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11/19/17 8:09 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Alviso
11/19/17 5:57 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Bird watering site at Ulistac
11/19/17 5:21 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] High Tides Palo Alto Yacht Harbor, Winter 2017-2018
11/18/17 5:39 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pacific Wren, New Almaden 11-18-17
11/18/17 10:09 am Steve Altus <steve_altus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Wood Duck Los Gatos Creek CP
11/16/17 11:15 am Bruce Barrett <coddler...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC 2017
11/16/17 11:08 am <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC 2017
11/15/17 2:27 pm <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Vasona Lake, Monday, 11/13/17
11/15/17 12:36 pm Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] hybrid goldeneye at Los Capitancillos Ponds
11/15/17 12:21 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley 11/15 (relocated TV roost?)
11/14/17 8:08 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] South county birds 11-14-17
11/14/17 12:38 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] White-throated Sparrow at Almaden Quicksilver on 11/14
11/14/17 10:36 am William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Evergreen CBC on Sunday 12/17
11/13/17 11:21 pm <rscimino...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Eastern Alameda County CBC - Friday Dec. 15,
11/13/17 7:57 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Byxbee Park
11/13/17 5:52 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ed Levin County Park and Sierra Vista
11/13/17 4:58 pm <arinkert12...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey
11/13/17 4:25 pm <j.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Arastradero Preserve-mostly
11/13/17 12:45 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Apparent Zone-tailed Hawk
11/13/17 11:19 am Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ruff Nov 13
11/13/17 10:05 am Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count -- December 18
11/12/17 10:23 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] SCVAS Alum Rock field trip
11/12/17 5:36 pm Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Apparent Zone-tailed Hawk
11/12/17 3:45 pm Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Apparent Zone-tailed Hawk
11/12/17 2:00 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Phainopepla, White-throated Sparrow @ Rancho Canada del Oro
11/12/17 12:36 pm Dmitry Pavlov <dimadasha...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Great raptor day at Santa Clara water district and Los Capitancillos ponds
11/12/17 11:42 am Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Apparent Zone-tailed Hawk
11/11/17 5:09 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Solitary Sandpiper at Calero Reservoir 11-11-17
11/11/17 12:29 pm Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Los Capitancillos Ponds off Singletree & Camden
11/11/17 12:18 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Don Edwards 11-11-17 Ruff
11/11/17 12:13 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac 11-11-17 White-throated Sparrows
11/11/17 8:05 am <stracey53...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ruff continues
11/10/17 9:02 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Pond A16, and Breached A17
11/10/17 3:57 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Coyote Valley hawkfest
11/10/17 3:54 pm Michael Hawk <hawk.mr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley hawkfest
11/10/17 3:51 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] recent Almaden Valley birds
11/10/17 2:59 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Valley hawkfest
11/10/17 1:54 pm Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stanford Merlin; Coop issues
11/10/17 12:22 pm Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ruff, hybrid teal at Don Edwards
11/9/17 7:19 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Audubon Field Trip to SCVWD on Wednesday, Nov 8
11/9/17 4:58 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Stevens Creek CP
11/9/17 2:05 pm <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Park, Sunday, 11/05/17
11/9/17 12:52 pm <cwolfe_9898...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ruff Continues at New Chicago Marsh
11/8/17 3:43 pm Samnelo <samnelo...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Hunting Hollow, Henry Coe
11/8/17 2:58 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Blue-winged teal at New Chicago Marsh
11/8/17 2:57 pm John Harshman <john.harshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Ruff continues at New Chicago Marsh
11/8/17 1:58 pm Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - September Results
11/8/17 1:44 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Common Loon at Los Capitancillos Ponds
11/8/17 1:19 pm Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] White-throated Sparrows at Ulistac
11/7/17 7:03 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Jamieson Rd in Gilroy
11/7/17 4:36 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ruff continues at New Chicago Marsh
11/7/17 12:45 pm <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Alviso
11/6/17 1:43 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago
11/5/17 7:44 pm Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Two Peregrine Falcons At Water District
11/5/17 5:32 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Byxbee Park
11/5/17 2:41 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Audubon Field Trip today - Sunnyvale WPCP
11/5/17 12:20 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ruff photos on ebird
11/5/17 11:23 am Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing female Ruff
11/4/17 8:14 pm William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ring Necked Pheasants in Alviso
11/4/17 2:50 pm David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] American Dippers return to Los Gatos Creek (Main St entrance)
11/4/17 12:59 pm Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Casa de Fruta this morning
11/4/17 12:33 pm Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Los Gatos County Creek County Park
11/4/17 12:17 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac Audubon Trip
11/4/17 11:37 am David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ruff at Don Edwards
11/4/17 10:49 am Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Kevin Moran Park - Saratoga
11/3/17 8:36 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
11/3/17 6:33 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Ulistac Field Trip Tomorrow
11/3/17 3:54 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Need binocular input
11/3/17 2:02 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pine siskins
11/3/17 1:13 pm Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Re: Fwd: [CVBirds] Cal DFW Lands Pass Required After November 15, 2017
11/3/17 11:44 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Fwd: [CVBirds] Cal DFW Lands Pass Required After November 15, 2017
11/3/17 11:41 am Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Fwd: [CVBirds] Cal DFW Lands Pass Required After November 15, 2017
11/2/17 5:04 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] White Oak Trail, Monte Bellow OSP
11/2/17 3:52 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Phainopepla, Chipping Sparrows 11-02-17
11/2/17 2:49 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pine Siskins at my feeder
11/2/17 1:07 pm Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] White-throated Sparrow at Ulistac
11/2/17 12:29 pm <j.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline lake and Charleston slough
11/1/17 9:42 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] dark morph juv. RTHA correction
11/1/17 6:29 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] dark-morph juvenile Red-tailed Hawk 11-01-17
11/1/17 2:59 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Re: Falcon (maybe prarie?) at Palo Alto Baylands Duck Pond.
11/1/17 2:54 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Alviso
11/1/17 12:29 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Falcon (maybe prarie?) at Palo Alto Baylands Duck Pond.
10/31/17 10:15 pm Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro
10/31/17 8:18 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Chesbro and Coyote Valley
10/31/17 6:31 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Casa De Fruta Bald Eagles
10/31/17 5:07 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Trip report: Almaden Quicksilver, McAbee entrance
10/31/17 1:28 pm Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Continuing Questa Park Nuthatches
10/31/17 10:35 am Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sabine's Gull report in eBird
10/30/17 8:00 pm <sperez...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] European Finch at Santa Clara Water District
10/30/17 2:56 pm Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] White-striped White-throated Sparrow at Ulistac 10/30
10/30/17 1:41 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Teresa Co. Park 10-30-17
10/30/17 11:12 am Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Chipping Sparrow at Cuesta Park
10/29/17 9:13 pm Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Chipping Sparrow at Cuesta Park
10/29/17 5:13 pm Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lewis's woodpecker
10/29/17 3:29 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sora at SCVWD
10/29/17 2:45 pm Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Pine Siskins at SCVWD
10/29/17 11:27 am Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Fwd: Lewis’s woodpecker
10/29/17 11:26 am Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lewis’s woodpecker
10/29/17 10:31 am Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Misc Sightings
10/28/17 2:57 pm cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] continuing Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro
10/27/17 7:00 pm <meravvon...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Coyote Meadows BioBlitz invite!
10/27/17 5:38 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Shoreline Park and Lake
10/25/17 6:02 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] POST buys another property in Coyote Valley
10/25/17 5:26 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Out and About
10/23/17 11:25 pm Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] A little anniversary
10/23/17 7:48 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] White-throated Swifts 10-23-17
10/23/17 5:27 pm Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] continuing Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro
10/22/17 7:03 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Mystery sparrow at Coyote Lake
10/22/17 4:10 pm Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Re: [SBB] Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro Reservoir
10/22/17 3:58 pm Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Yellow-shafted Flicker and a Merlin
10/22/17 1:36 pm Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Munia homerun
10/22/17 12:07 pm Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Palm Warbler at Sunnyvale Sewage Ponds
10/21/17 7:21 pm David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Today, Coyote Lake Park
10/21/17 4:27 pm Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Warbling Vireo at Water District
10/21/17 1:21 pm Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro Reservoir
10/21/17 12:00 pm 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Golden-crowned Kinglets Sunnyvale
10/20/17 5:07 pm Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Santa Clara Valley Water District
10/20/17 2:50 pm Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> [SBB] Sunnyvale WPCP
 
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Date: 11/19/17 8:09 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Alviso
Folks:

I made a couple of stops at New Chicago Marsh today near the high tide,
11/19/17.  I saw a single SNOWY PLOVER from the corner of Gold and
Elizabeth streets, they have been scarce recently.  I counted at least
28 WILSON'S SNIPE on islands in the ponded area next to the pumping
station, some were in the open.  Many regular shorebirds were seen at
the south end of the pond at Grand and Los Esteros, including at least
140 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS.

Bill Bousman
Santa Clara County records compiler


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Date: 11/19/17 5:57 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Bird watering site at Ulistac
Hi Birders,
If you frequent Ulistac, the following may be of interest.

As an experiment the manager of Ulistac, Dennis Dowling and I installed a
shallow water pan there.

The pan is circular, made of a glazed ceramic, it is blue in color, about
1" deep at its deepest and approximately 2 feet in diameter.

Eventually Dennis hopes to hook up a drip line to keep it full. For now, he
will flush and refill the pan every 2 days and when I am out there I will
give it a wash down in dilute chlorine bleach.

This effort came about when it was observed that birds were seen using a
seep caused by a water line leak that has since been repaired.

We adhered to suggestions found in a Cornell Lab of Ornithology paper as to
where to place the pan (will send reference on request).

To find the pan take the main trail out to the sign that has a title: "Four
feet and tough" (I hope this is correct). Facing the sign turn to your
right, walk about 15 feet on the trail, stop, turn left 90 degrees and look
into a grassy cove edging up against a lot of brush, toyon, a dead
eucalyptus, etc. It is about 20' from the trail. It was placed to be
observed from the trail. It is on the ground. If you cannot find it and
Dennis is around, ask him. Dennis tells me that much of the grass between
the trail and pan is non-native and he plans to remove it which will make
it easier to spot the pan.

Hopefully this will enhance our being able to see some of the unusual birds
that migrate through Ulistac. If this is successful Dennis is open to
adding more watering pans.

If there are questions, comments, offers to help, future observations,
etc., please keep them offline by writing to me.

Thanks,
-Dave Zittin
<dzittin...>

 

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Date: 11/19/17 5:21 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] High Tides Palo Alto Yacht Harbor, Winter 2017-2018
Hi all,

Here are the high tide predictions for this winter for the Palo Alto Yacht Harbor. I extracted them from this website: Salt Water Tides <http://www.saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/californiasites.html#francisco>


2017-12-01 10:04 AM 8.7
2017-12-02 10:44 AM 9.0
2017-12-03 11:26 AM 9.2
2017-12-04 12:11 PM 9.4
2017-12-05 12:58 PM 9.1
2017-12-06 1:50 PM 8.7
2017-12-29 8:46 AM 8.6
2017-12-30 9:32 AM 9.0
2017-12-31 10:18 AM 9.4
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2018-01-01 11:05 AM 9.6
2018-01-02 11:54 AM 9.6
2018-01-03 12:44 PM 9.4
2018-01-04 1:36 PM 8.8
2018-01-28 9:09 AM 9.0
2018-01-29 10:02 AM 9.2
2018-01-30 10:54 AM 9.5
2018-01-31 11:46 AM 9.5
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2018-02-01 12:36 PM 9.2
2018-02-02 1:27 PM 8.7
2018-02-27 9:54 AM 8.7
2018-02-28 10:49 AM 8.8
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2018-03-01 11:41 AM 8.8


Brooke Miller
San Jose


 

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Date: 11/18/17 5:39 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pacific Wren, New Almaden 11-18-17

I heard the double chip of a PACIFIC WREN behind Casa Grande Museum in
New Almaden at noon today and found it near the creek close to the
picnic area. Lots of tourists were visiting the museum and walking
around the beautiful grounds. A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and some WILD TURKEY
were the only other birds of interest here.

Earlier a BALD EAGLE was attempting to take a Coot off the water at
Almaden Reservoir. It circled and stooped many times as the coots
scurried away but the eagle was unsuccessful and flew off. Seconds later
an OSPREY flew past with a fish. The reservoir had few duck species
perhaps due to recent rains muddying the water. I found a SPOTTED
SANDPIPER and two WILSON'S SNIPE at the lower end.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 11/18/17 10:09 am
From: Steve Altus <steve_altus...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Wood Duck Los Gatos Creek CP
Hi all,

The LG Birdwatcher group saw a WOOD DUCK at 10am Saturday 18 Nov at Los Gatos Creek County Park. It was in the creek east of the main trail, across from the model boat pond.

Good birding!

Steve Altus, Campbell

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Date: 11/16/17 11:15 am
From: Bruce Barrett <coddler...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC 2017
Hi Beth

Count me in.

Same area.

