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Hayward Shoreline
Tue, 18 Apr 2000 11:57:36 PDT
From: Bob Richmond

This morning at the Hayward Regional Shoreline, the Tropical Kingbird was not seen. The last day that Peter Dramer saw it was Sunday morning. I did see the following at or near Winton Ave:

Cedar Waxwing - a flock of 25, usually seen 2 to 3 times a year.
Purple Finch - 1 singing male, rarely seen here (only a few records).
Yellow-headed Blackbird - 1 female, regular in spring.

Good Birding

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Bird gossip from Berkeley
Tue, 18 Apr 2000 12:24:16 -0700
From: Tom Condit

Well, my neighbor's backyard pyracantha bush (2200 block of McGee Ave) brought in its second crop of berries. About 50 Cedar Waxwings appeared seemingly from nowhere and stripped it bare, then went to perch in a redwood tree.

A pair of House Finches apparently searching for suitable nest sites.

One female American Goldfinch perched on the clothesline. (At least I'm assuming American Goldfinch. It looked like a "pale" Lesser Goldfinch, but the wing bars sure seemed more like an American to me.)

Tom Condit

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Yellow-headed Blackbirds
Tue, 18 Apr 2000 17:40:37 PDT
From: Peter Dramer

There were two male Yellow-headed Blackbirds in a freshwater marsh area of Hayward Regional Shoreline that is not accessable to the public. They usually appear there only briefly, so expect them at a marsh near you soon.


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Tropical Kingbird at Winton Ave on 17 April
Wed, 19 Apr 2000 00:57:00 PDT
From: Kathy Robertson

As of 6 PM Monday (Apr 17), the Tropical Kingbird was still at the W Winton Ave entrance to Hayward Regional Shoreline, at the location reported by Bob Lewis on Sunday - north of the trail that's north of the channel that's north of the park residence. The bird was on a low barbed-wire fence. I observed it perching and hunting alongside a Western Kingbird for approximately half an hour.

Kathy Robertson

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Miscellaneous birds
Wed, 19 Apr 2000 02:24:22 PDT
From: Anthony Fisher

Hello everyone.

Birds o' interest since Friday:

Friday: Least Bittern near the intersection of Chochenyo and Bayview Trails at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. A precious and tiny heron.

Sunday: Ash-throated Flycatcher in the oaks above the parking lot at Lake Temescal (Regional Recreation Area) in Oakland. Eating caterpillars from the branches.

Monday: Grasshopper Sparrow singing in Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park in Hayward. This bird was way out in the high country, at 1100 feet, with the Horned Larks and Savannah Sparrows on the High Ridge Loop Trail. Beautiful landscape.

Carry on.
Anthony Fisher

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Hayward Regional Shoreline Tropical Kingbird
Wed, 19 Apr 2000 13:22:17 -0700
From: Sheila Junge

The Tropical Kingbird was seen at the Winton Ave entrance to Hayward Regional Shoreline again today, April 19, around 7 AM. It was first seen flying back and forth from the northwest corner of the fence surrounding the park residence to the far side of the channel immediately to the north. Slightly later it was in a bare tree in the row of trees north of the channel and across from the park office. A Red-shouldered Hawk was seen at the north end of this row of trees. Also of note was a Clapper Rail seen at San Lorenzo Creek near the Grant Ave entrance to the Shoreline. It was low tide so relatively few shorebirds were identifiable.

Sheila Junge
Hayward, CA

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis)
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis)
Great Egret (Ardea alba)
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
American Wigeon (Anas americana)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)
Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus)
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)
Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus)
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla)
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna)
Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin)
Black Phoebe (Sayornis nigricans)
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus)
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Wilson's Warbler (Wilsonia pusilla) heard only
California Towhee (Pipilo crissalis)
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)
Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis)

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Wed, 19 Apr 2000 17:13:17 -0700
From: Kay Loughman

Hi folks,

This afternoon the first Black-headed Grosbeak of the season visited one of my feeders. I'd seen one while atlassing in Hercules yesterday; but this is the first at home.

Kay Loughman

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Mines Road
Thu, 20 Apr 2000 20:04:28 -0700 (PDT)
From: David Armstrong

Jay Withgott and I (from San Francisco) birded Mines Road southeast of Livermore yesterday. Some of our best sightings included:

Greater Roadrunner (2 at ranch at around MilePost 6)
MacGillivray's Warbler (1 male near creek, MP 4.7)
Phainopepla (female)
Lawrence's Goldfinch (2 males, at the ranch opposite the stream with willows MP 14)

We also had Lewis' Woodpecker just beyond the Santa Clara county line, right where it was supposed to be. Several Bullock's Orioles, Ash-throated Flycatchers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, a gorgeous Violet-green Swallow that obliged us by settling on a branch not 10 feet from the road, 1 Loggerhead Shrike, and numerous Western Kingbirds. Thanks to Art Edwards for the wonderfully detailed directions and checklist and to Joe Morlan for posting them on his WWW site. What a fantastic spot for birds!

David Armstrong

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