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2/16/19 6:19 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull and Prairie Falcon
2/16/19 8:00 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Environmental Education Center Blue-winged Teal
2/15/19 1:38 pm Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> Re: [southbaybirds] Alviso Ruff continues
2/15/19 11:42 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Ruff Continues at Same Spot With Same Behavior on 2/15/19
2/15/19 11:16 am Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [southbaybirds] Alviso Ruff continues
2/14/19 11:16 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Ruff at EEC Half-way To RR Tracks on 2/14/19
2/14/19 8:48 am Bob Bolles <robertcbolles...> [Southbaybirds] Contunuing Shelducks
2/14/19 8:28 am David Swafford <david...> [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker Los Gatos, Valentines
2/14/19 8:27 am stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Ruff at EEC entrance road
2/13/19 6:46 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [southbaybirds] Varied Thrush effort
2/13/19 1:34 pm <craige66...> <craige66...> Re: [southbaybirds] SCRWA Ponds
2/13/19 11:38 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
2/13/19 11:29 am Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Exotic Birds in Santa Clara County
2/13/19 10:59 am Jean Fordis via Groups.Io <jean.fordis=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] More Pygmy Nuthatches - North Los Altos
2/13/19 10:09 am tracy_farrington via Groups.Io <tracy_farrington=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
2/13/19 9:44 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
2/13/19 9:20 am Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Stile Ranch Trail (Santa Teresa County Park)
2/13/19 9:20 am Jack Cole via Groups.Io <snoyowl=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
2/13/19 9:11 am Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
2/13/19 8:22 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
2/13/19 8:09 am Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
2/13/19 8:06 am David Zittin <dzittin...> Re: [southbaybirds] Panoche Valley
2/13/19 5:07 am Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> [southbaybirds] Great Horned Owl at Lake Lagunita
2/12/19 11:08 pm Larry Spivak via Groups.Io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
2/12/19 7:56 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] SCRWA Ponds
2/12/19 7:27 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Feral birds
2/12/19 7:25 pm Jim Meikrantz <jim.meikrantz...> [southbaybirds] More Pygmy Nuthatches - North Los Altos
2/12/19 5:15 pm Russ Carr <oldcarr.rc...> [southbaybirds] Gilroy Ruddy Shelducks remain
2/12/19 2:11 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker, Townsend's Warbler & Vaux's Swifts
2/12/19 12:42 pm Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> [southbaybirds] Bullock's Oriole at Almaden Lake
2/12/19 12:05 pm stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Varied Thrush Stevens Creek Park
2/12/19 8:39 am Bob Toleno <bob...> Re: [southbaybirds] Panoche Valley
2/12/19 3:26 am Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Re: [southbaybirds] Unusual bird at Palo Alto Baylands today
2/11/19 8:48 pm bobhirt2004 via Groups.Io <Bobhirt=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Panoche Valley
2/11/19 8:22 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Creek Trail below Hwy 237
2/11/19 6:42 pm MARK - SUSAN LECLAIR <susanleclair21...> [southbaybirds] Fun, muddy bird walk
2/11/19 6:27 pm <jfairc49...> Re: [southbaybirds] Unusual bird at Palo Alto Baylands today
2/11/19 6:08 pm <jfairc49...> [southbaybirds] Unusual bird at Palo Alto Baylands today
2/11/19 2:57 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Los Gatos Creek American Dipper
2/11/19 2:56 pm Russ Carr <oldcarr.rc...> [southbaybirds] Ruddy Shelducks in Gilroy
2/11/19 2:32 pm tgrey41 <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Pac-slope, cont.
2/11/19 9:20 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] SCVAS field trip to Alum Rock Sun 2/10/19
2/10/19 10:18 pm William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] SCVAS field trip to Alum Rock Sun 2/10/19
2/10/19 9:44 pm <spavlov2000...> [southbaybirds] Stanford Dish Trail Phainopepla
2/10/19 6:21 pm Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...> [southbaybirds] Alviso Cackling Geese
2/9/19 8:44 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Stanford
2/9/19 8:38 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] McClellan Ranch Owl Walk, 2/9/19
2/9/19 6:56 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [southbaybirds] McClellan Ranch Owl Walk, 2/9/19
2/9/19 2:52 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> Re: [southbaybirds] American Dippers
2/9/19 1:05 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] sparrows and misc.
2/9/19 11:04 am Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] American Dippers
2/8/19 9:12 pm <gendev133...> Re: [southbaybirds] American Dippers
2/8/19 8:13 pm Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek and Dippers
2/8/19 8:00 pm Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] American Dippers
2/8/19 7:53 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Disk Drive, Alviso
2/8/19 6:37 pm Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] January 2019 Cumulative Bird Report
2/8/19 2:52 pm Karen Burnson <karenburnson...> [southbaybirds] Yellow Variant Purple Finch and House Finch
2/8/19 2:14 pm Ann Hepenstal via Groups.Io <annhep=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] SCVAS First Wed walk at Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant
2/8/19 9:40 am <craige66...> <craige66...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Ridge
2/8/19 9:17 am Nancy Teater <nrt...> Re: [southbaybirds] Winter Raptor Survey - Coyote Valley (6 Feb)
2/7/19 6:25 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle over Belgatos Park
2/7/19 5:37 pm bobhirt2004 via Groups.Io <Bobhirt=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Almaden Valley Area birds
2/7/19 3:32 pm Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Continuing Cackling Geese and White-throated Sparrows
2/7/19 1:03 pm John Hurley <jhurley13...> Re: [southbaybirds] Continuing Cackling Geese and White-throated Sparrows
2/7/19 10:29 am tgrey41 <tgrey...> Re: [southbaybirds] Early Pac Slope, other spring-ish news
2/7/19 10:14 am Ann Hepenstal via Groups.Io <annhep=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Wilsons Snipe and Golden Eagle, Sunnyvale
2/7/19 9:57 am Jim Meikrantz <jim.meikrantz...> [southbaybirds] White-throated sparrow -- North Los Altos
2/7/19 5:30 am Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Chipping Sparrows at Penitencia Creek Park
2/7/19 1:36 am Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> Re: [southbaybirds] Continuing Cackling Geese and White-throated Sparrows
2/6/19 6:54 pm tgrey41 <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Early Pac Slope, other spring-ish news
2/6/19 5:12 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Cackling Geese and White-throated Sparrows
2/6/19 5:00 pm Ken Schneider <kschnei1...> [southbaybirds] Winter Raptor Survey - Coyote Valley (6 Feb)
2/6/19 1:24 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] The Palo Alto Baylands Replacement Boardwalk is Open
2/6/19 11:56 am Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> [southbaybirds] American Dippers
2/6/19 11:25 am William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] SCVAS field trip - Alum Rock Park Sunday 2/10/2019 at 8am
2/5/19 8:16 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Ulistac Natural Area
2/5/19 7:48 pm William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Joseph D. Grant snow park
2/5/19 4:11 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Herring/Iceland Gull in Alviso Feb 5
2/5/19 11:50 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Cackling Geese Continue at Disk Drive on 2/5/19
2/4/19 3:10 pm stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Greater white-fronted goose at EEC entrance road
2/4/19 2:26 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Alviso
2/4/19 1:08 pm Karen Burnson <karenburnson...> [southbaybirds] Pine Siskin Los Gatos
2/4/19 9:58 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] In Praise of iBird (not eBird)
2/3/19 3:09 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [southbaybirds] Lesser Yellowlegs Lake Cunningham
2/3/19 2:51 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow continues at Ed Levin CP Feb 3
2/2/19 11:36 am John Hurley <jhurley13...> [southbaybirds] Burrowing Owls
2/2/19 9:19 am Perminder Tumber <ptumber...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
2/2/19 5:24 am Nancy Teater <nrt...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
2/1/19 7:00 pm Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
2/1/19 5:41 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
2/1/19 4:50 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Almaden Lake and Los Alamitos Creek Trail
2/1/19 4:20 pm Dan Bloch <danbloch...> [southbaybirds] Eurasian Green-winged Teal at Charleston Slough
2/1/19 4:04 pm <craige66...> <craige66...> Re: [southbaybirds] sounds of spring...
2/1/19 1:48 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [southbaybirds] sounds of spring...
2/1/19 11:16 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
2/1/19 11:13 am William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Varied Thrush continues at Smith Creek
2/1/19 9:19 am Jane Tatchell <Jane...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
2/1/19 8:45 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
2/1/19 8:38 am <ptumber...> [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
2/1/19 5:30 am <southbaybirds...> Group Moderators <southbaybirds...> [southbaybirds] South Bay Birds Monthly Reminder #guidelines
1/31/19 5:31 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] San Jose recent birds
1/31/19 1:05 pm Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...> [southbaybirds] Los Gatos Creek
1/30/19 3:24 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Snow Goose
1/30/19 3:11 pm William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] East Foothills - Smith Creek & Grant Ranch
1/30/19 2:55 pm Larry Spivak via Groups.Io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] GULL ID HELP
1/30/19 1:51 pm Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...> Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek and Dippers
1/30/19 9:18 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagles Pacheco Pass
1/30/19 8:33 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] A "sweet" Call at Vasona on 1/28/19
1/30/19 8:20 am Amy Yee <amyrandallyee...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagles Pacheco Pass
1/30/19 8:15 am Lynette Staffero <lynette...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagles Pacheco Pass
1/30/19 7:02 am David Zittin <dzittin...> [southbaybirds] Pacheco Pass and beyond to Panoche Valley
1/29/19 9:13 pm Linda Wallace via Groups.Io <ljwexpress=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Bald Eagles Pacheco Pass
1/29/19 4:28 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow at Ed Levin Jan 29
1/29/19 9:27 am Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley
1/28/19 8:08 pm Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale WPCP and Salt Pond A4
1/28/19 2:06 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Ed Levin CP
1/28/19 1:53 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] A Male Black-chinned Hummingbird at Oka Ponds on 1/28/19
1/28/19 12:30 pm <dottycala...> via Groups.Io <DOTTYCALA=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle at Adobe Creek and Shoreline Lake
1/28/19 12:10 pm Larry Spivak via Groups.Io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek and Dippers
1/28/19 11:36 am Lisa Myers <lisa...> Re: [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Los Gatos
1/28/19 10:51 am Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Whisman Park
1/28/19 7:00 am David Swafford <david...> [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Los Gatos
1/27/19 4:33 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] The Bird Watching Field Trip of 1/26/19
1/27/19 1:39 pm Eric Goodill via Groups.Io <ericgmac=<mac.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] 5MR/local birding and some continuing birds of interest
1/27/19 1:27 pm Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] 5MR/local birding and some continuing birds of interest
1/27/19 1:02 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Palm Warbler at Whisman Park on 1/27/19
1/27/19 9:53 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Vasona Summer Tanager Jan 27
1/26/19 10:37 pm m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...> [southbaybirds] 1/26/2019 Snowy Plover survey in Alviso
1/26/19 4:30 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [southbaybirds] Ducks & an eagle around the bay
1/26/19 3:19 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Ulistac & Alviso Salt Ponds
1/25/19 9:05 pm jm_danzenbaker_alt via Groups.Io <jm_danzenbaker_alt=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Alviso Swamp Sparrow (1/25) and Sanderlings (1/23)
1/25/19 8:57 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Alviso Slough Trail
1/25/19 3:14 pm Ryan Phillips via Groups.Io <harpiabz=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Charleston Slough Survey
1/25/19 11:37 am Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker off Stevens Canyon Road
1/25/19 11:12 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Greater Roadrunner & Ferruginous Hawk photos
1/24/19 5:37 pm Dani <dmc860...> [southbaybirds] Coyote Creek Parkway - Coyote Ranch
1/24/19 4:32 pm Jim Yurchenco via Groups.Io <jimy=<ideo.com...> [southbaybirds] Shoreline Lake
1/24/19 3:52 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Western Tanager
1/24/19 3:37 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Allen’s Hummingbirds
1/24/19 2:11 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Greater Roadrunner and Ferruginous Hawk
1/24/19 12:26 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [southbaybirds] (admin): new monthly reminder, and a new Flickr group
1/23/19 10:41 pm Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Roadrunner continues at Grant Lake
1/23/19 8:55 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Vasona CP
1/23/19 4:49 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Harvey Bear Ranch at Coyote Lake County Park
1/23/19 1:43 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [southbaybirds] Calero Reservoir 1/23/19
1/21/19 4:02 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Adult male Hooded Merganser
1/21/19 3:34 pm William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Roadrunner continues at Grant Lake
1/20/19 9:11 pm John Hurley <jhurley13...> [southbaybirds] Interesting Snow x Canada Goose - Vasona Lake
1/20/19 5:19 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [southbaybirds] SVAS Field Trip at the Sunnyvale Water Treatment Plant
1/20/19 4:16 pm Jim Meikrantz <jim.meikrantz...> [southbaybirds] Pygmy Nuthatch - North Los Altos
1/20/19 2:43 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Milpitas Bald Eagles Jan 20
1/20/19 12:53 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] The Grant Ranch Field Trip on 1/19/19
1/20/19 8:55 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> Re: [southbaybirds] Short Eared Owl on Marsh Rd
1/20/19 8:51 am Michael Laine <Michaeldlaine...> Re: [southbaybirds] Short Eared Owl on Marsh Rd
1/19/19 9:59 pm William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Short Eared Owl on Marsh Rd
1/19/19 6:50 pm Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...> Re: [southbaybirds] Bullocks Oriole SCV Water District 1-19-19
1/19/19 6:12 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Bullocks Oriole SCV Water District 1-19-19
1/19/19 5:53 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Bullocks Oriole 1-19-19
1/19/19 1:41 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Pygmy Nuthatch, Cuesta Park
1/19/19 1:02 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> Re: [southbaybirds] Raptors, Coyote Creek Trail
1/19/19 1:01 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> [southbaybirds] Raptors, Coyote Creek Trail
1/19/19 11:04 am Marion Farber via Groups.Io <marion_farber=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Red-naped Sapsucker in Almaden Valley
1/19/19 9:33 am Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> Re: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2019 Cumulative Year List - December 2018
1/19/19 9:11 am Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2019 Cumulative Year List - December 2018
1/18/19 5:26 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Sanborn County Park: John Nichols Trail and Dippers
1/18/19 5:12 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Merlin & American Pipit
1/18/19 9:49 am Eileen Melton <eileen-smileen...> Re: [southbaybirds] Grant Park Carpool for tomorrow?
1/18/19 9:30 am Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Grant Park Carpool for tomorrow?
1/17/19 3:02 pm Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Summer Tanager (juvenile male) Continues at Vasona Lake County Park
 
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Date: 2/16/19 6:19 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Glaucous Gull and Prairie Falcon
I spent the late morning and early afternoon today, 16 Feb 2019, in Alviso, looking for the Ruff in New Chicago Marsh. I had no luck with that bird, but I was able to find a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL on island number 17 in Pond A16 at the EEC. A little later I had an adult PRAIRIE FALCON at the old Arzino Ranch, where it sat on a low post eating a prey item it had captured.
Michael Mammoser

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Date: 2/16/19 8:00 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Environmental Education Center Blue-winged Teal
All,

Prior to seeing the Ruff on Friday morning (2/15), thanks to Frank Vanslager, I had five BLUE-WINGED TEAL, four adult males in the channel East of the main bldg. A dead AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was on the island nearest the SE corner of Salt Pond A16.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 2/15/19 1:38 pm
From: Sergio M Perez <smperezs...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Alviso Ruff continues
The sun and Ruff are out. Ruff very close to rr tracks by itself.Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> Date: 2/15/19 11:16 AM (GMT-08:00) To: <southbaybirds...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso Ruff continues Frank Vanslager refound the Ruff halfway between Spreckels Ave and the railroad tracks a few minutes ago. Four of us saw it before it started raining.Garrett Lau




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Date: 2/15/19 11:42 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ruff Continues at Same Spot With Same Behavior on 2/15/19
All:

Before 11 I was parked on the west side by the railroad tracks. I had my car window open and was bino studying 2 small, sleeping Dowitcher flocks about 2/3 the way out from the stop sign.  Suddenly the Ruff walked out from the left hand group.  Almost immediately he did some of that feeding behavior as he walked along to the left.

If got some others on the bird, but then it looked like there was going to be a bit of a downpour -- so I went home.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 2/15/19 11:16 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso Ruff continues
Frank Vanslager refound the Ruff halfway between Spreckels Ave and the
railroad tracks a few minutes ago. Four of us saw it before it started
raining.

Garrett Lau

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Date: 2/14/19 11:16 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ruff at EEC Half-way To RR Tracks on 2/14/19
All:

When I first spotted the Ruff halfway to the RR Tracks along the entrance road I noticed some strange (to me) behavior.  He was periodically reaching up 10-12 inches to pick something off the the bare, dark limbs.  This was different than the behavior of the dowitchers he was associating with all morning.  When he walked down closer to the start of the entrance road, he would still occasionally reach up to pick something off the bare sticks.

Much later, after counting a dozen flying Wilson's Snipe behind the old pump-house, I returned and found the Ruff still doing that strange feeding near the Stop Sign of the entrance road.  In spite of the rain, I had some good views from inside my car.

Frank Vanslager


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Date: 2/14/19 8:48 am
From: Bob Bolles <robertcbolles...>
Subject: [Southbaybirds] Contunuing Shelducks
All ...
The pair of Shelducks are still near the intersection of Santa Teresa
Blvd and Day Road. I first saw them east of Melchoir Court in a seasonal
pond. They then flew to another pond closer to Santa Teresa Blvd.
Joyous birding!
... Bob

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Date: 2/14/19 8:28 am
From: David Swafford <david...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker Los Gatos, Valentines
My wife and I were scouting the water and storm damage when she called me over and there was a pileated woodpecker working on one of the oaks....
Managed to get inside and get a camera.

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Date: 2/14/19 8:27 am
From: stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ruff at EEC entrance road
Near road on left before railroad tracks, now.
Steve TraceySan Jose

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Date: 2/13/19 6:46 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Varied Thrush effort
Hi Birders,
I hope you don't get this twice. The power outage ate my first attempt.
After reading Steve's message on observing Varied Thrushes at the Cooley Picnic area, Floy & drove there this morning (2/13/2019) and birded from a dry car for about 10 minutes. Nothing - really nothing, not a single bird. We then stopped at Sycamore and Madrone Picnic areas as well as a final drive through at Bay Tree and Villa Maria Picnic areas. Again no Varied Thrushes. We also did a slow drive from the ranger hut to Bay Tree Parking where there were many Varied Thrushes 2 years ago - nothing.

In total we saw about 8-10 distant crown sparrows, 5-6 Dark-eyed Juncos and at the Cooley Bridge there were a pair of  Common Mergansers in the high and swift creek flow, male and female.

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 2/13/19 1:34 pm
From: <craige66...> <craige66...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] SCRWA Ponds
I also stopped by CC Golf yesterday and found a single flock of 47 turkeys.  I've never seen a flock that large before.  The reason I was there was to photograph the Tule Elk gang that was on the east side of Hwy 101, about 50M from the actual freeway.  Best I could count there were 53, largest single gang I know of on Coyote Ridge.
Craige Edgerton

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Date: 2/13/19 11:38 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
I'm also in favor of submitting all records of feral/escapees for the reasons mentioned by Steve and others. As someone who has worked with Ebird data on occasion, there is practically no downside with the addition of such records.

