south-bay-birds
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1/16/18 4:32 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Teresa Park - Fortini Rd Entrance
1/16/18 2:01 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] recent birds
1/15/18 8:46 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago Marsh and Pond A16
1/15/18 2:25 pm Michael Hawk <hawk.mr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Henry Coe Park -14/15 January
1/15/18 11:29 am Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cackling Goose
1/15/18 10:45 am Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac Natural Area- 15Jan
1/14/18 8:38 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Misc Coyote Valley
1/14/18 7:19 pm <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Correction to=>Shoreline Lake and surrounding area, 01/13/18
1/14/18 6:19 pm Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Shoreline Lake and surrounding area, 01/13/18
1/14/18 3:56 pm <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Lake and surrounding area, 01/13/18
1/14/18 3:28 pm <pdunten...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] hotspots along the south bay
1/14/18 3:19 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Misc Coyote Valley
1/14/18 3:06 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc Coyote Valley
1/14/18 12:10 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Yesterday's birding (1/13/2018)
1/13/18 7:08 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Five species of Goose, Jan. 13
1/13/18 6:45 pm Natasha Dehn <nedehn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] birds at shoreline/A1
1/13/18 5:56 pm Bob H <Bobhirt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley; late Pm
1/13/18 3:21 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Burrowing Owls & Wilson's Snipe
1/13/18 1:36 pm Deborah Jamison <woodduck...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Apologies
1/13/18 1:02 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley
1/12/18 8:31 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale WPCP
1/12/18 4:37 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley
1/12/18 4:30 pm Deborah Jamison <woodduck...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Reminder: Welsh Walk Sunday!
1/12/18 4:27 pm Deborah Jamison <woodduck...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Reminder: Welsh Walk Sunday!
1/12/18 4:21 pm Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Calero Reservoir
1/12/18 10:10 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] AWOL Mandarin Duck
1/12/18 9:23 am David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac Merlin and warblers
1/11/18 5:32 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline White-throated Sparrow, Barrow's Goldeneye
1/11/18 4:45 pm <marion_farber...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher still in Coyote Valley
1/11/18 4:36 pm Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lewis's Woodpecker Coyote Valley
1/11/18 3:45 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Yellow Warbler Coyote Creek trail
1/11/18 3:35 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley birds
1/11/18 3:05 pm <shalu_95120...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline: green heron, barrow's golden eye and female hooded merganser
1/11/18 1:07 pm <marion_farber...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden specialties
1/10/18 7:13 pm Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Highlights from Don Edwards and Ulistac 10Jan
1/10/18 6:58 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Snow Goose on Felter Rd Jan 10
1/10/18 2:40 pm Dotty Calabrese <DOTTYCALA...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Red-breasted Sapsucker
1/10/18 2:21 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Reservoir
1/10/18 2:06 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermilion Jan 10
1/10/18 8:10 am Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Los Gatos American Dipper
1/9/18 8:57 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Recent birds
1/9/18 4:27 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Hooded mergansers
1/8/18 11:57 pm Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Don Edwards NWR Area
1/8/18 7:37 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Park
1/8/18 2:18 pm Charles Coston <cjcoston...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Seeking info on local Purple Martins
1/8/18 11:10 am Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden to Calero, Jan. 7
1/8/18 10:34 am 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> RE: [SBB] Gull ID help
1/8/18 10:25 am David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Gull ID help
1/7/18 8:57 pm <leslieneft...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pileated Woodpecker at Rancho San Antonio
1/7/18 6:28 pm David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pine Siskins, Sunnyvale
1/7/18 5:36 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] red-naped sapsucker continues at Almaden Lake
1/7/18 5:04 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Bald Eagles for Yard Bird / Common Loon
1/7/18 2:18 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermillion continues
1/7/18 2:01 pm <geochelone...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Seeking info on local Purple Martins
1/6/18 6:36 pm Peter Hart <peterehart...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Photos of the continuing Vermillion Flycatcher
1/6/18 5:48 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Wilson's Warbler and House Wren 1-06-17
1/6/18 2:19 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] American Bittern & Ruff
1/6/18 12:46 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac Field Trip Highlights
1/6/18 11:41 am Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley Vermillion Flycatcher still there
1/6/18 9:27 am <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermillion Continues
1/5/18 11:06 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Geese at Shoreline at Mountain View, 1/5/18
1/5/18 9:39 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley and Calero Reservoir - Friday, Jan 5, 2018
1/5/18 4:54 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Some south county notables
1/5/18 4:36 pm David Kohler <dkohler...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Vermillion Flycatcher, 01/04/18
1/5/18 3:59 pm <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermillion Flycatcher, 01/04/18
1/5/18 3:55 pm Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermillion
1/5/18 2:40 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Park
1/5/18 11:18 am Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher Present this morning
1/5/18 8:09 am Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher Present this morning
1/4/18 10:46 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing birds, 1/4/18
1/4/18 4:42 pm Beth Hamel <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: No Vermillion Flycatcher
1/4/18 4:34 pm Kathy Parker <jandkparker...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Aleutian Cackling Goose - Vasona Lake CP
1/4/18 4:33 pm Dotty Calabrese <DOTTYCALA...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] No Vermillion Flycatcher
1/4/18 4:29 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> REVISED! [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - December and Final Year Results
1/4/18 3:53 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - December and Final Year Results
1/4/18 2:30 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler 1-04-17
1/4/18 1:46 pm Hannes Vogel <hvogel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] NYTimes.com: ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Pummels Northeast, Whipping the East Coast With Snow and Bitter Cold
1/4/18 11:50 am Kathy Parker <jandkparker...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Juvenile Snow Goose - Almaden Lake RP
1/4/18 11:26 am Nancy Asquith <nancyasquith...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ogier access, Muriel Wright (Santa Teresa) update, and possible Yellow-Shafted NORTHERN FLICKER at SCVWD
1/3/18 3:19 pm <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto Baylands - 01/01/18
1/3/18 1:16 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Almaden Wood Ducks 1-03-18
1/3/18 11:17 am Steve Altus <steve_altus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher continues
1/3/18 9:32 am Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermilion flycatcher
1/3/18 9:03 am Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Ogier Ponds Access
1/2/18 11:23 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Ogier Ponds Access
1/2/18 9:33 pm 'Ann H.' <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher and more--great day today
1/2/18 8:57 pm <willjaponicus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Jan 2 Santa Clara County Big Day - 158 species
1/2/18 8:26 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Lake Jan. 2
1/2/18 7:58 pm Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Cassin’s Kingbird
1/2/18 7:13 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ogier Ponds Access
1/2/18 7:13 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] January 1, 2018 Bird Sightings
1/2/18 5:53 pm Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley Vermilion Flycatcher
1/2/18 5:04 pm Carole Hutchinson <carolehu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Common grackle
1/2/18 3:29 pm <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC Preliminary Report (Dec 30, 2017)
1/2/18 3:15 pm David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Los Altos and Charleston Forebay & Eurasian Teal status
1/2/18 2:34 pm Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Los Altos and Charleston Forebay
1/2/18 12:31 pm Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher
1/2/18 8:23 am Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Common Loon Campbell
1/1/18 9:31 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Year's Day 2018
1/1/18 8:26 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Highway 152 Bald Eagles
1/1/18 6:33 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] CBC and New Years day highlights
1/1/18 5:46 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] My Jan ! sightings
1/1/18 5:09 pm Frank Vanslager <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Some New Year's Day Birding
1/1/18 2:36 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermilion flycatcher, rock wrens and varied thrushes
1/1/18 10:04 am Karen Burnson <karenburnson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Common Loon Campbell
1/1/18 9:43 am Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC: IBM Almaden Research
1/1/18 9:32 am <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher
1/1/18 8:52 am Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Vermillion Flycatcher continues on Dougherty
1/1/18 6:39 am Peter Hart <peterehart...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Great Egret prey is Brown Rat
12/31/17 5:34 pm 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Barrow's Dec 31
12/31/17 4:04 pm Eric Goodill <ericgmac...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vermillion Flycatcher continues on Dougherty
12/31/17 1:11 pm juliana manoliu <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley and Charleston Slough-correction
12/31/17 12:47 pm Peter Hart <peterehart...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Great Egret prey, Barrow's Goldeneye, at Shoreline
12/31/17 12:11 pm Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing vermillion Flycatcher
12/31/17 9:56 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley Vermilion Flycatcher
12/31/17 8:35 am Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley Vermilion Flycatcher
12/30/17 8:53 pm Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] VERMILION FLYCATCHER Coyote Valley and other highlights
12/30/17 7:19 pm Robert Bolles <bolles...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing Barrow's Goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
12/30/17 6:19 pm Dotty Calabrese <DOTTYCALA...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Late Post - Wilson's Snipe - Charleston Road Marsh
12/30/17 4:59 pm <j.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley and Charleston Slough
12/29/17 5:33 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Juvenile Snow Goose and Wilson's Warbler - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Friday Dec. 29, 2017
12/29/17 3:34 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Hooded Merganser correction
12/29/17 3:27 pm Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Another Week Birding
12/29/17 2:51 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Swamp Sparrow, Barrow's Goldeneye
12/29/17 9:05 am jim irving <jim_irving...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
12/29/17 8:24 am <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Calero - Morgan Hill CBC tomorrow, Saturday the 30th, anyone free to be a counter?
12/29/17 8:17 am Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
12/28/17 7:45 pm David Cook <justdave50...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
12/28/17 7:20 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
12/28/17 7:12 pm <geochelone...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
12/28/17 6:34 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline birds (cont.), pix
12/28/17 4:42 pm <jim_irving...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
12/28/17 4:16 pm Steve Altus <steve_altus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Almaden Lake Thurs update
12/28/17 4:15 pm Steve Altus <steve_altus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Almaden Lake Thurs update
12/27/17 1:39 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing Swamp Sparrow
12/27/17 9:58 am Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Recent birding - Swamp Sparrow, geese, etc.
12/25/17 6:12 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Guadalupe River Channel rails 12-25-17
12/25/17 5:07 pm <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Fwd: [pen-bird] Pls forward to Southbaybirds
12/25/17 3:12 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Varied thrush
12/25/17 10:08 am Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto CBC - Palo Alto to Moffett Field - 12/18/17
12/24/17 4:15 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] More Shoreline news, pics
12/24/17 2:01 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Virginia Rail on Guadalupe River Trail
12/23/17 1:41 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing Barrow's Goldeneye
12/22/17 7:56 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coopers Hawk takes a crow
12/22/17 7:29 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Barrow's goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
12/22/17 5:04 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Barrow's goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
12/22/17 3:27 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Barrow's goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
12/22/17 2:59 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Some Alviso sightings
12/22/17 2:29 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Barrow's goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
12/22/17 11:58 am Frank Vanslager <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] BAGO at Shoreline Lake on 12/22/17
12/22/17 9:28 am Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] San Jose CBC (12/17) - late post
12/21/17 10:45 pm Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Merlin and Am Pipets and Palo Alto CBC
12/21/17 7:40 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
12/21/17 3:14 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Birding for the Palo Alto CBC
12/21/17 2:34 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Recent birding
12/21/17 11:13 am Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] San Jose CBC - 12/17/17
12/21/17 10:47 am Eric Goodill <ericgmac...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Evening Grosbeak continues in Los Altos
12/20/17 4:51 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Evergreen sector CBC 12/17
12/20/17 12:47 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: [pen-bird] Preliminary report from Palo Alto CBC
12/20/17 12:31 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley
12/20/17 12:25 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Preliminary report from Palo Alto CBC
12/20/17 11:13 am Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Preliminary report from Palo Alto CBC
12/20/17 10:04 am Robin Agarwal <robin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Continuing evening grosbeaks in Los Altos
12/20/17 12:44 am Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Teresa County Park: Swallows and Swifts
12/19/17 3:54 pm Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Birds at Ulistac 12/18 and 12/19
12/19/17 3:18 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Shoreline Hooded Merganser(s), etc [one link fixed]
12/19/17 2:08 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Hooded Merganser(s), etc
12/19/17 2:07 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing evening grosbeaks in Los Altos
12/19/17 10:11 am David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Continuing female Evening Grosbeak
12/19/17 9:20 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing female Evening Grosbeak
12/18/17 10:49 pm Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Creek Park, Morgan Hill, Wood Ducks
12/18/17 9:10 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto CBC, Shoreline Park
12/18/17 4:01 pm <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Lake, 12/16/17
12/18/17 2:40 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Almaden Slate-colored Junco, Pacific Wren
12/18/17 2:13 pm '<davequady...>' <davequady...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] The Oakland Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 17, 2017
12/18/17 10:53 am Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Evening Grosbeak
12/18/17 9:11 am Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Evening Grosbeak Los Altos
12/18/17 8:56 am Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Evening Grosbeak Los Altos
12/17/17 7:33 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] San Jose CBC, Alviso Sector, Party 1&2
12/17/17 6:22 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler 12-17-17
12/17/17 3:00 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Evening Grosbeak Los Altos
12/17/17 9:03 am <gkoprs...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Evening Grosbeak Los Altos
 
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Date: 1/16/18 4:32 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Teresa Park - Fortini Rd Entrance
Hi Everyone,

I tried a new birding location today and loved it. It’s the Fortini Rd entrance to Santa Teresa County Park. I hiked the Stile Ranch Trail for a mile or so. The trail is very steep but allows for beautiful views of the valley. A single NORTHERN HARRIER was flying low over a field below while several WHITE-TAILED KITES were perched in trees or hovering over the same field. I observed lots of sparrows including FOX SPARROWS and previously reported RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS. Also, I came across a single BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER that had also been previously reported and several MEADOWLARK.. On my way home, I drove Fortini Rd very slowly and was rewarded with a WOOD DUCK in the creek that passes under the road.

Complete Checklists: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41973027 and http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41976801

Eve Meier
San Jose (Cambrian Area)
 

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Date: 1/16/18 2:01 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] recent birds
Over 100 WILD TURKEY were seen along Casa Loma Road this morning, a few
males displaying. Fifty BAND TAILED PIGEONS flew over. A possible
previously reported tan striped WHITE THROATED SPARROW was near the
entrance gate. A NO. FLICKER pair was courting and two HUTTON'S VIREO
singing their spring song.

At nearby Chesbro Reservoir a flock of over 100 AM. PIPITS was seen in
flight, then perched on the fence at the end of Old Oak Glen Ave. The
three LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS I reported Oct. 21 were seen at the previous
reported location on Oak Glen Ave. A nearby RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER
eating Toyon berries was a beautiful sight. Ten WOOD DUCKS flushed from
an unknown disturbance flew past.

Yesterday 1-15, I drove down Fortini Road finding a MERLIN and five
WHITE TAILED KITES. The trail head was quiet, so I continued to Calero
Reservoir. There I showed a park employee where the BALD EAGLE pair was
perched at the back of Cherry Cove and noticed the GOLDEN EAGLE pair on
a tower along McKean at Schillingsburg was also visible. Seventeen
COMMON MERGANSERS flew over and 22 aechmophorus grebes were near the dam.

A female PHAINOPEPLA seen in the hilltop oak across from the Mockingbird
Hill Quicksilver Park entrance was my last stop today.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 1/15/18 8:46 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago Marsh and Pond A16
Folks:

This morning, 1/15/18, I birded New Chicago Marsh and walked out to the
observation platform on A16.  At the south end of the State and
Spreckles pond, I counted at least 8 SNOWY PLOVER among the 75
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.  An adult PEREGRINE FALCON was on an entrance road
tower and another was well out over Artesian Slough (or maybe the same
bird).  A MERLIN was on another tower and I saw a different bird (a
male) out in the marsh later.  For the first half of my visit, 200+
swallows made repeated foraging flights over the marsh, I was able to
identify at least 45 of them as TREE SWALLOWS.  A pair of BLUE-WINGED
TEAL was in Artesian Slough.  There were lots of ducks on Pond A16,
including 11 male RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and 27 female-plumaged birds.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 1/15/18 2:25 pm
From: Michael Hawk <hawk.mr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Henry Coe Park -14/15 January
Hi,


I did a short backpacking overnight last night from Henry Coe State Park HQ
4 miles east to Poverty Flats in preparation for an upcoming birding
backpacking trip I'm planning in SE Arizona.


Highlights from Coe (and a Junco question at the end):


- 3 Varied Thrushes just off Poverty Flats Road


At the campground (#5 at Poverty Flats)
- Red-breasted Sapsucker
- Pairs of Western Screech and Great Horned owls calling overnight


Last, a possible Phainopepla near Dunne Ave east/behind Anderson Lake (the
road to Coe HQ) was seen above a large mistletoe clump. I was driving and
there wasn't a good place to stop, but the profile/silhouette looked like
one.


32 species in all (not counting the possible Phainopepla) despite poor
raptor counts (cool/cloudy).


My Junco question: At the headquarters there was a Dark-Eyed Junco that
looked like what Sibley calls a "Canadian Rockies" male
(cassiar/cismontanus) with prominent dark hood with white belly that
seemingly rises a tad higher than typical oreganus, and otherwise all grey.
This junco was with a flock of ordinary Oregon Dark-Eyed Juncos. It was
very distinct from the variations of Oregon and Slate-colored I'm used to.


Knowing there are large variations in Junco's (both across and within
sub-species), I don't want to assume anything. I'd be happy to hear
thoughts on what this may have been, and I'm hoping someone can point me to
a good information source. My Googling isn't turning up too much.


-mike
San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 1/15/18 11:29 am
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cackling Goose
This morning (Mon, 1/15) I saw an Aleutian CACKLING GOOSE in with a Canada
Goose flock on the playing field of Dartmouth Middle School on Blossom Hill
Road between Camden & Meridian. I believe it may be the same Aleutian
Cackling Goose reported earlier at the Los Capitancillos Ponds.

Ann Verdi
San Jose

 

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Date: 1/15/18 10:45 am
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac Natural Area- 15Jan
Hi Birders,A very birdy morning at Ulistac with 34 species between 7:30-9:20.
Highlights included 2 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, one tan and one white-striped. Located west of the west trail at the base of a euc Grove west of the bike track area in the more northern part of park. 
A orestera type ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, foraging in toyon in the south portion before the ramp up to levee.
Other highlights:Heard a ring-necked pheasantA couple Purple FinchesRed-breasted sapsucker in furthest south large euc grove.
Photos on eBird. 
Good birding-Ryan


Ryan Phillips
NorCal Birding
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Date: 1/14/18 8:38 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Misc Coyote Valley
This afternoon (1/14/18), I drove to prescribed coordinates on Oak
Glen Ave (37.127286, -121.721436), but heeded the "No Parking" signs
and parked at the pullout a short distance further east. A LEWIS'S
WOODPECKER was in a tree next to the pullout. A few minutes later, it
flew to a tree halfway to the "No Parking" area, where another one
was. When I walked out that way on the road, there was a Lewis's
Woodpecker on the other side of the street. I suspect that one of the
first two managed to fly across the street without me noticing, since
I could confirm only two over the next 45 minutes. Photos are in my
eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41914135

I then stopped at the Bailey Ave. pond. I did not go all the way into
the Gavilan parking lot, so I did not see the Ross's Goose that Chris
Johnson reported (I did not see his email until I got home), but I did
see an Aleutian CACKLING GOOSE from road. The ducks in the pond
included 2 RING-NECKED DUCKS (1 male and 1 female) and 3 HOODED
MERGANSERS (1 male and 2 female/immature).

Garrett Lau


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Date: 1/14/18 7:19 pm
From: <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Correction to=>Shoreline Lake and surrounding area, 01/13/18
My apologies for mis-identifying the bird I saw and photographed last Saturday as a *female* HOODED MERGANSER and thanks to Tom Grey for correcting me. The merganser was actually a juvenile *male*.

>> "I was left to focus on EARED GREBES and a female HOODED MERGANSER on the lake..."


Ron Fredrick





 

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Date: 1/14/18 6:19 pm
From: Eric Storms <ericbs1975...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Shoreline Lake and surrounding area, 01/13/18
Just wanted to send a response regarding the BARROW’S, I was at the lake early afternoon today (14 Jan) and it was back. There were two groups of COMMON GOLDENEYE, one on each side of the lake. The Barrow’s was on the side opposite the cafe. In addition there was a solitary male HOODED MERGANSER, a small group of FORSTER’S TERNS, and a small group of CACKLING GEESE.

