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Re: Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow at Arrowhead Marsh
Sat, 06 Mar 2004 14:19:49 -0800
From: Dennis and Patricia Braddy


Over a dozen birders were present when the Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow made its all-too-brief appearances at Arrowhead Marsh (in Martin Luther King Jr Regional Shoreline, Oakland) early this afternoon. Pat spotted it skulking in cover at the edge of the pickleweed a few minutes before it popped up on top of the bushes.

Dennis and Patricia Braddy
San Ramon

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Other goodies at Arrowhead Marsh
Sat, 6 Mar 2004 15:38:50 -0800
From: Bruce Mast

In addition to the elusive Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow this morning, Arrowhead Marsh also featured a Peregrine Falcon and Burrowing Owl. Both have been previously reported recently. The owl was best seen from the trail along San Leandro Creek, next to the sign marked "18+80". Morning light would have been much better. The Peregrine Falcon was perched on one of the light stands in the adjacent parking lot. Another light stand had a partially eaten American Avocet on top.

On the way to the Snow Bunting this morning, my truck broke down on Hwy 580 near Crow Canyon Rd. So instead of finding the bunting, I got to tick off species while waiting for the tow truck. My truck breakdown list now stands at 16.

Bruce Mast
Oakland, CA

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Re: Snow Bunting at Clifton Court Forebay
Sat, 6 Mar 2004 18:26:30 -0800
From: Steve Huckabone

My spouse and I found the Snow Bunting this afternoon, Saturday March 6, about 4:00 PM. The bird was approximately 100 yards along the levee as previously described. Thanks, Akira.

We continued walking along the levee and located a Burrowing Owl and had a high speed flyby of Merlin. Other birds seen at the forebay included Common Goldeneye, Lesser Scaup, Clark's Grebe and Forster's Tern. Good birding.

Steve Huckabone
Alameda County
Livermore California

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Re: Snow Bunting at Clifton Court Forebay
Sun, 7 Mar 2004 09:55:18 -0800
From: Bruce Mast

The Snow Bunting remains at Clifton Court Forebay this morning. I first found it around 7:45, foraging on the gravel bank of the levee, on the lakeside. It was in the company of a couple of American Pipits. I then lost it while I fumbled with my camera. A couple of other birders found it about 15 minutes later hanging out near some fishermen. The bird seemed pretty calm. Maybe it's getting used to the traffic.

By the way, I also spotted a sea lion swimming upstream in the aqueduct. I didn't see any bullet wounds or tags but it appeared to be heading in the direction of Merced.

Bruce Mast

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Berkeley to Richmond on the Bay Trail
Sun, 7 Mar 2004 21:26:28 -0800 (PST)
From: kathy jarrett

Sunday March 7, Golden Gate Audubon Society bicycle birding trip on the Bay Trail from Aquatic Park in Berkeley to Richmond Marina Bay:

We had beautiful weather all the way, and spectacular birds, from the Hooded Merganser pair at Aquatic Park to the Common Loon in the bay by the old Ford Motor Plant in Richmond. 66 species of birds:

kathy jarrett

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Hooded Mergansers still at Hidden Lakes Park, Martinez
Sun, 7 Mar 104 22:23:10 PST
From: Patrick King

Three Hooded Merganzers continue at Hidden Lakes Park in Martinez - one adult male and two females. A young male that was here a month ago did not appear to be present today. They are in the smaller lake east of the main lake.

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East Bay birders in the newspaper
Mon, 08 Mar 2004 08:39:29 -0800
From: Larry Tunstall

Kathy Robertson and Steve Glover are featured on the front page of today's West County Times - probably the Contra Costa Times as well.

Larry Tunstall
El Cerrito CA

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