That being said, I'm a little disappointed that Ebird still incentivizes chasing pets and feral birds by including them in public rankings/total ticks. I would be in favor of having only ABA birds in those counts and non-ABA birds could still be seen by Ebird users and count in their personal records. Having feral birds and escapees count toward a public county or state list in a way devalues the whole thing IMHO.

Anyway, I should probably make time to visit a friend in Gilroy who happens to live near that "countable" Ruddy Shelduck.

Chris Johnson
San Jose, CA

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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds


A few (long) thoughts:

As Brooke has already posted, there is some guidance from eBird on reporting introduced birds eBird wants those data, as long as the birds are free-flying, non-captive birds. In my opinion, eBird is the best tool for tracking occurrences, and trends in distribution and abundance, of introduced birds. I think its a good idea for birders to report such birds to eBird, and especially valuable is information (written and photographic) documenting breeding by such birds. Its unfortunate that eBird hasnt (yet) figured out how to allow users to indicate whether or not they want certain species to count toward their list totals for those who keep lists by ABA guidelines but I understand theyre working on that.

Addressing one of Chuqs points, the process for determining whether a species is established is not as arbitrary as some might think. The California Bird Records Committee (https://www.californiabirds.org/) has an Introduced Birds Subcommittee (IBSC) that keeps tabs on the distribution, abundance, and trends of introduced birds in the state. The Watch List of species that the IBSC is currently tracking is posted at https://www.californiabirds.org/watchlist.asp. eBird data are very useful in helping the IBSC determine when a species meets the criteria for addition to the regular list of California birds. Those criteria are as follows (from the CBRCs bylaws):

The Committee will also review records of breeding populations of introduced species not on the state list, but only if evidence is submitted that attempts to prove (a) the correct identification of the species and (b) the viability of the population. To be judged viable, a population must: (i) have bred in the state for fifteen (15) consecutive years, (ii) in general, be increasing or stabilized after an initial period of increase, (iii) be judged to have occupied all geographically contiguous suitable habitat to such a degree as to sustain the population and be thought unlikely to significantly diminish, and (iv) occupy an environment judged similar enough in ecological factors (e.g., climate, vegetation, food, shelter, competitors, predators) to the species natural habitat, or to other successful introductions, that permanent establishment seems likely.

When a species is determined by the IBSC to meet these criteria, the IBSC prepares a package of supporting documentation, and the CBRC evaluates it. At least eight of the nine CBRC members have to vote to add a new introduced species to the state list, so a lot of thought goes into deciding when to consider a species established to the point that it should be added to the official state list. If a species is added to a state list, but it is not already accepted by the American Birding Association (e.g., based on establishment in another state), then the ABA Checklist Committee considers, and votes on, whether to accept it to the ABA list at which point it becomes countable by ABA standards in areas where it is considered established.

One last thing while it is extremely unlikely that any Ruddy Shelducks or Mandarin Ducks seen in California arrived here on their own power (i.e., are truly wild birds), birds such as Baikal Teal (mentioned in a previous post in the same context as Mandarin Duck) have established what many ornithologists and records/checklists committees consider a pattern of vagrancy to North America. Thirty to 40 years ago, many state and provincial records committees in North America considered most Baikal Teal, Garganeys, Falcated Ducks, and even Tufted Ducks in some states to be likely escapees. It took the accumulation of well-documented records of birds seen during the appropriate season, without bands/clipped toes/excessive feather wear, over time, for ornithologists and records committees to move toward the opinion that some, perhaps most, of these birds are naturally occurring. eBird data with good documentation would be very helpful in tracking species that may be establishing patterns of natural vagrancy.

Steve Rottenborn
Morgan Hill, CA





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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds



Personally, I list them (ditto Emperor Goose in SoCal, for instance). I think it's better to track data on them than ignore them. I'll leave it to real experts to decide their status.



A couple of reasons for this;



First, it's easier on my brain, I don't have to think about introduced/native in the field.



Second, I think having data on them is better than not in general.



And third, if you think about it, many of these decisions are fairly arbitrary. I mention the Emperor Goose specifically because it's a species down south that is still generally considered escaped (and uncountable for many), but also has clearly established breeding populations now. Our red cheeked parrots around Sunnyvale and Telegraph hill are in the same situations. Sooner or later, some expert will decide to define them as no longer to be shunned, and the data that's captured on them in eBird may well help that decision. But if you think about it, the only real difference between their status and that of the European Starling is that some expert defined them as countable and established, and they haven't done it yet for other species.



I'm glad there are experts that worry about this stuff, because in part, it means I don't have to, which makes me happy.









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On February 12, 2019 at 7:27:21 PM, Dodder Matthew (<mdodder...><mailto:<mdodder...>) wrote:

I guess Im looking to the list owner, the eBird reviewer and the community for some guidance on how to treat these one or two-bird reports.





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Date: 2/13/19 11:29 am
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Exotic Birds in Santa Clara County
Folks:

For what it's worth, for the 40 years I maintained the county notebooks,
I included all exotic, feral, whatever bird that were reported to SBB. 
I've not done much analysis of these records. What I have done is
reported in Appendix 9 of the Breeding Bird Atlas.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 2/13/19 10:59 am
From: Jean Fordis via Groups.Io <jean.fordis=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] More Pygmy Nuthatches - North Los Altos
I have had Pygmy Nuthatches at my backyard feeders in Los Altos for a good number of years. A few years ago, I saw three at my birdbath so I think they are nesting somewhere close by.
> On Feb 12, 2019, at 7:25 PM, Jim Meikrantz <jim.meikrantz...> wrote:
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> Today I found a group of 8 Pygmy Nuthatches along Cherry Avenue in Los Altos -- about half a mile from where I encountered the lone individual on Jan 20, and about the same distance from the location where there had been a roost from 2014-2016. The group was attracted to a feeder of sunflower chips. I didn't see any discernible nesting behaviors, but I am excited to find this group and will continue to see if I can suss out a nesting or roosting location.
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Date: 2/13/19 10:09 am
From: tracy_farrington via Groups.Io <tracy_farrington=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
All,An informative and thoughtful exchange. I agree that eBird reports should include these "feral" birds, andthat those reporting should take care to note any evidence of clipping or banding. For me, the interest goes wellbeyond "counting"; tracking the natural history and subsequent fate of introduced/escaped species can reveal muchwith regard to adaptive strategies, their successes and failures. 
Good birding, everyone.Tracy FarringtonWalnut Creek

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Date: 2/13/19 9:44 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
On February 13, 2019 at 9:11:39 AM, Rottenborn Steve (
<srottenborn...>) wrote:

It’s unfortunate that eBird hasn’t (yet) figured out how to allow users to
indicate whether or not they want certain species to “count” toward their
list totals – for those who keep lists by ABA guidelines – but I understand
they’re working on that.

Addressing one of Chuq’s points, the process for determining whether a
species is established is not as arbitrary as some might think.

It's good to hear eBird's working on this. I've actually met birders that
don't count Starlings because they consider them introduced, and my view is
people should do whatever makes them happy and take this as seriously or
not seriously as they wish. It's your list...

And while I was being a bit funny about it, Steve's right and I'm glad
people worry about this (not just so I don't have to!), but I guess what I
really think matters is that birders shouldn't have to worry about details
like this unless they want to.








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Date: 2/13/19 9:20 am
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Stile Ranch Trail (Santa Teresa County Park)
Yesterday, Dani Christensen and I birded the Stile Ranch Trail/Fortini Trail 2.5 mile loop in Santa Teresa County Park. The entrance is off of McKean Rd. Our favorite sighting was a pair of GOLDEN EAGLES sitting together on a rock with a view of the snowy Mt. Hamilton behind them. We also spotted the BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER that winters along the switchbacks of the Stile Ranch Trail. RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS were paired up and active as well as the LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

ebird report: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52632376

Eve Meier
San Jose (Cambrian Area)
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Date: 2/13/19 9:20 am
From: Jack Cole via Groups.Io <snoyowl=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
This is probably a dumb question, but why do these ducks only show up in the winter? It would seem they have some migratory genes to spend summers somewhere else. I’m reminded of a falcated Duck in Oregon that returned for 5 winters, but it wasn’t until the fifth year that they could get a photo of the unclipped left hind toe to assure that it was a wild bird. That bird wasn’t breeding here either. None of this supposes that these ruddy shelducks are wild, but perhaps one of you experts could enlighten me on their travels.

Jack Cole

> On Feb 12, 2019, at 11:07 PM, Larry Spivak via Groups.Io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> Hi There
>
> While I always am interested in seeing birds that do not belong here - non-wild birds - I would not report them to Ebird for many reasons. I think it is OK to report them on SBB because there may be other people out there that would like to see them, but Ebird is a scientific journal and should not be open to these reports. Face it - they are pet birds brought into this country, I hope legally, and have fled the coop. They are not breeding here and will die out soon. They are not native or wild.
> I am not a purist - I drove all the way to Sacramento once to see a Mandarin Duck and all the way to SoCal to see a Baikal Teal - and really enjoyed seeing them. But parakeets??? On Ebird??? Nope.
>
> Larry Spivak
>
> On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:27:21 PM PST, Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> wrote:
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> Folks,
>
> There has been a sudden increase in the number of Santa Clara eBird reports for introduced or escaped species in the county. A few that come to mind are Nanday Parakeet, Mandarin Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, as well as the occasional European Goldfinch. I’ve not reported any of these birds in the past because I considered them to be, well… not wild. Most of these are probably simple escapees, while others, like the Parakeet could be free-roaming pets that actually return home.
>
> There’s undeniable value in reporting birds that appear to be moving toward becoming a self-sustaining population of “countable” birds, such as the Scaly-breasted Munias that are already “countable” (ABA criteria are posted on their website) in Southern California, although they haven’t increased greatly in numbers to my knowledge. Perhaps we will see more Fischer’s Lovebirds in our county at some point… but I expect probably not. I wonder if we can say the same for the Nanday Parakeet, Mandarin Duck or the Ruddy Shelduck. Are these birds expected to become self-sustaining populations in our county? Should we be reporting them to SBB or to eBird?
>
> I guess I’m looking to the list owner, the eBird reviewer and the community for some guidance on how to treat these one or two-bird reports.
>
> Matthew Dodder
> Mountain View
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Date: 2/13/19 9:11 am
From: Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
A few (long) thoughts:

As Brooke has already posted, there is some guidance from eBird on reporting introduced birds – eBird wants those data, as long as the birds are free-flying, non-captive birds. In my opinion, eBird is the best tool for tracking occurrences, and trends in distribution and abundance, of introduced birds. I think it’s a good idea for birders to report such birds to eBird, and especially valuable is information (written and photographic) documenting breeding by such birds. It’s unfortunate that eBird hasn’t (yet) figured out how to allow users to indicate whether or not they want certain species to “count” toward their list totals – for those who keep lists by ABA guidelines – but I understand they’re working on that.

Addressing one of Chuq’s points, the process for determining whether a species is established is not as arbitrary as some might think. The California Bird Records Committee (https://www.californiabirds.org/) has an Introduced Birds Subcommittee (IBSC) that keeps tabs on the distribution, abundance, and trends of introduced birds in the state. The “Watch List” of species that the IBSC is currently tracking is posted at https://www.californiabirds.org/watchlist.asp. eBird data are very useful in helping the IBSC determine when a species meets the criteria for addition to the regular list of California birds. Those criteria are as follows (from the CBRC’s bylaws):

“The Committee will also review records of breeding populations of introduced species not on the state list, but only if evidence is submitted that attempts to prove (a) the correct identification of the species and (b) the viability of the population. To be judged viable, a population must: (i) have bred in the state for fifteen (15) consecutive years, (ii) in general, be increasing or stabilized after an initial period of increase, (iii) be judged to have occupied all geographically contiguous suitable habitat to such a degree as to sustain the population and be thought unlikely to significantly diminish, and (iv) occupy an environment judged similar enough in ecological factors (e.g., climate, vegetation, food, shelter, competitors, predators) to the species’ natural habitat, or to other successful introductions, that permanent establishment seems likely.”

When a species is determined by the IBSC to meet these criteria, the IBSC prepares a package of supporting documentation, and the CBRC evaluates it. At least eight of the nine CBRC members have to vote to add a new introduced species to the state list, so a lot of thought goes into deciding when to consider a species established to the point that it should be added to the official state list. If a species is added to a state list, but it is not already accepted by the American Birding Association (e.g., based on establishment in another state), then the ABA Checklist Committee considers, and votes on, whether to accept it to the ABA list – at which point it becomes “countable” by ABA standards in areas where it is considered established.

One last thing – while it is extremely unlikely that any Ruddy Shelducks or Mandarin Ducks seen in California arrived here on their own power (i.e., are truly “wild” birds), birds such as Baikal Teal (mentioned in a previous post in the same context as Mandarin Duck) have established what many ornithologists and records/checklists committees consider a pattern of vagrancy to North America. Thirty to 40 years ago, many state and provincial records committees in North America considered most Baikal Teal, Garganeys, Falcated Ducks, and even Tufted Ducks in some states to be likely escapees. It took the accumulation of well-documented records of birds seen during the appropriate season, without bands/clipped toes/excessive feather wear, over time, for ornithologists and records committees to move toward the opinion that some, perhaps most, of these birds are naturally occurring. eBird data – with good documentation – would be very helpful in tracking species that may be establishing patterns of natural vagrancy.

Steve Rottenborn
Morgan Hill, CA


From: <southbaybirds...> [mailto:<southbaybirds...>] On Behalf Of Chuq Von Rospach
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 8:22 AM
To: <southbaybirds...>; Dodder Matthew <mdodder...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds

Personally, I list them (ditto Emperor Goose in SoCal, for instance). I think it's better to track data on them than ignore them. I'll leave it to real experts to decide their status.

A couple of reasons for this;

First, it's easier on my brain, I don't have to think about introduced/native in the field.

Second, I think having data on them is better than not in general.

And third, if you think about it, many of these decisions are fairly arbitrary. I mention the Emperor Goose specifically because it's a species down south that is still generally considered escaped (and uncountable for many), but also has clearly established breeding populations now. Our red cheeked parrots around Sunnyvale and Telegraph hill are in the same situations. Sooner or later, some expert will decide to define them as no longer to be shunned, and the data that's captured on them in eBird may well help that decision. But if you think about it, the only real difference between their status and that of the European Starling is that some expert defined them as countable and established, and they haven't done it yet for other species.

I'm glad there are experts that worry about this stuff, because in part, it means I don't have to, which makes me happy.





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On February 12, 2019 at 7:27:21 PM, Dodder Matthew (<mdodder...><mailto:<mdodder...>) wrote:
I guess I’m looking to the list owner, the eBird reviewer and the community for some guidance on how to treat these one or two-bird reports.



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Date: 2/13/19 8:22 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
Personally, I list them (ditto Emperor Goose in SoCal, for instance). I
think it's better to track data on them than ignore them. I'll leave it to
real experts to decide their status.

A couple of reasons for this;

First, it's easier on my brain, I don't have to think about
introduced/native in the field.

Second, I think having data on them is better than not in general.

And third, if you think about it, many of these decisions are fairly
arbitrary. I mention the Emperor Goose specifically because it's a species
down south that is still generally considered escaped (and uncountable for
many), but also has clearly established breeding populations now. Our red
cheeked parrots around Sunnyvale and Telegraph hill are in the same
situations. Sooner or later, some expert will decide to define them as no
longer to be shunned, and the data that's captured on them in eBird may
well help that decision. But if you think about it, the only real
difference between their status and that of the European Starling is that
some expert defined them as countable and established, and they haven't
done it yet for other species.

I'm glad there are experts that worry about this stuff, because in part, it
means I don't have to, which makes me happy.





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

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I guess I’m looking to the list owner, the eBird reviewer and the community
for some guidance on how to treat these one or two-bird reports.

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Date: 2/13/19 8:09 am
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
Matthew and all,

I did a bit of ‘googling’ and searching eBird for answers to whether feral, escaped, and non-native, or non-established birds should be reported on eBird. Below are links to three pages on eBird that address this.

My personal opinion is that any bird, as long as it is not captive, should be reported. This takes you out of making a decision as to the status of the bird/birds in question, and may provide insight into when, where, and how a certain species became established (or extirpated) in the future. Scaly-breasted Munia is an example of a bird in Santa Clara County who’s status may change in the future. It is not listed on the species list to select. But, then there’s Mitred Parakeet that IS on the list of birds to select. To me, the listing/non-listing of these two birds are a contradiction of my understanding of things. If one is birding another county, state, or country, how will you know whether a species falls into the ‘feral’ bird category? In other words, why question or second-guess a bird’s status, but rather, include it on your list.

https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/questions/11354155-exotic-accidental-escaped-species-on-life-lists?b_id=1928 <https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/questions/11354155-exotic-accidental-escaped-species-on-life-lists?b_id=1928>

https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/questions/5390335-exclusion-of-not-native-birds-in-lists <https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/questions/5390335-exclusion-of-not-native-birds-in-lists>

https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973921-what-data-are-appropriate- <https://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/973921-what-data-are-appropriate->


Brooke Miller
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> On Feb 12, 2019, at 7:27 PM, Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> wrote:
>
> Folks,
>
> There has been a sudden increase in the number of Santa Clara eBird reports for introduced or escaped species in the county. A few that come to mind are Nanday Parakeet, Mandarin Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, as well as the occasional European Goldfinch. I’ve not reported any of these birds in the past because I considered them to be, well… not wild. Most of these are probably simple escapees, while others, like the Parakeet could be free-roaming pets that actually return home.
>
> There’s undeniable value in reporting birds that appear to be moving toward becoming a self-sustaining population of “countable” birds, such as the Scaly-breasted Munias that are already “countable” (ABA criteria are posted on their website) in Southern California, although they haven’t increased greatly in numbers to my knowledge. Perhaps we will see more Fischer’s Lovebirds in our county at some point… but I expect probably not. I wonder if we can say the same for the Nanday Parakeet, Mandarin Duck or the Ruddy Shelduck. Are these birds expected to become self-sustaining populations in our county? Should we be reporting them to SBB or to eBird?
>
> I guess I’m looking to the list owner, the eBird reviewer and the community for some guidance on how to treat these one or two-bird reports.
>
> Matthew Dodder
> Mountain View
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Date: 2/13/19 8:06 am
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Panoche Valley
For what it is worth Floy, Edward Rooks and I counted 40 Mountain Plovers on January 29, 2019.
On January 31 Floy and I counted 120.

In both cases observations were made from the Panoche Elementary School, viewing the large cow pasture NE of the school.
On our second observation, the plovers came to within about 100 yards of Panoche Road and I managed to get a few mediocre photos
which can be seen at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52247953

On the first day they were distant, at least 1/2 mile away and hard to view in the afternoon heat with a spotting scope.
On the second trip, we arrived in the early morning and got great views through the scope.

They are stop, wait and run eaters and when they are distant and not flying they are very hard to spot even when running. 
Fortunately the ones we were viewing would flock in low flight for several yards, land and resume foraging so it was easy to locate them at a distance.

