me at
<scvasfieldtrips...>

Happy birding!
Eve Meier (San Jose)

On Thu, Jul 30, 2020 at 9:31 PM Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
wrote:

> I visited Emily Renzel Wetlands Wednesday. I had checked out the Alviso
> County Park first, but the birds were pretty far away and I knew I could
> see some activity over in Palo Alto. I wasn't disappointed.
> While I have seen aggressive behavior in birds before, this was pretty
> special because I was able to get a good expression in a photo.
> A killdeer parent was sharing a clump of vegetation with a juvenile green
> heron. I didn't even know the heron was there. After about 5 minutes, the
> heron decided it had had enough of "sharing," so it let the killdeer know
> that this little spot was his/hers. The killdeer tried moving away, first
> to the left, then the right, but the heron was still not satisfied. Yikes.
> After it got its way, it stayed for maybe two minutes, then left! Teenagers!
>
> *I resized the photos. I hope it works. I'm still learning the tricks of
> the trade.*
>
> Michelle Nelson
>
>
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Date: 7/30/20 10:14 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Emily Renzel Wetlands
By the way, I think there are still 3 pied-billed grebe nests, two in the
north pond and one in the south pond (right at the "shore" of the large
island).
See photos.

Plus - what kind of nest is hanging over the water?

Thank you.

Michelle Nelson


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> I visited Emily Renzel Wetlands Wednesday. I had checked out the Alviso
> County Park first, but the birds were pretty far away and I knew I could
> see some activity over in Palo Alto. I wasn't disappointed.
> While I have seen aggressive behavior in birds before, this was pretty
> special because I was able to get a good expression in a photo.
> A killdeer parent was sharing a clump of vegetation with a juvenile green
> heron. I didn't even know the heron was there. After about 5 minutes, the
> heron decided it had had enough of "sharing," so it let the killdeer know
> that this little spot was his/hers. The killdeer tried moving away, first
> to the left, then the right, but the heron was still not satisfied. Yikes.
> After it got its way, it stayed for maybe two minutes, then left! Teenagers!
>
> *I resized the photos. I hope it works. I'm still learning the tricks of
> the trade.*
>
> Michelle Nelson
>
>
>

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Date: 7/30/20 9:31 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Emily Renzel Wetlands
I visited Emily Renzel Wetlands Wednesday. I had checked out the Alviso
County Park first, but the birds were pretty far away and I knew I could
see some activity over in Palo Alto. I wasn't disappointed.
While I have seen aggressive behavior in birds before, this was pretty
special because I was able to get a good expression in a photo.
A killdeer parent was sharing a clump of vegetation with a juvenile green
heron. I didn't even know the heron was there. After about 5 minutes, the
heron decided it had had enough of "sharing," so it let the killdeer know
that this little spot was his/hers. The killdeer tried moving away, first
to the left, then the right, but the heron was still not satisfied. Yikes.
After it got its way, it stayed for maybe two minutes, then left! Teenagers!

*I resized the photos. I hope it works. I'm still learning the tricks of
the trade.*

Michelle Nelson

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Date: 7/30/20 5:01 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Two days, two birds
Yesterday, around noonish, I was able to find the male NRBI, just north of the sign for the Stevens Creek Marsh Trail. It was eating grass seed, and was so engrossed that it ignored me completely. I passed within 6 feet or so (no problem, I was wearing a mask).

Today, on the Toyon Trail in Fremont Older Preserve, I ran into two HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHERS, or so I imagine. Nobody was making any noise, but their heads were huge in comparison to their bodies.

John Harshman
San Jose

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Date: 7/30/20 4:47 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant - Phalaropes
Hi Everyone,

This morning I rode my bike around the East Pond of the Sunnyvale Water
Pollution Control Plant to see if the phalaropes are still there. They
are! I spotted about 50 phalaropes too far out to id but another large
group close to the west side of the pond. They were mostly Red-necked
Phalaropes but I was able to pick out one Wilson's Phalarope in the flock.

There were also hundreds of swallows on the wires as I headed out to the
pond - mostly Cliff, Barn, and Violet-Green.

On my way out, I thought I noticed that there is now parking along
Caribbean Dr. Can someone confirm that?

ebird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71956157

Happy Birding!
Eve Meier (San Jose)

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Date: 7/30/20 3:42 pm
From: William Pelletier via groups.io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
Frank,
The WODUs seem to have moved after the young fledged and I haven't seen one in county since May, not that I've been in county much this summer. If I were on a big day, looking for Wood Duck to add to the day's tally, I would try the following locations:
Live Oak Area near Anderson Dam - https://ebird.org/checklist/S63114323
Guadalupe Creek along Hicks Rd almost always has a few - https://ebird.org/checklist/S71943978
Old Oak Glen Rd down by Chesboro - https://ebird.org/checklist/S68751935
I chose random checklists in the south county from eBird and from there you can pull up the map and look at pictures too.
We all need just a little more Wood Ducks in our life!
Keep us posted,Bill P
p.s. Most of all thanks to you and Bob Reiling who inspired and encouraged me to get back into birding after my youngest (of 3 sons) graduated Willow Glen High in 2015. It's clear to see by my eBird stats when I awoke ... it was just 2017 when I cracked 200 species in Santa Clara county for a year. I'm still the new kid on the birding block ;)




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All:

Looking over my past data I found that I hadn't recorded a wood Duck as a county-year-bird.  So I used Bill Pelletier's powerful method (posted on May 26), which I have bookmarked as "Explore Species Photographed".  With the Location as Santa Clara, and sorting for Newest First, I found that on July 25 Carol Ann Krug Graves photographed a female Wood Duck at Vasona Lake County Park.

So I spent a pleasant couple hours exploring the creek at Vasona.  I did find the female Common Merganser on the creek, but I missed the Wood Duck.

Thanks again Bill.

Frank Vanslager


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Date: 7/30/20 2:54 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto and Alviso Shorebirds
Folks:

I visited a few shorebird spots from Palo Alto and Alviso this morning. 
At two spots in Alviso, I saw two juvenile LEAST SANDPIPERS and three
juvenile WESTERN SANDPIPERS, nice to see their fresh colors.  Along the
EEC entrance road northeast of the RR crossing, I found at least two
LESSER YELLOWLEGS in with 15+ Greaters.  I ran into Mike Mammoser on the
boardwalk and he had seen most of these birds, perhaps more Lessers than
I saw.  Both WILSON'S and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were well out in the
marsh, but along Elizabeth Street just west of the corner with Gold
there were some nearby Wilson's that could be easily seen with bins
(there might also be some closer views along Spreckles Street).

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 7/30/20 2:01 pm
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
I actually need a Wood Duck for my county life list. I’ve seen them other places, but not in SCC. Let me know if you find one!

> On Jul 30, 2020, at 1:55 PM, Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> wrote:
>
> All:
>
> Looking over my past data I found that I hadn't recorded a wood Duck as a county-year-bird. So I used Bill Pelletier's powerful method (posted on May 26), which I have bookmarked as "Explore Species Photographed". With the Location as Santa Clara, and sorting for Newest First, I found that on July 25 Carol Ann Krug Graves photographed a female Wood Duck at Vasona Lake County Park.
>
> So I spent a pleasant couple hours exploring the creek at Vasona. I did find the female Common Merganser on the creek, but I missed the Wood Duck.
>
> Thanks again Bill.
>
> Frank Vanslager
>


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Date: 7/30/20 1:55 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Looking, Unsuccessfully, For a Wood Duck in Santa Clara County on 7/30/2020
All:

Looking over my past data I found that I hadn't recorded a wood Duck as a county-year-bird.  So I used Bill Pelletier's powerful method (posted on May 26), which I have bookmarked as "Explore Species Photographed".  With the Location as Santa Clara, and sorting for Newest First, I found that on July 25 Carol Ann Krug Graves photographed a female Wood Duck at Vasona Lake County Park.

So I spent a pleasant couple hours exploring the creek at Vasona.  I did find the female Common Merganser on the creek, but I missed the Wood Duck.

Thanks again Bill.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/30/20 10:30 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Western Screech-Owl
All,
I first heard the Western Screech-Owl doing the Bouncing Ball song in the Birch trees in my back yard at 4:55 this morning (7/30). At 5 AM my water sprinklers come on and the Owl made several calls between then and 5:45 (I actually recorded the song and then accidentally erased the recording when playing it for my wife). I also heard some chip type calls coming from the same trees that I am unaware off (I thought that it might be some sort of Owl call)?
Take care,
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Date: 7/29/20 10:27 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Western Screech-Owl
All,
At 5:05 this morning (7/29) as I opened my bedroom window to let in the cool outside air, I don't sleep with open windows, I also had a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL doing the bouncing ball call from the Birch trees in my back yard. Not sure what attracts it but I do have a drip type bird bath under the trees.
Take care,
Bob Reiling

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Date: 7/29/20 9:54 am
From: Joe Parker <jandkparker...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Western Screech-Owls in Los Gatos
This morning at 2 AM there was a pair of WESTERN SCREECH-OWLS calling to each other in the flats of Los Gatos. The male was in our redwood tree and the female was in our next-door neighbor’s live oak tree. They bouncy-ball called back and forth for about 10 minutes and then went silent.

I have periodically heard one calling but this is the first time I have heard a pair.

Kathy Parker
Los Gatos
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Date: 7/28/20 3:44 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Blue Grosbeak
All,

This morning (7/28) Frank Vanslager and I had an adult female BLUE GROSBEAK with a probable juvenile on the hillside North of the railroad tracks on the North side of the Pajaro River near a blue painted railroad tie about 150 yds before the ¼ railroad marker. She was an overall brownish color with the uniformly un-streaked under parts being a somewhat lighter shade, it had a single, obvious, light wingbar, and a dark upper tail, the face had no obvious makings with the crown being a somewhat darker uniform color and she had a larger, heavier bill. A bit of blue on the wing or tail was noted a couple times when she was in flight. Over about a one hour period the female made many trips Northeast to various points along the hillside, spending a lot of time in the tall weeds there (often barely visible prohibiting reasonable photography). Pete Dunne notes that it "Forages for seeds and insects low in weeds." After a while she would then, always fly Southwest down-slope to a spot quite near us (apparently to feed the juvenile). Somewhat later Frank heard a lot of pips close to the spot where she would always fly to and saw two similarly mark Grosbeaks fly from the hillside to an area South of the Railroad tracks and out of sight. There was no sign of an adult male Blue Grosbeak.

Other birds of note included a female HOODED ORIOLE, CALIFORNIA THRASHERS and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE.

Take care,
Bob Reiling

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Date: 7/28/20 9:07 am
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Nests & Juvies, Renzel & Stanford: pix
A one time law student of mine has a son in high school who is into birding
(YAY!) and I had the pleasure of introducing them to the Emily Renzel Ponds
scene last Friday, 7/24. There were plenty of juveniles with parents among
the birds as well: COMMON GALLINULES, CANADA GEESE, GADWALLS, and the
KILLDEER with four chicks. Also one active PIED-BILLED GREBE nest in the
west pond:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170903622
and on the east pond island, this second year or adult GREEN HERON:
https://pbase.com/image/170903625

Around my house on the Stanford campus FLEDGLING RAPTORS continue to put on
a show. With RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS it's mostly repeated calls at a distance,
but juvie WHITE-TAILED KITES have made my redwoods regular perches, as here:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170903599

I had the camera on one nicely perched juvie when it took off, giving me
this photo sequence:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170906410
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170906436
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170906437

One photograph at first fooled me about what I had seen (read the caption):
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170890414

Also at home, I had another raptor visit, this one an adult COOPER'S HAWK
visiting my fountain:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170890410
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170890411

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Date: 7/27/20 5:11 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] JUNE 2020 - Santa Clara County Cumulative Bird Report


I received a sighting for May, too late to include in my May report: A Willow Flycatcher, found on 28-May in the South San Jose yard of Hita Modha. That increased May’s totals to 10 countable birds, for a total of 255 at the end of May.

For June we had 2 countable birds, for a total of 257 countable birds at the end of the month. The average for the month of June is 4 new birds, and the average total is 255 birds. This year I am also keeping track, separately, of the birds that are not ABA-countable. There were no such birds in June. Thank you to everyone who birded, and took the time to report birds either on SBB, eBird, or send emails directly to me.

Here are the 2 countable birds for June, including rarity codes:

1. 4-Jun: Magnolia Warbler (6), Loma Prieta Area, seen by Mike Mammoser and Liam Murphy
2. 19-Jun: Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5), seen by Taylor Gilbert in his yard on Old Summit Road

My monthly reports are made up of eBird sightings, postings on SBB, and direct emails. You can find all the monthly cumulative lists on the SCVAS website at: https://scvas.org/sc-county-cumulative-year-lists <https://scvas.org/sc-county-cumulative-year-lists>. Please post all your sightings to: mailto:<south-bay-birds...> or to www.eBird.org <http://www.ebird.org/> .

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

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Date: 7/27/20 3:15 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto Baylands
Hi Everyone,

This morning I rode my bike around Palo Alto Baylands making a few stops:
sailing station, Harriet Mundy Marsh, the Duck Pond, etc. Most notable
were two LESSER YELLOWLEGS amongst the GREATER YELLOWLEGS and one
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER in Harriet Mundy Marsh. I viewed these birds on the
short section of trail between the parking lot and the interpretive
center. At the San Francisquito Creek outlet, I could barely make out 2
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS.

Also seen were LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, MARBLED GODWITS, AMERICAN AVOCETS,
BLACK-NECKED STILTS, WHIMBRELS, WILLETS, DOWITCHERS, and LEAST SANDPIPERS.

ebird list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71873746

Eve Meier (San Jose)

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Date: 7/27/20 12:29 pm
From: JULIANA <juliana.manoliu...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] my first of the season returning rails
On 7/27/20 I saw one juvenile /*Sora*/ and one adult /*Virginia rail
*/in Coast Casey forebay in Mountain View. The Sora was seen 5 times,
the Virginia rail only once and very briefly. While watching for rails
saw two /*Common yellowthroa*/t (1M,1F) heard  an unidentified bird in
the reeds-passerine type. Also saw the growing avocet chick nearby.