Eric Storms
San Carlos

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> On Jan 14, 2018, at 3:56 PM, <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> My wife and I took a loop around Shoreline Lake and the golf course (using the access road adjacent to the amphitheater and returning on the Permanente Creek Trail to complete the loop) on Saturday, 01/13/18, yet another beautiful day to be outside during a California winter. The usual birds for this time of year were on and around the lake but my hopes of getting a few photos of the reported male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were dashed when two Hawaiian style canoes flushed the entire flock of goldeneyes from the lake and we watched 20+ birds leave for a more peaceful location. I was left to focus on EARED GREBES and a female HOODED MERGANSER on the lake, a GREAT EGRET perched at the top of one of the trees along the shoreline(next to the playground), an immature WHITE-TAILED KITE in a tree on the southwest side of the lake, a BLACK PHOEBE flycatching from a branch in the Casey Forebay area, a SAY’S PHOEBE perched across from the Shoreline Athletic Fields and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD guarding a Toyon bush full of ripe berries along the Permanente Creek Trail.
>
> If anyone is interested, I posted some of the photos I took yesterday at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/
>
> Ron Fredrick
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Date: 1/14/18 3:56 pm
From: <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Lake and surrounding area, 01/13/18
My wife and I took a loop around Shoreline Lake and the golf course (using the access road adjacent to the amphitheater and returning on the Permanente Creek Trail to complete the loop) on Saturday, 01/13/18, yet another beautiful day to be outside during a California winter. The usual birds for this time of year were on and around the lake but my hopes of getting a few photos of the reported male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE were dashed when two Hawaiian style canoes flushed the entire flock of goldeneyes from the lake and we watched 20+ birds leave for a more peaceful location. I was left to focus on EARED GREBES and a female HOODED MERGANSER on the lake, a GREAT EGRET perched at the top of one of the trees along the shoreline(next to the playground), an immature WHITE-TAILED KITE in a tree on the southwest side of the lake, a BLACK PHOEBE flycatching from a branch in the Casey Forebay area, a SAY’S PHOEBE perched across from the Shoreline Athletic Fields and a NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD guarding a Toyon bush full of ripe berries along the Permanente Creek Trail.
If anyone is interested, I posted some of the photos I took yesterday at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/


Ron Fredrick

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Date: 1/14/18 3:28 pm
From: <pdunten...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] hotspots along the south bay
Folks,


One of the interesting aspects of all the ponds on the south end of the bay is that they attract different groups of waterfowl. To some extent you can see this by inspecting the bar charts for the eBird hotspots.


Note however, that your help is needed to uncover these patterns! If you enter a traveling checklist starting at Shoreline Park, and include birds on pond A1, then birds on A1 may appear to have been on Shoreline Lake, and vice versa. Another example would be the Alviso ponds A12, A13, A15, A9, etc. If you make a circuit of the ponds, and enter separate checklists for each, you contribute the most to understanding which ponds attract which waterfowl.


I know keeping track of multiple lists can be a chore. Give it a thought though and give a try, and maybe best practices will spread.



Good luck on your adventures in 2018,
Pete


 

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Date: 1/14/18 3:19 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Misc Coyote Valley
Correction. That should say Loggerhead Shrikes. Must have had the Sac NWR Northern Shrike in my mind when I posted.

On Jan 14, 2018 3:06 PM, Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> wrote:

All,


The Vermillion Flycatcher continues at the intersection of Palm and Dougherty.


I saw one Lewis's Woodpecker at Chesbro Reservoir at the pullout near here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41904985


Laguna Ave was basically a dead zone (in terms of hawks, eagles, and falcons), but there were a few Tricolored Blackbirds and Northern Shrikes.


I later located the continuing Ross's Goose at Bailey Pond. I could not see it from Laguna or Bailey Rd, so I pulled into Gavilan College and drove to the south east end where I could see 100+ Canada Geese. Scanning through them turned up a white blob that turned into the Goose (picture below).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41911682


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA



 

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Date: 1/14/18 3:06 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc Coyote Valley
All,


The Vermillion Flycatcher continues at the intersection of Palm and Dougherty.


I saw one Lewis's Woodpecker at Chesbro Reservoir at the pullout near here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41904985


Laguna Ave was basically a dead zone (in terms of hawks, eagles, and falcons), but there were a few Tricolored Blackbirds and Northern Shrikes.


I later located the continuing Ross's Goose at Bailey Pond. I could not see it from Laguna or Bailey Rd, so I pulled into Gavilan College and drove to the south east end where I could see 100+ Canada Geese. Scanning through them turned up a white blob that turned into the Goose (picture below).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41911682


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA



 

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Date: 1/14/18 12:10 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Yesterday's birding (1/13/2018)
Hi Birders,
Edward Rooks and I went to three places yesterday, Sandy Wool Lake at Ed
Levin, Marsh Road and Sierra Vista OSP.

The interesting bird at Sandy Wool Lake was a male redhead who was
associating with ring-necked ducks.

There was quite a bit of seed eating activity on redwood cones (presumably
redwood seeds) and liquid amber seeds in the field adjacent to the lake.
Most of the seed eaters were pine siskins, lesser goldfinches and a few
house finches.

Sandy Wool details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41898979

Interesting birds on Marsh Road were two golden eagles soaring and roosting
together. We also saw three lark sparrows and a loggerhead shrike.
Details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41899743

At Sierra Vista OSP notable birds that we saw were a ferruginous hawk, a
flock of American pipets, several meadowlarks and a spotted sandpiper.
Details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41900070

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 1/13/18 7:08 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Five species of Goose, Jan. 13
This morning (Jan. 13) I was driving along Laguna Avenue southwest of
Santa Teresa when I saw two adult SNOW GEESE in the field to the
north. I then saw that Mike Mammoser and another couple -- Melissa
and David Johnson -- were also viewing them. Thanks to Mike for
pointing out a BURROWING OWL not far them them (it took me a while to
find, with a passing Coyote not helping). While we were talking I saw
another white goose flying around; as Mike has noted, he was able to
get a high-magnification scope view and identified it as a ROSS'S
GOOSE. and we all got good scope views after it landed east of Santa
Teresa. Before leaving Coyote Valley I checked out the CANADA GOOSE
flock along Bailey Road, seeing 3 or 4 CACKLING GEESE with them.

Finally, about midday I was standing along the EEC entrance road
in Alviso with Jason Vassallo (neither of us finding the Ruff) when
3 calling GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE flew over. A pretty goosey
day!

Al Eisner


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Date: 1/13/18 6:45 pm
From: Natasha Dehn <nedehn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] birds at shoreline/A1
Late morning walk highlights: Belted kingfisher at the little creek near
south end of San Antonio parking lot, a pair of Hooded Mergansers in A1,
and a Snow ? goose hanging with a few Canada geese in the grass between A1
and the lake. Would love confirmation on this one. Neck and head less white
than body and bill rather dark for either Ross or Snow. Stupidly failed to
take picture...

Natasha

 

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Date: 1/13/18 5:56 pm
From: Bob H <Bobhirt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley; late Pm
I birded Coyote Valley briefly today from 3:15 to 4:30PM Saturday like Mike M. The Ross’ Goose can easily be seen (preferably with a scope) looking South from the driveway of the IBM facility on Bailey. It appeared all white to me. In with the Ross’ goose and 45 Canada Geese were 3 Cackling (Aleutian).

Nothing of note on the pond near Gavilan College, but I found two Snow Geese at the south end of Calero Reservoir and a dozen Common Mergansers. An Osprey was walking on the Bank of the feeder creek.

On the way south on McKean just about a mile down was a dark phased bird on a crossbar. It looked like Ferruginous but there was no way to stop or pullover and when I U-turned at Bailey to go back it had left.

I continued south on McKean turning into Uvas road then right on Oak Glen to MP .0072 and the pullout just beyond. Looking back north from the parking area I could easily see a Lewis’
Woodpecker at the top hawking (for bugs?).

Bob

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> On Jan 13, 2018, at 1:00 PM, Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I made a visit to Coyote Valley today, 13 Jan 2018, with an initial stop at the Coyote Valley OSP at the west end of Palm Dr. I ran into David Diller, who told me of a pair of Snow Geese along Laguna Ave. So, I headed over there.
>
> At Laguna (west) I quickly refound the 2 adult SNOW GEESE in the flooded strip by the back fence, north of the road. I ran into David and Melissa Johnson, and Al Eisner. We also saw a BURROWING OWL by the back fence, not too far from the geese. As we stood and watched for some time, as little groups of CANADA GEESE flew in. Then Melissa saw a white goose flying, and we were all able to get on the bird; me with my scope, t hat showed a ROSS'S GOOSE with a small bill, no black grin line, and a greenish basal color. This bird finally landed after some amount of circling, but did so out towards Santa Teresa Blvd. We all jumped in our cars and drove over, finding the bird in the field north of Laguna on the east side of Santa Teresa. Good scope looks confirmed my initial ID as a Ross's. This bird was mostly white, but had some dusky coloration on the crown and nape, indicating it as an immature bird.
>
> I then drove back down to the OSP, hoping to find a Ferruginous Hawk, which I needed for my year list. I quickly saw an adult GOLDEN EAGLE being harassed by a lesser raptor. It was only in view briefly before disappearing behind a hill. A couple ROCK WRENS made appearances on the hillside behind the bathroom. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was perched on a telephone wire, as was a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Al Eisner showed up and we watched together for a while. Without seeing a Ferruginous, I left to go back to Laguna.
>
> Arriving back at Laguna about an hour after having left it, I saw that all 3 white geese were gone. I set up my scope about halfway down the road and began scanning. Eventually, I found a FERRUGINOUS HAWK soaring over the hills behind the IBM facility at Bailey Ave. It was a light morph bird, not the dark morph that some people have been seeing in this area recently. I decided to leave at that point and drove to the end of Laguna to turn around.. As I drove back, I suddenly noticed a white spot in the field north of the road. A scope view showed that it was the ROSS'S GOOSE. It must have flown in just as I was driving to the turn around point.
>
> Michael Mammoser
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Date: 1/13/18 3:21 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Burrowing Owls & Wilson's Snipe
All,

This morning (1/13) at about 10:30 there were two BURROWING OWLS visible on a small raised portion of earth just a few yards East of Disk Dr in Alviso. Later I had two WILSON'S SNIPE hiding in the short patches of weeds in Coast Casey Forebay (seen from about half way along its southern edge).

Take care,

Bob Reiling.

 

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Date: 1/13/18 1:36 pm
From: Deborah Jamison <woodduck...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Apologies
It has come to my attention that an announcement for a dog walk that I am involved in managed to get onto SBB! I have not idea how this could have happened. Obviously it was not meant to and I apologize!

Deborah Jamison

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Date: 1/13/18 1:02 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley
I made a visit to Coyote Valley today, 13 Jan 2018, with an initial stop at the Coyote Valley OSP at the west end of Palm Dr. I ran into David Diller, who told me of a pair of Snow Geese along Laguna Ave. So, I headed over there.
At Laguna (west) I quickly refound the 2 adult SNOW GEESE in the flooded strip by the back fence, north of the road. I ran into David and Melissa Johnson, and Al Eisner.  We also saw a BURROWING OWL by the back fence, not too far from the geese. As we stood and watched for some time, as little groups of CANADA GEESE flew in. Then Melissa saw a white goose flying, and we were all able to get on the bird; me with my scope, that showed a ROSS'S GOOSE with a small bill, no black grin line, and a greenish basal color. This bird finally landed after some amount of circling, but did so out towards Santa Teresa Blvd. We all jumped in our cars and drove over, finding the bird in the field north of Laguna on the east side of Santa Teresa. Good scope looks confirmed my initial ID as a Ross's. This bird was mostly white, but had some dusky coloration on the crown and nape, indicating it as an immature bird.
I then drove back down to the OSP, hoping to find a Ferruginous Hawk, which I needed for my year list. I quickly saw an adult GOLDEN EAGLE being harassed by a lesser raptor. It was only in view briefly before disappearing behind a hill. A couple ROCK WRENS made appearances on the hillside behind the bathroom. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was perched on a telephone wire, as was a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Al Eisner showed up and we watched together for a while. Without seeing a Ferruginous, I left to go back to Laguna. 
Arriving back at Laguna about an hour after having left it, I saw that all 3 white geese were gone. I set up my scope about halfway down the road and began scanning. Eventually, I found a FERRUGINOUS HAWK soaring over the hills behind the IBM facility at Bailey Ave. It was a light morph bird, not the dark morph that some people have been seeing in this area recently. I decided to leave at that point and drove to the end of Laguna to turn around. As I drove back, I suddenly noticed a white spot in the field north of the road. A scope view showed that it was the ROSS'S GOOSE. It must have flown in just as I was driving to the turn around point.
Michael Mammoser

 

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Date: 1/12/18 8:31 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale WPCP
Folks:

This morning, 1/12/18, I birded the Sunnyvale WPCP.  The folks removing
cattails and sedges were working on the south re-circ channel so I
avoided the disturbance there and walked around the east pond.  From the
west end of the landfill I noted that most of the ducks have left the
west pond (I've seen that in some past years).  There was a male and
female HOODED MERGANSER in the Lockheed Martin ponds.  The only ducks in
greater than average numbers were Gadwall on the east pond (387).  I
counted at least five COMMON GALLINULES, all along the east re-circ
channel.  Also along that channel were at least seven WILSON'S SNIPE. 
Also seven SORA were calling along the Moffett Channel or the marsh
north of the east pond.  A pair of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were flying
near the SMART station.  Among the Song Sparrows, I found two wintering
birds.  One was a classic dark brown /morphna /Song Sparrow with more of
the coloring of a Sooty Fox Sparrow than the other Song Sparrows.  The
second was a much whiter bird underneath but with reddish and gray on
the crown and face.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 1/12/18 4:37 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley
Today I tried to find the Lewis's Woodpecker Ryan Phillips spotted yesterday. I had no luck with that bird but did see 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 1 soaring FERRUGINOUS HAWK, and 1 DOWNY WOODPECKER in Coyote Valley Open Space. I also spotted 1 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and several TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS from Laguna Ave. Besides these fun sightings, there were also plenty of MEADOWLARKS, AMERICAN KESTRELS, SAY'S PHOEBES AND YELLOW BILLED MAGPIES.

Complete Checklists: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41847469 and http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41848397

Eve Meier
San Jose (Cambrian Area)
 

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Date: 1/12/18 4:30 pm
From: Deborah Jamison <woodduck...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Reminder: Welsh Walk Sunday!
Looks like we’ve picked another great day with sun and mild temperatures! If you have RSVPed, no need to do it again. Come celebrate Shelby’s 14th birthday! Read Kristi’s description of the walk below. There’s something for everyone!

DATE: Sunday, January 14, 2018

TIME: 10:30 am meeting time

WHERE: Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305. See directions below. If using another road to Palo Alto, or just want to visualize the route, use a mapping app (software) and plug in the above address for possible routes. You may need to actually confirm the building on your app’s map as Waze and some other software programs are routing visitors to parking areas rather than buildings.

The WALK: The walking paths are mostly flat, some unpaved and others paved. We’ll go for about 3 miles. We are finalizing the route and we promise a mix of gardens, sculptures, interesting new architecture, and old historic buildings on this sprawling and historic campus known as “the farm”.

For those who don't wish to walk as far, there are several shortcuts that you can take back to Tresidder.

WHO: Welsh Walks are informal get-togethers of Welsh terriers and their family and friends, including other canines, in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond. Join the fun!

PICNIC LUNCH: Following the walk, we will have lunch on tables at Tresiddor Union where you can also purchase food and drink. There's even a Starbucks and Jamba Juice there, and other eateries. You can leave your lunch items in your car since the parking is close to Tresidder.

BRING: Poop bags of course, water for you and your dog, your walking shoes and clothing layers. Also bring lunch food and dog treats for after the walk.

RSVP: Not required but recommended. This allows us to notify people should there be a change in plans.

CANCELLATION: In case of heavy rain, we will cancel the walk. In case iffy weather and light showers are predicted, we will not. If there is any question, contact Deborah at 408-828-2343 or Kristi at 408-313-2716

Feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone with a Welsh or related terrier. Also feel free to bring a friend, human or canine.

I hope to see you in a few days!

Deborah Jamison
cell phone: 408-828-2343
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Kristi Geerke
cell phone: 408.313.2716
<Krisbob40...> <mailto:<Krisbob40...>


Driving Directions:

DIRECTIONS from Highway 280
From the SOUTH, take Hwy. 280 north and exit (exit 20) onto Page Mill Rd toward Palo Alto.
Stay right to take Page Mill to the east (away from mountains, towards the bay). Travel for approx. 1.5 miles
Turn left onto Junipero Serra Blvd. Travel for 1.43 miles
Turn right onto Campus Dr. East. Travel for approx. 0.5 miles
Turn left onto Mayfield Ave. Travel for 0.09 miles
Take the 1st left to stay on Mayfield Ave. Travel for 0.05 miles
The Tresidder parking lot will be 400 feet ahead on the right hand side of the road
There is no parking fee on Sunday.

From the NORTH, take Hwy. 280 south and exit (exit 22) onto Alpine Rd. toward Palo Alto (away from mountains, towards the bay). Travel for approx. 1.5 miles
Turn right onto Junipero Serra Blvd. Travel for approx. 1.0 miles
Turn left onto Campus Dr. East (second Campus Dr. exit). Travel for approx. 0.5 miles
Turn right onto Mayfield Ave. travel for 0.09 miles
Take the 1st left to stay on Mayfield Ave. travel for 0.05 miles
The Tresidder parking lot will be 400 feet ahead on the right hand side of the road
There is no parking fee on Sunday.

DIRECTIONS from Highway 101 (for those from the East Bay or locations closer to Hwy. 101)
From 101
Take the Embarcadero Rd. (going south on Hwy. 101 the exit is #403 and going north on Hwy. 101 the exit is #402) exit (away from the bay, towards the mountains). Travel for approx. 1.2 miles
Embarcadero Rd becomes Galvez St. (when you are on Stanford Campus at El Camino Real). Travel 0.50 miles
Turn left onto Campus Dr. Travel for approx. 1.14 miles
Turn right onto Mayfield Ave. Travel for 0.09 miles
Take the 1st left to stay on Mayfield Ave. travel for 0.05 miles
The Tresidder parking lot will be 400 feet ahead on the right hand side of the road
There is no parking fee on Sunday.
 

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Date: 1/12/18 4:27 pm
From: Deborah Jamison <woodduck...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Reminder: Welsh Walk Sunday!
Looks like we’ve picked another great day with sun and mild temperatures! If you have RSVPed, no need to do it again. Come celebrate Shelby’s 14th birthday! Read Kristi’s description of the walk below. There’s something for everyone!

DATE: Sunday, January 14, 2018

TIME: 10:30 am meeting time

WHERE: Tresidder Memorial Union, 459 Lagunita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305. See directions below. If using another road to Palo Alto, or just want to visualize the route, use a mapping app (software) and plug in the above address for possible routes. You may need to actually confirm the building on your app’s map as Waze and some other software programs are routing visitors to parking areas rather than buildings.

The WALK: The walking paths are mostly flat, some unpaved and others paved. We’ll go for about 3 miles. We are finalizing the route and we promise a mix of gardens, sculptures, interesting new architecture, and old historic buildings on this sprawling and historic campus known as “the farm”.

For those who don't wish to walk as far, there are several shortcuts that you can take back to Tresidder.

WHO: Welsh Walks are informal get-togethers of Welsh terriers and their family and friends, including other canines, in the San Francisco Bay area and beyond. Join the fun!

PICNIC LUNCH: Following the walk, we will have lunch on tables at Tresiddor Union where you can also purchase food and drink. There's even a Starbucks and Jamba Juice there, and other eateries. You can leave your lunch items in your car since the parking is close to Tresidder.

BRING: Poop bags of course, water for you and your dog, your walking shoes and clothing layers. Also bring lunch food and dog treats for after the walk.

RSVP: Not required but recommended. This allows us to notify people should there be a change in plans.

CANCELLATION: In case of heavy rain, we will cancel the walk. In case iffy weather and light showers are predicted, we will not. If there is any question, contact Deborah at 408-828-2343 or Kristi at 408-313-2716

Feel free to pass this invitation along to anyone with a Welsh or related terrier. Also feel free to bring a friend, human or canine.

I hope to see you in a few days!

Deborah Jamison
cell phone: 408-828-2343
<woodduck...> <mailto:<woodduck...>

Kristi Geerke
cell phone: 408.313.2716
<Krisbob40...> <mailto:<Krisbob40...>


Driving Directions:

DIRECTIONS from Highway 280
From the SOUTH, take Hwy. 280 north and exit (exit 20) onto Page Mill Rd toward Palo Alto.
Stay right to take Page Mill to the east (away from mountains, towards the bay). Travel for approx. 1.5 miles
Turn left onto Junipero Serra Blvd. Travel for 1.43 miles
Turn right onto Campus Dr. East. Travel for approx. 0.5 miles
Turn left onto Mayfield Ave. Travel for 0.09 miles
Take the 1st left to stay on Mayfield Ave. Travel for 0.05 miles
The Tresidder parking lot will be 400 feet ahead on the right hand side of the road
There is no parking fee on Sunday.

From the NORTH, take Hwy. 280 south and exit (exit 22) onto Alpine Rd. toward Palo Alto (away from mountains, towards the bay). Travel for approx. 1.5 miles
Turn right onto Junipero Serra Blvd. Travel for approx. 1.0 miles
Turn left onto Campus Dr. East (second Campus Dr. exit). Travel for approx. 0.5 miles
Turn right onto Mayfield Ave. travel for 0.09 miles
Take the 1st left to stay on Mayfield Ave. travel for 0.05 miles
The Tresidder parking lot will be 400 feet ahead on the right hand side of the road
There is no parking fee on Sunday.

