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8/20/18 2:03 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Willow Flycatcher
8/19/18 5:10 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [southbaybirds] Pond A2E (August 19)
8/19/18 12:07 pm Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Willow Flycatcher, Chipping Sparrow on Guadalupe River Trail
8/18/18 12:45 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Willow Flycatcher, Chipping Sparrow on Guadalupe River Trail
8/17/18 5:12 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] San Antonio Valley Transect
8/17/18 11:15 am Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [southbaybirds] Calero County Park: Lisa Killough Trail
8/15/18 3:05 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Almaden Reservoir and Twin Creeks.
8/15/18 10:07 am Sergio M Perez <smperezs...> Re: [southbaybirds] Missing Mallards on eBird
8/15/18 8:37 am William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Missing Mallards on eBird
8/13/18 6:52 pm Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Almaden Rufous Hummingbird, western migrants
8/13/18 6:05 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale Baylands Park and Ulistac
8/13/18 2:17 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Say's Phoebe breeding and Poorwill fly-catching 8-12
8/13/18 1:17 pm tgrey41 <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Cooper's Hawk age & sex; junco fledge
8/13/18 8:10 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [southbaybirds] FYI -- A birdwatcher's library
8/12/18 4:15 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Saturday's Field Trip to Ano Nuevo
8/12/18 3:24 pm Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [southbaybirds] Alviso & Ulistac - interesting tanager Aug 12
8/12/18 12:38 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [southbaybirds] Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society field trip at Picchetti Ranch OSP
8/11/18 8:02 pm Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Alviso area and Don Edwards 8/11
8/10/18 6:01 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Pond A2E and Stevens Creek Mouth
8/10/18 12:53 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Baird's Sandpiper
8/9/18 6:35 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] Baird's Sandpiper
8/9/18 6:32 pm Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Baird's Sandpipers - Gold & Elizabeth, Alviso
8/8/18 1:42 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [southbaybirds] Don Edwards EEC 8/8
8/8/18 1:24 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> Re: [southbaybirds] Comments requested: One day in the county
8/8/18 12:45 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Continuing Mute Swan
8/8/18 7:03 am Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2018 Cumulative Year List - June and July 2018
8/8/18 12:04 am Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> Re: [southbaybirds] New file uploaded to
8/7/18 10:46 pm <southbaybirds...> Notification <southbaybirds+<notification...> [southbaybirds] New file uploaded to
8/7/18 10:18 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [southbaybirds] Nighttime in Mountain View
8/7/18 8:05 pm Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...> Re: [southbaybirds] Comments requested: One day in the county
8/7/18 2:38 pm William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] Comments requested: One day in the county
8/7/18 2:35 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [southbaybirds] Comments requested: One day in the county
8/7/18 10:59 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Some Alviso Area Birds on 8/7/18
8/6/18 2:58 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] New Chicago Marsh
8/6/18 2:33 pm Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Recording of something in the marsh
8/6/18 8:29 am Nancy Teater <nrt...> Re: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
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8/6/18 7:34 am Eileen Melton <eileen-smileen...> Re: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
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8/5/18 4:56 pm Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> Re: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
8/5/18 4:55 pm Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2018 Cumulative Year List
8/5/18 3:35 pm ted gross <tedgross48...> [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
8/5/18 1:29 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Almaden Valley birds 8-05
8/4/18 5:36 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] Shorebirds
8/4/18 4:50 pm tgrey41 <tgrey...> [southbaybirds] Home birds: Nesting juncos, bathing Coop
8/3/18 9:10 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] South County
8/3/18 2:54 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> Re: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds at the Mouth of Steven's Creek on 8/3/18
8/3/18 1:42 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [southbaybirds] SCVAS Ulistac Walk
8/3/18 1:40 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> Re: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds at the Mouth of Steven's Creek on 8/3/18
8/3/18 12:58 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Shorebirds at the Mouth of Steven's Creek on 8/3/18
8/3/18 12:06 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> Re: [southbaybirds] Tide at Stevens Creek Mouth
8/3/18 11:43 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] Adult Black Tern, Salt Pond A2E
8/3/18 9:46 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> Re: [southbaybirds] Tide at Stevens Creek Mouth
8/3/18 7:38 am Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Tide at Stevens Creek Mouth
8/2/18 8:10 pm Marion Krause <mkrause3...> [southbaybirds] Interesting New York Times article
8/2/18 1:22 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Calero Reservoir, Purple Martins 8-02
8/2/18 10:55 am JULIANA <juliana.manoliu...> [southbaybirds] Charleston slough
8/2/18 10:21 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Least Terns on A2E on 8/2/18
8/2/18 8:54 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> Re: [southbaybirds] Local Birding Help
8/2/18 8:26 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [southbaybirds] Update on Lucky, the Milpitas eaglet
8/1/18 11:21 pm Caleb Centanni <caleb...> [southbaybirds] Local Birding Help
7/31/18 8:41 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> Re: [southbaybirds] Parking - End of Crittenden Lane (?)
7/31/18 8:05 pm Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...> [southbaybirds] Parking - End of Crittenden Lane (?)
7/31/18 1:02 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Almaden Lake fledglings and migrants
7/31/18 11:16 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale WPCP on 7/31/18
7/31/18 11:09 am JULIANA <juliana.manoliu...> [southbaybirds] Charleston slough
7/30/18 1:46 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] south county loop 7-30
7/30/18 1:30 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [southbaybirds] Ruddy Turnstone
7/29/18 11:54 pm Ralph via Groups.Io <sharks_hockey_maniac=<yahoo.com...> [southbaybirds] Black Rail & Others at Alviso, Plus an Interesting Oriole & More at Ulistac
7/29/18 6:40 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale WPCP (July 29)
7/28/18 1:42 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [southbaybirds] Almaden Lake Park - Bald Eagle
7/28/18 11:34 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Caspian Tern Island by EEC on 7/28/18
7/27/18 8:14 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Arastradero Preserve
7/27/18 12:39 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [southbaybirds] No Least Terns
7/27/18 10:07 am janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Great-tailed Grackle fledglings Almaden Lake
7/25/18 7:49 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [southbaybirds] Pond A2E
7/25/18 7:14 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] NOT an Immature Black Tern on 7/24/18. Sorry.
7/24/18 3:34 pm merav vonshak <meravvon...> [southbaybirds] Invitation to Kelley Park BioBlitz – Saturday 7/28
7/24/18 2:08 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] A Retry of My Posting About Black Terns on 7/24/18
7/24/18 1:56 pm janna pauser <jannapauser...> [southbaybirds] Vaux's Swifts in Almaden Valley
7/24/18 11:28 am Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Immature Black Tern North of Moffett Bay Trail on 7/24/18
7/24/18 10:14 am Vivek Tiwari <spiderhunters...> Re: [southbaybirds] Some Comments About Alviso Birds on 7/22/18
7/23/18 1:44 pm Jim Yurchenco via Groups.Io <jimy=<ideo.com...> [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle in Palo Alto
7/22/18 10:00 pm rfredrick2 via Groups.Io <ronmar1=<mac.com...> [southbaybirds] 07/20/18 - Bald Eagle eaglet at Curtner Elementary School in Milpitas
7/22/18 12:51 pm Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...> [southbaybirds] Some Comments About Alviso Birds on 7/22/18
 
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Date: 8/20/18 2:03 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Willow Flycatcher
All,

This morning (8/20) my daughter and I had a first winter WILLOW FLYCATCHER near where the trail from the parking lot at Rancho Canada del Oro OSP, that roughly heads north, "y's" after about 1.3 miles (there's a C11 sign nearby). The bird was silent, quite active and spent a lot of the viewing time flying from various, fairly low (10 to 12 foot high), dangling, bare branches.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 8/19/18 5:10 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pond A2E (August 19)
I paid a late-morning visit to salt pond A2E this morning, walking east
along the Bay Trail until about 100 meters past the start of the
triangular area on its south side. Among over 100 FORSTER'S TERNs
there was one adult LEAST TERN well out along the row of poles which
used to support a catwalk crossing A2E. (I'll put a few datils in an
eBird post.) I think it's been a couple of weeks since one was
last reported here. No sign of any other Terns, nor any other species
of note, but it was interesting to see BARN SWALLOW feeding young in
two locations along the pond.

Al Eisner

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Date: 8/19/18 12:07 pm
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Willow Flycatcher, Chipping Sparrow on Guadalupe River Trail
Birders -
The Willow Flycatcher Janna found yesterday was still present this morning, next to the first bench. It never really came out in the open but was very close to the trail. The Chipping Sparrow continued just past the flycatcher in the heavily flagged area; I saw it on both sides of the rip-rap there. Other migrants along the trail included a Cedar Waxwing flying south (seems early), 2 Wilson's Warblers, and a Lazuli Bunting. 2 American Goldfinches were the first I've seen locally since spring.
Afterward I birded the western Los Capitancillos Ponds (the set of ponds west of Meridian Ave). The waterbirds seemed to consist entirely of local breeders, and there are still Gadwalls and coots here with downy young. The highlight here was a juv Sharp-shinned Hawk, my first of the fall, which I watched make two energetic but unsuccessful attempts at capturing one of the many Black Phoebes in the area.
Good birding,
Steve TuckerSan Jose On Saturday, August 18, 2018, 12:45:17 PM PDT, janna pauser <jannapauser...> wrote:

This morning I parked on Blossom River Drive at Blossom Hill Road and
birded north on the Guadalupe River trail.
Past the first bench I found a quiet WILLOW FLYCATCHER on the creek side
of the trail near a fan palm tree. It was quietly fly catching and
difficult to photograph. I had a WIFL in the same area last September.

I had a glimpse of a small sparrow at the start of the trail and found a
juvenile CHIPPING SPARROW on the ground in an open area that has been
planted with natives. Nearby was a single adult SCALY BREASTED MUNIA. A
HOODED ORIOLE fed young and a WILSON's WARBLER was heard only here.

North of the freeway overpass I found an intermediate dark morph juv.
RED TAILED HAWK perched over the creek. A similar juvenile hawk was seen
in the same area Nov.1, 2017. The PEREGRINE FALCON was on his perch on
the lower white ledge of the freeway overpass above the Chynoweth pond.

I couldn't not find the WIFL on the way back but saw the sparrow again
and found the WILSON'S WARBLER.

Janna Pauser
San Jose





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Date: 8/18/18 12:45 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Willow Flycatcher, Chipping Sparrow on Guadalupe River Trail
This morning I parked on Blossom River Drive at Blossom Hill Road and
birded north on the Guadalupe River trail.
Past the first bench I found a quiet WILLOW FLYCATCHER on the creek side
of the trail near a fan palm tree. It was quietly fly catching and
difficult to photograph. I had a WIFL in the same area last September.