Unfortunately the other location where I saw Virginia rails in previous
years is no more: While walking past the FAA antenna at WTCP in
Sunnyvale on 7/24/20 I encountered heavy duty dredging equipment which
removed all the vegetation on that side of the channel.

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Date: 7/27/20 11:45 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Many Phalaropes at New Chicago Marsh on 7/27/2020
All:

For perching birds, this is the Doldrums, but for shorebirds this can be a good time.  So I went to Elizabeth and Gold in Alviso.  I found a Lesser and a Greater Yellowlegs, and then I noticed a turning flock of birds In the distant first pond of New Chicago Marsh, so I walked back to get the Questar.  There were about 250 Phalaropes, mostly Red-necked.

When I went to Spreckles I found that there was an even larger number of Phalaropes there, in almost every direction that I looked.  (See the attached photo.)  There were many tight flocks which I unfortunately missed in my photograph.  The all-grey back of the non-breeding Wilson's Phalarope was the easiest to identify.

At the EEC I checked out islands 13 to 16 (from west to east) but found only the usual suspects.

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Date: 7/26/20 3:46 pm
From: Carter Gasiorowski <carter.gasiorowski...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ibis, Pelicans, and Plovers at Alviso
Today, my dad and I arrived at Alviso at 7:40 am. The gate was closed so we parked outside. Walking around the small boardwalks, I recorded two VIRGINIA RAILS calling from near the middle boardwalk. Also, there was a pair of cooperative HOODED ORIOLES below the sitting steps. On the east side of A12 were two BROWN PELICANS flying overhead, and another one over A13. Continuing on to A15, a quick scan from the southeast corner revealed two adult SNOWY PLOVERS and two tiny precocial young. After crossing over the railroad tracks, there were numerous terns on A16, but I didn’t see the Common Tern. A female GADWALL rested with six duckling at the north end of A16. Scoping A17 revealed two BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and about 70 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS. Unusual was an adult Western Sandpiper running around on the gravel near the pump house. On our return trip, we stopped to scope A12. While I was scoping, my dad exclaimed, “What’s THAT?” I looked and was shocked to see a WHITE-FACED IBIS flying over! By the time I got locked onto it, is was probably over A17 already, but the pictures at least show the long, down curved Ibis beak. It came from over A13 and I lost it over A17, so I’m not sure where it was coming from/headed. Our original target bird for the outing was Elegant Tern, which we didn’t find, but I’m glad we came looking so we could see all these other birds!

eBird list with photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71847268 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S71847268>

Happy Birding!
Carter
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Date: 7/26/20 3:05 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] A2E
Yesterday morning, Cricket and I visited Las Palmas Park in Sunnyvale, one of the many urban parks within our 5MR. We quickly heard and saw a small flock of MITRED PARAKEETS flying over the drained pool. We never did see them land anywhere so we couldn’t have a chance to sort though the individuals in search of the less common Red-masked Parakeet. I know these birds are introduced, but I’ve always enjoyed them, but I’ve noticed how infrequently I hear them in Mountain View recently. It used to be I’d hear them every a couple of times a week…

Today we walked along the Stevens Creek north of Hwy 101 toward the bay. At salt pond A2E we immediately found a large number of Terns foraging close to the trail’s bend. The flock was roughly half FORSTER’S TERNS and half LEAST TERNS. Both species had young and adults feeding very close to the levy. We scanned all the posts, duck hides and shore for other species of Terns, but no luck yet. Maybe next time. There were several BROWN PELICANS roosting with the AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. On a side note, we occasionally have Caspian Tern flying over our home in the middle of the night. With the windows open, the sound often wakes me up, as does the occasional Barn Owl.

Matthew

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Date: 7/25/20 6:25 pm
From: susan <susan...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] First time back yard bird for us
Today, Saturday 7/25, we had a female Hooded Oriole in our backyard. South Court, Palo Alto. Beautiful!

Bob and Susan Iannucci

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Date: 7/25/20 2:22 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Oak Meadow & Vasona, Los Gatos
Oak Meadow was rather quiet at 9 am, likely due to all the crows and
ravens. Still I had at least a dozen juvenile HOODED ORIOLES and a few
BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK. A surprise here was a male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT
and a BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER. Favorite bird was a WESTERN WOOD PEWEE.

I heard and saw 7 more BLACK HEADED GROSBEAKS in VASONA and birded only
between the two bridges. I saw two WILSON'S WARBLER, a PACIFIC SLOPE
FLYCATCHER and ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER in the willows on the east side of
the creek. More HOOR's here too.

We have an abundance of HOODED ORIOLES at two backyard feeders. A
fledgling SPOTTED TOWHEE and young CAL. SCRUB JAY finally showed up this
week. A few female type BLACK HEADED GROSBEAKS have been at feeders the
last two or three weeks. Hope the figs ripen before the orioles leave,
we sure can't eat them all.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

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Date: 7/25/20 1:26 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Los Capitancillos ponds from Singletree
Hi all -

I led a Saturday morning bird walk today at the Los Capitancillos ponds
in San Jose. Limited to 10 people, with masks, with social distancing &
no sharing of optics. We met off Singletree. At the start of our walk we
had a single BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK. ACORN WOODPECKERS and the usual
suburban birds like NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, MOURNING DOVE and CALIFORNIA
SCRUB JAY were also here. We did not re-find the gnatcatchers, vireos,
cowbirds, red-winged blackbirds or Yellow Warbler that Janna reported on
July 19.

I believe it is the elderberry's that are filled with fruit all along
the trail and the WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were enjoying the bounty. We saw
HOODED ORIOLES several times which was a lifer for some. We saw the
family of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES flying between ponds and a female BELTED
KINGFISHER was spotted on two occasions. BLACK PHOEBES were abundant.

One juvenile GREEN HERON, a few adult AMERICAN COOTS, calling, adult
PIED-BILLED GREBES and a family of CANADA GEESE were within the ponds.
Both towhees were here plus LESSER GOLDFINCH.

If you want to learn the difference between swifts and swallows this is
the place to go! I have never been so up-close and personal with VAUX'S
SWIFT. I was impressed. To hear their vocalization from behind or
directly in front of me was very cool as compared to hearing them way up
in the air. Some were also drinking from the ponds below the levee so we
were able to study them from above. Most of the swallows were juvenile
which also provided a learning opportunity - mostly NORTHERN
ROUGH-WINGED, with a handful of CLIFF and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS.

TURKEY VULTURES were circling throughout our walk. The only raptors were
two adult circling RED-TAILED HAWKS.

We had 37 species in total.

Stay well.

Lisa Myers
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Date: 7/25/20 8:09 am
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] San Antonio Valley (yesterday)
Folks:

Yesterday, 7/24/20, I birded a transect of San Antonio Valley, starting
from the Alameda line on Mines Road and finishing at the Mt. Hamilton
summit.  The seasonal rainfall totals for 2019-20 were about 50% in
Northern California and in the Diablo Range interior the effect was
apparent.  Colorado Creek was mostly dry (although there is a pool from
a local spring at the Mines Road crossing) and Sweetwater Creek had a
little bit of water moving.  All of the other creeks were dry except for
occasional puddles.  The limited water concentrates birds.  My best
estimate was about 22+ LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES at the Colorado Creek
crossing and about 24+ along Sweetwater Creek.  I saw two BELL'S
SPARROWS at the first summit on Mines Road.  Then, at the big curve
halfway to Colorado Creek, I saw both male and female PHAINOPEPLAS.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 7/23/20 4:16 pm
From: <craige66...> <craige66...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bale Eagle & more
All,
Today I birded the Coyote Creek from the Coyote Creek Golf course south to the Ogier ponds.  Of note: 1 adult BALD EAGLE (circling very high over Ogier ponds) , 1 BELTED KINGFISHER (first I have seen in the Coyote Valley area in a few years), 1 green heron and 7 GREAT TAILED GRACKLES at the golf course parking lot.  27 species in all.

Craige Edgerton

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Date: 7/23/20 11:19 am
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Subject: [southbaybirds] A Bishop and a Pygmy on 7/23/2020
All:

On my way back from the AB1 area at 8:40, I spotted some photographers on the other trail to the west.  With my binos I saw that a Northern Red Bishop was on the dead sticks just behind them!  But it took me a moment to get my camera focused, and my photo shows that he left, but that he might be on the distant green bush behind them.

At Cuesta Park at 10 I found a flock of Pygmy Nuthatches, and that reminded me that a few days ago I met a female birder who said that she had finally seen a single Pygmy for a lifer but it was quite high in an evergreen.  For her information, I was on the south edge of that circle of large evergreens near the first parking lot and the restrooms.  It started when one of those frenetic little birds flew right at me, close enough that I did a little involuntary ducking.  When I turned around the bird was on the trunk of an evergreen (closer than the photo I that I took later) and I'll be darned if that bird didn't make another close pass at my head!  I heard some twittering behind me, so the flight probably had nothing to do with me.

There seemed to be about a half dozen birds, but it's hard to count those frenetic little birds.  I did notice 3 different plumages.  One had the spot behind the head, one did not, and the third showed some sign of incomplete molting.

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Date: 7/22/20 11:36 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Slow birding in Alviso
All,
This morning (7/22) except for 2-300 Phalaropes in the pond East of Spreckles Ave in Alviso birding was extremely slow. The flock was primarily made up of non-breeding WILSON'S PHALAROPES (lots of spinning to get at the "goodies") with a few RED-NECKED PHALAROPES well seen. Ulistac was equally slow.
Take care,
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Date: 7/21/20 2:24 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto Baylands
I visited the Harriet Mundy Marsh and Duck Pond for the first time
yesterday. I have nothing spectacular to report, but I had two ID
questions, which I put on my Silicon Valley Birding FB page. I also took 2
pictures of a willet (I'm pretty sure) showing the wing pattern.

If the sandpiper is not a "least," I will change it on eBird.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71673182

Michelle Nelson

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Date: 7/20/20 3:22 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos
I wasn't expecting much arriving after 10 am at Oak Meadow this morning.
Starting at the east entrance I heard BROWN CREEPERS, my first of
several WESTERN TANAGERS and six BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK, no males. An
ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER, 2 PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER, 3 WHITE BREASTED
NUTHATCH and two PURPLE FINCH were seen in this small park adjoining
Vasona Park. Many family groups were here; BULLOCKS ORIOLE male, female
and fledgling and a dozen HOODED ORIOLES. A HAIRY WOODPECKER adult male
with brown markings fed a fledgling. Nearby an adult and begging DOWNY
WOODPECKER were seen. A NUTTALL'S family group, WESTERN BLUEBIRDS and
five STELLER'S JAY'S were also seen here.

I walked around Vasona which was quiet in comparison, finding a few more
tanagers, grosbeaks, bluebirds, HOODED ORIOLES and a PACIFIC SLOPE
FLYCATCHER.  I recognized the loud raspy call of a begging ACORN
WOODPECKER and found one fed by an adult in a tree near the boat rental
parking lot.  A CASPIAN TERN flew over the lake. TREE SWALLOW nestlings
were begging from a nest box portal but I saw only one adult in the area.

Many of the plants that grew along the creek and attracted migrants have
been destroyed with herbicides, their blackened remains very
unattractive. Hopefully we'll find the warblers in the willows this fall.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 7/20/20 12:39 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Red-necked and Wilson's Phalaropes - Spreckels Pond, and 41 Brown Pelicans - Mon Jul 20
All,

I stopped by the Spreckels Pond in Alviso this morning at around 11 am. I only saw a few Black-necked Stilts from the pull-off just before the Grand Avenue entrance road to the EEC. So, I drove up Spreckels, past State Street and parked across the street from the Spreckels Sanitary sign. From there I could see, through my scope, at least 150 swimming RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and 47 resting WILSON’S PHALAROPES. The Red-necked’s quickly moved away from me when I got out of the car to set up the scope.

Earlier, around 9:30, at Salt Pond A4 at the Sunnyvale WPCP, there was a huge ‘flock’ of 41 BROWN PELICANS flying together in circles in the sky. I think that is the most I’ve ever seen in the county, all at once, and altogether.

The lighting was stark, but here is a photo of 23 of them:





Good birding!
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San Jose
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Date: 7/20/20 10:25 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Brown Pelicans at A2E on 7/20/2020
All:

Three times recently I was told that a long line of Brown Pelicans were just seen flying off to the west.  I kept yelling "That's the wrong way!" but it didn't seem to change anything.  But then today at about 9 there were 4 of my (FOS) Brown Pelicans flying in from the west.  They landed in the northwest corner of A2E with some American White Pelicans.  See photo.

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Date: 7/20/20 5:00 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] 2 Black Oystercatchers at San Francisquito Creek mouth
For those of you that are interested in the phalaropes but don't know how
to find the east pond at Sunnyvale WPCP, check out
https://scvas.org/self-guided-field-trips. The July 12th entry covers that
area.