Also, in case I forgot to mention this...if you are planning to eat at Panoche Inn phone ahead to make sure there is a sandwich maker working that day. 
We bombed out with bar peanuts and frozen burritos which was a major disappointment.

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Date: 2/13/19 5:07 am
From: Jim Dehnert <dehnert...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Great Horned Owl at Lake Lagunita
I stopped by Lake Lag yesterday evening at about sundown. On my way around
it, I caught a Great Horned Owl flying into one of the oaks on the west
side -- big bird with the distinctive ear tufts. No photos. I didn't see
it again in a couple more circuits, but it was darker.

Jim

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Date: 2/12/19 11:08 pm
From: Larry Spivak via Groups.Io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
Hi There
While I always am interested in seeing birds that do not belong here - non-wild birds - I would not report them to Ebird for many reasons. I think it is OK to report them on SBB because there may be other people out there that would like to see them, but Ebird is a scientific journal and should not be open to these reports. Face it - they are pet birds brought into this country, I hope legally, and have fled the coop. They are not breeding here and will die out soon. They are not native or wild. I am not a purist - I drove all the way to Sacramento once to see a Mandarin Duck and all the way to SoCal to see a Baikal Teal - and really enjoyed seeing them. But parakeets??? On Ebird??? Nope.
Larry Spivak
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:27:21 PM PST, Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> wrote:

Folks, 
There has been a sudden increase in the number of Santa Clara eBird reports for introduced or escaped species in the county. A few that come to mind are Nanday Parakeet, Mandarin Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, as well as the occasional European Goldfinch. I’ve not reported any of these birds in the past because I considered them to be, well… not wild. Most of these are probably simple escapees, while others, like the Parakeet could be free-roaming pets that actually return home. 
There’s undeniable value in reporting birds that appear to be moving toward becoming a self-sustaining population of “countable” birds, such as the Scaly-breasted Munias that are already “countable” (ABA criteria are posted on their website) in Southern California, although they haven’t increased greatly in numbers to my knowledge. Perhaps we will see more Fischer’s Lovebirds in our county at some point… but I expect probably not. I wonder if we can say the same for the Nanday Parakeet, Mandarin Duck or the Ruddy Shelduck. Are these birds expected to become self-sustaining populations in our county? Should we be reporting them to SBB or to eBird?
I guess I’m looking to the list owner, the eBird reviewer and the community for some guidance on how to treat these one or two-bird reports. 
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Date: 2/12/19 7:56 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCRWA Ponds
I went down to the South County Regional Wastewater Ponds in Gilroy today, 12 Feb 2019.
The best bird there was a CASSIN'S KINGBIRD, first seen on the telephone wire outside the entrance gate. It eventually moved to the dry mustard-filled pond that is just east of the entrance road pond. 
Other birds of note included a male EURASIAN WIGEON, 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL (2 male, 1 female), a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS, a pair of COMMON MERGANSERS, and CANVASBACKS that numbered about 550. Other than a single RING-BILLED GULL, the only other gulls present were 39 MEW GULLS.
On the way home, I stopped at the Coyote Creek Golf Course, where I found 16 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES, 10 WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS, a TREE SWALLOW, a VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, and a female HOODED MERGANSER.
Laguna Ave in Coyote Valley had a MERLIN eating a blackbird.
Michael Mammoser 

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Date: 2/12/19 7:27 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Feral birds
Folks,

There has been a sudden increase in the number of Santa Clara eBird reports for introduced or escaped species in the county. A few that come to mind are Nanday Parakeet, Mandarin Duck, Ruddy Shelduck, as well as the occasional European Goldfinch. I’ve not reported any of these birds in the past because I considered them to be, well… not wild. Most of these are probably simple escapees, while others, like the Parakeet could be free-roaming pets that actually return home.

There’s undeniable value in reporting birds that appear to be moving toward becoming a self-sustaining population of “countable” birds, such as the Scaly-breasted Munias that are already “countable” (ABA criteria are posted on their website) in Southern California, although they haven’t increased greatly in numbers to my knowledge. Perhaps we will see more Fischer’s Lovebirds in our county at some point… but I expect probably not. I wonder if we can say the same for the Nanday Parakeet, Mandarin Duck or the Ruddy Shelduck. Are these birds expected to become self-sustaining populations in our county? Should we be reporting them to SBB or to eBird?

I guess I’m looking to the list owner, the eBird reviewer and the community for some guidance on how to treat these one or two-bird reports.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View




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Date: 2/12/19 7:25 pm
From: Jim Meikrantz <jim.meikrantz...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] More Pygmy Nuthatches - North Los Altos
Today I found a group of 8 Pygmy Nuthatches along Cherry Avenue in Los Altos -- about half a mile from where I encountered the lone individual on Jan 20, and about the same distance from the location where there had been a roost from 2014-2016. The group was attracted to a feeder of sunflower chips. I didn't see any discernible nesting behaviors, but I am excited to find this group and will continue to see if I can suss out a nesting or roosting location.

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Date: 2/12/19 5:15 pm
From: Russ Carr <oldcarr.rc...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Gilroy Ruddy Shelducks remain
The pair moved to a different location today. Just around the corner at 993 Day Rd West at Rancho Ruiz. We talked to the home owner and he said the birds have been there the past few winters. Yesterdays location and pictures can be seen at eBird checklist S52605835. Checklist S52639249 shows todays location. Russ Carr San Martin

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Date: 2/12/19 2:11 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker, Townsend's Warbler & Vaux's Swifts
All,

This morning (2/12) Frank Vanslager and I checked out the Lake Ranch trail of Sanborn County Park from Black Rd. to the Lake Ranch Reservoir. Best birds included a calling and drumming PILEATED WOODPECKER, (it did both the short call and a repeated single note call), TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS (one providing one great views as it was fly catching below us along drainage in which we had hoped to see a Winter Wren), a small flock of PURPLE FINCHES, and about 130 RING-NECKED DUCKS (in the reservoir). Later while checking out Gulls at Almaden Lake Park we had good views of at least six VAUX'S SWIFTS flying, generally, toward the Northwest (the earliest date that I have ever seen them).

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 2/12/19 12:42 pm
From: Sergio M Perez <smperezs...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bullock's Oriole at Almaden Lake
Spotted at 12:30 pm today on East side of lake.



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Date: 2/12/19 12:05 pm
From: stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Varied Thrush Stevens Creek Park
Today at around 10:00am I had one, possibly two VARIED THRUSH at the Cooly Picnic area in Stevens Creek Park.  
Steve TraceySan Jose

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Date: 2/12/19 8:39 am
From: Bob Toleno <bob...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Panoche Valley
For folks who want to see Mountain Plovers in Panoche Valley, the best time
to go is during the months of December and January. The plovers generally
arrive sometime in the last week of November or first week of December, and
almost always leave the valley before the end of the first week of
February. There are very few reports of Mountain Plovers in Panoche Valley
in mid-to-late February, and no records at all in March (that i'm aware
of).

Bob Toleno
Hayward

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 8:48 PM bobhirt2004 via Groups.Io <Bobhirt=
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> Took a tour today with my son, Jon, of Panoche Valley (out of county) to
> search for “Mountain” birds.
> No joy on Plovers or Bluebirds despite diligent searching. Also Lewis’
> Woodpecker was absent. Good raptor day though: 5 Ferruginous Hawks, 24
> Red-tails ( including one blackish dark phase), 1 Coop, 4 Prairie Falcons,
> 8 Am. kestrels, 1 Merlin, 2 Golden Eagles, and 3 Great Horned Owls
> serenading at Little Panoche Reservoir at dusk. Also had a Roadrunner on
> Panoche Road. Very pleasant day.
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> Bob
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> Bob Hirt
> (408) 821-2732
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> autocorrect changes.
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Date: 2/12/19 3:26 am
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Unusual bird at Palo Alto Baylands today
Laurie and Jeff

Very nice! These birds are very rare, but they do happen. Since the Golden-crowned overlaps with the northern “Gambell’s” White-crowned sparrow in the breeding season, it is those two that sometimes get together to make these hybrids. Therefore a slight pink wash to the bill, as your bird shows, is another feature that shows up (the pink from the Gambell’s) separate from the mix of head pattern of the two species.



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Hi:

Here is the link for the eBird list, regarding the possible White x Golden-crowned Sparrow seen this afternoon.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52612122

Sorry about that!

Laurie Graham & Jeff Fairclough
South San Francisco





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Date: 2/11/19 8:48 pm
From: bobhirt2004 via Groups.Io <Bobhirt=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Panoche Valley
Took a tour today with my son, Jon, of Panoche Valley (out of county) to search for “Mountain” birds.
No joy on Plovers or Bluebirds despite diligent searching. Also Lewis’ Woodpecker was absent. Good raptor day though: 5 Ferruginous Hawks, 24 Red-tails ( including one blackish dark phase), 1 Coop, 4 Prairie Falcons, 8 Am. kestrels, 1 Merlin, 2 Golden Eagles, and 3 Great Horned Owls serenading at Little Panoche Reservoir at dusk. Also had a Roadrunner on Panoche Road. Very pleasant day.


Bob

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Date: 2/11/19 8:22 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Creek Trail below Hwy 237
Folks:

This morning, 2/11/19, I walked downstream on the Coyote Creek Trail
from the Ranch Drive entrance.  Just past the overflow channel crossing,
not far from the CCFS banding trailer, an adult BALD EAGLE perched on a
dead cottonwood along the creek.  I imagine that with its vision, it
could easily see the tall redwood at the Curtner Elementary School in
Milpitas.  This was my first sighting of an eagle along the creek, I
think.  Another new bird was a male HAIRY WOODPECKER.  I have been
seeing more Hairy's along valley streams in recent years.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 2/11/19 6:42 pm
From: MARK - SUSAN LECLAIR <susanleclair21...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Fun, muddy bird walk
Thank you Bill, Kitty & Sergio! That was a fun, muddy trip with all the experienced birders out there. That was our 1st time seeing a Rufous-crowned sparrow! Hope we can join you on some more of your bird trips. Here are a few pics from yesterday, https://www.flickr.com/cameraroll

Susan

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Date: 2/11/19 6:27 pm
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Unusual bird at Palo Alto Baylands today
Hi:

Here is the link for the eBird list, regarding the possible White x Golden-crowned Sparrow seen this afternoon.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52612122

Sorry about that!

Laurie Graham & Jeff Fairclough
South San Francisco

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Date: 2/11/19 6:08 pm
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Unusual bird at Palo Alto Baylands today
Today at Palo Alto Baylands we saw a possible hybrid White/Golden-crowned Sparrow. Photos on eBird list S52612122.

Bird was with other crowned sparrows at the edge of the salt water tidal lagoon as it curves between the ranger station and the bird sanctuary. North of the Duck Pond at the edge of the trail.

Laurie Graham
Jeff Fairclough
South San Francisco

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Date: 2/11/19 2:57 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Los Gatos Creek American Dipper
All,

At 8 this morning (2/11) an AMERICAN DIPPER was continuously vocalizing on the East side of Los Gatos Creek near the pipe "bridge" (easy to see from the trail on the East side of the creek at a couple different locations). Later in the lower portion of Sanborn County Park the "best" birds were a BROWN CREEPER and a slate colored DARK-EYED JUNCO (with a loose flock of 20-25 Oregon Dark-eyed Juncos in a rocky area just uphill of the entrance kiosk). At my last stop at Oka Ponds (aka Los Gatos Creek Park Ponds) there were four COMMON MERGANSERS (three females and one male) in the pond nearest Oka Lane, a male REDHEAD was on the Southern edge of the large Southern most pond and a GREEN HERON was in the Southwest portion of that pond (where the American Bittern had been seen recently).

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 2/11/19 2:56 pm
From: Russ Carr <oldcarr.rc...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ruddy Shelducks in Gilroy
Subject: Ruddy Shelducks in Gilroy
To: <southbaybirds...>


A pair of Ruddy Shelducks have been in a pond about 1/2 mile north of the
high school on Santa Teresa Ave for the last three days. Some days they are
closer to the road for good pictures. No banding was observed. Picture
posted on ebird.
Russ Carr
San Martin

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Date: 2/11/19 2:32 pm
From: tgrey41 <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pac-slope, cont.
Yesterday (2/10/19) the out-of-season PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER was still at
the area in Frenchman's Park, Stanford, where I photographed it on 2/6. I
got another (distant) picture, this one with a dorsal view; also heard the
upswept call.

https://pbase.com/image/168804663

Nearby I heard the song of a HUTTON'S VIREO coming from a live oak, and a
bird flew out that could have been the tuneless troubadour in question. A
House Finch was also singing.

--
Tom Grey
www.pbase.com/tgrey
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Date: 2/11/19 9:20 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] SCVAS field trip to Alum Rock Sun 2/10/19
All:

I wanted to post a special note of thanks to Bill and Kitty.  This trip reminded me of the good ole long trips of Al Eisner and Rich Page.  It's been a long time since we went up the Todd Quick trail.  Although it was a bit muddy, it wasn't really very difficult.  However, I was glad that I wasn't carrying the Questar.

Your group always posts some great photos on eBird.  The photos of the awake Great Horned Owl were appreciated, since all my bino views were of it sleeping.  And the photos of the young Cooper's Hawk showed some interesting behavior.  The light chest and widely spread, white-banded tail attracted my attention even before using the binos.  I looked back afterwards and it seemed to be still displaying. 

Frank Vanslager



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From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
To: South Bay Birds <southbaybirds...>
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Sent: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 10:18 pm
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCVAS field trip to Alum Rock Sun 2/10/19

Folks, 
We awoke this morning (Sun 2/10) to heavy snows falling on Mt. Hamilton. As we drove down the hill, snow gave way to pelting rains. However, once we got to Alum Rock the rains were getting lighter and then the skies cleared for 15 intrepid birders to investigate the birds of the east side. We ended up with 52 species including a few highlights, as follows:    Red-breasted Sapsucker
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk    Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird    Rufous-crowned Sparrow    Fox Sparrow
    Belted Kingfisher
    Western Meadowlark
    Great Horned Owl
The group was a diverse collection of experienced birders who enjoyed sharing tips and learning from each other. Frank had some great spots, including the Great Horned Owl. You can find detailed lists and pictures on eBird at:eBird Checklist – Alum Rock Park, Santa Clara County, California, US – Sun Feb 10, 2019 – 29 species


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Thanks,Bill <Pelletierwrpelletier...>
p.s. We kept at it after lunch, following the creek (Penitencia) that flows out of Alum Rock. We bagged Chipping Sparrows, Long-billed Dowitchers, Least Sandpipers and a surprise White-throated Sparrow to name a few.



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Date: 2/10/19 10:18 pm
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCVAS field trip to Alum Rock Sun 2/10/19
Folks, 
We awoke this morning (Sun 2/10) to heavy snows falling on Mt. Hamilton. As we drove down the hill, snow gave way to pelting rains. However, once we got to Alum Rock the rains were getting lighter and then the skies cleared for 15 intrepid birders to investigate the birds of the east side. We ended up with 52 species including a few highlights, as follows:    Red-breasted Sapsucker
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk    Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird    Rufous-crowned Sparrow    Fox Sparrow
    Belted Kingfisher
    Western Meadowlark
    Great Horned Owl
The group was a diverse collection of experienced birders who enjoyed sharing tips and learning from each other. Frank had some great spots, including the Great Horned Owl. You can find detailed lists and pictures on eBird at:eBird Checklist – Alum Rock Park, Santa Clara County, California, US – Sun Feb 10, 2019 – 29 species


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Thanks,Bill <Pelletierwrpelletier...>
p.s. We kept at it after lunch, following the creek (Penitencia) that flows out of Alum Rock. We bagged Chipping Sparrows, Long-billed Dowitchers, Least Sandpipers and a surprise White-throated Sparrow to name a few.



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Date: 2/10/19 9:44 pm
From: <spavlov2000...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Stanford Dish Trail Phainopepla
Hi all,

This evening, 2/10, I went for a walk on the Dish Trail. It started off cold and rather crowded with people, and remained so throughout the afternoon. To compensate, however, there were some beautiful vistas of both the snow-covered Diablo Range and the Santa Cruz Mountains enshrouded in clouds, as well as a couple species of note.

While I was watching a flock of about 20 or so WESTERN MEADOWLARKS on the green slopes west of the trail, I happened to turn around to the east side and noticed a gray bird with a crest and whitish outlines on the wings moving around low in an oak tree with several clumps of mistletoe. Upon closer inspection, it was a female PHAINOPEPLA. The bird remained sitting still for about a minute and then began moving between the mistletoe clumps. I never heard it call and it was quite difficult to locate while it was feeding, but hopefully it sticks around for a while.

A few minutes later, while passing the dense clump of forest just south of the Dish, I heard hooting from the right of the trail, and some scrub-jays making a racket. Although I couldn't find the birds after about five minutes of searching, it was clear that there were at least two GREAT HORNED OWLS hidden somewhere among the tangle of leaves and branches.

Checklist with photo and audio here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52578173

Good birding,
Sergey Pavlov

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Date: 2/10/19 6:21 pm
From: Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso Cackling Geese
I spent about 40 minutes or so this afternoon (feb. 10) checking the
fields in Alviso from various vantage points (Disk Drive, Los Esteros,
the church parking lot). There were groups of Canada's, but I didn't
find the Cackling Geese. But a little later (similar to Bill's recent
experience), at 3:40 PM, the flock of 14 CACKLING GEESE had appeared
close to the road at the end of Disk Drive (where it makes a 90-degree
left turn to Grand). I am inclined to call these Aleutian: most (all
I could see well) had a prominent white collar in front, and I didn't
think they were particularly dark below. I found it hard to tell
much from bill shape/size. The birds did look fairly small compared
to adjacent Canada's. (Has it occurred to anyone that maybe the
local Canada's are getting bigger? No? But perhaps our
perspective is influenced by the fact that the birds were mostly
standing in grass, so a smaller fraction of a Cackling was visible.)

Al Eisner

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Date: 2/9/19 8:44 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Stanford
Folks:

This morning, 2/9/19, on a walk through Stanford, I saw a W-S
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in the Crate & Barrel parking lot of the mall,
probably the same bird I saw back in November.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 2/9/19 8:38 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] McClellan Ranch Owl Walk, 2/9/19
All:

In combination with the many bird species at the feeders, and the two flyover Cooper's Hawks, the trip that Garrett described was an enjoyable bird-watch for me.  At the barn where we saw the first owl, I could only make out a very faint, light oval without any sign of horns.  Since this was where, years ago, we often saw an owl species, I immediately assumed that it was, again, a Barn Owl.

So in my peculiar, personal listing it is recorded as the night that I thought I saw 3 owl species.

Frank Vanslager

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Sent: Sat, Feb 9, 2019 6:56 pm
Subject: [southbaybirds] McClellan Ranch Owl Walk, 2/9/19

This evening's SCVAS owl walk at McClellan Ranch was canceled due to
rain, but after the drizzling stopped, seven of us went out on the
Stevens Creek Trail without the leader. Our first stop was the barn,
to look at the well-known Western Screech-Owl. Then we continued on to
Blackberry Farm.

At the playground, we heard a Great Horned Owl. I started to head
toward the picnic area to look for it, but we stopped when Frank
Vanslager spotted three Hooded Mergansers (two male and one female) in
the creek. In the picnic area, we did not find the Great Horned Owl,
but we did find another Western Screech-Owl. When the rain resumed, we
went back to the trail and immediately heard a pair of Great Horned
Owls calling back and forth. We eventually saw one of them.