I had a glimpse of a small sparrow at the start of the trail and found a
juvenile CHIPPING SPARROW on the ground in an open area that has been
planted with natives. Nearby was a single adult SCALY BREASTED MUNIA. A
HOODED ORIOLE fed young and a WILSON's WARBLER was heard only here.

North of the freeway overpass I found an intermediate dark morph juv.
RED TAILED HAWK perched over the creek. A similar juvenile hawk was seen
in the same area Nov.1, 2017. The PEREGRINE FALCON was on his perch on
the lower white ledge of the freeway overpass above the Chynoweth pond.

I couldn't not find the WIFL on the way back but saw the sparrow again
and found the WILSON'S WARBLER.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 8/17/18 5:12 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] San Antonio Valley Transect
Folks:

Today, 8/17/18, I did a San Antonio Valley transect, starting at the
Alameda border on Mines Road and ending at the summit of Mt. Hamilton. 
In one of my initial stops, I saw the usual "flycatchers" taking off
from the oak trees and catching insects in the air 20 to 30 feet above
my head.  The usuals were, of course, Acorn Woodpeckers and Western
Bluebirds, that typically do this sort of flycatching.  What surprised
me was that other birds were doing this as well, including Oak Titmice,
White-breasted Nuthatches, and a male WESTERN TANAGER, likely a
migrant.  All of these birds did their sallys repeatedly.  Lower down in
the air column were numerous dragonflies, but look as I could, I never
saw any of the flying insects.

In my experience, the last streams to dry up in the Diablo interior near
San Antonio Valley are Colorado Creek and Sweetwater Creek on Mines
Road.  Both are now dry, yet there were still a few pools. One big one
where Colorado Creek crosses the road was occupied by an American
Bullfrog and was visited by 17 LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES and two BELL'S
SPARROWS.  A few minor pools along Sweetwater Creek attracted 28-43
Lawrence's.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 8/17/18 11:15 am
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero County Park: Lisa Killough Trail
This morning I hiked for about a mile along the Lisa Killough Trail at the Rancho San Vicente entrance to Calero County Park. Highlights were several LARK SPARROWS and one ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER observed from the parking lot. Along the trail were 3 pairs of noisy ROCK WRENS calling from the tops of the scattered low rocks, one RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW in a scrub bush, and one SAY'S PHOEBE along the fence. I also spotted BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and TITMICE in the oak trees.


Ebird:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47903071


Eve Meier

San Jose (Cambrian Area)

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Date: 8/15/18 3:05 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden Reservoir and Twin Creeks.
I counted 22 WOOD DUCKS on Almaden Reservoir this morning. Eighteen were
together at the lower end of the reservoir where a juv. RED SHOULDERED
HAWK watched from his overhead perch. I saw only five WODU here a week
ago. A GREEN HERON hidden in the cattails was the only other new bird
today.

I birded along the road to Twin Creeks where many of the cabins have
been demolished after the land was purchase by open space organizations.
Here the adult CASSIN'S VIREO was singing intermittently. Two HUTTON'S
VIREO, 1 juv. WESTERN WOOD PEWEE seen and another heard only. A HOUSE
WREN, BROWN CREEPER and 2 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were seen. Thirty to forty
CAL. QUAIL foraged in the walnut orchard on the O'Day property. A BLUE
GRAY GNATCATCHER, WRENTIT, PAC. SLOPE FLYCATCHER, 2 more BRCR and 2
WILSON'S WARBLERS were heard only. One probable YELLOW RUMPED WARBLER
was foraging high in a eucalyptus tree. Watch for trucks if you bird on
this usually quiet road.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

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Date: 8/15/18 10:07 am
From: Sergio M Perez <smperezs...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Missing Mallards on eBird
I was missing mallard from ebird but birdseye is missing mallard and four others.


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-------- Original message --------From: "William Pelletier via Groups.Io" <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...> Date: 8/15/18 8:37 AM (GMT-08:00) To: South Bay Birds <southbaybirds...> Cc: <southbaybirds...> Subject: [southbaybirds] Missing Mallards on eBird

Folks,
For those of you who use eBird, you may notice that Mallards have disappeared from your lists. This is part of a glitch in the taxonomic update and eBird recommends to leave things alone as they fix the issue. When I run my target species, it is interesting to note that 33% of lists in Santa Clara county include Mallard. 
FYI,Bill P



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Date: 8/15/18 8:37 am
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Missing Mallards on eBird
Folks,
For those of you who use eBird, you may notice that Mallards have disappeared from your lists. This is part of a glitch in the taxonomic update and eBird recommends to leave things alone as they fix the issue. When I run my target species, it is interesting to note that 33% of lists in Santa Clara county include Mallard. 
FYI,Bill P


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Date: 8/13/18 6:52 pm
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden Rufous Hummingbird, western migrants
Birders -
This morning an immature Rufous Hummingbird spent some time in my backyard bordering the Los Capitancillos Ponds, allowing for some photos to be taken of its spread tail to make an ID possible (another Selasphorus here on August 6 was not so cooperative). There was also a Black-headed Grosbeak, which may have been the same bird that was present here earlier this month or another individual.
Yesterday I walked around the ponds at the Santa Clara Valley Water District - it was not terribly birdy (it was also hot and humid) but I did run into ~5 Yellow Warblers, an Orange-crowned Warbler and a Common Yellowthroat.
Good birding,
Steve TuckerSan Jose

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Date: 8/13/18 6:05 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale Baylands Park and Ulistac
Folks:

This morning, 8/13/19, I visited the Sunnyvale Baylands Park before the
kiosk opened and followed up with a stop at Ulistac.  The only migrants
I found at the Baylands Park were two WESTERN TANAGERS, one a basic
male.  They were both in the last of the double row of cottonwoods.  At
Ulistac, I found two "WESTERN" FLYCATCHERS, they looked like HY birds. 
I also found a female/immature WILSON'S WARBLER.  I ran into Pete
LaTourrette at Ulistac and he had seen an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER there.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 8/13/18 2:17 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Say's Phoebe breeding and Poorwill fly-catching 8-12
A juvenile SAY'S PHOEBE with fresh downy plumage and an adult were
perched on a fence along Hellyer Ave yesterday, 8-12. I reported a pair
building a nest at this known breeding site on March 7. Two LARK
SPARROWS and four WESTERN BLUEBIRDS were also here.

The only migrants I found on the Coyote Creek trail near Embedded Way
were a few BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK and an ORANGE CROWNED WARBLER. Three
ASH THROATED FLYCATCHERS were seen in Hellyer Park. A herd of Tule Elk
were grazing on the hillside across 101, a bull with a huge rack and 11
females. This is less that six miles from downtown San Jose.

I arrived in time to see one VAUX'S SWIFT enter the chimney at the
Quicksilver Park McAbee entrance at 8:15pm when a BARN OWLS screech drew
me into the park. It was almost dark so I thought I'd try for a COMMON
POORWILL. Much to my surprise one answered and flew to a perch on the
hillside before me. It then started fly-catching from the perch offering
only a silhouette. I heard 2 or 3 WESTERN SCREECH OWLS close to the
trail on the short walk out.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 8/13/18 1:17 pm
From: tgrey41 <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Cooper's Hawk age & sex; junco fledge
Yesterday (8/12/18) we had a COOPER'S HAWK at our fountain with apparent
adult female plumage, but a yellow iris. Authorities generally say that a
yellow iris indicate a juvenile bird in this species, with the color
changing to red in adults:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167955872

Another photo shows this bird's underpart plumage more straight on, and
there appear to be a few vestiges of juvenile-type brown vertical stripes.
Maybe a second cycle female?
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167955878

For comparison, here's a standard ADULT MALE COOP in the same spot two
days before (8/10/18), with a red iris and fairly consistent blue-gray
upper plumage.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167955877

Online, I found a post by an experienced bander who reported that eye color
in accipiters varies much more than standard guides indicate. In
particular, she suggested that some adult female Coops never attain the red
color, but stop at varying shades of orange; and that some younger adult
Coops retain the yellow iris color characteristic of juveniles.
https://avianrecon.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/coopers-hawk-eye-colors/

In other news, the two DARK-EYED JUNCOs chicks nesting in the wreath on our
front door fledged last Thursday (8/9/18). I saw one fly out early in the
morning, and the last one stayed perched immobile on the edge of the nest
for several hours before finally taking flight:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167945433

Here are the two nestlings getting last adult nest visits the previous day
(8/8/18):
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167938432
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167945495


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Date: 8/13/18 8:10 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] FYI -- A birdwatcher's library
I just wrote this and I thought some of you might find it useful:

https://www.chuqui.com/2018/08/a-birdwatchers-library/

It lists all of the birding books I own in my library (60), and talks a bit
about guides and why I prefer some over others, and what books I like to
suggest to people when they ask about the ones they ought to have.

https://www.chuqui.com/2018/08/a-birdwatchers-library/


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Date: 8/12/18 4:15 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Saturday's Field Trip to Ano Nuevo
All:

Norm Kikuchi's Field Trip was an enjoyable outing. There was some distant fog limiting the visibility of the oceanic species, but we did see Common Murre and Pigeon Guillemot and, closer in, Pelagic Cormorant, and Black Turnstone.

There was at least one fly-over swallow that I might have called differently but, unfortunately, it didn't make any further passes, so I kept quiet. There were enough common birds to keep us busy. I recorded 51 species, and at an earlier point, I heard two other birders mention 50 as their number at that time.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 8/12/18 3:24 pm
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso & Ulistac - interesting tanager Aug 12
Been working last three days, so early this morning, Sunday, went to
Elizabeth St. in Alviso where there were no Baird's Sandpipers seen. There
were about two dozen Wilson's Phalaropes and three or more Lesser
Yellowlegs. At Alviso Marina CP, got there just after several other birders
had seen a Black Rail off the short dock. I heard one Black and two
Virginia's Rails. Then went over to Ulistac Natural Area on Lick Mill Blvd
in Santa Clara for the Fishers Lovebirds. They were easily found and
followed in the south end of the park by their squirrel-like calls. Around
10:30 am I observed, briefly, an interesting tanager. It had unmarked wings
and red on the lower belly or maybe vent area. It did not appear to be
overall too yellowish. Female-type Western Tanagers in the area had very
bold wing bars. It was seen in a large eucalyptus west of the Bird Study #4
sign on the east side of the park trail loop. It flew NW-ish. Fwiw. Then
went back to Alviso to still not see a Baird's. When I got home I read that
one had been seen between my two visits, so I went back for strike three.



