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Re: Yellows Everywhere
Sun, 09 Sep 2001 11:13:20 -0700
From: Lisa Viani


Saw the first Yellow Warblers of the fall in my backyard this morning in Richmond (along with the usual goldfinches, towhees, doves, etc.). They seem to be focusing on eradicating the bugs in my ceanothus tree...  :-)

Lisa Viani

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Hayward Regional Shoreline
Sun, 9 Sep 2001 20:33:54 PDT
From: Bob Richmond

This morning at the vegetation around the W Winton Ave parking area for Hayward Regional Shoreline the following migrants were seen:

Pacific-slope Flycatcher - 2
Yellow Warbler - 3
Wilson's Warbler - 1
MacGillivray's Warbler - 1 (rarely seen here)
Western Tanager - 1

None of the large numbers of Yellow Warblers that were seen here up to 1995 or 1996, are present now.

Good Birding

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Farallon Islands
Sun, 9 Sep 2001 20:48:08 PDT
From: Mark Westlund

Not exactly East Bay birding ... but you can get there from here!

A pelagic trip to the Farallon Islands with Oceanic Society today yielded some great sightings:

Sabine's Gull
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Sooty Shearwater
Pink-footed Shearwater
Buller's Shearwater
Common Murre (many in male/fledgling pairs)
Pigeon Guillemot
Red-necked Phalarope
Herring Gull
Arctic Tern
Brandt's Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

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More Hayward Shoreline
Mon, 10 Sep 2001 01:12:34 PDT
From: Kathy Robertson

Hi EBBirders

Sunday afternoon at W Winton Ave trailhead to Hayward Regional Shoreline:

Frank's Dump West had gazillions of shorebirds at high tide. Of note were Surfbirds, Black Turnstones, Ruddy Turnstones, a large number of Snowy Plovers, Red Knots in various plumages, good number of Semipalmated Plovers, and one Baird's Sandpiper in the southeast corner. One Brown Pelican flew in and stirred everybody up while it was trying to figure out where to put down.

Oro Loma Marsh had three American White Pelicans at the east end.

On top of Mt Trashmore I had one Loggerhead Shrike and a flock of Horned Larks (also a flock of Horned Larks on the flats between the main trail and the radio towers).

Good birding,
Kathy Robertson

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Editor's Note: Mt Trashmore is the elevated landfill between the W Winton Ave parking lot and Triangle Marsh (shown on some maps as "W Winton Avenue Landfill". Frank's Dump West is the wetland east of the Bay Trail between the radio antenna highland and Sulphur Creek. Oro Loma Marsh is the wetland east of the Bay Trail between Sulphur Creek and Bockman Channel.

Coyote Hills Regional Park on Saturday
Mon, 10 Sep 2001 15:04:13 -0700
From: Vijay Ramachandran


I had a nice time on Saturday morning, birding the woods behind the Visitor Center at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.

There were quite a few migrants around - the most numerous being western-type flycatchers and Western Wood-Pewees, and 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher. Warblers included Wilson's (4), Townsend's (1), and Yellow (3).

There were also many Violet-green Swallows, flying about and sitting on wires in large groups - is this a prelude to migration?

I also have a couple of ID questions - do Yellow Warblers show a faint white eyering in some plumages? Also, are the wing-bars on the Western Wood-Pewees prominent? The National Geographic guide says not - but the Sibley guide does, and the birds I called as Western Wood-Pewees did have quite prominent wingbars.

Thanks and good birding,

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Sabine's Gull
Mon, 10 Sep 2001 19:53:09 PDT
From: Mark Rauzon

I saw a Sabine's Gull under the west span of the Bay Bridge, (San Francisco County). Seen from the Alameda-San Francisco ferry at 2:14 PM on the return run. The black leading wing edge against the white triangles caught my attention and affirmed my identification. It appeared to be molting its gray hood. I had only a brief look from a fast-moving ferry, but I'm pretty confident that this was what it was. It was by itself, flushed from the surface and returned to settle down under the bridge. Many Elegant Terns is the central bay as well.

Good birding!
Mark Rauzon

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