SPRING 2012

Coyote Hills Regional Park 03-24-12 POSTED
Alum Rock Park 03-31-12 POSTED
Gilroy Hot Springs Road / Jamieson Road 04-07-21 POSTED
Mitchell Canyon 04-14-12 POSTED
SCVAS Birdathon with Team DeDUCKtions 04-21-12 POSTED
Sunol Regional Wilderness 04-28-12 POSTED
Del Puerto Canyon / Mines Road (Team 1) 05-05-12 POSTED
Del Puerto Canyon / Mines Road (Team 2) 05-19-12 POSTED
Cosumnes River Preserve / Hayashi's / White Slough 05-26-12 POSTED

Note
: Trip reports for each of the above outings will be posted on this site before the next class meeting.



Cosumnes River Preserve 05-26-12


Our final fieldtrip of spring is always a blast. We began at Cosumnes River Preserve south of Sacramento and were rewarded with spectacular looks of Blue Grosbeak almost immediately. Other birds of note were Swainson's Hawk and Willow Flycatcher. After a successful morning here, we had a potluck lunch at Kaz and Aiko's in Lodi where a Black-chinned Hummingbird visited their backyard feeder. Before heading home, we made a quick stop at White Slough where we appreciated the Central Valley Song Sparrow, another Willow Flycatcheer and our one Black-headed Grosbeak of the day.


Wood Duck
Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
American Coot
Killdeer
Black-necked Stilt
Forster's Tern
California Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Western Scrub Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Wrentit
European Starling
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazulit Bunting
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow



Del Puerto Canyon / San Antonio Valley / Mines Roads (Team 2) 05-19-12


Today was the second installment of this class visit to the area. Results were very similar however without finding the Northern Pygmy Owl or Greater Roadrunner from the week before. Instead we had multiples of Blue Grosbeak and Costa's Hummingbird, as well as a new bird, the "Bell's" Sage Sparrow. Our general route is here.

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Wild Turkey
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Swainson's Hawk (Hwy 132)
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
American Coot
Killdeer
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-throated Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis's Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood Pewee
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Western Scrub Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Wrentit
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Phainopepla
Orange-crowned Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
"Bell's" Sage Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch
House Sparrow






Del Puerto Canyon / San Antonio Valley / Mines Roads (Team 1) 05-05-12

Our annual spring tour of Del Puerto Canyon / San Antonio Valley / Mines Road tour began today with the first of two visits—half of the class each week. Several cars explored Hwy 132 toward Modesto in search of SWAINSON'S HAWKS of which we found several prior to meeting the group at 7:30. WESTERN TANAGER was found in the orchards along Hwy 132

The morning was exceedingly windy, making it difficult to find birds the first few miles of Del Puerto Canyon Road, but by late morning it calmed down and most targets were located. Chipping Sparrow and Sage Sparrow were exceptions, not located in the usual spots, but not for lack of trying... We saw several PHAINOPEPLA, RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS and many LARK SPARROWS over the course of the day. A number of other birds like ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD and TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS were seen in a number of places. Other highlights were the following:

Stanislaus County:
BLUE GROSBEAK at Graffiti Rock (lifer for several members)
COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD at Graffiti Rock (lifer for several members)
OSPREY high over head at Graffiti Rock
SAY'S PHOEBE nesting at Owl Rock
WHITE-THROATED SWIFT at Owl Rock
GREATER ROADRUNNER three times along road after Graffiti Rock
ROCK WREN and CANYON WREN at the usual spot where the creek crosses the road
GREEN HERON here as well
NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL about 20 yards up-slope form restrooms at Frank Raines picnic area
(lifer for several members)

Santa Clara Couny:
LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH a small group of 4 birds at the "Junction"
WESTERN WOOD PEWEE just south of "Junction" (First of season for me)
LEWIS'S WOODPECKER 6 birds beginning at pond on south end of San Antonio Valley Road (lifer for several)
WOOD DUCK: 6 birds beginning at pond on south end of San Antonio Valley Road

Alameda County:
LAZULI BUNTING at creek bridge prior to reaching junction with Del Valle
HOODED ORIOLE here as well
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE here as well
CEDAR WAXWING here as well
CALIFORNIA THRASHER here as well
WILSON'S WARBLER here as well
GOLDEN EAGLE here as well
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK here as well

