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Painted Bunting,©Barry Kent Mackay
03 Aug Black Skimmers -- Richmond [Stephen ]
1 Aug " The Naturalist" will be at Martinez Beaver Festival [michael marchiano ]
1 Aug SL Marina (Ala) - Shorebirds & Terns 7/30 & 7/31 []
31 Jul Hooded Orioles in Antioch yard [Paul Schorr ]
31 Jul Middle Harbor Shoreline Park ["Shirley" ]
24 Jul Weekend highlights ["richard s. cimino" ]
25 Jul Richmond Marina ["broadwell.richard" ]
24 Jul Lesser yellowlegs and shorebirds at hayward/edens ["Ann" ]
21 Jul Hayward Shoreline (7/21) [Bob Richmond ]
17 Jul Camp Birds: 7/11-15 [Brian Fitch ]
17 Jul Camp Birds: 7/11-15 [Brian Fitch ]
6 Jul Denise's evening walk at the Tilden Nature area [Phila Rogers ]
30 Jun White-winged Dove [John Luther ]
30 Jun Hayward Shoreline (6/30) [Bob Richmond ]
30 Jun Possible Hooded Warbler, Lake Chabot? [sssss10000 ]
29 Jun Elegant Terns in Richmond & Least Tern Berkeley [emilie strauss ]
27 Jun Racoon predation on western gull nests on Berkeley Marina breakwater [Shirley ]
26 Jun Pt. Richmond - White-winged Dove [king2d3d ]

Subject: Black Skimmers -- Richmond
From: Stephen <diomedea.stephen AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 17:09:46 -0000
EBB'ers,
Following up on Joyce Rybrandt's posting of 2 Black Skimmers at Meeker Slough,
I decided to chase, once again, this Contra Costa nemesis species for me.
I tried Meeker Slough first with no luck, and then decided to scope Brooks
Island.  This is best done from the stern parking lot at the Red Oak Victory. 
Sure enough, Joyce's two BLACK SKIMMERs were sleeping on the beach in the
company of 29 Caspian Terns and 85 Elegant Terns (my first of season for the
Elegant's).
To get to the vantage point for scoping Brooks Island, take Canal Street off
I-580 and go west ... and go ... and go ...  Canal street makes a broad curve
around a huge parking lot for new cars unloaded from Japanese ships.  Sometimes
this lot is empty -- today, it still had lots of cars from the last ship.  Keep
going, following the signs for the Red Oak Victory.  When you finally come to
the parking lot for the ship, it will be the parking lot at the bow -- you want
the lot at the stern, easily found.
As with Joyce, I found the skimmers at low tide, around 9:10 AM low tide at Pt.
Isabel was 9:01).  Tomorrow's low tide will be at 9:46.
Good luck and good birding,
Stephen Long
Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
University of California, Berkeley
diomedea at berkeley dot edu
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Subject: " The Naturalist" will be at Martinez Beaver Festival
From: michael marchiano <mmarchiano AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 16:43:35 -0700
This is an invitation to anyone interested to come and enjoy the Martinez
Beaver Festival, Saturday August 6, from 11:00 to 3:00 in the park at the
Corner of Alhambra Ave and Marina Vista, Next to the Am-Track Station. I
will have my *Naturalist *booth open and on display to share information and
answer questions about local wild life.....live creatures for those who are
inclined to touch or hold....many other booths and entertainment are
provided...every thing is free....bring a friend and enjoy the day...hope to
see a few familiar faces and I especially hope all is well with each of you
and your families.
-- 
Michael Marchiano
*The Naturalist*
mmarchiano AT gmail.com
925-372-6328
We will never be at peace until we are willing to understand, respect and
live in harmony with all other living things.
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Subject: SL Marina (Ala) - Shorebirds & Terns 7/30 & 7/31
From: KatBirdCA AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 01:47:39 -0400 (EDT)
Hi birders,
 
I made three brief trips to the San Leandro Marina this  weekend (Sat 
afternoon, Sun morning, Sun afternoon), at varying times & tides. The main area 

I birded was near the small, rocky island east of the  breakwater. Birds of 
note included:
 
Surfbirds (12), all visits
Ruddy Turnstone (1), all visits
Whimbrel (1), Sat afternoon
Least Tern (3 - 2 ad, 1 juv), Sun morning
Elegant Tern (approx 10), Sun morning
Osprey (1, making a catch), Sun morning
 
Other, more ordinary, shorebirds included Black Turnstone,  Willet, Mar. 
Godwit, LB Curlew, Least & W. Sandpipers, and my first (for  NorCal) 
Semi-palmated Plovers of the season. Also had 7 Am. White Pelicans (circling, 
but 

not landing) on Sun morning.  Unfortunately, no sign of  Wandering Tattlers 
or Baird's Sandpiper, which were reported earlier this  month.
 