DIRECTIONS from Highway 101 (for those from the East Bay or locations closer to Hwy. 101)
From 101
Take the Embarcadero Rd. (going south on Hwy. 101 the exit is #403 and going north on Hwy. 101 the exit is #402) exit (away from the bay, towards the mountains). Travel for approx. 1.2 miles
Embarcadero Rd becomes Galvez St. (when you are on Stanford Campus at El Camino Real). Travel 0.50 miles
Turn left onto Campus Dr. Travel for approx. 1.14 miles
Turn right onto Mayfield Ave. Travel for 0.09 miles
Take the 1st left to stay on Mayfield Ave. travel for 0.05 miles
The Tresidder parking lot will be 400 feet ahead on the right hand side of the road
There is no parking fee on Sunday.
 

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Date: 1/12/18 4:21 pm
From: Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Calero Reservoir
Hi All
Just an in incredible sight this morning, 1/12/2017. There were in excess of 200 COMMON MERGANSERS foraging at Calero Reservoir, all in a big raft of birds. I could  not tell who was in charge, but they all would dive at the same time. Awesome to see that many birds disappear at the same time with only ripples left behind. Dipped on the LEWIS at Chesboro but saw WILD TURKEY on the way over the hill to MH.
Larry Spivak
 

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Date: 1/12/18 10:10 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] AWOL Mandarin Duck
All,


I stopped by Hall Memorial Park this morning and couldn't locate the Mandarin Duck (despite poking around the perimeter of both ponds and checking under ever bush and in every tree). It was reported yesterday so it's likely still around, but I wonder if it holes up somewhere at night (I was at the park very early b4 sun up). Perhaps it roosts in a tree like its Wood Duck cousin or goes to the nearby creek?


In any case, there was an obliging Belted Kingfisher and Green Heron and 2 very vocal Red-shouldered Hawks.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41840750


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA

 

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Date: 1/12/18 9:23 am
From: David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac Merlin and warblers
I walked Ulistac this morning from 7:15 to 8:15 , highlights : a perched Merlin at the north end , bare tall tree to the right of station 3. Also 1 ea of Orange-crowned and Townsend’s Warbler ( the latter at the Butterfly Garden) and 2 Common Gallinules on adjoining Guadalupe River


David Diller
Mountain View






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Date: 1/11/18 5:32 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline White-throated Sparrow, Barrow's Goldeneye
All,

This morning at Shoreline Park in Mountain View I had a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (white-striped) foraging with some Golden-crowned Sparrows by the fence near the Google Children's Center along Adobe Creek Loop Trail. The male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued on the north section of Shoreline Lake around 10:15am, but was not there when I returned around 12:45. Other nice birds included a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS along Adobe Creek Loop Trail, a MERLIN near the golf course parking lot, 3 GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES near the boathouse, and nearly 300 REDHEAD on Pond A1.

Good birding!

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Date: 1/11/18 4:45 pm
From: <marion_farber...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher still in Coyote Valley
The Vermilion Flycatcher was at the sw corner of Palm and Dougherty in Coyote Valley today (Jan 11) at around 3pm. A birder from Palo Alto first spotted it about 100 yards south of Palm on the west side of Dougherty, then it flew back up to the SW corner of the two roads, chasing away a Say's Phoebe.



 

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Date: 1/11/18 4:36 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lewis's Woodpecker Coyote Valley
Hi Birders,At 15:30 Andy Bradshaw and I had a LEWIS'S WOODPECKER  at the west end of Palm Avenue just south on top of the first small hill before the OSP entrance. 
We also had a PRAIRIE FALCON over Laguna west.
The Vermilion continues.
Good Birding,Ryan

Ryan Phillips
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Date: 1/11/18 3:45 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Yellow Warbler Coyote Creek trail
South of Silver Creek Valley Road I found a drab YELLOW WARBLER along
the Coyote Creek trail at 10 am this morning. It was actively feeding in
debris on a small island just south of the concrete walkway. Six WHITE
THROATED SWIFTS were seen overhead.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 1/11/18 3:35 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley birds
All,

At 8:15 this morning (1/11) I had two COMMON GALLINULE and a male
RING-NECKED DUCK in the pond south of of Bailey Ave in Morgan Hill.
At 8:35 I had 7 to 8 CACKLING GEESE join CANADA GEESE into the field
North of Laguna Ave and East of Santa Teresa Blvd (all but three
appeared to be Aleutian, two were Cackling and one appear to be
Richardson's?) The Richardson's was the same general coloring as the
Canada Geese with a light colored chest but was much smaller and had a
small bill. At about the same time I had a brief view of of a mostly
dark FERRUGINOUS HAWK in the trees West of this same location. Lots of
Canada Geese, MALLARDS and AMERICAN WIGEON were enjoying the shallow
water in the fields North of Laguna Ave and West of Santa Teresa
Blvd. At about 9:25 I had a juvenile PRAIRIE FALCON on a power pole
on Richmond Ave (East of Santa Teresa Blvd) across from a freshly
plowed field. After a few minutes the PRFA flew across the plowed
field to a power pole on the South side of the field. Unfortunately I
could not view the bird from anywhere South of Richmond Ave. I then
made the first of three brief unsuccessful attempts to re-find the
Vermilion Flycatcher along Palm Ave and Dougherty Ave (the last
attempt was as I headed home). An adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was on a
power pole East of the Coyote Valley OSP parking lot and at 11:15 I
had good scope views of the ROCK WREN from an position a bit north of
the rest room located there (I'm sure that the sunshine helped).

Take care,

Bob Reiling



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Date: 1/11/18 3:05 pm
From: <shalu_95120...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline: green heron, barrow's golden eye and female hooded merganser
My first post in the group. This morning I went to shoreline lake as usual. At about 8:45AM at the bridge at the end of terminal boulevard, I saw the green heron again, perched on some plant. It allowed me to walk to the opposite side of the channel to get a closer view and take some decent photos. It wasn't startled (when I went back at 10:30, it was gone.). Then I proceeded to shoreline lake and saw a female hooded merganser flying from the bank into the lake, and it hang out with a few goldeneyes. I also saw a Barrow's goldeneye swimming together with a regular goldeneye and was able to take some photos.


Happy birding,


Sha Lu
 

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Date: 1/11/18 1:07 pm
From: <marion_farber...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden specialties
I found the Phainopepla this morning at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park at the Vargas Drive entrance, around 10:30 am, in the oak tree to the right just inside the gate. It flew across the street to the trees in the yard at 1261 Vargas Drive, chasing some other bird. While searching for the Phainopepla, I saw three healthy-looking coyotes trot along the ridge inside the park.


Around 11am, I found the Red-naped Sapsucker almost immediately in the pepper trees at the far south entrance to Almaden Lake Park on Winfield. As soon as I walked up, I heard "tap-tap-tap", and there it was, working on the sap wells.


Then I went over to T. J. Martin Park at 12:30 pm, and after a few minutes, found the flock of Chipping Sparrows, working their way along the west side of Burchell Avenue.


 

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Date: 1/10/18 7:13 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Highlights from Don Edwards and Ulistac 10Jan
Hi Birders,Don Edwards:
5 Blue-winged Teal (2 males and 3 females) from observation deck on slough.
3 female Red-breasted Mergansers on A16 in NE side.
Ulistac:~225 Tricolored Blackbirds flying along Creek and some dropping in to roost site.
3 Fox Sparrows near station 5
1 Red-breasted Sapsucker in euc at South end where large euc stumps are laying.
1 juv Sharp-shinned Hawk in the same euc.
Photos on eBird.
Good birding,Ryan

Ryan Phillips
NorCal Birding
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Date: 1/10/18 6:58 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Snow Goose on Felter Rd Jan 10
Late this afternoon I drove up Felter Rd, east of Milpitas, to the
intersection with Marsh Rd. In the middle of the big field there is a
seasonal pond starting to accumulate water, attracting Canada Geese along
with a Snow Goose.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas


 

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Date: 1/10/18 2:40 pm
From: Dotty Calabrese <DOTTYCALA...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Red-breasted Sapsucker
On and off since 9:30 this morning, I have had a Red-breasted Sapsucker feeding in a pepper tree on the Thaddeus Dr. side of my yard at the corner of Richard Ct. and Thaddeus Dr. in Mountain View. It is visible from the street/sidewalk.
Dotty Calabrese



 

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Date: 1/10/18 2:21 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Reservoir
Folks:

This morning 1/10/18, I visited Coyote Reservoir.  The flotilla of
COMMON MERGANSERS at the north end were in between bouts of foraging
when I arrived and I estimated about 378 males and females.  The dam
area was mostly quiet, but I got lucky and saw a CANYON WREN at the base
of the north face of the dam, just where the new gravel starts.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 1/10/18 2:06 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermilion Jan 10
Vermilion Flycatcher was at the sw corner of Palm and Dougherty in Coyote Valley today at noon. Yesterday the Phainopepla was at the Vargas gate to Guadalupe Oak Grove park and the Red-naped Sapsucker was in the Arroyo picnic area pepper trees at Almaden Lake park.

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Date: 1/10/18 8:10 am
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Los Gatos American Dipper
Hi Birders,Yesterday (Jan 9) there was an American Dipper near the Los Gatos Creek Trail in the concrete channel where the second pipeline crosses the creek.Good Birding,Ryan

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Date: 1/9/18 8:57 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Recent birds
In spite of the rain, I went out for a drive today, 9 Jan 2018. I stopped at the kite flying area in Mt View's Shoreline Park, where I found 4 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 1 CACKLING GOOSE in with the CANADAS. 
I then drove down to Anderson Reservoir in Morgan Hill to continue looking for geese, but was unable to find any at this location. While leaving, though, I had a large flock of WILD TURKEYS, my first-of-the-year. 
On my way home I decided to detour through Coyote Valley. The male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was still entertaining at Palm and Dougherty. I was able to find a wet and bedraggled PRAIRIE FALCON sitting on a telephone pole along Richmond Ave.
Michael Mammoser

 

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Date: 1/9/18 4:27 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Hooded mergansers
Hi Birders,
I saw 3 hooded mergansers in the Gates of Heaven pond this afternoon. There
was a male and two females.

Details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41781899

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 1/8/18 11:57 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Don Edwards NWR Area
Hello Birders,
This afternoon (Jan 8) I birded mainly the entrance road to Don Edwards NWR, Alviso.
Highlights included:
11 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, flew over at 16:25 from the Arzino Ranch direction flying N, reached A16 pond and turned around and flew right over head at parking area at main gate, then over landfill and out of sight.
3 SNOWY PLOVERS, mixed in with 200+ Semipalmated Plovers and Western Sandpipers at start of entrance road
An adult Peregrine Falcon (anatum sub on tower)
2 Long-billed Curlews flew in as getting dark
325 Dunlins
4 Burrowing Owls seen from Jubilee Church parking lot

NO Ruff seen.
Good Birding,Ryan PhillipsNorCal Birding

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Date: 1/8/18 7:37 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Park
Folks:

This afternoon, I checked the kite-flying area at Shoreline Park in the
afternoon.  With the Canadas I saw five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and
three CACKLING GEESE, probably the same ones I saw there on the CBC.

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Date: 1/8/18 2:18 pm
From: Charles Coston <cjcoston...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Seeking info on local Purple Martins
Hello AllMike Azavedo's comment on the Starling invasion is off in time.  I checked the San Jose Christmas Count data from 1970 to 1980.  In '70 it was ~4000 and going up.  By '74 it was over 20,000, which held only about 3 years.  By '80 it was down to ~8000, and slowly fell off thereafter.  A typical invasion pulse, where natives are disrupted by the invader, which has few enemies and parasites.  Over time the natives learn to cope, or get crushed, and the invader's numbers fall to a stable lower level.  Martins don't show up in the Christmas Count data, so data on their earlier numbers will have to come from other sources.  
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Date: 1/8/18 11:10 am
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden to Calero, Jan. 7
Some Sunday birding, starting at Almaden Lake. First, thanks to
Dave Zittin for pointing out the RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER quietly at work
in its usual grove; it provided a nice view. Nothing of note was
seen on the lake. Next, on to Guadalupe Oaks Park, where the
male PHAINOPEPLA was in view (atop its most regular oak) as soon as
I entered the Vargas gate. Some presumed mating behavior by a pair
of NUTTALL'S WOODPECKERS: one stationary on an oak branch, the other
flying back and forth past it, peering at the first each time it landed.
No luck with the Chipping Sparrows at TJ Martin, but there were
numerous dogs, some running free. My last stop was at the Calero
Reservoir boat launch: I had only 10 COMMON MERGANSERs, with no
sight from that vantage point of the large flock Brooke mentioned
a few days ago. But I did have two nice view of adult BALD EAGLE
(not sure whether one or two birds, since the first individual had
left its perch, across the water well to the right, before I noted
one on the ground all the way to the left). A nice day, ahead of
today's much-needed rain.

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Date: 1/8/18 10:34 am
From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [SBB] Gull ID help
Dave

You got it! It looks like a Mew Gull structurally, and that is what is in your photo of the normal pigmented gull. So a wonderful looking leucistic Mew Gull. Almost an Ivory Gull.

Alvaro



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From: <south-bay-birds...> [mailto:<south-bay-birds...>] On Behalf Of David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds]
Sent: Monday, January 8, 2018 10:26 AM
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Subject: [SBB] Gull ID help





Hi Birders,

I ran into a leucistic gull at Salmon Creek, Sonoma County.



If you think you can ID this bird, please send me email.



An image of the leucistic bird is at:



https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NPcFb2ISYV1E2R9UDf0r_ev-SZxAH6Gk





An image of bird which I believe (not sure) is the same species but is normally colored is at:



https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XYQHXcWWeD70gTY0QbnBVpFL3tLQx_t5



Thanks in advance for your help.

-Dave Zittin

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Date: 1/8/18 10:25 am
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Gull ID help
Hi Birders,
I ran into a leucistic gull at Salmon Creek, Sonoma County.

If you think you can ID this bird, please send me email.

An image of the leucistic bird is at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1NPcFb2ISYV1E2R9UDf0r_ev-SZxAH6Gk


An image of bird which I believe (not sure) is the same species but is
normally colored is at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1XYQHXcWWeD70gTY0QbnBVpFL3tLQx_t5

Thanks in advance for your help.
-Dave Zittin
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Date: 1/7/18 8:57 pm
From: <leslieneft...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pileated Woodpecker at Rancho San Antonio
I was surprised to see a Pileated Woodpecker (female) at close range during my hike today at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. I did a little research and discovered that there were a few sightings of a Pileated there last year.


The bird was seen on the PG&E trail at around 3:30 pm.

From the equestrian parking lot, there is flat area on the trail with a tower and a cylindrical brown post. After reaching the post, go back the way you came, downhill, about 20 paces. The bird was on the right hand side. It takes about an hour to get there from the parking lot with a good bit of steep uphill.


Leslie
 

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Date: 1/7/18 6:28 pm
From: David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pine Siskins, Sunnyvale
Big flock , around noon, Home Depot parking lot , on Fair Oaks, lots of ripe pistache trees ; heaps of warblers, so good place to check in between shopping.



David Diller

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Date: 1/7/18 5:36 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] red-naped sapsucker continues at Almaden Lake
Hi Birders,
The male red-naped sapsucker is still in the Puruvian pepper trees near the
Arroyo Picnic area in Lake Almaden Park.

Details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41726974

Seen together at Alamaden Reservoir: 7 snipes and a spotted sandpiper.
Other usual suspects were seen including two common mergansers. I was
hoping to see bald eagles or an osprey but counted zero of each of these
two species.

Details: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41728223

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 1/7/18 5:04 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Bald Eagles for Yard Bird / Common Loon
I never thought the Bald Eagles nesting at Curtner School in Milpitas were
visible from my roof. Today while cleaning gutters I decided to bring up my
scope. Sure enough the nest was in full view, about 2/3 mile away, but no
eagles. I went back up at 4pm and had both adult Bald Eagles in full view,
one on the nest and the other perched about 30 feet above. Last week while
working on the front yard I heard a faint chip, then saw a Townsend's
Warbler in a cedar across the street for another yard bird. This morning I
saw the Common Loon at Los Gatos Creek CP. It spent 90% of the time under
water.



Dave Weber,

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Date: 1/7/18 2:18 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermillion continues
Foraging from perches near the Palm/Dougherty intersection this foggy
morning.

Pictures:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166817094
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166817088
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166817091

Also a YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIE, one of at least seven seen near the parking
lot of the Coyote Valley OSP:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166817085

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Tom Grey
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Date: 1/7/18 2:01 pm
From: <geochelone...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Seeking info on local Purple Martins

All,

Next month, we’ll be installing nesting structures forPurple Martins in San Mateo County. It’sthe start of what we hope will develop into active colonies of Purple Martinsin both San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and ultimately around the Bay Area. Once the structures are up, I will bepublicizing their location to the lists.

In the meantime, I am hunting for information from long-timearea birders who might recall the way things used to be for Purple Martins ineither county or around the SF Bay Area. Do you remember seeing them here in the 70’s in greater numbers? Do you remember seeing nesting sites backthen?

According to the Santa Clara County Habitat Management Planresearch, Starlings moved into the Bay Area in earnest in the 1980’s. Does that fit with what you remember? Any information you may have that could helpus accurately portray the current situation, the history in this area and anyattempts we may not be aware of to assist them would be greatly appreciated.

I don’t really want to start a thread on SBB or Pen-bird forthis. Please just email me privatelywith any responses.

Thanks!

Mike Azevedo

And yes, I will keepyou posted on the status of the nesting structure project.







 

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Date: 1/6/18 6:36 pm
From: Peter Hart <peterehart...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Photos of the continuing Vermillion Flycatcher
This morning, 1/6, the Vermillion Flycatcher was continuing to follow around just inside the fence line of the open field at the south corner of Palm and Dougherty.

A few photos are at the beginning of this album <https://www.flickr.com/photos/pehart/albums/72157690331555571>.

Peter Hart
Menlo Park
 

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Date: 1/6/18 5:48 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Wilson's Warbler and House Wren 1-06-17
I birded the Guadalupe River Trail from Blossom Hill Road north to the
Chynoweth Pond this afternoon. The male WILSON'S WARBLER that I found
11-04 was still near the creek between the first bench and the granite
rocks. A quiet HOUSE WREN was seen nearby.
There's a good variety of ducks on the pond but I found nothing new.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 1/6/18 2:19 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] American Bittern & Ruff
All,

I spent from 7:30 to 9:30 this morning (1/6) walking several blocks, both sides of Main Street in Los Altos and failed to re-find the Evening Grosbeak :-( Some birds seen included PURPLE FINCH, HOUSE FINCH, CEDAR WAXWINGS, a NUTTALL'S WOODPECKER, DARK-EYED JUNCO and lots of YELLOW-RUMP WARBLERS. I then went to Palo Alto Baylands where just before 10 AM Mike Mammoser and I saw the AMERICAN BITTERN flush from the reeds near us in Coast Casey Forebay and fly west almost to the open water near the Pump House. Someone later misidentified a juvenile BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON in the creek inlet as the Bittern. I then dipped on the Greater White-fronted Goose. At about 11:40 I ran into Bill Pelleteirs class at New Chicago Marsh where one of his birders re-found the adult female RUFF they had just seem that was working a narrow bit of land just left of a white pipe located northeast of the Environmental Education Center parking lot located near the Center entrance gate.

Take care,

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Date: 1/6/18 12:46 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac Field Trip Highlights
All,


We had amazing weather and good participant turn out for today's Ulistac walk. Highlights were 1 Golden Eagle (uncommon in Winter), 1 Ring-necked Pheasant, 2 White-throated Sparrows, 1 Falcon Species (possibly Peregrine), and 2 Purple Finch (male and female). We finished with 47 species. There was also one bird calling from the Guadalupe River that no one could identify. My best guess was Common Gallinule, but the calls didn't seem typical.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41680089


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

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Date: 1/6/18 11:41 am
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley Vermillion Flycatcher still there
Hi all -

We had quite a large group of birder’s join this morning’s Los Gatos Birdwatcher bird walk in Coyote Valley. The location had been planned for month’s, so it was just a coincidence that we were to be there at the same time the Vermillion Flycatcher was in town.
We started at the Coyote Valley Open Space and found all the species one would expect to see this time of year. WESTERN MEADOWLARKS, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES, RED-SHOULDER HAWKS, RED-TAIL HAWKS, WHITE-TAIL KITES and AMERICAN KESTRELS, plus NORTHERN HARRIER. No eagles this morning.

The field to one’s right as you enter the open space had a big concentration of KILLDEER. I did not count, but I’d say at least 70.

We then drove to the Palm and Dougherty corner and found the VERMILLION FLYCATCHER bugging along the fence line that surrounds the field located on the south/west corner. We were there at 10:00 AM. This was the same spot others had reported. At times is sat with WESTERN BLUEBIRDS and the color combination made for quite a memorable sight! While this was a county bird for some, it was a life bird for many of the folks in my group.

Happy New Year.

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Date: 1/6/18 9:27 am
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Subject: [SBB] Vermillion Continues
at 9:20 am

i tried twice before at lunch time this week and dipped , so very happy !

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Date: 1/5/18 11:06 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Geese at Shoreline at Mountain View, 1/5/18
At the Shoreline kite flying area this evening, there were three
Aleutian Cackling Geese and five Greater White-fronted Geese among the
large flock of Canada Geese.