Dave Weber,

Milpitas


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Date: 8/12/18 12:38 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society field trip at Picchetti Ranch OSP
Hi Birders,
Again, several of us braved the heat looking for birds at Picchetti OSP.
I was anticipating little which is the secret to having a good birding session. :-)

Some highlights:

- One female or immature Bullock's Oriole working green madrone berries.
- At least 3 Hutton's Vireos that came within 25 feet of us for some excellent views.
- A beautiful adult Cooper's Hawk that posed at eye level within 75 feet of us (where was my camera? :-)
- A Purple Finch eating huckleberries.
- A brilliantly plumaged male Downy Woodpecker.
- Four Blue-grey Gnatcatchers.

Details at: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47806717

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Date: 8/11/18 8:02 pm
From: Steven Tucker via Groups.Io <talkingtrees80=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Alviso area and Don Edwards 8/11
Birders -
I stopped twice at Gold and Elizabeth this morning - no Baird's Sandpiper - but there were ~275 Wilson's Phalaropes, some of which were foraging quite close to the road early in the morning.
At Alviso Marina County Park there were many birders hoping to see Black Rail - I heard two at the short middle boardwalk/viewing platform with the gatorade bottle beneath it (multiple birders had glimpses of one here), and was lucky enough to see a third silent bird from the main boardwalk that crosses over the marsh to the salt ponds (west side, past the second bench).
At Don Edwards shorebird numbers and diversity were very low while I was there. The most unexpected bird was a Wood Duck that appeared briefly in A16 then flew north and out of sight. Other finds of interest were a bright alternate adult and 2 juvenile Short-billed Dowitchers sitting with Long-billeds, a flock of 13 pintails (migrants), and a single Glaucous-winged Gull. The Mute Swan in A16 persists as well.
Good birding,
Steve TuckerSan Jose 

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Date: 8/10/18 6:01 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pond A2E and Stevens Creek Mouth
Folks:

This morning, 8/10/18, I walked the Bay Trail on the south side of Pond
A2E part way to the 90 deg corner and followed that with a visit to the
Stevens Creek mouth.  An ELEGANT TERN was on the old catwalk posts with
the Many Forster's Terns.  In the opposite direction, I saw three SNOWY
PLOVER and one downy chick in the dried out Crittenden Marsh.  A WESTERN
KINGBIRD landed on the trail, I assume a dispersing bird (the notebooks
don't show much of a fall passage for this species).

I arrived at the mouth with a calculated 2.3-ft tide and thousands of
shorebirds at the edge of the mud.  During my first scan, they started
moving southeast and within 10 minutes they were all gone. I counted 496
WILLETS, but I only picked out six BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.  Two BROWN
PELICANS flying northwest were the first I've seen this year.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 8/10/18 12:53 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Baird's Sandpiper
All,

At about 11 this morning (8/10) several other birders and I had good distant views of at least one BAIRD'S SANDPIPER in the same general area where one was seen yesterday (a bit North and West of the intersection of Gold and Elizabeth Streets in Alviso, looking toward the RR tracks from the corner of the intersection).

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 8/9/18 6:35 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Baird's Sandpiper
After seeing a report of Baird's Sandpiper on Ebird, I went to the corner of Gold St and Elizabeth in Alviso today, 9 Aug 2018. Virtually the first bird I saw after setting up my scope, was a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. Unfortunately, after scanning away from the bird for a few seconds, I was unable to refind it. I started looking through the peeps, with the hope of finding a semipalmated sandpiper, or something else notable, when Garret Lau, Louise Liou, and Pat Mahoney came over from the other side of the marsh. They told of seeing 2 Baird's, but none of us was able to refind any from that point.
Michael Mammoser

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Date: 8/9/18 6:32 pm
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Baird's Sandpipers - Gold & Elizabeth, Alviso
Hi Birders:

For those of you not on eBird, Baird’s Sandpipers (1 or 2) have been sighted the last 2 days from Gold & Elizabeth Streets in Alviso.

Here is a link to one of the checklists with photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47750929


—Brooke Miller
San Jose
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Date: 8/8/18 1:42 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Don Edwards EEC 8/8
I had to go run some errands this morning, so I carved out a bit of time
and drove to Don Edwards and parked in the lot at the gate entrance for
about 15 minutes. Nothing too earth shattering -- a greater yellowlegs the
seemed halfway between plumages; peeps (mostly, I think, Least), no
semipalmated plovers, a bunch of barn swallows foraging. The one notable
thing is that the egrets are starting to flock: there was one group of 40
hanging out in the middle of the marsh, and at least another 10 in view
from the parking spot, along with 4-6 snowy egrets. Sitting smack in the
middle of the egrets was a single American White Pelican seeing if I was
paying attention, plus another ten or so in a group further out.

The area next to state and spreckles had high water and no birds to speak
of, so I didn't stop for a non-count. A quick drive up disk drive for
burrowing owls showed all of the ones I could see were wearing furry
costumes. Oh well.





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Date: 8/8/18 1:24 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Comments requested: One day in the county
Chuq,


On my last SCVAS walk at Ulistac (8/4), an out of town British birder said he had 7 or 8 lifers over the course of 1.5 hours. These included CA Thrasher, Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole, Western Tanager, Wilson's Warbler, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Common Yellowthroat. There are few places in the county where you can reliably get such a mix of chaparral, woodland, and marshland species in such close proximity, and every season has something different to offer (e.g. Common Gallinule, Wilson's Snipe, Red-breasted Sapsucker, White-throated Sparrow, Tricolored Blackbird, Purple Finch in fall/winter). Ulistac is also a stone's throw from the airport and is good for birders with families or disabilities/mobility issues. In addition, there are habitat improvements taking place that will hopefully draw in even more birds in the future.


I also second Palo Alto Baylands, Shoreline Lake, Alviso Marina CP/Don Edwards, Santa Theresa Park, Monte Bello, Ed Levin, Alum Rock, and Coyote Valley.


Best,


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA



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From: <southbaybirds...> <southbaybirds...> on behalf of Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 11:04 PM
To: Chuq Von Rospach
Cc: <southbaybirds...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Comments requested: One day in the county

Dear Chuq - First, this is a great idea. Many visitors have expressed appreciation for a similar feature that we have in the San Mateo County Birding Guide: What to Do if You Have a Long Layover at SFO! - http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/SFO.html

When we have out-of-town visitors, the birds they most want to see are the California and Western US specialities. Yellow-billed Magpie, Oak Titmouse, Acorn Woodpecker, Ridgways Rail, Black Rail, Tricolored Blackbird, Lewiss Woodpecker, even humble everyday birds like California Towhee and Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Gulls and Shorebirds are attractive to more advanced birders. With this in mind, Id suggest the following itinerary, which could also work as a counter-commute route

1. Coyote Valley OSP and Lark Avenue in the Coyote Valley - YBMP, Golden Eagle, WTKite, Rock Wren, Western Meadowlark all likely; Tricolored Blackbird possible (side trip to Calero horse area could be included for winter visitors)
2. Santa Teresa Park - Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Oak Titmouse, possibility of Prairie Falcon (trail to be determined), Grasshopper Sparrow (spring/summer)
3. Lake Cunningham - GTGrackle, swallows, American White Pelican, warblers, CBChickadee
4. Alviso - Rails, shorebirds, gulls
5. Palo Alto Baylands and Mountain View - lots of good birds
6. Monte Bello OSP - Purple Finch, possibility of Lawrences Goldfinch and Red Crossbill, raptors, owls, Sora

Just another suggestion! Have fun sorting through however many proposals you receive

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







On Aug 7, 2018, at 2:34 PM, Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...><mailto:<chuqvr...>> wrote:

Hi, all, I'd like your feedback on a new project if you wouldn't mind.

I'm starting to put together a new guide for the https://siliconvalleybirding.org<https://siliconvalleybirding.org/> web site. The goal is to help someone coming in from out of town find and bird the highlights of the county in a limited amount of time. I want to put together suggested stops for someone with these restrictions:

Half a day to bird

one full day to bird

Two days to bird.

For half a day I think I'm going to suggest:

Palo Alto Baylands (30-45 minutes)
Shoreline/Adobe Creek (Terminal road from one entrance to the other), 1 hour
Ulistac Natural Area (45 minutes to 1 hour)
Ed Levin Park/Dog Park area (45 minutes)

That should be do-able with traffic in about 5 hours. They can stretch it if they wish. I'm assuming they aren't familiar with the locations so I want easy to find stops a minimize time spent in traffic (so no Coyote valley for half day). It should also give them a good cross section of county birds from shorebirds to ducks to canopy birds and warblers and woodies to hummers and orioles and bluebirds, and perhaps some magpies.

For a full day of birding, I think I want to add Alviso Marina (rails and more shorebirds), and Coyote Valley (Laguna W and Coyote OSP), for more raptors, better chances at rails, and a better shot at magpies.

For two days, I think part of it is allowing longer stops (for instance, Ed Levin for both dog park area and the elks area), but also not sure what other areas to add in to fill out the second day. Sunnyvale WPCP is a likely candidate, but should I include EEC? State and Spreckels? Focus the second day on south county?

Love your thoughts here. I'll write it up and make it available on the site, and it might get submitted for the Avocet as well.

I appreciate all your suggestions!

chuq




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Date: 8/8/18 12:45 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Continuing Mute Swan
All,

This morning (8/8) the continuing adult MUTE SWAN was well seen and photographed in the western edge of Salt Pond A16. The only other notable sighting was of a feeding frenzy in New Chicago Marsh involving AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, GREAT EGRETS, SNOWY EGRETS, a couple GREAT BLUE HERONS, and Gulls. The great attraction at least for the Pelicans seemed to be a great mass of algae.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 8/8/18 7:03 am
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2018 Cumulative Year List - June and July 2018
Hi Birders!

We had NO new birds in June. For July we had 6 new birds, bringing the total count to 259. The average new birds found in June is 3, and for July 5, while the average total bird species recorded through June is 256, and for July 259. The new birds for July, with rarity codes in parentheses were:

6-Jul: A Semipalmated Sandpiper (4) as found along the entrance road to Don Edwards NWR by Louise Liou;

13-Jul: A Least Tern (4) was seen flying above the Bay Trail near Moffett Field by Ryan Phillips;

22-Jul: Two Black Turnstones (6) were seen on the mudflats from the sailing station at the Palo Alto Baylands, by Louise Liou;

23-Jul: A Ruddy Turnstone (5) was at Stevens Creek delta, by Louise Liou;

26-Jul: An Elegant Tern (4) was seen flying over Salt Pond A2E, by Louise Liou;

29-Jul: Two Bank Swallows (5) were observed flying over Alviso Marina County Park, by Ralph Baker.


I’d like to mention the status of both Mute Swan and Fischer’s Lovebird, both seen recently in Santa Clara County. Mute Swan is considered an “invasive” species according to California Dept. of Fish and Game. Fischer’s Lovebirds, locally, are escaped caged/pet birds. The Oakland Zoo website says they are “near threatened” in the wild, that listing by IUCN. They are endemic to North-central Tanzania.