Bruce Barrett

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 11:08 AM, <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <
<south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all!
>
>
> The Calero-Morgan Hill Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on
> Saturday, Dec 30. This is a perfect day to get outside and maybe walk off
> some of those holiday meals! ( although we do end the day with a wonderful
> countdown dinner at the New Almaden Community Center...)
>
>
> This count covers city parks, county parks, creeks and reservoirs in
> mid-south Santa Clara County and the Almaden area. I cannot promise a
> Zone-tailed Hawk, but this count regularly racks up a pretty great list of
> raptors, across all sectors! Some of last year’s special birds included a
> Red-naped Sapsucker, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Burrowing Owls. We do need
> volunteers to count in the areas where those birds were spotted.
>
>
> If you are interested in participating, please contact me by email at
>
> Beth.Hamel@ gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
>
> Beth Hamel
> Morgan Hill
> Calero-Morgan Hill CBC Compiler
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/16/17 11:08 am
From: <beth.hamel...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Calero-Morgan Hill CBC 2017
Hi all!


The Calero-Morgan Hill Christmas Bird Count will be held this year on Saturday, Dec 30. This is a perfect day to get outside and maybe walk off some of those holiday meals! ( although we do end the day with a wonderful countdown dinner at the New Almaden Community Center...)


This count covers city parks, county parks, creeks and reservoirs in mid-south Santa Clara County and the Almaden area. I cannot promise a Zone-tailed Hawk, but this count regularly racks up a pretty great list of raptors, across all sectors! Some of last year’s special birds included a Red-naped Sapsucker, Grasshopper Sparrows, and Burrowing Owls. We do need volunteers to count in the areas where those birds were spotted.


If you are interested in participating, please contact me by email at

Beth.Hamel@ gmail.com http://gmail.com/. I look forward to hearing from you!


Beth Hamel
Morgan Hill
Calero-Morgan Hill CBC Compiler


 

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Date: 11/15/17 2:27 pm
From: <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Vasona Lake, Monday, 11/13/17
I stopped in at Vasona Lake in Los Gatos on Monday, 11/13/17, and my first photo opportunity was with a GREAT EGRET stalking some unknown and unseen (by me) critter in the vegetation close to the edge of the lake. While I was there, the egret either came up empty or was grabbing something too small for me to identify before it was swallowed. I also photographed a juvenile PIED-BILLED GREBE, along with one of the parents and, at the dam end of the lake, a Pied-billed Grebe resting on a log.


A couple of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were hanging out on one of the boat docks and one was doing the extended wings, feather drying position which always deserves a photo, IMO. In among the limbs of a cypress tree, I saw a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, HOUSE FINCH, and a single BROWN CREEPER. Several BLACK PHOEBES were working the lawn areas.


While photographing the grebes, I noticed a lot of splashing going on next to a point, about half-way to the dam. Even though it was out of camera range, I took a few photos when I realized it was two BELTED KINGFISHERS doing the splashing. I decided it was worth a closer look but after walking in that direction realized that I would be unable to reach the area where the kingfishers were because the entire length was fenced off while work is being done on the trail adjacent to the lake. I ended up walking all the way to the dam before I realized I would have to be content with the long range photos I had already taken. It did, however, give me the chance to see and photograph a grebe-on-a-log, so there’s that.


If anyone can shed some light on the kingfisher activity, I’d appreciate learning about it.


I’ve posted a few photos from the day at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick/


Ron Fredrick

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Date: 11/15/17 12:36 pm
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] hybrid goldeneye at Los Capitancillos Ponds
Today (Wed, 11/15) I saw that the BARROW'S/COMMON GOLDENEYE has returned to
the Los Capitancillos Ponds in the Almaden area. I saw him in the first
pond east of Meridian Ave.

I believe this is the 12th year this duck has shown up on these ponds. When
I first saw him 12 years ago he was already in adult plumage, so I have no
idea what his actual age may be. Apparently he prefers these ponds as his
wintering hangout, although once I found him over at the Guadalupe Recharge
Ponds at Chenowyth during the period of severe drought when other nearby
ponds were drained or very low.

I've recently been watching the weather patterns in the upper Midwest and
central Canada, hoping he'd be making his way back here again. So...now
he's here. Welcome back, old friend!

Ann Verdi
San Jose

 

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Date: 11/15/17 12:21 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley 11/15 (relocated TV roost?)
I went out and spent an hour in Coyote Valley this morning. Not terribly
birdy but I got a few nice photos. Driving into Laguna I caused a raptor to
exit stage right on me that was very pale and a bit brownish that I’m
pretty sure is a Ferriginous, but I didn’t get a good enough look and
couldn’t relocate. No Peregrine this morning.

Over at Coyote OSP off Palm, I noticed on the way out that there was a
number of Turkey Vultures roosted on the trees about 1/3 of the way in from
Santa Teresa. I did check them and they were all TVs. My count was 16 in
three trees. Since it seems they’ve abandoned the roost over at Ogier
Ponds, I’m thinking this might be where they’ve relocated so the area on
Palm and inside Coyote OSP might be a good place to look for them roosting,
and if you find them, maybe find a Broad-Winged Hawk…

I am seeing (nice thing!) what I think is a higher number of Kestrels down
there this winter than typical, and I had about 20 Magpies at the end of
Laguna on my revisit on the way out and another five or six hanging out at
the OSP, so that seems to be good numbers as well.

chuq

 

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Date: 11/14/17 8:08 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] South county birds 11-14-17
The Tuesday Twitcher's did some south county birding today starting at
the Gilroy Sewage Ponds. Only two ponds had water but we had a dozen
duck species including a nice male REDHEAD. We flushed a few WILSON'S
SNIPE and a flock of AM. PIPITS flew over. An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was
perched in a redwood tree near the entrance, a treat for our
photographers. Other than the two ponds it was quiet with a four SAY'S
PHOEBE and just two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE in the limited area we covered.

Coyote Lake Park reservoir was at 20% capacity and very quiet. We didn't
scope the waters edge, saw no eagles and fewer aechmorphorus grebe and
mergansers than in the past. We did get a very cooperative ROCK WREN and
CANYON WREN at the dam. These two species seem to be attracted to people
and popped right out when we arrived.

We found a back way to Chesbro Reservoir where we stopped to see three
continuing LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS. I heard a faint call and found a BLUE
GRAY GNATCATCHER in some nearby Coyote Brush.

Laguna Ave. activity had picked up from my last visit where highlights
today were an adult FERRUGINOUS HAWK sitting in the field. Soon it was
attacked by a fast moving PRAIRIE FALCON which then perched on a fence
post for good scope views.

Janna Pauser
San Jose



 

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Date: 11/14/17 12:38 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] White-throated Sparrow at Almaden Quicksilver on 11/14
This morning I birded Almaden Quicksilver Park at the McAbee entrance. I spotted a tan stripe WHITE-THROATED SPARROW right at the corner of Whispering Pines and Pierce Ranch roads where I park my car. Other fun birds spotted between my parking location and the furnaces were a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, a TOWNSEND WARBLER, and a HAIRY WOODPECKER.

After birding, I hiked to the Guadalupe Reservoir where I paused to scan for more birds. At that location (at the dam) I spotted one SAY'S PHOEBE and two RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS. I’ve seen both of these species at this same location previously.

Eve Meier
San Jose


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Date: 11/14/17 10:36 am
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Evergreen CBC on Sunday 12/17
Folks,
Kitty and I will be leading the Evergreen sector Christmas Bird Count on Sunday Dec 17th. The base of operations will be at Lake Cunningham and the sector continues East from there along Thompson Creek, up the side of Mt. Hamilton  and we found a lot of great birds last year. In fact, a Bald Eagle landed on the fence right near us while we were tallying the results at the lake! We are looking for volunteers to help out for any part (or all) of the day. Participation is free.
Please call, text or email if you are interested.
Thanks,Bill <Pelletier408.644.5583wrpelletier...> 
 

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Date: 11/13/17 11:21 pm
From: <rscimino...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Eastern Alameda County CBC - Friday Dec. 15,
The Eastern Alameda County Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Friday Dec 15. Birders of all levels are wanted. If you are free that day, even for a half day please contact Rich Cimino via e-mail <Yellowbilledtours...> We have a nice dinner compilation after where section leaders and counters can talk about there day and the best bird of the day.
With appreciation,
Rich Cimino
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Date: 11/13/17 7:57 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Byxbee Park
Folks:

This morning, 11/13/17, an adult and two immature GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE were in with the 200+ Canadas on the top of the old landfill at
Byxbee Park.  I counted about 33 AM. PIPITS on the upper portion as
well, the first there this fall that I've had adequate looks at.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 11/13/17 5:52 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ed Levin County Park and Sierra Vista
Hi Birders,
Four of us birded today. Ed Levin was not especially birdy. We say 27
species.

Some highlights:
- 1 female belted kingfisher
- 2 Say's phoebe
- Many lesser goldfinches feeding on in redwood trees on redwood seeds.

Details at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40493430

Sierra Vista did not have as many species, but what we encountered was
interesting. Upon exiting the auto we saw a peregrine in a tussle with a
prairie falcon and the prairie falcon was the clear winner chasing off the
peregrine.

Some highlights:
- 1 Peregrine falcon
- 1 Prairie falcon
- 8 Meadow larks
- 1 Kestrel
- 4 Golden eagles - all seen soaring at the same time.
- 2 Tricolored blackbirds mixed in with at least 200 red wing blackbirds in
the cattle fence area adjacent to the parking lot.

Details at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40494203

Note that ebird is having technical difficulties and is not accepting
photos in checklists at the moment. When this is fixed, I will post photos
of hermit thrush, meadow lark and prairie falcon.

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 11/13/17 4:58 pm
From: <arinkert12...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey
SFBBO is looking for a few more volunteers to help count shorebirds in the South Bay for the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey. Please see the announcement below for more details.


Alex Rinkert
Boulder Creek

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Dear Shorebirders,

SFBBO is once again coordinating the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey in the south bay on Thursday, November 16th. The backup day in case of rain is Monday, December 4th. If you are interesting in volunteering to count birds as part of this international survey and are available for ~4 hours in the morning/midday on both dates, then this is the opportunity for you! If you are unable to count birds in the field, we are also looking for volunteers to help enter bird counts into the online database.

Please fill out this survey with your availability and preferences: https://goo.gl/forms/4C5ZC3LptUH4coq12 https://goo.gl/forms/4C5ZC3LptUH4coq12.

Contact Waterbird Program Director, Max Tarjan (<mtarjan...> mailto:<mtarjan...>), with questions.

Best regards,
Max


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Date: 11/13/17 4:25 pm
From: <j.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Arastradero Preserve-mostly
On 11/13/2017 I walked the Wild Rye trail then the Arastradero Creek trail to the Acorn trail and then to the junction of Acorn with Meadowlark trail. Returned almost the same way, but from the bottom of the Arastradero Creek trail took the Anza trail back to the parking lot.
The best birds were a pair (M,F) of Hooded mergansers on the lake. On my return, could not refind them.
Other birds noted:
-3 White tailed kite
-3 American kestrel
-1 Red-shouldered hawk
-2 Northern flicker
-8 Acorn woodpeckers
-1 Hairy woodpecker
-1 Say's phoebe
and Steller's and Scrub jays, Western bluebirds, sparrows, Yellow-rumped warblers
The acorn granary on the Wild Rye trail has disintegrated somewhat, but found others along my walk.

On 11/12/2017 on a quick stop at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View saw 4 Brown pelicans on the island. On my second pass they were gone. Also saw some eucalyptus debris along the maintenance road and on the second pass there was a raven throwing clumps/tufts of eucalyptus down onto the roadway. Don't know if it is nesting material which would be picked up later? Nesting in November?