Eve Meier (San Jose)

On Sun, Jul 19, 2020 at 11:34 PM Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...>
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> This evening there were 2 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS at the San Francisquito
> Creek mouth, at the Santa Clara/San Mateo county line. I only saw them on
> the San Mateo side of the line, but they were close to the boundary and
> could easily cross it, so I figured this report would be of interest.
>
> Though the county line here follows San Francisquito Creek until it
> reaches the Bay, the line then takes a sharp turn southeast and extends
> eastward, so that almost all of the flats here are in San Mateo County. For
> details, see this interactive map:
> https://ges.sccgov.org/discovergis/sccmap
>
> I spotted the oystercatchers shortly after my arrival at the creek mouth,
> around 5:50 PM, which was about 4 hours after high tide today. The
> oystercatchers initially were on the southeast side of the creek channel
> but far enough from shore that they were still in San Mateo County. As they
> foraged, they gradually moved northwest and eventually passed out of view
> behind the marsh vegetation and rocky debris along the San Mateo County
> shore. If these birds stick around, the best strategy for seeing them in
> Santa Clara County may be to arrive at the creek mouth sooner after high
> tide than I did today, so that the water will be higher and the birds will
> be closer to shore, and therefore more likely to be on the Santa Clara
> County side of the line. This approach worked well with the Ruddy
> Turnstones here this past spring. It’s funny how this location can bring
> out the boundary-focused aspect of birding, but I guess that’s just one of
> the many quirks of our hobby.
>
> A large area of flats was exposed at the creek mouth, but there were only
> limited numbers of other shorebirds, though more were flying in from the
> Palo Alto Baylands. Plenty of shorebirds remained at the Baylands,
> including a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, presumably the one reported by Steve and
> Eve. A NORTHERN PINTAIL was in the slough along the trail parallel to the
> airport runway.
>
> Highlights from an extended bike ride yesterday (7/18) included:
> - A flock of 31 BROWN PELICANS flying northwest over Salt Pond A2E,
> mirroring Mike Rogers’s sighting from the day before. 3 more Brown Pelicans
> were on Salt Pond A14.
> - One adult LEAST TERN perched on a post in A2E quite close to the edge of
> the Bay Trail (thanks Frank!), at the bend in the trail where Crittenden
> Marsh meets the triangular pond to the northeast. I stood here for a while,
> and eventually 15 more Least Terns materialized in a feeding frenzy near
> the trail. Looking in the other direction from this spot, there were 7
> SNOWY PLOVERS on the dry flats of Crittenden Marsh.
> - An OSPREY near the northwest corner of Salt Pond A9, flying northward
> over the adjacent marshes.
> - An estimated 480 WILSON’S PHALAROPES on the East Pond of the Sunnyvale
> WPCP.
>
> Adam Burnett
> Stanford
>
>
>
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Date: 7/19/20 11:34 pm
From: Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] 2 Black Oystercatchers at San Francisquito Creek mouth
This evening there were 2 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS at the San Francisquito Creek mouth, at the Santa Clara/San Mateo county line. I only saw them on the San Mateo side of the line, but they were close to the boundary and could easily cross it, so I figured this report would be of interest.

Though the county line here follows San Francisquito Creek until it reaches the Bay, the line then takes a sharp turn southeast and extends eastward, so that almost all of the flats here are in San Mateo County. For details, see this interactive map: https://ges.sccgov.org/discovergis/sccmap <https://ges.sccgov.org/discovergis/sccmap>

I spotted the oystercatchers shortly after my arrival at the creek mouth, around 5:50 PM, which was about 4 hours after high tide today. The oystercatchers initially were on the southeast side of the creek channel but far enough from shore that they were still in San Mateo County. As they foraged, they gradually moved northwest and eventually passed out of view behind the marsh vegetation and rocky debris along the San Mateo County shore. If these birds stick around, the best strategy for seeing them in Santa Clara County may be to arrive at the creek mouth sooner after high tide than I did today, so that the water will be higher and the birds will be closer to shore, and therefore more likely to be on the Santa Clara County side of the line. This approach worked well with the Ruddy Turnstones here this past spring. It’s funny how this location can bring out the boundary-focused aspect of birding, but I guess that’s just one of the many quirks of our hobby.

A large area of flats was exposed at the creek mouth, but there were only limited numbers of other shorebirds, though more were flying in from the Palo Alto Baylands. Plenty of shorebirds remained at the Baylands, including a LESSER YELLOWLEGS, presumably the one reported by Steve and Eve. A NORTHERN PINTAIL was in the slough along the trail parallel to the airport runway.

Highlights from an extended bike ride yesterday (7/18) included:
- A flock of 31 BROWN PELICANS flying northwest over Salt Pond A2E, mirroring Mike Rogers’s sighting from the day before. 3 more Brown Pelicans were on Salt Pond A14.
- One adult LEAST TERN perched on a post in A2E quite close to the edge of the Bay Trail (thanks Frank!), at the bend in the trail where Crittenden Marsh meets the triangular pond to the northeast. I stood here for a while, and eventually 15 more Least Terns materialized in a feeding frenzy near the trail. Looking in the other direction from this spot, there were 7 SNOWY PLOVERS on the dry flats of Crittenden Marsh.
- An OSPREY near the northwest corner of Salt Pond A9, flying northward over the adjacent marshes.
- An estimated 480 WILSON’S PHALAROPES on the East Pond of the Sunnyvale WPCP.

Adam Burnett
Stanford


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Date: 7/19/20 6:55 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Los Capitancillos Ponds west
I birded the west Los Capitancillos Ponds from Singletree to Meridian
this morning. WARBLING VIREO family groups were seen in three locations.
Interesting because they seem to have left other area's where they
nested. A single BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER was near the fish ladder. A
YELLOW WARBLER was heard in a known location. Other heard only birds
were BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK, DOWNY WOODPECKER and WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH.

Lots of swallows, mostly NO. ROUGH WINGED and CLIFF but also VIOLET
GREEN and TREE SWALLOWS were over the first two ponds. At least 50
VAUX'S SWIFTS were high overhead and to the south. I saw six GREAT
TAILED GRACKLES, 2 males, 2 females and 2 fledglings. A small flock of
HOODED ORIOLES was chattering near the creek. Of interest on the ponds
was the RUDDY DUCK family. An adult GREEN HERON was at the west most
pond. A PIED BILLED GREBE nest with nestlings was tucked into the
cattails near nesting AM. COOTS. More coots were on the pond with tiny
begging young. WESTERN BLUEBIRD family groups were seen in three locations.

One evening last week a large flock of 50+ juvenile BROWN HEADED
COWBIRDS in with juv. and adult RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS were seen at these
ponds.

Janna Pauser
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Date: 7/19/20 12:28 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto Baylands Boardwalk and Duck Pond Loop Trail
Hi Everyone,

This morning I headed out to Palo Alto Baylands to scout out the location
for a SCVAS wheelchair accessible self-guided Sept birding trip. I started
with the wooden boardwalk that's behind the temporarily closed Lucy Evans
Nature Center. While walking out towards the bay, I scanned the Harriet
Mundy Marsh on the right and found several GREATER YELLOW LEGS along with
one LESSER YELLOWLEGS. A little over halfway down the boardwalk there is a
small channel that cuts through the pickleweed. This is "Rail Alley" and
sure enough one RIDGWAY RAIL was preening and foraging in the channel.

Next, I walked the 1/2 mile duck pond trail to scan the slough for
shorebirds. The tide was out and the mudflat were exposed. The usual
LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, one WHIMBREL, MARBLED GODWITS, WILLETS, AMERICAN
AVOCETS and a couple of SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS were present.

As Steve Tucker mentioned, all the parking lots were open. The visitor
center is closed but there are two porta-potties open - one at the duck
pond and one ADA compliant facility at the sailing station parking lot.
The park was *not* crowded so social distancing was easy.

Boardwalk: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71637049
Duck Pond Loop Trail: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71638268

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Date: 7/19/20 12:27 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] A Harbor Seal In Pond A8 On 7/18/2020
Love it...keep it 3 letters though vs the standard 4.
The notorious RBI.

On Sat, Jul 18, 2020, 12:14 PM Seán Roy Mac Aodha <seanroymacaodha...>
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> Great photo, Frank, of the Notorious N.R.B.I. --- lol
>
> On Jul 18, 2020, at 11:10, Frank Vanslager via groups.io <
> Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> wrote:
>
> All:
>
> I went to the Bay Trail Parking that I showed yesterday, and this time
> carried the Questar down to the spillway. But I didn't find the 2 species
> that I was looking for: Elegant Tern and Brown Pelican. Both of these
> species are described by Pete Dunne as having the non-successful-breeders
> do a dispersal to the north. I'd seen them here in the past as early as
> July. What I did see was a Harbor Seal. It stayed mostly underwater as it
> swam away, and only partly got its head up, as if it was still looking down.
>
> I then went to A2E where I was told that I had just missed a large flock
> of Brown Pelicans flying west. What I did see was that notorious Northern
> Red Bishop on my way out by the pump-house. See photo.
>
> Frank Vanslager
> <P1050231.JPG>
>
>
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Date: 7/18/20 3:07 pm
From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] some Palo Alto bayside access and site notes
This morning I decided I should finally check out the mouth of San Francisquito Creek for the first time ever, since shorebirds are back in. I went during a rising tide - I know birders commonly say a falling tide is best here, but it was something new to do and I was curious. This route may be well known to many already, but after looking at Google Earth I decided to access it from the east end of O'Connor Street which appeared to be the shortest direct path from public parking at only ~0.6 mile away. Street parking was easy to find and it was a nice, quick walk but I don't have much to report - there were a modest number of birds there, but I think many shorebirds had already headed to high tide roosts by the time I arrived, and almost all shorebirds had departed by the time I left a half hour later. I will definitely use this access point again next time though.
I then drove over to Palo Alto Baylands and found all the usual parking lots open, without any covid-related closures. That's probably old news to many of you but it was new to me. It was a nice stop but the only somewhat unexpected bird was a Lesser Yellowlegs.
On the way out I checked the Geng Road pond to see if it had enough water to be attractive to shorebirds. It wasn't absolutely dry but there was only a small wetted area - no shorebirds present besides Killdeer.
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Date: 7/18/20 12:15 pm
From: Seán Roy Mac Aodha <seanroymacaodha...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] A Harbor Seal In Pond A8 On 7/18/2020
Great photo, Frank, of the Notorious N.R.B.I. --- lol

> On Jul 18, 2020, at 11:10, Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> wrote:
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> All:
>
> I went to the Bay Trail Parking that I showed yesterday, and this time carried the Questar down to the spillway. But I didn't find the 2 species that I was looking for: Elegant Tern and Brown Pelican. Both of these species are described by Pete Dunne as having the non-successful-breeders do a dispersal to the north. I'd seen them here in the past as early as July. What I did see was a Harbor Seal. It stayed mostly underwater as it swam away, and only partly got its head up, as if it was still looking down.
>
> I then went to A2E where I was told that I had just missed a large flock of Brown Pelicans flying west. What I did see was that notorious Northern Red Bishop on my way out by the pump-house. See photo.
>
> Frank Vanslager
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Date: 7/18/20 12:09 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] We Need To Change Only Those Things That Logically Need Changing At This Extraordinary Time
All:

We need to keep in mind that those photographers were probably bored with staying at home.  They normally would be at work, and would have been too tired to also photograph birds at this particular extraordinary time.  We need to make sure that what we change happens immediately, and not at a budgeted time, and doesn't have side effects when the time changes.

I personally remember in December 1941 when the Speed Limit in Indiana overnight changed to 35 MPH!  They used paper bags and printed paper to paste on the poles.  Gas Stations were either closed or monitored to limit the amounts pumped until special stamps were issued.  Other stamps were issued for types of meat and dairy products, etc..  I remember holding places in line for my Dad's cigars, etc.  And I hunted for (even-valuable) objects that could be melted down for scrap.

And I remember when we put up a star in our front window for my brother Denny entering military service.  And then a second star for Ernie, and a third for Hank, and a fourth for my sister Aggie.  And then we unfortunately had to change Hank's star to a Gold Star.

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Date: 7/18/20 11:10 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] A Harbor Seal In Pond A8 On 7/18/2020
All:

I went to the Bay Trail Parking that I showed yesterday, and this time carried the Questar down to the spillway.  But I didn't find the 2 species that I was looking for: Elegant Tern and Brown Pelican.  Both of these species are described by Pete Dunne as having the non-successful-breeders do a dispersal to the north.  I'd seen them here in the past as early as July.  What I did see was a Harbor Seal.  It stayed mostly underwater as it swam away, and only partly got its head up, as if it was still looking down.

I then went to A2E where I was told that I had just missed a large flock of Brown Pelicans flying west.  What I did see was that notorious Northern Red Bishop on my way out by the pump-house.  See photo.

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Date: 7/17/20 11:30 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Late Evening thoughts on then Red Bishop, SBB Archives, and an SBB State of the Union


> On Jul 17, 2020, at 11:15 PM, Charles Von Rospach <chuqui...> wrote:
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> For those of you who asked what Sialia is: it's a site that pulls together list archives from almost all of the california state mailing lists into one location. It can be really handy if you're doing research for an out of local area trip (hey, remember when we did tho


It's one of those nights, and I screwed up editing the email here:

For those of you who asked what Sialia is: it's a site that pulls together list archives from almost all of the california state mailing lists into one location. It can be really handy if you're doing research for an out of local area trip (hey, remember when we did those things?)

If you've never visited the Sialia site, you can find it here: http://digest.sialia.com


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Date: 7/17/20 11:15 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Late Evening thoughts on then Red Bishop, SBB Archives, and an SBB State of the Union
If I've learned nothing else in all the years of running lists and other things online, it's that you have to know when to ask for advice, shut up and listen to it, and get away from the keyboard to think it through rather than push forward in a hurry. I want to thank everyone tonight for the thoughtful feedback you sent me, it was all much appreciated.

I have a couple of thoughts based on an evening of watching pretty uninspired MLS soccer and pondering life.

First, a further thought on the Red Bishop and the sightings we've posted about it: I got a few emails that led me to believe some folks are upset and thinking they did something wrong by posting about the bird. Absolutely not -- everyone's activity here on the list involving this bird was perfectly fine. If I at all implied to you otherwise, I'm sorry. Nobody here did anything wrong, not one little bit.

The fact is, sometimes people do the wrong things with the information posted here and in other sites like eBird. Despite that, there is vast value in that information that more than offsets the occasional problems that also can occur, and it's important for all of us (including/especially me) to keep that perspective in mind. This list does a lot of good -- and it occasionally can do a little harm.