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

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

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

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Date: 8/8/18 12:04 am
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New file uploaded to
Yes, they are Fischer's Lovebirds, most likely escaped pets. They have
been seen at Ulistac regularly for the past three weeks. The Facebook
page for Ulistac Natural Area has a few posts with more information
about them.

Garrett Lau

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Date: 8/7/18 10:18 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Nighttime in Mountain View
It’s 10:15, and very dark outside. High in the sky, and through our open bedroom window, I can hear a Caspian Tern adult and its whistling chick behind. Just not what I expected...

Matthew Dodder

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Date: 8/7/18 8:05 pm
From: Jennifer Rycenga <gyrrlfalcon...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Comments requested: One day in the county
Dear Chuq - First, this is a great idea. Many visitors have expressed appreciation for a similar feature that we have in the San Mateo County Birding Guide: What to Do if You Have a Long Layover at SFO! - http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/SFO.html <http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/SFO.html>

When we have out-of-town visitors, the birds they most want to see are the California and Western US specialities. Yellow-billed Magpie, Oak Titmouse, Acorn Woodpecker, Ridgway’s Rail, Black Rail, Tricolored Blackbird, Lewis’s Woodpecker, even humble everyday birds like California Towhee and Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Gulls and Shorebirds are attractive to more advanced birders. With this in mind, I’d suggest the following itinerary, which could also work as a counter-commute route

1. Coyote Valley OSP and Lark Avenue in the Coyote Valley - YBMP, Golden Eagle, WTKite, Rock Wren, Western Meadowlark all likely; Tricolored Blackbird possible (side trip to Calero horse area could be included for winter visitors)
2. Santa Teresa Park - Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Oak Titmouse, possibility of Prairie Falcon (trail to be determined), Grasshopper Sparrow (spring/summer)
3. Lake Cunningham - GTGrackle, swallows, American White Pelican, warblers, CBChickadee
4. Alviso - Rails, shorebirds, gulls
5. Palo Alto Baylands and Mountain View - lots of good birds
6. Monte Bello OSP - Purple Finch, possibility of Lawrence’s Goldfinch and Red Crossbill, raptors, owls, Sora

Just another suggestion! Have fun sorting through however many proposals you receive

Jennifer Rycenga
San Mateo, CA
visit http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/
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> On Aug 7, 2018, at 2:34 PM, Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> wrote:
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> Hi, all, I'd like your feedback on a new project if you wouldn't mind.
>
> I'm starting to put together a new guide for the https://siliconvalleybirding.org <https://siliconvalleybirding.org/> web site. The goal is to help someone coming in from out of town find and bird the highlights of the county in a limited amount of time. I want to put together suggested stops for someone with these restrictions:
>
> Half a day to bird
>
> one full day to bird
>
> Two days to bird.
>
> For half a day I think I'm going to suggest:
>
> Palo Alto Baylands (30-45 minutes)
> Shoreline/Adobe Creek (Terminal road from one entrance to the other), 1 hour
> Ulistac Natural Area (45 minutes to 1 hour)
> Ed Levin Park/Dog Park area (45 minutes)
>
> That should be do-able with traffic in about 5 hours. They can stretch it if they wish. I'm assuming they aren't familiar with the locations so I want easy to find stops a minimize time spent in traffic (so no Coyote valley for half day). It should also give them a good cross section of county birds from shorebirds to ducks to canopy birds and warblers and woodies to hummers and orioles and bluebirds, and perhaps some magpies.
>
> For a full day of birding, I think I want to add Alviso Marina (rails and more shorebirds), and Coyote Valley (Laguna W and Coyote OSP), for more raptors, better chances at rails, and a better shot at magpies.
>
> For two days, I think part of it is allowing longer stops (for instance, Ed Levin for both dog park area and the elks area), but also not sure what other areas to add in to fill out the second day. Sunnyvale WPCP is a likely candidate, but should I include EEC? State and Spreckels? Focus the second day on south county?
>
> Love your thoughts here. I'll write it up and make it available on the site, and it might get submitted for the Avocet as well.
>
> I appreciate all your suggestions!
>
> chuq
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>
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Date: 8/7/18 2:38 pm
From: William Pelletier via Groups.Io <wrpelletier=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Comments requested: One day in the county
Chuq,Once your at Ed Levin, it's not far to Alum Rock Park, which is a very unique habitat for this county.Thanks for you efforts!Bill & Kitty
On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 2:35:00 PM PDT, Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> wrote:

Hi, all, I'd like your feedback on a new project if you wouldn't mind.
I'm starting to put together a new guide for the https://siliconvalleybirding.orgweb site. The goal is to help someone coming in from out of town find and bird the highlights of the county in a limited amount of time. I want to put together suggested stops for someone with these restrictions:
Half a day to bird
one full day to bird
Two days to bird.
For half a day I think I'm going to suggest:
Palo Alto Baylands (30-45 minutes)Shoreline/Adobe Creek (Terminal road from one entrance to the other), 1 hourUlistac Natural Area (45 minutes to 1 hour)Ed Levin Park/Dog Park area (45 minutes)
That should be do-able with traffic in about 5 hours. They can stretch it if they wish. I'm assuming they aren't familiar with the locations so I want easy to find stops a minimize time spent in traffic (so no Coyote valley for half day). It should also give them a good cross section of county birds from shorebirds to ducks to canopy birds and warblers and woodies to hummers and orioles and bluebirds, and perhaps some magpies. 
For a full day of birding, I think I want to add Alviso Marina (rails and more shorebirds), and Coyote Valley (Laguna W and Coyote OSP), for more raptors, better chances at rails, and a better shot at magpies. 
For two days, I think part of it is allowing longer stops (for instance, Ed Levin for both dog park area and the elks area), but also not sure what other areas to add in to fill out the second day. Sunnyvale WPCP is a likely candidate, but should I include EEC? State and Spreckels? Focus the second day on south county?
Love your thoughts here. I'll write it up and make it available on the site, and it might get submitted for the Avocet as well. 
I appreciate all your suggestions! 
chuq



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Date: 8/7/18 2:35 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Comments requested: One day in the county
Hi, all, I'd like your feedback on a new project if you wouldn't mind.

I'm starting to put together a new guide for the
https://siliconvalleybirding.org web site. The goal is to help someone
coming in from out of town find and bird the highlights of the county in a
limited amount of time. I want to put together suggested stops for someone
with these restrictions:

Half a day to bird

one full day to bird

Two days to bird.

For half a day I think I'm going to suggest:

Palo Alto Baylands (30-45 minutes)
Shoreline/Adobe Creek (Terminal road from one entrance to the other), 1 hour
Ulistac Natural Area (45 minutes to 1 hour)
Ed Levin Park/Dog Park area (45 minutes)

That should be do-able with traffic in about 5 hours. They can stretch it
if they wish. I'm assuming they aren't familiar with the locations so I
want easy to find stops a minimize time spent in traffic (so no Coyote
valley for half day). It should also give them a good cross section of
county birds from shorebirds to ducks to canopy birds and warblers and
woodies to hummers and orioles and bluebirds, and perhaps some magpies.

For a full day of birding, I think I want to add Alviso Marina (rails and
more shorebirds), and Coyote Valley (Laguna W and Coyote OSP), for more
raptors, better chances at rails, and a better shot at magpies.

For two days, I think part of it is allowing longer stops (for instance, Ed
Levin for both dog park area and the elks area), but also not sure what
other areas to add in to fill out the second day. Sunnyvale WPCP is a
likely candidate, but should I include EEC? State and Spreckels? Focus the
second day on south county?

Love your thoughts here. I'll write it up and make it available on the
site, and it might get submitted for the Avocet as well.

I appreciate all your suggestions!

chuq




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Date: 8/7/18 10:59 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Some Alviso Area Birds on 8/7/18
All:

Near the construction at Elisabeth and Gold there was a Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs feeding together. There were also a couple of close Red-necked and Wilson's Phalaropes, but the very large flocks were far to the north. But from the west end of Spreckles I found a large number of Wilson's Phalaropes resting and preening on the edges of those Pickle-weed islands.

Near the entrance to the EEC there were a few Semi-palmated Sandpipers. Further out there was more and more peeps, but I wasn't good enough, or patient enough, to find any rarities. Far out on the pond, about the distance of the observing platform, there was a Tundra Swan.

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Date: 8/6/18 2:58 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] New Chicago Marsh
Folks:

This morning, 8/6/18, I visited New Chicago Marsh.  Near Gold and
Elizabeth, I saw a LESSER YELLOWLEGS mixed in with some of the seven
Greaters there.  Some of the juvenile peeps have showed up as Mike
Mammoser mentioned.  I counted 20 juv Westerns and a single juv Least
among adult birds.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 8/6/18 2:33 pm
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Recording of something in the marsh
Hi all,

I recorded some sort of bird in the marsh at Stevens Creek mouth last week. I’ve attached it. …hope it comes through. A juvenile rail of some sort???

If anyone can identify this please share!

Thanks,
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Date: 8/6/18 8:29 am
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
Joining others on this list, a creeper visited my back yard a few years
ago. I have also seen creepers occasionally in my neighborhood. A spot
that has regularly attracted them is the back of Rinconada swimming
pool, where there is a grove of redwood trees.
Nancy

On 8/6/2018 7:49 AM, Anne Harrington wrote:

I saw one several weeks ago on a tree in the parking strip on Loucks
Ave, on the back side of the little shopping center in Los Altos, not
far in from San Antonio. Also very surprised to see one in such an
urban area.

On Aug 6, 2018, at 7:33 AM, Eileen Melton <eileen-smileen...>
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I saw one a couple weeks ago on my pine in Los Altos!
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Date: 8/6/18 7:49 am
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
I saw one several weeks ago on a tree in the parking strip on Loucks Ave, on the back side of the little shopping center in Los Altos, not far in from San Antonio. Also very surprised to see one in such an urban area.

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Date: 8/6/18 7:34 am
From: Eileen Melton <eileen-smileen...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
I saw one a couple weeks ago on my pine in Los Altos!

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Date: 8/6/18 7:10 am
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Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
I, too, saw a Brown Creeper yesterday on Stanford Ave. in Palo Alto. I was very surprised to see it in such an urban, lowland area.
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Date: 8/5/18 4:56 pm
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
Ted,

What city and neighborhood are you located in?

Thanks,
Brooke Miller


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> In my 45+ years in my Willow Glen home I've never seen a Brown Creeper in my yard until this afternoon. It crept from the lower trunk about midway up the 40' Podocarpus tree then flew back down to the lower trunk and crept up again. It repeated this one more time before flying off to my Monterey Pine.
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Date: 8/5/18 4:55 pm
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Santa Clara County 2018 Cumulative Year List

Hi!

