SouthBayBirds
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1/18/21 6:22 pm Melissa Johnson <mitzimelissa...> Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
1/18/21 6:19 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
1/18/21 5:11 pm Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
1/18/21 3:53 pm Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...> [southbaybirds] Lake Cunningham/Thompson Creek gulls and geese
1/18/21 3:41 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Hybrid ducks, a Sparrow, and two Phainopeplas
1/18/21 3:35 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
1/18/21 3:32 pm Rick Herder <rick.herder...> [southbaybirds] Osprey in Morgan Hill
1/18/21 3:29 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Goldeneyes and more
1/18/21 3:26 pm Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...> Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
1/18/21 3:15 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
1/18/21 1:31 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Red Fox Sparrow, Heintz OSP
1/18/21 1:07 pm Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
1/18/21 1:03 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [southbaybirds] Red-necked Grebe, Redheads and Eurasion Widgeon
1/18/21 1:03 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
1/18/21 12:57 pm Marion Farber via groups.io <marion_farber...> Re: [southbaybirds] South county ramblings 1/18
1/18/21 12:42 pm Marion Farber via groups.io <marion_farber...> [southbaybirds] South county ramblings 1/18
1/18/21 10:32 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] Salt Pond A12 Access on 1/18/2021
1/17/21 10:18 pm Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Red-necked Grebe at Alviso Marina and Tropical Kingbird at Geng Road
1/17/21 12:03 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Re: [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck?
1/17/21 11:04 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck?
1/17/21 10:29 am Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [southbaybirds] Pink chested bird ID
1/17/21 10:04 am John Musa <johnnymusa...> [southbaybirds] Pink chested bird ID
1/17/21 9:59 am John Musa <johnnymusa...> [southbaybirds] Pink chested bird ID
1/16/21 10:00 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee at Calero Creek continues
1/16/21 6:40 pm Carter Gasiorowski <carter.gasiorowski...> [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Eurasian Wigeon, Red-necked Grebe, & much more at Alviso
1/16/21 5:20 pm Laura Coatney via groups.io <lcoatney22...> [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee at Calero Creek continues
1/16/21 1:15 pm Naomi <nlgoodman...> [southbaybirds] Alviso Slough
1/16/21 12:14 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck
1/16/21 11:32 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck
1/16/21 10:51 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] Sme Alviso Birding on 1/16/2021
1/15/21 10:21 pm Andrew Melnick via groups.io <andrew.melnick...> [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
1/15/21 7:57 pm Barry Langdon-Lassagne via groups.io <wilmot...> [southbaybirds] Prairie Falcon at Sierra Vista OSP
1/15/21 5:12 pm Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...> Re: [southbaybirds] Wunderlich County Park
1/15/21 3:52 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Lake - Mendoza Ranch and the Dam
1/15/21 3:25 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley
1/15/21 2:44 pm Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...> [southbaybirds] Wunderlich County Park
1/15/21 2:40 pm Joe Parker <jandkparker...> [southbaybirds] 15 Jan Birding - Burrowing Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon
1/15/21 2:01 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Sanborn CP
1/14/21 9:59 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> Re: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds and Oddities
1/14/21 9:41 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Shorebirds and Oddities
1/14/21 9:16 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards - Gull ID
1/14/21 8:09 pm Audry Nicklin <amnicklin...> [southbaybirds] Don Edwards - Gull ID
1/14/21 12:36 pm Joe Parker <jandkparker...> [southbaybirds] Lick Mill Park Hermit Warbler - 14 Jan
1/14/21 11:54 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] White-headed Ruddy Duck at A8 and Red-necked Grebe at Alviso on 1/14/2021
1/14/21 11:50 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Ref-necked Grebe
1/14/21 10:38 am Joe Parker <jandkparker...> [southbaybirds] Red-necked Grebe
1/14/21 10:13 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
1/13/21 6:25 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...> Re: [southbaybirds] Snow geese?
1/13/21 5:46 pm Mike Rogers via groups.io <Michael.M.Rogers...> Re: [EXTERNAL] [southbaybirds] Snow Geese?
1/13/21 5:35 pm Deanne Tucker <dtucker...> [southbaybirds] Snow Geese?
1/13/21 5:19 pm <dtucker...> [southbaybirds] Snow geese?
1/13/21 4:44 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> Re: [southbaybirds] RNGR in Alviso
1/13/21 4:09 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] McClellan Ranch and McClellan Groundwater Recharge Pond
1/13/21 3:53 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Red-necked Grebe & male Blue-winged Teal
1/13/21 1:45 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley 1/13
1/13/21 12:44 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto feeder birds new in 2021
1/13/21 11:26 am Mike Rogers via groups.io <Michael.M.Rogers...> [southbaybirds] RNGR in Alviso
1/13/21 10:19 am Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...> Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto feeder birds new in 2021
1/13/21 8:59 am Natasha Dehn <nedehn...> [southbaybirds] Palo Alto feeder birds new in 2021
1/12/21 8:46 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> Re: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow, Tropical Kingbird, and possible Eurasian GW Teal at San Francisquito/Geng Rd.
1/12/21 8:41 pm bobhirt2004 via groups.io <Bobhirt...> Re: [southbaybirds] Type of Goldeneye??
1/12/21 7:53 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> Re: [southbaybirds] Type of Goldeneye??
1/12/21 6:56 pm Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...> [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow, Tropical Kingbird, and possible Eurasian GW Teal at San Francisquito/Geng Rd.
1/12/21 6:17 pm Bob Strobe <Bstrobejr...> [southbaybirds] Type of Goldeneye??
1/12/21 1:38 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Eurasian Wigeon in Coast Casey Forebay
1/11/21 7:37 pm Ann Lam via groups.io <spdsannl...> Re: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow - Palo Alto Baylands - Sun 10-Jan
1/11/21 5:51 pm suresh t <tsuresh0...> Re: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow - Palo Alto Baylands - Sun 10-Jan
1/11/21 5:06 pm Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...> [southbaybirds] T. Kingbird at Geng Road
1/11/21 3:19 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Hermit Warbler & Swamp Sparrow
1/11/21 3:02 pm Melissa Johnson <mitzimelissa...> [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow at Overfelt Gardens, SJ - continues 1/11
1/10/21 9:42 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] chasing rarities 1/10
1/10/21 6:30 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...> [southbaybirds] chasing rarities 1/10
1/10/21 6:05 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
1/10/21 5:31 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
1/10/21 4:44 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
1/10/21 1:46 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Stile Ranch Trail - Horned Lark
1/10/21 1:30 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
1/10/21 1:23 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow - Palo Alto Baylands - Sun 10-Jan
1/10/21 1:02 pm Luca <luucaa...> Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
1/10/21 12:58 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
1/10/21 12:53 pm Luca <luucaa...> [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
1/10/21 11:17 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] The Green-tailed Towhee Continues at Calero Creek Trail on 1/10/2021
1/10/21 9:14 am Audry Nicklin <amnicklin...> [southbaybirds] Full Day Of Birding - Highlights
1/9/21 11:57 am Andrew Bradshaw <acbradshaw005...> Re: [southbaybirds] Phainopeplas at Stanford Dish
1/9/21 10:31 am Andrew Bradshaw <acbradshaw005...> [southbaybirds] Phainopeplas at Stanford Dish
1/9/21 9:02 am Caitlin Chock <caitlin.crash...> [southbaybirds] Byxbee Park Friday 1/8/21
1/9/21 8:52 am Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...> [southbaybirds] King Tides this weekend
1/8/21 11:06 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> Re: [southbaybirds] Are these all Western Gulls (picture taken today at Charleston Slough).
1/8/21 9:52 pm Alice Smith <alice.smith...> [southbaybirds] Are these all Western Gulls (picture taken today at Charleston Slough).
1/8/21 4:28 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley, Greater White-fronted Goose at Shoreline, and a variety of salt ponds
1/8/21 2:39 pm Kathleen McGall via groups.io <katom882002...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bird id help
1/8/21 2:20 pm Naomi <nlgoodman...> Re: [southbaybirds] Short-eared Owl and Phainopepla at Stanford Dish Trail
1/8/21 2:20 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Ulistac Natural Area
1/8/21 1:53 pm Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Summer Tanager
1/8/21 1:22 pm dvdovalina via groups.io <dvdovalina...> [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull continues at Don Edwards
1/8/21 12:57 pm Joe Heinlein <Jgheinlein...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bird id help
1/8/21 12:55 pm Kathleen McGall via groups.io <katom882002...> [southbaybirds] Bird id help
1/8/21 11:53 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] The Hermit Warbler Continues at Lick Mill Park on 1/8/2021
1/8/21 11:46 am Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> Re: [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull and adult male Eurasian Wigeon
1/8/21 9:40 am Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...> [southbaybirds] Ring-necked Ducks ...
1/8/21 8:01 am Christoph Randler <christoph.randler...> [southbaybirds] Covid - birding
1/7/21 8:04 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> Re: [southbaybirds] Short-eared Owl and Phainopepla at Stanford Dish Trail
1/7/21 6:54 pm Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...> Re: [southbaybirds] Short-eared Owl and Phainopepla at Stanford Dish Trail
1/7/21 5:32 pm Bruce Barrett <coddler...> Re: [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull and adult male Eurasian Wigeon
1/7/21 5:14 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull and adult male Eurasian Wigeon
1/7/21 9:33 am Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow at Belgatos
1/6/21 11:30 pm Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [southbaybirds] Shoreline at Mountain View Highlights 6 January
1/6/21 11:00 pm Oliver Zhang <BLACKROCKARTSTUDIO...> Re: [southbaybirds] Shoreline at Mountain View Highlights 6 January
1/6/21 6:36 pm Carter Gasiorowski <carter.gasiorowski...> [southbaybirds] Prairie Falcon & Ferruginous Hawk
1/6/21 5:24 pm Ryan Phillips <norcalbirding...> [southbaybirds] Shoreline at Mountain View Highlights 6 January
1/6/21 5:14 pm lazuli12 via groups.io <lazuli12...> [southbaybirds] Mergansers at Almaden Reservoir
1/6/21 5:14 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] New Chicago Marsh, Pond A16, and Breached A17
1/6/21 5:05 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> Re: [southbaybirds] Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)
1/6/21 3:00 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] Sanborn County Park: Main Entrance: Varied Thrush, Pygmy Nuthatches, Pacific Wren
1/6/21 2:56 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] An Addendum to my earlier posts.
1/6/21 2:47 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] A Reposting of :The Great Horned Owl Continues at Elm Picnic Area of Ed Levin on 1/6/2021
1/6/21 2:03 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> Re: [southbaybirds] 910 Bonaparte's Gulls at Palo Alto Baylands on January 1
1/6/21 12:32 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] The Great Horned Owl Continues at Elm Picnic Area of Ed Levin on 1/6/2021
1/5/21 7:20 pm Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...> [southbaybirds] Short-eared Owl and Phainopepla at Stanford Dish Trail
1/5/21 4:43 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Snow Goose in Hidden Lake Park, Milpitas
1/5/21 4:10 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> Re: [southbaybirds] 910 Bonaparte's Gulls at Palo Alto Baylands on January 1
1/5/21 2:43 pm Joe Parker <jandkparker...> [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee, Tropical Kingbird & Glaucous Gull
1/5/21 1:13 pm Ben Pearl <bpearl...> Re: [southbaybirds] [pen-bird] Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
1/5/21 12:36 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] Some Birding at Shoreline on 1/5/2021
1/5/21 10:50 am Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...> Re: [southbaybirds] Green Towhee
1/5/21 10:43 am Kevin Gin <kevinagin...> Re: [southbaybirds] Green Towhee
1/5/21 10:25 am Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Pond Birds
1/5/21 8:46 am susan <susan...> [southbaybirds] Green Towhee
1/4/21 10:48 pm Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...> [southbaybirds] 910 Bonaparte's Gulls at Palo Alto Baylands on January 1
1/4/21 6:59 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] Ferruginous Hawks
1/4/21 6:41 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Eagle, Snow & Cackling Geese at Hall Memorial Park Jan 4
1/4/21 6:15 pm Audry Nicklin <amnicklin...> [southbaybirds] Northern Flicker Yellow X Red
1/3/21 5:23 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] January 3rd... FOY birds
1/3/21 4:02 pm Eric Hamilton via groups.io <eric_hamilton_2000...> Re: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County year birds - 1/1/2021
1/3/21 4:00 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow Oak Canyon
1/3/21 1:56 pm Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] The Common Loon Continues On A4 On 1/3/2021
1/2/21 7:37 pm bobhirt2004 via groups.io <Bobhirt...> Re: [southbaybirds] Summer Tanager - yes
1/2/21 7:11 pm Joe Parker <jandkparker...> [southbaybirds] Summer Tanager - yes
1/2/21 6:08 pm dporter53 via groups.io <dporter53...> Re: [southbaybirds] Mergansers at MvClellen Ponds
1/2/21 6:03 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] January 2nd: More "FOY" birds
1/2/21 5:36 pm Larry Spivak via groups.io <larry8141...> [southbaybirds] Mergansers at MvClellen Ponds
1/2/21 4:59 pm Linda Solis <lskessel...> Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
1/2/21 4:55 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...> [southbaybirds] Bayside 1/2
1/2/21 4:25 pm Joe Parker <jandkparker...> [southbaybirds] Pond A4
1/2/21 4:13 pm Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...> [southbaybirds] Pond Birds
1/2/21 1:53 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
1/2/21 1:37 pm Kirsten Holmquist <kirsten.holmquist...> Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
1/2/21 1:37 pm Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
1/2/21 1:34 pm Chris Overington <chris.overington...> Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
1/2/21 1:21 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
1/2/21 7:22 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] January 1st birds and eBird
1/1/21 11:21 pm m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...> [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County year birds - 1/1/2021
1/1/21 6:28 pm Carter Gasiorowski <carter.gasiorowski...> [southbaybirds] New Year's Day Birding
1/1/21 5:24 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Almaden Valley highlights on 1-01-21
1/1/21 3:20 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing rarities
1/1/21 3:05 pm Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> Re: [southbaybirds] Continuing Rarities - Summer Tanager and Green-tailed Towhee
1/1/21 8:07 am Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] End of the Year at Ed Levin
1/1/21 5:31 am <southbaybirds...> Group Moderators <southbaybirds...> [southbaybirds] South Bay Birds Monthly Reminder #guidelines-notice
12/31/20 4:47 pm Oliver Zhang <BLACKROCKARTSTUDIO...> [southbaybirds] Shoreline Lake Mergansers
12/31/20 3:35 pm Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...> Re: [southbaybirds] Greater Scaup PA bay lands
12/31/20 11:58 am Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> [southbaybirds] Lots of Mergansers at Bubb Rd Perc Pond
12/30/20 11:01 pm Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Rarities - Summer Tanager and Green-tailed Towhee
12/30/20 5:20 pm Vivek Tiwari <spiderhunters...> [southbaybirds] Backyard birding (and article on Bird Diversity and Life Satisfaction)
12/30/20 4:42 pm Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...> [southbaybirds] Greater Scaup PA bay lands
12/30/20 1:50 pm Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...> [southbaybirds] Ed Levin Park 12/30 (also east bay hills)
12/30/20 1:38 pm Peter E Hart <peterehart...> [southbaybirds] RTHA x RLHA a no-show
12/30/20 12:21 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> Re: [southbaybirds] Help with backyard visitors ID: House finch or purple finch?
12/30/20 11:36 am John Hurley <jhurley13...> [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues 12-30-20
12/30/20 11:35 am Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...> [southbaybirds] Help with backyard visitors ID: House finch or purple finch?
12/30/20 10:55 am bilal al-shahwany via groups.io <bilal_al_shahwany...> [southbaybirds] End of Geng road, Palo Alto
12/30/20 9:26 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Costa's Hummingbird at Santa Teresa CP (iNaturalist sighting)
12/30/20 9:03 am Matthew O'Brien <matthewobrien...> Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Costa's Hummingbird at Santa Teresa CP (iNaturalist sighting)
12/30/20 9:00 am Bill Bousman <barlowi...> Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Costa's Hummingbird at Santa Teresa CP (iNaturalist sighting)
12/30/20 8:13 am Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> [southbaybirds] Possible Costa's Hummingbird at Santa Teresa CP (iNaturalist sighting)
12/30/20 7:54 am Andrew Bradshaw <acbradshaw005...> Re: [southbaybirds] Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk hybrid at Monte Bello OSP
12/30/20 12:40 am Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> [southbaybirds] [ADMIN] SBB content
12/29/20 8:14 pm Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
12/29/20 8:08 pm Ryan Phillips <norcalbirding...> [southbaybirds] Shoreline at Mountain View Highlights
12/29/20 5:22 pm Ryan Phillips <norcalbirding...> Re: [southbaybirds] Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk hybrid at Monte Bello OSP
12/29/20 5:07 pm Peter E Hart <peterehart...> [southbaybirds] Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk hybrid at Monte Bello OSP
12/29/20 4:37 pm cplatero1112usa via groups.io <cplatero1112usa...> Re: [southbaybirds] Summer Tananger
12/29/20 4:37 pm cplatero1112usa via groups.io <cplatero1112usa...> Re: [southbaybirds] Summer Tananger
12/29/20 3:41 pm Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> [southbaybirds] NOVEMBER 2020 - Santa Clara County Cumulative Bird Report
12/29/20 2:25 pm Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley Sector Summary - Calero-Morgan Hill CBC
12/29/20 1:57 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Cedar Waxwing flock in yard
12/29/20 1:07 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed towhee continues + Empid flycatcher
12/29/20 12:09 pm Gena Zolotar via groups.io <gzolotar...> Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed towhee continues + Empid flycatcher
12/29/20 11:54 am Anne Harrington <anneharr...> Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
12/29/20 11:30 am bilal al-shahwany via groups.io <bilal_al_shahwany...> Re: [southbaybirds] Lick Mill Park and Ulistac
12/29/20 10:27 am Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...> [southbaybirds] Green-tailed towhee continues
12/29/20 9:58 am Mike Voydanoff <mike...> Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
12/29/20 9:39 am lavin_fara <pdunten...> Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
12/29/20 6:07 am Laurie Alaimo via groups.io <environmom95112...> Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
12/28/20 9:56 pm Vivek Tiwari <spiderhunters...> [southbaybirds] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC - Hellyer Pk 12/26
12/28/20 9:55 pm bobhirt2004 via groups.io <Bobhirt...> Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
12/28/20 8:40 pm Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
12/28/20 4:55 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Lick Mill Park and Ulistac
12/28/20 3:29 pm Steve Patt <stevenpatt...> [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
12/28/20 11:52 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee Continues
12/28/20 11:18 am Oliver Zhang <BLACKROCKARTSTUDIO...> [southbaybirds] Shoreline Lakes
12/28/20 10:06 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee Continues
12/27/20 4:40 pm Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> [southbaybirds] CBC: Almaden Quicksilver - McAbee Entrance
12/27/20 4:27 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Wilson Snipe & Common Loon
12/27/20 2:35 pm m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...> [southbaybirds] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC - 12/26/2020
12/27/20 11:32 am Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...> [southbaybirds] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC: IBM Almaden
12/27/20 9:59 am Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...> [southbaybirds] The Common Loon Continues at A4 on 12/27/2020
12/27/20 9:51 am janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Almaden Valley CBC route
12/27/20 9:24 am Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...> Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
12/27/20 9:10 am Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
12/27/20 8:58 am Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...> Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
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Date: 1/18/21 6:22 pm
From: Melissa Johnson <mitzimelissa...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
Thanks for the tips on Barrow's & hybrids.The photos posted looks like what
I misidentified as Barrows as well. I've updated my ebird (and my brain
hopefully);
will definitely look for the spur and better wing and face patch markings
going forward. fun stuff! ~Melissa Johnson


On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 5:11 PM Mike Voydanoff <mike...> wrote:

> I take it back - the male Barrow's I saw was the same hybrid that Brooke
> posted a picture of. Unfortunately I didn't see the female Barrow's among
> the hundred or so Common Goldeneyes that were there..
>
> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 1:06 PM Mike Voydanoff <mike...> wrote:
>
>> I can confirm that there is a male BAGO upstream from the boat launch.
>> Also saw the RNGR through scope in the downstream direction.
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 1:03 PM Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=
>> <me.com...> wrote:
>>
>>> Folks,
>>>
>>> This morning I saw one female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a possible male,
>>> as well, in Alviso Slough upstream from the Alviso boat ramp. There are
>>> lots of COMMON GOLDENEYES in this area so it took a while to look through
>>> them all to find these birds, and I did get help from Bob Reiling who was
>>> there and had seen the female earlier. I heard some strange rail-like
>>> noise I could not connect to any rail I’ve heard, so I was scanning the far
>>> shore and got a quick glimpse of a VIRGINIA RAIL come down to the water and
>>> quickly go back and hide in the plants. I’m assuming that is what I
>>> heard. Also, a lone BARN SWALLOW flew over me here, and Bob Reiling
>>> pointed out a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. On my way back to my car I looked
>>> downstream in the slough from the boat ramp and saw that the RED-NECKED
>>> GREBE was still there but quite a ways downstream.
>>>
>>> As Frank mentioned in his earlier email, the trails around the salt
>>> ponds are closed today, as work is being done on the levees on weekdays.
>>> So, we’ll have to wait until at least Saturday to get out to look for the
>>> Long-tailed Duck.
>>>
>>> Brooke Miller
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>
>


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Date: 1/18/21 6:19 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
Six days back (1/12/21) I had the pleasure and surprise of my first ever
sighting of PYGMY NUTHATCHES, three of them, at my backyard fountain at the
south end of the Stanford campus.
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171346944
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171346925

At the same spot and in the same bird influx, I also had a PINE SISKIN:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171347098

And I've also had CEDAR WAXWINGS including this interaction several weeks
back (12/29/20):
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171336536

Suggestions about what's up with that one are welcome.


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Date: 1/18/21 5:11 pm
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
I take it back - the male Barrow's I saw was the same hybrid that Brooke
posted a picture of. Unfortunately I didn't see the female Barrow's among
the hundred or so Common Goldeneyes that were there..

On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 1:06 PM Mike Voydanoff <mike...> wrote:

> I can confirm that there is a male BAGO upstream from the boat launch.
> Also saw the RNGR through scope in the downstream direction.
>
> On Mon, Jan 18, 2021 at 1:03 PM Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds=
> <me.com...> wrote:
>
>> Folks,
>>
>> This morning I saw one female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a possible male, as
>> well, in Alviso Slough upstream from the Alviso boat ramp. There are lots
>> of COMMON GOLDENEYES in this area so it took a while to look through them
>> all to find these birds, and I did get help from Bob Reiling who was there
>> and had seen the female earlier. I heard some strange rail-like noise I
>> could not connect to any rail I’ve heard, so I was scanning the far shore
>> and got a quick glimpse of a VIRGINIA RAIL come down to the water and
>> quickly go back and hide in the plants. I’m assuming that is what I
>> heard. Also, a lone BARN SWALLOW flew over me here, and Bob Reiling
>> pointed out a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. On my way back to my car I looked
>> downstream in the slough from the boat ramp and saw that the RED-NECKED
>> GREBE was still there but quite a ways downstream.
>>
>> As Frank mentioned in his earlier email, the trails around the salt ponds
>> are closed today, as work is being done on the levees on weekdays. So,
>> we’ll have to wait until at least Saturday to get out to look for the
>> Long-tailed Duck.
>>
>> Brooke Miller
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>


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Date: 1/18/21 3:53 pm
From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Lake Cunningham/Thompson Creek gulls and geese
This afternoon I went to check the loafing gull flock that hangs out at Thompson Creek, just south of the Tully Road crossing. I'm sure this is probably known to some of you, but if anyone is looking for new opportunities to torment themselves with gulls, this can be a good place to study a nice variety of gulls up close without the need for a scope. Iceland Gulls are easy to see here. Not as many gulls today as on my last visit but maybe certain times are better than others for high numbers. Though I did not see any unusual gull species, I did see the 5 minima Cackling Geese that have been in the area recently.
After leaving the creek I crossed the road and scoped the very windy Lake Cunningham. Sorting through the many gulls on the lake did not yield any surprises but I was pleased to see 4 Wilson's Snipe on the shore, and 8 Hooded Mergansers and 4 Greater White-fronted Geese in the water at the west end of the lake. A distant Eared Grebe unexpectedly standing upright on a rock froze my brain for several moments.
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Date: 1/18/21 3:41 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Hybrid ducks, a Sparrow, and two Phainopeplas
After finding the Long-tailed Duck on Saturday, Cricket and I spent some time searching the Alviso Slough for the Barrow’s Goldeneye that has recently been reported here. An apparent hybrid Barrow’s x Common Goldeneye male was there, but not a true Barrow’s. At least not for us… The same hybrid combination has been seen at Shoreline Lake recently as well. I’m wondering how many other hybrid Goldeneyes are out there, if any. I’m seeing more of them than actual Barrow’s… Anyway, I also learned that weekends are WAY more crowded at the Alviso Marina and EEC entrance road than other times, and it has been quite difficult to park of late. More than once I’ve had to park in the neighborhood outside of the park because of all the cars. Many boats on the slough as well, which tends to flush the ducks just as one begins to scan through the raft.

Yesterday, the male and female PHAINOPEPLA appeared briefly in the mistletoe-laden oak 150 yards southeast of the large dish. I heard the soft whistle from inside the mistletoe and managed to see the female for a minute or more, and the male for a few seconds as it emerged and then ducked back in. The trail was quite crowded and of course one-way because of COVID. It’s about a 3-mile walk all around the loop.

This morning I also made my third attempt to see the SWAMP SPARROW at Overfelt Gardens and was finally successful. The bird called twice, a sibilant “tchink!", but was otherwise silent. It eventually showed itself near the dead raccoon after I made some kissing sounds. I got pretty good looks at it from below the wooden deck on your left immediately after entering through the main gate, which opens at 10:00 AM.

GULL CLASS Tonight:
https://ticketbud.com/events/0ba491d6-5136-11eb-b2f1-42010a71700f <https://ticketbud.com/events/0ba491d6-5136-11eb-b2f1-42010a71700f>

Speaker Series with SAHAS BARVE Wednesday night:
https://scvas.org/event-calendar/speaker-series-2020-event-cbd25-th4ks-ybnrn <https://scvas.org/event-calendar/speaker-series-2020-event-cbd25-th4ks-ybnrn>

Matthew

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Date: 1/18/21 3:35 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
I stopped by the Alviso Marina today, 18 Jan 2021, to try and find the goldeneyes in the slough. I saw the same two birds (male and female) that Brooke Miller and others reported. 
To me, the male looks like an obvious hybrid. Though there is a white crescent on the face, it seems somewhat attenuated to me. The white scapular spots are melting into each other, without the distinct black separation that a pure Barrow's would show. Also, there seems to be a total lack of a black spur at the shoulder.
On the other hand, the female looks good to me as a BARROW'S GOLDENEYE. The bill is extensively orange, and looks smaller and daintier then on a female Common. The forehead looks steeper in comparison with the Commons, and the brown color of the head looks a shade darker.
Michael Mammoser

On Monday, January 18, 2021, 03:15:12 PM PST, Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> wrote:

Folks,
Here are photos I took of the two goldeneyes I believe to be BARROW’S GOLDENEYES (female and male) in Alviso Slough earlier today.  
Brooke Miller



On Jan 18, 2021, at 1:02 PM, Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> wrote:
Folks,

This morning I saw one female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a possible male, as well, in Alviso Slough upstream from the Alviso boat ramp.  There are lots of COMMON GOLDENEYES in this area so it took a while to look through them all to find these birds, and I did get help from Bob Reiling who was there and had seen the female earlier.   I heard some strange rail-like noise I could not connect to any rail I’ve heard, so I was scanning the far shore and got a quick glimpse of a VIRGINIA RAIL come down to the water and quickly go back and hide in the plants.  I’m assuming that is what I heard.   Also, a lone BARN SWALLOW flew over me here, and Bob Reiling pointed out a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. On my way back to my car I looked downstream in the slough from the boat ramp and saw that the RED-NECKED GREBE was still there but quite a ways downstream.

As Frank mentioned in his earlier email, the trails around the salt ponds are closed today, as work is being done on the levees on weekdays.  So, we’ll have to wait until at least Saturday to get out to look for the Long-tailed Duck.

Brooke Miller











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Date: 1/18/21 3:32 pm
From: Rick Herder <rick.herder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Osprey in Morgan Hill
Walking the dog along Coyote Creek at the east end of Burnett Avenue in Morgan Hill, an OSPREY cruised by headed north, downstream, around 2:30pm on Monday.   I was very happy to see it as they seem to be scarce lately.  We missed it on the Christmas Count.  Otherwise birding was not great as it was very windy.  Numerous GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS and LESSER GOLDFINCHES in the shrubs, but otherwise quiet except for the roar of the freeway.


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Date: 1/18/21 3:29 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Goldeneyes and more
All,

After checking out the RED-NECKED GREBE with Frank Vanslager at the Alviso boat launch I went to look for the reported adult male Barrow’ Goldeneye further upstream. At about 8:35 I spotted what appeared to be a hybrid male Barrow’s x Common Goldeneye (I took several photos, swimming to the right in attached photo). Later at about 8:50 I spotted an adult female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE near the moored boats (see attached photo). At about 10:40 I returned to the moored boats after checking out other sites where I ran into Brooke Miller and spotted what appeared to be a second hybrid Barrow’s x Common Goldeneye (swimming left in attached photo).

In my opinion the two, male Goldeneyes seen and photographed this morning (1/18) in Guadalupe Slough/Alviso Slough, upstream of the boat launch, are hybrid Barrow’s x Common Goldeneyes. Neither male has a recognizable spur (much beyond that normally seen on Common Goldeneyes). The scapulars are also excessively white lacking the well defined black visible on adult male Barrow’s Goldeneye. The adult female Barrow’s Goldeneye appears correct for the species even thou the slope of her forehead seemed a bit shallow.

Other birds seen today (1/18) at about 10:05 include a “tan -striped” WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (attached photo) and a SOOTY FOX SPARROW with a mixed flock of Crowned Sparrows at the “old seep” 50 feet North of Ulistac site #2

Take care,

Bob Reiling


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Date: 1/18/21 3:26 pm
From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
Hi Brooke, the male goldeneye pictured appears to be a hybrid - there is pretty extensive white in the scapulars and the white patch on the face is intermediate in shape and does not extend above the eye. 
Steve TuckerSan Jose
On Monday, January 18, 2021, 03:15:11 PM PST, Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> wrote:

Folks,
Here are photos I took of the two goldeneyes I believe to be BARROW’S GOLDENEYES (female and male) in Alviso Slough earlier today.  
Brooke Miller



On Jan 18, 2021, at 1:02 PM, Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> wrote:
Folks,

This morning I saw one female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a possible male, as well, in Alviso Slough upstream from the Alviso boat ramp.  There are lots of COMMON GOLDENEYES in this area so it took a while to look through them all to find these birds, and I did get help from Bob Reiling who was there and had seen the female earlier.   I heard some strange rail-like noise I could not connect to any rail I’ve heard, so I was scanning the far shore and got a quick glimpse of a VIRGINIA RAIL come down to the water and quickly go back and hide in the plants.  I’m assuming that is what I heard.   Also, a lone BARN SWALLOW flew over me here, and Bob Reiling pointed out a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. On my way back to my car I looked downstream in the slough from the boat ramp and saw that the RED-NECKED GREBE was still there but quite a ways downstream.

As Frank mentioned in his earlier email, the trails around the salt ponds are closed today, as work is being done on the levees on weekdays.  So, we’ll have to wait until at least Saturday to get out to look for the Long-tailed Duck.

Brooke Miller











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Date: 1/18/21 3:15 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
Folks,

Here are photos I took of the two goldeneyes I believe to be BARROW’S GOLDENEYES (female and male) in Alviso Slough earlier today.