We do what we can to minimize the risk of that happening, but the fact that nothing in life is 100% perfect doesn't mean we shouldn't do things. It means we need to try our best, and if that's not good enough, see what we can to to mitigate the damage and do better next time. Since it's not clear that SBB was the cause of the problems in the first place in this situation, what I've been trying to figure out is where I think we are creating opportunities for problems that can be avoided. That's why I restricted access to the archives today, and to be honest, that was a discussion I was having with myself going back to the move from Yahoo Groups, and today I finally decided it was the right change to make: I trust the people on the list. I can't trust random strangers as much, and worse, I can't police those random people using the archives if it's not private. And, to be honest, if you use the archives and find value in them, I believe you SHOULD be a member of SBB and contributing back to the community, so I have no problem with restricting access to them as I did today. Anyone can still access them; they just need to identify themselves a bit. The internet has changed in the last few years, not in good ways, and where we could trust others or fly under the radar a bit more, now we have to be more vigilant what we share and how we share it.

Which brings me to the second thing, whether or not to cut off the Sialia digest site from accessing SBB. The strong consensus to that idea was it was a bad idea, that it was not likely to reduce this problem and those digests are a valuable resource. Having read and thought about that feedback, I agree, and so I won't make any change here. Having said that, I have issues with that site; for instance, while the groups system is really good at protecting your email address, the Sialia site does a poor job of obscuring email addresses, which means its leaking your personal information out there for someone to scrape. I wish a project could be pulled together to upgrade that site in many ways (but I'm not remotely going to try to get that one organized). I do agree it has value, but the technology is old and could use some significant updates. This would be a wonderful project for a group like Audubon California to take on and sponsor.

For those of you who asked what Sialia is: it's a site that pulls together list archives from almost all of the california state mailing lists into one location. It can be really handy if you're doing research for an out of local area trip (hey, remember when we did tho

Part of the reason I changed the access today was that I've been very aware of how the online universe has been changing and the wide access of that information has worried me even before today's fun. This was less the reason for that change than the alarm bell that it was overdue. To give you some insight into my recent thinking, about a week ago I wrote up a "state of the union" type email which I shared with the other people helping me as admins on this list. In retrospect, I probably should have shared it with all of you as well, so now I will, because I think it gives some perspective on my views that shaped the change I made today. It has been a crazy few months where I'm constantly finding myself needing to poke my admin fingers into topics and situations, which is very unusual for this list -- I've always prided myself on how well this list runs itself without me needing to intervene. That this stopped happening has worried me, and it's been one of the things I've been studying in the background to understand what it means and what (if anything) to do about it. The state of the union collects those thoughts and I think they will be useful context for some of what's gone down today.

I'd love your feedback on all of this, as always (especially where you think I've gotten it wrong!), but please send it privately, not to the list.

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I'm thinking right now it's a couple of inter-related things. One is that we've been making a conscious to tie these lists into SCVAS, which is turning this from a niche community you had to figure out existed, and so it tended to slip under the radar, into a bigger, more visible community serving a wider audience, but also having more impact.

I think this is a really good thing, but it implies we have to be more responsible about how this resource is used. The second is that because of that first, things that we might have let slide now have bigger impact and so we have to deal with. These recent nesting issues are things that a year ago we might have let slide -- and I know 3-4 years ago we definitely would have, and earlier than that they wouldn't have been considered problems at all.

The analytics of the birding site seems to back that up; a year ago, it was seeing 10-15 pageviews a day, when I made the migration it was more like 50+, and much of that was coming from organic search: we were being found by people not looking at us through traditional birding sites or SCVAS. It'll take a month or two on the new squarespace site for the analytics to settle down and be useful, but I expect in a few months we may do even better since I think we'll get better overall SEO from the new one.

I think overall the list is in good shape and things are working well. I love the new Squarespace site over my old Wordpress design, and it makes updating and extending it a lot easier. I need to start looking at adding in access to it to you other admins to allow you to poke at it and perhaps start working on it a bit, too.

A few months back Jim and I had started talking about him stepping into the lead admin role as part of the process to migrate this list into your hands, and that went on hold when things got a bit crazy. My sense is we're now through that crazy bit and it should settle down again into more routine things, so I'll be looking at starting that discussion again. I still haven't sat down (real or virtual) with Matthew on officially handing over ownership of the list to SCVAS, but I think both of us feel that's maybe a 30 minute discussion, not anything complicated.

I don't see any significant issues with the lists right now (well, other than the pandemic making us all really grumpy). The ongoing admin challenges I think we'll face are ones of enthusiasm over thinking through the consequences -- which sums up the nest issue in a nutshell. And that kind of problem is a good one to have, since we want people enthusiastic about sharing, and it's about nudging people into more constructive directions, not wading in and breaking up bar fights.

So I feel good about where the lists are and how they're working, and I'm really thrilled to see them becoming major resources for county birding over niche groups of the "in crowd", even if that raises the bar for how we have to be responsible about how the lists are used.

If you disagree with that assessment, please pass along your thoughts. I'd love to hear about things I might have missed.






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Date: 7/17/20 10:41 pm
From: Paul Hyde <paulhyde14...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ed Levin Park - Tips?

Hi all,

I’m Paul. New to the area! Not done much birding yet due to COVID. 

Was thinking for going to see the NR Bishop but seems best avoided! So thinking of heading to Ed Levin Park tomorrow, does anyone have any tips for the best spots, routes to take?

Thanks and stay safe!


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Date: 7/17/20 9:17 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Salt Pond A2E - 7/17/2020

All,

Today 7/17/2020, I biked out to Salt Pond A2E from the Shoreline kite flying area to tally LEAST TERNS, finding at least 11 (the highest tally seen at once was 4 adults and 7 juveniles). Two adults with 4 juveniles were atop the submerged wooden hunting blind #2, an adult and a juvenile were perched on the former boardwalk post nearest the south levee, and further east along the south levee were an adult attending a juvenile and an independent juvenile. On the other side of the levee, in the dried out triangular pond, were an adult female SNOWY PLOVER with a fledged juvenile and another calling in response to a flyover AMERICAN KESTREL. In the northwest corner of Pond A2E were a CLARK'S GREBE and an adult BROWN PELICAN with 3 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. Thirty-one more BROWN PELICANS flying in a "V" headed north further out towards the bay (most, if not all, immatures).

Surprising was a vocal HOUSE WREN in the coyote brush near the east end of the rusty bridge over Stevens Creek at the northwest corner of the old Navarro farm area on Moffett Field. It eventually came in to pishing. Presumably an early post-breeding dispersant. A HOODED ORIOLE was also in the bushes there.

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Date: 7/17/20 8:16 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Lake
After I read that there were probably too many people trying to see the
Northern Red Bishop, I decided to bird closer to home. (Gilroy)
I had also heard that there were some bald eagles at Coyote.
I had not been in a while, so decided to check it out. I don't like to
advertise it because it's not crowded, and I want to keep it that way. :)

Well - I missed the bald eagles, but managed to see plenty of other birds,
about a dozen wild pigs (including babies), a couple of lizards, and
several deer. One fawn ran toward me before it realized what it was doing,
stopped in its tracks, (cue the squealing tires), then ran by me to a
nearby field.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S71586745

Michelle Nelson

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Date: 7/17/20 7:38 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Northern Red Bishop
😔

Michelle Nelson

On Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 4:03 PM Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=
<mac.com...> wrote:

> Yes, we now have abuse problems with this bird. Not, I hope, anyone on
> this list (and if you're someone skimming these archives to find birds like
> this and then showing up and abusing them to get your shot, well, shame on
> you). The report I had from this morning had a couple of groups including
> one group of four working together ("shoulder to shoulder") with the bird
> being chased off repeatedly. An attempt to engage them in discussion was
> ignored.
>
> I was asked what someone should do if you do attempt to engage people like
> this to no avail. Once they prove themselves as not naive, but not giving a
> damn, your options are really limited. Escalating your attempt to intervene
> is both unlikely to improve the situation and might put you at risk of a
> response, so I strongly discourage it. If politeness doesn't work, don't
> put yourself into a situation where they might respond abusively to you,
> too (and if it does escalate into an argument or fight, that's arguably
> worse for the birds there, too).
>
> So unless you know where to find a ranger and they can come and use their
> position to intervene, my suggestion this morning was to back off and not
> make things worse. I have in some situations taken identifying photos
> (faces and actions and where possible license plates) to forward to the
> rangers later. That said, chances of any action that might encourage them
> to behave later is unlikely these days.
>
> It sucks, but once they decide it's okay to abuse the birds to get their
> shot (or their tick mark -- birders aren't immune from this behavior,
> either), there are few options that are likely to be constructive.
>
> chuq
>
>
> On Jul 17, 2020, at 3:16 PM, Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> wrote:
>
> I got there this morning (7/17) at about 7:15, there were many
> photographers (big cameras/no binos) all over the usual sites and the
> bird was not seen.
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------------
>
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> Email: <chuqui...> <chuqui...>
> Twitter: @chuq
> Silicon Valley, California
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Date: 7/17/20 7:24 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <norcalbirding...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Change to South Bay Birds list archives
Hi Chuq,
Thanks for attention to this and moderating poor birding ethics.

I don't think that removing SBB from Sialia would make any difference in
disturbance of birds. There are too many avenues of information in the bird
world and they can just join SBB. I believe that removing SBB from Sialia
would be more detrimental than productive.

From my experience with many of these photographers, they are spreading the
word through social media or their tight groups. That can't be stopped.

Photographers and birders need to get some ethics but I don't see that
happening with some. But we as a community should shame these type of
behaviors and speak up about it. This week there was a report that
birders/photographers were dropping down into the creek area. This is not
allowed and breaks the birding code of ethics and damaging habitat with
endangered species (ie. pickleweed, Ridgway's Rail). Stay on the trail and
you can get a fine photo of the Red Bishop with patience and others can
enjoy it to. Don't ruin the bishop experience.

I had seen this bird a week before being reported and this is why I didn't
post it, as I witnessed the total disregard of rules, rangers, biologists
and ethics.

Ryan

Ryan Phillips
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> Because of the problems we've had today with the Red Bishop, and that the
> people abusing those birds are not birders but are likely becoming aware of
> these birds by birding reports, I've taken an action I've been considering
> on and off for a while but really preferred not to. Effective today, the
> South Bay Birds list archives are available ONLY to list members, not the
> general public. If you are a list member, you'll need to be logged into
> groups.io to view them.
>
> It is possible, but not proven, that SBB is what's keying these people in
> on these birds. It is also possible that it isn't. But I've wondered for a
> while whether public archives were a good idea. This closes down one way
> for this information to leak to people we can't trust and haven't vetted.
>
> That said, my gut tells me it's more likely they doing something like
> following eBird rare bird reports, which I have no control over. Or perhaps
> one or more are members here and quietly sifting through the postings in
> their inbox (if they are, they better hope I never figure out who they
> are).
>
> There's one other possible place that I've worried about for a while,
> which is the state lists digests as Sialia.com: http://digest.sialia.com
>
> I would like to ask all of you to give me your opinion: do the benefits of
> sending SBB to Sialia outweigh the risks, given what we're seeing with the
> Red Bishops? I still see a risk of our data being leaked in ways we can't
> protect or control because of that site. Now I wonder if I can afford to
> continue supporting it by sending it a copy of our list.
>
> What do you think? I'm torn, and I want to hear your opinions before
> making any decision.
>
> Please email me privately (<chuqui...>), not on the list.
>
> chuq
>
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------------
>
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> Email: <chuqui...>
> Twitter: @chuq
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>
>
>
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Date: 7/17/20 6:11 pm
From: Kevin Gin <kevinagin...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Change to South Bay Birds list archives
It would be a shame if SBB were removed from Sialia. It would be a huge
inconvenience. And that wouldn't stop photographers from harassing escaped
pets.

Kevin Gin
San Jose

On Fri, Jul 17, 2020, 4:43 PM Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=
<mac.com...> wrote:

> Because of the problems we've had today with the Red Bishop, and that the
> people abusing those birds are not birders but are likely becoming aware of
> these birds by birding reports, I've taken an action I've been considering
> on and off for a while but really preferred not to. Effective today, the
> South Bay Birds list archives are available ONLY to list members, not the
> general public. If you are a list member, you'll need to be logged into
> groups.io to view them.
>
> It is possible, but not proven, that SBB is what's keying these people in
> on these birds. It is also possible that it isn't. But I've wondered for a
> while whether public archives were a good idea. This closes down one way
> for this information to leak to people we can't trust and haven't vetted.
>
> That said, my gut tells me it's more likely they doing something like
> following eBird rare bird reports, which I have no control over. Or perhaps
> one or more are members here and quietly sifting through the postings in
> their inbox (if they are, they better hope I never figure out who they
> are).
>
> There's one other possible place that I've worried about for a while,
> which is the state lists digests as Sialia.com: http://digest.sialia.com
>
> I would like to ask all of you to give me your opinion: do the benefits of
> sending SBB to Sialia outweigh the risks, given what we're seeing with the
> Red Bishops? I still see a risk of our data being leaked in ways we can't
> protect or control because of that site. Now I wonder if I can afford to
> continue supporting it by sending it a copy of our list.
>
> What do you think? I'm torn, and I want to hear your opinions before
> making any decision.
>
> Please email me privately (<chuqui...>), not on the list.
>
> chuq
>
>
>
>
> ---------------------------------------
>
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> Email: <chuqui...>
> Twitter: @chuq
> Silicon Valley, California
>
>
>
>
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Date: 7/17/20 4:43 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] (ADMIN) Change to South Bay Birds list archives
Because of the problems we've had today with the Red Bishop, and that the people abusing those birds are not birders but are likely becoming aware of these birds by birding reports, I've taken an action I've been considering on and off for a while but really preferred not to. Effective today, the South Bay Birds list archives are available ONLY to list members, not the general public. If you are a list member, you'll need to be logged into groups.io to view them.

It is possible, but not proven, that SBB is what's keying these people in on these birds. It is also possible that it isn't. But I've wondered for a while whether public archives were a good idea. This closes down one way for this information to leak to people we can't trust and haven't vetted.

That said, my gut tells me it's more likely they doing something like following eBird rare bird reports, which I have no control over. Or perhaps one or more are members here and quietly sifting through the postings in their inbox (if they are, they better hope I never figure out who they are).

