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Hayward Regional Shoreline
Sun, 10 Aug 2003 11:32:57 -0700
From: Rusty Scalf

Briefly visited Hayward Regional Shoreline at the end of W Winton Ave in Hayward this morning with Joanne Wallin. At one point a flock of several hundred Wilson's Phalarope flew by, and several foraged in the first large pond to the north. In the field to the west of the large antennae were young Western Meadowlark and Horned Lark, the latter still with their parents. The young meadowlark was not a strong flyer and was very streaked on its breast. I suspect both species nested right there.

A couple of American White Pelicans. Lots of shorebirds of all kinds.

Rusty Scalf

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Re: Hayward Regional Shoreline
Sun, 10 Aug 2003 14:20:56 -0700
From: Gary & Michelle Baker

I suspect Horned Larks are nesting there because we see them there routinely. We saw our first there years ago and every year since.

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Hayward Regional Shoreline
Sun, 10 Aug 2003 21:54:45 PDT
From: Bob Richmond

The following was seen today:

I was at Franks Dump at high tide in the afternoon.

Good Birding

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Elegant Terns at Emeryville Crescent
Thu, 14 Aug 2003 15:19:04 -0700
From: Bob Power

Hi all:

This morning at 6:40 approximately 200 Elegant Terns were resting on the Emeryville Crescent mudflats where the creek flows into the bay. All beaks were pointing towards San Francisco. Presumably getting ready for the commute.

Bob Power
Oakland, CA
Alameda County

Editor's Note: The Emeryville Crescent is the mudflat between the Bay Bridge and Powell St in Emeryville. The main creek that empties into this area is Temescal Creek. See

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Pigeon Guillemot in Richmond Marina Bay
Thu, 14 Aug 2003 16:55:10 -0700
From: Dorothy Gregor

There seems to be either a winter-plumage Pigeon Guillemot or, possibly, a first-year Pigeon Guillemot in the Richmond Marina. Today he was very near shore in the deep bend of the Marina south of the Rosie the Riveter Monument. Has anyone seen them there before?

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Re: Pigeon Guillemot in Richmond Marina Bay
Fri, 15 Aug 2003 13:40:02 -0700
From: Tom Condit

I haven't seen them in Richmond, but I've seen them in the Emeryville Marina.

Tom Condit

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Re: Pigeon Guillemot in Richmond Marina Bay
Fri, 15 Aug 2003 14:12:17 -0700
From: John Luther

Hi All,

The juvenile Pigeon Guillemot continued today in Richmond Marina Bay just south of Rosie the Riveter Monument. Roy Carlson saw it in the water and when I arrived it was on the rocks under a viewing area over the water. It slowly moved into the water and swam only a few feet. It may not be very healthy. To reach this spot take Marina Bay Pkwy exit south off Hwy 580, turn right onto Regatta Blvd, left on Seadrift Dr, and park in the lot and walk to the water.

There was also a Common Murre in the Richmond Inner Harbor [the water outside the yacht basin and south of Richmond Marina Bay] between the east end of Brooks Island and the end of Marina Bay Pkwy.

John Luther

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A gull question
Sat, 16 Aug 2003 15:35:37 -0700
From: Travis Hails

On Wednesday, August 13, I was at C�sar Ch�vez Park & the Berkeley Marina. I saw a Marbled Murrelet off the north shore, and 2 Black Oystercatchers on the rock breakwater opposite the entrance to the marina.

On one of the wooden piles in the boat-launch aisle I saw an all-white gull. This bird was the size of the nearby Western Gulls, and had pink legs and a heavy (large) bill. The wing feathers appeared somewhat "fluffy," like a Snowy Egret in breeding plumage. I did not have my scope, and could not see the spot color nor the eye color. The bird had no band in the tail when it flew away, so I presume it was an adult. The head was white, no apparent streaking, so I assume it was still in summer (alternate) plumage, and as there were no markings on the head, I ruled out the black-headed gulls.

Using color patterns alone, the only North American gull would be Glaucous Gull. That would make the somewhat lacy secondaries and secondary coverts some kind of feather disorder.

I have been back, with a scope, but cannot relocate the bird.

Is this a Glaucous Gull, or an aberrant gull, such as an albino Western Gull?

Travis Hails

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Re: A gull question
Sat, 16 Aug 2003 16:52:43 -0700
From: Joseph Morlan

Travis Hails wrote:

Is this a Glaucous Gull, or an aberrant gull, such as an albino Western Gull?

One helpful source is:

Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA 94044
Fall Birding Classes start Sept 3
California Bird Records Committee

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Red-shouldered Hawk on UC Berkeley campus
Sat, 16 Aug 2003 18:12:18 -0700
From: Tom Condit

Yesterday (Friday, August 15) at about 12:30 PM there was a Red-shouldered Hawk on the central University of California Berkeley campus. It was perched on a low branch along the north side of Strawberry Creek west of Sather Gate and allowed itself to be looked at closely until some American Robins chased it away. We've seen Red-shouldered Hawks before in the area around the stadium and playing fields, but never this far down the creek until now.

On a subject unrelated to this list, those of you who are parrot fanciers will be glad to hear that the long-established Monk Parakeet colony at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn NY is still thriving.

Tom Condit

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