The rain got heavier after that, but I think that all of us were glad
that we went out.

Garrett Lau




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Date: 2/9/19 6:56 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] McClellan Ranch Owl Walk, 2/9/19
This evening's SCVAS owl walk at McClellan Ranch was canceled due to
rain, but after the drizzling stopped, seven of us went out on the
Stevens Creek Trail without the leader. Our first stop was the barn,
to look at the well-known Western Screech-Owl. Then we continued on to
Blackberry Farm.

At the playground, we heard a Great Horned Owl. I started to head
toward the picnic area to look for it, but we stopped when Frank
Vanslager spotted three Hooded Mergansers (two male and one female) in
the creek. In the picnic area, we did not find the Great Horned Owl,
but we did find another Western Screech-Owl. When the rain resumed, we
went back to the trail and immediately heard a pair of Great Horned
Owls calling back and forth. We eventually saw one of them.

The rain got heavier after that, but I think that all of us were glad
that we went out.

Garrett Lau

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Date: 2/9/19 2:52 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] American Dippers
We also had the annual "my god, there are 100 robins in the tree across the
street -- for 24 hours" event a week ago, so they've definitely flocked and
are moving from winter habitat to spring hangouts.




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On February 9, 2019 at 11:04:25 AM, Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io Barry (
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Yes, we also saw the giant mixed flock of Robins and Cedar Waxwings. It was
pretty incredible. We searched in vain for Varied Thrush among all the
Robins.

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Date: 2/9/19 1:05 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] sparrows and misc.
I birded a loop at the Santa Clara Valley Water District on Almaden Exp
this morning. A SPOTTED SANDPIPER followed the waters edge on the east
side where I also had PURPLE FINCH, a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and male
WESTERN BLUEBIRD. The WRENTIT pair was seen on the north side along with
a RED TAILED HAWK and RED SHOULDERED HAWK pair. AM. ROBINS flew through
flock after flock. Dozens of crowned sparrows were feeding on the weeds
in the dry pond behind headquarters. I found 3 LINCOLN'S among the flock
and a WHITE THROATED SPARROW near the building. Two OAK TITMICE pair, a
RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER and several HERMIT THRUSH were seen and a GREAT
TAILED GRACKLE heard.

Next I birded Almaden Lake briefly. A FOX SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH, WHITE
BREASTED NUTHATCH pair and RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER were in the row of
Pepper Trees near the end of Winfield. The GREAT BLUE HERON pair is back
on the island that is dotted with over 30 BLACK CROWNED NIGHT HERON. The
leucistic COMMON MERGANSER female was on the lake. A male GREAT TAILED
GRACKLE and 3 TREE SWALLOWS were seen here.

I drove a short way into Santa Teresa Golf Club on Bernal and found 4
CHIPPING SPARROWS feeding under the Liquid Amber trees with many AM.
GOLDFINCH. A NORTHERN FLICKER was at a tree cavity and many WESTERN
BLUEBIRDS on the greens.

Feb. 07, The female PHAINOPEPLA was at the top of the lone oak across
from the Mockingbird Hill Quicksilver parking lot. Later that afternoon
I found the continuing RED NAPED SAPSUCKER at his favorite tree along
the Guadalupe Creek.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 2/9/19 11:04 am
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] American Dippers
Genna,

Yes, we also saw the giant mixed flock of Robins and Cedar Waxwings. It was pretty incredible. We searched in vain for Varied Thrush among all the Robins.

Barry
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> On Feb 8, 2019, at 9:08 PM, <gendev133...> wrote:
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> Went out to Los Gatos Creek about 2:30, just after the rain stopped, but didn’t see any Dippers.
> I continued to hike along the pedestrian only side of the creek and came upon the biggest flock of American Robins in the trees. My best estimate was about 100, they’re feeding on the small dark fruits in the trees. I also spotted a few Cedar Waxwings with them.
> A solo Belted Kingfisher was patrolling the creek and calling out. A few Bewick's Wrens were gleaning insects off the brambles along the creek bank.
>
> Good birding!
>
> Genna deVries
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> On Feb 8, 2019, at 8:00 PM, Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...> <mailto:wilmot=<me.com...>> wrote:
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>> We too found the two American Dippers in Los Gatos Creek south of Main Street, in the pouring rain, today at 2pm.
>>
>> Barry
>> ~
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>>> On Feb 6, 2019, at 11:56 AM, Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> <mailto:<smperezs...>> wrote:
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>>> Found the two dippers just north of the pedestrian bridges over Los gatos Creek at 11:50 am today.
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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>
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Date: 2/8/19 9:12 pm
From: <gendev133...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] American Dippers
Went out to Los Gatos Creek about 2:30, just after the rain stopped, but didn’t see any Dippers.
I continued to hike along the pedestrian only side of the creek and came upon the biggest flock of American Robins in the trees. My best estimate was about 100, they’re feeding on the small dark fruits in the trees. I also spotted a few Cedar Waxwings with them.
A solo Belted Kingfisher was patrolling the creek and calling out. A few Bewick's Wrens were gleaning insects off the brambles along the creek bank.

Good birding!

Genna deVries
> On Feb 8, 2019, at 8:00 PM, Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...> wrote:
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> We too found the two American Dippers in Los Gatos Creek south of Main Street, in the pouring rain, today at 2pm.
>
> Barry
> ~
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>> On Feb 6, 2019, at 11:56 AM, Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> wrote:
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>> Found the two dippers just north of the pedestrian bridges over Los gatos Creek at 11:50 am today.
>>
>>
>> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
>
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Date: 2/8/19 8:13 pm
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek and Dippers
The newest eBird report that I can find of American Dipper in Stevens Creek Canyon is from April 2014. I miss seeing them there; I hope they return!



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> On Jan 30, 2019, at 1:51 PM, Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...> wrote:
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> There are seveeral Dipper reports from there on southbaybirds in the
> spring of 2014; I don't know of anything later, although I have not
> checked eBird.
>
> Al Eisner
>
> On Mon, 28 Jan 2019, Larry Spivak via Groups.Io wrote:
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>> Hi all
>> Just read a post about the lack of Dippers in Stevens Creek canyon and looked up my records for them. I have not seen them since 2013 in the canyon and remember the creek ran dry in the summer of 2013 or 2014. I seems it has been blacklisted by Dippers ever since. Does any one have records of them in the canyon since 2013? I know I have searched them out many times in the last 6 years with no success.
>> Larry Spivak
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Date: 2/8/19 8:00 pm
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] American Dippers
We too found the two American Dippers in Los Gatos Creek south of Main Street, in the pouring rain, today at 2pm.

Barry
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> On Feb 6, 2019, at 11:56 AM, Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> wrote:
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>
> Found the two dippers just north of the pedestrian bridges over Los gatos Creek at 11:50 am today.
>
>
> Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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Date: 2/8/19 7:53 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Disk Drive, Alviso
Folks:

I didn't see the flock of CACKLING GEESE in Alviso this morning,
2/8/19.  But on my return from Milpitas towards five o'clock, all 14
were in the fields near the intersection of Grand and Disk.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 2/8/19 6:37 pm
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] January 2019 Cumulative Bird Report
January 2019

Happy New Year, SBB’ers!

We started off 2019 with 153 birds seen on January 1, and a total of 202 birds for the month of January. The average for January 1st is 154, and the average for the month of January is 199. Thank you to everyone who birded, and took the time to report birds either on SBB, eBird, or send emails directly to me.

Of the 202 birds that were recorded for January, there was 1 bird rated as rarity (6) and 7 birds rated as rarity (5). As a reminder, here is what each rarity code means:

**Rarity Codes:
1 = common, always seen in habitat in season.
2 = fairly common, usually in habitat in season, but missed sometimes.
3 = uncommon, always around, but sometimes you can't find.
4 = rare, occurs yearly in the county, but not always in same places.
5 = very rare, does not occur every year.
6 = casual or vagrant, generally fewer than 10 records.


Rarity Code 6:

1. A Cassin’s Finch was found on 2-January on the Mt Hamilton CBC.


Rarity Code 5’s:

1. On 12-January, Ann Verdi observed 12 Tundra Swans (5) flying overhead above the Cambrian Area of San Jose;
2. On 1-January, the continuing Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (5) at the Water District Headquarters was first seen in 2019 by Sergio Perez and Steve Tucker;
3. On 2-January, the continuing Red-naped Sapsucker (5) between Hicks Rd and Guadalupe Mines Road was first seen in 2019 by Bill Pelletier, Kitty O’Neill, and Garrett Lau;
4. On 2-January, a Cassin’s Kingbird (5) was found by Brooke Miller at Los Gatos Creek County Park;
5. On 2-January, a Swamp Sparrow (5) was found on the Mt Hamilton CBC by Mike Mammoser and Mike Rogers;
6. On 3-January, Garrett Lau found a Palm Warbler (5) at Byxbee Park; and
7. On 1-January, the continuing male Summer Tanager at Guadalupe Mines Road was first seen by Marion Farber and Kathy Parker


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

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

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

Brooke Miller

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Date: 2/8/19 2:52 pm
From: Karen Burnson <karenburnson...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Yellow Variant Purple Finch and House Finch
Yesterday and today a Yellow Variant PURPLE FINCH and a Yellow Variant
HOUSE FINCH were at my feeder. I usually get one House Finch per year that
is a Yellow Variant but never had a Purple Finch like that.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds/40064732443/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 2/8/19 2:14 pm
From: Ann Hepenstal via Groups.Io <annhep=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCVAS First Wed walk at Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant
We had a great turnout for the First Wed walk including several people from local office parks, and a gorgeous sunny day.

Just as we were starting to leave the parking lot, we enjoyed great views of a Golden Eagle swooping over and pouncing on the slope south of the water channel. Seemed like it didn’t catch any thing, as it soon lifted off and soared towards the north over the hill.

We took the path that heads parallel to the Smart Station, enjoying 46 species. Linda heard a Sora; we got to see 6 Cinnamon Teal in the waterway along the path, where we don’t usually see them; the Red-Winged Blackbirds were busy singing and showing their epaulets (at least 22).

Out at the end of the path, we stood to check the little island and overlook the pond. There were multiple large rafts of Ruddy Ducks (I estimated 100), and 3 Western Grebes. We had great views of a young Red-Tailed Hawk sitting low in a nearby power line tower.

It was a good raptors day:
Golden Eagle, 2 female type Northern Harriers, 4 Red-Tailed Hawks, American Kestrel, 3 Turkey Vultures, and pair of White-Tailed Kites

Come out and join the walk next time, noon on March 6th

Good birding!
Ann



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Date: 2/8/19 9:40 am
From: <craige66...> <craige66...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Ridge
It is that time of year to again survey for the Bay checkerspot butterflies (BCB) on Coyote Ridge with Stuart Weiss and the Creekside Science folks.  A side benefit of this is the opportunity to bird an area that is not open to the public and therefore gets little attention. On Feb 6 I saw a single FERRUGINOUS HAWK which is not uncommon there this time of year.  I also saw a large pod of WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, well over 200 but difficult to get accurate count because of their "hopscotching" one another.  The reason I mention this is that during the CBC on Dec 29, we saw very few WEME.
On Feb 7 the only rarity was 2 ROADRUNNERS near the Admin building of the Kirby Landfill.  I saw 3 of them about 10 years ago but none since then.  I think Steve Rottenborn go one about 3 or 4 years ago on the CBC.

BTW, after 2 years of an expected collapse of the BCB population following the boom in 2016, the numbers are up considerably and it looks like we are building toward another boom in a few years.  This is a normal 7-9 year boom/bust cycle.

Craige Edgerton

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Date: 2/8/19 9:17 am
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Winter Raptor Survey - Coyote Valley (6 Feb)
Ken,
In addition to the pleasure of hearing about the raptors, surveys like
this might help keep developers out of Coyote Valley, which is always
threatened by housing and other projects.
Thank you,
Nancy Teater

On 2/6/2019 5:00 PM, Ken Schneider wrote:

Hi all,

We (my sister Susan, my mom Barbara and myself) did our twelfth
consecutive annual Winter Raptor Survey on 6 Feb 2019 along the
western side of Coyote Valley near Morgan Hill. This is a 33-mile auto
loop along Santa Teresa, Watsonville, Uvas/McKean and Bailey roads.
We saw good numbers of Turkey Vultures in comparison with prior
years, but no uncommon raptors.

We always run the survey during the first week of February at the same
time of day. This raptor survey is part of a national count of
wintering raptors organized by the Hawk Migration Association of North
America (see web site for details -
http://www.hmana.org/winter-raptor-survey/). The data for each
raptor observed is entered in their website.

Totals for today (with twelve-year average and range for selected
species, in parentheses):

78 Turkey Vultures (55, 16-82)

30 Red-tailed Hawks (29.5, 16-45)

8 American Kestrels (7.3, 4-12)

1 White-tailed Kite

1 Golden Eagle

3 Red-shouldered Hawks

2 unidentified Buteo sp.

2 unidentified hawk/eagle




Good birding,

Ken Schneider

San Francisco


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Date: 2/7/19 6:25 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle over Belgatos Park
I spotted a single BALD EAGLE flying north while I was birding at Belgatos Park in Los Gatos this afternoon. It’s so fun to see these birds fairly often these days!

Eve Meier
San Jose (Cambrian area)

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Date: 2/7/19 5:37 pm
From: bobhirt2004 via Groups.Io <Bobhirt=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden Valley Area birds
Quick run up to nearly full Almaden Reservoir late this afternoon with my son, Jon, produced 10 Wood Ducks, 40 Ring-necked Ducks and a Bobcat. Going over the hill on Hicks Road to Guadalupe Reservoir produced 10 more Wood Ducks. No joy on refinding the Red-naped Sapsucker at Thyme and Sycamore off Guadalupe Mines Road. Summer Tanager also absent. Picked up the male Phainopepla in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park at its favorite Oak tree at the Vargas and Recife entrance.


Bob

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



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Date: 2/7/19 3:32 pm
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Continuing Cackling Geese and White-throated Sparrows
Ginger and I found 14 Cackling Geese at 2:20pm today on the south side of Los Esteros road, near where the train tracks cross. They were far enough in the field that we needed binoculars to identify among the Canada Geese.

One photo so far in our ebird checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52475558

Barry
~

> On Feb 7, 2019, at 1:02 PM, John Hurley <jhurley13...> wrote:
>
> I went out this morning at 7:30AM and thanks to all of the reports, also saw the Cackling Geese. I counted 12, but I’m sure I missed some. Photo in my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52468526?share=true.
>
> Thanks,
>
> John
>
>> On Feb 7, 2019, at 1:35 AM, Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> wrote:
>>
>> The Cackling Geese were still there around 2-3pm when Dan Bloch and I visited. We saw at least 8-10, and most were resting, so we could easily have missed some in the tall grass.
>>
>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 5:12 PM Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> wrote:
>>> All,
>>>
>>> This morning (2/6) I carefully checked out 14 CACKLING GEESE in the field East of Disk Dr. and noted that all of them had some sort of white neck band. One had a very narrow band that could only be seen when its head was raised (which wasn't often), all of the other neck bands were of various thicknesses and all of the birds had dark underparts and seemed to be of about the same size. I did not try to differentiate head shape or bill size (except that all of the bills appeared small). A red-billed COMMON GALLINULE was in the channel East of the Environmental Education Facility bldg. Later I went to Ullistac where I hoped to find a reported WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, instead I had four different sightings of at least three. All three WTSP were with three different and widely separated flocks of GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS (one flock just South of the Northern ramp on the Eastern portion of "the loop trail", another was just South of sighting station 2 (Western portion of the loop) , and the third was just south of the Northern entrance. In my opinion all of these WTSP sightings were made possible by the cold weather and a low turnout of walkers as these sparrows seem to like feeding near the trails and are easily flushed.
>>>
>>> Take care,
>>>
>>> Bob Reiling
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> --
>> Jim Dehnert
>> <dehnert...>
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Date: 2/7/19 1:03 pm
From: John Hurley <jhurley13...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Continuing Cackling Geese and White-throated Sparrows
I went out this morning at 7:30AM and thanks to all of the reports, also saw the Cackling Geese. I counted 12, but I’m sure I missed some. Photo in my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52468526?share=true <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52468526?share=true>.

Thanks,

John

> On Feb 7, 2019, at 1:35 AM, Jim Dehnert <dehnert...> wrote:
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> The Cackling Geese were still there around 2-3pm when Dan Bloch and I visited. We saw at least 8-10, and most were resting, so we could easily have missed some in the tall grass.
>
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 5:12 PM Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> <mailto:<rreiling2...>> wrote:
> All,
>
> This morning (2/6) I carefully checked out 14 CACKLING GEESE in the field East of Disk Dr. and noted that all of them had some sort of white neck band. One had a very narrow band that could only be seen when its head was raised (which wasn't often), all of the other neck bands were of various thicknesses and all of the birds had dark underparts and seemed to be of about the same size. I did not try to differentiate head shape or bill size (except that all of the bills appeared small). A red-billed COMMON GALLINULE was in the channel East of the Environmental Education Facility bldg. Later I went to Ullistac where I hoped to find a reported WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, instead I had four different sightings of at least three. All three WTSP were with three different and widely separated flocks of GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS (one flock just South of the Northern ramp on the Eastern portion of "the loop trail", another was just South of sighting station 2 (Western portion of the loop) , and the third was just south of the Northern entrance. In my opinion all of these WTSP sightings were made possible by the cold weather and a low turnout of walkers as these sparrows seem to like feeding near the trails and are easily flushed.
>
> Take care,
>
> Bob Reiling
>
>
>
>
>
> --
> --
> Jim Dehnert
> <dehnert...> <mailto:<dehnert...>
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Date: 2/7/19 10:29 am
From: tgrey41 <tgrey...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Early Pac Slope, other spring-ish news
Two expert birders have suggested to me that a Pac-slope here at this date
is much more likely to be an overwintering bird than a super-early migrant.
One of them also notes that there are very few reports of wintering birds
of this species in all of Northern California each year.

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 6:53 PM Tom Grey <tgrey...> wrote:

> In this morning's break of sunny weather, I walked the area near my house
> at the east end of the Stanford campus.
>
> Best finding: a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER. I have photos of birds of this
> species near the east end of Frenchman's Park in every year but one since
> 2010. This was by more than three weeks my earliest sighting:
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168784564
>
> At Lathrop Park, a pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES have nested for several
> years; I had my first sighting of them today; here's one:
> http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168784565
>
> --
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> www.pbase.com/tgrey
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Date: 2/7/19 10:14 am
From: Ann Hepenstal via Groups.Io <annhep=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Wilsons Snipe and Golden Eagle, Sunnyvale
More complete report coming later today:  on the First Wed SCVAS walk at Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant, our group enjoyed a beautiful day, views of snow on the eastern hills, and a great views of a GOLDEN EAGLE as we were leaving the parking lot.  (Pretty good "first bird of the walk")
After the group walk, a few of us continued exploring, and Allen found a Wilson's Snipe hiding behind a Cinnamon Teal pair.Seen from the hillside trail, overlooking the ponds by Yahoo--in the first channel paralleling the path.
good birding,Ann

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Date: 2/7/19 9:57 am
From: Jim Meikrantz <jim.meikrantz...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] White-throated sparrow -- North Los Altos
I've had the good fortune to have a single WTSP (white striped) visit my backyard in north Los Altos twice this week -- the second being a few moments ago. Each time the bird has foraged on the ground within 5-15 feet of my feeders, but hasn't used any of them, that I know of. These are my first backyard sightings of WTSP.