Brooke Miller



> On Jan 18, 2021, at 1:02 PM, Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> wrote:
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> Folks,
>
> This morning I saw one female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a possible male, as well, in Alviso Slough upstream from the Alviso boat ramp. There are lots of COMMON GOLDENEYES in this area so it took a while to look through them all to find these birds, and I did get help from Bob Reiling who was there and had seen the female earlier. I heard some strange rail-like noise I could not connect to any rail I’ve heard, so I was scanning the far shore and got a quick glimpse of a VIRGINIA RAIL come down to the water and quickly go back and hide in the plants. I’m assuming that is what I heard. Also, a lone BARN SWALLOW flew over me here, and Bob Reiling pointed out a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. On my way back to my car I looked downstream in the slough from the boat ramp and saw that the RED-NECKED GREBE was still there but quite a ways downstream.
>
> As Frank mentioned in his earlier email, the trails around the salt ponds are closed today, as work is being done on the levees on weekdays. So, we’ll have to wait until at least Saturday to get out to look for the Long-tailed Duck.
>
> Brooke Miller
>
>
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Date: 1/18/21 1:31 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Red Fox Sparrow, Heintz OSP


Deciding a sheltered location would be the best place to bird, I headed
a short distance from my home mid morning. Heintz Open Space Preserve in
Los Gatos off Blossom Hill Road has another trail beside the entrance on
Regent, where I bird. I found the *White-throated Sparrow* I had heard a
week ago on the trail before the Y.  I turned left at the Y where I had
more sparrows to look through and found three Fox Sparrows, one a *Red
Fox Sparrow*. My blurry photos from a video are beyond help and attached
as is.

A few Merriam's Chipmunks scampered across the trail. Other birds here
were *Cal. Thrasher*,***Wrentit*, several singing *Hutton's Vireo,
**Hermit Thrush* another Fox Sparrow and  misc woodland birds.

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Date: 1/18/21 1:07 pm
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
I can confirm that there is a male BAGO upstream from the boat launch. Also
saw the RNGR through scope in the downstream direction.

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<me.com...> wrote:

> Folks,
>
> This morning I saw one female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a possible male, as
> well, in Alviso Slough upstream from the Alviso boat ramp. There are lots
> of COMMON GOLDENEYES in this area so it took a while to look through them
> all to find these birds, and I did get help from Bob Reiling who was there
> and had seen the female earlier. I heard some strange rail-like noise I
> could not connect to any rail I’ve heard, so I was scanning the far shore
> and got a quick glimpse of a VIRGINIA RAIL come down to the water and
> quickly go back and hide in the plants. I’m assuming that is what I
> heard. Also, a lone BARN SWALLOW flew over me here, and Bob Reiling
> pointed out a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. On my way back to my car I looked
> downstream in the slough from the boat ramp and saw that the RED-NECKED
> GREBE was still there but quite a ways downstream.
>
> As Frank mentioned in his earlier email, the trails around the salt ponds
> are closed today, as work is being done on the levees on weekdays. So,
> we’ll have to wait until at least Saturday to get out to look for the
> Long-tailed Duck.
>
> Brooke Miller
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


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Date: 1/18/21 1:03 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Red-necked Grebe, Redheads and Eurasion Widgeon
Hi Birders,
We stopped by Alviso Boat Launch and saw the Red-necked Grebe, but it was about as far down the channel as it could get without being out of sight. We had a spotting scope so we could see him clearly and just barely with 10x bins. There was a noticeable tidal outflow from the boat channel which I suspect promoted the distance we observed. Perhaps with a tidal inflow, the bird will be found closer?

We stopped by Sunnyvale WPCP on the way home and walked up to the temporary gate that stops folks from walking to the radar dome just north of the water treatment plant. From there we scoped N-NW to the WPCP West Pond. It had hundreds of Canvasbacks and Northern Shovelers with a smattering of American Wigeons. After several minutes of scanning I saw 2 Redheads and a Eurasian Wigeon. The Redheads were mixing it up with the Canvasbacks so they were hard to spot. The Wigeon was off on its own and gave me a great profile view clearly showing its white wing patch.


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Date: 1/18/21 1:03 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Barrows Goldeneye(s) and Red-necked Grebe Continue in Alviso
Folks,

This morning I saw one female BARROW’S GOLDENEYE, and a possible male, as well, in Alviso Slough upstream from the Alviso boat ramp. There are lots of COMMON GOLDENEYES in this area so it took a while to look through them all to find these birds, and I did get help from Bob Reiling who was there and had seen the female earlier. I heard some strange rail-like noise I could not connect to any rail I’ve heard, so I was scanning the far shore and got a quick glimpse of a VIRGINIA RAIL come down to the water and quickly go back and hide in the plants. I’m assuming that is what I heard. Also, a lone BARN SWALLOW flew over me here, and Bob Reiling pointed out a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. On my way back to my car I looked downstream in the slough from the boat ramp and saw that the RED-NECKED GREBE was still there but quite a ways downstream.

As Frank mentioned in his earlier email, the trails around the salt ponds are closed today, as work is being done on the levees on weekdays. So, we’ll have to wait until at least Saturday to get out to look for the Long-tailed Duck.

Brooke Miller



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Date: 1/18/21 12:57 pm
From: Marion Farber via groups.io <marion_farber...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] South county ramblings 1/18
Oops! Didn't mean to add the photo twice. 😄


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Date: 1/18/21 12:42 pm
From: Marion Farber via groups.io <marion_farber...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] South county ramblings 1/18
I have been on a quest to see Wood Ducks, and the ones on Calero Creek south of Harry Road are so skittish that I've only seen a few brief glimpses of them, so I decided to try Coyote Creek by the Coyote Creek Visitor Center off of Cochrane Rd in Morgan Hill.  I arrived around 9am, and when I opened my car door, I immediately heard the Wood Duck's zzzeeee call.  I walked over to the creek, and there were about 6 male and a few female *Wood Ducks* , hanging out with Mallards.  They were in full view, and were not at all skittish, so I got good long views!  Success number one!

So I decided to try for the Green-tailed Towhee near Santa Theresa Creek.  On the way, I stopped at Calero Reservoir, and got good looks at an adult *Bald Eagle* soaring over the western end.  Some grebes were doing their neck-bowing display, but I didn't see any rushing behaviors.  When I arrived at the Towhee spot, I waited for 15 minutes and saw no activity on the dirt road by the orchard, so I moved over to the creek bed itself, and eventually saw a group of Golden-crowned Sparrows foraging, then a pair of California Towhees joined them, then Bingo!  I saw the *Green-tailed Towhee!* I got good long looks through my scope.  They worked their way up the slope to the east of the creek, then I lost them.

A very satisfying morning!


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Date: 1/18/21 10:32 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Salt Pond A12 Access on 1/18/2021
All:

I arrived at the Alviso Marina a few minutes after 8, and found that the boardwalk leading to A12 was padlocked shut.  The other way around the marsh was also closed, so there didn't appear to be any way to walk out to A11.

Bob Reiling also showed up, and I got a look through his scope at the Red-necked Grebe far down the launch channel.

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Date: 1/17/21 10:18 pm
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Red-necked Grebe at Alviso Marina and Tropical Kingbird at Geng Road
This morning Peggy Macres and I had our patience rewarded, as we waited for most of the morning in the boat launch vicinity before the RED-NECKED GREBE made its appearance, downstream from the launch near where there is a bend in the slough. This was Santa Clara county bird #298 for me…hoping for #300 to happen in 2021! There’s a long walk for a Red Knot in my future...

There are pictures in my eBird list - https://ebird.org/checklist/S79426789

Enroute home we stopped at Geng Road, where Peggy got a good look or two at the TROPICAL KINGBIRD, while I merely heard its rapid fire twittering call.

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
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Date: 1/17/21 12:03 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck?
Sorry, I’m at A10.

> On Jan 17, 2021, at 11:04 AM, Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> wrote:
>
> Hi Everyone,
>
> I think I’m seeing the long tailed duck from here: 37°26′47″ N 122°0′20″ W.
>
> I’m at A12 just beyond A11.
>
> Without a scope I see white body, dark head, long dark tail
>
> Eve Meier


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Date: 1/17/21 11:04 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck?
Hi Everyone,

I think I’m seeing the long tailed duck from here: 37°26′47″ N 122°0′20″ W.

I’m at A12 just beyond A11.

Without a scope I see white body, dark head, long dark tail

Eve Meier

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Date: 1/17/21 10:29 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Pink chested bird ID
HI

Looks sort of like a House Finch, but bigger billed and more extensively reddish. So this is a Purple Finch.

A male.

Alvaro



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[Edited Message Follows]

I can’t find him in my guide? He’s very protective of his water dish on the deck shooing other birds away





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Date: 1/17/21 10:04 am
From: John Musa <johnnymusa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pink chested bird ID
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I can’t find him in my guide? He’s very protective of his water dish on the deck shooing other birds away


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Date: 1/17/21 9:59 am
From: John Musa <johnnymusa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pink chested bird ID
I can’t find him in my guide? He’s very protective if his water dish on the deck shooing other birds away


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Date: 1/16/21 10:00 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee at Calero Creek continues
I missed the Towhee yesterday, but did spend time with a pair of
White-tailed Kites. For most of the time, they hunted separately, but for a
few minutes, they literally shared the same space. When one of them caught
dinner though, it wasn't about to share. When the second Kite flew next to
it, the one that had caught it took off for another tree, and proceeded to
gulp the entire meal in one swallow. It looked like a rat. I just wish I
had been able to get closer.
*Really* bad photos attached.

Michelle Nelson


On Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 5:20 PM Laura Coatney via groups.io <lcoatney22=
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> Hi There!
>
> This morning, I excitedly packed up my new spotting scope and tripod and
> headed to Calero Creek Trail off Harry Road to try my luck at seeing the
> popular and present Green-tailed Towhee. It was in the same location
> described by Andy Melnick yesterday and Eve Meier the day prior (adjacent
> to the Santa Teresa Creek crossing between the bee hives and the creek). I
> did have to be patient as Eve noted. After about 25 minutes of scanning and
> messing with the knobs on my scope (still getting use to it) I spotted a
> distant group of Golden-crowned Sparrows, mixed within them was the
> Green-tailed Towhee (lifer!). Other notables were a heard and then seen
> male Wood Duck along Calero Creek as well as a kiting White-Tailed Kite in
> the orchard.
>
> Ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79344063
>
> Bird On!
> -Laura
>
>
>
>
>


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Date: 1/16/21 6:40 pm
From: Carter Gasiorowski <carter.gasiorowski...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck, Barrow's Goldeneye, Eurasian Wigeon, Red-necked Grebe, & much more at Alviso
Today, 1-16-21, my dad and I arrived at the corner of Gold and Elizabeth
streets in Alviso, at 8:15 am, unaware that we were about to begin possibly
our most insane day of birding ever.

Per Frank's postings, we spotted 11 WILSON'S SNIPE in the pond east of the
street corner.

We then continued to the boat launch at Alviso. There was a single SPOTTED
SANDPIPER on the muddy banks, but we did not find the Red-necked Grebe at
this time. Two RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS were visible from the boat launch
in pond A8.

Scoping A12, a dark-mantled larus (gull) caught my eye. At first, I
assumed since the mantle was so dark it must be a Western Gull. However,
as it flew closer, I noticed that the feet were pale and had a yellowish
tinge to them. I also noticed that the bird was flapping too fast and was
too small and lightweight to be a Western Gull. I began to think of Lesser
Black-backed Gull as a possibility. Through the scope, I looked for as
many field marks as I could as it flew around A12, and noted a small-medium
P10 mirror, small to nonexistent P9 mirror, no pale tongues on the outer
primaries and a mantle that was a bit darker than a Western Gull.
Unfortunately, it flew to a roost at the far end of A12, over 5,000 feet
from us. If you're out there, keep an eye out!

Next, we decided to look at the ducks on pond A11. A male BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE (photo in eBird list below) swam into my scope view, accompanied
by a female goldeneye with an all-orange bill that was likely a Barrow's as
well. Matthew and Cricket joined us, and we began trying to re-find the
goldeneye, which had moved away.

After a few minutes, Matthew said, "I see a duck with a white head. It
kinda looks like a Long-tailed Duck. . ." Then he shouted, "LONG-TAILED
DUCK!" I hurriedly got the scope on it, and was treated to good views of
the Long-tailed Duck swimming and diving at the far end of pond A11! (Photo
in eBird list below) At first, it was difficult to keep in the scope view,
as it would surface seemingly hundreds of feet from where it dove.
However, it later went to sleep and was easier to keep track of. Amazing
spot Matthew! Thanks for the lifer!

Adam then rolled up on his bike . . . good timing! Shortly after, two BAT
RAYS were swimming right at the edge of A11, with their wingtips breaking
the surface of the water. This was by far the closest I'd ever seen a bat
ray in the wild, and it was super cool!

We then saw a group of birds fly up over A13, and a PEREGRINE FALCON
swooping after them. It caught a shorebird, then flew over to the levee to
sit and eat it, where it was joined by a second Peregrine. While watching
the Peregrines, a duck on pond A14 behind the falcons caught my eye. I
zoomed in, and it was a male EURASIAN WIGEON! There was also a single
HORNED GREBE on pond A11.

Garrett then arrived, and while he was attempting to get photos of the
Long-tailed Duck, Adam said to look behind us. We turned, and were awed by
the spectacle we saw. Almost the entire width of pond A13 was covered in a
swirling mass of peeps trying to evade one of the Peregrines. I put 8,000
peeps into my eBird checklist, but that may be an undercount. I put a
video showing some of the action in my eBird checklist.

We finally made our way back to the car, and got to see the RED-NECKED
GREBE about a hundred yards out towards the bay from the boat launch!

It was an incredible day of birding with nine year birds, two new county
birds, and one lifer!

Thank you to Matthew for spotting the Long-tailed Duck, and thank you to
all who came out to see it for masking up so that we could all enjoy it
safely. :)

Full species list and photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79354403

Happy Birding!
Carter

P.S. I have discovered that the back of my neck is now rather sunburned,
save for a conspicuously binocular strap-shaped area. Sunscreen or a hat
might be a good idea!


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Date: 1/16/21 5:20 pm
From: Laura Coatney via groups.io <lcoatney22...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee at Calero Creek continues
Hi There!
This morning, I excitedly packed up my new spotting scope and tripod and headed to Calero Creek Trail off Harry Road to try my luck at seeing the popular and present Green-tailed Towhee. It was in the same location described by Andy Melnick yesterday and Eve Meier the day prior (adjacent to the Santa Teresa Creek crossing between the bee hives and the creek). I did have to be patient as Eve noted. After about 25 minutes of scanning and messing with the knobs on my scope (still getting use to it) I spotted a distant group of Golden-crowned Sparrows, mixed within them was the Green-tailed Towhee (lifer!). Other notables were a heard and then seen male Wood Duck along Calero Creek as well as a kiting White-Tailed Kite in the orchard.
Ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79344063
Bird On!-Laura
 


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Date: 1/16/21 1:15 pm
From: Naomi <nlgoodman...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso Slough
Red-necked grebe continues about 300 m below dock.  Also a male Barrows Goldeneye was in the slough at 11:30 am.m, near yacht club.


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Date: 1/16/21 12:14 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck



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Date: 1/16/21 11:32 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Long-tailed Duck
On A11 now. Huge flock of on Goldeneye including Barrow’s and Eurasian Wigeon. View with scope from west edge of A12 A13 levy.

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Date: 1/16/21 10:51 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sme Alviso Birding on 1/16/2021
All:

I went to A8 to see if I could re-find the White-headed Ruddy Duck.  It really didn't take too long before I spotted it with my Binos.  My 2 Questar photos show that it does have an all-white head.

Later I stopped at Elizabeth and Gold.  I walked around to the back of the old pump station and saw 6 Wilson's Snipe on the very back of the island that I usually scan from the road.  While I was still looking at those 6, they exploded into 60 birds in panicky flight!  I did a reasonable bino count by 10s as they continued flying away to the west.

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Date: 1/15/21 10:21 pm
From: Andrew Melnick via groups.io <andrew.melnick...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
About 30 minutes before dusk today (say about 4:45 pm PT), Friday, 15 January 2021, Sheila Raymond and I observed the Green-tailed Towhee that many others have reported upon. At that time it was scrabbling in the short grass in the orchard at approximately the intersection of the Calero Creek Trail and Santa Teresa Creek (between the trail and the bee boxes), more or less midway between Harry Road and the Fortini trail head, in amongst a small flock of Golden-crowned sparrows. It was clearly visible for extended periods of time, but a telescope was necessary, especially given the failing light.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S79303204

Sheila Raymond and Andy Melnick

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Date: 1/15/21 7:57 pm
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne via groups.io <wilmot...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Prairie Falcon at Sierra Vista OSP
Yesterday Ginger and I had a nice hike at Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve in the east hills, which has been a favorite spot of mine since before it was even an Open Space Preserve :-). Our hike was actually remarkably similar to the excellent Self-guided Field Trip writeup <https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/fall-and-winter-birding-at-sierra-vista-osp> by Chris Johnson, except that instead of a Ferruginous Hawk, we had great looks at a Prairie Falcon who circled overhead several times and even came in close enough for some decent photos (see this eBird checklist <https://ebird.org/checklist/S79245773>).

A Golden Eagle swept over the hilltop just after we got out of the car. The cattle corral area was full of Red-winged Blackbirds, none of whom showed signs of red epaulets, although later when reviewing my photos I could see what looked like hints of rufous where the red would be coming in—it was surprising to me that nobody in the flock displayed any obvious red, even in flight, and at first I wondered what species of blackbird we were seeing. Anyway, we found no unusual birds by the corral, possibly due to lack of water in the pond.

The Aquila Loop Trail is currently one way, so we went counter-clockwise and found Horned Larks exactly where the map pin in the Self-guided Field Trip said they would be! We got our first-of-the-year Yellow-billed Magpies at the easternmost reach of the loop trail, although they were very far away uphill from the preserve. Near the bench we heard several White-breasted Nuthatch in the valley and saw a Red-tailed Hawk perched in a tree on the hill opposite. When we continued on the trail, the Prairie Falcon flew overhead and circled, to our delight. While watching the falcon fly, we found several White-throated Swift, tiny black-and-white fluttering specks high in the sky.

We proceeded to the picnic table and managed to find a Rock Wren pretty much where we’ve seen them before, but only after first inspecting several rock-topping Savannah Sparrows and one alert ground squirrel during our quest. The Rock Wren was pretty cooperative for the camera (also see checklist <https://ebird.org/checklist/S79245773>).

As we were preparing to leave, a Northern Harrier appeared and hunted along the trail where we’d just been hiking. We saw it dive and land, but it didn’t appear to have caught anything.

The views from Sierra Vista are spectacular. Even if there had been no birds it would have been worth a visit just to look along the Hamilton range, over the rolling grassland and down across the southern edge of the Bay to the western hills. But of course the birds were amazing.

Barry & Ginger
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Date: 1/15/21 5:12 pm
From: Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Wunderlich County Park
Oh dear. Sorry.
Thanks for letting me know that detail.

Maybe should get on their email list too!
We go to Huddart, Edgewood a lot too.

thanks,
Diane



> On Jan 15, 2021, at 3:56 PM, Al Eisner <eisner...> wrote:
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> Diane:
>
> A lovely park, but FYI (just in case you didn't realize it) it is
> in San Mateo., which has its separate mail list, peninsula-birding
> (@groups.io). Pileated Woodpeckers are always great, anywhere.
>
> Good birding, Al
>
> On Fri, 15 Jan 2021, Diane McCoy wrote:
>
>> Hi All,
>> Hiked Wunderlich County Park today. Just beautiful. Not crowded at all.
>> Saw and heard 2 Pileated Woodpeckers (my first this year)!!!
>> Acorn Woodpeckers; about half dozen.
>> 2 Stellar Jays
>> 1 Junco
>> 1 Spotted Towhee and…….
>> 8 deer!
>>
>> Was hiking with my son who likes to get a bit going…..
>>
>> First time at this park; it was a joy.
>>
>> Best,
>> Diane McCoy



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Date: 1/15/21 3:52 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Lake - Mendoza Ranch and the Dam
Hi Everyone,

Today I birded the Coyote Lake area starting with the Mendoza Ranch
Entrance. I took the easy Roop Trail to Roop Pond and was pleasantly
surprised by a small flock of *Lark Sparrows* just past the 2nd green gate.
(https://ebird.org/checklist/S79275688)

Next, I started to make my way to the dam making a quick stop on a pullout
just before the Sandy Beach picnic area. Bob Reiling was driving by,
spotted me at the pullout so he joined me. The water is very low so we had
views of the mudflats from this point. Two *Tree Swallows* were circling
above and *Black-Necked Stilt*, *Greater Yellowleg*, *Spotted Sandpiper*,
and what were probably *Least Sandpiper *were in the shallow water or along
the banks. Some ducks were observed here too - *Northern Shoveler*, *Common
Merganser*, *Common Goldeneye *and *Bufflehead*. (
https://ebird.org/checklist/S79277847)

On to the dam! Along the way Frank V passed me. I guess we all had Coyote
Lake on our minds. As soon as I walked up to the red rocks on the north
side of the dam, a *Canyon Wren *popped up then quickly jumped back into
the tumble of rocks. Bob Reling joined me at this point and we spent about
30 minutes waiting for the Canyon Wren to call and give us better views.
Success - we were both happy. We also had at least 1 *Rock Wren*. (
https://ebird.org/checklist/S79281792)

Next, I decided to take a short walk into the hills. The trails are quiet
and wide on this end of the park. I walked up the hill, made a right onto
Harvey Bear Trail and then another right onto the Ed Wilson Trail. I was
eyeing an oak tree loaded with mistletoe in hopes of a Phainopepla.
Success! One female *Phainopepla*. I thought maybe this was the same bird
that Mike Ambrose spotted back in December but the two locations are rather
far apart. (https://ebird.org/checklist/S79287195 - See the ebird report
for coordinates.)

For more details on the Mendoza Ranch area, see MIchael Hawk's SGFT
<https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/autumn-at-coyote-lake-county-parks-mendoza-ranch-area>

Happy Birding!
Eve Meier (San Jose)


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Date: 1/15/21 3:25 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley
I arrived on Laguna Avenue shortly before 8:00 this morning to find Bob Reiling and Kathy Parker already scoping a PRAIRIE FALCON on the west end of Laguna Avenue. A large group of CANADA GEESE contained nothing unusual. SAY’S PHOEBE, YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE and TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS were present as well as AMERICAN PIPIT and WESTERN MEADOWLARK. Other Raptors included AMERICAN KESTREL and RED-TAILED HAWK.

Then I met up with Carolyn Knight, Barry and Ginger Langdon Lassagne to tour OSA's Laguna Seca property north of Bailey. This area is restricted and we were there conducting a preliminary survey of the area. We logged 60 species during our 3-hour visit with the highlight being a PRAIRIE FALCON chasing KILLDEER and final catching one right in front of us. The small vernal pond contained a variety of Ducks, as well as GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER, and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. A female MERLIN cruised through and scattered dozens of AMERICAN PIPITS and WESTERN MEADOWLARKS. Along the creek we found several WILSON’S SNIPE, MARSH WREN, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and a beautiful male HOODED MERGANSER. Toward the north end we found a perched immature PEREGRINE FALCON, and soon after that a pair of AMERICAN KESTREL—a four-Falcon day! We have located Rufous-crowned Sparrows here in the past, but not today. Along the line of Casuarina (Australian pine) trees we found much evidence of Sapsucker activity and an old Barn Owl feather… areas we will check again. Later we had a SAPSUCKER fly past us, but it was not seen well enough to identify to species.

Before coming home, I made a detour to Palm Avenue (east of Santa Teresa) where an immature FERRUGINOUS HAWK was perched in the large oak tree beside the beige house and sod farm.

GULL CLASS THIS MONDAY:
https://ticketbud.com/events/0ba491d6-5136-11eb-b2f1-42010a71700f <https://ticketbud.com/events/0ba491d6-5136-11eb-b2f1-42010a71700f>

SPEAKER SERIES THIS WEDNESDAY:
https://scvas.org/event-calendar/speaker-series-2020-event-cbd25-th4ks-ybnrn <https://scvas.org/event-calendar/speaker-series-2020-event-cbd25-th4ks-ybnrn>



Matthew

Matthew Dodder
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Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
22221 McClellan Rd.
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Date: 1/15/21 2:44 pm
From: Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Wunderlich County Park
Hi All,
Hiked Wunderlich County Park today. Just beautiful. Not crowded at all.
Saw and heard 2 Pileated Woodpeckers (my first this year)!!!
Acorn Woodpeckers; about half dozen.
2 Stellar Jays
1 Junco
1 Spotted Towhee and…….
8 deer!

Was hiking with my son who likes to get a bit going…..

First time at this park; it was a joy.

Best,
Diane McCoy

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Date: 1/15/21 2:40 pm
From: Joe Parker <jandkparker...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] 15 Jan Birding - Burrowing Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon
I started the day at 7 AM at the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. In the field to the north of the Horse Trailer Parking Lot there is a mound. Perched on the top was a BURROWING OWL.

As it was still fairly dim I drove down Palm Ave. At the corner of Palm and Dougherty 15 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES flew in and perched on a phone pole and the wires. A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was on the ground at the far edge of the field across from the sod farm office.

The sun was up so I went back to the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. The rocky hillside above the parking lot was in the sun and 1 ROCK WREN was perched on top of one of the large rocks. A very fine-looking coyote sauntered across the hillside. There were also quite few YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIES.

On Laguna Ave. Bob Reiling and I watched the PRAIRIE FALCON perched on a fence post at the far northwest corner of the fields. Savannah Sparrows and Western Meadowlarks lined the fences and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE perched on the wires. There was also a good-sized flock of American Goldfinches in the thistles just beyond the gate at the end of the road. Some of the males are coming into their breeding plumage and are looking quite spiffy.

From the parking lot at Calero Reservoir CLARK’S GREBES seemed to be everywhere. I think there were more Clark’s than Westerns. A lone TREE SWALLOW soared and dove over the parking lot and the picnic area. An interesting site was a White-tailed Kite and a Great Blue Heron perched at the top of adjacent oak trees in the distance.

I walked up the first part of the Stile Trail - it was utterly quiet with just a tiny handful of White and Golden-crowned Sparrows and 1 Northern Mockingbird.

The Almaden Reservoir is extremely low, so no Wood Ducks but my FOY NORTHERN FLICKER flew across the road out of the Woodpecker Oaks.

While it is nice to have such nice weather for birding, we REALLY need the rain to come. Start dancing ….

Kathy Parker
Los Gatos

PS Anybody have House Sparrows? I can’t seem to find them anywhere.




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Date: 1/15/21 2:01 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sanborn CP
Folks:

This morning, 1/15/21, I walked a loop  on the Sanborn and Peterson
trails.  I heard 6-8 note PILEATED WOODPECKER calls, some shorter calls,
and drumming.  There were at least two birds active.  Botta's Pocket
Gopher has been digging in the lawn area and I saw a Bobcat intent at
one hole.  About that time a flock of nine Wild Turkeys came
through--both the bobcat and turkeys jumped at the encounter.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 1/14/21 9:59 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds and Oddities
Bill:

The Ruddy that I photographed wanted to sleep all the time.  Only once did it put its head up for a few seconds -- and it seemed to have a brilliant all-white head.  But I did see only one side of it.

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Subject: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds and Oddities

Folks:

This morning, 1/14/21, I looked at shorebirds in Palo Alto and Alviso. 
The "lagoon" behind the Palo Alto Duck Pond is a good place on a rising
tide for shorebirds and especially for WHIMBREL, I counted 14 there this
morning.  Scoping New Chicago Marsh from Gold and Elizabeth streets, I
counted 60 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and a single SNOWY PLOVER with that group.

I mentioned last week that I saw a "white-headed" RUDDY DUCK in Artesian
Slough and Frank saw one out in Pond A8 today.  Could be the same bird
(or not).  Ruddy's are such a common duck, particularly in the winter. 
I don't have complete records, but they show up every two or three years
or so.  I've attached the image _8034 that I took about a week ago.  The
winter of 2009-10 had at least two white-headed birds, I've attached
_7893 which spent most of the winter in Mayfield Slough.  We also
occasionally have seen melanistic birds, I've attached an image of a
summer male that Mike Mammoser took in 2015.  The "Birds of the World"
account for Ruddy Duck has only a single paragraph on aberrant plumages
and does not mention white-headed birds.  I suspect these kinds of
plumages and leucism may be more common than we think, but they are
aberrant and probably not worth spending much time on, they are
curiosities or oddities.  But one reason for paying some attention is
that when you are troubled by an ID of a bird that does not match any
images in your field guides, you might find it useful to consider one of
these plumage aberrations.

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Date: 1/14/21 9:41 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds and Oddities
Folks:

This morning, 1/14/21, I looked at shorebirds in Palo Alto and Alviso. 
The "lagoon" behind the Palo Alto Duck Pond is a good place on a rising
tide for shorebirds and especially for WHIMBREL, I counted 14 there this
morning.  Scoping New Chicago Marsh from Gold and Elizabeth streets, I
counted 60 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and a single SNOWY PLOVER with that group.

I mentioned last week that I saw a "white-headed" RUDDY DUCK in Artesian
Slough and Frank saw one out in Pond A8 today.  Could be the same bird
(or not).  Ruddy's are such a common duck, particularly in the winter. 
I don't have complete records, but they show up every two or three years
or so.  I've attached the image _8034 that I took about a week ago.  The
winter of 2009-10 had at least two white-headed birds, I've attached
_7893 which spent most of the winter in Mayfield Slough.  We also
occasionally have seen melanistic birds, I've attached an image of a
summer male that Mike Mammoser took in 2015.  The "Birds of the World"
account for Ruddy Duck has only a single paragraph on aberrant plumages
and does not mention white-headed birds.  I suspect these kinds of
plumages and leucism may be more common than we think, but they are
aberrant and probably not worth spending much time on, they are
curiosities or oddities.  But one reason for paying some attention is
that when you are troubled by an ID of a bird that does not match any
images in your field guides, you might find it useful to consider one of
these plumage aberrations.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 1/14/21 9:16 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards - Gull ID
Audry

Looks like a Thayer’s to me. It is a little daintier, higher forehead, rounder head and the small bill has a green tone at the base. All of that is good for Thayer’s, as an adult.

Good birding,

Alvaro



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Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:10 PM
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards - Gull ID



Hi everyone,

Connor and I had a successful time seeing the RED NECKED GREBE feeding at Alviso slough after Bill and Kitty pointed it out. There also happened a seal in the channel while we were there. (ebird list S79247931 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S79247931> ) After getting some pictures we slowly moved over to Don Edwards. Along Spreckles Ave. was a MEW GULL. In the New Chicago Marsh at Don Edwards we saw GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS and HERRING GULLS. Then we went up to A16 where we saw two WESTERN GULLS on island 20.

While we were in the New Chicago Marsh, I got a picture of what may have been an THAYER'S ICELAND GULL, but I was wondering if anyone could confirm it for me. I thought it looked a bit smaller than the other gulls that surrounded it. I'm pretty sure that in the picture, the far left gull is a Herring Gull.







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Date: 1/14/21 8:09 pm
From: Audry Nicklin <amnicklin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards - Gull ID
Hi everyone,

Connor and I had a successful time seeing the RED NECKED GREBE feeding at Alviso slough after Bill and Kitty pointed it out. There also happened a seal in the channel while we were there. ( ebird list S79247931 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S79247931 ) ) After getting some pictures we slowly moved over to Don Edwards. Along Spreckles Ave. was a MEW GULL. In the New Chicago Marsh at Don Edwards we saw GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS and HERRING GULLS. Then we went up to A16 where we saw two WESTERN GULLS on island 20.

While we were in the New Chicago Marsh, I got a picture of what may have been an THAYER'S ICELAND GULL, but I was wondering if anyone could confirm it for me. I thought it looked a bit smaller than the other gulls that surrounded it. I'm pretty sure that in the picture, the far left gull is a Herring Gull.


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Date: 1/14/21 12:36 pm
From: Joe Parker <jandkparker...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Lick Mill Park Hermit Warbler - 14 Jan
Third time a charm. This morning at about 8:30 the HERMIT WARBLER was in its favorite conifer at Lick Mill Park. It seems to favor the large long-needled conifer at the corner of the tennis courts. It stayed in the top 1/3 of the tree and once I found it, was quite cooperative in giving good views.

