- First things first: BIG NEWS for Bay Area birders and particularly those of you who began reading this blog when it was solely dedicated to the birds of Alcatraz Island. There’s been a NORTHERN GANNET spotted on the island.Alcatraz Island NPS Biologist Tori Seher posted the following to the SFBirds list today:
National Park Service biologists photographed a NORTHERN GANNET on the southwestern side of Alcatraz at 9:45 a.m. on April 14th. The bird was on the perimeter wall with a group of nesting Brandt’s Cormorants until 11:00 a.m. This is likely the same bird that biologists have been seeing on the Farallon Islands since April, 2012. Biologists on the Farallons reported the bird disappeared on April 13th and 14th, but was back on its normal roost on April 15th.
It was also seen from the shore near Fort Mason in the waters surrounding the island.
- The TUFTED DUCK is still hanging around at Lake Merritt and I finally got to see him. He was very close to the shore and wasn’t rafting with the Scaups which made it a lot easier to get some good shots.
- There’s a BLACK PHOEBE nest on the Lake Chalet building and SweepCommander and I were able to get some pretty good shots of the chicks. Please don’t go harassing them, they’re easy to see from a distance. The Phoebe parents are pretty protective and I don’t want them to get stressed out.
- There’s also an easily viewable Oak Titmouse nest hole that a new birder friend showed me. They don’t seem to have young yet though I didn’t get close enough to really check:
- Double Crested Cormorants in their high-breeding plumage are kind of my favorite birds right now:
- During my work patrol I went and checked out the nesting egrets on Bay Farm. Both Snowies and Great Egrets nest in a super easily viewed tree right next to a path behind the Safeway:
- I went out to Lake Merritt twice last week, looking for a GLAUCOUS GULL that had been reported there. Utterly failed to get anything but some really worn Glaucous-winged Gulls.
- And, in the grand tradition of Hummingbird Heroics, I continue to come across random wildlife in need of assistance. This time it was an all white (though not albino) baby Virginia Opossum that I found while walking home Saturday afternoon through central Alameda. I brought it home and gave it some food and water and then took it to a wildlife rehab-person in Oakland. It was tiny and adorable and I was very tempted to raise it as my own.
I know I’ve been failing on doing my Weekly Wrap-up posts, and now that I work only on Saturdays and Sundays I don’t think I can keep up with doing them on Fridays, so I’ll probably just do them sometime in the middle of the week when I remember/have stuff to share.