Two of the Canada Geese looked like they could be Giant Canada Geese
(Branta canadensis maxima). They had white foreheads, extremely large
white cheek patches, large bills, and pale breasts. Photos are in my
eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41659900

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Date: 1/5/18 9:39 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley and Calero Reservoir - Friday, Jan 5, 2018
Hi Birders,

I started out mid-morning by returning to see the VERMILION FLYCATCHER at Palm and Dougherty Avenues. I watched and photographed it between 10:30 and 11:15 am.

On the west end of Laguna Avenue on the North side, on the ground, I found what I think is a juvenile dark morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK. I took many photos, it was at a distance, and it really did not move much, other than shaking itself out once. It appeared to have feathers all the way down its legs to its feet, although the feathering looked to be quite sparse. Photos are in my eBird list here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41665423

Over at Calero Reservoir the highlights were two adult BALD EAGLES perched in separate trees across the lake, and a single GOLDEN EAGLE (in the air). All the eagles required a scope to be seen. There were at least 180, if not more, COMMON MERGANSERS in a raft on the lake. It’s interesting how the group feeds: they seem to dive almost all at once, so that one minute you’re seeing maybe 10 birds, and then when they all come back up to the surface, there’s almost 200!

Good birding!
Brooke Miller
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Date: 1/5/18 4:54 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Some south county notables
All,

At two minutes after 8 this morning the male PHAINOPEPLA flew from the
northwest into the top of a tree near the Vargas Dr entrance to
Guadalupe Oak Grove Park where it briefly called. I then tried for but
failed to find the Rock Wren at the Coyote Valley OSP parking at the
end of Palm Drive in Morgan Hill. Thanks to Janna Pauser I later had
at least two LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS, one chasing the other, working the
trees on both sides of Oak Glen Ave on the north side of Chesbro
Reservoir about 0.7 miles East of its junction with McKean/Uvas Rd and
Old Oak Glen Ave. I parked in a restricted parking on the south side
of the road (as I was nearby) but an unrestricted parking area was a
couple hundred yards further, also on the South side of the road. I
then went to Almaden Lake Park where Peter La Tourrette and Kirsten
Holmquist put me onto the male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER (I had missed it
earlier). A quick check for the Snow Goose, not there, and a look
thru a large flock of Gulls (no goodies) resulted in my getting a
parking ticket (be sure to check for somewhat hidden no parking signs
on the park side of the road restricting the use of really good
parking spaces). I then went to the first Los Capitancillos pond
northeast of Meridian Ave where I had the juvenile SNOW GOOSE feeding
on the near side of the of the pond at 12 PM.

Take care,

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Date: 1/5/18 4:36 pm
From: David Kohler <dkohler...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Vermillion Flycatcher, 01/04/18
Gorgeous photos. Congratulations.

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 5, 2018, at 3:59 PM, <ronmar1...><mailto:<ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...><mailto:<south-bay-birds-noreply...>> wrote:



I finally got an opportunity to drive to Coyote Valley to try to view and photograph the visiting VERMILLION FLYCATCHER. About 10 minutes after we arrived, my wife, scanning with her binoculars, spotted the bird on a distant fence post on the Santa Teresa/Hale Ave. side of Dougherty; it gradually worked it's way over closer to the large yellow container where we were standing. It seemed relatively unconcerned with our presence as long it maintained a certain distance from us but never came too close. We spent an hour in the area and after its first appearance, it never disappeared for more than a couple of minutes.


After we left Palm and Dougherty, we drove down Laguna Ave and spotted a lone PRARIE FALCON sitting on a dirt clod in the middle of a plowed field, too far away for a decent photograph.


Photos of the Vermillion Flycatcher are at the very end of my photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/


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Date: 1/5/18 3:59 pm
From: <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermillion Flycatcher, 01/04/18
I finally got an opportunity to drive to Coyote Valley to try to view and photograph the visiting VERMILLION FLYCATCHER. About 10 minutes after we arrived, my wife, scanning with her binoculars, spotted the bird on a distant fence post on the Santa Teresa/Hale Ave. side of Dougherty; it gradually worked it’s way over closer to the large yellow container where we were standing. It seemed relatively unconcerned with our presence as long it maintained a certain distance from us but never came too close. We spent an hour in the area and after its first appearance, it never disappeared for more than a couple of minutes.


After we left Palm and Dougherty, we drove down Laguna Ave and spotted a lone PRARIE FALCON sitting on a dirt clod in the middle of a plowed field, too far away for a decent photograph.



Photos of the Vermillion Flycatcher are at the very end of my photostream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/




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Date: 1/5/18 3:55 pm
From: Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermillion

Continues by the shipping container fence at 1:15 pm Palm & Dougherty.
Happy Birding
Sergio Perez

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Date: 1/5/18 2:40 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Park
Folks:

I saw the male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE in the southeast corner of Shoreline
Lake this morning, 1/5/17.

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Date: 1/5/18 11:18 am
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher Present this morning
Its been at the corner of Palm and Dougherty between 10:30 and 11:15 when I left this morning. Friday Jan 5, 2018.

Brooke Miller
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> On Jan 5, 2018, at 8:09 AM, Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Hi Birders,
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> Vermilion Flycatcher still present at 7:56 at the South end of Dougherty, ~300 meters from Palm along fence line where small row of redwood trees are.
>
> Good birding,
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Date: 1/5/18 8:09 am
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher Present this morning
Hi Birders,Vermilion Flycatcher still present at 7:56 at the South end of Dougherty, ~300 meters from Palm along fence line where small row of redwood trees are.
Good birding,Ryan Phillips
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Date: 1/4/18 10:46 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing birds, 1/4/18
Today (1/4/18), I set out in search of six recently-reported birds. I
managed to find all of them, plus a few bonus birds.

The female EVENING GROSBEAK was in a bare pistache tree near the
intersection of State Street and 4th Street in Los Altos.

The male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was in the SW corner of Shoreline Lake,
along with 27 COMMON GOLDENEYES and the male HOODED MERGANSER. While
at the lake, I saw a GOLDEN EAGLE flying in the distance. Then I drove
to the kite flying area. Shortly after I got out of the car, the
Golden Eagle flew fairly close to me.

At Almaden Lake, I found the male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER in the trees
near the Arroyo Picnic area. I did not find the juvenile Snow Goose
that Kathy Parker reported earlier in the day. However, I did find a
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

At Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, I found the male PHAINOPEPLA in the tree
closest to the Vargas Gate. Mike Mammoser was also there, so I pointed
the bird out to him.

Five CHIPPING SPARROWS were at TJ Martin Park along Burchell Ave.
David Nickerson drove up while I was photographing them, but they flew
off before he got out of the car. He stayed to look for them while I
went on to Los Capitancillos Ponds.

At Los Capitancillos, shortly before sunset, a juvenile SNOW GOOSE was
among the Canada Geese in the first pond east of Meridian Ave.

I also saw RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKERS at both Almaden Lake and TJ Martin Park.

Photos from today are in this album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157664352353988

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Date: 1/4/18 4:42 pm
From: Beth Hamel <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: No Vermillion Flycatcher
Hi folks,

The Vermilion Flycatcher was present earlier at 11:30 a.m. today, 1/4/18,
when Tom and I stopped by. The bird was sitting on a fence post along
Palm, just west of Dougherty. Minutes later, a truck whooshed by and
flushed the bird to the middle of that field.

Best birding!

Beth Hamel
Morgan Hill

 

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Date: 1/4/18 4:34 pm
From: Kathy Parker <jandkparker...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Aleutian Cackling Goose - Vasona Lake CP
I started the day with a goose and ended the day with a goose.

I just saw 1 Aleutian CACKLING GOOSE in with the large Canada Goose flock at Vasona Lake CP.

I was most struck by the dearth of birds on the lake itself. Other than a few coots, pied-billed grebes and mallards, there were no other birds on the lake.

Kathy Parker
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Date: 1/4/18 4:33 pm
From: Dotty Calabrese <DOTTYCALA...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] No Vermillion Flycatcher
Three of us birded the farming area at Dougherty & Palm in Coyote Valley from 2:05-2:45 this afternoon but found no Vermillion Flycatcher.
Dotty Calabrese
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Date: 1/4/18 4:29 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: REVISED! [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - December and Final Year Results
Hi all,

Steve Rottenborn has reminded me that we had a third new bird for the County in 2017, that being the Wood Thrush found by Mike Mammoser on June 1. I missed that bird in the previous email. However, the Wood Thrush was already included in the county number of 407.

Thank-you to everyone who actually reads these emails and looks at the data (and keeps me “honest”)! Please keep it up!

Thanks, Brooke

> On Jan 4, 2018, at 3:53 PM, Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
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> Happy New Year South Bay Birders!
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> During December I was forwarded 2 species to add to the cumulative list for 2017. These were:
>
> 8-Sep: Green-tailed Towhee (6) found at Anderson Dam near Morgan Hill by Steve Rottenborn. This bird was found in sensitive habitat, and therefore was not reported to the public at that time.
> 29-Nov: Lapland Longspur (6) found by Stephen Peterson and also seen by Bridget Sousa at Moffett Field in Mountain View. The airfield is not open to the public, therefore it was not reported to the public at that time..
>
> There were 2 new birds in December. They were:
>
> 22-Dec: Barrow’s Goldeneye (4) seen at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View, by both Frank Vanslager and David Zittin.
> 30-Dec: A male Vermilion Flycatcher (6) found in Coyote Valley, by Ryan Phillips and his team, during the Calero-Morgan Hill CBC. This is a new bird for Santa Clara County!
>
> The final cumulative list tallied a total of 294 species of birds in Santa Clara County for 2017 (8 birds above the average of 286). This is the largest number of species ever detected in the County for a single year! We added two new species to the county list in 2017 - Vermilion Flycatcher and White-eyed Vireo, which brings the total number of species found in the county to 407.. However, we lost Thayer’s Gull as a separate species (it is now considered a subspecies of Iceland Gull), so that reduces that total to 406.
>
> 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:
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> Please post all your sightings to <south-bay-birds...> <mailto:<south-bay-birds...> and/or www.eBird.org <http://www.ebird.org/> .
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> Please contact me if you find errors or omissions, or have questions or comments.
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Date: 1/4/18 3:53 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - December and Final Year Results
Happy New Year South Bay Birders!


During December I was forwarded 2 species to add to the cumulative list for 2017. These were:

8-Sep: Green-tailed Towhee (6) found at Anderson Dam near Morgan Hill by Steve Rottenborn. This bird was found in sensitive habitat, and therefore was not reported to the public at that time.
29-Nov: Lapland Longspur (6) found by Stephen Peterson and also seen by Bridget Sousa at Moffett Field in Mountain View. The airfield is not open to the public, therefore it was not reported to the public at that time.

There were 2 new birds in December. They were:

22-Dec: Barrow’s Goldeneye (4) seen at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View, by both Frank Vanslager and David Zittin.
30-Dec: A male Vermilion Flycatcher (6) found in Coyote Valley, by Ryan Phillips and his team, during the Calero-Morgan Hill CBC. This is a new bird for Santa Clara County!

The final cumulative list tallied a total of 294 species of birds in Santa Clara County for 2017 (8 birds above the average of 286). This is the largest number of species ever detected in the County for a single year! We added two new species to the county list in 2017 - Vermilion Flycatcher and White-eyed Vireo, which brings the total number of species found in the county to 407. However, we lost Thayer’s Gull as a separate species (it is now considered a subspecies of Iceland Gull), so that reduces that total to 406.

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

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

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

Brooke Miller



 

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Date: 1/4/18 2:30 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler 1-04-17
A male BLACK THROATED GRAY WARBLER was seen with a small flock of birds
that included chickadees, male and female TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, HUTTON'S
VIREO, WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH and a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET on the
Guadalupe Creek trail near the Guadalupe Landfill west of Camden mid
morning.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 1/4/18 1:46 pm
From: Hannes Vogel <hvogel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] NYTimes.com: ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Pummels Northeast, Whipping the East Coast With Snow and Bitter Cold
Out of our range I know, but Is that a semipalmated plover in the foreground of the second image showing the tugboat?
Hannes Vogel
Cupertino



From The New York Times:

Bomb Cyclone Pummels Northeast, Whipping the East Coast With Snow and Bitter Cold

Strong winds from a powerful winter storm were blowing snow at a sharp angle in New York, Boston and beyond, cloaking much of the region in a white haze after dumping ice and sleet in the South.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/us/winter-snow-bomb-cyclone.html


 

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Date: 1/4/18 11:50 am
From: Kathy Parker <jandkparker...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Juvenile Snow Goose - Almaden Lake RP
This morning, 4 Jan., there was 1 juvenile SNOW GOOSE feeding with the Canada Goose flock on the lawn.

Kathy Parker
Los Gatos

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Date: 1/4/18 11:26 am
From: Nancy Asquith <nancyasquith...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ogier access, Muriel Wright (Santa Teresa) update, and possible Yellow-Shafted NORTHERN FLICKER at SCVWD

:-)  Ogier:  Bill is, of course, correct. The good news, found on the Model Airplane club website and verified, is that the Parks Dept. has finally committed to start work on restoring the access road some time this year. 
:- (  Muriel Wright: At present, although there is an old sign indicating that access is restricted, the gate is not being maintained. However, in  late November or December, when I went past the gate, a deputy warned me that the site is being converted to house adult criminals. 
Yellow-shafted Northern flicker:  Yellow-shafted or a second intergrade?  See first of the flicker photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41476292
Happy New Year and good birding to all!
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Date: 1/3/18 3:19 pm
From: <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto Baylands - 01/01/18
I went to the Palo Alto Baylands on the first day of the year, hoping to see and photograph any rails that may have been forced to seek higher ground. After 2+ hours of walking along the access road adjacent to the airport, scanning the reeds and pickle weeds with no success, a RIDGEWAY’S RAIL popped up onto the road about 12 feet in front of me and about 50 feet away from a group of birders/photographers who were scanning the area. The bane of bird photographers, a small branch that takes focus away from the subject, left me with only one image of the rail in focus before a rambunctious dog, being walked by a somewhat careless owner, charged at the bird and scared it into cover. As is always the case, an absence of my primary target birds didn’t prevent me from enjoying the morning and I did get photographs of a GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BLACK PHOEBE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, PIED-BILLED GREBE, NORTHERN SHOVELER, LEAST SANDPIPER, SONG SPARROW and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.
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Date: 1/3/18 1:16 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Almaden Wood Ducks 1-03-18
This morning I checked Los Alamitos Creek from the north side of the
Bertram Road bridge and found 24 WOOD DUCKS where they like to hang out
in the winter. The continuing PACIFIC WREN was seen at the creek between
Casa Grande and the New Almaden post office after much searching. A
HAIRY WOODPECKER was near LaForet and apair of WODU flushed from behind
the Community Club. A hundred BAND TAILED PIGEONS were seen in flight
from Alamitos Road and a WILD TURKEY flock was foraging along Bertram Road.

The female PHAINOPEPLA remains in the hilltop oak across from the
Mockingbird Hill entrance to Quicksilver Co. Park.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 1/3/18 11:17 am
From: Steve Altus <steve_altus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher continues
Seen on fence north of yellow container, SW of intersection, around 10am, flycatching, great open views.

Steve Altus (with Ozzie Altus)
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Date: 1/3/18 9:32 am
From: Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermilion flycatcher

Quick note. 9:20 flycatcher seen
On fence at palm and doughty.

Good Birding
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Date: 1/3/18 9:03 am
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Ogier Ponds Access
Folks:

You can also access the ponds from the north or south. From the north,
there is parking near where the Coyote Creek Trail crosses what used to
be called Riverside Golf Course Road off of Monterey, but now may be
named Coyote Creek Golf Drive. From there it is about 2 miles to
Barnhart (there is a gate that may be locked on the road to the golf
course so you need to access the parking from Monterey Road. Or you can
park at the start of the Coyote Creek Trail at the end of Malaguerra
Avenue and it is about 2.6 miles on the trail.

Bill

On 1/2/2018 11:23 PM, David Nickerson <davidnickerson...>
[south-bay-birds] wrote:
> I was at Ogier several weeks ago and the road/culvert is still completely washed out. There were no signs that any repairs have even begun, so it may be a while.
> You can still access some of the ponds from the trailhead at Ogier Avenue, though.
>
> David Nickerson
>
>
>
>
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> On Jan 2, 2018, at 7:13 PM, Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:
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>> Hi all,
>>
>> I have not been to Ogier Ponds since before last winters rains. Is the access road weve all used in the past open? Looking at Google maps this looks to be Barnhart Avenue. If not, is there an alternate?
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Date: 1/2/18 11:23 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Ogier Ponds Access
I was at Ogier several weeks ago and the road/culvert is still completely washed out. There were no signs that any repairs have even begun, so it may be a while.
You can still access some of the ponds from the trailhead at Ogier Avenue, though.

David Nickerson





On Jan 2, 2018, at 7:13 PM, Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I have not been to Ogier Ponds since before last winters rains. Is the access road weve all used in the past open? Looking at Google maps this looks to be Barnhart Avenue. If not, is there an alternate?
>
> Thanks,
> Brooke Miller
>
>



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Date: 1/2/18 9:33 pm
From: 'Ann H.' <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher and more--great day today
Thanks to Ryan for finding the bird and for all who provided updates -- My birding friend Donna and I got down to Morgan Hill today and were treated to great views of the very cooperative Vermilion Flycatcher (along with some gorgeous Western Bluebirds)
Then we got a little time in at Coyote Valley OSP parking lot and enjoyed the birds we saw from there, including American Kestrels, Loggerhead Shrike, Yellow-billed Magpies, and Rock Wren.  As we left, we had a young Golden Eagle flyover.  What a great spot.
To top off this great birding day today, my backyard was a flurry of activity about 1:00 pm with robins taking the invisible freeway offramp that led to my birdbath (a steady stream of bathers for over 30 min!), 3 flickers working on the lawn, and a Western Tanager on the back fence, a new yard bird for me.
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Date: 1/2/18 8:57 pm
From: <willjaponicus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Jan 2 Santa Clara County Big Day - 158 species
Hey All,


Today Jasen Liu and I did our annual new year Santa Clara county big day. We beat our previous record of 148 species with a total of 158 species!


We started the day with owling in Monte Bello OSP, where we got four species of owl including two NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS and a NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL. We also got most of our forest species for the day in the dawn chorus.


We then did a couple of stops down to the bay where we first went to Palo Alto Baylands. Here we got WHIMBREL and other expected species. We also witnessed a Dunlin clip a powerline in flight and tumble to the water. Before we even realized what had happened a peregrine, harrier and herring gull had all swooped in to claim the free meal. The gull ended up winning out.


We then headed to shoreline were we bagged HOODED MERGANSER, BARROWS GOLDENEYE, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, and WILSON'S SNIPE.


The Alviso/Don Edwards area produced LESSER YELLOWLEGS, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and SNOWY PLOVER. Unfortunately we were unable to find the Ruff. However we did get BURROWING OWLS on Disk dr.


We then left the bayside and headed to the Alamitos area. We dipped on the Snow Goose at Los Capitancillos Ponds and the Red-naped Sapsucker at Almaden Lake. However, we did get the CHIPPING SPARROW at TJ Martin park without getting out of the car and the PHAINOPEPLA at Guadalupe Oak Grove park in less than a minute.


After this we headed to Coyote Valley. First we headed to Palm and Dougherty to get the VERMILLION FLYCATCHER along with a few GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES, then Coyote Valley OSP for ROCK WREN and Laguna ave. for FERRUGINOUS HAWK, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD. At Ogier Ponds we got DOWNY WOODPECKER (a nemesis for us on these big days). Finally at Parkway Lakes we got a BALD EAGLE in fading light.


We finished up the day with some night birding. First RIDGWAY'S RAILS responded to our clapping at the Palo Alto Baylands (we even got to see one in my phone flashlight). Then we called in a BARN OWL at Gunn High School. To finish it off as I was driving Jasen home, a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL flew low through my headlights.


Good Birding and Happy New Year!
Will Brooks
Stanford, CA
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Date: 1/2/18 8:26 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Lake Jan. 2
When I got to Shoreline Lake around 9:30 today there was no significant
human disturbance, and perhaps as a result 8 species of diving duck.
These included more than 50 COMMON GOLDENEYEs, the male BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE, and the male HOODED MERGANSER. Add to that the REDHEADs
on A1 and it made for a nice showing.

Al Eisner


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Date: 1/2/18 7:58 pm
From: Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Cassin’s Kingbird
Folks,
We had a chance to bird the south county a bit today. There were too many highlights to list (Vermilion Flycatcher) but I think that Cassin’s Kingbird might be of interest. It was hunkered down on a power line on the entrance road to Gilroy WTP. See our eBird report at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41571209
Happy new year!
Bill & Kitty
 

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Date: 1/2/18 7:13 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ogier Ponds Access
Hi all,

I have not been to Ogier Ponds since before last winter’s rains. Is the access road we’ve all used in the past open? Looking at Google maps this looks to be Barnhart Avenue. If not, is there an alternate?

Thanks,
Brooke Miller

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Date: 1/2/18 7:13 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] January 1, 2018 Bird Sightings
Happy New Year South Bay Birders!

