Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 15, 2016

Birding Alameda 1/15/16

Today we went birding in the town of Alameda. It was mostly sunny today and in the 50’s with little wind. Our first stop was Ballena Bay. We were there about one hour after low tide. There have been reports of a herring run  and it still appears to be going on . There were 100’s of Surf Scoters. (The most I have seen in one place) and thousands of Scaup. Also large numbers of Bufflehead and Mew Gulls.

Next we went to Elsie Roemer where there were thousands of shorebirds. There were large numbers of  Western Sandpipers, Black-bellied Plovers and Semi-palmated plovers. We again saw Western Bluebirds and enjoyed watching Forster’s Tern diving.

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Ballena Bay, Alameda, California Bird List Jan 15, 2016 10:50 AM – 12:00 PM

22 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  X
American Wigeon  X
Northern Shoveler  X
Greater Scaup  X
Lesser Scaup  X
Surf Scoter  X
Bufflehead  X
Common Goldeneye  X
Eared Grebe  X
Western/Clark’s Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Pelagic Cormorant  1
Brown Pelican  X
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  X
American Coot  X
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  X
Heermann’s Gull  1
Mew Gull  X
Western Gull  X
White-crowned Sparrow  X

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Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, Alameda, California Bird List Jan 15, 2016 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM

25 species (+1 other taxa)

Northern Pintail  X
Bufflehead  X
Ruddy Duck  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Brown Pelican  4
Snowy Egret  3
American Coot  X
American Avocet  X
Black-bellied Plover  X
Semipalmated Plover  X
Willet  X
Long-billed Curlew  2
Marbled Godwit  X
Least Sandpiper  X
Western Sandpiper  X
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  X
Ring-billed Gull  X
Western Gull  X
Forster’s Tern  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
American Crow  X
Western Bluebird  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  X
Song Sparrow  1
House Finch  X

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