Juliana Manoliu


 

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Date: 11/13/17 12:45 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Apparent Zone-tailed Hawk
I went to the Turkey Vulture roost at Ogier Ponds last night (12 Nov) at sunset, and again this morning at sunrise. There was not a single vulture there either time, which surprised me, as I've seen many birds here over the last few decades, whenever I visited at the appropriate time of day. I can only assume that they have abandoned this site. Unfortunate. I then spent the rest of the morning driving around Coyote Valley, checking every Turkey Vulture and kettle I could find. No hawk seen.
Michael Mammoser


On Monday, November 13, 2017 12:42 PM, Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> wrote:


I went to the Turkey Vulture roost at Ogier Ponds last night (12 Nov) at sunset, and again this morning at sunrise. There was not a single vulture there either time, which surprised me, as I've seen many birds here over the last few decades, whenever I visited at the appropriate time of day. I can only assume that they have abandoned this site. Unfortunate. I then spent the rest of the morning driving around Coyote Valley, checking every Turkey Vulture and kettle I could find. No hawk seen.
Michael Mammoser


On Sunday, November 12, 2017 5:36 PM, "Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:


  Hi all,
I posted a description and some photos in this checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40474213
Thanks for the tip on the local TUVU roost Steve! I missed the Ferruginous Hawks this morning but did have a Prairie Falcon hunting around the Coyote Valley OSP lot.
Steve TuckerSan Jose

On Sunday, November 12, 2017 3:45 PM, "Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:


  Great bird Steve!
I spent some time this afternoon in Coyote Valley and the hills to the west trying to refind the bird and came up empty, despite picking through more than 100 Turkey Vultures.  A light-morph immature Ferruginous Hawk was over the hills south of the Coyote Valley OSP, and a  rufous-morph adult was north of Laguna Ave.  
Zone-tailed Hawks sometimes roost with Turkey Vultures, so if the bird  hangs around, one way to try to refind it is to look for it entering the Turkey Vulture roost at the Ogier Ponds in the evening, or exiting the roost in the evening. The vultures roost in the tall cottonwoods on the southwest side of the northernmost large pond, which can be accessed from the east end of Ogier Avenue.
Steve RottenbornMorgan Hill, CA
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On Nov 12, 2017, at 11:42 AM, Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:


 Hi all,
On Laguna Ave in Coyote Valley (very roughly about 0.5 mile west of Santa Teresa) i just had a putative immature Zone-tailed Hawk fly over the road. It flew south toward Coyote Valley OSP where I lost it behind a ridge. I have terrible but helpful photos. From a distance, it was essentially indistinguishable from a Turkey Vulture, always flying with a dihedral and even rocking back and forth. Hopefully it stays in the area - I will post more details to eBird later.

Steve Tucker San Jose

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Date: 11/13/17 11:19 am
From: Dave Weber <dwbirdster...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ruff Nov 13
Finally found the Ruff along the EEC entrance road in Alviso this morning at 11am. It was on both sides of the road east of the tracks.

Dave Weber,
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Date: 11/13/17 10:05 am
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count -- December 18
Hello birders,
The Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count on Monday, December 18, is only 6 weeks away
and I'm looking for more counters. Please look at your calendar and join us if
you can.

The birding community throughout the United States has been counting at
Christmas time for more than 100 years, making the CBC one of the
longest-running wildlife surveys in the world. The count enables scientists,
conservationists, and others to track bird populations and learn about the
impact of development, climate change and other significant habitat changes.

I coordinate Region 6 of the Palo Alto CBC. Region 6 extends from the Stanford
University foothills south to portions of Monte Vista and Cupertino. We need 5
teams of two or more people each. You need not be an expert birder. I started as
a novice and enjoyed learning from more experienced team leaders.

Contact me to join us and let me know if you have questions.
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Date: 11/12/17 10:23 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] SCVAS Alum Rock field trip
Folks,
It was a beautiful morning for a dozen eager birders to tackle the challenges and surprises dealt us at Alum Rock Park. Jim Johnson led us on a 4+ hour journey through the historic "Little Yosemite" as it was once know, and in the end we netted 38 species. Some highlights included a GOLDEN EAGLE that we could see circling over Sierra Summit, a PEREGRINE FALCON that was harassing a RED TAILED HAWK and a RUFUS CROWNED SPARROW that relentlessly scolded us from only a few feet away in the sage. It was unusual to see two different GREAT EGRET flying overhead, apparently toward Grant Lake. We also got a spectacular view of COOPER'S HAWK as it circled directly above us.
Perhaps the most thrilling moment was when 125 BAND TAILED PIGEONS lifted off and flew over the group with such a noise that we all were wondering what it could be, none thinking birds given the unnatural sound. The park produced a prolific number of ACORN WOODPECKER and STELLER'S JAY that accompanied us every step of the way. Although we had great looks at several NORTHERN FLICKER it was a real treat to come across a male intergrade with orange colored shafts. 
The group became separated for a while when a small group of us chased after a RED BREASTED SAPSUCKER and were rewarded with great views and some decent pictures as well. In the unusual behavior category, we had a WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH that was repeatedly foraging on the trail in front of us. After a friendly debate we decided to put HOUSE FINCH on the list even though there was some hope for a Purple Finch. Feel free to chime in after seeing the evidence as pictured on the eBird list below.
It was cold at the outset, but the weather warmed to nearly hot as the morning wore on into double overtime. The attitude was friendly, spirits were bright and everyone learned a lot. In the end, Jim decided to give a refund to all present since we didn't find a VARIED THRUSH that had been reported lately ;)
You will find the complete list and some pictures on my eBird list at the following link:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40473626 

Happy birding,Bill Pelletier408.644.5583
 

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Date: 11/12/17 5:36 pm
From: Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Apparent Zone-tailed Hawk
Hi all,
I posted a description and some photos in this checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40474213
Thanks for the tip on the local TUVU roost Steve! I missed the Ferruginous Hawks this morning but did have a Prairie Falcon hunting around the Coyote Valley OSP lot.
Steve TuckerSan Jose

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  Great bird Steve!
I spent some time this afternoon in Coyote Valley and the hills to the west trying to refind the bird and came up empty, despite picking through more than 100 Turkey Vultures.  A light-morph immature Ferruginous Hawk was over the hills south of the Coyote Valley OSP, and a  rufous-morph adult was north of Laguna Ave.  
Zone-tailed Hawks sometimes roost with Turkey Vultures, so if the bird  hangs around, one way to try to refind it is to look for it entering the Turkey Vulture roost at the Ogier Ponds in the evening, or exiting the roost in the evening. The vultures roost in the tall cottonwoods on the southwest side of the northernmost large pond, which can be accessed from the east end of Ogier Avenue.
Steve RottenbornMorgan Hill, CA
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 Hi all,
On Laguna Ave in Coyote Valley (very roughly about 0.5 mile west of Santa Teresa) i just had a putative immature Zone-tailed Hawk fly over the road. It flew south toward Coyote Valley OSP where I lost it behind a ridge. I have terrible but helpful photos. From a distance, it was essentially indistinguishable from a Turkey Vulture, always flying with a dihedral and even rocking back and forth. Hopefully it stays in the area - I will post more details to eBird later.

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Date: 11/12/17 3:45 pm
From: Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Apparent Zone-tailed Hawk
Great bird Steve!

I spent some time this afternoon in Coyote Valley and the hills to the west trying to refind the bird and came up empty, despite picking through more than 100 Turkey Vultures. A light-morph immature Ferruginous Hawk was over the hills south of the Coyote Valley OSP, and a rufous-morph adult was north of Laguna Ave.

Zone-tailed Hawks sometimes roost with Turkey Vultures, so if the bird hangs around, one way to try to refind it is to look for it entering the Turkey Vulture roost at the Ogier Ponds in the evening, or exiting the roost in the evening. The vultures roost in the tall cottonwoods on the southwest side of the northernmost large pond, which can be accessed from the east end of Ogier Avenue.

Steve Rottenborn
Morgan Hill, CA

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Hi all,

On Laguna Ave in Coyote Valley (very roughly about 0.5 mile west of Santa Teresa) i just had a putative immature Zone-tailed Hawk fly over the road. It flew south toward Coyote Valley OSP where I lost it behind a ridge. I have terrible but helpful photos. From a distance, it was essentially indistinguishable from a Turkey Vulture, always flying with a dihedral and even rocking back and forth. Hopefully it stays in the area - I will post more details to eBird later.

Steve Tucker
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Date: 11/12/17 2:00 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Phainopepla, White-throated Sparrow @ Rancho Canada del Oro
All,

I'm a bit distracted by Steve Tucker's Zone-tailed Hawk report : ) but nevertheless wanted to report a couple nice birds seen at Rancho Canada del Oro OSP this morning. First, I had a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (white-striped) in bushes near the small bridge along Little Llagas Creek Trail, not far from the parking lot. Later, when leaving the OSP on Casa Loma Road I saw a PHAINOPEPLA perched atop a tree near Five Star Farms Ranch. It was only perched momentarily before flying off toward the west.

Good Birding!

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Date: 11/12/17 12:36 pm
From: Dmitry Pavlov <dimadasha...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Great raptor day at Santa Clara water district and Los Capitancillos ponds
Hello everyone - 
I had a pleasure of enjoying a peregrine falcon on a dried tall tree in Scwd pond next to the electric vehicle charging stations. The crows were quite actively unhappy about the falcon, who seemed completely unrattled by the chaos around. 
Eventually the peregrine took off, and shortly after an osprey flew overhead and landed on the same tree. There ought to be enough fish for this big and healthy looking bird, perhaps in the Almaden lake, as I didn't see any fish in these recently completely dried out ponds.
Los Capitancillos ponds north of meridian avenue presented a red tailed hawk in the tall trees between the ponds and the houses. 
A red shouldered hawk was visible and vocal in the tall brush by the stream on the other side of the path from the ponds. 
The winter resident merlin was flying from bush to bush and could be clearly seen and pictured right from the path. 

Notable belted kingfisher on the way back made my day :-)

Happy birding!
Dmitry
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Date: 11/12/17 11:42 am
From: Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Apparent Zone-tailed Hawk
Hi all,
On Laguna Ave in Coyote Valley (very roughly about 0.5 mile west of Santa Teresa) i just had a putative immature Zone-tailed Hawk fly over the road. It flew south toward Coyote Valley OSP where I lost it behind a ridge. I have terrible but helpful photos. From a distance, it was essentially indistinguishable from a Turkey Vulture, always flying with a dihedral and even rocking back and forth. Hopefully it stays in the area - I will post more details to eBird later.

Steve Tucker San Jose

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Date: 11/11/17 5:09 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Solitary Sandpiper at Calero Reservoir 11-11-17
I found a SOLITARY SANDPIPER feeding in shallow water at Calero
Reservoir this morning. There's a path on the right, or dam side of the
parking lot that leads through the tules to mud flats. I returned with
Karen Burnson this afternoon and didn't find the SOSA but we spotted a
pair of BALD EAGLES together in a tree on the far side of the reservoir.
Sorry for the late post but I had to get my photos verified.

Janna Pauser
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Date: 11/11/17 12:29 pm
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Los Capitancillos Ponds off Singletree & Camden
We started our Saturday bird walk off of Camden at Singleton where we walked the trail to the ponds. Here are just a few hi-lights. As we started from the road and looking south we spotted a MERLIN at the top of the one the power towers. An ACORN WOODPECKER flushed it from its position.

We heard HERMIT TRUSH in the shadows of the creek. The first pond was dry, but we watched two female BELTED KINGFISHERS having a territorial dispute of some sort. Also found a juvenile COOPER’S HAWK perched at the top of the evergreens looking down on the habitat below. Two different RED-TAIL HAWKS soured above with all the gulls.

Once we found water filled ponds we also added the following to our day - COMMON MERGANSERS, BUFFLEHEAD, RING-NECKED DUCKS, GADWALLS, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARDS, RUDDY DUCKS, AND A FEMALE COMMON GOLDENEYE. We also found two WILSON’S SNIPE, a very active COMMON LOON and an obliging GREEN HERON.

Our sparrows included both crown, plus a SONG SPARROW and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW.

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were heard singing in addition to their winter chittering and CEDAR WAXWINGS flew over on several occasions. NORTHERN FLICKERS were also visible throughout our walk. We ended with 50 species.

Next Saturday we have a tracking workshop planned with "Pathways for Wildlife”. We’ll be learning about the mammals that pass through our open spaces in addition to doing birding. If you’ll like to join us please let me know.

Lisa Myers
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Date: 11/11/17 12:18 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Don Edwards 11-11-17 Ruff
A second chase for my Palo Alto Adult School birding class this morning was to Don Edwards (entrance road to the EEC) in Alviso. We were fortunate to get wonderful close looks at the adult RUFF. It spent its time moving widely around the pond just northeast of the train tracks, on the right side of the entrance road as one drives in. When we first arrived it was close to the road, but flew to the far end and out of view, then gradually making its way back to the area beside the road.

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Date: 11/11/17 12:13 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac 11-11-17 White-throated Sparrows
My Palo Alto Adult School birding class gathered at Ulistac Natural Area this morning for the last field trip of the Fall session. The area was active with birds (and birders). Highlights included 3-4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS in the “Area 5” survey area. All were different in their plumage, one being more warmly colored like an immature, one a rich and dark adult, another intermediate. There may have been a fourth as well in the tangled underbrush, but it was hard to be certain. LINCOLN’S, FOX, WHITE-CROWNED and GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS were abundant in this general area, making the flock pretty exciting to sort through. Also present was a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER seen along the Guadalupe River.

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Date: 11/11/17 8:05 am
From: <stracey53...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ruff continues
Ruff currently present at corner of entrance road to EEC and Spreckles. Active amongst a large group of resting dowitchers.

Steve Tracey
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Date: 11/10/17 9:02 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Pond A16, and Breached A17
Folks:

Today, 11/10/17, I visited New Chicago Marsh, walked a CCW loop around
A16, and made a rainy visit to A17 (but kept my optics mostly under
wraps).  I saw Steve Tucker and family during the dry morning (but
missed the Ruff and the Blue-winged x Cinnamon they saw). Going out, a
male BLUE-WINGED TEAL was sleeping in the center of the marsh.  Coming
back, as the tide was dropping in Artesian Slough, I saw two male
Blue-wingeds along the slough.  A few of the diving ducks are showing up
on A16 with three CANVASBACKS, probably fewer than ten each GREATER and
LESSER SCAUP, a single female-plumaged COMMON GOLDENEYE, and six
female-plumaged RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.