There's one other possible place that I've worried about for a while, which is the state lists digests as Sialia.com: http://digest.sialia.com

I would like to ask all of you to give me your opinion: do the benefits of sending SBB to Sialia outweigh the risks, given what we're seeing with the Red Bishops? I still see a risk of our data being leaked in ways we can't protect or control because of that site. Now I wonder if I can afford to continue supporting it by sending it a copy of our list.

What do you think? I'm torn, and I want to hear your opinions before making any decision.

Please email me privately (<chuqui...>), not on the list.

chuq




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Date: 7/17/20 4:03 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Northern Red Bishop
Yes, we now have abuse problems with this bird. Not, I hope, anyone on this list (and if you're someone skimming these archives to find birds like this and then showing up and abusing them to get your shot, well, shame on you). The report I had from this morning had a couple of groups including one group of four working together ("shoulder to shoulder") with the bird being chased off repeatedly. An attempt to engage them in discussion was ignored.

I was asked what someone should do if you do attempt to engage people like this to no avail. Once they prove themselves as not naive, but not giving a damn, your options are really limited. Escalating your attempt to intervene is both unlikely to improve the situation and might put you at risk of a response, so I strongly discourage it. If politeness doesn't work, don't put yourself into a situation where they might respond abusively to you, too (and if it does escalate into an argument or fight, that's arguably worse for the birds there, too).

So unless you know where to find a ranger and they can come and use their position to intervene, my suggestion this morning was to back off and not make things worse. I have in some situations taken identifying photos (faces and actions and where possible license plates) to forward to the rangers later. That said, chances of any action that might encourage them to behave later is unlikely these days.

It sucks, but once they decide it's okay to abuse the birds to get their shot (or their tick mark -- birders aren't immune from this behavior, either), there are few options that are likely to be constructive.

chuq


> On Jul 17, 2020, at 3:16 PM, Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> wrote:
>
> I got there this morning (7/17) at about 7:15, there were many photographers (big cameras/no binos) all over the usual sites and the bird was not seen.


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Date: 7/17/20 3:19 pm
From: Ben Pearl <bpearl...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Legal Parking For The Bay Trail Near the A8 Salt Pond Complex
Hi all,

Pond A8 is scheduled for additional restoration actions as part of Phase II
of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. I assume that as part of
the restoration, the planned trails will be completed and become open to
the public. I don't know the exact timeline for when work on A8 will
begin, as construction is currently ongoing at the Ravenswood ponds in
Menlo Park, and I believe ponds A1 and A2W will be worked on before A8. As
such, I would not expect trails to open there for 5-10 years.

If you want to keep up to date on project plans, you can visit
southbayrestoration.org for more information.

Cheers,
Ben

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> I went and did some looking on this since I was curious.
>
> On the Bay Trail site (https://baytrail.org/get-on-the-trail/) most of
> the trail shown there is listed as "Planned". There is a bridge along the
> water past the Fairfield listed on both the bay trail map and Google maps
> as "the notch", and there's an existing bit of trail from that notch back
> towards gold street to where it hits the bridge that crosses N over the
> Guadalupe. Beyond both bridges the trails are listed as "planned", so the
> only "formal" trail is that one shore segment. The trail that leads S and W
> from the "notch" bridge is also marked as "planned" to where it does a
> switchback and them wanders E and S to connect into the San Tomas Aquino
> Creek trail.
>
> That said, there are clear trails shown on the map on google that seem to
> be usable, they haven't been formally added to the Bay Trail but there are
> trails there. I would think if you don't see no tresspassing signs at some
> point there's no reason to not use them.
>
>
>
> On Jul 17, 2020, at 10:58 AM, Frank Vanslager via groups.io <
> Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> wrote:
>
> I thought I'd look to see if there is any legal parking on the west side
> of the RR tracks near the eastern edge of A8 at Alviso. So I got off 237
> at Lafayette and continued through the traffic light at the Gold Street
> Connector to enter that hotel complex. I kept bearing to the right until I
> finally got to an end at Fairfield Suites and Residence Inn (see photo
> #1). Success! Right there are 4 parking spaces labeled "Bay Trail
> Parking" and "Public Shore Parking" (see photo #2).
>
> Facing west from there is a sign labeled "Trail Rules" (see photo #3). So
> I walked west for a couple hundred yards to get to my usual stopping point
> on the hill overlooking A8. I didn't go further. However, there were 3
> separate fishermen with a lot of equipment down at the shore and on the
> spillway. Later one of the fishermen left, and I saw that he was using the
> hotel's parking lot.
>
> I couldn't figure out where the public trail is supposed to go. Is it
> just one of those future trail segments that later generations will use but
> the current one cannot?
>
>
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Date: 7/17/20 3:16 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Northern Red Bishop
All,
Anyone hoping to see the Northern Red Bishop should get there very early (6 to 6:30 AM or perhaps go in the afternoon) as non-birdwatcher photographers are really pushing any and all birdwatching ethics (many big cameras in as close as possible). I got there this morning (7/17) at about 7:15, there were many photographers (big cameras/no binos) all over the usual sites and the bird was not seen. Many were commenting on how close the bird had been to them earlier. I did finally get a brief glimpse of a male along the creek near the culvert (about 8:30). One of the photographers said that he had seen a female in the yellow flowered bush in the culvert (anybody seen any photos of a current female sighting?). At one point I saw someone photographing a nearby object (10 feet away) in the grass just north of the pump house for 30 minutes. I thought that it must have been flowers, later I was told that it was a male and that it had finally flown toward the northeast. This is not a countable bird but an awful lot of people (birders and photographers) want to see it and some don't care what effect it may have on the bird or on other people.
Take care,
Bob Reiling

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Date: 7/17/20 3:02 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Two Raptor Fledglings in yard, pix
I've reported lots of fledgling raptor activity around my house on the
Stanford campus lately, and this morning it came to pass that a
FLEDGLING RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and TWO FLEDGLING WHITE-TAILED KITES both
roosted in a redwood in my yard.
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170882567
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170882564

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Date: 7/17/20 2:45 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Legal Parking For The Bay Trail Near the A8 Salt Pond Complex
I went and did some looking on this since I was curious.

On the Bay Trail site (https://baytrail.org/get-on-the-trail/ <https://baytrail.org/get-on-the-trail/>) most of the trail shown there is listed as "Planned". There is a bridge along the water past the Fairfield listed on both the bay trail map and Google maps as "the notch", and there's an existing bit of trail from that notch back towards gold street to where it hits the bridge that crosses N over the Guadalupe. Beyond both bridges the trails are listed as "planned", so the only "formal" trail is that one shore segment. The trail that leads S and W from the "notch" bridge is also marked as "planned" to where it does a switchback and them wanders E and S to connect into the San Tomas Aquino Creek trail.

That said, there are clear trails shown on the map on google that seem to be usable, they haven't been formally added to the Bay Trail but there are trails there. I would think if you don't see no tresspassing signs at some point there's no reason to not use them.



> On Jul 17, 2020, at 10:58 AM, Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> wrote:
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> I thought I'd look to see if there is any legal parking on the west side of the RR tracks near the eastern edge of A8 at Alviso. So I got off 237 at Lafayette and continued through the traffic light at the Gold Street Connector to enter that hotel complex. I kept bearing to the right until I finally got to an end at Fairfield Suites and Residence Inn (see photo #1). Success! Right there are 4 parking spaces labeled "Bay Trail Parking" and "Public Shore Parking" (see photo #2).
>
> Facing west from there is a sign labeled "Trail Rules" (see photo #3). So I walked west for a couple hundred yards to get to my usual stopping point on the hill overlooking A8. I didn't go further. However, there were 3 separate fishermen with a lot of equipment down at the shore and on the spillway. Later one of the fishermen left, and I saw that he was using the hotel's parking lot.
>
> I couldn't figure out where the public trail is supposed to go. Is it just one of those future trail segments that later generations will use but the current one cannot?


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Date: 7/17/20 2:35 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] East of Milpitas July 17

Today was "get outside for a bit and test the knee post-cortisone" day, so I thought about where I haven't birded for a while, and headed out past Milpitas into the hills. I made three stops, first at Ed Levin Spring Valley unit, second Marsh Road, and finally went up and over Sierra with a stop at the Sierra Vista OSP.

At Ed Levin, I drove back to where the equestrian classes are and birded the back areas, with a walk up and down the hill to the lake (success!). Highlights included both Acorn and Nuttall's Woodpecker, a juvenile American Robin, Western Bluebirds and a personal favorite Oak Titmouse. There was a single Tree Swallow hunting over the lake which eBird tagged as unusual there.

Marsh Road was moderately quiet, it's the dry time of year with the stream dry. The troughs for the horse/cattle on the ranch were dry which limited activity, but there were some good birds. Near the intersection a Cooper's Hawk flushed and flew over me. On the wires next to the road near along the first third of the road I ran into three birds, the first two being American Kestrels, and the third, to my surprise, not being a kestrel; it was a Purple finch in all it's "fell in a glass of food dye" glory. The wooded area gave me both Stellar's Jays and a Northern Flicker.

I did not list the drive along Sierra, not much to list. The usual suspects, doves and mockingbirds and juncos. The stock pond was half empty of water and completely empty of ducks.

Sierra Vista OSP was more interesting; the Rangers told me they'd just seen a golden eagle, and sure enough, it was patrolling the hills just below the OSP and I got three good looks as it passed by repeatedly. It was immature, no golden head yet. I got the indication from the rangers it was a fairly regular visitor.

One intriguing bird: on the way up Sierra between the stock pond and the OSP I saw a swallow-like bird that caught my attention; seemed to be a dark/black bird top and bottom, no white underside like a tree swallow, but flying very much like swallows do. My brain started yelling "PURPLE MARTIN" but it disappeared before I could stop and get binoculars on it, so I'm leaving it off my ID list, but wanted to mention it because I don't think they've been mentioned in that area that I remember. I may try to get up there and look around again to see what I might find...

A very pleasant and low-stress couple of hours outside...

Ed Levin: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71576960

Marsh Road: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71576967

Sierra Vista OSP: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71577279




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Date: 7/17/20 12:46 pm
From: JULIANA <juliana.manoliu...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Los Gatos creek trail
On 7-17-2020 for my first ever trip to the Los Gatos Creek trail I
followed Bob Reiling's tips from a few days ago to go on the East side
of the creek. Parking at the Main St. access is very limited and the
trail is very busy. I followed the trail all the way to where it makes a
U-turn to an uphill section and started going back the same way I came:
as close as possible to the creek. Stopped twice at a scenic spot on the
creek without any luck with dippers. Finally I spotted an /*American
dipper*/ on a small rock; was able to watch it as it preened there and
then flew a short distance to the Western cement wall- not a very
photogenic background. Spent at least 10 minutes with it. It looked
mostly adult, although its bill sometimes seemed pale. And this bird
blinked more than any species of bird I ever observed.

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Date: 7/17/20 10:58 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Legal Parking For The Bay Trail Near the A8 Salt Pond Complex
All:

I thought I'd look to see if there is any legal parking on the west side of the RR tracks near the eastern edge of A8 at Alviso.  So I got off 237 at Lafayette and continued through the traffic light at the Gold Street Connector to enter that hotel complex.  I kept bearing to the right until I finally got to an end at Fairfield Suites and Residence Inn (see photo #1).  Success!  Right there are 4 parking spaces labeled "Bay Trail Parking" and "Public Shore Parking" (see photo #2).

Facing west from there is a sign labeled "Trail Rules" (see photo #3).  So I walked west for a couple hundred yards to get to my usual stopping point on the hill overlooking A8.  I didn't go further.  However, there were 3 separate fishermen with a lot of equipment down at the shore and on the spillway.  Later one of the fishermen left, and I saw that he was using the hotel's parking lot.

I couldn't figure out where the public trail is supposed to go.  Is it just one of those future trail segments that later generations will use but the current one cannot?

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Date: 7/16/20 7:41 pm
From: Peter E Hart <peterehart...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Northern Red Bishop
Hi All,

Very cooperative bird this morning at around 8:00 AM, loitering at the far east end of Parking Lot E, alongside the Bay Trail, for quite a while.

Checklist with several photos at

https://ebird.org/checklist/S71549336

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Date: 7/16/20 1:36 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek County Park
Hi Birders,
Floy and I walked from Bay Tree Parking along the rim trail to the dam and returned via Tony Look Trail.
We encountered 25 species. The most notable sighting was our first Rufous-crowned Sparrow at this location.
The prettiest sighting was six California Quail perched throughout a blue elderberry bush eating ripe berries.

Details at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71551695

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Date: 7/16/20 1:17 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Guadalupe Oak Grove Park fledglings
I birded in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park only once in the past month and was
surprised at the number of breeding birds and offspring today. Three
PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHERS were perched on a tree branch in the middle
section off the heavily oaked trail. One flew off before I got this
distant photo. An adult was heard here, another near the parking lot and
another on the Villa's property. I had BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHERS in four
locations, a family group of three on the wooded trail with more seen. A
fledgling COOPER'S HAWK called and flew across the trail. I had all
three COHA fledglings on a visit three weeks ago. Two HUTTON VIREO were
heard. At least four NUTTALL'S Woodpecker and numerous ACORN WOODPECKERS
were throughout the park. A MOURNING DOVE family of four was near their
nest tree. A calling immature RED TAILED HAWK chased after an adult and
RED SHOULDERED HAWK pair was seen. An ASH THROATED FLYCATCHER pair were
in a clump of their favored Coyote Brush, which may have hidden fledglings.

People are finally getting the message and most park visitors wore masks
today.

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Date: 7/16/20 5:40 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Three local parks in the Evergreen area of San Jose 7/15/2020
Hi Everyone,

Yesterday morning, Patricia Lynch and I did some socially distant birding
at 3 local Evergreen parks: Canyon Creek Park, Evergreen Community Center,
and Montgomery Hill Park. All three parks were quiet peoplewise.