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Mallard
Wild Turkey
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Swainson's Hawk (Hwy 132)
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
American Coot
Killdeer
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Northern Pygmy Owl
White-throated Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis's Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Western Wood Pewee
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Western Scrub Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Wrentit
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Phainopepla
Orange-crowned Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle (Hwy 5)
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch
House Sparrow







Sunol Regional Wilderness / Calaveras Reservoir / Marsh Road / Ed Levin 04-21-12

This is always one of my favorite destinations in spring. As it turns out, it's also the favorite destination of most of the east bay metropolitan area... Today was clear, warm and beautiful, with many school groups, runners, hkers and people with off-leash dogs. Despite the crowds, we had a fabulous turnout of birds, with most of our targets showing up where they were supposed to be, and a few surprises.

We headed first to the south end by the corall, finding Chipping Sparrow and Lawrence's Goldfinch. We had already located Lazuli Bunting and Ash-throated Flycatcher in the parking lot! A bit further along the open fied we had two Lark Sparrows, and a fly-over Lewis's Woodpecker and a Common Merganser! We continued to log our target species, some more easily than others. The Western Tanagers, for example only showed up twice for a total of three birds, and two were in flight. Speaking of flight, overhead there were three Golden Eagles and an Osprey.

Rufus-crowned Sparrows were abundant, if mostly by voice, but several presented themselves for good views. Both Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows were located, as well as a couple of Lincoln's Sparrows—all birds we normall expect to disappear by this date. Perhaps not a surprise was the lack of Yellow-rumped and Townsend's Warblers, undoubtedly on their way to breeding grounds. Near our turnaround point Ashutosh found a Western Kingbird on the ridge.

We returned to the trailhead for lunch, after which most of us visited the Bald Eagle nest at Calaveras Reservoir. We added a few birds here including Yellow-billed Magpie and Western Meadowlark. Our first Cliff Swallows were foraging overhead, along with a few Tree Swallows.


Our side trip to Marsh Road on the souteast edge of the reservoir did not reward us with views of the recently reported Blue Grosbeak, however we did get more and better looks at Western Kingbirds, and our first Bullock's Orioles. Finally we stopped at the Spring Valley portion of Ed Levin Park on our way home. There we added our first and only Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Waxwings, and a small group of Lawrence's Goldfinches. A perfect way to wrap up a perfectly beautiful day.


Mallard
Bufflehead
Common Merganser
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
California Quail
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
American Coot
California Gull
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Selasphorus species
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis's Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher (EdL)
Black Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Western Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch








SCVAS Birdathon with Team DeDUCKtions 04-21-12

Team DeDUCKtions ran a reverse itinerary this year, beginning in Montebello OSP and ending at Alum Rock. The goal to distribute stops more evenly, and make better use of available time was essentially successful. We also managed to add some species to our final list while others were lost, but not for lack of trying. Notable misses were Sora, Belted Kingfisher, Loggerhead Shrike, Cassin's Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Townsend's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow.... all birds we had previously found on trips that began near Smith Creek. So the list of things we didn't see is long, and likely due to the need to adjust and refine our new itinerary. But it's much more fun to focus on what we did find. Here's the list, a total of 152 species (plus 1, if you count the Sora one member saw briefly at EEC).

Team members: Petra Kinsman, Leighton Nakata, Caroline Lambert, Julio Mulero, Eric Goodill, Ashutosh Sinha, Kelly and Matthew Dodder. Everyone contributed sightings to our list, and kept spirits high with snacks and humor. Thank you all!

I also want to thank our many sponsors whose support will make this year's contribution to Santa Clara Valley Audubon even bigger than expected. You continue to amaze me with your generous contributions. Thank you so much!

We met at Montebello with our two docents, required for non-daylight visits. Cathy Brown and Kay Partelow were awake and cheerful despite the 4:30 AM start time. They came armed with sign up sheets, permits, and even radios incase anyone fell victim to Mountain Lion...

With us also were the Varied Twitchers. It was decided in advance that we should combine our efforts during this portion of the day to avoid over playback of recordings, and one group misinterpreting each other's broadcasts. It was a pleasure to work with the other team, and we located a number of species with surprisingly limited use of recordings. Thank you Twitchers.

The list below represents a few targets that showed up where they were supposed to be, and a few bonus birds for our group. A few last minute changes to the itinerary are mentioned as well.