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Date: 2/7/19 5:30 am
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Chipping Sparrows at Penitencia Creek Park
Yesterday morning, while I was waiting near the bathrooms/playground at Penitencia Creek Park off of Berryessa Rd, I spotted two CHIPPING SPARROWS. Shortly after, I bumped into Bill Pelletier and Kitty O'Neil who mentioned that they had also seen CHIPPING SPARROWS farther along into the park. Later that morning, while Patricia Lynch and I were birding the rest of the park, we spotted another CHIPPING SPARROW, along the north most trail leading to Piedmont Rd.

Eve Meier
San Jose (Cambrian Area)

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Date: 2/7/19 1:36 am
From: Jim Dehnert <dehnert...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Continuing Cackling Geese and White-throated Sparrows
The Cackling Geese were still there around 2-3pm when Dan Bloch and I
visited. We saw at least 8-10, and most were resting, so we could easily
have missed some in the tall grass.

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 5:12 PM Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> wrote:

> All,
>
> This morning (2/6) I carefully checked out 14 CACKLING GEESE in the field
> East of Disk Dr. and noted that all of them had some sort of white neck
> band. One had a very narrow band that could only be seen when its head was
> raised (which wasn't often), all of the other neck bands were of various
> thicknesses and all of the birds had dark underparts and seemed to be of
> about the same size. I did not try to differentiate head shape or bill
> size (except that all of the bills appeared small). A red-billed COMMON
> GALLINULE was in the channel East of the Environmental Education
> Facility bldg. Later I went to Ullistac where I hoped to find a reported
> WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, instead I had four different sightings of at least
> three. All three WTSP were with three different and widely separated
> flocks of GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS (one flock just South of the Northern
> ramp on the Eastern portion of "the loop trail", another was just South
> of sighting station 2 (Western portion of the loop) , and the third was
> just south of the Northern entrance. In my opinion all of these WTSP
> sightings were made possible by the cold weather and a low turnout of
> walkers as these sparrows seem to like feeding near the trails and are
> easily flushed.
>
> Take care,
>
> Bob Reiling
>
>
>

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Date: 2/6/19 6:54 pm
From: tgrey41 <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Early Pac Slope, other spring-ish news
In this morning's break of sunny weather, I walked the area near my house
at the east end of the Stanford campus.

Best finding: a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER. I have photos of birds of this
species near the east end of Frenchman's Park in every year but one since
2010. This was by more than three weeks my earliest sighting:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168784564

At Lathrop Park, a pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES have nested for several
years; I had my first sighting of them today; here's one:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/168784565

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www.pbase.com/tgrey
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Date: 2/6/19 5:12 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Cackling Geese and White-throated Sparrows
All,

This morning (2/6) I carefully checked out 14 CACKLING GEESE in the field East of Disk Dr. and noted that all of them had some sort of white neck band. One had a very narrow band that could only be seen when its head was raised (which wasn't often), all of the other neck bands were of various thicknesses and all of the birds had dark underparts and seemed to be of about the same size. I did not try to differentiate head shape or bill size (except that all of the bills appeared small). A red-billed COMMON GALLINULE was in the channel East of the Environmental Education Facility bldg. Later I went to Ullistac where I hoped to find a reported WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, instead I had four different sightings of at least three. All three WTSP were with three different and widely separated flocks of GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS (one flock just South of the Northern ramp on the Eastern portion of "the loop trail", another was just South of sighting station 2 (Western portion of the loop) , and the third was just south of the Northern entrance. In my opinion all of these WTSP sightings were made possible by the cold weather and a low turnout of walkers as these sparrows seem to like feeding near the trails and are easily flushed.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 2/6/19 5:00 pm
From: Ken Schneider <kschnei1...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Winter Raptor Survey - Coyote Valley (6 Feb)
Hi all,

We (my sister Susan, my mom Barbara and myself) did our twelfth consecutive annual Winter Raptor Survey on 6 Feb 2019 along the western side of Coyote Valley near Morgan Hill. This is a 33-mile auto loop along Santa Teresa, Watsonville, Uvas/McKean and Bailey roads.  We saw good numbers of Turkey Vultures in comparison with prior years, but no uncommon raptors.

We always run the survey during the first week of February at the same time of day. This raptor survey is part of a national count of wintering raptors organized by the Hawk Migration Association of North America (see web site for details - http://www.hmana.org/winter-raptor-survey/ ). The data for each raptor observed is entered in their website. 

Totals for today (with twelve-year average and range for selected species, in parentheses):

78 Turkey Vultures (55, 16-82)

30 Red-tailed Hawks (29.5, 16-45)

8 American Kestrels (7.3, 4-12)

1 White-tailed Kite

1 Golden Eagle

3 Red-shouldered Hawks

2 unidentified Buteo sp.

2 unidentified hawk/eagle

 

Good birding,

Ken Schneider

San Francisco

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Date: 2/6/19 1:24 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Palo Alto Baylands Replacement Boardwalk is Open
All:

At about 10 AM I ran into Bill Bousman and he told me that he'd had a distant view of the new Palo Alto Baylands Boardwalk and it appeared to be open.  So I decided to drive over to see if it was open, and without restrictions.  It was, and is.

Actually I could tell from my excellent AyeTides iPod app that it wouldn't be the right time for me to go looking for shorebirds.  Its excellent graph showed that it would be another 3 hours for it to get to the high tide where I might go looking for Rails below the boardwalk.  And it would be another hour or more after that before the water level would be leaving the new overlook and exposing mud flats -- and possibly feeding shorebirds that would be getting further and further away.  I don't know what tide level starts to expose the mud at the end of this new, higher, observation platform.  And, of course, atmospheric pressure and on-shore winds can effect this prediction by more than a foot.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 2/6/19 11:56 am
From: Sergio M Perez <smperezs...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] American Dippers

Found the two dippers just north of the pedestrian bridges over Los gatos Creek at 11:50 am today.

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Date: 2/6/19 11:25 am
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCVAS field trip - Alum Rock Park Sunday 2/10/2019 at 8am
Folks,
This Sunday you have an opportunity to explore a south bay gem at Alum Rock Park. The location boasts the ultimate in mixed habitat with Chaparral on the north rim, riparian on the valley floor, redwoods in the picnic areas, a canyon, and dense woods on the south rim. The location is ideal for Woodpeckers (including Red-breasted Sapsucker), Jays, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Brown Creeper, Cooper's Hawk, Golden Eagle and many others. A couple of the birds we are hoping to see are the nesting Great Horned Owls and the elusive Varied Thrush.
Parking is free. We will meet at the Rustic Lands parking lot at 8am. Dress warmly and be ready to have some fun!
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Thanks,Bill <Pelletierwrpelletier...> 

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Date: 2/5/19 8:16 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ulistac Natural Area
Folks:

I walked more-or-less a loop at Ulistac this morning, 2/5/19.  I ran
into Pete LaTourrette on the trail not far from where the northwest ramp
goes up to the levee.  He said he had seen a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW in
the cover southwest of the trail.  We waited a while and the sparrows
started to move out and the White-throat was very near us, a nice
white-striped bird.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 2/5/19 7:48 pm
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Joseph D. Grant snow park
Folks,
We got heavy snow at our place last night, but when morning came around very little remained at 1,200ft. So Kitty & I decided to head up Mt. Hamilton Rd to check into things. The snow was sticking to the ground in small amounts by 1,500ft and was a solid layer by 1,700ft. The road was closed after Grant, but we had fun seeing the snow and a few brave birds. As we were leaving, we noticed that the Roadrunner was in the road. The bird put on a show for almost an hour as we watched it trot up and down the road, roost on a fence post and at one point it came right up to the car!
There are pictures and videos on our eBird checklist, as follows:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52411962 

We don't get a chance to bird in the snow (not complaining) in Santa Clara county very often.
Good birding to you all,Bill & Kitty

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Date: 2/5/19 4:11 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Herring/Iceland Gull in Alviso Feb 5
A lone pink-footed gull was at the State and Spreckles pond in Alviso this
morning. Herring or Thayer's Iceland to me. Any suggestions?



Poor phone pics at:



https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52414387



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Milpitas


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Date: 2/5/19 11:50 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Cackling Geese Continue at Disk Drive on 2/5/19
All:

At about 9 AM the Cackling Geese were still in the meadow along Disk Drive as reported by Bill Bousman yesterday.  There were about 20 geese there with a variety of sizes, and neck-rings, and breast- darkness.

At the EEC there was a male Blue-winged Teal in the Tidal Channel.  And, at the end of the asphalt walkway, I saw two high-flying Bonaparte's Gulls making a great many tern-like passes at some larger gulls.  The white leading edges of their wings was very obvious.  Pete Dunne reports this as "... ternlike gull with a flashing white wedge along the leading edge of the outer wing.", and "...the large, white, narrow triangular wedge along the leading edge of the outer wing flashes conspicuously."

Frank Vanslager



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Date: 2/4/19 3:10 pm
From: stracey53 via Groups.Io <stracey53=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Greater white-fronted goose at EEC entrance road
Now, just north of road in new Chicago marsh
Steve TraceySan Jose

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Date: 2/4/19 2:26 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso
Folks:

I managed to do some birding between showers in Alviso this morning.  In
the field along Disk Drive, I counted 14 CACKLING GEESE.  Most or all
had white neck rings, but the impression I had was that these were
"RIDGWAY'S" Cacklers because of the darkness of the underparts, the
shape of the head, the short neck, and size comparisons with our
Canadas.  My recollection is that the B of NA account says that about
10% of "Ridgway's" have white neck rings and 10% of "Aleutian's" do not
have rings.  So, I was surprised that most or all had neck rings.  A
male EURASIAN WIGEON was in the State and Spreckles pond.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 2/4/19 1:08 pm
From: Karen Burnson <karenburnson...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pine Siskin Los Gatos
The feeder is very busy today in the bad weather and I saw my first PINE
SISKIN of the year. Yesterday a very fluffy juvenile COOPER'S HAWK was on
my fence.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds/

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Date: 2/4/19 9:58 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] In Praise of iBird (not eBird)
All:

Many years ago when iBird was first demonstrated at our monthly meeting, I quickly downloaded a copy of that essentially free program for my iPod Touch.  Although I do not have wireless access to the internet from my apartment, it's only a short walk over to Burger King where I do have it.  Through the years there have been periodic free updates as the program improved.

Yesterday I had a nice long breakfast at Burger King while I waited for about 2 hours while the latest version of my iBird Plus downloaded.  There are many hundreds of high-resolution pictures in the program which is the reason for the long download.  Although the pictures are mostly of breeding birds, there are some juvenile and female photos which are helpful -- particularly when you do a finger-spread to enlarge some feature of the bird.  And you can always use the up- or down- arrows to get to a closely listed bird.

There are hooks to Flickr and Birdipedia, and other recording methods which I have had no reason to use.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 2/3/19 3:09 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Lesser Yellowlegs Lake Cunningham

All,

The fields at Lake Cunningham have flooded and are providing ideal habitat for Yellowlegs. At one point, a group of 5 flew around and came right over my head. I heard the Greater's calling, but closer inspection revealed one Lesser in the bunch (about one-third smaller than the others with a proportionately smaller bill). I saw a total of 6 Yellowlegs but there were likely more in the area.

Will be an interesting place to bird come spring if the rains continue and the area gets more flooded.

Good Birding!

Chris Johnson


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Date: 2/3/19 2:51 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow continues at Ed Levin CP Feb 3
The White-throated Sparrow I found at Ed Levin CP a few days was still there
this morning, with other crowned sparrows near the driveway to the golf
course maintenance yard.



I received an email from groups.io today saying that all emails to me from
all groups were bouncing and that my account was suspended unless I take
immediate action. There was a link to 'unbounce' my account, whatever that
means. I received a similar email a few days ago and dismissed it as
fraudulent, but today I clicked the link and the response appears legitimate
and I immediately received a post from EBB. And yes, I had noticed that I
wasn't receiving many posts from the various groups.io lists, but why they
would suddenly stop is unknown. Anyone have any ideas?



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Date: 2/2/19 11:36 am
From: John Hurley <jhurley13...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Burrowing Owls
On Thursday morning I went to Byxbee Park to see if I could find the Burrowing Owl. I worked my way around the trail clockwise around the hill from the start of Byxbee park to the slough. I saw 2 Western Meadowlarks land on the hill and got good photos. I then ran into some City of Palo Alto workers driving a truck, who asked what I had seen. They backed up their truck a hundred yards to show me exactly where the Burrowing Owl was, up the hill about 50 feet from the road. On my way back in, I saw them again and they asked if I’d like to see another one. The second owl was off the road that leads up from the entrance to the park to the right. They have seen about 8 owls. Made my day! My eBird list with photos here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52294418.

Best,

John


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Date: 2/2/19 9:19 am
From: Perminder Tumber <ptumber...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
Thank you everyone for the information and the welcome. I am on my way to
be a better bird watcher :). I downloaded two of the apps and well follow
them. Also nice to see the database of the birds. With practice I should
be able to tell what I am looking at :)

Thanks everyone.

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Date: 2/2/19 5:24 am
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
Please tell Donna we appreciate this excellent guide.
Nancy Teater, Palo Alto

> On Feb 1, 2019, at 7:00 PM, Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> wrote:
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> While this applies specifically to San Mateo county, Donna Pomeroy has assembled a fine photo guide to local birds on iNaturalist. You can access it here - https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/4612
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> Jennifer Rycenga
> San Mateo, CA
> visit http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/
> The San Mateo County Birding Guide
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>> On Feb 1, 2019, at 5:40 PM, John Harshman <john.harshman...> wrote:
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>> iBird Pro is also available for Android.
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Date: 2/1/19 7:00 pm
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
While this applies specifically to San Mateo county, Donna Pomeroy has assembled a fine photo guide to local birds on iNaturalist. You can access it here - https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/4612 <https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/4612>

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
visit http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/
The San Mateo County Birding Guide







> On Feb 1, 2019, at 5:40 PM, John Harshman <john.harshman...> wrote:
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> iBird Pro is also available for Android.
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Date: 2/1/19 5:41 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
iBird Pro is also available for Android.

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Date: 2/1/19 4:50 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden Lake and Los Alamitos Creek Trail
This morning (2/1/2019), to prepare for the upcoming SCVAS field trip, I birded the south portion of Almaden Lake and the Los Alamitos Creek Trail. I found a little over 50 species. CANADA GEESE, COMMON MERGANSERS, and 1 WESTERN GREBE were on the lake. Lots of BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS and 1 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE were on the island. A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER and two SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA were also found in the park. Along the creek, I was able to find 1 HERMIT THRUSH, 1 FOX SPARROW, HUTTON'S VIREOS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, CEDAR WAXWINGS, AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES and other species. As far as raptors, there were 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS, one RED-SHOULDER HAWK and one COOPER'S HAWK.

ebird list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52272532

Eve Meier
San Jose (Cambrian Area)
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Date: 2/1/19 4:20 pm
From: Dan Bloch <danbloch...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Eurasian Green-winged Teal at Charleston Slough
Seen this afternoon at Charleston Slough, a male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL in with a half dozen or so regular Green-winged Teal.  White horizontal stripe, no vertical stripe, looked like the Green-winged Teal otherwise.  They were close to shore, twenty or thirty feet to the right of the viewing platform there.

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Date: 2/1/19 4:04 pm
From: <craige66...> <craige66...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] sounds of spring...
And along that line, yesterday I had my first CALIFORNIA THRASHER singing a concerto, a couple of RED TAILED HAWKS circling one another and a couple of RED SHOULDERED HAWKS checking each other out.  Spring is definitely in the air.Craige Edgerton 
On Fri, Feb 1, 2019 at 1:48 PM, Chuq Von Rospach<chuqvr...> wrote: #yiv2839504751 body{font-family:Helvetica, Arial;font-size:13px;}Two indications spring is getting closer --
we had our first singing Mockingbird near the yard. They nest here and protect the territory during nesting season, they go missing for the winter out of the neighborhood. So they seem to be back.
And I just had the first Robin of the year out in the front yard. We always have a few during the warmer months, but not in winter. Sometime every spring, our street has a hundred or more as they move from their wintering to their summering grounds. 
Also I think after a couple of years without we have an oak titmouse in the neighborhood again, and starting to sing for a friend.



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Date: 2/1/19 1:48 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] sounds of spring...
Two indications spring is getting closer --

we had our first singing Mockingbird near the yard. They nest here and
protect the territory during nesting season, they go missing for the winter
out of the neighborhood. So they seem to be back.

And I just had the first Robin of the year out in the front yard. We always
have a few during the warmer months, but not in winter. Sometime every
spring, our street has a hundred or more as they move from their wintering
to their summering grounds.

Also I think after a couple of years without we have an oak titmouse in the
neighborhood again, and starting to sing for a friend.




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Date: 2/1/19 11:16 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
Thanks! I have no experience with android so I'm not helpful there, so I
appreciate someone popping in.



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On February 1, 2019 at 9:19:15 AM, Tatchell Jane (<jane...>)
wrote:

The Merlin app is also available for Android phones.

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Date: 2/1/19 11:13 am
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Varied Thrush continues at Smith Creek
Folks,
We decided to get out birding before this (predicted) monster storm hits just in time for the weekend. In an attempt to determine if the Varied Thrush was a one time bird or if it is hanging around at Smith Creek we headed up Mt Hamilton Rd and arrived at the fire station parking area just after 7am. We walked along the stream to where we saw the birds on Wed but there was no sign (sight or sound) of our quarry. Walking further down the trail toward the stream clearing we began hearing the "chuck" sound of Varied Thrush between two birds counter calling. One was up the hill to the right and the other was down near the stream. As on Wed the bird (by the stream) flushed high up into the trees and disappeared in the woods on the other side of the stream. We left for 15 minutes to give the birds some space and again we heard the same calls upon returning. This story repeated four times and we only managed one marginal photo through dense vegetation (good job Kitty) that you can at least clearly recognize the bird. 
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Also, it was great to run into our old buddy Bob Reiling as we were heading back out to the car.
Good birding,Bill & Kitty

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Date: 2/1/19 9:19 am
From: Jane Tatchell <Jane...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
The Merlin app is also available for Android phones.

Jane Tatchell, Redwood City


---- On Fri, 01 Feb 2019 08:45:15 -0800 <chuqvr...> wrote ----


Welcome!


For online guides I use Cornell's All About Birds a lot in researching ID: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/browse/shape


I also use the Apps "iBird Pro" and "Sibley Birds" on my iPad/iPhone when in the field. 


Cornell also does "eBird" for tracking what you see, and it can be a useful tool for seeing what's around you and finding places to bird: https://ebird.org/home


and they also do an IOS app "Merlin Bird ID" that can help you figure out what you're seeing. 