Good birding,
Kathy Robertson
Hayward, CA
 
 

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Subject: Hooded Orioles in Antioch yard
From: Paul Schorr <pkschorr AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 11:27:29 -0700
Upon returning home from a 12-day vacation, we were delighted to find  
that the pair of Hooded Orioles that we had been reporting in our  
yard since June 16 had returned, and now were accompanied by their  
family of three young.

Good birding,

Paul and Nancy Schorr
Antioch


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Subject: Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
From: "Shirley" <shirleydoell AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:26:30 -0000
I visited Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland a couple mornings this week 
to see what wintering birds had arrived. There are plenty, and many were still 
sporting most, if not all of their breeding plumage, which is a bonus of early 
season shorebird watching. I digiscoped some video: 

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM6a1rFsSZQ



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Subject: Weekend highlights
From: "richard s. cimino" <rscimino AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 21:12:41 -0700
Saturday evening  AT  9PM on Mines Rd. near MM 5.99 there were 4 calling 
Common Poorwills.
Also heard were Great Horned Owls, Western Screech-Owl and a Barn Owl 
was a fly over.
Sunday afternoon on Patterson Pass Rd. driving west  there were several 
Lark Sparrows, Loggerhead Shrikes, Red-tailed Hawks and at MM 3.36 a 
Say's Phoebe and Western Kingbird.
Thursday's grass fire along HY580/Altamont Pass did reach Patterson Pass Rd.
Rich Cimino
Pleasanton



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Subject: Richmond Marina
From: "broadwell.richard" <broadwell.richard AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:13:31 -0000
 On a Sunday afternoon walk on the Bay trail, their was Red-necked phalarope 
feeding around the rocks in the Richmond Marina. 

  
Richard Broadwell



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Subject: Lesser yellowlegs and shorebirds at hayward/edens
From: "Ann" <Annkgriffith AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 23:44:40 -0000
Biking from San Leandro harbor to Edens landing preserve today was a great day 
for shorebirds with 20 species seen - many still in breeding plumage. 
Shorebirds were everywhere! 


noteable birds:

2 lesser yellowlegs - edens preserve about 200 yards from the gate at the south 
end of the trail (that may from Eden Shores drive - I biked in from the north 
92 entrance) 

5 ruddy turnstones at various locations - the first time ruddy turnstones have 
ever outnumbered black turnstones on a bay birding trip. 

Wandering tattler at San Leandro harbor
100 plus red necked phalaropes in pond at hayward where skimmers and terns 
breed 

female common goldeneye in San Leardro harbor.
2 snowy plovers at mouth of San Leandro creek.

I could not track down any red knots.

Jim Chiropolos using Ann's account. 
    



