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9/25/17 2:09 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Willow Flycatcher in Ulistac
9/25/17 1:55 pm 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stevens Creek Crittenden to la Avenida
9/25/17 1:21 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Clara Valley Water district migrants 9-25-17
9/25/17 11:47 am Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Nashville Warbler, Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters, Mon. Sept. 25, 2017
9/25/17 11:18 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc from Ulistac
9/25/17 9:06 am David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden Quicksilver County Park
9/24/17 6:34 pm Jim Yurchenco <jimy...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sandhill Cranes
9/24/17 3:58 pm Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] IBM Almaden Great-Horned Owel
9/24/17 12:54 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Willow Flycatcher, Nashville Warbler
9/24/17 11:53 am Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stevens Creek north of Hwy 101 - 9/23/17
9/23/17 5:12 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc from Overfelt Gardens
9/23/17 3:45 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] FOS Golden-crowned sparrow
9/23/17 1:15 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands
9/22/17 5:22 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Golden Crowned Sparrow
9/22/17 11:32 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Willow Flycatcher and Barn Owls at Ulistac
9/22/17 9:20 am Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] FOS White Crowned Sparrows, Mtn View
9/21/17 5:41 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Creek Trail below Hwy 237
9/21/17 11:41 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands Chestnut-sided Warbler continues 9/21
9/21/17 9:36 am mike danzenbaker <jm_danzenbaker_alt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands Chestnut-sided Warbler continues 9/21
9/20/17 7:10 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vaux's Swifts tonight 9-20-17
9/20/17 11:31 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac 9/20
9/20/17 9:36 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Chestnut sided sept 20
9/20/17 9:21 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Chestnut sided sept 20
9/19/17 6:20 pm <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Brewer's Sparrow at Alviso Marina
9/19/17 6:00 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Willow Flycatcher 9-19-17
9/19/17 4:41 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale
9/19/17 1:34 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 19
9/19/17 12:45 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale
9/19/17 12:39 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] A Couple of Year-Birds on 9/19/2017
9/19/17 12:03 pm Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 19
9/19/17 11:45 am 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale
9/19/17 10:17 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> RE: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale
9/19/17 9:08 am Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 19
9/19/17 9:00 am <patricialkenny...> <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale
9/19/17 6:42 am Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - August Results
9/18/17 8:38 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] South County birding ... Summer Tanager at Chitactac
9/18/17 1:46 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 18
9/18/17 1:43 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Brewer's Sparrow continues
9/18/17 11:58 am Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Slow morning at Vasona County Park, Mon Sept 18, 2017
9/17/17 9:25 pm Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Brewer's Sparrow in Alviso - 9/1717
9/17/17 3:43 pm mike danzenbaker <jm_danzenbaker_alt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso Bank Swallow
9/17/17 12:54 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Possible Tennessee warbler at SCVWD
9/17/17 12:39 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Thompson Creek 9-17-17
9/17/17 12:39 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Possible Tennessee warbler at SCVWD
9/16/17 3:43 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands Park and EEC 9-16-17
9/16/17 3:12 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Chipping Sparrows return 9-16-17
9/16/17 1:03 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley 9/15
9/16/17 10:12 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc at Ulistac
9/15/17 8:57 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sensational Seabirding: Sep 15
9/15/17 1:39 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto Baylands fennel patch
9/15/17 1:14 pm 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands 9/15/17
9/13/17 3:34 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] No Tennessee Warbler @ Ulistac today
9/13/17 2:05 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SCVAS Vasona Co. Park field trip
9/12/17 8:17 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero Preserve
9/12/17 6:54 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Re: Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
9/12/17 2:23 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Re: Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
9/12/17 12:00 pm 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stevens Creek Crittenden to La Avenida
9/12/17 11:28 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
9/12/17 10:43 am Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
9/12/17 10:21 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
9/12/17 9:26 am Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Possible Blackpoll Warbler, Ulistac, Tues Sept 12
9/11/17 8:07 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago, Pond A16, and Breached A17
9/11/17 5:09 pm Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] another Lazuli Bunting at Almaden Lake 9/11
9/11/17 12:53 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Buntings at SCVWD 9-11-17
9/11/17 10:25 am 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands 9/11/2017
9/10/17 5:24 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands Park
9/9/17 5:45 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Ulistac Willow Flycatcher(s)
9/9/17 2:38 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac Willow Flycatcher(s)
9/9/17 11:31 am Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Morning in Alviso
9/7/17 3:28 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago Marsh/EEC Sept 7
9/7/17 3:18 pm 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands 9/7/17
9/7/17 2:49 pm Laurie Alaimo <environmom95112...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ospreys and Bald Eagle at Chesbro
9/6/17 6:54 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Blue-winged Teal ducklings in Coast Casey Forebay
9/6/17 4:39 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SCRWA (Gilroy) Treatment Ponds
9/6/17 1:22 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] continuing Stilt Sandpiper
9/5/17 9:33 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stevens Creek mouth and Pond A2E
9/5/17 1:57 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stilt Sandpiper continues
9/5/17 1:33 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Weekend birds, Rallidae
9/5/17 11:21 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] No Stilt Sandpiper this morning
9/4/17 7:20 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Purple Martin at Palo Alto Baylands
9/4/17 4:31 pm <craige66...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Common Mergansers
9/4/17 4:21 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stilt Sandpiper, Willow Flycatcher
9/4/17 11:26 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Some Alviso Sightings
9/4/17 10:54 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac- Possible Northern Waterthrush
9/3/17 12:39 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Yesterday's SCVAS field trip to Picchetti Ranch OSP
9/3/17 11:44 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Fall SCVAS Bird Trips
9/2/17 9:21 pm DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SEP 2 HMB Pelagic trip report
9/2/17 6:09 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] No Ibis in New Chicago Marsh
9/2/17 4:42 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] No Ibis in New Chicago Marsh
9/2/17 12:30 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View (Solitary Sandpiper)
9/2/17 9:45 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] No Ibis in New Chicago Marsh
9/1/17 5:06 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ibis in New Chicago Marsh
8/31/17 4:12 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Alviso EEC
8/31/17 12:02 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] swifts
8/31/17 11:55 am 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands
8/31/17 11:35 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Migrants at Ulistac
8/30/17 8:35 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac Natural Area
8/30/17 1:37 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Snowy Plovers at Alviso
8/30/17 11:22 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Snowy Plovers at Alviso
8/29/17 3:10 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Rancho Canada del Oro (Hermit Warbler)
8/29/17 3:00 pm <craige66...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Taiwan blue pheasant
8/29/17 12:29 pm 'Bill P. ' <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Birding by Impression class starts Sep 7th
8/28/17 4:38 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac today (8/28/2017)
8/27/17 11:31 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Wilson's Phalaropes, New Chicago Marsh
8/27/17 11:08 am 'Lisa Myers' <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Swainson's Hawk over Campbell 10:45 AM
8/27/17 10:07 am Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline rail family birds, pics
8/26/17 2:35 pm Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ibis flock,New Chicago Marsh
8/26/17 2:23 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Willow Flycatchers, Almaden Reservoir 8-26
8/26/17 1:12 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Willow Flycatcher - Ulistac Natural Area - Saturday Morning Aug 26, 2017
8/26/17 12:37 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pileated Woodpecker at Rancho San Antonio
8/26/17 12:11 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Matadero Riparian
8/26/17 11:51 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Migrants at Ulistac
8/26/17 11:24 am Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] WFIB Flock at EEC
8/26/17 10:57 am <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] WFIB Flock at EEC
 
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Date: 9/25/17 2:09 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Willow Flycatcher in Ulistac
All,
This morning (9/25) a WILLOW FLYCATCHER was working the bare tree tops south of the northern most entrance to Ulistac (half way between the two trails heading South). I actually saw the bird a couple hundred hundred feet down the eastern most of the two trails while looking west (for best light).
Take care,
Bob Reiling




 

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Date: 9/25/17 1:55 pm
From: 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stevens Creek Crittenden to la Avenida
This morning, 9/25/2017, I walked along the east side of Stevens Creek from Crittenden Lane to La Avenida. As expected, I saw far fewer birds than Mike Rogers reported on Saturday, but the area was fairly birdy. Highlights included 7 YELLOW WARBLERS, 1 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 1 FOX SPARROW, 3 LINCOLN’S SPARROWS, 1 SAVANNAH SPARROW, 1 female LAZULI BUNTING, 2 WESTERN TANAGERS, 1 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, 1 DOWNY WOODPECKER, 1 COOPER’S HAWK. I did find the flock of HOUSE SPARROWs, but I was not able to find the interesting Spizella sparrow that Mike spotted among them on Saturday.

Pat Kenny
 

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Date: 9/25/17 1:21 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Clara Valley Water district migrants 9-25-17




The WILLOW FLYCATCHER was still hawking insects from a dead willow
across from the spillway at the water district at 7:30 am this morning.
Karen Burnson and I did a quick loop here and saw a WILSON'S WARBLER, 2
COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 21 YELLOW WARBLER and a BLACK THROATED GRAY
WARBLER. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was heard only.

We met Dave and Floy Zittin and Ed Rooks at the VTA entrance to the
Guadalupe River trail. Karen and I birded a short distance with them
finding numerous YELLOW WARBLER, 2 ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER both gray
headed birds, YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS, DOWNY WOODPECKER, GREEN HERON and
a COMMON GALLINULE.

I continued on to Almaden Lake and found numerous YELLOW RUMPED and
YELLOW WARBLERS and a PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER.

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

Janna Pauser
San Jose












 

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Date: 9/25/17 11:47 am
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Nashville Warbler, Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters, Mon. Sept. 25, 2017
Hi Birders,

I birded at the Santa Clara Valley Water District Headquarters on Almaden Blvd. this morning. I got a quick look at a NASHVILLE WARBLER in the vicinity of the large juniper tree/bush on the far side of the pond and between the spillway and the closed-off dirt road that leads to Coleman Ave. It flew from the juniper into the low area of some ‘reeds’ that are a few feet into the Guadalupe River from the juniper. I suppose this could be the same bird that Janna saw yesterday at the fish ladder.

There were many YELLOW WARBLERS - I stopped counting at 20. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER was standing on the spillway, and a CALIFORNIA THRASHER was skulking in the low bushes close to the district buildings.


Good birding!
Brooke Miller
San Jose




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Date: 9/25/17 11:18 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc from Ulistac
All,


The Great Horned Owl returned to his roost today on the West side opposite station 5. I spent some time at Station 1 (the pond north of the garden) and it seems the migrants have really taken to this spot. There was a constant stream of migrants from 9:15 to 9:30 am, which coincided with increasing temps (and a drop off in migrants elsewhere). Yellow Warblers (15), Tanagers (4), Pac-slopes (2), House Wren (1), Fox Sparrow (2), and Crowned Sparrows (20) were some of the visitors to the pond.


The proximity of the pond makes for some good close viewing, although in the early part of the morning the light angle (back lit) is not ideal.


Pics:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39386763


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA


 

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Date: 9/25/17 9:06 am
From: David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden Quicksilver County Park
On Saturday, from 4:50 pm to just past sunset, hiked in Almaden Quicksilver Park, encouraged by the warning sign about recent Mountain Lion sightings. On the Day Tunnel trail, i heard a NORTHERN PYGMY OWL that did not show itself

a GOLDEN EAGLE landed in a tall Gum Tree nearly above me on this same trail, and allowed good photos before he noticed me and promptly flew off after giving me the death stare

I spent 30 minutes discreetly hidden at a waterhole ( a ditch) at Day Tunnel and noted the following coming to drink or bathe:
4 Steller's Jays
1 Calif. Scrub Jay
1 Oak Titmouse
2 Chestnut-backed Chickadees
1 Spotted Towhee
2 Wrentit
3 Juncos
1 Merriam's Chipmunk
1 Mule Deer

No Lion

On the return walk, noted a likely California Myotis





David Diller
Mountain View



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Date: 9/24/17 6:34 pm
From: Jim Yurchenco <jimy...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sandhill Cranes
Today, Sunday 9/23, we took an all day walk today starting at the Monte Bello OSP. While listening for Virginia Rails (we heard at least two) at the sag ponds near the north end of the Canyon Trail at about 6:45 AM, we heard the very distinctive call of Sandhill Cranes. Looking overhead, we soon saw a flock of 24 Sandhill’s flying toward and directly over us more or less following Steven’s Creek Canyon. They disappeared from sight flying in a NW direction. The birds were unmistakable: a very distinctive growling and raucous call, huge size, long outstretched necks supporting rounded heads with long bills, grey underparts, dark-tipped primaries with contrasting lighter bases, and long outstretched legs.

We also saw one and heard another Pileated Woodpecker and found two flocks of Wild Turkeys totally about 20 birds along the Peter’s Trail.