I will again be compiling all the bird sightings from January 1, 2018 and including them in my January report. Please send me your January 1 lists no later than January 15 if you want your sightings included in the report, and you do not use eBird. If you use eBird, you’re my best friend!

Thanks!
Brooke Miller
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Date: 1/2/18 5:53 pm
From: Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley Vermilion Flycatcher
Deb and I joined several other birders for scope views of the continuing Vermilion Flycatcher this afternoon around 3:15 PM. The bird was flycatching from the fence south of the sod field on Dougherty. It was visible as a color contrast using 10x binoculars, so we were fortunate that someone had a good scope!
Hugh McDevitt

 

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Date: 1/2/18 5:04 pm
From: Carole Hutchinson <carolehu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Common grackle


I was walking along shoreline lake this morning and there were 3 males and 1 female common grackles.
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Date: 1/2/18 3:29 pm
From: <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC Preliminary Report (Dec 30, 2017)
The Calero-Morgan Hill CBC was held this past Saturday, Dec 30. The weather was well appreciated - sunny and calm. The lack of rain so far this year was apparent in many very dry areas. The southwestern area of the circle was parched and waterfowl were sparse. Overall, however, the diversity of species reported was still high of average for this inland circle, at 149.


There is no doubt regarding the best bird found during this year’s count - that would be the beautiful male Vermilion Flycatcher found by Ryan Phillips and team in Coyote Valley. This is a first Santa Clara county record, and the bird is continuing to delight birders daily. Will it overwinter here? Also found in Coyote Valley were the continuing immature Snow Goose and Cackling Geese.


On Coyote Ridge, Rick Herder’s team found Burrowing Owls, Grasshopper Sparrows, Tree Swallows, and a single Glaucous Gull picked out of the thousands of gulls at the landfill, by Steve Rottenborn. Hugh McDevitt spotted a Greater Roadrunner at the Almaden Research Center.


Two Phainopepla were found in this year’s count - the continuing male at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park, and a female newly discovered by Janna Pauser in Almaden Quicksilver Park.


Blue-gray Gnatcatchers were found on the Stiles Ranch Trail by Bill Bousman, and at the Calero Reservoir by Marion Farber and her team.


The continuing Red-naped Sapsucker was located at Almaden Lake by Bruce Barrett’s team.


In Morgan Hill, Dennis Porter’s team found both a Ross’s Goose and a female Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker, both birds near the Anderson Dam.


The 3 continuing Lewis’s Woodpeckers were refound at Chesbro Reservoir by my team, and a fourth bird was found at Las Animas Road by Mike Rogers.


(Most of these rare bird reports still need to be reviewed)

Many many thanks to the 76 people that participated in this count - it does not happen without you! Kudos to Janna and Lee Pauser for organizing and serving the countdown dinner! Thank you, Mike Rogers, for keeping us honest with our rare bird reports! And continuing thanks to Ann Verdi, the soul of this circle.


Happy New Year and Best Birding!


Beth Hamel

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Date: 1/2/18 3:15 pm
From: David <daviddiller...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Los Altos and Charleston Forebay & Eurasian Teal status
Larry,

At least the Eurasian Teal is still recognized as a full species by IOC, the authority for the rest of the world beyond territory governed by the AOU ( kinda like standard vs metric for the rest of the world) so in a way the bird only lost its legal status upon entering North America , but he doesn’t seem to be bothered by that , I’ve been watching him chasing a local lady Green-winged Teal with shameless gusto- but any possible offspring may lose any rights to be counted on a checklist , maybe even be deported :-)





David Diller

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> On Jan 2, 2018, at 1:26 PM, Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> YES it DOES exist. The EVENING GROSBEAK was well seen at the corner of 2nd street and State Street in Los Altos at about 11:30 this morning - 1/2/2018 - along with some butterbutts, or better known as Audubon Warblers. Also seen in the forebay of Charleston Slough was the European version of the GREEN WINGED TEAL(No longer a species, just a subspecies. I wonder if the AOU told them that. I know I would feel bad if I was told I was not a species any more)
>
> Larry Spivak
>

 

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Date: 1/2/18 2:34 pm
From: Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Los Altos and Charleston Forebay
YES it DOES exist. The EVENING GROSBEAK was well seen at the corner of 2nd street and State Street in Los Altos at about 11:30 this morning - 1/2/2018 - along with some  butterbutts, or better known as Audubon Warblers. Also seen in the forebay of Charleston Slough was the European version of the GREEN WINGED TEAL(No longer a species, just a subspecies. I wonder if the AOU told them that. I know I would feel bad if I was told I was not a species any more)
Larry Spivak
 

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Date: 1/2/18 12:31 pm
From: Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher
Folks,

We just got great looks at the Vermilion Flycatcher on Palm Ave, at the corner of Dougherty, as previously reported. Nice bird!

Happy new year,
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Date: 1/2/18 8:23 am
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Common Loon Campbell
Birders,I refound the Common Loon in Los Gatos Creek CP, Campbell this morning (Jan 2) at 8:15 on the same pond in the SW most corner near the fishing pier. 
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1/1/2018  The COMMON LOON was again at the 1st pond, main entrance to Los Gatos Creek County Park, Campbell.  I saw it though from the fishing pier accessed from Dell Avenue.The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW is still in my yard and has been since November 25th. #yiv2445889289 #yiv2445889289 -- #yiv2445889289ygrp-mkp {border:1px solid #d8d8d8;font-family:Arial;margin:10px 0;padding:0 10px;}#yiv2445889289 #yiv2445889289ygrp-mkp hr {border:1px solid #d8d8d8;}#yiv2445889289 #yiv2445889289ygrp-mkp #yiv2445889289hd {color:#628c2a;font-size:85%;font-weight:700;line-height:122%;margin:10px 0;}#yiv2445889289 #yiv2445889289ygrp-mkp #yiv2445889289ads {margin-bottom:10px;}#yiv2445889289 #yiv2445889289ygrp-mkp .yiv2445889289ad {padding:0 0;}#yiv2445889289 #yiv2445889289ygrp-mkp .yiv2445889289ad p {margin:0;}#yiv2445889289 #yiv2445889289ygrp-mkp .yiv2445889289ad a {color:#0000ff;text-decoration:none;}#yiv2445889289 #yiv2445889289ygrp-sponsor #yiv2445889289ygrp-lc {font-family:Arial;}#yiv2445889289 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Date: 1/1/18 9:31 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Year's Day 2018
Folks:

This morning, 1/1/18, I was at Palm and Dougherty just after sunrise in
the lingering fog.  No Vermilion there as the clan gathered.  We passed
the magic time of 0804 hrs when it was first seen yesterday. Then it
appeared to the southeast on the top of a conifer, the VERMILION
FLYCATCHER, a first record for Santa Clara County.  We all had good
views as it worked the fences on Dougherty.  As it reached Palm, Roland
Kenner and Pat Kenny nearly ran over the poor bird as they pulled up,
stopping 10 feet away for non-binocular views.  The rest of the day was,
of course, a let-down by comparison.  At the Mountain Forebay I flushed
the AMERICAN BITTERN in a side channel near the entrance.  As I scanned
Shoreline Lake, boaters were becoming active and the Common Goldeneyes
mostly moved over to Pond A1, my count there was 73.  The male HOODED
MERGANSER was with them, but I didn't see any sign of the Barrow's.  The
REDHEADS continue there as well, my hasty tally was 330 birds.

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Date: 1/1/18 8:26 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Highway 152 Bald Eagles
Laurie and I drove out to Merced NWR today to start the new year. On the way, we found both bald eagles that have been hanging out along 152 between Casa De Fruta and the climb into the hills.

First bird that wasn’t a feeder bird were a pair of turkey vultures..

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Date: 1/1/18 6:33 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] CBC and New Years day highlights
Calero-Morgan Hill CBC highlights for the Almaden sector were;
PHAINOPEPLA Guadalupe Oak Grove Park
PHAINOPEPLA  female in Almaden Quicksilver CP at the Mockingbird Hill
entrance.
VARIED THRUSH 2 Twin Creeks
PACIFIC WREN New Almaden
SLATE COLORED JUNCO New Almaden
WHITE THROATED SWIFTS Bald Mountain
BROWN CREEPER Quicksilver CP Woods trail

New Years day
I birded a few hours this morning and late afternoon and found the
following New Years Day birds
CHIPPING SPARROWS 4 TJ Martin Park along Burchell Ave
MERLIN TJ Martin tower
PINE SISKINS TJ Martin
PHAINOPEPLA 1 male, 1 female Guadalupe Oak Grove Park chasing each other
near Vargas gate
RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER Graystone Park
BROWN CREEPER Graystone Park
PURPLE FINCH backyard
LINCOLN SPARROW 3, Guadalupe River trail
SORA 2, Guadalupe River
COMMON GALLINULE 2, Guadalupe River
VIRGINIA RAIL h. Guadalupe River
OSPREY with fish Guadalupe River
SPOTTED SANDPIPER Guadalupe River

Janna Pauser
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Date: 1/1/18 5:46 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] My Jan ! sightings
Birds of note today: In Alviso, a male Blue-winged teal and the BW x
Cinnamon Teal hybrid, both in the slough at the EEC in the morning. Six
Burrowing Owls were along Disk Drive. At Ed Levin CP, a Slate-colored Junco
that I found on the SJ CBC was still on the Spring Valley Lawn. A Hairy
Woodpecker was next to the rangers office. Hall Memorial Park in Milpitas
early afternoon had the continuing female Mandarin Duck but not the Bald
Eagles. Bill Pelletier was there and mentioned Greater White-fronted Geese
way up on Sierra Rd, which I kept in mind. At Shoreline Park in Mtn View met
up with Mikes (Mammoser and Rogers) viewing a male Eurasian Wigeon way out
on pond A1. No Barrow's out there but there was the continuing male Hooded
Merganser and Redheads. Mike M said the Ruff in Alviso was there today so I
went there next, first finding the previously reported Lesser Yellowlegs
behind the pump house at Gold and Elizabeth Streets 2:45pm, then the Ruff at
3:15 pm about 100 yds north of the EEC entrance road, closer to the gate
than the tracks. Up on Sierra Rd Bill's five Greater White-fronted Geese
were at the stock pond across from the driveway to 5455. A large flock of
Lark Sparrows was near the end of Marsh Rd. Last stop was back at Hall Park
to see both adult Bald Eagle sitting in different trees in front of the
school. A great day with 103 species.



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Date: 1/1/18 5:09 pm
From: Frank Vanslager <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Some New Year's Day Birding



All:

Around 9 AM there was a Prairie Falcon on a post in the marsh to the west of the Charleston Slough trail, dining for a half hour, or so, with some "gutsy" animal. A photographer finally showed up with a long lens, and could have gotten some good photos.

After lunch I went down to Palm and Dougherty to look for the Vermilion Flycatcher. After leaving to look for some raptors at the west end of Palm, I returned about 2 when the bird had returned and did lots of fly-catching from fence-post to fence-post. On the way home I did a quick stop to see if I could find the Common Loon. No luck with the trifecta, but I did end up with 85 species for the day.

Frank Vanslager




 

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Date: 1/1/18 2:36 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermilion flycatcher, rock wrens and varied thrushes
Hi Birders,
The vermilion flycatcher continues (Jan. 1, 2018). The bird did not get
close to us birders, so some mediocre photos at:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41522511

Two rock wrens seen on the hill above the Coyote Open Space parking lot.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41522760
(Buffalo (bison) seen in the adjacent field)

Two varied thrushes seen again on Wright Station Road about 200-300 feet
down hill from the Wright Station Rd/Morrill Rd intersection. Photos and
details:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41523002

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 1/1/18 10:04 am
From: Karen Burnson <karenburnson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Common Loon Campbell
1/1/2018 The COMMON LOON was again at the 1st pond, main entrance to Los
Gatos Creek County Park, Campbell. I saw it though from the fishing pier
accessed from Dell Avenue.
The WHITE-THROATED SPARROW is still in my yard and has been since November
25th.

 

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Date: 1/1/18 9:43 am
From: Hugh McDevitt <hdmcdevitt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC: IBM Almaden Research
Deb and I, along with our friends Mike and Susan Davis, covered the IBM Almaden Research property on Saturday for the Calero-Morgan Hill CBC. We saw a total of 52 species. Highlights included the ARC Greater Roadrunner, a Prairie Falcon (first sighting for us at this location), and a Great-Horned Owl to end the day. A wonderful day to be outdoors!
Hugh McDevitt

 

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Date: 1/1/18 9:32 am
From: <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermilion Flycatcher
Continues at corner of Palm and Dougherty in Coyote Valley.

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Date: 1/1/18 8:52 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Vermillion Flycatcher continues on Dougherty
The Vermilion Flycatcher is currently on the fence along the field at the
corner of Palm and Dougherty.

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 1/1/18 6:39 am
From: Peter Hart <peterehart...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Great Egret prey is Brown Rat
Just for the record, Bill Bousman pointed out that the Great Egret in the photos I posted yesterday is likely swallowing a Brown Rat, not a Muskrat as I surmised.

Thank for catching that, Bill, and Happy New Year to all!

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Date: 12/31/17 5:34 pm
From: 'Dave Weber' <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Barrow's Dec 31
I went to Shoreline Park in Mtn View late this afternoon hoping to bag the
Barrow's Goldeneye as a last-minute year bird. Already missed it several
times on both pond A1 and the lake. I found it on pond A1 at 3:30pm far
across the SW corner of the pond. It was among about two dozen male Common
Goldeneyes and many females scattered about. Also out there was a male
Hooded Merganser. I had just seen a male Hooded a few minutes earlier on
Shoreline Lake - don't know if it's the same bird. Many Redheads are still
on A1. On Dec 26 I saw one male Eurasian Wigeon among the hundreds of
Americans on A1.



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Date: 12/31/17 4:04 pm
From: Eric Goodill <ericgmac...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vermillion Flycatcher continues on Dougherty
Hi,

After about 90 minutes of searching, several birders and I enjoyed the VERMILLION FLYCATCHER previously reported. It is on the fence east of Dougherty and south of the big green sod field.

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Date: 12/31/17 1:11 pm
From: juliana manoliu <juliana.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley and Charleston Slough-correction
The white goose was a Snowy as mentioned by Ryan Phillips in the CBC e-mail

juliana manoliu


On 12/30/2017 4:59 PM, <j.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:
>
> on 12/30/17 I spent a few hours on Laguna Ave and at the Open space
> preserve on Palm Ave.
> When I arrived at Laguna West shortly before 9 AM there was a large
> tractor plowing the fields to the South. There were a few American
> kestrels and hundreds of blackbirds swooping down and around , but I
> could only see well one Tricolored blackbird.
> On Palm Ave there were again a few kestrels, but not much else. I
> hiked some into the preserve and got to see large numbers of
> Yellow-billed magpie, heard lots of Western meadowlarks but saw very
> few of them. Several Say's phoebes were seen in the preserve and then
> on my second pass on Laguna Ave around 4-5 total. Only one
> White-tailed kite on a wire near the beginning of the trail at the
> preserve.
> When I left the area, drove up on Bailey to where some geese were
> reported in the last couple of weeks. I was fortunate to find the
> juvenileRoss' goose on the grass by the road- but it left soon after
> with about half of the Canada geese. Bill of bird was dark(?), not
> red. Then I looked through the remaining Canada geese and found two
> small ones which I could not identify in the field. Looking at my
> photos later one had a white ring/band, the other didn't- maybe one
> Aleutian and one cackling. Feeding among the geese was a flock of
> coots, but there wa! s one Common gallinule with them.
> When I left the geese I stopped to look at a raptor perched in a tree.
> Very difficult to figure it out in the field being a little far for my
> equipment, but looking at my guide it became a 3rd year Bald
> eagle-dirty white head and white on the undertail; bill yellow and large.
> My brief stop at Charleston Slough did not produce a bittern although
> the green heron was at the back of the channel. An immature Belted
> kingfisher was on the side of Shoreline lake. A Fox sparrow was
> feeding with yellow-crowned sparrows on the side of the bittern channel.
>
> Juliana Manoliu
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Date: 12/31/17 12:47 pm
From: Peter Hart <peterehart...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Great Egret prey, Barrow's Goldeneye, at Shoreline
This morning, 12/31, a Great Egret was in the channel where the American Bittern is sometimes seen, swallowing what looked to be a Muskrat. The Barrow’s Goldeneye was there, but at quite some distance.

Photos of the Great Egret, Barrow’s Goldeneye, and a few others, are here <https://www.flickr.com/photos/pehart/albums/72157662148145097/with/27636162149/>...

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Date: 12/31/17 12:11 pm
From: Al Eisner <am_eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing vermillion Flycatcher
Seen 11:45 on fence at SW corner Palm and Daugherty, later moved to south side same field. Seen as soon as I got out of car. Very satisfying!

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Date: 12/31/17 9:56 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley Vermilion Flycatcher
VFC still moving around the field in SW corner of Palm and Dougherty to south of the yellow storage container at 9:55am.

Dave Weber,
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"Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>This morning, Mike Mammoser and Mike and Alma Rogers re-found the Vermilion Flycatcher that was discovered yesterday by Ryan Phillips and his Christmas Bird Count crew. As of a few minutes ago (8:25), the bird was on the fencelines on the west side of Dougherty Road about 250 m south of Palm Drive. It has also perched in trees in the northern side yard at 10015 Dougherty, but we have not seen it in the last 10 minutes.
>
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Date: 12/31/17 8:35 am
From: Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley Vermilion Flycatcher
This morning, Mike Mammoser and Mike and Alma Rogers re-found the Vermilion Flycatcher that was discovered yesterday by Ryan Phillips and his Christmas Bird Count crew. As of a few minutes ago (8:25), the bird was on the fencelines on the west side of Dougherty Road about 250 m south of Palm Drive. It has also perched in trees in the northern side yard at 10015 Dougherty, but we have not seen it in the last 10 minutes.

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Date: 12/30/17 8:53 pm
From: Ryan Phillips <harpiabz...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] VERMILION FLYCATCHER Coyote Valley and other highlights
Hello Birders,An exceptional day out in Coyote Valley today (12/30) covering the Coyote Valley Sector for the Morgan Hill-Calero CBC.
At 14:22 our team had a MALE VERMILION FLYCATCHER at the corner of Palm Avenue and Dougherty Avenue. We watched it forage for 20 minutes and it successfully caught a cricket on the edge of the sod field and some crop rows near the large white container on Dougherty. It was on the fence inside the perimeter fencing that divided the sod and crops about 15 meters from the road. It then flew south down Dougherty and we lost sight of it.
Other highlights included:
SNOW GOOSE (Juvenile) mixed in with the Canada Geese off Bailey Avenue across from IBM (seen all day at multiple locations)
CACKLING GOOSE- 9 individuals mixed in with the 170 Canada Geese
LONG-BILLED CURLEW- 10 individuals foraging in the cattle pasture 40 meters NW of Palm Avenue ~200 meters from Fisher Creek
FERRUGINOUS HAWK- A light morph adult soaring NW of Palm Avenue over the field N of the CVOSP
TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS- Mixed in with over 4000 blackbirds observed today were 416 trikes
BALD EAGLE- 3rd/4th year individual at the ponds south of Bailey Avenue ~300 meters from the road
PRAIRIE FALCON being stooped by a MERLIN on the east end or Richmond Avenue
We had a 4 falcon day with a juvenile PEREGRINE FALCON near the junction of Bailey Avenue and Santa Teresa Blvd that stooped a Canada Goose flock in the field to the North

American Pipits were littering the valley with all the recent plowed and disced fields. May be a good place to look for longspurs
Two adult Golden Eagles were busy working Santa Teresa Blvd over Tulare Hill and the property to the west

While looking for Short-eared Owls (NO LUCK!) at dusk we observed 7 NORTHERN HARRIERS circling together low 1km south of Laguna Avenue gathering at a roost

The habitat was much different than last year and Coyote Valley has gone through a lot of land use changes, including many walnut orchards and reduction in nearly zero alfalfa.
Thanks to my great TEAM (David Mindell, Nicole Tomes-Orlale, Tom and Diane Bennett, and Dani Christensen). A very memorable day!

Thanks to the Hamels for leading this count now and Janna and Ann that lead the charge for so long on this important CBC. Kudos to all the counters.

Good Birding,Ryan


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Date: 12/30/17 7:19 pm
From: Robert Bolles <bolles...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Barrow's Goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
All ...

    The Barrow's Goldeneye continues at the northwest corner of
Shoreline Lake.

    Three Wilson's Snipes were also in the northwest corner of Casey
Forebay, by the pump house.

    My eBird checklist is at

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41439384

    Happy New Year and joyful birding!