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Subject: Hayward Shoreline (7/21)
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:13:46 -0700 (PDT)
Seen at the shoreline today -
I started the day at the mouth of San Lorenzo Creek. The same shorebirds seen
yesterday were here but in smaller numbers, Greater Yellowlegs being the
exception. Over 50 we seen with most being in the pond just south of the creek
 I went to Frank's Dump West and saw at least 10 Snowy Plovers. Also some
Willits were there (the tide was low). Maybe many more will be there at high
tide.
The most unusual birds were at the San Leandro Marina on the rocky island
ofshore. I had 14 (est) Surfbirds, 3 Wandering Tattlers, 1 Baird's Sandpiper,
and several dozen Least Terns.
Good birding
Bob
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Subject: Camp Birds: 7/11-15
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 11:23:40 -0700
Highlights were few and hard earned in the most ridiculously cold, wet week
in my 17 years of "summer" camp.  We tallied our lowest weekly species count
in 11 years, only 80.
Our miss of Grasshopper Sparrow a few weeks ago prompted me to lead the kids
toward the Mezue Trail in Wildcat Canyon, based on the recent reports of the
species being found there.  The distance from the Little Farm in Tilden
began to prove too daunting for the younger members of the group, and just
as we were going to turn back, Grasshopper Sparrows began to buzz from the
fields right next to us.  We managed to see one bird not far beyond the
fence line, at a spot on Wildcat Creek Trail approximately a quarter mile
south of the intersection with Havey Canyon and Conlon Trails.	We also ran
into John Poole and friends out hiking and birding.
On Tuesday, a lone Pigeon Guillemot was north of the Berkeley Pier.  We also
saw the oversummering Surf Scoters, along with an Osprey and several Least
Terns, all using the North Basin area between Cesar Chavez Park and the
mainland.  A wonderful addition to this site has been the presence of
White-throated Swifts, foraging quite low to the ground along the rim of the
basin and over the Berkeley Meadow on most of our visits this summer.  Each
waterfront day was also graced by the flight of American White Pelicans,
sometimes multiple flocks per day, ranging from 2 to 31 in number.
Hoping for some increase in temperatures next week,
Brian Fitch & Crew
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Subject: Camp Birds: 7/11-15
From: Brian Fitch <fogeggs AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 11:23:40 -0700
Highlights were few and hard earned in the most ridiculously cold, wet week
in my 17 years of "summer" camp.  We tallied our lowest weekly species count
in 11 years, only 80.
Our miss of Grasshopper Sparrow a few weeks ago prompted me to lead the kids
toward the Mezue Trail in Wildcat Canyon, based on the recent reports of the
species being found there.  The distance from the Little Farm in Tilden
began to prove too daunting for the younger members of the group, and just
as we were going to turn back, Grasshopper Sparrows began to buzz from the
fields right next to us.  We managed to see one bird not far beyond the
fence line, at a spot on Wildcat Creek Trail approximately a quarter mile
south of the intersection with Havey Canyon and Conlon Trails.	We also ran
into John Poole and friends out hiking and birding.
On Tuesday, a lone Pigeon Guillemot was north of the Berkeley Pier.  We also
saw the oversummering Surf Scoters, along with an Osprey and several Least
Terns, all using the North Basin area between Cesar Chavez Park and the
mainland.  A wonderful addition to this site has been the presence of
White-throated Swifts, foraging quite low to the ground along the rim of the
basin and over the Berkeley Meadow on most of our visits this summer.  Each
waterfront day was also graced by the flight of American White Pelicans,
sometimes multiple flocks per day, ranging from 2 to 31 in number.
Hoping for some increase in temperatures next week,
Brian Fitch & Crew
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Subject: Denise's evening walk at the Tilden Nature area
From: Phila Rogers <philajane6 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 17:32:16 -0700 (PDT)
Dear Birders, 
At six  last evening about 15 of us gathered at the parking lot for the fifth
in the series of "Tuesday Evening Summer Walks with Denise Wight."  And what a
perfect evening in the balmy canyon after yet another very warm day.  Certain
birds are still in full voice like the Swainson's Thrushes (who failed to
reveal themselves) and Black-headed Grosbeaks who were often in plain view. 
Warbling Vireos have stopped singing or have moved on.  We saw Wilson's
Warblers (one brief song) and a silent Orange-crowned Warbler.  We worked our
way slowly down the fire road, stopping often so Denise could point out the
nuances of songs and calls (Chittering Barn Swallows can often sound like Pygmy
Nuthatches)..
At the lake, a female Mallard swam by with three ducklings in tow.  At the
northwest corner of the lake we stopped to admire the lowering light
illuminating the horsetails and the unusual amount of fly insects, a big hatch
no doubt because of last week's rain followed by warm weather.  All the flying
protein brought out bats with sunset still almost an hour away.  
Instead of retracing our footsteps we turned up the Loop Trail away from the
Lake in hopes of finding the Western Tanager that had been reported singing in
the area.  The dim, dense grove of young eucalyptus was mostly silent except
for the creakings and stirrings made by eucs in even lightest breeze.  Once up
out of the Canyon, city sounds intruded -- a far away train, the squeal of
BART.
No Tanager, but we had good views of two Bewick's Wrens performing their
evening dust bath ablutions.  In the distance we heard a Wood Pewee calling
briefly and the energetic (but far off) "pip pip pip" of an Olive-sided
Flycather.
At the trail sign we turned down hill on the Laurel Canyon Trail with its
uneven footing and lots of fallen tree debris (earlier we were startled by the
crash of a falling dead branch which lodged up in the tree).
With the Grosbeak and Thrush song behind, a single Robin had the stage to
itself so we could admire the simple pure clarity its lovely song.
Next Thursday the group will meet at the Valle Vista Staging area for the final
walk in the series.  Nobody knows birds songs and calls like Denise! 
Phila Rogers
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Subject: White-winged Dove
From: John Luther <aplomado-falcon AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 22:38:14 -0700 (PDT)
After over two hours of searching areas around the King residence where the 
White-winged Dove was first found I finally saw it on a telephone wire along 
Western Drive at about 12:45 PM.  It was about half way towards the bay and 
Cliffside Ct from where Western Drive makes a sharp turn at about 500 Western 
Drive.  There were also 5 to 10 Mourning Doves in the area and a Rock Pigeon 
with some white flight feathers.  
John Luther
Oakland
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Subject: Hayward Shoreline (6/30)
From: Bob Richmond <bobrichmond94544 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 21:56:46 -0700 (PDT)
Today at the shoreline no unusual birds were seen but an Elegant Tern at the
San 
Leandro Marina was one of the few June records I have for this area.
Good birding
Bob
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Subject: Possible Hooded Warbler, Lake Chabot?
From: sssss10000 <sssss10000 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:10:48 -0000
This bird was warbler sized, overall impression was yellow, distinct black
throat patch, yellow face, black on head.  I did not get a good enough look at
it to make a definitive ID.  I saw it for a few seconds only.  I hung around
for another hour, but it did not re-appear.  Perhaps someone else will get a
better look.
Location:  Bridge from Cameroon Loop to Live Oak Trail, about 2/3 of the way
across.
More usual species present:  Wilson's Warbler, Swainson's Thrush, Warbling
Vireo, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Selasphorus Hummingbird, Black Headed Grosbeak,
Pacific Slope Flycatcher. 
Sue Stanton
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Subject: Elegant Terns in Richmond & Least Tern Berkeley
From: emilie strauss <dp_eas AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 17:41:56 -0700 (PDT)
This morning about 10:00 AM there were 27 Elegant Terns roosting on the eastern