James Yurchenco
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Date: 9/24/17 3:58 pm
From: Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] IBM Almaden Great-Horned Owel
Debbie and I walked up the hill to the IBM Almaden Research Center facility on the Harry Road side. The best bird of the afternoon was a Great-Horned Owl that gave us great views about dusk while we walked down the hill. We also had several Savannah Sparrows, 2 Rock Wrens, 1 Lark Sparrow, 1 Say's Phoebe, 3 American Kestrels, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, Northern Flicker, Nuttall's Woodpecker, Acorn Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, a few Western Meadowlarks, and lots of Western Bluebirds, and finally 2 Wrentits calling as the sun went behind Mt. Umunhum.

Hugh McDevitt

 

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Date: 9/24/17 12:54 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Willow Flycatcher, Nashville Warbler
A WILLOW FLYCATCHER was found north of the spillway at the Santa Clara
Valley Water district this morning. A few LINCOLN'S, WHITE CROWNED and
GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROWS and a FOX SPARROW were seen. I had 13 YELLOW
WARBLER, 3 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 2 YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER, 2 WILSON'S
WARBLER, 2 GREEN HERON, 2 GREAT BLUE HERON and a BELTED KINGFISHER.

Mid morning I birded along the Guadalupe River trail from the VTA
parking lot off Coleman Rd. Walking north a short distance to the fish
ladder I saw the following birds;
YELLOW WARBLER 17, YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER 6, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT 2,
NASHVILLE WARBLER 1, HY BLACK THROATED GRAY WARBLER 1, PACIFIC SLOPE
FLYCATCHER 1, WARBLING VIREO 1, ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER 3. Most of these
birds were in the large Eucalyptus who's branches hung over the trail,
the remainder of the birds were seen in willows and Holly-leaf Cherry
bushes which were loaded with fruit.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 9/24/17 11:53 am
From: Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stevens Creek north of Hwy 101 - 9/23/17
All,

Yesterday morning 9/23/17, I spent 3.5 hours birding both sides of Stevens Creek from Highway 101 to the rusty bridge at Shoreline Park. Migrants were in good numbers and many late fall species have arrived.

Between Highway 101 and Crittenden Lane I tallied 43 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 24 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 7 GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and a FOX SPARROW. Between the lone eucalyptus and the last dead leafless tree south of Crittenden Lane I again found a SPIZELLA sparrow among a HOUSE SPARROW flock. This bird was dull with an eyering and was almost certainly another BREWER'S SPARROW, but disappeared into the edge vegetation after only a second of being visible. I got another brief look when the bird flew to the above-noted dead tree, but it flew further north never to be refound before I could definitively eliminate Clay-colored Sparrow as a possibility.

Other first-of-season birds for me along this stretch of creek included a NORTHERN FLICKER, a SAY'S PHOEBE, and a very surprising PINE SISKIN (feeding with LESSER GOLDFINCHES just north of La Avenida).

Other notable migrants included 13+ YELLOW WARBLERS, 3+ ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, 2 WESTERN TANAGERS, 1 WARBLING VIREO, 1 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, 1 MARSH WREN, and 1 HOUSE WREN.

More ardeids than normal were foraging in the creek (mostly south of La Avenida), including 9 SNOWY EGRETS, 4 GREAT EGRETS, 2 GREAT BLUE HERONS, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 2 GREEN HERONS. A DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was also foraging in the creek just south of La Avenida.

Continuing oak woodland birds included 2 OAK TITMICE, 1-2 WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 1 SPOTTED TOWHEE, and 12 WILD TURKEYS (in the former Moffett housing complex area).

In the stretch between Crittenden Lane and the rusty bridge at Shoreline Park I found 4 more YELLOW WARBLERS, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED (AUDUBON'S) WARBLERS, and another HOUSE WREN. The swallow flock up near the rusty bridge included 15 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, 3 BARN SWALLOWS, 4+ WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS, and 2+ VAUX'S SWIFTS.

This morning 9/24/17, I tallied at least 3 YELLOW and 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS in my Sunnyvale neighborhood, so it seems like migrants are moving today as well.

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Date: 9/23/17 5:12 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc from Overfelt Gardens
All,


Today I joined other iNaturalists in a Bioblitz at Overfelt Gardens. Despite the late 10 am start, we had some decent birding. Highlights included 1 Wilson's Snipe (FOY), 1 Willow Flycatcher, 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler, 1 Western Tanager, 1 Pac-slope Flycatcher, 2 Fox Sparrows (FOF), 1 Ruby-crowed Kinglet (FOF).


Leslie Flint and Jennifer Rycenga also saw a warbler with white undertail coverts in the oaks near the parking lot (outside the park), and they were able to rule out the regular suspects so it was probably something more rare. Their thoughts were a possible Tennessee Warbler.


Ebird: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39349503


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 9/23/17 3:45 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] FOS Golden-crowned sparrow
Hi Birders,
Where: my back yard, Lebanon Drive, Cupertino.
When: Seen about 2:30 PM, Sept. 23, 2017

White crown appeared in the yard yesterday.
-Dave Zittin
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Date: 9/23/17 1:15 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands
Hi Birders,
Two of us went to Sunnyvale Baylands early this morning where we met other
birders. No luck with the chestnut-sided warbler, but it was still a great
birding morning.

Some highlights.
- FOS ruby-crowned kinglet
- Yellow warblers
- A black-throated gray warbler
- A Townsend's warbler with brilliant yellow enhanced by a low sun
- A willow flycatcher (possibly 2)
- Two black-headed grosbeaks flying in a pair
- Three Pacific/cordillaran flycatchers
- A western wood-pewee
- A Lincoln's sparrow
- Several white-crowned sparrows

I also saw the white-crowned sparrows yesterday (9/22/2017), same place,
and these were my FOS for this species.

Details at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39348012

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 9/22/17 5:22 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Golden Crowned Sparrow
Hi Fellow Birders,

This afternoon I spotted two FOS (for me) GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROWS at Belgatos Park in Los Gatos. Also spotted one PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER.

Eve Meier
San Jose


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Date: 9/22/17 11:32 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Willow Flycatcher and Barn Owls at Ulistac
All,


A Willow Flycatcher was around Station 5 today, along with a Swainson's Thrush and 2 Barn Owls (roosting in a large euc). The owls were repeatedly flushed and harassed by crows, jays, and warblers. Plenty of migrants but lower number of warblers and tanagers today.


Pics:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39331657


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA


 

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Date: 9/22/17 9:20 am
From: Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] FOS White Crowned Sparrows, Mtn View
heard my First of Season White Crowned Sparrow sing yesterday, and am listening to it again this morning.
Cuesta Park Annex, Mountain View
so nice to have them back!
:-)

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Date: 9/21/17 5:41 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Creek Trail below Hwy 237
Folks:

This morning, 9/21/17, I walked downstream along the Coyote Creek Trail
from the southern access point off McCarthy Boulevard. Migrants included
a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, four "WESTERN" FLYCATCHERS, 100+ VIOLET-GREEN
SWALLOWS, a BARN SWALLOW, four YELLOW WARBLERS, and two HY male
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS.  The Violet-green Swallows were on power lines
in flocks of about 35 and 65 birds about 0.4 mi apart as I walked
north.  On my return an hour and a half later, I saw less than 10
total.  As diurnal migrants, perhaps they roosted on the wires overnight
and headed south once they had some food. And maybe another southbound
group will show up in the late afternoon.  Harbingers of the wintering
sparrows included three LINCOLN'S and four WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.

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Date: 9/21/17 11:41 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands Chestnut-sided Warbler continues 9/21
All:

At 8:30 I hadn't seen Mike's posting but I did see the bird in a
light-colored tree about 200 feet, or so, south of the orange cones. I did see the
bird long enough to note the full eye-ring, the green head, the obvious
wingbars, and no obvious sign of chestnut sides. I lost the bird when I
attempted to take a picture, and had no further sightings of it before I left
around 10:45.

Frank Vanslager


In a message dated 9/21/2017 9:36:56 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
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After spending over an hour not seeing this bird yesterday around noon,
this morning at 8:05 the Chestnut-sided Warbler was the first bird I saw,
almost immediately upon arrival. It was at the end of the double row of
cottonwoods, near a hole being dug marked by a few orange cones. It was by
itself and silent.



This park can become amazingly noisy with workers and picnickers; I'd
recommend arriving at opening time, 8am.



Mike Danzenbaker
Mtn View






 

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Date: 9/21/17 9:36 am
From: mike danzenbaker <jm_danzenbaker_alt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands Chestnut-sided Warbler continues 9/21
After spending over an hour not seeing this bird yesterday around noon, this morning at 8:05 the Chestnut-sided Warbler was the first bird I saw, almost immediately upon arrival.  It was at the end of the double row of cottonwoods, near a hole being dug marked by a few orange cones.  It was by itself and silent.

This park can become amazingly noisy with workers and picnickers; I'd recommend arriving at opening time, 8am. 

Mike DanzenbakerMtn View

 

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Date: 9/20/17 7:10 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vaux's Swifts tonight 9-20-17
 I was watching two adult Scaly breasted Munia in the cattails on the
Guadalupe River trail north of Coleman when a SORA waded past followed
by a COMMON GALLINULE. One WILSON'S WARBLER, two COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and
nine YELLOW WARBLER were seen in the short distance before the spillway.
I was about to turn onto Coleman when I spotted an adult BALD EAGLE
flying in circles low over Almaden Lake.

I stopped at TJ Martin Park on the way home and found four CHIPPING
SPARROW together in a small leafless bush. This was at Serenity Way and
Fleet Street. VAUX'S SWIFTS were flying to the north with some swallows.
Two more CHSP and two YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER were found east of Burchell
at Oakglen Way.

At 5 pm I went to the west Los Capitancillos Ponds to watch the VAUX'S
SWIFTS. Many VIOLET GREEN SWALLOWS were flying among the swifts tonight
but I couldn't find a Purple Martin among them. There were hundreds of
swifts as far as I could see by 5:30 but soon more flew in and they
seemed to gather over the pond I was near. I watched in awe as the
swifts circled above and below me dipping their bills into the water and
sometimes dragging a wing along the surface. This action produced an
unusual sound like rain drops.  I would estimate 500 swifts tonight at
5:45 before they ascended higher in their normal feeding pattern. It may
have been the weather but I've never witnessed this phenomenon in my
many visits.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

 

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Date: 9/20/17 11:31 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac 9/20
Just back from a nice walk in Ulistac. Pretty birdy overall. Highlights
included five yellow warblers, 2 orange crowned warblers, my FOS
white-crowned flock, a large (> 15) number of California Towhees, both
Scrub-Jay and Steller’s Jay, and a Nuttall’s Woodpecker.

And since it was still pretty grey and dim (in a nice way), a feeling maybe
I should be upgrading my binoculars…

 

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Date: 9/20/17 9:36 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Chestnut sided sept 20
All picnic areas are divided into 1 and 2. Bird seen in the Bay Breeze picnic area

Dave Weber,
Milpitas
by phone

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Date: 9/20/17 9:21 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Chestnut sided sept 20
Just found chesnut sided warbler at sunnyvale baylands pi

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Date: 9/19/17 6:20 pm
From: <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Brewer's Sparrow at Alviso Marina
Still present this evening at 6:00 about 40 feet beyond the gate to the levy and just behind the old hollow cannery building.
Look for the tree tobacco--it just dove behind it.

Matthew Dodder
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Date: 9/19/17 6:00 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Willow Flycatcher 9-19-17
There was a WILLOW FLYCATCHER along the Guadalupe River trail just north
of Blossom Hill Rd in willows across from the first bench. Two LINCOLN'S
SPARROW were in the same area.

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Date: 9/19/17 4:41 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale
Still present, 2:50pm. The hole that Brooke referred to has been covered
up, but there are cones around it.

Garrett Lau

On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 12:45 PM Brooke Miller <idbirds...>
[south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Mike Mammoser found the bird again at 12:30 as I was just leaving. At the
> end of the double row of cottonwoods and just towards the picnic area above
> a hole in the ground where workmen were making a lot of noise, but had left
> maybe 10 minutes before.
>
> Brooke Miller
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Sep 19, 2017, at 11:45 AM, 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...>
> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> I first saw the CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER this morning, 9/19/2017, at
> Sunnyvale Baylands Park around 8:30 am in the small trees just past the end
> of the cottonwoods on the Meadow Trail. I called over two other birders
> (Randy Sage and Bill Walker) and we all got pretty good looks at the bird.
> The bird had a bright green cap and back, a white eye-ring, whitish
> underparts, and yellow wing-bars. Later in the morning several other
> birders came out and they were able to see the bird as it moved around in
> the trees near the end of the cottonwoods and through the trees in the
> Indian Grass Circle and Meadowlands Picnic Areas.
>
> Other birds of interest today were 1 WESTERN TANAGER, 2 PACIFIC SLOPE
> FLYCATCHERS, 1 WARBLING VIREO, 1 WILSON’S WARBLER, 1 TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, 1
> BROWN CREEPER.
>
> Pat Kenny
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 9/19/17 1:34 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 19
Still being seen at 1:15 pm. Sergio got me on the bird right away!