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Date: 11/10/17 3:57 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Coyote Valley hawkfest
https://download.ams.birds.cornell.edu/api/v1/asset/74778741/large?__hstc=60209138.283bd74feeb2a993dcffce764b6c666b.1501527465038.1510354117530.1510358202164.9&__hssc=60209138.2.1510358202164&__hsfp=3326987667




On November 10, 2017 at 2:59:44 PM, Chuq Von Rospach (<chuqvr...>)
wrote:

Just as I was going “hmm, that’s not a red-tail” to myself it turned its
head and I saw the helmet, and so I sat for a few minutes watching the
Peregrine chow down on lunch, feathers flying in all directions.

 

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Date: 11/10/17 3:54 pm
From: Michael Hawk <hawk.mr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Coyote Valley hawkfest
Regarding Say's Phoebe, I had a surprisingly high number last weekend in
the Elkhorn Slough area (and Moonglow) as well. Seems like a good early
winter for them.

-mike

On Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 2:59 PM, Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...>
[south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> I haven’t gotten out of the office this week, so I decided to try to
> (finally) get out to Mt. Umumhum and look around. As I was loading my gear
> in the car it started raining again, and I decided given the road up to the
> Mt. Is pretty technical, that discretion was advised and I went out to
> Laguna Road and Coyote OSP instead.
>
> Laguna Road didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t terribly birdy but had a good set
> of raptors hanging out. As I drove in over the bridge, a red-shouldered
> hawk flew out of the trees along the channel and over the hood of the car,
> giving me good looks. A set of turkey vultures were there settling at the
> start but took off quickly. On the wires going in were a white-tailed kite
> and an American Kestrel, and on one pole was a red-tailed hawk. There was
> also a Common Raven for variety (and in the area, crows for noise and
> comparison).
>
> I ran into the required winter Say’s Phoebe out at the end along with a
> small flock of blackbirds, all seemingly red-winged.
>
> On the way back out I noticed another what I thought was a red-tail on a
> pole, but when I got the camera on it, I realized it’d caught a blackbird
> and was holding it in a claw — and that the hawk was really dark, basically
> black plumage. Just as I was going “hmm, that’s not a red-tail” to myself
> it turned its head and I saw the helmet, and so I sat for a few minutes
> watching the Peregrine chow down on lunch, feathers flying in all
> directions.
>
> I believe that’s the first time I’ve seen Peregrine there. And as I exited
> back to the road, the Northern Harrier flew by and displayed it’s white
> rump.
>
> Not a bad set of birds for 15 minutes or so.
>
> A quick stop at Coyote OSP got me another kite, some magpies, another
> harrier, another Say’s Phoebe, a Loggerhead Shrike and small flocks of
> red-winged blackbirds and house finches. And another band of rain, at which
> point the birds went looking for dryer perches and so did I.
>
> A quick though on Say’s Phoebe: I don’t know what others are seeing, but
> I’m seeing many more Say’s Phoebes in the area this winter than I think we
> typically have. I visited San Luis NWR about ten days ago and had six along
> the Tule Elk route, and I’m seeing them quite commonly this year. It seems
> we have a convention going on or something and they all wandered by to
> visit. I’m not complaining, mind you…
>
> Also nice seeing Shrike fairly regularly in my exploring….
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/10/17 3:51 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] recent Almaden Valley birds
The birds were very active along the Alamitos Creek trail when the sun
came out and termites emerged, attracting dozens of YELLOW RUMPED
WARBLERS. Even HERMIT THRUSH were going for the termites. I watched a
CHESTNUT BACKED CHICKADEE tear into a cocoon of some sort and quickly
devour its contents. Several each PURPLE FINCH, WESTERN BLUEBIRD, WHITE
BREASTED NUTHATCH and a single HUTTON'S VIREO were seen on a short
stretch of trail.

I heard a low flat chip south of Graystone Lane and found an active male
BLACK THROATED GRAY WARBLER. I had one in the same area Oct. 2016 and
again in December.

Saturday Nov. 4, I found a male WILSON'S WARBLER in the willows along
the Guadalupe River trail north of Blossom Hill Road. One over wintered
here several years ago.

A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER and SHARP SHINNED HAWK were just seen in our backyard.

Janna Pauser
San Jose



 

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Date: 11/10/17 2:59 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Valley hawkfest
I haven’t gotten out of the office this week, so I decided to try to
(finally) get out to Mt. Umumhum and look around. As I was loading my gear
in the car it started raining again, and I decided given the road up to the
Mt. Is pretty technical, that discretion was advised and I went out to
Laguna Road and Coyote OSP instead.

Laguna Road didn’t disappoint. It wasn’t terribly birdy but had a good set
of raptors hanging out. As I drove in over the bridge, a red-shouldered
hawk flew out of the trees along the channel and over the hood of the car,
giving me good looks. A set of turkey vultures were there settling at the
start but took off quickly. On the wires going in were a white-tailed kite
and an American Kestrel, and on one pole was a red-tailed hawk. There was
also a Common Raven for variety (and in the area, crows for noise and
comparison).

I ran into the required winter Say’s Phoebe out at the end along with a
small flock of blackbirds, all seemingly red-winged.

On the way back out I noticed another what I thought was a red-tail on a
pole, but when I got the camera on it, I realized it’d caught a blackbird
and was holding it in a claw — and that the hawk was really dark, basically
black plumage. Just as I was going “hmm, that’s not a red-tail” to myself
it turned its head and I saw the helmet, and so I sat for a few minutes
watching the Peregrine chow down on lunch, feathers flying in all
directions.

I believe that’s the first time I’ve seen Peregrine there. And as I exited
back to the road, the Northern Harrier flew by and displayed it’s white
rump.

Not a bad set of birds for 15 minutes or so.

A quick stop at Coyote OSP got me another kite, some magpies, another
harrier, another Say’s Phoebe, a Loggerhead Shrike and small flocks of
red-winged blackbirds and house finches. And another band of rain, at which
point the birds went looking for dryer perches and so did I.

A quick though on Say’s Phoebe: I don’t know what others are seeing, but
I’m seeing many more Say’s Phoebes in the area this winter than I think we
typically have. I visited San Luis NWR about ten days ago and had six along
the Tule Elk route, and I’m seeing them quite commonly this year. It seems
we have a convention going on or something and they all wandered by to
visit. I’m not complaining, mind you…

Also nice seeing Shrike fairly regularly in my exploring….

 

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Date: 11/10/17 1:54 pm
From: Tom Grey <tgrey...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stanford Merlin; Coop issues
Yesterday afternoon (11/9/17) a MERLIN perched at the top of one of the
redwoods in our yard on the Stanford campus:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166545038
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166545036

In more raptor news, late last month (10/22/17) we had a visit at our
backyard fountain from a COOPER'S HAWK with apparently fresh adult plumage,
and a *bright yellow *iris.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166441533

In July and early August, we'd had a series of visits at the same fountain
from a Coop in adult plumage, more worn, and with a *dark red *iris.
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/166490222

I'm assuming the recent Coop visitor is a different bird from that one, but
iris color doesn't seem to be an entirely reliable basis for sexing and/or
aging these birds: see this well-illustrated post by an experienced
hawkwatcher:
https://avianrecon.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/coopers-hawk-eye-colors/

I've had trouble determining sex by the hue of the upperpart feathers, said
to be brownish-gray in females and bluish-gray in males. The size
difference between the sexes is substantial, but obvious to me only in the
rare case when I see a pair together.

Advice on sexing/aging Coops welcome.

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

 

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Date: 11/10/17 12:22 pm
From: Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ruff, hybrid teal at Don Edwards
Highlights of a birdy morning at Don Edwards were the continuing Ruff and a striking male Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal, both along the entrance road. The Ruff was a ways back from the road on the southeast side, the teal on the opposite side near the parking area by the gate.
Good birding,
Steve TuckerSan Jose


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Date: 11/9/17 7:19 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Audubon Field Trip to SCVWD on Wednesday, Nov 8
Sorry for the late posting. About 15 of us circumnavigated the larger pond at the Santa Clara Valley Water District on Wednesday morning. With all those eyes and ears, we were able to spot close to 50 species. Special sightings included two COMMON GOLDENEYE feeding on the larger pond, an OSPREY perched on a solar panel across the river, one female HOUSE FINCH perched near one female PURPLE FINCH which allowed for a good comparison of the two species, and two COOPER'S HAWKS, one female and one male, perched near each other in a large leafless tree. We also heard, but never saw, a SORA calling from the reeds in the Guadalupe River.

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Date: 11/9/17 4:58 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Stevens Creek CP
Folks:

I birded part of Stevens Creek CP this morning, 11/9/17.  Best bird was
a tan-stripe WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at the far end of the loop in the
Villa Maria area.

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Date: 11/9/17 2:05 pm
From: <ronmar1...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Park, Sunday, 11/05/17
I went to Shoreline Park on Sunday, 11/05/17, and spent a couple of hours close to the Terminal Blvd. side of the park and lake photographing the local birds. The area was in the midst of a hatch of what I thought at the time were flying ants but now feel were termites. Several species of birds, including YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, YELLOW-CROWNED SPARROWS and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were taking advantage of the hatch and feeding on the insects; the warblers and sparrows were *mostly* grabbing the termites on the ground, as they emerged and before they could launch into flight, but the warblers were also hawking them mid flight.


Nothing much was happening on the lake except for several coots doing their normal coot activities and two PIED-BILLED GREBES which were diving for fish along the edge of the lake. One of the grebes successfully caught a good-sized fish and swallowed it but, unfortunately, was a little far off and with the Sun behind it, so the photo isn’t great. I posted it anyway, though, because the size and shape of the fish is readily apparent.


I also had a chance to photograph a WHITE-TAILED KITE, which was in one of the remaining trees adjacent to the lake. At one point it was half-heartedly mobbed by three or four crows which caused it to fly to a different tree where I was able to take additional photos.


For any who are interested, a few of the photos I took are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronfredrick




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Date: 11/9/17 12:52 pm
From: <cwolfe_9898...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ruff Continues at New Chicago Marsh
The Ruff was seen at 10:30 this morning on the left side of the entrance road as you drive in, before the rr tracks. It was a little ways out foraging with some dowitchers.


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Date: 11/8/17 3:43 pm
From: Samnelo <samnelo...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Hunting Hollow, Henry Coe

On Monday 11/6 around 3:00PM while walking up the canyon from Hunting Hollow, about 1/2 mile from the parking lot where the road crosses the creek at the windmill and water tank there was a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER in the black walnut trees to the left. Nelson Samuels, Aromas


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Date: 11/8/17 2:58 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Blue-winged teal at New Chicago Marsh
At 3 PM on 11/8 there was one male blue-winged teal among the shovelers
napping in the pickleweed near the bridge in the middle of the boardwalk.

 

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Date: 11/8/17 2:57 pm
From: John Harshman <john.harshman...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Ruff continues at New Chicago Marsh
The ruff was still there at 2-2:30 on 11/8, just north of the entrance road
and just west of the tracks, as close as 30 feet from me. Those orange legs
really stand out, brighter than the greater yellowlegs also foraging
nearby. There was also a peregrine on the electrical tower, and a harrier
flew by too.

 

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Date: 11/8/17 1:58 pm
From: Brooke Miller <idbirds...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Clara County 2017 Cumulative Year List - September Results
Hi South Bay Birders,

Sorry for the late report for September. I’ve been traveling since mid-October without reliable internet access.
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I missed an entry for May 5, 2 Sandhill Cranes vocalizing overhead in the early morning hours in Willow Glen (my own observation), and there was a report on August 25, of a Franklin’s Gull on Salt Pond A18 by Rich Ferrick, that was originally reported as a Bonaparte’s Gull. These two reports increased our end-of-August total from 273 to 275.

We had 7 new birds in September, bringing our end-of-September total to 282. We are 7 birds above the average of 275, and 2 birds below the average of 9 new birds for the month of September. We’ve recorded 70% of the birds in the county thru September. For the final 3 months of the year our average number of new birds is 11.

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

3-Sep: Dan Wenny entered a Black-throated Sparrow (6), with a photograph by Josh Scullen, into his eBird list, a bird that was netted at CCFS;
5-Sep: Garth Harwood saw and heard 17 Red Crossbills (5) fly by at Monte Bello OSP Gate 4/5;
12-Sep: Chris Johnson discovered a Tennessee Warbler (6) at Ulistac Natural Area;
17-Sep: Mike Rogers and his Varied Twitchers found a Brewer’s Sparrow (5) at Alviso Marina County Park;
19-Sep: Alex Rinkert found a Sage Thrasher (6) in a closed area of Salt Pond A3W;
19-Sep: Pat Kenny found a Chestnut-sided Warbler (6) at Sunnyvale Baylands Park; and
28-Sep: Pete LaTourrette found a Blackpoll Warbler (5) at Ulistac Natural Area.