2 female PURPLE FINCHES were in a flock of House Finches feeding on the privets alongs the north edge of the park.

Kathy Parker
Los Gatos

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Date: 1/14/21 11:54 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] White-headed Ruddy Duck at A8 and Red-necked Grebe at Alviso on 1/14/2021
All:

After I left Kathy Parker I went to Pond A8 where I encountered a White-headed Ruddy Duck.  (See the first photo, just above center.)  I've listed this bird 7 times from 11/11/2003 to 3/2/2017.  I don't know whether it's an aberrant plumage or a sub-species, or whatever.

Just when I got home I received Kathy's post so I drove back out there. Walking out on the dock I immediately saw the Red-necked Grebe being chased towards me by an Air Boat!  I didn't have enough sense to take that picture.  When the bird finally dived, the boat continued faster and the bird came up behind.  (See the second photo.)

Frank Vanslager


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Date: 1/14/21 11:50 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ref-necked Grebe
Still Present off the Alviso boat dock, about 200 yards down the channel, moving toward the bay.

Matthew


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Date: 1/14/21 10:38 am
From: Joe Parker <jandkparker...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Red-necked Grebe
The RED-NECKED GREBE continues this morning in Alviso Slough as seen from the boat launch ramp.

Kathy Parker
Los Gatos

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Date: 1/14/21 10:13 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
Hi Everyone,

This morning I birded the Calero Creek Trail determined to spot the
*Green-tailed
Towhee* and I was not disappointed! I parked on Harry Rd and walked
approximately 1 mile to the Santa Teresa creek crossing. Along the way, I
spotted (and heard) about 8 *Wood Ducks* in Calero Creek and 2 *Bald Eagles*
soaring high. Upon reaching Santa Teresa creek crossing, all was quiet. I
waited for about 30 minutes until finally some birds popped out to forage
in the area between the creek and the beehives. Finally, I was able to
pick out the towhee! The bird was almost too far out to id with binoculars
so if you decide to look for this bird, bring a scope.

For location details, including where Santa Teresa Creek crosses the trail,
see the Calero Creek Trail SGFT
<https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/calero-creek-trail-in-fallwinter> by
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ebird: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79227669

Happy Birding!
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Date: 1/13/21 6:25 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Snow geese?
they look good for juvenile snow geese to me.


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On Jan 13, 2021, 5:18 PM -0800, <dtucker...>, wrote:
> I went to the Bubb Rd Percolation Pond this morning and caught photos of some birds flying overhead. Can you tell me if these were snow geese? Thanks!
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Date: 1/13/21 5:46 pm
From: Mike Rogers via groups.io <Michael.M.Rogers...>
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [southbaybirds] Snow Geese?
Deanne,

Yes, they are immature Snow Geese, quite possibly the same birds that have also spent time in nearby Sunnyvale at the Community Center Pond and at Americana Apartments in Mountain View.

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Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 5:35 PM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [southbaybirds] Snow Geese?

I went to the Bubb Rd Percolation Pond this morning and caught photos of some birds flying overhead. Can you tell me if these were snow geese? Thanks!



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Date: 1/13/21 5:35 pm
From: Deanne Tucker <dtucker...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Snow Geese?
I went to the Bubb Rd Percolation Pond this morning and caught photos of some birds flying overhead. Can you tell me if these were snow geese? Thanks!


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Date: 1/13/21 5:19 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Snow geese?
I went to the Bubb Rd Percolation Pond this morning and caught photos of some birds flying overhead. Can you tell me if these were snow geese? Thanks!


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Date: 1/13/21 4:44 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] RNGR in Alviso
Late this morning, 13 Jan 2021, I went to the Alviso Marina boat launch, planning on arriving before the high tide peak. I wanted to see if the grebe reported yesterday was still present, but I wasn't holding out much hope. When I got there, the slough was full of water, and the incoming tide was flowing in rapidly. All that I could see on the water were dozens of COMMON GOLDENEYES. I decided to check out the Marina Marsh and spent the next twenty minutes or so over there.
When I returned to the boat launch, I saw Susan Weinstein walking out on the dock. I looked in the water and immediately saw the RED-NECKED GREBE about fifty feet away. Susan was readying her camera for photographs, so I called Mike Rogers and asked him to get a report out on SBB. Then I grabbed my camera and joined Susan. We watched and photographed the bird for twenty minutes or so, before any other birders arrived.
It was interesting watching this bird as it swam against the flow of the tide. Though it was generating a distinct wake, it looked to be just hovering in place. Even so, by the time I left it had managed to get a couple hundred yards down the slough from the launch. 
Earlier in the morning, I had taken a walk along the John Nicholas Trail in Sanborn County Park. The place was fairly empty of birds, but when I got about 100 yards from the reservoir, I was pulled up short by the sounds of, what seemed to be, a lumberjack chopping down a tree. When some calls and drumming were added in, it became obvious that there were two PILEATED WOODPECKERS up in the trees along the trail. I never saw the birds, but you could tell from the sounds - these weren't your Grandma's woodpeckers.
Michael Mammoser

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All,

 

Mike Mammoser reports that the RED-NECKED GREBE is at the Alviso Marina boat launch right now.

 

Mike R for Mike M

 

 

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Date: 1/13/21 4:09 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] McClellan Ranch and McClellan Groundwater Recharge Pond
Hi Everyone,

This morning I visited McClellan Ranch starting with sitting near the bird
feeders for about 20 minutes. Only the suet feeder was full but I did see
a nice variety of birds including a *Downy Woodpecker*, my first of the
year. (https://ebird.org/checklist/S79177412)

Next, I walked the nature trail that runs along the creek and continued
along Stevens Creek Trail to the group picnic area at Blackberry Farm, then
returned to the ranch using the paved Stevens Creek Trail. This is a good
location for *Brown Creepers, *I spotted several along the creek. And, the
woodpeckers were very busy today! I spotted a least 2 *Downy
Woodpeckers *along
the nature trail, 2 *Northern Flickers* (one had black malar stripes but I
didn't get a good look at its tail), several *Nutall's*, a surprising
3 *Red-breasted
Sapsuckers* and can't be missed *Acorn Woodpeckers*. Besides the
*Golden-crowned*, *White-crowned* and *Song Sparrows* spotted at the
feeder, I also found one Sooty *Fox Sparrow* near the fallen tree in the
small walnut orchard. A few *Red-tailed Hawk* were circling above, a *Cooper's
Hawk* was hunting in the parking lot, and a couple of *Red-shouldered Hawks*
were calling from the riparian area. (https://ebird.org/checklist/S79198230
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After the McClellan Ranch area I decided to check out the McClellan
Groundwater Recharge Pond which is less than a mile down the road. I had
never been before. This is a nice little pond with a trail all around it
which provides really nice views of *Hooded Mergansers*, *Common Mergansers*,
*Buffleheads*, and a few *Ring-necked Ducks*. It's definitely worth the
stop if you are in the area. (https://ebird.org/checklist/S79191910)

For more information on these locations, check out SCVAS's self-guided
trips.
McClellan Ranch SGFT
<https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/mcclellan-ranch-preserve-in-fallwinter>
McClellan Groundwater Recharge Pond SGFT
<https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/mcclellan-groundwater-recharge-pond-winter>

Happy Birding!
Eve Meier (San Jose)


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Date: 1/13/21 3:53 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Red-necked Grebe & male Blue-winged Teal
All,
I was one of those capable of quickly responding to Mike Rogers e-mail indicating that the RED NECKED GREBE was now at the Alviso Marina Boat Launch. When I arrived ten minutes later the bird was 100 to 150 yards downstream (Northwest) of the Boat Launch and appeared to be having problems progressing against the incoming tide. Eventually it did do some diving during my short observation period. This would appeared to be a first winter bird (my best reference with respect to cheek and ear makings was the National Geographic field guide). Earlier I had an adult male BLUE-WINGED TEAL in Salt Pond A16 and once again missed the Ruff.
Take care,
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Date: 1/13/21 1:45 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley 1/13
I took my wednesday walkies down at Coyote Valley OSP and explored the coyote valley area this morning from about 10AM to a bit before noon.

Laguna road wasn't too busy but has two kestrels.

At the end of richmond (east side near the tracks) i saw a gorgeous red-shouldered hawk.

in the fields along Santa Teresa were a fairly large flock of mixed crows and ravens bugging (and arguing)

From the lot at the OSP a few nice birds: 2 golden eagles soaring, 1-2 rock wrens, 5-6 western bluebirds, various magpie, another kestrel, which hunted twice (and failed twice) for me, and a patrolling Northern Harrier. also heard very clearly twice from somewhere over the hill next to the lot to the W was a single Stellar's Jay, which  -- seems unusual and is a first for the species there for me.

Notable in the non bird category: two groups of Mule Deer, one under the trees at the W end of Laguna, and one in the trees across the meadow to the SW of the OSP lot. And...

and as I was driving in along Santa teresa in the pasture across and a bit S of Spina Farms, I saw what I initially thought was a coyote, except it was way too big to be a coyote, and not shaped like a coyote, and.... and I realized I was watching a mountain lion crossing the pasture in mid morning in the open. Whee!

I did report it to the ranger, who complained he never gets good views of things like that, but we talked for a bit about it. He noted that the neighbors had reported a couple of attacks on the horses at night that were thought to be a mountain lion. I'm going to suggest if you hike at Coyote Valley OSP, especially early or late, you be a bit vigilant, since there seems to be a big cat in the area right now.


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Date: 1/13/21 12:44 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto feeder birds new in 2021
Hi
I was just posting something online about this, Ruby-crowned Kinglets (and other species such as Townsend's Warblers) are much more prominent this winter. I do not know if there are more of them, but they are feeding at ground level, in more open and shrubby areas, and are generally easier to see this winter. The hypothesis is that the lack of humidity we had over the summer/fall, what created the bad fire conditions, has done a number on many overwintering insects and other bugs. Similarly, Anna's Hummingbirds seem to be much more densely distributed in coastal sites and feeders this year, as we have had such low flower availability. But I think it is a product of the low humidity, not just lack of rain, but the fact that people tracking fire danger were talking about incredible lack of moisture in forest litter, trees etc this year. That has to have affected insects in a major way.
We are seeing the second order effect in the birds. The most obvious to me seem to be Ruby-crowned Kinglets, but other birds are also acting weird.

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Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto feeder birds new in 2021

January has brought regular visits to the suet feeder from a Ruby-crowned kinglet, a single visit by a scrub jay, the occasional female Nuttall’s woodpecker and just yesterday a male Downy woodpecker.

The suet feeder is the fallback feeder for the house finches, chickadees, and (sometimes) the Pine siskins who all generally prefer the seed feeder. For the last week we’ve witnessed courting behavior among the House finches, with females pecking at male beaks and sometimes receiving a seed.

Last week I saw a Ruby-crowned kinglet at the garden on Oak Rd at Stanford. This was a first and I know this area very well over multiple seasons. Are there more Rubies this year?

Best wishes from the SW corner of Palo Alto, just off El Camino, Natasha






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Date: 1/13/21 11:26 am
From: Mike Rogers via groups.io <Michael.M.Rogers...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] RNGR in Alviso
All,

Mike Mammoser reports that the RED-NECKED GREBE is at the Alviso Marina boat launch right now.

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Date: 1/13/21 10:19 am
From: Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto feeder birds new in 2021
Hi
There are quite a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets at the Renzel Ponds in the willows along both pond edges, and saw two on Monday along airport trail at Palo Alto bay lands, in the plants (Gum Plants) just in front of the reeds.

Take care
Diane
> On Jan 13, 2021, at 8:59 AM, Natasha Dehn <nedehn...> wrote:
>
> January has brought regular visits to the suet feeder from a Ruby-crowned kinglet, a single visit by a scrub jay, the occasional female Nuttall’s woodpecker and just yesterday a male Downy woodpecker.
>
> The suet feeder is the fallback feeder for the house finches, chickadees, and (sometimes) the Pine siskins who all generally prefer the seed feeder. For the last week we’ve witnessed courting behavior among the House finches, with females pecking at male beaks and sometimes receiving a seed.
>
> Last week I saw a Ruby-crowned kinglet at the garden on Oak Rd at Stanford. This was a first and I know this area very well over multiple seasons. Are there more Rubies this year?
>
> Best wishes from the SW corner of Palo Alto, just off El Camino,
> Natasha
>
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Date: 1/13/21 8:59 am
From: Natasha Dehn <nedehn...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto feeder birds new in 2021
January has brought regular visits to the suet feeder from a Ruby-crowned kinglet, a single visit by a scrub jay, the occasional female Nuttall’s woodpecker and just yesterday a male Downy woodpecker.

The suet feeder is the fallback feeder for the house finches, chickadees, and (sometimes) the Pine siskins who all generally prefer the seed feeder. For the last week we’ve witnessed courting behavior among the House finches, with females pecking at male beaks and sometimes receiving a seed.

Last week I saw a Ruby-crowned kinglet at the garden on Oak Rd at Stanford. This was a first and I know this area very well over multiple seasons. Are there more Rubies this year?

Best wishes from the SW corner of Palo Alto, just off El Camino,
Natasha

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Date: 1/12/21 8:46 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow, Tropical Kingbird, and possible Eurasian GW Teal at San Francisquito/Geng Rd.
Dani:

Thank you for your checklist of 64 photos of 27 species.  I liked especially that the photos were not overly cropped.  It was like I had bino views of each of the birds on a trip of my own.  Thank you.

Frank Vanslager

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Subject: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow, Tropical Kingbird, and possible Eurasian GW Teal at San Francisquito/Geng Rd.

Hi birders!

I spent a leisurely day on the San Francisquito Creek Trail, `a la Adam Burnett's Self-Guided Field Trip. This was my first time here, and his entry was very helpful for knowing what to look for where-- specifically where to look for a lifer Swamp Sparrow.
At 11:55 am the SWAMP SPARROW was in the bayside marsh at 37.4611273, -122.1133399: 100m southeast of the "Swamp Sparrow Bush" (big green bush; failed to ID it). Sounds about where Brooke reported it on 1/10. I actually found Peter LaTourrette first, who was intent on the reeds in the area. I saw a suspect sparrow fly into a woody Aster, and after 10 min or so of waiting it emerged and perched on the taller reeds. Lifer! Brief bursts of cooperative posing on the reeds followed by longer stretches of sneaking around unseen in the plants. It was still there when I turned around at around 12:30.
Just before spotting the Swamp Sparrow, I noticed this male GREEN-WINGED TEAL with irregular plumage (photo attached). It only had a very faint shoulder crescent, and maybe a hint of horizontal stripe? Could this be a hybrid Eurasian x American or just an artifact of molt? I'm not so well-versed in the intricacies of duck molt and hybrids, and would appreciate any input!
I also spotted the continuing TROPICAL KINGBIRD near the Geng Rd. bathrooms at 8:35 am, and Audry Nicklin & Connor found it again across the channel. Other highlights include a dazzling color variety of SONG SPARROWS (some photographs in checklist), AMERICAN WIGEON and GREEN-WINGED TEAL courtship dances, lots of COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and 24 WILSON'S SNIPE at once. I tried for the summer tanager (no luck) one last time before leaving, but got a FOX SPARROW and heard-only GREAT-HORNED OWL instead. Pretty good consolation! 
Checklist here. 
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Date: 1/12/21 8:41 pm
From: bobhirt2004 via groups.io <Bobhirt...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Type of Goldeneye??
Not sure if it’s the same bird but the facial Mark is similar. My photo shows a slight irregular black shoulder spur.
Taken 1/1 at MV Shoreline Lake.



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> On Jan 12, 2021, at 7:53 PM, Bill Bousman <barlowi...> wrote:
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> Dear Bob,
>
> Typical hybrid markings are usually considered variation in (1) facial spot, oval vs teardrop, (2) scapular pattern, mostly white with black streaks vs black with white windows, and (3) the shoulder spur, none vs a dark spur connected to the black on the scapulars. Your photo shows an oval facial spot and mostly white scapulars (with minor black streaks). The male is too deep in the water to show a spur. So, apparently a typical Common Goldeneye.
>
> Bill Bousman
> Menlo Park
>
>> On 1/12/2021 5:59 PM, Bob Strobe wrote:
>> To all Goldeneye experts-
>> Is this by chance a hybrid Common/Barrows?? Ive seen both in my homestate of Alaska but not sure if they look a bit different here.
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Date: 1/12/21 7:53 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Type of Goldeneye??
Dear Bob,

Typical hybrid markings are usually considered variation in (1) facial
spot, oval vs teardrop, (2) scapular pattern, mostly white with black
streaks vs black with white windows, and (3) the shoulder spur, none vs
a dark spur connected to the black on  the scapulars. Your photo shows
an oval facial spot and mostly white scapulars (with minor black
streaks).  The male is too deep in the water to show a spur.  So,
apparently a typical Common Goldeneye.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 1/12/2021 5:59 PM, Bob Strobe wrote:
> To all Goldeneye experts-
> Is this by chance a hybrid Common/Barrows?? Ive seen both in my
> homestate  of Alaska but not sure if they look a bit different here.
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Date: 1/12/21 6:56 pm
From: Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow, Tropical Kingbird, and possible Eurasian GW Teal at San Francisquito/Geng Rd.
Hi birders!

I spent a leisurely day on the San Francisquito Creek Trail, `a la Adam
Burnett's Self-Guided Field Trip
<https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/marsh-birds-and-wintering-waterfowl-on-the-san-francisquito-creek-trail>.
This was my first time here, and his entry was very helpful for knowing
what to look for where-- specifically where to look for a lifer Swamp
Sparrow.

At 11:55 am the SWAMP SPARROW was in the bayside marsh at 37.4611273,
-122.1133399: 100m southeast of the "Swamp Sparrow Bush" (big green bush;
failed to ID it). Sounds about where Brooke reported it on 1/10. I actually
found Peter LaTourrette first, who was intent on the reeds in the area. I
saw a suspect sparrow fly into a woody Aster, and after 10 min or so of
waiting it emerged and perched on the taller reeds. Lifer! Brief bursts of
cooperative posing on the reeds followed by longer stretches of sneaking
around unseen in the plants. It was still there when I turned around at
around 12:30.

Just before spotting the Swamp Sparrow, I noticed this male GREEN-WINGED
TEAL with irregular plumage (photo attached). It only had a very faint
shoulder crescent, and maybe a hint of horizontal stripe? Could this be a
hybrid Eurasian x American or just an artifact of molt? I'm not so
well-versed in the intricacies of duck molt and hybrids, and would
appreciate any input!

I also spotted the continuing TROPICAL KINGBIRD near the Geng Rd. bathrooms
at 8:35 am, and Audry Nicklin & Connor found it again across the channel.
Other highlights include a dazzling color variety of SONG SPARROWS (some
photographs in checklist), AMERICAN WIGEON and GREEN-WINGED TEAL courtship
dances, lots of COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and 24 WILSON'S SNIPE at once. I
tried for the summer tanager (no luck) one last time before leaving, but
got a FOX SPARROW and heard-only GREAT-HORNED OWL instead. Pretty good
consolation!

Checklist here <https://ebird.org/checklist/S79155715>.

Happy Trails,

Dani Christensen
South San Jose


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Date: 1/12/21 6:17 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Type of Goldeneye??
To all Goldeneye experts-
Is this by chance a hybrid Common/Barrows?? Ive seen both in my homestate  of Alaska but not sure if they look a bit different here.


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Date: 1/12/21 1:38 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Eurasian Wigeon in Coast Casey Forebay
All,
At about 9:20 this morning there was an adult male EURASIAN WIGEON in Coast Casey Forebay, East of the pump house near the reeds. It was still there when I left at about 10 AM.
Take care,
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Date: 1/11/21 7:37 pm
From: Ann Lam via groups.io <spdsannl...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow - Palo Alto Baylands - Sun 10-Jan
WOW! Nice photos!!!!
Thanks for sharing!


Ann
> On Jan 11, 2021, at 5:51 PM, suresh t <tsuresh0...> wrote:
>
> 
> Hi,
>
> I saw the Peregrine Falcon chase down the duck after it fell from the sky (literally). Based on the other thread, it looks like Falcon was fighting with a Harrier for the duck and I am guessing the Harrier let go of the duck.
>
> pics below showing the Falcon swooping down to grab the duck (you can see the duck in the bottom right corner) and settling down on the wood railing.
>
>
> Suresh
> <PFalcon Duck DSC_1526.jpeg>
> <PFalcon Duck DSC_1536.jpeg>
>
>
>
>
>> On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 1:23 PM Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> wrote:
>> At 10:16 this morning I saw a/the SWAMP SPARROW from along the trail that parallels the Palo Alto Airport runway, about 50 yds south of the big green bush, about where a white 6 ft tall marker in the marsh, but closer to the trail. This was about 1/2 hour after high tide. On at least one other occasion, in the few years past, I also saw a swamp sparrow here about 1/2 hour after high tide (for whatever it’s worth). There were no rails vocalizing this morning, which seemed odd to me, although I did see one SORA at about the same time the Swamp Sparrow showed itself. When I got back to my car and was finishing my eBird list, I noticed a PEREGRINE FALCON with a duck in its talons, along the falling apart stretch of boards that run parallel to the boardwalk.
>>
>> Brooke Miller
>> San Jose
>>
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 1/11/21 5:51 pm
From: suresh t <tsuresh0...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow - Palo Alto Baylands - Sun 10-Jan
Hi,

I saw the Peregrine Falcon chase down the duck after it fell from the sky
(literally). Based on the other thread, it looks like Falcon was fighting
with a Harrier for the duck and I am guessing the Harrier let go of the
duck.

pics below showing the Falcon swooping down to grab the duck (you can see
the duck in the bottom right corner) and settling down on the wood railing.


Suresh
[image: PFalcon Duck DSC_1526.jpeg][image: PFalcon Duck DSC_1536.jpeg]



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> At 10:16 this morning I saw a/the SWAMP SPARROW from along the trail that
> parallels the Palo Alto Airport runway, about 50 yds south of the big green
> bush, about where a white 6 ft tall marker in the marsh, but closer to the
> trail. This was about 1/2 hour after high tide. On at least one other
> occasion, in the few years past, I also saw a swamp sparrow here about 1/2
> hour after high tide (for whatever it’s worth). There were no rails
> vocalizing this morning, which seemed odd to me, although I did see one
> SORA at about the same time the Swamp Sparrow showed itself. When I got
> back to my car and was finishing my eBird list, I noticed a PEREGRINE
> FALCON with a duck in its talons, along the falling apart stretch of boards
> that run parallel to the boardwalk.
>
> Brooke Miller
> San Jose
>
>
>
>
>


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Date: 1/11/21 5:06 pm
From: Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] T. Kingbird at Geng Road
Hi All,
At 10:38 am spotted the Tropical Kingbird at Geng Road.
More expert birder Andy spotted it (see attachments) after we looked for about 20 minutes.
Andy also spotted an Hermit Thrush for us, perching next to ground-pecking Golden-crowned Sparrows.
Earlier Andy spotted a Townsend's Warbler in Spruce tree nearer the entrance of Geng Road.
We both searched over an hour cumulatively for the Summer Tanager, but no luck........
I am grateful Andy was there as his eyes are much keener than mine to see the Kingbird at least once again.

I attached a pic of a male Western Bluebird as I thought his breeding plumage was striking in the sunlight! My photo is the original!
We also saw a Red-tailed Hawk perched on a bluebird box! And a Say's Phoebe.

Best,
Diane McCoy


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Date: 1/11/21 3:19 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Hermit Warbler & Swamp Sparrow
All,
Many thanks to the ladies that got me on my t arget birds this morning. At about 8:40 this morning (1/11) a birder from Oakland first spotted the HERMIT WARBLER in the evergreen off of the corner of the Tennis Court in Lick Mill Park (my third try and a life bird for her). RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were calling in nearby trees and CEDAR WAXWINGS were in trees on the other side of the Tennis Court. At about 11:20 Stacy from San Jose showed me where the SWAMP SPARROW has been seen (just inside the entrance to Overfelt Garden Park less than 100 feet from where I parked) and repeatedly got me back on the bird as I took photographs. Berry bushes in the park were host to PURPLE FINCHES, PINE SISKENS and AMERICAN ROBINS. Earlier I had made a quick stop at New Chicago Marsh in hopes of seeing the Ruff (looked thru hundreds of Dowitchers but no joy) and was surprised to see a large flock of about 100 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS in the marsh near the intersection of State and Spreckles in Alviso.
Take care,
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Date: 1/11/21 3:02 pm
From: Melissa Johnson <mitzimelissa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow at Overfelt Gardens, SJ - continues 1/11
Previously reported by Audrey Nicklin and Andy N on eBird. Seen at 1:45
today, in bushes between the small pond immediately on the left after
entering on Education Drive and the wooden deck. I've tried to catch it in
Palo Alto half a dozen times, thrilled to see the report and find it down
in SJ.
will try to upload a photo
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Date: 1/10/21 9:42 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] chasing rarities 1/10
I went up to Geng Road for a second time today to look for the Summer
Tanager and Tropical Kingbird. I didn't have any luck. Apparently, I missed
the Tanager by about 10-15 minutes.
I did see a Yellowlegs in the pond, but I don't know if it was the Lesser.
I will post a picture on the Facebook page tomorrow and ask.
At the Baylands, I missed a fight between a Peregrine Falcon and Northern
Harrier.
As with Geng Road, I was about 10-15 minutes too late. The Peregrine Falcon
was still hanging around, but there was no sign of the Harrier.
I did see 3 Black-necked Stilts, which is better than zero, but I was
surprised I didn't see more.
Although my sightings were limited to "the usual suspects," it was a great
day to be outside and escape reality for just a while.

Michelle


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> I spent a couple of hours today out enjoying being outside and chasing a
> few of the celebrity birds we have right now. I did (on the fourth try)
> find the Tropical Kingbird in the tree by the pond at Geng Road, but the
> Summer Tanager continues to hide (HOW HARD CAN A BRIGHT RED BIRD BE?). San
> Franciquito creek held canvasbacks, green-winged teals and shovelers
>
> Some time at Baylands had a big raptor on a distant power tower that I
> really, really wanted to be a golden eagle, but I finally called it
> re-tailed because I couldn't convince myself it wasn't. it was at far scope
> visibility with shimmer in the scope, and I just couldn't convince myself
> -- but in size comparison to the tower, it sure seemed eagle sized (but
> red-tails get large and at that distance... judging size will make you cry)
>
> Entering Baylands I saw a fun thing: a Cooper's Hawk was sitting on a
> lightpole, and a crow came in and flushed it off, than sat on the pole and
> declared victory as it retreated.
>
> scoping the wetlands near the wind surfing dock I found a long-billed
> curlew and a greater yellowlegs. the duck pond held ducks, some gulls (no
> Bonaparte's) and a Greater Scaup.
>
> Interestingly, I saw a total of zero black-necked stilts at Baylands
> today, I think a first.
>
> I headed over to Lick Mill Park (which somehow I've never walked through
> before) and missed on the Hermit Warbler, but did find my first 2021 Ruby
> Crowned Kinglet.
>
> Friday I headed over to the Bubb Road ponds and picked up my first 2021
> Ring-Necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers, including a gorgeous male. Also
> many quite loud Canada Geese and buffleheads.
>
> Nice day out, lots of good, one of the three celebrities (but not a county
> life bird) and a nice walk...
>
>
> ---------------------------------------
>
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> Twitter: @chuq
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Date: 1/10/21 6:30 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] chasing rarities 1/10
I spent a couple of hours today out enjoying being outside and chasing a few of the celebrity birds we have right now. I did (on the fourth try) find the Tropical Kingbird in the tree by the pond at Geng Road, but the Summer Tanager continues to hide (HOW HARD CAN A BRIGHT RED BIRD BE?). San Franciquito creek held canvasbacks, green-winged teals and shovelers

Some time at Baylands had a big raptor on a distant power tower that I really, really wanted to be a golden eagle, but I finally called it re-tailed because I couldn't convince myself it wasn't. it was at far scope visibility with shimmer in the scope, and I just couldn't convince myself -- but in size comparison to the tower, it sure seemed eagle sized (but red-tails get large and at that distance... judging size will make you cry)

Entering Baylands I saw a fun thing: a Cooper's Hawk was sitting on a lightpole, and a crow came in and flushed it off, than sat on the pole and declared victory as it retreated.

scoping the wetlands near the wind surfing dock I found a long-billed curlew and a greater yellowlegs. the duck pond held ducks, some gulls (no Bonaparte's) and a Greater Scaup.

Interestingly, I saw a total of zero black-necked stilts at Baylands today, I think a first.

I headed over to Lick Mill Park (which somehow I've never walked through before) and missed on the Hermit Warbler, but did find my first 2021 Ruby Crowned Kinglet.

Friday I headed over to the Bubb Road ponds and picked up my first 2021 Ring-Necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers, including a gorgeous male. Also many quite loud Canada Geese and buffleheads.

Nice day out, lots of good, one of the three celebrities (but not a county life bird) and a nice walk...


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Date: 1/10/21 6:05 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
Thanks for the shout-out, Alvaro. I’m looking forward to offering SCVAS's first online class... although I expect it might pale compared to yours. Still, I’m excited and just putting finishing touches on it now...
https://ticketbud.com/events/0ba491d6-5136-11eb-b2f1-42010a71700f <https://ticketbud.com/events/0ba491d6-5136-11eb-b2f1-42010a71700f>

To keep things within SBB regulations, here’s a list of the Gulls that we logged at Palo Alto Baylands today while we unsuccessfully searched for Ridgway’s Rails:

Bonaparte’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull

It’s not a huge list obviously, and several species we expected were not seen, probably because our eyes were mostly focused downward....

Matthew

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> On Jan 10, 2021, at 5:30 PM, Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
> Just because it is mentioned, in this thread, note that I do have a sparrows online workshop starting later on this month. But that the place where those events gets posted is the <southbaybirds-events...> <mailto:<southbaybirds-events...> .
> Matthew Dodder through SCVAS is doing a gull workshop too.
> Alvaro
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
> <alvaro...> <mailto:<alvaro...>
> www.alvarosadventures.com <http://www.alvarosadventures.com/>
>
> From: <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...> <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...>> On Behalf Of Lisa Myers
> Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 4:44 PM
> To: <idbirds...> <mailto:<idbirds...>
> Cc: Luca <luucaa...> <mailto:<luucaa...>>; <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...>
> Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
>
> Taking a few Birding classes is a great way to learn how to ID the birds too, but all the various venues are on hiatus until Covid is under control.
>
> Lisa Myers
> Los Gatos Birdwatcher/Let’s Go Birding
>
>
> On Jan 10, 2021, at 1:30 PM, Brooke Miller via groups.io <http://groups.io/> <idbirds...> <mailto:<idbirds...>> wrote:
>
> Luca,
>
> Tropical Kingbird has a long, thick bill, and the yellow on its underside is brighter and goes further up the breast. In wintertime here, seeing a Western Kingbird would be much more unlikely than finding a Tropical Kingbird. I believe this is because Western Kingbirds spend our wintertime further south in the southern hemisphere, whereas Tropicals can be found year around in parts of Mexico. I think in the last few to several years we have had one to two Tropical Kingbirds found in winter in and around that area of Palo Alto.
>
> You can find much more information from bird field guides, or online at allaboutbirds.org <http://allaboutbirds.org/>.
>
> Congratulations on your 100th bird!
>
> Brooke Miller
>
>
> On Jan 10, 2021, at 1:02 PM, Luca <luucaa...> <mailto:<luucaa...>> wrote:
>
> Thanks, your help for the ID is much appreciated! How does one tell Western from Tropical?
>
> It's kind of fun that my bird #100 happens to be a rare bird.
>
> Luca
>
> On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 12:58 PM Brooke Miller <idbirds...> <mailto:<idbirds...>> wrote:
> Luca,
>
> That is a Tropical Kingbird that has been in the area for a while now (over a month, at least). Now that you have subscribed to South Bay Birds, you will be able to follow what birds people are seeings where. Welcome!
>
> Brooke Miller
>
>
>
> On Jan 10, 2021, at 12:52 PM, Luca <luucaa...> <mailto:<luucaa...>> wrote:
>
> I saw what might be a Western Kingbird at Geng Road today, at 11:23am, on a tree next to the bathrooms. I include here some photos. I am a beginner birder (this would be my bird #100!), so I am not certain of the identification.
>
> Best,
>
> Luca
>
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> <2021-01-10_11-24-03_P1100111.jpg>
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Date: 1/10/21 5:31 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
Hi,

Just because it is mentioned, in this thread, note that I do have a sparrows online workshop starting later on this month. But that the place where those events gets posted is the <southbaybirds-events...> .