Brooke Miller
Sent from my iPhone


> On Sep 19, 2017, at 12:03 PM, Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> The BREWER'S SPARROW was visible for almost an hour this morning from around 8:35am onwards and several birders were present to see it feeding actively in the large fennel patch. At one point the Brewer's was foraging next to a couple of LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, which made for a nice size comparison. Things had quieted down in the fennel by 9:30am and most birders had left to see the Chestnut-sided Warbler at Sunnyvale Baylands. Over on A12, Frank Vanslager showed several of us an OSPREY that he had spotted sitting on a salt flat eating breakfast. Several vultures and ravens were in attendance, and eventually the Osprey had to fly to a different perch. I scanned the gull flock on A12 and saw one MEW GULL, one WESTERN GULL, 2 HERRING GULLS, 20+ RING-BILLED GULLS, and 300+ CALIFORNIA GULLS. At least 12 SNOWY PLOVERS were sitting on a salt flat. 5-6 VAUX'S SWIFTS were flying very low over the boardwalk area. Over at Gold and Elizabeth there were at least two LESSER YELLOWLEGS in with the Greaters, and Frank pointed out a single WILSON'S PHALAROPE.
>
> Good birding,
> Gena Zolotar
> Mountain View
>
> From: "Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
> To: South Bay Birds <south-bay-birds...>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:08 AM
> Subject: Re: [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 19
>
>
> Brewer's Sparrow currently feeding in fennel next to Alviso marina parking lot. 9/19 9am.
>
> Gena Zolotar
> Mountain View
>
>> On Sep 18, 2017, at 1:46 PM, Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> After unsatisfactory views in the fennel in the closed off area at Alviso Marina CP, the Brewers Sparrow flew into the old cannery building with House Sparrows and Bushtits. I got great scope views of the bird in and around the fig tree in the cannery at 1:15 pm. A Lincoln's Sparrow and House Wren were also in the tree.
>>
>> Dave Weber,
>> Milpita
>
>
>
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Date: 9/19/17 12:45 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale
Mike Mammoser found the bird again at 12:30 as I was just leaving. At the end of the double row of cottonwoods and just towards the picnic area above a hole in the ground where workmen were making a lot of noise, but had left maybe 10 minutes before.

Brooke Miller
Sent from my iPhone


> On Sep 19, 2017, at 11:45 AM, 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I first saw the CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER this morning, 9/19/2017, at Sunnyvale Baylands Park around 8:30 am in the small trees just past the end of the cottonwoods on the Meadow Trail. I called over two other birders (Randy Sage and Bill Walker) and we all got pretty good looks at the bird. The bird had a bright green cap and back, a white eye-ring, whitish underparts, and yellow wing-bars. Later in the morning several other birders came out and they were able to see the bird as it moved around in the trees near the end of the cottonwoods and through the trees in the Indian Grass Circle and Meadowlands Picnic Areas.
>
> Other birds of interest today were 1 WESTERN TANAGER, 2 PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, 1 WARBLING VIREO, 1 WILSON’S WARBLER, 1 TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, 1 BROWN CREEPER.
>
> Pat Kenny
>
>

 

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Date: 9/19/17 12:39 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] A Couple of Year-Birds on 9/19/2017
All:

Since Gena Zolotar found me my Brewer's Sparrow year-bird, when I spotted a
rarely-found Osprey out on the salt at A12, I went back to tell her. We
went to view a long-time drama of an Osprey eating something large out on a
salt ridge while being unsuccessfully intimidated by three Turkey Vultures
and a Raven. Gena also IDd at least 6 species of gulls and about 20 Snowy
Plovers.

I then went to Sunnyvale Baylands where I was fortunately able to spot the
bright-green head of a close Chestnut-sided Warbler while I was,
essentially, still on my way to join the main group.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 9/19/17 12:03 pm
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 19
The BREWER'S SPARROW was visible for almost an hour this morning from around 8:35am onwards and several birders were present to see it feeding actively in the large fennel patch. At one point the Brewer's was foraging next to a couple of LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, which made for a nice size comparison. Things had quieted down in the fennel by 9:30am and most birders had left to see the Chestnut-sided Warbler at Sunnyvale Baylands. Over on A12, Frank Vanslager showed several of us an OSPREY that he had spotted sitting on a salt flat eating breakfast. Several vultures and ravens were in attendance, and eventually the Osprey had to fly to a different perch. I scanned the gull flock on A12 and saw one MEW GULL, one WESTERN GULL, 2 HERRING GULLS, 20+ RING-BILLED GULLS, and 300+ CALIFORNIA GULLS. At least 12 SNOWY PLOVERS were sitting on a salt flat. 5-6 VAUX'S SWIFTS were flying very low over the boardwalk area. Over at Gold and Elizabeth there were at least two LESSER YELLOWLEGS in with the Greaters, and Frank pointed out a single WILSON'S PHALAROPE.
Good birding,Gena ZolotarMountain View

From: "Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
To: South Bay Birds <south-bay-birds...>
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:08 AM
Subject: Re: [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 19

  Brewer's Sparrow currently feeding in fennel next to Alviso marina parking lot. 9/19 9am.
Gena ZolotarMountain View
On Sep 18, 2017, at 1:46 PM, Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:


  After unsatisfactory views in the fennel in the closed off area at Alviso Marina CP, the Brewers Sparrow flew into the old cannery building with House Sparrows and Bushtits. I got great scope views of the bird in and around the fig tree in the cannery at 1:15 pm. A Lincoln's Sparrow and House Wren were also in the tree.

Dave Weber,
Milpita
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Date: 9/19/17 11:45 am
From: 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale
I first saw the CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER this morning, 9/19/2017, at Sunnyvale Baylands Park around 8:30 am in the small trees just past the end of the cottonwoods on the Meadow Trail. I called over two other birders (Randy Sage and Bill Walker) and we all got pretty good looks at the bird. The bird had a bright green cap and back, a white eye-ring, whitish underparts, and yellow wing-bars. Later in the morning several other birders came out and they were able to see the bird as it moved around in the trees near the end of the cottonwoods and through the trees in the Indian Grass Circle and Meadowlands Picnic Areas.

Other birds of interest today were 1 WESTERN TANAGER, 2 PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, 1 WARBLING VIREO, 1 WILSON’S WARBLER, 1 TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, 1 BROWN CREEPER.

Pat Kenny

 

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Date: 9/19/17 10:17 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale
Refound the Chestnut-sided around 10 am a little south of cottonwoods in picnic area. Very active and associating with Chickadees.

Chirs Johnson



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-------- Original message --------
From: "<patricialkenny...> <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Date: 09/19/2017 9:00 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: Sbb <south-bay-birds...>
Subject: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale




Chestnut sided warbler seen at 8:30 in small trees near end of cottonwoods at Sunnyvale Baylands.


Pat Kenny

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Date: 9/19/17 9:08 am
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 19
Brewer's Sparrow currently feeding in fennel next to Alviso marina parking lot. 9/19 9am.

Gena Zolotar
Mountain View

> On Sep 18, 2017, at 1:46 PM, Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> After unsatisfactory views in the fennel in the closed off area at Alviso Marina CP, the Brewers Sparrow flew into the old cannery building with House Sparrows and Bushtits. I got great scope views of the bird in and around the fig tree in the cannery at 1:15 pm. A Lincoln's Sparrow and House Wren were also in the tree.
>
> Dave Weber,
> Milpita
>
>

 

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Date: 9/19/17 9:00 am
From: <patricialkenny...> <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Chestnut sided warbler sunnyvale






Chestnut sided warbler seen at 8:30 in small trees near end of cottonwoods at Sunnyvale Baylands.
Pat KennySent from my Verizon 4G LTE Smartphone


 

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Date: 9/19/17 6:42 am
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - August Results
Hi South Bay Birders,

We had 5 new birds in August, bringing the total count to 273. We are 8 birds above the average of 265, and 1 bird below the average of 6 new birds for August. We’ve recorded 68% of the birds in the county thru August.

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

9-Aug: Dave Weber found a Black Tern (5) on a piling at Salt Pond A2E;
12-Aug: Phil Ball found a Baird’s Sandpiper (4) at Salt Pond A3W;
14-Aug: Will Brooks found 5 Black Turnstones (6) in Charleston Slough;
18-Aug: Bill Bousman found a Bank Swallow (5) at the Mountain View Forebay;
21-Aug: Dave Weber found a Stilt Sandpiper (4) on Island 20 in Salt Pond A16 at Don Edwards NWR.

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

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

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

Brooke Miller



 

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Date: 9/18/17 8:38 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] South County birding ... Summer Tanager at Chitactac
Folks,Yesterday we decided to bird the south county since it wasn't so hot as the previous weekends. We hit Chesbro & Uvas on our way to Gilroy and got the usual suspects. Instead of taking 101S we decided to use Watsonville Rd and that is where we came across Chitactac (yes, we said that word a lot before it rolled off the tongue) where there were a surprising number of birds. While scanning a mixed flock of CBCH, OATI and BUSH for warblers (we found a Townsend's) a bright red bird appeared over the creek. I managed some decent pictures of the Summer Tanager, given that it was fairly hidden in the branches. You will find these photos on our eBird list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39240088 Happy birding!Bill P

 

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Date: 9/18/17 1:46 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Brewers Sparrow continues in Alviso Sep 18
After unsatisfactory views in the fennel in the closed off area at Alviso Marina CP, the Brewers Sparrow flew into the old cannery building with House Sparrows and Bushtits. I got great scope views of the bird in and around the fig tree in the cannery at 1:15 pm. A Lincoln's Sparrow and House Wren were also in the tree.

Dave Weber,
Milpita

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Date: 9/18/17 1:43 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Brewer's Sparrow continues
I went to the Alviso Marina County Park late this morning, 18 Sep 2017. I found Garrett Lau there and we spent over an hour searching and watching, before I finally spotted the BREWER'S SPARROW feeding at the fennel plants in the weedy field between the parking lot and the hollowed out building. Dave Weber was arriving as I was leaving, so I don't know what his results were.
Other birds of interest included at least 4 YELLOW WARBLERS, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, my first-of-season LINCOLN'S SPARROW, a VAUX'S SWIFT overhead with a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, and a VIRGINIA RAIL calling from the slough.
Michael Mammoser

 

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Date: 9/18/17 11:58 am
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Slow morning at Vasona County Park, Mon Sept 18, 2017
Hi all,

I birded at Vasona this morning in hopes of finding something "good". The only migrants were 12 Yellow Warblers and 2 Western Tanagers. I also had 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers. Overhead were 3 Vaux's Swifts, and at least 70 Violet-green Swallows sitting on wires or flying over the lake. The rest of the birds there were the usual cast of characters found at Vasona.

Good birding!
Brooke Miller
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Date: 9/17/17 9:25 pm
From: Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Brewer's Sparrow in Alviso - 9/1717
All,

The highlight of today's (9/17/17) Varied Twitchers Big Half Day was a BREWER'S SPARROW on the levee behind the old cannery building. If you park at the Alviso Marina, head west and then south towards Pond A8. The bird was foraging on the levee trail with HOUSE SPARROWS around 9am. Eventually it flew off into the old roofless cannery building courtyard, and then out the other side towards the marina. This Spizella was much smaller than the HOUSE SPARROWS, was very drab without the eyeline of a Chipping Sparrow (unmarked lores) and without the dark malar and lower edge of the auriculars of a Clay-colored Sparrow. A neat white eyering was also evident.

The Alviso Marina fennel was good for migrants, with 3+ HOUSE WRENS, 1 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, 5 YELLOW WARBLERS, 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS, 1 ORANGE-CRWONED WARBLER, 6 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and 8 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. At least 8 VAUX'S SWIFTS were among the VIOLET-GREEN and BARN SWALLOWS. By contrast, Sunnyvale Baylands Park was virtually dead, with the only migrants found being 5 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS and a few VAUX'S SWIFTS. The nearby Sunnyvale WPCP turned up 6 YELLOW WARBLERS and a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER found by Pat Kenny.

At least two ELEGANT TERNS were over Pond A8N, Pond A12 held at least 15 SNOWY PLOVERS, 3 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were at the north end of Gold Street, and another was in New Chicago Marsh. A lone WILSON'S PHALAROPE was also at the north end of Gold Street, with 60+ RED-NECKED PHALROPES further out. Arzino Ranch yielded 3 BURROWING OWLS, a SAY'S PHOEBE, and a GOLDEN EAGLE and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE dined atop the fence along Mallard Slough east of the EEC entrance road.

We tallied four different PEREGRINE FALCONS throughout the day and a COOPER'S HAWK at Sunnyvale Baylands Park.