Audubon also has a nice online ID guide.m


For getting together with folks, don't forget the SCVAS outings and events: http://www.scvas.org/-- there are some nice outings designed for beginner/newer birders that might be interesting. 


You can also check in with the Facebook group associated with this list to chat looking for folks interested in going out together 


(find it here: https://siliconvalleybirding.org)











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On February 1, 2019 at 8:38:28 AM, <ptumber...> (<ptumber...>) wrote:

This is a great group. I love birds but new to bird watching as a hobby.  I don't know the names of half of the birds I see. If there is a linked site that has the pictures of the bird mentioned in the posting that would be great for people like me.

Also are there any bird watcher that want to get together for walks to go spot birds in Milpitas?  Please let me know.

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Date: 2/1/19 8:45 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
Welcome!

For online guides I use Cornell's All About Birds a lot in researching ID:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/browse/shape

I also use the Apps "iBird Pro" and "Sibley Birds" on my iPad/iPhone when
in the field.

Cornell also does "eBird" for tracking what you see, and it can be a useful
tool for seeing what's around you and finding places to bird:
https://ebird.org/home

and they also do an IOS app "Merlin Bird ID" that can help you figure out
what you're seeing.

Audubon also has a nice online ID guide.m

For getting together with folks, don't forget the SCVAS outings and events:
http://www.scvas.org/ -- there are some nice outings designed for
beginner/newer birders that might be interesting.

You can also check in with the Facebook group associated with this list to
chat looking for folks interested in going out together

(find it here: https://siliconvalleybirding.org)






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

On February 1, 2019 at 8:38:28 AM, <ptumber...> (<ptumber...>)
wrote:

This is a great group. I love birds but new to bird watching as a hobby. I
don't know the names of half of the birds I see. If there is a linked site
that has the pictures of the bird mentioned in the posting that would be
great for people like me.

Also are there any bird watcher that want to get together for walks to go
spot birds in Milpitas? Please let me know.

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Date: 2/1/19 8:38 am
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Subject: [southbaybirds] Bird watching in Milpitas
Hi All,
This is a great group. I love birds but new to bird watching as a hobby.  I don't know the names of half of the birds I see. If there is a linked site that has the pictures of the bird mentioned in the posting that would be great for people like me.

Also are there any bird watcher that want to get together for walks to go spot birds in Milpitas?  Please let me know.

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Date: 1/31/19 5:31 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] San Jose recent birds

1-26, CHIPPING SPARROW, ten at the base the painted vault just west of
Burchell in TJ Martin Park. Three east of Burchell could have been those
also seen at the vault. Five more at the Redwood trees west of
playground. At least 15 total.

1-28, SNOW GOOSE seen among Canada Geese on Bailey at Gavilan College
satellite campus 11 am.
Adult BALD EAGLE seen from Calero boat ramp perched at Bailey Cove
entrance.
One WESTERN GREBE pair displaying at south end of Calero Reservoir among
many grebes.

1-29, Grant Ranch BALD EAGLE pair feeding on ground across from Grant
Lake parking lot surrounded by many Turkey Vultures. GREATER ROAD RUNNER
perched on fence across from parking lot. The Tuesday Twitcher's were
surrounded by over 200 WILD TURKEY at Ranch house parking lot.

1-30, SCALY BREASTED MUNIA adult building nest structure in Almaden Lake
Pepper tree.
GREAT BLUE HERON returned to island nest.

1-31, WESTERN TANAGER pair together in Edenvale Park this morning. One
lighter yellow than the other, both with pale wing bars, bright yellow
under tail. HUTTON'S VIREO pair, TOWNSEND'S WARBLER 2 also seen. ANNA'S
HUMMINGBIRD on nest.

1-31, continuing SUMMER TANAGER seen at today at 3 pm Guadalupe Mines
Road west of Via Laguna in a flowering eucalyptus west of the telephone
pole. Possible Red-naped Sapsucker heard only two blocks west of
previous location. Continuous weak call close to the creek.

Janna Pauser
San Jose



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Date: 1/31/19 1:05 pm
From: Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Los Gatos Creek
Back on Jan. 1 I visited Los Gatos Creek County Park, but missed the
American Bittern. I tried again this morning (Jan. 31). The water
level is considerably higher and still rising (water is being added),
and I again did not find that bird. There was a COMMON GALLINULE
(immature) at the SW corner of the northmost pond. I saw one female
COMMON MERGANSER at the next pond south. (I was told of another,
possibly ill, at the north pond.)

On to the stretch of creek just south of Main Street in Los Gatos,
where I found a singing AMERICAN DIPPER near the small "dam" (?)
adjacent to where a pipe crosses the creek. The backgroud noise
was awful (at this location the trail is at freeway level) and
viewing was into the sun, so it was fortunate that Dipper
has a loud ringing song!

I had intended to also visit Vasona, but ran out of time.

AL Eisner

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Date: 1/30/19 3:24 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Snow Goose
All,

This morning the continuing white, adult SNOW GOOSE was feeding with CANDA GEESE in a flooded portion of the field North of Laguna Ave. A few minutes later it flew into the pond East of the Gavilan College parking lot off Bailey Ave in Morgan Hill, with the flock from the field as I was looking for a Cackling Goose in another flock of Canada Geese. No Geese were in either site earlier in the morning (the fog really wasn't that bad so they must be roosting somewhere else).

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 1/30/19 3:11 pm
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] East Foothills - Smith Creek & Grant Ranch
Folks,
Kitty and I decided to get an early jump on a beautiful, sunny morning on the mountain while all we could see in the valley was clouds below. We got to Smith Creek just after 7am as the birds were waking up in a rising dawn chorus. Walking down the creek netted us a pair of VARIED THRUSH on the bank, next to the stream. The birds flushed up the hill into the trees and quickly out of site after we got half a dozen brief views and no pictures.
As we drove by Grant Lake (no Roadrunner today) we saw a FERRUGINOUS HAWK on the ground up the hill from the lake. At Grant Ranch we saw a flock of a dozen AMERICAN GOLDFINCH joined by 6 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS and a mix of 8 other typical species. Upon investigating the recent sightings of the GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and soon found 3 of them on the barb wired fence on the left side of the trail by the cows. We managed some photos on the following eBird checklist:
eBird Checklist – Joseph D. Grant CP--ranch house area, Santa Clara County, California, US – Wed Jan 30, 2019 – 32 species 


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Good birding,Bill

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Date: 1/30/19 2:55 pm
From: Larry Spivak via Groups.Io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] GULL ID HELP
Hi All
i hate them gulls because of things like this. There it was on the rocks off West Cliff Drive with the WESTERN and HEERMANN gulls and a single GLACOUS,  just laughing at me 'cuz I couldn't figure it out. Slightly mottled head, dark gray wings, pink legs and a normal gull bill, with not a RED  spot but a BLACK one. Sort of a 2nd winter Glaucous with Western wings and tail. I'm lost.
Larry Spivak

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Date: 1/30/19 1:51 pm
From: Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek and Dippers
There are seveeral Dipper reports from there on southbaybirds in the
spring of 2014; I don't know of anything later, although I have not
checked eBird.

Al Eisner

On Mon, 28 Jan 2019, Larry Spivak via Groups.Io wrote:

> Hi  all
> Just read a post about the lack of Dippers in Stevens Creek canyon and looked up my records for them. I have not seen them since 2013 in the canyon and remember the creek ran dry in the summer of 2013 or 2014. I seems it has been blacklisted by Dippers ever since. Does any one have records of them in the canyon since 2013? I know I have searched them out many times in the last 6 years with no success.
> Larry Spivak

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Date: 1/30/19 9:18 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagles Pacheco Pass
Welcome aboard! that tree is kind of known as the eagle tree -- there have
been a number of bald eagles (at least four) wintering there this year, and
it's rare driving by you don't see at least one. One pair nested there last
year, and it seems to be a really nice location for them. I wish there was
safer viewing stops near it, but in some ways, the difficulty to park
around there actually helps them avoid harassment.




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On January 29, 2019 at 9:13:52 PM, Wallace via Groups.Io Linda (
ljwexpress=<aol.com...>) wrote:

Hello, this is my first post. I Googled Bald Eagles in the area and this
website came up. I was driving 152 just east of Casa de Fruta and spotted
two bald eagles perched in a tree. I turned around when I could and saw
them fly off as I was making my way back. When I got back around and a
little further down the road, I saw another perched and a couple flying,
along with several turkey vultures.

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Date: 1/30/19 8:33 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] A "sweet" Call at Vasona on 1/28/19
All:

At about 9 AM on 1/28/19 just west of the boating area at Vasona Lake I was frustrated for 5 minutes, or more, by a continuing one-note call from high in the bare tree tops.  There was a very large flock of mixed goldfinches and other small species.  However, I could not locate any larger individuals.  The problem with the call was that it seemed to me to be similar to the "sweet" call of the Scarlet Tanager, rather than the "pitick" call of the Summer Tanager.  Unfortunately there were no other birders around who might have less hearing problems.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 1/30/19 8:20 am
From: Amy Yee <amyrandallyee...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagles Pacheco Pass
Yes, great picture, Linda! My husband and I saw three bald eagles there at
Thanksgiving time.
Amy Yee

On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 8:15 AM Lynette Staffero <
<lynette...> wrote:

> Hi Linda,
>
>
>
> This is the exact spot I almost always see one to three bald eagles
> perched when on 152. Glad you finally got a picture of one of them!
>
>
>
> Thanks for sharing!
>
> Lynette
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>
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> *From: *<southbaybirds...> on behalf of "Linda Wallace via
> Groups.Io" <ljwexpress=<aol.com...>
> *Reply-To: *<ljwexpress...>
> *Date: *Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 9:12 PM
> *To: *<southbaybirds...>
> *Cc: *<southbaybirds...>
> *Subject: *[southbaybirds] Bald Eagles Pacheco Pass
>
>
>
> Hello, this is my first post. I Googled Bald Eagles in the area and this
> website came up. I was driving 152 just east of Casa de Fruta and spotted
> two bald eagles perched in a tree. I turned around when I could and saw
> them fly off as I was making my way back. When I got back around and a
> little further down the road, I saw another perched and a couple flying,
> along with several turkey vultures.
>
>
>
>

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Date: 1/30/19 8:15 am
From: Lynette Staffero <lynette...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagles Pacheco Pass
Hi Linda,



This is the exact spot I almost always see one to three bald eagles perched when on 152.  Glad you finally got a picture of one of them!



Thanks for sharing!

Lynette





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Hello, this is my first post. I Googled Bald Eagles in the area and this website came up. I was driving 152 just east of Casa de Fruta and spotted two bald eagles perched in a tree. I turned around when I could and saw them fly off as I was making my way back. When I got back around and a little further down the road, I saw another perched and a couple flying, along with several turkey vultures.



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Date: 1/30/19 7:02 am
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pacheco Pass and beyond to Panoche Valley
Hello Birders,
Yesterday, Tuesday....
Four mature Bald Eagles seen starting about one mile east of Casa de Fruta on 152. The last was seen about three miles east of CdF. Two were perched On same tree.

At Panoche Floy and I met up with Edward Rooks. Some highlights:
at least forty Mountain Plovers in the field SE of the Panoche elementary school. Mountain Bluebirds were sparse and we only saw two.  Horned larks were notably absent on Panoche Access Road and elsewhere. We saw at least four Ferruginous Hawks and two Golden Eagles. 

We had an early-in-the year sighting of two Kingbirds and are still working on ID before posting to eBird. 

Send me me email if you would like more information.

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 1/29/19 9:13 pm
From: Linda Wallace via Groups.Io <ljwexpress=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagles Pacheco Pass
Hello, this is my first post. I Googled Bald Eagles in the area and this website came up. I was driving 152 just east of Casa de Fruta and spotted two bald eagles perched in a tree. I turned around when I could and saw them fly off as I was making my way back. When I got back around and a little further down the road, I saw another perched and a couple flying, along with several turkey vultures.

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Date: 1/29/19 4:28 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] White-throated Sparrow at Ed Levin Jan 29
At 2pm today I found White-throated Sparrow at Ed Levin CP. Actually it was in the driveway of the golf course  maintenance yard on the unnamed side road off Calaveras Rd. This area has attracted WTSPs before. Also, there was a Hairy Woodpecker at the start of the nature trail. Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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Date: 1/29/19 9:27 am
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Valley
I was in Coyote Valley on 28 Jan 2019, and I found an adult SNOW GOOSE in with the CANADAS along Bailey Ave, across from the IBM facility. I wondered if this was the same goose that was seen at the beginning of the year, as I hadn't seen it in the intervening weeks. 
On Laguna Ave, I had a BALD EAGLE perched on the fence north of the road. It was an immature bird, looking to be in its third plumage cycle. Later, it took off over the field and was immediately set upon by a RED-TAILED HAWK. After some interactions, it came down and settled in the goose field. 
Michael Mammoser

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Date: 1/28/19 8:08 pm
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale WPCP and Salt Pond A4
Ginger and I birded the east-west trail that overlooks salt pond A4, behind Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant. On the pond we saw three RED-BREASTED MERGANSERs, two male and one female (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52154463). We also saw many CANVASBACKs and WESTERN GREBES on the pond. When we were hiking back, we found a VIRGINIA RAIL on the far bank of the slough along the trail and got one obscured photograph of it (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52154361 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52154361>). We also briefly saw and heard a SORA and found a GREEN HERON in that same waterway.

Barry Langdon-Lassagne
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Date: 1/28/19 2:06 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ed Levin CP
Folks:

This morning, 1/28/19, I birded Spring Valley and Sandy Wool.  Six TREE
SWALLOWS were interacting over the nest boxes at the end of the Spring
Valley Road and are probably early arrivals checking their nest sites. 
Later, over Sandy Wool Lake, I had at least five Tree Swallows, maybe
the same birds or maybe not.  I didn't have a good view of the back or
crown of a MERLIN at Spring Valley, but later I had good views of an
adult male using the redwood ring northwest of the dog park (not many
redwoods left after the droughts).  These locations were about 2 km
apart, which for a Merlin in flight would take less than a minute, so
probably the same bird.  An adult BALD EAGLE was flying northwest along
the western side of the ridge, a few meters off the ground.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 1/28/19 1:53 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] A Male Black-chinned Hummingbird at Oka Ponds on 1/28/19
All:

When birding along the west side of the creek from Oka Lane, I got the Questar on a male hummingbird perched right over the creek.  I thought it was an Anna's until I noticed that the gorget swept around and up, rather than hanging down like an Anna's.  I switched to 100 power to cut down some of the background glare -- and there was a thin dark blue strip along the bottom edge of the gorget on this Black-chinned Hummingbird.  And then the bird flew away downstream.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 1/28/19 12:30 pm
From: <dottycala...> via Groups.Io <DOTTYCALA=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle at Adobe Creek and Shoreline Lake
At 12:10 pm today I watched an adult Bald Eagle soar in circles over Adobe Creek and the Charleston Slough in Palo Alto. After three minutes it began flapping its wings and headed South. I watched it fly toward Shoreline Lake and disappear. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Bald eagle in this location. Perhaps others have.
Dotty Calabrese
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Date: 1/28/19 12:10 pm
From: Larry Spivak via Groups.Io <larry8141=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Stevens Creek and Dippers
Hi  all
Just read a post about the lack of Dippers in Stevens Creek canyon and looked up my records for them. I have not seen them since 2013 in the canyon and remember the creek ran dry in the summer of 2013 or 2014. I seems it has been blacklisted by Dippers ever since. Does any one have records of them in the canyon since 2013? I know I have searched them out many times in the last 6 years with no success.
Larry Spivak

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Date: 1/28/19 11:36 am
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Los Gatos
Several folks that live on Kennedy Road in Los Gatos come into the Los Gatos Birdwatcher. I have had three different people (that do not post or do eBird) tell us they saw a Pileated Woodpecker on their street. So this is a great confirmation.

Lisa Myers

> On Jan 28, 2019, at 7:00 AM, David Swafford <david...> wrote:
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> Yesterday just before dusk, there was a large Pileated Woodpecker in a pine tree at Bond Court and S. Kennedy Road. 20 minutes later, spotted it flying into the redwoods nearby just as the sun set. Could not get a picture. Call is quite distinctive.
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Date: 1/28/19 10:51 am
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Whisman Park
Andy Bradshaw and I searched unsuccessfully for the Palm Warbler reported yesterday by Frank Vanslager. While we were searching the flowering eucalyptus over and near the bridge we did have two WESTERN TANAGERS as well as several Townsend’s Warblers. Neither of the Tanagers seemed to the one I reported a few days ago. One was a bright male, and the other was an extremely dull bird.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

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Date: 1/28/19 7:00 am
From: David Swafford <david...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker in Los Gatos
Yesterday just before dusk, there was a large Pileated Woodpecker in a pine tree at Bond Court and S. Kennedy Road.  20 minutes later, spotted it flying into the redwoods nearby just as the sun set.  Could not get a picture.  Call is quite distinctive.

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Date: 1/27/19 4:33 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Bird Watching Field Trip of 1/26/19
All:

I arrived at Shoreline Lake more than an hour early because there were a number of year-birds that I could have found there.  However, the only one that I found (and it stayed), was the male Hooded Merganser.  For a while I thought that I had a diving Barrow's Goldeneye.  However, I was fooled by 2 rapidly diving first-year male Common Goldeneyes; Sibley even reminds us that these are variable and may resemble the Barrows.