Matthew Dodder through SCVAS is doing a gull workshop too.

Alvaro



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From: <southbaybirds...> <southbaybirds...> On Behalf Of Lisa Myers
Sent: Sunday, January 10, 2021 4:44 PM
To: <idbirds...>
Cc: Luca <luucaa...>; <southbaybirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road



Taking a few Birding classes is a great way to learn how to ID the birds too, but all the various venues are on hiatus until Covid is under control.



Lisa Myers

Los Gatos Birdwatcher/Let’s Go Birding


On Jan 10, 2021, at 1:30 PM, Brooke Miller via groups.io <http://groups.io> <idbirds...> <mailto:<idbirds...> > wrote:

Luca,



Tropical Kingbird has a long, thick bill, and the yellow on its underside is brighter and goes further up the breast. In wintertime here, seeing a Western Kingbird would be much more unlikely than finding a Tropical Kingbird. I believe this is because Western Kingbirds spend our wintertime further south in the southern hemisphere, whereas Tropicals can be found year around in parts of Mexico. I think in the last few to several years we have had one to two Tropical Kingbirds found in winter in and around that area of Palo Alto.



You can find much more information from bird field guides, or online at allaboutbirds.org <http://allaboutbirds.org> .



Congratulations on your 100th bird!



Brooke Miller





On Jan 10, 2021, at 1:02 PM, Luca <luucaa...> <mailto:<luucaa...> > wrote:



Thanks, your help for the ID is much appreciated! How does one tell Western from Tropical?



It's kind of fun that my bird #100 happens to be a rare bird.



Luca



On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 12:58 PM Brooke Miller <idbirds...> <mailto:<idbirds...> > wrote:

Luca,



That is a Tropical Kingbird that has been in the area for a while now (over a month, at least). Now that you have subscribed to South Bay Birds, you will be able to follow what birds people are seeings where. Welcome!



Brooke Miller







On Jan 10, 2021, at 12:52 PM, Luca <luucaa...> <mailto:<luucaa...> > wrote:



I saw what might be a Western Kingbird at Geng Road today, at 11:23am, on a tree next to the bathrooms. I include here some photos. I am a beginner birder (this would be my bird #100!), so I am not certain of the identification.



Best,



Luca


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Date: 1/10/21 4:44 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
Taking a few Birding classes is a great way to learn how to ID the birds too, but all the various venues are on hiatus until Covid is under control.

Lisa Myers
Los Gatos Birdwatcher/Let’s Go Birding
> On Jan 10, 2021, at 1:30 PM, Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> wrote:
>
> Luca,
>
> Tropical Kingbird has a long, thick bill, and the yellow on its underside is brighter and goes further up the breast. In wintertime here, seeing a Western Kingbird would be much more unlikely than finding a Tropical Kingbird. I believe this is because Western Kingbirds spend our wintertime further south in the southern hemisphere, whereas Tropicals can be found year around in parts of Mexico. I think in the last few to several years we have had one to two Tropical Kingbirds found in winter in and around that area of Palo Alto.
>
> You can find much more information from bird field guides, or online at allaboutbirds.org.
>
> Congratulations on your 100th bird!
>
> Brooke Miller
>
>> On Jan 10, 2021, at 1:02 PM, Luca <luucaa...> wrote:
>>
>> Thanks, your help for the ID is much appreciated! How does one tell Western from Tropical?
>>
>> It's kind of fun that my bird #100 happens to be a rare bird.
>>
>> Luca
>>
>>> On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 12:58 PM Brooke Miller <idbirds...> wrote:
>>> Luca,
>>>
>>> That is a Tropical Kingbird that has been in the area for a while now (over a month, at least). Now that you have subscribed to South Bay Birds, you will be able to follow what birds people are seeings where. Welcome!
>>>
>>> Brooke Miller
>>>
>>>
>>>> On Jan 10, 2021, at 12:52 PM, Luca <luucaa...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I saw what might be a Western Kingbird at Geng Road today, at 11:23am, on a tree next to the bathrooms. I include here some photos. I am a beginner birder (this would be my bird #100!), so I am not certain of the identification.
>>>>
>>>> Best,
>>>>
>>>> Luca
>>>>
>>>> <2021-01-10_11-15-18_P1100096.jpg>
>>>> <2021-01-10_11-24-03_P1100111.jpg>
>>>> <2021-01-10_11-24-02_P1100110.jpg>
>>>> <2021-01-10_11-15-32_P1100099.jpg>
>>>> <2021-01-10_11-15-32_P1100098.jpg>
>>>
>
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Date: 1/10/21 1:46 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Stile Ranch Trail - Horned Lark
This morning I birded the Stile Ranch Trail. Overall, the birds were quiet
but I did find a *Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (heard only)*, 2 *California
Thrashers*, and a *Rufous-crowned Sparrow* at the start of the trail.
Further up the hill, past the rock wall, I decided to watch for birds while
sitting on a rock. That's when I heard a tinkling call from the grasses. I
was pretty sure it was a *Horned Lark* but I needed to see the bird to be
certain. Eventually I found it on top of a low rock. Soon afterwards, a
large flock of about 30 Horned Lark flew in and settled in the grasses
where I couldn't see any of them. I continued a little further up the hill
to see a Rufous-crowned Sparrow briefly show itself and then dive back into
the rock wall. A *Rock Wren* was also present, bobbing on a low rock.
While making my way back down the trail, a *Northern Harrier* flew over the
Horned Larks sending them all into the air once again to settle in another
location.

A word of caution: the trail is very rocky and you'll have to watch your
step. Also, there are lots of mountain bikers on this trail. Fortunately,
they can't pick up a lot of speed because of the switchbacks and rocks.

I've included a photo of the Horned Lark location. They like the grassy
hillside to the left of the tree.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S79031683

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Date: 1/10/21 1:30 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
Luca,

Tropical Kingbird has a long, thick bill, and the yellow on its underside is brighter and goes further up the breast. In wintertime here, seeing a Western Kingbird would be much more unlikely than finding a Tropical Kingbird. I believe this is because Western Kingbirds spend our wintertime further south in the southern hemisphere, whereas Tropicals can be found year around in parts of Mexico. I think in the last few to several years we have had one to two Tropical Kingbirds found in winter in and around that area of Palo Alto.

You can find much more information from bird field guides, or online at allaboutbirds.org <http://allaboutbirds.org/>.

Congratulations on your 100th bird!

Brooke Miller

> On Jan 10, 2021, at 1:02 PM, Luca <luucaa...> wrote:
>
> Thanks, your help for the ID is much appreciated! How does one tell Western from Tropical?
>
> It's kind of fun that my bird #100 happens to be a rare bird.
>
> Luca
>
> On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 12:58 PM Brooke Miller <idbirds...> <mailto:<idbirds...>> wrote:
> Luca,
>
> That is a Tropical Kingbird that has been in the area for a while now (over a month, at least). Now that you have subscribed to South Bay Birds, you will be able to follow what birds people are seeings where. Welcome!
>
> Brooke Miller
>
>
>> On Jan 10, 2021, at 12:52 PM, Luca <luucaa...> <mailto:<luucaa...>> wrote:
>>
>> I saw what might be a Western Kingbird at Geng Road today, at 11:23am, on a tree next to the bathrooms. I include here some photos. I am a beginner birder (this would be my bird #100!), so I am not certain of the identification.
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Luca
>>
>> <2021-01-10_11-15-18_P1100096.jpg>
>> <2021-01-10_11-24-03_P1100111.jpg>
>> <2021-01-10_11-24-02_P1100110.jpg>
>> <2021-01-10_11-15-32_P1100099.jpg>
>> <2021-01-10_11-15-32_P1100098.jpg>
>
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Date: 1/10/21 1:23 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Swamp Sparrow - Palo Alto Baylands - Sun 10-Jan
At 10:16 this morning I saw a/the SWAMP SPARROW from along the trail that parallels the Palo Alto Airport runway, about 50 yds south of the big green bush, about where a white 6 ft tall marker in the marsh, but closer to the trail. This was about 1/2 hour after high tide. On at least one other occasion, in the few years past, I also saw a swamp sparrow here about 1/2 hour after high tide (for whatever it’s worth). There were no rails vocalizing this morning, which seemed odd to me, although I did see one SORA at about the same time the Swamp Sparrow showed itself. When I got back to my car and was finishing my eBird list, I noticed a PEREGRINE FALCON with a duck in its talons, along the falling apart stretch of boards that run parallel to the boardwalk.

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Date: 1/10/21 1:02 pm
From: Luca <luucaa...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
Thanks, your help for the ID is much appreciated! How does one tell
Western from Tropical?

It's kind of fun that my bird #100 happens to be a rare bird.

Luca

On Sun, Jan 10, 2021 at 12:58 PM Brooke Miller <idbirds...> wrote:

> Luca,
>
> That is a Tropical Kingbird that has been in the area for a while now
> (over a month, at least). Now that you have subscribed to South Bay Birds,
> you will be able to follow what birds people are seeings where. Welcome!
>
> Brooke Miller
>
>
> On Jan 10, 2021, at 12:52 PM, Luca <luucaa...> wrote:
>
> I saw what might be a Western Kingbird at Geng Road today, at 11:23am, on
> a tree next to the bathrooms. I include here some photos. I am a beginner
> birder (this would be my bird #100!), so I am not certain of the
> identification.
>
> Best,
>
> Luca
>
> <2021-01-10_11-15-18_P1100096.jpg>
> <2021-01-10_11-24-03_P1100111.jpg>
> <2021-01-10_11-24-02_P1100110.jpg>
> <2021-01-10_11-15-32_P1100099.jpg>
> <2021-01-10_11-15-32_P1100098.jpg>
>
>
>
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Date: 1/10/21 12:58 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
Luca,

That is a Tropical Kingbird that has been in the area for a while now (over a month, at least). Now that you have subscribed to South Bay Birds, you will be able to follow what birds people are seeings where. Welcome!

Brooke Miller


> On Jan 10, 2021, at 12:52 PM, Luca <luucaa...> wrote:
>
> I saw what might be a Western Kingbird at Geng Road today, at 11:23am, on a tree next to the bathrooms. I include here some photos. I am a beginner birder (this would be my bird #100!), so I am not certain of the identification.
>
> Best,
>
> Luca
>
> <2021-01-10_11-15-18_P1100096.jpg>
> <2021-01-10_11-24-03_P1100111.jpg>
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Date: 1/10/21 12:53 pm
From: Luca <luucaa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Possible Western Kingbird at Geng Road
I saw what might be a Western Kingbird at Geng Road today, at 11:23am, on a
tree next to the bathrooms. I include here some photos. I am a beginner
birder (this would be my bird #100!), so I am not certain of the
identification.

Best,

Luca

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Date: 1/10/21 11:17 am
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Subject: [southbaybirds] The Green-tailed Towhee Continues at Calero Creek Trail on 1/10/2021
All:

At about 8:15 I walked out on the trail to just beyond the creek crossing, and started looking out towards the Bee Hives.  In a minute or two I saw the adult Green-tailed Towhee feeding with a flock of Crowned Sparrows.  It kept working closer and I got great, but brief, views of its rufous head with a white throat showing dark mustaches.  Unfortunately, none of my pictures show the white throat.  I think it's mostly that birds have their best distance-viewing at the back of the eye (the center of the eye is for looking at what's just beyond the bill) and the birds are keeping an eye out for us distant predators.  Maybe someone will post on this site a good front view.

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Date: 1/10/21 9:14 am
From: Audry Nicklin <amnicklin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Full Day Of Birding - Highlights
Hi everyone,

Yesterday was the first time Connor and I birded from sun up to sun down and we were able to cover a lot of ground. We started at Ed Levin by the Elm picnic area and quickly located a GREAT HORNED OWL. Later we bumped into Matthew and Cricket who pointed out a second one. We also saw a group of CANADA GEESE who flew overhead with a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE alongside them. It was also a good day for woodpeckers. a female NUTTALS'S WOODPECKER was picking at some bark out in the open. We waited for the Osprey for a bit, but it didn't show in the time we were there. ( ebird list S78963038 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78963038 ) )

From there we stopped by Curtner Elementary school to check out the redwoods for a BALD EAGLE. We were lucky and there was an adult present in the top of one. It flew off and I managed some pictures. Unfortunately one of its wings was out of the frame in every picture. I know some of you feel my pain. ( ebird list S78948827 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78948827 ) )

Our next stop was Lick Mill Park where I was able to locate the HERMIT WARBLER pretty quickly in the pines next to the tennis courts. Connor took a nap in the car while I hunted around the berry-filled bushes. There was lots of activity in them and I saw at least two, though there were probably more HERMIT THURSHES. I also watched a BEWICK'S WREN hunting in the spider webs along the fence, and a had a pretty good look at a CALIFORNIA TOWHEE. ( ebird list S78952557 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78952557 ) )

From there we stopped by Shoreline Lake for just a moment to look for the Brant. Didn't see it. (I'm pretty sure that Brant only likes to be there in the mornings.) We did get to watch a RED-TAILED HAWK eat a COOT. There was a COOPER'S HAWK nearby. At first I thought the Cooper's wanted to steal the coot, but upon reviewing my pictures I saw that there was blood on the Cooper's Hawk's feathers. I think the Red-tailed must have stolen the coot from the Cooper's. ( ebird list S78963029 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78963029 ) )

We moved on to the Kite Flying Area and saw two BURROWING OWLS and the strangest colored ROCK PIGEON I'd ever seen. It's wings were light orange and the rest of it was lavender. One of the ground squirrels briefly chased the pigeon. Never seen a pigeon run (not fly) away from a squirrel. It was pretty entertaining. ( ebird list S78962923 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78962923 ) )

We decided to check out Geng Road for all the recent rarities, but missed out on all of them. At one point while I was looking down at my phone, a WHITE-CROWNED Sparrow landed so close to me that when I looked up and saw it, I jumped. It let me take a nice picture of it. ( ebird list S78972060 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78972060 ) )

We had and hour and a half before sunset at this point, so we stopped by the Baylands near the nature center. The big dirt lot was roped off for some reason, but were were able to find parking past the bridge. When I looked over the bridge I was surprised to see a RIDWAY'S RAIL out in the open foraging. We got a good long look at it until a GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL flew overhead, frightening every bird in area. Rails are pretty fast runners. A little later when we walked towards the building that looks like a boat, we saw a second RIDGWAY'S RAIL forging in the large channel to the south. The tide was extremely low at this point, so it was also out in the open. (ebird list S78972052) ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78972052 )


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Date: 1/9/21 11:57 am
From: Andrew Bradshaw <acbradshaw005...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Phainopeplas at Stanford Dish
Pics attached below. Not the best pics but they get the job done :)
Ebird checklist https://ebird.org/checklist/S78939861

Good brding!
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On Sat, Jan 9, 2021 at 10:31 AM Andrew Bradshaw via groups.io
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> Hi all,
>
> ~10:00am, two Phainopeplas were Perched atop the mistletoe filled oak
> trees at the intersection of the main dish trail and the spur trail that
> goes to Alpine Road. They were on the east side of the main trail and flew
> south toward the smaller dish for a few minutes before the male returned to
> the same area near the big dish.
>
> Picture of location attached. Looking east from big dish
>
> Classic male, Glossy black with crest and white wing patches visible in
> flight. Presumed female was dark gray. I got pictures of the male but could
> not get any of the female. Will share when I get home.
>
> Really fun bird to see in this area!
> -Andy
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> Andrew Bradshaw
> Wildlife Biologist
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Date: 1/9/21 10:31 am
From: Andrew Bradshaw <acbradshaw005...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Phainopeplas at Stanford Dish
Hi all,

~10:00am, two Phainopeplas were Perched atop the mistletoe filled oak trees
at the intersection of the main dish trail and the spur trail that goes to
Alpine Road. They were on the east side of the main trail and flew south
toward the smaller dish for a few minutes before the male returned to the
same area near the big dish.

Picture of location attached. Looking east from big dish

Classic male, Glossy black with crest and white wing patches visible in
flight. Presumed female was dark gray. I got pictures of the male but could
not get any of the female. Will share when I get home.

Really fun bird to see in this area!
-Andy
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Date: 1/9/21 9:02 am
From: Caitlin Chock <caitlin.crash...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Byxbee Park Friday 1/8/21
Yesterday (Friday) afternoon I made a quick stop by Byxbee which ended up being longer than planned as it was quite a nice day out.

As I got out of my car at the parking lot near the volunteer center (across from the Duck Pond), a huge flock of 500-600 BONAPARTE'S GULLS erupted out of the water treatment plant, with most of them flying out towards the bay.

I did a loop around the west side of Byxbee, with the intent of looking for the Rock Wren (not found). An immature BALD EAGLE scared up all the Canada Geese in the park, and a PEREGRINE FALCON followed and harassed it as it circled around and headed back South. The Peregrine returned and made a spectacular mid-air catch of a passing Northern Shoveler, but the duck escaped after 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS tried to steal it from the Peregrine. Other raptors in the area were 3 NORTHERN HARRIERS, a male AMERICAN KESTREL on the way into Byxbee, a WHITE-TAILED KITE in the marsh to the south.

Also of note was a female EURASIAN WIGEON in Mayfield Slough with a few American Wigeons.

Checklists can be found here, but sadly I didn't have my camera with me :( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78905983 / https://ebird.org/checklist/S78905888 / https://ebird.org/checklist/S78906028

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Date: 1/9/21 8:52 am
From: Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] King Tides this weekend
Hi All,
Meant to send this out yesterday, and some of you may know, but this weekend has King Tides again, with conversely, minus tides.
At Palo Alto bay lands:
Saturday, Jan. 9, 8:36 am 8.86 ft.
Jan. 9, 4:52 pm -0.35 ft.

Sunday, Jan. 10, 9:24 am 9.16 ft.
Jan. 10, 5:42 pm -0.69 ft.

Source: NOAA

Happy Birding (think Marsh Wrens and Rails),
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Date: 1/8/21 11:06 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Are these all Western Gulls (picture taken today at Charleston Slough).
The gulls in this photo are California Gulls.
Michael Mammoser

On Friday, January 8, 2021, 09:52:54 PM PST, Alice Smith <alice.smith...> wrote:

Thanks. I think the one in the left corner is the only mature one.  I think the others are may be 2nd year. but that is only after looking at Sibley's. Your advice. Thanks. 

Saw and have photos of  male and female Common Goldeneyes, Eared Grebe at the lake. 

Thanks 


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Date: 1/8/21 9:52 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Are these all Western Gulls (picture taken today at Charleston Slough).
Thanks. I think the one in the left corner is the only mature one.  I think the others are may be 2nd year. but that is only after looking at Sibley's. Your advice. Thanks.

Saw and have photos of  male and female Common Goldeneyes, Eared Grebe at the lake.

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Date: 1/8/21 4:28 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley, Greater White-fronted Goose at Shoreline, and a variety of salt ponds
Hi Everyone,

Today, I had a full day for birding so I decided to make the most of it! I
started off in Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve. The morning was sunny,
the grasses are turning green and the birds were singing! *Yellow-billed
Magpies* were calling back and forth from the Valley Oaks, *Western
Meadowlands *were singing from the grasses, and a noisy mixed flock of
hundreds of blackbirds were along Palm Ave. Many of them were *Tricolored
Blackbirds* which sound a bit like cats. Also spotted: 2 *Rock Wren*, 1
*Merlin*, 1 *Prairie Falcon*, and 3 *American Kestrels* (
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78879075).

Next, I moved on to Laguna Ave. I lingered for a while - it's the kind of
place where it's best to wait a while and see what happens. I scanned all
the geese but didn't find anything other than Canada Goose. Two *Loggerhead
Shrikes* were sitting on wires or fences. Small flocks of *American Pipits*
were in the fields and more *Yellow-billed Magpies* were in the oaks.
Eventually, I spotted a *Ferruginous Hawk* hunting south of the west end of
Laguna Ave. Views were distant (https://ebird.org/checklist/S78883516).

Next, I decided to head up to the Shoreline Kite Flying area and rode my
bike along my favorite route (basically following my self-guided trip to
Crittenden Marsh and Salt Pond A2E). One *Greater White-fronted Goose* was
mixed in with about 50 Canada Geese in the kite-flying area (
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78886924). From the bay trail, I scanned
Crittenden Marsh which has a bit of water in it and found lots of *Northern
Shovelers* and some *American Wigeons*, *Pintails* and *Green-winged Teals*
(https://ebird.org/checklist/S78887904). I continued on to a bench that I
like to sit at to scan Salt Pond A2E and found lots of *Redheads* and
sleeping Scaup. A couple of the birds were close enough and awake that I
could identify 2 *Greater Scaups* and 1 *Lesser Scaup* (
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78889696). I also checked the Salt Pond AB1,
the Stevens Creek Delta (birds too far out), and Salt Pond A2W which had
one *Black-bellied Plover* on the bank (nice close up views).

For more information on Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve and Laguna Ave,
see SCVAS's CVOSP self-guided trip
<https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/coyote-valley-open-space-authority-in-fallwinter>
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Salt Pond A2E, see the Crittenden Marsh Salt Pond A2E self-guided trip
<https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/bayfront-totally-terns-and-snowy-plovers-too-on-salt-pond-a2e-and-crittenden-marsh>.
It
covers the summer season, but the route is the same.

Happy Birding!
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Date: 1/8/21 2:39 pm
From: Kathleen McGall via groups.io <katom882002...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bird id help
HI again,I appreciate the responses to this on Bewick's wren.I thought it might be a bewicks wren but this was not brown nor did it have any patterns.Are bewicks wrens sometimes grey/black rather than brown? The only matching feature for this bird was the eyebrow, is it possible there are other variations (seasonal or juvenile stage) that might match this description for a Bewick's wren or something else.
Thank you!Kathleen


On Friday, January 8, 2021, 12:55:29 PM PST, Kathleen McGall via groups.io <katom882002...> wrote:

HI! I do not post generally.I just saw a cute bird in my backyard in west Mountain View.It was smaller than a sparrow, mostly solid grey with slightly darker wings, a long, white eyebrow and stubby possibly upright tail. The tail could have been a little darker than grey.It flew into my dwarf lemon tree and then also took a brief "dirt" bath by the tree.It was very tiny and cute and was in and out before I could attempt to get a picture.
I tried looking it up in my Sibley and did not immediately find it.
I would appreciate your help in knowing what possible bird this could be. I understand if there is too little information to determine.
Thank you!Kathleen






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Date: 1/8/21 2:20 pm
From: Naomi <nlgoodman...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Short-eared Owl and Phainopepla at Stanford Dish Trail
Two Phainopeplas spotted at intersection of trail from Alpine Rd and Dish loop.  Male (black w/ red eyes, white wing patches) reported earlier  by Adam B. and a female ( brown w/ red eyes)!  At one point they were together in a bush right next to the trail, then flew off in different directions.  Will load pics to eBird later.  1/8 2:00 pm

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Date: 1/8/21 2:20 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Natural Area
Folks:

This morning, 1/8/21, I birded Ulistac Natural Area.  I found a dull
tan-stripe WHITE-THROATED SPARROW along the trail not far from the
northern up-ramp to the levee.  The large flowering eucalyptus near the
pumps hosted many birds on its easily seen lower part, including an
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 1/8/21 1:53 pm
From: Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Summer Tanager
The Geng Road male Summer Tanager was seen this (January 8) morning just before 10 o'clock. It was in the trees between the the parking lot and the golf course pond.


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Date: 1/8/21 1:22 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull continues at Don Edwards
The 2nd winter Glaucous Gull was easily visible on the first island in pond A16 at Don Edwards today.  Plenty of Glaucous-winged immatures and adults nearby but the white Glaucous stands out to the naked eye.


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Date: 1/8/21 12:57 pm
From: Joe Heinlein <Jgheinlein...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bird id help
Sounds like a Bewick’s wren!

Cheers,
Joe

On Fri, Jan 8, 2021 at 12:55 PM Kathleen McGall via groups.io <katom882002=
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> HI!
> I do not post generally.
> I just saw a cute bird in my backyard in west Mountain View.
> It was smaller than a sparrow, mostly solid grey with slightly darker
> wings, a long, white eyebrow and stubby possibly upright tail. The tail
> could have been a little darker than grey.
> It flew into my dwarf lemon tree and then also took a brief "dirt" bath by
> the tree.
> It was very tiny and cute and was in and out before I could attempt to get
> a picture.
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> I tried looking it up in my Sibley and did not immediately find it.
>
> I would appreciate your help in knowing what possible bird this could be.
> I understand if there is too little information to determine.
>
> Thank you!
> Kathleen
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Date: 1/8/21 12:55 pm
From: Kathleen McGall via groups.io <katom882002...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bird id help
HI! I do not post generally.I just saw a cute bird in my backyard in west Mountain View.It was smaller than a sparrow, mostly solid grey with slightly darker wings, a long, white eyebrow and stubby possibly upright tail. The tail could have been a little darker than grey.It flew into my dwarf lemon tree and then also took a brief "dirt" bath by the tree.It was very tiny and cute and was in and out before I could attempt to get a picture.
I tried looking it up in my Sibley and did not immediately find it.
I would appreciate your help in knowing what possible bird this could be. I understand if there is too little information to determine.
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Date: 1/8/21 11:53 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Hermit Warbler Continues at Lick Mill Park on 1/8/2021
All:

At 8:45 I was standing right next to the Tennis Court fence when the Hermit Warbler flew in.  I watched it feeding for a minute or two when another Warbler flew in -- and they both zoomed away.  At Ulistac I found a Purple Finch which seemed to have a very white eyebrow.  See the photo.  We also had a good view of a flying Sharp-shinned Hawk.

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Date: 1/8/21 11:46 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull and adult male Eurasian Wigeon
The Glaucous Gull is currently on the closest island to the southeast
corner of Pond A16, next to sign indicating that it is island number 20.
The Eurasian Wigeon was moving between the second island and the third
island a few minutes ago.

Garrett Lau


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Date: 1/8/21 9:40 am
From: Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ring-necked Ducks ...

Many of them right now at Bubb Road percolation pond in Cupertino.
9:40 am Friday.
Diane McCoy


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Date: 1/8/21 8:01 am
From: Christoph Randler <christoph.randler...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Covid - birding
Happy New Year
Dear Birders,

Hope you all are fine; we are doing a short study how COVID-19 has changed birding. Please help us and answer a few questions, that take some minutes. You can also forward the link to others.

https://www.soscisurvey.de/birdwatchers/ ( https://www.soscisurvey.de/birdwatchers/ )

The study is in several languages and we would be happy for your participation. The study is hosted by the University of Tübingen, and run by a team of people, also being birders.
Stay healthy and good birding,
Christoph

Christoph Randler eBirdprofile: https://ebird.org/profile/NTM0NTM1/world

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Date: 1/7/21 8:04 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Short-eared Owl and Phainopepla at Stanford Dish Trail
That's interesting. At 4:45pm today, I saw the Phainopepla further
east, at 37.406628, -122.175724. From 5:05pm to 5:20pm both yesterday
and today, I looked for the Short-eared Owl at the location that Adam
reported, but I didn't see it.

Anyone interested in looking for these birds should be aware that the
3.3-mile Stanford Dish loop trail is one-way in the counter-clockwise
direction, and that anyone not affiliated with Stanford is not allowed
to park on the Stanford campus.

Garrett Lau

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> Thanks Adam for sharing the location of the Phainopepla! I saw it this afternoon around 4pm in a similar location: 37.411716, -122.185391 at the top of an oak tree with a lot of mistletoe, and also on the lone tree on the other side of the trail. See photo attached.
>
> On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 7:20 PM Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...> wrote:
>>
>> At about 5:05 PM today, I saw a SHORT-EARED OWL at the Stanford Dish Trail. It was hunting over a field near the easternmost extent of the trail (here: 37.406,-122.166), and was still putting on a show when I left 15 minutes later.
>>
>> Another big highlight was the continuing immature male PHAINOPEPLA found here by Sergey Pavlov on the Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count. He saw it near the Dish itself, but today it was at (37.41098,-122.19045), along the spur trail leading down to the Piers Lane gate, about 500 feet downhill of the cattle grate where the trail crosses the fence, and about 0.4 miles uphill from the parking area along Alpine Road. The bird was perching conspicuously on top of oaks and other small trees, sometimes right next to the trail.
>>
>> Other notable birds included a flock of 9 LARK SPARROWS along the same Piers Lane spur trail, a hooting GREAT HORNED OWL, and a singing CALIFORNIA THRASHER. My eBird list has more details and some poor photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78751582
>>
>> Adam Burnett
>> Stanford
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Date: 1/7/21 6:54 pm
From: Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Short-eared Owl and Phainopepla at Stanford Dish Trail
Thanks Adam for sharing the location of the Phainopepla! I saw it this
afternoon around 4pm in a similar location: 37.411716, -122.185391 at the
top of an oak tree with a lot of mistletoe, and also on the lone tree on
the other side of the trail. See photo attached.

On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 7:20 PM Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...> wrote:

> At about 5:05 PM today, I saw a SHORT-EARED OWL at the Stanford Dish
> Trail. It was hunting over a field near the easternmost extent of the trail
> (here: 37.406,-122.166), and was still putting on a show when I left 15
> minutes later.
>
> Another big highlight was the continuing immature male PHAINOPEPLA found
> here by Sergey Pavlov on the Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count. He saw it near
> the Dish itself, but today it was at (37.41098,-122.19045), along the spur
> trail leading down to the Piers Lane gate, about 500 feet downhill of the
> cattle grate where the trail crosses the fence, and about 0.4 miles
> uphill from the parking area along Alpine Road. The bird was perching
> conspicuously on top of oaks and other small trees, sometimes right next to
> the trail.
>
> Other notable birds included a flock of 9 LARK SPARROWS along the same
> Piers Lane spur trail, a hooting GREAT HORNED OWL, and a singing CALIFORNIA
> THRASHER. My eBird list has more details and some poor photos:
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S78751582
>
> Adam Burnett
> Stanford
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Date: 1/7/21 5:32 pm
From: Bruce Barrett <coddler...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull and adult male Eurasian Wigeon
I saw the Eurasian Wigeon at two o'clock this afternoon, but not the gull.

Bruce Barrett

On Thu, Jan 7, 2021 at 5:14 PM Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> wrote:

> All.
> A little after 10 AM this morning (1/7/21) I had an adult male EURASIAN
> WIGEON swimming toward a line of roosting ducks between the third and
> fourth islands from the Southeast corner of of Salt Pond A16.
> Unfortunately the EUWI had joined the far side of the line of ducks before
> I was able to take a photo and my poor, distant photos only show a
> portion of the head. Later at 10 :43 I was able to photograph a preening
> 2nd winter GLAUCOUS GULL on the first island closest to the Southeast
> corner of Salt Pond A16 which suddenly disappeared after an adult HERRING
> GULL walked in front of it. View this checklist online at
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S78850887
> Take care,
> Bob Reiling
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Date: 1/7/21 5:14 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull and adult male Eurasian Wigeon
All.
A little after 10 AM this morning (1/7/21) I had an adult male EURASIAN WIGEON swimming toward a line of roosting ducks between the third and fourth islands from the Southeast corner of of Salt Pond A16. Unfortunately the EUWI had joined the far side of the line of ducks before I was able to take a photo and my poor, distant photos only show a portion of the head. Later at 10 :43 I was able to photograph a preening 2nd winter GLAUCOUS GULL on the first island closest to the Southeast corner of Salt Pond A16 which suddenly disappeared after an adult HERRING GULL walked in front of it. View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S78850887
Take care,
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Date: 1/7/21 9:33 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow at Belgatos
Hi Everyone,

Belgatos Park in Los Gatos was very birdy this morning particularly near the back lawn. This is where I spotted a White-throated Sparrow foraging with the Golden-crowned Sparrows. The bird was near the wooden stairs.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S78827375

Happy Birding
Eve Meier (San Jose)

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Date: 1/6/21 11:30 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Shoreline at Mountain View Highlights 6 January
Oliver

That is a Barn Swallow, check out the very long tail. As well as the white on the tail, that is a key feature. I assume this was in summer, if so, please make sure you post the date of the photo. Dates are vital to our understanding of which birds are present in any area, and also in making sense on how to interpret a photo. Dates and Locations – vital, otherwise the photos are not all that useful to understanding the bird in the photo.