After finding 2 COMMON GALLINULES in the Mountain View Forebay we had 98 species by 2:30pm. A quick trip to the Palo Alto Baylands added 7 WHIMBRELS and 1-2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS giving us the desired 100 species for the day.

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Date: 9/17/17 3:43 pm
From: mike danzenbaker <jm_danzenbaker_alt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso Bank Swallow
Lone bird flew past the marina parking lot at 9:26am, looked like a juv. 

Mike DanzenbakerMtn View

 

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Date: 9/17/17 12:54 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Possible Tennessee warbler at SCVWD
Heads up, the Almaden wine festival parking is at the SCVWD today. I don't have any problems this morning, but I don't know what the parking situation will be this afternoon.

Eve

> On Sep 17, 2017, at 12:39 PM, Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hi Everyone,
>
> I may have spotted a Tennessee Warbler at the pond behind the SCVWD buildings on Almaden Expressway. At first I thought it may have been an Orange Crowned Warbler but I noted a distinct yellow supercilium. Unfortunately I didn't take any other field notes. This bird was observed between the larger pond and the river towards the south side of the pond near the large juniper.
>
> Eve
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Date: 9/17/17 12:39 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Thompson Creek 9-17-17
A new portion of the Thompson Creek trail along Capitol Exp. was open
today. Karen Burnson and I did a loop from Tully Road to Quimby and back
along the new trail. We had 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 4 LINCOLN SPARROW, 1
SAVANNAH SPARROW, 6 juv. WHITE CROWNED SPARROW and many HOUSE and SONG
SPARROWS. A PEREGRINE FALCON was perched on a Capitol Exp. tower and a
COOPERS HAWK flew out from Lake Cunningham Park. We found a skittish
female plumage LAZULI BUNTING and a WILLOW FLYCATCHER which posed nicely
in the cattails. The willow had light undersides, buffy wing bars and a
pale yellow wash on its belly. A VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA were found
together in the cattails and swam into the open for good views. A PIED
BILLED GREBE had three young on its back. See Karen's link to photos! We
saw only 1 YELLOW WARBLER and 1 YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER. Eight GREAT
TAILED GRACKLES were in the cattails and 3 GREEN HERON were seen. A
single CASPIAN TERN flew along the creek and a BELTED KINGFISHER was
heard. GADWALL'S had arrived but no other interesting ducks.

The road around Lake Cunningham park was blocked for an event so we were
unable to bird there.

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

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 9/17/17 12:39 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Possible Tennessee warbler at SCVWD
Hi Everyone,

I may have spotted a Tennessee Warbler at the pond behind the SCVWD buildings on Almaden Expressway. At first I thought it may have been an Orange Crowned Warbler but I noted a distinct yellow supercilium. Unfortunately I didn't take any other field notes. This bird was observed between the larger pond and the river towards the south side of the pond near the large juniper.

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Date: 9/16/17 3:43 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands Park and EEC 9-16-17
I led my Palo Alto Adult School birding class to Sunnyvale Baylands Park this morning. It was an active morning with a number of highlights. Kirsten H’s SCVAS group was also present, as was Pat K.

We first explored the double-row of cottonwoods and had 1 WILSON’S WARBLER, 1 TOWNSEND’S WARBLER, perhaps 6-7 YELLOW WARBLERS, 3-4 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, 2 WARBLING and 1 CASSIN’S VIREO (near the playground at the end of the double row of cottonwood trees), our FOS SAY’S PHOEBE in the dried marsh. FORSTER’S and CASPIAN TERN as well as huge numbers of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, 15 BROWN PELICANS and a GREAT BLUE HERON were seen in the distance. A PEREGRINE FALCON was also spotted by some participants.

Over the playing field we had a number of VIOLET-TREEN, TREE, CLIFF and BARN SWALLOWS, as well as both VAUX’S and WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS.

We briefly explored the Test Garden, finding another PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER and our FOS WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. As we left an immature COOPER’S HAWK flew out of the trees along the road.

At about 10:30 we caravanned to Don Edwards EEC and birded A-16 and the boardwalk over the marsh. The butterfly garden produced another PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, a WILLOW FLYCATCHER, and a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.

In the reeds before the pond we spotted a female BLUE-WINGED TEAL, heard a SORA and several MARSH WRENS.

The pond was filled with a number of new-for-the-day birds which included PIED-BILLED GREBE, AMERICAN COOT, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, WESTERN GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, and RING-BILLED GULL.

The board walk portion produced a few new Shorebirds including LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET and MARBLED GODWIT. Another PEREGRINE FALCON was seen during our drive into the area, but not seen by all.

After lunch, we made a quick stop at Gold and Elizabeth (thanks to Bill B for his recommendation) where at least 6 LESSER YELLOWLEGS were seen in direct comparison with several GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

We ended the official trip there, but our car made a 5-minute stop at the Alviso Marina to check the shores of the salt pond for any additional Shorebirds. None were seen there, but hundreds of CALIFORNIA GULLS were resting on the caked salt. We made a quick scan and found at least 2 HERRING GULLS present in the flock.

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Date: 9/16/17 3:12 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Chipping Sparrows return 9-16-17
I checked along Burchell Ave. in TJ Martin park for birds this morning
but all I saw were CANADA GEESE. The geese were first seen on the 14th
when I stopped at dusk and saw hundreds of VAUX'S SWIFTS overhead. At
first I thought I was seeing Purple Martins flying below the swifts but
it was WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, a dozen of them hawking insects, a surprising
sight.

I parked near the Redwood Trees next and found a male TOWNSEND'S
WARBLER. Nearby an adult LARK SPARROW was seen among some finch. I
followed the call of a WHITE CROWNED SPARROW and found six juveniles in
the native plant garden along Fleet Street. Three juvenile CHIPPING
SPARROWS were together here partially hidden in the grass. I also saw
two adult CHSP in a small tree. YELLOW WARBLERS were moving through a
row of oak trees along the fence. Very birdy and in hindsight I should
have stayed but had other stops to make.

Almaden Lake was quiet so I left after seeing 2 WESTERN TANAGER, six
YELLOW WARBLER and a WESTERN WOOD PEWEE. Next I checked the Holly-leaf
cherry bushes on the Guadalupe River trail north of Coleman Road. It was
loaded with YELLOW WARBLERS yesterday, one after the other flying in to
feast on the ripe fruit, but today there were only a few. The adult and
juv. CASPIAN TERN were still flying along the river and COMMON
YELLOWTHROATS were calling. I didn't look for the basic plumage COMMON
GALLINULE I saw yesterday and the OSPREY was not seen today.
So no rarities here either but finally some birds!

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

 

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Date: 9/16/17 1:03 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley 9/15
Yesterday I participated in the Coyote Valley raptor chase put on by SFBBO
and led by Ryan Phillips.

There were about 12 of us for the outing, which ran from 9AM to about noon.

We met at Coyote Valley OSP, then carpooled up to Laguna where we did a
fairly extended watch Highlight birds included:


11 White Tailed Kites
1 Golden Eagle
1 Vaux’s Swift
1 Acorn Woodpecker
6 American Kestrels
1 Say’s Phoebe (FOS, newly arrived)
14 Yellow-billed Magpies
8 Violet-Green Swallows
8 Western Bluebirds (including some youngsters)
15 Tricolored Blackbirds in a mixed flock with some Red-Wings

Second stop was along Coyote Creek near the golf course close to the
entrance to the ponds. We hiked up the creek about half a mile and back.
Highlights:

4 White-tailed kites, two adults, one with prey sitting in a tree, with a
youngster flying and another younger sitting in a different tree refusing
to come over and eat.
1 Eurasian Collared-Dove
1 Mourning Dove (which I tried to turn into a Eurasian much to Ryan’s
amusement)
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Tree Swallows
2 Bewick’s Wrens

Final stop was back at the OSP for some discussion before we broke up.
There Ryan was finally able to drag a Prairie Falcon almost literally out
of thin air for us (soaring high up about 1KM north of us). Also seen was
another Golden Eagle and a Rock Wren.

A good time was had by all, and I think if the Say’s Phoebes have arrived,
we can declare it to be fall.

(Also FYI: No Swainson’s; according to Ryan the nest failed in a storm and
they dispersed a while back. Also a month early for Ferruginous)

 

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Date: 9/16/17 10:12 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc at Ulistac
All,


I spotted the Great Horned Owl again today at Ulistac at it's roost in a small eucalyptus (see Ebird for photos). It was being constantly harassed by every bird in the area, especially the jays, warblers, and hummers. There's a few baby skunks running around in the area, so perhaps it'll stay a little while, though it should probably find a more hidden spot if it wants to get any sleep.


Migrants seen included 30+ Yellow Warbler, 5 Wilson's Warbler, 3 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Orange-crowed Warbler, 6 Western Tanager, 1 Black-headed Grosbeak, 1 House Wren, 1 Western Wood-Pewee, and 3 Pac-slope Flycatcher. I also saw my first of fall White-crowed Sparrow. Honestly, I was hoping for more given the spectacular rarities being seen along the coast and in SF, but hopefully we'll turn up something around here soon.


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Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 9/15/17 8:57 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sensational Seabirding: Sep 15
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys’ pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay today turned out to be very surprising and quite sensational with multiple mixed species feeding frenzies. We began the day with some tough seas and weather although it was entirely doable. By spending a lot of time along the jetties in the harbor area, we tallied the following rocky shorebird species: BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY and BLACK TURNSTONES, SURFBIRD, WANDERING TATTLER, SANDERLING, and WHIMBREL. We observed 10 banded BROWN PELICANS.

Just outside of the harbor, we found a feeding flock of about 90,000 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, as if this might be the “best” flock of the day— not! A flock of 450 COMMON MURRE dads with chicks were actively calling back and forth. One MARBLED MURRELET and 3 HARBOR PORPOISE were along the beach zone.

We made our way slowly offshore toward the edge of the Continental Shelf break, crossing a barren zone of “dirty” green water. One of the first sightings was of three storm-petrels sitting on the sea: 2 ASHY STORM-PETRELS and 1 WILSON’S STORM-PETREL. Shortly afterward, a FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL flew into the wake. We encountered many small flocks of RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, but only one CASSIN’S AUKLET for the entire day! Four BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES and 5 NORTHERN FULMARS were around, too.

In the distance, we could see complete pandemonium — thousands of PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, many HUMPBACK WHALES, a herd of 175 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS with 2 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS in the mix. More humpbacks, and smaller flocks of BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were sitting on the sea. We estimated that at least 5000 Pink-footed Shearwaters were in view, some actively feeding and some sitting on the sea.

Peter Pyle spotted a possible GREAT SHEARWATER in one such flock. I saw the Great Shearwater for a few seconds before it took flight with the flock. We would have preferred a much better view, but I’m certain (and not surprised) it was a Great Shearwater. To be honest, we simply had too many shearwaters to sift through. It was mind-boggling to be sure. I spotted another couple ASHY STORM-PETRELS and another FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL was found. Two SOUTH POLAR SKUAS and POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS added to the mix. The only terns were COMMON/ARCTIC TERNS offshore.

Heading for home, everyone relaxed and enjoyed the seas as it was laying down nicely. We thought we’d had a great day, but boy, were we in for a surprise! The best was yet to come— imagine the blows, tail flukes, backs and open mouths of some 46 more HUMPBACK WHALES, 500+ CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS, and 3275 more PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS gorging on anchovies! As many as 16 humpback blows were in the air at the same time. It was unnerving and sensational at all levels. The sea lions were driving the anchovies which we could see on the fish finder. The whales and shearwaters followed on the butts of the sea lions. For the first time in my life, I saw anchovy-green whale poo! We were surrounded by a biomass of marine life the likes of which few have ever witnessed.

Finally, we carried on our way to the harbor, working on numbers for the checklists, and checking photos. So, we almost missed the TUFTED PUFFIN spotted by our first mate.

Today, we recorded 7275 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS which is the highest count I’ve had this season and in many years. About 250-300 BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were tallied, highest count for the season to date. We estimated some 76 HUMPBACK WHALES and over 1000 CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS were observed.

To say it was a “great day” would be an understatement. Many, many thanks to the birders, both local and from far away, who joined us. Thanks to leaders Christian Schwarz and Peter Pyle and friends who helped out in many ways, Tom and Beth Hamel and Jim Chiropolos.

We are heading out from Half Moon Bay again, tomorrow. A couple of spaces are available. We meet at 7 a.m. The marine forecast is for excellent seas and weather. We are hoping to spot more storm-petrels and murrelets tomorrow. It should be a good day for those species. And, we intend to catch an albacore!