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

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

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

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Date: 11/8/17 1:44 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Common Loon at Los Capitancillos Ponds
Hi Everyone,

There’s a common loon at Los Capitancillos Ponds - the first pond west of Meridian.

Also a leucistic common merganser in the 3rd pond west of Meridian.

Other fun birds are buffleheads, American wigeons, ruddy ducks, and ring necked ducks. Hundreds of gulls too.

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Date: 11/8/17 1:19 pm
From: Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] White-throated Sparrows at Ulistac
I believe that at least six or seven different White-throated
Sparrows have been seen by birders at Ulistac this fall. First was
the bright white-striped individual near the northeast corner of the
loop trail, first reported several weeks ago and seen several times
since, including last Saturday by the SCVAS field trip and yesterday
by myself. Then there was a tan-striped individual near Bird Point 2
reported by Chris Johnson. Then there were at least two different
birds at Bird Point 1 seen by myself last Friday. Then there were the
two tan-striped birds seen together at Bird Point 5 on Saturday's
field trip. And today (Wednesday) I spotted a tan-striped bird in the
northeast corner. Bird Points 2 and 5 are not that far apart, but the
northeast corner and Bird Point 1 are quite far removed from them and
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Date: 11/7/17 7:03 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Jamieson Rd in Gilroy
Folks,
Yesterday we decided to head back down to Coyote Dam to try and relocate the Greater Roadrunner we had seen a few weeks ago, and we dipped. However, on the way in we decided to randomly check down Canada Rd toward Henry Coe and to my great delight we discovered Jamieson Rd. The birding was fantastic. Highlights include a small flock of LARK SPARROWS, several LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and 8 BAND TAILED PIGEONS to get us warmed up. Then we noticed a pair of GOLDEN EAGLES overhead, but they were so high that the pictures are quite fuzzy. The RED TAILED HAWKS were numerous and had dramatically varying plumage with juveniles, dark morphs, light morphs and several stages in between. 
A few minutes later a Hawk flushed from the ground near the road and as it rose to fly over us I screamed "no petagials" (not a Red Tail) and sure enough a young FERRUGINOUS HAWK gave us three fly-bys. At the very end of the public access before the park, we found at least 100 AMERICAN CROWS in a yard with some cows, but no Cowbirds ;) We got even better views of the Ferruginous Hawk on our way back out, when we also spotted a single BALD EAGLE. 
This little stretch of road is under-reported and over stocked with great finds. As such, we decided to return again after our trip to Coyote Dam for sunset. The number of CALIFORNIA QUAIL was remarkable and we also got close up views of a pair of GREAT HORNED OWLS. Expectations, or lack thereof, can make or break a bird outing and since we had none, this was one of the best birding experiences of my life. 
Our lists with pictures can be seen at the following links...http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40334761

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40335003

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like some guidance with relation to this hotspot.
Happy birding,Bill P
 

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Date: 11/7/17 4:36 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ruff continues at New Chicago Marsh
I visited New Chicago Marsh today, 7 Nov 2017, trying for the third time to find the Ruff that has been reported here. At about 11:00 am I found the RUFF in the marsh on the southeast side of the entrance road into the Environmental Education Center. It was between the railroad tracks and the boardwalk at the base of the two power towers. I watched this bird for 20 minutes or more, and took 380+ photographs. I was unable to find a single juvenile feather on this bird, nor could I find an alternate feather. The bird seems to be in complete basic plumage. Also, the bright orange legs and feet would seem to eliminate "juvenile" as an age for this bird. From what I read, it takes up to 2 years for a Ruff to acquire this bright leg color. The size of the bird seems to be slightly smaller than a dowitcher, of which many were around for comparison. Therefore, in my opinion, this is a basic-plumaged adult female.
Michael Mammoser

 

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Date: 11/7/17 12:45 pm
From: <Vanslagerf...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Alviso
All:

At 8 AM on 11/7/17 I was at the pump house at Elizabeth and Gold in Alviso,
looking for the 36 Wilson's Snipe that Bill Bousman reported on 11/1. On
the island in the northeast end of the pumphouse pond I saw 20 snipe
sleeping in the greenery. A short distance beyond the pond to the northwest, at
the wooden plank that I've mentioned in previous posts, I saw one sleeping
snipe.

After looking for some time, unsuccessfully, for any rarities, I went to
check out the EEC area. When I finally left there to go elsewhere, I
stopped for a moment to talk to Mike Mammoser on the EEC entrance road. Then I
stopped just south of the railroad tracks to check out the peeps, when I
heard Mike yell at me. He had found the Ruff on the east side of the road
near the base of the first power tower. We had lots of time to get close
views and pictures.

Frank Vanslager





In a message dated 11/1/2017 2:54:59 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
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Folks:

Today, 11/1/17, I checked a number of places along New Chicago Marsh for
birds there on the high tide. The best bird was a basic-plumaged STILT
SANDPIPER 30-40 m north of Elizabeth on a strip island. When I first
found it, it was asleep, but the proportions seemed wrong: too small for
a dowitcher and two big for a Dunlin. After scanning through other
birds, I periodically returned to this sandpiper and finally it woke up
and started preening. The bill was about 1.5 times the span of the
head, in that way much like a Dunlin. But the bill seemed more delicate
and was straight until the outer 10% or so where it dipped down. The
upperparts were a gray-tan with somewhat darker centers to the scapulars
and back feathers. What I could see of the underparts (it was mostly
facing away), they were white. It had a white supercilium. The legs
were a pale greenish. I had a few Least Sandpipers nearby and a
Killdeer. I thought it had about 3X the bulk of the Leasts, and about
0.8X of the Killdeer which is not too far off. I found it about 1100 hr
and it was still sleeping when I left at 1135 hr.

I saw two LESSER YELLOWLEGS in the pump station pond at Gold and
Elizabeth streets and probably one of these two Lessers north of
Elizabeth earlier. While looking at birds in the pump station pond,
shorebirds started to fly in to the largest island in that pond and
disappear into the pickleweed and other growth. I eventually counted
more than 36 WILSON'S SNIPE. Most remained hidden.

I saw adult MEW GULLS at multiple spots for a total of at least 18
birds. KILLDEER were numerous as I've noticed in prior Novembers. I
counted at least 177 birds in the marsh with 91 at Gold and Elizabeth
streets.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 11/6/17 1:43 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago
Folks:

This morning, 11/6/17, I was driving into the EEC and saw Bob Bolles at
the RR spur crossing.  Neither of us had any luck with the Ruff, but
just then one of the PALM WARBLERS found there previously popped up.  As
I was leaving, I spotted a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL in the marsh at
Grand and Los Esteros.

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Date: 11/5/17 7:44 pm
From: Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Two Peregrine Falcons At Water District
11/5/17 This afternoon I was watching the usual Peregrine Falcon at the Santa Clara Valley Water District when another Peregrine flew in. It was a female (much larger) and it was very vocal and active. First it displaced the male and then started bowing and ee-chupping at him. The male watched but did not interact. Eventually the male moved to a lower perch. The female moved to where she was over the male and started begging calls. The male watched her. After a few minutes the female flew west.
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Date: 11/5/17 5:32 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Byxbee Park
Folks:

This morning, 11/5/17, there were at least seven VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS
foraging over the park.  I think these are casual wintering birds rather
than late migrants.

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Date: 11/5/17 2:41 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Audubon Field Trip today - Sunnyvale WPCP
Hi Birders,
It was a good day for weather and birds. Lots of good eyes helped to make
our count a respectable 57 species.

We walked out to the SMaRT station, doubled back then walked out to an area
near the radar tower.

Some highlights:

4 Bonaparte's gulls
1 peregrine falcon
4 American pipits
1 immature white-tailed kite
4 Wilson's snipes
9 meadow larks (including two under the radar dish).
2 lesser scaups.

Details at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40328722

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Date: 11/5/17 12:20 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ruff photos on ebird
All,
To view photos of the female RUFF seen this morning (11/5) click on the following address.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40325277

Take care,
Bob Reiling

 

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Date: 11/5/17 11:23 am
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing female Ruff
All,
Shortly before 8 this morning (11/5) the female RUFF was in New Chicago Marsh north of the entrance road to the Environmental Education Center, unfortunately as I was taking photos it flew and I was unable to re-find it over the next couple hours.  I should note that the last photo taken indicates that the Ruff flew South, I spent some time trying to re-find it in the marsh South of the entrance road, several Dowitchers later flew to this marsh so it is most likely that this is where the Ruff also went but she will be much harder to find at this location. I was delayed this morning because of the time change and would recommend trying for this bird before 7:30 AM daylight savings time.  My best guess is that this Ruff is a juvenile in mostly adult female plumage, it has a black medium length bill, bright orange legs, un-barred tertials, with a lightly barred chest.  I will post a couple photos to e-bird soon.  No sign of the Ring-necked Pheasants.
Take care,
Bob Reiling
      



 

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Date: 11/4/17 8:14 pm
From: William Pelletier <wrpelletier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ring Necked Pheasants in Alviso
Folks,
We had the good fortune to spot 5 male Ring Necked Pheasants (RNEP) this afternoon while driving on Zanker Rd on our way to check out the Ruff that had been reported by David Nickerson this morning. The Pheasants were foraging on the ground in the field near the road right where the Los Esteros Rd / Zanker Rd sign is located directly across from the San Jose Regional Waste Water Facility.After dipping on the Ruff we headed back with Don and Garrett to look for the Pheasants, but could not find them. However, we had some other fun birds while there, including Long Billed Curlews, Bonaparte's Gulls and Western Meadowlarks. It goes to show that when we stop to look for one bird others come out of the woodwork! 
Happy birding,Bill & Kitty
eBird checklist with pictures of Pheasants http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40311896
Follow up visit at the same location ...http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40312100

 

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Date: 11/4/17 2:50 pm
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] American Dippers return to Los Gatos Creek (Main St entrance)
Walking the dog along Flume Trail, just had two American Dippers about 100m upstream from the waterfall.

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Date: 11/4/17 12:59 pm
From: Steve Rottenborn <srottenborn...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Casa de Fruta this morning
I briefly birded around Casa de Fruta, along Highway 152 east of Gilroy, this morning. Most of the interesting birds were in the well-vegetated area between the gas station and the RV park. There I had a female Black-headed Grosbeak, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers, 3 Townsend's Warblers, an Orange-crowned Warbler, and 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets.

I've never found anything really rare at Casa de Fruta, but I bet more regular coverage would turn up some good birds.

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Date: 11/4/17 12:33 pm
From: Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Los Gatos County Creek County Park
Birders -
A nice suite of winter species present here this morning. Highlights were Greater White-fronted Goose (1 - tame juvenile with a Canada flock), Wood Duck (1), Redhead (4), Hooded Merganser (3), Common Gallinule (1), and Violet-green Swallow (4 - getting late).
Good birding,
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Date: 11/4/17 12:17 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac Audubon Trip
All,


A number of participants braved the gloomy weather this morning for the Audubon walk, and in between the raindrops we managed to detect 43 species at Ulistac Natural Area. Highlights included 3 White-throated Sparrow (2 tan-striped seen on the same branch at Station 5, and 1 White-striped on north E/W trail), 1 Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker (Station 5), 1 Ring-necked Pheasant, and 1 House Wren (rare in winter).


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40301483


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose


 

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Date: 11/4/17 11:37 am
From: David Nickerson <davidnickerson...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ruff at Don Edwards
All,

This morning around 8:30 I found a winter-plumaged Ruff at Don Edwards EEC. It was foraging with other shorebirds in the pond along the entrance road on Grand Ave just southwest of the railroad tracks. This is the same are where a Ruff was seen last year.

Good birding,

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Date: 11/4/17 10:49 am
From: Lisa Myers <lisa...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Kevin Moran Park - Saratoga
This morning we had our Los Gatos Birdwatcher’s Saturday bird walk in Saratoga. We birded Kevin Moran park located on Scully Ave. Its a beautiful neighborhood park. While the park has large expanses or grass it is also home to large redwood trees, sycamore, oaks and even an old walnut tree, just to name a few. They also planted sage and rosemary.

Our first bird was a PEREGRINE FALCON having breakfast on a distant tree. Both CEDAR WAXWINGS and AMERICAN ROBIN were eating pyracantha berries in a neighbor’s front yard. BROWN CREEPERS were also foraging. Not sure we were seeing just one bird flitting about or several. GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROWS were hiding in low manzanita and a BEWICK”S WREN made an appearance with a flock of LESSER GOLDFINCH and a few AMERICAN. A large flock of PINE SISKINS were also eating at the top of a grove of Redwood Trees. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, ANNA’s HUMMINGBIRDS and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS were also enjoyed.