If Louise Liou is on this list, can you please contact me off-list? I need some information for my report. Or, if someone who knows her can have her contact me, I’d appreciate that!

Thanks,
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Date: 8/5/18 3:35 pm
From: ted gross <tedgross48...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] New Yard Bird
In my 45+ years in my Willow Glen home I've never seen a Brown Creeper in my yard until this afternoon. It crept from the lower trunk about midway up the 40' Podocarpus tree then flew back down to the lower trunk and crept up again. It repeated this one more time before flying off to my Monterey Pine.
Ted Gross

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Date: 8/5/18 1:29 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden Valley birds 8-05
Almaden Lake; surrounding area was quiet at 8 am. Three immature GREAT
TAILED GRACKLES were fed by an adult female in the cattails on the west
side of the lake at the bend and two males seen. Two SCALY BREASTED
MUNIA were on the east side near waters edge. GREEN HERON, GREAT BLUE
HERON and 27 GREAT or SNOWY EGRETS and NIGHT HERONS on the island. One
adult SPOTTED SANDPIPER on flooded small island.

Guadalupe River trail behind the light rail station; four juv. GREEN
HERON's perched together in the cattails. One YELLOW WARBLER chipping
loudly.

Chynoweth Pond; PEREGRINE FALCON on his freeway overpass perch.

Santa Clara Valley Water District; Two adult GREEN HERON, 2 GREAT BLUE
HERON. HOODED ORIOLE fed tailless begging young in willows. SCALY
BREASTED MUNIA, two in Pepper tree behind main headquarters.
Two VIRGINIA RAIL calling from cattails near south end of property.
LEAST SANDPIPER flew over pond, complete dark boarder on underside of
wings. BELTED KINGFISHER male, usual grebes and coots, mallards. A juv.
RED SHOULDERED HAWK was harassed by various birds.

Aug. 3, 7pm. I saw 15 VAUX'S SWIFTS to the west in Almaden Quicksilver
Co. Park, McAbee entrance. On Senador trail at New Almaden trail
junction, a family group of RUFOUS CROWNED SPARROWS were seen in the
brush. Two WESTERN SCREECH OWLS seen at Mine Hill trailhead.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

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Date: 8/4/18 5:36 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds
A stop at New Chicago Marsh this morning produced my first juvenile peeps, with 3 juvie WESTERN SANDPIPERS. I also saw my first juvenile GREATER YELLOWLEGS of the season. The marsh also had 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES and 359 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. 
Crittenden Marsh had 14 SNOWY PLOVERS, which included the 2 chicks, which are fairly large now. I heard 2 VIRGINIA RAILS call at the Alviso Marina.
Michael Mammoser

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Date: 8/4/18 4:50 pm
From: tgrey41 <tgrey...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Home birds: Nesting juncos, bathing Coop
DARK-EYED JUNCOS are nesting late in a wreath on our front door, with three
about to fledge. See the adult male at the nest, with nestlings,
photographed this morning (8/4/18):
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167916016

This nesting started back in mid-July:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167813534

We have fifteen years of history of juncos nesting around our house, with
much drama, including several cases of BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD parasitism. See
a photo chronicle, including an earlier nesting this spring:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/seq_juncohistory

An adult male COOPER'S HAWK took a bath in our back yard fountain day
before yesterday (8/2/18):
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167909676
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167909677
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/167909673

Also part of a long history with that species at that fountain.

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Date: 8/3/18 9:10 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] South County
Folks:

I visited the SCRWA (Gilroy) treatment ponds this morning, 8/3/18. There
is water in the entrance pond (somewhere below the algae mat), some new
water flowing into the eastern Shriner Pond, and enough water in the
eastern overflow pond to float a couple of ducks.  The Shriner Pond had
a few shorebirds, three Least Sandpipers, six Westerns, and a couple of
alternate Long-billed Dowitchers.  The only uncommon ducks were two
eclipse male and a female WOOD DUCK in the entrance pond.  Six
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES were spread widely in the area.  On my way home, I
drove through Coyote Valley and found three more shrikes, another place
where this declining species is holding on.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 8/3/18 2:54 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds at the Mouth of Steven's Creek on 8/3/18
Or . . .

For years I walked out to the Stevens Creek mouth for the uncovering. I
use the website <http://tbone.biol.sc.edu/tide> for the Palo Alto Yacht
Harbor [This website calculates tides all over the world, so it may take
a while to get to the Palo Alto Yacht Harbor. But once there, make a
bookmark and there are no problems the next time.] I used a tide of 5.3
ft, much the same as Bob.

In the last couple of years, I've changed my approach and I now go out
there on an a rising tide early in the morning (if possible), about 2.0
ft. It is a 35-45 min. walk from the kite-flying lot at Shoreline
Park. My experience has been that there is much that I don't
understand. For example, I walked out on 7/25/18 and found two Willets,
that's all. Four day's later, a permitted survey found 1370
Black-bellied Plover, 1040 Marbled Godwit, and many others at a high
tide roost in Pond A3N (closed). Why these birds were not foraging on a
rising tide 3/4's of a mile away is a puzzle. At other dates, I've
found 30,000+ shorebirds. I have noticed that once the tide moves in,
the shorebirds start to move southeast. The visibility is poor if there
is no marine layer. Right at the gate, there is a stake in the creek
(with two new tide sensors added). That stake shows you when the tide is
moving in (calculated tide is 2.7 ft.) It's definitely a crap shoot,
but as Frank says, the walk is good for you.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park


On 8/3/2018 1:40 PM, Chris Johnson wrote:
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> Frank's experience today has been my experience at Steven's Creek
> mouth, but it's a small sample (3-4 visits). In every case, few
> shorebirds came in to feed until the tide was already well out
> andpast good scope views. With incoming tides, the shorebirds are
> already feeding and get pushed up into scope view as the tide rolls
> in, but again small sample, and lots of birds take off before coming
> into closer view.
>
>
> Thanks Bob for the tip on tide height at this location. I spent a few
> minutes onWXTide32.com but it looked like it required downloads and
> was not fully web-based or interactive, so I put off fiddling with it
> for a later time. On arelated note, a quick look through 3-4
> othertide websites showed pretty large differences in tide heights
> for the same location (Palo Alto YachtHarbor) and thesame tide
> (perhaps due todifferences in prediction models, or website quality,
> or both). In one case, the min/max websiteprediction differed by a
> whole foot, which in tide terms on a gradual slope is substantial.
>
>
> Chris
>
>
>
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> Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
> *Sent:* Friday, August 3, 2018 3:58 PM
> *To:* <southbaybirds...>
> *Cc:* <southbaybirds...>
> *Subject:* [southbaybirds] Shorebirds at the Mouth of Steven's Creek
> on 8/3/18
> All:
>
> This morning at about 7:40, or so, I think I was only about 10 minutes
> late for the start of exposure of the mud flats. However, the
> shorebird's communication system must have posted that it wasn't a
> good day to be poking your bill in the mudflats, and only the usual
> suspects showed up, in small numbers. A half-hour or so later, when a
> few more interesting birds began arriving, they were too far away for
> good IDs. The viewing window at the bay is very tight (unless you can
> somehow get beyond the hunter's fence); I always consider these trips
> as very good morning exercise.
>
> Hint: In my version of WXTide32.com I've set it to graphically display
> 10 full days of tides, with 2 horizontal reference lines at whatever
> heights you think necessary. Remember that the winds and the
> barometric pressure can make a large change in the times.
>
> Frank Vanslager
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Date: 8/3/18 1:42 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] SCVAS Ulistac Walk
All,


There is a Levi Stadium event tomorrow afternoon, so if you plan to come and want to be on the safe side, please park south of Hope Dr and Lick Mill Blvd. It's a short walk to the south Ulistac entrance from there, but give yourself a little extra time in case entrances to Lick Mill Blvd are blocked off. In the future, I'll try to avoid this problem entirely by scheduling on non-event days.


Thanks,


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA


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Date: 8/3/18 1:40 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds at the Mouth of Steven's Creek on 8/3/18
Frank's experience today has been my experience at Steven's Creek mouth, but it's a small sample (3-4 visits). In every case, few shorebirds came in to feed until the tide was already well out and past good scope views. With incoming tides, the shorebirds are already feeding and get pushed up into scope view as the tide rolls in, but again small sample, and lots of birds take off before coming into closer view.


Thanks Bob for the tip on tide height at this location. I spent a few minutes on WXTide32.com but it looked like it required downloads and was not fully web-based or interactive, so I put off fiddling with it for a later time. On a related note, a quick look through 3-4 other tide websites showed pretty large differences in tide heights for the same location (Palo Alto Yacht Harbor) and the same tide (perhaps due to differences in prediction models, or website quality, or both). In one case, the min/max website prediction differed by a whole foot, which in tide terms on a gradual slope is substantial.


Chris


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Subject: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds at the Mouth of Steven's Creek on 8/3/18

All:

This morning at about 7:40, or so, I think I was only about 10 minutes late for the start of exposure of the mud flats. However, the shorebird's communication system must have posted that it wasn't a good day to be poking your bill in the mudflats, and only the usual suspects showed up, in small numbers. A half-hour or so later, when a few more interesting birds began arriving, they were too far away for good IDs. The viewing window at the bay is very tight (unless you can somehow get beyond the hunter's fence); I always consider these trips as very good morning exercise.

Hint: In my version of WXTide32.com I've set it to graphically display 10 full days of tides, with 2 horizontal reference lines at whatever heights you think necessary. Remember that the winds and the barometric pressure can make a large change in the times.

Frank Vanslager


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Date: 8/3/18 12:58 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Shorebirds at the Mouth of Steven's Creek on 8/3/18

All:

This morning at about 7:40, or so, I think I was only about 10 minutes late for the start of exposure of the mud flats. However, the shorebird's communication system must have posted that it wasn't a good day to be poking your bill in the mudflats, and only the usual suspects showed up, in small numbers. A half-hour or so later, when a few more interesting birds began arriving, they were too far away for good IDs. The viewing window at the bay is very tight (unless you can somehow get beyond the hunter's fence); I always consider these trips as very good morning exercise.

Hint: In my version of WXTide32.com I've set it to graphically display 10 full days of tides, with 2 horizontal reference lines at whatever heights you think necessary. Remember that the winds and the barometric pressure can make a large change in the times.