Living the Salt Life and SeaBirding for Science,
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Date: 9/15/17 1:39 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto Baylands fennel patch
Folks,
I made a quick, and rather silly visit to the Baylands today. Silly because I had completely forgotten that my binoculars and sunglasses were in the other car... so I was at a real disadvantage. Oh, well. No matter, I used that opportunity to bird for an hour without those luxuries, and practiced listening as I squinted in the brilliant noon sun. 
The fennel patch was filled with activity, including at least a dozen BUSHTITS, 6 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and 8 YELLOW WARBLERS. Two BEWICK'S WRENS, 2 CALIFORNIA TOWHEE and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD were also foraging among the tangled branches. Overhead, I heard LONG-BILLED and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET and of course BARN SWALLOW. 
Just before I left, I spotted another bird for an instant that did not call, and did not show itself a second time. It struck me as an Empidonax. I've seen Willow Flycatcher and Pacific-slope at this spot many times, so possibly it was one of those two. I'll have to return with my binoculars...
Matthew DodderMountain View


 

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Date: 9/15/17 1:14 pm
From: 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands 9/15/17
Birding was pretty slow this morning, 9/15/17, at Sunnyvale Baylands Park. Migrants seen included 3 YELLOW WARBLERS, 1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, 1 WARBLING VIREO, and 4+ WESTERN FLYCATCHERS. Chris Wolfe was also birding at the park and we went to the test garden to look for the WILLOW FLYCATCHER. Chris spotted it for us as it flew in and landed on the fence on the south side of the garden.

Pat Kenny
 

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Date: 9/13/17 3:34 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] No Tennessee Warbler @ Ulistac today
All,
Several other birders (including Chris Johnson who found the bird yesterday) and I failed to re-find the Tennessee Warbler this Morning (9/13) at the "Old Seep" (birding station 2). There were lots of YELLOW WARBLERS and a surprising number of WILSON'S WARBLERS working the trees where the bird was seen and a flock of BUSHTITS even had a hard time moving on once they were in these trees. Other birds seen today included a GREAT-HORNED OWL (first seen flying in from the south to the Eucalyptus trees North of the "Old Seep" at 7:15 this morning, was later seen flying South only to return North some time later to the Eucalyptus trees), A WILLOW FLYCATCHER (just northwest of the northern most ramp leading to the river dike, thanks to Peter La Tourette), HOUSE WREN (same general area), BEWICK'S WREN, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES and WESTERN TANAGERS.
Take care,
Bob Reiling

 

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Date: 9/13/17 2:05 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SCVAS Vasona Co. Park field trip
A large group of birders showed up for today's Audubon field trip at
Vasona Lake County Park. It was windy in Oak Meadow, our first stop,
where we found birds in a protected area. Karen Burnson spotted a
bunting, later determined to be a HY LAZULI BUNTING. (see link)

A YELLOW WARBLER and BROWN CREEPER were seen before the lawn mower
arrived. A perched PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER and another
YEWA were near the bridge in Vasona. A GREEN HERON was perched on a
snag. The relentless winds brought the outing to a conclusion back at
the meadow which was now quiet. We all agreed it was great to be out
birding again.

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Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 9/12/17 8:17 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero Preserve
Folks

Billie and I walked in Arastradero Preserve this morning, 9/12/17. From
a high point we could see a plume from the Skeggs Fire near Huddart
Park, started last night by lightning.  The fire had attracted a number
of CDF aircraft, including a Huey that appeared to be taking on water at
Felt Lake.  Also two TVs above the plume, getting some early morning lift.

An adult BALD EAGLE was soaring near the Arastradero/Felt Lake border. 
The only migrant was a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE.  A SAY'S PHOEBE was likely a
returning bird, within a few days of their median arrival.

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Date: 9/12/17 6:54 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Re: Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
On Tue, 12 Sep 2017, Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I?ve posted 8 photos of the warbler we saw this morning at Ulistac, on my photo site here:
>
> https://idbirds.smugmug.com/Bird-Collections/Santa-Clara-County-Birds/2017-09-12-Ulistac-Tennessee-Warbler/n-QLdsNk <https://idbirds.smugmug.com/Bird-Collections/Santa-Clara-County-Birds/2017-09-12-Ulistac-Tennessee-Warbler/n-QLdsNk>
>
> After reviewing my photos, Sibley, and The Warbler Guide, I think this bird is a Tennessee Warbler - white undertail coverts and belly, tail pattern (or lack thereof), breast looks a bit ?mottled? but not ?streaked? and is dingy yellow in color, all greenish above (head and back) - good for a fall bird, wing bars faint, dark eye line, and very noticeable supercillium.
>
> Corrections and comments are appreciated!

Nice photos. I'll go out on a hopefully sturdy limb:

I can't recall any Blackpoll having such faint wingbars, they are
generally quite prominent. First-fall Tennessee can have faint
wingbars, which I think this bird shows. The fine pointed bill also
looks good for Tennessee. Also, Blackpoll, as a long-distant migrant,
has particularly long-looking primaries. The bit of yellow above the
white undertail coverts (e.g., in Brooke's first photo) had me a bit
confused, but Garrett and Dunn's Warbler book says that first fall can
have variable yellow mixed with the basically white undertail coverts.
I would expect to see at least a bit of dull back streaking on a
Blackpoll (I'm not entirely certain for a young bird), and I think
there would much white on the undertail, which the photos appear to
show as dark.

So I would agree with Steve and Brooke, pending some real experts joining
in, of course. :)

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Date: 9/12/17 2:23 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Re: Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
Hi all,

Ive posted 8 photos of the warbler we saw this morning at Ulistac, on my photo site here:

https://idbirds.smugmug.com/Bird-Collections/Santa-Clara-County-Birds/2017-09-12-Ulistac-Tennessee-Warbler/n-QLdsNk <https://idbirds.smugmug.com/Bird-Collections/Santa-Clara-County-Birds/2017-09-12-Ulistac-Tennessee-Warbler/n-QLdsNk>

After reviewing my photos, Sibley, and The Warbler Guide, I think this bird is a Tennessee Warbler - white undertail coverts and belly, tail pattern (or lack thereof), breast looks a bit mottled but not streaked and is dingy yellow in color, all greenish above (head and back) - good for a fall bird, wing bars faint, dark eye line, and very noticeable supercillium.

Corrections and comments are appreciated!

Brooke Miller
San Jose


> On Sep 12, 2017, at 11:28 AM, Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> All,
>
>
>
> I've gotten some feedback on this warbler and it seems the wing bars and streaking is pretty faint. Some have suggested Tennessee Warbler, which for me was the other primary contender. I do not know how faint wingbars get on Blackpoll or how faint the breast streaking can appear. They were pretty faint on this bird. Also, I think Blackpoll immatures have yellow feet, which this bird didn't seem to have. In any case, I'm changing my Ebird to Warbler Sp. for now. Either way, it's a good bird and it should hopefully be refound and photographed.
>
>
>
> Chris
>
>
>
> From: <south-bay-birds...> <mailto:<south-bay-birds...> <south-bay-birds...> <mailto:<south-bay-birds...>> on behalf of Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> <mailto:<ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> <mailto:<south-bay-birds-noreply...>>
> Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:21 PM
> To: SBB
> Subject: [SBB] Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
>
>
>
> All,
>
>
>
> The rains brought more migrants to Ulistac today, and my best find was a 1st year Blackpoll Warbler by the old seep (West side). Brooke, Caroline and Sonny were in the area and I called them over to share in the fun. This was the same area where a Blackpoll was seen a few years ago as I recall. It flew to the East side of the park after 5 minutes or so, and I did not stay to relocate it. High numbers of Yellow Warbler relative to yesterday (30+), and plenty of Tanagers (8+), Western Flycatchers (5), and a few Wilson's Warblers. Also noted one Rufous Hummingbird near station 3.
>
>
>
> As always, corrections are appreciated.
>
>
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39143925 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39143925>
>
> Good Birding!
>
>
>
> Chris Johnson
>
> San Jose, CA
>
>
>
> <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39143925> <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39143925>
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Date: 9/12/17 12:00 pm
From: 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stevens Creek Crittenden to La Avenida
This morning, 9/12/2017, I walked along the eastern side of Stevens Creek from Crittenden Lane to La Avenida. Migrants included 1 WILLOW FLYCATCHER, 1 MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, 3 YELLOW WARBLERS, and 2 WESTERN TANAGERS. An immature WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW was the first of the fall for me. Other birds of interest were 1 BELTED KINGFISHER, 1 COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, 1 WESTERN BLUEBIRD, and 1 RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. The Willow Flycatcher and the MacGillivray’s Warbler were in the last couple of trees before the creek widens into a marsh near La Avenida.

Pat Kenny
 

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Date: 9/12/17 11:28 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
All,


I've gotten some feedback on this warbler and it seems the wing bars and streaking is pretty faint. Some have suggested Tennessee Warbler, which for me was the other primary contender. I do not know how faint wingbars get on Blackpoll or how faint the breast streaking can appear. They were pretty faint on this bird. Also, I think Blackpoll immatures have yellow feet, which this bird didn't seem to have. In any case, I'm changing my Ebird to Warbler Sp. for now. Either way, it's a good bird and it should hopefully be refound and photographed.


Chris


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Subject: [SBB] Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac




All,


The rains brought more migrants to Ulistac today, and my best find was a 1st year Blackpoll Warbler by the old seep (West side). Brooke, Caroline and Sonny were in the area and I called them over to share in the fun. This was the same area where a Blackpoll was seen a few years ago as I recall. It flew to the East side of the park after 5 minutes or so, and I did not stay to relocate it. High numbers of Yellow Warbler relative to yesterday (30+), and plenty of Tanagers (8+), Western Flycatchers (5), and a few Wilson's Warblers. Also noted one Rufous Hummingbird near station 3.


As always, corrections are appreciated.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39143925


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

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Date: 9/12/17 10:43 am
From: Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
Hi Chris,
This is a Tennessee Warbler, as good of a find or better. Blackpoll would have obvious wingbars, a different undertail pattern, and orange or yellow feet. Many (but not all) fall Blackpolls also have more pronounced streaking on the underparts.
Steve TuckerSan Jose
 

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Date: 9/12/17 10:21 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Blackpoll Warbler at Ulistac
All,


The rains brought more migrants to Ulistac today, and my best find was a 1st year Blackpoll Warbler by the old seep (West side). Brooke, Caroline and Sonny were in the area and I called them over to share in the fun. This was the same area where a Blackpoll was seen a few years ago as I recall. It flew to the East side of the park after 5 minutes or so, and I did not stay to relocate it. High numbers of Yellow Warbler relative to yesterday (30+), and plenty of Tanagers (8+), Western Flycatchers (5), and a few Wilson's Warblers. Also noted one Rufous Hummingbird near station 3.


As always, corrections are appreciated.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39143925


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA


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Date: 9/12/17 9:26 am
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Possible Blackpoll Warbler, Ulistac, Tues Sept 12
Blackpoll looking Warbler near bird survey station 2. 9:20 am

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Date: 9/11/17 8:07 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago, Pond A16, and Breached A17
Folks:

Today, 9/11/17, I visited New Chicago Marsh and walked around Pond A16. 
The dabbling ducks are coming back for the winter.  NORTHERN SHOVELER
have been back for a few weeks and are now in four-digit numbers, I
counted 1925 birds on the marsh, pond, and breached pond.  NORTHERN
PINTAIL (83) and GREEN-WINGED TEAL (14) are increasing.  A count of 15
AM. WIGEON was the highest I've seen this fall.  An eclipse male
BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a female may be wintering birds or migrants.  A
single VAUX'S SWIFT was over the marsh.  Fall often bring substantial
aggregations of herons, when I first arrived this morning, I counted 176
SNOWY EGRETS in a single scan in New Chicago Marsh.

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Date: 9/11/17 5:09 pm
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] another Lazuli Bunting at Almaden Lake 9/11
Just to add to Janna Pauser's post on the two juvenile Lazuli Buntings at
the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD), this morning around 10:30am,
I also saw one juvenile LAZULI BUNTING in the willows near the pedestrian
bridge at Almaden Lake - may possibly have been one of the same birds
reported by Janna.

Otherwise - very quiet at Almaden Lake this morning - I counted eight
COMMON MERGANSGERS (all female-type and/or young) - also saw two YELLOW
WARBLERS - the adult and juvenile Caspian Terns who have been here during
most of the season were not seen today (at least by me).

Ann Verdi
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Date: 9/11/17 12:53 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Buntings at SCVWD 9-11-17
This morning I did a quick loop around the Santa Clara Valley Water
District perc pond. At 9:30 I heard a harsh buzzy call and found two
probable HY LAZULI BUNTINGS in a Willow along the river. Both had wing
bars and a buffy breast and flew off together. Five YELLOW WARBLERS were
seen and several more heard only. There was also a nice assortment of
egrets and herons.