Take care,

Alvaro



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From: <southbaybirds...> <southbaybirds...> On Behalf Of Oliver Zhang
Sent: Wednesday, January 6, 2021 11:00 PM
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Shoreline at Mountain View Highlights 6 January



Hi Ryan,



Thanks for the heads-up on the birds. Now that you mentioned the early appearance of swallows, I wonder if this is the same SWALLOW you saw? I went through some of the pictures and not sure if these were the CLIFF SWALLOWS anymore.

Thanks & Happy Birding.

Oliver





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Date: 1/6/21 11:00 pm
From: Oliver Zhang <BLACKROCKARTSTUDIO...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Shoreline at Mountain View Highlights 6 January
Hi Ryan,

Thanks for the heads-up on the birds. Now that you mentioned the early appearance of swallows, I wonder if this is the same SWALLOW you saw?  I went through some of the pictures and not sure if these were the CLIFF SWALLOWS anymore.

Thanks & Happy Birding.

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Date: 1/6/21 6:36 pm
From: Carter Gasiorowski <carter.gasiorowski...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Prairie Falcon & Ferruginous Hawk
Today, 1-6-21, my mom and I went out to Coyote Valley for a quick outing
after school.

We arrived at Palm Ave. at 3:15 pm, and there was a large blackbird flock
near the OSP parking lot. We were able to identify about 300 *Brewer's
Blackbirds*, 50* Red-winged Blackbirds*, 3 *Tricolored Blackbirds*, and one
female *Brown-headed Cowbird*. We then checked the Ferruginous Hawk spot
at 3:30 and did not see it at that time, so we decided to check again
later. A *Merlin* was perched on an oak across the street from the sod
farm.

We then birded Laguna Ave. west of Santa Teresa. My mom quickly spotted
the *Prarie Falcon* sitting on a fence post north of the road. We've
looked about a dozen times for it both at Laguna and Rancho San Vicente
over the past few months and haven't found it, so we were so excited to
finally see it! It then flew over the road and disappeared to the south.
There were also 3 *Northern Harriers* sitting in the field, a *Loggerhead
Shrike* on the fence, 2 *American Kestrels*, and a *White-tailed Kite* in
the distance.

On our way out, we checked the Ferruginous Hawk spot again. At 4:25 pm we
got to see a beautiful *Ferruginous Hawk *sitting on top of the oak tree
above the sod farm office!

Overall it was a very nice outing with 7 raptor species in just over an
hour, and a good escape from zoom calls and the recent headlines.

eBird lists with photos:
Palm Ave. #1: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78799592
Laguna: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78801072
Palm Ave #2: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78801580

Happy Birding,
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Date: 1/6/21 5:24 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <norcalbirding...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Shoreline at Mountain View Highlights 6 January
Hi Birders,
Today (January 6) at Shoreline at Mountain View Regional Wildlife Area I
had the following highlights:

The rarest sighting was 2 BARN SWALLOWS foraging over pond on golf course.
Swallows in January are always interesting.

3 male BLUE-WINGED TEALS in the extreme SE corner of A2W where the board
walks are adjacent to Stevens Creek Tidal Marsh. This is always a reliable
spot for this species.

1 RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the willows in the high level ditch along the
maintenance road.

14+ SORAS in the (6) Coast Casey Forebay marsh and (8) Stevens Creek Tidal
Marsh. A few seen but mostly vocalizing.

2 VIRGINIA RAILS, 1 in Coast Casey and 1 in Stevens Creek Tidal Marsh. Both
vocal.

Good Birding,
Ryan

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Date: 1/6/21 5:14 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Mergansers at Almaden Reservoir
I stopped briefly at a pullout near the dam at Almaden Reservoir near New Almaden in San Jose today at 2:00PM.
I counted at least 70 Common Mergansers, along with a number of Double-crested Cormorants, Bufflehead, Mallards, and a few Ring-necked Ducks.

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Date: 1/6/21 5:14 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] New Chicago Marsh, Pond A16, and Breached A17
Folks:

Today, 1/6/21, I walked around Pond A16 and birded the marsh, pond, and
breached A17.  It was a nice day with a bit of rain and a rainbow.  I
found a sleeping male EURASIAN WIGEON on the strip islands between
islands #17 and #18.  Near the end of my visit, I saw a male BLUE-WINGED
TEAL preening in Artesian Slough.  Also in the slough was a
"white-headed" male RUDDY DUCK.  This plumage aberration has occurred
locally in the county in past years.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park


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Date: 1/6/21 5:05 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Cinnamon Teal (Spatula cyanoptera)
On 1/6/2021 1:20 AM, Joe Morlan wrote:
> 03 January 2021. Phelps Slough, Redwood Shores, Redwood City, California,
> USA.
>
> Note the powder blue wing coverts visible in the open wing. This striking
> duck breeds primarily in freshwater ponds and wetlands in Western North
> America south of the Prairie Pothole region. Its North American population
> has been estimated at fewer than 300,000 making it one of our least common
> dabbling ducks. In the Bay Area, these birds are primarily migrants,
> especially in the Spring, but they also winter locally.
. . . and also nest in Santa Clara County.
>
> Additional photos:
> https://macaulaylibrary.org/catalog?taxonCode=cintea&view=Grid&subId=S78597494
>
> Here is a short video of two males chasing a third:
> https://youtu.be/EkGa8I3bEHU
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> Stay well!
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Date: 1/6/21 3:00 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sanborn County Park: Main Entrance: Varied Thrush, Pygmy Nuthatches, Pacific Wren
Hi Everyone,

This morning I birded Sanborn County Park. Overall the birding was slow
but I found a *Pacific Wren* towards the pond near Walden West (about
here: 37.238492,
-122.070777). I recognize their warning calls
<https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/119456?<__hstc...>&<__hssc...>&__hsfp=3920260650#<_ga...>,
wait them out, and they often pop out for a look. About 5 *Varied Thrush*
were spotted foraging in the leaf litter below and in some Madrones (37.236314,
-122.068532) near the intersection of the San Andreas and Nature Trails.
And, I found 2 *Pygmy Nuthatches* near the start of the walk-in campground
area (about here: 37.232518, -122.064812).

Happy Birding!
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Date: 1/6/21 2:56 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] An Addendum to my earlier posts.
All:

The system seems to have had problems with my Merlin photo.  It really isn't a good photo, so I'm not going to re-send it.  Sorry.

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Date: 1/6/21 2:47 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] A Reposting of :The Great Horned Owl Continues at Elm Picnic Area of Ed Levin on 1/6/2021
All:

The system said it had a problem and I should re-post the following:
 
On this cold morning I though I would visit Ed Levin to see if I might find the Great Horned Owl in the same tree where I posted photos of it on 11/12/2020 and 12/16/2020.  Sure enough, at 8:16 I found it in its usual tree.  (See the first Photo).  At that time, I heard noises above me, and looking straight up I found a Downy, a Hairy, and a Nuttall's Woodpecker, all vigorously feeding in the top of the Pine tree!  While still looking at them, I heard a Northern Flicker calling somewhere behind me!

Walking back on the asphalt path I detoured up to the top of the dam, where I spotted an Osprey perched in the top of a tree.  (See second photo).  Some time later, the Osprey flew right over me carrying a large fish which it had positioned so that it was heading right into the wind in order to minimize air resistance.

When I drove up past the Sandy Wool Lake I stopped to photograph a Merlin which was eating something.  (See the third photo).

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Date: 1/6/21 2:03 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] 910 Bonaparte's Gulls at Palo Alto Baylands on January 1
This morning (6-Jan) at the Palo Alto Baylands, around 11 am, I saw a group of approximately 200 BONAPARTE’S GULLS circling above, not too far South of the Nature center. They did this for about 5 minutes, then moved Northeast and out of sight.

Brooke Miller
San Jose

> On Jan 5, 2021, at 4:10 PM, Bill Bousman <barlowi...> wrote:
>
> Folks:
>
> Most years, Bonaparte's Gull flock numbers are relatively small, in the low 100's. Adam's observation is similar to those of prior years of very large flocks or concentrations that show up irregularly, for reasons that are not obvious to me. I've attached a graph of single day maximum counts from 1993 to 2018 that I've taken from the county notebooks. The highest was of 1900 birds in closed Alviso salt ponds recorded on 11/16/93 by Mike Rogers. The second highest was of 1700 birds in the Palo Alto estuary on 11/27/02 by Mike Mammoser. For this species, the major role in the county appears to be a fall passage from the beginning of November through mid-December. The flock Adam reported is about two weeks late based on the data from prior years.
>
> Bill Bousman
> Menlo Park
>
> On 1/4/2021 10:48 PM, Adam Burnett wrote:
>> One of the highlights of my New Year’s birding was a flock of at least 910 Bonaparte’s Gulls, seen from about 2:45-3:00 PM on January 1. I was standing by the edge of the Palo Alto Duck Pond, and I saw the flock in flight above the water treatment plant to the south. When I first saw this swirling flock in the distance, I expected them to be starlings! Binocular views revealed them to be Bonaparte’s Gulls, and for the next 15 minutes or so, groups peeled off and flew northeast across the bay. I assume they were headed to a roosting spot, as Bill Bousman mentioned in his posts on 11/5/14 and 12/2/19.
>>
>> Apologies for the late post, but zooming in and meticulously counting the birds in my photo took quite a while! The attached photo shows 820 birds, with more of the flock cut off at the right side of the frame. An additional group of 90 birds had already departed across the bay, for a total of at least 910. As they streamed overhead, I biked to the T-intersection of Embarcadero Road and had much closer views of the flock, but I didn’t see any other species mixed in, neither any common larger gulls nor any rarities like Black-headed or Little. Regardless, it was an amazing spectacle! I regularly see flocks of around 100 Bonaparte’s Gulls above the water treatment plant, best viewed from the west edge of Byxbee Park, but I had never seen numbers like these.
>>
>> Other highlights from a full day of bike-birding on January 1 included a male EURASIAN X AMERICAN WIGEON HYBRID with American Wigeon on Pond A1, and the continuing ROCK WREN at Byxbee Park, hanging out around the small fenced area at the west edge of the park, opposite the south corner of the water treatment plant. Yesterday, January 3, I visited the 3 wintering CHIPPING SPARROWS at Terman Park in Palo Alto, after one individual was reported there by Alex Tey and Ann Hepenstal on the Palo Alto CBC.
>>
>> Happy birding in 2021!
>>
>> Adam Burnett
>>
>> <IMG_8296.jpeg>
>>
>> <Bonaparte's Gull count photo numbered with text.jpeg>
>
>
> <Bonaparte's Gull by Years (Jan to Dec).png>



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Date: 1/6/21 12:32 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Great Horned Owl Continues at Elm Picnic Area of Ed Levin on 1/6/2021
All:

On this cold morning I though I would visit Ed Levin to see if I might find the Great Horned Owl in the same tree where I posted photos of it on 11/12/2020 and 12/16/2020.  Sure enough, at 8:16 I found it in its usual tree.  (See the first Photo).  At that time, I heard noises above me, and looking straight up I found a Downy, a Hairy, and a Nuttall's Woodpecker, all vigorously feeding in the top of the Pine tree!  While still looking at them, I heard a Northern Flicker calling somewhere behind me!

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When I drove up past the Sandy Wool Lake I stopped to photograph a Merlin which was eating something.  (See the third photo).

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Date: 1/5/21 7:20 pm
From: Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Short-eared Owl and Phainopepla at Stanford Dish Trail
At about 5:05 PM today, I saw a SHORT-EARED OWL at the Stanford Dish Trail. It was hunting over a field near the easternmost extent of the trail (here: 37.406,-122.166), and was still putting on a show when I left 15 minutes later.

Another big highlight was the continuing immature male PHAINOPEPLA found here by Sergey Pavlov on the Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count. He saw it near the Dish itself, but today it was at (37.41098,-122.19045), along the spur trail leading down to the Piers Lane gate, about 500 feet downhill of the cattle grate where the trail crosses the fence, and about 0.4 miles uphill from the parking area along Alpine Road. The bird was perching conspicuously on top of oaks and other small trees, sometimes right next to the trail.

Other notable birds included a flock of 9 LARK SPARROWS along the same Piers Lane spur trail, a hooting GREAT HORNED OWL, and a singing CALIFORNIA THRASHER. My eBird list has more details and some poor photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78751582 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S78751582>

Adam Burnett
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Date: 1/5/21 4:43 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Snow Goose in Hidden Lake Park, Milpitas
All,
At about 11:25 this morning (1/5/2021) a first year white SNOW GOOSE was in Hidden Lake Park in Milpitas. Earlier I had missed the Hermit Warbler in Lick Mill Park (a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER was a consolation prize) and missed the Glaucous Gull and Ruff in New Chicago Marsh. Frank Vanslager found an AMERICAN PIPIT on the island nearest the dirt parking lot and a single MEW GULL was in the northern part of the Sprekles Ave, portion of the marsh.
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Date: 1/5/21 4:10 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] 910 Bonaparte's Gulls at Palo Alto Baylands on January 1
Folks:

Most years, Bonaparte's Gull flock numbers are relatively small, in the
low 100's.  Adam's observation is similar to those of prior years of
very large flocks or concentrations that show up irregularly, for
reasons that are not obvious to me.  I've attached a graph of single day
maximum counts from 1993 to 2018 that I've taken from the county
notebooks.  The highest was of 1900 birds in closed Alviso salt ponds
recorded on 11/16/93 by Mike Rogers.  The second highest was of 1700
birds in the Palo Alto estuary on 11/27/02 by Mike Mammoser.  For this
species, the major role in the county appears to be a fall passage from
the beginning of November through mid-December.  The flock Adam reported
is about two weeks late based on the data from prior years.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 1/4/2021 10:48 PM, Adam Burnett wrote:
> One of the highlights of my New Year’s birding was a flock of at least
> 910 Bonaparte’s Gulls, seen from about 2:45-3:00 PM on January 1. I
> was standing by the edge of the Palo Alto Duck Pond, and I saw the
> flock in flight above the water treatment plant to the south. When I
> first saw this swirling flock in the distance, I expected them to be
> starlings! Binocular views revealed them to be Bonaparte’s Gulls, and
> for the next 15 minutes or so, groups peeled off and flew northeast
> across the bay. I assume they were headed to a roosting spot, as Bill
> Bousman mentioned in his posts on 11/5/14 and 12/2/19.
>
> Apologies for the late post, but zooming in and meticulously counting
> the birds in my photo took quite a while! The attached photo shows 820
> birds, with more of the flock cut off at the right side of the frame.
> An additional group of 90 birds had already departed across the bay,
> for a total of at least 910. As they streamed overhead, I biked to the
> T-intersection of Embarcadero Road and had much closer views of the
> flock, but I didn’t see any other species mixed in, neither any common
> larger gulls nor any rarities like Black-headed or Little. Regardless,
> it was an amazing spectacle! I regularly see flocks of around 100
> Bonaparte’s Gulls above the water treatment plant, best viewed from
> the west edge of Byxbee Park, but I had never seen numbers like these.
>
> Other highlights from a full day of bike-birding on January 1 included
> a male EURASIAN X AMERICAN WIGEON HYBRID with American Wigeon on Pond
> A1, and the continuing ROCK WREN at Byxbee Park, hanging out around
> the small fenced area at the west edge of the park, opposite the south
> corner of the water treatment plant. Yesterday, January 3, I visited
> the 3 wintering CHIPPING SPARROWS at Terman Park in Palo Alto, after
> one individual was reported there by Alex Tey and Ann Hepenstal on the
> Palo Alto CBC.
>
> Happy birding in 2021!
>
> Adam Burnett
>
>
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Date: 1/5/21 2:43 pm
From: Joe Parker <jandkparker...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee, Tropical Kingbird & Glaucous Gull
The GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was visible this morning on the Calero Trail. It was foraging just outside the treeline on the opposite side of the trail from the orchard. There was a California Towhee in the area but they were not interacting and there were no crowned sparrows around.

The TROPICAL KINGBIRD finally put in an appearance at the Geng Rd. Pond in Palo Alto. I saw it perched on one of the blue-topped stakes at the south end of the pond.

Finally, the immature GLAUCOUS GULL was just settling down with the gull flock at the New Chicago Marsh in Alviso. It was lying down but fortunately had not put its head in so I got a good look at the dark-tipped beak on an immense pure-white gull. I was wondering how I was going to pick it out from amongst so many gulls, but it really stands out once you see it.

A red-letter day of birding for me. One of the few times I have actually seen all of the rare birds I was seeking.

Kathy Parker
Los Gatos

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Date: 1/5/21 1:13 pm
From: Ben Pearl <bpearl...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] [pen-bird] Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus)
Hi Joe and all,

Thank you very much for the sighting! Although many of the Snowy Plovers
we color band also winter in the SF Bay, some disperse across the coast
each year during winter (and they sometimes decide to breed elsewhere).
Understanding where they go to is vital information that helps us to better
understand Snowy Plover survival, migration, and use of habitat across the
Pacific Coast. If you ever observe a color banded Snowy Plover on the
Pacific Coast, you can send your sightings to
<snpl_bandreporting...> , which is a listserv that goes
directly to all Snowy Plover banders across the Pacific Coast. You will
get a quick response from the bander with the history of the banded bird(s)
observed, and we will get this important data much faster than if reported
to the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory.

I appreciate your sharing additional information about Snowy Plovers,
however I wanted to provide a bit of clarification since it can get a
little confusing. The Pacific Coast Population of Western Snowy
Plovers (*Charadrius
nivosus nivosus*), which are found adjacent to tidal waters of the Pacific
within 50 miles of the coast, are a Distinct Population Segment listed by
the USFWS as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). There is
also an interior population of Snowy Plovers that breed in the Central
Valley, Great Basin, and Southern Plains, and many of these birds also
winter on the Pacific Coast. However, research has shown that there is
close to zero movement of individuals between the coastal and interior
populations during the breeding season, and thus they are considered
distinct populations. The interior population is not currently listed
under the Federal ESA, though it is listed on some states' ESA and may
warrant federal listing in the near future.The IUCN list, which classifies
Snowy Plovers as Near Threatened, does not consider the lack of gene flow
between the two populations, and thus considers them to be one population.

Cheers,
Ben


On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 1:53 AM Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:

> 02 January 2021. Pigeon Point, California, USA.
>
> I was covering my area for the Ano Nuevo Christmas Bird Count when I took
> this photo. Notice the colored bands on this bird's legs. Ben Pearl of the
> San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory advised me that he banded this
> individual as a chick in Mountain View California on 05 August 2020 and
> that its whereabouts were unknown until I took this photo. Thus it moved
> from San Francisco Bay flying over the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific
> Coast, more than 25 miles from where it was hatched. Ben called it "ko:ag"
> (black over orange on left, aqua over green on right) and provided a photo
> of it as a chick which he kindly allowed me to use...
>
> https://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/SnowyPloverChick.htm
>
> This vulnerable species is classified as "Near Threatened." It was formerly
> lumped with the similar Kentish Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) of
> Eurasia.
>
> Additional photo:
>
> https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/293772601
>
> Stay well!
> --
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
> "It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt
>
>
>
>
>
>

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Plover and Tern Program Director
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524 Valley Way
Milpitas CA 95035
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Date: 1/5/21 12:36 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Some Birding at Shoreline on 1/5/2021
All:

Twice this year I somehow managed to miss the Brant.  But this morning I was treated to a very close approach, as suggested in the attached photo.  The Brant was with the coots on the recently-opened lawn on the north side of the lake.

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Date: 1/5/21 10:50 am
From: Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green Towhee
And also on Sunday around 2:45 - 3 PM, Deb and I saw the bird here with Brooke Miller:

37°12'17.4"N 121°48'58.6"W

37.204831, -121.816270
This is just to the left of the dirt road between the trail and the bee hives. It was in a small flock of sparrows and California Towhees, first farther down the road and then within about twenty yards of the trail.
Hugh McDevitt

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 8:46:02 AM PST, susan <susan...> wrote:

We went out looking for the green towhee Sunday. Maybe saw a female, but we aren’t sure if we were in the right place. Does anyone have the coordinates to where this bird was seen?

Thank you,
Susan and Bob


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Date: 1/5/21 10:43 am
From: Kevin Gin <kevinagin...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green Towhee
It's located here:

https://goo.gl/maps/Ay6qeoKTv4X1oi7F9

37.205000, -121.815861

Either side of Santa Teresa Creek on Calero Creek Trail.

I saw the bird on Sunday around 2pm, but it was after trail (and birder)
activity died down enough for the mixed flock to feel comfortable enough to
feed near the trail.

Kevin Gin
San Jose

On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 8:46 AM susan <susan...> wrote:

> We went out looking for the green towhee Sunday. Maybe saw a female, but
> we aren’t sure if we were in the right place. Does anyone have the
> coordinates to where this bird was seen?
>
> Thank you,
> Susan and Bob
>
>
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Date: 1/5/21 10:25 am
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Pond Birds
In addition to the birds Diane already mentioned, I just saw a
White-throated Sparrow in the brush along the fence at the south end of the
pond.

On Sat, Jan 2, 2021 at 4:13 PM Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I so enjoyed checking out the birds, mainly ducks, at the Cupertino, Bubb
> Rd. percolator ponds this morning. Besides the ones seen: *Hooded and
> Common Mergansers, Ring-necked Duck and lots of Buffleheads, *I saw a *Red-tailed
> Hawk* perched nearby, *Snowy Egret*, *2 Black-crowned Night Herons,* lots
> of *mallards*, some *coots* and two *Canada Geese* flew in right when I
> was leaving, not to be left out!
> Lots of 'flit-ty' birds too, in the trees.
> What fun to visit!
>
> Thanks for sharing,
> Diane McCoy
>
>
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Date: 1/5/21 8:46 am
From: susan <susan...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Green Towhee
We went out looking for the green towhee Sunday. Maybe saw a female, but we aren’t sure if we were in the right place. Does anyone have the coordinates to where this bird was seen?

Thank you,
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Date: 1/4/21 10:48 pm
From: Adam Burnett <adamburnett33...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] 910 Bonaparte's Gulls at Palo Alto Baylands on January 1
One of the highlights of my New Year’s birding was a flock of at least 910 Bonaparte’s Gulls, seen from about 2:45-3:00 PM on January 1. I was standing by the edge of the Palo Alto Duck Pond, and I saw the flock in flight above the water treatment plant to the south. When I first saw this swirling flock in the distance, I expected them to be starlings! Binocular views revealed them to be Bonaparte’s Gulls, and for the next 15 minutes or so, groups peeled off and flew northeast across the bay. I assume they were headed to a roosting spot, as Bill Bousman mentioned in his posts on 11/5/14 and 12/2/19.

Apologies for the late post, but zooming in and meticulously counting the birds in my photo took quite a while! The attached photo shows 820 birds, with more of the flock cut off at the right side of the frame. An additional group of 90 birds had already departed across the bay, for a total of at least 910. As they streamed overhead, I biked to the T-intersection of Embarcadero Road and had much closer views of the flock, but I didn’t see any other species mixed in, neither any common larger gulls nor any rarities like Black-headed or Little. Regardless, it was an amazing spectacle! I regularly see flocks of around 100 Bonaparte’s Gulls above the water treatment plant, best viewed from the west edge of Byxbee Park, but I had never seen numbers like these.

Other highlights from a full day of bike-birding on January 1 included a male EURASIAN X AMERICAN WIGEON HYBRID with American Wigeon on Pond A1, and the continuing ROCK WREN at Byxbee Park, hanging out around the small fenced area at the west edge of the park, opposite the south corner of the water treatment plant. Yesterday, January 3, I visited the 3 wintering CHIPPING SPARROWS at Terman Park in Palo Alto, after one individual was reported there by Alex Tey and Ann Hepenstal on the Palo Alto CBC.

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Date: 1/4/21 6:59 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ferruginous Hawks
The end of the day today, 4 Jan 2021, found me along Palm Ave in Coyote Valley. I was pleasantly surprised to see 3 FERRUGINOUS HAWKS perched in the oak tree above the sod farm office. I believe that this is the first time I have ever seen 3 of these hawks perched together like this.
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Date: 1/4/21 6:41 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Eagle, Snow & Cackling Geese at Hall Memorial Park Jan 4
I drove over to Hall Memorial Park in Milpitas late this afternoon to see if
the eagles were around. One adult Bald Eagle was in a redwood near the nest
tree in front of the school. The nest has clearly been reinforced. I then
covered the entire park. It was very birdy. Among the many Canadas were six
Cackling Geese, appearing to be one minima and the rest Aleutian. Surprising
was an immature Snow Goose. All of the geese were on the west side of the
creek, foraging on the levee and swimming on the pond. Photos are in my
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<https://ebird.org/checklist/S78687698%20> .



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Date: 1/4/21 6:15 pm
From: Audry Nicklin <amnicklin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Northern Flicker Yellow X Red
While stopped at Linda Vista Drive and McClellan Road, we saw three Northern Flickers in a tree. I'd never seen so many together. When we parked, we realized there were six around us. Later while checking the photos, I realized one of them may have been a Yellow x Red shafted cross. In the image, the bird on the right has a black malar, no red nape crescent, and orange-ish shafts to its feathers. eBird List S78680134 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S78680134 ). This is the second cross I've seen in a week. The first was at Merced NWR.


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Date: 1/3/21 5:23 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] January 3rd... FOY birds
I birded alone today because Cricket had to prepare lessons for her 3rd grade class… so, like most teachers she works even during vacation. I began by visiting the Percolation Ponds off Bubb Road in Cupertino where, as Brooke had posted, it was filled with Ducks! HOODED MERGANSERS are my favorite and there were plenty of those, as well as COMMON MERGANSERS and even more RING-NECKED DUCKS—all new for the year! It’s hard to believe this little pond can be so full of birds!

Next I visited McClellan Ranch to check the feeders. Unexpectedly there were a couple of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES in the area as well LESSE GOLFINCHES and all the Zonotrichias. Still no sign of the White-throated Sparrow though. The spectacular all-dark chocolate RED-TAILED HAWK (100% cacao) was perched right above the driveway. It’s worth the visit alone to see this beautiful stygian hawk. STELLER’S JAY, SPOTTED TOWHEE, and HAIRY WOODPECKER were also “FOY"

From there I visited Picchetti Ranch OSP and found 3 CALIFORNIA THRASHERS, and 4-5 VARIED THRUSH (also my favorite). Their song was faintly audible from the small wooden bridge after the pond. With some patience, I was able to see two of the singing birds. Haunting sounds.

A quick jaunt up to the Stevens Creek Cooley Picnic Area produced a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER on the same pockmarked tree I saw it last year at this time—just a few feet from the restrooms. It was well worth stopping at the Lakeshore Picnic Area because the dry reservoir looks positively cavernous! Still a COMMON MERGANSER was posed on the shore and a SPOTTED SANDPIPER flew in from somewhere and walked along beside it.

Cuesta Park is a dependable place for PYGMY NUTHATCH and there were several in the pines near the pool area. And a pre-lunch visit to the Sunnyvale Community Center off Remington did not disappoint. The three immature SNOW GEESE were foraging on the lawn beside the water, just 10 feet from a family having a picnic on the grass.

After a lunch at home I visited Shoreline Park and failed to find the Barrow’s Goldeneye, but did see a LESSER YELLOWLEGS waling along the edges not far from its much larger cousin, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS. On Salt Pond A1 I counted at least 200 REDHEAD but I think there were many more. No Eurasian Wigeon for me today, but there were quite a few AMERICAN WIGEONS in scope view, and more just out of focus.

Matthew

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Date: 1/3/21 4:02 pm
From: Eric Hamilton via groups.io <eric_hamilton_2000...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County year birds - 1/1/2021
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-------- Original message --------From: m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...> Date: 1/1/21 11:21 PM (GMT-08:00) To: <southbaybirds...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County year birds - 1/1/2021

All,


 


I wandered around Santa Clara County today 1/1/2021, looking for some of the known rarities that have been around lately. I ended up finding 118 species, but the only SPOTTED SANDPIPER was on the "wrong" side of San Francisquito Creek.


 


I started out at the Fortini Trailhead and walked the Calero Creek Trail to the Santa Teresa Creek crossing, immediately finding the GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE at the close edge of the orchard at 8:07am. Over at the Calero Reservoir boat launch parking area I scopedan adult BALD EAGLE perched towards the dam (also four species of grebes there). Along Laguna Ave I found an immature PRAIRIE FALCON perched on a fencepost and an immature BALD EAGLE (white in back and white belly) along with 80+ TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. Eighteen GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were near the intersection of Palm Ave and Dougherty Ave.


 


Back up at the end of Geng Road, I had no luck with the Summer Tanager, but did get to see the LESSER YELLOWLEGS, TROPICAL KINGBIRD, and a near-adult BALD EAGLE (some white in the armpits and some dusky in the head and tail). The BRANT provided nice views north of the Shoreline Lake boathouse and a COMMON MERGANSER was on Shoreline Lake. At least 47 REDHEAD were on Pond A1. The 3 juvenile SNOW GEESE continued at the Sunnyvale Community Center at 2:15pm.


 


Later in the afternoon, I headed back out to the EEC entrance road in Alviso, finding 3 SNOWY PLOVERS and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS at the pond at State and Spreckles. The RUFF continued near the dirt parking lot. Matthew Dodder pointed out his sleeping GLAUCOUS GULL. Despite watching the bird from 4:20pm to 4:58pm, it only raised it head twice. The bird had a dark iris, suggesting a first-winter bird. The bill pattern on one side was atypical, lacking much dark color at the tip. Seven TREE SWALLOWS flew over to the southeast at 4:50pm.


 


And finally, 10 WILSON'S SNIPE were on a strip island east of Gold Street at Elizabeth Street at 5:08pm.


 


Mike Rogers


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Date: 1/3/21 4:00 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow Oak Canyon
I drove into Oak Canyon off Coleman this morning along Capitancillos
Drive. A tan striped WHITE THROATED SPARROW was on the ground below a
feeder with other sparrows, my ninth this season.

Next I birded a small unnamed park where I found an ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD
finishing up her nest.

Four TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS were seen along Sycamore Creek with an
assortment of creek-side birds. A pair of RED SHOULDERED HAWKS chased
off another of its kind.

A flock of BREWERS BLACKBIRDS along Fortini contained some RED WINGED
and TRI-COLORED BLACKBIRDS. Five each WESTERN BLUEBIRDS and SAVANNAH
SPARROWS were also seen here.
I dipped on the Green-tailed Towhee but could see some likely sparrows
on the ground past the bee hives.

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Date: 1/3/21 1:56 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] The Common Loon Continues On A4 On 1/3/2021
All:

I saw the Common Loon on A4 straight out from where the East Channel dumps into A4.  See the poor photo.  I then went west on the trail till where it's re-routed, and added 9 species to make my year total to 93.  On the way back out I found the loon again fairly near where it was when I started.

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Date: 1/2/21 7:37 pm
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Summer Tanager - yes
Sorry for being late on the Summer Tanager. Seen at around 1PM in trees separating parking lot on Geng Road from the golf course area.

Also Tropical Kingbird was present but it had moved from golf courses snags to across the creek and into San Mateo County at around 12:30PM.