While we did not have a long list pf species, we did have some great observations of the ones we did have.

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Date: 11/3/17 8:36 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palo Alto and Mountain View
Folks:

This morning, 11/3/17, I birded sites in Palo Alto and Mountain View. 
WHIMBREL seem to be settling in at the Palo Alto estuary mouth with 14
tallied.  A RIDGWAY'S RAIL was visible on the Byxbee Shore.  I spotted
two male and two female-type SURF SCOTERS together on Shoreline Lake,
the start of winter numbers.

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Date: 11/3/17 6:33 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Ulistac Field Trip Tomorrow
All,


Join me tomorrow at 8 am at the south entrance of Ulistac Natural Area for an Audubon field trip/morning walk. Heavy rain will cancel, but an umbrella is recommended as we may get light showers. We can expect to detect around 40+ species, with some chance for White-throated Sparrow, Ring-necked Pheasant, and Barn Owl.


Best,


Chris Johnson

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Date: 11/3/17 3:54 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Need binocular input
Hi Birders,

If any of you have birding experience with either of the following two
binoculars and are will to share, please contact me offline.

Nikon Monarch HG 10x42 Binoculars
Vortex Razor HD 10x42 Binoculars

Thanks,
-Dave Zittin
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Date: 11/3/17 2:02 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pine siskins
Hi Birders,
Happened to look out the back window and noticed an aggressive upside down
bird attacking the usual lesser goldfinches and the house finches on our
sunflower feeder.

Examination with binoculars showed 2 pine siskins.

Where: Lebanon Drive, Cupertino
When: 13:55, Nov. 3, 2017.

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 11/3/17 1:13 pm
From: Al Eisner <eisner...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Re: Fwd: [CVBirds] Cal DFW Lands Pass Required After November 15, 2017
On Fri, 3 Nov 2017, Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] wrote:

> Having said this, a couple of notes (of typical governmental “oh really?” —
> you can’t buy an annual pass as a guest, you have to create an account and
> give them various bits of data. I don’t have an issue with that, sort of.
> But I also found out that the annual passes are calendar year, so if you
> buy one NOW, it’ll expire January 1.
>
> So if you plan on visiting and want to be legal, use daily passes until the
> start of the year, because, well, that’s how they roll.
>
> (I’m really curious how this will work on site, and really, really hope
> there’s a way to get a pass when you arrive, but I can’t find any
> indication how that’s going to happen or what the impact of being caught
> without one is)

Several methods are listed on their web page, at
https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Licensing/Lands-Pass

One is an 800 number (they will give you a temporary ID number to take
with you), but it's not obvious what its hours are. The other options
are to do it online and print your own pass, or to use one of many
stores which sell them. (See links from web page.)

Al Eisner

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Date: 11/3/17 11:44 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Fwd: [CVBirds] Cal DFW Lands Pass Required After November 15, 2017
Having said this, a couple of notes (of typical governmental “oh really?” —
you can’t buy an annual pass as a guest, you have to create an account and
give them various bits of data. I don’t have an issue with that, sort of.
But I also found out that the annual passes are calendar year, so if you
buy one NOW, it’ll expire January 1.

So if you plan on visiting and want to be legal, use daily passes until the
start of the year, because, well, that’s how they roll.

(I’m really curious how this will work on site, and really, really hope
there’s a way to get a pass when you arrive, but I can’t find any
indication how that’s going to happen or what the impact of being caught
without one is)



On November 3, 2017 at 11:35:56 AM, Chuq Von Rospach (<chuqvr...>)
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Me, I’m just going to get an annual pass because it looks like the
breakeven is about six visits a year…

 

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Date: 11/3/17 11:41 am
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Fwd: [CVBirds] Cal DFW Lands Pass Required After November 15, 2017
This is out of the area but I thought it made sense to pass it along since
a lot of us visit some of the affected areas, especially in winter.
California DFW is implementing usage passes for some of the areas it
manages. From what I’ve read it’s unclear how/if you can get these passes
when you visit or if you have to get them ahead of time.

Areas now requiring this pass (as of Nov 15) that I think folks in this
group are likely to visit include Woodbridge Ecological Reserve (and
Isenberg Crane Refuge) and Yolo Bypass. A bit further out are properties
like Grizzly Island, Gray Lodge, Los Banos and North Grasslands and Elkhorn
Slough, or down south, Bolsa China and Upper Newport Bay.

Me, I’m just going to get an annual pass because it looks like the
breakeven is about six visits a year…



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*Purchase of a CDFW Lands Pass for Woodbridge Ecological Reserve Visitation*

*Required after November 15, 2017*


*Effective November 15, 2017, for individuals 16+ years of age, a CDFW
Lands Pass or a current fishing or hunting license in possession is
required to access the Reserve. *Signs will be posted notifying all
visitors of the need for a lands pass. For those signed up for a CDFW tour,
docents will be checking for lands passes or licenses at the start of each
tour.

A one-day lands pass costs $4.32 and an annual lands pass costs
$24.33. Lands passes may be purchased online at
www.ca.wildlifelicense.com/internetsales/customersearch/begin, by phone at
(800) 565-1458, and in-person wherever hunting and fishing licenses are
sold.

*Onc**e on the website above*, select *Guest Customer *to purchase
CDFW One Day Lands

Passes at $4.32 each for the specific date you plan to visit the
Woodbridge Reserve site –

*Note: entering as a Guest Customer doesn't require providing any
"customer profile" data.*



*1. Continue as Guest*

*2. Select "Purchase licenses"*

*3. Select "2017 – Lands Pass"*

*4. Add: Lands Pass*

The Woodbridge Ecological Reserve is accessible to the public at any time
for self-guided tours. A series of informative interpretive panels at the
Reserve’s south unit at 11154 W. Woodbridge Road in Lodi offers visitor
support. Staying until sundown is recommended to witness sights and sounds
associated with “fly-over” and the cranes’ return to their evening roosting
spots.

*Lands pass fees will be used for the management of this and other CDFW
lands. More information about the tours is available at *
*www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/3/Crane-Tour*
<http://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Regions/3/Crane-Tour>*.*

The attached pdf lists CDF properties statewide that will require the Lands
Pass. In the Delta region, this will also include the Yolo ByPass

===========================

For a list of properties requiring the Lands Pass, see:

https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=150190

In our region, these will include the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve,Yolo
Bypass, Gray Lodge, Grizzly Island, Los Banos and North Grasslands, among
others.


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Date: 11/2/17 5:04 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] White Oak Trail, Monte Bellow OSP
Hi Birders,
Edward Rooks and I did a loop at Monte Bellow today. We took the White Oak
Trail to Skid Row Trail then returned to the parking lot via the Nature
Trail.

Some highlights:
- We heard a northern pygmy owl who was being mobbed by noisy jays.
Coordinates posted on ebird.

- 8 varied thrushes seen on the short section (0.3 mile) of Skid Row Trail
between the lower end of White Oak Trail and the lower end of the Nature
Trail.

- 9 hermit thrushes

- 3 fox sparrows. I suspect these are the "sooty" variety. I will post
photos that Edward took shortly.

- 2 Townsend's warblers.

Fox sparrow and varied thrush photos will be added to ebird checklist later
this evening or tomorrow morning.

Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40273224

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 11/2/17 3:52 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Phainopepla, Chipping Sparrows 11-02-17
A male PHAINOPEPLA was back in the oak on the west side of the Vargas
gate in Guadalupe Oak Grove Park this afternoon. I saw one bright
CHIPPING SPARROW inside the park near the Jeffrey Fontana gate and
another west of the dog park.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 11/2/17 2:49 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pine Siskins at my feeder
I just saw two Pine Siskins at my bird feeder (Cambrian area). That’s a first for this season.

Eve Meier
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Date: 11/2/17 1:07 pm
From: Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] White-throated Sparrow at Ulistac
This morning (11/2) a white-striped White-throated Sparrow was seen
bathing in the pond/seep by the garden at Ulistac. It could have been
the bird seen Monday, but the locations of the two sightings are
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Date: 11/2/17 12:29 pm
From: <j.manoliu...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline lake and Charleston slough
on 11/2/2017 grackles galore!
There were 9 Great tailed grackles (5M,4F)in a bare poplar tree near the ship play area by Shoreline lake. I thought that was a good number until 15 minutes later when an even larger number were seen on the dock next to the white sailboats. Counted them a couple of times, but they were going inside and behind the boats, so my best guess is at least 15- mostly females. This is the largest number of grackles I have seen at Shoreline lake. I was distracted from my count by a noisy Belted kingfisher which I pursued. But the grackles chased the kingfisher persistently and it departed the area.
Other birds seen today: 2 Green heron, a Sora (and two heard separately), a Common gallinule, a Marsh wren, mostly in the forebay. Have not seen a Virginia rail in the forebay for some time.
Driving on East Bayshore I noticed a raptor on top of a large nest box. it looked small, but when I looked at my photos it seemed to be a Red-shouldered hawk.

on 10/31
3 eared grebes were seen on Shoreline lake;a couple of Cinnamon teal flew into the forebay behind the Sora viewing area.

on 10/29
on a late afternoon visit, saw the previously reported 3 female Common mergansers on Shoreline lake. Followed a juvenile Belted kingfisher as it moved West from the lake to the bittern channel and beyond.
There was a lot of action on Adobe creek as viewed from the platform. Two Common gallinules were in the creek and then a Sora flew in to the far shore after having heard a Sora in the reeds. Lots of other common ducks, cormorants and a Great Blue heron were also in the mix. A White tailed kite was hunting over the flood control area.

Juliana Manoliu


 

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Date: 11/1/17 9:42 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] dark morph juv. RTHA correction
My dark morph juvenile Red-tailed Hawk seen at the SCVWD today is an
intermediate or rufous.

Janna Pauser


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Date: 11/1/17 6:29 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] dark-morph juvenile Red-tailed Hawk 11-01-17
A beautiful dark morph juvenile Red-tailed Hawk was perched on a snag at
the Santa Clara Valley Water District this afternoon. Crows mobbed him
until he flew off.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 11/1/17 2:59 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Re: Falcon (maybe prarie?) at Palo Alto Baylands Duck Pond.
On November 1, 2017 at 12:29:13 PM, Chuq Von Rospach (<chuqvr...>)
wrote:

The more I looked at things, the more I kept coming back to a Prarie falcon.



A couple of more notes on this. Bilal suggested Female Merlin which was a
good thought I hadn’t considered. After looking at images online, the bird
wasn’t a Merlin.

But now that I’m on a better internet connection, I went digging some more,
and I ran into this image on the Audubon site:

http://cdn.audubon.org/cdn/farfuture/ne2pbSbowd_Js80L0GVKOHhCIYuHpezOHcwTwwe-lTA/mtime:1422549361/sites/default/files/Prairie_Falcon_s72-9-012_l.jpg


And when my brain saw it, it said “yup. That’s it. The wing shape, the
coloration and the helmet shape and color all pretty closely match”. So I’m
guessing this is a close relative of the falcon this morning.

 

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Date: 11/1/17 2:54 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] New Chicago Marsh, Alviso
Folks:

Today, 11/1/17, I checked a number of places along New Chicago Marsh for
birds there on the high tide.  The best bird was a basic-plumaged STILT
SANDPIPER 30-40 m north of Elizabeth on a strip island.  When I first
found it, it was asleep, but the proportions seemed wrong: too small for
a dowitcher and two big for a Dunlin. After scanning through other
birds, I periodically returned to this sandpiper and finally it woke up
and started preening.  The bill was about 1.5 times the span of the
head, in that way much like a Dunlin.  But the bill seemed more delicate
and was straight until the outer 10% or so where it dipped down.  The
upperparts were a gray-tan with somewhat darker centers to the scapulars
and back feathers.  What I could see of the underparts (it was mostly
facing away), they were white.  It had a white supercilium.  The legs
were a pale greenish.  I had a few Least Sandpipers nearby and a
Killdeer.  I thought it had about 3X the bulk of the Leasts, and about
0.8X of the Killdeer which is not too far off.  I found it about 1100 hr
and it was still sleeping when I left at 1135 hr.

I saw two LESSER YELLOWLEGS in the pump station pond at Gold and
Elizabeth streets and probably one of these two Lessers north of
Elizabeth earlier.  While looking at birds in the pump station pond,
shorebirds started to fly in to the largest island in that pond and
disappear into the pickleweed and other growth.  I eventually counted
more than 36 WILSON'S SNIPE.  Most remained hidden.

I saw adult MEW GULLS at multiple spots for a total of at least 18
birds.  KILLDEER were numerous as I've noticed in prior Novembers. I
counted at least 177 birds in the marsh with 91 at Gold and Elizabeth
streets.

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Date: 11/1/17 12:29 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Falcon (maybe prarie?) at Palo Alto Baylands Duck Pond.
Folks:

I went out for my walk at the Duck Pond this morning, taking the trail out
behind it. Tide was high and starting to recede. While checking out out the
ducks and shorebirds in the channel to the west of the pond, suddenly the
shorebirds spooked and the dowitchers went into a couple of flocks of
coordinating flying. Wondering what got them worried, I looked around, and
I found a falcon.