I am still watching VAUX'S SWIFT movement along the west Los
Capitancillos Ponds. They arrive at 5:30 pm and continue for several
hours. Last night I watched 30 enter a neighbors chimney by 7:40 pm.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 9/11/17 10:25 am
From: 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands 9/11/2017
Migrants at Sunnyvale Baylands Park this morning, 9/11/2017, included 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, 1 WILSON’S WARBLER, 1 WESTERN FLYCATCHER, 2 BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, and 1 or 2 WILLOW FLYCATCHERS (I saw a Willow Flycatcher in the test garden around 8:30 and then spotted one (a different one?) in the Bay Breeze picnic area around 9:05). There were 15+ AMERICAN CROWS in the picnic area near the test garden.

Pat Kenny
 

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Date: 9/10/17 5:24 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands Park
Folks:

This morning, 9/10/17, migrants at the Sunnyvale Baylands Park included
a WESTERN FLYCATCHER, 10+ YELLOW WARBLERS, and 2 WILSON'S WARBLERS.  I
ran into Claire Wolfe and she had seen the same species, but not
necessarily the same numbers.

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Date: 9/9/17 5:45 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Ulistac Willow Flycatcher(s)
On Sat, 9 Sep 2017, Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:

> Folks,
>
> At Ulistac, Eric Goodill and I were able to find a WILLOW FLYCATCHER (possibly 2) in the vicinity of Survey Area #3. There were quite a few YELLOW WARBLERS and WESTERN TANAGERS throughout the grove. A single WILSON?S WARBLER showed up near the seep (which is currently dry). No sight or sound of the Northern Waterthrush.

I was also at Ulistac this morning, under mostly overcast conditions
(earlier than Matthew and Eric's visit). I missed the Willow Fly, but
I did hear a single call from a male PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER. There
was also a singing HOUSE WREN. I heard only a couple of the Tanagers;
maybe they woke up with more sun.

It is not advisable to attempt to visit Ulistac on Sunday (Sept. 10).
because of the 49ers game. Parking will be prohibited on Lick Mill -
not to mention traffic problems!

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Date: 9/9/17 2:38 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac Willow Flycatcher(s)
Folks,

At Ulistac, Eric Goodill and I were able to find a WILLOW FLYCATCHER (possibly 2) in the vicinity of Survey Area #3. There were quite a few YELLOW WARBLERS and WESTERN TANAGERS throughout the grove. A single WILSON’S WARBLER showed up near the seep (which is currently dry). No sight or sound of the Northern Waterthrush.

At the Alviso EEC, we spotted at least 4 LESSER YELLOWLEGS and a PEREGRINE FALCON. Many Greater Yellowlegs around. There were also plenty of American Avocets, Black-necked Stilts and both Western and Least Sandpipers. A large kettle of AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS circled slowly over A16, which contains a growing number of Waterfowl. Basic-plumaged FORSTER’S TERNS were resting on the posts further out.

Also, the CCFS Waterbird pond is temporarily OFF LIMITS to all birders, even those with SFBBO membership access. I do not know the reason for this or how long this will be the case, but for at least, birders are not permitted in the area.

Birding Classes begin this week at the Palo Alto Adult School. Spaces are still available in both beginning (Larry Spivak) and advanced (Matthew Dodder) classes. Also of interest is Garth Harwood’s “Tracking for Beginners” Go to http://paadultschool.org/class/birding-nature/ <http://paadultschool.org/class/birding-nature/> for details.

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Date: 9/9/17 11:31 am
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Morning in Alviso
We had our Los Gatos Birdwatcher morning bird walk in Alviso this morning. We met at the Alviso Marina on Hope Street. Not a long list of birds, but it was a great morning. There was a lot of salt build up in pond A12 and we found SNOWLY PLOVERS scattered about on the salt. At least 6 or more. While walking the board walk out to the ponds we heard VIRGINIA RAILS in the grasses. We also found both male and female COMMON YELLOWTHROATS in this area. Above us we had VAUX’S SWIFTS flying about making for a great study to compare them from the BARN, VIOLET GREEN and CLIFF SWALLOWS. More swift than swallows at times. On occasion a WHITE-THROATED SWIFT also flew through.

Eight AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS also flew over.

We found a small group of PHALAROPES at a distance. Maybe 15 in total in pond A16. We think they were Red-Necked Phalarope. NORTHERN SHOVELERS & MALLARDS were the only ducks for the day.

Alviso was the original home to the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO). Their annual fundraiser, the "California Fall Challenge" is underway right now. Check your calendars and join a guided team or at least support those that are out trying to make a difference. Lots of opportunities for all who appreciate the birds.

Lisa Myers - Campbell
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Date: 9/7/17 3:28 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago Marsh/EEC Sept 7
I had a chance to get out for a bit and went to the EEC and walked the
boardwalk through New Chicago Marsh to the salt pond and then back out via
the Slough. Tide was high and conditions calm.

Notable birds:

A group of 7 female/immature cinnamon teals swimming together (the rest of
the ducks seemed to be mallards, shovelers or mallard hybrids). 15 American
white pelicans on the island. 1 winter plumaged (aka brown and boring)
black-bellied plover on the 2nd island out, a single Greater Yellowlegs
along the boardwalk. All the peeps were Westerns. All of the sparrows were
Savannah, and some were incredibly bright and patterned.

A quick stop along state and speckles gave me 7 Wilson’s Phalaropes and the
usual suspects.

 

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Date: 9/7/17 3:18 pm
From: 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands 9/7/17
Birding was pretty slow at Sunnyvale Baylands this overcast morning, 9/7/17. Migrants included 3 YELLOW WARBLERS, 1 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, and 1 WESTERN FLYCATCHER. Other birds of interest were 59(!) CANADA GEESE in the Great Meadow, an AMERICAN KESTREL in the dry seasonal wetlands, and a very active juvenile COOPER’S HAWK in the test garden area.

Pat Kenny
 

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Date: 9/7/17 2:49 pm
From: Laurie Alaimo <environmom95112...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ospreys and Bald Eagle at Chesbro
Just watched an Osprey escort a Bald Eagle out of the area. There were 2 Ospreys earlier.

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Date: 9/6/17 6:54 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Blue-winged Teal ducklings in Coast Casey Forebay
I am happy to report that there were five Blue-winged Teal ducklings
in Coast Casey Forebay this morning (September 6). I only saw four on
September 3. They were swimming near the pump house along with their
mother, while a juvenile Cooper's Hawk was on the fence around it. I
have photos at the end of this album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157688598928695

When I went back in the afternoon, I saw two Common Gallinules
together in the forebay, a juvenile and an adult.

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Date: 9/6/17 4:39 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SCRWA (Gilroy) Treatment Ponds
Folks:

This morning, 9/6/17, I birded the SCRWA treatment ponds south of
Gilroy.  When I arrived about 0815 hr., I made a quick check of the
entrance ponds and countedf 34 WOOD DUCKS.  But when I returned about
1030 hr. to drive around those ponds, there were none.  At least three
female-plumaged BLUE-WINGED TEAL were a consolation. The only pond with
water (other than the entrance ponds) was the northwest Shriner Pond. 
There I saw six WILSON'S SNIPE, the first I've seen this fall.  Well
scattered around the plant were six LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES.

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Date: 9/6/17 1:22 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] continuing Stilt Sandpiper
All,
At about 10:20 this morning, 9/6, Al Eisner spotted the STILT SANDPIPER as it flew into the CCRS Waterbird Pond. As Al, Frank Vanslager and I enjoyed the bird a single LESSER YELLOWLEGS joined it in feeding near AMERICAN AVOCETS. When we left at 11:45 the Stilt Sandpiper and the Lesser Yellowlegs were still together near a small flock of Gulls on the west side of the pond. A second Lesser Yellowlegs was with a Greater Yellowlegs on the northwestern corner of the pond.
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Date: 9/5/17 9:33 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stevens Creek mouth and Pond A2E
Folks:

This morning, 9/5/17, I walked out to the Stevens Creek mouth on a
rising tide and then visited Pond A2E on my way back.  At both sites and
along the creek, VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS (183) and BARN SWALLOWS (48) were
in the large numbers typical of their fall migration.  I found one NOR.
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW and a single juvenile CLIFF SWALLOW.  A single
VAUX'S SWIFT was also hunting insects.

The Stevens Creek mouth was full of ducks and shorebirds.  The biggest
surprise for me were flocks of 19 and 7 BROWN PELICANS flying northwest,
these are the only ones I've seen this year and quite late.  A count of
575 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS was good this far down the Bay (counted by
5's).  An estimate of 11,800 WESTERN SANDPIPERS (by 100's) was also
good.  I managed to pick out a single basic RED KNOT.

Walking along the Bay Trail between Pond A2E and Crittenden Marsh I had
12 ELEGANT TERNS on the old catwalk supports.  On Crittenden, I found
three adult EARED GREBES on nests, an adult adding nest material to a
nest that seemed to be disappearing, and an abandoned nest.  Two other
adults did not appear to be associated with any of these nests.  I
counted just shy of 500 AM. WHITE PELICANS in Pond A2E, most were
loafing on the levees.

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Date: 9/5/17 1:57 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stilt Sandpiper continues
My brother and I returned to the CCFS waterbird pond this morning at about 10:30 am, and found that the STILT SANDPIPER was still in the pond, with 28 LESSER YELLOWLEGS.
This area has restricted access. Contact the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory for access requirements.
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Date: 9/5/17 1:33 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Weekend birds, Rallidae
I visited Shoreline Park early Monday morning (9/4/17) and I was able to
get photos of the three notable Rallidae seen there; here are the juvenile
COMMON GALLINULE: http://www.pbase.com/image/166144816 , and the still
unusually confiding VIRGINIA RAIL:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166144686

I also got pictures of what I think are four different individual SORAS.
Here are an adult male (extensive black on face and throat, bright yellow
bill):
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166144683

and a juvenile (no black and almost no gray on face and throat; two-tone
bill):
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166144684

and one that seems to be another juvenile, this one with some dark gray and
black on the face and throat, but limited, and cheeks mostly buff rather
than gray; also brown iris:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166144682

and finally one with distinct black on face, but not extending to throat;
bill bright yellow at base, quite dull at tip; iris hard to see but looks
red rather than brown--adult female?
http://www.pbase.com/image/166144755

I went on to Palo Alto Baylands hoping to achieve four-fold
Rallidiciousness by photographing a Ridgway's Rail; I ran into Garrett Lau
there who told me he had seen and photographed one near the dock, since
reported here . But I missed out. Still, had fun photographing nearby
LONG-BILLED CURLEWS, and seeing some more distant WHIMBRELS.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166144681
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166144680

I'd also visited Shoreline Sunday morning (9/3), where the pier at the
Forebay end of the lake was hosting a GREEN HERON; it staged a
return appearance there on Monday:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166134906
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166134907
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166144685

Tom Grey
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Date: 9/5/17 11:21 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] No Stilt Sandpiper this morning
All,
No Stilt Sandpiper in the CCRS Waterbird Pond between 7:20 and 9 this morning (9/5). This is not surprising considering that someone comes by the pond and sets off explosives and whistling rockets, I'm only surprised that most of the GREATER AND LESSER YELLOWLEGS returned. You would think that a pond which over the years has had many rare birds in it would be exempt from such an extreme action just to temporarily get rid of a few gulls (about 20).
Take care,
Bob Reiling


 

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Date: 9/4/17 7:20 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Purple Martin at Palo Alto Baylands
This morning, September 4, I went to the Palo Alto Baylands sailing
station dock at low tide to look for Ridgway's Rails. One came out
into the open, close enough to photograph, and I heard at least three
others.

The biggest surprise of the day was a Purple Martin. It was among the
Violet-green Swallows on the support cables for the power tower by the
dock entrance.

After Palo Alto Baylands, I went to Coast Casey Forebay. There were
two Green Herons at the "bittern" channel at the same time. I did not
see the Blue-winged Teal family today, but I saw them last night.
There are now only four ducklings. They are still downy.

I have photos in this Flickr album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157688598928695

Garrett Lau


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Date: 9/4/17 4:31 pm
From: <craige66...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Common Mergansers
Today, Monday, I found 16 COMMON MERGANSERS near the intersection of Metcalf Rd and Monterey Rd in south San Jose in Coyote Creek. There is a pedestrian bridge that crosses Coyote Creek and they were just to the north of that bridge. Also seen was an OSPREY circling looking for lunch.