When I joined the trip, I recorded 52 species.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 1/27/19 1:39 pm
From: Eric Goodill via Groups.Io <ericgmac=<mac.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] 5MR/local birding and some continuing birds of interest
This is my favorite 5MR tool:

https://birding.ninadthakoor.com/5mrplanner.php

Good birding, Eric Goodill
Menlo Park

> On Jan 27, 2019, at 1:27 PM, Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> After being out of the country for a good chunk of the month, I birded within my 5 mile radius (5MR) the last couple days with decent results.
>
> I found the Vasona Lake Summer Tanager...or, more accurately, the Summer Tanager found me yesterday morning. As Dave mentioned, it is a pretty confiding bird - I saw it at 37.243612, -121.970732. On the lake there were 2 Western Grebes, or perhaps 1 Western and 1 Westernish Grebe, as the second individual had a suspiciously bright bill.
>
> After that I went to Los Gatos Creek County Park where I checked for the bittern a couple times (it was either not there or not visible) and generally didn't see much, but it looks like they are starting to fill the pond due east of the bridge over the creek that has been dry for some time.
>
> I finished the morning on a high note, relocating the wintering Phainopepla at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park in its usual tree by the northern entrance.
>
> Earlier today at Almaden Lake, there was a small group of (returning?) Tree Swallows.
>
> Walking north from there along the east side of the Guadalupe River, birds of note were 1-2 Sora, a Merlin, and a California Thrasher just below the dam in the (recently flooded) restoration area, which I did not expect. The thrasher may or may not have been there because just downstream a fire crew had been practicing firing an impressive water cannon over a modest but very thrasher-friendly looking piece of sage scrub. A female Common Merganser in the river, roughly opposite the SCVWD pond, is entangled in fishing line with a lure hooked into a wing and the line running through the bill. For those wondering, it looks like it currently would easily evade any attempts at capture to free it, but maybe something to keep an eye out for if you bird either the east side of the river here or the SCVWD pond side.
>
> Finally, at TJ Martin Park, 2 Chipping Sparrows were on the west side of Burchell Ave as previously reported. They were with a mixed flock under the transmission lines.
>
> If you are not familiar with 5MR birding, it is just keeping track of the birds seen within a 5 mile radius of your home, essentially expanding on the idea of a local patch. I have been preaching the benefits of 5MR birding (reduced fuel consumption and time in the car, contributing eBird data for unbirded/less birded areas, exploring places close to home, potentially finding rarities that may otherwise not be found, etc.) for a while now but it seems to be really taking off across the country this year, and I am happy to see some Santa Clara birders already have 5MRs set up as eBird patches. If this sounds at all interesting to you, you can take a look at this 5MR FAQ (http://www.iusedtohatebirds.com/p/vancouver-5mr.html <http://www.iusedtohatebirds.com/p/vancouver-5mr.html>) or my last blog posts on the topic (https://seagullsteve.blogspot.com/2019/01/2019-year-of-5mr.html <https://seagullsteve.blogspot.com/2019/01/2019-year-of-5mr.html>).
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>
>
> Good birding,
>
> Steve Tucker
> San Jose
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Date: 1/27/19 1:27 pm
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] 5MR/local birding and some continuing birds of interest
After being out of the country for a good chunk of the month, I birded within my 5 mile radius (5MR) the last couple days with decent results.
I found the Vasona Lake Summer Tanager...or, more accurately, the Summer Tanager found me yesterday morning. As Dave mentioned, it is a pretty confiding bird - I saw it at 37.243612, -121.970732. On the lake there were 2 Western Grebes, or perhaps 1 Western and 1 Westernish Grebe, as the second individual had a suspiciously bright bill.
After that I went to Los Gatos Creek County Park where I checked for the bittern a couple times (it was either not there or not visible) and generally didn't see much, but it looks like they are starting to fill the pond due east of the bridge over the creek that has been dry for some time.
I finished the morning on a high note, relocating the wintering Phainopepla at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park in its usual tree by the northern entrance.
Earlier today at Almaden Lake, there was a small group of (returning?) Tree Swallows.
Walking north from there along the east side of the Guadalupe River, birds of note were 1-2 Sora, a Merlin, and a California Thrasher just below the dam in the (recently flooded) restoration area, which I did not expect. The thrasher may or may not have been there because just downstream a fire crew had been practicing firing an impressive water cannon over a modest but very thrasher-friendly looking piece of sage scrub. A female Common Merganser in the river, roughly opposite the SCVWD pond, is entangled in fishing line with a lure hooked into a wing and the line running through the bill. For those wondering, it looks like it currently would easily evade any attempts at capture to free it, but maybe something to keep an eye out for if you bird either the east side of the river here or the SCVWD pond side.
Finally, at TJ Martin Park, 2 Chipping Sparrows were on the west side of Burchell Ave as previously reported. They were with a mixed flock under the transmission lines.
If you are not familiar with 5MR birding, it is just keeping track of the birds seen within a 5 mile radius of your home, essentially expanding on the idea of a local patch. I have been preaching the benefits of 5MR birding (reduced fuel consumption and time in the car, contributing eBird data for unbirded/less birded areas, exploring places close to home, potentially finding rarities that may otherwise not be found, etc.) for a while now but it seems to be really taking off across the country this year, and I am happy to see some Santa Clara birders already have 5MRs set up as eBird patches. If this sounds at all interesting to you, you can take a look at this 5MR FAQ (http://www.iusedtohatebirds.com/p/vancouver-5mr.html) or my last blog posts on the topic (https://seagullsteve.blogspot.com/2019/01/2019-year-of-5mr.html).


Good birding,
Steve Tucker San Jose

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Date: 1/27/19 1:02 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Palm Warbler at Whisman Park on 1/27/19
All:

I mainly wanted to find out where Whisman Park is.  So from 85 I took Moffett north, and then hard right on Leong/Walker and then right to park on Easy Street.  I walked the short trail to the bridge over Steven's Creek.  Standing on the bridge I had a prolonged view of a warbler happily feeding in the Flowering Euc.  I noted the head with the line through the eye, the yellow vent area, the lighter between-the-legs, and the white end of tail -- before looking at my Sibley program to verify that I was seeing a Palm Warbler.  When I looked up again to the top of the trees, I saw a perched male hummingbird. And then I had a very quick bino-view of a bright orangish-red gorget, not the deep red of the Anna's.  This was likely one of the Allen's Hummingbirds that Matthew Dodder identified on 1/24/19.

Then I continued on my route to Sierra Road, which was relatively bird-less.  But I did get a good face view of a perched, light-phase Ferruginous Hawk -- which made me feel better about my probably misidentifying a back view of the hawk on Steve Tracey's trip to Grant Ranch.  At the end of Marsh Road, I did see a perched immature Golden Eagle, but mostly it was pretty quiet.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 1/27/19 9:53 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Vasona Summer Tanager Jan 27
Summer Tanager continues at Vasona Park this morning 9:15 am. Mostly in bare oaks at the lower end of the dirt trail from the north end of the Lakeview Picnic area. Very cooperative, allowing prolonged views and photo ops. Has bright red spots all over - molting male?Dave Weber,MilpitasBy phone
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Date: 1/26/19 10:37 pm
From: m_m_rogers <m.m.rogers...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] 1/26/2019 Snowy Plover survey in Alviso
All,


Today 1/26/19, Mike Mammoser, Richard Jeffers, and I surveyed Alviso
for SNOWY PLOVERS. The water levels in all ponds except A12 and tidal
A17 were very high, so perhaps it was not surprising that A12 was the
only place we found this species, with 72 being seen (along with 2
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS), mostly in the northwest corner of the pond. We
also found 7 SANDERLINGS on that pond. At 9:24am, an immature BALD
EAGLE flew in from over Pond A13 and landed on A12 - it remained for
at least a half hour after being chased by a PEREGRINE FALCON from
Pond A13 (another adult PEREGRINE was perched over the EEC entrance
road earlier).


With duck hunting in full swing, tens of thousands of ducks were
loafing on the non-hunted ponds A9, A10, A11, A14, and A16. Most
impressive was a count of 4,050 REDHEAD along the northern edge of
Pond A11 (a new county high count?). The only others we saw were 8 on
Pond A10, although we could not access eastern pond A14 because of the
wet A13/A15 levee. Thousands of SCAUP (primarily LESSER) were on A10
and thousands of WIGEON were on A14. We saw one male EURASIAN WIGEON
(and one male hybrid) on A16, one male on A10, one male on A9, and 3
males on A14. Most interesting was an adult ROSS'S GOOSE on Pond A10,
initially picked out from the northwest corner of Pond A12 1.5 miles
away, but later seen from much closer from the southern A10 levee (you
have to love KOWA scopes!). The only other ebird reports of this
species in South Bay this winter are from Coyote Hills on 12/16/2018
and 1/1/2019.


Other birds of note included 2 male BLUE-WINGED TEAL in Mallard Slough
by the EEC, 11 SURF SCOTERS in Pond A11, an immature BLACK SKIMMER on
Pond A16, a BURROWING OWL seen from the Gold Street bridge on the
north bank of the Guadalupe River, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER along
Spreckles Ave. near Michigan Ave. in the town of Alviso.


Mike Rogers

Sunnyvale, CA


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Date: 1/26/19 4:30 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ducks & an eagle around the bay
Hi all -

I led a “Duck Class” field trip this morning which had us starting up on Terminal Way and ending at the Los Gatos Creek park in Campbell. We also ran into the SCVAS field trip. We did not see anything too unusual for the season, but there were several Eared Grebes throughout the Charleston Slough area. Which meant spending time teaching beginners why a duck is a duck and a grebe is a grebe! Its great when the ducks are doing what you say they do, so behavior becomes part of the walk. The most common duck of the area were the Northern Shovelers. At times there were hundreds flying above.

We ended up with 13 species of ducks including the Common Goldeneyes at Shoreline Lake, the many Canvasback out there today and the Ring-Necked Ducks at Los Gatos Creek Park. There was also a male Hooded Merganser at Shoreline Lake.

A nice surprise was an adult BALD EAGLE that flew over us while we were in Campbell along Dell Ave. It was 11:50 AM, and it was flying in a south/east direction directly overhead. Allowing for another great topic; the difference in how an eagle flies as compared to a gull as compared to a duck.

Lisa Myers
Los Gatos Birdwatcher/Let’s Go Birding



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Date: 1/26/19 3:19 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ulistac & Alviso Salt Ponds
All,

My first stop this morning was at Ulistac. Best birds seen included an adult male yellow-shafted NORTHERN FLICKER that flew to a bare branch of a eucalyptus tree along the creek and perched near a male red-shafted Northern Flicker. The yellow-shafted flicker had a bright red nape crescent, a black malar stripe and a beige face and throat. Eleven WILSON'S SNIPE were on the edge of the reeds in the far Northwestern edge of the park. I then went to Alviso where I had a single BONAPARTE'S GULL in the Southwestern edge of Salt Pond A12. On my hike out to Salt Pond A14 I saw a couple SANDERLING running along islands in Salt Pond A12. When I got to Salt Pond A14 the best birds for me were RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (male and female). Lots of good ducks there but no other target species. On my way back to the parking lot at around noon I had great views of two SNOWY PLOVERS on an island in Eastern edge of Salt Pond A12 (on my way out to A14 I had been told that there were several in the far Northwestern corner of A12 but I had not been able to positively ID any).

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 1/25/19 9:05 pm
From: jm_danzenbaker_alt via Groups.Io <jm_danzenbaker_alt=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso Swamp Sparrow (1/25) and Sanderlings (1/23)
Swamp Sparrow at 8:20am along the dirt footpath adjacent to the L-shaped boardwalk. Two Sanderlings in pond A12 around 9am Wednesday.

Mike Danzenbaker
Mtn View

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Date: 1/25/19 8:57 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso Slough Trail
Folks:

Today, 1/25/19, I walked a CCW loop on the Alviso Slough Trail.  At
sunrise, I saw one of the SWAMP SPARROWS near the entrance to the
L-shaped faux marina dock.  The strip islands in Pond A12 were full of
shorebirds, I did find a single SANDERLING in with the more common
peeps.  Pond A14 had 1000+ American Wigeon mostly adjacent to the west
levee.  I found two EURASIAN WIGEON in with these flocks. A third
EURASIAN WIGEON was in the northeast corner of Pond A9 and closer to the
levee.  I counted 64 REDHEAD in with the thousands of scaup on Pond
A11.  I counted 27 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, most were in A14.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 1/25/19 3:14 pm
From: Ryan Phillips via Groups.Io <harpiabz=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Charleston Slough Survey
Hi Birders,While conducting a two hour (10:18-12:18) survey today of Charelston Slough I recorded  3,291 individuals of 36 species. In adjacent A1 I had a 5 greber (Eared, Horned, Clark's, Western, and Pied-billed), which I always enjoy. 
Nothing too exciting, but the highlights included a single TREE SWALLOW, 8 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, and 4 NORTHERN PINTAILS. No luck finding any Eurasian Green-winged Teal. 
Here is the entire eBird checklist:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52037392

Good Birding,Ryan

Ryan Phillips
NorCal Birding
www.norcalbirding.com

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Date: 1/25/19 11:37 am
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pileated Woodpecker off Stevens Canyon Road
Ginger and I saw a PILEATED WOODPECKER (and recorded its calling) yesterday afternoon at the first switchback above the west entrance to the Canyon Trail in Stevens Creek County Park. The trailhead is part way down Stevens Canyon Road on the left, well past the Cooley Picnic Area turnoff.

Ebird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52008536 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52008536>

We also searched in vain for Dippers all along Stevens Creek in that area — no sign of any whitewashing on any rocks either, although it looks like the recent rains have washed everything clean.


Barry
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Date: 1/25/19 11:12 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Greater Roadrunner & Ferruginous Hawk photos
All,

I've posted a couple photos of the Greater Roadrunner and the Ferruginous Hawk seen yesterday (1/24) on ebird. To view just click on the URL below.


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52027927


Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 1/24/19 5:37 pm
From: Dani <dmc860...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Coyote Creek Parkway - Coyote Ranch
Took a walk down the Coyote Creek trail late this afternoon, starting at Coyote Ranch Rd. and heading south. Immediately saw a pair of adult RED-TAILED HAWKS perched next to each other in a cottonwood, who later circled high over the creek together, and one juv with a full crop.

Other highlights were an adult BALD EAGLE soaring, 12 WOOD DUCKS seen throughout our walk, one GREAT BLUE HERON returning to the large rookery tree (where the trail makes an 'L' at the old orchards), and a lovely male COMMON YELLOWTHROAT working low in the willows where the creek frequently floods over the trail. 

Dani

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Date: 1/24/19 4:32 pm
From: Jim Yurchenco via Groups.Io <jimy=<ideo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Shoreline Lake
A brief stop at Shoreline at midday today, 1/24, turned up one male Barrow’s Goldeneye and one male Hooded Merganser.

James Yurchenco
Palo Alto
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Date: 1/24/19 3:52 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Western Tanager
A WESTERN TANAGER and at least two more ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRD are at Whisman Park in Mountain View between the playing field and the pedestrian bridge over Stevens Creek.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

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Date: 1/24/19 3:37 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Allen’s Hummingbirds
Two ALLEN’S HUMMINGBIRDS showed up near my home in Mountain View today in the top of a small budding tree. High-pitched trills and abundant orange and green suggested two males.

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View

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Date: 1/24/19 2:11 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Greater Roadrunner and Ferruginous Hawk
All,

Early this morning (1/24) the first bird I saw as I drove past the Grant ranch entrance was the light phase FERRUGINOUS HAWK perched in a bare tree West of the Southwest portion of Grant Lake (my photos show light leg feathering so I assume that it's juvenile). Later as I was checking out the lake I had an adult BALD EAGLE having breakfast, in a tree East of the lake, while being closely watched by three COMMON RAVEN. At about that time the Ferruginous Hawk left its perch and flew to the bare hillside in Grant Ranch where it was lost to view. After some time viewing from the hilltop with the three Oak trees and walking the trail on the East side of the lake I decided to check the bushes along the road. After a couple minutes I was surprised to see the GREATER ROADRUNNER on the grass West of the entrance to the Grant Lake parking lot not 30 feet away from me. As I went for my camera the bird went across and then on up road (toward MT Hamilton), moving off to the bushes on the side of the road a couple times when cars passed it. At one point it perched on a fence post, apparently sunning itself, then finally, just before the posted "No Parking" sign pullout on the right side of the road it move Northeast on up hill on the left side of the road. I should also note that there was a dead male COMMON MERGANSER on the south shore of the lake.

Take care,

Bob Reiling



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Date: 1/24/19 12:26 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] (admin): new monthly reminder, and a new Flickr group
Folks, FYI so it doesn't surprise you: I've added a monthly email to South
Bay Birds with a few administrative pointers that I get asked for a few
times a month. I've tried to keep it short and not annoying, but there's no
better way to occasionally help people find the help pages and other
resources tied to this list. For your reference I've attached a copy below.
It should go out once a month at the start of the month.

As you're also probably aware, we've had a Facebook group run by Brooke
Miller for a while for more casual chatter and discussion and I think it's
working out really well -- if you haven't checked it out, you can at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/110996713065201/

If there's a problem with it, it's that not everyone uses Facebook, and
there's no way to participate without being a Facebook member. To give us
another option, I've created a Flickr group for Silicon Valley birding,
which you can visit or join at
https://www.flickr.com/groups/siliconvalleybirders/.

It is intended as a place where we can share photos taken around Santa
Clara county and carry on discussions about topics of interest to Silicon
Valley birders. We've had a number of requests for a place to chat about
birding that isn't on Facebook, so we're going to experiment with this as
another location for non-report type discussions to happen, as well as
photo sharing.

You are welcome to join either or both groups if you are interested.

One of the discussions I've been having within Santa Clara Valley Audubon
is how to create a place for us to share photos from the various events and
outings the group organized; I don't think it's been announced yet but I'll
be leading a photowalk in Palo Alto Baylands in March as something new we
want to try. The Flickr group will be where photos from that photowalk --
or any SCVAS outing -- can be shared, as well as photos you take around the
county during your regular birding trips.

The Flickr group is an experiment; we'll try it, if it's useful we'll keep
using it, if not we'll end it, but I think it's nice to have options, and
we're always looking at ways to do more and give people different things
they can do to connect with each other and share. I'd love you to join up,
kick the tires and tell me what you think...

Thanks for being a member of South Bay Birds. I'm always interested in your
suggestions and feedback, so please drop me a line if you have them.

chuq
(<chuqvr...>)
Admin, South Bay Birds, Silicon Valley Birding; volunteer for Santa Clara
Valley Audubon

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Thank you for being a member of South Bay Birds. This is our monthly
reminder sent to the list with information about the group.

South Bay Birds is a list intended for reporting interesting and rare bird
sightings in Santa Clara county. It is not a general discussion list, for
that we have two options: a Facebook group and a Flickr group. The Flickr
group is also where we encourage you to share photos you've taken around
the county and share the interesting birds you've seen. We've created a web
site Birdwatching in Silicon Valley (https://siliconvalleybirding.org) with
subscription information and links to the other parts of the Silicon Valley
Birding community, and we encourage you to share that with those you know
who might be interested in joining our group.

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South Bay Birds and Birdwatching in Silicon Valley are affiliated with the
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society (http://www.scvas.org), which offers
classes and outings around the county, so if you're interested in learning
more about birding in the county or joining other birders in going out
birding, they can help you find an outing that matches your interests.

If you ever need help with your South Bay Birds discussion, please contact
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Date: 1/23/19 10:41 pm
From: Barry Langdon-Lassagne via Groups.Io <wilmot=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Roadrunner continues at Grant Lake
Ginger and I saw (and photographed) the Greater Roadrunner near Grant Lake in Joseph D. Grant County Park today at 2:15pm. We ran into a birder from San Mateo county who gave us much useful information as she’d been hunting all morning for the bird — thank you Beverly! The Roadrunnner was hunting near the south shore of the lake, visible from the hill with three oaks overlooking the lake and field. Speaking of the field, we saw a Ferruginous Hawk sitting in the field for about twenty minutes before disappearing while we were distracted by the Roadrunner.