Fast flyer, lots of quick turns, pointed wings, it made one pass at one of
the flocks, then seemed to give up and fly off north towards Moffett and
Shoreline. I got a good view of it in profile and saw the helmet, so I
ticked it off as a Peregrine.

But I’ve been thinking about it all morning and spent some time reading up
in Sibley’s and now I’m wondering. The bird wasn’t blackish, it seemed more
of a mid-tone greyish (the color that came to mind was maybe a taupe). The
helmet wasn’t black but mid-tone. The bird seemed fast but slower than
Peregrines I’ve seen before. The wing tips were pointed but didn’t seem as
pointed. It was clearly about the size of a Peregrine (not a Kestrel), but
calling it a Peregrine isn’t feeling right to me.

The more I looked at things, the more I kept coming back to a Prarie
falcon. The other possibility would be a tundra sub-species Peregrine
(maybe). Right now I’m leaning 60-40 Prarie. I’m leaving my eBird as a
Peregrine because I don’t want someone to notice and get expectations set
incorrectly, but I did want to put this on the list so people who might be
birding in the area can keep an eye out in case it gets found again. A
Prarie falcon somewhere between the duck pond and shoreline lake would be a
fun find for us if that’s what it is…

I also had, at pretty extreme distance, a bird that had the look of an
eagle, but it was too far away for me to say for sure, but it kinda felt
like a golden eagle to me.

Good birding!

chuq

 

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Date: 10/31/17 10:15 pm
From: Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro
After Bill Bousman left Chesbro this morning, I saw four Lewis's
Woodpeckers at one time, perched in the high leafless branches.



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Date: 10/31/17 8:18 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Chesbro and Coyote Valley
Folks:

This morning, 10/31/17, I birded with Brian Puttock from Ottawa.  We
started out at Chesbro Reservoir where we joined Pete LaTourrette at the
LEWIS'S WOODPECKER spot along Oak Glen.  Two birds were there and in
their usual manner did a good job of concealing themselves in the trees.

We then went over to the Coyote Valley.  A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was at the
OSP.  We found two male TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS along Palm Avenue.  A
farmer were discing about halfway between Palm and Laguna and 900+
blackbirds were following along.  When we got to Laguna, a few of these
blackbirds came over to the water trough at the end of Laguna and we
found at least four more male trikes.

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Date: 10/31/17 6:31 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Casa De Fruta Bald Eagles
I headed out into the Central Valley for a quick trip to the refuges today,
and on the way I kept my eyes open for the bald eagles that have been
reported on and off near Casa de Fruta. If you head out 152 east towards
the valley, once you’re past the shops there’s an area of open water on the
right side of the road just before you hit the Bell Station building (which
is just before you start going up over the hill). Today in one of the tall
trees I saw two full adult Bald Eagles sitting on branches near each other.
There are a couple of really tall trees (leafless, almost snags) and they
were on the eastern one of those, the second if you are watching as you go
by.

On the way home I looked again, and I saw one of the adults on the western
tall tree.

There is no decent (or even not so decent) and safe place to stop and I
don’t believe it’s visible from Bell Station. There’s a dog training place
just past it on the right but I didn’t check to see if there was a way to
turn out and look at this area, but I think there’s a good chance these
will be fairly regular visitors to this location this winter.

(And out of area, but… it’s still pretty early for San Luis NWR and it
wasn’t very birdy for me, although I did find one pond with a dozen
yellowlegs in it, and the tule elk route seemed to have a convention of
Say’s Phoebes with at least six of them. San Luis really could use a good
rain or two to be happier about life, and it still has areas just starting
to be flooded. Merced was in better shape, and the white geese (mostly Snow
but about 10% Ross’s) have arrived along with the Pintails and a few
Wigeons to join the early arriving Shovelers. Only real bird of surprise
today were four Cackling geese in among the other geese in the back near
the observation deck, which is (I think) a first time I’ve seen that
species here. I need to look at photos, but I think there were two variants
in the group)

chuq
Santa Clara

 

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Date: 10/31/17 5:07 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Trip report: Almaden Quicksilver, McAbee entrance
This morning, at Almaden Quicksilver County Park (McAbee entrance), I birded a 4 mile loop starting with the Mine Hill Trail to the Guadalupe Reservoir then the Guadalupe Trail past the reservoir to the Senador Mine Tail.

The most interesting observations were two SAY'S PHOEBES, a BELTED KINGFISHER hunting at the reservoir, one AMERICAN KESTREL, one flock of about 50 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS, one PINE SISKIN, one PURPLE FINCH, and one RUFOUS CROWNED SPARROW that I’ve found repeatedly at the same small pile of rocks.

Complete report: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40234440

Eve Meier
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Date: 10/31/17 1:28 pm
From: Bob Reiling <rreiling2...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Continuing Questa Park Nuthatches
All,
This morning Frank Vanslager, a couple other birders and I saw PYGMY NUTHACHES and heard a singing RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH (Frank actually saw the RBNU) in the Northeastern corner of Questa park (see Gina's post of 10/30). Lots of YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and a few of the "usual suspects". The rest of the park was very slow birding with lots of dogs and people.
Take care,
Bob Reiling


 

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Date: 10/31/17 10:35 am
From: Steven Tucker <talkingtrees80...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sabine's Gull report in eBird
Hi all,
Just passing on a Sabine's Gull report in eBird from A2W: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40215054
I am not the observer and have no further details, but it could be worth checking on if you are in the area today.
Steve TuckerSan Jose
 

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Date: 10/30/17 8:00 pm
From: <sperez...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] European Finch at Santa Clara Water District
This afternoon at 5:30 PM I was looking for the Pine Siskins reported earlier. I was able to hear the Pine Siskins but could not find them. I did see a European Finch at the top of the snag right next to the river and just north of the spill way.


Regards,


Sergio Perez
San Jose, CA
 

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Date: 10/30/17 2:56 pm
From: Peter LaTourrette <platourrette...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] White-striped White-throated Sparrow at Ulistac 10/30
White-striped White-throated Sparrow at Ulistac 10/30, in the dead
tree tangle just inside the northeast portion of the loop trail. Same
location and probably the same individual that was reported some time ago.



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Date: 10/30/17 1:41 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Teresa Co. Park 10-30-17
Lee was cleaning Barn Owl nest boxes in Santa Teresa Co. Park this
morning so I went along to bird.  Highlights were 8 WESTERN BLUEBIRDS, 4
AM. KESTREL, 8 WILD TURKEY and 3 SAY'S PHOEBE. A family of WHITE TAILED
KITES with 3 buffy throated young were begging from the top of a pine in
the Pueblo picnic area. Sparrows were hunkered down in the brush but I
found a few WHITE CROWNED SP. a dozen or more GOLDEN CROWNED SPARROW, 5
SAVANNAH SPARROW and a LINCOLN'S SP. Two RUFOUS CROWNED SPARROWS were
heard only. A large loose flock of at least 50 PINE SISKIN flew into
trees and bushes. Three GOLDEN EAGLES flew over, one following the
other. A flock of WESTERN MEADOWLARKS were seen and a small flock of AM.
PIPITS were calling overhead in flight.

A TAN STRIPED WHITE THROATED SPARROW arrived in our backyard on Saturday.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 10/30/17 11:12 am
From: Gena Zolotar <gzolotar...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Chipping Sparrow at Cuesta Park
This morning (10/30/17, around 9:10am) Frank Vanslager and I re-located the CHIPPING SPARROW reported by Garrett Lau yesterday. It was again in the southeastern area of Cuesta Park, near the Y pool: https://www.google.com/maps/place/37.3710,-122.0790 , first seen on the fence line as it was flushed from a tree by a junco, then briefly perched in a live oak, and then in small trees and on the ground close to the pistache tree. This lone pistache tree: https://www.google.com/maps/place/37.3716,-122.0789, is loaded with berries, and hosted 25+ Yellow-rumped Warblers with a few Myrtles mixed in, as well as chickadees, bluebirds, juncos, and two PYGMY NUTHATCHES that were flying in and out from the nearby pines. A RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH was calling from the redwoods at the nearby group picnic area, but I didn't ever see it. A flock of 5+ PINE SISKINS was flying around. I reluctantly had to leave the pistache to go to work. On the way back to the car I saw two more Pygmy Nuthatches in pines near the playground.
Good birding,Gena ZolotarMountain View

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Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2017 9:13 PM
Subject: [SBB] Chipping Sparrow at Cuesta Park

  This evening (October 29), a Chipping Sparrow was among a large flock
of Dark-eyed Juncos foraging in the southeast corner of Cuesta Park in
Mountain View. I have some photos at the end of this album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157685768293422

Also in that album are photos from the Sunnyvale WPCP yesterday. The
highlight was an American Bittern flying out of the channel between
the east pond and the west pond.

Garrett Lau
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Date: 10/29/17 9:13 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Chipping Sparrow at Cuesta Park
This evening (October 29), a Chipping Sparrow was among a large flock
of Dark-eyed Juncos foraging in the southeast corner of Cuesta Park in
Mountain View. I have some photos at the end of this album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/garrettlau/albums/72157685768293422

Also in that album are photos from the Sunnyvale WPCP yesterday. The
highlight was an American Bittern flying out of the channel between
the east pond and the west pond.

Garrett Lau


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Date: 10/29/17 5:13 pm
From: Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lewis's woodpecker
Howdy birders,

I wAnt to apologize for leaving out that I saw the Lewis's woodpeckers in the same place they have been reported this past week along Oak Glen Avenue on the road to chesbro reservoir. I mentioned mile marker 072 as a place to park and you will see the birds flying back and forth amongst the trees. I also mentioned not to pArk where it say NO PARKING as the man asked the photographer to move his car and I was park up in a no parking as well. If you drive just a tad down from there there is a pull out and you can easily see the Lewis's flying back and forth.

Again, sorry for leaving out where I was this morning.

Good birding,
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Date: 10/29/17 3:29 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sora at SCVWD
I also toured the Santa Clara Valley Water District this morning. I missed the Pine Siskins and the Yellow Warblers that Ann Verdi spotted but did get a brief look at a SORA before it dashed back into the reeds.

Other fun observations were 3 LINCOLN SPARROWS, 2 SOOTY FOX SPARROWS, 4 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 1 RUBY CROWNED KINGLET, 1 CALIFORNIA THRASHER, 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and 2 noisy GREEN HERONS.

There were no new ducks this morning, just the usual MALLARDS, COOTS, PIED BILLED GREBES, and DOUBLE CRESTED CORMORANTS.

Complete ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40193577

Eve Meier
San Jose
 

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Date: 10/29/17 2:45 pm
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Pine Siskins at SCVWD
This morning (Sun, 10/29) I visited the Santa Clara Valley Water District
(SCVWD)where one of the highlights was a small group of three PINE SISKINS
seen in tangled dead brush just north of the spillway. They were
associating with Lesser Goldfinch and other small passerines, The siskins
were FOS for me.

Other highlights of the morning included Hermit Thrush, Lincoln's Sparrow,
California Thrasher, Belted Kingfisher, two lingering Yellow Warblers, one
Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler amid all the other Yellow-rumps, a male Common
Yellowthroat, and a flock of American Goldfinch.

Ann Verdi
San Jose

 

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Date: 10/29/17 11:27 am
From: Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Fwd: Lewis’s woodpecker


Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Linda Sullivan <herons4me...>
> Date: October 29, 2017 at 11:23:10 AM PDT
> To: <south-bay-birds-unsubscribe...>
> Subject: Lewis’s woodpecker
>
>
> Howdy birders
>
> Sunday October 29 at 11;19 am tom and I are watching three Lewis’s flying back and cross from tree to tree. Sadly Tom spotted a dead Lewis’s on the ground. iT looks like it was hit by a car and not to long ago.
> Lots of great birds. Red shouldered hawks and red tailed hawks. Says phoebes as well
> Good birding
> Linda Sullivan
>
> Sent from my iPhone

 

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Date: 10/29/17 11:26 am
From: Linda Sullivan <herons4me...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lewis’s woodpecker
Sorry park by the 0072 mile marker. Also do not park at the do not park area. The man was not nice
Linda Sullivan

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Date: 10/29/17 10:31 am
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Misc Sightings
All,


Yesterday I had a tan-striped White-throated Sparrow at Ulistac near Station 2. It's a different bird than the one on the north east side of the park. There was also a Barn Owl, 2 Spotted Towhees (my first at this location), and the continuing Ring-necked Pheasant (heard only near Station 5). Later in the afternoon at Penitencia Creek Park, there was 1 Cackling Goose among about 100 Canada Goose.


At Sierra Rd Summit today, I had 2 probably 3 Grasshopper Sparrow's lurking about in the tall grasses near the the top. They are listed as rare on Ebird at this time of year. Their contact calls were different from the dominant Savannah Sparrows and when one finally popped up on a grass stalk I was able to confirm they were not Savannah's (see Ebird photos and as always corrections appreciated).