*Canyon Creek Park* is very small with a short trail running between an
almost dry creek and small grassy hillside. Our best birds here were a
pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES, a SAY'S PHOEBE, and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK that
caught a ground squirrel on the grassy hill and flew off to the trees.
There are no facilities at this park.
ebird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71529526

*Evergreen Community Center* has a small grassy park with a playground,
picnic tables, bathroom and a paved 1/2 mile trail circling the park. There
were lots of tall eucalyptus trees, a dry creek bed lined with oaks, and an
area of evergreen trees. This park was bird busy with several HOODED
ORIOLES, BULLOCK'S ORIOLES, WESTERN TANAGERS, and BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS
high in the eucalyptus trees.
ebird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71529662

Our last stop was *Montgomery Hill Park* which sits behind Evergreen
Community College. We used the park entrance on Falls Creek Dr (37.305059,
-121.761822). This larger park has lots of steep trails over dry grassy
hills and no facilities. But, we found a couple of more level trails,
including the Evergreen Creek Trail which runs alongside a dry creek bed.
The birding was more quiet here but the park held promise for future
visits. Our favorite sighting was a covey of CALIFORNIA QUAIL in someone's
lawn that we spotted as we were parking our cars.
ebird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71529697

For park locations, you can link to google maps from within each ebird
checklist.

Happy Birding!
Eve Meier (San Jose)

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Date: 7/15/20 8:06 pm
From: Romain Kang <romain...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] 2020-07-09 Two golden eagles in Sunnyvale
Last Thursday, walking east from Sunnyvale WPCP about 0715, my wife and I
spotted two large raptors in a transmission tower. I initially thought
they were immature bald eagles, but I have been persuaded that they were
golden eagles. They were still perched on the tower when we came back on
the return leg of our walk.

Romain

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Date: 7/15/20 12:35 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui=<mac.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto Baylands 7/15
I was out and about and I could spent about 30 minutes doing some quick birding at Baylands. Lots of swallows (cliff and barn) hunting the grounds. The water in the former harbor was about half full with some exposed mud, and there was a group of resting shorebirds. Pretty much the expected: some Western Sandpipers. Willets, a few Marbled Godwits, some very brightly colored Dowitchers and Avocets. In the marsh across from the Parking near Lucy Evans were Stilts and more Avocets plus a single Greater Yellowlegs. In the Duck pond, a single pied-billed grebe, a half dozen White Pelicans and a Double-Crested cormorants were about the only notable species. There were about 10 Snowy Egrets and a single Great Egret hanging out in various areas around the area.



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Date: 7/15/20 12:10 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing American Dipper
All,
I first started birding the West side of Los Gatos Creek this morning (7/15) to the stairs seen on the East Side of the creek and well beyond without finding the a Dipper. I then birded the trail on East side of the creek to where three pipes cross the creek and beyond with the same negative results. Both of the sites where a Dipper had been seen did not seen to be good sites (rushing water and no rocks), As I was leaving and neared the beginning of the trail I saw what looked like good Dipper habitat to me (slower moving water with lots of rocks and debris) and decided to check it out. I instantly found what appears to be a first year American Dipper (based on white edged wing feathers) busy feeding on the West side of the creek and was able photograph it for the next 15 minutes until a dog needed to drink from the creek.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71521321

Take care,
Bob Reiling

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Date: 7/15/20 10:26 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Northern Red Bishop at Crittenden Pump House on 7/15/2020
All:

Earlier I was out on A2E and photographed an adult Least Tern showing the yellow bill that Sibley says is "yellow bill unique" (see photo #1).  There was also at least 8 Snowy Plovers running around out in the center of the Crittenden dry pond.

Later, at about 9:15, right next to 2100 Crittenden Ln (the Crittenden Stormwater Pump Station) the Northern Red Bishop was posing for close photos, which a few photographers will probably show.  Unfortunately my photo #2 is the only one that didn't get totally washed out by the bright background.

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Date: 7/15/20 10:05 am
From: Bob Bolles <robertcbolles...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Northern Red Bishop
All ...
Four or five birds saw the Northern Red Bishop again this morning at
about 9:00AM. It flew into the reed area by the drainage pipe that empties
into Stevens Creek (where Michelle Nelson originally found it), but it then
quickly flew west a short distance to the small (maintenance?) building.
It moved from a low fence east of the building to the wall of the building,
small bushes, and then to a fence on the west side of the building.
Joyous birding!
... Bob

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Date: 7/14/20 6:43 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Screech owl, Guadaloupe Mines Rd. trail
This morning, we took a walk on the unofficial trail that Google thinks is Guadaloupe Mines Road. We ran into a big, noisy group of mixed species, titmice, chickadees, juncos, a Nuttall's woodpecker. We couldn't figure out what all the commotion was, until we noticed at the center of the mob (and it was a mob) a large, very gray WESTERN SCREECH OWL. She (presumably she: a very big screech owl) was sitting absolutely still, straight up on a horizontal branch and nearly indistinguishable from a branch herself.

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Date: 7/14/20 2:44 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] More Northern Red Bishop
Hi Birders,
Floy and I saw the male and I saw what was either an immature bird or a mature female.
I wasn't sure about the the female ID until I ran into Michael Mammoser later in the morning who said that the female vaguely resembles a Grasshopper Sparrow.
Bingo! It vaguely looked like a GRSP, but the feathers had dark centers with a reddish-tawny outer edges. The bird I saw also had a thin, yellow eyebrow.
We encountered the female on Bay Trail foraging on the edge of the dirt road as we made our way to Pond A2E.

We did get a good look at a male who posed for us. Photo at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71491365

We had a nice look at a soaring Osprey not far from where we saw the female Northern Red Bishop. Osprey photo is at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71496898

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Date: 7/14/20 12:21 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Renzel update, pix
I walked around the Emily Renzel ponds yesterday (7/13) and found plenty of
continuing action in this avian hotbed.

Weeks back, Killdeer had unwisely nested in the gravel of the busy trail
that separates the two ponds, saved by Juliana's reporting this to the
ranger, who yellow-taped the nest area. Yesterday the tape was gone, and
the ranger reported that chicks had hatched. I soon came upon this adult
KILLDEER WITH TWO CHICKS foraging on the algae mat a few yards from the
nest site:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872621

I could find only one active PIED-BILLED GREBE NEST remaining, the one
near the tower in the east pont. But it turned out to be inhabited not only
by a sitting adult, but in one picture by TWO and then a few minutes later,
in a picture from a different angle, by FOUR freshly hatched chicks.The
adult remained sitting throughout, suggesting the possibility of even more
chicks to come.
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872622
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872623

COMMON GALLINULES continued active; pictures show an adult foraging with a
juvenile, and a pair engaged in an interesting mode of synchronized
foraging and/or pair-bonding behavior.
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872615
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872614

CANADA GEESE: adult leading a column of juveniles.
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872613

At least two and possibly three GREEN HERONS were present, inviting both
portraits and action shots:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872620
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872618
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872619
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170872617


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Date: 7/13/20 11:10 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] About that Northern Red Bishop...
Never mind about the other Northern Red Bishop "youngster."
It's another adult male.
Two mistakes in one day. 😟
Sorry.

Michelle Nelson


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> Now that I know what I was seeing...
> I believe there was a youngster in the same location. If so, I can add it
> to eBird.
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Date: 7/13/20 10:56 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] About that Northern Red Bishop...
Now that I know what I was seeing...
I believe there was a youngster in the same location. If so, I can add it
to eBird.

Michelle Nelson

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Date: 7/13/20 6:53 pm
From: Chris Overington <chris.overington...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
Excellent! I actually saw this bird last Thursday (July 9th) hanging out
with a couple of House Finches at the very Southern end of the parking lot,
furthest from the new Burrowing Owl enclosure (poor cell phone photos
attached!) but didn't record it on my eBird list because I couldn't
identify it! That means it's been around for a few days at least. I'll
update my list and thanks everyone for the information!

On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 5:16 PM Naomi <nlgoodman...> wrote:

> Good find! I wonder if it's the same N. Red Bishop that hung out in the
> channel near the Shoreline Maintenance area last summer?
>
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Date: 7/13/20 5:16 pm
From: Naomi <nlgoodman...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
Good find!  I wonder if it's the same N. Red Bishop that hung out in the channel near the Shoreline Maintenance area last summer?

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Date: 7/13/20 4:23 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
Excellent!
:)

I will fix it on eBird.
It does look like a bishop. 😁


On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:17 PM Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> wrote:

> I think you got the Northern Bishop! It's a rarity for the area.
>
> Eve
>
> On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:02 PM Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
> wrote:
>
>> I visited the Crittenden Marsh and walked along the Stevens Creek Trail
>> yesterday. I didn't make it to where the Least Terns and sandpipers were,
>> but spent some quality time with the burrowing owls near the kite area.
>> When I arrived, a photographer was sitting on the ground outside the
>> protected owl area. One of the owls had landed very close to her and had
>> stayed in the same spot for about an hour. I came across both of them and
>> took a few shots myself. The owl stuck around for another 30 minutes. It
>> had almost fallen asleep with the lady photographer, and was not too
>> anxious to leave when I arrived either. The only thing that seemed to
>> disturb it was a jogger, and it flew to the post soon after. (See picture)
>> I had pulled weeds for these birds before for SFBBO, but this was
>> incredible. Was this considered invading its space when the owl was the one
>> that didn't read the memo? I use an 18-400 mm lens, and had it set for 400.
>> After the owl took off, I continued on to the marsh area. Two unusual
>> birds, according to eBird, were a Western Grebe and a Black-headed
>> Grosbeak. I hope I have identified the grosbeak correctly.
>> I'm attaching a picture to show where the Grosbeak was. It was a pretty
>> popular area, with a lot of "slime" below a pipe, followed by a marshy
>> area. A hummingbird, finch, and egret joined the party. It was across from
>> the pump station.
>> For more details:
>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S71405899
>>
>> Michelle Nelson
>>
>>
>>

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Date: 7/13/20 4:22 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
Bob,
Cool. Is this rare?
No wonder I was still having trouble.
I'm still learning.
Thank you!

Michelle


On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:08 PM Bob Hirt <bobhirt...> wrote:

> Looks like a Northern Red Bishop.
> Photo below.
> [image: image1.jpeg]
>
>
> Bob
>
> Bob Hirt
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> autocorrect changes.
>
>
> On Jul 13, 2020, at 4:01 PM, Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> wrote:
>
> I visited the Crittenden Marsh and walked along the Stevens Creek Trail
> yesterday. I didn't make it to where the Least Terns and sandpipers were,
> but spent some quality time with the burrowing owls near the kite area.
> When I arrived, a photographer was sitting on the ground outside the
> protected owl area. One of the owls had landed very close to her and had
> stayed in the same spot for about an hour. I came across both of them and
> took a few shots myself. The owl stuck around for another 30 minutes. It
> had almost fallen asleep with the lady photographer, and was not too
> anxious to leave when I arrived either. The only thing that seemed to
> disturb it was a jogger, and it flew to the post soon after. (See picture)
> I had pulled weeds for these birds before for SFBBO, but this was
> incredible. Was this considered invading its space when the owl was the one
> that didn't read the memo? I use an 18-400 mm lens, and had it set for 400.
> After the owl took off, I continued on to the marsh area. Two unusual
> birds, according to eBird, were a Western Grebe and a Black-headed
> Grosbeak. I hope I have identified the grosbeak correctly.
> I'm attaching a picture to show where the Grosbeak was. It was a pretty
> popular area, with a lot of "slime" below a pipe, followed by a marshy
> area. A hummingbird, finch, and egret joined the party. It was across from
> the pump station.
> For more details:
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S71405899
>
> Michelle Nelson
>
>
> <IMG_9398 (2).JPG>
>
> <IMG_9521.JPG>
>
> <Black headed Grosbeak 2 Stevens Creek.jpg>
>
>

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Date: 7/13/20 4:17 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
I think you got the Northern Bishop! It's a rarity for the area.

Eve

On Mon, Jul 13, 2020 at 4:02 PM Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
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> I visited the Crittenden Marsh and walked along the Stevens Creek Trail
> yesterday. I didn't make it to where the Least Terns and sandpipers were,
> but spent some quality time with the burrowing owls near the kite area.
> When I arrived, a photographer was sitting on the ground outside the
> protected owl area. One of the owls had landed very close to her and had
> stayed in the same spot for about an hour. I came across both of them and
> took a few shots myself. The owl stuck around for another 30 minutes. It
> had almost fallen asleep with the lady photographer, and was not too
> anxious to leave when I arrived either. The only thing that seemed to
> disturb it was a jogger, and it flew to the post soon after. (See picture)
> I had pulled weeds for these birds before for SFBBO, but this was
> incredible. Was this considered invading its space when the owl was the one
> that didn't read the memo? I use an 18-400 mm lens, and had it set for 400.
> After the owl took off, I continued on to the marsh area. Two unusual
> birds, according to eBird, were a Western Grebe and a Black-headed
> Grosbeak. I hope I have identified the grosbeak correctly.
> I'm attaching a picture to show where the Grosbeak was. It was a pretty
> popular area, with a lot of "slime" below a pipe, followed by a marshy
> area. A hummingbird, finch, and egret joined the party. It was across from
> the pump station.
> For more details:
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S71405899
>
> Michelle Nelson
>
>
>

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Date: 7/13/20 4:08 pm
From: bobhirt2004 via groups.io <Bobhirt=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
Looks like a Northern Red Bishop.
Photo below.



Bob

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Please excuse the brevity, the typos, and the sometimes humorous autocorrect changes.