Frank Vanslager


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Date: 8/3/18 12:06 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Tide at Stevens Creek Mouth
All,
Some time ago Frank Vanslager established that the best time to be at the mouth of Stevens Creek was when the falling tide was at about 5.7 feet (using wxtide 32 for the Palo Alto Yacht Harbor). That said I always try to get there at least a half hour early. The best time for 8/2/18 would have been at about 7:03 AM, this morning 7:48 AM and tomorrow (8/4) it would be at about 8:42 AM. I never use the incoming tide to find shorebirds in the bay. Hope this helps.
Take care,
Bob Reiling


> On August 3, 2018 at 7:38 AM "Brooke Miller via Groups.Io" <idbirds=<me.com...> wrote:
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>
> Yesterday (Thurs Aug 2) I went out to Stevens Creek mouth and arrived at 9:30. The tide tables showed a low tide for 11:59 at +0.59. However, to my dismay the tide was already way, way out and all the birds were too far to see with a scope and the heat shimmer.
>
> Does anyone know what’s up with this?
>
> Thanks,
> Brooke Miller
> Willow Glen
>
>

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Date: 8/3/18 11:43 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Adult Black Tern, Salt Pond A2E
All,

This morning (8/3) shortly before 9 AM an adult BLACK TERN was well
seen by Garret Lau, Frank Vanslager and I perched on a distant
derelict hunting blind on the far northern portion of Salt Pond A2E
(as viewed from the southern dike where it takes a hard right turn
South toward Moffett Field). Some poor photos were taken. We
unfortunately did not ultimately see it leave the blind (there was a
feeding frenzy in the pond North of blind but I was unable relocate
the bird after several tries at viewing the feeding terns). Earlier I
had seen two CASPIAN TERNS flying West over Crittenden Marsh, one
appeared to be a begging juvenile. Frank later showed us at least
three SNOWY PLOVERS in Crittenden Marsh. No sign of Least Terns.

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 8/3/18 9:46 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Tide at Stevens Creek Mouth
Brooke,


I think a lot of us can relate. I find timing the tides there (and really most places) frustrating as well, and I usually just go an hour or two after low tide and wait for the tide to roll in. One of the reasons it's difficult to get right is the time from low tide to high tide (and vice versa) is quite variable. Just looking at the tide chart for a couple days shows the tide interval is between 5 and 7 hours. Also, the height of the low and high tide varies by as much as 2 feet, which further complicates things. Plus at that location, once the first part of the mud flat uncovers, it only takes 30-45 minutes before most of the mud flats have been exposed and the water's edge has receded into the distance (quite a gradual slope). It looks like yesterday morning's high tide was around 5 am and was not a particularly high tide (~7 ft), so by 9:30 am I would expect the tide to have gone out a ways.


Chris Johnson



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Subject: [southbaybirds] Tide at Stevens Creek Mouth

Yesterday (Thurs Aug 2) I went out to Stevens Creek mouth and arrived at 9:30. The tide tables showed a low tide for 11:59 at +0.59. However, to my dismay the tide was already way, way out and all the birds were too far to see with a scope and the heat shimmer.

Does anyone know whats up with this?

Thanks,
Brooke Miller
Willow Glen



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Date: 8/3/18 7:38 am
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Tide at Stevens Creek Mouth
Yesterday (Thurs Aug 2) I went out to Stevens Creek mouth and arrived at 9:30. The tide tables showed a low tide for 11:59 at +0.59. However, to my dismay the tide was already way, way out and all the birds were too far to see with a scope and the heat shimmer.

Does anyone know what’s up with this?

Thanks,
Brooke Miller
Willow Glen
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Date: 8/2/18 8:10 pm
From: Marion Krause <mkrause3...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Interesting New York Times article
Many of you may already be aware of this New York Times article and/or study of California birds but I thought it might be of interest to others. It seems that many California birds are making successful changes in regards to climate change. Very interesting.
Marion Krause

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/30/science/california-birds-climate-change.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=search&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

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Date: 8/2/18 1:22 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Calero Reservoir, Purple Martins 8-02
Calero Co. Parks San Vicente entrance is hard to pass by so I stopped
for a few minutes and checked out some birds on a distant fence. A
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, SAY'S PHOEBE and several LARK SPARROWS were seen.

A group of photographers intent on the CLARK'S and WESTERN GREBES was at
Calero Reservoir this morning. A CASPIAN TERN was followed by a begging
juvenile and a few FORSTER TERNS were hunting over the water as well. I
headed south east to an open area .27 miles from the parking lot hoping
to hear rails in the cattails. CLIFF and TREE SWALLOWS and a few VAUX'S
SWIFTS were hunting insects. I heard chirping calls as four PURPLE
MARTINS approached low over the cattails and dipped their bills into the
water as I watched from the shore. Their chirping sounded like a
bluebird but was louder and calls more frequent. After a few minutes
they flew off towards the west and did not return. I thought it was pure
luck when I saw a PUFA here on July 16 and was not expecting to see more
today. Both sightings were at 9:30 am, so perhaps this is routine. A
SPOTTED SANDPIPER was on the same little spit of land again today and
flew off when I approached.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 8/2/18 10:55 am
From: JULIANA <juliana.manoliu...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Charleston slough
On 8-2-2018 there was a /*Virginia rail*/ in addition to the /*Sora*/
described two days ago on the North side of Coast Casey forebay. Both
were photographed, both were adults. The Virginia was quite placid, the
Sora very skittish. Both were seen at the edge of the reeds, never  out
in the open.

Walking back to my car i saw at least one /*Caspian tern*/ over
Shoreline lake and a /*White-tailed kite*/ perched on the West side of
the lake feasting on a rodent.


Juliana Manoliu


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Date: 8/2/18 10:21 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Least Terns on A2E on 8/2/18
All:

Remembering Bill Bousman's posting of July 25, from a long distance I'd spotted a small white spot on about the last right-hand post from the old walkway across A2E. It was about 8:15 when I was finally next to that post looking at, and photographing, an immature tern. I studied its mottled back, its carpal bars, and its yellow legs carefully, making sure I didn't make another mistake. Then I noticed that, about 4 posts away, there was now an obvious adult Least Tern.

Later, looking far to the southeast across the salt flat to the distant water, there were 2 young chicks running about. Then they ended up next to an adult Snowy Plover.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 8/2/18 8:54 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Local Birding Help
Welcome aboard, Caleb! (where in Oregon? We're headed that way after Labor
day...)

I can get you started on at least some of these...

Black Rail: There have been reports of Black Rails (heard only) in the
marshes near Alviso Marina County Park. It's off of Hope street, freeway
exit 101/Gold. Typically heard first thing in the morning, I'd suggest
trying 6:30 to maybe 8. It's a good location for Ridgway's Rail as well.

Shorebirds: migration is kicking in. I recommend a few locations.

Palo Alto Baylands (101/Embarcadero East), which also can be good for
Ridgway Rail on high tides.

Also the Don Edwards NWR in Alviso, and the open areas around it; there's a
boardwalk off of the education center, and access along one edge. Look for
the intersection "State and Spreckles" in Alviso and that'll get you to the
road overlooking the marshes and the entrance to the NWR area.

There can be nice shorebird actvity in the marshes near Shoreline Lake as
well (101/San Antonio, head east, turn right on Terminal, park anywhere).
If you go in one entrance and walk through to the other it's about a 1.5
mile nice walk and give you access to some nice habitat, but for shorebirds
specifically, it's my third favorite.

Least terns have been seen intermittently around Salt Ponds A2E and A2W,
which are out beyond Shoreline lake. The last report I've seen was
negative. A bit of a hike and not an easy find, but this map will get you
started. (carry a scope). https://goo.gl/maps/pgk8KPeXLyB2

I don't have a good pointer to Lawrence's Goldfinch (anyone else?), but
they are usually found along the southern and eastern edges of the county
in the hillier areas. The common trek to find them is out into Anderson
valley (HWY 130 over the hill past Lick Observatory) out to i5, then circle
back to Mines road and take it up into Livermore and back to civilization.

Tricolored Blackbird: I don't have good pointers here, either, but it seems
the best chance to find them would be down in Coyote Valley mixed in among
the red-winged flocks. The larger Tricolored flocks are more inland and out
of county but small numbers get seen in south county. An area to explore is
along Santa Teresa (HWY 101/Bailey) from Bailey to Palm. Specific locations
would be along Laguna to the West of Santa Teresa, and along Palm west of
Santa Teresa, which also takes you to Coyote Valley OSP, which is worth an
explore.

hope this helps.



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Chuq Von Rospach
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On August 1, 2018 at 11:21:17 PM, Caleb Centanni (<caleb...>) wrote:

I'm a visiting birder from Oregon, and I'm looking for good places in Santa
Clara County to look for Ridgway's or Black Rail, Lawrence's Goldfinch,
Tricolored Blackbird, or Least Tern. I'm aware that some of those can be
tough, but I'm interested to hear local birders' perspectives. I'm also
interested in any locations that stand out in general as great birding
spots in the county, especially for shorebirds. If you have comments on any
of that, I'd love to hear them!

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Date: 8/2/18 8:26 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Update on Lucky, the Milpitas eaglet
An update on the Milpitas eaglet, now named Lucky, was posted to the
Silicon Valley Birding facebook group overnight (it's here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/110996713065201/) and I thought I'd pass it
along to the list for those not following that group.

Lucky was released on July 5 in the San Simeon area. It was felt too risky
to release in the urban location, and a soft release through the condor
facility gave it a chance to connect with the condors (it was seen feeding
with them) and adapt to the area. It was seen feeding a week later, so the
release is considered a success and it can share condor feeds while it
learns where and how to hunt in the area.

It turns out the bird needed to be treated for lead exposure, but now it's
fine. To me, that's a bit troubling for the location but I don't know if
that was a one time problem or if it's a chronic issue. I guess something
we will find out as we watch the nest into the future...



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Date: 8/1/18 11:21 pm
From: Caleb Centanni <caleb...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Local Birding Help
Hi all,

I'm a visiting birder from Oregon, and I'm looking for good places in Santa
Clara County to look for Ridgway's or Black Rail, Lawrence's Goldfinch,
Tricolored Blackbird, or Least Tern. I'm aware that some of those can be
tough, but I'm interested to hear local birders' perspectives. I'm also
interested in any locations that stand out in general as great birding
spots in the county, especially for shorebirds. If you have comments on any
of that, I'd love to hear them!

Thanks, and good birding!

Caleb Centanni

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Date: 7/31/18 8:41 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Parking - End of Crittenden Lane (?)
Folks:

Here is my imperfect recollection of events.  About two years ago, there
was parking for five vehicles on the public roadway at the end of
Crittenden Lane.  About that time, the City of Mountain View decided to
have a bike lane on both sides of Crittenden Lane to include the end and
they eliminated all of the parking spaces.  The same week, Google
published a press release that they were supporting an enhanced
development of what birders have called the "Charleston Road marsh" and
they said the public would be welcome after a closure for construction
of about nine months.  I wrote a note to Shani at SCVAS that the
policies of Mountain View and Google seemed somewhat at cross-purposes. 
She went to Google and pointed out to them the problem and Google
agreed.  She then obtained an email from Google that welcomes local
visitors to park in the Google lot south of the east end of Crittenden
Lane in adjacent spaces. Since then, I have often parked there and I
keep a copy of the email Shani gave me in my car.  I've never had any
problems (fingers crossed).