No luck on Brant (literally anywhere) at Shoreline but saw the Barrow’s /Common Goldeneye hybrid on the lake.

Hooded Mergansers were at eastern back corner of perc ponds at Bubb and McClellan in Cupertino.

Later in PM in Coyote Valley found the Ferruginous Hawk in the large oak over the Sod Farm Complex on Palm
just NW of Dougherty.



Good Birding.
Please Always mask up to send the right message, maintain safe social distance, don’t share scope views without sanitizing before and after, and get vaccinated when it’s your turn. If we ALL do this we will have awesome birding in 2021.

Happy New Year🎉

All The Best🙏🥰

Bob

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> Since no-one else has posted about it - the SUMMER TANAGER was found late this morning in the eucalyptus trees bordering the ballfields at Geng Rd. It worked its way down and eventually flew across the parking lot into the large eucalyptus tree behind the oak tree at the northwest? end of the parking lot which is where most of us present saw it. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make sure everyone had a look.
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Date: 1/2/21 7:11 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Summer Tanager - yes
Since no-one else has posted about it - the SUMMER TANAGER was found late this morning in the eucalyptus trees bordering the ballfields at Geng Rd. It worked its way down and eventually flew across the parking lot into the large eucalyptus tree behind the oak tree at the northwest? end of the parking lot which is where most of us present saw it. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make sure everyone had a look.

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Date: 1/2/21 6:08 pm
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Mergansers at MvClellen Ponds
On Thursday I saw a pair of Hooded Mergansers in the Coyote Creek in Morgan Hill near the lower Anderson Park picnic area.
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> A big THANK YOU to Brooke for the Mergansers at the McClellen Ponds, About 12 COMMONS and more than that of HOODED in the ponds., Hooded was a big miss last year even though I chased every sighting for the last 4 months. Special bird of the day was a HERMIT THRUSH sitting on the fence as we walked around the pond., I love surprises like that.
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> At Sandy Wool Lake, Ed Levin Park, we saw all the ducks, pelicans, cormorants, grebes and herons/egrets we were supposed to see but then walking back to the car I saw a small bird disappear under a car. The tail looked wren-ish so we backed off and watched as a BEWICKS WREN hopped out from under the car. Another wonderful surprise - a parking lot bewicks.
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Date: 1/2/21 6:03 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] January 2nd: More "FOY" birds
Cricket and I set out again this morning, trying to find some of our 2021 year birds—the ones we just didn’t have enough daylight to search for yesterday. We began at the Sunnyvale Community Center to search for the Snow Geese Mike Rogers had reported but were not rewarded. There were no Geese at all in fact, but as we left four flew in and no Snows among them. Perhaps another visit will turn out different. We did fine however a female COMMON MERGANSER, a small flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS.

We then went to Sunnyvale WPCP Pond A4 where we added a number of birds to our growing list. GREATER SCAUP, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, WESTERN and CLARK’S GREBE, and a small group of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES. We were intent on finding the Common Loon, so we scoped the far shore (maybe a half mile away!) where I had seen it during the Christmas Bird Count, but to no avail. We did that for about 20 minutes… As we were about to leave disappointed the COMMON LOON surfaced about 20 feet from us… hmmmm. I love I when it works out that way.

Next we visited Lick Mill Park to search for the HERMIT WARBLER, which obliged us with views after 3 minutes of searching in the pines beside the tennis court. We also found 4 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES here. Ulistac Natural Area provided our First-Of-Year TOWNSEND’S WARBLER in a huge flowering eucalyptus near the utility enclosure.

Cricket had to peel off and do some school work so I continued to Palo Alto Baylands where the tide was rising. SORA and VIRGINIA RAIL called almost immediately after I arrived to the big round bush beside the runway—the place where Swamp Sparrow is often found. I did not find the Swamp Sparrow however… Instead I saw a PEREGRIN FALCON, an adult BALD EAGLE, and a lot of loud planes. In the distance I saw Barry and Ginger Landgon-Lassagne at the San Francisco Creek mouth. I called Barry’s cell and we waved to each other from where we stood. On the lagoon, actually before the water had risen, I saw a number of “FOY” Shorebirds including WHIMBREL.

Stay healthy everyone!

Matthew

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Date: 1/2/21 5:36 pm
From: Larry Spivak via groups.io <larry8141...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Mergansers at MvClellen Ponds
Hi All and Happy Birding
A big THANK YOU to Brooke for the Mergansers at the McClellen Ponds, About 12 COMMONS and more than that of HOODED in the ponds., Hooded was a big miss last year even though I chased every sighting for the last 4 months. Special bird of the day was a HERMIT THRUSH sitting on the fence as we walked around the pond., I love surprises like that.
At Sandy Wool Lake, Ed Levin Park, we saw all the ducks, pelicans, cormorants, grebes and herons/egrets we were supposed to see but then walking back to the car I saw a small bird disappear under a car. The tail looked wren-ish so we backed off and watched as a BEWICKS WREN hopped out from under the car. Another wonderful surprise - a parking lot bewicks.
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Date: 1/2/21 4:59 pm
From: Linda Solis <lskessel...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
I would like to know as well. Was disappointed to see the trails closed last week, although still had a nice hike in the one area open...
Linda
On Saturday, January 2, 2021, 01:53:54 PM PST, Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> wrote:

Hi Everyone,  
We’ve just published a self-guided trip to this area which includes the detour. Thank you Adam!
https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/pond-a4-wintertime-birding-sampler
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I’ve heard that the access to Salt Pond A4 from the Sunnyvale WPCP parking lot, is closed.  How are folks getting access to A4, then?

Thanks,
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Date: 1/2/21 4:55 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bayside 1/2
I didn't get out birding on the 1st, but did get a couple of hours in this afternoon. I decided to start bayside hitting some easy spots to start filling out the yearly dance card:

Geng Road: dipped on the two celebrities again (of course). did add yellow-rumped to the year list.

Palo Alto Baylands:

I added a Matthew Dodder to my year list. I also added a Peregrine on a power tower way to the north and a full adult bald eagle on a power tower to the south. toss in a couple of Ravens, a Northern Harrier, Greater Scaup and Canvasbacks to the interesting list here

Shoreline: the lots were full so I did a drive through and will be back later.

EEC: found a spot at the gate entrance but light was fading and birds weren't terribly interesting. Zero killdeer visible and most others were tucked and napping. I did have another Peregrine on a power tower, and I was able to add a white-tailed kite, my first red-tailed hawk and a say's phoebe to the list. Also, of all things, some  heard but distinct red-winged blackbirds BRAAAAPing in the distance.

At 41 species for a couple of hours birding and already grabbed one species I dipped in 2020 (Bald Eagle of all misses), it's a decent start for me.



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Date: 1/2/21 4:25 pm
From: Joe Parker <jandkparker...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pond A4
The COMMON LOON was still present today on Pond A4 at the Sunnyvale Water Treatment Plant. Also present were both Scaup and multiple RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS. I stopped counting the males at 20 and there were more.

A pleasant surprise today was an adult BALD EAGLE with its full white head perched on the pole at Matadero Creek and E. Bayshore Rd.

I saw both Yellowlegs at the pond at Geng Rd. About an hour later there were both Yellowlegs in the open part of Coast Casey Forebay that fronts Terminus. Maybe the same birds?

I had to go to the Bubb Rd. Perc Ponds for the HOODED MERGANSERS - Bubb Rd. Is named after my GrGrandfather’s oldest brother - John P. BUBB who had a big ranch where the Seven Springs development is now. This was the road that went to his ranch.

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Date: 1/2/21 4:13 pm
From: Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pond Birds
Hi All,
I so enjoyed checking out the birds, mainly ducks, at the Cupertino, Bubb Rd. percolator ponds this morning. Besides the ones seen: Hooded and Common Mergansers, Ring-necked Duck and lots of Buffleheads, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk perched nearby, Snowy Egret, 2 Black-crowned Night Herons, lots of mallards, some coots and two Canada Geese flew in right when I was leaving, not to be left out!
Lots of 'flit-ty' birds too, in the trees.
What fun to visit!

Thanks for sharing,
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Date: 1/2/21 1:53 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
Hi Everyone,

We’ve just published a self-guided trip to this area which includes the detour. Thank you Adam!

https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/pond-a4-wintertime-birding-sampler

Eve Meier

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Date: 1/2/21 1:37 pm
From: Kirsten Holmquist <kirsten.holmquist...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
Brooke,

They have a detour set up to get around the construction blockages. Irritatingly, I haven't found that information posted online. They did finally get some maps up on site. I had to snap some photos to help the party covering the area for the SJ CBC. I have attached them so you can see what is available. Note: the old parking lot will eventually be taken over by construction as well. They have added street parking as a replacement.

Regards,

Kirsten Holmquist

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I’ve heard that the access to Salt Pond A4 from the Sunnyvale WPCP parking lot, is closed. How are folks getting access to A4, then?

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Date: 1/2/21 1:37 pm
From: Jim Dehnert <dehnert...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
Hi Brooke,

There is a pair of trails on either side of the creek north or west of the
sports complex. I parked in a little side street across the main road, or
you could use the lot at Sunnyvale Baylands Park, and walk from there.

Cheers,
Jim

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Date: 1/2/21 1:34 pm
From: Chris Overington <chris.overington...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
You can still reach it from the parking lot. There is a separate trail access that leads around the planets. It’s pretty well sign posted. Good luck, Chris Overington
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Access to A4 for Common Loon
I’ve heard that the access to Salt Pond A4 from the Sunnyvale WPCP parking lot, is closed. How are folks getting access to A4, then?

Thanks,
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Date: 1/2/21 7:22 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] January 1st birds and eBird
As many folks do on January 1st, Cricket and I set out early to get a head start on our year list. We started by heading out to re-see some of the recent rarities and less guaranteed birds—species we weren’t sure would reappear next fall and winter….

First bird out our door was a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH calling just behind our house. PINE SISKINS were also seen flying overhead.

We then drove to Geng Road to find the SUMMER TANAGER and TROPICAL KINGBIRD. We weren’t alone, though and we got great help from Bob Reiling who spotted the Kingbird high in a eucalyptus near the famed mulberry trees beside the pond. Shortly after Cricket and I moved toward the restrooms to search for the Tanager, Trisha Gardner spotted the Tanager in the eucalyptus above the locked gate leading in the same area.

Next we went to Shoreline Park via Amphitheater Parkway where we spotted a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE among a flock of about 40 Canada geese.

Once inside of Shoreline Park, we made a quick stop at the Kite Flying area where we bumped into Eve Meier who had the same idea we had. She was headed in to look for the BRANT at the lake, but a collection of CANADA GEESE needed first to be scanned. On our way into the park, we also saw Bob again who was pulling off to look at an immature BALD EAGLE on a post right above the road. To me it appeared to be a 3rd year bird with the usual “Osprey mask” facial pattern. Once at Shoreline Lake, we saw Bob and Tricia again but no Brant. We found other birds such as HORNED GREBE and a number of winter Ducks like BUFFLEHEAD, CANVASBACK, COMMON GOLDENEYE. It wasn’t until we drove to the athletic fields on the other side of the golf course that we found the BRANT… half a mile away, and now among the AMERICAN COOTS we had just been combing through.

Then we made a quick drive down to the Calero Creek Trail where we picked up RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW and a few other “new for the year” birds. Among them was the continuing GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE which was at the creek crossing. It gave a distinctive “mew” call which I don’t recall anyone else reporting. It’s a good call to know if you’re looking for the bird.

We the had a quick lunch of homemade salmon lox and onion bagels at Rancho Vicente while we looked up toward the hills. More than a few brand new Christmas bicycles on the trail… No Prairie Falcon sadly.

On our way back north, we made a detour to Laguna Avenue where we picked up TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD, and YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE. And once again, no Prairie but we did see two PEREGRINE FALCONS on the ground.

At New Chicago Marsh, where there were probably 30 cars glogging the entrance road, we found the RUFF quickly as it was right beside the road, and foraging all by herself. We had hoped to find a Glaucous Gull, and perhaps we did. We saw a large, extremely white Gull with pure white (not worn) primaries and a pink parallel edged bill. There was feather wear on the coverts, but nowhere else that we could see. The tip was not entirely black however, so it’s hard know if it was a sub adult or something else. I got a few photos that might help. There were SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and SNOWY PLOVERS closer to the intersection and a WHITE-TAILED KITE perched in a tree.

We decided to try Emily Renzel Wetlands for our last-light. We added several Ducks like GADWALL, CINNAMON TEAL, as well as COMMON GALLINULE and GREEN HERON. We could probably have continued for a little while longer, but our zoom with family was due to begin. We ended our day with 108 species, which we were happy with. At least it was a little higher than our last January 1st.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to use eBird for your sightings. It’s a great website AND mobile App that keeps your list straight. If you set up your Alerts properly, you can receive messages hourly or daily about rare birds in your area, or birds you “need” to see for your life list or county-year list. It will even show you where those birds have been spotted. Why not make 2021 the year you get serious about eBird?

Happy New Year everyone! Stay healthy.

Matthew

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Date: 1/1/21 11:21 pm
From: m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County year birds - 1/1/2021
All,

I wandered around Santa Clara County today 1/1/2021, looking for some of the known rarities that have been around lately. I ended up finding 118 species, but the only SPOTTED SANDPIPER was on the "wrong" side of San Francisquito Creek.

I started out at the Fortini Trailhead and walked the Calero Creek Trail to the Santa Teresa Creek crossing, immediately finding the GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE at the close edge of the orchard at 8:07am. Over at the Calero Reservoir boat launch parking area I scoped an adult BALD EAGLE perched towards the dam (also four species of grebes there). Along Laguna Ave I found an immature PRAIRIE FALCON perched on a fencepost and an immature BALD EAGLE (white in back and white belly) along with 80+ TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. Eighteen GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were near the intersection of Palm Ave and Dougherty Ave.

Back up at the end of Geng Road, I had no luck with the Summer Tanager, but did get to see the LESSER YELLOWLEGS, TROPICAL KINGBIRD, and a near-adult BALD EAGLE (some white in the armpits and some dusky in the head and tail). The BRANT provided nice views north of the Shoreline Lake boathouse and a COMMON MERGANSER was on Shoreline Lake. At least 47 REDHEAD were on Pond A1. The 3 juvenile SNOW GEESE continued at the Sunnyvale Community Center at 2:15pm.

Later in the afternoon, I headed back out to the EEC entrance road in Alviso, finding 3 SNOWY PLOVERS and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS at the pond at State and Spreckles. The RUFF continued near the dirt parking lot. Matthew Dodder pointed out his sleeping GLAUCOUS GULL. Despite watching the bird from 4:20pm to 4:58pm, it only raised it head twice. The bird had a dark iris, suggesting a first-winter bird. The bill pattern on one side was atypical, lacking much dark color at the tip. Seven TREE SWALLOWS flew over to the southeast at 4:50pm.

And finally, 10 WILSON'S SNIPE were on a strip island east of Gold Street at Elizabeth Street at 5:08pm.

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Date: 1/1/21 6:28 pm
From: Carter Gasiorowski <carter.gasiorowski...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] New Year's Day Birding
Today, 1-1-21, my dad and I did a "Big Four Hours" style outing to find as
many birds as possible for 2021. We started out at the far southern border
of Stevens Creek County Park, worked our way north through the length of
the park for a couple of hours, then birded the Shoreline Lake area for our
last 2 hours to try and maximize our species count.

We arrived at our first stop at 7:46 am, started the 4-hour clock ticking,
and watched the sunrise as we waited for our target bird, the quail. After
a few minutes, a *California Quail* called out from the valley below. We
also got the first of many *California Scrub-Jays *and *Steller's Jays*
here.

The nearby archery range produced 6 flyover *Band-tailed Pigeons.*

A quick stop at the Cooley Picnic area got us a flock of 10 *Pine Siskins*,
and a *Hairy Woodpecker *called from the Sycamore Group Area.

Our next stop in a large pullout across from the Picchetti Ranch Roadside
lot is our favorite stop in the park, and today it did not disappoint!
During the 10 minutes we were at this small pullout we saw 3 *Purple
Finches*, one *Hermit Thrush*, a *Red-breasted Sapsucker*, one *Northern
Flicker*, and a surprise *Varied Thrush* my dad spotted perched on top of a
tree, as well as many of the more common woodland birds.

We then headed to the Picchetti Winery parking lot, where there were 15 *Wild
Turkeys*

A stop at the dam produced one *Hutton's Vireo *in a berry bush.

We then drove to McClellan Ranch, where the *Western Screech-Owl* was
sleeping in the barn, and the *Dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk* was surveying
the field from the top of a sycamore.

My dad had the quick thinking to stop at the Bubb Rd. ponds, and two very
nice birders there showed us at least 10 *Hooded Mergansers*, 12 *Common
Mergansers*, and 40 *Ring-necked Ducks*. Thank you so much!

At this point, we had 42 species, and our total count was all down to the
waterbirds at Shoreline. Fortunately, they cooperated quite well with
a *Horned
Grebe *by the boathouse on Shoreline Lake, and the expected *Surf Scoters *at
the north end. Frank Vanslager spotted a *Bonaparte's Gull* among the
Forster's Terns that I missed, thank you for the great spot, Frank! The
continuing *Brant* was on the lawn north of the lake with a few geese and
many coots, and the *Belted Kingfisher *was flying around the lake.

Scoping A1 was very productive, with *Greater *and *Lesser Scaup*,
*Canvasbacks*, *Redheads*, and many more ducks. There was one *Clark's
Grebe* among the *Western Grebes. *Unfortunately, I was unable to find the
male Eurasian Wigeon. Most of the wigeons were either at the very farthest
part of the pond with their heads tucked, or, oddly, hiding in the grass on
the A1/Charleston Slough levee.

Shorebirds in Charleston Slough included one *Black-bellied Plover
*and one *Semipalmated
Plover*.

Among the many California and Ring-billed Gulls in Casey/Mountain View
Forebay were 5 *Glaucous-winged Gulls*, one *Olympic *(Western x
Glaucous-winged hybrid)* Gull*, one *Cook Inlet *(Herring x Glaucous-winged
Gull hybrid) *Gull*, and one *Iceland (Thayer's) Gull*.

A *Sora *giving its whinny call from the forebay was the final bird found
in the 4-hour window, for a grand total of 89 species in four hours! I am
super surprised and happy with that number. I know it certainly wouldn't
be possible without this amazing community reporting their sightings, such
as Ryan's reports of the Brant and Semipalmated Plover and Brooke's report
of the Mergansers. Thank you!

eBird Lists (no photos)
Stevens Creek: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78390418
Shoreline: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78408887

Good luck with your birding in 2021!

Happy New Year!
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Date: 1/1/21 5:24 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden Valley highlights on 1-01-21
I restricted my New Years birds to my 5MR. All were seen, no heard only.

Wood Ducks, 12 continuing in New Almaden (attached photo taken 12-27)
Hooded Merganser f. Los Capitancillos Ponds
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk dark morph
Am. Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Red-breasted Sapsucker 2
Say's Phoebe
Phainopepla f. Webb Canyon
Western Tanager Guadalupe Mines Road
Chipping Sparrow
Fox Sparrow

70 species

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Date: 1/1/21 3:20 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing rarities
All,
After seeing the TROPICAL KINGBIRD and SUMMER TANAGER with Tricia Gardner, Cricket and Matthew Dodder I had a 2nd year BALD EAGLE (see attached photo} on a lamp post along the entrance road to Shoreline Lake where we failed to locate the Black Brant. (A consolation prize was a good view of a HORNED GREBE that was missed in 2020.) I then also missed the GREATER WHITE -FRONTED GOOSE seen earlier by Matthew and Cricket in the Kite Fling area. My luck finally changed when I re-located the GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE in the weeds and leaves on the Orchard side of the Calero Creek Trail just south of the creek.
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Date: 1/1/21 3:05 pm
From: Joe Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Continuing Rarities - Summer Tanager and Green-tailed Towhee
GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was moderately cooperative this morning.

More photos: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/67424144

Dropped pin: https://goo.gl/maps/anjXPBMvKmnGgLek6

Stay well!

On Wed, 30 Dec 2020 23:01:36 -0800, "Jennifer Rycenga"
<gyrrlfalcon...> wrote:

> When I got home, I found I had a few recognizable and obvious shots of the GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, from right about the time Peggy was calling out “red head, white throat.” So we did see the bird, but didn’t ID it in the field with certainty, and had left the location thinking we hadn’t seen it. Another bird to clean up next
year…which year cannot get here soon enough!
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Date: 1/1/21 8:07 am
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] End of the Year at Ed Levin
Folks:

Yesterday, 12/31/20, I finished up 2020 by birding at Ed Levin.  I
started with a walk around Sandy Wool Lake.  At one point, I counted
five TREE SWALLOWS over the lake plus a single VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW and
a single NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW.  (Later in the morning I ran
into Mike Mammoser and he told me he saw a Barn Swallow over the lake on
12/30.)  At one point quite a few Canadas flew into the lake and
included five CACKLING GEESE.  After my circuit, I drove over to Spring
Valley where many more Canada were on the lawn there.  With them were
five Cacklers, I suspect the same five previously at the lake.  Mike and
I discussed these and I concur that four were the Aleutian subspecies
and one was a "Ridgway's" (/minima/). These birds allowed close
attention and did not seem to be disturbed by the many families at the park.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park


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Date: 12/31/20 4:47 pm
From: Oliver Zhang <BLACKROCKARTSTUDIO...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Shoreline Lake Mergansers
Hi friends, I don't have my binoculars with me. I think I spotted 6 pairs of HOODED Merganser near the golf course.

Happy birding.

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Date: 12/31/20 3:35 pm
From: Michelle Nelson <mmnelson57...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Greater Scaup PA bay lands
I think I saw that same scaup Tuesday afternoon. It was in that "slough."
It was the only one I saw.
While I was standing there, I saw something else with long pointed wings
doing some flyovers waaaay off in the distance over the bay. It perched,
then flew over the heads of some birds sitting in the water, then returned
to its perch. It was only when I got home and enlarged my picture that I
confirmed it was a Peregrine Falcon.
I actually went up to the Baylands area to look for the rarities but spent
most of my time on the trails with "the usual suspects." On my way home, I
looked for the Summer Tanager and Tropical Kingbird, but didn't see either.
Perhaps it was too late in the day, or I was not looking in the right spot.

Michelle Nelson (Gilroy)


On Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 4:42 PM Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...>
wrote:

> Hi,
> Saw this female Greater Scaup in the 'slough' that parallels the 'airport'
> trail at Palo Alto bay lands today around 12 noon.
> Also the Peregrine Falcon was perched for quite awhile on electrical
> tower-pylon just to the left of the Interpretive Center.
> When I got home (Greer Road and Embarcadero) a Red-shouldered Hawk was in
> my neighbor's tall cypress-pine(?) tree and a Downy Woodpecker visited our
> Copper Beech! Along with quite a number of Lesser Gold Finch.
>
> Happy New Year all,
> Diane McCoy
>
>
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Date: 12/31/20 11:58 am
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Lots of Mergansers at Bubb Rd Perc Pond
Happy New Year’s Eve Birders!

I did a bit of birding this morning at the Bubb Rd Percolation Pond, a place I’ve never been to. There were at least 12 HOODED MERGANSERS and 18 COMMON MERGANSERS here, as well as RING-NECKED DUCKS, a single female-type REDHEAD, BUFFLEHEADS, MALLARDs, and CANADA GEESE.

The pond is next to 10650 Bubb Road in Cupertino. There is no parking at the park or on Bubb Road. I parked on Presidio Drive across the street. The eBird hotspot is “Bubb Rd. percolation ponds”, but on Google maps it’s called “McClellan Groundwater Recharge Pond. There is a path around the pond, and a 4-foot tall chain link fence that separates the trail from the pond itself. Still, there are plenty of good opportunities for great merganser photos. I can never get enough of those!

Happy New Year!

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Date: 12/30/20 11:01 pm
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Rarities - Summer Tanager and Green-tailed Towhee
Today Peggy Macres and I did an old-fashioned rarity chase in Santa Clara county. One of the joys of looking for rarities during COVID is you get to see some other birders. Another of the unexpected side-benefits is that you have to spread out a bit more. At Geng Road this paid off, when the SUMMER TANAGER was spotted by a few people who had remained in the parking lot, and they called the rest of us back! The TROPICAL KINGBIRD was also seen. A PEREGRINE FALCON perched on a power tower kept a watchful eye on a large flock of shorebirds in San Francisquito Creek.

We struck out looking for the Phainopepla at Guadalupe Oaks. We’ll try again next year.

We then had the strangest sighting/non-sighting of the day at Calera Creek Park. We walked to the site at the creek crossing; there was one birder present who had seen the bird yesterday, so he helped us get into the right area. However, the bulk of the mixed flock was hanging out at the far edge of the dirt “road” that borders the riparian by the stream. We had not thought to bring our scope - and I hereby alert all other birders to bring their scopes if they can to this site! I did the best I could, and both Peggy and I felt we had seen some field marks, and had some likely ‘candidates’. I took some distant pictures, but couldn’t read them effectively in the field. We gave up after something spooked the flock right at sundown, and they did not return. When I got home, I found I had a few recognizable and obvious shots of the GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, from right about the time Peggy was calling out “red head, white throat.” So we did see the bird, but didn’t ID it in the field with certainty, and had left the location thinking we hadn’t seen it. Another bird to clean up next year…which year cannot get here soon enough!

Good birding, and Happy New Year to All!

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
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Date: 12/30/20 5:20 pm
From: Vivek Tiwari <spiderhunters...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Backyard birding (and article on Bird Diversity and Life Satisfaction)
It was a really nice, warm sunny afternoon today.
From 2:45-3:45PM, I was sitting in one place in the backyard (we moved to
Saratoga this summer), enjoying the sun and bird activity around me.
Had 17 species including ACORN WOODPECKER, CA QUAIL, BAND-TAILED PIGEON,
HERMIT THRUSH, SPOTTED TOWHEE.

Coincidentally I happened to come across this article shared by a friend on
facebook today.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201204110246.htm

So now we have "scientific" proof on the mental benefits of bird diversity!
Its been a crazy 2020. Wishing everyone a far better 2021.

Vivek Tiwari
Saratoga, CA


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Date: 12/30/20 4:42 pm
From: Diane McCoy <dianemccoy10...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Greater Scaup PA bay lands
Hi,
Saw this female Greater Scaup in the 'slough' that parallels the 'airport' trail at Palo Alto bay lands today around 12 noon.
Also the Peregrine Falcon was perched for quite awhile on electrical tower-pylon just to the left of the Interpretive Center.
When I got home (Greer Road and Embarcadero) a Red-shouldered Hawk was in my neighbor's tall cypress-pine(?) tree and a Downy Woodpecker visited our Copper Beech! Along with quite a number of Lesser Gold Finch.

Happy New Year all,
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Date: 12/30/20 1:50 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach via groups.io <chuqui...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ed Levin Park 12/30 (also east bay hills)
I went out to do some leisurely birding this morning, starting on Marsh Road, driving out Calaveras to the site of the old Bald Eagle tower nest, and then visiting Ed Levin.

Marsh road was pretty quiet bird-wise, with the stream dry waiting for rain and no significant cattle being pastured. That said, I found Acorn Woodpecker groups in three different locations, a number of Kestrels, a nice family of quail and a number of Magpie. I also scared a mule deer and enjoyed listening to a moderately distant coyote calling. The road out Calaveras was also not birdy, but it was nice to see the Acorn Woodpecker family out by where the nest was still going strong in the oaks there.

Ed Levin was quite busy with people, with a full lot at the dog park and lots of fishermen ringing the pond. In a tree in the NW corner of the lake I drove past the Osprey hanging out watching the lake from a perch (and went back to verify the bird). In the lot above and S of the lake I ran into about six photographers all talking to each other about whether the Osprey was still around and whether it would show up. I pointed them at the tree. According to them, the pond was stocked this morning and they expect it to be busier tomorrow.

On the pond was a single white pelican, lots of cormorants and coots, a few mallards and ruddies, and for fun, a single Herring and single California gull. Above the lake I quickly saw the continuing Tree Swallow I found there last visit, and then realized it had a friend. Watching the second swallow for a while, I got a few very nice looks at the bright green on the back glittering in the sunlight, meaning we have both a wintering tree swallow and a wintering violet-green swallow hunting above Sandy Wool. A black-crowned night heron flew out of some rushes when a fisherman settled down too close and crossed the lake to a new roosting spot.

The elm area was also fairly busy, but I had a nice but not unusual selection of little birds to sift through. Highlight would be a Bewick's Wren.

Popped by the Eagle nest on the way home and again found a nest but no birds. Sort of defines 2020 for me.


On the feederwatch side  of things, I've had a Pale Adult Male (Oregon) Junco visiting the ground under the feeder for about a week now. I really should try to get photos....


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Date: 12/30/20 1:38 pm
From: Peter E Hart <peterehart...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] RTHA x RLHA a no-show
This morning, 12/30, we searched upper Page Mill Rd but were unable to re-find the Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk hybrid reported yesterday.

Also: We forgot to credit Bryan Sullivan, of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, for ID’ing this unusual bird. Thanks, Brian!

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Menlo Park








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Date: 12/30/20 12:21 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Help with backyard visitors ID: House finch or purple finch?
As you suggest, Purple Finch and Pine Siskin.  The female Purple Finch
and immature males are almost identical.  The larger bill and the white
supercilium back of the eye are the quick ways to tell them from the
House Finch, but the later also has blurry streaks and a gray-brown
ground color where the Purple Finch has white offsetting the brown
stripes.  The bill of the Pine Siskin is small (compared to a Purple)
and pointed.  The females show hardly any yellow, but look carefully at
the base of the primaries and secondaries and you can see pale yellow,
something you won't see on the Purple/House finches.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 12/30/2020 11:35 AM, Emilie Danna wrote:
> Hi,
>
> A female/immature finch visited my backyard in Sunnyvale this morning.
> I think it's a purple finch because of the white eyebrow and the
> darker color on the face
> (https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Purple_Finch/species-compare/63736721
> <https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Purple_Finch/species-compare/63736721>)
> but this would be the first time I see one, so I would be grateful if
> someone can confirm or infirm. Here are the photos of this mystery
> finch: https://photos.app.goo.gl/JBEpUud5cCjLweBU6
> <https://photos.app.goo.gl/JBEpUud5cCjLweBU6>
>
> In the same way, could someone help with the identification of this
> other backyard visitor? I think it's a pine siskin because of the thin
> pointy bill and the faint yellow in the tail but not entirely sure:
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/rVfB1ZWYTr3dzFmTA
> <https://photos.app.goo.gl/rVfB1ZWYTr3dzFmTA>
>
> Thank you!
>
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Date: 12/30/20 11:36 am
From: John Hurley <jhurley13...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues 12-30-20
I was able to get some decent photos of the Green-tailed Towhee this morning around 8:50AM. I found it in with a mixed flock of GCSP and WCSP about 100 ft north of the spot where the trail crosses the creek (37.20479166666667, -121.81605). Easily accessible from either Stiles Ranch or Harry Rd. & Camden Ave.

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Date: 12/30/20 11:35 am
From: Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Help with backyard visitors ID: House finch or purple finch?
Hi,

A female/immature finch visited my backyard in Sunnyvale this morning. I
think it's a purple finch because of the white eyebrow and the darker color
on the face (
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Purple_Finch/species-compare/63736721)
but this would be the first time I see one, so I would be grateful if
someone can confirm or infirm. Here are the photos of this mystery finch:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/JBEpUud5cCjLweBU6

In the same way, could someone help with the identification of this other
backyard visitor? I think it's a pine siskin because of the thin pointy
bill and the faint yellow in the tail but not entirely sure:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/rVfB1ZWYTr3dzFmTA

Thank you!


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Date: 12/30/20 10:55 am
From: bilal al-shahwany via groups.io <bilal_al_shahwany...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] End of Geng road, Palo Alto
Hi All, both Tropical Kingbird and Summer Tanager seen today between 9:20 and 10am on trees behind bathroom.
ThanksBilal


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Date: 12/30/20 9:26 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Costa's Hummingbird at Santa Teresa CP (iNaturalist sighting)
I also think it is likely an aberrant Anna's.

