Sightings Archive

Rare sparrows visit the Bay Area January 11, 2015

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Sightings

By Bob Lewis

Two quite rare sparrows have turned up in the Bay Area this winter. Both are birds that breed in northern areas and winter further south. Their normal fall migration generally takes them on a route far from the Bay Area, but these two, probably blown off course by winter storms, are spending their non-breeding season with us.

The Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica), first found by Alan Hopkins, has…

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Oakland CBC – final numbers are in! March 2, 2014

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Sightings

Editor’s Note: Results have now been finalized for the 2013 Oakland Christmas Bird Count. Here is a summary by CBC Co-Compilers Dave Quady and Bob Lewis.

By Dave Quady and Bob Lewis

The 73rd annual count in summary: fine weather… more observers in the field than ever before… widespread media coverage… just shy of the all-time high species count… one stunning bird, of a species…

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Welcome back to “our” Tufted Duck November 8, 2012

Posted by Ilana DeBare in Birding, Sightings

By Ilana DeBare

Welcome back to the Lake Merritt Tufted Duck!

Once again, a Tufted Duck has arrived to winter among the scaup of Lake Merritt in Oakland. This is of note since Tufted Ducks aren’t native to California — they’re a Eurasian species that occasionally turns up here, presumably migrating south with other birds from Siberia.

Its arrival sparked an interesting dialogue earlier…

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“Do you think we’ll find it?” July 18, 2012

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Sightings

By Dave Quady 

No matter what your normal birding pattern is, sooner or later you’ll probably find yourself chasing off in hopes of finding a particular species.  Often it’s a potential addition to your life list, which might generate the need (or “opportunity,” as birders usually put it) to visit a new part of the country. Arizona, say, or Texas or Alaska.

Other times it’s an individual bird …

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Sightings: Breeding Northern Shoveler May 24, 2012

Posted by GGAS in Sightings

By Janet Byron

Northern Shovelers are common in the Bay Area in winter months. But breeding season is another matter – so it was exciting news when a female Northern Shoveler and babies were recently spotted in Alameda County.

Golden Gate Audubon board member Bob Lewis photographed the Shoveler with two ducklings on May 20 at Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont.

“The recently issued Alameda County

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