Craige Edgerton
 

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Date: 9/4/17 4:21 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stilt Sandpiper, Willow Flycatcher
I birded with my brother, Steve, at the Coyote Creek Field Station in Alviso this morning, 4 Sep 2017. First off, we had a STILT SANDPIPER at the waterbird pond, probably a molting juvenile. This bird was in the company of many LESSER YELLOWLEGS - I counted 24 at the time of the observation, but Mike Rogers later counted 29. I had 4 GREATER YELLOWLEGS as well.
In the riparian revegetation area near the banding trailer, I found my first-of-the-year WILLOW FLYCATCHER. We also had a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, 3 WILSON'S WARBLERS, 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, a HOUSE WREN, and 8 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS. 
The power lines next to the banding trailer were full of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS - I counted 1300. Looking through them for rarities turned up a single CLIFF SWALLOW. Overhead, we had at least a dozen VAUX'S SWIFTS flying with the swallows.
Bear in mind that access to this area is restricted, through the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory.
Michael Mammoser

 

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Date: 9/4/17 11:26 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Some Alviso Sightings
All:

On 9/4/17 at 8 I wanted to do a quick tour of some of the Alviso spots that
I frequent. On the boardwalk heading north from the Marina I did my
usual quick pause at the small tidal stream -- where I usually see nothing.
There was an immature Common Yellowthroat taking a bath in that thin trickle
of water. But then I saw a Virginia Rail much closer, slowly moving
around. I got out my camera to take a few hand-held pictures so that afterwards
I could be sure that I wasn't being fooled by a "Clapper" with a small
bill. Then as I went to quit, I saw another even-closer VIRA on the other side
of the boardwalk! I usually don't have much luck with virginias, so this
was special.

Out at A12 I could see that the Snowy Plovers were still spread out on the
salt ridges, but I made no effort to count them. From Spreckles Ave I did
make an effort to count a large flock of Wilson's Phalaropes that landed
relatively closely; but as I was passing sixty, another flock flew through
my bino view and landed in the area that I'd already counted. So I quit.

On the EEC entrance road I spent some time trying to convert an immature
Lesser Yellowlegs into a Solitary Sandpiper.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 9/4/17 10:54 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac- Possible Northern Waterthrush
Hi All,


I heard an interesting call this morning at Ulistac by Station 3 which sounded good for Northern Waterthrush. It was a loud, hard chink call given repeatedly for 25-30 seconds, though it was a little far away and there is some background noise. The bird never came into view, though I had a visual of a N. Waterthrush here earlier this year in spring, and I think the call is the same. As I don't have extensive experience with this species, anyone with good ears and the requisite experience please listen to my recording on Ebird and provide feedback if possible.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38997789


Best,


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA


 

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Date: 9/3/17 12:39 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Yesterday's SCVAS field trip to Picchetti Ranch OSP
Hi Birders,
Yesterday, 9/2/17, five of us showed up to look for birds at Picchetti
Ranch OSP. It was noticeably hot by 8:30 and we cut the walk time back from
the normal 3 hours or so to 2 1/4 to get everyone out of the heat early.

Nothing special to report except for a black-throated gray warbler spotted
by Roland.

Wrentits were vocal and we saw at least two and heard more for a total of
five.

Total species count was 22 if you include an Indian peafowl. I suspect the
birds were smarter than the birders and were quietly waiting for lower
temperatures in the cooler, darker area of the forest. :-)

Details at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38960247

-Dave Zittin,
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Date: 9/3/17 11:44 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Fall SCVAS Bird Trips
All:

The new season of SCVAS bird trips went as officially advertised in the
Avocet, with about the number of species you would expect. The only real
rarity about the weekend's trips was: the number of birders that came out to
brave the heat. There were a total of 5 people on Saturday, and 3 people on
Sunday, September 3.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 9/2/17 9:21 pm
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SEP 2 HMB Pelagic trip report
Howdy, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys’ pelagic trip out of Half Moon Bay today was nothing short of spectacular with a great show of seabirds and marine mammals. It was so overwhelming that I hardly know where to begin.

We did not see any ‘rare’ seabirds, only one out-of-season ANCIENT MURRELET in San Francisco County. We also found a few BLACK STORM-PETRELS with a handful of ASHY STORM-PETRELS (also San Francisco County). But the overall quality of the day was simply amazing.

Just outside of the harbor, we encountered the mixed flocks of SOOTY SHEARWATERS and COMMON MURRES (many dads with chicks). The shearwaters have been feeding on schooling anchovies, but also on squid recently. Feeding on squid is probably what caused them to move a bit more offshore. But the thing that amazed me about these flocks was that the shearwaters were vocalizing! Like hundreds, if not a couple thousand Sooty Shearwaters sitting on the sea were vocalizing. Although I routinely hear PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS vocalizing, I cannot ever recall hearing sooty shears make the sounds I heard today. Our captain killed the engines and many folks on board made recordings and video.

We headed out to the weather buoy but made many stops along the way. No boobies were on the buoy. Upon nearing the edge of the shelf we encountered sensational numbers of both HUMPBACK (63) and BLUE WHALES (26) and one FIN WHALE.

Obviously, with there was an amazing amount of food available to feed 6500 tons of whales! Hundreds of CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS were present. Flocks of ARCTIC TERNS and SABINE’S GULLS were sitting on the sea. RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were feeding along the edges of the Lines of Convergence. We followed one skinny line that had a one degree SST difference from one side to the other. We left most of the Sooty Shearwaters back at the nearshore, and encountered BULLER’S and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS along the shelf break. BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES were mostly spotted sitting on the sea due to a lack of wind, as were many of the NORTHERN FULMARS. Overall, jaeger numbers seemed very low, especially given the numbers of Sabine’s Gulls and terns present. However, we did encounter both PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS. It was non-stop birding along the shelf break.

We also saw over 80 OCEAN SUNFISH, many of them dinner plate sized, but also a few very large individuals. One BLUE SHARK was spotted. Three NORTHERN FUR SEALS, one NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL, STELLER’S and CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS rounded out the pinnipeds for the day. Four HARBOR PORPOISE were spotted inshore.

It was often difficult to know which direction to move the boat because we were surrounded by whales on all sides, their stinky breath wafting across the stern. We spotted chunks of bright orange-red whale poo, too! Many invertebrates were noted in the water column, including salps, pteropods, moon jellies, sea nettles and ctenophores.

Somehow this just doesn’t really capture a day with nearly non-stop marine life action. It was like being on a maritime carousel and wanting to reach out for the gold ring.

Sea conditions were excellent. Visibility was excellent. Tomorrow is expected to be the same. Spaces are available on our Half Moon Bay trip tomorrow. Please email me if you are interested. Other upcoming departures from Half Moon Bay include: September 15 and 16.

Living the Salt Life and SeaBirding for Science,
Debi Shearwater

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Date: 9/2/17 6:09 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] No Ibis in New Chicago Marsh
I swung by New Chicago Marsh in mid-morning, woooo, hot! WILSON'S
PHALAROPES were indeed numerous as Bob reports, and here's the one that got
close enough to allow a halfway decent pic:
http://www.pbase.com/image/166129117

I started out at Ulistac, but probably wasn't there early enough. Only
interesting migrant I found (near the new marshy area created by Dennis, as
reported) was a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER. But it disappeared before I could
get a picture. Consolation prize, a JUVENILE AMERICAN ROBIN:
http://www.pbase.com/image/166129119

This is what we photographers are reduced to in fall; the migrant
landbirds just don't pose for us the way we like.

On Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 9:45 AM, Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
[south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> All,
> As I expected there were no Ibis in New Chicago Marsh this morning (9/2).
> Lots of Gulls, Egrets, American White Pelicans, Dowitchers (a nice group of
> Short-Billed Dowitchers near the corner of State and Spreckles Aves.),
> Wilson's Phalaropes, Cassin's and Forster's Terns, etc.
> Take care,
> Bob Reiling
>
>
>
>
>
>



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Date: 9/2/17 4:42 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] No Ibis in New Chicago Marsh
All,
Cassin's Terns were hard to find but Caspian Terns were not, sorry about my ooopps.
Take care,
Bob Reiling

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Subject: [SBB] No Ibis in New Chicago Marsh




All,
As I expected there were no Ibis in New Chicago Marsh this morning (9/2). Lots of Gulls, Egrets, American White Pelicans, Dowitchers (a nice group of Short-Billed Dowitchers near the corner of State and Spreckles Aves.), Wilson's Phalaropes, Cassin's and Forster's Terns, etc.
Take care,
Bob Reiling










 

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Date: 9/2/17 12:30 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View (Solitary Sandpiper)
Folks:

This morning, 9/2/17, I visited sites in Palo Alto and Mountain View. 
Four WHIMBRELS were typical for the Palo Alto Estuary mouth. Perhaps
half the time I look for shorebirds from the sailing station dock at the
estuary mouth, I see or hear RIDGWAY'S RAILS.  This morning at 0745 hr.
(the gate generally is opened about 0730 hr.), I saw three bird along
the Baylands edge, yakking and chasing each other in the morning light. 
Single birds were also calling from Hooks Isle and the Byxbee shore.  A
WILLOW FLYCATCHER was in the nearby bushes, my first of fall.  A LESSER
YELLOWLEGS was with Greaters in the marsh across from the nature center
parking.

Walking out to Charleston Slough, I saw two immature GREEN HERONS in the
Mountain View Forebay and a third immature on the edge of Shoreline
Lake.  I saw two female-plumaged SURF SCOTERS continuing in Shoreline Lake.

Charleston Slough had its normal complement of birds, 382 NORTHERN
SHOVELERS there were my first triple-digit tally for the fall.

The water level in Mountain View Forebay is the highest I've seen in a
couple of months.  The water is up to the cattails and there are ample
hiding places for ducks.  I watched a  a group of teal actively feeding
near the Bay Trail, about 11 birds.  Seven appeared typical of a
female/immature Cinnamon Teal, whereas four showed a whitish spot near
the bill as with a female Blue-winged Teal.  But juvenile birds can be
difficult to distinguish between the two species.  Although there was an
eclipse male Cinnamon elsewhere in the pond, I had no certain adult for
size comparison with the 11 birds.  It seems likely that this was a
single Cinnamon Teal hatch, already in juvenile plumage, and perhaps
fledged (and independent) and what looked like two species was just a
case of variation within juvenile Cinnamons.  The Blue-winged Duck
ducklilngs found in the forebay on 22 Aug should take a month to
transition to juvenile plumage, it seems unlikely that they would have
grown this much in less than two weeks.  Also in the forebay was a
SOLITARY SANDPIPER. It was foraging on the south side of the ponded area
from the water's edge into the pickleweed.

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Date: 9/2/17 9:45 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] No Ibis in New Chicago Marsh
All,
As I expected there were no Ibis in New Chicago Marsh this morning (9/2). Lots of Gulls, Egrets, American White Pelicans, Dowitchers (a nice group of Short-Billed Dowitchers near the corner of State and Spreckles Aves.), Wilson's Phalaropes, Cassin's and Forster's Terns, etc.
Take care,
Bob Reiling





 

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Date: 9/1/17 5:06 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ibis in New Chicago Marsh
This afternoon, 1 Sep 2017, my brother Steve and I checked out New Chicago Marsh in Alviso, and Steve picked out a group of at least 10  ibis, ostensibly WHITE-FACED.
Earlier, at Ulistac, we had a good number of WESTERN TANAGERS, 3 YELLOW WARBLERS, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, and a couple of PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS.
Michael Mammoser

 

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Date: 8/31/17 4:12 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Alviso EEC
Folks:

This morning, 8/31/17, an adult male NASHVILLE WARBLER popped up into a
tree tobacco along the main path from the EEC out to A16. This is fairly
early for this fall migrant.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 8/31/17 12:02 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] swifts
Last night 8-30, at 6:30 pm. I entered the west Los Capitancillos Ponds
at Meridian and immediately heard VAUX'S SWIFTS overhead. They continued
to gather and feed until there were hundreds spread out in every
direction, making it impossible to count. They continued overhead as I
walked west with few remaining on my return at 7:30.  One poor swift was
dragging something attached to him but managed to keep up with the
others. This spectacular sight should continue in the evening for
several more weeks as the swifts migrate.

Today 8-31, I birded the Guadalupe River trail north from Blossom Hill
Road. I saw only 1 migrant warbler, a chipping YELLOW WARBLER before the
perc pond at Chynoweth. On my return trip I noticed WHITE THROATED
SWIFTS overhead and was surprise to get a count of 30 birds high in the
sky. The PEREGRINE FALCON was on his perch on the north side of the
freeway overpass.

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Date: 8/31/17 11:55 am
From: 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale Baylands
This morning, 8/31/17, I birded at Sunnyvale Baylands Park. Migrants included 3+ YELLOW WARBLERS, a WILSON’S WARBLER, 3 “WESTERN” FLYCATCHERS, 2 BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS, and at least one WARBLING VIREO. I ran into Pete LaTourrette and, around 10:15, we saw a WILLOW FLYCATCHER in the trees along the southeast corner of the test garden. Other birds of note included 2 EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES and 2 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS.

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Date: 8/31/17 11:35 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Migrants at Ulistac
All,


Decent birdiness at Ulistac this morning, with 1 Western Wood Peewee (continuing, seen from Station 5 high atop dead snags on Western side), 4 Pac-slope Flycatchers (station 3, station 5, log chair on eastern side, NW side), 1 Hutton's Vireo, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch (continuing station 3), 1 House Wren (log chair), 1 OC Warbler (station 5), 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler (station 5), 2 Yellow Warbler (station 5), 2 Wilson's Warbler (log chair), 2 Common Yellowthroat (station 5, log chair), 5 Western Tanager (mostly station 5, but found in numerous spots), and 1 Black-headed Grosbeak (Station 5, continuing). Tanagers were also seen using the pond at Station 1 (the bridge on the north side of the garden). I did not see the Willow Flycatcher today, which I last saw on 8/29 at Station 5.