Also of note, an immature Golden Eagle was flying along the hillsides north of the lake, and earlier in the morning a Bald Eagle soared above the entrance area to the Grant campgrounds. On the lake we saw 38 Common Mergansers and one Ring-necked Duck.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51984286

Barry
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> On Jan 21, 2019, at 3:34 PM, William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> Folks,
>
> This morning Kitty and I decided to go look for the Roadrunner at Grant Lake. We arrived at about 7:40am and drove right by the gate in order to check the chaparral up to the turn-around at the Hotel trail head. Just 100ft past the parking lot entrance we spotted the bird in the brush on the left. After it ducked out of view we parked at the lake and found the bird twice more. The first time we heard bill clacking and then splashing as it ran through the ditch, out of the bushes and down the road toward the main park entrance. The bird went across the road and into the bushes down past the gate that is located across the street. A few minutes later it reappeared down the road (more of a grass track) where I was able to get a photo during its brief appearance.
>
> Here is a link to my checklist on eBird:
> eBird Checklist – Joseph D. Grant CP--Grant Lake, Santa Clara County, California, US – Mon Jan 21, 2019 – 18 species
>
> eBird Checklist – Joseph D. Grant CP--Grant Lake, Santa Clara County, Ca...
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>
> Good birding,
> Bill
>
> p.s. No audio play-back was used to attract the bird
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Date: 1/23/19 8:55 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Vasona CP
Folks:

This afternoon, 1/23/19, I stopped by Vasona CP.  Downhill from the
Lakeview Group area where an informal trail meets the trail beside the
reservoir, I saw an immature SUMMER TANAGER, presumably the 1st-winter
male that has been photographed there.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 1/23/19 4:49 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Harvey Bear Ranch at Coyote Lake County Park
This morning (1/23), Patricia Lynch and I visited the Harvey Bear Ranch entrance to Coyote Lake. Neither one of us had been there before. We started with the flat 2 mile paved loop path called Martin Murphy Trail. The trail travels through glassland area with scattered oaks and a small wetland area. We observed 2 GOLDEN EAGLES and several RED-TAILED HAWKS and AMERICAN KESTRELS. There were YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIES working on their stick nests on top of the oaks, plenty of MEADOWLARKS, EURASIAN-COLLARED DOVES, SAY'S PHOEBES, and WESTERN BLUEBIRDS while sparrows included SAVANNAH, WHITE-CROWNED, GOLDEN-CROWNED, SONG and LINCOLN'S. Although we didn’t observe anything unusual, we both really enjoyed the area and plan to go back.

ebird list:https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51978983

Eve Meier
San Jose
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Date: 1/23/19 1:43 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero Reservoir 1/23/19
Did a quick lunch bird outing to Calero Reservoir with quick stops at
Laguna West and Coyote Valley OSP as well.

Very quiet at both Laguna W and Coyote OSP, the only really interesting
thing were four western bluebirds (2m 2f) on the wire near the intersection
at the entrance.

Calero was more interesting.

Near the dam head was a flock of about 60 Western Grebes, many sleeping. I
did find one classic looking Clark's Grebe in the mix.

Also in the water was a male Common Goldeneye.

Found in a tree high up on the top of the hill was an Osprey

And in a stroke of luck, I had two swallows show up for a few minutes to
flit around and hunt, and both had the sun hit them just right to show off
nice green flashes, making them Violet-Green swallows, not Swallow spp.




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Date: 1/21/19 4:02 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Adult male Hooded Merganser
All,

At around 9 this morning (1/21) an adult male HOODED MERGANSER was on the southeastern edge of Shoreline Lake.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 1/21/19 3:34 pm
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Roadrunner continues at Grant Lake
Folks,
This morning Kitty and I decided to go look for the Roadrunner at Grant Lake. We arrived at about 7:40am and drove right by the gate in order to check the chaparral up to the turn-around at the Hotel trail head. Just 100ft past the parking lot entrance we spotted the bird in the brush on the left. After it ducked out of view we parked at the lake and found the bird twice more. The first time we heard bill clacking and then splashing as it ran through the ditch, out of the bushes and down the road toward the main park entrance. The bird went across the road and into the bushes down past the gate that is located across the street. A few minutes later it reappeared down the road (more of a grass track) where I was able to get a photo during its brief appearance. 
Here is a link to my checklist on eBird:eBird Checklist – Joseph D. Grant CP--Grant Lake, Santa Clara County, California, US – Mon Jan 21, 2019 – 18 species 


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Good birding,Bill
p.s. No audio play-back was used to attract the bird

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Date: 1/20/19 9:11 pm
From: John Hurley <jhurley13...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Interesting Snow x Canada Goose - Vasona Lake
I went to Vasona Lake this morning, 01-20-19, to see if I could spot the Summer Tanager. No luck for me there, although I did talk to two people who had seen it. Another helpful birder showed me the perfect spot for the Red-breasted Sapsuckers: it was in a pepper tree near the Lakeview Picnic Area. I later saw a different Red-breasted Sapsucker while I was walking along the creek path near the railroad.

The first photo that I took was of a very unusual white-headed bird swimming with some Canada Geese. From looking at some photos after I got home, I think it is a Snow x Canada Goose; photos on eBird.

Other highlights for me were a Green Heron that was very close to the path that I got good photos of, and a Muscovy Duck. Two passers-by said that it has been there for years and is known as Lorenzo.

EBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51886622 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51886622>


John
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Date: 1/20/19 5:19 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SVAS Field Trip at the Sunnyvale Water Treatment Plant
Hi birders,
I woke up to rain this morning in Cupertino and sent out a broadcast on Ticketbud to cancel the trip. We decided to drive down to the SWTP to let others know that the trip was cancelled. Guess what? There was no rain there and it turned out to be a rather pleasant morning. My apologies to those of you who did not show up because of the Ticketbud mailing I sent. In the future I will be more careful to let folks know that I will show up and decide a go or no go if the weather is marginal as it was this morning.

In any event, we saw a fair number of species on our two segments. The first segment started at the Water Treatment Plant and ended on the Bay Trail at about the SMaRT Station. We recorded a total of 44 species and there were likely 45 due to the fact that the Clark's/Western grebes were too far away for us to get good identifications. Highlights for me were numerous Red-breasted Mergansers including some beautiful males, a beautifully plumed female Belted Kingfisher and an American Kestrel on a phone wire eating a small rodent.. Details at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51881307

The second segment of our trip had the same starting point, but we walked up Moffett Channel to about the radar antenna. On this segment we recorded 25 species, many were the the same as seen on the first segment. A notable exception was an immature Northern Harrier, a Lincoln's Sparrow, a Sora and Common Gallinules. Lesser Scaups and Night Herons, at least 15 in the channel, were more numerous on the second leg. Details at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51881356.

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Date: 1/20/19 4:16 pm
From: Jim Meikrantz <jim.meikrantz...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pygmy Nuthatch - North Los Altos
I came across a lone Pygmy Nuthatch this afternoon feeding in a pine tree near the intersection of Los Altos Avenue and the Palo Alto bike path. From 2014 - 2016 there was a roosting group of 8+ PYNU in a palm tree about three blocks from that spot. I’ll be looking to see if they have established another roost nearby. That would be a treat. 

Jim Meikrantz

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Date: 1/20/19 2:43 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Milpitas Bald Eagles Jan 20
Both adult Bald Eagles were in the nest tree at Curtner School on Redwood
Ave in Milpitas just a few minutes ago, around 2:30pm



Dave Weber,

Milpitas


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Date: 1/20/19 12:53 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] The Grant Ranch Field Trip on 1/19/19
All:

Steve Tracey's early-starting, true bird-watching-field-trip to Grant Ranch was, as expected, very productive.  I recorded a total of 66 species, not counting several heard-only species -- because I couldn't hear them.  I added 10 species to my year list.

The best sighting was of two adult Bald Eagles perched above the lake, in an oak and on a telephone pole.  A little while later as we approached the lake edge, we were fortunately able to see both birds flying towards us, causing a lot of commotion of the many ducks on the lake -- even though the eagles were probably just checking for fishes.  They returned empty-talon-ed to their respective perches.

Much later, on the second part of Steve's trip, I had a view of an adult Bald Eagle at 100-power.  This bird was perched high up on the ridge line, very much farther from the lake.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 1/20/19 8:55 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Short Eared Owl on Marsh Rd
This Marsh road is an area in the east bay hills behind Ed Levin Park,
cross street felter (which continues straight when Calaveras turns left to
head past the reservoir). Felter later becomes Sierra, goes up over the
hill and comes back down in San Jose. Marsh takes you into some water
company pasture land in the watershed south of Calaveras Reservoir.




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On January 20, 2019 at 8:51:00 AM, Laine Michael (<michaeldlaine...>)
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You mean Marsh Road in Menlo Park. Calaverus Road in Fremont?

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Date: 1/20/19 8:51 am
From: Michael Laine <Michaeldlaine...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Short Eared Owl on Marsh Rd
You mean Marsh Road in Menlo Park.  Calaverus Road in Fremont?

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Date: 1/19/19 9:59 pm
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Short Eared Owl on Marsh Rd
Folks,
We had a (sort of) slow day birding during the day, so we decided to try a little owling before calling it quits. We have been trying to get Short Eared Owl up on Marsh Rd, since the habitat seems perfect. We parked the car by the gate half way from the bridge to the farmhouse (you will see truck tire marks going through the gate in the mud) and turned off the car and immediately heard 2 Great Horned Owls counter calling. Then we heard a squealing, squeaky call that I'd never heard before. It was a match to track 5 in iBird Pro for Short Eared Owl. After a few minutes we heard the same call again, and the third time we heard this, the calls were much closer and we got terrific views of two SEOW flying across the road and then down the fence-line toward the farm house. 
The first calls were at 5:46pm (30 min after sunset) we first saw the birds at 5:52pm. The owls were football shaped with a flat face and huge wings for the body size. I was surprised how light the underside was, especially the wings. As we were driving down toward the farmhouse, we heard a deep hooting call repeating very quickly from the field to our right. I estimate 11 calls in about 5 seconds. This call matches track 6 in iBird Pro. We didn't hear the "dying cat" call at all, but that is something else to listen for if you are trying for these owls. Unfortunately our timing was off in recording the calls.
We ended up with 5 Great Horned Owls and the two Short Eared Owls on Marsh Rd. We then went to Calaveras Rd and heard a Western Screech Owl when we stopped at a pull out with the car off, as they are very quiet. As we pulled away the Owl flew from behind us along the roadside for 50ft and then banked a sharp turn into the woods. It's kind of funny that up around all those farms we didn't get a Barn Owl ... not complaining ;) 
I don't see any records of Short Eared Owls on Marsh Rd on eBird. It is nice to see that they can be found in new locations. You can tell a Short Eared Owl based on its flight style, which is a buoyant, fluttering, moth-like quality very unlike Barn or Great Horned Owls. They did glide a little but were flying together in a very crooked line.
That was an amazing experience!
Regards,Bill & Kitty

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Date: 1/19/19 6:50 pm
From: Al Eisner via Groups.Io <eisner=<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Bullocks Oriole SCV Water District 1-19-19
On Sat, 19 Jan 2019, janna pauser wrote:

> I found a male BULLOCKS ORIOLE at the Santa Clara Valley Water District on
> Almaden Exp. at 2:30 today. Unfortunately my first SBB post didn't go
> through. Al Eisner and Karen Burnson saw it after it came out into the open
> near the back of the headquarters building. The head and breast were quite
> bright with black facial markings, a whitish belly and lighter yellow tail.
> Attached is my photo.

Just to add a few details: this was a first-cycle male. The head and
breast colors were rather orangey. The belly color changed with
lighting, somewhere between off-white and dingy pale buffy, while.
the undertail coverts were a clearer yellow. The horizontal black
mark through the eye seemed less extensive than on an adult male;
there was also a black bib. Lastly, the bird gave (just once) what I
consider a typical Bullock's chatter call once (less dry/metallic than
a Hooded's, for example). A really nice find, Janna - thanks.

Al Eisner

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Date: 1/19/19 6:12 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bullocks Oriole SCV Water District 1-19-19

I found a male BULLOCKS ORIOLE at the Santa Clara Valley Water District
on Almaden Exp. at 2:30 today. Unfortunately my first SBB post didn't go
through. Al Eisner and Karen Burnson saw it after it came out into the
open near the back of the headquarters building. The head and breast
were quite bright with black facial markings, a whitish belly and
lighter yellow tail. Attached is my photo.

After seeing the SUMMER TANAGER on Guadalupe Mines Road I birded the
creek trail at noon today. Here I found Bill Pelletier's continuing RED
NAPED SAPSUCKER, several ACORN and a NUTTALL's WOODPECKER, a female
HAIRY and pair of DOWNY WOODPECKERS. I decided to try for the continuing
YELLOW BELLIED SAPSUCKER at the water district and found it after
talking to Bob Hirt and friends. Two RED BREASTED SAPSUCKERS were also
seen here. I had one more possible woodpecker species and found a
NORTHERN FLICKER at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 1/19/19 5:53 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bullocks Oriole 1-19-19
This is my third post.

I found a male BULLOCKS ORIOLE at the Santa Clara Valley Water District
on Almaden Exp. at 2:30 today. Al Eisner and Karen Burnson saw it after
it came out into the open near the back of the headquarters building.
The head and breast were quite bright with black facial markings, a
whitish belly and lighter yellow tail.

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

After seeing the SUMMER TANAGER on Guadalupe Mines Road at noon, I
birded the creek trail.
Here I found Bill Pelletier's continuing RED NAPED SAPSUCKER, several
ACORN and a NUTTALL's WOODPECKER, a female HAIRY and pair of DOWNY
WOODPECKERS. I decided to try for the continuing YELLOW BELLIED
SAPSUCKER at the water district and found it after talking to Bob Hirt
and friends. Two RED BREASTED SAPSUCKERS were also seen here. I had one
more possible woodpecker species and found a NORTHERN FLICKER at
Guadalupe Oak Grove Park.

Janna Pauser

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Date: 1/19/19 1:41 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Pygmy Nuthatch, Cuesta Park
All,

This morning I had a PYGMY NUTHATCH in one of two un-healthy looking Pine trees on the Eastern edge of Cuesta Park (the same trees that I've seen them in before).

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 1/19/19 1:02 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Raptors, Coyote Creek Trail
I should have mentioned that the ferruginous hawk was on the trail in Morgan Hill, between Burnett and Cochrane.
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Date: 1/19/19 1:01 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Raptors, Coyote Creek Trail
Two interesting raptors on two different days.

On 1/17, about 3 PM, on Coyote Creek Trail between Coyote Ranch and Bailey, a leucistic BALD EAGLE. It had the usual white head and tail, but the body and wings didn't contrast to nearly the expected degree. I believe a similar bird has been reported from just that location before.

Today, around noon, a very pale light-morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK.

John Harshman
San Jose.

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Date: 1/19/19 11:04 am
From: Marion Farber via Groups.Io <marion_farber=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Red-naped Sapsucker in Almaden Valley
I saw the Red-Naped Sapsucker today (Saturday 1/19) on a sycamore by the Guadalupe Creek at the intersection of Thyme Creek and Sycamore Creek off of Guadalupe Mines Road.  It's the third time I've seen him on the same tree, at about the same spot, so I guess he's decided that's HIS tree.

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Date: 1/19/19 9:33 am
From: Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2019 Cumulative Year List - December 2018
Sorry Brooke (and others), I’ve been entering old checklists into eBird, and I must have put the wrong year for that Little Stint - I did not have one in the County in 2018.

My apologies!

Steve Rottenborn
Morgan Hill, CA
On Jan 19, 2019, at 9:11 AM, Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...><mailto:idbirds=<me.com...>> wrote:

December 2018

Finally, the last month of the year and the finals for 2018. First of all, there was a sighting that was missed earlier in the year. This was a Little Stint (6) seen by Steve Rottenborn in the impoundment east of Salt Pond A12 on 24-April.

This increases our list total as of 31-November from 285 to 286. In December we had 2 new birds, bringing the total count for the year to 288. December’s average is 3, while the average total bird species recorded through December is 286. The 2 new birds for December, with rarity codes in parentheses were:

6-Dec: A flock of 13 Cattle Egret (5) were seen flying in a “V” over DeAnza Blvd. by Ryan Phillips; and

16-Dec: A Long-tailed Duck (5) was seen at the SE corner of Salt Pond A15 by Mike Rogers.

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

Please post all your sightings in a timely manner to <southbaybirds...><mailto:<southbaybirds...> and/or www.eBird.org<http://www.ebird.org/> .

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

Brooke Miller




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Date: 1/19/19 9:11 am
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2019 Cumulative Year List - December 2018
December 2018

Finally, the last month of the year and the finals for 2018. First of all, there was a sighting that was missed earlier in the year. This was a Little Stint (6) seen by Steve Rottenborn in the impoundment east of Salt Pond A12 on 24-April.

This increases our list total as of 31-November from 285 to 286. In December we had 2 new birds, bringing the total count for the year to 288. December’s average is 3, while the average total bird species recorded through December is 286. The 2 new birds for December, with rarity codes in parentheses were:

6-Dec: A flock of 13 Cattle Egret (5) were seen flying in a “V” over DeAnza Blvd. by Ryan Phillips; and

16-Dec: A Long-tailed Duck (5) was seen at the SE corner of Salt Pond A15 by Mike Rogers.

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

Please post all your sightings in a timely manner to <southbaybirds...> <mailto:<southbaybirds...> and/or www.eBird.org <http://www.ebird.org/> .

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

Brooke Miller



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Date: 1/18/19 5:26 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sanborn County Park: John Nichols Trail and Dippers
Hi Everyone,

Today, I needed some redwood time so I birded the John Nichols Trail in Sanborn County Park starting at the Black Rd entrance. The birds were very quiet along most of the trail, except for DARK-EYED JUNCOS, BROWN CREEPERS, a couple of TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS, one large flock of BAND-TAILED PIGEONS, and one PACIFIC WREN (heard only) close to the reservoir. However the birds were very active at the reservoir. RING-NECKED DUCKS and COOTS were on the water. STELLAR'S JAYS, SCRUB JAYS, AMERICAN ROBINS, AND CEDAR WAXWINGS were calling loudly from the tall pines. I saw many RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES, AND YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS along the trail next to the reservoir.

On my way home, I stopped by the Los Gatos Creek Trail south of Main Street to watch the two AMERICAN DIPPERS foraging in the creek. They were very close to Main St. and easy to see from the east path.

Eve Meier
San Jose (Cambrian Area)

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Date: 1/18/19 5:12 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Merlin & American Pipit
All,

Best birds seen today include a MERLIN in Sunnyvale Baylands Park and an AMERICAN PIPIT in the Southeastern corner of Salt Pond A12. There were several thousand sandpipers in A12 but the trail was impassable.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 1/18/19 9:49 am
From: Eileen Melton <eileen-smileen...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Grant Park Carpool for tomorrow?
I’m taking the bus to the WOMENS MARCH!! 😜

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Subject: [southbaybirds] Grant Park Carpool for tomorrow?

Hi,

Is anyone who’s going on the SCVAS Grant Park field trip tomorrow, and lives in the San Jose area, interested in carpooling?

Thanks,
Brooke Miller



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Date: 1/18/19 9:30 am
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Grant Park Carpool for tomorrow?
Hi,

Is anyone who’s going on the SCVAS Grant Park field trip tomorrow, and lives in the San Jose area, interested in carpooling?

Thanks,
Brooke Miller
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Date: 1/17/19 3:02 pm
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Summer Tanager (juvenile male) Continues at Vasona Lake County Park
I found the continuing juvenile male SUMMER TANAGER today at around noon at the Lakeview Group Picnic Area. It was silent, unlike the Summer Tanager over at Guadalupe Mines Road.

Earlier, and to my delight, I saw a pair of WOOD DUCKS in the creek upstream from the red metal bridge. Seeing Wood Ducks here was a first for me.

If you’re looking for gulls, there were none at Vasona.

Link to my eBird list with photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51770098


Good birding!
Brooke Miller
San Jose
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