> On Jul 13, 2020, at 4:01 PM, Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> wrote:
>
> I visited the Crittenden Marsh and walked along the Stevens Creek Trail yesterday. I didn't make it to where the Least Terns and sandpipers were, but spent some quality time with the burrowing owls near the kite area.
> When I arrived, a photographer was sitting on the ground outside the protected owl area. One of the owls had landed very close to her and had stayed in the same spot for about an hour. I came across both of them and took a few shots myself. The owl stuck around for another 30 minutes. It had almost fallen asleep with the lady photographer, and was not too anxious to leave when I arrived either. The only thing that seemed to disturb it was a jogger, and it flew to the post soon after. (See picture) I had pulled weeds for these birds before for SFBBO, but this was incredible. Was this considered invading its space when the owl was the one that didn't read the memo? I use an 18-400 mm lens, and had it set for 400.
> After the owl took off, I continued on to the marsh area. Two unusual birds, according to eBird, were a Western Grebe and a Black-headed Grosbeak. I hope I have identified the grosbeak correctly.
> I'm attaching a picture to show where the Grosbeak was. It was a pretty popular area, with a lot of "slime" below a pipe, followed by a marshy area. A hummingbird, finch, and egret joined the party. It was across from the pump station.
> For more details:
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S71405899
>
> Michelle Nelson
>
> <IMG_9398 (2).JPG>
> <IMG_9521.JPG>
> <Black headed Grosbeak 2 Stevens Creek.jpg>

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Date: 7/13/20 4:02 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek Trail
I visited the Crittenden Marsh and walked along the Stevens Creek Trail
yesterday. I didn't make it to where the Least Terns and sandpipers were,
but spent some quality time with the burrowing owls near the kite area.
When I arrived, a photographer was sitting on the ground outside the
protected owl area. One of the owls had landed very close to her and had
stayed in the same spot for about an hour. I came across both of them and
took a few shots myself. The owl stuck around for another 30 minutes. It
had almost fallen asleep with the lady photographer, and was not too
anxious to leave when I arrived either. The only thing that seemed to
disturb it was a jogger, and it flew to the post soon after. (See picture)
I had pulled weeds for these birds before for SFBBO, but this was
incredible. Was this considered invading its space when the owl was the one
that didn't read the memo? I use an 18-400 mm lens, and had it set for 400.
After the owl took off, I continued on to the marsh area. Two unusual
birds, according to eBird, were a Western Grebe and a Black-headed
Grosbeak. I hope I have identified the grosbeak correctly.
I'm attaching a picture to show where the Grosbeak was. It was a pretty
popular area, with a lot of "slime" below a pipe, followed by a marshy
area. A hummingbird, finch, and egret joined the party. It was across from
the pump station.
For more details:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S71405899

Michelle Nelson

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Date: 7/13/20 1:54 pm
From: lavin_fara <pdunten...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The California Gull mud stomp, or near miss with a yellow flag
The past week or so during the evening, Cal Gulls have been gathering on the impoundment between pond A12 and the railroad tracks north of Alviso Marina CP.  The gulls stomp their feet in the mud, something comes up, and they pick it off the water.  Any ideas on what they are eating?  When they leave, there are bubbles on the surface of the water for a time, marking the spot the stomp took place.

The evening of July 12th, hundreds of Western Sandpipers foraged amongst the gulls.  One had a yellow leg flag, a bit too distant for me to get the number.  Yellow indicates the band and flag were put on in South America!  Dang, what are the chances I'll spot this one again?

Good luck on your next adventure, Pete

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Date: 7/13/20 7:54 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Western Screeh-Owl
All,
I normally wake up at about 4:30AM and because of the heat I open all my windows to cool down the house (and make coffee). At 5:10 this morning (7/13) I had a WESTERN SCREECH OWL doing the "bouncing ball" call from the Birch trees in my back yard. I do feed birds but I suspect that the slow drip bird bath located under my 3 Birch trees might well be the attraction. Last year (6/29) during a warm spell II also had the same thing occur. Neat!
Take care,
Bob Reiling

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Date: 7/13/20 6:50 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Dipper July 13
The tailless American Dipper was present this morning July 13 on Los Gatos Creek upstream of Main St in the vicinity of the concrete steps on the east side of the creek. Seen from the west side.Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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Date: 7/12/20 3:28 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Least Terns continue on A2E July 12
This afternoon, July 12, I saw two Least Terns along the south edge of pond
A2E in Mtn View after passing the bend in the trail where it meets the
triangular salt pond. As I was about to give up, one appeared in front of me
just yards out, and fished a while with Forster;s, then it flew NW out of
sight. As I walked back, another appeared then flew north out of sight.
Three Snowy Plovers were on the triangular salt flat.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas


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Date: 7/12/20 11:21 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Least Tern photos

All,
Thought that I might post a couple of photos of Least Terns seen recently in Salt Pod A2E that I posted on e-bird (one of an adult in flight and another of the Juvenile being fed by an adult. To view the e-bird report check the address below. As can be seen in the photo of the adult and the juvenile the juvenile looks similar to a juvenile Common Tern with a black Carpal bar and the black continuing along the leading edge of the wing, white forehead and black nape. Of course it's a much smaller bird. If one looks at the primaries on left wing of the adult the black is on the leading edge of the wing (on Forster's Terns the black is on the trailing edge of the primaries. The adult in the second photo clearly has a yellow bill (adult Forster's Terns have a black tipped orange bill). These are, of course, only a few of the clues and differences.

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71327737 https://ebird.org/checklist/S71327737

Take care,
Bob Reiling

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Date: 7/12/20 10:02 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The American Dipper Continues at Los Gatos Creek Trail on 7/12/2020
All:

From the west side of the creek I found the American Dipper feeding downstream on the several inch wide green streak at the edge of the water.  The picture was taken at a point about 1 or 2 hundred yards past where 2 or 3 small pipes cross the creek, and just further up from a waterfall.  When I went to shoot again, the bird was gone.  I don't know why the bird was usually showing a bit of its Nictitating Membrane.

The other photo shows 4 Black Phoebe chicks which showed some interesting behavior.

Thanks, Bob Reiling and Raja Bhadury,for posting photos showing the field marks on the Common Tern.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/11/20 8:47 pm
From: Raja Bhadury <bhaduryr...>
Subject: Re: Fw: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards and Common Tern notes 7/11
A big thank you to Steve and Frank who helped me spot my first Common Tern
today. It was in front of island 6 - almost exactly where Dave Weber saw it
on 7/8. Thanks for the excellent directions.
As Frank requested, I've attached a photo I took. Also attached is a photo
of Forster's Terns of different ages.

Thanks also to Betty and Bob for removing so much trash! I was happy to be
able to offer some help.

raja

[image: DSCN4270.JPG]

[image: DSCN4217.JPG]

On Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 4:07 PM Betty DeLuco via groups.io <beedeebikes=
<yahoo.com...> wrote:

>
> My husband and I were 2 of those people on the ground watching the bald
> eagle near A16 this morning! It was there for a long time and it was
> incredible! We have many pictures but here is one of them. We also carried
> out 3 bags of trash, mostly from near the Drawbridge spur. We met a
> photographer on his bike who carried out some of the bigger trash that we
> couldn't carry. Thank you, Raja(?).
>
> An awesome morning!
>
> Betty D
>
> ----- Forwarded Message -----
> *From:* Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
> *To:* South Bay Birds <southbaybirds...>
> *Sent:* Saturday, July 11, 2020, 03:32:35 PM PDT
> *Subject:* [southbaybirds] Don Edwards and Common Tern notes 7/11
>
> Lots of bird activity this morning. Western Sandpipers are moving through
> in huge numbers now, noticeably more so than a week ago, though I did not
> find any unexpected peeps with them. Some observations of note:
>
> *Walking the trail between A16 and New Chicago Marsh, I saw several
> photographers a ways ahead of me crouched low intent on something. I
> couldnt see what they were looking at at first but was surprised to see the
> local young Bald Eagle come lumbering onto to the trail in front of them,
> from the A16 side. It was quite close to them. After a bit of harassment
> (from angsty stilts, not the photogs) it took off and landed on top of the
> education center itself where it remained for a long time.
>
> *In the north part of A16 a Lesser Scaup hen has a brood of 5 small
> ducklings.
>
> *Other summering/ratty looking waterfowl in A16 include continuing Common
> Goldeneye, Canvasback, Bufflehead and American Wigeon (4).
>
> *One fledgling Black Skimmer was visible on the edge of the A16 skimmer
> island - it was fully feathered but looked to be just on the cusp of being
> able to fly.
>
> *I recorded my first juvenile migrant shorebird of the fall - a Wilson's
> Phalarope in A16. I saw a couple adults in full basic plumage as well.
>
> *I also saw the Common Tern where Frank described it and had nice scope
> views. I can say that it is indeed a first summer Common Tern, rather
> typical looking both in terms of field marks and health. I saw it fly
> several times and, as a bonus, even got pics of the outer tail feathers
> with black outer webs. It does seem highly motivated to loaf in one
> particular spot on its little island and always returned to the exact spot
> despite flying off multiple times, but gave no indication of being unwell.
> As an aside, I don't recall ever seeing a young (black-billed) Forster's
> with both a carpal bar and black extending all the way around the back of
> the head from the auriculars, which are quite reliable field marks for
> picking out young Commons. Without question though, Common vs Forster's can
> be a tricky ID at all ages and Forster's frequently stray from how they are
> portrayed in field guides.
>
> Steve Tucker
> San Jose
>
>
>

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Date: 7/11/20 4:07 pm
From: Betty DeLuco via groups.io <beedeebikes=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Fw: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards and Common Tern notes 7/11

My husband and I were 2 of those people on the ground watching the bald eagle near A16 this morning! It was there for a long time and it was incredible! We have many pictures but here is one of them. We also carried out 3 bags of trash, mostly from near the Drawbridge spur. We met a photographer on his bike who carried out some of the bigger trash that we couldn't carry. Thank you, Raja(?).

An awesome morning!

Betty D

----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>To: South Bay Birds <southbaybirds...>Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2020, 03:32:35 PM PDTSubject: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards and Common Tern notes 7/11
Lots of bird activity this morning. Western Sandpipers are moving through in huge numbers now, noticeably more so than a week ago, though I did not find any unexpected peeps with them. Some observations of note:
*Walking the trail between A16 and New Chicago Marsh, I saw several photographers a ways ahead of me crouched low intent on something. I couldnt see what they were looking at at first but was surprised to see the local young Bald Eagle come lumbering onto to the trail in front of them, from the A16 side. It was quite close to them. After a bit of harassment (from angsty stilts, not the photogs) it took off and landed on top of the education center itself where it remained for a long time.
*In the north part of A16 a Lesser Scaup hen has a brood of 5 small ducklings.
*Other summering/ratty looking waterfowl in A16 include continuing Common Goldeneye, Canvasback, Bufflehead and American Wigeon (4).
*One fledgling Black Skimmer was visible on the edge of the A16 skimmer island - it was fully feathered but looked to be just on the cusp of being able to fly.
*I recorded my first juvenile migrant shorebird of the fall - a Wilson's Phalarope in A16. I saw a couple adults in full basic plumage as well.
*I also saw the Common Tern where Frank described it and had nice scope views. I can say that it is indeed a first summer Common Tern, rather typical looking both in terms of field marks and health. I saw it fly several times and, as a bonus, even got pics of the outer tail feathers with black outer webs. It does seem highly motivated to loaf in one particular spot on its little island and always returned to the exact spot despite flying off multiple times, but gave no indication of being unwell. As an aside, I don't recall ever seeing a young (black-billed) Forster's with both a carpal bar and black extending all the way around the back of the head from the auriculars, which are quite reliable field marks for picking out young Commons. Without question though, Common vs Forster's can be a tricky ID at all ages and Forster's frequently stray from how they are portrayed in field guides.
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Date: 7/11/20 3:45 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Los Gatos American Dippers this AM
With things opening up, so to speak, today I led my first bird walk
since March. I limited the group to 10, with masks required and no
carpooling or sharing of optics. Our goal was to go find the Los Gatos
Creek American Dippers. We entered the Los Gatos Creek Trail from the
Main Street Bridge in Los Gatos. We stayed on the highway 17 side of the
"Los Gatos Creek Trail". We shared the trail with many folks taking
advantage of a morning outside. For those not familiar with this trail,
as you walk toward Lexington Reservoir you soon come to the section of
the creek with the man-made cement sides. It was here we found the first
of two AMERICAN DIPPERS. It was 8:35 AM. This bird was a juvenile with
almost no tail, light feather edges and a yellowish bill.  It also
looked as if there was some fuzzy feather down showing in a few spots.
It was busy hunting for food and dipping in and out of the water. We saw
it fly a few times.

As we continued up the trail we found a second dipper in the area where
the cement ends and the creek starts to look almost natural and takes a
bend to the left. This section was shaded and had green vegetation
growing out from the center of the creek.  One exposed rock within the
creek provided a great location for the dipper to stand. The bird flew
before we got close enough to note weather it was an adult or not. We do
believe these were two different individuals.

When we turned around and headed back toward the Main St. bridge we
re-found the juvenile sunning itself along the cement edge. When we left
around 9:30 AM it was still there.

This was a life bird for several on the walk, and a new county bird for
those who did not know we had dippers here on the valley floor.

We also observed a family of BLACK PHOEBES as we watched an adult
feeding three yellow gaped baby fledglings.

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Date: 7/11/20 3:32 pm
From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards and Common Tern notes 7/11
Lots of bird activity this morning. Western Sandpipers are moving through in huge numbers now, noticeably more so than a week ago, though I did not find any unexpected peeps with them. Some observations of note:
*Walking the trail between A16 and New Chicago Marsh, I saw several photographers a ways ahead of me crouched low intent on something. I couldnt see what they were looking at at first but was surprised to see the local young Bald Eagle come lumbering onto to the trail in front of them, from the A16 side. It was quite close to them. After a bit of harassment (from angsty stilts, not the photogs) it took off and landed on top of the education center itself where it remained for a long time.
*In the north part of A16 a Lesser Scaup hen has a brood of 5 small ducklings.
*Other summering/ratty looking waterfowl in A16 include continuing Common Goldeneye, Canvasback, Bufflehead and American Wigeon (4).
*One fledgling Black Skimmer was visible on the edge of the A16 skimmer island - it was fully feathered but looked to be just on the cusp of being able to fly.
*I recorded my first juvenile migrant shorebird of the fall - a Wilson's Phalarope in A16. I saw a couple adults in full basic plumage as well.
*I also saw the Common Tern where Frank described it and had nice scope views. I can say that it is indeed a first summer Common Tern, rather typical looking both in terms of field marks and health. I saw it fly several times and, as a bonus, even got pics of the outer tail feathers with black outer webs. It does seem highly motivated to loaf in one particular spot on its little island and always returned to the exact spot despite flying off multiple times, but gave no indication of being unwell. As an aside, I don't recall ever seeing a young (black-billed) Forster's with both a carpal bar and black extending all the way around the back of the head from the auriculars, which are quite reliable field marks for picking out young Commons. Without question though, Common vs Forster's can be a tricky ID at all ages and Forster's frequently stray from how they are portrayed in field guides.
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Date: 7/11/20 2:27 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Common Tern Identification at A16
All:

I wasn't the one who originally identified this bird.  But I did look for a small dark bill and a white forehead, which I thought I could see with my 10x image-stabilized binos, and my photos seem to suggest.  Other people have suggested that they were taking photos with much better systems.  It would be nice is someone would drop a quick photo to southbaybirds.  It shouldn't be a work of art, but rather an identification photo.