end of Brooks Island in Richmond. To reach this location, take the Canal 
Boulevard exit off of Highway 580 and follow it to the end. Park just east of 
the Red Oak Victory Ship and scan the Brooks Island shoreline. You will need a 
scope. There are also Western Gull and Caspian Tern chicks of various sizes. 
This location is in Contra Costa County.
On Saturday June 25 a Least Tern was successfully catching fish at the Berkeley

waterfront's North Basin. The North Basin is located just north of the fenced 
mitigation area also known as The Meadows. This area is slated for possible 
development as a boat launch.
Thanks,
Emilie Strauss
Berkeley, California
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Subject: Racoon predation on western gull nests on Berkeley Marina breakwater
From: Shirley <shirleydoell AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 00:32:04 -0000
I had a real a-hah moment this afternoon. Returning from a sail on the bay, two
racoons were spotted on the outer breakwater which is separated from shore by
130 yards of water.  A cloud of gulls were harassing them.  I realized why
there had been no young gulls for two years: the 'coons had learned that there
were nice eggs out there, and a swim of that distance is well within their
capabilities. This breakwater had been home to a dozen or more gull pairs for
many years. Darn, it's also probably why there are no black oystercatchers out
there anymore.	They are a favorite of mine.
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Subject: Pt. Richmond - White-winged Dove
From: king2d3d <melani AT king2d3d.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 21:11:06 -0000
This morning I noticed a White-winged Dove amongst the Mourning Doves that
usually hang out in my backyard. I've seen many of these while visiting my
mother in Albuquerque but never here in the Bay area. 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Willsboro-NY/Arcadia-Cottages-On-Willsboro-Bay-La
ke-Champlain-Adirondacks-NY/335184089528?ref=ts 
Melani King
Pt. Richmond
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