MONTEBELLO OSP:
Virginia Rail
Great Horned Owl
Western Screech Owl
Barn Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Northern Pygmy Owl
Common Poorwill
Lincoln's Sparrow
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Purple Finch
Western Tanager
Black-throated Gray Warbler

MONTEBELLO OSP: (Gate 5):
Ring-necked Ducks were gone...

ARASTRADERO: (280 overpass):
White-throated Swift
Northern Rough-winged Swallow

STEVENS CANYON ROAD:
American Dipper
Pacific-slope Flycatcher

VIA WEST CAMPUS:

STEVENS CREEK RESERVOIR:
(in-flow riparian)
Wood Duck
Lincoln's Sparrow

STEVENS CREEK RESERVOIR:

Wood Duck
Common Merganser
Spotted Sandpiper
Double-crested Cormorant

PICCHETTI RANCH:
Hooded Oriole
Osprey
Vaux's Swift

DAM OVERLOOK: mostly an opportunity to shed layers and watch cars go by.

McCLELLAN RANCH:
Olive-sided Flycatcher
White-breasted Nuthatch

GATES OF HEAVEN CEMETERY: (skipped)

GENG ROAD:
Spotted Sandpiper
Bullock's Oriole

PALO ALTO BAYLANDS:
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Glaucous-winged Gull
Whimbrel
Dunlin
Long-billed Dowitcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
Black-crowned Night Heron

PALO ALTO FLOOD CONTROL BASIN: Common Goldeneye gone...

CHARLESTON SLOUGH and LAKE:
Forster's Tern
Common Gallinule
Common Loon
Black Skimmer
Black-bellied Plover
Eared Grebe
Greater Yellowlegs

SHORELINE PARK MAIN ENTRANCE:
Burrowing Owl

CHARLESTON MARSH: (skipped)

SUNNYVALE WPCP:
Green Heron
Common Gallinule
CINNAMON TEAL
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER

ALVISO MARINA:
Bonaparte's Gull

STATE and SPRECKLES:
Snowy Plover

ALVISO EEC: should have been skipped... no water. few birds.

ZANKER ROAD: (did not produce desired results, sheesh.)

ED LEVIN PARK:
Selasphorus species
Western Kingbird
House Wren
Lazuli Bunting
Grasshopper Sparrow
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Golden Eagle

CALAVERAS RESERVOIR:
Bald Eagle
Yellow-billed Magpie
Rattlesnake digesting huge meal!

MARSH ROAD:
Lark Sparrow

SIERRA ROAD:
Rock Wren
Horned Lark
Grasshopper Sparrow

ALUM ROCK PARK:
A desperate attempt to located missing Gnatcatcher, Warbler and Vireo

LAKE CUNNINGHAM:
A still more desperate attempt to hear Great-tailed Grackles in the
dark.

Thank you everyone! I can't wait till next year! Here's the complete list:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
California Quail
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
White-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Virginia Rail
(Sora)
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Snowy Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Spotted Sandpiper
Whimbrel
Long-billed Curlew
Marbled Godwit
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
Barn Owl
Western Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Northern Pygmy Owl
Burrowing Owl
Northern Saw-whet Owl
Common Poorwill
Vaux's Swift
White-throated Swift
Anna's Hummingbird
Selasphorus species
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Rock Wren
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
American Dipper
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Wrentit
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Rufous-crowned Warbler
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow







Mitchell Canyon 04-14-12


It actually began to feel like spring today. It was sunny and clear, although still a bit cool. More than appearances however, the sound of spring was in the air. Several target birds were identified by voice such as Cassin's Vireo and Black-throated Gray Warbler. Star of the day was the Super-bad Northern Pygmy Owl, scourge of woodland Songbirds. It was encouraged to reveal itself through patient imitation and recording, finally appearing atop a gray pine, and generally causing excitement both in nearby Passerds and Hominids.

Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-throated Swif
Anna's Hummingbird
Selasphorus species (heard by 1)
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Hammond's Flycatcher
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Cassin's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Wrentit
California Thrasher
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Lark Sparrow (seen by 2)
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch








Gilroy Hot Springs Road / Jamieson Roads 04-07-12


It actually began to feel like spring today. It was sunny and clear, although still a bit cool. More than appearances however, the sound of spring was in the air. Several target birds were identified by voice such as Cassin's Vireo and Black-throated Gray Warbler. Star of the day was the Super-bad Northern Pygmy Owl, scourge of woodland Songbirds. It was encouraged to reveal itself through patient imitation and recording, finally appearing atop a gray pine, and generally causing excitement both in nearby Passerds and Hominids.