            ... Bob



 

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Date: 12/30/17 6:19 pm
From: Dotty Calabrese <DOTTYCALA...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Late Post - Wilson's Snipe - Charleston Road Marsh
At the Charleston Road Marsh in Mountain View, Sat. 12/29/17 at about 11:15 am, a Wilson's Snipe flushed and flew along the edge of the marsh about 15' then again about 20' as I walked the trail.
Dotty Calabrese
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Date: 12/30/17 4:59 pm
From: <j.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley and Charleston Slough
on 12/30/17 I spent a few hours on Laguna Ave and at the Open space preserve on Palm Ave.
When I arrived at Laguna West shortly before 9 AM there was a large tractor plowing the fields to the South. There were a few American kestrels and hundreds of blackbirds swooping down and around , but I could only see well one Tricolored blackbird.
On Palm Ave there were again a few kestrels, but not much else. I hiked some into the preserve and got to see large numbers of Yellow-billed magpie, heard lots of Western meadowlarks but saw very few of them. Several Say's phoebes were seen in the preserve and then on my second pass on Laguna Ave around 4-5 total. Only one White-tailed kite on a wire near the beginning of the trail at the preserve.
When I left the area, drove up on Bailey to where some geese were reported in the last couple of weeks. I was fortunate to find the juvenile Ross' goose on the grass by the road- but it left soon after with about half of the Canada geese. Bill of bird was dark(?), not red. Then I looked through the remaining Canada geese and found two small ones which I could not identify in the field. Looking at my photos later one had a white ring/band, the other didn't- maybe one Aleutian and one cackling. Feeding among the geese was a flock of coots, but there was one Common gallinule with them.
When I left the geese I stopped to look at a raptor perched in a tree. Very difficult to figure it out in the field being a little far for my equipment, but looking at my guide it became a 3rd year Bald eagle-dirty white head and white on the undertail; bill yellow and large.
My brief stop at Charleston Slough did not produce a bittern although the green heron was at the back of the channel. An immature Belted kingfisher was on the side of Shoreline lake. A Fox sparrow was feeding with yellow-crowned sparrows on the side of the bittern channel.

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Date: 12/29/17 5:33 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Juvenile Snow Goose and Wilson's Warbler - Los Capitancillos Ponds - Friday Dec. 29, 2017
> Hi birders!
>
> There was a juvenile SNOW GOOSE mid-day today at Los Capitancillos Ponds in the second pond east of Meridian. Also seen in the same general area but next to Guadalupe Creek was a male WILSON’S WARBLER very low to the ground flitting around in the low bushes. Two PEREGRINE FALCONS were also seen with one transferring its prey to the other in mid-air. Quite a sight! Later, I saw one of the peregrines in a dead tree and the second one on a power tower.
>
> Many of the ponds are now dry including the first two West of Almaden Expressway.
>
> Good birding!
> Brooke Miller
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Date: 12/29/17 3:34 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Hooded Merganser correction
In two recent posts I've called a HOODED MERGANSER photographed on
Shoreline Lake a female, but Jim Pike, an expert birder from Orange County,
persuaded me that the bill is too blackish and the iris too yellowish for
that; it's an immature male.
http://www.pbase.com/image/166770061
http://www.pbase.com/image/166731114

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Date: 12/29/17 3:27 pm
From: Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Another Week Birding
TJ Martin Park. Four trips. No Sparrows. Almaden Lake. 3 trips. No Red Naped. Los Altos Pistache trees. 3 trips. No Grosbeak. Fake News??  Sad!
Larry Spivak
 

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Date: 12/29/17 2:51 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Swamp Sparrow, Barrow's Goldeneye
All,

This morning Chris Johnson and I birded Palo Alto Baylands at high tide (~9am). After some searching and patience we were able to find the continuing SWAMP SPARROW near the location where it has been previously reported. Chris first located it in the vegetation near the large bush along the trail, but we only got a brief glimpse as it hunkered down for the next several minutes. Later, I re-found it a bit farther south in some fennel near the trail, and it hopped across to the fence briefly for some diagnostic photos. We also had a PEREGRINE FALCON atop one of the power towers, and 2 RIDGEWAY'S RAILS in the pickleweed near Byxbee Park.

I headed on to Shoreline afterward, and to my delight found the (continuing?) BARROW'S GOLDENEYE in the northwest section of Shoreline Lake with a handful of Common Goldeneyes. This is probably the same bird seen here earlier this month, but that individual has not been reported since 12/23, so who knows. Also had about 40 REDHEAD in pond A1, and a single WILSON'S SNIPE on the north shore of the forebay.

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Great birding, and Happy New Year, everyone!

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Date: 12/29/17 9:05 am
From: jim irving <jim_irving...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
Thank you to all the kind and informative responses to my WEBL post/inquiry yesterday -  Ryan, Dotty, Mike, Lisa, Nancy and here, David.The friend I was with when we saw this particular bird is a very knowledgeable birder and spends her summers near Gardiner, MT and often seems MTBL. So it was her knowledge that led us in the direction of it being a WEBL, but we didn't know they were so common in this area!So once again, thank you to all!This friend gave me a Chickadee birdbox several years ago, which I mounted in what we thought would be the most advantageous location on my property - on my garage. I have had the indescribable pleasure of watching the last 4 years as they finally found the box and have raised broods - twice in each of the last two seasons!!
Happy Birding and Happy New Year to all!
Jim

On Thursday, December 28, 2017, 7:45:04 PM PST, David Cook <justdave50...> wrote:


Hi Jim

I have 15 nestboxes that I monitor for WEBL and other cavity nesting species at Guadalupe Gardens and the Municipal Rose Garden. It would not surprise me that they are nosing around in other close areas for sources of food in the winter. WEBL hawk for grubs and other insect goodies on close cut grass during the nesting season, but as insect populations decrease during the winter, they eat berries and other fruit to make it through the winter. The Western Bluebird used to be known as the Orchard Bird due to its commonality in our area.  Remember the Blossom Tours  of yesterday? Massive development changed that.

I have about 60 nestboxes that I monitor in San Jose City Parks. This last year, I had 166 fledges: Western Bluebirds, Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, Tree Swallows, and Bewick's Wrens: although 9+ different species in our area may use our nestboxes.

I was part of a group of three founding members of SCVAS who started a program called The Cavity Nesters Program over twenty years ago in our county, but this project has deep ties to the North American Bluebird Society and the California Bluebird Recovery Project that  has been highly successful in helping secondary cavity nesting birds thrive in North America.

It would be my pleasure to show you how this monitoring process works( or anybody CC'D on this ). The nesting season will start in the Feb.-Mar. time frame depending on the nesting species. I am retired, so my schedule is fairly flexible.

Thanks for the bird spotting.

Dave Cook










On December 28, 2017 at 4:37 PM "<jim_irving...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

 

Today, Thursday at approximately 2:30pm my friend and I saw what we think was a drab adult Western Bluebird on 3rd St between Taylor and Jackson near Japantown. We are 95 percent sure, although we have a little room for doubt as it seems like an unlikely place to spot a Bluebird.
The size, bill, and demeanor fit the characteristics of a Bluebird, and the plumage was mostly gray with a faded rusty chest, a blue tail and coverts. It was a brief look, and neither of us recalls noticing an eye ring before we lost sight of it - probably due to surprise! We did comb the Sibley and also scoured online photos to help determine id.
Any thoughts?
Happy birding and New Year.





 




 



 

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Date: 12/29/17 8:24 am
From: <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Calero - Morgan Hill CBC tomorrow, Saturday the 30th, anyone free to be a counter?
Hi folks,


We have a last minute hole in our count tomorrow due to illness. Is anyone free to bird in the Coyote Creek North sector tomorrow? This party will cover the Hellyer County Park area. We have an experienced birder to lead this party, but she needs 1 or 2 people to join her.


Please contact me by email if you can join us. Your help would be fantastic!


Thank you!


Beth Hamel
Morgan Hill
 

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Date: 12/29/17 8:17 am
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
Hello Dave,
Thank you so much for monitoring 60! nest boxes and helping our WEBL and other cavity nesters thrive. We are so lucky to have dedicated folks like you.
Nancy Teater

> On Dec 28, 2017, at 7:45 PM, David Cook <justdave50...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Hi Jim
>
> I have 15 nestboxes that I monitor for WEBL and other cavity nesting species at Guadalupe Gardens and the Municipal Rose Garden. It would not surprise me that they are nosing around in other close areas for sources of food in the winter. WEBL hawk for grubs and other insect goodies on close cut grass during the nesting season, but as insect populations decrease during the winter, they eat berries and other fruit to make it through the winter. The Western Bluebird used to be known as the Orchard Bird due to its commonality in our area. Remember the Blossom Tours of yesterday? Massive development changed that.
>
> I have about 60 nestboxes that I monitor in San Jose City Parks. This last year, I had 166 fledges: Western Bluebirds, Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, Tree Swallows, and Bewick's Wrens: although 9+ different species in our area may use our nestboxes.
>
> I was part of a group of three founding members of SCVAS who started a program called The Cavity Nesters Program over twenty years ago in our county, but this project has deep ties to the North American Bluebird Society and the California Bluebird Recovery Project that has been highly successful in helping secondary cavity nesting birds thrive in North America.
>
> It would be my pleasure to show you how this monitoring process works( or anybody CC'D on this ). The nesting season will start in the Feb.-Mar. time frame depending on the nesting species. I am retired, so my schedule is fairly flexible.
>
> Thanks for the bird spotting.
>
> Dave Cook
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>> On December 28, 2017 at 4:37 PM "<jim_irving...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Today, Thursday at approximately 2:30pm my friend and I saw what we think was a drab adult Western Bluebird on 3rd St between Taylor and Jackson near Japantown. We are 95 percent sure, although we have a little room for doubt as it seems like an unlikely place to spot a Bluebird.
>> The size, bill, and demeanor fit the characteristics of a Bluebird, and the plumage was mostly gray with a faded rusty chest, a blue tail and coverts.. It was a brief look, and neither of us recalls noticing an eye ring before we lost sight of it - probably due to surprise! We did comb the Sibley and also scoured online photos to help determine id.
>> Any thoughts?
>> Happy birding and New Year.
>>
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Date: 12/28/17 7:45 pm
From: David Cook <justdave50...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
Hi Jim

I have 15 nestboxes that I monitor for WEBL and other cavity nesting species at Guadalupe Gardens and the Municipal Rose Garden. It would not surprise me that they are nosing around in other close areas for sources of food in the winter. WEBL hawk for grubs and other insect goodies on close cut grass during the nesting season, but as insect populations decrease during the winter, they eat berries and other fruit to make it through the winter. The Western Bluebird used to be known as the Orchard Bird due to its commonality in our area. Remember the Blossom Tours of yesterday? Massive development changed that.

I have about 60 nestboxes that I monitor in San Jose City Parks. This last year, I had 166 fledges: Western Bluebirds, Chestnut-Backed Chickadees, Tree Swallows, and Bewick's Wrens: although 9+ different species in our area may use our nestboxes.

I was part of a group of three founding members of SCVAS who started a program called The Cavity Nesters Program over twenty years ago in our county, but this project has deep ties to the North American Bluebird Society and the California Bluebird Recovery Project that has been highly successful in helping secondary cavity nesting birds thrive in North America.

It would be my pleasure to show you how this monitoring process works( or anybody CC'D on this ). The nesting season will start in the Feb.-Mar. time frame depending on the nesting species. I am retired, so my schedule is fairly flexible.

Thanks for the bird spotting.

Dave Cook




> On December 28, 2017 at 4:37 PM "<jim_irving...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
> Today, Thursday at approximately 2:30pm my friend and I saw what we think was a drab adult Western Bluebird on 3rd St between Taylor and Jackson near Japantown. We are 95 percent sure, although we have a little room for doubt as it seems like an unlikely place to spot a Bluebird.
> The size, bill, and demeanor fit the characteristics of a Bluebird, and the plumage was mostly gray with a faded rusty chest, a blue tail and coverts. It was a brief look, and neither of us recalls noticing an eye ring before we lost sight of it - probably due to surprise! We did comb the Sibley and also scoured online photos to help determine id.
> Any thoughts?
> Happy birding and New Year.
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 12/28/17 7:20 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
I’ll also add - We now encounter bluebirds along Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos. They feed from the street trees that border the Kings Court Center and the Whole Foods Market across the street. Traffic, cars, and no grassland habitat. Customers come into the Los Gatos Birdwatcher and say they now have bluebirds for the first time in their gardens. All very exciting.. I thank Mike, Lee Pauser and ALL the other bluebird box folks for making this difference.

Lisa Myers
> On Dec 28, 2017, at 7:11 PM, <geochelone...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Although there was probably little grassland habitat at Taylor and 3rd, Bluebirds have come from basically non-existent to very common. They are frequent visitors to Guadalupe River Park at Taylor and Coleman, only a few blocks away from 3rd, and when I say frequent, I really mean they are now always there somewhere. I credit our nest box program, which is very active at GRP.
>
>
> Mike Azevedo
> Nest box Coordinator
> SCVAS CNRP
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <jim_irving...> <mailto:<jim_irving...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> <mailto:<south-bay-birds-noreply...>>
> To: south-bay-birds <south-bay-birds...> <mailto:<south-bay-birds...>>
> Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 4:42 pm
> Subject: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
>
>
>
> Today, Thursday at approximately 2:30pm my friend and I saw what we think was a drab adult Western Bluebird on 3rd St between Taylor and Jackson near Japantown. We are 95 percent sure, although we have a little room for doubt as it seems like an unlikely place to spot a Bluebird.
> The size, bill, and demeanor fit the characteristics of a Bluebird, and the plumage was mostly gray with a faded rusty chest, a blue tail and coverts. It was a brief look, and neither of us recalls noticing an eye ring before we lost sight of it - probably due to surprise! We did comb the Sibley and also scoured online photos to help determine id.
> Any thoughts?
> Happy birding and New Year.
>
>
>


 

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Date: 12/28/17 7:12 pm
From: <geochelone...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?
Although there was probably little grassland habitat at Taylor and 3rd, Bluebirds have come from basically non-existent to very common. They are frequent visitors to Guadalupe River Park at Taylor and Coleman, only a few blocks away from 3rd, and when I say frequent, I really mean they are now always there somewhere. I credit our nest box program, which is very active at GRP.


Mike Azevedo
Nest box Coordinator
SCVAS CNRP






-----Original Message-----
From: <jim_irving...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
To: south-bay-birds <south-bay-birds...>
Sent: Thu, Dec 28, 2017 4:42 pm
Subject: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?







Today, Thursday at approximately 2:30pm my friend and I saw what we think was a drab adult Western Bluebird on 3rd St between Taylor and Jackson near Japantown. We are 95 percent sure, although we have a little room for doubt as it seems like an unlikely place to spot a Bluebird.
The size, bill, and demeanor fit the characteristics of a Bluebird, and the plumage was mostly gray with a faded rusty chest, a blue tail and coverts. It was a brief look, and neither of us recalls noticing an eye ring before we lost sight of it - probably due to surprise! We did comb the Sibley and also scoured online photos to help determine id.
Any thoughts?
Happy birding and New Year.










 

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Date: 12/28/17 6:34 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline birds (cont.), pix
I continued to visit Shoreline Park, mostly the lake.

Christmas morning,12/25/17:
Again, I dipped on the Barrow's Goldeneye and male Hooded Merganser, but
again saw and photographed the female HOODED MERGANSER:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166770061

Apart from rarities, some great behavior views; a Great Egret captured a
crayfish in the inflow channel to the Forebay:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166770057

and a Snowy Egret ran down and captured a fish in front of the boat house:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/seq_snowyegretforage2017

Yesterday morning, 12/27/17:
A pair of GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES were near the Mountain View boat monument:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166770059
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166770060

Also photos of a female BUFFLEHEAD and one of the regular male SURF SCOTERs:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166770055
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166770067

For those thinking of trying bird photography, this a great place to start;
relatively easy birds to photograph, and the light on cloudless mornings
really shows them off. See the photos of regular birds following the ones
linked above, at http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/latest .

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

 

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Date: 12/28/17 4:42 pm
From: <jim_irving...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] An Odd Visitor - Western Bluebird?

Today, Thursday at approximately 2:30pm my friend and I saw what we think was a drab adult Western Bluebird on 3rd St between Taylor and Jackson near Japantown. We are 95 percent sure, although we have a little room for doubt as it seems like an unlikely place to spot a Bluebird.
The size, bill, and demeanor fit the characteristics of a Bluebird, and the plumage was mostly gray with a faded rusty chest, a blue tail and coverts. It was a brief look, and neither of us recalls noticing an eye ring before we lost sight of it - probably due to surprise! We did comb the Sibley and also scoured online photos to help determine id.
Any thoughts?
Happy birding and New Year.


 

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Date: 12/28/17 4:16 pm
From: Steve Altus <steve_altus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Almaden Lake Thurs update
Correction typo — RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER!!!!!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 28, 2017, at 4:15 PM, Steve Altus <steve_altus...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> Quick note from Almaden Lake at 4pm Thursday:
>
> The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER is present in the previously reported spot.
>
> On the lake we saw a (female) RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and a CACKLING GOOSE..
>
> Good birding and happy new year!
>
> Steve Altus (with Ozzie)
> Campbell
>
> Sent from my iPhone



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Date: 12/28/17 4:15 pm
From: Steve Altus <steve_altus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Almaden Lake Thurs update
Hi all,

Quick note from Almaden Lake at 4pm Thursday:

The RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER is present in the previously reported spot.

On the lake we saw a (female) RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and a CACKLING GOOSE.

Good birding and happy new year!

Steve Altus (with Ozzie)
Campbell

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Date: 12/27/17 1:39 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Swamp Sparrow
All,

A few minutes before 9 this morning (12/27) I had a good front view of a first winter SWAMP SPARROW perched on the wire fence located West of the dike between the Palo Alto Airport and the Marsh, 100 to 120 yards before "the bush." Aging is primarily based on the white malar stripe. The bird had a thin white stripe down the center of the dark crown, a very light gray face (supercilium, neck and nape), a straight dark eye stripe, a clear white throat and a finely streaked light grayish breast and white belly. I did not hear the bird call, airport noise was high early on and my hearing is not the best. Almost all bird activity this morning involved flying from the marsh to the overgrown weeds on the airport side of the dike and the area just beyond the wire fence. There was very little activity after about 9:40 AM.
Take care,

Bob Reiling
 

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Date: 12/27/17 9:58 am
From: Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Recent birding - Swamp Sparrow, geese, etc.
12/25 - At Los Gatos Creek County Park there was an adult Greater White-fronted Goose in the northern pond, which is not the same individual I saw here earlier in the fall. There were still a couple female Redheads in the third pond from the north. Gulling was very good at the little western pond at 37.265045°, -121.953968° which can also be viewed from Dell Ave. The flock here is close to the trail and very diverse, and included an interesting but uncooperative extremely pale and striking Herring type (2nd cycle I think) that had a cord wrapped around its leg. Didn't see the loon.
12/26 - At the Palo Alto Baylands, there was a Swamp Sparrow on the San Francisquito Creek Trail. A distant Green-winged Teal seen on the east side of Embarcadero Road (between the duck pond and interpretive center) was either a "Common" Teal or a hybrid crecca x carolinensis, I could not see it well enough to discern which.
12/27 - There is an immature Snow Goose and a Cackling Goose right now behind my house on the Los Capitancillos Ponds - they are on the first pond east of Meridian. My dad Jim first saw the Snow Goose a couple days ago.
Good birding,
Steve TuckerSan Jose
 

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Date: 12/25/17 6:12 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Guadalupe River Channel rails 12-25-17
Eve Meier's post yesterday prompted me to bird along the Guadalupe River
trail, which I had been neglecting far too long. I birded the short
stretch of trail north of the Coleman bridge to the water district dam
and saw eight rails in less than an hour. It could have been the time of
day, around 4 pm, or the fact that their preferred habitat has shrunk
drastically concentrating them in this area. Three SORA were seen at
various locations at the edge of the cattails and two more in a small
clump of cattails south of the Guadalupe Creek inflow. One VIRGINIA RAIL
and a pair of COMMON GALLINULE were in the open near the cattails. Five
WHITE THROATED SWIFTS flew overhead and a chirping OSPREY flew past with
a large fish in its talons.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 12/25/17 5:07 pm
From: <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Fwd: [pen-bird] Pls forward to Southbaybirds


> From: "<greylag64...> [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply...>
> Date: December 25, 2017 at 2:20:04 PM PST
> To: Penbirds <peninsula-birding...>
> Subject: [pen-bird] Pls forward to Southbaybirds
> Reply-To: <greylag64...>
>
> Common Loon in the north Pond (the one with the islands) at Los Gatos Creek Trail Park (Oka Ponds)
> Pictures in my camera, sorry.
>
> Laurie Graham
> Jeff Fairclough
> South San Francisco
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> Laurie Graham
>
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Date: 12/25/17 3:12 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Varied thrush
Hi Birders,
Today we decided to take a mellow drive into the Santa Cruz Mountains, not
really birding, just enjoying the forest.

We ran into varied thrushes in two places. At our first stop, we saw what
were likely 6-7 foraging on the side of the road, but all bolted except for
one which I managed to get a few photos. This one appears to be a female.
More details at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41313408

On our second stop we counted 4, again foraging on the road side near
Merrill and Wright Station Roads.
More details at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41313655

-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 12/25/17 10:08 am
From: Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto CBC - Palo Alto to Moffett Field - 12/18/17
All,

Sorry for the belated summary report. On Monday 12/18/17, I birded the bayside from Palo Alto to Moffett Field for the Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count. From 6:30am to 11:00am, I was joined by Nateri Madavan covering Palo Alto and from noon to 3:00pm I was joined by my son Steven birding both sides of Stevens Creek from Highway 101 to Shoreline Park. Although we didn't find any completely unexpected species, we did very well finding birds that can never be counted on.