Costa's would also have:
-a longer, unsplit gorget without multiple flares
-white eyebrow extends behind the eye and gives the face a different look
-larger whitish patch behind the gorget

Chris



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Date: 12/30/20 9:00 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: <southbaybirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Costa's Hummingbird at Santa Teresa CP (iNaturalist sighting)

Folks:

I'm unsure about this bird. The upper half looks good for a male Costa's, but the lower half is typical of Anna's. Notice how the tail projects well beyond the wing tips, whereas in Costa's the wing tips are lined up with the the tail or ever so slightly farther. I would think this is too late in the year for a HY male Anna's not to have replaced all of its gorget (sometimes in their molts, you can see individual feathers like this). There are hybrids, of course, but that is a more difficult ID.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 12/30/2020 8:13 AM, Brooke Miller via groups.io wrote:
On Dec. 27, an iNat observer found and photographed a hummingbird he IDed as Costas. His photo also seems to indicate that it is, as well. Heres the observation:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/67161710

Brooke Miller




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Date: 12/30/20 9:03 am
From: Matthew O'Brien <matthewobrien...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Costa's Hummingbird at Santa Teresa CP (iNaturalist sighting)
To me, it's an Anna's with a bit of a irregular gorget.  There is also a
notable extension of the tail beyond the wing tips.  A Costa's should
have the tips of the wings and tail roughly equal.

I happened to see an Anna's like this in my back yard about a month
ago.  I also took a long second look.  Quite distant from Santa Teresa -
not the same I'd say.

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Date: 12/30/20 9:00 am
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Possible Costa's Hummingbird at Santa Teresa CP (iNaturalist sighting)
Folks:

I'm unsure about this bird.  The upper half looks good for a male
Costa's, but the lower half is typical of Anna's.  Notice how the tail
projects well beyond the wing tips, whereas in Costa's the wing tips are
lined up with the the tail or ever so slightly farther.  I would think
this is too late in the year for a HY male Anna's not to have replaced
all of its gorget (sometimes in their molts, you can see individual
feathers like this).  There are hybrids, of course, but that is a more
difficult ID.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 12/30/2020 8:13 AM, Brooke Miller via groups.io wrote:
> On Dec. 27, an iNat observer found and photographed a hummingbird he
> ID’ed as Costa’s.  His photo also seems to indicate that it is, as
> well.  Here’s the observation:
>
> https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/67161710
> <https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/67161710>
>
> Brooke Miller
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Date: 12/30/20 8:13 am
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Possible Costa's Hummingbird at Santa Teresa CP (iNaturalist sighting)
On Dec. 27, an iNat observer found and photographed a hummingbird he ID’ed as Costa’s. His photo also seems to indicate that it is, as well. Here’s the observation:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/67161710 <https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/67161710>

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Date: 12/30/20 7:54 am
From: Andrew Bradshaw <acbradshaw005...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk hybrid at Monte Bello OSP
Very cool find! What a great looking bird! Even it’s posture on the wire is
very Roughie like, how they perch on very skinny branches. Hopefully it
sticks around for a bit, would be really cool to see!
Thanks Peter!
Andy


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> Wow!! What an exceptional find and stunning hybrid. Perfect combination of
> traits from both species. Congrats on this unique find.
> Thanks for sharing.
> Ryan
>
> Ryan Phillips
> Norcal Birding
> www.norcalbirding.com
>
> On Tue, Dec 29, 2020, 5:07 PM Peter E Hart <peterehart...> wrote:
>
>> Late this morning, Dec 29, there was a Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk
>> hybrid loitering for a couple of hours not far from the parking lot at the
>> top of Page Mill Rd. Photos on checklist:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/checklist/S78232667
>>
>> Best wishes for birding in a better 2021,
>>
>> Diane and Peter Hart
>> Menlo Park
>>
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Date: 12/30/20 12:40 am
From: Jim Dehnert <dehnert...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] [ADMIN] SBB content
Hi Folks,

I'd like to thank Chuq, a little belatedly, for his introduction of me as
the new list administrator before Christmas. He's correct that we view the
list similarly, and I won't say more about myself. I'm always open to
questions at southbaybirds+<owner...>, along with the rest of the
admin team, and there's a link to it at the bottom of every post.

I thought that the discussion yesterday and today about the Palo Alto duck
pond was a good opportunity for a reminder about the list's acceptable
content: reports of interesting bird sightings in Santa Clara County. That
can also be found on the groups.io website (follow the Your Subscription
link at the bottom of every post and click Guidelines
<https://groups.io/g/southbaybirds/guidelines>), but I'll elaborate my
interpretation for anyone who's curious. You can stop reading if you're
not. Note that there's a facebook group
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/110996713065201/> for more general birding
discussions, which is where the duck pond discussion should go at this
point.

Like Chuq, I'll interpret the list content guidelines broadly, since
"interesting" is in the eye of the beholder, and I think it's important for
the list to be inclusive of birders at all levels. In fact, I added the
word "interesting" so I could say something about it. :-) I think about it
in these terms: if you think that your sighting is something that might
make your birding peers want to go out looking in the same place, it's
interesting. And it's not just individual birds that are interesting --
you'll see "trip reports" about visits to a site where the whole experience
is interesting. And occasionally it's a negative report -- the interesting
aspect is that typical birds or numbers weren't seen (like the recent
absence of gulls and ducks at the duck pond).

That description should give you a good idea of what is useful in your post
-- you're helping other birders decide whether to refind your bird or
repeat your experience, and figure out how to do it. The location (e.g.,
eBird hotspot) is almost always critical, and the interesting bird (if
specific) is too -- those two items make a good subject line, and
everything else is discretionary. The body can explain things in more
detail -- specific location of the bird(s) (but be circumspect about nest
disclosures), interesting observations of the bird(s), photos of the
bird(s) to confirm identification, or an eBird checklist pointer if you
submitted one (which is the ideal place to put your photos).

Follow-on posts in response are fine in the spirit above -- confirming
continued presence of the bird or failure to find it, discussing an
identification, answering a relevant question, etc. If a post raises
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consider using the Facebook group to discuss it.

As for any email list, if you have personal comments or questions, please
direct them to the poster instead of the whole list. That includes pretty
much any responses to admin posts like this one. :-)

And now I'll go back into my nest hole and lurk.

Have a healthy and very Happy New Year, all of you, and may it be much less
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Date: 12/29/20 8:14 pm
From: Joe Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
Not sure where this idea comes from. These ducks do just fine in sewer
ponds. If duck feeding is unhealthy, why do they still do it at Lake
Merritt?

On Tue, 29 Dec 2020 11:54:28 -0800, "Anne Harrington" <anneharr...>
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> but it wasn’t healthy for the birds.
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Date: 12/29/20 8:08 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <norcalbirding...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Shoreline at Mountain View Highlights
Hi Birders,
Highlights while conducting surveys in Shoreline at Mountain View Regional
Wildlife Area included:

1 male EURASIAN WIGEON (no sign of hybrid) in the SE corner of Charleston
Slough

1 OSPREY flyover in the NE corner

115 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS in Charleston Slough during low tide

1 juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON stooping and flushing peeps in Charleston Slough

7 basic plumage DUNLIN at the Charleston Slough inlet during low tide

An unexpected COMMON GALLINULE in Charleston Slough during low tide

3 NORTHERN HARRIERS (2 IN Charleston Slough and 1 in the NE Meadowlands)8

Here is the low tide full survey results:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78211594

Good Birding,
Ryan

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Date: 12/29/20 5:22 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <norcalbirding...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk hybrid at Monte Bello OSP
Wow!! What an exceptional find and stunning hybrid. Perfect combination of
traits from both species. Congrats on this unique find.
Thanks for sharing.
Ryan

Ryan Phillips
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On Tue, Dec 29, 2020, 5:07 PM Peter E Hart <peterehart...> wrote:

> Late this morning, Dec 29, there was a Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk
> hybrid loitering for a couple of hours not far from the parking lot at the
> top of Page Mill Rd. Photos on checklist:
>
> https://ebird.org/checklist/S78232667
>
> Best wishes for birding in a better 2021,
>
> Diane and Peter Hart
> Menlo Park
>
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Date: 12/29/20 5:07 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk hybrid at Monte Bello OSP
Late this morning, Dec 29, there was a Red-tailed x Rough-legged Hawk hybrid loitering for a couple of hours not far from the parking lot at the top of Page Mill Rd. Photos on checklist:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S78232667 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S78232667>

Best wishes for birding in a better 2021,

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Date: 12/29/20 4:37 pm
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Summer Tananger
[Edited Message Follows]

I was able to take a few pictures of the Summer Tananger this morning around 9:15 am.
I had a clear view for 5 minutes. After that it wentt into the bushes and I couldn't  locate it again.
It was behind the bathroom buidling, by the side of the baseball field.


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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Summer Tananger
I was able to take a few pictures of the Summer Tananger tis morning around 9:15 am.
I had a clear view for 5 minutes. After that it wnet into the bushes and I couldn't  locate it again.
It was behind the bathroom buidling, by the side of the baseball field.


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Date: 12/29/20 3:41 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] NOVEMBER 2020 - Santa Clara County Cumulative Bird Report
For November we had 4 countable birds, for a total of 294 countable birds at the end of the month. The average for the month of November is 3 new birds, and the average total is 283 birds. This year I am also keeping track, separately, of the birds that are not ABA-countable. There was one bird in November, a European Goldfinch, reported on 15-November by an Anonymous eBirder, on Andalusia Way. Thank you to everyone who birded, and who took the time to report birds either on SBB, eBird, or send emails directly to me.

Here are the 4 countable birds for November, including rarity codes:

1. 5-Nov: Five Cassin’s Finch (6), were seen by Elinor Gates at her feeder near Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton
2. 10-Nov: A Blackburnian Warbler (6), was seen by Carlin Otto in her South Palo Alto backyard
3. 11-Nov: A Cattle Egret (5), was found by Chuq Von Rospach along Laguna Avenue in Coyote Valley
4. 15-Nov: A Mountain Bluebird (6) was found and photographed by Bobbi Goodman at the Sandy Wool Lake area of Ed Levin County Park

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

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

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Date: 12/29/20 2:25 pm
From: Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley Sector Summary - Calero-Morgan Hill CBC
Hello all!

On Saturday 12/26, Team Coyote Valley birded from sunrise to sunset as part
of the Calero-Morgan Hill Christmas Bird Count. It rained the previous
night and dense fog hung around through the morning, eventually giving way
to a beautiful, mild winter day with only a smattering of sprinkles. We had
4 folks in two socially-distant teams covering 31 total miles over 1246
minutes! We found *79 species* and saw *3,453 individual birds*. This is my
second year leading this sector; last year we had 76 total species, so we
were up this year. Score!



Erin Fisher and Tricia Gardner hiked the Arrowhead loop trail at Coyote
Valley Open Space Preserve, and also walked Palm Ave (west). They counted
52 species, including *2* *adult* *Golden Eagles*, *Merlin*, *Sharp-shinned
Hawk*, *Loggerhead Shrike*, *Hutton’s Vireo*, *Yellow-billed Magpie*, and *Rock
Wren*! They also found a suite of woodpeckers: *Northern Flickers,
Nuttall’s, Downy, Hairy, *and* Acorn Woodpeckers*.



Equipped with walkie-talkies, Laura Coatney and I caravanned in separate
cars across the valley floor, starting with owling at North Coyote Valley
OSP (closed preserve). We had one heard-only *Barn Owl* just as the
nocturnal rains dissipated. On Fisher Creek, we had *Marsh Wren *and *Greater
Yellowlegs* but dipped on other waterbirds like Snipe & Sora. We scoped the
Laguna Seca wetland, but we were up against dense fog and backlighting and
couldn’t make out more than some *Northern* *Shovelers*. This sector is
excellent for blackbirds: large numbers of *Red-winged Blackbirds* moved
from the Preserve to Bailey Ave Ponds, where they joined a large flock
of *Brewer’s
Blackbirds*. Unfortunately, the gate to the Bailey campus was closed, so we
didn't get great looks at the field or the ponds, but picked out some
*Canvasback* from the road. Two *Red-tailed Hawks* were hanging around
together, one carrying a stick to an oak with an old nest in it, and one
later seen perched on the nest. We picked out a few *Tricolored Blackbirds*
in each of these locations, but the most impressive numbers of Trikes were
*>200* at the corner of Palm and Hale, where we stopped for a lunch break.
On Laguna Ave we had 1 juv *Ferruginous Hawk* fly overhead then land and
cough up a big pellet (yum, wish I could hop the fence and dissect that!),
and later found a different individual in its favorite tree at the east end
of Palm Ave. Back on Laguna, we also scoped *3* *Cackling Geese* in the
fields amongst the *Canadas*, 100 more Trikes, ~60 *American Pipits*,
and 2 *Peregrine
Falcon*.



Some bummer misses, like surprisingly we found no House Sparrows (!?), no
Rufous-crowned, Bald Eagles, Grackles, and no other geese besides the
honkers & 3 cacklers. For me, the highlight was seeing the 2 Ferruginous
Hawks and *312* Tricolored Blackbirds. 2 photos inline below.



Happy New Year!



Dani Christensen

South San Jose

[image: 2020-12-26-7180edited.jpg]
[image: 2020-12-26-7323edited.jpg]


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Date: 12/29/20 1:57 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Cedar Waxwing flock in yard
I've had wintering Cedar Waxwings at my backyard fountain for the last
several years, apparently drawn by the red berries in neighboring gardens.
But this winter, despite plenty of berries, I hadn't seen any waxwings, nor
hardly any of those other berry lovers, the robins. Could this be yet
another, if minor, manifestation of the curse of 2020?

This morning for the first time, a good number of robins were using the
fountain, and not long after I saw my first yard waxwing of the season,
with more of the beauties following. Six of them even got together for a
group picture. An omen for the coming year?

https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171307434


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Date: 12/29/20 1:07 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed towhee continues + Empid flycatcher
Those primaries look extremely long (Hammonds?). The color of the culmen (upper bill) is not visible at all due to reflected sunlight. It looks sort of big-headed and small-billed to me too which might support HAFL.

Chris



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Date: 12/29/20 12:09 PM (GMT-08:00)
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed towhee continues + Empid flycatcher

As reported by Dani earlier this morning, today (12/29) there was an Empidonax flycatcher foraging in the oaks along the creek just east of where the Santa Teresa Creek meets the trail, approx. 37.2045, -121.8157. I obtained a couple of distant pictures that are in my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78211908 . The photos show fairly long wings relative to the tail (Hammond's?), but the bill appears quite wide. Bill color was hard to discern in the field due to backlighting, and there is the same issue in my photos - the bill looks completely orange, but that could be an artifact of the sunlight. The bird had a fairly yellow belly and grayish back, and a slight eyering. Input on ID would be greatly appreciated, although I'm not sure the photos are diagnostic.


Good birding,
Gena Zolotar
Mountain View

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 10:27:09 AM PST, Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...> wrote:


Hi birders,

The Green-tailed towhee continues on the Calero Creek Trail, where the trail crosses the dry Santa Teresa creek. Seen from about 9:20-10:00 with Gena & Jeff Zolotar. Hanging out with a flock of Golden-crowned sparrows and juncos, sometimes on the trail and sometimes in the grassy field opposite the orchard. At one point it gave a buzzy trill.

While looking at the towhee, Gena spotted an Empidonax flycatcher, at which point we lost the towhee trying to follow this bird instead. It moved East along the trail along Santa Teresa Creek and out of sight. She has nice photos and may be able to chime in with more detail.

Happy Trails,

Dani





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Date: 12/29/20 12:09 pm
From: Gena Zolotar via groups.io <gzolotar...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed towhee continues + Empid flycatcher
As reported by Dani earlier this morning, today (12/29) there was an Empidonax flycatcher foraging in the oaks along the creek just east of where the Santa Teresa Creek meets the trail, approx. 37.2045, -121.8157. I obtained a couple of distant pictures that are in my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78211908 . The photos show fairly long wings relative to the tail (Hammond's?), but the bill appears quite wide. Bill color was hard to discern in the field due to backlighting, and there is the same issue in my photos - the bill looks completely orange, but that could be an artifact of the sunlight. The bird had a fairly yellow belly and grayish back, and a slight eyering. Input on ID would be greatly appreciated, although I'm not sure the photos are diagnostic.

Good birding,Gena ZolotarMountain View

On Tuesday, December 29, 2020, 10:27:09 AM PST, Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...> wrote:

Hi birders,
The Green-tailed towhee continues on the Calero Creek Trail, where the trail crosses the dry Santa Teresa creek. Seen from about 9:20-10:00 with Gena & Jeff Zolotar. Hanging out with a flock of Golden-crowned sparrows and juncos, sometimes on the trail and sometimes in the grassy field opposite the orchard. At one point it gave a buzzy trill.
While looking at the towhee, Gena spotted an Empidonax flycatcher, at which point we lost the towhee trying to follow this bird instead. It moved East along the trail along Santa Teresa Creek and out of sight. She has nice photos and may be able to chime in with more detail.
Happy Trails,
Dani




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Date: 12/29/20 11:54 am
From: Anne Harrington <anneharr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
Another unintended consequence was poor water quality due to extra organic material from the concentration of birds and food debris in a relatively small, shallow pond.

Yes, it could be a fun way to introduce children to birds - except for some kid a goose might get a bit too close to - but it wasn’t healthy for the birds.

There were reasons feeding became prohibited.

Anne H. ( Palo Alto resident)


> On Dec 29, 2020, at 9:58 AM, Mike Voydanoff <mike...> wrote:
>
> Making birds sick by feeding them food they shouldn’t be eating is a good example of an unintended consequence.
>
> On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 9:39 AM lavin_fara <pdunten...> <mailto:<pdunten...>> wrote:
> Do you suppose the extra food would increase the rat population?
> And might rats supplement their diet with Ridgway's Rail eggs and young?
>
> This reminds me of a good read on unintended consequences and invasive species,
> T. C. Boyle's novel 'When the Killing's Done.'
>
> Pete
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Date: 12/29/20 11:30 am
From: bilal al-shahwany via groups.io <bilal_al_shahwany...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Lick Mill Park and Ulistac
The Hermit Warbler continue this morning, seen same place mentioned yesterday between 9am - 10am
ThanksBilal


On Mon, Dec 28, 2020 at 4:55 PM, Bill Bousman<barlowi...> wrote: Folks:

This morning, 12/28/20, I birded Lick Mill Park and then Ulistac. The HY
HERMIT WARBLER continues in the pines adjacent to the tennis court and
the playground in Lick Mill Park.  In Ulistac, I found a wintering
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the garden not far from bird survey point #1.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 12/29/20 10:27 am
From: Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed towhee continues
Hi birders,

The Green-tailed towhee continues on the Calero Creek Trail, where the
trail crosses the dry Santa Teresa creek. Seen from about 9:20-10:00 with
Gena & Jeff Zolotar. Hanging out with a flock of Golden-crowned sparrows
and juncos, sometimes on the trail and sometimes in the grassy field
opposite the orchard. At one point it gave a buzzy trill.

While looking at the towhee, Gena spotted an Empidonax flycatcher, at which
point we lost the towhee trying to follow this bird instead. It moved East
along the trail along Santa Teresa Creek and out of sight. She has nice
photos and may be able to chime in with more detail.

Happy Trails,

Dani


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Date: 12/29/20 9:58 am
From: Mike Voydanoff <mike...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
Making birds sick by feeding them food they shouldn’t be eating is a good
example of an unintended consequence.

On Tue, Dec 29, 2020 at 9:39 AM lavin_fara <pdunten...> wrote:

> Do you suppose the extra food would increase the rat population?
> And might rats supplement their diet with Ridgway's Rail eggs and young?
>
> This reminds me of a good read on unintended consequences and invasive
> species,
> T. C. Boyle's novel 'When the Killing's Done.'
>
> Pete
>
>
>


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Date: 12/29/20 9:39 am
From: lavin_fara <pdunten...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
Do you suppose the extra food would increase the rat population?
And might rats supplement their diet with Ridgway's Rail eggs and young?

This reminds me of a good read on unintended consequences and invasive species,
T. C. Boyle's novel 'When the Killing's Done.'

Pete


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Date: 12/29/20 6:07 am
From: Laurie Alaimo via groups.io <environmom95112...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
I think they stopped it for many reasons, one being that it is unhealthy for the birds.

Laurie

> On Dec 28, 2020, at 8:40 PM, Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:
>
> Thanks for the information. I suspect the prohibition on feeding is
> probably the immediate cause of the lack of birds on my recent visits to
> the duck pond. Does anybody know who made that decision and was it done
> with public comment?
>
> I remember people used to bring their families and the kids loved feeding
> the ducks. I think there is benefit in giving kids an appreciation of
> wildlife. I'm pretty sure they still have daily duck feeding at Lake
> Merritt in Oakland and have possibly since the bird refuge was created.
> It's a major attraction.
>
> Thanks.
>
>
>> On Sat, 26 Dec 2020 17:38:41 -0800, "Alvaro Jaramillo"
>> <chucao...> wrote:
>>
>> Joe and Bill
>> I think the change has been that for some years now they are actively discouraging feeding the ducks there. Before, there were always people feeding ducks and gulls, and the birds grew quite tame. I don't know if they ticket you now for feeding, but there are signs up not to do it. That was not the case historically.
>> Alvaro
>>
>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>> <alvaro...>
>> www.alvarosadventures.com
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <southbaybirds...> <southbaybirds...> On Behalf Of Bill Bousman
>> Sent: Saturday, December 26, 2020 5:26 PM
>> To: <southbaybirds...>
>> Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
>>
>> Dear Joe,
>>
>> I believe that the decrease in gull species is a consequence of the dump closing. Bonaparte's, that forage in the Water Quality Control Plant, will sometimes take a break and bath in the pond in the hundreds. But the rare gulls that showed up in the Duck Pond were there only in the heyday of the dump.
>>
>> I don't know why the scaup disappeared, I've noticed that as well.
>>
>> Bill Bousman
>> Menlo Park
>>
>>> On 12/26/2020 4:53 PM, Joe Morlan wrote:
>>> Does anybody know what happened to the famous Palo Alto Baylands duck pond.
>>> It used to be full of waterfowl and a good variety of gulls. It was
>>> an excellent place to take classes where you could get great
>>> comparisons of such species as Greater and Lesser Scaup. But the last
>>> few times I have been there, there were no ducks to speak of except
>>> for distant sleeping Northern Shovelers and a few scattered Ring-billed Gulls.
>>>
>>> What happened? Should we be concerned?
>>> --
>>> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
>
> --
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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>
>
>
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Date: 12/28/20 9:56 pm
From: Vivek Tiwari <spiderhunters...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC - Hellyer Pk 12/26
On 12/26, Vayun and I covered Coyote Creek at Hellyer Park, Cottonwood Lake
and adjoining areas. It was beautiful day with very pleasant weather.
No real rarities and no unusual geese at the lake, which in itself was
rather unusual. Went back to the lake at the end of the day to double
check, but no luck.
The most interesting goose at the lake was the partially leucistic CANADA
GOOSE.
Only sapsuckers were two RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERs. A perched imm. PEREGRINE
FALCON presented great close looks. FOX SPARROWs are always good here.
4 flyby GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were unusual here. 3 flyby WOOD DUCKs were
probably from the group of 40 that Carlos found in the creek in the
adjoining count region. RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETs were great companions
throughout the day.
Overall a great day to be outside - 57 species with 935 individuals.
Some of Vayun's pictures are in the checklist:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78111884

Vivek Tiwari
Sunnyvale, CA


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Date: 12/28/20 9:55 pm
From: bobhirt2004 via groups.io <Bobhirt...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
I will follow up with our conservation team led by our awesome leader,
Shani Kleinhaus. We’ll see if we can get the policy changed for wildlife education reasons.


Bob

Bob Hirt
(408) 821-2732

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


> On Dec 28, 2020, at 8:40 PM, Joe Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:
>
> Thanks for the information. I suspect the prohibition on feeding is
> probably the immediate cause of the lack of birds on my recent visits to
> the duck pond. Does anybody know who made that decision and was it done
> with public comment?
>
> I remember people used to bring their families and the kids loved feeding
> the ducks. I think there is benefit in giving kids an appreciation of
> wildlife. I'm pretty sure they still have daily duck feeding at Lake
> Merritt in Oakland and have possibly since the bird refuge was created.
> It's a major attraction.
>
> Thanks.
>
>
> On Sat, 26 Dec 2020 17:38:41 -0800, "Alvaro Jaramillo"
> <chucao...> wrote:
>
>> Joe and Bill
>> I think the change has been that for some years now they are actively discouraging feeding the ducks there. Before, there were always people feeding ducks and gulls, and the birds grew quite tame. I don't know if they ticket you now for feeding, but there are signs up not to do it. That was not the case historically.
>> Alvaro
>>
>> Alvaro Jaramillo
>> <alvaro...>
>> www.alvarosadventures.com
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <southbaybirds...> <southbaybirds...> On Behalf Of Bill Bousman
>> Sent: Saturday, December 26, 2020 5:26 PM
>> To: <southbaybirds...>
>> Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
>>
>> Dear Joe,
>>
>> I believe that the decrease in gull species is a consequence of the dump closing. Bonaparte's, that forage in the Water Quality Control Plant, will sometimes take a break and bath in the pond in the hundreds. But the rare gulls that showed up in the Duck Pond were there only in the heyday of the dump.
>>
>> I don't know why the scaup disappeared, I've noticed that as well.
>>
>> Bill Bousman
>> Menlo Park
>>
>>> On 12/26/2020 4:53 PM, Joe Morlan wrote:
>>> Does anybody know what happened to the famous Palo Alto Baylands duck pond.
>>> It used to be full of waterfowl and a good variety of gulls. It was
>>> an excellent place to take classes where you could get great
>>> comparisons of such species as Greater and Lesser Scaup. But the last
>>> few times I have been there, there were no ducks to speak of except
>>> for distant sleeping Northern Shovelers and a few scattered Ring-billed Gulls.
>>>
>>> What happened? Should we be concerned?
>>> --
>>> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
>
> --
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Date: 12/28/20 8:40 pm
From: Joe Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
Thanks for the information. I suspect the prohibition on feeding is
probably the immediate cause of the lack of birds on my recent visits to
the duck pond. Does anybody know who made that decision and was it done
with public comment?

I remember people used to bring their families and the kids loved feeding
the ducks. I think there is benefit in giving kids an appreciation of
wildlife. I'm pretty sure they still have daily duck feeding at Lake
Merritt in Oakland and have possibly since the bird refuge was created.
It's a major attraction.

Thanks.


On Sat, 26 Dec 2020 17:38:41 -0800, "Alvaro Jaramillo"
<chucao...> wrote:

>Joe and Bill
> I think the change has been that for some years now they are actively discouraging feeding the ducks there. Before, there were always people feeding ducks and gulls, and the birds grew quite tame. I don't know if they ticket you now for feeding, but there are signs up not to do it. That was not the case historically.
>Alvaro
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>Dear Joe,
>
>I believe that the decrease in gull species is a consequence of the dump closing. Bonaparte's, that forage in the Water Quality Control Plant, will sometimes take a break and bath in the pond in the hundreds. But the rare gulls that showed up in the Duck Pond were there only in the heyday of the dump.
>
>I don't know why the scaup disappeared, I've noticed that as well.
>
>Bill Bousman
>Menlo Park
>
>On 12/26/2020 4:53 PM, Joe Morlan wrote:
>> Does anybody know what happened to the famous Palo Alto Baylands duck pond.
>> It used to be full of waterfowl and a good variety of gulls. It was
>> an excellent place to take classes where you could get great
>> comparisons of such species as Greater and Lesser Scaup. But the last
>> few times I have been there, there were no ducks to speak of except
>> for distant sleeping Northern Shovelers and a few scattered Ring-billed Gulls.
>>
>> What happened? Should we be concerned?
>> --
>> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

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Date: 12/28/20 4:55 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Lick Mill Park and Ulistac
Folks:

This morning, 12/28/20, I birded Lick Mill Park and then Ulistac. The HY
HERMIT WARBLER continues in the pines adjacent to the tennis court and
the playground in Lick Mill Park.  In Ulistac, I found a wintering
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the garden not far from bird survey point #1.

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Date: 12/28/20 3:29 pm
From: Steve Patt <stevenpatt...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
As previously reported, about 1/2M west of the Stile Ranch trailhead to Santa Teresa County Park, at a place where the Calero Creek Trail crosses a creek, actually just past the creek along a dirt road past an orchard behind a fence marked "Private Property" (seen there between 12 and 12:30 today; earlier it had been seen on the hillside a little before the creek).

It never got particularly close, and was generally poking around the grass (accompanied by one or two California Towhees and a Bewick's Wren), but I did get some decent shots.


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Date: 12/28/20 11:52 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee Continues
All:

Chris Johnson found the bird about 4 times and then tried to get me on it.  Only once was I good enough to get on it -- but that was a disappointing tail-end view.  But then I think Chris heard the bird fly to the west across the creek.  He quickly got us all on the bird on the edge of the orchard.  My photo shows the bird just above the center, and it handles magnification OK.  There's a half-dozen of us that have to thank Chris.

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Just before the creek crossing in the hillside with GCSP. Gave a soft and unfamilar zzzzz call in flight.
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Date: 12/28/20 11:18 am
From: Oliver Zhang <BLACKROCKARTSTUDIO...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Shoreline Lakes
Hi friends,

Yesterday morning I was walking around the Shoreline Lakes after the sun came out; around 10:00 am, near the boathouse, there were 4  non-breeding EARED GREBES.

Also, I was pleasantly surprised to see a male BELTED KINGFISHER hovering, scouting & dive-bombing to catch the fish like a hummingbird.

Blended in were the FOSTER's TERNs diving & catching too.

This is the 5th time I have seen the BELTED KINGFISHER around this area, as Diane also has seen the Kingfisher near the duck pond a few times, I hope these two settle here. They are just so cute.

Photos are attached just to be sure I got the bird's ID right.

Happy birding.

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Date: 12/28/20 10:06 am
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee Continues
Just before the creek crossing in the hillside with GCSP. Gave a soft and unfamilar zzzzz call in flight.

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Date: 12/27/20 4:40 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] CBC: Almaden Quicksilver - McAbee Entrance
Hi Everyone,

Yesterday I birded the McAbee Entrance to Almaden Quicksilver County Park.
Normally, I do a 4 mile loop that passes by Guadalupe Creek and the
reservoir but I needed to shorten my route this year. I took my time and
took advantage of the many benches along my route. This is the kind of
birding that requires a lot of listening - chirps and calls from the tree
tops, rustling of leaves, and the tapping of woodpeckers. I find it very
relaxing.

I didn't spot anything unusual this year but had better luck with the *Hairy
Woodpeckers* (2) and *Fox Sparrows* (3). I had lots of the usual suspects
- *Golden-crowned Sparrows*, *Acorn Woodpeckers*, *California Scrub-Jays*,
and *Yellow-rumped Warblers*. And, my favorite moment was hearing a bunch
of rustling in the oak leaves - it was a loud rustling so I was thinking
deer or even boar. But, when I found the source of the noise, it turned
out to be a very large group of *Band-tailed Pigeons* foraging in the leaf
litter. Something startled them and they all burst into the air and flew
over my head.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S78015554

Happy Birding!