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40190662


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA




 

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Date: 10/28/17 2:57 pm
From: cdlou37 <cdlou37...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] continuing Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro
The LEWIS'S Woodpecker continue along Oak Glen Ave by Chesbro. There were at least two, maybe three.
Calvin LouSF


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-------- Original message --------From: "Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds]" <south-bay-birds-noreply...> Date: 10/23/17 5:26 PM (GMT-08:00) To: <south-bay-birds...> Subject: [SBB] continuing Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro

 









Late this morning (Mon, 10/23) I met a fellow birder, Sergio, at the location where Janna Pauser has recently posted seeing LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS along Oak Glen Ave by Chesbro Reservoir. This morning we saw two Lewis's Woodpeckers together in the bare branches of a sycamore with a possible third lower within the leafy branches. Sergio was able to take some good photos but these woodpeckers were actively moving around pretty quickly.
To quote Janna as to where these birds have been seen:"The location is .68 miles east of Uvas Rd on Oak Glen Ave in Morgan Hill or -    37.127286,-121.721436 "It's near the site of the old Quail Inn biker bar which burned down a few years ago.
Good find by Janna!
Ann VerdiSan Jose










 

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Date: 10/27/17 7:00 pm
From: <meravvon...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Coyote Meadows BioBlitz invite!
Please join us for our next BioBlitz, at Coyote Meadows, San Jose. Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, in collaboration with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and The Coyote Meadows Coalition is organizing a free event, to get people to know the area and collect valuable data.
Coyote Meadows is a 50-acre city-owned parcel along Coyote Creek, between Story Road and Hwy 280, near Kelly Park. The Coyote Creek Trail runs along the western edge of the area and the future Five Wounds Trail will run along its eastern edge. The Coyote Meadows Coalition http://coyotemeadowssj.org/ is trying to transform the former landfill and homeless encampment into an urban park. And now we want to invite people to come and explore the area, and help us learn more about it! This area is usually not available to the public, so we currently know nothing about the local plants, animals, and birds.
It would be wonderful if you could join us! We need volunteers to help lead teams or just participate, explore the area and record observations.
RSVP at - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coyote-meadows-fall-2017-bioblitz-registration-38609169064 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coyote-meadows-fall-2017-bioblitz-registration-38609169064
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Thanks!
Merav
 

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Date: 10/27/17 5:38 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Shoreline Park and Lake
Folks:

This morning, 10/27/17, I walked a loop of sorts in Shoreline Park. I
saw three female-plumaged COMMON MERGANSERS in Shoreline Lake. There
have been a number of reports there this fall, generally Common Mergs
are found on freshwater.  A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was nice to see in the
grasslands north of the amphitheatre lot.  I spotted a HOUSE WREN along
the maintenance road and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER along the Permanente
Creek Trail.  Either might be a late migrant or a bird attempting to
winter.  I saw a COMMON GALLINULE in the main golf course pond next to
Michaels.  There are lots of cattails in the pond, so the habitat may be
suitable, but this is the first I've seen there in 50+ visits.  Also a
first for me was a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER in the trees near the
Rengstorff House.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 10/25/17 6:02 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] POST buys another property in Coyote Valley
This is great news for protecting Coyote Valley. POST just announced a 63
acre purchase that will help protect the habitat down there and maintain
the wildlife corridors.

https://openspacetrust.org/post-news/coyotevalley-ramke/

 

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Date: 10/25/17 5:26 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Out and About
Folks:

This morning, 10/25/17, I saw a female BULLOCK'S ORIOLE  in a eucalyptus
along Adobe Creek, not far from the Mountain View Forebay pump house. 
Probably a bird that will overwinter rather than a late migrant or
departing summer resident.  A HOUSE WREN was on the fence that surrounds
the old Los Altos sewage ponds.  I saw two SORA foraging along the north
side of the forebay.

Bill Bousman
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Date: 10/23/17 11:25 pm
From: Chuq Von Rospach <chuqvr...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] A little anniversary
I thought I’d pass this along as a little anniversary for us: October 24,
2007 was the day of the first postings here on this list on Yahoo groups.
We’ve been on this service for a decade (how time flies….). The archives we
have for the list go back to January 1998, but the list has existed even
further back so we can basically track it back 20 years. I took over the
list in 2002 and have been managing it since, first on my private server
and then on Yahoo Groups.

As of today, the group has grown to 1,100 members, with about 200 new
members in the last year. When we moved to Yahoo Groups it was about 450
members, so we’re doing something right.

And onward to the next decade. Thanks for being a fun group to be around
and one of the most painless and trouble free groups I’ve ever been
involved with.

Take care.

chuq

 

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Date: 10/23/17 7:48 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] White-throated Swifts 10-23-17
I stopped to check the Chynoweth pond, the north most perc pond near
hwy. 85 and Winfield. Not much on the pond but the chattering of WHITE
THROATED SWIFTS got my attention. I counted 16 overhead and at least 20
more south of the 85 freeway. They nest in recesses under the freeway
overpass but I believe this is the most I've seen at this location.
Perhaps they were migrating.

Janna Pauser
San Jose

 

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Date: 10/23/17 5:27 pm
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] continuing Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro
Late this morning (Mon, 10/23) I met a fellow birder, Sergio, at the
location where Janna Pauser has recently posted seeing LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS
along Oak Glen Ave by Chesbro Reservoir. This morning we saw two Lewis's
Woodpeckers together in the bare branches of a sycamore with a possible
third lower within the leafy branches. Sergio was able to take some good
photos but these woodpeckers were actively moving around pretty quickly.

To quote Janna as to where these birds have been seen:
"The location is .68 miles east of Uvas Rd on Oak Glen Ave in Morgan Hill
or -
37.127286,-121.721436 "
It's near the site of the old Quail Inn biker bar which burned down a few
years ago.

Good find by Janna!

Ann Verdi
San Jose

 

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Date: 10/22/17 7:03 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Mystery sparrow at Coyote Lake
The mystery sparrow at coyote lake has been ID'ed as a rufous-crowned
sparrow. Edward and I only caught a fleeting glimpse of this bird.
Fortunately Edward got a photo, not great, but it shows enough to strongly
suggest a rufous-crown.

If there is any disagreement after viewing the photo, send email to me.

Photo at: ebird list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40056130

Thanks,
-Dave Zittin
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Date: 10/22/17 4:10 pm
From: Chris Johnson <ryanjohnson77...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [SBB] Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro Reservoir
All,


I stopped by briefly at the coordinates Janna provided this morning around 9 am, and within 20 minutes a Lewis's Woodpecker flew into the top of a bare tree snag overhanging the road.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40064465


Good Birding!


Chris Johnson

San Jose, CA


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Subject: [SBB] Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro Reservoir



From a pullout on Oak Glen Ave. I found 3 LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS at 11 am this morning. One flew across the road in front of my car where I was pulling off the road to check the outflow of Chesbro Reservoir. A second bird flew in and a third bird was spotted in an oak near the old Quail Cove Inn site. Eventually all three were seen in this same tree down the hill from the road.

The location is .68 miles east of Uvas Road on Oak Glen Ave. in Morgan Hill or
37.127286, -121.721436

Janna Pauser

San Jose




 

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Date: 10/22/17 3:58 pm
From: Karen Burnson <burnsonk...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Yellow-shafted Flicker and a Merlin
10/22/17 Back in my neighborhood again is a Female Yellow-shafted Northern Flicker . Last seen here in January and one was here in 2016. With her is a Male Red-shafted Northern Flicker . They are often perched together. This morning a Merlin with prey in its talons was perched in the tallest tree in the neighborhood. A Female Red-shafted Northern Flicker and a California Scrub Jay took turns perching right behind it.
www.flickr.com/photos/karensbirds



 

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Date: 10/22/17 1:36 pm
From: Nancy Teater <nrt...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Munia homerun
Today, Oct 22, Judith Dunham and I looked for the Scaly-breasted Munia in the area that Bill Bousman described in a recent message. We found 10 birds! Janna Pauser was also there and pointed us to the best patch. They were eating seeds on dry grasses between the path and the water. After watching them for awhile, we started to leave, but then saw that they were feeding young. Altogether, there were 4 adults and 6 young. The other best bird was a Merlin..

To get there, take Hwy 85, exit on Almaden Expressway, and find Almaden Plaza. Parking is at Almaden Plaza or the city facility at the end of Sanchez. The city parking lot is restricted, but there was no enforcement today.
Nancy


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Date: 10/22/17 12:07 pm
From: Michael Mammoser <mmammoser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Palm Warbler at Sunnyvale Sewage Ponds
On 22 Oct 2017 I went to the Sunnyvale Sewage Ponds, where I ran into Pat Kenny. We joined company and walked around the old landfill. At the corner of the landfill that is closest to the Google parking garage, I was able to pish up a PALM WARBLER that provided excellent viewing for both of us. This was the "western" race of this species.
Michael Mammoser

 

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Date: 10/21/17 7:21 pm
From: David Zittin <dzittin...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Today, Coyote Lake Park
Hi Birders,
Edward Rooks and I made the rounds at Coyote Reservoir.

Some highlights:
- We saw 2 canyon wrens for certain as they were within a few yards of each
other at times.

- We saw more killdeer in one place than I have ever seen in the county and
counted 65 on the mud flats at the south end of the lake.

- An immature bald eagle

- An adult golden eagle

- A single black-throated gray warbler.

- A sparrow with a brilliant, striking red-crown. We are still working on
the ID.

- Six greater yellow legs

- A spotted sandpiper

More details and some photos at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40056130

-Dave Zittin
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Date: 10/21/17 4:27 pm
From: Ann Verdi <aeverdi235...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Warbling Vireo at Water District
Yesterday (10/19) at the Water District I saw a WARBLING VIREO in the
willows along the trail between the main pond and the Guadalupe channel
south of the spillway - a smallish, overall pale gray bird with no wing
stripes, white front with some yellow on the flanks, also pale white
eyebrow.

Today (10/20) I revisited the Water District and met up with Robert Shields
who also found a Warbling Vireo (presumably the same bird) in a pepper tree
on the north side of the main pond. Robert will be posting his photo of the
bird.

Among other birds of interest this morning were the continuing PEREGRINE
FALCON, a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, and YELLOW-RUMPED (MYRTLE) WARBLER.

That's it for now -

Ann Verdi
San Jose

 

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Date: 10/21/17 1:21 pm
From: Janna Pauser <jannapauser...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Lewis's Woodpeckers at Chesbro Reservoir
From a pullout on Oak Glen Ave. I found 3 LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS at 11 am
this morning. One flew across the road in front of my car where I was
pulling off the road to check the outflow of Chesbro Reservoir. A second
bird flew in and a third bird was spotted in an oak near the old Quail
Cove Inn site. Eventually all three were seen in this same tree down the
hill from the road.

The location is .68 miles east of Uvas Road on Oak Glen Ave. in Morgan
Hill or


37.127286, -121.721436

Janna Pauser

San Jose


 

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Date: 10/21/17 12:00 pm
From: 'Patricia L. Kenny' <patricialkenny...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Golden-crowned Kinglets Sunnyvale
At Sunnyvale Baylands Park this morning, 10/21/2017, I saw a group of 3 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS actively foraging in some small trees in the Bay Breeze picnic area around 8:45 am. They had white head stripes, bright yellow crown, greenish back. After a couple of minutes, they flew off and I was not able to re-find them.

Pat Kenny
 

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Date: 10/20/17 5:07 pm
From: Eve Meier <eve_m_meier...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Santa Clara Valley Water District
I just got back from birding the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Janna Pauser joined me briefly. There was no sign of the Black-Throated Blue Warbler near the juniper - just one YELLOW WARBLER. Highlights were one SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA (black and white scale pattern), one BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, and 3 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES. Other interesting sightings were a couple of LINCOLN SPARROWS, several HERMIT THRUSH, and one ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

Eve Meier
San Jose


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Date: 10/20/17 2:50 pm
From: Bill Bousman <barlowi...> [south-bay-birds] <south-bay-birds-noreply...>
Subject: [SBB] Sunnyvale WPCP
Folks:

This morning, 10/20/17, I walked along the north side of the west
landfill, then to the distribution point be the ponds and I took the
south re-circ channel to a bit past the first dogleg.  From the west
landfill, I counted 15 VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS, probably late migrants. 
Eleven BROWN PELICANS were over the west pond and were mostly
juveniles.  I saw GREAT-TAILED GRACKLES throughout the morning, my best
count was four males and four females.  The large flocks of ducks in the
west pond included at least 1068 AMERICAN WIGEON.  Mixed in with them, I
counted five male EURASIAN WIGEON. All of these had a rufous head with a
buffy crown stripe, but were in between their eclipse and breeding
plumage with mixtures of rufous and gray on the flanks.

Bill Bousman
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