I include a recording in Ebird of the California Thrasher making a call that sounds like a Western Tanager, but not as burry. Perhaps now that the Tanagers are using the garden more for the water at Station 1 the Thrasher has picked up on their calls, because I don't recall him making this call before. As I understand they are capable mimics.


The House Wren was making alarm calls like the one below on Xeno Canto. House Wren make other more complex calls, but this one, reminiscent of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (squeaky) but completely monotone, is one I pick up on fairly quickly.

http://www.xeno-canto.org/338152


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38922252


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA


 

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Date: 8/30/17 8:35 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac Natural Area
Folks:

I looked for migrants at Ulistac this morning, 8/30/17.  Both Garrett
Lau and Peter LaTourrette were in the field as well. Migrants included
three RUFOUS-ALLEN'S female-plumaged birds together peacefully in the
tree tobacco, a WESTERN WOOD-PEWEE, a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER (Garrett
had a different bird), A WARBLING VIREO (Pete had one too), a TOWNSEND'S
WARBLER (my first of the fall season), three basic WESTERN TANAGERS, and
a female-plumaged BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK.  A lingering female/immature
HOODED ORIOLE was around.  Early in the morning, a CASPIAN TERN was
flying up river.  About an hour and a half later, one flew down river
carrying food.

Pete said that Dennis Dowling turned on water for the little pond near
the bridge on the south side about 3 days ago.  There is also a wet area
on the east trail, near where the bee or wasp nest was a while ago. 
Both areas seemed popular.

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Date: 8/30/17 1:37 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Snowy Plovers at Alviso
There are still at least 20 Snowy Plovers at Alviso Marina. They are closer
than the gulls, but still quite far.

Also, at Gold and Elizabeth, there were two Lesser Yellowlegs among 20
Greater Yellowlegs.

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 8/30/17 11:22 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Snowy Plovers at Alviso
All:

At 8:15 on 8/30/17 I was at the Alviso Marina. Looking north from the
Info sign into the dry A12 pond I was thinking that those salt ridges really
did look wintry. Then, with binos I saw, appropriately, a number of Snowy
Plovers sleeping on the first ridge out. I used the Questar to scan to the
left along the first two ridges. When I finally got tired of it and quit, I
had definitely seen 66 resting Snowy Plovers; the birds were all spaced out
along that ridge, as if trying to get a quiet sleep after a tough migration.

I took a few photos, just for memory, and picked up the scope to head east
along the shore. I then saw with the binos that there were at least a
dozen more birds that I hadn't counted. (And I did not scan any of the
further-out ridges.)

From Spreckles Ave, the western edge of New Chicago Marsh had the usual
shorebird suspects. But it was getting hot, so I quit.

Frank Vanslager
 

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Date: 8/29/17 3:10 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Rancho Canada del Oro (Hermit Warbler)
Folks:

This morning, 8/29/17, Billie and I walked a loop on the Mayfair Ranch
and Longwall Canyon trails in Rancho Canada del Oro.  I did not expect
to see any fall migrants in the dry oak woodlands of the park, so I was
surprised when a HERMIT WARBLER flew into an oak along the switchbacks
on the Mayfair Ranch Trail.  Based on 37+ years of records, most Hermit
Warblers are seen on their spring migration from about 20 Apr to 13 May,
with more birds seen in the Diablo Range than in the Santa Cruz
Mountains.  A few birds nest along the Santa Cruz Mountain crest, from
26 May to 14 Aug.  On average, about 0.3 birds are sighted per month
(the rate is 20 birds sighted per month during the spring passage). 
Over the rest of the year about 0.6 birds are sighted in any month and
there is no obvious fall passage.  If you follow the listserv in the
East Bay, then you will know that Hermit Warblers are a regular fall
passage bird in the fog-affected hills east of the Bay.  Based on our
county records they don't show up in the South Bay in the fall, so their
fall migration in central California is a bit of a puzzle.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 8/29/17 3:00 pm
From: <craige66...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Taiwan blue pheasant
I have noticed that exotics are not usually reported here but they have been in the past occasionally. With the help of Ryan Phillips, I was able to ID a single TAIWAN BLUE PHEASANT on Saturday and again in the same spot yesterday, Sunday. It is in the brush directly across the parking lot of the main entrance to the Mexican Consulate off of Rue de Ferrari in south San Jose. I have a good video but am unable to attach it to this post. I can only assume that someone is raising them locally and one escaped.


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Date: 8/29/17 12:29 pm
From: 'Bill P. ' <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Birding by Impression class starts Sep 7th
Folks,
There are still a few seats available for our Birding by Impression class. This is a fun way to bird, where we use our instincts to identify birds instead of just the field marks.
Birding by Impression Fall Semester 2017 with Bill Pelletier
Advanced birding techniques, starting 9/7/17 in Santa Clara on Thursday nights.
In this class we will be birding by more subtle aspects such as behavior, flight pattern, feeding habits, nesting/breeding style, shape/silhouette of the bird, habitat and overall impression. We call it thin-slicing, named after Malcom Gladwells term in the book Blink. The objective is to get an overall feeling for the bird and to use advanced techniques and technology to aid in our birding. Some of the resources we will use are Sibleys Bird Behavior and Ken Karlson's Birding by Impression, along with a host of other resources.
Classes are held Thursday evenings at 7pm in the classroom and are augmented by a weekend field trip, typically Saturdays at 8am. This course starts September 7, 2017 and will run seven weeks.
Please call or text with questions.
Thanks,
Bill Pelletier
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Date: 8/28/17 4:38 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac today (8/28/2017)
Hi Birders,
We hiked around the lower parts of Ulistac today avoiding the levee because
of the heat. We went primarily to find a willow flycatcher reported there
the day before but no luck...sigh..someday :-).

Some highlights:
- 2 orange crown warblers foraging together
- 2 Pacific slope flycatchers
- 1 male black-headed grosbeak
- 4 western tanagers
- 1 young red-shouldered hawk

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 8/27/17 11:31 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Wilson's Phalaropes, New Chicago Marsh
All,
Tried for the Ibis in New Chicago Marsh this morning (8/27) but as I had expected they did not linger over night. One hundred plus WILSON'S PHALAROPES were in the pond east of Spreckles Ave (across from the pump station). All but one of the Wilson's Phalaropes that I checked out were in non-breeding plumage (the later a nicely marked juvenile).
Later I went to the Lockheed-Martin Marsh, still hoping, but it was as dry as I've ever seen it. A flock of Phalaropes in the West Pond of the Sunnyvale Water Treatment facility were too distant to ID as to species.
Take care,
Bob Reiling.




 

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Date: 8/27/17 11:08 am
From: 'Lisa Myers' <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Swainson's Hawk over Campbell 10:45 AM
This morning while outside enjoying a cup of (shade crown, bird friendly) coffee, I noticed a dark bird circling high above with one gull. Gulls circling overhead are a common sight in the morning, but the two together were quite a contract and the darker bird meant I had to grab my binoculars. As I had hoped, it was an adult SWAINSON’S HAWK. Even before the optics the bird looked as if its wings were longer and more tapered than the more commonly seen Red-tail Hawk.

It had the light underwing coverts and the dark flight feathers; the easiest of the Swainson’s Hawk plumages to help with the ID. It circled a bit more and then hit the air current which shot it on a fast, direct flight toward the bay and Alviso!

Time was 10:45 AM.

Hope someone else sees it too.

Lisa Myers
Let’s Go Birding / Los Gatos Birdwatcher

 

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Date: 8/27/17 10:07 am
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline rail family birds, pics
Yesterday (8/26/17) at Shoreline Park I found juvenile COMMON GALLINULES
both in Adobe Creek, by the overlook
http://www.pbase.com/image/166093827

and on the northeast side of the Forebay
http://www.pbase.com/image/166093826 .

The latter spot continues good for seeing SORAS; I photographed both a
juvenile and an adult.
http://www.pbase.com/image/166093829
http://www.pbase.com/image/166093830

and even better, good views of at least one adult VIRGINIA RAIL
http://www.pbase.com/image/166093833 .

--
Tom Grey
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Date: 8/26/17 2:35 pm
From: Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ibis flock,New Chicago Marsh
2:30 Saturday: at leAst 11 White-faced Ibis with Stilts north of EEC entrance road, found by another birder. Heat waves make it hard to study faces..


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Date: 8/26/17 2:23 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Willow Flycatchers, Almaden Reservoir 8-26
I arrived too late for most migrants but found the WILLOW FLYCATCHER I
reported on 8-20. It was interacting with another WIFL just north of the
first sighting. Both birds were in the cocklebur weeds at the upper end
of Almaden Reservoir on Alamitos Road, approximately .2 miles from Hicks
Road.

One BLACK THROATED GRAY WARBLER, a YELLOW WARBLER and a PACIFIC SLOPE
FLYCATCHER were seen south of Hicks Rd. A CASSIN'S VIREO was heard in
the willows at the intersection. A few well hidden WOOD DUCKS were
perched on low branches over the water. A pair of AM. COOTS were caring
for six fuzzy young.

Twin Creeks has been extremely quiet this spring/summer with few
breeding birds found. A pair of COMMON RAVENS was often heard in the
area and today two begging young were perched together near the O'Day
property.

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Date: 8/26/17 1:12 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Willow Flycatcher - Ulistac Natural Area - Saturday Morning Aug 26, 2017
Hi Birders,

I had my first-of-season WILLOW FLYCATCHER this morning at Ulistac. I also had at least 16 YELLOW WARBLERS, 2 WILSON’S WARBLERS, 2 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, at least 8 PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHERS, 4 WESTERN TANAGERS, and a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK. I started there about 7:45 and it was almost completely quiet by 8:45 or so.

Afterwards, over at the entrance road to Don Edwards NWR in Alviso, I was lucky enough to see the 14 or so WHITE-FACED IBIS, altogether, in New Chicago Marsh. Thirty-or-so WILSON’S PHALAROPES were in the pond between Grand and Spreckels.

Good birding!
Brooke Miller
San Jose

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Date: 8/26/17 12:37 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pileated Woodpecker at Rancho San Antonio
This morning, August 26, I saw a Pileated Woodpecker at Rancho San
Antonio, along the High Meadow Trail. I have a photo and sound
recording on my eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38832919

A hiker told me about it yesterday evening, shortly after he saw it,
so I looked for it then, but I did not find it yesterday.

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Date: 8/26/17 12:11 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Matadero Riparian
Folks:

This morning, 8/26/17, I birded the Matadero riparian below Hwy 101. 
The only migrant I saw was a single YELLOW WARBLER.  A surprise was an
adult GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW.  Based on 36 years of fall arrival data,
the median arrival date is 19 Sep, so today's bird is about 24 days
early (and more than 3 standard deviations). This bird might be an
outlier (as was one on 8/23/89).  These two records are the only ones I
know of for August.  There is one record for July and three for June.

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Date: 8/26/17 11:51 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Migrants at Ulistac

All,

Brooke Miller was kind enough to get me on a Willow Flycatcher at Ulistac this morning (first of the year). I noted at least 1 House Wren and an increase in Yellow Warbler numbers (20+). Most of the same migrants from yesterday also continued, with the addition of 1 Wilson's Warbler and 1 OC Warbler (Brooke).

Good Birding,

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA


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Date: 8/26/17 11:24 am
From: Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] WFIB Flock at EEC
After Frank told me about those ibIs, I went to take a look at them and saw 14 - one adult that was clearly a White-faced and 13 juveniles that were likely White-faced, though none had pink in the face or red eyes yet to distinguish them from juvenile Glossy IbIs.

A juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper was along the west side of the Environmental Education Center entrance road, south of the railroad tracks, with 200+ Western and Least Sandpipers.

Among 900 or so dowitchers at the west end of Spreckles Avenue were about 10 calling Short-billeds, including two juveniles, though the vast majority of calling birds were Long-billeds, as is typically the case in New Chicago Marsh.

Steve Rottenborn
Morgan Hill, CA

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On Aug 26, 2017, at 10:57 AM, <Vanslagerf...><mailto:<Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...><mailto:<south-bay-birds-noreply...>> wrote:



All:

At 10 AM on 8/29/17 on the northwest side of the entrance road to the EEC there was a flock of at least 11 White-faced Ibis.

Frank Vanslager


 

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Date: 8/26/17 10:57 am
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] WFIB Flock at EEC
All:

At 10 AM on 8/29/17 on the northwest side of the entrance road to the EEC
there was a flock of at least 11 White-faced Ibis.

Frank Vanslager
 

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