The tide covered the bay for most of the day, but from 6:00am to 8:00am there would be visible mud, so we biked out to the San Franciscquito Creek delta before sunrise. The construction along the San Francisquito levee meant we had to bike out through the Palo Alto Baylands. Just after 7:00am, we heard a RIDGWAY'S RAIL from inside the estuary near the Interpretive Center parking lot. Biking out along the outfall channel by the airport, we stopped and immediately located a SWAMP SPARROW at the usual location. We arrived at the San Francisquito Creek mouth at 7:20am and were treated to a RUDDY TURNSTONE (San Mateo County) and 5 RED KNOTS (right side of the channel, but probably also San Mateo County, although different USGS maps are not consistent about the county line out there) among thousands of more common shorebirds (including 180+ SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS). Three more RIDGWAY'S RAILS were found near the delta, with photos obtained of one bathing on the north bank of the creek. Biking back along San Francisquito Creek turned up an adult GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE with a small group of CANADA GEESE and 135 AMERICAN PIPITS on the golf course. Biking back along the outfall channel we again found (and photographed) the SWAMP SPARROW.

At 11:00am, after birding the end of Geng Road, I headed over to Embarcadero Way and the Palo Alto WPCP. The highlight there was a YELLOW WARBLER opposite the entrance to the Byxbee Park parking area. Other warblers included 3 ORANGE-CROWNED and 2 TOWNSEND'S. Flying over the sewage ponds were 6+ TREE SWALLOWS and 5+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS. A GOLDEN EAGLE flew south towards the ITT fields and a lone PINE SISKINN flew over the end of Embarcadero Way.

Next, Steve and I birded Stevens Creek from Highway 101 to the rusty bridge at Shoreline Park. An immature WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was right at the La Avenida trailhead and we found another WHITE-THROATED SPARROW just north of Crittenden Lane. Heading south to Highway 101 we located a female HAIRY WOODPECKER, a rare species in the urban lowlands. Tracking down a dry chip note in the first cottonwood north of La Avenida led to the discovery of a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER (we also found an ORANGE-CROWNED and 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS later). Another SWAMP SPARROW chipping in Stevens Creek just south of the pumphouse outfall at the southeast corner of the Shoreline overflow parking lot was a nice surprise. Photos of some of these birds can be found in the following ebird checklists:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41215049
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41214386

Finally, I covered Moffett Field and the Noffett Golf Course before dark. Two more TREE SWALLOWS were near the Storm Water Pond west of the airstrip and the golf course turned up 2 SLATE-COLORED JUNCOS together with 16 OREGON JUNCOS and 2 WILSON'S SNIPE.

A quick stop at the frontage road parking area for the Palo Alto Flood Control Basin failed to yield a Short-eared Owl at dusk.

A pretty nice day by the bayside!

Mike Rogers
Sunnyvale, CA


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Date: 12/24/17 4:15 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] More Shoreline news, pics
Yesterday morning (12/23/17) the previously reported juvenile
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was on a tree in the southwest corner of the lake:
http://www.pbase.com/image/166756729

....a BELTED KINGFISHER in the same group of trees allowed a distant shot
before flying off at my appoach (very skittish birds):
http://www.pbase.com/image/166756723

.... a HORNED GREBE was much more :
http://www.pbase.com/image/166756727

and I also photographed Common Goldeneyes, a Pied-billed Grebe, and
a Greater Yellowlegs, http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/latest .

Bob Reiling told me about the flight of the Barrow's Goldeneye to A1, but
when I checked that pond the goldeneye group had moved too far off for
photographs.

--
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Date: 12/24/17 2:01 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Virginia Rail on Guadalupe River Trail
Hi Fellow Birders,

Early this afternoon I visited the Guadalupe River Trail birding between the north tip of Lake Almaden and the dam (just north of the Lake Almaden VTA light rail station). Highlights were 1 VIRGINIA RAIL, 1 COMMON GALLINULE, several COMMON YELLOWTHROATS and one OSPREY.

Happy birding,
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Date: 12/23/17 1:41 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Barrow's Goldeneye
All,

This morning the adult male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was first seen by another birder flying into the Southeastern edge of Shoreline Lake (near the marker for the 11th hole on the golf course) where it could be viewed with a good scope. Later all the Goldeneyes were flushed by boats using the lake and the Goldeneyes including the Barrow's Goldeneye were re-found in Salt Pond A1.(providing better viewing). The adult male HOODED MERGANSER continued with the COMMON GOLDENEYES and was seen displaying near them. No sign of the American Bittern, it seems to be an afternoon bird, but Views of a GREEN HERON, a Sora and a Virginia Rail helped to pass the time.

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Date: 12/22/17 7:56 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coopers Hawk takes a crow
I watched a COOPERS HAWK with prey on my neighbors roof being attacked
by six crows. The hawk flew off with an AM. CROW of nearly equal size to
a large pine tree and the flock of crows eventually dispersed.

Earlier I found four CHIPPING SPARROWS together in TJ Martin Park near
the children's playground. PINE SISKINS were also seen here and the
redwood trees were full of YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS. A SAY'S PHOEBE
remains in the park. A spectacular RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER with red
extending past the breast was seen in Fontana Park today.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 12/22/17 7:29 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Barrow's goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
Yes, Hooded Mergansers do the head throw, too.

It's hard to tell the bill color from Dave's photos, but I also took
some photos of one or two female goldeneyes that have yellow bills. My
photos are in this Flickr album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157690629894924

The tiny photo at the beginning is from Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland
yesterday. I'm pretty sure that one is a Barrow's Goldeneye. I'm not
sure about the females at Shoreline today.

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Date: 12/22/17 5:04 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Barrow's goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
I found it interesting that the male Hooded Merganser was following a female Common Goldeneye ... and it was putting its head back in a mating display like a COGO too! 
Does anyone know if this typical behavior for HOME?
Happy birding,Bill 
On Friday, December 22, 2017, 3:27:46 PM PST, Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

 

I saw the American Bittern as soon as I arrived at the Terminal Blvd bridge at 2:15 pm. It was almost motionless, so Bill Pelletier also saw it after I told him about it while I was walking to the lake. He saw it go into hiding. 
Both of us saw the Barrow’s Goldeneye among the Common Goldeneyes in the SW corner of Shoreline Lake. It eventually flew off to the North. The male Hooded Merganser was also among the Goldeneyes.
Garrett Lau 
 

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Date: 12/22/17 3:27 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Barrow's goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
I saw the American Bittern as soon as I arrived at the Terminal Blvd bridge
at 2:15 pm. It was almost motionless, so Bill Pelletier also saw it after I
told him about it while I was walking to the lake. He saw it go into
hiding.

Both of us saw the Barrow’s Goldeneye among the Common Goldeneyes in the SW
corner of Shoreline Lake. It eventually flew off to the North. The male
Hooded Merganser was also among the Goldeneyes.

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 12/22/17 2:59 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Some Alviso sightings
All,

As I was driving along the entrance road to the Environmental Education Center checking out the birds I saw a Dowitcher fly in, land on top of a DUNLIN and start pecking it's head. After 4 to 5 pecks the Dunlin managed to escape, apparently unharmed. Later as I was walking the boardwalk over New Chicago Marsh with 8 to 10 AMERICAN PIPITS working the boardwalk ahead of me I saw many Swallows flying low over the marsh. As I neared the Southern edge of Salt Pond A16 300 to 350 TREE SWALLOWS lit on the sunlit, bare soil, Southern edge of the ponds dike. After a couple minutes they all flew only to return several times over the next several minutes (I should note that although the sun had just come out of the clouds it was 34 degrees, a light wind was blowing from the Southeast and combined with the Swallows flight it must have been difficult for them to maintain their body temperature.) After about a half hour only 100+ Swallows lit on the dike edge and even they were soon feeding at higher elevations over the pond and the marsh. A single male BLUE-WINGED TEAL was resting in the channel East of the EEC entrance road.

Later I had a SNOWY PLOVER on an island East of the RR tracks along Salt Pond A12, a PEREGRINE FALCON was on a transmitter? pole near the "Y" in the tracks, a SAY'S PHOEBE was along the dike between Salt Ponds A14 and A15 and an adult Snowy Plover was along the Southern edge of Salt Pond A14. Unfortunately I was unable to re-locate any Sanderlings.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

 

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Date: 12/22/17 2:29 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Barrow's goldeneye at Shoreline Lake
Hi Birders,
I went to Terminal Blvd to see if I could get a photo of the bittern. I
found it, but it's a shy bird and stayed deep in the reeds so the photos
are terrible, but should give positive ID. As before it is at the far end
of the channel as seen standing on the Terminal Blvd bridge looking north.

It was well camouflaged in the reeds with its head down in attack mode. I
saw it strike and come up with a fish. Apparently it saw me and walked off
to the right and out of sight.

In Shoreline Lake I saw a Barrow's goldeneye with appeared to be two
female BAGO. If someone familiar with the female would please give me an
opinion from the photos on ebird it will be appreciated.

Details and photos: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41255642

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 12/22/17 11:58 am
From: Frank Vanslager <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] BAGO at Shoreline Lake on 12/22/17
All:

At 9:30 I was by the Shoreline Lake Boathouse when I spotted a Male Barrow's Goldeneye with a large group of male Common Goldeneyes at the far western edge of the lake. An hour later I was walking near the underwater inlet pipe when the bird surfaced quite close to me. I quickly tried for a good hand-held photo, mostly unsuccessfully, but I did get to hear the bird's wing noise as it flew a couple hundred feet away.

A few minutes later I had good views of a Red-shouldered Hawk uncharacteristically perched by the water in the Coast Casey Fore-bay; he was being mobbed by a Northern Harrier, which made at least a dozen passes.

Frank Vanslager

 

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Date: 12/22/17 9:28 am
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] San Jose CBC (12/17) - late post
Here is another late post on the San Jose CBC, Dec 17.

Rich Page and I covered a portion of the San Jose Urban sector, and ended
up with 54 species for the day.

We had a few species of note - nine GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and one
SNOW GOOSE in with a Canada Goose flock in the playing fields in back
of Independence High School - at least 20 AMERICAN PIPITS at Penitencia
Creek Park (Berryessa & White Rds) - and three WOOD DUCKS at Overfelt
Gardens.

Otherwise, it was kind of a lack-luster day for us where many smaller birds
(passerines & woodpeckers) seemed unusually quiet. Our area includes urban
settings in northeastern San Jose (golf course, urban parks), We have a
stretch along Coyote Creek that we usually take, but this year there was
some event going with lots of people & cars, so we had to skip it; this is
where we usually get our best riparian species. I also noticed that there
has been considerable damage along that stretch with dead and fallen trees,
similar to what has occurred to the Guadalupe River upstream due to the
recent drought & deluge cycle.

Ann Verdi
San Jose

 

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Date: 12/21/17 10:45 pm
From: Ann Hep <annhep...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Merlin and Am Pipets and Palo Alto CBC
Our group birded Stevens Creek Trail from ECR to 101, the Sunnyvale Golf Course (in golf carts, no less) and misc other parts of Sunnyvale and Mtn View.

Some highlights were:
Red-Shouldered Hawks--a pair started off our day, on the Creek trailhead at El Camino Real
Merlin - seen from Whisman School, where the German school is located
American Pipets- I've forgotten our count but around 25, seen on the golf course. That was a first for us in this location
Interesting Flicker -- we deemed it intergrade as it had elements of Yellow- and Red-shafted, and gave us a fun puzzle (golf course)
We did car birding in the "EVGR Neighborhood" of Heatherstone/Knickerbocker/Mango in Sunnyvale, but failed to find any Evening Grosbeaks. Maybe they aren't around, but we got there after 3:30 so maybe it was too late in the day
Amusingly we failed to find any Canada Geese, despite birding a golf course, and making a special trip to an apt complex pond to try to find them!

Good birding!
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Date: 12/21/17 7:40 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
Folks:

I visited the Palo Alto estuary this morning, 12/21/17, on a flood
tide.  I found the usual shorebirds including 13 WHIMBREL that were
missed on the CBC.  The male "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues in
the Mountain View Forebay.

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Date: 12/21/17 3:14 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Birding for the Palo Alto CBC
For the December 18 Palo Alto CBC, Hugh McDevitt and I visited three
areas: the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club, an area along Los
Trancos Road, and the Stanford land around Felt Lake. These are
primarily areas not open to public access, although one can walk
discreetly at the golf course, expecially on Mondays, when it is
closed to golfers.

Much non-native vegetation at the golf course has been removed (and
not yet replaced), including edge vegetation on the various ponds.
A female HOODED MERGANSER was present, along with about a dozen
BUFFLEHEAD and lots of MALLARDs, but much less variety of water birds
than before the changes. The only raptor we had here was a perched
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and no unusual landbirds were seen. (The most
numerous species was DARK-EYED JUNCO, followed by AMERICAN CROW.)

At the L.T. spots we added a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks and a HAIRY
WOODPECKER, and Hugh saw a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW.

The water level at Felt Lake was higher than last year, but still fairly
low. There was a nice mix of ducks (mostly in small numbers), including
15 RING-NECKED DUCKs and 3 HOODED MERGANSERs (I had seen 5 on a scouting
trip), but no Common Mergansers. (They were found for the count at their
two other semi-regular locations, Bear Gulch Reservoir and Searsville)
The most unusual species (not found on the Palo Alto CBC since 2000)
was a circling light-morph FERRUGINOUS HAWK; it was later seen perhced
on a more-distant tree. And while BALD EAGLE has become a feature the
last few years, it was a great treat to see one adult flying in low and
landing next to a second perched in a eucalyptus tree. Other raptors
found were one WHITE-TAILED KITE, plus RED-SHOULDERED and RED-TAILED
HAWKs and AMERICAN KESTRELs. A single GREATER YELLOWLEGs was the only
shorebird other than KILLDEERs. The landbird highlight was SAY'S PHOEBE
(two birds).

All in all a pleasant day, with much sunshine and light winds.

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Date: 12/21/17 2:34 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Recent birding
OnSunday, 17 Dec 2017, I participated in the San Jose CBC, working with DaveMcIntyre and Dale Stahlecker in the Alviso area of Santa Clara County.

 

Easilyour best bird of the day was a “western” PALM WARBLER, found along AlvisoSlough just across from the South Bay Yacht Club. This bird was verycooperative, sometimes sitting quietly for minutes at a distance of 15 to 20feet. Dave was able to get nice digiscoped photos. As our attention was fixedon the warbler, we caught some movement out of the corner of our eyes andlooked up in time to see a bird disappear behind a pine tree. Although we didnot see enough to make an identification, we were all certain that it was aswallow. We did not see it, or any other swallow, the rest of the day.

 

Wehad a good rail day as well, hearing one RIDGWAY’S RAIL at the Gold St bridgeover the slough. We had seen 3 of these rails in this location on last year’scount. Add to that 10 SORAS and 9 VIRGINIA RAILS.

 

Afterwe finished our section, I filled out the paperwork and then decided to headover to New Chicago Marsh and do some poaching. I drove along the entrance roadinto the EEC, just casually checking through the dowitchers feeding on eitherside of the road. As I got near the gate I picked out the adult female RUFFabout 20 yards from the road. I quickly parked and got my camera out, and wasable to obtain documentation photos.

 *****OnMonday, 18 Dec 2017, I participated in the Palo Alto CBC with Janet Hanson,working my usual area behind Moffett Field, between the Sunnyvale sewage pondsand Stevens Creek.

 

Highlightsincluded 4 EURASIAN WIGEON – one male on pond AB2, a male and female onCrittenden Marsh, and a male on the triangular pond adjacent to CrittendenMarsh. The female was a warmer colored, rusty looking wigeon that was closelyassociating with the male, and both were well away from any other wigeon in thepond.

 

Anotherhighlight was a flock of 110 TREE SWALLOWS over Guadalupe Slough right at thebarge dock. When we first pulled up to the dock, a number of these swallowswere perched on the fence between the dock and the Sunnyvale sewage ponds “WestPond”. These birds took off and the flock swirled about the dock for the next15 minutes or so that we were there, mostly looking like they wanted to landsomewhere. We looked through these birds intently, trying to find some otherspecies, but without any luck.

 

Anotherinteresting factoid of this count was the amazing number of REDHEADS we found.Our section produced 1644 of these birds. With another couple hundred fromdifferent sections, and the addition of a thousand or so birds from the SanJose CBC, we may have the highest number of these ducks this year ever recordedin Santa Clara County.

 

Afemale HOODED MERGANSER was on Crittenden Marsh, a somewhat unusual place tofind this bird.

 *****

OnTuesday, 19 Dec 2017, I went to Los Altos to look for the Evening Grosbeak thathad been reported there recently. Although I failed to find this bird, I didsee a female WESTERN TANAGER in the tree right out front of the silk store,where the grosbeak had been reported numerous times. PINE SISKINS were also inthe area, and 24 was my best count of a flock that worked its way by me in theparking lot. Also, a female MERLIN was perched in a tree near 4thStreet and North Plaza, sitting unmoved for at least 2 hours.

 

*****

OnThursday, 21 Dec 2017, I was back in Los Altos for the third straight day.. Thistime I decided to stand on State Street across from the silk store and stakeout the trees in this area, rather than walk about the neighborhood, as I haddone on the previous visits. After an hour and a half of this, I went to eatsome lunch. When I returned, I intended only a half-hearted attempt beforeleaving. I gave the trees a five minute once over and then turned to leave.When I walked under a pistache tree, I looked up and saw the female EVENINGGROSBEAK just above my head, munching on pistache berries. This was just aboutstraight up noon time. I watched the bird for a couple minutes from about 10feet over my head, before it flew to the tree just outside the silk store. Tothink that I was seconds away from walking past this bird and missing it yetagain.


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Date: 12/21/17 11:13 am
From: Mike Rogers <m.m.rogers...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] San Jose CBC - 12/17/17
All,

Steve Rottenborn and I birded the Alviso ponds north of the Alviso Marina for the San Jose Christmas bird count on Sunday 12/17/17. We ended up tallying almost 32,000 birds in our area, with almost half of those being shorebirds (mostly 8175 WESTERN SANDPIPERS and 4220 DUNLIN). We found good numbers of SNOWY PLOVERS, with 53 in Pond A15, including a color-banded bird (Left: Black over Black, Right: Orange over Red), one in the impoundment between Pond A12 and the railroad tracks, 3 more on the other side of the tracks in New Chicago Marsh, and 8 off the corner of Spreckles and Michigan avenues in Alviso (one color-banded Left: Orange over mud-covered and Right: Blue over mud-colored). Other notable shorebirds included 3 WHIMBREL with a roost of 360 LONG-BILLED CURLEWS and 120 MARBLED GODWITS in northwest Pond A15, 2 SANDERLINGS (scrace this fall) in northwest A13, and the continuning LESSER YELLOWLEGS at the north end of Gold Street.

Duck numbers were also impressive, although Pond A14 was not as full as in some past winters. A total of 997 REDHEAD on that pond was notable; others included 6 on Pond A10 (4 of which were outside the count circle). CANVASBACK numbers in our area were more modest, but just outside the circle were 3100 on Pond A10. Pond A14 also added 78 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS (7 more were on A11 and 2 on A10), 3 male EURASIAN WIGEON and 1 male hybrid WIGEON, and 5 HORNED GREBES. Pond A15 is completely full of water now and hosted an impressive 510 COMMON GOLDENEYES and 2800 BUFFLEHEAD.

Other rarities/notables included:
5 SNOW GEESE (2 adults, 3 immatures) just over the line in Alameda County on Coyote Slough north of Pond A15
1 MERLIN on the levee north of Pond A15
1 immature female PEREGRINE FALCON chasing an adult male with food on the levee north of Pond A15
4 TREE SWALLOWS flying along Alviso Slough opposite Pond A10

After counting our area, we headed to the EEC entrance road to look for the Ruff, but heard it had just flown off 15 minutes before we arrived. We checked the trees near Spreckles and Michigan avenues for the Yellow and Orange-crowned Warblers I had seen there on 11/11/17. We had no luck at that location, but Steve knew where there were some bottlebrush along State Street and as we drove by the first one, I caught a glimpse of what looked like a Yellow Warbler flycatching from the top of an adjacent tree. We stopped and searched and were just about to give up when the YELLOW WARBLER appeared two trees over and provided nice views (this was in front of 1577 State Street). A nice way to finish the day!

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Date: 12/21/17 10:47 am
From: Eric Goodill <ericgmac...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Evening Grosbeak continues in Los Altos
Hi,

Just refound the continuing EVENING GROSBEAK at Third and State Streets. I found the tip of its call note sounding similar to a Black Phoebe helpful since this is louder than the trilling call I was familiar with. (Thanks to whomever provided that which I cannot look at now due to my iPhone email app.) Noting the white secondaries helped me track this bird as it actively flew around. It was feeding both in trees and on the ground. I lost it as it flew over buildings toward downtown. It was with the plentiful Western Bluebirds when I saw it.