I really don't get on eBird unless I absolutely have to.  And I try not to be the original identifier.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/11/20 1:51 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] The Common Tern Continues at A16 on 7/11/2020
All,

Just a word of caution on identifying these subadult terns. In my opinion, medium sized tern identification is among the most challenging of issues, specifically on these non-adult birds. A lot of the identification needs to be done by comparing structure to nearby known birds (Forster’s in this case). Some of the features that are typically associated with Common Tern, such as the darker outer primaries, and darker “carpal” bar can show up in one year old Forster’s Tern. Apart from structure, key is to look at the outer tail feather and assess if it is dark on the outer part of the feather (outside the shaft), or inside the shaft. Only Forster’s (well Snowy-crowned in South America is another), shows a dark inner feather vane, rather than outer. So far photos have been distant. But if anyone goes out there and really wants to drill down on this bird, that would be a feature to look for. I am not saying that it is not a Common Tern, I am saying that with these ages you need to extra cautious and look at some very specific stuff.

Take care, good birding, stay healthy.

Alvaro



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Subject: [southbaybirds] The Common Tern Continues at A16 on 7/11/2020



All:

I decided to do a CCW walk around A16, hoping that a rarity might leap up and bite me. No such luck. However I did find the Common Tern at almost the same spot where we reported it on July 8. The upper right hand corner in this photo is the left edge of island 6 that Dave Weber reported in the background.

I'm a bit worried that the bird isn't moving. Today it wasn't even feeding.

Frank Vanslager




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Date: 7/11/20 10:55 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Common Tern Continues at A16 on 7/11/2020
All:

I decided to do a CCW walk around A16, hoping that a rarity might leap up and bite me.  No such luck.  However I did find the Common Tern at almost the same spot where we reported it on July 8.  The upper right hand corner in this photo is the left edge of island 6 that Dave Weber reported in the background.

I'm a bit worried that the bird isn't moving.  Today it wasn't even feeding.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/10/20 8:17 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Stanford raptor fledglings, pix
I've had fledged RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and WHITE-TAILED KITES flying noisily
around my house on the Stanford campus near Lathrop and Frenchman's Parks.

Two different angles on a close up Red-shoulder a block away:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170863869
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170863870

And at the top of one of the redwoods in my yard, a White-tail:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/170863871

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Date: 7/10/20 11:56 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] An Addendum To My Earlier Post.
All:

That picture that I posted with 2 Least Terns is not the one that I thought.  It was taken as I started on my way out, and I never looked closely at it.  In the field with bright sunlight and a lack of bifocals, I can never see what I have taken until I get home, where I'm in a hurry to post timely information.

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Date: 7/10/20 11:16 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Snowy Plovers and Least Terns Continue at A2E on 7/10/2020
All:

Today I caught up with Bob Reiling just past the old boardwalk and we had good looks at about 4 flying and diving Least Terns.  Bob probably has better photos.  All I have is a digi-scope picture of a juvenile.  (See the first photo.)

Looking south out in the center of the salt flat on 3 separate bino counts I recorded 7 Snowy Plovers adults.  (See the second photo with 2 birds to get an idea of the distance.)  And just as I was starting to leave I saw a running baby bird.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/10/20 7:05 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Least Terns and Snowy Plovers
Correction in my directions: walk east (not west) from the kite flying
area.

On Fri, Jul 10, 2020 at 6:41 AM Eve Meier via groups.io <eve.m.meier=
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> Hi Everyone!
>
> Yesterday I parked at the kite flying lot at Shoreline Park and visited a
> variety of hotspots by bike. My first stop was the Stevens Creek Delta. The
> tide was way out and the lighting was bad but I could see thousands of
> peeps and other shorebirds out on the mud flats. A peregrine started the
> hunt and huge murmurations would form. A shorebird murmuration is
> especially spectacular because waves of white (from the birds' undersides)
> would pass through the dark color of the flock as the birds turned
> directions. Behind me, in Salt Pond AB1, there was a small island with
> lots of FORSTER'S TERNS making quite the racket.
>
> Next, I went south, then turned on the Moffet Bay Trail which runs between
> Salt Pond AB1 and Crittenden Marsh. That's when I first heard the LEAST
> TERNS. They sound completely different than the Forster's and Caspian
> Terns. They are very small and looked stubby to me. I sat on the bench (0.8
> miles from trail junction) awhile to get close views of their yellow bill
> and white forehead patch.
>
> Ben Pearl from SFBBO was conducting his Snowy Plover survey at the same
> time. When he passed by, he mentioned that there were some SNOWY PLOVERS
> in Crittenden Marsh. So, on my return back to the park lot, I quickly
> scanned the large salt flat areas of the marsh for the plovers and was able
> to spot 5 with a few being close enough to the trail that I had decent
> looks with my binoculars. For more information on Ben's work, you can watch
> the SCVAS Speaker Series video here: https://youtu.be/UxOgwSDFEFY.
>
> There were only a few cars in the parking lot and very few people on the
> trails so social distancing was a breeze!
>
> *Directions*
> Park in the kite flying lot at Shoreline which is just north of the dog
> park. (Bathroom available) Walk west through the overflow parking lot,
> over the two pedestrian bridges, and then walk north. Here's a map from
> MidPen: https://www.openspace.org/sites/default/files/map_SC_0.pdf.
> Google maps and the ebird hotspot map will show the rest of the trails
> north of the Stevens Creek Nature Study Area.
>
> *Hot Spots*
> Crittenden Marsh (Stevens Creek Nature Study Area):
> https://ebird.org/hotspot/L759446
> Salt Pond A2E: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L776548
> Stevens Creek Delta: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3867446
> Salt Pond AB1: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L776806
>
> Happy birding!
> Eve Meier (San Jose)
>
>
>

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Date: 7/10/20 6:56 am
From: Susan Weinstein <sue...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Least Terns and Snowy Plovers
I walked by Crittenden Marsh in the afternoon. There were 2 young men with
skateboards exploring the white areas. As they exited, I explained about
the Snowy Plovers. Perhaps there should be more signs to keep people out?

Susan (Los Gatos)

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Date: 7/10/20 6:41 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Least Terns and Snowy Plovers
Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I parked at the kite flying lot at Shoreline Park and visited a
variety of hotspots by bike. My first stop was the Stevens Creek Delta. The
tide was way out and the lighting was bad but I could see thousands of
peeps and other shorebirds out on the mud flats. A peregrine started the
hunt and huge murmurations would form. A shorebird murmuration is
especially spectacular because waves of white (from the birds' undersides)
would pass through the dark color of the flock as the birds turned
directions. Behind me, in Salt Pond AB1, there was a small island with
lots of FORSTER'S TERNS making quite the racket.

Next, I went south, then turned on the Moffet Bay Trail which runs between
Salt Pond AB1 and Crittenden Marsh. That's when I first heard the LEAST
TERNS. They sound completely different than the Forster's and Caspian
Terns. They are very small and looked stubby to me. I sat on the bench (0.8
miles from trail junction) awhile to get close views of their yellow bill
and white forehead patch.

Ben Pearl from SFBBO was conducting his Snowy Plover survey at the same
time. When he passed by, he mentioned that there were some SNOWY PLOVERS
in Crittenden Marsh. So, on my return back to the park lot, I quickly
scanned the large salt flat areas of the marsh for the plovers and was able
to spot 5 with a few being close enough to the trail that I had decent
looks with my binoculars. For more information on Ben's work, you can watch
the SCVAS Speaker Series video here: https://youtu.be/UxOgwSDFEFY.

There were only a few cars in the parking lot and very few people on the
trails so social distancing was a breeze!

*Directions*
Park in the kite flying lot at Shoreline which is just north of the dog
park. (Bathroom available) Walk west through the overflow parking lot,
over the two pedestrian bridges, and then walk north. Here's a map from
MidPen: https://www.openspace.org/sites/default/files/map_SC_0.pdf. Google
maps and the ebird hotspot map will show the rest of the trails north of
the Stevens Creek Nature Study Area.

*Hot Spots*
Crittenden Marsh (Stevens Creek Nature Study Area):
https://ebird.org/hotspot/L759446
Salt Pond A2E: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L776548
Stevens Creek Delta: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L3867446
Salt Pond AB1: https://ebird.org/hotspot/L776806

Happy birding!
Eve Meier (San Jose)

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Date: 7/9/20 11:49 am
From: Jean Myers <dosriosjean...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Notes from Casa Dos Rios and Goodbye
Hi all:

Living at Casa Dos Rios (our home near Gilroy in the Santa Cruz Mountain foothills) has been like a long dream - loaded with wildlife and exciting projects. When we first bought the property 17 years ago, my goal was to restore the 8 acres of riparian corridor to its' native state and to replace the non-native gardens with almost 2 acres of native gardens. I completed restoration on about 6 of the 8 riparian acres over the years (sometimes with the help of others), but restoring the flood plain where the two creeks merged was more than I could achieve in the years that were available to me given the limitations of my aging body. Restoration work is most comfortably achieved by the young!!! I hoped to attract breeding habitat for chaparal birds such as wrentit and thrasher and improve breeding habitat in the creek areas for species such as merganser and yellow-breasted chat (which last bred on the property in 1990). Wrentit, thrasher and merganser have since bred on the property but the closest I came to chat was a possible auditory ID a couple of years ago. The 25 next boxes were very active with the barn owl box being one of my favorites (3 chicks this year). Other wildlife documented by the wildlife cameras I placed on the property included species that bred on the property such as fox, bobcat and loads of smaller mammals. Occasional visitors were coyote, mountain lion and even one visit from a black bear (only seen). Through the years, I verified over 100 species of birds, 50 which chose to breed, although not every year . Given that my auditory ID skills are even worse than my visual ID skills, it is quite probable that the list would have been even larger had I improved. Luckily, my photography allowed me to document most of the species that were seen.

As some of you may know, last year our daughter ended up in a wheelchair, which threw our world upside down. She had established a thriving network of friends and supporters in Napa over the last 10 years, and coupled with most of our family now living in the north or east bay, we decided to sell our beautiful Casa Dos Rios and move to Napa to be near family. Even though travel and work at Casa Dos Rios kept me from spending much time with all of you over the last several years, I will miss all of my south bay birding friends who inspired me and taught me so much over the years. Casa Dos Rios will be well cared for by the new owners, who are wildlife lovers, and I will tend our new (smaller) property in the north bay.

Best wishes to all of you. Perhaps I will see you at various birding venues in the future.

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Date: 7/9/20 11:19 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Least Terns at A2E 7/9
An adult Least Tern is flying back and forth between Pond A2E and the dry,
triangular pond to feed a chick.

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Date: 7/9/20 9:55 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Least Terns at A2E 7/9
Funny! I was just about to report them. I’ve spotted one so far.

> On Jul 9, 2020, at 8:04 AM, Ben Pearl <BPEARL...> wrote:
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> Hi all,
>
> There are currently at least 3 CALIFORNIA LEAST TERNS foraging in pond A2E near the point of the triangle shaped pond. I am currently conducting a Snowy Plover survey in Crittenden Marsh so did not spend much time looking for more.
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> Good birding,
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> Ben
> Santa Clara
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Date: 7/9/20 8:04 am
From: Ben Pearl <bpearl...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Least Terns at A2E 7/9
Hi all,

There are currently at least 3 CALIFORNIA LEAST TERNS foraging in pond A2E near the point of the triangle shaped pond. I am currently conducting a Snowy Plover survey in Crittenden Marsh so did not spend much time looking for more.

Good birding,

Ben
Santa Clara

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Date: 7/9/20 6:58 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Birding in a few Saratoga Parks
Hi Everyone,

Yesterday, Patricia Lynch and I birded in a few small Saratoga Parks:
Wildwood Park, Azule Park, and Kevin Moran Park. Wildwood Park in downtown
Saratoga was the best park of the 3 for birding. This shady park with
small playground, volleyball court, and small grassy area sits along
Saratoga Creek and has mature sycamore trees, redwoods, several eucalyptus
trees, and oak trees. The bathroom is open. The park was quiet while we
were there (early in the morning) but activity was picking up as we were
leaving. The other two parks had large manicured grassy areas with paved
loop paths.

The best birds at Wildwood Park were several PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, a
couple of BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, one BROWN CREEPER and one PILEATED
WOODPECKER. The woodpecker didn't stay long. He noisily arrived at the park
coming from the north, then headed back the way he came. We never did see
the bird.

Wildwood Park: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71265883
Azule Park: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71263562
Kevin Moran Park: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71266125

Eve Meier (San Jose)

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Date: 7/8/20 11:04 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bob Reiling's Common Tern on A16 on 7/8/2020
All:

I caught up with Dave Weber and he found me the Common Tern for my year-bird list.  The attached photos show where the bird was feeding quietly for more than an hour by the time that we left.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/8/20 9:22 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Common tern July 8
Looking at the Common Tern on pond A16 now at 9:20 am. On muddy partially vegetated island in front of island #6 as viewed from the east levee. Approx one quarter mile from pump house. Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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