But, for what it's worth, whenever I visit Crittenden Marsh, Pond A2E,
or the Stevens Creek mouth I park in the kite-flying lot in Shoreline
Park.  The difference in distance or time is slight.  But if I'm birding
the creek above Crittenden Lane or the Charleston Road marsh, I park as
I noted in the first paragraph.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park


On 7/31/2018 8:05 PM, Brooke Miller via Groups.Io wrote:
> Sometime within the last year I thought I heard/read that there no longer is parking at the end of Crittenden Lane in Mountain View. Is this true?
>
> Where are folks parking to access Stevens Creek Nature Study Area, Salt Ponds A2E and AB1, and the mouth of Stevens Creek?
>
> Thanks,
> Brooke Miller
>
>
>


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Date: 7/31/18 8:05 pm
From: Brooke Miller via Groups.Io <idbirds=<me.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Parking - End of Crittenden Lane (?)
Sometime within the last year I thought I heard/read that there no longer is parking at the end of Crittenden Lane in Mountain View. Is this true?

Where are folks parking to access Stevens Creek Nature Study Area, Salt Ponds A2E and AB1, and the mouth of Stevens Creek?

Thanks,
Brooke Miller
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Date: 7/31/18 1:02 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden Lake fledglings and migrants
I birded an hour from Crossview Court to Almaden Lake at 8 am today. Two
BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK, 2 HOODED ORIOLE and a WILSON'S WARBLER were
heard. A WESTERN TANAGER, 2 interacting PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHERS and 2
WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH were seen. SCALY BREASTED MUNIA, 3 adults were
quietly feeding on grass at the waters edge.

The little island is being inundated with water and only the adult
SPOTTED SANDPIPER was seen, not the two fledglings. I didn't see the
young KILLDEER either and fear for their safety with the rising water.
Two  juvenile GREEN HERONS finally appeared today. The three white
domestic geese were together at last and nesting most likely failed.
They produced one adorable but goofy looking duckling a few years ago
but it soon disappeared. GREAT TAILED GRACKLE young, a female and 2
males were visible on the main island which is still loaded with egret
nestlings. A GREAT BLUE HERON and a BELTED KINGFISHER were also here. At
last an immature CASPIAN TERN was beside an adult on the small island.
Seven female type COMMON MERGANSERS were loafing on the rocks north of
the pedestrian bridge.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 7/31/18 11:16 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale WPCP on 7/31/18
All:

As Al Eisner mentioned, the Phalaropes are in the far Northwest corner of the East Pond; this is where they always tend to stay. I saw about the same birds that Al saw, except that I had a fly-over Caspian Tern, followed by a single Forster's. The young swallows usually stage on those power lines leading out to the Radar Dome. I'm usually not patient enough, or good enough, to pick out the occasional rarity, unless there is an obvious size difference, like the Purple Martin in 2016.

From near the parking lot there is now a new 100-step stairway leading up to the top of the hill. Currently the top is dry and barren, but there is the possibility that this will eventually be a good birding area at certain seasons. Heading west across the top there is now a descent stairway leading back down to the normal trails.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/31/18 11:09 am
From: JULIANA <juliana.manoliu...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Charleston slough
on 7-31-2018 I had two brief views of a /*Sora*/ on the North side of
Coast Casey forebay


juliana manoliu


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Date: 7/30/18 1:46 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] south county loop 7-30
Today I drove a south county loop past several reservoirs and back
through Coyote Valley. As expected, it was very quiet but I will mention
a few highlights.

Calero Reservoir; CLARK'S GREBE pair danced across the water and another
pair still protecting offspring. I counted approximated 40 grebes, both
Clark's and Western on the reservoir. Silvery fish were dancing on the
waters surface.

Chesbro Reservoir; I flushed an adult BALD EAGLE on a snag. A pair of
SPOTTED SANDPIPERS was along a shallow pond and a CASPIAN TERN was
plunge diving.

Willow Springs Road; A bobcat jumped out of the brush and crossed the
road. WILD TURKEY'S were feeding in the high grass.

Palm Ave; ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD at 613 Palm Ave. feeders. Two adult
LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, one before and another after the last ranch house
near Coyote Valley OSP. YELLOW BILLED MAGPIES and AM. KESTREL on the wires.

Laguna Ave; Possible juvenile LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE seen on the fence about
half way toward hills. It was less contrasting than the adults seen on
Palm and had blotchy gray undersides. I have poor photos. At least 40
YELLOW BILLED MAGPIES, 8 AM. KESTREL and a few WESTERN MEADOWLARKS seen
here.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 7/30/18 1:30 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Ruddy Turnstone
OnSunday, 29 Jul 2018, Richard Jeffers and I did a Snowy Plover survey in Alvisoand Mt View. 

 

Atthe start of the day, we had a nice feeding frenzy going on in New ChicagoMarsh. We counted 120 SNOWY EGRETS, 50 GREAT EGRETS, and 3 GREAT BLUE HERONS inthe company of about 30 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS. They were all concentrated inan area of about 50 square feet, right at the inlet pipe from Pond A16. Most ofthese birds were gone later in the day, when we returned.

 

Somelingering ducks were of interest. We had 2 male NORTHERN PINTAILS and a singlemale AMERICAN WIGEON on Pond A16, on one of the northern islands just off theobservation deck. A male REDHEAD and a female COMMON GOLDENEYE were on the westside of Pond A3W, but some distance north of the Bay Trail.

 

Richardhad a single LEAST TERN over Pond A2E, but it quickly moved north and out ofsight before I could get on it.

 Notableraptors included an adult PEREGRINE FALCON sitting on a low post in the middleof Pond A15, and an OSPREY perched on a power tower at the confluence of CoyoteCreek and Alviso Slough, both seen from the Alviso Loop Trail.

 

Thebest bird of the day, however, was an alternate-plumaged RUDDY TURNSTONE thatwas on the eroding levee between Pond A10 and A11. It was at the north end ofthe first gap in the levee, looking from the perimeter levee.


Michael Mammoser

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Date: 7/29/18 11:54 pm
From: Ralph via Groups.Io <sharks_hockey_maniac=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Black Rail & Others at Alviso, Plus an Interesting Oriole & More at Ulistac
This morning I went to Alviso to try my luck at the BLACK RAIL. I arrived at Alviso Marina County Park (AMCP) at about 8:00 and headed out onto the short boardwalk. Within minutes there were at least FIVE BLACK RAILS doing the growl call simultaneously and moments later I got my first glimpse as one dashed about for a couple of seconds on top of a mat of downed reeds to the west of the boardwalk. A few seconds later I got a better look as one walked into the open near the previously reported Gatorade bottle. Over the next three hours I, along with a couple of other birders, got several brief looks. And at one point one BLACK RAIL walked from the Gatorade bottle to just under the edge of the boardwalk and stayed in view, directly below out feet, for a few minutes. I even got to see a BLACK RAIL in flight as at one point one popped up out of the seeds and flew a couple of feet before dropping back in. I only heard the "keekeedrr" cal a couple of times. The second best bird(s) at AMCP were a White-throated Swift and three BANK SWALLOWS.

After leaving AMCP I went over to Charleston Slough where I did not turn up anything unusual. Then I went to Palo Alto Baylands where I was surprised to find an Oak Titmouse in one of the palms behind the duck pond. After looking at eBird, though, I see that it wasn't that unusual after all. Then after a short visit back to AMCP to try for better pics of the rail, which I never got an opportunity to get, I went to Ulistac. I must have seen 20 hummers there, but they were all Anna's and all but two were females. When I finally saw a male I remarked upon it to a non-birder who had stopped to ask if I had seen anything good and he replied "He's a lucky bird!" Best bird at Ulistac, other than the oriole, which I will get to in a minute, was a California Thrasher (I've seen one there on every visit, but it's still cool) and a male WESTERN TANAGER.

Now for the oriole. I saw a male Bullock's feeding a begging youngster and what was likely a family group of Hoodeds. While I was watching the hoodeds I saw another oriole perched next to the adult female Hooded. This other oriole was very gray overall, in fact the first thing I noticed was its grayness. Then I noticed that it was probably 1/10 smaller than the Hooded, it appeared to be about an inch shorter than the Hooded and it was noticeably thinner. They were perched maybe 5-6 inches apart, so size comparison was easy, but unfortunately the smaller bird flew off into the top of a tall Eucalypt as I was reaching for my camera and I didn't have time to try to re-find it. The only thing that fits the size is ORCHARD ORIOLE. I did not get a good look at the bill or wing-bars and I'm not saying it was an Orchard Oriole, but if anybody is out birding Ulistac in the near future, keep an eye out for a small grayish oriole. The Tanager and the odd oriole were both just north of bird survey station #4. There was also a flock of at least three Fischer's Lovebirds near the north end.

Ralph Baker, Riverbank

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Date: 7/29/18 6:40 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Sunnyvale WPCP (July 29)
I walked today from the WPCP parking area to the end of the central levee
(i.e., between the two settling ponds) and back. The variety of water
birds was surprisingly low - in particular, I found no terns of any
species. Before reaching the radar tower, I saw 160 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWs
on the wires and flying nearby; many of these were juveniles. Also in
this area were two male GREAT-TAILED GRACKLEs. I found 1 (maybe 2)
COMMON GALLINULE in the tyical area near the radar tower. The SE pond
had 39 RED-NECKED PHALAROPEs and 175 WILSON'S PHALAROPEs. Most of the
latter were already in winter plumage, but several were in or near their
more-striking breeding plumage. Otherwise, with water levels high (and
low tide when I was there) the only shorebirds I had were Avocets
and Stilts. Full list at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47533338.

Al Eisner

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Date: 7/28/18 1:42 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Almaden Lake Park - Bald Eagle
After reading Janna’s post from yesterday 7/27, I decided to do our Saturday morning bird walk at Almaden Lake Park. As we met near the main entrance an adult BALD EAGLE flew directly overhead at 8:25 AM. It was flying a direct route south/east.

We also had a female BLACK HEADED GROSBEAK in the eucalyptus trees near the restroom. Also located near here is a nest box hanging from one of the trees. It had a very active pair of TREE SWALLOWS feeding young. You could hear the begging young inside the box.