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Date: 12/20/17 4:51 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Evergreen sector CBC 12/17
Folks,
Sorry for the late post. On Sunday, Kitty and I led the Evergreen sector 2017 Christmas Bird Count. We stationed our HQ at Lake Cunningham, dividing the area into three subsectors. There were 17 people in the group. We also sent a car out to scan the hills, parks and creeks in the area. This sector includes Mt. Hamilton Rd to just past the Grand View Restaurant, so we were able to get some species from that habitat. We all felt fortunate that Saturday's winds had calmed for us to bird more comfortably. 
We had six birds that we needed to write up, as being rare or unusual, as follows:1. Wilson's Warbler2. Great Tailed Grackle3. Tree Swallow4. Violet-Green Swallow5. Northern Rough Winged Swallow6. Cackling Goose Other highlights included Yellow Billed Magpie, Golden Eagle, Purple Finch, Spotted Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Hooded Merganser (male & female pair), Red Breasted Sapsucker and a continuing female Peacock. All told, we logged 91 species for the sector.
Happy birding,Bill P
 

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Date: 12/20/17 12:47 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: [pen-bird] Preliminary report from Palo Alto CBC
On Wed, 20 Dec 2017, Al Eisner <eisner...> [peninsula-birding] wrote:

(with a wording fix)

> The Palo Alto CBC on December 18 was, for the first time in a few years,
> held in generally nice weather. The 169 species reported so far
> (including two added since our countdown, but also subject to review of
> rare bird accounts) compares to an average of 164 over the past 15
> years. (The high count during that period was 171.)

I just got in a report for the count of an additional semi-regular
species: NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL. So we're up to a preliminary total
of 170.

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Date: 12/20/17 12:31 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley
Folks:

This morning, 12/20/17, the continuing adult SNOW GOOSE was at the north
end of the disked field about halfway down to the southwest end of
Laguna Avenue with 150+ Canadas and 7 or so "ALEUTIAN" CACKLING GEESE.

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Date: 12/20/17 12:25 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Preliminary report from Palo Alto CBC
and for those who like numbers, the all time high count for the Palo
Alto CBC is 176 in 1986.

Bill

On 12/20/2017 11:24 AM, Al Eisner <eisner...>
[south-bay-birds] wrote:
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> On Wed, 20 Dec 2017, Al Eisner <eisner...>
> [peninsula-birding] wrote:
>
> (with a wording fix)
>
> > The Palo Alto CBC on December 18 was, for the first time in a few years,
> > held in generally nice weather. The 169 species reported so far
> > (including two added since our countdown, but also subject to review of
> > rare bird accounts) compares to an average of 164 over the past 15
> > years. (The high count during that period was 171.)
>
> I just got in a report for the count of an additional semi-regular
> species: NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL. So we're up to a preliminary total
> of 170.
>
> Al Eisner
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Date: 12/20/17 11:13 am
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Preliminary report from Palo Alto CBC
The Palo Alto CBC on December 18 was for the first time in a few years
was held in generally nice weather. The 169 species reported so far
(included two added since our countdown, but also subject to review of
rare bird accounts) compares to an average of 164 over the past 15
years. (The high count during that period was 171.) Much of the
total resulted from a good showing by the "regulars", missing only
Ring-necked Pheasant, Common Gallinule, Whimbrel, Black Skimmer,
and Brown Pelican. (If any of these was/is observed in the count
circle during count week, Dec. 15 to 21, please let me know.)

There was also a good showing of less frequent but semi-regular
species: RUDDY TURNSTONE, RED KNOT, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, TREE and
VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWs, HOUSE WREN, PINE SISKIN, SWAMP SPARROW (2
locations), YELLOW and BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERs, and WESTERN
TANAGER.

The bird of the count was the HARRIS'S SPARROW found last week by
Don Pendleton at the public trail around the Facebook property in
Menlo Park, and observed by Don again on count day. The CBC has only
two previous records of this species, from the mid-1970's, The
GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE found by Bill Bousman at Mountain View
Shoreline Park is also only the third for the species, but those
were for the past three years, so it could be becoming regular.
A FERRUGINOUS HAWK at Felt Lake represents a species last found in
2000. Also, a pair of adult BALD EAGLEs was again seen at Felt Lake.
(This location is not open to public access, but at least the Eagles
tend to move around.) 8 LARK SPARROWs near the Stanford Dish were in
an area where they may be more regular than they are found. BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHER made its fourth appearance on the count (all in the past
12 years). And an EVENING GROSBEAK was seen in downtown Los Altos.

Tree Swallow numbers were notable: a total of close to 150 from
several locations, compared to a previous high (last year) of 45. But
most astonishing has been the REDHEAD invasion: close to 2000,
including 1644 reported by a single party; the previous high (again,
last year) was 152.

I encourage observers of the species highlighted above, or of anything
else of interest on the count, to post their observations to the
appropriate county list (south-bay-birds or peninsula-birding).
Thanks to all who participated (and especially to our region
coordinators) for making this count a success.

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Date: 12/20/17 10:04 am
From: Robin Agarwal <robin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Continuing evening grosbeaks in Los Altos
Evening Grosbeak still feeding in pistache at Exotic Silks.

Robin Agarwal
Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 19, 2017, at 2:06 PM, David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Hi Birders,
> I spent nearly 2 hours walking within a block of 2nd and State Streets in Los Alto - most of that time was photographing. I saw the evening grosbeak right away across State Street from the silk store (SE side of state).
>
> Seen:
> - 2 evening grosbeaks. I got a photo which I assume is an adult female. Confirmation as to age will be appreciated since I have only seen this species one other time.
>
> - At least 3 purple finches
>
> - At least 45 yellow rump warblers. I think I understand why we saw so few at Hidden Villa on the CBC yesterday :-)
>
> - 2 Nuttal's woodpeckers apparently in courtship. Male and female interacting. One splayed tail at the other (only saw tail, not sure which one did the display) and lots of rattle calls.
>
> - 1 American goldfinch
>
> Details and photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41201487
>
> Please send comments on evening grosbeak's age me.
>
> Thanks,
> -Dave Zittin
> <dzittin...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 12/20/17 12:44 am
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Teresa County Park: Swallows and Swifts
The persistence of swallows and White-throated Swifts this fall/winter continues; there were a few such reports on yesterday’s Palo Alto CBC, and today on my regular walk at Stile Ranch/Santa Teresa, I encountered a large flock (over two dozen birds) flying very high and a bit to the north of my position. It consisted about equally, as well as I could determine, of WHITE-THROATED SWIFT, TREE SWALLOW, and VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW. So, this season, don’t forget to look up! Also present were the expected denizens: WHITE-TAILED KITE, NORTHERN HARRIER, ROCK WREN, RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, LINCOLN’S SPARROW, and CALIFORNIA THRASHER. Good birding!

Jennifer Rycenga
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Date: 12/19/17 3:54 pm
From: Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Birds at Ulistac 12/18 and 12/19
Yesterday (12/18) there were an intergrade flicker and two Purple
Finches near Station 5, and an Orange-crowned Warbler and a Purple
Finch near Station 2. Today (12/19) there were a different intergrade
flicker near Station 4, a Yellow-shafted Flicker near Station 6, and
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Date: 12/19/17 3:18 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Shoreline Hooded Merganser(s), etc [one link fixed]
The fourth link down in my recent photo-report on birds at Shoreline had a
typo; corrected it shows swimming Common Goldeneyes and Canvasbacks:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731111

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Date: 12/19/17 2:08 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Hooded Merganser(s), etc
Like several others, I was blown away by a visit to Shoreline late Saturday
morning (12/16/17), and not in a good way; the high winds had driven all
birds off the lake. I did see a GREEN HERON in the inflow channel to the
Forebay, but no bittern.

I came earlier and had a much better time Sunday morning (12/17/17); it was
windless until about 8:30, clear, with beautiful light, and plentiful and
varied birds.

Highlight was a female HOODED MERGANSER to be added to the male
reported before and since by several observers:
http://www.pbase.com/image/166731114 .

There were about 20 COMMON GOLDENEYES and more than 10 CANVASBACKS:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731112
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731110
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/1667311111

And a single female SCAUP, species uncertain:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731116

And two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS acting like a pair:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731106

And EARED and PIED-BILLED GREBES:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166733104
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731115

And one of the omnipresent AMERICAN COOTS came up with a clam:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731105

Also, but too distant for good photos, at least six SURF SCOTERS with some
pair bonding going on, and a single female BUFFLEHEAD.

Moving over to Charleston Slough, I found a single SEMIPALMATED PLOVER from
the view deck:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731117

And in Adobe Creek, perching first-cycle birds, a DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
drying wings, and a BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731113
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166731107

At home on the Stanford campus yesterday morning (12/18/17) a HERMIT THRUSH
visited our backyard fountain:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166733103

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Date: 12/19/17 2:07 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing evening grosbeaks in Los Altos
Hi Birders,
I spent nearly 2 hours walking within a block of 2nd and State Streets in
Los Alto - most of that time was photographing. I saw the evening grosbeak
right away across State Street from the silk store (SE side of state).

Seen:
- 2 evening grosbeaks. I got a photo which I assume is an adult female.
Confirmation as to age will be appreciated since I have only seen this
species one other time.

- At least 3 purple finches

- At least 45 yellow rump warblers. I think I understand why we saw so few
at Hidden Villa on the CBC yesterday :-)

- 2 Nuttal's woodpeckers apparently in courtship. Male and female
interacting. One splayed tail at the other (only saw tail, not sure which
one did the display) and lots of rattle calls.

- 1 American goldfinch

Details and photos at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41201487

Please send comments on evening grosbeak's age me.

Thanks,
-Dave Zittin
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Date: 12/19/17 10:11 am
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Continuing female Evening Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak continues at 9:40 this morning in the same general location as previously reported; right now it's foraging in pistache trees in the parking lot behind State St.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 19, 2017, at 9:11 AM, Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> All,
>
> About 8 AM this morning Janna Pauser re-found the female EVENING GROSBEAK (by call).in the same tree where it was seen yesterday afternoon (252 State Street in front of the Exotic Silks store in Los Altos). The bird was not seen after about 8:25 AM but this area would seem to be the best place to look the bird.
>
> Take care,
>
> Bob Reiling
>
>

 

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Date: 12/19/17 9:20 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing female Evening Grosbeak
All,

About 8 AM this morning Janna Pauser re-found the female EVENING
GROSBEAK (by call).in the same tree where it was seen yesterday
afternoon (252 State Street in front of the Exotic Silks store in Los
Altos). The bird was not seen after about 8:25 AM but this area would
seem to be the best place to look the bird.

Take care,

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Date: 12/18/17 10:49 pm
From: Larry Spivak <larry8141...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Creek Park, Morgan Hill, Wood Ducks
This morning, Monday 12/18 at about 9 AM I saw 4 WOOD DUCKs and a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS in the creek about opposite to the entry driveway. There were also Mallards and, of course, a BLACK PHOEBE.
Larry Spivak
 

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Date: 12/18/17 9:10 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto CBC, Shoreline Park
Folks:

Today, 12/18/17, I covered areas near Shoreline Park for the Palo Alto
CBC.  I started at the Mountain View Forebay and found two nervous
female BLUE-WINGED TEAL on the east side before sunrise. Near the pump
house, I saw a male EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, probably the same bird
reported there this fall.  Three WILSON'S SNIPE were along the south
edge, sometimes a hard bird to get on the Palo Alto CBC.  I heard two
VIRGINIA RAILS in the marsh.  I then drove to the kite-flying lot. 
Among the Canada's, I found five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and three
CACKLING GEESE.  Three or four of the White-fronts had some black
speckling on their bellies, so mostly adult.  All of the Cackling Geese
had white neck rings, but two appeared to be Ridgway's because of the
purplish breasts and smaller size (Approximately 10% of Ridgway's show
white neck collars).   Shoreline Lake provided at least one HORNED GREBE
and about 30 SURF SCOTERS (later I counted another one on Pond A1).
While counting sparrows, I heard a male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE singing.  I
followed the sound to the edge of the lake and found the male concealed
in the middle of a half-dead shrub.  I couldn't get a good picture
because he was surrounded by thick dead growths on all sides--certainly
not the prominent perch I am used to seeing them use.  I ran into Bob
Reiling who showed me the male HOODED MERGANSER that has been around
this fall.  That male joined a group of courting Common Goldeneyes and
did a poor imitation of their head throws.  In the afternoon I counted
ducks and other birds on Ponds A1 and A2W.  A single TREE SWALLOW was
flying north over Pond A1.  I counted 305 REDHEADS on the pond, down in
numbers from earlier in the fall.

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Date: 12/18/17 4:01 pm
From: <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Lake, 12/16/17
Last Saturday, 12/16/17, a *very* windy day, I went to Shoreline Lake to see what might be out and about. Along with the usual suspects, I was pleased to see 18-25 COMMON GOLDENEYES on the lake. At one point, a single male was in the middle of a flotilla of 6 females but I did not observe any of the characteristic mating performances.


Upon heading back to my car, I discovered a juvenile RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in the line of trees that parallel the lake on the east side. While I was photographing the hawk, a MERLIN buzzed it while passing.


I’ve posted a few photos of the Red-shouldered Hawk at the end of my Flickr photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/


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Date: 12/18/17 2:40 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Almaden Slate-colored Junco, Pacific Wren
Birds were active at Casa Grande Museum in New Almaden mid morning,
eating the ripe berries on bushes near the wood water tower. I was told
these plants are related to blueberries and they were loaded with fruit.
At the south end of the yard I found a SLATE COLORED JUNCO near the
fence. It eventually flew over the fence into the parking lot area. A
PACIFIC WREN was chipping near the south most picnic table at the creek.
Several HERMIT THRUSH and TOWNSEND'S WARBLER were seen here among dozens
of AM ROBIN and E. STARLING. Later I stopped at the New Almaden
Community Club on Bertram Road and found another PACIFIC WREN .33 miles
south of the first bird.

Almaden Reservoir had a good variety of ducks but the first bird I saw
was an adult BALD EAGLE perched on a snag. The upper end of the
reservoir had five WILSON'S SNIPE a GREATER YELLOWLEGS and a SPOTTED
SANDPIPER. Passerine's flushed at stops where many HERMIT THRUSH and a
HAIRY WOODPECKER were heard. The BAEA was hunting coots on my return,
circling low over the water, then seen perched on the snag without prey.

Janna Pauser
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Date: 12/18/17 2:13 pm
From: '<davequady...>' <davequady...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] The Oakland Christmas Bird Count, Sunday, December 17, 2017
East Bay Birders and others:

Sunny skies and diminishing winds prevailed during Oakland’s 77th annual CBC yesterday. Our preliminary total of 175 species, announced at last evening’s compilation dinner, is about four below our recent average, but several count areas had not yet reported.

Among the 163 species recorded at least eight of the preceding ten years, on count day we missed only Bonaparte’s Gull, Heermann’s Gull, and Loggerhead Shrike. I’d appreciate reports of any of these species being present inside the count circle from Thursday, December 15 through Wednesday, December 21, especially on count day. Numbers of Bonaparte’s Gulls on count day have bounced around over the last ten years, while Heermann’s Gull numbers have not exceeded ten birds since 2001, although the species was missed on only two counts since then.

Loggerhead Shrike is a different story. It’s been characterized as a 'common species in steep decline,' and is a California State Species of Special Concern. This year the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species considered it ‘Near-Threatened,’ two steps away from Endangered status. Only once since 2007 have we recorded more than two individuals, usually near the Oakland Airport; this is the first year it’s been missed entirely. We hope the miss proves to be an anomaly.

Remarkably, three additions to the count’s all-time species list were reported last evening: Pomarine Jaeger and Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, both seen from our North Boat, off the end of the Berkeley Pier; and two Rhinoceros Auklets, seen off Ballena Bay in Alameda. The well-photographed storm-petrel was chosen as the count’s best bird. Today we learned of a fourth addition to the all-time list: a Lapland Longspur, photographed at Cesar Chavez Park.

Other nice finds included a Ross’s Goose at Damon Slough, near San Leandro Bay; Snow Geese at two spots on the coastline north of the Bay Bridge and at Lafayette Reservoir; a Common Gallinule on a pond along Wilder Road; nice numbers of Surfbirds in the Emeryville area, with another individual at Pt. Isabel; a Lesser Yellowlegs and a Barn Swallow at San Leandro Bay; a Common Murre off the end of the Berkeley Pier; a half-dozen Tree Swallows over Lafayette Reservoir; a House Wren at the Tilden Park golf course; and single Nashville and Black-throated Gray warblers on Bay Farm Island. All these reports of rare birds are subject to confirmation.

The count’s first bird was a Northern Saw-Whet Owl spontaneously tooting at 2:30 am in Redwood Regional Park. Owling continued there and at several other locations under excellent owling conditions, with Barn Owl, Great Horned Owl and Western Screech-Owl also detected before dawn. Burrowing Owls were found after dawn.

We are very proud that the Oakland CBC has attracted more field observers than any other Christmas Bird Count during each of the past three CBC seasons. We won’t know until late 2018 how this year’s count stacked up, but it’s not too soon for Bob Lewis, my co-compiler, and me to invite you to join Oakland’s 78th annual CBC, on December 16, 2018.

Dave Quady
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Date: 12/18/17 10:53 am
From: Bill <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Evening Grosbeak
Folks,
We managed to find the EVGR in Los Altos. It is currently feeding in a tree in front of Exotic Silks store at 252 State St. which is just around the corner from previous sighting reports. I am here with two of the Sharpies team, Kitty and Sergio, and I saw Garrett got the bird earlier this morning. This is a bird of my youth, by the score, back in Maine but populations have been devastated over the years. Such a great find. Thanks to those who posted its location.
Good luck out there,
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Date: 12/18/17 9:11 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Evening Grosbeak Los Altos
At 8:35 this morning (12/18) the Evening Grosbeak was at the same location
as originally reported. Another birder pointed it out to me.

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 12/18/17 8:56 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Evening Grosbeak Los Altos
The Evening Grosbeak is currently at the same location as originally
reported. Another birder pointed it out to me.

Garrett Lau

 

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Date: 12/17/17 7:33 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] San Jose CBC, Alviso Sector, Party 1&2
Folks:

Today, 12/17/17, I joined Matthew Carney and Jim Ervin in the Alviso
area for the route I've been doing in recent years.  We started on the
Coyote Creek Trail below Hwy 237 and walked about a mile, turning back
opposite to the SFBBO trailer.  The best birds there were at least two
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS about a half mile north on the trail.  We then
crossed over to the west side and drove in the levee to the CCFS trailer
and then walked north on the west side. From the trailer, looking west
into the Santa Jose-Santa Clara WPCP ponds, we could see the local BALD
EAGLE pair near one of the lagoons, thanks to a bander who pointed them
out to us!  On our return walk on the west side, one of the local
PEREGRINE FALCONS blew through.  We then drove out to the CCFS waterbird
pond and the recyclery.  The smallish blackbird flock lacked Tricolored,
which was a disappointment.  A female/immature MERLIN came through which
was some consolation.  We ate lunch at the edge of South Coyote Slough
and a female BLUE-WINGED TEAL swam by our spot.  Then we started seeing
TREE SWALLOWS and a single BARN SWALLOW among them. Over the next few
hours there and in the drying ponds, we were able to identify at least
80 Tree Swallows, leaving unidentified 50-200 swallows.  In the drying
ponds we found a male EURASIAN X AMERICAN WIGEON and a male MERLIN
perched on a fence, watching the swallow extravaganza.  We finished the
day at Jubilee, counting four BURROWING OWLS.  Over the day, we found at
least two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES.

Bill Bousman
Santa Clara County records compiler


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Date: 12/17/17 6:22 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Black-throated Gray Warbler 12-17-17
I birded an isolated section of the Guadalupe Creek trail off Guadalupe
Mines Road and found a male BLACK THROATED GRAY WARBLER and four
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER near the west end. I'm always pleased to find the
often overlooked HUTTON'S VIREO and saw three, which were outnumbered by
ten RUBY CROWNED KINGLETS and also saw common woodland birds. A Bobcat
with a beautiful winter coat sauntered up the hill near Guadalupe
landfill entrance.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 12/17/17 3:00 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Evening Grosbeak Los Altos
All,

Just came back from not finding the Evening Grosbeak in Los Altos, lots of YELLOW-RUMP WARBLERS, a few WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, STARLINGS and ROCK DOVES. Walked several blocks on 2nd and 3rd streets and in a parking lot between them but no joy.. This bird may be best found in the early mornings before all of the heavy foot and auto traffic..

Take care,

Bob Reiling



> On December 17, 2017 at 9:03 AM "<gkoprs...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Hi all,
> Currently looking at an EVENING GROSBEAK feeding in the pistaches at the intersection of Plaza Central and 2nd St. in downtown Los Altos. Hopefully he sticks around for tomorrow's CBC!
>
> Good birding,
> Jasen
>
>
>




>

 

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Date: 12/17/17 9:03 am
From: <gkoprs...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Evening Grosbeak Los Altos
Hi all,
Currently looking at an EVENING GROSBEAK feeding in the pistaches at the intersection of Plaza Central and 2nd St. in downtown Los Altos. Hopefully he sticks around for tomorrow's CBC!

Good birding,
Jasen

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