Wood Duck
Mallard
Common Merganser
Wild Turkey (deceased)
California Quail
Pied-billed Grebe
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
White-tailed Kite
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Golden Eagle
American Kestrel
American Coot
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Northern Pygmy Owl
Anna's Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Cassin's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Wrentit
European Starling
Phainopepla
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch







Alum Rock Park 03-31-12


Rain continued throught the week and made for very dramatic morning of birding at this spring hot spot. A cold, windy and generally wet day meant our trip was cut short. We did however, manage to get several first of season birds including both species of Oriole. On a slate gray day, there's nothing more dramatic than a day-glow orange bird setting up nest in a palm tree. We also managed to log Hermit Warbler, both heard and seen, albeit by only Ashutsoh and myself. Surprisingly, there were no Swallows, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow could not be coxed out.

Canada Goose
Mallard
Wild Turkey
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Selasphorus species
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Black Phoebe
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
White-breasted Nuthatch
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Hermit Warbler
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Song Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Bullock's Oriole
Hooded Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch







Coyote Hills Regional Park 03-24-12

This trip was cancelled unfortunately. I was terribly ill with the flu and the weather forecast was for heavy rain. Some folks went on despite the poore weather, and while no phogographs were taken, they did find some first-of-season species and the prized Rock Wren. A short report filed by Carolline Lambert is below. mcd.

Despite the relentless rain, I met Cathy L and Linda at the park entrance at 8am, and we birded until 11:30. It was a binoculars-only day; all scopes and cameras were left safe and dry in the car. The binoculars kept fogging up and had to be wiped continuously, but wet binoculars are better than no binoculars. We scouted round the entrance first; the most exciting thing there was the call of a Virginia Rail - heard but not seen. At least, I thought it was exciting, having never seen one and hoping this would be the time. But it was not to be.

We then drove to the main parking area and set off on foot. We spent a brief time looking at the pond; Cathy was agitating to go up the hill to the rocky outcrops to look for Rock Wren. She lives near the park, has been there many times, and hasn't seen a Rock Wren there in years. Linda and I humored her; it was as good a direction to go in as any. On the way up we stopped in the small meadow where we heard the Great Horned Owl, but couldn't find it. We were pleased instead to find a House Wren in an oak tree, and even more pleased when it flew to a wire just above our heads, singly loudly. We think we saw a nest it might have been defending in a metal box attached to the wire by a pole. Cool.

Next we found ourselves in a swooping swarm of swallows. We spent quite a while trying to figure out what they were, getting dizzy as they zoomed around us. Perhaps one of these days we'll learn to ID them by how they fly, but we're a long way from that. We could positively ID Violet-greens, Tree, and Barn Swallows. The swallow tracking ended abruptly when Cathy pointed excitedly ahead - and there on a rock, close enough for ID without binoculars, was a Rock Wren! Way cool.

On the way down from the rocks, we heard a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and got a fleeting glimpse of it, and then on the way back to the car another interesting find was a Marsh Wren with a nest. We heard Virginia Rail again and tried to call it, but no luck.

Needless to say, I'm looking forward to going back soon on a dry day with my camera!

Altogether 45 species seen (that I could remember) plus 4 heard but not seen. I'm sure the number would have been much higher had it been a regular field trip; we missed you all. It's unfortunate the rain came on a Saturday, but we do need it.

Caroline

Seen:
Golden-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Violet-green Swallow
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black Phoebe
Yellow-rumped Warbler (looking odd because of their various stages of molt)
Bushtit
Anna's Hummingbird
Mourning Dove (and nest)
American Crow
Northern Flicker
White-tailed Kite
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Rock Wren
House Wren (and nest)
Marsh Wren (and nest)
Red-winged Blackbird
Hermit Thrush
Killdeer
Western Scrub-Jay
House Finch
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Mockingbird
American Robin
Northern Shoveler
Pied-billed Grebe
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green-winged Teal
Mallard
American Coot
Canada Goose
Northern Pintail
Cinnamon Teal
American Wigeon
California Gull

Heard only:
Virginia Rail
Great Horned Owl
Nuttal's Woodpecker
Bewick's Wren