Eve Meier
San Jose


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Date: 12/27/20 4:27 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Wilson Snipe & Common Loon
All,
This morning there were seven WILSON SNIPE on a bit of land East of the pump house at the end of Gold Street in Alviso, Later I had better views if the COMMON LOON on Salt Pond A4 and managed a couple photos that I posted to e-bird. View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S78098417
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Date: 12/27/20 2:35 pm
From: m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC - 12/26/2020
All,

Yesterday 12/26/2020, I birded the San Felipe Ranch (private property) and areas along Las Animas and San Felipe roads for the Calero-Morgan Hill CBC. I ended up with 2028 individuals of 63 species, both slightly below average. There was a complete lack of ducks and shorebirds and the ponds were completely or nearly dry. On the other hand, 150 PINE SISKINS was an all-time high count for this area and 200 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS was the highest tally since 2012. Lingering rain showers and lots of dripping water from the trees hampered owling and I only managed to find 3 GREAT HORNED and 3 WESTERN SCREECH-OWLS. Otherwise, the riparian vegetation along San Felipe Creek and nearby delivered a few notable species, as usual, including 3 HUTTON'S VIREOS, 4 BROWN CREEPERS, 1 PACIFIC WREN, 1 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, 41 VARIED THRUSHES, and 1 TOWNSEND'S WARBLER (compared to 18 last year). I did manage to flush up a sparrow in the grassy area where I found a Grasshopper Sparrow in 2015, but could not locate it again. Raptors included 1 GOLDEN EAGLE and an immature FERRUGINOUS HAWK.

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Date: 12/27/20 11:32 am
From: Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC: IBM Almaden
Deb and I covered the IBM Almaden facility (private property) and part of Henwood Road for the Calero-Morgan Hill CBC yesterday.  It was a beautiful day.  Species count was down (45, a low for this sector), although overall bird numbers seemed good.  Highlights included all six woodpecker species on the list, and five sparrow species.  (We had both Lark and Rufous-crowned Sparrows this year, which can be variable. We missed Lincoln's Sparrow.)  Raptors--both species and numbers--were lower than past years.  We had both Bewick's and Rock Wrens, but missed Belted Kingfisher, California Thrasher, and Horned Lark. A great day to be outdoors with spectacular views of the Almaden Valley!
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Date: 12/27/20 9:59 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Common Loon Continues at A4 on 12/27/2020
All:

I found that the trail to go along the south bank of A4 from the Sunnyvale WPCP is closed, so I walked out from near the Twin Creeks.  I was lucky:  The Common Loon swam right past me.  See the attached photo.

There were a lot of Red-breasted Mergansers, but they were staying well away from the shores and the hunters.  I couldn't find anything new, so I decided to go watch football.

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Date: 12/27/20 9:51 am
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden Valley CBC route
The weather was perfect for the Calero-Morgan Hill CBC yesterday. A
little overnight rain and a sunny morning really brought out the birds.
I made stops at 13 locations in my patchwork route in Almaden Valley. A
RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER in a pine in front of the library was the first
of two for the day. Small flocks of PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH and AM.
GOLDFINCH were seen at many locations. I hadn't seen CEDAR WAXWINGS the
previous two weeks but they were everywhere yesterday. HERMIT THRUSH
were plentiful along Scarsdale Place where seventeen were found along 2
blocks! Also of interest were a MERLIN, BROWN CREEPER and two CHIPPING
SPARROW.

My last stop at 3pm was Webb Canyon trailhead to Quicksilver Park. I got
four needed species here, WILD TURKEY, CAL. QUAIL, BAND TAILED PIGEON
and a female PHAINOPEPLA in a mistletoe laden tree on the hillside.
Sixty species, 662 total birds may be my best results even though three
small ponds were disappointing.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley


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Date: 12/27/20 9:24 am
From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
Hmm, I think there is a issue happening with copying/pasting coordinates over from Google Maps. No rectangular structure here as Bill described but I’ll attach a screenshot of our location for clarity - see blue dot. 


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On Sunday, December 27, 2020, 9:10 AM, Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...> wrote:

Steve,  The coordinates you wrote below are the same ones Bill Bousman reported yesterday.  But, it sounds like that is not the location anymore.  Do you have updated coordinates?
Thanks, Brooke


On Dec 27, 2020, at 8:58 AM, Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...> wrote:
Thanks Eve - Mike spotted it right where you told us to look, feeding in the open with a Zono flock at the creek crossing/bee hives. 
For others who care to look for it, this spot is a bit west of where Bill found it yesterday, the current location is at  37.20417, -121.81341.
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On Sunday, December 27, 2020, 8:18 AM, Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...> wrote:

In the orchard where the little creek crosses the trail. Calero Creek Trail. Park on Harry or Stile Ranch parking lot.

Eve Meier
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Date: 12/27/20 9:10 am
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
Steve, The coordinates you wrote below are the same ones Bill Bousman reported yesterday. But, it sounds like that is not the location anymore. Do you have updated coordinates?

Thanks, Brooke

> On Dec 27, 2020, at 8:58 AM, Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...> wrote:
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> Thanks Eve - Mike spotted it right where you told us to look, feeding in the open with a Zono flock at the creek crossing/bee hives.
>
> For others who care to look for it, this spot is a bit west of where Bill found it yesterday, the current location is at 37.20417, -121.81341.
>
> Steve Tucker
> San Jose
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> In the orchard where the little creek crosses the trail. Calero Creek Trail. Park on Harry or Stile Ranch parking lot.
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Date: 12/27/20 8:58 am
From: Steven Tucker via groups.io <talkingtrees80...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
Thanks Eve - Mike spotted it right where you told us to look, feeding in the open with a Zono flock at the creek crossing/bee hives. 
For others who care to look for it, this spot is a bit west of where Bill found it yesterday, the current location is at  37.20417, -121.81341.
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In the orchard where the little creek crosses the trail. Calero Creek Trail. Park on Harry or Stile Ranch parking lot.

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Date: 12/27/20 8:18 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Green-tailed Towhee continues
In the orchard where the little creek crosses the trail. Calero Creek Trail. Park on Harry or Stile Ranch parking lot.

Eve Meier
San Jose

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Date: 12/26/20 8:15 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden South, Green-tailed Towhee
Folks:

I did the Almaden South Section today, 12/26/20 for the Calero-Morgan
Hill CBC.  I have not worked through the numbers in the very nice way
that Michael Hawk has done.  Mostly, things were normal or below,
maybe.  But a Green-tailed Towhee on the Calero Creek Trail was a lucky
find.

I walked the Calero Trail from the end of San Vicente Avenue to Harry
Road and back.  The first part is along Santa Teresa Creek, the trail
then crosses over and follows Calero Creek.  I saw the Green-tailed
Towhee just before noon in the first part in a shrub at 37.20417,
-121.81341 per Google Maps.  Nearby is a rectangular object that is
shown in the satellite view.  If you have ever walked this trail you may
remember that this rectangular object is a fence with slats painted
green, making it difficult to look inside. Today, there were a lot of
people on the trail.  The Zonos seemed jumpy and they all departed in
different directions after my sighting.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 12/26/20 7:28 pm
From: Michael Hawk <hawk.mr...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Summary: Rancho Canada del Oro sector Calero-Morgan Hill- CBC
Hello,

This report summarizes the efforts of three birders covering the Rancho
Canada del Oro sector of the Calero-Morgan Hill CBC today, December 26. The
sector maps are drawn such that Rancho Canada del Oro Open Space Preserve
actually spans three sectors, so this team covered the core area, which
includes about 1/3 of the public space and 1/2 of the non-public restricted
space in Blair Ranch.

Today, we ended up with 50 species on our count, which is higher than the
past few years. I think this is partly due to the favorable weather - rain
pretty much finished around 6:30 AM, aside from some sprinkles or very
brief showers. The overnight rain/clouds meant temperatures were a good
15-20 degrees warmer to start the morning than the last few years.

Some of the highlights that stood out to me: 3 Great Horned Owls calling
(heard on Casa Loma Road at 6:15 AM), 1 Pine Siskin, 1 Varied Thrush on
Llagas Creek near the overflow parking (and we found the remains of
another), Cooper's Hawk, and White-throated Swift. We had a nice selection
of woodpeckers too - Acorn, Downy, Hairy, Nuttall's, Northern Flicker, and
Red-breasted Sapsucker all accounted for.

The stock pond in the restricted access area had American Wigeon, Mallards,
a Pied-billed Grebe, a Great Blue Heron, and a Belted Kingfisher.

The most numerous birds were Band-tailed Pigeons (275), Dark-eyed Junco
(150), Acorn Woodpecker (57), California Quail (55), European Starling
(40), and Oak Titmouse (29).

Some notable misses: well, House Finch is really the only big miss. We
expected to see American Goldfinch, but haven't found them the previous two
years either. Golden Eagle are occasional, as are Townsend's Warbler, and
we missed both today. Common Mergansers have been on the pond the last two
years, as have Wood Duck, so those were also misses, but certainly not
expected.

-Michael

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Date: 12/26/20 6:23 pm
From: judisierra via groups.io <judisierra...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Large freeway kettle
Driving North on 880 this AM there was a large kettle of about 40 turkey vultures on the west side near the Montague Expressway intersection. It stuck me as an unusual spot as well as a large number outside of migration.

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Date: 12/26/20 5:38 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
Joe and Bill
I think the change has been that for some years now they are actively discouraging feeding the ducks there. Before, there were always people feeding ducks and gulls, and the birds grew quite tame. I don't know if they ticket you now for feeding, but there are signs up not to do it. That was not the case historically.
Alvaro

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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond

Dear Joe,

I believe that the decrease in gull species is a consequence of the dump closing. Bonaparte's, that forage in the Water Quality Control Plant, will sometimes take a break and bath in the pond in the hundreds. But the rare gulls that showed up in the Duck Pond were there only in the heyday of the dump.

I don't know why the scaup disappeared, I've noticed that as well.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 12/26/2020 4:53 PM, Joe Morlan wrote:
> Does anybody know what happened to the famous Palo Alto Baylands duck pond.
> It used to be full of waterfowl and a good variety of gulls. It was
> an excellent place to take classes where you could get great
> comparisons of such species as Greater and Lesser Scaup. But the last
> few times I have been there, there were no ducks to speak of except
> for distant sleeping Northern Shovelers and a few scattered Ring-billed Gulls.
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> What happened? Should we be concerned?
> --
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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Date: 12/26/20 5:25 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
Dear Joe,

I believe that the decrease in gull species is a consequence of the dump
closing.  Bonaparte's, that forage in the Water Quality Control Plant,
will sometimes take a break and bath in the pond in the hundreds.  But
the rare gulls that showed up in the Duck Pond were there only in the
heyday of the dump.

I don't know why the scaup disappeared, I've noticed that as well.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

On 12/26/2020 4:53 PM, Joe Morlan wrote:
> Does anybody know what happened to the famous Palo Alto Baylands duck pond.
> It used to be full of waterfowl and a good variety of gulls. It was an
> excellent place to take classes where you could get great comparisons of
> such species as Greater and Lesser Scaup. But the last few times I have
> been there, there were no ducks to speak of except for distant sleeping
> Northern Shovelers and a few scattered Ring-billed Gulls.
>
> What happened? Should we be concerned?
> --
> Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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Date: 12/26/20 5:12 pm
From: Gena Zolotar via groups.io <gzolotar...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Snow Geese at Sunnyvale Community Center
Nice find! These are almost certainly the same three juvenile Snow Geese that were seen during the Palo Alto CBC on 12/21, on a private pond near the Mountain View-Sunnyvale border. The Sunnyvale Community Center is just outside the Palo Alto count circle.
Gena ZolotarMountain View

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Date: 12/26/20 4:53 pm
From: Joe Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto duck pond
Does anybody know what happened to the famous Palo Alto Baylands duck pond.
It used to be full of waterfowl and a good variety of gulls. It was an
excellent place to take classes where you could get great comparisons of
such species as Greater and Lesser Scaup. But the last few times I have
been there, there were no ducks to speak of except for distant sleeping
Northern Shovelers and a few scattered Ring-billed Gulls.

What happened? Should we be concerned?
--
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Date: 12/26/20 4:34 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] A Note About Today's Hermit Warbler Sighting
All:

Today was the first time that I've ever seen such a bright, full-yellow-headed Hermit Warbler.  The bird is described as "A bird that thrives in the canopies ...".  However, the tree that the bird was methodically feeding in today and yesterday has a low canopy that could be seen from the side.

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Date: 12/26/20 4:03 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Snow Geese at Sunnyvale Community Center
There are this afternoon three immature Snow Geese wandering with the coots, Canada Geese and domestic Mallards around the Sunnyvale Community Center pond and grassy areas.


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Date: 12/26/20 2:22 pm
From: Natasha Dehn <nedehn...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto feeder birds
New to / near our feeder at the SW corner of Palo Alto: a Christmas Day Hermit Thrush and White-breasted Nuthatch followed today by a Gold-crowned sparrow. The Red-breasted nuthatch was back just now: it’s great to have two species right here!

We see a Townsend warbler occasionally (most recently Xmas Eve) but he hasn’t tried the suet or seed feeders yet.

—Natasha

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Date: 12/26/20 2:09 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Juvenile Golden Eagle
Seen for at least 8 minutes (1:40 PM) circling the top of the hill. Flew north-east being harassed by 2 Common Ravens.

Clear white patches in under wings at base of primaries. White tail with dark terminal band.

Aprox. coordinates (37.2742070, -121.7852950)

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Date: 12/26/20 10:45 am
From: Frank Vanslager via groups.io <Vanslagerf...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Hermit Warbler and the Red-breasted Nuthatch Continue at Lick Mill on 12/26/2020
All:

At Lick Mill Park (across the street from Ulistac) the Hermit Warbler gave many views.  Melissa found the bird in the trees right next to the Tennis Court -- to which it returned 3 or 4 times.  See the photo.  Earlier I had a brief view of the Nuthatch, but then I got distracted by flocks of Pine Siskin, Cedar Waxwing, and a small one of Hermit Thrush.

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Date: 12/25/20 5:38 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Common Loon
All,
This morning I had 4 to 5 distant views of what appeared to be a sub-adult COMMON LOON in Salt Pond A4 (in about the center of the pond but very near the north shore). On one occasion it flapped its wings and preened its chest (showing a white throat and neck with some white extending back into the black on the side of the neck, white lower parts and and a long heavy bill). During most of the sightings it was very dark bird, low in the water with its flat topped head held low (at about the same height as the exposed body). It was clearly the longest bird in the pond (there were hundreds of Scaup, lots of Acehmorphorus Grebes and Red-Breasted Mergansers). Unfortunately it was diving out of sight most of the time and eventually the wind driven waves made viewing and photography impossible (I did manage one very bad photo at about 10:34 AM).
Take care,
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Date: 12/25/20 4:52 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Huge siskin flight, Merlin, W Tanager
The first two hours of today were amazing from our yard. Record number of individual birds noted, thanks to Pine Siskins.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77961278

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Date: 12/25/20 4:44 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Cackling Geese at Los Capitancillos
Hi Everyone,

There were 5 Cackling Geese mixed in with a large number of Canada Geese on the east side of Los Capitancillos. Here’s the GPS coordinates for the pond they were hanging out at: (37.2435658, -121.8793825).

For more details regarding this location see the Los Capitancillos self-guided field trip: https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/going-on-a-snipe-hunt-at-los-capitancillos-ponds

Eve Meier
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Date: 12/25/20 3:25 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Hermit Warbler at Lick Mill Park continues
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Hi Birders,
Floy and I went to Lick Mill Park this morning and found the Hermit Warbler reported by Richard Jeffers yesterday. It's in the same place as described by Adam Burnett at https://ebird.org/checklist/S7 7935490 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S77935490 ). We could barely see this one with binoculars because of gray skies and poor lighting in and around pine needles. I managed a few poor photos and they required some substantial post-processing to make out details. My photos are at https://ebird.org/checklist/S77976987

Also seen was a Red-Breasted Nuthatch and a lot of Yellow-rump Warblers.

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Date: 12/25/20 3:24 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Hermit Warbler at Lick Mill Park continues
Hi Birders,
Floy and I went to Lick Mill Park this morning and found the Hermit Warbler reported by Richard Jeffers yesterday. It's in the same place as described by Adam Burnett at https://ebird.org/checklist/S7 7935490 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S77935490 ). We could barely see this one with binoculars because of gray skies and poor lighting in and around pine needles. I managed a few poor photos and they required some substantial post-processing to make out details. My photos are at https://ebird.org/checklist/S77976987.

Also seen was a Red-Breasted Nuthatch and a lot of Yellow-rump Warblers.

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 12/25/20 2:16 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Red-breasted Sapsucker
Best Christmas gift was a first of season Red-breasted Sapsucker in our pepper tree today.Dotty CalabreseMountain View


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Date: 12/25/20 7:33 am
From: Eve Meier <eve.m.meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Shannon Valley OSP in Los Gatos
Hi Everyone!

Yesterday I birded Shannon Valley OSP. It's one of the several underbirded
Los Gatos City Parks. The parking lot is currently closed so I parked on
Mountain Laurel Ln (37.218213, -121.914419). I walked the Rocky Ridge
Trail and the sidewalk that runs along Hicks Rd to make a loop (under 2
miles, some hills). I had a very nice day - few people but lots of birds
(41 species).

I love the *Wild Turkey* that hang out in the open area on the corner of
Hicks and Shannon Rd and the *California Quail *that were hiding in the
brambles further up the hill. Also, I heard several *Wrentits* and spotted
2 *California Thrashers*. My favorite moment was hearing a quiet rustling
noise that I couldn't quite make out. I checked for running water in the
dry creek, the trees for birds or wind. Nothing. Then I spotted lots of
movement on the bed of fallen oak leaves - it was a huge group of
*Golden-crowned
Sparrows* foraging but not making a single call note. Their color matched
the oak leaves perfectly.

More interesting birds were found along the sidewalk on Hicks Rd (which
runs along Guadalupe Creek at this point) - 1 *Red-breasted Sapsucker* and
1 *White-throated Sparrow* (tan strip) foraging with even more
Golden-crowned Sparrows.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S77924019

Happy Holidays!
Eve Meier (San Jose)


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Date: 12/24/20 7:56 pm
From: lavin_fara <pdunten...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] File /MysteryCallTwinCreeks.m4a uploaded #file-notice
Close to Cooper's Hawk, so maybe Starling?

Nice puzzle!

Pete


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Date: 12/24/20 6:14 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sunday outing
After confining my bird photography to my backyard for too much of this
strange year, I went out last Sunday (12/22/2020) and was delighted to get
the desired photos of the light morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK on east Palm Ave.
in Coyote Valley:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171294618;

and then of the BRANT, grazing east of the Boat Dock at Shoreline Lake:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171294608 .

MORE DELIGHTS (SOMEWHAT 0.T.)

1. At Coyote Valley, the Ferruginous was not in the reported oak tree when
I arrived, and, lacking the required patience, I was about to leave. But
then I noticed that next to that oak was a persimmon tree with several
fruit still hanging -- and some birds moving around. Binocs revealed among
them a cute White-crowned Sparrow and several sparkly starlings.

I can't resist photographing birds eating persimmon and spent a fun half
hour shooting the spectacle. At the end of which the Ferrug arrived!

Here are some pix from the intermission:
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171294617
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171294616
https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171294622

2. And at Shoreline, there was also more photo fun to be had than just the
Brant, for example:
Buffleheads,
female: https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171294610
male: https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171294611
and in a flock: https://pbase.com/tgrey/image/171294612

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Tom Grey
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Date: 12/24/20 4:18 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] File /MysteryCallTwinCreeks.m4a uploaded #file-notice


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* /MysteryCallTwinCreeks.m4a ( https://groups.io/g/southbaybirds/files/MysteryCallTwinCreeks.m4a )

*By:* edward_rooks

*Description:*
Does anyone recognize this unidentified bird call from the leafless canopy of a tall sycamore tree off Alamitos Rd, in the Twin Creeks area? Recorded 12/23/20 by Edward Rooks. Birds in the tree included Starlings, Robins and Acorn Woodpeckers. There was also a Red-breasted Sapsucker nearby.





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Date: 12/24/20 2:46 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Wood ducks, Coyote Creek trail
2:40 pm. 60! Wood ducks just north of shady oaks park.

Also 6 cackling geese in Cottonwood Lake.

John Harshman
San Jose


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Date: 12/24/20 1:15 pm
From: Brooke Miller via groups.io <idbirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Pine Siskind in abundance
I have waves of them coming to my backyard fountain to drink.

Brooke Miller
Willow Glen

> On Dec 24, 2020, at 1:13 PM, Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...> wrote:
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> For anyone feeling like they haven’t seen enough PINE SISKINs, come to McKinley Av in SanJose and look in the liquid amber trees. I can’t count, but I guess 100-200. They are so loud I hear them in my house across the street with double pane windows closed.
> The seed pods are open and the birds are very happy.
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Date: 12/24/20 1:13 pm
From: Sue Pelmulder <spelmulder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pine Siskind in abundance
For anyone feeling like they haven’t seen enough PINE SISKINs, come to McKinley Av in SanJose and look in the liquid amber trees. I can’t count, but I guess 100-200. They are so loud I hear them in my house across the street with double pane windows closed.
The seed pods are open and the birds are very happy.

Happy Birding,
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Date: 12/24/20 7:30 am
From: Kevin Gin <kevinagin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara RBA Twitter Bot
This post was reviewed and approved by the SBB administrators. Please direct any replies and comments to my email (<kevinagin...>) and *NOT to SBB*.

Hi all,

I created a bot that tweets out Rare Bird Alerts for Santa Clara County. It lives here: https://twitter.com/ RareBirdBot_SCL ( https://twitter.com/RareBirdBot_SCL ). The bot tweets out a subset of notable observations from eBird.

To cut down on noise, the bot will not tweet out the same species more than 1 time per week. And I've recently added filtering to avoid tweeting out exotics (e.g. Scaly-breasted Munia), known residents (e.g. Rufous-crowned Sparrow) and common birds observed out of season.

Twitter is nice because it allows for push notifications on mobile devices. I've been using the bot for push notifications, then scanning SBB for more details or other observations not submitted to eBird.

I'm not completely set on how strict to be with species filters -- I'm open to suggestions. So far, my guiding question has been "would I want a push notification for this observation?" (The species filter lives here ( https://github.com/KevinGin/BirdBotScanner/blob/main/denyList/US-CA-085.txt ) and is still a work in progress. Anyone interested in contributing more can submit a pull request or contact me directly).

If there's interest, I could expand this project to other counties. But I'd like to get this fully configured for our home county first.

Best,
Kevin Gin
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Date: 12/23/20 5:27 pm
From: Emilie Danna <emilie.danna...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pileated woodpecker on John Nicholas Trail
Following reports in this group, my son and I hiked the John Nicholas Trail
this morning, starting from the Black Road trailhead:
https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/john-nicholas-trail-in-the-fallwinter.
The highlight of the trip was a pileated woodpecker. We heard it drumming,
then located it and it stayed on the same branch for at least 45 minutes,
allowing for good photo opportunities, except there were a lot of branches
in the way! Here are some photos:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/tCxHsi667X1RwZQe8

We also saw 3 cormorants and 12 coots on the lake, 15+ dark-eyed juncos, a
few California quails, and a few spotted towhees.

We started birding this year and this group has helped us get started in
bird identification, and has been a great source of trip ideas to see "new"
birds. Thank you! Happy holidays and happy birding!


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Date: 12/23/20 2:56 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] White-throated sparrow, Los Gatos
2:50pm on the Los Gatos Creek Trail, upstream from Vasona, by the transformer station, an adult-plumage, very bright white-throated sparrow.

John Harshman
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Date: 12/23/20 12:41 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Swans over Alviso
I was at New Chicago Marsh and adjacent salt ponds yesterday (Tuesday) when a flock of around 20 swans flew by. They were too far to ID the species, but I assume they were tundra swans. First time I can recall seeing them in the Bay area. There wasn't all that much else of interest happening, though there were a good dozen cinnamon teal in the creek, and two Say's phoebes on the trail.

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Date: 12/23/20 11:29 am
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Snow Geese at Overfelt Gardens
A little late in posting this sighting - but two adult SNOW GEESE were seen
at Overfelt Gardens by Rich Page on the San Jose CBC, 12/20/20. The two
geese were seen associating with Canada Geese on the main pond.
Hopefully, they may still be there and worth checking out if you're in the
vicinity.

Ann Verdi
San Jose


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Date: 12/22/20 9:22 pm
From: Oliver Zhang <BLACKROCKARTSTUDIO...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Soap Pond at Baylands
Hi friends. I went out for a walk on the Bay Trail after the lunch. In the Soap Pond, I counted 20+ Green-winged teals, 20+ American Wigeons. What's interesting was both breeding & non-breeding Northern Shovelers.

Also, a Coopers Hawk flew by, of which I thought it was a Norther Harrier but never grabbed a shot.

The other surprise was a  ring necked Pheasant in the Casey Forebay.

Happy Birding.

Oliver


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Date: 12/22/20 2:57 pm
From: Marion Farber via groups.io <marion_farber...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley 12/22
Birds were hard to find this morning, with the cold and the wind, but we did manage to find a light-phase *Ferruginous Hawk* from Laguna Avenue West, toward Bailey, and we saw two *Golden Eagles* soaring together high over Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve.  The *Rock Wren* was doing his rounds at the open space parking lot.


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Date: 12/22/20 1:29 pm
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Lake Cunningham - Help ID Gulls
Audry

Hi there. The one on the left with that strongly bicolored bill is a first cycle (= first year) California Gull. They always show the bicolored bill at that age, Herring can show this feature, but it is not a “must.” Californias tend to look more uneven in plumage above, mix of gray, brown, dark and pale than Herring and they have a face that is dark and streaked with a big bolder white area in front of the eyes and base of bill. The two pale winged birds are perhaps first cycle “Thayer’s” Iceland Gulls, not much bigger than the Cali, without the big thick blob ended bills of Glaucous-winged. They may be hybrids, to be sure one would have to have closer photos, and sometimes even with them you do not know.

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Subject: [southbaybirds] Lake Cunningham - Help ID Gulls



Hi everyone! My husband and I started birding at the beginning of the year and discovered this list a few months ago. This is my first time posting.

We had a pretty successful morning birding at Lake Cunningham. Favorites were good views of Common Yellowthroats, American Pipits, and a Spotted Sandpiper. We also added White-Throated Swifts to our life list.

I've been working to get better at gull ID, but am a little stumped by some young grey-colored gulls. In the image with three grey gulls facing to the left, I believe the left-most one is a Herring Gull, the middle one with a feather in its mouth is a Glaucous-Winged Gull, but the one on the right I'm not so sure about. It's wing tips looked darker and longer than the Glaucous-Winged Gull's, so I was wondering if it might be a hybrid, or something else. The second image attached has the Glaucous-Winged Gull on the left and the mystery gull (who stole the feather) on the right. If anyone could confirm my IDs or help with the one I'm stuck on, I'd be grateful for the help. (The images can also be found on ebird list is S77845397 <https://ebird.org/checklist/S77845397> )

Warmly,
Audry







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Date: 12/22/20 1:00 pm
From: m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palo Alto CBC bayside coverage
All,

Yesterday 12/21/2020, I birded the Palo Alto Baylands, the Palo Alto Water Pollution Control Plant, and Stevens Creek between Highway 101 and the rust-colored bridge at Shoreline Park for the Palo Alto CBC. There were several good stakeout birds in this area and trying to find them all as well as count the many shorebirds, ducks, and other birds was challenging. I checked the Geng Road area three times, trying to find the Lesser Yellowlegs (found at 8:02am), the Tropical Kingbird (found at 12:21pm), and the Summer Tanager (apparently not seen by anybody yesterday).

I started out at Geng Road before 7am, finding an adult COOPER'S HAWK, a SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and the LESSER YELLOWLEGS, before moving over to the Palo Alto WPCP. There I found a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, 2 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, and a ROCK WREN vocalizing atop the maintenance area fence at the base of the northwest corner of Byxbee Park (37.449840, -122.109896). I then headed back to Geng Road, again failing to find the kingbird or the tanager before having to depart by bike for the San Francisquito Creek delta. The delta added some quality shorebirds, including 16+ RED KNOTS, 1 RUDDY TURNSTONE, 34 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 3 WHIMBREL, and many DOWITCHERS, including four calling SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. A RIDGWAY'S RAIL was visible in a small channel on the Santa Clara County side. I next spent 25 minutes at the SWAMP SPARROW spot along the runway, but had to be content with just hearing the bird chipping from the marsh. I heard a big commotion with lots of geese flushing from the direction of O'Connor Pond a half mile away and found an immature BALD EAGLE soaring up in that direction. After biking back to Geng Road, I found the TROPICAL KINGBIRD atop the tree tobacco along the northern edge of the pond.

The stretch of Stevens Creek between Highway 101 and the rust-colored bridge east of Shoreline Park yielded a BELTED KINGFISHER, 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, the continuing male hybrid DOWNY x NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER (photos), and 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL (2 adult males and 1 female in Stevens Creek just north of the rust-colored bridge).

Back at the Palo Alto Baylands, I found 15 WHIMBREL and an adult PEREGRINE FALCON near the boat launch at the estuary mouth. I had no luck finding the Eurasian Green-winged Teal that has been reported from the channel near the runway, but did hear another 3 RIDGWAY'S RAILS while looking for it.

I tallied small numbers of PINE SISKINS everywhere I went yesterday, but did also find one larger group of 20 birds at the north end of Embarcadero Way. On the other hand, I failed to find an Orange-crowned Warbler anywhere, in contrast to the last many years that have yielded 2-4 OCWAs in these areas.

Mike Rogers
Sunnyvale, CA


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Date: 12/22/20 11:46 am
From: <amnicklin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Lake Cunningham - Help ID Gulls
Hi everyone! My husband and I started birding at the beginning of the year and discovered this list a few months ago. This is my first time posting.

We had a pretty successful morning birding at Lake Cunningham. Favorites were good views of Common Yellowthroats, American Pipits, and a Spotted Sandpiper. We also added White-Throated Swifts to our life list.

I've been working to get better at gull ID, but am a little stumped by some young grey-colored gulls. In the image with three grey gulls facing to the left, I believe the left-most one is a Herring Gull, the middle one with a feather in its mouth is a Glaucous-Winged Gull, but the one on the right I'm not so sure about. It's wing tips looked darker and longer than the Glaucous-Winged Gull's, so I was wondering if it might be a hybrid, or something else. The second image attached has the Glaucous-Winged Gull on the left and the mystery gull (who stole the feather) on the right. If anyone could confirm my IDs or help with the one I'm stuck on, I'd be grateful for the help. (The images can also be found on ebird list is S77845397 ( https://ebird.org/checklist/S77845397 ) )

Warmly,
Audry


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Date: 12/22/20 10:35 am
From: Ann Hepenstal via groups.io <annhep...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] results - Agnews sector of San Jose Christmas Bird Count
Agnews Sector includes Ulistac; parts of Guadalupe Creek Trail, San Tomas Creek Trail, Coyote Creek Trail; many many office parks and their parking lots; and miscellaneous neighborhood parks.We used this 2020 "Very Covid Christmas Bird Count" to divide up the Agnews Sector into several territories checked some new parks/potential hot spots that we previously were unable to cover.  Some turned out to be duds but others turned out to be pretty good.   We enjoyed having the 49ers out-of-town, as it makes CBC logistics in this sector MUCH easier!
We found 80 species with 1933 individual birds

In the spirit of the "Levi's Stadium Sector:"American Crow narrowly edged out Mallard, 160 to 156
Wilson's Snipe beat Black Phoebe 57 to 53
Highlights:Carlos Marquez patiently scanned the "Wilson's Snipe zone" on San Tomas Aquino Creek trail, counting and counting and counting birds in groups of 5 to 10.  Check out the SCVAS Self-Guided field trip for this area, https://scvas.org/self-guided-birding/san-toms-aquino-creek-trail-in-winter-birds-49ers-and-great-america
Alex Tey found a White-Throated Sparrow amid the GCSP and WCSP immediately after we stepped out of the car at Agnews campus. !!Alex also spotted a Merlin feasting on a bird way up on top of a power pole by the substation at the Oracle Agnews campus.   
The Oracle Agnews campus is now on my list of places to bird along with the Agnews Historic Park.   Lakewood Park in Sunnyvale shows good potential, as well.
good birding!Ann




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Date: 12/21/20 9:37 pm
From: Dani Christensen <danichristensen1128...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Team Evergreen - San Jose CBC
Hi birders!

Sunday, December 20, 2020 was a beautiful sunny day for a Christmas Bird