We walked over the pedestrian bridge so we could view the backside of the gravel island. We found the nesting SPOTTED SANDPIPERS Janna reported. They were bobbing their tails in amongst the many, many KILLDEERS. We also found several GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES. Some adult males were working hard to crack open walnuts they were plucking from an old tree. We also observed two juvenile grackles being fed by a female.

A COOPER’S HAWK also landed near and we observed several HOODED ORIOLES throughout our walk.

Lisa Myers
Los Gatos Birdwatcher / Let’s Go Birding
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Date: 7/28/18 11:34 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Caspian Tern Island by EEC on 7/28/18
All:

I was wondering how Caspian Tern Island was doing; I tend to call it that since I have a memory, years ago, of excitedly calling out Caspian Tern, before I was told that almost all of those were plastic decoys. So, since the EEC gate was open relatively early, I started out Counter-Clock-Wise around A15. At about 9, I was just beyond the observation station, and stopped to look 3 islands further north; it was full of Caspian Terns.

I birded somewhat further and did get some better views, but the trail does not really come camera-wise close. There was about 200 Caspian Terns, and they seemed to have that high island entirely to themselves. There were quite a number of immature birds, but I didn't see any young chicks.

I didn't see any real rarities this morning. My best memory was of a very close Brown Pelican, since it was only my second local sighting for the year.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/27/18 8:14 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Arastradero Preserve
Folks:

This afternoon, 7/27/18, I walked a loop at Arastradero.  On my return,
after crossing the road near the Portola Pastures stables, I saw a
Cooper's Hawk flying from north to south and I soon picked out two
WESTERN KINGBIRDS diving on it and they finally drove it into a large
oak on the south side of Arastradero Road.  I suspect these are birds
that may have nested along the Redtail Loop Trail in the eucs.  I think
there have been one or two confirmations of them nesting there in the
last decade.  So maybe they had some success this summer.  Yesterday,
the Western Kingbird nest in the tower at the intersection of Disk Drive
and Grand Boulevard in Alviso was empty.  I eventually saw a single
kingbird foraging along a distant fence.  My guess is that the kingbirds
that raised a couple of young there last year may not have been
successful this year.  There are probably no more than a dozen nest
records of this species northwest of  San Jose in the last ten years. 
I'm not certain that any have been found nesting in San Mateo County.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 7/27/18 12:39 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] No Least Terns
All,

This morning (7/27) Frank Vanslager and I were unable to re-find any LEAST TERNS in either Salt Pond A2E, the pond North of A2E (B1?) or in Salt Pond A2W . I briefly saw a BLACK SKIMMER working the northern section of Salt Pond A2E just East of the remaining "boardwalk" posts. At times here was a lot of FORSTER'S TERN activity in the pond North of A2E (B1?).

Take care,

Bob Reiling

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Date: 7/27/18 10:07 am
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Great-tailed Grackle fledglings Almaden Lake
Three begging GREAT TAILED GRACKLE fledglings were lined up in the
cattails and fed by an adult female at Almaden Lake this morning. Ann
Verdi and I suspected nesting in these cattails on the west of the
pedestrian bridge near the trail. Several males and another female were
nearby. Ann confirmed nesting north of the Coleman bridge weeks ago and
a female with food was seen entering the west side of the main island.
It will be interesting to see how many fledglings will show up.

The lakes gravel island is nearly covered with plants but the adult and
two juvenile SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were together and seemed unchanged in
appearance. The female SPSA was alert and calling because of nearby
predators and young headed her calls and stayed close. Many KILLDEER
were on the island and 3 with tiny young seen today. Four CASPIAN TERNS
were hunting over the lake. A GREAT BLUE HERON and many egrets remain on
or near the islands nests.

Yesterday 7-26, an AMERICAN AVOCET was seen at the base of the Vasona
Lake dam.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

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Date: 7/25/18 7:49 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Pond A2E
Folks:

This morning, 7/25/18, I walked along the Bay Trail on the south edge of
Pond A2E.  Two adult LEAST TERNS were book ends on the old catwalk, the
near one only about 25 m from the trail.  On the opposite shore, there
were three juvenile LEAST TERNS on the levee.

Bill Bousman
Menlo Park

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Date: 7/25/18 7:14 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] NOT an Immature Black Tern on 7/24/18. Sorry.
All:

It was a young, relatively small billed, Forster's Tern at a place where I seldom see them.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/24/18 3:34 pm
From: merav vonshak <meravvon...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Invitation to Kelley Park BioBlitz – Saturday 7/28
Please join Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful for our second BioBlitz at Kelley Park, San Jose. This is a 172 acres park, in the middle of the city, with a diversity of habitats: riparian habitat along Coyote Creek, an old walnut orchard with non-native grassland, a few artificial ponds, large lawns and redwood trees. The diversity of habitats provide home to a diverse range of native and non-native species. This is a family friendly event: birders are welcome to guide a small group, join an existing group with other volunteers, or simply walk in the park and document birds and all other organisms. To view all our South Bay BioBlitzes data on iNaturalist, please go click here ( https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/south-bay-bioblitzes?tab=stats ).

To RSVP for the event, please click here ( https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kelley-park-summer-2018-bioblitz-registration-42929258568 ).

 

Details:

*Where* : we will meet at Kelley Park Disc Golf Parking Lot, 743 Phelan Ave, San Jose.

*When* : Saturday, July 28th, 9:00-11:00 am. We will meet there at 8:45.  

*Data collection* : please download iNaturalist ( https://www.inaturalist.org/ ) to a smartphone/ tablet if you don’t already have it. eBird ( http://ebird.org/ ) lists are also great!

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Date: 7/24/18 2:08 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] A Retry of My Posting About Black Terns on 7/24/18
All:

I sent this, this morning, but I didn't receive a copy. So I'm trying again.

From about 8:45 to 9:15 an immature Black Tern kept returning (5 times) to the low roof of the first hunting blind east of the Steven's Creek Mouth trail, and north of the Moffett Bay Trail. At one point a Forster's Tern landed fairly near, and the Black Tern made what I assume was a head-down threat display; I could see the size difference and the bill difference. I did take a couple of digi-scope pictures, but they are only good enough to confirm the ID.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/24/18 1:56 pm
From: janna pauser <jannapauser...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Vaux's Swifts in Almaden Valley
Vaux's Swifts nest in Almaden Valley. They form post breeding flocks
that forage in the evening and roost together in a chimney each night
before migrating in the fall.  I have confirmed four nest sites and one
roost so far this year.

I birded the west Los Capitancillos Ponds last night July 23, for an
hour at 7 pm and counted over 50 VAUX'S SWIFTS feeding over the west
ponds. Numbers peaked at 7:50 and should increase over the next few two
months.
Next I drove to a neighbors house where the swifts have roosted the last
two years. I counted at least 55 swifts enter the chimney until 8:37 pm.
There were still a dozen more flying around the house when I left. It
amazes me to watch people walk right through the low flying, chattering
swifts without noticing them.

Janna Pauser
Almaden Valley

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Date: 7/24/18 11:28 am
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Immature Black Tern North of Moffett Bay Trail on 7/24/18
All:

From about 8:45 to 9:15 an immature Black Tern kept returning (5 times) to the low roof of the first hunting blind east of the Steven's Creek Mouth trail, and north of the Moffett Bay Trail. At one point a Forster's Tern landed fairly near, and the Black Tern made what I assume was a head-down threat display; I could see the size difference and the bill difference. I did take a couple of digi-scope pictures, but they are only good enough to confirm the ID.

Frank Vanslager

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Date: 7/24/18 10:14 am
From: Vivek Tiwari <spiderhunters...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Some Comments About Alviso Birds on 7/22/18
> I have lived in Black Rail country for 30 years. I have heard scores of
Black Rail and seen exactly one."

Ah - the good old days of the Palo Alto Baylands "black rail corner" where
we saw Black Rails swimming and flying - yes flying!
Some of us saw our lifer Black Rails there and got spoilt :)

Best,
Vivek Tiwari

On Sun, Jul 22, 2018 at 12:51 PM, Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <
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> All:
>
> At about 7:30 I used the Questar to look far north from Elizabeth and Gold
> in Alviso and saw about 200 swimming Phalaropes. However, I never did find
> any closer, resting birds like I did the other day.
>
> At about 8 I was just about to walk out onto the deadend walkway (where
> there were a few birders/photographers) when Black Rails began loudly,
> enthusiastically, singing for a minute, or more. I didn't stay much
> longer; In Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion he writes, "Let's
> be honest. Chances are you are not going to see this bird unless you
> resort to extraordinary (and perhaps ethically questionable) efforts. I
> have lived in Black Rail country for 30 years. I have heard scores of
> Black Rail and seen exactly one."
>
> Frank Vanslager
>
>
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Date: 7/23/18 1:44 pm
From: Jim Yurchenco via Groups.Io <jimy=<ideo.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Bald Eagle in Palo Alto
Around midday today, Amy Lauterbach observed an adult Bald Eagle circling over the south end of Mitchell Park in Palo Alto.

James Yurchenco
Palo Alto
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Date: 7/22/18 10:00 pm
From: rfredrick2 via Groups.Io <ronmar1=<mac.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] 07/20/18 - Bald Eagle eaglet at Curtner Elementary School in Milpitas
I spent a couple of hours on Friday, 07/20/18, at Curtner Elementary trying to photograph the remaining, recently fledged, eaglet. One of the original two eaglets was unable to return to the nest after it fell and was taken to a rehab facility:  https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/06/18/eaglet-moved-to-rehab-center-after-falling-from-nest/

The eaglet that remains doesn't know how to hunt and is still dependent on it's mother for food. Most of the time she brings a fish but lately, duck has been on the menu. It's a great opportunity to watch the process as it tries to get more independent and more proficient with it's basic capabilities. May be interesting for birders and bird photographers to take a look if you haven't already done so. 

I wasn't able to get any photos that were that unique but I did post 13 photos that I took on Friday at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/

Ron Fredrick
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/

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Date: 7/22/18 12:51 pm
From: Frank Vanslager via Groups.Io <Vanslagerf=<aol.com...>
Subject: [southbaybirds] Some Comments About Alviso Birds on 7/22/18
All:

At about 7:30 I used the Questar to look far north from Elizabeth and Gold in Alviso and saw about 200 swimming Phalaropes. However, I never did find any closer, resting birds like I did the other day.

At about 8 I was just about to walk out onto the deadend walkway (where there were a few birders/photographers) when Black Rails began loudly, enthusiastically, singing for a minute, or more. I didn't stay much longer; In Pete Dunne's Essential Field Guide Companion he writes, "Let's be honest. Chances are you are not going to see this bird unless you resort to extraordinary (and perhaps ethically questionable) efforts. I have lived in Black Rail country for 30 years. I have heard scores of Black Rail and seen exactly one."

Frank Vanslager

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